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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Freedom Fridays # 39



Welcome My Friends!!







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Did everyone make it to Let's Get Social Sunday last week??

If not you just gotta come this week!!


So many new faces and so many new Follows & Likes


Link up early to get a good seat (front rows are gobbled up fast)

(If you wish a  first row seat we are taking on co-hosts)

If you are planning on watching Super Bowl,

 link up and hop back over Monday after Super Bowl to meet everyone:)

Let's Get Social Sunday
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Now for my Fabulous Five Faves!!!



Wire Crochet Valentine Earrings
@ Ana Love Craft








Baked Ziti
@ Dishing With Leslie









Icy Epsom Salt Luminaries
@ Craftiments








Divinity Kisses









Love Bug Party Bag
@ What Happens at Grandma's



If you were chosen please don't forget to grab my  featured button:)


I have been having some technical difficulties with my Featured Button but I do believe it's all fixed now, so if you missed the button or had some issues with it you can grab it here:)
Thanks




My Turn for us







I will be Pinning and sharing on Facebook my Fabulous Five Faves throughout the week:)




Now For This Weeks Party


What's missing, yeah it's those pesty little rules.

As I have mentioned before, I am retired from enforcing laws, rules etc. 

So enjoy being my  guest and have fun!




Let's Link up:)

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Potato Skins



I have always loved potato skins but I thought they were just too much work to make at home. 
WRONG!!
These are so worth the wait, the labor is minimal.
With Football season starting back up, this is one of my favorite go-to recipes and a must here on the Ranch.   Potato skins makes any game day feel like a  Super Bowl party!  Bake them ahead of time and right before the game starts, fill the shells and pop them in the oven and then enjoy the game!  

Potato Skins


Ingredients
  • 4 baking potatos
  • 6 slices of bacon
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 1 cup of grated cheddar cheese
  • sour cream
  • 4 green onions, sliced
Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Scrub Potatoes well and rub with olive oil. Place on cookie sheet or baking pan. Sprinkle with kosher salt
4. Bake for about 1 hour until potatoes are soft
5. Meanwhile fry bacon until crisp.
6. When the potatoes are done, remove from the oven and slice in half lengthwise.
7. Allow to cool enough to handle and using a spoon, scoop out the meat of the potato leaving about 1/4 inch of potato.
8. Brush both sides with olive oil and turn upside down on cookie sheet.
9. Bake for 8 minutes then flip, salt and pepper the potato halves and bake for 8-9 minutes.
10. Place cheese in each potato halve and add chopped bacon.
11. Return to oven and bake just long enough for cheese to melt.
12. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of sliced green onions.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Italian Sausage in Herbed Bread


This is an easy way to have a fun, flavorful finger food for all your parties!
Its especially popular at Super Bowl parties!!  
Store bought dough, spicy mustard and marinara sauce makes this fast and the grilled sausages add so much flavor!!


Italian Sausage in Herbed Bread

Ingredients
  • 5 Sweet Italian Sausages
  • 1 13.8 oz tube of Pizza Dough
  • 3 teaspoons of Italian seasoning
  • 3 Tablespoons of Parmesan cheese
Instructions
1. Grill the sausages until throughly cooked
2. Combine the Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese and kneed into the pizza dough.
3. Roll dough out into a large circle and cut into 1 inch x 4 inch strips.
4. Cut the sausages into thirds.
5. Place one of the pieces of sausages onto the bread strip. Wrap the dough around the sausage and tie into a knot
6. Place the knotted bread sausages on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven 475 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until brown
7. Serve with spicy mustard and/or marinara sauce:)
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Store bought dough with added herbs and cheese













  






Other Super Bowl Suggestions






Monday, January 28, 2013

Seven Layer Dip


I love football!!   I didn't grow up watching football. 
 My sweet hubby did, he's been a Dallas Cowboy Fan all his life. 
 But I love throwing parties and entertaining and since Super Bowl is just the perfect excuse for a party, I have thrown numerous Super Bowl parties. 
During the 90's Dallas was in the Super Bowl 3 times 1993, 1994 and 1996 and I threw Super Bowl parties every time and somewhere in the party atmosphere, I discovered football and loved it and became a huge Dallas Cowboy Fan (who could not enjoy those silver pants!!)  Of course it helped because Dallas won all three games.  
 So Super Bowl is a special time for me and it's almost a holiday in our house (maybe I will live long enough for Dallas to be in another one:).  
 I have almost an entire recipe box just for Super Bowl and I thought for this week I would share a few with you! 

 First Up DIP! 
  There is always a Dip for Super Bowl (and sometimes we invited him to our house, Lol).  Seriously the king of Dips is the Seven Layer Dip. It's so yummy and so pretty and there is always plenty for everyone.

Seven Layer Dip


Ingredients
  • 1 large can of refried beans
  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 16oz container of sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonaise
  • 1 package Taco seasoning
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 small can of sliced black olives
  • 2-3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
Instructions
1. Spread beans in a 13 X 9 inch glass pan or dish
2. Peel and smash avocados in a small bowl, add juice from one lime, and just a sprinkle of salt and spread mixture evenly over beans
3. Mix sour cream, mayonnaise and taco seasoning in a mixing bowl, blend well, spread sour cream mixture evenly over avocados.
4. Sprinkle on sliced black olives, chopped tomatoes, grated cheese and sliced green onions.
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Serve with tortilla chips and "beverages":)








Other Game Day treats you will enjoy:









Sharing at these awesome parties! 


