Thursday, July 31, 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 tasty Blueberry Cheese PieClose to Home recently made one of these on her blog as well.  They are so simple and Run 'n Stitch makes a double recipe to show off the blueberries this time of year.

blueberry cheese pie

Speaking of Berries doesn't this Strawberry Loaf with Lemon Glaze look fantastic?  La Cuisine d'Helene uses super healthy ingredients to make this quick bread.   

strawberry-loaf-with-lemon-glaze  

 Don't want to heat up the kitchen this time of year, head over to Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom for these NO Bake Cheesecake Bites.  Top them with any fresh fruits you find in your summer markets.   


no bake mini cheesecake bites  

My personal favorite, these Baked Apples from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom.

Baked Apple Recipe

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



   

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Saturday, July 26, 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.


I saw this on the Chew the other day and immediately ran to find the recipe to pin, I can not wait to recreate these Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars.

I don't know what it is with my recipe choices lately but apparently I have an unbelievable sweet tooth this summer.  I have been drooling over Bake.Frost.Repeats Lemon Truffle Pie since it made its first Instagram appearance.

I have added to my Cooking Bucket List.  I have made Falafels before but I want to try these next.

And this dip - I just need this in my life like right now.

I love this great roundup of  DIY Teen and Tween projects - I can't wait to make a few with my girl.  Not sure where to begin though.

My kids and I have been loving the new series Girl Meets World.  I love seeing Cory and Topenga on TV again.  Anyone else watching this?  We are also catching up on Boy Meets World reruns - so fun!

So true. And can I say, I miss this show?

This is so me!

By Stephen Hawking From Threesixfivequotes.tumblr.com

Of course my list wouldn't be complete without a kitchen pin.

How about a bathroom one too?

Have a great weekend everyone and 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 24, 2014

Friday Frenzy: One Party - Four Blogs

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

friday-frenzy-craft-recipe-link up


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 adorable Dollar Store Clipboard.  What a great back to school craft.  Thanks The Crazy Craft Lady for sharing this easy tutorial.

dollar-store-clipboard-tutorial    
Cool off this summer with these yummy Black Currant and Lime Yogurt pops from Annie's Noms.   

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Grab some extra cherries and bake up this Cherry Vodka Bundt cake at your next brunch.  The Living Gourmet shares this special treat with us.   


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My personal favorite are these amazing Reuben Burgers from Clover House.


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: Buttery Cauliflower Puree



What did you make? 



   

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Worth Melting for Collection - Frozen Inspired at GroopDealz

 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Buttery Cauliflower Puree

I finally tried this creamy, tasty side dish and I can't figure out what took me so long.



I took a risk the other night when I decided to make a cauliflower puree.  Hubby and Sweet Girl love mashed potatoes and I didn't want to disappoint them when they saw this great side dish on their plates that looked like potatoes at first glance.

I figured a recipe from John Besh couldn't disappoint anyone though - am I right?  

It was a different flavor and texture and not expected, the first bite made you stop and say, "wait - what is this?" and then ...... we devoured the entire pot (true story.)  

And now I am wondering what took me so long to try making a cauliflower puree.  This was so simple even though it had an additional step of roasting the cauliflower before pureeing.   I hadn't seen this step in most recipes but it is well worth the extra few minutes you wait for it. I could snack on roasted cauliflower all day (and I do - a lot.) So I knew this step was definitely going to add something great to this dish.  

Have you tried cauliflower puree yet?  What is the one dish you want to try but have not had a chance to make yet?



recipe from Food & Wine
Ingredients:
2 heads of cauliflower , cored and seperated into 2 inch florets
2 cups heavy cream (I used milk)
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
salt
cayenne pepper

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 325°. Bring a large pot salted water to a boil, cook the cauliflower until tender, about 7 minutes. 
Drain the cauliflower well. Spread it  out on a large rimmed baking sheet and bake for about 5 minutes, to dry it out.
In a small saucepan, combine the cream and the butter and bring to a simmer over moderate heat just until the butter is melted.
Working in batches, puree the cauliflower in a blender with the warm cream mixture.  
Season to taste with salt and cayenne pepper.

Other cauliflower dishes you may enjoy:
Roasted Chickpeas and Cauliflower


Curried Cauliflower Steak


Christmas Crudite'


Last year at this time I made Pati Jinich's Amazing Carnitas

Two years ago I made Beer Can Chicken

Three years ago I made Brown Sugar and Balsamic Glazed Pork

Linking up to these happening parties!

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!



friday-frenzy-craft-recipe-link up


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

berry-cream-cheese-coffee-cake 
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.   


frosted-zucchini-bars 
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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