Monday, April 6, 2020

How to Easily Add Smokey Flavor to Grilled Food -Bear Mountain BBQ Wood Pellets

If you have a gas grill the easiest way to add true smokey flavor to your food is to add a handful of wood pellets and let them work their magic. When the folks from Bear Mountain BBQ Wood Pellets asked if I'd like to write a review, the hardest part was trying to decide which flavor I wanted to try... I chose the Savory one, which added a nice traditional hardwood flavor:@) I have to say I was floored at how well the pellets worked, they created smoke very quickly! I plan to be adding some each time I BBQ going forward and yes, they do get my 'darn good' label.

I started by heating up my grill on high with the pellets in a pan right on top of the burner plates.

Then turned off the burners with the pellets, using more indirect heat for the pellets once the grill got hot.
I cooked a grill pan meal with the lid down trapping the smoke.

Since I was mostly curious to taste the smoky flavor, I only used olive oil and a little Montreal Steak Seasoning.
Pork tenderloin, peppers, onions and asparagus, this made one mighty fine meal:@)

Bear Mountain offers quite a few flavor choices, you can see more on their site HERE.
An added bonus, they are made from sawdust from wood mills, saving it from going to the landfills.

With an electric grill, charcoal grill and Hibachi, I'm using my pellets to add quick smokey flavor,
but of course there's a whole world of low and slow BBQ.
There are many fine pellet grills and pellet smokers on the market...
Maybe one day:@)

I'd like to thank the good folks at Bear Mountain for their generosity,
they provided the wood pellets, but all opinions are my own.

Let's fire up the grill, eat well, and have a happy day:@)

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Saturday ReView-Two Ingredient Bisquick Biscuits, Peeps for Barbie & Easter Bunny Treat Topper DIY

Just popping in with a reminder about an oldie but a goodie... Don't forget about that box of Bisquick that's in the cabinet or fridge, these Two Ingredient Bisquick Biscuits whip up in no time. And while maybe not the prettiest bun, those shaggy edges make nice crunchy bites. These are a great addition to dinner, or with some jam for breakfast:@) If you're more fond of those famous seafood house biscuits, I have a link HERE, using flour, and an easy Bisquick substitute HERE.

Bisquick Drop Biscuits-Recipe easily scaled down
2 1/4 C original Bisquick
2/3 C milk-I used Half and Half
Stir together until soft dough forms, drop by spoonfuls onto baking sheet, bake at 450 degrees 8-10 minutes or until golden brown, serve immediately.

Barbie is sending a reminder that even though things are wonky in the world right now, Easter is still next Sunday, April 12th. And we may need it more this year than any other I can remember... How about making a cute little Stuffed Peep Toy or Pillow for your dolls HERE on DIY Barbie Blog.

And I'll leave you with this cute Peeking Bunny Treat Topper that's simply made from pipe cleaners and googly eyes.
Just a little something to make us smile-instructions HERE :@)

Please take care, stay busy, and have a happy day:@)

Friday, April 3, 2020

Inspirational Friday

Take care and have a nice weekend:@)

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Mustard Deviled Eggs

These Mustard Deviled Eggs have a bit more kick than the standard recipe and the filling is also a richer golden color because of the extra mustard. I love the slight tang and the addition of garlic powder was very nice too. If you taste the filling before adding it to the whites you may think it seems a little strong, but the whites help balance everything out very nicely.

 So if you're looking to change things up a bit, 
don't hesitate to give this zippy variation a try folks:@)
 Oh and, while they say the paprika is optional, 
I encourage you to use it liberally, it adds great flavor to the eggs:@)

 Mustard Deviled Eggs-from McCormick
12 hard boiled eggs, peeled, cut in half lengthwise
1/3 C mayonnaise
2 Tblsp yellow mustard
1 Tsp sugar
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt-more or less to taste
paprika for garnish-optional
~Mash yolks, mix in everything else, spoon mixture back into egg whites, sprinkle with paprika if desired.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Two Ingredient Jello Salad -Jello and Cream Cheese

Full disclosure: Here in Philly, I don't think we'd call this a salad... But, we would call it a pretty darn tasty dessert:@) I wanted to try this Two Ingredient Jello Salad and thought serving it in an egg shaped bowl would be fun for Easter. I made half of the recipe in one of those big 7"-ish plastic eggs with the clear top from Walmart, I've also seen them at Dollar Tree. I used strawberry Jello and love that the consistency kinda turns out like a mousse.

This is best mixed in a blender or with an immersion blender, 
you do want the cream cheese to get fully incorporated into the Jello.
Recipe is easily cut in half by using a four serving size Jello and 4 oz cream cheese.
Can this be molded?
I honestly don't know but will say the recipes I've seen pour it into a bowl or serving dish.

Two Ingredient Jello Salad-from Mamagourmand
6 oz Jello (large box)
8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 C boiling water
1/2 C cold water
Whipped topping, optional if desired
Sprinkles, optional if desired
  1. Pour Jello into blender, add 2 C boiling water. Add lid, cover hole in lid with dish towel, slowly (and very carefully) mix until Jello has dissolved.
  2. Add cream cheese and cold water to blender, add lid, cover hole in lid with dish towel, and slowly mix until fully incorporated. Scrape down sides of blender with spatula occasionally.
  3. Pour into bowl, refrigerate until solid, at least 2 hours.
  4. Serve with whipped topping and sprinkles if desired.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Dying Easter Eggs at DIY Barbie Blog

Because we can all use a smile (and maybe a project or two for the kids:@) Click HERE for full post...

Have a happy day:@)

Friday, March 27, 2020

Inspirational Friday

Take care and have a happy weekend:@)


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