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Desert Botanical Gardens & Butterflies!

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We took a quick trip to the Desert Botanical Gardens to catch the butterfly exhibit before it ended.  If you live in Phoenix and haven’t been, I highly recommend it.  My daughter was in complete awe watching the butterflies all around her.  Fun to see it through their eyes.  It always amazes me how colorful the desert is in Spring.  Happy Earth Day!

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Copyright 2013 Pam Kilyk

Apple Spritzer

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I live in the Southwest – it’s in the upper 80’s already (and has been for weeks, sigh…)  So while most of you are still shoveling your driveway, we’re trying to find ways to stay cool.  And a bubbly, ice cold drink on  a hot day is never a bad thing.

Apple spritzer

The Recipe (makes 4 drinks):

1 small apple

Ice cubes

4 cups apple juice

2 cups club soda or seltzer water

The Process:

1.  Rinse the apples, core and cut into slices.

2.  Place several ice cubes in each glass.  Pour 1 cup of apple juice and 1/2 cup soda water into each glass.

3.  Garnish with apple slices, sip, and ahhh… 🙂

My First Ottoman…

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Remember I said I’m technically an Interior Designer by trade?  Well lately I’ve had a hankering to completely re-do my living room.  My first task, recover a couple of super cheap ottomans (footstools if you like).  I’m pretty proud of myself 🙂  I spent a whopping $16 each for the stools, and a total of $11 for the fabric AND trim at a local shop I absolutely love.  What do you think?

Ottoman Footstool before

recovered ottoman after

Mini Meatloaf (aka Meat Muffin, aka Meat Cupcake)

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Mini Meatloaf (aka Meat Muffin, aka Meat Cupcake)

Call it what you will, but let’s be honest – it’s a meatball. 🙂  But a darn good meatball!  I followed the recipe almost to a “T”, and it turned out amazing.  The only suggestion I didn’t take was to turn the “meat muffin” upside down when serving so the bacon is on the bottom.  Who in their right mind would hide bacon?!?

*Pro Tip: Place your muffin tin in a dish with higher sides to catch the drippings.  I’ll be cleaning my oven if anyone needs me…sigh…

Personal Mini Meatloaf

The Recipe

2 Tablespoons butter (or cooking spray)

1 medium onion

1 1/2 pounds ground beef

1/4 cup bread crumbs (I used Italian seasoned)

1/2 Teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 Teaspoon salt

1/4 Teaspoon pepper

1 egg

Ketchup

3 slices of bacon, cut into thirds

The Process

1. Preheat oven to 350 F

2.  Lightly butter a muffin tin (or spray lightly with cooking spray)

3.  Finely chop onion.

4.  Place meat in large working bowl.  Add in chopped onion, bread crumbs, garlic powder, salt and pepper.  Break egg into bowl and mix all ingredients by hand until incorporated.

5.  Spoon 1 tablespoon of ketchup into each muffin tin (The recipe calls for 6 meat muffins, I ended up with 7).

6.  Divide the meat mixture evenly into muffin cups (the book kindly reminds us to wash our hands after this step, so don’t forget!)

7.  Place 1 strip of the cut bacon over each meatloaf.

8.  Place the muffin tin on your preferred baking dish (to catch drippings – don’t be like me!!)

9.  Bake at 350 F for 25 minutes.

10.  Remove from oven and serve bacon side up (don’t listen to them and hide the bacon!) Serve alongside your favorite veggies (we had some kale hanging around that was dying to be sauteed).

So sweet, I think

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So I recently found I have a grand love for portrait photography.  Mostly thanks to Santa and the Canon T3i he so graciously brought me 🙂  I took this picture of my daughter a couple weekends ago, and I love the way it turned out.  Best tidbit – that sweet looking face is intently focused on the scorpion Daddy is showing her off camera.  Can’t scare this kid!

 

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