Thursday, January 29, 2015

Friday Frenzy: One Party - Four Blogs

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

Friday Frenzy
Close to Home ,Mostly Food and CraftsAngel's Homestead   and Sizzling Eats 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 - quadruple 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.

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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:

The first featured post will warm the bellies on these cold winter days. 
Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom shared her adorable Frozen whipped Cream
 Hearts. 



This looks fantastic! My Organized Chaos made a gorgeous Blueberry Cake. 



Maybe you are still trying to eat more healthy, check out this Strawberry Avocado Smoothie from Upstate Ramblings.


   

And my favorite post from last weeks link party - This Gingerbread Latte from Simplie Stacie.

Gingerbread Latte

Here is what I shared this week:

A Game Day Dip Roundup





and a Game Day Snack Roundup.


What did you make?


Thanks for stopping by and let's Party with your cold weather recipes and crafts. 



   
   




Game Day Snacks - a Roundup


It was hard to pick my favorite snack for game day so here is a roundup of 16 of our favorites!


  1.   These Plantain Chips were addictive.
  2.   Georgian Cheese Bread - its a bread - its a stuffed pizza - it's awesome! 
  3.   Are you ready for the best chips you will ever eat?  Kettle Chips w/Bleu Cheese, Balsamic Reduction and a hint of Truffle Oil.
  4.  Sweet Pepper Crostini
  5.  Tortellini Caprese Skewers, the kids love these!
  6.  Baked Zucchini Chips - a little something healthy doesn't hurt.
  7.  Pretzel Bites with a delicious Cheese Sauce
  8.  Fried Green Tomatoes - why not?
  9.  Snack on some Garlic & Parmesan Roasted Chickpeas
  10.  Mac and Cheese Muffins - mmmmmm
  11.  Are you ready for this one?  Baked "Fried" Pickles!
  12.  Who doesn't love a soft Pretzel?
  13.  Garlic Knots
  14.  This is my Sweet Girls all time favorite snack - Sausage Balls.
  15.  Feta and Sun Dried Tomato Stuffed Mini Peppers
  16.  Spanikopita Bites - these always make an appearance n our game day table.

What will you be snacking on?

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

GameDay Dips - a Roundup

Superbowl Sunday is fast approaching.  My favorite part of this fun day is the food.  Here is a roundup of GameDay Dips for you to enjoy.


You can never go wrong with a Spinach and Artichoke dip.



How about a Pecan and Olive Cheeseball?

















Texas Caviar



Try a delicious Baba Ghanoush.
















One of my favorites - Jalapeno Popper Dip.



Black Bean and Corn Salad/Dip



A hands down family favorite in this house, Greek Layered Dip.



A different kind of hummus, how about a Green Pea Hummus?



What are you making for GameDay?

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

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 Crafts, and  Angel's Homestead  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  of our blogs!  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.


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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:

Thanks to Dear Creatives for sharing this Rustic Banana Bread with Crumble Topping.  You can't have enough banana bread recipes.  



Arts and Crackers shares these adorable DIY Non Candy Seed Packet Valentine Printables.

 

The most clicked last week was this Initial Wreath  from Staying Close to Home that you can redecorate easily for different holidays.  
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Here is what I made this week:

Slow Cooker Garlic Chicken + Barley


 What did you make?


   
   

Monday, January 19, 2015

Garlic Chicken with Barley

As far as I am concerned, nothing beats a good one pot meal.




I am always talking about how much I love a good one pot meal.  You can imagine how excited I was when I found out I won a copy of  Martha Stewart's One Pot cookbook!  Maybe sometime soon I will win a new amazing camera, I am going to continue to blame my bad picture taking skills on my camera and not on myself. 

I actually used this cookbook for dinner two nights in a row and may use it again tonight.  The first night I made this delicious Garlic Chicken with Barley. This recipe was in the slow cooker section of the book.  There is a section for skillet and saute pan, slow cooker,  roasting and baking, stockpot and saucepan and dessert.

It had been a very long time since I made barley and after eating this meal, my family kept asking me why I don't make it more often.  I agree, I could have just had a big bowl of the barley and the sauce and been very happy - but I guess adding some protein and veggies is a good idea too.  The original recipe calls for frozen peas but I was out so I subbed in some green beans.  I made one other modification, the original recipe uses one of those awesome slow cookers that you can brown your meats in.  I don't have that.  I thought I would sear my chicken on the stove top and then add it to the slow cooker.  If you look at the picture, you can see the skin is not at all crispy.  I ended up taking the skin off of the chicken before eating it.  If your slow cooker doesn't have the browning feature you will want to use skinless chicken.

