We here at What The Flicka believe in parties and get togethers that don’t require weeks of planning and a day’s worth of ...
We here at What The Flicka believe in parties and get togethers that don’t require weeks of planning and a day’s worth of cooking and house cleaning to execute. For this reason, we love a good recipe shortcut. But, if there’s anything we love more than a recipe shortcut it’s booze.
And that’s what is so great about this guacamole recipe. It combines a handy shortcut with just a little bit of booze… (and don’t worry, you can drink the rest). Win-win!
It’s the 4th and it’s time to celebrate this great country’s birthday! Why not do it in style with the layered ...
It’s the 4th and it’s time to celebrate this great country’s birthday! Why not do it in style with the layered cocktail the 4th of July? It’s perfect for sipping while watching the fireworks show.
To make this drink you will need the following:
1/2 oz. of Grenadine
1 oz. Blue Curacao
1 1/2 oz. of chilled Vodka
When making this drink it is important to remember to pour the ingredients in order. First you will add your 1/2 oz or Grenadine. Next, with a spoon turned over so that the round side is up, slowly pour your Blue Curacao over the spoon into the glass. It will be approximately 1 oz. or the same width as your 1/2 or Grenadine. Finally, pour your chilled Vodka, the same way you did the Curacao, into the glass. This will be approximately 1 1/2 oz. or the same width as your Curacao. And there you have it, The 4th of July Cocktail!
It’s almost here! It’s almost here! We love Independence Day. It’s a birthday party for our country and we celebrate in style. ...
It’s almost here! It’s almost here!
We love Independence Day. It’s a birthday party for our country and we celebrate in style. Fireworks are legal and available here. Everyone up and down our street has been shopping and we all anxiously anticipate sundown.
Finally dusk arrives. Cookouts wrap up and fireworks come out. All the neighbors set up chairs in our driveways for the show. For hours we watch the colors light up the sky, hear the bangs and pops, and smell the cordite.
But the tastes? Those are my domain. I love to bake, that’s no secret, but Fourth of July is an especially fun time for preparing desserts because of all the ripe, juicy berries available this time of year. Many of my desserts feature them.
Just before sundown on Independence Day I set up the kitchen island with desserts. Kids and adults alike are in and out of the house all night long. Some of these will be offered this year:
I think we can all agree that I am not a domestic goddess.
I think we can all agree that I am not a domestic goddess.
I would like to be a woman who can clean and cook and make holiday decorations out of a used milk carton and a couple of pipe cleaners, but the reality is that my talents lie in other arenas (I’m not sure exactly which arenas those are, but I must have some talents…right?). It surprised me, therefore, that I enjoy packing a lunch for the Muffin Man every day.
I know, it’s shocking, especially since the last thing I “cooked” was a vodka martini with extra olives.
I admit that the idea of packing a lunch initially stressed me out. Before school even started my anxiety about having to prepare a delicious lunch that my kid would actually eat led me down a Pinterest black hole in which I found myself pinning images of flower-shaped lunch meats and bananas sculpted to look like characters from Frozen.
If you are creative enough to sculpt Disney characters out of produce, I salute you, but for those of us living in the real world – the ones who have all of five minutes to throw something together during the morning rush – I prefer a more practical approach to packing lunches.
1. Leftovers are your lunch time friend.
Whatever my kid doesn’t eat for dinner is destined for his lunch the following day. Obviously, this rule doesn’t hold if he didn’t like what we had for dinner and he refused to eat it, but we do our best to prepare something he will eat at every meal.
2. I’m not above subterfuge.
Getting Noah to eat protein, especially meat, is a major challenge. He used to eat everything, but his current preferred diet includes cheese and bread and bread and cheese. Since I know he’ll always eat a grilled cheese, I sneak in some shredded chicken and he’s none the wiser.
3. Play favorites.
If your kids will eat it, put it in their lunch. I don’t particularly like to eat the same thing every day, but Noah would be happy to eat bagels with cream cheese for every meal. I’ve found that when I include at least one thing Noah really loves, he’s more willing to try something new.
4. Wow Butter wins.
Noah’s preschool is peanut-free, but most of the schools here in the city of concrete and broken dreams are completely nut free. Wow Butter is made from toasted soy, so it’s school approved. It also happens to be totally delicious. It’s a fantastic way to get your kid to eat protein without endangering the lives of the kids with nut allergies.
5. Don’t despair.
Honestly, not every lunch is a win. Sometimes, Noah is just too excited to play with his friends to sit down and focus on eating. I’ve found that if I offer him the rest of his lunch to eat in the car on the way home, he often finishes whatever is left. If all else fails, remind yourself that it’s not how much your kid eats in a day, but how much he consumes in a week; then pour yourself a glass of wine and toast your lunchtime efforts.
Here’s what Noah ate for lunch last week:
I’d show you a picture of what I ate for lunch yesterday, but the crusts of bread and half-chewed meatball I snagged from Rose’s highchair weren’t all that photogenic.
This is an excellent soup to make on a cold night. You might even be able to trick the kids and say it’s potato soup. It’s ...
This is an excellent soup to make on a cold night. You might even be able to trick the kids and say it’s potato soup. It’s creamy and has a nice tang to it from the white cheddar. Have I told you about my white cheddar addiction? No? Well, I have a really big one. Someone needs to give me a cheese intervention!
– 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
– 2 tablespoons oil
– 1 medium onion, diced
– 2 cloves garlic, chopped
– 1 tablespoon thyme, chopped
– 3 cups vegetable broth
– 2 cups white cheddar, shredded
– 1 cup milk or cream
– 1 tablespoon butter
– salt and pepper to taste
– Toss the cauliflower florets in the oil along with the salt and pepper and arrange them in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Roast the cauliflower in a preheated 400 degree F oven until lightly golden brown, about 20-30 minutes.
-Heat the oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until tender, about 5-7 minutes. Add the garlic and thyme and sauté until fragrant, about a minute.
-Add the broth and cauliflower, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes.
-Puree the soup until it reaches your desired consistency with an immersion blender. Mix in the cheese, let it melt, and season with salt and pepper. Mix in the butter and milk and remove from heat.
Just because summer is long gone doesn’t mean you have to drink like it is!
Just because summer is long gone doesn’t mean you have to drink like it is! Enjoy this delicious and spicy margarita recipe even on the most blustery of winter days! Bring a little bit of the beach into your home, cozy up, and enjoy!