Friday, January 11, 2013

Food Truck...heaven!

One side of the Rally 2013

So last night The Guy and I took the kids out on the town for a local Food Truck Rally. Two Streets were closed off to accommodate over a dozen local food vendors who, thank the Food Gods, must love food just as much as us and the HUNDREDS of people who were there waiting in long lines and soaking up the foodie vibes. The selections were eclectic to say the least and we made a round to see what all had to offer, reading the specialties aloud from the hand written chalk boards. There were fried green tomatoes. Crab Cakes. Various Greek foods. Smoked Turkey legs and sausages. Beignets and much much more. The scene was as diverse as the food. There were teenagers holding hands, hip 20 somethings and on up from there. There were little kids EVERYWHERE. This made my son so happy as he spent time running and throwing leaves up into the air like the rest of the littles. The atmosphere was absolutely lovely. Even though we quickly realized that we were kind of unprepared for so many people, we didn't give up. All of the lines were pretty long, but it wasn't something to get upset about. It was exciting! We made the most of the lines we stood in talking about the different sizes and cool features the various Trucks, Carts and Trailers had. Our Daughter, who's pallet really makes me happy ordered a Korean style meatball sub that was...Delicious. We then mosied over to another line where we ordered a few Gourmet Burgers that were equally good. Mine was the Mango Burger and oh was it good. A freshly made burger patty, topped with a slice of cream cheese and this beautifully aromatic mango chutney on a perfect sized bun. The Burger place had run out of some things as I heard the guy taking orders tell a fellow patron that they didn't expect SO MANY people to show. Man, they must have felt so worn out at the end of the night as their line was no doubt the longest.

I'm so glad we made the trip and definitely look forward to the next rally.
We might just be hooked:)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Wash Tub

A couple of months ago I drew up an idea for a wash tub for cleaning the pounds and pounds of veggies I hope to one day grow. We already grow a lot of greens in our garden so cleaning them can be tedious and time consuming as well as space consuming. Our kitchen really isn't that spacious. So I thought what better way to solve this problem than to have smething close to the garden to wash the greens in right after being harvested.
When we remodeled our home we took out the previous bathtub and replaced it with a newer one. For a year the old tub has been sitting waiting for it's repurpose. It's the perfect size for the perfect job and thankfully My Love agreed. One day after work in just an hour, he built the stand, bolted the tub in and viola! It was just a dreamed up. I have to say, I am one lucky lucky gal!

Cranberry Chutney

Twice a year I make up a batch of home made Cranberry Chutney. I'm always hesitant to share the recipe because it's my mainstay and it is usually the ONLY Chutney at the party. Therefore it stands out and is happily enjoyed. Though a condiment, it is often mistaken, rightfully so, as a treat. I have to share it simply because sharing is caring. ♥

What you will need:

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 12-ounce package Ocean Spray® Fresh or Frozen Cranberries, rinsed and drained

1/4 cup chopped and toasted walnuts
2 TB Spoons of Fresh OJ
1 TB Spoon of Cinnamon
2 TB Spoons of Brown Sugar
1 Medium Apple Diced


Combine water and sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to boil; add cranberries, return to boil. Reduce heat and boil gently for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cover and cool completely at room temperature.
Then add the rest of the ingredients. Cover again and put in the refrigerator to chill until ready to serve.

This is what we should do...

I'm proposing we have as much fun as humanly possible--go, now! Love, love with that crazy sweet never die down love. Steal kisses in crowds. Hold hands. Always hold hands. Don't let anything or anyone stand in the way of you living, breathing, being your soulful self.
Let yourself get lost every once in a while--might be the quickest way to have an adventure.
Be patient. Find a thinking chair. Take notes. Life is a whisper, a yodel, a hoot and holler. But more than any of that it belongs to you and what you do with it is what you do with it--everyday. Choices. Make good ones. Don't pimp your heart out. Don't hide the pretty. Be willing to dance when asked. Make up secret handshakes with your kids/friends. High fives are a must! pretty much always. If more than 3 people think you're weird then you are. Welcome. Write sad poetry after at least one break up. But don't drunk dial anyone to read it to them.
That would be lame.