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Today I was thinking left-overs for lunch. In the past week we’ve made special tomato and egg tapas for a high school spanish class, spaghetti (requested by all of the kids in the family) and a wonderful Cucumber, Avocado salad with Tomato & Cilantro (recipe to post soon).  I had a variety of food left over – or so I thought.  When I opened the fridge to find out what I was going to have for lunch, I found that it had mostly been devoured and there was nothing left!!  What a great problem to have!!

What I found was a couple of hard boiled eggs, tomatoes & an avocado.

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See above where the stem of the Avocado was removed…

Given the ingredients, I had a few choices.  I could open a can of garbanzo beans and make an avocado hummus or cook some bacon and have a BLTA sandwich (both which just seemed like too much work).  I opted for an avocado, egg and tomato sandwich.  It’s as easy as it sounds… just chop up some hard-boiled eggs & mash in some avocado with a little salt and pepper!  I added some sliced tomato and called it lunch!

Now… for some reason, I thought this mixture needed a spoonful of mayo, but next time I will leave it out.  It did nothing for the flavor and who needs the extra added fat???  The avocado added all the ‘good’ fat that was needed.

Now let me share with you a little tip about your Avocado!!  In the past, I’ve had hit and miss luck with picking ‘good’ avocados.  Last year, I read somewhere that to determine if an avocado is turning brown on the inside you need to remove the little stem at the narrow end of it.  See in the photo how the color under the stem is nice and bright green?  If it it brown or any color but green, it’s not good.  I’ve found plenty of brown under those little stems I’ve removed but just passed them by and looked for the green.  I’ve not had a bad avocado since learning this trick!!  Try it!!

Have a great Day!!  Tee

FBFGirlBlond1

Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered!!

 

 

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Here’s something kind of fun for you!!  This weekend I was talking with a friend of mine and I realized that I hadn’t posted any of our camping recipes yet!!  I thought I’d post a quick one for you today.  Keep in mind that while camping there are times you have to think on the fly… not always prepared with the right sauces or spices we just have to make do… and we sure do!  My sisters and I started to brainstorm and came up with this idea during our second week of our summer camping trip.  The kids were hungry and dinner wasn’t even in the making yet… we started going through our list… there’s cheese sticks (NO!), there’s chips (NO), have an apple (NO)… what about some carrots (NO!)… I’m sure you see where this is going!

So we were searching through our ice chests and our food tent… yes, we have a little tent for our food… don’t laugh until you’ve tried it!!! 🙂  This is what we came up with….

Take a roll of ready made dough… pizza dough would have been perfect, however we were stuck with crescent dough… it worked!

Please forgive our photography… we were camping!! 🙂

Add Papa’s pepperoni‘s that he was saving for a snack later…

Cut cheese stick in half and place onto pepperoni… It would have been really great if we’d had some kind of sauce here…. we didn’t.

We’ll have to plan for these next year!

Cut the dough into sections around your treats.

Roll and place on parchment paper or foil and pop into the oven for about 10 minutes.  Oh… did I mention that we also have a camping oven???

Yep… It’s pretty cool.  We make orange rolls for breakfast and cookies for snacks (when we aren’t in the mood for s’mores!).  Anyway… back to our newest treat…

They come out of the oven all toasty and brown with melty cheese on the inside…

Now doesn’t that just look yummy… for a snack?  I know, it needs a bit of sauce 😦

Here is where I would normally show you a picture of the kids eating and loving the treats we made…. but by the time they were all cooled off and passed out and I scrambled around my tent looking for the camera (I had just put in there)… they had all been eaten!!!  Of course they wanted more… but we didn’t have anymore dough, so we tell them to wait for next year… we’ve promised to add these to our ‘food’ list!  You’ll have lots of Happy Campers when you make these!!

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Yes, yes, I know I it’s Monday, and I promised you this over the weekend. (Picture me here, hanging my head in shame.) I am not yet in the groove with this whole homework thing! I did however manage to get that done on time, but I’m sad to say it was at your expense! So here’s a little sugar rush that’s super simple. Dare I offer it as a “study-aid?” LOL You decide. But I’ll bet if you try it, you’ll get an A Plus!

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

  • One can Cinnamon Rolls
  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Praline Liqueur
  • Sweet tooth
Directions
Now don’t blink, you might miss somthing!
1. Put the rolls in the pan
2. Then bake ’em up!
  
3. Put the icing in a bowl.
4. Add a little (or a lot…hic! Excuse ME!) Praline Liqueur (check out your local BevMo for this) and stir it in.
   
