Did I mention how much I love Halloween? It might become pretty obvious this week through all the blog posts. Between creating a full on graveyard for my front yard and the mess of a Halloween party we had last weekend it has been a fulfilled Holiday season so far. Last night we had a #fearfeast with these lovely Spooky Noodles with Blood Sauce along with watching The Conjuring.
Have you seen it yet? It really spooked my daughter. We love to watch scary movies this time of year. I think our all time favorite across the board is Halloween with Michael Myers. My son might argue with Texas Chainsaw. Halloween has to be just the creepiest of films. What film do you find the to be the scariest? Do you remember those plastic costumes in the 1980′s that tied on in the back and were paired with the plastic mask. Looking back now those had to make Halloween just a bit more creepy!
It’s fun to me to always find new ways to make Halloween fun for the teens and adults. Spooky noodles are an easy way to turn a normal night into a fun fear feast. Also, if you have any leftovers you can always toss them at each other for some gooey fun! It so simple that all you need is some Americolor food coloring, plastic gallon storage bags, and spaghetti sauce for topping. I am not sure how other food coloring would work but I decided on Americolor as it is said to be the best on the market when it comes to gel food coloring.
How are you getting your spook on this Halloween season? Are you having a party, fear feast, or just a bit of trick or treating? We are planning a fright night with food, scares, and trick or treating for Halloween! Now off for dinner, Ghost Adventures, and Haven! I love Friday night TV!
Fall is here and it’s soup season! It’s the time of year where I try to come up with as many soup recipes that will feed for less cash with tasty ingredients. The soup must also be fulfilling as a dinner. Chicken lime soup resembles the idea of tortilla soup and hot and sour soup combined. The fresh avocado on top is a must to add the creamy texture to the soup that is so deserves.
If your not a fan of rice the rice in this recipe can be replaced with corn. Roasted corn would be an especially delicious option. The other half thinks corn doesn’t belong in soup; I think he’s crazy! Corn chowder is another soup I love. I can eat corn cold out of a can.
I really think this soup fits well with some fresh tortillas for dipping and paired with a good beer. I really think slow cooking the chicken helps this recipe for the broth but if your in a rush you can always use a roasted chicken and some extra broth. I know I cheat sometimes when there is too much going on.
Do you have a favorite soup? I have a few I have made on the blog here under the Soup section. Although, I would like to make a few more. I need to update some of the pictures here. I’d like to make taco soup again. I think I will add it to my menu for next week. Do you keep a menu for the week or do you do a fly by the seat of you pants?
I find I spent less when making a menu. Reusing some of the ingredients like spices through out the week helps that nothing will go to waste. Cincinnati chili is on the menu this week which is another favorite of mine. What’s on your menu to-do list this week?
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Summer time is here and for us that means visits to lakes and pools. Sometimes you just have enough of grilled food. My family insists that BBQ grilled chicken is am absolute no in our house at the moment. Though, chicken is healthy and needs to be a part of your weekly meal planning. Chicken wraps are fantastic with Tyson’s Chicken Fries used with dips and perfect for a chicken dinner.
Instead of cooking up some grilled chicken or another style of hot dog Tyson’s Homestyle Chicken Fries are perfect for a lunch or dinner on the go out to the lake. Simple to heat up in the oven and toss them in to a delicious chicken wrap. Tomatoes, cucumbers, sprouts, lettuce, or cheese the fillings are endless and full nutrients that are needed when your out in this summer heat.
We like our chicken wraps with sun dried tomato wraps along with cherry tomatoes, lettuce, and zesty Italian dressing. A little fresh Parmesan cheese adds an extra kick of flavor to the wrap.
You can find other great recipes on Tyson’s Twitter account or through #ChickenFryTime.
She really loves these chicken wraps when we go to the lake! Easy to wrap with foil and just toss in a bag off in the cooler. What’s great about chicken is it is edible cold or hot.
If you have a moment go “Like” Club Tyson’s Facebook page as they will be giving away free Six Flags tickets for a family vacation soon!
Here is a few more pictures on Google Plus from our adventure to the lake. Below is the recipe on how to make these simple chicken wraps that are a perfect on the go chicken dinner.
The fourth of July was truly a blast! This is the pulled pork sandwich that I whipped up in the crock pot for our guests. The beautiful potato salad in the back is a Czech recipe made by the other halves mom’s recipe. It really is the best potato salad around!
Our family and friends showed up to enjoy food before heading out the Flo Mo Festival for fun and fireworks. The ice cream cake was the only food item that did not turn out as planned. We had to break out a torch to release it from the glass loaf pan mold. Guess that means it is indefinite that a spring form pan is to be bought in the near future.
These pulled pork sandwiches were such a hit. Everyone had seconds and even sent some home to my grandmother, which called to inform me how tasty they were. I have always been a fan of apples and pork together but was not sure on slow cooking the pork shoulder in apple cider. Instead, I halved the apple cider with vegetable broth while adding in smoked paprika and cumin to bring in the meat not too sweet flavor. It married perfectly!
