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Monday, June 15, 2009

Tuesdays at the Table

Wow! Long time no participate, huh?

While I’ve been on my self-imposed pregnancy hiatus, my good friend Cole at All The Small Stuff has been kind enough to host Tuesday at the Table for me. She’s been an incredible hostess, and more people than ever are participating in TATT. I’m really pleased to announce that Cole will be taking over Tuesdays at the Table permanently, starting today!

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Today I’m linking up with a super fun and easy dip that is absolutely perfect for parties or tailgating. I apologize in advance for the poor picture – the last time I made this was for a co-worker’s bridal shower and I didn’t get any close up pictures. That’s the dip in the crock pot.

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Cheesy Meaty Dip

  • One large block of Velveeta
  • 1-2 cans of Rotel tomatoes – use hot if you like spice!
  • 1 can of diced chilies
  • One pound of cooked sausage – I use spicy for a little extra heat. You can also use ground turkey or hamburger meat.

Cook sausage and drain. Use a knife to cut Velveeta into small blocks. Add all ingredients to the crock pot and cook on low heat until combined. Stir often as this will burned if left alone too long.

Yum! Let me know if you try it. Do you make something similar? For those of you that tailgate or have football parties, what do you make?

Monday, June 8, 2009

Tuesdays at the Table

Hello ladies! Thank you so much for your kind words and well wishes last week. Yep, I’m pregnant, and I’m dying to share all the little details with my bloggy friends. Small problem, though: I am EXHAUSTED. And nauseous. And very, very hungry. But mostly I’m just tired and pukey.

Suggestions on how to deal with this? Hit me up. I’ll try anything.

So needless to say, by the time I drag myself home from 10 hours of work, I don’t really feel like blogging. I want to blog, and I want to catch up on your blogs, but seriously – I had no idea I would feel like this. Please cut me some slack and bare with me as I get myself together. I promise I’ll be back to posting daily as soon as I’m feeling better.

I wanted to jump on quickly and post this week’s Tuesday at the Table, but before we get started I need a favor! I’d love to find a couple of bloggers who would be willing to host TATT for the new few weeks. Interested? Email me or leave a comment in this post.

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Welcome to Tuesdays at the Table! Most of you know the drill. If you have a recipe, link up. If you don’t, click on the link to get some great recipe ideas. If you are new here, read on for more information on how to participate in Tuesdays at the Table.

To participate, simply create a food-related post: a recipe, a food tip, a tutorial, a product review - anything food related! Be sure to link back to My Chihuahua Bites! in your post so that your readers know where they can come to join the party.

Once your blog is posted, come back to this post and sign in with Mr. Linky. Please make sure that you are linking to your TATT post and NOT to your blog. I have had people complain that they can’t find your posts when they click on your link, and this is because you link to your blog and not to your post. If someone comes by later in the week and wants to visit you, they have a harder time finding your featured recipe.

Mr. Linky has been a little cranky lately – he works sometimes and sometimes he does not. If you don’t see him, please link up in the comments.

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Double Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake

I found this recipe at Kelly’s Korner – she has great stuff! I made it for my co-worker’s baby shower a few weeks ago and it was a huge hit.

Ingredients:

  • I cup of butter, melted
  • I package of chocolate cake mix
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 package of cream cheese, softened
  • 3-4 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 box (1 pound) of powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped nuts

Heat your oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, stir together cake mix, 1 egg, and 1/2 cup of melted butter until well combined. Pat into a 13X9 pan and set aside.

Beat cream cheese on medium speed until smooth. Add the 2 remaining eggs and the cocoa powder and beat until combined. Reduce speed to low and add sugar; beat until well combined. Beat in 1/2 cup melted butter and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth. Fold in nuts. Spread over cake mixture in the pan.

Bake 40-50 minutes. The center should remain a little gooey.

What’s cooking, ladies?

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Monday, June 1, 2009

Tuesdays at the Table

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Hey, y’all! Happy Tuesday! You know the drill – if you have a recipe you would like to share, link up. Mr. Linky has been on the fritz for the past few weeks, so if you don’t see him at the bottom of this post, just link up in the comments.

