The Old Maid

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When my sister was planning to visit I knew she’d be perfect for the guest mixologist spot during my weekly episode of Cocktails with Colleen! I asked her to pick a recipe and she said she wanted to make the Old Maid, assuring me that it had nothing to do with the fact that I’ll be turning 50 in about a month!

Of course we had a great time making the video as you can see on my YouTube channel!

Not only was it fun to make together, but it was really tasty as well! I can see this becoming a staple in our house as we lounge around our pool next summer!

Old Maid
Serves 2

4 oz gin
2 oz fresh lime juice
1 1/2 oz simple syrup
6 cucumber wheels (cut ¼-inch thick)
6-7 mint leaves
Cucumber spirals for garnish

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the cucumber wheels until crushed. Add the mint and just muddle but do not bruise.
  2. Add the gin, lime juice and simple syrup. Fill with ice to the line and shake. Remove the top shaker and strain into a glass filled with one large ice cube.
  3. Garnish with spiralized cucumber.

Enjoy!

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Guacamole Frankenstein

I was invited to a neighborhood Halloween party for the kids and was assigned “guacamole.” The host said, “You’re doing the guacamole coming out of the pumpkin.” Well, that’s been done for the last few years so I immediately hopped online and googled “Halloween Guacamole.”

A lot of pics came up and most were the usual pumpkin-vomiting guacamole. Then I came across the Guacamole Frankenstein and I was sold! Here is what I ended up with:

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As soon as I finished, I felt that he looks more like a hockey player than Frankenstein so go ahead and blame my upbringing for that one!

Instead of making the guacamole myself, I opted for store-bought for one single reason: I knew I could leave it out for several hours and it wouldn’t brown. It was a party and I didn’t want to have to babysit it. I used green olives with pimento centers and eggplant skins for his hair, eyebrows and stitches.

I mounded the guacamole on the platter and smoothed it into the shape I wanted with a spatula. I used a knife to make his mouth and then I took a large spoonful of guacamole and slid it out to make his nose, then smoothed it into place.

I wasn’t sure how the kids would feel eating his head but they dove right in and didn’t have any problems! Happy Halloween!

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What We’ve Been Eating

I’ve had very little time to do any writing. Summer is insanely busy for us and this year has proven that the trend is very much still intact. We’ve had some fun travel, first over Memorial Day weekend we went to Rehoboth Beach in Delaware with a group of friends. There were 8 of us and we had such a great time! Then mid-June we traveled to MI for my god-daughter’s high school graduation (and a dr visit for me… more on that later), then we spent 6 days in norther Michigan at the Boyne Mountain Resort. That trip was pure bliss! We had amazing family time and played golf almost every day! It was wonderfully relaxing! If you follow my instastories, you saw the pics and how wonderful both trips were.

As July rolled in, we had our annual July 4th party where 79 attended and had a fantastic and safe time! We are so blessed. The same day as the party, we also had our first house guests of the season arrive. When all is said and done, we will have guests with us for 7 weeks straight (not all the same ones!) Needless to say, it doesn’t leave much time for blogging, but I have been taking photos of what I’ve been making and will share them with you here!

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I love this recipe.. it’s the Chickpea “Tuna” Salad from Inspiralized & Beyond. SO. AMAZING. You cannot tell it’s not tuna! I’ve blogged about this before and I will continue to make this one because it never disappoints. I also use Maille Old Style Whole Grain Dijon Mustard in this recipe and it contributes to the texture.

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This recipe was Grilled Salmon with Artichoke Tapenade, Lemon Grilled Zucchini from Against All Grain and Roasted Corn with Chimichurri Butter that we made from The Fresh20.

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This was Bruschetta & Zucchini Linguine with Grilled Chicken. I did this for a demo for a Pampered Chef virtual party that I did. This is another great recipe for sumer. If your garden is overrun with basil, zucchini and tomatoes, this will become a go-to. Pair it with grilled chicken with the Sweet Basil Rub.

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This is another recipe I’ve made more than once. I have a habit of not repeated recipes as there are so many I want to try! This is the Sesame Orange Slow Cooker Chicken from Against All Grain with Cauliflower Rice. The kitchen smells amazing as this cooks and it just melts in your mouth. It’s also quick and easy!

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This lovely dinner came from The Fresh 20… Teriyaki Salmon with Broccoli Rice. It was so pretty and perfect for a warm summer evening.

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The weekend after July 4th, our neighbors invited us over for a party. A friend of mine on Facebook made this version of a Pineapple Upside Down Cake and when I saw it, I jut HAD to duplicate it! I ended up making it twice that weekend for two different events! Isn’t it pretty?

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We had some of Bill’s extended family over for swimming and a cookout so I made this one from Celebrations! It’s on the Father’s Day menu… Grilled Tri-Tip and Veggies. This platter was licked clean!

