Friday, January 27, 2017

Pepperoni Cheese Sticks AND Funny Friday

Happy Friday! Welcome to the first Funny Friday in 2017.
These pepperoni cheese sticks are not pretty, sorry about that, but MAN did they taste out of this world!
1 can pizza dough
12 mozzerella string cheese sticks
1 package 1# pepperoni
small jar of pizza sauce or marinara

On a cookie sheet prayed with baking spray (I also put down a sheet of foil because my pan is so old) roll out the pizza dough, spread out and slice into 12 pieces wide enough to hold the pepperoni. Top each piece with 4 pepperoni and a cheese stick. roll and pinch the sides and ends. TRY to seal it well. Brush with melted butter, garlic powder and oregano. Bake for 10 minutes on 350 degrees. Serve with sauce for dipping. ENJOY

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 Dawn of Spatulas on Parade (that's right, me)            
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1. He George, call the office, I think we have a problem.

2. Opps, looks like I parked a little too close!

3. I think I found the leak!

4. Oh damn, and I work for the water company, this will NOT look good on my record. Running over a fire hydrant and causing a massive leak. Oh man...

5. Singing in the rain, just singing in the rain, oh yeah, I need to call this in.

Click on the links below and let some other bloggers make you smile:
Baking In A Tornado   
Spatulas on Parade     
The Bergham Chronicles  
Southern Belle Charm  
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy   
Cluttered Genius       

Friday, January 20, 2017

Meaty Veggie Soup and #FOTW

A few weeks ago we had temperatures in the TEENS! YES you read that right. Teens! Saturday morning I woke up to 19! So what did I do? Stayed in where it was warm and made a big pot of homemade vegetable soup but since I added meat to it, that made it hearty, stick to your ribs and delicious! I ate it for a week.
Why? Because I don't know how to make a "little" bit of soup. That's okay. I loved it and gladly ate it.

Meaty Veggie Soup
1 can cream of corn 
1 can regular corn, rinsed and drained
1 can garden peas, rinsed and drained
1 can green beans, rinsed and drained
3 cans of water, 48 oz
1 large can, 32 oz, tomato puree
1 lb lean ground beef cooked and drained
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp parsley flakes
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp fresh cracked pepper
Cook and drain the ground beef, rinse and drain the cans of vegetables or you could use 1 cup of each vegetable in frozen form. Combine all in a large stock pot. Allow to simmer for 30-60 minutes. Serve with fresh bread, crackers or even croutons.

We had a tremendously busy Christmas, a full house, lots of driving, shopping and cleaning. The kids had a great time. My tree survived two toddlers and my kitty kept his lives. I survived driving to DE and back twice with a van full of kids. I'd say it was a success.
The prediction was for 4-6 inches of snow, a rare thing in our area. My granddaughter LMSP (Little Miss Sassy Pants) woke up all excited, but no snow. As the day wore on, she became very impatient. Then she wanted to know just WHY she could not go outside dressed this way! LOL
Headed back to the airport this truck pulled out in front of me. I looked up and was like, what the heck is that??!! A ghastly looking head on a traffic cone in the back of the truck! Okay if it were October, I'd say it was for Halloween but since it was the end of December I could not fathom WHY they had this. Oh well, I managed to get the best shot I could.
My precious little man is so funny. His LaLa (grandmother) posted this on Facebook.

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 9 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:
Baking In A Tornado         
Searching for Sanity       
Eileen’s Perpetually Busy  
Go Mama O                   
Spatulas on Parade          
A Little Piece of Peace       
Never Ever Give Up Hope         
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy                                      
Cluttered Genius   

Friday, January 13, 2017

Chicken Cordon Blu and #UYW

Do you like cordon bleu? I do. I previously, a few years ago, made a orzo for cordon bleu AND egg rolls! But I wanted to make it, baked. It wasn't difficult but I think next time I'll buy the thin cut chicken breast instead of slicing my own. I didn't get mine thin enough so it was difficult to roll.
I used:
3 large chicken breast, boneless and skinless, sliced into 3 slices each
9 oz black forest ham
12 oz thinly sliced baby swiss

Lay out a slice of the breast, top with ham and cheese. Roll and pin with a toothpick. I then dipped it in melted butter and parsley. Pan seared the sides and placed it in a baking pan. Then baked for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
I served it with bacon cheese baked potato and a salad.

Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.
 Your words are: 
Snacks ~ book ~ enticing ~ ditches ~ confidant ~ souvenirs 
They were submitted by:     

I love going on vacation. One of my favorite things to do is a staycation. You know where I stay at home, to save money, and pretend to be a tourist in my own town. I shop for souvenirs, browse the cute little stores downtown, finding enticing gifts, nic nacs and books along the way. I'm confidant that I will always find something new as I live on the coast in a tourist town right across the ditches(or creek) from several larger towns that are an easy hour drive. But like all driving trips, even if only an hour, I bring along snacks and lots of water. Seeking out new places to eat, local artist and of course if you know me, I'm always taking lots of photos along the way. 
If you haven't tried a staycation, I strongly suggest it.
Find a local at the gas station, ask an elderly person where to eat, ask a post man which streets are the loveliest and so on.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them. 
Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:

Baking In A Tornado              
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
Spatulas on Parade           
The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver
Sparkly Poetic Weirdo          
On the Border                 
Confessions of a part time working mom  
The Bergham Chronicles         
Southern Belle Charm                

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Creamy Chicken and Bean Noodle Soup AND New Beginnings poetry

Cold weather can be depressing, lack of sunshine, cold wind, cold temperatures and be shut indoors.

