Birchbox – little surprises each month

This is so fun!  I found out about this from a co-worker and started my subscription to Birchbox.  A unique little way to try high end products from hair products to moisturizers, to colognes, to lip gloss, to make-up, to home accessories!   You pick!  Personalize your likes, your skin types, your hair type, your personal box!  And this isn’t just for ladies.  Men can personalize their box as well.  My first box arrived yesterday and boy, was it fun to find all the fun stuff in my little box!

My point?   I am giving away two (2) one-year subscriptions to Birchbox!   Yes you will get a box each month, with a few goodies to try in each based on your personal profile of your likes.  What will be in your personal box?   And will you select the ladies box or the men’s box?   

Log on to https://www.birchbox.com/  com and see what they are all about.  

How do you win?   Leave me a comment below and tell me if you win, will you choose a ladies box or a man’s box.  

Two winners will be selected and posted Friday and notified by me via email.  Good luck!

Eating cookies – one at a time!

In the past, I posted how to make one giant, one serving chocolate chip cookie.  Well, I ran across another recipe for one oatmeal raisin cookie – hubby’s favorite! And one flourless peanut butter cookie – great for those who eat gluten free. 

These are good if you just want a good afternoon dessert with your tea or coffee or if you want to make one for a co-worker who is having a birthday, or to cheer someone up!

Try these and see how you like them.  I just bet you will keep these, along with the chocolate chip recipe handy.

One Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

2 Tbsp butter

1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

 1 Tbsp whisked egg

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup quick oats

1/8 tsp baking soda

1/8 tsp cinnamon

1 pinc salt

2 Tbsp raisins

1 1/2 Tbsp chopped pecans or walnuts (optional, chop small)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place butter in a medium microwave safe mixing bowl and heat on high until almost fully melted.  Add brown sugar, 1 Tbsp egg, flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon and salt to the melted butter.  Stir until well blended (will seem dry at first but will start to come together).  Add raisins and nuts and mix.

Shape dough into a 3 1/2 inch disk on a silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake for 13-15 minutes or until edges are golden but center is still soft.  cool slightly and enjoy. 

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookie

1/4 cup creamy peanut butter (not natural or homemade)

1/4 cup powdered sugar

1 Tbsp whisked egg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a bowl, using a fork, stir together al ingredients until well blended and batter begins to dry slightly (the more you stir the drier it will become, and you want it just dry enough to be able to hold a shape and form a ball).  Shape into a ball then transfer to a silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Using the palm of your hand, flatten ball slightly, then using the fork, gently press downward to make criss-cross patterns over the entire cookie-it should be about 3 1/2 inches across.  Bake 12-15 minutes.  Cool slightly and enjoy.  

 

Remember – to get 1 Tbsp egg, crack egg in bowl and whick to blend well.  Then you can measure out your 1 Tbsp.  Reserve remaining egg for a later use.

 

Hope you try these and share with someone – it’s sure to put a smile on their face!

Asparagus with Jalapeno Hollandaise or with a Citrus Sauce

I love fresh asparagus and I love jalapenos and this combination is a must try.  Make it mild or with as much heat as your mouth can stand or likes.  Or if you aren’t in to Jalapeno Hollandaise, switch to the Citrus Sauce.   Either will have you eating your veggies in no time!

Asparagus with Jalapeno Hollandaise

1 1/2 pounds fresh asparagus spears

1/4 cup water

1 (0.9 oz) package hollandaise sauce mix (sure makes this recipe quick and easy)

2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded (or not) and chopped

1 (2-ounce) jar diced or sliced pimento, drained

Snap off tough ends of asparagus.  cook asparagus in water in a large skillet over medium heat 4 to 6 minutes; drain.  Arrange asparagus on a serving platter; set aside, and keep warm.  Prepare hollandaise sauce mix according to package directions.  Stir in cheese, jalapeno pepper, and pimento.  Serve over warm asparagus.

With Citrus Sauce

Cook asparagus as above.

