Friday, July 10, 2015
Backyard Campers ~ Recipe Review
Now that we have our back porch furniture out (although it's all covered up today again), and we are enjoying it every now and then. We all noticed something - birds in my camper bird house.
They are camping out a bit tilted, but don't seem to mind it. You can hear the babies chirping from the back porch too.
Lucky for me, they are happily singing wrens. They are so tiny, but sing a mighty beautiful song. They make me happy. They make me smile.
And that's not all who is camping in the backyard.
Our 16 year-old turned sixteen last month, and is having her "Sweet sixteen" party - a backyard camp-out with her friends this weekend. Tents will be pitched, games played, a scavenger hunt, fun food, and cake and ice cream. Maybe a campfire and some roasted mallows and s'mores. I agreed to water balloons, as long as the balloons get picked up afterwards too. If it rains, or is too wet, we'll just have to go to "Plan B."
The most recent new recipe we tried, was Sesame Noodles with Spinach and Zucchini Saute. I used shell peas, but had to buy the spinach. I actually had organic ginger on hand and used it, although it says optional in the recipe. The only thing I changed, was the type of noodle. No big deal. I even had organic green tea on hand and was intrigued it went in this recipe (love, love, love my tea infuser). I had zero noodles on hand that the recipe suggested, including homemade. I only had spaghetti, so I used that, and I mixed everything together in the end. Note: Spectrum makes a non-gmo, organic sesame oil, sold in most organic sections of stores (maybe health stores too).
Taste tester results? A few felt the taste was a bit bland. A few felt it needed more soy sauce. I thought it was a bit bland at first too, but after eating it, the flavors all went together. For me I wouldn't change a thing. I really liked it. Next time I make it, I'll use homemade linguine noodles.
Although I don't have a photo to share, Hubby and I spent time on the porch watching Mama deer and her babe again. Ah, the good things in life....