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Five Question Friday

Its Friday again…finally!  I have had a crazy busy week and am looking forward to a semi-relaxing weekend, with the exception of school.  But before I can do that, we need to have our next installment of Five Question Friday to get this weekend started properly.  So here ya go:

1. Groceries are high right now what is easiest way you have found to cut back?

I find that when I actually take the time to look in my freezer and cupboards to see what I have lurking in there, and then try to build meals around those items, as well as try to make a weekly menu, I generally cut back on my grocery bill. I also try to stock up on sale items and buy things from Costco.

2. What are the top 3 things on your “bucket list”?

#1 African Safari, #2 go on a helicopter ride, #3 swim with dolphins (it used to be ride an elephant, but I did that last year).

3. Would you rather give up AC or heat?

heat.  I am always running hot and I hate, HATE being hot and trying to sleep, because I just can’t.  I think its easier to put clothes or blankets on to get warm, then to try to cool yourself down.

4. What’s your favorite cocktail??

I tend to order margaritas or martinis. I’m always open to trying something new, if you have any suggestions.

5. What was your first job & how old were you?

other than babysitting, I would say my first job was when I was a senior in high school at it was working at Burger King….I was the queen of the drive through 😉

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Red Currant Pomegranate Glazed Ham

Easter is quickly approaching and I’m getting nervous about making the main dish – the HAM – for the boyfriend and his family, especially after he just told me that his mother has gone to culinary school….pressure!  I have decided to make a red currant/pomegranate glazed ham in the crock pot because hopefully it should be easier than roasting it in the oven, and it sounds so yummy and flavorful.

Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

1 sm. bone in half ham ( about 6 lbs. )

1 cpomegranate juice

1/2 cred current jelly

2 Tbsp dijon mustard

1/4 cdark brown sugar ( packed )

Directions

Place Ham in Crock Pot, Pour Pomegranate juice in, Put on Cover and Set to Cook on Low for 4 to 6 Hour, Basting once or Twice with juice in Crock Pot

In A Small pan- Over Medium Low Heat , Put Jelly in Pan and Cook , Stirring untill the Jelly Has Softened, – Then pour through a fine mesh Sieve, Into a Bowl , Discard All Solids – and Cover Bowl, Set in the Frig. Till ready to use.

About 45 minutes before Ham is Done, Take Jelly out of Frig. and put into a Sauce Pan – Take 3 TBSP. of the Liquid from the Crock Pot and mix in with the Jelly in the Pan, – Add in the Mustard and Brown Sugar, stir to combine and Place Pan Over High Heat , Bring to a boil and Stir untill the Sugar Is Dissolved, Then Take Off Heat and set Aside.

Remove 1 Cup of the Cooking Liquid From the Crock Pot and Discard – Pour the Jelly Mixture in the Sauce Pan over the Ham .
Replace Cover on Crock Pot and Turn HEAT TO HIGH, BASTE the HAM Often with the Liquid, Cook For 30 to 45 more Minutes, Untill Ham Is Shiney and Glazed. When Ham is Cooked, transfer to a Platter and Let Sit for 15 Minutes at Room Temp. Before serving.

What are you making for Easter?


Five Question Friday

Just a quick 5QF. As always, feel free to answer the questions for yourself in the comments section or in your own blog.

1. If you were free to just hop in the car and drive, where would you go? Or, if you could hop a plane and go anywhere, where?


I would take a drive up the California coastline…I have been told it is just beautiful and I love the ocean.  I would drive all the way to Napa and then do some wine tasting before driving back.

 

2. What’s your most recently read favorite book?


I haven’t read a book in forever.  I think the last books I read were by Harlen Coban and it was a murder mystery/sports themed series.

3. What’s your favorite Spring Break memory?


Driving from NY to South Carolina with friends to go to the beach!

 

4. What do you put in your child’s Easter basket? Or, for those w/o kids, what was put in your childhood basket?

My parents never really went all out.  I think we got a few chocolates, some jelly beans and always a toothbrush and probably some socks and other hair stuff.


5. Do you get a summer haircut?

I try to get my hair done every 3 months, so at some point during the summer, it usually gets done.  Especially because I have crazy thick hair which has gotten really long, and I live in southern CA where it is super hot….its a NEED to get my hair done during summer!


Superfood Salad and Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Here are two different recipes that actually go extremely well together. I took pics with my cell phone, so the quality is not the best but hopefully you get the idea of what it looks like.

SUPERFOOD SALAD with Lemon Vinairgrette

Ingredients:

½ cup dry quinoa

1/3 cup red onion, chopped

1 orange, peeled and chopped

1 avocado, chopped

1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained

1 cup pomegranate arils

1 cup frozen corn, thawed

1/3 cup cilantro, chopped

Salt & pepper

For the vinaigrette:

2 lemons, juiced (need ¼ cup)

2 garlic cloves, finely minced

Dash of sweetener (agave, stevia or white sugar)

Salt and pepper

6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

1.       Cook quinoa according to package directions. Set aside to cool.

2.       For the vinaigrette:  combine all ingredients in a jar and shake to combine

3.       Combine cooled quinoa with red onion, orange, avocado, beans, pomegranate arils, corn, cilantro and salt and pepper.  Pour vinaigrette over the salad and stir.  Serve at room temperature.

CILANTRO LIME SHRIMP

Ingredients:

2 tsp olive oil

2 lb shrimp, shelled and deveined

6 gloves garlic, minced

½ cup chopped cilantro

1 lime

Salt & pepper

Directions:

Heat large frying pan on med-high.  Add oil, and when hot, add shrimp.

Season shrimp with salt and pepper.

When shrimp is cooked on one side, about 2 minutes, turn over and add garlic.

Saute another 1-2 minutes until shrimp is cooked.

Remove from heat.

Squeeze lime all over shrimp and toss with cilantro.

Top the Superfood Salad with the Cilantro Lime Shrimp and you have an amazing and very healthy meal.


Pinterest

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Pinterest.  I just started using it a couple of weeks ago, and I am HOOKED.  I am having so much fun pinning things that I would love to have one day, planning a future wedding, finding new crafts to try, getting ideas for photography, etc. but my favorite part is all of the yummy recipes I am finding.  I have tried a few in the last couple of weeks, and am looking forward to many more.  I will post some tomorrow of what I made tonight.  If you are on Pinterest, let me know so I can check out your boards 😉  Also I would love any good recommendations of pins.  And if you want to join Pinterest and need an invite, let me know so I can hook you up.


Weekly Photo Challenge : DISTORTED