For sauce:

1/4 cup butter

1/2 tsp grated lemon rind or orange rind

2 Tbsp lemon juice or orange juice

1/4 cup sliced almonds, lightly toasted

Combine first three ingredients in a saucepan.  Cook over low heat until butter melts; pour warm sauce over cooked asparagus and top with almonds.  

 

Either recipe is sure to having you serving these fresh, delicious asparagus on your table soon.  Happy Monday!

 

White Bean Soup

Quick and easy should be the name of this soup!  We eat soup all during the year, even in the summer months. and this soup is so quick and easy but has lots of flavor.  It is also one you can alter with different flavors.  So have fun with this one.

White Bean Soup

1 (16-ounce) can navy beans, undrained

1 (15.8 ounce) can great northern beans, undrained

1 cup water

2 large carrots, scraped and diced

1/4 cup butter, melted

1 cup chopped cooked ham

1/3 cup chopped green onions

1 bay leaf

Combine beans in a large saucepan; mash slightly with a potato masher or back of a large spoon (this helps thicken up the soup but don’t mash all of them up).  Stir in water, and cook over low heat until thoroughly heated.

Cook carrots in butter in a small skillet over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until tender.  Add carrot, ham, green onions and bay leaf to bean mixture.  cook over low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Discard bay leaf before serving.  Season with salt and pepper to taste, if needed.  

Serve with your favorite cornbread recipe and you have a great quick weeknight supper meal.

I hope you will give it a try!

This pie…..oh, this pie!

I haven’t made this pie in a while.  Why?  Because it is lethal.  I have made a bucket load of these, though.  I have served them at work.  I have served them at Chrysalis (a youth Christian weekend).  I have served them at church pot lucks.  I have had them at home.  And there is never any left.  Yep, that good.  Make it the night before and let it chill and eat it the next day. Or make it that morning and eat it that afternoon or evening.  IF you can wait that long!  Man oh man.

And the best thing, no baking, easy peasy.

4 ingredients.

Did I mention easy peasy?

Make it.

Eat it.

Love it!

 

No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

1 (15 or 18 ounce) package of chocolate chip cookies – your choice of brand – i use chunky chips a-hoy but not the soft batch – you need 26 cookies for this so just look at the back at the serving number to make sure you get a large enough package – I think the regular size works)

1 cup milk

1 (9-ounce) graham cracker crust pie crust – I get the one already prepared and I get the deep dish one or extra serving size

1 (8 ounce) container of frozen whipped topping, thawed – (I like to get the 12 ounce cause I like a smidgen more whipped topping)

Dip 8 cookies in milk, and place in a single layer in graham cracker crust.  Top with one-third of whipped topping, spreading to coat cookies.  Dip 8 more cookies in milk, and place on top; spread with one-third of whipped topping.  Repeat with 8 more cookies dipped in milk, and top with remaining whipped topping.  Crumble 2 chocolate chip cookies (if you haven’t eaten them while making the pie) and sprinkle over pie top.  Cover and chill 8 hours before serving.  

 

See?  I told you it was easy!  And I know you are going to like it.

Pork Dust and Pork Clouds

OK – when I drew, or shall I say, random.org drew the winning numbers for the Pork Clouds and Pork dust bundle, I forgot to take pictures, so you will have to just trust me on this.   I seem to be a little busy getting stuff wrapped up from a Monday night board meeting, and being out Tuesday taking care of some appointments that you just can’t do when you are at work. That means today is catch-up day for me.  

So, without further hesitation, those who will get to try these unique flavors (I just can’t imagine) will be:

Drawn first:   #8 – Tibi – I hope you like these!  I will get yours to you.

Drawn second:  #3 – Theodorerex – I think I know someone who will deliver yours to you for me!

Drawn third:  # 4 – RichardC – I got to know how the Habanero is – so after you taste, leave us a comment.

 

And by the way, you can go to their website, Bacon Heir.com and find a store in your area that is “supposed” to sell these products.   If you live in Montgomery, AL, ours was a store out in Hampstead.   I have not been out there to see if they carry any or all of the flavors or the pork dust but if I am out that way, I will just have to run in and see.

