Serving This Week 5-18 To 5-22-2020
Come and see what I will be cooking up on Marilyns Treats this week!
This is what I featured the week of 5-11 to 5-15 on my blog. On Tuesday was aPerfect Chili Seasoning Mix. Wednesday saw a Sweet Pickle Relish. Thursday was a Coffee Creamer bundle. And winding up this Week of Homemade was a Cocktail Sauce. Enjoy!
If you missed what I served up last week please click Serving This Week 5-11 to 5-15
Lately I have decided not to buy seasoning packets or staples that will go bad before I have finished them.
I find them more nutritious and I can change them up to my specific tastes.
Researching my Tip Friday and Meal Plan series I have found most ingredients are already in my pantry.
And I know the freshness dates as well.
These recipes are very simple and quick to make. And I am saving money along the way!
Homemade Sweet Pickle Relish is so simple to make. Let your extra fresh cucumbers work for you all year long.
I love relish. And Sweet Pickle Relish is my absolute favorite.
I am a creature of habit. And the way I use my condiments are no exception.
For instance. Mustard ONLY goes on salami sandwiches, liverwurst, sausage or those big hot pretzels you get at a sporting event.
Ketchup gets saved for hot dogs and hamburgers, french fries scrambled eggs. (Yes I am one of “those” people).
Cocktail and tartar sauces are strictly for seafoods, hush puppies and fries that are served with fish.
And relish? Why that is for hot dogs and tuna salad!!
We used to buy our condiments. But with dietary changes and trying to live without preservatives I have started making my own.
This way I can control the freshness, ingredients and how much I will have on hand.
And some I can spice up or down to suit my needs. No reason to have a bunch of different types around.
But relish?? That one is near and dear to my heart.
I am the only person in my home that loves sweet pickles. Or sweet pickle relish for that matter.
And I make a fair amount of tuna salad. So having it on hand when I need it is a must.
It is very easy to make. But like any food you pickle it does take time. And you can’t skip any steps.
I have been using this recipe from Old World Garden Farms for a while now. And it has never failed me.
It makes about 3-4 pints of canned relish. And that lasts me throughout the summer.
This Sweet Pickle Relish is a recipe you will want to give a try!
I love my coffee in the morning.
It is integral part of my routine.
I get up, take my meds and come into the kitchen and get my breakfast. It is always something light. A bagel and cream cheese. Toast and jam. Or some kind of yogurt.
I fire up the iPad and answer my mail. Sift through some social medias and look at the editorial calendar for the day.
I like that. It makes my morning sound like I am actually working a career and not a hobby.
Then when Miss J comes down the stairs we watch some great shows.
Right now she is on a kick watching “Get Out of My Room”. It is a takeoff from the HGTV restoration shows. But it is a team of 2 that are remodeling The room of 2 siblings that are sharing a room. They take an unused room in the home For one and also remodel the current bedroom for the other.
It is definitely scripted like Beachfront Bargain Hunt or Love it or List it. Kinda cute and has some great ideas anyone can do. I have even seen projects similar from my DIY friends.
Then it is “me” time and I enjoy my cup of joe.
And that coffee contains my obsession. The coffee creamer!!
I don’t care what popular flavor it is as long as it isn’t seasonal.
And when there is no creamer around, my disposition quickly changes. Everyone watch out!!
I am not foregoing my coffee!
There is no excuse not having bottle or two of my favorites on hand.
But with the grocery crunch many of the creature comforts are not available.
So I have had to resort to making my own.
Coffee creamer, whether regular, low fat or sugar free is a recipe I can easily make as needed. Just a few ingredients a shake and a pour. Deliciousness awaits!
I have also included a few variations from the basic version. And all the nutritional values are in each
I must admit, being able to control the ingredients and not having all those preservatives had made enjoying my morning coffee even more rewarding!
Homemade Cocktail Sauce can be made in just 5 minutes with 5 ingredients that are already in your kitchen. Why not eat fresh?
I love a good cocktail sauce when I am serving shrimp, scallops, clams or other seafood.
Whether the seafood is baked, cajun style, blackened, broiled or fried doesn’t matter in the long run.
This recipe compliments each style. And I am a dipper.
Whatever sauce I need, whether it be tartar, cocktail, BBQ or ketchup my entire meal needs to use the same sauce.
Any starch I am serving with the seafood gets dressed the same way. I guess it is my OCD.
Store bought Cocktail Sauce gets shoved way back in my fridge and is promptly forgotten.
Forgotten for so long I never remember I have any. And another bottle is purchased. And that bottle soon joins the other.
So why take up that fridge space for something that sticks to the bottle and lid so hard you can;t get it open?
And besides that. Have you ever tried to pronounce half the ingredients listed on the label?
As I am getting older I am getting wiser in the choices I make.
Cocktail Sauce is just to easy to put together at home.
It stays fresh. I have just the amount I need. And I control the ingredients that are in the recipe.
In these days of having everything conveniently in had we need to break the cycle.
Get healthy. Stay happy. And save that extra fridge space for a treat you want to enjoy.