First, do you remember my friend Becka? I talked about her struggle with breast cancer a few weeks ago.
Today I’m going to do something to help, and I hope you’ll all get on board.
Today through Wednesday, I’m partnering with a few other bloggers to have some special sales on our books and other products. We’ll be donating the proceeds directly to Becka’s family, to help with childcare and other expenses while she recovers from major surgery. If you’ve been thinking about buying, now is a great time to do it — you’ll get awesome books, and you’ll get to make a difference in a fellow mommy’s life.
If you already own these books or would prefer to donate directly, please visit Becka’s blog. Every little bit helps, and they so appreciate your support!
Simply Summer Promotion!
In two weeks, my newest cookbook, Simply Summer, will be debuting. However, you have a chance to try a couple of the recipes upfront…and possibly win a copy for free!
It’s simple. To enter, you must:
- Prepare one or both of the recipes below in your own home
- Email a photo of the recipe(s) and your comments about them to email@example.com
- Share this contest via email, Facebook, etc. with friends and family so others can win, too!
That’s it! Ten (10) lucky winners will be drawn at random and will receive a free copy of Simply Summer. This promotion will last through July 2nd, and winners will be announced (and have their books emailed to them) by July 3rd.
The nitty gritty details:
- Contest is open to anyone, anywhere
- Each winner will receive 1 free ebook of Simply Summer in .pdf form
- Incomplete entries (missing comments and/or pictures) will be deleted
- Must provide a valid email address (that’s where we will send your book if you win)
- One entry per family
- Entries must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and must be received by 11:59 PM EST on 7/2 to count
- Winners will be drawn at random using random.org
- Winners will receive their books on Tuesday, July 3rd via email
- By entering, you agree that we have the right to use your photos (with credit) and recipe comments on our website or other promotional material. Please let us know if you do not want us to use your name
If you’re interested in entering, here are the test recipes! (In case you’re on a special diet, both of these recipes are GAPS-friendly.)
Bacon-Wrapped Chicken with Italian Salsa
I made a video of this recipe recently, and you’ll see it soon!
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 cup of water
- ¼ cup of onion, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
- ½ tsp. sea salt
- ½ tsp. thyme
- ¼ tsp. sage
- 1/4 tsp. basil
- 2 lbs. chicken breast, thinly sliced
- 6 – 8 slices of bacon
- 6 – 8 thin slices of Gruyere cheese
- 6 Roma tomatoes, diced
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- 1/4 c. white onion, chopped
- 6 fresh basil leaves, chopped
- juice of 1/2 lemon
First, mix up the marinade (lemon juice through basil) and put in a glass bowl. Add the chicken breasts in it, adding enough extra water, if needed, to cover. Stir this to make sure the chicken is well-covered, and place it in the fridge. Chicken should marinate for at least 2 hours; overnight is better.
The next day, mix all ingredients for salsa together in a medium glass bowl, cover and place in the fridge. It’s good to let it sit for about an hour before serving. To chop the basil, roll the leaves up and slice, then cut into smaller pieces.
Remove the chicken from the fridge. Wrap 1 – 2 slices of bacon around each piece (depending on size). The bacon should basically cover the piece of chicken. Thinly sliced bacon is best for this!
Heat a frying pan (or a grill) on medium high. Fry chicken in a medium pan until the bacon is mostly cooked, about 5 – 8 minutes per side. Be careful to make sure the bacon is cooked totally through and doesn’t burn on the outside! If you’re struggling, unwrap the bacon a little and cook it partially, then re-wrap. If it’s cut thinly enough this shouldn’t be a problem.
Place all chicken in a baking pan. Top with thinly sliced Gruyere cheese. Place chicken in the oven at 350 for about 20 minutes to finish cooking. To serve, top with Italian salsa or place salsa on the side.
Makes 4 – 6 servings.
Fruit Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
- ½ medium watermelon, cubed*
- 1 lb. strawberries, stems removed and sliced*
- ½ lb. blueberries*
- ½ lb. sweet cherries*
- 2 medium peaches, diced*
- ¼ c. raw honey
- ¼ c. water
- 2 tsp. lemon juice
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 tbsp. poppy seeds
*Suggested fruits. Use what is in season to equal about 3 lbs.
Choose whatever fruit you like that is in season – these fruits are suggestions. Try raspberries, sour cherries, pineapples, bananas, papayas, mangoes, etc. if these grow in your area. Use about 3 lbs. of fruit, wash it, and cut it into bite-sized pieces.
Put your fruit in a large bowl, preferably glass or wood. Stainless steel is good too.
In a small saucepan over low heat, mix the honey, water, and lemon juice. Heat very gently, just until honey and water is slightly warm and combined. Add the lemon juice, vanilla, and poppy seeds and stir until combined.
Pour the dressing over your fruit and toss gently to combine. Serve immediately.
Makes 6 – 8 servings.
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