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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!


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