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July 18, 2017
Whipped Feta and Roasted Tomato Sandwich
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Enjoy this summer style sandwich with it’s juicy tomatoes and creamy whipped feta spread topped with pesto sauce as you savor the warm days of the season.

Enjoy this summer style sandwich with it's juicy tomatoes and creamy whipped feta spread topped with pesto sauce as you savor the warm days of the season | via @AimeeMarsLiving | #TomatoSandwich #WhippedFeta

Hello, it’s tomato sandwich time, which you may or may not have noticed because it’s only been about 3 posts since my last life changing tomato sandwich post, because guys they are all that’s great about summer. Well, that and long warm sunny days, sitting poolside or beachside, and vacationing! Yes way vacay! Oh, and icy cold cocktails, we can’t forget the cocktails…

Enjoy this summer style sandwich with it's juicy tomatoes and creamy whipped feta spread topped with pesto sauce as you savor the warm days of the season | via @AimeeMarsLiving | #TomatoSandwich #WhippedFeta

And right about now I could use a very large, perhaps the size of my head kind of cocktail, because what you’re currently reading is not originally what I wrote for this delicious whipped feta tomato sandwich. No, those words are gone somewhere out into the internet space where crashed computers, lost documents and maybe even floppy discs now live. In other words it’s deleted.

Seriously, BIG sigh here…

Along with those words are my computers hard drive. I hope the two are frolicking happily around while I’m here trying to put the pieces back together. Fortunately, it’s only the hard drive on my laptop, which was practically a paper weight anyway.

Enjoy this summer style sandwich with it's juicy tomatoes and creamy whipped feta spread topped with pesto sauce as you savor the warm days of the season | via @AimeeMarsLiving | #TomatoSandwich #WhippedFeta

Perhaps I should start with making this sandwich because right now it’s happiness to me, since it’s only been 3 posts from my last one. Currently happiness is what I need…

This tomato loving obsession wasn’t born out of thin air or thick swealtering summer air if we’re talking Charleston and we are for the sake of this post. No, it came from book club of all places, because yes I am absolutely in a book club!

It’s my turn to host this month and so I choose the beach towel book “All Summer Long,” by Dorothea Benton Frank, which takes place in NYC and mainly Charleston. I almost think she may have just been writing this book for me, almost. After all the characters did move from the Big Apple to the Lowcountry like yours truly.

No spoilers here though, other than the fact that the main characters enjoyed several tomato sandwiches.  Now I don’t know if it was Dorothea’s eloquent descriptions or the summer heat but I was inspired to start making some myself.

There’s a good chance these sandwiches, or maybe even another version, will be making an appearance at book club.

Enjoy this summer style sandwich with it's juicy tomatoes and creamy whipped feta spread topped with pesto sauce as you savor the warm days of the season | via @AimeeMarsLiving | #TomatoSandwich #WhippedFeta

The whipped feta is a stand alone and could actually be your next dip or spread, maybe even serve it at your own book club or perhaps it’s the cure to your frustrations, who knows! It’s all worth a try, right?

Let me break it down for you…

Whipped Feta + Thick Sliced Tomatoes + Pesto = Sandwich Bliss

I don’t know about you but it may just be what I need to fix my current realm of frustration. Well, that and a very large summer cocktail…

Enjoy this summer style sandwich with it's juicy tomatoes and creamy whipped feta spread topped with pesto sauce as you savor the warm days of the season | via @AimeeMarsLiving | #TomatoSandwich #WhippedFeta


