Snap & Crunch Crisps

Gypsy Soup

2nd crisps

Perfect way to replenish the salt intake! These satisfy that late night crunchy, salty crave and are healthy for you. That’s right, surprise ingredient is zucchini ! Finding lots of ways to use this summertime hero.
I’ve blogged previously about having been in The Drum & Bugle Corps, and after a long parade how our favorite treat was those giant deli dill pickles. Being out in the heat, plus outdoor activities will drain you of nutrients. Our chaperones always carried salt tablets and water, wise!
They were also wise in allowing us to explore all kinds of adventures when we were on the road. It built character, it instilled in us an appreciation for other cultures and tolerance….And we discovered the many uses for peanut butter. That’s a story best left for another time, back to the many uses of zucchini;


After you grate the zucchini, set it in a strainer…

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Grilled Pineapple 2ways

Gypsy Soup

shrimpgrilled pinapple

The trick to delicious = something sweet, gone wild !
When grilling pineapple, coat it first with a sauce/marinade.

  • 1 pineapple, slice thick
  • 3 limes, juice
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce ( or honey, or balsamic vinegar)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon red pepper
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 lb jumbo shrimp (peeled and deveined)
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 red onion

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Blackberry Chops

Flavor Dimension!  Marinate chops with fresh Rosemary, olive oil, paprika, salt & pepper.  Fry, grill or broil

The sauce :

Blueberries or Blackberries,  ginger, jalapeño, honey, lemon juice, vinegar, boIL 10 minutes

I so enjoy a recipe that does that thing, the unexpected pleasant surprise.

Give it a try,  enjoy & fill your soul with something delightful.

Kids Cooking Camp


Stirring up some fun with the kids! Under the guidance of Stacey Ann, they slice, dice, bake & giggle. All while learning kitchen safety, and yes eating veggies & fruits.
Upcoming Camp

July 18 – 22
Time 1- 4 pm
Huntersville NC


Splash of Lemon

lemon ice

Simple. Sweet. Soul Satisfying ! Remember those long summer days, and how it would be a treat to go to the amusement park? This refreshing shaved ice recreates that feeling & cools off even the hottest of afternoons.
For certain, my competitive side comes from my family. As kids, my brother would challenge me to out do him on all the rides at the amusement park. I knew his weakness was fried clams, and he knew mine was fried dough & the Tilt – A – Whirl. Aah, yes the things that build character. I learned how to adapt, how to prepare, and most importantly how to appreciate ones opponent.
My brother has tremendous admiration for me, for a couple reasons. My ability to endure , which I think comes from those childhood days ( funny, it never crossed my mind to quit in the middle of the competition) And he admires me because of the way I handle things, no matter how serious the matter at hand is, somehow I add a smile & a splash of joy.

This recipe is easy; 4 cups of crushed ice, 2 cups fresh lemon juice, 1 1/2 cups sugar
Mix well, then place in a baking dish, freeze for 3 hours
Remove from freezer, shave ice & place in scooped out lemons





Summer Strawberry Shortcake


Grandma’s biscuits get a patriotic make over. This 4th of July, add some sparkle to your shortcake. 


Make the biscuits, by crumbling in cold butter. Add milk, shape into 2 rounds. Then on one of the shortcakes, press cookie cutter 3/4 of the way down. Do not remove, bake them first. After cool for ten minutes, take the star shape out of the shortcake. Assemble, and enjoy.





Travel Tips & Healthy Eating on the Road

Yes! I have traveled many roads, that’s what we Gypsies do. Here are a few tricks of the trade for staying healthy while enjoying the ride;

1. Eat before you get on the road; this gives you a smooth head start.
2. Meet the locals; make your pit stop at a local cafe/diner, this let’s you get the full flavor of the town you are in.
3. Use your apps, GPS, ‘good food near me’; Either for a short break of appetizers or a hearty home cooked meal, and save the fried food for your final destination.
4. Keep a secret stash on hand; Nuts or Grain Crackers even a big pickle to satisfy the crunchy crave.
5. Avoid bumps in the road and dehydration; steer clear of soda instead drink plenty of water.
6. Power up with a protein break; omelette filled with veggies or a yogurt smoothie.
7. Soak in the scenery a little at a time, same with eating- trade the heavy meal for several small ones, this helps to stay alert and not get sleepy behind the wheel.
8.Variety; play the Fruit Game, each stop you make will be a different fruit, see how many fruits it takes to drive 473 miles.

The destination may be the goal, but how we behave on the journey is the key to a happy, healthy life full of adventure.