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Our family eats a lot of fruit. And I do mean a lot. One of our favorites happens to be a tart, juicy Sunkist orange, particularly during the summer when that bright flavor is so refreshing. I have found, though, during summer months that the fruit often looks like it isn’t fully ripe. I hate having to pass on such a delicious treat, and I was really happy to learn recently that the reason behind the green hue of the fruit is that Sunkist Valencia oranges actually undergo a process known as “re-greening” as they ripen, where the warm temperatures cause their skin to reabsorb chlorophyll as they hang on the tree. Don’t be fooled, though: although the outside is partly green, the inside remains ripe and delicious! For more details on just how this process works, check out this Sunkist Valencia Oranges Re-greening Video.
If you have summer entertaining coming up, and you’re wanting to serve something unique using ingredients at their seasonal best, this delicious appetizer recipe using Sunkist Valencia oranges will certainly fit that bill!
Cut the Bocconcini into halves. Zest the Valencia oranges using a microplane grater and set aside. To segment the oranges, cut off the top and bottom. Lay the orange on a flat surface, using a paring knife to remove the skin and white pith. Carefully cut each segment from between the membranes and set aside.
In a blender, combine the olive oil, orange zest and fresh herbs. Pulse until blended. Continue blending at medium speed until the herbs and zest are finely chopped; add the pepper and pulse quickly. Pour into a jar or plastic container. Leftover oil can be refrigerated for up to one month and used as a marinade for fish, poultry or vegetables.
Toss the orange segments, cherry tomatoes, Bocconcini and basil lightly with 3/4 cup orange-scented herb oil and season with salt. Top each cracker with the mixture and serve.
Sounds delicious, right? Be sure to check out the additional Sunkist citrus recipes available on their website. What a terrific resource!
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Is it as sweltering there as it has been here? A great way my family beats the heat is to head to the movies, and for those of your with daughters or nieces (or those with friends who simply love a movie for the young at heart!), Monte Carlo starring Selena Gomez of Disney Channel fame is a must-see when you hit the theater. This story of an ordinary girl who becomes an accidental heiress might remind you of the Princess Diaries, and the message of staying true to yourself no matter the circumstances is a great one to convey to the young girls in your life. I know when my girls are a bit older, this is the very type of movie I will be looking forward to enjoying with them! For the time being, though, I love seeing movies like this one with girlfriends. A feel-good romantic comedy is sometimes just what the doctor ordered!
Be sure to like Monte Carlo on Facebook for insider details. The movie is showing now, so book your tickets on Fandango to skip the long lines and get straight to the business of movie-watching. There is no better time than a long holiday weekend to take a break from the pool to cool off at the theater!
Happy 4th of July weekend, friends!
There is a brief window each day while my kiddos nap that I try to seize whenever possible to work on a craft or sewing project. Nothing is more satisfying to me during that time than to tackle an entire project from start to finish! The project I’ll be sharing with y’all today is absolutely doable when time is of the essence. I was able to complete four of these little beauties in well under an hour – and that includes clean-up time!
I am in the process of finishing up the décor for the café table on our deck, and in planning that space, I knew I wanted to include a table runner or placemats of some sort that were made of materials that would enable me to leave them outdoors for long periods without having to worry about them. I happened upon some non-skid, waffle-weave placemats at the dollar store last week, and I immediately knew they would be perfect to serve that purpose. They would have been perfectly functional straight from the store, but in typical Amy fashion, I just couldn’t bear to leave them unaccessorized. 😉 With a few extra placemats in various colors, some burlap and some scrap fabric and buttons, I was able to make some easy stacked flowers to adhere to my mats. There was really nothing to it, but the end result is downright fun!
4 coordinating non-skid, waffle-weave placemats
Additional waffle-weave placemats in various colors for flowers (or, if you have some extra waffle-weave shelf liner on hand, that will work, too)
Pinking shears (optional, but you might like to use these to cut out your fabric as an added decorative touch)
Hot glue gun/glue