5. Drizzle it all over the baked rolls.
6. Use it all up, so they are fully covered in Praline-y goodness!
7. Now most people would stop here and call it dessert….but then you’d be missing out! So plop a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a couple of bowls. (You really should share this with a few folks, but hey, who am I to judge?)
8.  Top with a warm, gooey, roll and enjoy!
Origin of the Name:
Cinnamon Roll Me Away Sundae with Praline Icing
If you eat more than one, you will probably need a helpful friend to roll you away from the table!

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And not just this chick, my son gave it a big thumbs up too. Whew!  This is one of those last minute desperation meals I came up with when my son said…”Hey Mom! Whatcha got to eat?” and of course his dad and I had just finished polishing off the leftovers….oops. Uhhhh…”just a minute, honey!” and I started rummaging around in the fridge and freezer. Luckily for me he’s a big fan of chicken and I happened to have this package of Grilled & Ready Tyson Chicken Breast Fillets in the freezer. Yay!

Ok…chicken, check. What else? Think Bex!

Weeellll, he’ll ALWAYS eat bacon…(as will everyone else in the family, HA!)

So I gathered up a few more things and fired up the time-saving device of our generation!

Ingredients

  • Boneless Chicken Breast (pre-cooked, leftover or frozen)
  • Sandwich Roll
  • Butter or Margarine
  • Garlic Powder
  • 2 Slices Bacon
  • 1 Slice Provolone Cheese
  • Green Leaf Lettuce
  • Sliced Tomato
  • Ranch Dressing

Directions

Nuke up a couple slices of our family’s favorite food and follow the package instructions for the chicken.

Look how nice and juicy that chicken is! Not bad for a frozen product, huh?

  

Let the sandwich making begin!

Butter your sandwich roll and sprinkle on a little garlic powder. Toast on griddle until golden brown.

    

Add a slice of cheese.

Add warmed chicken breast.

Add Bacon, tomato slices, and lettuce.

Then add ranch dressing to the top bun.

Flip that lid…

This Chick Likes Bacon & Ranch (Sandwiches)

‘cuz they are FAST and EASY, and keep mom from feeling too guilty about scarfing up the leftovers!

Hope you like them too!

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Come on now, everybody sing along with the hottest new group…Teri Yaki & The Pineapple Bobs!!! The star of the show is Miss Teri Yaki, a tempting little chick(en) meatball. Her personality is flavored with pineapple, garlic and ginger. Group members include that delicious combo, the Bobs – Mr. Pineapple Bob and his groovy gal Mrs. Pepper Bob. Together they create a pretty tasty trio. They open the show with their sizzling sound on your very own backyard grill and bring down the house with an encore performance including their friend Ms. Jazzmine Rice as backup. It’s a melody for your mouth. Just check out this hot number!

Time to get this party started!

So gather up the following attendees…

Ingredients

  • Aidell’s Fully Cooked Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs
  • Pineapple, approximately 1 1/2 to 2 cups
  • Red, Green, Yellow, &/or Orange Peppers cut into bite-size chunks
  • Teriyaki Sauce

Directions

This is an assembly only type recipe. Put it together, grill it, eat it. Super quick and easy for hot summer nights. We found this great product at Costco. Chef Bruce Aidells. They offer a whole range of incredibly tasty sausage and meatball varieties. For this recipe I used the Teriyaki & Pineapple which was a chicken meatball with pineapple, ginger and garlic. Over achievers can, of course, feel free to sweat it out making their own. 🙂

Choose your favorite color peppers.

Cut into bite size pieces.

    

Purchase fresh, cubed pineapple in produce section, or cut your own if you aren’t daunted by the way that dang thing looks!

I’d much rather poke the pineapple than have it poke me! LOL

Just like this…see?

Then a meatball…

Continue adding peppers, meatballs & pineapple chunks until your skewer is full.

Using half the large package of meatballs from Costco, I had enough to make 8 kabobs. More than enough for 4 people.

Now go light the grill, if you haven’t already!

Ms. Jazzmine Rice is waiting in the green room. Get her started if she’s joining your party.

Teriyaki Time!

Brush it all over the kabobs.

Then direct the group to the stage. Errr, I mean, the grill.

Baste with additional Teriyaki Sauce as you brown and turn the skewers.

Medium hot grill, and turn often for 4-6 minutes total until heated through.

Don’t leave the party at this point. They’ll get a little burnt if you walk away, just like any good singer would!

