Welcome to One Little Corner of the World. I share with you new recipes, some family recipes, and the antics of my kids. Enjoy reading!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Summer camp

The boys went to cam for the first time this year.  It was only for three days, but I totally missed them!  I can't believe how much I missed their noisiness, hugs, arguments, snuggles, and all that goes with raising boys.  It was so quiet Monday night and cooking dinner for two was strange.

They went with two of their friends from school.  The camp is located in a small town about an hour away.  There is a nice lake and the boys cabin sat right on the lake.  They told me they had the best view of the lake, but the worst bathroom.

Going to their camp brought back so many memories of my days at camp.  I think my summer camp times were some of the best times from my childhood.

All the councilors at camp had camp nicknames - the boys' councilor's name was "Falcon."

 They had a blast, though, and are ready for more next year.  I have a year to get ready for the empty nest again.  

Baked Eggs

Yesterday, I  decided to bake my eggs for breakfast.  It was so easy.  I also made toaster hash browns to go with them, but I cooked mine in the oven.  It was a quick easy breakfast that I am adding to my breakfast menu rotation.

Baked Eggs

4 eggs
chopped ham or other meat
salt and pepper
grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Butter two ramekins on sides and bottom.  Add chopped ham to the bottom of the ramekins.  Add two eggs to each ramekin - try to not break the yokes.  Add salt and pepper and little broken bits of butter to the dish.  This helps the eggs to not burn.  Top with grated cheese.

Place ramekins in a shallow pan and fill pan with water.  Bring to a simmer on the stove top.  Place in oven for 5-7 minutes until whites are just set.  Serve immediately.


Sunday, July 10, 2011

Frog in the Pool!!!!

Last night, Dad and the boys were going to get into the pool.  First we had to get out the largest frog we have ever seen in our neighborhood.  It took a few minutes to scoop it out of the pool as he was hopping from side to side very quickly.  The boys thought it was pretty cool - he was large!

Anyway, he seemed to kind of pass out for a few minutes.  We carried him to the water in our ditch in the front yard and set him down.  I didn't hold out much hope for him, but when I went back later to check on him, he was gone.  I guess he woke up and hopped away!

KC Masterpiece Buffalo Sauce

I received a bottle of KC Masterpiece Buffalo Marinade as a gift from Foodbuzz and Masterpiece.  It is very easy to use.  Just pick your meat, and marinade for 30 minutes in the fridge.  If you want even more flavor, just brush on more while on the grill.

I chose to make buffalo shrimp tonight for dinner.  All I did was clean the shrimp and marinade in the buffalo sauce for 30 minutes.  It couldn't have been easier, and the flavor was pretty good too! If you are looking for a quick meal, KC marinades are for you.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Exploring in the Outdoors and Making a Quick Dinner

Ok, so the other day, I took the boys to Silver Lake with a friend of mine.  We had lunch and then explored a bit of the lake.  Everyone had a good time, and the kids really liked climbing the rocks.  I love summer and the different activities that we get to do.  It is really nice to have such a nice lake right in our own back yard.  It was a perfect day for a picnic and a small hike.  I think we are planning to return to do some more exploring.

For dinner that night, I looked to the fridge.  I had some chicken chorizo sausage, arugula, pasta, and cheese.  I decided to make a light pasta dish with with the sausage and arugula - yum!!

8 oz pasta - your choice.  I used up leftover whole grain pasta
1 large garlic clove, minced
2 tbsp olie oil
3 links Chicken chorizo - cooked and sliced thinly
1 cup white wine
1/2 cup chicken stock
5 large handfuls arugula lettuce
pasta water
1/2 cup parmesan cheese - shredded
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Cook pasta according to package directions.  While pasta is cooking, heat up garlic and chorizo in a large skillet with olive oil over med high heat.  Deglaze pan with white wine and chicken stock.  Bring to a boil, add cooked pasta and arugula.  Stir to wilt lettuce.  Add cheese and salt and pepper to taste.  Serve immediately.  Yum!!

My oldest just loved this pasta.  It is a really light and airy dish that is perfect for the summer.  Next time you don't know what to cook for a meal, look in the fridge - the answer might be in front of your nose!

Vacation to the Outer Banks.....Again

We went to the Outer Banks for our vacation again this year.  We really like North Carolina, and the boys are in love with the place.  We are planning on going back again next year.  We stayed at a different hotel this year - The Nag's Head Inn.  While the rooms were a little small, the hotel was clean and well managed.  The staff was very friendly and helpful.  Our room overlooked the ocean; it was so relaxing to sit and listen to the surf and watch the water.  I am always amazed by the power of the ocean.

I kind of felt like we were totally reliving last years vacation, as we stopped at Los Avages in Charleston, West VA just like last year.  We really like that Mexican restaurant.  The food is simple but very good, and the margaritas are some of the best I have tried.

As we were driving in the Outer Banks, we couldn't help but notice the smoke that seemed to be everywhere.  We looked for the source of the smoke to no avail;  we finally arrived at the hotel and asked the desk clerk where the fire was.  She told us that the fire was in the flatlands quite a ways away from Nag's Head.  Depending on which way the wind blew determined how much smoke was in the area.  We were a little worried that first night, as the smoke was very thick, but we didn't see much at all for the the rest of our time there.

Just like last year, we went to Pamlico Jack's for dinner our first night.  I had the same dish I had had the year before - tuna.....yum.  Hubby had tuna as well, but his was prepared differently.  We tried a new restaurant called Awful Arthur's.  We will definitely be back.  The food was excellent - the kids tried clam strips and loved them.  I had sauteed soft shelled crabs and Hubby had a combo plate.  We were all very impressed.

For our last night, we went to Pier House, a restaurant we have gone to each time we have visited the Outer Banks.  It is a small restaurant, but the food is probably some of the best we have ever had.

We just happened to stumble upon it when I was pregnant with my oldest.  We had taken a vacation to the East Coast; Williamsburg, Asheville, and the Outer Banks.  We only spent an afternoon in the Banks, but it was a memorable time for us.  We had dinner at the Pier restaurant and then took a walk on the pier.  This year, we went fishing on the pier first - I caught the ocean's smallest fish.  The boys had fun trying out different fishing poles and watching the ocean water.  Our dinner this year was as good as ever.  I don't know what it is about the place.  It is a simple restaurant, nothing fancy.

We spent lots of time on the beach, and we visited another lighthouse.  This year we climbed to the top of the Currituck lighthouse - the last lighthouse built on the Outer Banks.  I don't know why, but there is something romantic about lighthouses.  I just love them.

We decided to take some bread out to the sea gulls on the beach.  What was so interesting is that we found one gull close to us, so we decided to give him a little bread.  Within twenty seconds, we had about seven gulls flying around us.  It was like the one gull had sonar or something.  The boys thought it was really cool, and I think I got some neat pictures.  We got the idea from a waitress, who told us that the gulls will take french fries right out of a person's hands.  The boys were hooked after they heard that.

There was much more that we did, but I would need a week to tell you about it.  What I want to say is that I feel very fortunate to be able to spend time with my family in such a beautiful spot.  Creating memories for the kids is very important - for us too!  Have a great day!!