A Sizzling Day at the Beach

Today is National Beach Day. Yeah, celebrating the end of summer while grabbing that last bit of sun. That’s what National Beach Day is all about, right? Well, sort of . . .

The Knights of Columbus in Milwaukee, Wisconsin were the first to launch a National Beach Day in 1929. Wow, that was a long, long time ago. The Knights were attempting to establish a Nationwide Membership Drive by hosting a family-event at beaches all across the country. For whatever reason, it never caught on. Eventually National Beach Day was forgotten or dismissed as some Catholic Thing.

Then in 2014 National Beach Day was revived, without the Catholic Connection. This time around it was to promote a day spent enjoying the sun and fun at the beach while giving something back – volunteers to do a little cleanup at the end of summer. The day was intended to encourage all beach goers to leave the beach better than they found it. Not only haul out your own garbage after a day of fun, but pick up the trash rudely left by others.

My children, and now my grandchildren will stick trash in their pockets rather than toss it on the ground when we’re out hiking. The first trash can they see is a signal to empty those pockets. It’s how we were raised. Children will do what they are taught, and will teach their children to do the same. That’s good, if you are instilling good habits.

Recently Hubby and I were at a county fair. We both love county fairs – the livestock . . .

the Roping Competitions . . .

And all the entertainment only a small County Fair can bring . . .

Now I bring this up because there was a family at the Country Western performance that sat on an ice chest that belonged to the band. They decided it was a great place to sit and watch the show. When they left, they left behind their empty beers. All I could think was what a great example for their little girl. She actually danced around on the stairs leading to the stage with no supervision and even fell once. Her parents thought that was funny. Some people . . .

Sometimes I just need to rant a little because people make me just a little crazy. I’d bet these folks weren’t reared with common manners. Still, makes me want to smack ’em in the head.

Okay, back on track. Today is a great day to spend at the beach – be it the lake, river or ocean – big, small – it’s all good. Have a picnic, enjoy your family and friends. Then leave the beach better than you found it. Let that be the legacy we give our children.


Pinwheel Perfection for a Day at the Beach
Spicy Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels
Spicy Chorizo Pinwheels


Spicy Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels
2 cups Rotisserie Chicken
4 oz Mild Cheddar Cheese
4 Green Onions, thinly sliced
1 (10 oz) can Rotel Tomatoes, drained slightly
1 (8 oz) package Jalapeno Cream Cheese, softened
3 tablespoons Sour Cream
1/2 teaspoon Seasoning Salt
1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
Taco Seasoning to taste
1 cup Whole Black Beans
3 Large Flour Tortillas
1 Medium Flour Tortilla

Remove skin from rotisserie chicken. Strip breast meat and thigh meat from the bones, set aside.

Using the smaller hole of the cheese grater, finely shred cheese. Set aside until ready to use. Clean green onions, trim roots. Stack onions together and thinly slice. Set aside until ready to use.

Drain tomatoes slightly, place in a large mixing bowl. Add softened cream cheese, mild cheddar, sour cream, seasoning salt and black pepper. Set aside.

Place chicken meat in a large mixing bowl. Using a hand held mixer, shred chicken meat. Season with taco seasoning, toss to blend and set aside.

Rinse and drain black beans, fold into the cream cheese mixture. Add shredded chicken and green onions

Working with 1 large tortilla at a time, spread filling over the tortilla, leaving a small border around the edges. Roll tortilla tightly over the filling. Trim ends. Wrap filled tortilla in plastic wrap and place on a baking sheet. Repeat with remaining large tortillas. Once finished, there should be enough filling to make 1 medium tortilla pinwheel.

Place tortilla wraps in the refrigerator to chill for several hours. Remove from the refrigerator, unwrap and slice into 2-inch pieces. Place in an air-tight container, cover with a layer of plastic wrap and close lid. Hold in the refrigerator until ready to pack for a picnic.

Spicy Chorizo Pinwheels
1/2 lb bulk Chorizo
8 oz package Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup Picante Sauce
1 Lime
2 tablespoons Taco Seasoning
1 cup Whole Black Beans
4 oz can Hatch Chili Pepper
4 oz Mild Cheddar Cheese
4 Green Onions
3 Large Flour Tortillas
1 Medium Flour Tortilla
Cilantro for garnish

Cook chorizo in a cast-iron skillet, breaking apart as it cooks. Drain well and set aside to cool.

Using the smaller hole of the cheese grater, finely shred cheese. Set aside until ready to use. Clean green onions, trim roots. Stack onions together and thinly slice. Set aside until ready to use.

In a large mixing bowl using a hand-held mixer, cream together the cream cheese, sour cream, and picante sauce. Cut lime in half, squeeze juice into the cream cheese mixture. Season with taco seasoning.

Rinse and drain black beans. Drain Hatch Chilies. Fold beans, chilies, cheese and green onions into the cheese mixture. Add drained chorizo, stir to blend well.

Working with 1 large tortilla at a time, spread filling over the tortilla, leaving a small border around the edges. Roll tortilla tightly over the filling. Trim ends. Wrap filled tortilla in plastic wrap and place on a baking sheet. Repeat with remaining large tortillas. Once finished, there should be enough filling to make 1 medium tortilla pinwheel.

Place tortilla wraps in the refrigerator to chill for several hours. Remove from the refrigerator, unwrap and slice into 1-1/2 inch pieces. Place in an air-tight container, cover with a layer of plastic wrap and close lid. Hold in the refrigerator until ready to pack for a picnic.

Snip cilantro for garnish. Place in a plastic bag until ready to serve. Arrange pinwheels on serving platters. Garnish with cilantro and serve.

Author: Rosemarie's Kitchen

I'm a wife, mother, grandmother and avid home cook.I believe in eating healthy whenever possible, while still managing to indulge in life's pleasures.

6 thoughts on “A Sizzling Day at the Beach”

  1. Oh my goodness! I fully agree with you. That would have made me so mad. But I don’t say a thing to people like that. I guess it’s better now to mind your own business.

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