Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Recipes: Olive Cheese Bread - Revised

Spent Memorial Day (and most of June) with Michael and his parents in Washington. His parents always have a large cookout for the holiday. My plane landed in the AM the day prior. Their housekeeper/cook was making potato salad. She made 4 monster trays for 50-60. Dad purchased the meats, etc. and had orchard apple & blueberry pies delivered. I managed to get coffee and juice in, then went grocery shopping with Michael's mom for the steaks, ice cream and I wanted to make appetizers. Okay, steaks were limited, so try other stores or a change in plan. Since chicken, burgers and hot dogs were already on the menu. I suggested pork. Grabbed garlic powder and Season-All salt for it. We got everything put away. I don't know how Adele managed lunch, too.

The rental company showed up with tent, tables, chairs. I finally crashed...napping for a couple hours. Unpacked and offered to help Adele. She's amazing! Okay, I broke my golden rule 'Holidays are not the time to try new recipes'. I made 6 French bread loaves of Olive Cheese Bread (The Pioneer Woman Cooks, Ree Drummond) and Chipotle Lime Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp. Stepping back into my comfort zone, I made Michael's favorite...Brown Sugar Smokies. Finally, went to bed around 2:30 or 3.

Morning came too early! Blurry eyed, Adele and I shucked corn. The guys stocked the coolers with soda, beer and extra ice and manned the grills. Give guys fire and they think scorching meat is cooking. 'Uncle' Anthony (Michael's godfather and Dad's golf buddy) did burgers and hot dogs. Dad held down two grills with barbecued chicken. ::teases:: Vic, Jr. isn't allowed near open flames. Dad and Michael are sincere, serious and workaholics. His older brother is...the opposite. Michael unhappily cooked seasoned pork. When I brought him a beer, all I got was "No steaks?" with a look like I just drown a litter of puppies or something. Appetizers went fast. I realized later, my three favorite men...didn't get a nibble.

The day turned out beautiful. Cool and cloudy, but the rain held off. Mom was beaming. Everyone enjoyed the party...myself, included. Later, I stepped back alone, with a silent prayer about for how fortunate I am and what this day was truly about. I got a little teary. Michael held me and kissed my forehead. He knows me so well. The day was simply lovely.

A few days after, decided to make the Olive Cheese Bread (I tasted it, while cutting it into slices on Memorial Day and I found it too salty.) and changed the recipe somewhat. Still salty, but better. If I were to make it again, might allow the green olives to soak in water, rinse then drain them.

Recipe - Olive Cheese Bread - Revised
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Olive Cheese Bread - Revised

1 loaf French bread
(just under) 1/2 cup pimiento-stuffed green olives
1 (6 oz.) can black olives
2 stalks green onions (scallions)
1 stick butter, room temperature
1/2 + 1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 (8 oz. packages) = 4 cups Monterey Jack grated cheese

Roughly chop both black olives and pimiento-stuffed green olives. Slice green onions into thin pieces. Combine butter, mayonnaise, 3 cups cheese, olives and green onions in a mixing bowl. Stir together until thoroughly combined. Spread mixture onto French bread that has been sliced lengthwise. Top with remaining 1 cup cheese. Bake at 325ºF for 25 to 28 minutes or until cheese is melted and browning.

Recipes: Brown Sugar Smokies

Recipe - Brown Sugar Smokies
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Yes, this batch was made with tiny hot dogs. No one knew the difference, tastewise. I didn't like cleaning the baking sheet. Check out my note.

Brown Sugar Smokies

1 (16 ounce) package Lil' Smokies or other cocktail sausages
1 pound bacon
1 to 1 1/2 cups brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350°. Cut bacon into thirds and wrap one strip around each sausage. Secure the wrapped sausage with a toothpick. Roll each piece in brown sugar until coated. Arrange them on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 20 to 30 minutes, until bacon is crisp and the brown sugar melted.

note: Use uncooked tiny hot dogs at your own risk...liquid releases as the hot dogs cook, pooling the melted brown sugar into it.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Kit: Ocean Postcards tagger size

Kit: Ocean Postcards tagger size
Contents in PNG format (desktop wallpapers JPG format):
(not all items shown in preview)

1 alpha - uppercase, lowercase, numbers & punctuation (my drop shadow instructions are included)
7 animated wordart (tiny twinkling constellation stars animation)
1 beach picture board slats (with and without drop shadow)
1 bottlecap wordart
3 bows
2 bow charm pins
1 charm double hearts
8 flowers
6 frames
1 heart wordart
4 journaling mats
10 papers
3 postcards
12 ribbons
1 ribbon buckle (also, buckle with a ribbon through it)
2 seashells
1 star island
2 stardust
6 tags
1 tile
1 venetian lace white
1 desktop wallpaper (1024x768) August 2010 (also, size 800x600)
1 desktop wallpaper (1024x768) August 2011 (also, size 800x600)
6 wordart (with and without drop shadow)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Kit: Ocean Postcards (add on)

Kit: Ocean Postcards (add on)
You may download this freebie HERE

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Alpha: Floral 04 tagger size

Alpha: Floral 04 tagger size
Contents in PNG format:

1 alpha - uppercase (with floral accent), lowercase, punctuation & numbers

Alpha: Floral 03 tagger size

Alpha: Floral 03 tagger size
Contents in PNG format:

1 alpha - uppercase (with floral accent), lowercase, punctuation & numbers


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