Friday, June 30, 2017

Goat Cheese and Breaded Shrimp Salad; Making Chocolate Ice Cream


We've pretty much given up the idea of sitting on our couch lately! We accept that they are pet couches now! Here are Jack and Charlie waiting for Alex to wake up. I woke up way too early again today, a gal can't live on 6 hours sleep - at least this gal can't! I'm so tired, I might need a nap before bedtime. ;)


Chocolate to the rescue!!! :) I try to use my time wisely in the mornings because it's just way too easy to find an inch on the pet couches and watch my British comedies...which is fun, but it makes me lazy first thing in the morning. I decided to start the Chocolate Fudge Swirl Ice Cream!!! I'll post the recipe if it works out!


I could dive right into these bowls and you can bet the spoons are licked clean lol...The left bowl is the soon-to-be ice cream. The right bowl is the fudge sauce. These go into the fridge all day and tonight I'll be making the ice cream. This is the third ice cream I'm making, I still have to post about the Country Peach Ice Cream too. 


Tomorrow is Canada Day. It's also Canada's 150th birthday! :) I made these little flags to decorate our dessert for tomorrow. I have a nice day of appetizers planned, a red and white dessert and a red cocktail!! :)  I love Canada, I'm so grateful to be living in this beautiful country! :)


Last night's dinner was AMAZING, if I do say so myself! :) I had a bunch of thises and thats in the fridge, so I put together a Goat Cheese and Breaded Shrimp Salad with Toasted Baguette. It was very easy to make and quick too! The baguette is to spread the warm goat cheese on; and those shrimp were so tender and delicious! I wanted to use my own lettuce, but we have a house guest coming and I want to save it for those Cobb salads I'm planning for that dinner. I added some of the garden peas to the little salad too and ME, the PEA-HATER, loved them! They tasted more like green beans to me, I'm pretty thrilled!

Wishing all of you Canadians out there a very Happy Canada Day!  And SUNSHINE.

26 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Oh man, gimme a spoon and a straw and let me at those two bowls of chocolate! Have a wonderful Canada Day tomorrow, you two patriots!

Rain said...

LOL Debra...I never thought of a straw! I just wanted to face plant the bowls lol...Happy Canada Day to you both too! :)

Kristina said...

I have yet to dig out my ice cream maker. I'm waiting for the humidity to leave, so I can run the machine outside. To me it's loud. We haven't had any for a year or so either.

Rain said...

Hi Kristina :) Ours is loud too, it rivals my crickety dehydrator in noise level but at least it's only on for about 20 minutes or so!

John M said...

You are such a good cook!

Rain said...

Thank you John, that's very sweet to say :)) I know Alex agrees with you! :))

Leigh said...

Oh my goodness, Happy Canada Day! I have to say that your chocolate looks divine and so did your dinner! Glad to hear Leo is okay. :)

MrsDuncanMahogany said...

Happy Canada Day!!! I love this country! :)

I think I may have to fight Debra for a chance at the chocolate - that looks delicious! :) Mmmmmm. I can't wait to hear how it turned out.

Your dinner looks ah-ma-zing!! We are busy this afternoon and into the dinner hour so once we get home it will be about 7 p.m. I think smokies on the BBQ and salad for our celebration and then off to watch the fireworks if I can stay up that late! Hunter cannot/will not sleep past 5 a.m. no matter what time he went to bed so this morning it was 5:08 and there I am...sleep deprived and dozy only to find a super happy puppy ready for breakfast. And now its 7:07 and all are sleeping again but me! Ugh.

Have a great day!!!

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Anyone with pets know that the furniture is for sharing. I don't mind most of the time, except when they leave little room for me.

Enjoy you holiday.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Everything belongs to the pets. Sooner or later we all learn this :) And your food always looks so good! Happy Canada Day!

Nicole Thomas said...

Happy Canada day to you and Alex. I love this country too and am very grateful that they allow me to live here ;)
Oh ... mmm ... my mouth is watering too much ... I don't even know what to say about those two bowls of chocolate happiness ;)
Hope your enjoying a beautiful red and white birthday day 🎉🎉

Sam I Am...... said...

