Friday, January 24, 2014

Super Bowl Happy App-etizers: PW Bacon Appetizers

So if you follow me on Pinterest you know I have a lot of random boards, but one in particular is called Happy App-etizers where I place all the fun appetizer type recipes that I find online. One in particular I got from the newest Pioneer Woman cookbook A Year of Holidays, but I also added it to my board. By the way I love this, love, love!

Let me introduce to you the Pioneer Woman's Bacon Wrapped Cracker. OH MY, these are good! They are especially good warm, right out of the oven (with a little cooling time since bacon gets really, really hot in the oven for 2 hours) but they are still tasty a day or two later.

A couple things I learned in my process.
1) Do not use the low fat or low sodium bacon that doesn't have full size strips of bacon. You will need the longer strips so when you cut them in half they will wrap around the cracker/cheese mixture.
2) She recommends not wrapping the bacon too tight around the cracker or when it is done it will look like a cinched waist on a debutant in the late 1800's.
3) Use the full-sized Club Crackers not the mini...I mean I guess you could use the min but it will take you a long time to prep everything.
4) Plan ahead...this appetizer does take some time to prep and also it bakes for a couple hours so make sure you plan ahead
5) one sleeve of Club Crackers is equal to a pound of bacon cut in half

Recipe from the PW Website:
  • 1 package Club Crackers
  • 1 pound Thin Sliced Bacon (or More Depending On Number Of Crackers)
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Optional Alternative: Brown Sugar Instead Of Parmesan Cheese

Preparation Instructions

Lay crackers (as many as you want) face up on a cookie sheet.

Scoop about 1 teaspoon of grated Parmesan cheese onto each cracker. Cut your package of bacon in half (or cut pieces individually) and carefully, so the cheese doesn’t fall off, wrap each cheese covered cracker in one half piece of bacon, completely covering the cracker. It should fit snugly around the cracker.

Place the bacon wrapped crackers onto a baking sheet that has a rack on it.

Place in a 250-degree oven for about 2 hours.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Another Beauty Swap

You may have noticed I recently blogged about a beauty swap I was involved in before Christmas. Well good news for you is they are having another one coming up in a couple weeks. For more details you can view the blog here and make sure you like Crystal Cattle and her co-host Cowgirl Crush on Facebook and @crystalcattle and @cowgirlcrushxo on Instagram.

Friday, January 3, 2014

This Seasoning Will Change Your Life

...ok so maybe not your life, but it will change your food for sure and for some people food is there life, or I guess food is required for life, oh whatever you get where I am going with this.

I really wanted to say This Seasoning FROM WALMART Will Change your life but I decided against it since I was sure no one would read this post.

Introducing Cavendar's All Purpose Greek Seasoning

So I knew nothing about this seasoning until a couple of co-workers told me about it and told me it was a must for cooking. I picked some up and they are right. Now dont' think you are going to get a shot of feta and oregano from this bottle, but you will get a lot of great seasonings and I buy the Salt Free version so I can control the salt how I like it but still get the good flavoring.

What would you add it to you might ask...well basically I've added it to everything I've made in the past few months that isn't sweet: soups, stews, pasta sauce with meat, vegetable sides, etc.

I bought mine at Hen House, but the link above is for Walmart...I think it is basically sold at all major grocery stores or online. Kick up those winter dishes and try some out today!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Crystal Cattle Beauty Swap

So back in November a friend a blogger, Crystal Cattle,  posted on her blog that she was going to be hosting a Beauty Swap around the holidays, beauty swap? I've never heard of such a thing but the thought of getting a box of fun beauty supplies that someone else likes was very appealing. I love beauty products, but often feel a little awkward when in places like Sephora when asking the perfectly make-uped ladies questions about products I have heard about or would like to try so this seemed like a great alternative!

I was very fortunate to be swapped up with Erin Worrell (@TXRIVERBOYS on Instagram) from Texas. Erin is a super-mom, her husband travels for work so she is virtually a single parent to her two precious little cowboys during the week and juggles everything flawlessly from what I can tell. We have a lot of things in common, (aside from our college football alliances, but hey at least Mizzou and Texas A&M are in the same dominant football conference now!) Crystal did a great time of pairing us up.

I was very excited to be able to share some of my favorite products but wanted to showcase some of the products that Erin sent me, that I had been wanting to try for a LONG time!

1. Urban Decay's UnSlick - This is a setting spray that a makeup artist told her is awesome!
2. Urban Decay's Naked Basics Pallet - These eye shadows are perfect and can go from natural day to night in a heartbeat. Perfect to pack for a weekend away and you have everything you need.
3. EOS Lip Balm - LOVE!
4. Smash Box Primer - I've been a tinted CC Cream girl for a while, but this was perfect for the night I used foundation and powder for a special night out. It went on smooth and dried quickly, I will for sure use again.
5. Bumble and Bumble Blow Out - This two-step process is very simple and creates a beautiful blow out if you have the time to do it. It did take me a while with all my hair but it was really pretty when done with a big round brush and it didn't require a hot iron.
*All of these products are available at Sephora

I will for sure be participating again in the swap, if you want to be part of the next swap make sure you go to Crystal Cattle's Blog and follow her on Facebook and Instagram.