Friday, January 31, 2014

Superbowl Eats and a HUGE Dilemma!

As most of you know I am a Huge sports fan.  I absolutely love the Superbowl.  It is like a national holiday at our house as I am sure many of yours also.  This year there is a small issue...No let me rephrase that a very large issue.  I have been a die hard Denver Broncos fan for most of my life, but since moving to an area with professional sports teams, feeling the energy and being able to attend a few games I also love the Seattle Seahawks.  Both teams have heart!! How often does both your favorite teams make it to the Superbowl??
 A couple weeks ago I got to fulfill a dream of mine and attend the playoff game between the Seahawks and Saints.  It was an amazing experience to be part of that famous 12th man crowd. To be amongst 68, 000 fans (and yes I did lose my voice.)
It has been a lot of fun to see the spirit and energy everyone here is feeling.  You cannot go anywhere without seeing most people dressed in Seahawk gear, cars with flags attached to them, houses and building with a big 12 on them.
The 12th Man light display on the side of the Russell Investments Center in downtown Seattle was created by owner CommonWealth Partners with the help of tenants. The Russell 12 stretches across 18 floors of the tower's west facade.
(Russell Investment Building in downtown Seattle. It stretches out 18 floors.)
Today I went into 2 different stores.  People were flocking around the Seahawk stuff, almost everyone had one if not two of more items in tow.  There are lots of businesses that are normally open on Sunday, but are closing early so everyone can watch the big game.  The radio stations all have Seahawk names.  I have never experienced anything quite like this.  I must admit it is easy to get caught up in the excitement....
Ok so I went a little crazy, but it was so much fun!! 
(My friend borrowed my Broncos stuff so that picture still needs to be taken)
At work they throw me under the bus because I am a Broncos fan, but hey can't I be a Seahawks fan too?? It all worked out well until..NOW. For I have to make a decision...See my HUGE DILEMMA!!!
One thing that is not a problem is food!! We have a few things that are a tradition like:
This year I'm adding a few new things like
Wings with Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce and Sticky Chicken Sauce (Pictures will come later!)
With chips and homemade Pita Chips (recipe to come later).
and for dessert by request: (even though I just made it last weekend)
We will be eating well!!
What are some Superbowl traditional foods for your family?
Now as for my dilemma..I'm hoping it is a good close game.  I'm guessing this will be a game time decision I will have to make, but obviously it is a win-win situation for me no matter who comes out victorious!
Enjoy the Game!!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Double PB&J Cookies

As you all have heard before I come from a family of great cooks and I love when they share their creations with me.  This is one of those from my cousin.  She is an amazing cook!  What a way to get the great combination of peanut butter and jelly together in dessert form and with double the peanut butter...
Double PB&J Cookies
from Rhonda

1/2 cup butter 

1 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup sugar 

1 1/4 cup brown sugar 

1 egg 

1 1/4 cup flour

1/2 tsp baking soda 
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla 

jelly or jam or your own choosing. (she used a mixed berry.) 

In a mixing bowl beat butter, peanut butter, sugars and eggs on high until creamy white.

Add vanilla. Then stir in dry ingredients.  

Take your cookie scoop and drop mounds on cookie sheet. 
Press your thumb in deep and fill with jelly or jam.

Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Until lightly brown.

She tried filling one with peanut butter and it worked too!
Thanks Rhonda for this delicious recipe!!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Chicken Cordon Bleu Bundles

Everytime I go to Costco I have been picking up a rotisserie chicken.  I shred all the chicken off the bones and it makes for great easy quick meals. This were the perfect use of it.  They were quick, easy and very delicious!!
  • Chicken Cordon Bleu Bundles
  • Inspired by Dessert Now Dinner Later
  • 2 cans of  crescent rolls
  • 1 package of thin sliced ham (lunch meat)
  •  slices of swiss cheese
  •  2- 2 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Open the cans of crescent rolls. Separate and unroll the triangles.  You can either work on them all at once or in groups.  I made them in groups of 4. Lightly grease your cookie sheet.
  • .Layer one or two slices of ham, 1 slice of cheese.
  •  Then add a small amount of shredded chicken on top. 
  • Fold the edges of the ham around the cheese and chicken.
  • Starting at the fat end of the triangle, roll the crescent dough around all the fillings as tight as you can and continue rolling to the point of the triangle. 
  • Bake at 375 degress for 18-20 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • If desired brush with butter fresh out of the oven.
  • ENJOY!


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