Herbs…

I love summer! As I sit here curled up in my big yellow chair, the smell of my herb garden is flowing through my house. I keep my herbs by the bay windows in my sun room and I love to fiddle with them. I have loved watching my tiny little seedlings grow and flourish this summer. Some of them I grew from seeds and others were tiny seedlings when I rescued them from Lowe’s (they were severely dehydrated…it was a close call).

This year I grew a few new herbs… Lavender, Parsley, Citronella; along with a few of my favorites: Lemon Balm, Basil, Purple Basil, Sweet Mint and Rosemary.

South Carolina heat can be a beast in the summer..and my poor little purple basil got fried. Whoops…

But! I had three full harvests of my regular basil so plenty stored for winter this year. My citronella plant took off! I highly recommend planting that bad boy in a planter…he took over the box.

One afternoon, I was looking around the internet for a fun way to use my fresh herbs and stumbled upon this recipe by SARA MOULTON. I had several events to go to the past few weeks and hosted a few get togethers at my house, so I tried it out! It was so easy to make and everyone loves chatting over cheese and crackers!

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FRESH HERBED YOGURT CHEESE

Start to finish: 2 1/2 days plus 20 minutes (20 active)

17.6 ounce container (about 2 cups) Greek yogurt, full-fat or low-fat, your choice

3 tablespoons minced shallot

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley

1 tablespoon minced fresh chives

2 teaspoons minced fresh tarragon

1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic

1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary

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2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Salt and black pepper

Toasted baguette slices or crackers

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Line a large strainer with a triple layer of rinsed and squeezed cheesecloth and set the strainer over a larger bowl. Pile the yogurt into the strainer, spreading it out. Cover with plastic wrap, top with a plate and a weight such as a can of tomatoes and let the yogurt drain in the refrigerator for 48 hours.

Transfer the drained yogurt to a bowl and stir in the next 7 ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste. If time permits, cover and chill the cheese for up to 8 hours (to develop the flavor). Shape the cheese into logs or rounds and serve with toasted baguette slices or crackers. Makes a little over 2 cups.

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Nutrition information per 2-ounce serving: 76 calories; 43 calories from fat; 5 g fat (1 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 4 mg cholesterol; 56 mg sodium; 3 g carbohydrate; 0 g fiber; 3 g sugar; 5 g protein.

— recipe by SARA MOULTON —

 

I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!

XoXo,

One Cheese Loving Lemon

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Best Birthday Weekend ~ Part 2

I woke up at 5am on Saturday. I have a really hard time sleeping when I’m excited about anything :) I finished baking the Key Lime and Pink Lemonade cookies and dad threw the bacon wrapped chicken together for me.

While that was cooking, I grabbed a quick shower..to tame this unruly crazy hair of mine. Needless to say the second I walked outside it went from perfectly straight right back to insanely frizzy. We loaded Charley Tango up with the table, tent, chairs and food coolers and I was off to grab my cousin. After a 30mt haul to pick her up, it was another 30mt haul to grab CB and off to Camden we went. It was raining really, really hard on the interstate. I still have some mild anxiety when driving from my accident. Thankfully CB & Shelley kept talking to me and it took my mind off the driving.

Despite the rain, we made good time. I endured a lot of ribbing about my “old lady” driving. Better to be slow and safe than fast and dead in my opinion. We stopped off in Lugoff to pick up one of my favorite boys! He’s on break from school this week and I am super glad his mom and dad let me borrow him for the day. I haven’t seen him since Christmas and it’s always a special treat to be able to hangout with him. How we managed to cram both guys in the backseat I’ll never know..but somehow we got them in there. The boys hit it off right away and I was relieved. In case you haven’t figured it out..Lemon kind of worries about stupid stuff sometimes..and she’s trying to learn not to worry about everyone else because she has no control over stuff like that.

It took us about 20 more minutes to get to Springdale. We really didn’t sit in traffic long at all. I was quite surprised. I found my parking space with little difficulty. The boys had everything set up within about 15mts. They were impressed at how prepared I was. We had our own tent, chairs, enough food for a small army and Birthday cake!

We got lucky. The parking spaces on both sides of mine were empty so we had a fair amount of space to ourselves :) Our neighbors were super awesome! To the right was a really sweet couple from Wisconsin. Sabrina and Dan are Army :) We talked shop for a bit as my uncle (Shelley’s Dad) is in the Army. They had brought a corn hole set and it wasn’t long before some good old fashioned smack talk ensued between RJ and Shellster. A game began and I must say RJ whipped Shells pretty bad..twice. Dan had an awesome grill that attached to the hitch of his truck.

