Five on Friday: Football Food

Can you believe the summer is over and football season has started? I refuse to accept the end of summer because I didn’t get nearly as many things accomplished as I wanted (I’m looking at you unread Game of Thrones book set).

But fall means pumpkins, sweaters, and no more mowing the lawn which I am eagerly anticipating. This Sunday the Philadelphia Eagles open the season at 1PM and we will be in front of television eating a tasty snack. If you are as excited for the season as Greg is, consider making one of these snacks to enjoy during the game.

Now on to the Five!

1. Buffalo Chicken Dip

healthy buffalo chicken dip2. Lasagna Dip

lasagna dip recipe3. Mangasm Bacon-Wrapped, Jalapeno-Cream Cheese Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

bacon-wrapped-pork-loin-rec4.Crockpot Sausage, Peppers & Onions

Crockpot sausage peppers & onions

 5. Sin Dip

Sin Dip Recipe

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Five on Friday: Memorial Day Munchies

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  Our long weekend will be dedicated to finishing the office which has been our longest running project.  I feel like Scarlett O’Hara standing in the field swearing she’ll never go hungry again but I’m standing in the middle of the office swearing we will be finished this room.  Although I won’t be making a dress out of my newly made curtains, I will be using whatever it takes (most likely buffalo chicken dip) to get Greg to push through on this project.

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In addition to the office, we hope to do some grilling or find someone to feed us. Hopefully most of you have already been invited to a few BBQs (or planning one) and if you want to make it even better, think about bringing one of these lovely dishes.  Growing up I learned to always bring a dish of something when attending a party and now I can’t show up empty handed.  Today’s Five on Friday are five of my tried and true recipes, essentially the ultimate crowd pleasers because how can you go wrong with bacon wrapped pork tenderloin or cookies made with beer?

But before you get cooking, please take a few minutes to remember the reason for Memorial Day and consider donating to Cup of Joe For A Joe.

Cup Of Joe For A Joe has been a wonderful way for Americans everywhere to say thanks to our Troops and let them know they’re appreciated through the simple act of buying a cup of freshly brewed coffee, writing a personal letter of encouragement to go with it and having both delivered into the hands of a Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine or Coast Guardsman who is serving far from home. 

The Cup Of Joe letters you send from home are delivered to our Troops by email and the freshly brewed cups of coffee are served at Green Beans Coffee cafes on the bases where they’re deployed.   

Now on to the Five!

1. Buffalo Chicken Dip

healthy buffalo chicken dip2. Lasagna Dip

lasagna dip recipe3. Mangasm Bacon-Wrapped, Jalapeno-Cream Cheese Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

bacon-wrapped-pork-loin-rec4.Crockpot Sausage, Peppers & Onions

Crockpot sausage peppers & onions5. Sweet Baby Jesus Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sweet Baby Jesus Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

 

 

Five on Friday: Greg the Graduate

Graduation season is upon us and this weekend Greg’s donning his cap and gown to receive his Master’s degree in Sustainable Engineering (anyone looking for an engineer?).  Over the next few weeks people are going to graduation from high school and college which means there will be parties galore!

Hazel graduating obedience school

Hazel graduating obedience school

Today’s Five on Friday offers party, food, and present ideas for the graduate in your life.  No matter where they are graduating from, it is a worthy accomplishment to celebrate.

Happy Friday!

1. Crepe Paper Tassel Garland

05162014FOF1Ok, I have been obsessing over the tissue paper tassel garland and it looked  complicated– in the fact that tissue paper tears so easily.  The crepe paper solution is just brilliant!  Easy to make and a subtle way to incorporate graduation into a party’s decor.  What makes this better over tissue paper is the variety of colors.  Just go to any Target or dollar store and you will find a rainbow of options.

2. Graduation Party Printables

05162014FOF2Looking for an easy way to carry a theme through your cards and party decor?  Then here is an easy solution for you– party printables!  Catch My Party offers free options for water bottle labels, cards, stickers and banners.

3. Graduation Cap Desserts

05162014FOF3A few years ago, I made these graduation caps for a party and they were a massive hit.  Simple to make– you just need icing, chocolate covered graham crackers, and mini peanut butter cups.

4. In Case of Emergency

05162014FOF4Recent graduates can always use money but don’t want to just celebrate with a check?  Here’s a creative way to give them some cash but make it humorous at the same time.  A dollar store frame with a word printout, you’ve got a funny gift for the recent graduate.

5. Trust Me Shirt

05162014FOF5Since today’s post is all about Greg, it’s only fitting the last item correlate to him.

Five on Friday: It’s All About Flavors

Summer is rapidly approaching which means it’s time to start infusing our vodka and tequila for the ultimate summer cocktail. Sure, you can purchase a flavored vodka but it won’t taste nearly as good as vodka infused with fresh ingredients.

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Last weekend I started my first batches and this weekend, I’m starting two more. For the ultimate summer cocktails, start with one of my five suggestions.

Basic tools of the trade: mason jar, vodka/tequila (not the cheap stuff but not the most expensive), time. Dark, cool area to store the jar(s).

