Saturday, October 30, 2010

Chex Mix - MyGetTogether

I was recently selected by Pssst to host a Chex Mix MyGetTogether. Pssst is run by General Mills.  Members to Pssst get to give feedback on various General Mills products, coupons and the opportunity for free samples.   Membership is free, so go ahead and sign up!

I took the Chex Mix to the Auburn/LSU tailgate and it was a hit!  Pssst sent me three different flavors of Chex Mix.  Original, Honey Nut and Turtle.  Turtle was the crowd favorite.  Most people, including me, had never heard of it.  It was really good!  I also received these cute football plates and the awesome Chex Mix bowl!

Daddy Rooster & Mama Hen

Plain Chicken & Chicken Legs

If you are ever in town for the game - stop by and say "Hey!" 

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Pizza Puffs - Football Friday

Sausage & Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

It's that time again - it's Football Friday!!!  This has been a great football season so far.  My team is doing good and our tailgates have been incredible - lots of family and friends (old & new)!

A few weeks ago I shared one of my new favorite recipes, Sausage Cheese Puffs.  I absolutely love them- they are so easy to make and a real crowd pleaser.  As I was stuffing my face eating the Sausage Puffs, I thought that they would be good with some pepperoni added and dipped in pizza sauce.  I doctored up the original recipe and came up with these Pizza Puffs.  They were great!  We had them for lunch, and I had enough leftover to eat for dinner another night.  Like the Sausage Cheese Puffs, the pizza puffs freeze well.  Make a double batch - these don't last long!  Enjoy!

Sausage & Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

Sausage & Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

Ro*Tel Queso Winner

We have a winner!! 
#33 - Kimberly Dixon!!

Kimberly - send me an email ( with your address and I will have Rotel get your prize pack out! (Hope you live nearby so I can eat some of that queso)


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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Breadstick Bones

Breadstick Bones - refrigerated bread sticks shaped into bones - great for Halloween - top with garlic butter for a fun side for pasta.

This is my final Halloween recipe for the week - Breadstick Bones! We had these with the spaghetti I posted yesterday. They were SO simple to make and are very festive for this time of year.  I used garlic bread stick dough and brushed them with some Parmesan and melted butter.  They were down right frightful!

Breadstick Bones - refrigerated bread sticks shaped into bones - great for Halloween - top with garlic butter for a fun side for pasta.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Simply Suppers - Mama's Spaghetti

Simply Suppers - Mama's Spaghetti

This recipe is from Simply Suppers, the new cookbook by Jennifer Chandler. I follow Jennifer on twitter (@cookwjennifer) and a few weeks ago she asked if I would be interested in receiving a copy of her book and doing a review on the blog.  I told her that I would absolutely love a copy of her new book! 

I received a copy from her publisher and immediately started thumbing through it.  Normally I find one or two recipes that I want to try from a cookbook, but I found over 20 (at least) recipes that I want to try.  I could make dinner from this cookbook every weeknight for a month!  All the recipes are very straight forward and easy to make with ingredients you probably already have on hand.  My favorite thing about the book is that there is a photograph of every recipe.  I love to see what my meal is going to look like. 

After much deliberation, I finally decided on Mama's Spaghetti as the first meal to try.  I love spaghetti but I haven't found "the recipe" yet.  Well, I think this is it!  Chicken Legs is not a spaghetti fan and loved this recipe.  The sauce isn't runny like some spaghetti sauces tend to be.  It was the perfect meat sauce.  It smelled wonderful and didn't take any time to make.  I believe this will be our "go to" recipe from this point forward. 

I have SO many recipes that I want to try in the near future.  I already have the Chili con Carne, Cheeseburge Pie, Croque Monsieur and Buttermilk Pie on my menu!  There are really too many recipes to name.  This might turn out to be one of my favorite cookbooks!  Add this cookbook to your Christmas Wish List!

Simply Suppers - Mama's Spaghetti

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Monster Munch

Monster Munch Halloween Mix - popcorn, candy corn, peanuts, Reeses pieces and almond bark - this stuff is crazy good! EVERYONE loves it! It is a great treat for the classroom, neighbors and friends. I have a hard time sharing it! :)

Monster Munch, Halloween Popcorn Bark, CRACK! Call it whatever you want - this stuff is crazy good!!!  This is sweet & salty to the max!  Needless to say, everyone loved this stuff.  I had to share this with co-workers and family so I didn't eat it all by myself.  Make sure you add this to your Halloween party or treats this weekend!  It makes a ton - so give some away (if you can tear yourself away from it) and make some new friends!

