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So Appetizing … Part Two

So Appetizing … Part Two

My kids love to help me make grocery lists.  I’ll ask what we need and they start rattling off a list a mile long.  Had I asked today, I’m sure Caroline would have requested Ziploc sandwich bags due to the fact that I ran out and had to pack her entire lunch in Spider Man baggies. 

Something she always puts on my list are mangos.  She loves them.  And I am going to make sure I add them onto my next list because I had another appetizer at the Alaskan send off party that I LOVED.  It was mango salsa that my friend served with chips.  When I called and asked her for the recipe she told me she had just baked chicken and was putting the salsa over that.  Sounded delicious!

I can’t wait to make it and thought I’d pass it along to you as well. 

Mango Salsa – chop the following into whatever size pieces you like…
2 Fresh Mango
1 can black beans (drain and rinse)
cilantro (maybe 1/4 cup chopped
red onion (maybe 1/4-1/2 cup chopped pretty fine)
1 jalapeno (chop very fine and add 1/2 to make sure it isn’t too hot – add all if u want)
2 avocados 
I honestly think I could have eaten the entire bowl!
It’s a very secret ingredient … except it’s not.

It’s a very secret ingredient … except it’s not.

I received a VERY unexpected phone call Monday night. I was out watching football practice when my phone rang and it was the mother of Brittany’s best friend, Blake. She had recently spent the night at our house.

What her mother said was nothing short of a miracle.

She said … “Darla, Blake said the dinner she had at your house was one of the best meals she has ever eaten and she wants us to make it tonight so I wanted to see if you could give me the recipe.”

I mean I know Jesus feeding the 5000 was truly amazing, but, you have to admit, this was pretty big too.

Let me assure you … I don’t think anyone has said … “this is the best meal I’ve ever eaten” to me before…. ever.

Yep, I’m pretty for sure positive.

I cracked up because there is no recipe. None, none, none … and it is my kids favorite meal … and apparently Blake’s too.

I told her … I bought a bag of frozen meatballs at the grocery store (she said…you didn’t make them yourself? and for a second I thought I should feel guilty but only for a second). I placed them frozen in a 9 x 13 pyrex and poured barbeque sauce (Sweet Baby Ray’s) over the top (again … she asked me if I made the sauce. “Uhm, no.” Do people really make their own? She asked me if I diluted it and again … “no. Should I?”) and cooked the meatballs for however long the package said.

At this point her mom said … “this is my favorite recipe ever”. And I think the word “recipe” is being used very loosely, but it works for me.

Apparently I served the meatballs over rice because Blake said I did. I really don’t remember.

I also made my secret ingredient green beans. The secret ingredient has always been brown sugar. It’s the only way my kids will eat them and it’s all my sisters fault. She introduced them to this delicacy and they have rejected all other green beans since that time. Sisters do stuff like that.

Anyway … while we were eating, a can of root beer accidently spilled on the table and some of it went into the beans. We had all eaten (except for Bill) and I kind of forgot about the root beer.

Bill warmed up a plate later and was eating when all of a sudden he said … “these beans are AWESOME”. And Blake died out laughing because she knew they had root beer in them. And then we broke it to Bill that he was eating root beer green beans. The way he raved about them I thought just maybe we should let the food network know or something. Root beer green beans might just be the next big thing.

You just never know.

Summer Recipes – Week One – It’s a little fishy…

Summer Recipes – Week One – It’s a little fishy…

I have JOY when I go to the grocery store now.

Total JOY.

Because I can now buy food for my family and not have to worry about where I am going to put it.

Have I mentioned that I love having two refrigerators?

Because I do. It’s like a whole new world. That and the large capacity washer and I’m so happy I could almost cry.

But back to my recipe. Sunday night. I had defrosted some tilapia (because I can now see what is actually in my freezer!). I have never cooked tilapia before so I was a little hesitant.

I googled “Best Tilapia Recipes” and in literally 25 minutes I had cooked an entire meal. The recipe came from And the good news is that everyone liked it! A little spicy but I think I might have over done it on the cayenne pepper.

The recipe called for brown sugar and cayenne pepper (both of which I had on hand!) and my sister (the real foodie of the family) said sweet and spicy is always her favorite combination.

So here it is: Summer Recipes Week One

The Best Tilapia
5-6 tilapia fillets
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. cayenne or ground red pepper
1 dash seasoning salt
1 dash garlic powder

Rinse fillets and pat semi dry. Combine rest of ingredients in bowl. Rub mixture onto fillets. Place in greased pan (if using over) at 375 for 15 minutes. If grilling place on oiled grill rack or in broiler for 3-5 minutes.

I served it with:

Green and Yellow Squash Saute

1 med. sized zucchini
1 med. sized summer squash
1 medium size sweet onion
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
1 tsp. olive oil
1 tsp. butter

Cut in 1/4 inch thick slices. Heat oil and butter in a large, non-stick skillet over medium heat. Press garlic into pan or add minced garlic and cook, stirring until garlic just starts to brown. Add onion, zucchini and yellow squash. Cook, stirring often, until squash in just tender. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Some rolls and sliced fruit and we had ourselves a summer supper.

Have I mentioned I love summer?

By the way…this is what winter looks like…

Enjoy your summer!!!