Sunday, May 1, 2016

Happy Hour 4/29/16

 I just moved into a new place in March. It's on the way home for some of my friends so decided to have a Happy Hour.
 Here's is my charcuterie board. I used italian meats from Costco, various crackers and cheeses with stuff olives, tomatoes and baby gherkins. 
 Of course, it's not happy hour with dips and chips. Since it was Friday after work, I decided to pick some dips up from a local restaurant.  I ordered a quart of each: queso, guacamole, pico de gallo, and salsa. When I arrived to pick up the order, it was $62.00.  Holy guacamole, Batman!!!
 This picture makes me laugh! This is after we put the leftover food away!

Sign of a good party! Can't wait to do it again!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Halloween Decor 2015

I added to my decor this year with thrift store finds from Urban Thrift here in Dallas as well Dollar Tree.  I promise I was not paid by Dollar Tree ! Ha 


My theme this year is skeletons & skulls! Dollar Tree has them in abundance, and I painted them in metallics- silver and gold. 


I bought this glass with the witches hand several years ago! It reminds me of Wicked. The pedestal it is on came from a thrift store. I painted it black. Eyeballs are new from Dollar Tree. 


This is a small portable fireplace! The sign came from Dollar Tree -several years ago.  My friend, Misty, gave me the black glitter pumpkins. The white and silver pumpkins were from a thrift store that my nieces painted for me. 

I have had this darling sign for years! 

These are little house that my nieces painted black. Found these at the same thrift store as the other items above. 

Drunk skeleton! This guy started out beige until I metallicized him. 

Dollar Tree again! I bought these for a little party this Saturday! 

Candy corn lights

Retro bathroom hand towel from Target! 

Front porch decor. Witch and pillow from Urban Thrift in Dallas. 
Painting our thrift store finds. Looks very scary at night while they were drying! 

Cute pillow I got a couple years ago! Do not remember where. Probably TJ Maxx


Got these last year from Urban Thrift 

This picture came off the cover of Oluve and Cocoa catalog last year! 


Skull measuring cups from World Market last year. Love the "Drink Up Witches" napkins 

Skull measuring spoons that I bought at World Market last year with the above cups. 

 Skull Dish towels mix in with my Parisian theme 

Love these little plates. I got them at TJ Maxx years ago
I got this at Dollar Tree several years ago.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Jennie-O Jalapeno Turkey Burger @ MOOYAH Burgers

Jennie-O Jalapeno Turkey Burger
Sweet Potato Fries

Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Back in March, my friend Connie and I went to Mooyah to check out Jennie-O's Jalapeno Turkey Burger. 
It is no longer available, but they do still offer a turkey burger.

The jalapeno turkey burger was very good.  I wish I had gotten jalapeno jack cheese on it, and it would have tasted even better. I bet the turkey burger with the jalapeno jack cheese  will be just as good.

I had not eaten at Mooyah before.  I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.  
Not only was the burger good, but the side portions were amazing.  
I ordered the side salad and Connie ordered a single order of sweet potato fries.

My salad was delicious and very fresh!
I definitely recommend, and I will got back! 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Trader Joe's Gingerbread Cake

I found this bundt pan, and it reminded me a Christmas
Come to find out, it's called Fiesta Party by Nordic so I'm not really sure it was intended for Christmas
But it looked good to me

I do not know what it is about bundt pans 
but
they seem to be my "go to"

I think because I can make several different flavor cakes
and know that one will appeal to someone 
 
This is one of my Christmas 2014 desserts that I served along with a 
traditional bundt red/green/white swirl cake
and
a heath bar cake (no bundt)

I always like to have gingerbread. 
 It just looks Christmasy
and
everyone loves it



Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Christmas Bundt Cake

Red & Green Bundt Cake

Red and Green Swirl Christmas Bundt Cake
This is one of the desserts I served Christmas 2014

I used a white cake mix.
I beat the ingredients based on the box directions.
I separated the mixture into 3 separate bowls
Mixed one with green gel coloring
Mixed the other with red gel coloring
Left some white

