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 Stuffed Mushrooms Recipes, Finger food for Gameday or Football Party, Super Bowl party food ideasStuffed Mushrooms ~ Finger Food for GameDay

Stuffed Mushrooms are rather easy to make, but can be intimidating if you have never made them before.  But they are worth the time to learn if you enjoy them.  This is a recipe that works great as finger food for parties or social gatherings.  With the Super Bowl next weekend this is the perfect time to learn.

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 2  (or 6 if this is finger food for a party)
Ingredients
• 12 organic button mushrooms
• 4 oz Philadelphia Original Cream Cheese, softened
• 3 Applegate Naturals Uncured Good Morning strips bacon, finely chopped
• 1 small shallot, peeled and finely chopped
• 2 organic garlic cloves, peeled and minced
• 2 tablespoons organic green onions, chopped
• 1 oz Frigo Crumbled Blue Cheese
• (1 tablespoon red wine – optional)
• salt and pepper
Stuffed Mushrooms Recipes, Finger food for Gameday or Football Party, Super Bowl party food ideas, party recipeInstructions
1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
2. Rinse each mushroom and dry with paper towels. Gently break off stems and
finely chop.
3. Covered with paper towel in microwave, cook 3 strips bacon (the 3rd is for you
to eat while you cook) until lightly brown and crisp. Remove from microwave
and set aside. In pan, add shallots and garlic and sauté until lightly browned.
Add chopped mushroom stems and continue to cook, stirring regularly, for
about 4 to 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Optional – add in
red wine and continue to cook, stirring regularly, until mushrooms are tender
and liquid is evaporated. Remove from pan and allow to cool.
4. In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese and blue cheese. Fold in mushroom
blend, crisp bacon bits and green onions in pan.
5. Arrange mushroom caps gills down on a baking sheet and lightly smear with
olive oil. Bake in a 400 F oven for about 4 to 5 minutes or until mushrooms
start to leak. Turn mushroom caps to cavity side up and using a small spoon,
fill with cheese mixture. Return to oven and bake at 400 F for another 5 to 6
minutes or until stuffing is heated through and tops are golden brown.

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Valentines Healthy Treats, Grape Hearts, quick and easy to make perfect for school parties, Healthy Snacks, DIYValentine’s Day Grape Hearts ~ Healthy Valentines Treats

Valentine’s Day is all about the hearts, so why not treat kids to these tasty and healthy hearts shaped grapes? You can make your own Valentine’s Day heart grapes in just minutes, and using no more than a handful of grapes and dollar store heart picks. Here is how you can get started crafting your own, just in time for Valentine’s Day parties and gatherings! Perfect for school parties or think how excited your kids would be to find these inside thier lunch box!

Supplies needed:

  • Large, fresh grapes (red grapes work great!)
  • Heart picks (sold at Dollar Tree in a package along with cupcake cups)
  • Knife

If you can’t find the picks like we used here, you can always use toothpicks to hold your hearts together. As mentioned ours were found at Dollar Tree, sold along with the cupcake cups as cupcake toppers.

Directions:

1. Begin by washing and drying your grapes well.
2. Cut each grape in half at an angle. Refer to the photo to see how to make this cut. Simply cutting the grape in half won’t work. You need to be sure the cut is made at an angle.
3. Turn one grape upside down so that when pressed together, the grapes make a heart shape.
4. Run a skewer, toothpick, or pick through the grapes to hold them together and retain the heart shape.

Your Valentine’s Day grape hearts are ready to be enjoyed. Have children munch on them as is or you can serve them with yogurt or fruit dip.

Valentines Healthy Treats, Grape Hearts, quick and easy to make perfect for school parties, Healthy Snacks, DIY,If you like this idea be sure to check out or list of OVER 25 Valenitnes crafts, DIY, Recipes and ideas.

Valentines ideas, recipe, DIY, Crafts, Printables and more.  Everything you need to make Valentines day special, Fun Valentines IdeasPlease note this post contains my amazon link, selection can change without notice. 

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Football Superbowl party ideas, low cost and easy ways to decorate for game day, Football Food, Game day recipes made easy and budget freindlyFootball Super Bowl Party ~ Fast, Easy, Low Cost Ways to Decorate for Game Day

Are you hosting a football party or maybe a Super Bowl Party?  My son was having a Football Party, but I did not want to spend a bunch on decorations.  But at the same time I wanted it to look fun and festive.  I decided to make fun, low cost football serving containers for the chips out of a brown paper lunch sack.  At first I just dumped the chips right in the bag… but that left grease spots all over them.  I found it works best to keep the chips in their normal bag, and fold the top down or cut it off.  Then use the brown paper bag as the outer shell.

