July 31, 2014

Do you Instagram? Amazon Gift Card #Giveaway

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This week some of my great blogging friends got together and decided to do another giveaway for you!  One of our lucky readers will win a $120 Amazon Gift Card.  We just ask that you do one thing and that is come join us on Instagram!

Do you Instagram?  I do!  I love to instgram about things I love and get personal :)  See some of my recent posts below!  You may catch a glimps of Grumpy, myself, our kitties, and events that are happening in our life that I may not post about here on the blog.  No matter what the case, I love Instagram and I hope you do!  If you don't Instagram, then I hope you will join!
  

12 of my amazing Food Blogger friends got together to bring this giveaway to you because we want you to follow us on Instagram!

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July 29, 2014

Ham and Swiss Sliders

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I have seen Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sliders all over pinterest. Everytime I would see them I would drool! They looked so delicious. I really wanted to try them but knew Grumpy would not go for it. He's picky like that if you haven't figured that one out yet! So, I found a way to make them, and make them with a healthier (for me) slider roll. That is how these Ham and Swiss Sliders ~ single serving size, came about.
Ham and Swiss Sliders #cookingforone #ham #swiss #appetizer
As usual, I made these my way and they are inspired by all those yummy photos I see on pinterest.  I would definitely say these are a perfect party food.  I baked mine in the oven but I bet you could also cook them on low on the grill if you were in the mood to not heat up your house!

Ham and Swiss Sliders #cookingforone #ham #swiss #appetizer
I am thinking there are several variations of this that could be made.  Such as Rueben, Philly Cheese, Turkey & Swiss, Roast Beef and Provolone...I could go on and on.  The best part of this sandwich was I was able to have it in single serving size without having to make dozens of them! I dislike having too many leftovers and I really dislike having to throw food out.  Now I can enjoy these anytime I want, they will be fresh, and I won't have to worry about waste!  Perfect :)

**Note, while I use Splenda Brown Sugar Blend you can always substitue regular brown sugar or omit it all together.  I opted to use whole wheat slider rolls as a healthier choice of bread.


Ham and Swiss Sliders

Ham and Swiss Sliders

Ingredients

  • 2 whole wheat slider rolls
  • 3 slices virginia ham
  • 2 ounces thinly sliced swiss cheese
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon stone ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon worstershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon splenda brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, stir together melted butter, mustard, worstershire sauce, splenda brown sugar, and poppy seeds. Set aside.
  2. Place the bottom half of two whole wheat slider rolls in the bottom of a small baking casserole. Evenly distribute ham and swiss cheese over bottom of roll. Place top half of roll over ham and cheese mixture. Drizzle mustard topping over bun tops and bake just until cheese begins to melt and become bubbly (about 10-15 minutes)
Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 05 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.
Total time: 20 mins.
Tags: appetizer, ham, swiss, cheese, mustard, poppy seed, sandwich, snack


July 28, 2014

The GHB Blog Tour

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A few weeks ago I was asked by my longtime blogging friend Sherri Jo at The Adventures of Kitchen Girl if I would be willing to particpate in a blog tour.  Sherri Jo and I go back.  We go back. Way back to 2008, when she first started blogging.  I'm not quite sure how we found each other, but one of the first comments I left her was in response to one she had left me on my own blog.  When I went in search of a comment, it took me to her amazing brownie post.  I had a wicked brownie weakness back then and that brownie below (photo belongs to Sherri Jo) drew me right in to continue reading her blog.
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Sherri Jo and I have one major thing in common.  Our love for our children.  We both started our blogs for them.  Of course, we also have our love of food, recipe creation and feeding other people in common also!  One thing I found out about Sherri Jo recently that I did not know is that we are complete opposites when it comes to hight.  Let me just say, I am much, much shorter than she is!  Be sure to check out Sherri Jo's Blog Tour to see who else she featured.  Thanks for including me SJ!

Another friend who featured me on her blog tour is a newer friend.  Marion, from Our Live Tastes Good and I became fast friends after we met as part of the Allrecipes.com Allstar Program.  Marion is someone who has taught me so much about social media.  :)  Marion is my pinterest guru.  She makes amazing food, has gorgeous photos, and is one busy lady.  Just check out this photo of her Beef Short Rib Sandwich.  I'm not much of a sandwich person, but that photo makes me want to eat one!  I'm definitely going to try this particular recipe of Marion's out very soon. 
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I don't know how Marion does it all.  Well, maybe I do.  I know she keeps organized with her calendar for blogging.  I recently followed her suit and hopefully will be much more organized and have things much more together from this point on because of her!  Be sure to also check out Marion's Blog Tour to see the other friends she featured.

