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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

DIY Spot Remover

This stuff kicks butt for removing ALL KINDS OF STAINS!   And being that I'm a Dawn dish soap kind of girl, it's perfect!


I hate buying stain remover ... that little bottle of Shout that you could never get the last bit out of (the little straw thing was about 1/4 inch too short in the bottle costs me around $3 to $4 back in the day. I just hated using that stuff, not to mention, honestly, I don't think that stuff worked all that well if you didn't spot it immediately ...

So today's little tip will make you very excited if you think like me ...

If you have white t-shirts or them damn dress shirts that hubby used to wear to work every day that are starting to get that dingy armpit ring (and collars too!) go grab them R I G H T now!!!

I promise you, it works and I am amazed every time I use it!  Original idea came from One Good Thing By Jillee (gosh I HOPE you've visited her site before, she's a wealth of information!)

Here's how I did it:

In a one cup glass measuring cup pour:

1/4 cup Dawn dish soap
fill to 3/4 mark with Hydrogen Peroxide
add a generous tablespoon of baking soda (not necessary but it makes me feel better adding it!)

Mix all well. To apply, use a scrubby brush: dip the brush in the mixture and then apply to armpit (or other stains, this removed a hot sauce blob from my favorite white t-shirt!), gently scrub to make sure everything is covered.


I generally do this an hour or more before washing. When you toss the treated clothes in washer, be aware that the baking soda may have dried a bit and can go flying across the room, causing you to think that NOW you need to clean the laundry room ... oh wait, that's not a normal reaction for YOU? :-) More power to you!

Wash, dry and be prepared to be amazed when you go to fold those clothes! I still can't believe it works so well! Who would have thought??

NOTE: This stuff kicks butt ... it removed old blood stains from a pillow case, removes mustard stains from a tshirt and so many other things! I live by this stuff now!  I've been told that hydrogen peroxide can act as a whitening agent but have not had any problems with it fading anything as of yet ... just a heads up!

EXTRA NOTE AND UPDATE:  I just premix this stuff in the bottle now and squirt a little on the spot that needs to be treated.  Yes, it turns clear (the blue of the dawn goes away) but it remains just as effective! I've also eliminated the baking soda and it's works great!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!


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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Sweet Potato Toast

So.

Apparently, you can toast sweet potato slices in your toaster.

And have "toast".


Huh.

Who would have thought THAT up? I mean, I'd be worried about the taters oozing their orange stuff all over the innards of the toaster, emitting smoke and possibly, flames.


Oh. But what the hell? I'm in for a new adventure!

*Fingers crossed that the toaster survives and I don't need to grab the fire extinguisher*

Guess what?

It works!

I kid you not!


Grab yourself a medium size sweet potato and scrub it clean.  Grab a mandoline, or if you don't have that, grab a super sharp, heavy duty knife and cutting board.


Slice the potato in to 1/4 inch slices, be careful you don't slice off your finger tips in the process. Cuz that's just no fun!


Take two slices and put them in the toaster. Toast on high for a full cycle and then toast a 2nd time.  Keep an eye on your toaster ... I didn't have any issues, but I'm just saying, be careful and keep an eye on it!

I was nervous on the first batch so I pulled them out and finished it up in the toaster oven. But then, I tried again and was feeling more brave and it works!!


I used the little PLASTIC tongs I picked up from the Dollar Store years ago ... they are great for parties AND for grabbing stuff out of the toaster!

Go ahead, give this a try! It's perfect for Whole30, just in case you were wondering!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Grocery Cart Mondays - November Totals



Hey hey, it's been awhile since I've shared a Grocery Cart Sunday post and since Soup has taken over that day, I thought I would change it up and move it to Monday ... which makes sense, if you think about it.


Hmmm

Maybe not? Ok, whatever. It's moved to Mondays, that all there is to it. Executive decision and all that stuff ...

DONE!

