Barefoot by the Sea

Friday, July 22, 2016

Almond Butter Banana Ice Pops

Since most of the country is enduring a heatwave, I figured I'd jump on the bandwagon and share a yummy recipe for Almond Butter Banana Ice Pops that we made this week. We don't eat a ton of dairy in our home and this tasty pop is made with delicious vanilla almond milk, which is a staple! I love the added protein power of the almond butter too! 
Almond Butter Banana Ice Pops
1 banana
1 cup vanilla almond milk
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon carob or cocoa powder
2 tablespoons almond butter (or any nut butter will work)
In blender, combine all ingredients until smooth, divide into ice pop molds and freeze.

What you get is a protein packed, delicious cold treat! These were sort of like almond butter fudgicles and did not disappoint! Since trips to the ice cream shop can get a bit pricey, this is s sure way to cool down! 

Have a great weekend! 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Al Fresco Summer Grilling Feature

*Please note, I did receive free Al Fresco product to facilitate this review however, all opinions, as always are my own*
We are about at the Summer half way point. Perhaps that's wishful thinking but the weather lately certainly has that midsummer feel. It's a great time of year: farmers markets are in full bloom, our garden is flourishing and those long lazy days of summer are here! There's still a lot of summer living to be had! 

One thing I love about summer is the ease of the grill. No need to heat the house with our oven, it's relatively easy and mess free. Nothing gives more satisfaction than a protein filled, delicious, grilled dinner. I've partnered with Al Fresco to feature their delicious grill ready options! Their dinner sausage varieties don't get much easier! With flavors including Sweet Italian, Spinach and Feta, Spicy Jalapeno (my fav) and more, you're sure to please your guests! The other night, I tried their Sweet and Smokey BBQ dinner sausage. Delicious! A little more about this delicious sausage:

  • Made with lean, skinless chicken meat
  • 70% less fat than pork sausage (USDA)
  • 30% less sodium than pork sausage (USDA)
  • Gluten free
  • Fully cooked - ready in minutes
These are perfect with a classic peppers and onions or a side of delicious relish. However you like them, you can be as creative or as basic as you'd like! I love serving mine with a side of fresh salsa for a deliciously fresh, simple meal! 
This summer, Al Fresco has teamed up with three of their favorite food bloggers for their Summer Grilling Sweepstakes!  Vote here for your favorite recipe using their Sweet and Smokey BBQ sausage and enter to win $500 and a new grill! Good luck! 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Weekend Fun

We are headed into a warm week here in the US, with temperatures higher than normal for most of the country. From the sounds of it, only the Northwest will be spared. That means a week of cold dinners here, keeping cool and lots of hydration. Iced tea, homemade ice pops and watermelon are definitely on tap this week, I'm hoping to share a recipe or two if I can get my act together.

This past weekend, we celebrated my husband's birthday which was fun. On Saturday, we headed up to Lincoln New Hampshire and hiked for a bit. Our friends recommended visiting the Flume Gorge which was absolutely spectacular. Here are some pictures from our adventure… 

On the way home, we stopped on Lake Winnipesaukee and watched the boats for a bit, and headed home tired and happy. On Sunday, we had a cookout and celebrated my husband's birthday with some yummy grilled food. We spent most the day outside although you can definitely feel the humidity starting to creep in. Our grass is getting crunchy but our garden is loving this weather! I've seen a lot of garden pictures from across the US, and ours is moving right along. I'm hoping that in addition to pinking string beans and herbs that soon our cucumbers and squash will be ready. It's only a matter of time! 

Here's to keeping cool this week!  I hope you're off to a great one!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Summertime and the Livin' Is Easy!

Here we are, July 11 and the summer is in full force. It's weird to me to think that my kids will have been out of school for less than three weeks. We've done a lot, it's been busy, fun, and relaxing. It's so great to step out of the normal school year routine. Summer is all about getting outside, doing some exploring, and re-connecting with nature.
Last week we managed to go strawberry and raspberry picking, head to the beach, visit our favorite horse barn and enjoy several long, lazy summer days. It's been a welcome break! After a rainy and cool weekend, we're bracing for temperatures to heat up once again. By the looks of it, it will hit 90° or higher for the better part of the week. That means more pool and beach time and keeping cool! 

Game on!

What's ahead for you this week?

 
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