Monday, December 10, 2018

No Bake Goodies - BWF

December... and 14 days until Christmas. HOW did this happen? This year has flown by, so much has happened and changed. But one thing remains. I'm "Jolly". My daddy was considered a jolly fella. He was a big kid, he loved sweets, and food in general, he loved to laugh, to make people laugh, he loved the holidays and did his level best to make them great for me. He would work endless, tirelessly, insane amount of hours just to make sure that I got what I needed and most of what I wanted.
So when we were discussing topics/themes for this months Blog With Friends post. I thought about him, which is nothing new, he is on my mind most days. But the theme, "Jolly" was chosen and I thought, yes that what I want to celebrate. A jolly season. To be a jolly soul. To live jolly.
That may seem odd to some but it came as natural as breathing to me.

One thing that I've done for 16 years, each Christmas, is make dozens and dozens of buckeyes. They were one of my Daddy's favorites. I mean, who doesn't love chocolate and peanut butter? Buckeyes seem to make even the biggest Grinch...jolly.
Since I can no longer enjoy chocolate or peanut butter, that means no buckeyes. A sad day in my house. The guys want me to make them anyway, for them. ugh...I might but I wanted to try to make something for me. A dessert/candy treat that was low oxalate and safe for my kidneys. Well, if I could take out the sugar, I did it. LOL that stuff is everywhere I look these days and trying to stay away from it is super hard. These tasty treats are no exception, they have sugar, they are rich but you only need 1 to satisfy a sweet craving let me tell ya.
A happy alternative to buckeyes. These biscoff cookie rounds, sweet bites, or whatever you want to call them, they are delicious and super easy to make.
1 cup Biscoff cookie spread
1 stick room temp butter, unsalted
1 cup powered sugar
Mix well. Shape into walnut size balls, chill and dip in white chocolate.
Simple , quick, easy, no chocolate and no peanut butter. Works for me.
Thank you for stopping by and try to be "jolly" this year, not just this holiday season, but all the time. We have so much to be thankful for. Why not be jolly?

So to you and yours... Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Seasons Greetings or whatever works for you. Jolly Jingles folks!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Lemon Meringue Cookies for National Cookie Day

Did you know that today is National Cookie Day? Baby let's throw a party, a cookie party! I love cookies but truthfully I just love sugar. I've always enjoyed a fresh baked cookie, still hot, burn-your-fingers-blow-on=it-so-you-can-eat-it cookie. Mmm So when my dear friend Karen from Baking In A Tornado told me she was doing a National Cookie Day post and asked if I wanted to join her, well I said YES SIRREE BOB YOU BET YOUR BRITCHES I DO! Actually I think I just said YES! But you get the point.

With this wonderful renal (kidney diet) now I am so limited on what goodies I can and can't have. I thought and thought about what kind of cookie I could make that I could also enjoy. Nothing chocolate, nothing with nuts, nothing with too much sugar...well dang. What was left?

Lemon! Lemon is my second favorite thing next to chocolate and now my favorite since chocolate has been given the no fly zone from the doctor. Yes, lemon was the ticket, but what kind of lemon cookie could I make that also wasn't filled with sugar. Let's be honest, lemon needs some sugar...think, think, think.

YES! I had it. Lemon Meringue Cookies, that's what I'd do and I had several weeks to perfect them. Well, I would have had I not procrastinated, gone on vacation and just gotten lazy. So yesterday here I was busting my tail after one in the afternoon trying to get at least ONE batch of these DAMN  darned cookies to come out right. I gave up at the third batch and said good enough. See they all tasted great and came out with the right consistency but were tan not pearly white. I think it's because I have a gas oven but nothing I can do about that and under normal circumstances I love the thing.

