Monday, July 30, 2018

Brownie Cheesecake Pie

I'm always thinking of new things, researching recipes from the past and trying to revamp them. Sometimes I even have a stroke of genius! Yes it does happen. Shocks me too. LOL
This recipe was sort of a throw together, which is what I'm best at.
It is simple and delicious.
The longer the pie sits, the better it is! Especially if you leave it in the freezer for 24 hours. It doesn't not become hard but very firm. We ate the first slices of course while it was still "soft" but the next night! OH MAN it was even better.
Here is what I did...

Grease the spring form pan or spray it if you prefer. I didn't "make a crust" I just sprinkled with graham cracker crumbs and coconut, pressed it down.
In a large bowl, 2 eight ounce blocks of cream cheese (room temperature) beat/cream with 3/4 cup sugar, 1 TBSP vanilla, slowly add in 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream. Now carefully, mixer on low, add in 1 box of fudge brownie mix, yes the dry,until completely blended. Pour into the spring form pan. Be sure you set aside 1/4 cup of the brownie dry mix. Spread the mixture into the pan. Take the set aside dry mix and add just enough water to make it a thick syrup. Sprinkle coconut over the mix, a few more graham cracker crumbs and drizzle the syrup over the pie. Set in the freezer for several hours, overnight is  best. Slice and enjoy! so so good. 

Friday, July 20, 2018

Firecracker Bites - FOTW - July

I know these may be a little late considering today is the 20th and most people were thinking firecrackers and fireworks before the fourth. But here they are anyway.
Firecracker bites. I was actually working on this post just a few days before the fourth and thought, this post needs a recipe, but what?
It hit, firecracker bites, but what exactly will they be. So I started brain storming and this is what I came up with.

Firecracker Bites
4 boneless skinless chicken thighs
pancake mix
hot sauce (you decide how much)
1 tsp each salt and pepper
oil to cook in
Cut the chicken into bite size pieces. Mix your batter (mix, water and hot sauce) to a medium consistency. Dip the chicken, place in hot oil and flip when brown. Drain on a paper towel, dip in more hot sauce or ranch if you made it too hot. Simple and delicious.

If you enjoy spicy food, here's another great dish. Crispy Shrimp with spicy Asian dipping sauce. Mmm similar to bang bang shrimp.

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 5 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.

Sitting on the couch relaxing, having a drink or two, watching the Game Show Network. We are keeping score, see who can answer first and right. I'm winning. LOL he looks at me and says "okay smartie pants, wanna watch a movie?" Nope this is too much fun! hahaha

This pup/horse/moose has gotten the better of me. Getting up at ... anywhere between 3-5 a.m. and going to bed at 10 p.m. I'm not as young as I used to be. He has pulled me down, slammed me into a wall, crushed me feet, scratched the living daylights out of me, bitten me until I bled and made my house smell. Having a puppy/moose/horse is NOT for everyone. My kitties are not happy either. My bff Di says "but look at how cute he is" and I'm like, then you take him! UGH there are days...but yes, he's cute. 4 months old and over 30 lbs.
This photo was taken on his 4 month bday....July 1
He is 19 weeks, 4 1/2 months old and weighs in at 43 lbs!! Baby Moose (today)

Last month marked 5 years since my Daddy passed. I find myself thinking about him a lot these days. He was not politically correct. Everyone always said, and it was true, you never wondered what Jeff thought of you because he was out with it. No beating around the bush. Blunt, straight forward and to the point. He did not mince words. He had some interesting sayings as well.
Like if he didn't like something "I wouldn't kick a hog in the ass for it". or "I don't give two shits". Or this one"Want me to slap the taste out yo mouth?" I always wondered about that one. Really? Was it possible to slap the taste out of ones mouth and if so, where did it go? And did he really think someone would answer yes. In spite of it all, he was my Daddy and I adored him. 

In GA they just passed a new law. NO driving while using your phone. That means no talking or texting and no looking at it if it is in your hand, laying in your lap or on the dash. You MUST use a hands free device. I think it's great but this sign cracked me up!
Two sinks holes in one parking lot. It has caused a lot of traffic issues.

My cousin is a over the road, long distance truck driver. He is always posting photos of accidents, food, truck stop bathrooms and other interesting things he sees/encounters on the road. He posted photos of a really bad, 20 mile backed up, accident near me. My aunt post "are you on the looky lu side or accident side?" I cracked up! I haven't heard that in years.
Be sure to visit the others!
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  
Spatulas on Parade         
Paradoxical Suds              

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Italian Meat and Cheese Sticks with homemade marinara

