Monday, July 21, 2014

Friday Frenzy (on Monday)

Sorry everyone, I was out of town and did not have a chance to get this up sooner.  Would love for you to link up though!



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Close to Home ,Mostly Food and CraftsAngel's Homestead  and Another Cent Saved would like to welcome you to this weeks FRIDAY  FRENZY! Now we are not only asking you to linkup your delicious recipes, but also those great projects you have been working on.  We want to see it all!

Remember when you linkup to the Frenzy your posts are going to be featured on all four of our blogs - quadrupel the exposure!  Every week we showcase a few of our favorites from the week before - if you are featured you can grab a button from the side of my blog.  The featured posts will also be pinned on our Friday Food Frenzy Pinterest Board.


Feel free to link up any recipes or crafts you've been working on this week!


Outside of following the hostesses, we would just love for you to show us what you have been working on. Be sure to tell your friends to stop by too. Thanks again for joining the Frenzy!



Please visit the four recipes in the linky that are listed as HOST.  We really appreciate your visit. Also it would be great if you visited at least two links from your fellow bloggers.  

Featured Links from last week.

Our first featured link is from Home Made Interest, this  Chalkboard Kitchen Printable . I love this!!

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Next up is this Berry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake from I Eat Therefore I Cook

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Don't tell the kids you are adding veggies to their desserts.  Serve them these yummy looking Frosted Caramel Zucchini Bars from Tastes of Lizzy T.   


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And my personal favorite, These DIY Canvas Prints from The Crazy Craft Lady.

Bath Time Photos and DIY Canvas Prints

So glad you joined us. Can't wait to see what recipes and crafts we feature next week.

  Check out Friday Frenzy's Pinterst Board too! Follow Friday Frenzy's Pinterest Board--weekly craft and recipe linky on Pinterest.




Here is what I made this week: Mexican Beef + Corn Casserole



What did you make? 


   
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Grill with Red Gold this Summer (and a Great Opportunity to Win Some Great Prizes)

*Disclosure: I was provided with product for review.  All opinions are 100% my own

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Have you grilled with tomatoes yet?  Not me, I never even thought about it until I saw some of these fantastic recipes at Red Gold Tomatoes.  You can use these tomatoes with ground beef, chicken, turkey or tuna to create great combinations of flavor.  

I'm looking forward to making Spicy Tomato Burgers and Caribbean Chicken Burgers. Summer just screams grilled burgers to me.  There is even a great recipe for a Goat Cheese Portabello Burger, I may need to start with this one. 

Spicy Tomato Burger  Caribbean Chicken Burger Goat Cheese Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Burger

These all look and sound so good!  I'll share the delicious Caribbean Chicken Burger with you.
Ingredients:
1 lb ground chicken
1 (14 ounce) can Red Gold Petite Diced Tomatoes with Lime Juice and Cilantro, drained
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup bread crumbs
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Combine all ingredients and form into patties, season with salt and pepper.
Place on grill and cook until desired temp.  
Serve on a bun with your favorite toppings, avocado would be fantastic with these.

Right now, Red Gold is hosting its Red Gold Summer Grillin' Party on its Facebook page. This party ends on July 23rd  Head over there now because Red Gold is holding weekly drawings for 1,000 aprons, in addition to a grand prize of a Big Green Egg Grill and Red Gold Grilling kit.

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Have you grilled with Red Gold Tomatoes yet?  What recipe are you excited to try?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Mexican Beef + Corn Casserole

This dish is like having tacos or nachos but without the mess.


My kids love tacos, really love them.  They would eat them every single night if I let them. They would sit at the table with a big grin and chant, "It's taco night, it's taco night ole' ole' its taco night."  I need to give a shout out to my friend Kristen and her girls for teaching them that song, thanks ladies!

Honestly, if we ate tacos almost every night I wouldn't be that upset about it either.  I love tacos too and can almost eat as many as my kids.  But...I have kids.  Having kids and eating tacos in our house equals one huge mess.  First of all it's all hand food and second of all, its all make your own.  My kids interpret this as stick your hands into the pile of tomatoes and then leave a path as you move your hand from the tomato bowl to your plate.  Repeat with cheese...and so on....