Listen to that sizzling sound! Mmmm…mmmm….mmmm!

Kinda makes you wanna hum along, huh?

Good Evening Ladies & Gentleman, Here they are…..

Teri Yaki & The Pineapple Bobs!

Joined now by their favorite backup, Ms. Jazzmine Rice.

Do I hear a standing ovation?

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What a busy couple of weeks it’s been!! There was a small birthday party for my 3 year old grandson and then a 2 week family vacation at the beach in Malibu.  Fabulous time!!

Most of the time we try to have small birthdays for the kids unless they are celebrating a milestone age.  Birthday parties are usually given at ages 1, 5, 10, 13, 16, 18, 21… depending on if they are still cool enough to hang out with Mom and Dad as they get older!!!  I wonder… does anyone else do this?  It just seems like too much to have major parties for every birthday when you have several kids or grandkids!  What are your birthday traditions???

This was an ‘off’ year so it was just family for dinner and cake.  My daughter, Kelly,  decided to do Nacho’s on the Table for the birthday party and what a hit it was!!  No recipe is needed… and there is so much fun to be had by all!

Start by buying a couple of those disposable plastic table cloths and a black magic marker… each guest chooses a seat and writes what they like on their nachos on the table cloth.

Then the hostess pours corn chips down the center of the table and starts adding the toppings.  As you go down the table you only top the chips with what the person at that seat likes.

Everyone eats with their hands and it’s such a fun way to have a dinner!!  The other grandkids are already asking if they can do this for their birthdays :).  Oh…. and clean up is so simple… just pick up the corners of the table cloth… wrap up… and throw away!!  No muss… no fuss!  I think this might become a new birthday tradition for us!  When you try this… and you know you will :)… use your imagination and ENJOY!!!

Happy Birthday Mason!!

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I know, I know…it’s Friday, but I’m declaring today Maple Bacon Sundae! Start the holiday off right with this great treat using Maple Caramelized Bacon one more time! I promise to move on after this. This sweet and savory bacon is ruining any attempt at sticking to anything resembling healthy eating! LOL Of course, I can’t promise future recipes won’t have bacon! What kind of world would that be? Sad…very, very sad!

4th of July is my official start to summer. And what says summer more than ice cream?

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Add some Maple Caramelized Bacon and people might not be screaming…they might just knock you down and take it away from you!

Ingredients

  • 2 scoops Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
  • Maple Caramelized Bacon crumbled
  • Caramel Ice Cream Topping

 

Directions

Start with your favorite Vanilla Ice Cream. This is what I had in the freezer. Believe me, the fact that it was No Sugar Added didn’t matter one bit! Cuz I added plenty of sugary goodness to it. Oh yes I did!

For one serving, use 2 scoops. Not that I’ll EVER make just one serving again!

Let the ice cream soften and give it a quick stir.

Add a tablespoon of Maple Syrup.

Swirl it around, but don’t mix completely.

Pop the bowl back into the freezer…

And go make some Maple Caramelized Bacon!

This time I added about a teaspoon of cinnamon to the brown sugar and it was yummy!

I cooked it a bit longer so it was extra crispy. Then cut it up with my kitchen shears. Way easier than using a knife!

Now comes a happy accident! As I stood looking at the pan the bacon had cooked in, it appeared that there was quite a bit of caramel-ish toffee in the pan. So I drained off most of the bacon grease and tasted what was left. Mmmmmm…WHAM inspiration hits! Why not fold that into the ice cream???? Huh, WHY NOT? So I did. It promptly hardened into a solid lump. Ooops! What have I done? Should I fish it out?

Nope! Just got those trusty kitchen shears back out and cut it all up into tiny,

little bits of crunchy, bacony, toffee goodness!


Then back into the freezer it went.

A few hours later, I popped it into my favorite sundae glass. A treasured gift from my Fat Bottomed Friend, Tee, which she gave me at least twenty years ago! I assure you, if you don’t have a sundae glass, your favorite ice cream bowl will work just fine.

Just look at all those tasty bits of toffee! Wow, am I glad that “accident” happened!

Add your favorite Caramel Ice Cream Topping.

Then top with the Caramelized Bacon bits.

Voila!

Right before your very eyes…It’s Magical!

I just turned Friday into Sundae!

And for my finale….the Disappearing Maple Bacon Ice Cream Sundae….

Poof!

Vanished !

Ta Daaaaaa!

From my Fat Bottomed Kitchen to yours,

The Great and Wondrous Fat Bottomed Bex wishes you all a safe and Happy 4th of July!

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