Monday, July 16, 2018

Adobo Chicken Kabobs with Colossal Spanish Olives

Grilled olives? Yep, and on hot summer days the huge meaty ones are salty, a little tangy, refreshing and very filling:@) These Adobo Chicken Shish-Ka-Bobs with Colossal Spanish Olives are another quick grilling idea for when you don't have time to let the meat marinate. They'd also cook up quickly on a George Foreman grill, saving the time waiting for a charcoal or gas grill to heat up. Add any veggies you'd like, but the standard three ~onion, peppers and zucchini~ work well with the adobo spices.

 And while we're talking about saving time... 
They don't have to be threaded on skewers for shish-ka-bobs either,
you could heat up a large grill basket and just toss everything into that. 

The Adobo Seasoning I used, I was tickled to find it at Dollar Tree:

Adobo Chicken Kabobs with Colossal Spanish Olives
  1. Cut chicken and vegetables into 1" chunks.
  2. Add everything except olives to bowl, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle liberally with Adobo Seasoning.
  3. Alternately skewer chicken, veggies and olives. Add an extra sprinkle of Adobo seasoning to the meat.
  4. Grill with lid closed, over medium/high heat approximately 8 minutes or until chicken is cooked through, turning skewers a couple times. 
  5. Serve with additional Adobo seasoning in lieu of salt and pepper.
Fire up the grill of your choice and have a happy day:@)

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Two Ingredient Spinach Alfredo Dip -Stove top, oven, grill or crock pot

I went junkin' and got a new kitchen toy! Been looking for one of these 2 1/2 C Little Dipper Crock Pots and finally found a shiny brand new one at the thrift store (sans lid but a Corelle cereal bowl fits fine). First up, this Two Ingredient Spinach Alfredo Dip is almost too easy folks. And it can be heated up any way you'd like, whether in the oven in a pretty baking dish for the holidays or heated on the grill in cast iron, or even served in a disposable tin pan for easy clean-up! I'm thinking camp fire for that last one. And football season is coming... just sayin':@)

 This is a nice mild dip. Want to amp the flavor up even more?
Add a little garlic powder, some Parmesan cheese and maybe even a few shakes of red pepper flakes.
 I did add the 'bacon' label, we all know a little bacon makes everything better:@)
Leftovers? Spoon over noodles for a quick and easy side dish.

Two Ingredient Spinach Alfredo Dip-Modified from Pillsbury
~This makes about 1 1/2 C dip, recipe easily doubled, etc.
12 oz frozen spinach, cooked and squeezed dry-I used a potato ricer for this
3/4 C jarred alfredo sauce
Optional-1/4 tsp seasoned salt and black pepper to taste-I used Lawry's Seasoned Salt and a few cranks of pepper
  1. Mix and heat. 350 oven for about 20-25 minutes, same for a medium hot grill or campfire (just keep an eye on it). Stove, heat on medium stirring occasionally. My Little Dipper Crock Pot took about 1 1/2 hours to heat through. 
  2. Serve with crackers, toasts, chips and/or veggies.
Eat well and have a happy day:@)

Friday, July 13, 2018

Mermaid Tail Pattern for Barbie and the story behind my Barbie posts

I treated myself to a lazy morning of scrolling through Etsy and happened upon Mermaid Tails for Barbie. I thought they were cute and remembered this blingy fabric at Walmart and the next thing I knew, I was in the car... A fun little bonus, the fabric was on clearance so 1/4 yard (easily enough for 4 tails) was 63¢. You could make simple tops out of the scrap fabric too, I used the sequined headband from my bathing suit tutorial HERE.

Now let me say upfront, I do not have the patience to be a proper seamstress, no I do not
So some of my ideas are the kind a 10 year old might come up with:@)
This is one of those...

If you search 'Barbie mermaid tail' on pinterest you'll find ideas, patterns and directions.
There are even links to buy them from Etsy and Ebay.
I just roughly drew this, the flat side goes against the folded fabric and cut 2.
Place the right sides together and sewed 1/4" seam from side, around tail and up to the other side.
Turn right side out, push tail points out.
The opening will be wide-and easier to get on the doll...
I just made a waist band from a stretchy headband (cut to size and hot glued together),
pulled it over the doll's hips and held the tail in place with that.
If you want to sew a waistband, you'll have to add length to the top of the pattern.

I know some might wonder... Why does a woman with grown sons and no grandkids put Barbie doll posts on her blog? Well, I'll tell you:@) One of my favorite childhood memories is, one day Ma sewed me a brand new pair of pajamas, then she took the fabric scraps and sewed a matching pair for my Barbie! Boy I thought I was a hot shot and felt very special indeed! Here at Pig In Mud I try to share simple ideas folks can make for ~or with~ girls, hoping you too can build special memories. My Barbie board on Pinterest can be found HERE.