A few weeks back I made a Taco Pie.  It was really good and the kids enjoyed it. This time I wanted to try something else and I found this great recipe for Mexican Beef + Corn Casserole.  Its not really tacos in any way but I paired it with tortilla chips and told the kids to scoop it up and eat it like nachos - it worked!  They enjoyed some food they could (mostly) eat with their hands and they didn't make a huge mess.  Next time I may throw some taco seasoning into the mix just to kick it up a bit.  I did add some hot sauce to mine and I was very happy with my meal.

And in case you may be wondering about the white on the casserole, I didn't realize I was out of the correct cheese until it was time to add it.  At that point I went to the fridge to grab the cheddar and only found mozzarella.  Story of my life....still good though.

recipe adapted from recipe.com
Ingredients:
1 lb ground beef
1/3 cup cilantro, chopped or torn
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained
1 (11 ounce) can corn with peppers, drained
3/4 cup salsa
2/3 cup sour cream
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or mozzarella like me)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brown the ground beef in skillet over medium-high heat,  until beef is done, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

In a 8x8 inch pan, combine the corn and the black beans.Top with an even layer of cilantro.

  
Then add the ground beef and top with the salsa.


Add the sour cream on top of that and then finish with the shredded cheese.

Bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese has melted.


Other Mexican Dishes you may like:

Taco Pie


Taco Pizza


Abondigas


Skinnier Chicken Enchiladas


Last year at this time I made Feta + Sundried Tomato Stuffed Mini Peppers

Two years ago I made Indian Butter Chicken

Three years ago I made Bottle Cap Photos

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

SRC - Georgian Cheese Bread

This flatbread is delicious and very similar to a stuffed pizza.




Its time for Secret Recipe Club again - I love being part of this fun club! My favorite part of the SRC is assignment day - I love when I get that e-mail in my inbox with the link to the blog that I get to choose my recipe from. I also love that most of my assignments have all come from blogs I have never been to before, it's really a great opportunity to find some fabulous bloggers out there and some delicious recipes. If you are not familiar with exactly how this club works, you can stop by the website and learn all about it - maybe even join in! Basically you are (secretly) assigned a blog to checkout, browse through their recipes, choose one to make and blog about it. It's a lot of fun!

This month my assignment was Sarah's Kitchen.  According to her bio, Sarah loves to craft, shop, cook and bake.  Sarah, I think we could be besties. Especially after trying this fabulous recipe for Georgian Cheese Bread.
Sarahs blog had so many great recipes to choose from, I almost made her Lemon Garlic Shrimp and Grits and have it pinned for a later day. As well as her Thai Chicken Lettuce Cups. I settled on the Georgian Cheese Bread because I love making bread and this was one I had never heard of, not to mention it was stuffed with cheese and that's always a good thing.

I adapted this recipe to work in my bread machine, I'll give you that recipe.  If you don't have a bread machine check out Sarah's Kitchen for the original recipe.



Ingredients:
1 2/3 cup of flour
7 tablespoons water
1 large egg
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 teaspoons of bread machine yeast

1 cup shredded havarti cheese, mine is diced finely because I could only find slices of havarti.
1 cup shredded mozzerella cheese
1 teaspoon melted butter

Directions:
Place the first 5 ingredients in your bread machine as directed by your manufacturer. Set the machine on the dough cycle and let it run.



Once its done, lay the dough out on a floured surface and roll into a 7 inch circle.



Press the cheeses together to form a ball and place that ball of cheese in the center of the dough.



Know form a ball around the cheese by bringing the sides up and forming a knot on the top of the dough.  Gently flatten this ball and then roll out to an 11 inch circle.



Make a 6 inch x in the center of the dough.  Bake at 500 degrees for 8-10 minutes.  While its baking melt the butter in a saucepan.  Brush the butter on the bread after the times up and put it back in the oven for 3-5 minutes, until golden brown.



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Saturday, July 12, 2014

What I Pinned This Week + Other Stuff

It's Saturday - time to share some of my recent "Pins" with you. These are recipes I want to try or projects that have inspired me. I have also thrown in a few things that made me laugh or caught my attention this week.

Dark Chocolate Fudgesicles from Annie's Eats - 'nuff said....you need to check it out!

The Best Homemade Brownie Mix from Crazy for Crust...so smart!


I can't wait to try this Israeli Salad from Feasting at Home.

Another salad, you know that Crunchy Asian Ramen Noodle Salad that shows up at almost all pot-lucks.  You need to take a peak at Gimme Some Oven's version.

This is what I hope to be sipping this weekend.

