It has finally getting warmer here in the Northeast and after what seemed like the coldest, longest winter it feel great! It has definitely made me dream of cooking on the grill! To me nothing tastes as great as food that has been cooked on a grill. Everything is so juicy and meats get so tender when marinaded….mmm, my mouth is watering just thinking about it! I plan on grilling outside until the snow forces me back in!
Stories about Spring
It’s a beautiful summer day that started with running into work for a couple hours, peaked when you came home to spend some time cleaning the house, before running your kids to the pool for the afternoon. You’re rolling in the door right around dinner time and, well, these people you live with seem to want dinner EVERY.SINGLE.NIGHT. Bizarre, right?!
It shouldn’t really come as much surprise to me that my 10 year old daughter can’t really do anything simply. If I ask her to help with dinner, we suddenly have a 5 course meal with hand-written menus. If I bring her along shopping, it suddenly turns into a mass back-to-school shopping expedition where she gets more than I do. And if I tell her we’re going to have some friends over for an unplugged night of outdoor fun, it suddenly turns into a NEED to redecorate her playhouse!
Ah, summer. I do love you…for a while. The freedom from the alarm clock and from packing school lunch every day is a super win in my book. But by this time, late summer, I’m starting to yearn for some structure again. My kids have started to lose interest in entertaining themselves and more often than I’d care to admit I’m telling them to shut down the Kindles and turn off the TV. And if I’m being honest, I have no room to talk. My laptop and phone are usually pretty close to wherever I am.
I am always looking for ways to save money and be energy efficient, especially in the summer when the days are longer and it is light outside later. l love that my family can get unplug, get outside and not be tied to the electronics inside our house.
This month we’re chatting about unconventional cooking methods and how they can save you from slaving in a hot kitchen, plus tamp down your electricity usage and save you some dough. Did you know that your kitchen accounts for 15% of your home’s energy usage? That’s a lot, and most of it comes from food prep.
One ways is I love using my slow cooker during the summer! Many people think that a slow cooker is only good during the winter but it is also a great tool in your summer cooking arsenal. It doesn’t take a lot of effort, it is energy efficient, it doesn’t make your house too hot and it is a great option for when you are out at the pool or the lake all day and you want winner ready when you get home!
When my mom stopped by this afternoon, my daughter was in her high chair eating her current favorite food: baked beans. Despite their being one of our go-to summer side dishes and a sure bet every time with the kids, I don’t make them often – mainly because baking a bean pot in the oven for hours does bad things to the temperature in my house on a hot day, as well as my electric bill.
About a week ago, I woke up in the middle of the night and had an epiphany. For one entire day, I was going to cook all of our family’s meals in the microwave. Breakfast, lunch, dinner AND dessert. Yes, these are the things I wake up in the middle of the night thinking about. Please don’t judge me.
This grilled chicken cobb salad with marinated veggies has a secret… it isn’t actually made on a grill!! What??