1. Strawberry tequila- one quart hulled strawberries (or bag of frozen) and one bottle of silver tequila in a mason jar. Let sit for three weeks, shaking every other day. Strain and rebottle.  Serve it with margarita mix and amaze your friends.

2. Jalapeño tequila- slice four jalapeños, leaving the seeds in one and silver tequila in one large mason jar. Let sit for a day and test. Test each day until desire heat has been reached. I’ve never let it sit for more than three days. Remove peppers and mix with margarita mix for a spicy/sweet cocktail.

3. Blueberry tequila- One quart blueberries or bag of frozen blueberries and one bottle of silver tequila in a mason jar. Let sit for three weeks, shaking every other day. Strain and rebottle.  Serve it with margarita mix and be the life of the party.

4. Pineapple Vodka- Add one peeled/sliced pineapple (not canned) and one bottle of vodka in a mason jar. Let sit for three weeks, shaking every other day. Strain and rebottle.  Serve it with desired mixers.

5. Basil Vodka- Take one large bundle of basil and muddle in the mason jar.  Add the vodka and let it sit for a week (again shaking every other day).  Test after a week and if you desire a stronger flavor, continue to let it infuse.  If you’re happy with it, strain and rebottle. The basil vodka is ideal for an adult basil lemonade cocktail.

Happy Friday!

Five on Friday: Fire It Up!

Who would have thought in the span of one week we’d have snow, 60 degree weather, rain and a grilled dinner.

Yes, you heard that, we broke out the grill for a non-power related reason in the winter (along it is technically spring). Greg decided to grill burgers to accompany the one aspect of dinner I planned (roasted beets!) and it almost felt like summer.

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All the summer daydreaming started as I inhaled the grill smoke smell on Greg and I couldn’t wait to think of the delicious meals we’d prepare on the grill. So today’s five on Friday are five grilling recipes. Sorry for the lack of descriptions, life got busy last night.

Side note: Double sorry for those who got this unfinished. I was editing in the app and accidentally hit publish.

Now on to the Five!

1. Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Cream Cheese Pork Roast

03282014fof12. Honey Glazed Grilled Watermelon

03282014fof23. Grilled Banana Boats

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4. Grilled Cabbage and Onions

03282014fof45. Grilled Bacon Ranch Potatoes

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Five on Friday: March Madness

Yesterday kicked off the greatest event in all of sports—the NCAA tournament.  Around the country work ceased to happen upon the first tip off.  Upsets happened and brackets went bust.

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Ok, fine.  Maybe only my bracket went bust (darn you 11/16 correct picks).

Watching the tourney requires diligence, perseverance, and school pride.  You are expected to watch all games and follow your bracket.  The biggest challenge comes with how far should you take your school.  Typically Greg take Villanova to the final round, they were lucky I took them to the Sweet 16.

With this upcoming weekend full of first and second round games, you might need some food to munch on while watching hours upon hours of basketball.  Invite a few friends over for beer and food while the games are on.  It’s always more fun to commiserate with others who are doing worse than you in their bracket.

Today’s Five on Friday is a few recipes to make for this weekend’s game watching.  May the odds ever be in your favor in regards to your bracket.  Have a great weekend!

1. Peanut Butter Basketball Cake

Cake final

2. Sin Dip

Sin Dip Recipe

3. Crockpot Sausage, Peppers & Onions

Crockpot sausage peppers & onions

4. Warm Blueberry Cheese Dip

Warm Blueberry Dip Recipe

5. Sweet Baby Jesus Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sweet Baby Jesus Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Five on Friday: Shake Your Shamrocks

Ahhh it’s Friday.  I don’t know about you but it’s been a few long weeks.  Since it’s St. Patrick’s Day Weekend, it’s time to get festive.  You’ll notice I’ve used the word festive quite a bit in today’s post– feel free to turn it into a St. Patrick’s Day drinking game, every time you read the word “festive” take a shot.

Hazel’s already to celebrate the holiday by introducing today’s Five on Friday.

irish soda bread recipe

1. Shamrock Fabric Balls

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This is a simple project to make your house a bit more festive for St. Patrick’s Day– all you need are some stick pins, Styrofoam balls, and festive fabric.  I can see these looking great in a giant hurricane on a sideboard.  Heck, these would be great for all the seasons– just head to Joann’s and pick up some fabric.

2. St. Patrick’s Printables

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If you’re looking for easy and festive– just print out these St. Patrick’s Day print outs and put in a frame.  It’s easy to do and adds a ton of cheer.  Don’t have a color printer?  Just send to FedEx Kinkos to have them print it for you.

3. Pistachio Pudding Bars

20140312-104008.jpgI love pistachios from pudding to ice cream, it’s a favorite.  When I saw this recipe it seemed perfect– green for the holiday and pistachio for my tummy.

4. Shamrock Pretzel Pops

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Perfect to send with your little one to school or perfect to send with your big one to work.  This recipe meets my criteria– it’s easy, it’s fun looking, and it’s bound to make people smile.

5. Sparkling Pinot Grigio with Green Gummy Bears

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After a hard day of crafting or cooking for St. Patrick’s Day, it’s time to treat yourself.  Just add a few green gummy bears to your glass and pour sparkling pinot over it.  Festive and fun!

Have a great weekend!