A Southern Tradition: Food and Football

It is play-off time here in the South! The SEC Championship is this weekend, Bama v. Georgia — As if we need another reason to eat during the holiday season!

So, if you are headed to a buddy’s house to watch these two teams battle it out on the grid iron and need something to take with you, take a look at these easy, no-bake and fairly cheap appetizers!

Texas Caviar

Ingredients

  • ½ large onion, chopped
  • 3 bunches of green onions, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 8 ounces zesty Italian dressing
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black-eyed peas, drained
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro

Directions

1. Get it together!

2. Chop and dice!

3. Mix it all up….

4. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours and enjoy! (This is phenomenal with the Tostitos Hint of Jalapeno Tortilla chips)

Yummy Cream Cheese Pinwheels (Recipe courtesy of my MawMaw Faye, Thanks!!0

Ingredients

  • 10 medium, soft, flour tortillas
  • 1 package fiesta ranch dip mix
  • 1 bar of cream cheese
  • 1 small can of chopped black olives

Directions

  1. Gather your stuff!

2.    Chop your olives when you realize you bought sliced by accident.

***Skip to #3 if you double check what you grab from the grocery shelf***

3.    Mix cream cheese, ranch mix and black olives together until smooth.

4.   Spread about 2 tablespoons of mixture onto each tortilla. (Avoid the edge)

5.   Roll it up!

6.   Cut off the very ends of the roll up and discard those two pieces. Slice the    remainder of the roll up into 5 pinwheels.

7.  Enjoy!

(You can always put a piece of sliced meat of your choosing before rolling themn up to make these more filling!)

What are your favorite game day goodies??

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Massive Menu Monday: A Rainy November Day + Taco Soup

On days like these, I crave soups, stews and chilis. Paired with some saltines or chips and sharp bar cheese slices, they can make any gloomy day better.

My husband has always talked about his Mom’s Taco Soup. So, while living with them until our hosue was finished, my mother-in-law shared the recipe with me. It has now made a spot in my “recipe rotation” and occupying my slow cooker at this moment! So quick and easy!

Now, I will share it with you!

Taco Soup

Ingredients

  1. 1 pound mild sausage, browned & drained
  2. 1 can diced tomatoes and green chilis, (28-ounces)
  3. 1 can corn, undrained, (15 1/4-ounces)
  4. 1 can black beans, undrained, (15-ounces)
  5. 1 envelope dry Ranch Dressing mix
  6. 1 envelope dry taco seasoning
  7. 1 small onion, chopped
  8. Tortilla, or corn, chips
  9. Shredded cheese of your choice
  10. Sour cream

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients except chips, shredded cheese, and sour cream in slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low 4 to 6 hours.
  3. Garnish individual servings with chips, cheese, and sour cream.

Check it out on my PepperPlate for Print Friendly options! Taco Soup

Enjoy!

Massive Menu Monday: Recipe Edition – Bento Lunches

With school starting for most of you guys soon, or may have already started, (not us, for several years) I have been seeing different school related things floating around the information superhighway.

The most interesting being Bento Lunches.

“Bento can be very elaborately arranged in a style called kyaraben or “character bento”. Kyaraben is typically decorated to look like popular Japanese cartoon (anime) characters, characters from comic books (manga), or video game characters. Another popular bento style is “oekakiben” or “picture bento”, which is decorated to look like people, animals, buildings and monuments, or items such as flowers and plants. Contests are often held where bento arrangers compete for the most aesthetically pleasing arrangements.”  — Bento, Wikipedia.com

The character bentos are my favorite! They remind me of how my mom would decorate our brown paper lunch bags with her cute designs…or leave a note to bring a smile. All of my classmates enjoyed my lunches just as much as I did!

Making cute lunches for your kiddos might take a few more minutes of your time each morning…but I am sure that those few extra moments will make lasting memories and bring a smile to their faces. And who knows, a child might be more inclined to eat a lion faced sandwich over a boring square one.  🙂

I sure hope that I take the time to go this extra step with Easton when he starts school… who knows…we may just start them before school age!

If you are interested in more information on basic bento boxes, check out Wendolonia.com. I found her site very informative and it definitely became a favorite right away!

For cute kyaraben (Character) ideas, check out my Bento Lunches Board on Pinterest!

P.S. Happy 2nd Anniversary to my Loving Husband!

♥♥♥♥♥♥

Crock-pot Caramel

Caramel is my chocolate. If it has caramel on it, in it, or near it, I will try it….well, there are a few exceptions to that rule.

Anywho…caramel dip can get expensive or time consuming when you have to unwrap all of those individual squares. Or, if you are like me, you eat more that you end up with at the end…

Here is an easier and cheap way to indulge yourself in yummy caramel.

 (Note – This will take 8 hrs, so if you are a fiend for caramel, this may not be the way to go, just saying)

Massive Menu Monday: Recipe Edition – New Orleans Shrimp and Peppers

I love shrimp. I can eat it cooked almost anyway…

However, this shrimp dish has become my most recent favorite.

Doesn’t that look yummy?

Next time I may toss it over some long grain rice or couscous….oh, the options!

Check out the recipe here.

 

Jell-O and Oreos

I have never really been a HUGE fan of Oreos. However, my husband loves them. I found an Oreo Pudding made by Jell-O on the shelf at the store and I thought that I would give it a try for dessert one night. It was pretty good. Then, as I was throwing away the packaging, I noticed a pie recipe on the box. It sounded YUMMY! … and that it was!

Doesn’t it look delicious?

 This guy thought so!

 

Definitely a dessert worth trying that calls for little effort and less than five bucks!

Check out the recipe here!