I feel like I'm writing a book today ;)  I have one more blogging friend who is featuring me on her blog tour today and I can't post my tour without mentioning her!  Pam who writes Living Ranch Deluxe.  I absolutely love Pam.  I love seeing the beautiful photos of the views surrounding her home.  I also love her dog Olive and of course, Pam isn't complete without Bill and her daughter.  Just like I'm not complete without Grumpy :)   Pam has been in a circle of common friends for a long time.  I love the clean crisp look of her blog along with the amazing and delicious recipes she creates!  Her Loaded Chicken Sandwich is on my Must Make Soon! Pinterest board.  The photo gets me drooling everytime I see it!  Be sure to check out her Blog tour to see who else she featured today!


Now on with the tour and answer a few questions about me!

  1. What am I working on?  In reference to my blog, I am working on getting my ideas to my son Justin who is my personal computer programming guru.  Justin and I are slowly putting together my new blog platform.  I also am working on trying to monetize my blog a little more.  After all, if I am going to try, review, and create recipes, then I may as well be involved in things that will help me make some money on it.  After all, I spend quite a bit of time putting things together here.  My entire reason behind creating this blog was to keep and record recipes for my children and potential grandchildren.  I love knowing that my son's can come to my blog to find things they themselves may want to make and one day, when I am not here, hopefully keep it going and share it with their offspring.  
  2. How does my work differ from others in it's genre?  I really do have a variety of things that I love.  I don't blog about just healthy, kid friendly, or extravagent and rich foods.  I blog a little about all things.  After all, this blog is about who I love, what I love, and what I love to do.  I will blog about events, happy or sad.  I share what I want my children to remember and know.  Everything I put here is something important to me or it wouldn't be here.  If I never become rich and famous (and I have no high hope nor really care if I do), it will not matter to me as long as there is a piece of me behind for Justin and Christopher to carry on.
  3. Why do I write what I do?  Well, because I want to.  That's why.  lol.  I'm my own person and I will only put here what I want.  If I don't agree, I will say so but most likely I won't put it here either.  If I put something here, sponsored or not, it is because I want it here and already know I would endorse it no matter what.  I also feel that writing here is an outlet for me.  I love to take photos, always have.  However this blog has inspired me to become a better phototgrapher - and not just with food, as you can see from several of my Sunday posts that don't involve food!
  4. How does my writing process work?  It doesn't.  It is just there.  I write what I think.  If I don't have anything to say, I really don't write.  However, me not having something to say is something that rarely happens.  :)  I may be inspired to write about certain events, friends, feelings.  I will never forget my post called "The Great Toothbrush Debate".  That post came from just one morning, walking into the bathroom, and finding a note on the mirror from Grumpy.  Yeah.  That is all I will tell you about that one.  If you want to know more, then be sure to follow the title link.  It may make you chuckle a little.  I know it drew a lot of attention and tons of comments and suggestions!  
My Featured Bloggers:  Please do go check them out and see for yourself why I love to read their posts!

Heidy, from The McCallum Shamrock Patch. I love Heidy's passion. I met Heidy not too long ago, Her photos are great and her taste in food is pretty similar to my own. I can tell you that we both love shrimp! :) I look forward to knowing more about Heidy in the future through her blog!

Renee, from Renee's Kitchen Adventures. I met Renee through the Allrecipes Allstar Program also. Renee is a girl totally after my own heart. I love her posts, I love how she includes her nutrition information faithfully and she is an amazing photographer! I actually met Renee in person over our vacation this last May. I wish we had more time to spend together, maybe some day soon!

Penny, from Baking Nana's Kitchen. Penny is yet another blogger friend I met through the Allrecipes Allstar Program. Penny is an excellent cook and gives great instruction and tips in her posts.