Make something just for fun and have a happy day:@)

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Easy Lemon Loaf Cake

I'd say this Easy Lemon Loaf Cake takes a plain white cake mix and turns it into a nice tangy pound cake. As soon as I saw that it called for yogurt I was hooked and just had to whip one up. We enjoyed it at Sunday dinner topped with some fresh raspberries, but it's very good plain too. Another bonus, this cake freezes beautifully. If you like nice dense pound cakes folks, don't hesitate to try this recipe:@)

Easy Lemon Loaf Cake-from Betty Crocker
1 box white cake mix-I'm sure yellow cake mix would be fine if that's what's on-hand
2 containers, 6 oz each, lemon yogurt
1/2 C butter, melted
2 eggs
1 Tblsp lemon zest-I just use the zest of one lemon
2 Tblsp coarse sugar for top, if desired-I didn't add this
  1. Mix everything and pour into a greased and floured 9 x 5 loaf pan.
  2. Sprinkle with coarse sugar if desired.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 50 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
  4. Cool in pan 10 minutes, turn out onto rack and cool completely.
Have a sticky sweet happy day:@)

Monday, July 9, 2018

Deviled Eggs for Shark Week and other shark sightings and ideas

I thought these Shark Fin Deviled Eggs would be a fun little snack for shark week (July 22nd this year) or a shark themed birthday party. Super simple using black olives, a little blue food dye and the ripple cutter helped make the whites look a little wavy. Kids, big and small, are sure to get a chuckle from them... I know we all did:@)

1. Mix your favorite deviled egg recipe.
2. Dye the whites blue (1/2 C water, 1/2 tsp vinegar, 6 drops blue dye), turn upside down on paper towels, then blot dry.
3. Fill whites with yolk mixture and top with jumbo black olive cut in half and trimmed to look like a fin. Aim for one side straight, one curved.

The wavy cutter I used:

Apparently Shark Week is a pretty big thing... Here are just a few of the displays I saw at Walmart:
Floats and toys

Plush Sharks

Shark Candy at various Dollar Tree and Walmart stores

And of course Pinterest has lots of ideas...
My favorite one-a shark watermelon.

Have a swimmingly happy day:@)

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Grilled Frozen California Blend Vegetables (Broccoli, Cauliflower and Carrots)

While I understand it's summer and fresh vegetable season... It's still hard to beat the great value ($1 for 16 oz) and easy accessibility frozen veggies offer. And if they can be simply pulled out of the freezer and tossed into a grill basket while you're already cooking out, well, that's a win-win:@) I mixed them with olive oil and a generous sprinkling of my The One BBQ Rub and the grill added a nice little char and smokey flavor. If you keep frozen vegetables on-hand this is a nice last minute side dish option.

Grilled Frozen California Blend Vegetables (Broccoli, Cauliflower and Carrots)
16 oz frozen California Blend Vegetables-I grabbed a bag at Dollar Tree
1 Tblsp olive oil
1 1/2 tsp The One BBQ Rub or your favorite seasoned salt
  1. Place grill basket on grill to thoroughly heat up.
  2. Mix frozen vegetables, olive oil and seasoned salt.
  3. Toss into grill basket over high heat. Set timer for 15 minutes and stir at 7 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle with salt once off grill.
Eat well ~economically~ and have a happy day:@)

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Chicken, Zucchini and Stuffing Casserole

I have a little counter top oven for times I'm just making something small or when I don't want to heat up the big oven because it's hot outside. It came in handy the other day for this Chicken, Zucchini and Stuffing Casserole. I had yellow zukes from my planter, a green one from my son's garden and have had this recipe saved for just such an occasion... It was well worth the wait:@)

Now, I'm sure this is ~amazing~ with 3/4 C butter...
But I chose to cut back a bit and used 1/4 C butter and 1/2 C water. 
Just may have saved myself from adding one more dimple to my butt:@) 
I've added the sausage label, I think you could easily sub any type of sausage in this recipe.

Chicken, Zucchini and Stuffing Casserole-adapted from Taste of Home
~printable version~
1 package (6 oz) chicken stuffing mix
3/4 C butter-I subbed some water
3 C diced zucchini, approx two 8" good sized ones-aim for around  1/4-1/2" dice
2 C cooked chicken
10 oz can cream of chicken soup
1 medium carrot, shredded
1/2 C chopped onion
1/2 C sour cream
  1. Mix stuffing and butter (and water if using) in large bowl. Set 1/2 C aside.
  2. Add and mix everything else. Pour into sprayed 11 x 7 baking dish.
  3. Sprinkle with reserved stuffing.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until golden and bubbly.
Eat well and have a happy day:@)

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