Best of BBQ

Get ready, grill season is here!  If you’re a big fan of that smoky taste, love cooking out doors or think grilling is the easiest cooking method, try out these yummy recipes this summer.

Don’t like the char marks?  Try foil to get the nice smoky grill taste but without the blackened bits.

Fish

Salmon burgers

Foil feast

Fish tacos

Swordfish steaks

Veggies

Armadillo Potatoes

Vegetable quesadillas

Balsamic portobello burger

Vegetable pizza

Mexi-corn

Cowboy spud and vegetable medley

Grilled avocados

Chicken

Coconut chicken wings

Japanese chicken yakitori

Chicken brushetta packets

Moroccan chicken kebobs

Chicken with oregano and lemon

Whole chicken with bbq sauce

Chicken flatbread

Beef:

Hangar steak with chimichurri sauce

Savory beef kabobs

Oklahoma Joe’s smoked brisket

And check out my burgers blog post for more ideas too

Pork:

Pork tenderloin with peanut dipping sauce

Ribs with bbq sauce

Pulled pork

Honey chipotle glazed ribs

Red chili baby back ribs

Taco nachos

Dessert:

Cream cheese pound cake

Bananas and pineapple

Dessert polenta with balsamic plums

Berry cobbler

Pineapple berry pack

Skillet peach pie

Bananas suzette over grilled pound cake

Banana sundaes

(yes they’re all grilled desserts!)

What are your favorite things to grill?  Share your summer grilling ideas below.

Memorial Day Memories

If you live in the USA, it’s Memorial Day!  It’s a day for us to all remember and thank the troops who have fought for us in the past, and those who are still fighting.  If you’re thinking red, white and blue, you can check out this blog post or this one that I wrote last year-and don’t worry, I’ll be thinking red, white and blue for the 4th of July in a few weeks.  Today however, we’re talking about memories. The really good thing about memories is that you don’t need a physical something to remind you about the memories, they’re in your head.  But, having that physical remembrance is nice too.  Here are a couple of ideas to help you and your family treasure the memories of the soldiers in your family (as well as all your other family memories).

~most obvious is to create a scrapbook. Picture albums have really come a long way from what they used to be.  Now we can include pictures, writing, and other kinds of memories all in the pages of a beautiful scrapbook.  It’s a way to not only preserve the memories but the experience as well.

~make a memory jar. These are clear or lightly colored glass jars that have wider mouths so you can put objects in them.  Martha Stewart has a couple of examples here.

~create a memory wall.  This cool wire/string display lets you share all the photos you want, in a neat, orderly fashion as well as be able to change and update them as you feel led.

~write a book.  This is a little more of a time commitment, but usually worth the time.  Actually writing down the stories either in journal or story fashion for your future generations as well as maybe even the rest of the world lets you share more than a photo does.

What about you?  How do you preserve the memories in your life for future generations?

Summer Salads

It’s almost summer, and to kick things off in the USA we celebrate May as National Salad Month.  To get your fresh and healthy summer started, here are some options you might enjoy making (even a couple guilty pleasures)!

Green & Veggie

Pizza salad

Spinach and pine nut

Chop chop

Cornbread cobb

Corn, avocado and tomato

Taco salad

Crunchy sprout and daikon salad

Mediterranean chopped

Chopped Greek

Spinach salad with raspberry vinaigrette

Jicama salad

Green & Meat

Chinese chicken

Southern cobb

Light-n-tangy Asian salad with chicken

Asian chicken

Sesame vegetable salad with chicken

Shrimp and avocado salad

Chopped salad with shrimp and lime

Shrimp and snap pea salad with ginger dressing

Asian salad with salmon

Steak salad with goat cheese

Southwestern steak salad

Cucumber, mango, chili-spiced pork salad

Slaws

Asian chicken

Confetti salad

Chopped salmon salad

Oriental cabbage slaw

Bok choy carrot and apple

Carrot cumin

Cucumber salad with sour cream and dill

Crab salad cups

Even more

Thai peanut noodle salad

Broccoli salad

Chickpea salad

Gazpacho shrimp salad

Garden pasta salad with chicken

Guacamole potato salad

Barley vegetable salad

Boston bean salad

Dressings

Yellow pepper vinaigrette

Tomato basil vinaigrette

Lemon ginger herb dressing

Pomegranate vinaigrette

Fruit

Tropical fruit toss

Melon and blueberry

Honey lime fruit salad

What’s your favorite salad or salad dressing?  Share your ideas and salad tips below.

FF: Jenni Lovette Jewelry

Happy Friday!  This week Feature Friday is back with jewelry designer Jenni Lovette.