So...not pearly white but still delicious.
Lemon Meringue Cookies
Lemon curd for the filling (you can buy this or make your own)

3 egg whites
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup sugar
Place the egg whites in your mixing bowl for at least thirty minutes so they come to room temperature. Add the vanilla and cream of tartar, beat on medium speed until soft peaks form and then gradually beat in sugar, 1 TBSP at a time on high until glossy white stiff peaks form.
Use a pastry bag or a zip top bag, fill with meringue and cut the tip off. Make 2 inch circles and build up the sides to form little cups. Bake on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or a silicone baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes at 300 degrees or until set, turn off the oven and let sit for 1 hour.
NOTE: I have a gas oven and doing the above made them brown. Try 200 degrees for 20 minutes and turn the oven off. I think this result was better, less crunchy and more white in color.
After they have cooled fill in the center with lemon curd.

Simple and delicious. Now check out the other bloggers and their cookies, see links below.


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

Good morning y'all. Being from the South, who doesn't love pot pie? I grew up with the little frozen pies you baked in the oven. It took forever and we thought they were delicious. LOL what they are is full of sodium. Several years back, in 2010 my husband was very sick. He wanted pot pies. So, working all day and him being home, I did what any good wife does. I bought him those little frozen pies. Well, he was eating TWO of them for lunch. When he went for his check up, low and behold his blood pressure was through the roof. I could not figure out why. A few days later, I'm putting pies in the freezer and looked at the label. OH MY HOCKING WORD! These dad gum things are almost nothing but Sodium! over 1600 mg of sodium PER PIE! I cut him off quick and fast like.
Fast forward to this year. It was still hot outside but I had a hankering for a pot pie. I mentioned it to him and he said "what are ya waiting for woman, get cooking" ! LOL I told him I was already ahead of him and putting it together.
I have made pot pies before, but for some reason, this one was off the hook, slammin' jammin' and totally ruined my taste buds for any other!

1 16 oz can Veg All mixed veggies, drained and rinsed
4 chicken breast tenders, sauteed in a pan with butter, salt and pepper
3 TBSP butter
4 TBSP flour
1/2 cup water
2 chicken bouillon cubes
pinch Rosemary
1/4 tsp thyme
3/4 cup water
2 c self rising flour
1 TBSP butter
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
half n half
400 degree oven for 45 minutes
Drain and rinse the veg all, place 1/2 the can in each large ramekin and set aside. Cook the tenders in a non stick skillet, I used a pad of butter, salt and pepper. Once the chicken is done, remove, dice and place half in each ramekin. Now in the skillet add 3 T butter and melt, stir in 4 T flour and stir around making a rue, add salt and pepper to taste, slowly add 1/2 cup water and mix well. Add the 2 bouillon cubes, stir as it thickens. Now add the rosemary and thyme, add another 3/4 cup water and stir again until it thickens. Pour this over the chicken and veg all.
In a small bowl add 2 cups self rising flour, 1 T butter, 1/4 cup parm and a dash of half n half. Stir but don't over mix. I made mine a little loose. Allow it to sit, it will rise some, after about 5 minutes mix the dough again and put half on top of each bowl spreading it out to cover the edges.
Bake for 45 minutes in a 400 degree over.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Pumpkin Caramel Bars - FOTW Nov

Today is the monthly post of Fly On The Wall. A great time for all as you get a peek into the lives of several bloggers, myself included. First thought I'm going to show you these delicious pumpkin caramel bars. So good and the inspiration came from my blogging buddy Karen over at Baking In A Tornado, she is also the brain child behind FOTW. Here you will find her original bars that inspired me: Pepita Harvest Bars
 I used the Annas Ginger Swedish Thins as the base for the bar
Toll House white chocolate chips because I can no longer eat chocolate due to the high level of oxalates.
Pretzels for some crunch
caramel because why not
pumpkin, cranberries and pumpkin spice
I crushed the cookies and mixed with melted butter, about 1/4 cup, mixed and pressed it into a square 9x9 pan. Oh spray or grease the pan first, it makes getting them out so much easier or you can use parchment paper.
Sprinkle 1 cup white morsels, 3/4 cup quick oats over the crust and 1/2 cup dried cranberries. In a small bowl mix 1 can of sweetened condensed milk, 1 cup of pumpkin (not pie mix) and 1 tsp of pumpkin spice mix. Pour this over the ingredients in the pan. Sprinkle with 1 cup of tiny caramel bits, place pretzel twist laid out on the top and sprinkle a few more caramels or cranberries. Also a few teaspoons of pumpkin seeds. You could use more and replace the pretzels but I am on a low oxalate diet for my kidneys and can no longer eat certain foods.Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Cool, slice and enjoy!