A bag of chips has a LOT of air in it, so I bought medium size bag of chips and it filled up the small (standard) lunch sack just perfect.  Start out by taking the flat, brown bag and drawing on the black laces of the football.  I did mine with a sharpie marker.  Open up your bag and  then fold down the top a few times to create a “bowl” out of your bag. Put your opened bag of chips inside, cut off the top of the bag or roll it down so it will not show.  You can use Football Stickers  and Craft Twine to decorate the bag too.  Clean up is super easy, just toss the bag in the trash and you are done :)

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Cheesy Chip Dip Recipe,  Oven baked chip dip, The Easiest Cheesy Chip Dip You will ever make, #ChipDip, #Cheese, #DipCheesy Chip Dip

If you like a good chip dip then this is a recipe you have got to try.  I had it for the first time about 15 years ago, it was a cold winter day we were getting together for a craft night with my cousins.  She pulled this hot bubbly chip dip out of the oven and we pretty much licked the pan clean… it was that good.  I told her I would love the recipe.  I was SHOCKED to find out how easy it was! I have been making it for social event ever since, and it is always a hit!

You will need

  • 1 80z brick of cream cheese
  • 1 can of Chili 15-19 oz(with NO beans) you just want meat and sauce
  • 2 cups grated Mexican blend cheese (or cheddar)
  • 3 green onions diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • Corn chips to eat it with

In the bottom of a 9×9 pan spread the cream cheese in an even layer.  I use the back of a spoon, or just get my hand wet (prevents the cream cheese from sticking to it) and press into  an even layer.  Next open your can of NO BEAN chili spread in an even layer, top with grated cheese.

Put into  an 350 degree oven for 20 minutes or till cheese is totally melted and edges of the dip are bubbly. Take out of oven, sprinkle on the cilantro and green onions.  Serve with corn chips and watch it disappear :)

Cheesy Chip Dip Recipe,  Oven baked chip dip, The Easiest Cheesy Chip Dip You will ever make, #ChipDip, #Cheese, #Dip

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How to Roast Chestnuts

How to roast chestnuts

We all have heard the Christmas song – “Chestnuts Roasting on an open fire”. But have you ever actually roasted chestnuts? Every year my (Matt’s) mom would scavenge through the grocery stores to find the hard to find Chestnuts. Each Christmas she would cook them for our family. Chestnuts have a dry taste to them and are some what in need of a salt dip and a good cup of cider to go with it. If you are lucky enough to find these in your grocery store and have never had them, they are a fun way to spend time enjoying some Christmas music, a warm cup of cider, and your family making memories.

Ingredients:

1 pound Chestnuts

Items needed:

  • Roasting pan or cookie sheet
  • Salt
  • some friends to share the Holidays

How to Roast Chestnuts

First lay them all out with the flat side down. With a large knife that is easy to hold and with some weight to it. Tap small “X” shapes into the top of the shell. Be careful not to slice down into the Chestnut inside. Chestnuts have a inner husk also that peels off after roasting.

Place on a cookie sheet and roast the chestnuts in the oven for about 15 mins. The main thing is to allow the shell X you cut to peel back.

How to Roast ChestnutsOnce the shells start to peel back you can take one out to try it out. The nuts are soft nuts and have a “chew” to them. They shouldn’t be hard. Some nuts in stores tend to be old or dried out so it is hit and miss on the year if you get good nuts or not.

How to Roast Chestnut

Now pour a little pile of salt on your plate, break up the soft warm roasted Chestnuts and enjoy. They are as some say – different, but it is always a fun event to remember and enjoy with my family and I know yours will love it too.

Merry Christmas

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I am sure you are like me in that making food for my family to eat has become the chore of my world!
The hard part is the decision for something delicious and appealing to the multiple senses.
I know I am not alone in this daily struggle.
Here are a collection of ideas for us all

Breakfast

Blackberry Pineapple Banana smoothie

Dinner/Entree/Main dish

img_0993Catalina Chicken over rice and served with green beans

Chicken and Black bean crockpot Enchiladas with rice, Salad made from lettuce, tomato and avocado

IMG_9601Lemon (or Lime) chicken, rice and green salad

Pulled pork sandwiches with Cole Slaw

Pepper & Balsamic Pork chops ~crockpot recipe serve with steamed broccoli and noodles

Split pea and ham soup, so easy to make and taste great.  Made with dry peas, low cost meal idea.  Hurst's HampeasSplit pea and ham soup with crusty bread bowls

Roasted Tomato and Zucchini sauce over Fettucini and garlic bread

Chicken StripsCheesy Califlower and Green Beans

Poppy seed dressing with Spinach Cranberry Feta and Almond salad

Dessert

almond joy browniesAlmond Joy Brownies

Raspberry shooters

Fudge

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