*Full disclosure: the first 10 days are unaccounted for as we were visiting family in Indiana and well, that kind of fell into the vacation funds, as far as I'm concerned :-)

Publix 11/10 (Hubby stopped)
No receipt but was under $20 he said

10 pk coffee
gallon milk
cucumbers
2 heads of lettuce
tomatoes

Publix (11/11/2016)
$24.73

2 pkgs of sliced cheese (cracker size) $3 each
1 pound pkg of matchstick carrots $1.99
2 large onions $2.29 (!!)
1 red onion $1.35
bag of tortilla chips $2.00
2 pkgs slider rolls $3.29 each
1 pkg of wheat slider rolls $3.89

Aldi 11/12
$45.70

2 bags of hashbrowns $1.99 each
2 pkgs of mushrooms $1.29 each
bag of sweet peppers $1.69
head of boston lettuce $1.69
3 pomegrantes 49 cents each
pineapple $2.09
2 cartons chicken stock $1.79 each
2 cartons beef stock $1.79 each
2 cartons of chicken broth $1.69 each
2 bottles of dressing $1.99 each
celery $1.29
asparagus $2.89
zucchini $1.49
mango 99 cents
2 bags green beans $1.89 each
3 avocados $1.29 each
radishes 99 cents
container of basil $1.19
container of ground cumin $1.19
parsley $1.19

Walmart 11/12
$131.24 (less about $70 for misc clothing items)

green onions $1.18
onion $1.00
2 small pkgs of red potatoes $1.98 each
2 pkgs cookies $4.98 each (my dad)
bag of candy $5.78 (my dad)
36 count coffee $14.98
gloves $2.73 (cleaning)
2 pkgs of tissues $1.58 each
liners $2.97
2 Zicam nasal swabs $9.97 each less $2 coupon each
large bottle of Febreeze $4.94
TP $6.97
*In case you didn't pick up on it, I was feeling quite funky on Saturday hence the zicam, tissues and broth purchases*

Walmart also included:
4 pairs of workout leggings for ME $12.96 x 3 and $14.96 x 1. I'm bound and determined to start working out again

Publix 11/13
$3.65

Gallon of milk. That's it.

Cosco 11/13
$65.03. Seriously. THAT'S IT!  
Oh, and I returned a jacket and got $31.79 

bag of lemons $6.99
bag of limes $4.99
large bag of meatballs $15.99 (damn samples!)
unsalted butter quarters $9.49
3 dozen xlarge eggs $2.59 (so glad to see the price come donw!)
single packs of guacamole $10.99
3 pack of Aidell Chicken Sausage $13.99

Publix, Hubby Stop 11/15
Approx. $20 (he doesn't keep receipts!)

9 pk Coors Light $10.59
2 cans of bamboo shoots
12 pk diet coke
a few other miscellaneous items

And now we stay out of the stores for a few days or so ...


Walmart 11/23
$167.88 Apparently staying out of the store means a bigger bill

48 count coffee $14.98
TP $5.74 less $1 coupon
paper towel $8.98
3 seedless cucumbers $1.98 each
7 pound bag of cat food $12.68
large container organic 1/2 and 1/2 salad mix $5.98
2 tubes of toothpaste $5.24 (special stuff for Hubby is expensive)
5 pkgs smoked turkey and black forest ham $2.97 each
3 pkgs smoked cheese slices $2.98 each
bag of coleslaw $1.86
jar of ghee $8.84
1 pound pkg of ground bison $7.98
1 1/2 pounds sirloin steak $8.01
large bag of frozen california blend veggies $5.98
1 pound bag shredded mozzerella $4.22
1 pound bag of shredded colby/cheddar blend cheese $4.22
small container almond 1/2 & 1/2 blend $1.98
large bag of frozen broccoli $5.98
bag of pickle flavored chips $2.00 (for the Boy)
6 bottles of assorted flavors Sparkling Ice $1 each
bottle of dishsoap $3.97
large container Ricotta cheese $3.84
container fresh salsa $2.98
2 bags of Ruffles $2.98 each
bag of tortilla chips $2.98
bottle of Dawn Foaming Soap $2.83 (long story)

It would be nice if this is the END of the month ... $407.99 to date and I think I'm ready to call it quits! 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Soup Sunday - Broth Bowls


This idea came from Made It Love It Paleo ... and of course, because the concept was so simple, I hopped right to the kitchen and made one just for kicks.

Yes, it was Day Two of my September Whole30 and a Tuesday morning. Cloudy, but still, already 85 degrees outside.  At 7:30am.

