Monday, June 26, 2017

#Cookout Week 2017 Giveaway!

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 Get those grills fired up... because it's #CookoutWeek 2017! This week, I'm joining forces with over 40 food blogger friends to bring you delicious recipes perfect for every backyard BBQ, picnic, summer party, or cookout. We also have a fabulous giveaway featuring products from the brands who have made #CookoutWeek possible! You can enter below to win:
  • From blog host The PinterTest Kitchen: $100 Amazon gift card, to use to buy all the supplies you need for your next cookout
  • From our sponsor The French Farm: A gift pack of gourmet products hand-crafted by small businesses and using only the finest ingredients - La Favorita Genovese Pesto, Caprichos del Guadalquivir Cadenera Orange Marmalade, and L’Abeille Occitane Lavender Honey
  • From our sponsor Smokin'-Os: A sampler pack of their "smokin'-os" wood rings, to help you add wood-fired, smokey taste to your grilled foods, even if you don't own a smoker
  • From our sponsor Primal Kitchen: $200 of Primal Kitchen goodies, including condiments made with avocado oil and bars and shakes with grass-fed collagen
  • From our sponsor Langers Juice Company: Your choice of 10 bottles of Langers Juice, with flavors including traditional Apple and Grape, as well as interesting mixes such as Pineapple Orange Coconut, Cranberry Blood Orange, and Mango Peach
  • From our sponsor True Made Foods: A 3-bottle sampler pack of sauces with real flavors made from real vegetables and less sugar - Ketchup, BBQ, and Veracha
This prize pack has an ARV of over $400! You have until July 1 at 11:59 PM to enter by following our sponsors and bloggers on social media: a Rafflecopter giveaway Stay tuned... remember, throughout the week, all of the participating bloggers will be posting delicious cookout recipes.

Here are all the bloggers who are part of #CookoutWeek 2017:
 The PinterTest Kitchen2 Cookin MamasA Day in the Life on the FarmA Kitchen Hoor's AdventuresAmy's Cooking AdventuresAshees CookbookBaking SenseBody RebootedBottom Left of the MittenChef Sarah ElizabethCook's HideoutCookaholic WifeCooking with SapanaEat, Drink, Be Healthy!FairyburgerFaith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered AccompliceFamily Around the TableFix Me a Little LunchFor the Love of FoodFull Belly SistersHezzi-D's Books and CooksHome Sweet HomesteadJoin Us, Pull up a ChairKate's Recipe BoxKelly Lynn's Sweets and TreatsLittle House Big AlaskaMy Southern Sweet ToothOur Good LifeOven Tales By SyamaPalatable PastimeRants From My Crazy KitchenSavory MomentsSeduction in the KitchenSidewalk ShoesThat RecipeThe Freshman CookThe Mad Scientists KitchenThe Pajama ChefThe Redhead BakerThe Saucy SouthernerThe Spiffy CookieThe Weekday GourmetTramplingroseTurnips 2 TangerinesUncle Jerry's Kitchen

 As one of the bonus entries in the giveaway, leave a comment on this blog post... 
What is your favorite dish to eat at a cookout? 

Stop back tomorrow for my first #Cookout Week 2017 recipe, 
Chocolate Caramel S'Mores Bars!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Grilled Beef Skewers / #SundaySupper

I am so excited about these Grilled Beef Skewers! It's time for #SundaySupper and we are talking beef. But not just any beef.  Certified Angus Beef® is on the menu today and we are cooking up Cowboy Recipes! These Grilled Beef Skewers are made with a Boneless Beef Sirloin Tip Roast, and they taste incredible! I added onion bites for a really tasty flavor combination, and I paired the beef skewers with veggie skewers to add color and great flavor to the plate!

 Grilled Beef Skewers
(printable recipe at end of page)

Certified Angus Beef® Boneless Beef Sirloin Tip Roast
1/2 Vidalia Onion
1 each Red, Yellow, and Orange Peppers
12 Mushrooms
Black Pepper 


Cut down the veins that you see in the roast. They end up into beautiful steaks. Take the piece of steak and make slices down the length of the cut piece, approx. 1/2" wide. Cut those strips in to cubes.
Cut the onion in half and then the half in quarters. Wash and pat dry the mushrooms. Cut and and chop peppers into small squares.
Load the onions and beef on to the skewers. But before you do, wipe the skewers with a paper towel sprayed with cooking spray. Let the beef and onion have just a bit of room so they cook evenly. Sprinkle with pepper.
Cut the peppers and mushrooms to fit onto the skewers. Add more onions too. Sprinkle with pepper. 
Put the beef and veggies on the grill. Use a timer to turn the skewers every 2 minutes. The beef will be medium rare in about 8 minutes. 

