01/31/14

Five Easiest Super Bowl Snacks Ever

Two days away from Super Bowl Sunday……you know that little  annual championship game of the National Football League .

Since 1967, when the first game was played, it frequently has been the most watched American television broadcast of the year.

 

And in addition to the  enjoyment of the game…. and the entertainment of halftime shows….. and the commercials…

Super bowl is really all about the food. Game day is second only to Thanksgiving in food consumption.

 

Although we are usually guests and not the hosts at the Super Bowl party, I take a tray or two of finger food snacks to add to the  party table.

 

I scoured the Food Network, and found easy, peasy Super Bowl snacks and finger food recipes.

 

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Chesapeake Snack Mix

  • Toss 5 cups potato chips,
  • 2 cups each oyster crackers, fish-shaped cheese crackers and pretzel sticks,
  • 1/2 stick melted butter and 1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F, 25 minutes, stirring once.

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Buttery Herbed Nuts Mix

  •  Mix 3 tablespoons melted butter with 1 tablespoon each minced parsley,
  • sage, rosemary and thyme, and 2 teaspoons salt.
  • Toss with 3 cups unsalted mixed nuts.
  • Bake at 325 degrees F, 25 minutes, stirring once.

 

 

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photograph by Sam Kaplan

 

Buffalo Chicken Dip

  • Mix 4 ounces softened cream cheese and 1/2 cup each sour cream and Frank’s RedHot sauce (or 1/4 cup other hot sauce)
  • fold in 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken. Spread in a small baking dish, sprinkle with celery seeds, chopped scallions
  • and shredded cheddar and bake at 425 degrees F until bubbly, about 20 minutes.
  • Top with crumbled blue cheese. Serve with celery and carrot sticks and crackers.

 

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photograph by Victoryred chef.

 

Reeces Squares

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 lb confectioners’ sugar (3 to 3 1/2 cups)
1 1/2 cups peanut butter
1 cup butter, melted
1 (12 ounce) bag milk chocolate chips

 

  • Combine graham crumbs, sugar and peanut butter and mix well.
  • Blend in melted butter until well combined.
  • Press mixture evenly into a 9 x 13 inch pan.
  • Melt chocolate chips in microwave or in double boiler.
  • Spread over peanut butter mixture.
  • Chill until just set and cut into bars (these are very hard to cut if the chocolate gets “rock hard”.

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photo by Boomette

 

Mile High Marshmellow Squares

12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
11 ounces butterscotch chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
16 ounces miniature marshmallows
1 cup dry roasted peanuts

 

Directions

  • In a large microwave safe bowl, melt chips, and peanut butter together for 2 minutes.
  • Stir.
  • Microwave additional 10-20 second interval’s until smooth.
  • Cool for 1 minute.
  • Stir in marshmallows and peanuts.
  • Spread into a foil-lined 9×13 inch baking pan.
  • Refrigerate until firm

 

Thank you food network for these great recipes and photos.

 

Now play ball!

oops wrong sport…. but you know what I mean.

01/30/14

A dream house

 

Savannah Georgia, one of the most beautiful cities in the south, is always a pleasure  to visit.

While strolling downtown, I have often wondered what it would be like to live in one of the mansions

in the historic district.

At the moment, I am not in the market to buy one of these jewels, but maybe one day.

Dream, dream, dream

Like this one overlooking Forsyth Park. This impressive 4 story main house also includes a 3-car garage carriage

house with guest suite.

 

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This 9738 square feet home was built in 1857. It has 5 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms.

All of this for a cool $3,750,000.

 

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Dining for ten ……………and a fireplace

 

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Wow factors …..ceilings and chandeliers.

 

 

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Floor to ceiling windows…. my kind of place.

 

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A charming place for afternoon tea.

 

On the chance that you have found the house of your dreams… and the money to pay for it…

 

the contact for this listing is:

Seabolt Brokers, LLC

24 E. Oglethorpe Ave.
Savannah, GA 31401

01/29/14

Valentines, Fire and Ice

 

Our first snow for 2014 fell this afternoon. What a lovely, romantic sight.

The snow falling, fire in the fireplace and a table setting with a valentine’s theme.

sigh……

It was almost enough to put me in the mood to write

a romantic love story to curl up on the sofa and read.

 

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But I got busy snapping pictures and arranging and rearranging the valentines and dishes.

and alas……. no time left to write the greatest romance novel of the year.

 

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But there is always tomorrow………  wink, wink

 

However I did have time to research the history of Valentine’s Day cards on the internet.

Early valentines were made by hand using colored paper, watercolors and colored inks.

Some of the early valentines were:

 

  • Pinprick valentinesMade by pricking tiny holes in paper with a pin to resemble the look of lace
  • Cutout valentines– Lace-look cards made by folding paper several times and cutting out a lace design with small, sharp scissors
  • Acrostic valentines – Verses in which the first letters in the lines spelled out the beloved’s name
  • Rebus valentines – Verses in which small pictures took the place of some of the words (for example, an eye instead of I)

 

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Although DIY cards are wonderful, I appreciate Joyce Hall and the company she founded in 1910.

HALLMARK.

Hallmark makes the most romantic cards ever….sigh…

When I read one,I fall in love all over again don’t you?

And buying ready made cards  gives me more time to write that romantic love story.

Fire…..Ice……Valentines…… I think I am feeling the inspiration.