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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Homemade Queso #foodnflix




Oh boy.

I feel like I could retitle this post: the good, the bad, and the ugly.

The Good: This Queso (ermergerd, get in mah bellay!)
The Bad: The Food ’n Flix Movie this month (so so bad!)
The Ugly: Photo of delicious queso (Geez Louise, what was I thinking?)

Let’s start with the bad.

Ok, so the movie was the 1967 film Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and hosted by Evelyne at CultrEatz.


The premise is that Joanna comes home from vacation having fallen in love at first sight with John.  However, it is controversial since it is an inter-racial relationship…in the 60’s.


Throughout the movie the dads are made out to be the “bad guys” men who preach tolerance but have trouble blessing the engagement and marriage of their children. 

But here’s the thing – throughout the entire movie, neither dad is upset about the inter-racial marriage, both say, over and over again that the kids are going too fast. 

Joanna is young and John lost his first wife and child to a tragic accident not long before.  And they met a week ago and they’re getting married – it’s too fast.  And that’s the actual issue.  Not that she white and he’s African American – no! 

The real problem here is that the met a week ago and plan to get married straight away and demand a blessing from their parents or they’ll be miserable forever!  I mean, how selfish can you be?

Yet the movie is heavy handed and self-congratulatory (especially the mom characters) about the inter-racial relationship.  It was just an awful movie.

And completely cheesy.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Bacon Parmesan Soft Pretzels #foodbloggerlove


Today is kind of a fun one.  It’s #foodbloggerlove, when foodie bloggers from all over take the time to share the love!

As part of the fun, participants have the option to do a blog swap and surprise another blogger by making a recipe from their blog and giving them a shout out!  We can make Valentines inspired recipes or just something amazing!

I was assigned Audrey’s blog, That Recipe.  Audrey and I have a very similar philosophy when it comes to cooking.  Like me, Audrey loves trying new recipes and while many of her recipes use healthy ingredients, there still plenty of delicious breads and desserts!

Don’t forget to connect with Audrey via her amazing social media:


Ready for the recipe?  I chose one that I felt fit the bill of amazing and something I’d make for my sweetie on Valentines.  Because these are bacon crusted bagels! 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Slow Cooker Cuban Ropa Vieja


I’m always up for a new fun challenge, so I joined a brand new one, hosted by Evelyne at CulturEatz called Eat the World.  In this fun club, participants create a dish inspired by the selected country each month.

This month, the country was Cuba!

A couple years ago, I made a few Cuban dishes, Lechón Asado (Cuban-Style Roast Pork), Pan Cubano (Cuban Bread), and Cubano (Cuban Sandwich), so I wanted to try something new.

A quick search showed that Ropa Vieja is a very popular Cuban dish.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Heart Cocoa for Two


Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?

The kids love giving Valentines to their friends and I like to make a special meal for the family and pull out the fine china, just for fun.

This year, a group of blogging friends got us thinking about great recipes for two.

But what to make?  Since Valentines is always a family affair, isn’t really Valentines for 4!

Then, last weekend I kicked the kids outside to play in subzero temps so I could get a paper written, with promises of hot chocolate when they came back in.

And inspiration hit!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Groundhog Day Donuts


It’s Groundhog Day!  I don’t know what, but this one always sneaks up on me.  But it is totally fun.

I mean, predicting weather based off a fat rodent kinda nuts, but any excuse to make some fun snacks, right?

These little groundhogs are ridonkulously easy and the kids absolutely love them! 


Groundhog Day Donuts

Chocolate Mini Donuts
Powdered Sugar Mini Donuts
Teddy Grahams

Place teddy grahams into the donuts (chocolate = mud, powdered sugar = snow).  Serve and enjoy!


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Wreck-It Ralph Recipe Round Up #FoodnFlix


What a fun month!

I got to host this month's Food n' Flix, Wreck-It Ralph and everyone sure brought the creativity!




Before we get started, I have to share Hubs and my Halloween costumes from last year when we were Felix-It Felix and Sargent Calhoun!  So fun!




Camilla from Culinary Adventures with Camilla brought her Cherry Chasing Dot Muncher Libations + Candy Laden Cakes!  She says:
Inspired by Wreck-It Ralph calling PacMan a "cherry-chasing dot muncher" - and the jar of Griottines in the cupboard - I decided to create some perfect New Year's Eve cocktails.


Kimberly from Coffee and Casseroles made Lost and Found Alphabet Soup.  She says:
When Ralph is first out of his game trying to find a metal, he checks the lost and found box at the root beer bar, and finds himself  one single mushroom from Super Mario. So I knew I wanted to do something with mushrooms. Add to this the fact the character of Vanellope builds her first race car from found items. I decided to make  "lost and found alphabet soup."


