Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Pumpkin Spice Latte

 Image and Recipe reprinted by permission of Gibbs Smith.

I've been a little slow at posting on my blog this summer. We've had the wedding of our son, our beloved grandson Xavier to smother in hugs and kisses and are simply goofing off now. Most of the summer, Joe has been working on projects for friends and neighbors. He's a handyman, jack of all trades and trustworthy. He plans to supplement our income when he retires since he enjoys it and is good at it.  

 I was offered a beautiful cookbook to review, and how could I refuse since I love everything pumpkin. If you are a pumpkin lover, "Pumpkin It Up" by Eliza Cross is a beautiful book to put on display and cook your way through it this fall. My oven was in need of service so the first recipe I tried was the Pumpkin Spice Latte.  I made two servings instead of four and was in pumpkin heaven!  If you give this a try, let me know! 

Pumpkin Spice Latte
Makes 4 servings
31cups milk
1cup canned or cooked pumpkin purée

1cup sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
11cups strong coffee or espresso 

Whipped cream, for topping

Chocolate syrup, for topping

In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the milk, pumpkin, sugar, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice. Heat, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves. Add the coffee or espresso and heat just until small bubbles form around the edge of the pan. Divide among 4 large coffee mugs, top with whipped cream, and drizzle with chocolate syrup.

I promise to share wedding photos soon. Thanks for stopping by. I am joining Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Winner!! & A Summer Recipe To Share

Winner is Stacey from Poofing the Pillows


 Leave a comment or send an email with your best guess of where this photo was taken.  One Winner will be chosen from all entries received by the Traveling Tote blogs by Aug 9th
 Your guesses were correct! I am at the famous Bow Bridge in Central Park. The bridge is located mid-park around 72nd Street. This is my favorite park.

This grilled swordfish was so amazing that I have to share the recipe with you. I received a jar of beach plum jelly from Cape Cod, and honestly wasn't sure what to do with it until I found this recipe. The recipe is five stars! If you try it, I'd love to know. 


Thank you Edible Boston for this wonderful recipe. "This recipe makes an easy compound butter, which becomes a light, flavorful sauce for seafood. Swordfish is at its best in late summer, and you’ll see its cuts are thicker and heavier."
Makes 4 servings.
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
2 tablespoon fresh tarragon, finely chopped
2 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 tablespoon beach plum preserves
1 tablespoon scallions, finely chopped (white part only)
½ teaspoon lemon zest
2 pounds swordfish
Olive oil
Fresh-ground black pepper
Kosher salt
For the compound butter, mash the softened butter in a medium bowl with a fork. Add the herbs, beach plum preserves, scallions and zest. Mix thoroughly. Scrape the butter mixture onto plastic wrap or parchment paper and roll into a log. Chill the butter so that it becomes firm.
Prepare your grill and bring to high heat.
Meanwhile, rub both sides of the swordfish with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill fish 5 minutes, giving a ¼ turn after 2 minutes to create grill marks. Repeat on the other side until cooked through. It should be flaky and not translucent. Remove from heat.
Slice the compound butter into 4 pieces. Top each swordfish portion with a piece of butter and cover with foil. Allow the butter to melt over the fish as it rests for 3-5 minutes. Serve immediately.


Monday, August 1, 2016

Where's My Tote???....A Giveaway!

I hope you're having a wonderful summer! International Friendship Day was July 30th and in the Land of Blog, I have enjoyed getting to know you and treasure our friendships. I appreciate your visits and comments! 

Can you guess where I am in the photo above? Feel free to leave a comment or send an email with your best guess of where this photo was taken.  
One winner will be chosen from all entries received by the Traveling Tote blogs on August 9. For more chances to win, visit all of these blogs on their August 1st post and try to guess where each photo was taken!  Good luck :-)           
         Debbie with Miss Aurora Mountain Breaths 
Emily with Miss Courtney Childs@ The French Hutch
Linda with Miss Rosie @ More Fun Less Laundry
Patti with Miss Kenzie and Miss Taylor @ Pandora's Box
Rita with Miss Luna C Panoply
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul

The lucky winner will receive French Milled Soaps which look beautiful in a soap dish. 
Thanks for stopping by! 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

MacKenzie-Childs Barn Sale 2016

 What can I say.....I am married to the BEST barn sale shopper EVER. We have so much fun, and Joe enjoys it as much (if not more) as I do. If he didn't go with me, I would save a LOT of money.  As soon as we get through the "gate", he takes off and heads for the tents while I shop in the Enamelware Barn. We both have different experiences, and share our stories on the drive home. If you're interested in the MacKenzie-Childs Barn Sale, I would recommend going on their Facebook page to see all the photos. 
 This year, we filled four paper shopping bags (they give these out when you are waiting in line). 
 As always, the property is gorgeous and we only waited in line for an hour and 15 minutes. The staff was exceptionally helpful. Each day they have an additional 20% off on specific items and typically the sale is 50-70% off.
 This is the entrance to the beautiful farmhouse which has tours.  
 Joe managed to get his photo taken in the Courtly Check frame that the barn sale girls in the pink shirts were walking around with. Social Media :-)
I want to sit here. 
And here. 
Oh my, look at the time--it's a quarter to chic! The "timing" was right and I decided I would like a new watch.
Here's most of my purchases. Lidded containers, small bowls, wallet, pitcher, paper plates, ribbon, butterfly placemats, potholders, soap dish, bunny with basket and some children's items for gifts.  Some items they had a ton of (brooms and lamp shades) and other items went quick. Like this Courtly Check rabbit but they brought more out on Sunday.
A beautiful day for the barn sale! Just 360 days until the next barn sale. 

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, July 18, 2016

Skip The Line at the MacKenzie Childs Barn Sale

 I jumped at the chance to  #SkipTheLineMC at the 2016 Barn Sale. On Sunday, I entered their Instagram photo challenge and shared a selfie with my Courtly Check phone cover and purse. If you've never been to the Barn Sale, let me tell you that it is NOT in my blood to wait in line for THREE hours but I did in 2013 because I went on Day #2 which is a popular day. A friend of mine goes on DAY ONE due to the fact that she spends big bucks on furniture and it is quite a savings. During my three hour wait in line, I found that most of the shoppers had flown in from other states. That was our fourth annual trip to the barn sale, and we have always gone on a Saturday except that year.  This year we are going on Saturday, and if we get there by 7 a.m., we usually get in during the first wave at 8 a.m. 

The photos below were just a few that were submitted for the  #SkipTheLineMC at the 2016 Barn Sale Instagram challenge. MacKenzie Childs barn sale shoppers are so much fun and creative! If anyone is interested in going to the Barn Sale in 2017, let me know and I will help you organize your trip. 

I also submitted this photo with the Parchment Check vase. I use it all summer. 
Thanks for stopping by!