Monster Munch Halloween Mix - popcorn, candy corn, peanuts, Reeses pieces and almond bark - this stuff is crazy good! EVERYONE loves it! It is a great treat for the classroom, neighbors and friends. I have a hard time sharing it! :)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Meow Monday


Jack (trying to escape from the porch)


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Friday, October 22, 2010

Bacon Cheeseburger Pinwheels - Football Friday

Bacon Cheeseburger Pinwheels

It's Football Friday! This is a HUGE weekend in college football.  I am packed and ready to head down to the game bright and early tomorrow morning! 

Burgers are great tailgating food, but sometimes it isn't convienent to grill burgers.    Maybe you don't have a grill to tote to the parking lot, or you just don't want to deal with the hassle of it all.  We've grilled burgers twice this year, and it is a lot of work.  This recipe will satisfy your burger craving without the grill.  Simply mix up the hamburger meat, roll it up in some refrigerated pizza dough and bake.  Couldn't be simpler or tastier!!

Bacon Cheeseburger Pinwheels

Thursday, October 21, 2010

BBQ Pork Loin

BBQ Pork Loin - only 3 ingredients

Crock-pot meals are some of my favorite weeknight meals.  They are quick, easy and ready when I get home from work.  This recipe is no exception.  It requires minimal prep work (browning the pork) and makes a great dinner.  I served the BBQ pork with our favorite Cheesy Potato Casserole.  I think some cheesy grits would be good too.  This makes a lot of pork, but luckily it is good reheated the next day.  Try it on a sandwich bun for lunch!

BBQ Pork Loin - only 3 ingredients

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Mexican Casserole

Mexican Casserole

I am always on the lookout for a great Mexican dish to make at home.  I usually make enchillidas, so I was interested in making this casserole to change up our usual Mexican night. 

This casserole reminded me a lot of King Ranch Chicken but with ground beef.  This was quick and easy to put together.  I cooked my ground beef the night before and just mixed everything up when I got home from work.  This is a very hearty and filling dish.  It is also great reheated the next day.  I think this would be a great dish to serve at a potluck dinner or even a tailgate party. 

Mexican Casserole

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Spiderweb Brownies

Spiderweb Brownies

This idea was inspired from the King Arthur Flour catalog.  Isn't it adorable?!  King Arthur's recipe said to make the brownies and cream filled cookies from scratch.  While I would love to do that, I wanted a quick and easy Halloween dessert.  I immediately thought of Oreo Cakester for the spiders! They were perfect!!  I loved how the spiders turned out.  I think they totally made the brownie treat.  These were really fun to make.  I gave them to a co-worker to take home to her boys.  They loved them!
Spiderweb Brownies

Spiderweb Brownies

Monday, October 18, 2010

Friday, October 15, 2010

Rotel Queso & A Giveaway

Few things scream "football food" like Rotel Dip.  It has been staple at our house during football season for as long as I can remember.  I absolutely love the warm spicy cheesy goodness!  Be warned, this queso is highly addictive.  I can make a meal out of it on a Saturday.  You can jazz the queso up with some hamburger or sausage, but it is hard to beat the original with just Velveeta & Rotel.

Rotel has been kind enough to offer my readers a HUGE Prize Package.  Queso for 100, Goodies from FansEdge AND a $50 grocery card!

How do you win??

Go to the Rotel site (here) and enter the Feed Their Game Face Sweepstakes.  The grand prize is a a years worth of groceries and a trip to any college game in 2011 (tickets, flight and lodging).  Come back to this post and leave a comment that you entered.  It's that simple! 

Want bonus entries?

1. Become a follower of my blog (over on the right hand side) and leave a comment that you are following me.  If you are already a follower - leave a comment that you are already following.

2. Tweet about the giveaway!  Come back and tell me you tweeted and leave your twitter id. 
Sample tweet:  I just entered @plainchicken Rotel Queso Giveaway

Leave a separate comment for each entry.

That gives you up to 3 chances to win the prize pack of Queso for 100, Goodies from FansEdge AND a $50 grocery card.

You have until Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 5:00pm CDT to enter.  The winner will be chosen using  I will announce the lucky person on Friday, October 29th.

Good Luck!!

Rotel Queso
(Printable Recipe)

1 lb. (16 oz.) Velveeta Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product, cut into ½” cubes
1 can (10oz.) of Rotel Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, undrained

Mix a 10oz. can of Rotel with a 16oz. package of Velveeta Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product cut into ½” cubes.  Heat Microwave on HIGH for 5 minutes. Stir after 3 minutes.  Stir and serve with tortilla chips or assorted cut-up vegetables.

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