Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Wonderful Wednesday - Last for 2015

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Welcome to the final blog hop of 2015! Our party has grown significantly this year and we owe it all to you, our faithful guests. As we share our finest creations at the close of this year, let's take a little extra time to bless one another with many views, comments, shares, likes, pins and on and on. 

This get-together is also monumental as we must say "farewell" to one of our longtime hosts:  Carrie of A Mother's Shadow. Sniff!  Carrie has been with us "almost forever" and, though we are excited about the new prospects on her horizon (she is in the process of writing her second book, among other things) we will miss her sweet presence at our party. Now, do remember that Carrie will still be blogging.  Be sure to stop by to see her at A Mother's Shadow and follow her on social media, too. I am confident we will be seeing her here, periodically, to party with us.

So, now,  I wonder what you all liked the best at our party last week? 
Let's see ...

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Carrie of A Mother’s Shadow

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Diane of Recipes For Our Daily Bread

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Tammy of My Life Abundant

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Dawn of Spatulas on Parade

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Friday, December 25, 2015

spicy cheese dip - football food AND Funny Friday

Merry Christmas!!! Dinner with family? Friends? Eating alone at a restaurant? Whatever you do, I hope it is filled with joy. Joy is from the inside, not surroundings, not others, not circumstances... but from our spirit within. So that when things are tough, rough and downright depressing, we can have joy, not happiness because that is an emotion...okay. I'll jump off that soap box and show you why you're really here... FUNNY FRIDAY
This has to be the best and easiest dip recipe ever! Perfect for a football day, party or just a fun weekend snack food to munch on all day long.

1- one pound block of Velvetta
1 one pound bulk pork sausage
1 can original Rotel
Slice the cheese, pour the Rotel in a crock pot, place the cheese on top. Cook the sausage, drain if needed. Pour on top of the cheese. Cover. Allow to sit on LOW for 20 minutes, remove lid and stir. Keep on warm and enjoy throughout the day or during the game. Guys will love this! You can kick it up by using a hot sausage or the spicier version of Rotel. The options are limitless.
Serve with scoops Fritos, tortilla chips or whatever you prefer.

Funny Friday, December 2015
Today’s post is this month’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants submits a picture, then we all write 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they’ve come up with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.

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Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by Follow me home (http://followmehome.shellybean.com).
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1. Hey Llama, have you seen my mama?

2. DONKEY, DONKEY?? WHO you calling a donkey?!

3. That's right human, stay in that car, you heard the rumors right...I spit!

4. Llama Llama who's your mama...funny, I've heard it a million times today human so just keep driving by. (snort, spit...stupid people)

5. Look honey, this one has a harness, I wonder if we can put one of the kids on his back for a cute photo? said the husband. Wife "WHAT are you CRAZY??? It's a WILD ANIMAL, that's why they said STAY in the car?!?!!?!!! Husband looks at wife like she's crazy but keeps driving and keeps the rest of his comments to himself. Smart man.

Click on the links below and let some other bloggers make you smile:
Measurements of Merriment (http://measurementsofmerriment.blogspot.com)
Southern Belle Charm (http://www.southernbellecharm.com)
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy (http://dinoheromommy.com/)
Baking In A Tornado (http://www.BakingInATornado.com)
Someone Else’s Genius (http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com)
Confessions of a part-time working mom (http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/)
Not That Sarah Michelle (http://notthatsarahmichelle.blogspot.com)
The Bergham Chronicles (http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com/)
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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Orange Chocolate and Biscoff Double Chocolate Truffles

Merry Christmas!!

I love making Christmas goodies, cookies, candy, cakes, fudge, etc... and am also always looking for something new to do. I decided to make some cookie truffles. Super easy and only 4 ingredients.

Now, these are not healthy. They are not good for you in any way but they are tasty little treats and work wonderfully as a gift for the neighbor, teacher, friends, family or to serve at a party.

1 bag of Sandies (Keebler cookies)
1 bag of semi sweet chocolate chips
1 can of white frosting (the second batch I only used HALF the frosting so the truffles were not tooth achingly sweet)
3 TBSP orange flavored jello

In a food processor place the cookies and pulverize them until you have crumbs. Add the white frosting and 3 TBSP of jell-o flavoring. Pulse until well mixed.
Scoop the mix by the tsp or TBSP depending on how big you want the truffles. Roll into a ball and place on wax paper or a greased cookie sheet. Place in the freezer to set/chill. 20 minutes is enough time. Too long and they will dry out and fall apart.
Melt the chips and 1 TBSP of vegetable oil in a bowl. Stir well until melted and glossy.
Dip the balls into the chocolate.
Allow to set. Drop on wax paper and cool or place in the freeze for a about 10 minutes. Store in the fridge if you are like we are here in NC and having record temps of 75-80 degrees you will need to keep them in the fridge. An air tight container works fine and you can keep them on the counter as long as your home is not "hot"... ie...75 or higher. If your house is like mine, they won't last long enough to melt anyway.

