Friday, January 30, 2015

Superbowl Sunday Garlic Stuffed Cheese Bombs

  Recently Shawn and I ordered a calzone from an  Italian place we'd never tried.  We usually read online reviews before trying a new place out and when some people commented that the calzone had too much cheese, I knew I'd love it.  In my opinion, you can't have too much cheese.

I have been making this bread for many years.  It's a holiday staple  at my house.  Sometimes I make it to serve alongside a lighter salad and soup or chowder.  Honestly, I can just eat this cheese bread as a meal.  

Admittedly, I don't really watch the Superbowl, but that doesn't mean I don't like to eat the foods served at a Superbowl party!   I have been known to whip up some good eats for the guys on that special day and these are on the Super Bowl snack menu this year.  If you love rich, melted gooey cheese, and if you love garlic, then let me introduce you to the bomb…

Garlic Stuffed Cheese Bombs 

Garlic Stuffed Cheese Bombs 

1/2 Cup Salted Butter
2 Tblsp Sesame Seeds
Minced Garlic (from jar) or 6 cloves minced (or more to taste!)
12 Mini Ciabatta rolls or one loaf French bread
3/4 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
2 cups Monterey Jack cheese (cubed)
1 3/4 Cup Sour Cream
1 Cup Medium or Sharp Cheddar Cheese
2 tsp Lemon Pepper
2 Tablespoons Parsley

(optional ingredients that I don't usually use but are very good: 6 oz. pitted sliced black olives, 1 14 oz. can artichoke hearts, drained)

Saute' butter, sesame seeds and garlic 

Slice rolls or loaf in half (you want to use a bread which will be crusty on the outside when baked.  I use a French loaf or mini Ciabatta rolls (our favorite)

Pinch out as much of the inside of the roll or bread loaf as you can to form a 'boat', so to speak. SAVE the bread pieces you pull out in a large bowl.

Line a cookie sheet or shallow pan with your hollowed out bread

To your saved bread pieces, add….
 the melted butter, sesame seed and garlic mixture

 Stir so that the bread pieces absorb the butter
 Add the parmesan cheese, sour cream, monterey jack cheese and lemon pepper
 Stir to blend (note I used shredded Monterey Jack here but normally just cube it…I like it best when cubed as it makes little pockets of gooey, stringy cheese in the bread)
 Fill the bread boats with the cheese stuffing.  You should have enough to really make a small mound in the boats.

 Top with shredded cheddar

 and sprinkle with dried Parsley

 Now, you can bake them or freeze them.  They freeze very well.  I slide them into a zip loc bag and lay them flat in the freezer.  WIn fact, I always make extras and pull them out of the freezer to serve with other meals or as snacks.  No need to defrost, just stick them in the oven frozen and allow a couple of extra minutes to bake.

Bake at 350 until lightly browned on top, about 20 minutes for small squares and up to 30 for a large loaf.  If you're making a loaf, let it set for a couple of minutes before slicing. 
 You won't be disappointed!

Have fun watching the Superbowl, or not, on Sunday!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year's Morning

New Year's Morning

Only a night, from old to new!
Only a night, and so much wrought!
 The Old Year’s heart all weary grew,
But said: “The New Year rest has brought.”

The Old Year’s hopes its heart laid down,
As in a grave; but trusting, said:
 “The blossoms of the New Year’s crown
Bloom from the ashes of the dead.”

The Old Year’s heart was full of greed;
With selfishness it longed and ached,
 And cried: “I have not half I need.
My thirst is bitter and unslaked.

But to the New Year’s generous hand
All gifts in plenty shall return;
 True love it shall understand;
By all my failures it shall learn.

I have been reckless; it shall be
Quiet and calm and pure of life.
 I was a slave; it shall go free,
And find sweet peace where I leave strife.”

Only a night from old to new!
Never a night such changes brought.
 The Old Year had its work to do;
No New Year miracles are wrought.

Always a night from old to new!
Night and the healing balm of sleep!
 Each morn is New Year’s morn come true,
 Morn of a festival to keep.

All nights are sacred nights to make
Confession and resolve and prayer;
 All days are sacred days to wake
New gladness in the sunny air.

