Barefoot by the Sea

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Quick and Easy Egg Wraps

Yet another break in blogging and I'll admit it, I have few excuses. My oldest turned 13 in the beginning of the month and I was busy with that, my youngest had a field trip, I've been working and life gets in the way. I love this space to inspire and share, I get so much from other bloggers and don't want to give up this creative outlet. I'll be back as often as I can! For now, I wanted to share a quick and simple breakfast or lunch idea that's been saving me lately. 
I try to keep it healthy, especially during the weeks. Weekends tend to be when I'll indulge a bit more. Lately, I've been batch cooking egg wraps that keep me on track and are pretty healthy. I know they're definitely more healthy than the usual suspects. When you go out to eat, it's hard to ensure EXACTLY the fat, calories and nutritional content of your order, so we just hope for the best. What I love about these is that they're customizable, quick and handy. Make a batch in the beginning of the week and enjoy whenever you need some fast FUELING food!

4 eggs
Cooking spray
Cheese of your choice (I used feta)
Veggies of your choice
Wraps

Over a pan, cook eggs until they're done. Add your veggies, top with cheese and transfer to wraps while your cheese is hot and melty. That will be the "glue" that holds the wrap together. I freeze these in between sheets of wax paper. 
Have a great Tuesday! Can you believe NEXT week is Memorial Day? Time is
FLYING!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Happy MAY - it's the Hodgepodge!

Hello My Friends! It's been a while! What can I say, life got busy, then busier. After weeks of play prep and a week of performances and visits from family and friends, we ended on school vacation week. It was a MUCH needed break! So, while I had great hopes to get back to my little space here, I procrastinated and decided that was okay. I figured it would be a great idea to get back to it with the Wednesday Hodgepodge, which always gets my brain moving! If you haven't participated, come join the fun! Thanks as always, to Joyce for hosting! 

1. Can you tell I'm embracing a Cinco de Mayo theme here this week? Do you like Mexican food? What's your favorite dish? How about on the side-black beans, pinto beans, refried beans, rice? What about heat-mild, medium, hot? Will you celebrate with Mexican food and drink on May 5th aka Cinco de Mayo? I LOVE Mexican food - but, living in New Hampshire, I often wonder if I've ever had real, authentic Mexican food. I do love a great Mexican salad with grilled veggies, pico de gallo and homemade guacamole. I would probably go with a side of black beans and HOT salsa! There are so many delicious Mexican dishes, I also love poblano peppers and fajitas! I probably won't have a special drink on Cinco de Mayo but I do love a good margarita! 

2. Ever been to Mexico? For work or holiday? Love it or no? If you haven't been is this a place you'd like to visit? Can you speak Spanish? Yes, I've been to Mexico - I was a junior in college. Cancun is about as Americanized Mexico as you can get. I remember arriving an ordering nachos with my friends, only to be served stale chips with gluey, orange cheese. I'm guessing they figure college kids aren't culinary experts, at least not in the mid 90s. I studied Spanish all through school, can't speak it that well but can understand some (isn't that always the way?)


3. What's one thing you may accomplish this month? I'm hoping to get yard work done (if it EVER stops raining), plant my garden and celebrate my daughter's birthday next week. That WILL happen! 


4. If you were mayor of your village, city, or town, what's one thing you'd like to see changed, done away with, revamped, or accomplished? Is serving in public office something you've ever seriously considered? I'd love for the community to get together to clean up the sides of the roads - this time of year it's SO dirty after such a long Winter. It's a beautiful area, but we need to clean it up this time of year. I am actively involved in our school system and try to help out where I'm useful. We just had a huge Earth Day event at my youngest's school, I'm happy to be involved and love seeing the kids get so excited about greening the grounds and making their school - and community the best place it can be!


5. What's something that may be popular, but that you just don't get? The show, 13 Reasons Why - which seemingly glamorizes suicide and I'm not sure why you'd let your kids watch this show. If you weren't aware of it and they're watching, have a conversation with them - it's too important not to! 


6. Can't let this week slip by without mentioning Thursday May 4th is Star Wars Day. As in 'May the 4th be with you' ahem. Are you a fan of the Star Wars series? Exactly how much of a fan are you? On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being 'I've seen every film, own the action figures, might have dressed as Darth Vader for Halloween one year', and 1 being, 'what's a Vader?' -where do you land? My husband is the biggest Star Wars fan I know - as in, he has trunk loads of items for his "someday man cave" of little circa 1970 Star Wars figures, old Empire Strikes Back glasses from Burger King, all sorts of merchandise. He is quite obsessed and in order to be married to him, well, it was kind of a prerequisite to be a fan as well. I remember seeing the original Star Wars with my Grandmother in 1978 in Ludlow, Massachusetts. Yes, I've seen them all. I never dressed as Darth but my husband has and yes, we have several lightsabers around the house (in the attic of course), but they're handy in case we need to use "the force". 


