ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?

I can’t believe how quickly this season is going.  Don’t forget to come join us and link up all your favorite tailgating goodies throughout the entire 2013-14 football season!

No matter who you are rooting for we’ll have fun.  I know not everyone enjoys football, but who can resist a good football food buffet? It’s time to start thinking about tailgating treats, appetizers, chips and dips, wings, and all the other yummy party things!

Having a game day buffet just makes it more festive!  I remember when I was a kid, My dad was a big LOS ANGELES RAMS fan. We always watched the games together and I was responsible for keeping the game food fun. I loved spending the day with my dad and it was always so much fun.
Martha over at Seaside Simplicity began Tailgating Time and it’s just plain fun not to mention a wonderful source for new recipes to try.  We will repost the linky on or around the first of each month as a reminder.

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BAKED HAM & SWISS SANDWICHES

I wish I could tell you where I saw this recipe, but I can’t.  I did adapt it slightly, but it really makes the perfect football food – quick, easy and tasty. 

BAKED HAM & SWISS SANDWICHES
12 pack of KING’S Hawaiian rolls
4 slices thick ham, quartered (to fit on rolls)
4 large slices Swiss cheese, quartered (to fit on rolls)
1/3 cup butter
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder

  • Slice rolls in half and layer pan with bottom halves.*
  • Place a slice of ham and Swiss cheese on each roll.
  • Put the tops on.
  • In a small saucepan melt the butter.
  • Add the Worcestershire sauce and seasonings and blend well.
  • Brush the tops of each roll.
  • Cover with foil and refrigerate over night.
  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Bake 15-20 minutes.
  • Serve immediately!  They are best hot.

As an added bonus they are really good as a “club” adding turkey as well to the ham.

*Original recipe called for using a 9×13 pan.  I used my lasagna pan and it worked out very well.

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ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?

It’s official!  Football season begins tonight. So how about we get this party started?! Come join us.  Link up all your favorite tailgating goodies throughout the entire 2013-14 football season!

No matter who you are rooting for we’ll have fun.  I know not everyone enjoys football, but who can resist a good football food buffet? It’s time to start thinking about tailgating treats, appetizers, chips and dips, wings, and all the other yummy party things!

Having a game day buffet just makes it more festive!  I remember when I was a kid, My dad was a big LOS ANGELES RAMS fan. We always watched the games together and I was responsible for keeping the game food fun. I loved spending the day with my dad and it was always so much fun.
Martha over at Seaside Simplicity began Tailgating Time a while back anhd it’s just plain fun not to mention a wonderful source for new recipes to try.  We will repost the linky on or around the first of each month as a reminder.

This is what we’re having tonight, Mozzarella Bites and you can find the recipe here. This time I cut the wonton wrappers and string cheese into 4 pieces each to make bite size pieces.

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ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?

WOW we’re already into week 2 of preseason football.

I know not everyone enjoys football, but who can resist a good football food buffet? It’s time to start thinking about tailgating treats, appetizers, chips and dips, wings, and all the other yummy party things!

We are big football fans here. The games are always party times even if it’s just the family. Having a game day buffet just makes it more festive!
I remember when I was a kid. My dad was a big LOS ANGELES RAMS fan. We always watched the games together and I was responsible for keeping the game food fun. I loved spending the day with my dad and it was always so much fun.
So how about we get this party started?! Come join us.  Link up all your favorite tailgating goodies throughout the entire 2013-14 football season! I will repost the linky on or around the first of each month as a reminder.

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LINK PARTY PALOOZA & FOODIE FRIDAY submissions by 3 Sides of Crazy

It’s FOODIE FRIDAY over at RATTLEBRIDGE FARM and a great time for me to catch up on a few recipes that needed posting from the recently tried stack of Magazine Monday recipes and this week there were quite a few winners I must say.