Enjoy your Grilled Beef Skewers! I served them with a small pasta salad and a slice of bread~the beef had a great taste and texture. My family loved these! I bet yours will also! These skewers would also make a great meal for a party. You can build the skewers ahead of time and because they cook so fast you can start them as the party guests arrive!

Thanks for stopping by today!
Thanks so much to Cindy from Cindy's Recipes and Writings for hosting today's fun event!
Scroll down to find many more recipes from #SundaySupper cooks!


More Sunday Supper Cowboy Cooking Recipes

Beefed Up Main Dishes

Hearty Sandwiches

Sizzling Sides

Substantial Steaks

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement


Grilled Beef Skewers

INGREDIENTS:


  • Certified Angus Beef® Boneless Beef Sirloin Tip Roast
  • 1/2 Vidalia Onion
  • 1 each Red, Yellow, and Orange Peppers
  • 12 Mushrooms
  • Black Pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Cut down the veins that you see in the roast. They end up into beautiful steaks. Take the piece of steak and make slices down the length of the cut piece, approx. 1/2" wide. Cut those strips in to cubes.
  2. Cut the onion in half and then the half in quarters. Wash and pat dry the mushrooms. Cut and and chop peppers into small squares.
  3. Load the onions and beef on to the skewers. But before you do, wipe the skewers with a paper towel sprayed with cooking spray. Let the beef and onion have just a bit of room so they cook evenly. Sprinkle with pepper.
  4. Cut the peppers and mushrooms to fit onto the skewers. Add more onions too. Sprinkle with pepper.
  5. Put the beef and veggies on the grill. Use a timer to turn the skewers every 2 minutes. The beef will be medium rare in about 8 minutes.
  6. Enjoy your Grilled Beef Skewers! I served them with a small pasta salad and a slice of bread~the beef had a great taste and texture. My family loved these! I bet yours will also! These skewers would also make a great meal for a party. You can build the skewers ahead of time and because they cook so fast you can start them as the party guests arrive!
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Friday, June 23, 2017

4th of July Firecracker / 15 Minute Friday

I have another fun treat for 4th of July today! This little treat is so simple to make, and quick too!
4th of July Firecracker 
(printable recipe at end of page)

Cooking Spray
Clear plastic shot cups from Dollar Tree
3 colors of Candy Melts~red, white, and blue
Red licorice strings
Scotch Tape

Spray cooking spray into each cup. Use a paper towel to spread a light layer all around the cups.
Spoon melted red candy melt into each cup. Fill 1/3 of the way up.
Let set up.
Once the red layer is set hard, add the white layer. Fill the next third of the cup with the white candy melt.
Fill the final third of the cup with the blue candy melts. Take one of the licorice ropes and pull one strand from the rope. Cut it into thirds. Once the blue candy melts are poured, place one end of the licorice into the center of the cup. Let it fold over, and tape the end to the cup. Let blue layer set up.  
Cut licorice to resemble wicks. They can be tall or short. I like the tall ones, but I think all of them are cute! Remove candy from cups by putting very slight pressure on side and bottom of cup. It will release itself quickly. Celebrate! 

Thanks for stopping by today!



4th of July Firecrackers

INGREDIENTS:


  • Cooking Spray
  • Clear plastic shot cups
  • 3 colors of Candy Melts~red, white, and blue
  • Red licorice strings
  • Scotch Tape

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Spray cooking spray into each cup. Use a paper towel to spread a light layer all around the cups.
  2. Spoon melted red candy melt into each cup. Fill 1/3 of the way up. Let set up.
  3. Once the red layer is set hard, add the white layer. Fill the next third of the cup with the white candy melt.
  4. Fill the final third of the cup with the blue candy melts. Take one of the licorice ropes and pull one strand from the rope. Cut it into thirds. Once the blue candy melts are poured, place one end of the licorice into the center of the cup. Let it fold over, and tape the end to the cup. Let blue layer set up.
  5. Cut licorice to resemble wicks. They can be tall or short. I like the tall ones, but I think all of them are cute! Remove candy from cups by putting very slight pressure on side and bottom of cup. It will release itself quickly.
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Celebrate It! Blog Link Party!

Hello! I am so glad you are here!
I hope you are having a fantastic summer, full of fun!
Link up  and let's celebrate what you have been creating!