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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Let's Get Social #5



Welcome to Let's Get Social Sunday!

This party is for bloggers who wish to make new friends and gain new followers. It is also an opportunity to link up all your social media sites to gain more followers for blogging opportunities and it increases traffic to all your sites.

Please:)

(1) Follow your hosts and co-hosts in as many ways as possible




and





Evelyn @ My Turn for us
and






 Jen @ Finding Momtopia

and




Tonya @ Momma's Sunshine




(the first three to four links links in each category)


(2) Grab our button and share it on your blog

(3) Let us know if you followed in the comments, so we can return the follows!

(4) Find some new blogs to follow and let 'em know you found them from the Let's Get Social Sunday party. 


*Just a note - If you would like to co-host, we are accepting spots in the future for co-hosts. Please, email Evelyn or Jamie and we will send you the information on scheduling. :)

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Freedom Fridays #38


Welcome My Friends!!









 First My Fabulous Five Faves!!!




Mixed Berry Sweet Rolls
@ A Sweet Baker









French Onion Roasted Cauliflower Soup
AKA Free Soup
@ Ms. enPlace








Champagne Fondue
@ Juggling Act









Swirly Earrings 
(This is a fantastic tutorial with links to definitions and how-to's!) 
@ NGNRDGRL







Chili Rellenos Tacos
@ Soup Spice Everything Nice





If you were chosen please don't forget to grab my  featured button:)

I have been having some technical difficulties with my Featured Button but I do believe it's all fixed now, so if you missed the button or had some issues with it you can grab it here:)
Thanks


My Turn for us




I will be Pinning, Tweeting and sharing on Facebook my Fabulous Five Faves throughout the week:)




Now For This Weeks Party


What's missing, yeah it's those pesty little rules.

As I have mentioned before, I am retired from enforcing laws, rules etc. 

So enjoy being my  guest and have fun!





Let's see what ya got!!


Grow Your Blog Hop!


I am so happy to be co-hosting this awesome hop this morning!!  Enjoy everyone!!!
Here's the hop:



Good morning and welcome to the Grow Your Blog (or GYB) blog hop! Paula and I are so happy to have you link up with us this week. And we happily welcome any new bloggers to the party! :) What is the Grow Your Blog Hop all about? NETWORKING! Meeting new bloggers, finding new content to follow, building your readership. Why is blog networking great for you? Simply put, it increases readership and traffic to your blog. How do you network? Visit. Comment. Invite. Communicate. These are key to growing your blog. growyourblog200a
THIS WEEK'S HOSTS & LOVELY CO-HOSTS!
WHEN YOU LINK UP TO THIS PARTY:
      • Follow your hosts and co-hosts
      • Visit and follow other bloggers
      • Comment to let them know that you stopped by and how you followed (Email, GFC, Facebook, Bloglovin, etc)
      • Invite them to visit your blog (be sure to leave your blog web address - too many times have i seen bloggers comment and request a visit to their blog without leaving their blog web address)
      • Communicate with them about what you like on their blog. Let them know you are interested in their blog. USE THEIR NAME! A simple "I'm so and so stopping by. I followed you please follow me." just isn't going to interest someone into visiting your blog. Sure, you can request a visit to your blog or a follow along but engage in some type of conversation first.
      • Grab a button and promote the party(you can get the button on This Gal Cooks right here.)GYBCOHOST
Email Julie from This Gal Cooks at thisgalcooks@gmail.com

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Campus Book Rentals

My son just graduated from New Mexico State University. 
 I am not sure just how to explain the emotions involved when your child graduates from college. (I know he's 23 but...)  
  Is this the end of a certain bond or is it the relief of a job well done?  
 I just know it's highly emotional. 
 You think back over all the milestones in his life, that first day of kindergarden, the graduations of middle school and high school, the first time he drove to town in his pickup alone, and when he moved out of his childhood room. 
 I have already had the experience of turning loose of an adult child since he has two older sisters but it never gets any easier to let go. 
 I worked hard to raise responsible independent adults but neglected to raise myself to be the parent of adults (this obviously takes longer).   I still wish to solve all their problems (the old kiss and put a bandaid on anything that hurts)  but there is a line between suggestions or advice and what is taken as criticism.  LOL. 
 So I am still learning and growing!

My Son's 1442 fellow graduates!

One major tidbit of advice I have tried to share is money management and conquering the high price of college.   After sending three children off to college, I have come to the conclusion it could have been done ever so much cheaper.  I wonder how many  in this photo knew about renting textbooks? 


I have just learned about an awesome cost cutter on those 

expensive college textbooks.

http://www.campusbookrentals.com/

These are just some of the perks:
1. Save 40-90% off of bookstore prices 
2. Free shipping both ways
3. Can highlight in the textbooks 
4. Flexible renting periods
5. No membership fee
6. Service is available to anyone
and they donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented
 Watch this video for the how to:)







And one of the perks I am relaying to my son is the Rent Back program:

RentBack is new initiative that allows students to rent the textbooks they own - to other students... which is awesome because it makes them 2-4x more money than they'd make if they sold their books back at the end of the semester! 

Live and learn! But better yet- live, learn and share.  So that's what I am doing today.  

Seriously go check out this web site and start preparing yourself for your child's future.  It all happens so fast so it's never too soon to be prepared!