In the Mood for BBQ

In the Mood for BBQ
In the Mood for BBQ by Marjorie Ann

I’ve always been afraid to cook on a grill since I singed off some hair and ended up with wiry eyebrows for a month as a young woman (before I met my honey). Nearly 20 years later and now that we actually have a home that has a backyard, the hubs and I have been shopping around to see what we’d like for our very first gas grill! It’s both exciting and overwhelming and to be honest I’m guessing we won’t be picking one up until the end of season sales since we typically have all our family and friend BBQs at the same places (i.e. someone else’s house). But the summer is open season for grillin’ and chillin’ so I’ve been cooking up some inspiration for us while we check out our options.

Amazing Summer Grill Recipes

Enjoy! ❤

Alluring Agave

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Photo by Marjorie Ann

These small agave plants have an alluring quality to them with their thick sculptural leaves and radiating design. They are some of my favorite landscaping plants and these smaller ones are happy surprises on the edges of desert garden paths. Plus, they always make me think of tequila, which makes me think about sipping ice-cold margaritas!

Speaking of tequila, here are a few fun recipes. I’ve been trying to upgrade our little home bar to include the fixings to make more of our favorite drinks. For ease, I’ll probably start with a classic like this:

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Then I’d like to try these out:

Thanks for visiting and enjoy ❤

 

Tropical Pool Date

Pinky Flamingo Pool Date

Pinky Flamingo Pool Date by Marjorie Ann

It’s getting hot, hot, hot! Which is perfect weather for lounging around the pool! I’ve been loving all the tropical themed pieces this year and flamingos are always so fun. Topped the board off with my favorite drink – a pina colada! I’ve been having a blast creating mood boards. They are a great way to quickly express a burst of creativity.

 

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Photo via Onboard.com

Some other fun drinks to try:

Enjoy! ❤

Peppermint Bark Sea Salt Popcorn

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L.I.T.T.L.E. – December 16, 2016

Peppermint bark is one of my favorite candies for the holidays! Add that with one of my most favorite snacks, popcorn, and we have a recipe for a waistline disaster! There are a lot of recipes out there for Peppermint Bark Popcorn. This one is an adaptation from Cooking Classy’s Peppermint Bark Popcorn. I love my sweet things to be a little more on the savory side, so here’s my take on this classic winter holiday gift snack!

Peppermint Bark Sea Salt Popcorn

Prep: About 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 C Un-popped Popcorn
  • 2 C White Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4 C Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 3-4 drops  and 1-2 drops Peppermint Oil (or extract)
  • 6-8 Candy Canes (crushed)
  • Oil Spray
  • Sea Salt

Crush candy canes and set aside. Then pop the popcorn how you like (we love air-popped!). While popcorn is popping, set up a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Put popcorn in a large bowl, removing un-popped kernels. Spray popcorn with oil (I love to use my Misto for spraying healthier oils and avoiding aerosol sprays) then sprinkle with sea salt to taste. Toss popcorn, spray oil, and sprinkle sea salt until popcorn is evenly seasoned.

Using the directions for melting, melt white chocolate in the microwave until smooth: 45 seconds and stir, then 15 second increments, stirring vigorously after each interval until melted. Add 3-4 drops peppermint oil to the white chocolate. Stir well. Working quickly, pour white chocolate over popcorn and mix thoroughly. Now spread over the parchment lined baking sheet. Sprinkle crushed candy canes over the popcorn while the white chocolate is still wet.

As that cools, melt the semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave until smooth. Add 1-2 drops peppermint oil and stir well. Scoop melted chocolate into a small Ziploc bag and snip the corner to create a mini-piping bag. Drizzle the chocolate over the popcorn. You can let the popcorn sit out on the counter to set or pop in the refrigerator or freezer for faster setting (so you can eat it sooner!). Once set, break up the peppermint bark popcorn into pieces. Enjoy and store leftovers in an air-tight container!