Jalapeno Cornbread Poppers

Made some Jalapeno Cornbread Poppers to go along side a nice pot of chilli.  I had some jalapeno in the fridge that I forgot about.  Sliced them in half and removed the seeds.  Added about a spoonful of sour cream, topped it with some cornbread mix that I had made up for cornbread. Pour in just enough cornbread in each pepper to fill them and top off with some cheese. Place in oven until cheese is nice and golden and the cornbread filling has cooked. Serve alone or with a bowl of chilli.

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Put Yo Foot In Store Bought Alfredo Sauce

Sunday Dinner: Salad, Salmon, Mostaccoili w/ Salmon & Shrimp Alfredo Sauce & Garlic Bread

We had a delicious dinner on Sunday.  One thing I’d like to share is how I put my foot in some store bought Alfredo Sauce.

Pour a jar of Alfredo sauce into a saucepan and let simmer until you’re ready to add your salmon and shrimp.  Make sure you add some water in your jar to get all of the Alfredo sauce out. We don’t want to leave any behind. Next I cooked up a batch of shrimp & a small piece of salmon to add more flavor and texture to my sauce.  Spice up your shrimp and salmon however you like. I added butter to my skillet, tossed in the chopped salmon, salt and pepper.  After the salmon was done I tossed in my shrimp (1/2 bag) & crushed cayenne pepper.

Once that was done I added my salmon & shrimp including all those delicious flavors it was sauteed in, into my Alfredo sauce.  Add another tbs of butter and allow to simmer for another 10 minutes. Pour over pasta when serving and enjoy.

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One seasoning I hate to run out of.

I’ve been sitting thinking, what seasonings do I hate to run out of? The only one that comes to mind is Lemon pepper.  That’s it!  Couple months ago I was on the verge of running out.  I couldn’t find lemon pepper anywhere! Nowhere!  Let’s just say, I ran out.  I was lost without it. 

A grocery store in our area sold it in bulk containers and I never had an issue with running out.  That store went out of business and I’ve yet to find it in a bulk container again. 

What ingredient/s would you hate to run out of?

Playing with bread crumbs

Last week I finally had a chance to play with some Panko bread crumbs I had in the cabinet. 

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The photo above is fried catfish. I mixed this batch of panko bread crumbs with cornmeal.  Earlier in the week I baked some chicken strips.  Wasn’t as pleased with the way they came out.  Gonna have to practice that technique a little more. 

Did you play with any new ingredients in the kitchen last week?

Date Night at Coopers Hawk Winery & Restaurants

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Hubby and I took a date night the beginning of the week.  Much needed and well overdue.  For the past couple years we’ve been trying our best to frequent restaurants in our area.  Most of the time when we go out, by the time we’re on our way home… we’re tired. LOL It’s a relief to not have far to travel.

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Besides cleanliness of the restaurant and all those esthetic details, having a awesome waitress impresses me most.  She bought out some warm pretzel bread ;)

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Our glasses of Chardonnay.  I’m not a wine drinker and clueless when it comes to wine pairing,  but the menu had suggested wine pairing next to the meal of your choice.

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I chose the White fish. Tasty!!!  I’ve heard of White fish and it was one suggested for my fishscapade, but never tried it until then.

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Hubby had Crab Cakes and some kind of past. Delish!!!!!

Dessert hubby had Cooper Hawk’s Chocolate Cake and I had Creme Brulee.

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The meal was delicious and dessert was a treat.  I’m a sucka for cute nick naks so, on the way out I took some pics of the items in their store and picked up a treat for myself.

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This is what I brought. A wine bottle stopper that says, “Mommy’s Sippy Cup”

We had a great time at Cooper Hawks Winery & Restaurant. The food was awesome and the service was great too.  We want to go back for their wine tasting sessions.

Have you and your significant other been on a date lately?  If so, where and did you enjoy the meal and service?

In search of new kitchen rugs

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With the organizing of my kitchen, led to some additional unexpected projects.  Which includes a new back-splash, painting kitchen, painting the kitchen island & now I’m in search of new kitchen rugs.  Three rugs to be exact and they must all match and preferably 2 different sizes.  I need one for in front of the fridge, in front of the sink and one in front of the stove.

So, every store I visit I’ve been taking a look at their rugs.  Another must for my new rugs… they must be washable.  You know how much goes on in the kitchen, spills, grease and messes.  That means although I want quality I can’t go for bulky.

Hopefully I’ll find some soon and can’t wait to share what I’ve come up with.  Have you shopped for new rugs lately and if so, what did you find?

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Spiked Kool-Aid – Even your kids can drink it

imageI don’t think there are many of us that haven’t had Kool-Aid.  Although it’s one of my kids favorites, I don’t make it very often, but when I do… I spike it.  With a can of Pineapple Chunks.  Yep. An entire can.  Add your packs of Kool-Aid mix, sugar and open a can of Pineapple Chunks and pour it right in.

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Last, add your water and place in the fridge for a few hours before serving.  Do you like to spice your Kool-Aid?

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Kitchen Organization: Wooden Chalkboard Labels

I’ve been a Labeling Queen ever since I brought a label-er a couple weeks ago.  Where had it been all my life?!  Long story short… I wanted to put chalkboard labels on all of my canister, containers and boxes.  After having a hard time finding chalkboard paper and the Martha Stewart chalkboard labels being a bit pricey to me, I went with different labels.

However, the baskets that I have in the kitchen I wanted to add some flare, cuteness…..  So, the other day I went on the hunt for some wooden plaques that I could paint with chalkboard paint and I found them at Hobby Lobby for .79 cent.  I picked up a few of them and some chalkboard paint from Wal-Mart.

Tools for Wooden Chalkboard Plaque Labels

Chalkboard paint

In order to punch the holes in the plaque for twine, ribbon or whatever you want to use to attach them to the baskets, I used my Crop-A-Dile hole punch.

The directions say to apply paint and let dry a hour and apply again.  Then, let dry for 24 hours.

chalkboard plaque 5(I did more than 2 coats and the picture above is before I painted the edges.)

After it has dried 24 hours I cured the boards by laying the chalk sideways and covering the entire surface using the chalk.

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(The image above is of a chalkboard that I had to redo.  This is what it should look like when you cure it.)

After you have cured it you wipe it off with mild soap and water and your chalkboard surface is ready to use.

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And there you have it!  My Wooden Chalkboard Labels.  They can be used in any room in the house and on anything your heart desires ;)

 

Barbeque Pulled Roast Sandwich

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There’s nothing like cooking with my crock pot. There are times when I have something cooking and forget it’s cooking. That’s when I ask, ” who’s cooking something? ” Then, I realize….. I’m the one cooking. LOL

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Yesterday I threw a round roast in the pot along with some onion, garlic, celery, lemon pepper,and cooked it for about 6 hours. I let it cool and put it in the fridge for today’s dinner. Today, I pulled the roast apart, placed it in a pot. Not before I made sure to add all those voluptuous juices left inside the container. We can’t forget that ;) I added a couple cups of Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue sauce (1/2 – 1 cup of water) and let it simmer for a hour. This is what I call a man’s meal, but we can reap the rewards too ;)