Why are you passionate about jewelry and being creative?
I love working with my hands, creating something out of nothing. It’s a wonderful feeling to create something that makes others happy. I like being able to express myself without ever saying a word.

What got you started with jewelry and creativity as a hobby/business?
I’m a mom and I’ve always wanted to work from home to spend more time with my children. I began toying with the idea of starting my business while still working my job in 2007-2008. I made a few earrings for some of my co-workers and they loved them. Shortly after I quit, I started making jewelry full time.

Do you have a favorite piece you’ve designed? 
Yes, my favorite piece has and will always be my “Love & Peace” denim earrings. They were the first earrings that I made while pregnant with my daughter. The response that I received from them is the reason why I’m making jewelry today. A more recent favorite are my “Full Lipped” earrings. You can see them on my website.

What exciting future plans do you have for your work?
My men’s collection is going to be getting a lot more attention this year. I’m also working on getting my jewelry into a few more boutiques around the globe. Last, but not least, I’m putting the finishing touches on another business venture I have called “The Beautiful Boss.”   My focus right now is on an exclusive line for that too.

Do you have any tips/inspiration to share?
Believe in yourself like never before. Ignore negativity and only keep positive people near. Pray before making ANY decisions. Social networking is KING. I love it and it’s a great way to promo your goods/services. Stay consistent. Take your time, be patient, and don’t measure your success according to someone else’s. What God has for you, is for you 🙂

You can connect with Jenni at her boutique, blog, Sew Funky jewelry Facebook page, Jenni Lovette page, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Thank you Jenni!  Your work is one of a kind!

If you would like your creative work to be featured, leave a comment below!

Best Burgers

Today we’re taking a look at the ever popular burger.  Don’t worry, I’ve got selections that should please the whole family.

Traditional Beef:

Carrot beef

Alton’s best

Mini burgers

Cedar planked burgers

Blue cheese stuffed

Cheese stuffed

Pineapple bacon

Jerk burgers

Herb burgers

BBQ sauced burgers

Teriyaki burgers

Other Options:

Asian turkey

Mediterranean turkey

Mini turkey

Tex-mex turkey

BBQ pork

Tuna burgers with tapenade aioli

Salmon burgers

Veggie patties

Mediterranean Veggie Burgers with Mint-Yogurt Sauce and Carrot Salad

Martha’s veggie burgers

Garden veggie

Greek style quinoa burgers

And if you need a great burger bun, here’s a fun and easy variety.

Burgers are a traditional American family meal, who do you love to enjoy burgers with? 

Flower Friends

May is National Flower Month.  To celebrate, I’ve gathered some of my Feature Friday friend’s beautiful flower creations here for you to check out.  Enjoy!

Kreative Notions, Be you card

Finding Charm, Wood sapphire and gold flower earrings

Michelle Lisa Mosaics, Mosaic stained glass lamp

Color Bakery, Flower jewelry boxes

Tonia Tyler, Decoupaged butterflies and flowers picture frame

Artistic Designs by Laurie, Flower cards

Faery Moon Godess, Rose Red flower bracelet

Honey Bee Affairs, Summer sunflower crochet coasters

BluKat Designs, Vintage flower turquoise earrings

Juergen Roth, Flower photo collection

More Than Colors, Orange stained glass daisy

Garden Vibe, Reach for the sun earrings

Jewelry by Debby, Silver flower pendant

Dale Anne Potter, Lily

GinaLi Mosaics, Embellished blue and white picture frame

Thank you for your beautiful and inspiring flower designs! If you’ve got a flower work of art, I invite you to share it below.

Making Magic for Mothers

Mother’s Day is Sunday!  It’s a fabulous opportunity to say what you really think about your mothers, and the mother figures in your life, as well as a chance to spoil and appreciate them for all they’ve done for you over the years.

Crafts:

Beaded spiral earrings

Ladybug garden tote

Makeup bag

Flower headband

Homemade body scrub

Etched glass

Mosaic flowerpot

Time capsule

Place cards

Fingerprint fish clock

Patterned dishware

Bath salts

Decorated flower pot

Flower power card

Sweets & Treats:

Cornmeal blueberry scones

Orange raisin bread

Coconut waffles

Strawberry kiwi jam

Cherry streusel coffee cake

Spiral apple dumplings

Peach pancakes and chai syrup

Cranberry wheat pancakes

Pomegranate smoothie

Jam rollups

Tropical fruit smoothie

Cheesy cherry danish

Almond crusted chicken and orzo with peas and mint

Sauteed shrimp with arugula and tomatoes

Cool cake for mom

Queen cupcakes

Heart glazed cornmeal cookies

Raspberry lemonade

Who are you celebrating this Mother’s Day?