First up is:

BULLAI RUBBED CHICKEN
2 pounds chicken tenders, rinsed and dried
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 KNORR onion bouillon cube, crushed
1 teaspoon California sweet Paprika
1 KNORR chicken homestyle stock tub
2 tablespoons sun dried tomatoes
Juice of 1 lemon
4 tablespoons butter, divided

  • Combine spices until well blended.
  • Sprinkle rub on both sides of chicken  rubbing in well.
  • Melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium high heat.
  • Cook chicken pieces until just done, about 4 minutes per side.
  • Remove chicken pieces, keeping them warm.
  • Add remaining butter and KNORR stock and hot water, whisking into drippings until well blended.  Bring to a boil over medium high heat and simmer about 10 minutes until reduced by half.
  • Whisk in the lemon juice and whipping cream until well blended.
  • Add sun dried tomatoes.
  • Reduce heat, simmering to desired consistency.
  • Pour over chicken and mashed potatoes.

Next was a super easy and SUPER tasty recipe:

GERMAN SMASHED POTATOES
3 pounds YUKON GOLD potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks, cooked tender
1/2 pound bacon
4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar

  • Cook bacon until crisp, drain on paper towels.
  • Add vinegar and sugar to bacon fat, being sure to scrape up all the bits on the bottom of the pan and cook until well blended. Remove from heat.
  • In a large bowl add the potatoes and smash.
  • Crumble the bacon over the potatoes.
  • Pour the vinegar mixture over top and mix well.
  • Enjoy.

Then came a more time consuming recipe, but one hubs fell in love with:

I also found that they now make refried BLACK beans – gotta tell you I’m loving these!
LAYERED TORTILLA PIE
1 cup salsa
1 pound ground beef
homemade taco seasoning
1 can refried BLACK beans
1 can traditional refried beans
8 inch flour tortillas
2 cups Mexican shredded cheese
sour cream
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes

  • Brown the hamburger and drain off the grease.
  • Add 1/2 cup water and taco seasoning to the hamburger.
  • Cook until liquid is absorbed.
  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • In a medium bowl mash together the refried beans, 1/2 the salsa and 1/2 the garlic.
  • In another medium bowl mash together the refried BLACK beans, 1/2 the salsa and 1/2 the garlic.
  • Spray a shallow pie pan with PURE.
  • Spread a small amount of sour cream on a tortilla and lay in the bottom of the pie pan.
  • Spread with one of the bean mixtures.
  • Add another tortilla and spread with some meat mixture.  Top with a thin layer of cheese.
  • Repeat layers until you have about 7 or 8 layers.
  • Top with remaining cheese.
  • Cover lightly with foil.
  • Bake 40 minutes. Uncover and bake 5 minutes until cheese is bubbly.
  • Cut into wedges and serve with salsa and sour cream.

Here’s an all-time favorite:

SEAFOOD SALAD
Shredded Romaine
Tomato wedges
Sliced green onions
Juice of 1 lemon
salt and pepper to taste
1 large can tuna, drained really well
Mayo to taste

  • Toss all together and enjoy with some garlic bread.

And lastly one of our new favorites:

ITALIAN MEATLOAF CUPS w/ PARMA ROSA PASTA

1 pound hamburger
1 pound Italian sausage
2 bunches green onions, chopped
1 sleeve saltines, crushed
2 eggs
1 can Italian tomato paste
8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon white pepper
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Blend all together.
  • I use the mini loaf pans and fill each one 2/3.
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until top is crispy.
  • Pour off excess fat before serving.
  • Bake how ever many you need today and freeze the others for future meals. Thaw in refrigerator before baking.
These are truly greatest hits at our house and welcome leftovers for weekend picnic sandwiches.
PARMA ROSA PASTA
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon minced garlic, jar
1 tablespoon Classico sun-dried tomato paste
1 egg yolk, beaten
1/4 teaspoon thyme
salt and pepper to taste
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Melt butter in a saucepan.
  • Add garlic and saute until fragrant.
  • Gradually add heavy cream, stirring constantly. Stir in salt, pepper and grated Parmesan cheese and stir constantly until melted.
  • Whisk in egg quickly and heat through.

Recipes Submitted to:

and TATERTOTS & JELLO’S  LINK PARTY PALOOZA

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MY DAYBOOK for HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY

Happy Homemaker MondayIt’s been awhile since I felt like I was in my regular routine.  It’s time to try and get back into the groove of things.