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes: 
Baking In A Tornado        
Menopausal Mother           
Never Ever Give Up Hope  
Go Mama O.                   

Let's see, what happened in October? YES! I finally had my lithotriposy surgery, stones removed and then the last stent finally taken out! Hallelujah!! You have no idea...whew
Hubby's new toy...I walk in to find it standing in the corner of the room. Umm well, sure.
And last month I mentioned we got new furniture! Here it is!!
The top picture(below) is the scope that the put into my bladder, yes I'm awake to see if everything looks okay and then they pulled out the stent. Which you see in the second picture, it is the black tube. ahh it felt so good to have that out. NOW, seeing these lovely tools I was NOT looking forward to the removal, then the surgeon walked in and said "oh no, we don't need those today, I'll just pull it out." That may sound weird and invoke all sorts of crude jokes but they were music to my ears.
After a few weeks of spasms and throbbing pain I was finally able to resume normal life. We took a trip to Helen, it is a tiny quaint town at the foothills of the mountains north of us and a replica of the Bavarian region in Germany. My absolute favorite! I lived in Germany for 3 years and to this day still miss it. So Helen is a special place to me.
On the way we stopped at a store to pick up water, use the restroom and the guys got snacks. LOL now the fun begins!!

Jesse gets these hotter than Hades chips! Here are some things he said....
After 3 chips you start to get itchy

My scalp itches

4 chips in I’m gonna let them sit a minute

I feel like a cat having to lick the air

My husband is in the kitchen trying to open a bottle of wine. Jesse says "it's not a twist off is it?" My husband is insulted "UH NO" Still trying to use the opener and SNAP...he breaks the opener. He says "what in the world, I know I'm strong but damn." We all laugh. Jesse walks over and says "uh's a twist off, see the perforation here?" and twist. Well now the bottle is open! LOL oh my gosh we laughed so hard.  

Later I walk in and there sits the bottle of wine. I said "hey honey, your bottle of wine must be happy to see me, the little guy is standing at attention" He says "What?" I held up the bottle. He laughs. "Well silly, since it didn't have a cork I used one of the finger condoms to keep it fresh." I said "oh it's fresh all right."
So many laughs off one bottle of wine and I didn't drink any.
I hope you enjoyed cruising around my home. See what everyone else has been up to. Their links are near the recipe. HAPPY THANKSGIVING ( a day late I know)

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Pepper Jack Chicken

I have gotten totally off schedule this year and post all willy nilly. I apologize folks, being sick and in the hospital for three months this year really took a toll on me in more ways than one. I am sitting here today scheduling out my post for next month. I have 7 recipes that I've made recently and need to get them out to y'all so you can enjoy them like we did.

A few nights ago I made this super easy and delicious slow cooker dish. I'm telling you it was so easy. Also, there was enough that we enjoyed it three more times! That's a big win in my book. Plus I think it got better each time I heated some up, now that really is a win.

This recipe works with my new lifestyle of being low oxalate for my kidney health and also my #WW way of eating. Yep, I did it. On November 6th I decided enough was enough and I signed up for #WW previously known as #weightwatchers. I attended my first meeting the next morning and in two weeks I have lost a total of 3.6 lbs. That may not sounds like a lot, but it is a healthy amount and I'm not starving or deprived which is even better.

This dish is delicious but doesn't photograph well. I took a dozen pictures so you'll just have to trust me and try it yourself.

