Monday, May 20, 2019

Coconut Milk and Mango Cole Slaw

I'd like to thank Food Network Magazine for adding to my series of different coleslaws:@) I should probably give a shout-out to Aldi too since they had mangoes for 49 cents. This Coconut Mango Cole Slaw is one of those slaws that's a quick stir and serve. The dressing will be thinner than those with a mayonnaise base but I thought this was very good, especially the bites with peanut, and I do like the addition of lime juice. I just sprinkled the peanuts on top. If you love cabbage and slaws, don't hesitate to give this a try folks.
  Instead of a bagged mix, I sliced some cabbage and made thin matchstick carrots.

From Food Network Magazine June 2019 edition:

 Eat well and have a happy day:@)

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Inspirational Friday

Do Something 8-Inch x 10-Inch Canvas Wall Art

Have a great weekend:@)

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Bavarian Meatballs -Slow Cooker Appetizer (Little Dipper Crock Pot or Larger Recipe)

As soon as I saw these super simple Bavarian Meatballs over at Pandora's Box I knew they'd be the next thing to make in my Littler Dipper Crock Pot:@) This is a great munchie for any occasion and serving them with holiday or team colored forks or food picks (go Phillies!!!) adds to the fun. I love that using a slow cooker during the warmer months really doesn't heat the house up much at all. Don't hesitate to give these tasty meatballs a try folks, I think they'd appeal to most and that you'll be pleased.

I've adapted the recipe a bit for a smaller amount and will list that below. You can stop by Patti's for the full 2 lb recipe

Bavarian Meatballs-adapted from Pandora's Box
For each 7oz frozen cooked meatballs:
1 Tblsp dry onion soup mix
1 Tblsp brown sugar
1/4 small onion, sliced and chopped
1/4 C beer
  1. In vessel of crock pot stir to combine soup mix, brown sugar, onion and beer. Add meatballs and stir to coat.
  2. Plug in Little Dipper Crock Pot, cover with lid and cook for 3 hours, stirring at around the hour marks. 
  3. Stir and serve.
Enjoy a munchie and have a happy day:@)

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Retro Cream Cheese Stuffed Peach Salad for the Summer Holidays

I made Miz Helen's family version of this Retro Peach Salad and gave it a little summer holiday twist by adding some fun red, white and blue sprinkles. If you make it with pear halves you'd have a true RW&B dish! The peaches are sweet, cream cheese tangy and lettuce adds a little crisp crunch. This is a great idea for folks that don't bake but want to bring something a little sweet and refreshing to a party or BBQ. Don't hesitate to give this a try folks, I know my crew thought it was very good:@)

I wanted to be able to shape the cream cheese a bit, so I cut back on the peach juice and only used 1-2 tsp.
I used a cookie disher and love that it looks like little scoops of ice cream:@)

This side dish ~or~ light dessert is very affordable. 
I found the peaches at Dollar Tree and it's not unusual to find cream cheese for 67 cents a pack at Walmart. 

Retro Peach Salad-from Miz Helen's Kitchen
Lettuce for lining serving dish-I also added a few spinach leaves from my planter
29 oz can peach halves-could use pear halves and I'd imagine apricot halves would be good too
8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 Tblsp sugar
3 Tblsp peach juice-I used 1-2 tsp
  1. Line serving dish with lettuce.
  2. I chose to fish my peaches out of the can and turn them upside down (pit side down) onto paper towels to drain a bit.
  3. Using mixer, add cream cheese, sugar and peach juice, mix until smooth and creamy.
  4. Fill center of peaches with cream cheese mixture.
  5. Chill at least two hours.
  6. Right before serving add sprinkles if desired.
Try a new (retro) treat and have a happy day:@)

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Inspirational Friday

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Money Butterflies

These Butterfly Dollar Bills are a cute way to give money as a gift for Mother's Day, I loved tucking them into a pot of flowers as a little something extra. The folds are very simple and two literally whipped up in less than 30 minutes. I wired them together with a pipe cleaner that was long enough for the antenna too. (Used a tinsel one because, you know, a little bling makes everything better:@) Looped and snugged up a piece of wire to the bottom of the pipe cleaner so I could stick them into the planter. Each butterfly requires two bills, crisp new ones are especially nice.
This is a fun little project that is sure to bring smiles!
A complete picture tutorial can be found HERE (gotta love Pinterest!).

Have a happy day:@)

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Foil Pouch Grill Roasted Smashed Sweet Potatoes with Lemon Pepper Seasoning

If you're grilling out and looking for a side dish that's a little different... These three ingredient Foil Pouch Grill Roasted Smashed Sweet Potatoes with Lemon Pepper are super simple but bursting with big flavor! I also like that grilling them in foil makes for easy clean-up. Cooked sweet potatoes look like regular potatoes but can be a little soft... That's why I suggest giving them a quick mash with a fork, leaving some larger pieces, kind of rustic looking. 

Those charred bits add lots of great flavor:@)

I've mentioned previously I'm fond of the Great Value lemon pepper seasoning from Walmart.
The other day I found this Kingsford/Badia brand at Dollar Tree... It's very nice! 
Grab it if you see it folks:@)
Oh and, if you happen to have some boneless skinless chicken breast... 
Rub with olive oil and ~generously~ cover both sides of the meat with this seasoning, you will be happy!
Come to think of it, do the same with some asparagus and you'll have a great grilled meal:@)

Foil Pouch Grill Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Lemon Pepper Seasoning
  1. Peel, wash, dry and cut sweet potatoes into 1/2-3/4" pieces.
  2. Place in center of a couple large pieces of tin foil.
  3. Drizzle lightly with olive oil.
  4. Generously sprinkle with your favorite lemon pepper seasoning.
  5. Pull sides of foil up, center over sweet potatoes and fold down a couple times. Fold sides in to totally enclose the potatoes. I like to wrap a second piece of foil over them too.
  6. Grill medium/high for 30 minutes, flipping half way through. I set a timer for 20 minutes to ensure a char on some of the potatoes, then flip the packet.
  7. Carefully remove sweet potatoes from foil and sprinkle with a little more lemon pepper seasoning.
  8. Roughly mash sweet potatoes with a fork and serve.


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