It’s officially the first day of summer!! Here in central Texas that is kind of a joke since it’s been hot and humid for about a month already, but what makes today the official first day of summer is that it’s the longest day of the year. Supposedly the sun will be out for 14 hours today or something like that (I’m not a scientist so don’t take my word for it).
In lieu of summer starting up, I’m going to list the top things I love about summer! Here they are:
- My birthday (August 2nd)
- My husband’s birthday (August 3rd…yep, just one day apart)
- Lots of weddings!
- The farmer’s market
- All of my teacher friends can hang out with me
- The early morning hours are light enough for a run!
- At 8:30 PM it’s still light outside so you don’t feel as bad about staying up late
- The lake and all that entails
- A time to refresh, step back, and just get re-envisioned for life
- All the fall clothes are on sale 🙂
- Peaches peaches peaches!!!
- Surprise summer storms
- Wearing shorts or dresses all day every day (gotta show off my cycling legs!)
- Grilling out!
- An excuse to go on vacation as much as possible
- Sno cones, fro yo, gelato, and ice cream are acceptable means of “cooling off”
- It’s halfway through 2014!
What are some things you are loving about summer? Favorite things to do? Favorite foods to eat?
On a different note, I forgot to mention that last week we celebrated 6 months of Kitchenspired being in existence!! Wahoo!! I have loved getting to create recipes and hopefully inspire you guys in some way. I know you have all inspired me through this journey.
I definitely have some exciting plans for this site and hope to continue to improve it. My goal here has always been to help you as my readers by providing delicious simple healthy recipes that are not expensive, while bringing us in together in this journey of getting healthy and whole! If there is any way you feel I can do that better, please let me know…I’m always open for feedback!
And last but not least, “How does Kipling sleep like that?” part 4:
Did you know I’m half Puerto Rican? That explains why I just love plantains!! I’m still not that great at cooking them, but I love to experiment with them whenever possible. Like my Bacon-wrapped plantains…that’s still one of my favorite recipes on this site!
- 2 plantains (the brown ones, NOT the green ones!)
- 1 lb ground lamb
- 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 tbsp dried oregano
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut chips
- Fill a large pot halfway with water. Add some sprinkles of salt and bring to a boil.
- While you’re waiting for the water to boil, peel the two plantains and cut into small 1/2″ cubes.
- Once the water is boiling, add the plantain pieces to the water. Let boil for about 7 minutes (the plantains should be floating at the top of the water), then pour over a colander to strain the boiling water.
- While the plantains are boiling, spray a large pan with cooking spray and set over medium-high heat. Add the ground lamb to the pan and brown the meat, stirring occasionally and breaking up the meat.
- When the meat is cooked, remove from pan and drain the grease, leaving only about 1/2 a teaspoon of grease in the pan. Return the pan to the heat.
- Add the boiled plantains, chopped onion, and garlic to the plan. Sautee until the onions are translucent.
- Add the lamb meat back in to the pan, pour oregano on top, and mix.
- Add the coconut chips and mix some more. Let hash cook for about 4 more minutes, then remove from heat. Let cool and enjoy!