How cute are these Personalized Game Pieces from Kids Activities Blog? And such a fun idea!

I really want this Kitchen!

This is so funny and so wrong.

Who remembers this?  I may need to try and make my own - for nostalgic reasons only of course.

Don't forget to stop by the Friday Food Frenzy and link up!  The Frenzy gives you a chance to showcase your recipes and crafts on 4 different blogs!



Thursday, July 10, 2014

Friday Frenzy: One Party - Four Blogs

Welcome to the Friday Frenzy - what did you make this week?

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Close to Home ,Mostly Food and CraftsAngel's Homestead  and Another Cent Saved would like to welcome you to this weeks FRIDAY  FRENZY! Now we are not only asking you to linkup your delicious recipes, but also those great projects you have been working on.  We want to see it all!

Remember when you linkup to the Frenzy your posts are going to be featured on all four of our blogs - quadrupel the exposure!  Every week we showcase a few of our favorites from the week before - if you are featured you can grab a button from the side of my blog.  The featured posts will also be pinned on our Friday Food Frenzy Pinterest Board.


Feel free to link up any recipes or crafts you've been working on this week!


Outside of following the hostesses, we would just love for you to show us what you have been working on. Be sure to tell your friends to stop by too. Thanks again for joining the Frenzy!



Please visit the four recipes in the linky that are listed as HOST.  We really appreciate your visit. Also it would be great if you visited at least two links from your fellow bloggers.  

Featured Links from last week.

Our first featured link from our last party is this Yummy looking Lemon Blueberry Pie Recipe from Grandparents Plus

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Loving this healthy Black Bean Quinoa Salad from Ma Niche that features all the yummy summer veggies too. 

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Cool off this summer with this yummy Frozen Watermelon Lemonade from Gator Mommy Reviews.  Watermelon is so refreshing in the summer and then add lemonade, wowsa. 

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My personal favorite, if you follow along on my blog, you know I am a huge "anything oats" lover.  These Blueberry Cobbler Oatmeal Cookies  from This Silly Girls Life need to be made in my house soon!

Blueberry Cobbler Oatmeal Cookies, slightly crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside and taste like summer's best Blueberry Cobbler!

So glad you joined us. Can't wait to see what recipes and crafts we feature next week.

  Check out Friday Frenzy's Pinterst Board too! Follow Friday Frenzy's Pinterest Board--weekly craft and recipe linky on Pinterest.




Here is what I made this week: Roasted Shrimp with Lemon, Garlic + Herbs.



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Monday, July 7, 2014

Roasted Shrimp with Lemon , Garlic + Herbs

Deliciously sweet shrimp roasted with aromatic herbs and flavorful lemon and garlic.


My summer has been crazy busy and I haven't had as much time to blog.  I hope you will forgive my lack of recipes and crafts for a little while longer.  I am trying to spend my summer with the kids and not in front of the computer as much as usual.

Going through my camera I found pictures of this delicious and easy shrimp dish I made not too long ago.  This was awesome and we had thumbs up from everyone (even the picky one)  - we also had no leftovers.

This recipe created and amazing sauce that can be served over pasta, rice or our personal favorite, with a hunk of homemade bread. The original recipe calls for thyme but I only had parsley on hand and it was a perfect match.  I know some people are scared to change things in a recipe but use what you have and make a dish your own!

Enjoy!!!!



recipe adapted from Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice
Ingredients:
1/3 cup olive oil
1 lemon, zested first and then cut into thin slices 
handful of parsley, roughly chopped
kosher salt and fresh black pepper
2 tablespoons butter
1 pound fresh shrimp
5 garlic cloves, minced

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a  baking dish, combine the herbs with the lemon zest and olive oil.  Make sure the olive oil liberally coats the bottom of the pan, add more if needed.  Season with s&p and bake for about 10 minutes, keep your eye on it to make sure its not browning too quickly, if so pull it out and move on to next step.

Remove the pan from the oven and add in the butter, swirling a bit to melt.  Add the shrimp, lemon slices, and garlic to the pan. Make sure everything is coated in the herb mixture.   Bake the shrimp for 8 - 10 minutes or until it begins to turn pink and curl a bit.  

Serve with pasta, rice or bread.

Other shrimp dishes you may like:





Two years ago I made Indian Style Chicken and Lentils.

Three years ago I made Baked Banana Oatmeal.

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