Tuesday Tidbits (No. 35)

Good morning, everyone.  It looks like summer is officially here and with that, we’ve got strawberries ready to be picked!  It’s a big deal around here because the berries are so delicious and finding new ways to cook them is so much fun.


Yesterday I posted a Balsamic Chicken with Strawberries, Basil and Feta Cheese and it’s gone off the charts and has become the most popular recipe I’ve ever posted.  I think people like it because it’s super simple yet so tasty.   I love cooking proteins with fruit in the summer months.  If you do the same, share your recipe and I’ll be happy to cook it or share your pictures!

Let’s get started with some links to some fabulous strawberry recipes.  In this part of the world, we only get them for a short time so let’s find the best ways to use them.


Strawberry Ginger Lemonade


Roasted Strawberry Buttermilk Sherbert


Vanilla- Roasted Rhubarb and Strawberries


… and this beauty just posted this morning from Bobbi at Bam’s Kitchen – WOW!

Skinny Berry Cheesecake Bars


You’re definitely going to want to read this article from Food52 about How To Keep Your Berries Fresh Longer if you’re out picking your own these days or if you’re buying them already picked, this will save you some dollars.


And  one more article on saving money from Tip Hero.  They’ve got a list of 17 Healthy Food For Under $1.  This is worth a read and a bookmark.  Don’t you find that in our busy lives it’s so tempting to go for the fast food, the easy junk food when we’re short of time.  Keep these healthy foods in mind and it’ll make things a little easier.


Are you the one who tends to the grill in your house or do you leave that job to your partner?  Most women I know are a little afraid of the BBQ. (except my friend, Linda, who is fearless!) I was a little nervous until a few years ago when I decided I needed to conquer that monster.  Here’s a great list of The Most Common Grilling Mistakes – and How To Avoid Them.  Very helpful!  Have you mastered the grill yet? 

I’m a sucker for a beautiful farmhouse sink – what about you?  I love the size, the depth and the character that it adds to a kitchen.  Here are 3 of my favourite from AD.  Click on the pics or text to take you to the slideshow.


 Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts


Southampton, New York


 Martha’s Vineyard 

 And it seems that some people are downsizing these days with their homes but this is a little over the top.  Ok…a LOT over the top!  What do you think?  Could you live in a space this small?  It’s so dreamy that I think I could find a way to make it work….


This home was designed to be transportable and eco-friendly.


It’s intended to connect its inhabitant with nature while maintaining a small carbon footprint.  Click here to see more Tiny Dream Homes.

And we go from tiny to translucent.  Could you live in this house?  I am fascinated with homes with lots of glass but this might be too much.  This house is perched on a cliffside with tons and tons of green space around it.  It seems like perfection.


On a rolling 47-acre estate in New Canaan, Connecticut

 This dad really knows how to play with his kids.  Too funny!


With Summer finally here, you’ll want to check in again on my favorite online magazine for Families.  This will give you loads of ideas for outdoor activities to keep you and your family fit as well as ideas for travel and how to create lasting memories for your children.

Congratulations to my friend, Jennifer and her talented crew on their 6 month anniversary.  Love it and wishing you much continued success!

And to send you on your way with a smile (or you can hang around too if you want to!), here’s some pics that made me chuckle.  The title of the article is Just Some Bears Thinking About Life.  Click the link or any of the pics for more hilarity.  Cheers!


“I wonder if I should eat some berries or go scare those people hiking in the woods.  Decisions, Decisions!”


“Hmmm….should I grill fish or tree grubs tonight?”


“Whatcha cooking tonight?  I’m really REALLY hungry!”


“Oh man, look at those Park Rangers run.  Cracks me up every time!”



  • Reply
    Anita Rivera
    June 23, 2015 at 5:37 am

    teeeheheheeee..I LOVE BEARS! They look like men in a bear suit!!!!!!!

    My sweet friend, Tuesdays are always a great starter for a fun day with you. Your recipes, kitchen ideas (I TOO WANT A FARM SINK!) are special animal features really are uplifting. AND I am very interested in that roasted strawberry sorbet! ROASTED? I had never thought of roasting strawberries! THIS is a must-try!

    Well, summer is now official. I am having a BALL being home from my vacation, trying out some fun tricks to make my garden prettier this year after having seen some sensational gardens. Now all we need is the OCEAN in our neighborhood, and we’ll have the ambiance of Carmel, California!

    Wishing you a fantastic summer day. Anita

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      June 23, 2015 at 5:45 am

      Hahaha! I love that, Anita – men in a bear suit. Too true!!
      So glad you enjoyed today’s tidbits. I roasted strawberries last summer for the first time and they are a special treat. Even sweeter!
      Wouldn’t we all love an ocean in our backyard? I had one out west and here I have a little lake…which is very nice, too 🙂
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    June 23, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Hi Robyn, another great Tuesdays tidbits, love the bears, their expressions and mannerisms look human-like, but maybe they say that about us. Anyway I don’t know if I could live in a space that small but I know I could not live in a completely translucent house. Take care!! Cheri
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      June 23, 2015 at 4:55 pm

      LOL, Cheri, living in an all glass house would definitely be a different kind of lifestyle. I’m sure we’re a very confusing species to the bears! So glad you enjoyed today’s post.
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    Kalee @ The Crowded Table
    June 23, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    LOVE all the yummy berry recipes! I cannot get enough berries in the summer. 🙂 I, too, love farmhouse sinks, so pretty.
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      June 23, 2015 at 4:56 pm

      Me either, Kalee, I’m just gobbling them up these days! Thanks so much for visiting. I’m off to check out your parfait 🙂
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    June 23, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    This is always my favorite post of the week from anyone. I learn so much and get in some laughs. The video was so much fun. I am finally on instagram and found you and Anita. Instagram is hard for me since it won’t accept any pics but from your phone. What a hassle.

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      June 23, 2015 at 4:58 pm

      Your comments are some of my favourite, Susan – thanks so very much! I’ve sent you an email about Instagram – hope it helps 🙂
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    Bam's Kitchen
    June 23, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    Thanks for a another very fun Tuesday Tidbits! Oh my goodness wouldn’t it be dreamy to have a farm kitchen like that so big and airy and check out all of that natural light… LOL something us foodies notice… Thanks so much for including our Skinny Berry Cheesecake Bars and I can’t wait to try out the other recipes here as well. Our family adored your Strawberry balsamic chicken recipe, big hit! The boys were kind of uncertain at first, when I served it to them, as you know how teenagers can be. Mom, really chicken and strawberries? ! However, after one taste they were like yeah chicken and strawberries! Yum! I hope the bears are only this comical in Alaska… July 5th my boy heads off for 30 days outdoor adventure. Sharing, of course!
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    Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine
    June 29, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    The strawberries kill me! We don’t really get good strawberries here. Expensive ones, yes. Expensive sour ones, that is. I am usually back in Oregon for the summer and get to enjoy– but not this year! At home in Malaysia waiting for little guy to come– 6 weeks now, crazy huh??

    Loving the houses you posted– the tiny dream house I could do, but all glass? Heat! I’d love it on more mild days, but imagine what it would feel like when it got to be 90+??
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