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Monday, December 26, 2011

Updates soon!

I'm going through and making all these that don't have pictures and will be updating so you can see what they look like once finished and while cooking.
Anyway, I'll be updating with some more recipes soon too. Been busy with the holidays recently, but I'll be trying to post a new recipe at least once a week starting at the new year!
Thanks to all who have stuck by! :)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Chicken and Bacon Wraps

This are so simple and delicious. The perfect appetizer for BBQing! I figure it's so cold everywhere (but where I live SE Texas), that it would be nice to put something up that's for warmer weather. We make these one days we're just lazing around by the grandparents pool, or days on the water.

Ingredients
1 pkg of sliced chicken breasts
1 pkg of thick sliced bacon
1 can of pickled jalapenos
toothpicks
Charcoal
Grill

Directions
1. Open chicken package and wash and peel off skin lining.
2. Cut chicken into bite size pieces, around 3 to 4 per sliced breast.
3. Wash hands, cut open bacon package and cut all in half.
4. Open jalapeno can.
5. Wrap bacon around chicken and one slice of jalapeno. Stick a toothpick in to hold it in place.
6. Continue until all chicken is wrapped.
7. Put all chicken on grill and cook until bacon is done.
8. Let cool, and enjoy!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Pannini's made easy!

We made these over Thanksgiving. They are so delicious and easy to make. It's not something I would eat every day, but it's quick!

Ingredients
Mozzarella
Pesto
Tomato
Panninis
Kosher salt

Directions
1. Slice tomatoes, and mozzarella into 1/4 inch slices.
2. Spread pesto on each pannini.
3. Place tomato slice and sprinkle salt. Then add mozzarella and second slice of bread.
4. Place on grill and squish. Flip and when mozzarella is oozy, you're ready to eat!

Friday, December 2, 2011

The Holidays are coming!!

The Holidays have arrived. With that comes parties and get togethers, with family or friends, or new/old acquaintances, or even people you are meeting for the first time.
What are some dishes you might take to a pot luck get together? What are some dishes you might make for your family Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or New Years dinner? Any old and tired recipes you want to steer clear of?
There are also traditions in families. Do you always have your holiday dinner with the same people at the same place? Do you travel? Do you host? Do you do anything special for your holidays?

My family celebrates Christmas. Here are some of our traditions:
1. We always have some sort of Advent calendar (Advent doesn't always start at the beginning of December. This year it started the Sunday following Thanksgiving!). This year, we have an interactive calendar. We have had a different activity every day. We've made Christmas chains where the inside of each loop has a tradition written on it. We've made a pine cone tree, and we've gotten things together to donate.
2. We eat tamales for Christmas Eve dinner.
3. We open one gift Christmas Eve, and it's always pajamas.
4. We watch "Holiday Inn" with Bing Crosby.
5. We read (usually) some form of Night Before Christmas (typically the Cajun version).
6. Christmas morning, all the kids have to wait to come down until the adults are ready.
7. Everyone opens their stockings together, the presents are handed one by one by "Santa". (One of the kids wears a Santa hat to pass them out.
8. We have coffee cake for breakfast in between stockings and gifts.

Some things my little family does for New Years:
1. For dinner New Years Eve, we go all out. Buy steak, lobster and have shrimp cocktail.
2. We stay up until midnight and have a toast with champagne.
3. We burn a green candle all the next day (on the 1st).
4. We eat at least one black eyed pea.

I'll post again soon, some ideas for pot lucks and family dinners!