BUT

I had leftover stuff from the holiday weekend.  And because I was kind of on a No Spend Week, I was trying to use what I had on hand, yeah, even in the beginning stages of a Whole30 ...  and what the hell, leftover chicken was in the house and only 18 eggs left ... so let's do it!  *AND NOW ... Thanksgiving ... leftover turkey ... ohhhhh yeah baby!*

Uhm, hello? It's a keeper due to the simplicity of the whole thing!  Again, it's just the concept of the whole thing ...

Ready?

Here's how I made my bowl of yumminess!

1 1/2 to 2 cups of stock/broth of choice, I used chicken this time around (Costco, organic, totally clean because you know some of them have yeast and other weird stuff in them right?)
veggie(s) of choice - I used leftover chopped onion, sliced mushrooms, sliced green onions  and a handful of shredded coleslaw mix from a bag (all leftovers from Sunday)
cooked protein of choice - I used leftover chicken
Herbs of choice - I skipped as I was hungry ...

Heat up your broth in a saucepan over medium high heat. You want the broth HOT!

 

Toss your ingredients of choice in a heat resistant bowl ... use as much or as little as you like! I had a LOT in this bowl!  This was the FIRST time I made it ...


Once the broth is HOT, gently ladle 1 to 2 cups of broth over your ingredients.  Allow to sit for 3 to 5 minutes to heat up the "body" ingredients and the broth will cool down enough for you to slurp. NOTE: I opted to put a plate over the top of the bowl to keep it steaming since I didn't have as much broth as I wanted for the amount of veggies/protein in the bowl and let it sit while I did my makeup.

Sprinkle with your herb of choice and enjoy!

Now ... obviously, this can be a super generous serving for one a smaller serving for 2 ... I opted to make it just for me this time around but I'm like, wow, what a simple way to make a soup errr ... broth bowl!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Slider Appetizers

It's that time of the year where we are opening our doors to friends and family for the holidays ...

If you got a party or gathering going on, make these as they are a perfect finger food to have on the table!


Here's what you need ... obviously, if your gathering is large, you will want to double up on the ingredients!

1 package of dinner rolls (12 count), try to slice the whole package in half as one sheet of bread
3/4 pound of ham
10 to 11 slices of cheese. I used Asiago as it's what I had in the fridge
1/2 stick butter
1 tbs worcestershire sauce
1 tbs gray poupon mustard
1 tbs black sesame seeds (not required, but I did have them in the pantry!)
1 tbs dehydrated onions (alternatively, you can use fresh diced if you don't have)


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grab a 11x13 glass baking dish and spritz it with some non-stick spray!


Lay the bottom half of the rolls on in the glass dish. Mine broke in two pieces when I picked it up but no worries ...


Add your first layer of cheese.

Then add a layer of ham ... this is like my all time new favorite from Walmart




I did like 3 layers since it was thin sliced


Then add another layer of cheese ... you may have to modify like me if you have an odd number of cheese slices


Top with the to halves of the rolls ...


Take the butter, worcestershire, mustard, onions and sesame seeds and melt them all together ..,


And then pour that buttery mess over the tops of the buns.

Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes til the cheese is melted and the sliders are warmed through.

Serve up and enjoy! We had ours with a little leftover Sesame Noodles and called it a meal!

NOTE: I think in the future I will sprinkle the sesame seeds over the top AFTER cooking. Just because.

If you are more visual, go ahead and top with some fresh chopped parsley!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Turkey Round Up!

Confession: We didn't do a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner this year.

WHAT!?

Yes, it's true. Just a strange time for us I guess: our usual partners in crime spent the holiday back at their home states, Princess is in California visiting her fiance's father who has been there for a year receiving chemo treatments, my dad has the flu and the boy and his girlfriend are vegetarian and doing something Veggie Like. And then I got the text message from my best friend in Bethany Beach that her mom was admitted to Hospice End Stage (which has just broken my heart for both her and her mom) ... which left me and Hubby ... WHO, by the way, is wearing a boot and waiting on x ray results on his foot ... we are all hoping that he hasn't totally annihilated his tendon and require surgery although the doctor is pretty concerned about it 😒 ... to the point where he is NOT allowed to use the elliptical anymore, but instead, give the rowing machine a shot ... Alrighty then!