Pepper Jack Chicken
4 large chicken breast
1/2 very large red onion (if it is small use the entire thing)
1 1/2 bell pepper, sliced (I prefer the red, orange and yellow but you can use green if you prefer)
8 oz shredded Pepper Jack cheese (I buy the block and shred myself)

In a nice size slow cooker, mine is 6-7 quart, slice the onion and place in the bottom. Lay the chicken breast on top of the onion, slice the peppers and place on top of the chicken. Cover and cook on high for 4-6 hours. The chicken was fresh and not frozen, just purchased. If you are using frozen, which is perfectly okay, you will need more time. Six hours at least. Once the chicken is done, shred. I do this by using a Mix N Chop from Pampered Chef, it works great for this job. Stir the chicken, onions and peppers. You can add salt if you like but the cheese makes it salty enough for me. Also I no longer use black pepper as it is high in oxalates but you can add if you like. Now shred the cheese and sprinkle to cover the top of the chicken. Place the lid back on and leave for about 10-20 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly. That's it. Serve over rice with a nice salad as we did the second time. The first time we ate the chicken/cheese in a pita with a salad. You could serve it on a nice toasty buttered roll/hoagie for a low cal chicken philly.

That's it! ENJOY

Monday, November 12, 2018

Turkey Soup and Family Gathering - BWF

I would say, where has the year gone, but I know where 1/4 of this year went for me. But can you believe it is almost Thanksgiving? Good grief Charlie Brown, Christmas is right around the corner!
When I think about the holidays I think about family and years gone by. Family gatherings in particular so it was only fitting that I talk about it since our theme for November's Blog With Friends is just that, family gathering.
One thing about holidays growing up, I always looked forward to going to my grandparents farm and being with the entire family. It was different back then than now. We had to drive a long way and it was an event. One we looked forward to. I'd see my cousins, we would play, get gifts and more importantly gather around and be a family. Of course we'd eat, we're Southern! When we get together there is ALWAYS food.
Everyone had their assignments. Aunt Linda did a smoked ham, cheesecake, cheese ball and crackers, Aunt Dianne would make macaroni salad, Aunt Wanda would make a delicious pineapple cake and deviled eggs, maybe potato salad depending on the holiday and sweet potato casserole (which I took over making when I got older). My mom would make cookies, everyone fought over these cookies (still do) pecan pie, chocolate pie, lemon meringue pie. Grandmama would make the turkey, collards, stuffing, cranberry sauce, rolls, rice, green beans with new potatoes oh and fudge! Very rarely if ever did this menu change. Over the years as my grandmother's health failed different ones picked up the slack and prepared the items that she would have done. After several years we began meeting at Aunt Linda's house instead, then Aunt Wanda's house. Now almost everyone is gone. There is Aunt Wanda, her two boys (35 and 40) my mom, me and my family. My cousin Tina, her brother Aaron and his family. That's it. Everyone else has passed on. Those of us left are scattered to the four corners so to speak.
I remember the gatherings with fond memories and miss them. The laughs, joking around, the smells of food, the kids playing, the dog sleeping in my granddaddy's lap. Even the hours of clean up I miss. Mostly I miss my family. Teresa was first, she was the youngest girl /cousin, my shadow. Then Granddaddy, Frank, Thomas, Grandmama, Aunt Dianne, Daddy, Aunt Linda, Alton and so it goes, one by one they have left us with empty hearts and empty spaces at the dinner table. We used to set up two card tables and all the chairs were full at the big table. Now we fit at one small table. I know it's life but the holidays do two things to me, make me sad/nostalgic and missing loved ones. It also makes me want to hold on tighter to the ones I have left. To continue with some of our traditions and reminisce about the past.

So in honor of days gone by, along with the sun and heat, here is a soup you can make from leftovers or just a few simple ingredients.