Whipped Feta and Roasted Tomato Sandwich
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Enjoy this summer style sandwich with it's juicy tomatoes and creamy whipped feta spread topped with pesto sauce as you savor the warm days of the season.
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces Crumbled Feta Cheese
  • 4 ounce Cream Cheese room temp
  • 8 slices Deli Style Bread
  • 4 medium Heirloom Tomatoes
  • 4 ounce Basil Pesto Sauce
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces Crumbled Feta Cheese
  • 4 ounce Cream Cheese room temp
  • 8 slices Deli Style Bread
  • 4 medium Heirloom Tomatoes
  • 4 ounce Basil Pesto Sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to broil.
  2. Place the Crumbled Feta in a food processor and pulse until the cheese crumbles even more. Add the Cream Cheese and pulse for about 5 minutes, stopping at 2 minutes to scrape down the sides, until mixture becomes creamy.
  3. Spread the whipped feta on each slice of Bread and top with thick cut Tomato Slices. Next spread the Basil Pesto on the tops of each sandwich.
  4. Toast the sandwiches on a baking sheet until the tops of bread become a light golden color. Remove from the oven and flip to the other side and toast again until bread browns.
July 13, 2017
Roasted Cilantro Lime Corn
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This Roasted Cilantro Lime Corn is a simple summer side dish that’s fun to eat and enjoy when the other parts of your meal are being thrown on the grill.

This Roasted Cilantro Lime Corn is a simple summer side dish that's fun to eat and enjoy when the other parts of your meal are being thrown on the grill | via @AimeeMarsLiving | #Roasted #Corn #CilantroLime

Hello, summer! Hello, sweltering heat (in Charleston that is anyway…), Hello, simple and exciting side dishes cause everything else is being thrown on the grill.

Corn on the cob to me is what summer dinner dreams are made of and then being Southern the rest of the year its grits, which are indeed corn for those of you who don’t quite have the same obsession as me.

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July 11, 2017
Skinny Sangria
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Sip on this sweet and refreshing skinny sangria this summer and enjoy a light beverage without worrying about the calories.

Sip on this sweet and refreshing skinny sangria this summer and enjoy a light beverage without worrying about the calories | via @AimeeMarsLiving | #Sangria #Skinny #RedWine

I’m just going to throw this out there but I’m not the biggest red wine fan… Pour me a glass of Chardonnay or let me pretend to be real classy and sip a Sancerre, but with red wine, the love is kind of lost.

Sure I’d love to curl up with a good book, more specifically binge watch a tv series, seated by a nice crackling fire but really in Charleston fireplaces are more of a design aesthetic than a practicality and I don’t think I’ve binge watched anything, except maybe the Trolls movie on repeat if that counts, since prior to 2013 when my first kid was born.

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July 8, 2017
Open Faced Tomato Sandwich
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There’s something summery about toasted crispy bread drizzled with pesto and topped with melty cheesy covered tomatoes and this tomato sandwich has it all.

There's something summery about toasted crispy bread drizzled with pesto and topped with melty cheesy covered tomatoes and this tomato sandwich has it all | via @AimeeMarsLiving | #TomatoSandwich #Heirloom

Dear peanut butter and jelly sandwich, please step slightly aside, just slightly, not too far, to allow the colorful tomato sandwich to top our summer plates.

While I do respect a good pb&j (hi adult toast version here) there’s something ultra summery about toasted crispy bread drizzled with pesto and topped with melty cheesy covered heirloom tomatoes.

 

There's something summery about toasted crispy bread drizzled with pesto and topped with melty cheesy covered tomatoes and this tomato sandwich has it all | via @AimeeMarsLiving | #TomatoSandwich #Heirloom

There’s also something insanely easy about it too!

And if the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results then consider me committed, cause I’m going to be making these sandwiches all summer long and expecting to be transported to a different level of summer bliss with each bite.

When I see these colorful summer tomato beauties popping into all the grocery stores around town or the farmers market I haven’t yet been too, I get all kinds of excited. Because to me, heirloom Tomatoes me easy. Easy food = easy life (er, sort of).

 

There's something summery about toasted crispy bread drizzled with pesto and topped with melty cheesy covered tomatoes and this tomato sandwich has it all | via @AimeeMarsLiving | #TomatoSandwich #Heirloom

Let’s chat about their qualities and then walk over to the kitchen and start slicing some up, shall we…

1. Obviously, there’s the tomato sandwich, which can be made a million and one different ways. I shall list them another day…

2. There’s bruschetta.

3. There are Caprese salads.

4. Hello, pasta!

I could keep this tomato to do list going but there also one strong common factor in all of these above and that’s how easy they are to prepare. And isn’t summer also all about being easy, right after tomatoes?