Evelyn from CulturEatz made two amazing recipes! First, she made Cherry Coke Mentos White Chocolate Fudge.  She says:
 I saw a recipe for Coke jelly and inspiration struck. I made my own cherry Coke jelly cubes and incorporated them into a white chocolate fudge. With the addition of Mentos and cherries of course.

And her second recipe was the Glitch Cocktail!
Now I really wanted to also add a little recipe in honour of Vanellope Von Sschweetz. This misunderstood bad character, a glitch in the game in fact, does turn out to be a hero. 

Sarah from Chef Sarah Elizabeth made a whole Wreck-It Ralph themed menu including Very Vanellope Cookies!  She says:
I love the character Vanellope and the fact that she is a glitch! I know its a “bad thing” in the film, but I am attracted to funky, off the wall, rebel personalities. Instead of making Sugar Rush race cars, I decided to make Very Vanellope Cookies! I took my favorite sugar cookie recipe, cut it into funky shapes, and then we decorated with frosting and candy! 

Kelley from Simply Inspired Meals managed to make a gorgeous healthy Cherry Bomb Smoothie from this candy coated flick! She says:
 I was inspired to create this Cherry Bomb Smoothie based on the race held toward the end of the movie. My kids love video games, and we enjoy playing racing games together, so I loved the “Cherry Bomb” power used during the race where the racers set off cherry bombs from the side of the Royal Raceway track using sparks from their exhaust. 

Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm went the savory route and made Chicken and Mushroom Pie.  She says:
 I took my inspiration from the pies I saw at the beginning of the movie and from the mushrooms running around.  I decided to make a Mushroom Pie.


Debra from Eliot's Eats made a delicious Chocolate-Cherry Dump Cake!  She says:
  • Of course, I pulled the cherries from Ralph’s exit from PacMan and the Bad-Anon meeting.
  • I used a dump cake technique because Ralph lives in a dump.
  • The chocolate brownie came from the fact that he hates chocolate, at least at the beginning.  When he finds himself landing in a puddle of chocolate at the end of the film, he confesses to loving it!

Heather from All Roads Lead to the Kitchen was inspired by Ralph & Vanellope's first meeting making Sweet Mother of Monkey Milk-Shakes with Gold Coins!  She says:
Her exclamation "sweet mother of monkey milk, a gold coin!" immediately made me think...monkeys like bananas...so monkey milk must be banana milk. And what's the best way to use banana milk? Turn it into milkshakes, of course! And as a nod to that elusive gold coin they're both chasing, it had to be garnished with a gold-wrapped milk chocolate coin.

Ali from Fix me a Little Lunch made a delicious Chocolate Quicksand Pudding!  She says:
I love this recipe for chocolate quicksand pudding because it’s about as close to instant as homemade pudding can get.  In other words, in about 10 minutes time, you’ll have pudding ready to chill in the fridge.

Amber from Reviews, Chews, and How-Tos made some super fun Rice Krispie Treats Race Cars! She says:
the thing that really inspired me was when Ralph and Vanellope (the glitch from Sugar Rush) had to go into a bonus round of her game to Build a Race Car! They start out with a car mold and as they go through the levels, frosting and various candies drop all over the car to make a huge mess of a race car.... Vanellope absolutely loves it though! Its hers, she made it!


And I just couldn't decide what to make, so I did a triple header making Sugar Rush Jell-O Shots (stuffed with candy and inspired by the Sugar Rush video game), Ralph's Texas Trash Party Mix (inspired by his home in the dump), and Nutter Butter Sugar Rush Racers!

Be sure to join in next month as Evelyne at CulturEatz hosts Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?
in February!


Friday, January 26, 2018

Small Batch Chocolate Cupcakes #ChocolateCakeDay


You guys.  Dude, my older son, my little kitchen protégé, turned 10 last week!

TEN!!!

How is that even possible?  It seems like just yesterday he was a tiny newborn or a wobbly toddler or a strong-willed preschooler!  Now he’s a little man!  He is kind and intelligent and creative and musical and I just love him!

He actually had his birthday party a few weeks before his actual day because he wanted to go to an indoor water park with his best friend and aligning the schedules of busy 4th graders is surprisingly challenging!

Anyhow, Dude wanted cupcakes for his party…for 5 people (our family + his friend). Oy!

Now it’s no secret that I don’t usually go the scratch cake route – I’m  a big fan of doctoring cake mixes!  But this time, there was just no other way.  I couldn’t justify an entire batch of cupcakes for 5 people.

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