The 5th of May, or more popularly known as Cinco de Mayo, is the day for celebrating the Mexican Armies’ victory over the invading French Army in the Battle of Puebla. It is popular in the United States as a way to commemorate the battle but also as a day of Mexican Culture and Heritage. This week’s theme centers around these celebrations and is hosted by #SundaySupper’s Jen at Juanita’s Cocina . She has done an awesome job of compiling all the fun recipes and will be hosting tonight’s chat on Twitter at 7pm Est.
A few years ago, at my sister-in-law’s baby shower, I sampled the very best salad ever. It was crunchy and sweet. There was a slight tang to the dressing that matched smokey undertones. I did not just have one plate, I went back for seconds. It was awesome. I knew that I had to try and recreate this salad.
It is baseball season and what does that mean? I am crazy baseball mom once again. Both of my boys play baseball on travel leagues this year so baseball season is a bit more crazy than usual. Crazy is good right? It is fun and I have to admit, I enjoy watching them play ball…a lot.
This week’s theme for #SundaySupper is Movie Inspired Dishes hosted by the ever talented Heather at Girlichef . My family loves movies, from my husband to my sons we have fans from all the movie genres at my house. Did anyone notice that I left myself out of that last sentence? I did, I have to admit… My name is Shannon and I do not watch movies. Isn’t that awful? I have always been a reader and rarely sit down to watch a movie. The boys can pop on a movie and I can read my book and we are all happy. Date night with my husband? I would rather catch a Detroit Tigers Game, but I do sit through the occasional movie for him. With my lack of Movie knowledge, I was worried about this theme. What would I make, did I even know a movie that would inspire my taste buds?
Pretty dresses, lilies and bonnets at church, bunnies, eggs and baskets at home… those are the images I think of when I think of Easter. However, I am the mom of boys. There are no pretty dresses and bonnets. Baskets are not filled with marshmallow ducks or chocolate bunnies. My boys like beef jerky. Cashiers must think I give the lamest Easter Baskets ever, but my boys love them. I do indulge in fancy egg decorating. I have even taken a class on Ukrainian Egg decorating, Pysanka.
This Week’s theme for #SundaySupper is Springtime dishes. This was a hard one for me. Living in Michigan, Springtime has not quite yet hit our area. We went to bed with the temps lingering around 30F and woke up to a blanket of fresh snow. The Chill in the air tells us that we are still in Winter’s grip but the longer days are telling us another story, the sun shines longer and there is hope that Springtime is around the corner.
This February in Michigan has been a cold one. Life at my house is spent bundling up children and fighting the snow and frozen waterers for the chickens. Seed catalogs have come and orders have been made. The days are getting longer and there is hope of Spring in the brisk air, but the cold is still lingering outside my door. On days when the wind is blowing and snow is swirling around, there is nothing better than a nice hot bowl of soup. It is as heart warming as it is body warming. For #SundaySupper this week, Pam of The Meltaways is hosting a Souper Sunday Supper. I am contributing a Smoked Chicken Sausage and Cheese Tortellini Soup.
This #SundaySupper is all about skinny eating, making healthy recipes to share with family and friends. The team has been hard at work making some great recipes to share with everyone. For my contribution, I decided to go with lamb. I am very lucky to have a wonderful Butcher Shop, Snooks & Colasanti’s, not far from my home. They have an awesome selection of different meats available and American produced Lamb is one of them. Lamb is not as widely consumed in the USA as it is in other regions of the world. That is a shame. It is a wonderful meat and used throughout the Mediterranean, which is known for healthy eating. Lamb is a good source of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats, Mineral Zinc as well as Vitamin B12.
Valentine’s Day, a Holiday of love and affection to commemorate a martyred Saint or a Pagan Holiday of Fertility. Either way, it is a welcome excuse to give my husband and boys, frilly cards and treats. I enjoy cooking…that may not be a shock right there I know, but I really do like cooking for my family so it is fun for me too. Win Win right?
Super Bowl Sunday… It evokes such imagery for me. The big game, the friends, family, food and we can’t forget the funny commercials. All of this is what makes Super Bowl Sunday so much fun. We are a sports family, baseball and football seasons are followed closely. We have watched all the games, rooted for the home team and then our next favorites and so on until it has come to this epic match-up. The Coaches of these teams are brothers. My boys have had intense discussions of what that will be like for them one day. Oh, and mark their words, it could totally happen to them.