Pots O’ Chocolate Gold

This is an OLD recipe by our standards … I made it a few years ago for Valentine’s Day to share with some friends when we had a little surf and turf dinner …

I had this recipe tagged in my cookbook since Christmas morning. It was one of the FIRST recipes I flagged when I opened the box and saw the book! Then I got the weekly email update from Michelle and said, heck, I should try this … so I rooted around in my chocolate stash and had exactly 6 1.2 ounce bars of bittersweet 72% cocoa bars … score! That made everything I needed available in house which made me decide that I needed to make it right then and there!!

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Let’s Party #6

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Who’s ready to Party??!!

This week I’m sharing a pic of Sweet Little One, aka Kitten, Witch Cat, etc. She’s not really sweet unless she wants something. The rest of the time she’s “No Touchy” and can be a little nippy and swatty … hence the nick name of Witch Cat as well. But she sure is pretty, isn’t she? Disregard her nose. She’s constantly getting in to stuff outside …

Again, we had some great shares last week! There was the Wynwood Walls which is pretty cool … not that far from my backyard and yet I’ve never been there … now I want to take a road trip!

Then there was the French Onion Soup … I might have to put that on the menu as we do have a little cold front coming in again!

And with all the stuff going on around here, we might need to make this Chicken and Gravy just for the comfort food factor!

I want to thank ALL OF YOU for sharing last week!

So this week … let’s see what YOU have to share!

I’m fairly easy going and will not tire you with rules, BUT please, make sure you share family friendly links and tips and while you are at it, go visit some of the other folks who are sharing here!

We all love comments so make sure you leave a comment when you go visit the others!

Thanks for sharing the love!

Let’s Party!

Simple Side Grillin’ Dish

Every time I do this, I kick myself for forgetting how good it is.

And then, every time someone ask how it’s done, I kick myself for forgetting how EASY it is.

Yeah. Really.

GRILLED VEGETABLES

Onions and Peppers …

Grilled in the grill pan. On the gas grill (although, I’m certain the charcoal grill would be awesome too!)

Cut your onion in half (root end to top) and then cut in thicker chunks. Toss in to a large bowl.

Deconstruct your peppers: push the stem down and pull out, shake out the seeds and cut in half (bottom to top) and again, cut in to thick chunks. Toss these in with the onions.

*Optional, if you like, you can add chunks of squash as well, which is what I’ve done here, but 90% of the time it’s just onions and peppers in my household!*

Grab some olive oil and add a bit to the bowl. No measuring allowed on this recipe. You don’t want them swimming in oil, but lightly coated.

Take some salt, pepper, and any other kind of seasoning that makes you happy and sprinkle over the veggies. I use my boirsion stuff which is a coarse ground seasoning mix, or a blend of salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder.

Let the bowl sit there on the counter. Stop by and say hi to the veggies as you do your thing in the kitchen.

When ready to cook, get a grill pan (you know the ones, open holes or grates?) and toss it on the grill to get hot and then toss the veggies in the pan. Leave them alone for a little bit and then go mix them up some … you want them to get a little ‘dark’ around the edges, but as I always tell Hubby, fine line between COLOR and BURNING so keep an eye on them once they start to get a little color.

Once the color is to your liking and ready, go ahead and remove them from the fire and serve. Yummy.

NOTES: I use whatever type of onions I have on hand. As for the peppers, I almost always have the sweet mini peppers from Costco so I just cut them in half and toss in. Of course, IF I have regular peppers, that’s what I use.

Also, I started using my Fire Wire Skewers to do this as well, however, the threading the pieces on is a little more time consuming … you can check that method out here.

There you have it, an easy make ahead side dish that can easily be reheated in a skillet while your protein is cooking, or it can used for a quick stirfry, or added to an omelet and so on!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties … go check them out!

 

Let’s Party #5

Hey! Are you ready for another party??!!

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The wine of the week is 19 Crimes 2016 Red Wine … interesting and tasty. It’s been a favorite of mine for about a year and when it goes on sale for $9.99, you better believe I pick up TWO bottles!

I want to give a HUGE thank you to those of you who came by and shared last week! There were some pretty interesting shares … pamecrement wrote a pretty moving post about God’s Sufficiency  … it really hit home this week and I think there was a quiet hand that had her share that this week.  And then there was the COOL cups by Hoopla Palooza … so very neat and some great cups were used! Makes me want to run to Bed Bath & Beyond to pick up some! AND then, over at Craft Beering we are showed how to make a Porter and Onion Gravy! With this new “soft food” diet that Mark is on, this will be golden! You bet it’s pinned and ready to give a whirl real soon!

So this week … let’s see what YOU have to share!

I’m fairly easy going and will not tire you with rules, BUT please, make sure you share family friendly links and tips and while you are at it, go visit some of the other folks who are sharing here!

We all love comments so make sure you leave a comment when you go visit the others!

Thanks for sharing the love!

Let’s Party!

Grocery Spending & Budgeting Week 4

Well. It’s been a crazy week.

A crazy month, actually.

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So crazy, in fact, that I busted my budget and will be breaking the rules by borrowing BELOW instead of side to side.

Yup. I spent $270.00 last week. ON GROCERIES!

Sunday was Aldi $87.00

Wednesday, after Mark had a little procedure done and was put on a soft food diet (nothing more than oatmeal consistency!) I stopped at Publix to pick up some “soft foods” … you know, oatmeal (which thankfully was buy one get one free!), mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, cottage cheese, ice cream, etc. Doesn’t matter that he just doesn’t want to eat, period. Spent $105 there. Oops.

Then I stopped at Trader Joe’s for a few things and ended up spending $78 … for more macaroni & cheese and other “soft foods” … and Mark still doesn’t want to eat.

Ugh.

Fingers crossed this week will be better, news wise and budget wise!

 

All Time Favorite Seasoning

Ok, not everyone has a Trader Joe’s close by … I get that! We were one of those folks not that long ago, trust me!

So today, I’m sharing one of my all time favorite seasonings that they sell … and NO, it’s not the Everything Bagel Seasoning …

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That jar is $1.99.

The BEST $1.99 I’ve ever spent!

Trust me!

And look, it’s clean!

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Ok, so being a “make it yourself” kind of girl, I don’t even want to try and do that … this is so good and really, well worth the $1.99.

So if you have a Trader Joe’s, run and buy this … fit it in to your budget (ditch that bag of chips, you don’t need those!) … if you do NOT have a Trader Joe’s, leave me a comment and maybe, just maybe, a little fairy will send you an email for additional information to ship you a little jar … just because 😉

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties … go check them out!

 

Let’s Party #4

Hey! Are you ready for another Party??

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I finally finished that bottle of Prosecco … that was a big bottle and it took me awhile!

I want to give a HUGE thank you for those of you who shared your links last week and the week before … being a fairly new person at this kind of party stuff, I’m learning and appreciate your comments and emails to assist me with little glitches 😉

There were some great shares last week: the Wine Bag which I would love to start getting crafty with; a homemade chicken noodle soup which hopefully I won’t need to be making anytime soon for comfort food when sick and of course, that hot dog chili sauce … we love chili dogs in this house and that looks perfect to top with!

I’m fairly easy going and will not tire you with rules, BUT please, make sure you share family friendly links and tips and while you are at it, go visit some of the other folks who are sharing here!

We all love comments so make sure you leave a comment when you go visit the others!

Thanks for sharing the love!

Let’s Party!