I must say it was quite an impressive grill! He told us it was the Margaritaville Tailgating Grille. He has a very loving wife :) Sabrina gave it to him for his birthday a couple of years ago. That bad boy retails for $1,199 on eBay. The boys and I were curious so I looked it up online. Needless to say..at that price Lemon won’t be getting one after all :)

It was a bit overcast the beginning of the day..but as the day went on it began warming up and the sun finally peeked out! No rain :)

RJ and headed up to the paddock to see the horses. He’s so sweet to me :) There is a running joke at the cup..What horse? Most people go to the Cup to drink and never actually see the horses. I’m not one of those people. RJ and got to stand right at the paddock for the walk around. I was in heaven! I’ve dreamed of going to the Kentucky Derby and must sadly admit that I’ve never been able to go even when I lived in Kentucky. The Carolina Cup is basically a mini-derby :)

We scoped the horses out and made a little wager. The loser had to buy the winner lunch on Sunday :) RJ picked horse number 7 and picked 3. It’s probably not a smart idea to bet against a girl who’s shown horses her entire life. I know quarter horse and thoroughbred conformation like the back of my hand..but somethings you just don’t tell boys :) Needless to say, at the 1/4 mile mark my horse was 2.5 lengths ahead. By the time he hit the finish line he was 5 lengths ahead! Free lunch for me :) Poor #7 brought up the rear in 6th place out of 7. I ashamedly admit I might have given RJ a hard time about that for the rest of the day. He got me back in race #5 though because my horse scratched.

RJ and I walked around and scoped out the walk about hats and a few other vendors. I must say I thought my homemade hat was as cute as any pre-made ones that I saw. We spent the rest of the day talking, walking around, eating and playing corn hole. It began to look cloudy about 5pm and they were calling for rain so we decided to pack up and head home. I left CB at the races lol. He was hanging out with his fraternity brothers and wasn’t quite ready to leave.

Shelley and I dropped RJ off then made the hour drive home. It was really fun to have her to myself for a whole hour. We don’t get to spend a lot of time together because of work and our crazy lives. I enjoyed it! I finally dropped her off at her brother’s house. He’s just arrived home from his honeymoon :) I left the food at their house too! (win for me!) Their fridge was a little sparse so there were no complaints.

I headed home, unloaded my truck and Lemon went straight to bed..at 7:42pm. Yes, this little, old lady was quite exhausted :) No shame..none.

XoXo!

One Blissfully Exhausted Happy Lemon!

 

 

 

 

 

8 LIZARDS LEAPING!

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Leaping Lizards! Can you believe it! I can’t….Christmas is only 8 days away! OH ME! OH MY! I THINK I MIGHT CRY!!! OHHHHHH!!

I have sooo much to do between now and then!

I’ve got too..finish wrapping presents, BAKE COOKIEEEEEEEEESSSSSS, make a blanket, finish two quilts, crochet a scarf, wash a smelly dog, house sit, dog sit, bearded dragon sit, take my truck to get the bumpers fixed, finish grammy’s present, find a present for my dad (the hardest to shop for by far!) and make gifts for my co-workers..

What about you? Are you ready? Stockings stuffed? Tree trimmed?

Have any good “dad” present ideas for the dad who has everything? Seriously…I need ideas!

XoXo!

One Semi-Stressed Lemon

A little bit of Momma..a lot of yummy :)

There are several fall traditions at our house. Watching White Christmas while drinking mom’s spice tea, making pumpkin cranberry bread and putting up the Christmas tree the second weekend in October. But my favorite is momma’s pumpkin cranberry bread. My momma has been making pumpkin cranberry bread since I was old enough to lick the spoon. Several years ago she taught me how to make it. It’s never quite as good as hers though for some reason :) My sister was home from college this weekend and we decided she couldn’t go back to school without us making a batch. We had a good time laughing as she bumbled her way through making her 1st pumpkin pie while I made PCB :) So I thought I’d share one of my favorite fall treats with you. Warning..it’s completely not Paleo or gluten free. HOWEVER! I’m currently working on one that is :)

What You’ll Need..

  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup Libby’s Solid Pack Pumpkin
  • 2 1/4 cups Self-Rising flour
  • 1 tablespoon Pumpkin Pie spice
  • 1 cup chopped cranberries ~ If you like tangy use the whole bag :)

Directions

PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease and flour two 9 x 5-inch loaf pans or a muffin pan.

COMBINE flour and pumpkin pie spice in large bowl. Slightly beat the eggs then add in sugar, pumpkin and oil in large mixer bowl; beat until just blended. Add pumpkin mixture to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Fold in cranberries. Spoon batter into prepared loaf pans.

BAKE for 60 to 65 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Recipe makes two loaves.

At our house we like to make a double batch :) With everyone running in and out and ball players dashing through one batch just doesn’t seem to last long!

So what is your favorite fall tradition? Any favorite fall recipes?

XoXo!

One Full Lemon :)