Only a night from old to new;
Only a sleep from night to morn.
 The new is but the old come true;
Each sunrise sees a new year born.

~Helen Hunt Jackson~

Wishing you, yours and mine all a most healthy, happy and prosperous 2015!  
To beginning again~

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas Home Tour 2014

I think I am really good at running out of time to get things done that I want to do.  In fact, I might even say I'm an expert in the field.  How about you?  Surely I can't be the only one good at this!
By the time I finish up with this post it will be tomorrow.
Probably like you, I have been trying to finish up wrapping gifts, baking, cooking, cleaning and then starting it all over again.
I'm looking forward to taking a little break and seeing our family over the next few days.  We've got plans for the next three days including going on a hay ride through Honor Heights Park in my hometown, Muskogee, tomorrow evening with my Dad and Step-Mom.  If you are near Muskogee it is well worth the trip to tour the park during the holidays and see the gorgeous and unique display of lights.

I have taken photos here and there of the house and wanted to show them to you before Christmas comes and goes!
I'll cut this short, as far as words go, because I have a lot to show.  I hope you enjoy the mini tour~

Dining Room


I have accented several lamps in the house with glitter covered snowflake ornaments.  They stick right to the shade and look so pretty when the lights are on.

Tablescape (see my last post to see more photos and details about purchasing the magazine this was featured in)

Transferware Topiary 
I purchased these wreath topiaries a few years back at an after Christmas clearance sale.  I knew exactly how I would decorate these.  I hung graduating sizes of transferware plates in the center of each wreath.  Everyone loves these!

An everyday centerpiece for the dining room table is
a huge antique red transferware wash basin filled with a mix of red ornaments.

In this little vignette I've filled a gallon sized antique Marmalade advertising crock with Chistmas baubles, a Masons Vista pitcher that is fitted with a miniature Christmas tree and a special seasonal piece; a brown transferware plate by Spode with a Nativity scene.  I found the antique painted tole tray at an estate sale recently for $3!  

The Entry Way

  I made a wreath with some miniature transferware creamers and hung it on one of the French doors.

Living Room
Looking into the living room from the entryway….wish I'd lit the fire for this photo. ;(

This is my favorite corner in the house; the spot where I love to have a cup of coffee almost every morning….and where I do have the fire going in this photo! =)

 A needlepoint pillow depicting a Victorian Santa brings just a touch of Christmas to the sofa

Looking towards the entryway and dining room

Family Room
 For the past 6 or so years, I've decorated our main tree with vintage red transferware teacups. The original post about my tree  can be seen HERE along with photos of my previous dining room (my favorite).

This vignette is on a small wall in the family room.  Here I've used the snowflake ornaments again and just pressed them onto the lamp shades.  They're a little rough so the texture holds to the fabric of the shades without attaching them permanently.  I've had so many compliments on this!

The  French armoire and bookcase in the TV room is where I display a lot of brown transferware. On either side of the armoire I've got two demilune tables and each has a huge pitcher that would have been part of an antique wash basin set.

 I have creamy white hydranges in these and put small Christmas trees in them decorated with pheasant feathers iridescent bows and glittered curly-q picks. 

I've probably said this on my blog before, but something about this house that I adore is all the little nooks and crannies it has.  These little niches are perfect for vignettes, which I love to create.  This little niche perfectly holds a unique bar I bought Shawn years ago.  It looks like a fancy dollhouse which makes it very fun to decorate for the holidays.  I made two moss topiaries and put them in vintage transferware toothpick holders that look like planters.  Along with white nutcrackers, they flank the doors to the house.  Several wreaths hang from the gables and windows, and atop the roof…Santa's sleigh of course.

The chair in front of the bar is the perfect spot for a needlepoint pillow with our last name embroidered on it and a leopard trimmed Santa hat that was one of the girls when they were itty bitty.

This little nook is just outside of the guest bathroom, off of the tv room. 

Grandma Judy gave the angel figurine to Kalyn which sets next to another tree in an antique brown transferware pitcher.  I tied a sheer ribbon with a holly leaf design on it around the top of the lampshade.

I think that wraps up the little tour.  I am so sleepy.  As I predicted at the beginning of the post, it is now tomorrow, two days till Christmas.  May you all have a very Merry one.

Last minute gifting idea!

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