4 Ingredients: Strawberry Sauce

Raise your hands if you have watched strawberries go bad in your fridge. <raises hand> This happens in my house way more often than I’d like to admit. And I got tired of it. So now I give a new pint or two no mate than two days in the fridge, and if no one’s touching the berries, they turn into this super easy, super tasty, quick sauce that we then HOUSE in no time at all over yogurt or ice cream! Winner! Here you go.

WHAT YOU NEED
* 1qt fresh strawberries, sliced and cut into small pieces
* 1/3C sugar
* 1/2 a large lemon, juiced
* 1/4C water

WHAT TO DO
Add all ingredients to a large saucepan and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the sauce thickens.

Reduce heat and continue stirring until the strawberries cook down and soften and the sauce reduces.

Remove from heat and allow to cool, then transfer to a glass storage container. Keep refrigerated. Will keep for about a week.


What I Learned On My Summer Vacation

I think I turned a weird age/life corner this year. It’s that corner around which you suddenly say things like, “I’ve never needed a vacation so badly,” or, “This vacation could not come soon enough!” But seriously, though.

Every year my extended family reunites for a week in early August on Cape Cod. It’s my happy place, and it would not feel like summer to me without it. But this year, since I was thinking and saying things like, “I’ve never needed a vacation so badly,” I knew I needed more than just to dip my toes in the Atlantic. So I unplugged. Almost entirely. And it was so wonderful. 

Whereas you know I’m usually one to snap photos of what I see and eat wherever I go, I left my phone behind and off most of the time. Here and there I took it out when I couldn’t resist, but overall, I checked no email, scanned no Facebook or Instagram, and instead rode a bike around town, slept on the beach, and savored the rest and recuperation a week out of our normal life provides. And now that’s how I’m going to try to vacation forever, because I can’t remember feeling so refreshed, as I do right now.

Here are a few shots I could not resist taking… how do you handle technology on your vacations?

Easiest, Fool-Proof, Perfect Chicken Marinade

Is an intro really necessary with a title like that?? Probably not. So I’ll keep it simple. This is a seriously delicious marinade. Most of the ingredients you likely have on hand anyway. You can whip it up in a flash and you can make it ahead for a longer marinating time or throw it together after a bust work day and let your chicken sit for just a half hour. Regardless of how much time it sits in and soaks this up, you will end up with juicy, flavorful chicken. Seriously, I don’t call it fool-proof for nothing! Here you go.

WHAT YOU NEED
for about 1.5lbs chicken
* 1/4C olive oil
* 1/4C balsamic vinegar
* 1/8C soy sauce
* 1/8C Worcestershire sauce
* 1/2 a lemon, juiced
* 1/4C brown sugar
* 1t dried rosemary
* 1T grainy Dijon mustard
* 1t salt
* 1/2t black pepper
* 1t garlic powder

WHAT TO DO
Add all of the ingredients to a large zip-top bag. Close it up and get most of the air out and mix it up so that all the ingredients combine. Then add your chicken, reseal and move the bag around to ensure the contents are well covered. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to overnight and then grill up your chicken and enjoy!