So to combat the blues I made a big pot of soup this past weekend. Well, actually I made two pots, two different soups. Here is one:
Creamy Chicken and Bean Noodle Soup
4 chicken thighs, boneless skinless cooked and shredded
1 can chick peas rinsed and drained
1 can kidney beans rinsed and drained
1 can diced tomatoes, drained
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 TBSP parsley
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp fresh ground pepper
salt to taste
1 big box of fat free reduced sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 cups dry pasta
2 cups water
Mix all the ingredient in a large stock pot and allow to simmer until the noodles are done. ENJOY

See, quick, easy and delicious!

This post is also part of the monthly poetry group that I participate in. Each month we choose a theme and everyone gets creative. Scroll down to read my poem, don't worry I'm okay, then hop over to visit the others.

Patsy Cline's song Blue is one of my favorites. It came on the radio a few days ago and I thought about this upcoming post. 

"Blue, oh so lonesome for you
Why can't you be blue over me?"

New Beginnings, why be blue over something from the past? Why worry or fret because someone is not worried over what they have done to you? Move on. Move forward. New Beginnings. These are some of the thoughts floating through my head.

New Beginnings
Once there was a girl
frail, meek and mild.
She thought she had found
the love of her life.
He changed a little,
day to day something new.
Until she no longer knew him
and wished she never had.
She worried and fretted.
She questioned her life.
Until one day he asked her,
to be his lovely wife.
She was overjoyed
and said yes,
but then she wound up
with a knife,
it was sticking through her heart.
The same heart she loved him with.
The same heart now ripped apart.
If only she had of left sooner,
none of this would have come to pass.
New Beginnings;
yes she found hers.
Just not the way you expected
and not how she wanted.
So if you are like her
and find yourself alone at night,
be thankful and rejoice,
because you're not at the end of a knife.
He's not nice.
he's mean, cruel and cold/
kick him out and find another
or spend your nights alone.
it's not so bad,
you might be a little sad,
but oh how glad you will be,
when you really start to enjoy -
your new beginnings.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Frosty Fun #BWF Double Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Filled Bundt Cake

Blogging With Friends is a group post each month where we pick a theme and each blogger puts their personal spin on it. This month the theme is Frosty Fun.

I had visions of a frosted "fun" cake but it didn't exactly happen that way. So how does this recipe fit "frosty fun" you ask. Well, easy, I make it fit. hahaha
Frosty as in a white filling, fun because cake is always fun and it's chilled in the fridge to add another chill/frosty level. Viola!
Double Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Filled Bundt Cake
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cups sugar
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup water
6 oz unsalted butter
1/3 cup cocoa powder (I used Dutch processed from NuNaturals)
6 oz mini dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup sour cream
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 TBSP unsalted butter melted
2 TBSP brown sugar
a jar of maraschino cherries drained
1/2 can cherry pie filling

Cheesecake filling
2 - 8 oz cream cheese, room temp
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 TBSP sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 TBSP all purpose flour
1 egg
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, spray a bundt pan and set aside.
Cake: In a large bowl add flour, sugar, salt and baking soda. Stir well.
In a small saucepan combine water, 6 oz butter cook until melted, add cocoa and whisk until no lumps. Add the chocolate chips and stir until completely melted and smooth.Remove from heat.
Add chocolate sauce to the dry mix and combine, add sour cream, eggs and vanilla. Do not over mix. Set aside.
Cheesecake filling: in a medium bowl with a mixer, beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until fluffy then add flour and eggs, beat until smooth.
Evenly pour 1 1/2 TBSP melted butter in the bottom of the pan, add two cherries to each well and sprinkle with brown sugar. Pour 3/4 of the chocolate batter over the cherries.
Being very careful add the cheesecake filling IN THE CENTER so as not to touch the sides or center of the pan. Next add the cherry pie filling on top of the cheesecake filling, again careful not to touch the sides.
Now pour the remaining chocolate batter over the cherries. Spread evenly on the top to cover the fillings. The pan will be full.
Carefully slide it into the oven and bake for 50-60 minutes, until the cake center is set and done. Cool cake on a rack for 10 minutes then flip onto a plate to cool.
This cake is better the second day and after it has been chilled in the fridge for at least 6 hours. I know, it's hard to wait, but it's worth it.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Ranch Cheesy Potato Bake AND SSS

Happy 2017! Here is the first Secret Subject Swap for the new year along with an easy side dish that is delicious any time of the day.
Ranch Cheesy Potato Bake
Half cup ranch dressing
1 tsp garlic and onion powder and paprika
1 tablespoon parsley flakes
Half tsp chili powder
Bag diced hash browns (frozen about 32 oz)
1 cup shredded cheese
Bake at 450 35 minutes
Mix all the ingredients except for the cheese. Bake for 25 minutes in a 13x9 pan, be sure to spray the pan first. Sprinkle the cheese on top and bake another 10 minutes.
Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 12 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. 

