Sunday, June 27, 2010

Day 21: Grilling, pooling, and giving things away...






Sometimes. Sometimes you have little kids who think they are smarter than you. And they have to be taught a lesson. I asked... I begged... "Lauren, won't you jump into the pool so I can get a picture of you in mid-air?" But she wouldn't listen. She just didn't want to cooperate. She forced Eric into action. (Wouldn't I love to have those long, thin legs?)

HELLO, Internet! We've had a very nice Sunday filled with church, a wonderful dinner with friends, and tiring the children out at our friend's pool.













We LOVE eating over at Marty & Arielle's house... Marty is an AMAZING chef! (Arielle says she doesn't cook- she's just Marty's muse.) Tonight we had grilled chicken, grilled corn, grilled artichokes, and fresh fruit. It was DIVINE. Summer is the best time for grilling and it there aren't a lot of limitations on what you CAN grill. I had never heard of grilled artichokes and they were so delicious. Marty added some salt, pepper, olive oil, and lemon juice before putting them on the grill for about a half hour: YUM. At our house, we like to grill pineapple. Have you done that? It tastes like CANDY.









Unfortunately for me, with all of the activities I was committed to, there was no time for exercise. Sunday is a day of rest anyway, right? And you know what that means... A GIVEAWAY! Earlier in the week I mentioned a kitchen tool I can't live without: My Magic Bullet Blender! I love to use it for making my protein shakes in the morning and my chilled orange juice treats in the hot afternoon. It's fast and convenient, since it has so many cups you can use & interchange throughout the day. 

To enter this contest, please answer the following question in the comments section of this rebuildingamy.blogspot.com blog:

What is your favorite thing to grill in the summertime? 

Entries will be accepted through midnight, June 29th, 2010. Only one entry per person, please. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 on this blog. Winners must claim their prize by email me at rebuildingamy@gmail.com. Winners will be chosen in a high-tech fashion, by me drawing their name from a mug. 

I'm off to straighten the house and collapse somewhere... like a couch or the foot of my bed. The sun does strange things to me. Until tomorrow... 

33 comments:

Lori Anne said...

My favorite summer grilling meal is shish-kabobs. LOVE THEM! Shrimp, chicken, deeer steak, peppers, onions, mushrooms (for the hubs, I dont like them), potatoes, squash, ok, really anything that I think of that I can skewer...LOL! AND, I *big-puffy-heart* grilled pineapple! I could do kabobs everyday and be totally, perfectly, 100% happy.

Alison West said...

I love to grill - these past 2 years I have taken the grill away from my hubby and I have been doing it. My new favorite is Turkey Burgers, with turkey bacon and provolone cheese. The family uses buns and I use large leafs of lettuce as my bun. I love it !!!!!!!!!!
I did have an empty schedule today so I was able to go to the Henley track and walk 3 1/2 miles and this evening I walked another 30 minutes along side my daughter while she skateboarded. Than had huge salads for dinner with grilled chicken on them :):) Happy Sunday Amy......thanks for your blog I look forward to it daily.

Laurens_Closet said...

Man, Alison, I'd join you at the track but I don't think I could keep up with you...! (and glad you're enjoying the blog... tell all of your coworkers I said HELLO!!)

Michelle Davis said...

my favorite is kabobs as well... unfortunately, im not a fan of the traditional veggies (i.e. pepepers, onions) so i usually have meat or shrimp and mushrooms. still just as delicious to me though!

Melaine Magnolia said...

<3 hitting the farmers market with all the fresh produce I would love to try some fruit on the grill.,,,for Fathers Day we grilled squash,zuchinni, onions, tomato,bell peppers, hormone & steroid free chicken & beef was sooo yummy :]

Lisa said...

Red meat, anything red, medium rare of course. When Naya was 5 she saw a commercial for the magic bullet and every time we went to Costco she would BEG for one!!! I hear they are pretty cool!

natioam said...

I love the photo and the view your friends have. WOW. My favorite thing to grill is any kind of fish. Depending on the type of fish determines what i put on the fish. Salmon I usually go for a sweet/tangy sauce, but for trout I will do a dill/garlic butter sauce. I always put lemon juice on the fish first then put on the seasoning/sauce. The lemon juice seems to get rid of a strong fish flavor. However, this summer has been sad. I lost my grill this spring to a freak storm that the wind was so strong it upturned my grill and damaged all the burners. Well, instead of buying a new grill I had all these points I had accumulated and I was able to get a grill from it although it is A LOT smaller. Well, the grill still hasn't arrived. I would of done better to go buy a grill.

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Me, Only Better said...

I love almost any veggie grilled (but I have never had artichokes...). If I had to pick one favourite it would be asparagus - a little evoo and kosher salt 000oooo. So good.

Although I made some mighty fine black bean burgers tonite....

The Duckworth Family said...

i just finally got caught up reading everything! We have been gone since Thursday and apparently I missed a good giveaway! But sounds like you had a fun weekend and all kinds of people cooking for you! I'm jealous! WE were gone stuck to eating out as our options...I tried to be good. I got in lots of walking, but also lots of good food. I gotta make up for it this week!
So I have to enter this one because as soon as you mentioned that blender I wanted it and was tempted to look it up! I probalby still will...but nonetheless, my favorite lately to grill is Shrimp! WE just had the missionaries over on WEd and did chicken and shrimp and I think I could have eaten all 10 skewers! Yum! Sorry this is so long...saw you guys at church today and hoped you are doing well!

