Sunday Family Fun Day

Saturday night a few girls from my beloved “Pink Team” came over for the second annual “Wine and Design” night.  I attended last years affair at my besties house and tried to duplicate the fun night.

cant go wrong with pink, wine and bacon!

cant go wrong with pink, wine and bacon!

I bought a couple of extra bottles of wine and cooked my favorite hor d’oeuvres:

Salsa:

  • 2 cans Ro Tel Tomatoes with green chilies Medium; drained
  • 3 ripe tomatoes; chopped into sloppy chunks
  • 1 jalapeno; deveined, deseeded & coarsely chopped
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • handful of cilantro
  • 2 T cumin
  • 1/2 T salt
  • 1/2 T pepper

Place above in a food processor and process.  Then add diced red onion, sliced green onion and more cilantro.  Refrigerate before serving.

Guacamole

  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 3 T salsa
  • 3 T finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 T salsa juice
  • 1 T garlic
  • 1/2 T salt
  • 1/2 T pepper

Mash it all together until its a consistency that makes you smile.

Bacon wrapped jalapenos:

  • 2 packages of fresh jalapenos: sliced long ways, deveined and deseeded
  • guacamole
  • 1/2 package of bacon

Preheat oven to 400.  Fill the halved jalapenos with guac, don’t be a perfectionist!!!  Wrap with 1/2 a strip of bacon.  Heat skillet to med-high.  Fry the bacon wrapped, guacamole stuffed jalapeno in a hot pan with the seam down.  Once its nice and brown, place them all on a bacon baking sheet, shove ’em in the oven for about 10 minutes.

Cucumber Chipotle Bites:

chipotle-pepper-can

  • 1/2 English cucumber; sliced medium thickness
  • 1/4 c paleo mayo
  • 2 T chipotle
  • 1/2 package of bacon; slice into 4ths, then fry
  • 1/4 lb sliced turkey

Mix mayo with chipotle.  Lay out your pretty cucumber on a platter.  Top each one with a bite full of turkey.  Add a dollop of the chipolte mayo.  Top with golden brown bacon.

I threw in a few carbs (chips and cheez-its) and some over processed cheese dip, but after the night of laughter, wine, some design and a SUPER full moon- only the cheese dip was left!

hor d'oeuvres

hor d’oeuvres

The next morning I the husband packed up our beach kit and we went in search of a new beach!  North on 58 we went!!!  After about 20 minutes, my husband said he recognized the area from his time on Okinawa as a Marine.  We took a left and ended up at Manzamo Point.  Breath taking!  While walking along the cliffs, my little eye spotted a beautiful netted beach.  “Theres our new beach”!!!!

After a couple of glasses of Okinawan Lime Juice, we were off… and determined!  We followed the beach signs and ended up in front of a guard shack who quickly waved us in (no fee).  We drove passed a beautiful chapel on the beach with a beautiful wedding party gathered and then we saw it.  The beach: Manza Beach.  I’m really surprised OkinawaHai.com hasn’t done an article on it… but then… maybe its on purpose!!!

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MANZA

Parking was free.  Walking down to the beach was easy.  An umbrella was 2,000 yen and came with two lounge chairs.  The beach: super clean, an umbrella and two chairs cost 2,000yen, bathrooms close by, a heated pool, a souvenir shop and a little lunch place (that made the BEST chicken mango salad… more on that later)!!!!

Half of the netted swimming area was closed because it was low tide.  But, it opened at three and it cost another 2,000 yen to play on the water bouncies!!  This is the FIRST thing I’m bringing my boys to when they get home! 

Tootles-

jess

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