So. With that said, we laid low. Das Boot gets in the way. It's hot. It's itchy. It makes Hubby screw around a little too much which I'm sure would not be amusing to anyone in the medical field (it's all fun and games til someone gets hurt) ... I sat there at the table Thursday morning after breakfast and looked at Hubby and asked where the magical Honey Baked Ham or Turkey was ... surely it's making an appearance. NOPE.

Huh.

So, with that being said, I'm going to torment myself with a little Turkey Round Up ... even though, I'll be the first to admit: I am NOT a fan of all the Thanksgiving foods ... fried turkey and mashed potatoes are it for me! But, STILL ... it's the tradition!

Thank me later for these four recreation of leftovers, and try not to feel sorry for me in the meantime 👧

Cobb Salad (which traditionally, is made with Turkey!)



Turkey Cabbage Salad with Almond Butter Dressing

.

Turkey Lettuce Wraps (obviously, skip the whole COOKING part of this turkey and just chop up real fine using this cool little gadget)



Hot Browns (the PERFECT use for leftover turkey!)



And if you really ARE a purist, by all means, grab yourself two slices of bread, slather on some cranberry sauce, turkey slices, stuffing and call it a day!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!


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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Two Minute "Carb" Fake Out

There comes a time when you just got have something "carby" like ... generally, for me, it's on Saturday or Sunday morning, usually after I've had one too many adult beverages the night before. Carby stuff in the morning just makes me feel better, what can I say?  Of course, when you are avoiding grains and trying to stay low carb, it sort of sucks! AND, seriously, IF I was truly committed to avoiding grains and staying low carb, I would have booted the alcohol out the door, right? 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

*I kind of figured this would be good for FRIDAY morning 
after a day of good eats and drinks so wanted to share it again!*


Back in the old days, I'd do a drive through at BK or McD's and buy a breakfast sandwich ... and THEN I started to make these breakfast sandwiches, which were the bomb. However, LOTS and LOTS of grains, carbs, etc. ... things that I just try to avoid to keep the inflammation down. 


*Sorry, OLD picture 😑

Whatever. 

Fortunately, there are people out there who know how to make fake food out of real food ... so there, we can have some carbs, bread-like things in the morning. Well, at least, we can pretend it's an english muffin or biscuit!

These little fake things are easy enough to make, although it did take me a few times to get the timing right. The original recipe suggested 2 to 2 1/2 minutes so my first time I started with 2 minutes 15 seconds. They were rubbery. Next time 2 minutes and pretty good ... I think it depends on the size of your egg (the smaller, the less time) and your microwave so you might need to make some minor adjustments to the time as well.

Ready?

1 egg, slightly beaten
1 tbs coconut flour
1 tbs almond flour
1 tbs full fat coconut milk (from a can)
1/2 tsp baking powder

Dump the dry ingredients in a microwave safe mug and give a quick stir to mix up.  Add egg and coconut milk, mix to combine.

Place mug in the microwave for 2 minutes, on high.

When cooked, simply turn cup upside down on a plate and let the muffin slide right out ... cut in half, english muffin style, top with whatever you wish (ME? I like an egg, over easy and use the "muffin" to sop up the wet yolk) ... enjoy!

NOTE: If you are looking for something a little more croissant-like, try these bad boys!


Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!


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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Beef with Bok Choy

*Repost alert ... I plan to make this in the very near future as I'm seeing bok choy everywhere again and now that I know what happens I will NOT cut it up small ;-)*

This has been a week for new recipes, TWO in one week! One was so-so (ok, actually, Hubby said, lets say we don't make THIS again) ... I think only because I myself, do NOT like cooked cabbage, and heck, if the recipe says to STEAM said cabbage leaves, and then roll them up and STEAM some more, then you can be safe in saying I will NOT LIKE IT!

Not sure where I missed the connection. The filling was good and we both ended up putting that in lettuce leaves. Oh. And Hubby said it was missing something and promptly doused his in soy sauce. Uh huh.

Fortunately, this recipe was better. Thankfully!



I modified it to what we had on hand ... of course!