 

There's something summery about toasted crispy bread drizzled with pesto and topped with melty cheesy covered tomatoes and this tomato sandwich has it all | via @AimeeMarsLiving | #TomatoSandwich #Heirloom

So far summer is off to a strong start and I have this tomato sandwich to thank. I’m also already slicing up some heirlooms for another sandwich I may have just dreamed up while typing this…

See there really are infinite tomato sandwich possibilities. Well, at least there 2…

There's something summery about toasted crispy bread drizzled with pesto and topped with melty cheesy covered tomatoes and this tomato sandwich has it all | via @AimeeMarsLiving | #TomatoSandwich #Heirloom


Open Faced Tomato Sandwich
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Prep Time: 10 Mins Cook Time: 3 Mins Total Time: 15 Mins
Yields: 1 Serving
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There's something summery about toasted crispy bread drizzled with pesto and topped with melty cheesy covered tomatoes and this tomato sandwich has it all.
Ingredients
  • 2 slices Sourdough Bread or any kind of deli bread
  • 1 medium Heirloom Tomato
  • 2 ounces Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Basil Pesto
  • 1 teaspoon Sprouts optional
  • 1 teaspoon Capers optional
  • Salt & Pepper
Ingredients
  • 2 slices Sourdough Bread or any kind of deli bread
  • 1 medium Heirloom Tomato
  • 2 ounces Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Basil Pesto
  • 1 teaspoon Sprouts optional
  • 1 teaspoon Capers optional
  • Salt & Pepper
Instructions
  1. Set oven to broil.
  2. Spread a thin layer of Basil Pesto on top of each Bread slice and then layer with as many tomato slices as you can possibly fit.
  3. Place 1 ounce of Mozzarella on top of each slice and drizzle with extra pesto. Put in the oven for about 3 minutes or until the cheese begins to melt.
  4. Top the sandwich with sprouts and capers if desired.
Recipe Notes

You can use multiple colors of tomatoes if you want a super bright and fun sandwich.

Make sure to pay attention to the oven when you're toasting because it can go from nicely toasted to charred and burnt in a matter of seconds.

July 6, 2017
S’mores Latte
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This rich, decadent, dreamy latte is perfect for summer sipping when your morning needs a little indulgence and a whole ‘lotta s’mores.

This rich, decadent, dreamy latte is perfect for summer sipping when your morning needs a little indulgence and a whole lotta s'mores | via @AimeeMarsLiving | #S'mores #Latte #espresso

Okay, so I may have gone a little overboard on this drink… Maybe, just a bit.

It happens (more than I like to admit) and especially when it comes to food…

This latte started in Wyoming, which is clearly my restaurant inspiration of the moment (obsessed much?). Not far from our cabin was the hippest, far too cool for me, coffee shop named Elevated Grounds, with creative foamy lattes for the uber cool.

 

This rich, decadent, dreamy latte is perfect for summer sipping when your morning needs a little indulgence and a whole lotta s'mores | via @AimeeMarsLiving | #S'mores #Latte #espresso

I held off on drinking the so-called S’mores Latte for as long as humanly possible for me, which was probably less than 48 hours if I’m being perfectly honest. After that first sip though it was all downhill (or mountain since we’re talking Wyoming here).

From there 2 lattes a day became the norm and once I even planned my run route around the coffee shop so I could stop for a rest break and obviously a s’mores latte. Clearly, I could justify this because I was burning calories, right?

