I am starting to get a little itchy around my neckline where I got a good burn at the first Clemson home game of the 2015 football season. It was the only place I overlooked a triple application of SPF 55 sunscreen.
Last weekend was full of football, family and, yes, fun. (Can’t help but to alliterate every chance I get. Compulsive alliteration is a sickness.)
In addition to amazing front row seats at the game, and spending time with two of our closest friends and their two kiddos, I tried a new recipe for Ricotta Sausage Spinach “muffins”. The base for these muffins is sausage – raw sausage that cooks up in the pan to a nice little base. I wasn’t sure about them when I was making them – and it set off my nerves a bit because I rarely make a recipe for the first time and then trot it off to a picnic for others to scrutinize, but this one turned out be-you-tifully… (I think I’ve been watching too much Andy Griffith.)
The original recipe (found on Pinterest, of course) called for Swiss chard, but I opted for the much more readily available spinach. I also omitted the nutmeg and used my trusty standby, sage sausage. I also added a bit more fresh garlic and some Italian seasoning. They were delicious and traveled well. I had to cook them longer than the suggested 35 minutes, finally settling on 45 minutes. And, they left behind a little bit of juice when I pulled them out of the carrier at the tailgate but they were a nice little muffin and held together nicely. Perfect for a low-carb breakfast tailgate!
(I don’t have pics of how they turned out, so I won’t post my altered recipe – but you’re welcome to check out the recipe from BlogHer, link above.)
Then, on Sunday, we enjoyed an afternoon walking around the SC Botanical Gardens. It was our first visit, and definitely won’t be our last. I loved the duck pond, hiking trails near the arboretum and the butterfly garden. I even found chestnuts – which I had never seen before; and, I discovered just how prickly their “shells” are – like little porcupines. (Ouch!)
The dogs loved it all – although, SugarPie found every excuse to take a little rest! Her she is in her favorite resting position – belly flat to the ground and both front and back legs sprawled out in front and behind her.
She’s too darn cute – and with that tongue out, she sounds like a little motor. Guess we did wear out her rolly-polly self. Altogether, we walked about three miles, and still didn’t see all of the gardens.
This weekend I’m planning on hibernating – and maybe doing a little stamping, and cleaning out some old things. How about you? What are your weekend plans?
Ps. This is my 200th blog post. 🙂