A Look Back

Finding myself a bit overloaded this week has led me to take a look back and see what I was doing this time last year.  Do you ever have those weeks where there’s not a thing wrong except your calendar is bursting with “to do’s”?  That’s me this week!

Last year I look back and find that I was nursing a sick, sick kitty.  Marley is doing great at this time and begging me to play cat and mouse with him, turn on the faucet for him to sip water, and scratch his belly, an all time favorite.  I know many of  you are cat owners – what’s your kitty’s favorite scratch spot?

It appears that we had my father-in-law for a visit at this time last year.  He’s not keen on making the 6 hour drive this year so last weekend we made it to his house.  That knocked off one day of this week for the drive home.  This year he’s also eating lettuce.  In fact he requested a green salad for dinner one night while we visited him at home.  I mention this because one of the recipes I’m sharing is for a fruited broccoli salad I threw together last year when he wasn’t eating lettuces.  Things change!

Tonight is my first night catering the food for “Enjoy! Nights”.  Twice a month the ladies at Enjoy! Kitchen Frills and Gourmet store host a special evening.  I’m so ready to do this.  Tonight’s event is “Honey Honey”.  They are featuring another bee keeper, who is on the commercial side.  She’s got thousands of hives and I have 8.  That is what makes me a hobby bee keeper.  I plan on keeping my status as such.  However, they are leaving the prep of the food, all with honey in the recipes up to me.  On the menu: Chicken Bites with Chipotle Mustard & Honey Glaze, Hot Spiced Wine, Rosemary & Honey Shortbread, and Honey-Oat Apricot Bars. We’ll also be sipping Orange Bee Tea,  (aka Tangerine Weight-Orade).  Sound yummy?  I think so.

Today I share Orange Bee Tea, Fruited Broccoli Salad, and Rosemary Goat Cheese Spread.  The goat cheese spread is one of my favorites, in fact I think goat cheese pretty much makes everything it touches turn into delicious.  Eating the raw broccoli with grapes, red onions and pumpkin seeds feels so healthful and drinking the tea revs up your metabolism and tastes invigorating going down.  I think this could be classified as a meal for vegetarians or those looking for a dose of cruciferous veggies.

Later this week my adoring hubby and I will be hitting the state fair as empty nesters.  I look forward to a leisurely day at the fair, holding hands and sharing a beer or two, eating tacos at our favorite vendor stand, Lupita’s, https://theorangebee.wordpress.com/2011/10/17/fair-food/, maybe even riding the “Love Bug”.  Well, honestly we will not ride any rides – I can’t do it….just cannot do it.  Do you ride rides, roller coasters, pirate ships, crazy upside down spin, flip, whip-lash rides?  I’d enjoy watching you and will watch others in amazement…how can they step off of those rides and walk a straight line, keep the corny dog in their belly or see clearly?  There was a day I could laugh with the best of you and climb on board all that craziness but not anymore.  Let’s just say, “been there, done  that”.



Tangerine Weight-Orade
For a powerful metabolism-boosting drink, try Dr. Oz’s Tangerine Weight-Orade. It contains: green tea, shown to boost metabolism 12% by drinking just one cup; tangerine, with a chemical composition that increases sensitivity to insulin and stimulates genes that help to burn fat; and mint, a calorie-free flavor enhancer.

In a large pitcher, combine:

  • 8 cups of brewed green tea
  • 1 tangerine, sliced
  • A handful of mint leaves

Stir this delicious concoction up at night so all the flavors fuse together. Drink 1 pitcher daily for maximum metabolism-boosting results.  Add a spoonful of local, pure honey for added health and energy benefits.
photo courtesy of:  The Kitchn

Fruited Broccoli Salad

4 cups fresh broccoli florets
3 ribs celery, chopped
1/2 cup seedless green grapes
1/2 cup seedless red grapes
1/2 cup chopped red onion *
1 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp. cider vinegar
1 tbsp. sugar
1/2 cup roasted pumpkin seeds (sunflower kernels or mixed nuts)

In a large bowl toss broccoli, celery, grapes, and onion.  In a small bowl whisk mayo, vinegar, and sugar.  Pour over broccoli mixture and toss to coat.  Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds just before serving.

*Did you know that 1/2 cup of red/purple onion can help prevent ovarian cancer?  This onion is so versatile that it’s easy to include 1/2 cup in your diet daily.  Stay healthy!

Rosemary Goat Cheese Spread

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
3 oz. log goat cheese, softened
1 tbsp. chopped rosemary
2 tsp. honey
1 tsp. coarsely ground pepper
3/4 cup fig preserves

Mix first 5 ingredients together in a food processor, stopping to scrape down sides frequently, until smooth.  Spoon cheese mix into a 1 1/2 cup mold lined with plastic wrap.  Cover and chill for 2 hours.

Invert on serving dish, remove plastic wrap.  Spoon fig preserves over cheese, garnish with a sprig of rosemary.  Serve with crackers.

About The Orange Bee

Food Blogger - Bee Keeper - Mom - Wife - Lover of Life
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11 Responses to A Look Back

  1. I hope things slow down a bit. What a great roundup of recipes.

    • The Orange Bee says:

      Hey nice to see “the gardener” stop by for a visit. This weekend is nice and slow and I am very happy! Still waiting for cooler weather. Love the raised bed you built. I only pulled one weed out of mine this summer. I need to get Dan to trim some tree branches as they are giving the garden we built too much shade. Maybe you’ve inspired me to get after him so I can plant some fall veggies!

  2. The Orange Bee says:

    It takes an observant sharp eye to notice things like that Charles! Glad I made you giggle. That guy is Big Tex – he’s an icon at the State Fair of Texas which is a blast to go to. We’ll be going for the second time next week – hoping for cooler weather.How’s that handsome baby of yours? I am truly fond of babies and kids! Thanks for stopping by.

    • Charles says:

      It was just so perfectly placed… hehe, so funny 😀

      Baby’s fine – he’s dozing away right now in his rocking chair, dreaming of light and food and his daddy and mommy’s face probably 😀

  3. Hotly Spiced says:

    Hi Linda, thanks for visiting my space. I love to meet new bloggers. I’m glad you could relate to my post. Interesting how we live on opposite sides of the world yet we spent our Sundays in a very similar way! I love how you keep bees but with eight hives, I’d call that more than a hobby. I don’t mind rides. I recently did a post about taking my little guy to Luna Park for a day during his recent school holidays xx

    • The Orange Bee says:

      I’ll check out your post about Luna Park – I take it that is an amusement park. Rides just scare the hell out of me now a days and make me very unstable and queasy…no bueno! I like meeting new bloggers also – it’s one of the perks for spending countless hours at the computer – writing and not to mention all that cooking. Just kidding I love the cooking and writing.

  4. Oooh, what a lovely post and blog you have here! Well our kitty girls love to have their bellies scratched and also an under the collar scratch solicits many purrs. I am just loving the tea and the broccoli salad…broccoli is my fave veg hands down, so I will have to try making this. Thanks for visiting my blog and introducing me to yours. Can’t wait to read more. 🙂

    • The Orange Bee says:

      Thank you for the kind words – it’s nice to meet you too. I love it when I just choose a blog to view based on a feeling I get and this time it was yours and a pleasant viewing too! When Marley is getting his belly scratched he puts both paws around my arm so I wont quit – so funny! You’re a cat lover too?!?

      • bitsandbreadcrumbs says:

        Oh yes, we had one that lived to be 22, then adopted our two sisters from a shelter 3 1/2 years ago. Cat people through and through! They occasionally appear on the blog. 🙂

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