I poured the white mixture into the bundt pan first
then layered the green inside the white
then the red inside the green

I will admit that I seem to have trouble
getting bundt cakes to come out "clean"
in the traditional bundt pans
The bundt pans that have more detail
I seem to not have a problem
I think I get impatient and try to remove it too soon before it's completely cool

So, what you cannot see if that this cake didn't come out clean
It separated
I was initially going to just use a powdered sugar glaze
but that did not hide my mistake
So, thanks to pinterest
I found a solution
White "whipping frosting" in the can
I separated it out into 2 bowls
Added green gel coloring to one
Then red gel coloring to the other
microwaved them "separately"
and "ta da"
It looked amazing
and no one was the wiser 
 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Overnight Salad

This salad is amazing.  
A friend of mine mentioned how they have it every year for Thanksgiving.  
I started serving it 2 years ago at Christmas, 
and it was a big hit. 
I even make it at Easter.
  
This salad was part of my Christmas 2014 dinner party. 
This recipe serves a big crowd (15-20)
I served it with Scalloped Potatoes, a ham from Honeybaked Ham, and a shrimp/crawfish "dressing" aka "stuffing"

Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of the salad 
with the bacon and parmesan cheese on top

Overnight Salad before the dressing

Overnight Salad with dressing

Overnight Salad

In large bowl add:
  • Lettuce (torn)
  • Cauliflower (chopped)
  • Broccoli (chopped)
  • Purple Onion (chopped)
  • Carrots (grated)
  • Red Bell Pepper (chopped)
In separate bowl mix:
  • 2 cups Mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup Sugar
  • 1 (1oz) Package of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing
Spread dressing on top of vegetables.
Seal container and refrigerate overnight.
 

Before Serving:
Toss salad.
Mix in and/or sprinkle parmesan cheese and *bacon bits on top.


*Note: I do not use bacon bits.  I'm pretty picky about bacon.  I put a couple slices on a baking sheet with a rack. I cover the baking sheet with foil first . Cook on 400 degrees until the bacon is crispy, about 20-25 minutes .

Monday, March 2, 2015

Green Chile, Cheese and Onion Enchiladas

 Enchiladas are one of my absolute favorite recipes.  
As a matter of fact, it was enchiladas that inspired me to create this blog in 2008.  

It has been very cold here in Dallas this past week.  On Wednesday, I got home from work, and was craving comfort food.  I was able to create these enchiladas with what I had in my fridge and pantry. 

I always keep a couple of cans of 
enchilada sauce and tortillas 
in the house. 

So, with a can of green chile enchilada sauce, some light sour cream, small can of green chiles, onion, cheddar cheese, and corn tortillas, I was able to whip these up in about 15 minutes + another 30 for cooking. 

There are so many ways to make enchiladas.  You just need  tortillas, cheese and a red or green enchilada sauce. You can add in veggies and meat. It's totally up to your personal taste (and what you have on hand)
I
Green Chile, Cheese, and Onion Enchiladas

Just one enchilada




INGREDIENTS
  • 10 corn tortillas
  • 1 - 15oz can green chile enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup light sour cream
  • 1/2 onion - chopped finely
  • 1 - 4oz can chopped green chiles
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese - grated

DIRECTIONS
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Light spray a 11x9 (or 8x8) pan with cooking spray
  • Whisk the sour cream and green chile sauce together in a bowl
  • Drain the green chiles
  • Soften the tortillas in the microwave. Place 5 in between 2 pieces of damp paper towels.  Microwave for about 45 seconds (depends on the power of your microwave - mine is weak). 
  • Place cheese, onion, green chiles in the center of the tortilla. (leave some cheese, green chiles and onions for the top of the enchiladas.  Roll the tortilla and place face down in the pan. Continue until the other 4 are done.  Microwave the next batch of 5 - repeat.
  • Pour the green chile /sour cream mixture over the enchiladas.  Top with remaining cheese, green chiles and onions. 
  • Bake for about 25-30 minutes.   Let set for about 10 minutes before serving.