July 25, 2014

Low-Carb Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

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When I think of blueberries, I think of Justin.  My oldest son loved blueberries when he was a little one.  He takes after his mom in that field!  I could have sat and eaten the whole container of bluegerries, but since I wanted to make a treat with them, I refrained :)  These Low Carb Blueberry Cheesecake Bars were worth the restraint!
Low Carb Blueberry Cheesecake Bars #blueberry #cheesecake #lowcarb
I found this particular recipe on Diabetic Living.  I've been perusing their website a lot lately because I really wanted to stick to a lower carb diet and they have some great recipes.   I subscribe to their magazine on my Nook and I absolutely love being able to carry all my favorite magazines and books around on that handly little device.  I think it was about the best thing ever invented.  :).
Low Carb Blueberry Cheesecake Bars #blueberry #cheesecake #lowcarb
I know sometimes it seems like I bake a lot, but believe me, when I do bake, I don't normally keep the entire batch of goodies here at home for us.  In reality, I don't bake anywhere near as much as I used to.  I seemed to have lost some energy or else I just have a much more demanding day job!  I tend to probably think its a mix of the two.  Sometimes when I bake, I do stupid things, like put what I want to take to work in the fridge in our garage.  Then forget for a week straight to grab it before I go into the office.  I did that with my Blackberry Cupcakes.  It was sad having to toss those beauties out.  However, while these bars made it in our garage fridge, they did not get thrown out.  They did take us a week to get through and Grumpy probably did most of the eating.  The garage fridge is definitely a good method of making ME forget there is yummy food lying around!
Low Carb Blueberry Cheesecake Bars #blueberry #cheesecake #lowcarb
I was entirely impressed that a good portion of the crust of this recipe had nut meal in it.  I never would have thought of using nut meal in the crust as a substitue for some of the graham carkers.  I loved it.  I also went with the SPLENDA® rather than sugar so I could lower the carb count more.  


Low Carb Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

Published 07/25/2014
Low Carb Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup finely crushed graham crackers
  • 1/2 cup gluten free flour
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup pecan meal
  • 1/4 cup Splenda
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon brandy
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13x9 inch baking pan ith cooking spray.
  2. Stir together graham crackers, pecan meal, and splenda. Melt butter in small saucepan and cook until just browned. Stir buter into pecan meal mixture until just combined. Press into bottom of prepared baking pan. Bake 10 minutes.
  3. While the crust is baking, in a medium sized mixing bowl, beat cream cheese with 1/2 cup splenda until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add brandy and vanilla and mix until combined.
  4. Pour batter over crust and spread with a spoon to distribute evenly. Sprinkle with blueberries. Bake 20-25 minutes or until center is set. Cool in pan
  5. Cover and chill up to 3 hours. Cut into bars. Store in covered container in the refrigerator.
Yield: 32 bars
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 20 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 25 mins.
Total time: 45 mins.

Nutrition


  • Totalcarbs: 7

Tags: blueberry, low carb, sugar free, diabetic recipe

July 20, 2014

Sunday with the Grumpy's 7.21.14

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Where do I start? I thought for certain I would have no post yet again this Sunday. I had no luck with photos this week. Then, I realized, the photos on my phone weren't bad at all so your getting a Sunday with the Grumpy's post after all!

I guess I'll start at the weeks end.  Thursday was not a good day for Grumpy.  He was having one of those bad unemployment moments.  Friday, when I left for work, I had already decided I was going to do something to try and help him get out of the bad vibe.  I decided we were due for a date night.  Last minute plans, I took him to Grappa 72 over on Central Avenue in Albany.  It was a beautiful night and we sat outside for our meal.  That was probably the best part of that visit.  I was so anxious to take him there because I had gone there with my friend Jill for lunch and was blown away at how good our meal was.  Dinner was not as mind blowing.  I probably won't be going back.
Part 2 of our date, Grumpy was of the mind I might actually be taking him to a strip club.  ha ha.  Nope.  I took him someplace better.  I took him to visit our best friends in town, the Bullards.  Lilly was very happy to see Grumpy.  I think Brian was sulking in the background.  ;)
Jill and Me.  I love this lady and she is the best neighbor we have ever had.  She is also the caretaker of our pets when we travel.  I couldn't ask to have found a better friend when we moved here.  Jill and Brian's family have become our family away from home.  This was a much needed night of friends hanging out.
At the fire pit
With good wine.
And the best friends a couple could ask for.  That visit really brought Grumpy out of the dumps.
Saturday morning breakfast.  Very thin Pepperidge Farm wheat bread, swiss cheese, tomato - broiled.  One of my favorites.  Low carb, high protien and yummy :)
Saturday morning texting with Christopher brought about mention of the recent Allrecipes.com magazine that we both get.  I took a photo of mine to share with him to see if we were talking about the same magazine.  This is a boy after my own heart.  :)  He has a special friend visiting him this weekend and then not long after, he will be moving back this way for a few months before he makes his final move to Florida.  I miss that boy and can't wait to get some hugs.  
Its been a while since I shared some morning cuddles with my cuddle bug Rudy.  He is the most loveable affectionate cat and I am so happy he is mine.  ALL mine.  Hear that Grumpy?  ;)  

Until next time....
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