I’ve just had to add a couple extra runs since we’ve been home to cover myself…

This rich, decadent, dreamy latte is perfect for summer sipping when your morning needs a little indulgence and a whole lotta s'mores | via @AimeeMarsLiving | #S'mores #Latte #espresso

Now, this recipe is fairly simple, really, I just got carried away in the presentation (just a tiny bit). Here’s the list:

  • Strong Espresso
  • Melted Chocolate
  • Heavy Cream
  • Marshmallow Fluff
  • Graham Cracker Crumbs

Yes, it is a bit more involved than your morning drip coffee but this is a next level Latte we’re talking about here. This is the kind of espresso that blows brunch out of this world, the kind dreams are made of!! There I go getting carried away again…

If you’re feeling a bit decadent and want something to sweeten your morning then this s’mores Latte is the way to go.

This rich, decadent, dreamy latte is perfect for summer sipping when your morning needs a little indulgence and a whole lotta s'mores | via @AimeeMarsLiving | #S'mores #Latte #espresso


S'mores Latte
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Prep Time: 15 Mins Cook Time: 5 Mins Total Time: 20 Mins
Yields: 2 Lattes
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This rich, decadent, dreamy latte is perfect for summer sipping when your morning needs a little indulgence and a whole lotta s'mores.
Ingredients
Marshmallow Topping
  • 5 large Egg Whites
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar
Latte
  • 1/4 cup Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 4 Shots Espresso I used Nespresso pods
  • 2 Cups Whole Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4 Cup Heavy Cream
Ingredients
Marshmallow Topping
  • 5 large Egg Whites
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar
Latte
  • 1/4 cup Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 4 Shots Espresso I used Nespresso pods
  • 2 Cups Whole Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4 Cup Heavy Cream
Instructions
Marshmallow Topping
  1. Using the double boiler again or a bowl placed over simmering water heat the Egg Whites and Sugar. Bring the mixture to 160 degrees F while continuously whisking.
  2. Transfer the mixture to an electric mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat on medium high speed until the mixture cools begins to form stiff peaks, about 10 - 12 minutes.
Latte
  1. Take some of the marshmallow topping and spread it around the edge of the glass. Pour the Graham Cracker Crumbs into a flat dish and roll the marshmall edges of the glass into the crumbs.
  2. Brew your Espresso and steam or froth your Milk. Pour the heated milk over the espresso into the prepard cups.
  3. In a small saucepan heat the Chocolate Chips and Heavy Cream over medium heat, stiring continuously. Once chocolate chips have completely melted and mixture has a smooth texture, pour into espresso.
  4. Top the latte with the marshmallow fluff and sprinkle with additional graham cracker crumbs and chocolate sauce.
Recipe Notes

You're going to end up with leftover marshmallow fluff (lucky you!) so you can store it in an airtight container in the fridge for future use. If you'd prefer to skip this step then store bought marshmallows and or marshmallow fluff will work too.

July 4, 2017
5 Ways to Extend Your Vacation
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Ways to Extend Your Vacay 3

Vacation, staycation, all I ever wanted was a little holiday…

It never fails the second I arrive home from a trip that reality smacks me hard in the face and the vacation glow is gone. 🤦🏼‍

After our recent two-week long trek through Jackson Hole, Wyoming (read about it here) I wanted to do everything I could to keep the relaxed state and mountain mindset after our plane touched down. I came up with a few things to do to achieve such balance. Balance is what we want right?

While I understand it may not be possible to complete all these steps but even one or two will help maintain the vacation mentality.

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July 1, 2017
Tomato Bacon Bisque
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Let’s all say tomato soup is good year round! Okay? Enjoy this dish whenever you like, especially if you haven’t been to or didn’t get to try it at Spur while in Jackson Hole, WY (Hi!) Tomato Soup is comfort food life, but add some bacon is its next level living.

Let's say tomato soup is good year round! Enjoy this dish whenever you like, especially if you didn't get to try it at Spur while in Jackson Hole, WY | via @AimeeMarsLiving | #TomatoBisque #Bacon #Spur #JacksonHole

All the food people of the world can we take a vote and say tomato soup is good year round? 🙋🏼

Here, here! The “I’s” have it! Or rather I’m just going to make an executive decision and suggest it’s good any time or any day, you’re okay with that right?

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