Dan.Beth.Miranda.Hayley said...

I love to BBQ....anything on the grill is great! My all time favorite is tri-tip and grilled corn on the cob!! YUM YUM

KC said...

I love to grill jalapeno, cream cheese bacon wrap thingys. I don't know what they are called but my sister got me hooked on these things couple of years ago. They are low in calories too. You get jalapenos, cut them in half and take out seeds. You put about 2 teaspoons of cream cheese in each half then wrap it with a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick. If you use Weight Watchers yummy cream cheese and Butterball turkey bacon (which taste like normal bacon to me)it ends up being 150 calories for 6 of them (2Tablespoons cream cheese and 6 pieces of bacon). They are very filling.

sarah said...

I love (or should I say I love when the hubby grills ha ha) to grill steak. For me 4oz is plenty and I can load up on veggies with it and a small sweet potato. Good stuff. I also enjoy chicken and of course, who doesn't enjoy a good cheeseburger now and then?

Stephanie said...

I love grilling talapia and shrimp with just a little bit of lime juice...yummy fish tacos!!
I too love pineapple on the grill, peaches are good that way too!
Happy Monday:)

Karen said...

We love to grill everything meat. Fish, chicken, brats, hotdogs, polish saugsage. Love throwing the potatos on there in foil too.

Sounds like you had a really fun day.

Geila said...
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Geila said...

Lately we've been enjoing a tritip (marinated and then sprinkled w/ grill seasoning - wrapped in foil) Oh so good :)

kris said...

Love grilling peppers and summer squash.

Lisé said...

My absolute favorite thing to grill is pork ribs. Matt bakes them first for about 4 or 5 hours and then throws them on the BBQ for a while with his homemade sauce and oooooohhhh, yeahhhhhh, I am blissfully happy.

chcmama said...

I love to grill almsot anything, but my favorites are pizza, steak and pineapple. Sometimes if I have the time I will even grill the pineapple to put on the pizza. Yum.

Mrs. Sheila said...

STEAK! I love a good grilled steak! The good thing is, so does the rest of the house! Ps... we love spending time in the pool, and then grilling dinner! Makes for easy clean up, no kitchen being heated, and full bellies when we are done!

MatKiKenz said...

mmmmm grilling!!! I love when my husband smokes ribs on the Traeger! YUMMY!!! also, his aspargus is delightful, oh and his... well everything!

*you mentioned fresh veggies... we planted a huge garden this year, did you?

Jill said...

I like a good juicy hamburger on the grill. My friend does an amazing barbeque chicken on her grill.

Ceci@TooFatabulousToWaist said...

That corn looked delish! I don't grill much but maybe I need to expand my horizons!

Love your blog girl!
xoxoxo

christina said...

I love almsot ANYTHING on the grill... but my favorite is corn and spicy sausages!

Cassy said...

Hey Amy!
Sooo because SOMEBODY told me I had to stop stalking and start contributing, here goes! I LOVE ribs - nice, juicy, mouth-watering ribs on the bar b. But on a healthier note, I do love grilled zucchini and summer squash...plus those grilled artichokes looked pretty yummy...I think I might need to give those a try. So there ya go! Let me loose and I'll write a novel (you'll wish I had stuck to stalking!) :o) Keep up the good work! You're amazing!
Cassy

Kristin S said...

Mmmmm...grilled food. My favorite very unhealthy item to grill is bratwurst....YUM-O! Now that I'm more aware of what is going into my body (and those of my children) I love to grill chicken sausages. Right now I'm in love with the spinach and artichoke ones with some grilled purple onions on them. Delish!

Mamaappah said...

Favorite thing to grill, steak and veggie kabobs. So yummy. Love the artichoke idea, and love a man who loves to cook.

Drea K. said...

I love to grill all of the basics, steak, chicken, burgers, chicken kabobs!

It seems everything tastes better when you grill it in the summer! I think my most favorite is grilled burgers, and i've gotten alot fo recipes of new mix-in's to mix with the beef to give nice new flavors!
Thanks for sharing your life with us through your blog, it seems to keep me on track more often!

The Tennessee Nobles said...

Grilling in my home means that my husband is doing it. So, I like to grill anything because I don't have to do it. But I am a fan of grilled corn on the cob

bobbi said...

Okay well my guilty pleasure from the grill is baby back ribs. We have a treager so it smokes them and oh are they good!

Triona said...

My favorite thing to grill is Mahi-mahi. It is a new favorite seeing how my husband and I grilled it for the first time on Sunday. It was so full of flavor. I am not sure what the marinade consisted of, but I know there were chunks of jalapeno in there that added a perfect amount of heat.

Although I have had most vegetables grilled in one form or another, I must confess, I don't think I have ever had a traditional kabob. However, from what many of you have described, I am missing a great deal of goodness.

Jessica said...

I love grilling!!!! But my favorite treat on the grill is salmon, with a little bit of lemon and garlic on it! Turns out to be a great treat!