2.25 lbs London Broil
1/2 cup beef broth
1 whole onion, cut in half and sliced
1 tsp chopped garlic (are you prepping yours?)
1/4 cup soy sauce (I used coconut aminos as I'm trying to do a little healthier, ok?)
2 tbs of sesame oil
2 tbs minced ginger (from tube)
1 tbs minced red chili pepper (from tube)
5 cups or so of bok choy, chopped cut in large strips
green onion, sliced, for garnish (optional)

Sear beef in skillet just to brown both sides, move to crockpot.

Add onion and saute til starting to turn translucent and then add garlic. Stir around for about 2 minutes and dump this in crockpot.

Put skillet in sink. You are done with it!

Toss the bok choy in crockpot.

Mix balance of ingredients in large mixing glass and pour over stuff in crockpot.  Turn on low for 6 to 8 hours and go to work.

Come home, 8 to 9 hours later and be thankful that dinner is ready for you.  We ate it the way it was ... but if you wanted, you could serve with rice.

*To make this Whole30 approved, simply use coconut aminos instead of soy sauce and skip the rice or use riced cauliflower!

Enjoy!

*NOTE: Hubby wasn't crazy about this ... the bok choy cooked way down and he thought it was celery which he dislikes cooked. I mean, like, contaminates the food and won't eat it. Plus, I think the ginger may have thrown him off a bit. He did eat it, but just kept complaining about the celery taste and why did I have to add those veggies?*

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Sunday Soups - Taco Soup

Hey hey, it's fall time and time to get all those soup recipes out!

Sadly, we don't get that cold down here in Paradise BUT we still try to make soups just because it's the season!  So here we are, Taco Soup time!



Honestly, I have never had taco soup until recently. I know, what's wrong with that picture??!! So, since we haven't been sticking to the Taco Tuesday theme in a while, I figured, what the heck, lets make it a Taco Soup Tuesday ... works for me!

Which leads me to think maybe I should start a Soup Sunday routine?

Here's what you need:

1 pound ground beef (I used ground veal as that's what was in the freezer)
1 onion, chopped
taco seasoning to taste (I used 1 1/2 packets)
1 carton of beef broth OR 3 to 4 cups water
1 can of corn
1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cans of diced tomatoes (I used 2 cans of Mexican Rotel which was spicy - I recommend one plain can of tomatoes and one Rotel if that's the way you go)
1 can of plain tomato sauce
cilantro (optional)

Cook up the ground beef and onions in a large soup pot. Season the beef with some taco seasoning while cooking. If necessary, drain the excess fat out of pan.

Add the broth (or water), corn, beans and tomatoes. Allow to simmer for a few hours, more or less as needed. Taste half way through the cooking time and add more seasoning as needed. By using the Rotel, I did NOT need any additional seasoning!

Dish up into bowls, garnish with a little cheddar cheese and a dollop of sour cream, garnish with cilantro (if desired) and serve up!

Enjoy!
Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Holiday Cranberry Margaritas

It's the most wonderful time of the year ....

The perfect time of the year to make special adult beverages!


We've been trying to reduce our expenses on food and booze as well as trying to clear out all the excess stuff we have sitting around.  We used to have a TON of booze on the bar and have been whittling away at it, and some things have just gotten tossed as we aren't sure WHAT the purpose was! 



But tequila is abundant around here. Uhm, I used to have 6+ bottles and now, I'm down to 2 small bottles of Patron, 1 bottle of the skullhead stuff (very very special, don't touch that!) and a bottle tucked in the back of the cabinet. Ahem, friends, I am now open to gifts of tequila again! 🍸


*This bottle is long gone and I will admit it, this was my least favorite tequila. Not that I'm a Tequila Connoisseur or anything like that

So, it's holiday time and well, I DO have those 3 bottles of tequila (no, don't count the skullhead dude, he's special!) ... and a bottle or two of cranberry juice is usually floating around. Most of the time I even have the limes and Cointreau ... because, heck, if you drink tequila, you gotta have those last 2 items!



I made these the first time for Thanksgiving last year and enjoyed them on and off for the rest of the holiday season ... thanks to the lovely Ali over at Gimme Some Oven I've got myself covered for cocktails on Christmas again!