Turkey Soup
1 lb ground turkey
2-3 large carrots,peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces
1-2 cups rice
3 cups chicken stock/broth
If using 2 cups of rice add 2-3 cups of water or more broth
1 large onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 TBSP dried parsley
white pepper and salt to taste
In a large pot brown the turkey OR you could use 2-3 cups of leftover turkey diced up, if using ground turkey allow it to brown and add the onion, garlic and spices. Stir well and add in the broth. Water if needed and the carrots. Once the carrots are close to done, 10 minutes or so, add in the rice and additional water/broth. Cook until the rice is done, about 20 minutes and serve. You could add white wine and some mushrooms if you wanted as well.

Other participants

Karen from Baking In A Tornado

Jules from The Bergham Chronicles


Lydia from Cluttered Genius

Monday, November 5, 2018

Easy Beefy Noodles

I was in need of a quick and easy meal. My guys like beef or meat in general but it had turned off cool and windy so I wanted comfort food. Looking around at what was in the pantry and fridge this is what I decided on. 
Easy Beefy Noodles
1 lb ground beef
1/2 large onion diced
1/2 small jar of pimentos
1 clove garlic minced
3 cups beef bone broth
1/2 bag of wide egg noodles, sorry I just dump them in
Brown the beef with the onion, garlic and a little salt. I am no longer using black pepper due to my kidney issues as it is high in oxalates so I'm using white ground pepper.
Once this is done ,the pimento, bone broth and noodles go in. I bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium, cover and cook until noodles are done to your liking. For me it took about 15-20 minutes.
The guys loved it and went back for seconds okay maybe thirds as well.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Korean Sloppy Joes

We love burgers and sloppy joes but I hadn't fixed the latter in a long long time. I was going through my recipe list and looking at previous post. Like the yummy original homemade Sloppy Joes or the even better Philly Cheese-steak Sloppy Joes . Then I thought, what can I do to make another version?
Asian sloppy about Korean? YES!
Now I must add, that it was delicious but would have been better with a slaw on top. Which I plan to add next time. Something like: (minus the chicken) Clean Asian Slaw
My son and I really enjoyed them, my husband said it was okay at first but the more he ate of his "joe" the more he enjoyed it. For the record, he's not a fan of sesame oil or sriracha.
Korean Sloppy Joes
1 lb ground beef
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp sesame oil
1/2 cup ketchup, I used all natural no sugar added
1/2 cup hoisin 
1/2 cup water
2 TBSP low sodium soy sauce
1 TBSP rice wine vinegar (important! not regular vinegar)
1/2 tsp sriracha (or another type of Asian hot sauce)
4-6 buns (optional toasting)

In a large non stick skillet cook the meat, break it down and cook until nice and brown. Add the garlic, hoisin, sesame oil, ketchup, water, soy sauce, vinegar and sriracha together. stir well and cook until the sauce begins to thicken. IF you want yours drier, not as sloppy, cook until thick and moist. If you want it sloppy, just as it starts to thicken, turn off the heat and allow it to sit for a few.
This is sweet, hot, sticky, messy and just the right amount of Umami. 

Friday, October 19, 2018

Picadillo and FOTW October

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 4 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.

This is a Cuban comfort food dish, my husband loved it. Me...not so much.
Have you ever burned incense? Well, I had not.
So we had mildew in our storage closet due to a roof leak. I'm very sensitive to smells and having just come home from the hospital I did not want to get sick. So my husband thought he was helpful, he bought incense.
So, I light one, go in the kitchen and come back out in just a few minutes.
I step outside. "Dang honey, those things were expensive and they don't last worth a dang! I just lit one and in less than 3 minutes it's gone! Burnt up!"
He cracks up. Did you blow it out?
I said no how  would it burn?
He is cracking up big time now.
Trying to catch his breath he says "NO no you blow it out and it is the ember that burns slow".

So thankful to now be living away from the hurricane threat area of NC coast but I miss my home, what is left. Hurricane Flo really did a horrible number on my hometown. So many lost everything. Just like I did two years ago. We had to evacuate one of our sons, he lost his job and apartment, so until further notice, this mama bird has one of her babies back in the nest.
The below photo was sent to me by my Aunt, the tree barely missed her home. So thankful she is okay.