This will definitely be on next years to-do list for the 4th. Though, I would like to get some cute wraps for the sandwiches so we can pack them up and take them to the festival with us. The mean hand dipped jumbo corn dogs were calling my name but luckily the other half kept coaxing me out of them. Now, I will just have to make homemade corn dogs with extra goodies. Oh and funnel cake too!
The fireworks were pretty along with a good show from Rick Springfield. Can not wait to see who they bring out next year. I am in hopes that even more people will join us as it is good, wholesome fun. How was your 4th of July?
With the official day of summer starting tomorrow, although we have summer weather now, the need to unearth some fruit friendly recipes is here. The lovely Sundi Jo passed along three great balsamic’s to taste and one will be featured here today with along with a giveaway of my favorite of the three. Today, the plan is to share with you a blueberry lemon balsamic dressing made with Devo Olive Oils Blueberry Balsamic Vinegar. I will also be giving away a 200 ml bottle of the blueberry balsamic vinegar below! Though first it would be great to share with you how to best pair this recipe with a dish along with the recipe too.
Love to pair this recipe with boiled eggs, fresh blueberries, tomatoes, bacon cut bites, and if there is a chance fried chicken chucks. This dressing is simple and can be used for more then just salads. It is great over meat after it is cooked. Another fabulous way to use this dressing is over onions, cucumbers, and blueberries as a great side dish or perfect addition to a picnic. Drizzle it over a honey ham sandwich for wicked flavor!
Here is the recipe for Blueberry Lemon Balsamic Dressing. You can always simply add yogurt to this dressing for thickness.
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Growing up there was this old drive in my grandparents used to take me to that served patty melts and delicious food. I remember the green sign and the big bags of fries. Nothing like any other joint around. It was called Lucky Boy. My grandmother loved their pastrami sandwiches. My grandfather loved the burgers and fries. I remember the milkshakes.
I want to give everyone a dish that would be reminiscent of a time I spent with my family for this #SundaySupper. So here is my version of a patty melt, hand cut fries, and a chocolate milkshake.
Sunday Supper Retro Appetizers:
- Irish Cheddar-Whiskey Fondue by girlichef
- Retro Football Party: Fondue, Deviled Chicken Wings & Lemon Chiffon by Zest Florida Foodie
- She Devils: Beet Pickled Deviled Eggs by Ruffles & Truffles
Sunday Supper Retro Salads:
- Coca-Cola Salad by Magnolia Days
- Salmon Salad | Retro Tuna Salad by Family Foodie
- Ambrosia Salad by Simply Gourmet
- Romaine “Wedge” Salad with Hot Maple Bacon Dressing by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Carrot & Raisin Salad by The Roxx Box
- Sweet & Smoky Broccoli Salad by In The Kitchen with KP
Sunday Supper Retro Breads and Sandwiches:
- Italian Style Bread by The Meltaways
- Creamed Chipped Salmon Jerky on Toast by Pescetarian Journal
- Grown-Up Tuna Melts by Home Cooking Memories
- English Muffin Pizzas by Comfy Cuisine
- Patty Melt, Hand Cut Fries, & a Shake by Mooshu Jenne
- Grown-Up Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup by The Catholic Foodie
- Toast Topper #16: Grandma’s Mock Apricot Jam by Yummy What Smells So Good?
SundaySupper Main Dishes:
- Chicken Pot Pie Topped With Bacon Cheddar Biscuits by Chocolate Moosey
- Tuna Noodle Casserole by Country Girl in the Village
- Nana’s Marinated Beef Roast by Supper for a Steal
- Chorizo Scotch Eggs by The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
- Chicken Maryland by Vintage Kitchen Notes
- Mushroom Stroganoff by Small Wallet Big Appetite
- Dairyfree Toast Hawaii by Galactosemia in PDX
- Porcupine Meatballs by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Chicken Kiev by The Urban Mrs.
