Grilling Season

May 23, 2019

Memorial Day is this weekend, and that marks the unofficial start of summer.  Memorial Day for many is the day we remember the sacrifices of those brave men and women in our armed forces who have fought for our freedom and gave their lives for us.

It is also a time where in remembrance we get together with family and friends. I know for our family, we “unplug” and spend the weekend together eating lots of grilled food. It’s nice to be outside together, playing yard games while the smell of burgers and chicken linger in the air.

One of our favorite things to cook outside is corn on the cob! We roast our corn in burlap over a fire for about 8 hours! It’s a very long process, but oh so good!

A simpler version is to GRILL the corn! There are so many ways you can do this. Husk on or off, in foil, or right on the grates.

Make some grilled corn on the cob for your next outside gathering. You will love it too!

Visit https://www.allrecipes.com/search/results/?wt=grilled%20corn%20on%20the%20cob&sort=re for some great suggestions!

Summer is almost upon us

May 21, 2019

Warmer weather is here! The unofficial start of summer is right around the corner. So many things can remind us of summer.  The smell of fresh cut grass and long days lounging by the pool, sipping an ice-cold drink. The warm sun brightening up the day with colorful flowers blooming everywhere. While some of us love the long lazy days of summer, it is important to remember that excessive heat can be very dangerous. Particularly for our seniors or those with certain health issues. Don’t forget to stop in and check on your elderly neighbors.

There are several reasons the heat effects the elderly negatively. As people get older, the ability to notice changes in body temperature decreases. Many may also have underlying health concerns that make them less able to adapt with heat.

There are some tips for keeping safe in the summer or hot weather, for everyone, not just the elderly.

  1. Drink plenty of liquid! Dehydration is a huge issue. In the summer months, drink lots of water or juice, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine. Ask your doctor what they recommend specific to your health plan if necessary.
  2. Wear the right clothing! When it is hot, wear light colored and lightweight clothing, cotton is best! Loose fitting is also a plus! A wide brimmed hat will also help keep the sun off your face.
  3. Stay indoors during the mid-day, usually between 12pm – 4pm. It’s also a good idea to avoid any exercise, particularly outdoors during that time when it is very hot out.
  4. Watch the weather. If there is high humidity, it will feel much hotter out than when the humidity is low.
  5. If possible, seek out somewhere that has an air conditioner. If your home does not have an a/c go somewhere that does, such as a library, the mall, a senior center, or go see a movie!
  6. If you live in a home that does not have air conditioning, try to keep your home as cool as possible. Limit use of the oven, keep curtains closed during the hottest part of the day, open the windows only at night.
  7. Shower, bathe, or sponge off with cool (NOT COLD) water.  

Heat Exhaustion is a risk for everyone.

Heat exhaustion is a warning that your body can no longer keep itself cool. Some symptoms are extreme thirst, dizzy, weak, uncoordinated, or nausea. You may sweat or you skin may feel cold and clammy. Some people experience a rapid pulse. You should rest in a cool place and take in plenty of fluids. If you do not start to feel better, seek medical attention. Heat exhaustion can progress to a heat stroke, which is a medical emergency.

If you have a heat stroke, you need to seek medical assistance right away. Signs of a heat stroke are, fainting, a change in behavior, body temperature over 104, dry, flushed skin, strong rapid pulse OR a slow, weak pulse. Don’t hesitate to ask for help!

Go out and take advantage of all the activities our area has to offer, keep these few safety tips in mind and ENJOY your summer!

Grilled Asparagus

May 8, 2019

When it’s nice out, we love to grill! Those grill marks add SO. MUCH. FLAVOR. And can make pretty much any green vegetable feel like less of a chore. 

For perfect grilled asparagus every time:

  1. Let your grill (or grill pan) preheat. You want it HOT, so that you hear a sizzle as soon as the asparagus hits the grate. This is where that char comes to play. 
  2. Cut off the woody ends. Trim the bottom inch or so off each spear. It’s the part that tends to be super tough. 
  3. Season your asparagus generously. 
  4. Be patient. If the stalks are pretty big, they might take longer to cook. The asparagus is ready when you can easily pierce the middle with a fork. 

What should you serve with this? Literally anything. Bottom line: Grilled asparagus tastes good with pretty much everything. 

INGREDIENTS:

  • asparagus, stalks trimmed
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Sometimes I wrap in foil (like a tent) instead of placing directly on the grill. You can add any seasoning you like, get creative! Add some garlic, butter, lemon, pretty much anything!

 DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat a grill or grill pan over high heat. Toss asparagus lightly in oil and season generously with salt and pepper.
  2. Grill, turning occasionally, until tender and charred, 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. ENJOY!

Mother’s Day

May 8, 2019

Remember when you were in grade school, Mother’s Day was coming, and you created a special picture, poem, or art project for your mom?  

As a mother of 2 kids, I can say that I get teary when reading the homemade stories and poems my kids bring home from school. But I must say, one of my favorite things about Mother’s Day is simply being with my children, spending the day exploring our local nature trails, grilling some of our favorite foods, and just spending the day relaxing. Although this year we will be spending the day at the baseball field watching my son do what he loves at a tournament. The food may not be grilled, it will be fried as we will be hitting up the concession stand for some fries, and it may not be as relaxing as I would like, (man can baseball games get stressful!) I will enjoy spending the day with my family.

Sometimes spending time together is much more valuable than gifts. Making the effort to visit or call can sometimes make all the difference. Cherish the moments that you have with your family, no matter how much or little time you have to give. I can assure you; your mom will appreciate it.

What is your favorite thing to do on Mother’s Day?

Sometimes a phone call means everything.

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