I wanted to make a big batch to serve up to my fellow Tequila Friends so here's how I made them:

3 cups of cranberry juice. I used the 100% juice, not the cocktail blend. THEN I discovered I could make my own cranberry juice! That may be shared at a later date! *Note, I am NOW making these with the cocktail blend and find them a little sweeter so IF you are not a fan of tart, stick with the blend ;-)
1 1/2 cups of lime juice ... thrilled that I have a juicer BUT you can (if you must) use bottled 
1 1/2 cups tequila. I prefer silver (clear) 
1 cup Cointreau. If you wish to make these a little less expensive, you can swap out for triple sec 
Salt for rim of glass (or sugar if you prefer)
lime wedges

Add all liquids to a large glass pitcher, stir well and let the party get started in the fridge for a little while before YOU start the real party!

When ready to enjoy, give a quick stir, rub the rim of your glass with a lime wedge, dip in salt (or sugar), carefully add ice and then fill with your Holiday Cranberry Margarita ...

To be even prettier, go ahead and garnish with some fresh cranberries ... these are going on sale NOW due to Thanksgiving so start grabbing bags when you see them on sale!


I need to get better pictures, don't you think?

Enjoy (and Cheers!)

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Legs

*I had these on my list of things to cook while visiting family but it just never happened...glad I didn't even buy the legs as I hate when I overbuy on the food when we visit! I ended up making these when we got back home since I had a package of legs in the freezer still!

I wanted to type Golden Brown Legs in the Crockpot but figured that might freak some people out. Better than Golden Brown Thighs in the Crockpot, don't you think?


Ok. Nevermind. Most folks know I've got an extremely odd sense of humor.

LAUGH!

So. This recipe came about for a few reasons:

1.  Hubby had bought a few packages of bone in chicken thighs AND legs a while ago. I am NOT a fan of legs, drumsticks, whatever you want to call them things.

2.  The bag of legs in the freezer have been getting in my way because we are getting low on protein products in the freezer and they seem to be just about the ONLY thing left in there!

3.  Whole Foods had their chicken legs on sale for 99 cents per pound. Being that I really like Whole Foods chicken (the air chilled or whatever it's called) and this IS a great price for said yard birds, I was all over it figuring this recipe looked good ... (update, I opted to forgo the Whole Foods sale as I know that I would walk out with way more than just legs ... instead, I decided to hit up Aldis for 69 cents per pound) (SECOND update: I failed at that as well, but it's ok, legs go on sale fairly often!)

Which is HOW this recipe came about!


Original recipe comes from The Frugal Girls ... who have quite a few crockpot recipes to check out!

3 to 4 pounds of chicken legs. Not quarters. LEGS. DRUMSTICKS.
1 bottle of your favorite bbq sauce. Preferable something sweeter
1 pkg of dry powdered ranch mix. I pick mine up at Aldis
Salt and pepper to season
fresh parsley, just because (I completely forgot to make my plate pretty!)

Ready?

Rinse those legs off. Pat them dry. Lay them neatly in the crockpot. Don't just toss them in there as you know one or two will try to Get a Leg Up (bonus point for those who know that song before clicking the link!)

All nice and contained, well behaved!

Sprinkle with salt and pepper and put the lid on.

Set to 3 hours on high OR 6 hours on low. Ok, tell me, I already know. Yes, the settings are  4 and 6 on high and 8 and 10 on low. Set your internal timer for 3 hours or 6 hours, ok?

Cooked Pale Legs

Ok

After 3 hours (or 6) are up, remove them legs and drain the chicken fat (NOT down the drain!! No! Don't do that!) and put chicken back in the crock.

Mix up the bbq sauce and ranch powder mix and pour over the top of them legs. If you really feel the need to, give them legs a little flip and get that saucy sauce on both sides! Personally, I would!  Put the lid back on and cook on high for 30 minutes (or low for one hour). After the time is up, remove the pretty legs from the crockpot and serve up

OR

To make this a little more appealing to ME, I went one step further and turned on my broiler to high, lined a baking sheet with parchment paper, tossed the legs on there, neatly, of course, and broiled them for about 5 minutes to make them a little more crispy and gooey. I flipped them midway and basted a little more with a little more sauce.  I highly recommend you do this!