Tarragon is one of my favorite if not my favorite herb.  It is also the one herb I have the most trouble figuring out to use.  I was thrilled this recipe included it!!  I am actually thinking of making this again tonight - writing about this dish has me craving it again....Do you have a favorite one pot meal?

recipe adapted from Martha Stewart's One Pot
Ingredients:
1 whole chicken cut into pieces, skin removed (3 1/2 - 4 pounds)
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
2/3 cup of pearl barley
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup white wine
1 medium onion, sliced
4 garlic cloves, sliced
1 1/2 cups frozen peas or green beans, thawed
2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon

Directions:
Season chicken with salt and pepper.  In the slow cooker add barley, broth, wine, onions and garlic.  Season this with salt and pepper.  Place the chicken on top of the mixture.  Cover and cook on low until the chicken is cooked through, about 2 hours.

Add in the thawed vegetables and tarragon and stir.Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Other one pot dishes I made:

Shrimp Pad Thai Wonder Pot



One Pan Pasta



Coconut Rice and Chicken Thighs



One year ago today I made  Curried Cauliflower Steak with Chickpeas and Feta.

Two years ago today I made Picadillo in the Slow Cooker.

Three years ago today I made Arroz con Pollo.

Four years ago today I made Curried Rice.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Friday Frenzy: One Party - Four Blogs

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

Friday Frenzy


Close to Home ,Mostly Food and Crafts, Angel's Homestead   and SizzlingEats 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.

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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

The first featured post is a great way to use up candy canes hanging around your house and it will make a great Valentines Day Gift.  Makin' it Mo' Betta shares her DIY Candy Flavored Vodka Recipe.   



With a Blast shares these decadent Chocolate Liqueur Cupcakes .

    

Get the kids involved in this Valentines Day Craft of a Heart Shaped Knotted Fleece Pillow from Views from the Ville.   


Here is what I made this week:

Italian Bread Machine Bread



What did you make?

Thanks for stopping by and let the Frenzy begin!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Italian Bread (in the Bread Machine)


Yes, the need to knead has struck again.  This time in the form of  a delicious Italian bread.



I love making bread so much that I am now at the point of baking it and giving it away.  And yes, I know that by using the bread machine I am not partaking in the process as much as I would without the machine but I do get to take part in the final "punch down," shaping and baking process and that is the part that makes me happy.  

I had my bread machine for years, just sitting around collecting dust, before I realized that it could be used for more than making a big brick shape loaf of bread with a hole in the center from where it baked around the machines mixer. You know what I'm talking about, right?  I wiped off the dust and now keep this machine in the kitchen at arms reach and use it all the time.  

This particular recipe has become a repeater and I have made it quite a few times.  I love the hint of sweetness the brown sugar adds to this bread.  Its light and fluffy on the inside but has a delicious crunchy crust on the outside.  Do you want to know exactly how good this bread is?  My son's friend was over one day when I made it. He ate half the loaf and then asked me to make it for him for his 9th birthday.  He didn't ask for toys just a loaf of bread....I couldn't say no to that!  Plus it gave me a reason to feed my "knead to need!!"

Recipe from allrecipes
Ingredients:
4 cups flour
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 1/3 cup warm water
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
2 1/4 teaspoons yeast

1 egg
1 tablespoon water
2 tablespoons cornmeal

Directions:
Place all ingredients in first section in the bread machine according to manufacturers directions.  Select dough cycle and start.

Once dough cycle is complete, turn the dough out on to a lightly floured surface. Form the dough into two loaves and sprinkle with the cornmeal.  
Cover the dough and let rise until dough doubles in size (about 30-40 minutes.)
Mix the egg and water in a bowl and brush on the loaves of bread.  Make on long cut down the center of each loaf of bread.   
Slide the loaves onto a baking sheet and bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 30-35 minutes or until loaves sound hollow when tapped.

Other Bread Machine recipes:

French Bread


Cuban Bread


Bread Sticks


Last year at this time I made Slow Cooked Brats with Sauerkraut.

Two years ago I made Butternut Squash Fries.

Three years ago I made Candied Kumquats.

Four years ago I made Cuban Corn Chowder.

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