Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Our Anniversary 2014

Yesterday we celebrated our 47th Wedding Anniversary.  Two kids who  were from the same town around the same age but didn't hang around together.  He was an ambitious kid who worked for his Dad and also at the local gas station.  He loved cars.  (the faster the better) and I was the quiet but perky girl who loved pretty dresses and was a Candy Stripper.  If you don't know what a Candy Stripper is.  They were young women who wore  stripped uniforms and volunteered at the local hospital delivering flowers,mail and chatting with the sick and I loved it.  I also worked helping out my family at the small grocery store they owned. 

I didn't know him at all and one day a friend asked me if I'd like to go out with him.  I asked her to point him out and the rest is history.  We went to movies that we walked to that were miles from our house, school dances and slowly but surely getting to know each other. We became friends.

We were teenagers and I  never imagined for a minute that marriage would be in our future.  Who thought of it then, not me.  I did know he was a guy with super manners who treated me wonderful and was kind.

Through the years there were many tests of our marriage but never did we ever think of divorce, it wasn't an option.  You worked it out no matter.  A lot of our friends got divorces for various reasons and although it was years ago I think most wish they had tried harder to work it out. 



 We went to dinner for our anniversary and he bought me beautiful roses, an anniversary tradition. Life is good!

Out to dinner

 I hoped you enjoyed a visit back in time with me....:)<3

** Please note: I do believe that women should not stay in a marriage where physical or mental abuse occurs.  That is not acceptable at all so sometimes trying to save that kind of marriage just isn't an option. (I had to mention that for those who try to stay and should not).  Your life it way too important and you deserve better.

Healthy Tuna, red peppers,zucchini and pasta

Thinking of some light salads for your enjoyment.  Will post photos later.  This will be our dinner one night this week.  Off celebrating our wedding anniversary...Enjoy!

1 lb. orecchiete or fusilli pasta
1/2 cup roasted red peppers, rinsed and chopped
1 zucchini or summer squash thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped pitted olives
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1 5 oz. can oil packed tuna drained (healthier option tuna packed in water)
2 to 4 T extra virgin olive oil (2 T use with oil packed tuna, 4 T if using tuna packed in water)
1/4 cup grated or shaved Parmesan cheese

Cook pasta according to directions.  Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water
Combine peppers, zucchini, olives, parsley, tuna and olive oil in a large bowl.  Drain pasta add to bowl and toss, adding pasta water 1/4 cup at a time to create a loose sauce. Top with cheese

Monday, July 21, 2014

Zesty orange glazed chicken breasts or drumsticks

I have several recipes that I have typed and haven't posted because I always like to photo the end result before I post but today I'm posting this recipe and will show the finished meal tonight.  It really appealed to me so if you like orange flavor this might be something you'd like to make too.  See you later with the photos.  Have a great Monday!

Delicious Summer Meal!

Smashed cauliflower and fresh cucumber spears as sides

For Chicken Glaze
1/4 cup orange marmalade
2 T balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. ground coriander( I skipped it)
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
8 small boneless chicken breasts or 8 small drumsticks
1 T olive oil
Kosher salt and pepper

First coat of glaze turn over and glaze again and again until caramelized slightly.

Position the oven rack about 6 in. from broiler.  In a small bowl, combine marmalade, vinegar, ginger, coriander and cayenne.

Line a broiler rimmed baking sheet with nonstick foil.  Toss the chicken with the oil and season with salt and pepper.  Broil 6 to 8 minutes.

Flip and broil until the top is crisp and chicken is nearly cooked through.  About 6 minutes or so more.  Brush the chicken with half the jam mixture and broil  about 1minute more or so.

Brush with the remaining jam mixture and broil until the mixture begins to caramelize and the chicken is cooked through.

Courtesy Woman's Day