7. Scroll back through your blog posts and in three sentences or less tell us the general theme of your fourth blog post. Does it still ring true today? Is it a topic you re-visit on your blog from time to time? The post shared my then FIVE year old's pictures she took on my phone. She was so little but loved her puppies and was creative - that still rings true today! Family and creativity are two topics I love to write about - my family is just busier these days! 


8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Happy May Friends!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Swedish Tea Ring Recipe

Last week, my youngest had her Countries Around The World Day. Each third grader has been researching their heritage and picked one country to focus on and research more. She picked Sweden. Once their done with their reports, they present them to parents and classmates in a school wide event. As part of the project, we also brought in a food or dish from the particular country. We settled in on a Swedish Tea Ring. It was delicious and I wanted to share the recipe (and photo montage) below...

Swedish Tea Ring

Ingredients

  • For the Dough:
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon butter, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/4 cups bread flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon active dry yeast

  • For the Filling:
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • For the Icing:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk, or as needed

Directions

  1. In a bread machine, put milk, egg, butter, sugar, salt, bread flour, and yeast in the order suggested by the manufacturer. Select the Dough cycle and press Start. When dough is mixed, transfer to a greased bowl; cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  2. Grease 2 baking sheets or line them with parchment paper; set aside.
  3. Divide dough in half. Roll each piece out into rectangles about 12x16 inches. Spread each dough rectangle with 1 tablespoon softened butter. In a small bowl, combine 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 3/4 cup light brown sugar, and 1/2 cup raisins.
  4. Sprinkle cinnamon mixture onto buttered dough. Roll them up jelly-roll fashion, along long side. Pinch edges to seal. Stretch and twist into rings, pinching ends to seal. Place them seam-side down onto prepared baking sheets. Using clean scissors, cut 2/3 way of the way through the loaf at about 1-inch intervals. Spread each cut slightly. you wish to
  5. [At this point, the dough can be refrigerated: cover dough with greased plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. The next morning, let pastries come to room temperature for about half an hour before baking as directed in step 7.]
  6. Alternately, cover each ring with a clean towel or greased plastic wrap and let loaves rise until double, about 40 minutes.
  7. Arrange two oven racks so that both baking sheets will fit. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  8. Bake for 10 minutes in preheated; rotate baking sheets. Bake until rings are light brown and the filling is oozing and bubbling, about 10 minutes more.
  9. In a small mixing bowl, combine confectioners sugar, almond extract, and milk until icing is desired consistency. Drizzle icing over warm pastries.

 It was a great day and she had a lot of fun. It's amazing to see how hard the kids worked on their projects. Great to enjoy some yummy food too!

Friday, April 14, 2017

April Daily Goodie Box Feature and Review #sponsored

It's been another busy week. We survived play season and am now in the thick of Easter preparations. 

I also received the April Goodie Box this month and was so excited to see the goodies! Last month I talked about the Daily Goodie Box. In case you missed it, you can check it out here. The Daily Goodie Box is 100% free so not at all like other subscription boxes out there. Simply become a member and fill out a personal profile on their site (also free). If you meet the requirements for a Goodie Box you'll be eligible for a box shipped to your doorstep! The eligibility is based on various factors like demographics, interest in current products, etc but it's worth trying to get one because the boxes are GOOD! Every month, they feature samples of a variety of food, drink, and personal care items. You'll be  asked to review your items in online profile. The more reviews you do, the better your chances of getting chosen for future boxes! Win, win, win!
Now let's check out what arrived in this month's Daily Goodie Box! 

  • Bakery On Main - Bunches of Crunches
    • Each serving offers 10 grains - so good, chocolaty and delicious, you'll want more of this energy packed snack! 
  • Slurpee - Slurpee Cotton Candy
    • Reminded me of my old days - grabbing a Slurpee in the Summer, but this was in the form of cotton candy! How fun! 
  • Eboost
    • This is their newest flavor energy plus vitamin power line. It offers a "brighter mind and healthy metabolism"! Sign me up please! 
  • Detox Water
    • Subtle lemon flavor, delicious and refreshing. Non GMO, supports healthy skin and metabolism. "Healing hydration at it's best"
  • DUDE Products - Quick Dude Shower Wipes
    • I think these would be great to bring along on a hike, the beach or wherever a stinky, sweaty guy might need a freshen up. Seems like it would work on the ladies too! 

  • Goddess Garden Organics - Everyday Natural Sunscreen
    • I do love this product and I've bought Goddess Garden Organics sunscreen in the past because it's natural sunscreen made with plant-based ingredients and natural minerals. Provides broad-spectrum sun protection, offers a non-greasy application, is certified organic, reef safe, and biodegradable! 
  • Adamia - Therapeutic Repair Lotion
    •  This lotion contains macadamia nut oil. It helps to speed up the healing process and is especially effective on aging skin and skin tears. Great for my Spring dryness! 
You can sign up to get your own Daily Goodie Box too, no credit card is ever required! Each box also contains a bunch of coupons! 
*Please note, I did receive a Daily Goodie Box to review and post my honest opinions. I did not received any other compensation. 

Have a great weekend my friends!
 
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