Thursday, January 29, 2015

Celebrate It! Blog Party #28


It is time to
 Celebrate It!

Celebrate life everyday!
If you celebrate each day by cooking, baking, writing, photographing,
crafting, decorating, designing,
share it with us!

We can't wait to celebrate with you!

So, linkup as many links as you would like.
We want to see them!
Thank you to everyone who visited our blog party last week!
Here are some features from last week:

Homemade Football Flatware Holder
from
Drug Store Divas

Cinnamon Oatmeal Bars
from
Lizventures

Pigeon Forge Wax Museum
from
My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings

By linking up, you are giving The Freshman Cook permission to feature your post
 on social media and our blog using a photo, title, and link to your site.
 Also to send you an email about this party. 
Proper credit and links will be given to you.

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on Twitter, and on Facebook.



It's Party Time!




Chicken Fajita Bites

Unless you are stranded on a desert island, you know that it is Super Bowl week, and that the big game is this Sunday. I'm really not sure who is playing, but I will be sure to find out by kickoff! To me, this day is always about the food.  One of the fun appetizers I will be serving are these Fajita Bites. They are tasty and easy to make, with a lot of the prep work done the day before. Win!

Fajita Appetizers
Chicken Fajita Bites

1 Chicken Breast
 sprinkles of Chipotle Seasoning
9 Scoops Chips
mini red, orange, and yellow Peppers
1/4 cup Onion
4 Cheese Mexican Blend Shredded
1/4 cup Salsa
1/4 cup Sour Cream
1/2 Avocado
Sprinkle your raw chicken breasts with the
Chipotle Seasoning, and then pan fry.

Chop your onion and peppers into small pieces.
They should be small enough to fit in the scoops.
Saute them in a pan until tender.
Once your chicken is cooked, let it cool, and then
pull it apart in to shreds. Once shredded, cut the 
chicken into small pieces to fit into the scoops.
Chop your avocado half into small chunks.
Begin to load up your scoops. Place the chicken
in the bottom. Top it with the peppers and onion.
Sprinkle the cheese on top of each fajita bite.
Add a dab of salsa to each scoop.
Top each piece with a bit of avocado.
Serve and enjoy!

If you want to make some of this recipe the day before you are
serving it, you could go ahead and cook, cool, and shred
the chicken the night before.  Dice your peppers and onions
also, but I would cook them on the day you are serving. 
This definitely gives you a leg up when it comes to
putting it all together!
Thanks for joining me today.
Happy Super Bowl! 


You might enjoy these
Super Bowl Treats and Eats
 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Celebrate It! Blog Party #27


Welcome to Celebrate It!
I am so glad you stopped by!!


Join our blog party and show us what you have been up to lately.
Have you made any great dishes?
Celebrate your culinary skills by sharing them with us!
How about that new craft you created for your mantle? We would love to see it!
At Celebrate It! Blog Party we are celebrating everyday life.
The things we do everyday to show our love, our creativity, our passions, our talents.
Share a photo you took of a special place or loved one.
Show us your decorating, your front door wreath, a new tablescape!
We want to Celebrate It! with you!!

So, linkup as many links as you would like.
We can't wait to see them!
Thank you to everyone who visited our blog party last week!
Here are some features from last week:
Nancy's Delicious Homemade Bread
from
On The Homefront

Rustic Wood Centerpiece
from
Blooming Homestead

Favorite Workout Apps
from
No Small Life

Thank you to everyone who linked up last week.
Your link ups are so appreciated, and I am so happy you stopped by !

By linking up, you are giving The Freshman Cook permission to feature your post
 on social media and our blog using a photo, title, and link to your site.
 Proper credit and links will be given to you.


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on Twitter, and on Facebook.

It's Party Time! 






 


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Super Bowl Eats and Treats!


It is getting close to the day of the big game,
 so I put together some appetizers and treats
to help in your search for the perfect fun party food.
Football and party foods

These eats and treats are all winners!
I hope you find one or two that you can use!

Monday, January 19, 2015

A Winter Mantel

I have been a crafter and a do it yourself-er since I was very young. I grew up in a house that usually had a reno of some sort going on, and like a lot of large families, there was always a craft or two strewn across the dining room table. My parents were always improving our house and I really think it must be hereditary. My husband and I have renovated just about every house we have lived in. The house we bought last year was built in the early 90's, and needs updating. It was empty for about 5 years before we bought it, but it has great bones, and just needs to be brought into this decade.

We started updating a little bit this past summer, and somewhat during the winter, so I thought I would periodically share some of our do it yourself and decorating adventures. So far we have refurbished the wooden deck, redone the back outdoor porch, pulled out so many over grown shrubs and trees that I can't count them all, and quite a bit more which I will be posting about.

 This Winter Mantel is something I wanted to do as soon as I saw how blank it looked after the Christmas decorations were taken down. I was worried it might be too early for Valentines Day at the time. I wanted the mantel to represent the North Carolina winter as I see it.


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Celebrate It! Blog Party #26!


German Chocolate Bundt Cake/#BundtBakers

It is cold, windy and icy outside, but it is warm, toasty, and sweet smelling inside! This German Chocolate Bundt Cake is the reason. The aroma coming from the oven is sensational, and the sweet milk chocolate baked in the cake is tasty and heavenly! This classic cake is topped with chocolate butter frosting and drizzled with a gooey pecan coconut topping. This cake, made in a double layer, from a mix, was a staple in my house when I was growing up.


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Mini Meatball Subs/#Foodie Extravaganza and a Giveaway!


It's that time of year when we are busy celebrating our favorite football teams with tailgating  and parties. It is also that time of year when many of us are watching what we eat, resolving to try to do it healthier during the new year. I think this Mini Meatball Sub is perfect for watching the
 game, and because it is made with oatmeal it helps you feel better about eating and loving it!

I made this recipe to be quick and easy. It takes longer to roll the meatballs, than anything else. I used a jar of sauce instead of making it from scratch. There were several reasons for this. First, it is easier and quicker. Whether you are entertaining, making dinner or just trying to get a meal done and on the table, quick and easy is usually a priority. Second, I used a sauce that I knew was great tasting, has no added sugar, and low sodium.  I have used this sauce many times, Silver Palate San Marzano Pasta Sauce. I love substituting the oatmeal for the breadcrumbs. The oatmeal gives the meatballs a great texture, just like the breadcrumbs, and oatmeal is packed with vitamin b, and has no salt. Give it a try.
You won't be disappointed!