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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Chicken Taco Casserole


This is one of those dishes that doesn't look good, but it tastes GREAT!  This is super easy to make.  I used rotisserie chicken and I had the casserole assembled before the oven was done preheating.  The hardest part of this recipe is tearing up the corn tortillas.  You can control the spice level by selecting either mild, original or hot Ro-Tel tomatoes.  I went with original and it was perfect.  Feel free to top the casserole with some more salsa, sour cream, guacamole or olives!

This would be a great casserole for all your little ghost and goblins before or after trick-or-treating tonight.



Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Ann Romney's M&M Cookies


Last week I shared Michelle Obama's Presidential cookie.  This week I am sharing Ann Romney's Presidential cookie.  I really loved this cookie.  It had all the flavors I love - peanut butter, oatmeal and M&Ms.  It was one of the best cookies I've ever had.

This cookie is interesting because it doesn't have any flour in it.  I didn't even realize that until I was making them.  The peanut butter taste really comes through and there is just enough chocolate.  I substituted mini M&Ms for the regular that the recipe called for.  I took some of these to work (so I wouldn't eat them all ) and they were a hit!



Monday, October 29, 2012

Friday, October 26, 2012

Sliders - Football Friday


This recipe for sliders couldn't be easier or more delicious.  You simply mix up the seasoned hamburger meat and pop it in the oven for about 15 minutes.  Once the meat is cooked, slice it into squares for serving the sliders.  If you are pressed for time, you can make the meat the day before and just wrap the assembled sliders in foil to reheat before serving.  We topped them with American cheese, pickles, mustard and mayonnaise.  

The sliders were a huge hit at our tailgate, and they were so much easier than grilling in the parking lot. This recipe makes 12 mini burgers.  Depending on your crowd, you might want to double the recipe (they went fast with our crowd).  Don't delay; whip up a batch for the big game this weekend!






Thursday, October 25, 2012

Haunted Road Brownies


This is a Halloween treat even grown-up Trick-or-Treaters will enjoy!   They are a variation on Rocky Road Brownies using candy corn instead of nuts.    These brownies are scary delicious!  The frosting on these brownies is incredibly decadent.  Make sure you have a big glass of milk on hand to wash it down with. Use the leftover candy corn to make some Homemade Butterfingers.




Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Lemon Pepper Pork Chops


Pork chops are quickly becoming one of our favorite things to grill.  A few weeks ago we grilled some delicious Bourbon Basted Pork Chops.  I had some extra pork chops and decided to give another marinade a try.  These lemon pepper pork chops were equally delicious and equally as easy to make!  You need to let the chops marinate for a few hours.  I always let the meat marinate overnight.  I mix up the marinade and throw everything in the fridge before I go to bed at night.  So much easier for when I get home from work.  We served these pork chops with some Bacon Ranch Potato Salad - I substituted spicy ranch dressing for the original and it was great!  Give it a try with these yummy pork chops.



Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Michele Obama's White and Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies


We are getting political on Plain Chicken.  Well, not really.  Every election Family Circle has a contest between the two First Lady candidates.  I decided to give both cookies a try.  First up is Michelle Obama's White and Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies. I did make a change to the recipe.  The original recipe had one cup of butter and one cup of shortening.  I felt like that was a typo - if it wasn't that is WAY too much butter/fat for a decent cookie, so I went with just one cup of butter.  If you try it with both butter and shortening, let me know how it works.

 These cookies were so good.  They were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.  We really loved the different flavors of chocolate chips in the cookie.  I took some to work and they were gone in a flash!

Next week I will share Ann Romney's cookie (it was delicious too).



Monday, October 22, 2012

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Earthborn Pottery {Giveaway}


I was recently invited to attend a blogger get together at Earthborn Pottery in Leeds, AL.  A lot of fabulous Birmingham area bloggers were in attendance and I was really excited to meet everyone.

Rhoda from SouthernHospitality, Kelli from Restore Interiors, Jamie from Jamie's Rabbits,
Kim from Live from the 205Beth from Unskinny Boppy, Kat from Grass Stains, Laura Kate from Magic City Made, Lora Lynn from Vitafamiliae, Amy from OrdinarilyExtraordinary, Brandi from Bryants of Birmingham, and Maree, Krista, and Alicia from KC Projects, and the event orgainizer, Rachel from Grasping for Objectivity
  
Tena Payne is the owner of Earthborn Pottery.  Her pottery is featured in many restaurants around the country and was even on the Iron Chef!

We started the evening with a demonstration from studio owner, Tena, and her assistant, Nabeel.  They made it look SO easy.  It wasn't.  I ended up having to have Nabeel help me make a bowl.  He did most of the work but was nice enough to let me take credit!


We also made some pinch bowls.  We took balls of clay and pinched it until we had a bowl.  We spent more time laughing than pinching - Jamie and Kat are hilarious!


Overall it was a great evening and I would do it again in a heartbeat!  (I need the practice!)


I am giving away one Earthborn platter!  It is gorgeous!  I love the pattern and the colors on it.

The platter is about 12 inches square, and slopes slightly to the center. They are designed to hold olive oil for dipping.






Want to win it?  All you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me if you have ever attempted making pottery and any tips you have for me!

The giveaway is open until Wednesday, October 24th @ 11:59PM CDT.

The giveaway is only open to USA residents. Be sure a valid email address is included with your comment. Winner will be chosen randomly and announced on this post. We will email the winner and if the winner doesn’t respond in 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!



ABOUT EARTHBORN STUDIOS AND CAHABA CLAYWORKS
  • Their front showroom is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • They offer Girls' Nights Out at a cost of $35 per person (minimum six in a group). They last from 6 to 8 p.m. and are really similar to what we did last week ... including having instructors on hand to help. Similar to other hands-on art experiences (such as Sips 'N' Strokes), you're welcome to bring snacks and drinks to enjoy while you "work."
  • Cahaba Clayworks Classes meet weekly from 6 to 8 p.m. for six weeks. During that six-week timeframe, you have free use of the wheels and materials to practice anytime they're open. The cost is usually $150 + $15 for materials, but Tena is waiving the materials fee if you mention my blog when booking your classes.

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DISCLOSURE: I was invited to this event and didn't pay anything to attend. I received one piece of pottery to keep and one to give away. As always, all opinions are my own.
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