Monday, March 19, 2018

Welcome Spring! Link Party

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Welcome Spring! We're celebrating warmer weather and blooming flowers with a group of our blogging friends. You're invited to share your spring time posts with us from March 19 through April 19.

I'm not sure how the weather is where you are, but here in the DC area, we've been stuck in the low 40s for weeks, not quite winter weather, but hardly what I'd call Spring either.  But ready or not,  it is just a few days away, and I'm so looking forward to seeing how everyone's celebrating it!

Meet the co-hosts of our Welcome Spring Link Party

Each co-host will be sharing a spring time post to kick off the party. You'll find their links first in the Link Up below. Please visit their links and check out their posts. You're sure to find lots of inspiration!

I'm sharing a simple and delicious way I discovered for making glazed carrots something more than a boring side dish:

Ginger Beer Glazed Carrots

You’re invited to share any spring related posts: Crafts, Decor, Activities, Gardening, Recipes & More. If it’s a way to celebrate spring, we’d love to have you share it with us! We're looking forward to seeing your spring time creativity!

All of the co-hosts will be sharing a Welcome Spring Link Party features post on April 23, so be sure to check back.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Ginger Beer Glazed Carrots


If you're looking for a sunny side dish for your spring table, I've got one here that I think you'll enjoy! ,
Cooked carrots don't always have a great reputation - they tend to be overdone, bland, and leached of all the flavor that makes a carrot such a sweet pleasure to eat. It really is a matter of cooking properly and seasoning well to take them from sad to celebratory!

These started on a whim - somehow, I'd managed to have far too many carrots for my husband and I to eat raw, and needed to use some of them as a side dish rather than being a minor player in stews or salads.  My husband tends to be in the 'no cooked carrots' camp, although he is polite about pushing them around the plate and nibbling at a few, so I wasn't expecting him to like this.  Which means it was all about pleasing myself!

We had some ginger beer on hand which, unlike Ginger Ale, tends to be on the spicy ginger side rather than sweet - I thought it might result in something interesting here.  I pulled these little golden gems together, to go along with some chicken thighs and wild and mixed rice pilaf.

Ginger Beer Glazed Carrots
serves 4

7-8 carrots, peeled, and sliced into thin coins
2 Tablespoons butter
12 oz. Ginger Beer
1 Tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon Hungarian Paprika
salt and pepper to taste

Heat pan with half the butter, and lightly saute the carrots until they are slightly softened.

Add ginger beer, remaining butter, honey, and seasonings, and simmer on medium, stirring occasionally, until the liquid cooks down.  The honey will help create a glazed effect.

Taste, and adjust seasonings as needed.

The surprising verdict from my husband: he liked these, and even helped himself to extras!  The leftovers had a bright, gingery taste that reheated well, too.  We will certainly be doing these again, and I think they'd be a perfect side dish for St. Patricks Day (Leprechaun Coins, anyway), Ostara or Easter.

Ginger Ale would work instead of Ginger Beer (though you may wish to avoid adding honey, since Ginger Ale is plenty sweet already), but I encourage you to find some Ginger Beer - it has a much spicier gingery taste to that really made these carrots sparkle!

(originally posted March 2016)

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Awesome Life Friday #151

Welcome to Awesome Life Friday!  I can't believe we've been at this for 150 weeks!

We're so looking forward to seeing what you've been cooking, creating, growing, decorating, reviewing, giving away, and thinking about this week!

While you're here, leave your posts at the other link up we co-host here - Party in Your PJs!  It starts on Tuesday evenings, and runs through Sunday.  I hope you'll join us there as well!

After our move this past week, I have managed to unbury myself from enough boxes to feel like we don't live in a total madhouse, so it was a true pleasure to sit down, put my feet up, and visit all the posts from the last Awesome Life Friday Party.

You all are my well deserved reward!

So, now the best part of Awesome Life Friday -  the FEATURES!

DIY Miniature Carrots for Spring Decor // Of Faeries & Fauna
"I think these miniature carrots are adorable, they look so cute just laying on a shelf or counter."

Easy No-Churn Moscato Ice Cream // Dizzy Busy & Hungry
"I know it isn’t summer yet, but I am already dreaming of some of the things I would like to do in warmer weather. Right now I am fantasizing about eating this ice cream while lounging in the sun on a boat floating around on Lake Wallenpaupack, where we like to spend time with our friends on lazy summer weekends."

Phyllo Wrapped Asparagus & Gouda Cheese // Looney For Food
"Want an elegant looking appetizer or side dish that’s incredibly easy to make? Phyllo wrapped asparagus and gouda is just the thing! It’s also low-calorie, healthy and deliciously fun to eat!"

Upcycle with Spray Paint & Washi Tape // Create & Babble
"I think I’m going to use this tote for my granddaughter’s Easter Basket. It will hold a lot of candy and other goodies. It could also be used for flowers as shown here."

Mix and Match for Pretty Tablescape Ideas // Simple Nature Decor
"Sometimes its nice to mix and match patterns for unique feel. It’s the best for  a spontaneous get together with friends or family. Find unusual  patterns that grabs your attention and mix it with your favorite colors."

How to Make Uplifting Lemon Basil Solid Lotion Bars // Happy Mothering
"These DIY solid lotion bars have a very uplifting and cleansing fragrance that pairs nicely with the moisturizing qualities they offer for dry skin."

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