- Salmon Quiche with Preserved Lemon by Shockingly Delicious
- Steak Diane by Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends
- Fried Chicken only in the Oven by In the Kitchen with Audrey
- Hambak Steak a.k.a. Salisbury Steak by Kimchi Mom
- Retro-Redo: Homemade TV Dinner by The Little Ferraro Kitchen
- Kicked Up Meatloaf by Curious Cuisiniere
- Shrimp Scampi (a lighter version) by Kudos Kitchen
- Old-Fashioned Pork Chops by My Trial in the Kitchen
- Jägerschnitzel by Sustainable Dad
- Healthier Hamburger-Corn Noodle Casserole by The Weekend Gourmet
- Tuna Noodle Casserole by Cookistry
- Chicken-N-Biscuits Pot Pie Casserole by The Messy Baker Blog
- Souper Pork Chops with Mashed Potatoes by Mama.Mommy.Mom
- Meatloaf that will make you swoon and Datz the truth by Midlife Roadtrip
- Tator Tot Casserole by Neighborfood
Sunday Supper Retro Sides and Veggies:
- Smokey Braised Red Cabbage by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Classic Corn Casserole by The Foodie Army Wife
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Balsamic by Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
- Classic Green Bean Casserole Redux by The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Mem’s Broccoli Casserole by Momma’s Meals
Sunday Supper Retro Desserts and Cocktails:
- Peachy Keen Tutti-Frutti Jello by La Cocina de Leslie
- Old School Boozy Rum Cake by Webicurean
- Individual Baked Alaskas by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Rainbow Jello by Cravings of a Lunatic
- Pineapple Upside Down Cake by Noshing with the Nolands
- Pineapple Bars by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Creamy Dairy Free Fresh Orange Julius With Coconut Milk by Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
- Refrigerator Strawberry Cheesecake by There and Back Again
- Frozen Pineapple Upside-Down Cake by Juanita’s Cocina
- Boston Cream Pie by Gotta Get Baked
- Coca-Cola Cupcakes by Daily Dish Recipes
- Jello Poke Cake by Flour On My Face
- Devil’s Food Cake by Maroc Mama
- Bread Pudding with Pecans by Basic and Delicious
- Victoria Sponge Cake by The Lovely Pantry
- A Chocolate Twist on the Classic Japanese Strawberry Shortcake by Ninja Baking
- Post War Apple Pudding by My Cute Bride
- Spaghetti with Currywurst Sauce by Masala Herb
- Layered Mini Chocolate Banana Cakes by Big Bears Wife
- Raspberry Jam Cakes by Pippis in the Kitchen Again
- Cocktail: Moscow Mule by Crazy Foodie Stunts
Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter each Sunday. We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET and you do not want to miss out on the fun. Follow the#SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.
Yes, I love pie! Oddly enough I prefer cherry or meat pies. These Shepherd’s Hand Pies feature shepherd’s pie in a handmade pie crust. The can be made with beef, chicken or just vegetarian. Creativity with this recipe is your friends. The more intricate the ingredients the richer the flavors. I make these with beef and onion as the flavors just fall together. For vegetarians mushrooms, carrots, potatoes, onion, celery, and corn make a pie. For the gravy just use cooked carrots and blend them in a blender with a bit of heavy whipping cream. They make a fantastic gravy that is full of color and nutrients. If your a chicken fan you can do chicken with a chicken gravy and matching vegetables. If you really want to jump out of the box you can use crawfish or crab meat to make a seafood rendition.
Hand pies are delicious fresh or they can be frozen to heat up later on another occasion. This makes them perfect for movie night or for weeknight TV shows you don’t want to miss; such as Supernatural, Vampire Diaries, Haven, Grimm, and Once Upon a Time. Hmm… did I leave one out? Oh! Of course our beloved The Walking Dead. Do have to say I have been waiting for them to kill off the annoying blonde and the governor. Just not a fan of nut jobs.
Speaking of Vampire Diaries, is anyone else tired of the poor Elena thing? I am. Let’s get on with it. Damon and Elena should be together. Let Tyler hook up with the wolf chic from Secret Circle, and the judgmental Stefan and Caroline should end up together. Maybe spin off some weird love relationship with Klaus and Bonnie as they will both soon hate the new professor in town.
Anywho! Back to the pies.
I have two favorite soups. Minestrone and baked potato soup! Just love all the toppings you can add to baked potato soup
One week till the last Twilight Saga film Breaking Dawn Part II. How many of you plan to go see it? I’m definitely NOT doing the midnight showing. Might be a Saturday morning flick. It’s the start of Thanksgiving vacation and I am just counting the days till that week gets here.
I thought this might help warm up those that are freezing on the East coast. I feel for you all.
Next week I have a Fall festival to attend and I plan to bring 48 cupcakes and 2- 3 dozen cookies. Any suggestions?
Yay! The blog and I have made it two years. Though, I am a few days late on this post due to my birthday and the cold front that swept in and made everything so dark that there would be no way to get one single natural light photograph. At least the sun is back out and my son and I can have some fun photographing our favorite lunch container by Frego!
Today, for the blogiversary, I am giving away one Frego lunch container! This beast is the guru of all lunch containers. One of my very personal favorites! Here is a video to tell you why it is my favorite with all the super cool features this container comes with. We’ve used this container over and over and it works very well in the microwave and the oven. It’s sturdy and the double seal is fantastic; no leaks!
I wanted to share a recipe that I use to put in my Frego container. It’s an older recipe on the blog but one of my absolute favorites when the Autumn air comes rolling in.
For the giveaway just follow instructions in the Rafflecopter below.
*Disclosure: I was given two containers from Frego to review. I was not reimbursed for writing this post and all opinions expressed are my own.
After months of searching and preparing to make a decent Chili Con Carne (sauce/chili) I finally decided to give it a shot. I wanted the taste to be similar to what Taco Cabana uses on their enchiladas and what Sonic uses on their frito pie. Well folks, I have to admit my family said it tastes just like Sonic’s frito pie which is a plus; however, they never eat the enchiladas at Taco Cabana so that was up to my taste buds and it is pretty close.
On another note, who’s planning on seeing Ice Age this weekend? My daughter and I are thinking of going Friday morning. I love Diego! Who’s your favorite character? My daughter says I’m five. Oh well! She’s twelve and still wants to see it, so I will be five and take her
If you like it with more heat then just add more cayenne and chili powder; just reverse it for less heat.