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Easy Puff Pastry Shrimp Appetizers /#ProjectBeautiful

If you received an invitation to a Garden Party, what would you expect? Trays of gorgeous little treats, beautifully set tables and fresh flowers everywhere? Well, today you are invited to a Garden Party, and I am serving Easy Puff pastry Shrimp Appetizers that I know you will love. I hope you will join me!
Easy Puff Pastry Shrimp Appetizers
(printable recipe at end of post)

Medium bowl filled with water and ice
2 teaspoons Shrimp and Crab Boil~liquid
10 pieces extra large Shrimp
10 Pepperidge Farms Puff Pastry Cups
5 teaspoons Cocktail Sauce
4 tablespoons Sour Cream
1/2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
1/2 teaspoons Sriracha
Blueberries and Strawberries 
Lettuce Leaves and Grape Tomatoes


Make an ice bath by filling a medium bowl with ice and water. Set in fridge.
Peel and devein shrimp. Prepare a pot filled with hot water and the shrimp and crab boil. Bring to a boil. Drop shrimp in and boil for 3-4 minutes. Remove shrimp from pot, and rinse with cold water. Immediately place shrimp into water bath that you prepared earlier.
Let sit in water bath until completely chilled. The water bath stops the shrimp from cooking, so they will not become rubbery. Remove from water bath and refrigerate until ready to use.

Prepare puff pastries according to package directions.
Place a small spoonful on to each puff pastry. Top each dollop of sauce with a cooked shrimp. Garnish the plates with lettuce, tomatoes, blueberries and a strawberry.
 I am so glad you dropped by today! I hope you will enjoy these Easy Puff Pastry Shrimp Appetizers!
Click the link below to find more Fun Garden Party Ideas!

Easy Puff Pastry Shrimp Appetizers

INGREDIENTS:

  • Medium bowl filled with water and ice
  • 2 teaspoons Shrimp and Crab Boil-liquid
  • 10 pieces extra large Shrimp
  • 10 Pepperidge Farms Puff Pastry Cups
  • 5 teaspoons Cocktail Sauce
  • 4 tablespoons Sour Cream
  • 1/2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons Sriracha
  • Blueberries and Strawberries
  • Lettuce Leaves and Grape Tomatoes

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Make an ice bath by filling a medium bowl with ice and water. Set in fridge.
  2. Peel and devein shrimp. Prepare a pot filled with hot water and the shrimp and crab boil. Bring to a boil. Drop shrimp in and boil for 3-4 minutes. Remove shrimp from pot, and rinse with cold water. Immediately place shrimp into water bath that you prepared earlier. Let sit in water bath until completely chilled. The water bath stops the shrimp from cooking, so they will not become rubbery. Remove from water bath and refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. Prepare puff pastries according to package directions.
  4. Place a small spoonful on to each puff pastry. Top each dollop of sauce with a cooked shrimp. Garnish the plates with lettuce, tomatoes, blueberries and a strawberry.
  5. Enjoy!
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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Devil's Food Strawberry Shortcake / #SundaySupper

Every Dad has a favorite dessert. My husbands favorite is Strawberry Shortcake. It has been his favorite for most of his life. His mom made her shortcake with sweet biscuits and then covered them with sliced strawberries and a scoop of whipped cream. It was delicious and a wonderful summer treat!
Today I made Devil's Food Strawberry Shortcake, another of my husband favorites. I baked a single chocolate sponge cake, which is light and airy, and compliments the strawberries perfectly. I drizzled milk chocolate ganache over the cake and berries, sort of a nod to chocolate covered strawberries, and topped it off with a dollop of homemade whipped cream. I think you are going to like this!  Happy Father's Day to all you Dads!
 Devil's Food Strawberry Shortcake
(printable recipe at bottom of page)

6 Egg Yolks
1/2 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Flour
1/3 cup unsweetened Cocoa Powder
6 Egg Whites 
1/2 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
1/2 cup Sugar
5 ounces Milk Chocolate, melted
12-15 Fresh Strawberries, sliced into thin slices
1/3 cup Heavy Whipping Cream (learn to make it here)
 

Mix the egg yolks on high speed for 5 minutes. The mix should become thick and have a lemon color.
Add in the orange juice and vanilla. Beat on low speed to combine.
Using low speed, beat in the cup of sugar. Increase the speed to medium and mix until the mix is thick and doubles in volume.
In a separate bowl, mix the flour and the cocoa powder.
Start mixing the flour into the egg yolk mix by sprinkling a 1/4 cup of flour on the top of the egg yolk mix, and then folding the flour into the egg yolk liquid. Repeat adding the flour, 1/4 cup at a time. Set mix aside.
In a mixing bowl, mix together the egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Add the 1/2 cup of sugar a little at a time, mixing on high until stiff peaks form.
Fold a cup of the egg white mixture into the egg yolk mix. Then fold the entire bowl of egg yolk mixture into the egg white mix. 
Flour and spray the pan you want to use for the cakes. Fill with the batter. Bake at 325 degrees for 18-20 minutes. 
While cakes are baking, melt chocolate in a double boiler on low.
Once cakes are done, cool for ten minutes, then remove from pan.
Once chocolate is melted, heat the whipping cream in a microwave. It should be warm, but not hot. Adding just a little at a time, start mixing the whipping cream and melted chocolate together, making a ganache. When you are happy with the consistency, stop adding cream. The chocolate should be drippy ( yes, that is a technical term) like in the picture.
Start building the shortcake. Place a cake on the bottom of the glass. Top with sliced strawberries. Drizzle with chocolate. You will have cake mix left over. The number on the toppings is for 2-3 servings.
Top with another cake, more strawberries, and chocolate. Add a spoonful of whipped cream, and garnish side of glass with a fresh strawberry!  

