I made it!

Today is my last day in the office……man, i have been in this building 33 years + and I am not sure if my car will be able to go in another direction!   It won’t for a while as I plan on enjoying the spoils of being home.   Hubby needs me and Ollie needs me.  i will enjoy waking up and not dressing to come to work.  I will enjoy having my morning java with the boys.  And I will enjoy not leaving in the middle of a Hallmark movie!  Priorities, you know.

And I can enjoy the holidays, while on my last days of vacation before my “official” first day of actual retirement (January 1, 1015) and know I won’t be coming back to the office except to do a quick report for my replacement.  So…….. I actually cooked my way to retirement!!!  And I can’t thank you all enough for following me all the way to the end of a life long career!

I had planned on ending my blog at the end of the two years, but I have had so much fun with this that I must keep on keeping on!   So, with goal met, let’s ring in the new year together!

And this little appetizer will be one that will be found on our Christmas table.  I know one granddaughter who loves bacon that will devour these!  Since we all will be enjoying the Reason for the Season, I am sure you will see that the posting will be slim through the Christmas season.  I pray each of you will have a safe and happy Christmas!  Merry Christmas, y’all!

Bacon Cheese Straws

1 pound bacon

1 – 8 oz. – pkg cream cheese, softened

1 1/4 cups mozzarrella cheese, shredded

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp black pepper

1 egg

1 tsp milk

1 pkg frozen puff pastry, thawed according to the directions

flour for rolling

Cook bacon until crisp.  Cool and crumble.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a bowl, combine crumbled bacon, cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan chese, garlic powder and black pepper.  Using a fork, mix well.

Lightly sprinkle flour on the counter top and lay the puff pastry sheets out and roll to about 1/16 inch thick (I dare you to measure – ha).  Spread cheese mixture over half of the puff pastry.  Fold the other side over the cheese mixture.  using a rolling pin to roll the two sides together, so the cheese mixture is incorporated with the puff pastry.  Using a sharp knife or a pizza cutter cut into 1/2 inch strips.  Twist, pressing the ends together and lay on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

In a bowl mix together egg and milk.  Brush over each twist.  Freeze for 1 hour before baking (and don’t skip as it helps them stay twisted while baking).  Bake for 13 to 16 minutes until light golden brown.  Cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Again, thank you all for following, and have a Very Safe and Happy Merry Christmas!


6 responses

  1. Love you so much, Tella! And I’ve missed seeing you and chatting with you every morning since I moved my office across the street. Thanks goodness for Facebook! I look forward to seeing photos of all the places you’ll visit and all the fun things you and your family will be doing now that you’re retired! You’re a classy act, lady! Enjoy retirement…now go get your groove on! 🙂

  2. It’s a sad day for MASA…we sure do hate to see you go, but I wish you health and happiness in this new adventure and may God bless you and yours. 🙂

  3. round two for your blog begins! I expect to see some quilting things now and then join your cooking 🙂 you will love being retired I think as long as you stay busy – and have things to do so you won’t be bored. I really think you are ready for it and will stay busy and not be bored – it is so nice to wake up in the morning and know you do not have to punch a time clock!

  4. Im so happy you are going to continue your blog! You are a woman with many talents and inspire me in so many ways! I hope you enjoy your time off and travels. I cant wait to show you my next dress i make…. Hopefully it looks good :). I can not Thank you enough for everything you have done over the years. Enjoy your time off!!

  5. CONGRATULATIONS!! You will love retirement. We have got to get together now that we are both retired. I think I’m busier now than when I was working and I’m sure you will be too I got my beautiful pot yesterday. Thank you so much. I love it. Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:14:53 +0000 To: bettybozeman@hotmail.com

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