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After my most recent doctor visit, I am focusing more and more on what I put into my body. It’s so hard. I sit and eat salad while I watch others eating cheesy lasagna (that I made!) But I know it’s better for me to eat what I’m eating and possibly I can venture back into the cheesy wheat-filled world again at some point.

The recipe above is Coconut Green Curry from Inspiralized.com. The word that comes to mind for me on this dish is *lovely*. It’s delicate and flavorful and comes together incredibly fast. If you’re a coconut curry fan, be sure to put this into your rotation.

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The next day I repurposed it for lunch adding some grill chicken tenderloins. I had them in my refrigerator and needed to use them up. I couldn’t get enough of this recipe!

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Last night I made Thai Quinoa and Zucchini Noodle Salad from Inspiralized.com. Another perfect recipe! It has a mild kick from the Sriracha and the peanut sauce has just the right consistency.

For a few years I’ve been wanting to Cook A Book. Now, as some of you know, I work at a financial planning firm in addition to my Pampered Chef business and writing this blog. Now worries, I am not doing anything illegal! I will be cooking my way through a cookbook in the Julie & Julia way. I am not going to put a time limit on the completion… I’m just going to do it as I go. At the moment, I working through the Inspiralized Vegan Meal Plan. When I finish it, I will move on to cooking through Inspiralized & Beyond!

As a result of my most recent dr visit, a thyroidectomy is in my near future. A gluten-free and dairy-free diet is essential until I have the surgery and depending the results, I may or may not venture back into eating gluten and dairy in very limited ways. I had been hesitant to commit to cooking a book because there are so many recipes that I can’t have. So my plan is to start with the ones I can make without any modifications and go from there.

So for the time being, I’m putting writing my own recipes on hold because I just don’t have the time it deserves to do so. I’m disappointed but thinking of fitting that in was stressing me out and that’s definitely not something I can afford to do. Of course, I will be blogging about what I’m making and sharing pictures. Be sure to follow me on Instagram as I will be posting the pics there as I make them and blogging here a recap each week.

Thanks for reading and following my blog! Can’t wait to share my new journey with you too!

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Some of the links in this post may be affiliate links. Colleen Finley is an independent advanced director for Pampered Chef. She earns a commission by linking to products she uses and trusts. If you purchase a product through her website link, your cost will be the same, and Colleen will automatically receive a small commission. Your support is greatly appreciated and helps us enrich lives, one meal and one memory at a time!

Ooey Gooey Chocolate Chip Chewy Bars

When I knew my new Snack Bar Maker was going to arrive in a few days, I started researching GF/DF bars I could make. I stumbled upon this one on the PETA website.

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This was a test and only a test LOL. I had everything I needed to make them and I always find that very exciting! I made them last night and while they were a partial fail, I will definitely make them again!

What I learned: I needed to fill the wells with less mixture. Next time I will use a medium scoop (2 tablespoons) instead of the large scoop (3 tablespoons). They puffed up a bit and spilled over the edges. Also, I will bake them a few minuets longer so they set more. I let them rest in the wells overnight to completely set.

These are fantastic and very flavorful! I forgot I had sunflower seeds so I used pepitas instead. I liked the color they gave the bars.

When you try them, enjoy!

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Sesame Zoodles

This is a great recipe and vegan! I adapted this from a Rachael Ray recipe I had never tried, but since I really like a lot of her flavor profiles, I knew I’d enjoy it!

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What I love about this recipe is how quickly it comes together! Using zoodles instead of pasta is not only much healthier, but it’s faster too! No waiting for your water to boil, making sure the pasta doesn’t stick and then draining. It’s pretty much a one-pan meal!

I will spiralize whenever I can. I use this one and I prefer it over the others (which yes I have tried a few) because it’s gravity-driven instead of horizontal. It’s just easier to use and it’s dishwasher-safe. When you check out the link, there is a free e-coobook halfway down the page!

 

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Serves 4

3 medium zucchini, spiralized into linguine-size zoodles
1 large carrot, grated
1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
1/4 cup tamari or coconut aminos
2 tablespoons tahini
1 tablespoon roasted sesame oil
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 garlic cloves, pressed or grated
1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
3 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 tablespoon sesame seeds

  1. In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk the tamari, tahini, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, garlic and ginger until smooth. Set aside to let the flavors blend.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the grapeseed oil over medium heat for 1 minute. Add the zoodles and grated carrot and sauté 2 minutes.
  3. Add the sauce and toss to mix. Heat through 3 minutes or until bubbly.
  4. Pour into a serving dish and garnish with the green onions and sesame seeds.

Enjoy!

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Some of the links on this page may be affiliate links. Colleen Finley is an independent advanced director for Pampered Chef. She earns a commission by linking to products she uses and trusts. If you purchase a product through her website link, your cost will be the same, and Colleen will automatically receive a small commission. Your support is greatly appreciated and helps us enrich lives, one meal and one memory at a time!