The second batch I decided to switch it up a bit. I used:
(Chips Ahoy) Choco Chunky cookies
3/4 cup Biscoff cookie butter
1 bag vanilla chips

In the food processor blend the cookies until a crumb like consistency then add the Biscoff. Process until blended well. Form balls and set in the freezer until firm. Melt the chips along with a TBSP of oil, mix well and stir until glossy. Dip the balls in the white chocolate. Drop onto wax paper and allow to set. Then place in the fridge or freezer to completely set.

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Cranberry Wonton Crisp with chocolate glaze #CIC

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah...whatever you are celebrating I hope it is filled with love, laughter, food, friends, family and most of all joy.

Welcome to this month's Crazy Ingredient Challenge! You know each month we have two list to vote on and the one ingredient from each list that receives the most votes is what we are given. Then we, the bloggers who participate, take those two ingredients and create a new, never on our blog or published, recipe. On the 20th of the month we all post and share with you our readers. You will see below links to each one of the creations. It is always fun and sometimes scary. Our ingredients in the past have been wacky, unfathomable and crazy. This month worked out to be wonderfully easy. I had a hard time picking WHAT recipe I would create because I had so many things running through my head.

**If you are interested in joining us, and are a blogger, email me: spatulasonparade@gmail.com
You do not have to be a food blogger, just a blogger. This may help your creative juices, find new combos your family will love and provide you will a larger audience for your current content.

Cranberries and Cocoa

I chose to create a wonton crisp with a homemade cranberry sauce inside. I thought about making them with phyllo dough and baking them but wanted something more substantial or hearty so to speak. I gave consideration to a chocolate cranberry bread and will most likely still do that but thought it was too safe for this challenge. Honestly I'm not sure I came up with a "crazy" recipe but this one sounded the best to me.

Cranberry sauce
1 cup OJ (I used the Tropicana 50 with less sugar)
1/3 brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup orange marmalade, (I used a brand that was naturally sweetened so no sugar)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp allspice
12 oz fresh cranberries

In a medium sauce pan I combined all the ingredients and brought it to a boil over medium heat. Stir occasionally and allow to boil for 10 minutes. The cranberries will pop. As I stirred I would smush the berries. IF you like your sauce smooth, you can allow this to cool once it is done cooking and puree in a food processor. I like the chunky version myself. Stir until it has cooked, thickened and darkened in color. Allow to cool and use as a sauce for your Christmas dinner or in the wonton recipe below.

After the cranberry sauce cooled I place 1 TBSP in the center of a wonton wrapper. I wet the edges and folded it into a triangle. This was dropped into hot oil and fried. Then allowed to drain on a rack.
Once this was done I combined 1 cup powdered sugar and 2 TBSP of baking cocoa along with 2-4 TBSP milk. This was stirred well and poured over the wontons! YUM YUM

W is not big on fruit, especially cranberries but he loved this and Travis said they were "DANK" which in today's teenage slang means totally awesome! WOO HOO

Be sure to check out the links below to see what everyone else  came up with! Thanks for stopping by!!
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Friday, December 18, 2015

sausage balls and FOTW

This month's FOTW is not very funny, I haven't seen LMSP and my work schedule has been totally crazy. BUT I have had lots of fun and tons of excitement. Check it out below...

Did you know...
I apologize if you're offended or find this too graphic in description but it was late at night and I found this funnier than it should have been. T LOVES sharing these 'facts' with me... teenagers!

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 12 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

http://www.BakingInATornado.com                         Baking In A Tornado
http://followmehome.shellybean.com                       Follow me home 
http://www.menopausalmom.com/                          Menopausal Mother
http://batteredhope.blogspot.com                            Never Ever Give Up Hope
http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com                       Someone Else’s Genius
http://www.southernbellecharm.com                        Southern Belle Charm
http://dinoheromommy.com/                                   Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
http://www.angrivatedmom.wordpress.com              The Angrivated Mom
http://www.gomamao.com                                      Go Mama O
http://www.JuiceboxConfession.com                        Juicebox Confession
http://notthatsarahmichelle.blogspot.com                 Not That Sarah Michelle

1 lb bulk hot pork sausage (I use Jimmy Dean)
2 cups bisquick
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded
1/4 cup milk

In a bowl mix the cheese and bisquick well together. Then gradually mix in the sausage. You will do this by hand. Mixing and squishing until it is crumbly. Next add your milk, it will be very sticky. Make balls about the size of walnuts or just scoop a tsp to TBSP size out and drop onto a greased cookie sheet.

bake at 350 degrees for 10-14 minutes

T walks in and says "first off I'd like to thank the sidewalks for keeping me off the streets", we cracked up. This was totally out of the blue. This kid is funny.

T made this in computer class...DON'T send me hate mail!! It's a joke if you look close and know what seitan is. (it is a vegan meat substitute if you do not know)

I've done a lot of traveling this month with my childhood friend Diana. The sunset was taken at Harker's Island.