Quote of the month! "She's a serial monogamists, next week she'll be in a new relationship."

While at the hospital doing my pre-op and admission, I noticed the phone on the desk...two receivers?! I guess this is old school conference calls?
Picadillo - Cuban Comfort Food
2 TBSP olive oil
1 medium yellow onions, diced
4 cloves fresh garlic minced
1 lb lean ground beef
1 16 oz can diced tomatoes (drain would be better I forgot)you can also use ripe tomatoes and dice 4 large. the traditional recipe calls for 28 oz can)
1 TBSP red wine vinegar (or a good cooking red wine)
1 TBSP cinnamon
2 tsp ground cumin
1-2 bay leaves
pinch ground cloves
pinch of nutmeg
1/4 cup of raisins (up to 2/3 cup) I used the small amount but tradition calls for the larger
2/3 cup olives sliced and pitted (I used the ones with pimento)
In a large pan over medium heat put the olive oil, onions and cook until onions soften. Add the ground beef and allow it to cook, season with salt and pepper. Add tomatoes, vinegar, cinnamon, cumin, bay leaves, cloves and nutmeg, stir and lower the heat. Simmer 30 minutes. Covered. Now uncover and add the raisins and olives, allow to cook another 15 minutes and serve over rice. (traditionally it also calls for chirizo but I didn't use it)
My youngest son's daughter, he sent me this text and said "I don't know whose kid this is" LOL right! He was my only child that loved dirt, yes I had all boys but he was the only dirt lover. Like father like daughter.
Beau, my big love bug, he will not leave my side and as you can see, he likes to help me blog.
Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

Baking In A Tornado        
Menopausal Mother           
Never Ever Give Up Hope  

One evening I'm sitting on the couch and all of a sudden, there's a foot in my ear! Didn't bother him in the least. 
A lot has happened this month.
My oldest granddaughter got married. She's 21. (my adopted daughter's oldest).
My Sissy's daughter got married.
My husband's truck transmission went out so we bought him a Jeep Renegade.
The hurricane hit my hometown and it is devastated.
Our oldest son is living with us and working already.
We bought furniture! Our second NEW set in almost 30 years, everything has been second hand. I love it.
I had another surgery. Hopefully the last.
AND Little Miss Sassy Pants turned 8!!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Roasted Fall Veggies-Oxalate Friendly

Hi all, just a post about my newest life change. On July 29, 2018 I was rushed to the emergency room via ambulance. After test I was told I had a kidney stone and an UTI. Given medication and sent home. For the next 8 days I continued a dangerous downward spiral. I went septic and was taken back to the ER on August 8. After less than an hour of being there I crashed, they almost lost me, they spent 3 1/2 hours trying to stabilize and keep me alive. There are a lot of details I left out but you really don't need them all, even though they are very vivid in my mind. I am thankful to the staff, once nurse in particular. She started the ball rolling as soon as I was wheeled in. I have a fantastic doctor who has worked tirelessly to keep me alive and healthy.
Why do I bring all this up on a food blog you ask? Well, because of the stone, 9 mm in size by the way, I have had to change, drastically change, how and what I eat.
I've learned a lot about nutrition over the years and I've tried a lot of different 'ways of eating' but this one by far has been the most challenging but I am determined because it has changed my life. It is also helping keep me around which I enjoy.
My kidney stones it seems are due to high oxalates. Oxalates form when ...this is from the website
Oxalate is a natural substance found in many foods.  Your body uses food for energy.  After your body uses what it needs, waste products travel through the bloodstream to the kidneys and are removed through urine.  Urine has various wastes in it.  If there is too much waste in too little liquid, crystals can begin to form.  These crystals may stick together and form a solid mass (a kidney stone). Oxalate is one type of substance that can form crystals in the urine.  This can happen if there is too much oxalate, too little liquid, and the oxalate “sticks” to calcium while urine is being made by the kidneys.
what does this mean? Well, it means no more chocolate, spinach, collards, okra, nuts, seeds, wheat, sweet tea, and a host of other foods. It means I have to eat 1000mg of calcium a day, no supplements, 12 eight oz glasses of water a day or more, no stevia, no tomato sauce or cooked cans of tomatoes. Raw tomatoes are okay. No potatoes. No strawberries! AND no chocolate! Gosh do they know me?? BUT if it means being healthy, I'm all in.
Most of the recipes I've posted lately have been dishes that I prepared and had written up prior to my first trip to the ER. I've been creating new dishes and revamping yet again old dishes.
Funny how when I was keto, carbs were off limits, now they are no concern, I still am cautious of them.
I love fruit and am happy to be eating it again, well the allowed fruit anyway. I also love vegetables and missed them when keto, but some of my favorites are big no nos now.
Here is a dish I made a few days ago and it is low oxalate and delicious to boot.

