Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Wordless Wednesday- 50 Shades of Pink

Spring is the most beautiful time of the year in Bucks County, Pa.
The weather is finally warmer, the flowers are budding everywhere, and people are out and abound.

I took some beautiful shots of the colorful flowers all around my neighborhood. 
These peonies are in front of my house

Yard Sales are Relaxing and Therapeutic

I like to shop at yard and garage sales. I find it therapeutic and so relaxing. Why?

beautiful yard

Yard and garage sales take me into close-by neighborhoods where the flowers, shrubs, trees, and landscaping are in full bloom. Everything is colorful, prolific, and so fragrant. It's simply beautiful to just take the time to ride through the neighborhoods and take in the beauty as a locate my destination.
Look at all my finds.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Best Roasted Carrot Hot Dogs

roasted carrot hot dog - vegan

It looks like a hot dog- but is it really  a roasted carrot ? 

Looking for a vegan and gluten free hot dog alternative for your next BBQ?
Well first look in your refrigerator for a bag of carrots. 

roasted whole carrots in a glass plate

Yes, marinated roasted whole carrots look like hot dogsand fit perfectly on a hot dog roll ( gluten free of course). Add some ketchup, mustard and even a little sauerkraut and you now have the star of the BBQ- 

Healthy, tasty, easy, gluten free and vegan!

patriotic napkin with roasted carrot hot dog

Easy Recipe
All you need to do is marinate some carrots in a roasting pan. Then roast until tender and serve.

The result really looks like hot dogs and they taste good.

My son and his family were visiting for dinner, and I made these cute little hot dogs ( along with a full meal) just to see their reaction.

two roasted carrot hot dogs in hot dog buns

Kid Approved

My two granddaughters ( ages 10 and 7) couldn't wait to taste them. We put them on a hot dog roll, added some sauerkraut ( which they both love) and they took their first bite.

Surprisingly they were both pleased! I asked the 10 year old if it tasted like a hot dog.
She gave me the rolled eyes and said , "No" - but then added it still tasted good and she liked it!

So there you have it for your next BBQ- If you have a vegetarian, vegan, or gluten free guest ( and who doesn't?) you don't have to run out and search for a vegan hot dog ( that is also gluten free for me) !!! Try these marinated carrots topped with sauerkraut, ketchup, or mustard. If you really want to be nice, open a can of black beans to serve on the side or make my incredibly delicious black beans in your Instant Pot. ( no soaking of beans and cooks at 45 minutes) 

I used Udi GLUTEN FREE Hot dog rolls which they stock in the freezer section of a local supermarket. I you can't find gluten free hot dog rolls, they sell other brands of gluten free hot dogs rolls on Amazon gluten free hot dog rolls .

8 organic carrots
1 tablespoon maple syrup or agave syrup
3-4 Tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon of smoky paprika
1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar
** I used a Pyrex pie plate to roast

Preheat oven to 425 degrees
Steam organic carrots for 10-15 minutes until they begin to be a little soft. While steaming-  mix the honey, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and smoky paprika and place in a small pyrex roasting dish. Remove the carrots from the steamer ( do not over cook- just slightly soft)  and add hot whole carrots to the small roasting dish and mix well. Allow to sit for half hour and then cover and roast at 425 for 15 minutes. Remove cover (or foil) and roast another 5 minutes.

Happy Memorial Day- How will you be celebrating?? 

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Wordless Wednesday- Carole King Musical - Beautiful

The Carole King Musical, Beautiful, was nothing short of beautifull.

Carole King Playbill
I enjoyed every minute of the story, the songs, and the fabulous cast. 

It is a play worth seeing!

BThe musical

Carole King Musical Photo

Some of Carole King's Songs

And don't forget to stop by the famous Sardis Restaurant for lunch while you are in the neighborhood- you might see a celebrity!!

Bud vase with lilacs
Flowers from my garden in a bud vase that belonged to my mother
Shared on Wordless Wednesday at Beth Fish Reads Wordless Wednesday blog carnivals:
  Wordless Wed on Tuesdays wordless on tuesday http://thesimpleyear.com/, image in ing, ClaireJustine linky  and Saturday snapshot hosted by West Metro Mommy  Create with Joy bethere2day nanahood

Brie with a Fruity Topping

appetizer, brie

Brie is one of those appetizers that everyone seems to love and  gluten free.I don't know about you, but when I entertain I like to make delicious food that is as easy as possible to prepare and serve. It doesn't get easier than brie and a delicious fruit topping! 

Brie requires very little preparation and can be made at the last minute. It tastes great with fresh fruit, jams, and nuts.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Spring Salad with Orange Cashew Dressing

salad with strawberry slices and sunflower seeds

This colorful spring salad calls for seasonal dark greens and sweet strawberries and the citrus dressing adds an interesting touch- all naturally gluten free of course!

Fresh Greens are prevalent in the spring and fall. If you belong to a CSA ( Community Agriculture) or frequent the farmer's markets, a variety of fresh greens should be available right now. 
Otherwise, local supermarkets are usually well stocked.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Anti-Aging Morning Routine with Qi Gong

My Anti Aging Morning Routine

Looking for a way to energize and feel better?

Qi Gong is an easy age old exercise to help relax, center, ground, and rejuvenate - I find it much less strenuous to do than yoga or pilates and according to many sources a daily practice of Qi Gong provides amazing anti-aging benefits to the body.

According to the Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance ( see their article)  Qi Gong can help loosen muscles , build bone density, reduce stress, balance emotions, improve circulation, improve posture, flexibility, balance, memory, and help with better digestion. See all the videos below

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Broccoli Raab and Potato Soup-vegan and healthy

broccoli raab and potato soup

Broccoli raab, small red or white potatoes, and carrots make an unusual yet interesting soup that is naturally gluten free and vegan.  The rich green vegetable can be a tad bitter, but the potato and sweet carrot balance out the flavors making this an excellent way to enjoy eating your greens.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Portobello Spinach Stacks- A Plant Based Entree

This Portobello mushroom entree makes a "meaty" tasting dinner that is low calorie, low in fat, but has a significant amount of protein. In addition, this entree is plant based, gluten free, and nut free. Regardless, it tastes absolutely delicious. (updated Nov 2023)

Sunday, May 6, 2018

How to Store Fresh Basil - doesn't turn dark!

Have you ever bought fresh basil only to have it turn dark after a day or two? 

I love to keep fresh basil in the refrigerator, but I am so disappointed when it doesn't last that long. 

I just learned a way to make it last. In fact, the friend who shared this tip with me says her basil and other fresh herbs last and stay fresh for weeks in the refrigerator with this method. 

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Spicy Lentil Soup - a favorite on Cinco De Mayo

I always try to come up with a recipe for Cinco de Mayo! This year I'm making a spicy salsa lentil soup that is easy, tasty, plant based, gluten free and healthy. Since I retired, "easy" is the main ingredient in my recipes.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Caprese Salad Kabobs with Pesto Sauce ( and vegan alternative)

caprese salad kabobs www.realfoodblogger.com

Looking for an easy but eloquent appetizer?
I make these Caprese Kabobs and top them with homemade  pesto or sometimes I pick up a jar of pesto at Whole Foods for $3.99..

These kabobs are delicious, easy to transport, easy to eat,  fresh and healthy!
In addition, they are perfect for vegetarian and gluten free guests.