THE SIMPLE WOMAN’S DAYBOOK is hosted by Peggy &

HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY is hosted by Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home MOM

Outside my window/WEATHER… VERY little sun is peeking through smokey hazy skies as firefighters continue to battle and are finally winning the “Mountain Fire”.  As soon as they have it completely contained I am going to have to wash down the house starting at the roof peak and the pool will have to be REALLY cleaned as the ash is settling into the water and filter.

I am thinking… it’s a going to be a busy day as I continue to wade through the paperwork that has accumulated on my desktop.

I am thankful for my family and their love.

In the kitchen… we have a few more new recipes still brewing for the July menu and I’m starting on some new ones for August too.  I’ll post the successful ones on my food blog ALWAYS EAT ON THE GOOD CHINA.

  • Ritzy Cheddar Chicken
  • Lemon Cream Chicken
  • Potato Crusted Tilapia
  • Garlic & Brown Sugar Chicken

I’M WEARING… a swimsuit and coverup.

I’M CREATING… some quilt pieces that have been needing finished for a while (I just have problems sitting for any length of time due to the scar tissue from my cancer surgery), Christmas gifts for next year – quit laughing, these things take time and I’m also creating some new recipes. Menu Plan Monday hosted by Laura at I’m an Organizing Junkie

MENU THIS WEEK:
MONDAYRitzy Cheddar Chicken
TUESDAYLemon Cream Chicken
WEDNESDAYPotato Crusted Tilapia
THURSDAYGarlic & Brown Sugar Chicken
FRIDAY –OUT
SATURDAY – BIL’s surprise birthday party
SUNDAY –  C.O.R.N. 

I am going… to BIL’s surprise birthday party and am looking forward to seeing family we’ve been missing.I am wondering… just who to contact next regarding the VA mess – seems like we’re always starting over.

MY READING LIST… love my kindle paperwhite and have been enjoying a new author (at least to me) Marie Force.  Since Christmas I have devoured every book she ever wrote.

MY TV LINEUP THIS WEEK…  ALL ON DVR SO I CAN SKIP THE COMMERCIALS LATER

  • FALLING SKIES
  • DROP DEAD DIVA
  • RIZZOLI AND ISLES
  • FRANKLIN & BASH
  • ROYAL PAINS
  • LONGMIRE
  • THE GLADES
  • SWITCHED AT BIRTH and many more…

I am hoping… things turn around soon

I am looking forward to… getting away for a few days next month for our anniversary.

I am learning… how to be patient, but also how to squeak the wheel for oil!

Around the house… were finishing a few projects.

I am praying… to live in the day and not worry about the future as much.

A favorite quote for todayDreams are only thoughts you didn’t have time to think about during the day. ~Author Unknown

  • my morning coffee
  • cooler weather
  • my kindle
  • the laundry being done
  • the grocery shopping being done 

MY TO DO LIST 

  • Creating a few new recipes
  • getting into a new exercise routine to keep getting my energy back
  • laundry
  • grocery store
  • research
  • blog catch up

Favorite picture from my camera this week… I had my golden shaved for the oppressive heat this summer and she just looks so darned cute with her paws crossed so politely.

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY ~ rewind

FLASHBACK FRIDAY @ SEASIDE SIMPLICITY

I am playing along with Martha at Seaside Simplicity with the meme Flashback Friday.   Come join in on the fun and link up your photo.

All our lives Jenn and I loved gathering shells on Galveston Island.  This trip was no exception. We were literally getting blown away, but had so much fun that day!! I’m pretty sure this was March 1998.  This is the last picture of us all together having fun so I keep rewinding to stay in the moment.

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WHAT WILL THEY THINK OF NEXT?

Who would have ever thought these people would be put out of business?  I had to laugh out loud when I drove by this corner this morning.  I wish this picture did it justice.  The mannequin is bike chained to the light pole and there appears to be a motor mounted in her stomach that keeps the sign rotating.

latest fad

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A-Z CHALLENGE ~ Z ~ ZANY

A-Z4-30It’s A-Z challenge time again! This year, in celebration of 2 years cancer free I’m devoting my A-Z’s to positive attributes and characteristics. It’s always a great time and a wonderful way to meet new bloggers. Glad to see you here!

Today is ZANY.
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