Late December with the snow falling faster than Michael Phelps can swim laps and wouldn't you know it, I could not see the road signs. Now sitting at an intersection the car lights dimmed and the engine shut off. Crap! Driving all night the storm and trying desperately to stay ON the road I had no paid attention to the fuel gauge. Out of gas. What a rookie thing to do and as a professional driver I knew better.
Trying in vain to see out in the night I decided to wait it out and pray for help. My cell phone had zero reception. I had an idea of where I was but with the slow progression through the night I could be off in my calculations but 50-60 miles.
I dozed off and woke with the morning light and the freezing temperature in the car. I grab my purse, flares, phone, blanket and donned my hat, gloves and scarf. Out of the car I stepped. OH DEAR LORD it was thigh deep and so freakin' cold I almost yelled.
I began to walk and thankfully only 20 minutes or so had passed when I smelled smoke. Scanning the sky I could see the smoke on the other side of the trees. Heading that direction I began to make out the shape of what appeared to be a cabin.
Quickening my step I could see lights! Hallelujah! 
I approached the door and knocked with my hurting red knuckles. Tap tap tap
The door creaked open and a face poked out.
This sweet little cherub face smudged with dirt wide eyed looking up at me like she was seeing an angel. I smiled and said "hi, is your mommy or daddy home?"
She nodded and opened the door running across the bare room to a bed by the fire. I could see the silhouette of two figures in the bed. The room was dank smelling, dark and bare of any personal belongings.
I walked in and shut the door. "Hi umm excuse me but my car ran out of gas and I have been waiting all night for the storm to stop so I could seek help... helllo?"
No response. Oh god what will I do if these people are dead I thought. I walked over to the bed. I could hear the worst raspy breathing and the smell. I gagged, stepped back and ran for the door where I quickly heaved up yesterdays meal. Wiping my mouth I left the door open but went back in. Dear God how long had they been this way??? This poor child staring at me begging for help with her eyes.
I managed a weak smile and asked if she could get me a rag and water. She quickly ran to a small corner and picked up a large jar, poured some liquid in a rag and brought it to me promptly.
I wiped the brow of her mom, then dad. Neither roused. They were burning up. I glanced around but saw no phone or electric outlets. Had I fallen through a rabbit hole? Was I dream? Delirious from the cold? WHO lived this way anymore?
I knew I was no help so I told the little one I would be back and headed for the door. She grabbed my hand and began to cry. I said "oh honey I know you're scared and you've done such a great job, stay with them. I promise I'll be back and bring help. Okay?" She nodded. I said "good brave girl" and out I went.
Looking around I saw my faint foot prints as the snow was still coming down. I began to move quickly toward the direction of my car. Just when I thought I must have gone the wrong way I heard voices, no a radio, CB ... HELP I began to run and scream with all my might.
Two officers came towards me, "what's wrong ma'am, are you alright? what's going on??" I quickly told them about my journey and what I had found. Officer Pendleton called it in on the radio and led me to the squad car. He said "sit here and warm up, help is on the way, ma'am if what you have told us is true, you may have saved three lives today, four if you include yourself. " he patted my shoulder, shut the door and walked away.
Exhausted and relieved I passed out in the back seat. Next thing I know the officer is gently shaking my shoulder. "ma'am we have your car gassed up and the roads have been somewhat cleared, if you are able, go to your car and follow the plow to the highway. My suggestion is next time do NOT try to drive during the night AND a snowstorm." Feeling relieved and a little peeved at his remarks I thanked him and headed for my car.
WAIT! I ran back, "officer, the family?! What happened ? Are they okay? Will they live? Where's the little girl?"
He looked at me with a look of concern. "Ma'am we found the cabin, but it's empty and filled with cobwebs. There was no family. I'd say that the cold and exhaustion had you delirious." He patted my shoulder and said "be careful and stop at the first motel for a long winters nap." he chuckled at his own comment and walked away.
What? No family? Empty? Cobwebs? Seriously?? I rubbed my forehead and got in my car. Okay, no more Little House on the Prairie marathons before a long trip, more coffee, more sleep and no winter trips. Sheez I'm loosing it.
Cranking the car I followed the snow plow to I-85, headed South and never looked back.

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:
Baking In A Tornado                                   
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver
The Lieber Family Blog        
Confessions of a part time working mom  
Simply Shannon                        
Never Ever Give Up Hope       
The Bergham Chronicles                              
A Little Piece of Peace           
 Southern Belle Charm                 
Your “Secret Subject” is:
Your car has run off of the road in the middle of a snow storm. You decide to walk and you come upon a cabin with lights on. What do you find inside?