THEN you see the "like" on instagram...HOOTERS like my hot wing photo!!! YES I was excited.

Football on Sundays...finger food. I have learned to prepare a ton of different things and let the guys graze all day long. Hot wings, sausage balls, meatballs, dip, veggie tray JUST KIDDING that's for me!
Diana and I had the privilege of driving in a parade. We escorted NC Senator Norm Sanderson and his lovely wife Linda. WHAT an amazing opportunity and truly lovely people. I was not living in NC during the last election, well in this area, so I did not vote for him, but you can bet I will next time. LOVE what he believes and stands for. We were not sure what we were getting into when we agreed to this task but at the end were just beside ourselves and overjoyed that we had said yes, had the experience we did and incredible opportunity. Senator Sanderson and his wife both said they have not enjoyed a parade as much as they did that day and asked if they could request us for next year!! We said YES please do! We may even drive them in more than one parade next time!

I've been to see CREED which was really good. I've been to Harker's Island, Beaufort, Minnesott Beach, Raleigh, UNC, Cary, Jacksonville, Maritime Museum, drove in a parade, watched a flotilla FROM the top side of a yacht, and have just been enjoying life. At Harker's Island we found Diana's perfect man! Tall, handsome, muscles, owns a boat and the silent type! LOL
One Friday morning I'm picking up a group of guys for the group home, one of them walks out all smiles, I opened the door and he steps up "HEY Miss Lady! Miss Dawn how you doing?!" I cracked up, see about a month ago this guy was a smart butt and I had to physically grab him and throw him off my bus. Now he is my new best friend. Funny how when you show them who's boss they straighten right up.

Things I have heard while driving the loop at lunch time:
girl on the phone "gurl please, you know that baby daddy done hit that thang up, you need to find a real man, one dat will support yo baby, damn have another one like I did"
man and woman talking "oh hell nawls man, I done kicked his sorry @$$ to da curb, den he got him a job and let him back in" Man said "dat's one way to make him work, kick him out and he gots no where to go, he come draggin back to yous"
two women: 1 "well I heard that Obama's wife is a man"
2 replies "I could see that, she is so muscly and all"
1 "yeah and look at her face and neck, I bet she got boobs and a thang between her legs"
I'm serious! The conversations I hear, I spend most of my time laughing or shaking my head!!

On a festive note: My beautiful Christmas tree!! "cashmere" tree, lights and ornaments. 
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays and all that good jazz!!
Whatever you celebrate, I hope it is filled with love, laughter, friends, family and the spirit of joy!
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Monday, December 14, 2015

Ode to Christmas' Past - another attempt at poetry

It's December and I'm not sure how but it is.  This year has flown by. Let's see, in October and November I participated in a poetry group post. Several of my blogging buddies and I wrote or attempted to write poetry and posted on the same day. Here we are in December and we're at it again.
W's son said my poetry is sad and depressing, which I can see but is funny to me considering my life is wonderful and I'm happy. Go figure

Banana Bread - this is quick easy and a holiday/winter favorite
I made this bread in my food processor, so no bowls to mess up, no tons of dishes, just the processor bowl to wash.

8 TBSP butter
1 cup sugar
3 bananas
2 eggs
Place these items in the food processor and blend until smooth. Next add:
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
Blend until smooth
STIR in 1 cup chopped pecans or whatever nut you prefer or none at all.
Pour into a greased loaf pan (9 x 5)and bake at  350 degrees for 50-60 minutes depending on your oven. Allow to cool, slice and ENJOY!

Ode to Christmas' Past

When I was a child
I believed in Santa
then I was crushed
when I found he wasn't real
As a young girl I dreamed fantasies
of young men who were gentlemen
and I was crushed
when I found they too were not real
Then I became a woman
and learned that dreams are important
people will fail you and
fairy tales are just that
But Christmas is real
It is a state of mind
A place of peace, wonder meant, and joy
Christmas is when all is right
gifts are our family and friends
visits are important
boxes are wrapped
money is spent
and time is precious
Young children see the world in glittering lights
Couples hold hands and remember times past
Elderly smile and reimenese of the old days
We take time to listen
Christmas is a spirit we should have all year long
Happiness, Joy, Peace and Good will
So this year
spread good cheer
If you need a smile
give one out
need a hug
give one of those too
And most of all
ENJOY the Season of Good Tidings and Joy
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Blogger and Blog: Robin of Someone Else's Genius
Name of Poem: Celebrating December

Blogger and Blog: Dawn of Spatulas On Parade 
Name of Poem: Ode To Christmas' Past  

Blogger and Blog: Candice of Measurements of Merriment
Name of Poem: Oh, Christmas Tree

Blogger and Blog: Karen of Baking In A Tornado 
Name of Poem: 'Tis the Season 

Blogger and Blog: Sarah of Not That Sarah Michelle 
Name of Poem: Through Foggy Windows 

Blogger and Blog: Jules of The Bergham Chronicles 
Name of Poem: Tis the Season for Poetry