Andrea’s copykat recipe for Hardee’s Strawberry Biscuits

My husband loves Hardee’s Strawberry Biscuits. They just quit making them, so I knew I had to figure out a DIY version I could make at home. These are simple and are super tasty! They make a great Saturday breakfast.

Ingredients:

  • Mary B’s strawberry biscuits (found in the frozen foods isle – but if you can’t find these, just use regular frozen or refrigerated biscuits… or make your own!)
  • Strawberry jam
  • 1/2 stick of butter, melted
  • 4 tablespoons of milk
  • 4 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla

Cook biscuits according to package directions. While they are cooking, prepare icing.

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Combine butter, milk, powdered sugar, and vanilla and whisk until no lumps remain. This makes a ton of icing – if you are only making a few biscuits, cut the recipe in half.

*Tip: Pour your icing in a zip lock baggie. When you are ready to ice the biscuits, snip off a corner of the baggie and drizzle.

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Once your biscuits are ready, top with strawberry jam. Be generous!

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Drizzle with icing. Again, be generous!

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Yum! This, my friends, is a classic Southern breakfast: eggs, a sweet, and some sliced tomatoes with salt and pepper. I’m hungry just looking at it.

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What’s cooking, ladies?

Giveaway WINNER and mixed feelings

First of all, the winner of the vinyl lettering giveaway from Empressive Designs is Kim from The Chavis Family! Congrats, Kim! Please visit Carisa’s etsy shop and use the “contact seller” link on the main page to let her know you are the winner of the giveaway. Let me know what you choose!

This morning I got a call from my mother that my grandfather has taken a turn for the worse. This is my father’s father, and he has been in a nursing home for almost 2 years now. He has dementia and a whole host of other problems. He went into the hospital last week for an infection and the doctor told my aunt this weekend that it was time to bring in my grandmother (who is not well and has a hard time leaving her house due to her medical problems) to see him.

My mom said that on Saturday, my grandfather’s blood pressure was 70/40 and all he wanted to do was hold my grandmother’s hand. She would pull her hand away when he went to sleep and he would wake up and take her hand again. This is not my grandfather – he is stubborn, persnickety, eccentric, and the least sentimental person I have ever met in my life. I knew then that things were bad. My grandfather usually doesn’t want to see my grandmother because he blames her for putting him in a home.

I have such mixed feelings. I love my grandfather and of course I don’t want him to die. But do I pray for healing when he is obviously in pain and hates his quality of life? Selfishly, I don’t want this to be the end. But is that what he wants for himself? Maybe he is ready to go?

Dementia is so cruel. He often doesn’t remember who you are when you go and visit him. My aunt is my grandmother. My dad is my brother. My brother is my dad. Thankfully, he has always remembered who I am – because I don’t think I would have been able to handle it had he not remembered me during a visit.

I did get to see him the weekend before last. He couldn’t focus. You would ask him questions and he would answer you five minutes later. It took him awhile to remember who I was, and I don’t think he knew who Jason was.

I’m sorry this is such a Debbie Downer post, but I’m very confused. I just don’t know what to think, or what to pray.

Friend Makin’ Monday

Happy Monday, y’all! It sure was hard to leave the beach yesterday, but I’m happy to be home and be back in a routine. Jason and I have either had company or been traveling for the past several weekends, so our house is a mess and there is tons of stuff to do. Isn’t that the worst part about returning from vacation? No fun!

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Today I’m participating in Friend Makin’ Mondays, hosted by Kasey at All That Is Good. Today’s topic is:

Share as few or as many everyday, little tips that you use to make your lives easier. You know- all those special tricks you might have to cook, clean, raise kids, work in the yard, and on and on!

I’m feeling a little uninspired today so I’m reposting an old tip. It’s an oldie but goodie. I hope you enjoy!

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I read about this on one of my message boards. The topic was tarts and oil burners, and someone shared that the best their house has ever smelled was when they put a tart into a tuna can and set it on a candle warmer. I had to try it, and man, it works! The smell is so much stronger than when I use my tart warmers (but the tart warmers sure are prettier!). I think I will use these before my company arrives - my own version of the Glade candle commercial. Try it and let me know what you think.

***This goes without saying, but of course you must clean out the tuna clean thoroughly. Don't forget this important step, or your results will not be quite the same. ;)***

How about you – what little tips or tricks do you use to make your life easier?



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