Beach Preachin’

by Julia Robarts on July 5, 2016

in Life, Travel

img_1956Sand, salt, sea, sun. These are the simplest ingredients for family harmony I know. Our annual mid-coast Maine beach vacation has once again delivered miles of smiles and fantastic memories, all in the style of good old-fashioned fun.

img_1719We picked strawberries (10 quarts!) for jelly and pie-making, skipped rocks, gazed at stars, hunted for hermit crabs, read books, took naps, rode bikes, spotted seals and porpoises, watched fireworks from the back of a pickup, hiked and explored (“You’re going to force us to hike?!” said one potentially disgruntled kid – later to be appeased by a lobster roll), and played games in the yard and on the beach.

img_2017That my fairly techno-centric kids, at 16, 15, and 10, still find pleasure (forced hiking aside) in passing time this way, gives me a thrill inside that I’m sure they wouldn’t get if I attempted to explain it.

img_1906I’m not even sure I understand it myself.

img_1681The teenagers were, of course, Insta-ing and Snapchatting here and there. My youngest texted her bestie about the porpoises. But, seeing them all truly and simply happy at some of life’s most innocent pursuits is something that I will always adore.

img_1796This morning, after an early morning walk with my middle kid, I breathed in deep the salty beach air and said, “Ah! Wish I could bottle this and take it with me!”

“Preach the beach,” he declared.

He gets me a little, I guess :)


Barbecued Chicken Flatbread Bites - Juggling With JuliaHello, friends! It’s Recipe Redux time! This month the theme is small bites, also know as appetizers, hors d’oeuvres, or tapas. Portion control in an adorably miniature package? A dietitian’s dream :)

Since, at Juggling with Julia, we love anything in or on a flour tortilla, I’m sharing with you these savory Barbecued Chicken Flatbread Bites.These savory barbecued chicken bites, reminiscent of a flatbread pizza, made for an easy Saturday night meal for a few of us after a long day of multiple sports activities – an impressive collection of 3 soccer games, 1 track meet, and 18 volleyball games.

The beauty of small bites is that they can be quite simple to put together, requiring little time or effort. That’s the case with these layered tidbits, which took just 10 minutes to assemble and just 15 minutes in the oven. Considering the exhausting day we’d just had, that was about all the effort I could muster anyway, so I’m pretty psyched this turned out to be the big winner of the day :)
Barbecued Chicken Flatbread Bites - Juggling With Julia Barbecued Chicken Flatbread Bites - Juggling With JuliaTIP: The recipe calls for cooked, shredded chicken breast. When starting with uncooked chicken, try steaming boneless chicken it for 20-22 minutes. You can do this either on the stove top in a steamer basket, or in your electric steamer.  Then, just shred the cooked chicken using two forks.

Barbecued Chicken Flatbread Bites
Makes 16 small bites

Prep time: 10 minutes     Cook time: 15 minutes

1 large flour tortilla (8-10 inches)
1 cup cooked, shredded chicken
1/3 cup prepared barbecue sauce
A few slices of sweet onion
Chopped kosher dill pickles
1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit

Place the flour tortilla on a cookie sheet. In a small bowl, mix together the chicken and barbecue sauce until well combined. Spread the mixture out evenly on the tortilla. Arrange the onion slices, then the chopped pickles, on top. Sprinkle the shredded cheddar evenly over the top. Bake for about 15 minutes, until the cheese is melted and edges of tortilla are browned. Allow it to cool for 5 minutes before slicing, grid fashion, into 16 bites.
Barbecued Chicken Flatbread Bites - Juggling With Julia


Juggling with Julia’s 5th Blogiversary!

April 26, 2016 Appetizers & Snacks
5th blogiversary Juggling with Julia

April 26th, 2016. The 5th blogiversary for my little hobby That doesn’t seem possible. I’m having a hard time comprehending that it’s been five whole years. In my mind, that sounds like a lot of work. A lot of time. For sure, it has been. I’ve poured immeasurable amounts of time, thought, and creative energy […]

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Real Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

March 31, 2016 Dessert
Real Strawberry Buttercream Frosting - Juggling With Julia

Hello, my dear ones! As we approach the final day of National Nutrition Month, I encourage you, as always, to enjoy your food. Enjoy every bite, every morsel, every crumb, and every calorie…fruits that sweeten your day, vegetables that fill you up, energizing grains, and power-packed proteins. And when it’s time to indulge? GO BIG. […]

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Savor the Flavor, Everybody!

March 9, 2016 Healthy Lifestyle
Savor the Flavor - Juggling With Julia

National Nutrition Month is upon us once again, and dietitians everywhere would like you to ‘savor the flavor.’ And on National Registered Dietitian Day (today!), I always take the opportunity to remind everyone that a) I am a dietitian and I love bacon, and that b) above all, food is meant to be enjoyed. I’ve said it […]

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Beating Misery

March 2, 2016 Blogging
Beating Misery -- Juggling with Julia

Happy Wednesday, friends! Normally I’d be here enticing you with some drool-worthy picture and new recipe to go with it. Not today. The past week has brought little to my life except the pain and suffering one can expect from strep throat. Fiery pain that intensified with the tiniest of movement had me wincing and dreading […]

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Breakfast Nachos with Eggs, Spinach, and Spicy Fried Onions

February 22, 2016 Breakfast/Brunch
Breakfast Nachos - Juggling with Julia

Rise and shine! Time to make the…breakfast nachos. What? Start your day with nachos? In what galaxy is the favorite food of pub crawlers, sports fans, and margarita-infused shenanigan-makers considered a nutritious start to anyone’s day? In the Recipe Redux galaxy, my friends I’m so excited to be a part of the Recipe Redux, a monthly dietitian-inspired […]

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Shaved Brussel Sprouts and Kale Salad

February 2, 2016 Breakfast/Brunch
Shaved Brussel Sprouts and Kale Salad - Juggling with Julia

I’d like to keep a big bowl of this in my fridge to eat every day. That’s a direct quote, which got an enthusiastic nod of agreement from around the room. That makes Kale and Shaved Brussel Sprouts Salad hands-down the biggest foodie hit I’ve ever had with the book club pals. And that’s saying […]

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Warm Spinach Salad with Walnuts

January 27, 2016 Quick and Easy Meals

Sharing with you today my go-to meal when I am craving something quick, veggie-filled and nutritious. Which begs the question, is there ever a time when I’m craving the opposite?? Of course – yes! – which explains this and most definitely this. Today, though, it’s about a tantalizing Warm Spinach Salad, a simple meal for […]

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Mini Lemon Poppyseed Cupcakes

January 18, 2016 Dessert
Mini Lemon Poppyseed Cupcakes - Juggling with Julia

Desserts in miniature are some of my favorite treats. These mini lemon poppyseed cupcakes, here modeled by Georgia, were 100% her call. Much inspired by her love of Cupcake Wars and The Great British Baking Show, she was just dying to bake something. She researched flavor combinations and recipes before settling on lemon, one of her […]

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