Thanks! And don’t forget to come back and let us know how this stuff was!   Can’t wait to see if hubby likes them.

Pork Rinds and Puerto Rico

Who knew I would have to take a vacation to sunny Puerto Rico to find this little gem of a store right over in Atlanta, Georgia??   Each day hubby picked up the “local” news and happenings around the area of beautiful Puerto Rico (the food in itself is for another writing) and found Bacon Heir being reviewed?   Since he loves pork rinds to munch on (no carbs!) it naturally caught his eyes.  And I naturally thought of a wonderful little giveaway to “taste” these little beauties.   (not me…..you guys!)

Not only do they have three flavors, but they also have “pork dust” – now why didn’t I think of that?  Take this stuff and use it like panko bread crumbs and coat your chicken, pork, and cook away!  use it in a salad for a topping, the possibilities are endless.   I may add some other seasonings to it to “flavor it up a bit”.  You know me and seasonings!

Anyhooooo…   on to a great tasting give-a-way!   Hubby likes me to pick him up some “homemade” ones from the local farmers market and he likes to shake-shake-shake some hot sauce on his. He is getting a big surprise cause I ordered him some of these to try.  

Three winners will also be trying these, too.  

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There are Pork Clouds – Habanero, Pork Clouds, Malabar Black pepper, and Pork Clouds, Rosemary & Sea Salt flavored.  

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AND, you will also get some pork dust (pork rind bread crumbs to use your culinary skills in cooking with them!   

Want to try some?   Leave a comment and let me know what flavor you think you might like the best:   Three winners will be selected Wednesday, August 6th.   

Have a great week while I dream of sunny beaches, beautiful sunsets, and great food and days gone by from my recent vacation in beautiful Puerto Rico!

Bacon Jalapeno Cheddar Dip

Football Season is on the horizon.  I can see it just peeping over the sun!   Do you have your tailgate recipes lined up?   Well, add this one to the batch.   Especially if you like jalapeno poppers. The football crowd will love this served with some Fritos scoops, or whatever you want to serve it with.

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Bacon Jalapeno Cheddar Dip

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1 Tbsp ranch seasoning mix

2-4 jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced (if you like more heat, leave the seeds in a couple of them)

1/2 cup crispy cooked and crumbled bacon (reserve a couple tablespoons to sprinkle on top)

2 cups sour cream

2 Tbsp onion, chopped

1 Tbsp parsley

pinch of salt and pepper

1/2 tsp garlic powder (optional)

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9×9 inch baking dish with cooking spray.  Stir all ingredients together in a bowl (except the reserved couple of tbsp. bacon) and spread evenly in the baking dish.   Sprinkle with remaining bacon.  Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until bubbly and golden brown.  Serve hot with chips or crackers of your choice.

Roll Tide or War Eagle?

The door cuties are waiting to be delivered to their new owners who are…

 

Alabama Elephant…..#3 – Dianne Hann

Auburn Tiger Paw ….  # 1 – Lynnie

 

Congrats!   Hubby and I actually watched the Alabama Texas A&M game last night to get us ready for Football season and we are so ready!    So get your colors on and get ready to cheer your favorite teams on!

 

Football is almost here!

Are you getting excited?  I can’t believe summer is almost over but in reality it is.  But that only means one thing…..football and tailgate food.   The best of both worlds!  

To kick off football season this year,  I found two of the cutest door hangers for you Alabama and Auburn fans.  (sorry, Troy Trojan and Huntingdon Hawks fans like me that have a grandson at each one and this booth had neither!) 

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How cute is this little elephant!    You Alabama fans can hang this on your door and yell Roll Tide all day long!

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And for you Auburn fans, War Eagle!  This little paw print is just the thing you need.   

If you want a chance to win your cute door hanger, just leave a reply with your choice, either Auburn or Alabama – I will do a drawing for all Alabama replies and another drawing for all Auburn replies.  Posting of winners will be Wednesday, July 23rd.   Roll Tide, War Eagle, Go Trojans, and Go Hawks!  (that ought to cover them all).