Roasted Fall Veggies-Oxalate friendly
butternut squash, diced
brussel sprouts, sliced in half
broccoli, spears
white pepper (black pepper is high oxalate)
olive oil
All of my veggies were frozen with no additives, I placed them on a piece of parchment paper on a baking pan. Drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled on the salt and pepper. Sliced the bacon and placed on top.
Baked for 30 minutes. I then removed the pan and drizzled the  sauce on top.
Sauce: 1/3 cup maple syrup and 2-3 TBSP low sodium soy sauce. Mix well and drizzle over vegetables. Stir and spread out. Roast another 10 minutes.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Cat Poop -Spooky and Fun - BWF

Spooky and Fun...well I'm not into spooky but who doesn't love fun, right? Some might say this is gross not fun but I thought it was fun over ten years ago and still do.
Wait, ten years ago? Gosh, it was about 11 years ago and my boys were in youth group at church. Me being who I am, I was there helping out, bringing food, hauling a bunch of sweaty smelly boys around and jamming out to music. Yep, I was that mom. So it was early Fall and the weather had turned cooler with a wonderful crispness in the evening air. The youth were having a bon fire/cook out. Complete with their own version of competitive  gross games. We parents were asked to help provide food. As luck would have it, I was asked to help with desserts.
Since I knew the games were "slimy" because it was October, I thought why not make a gross slimy dessert. I told my boys what I wanted to do and Jesse was totally on board, Joey however thought it was gross and disgusting, I said PERFECT that's exactly what I was going for.
AND this is how the cat litter box dessert was born.
When I arrived, early so the kids would not see it coming, I snuck over to the picnic table and placed an extra large cat litter box firmly in the center, (it was new and clean) along with a litter poop scooper. Jesse laughed, Joey cringed and I stood by and watched as the unsuspecting guest arrived.
The girls squealed and moved away, the boys were like ugh who put cat litter on the food table. I will admit that one was WAY better and realistic than this one and I so wish I had pictures. But that was back in the day before cell phone cameras and I didn't carry my camera that night, well because it was night and I knew the photos would not turn out.
Jesse broke the ice, he walked over, took a turd out and ate it. The girls screamed, the boys were like "DUDE!" and the parents looked on in disgust. After a few bites, I confessed it was a dessert and perfectly okay. The parents still thought I was weird and my kids even weirder but we didn't care. It was fun.
The games were totally gross and I made the boys hose off before allowing them in my car!
So if you have an upcoming party with kids , a Halloween themed party or wait until April Fool's this is a fun, easy and delicious dessert.

Cat Litter Dessert
1 large box instant pudding, I used banana but you could use vanilla or white chocolate
1 family size package of Golden Oreo
10-20 Tootsie rolls, roll and shape
3 cups milk
Prepare the pudding in a large bowl, set aside. Crush the Oreo's in a food processor or in a large zip top bag. Mix half in the pudding, spread in the litter box, sprinkle the remaining on top.
shape the rolls into little turds and roll in the cookies, bury in the pudding to form the "dirty box"
Be sure to check out the other participants, this post is part of Blog With Friends, a monthly post where we pick a theme and each blogger interprets that theme in the style that suits their blog.