I'm always looking for new ways to enjoy old favorites. 
Do you love cheese sticks? I do! Do you love meatballs? How about a good burger? Yeah me too, so...this is all of those things combined.
What? Lost my mind? Oh no honey, I just blew my mind and yours when you bite into one of these mouth watering delectable sticks.
My husband is not overly fond of cheese, and well cheese sticks he thinks are ehh or okay. These he devoured! So there's ya proof!
1 large can - 24 oz of Italian crushed tomatoes
2 cloves garlic
1/2 medium Vidalia onion chopped
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp sugar
salt and pepper
1 TBSP parsley flakes
1 TBSP oregano dried crushed
Saute garlic and onion in evoo, add 2 TBSP butter and remaining ingredients. Simmer for 15-20 minutes.
 Meat and cheese sticks
1 lb lean ground beef
1 egg
1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
salt and pepper
Mix well.
Unwrap 6 Mozzarella string cheese sticks. Form a patty and wrap around the cheese stick. Now dip in a egg water bath. Egg water bath is 1 egg and 1/2 cup water whisked together in a bowl. Roll the stick around then roll it in bread crumbs. In a hot skillet with oil, fry the meat until done. Don't make the patty too thick, maybe 1/3 inch thick this will ensure the cheese will melt and the burger will be done.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Buffalo Chicken Celery/Anti-Boredom - BWF - July

Anti-Boredom, what a theme. Who's bored? Not me. I have 3 cats and a 4 month old puppy to care for. Add to that the responsibilities of running a home, blog, business, paying bills, keeping up with my adult kids and grand-kids and trying to come up with new recipes/blog ideas.

Welcome to the July Blog With Friends...each month we chose a theme and each blogger puts their own twist or interpretation on it. At the bottom of this post you will find photos of their project and links to their pages.

BUT...I do get bored. There is always something to do and I just don't want to. I'm bored. I don't want to cook, clean, pay bills, walk the dog, clean the litter box or a multitude of other things that NEED doing. Why am I bored then? Companionship or lack of, that is when the boredom hits. When my husband has been at work for 8 hours and it's going to be a late night. I have no friends that live within 4 hours of me, no family within 4-9 hours of me and essentially no one to have an actual physical conversation with. THAT is when I feel bored, lonely, alone and restless.
So what to do then? Go for a walk, get some sunshine, exercise, drive to DD for some coffee, take the dog to the park, go to the farmers market for recipe ideas. These are just a few things I do.
How about you? Do you have an anti-boredom strategy? Do you get bored?
I know when I was growing up, boredom was NOT an option especially during summer break. We had entirely too much to do to be bored. Breakfast, then dishes, get dressed, weed the garden, pick the vegetables, slop the hogs, feed chickens, wash clothes, hand them on the line, sweep, mop, vacuum, clean the bathroom and dust AND all this was done before lunch. After lunch had been eaten and cleaned up, then we took in the laundry, folded, put it away, peeled tomatoes, shucked corn, shelled peas, had a coke while watching the afternoon soaps then it was time to get supper started. My mom believed in keeping me busy.
I think that is the problem today. We have so many things to occupy our time and mind that when we do have down time, we are lost. Boredom hits very quickly due to our minds being accustomed to the constant barrage of technology. Kids especially. They can't play along, go outside or sit silently in a room. They think they "need" to be playing a video game or being entertained. Gone are the innocent days or running around outside barefooted through the grass all summer and drinking water out of a hose.
I watch my grand-kids and it makes me so sad. Even the two year old, she has to have the DVD going all the time and her mom is constantly changing the video from one to another to keep her interest. The four year old is the same and oh man then talk about the eight year old, well she thinks you need to giver her your undivided attention every second she is awake or give her your phone. No way! The other ones have their noses in their tablets, iPad, phones or some other electronic device.
Heaven forbid any of us sit down and enjoy each others company, have a conversation or just "be". Oh the horror if it is even suggested.
The older I get the more content I am to just sit, read, watch a movie, listen to the breeze blow, watch the clouds, listen to music and do absolutely nothing. Sound boring? It's not.
The boredom comes from lack of human interaction.
So for this long winded post, I'll also share with you this. A simple recipe you can toss together anytime you're bored and have the munchies BUT it will not blow your appetite for dinner later, nor will it fill you with unnecessary sugar, carbs or processed food.

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Celery
using leftover chicken, rotisserie chicken or even canned chicken
1-2 cups of chicken, shredded, diced, chopped whichever you prefer
1-2 TBSP mayo (I used 1 because I had 1 cup of chicken)
Hot sauce or buffalo sauce to your desired taste (I used 5 tsp)
Mix it all together and stuff into celery sticks. I cut mine in 3 inch lengths. Perfect for snacking.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Everything Bacon

We love bacon and I mean love it. We were sitting around one night talking about different recipes and I said I wanted to stuff some jalapenos and wrap them with bacon well of course hubby was all for that. But I went just a tad farther.
I wrapped from fresh carrots and drizzled them with maple syrup, sprinkled them with fresh cracked black pepper and roasted them with the peppers! OMGosh talk about good.

For the peppers I used bulk breakfast sausage, you know like Jimmy Dean or Smithfield, whatever you prefer. I cut the jalapenos in half, seeded them and sprinkled shredded cheese on one side, then filled the other side with sausage (that I had already cooked and drained the fat off of). Then I wrapped bacon around them. I used sweet salad peppers for myself. I can do more heat than I used to could but these little green bombs were packing heat. I could feel it in my fingers and smell them, so I decided to forego the emergency room trip for now.
Aren't they beautiful? But the bacon will shrink and once cooked, not very pretty. But tasty and that's all that matters!
You could do this on the grill for the fourth!

Y'all be careful while traveling, don't text and drive and please PLEASE if you are playing with fireworks be careful.