I just caught up with reading all your posts that I missed! Never again will I be gone from your blog so long. I missed you and Alex and 'the gang'! Your posts are so interesting to me except I love ice cream and I'm not supposed to eat it because of cholesterol but I do on special holidays and we have our 4th of July coming up and although I am not Canadian, I love Canada so Happy Canadian Day to all of you.....definitely plenty of reasons for ice cream now! So glad Leo is better and Pavlov does seem so sweet....all of your pets do. Loved the pic of you and Alex....whatever you 2 are doing it must agree with you because you both look like you've drank from the fountain of youth!
The food...what can I say....amazing and looks so delicious and your garden is so lush!
I love seeing people enjoying each day in simple ways that make them happy and make each day special. That is what I try to do here too and it works! Little treats and rewards for yourself and things to look forward to each day! Happy Canada Day and Happy Everyday to you and your darling family! Hugs~Sam

Geraldine Helen Hartman said...

Chocolate to the rescue indeed!!!

Your pooches are so cute, and yes, pets do tend to take over their own spaces. I am totally ok with that too.

Have a wonderful Canada Day weekend. It is beautiful here in BC

WordsPoeticallyWorth said...

I don't fancy chocolate in the mornings. Lovely in the evenings though.

Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

baili said...

oh my dear friend i am sorry that you woke up early and feel tired and need nap but i agree that chocolate is great help to lift your mood up nicely .

food looks inviting!
you are very talented to arrange all this as beautifully dear Rain!

i adore your love for your lovely homeland my friend ,Happy Canada day to you !

kymber said...

Rain - first off Happy Belated Canada Day!!! i hope yours was awesome!

we have similar problems to yours - our 4 cats steal our computer chairs and our comfy chairs in front of the tv all the time AND the beds...not to mention that most mornings when we are trying to play our morning cards at least one cat wants on the kitchen table AND on top of the cards!

jambaloney is the chocolate lover here - he would definitely face-plant into your bowls of chocolate!!! i love the flags that you made to celebrate our country's 150th...though not being recognized as such by many of our nation's aboriginal people.

your supper looks devine and i am sooo glad that you are enjoying the peas! home-grown anything tastes delicious! and i can't wait to see what you cook up for your houseguests!

sending lots of love. your friend,
kymber

Rain said...

Thanks Leigh :)) The food I'm cooking up these days is really good...I'm surprising myself actually! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Dianna! Happy Canada Day (belated) to you too!! :) Poor you...Charlie used to scratch at our bedroom door in the mornings when she wanted us to get up...that was before we got the other dogs two summers ago. We ended up having to barricade the front of our bedroom door so she couldn't get near. We also have "white noise" in our bedroom. A little desk fan that runs all night to keep us from hearing her whine now and then. I hope Hunter decides to sleep in soon!

Rain said...

Hi Starting Over :) I've never been the type who insists the pets stay off the furniture, so I really don't mind. I can shove my way into a pack of dogs who refuse to move lol... :)

Rain said...

Hi Martha :)) Happy Canada Day (belated!!!) to you too! Thanks for the compliment! I'm trying really hard to make our food look as good as it's tasting these days. It's such a pleasure to eat a good meal together. :)

Rain said...

Happy Canada Day to you too sis :) I'm so late on responding...I'm glad you are in Canada too and love it! It was very difficult not eating all that melted chocolate, lol.

Rain said...

Hi Sam :)) I missed you too, and your comments! :) Oh, that cholesterol...what a pain in the butt to have to monitor it...but if you can have a treat now and then, that's great! Thanks for the wishes! And thanks for the compliment! Alex is younger than I am so he's got that going for him :) For me, I must have drank from that fountain not knowing it lol...Hugs back to you! :)

Rain said...

Hi Geraldine :) Lol..chocolate IS my rescue a lot of the time! Now I can have a homemade treat without worrying about additives and chemicals, as long as the chocolate is pure! I hope you had a nice Canada Day weekend, I heard the weather in BC is wonderful this summer so far! Thanks for visiting! :)

Rain said...

Hi Andrew :) Thanks for visiting my blog! Chocolate anytime is good for me. :)

Rain said...

Hi Baili! :)) Thanks so much for your wonderful comment, you always have a way of making my smile grow much wider! I hope you're feeling great these days!

Rain said...

Hi Kymber :) Happy Canada Day to you too (again, belated!)...the dogs just hog all the furniture...but the cats do hog the computer chairs too, only thing is they dig their claws in when we try to move them grrr...they do NOT want to give up those space lol... I'm so happy the peas don't taste like the peas I grew up with, shudder...they still make me gag thinking of them lol!