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??

Living with the In-laws and a Birthday Party

Yes… I have been on yet another hiatus. This time it wasn’t all my fault. 🙂

Long story short, we had a sewage flood in the home that we were renting that caused massive contamination of the third floor of the home. Considering the conditions and the fact that we have a toddler, the hubby and I decided it was best if we just call it quits at that location. We are in the process of building a new home, but it is not quite ready yet. So, in the mean-time, we are living with the in-laws, in the bonus room, above their garage……… down by the river. No, seriously, the Flint River. 🙂 (Hey, gotta make light of the situation any chance I get!) All jokes aside, we are very thankful that we have this option.

Our nephew, Clayton, loves Star Wars and just turned 6. So guess what?! He had a Star Wars Party! And I got to help out! Here are a few pictures from the celebration.

Feeling a little more “cheeky”

After having oral surgery to remove my wisdom teeth yesterday, I thought I would give you guys an update. This is how I feel:

Source: TheBlogIsMine 

In high school, I was nicknamed “cheeks” by a few friends of mine. I am definitely living up to that name right about now! However, I am doing well. The swelling is starting to decrease, as well as the pain. Hopefully, it will be worth the effort (and down time) and by next week I will be sleeping better and having fewer headaches.

I digress…

Have a great holiday weekend, Readers!

Pinterest Pin of the Day: 04.04.12

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Yummy!

I tried this tutorial twice, just as it is written. Turned out awesome. Great presentation! However, my husband suggested that maybe I could just slice the strawberries in half rather than “wasting” the inside. You know, since presentation doesn’t matter at home. 🙂 Plus, he added, that it would save time. Well….

I made them the “hubby-way” tonight. I have to say, my nerves like this way much better, as cleaning out the insides took extra patience this Momma doesn’t always have to apply to food prep. It gave us more dessert pieces, at the same time allowing for bite-size pieces that seem to have the right amount of ratio of each ingredient. However, it didn’t save that much time, if any, because I had to add an extra step of placing in the fridge for 30 minutes. I had to do the chocolate drizzle first, in a step all its own, so that the chocolate could harden and then allow me to flip the strawberries over for the cheesecake filling step.

Here is my outcome:

The chocolate drizzle step

Ready to devour…

 

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