Thank you for stopping by today and letting me share this special Devil's Food Strawberry Shortcake! I hope you enjoyed it! For more special Father's Day meals, keep scrolling down the page to see some tasty dishes from the Sunday Supper family!  


Sunday Supper Father’s Day Menu Ideas

Sides Dad Will Love

Mains for the Main Man

Dad's Favorite Desserts

The Best Recipes You Need Now for Father’s Day by Sunday Supper Movement Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

Devil's Food Strawberry Shortcake

INGREDIENTS:


  • 6 Egg Yolks
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 6 Egg Whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 5 ounces Milk Chocolate, melted
  • 12-15 Fresh Strawberries, sliced into thin slices
  • 1/3 cup Heavy Whipping Cream

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Mix the egg yolks on high speed for 5 minutes. The mix should become thick and have a lemon color.
  2. Add in the orange juice and vanilla. Beat on low speed to combine. Using low speed, beat in the cup of sugar. Increase the speed to medium and mix until the mix is thick and doubles in volume.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the flour and the cocoa powder.
  4. Start mixing the flour into the egg yolk mix by sprinkling a 1/4 cup of flour on the top of the egg yolk mix, and then folding the flour into the egg yolk liquid. Repeat adding the flour, 1/4 cup at a time. Set mix aside.
  5. In a mixing bowl, mix together the egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Add the 1/2 cup of sugar a little at a time, mixing on high until stiff peaks form.
  6. Fold a cup of the egg white mixture into the egg yolk mix. Then fold the entire bowl of egg yolk mixture into the egg white mix.
  7. Flour and spray the pan you want to use for the cakes. Fill with the batter. Bake at 325 degrees for 18-20 minutes.
  8. While cakes are baking, melt chocolate in a double boiler on low.
  9. Once cakes are done, cool for ten minutes, then remove from pan.
  10. Once chocolate is melted, heat the whipping cream in a microwave. It should be warm, but not hot. Adding just a little at a time, start mixing the whipping cream and melted chocolate together, making a ganache. When you are happy with the consistency, stop adding cream. The chocolate should be drippy ( yes, that is a technical term) like in the picture.
  11. Start building the shortcake. Place a cake on the bottom of the glass. Top with sliced strawberries. Drizzle with chocolate. You will have cake mix left over. The number on the toppings is for 2-3 servings.
  12. Top with another cake, more strawberries, and chocolate. Add a spoonful of whipped cream, and garnish side of glass with a fresh strawberry!
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Friday, June 16, 2017

Marshmallow Flags! / #15 Minute Friday

I am always excited for the 4th of July! It's one of my favorite holidays! I love what it stands for, and I love celebrating it with family and friends! 
Today's 15 Minute Friday is a quick and simple Marshmallow flag that would be fun to create with little ones. They also make cute decor for your festivities, and the perfect thank you gift for your guests!
Marshmallow Flags 
(printable recipe at end of page)

1 bag Bright White Candy Melts
Square Marshmallows
Red, White and Blue Straws
Assortment of red, white and blue sprinkles, jimmies, and shapes


Melt candy melts according to package directions. They melt great in the microwave, and are perfect every time.
Insert a straw into a marshmallow so it resembles a flag. Using a paintbrush that you only use for candy and cookie decorating, paint a small square in the corner, and attach the stars. Paint two stripes across the flag.
Sprinkle the holiday sprinkles across the flag. Let dry. Then turn over to remove the excess sprinkles.
Do the same thing for this flag, using one star and the hearts. Just go crazy with your imagination! There are so many ideas that are simple and quick!
Here are some different stripe ideas.
Some stars and a bunch of sprinkles.
Squares and hearts.
Thanks for joining me today for 15 Minute Friday! 

I hope you like these additional ideas to celebrate the red, white, and blue:
 





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Marshmallow Flags

INGREDIENTS:


  • 1 bag Bright White Candy Melts
  • Square Marshmallows
  • Red, White and Blue Straws
  • Assortment of red, white and blue sprinkles, jimmies, and shapes

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Melt candy melts according to package directions. They melt great in the microwave, and are perfect every time.
  2. Insert a straw into a marshmallow so it resembles a flag. Using a paintbrush that you only use for candy and cookie decorating, paint a small square in the corner, and attach the stars. Paint two stripes across the flag.
  3. Sprinkle the holiday sprinkles across the flag. Let dry. Then turn over to remove the excess sprinkles.
  4. Just go crazy with your imagination! There are so many ideas that are simple and quick!
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