Good gravy I cannot believe it is Halloween week already! October has flown by! We have been busy…the end of the month snuck up on us. After coming home from DC my hubs has fought a fever all week. He got a horrible sore throat and cold and suffered through it all last week. Unfortunately when you own your own company there is no paid time off….he has to work….which is why it is taking awhile for him to feel better. He was a trooper on Friday evening….as I has our family pictures planned for 6:00. I am so excited to see the photos. We haven’t had our family pictures taken (other than the ones I have taken) in 6 years…..it was kind of nice to not have to worry about the other side of the camera. Of course planning what to wear for the pics was a whole other ball of wax. I was going for a bit more sophistication since our kids are young adults now….can’t wait to see how they came out!!
I thought I would share with you a yummy treat to whip up for Halloween night. This is the easiest dip ever! Cooks for 2-3 hours on low and you literally just dump everything in the slow cooker. I used my mini cooker but if you are making for a crowd just double it and put it all in a regular slow cooker. Serve it up with chips or bread…actually it quite healthy!
How was your weekend? Glorious fall weather here….finally! I am wrapping up our plans to go to DC later this week. The kids haven’t been there yet…so we thought to take the couple days of fall break to go see some sites.
Last week I held my annual ugly dress party. It was a whole bunch of fun and always a good few laughs! I served these little Italian wraps and everybody seemed to really like them! They could not have been easier and I will definitely be making them again! It’s really not even a recipe but I thought maybe if you hadn’t seen these or thought of this before you might like to serve it up at your fall get together. I’m sure they pair great with wine doesn’t everything though!?
Hey yall! Hope you are doing good! It has been fun catching up over on Facebook and Instagram. I’m still in paradise…making my way back to the bluegrass on Friday.
Wanted to pop in and share a great hearty appetizer that really is the easiest thing you’ll ever put together. I have no idea why these two flavors go together so well. They are traditional southern classic dish that I decided to miniaturized. They would be great to serve up at a kids birthday or summer picnic. Really there’s just three ingredients…it’s not really a recipe as much as it is just a party app idea….but I digress…pin away my friends….because goodness is meant for sharin:)
All you’re going to need is some frozen mini waffles, real chicken tenders and a good quality maple syrup (makes it extra special:) While your chicken tenders are cooking in the oven you can toast up your mini waffles and heat a little bit of syrup. Just use a toothpick to secure….seriously easy and seriously yum:)
I hope you have a grand weekend friends! I’m back to work next week….so we will chat soon!
Readers who have been following MADMEN :Did ya watch the last episode of Madmen? I thought that the ending was really good way to finish the whole story. I think that it’s hard for a show’s producer to end it the way that everybody wants it to end. Regardless of how we said goodbye….I want to see more. Don…doing yoga at a retreat on the Pacific ocean…such a great oxymoron to how he lived his live the past 7 seasons. I’m telling myself that he went back to work…. he was reconnected with his kids…came up with the iconic Coke commercial…became a better man. At least that’s what I want to happen for his character. I guess the producers kind of leave you to make your own conclusions. But I do love that they ended the entire 7 years with Don smiling. He rarely smiled during the whole series and it was almost as if he became at peace with himself and his past. The character that you wanted to shine through all those years came shining through in those last minutes. I just loved it! The other thing that immediately caught my attention was the girl at the retreat center who had the ribbon through her braids just like the girl in the iconic Coca Cola commercial they played at the end. I feel like the writers were trying to tell us that Don goes back to New York has big success and that retreat inspired that Coca Cola commercial. I have come to find out that that Coca Cola commercial was developed at McCann but the executive that developed it actually came up with the idea while stranded in a Ireland Airport overnight. In Mad Men land land I like to think that Don was inspired by these awakenings he had at this retreat.:) Ok…onto real life….
So our Lakehouse is up for sale again….our sweet renters had to move out to be closer to home. If you know anyone searching for a perfect little cottage on a fabulous lake please let me know! We would love to see it sell this season. Here is a link to the listing….We love this sweet little home…and would love a family to be able to enjoy it!
With summer weather here…and Memorial Day this weekend…I wanted to share with you this yummy fresh guacamole. It is good for you..and perfect to have with an ice cold beer:) Or margarita!
I was never a huge fan of guacamole until I had this recipe. It is made with the freshest of veggies so that makes it i no guilt snack right?!?!! That is always a good thing. I usually double the batch because it goes pretty quickly. A little tip to keep it from browning in the refrigerator is to press some cling wrap on top of it before you cover. Just stir it up again before you serve and you’re good to go. Mix up a fresh margarita….get out your favorite tortilla chips and enjoy a little Mexican fiesta at home! This recipe screams summertime which means that it’s right around the corner right? Enjoy!
Another little tip…to scoop out the fresh avocado…use a cookie or ice cream scooper. Comes right out of the shell:) Add as much heat as you like….we find that 2 seeded jalapenos is just hot enough for us:)
You will need:
Fresh Garlic Guacamole
Author: Tracie at CleverlyInspired
- 3 T olive oil
- 2 clove garlic, halved
- 1 or 2 jalapenos, halved and seeded (adding as much heat as you want)
- ½ c. cilantro
- 2 limes squeezed
- salt and fresh pepper
- ¼ C onion minced
- 2 ripen avocados
- Heat the oil and add in the jalapenos and garlic. Saute just a few minutes until fragrant.
- In a food processor, combine cilantro, lime juice, and jalapeno mixture. Pulse until combine.
- In a bowl, combine onion, jalapeno mixture, and avocados. I use a pastry blender to mush it all together:)
Fabulous spring summer weekend here!. Our neighborhood had an art festival on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday got rained out a little bit but Sunday was beautiful for the most part. We worked outside a little bit. Had a nice relaxing weekend. I’m thinking of doing a container garden. Anybody have any luck with those? What would you suggest? I was thinking of maybe cherry tomatoes and basil but I’m open to suggestions if you have any. After I had so much luck with my tulips this year my gardening confidence has gone up.
We are in the thick of exam week for my kiddos. Summertime is within our grasp and we cannot wait! I will be splitting summer between the beach and home….Both of my kids got their first summer job so they will be working part time…I think we have a good balance of work and play…hopefully:)
Thought I would start out Monday with a bacon wrapped steak fry….. I mean I cannot go wrong with that right? Bacon wrapped around a potato wedge? There’s just nothing wrong with that am I right or am I right!!?!? This recipe really is not a recipe it is so flipping easy! You could just serve these up with a large green salad and be done with dinner. Perfect summer meal!
2 large Idaho potatoes will probably be plenty to feed a family of 4. These would also make perfect appetizers if you’re going to graduation party tailgate whatnot. They cook up in just 25 minutes and they are great at room temperature.
Bacon Wrapped Fries
Author: Tracie at CleverlyInspired
- 2 large russet potatoes
- 8 slices of bacon cut in half
- old bay to dust on top
- Heat a cookie sheet in an oven to 475.
- Wash potatoes and dry.
- Slice potatoes lengthwise, then quarter. Each potato should yield 8 large fries.
- Wrap and stretch a slice of bacon around potato and place on a piece of parchment.
- Carefully remove baking sheet from oven place parchment with potatoes on top.
- Sprinkle with old bay.
- Bake for 12 minutes and flip potatoes
- Bake for another 12 minutes.
I think the key to this recipe is to get the baking sheet piping hot. 1 potato will equal 8 wedges. Best served with some sour cream maybe some dipping cheese a little salt and pepper. This is a great side dish or appetizer….or heck a meal!