Yes. I recommend you do it THIS way BUT it's not necessary!

Enjoy!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Easy Clam Chowder

We went to Indiana to visit family and figured I'd keep the Soup Sunday routine going!

It was a little chilly, by our standards and Hubby and I had agreed that we should make this soup since the original recipe came from my sister in law and it had been awhile since we made it ... a quick stop at Costco (and a couple hundred dollars less), we had the essentials to making this!


New England style is creamy ... Manhattan is red and chunky. And if you've been reading for any length of time, you probably picked up that Hubby HATES chunky tomatoes in cooked dishes. For someone who is a big fan of food, he certainly can be picky at times ;-)

Just for the record, I do not like clam chowder, normally. And this recipe, I mean, all the ingredients were pretty much processed and well, I'm trying to avoid that stuff ... but, heck, its the holiday and we are with a large family ... so why not!


Yes, it is a little indulgent and I would suggest you not make it every day. But please, whatever you do, give it at least ONE shot ... I think you'll be glad you did!

Here's what you need:

1 pound of bacon, cooked and crumbled (save a lot of the bacon grease in the skillet)
2 medium onion, chopped
4 cans of baby clams
5 cans of diced potatoes, drained
3 cans of cream of celery soup
2 cups half and half
2 cups milk
2 tsps dry dill

Make life a little easier and give the bacon a quick whirl
in food processor to chop it up

Cook onion in the bacon grease until translucent and soft.  Add the juice from the clams (set clams aside) and the potatoes to the pan and cook til the taters are tender, 15 to 20 minutes.



Add the balance of the ingredients, stir and let simmer 45 minutes or so until thick. Add the clams towards the end.



Dish up into some pretty bowls, top with a little more bacon bits if you have ... ENJOY!


This makes a lot and was more than enough to feed 12 of use with about 3 servings leftover for my father in law. We put these in 3 containers and stuck them in the freezer for an easy, later meal.

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Spinach Dip - Chilled

I'm a big fan of the warmed spinach and artichoke dip, but Hubby prefers the cold one and especially served in a bread bowl (!!) so of course, I do try and keep the man somewhat happy and occasionally cater to his wants ;-) Then I realized, that even though it's fairly common, some of you out there in blog land may not know about the simplicity OR at all!

So, here you go, the ORIGINAL COLD SPINACH DIP ... so easy to make!



Because I only make this when we are entertaining and sometimes our parties are large, the last time I made this, I doubled the recipe and that's how it's shown:

2 boxes of frozen chopped spinach, thawed
2 cans of water chestnuts, drained and chopped (I can never find the chopped ones in store)
2 cups of mayo (I do NOT use my homemade stuff here, Hellmans is the choice...at least it's gluten free?)

  

2 containers (16 ounce) of sour cream (I use full fat, feel free to use low/no fat)
6 stalks green onions, sliced
2 packages of Knorrs Vegetable Soup Mix (dry mix)


*How do you like them nails? 
That's my manicure that I give myself to save $20 or so each week!*

The first thing you need to do is open that spinach and squeeze ALL the excess water out. If you don't, your dip will be watery and not have any fluffiness (unlike MY waistline, here you want fluffiness). Squeeze out with your hands .... try not to let too much of the green stuff get away from you!

Toss that spinach in a large bowl and add the mayo, sour cream, water chestnuts and veggie soup mix. Mix well ... and then mix some more. Make sure it's mixed really, really good.


Toss in the green onions, and mix a little more.

*Some days I use scissors to cut them up, other days, a knife!*

Cover with a shower cap (!) and place in the fridge for at least an hour to allow the ingredients to do a meet and greet and make friends with each other.

When ready to serve, grab yourself a round loaf of uncut pumpernickel bread. Cut off the top 1/3 of the bread and then tear out the inside, leaving about 1/2 inch of crush in the "bowl". Tear up the pieces you cut and pulled out into bite size, scoopable pieces. Fill the "bowl" with the spinach dip and spread the torn pieces around the outside of the bowl on a platter. Alternatively, you can just serve with tortilla chips!

Serve up!
Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!


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