World Cup Appetizers Day 21

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Whoo Hoo!! Today is the World Cup Final!!!!! I am so excited for this game!! It should be the best of them all!! France vs Croatia….who would have ever thought these two teams would have made the finals!! Best of luck to both teams!!

 

Here is a good wing recipe for a great wing snack. They are really simple and turn out so tender. Hope you enjoy them as much as we did!!

 

Restaurant Style Buffalo Chicken Wings

Ingredient

  •  1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 10 chicken wings
  • oil for deep frying
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce
  •  dash ground black pepper
  • 1 dash garlic powder

Directions

  1. In a small bowl mix together the flour, paprika, cayenne pepper and salt.
  2. Place chicken wings in a large nonporous glass dish or bowl and sprinkle flour mixture over them until they are evenly coated.
  3. Cover dish or bowl and refrigerate for 60 to 90 minutes.
  4. Heat oil in a deep fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  5. The oil should be just enough to cover wings entirely, an inch or so deep.
  6. Combine the butter, hot sauce, pepper and garlic powder in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir together and heat until butter is melted and mixture is well blended.
  7. Remove from heat and reserve for serving.
  8. Fry coated wings in hot oil for 10 to 15 minutes, or until parts of wings begin to turn brown.
  9. Remove from heat, place wings in serving bowl, add hot sauce mixture and stir together. Serve.

World Cup Appetizers Day 20

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Today is one of the final games of the World Cup 😦   But I’m going to enjoy every minute of it!! Today is England vs. Belgium for the third place spot. Should be a really good game. They actually played earlier in the games and Belgium won. SO let’s see what happens!!

 

Since this game is first thing in the morning thought we could have a breakfast treat along with a nice cup of coffee. These are really good for a quick breakfast treat: Donut Muffins. Enjoy!!

 

 

Donut Muffins

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease 24 mini-muffin cups.
  2. Mix 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup margarine, and nutmeg in a large bowl.
  3. Stir in the milk, then mix in the baking powder and flour until just combined.
  4. Fill the prepared mini muffin cups about half full.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until the tops are lightly golden, 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. While muffins are baking, place 1/4 cup of melted margarine in a bowl.
  7. In a separate bowl, mix together 1/2 cup of sugar with the cinnamon.
  8. Remove muffins from their cups, dip each muffin in the melted margarine, and roll in the sugar-cinnamon mixture. Let cool and serve.

 

World Cup Rest Days

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Wow what a day!! Croatia and England played an amazing, exciting, and physical game. Through all Croatia won out!!! Congratulations Croatia!! You made it to the final the first time in your team history!!! Sorry to see England go but there can only be one!!!

So now onto the final and third place games….I think the final will be an intense and amazing game. One team has won the final and one has never been this far. I am going to be watching it…hope you all will be too!!

 

 

Saturday, July 14 (THIRD PLACE GAME)
Belgium vs England @ 10:00 AM ET On FOX (local)
Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg
Sunday, July 15 (FINAL)
France vs Croatia @ 11:00 AM ET On FOX (local)
Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

World Cup Appetizers Day 19

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OMG!!! What a finish!! Nicely done France!!! Congratulations!! Hate to see Belgium go but there can only be one!!!

Today we have a little bit of a spicy, cheesy snack…Sausage – Cheddar Balls!! I love cheese and sausage too. Hope you enjoy this as much as I do!!

Sausage and Cheddar Balls

Ingredients

    • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 2 cups grated cheddar (1/2 pound)
    • 1 pound bulk breakfast sausage
    • 1/2 large yellow onion, grated on large holes of a box grater 
    • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and baking powder.
  3. Add cheddar and toss to coat.
  4. Add sausage, onion, and butter.
  5. With your hands, mix until well combined and roll mixture into 1-inch balls.
  6. Place balls, 1/2 inch apart, on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  7. Bake until balls are golden and cooked through, 25 minutes.
  8. Serve warm.

World Cup Appetizers Day 18

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Good Morning all!!! It is a start to the finish. We have 4 teams that I don’t think anyone thought would be in the finishing rounds. Good luck to them all!!

 

Well today I thought we could use something sweet for a snack and what better then Nutella!! This recipe actually only makes 18 but you can adjust the amount to the number needed.

 

Nutella Sandwich Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3 egg whites
  • ¾ cups granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chocolate-hazelnut spread (such as Nutella)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 275°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Make the Meringue: In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk the egg whites and sugar to combine.
  3. Remove the bowl and place it over a medium pot of simmering water. Warm the mixture, whisking constantly by hand, until the sugar has dissolved, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the bowl back to the electric mixer.
  4. Add the cream of tartar and the salt, and whip on medium-high speed until the egg whites are thick and can hold a peak. Add the vanilla extract and beat just until combined.
  5. Bake the Meringue: Using two spoons, drop 2-tablespoon dollops of meringue onto the prepared baking sheets. They don’t need to be perfect, but should be around the same size.
  6. Bake until the meringues are crisp but not golden, about 1½ hours. Cool completely. (The meringues can be made a day or two ahead and stored in an airtight container.)
  7. Assemble the Sandwich Cookies: Spoon 1 to 2 teaspoons chocolate-hazelnut spread onto the flat side of a meringue cookie. T
  8. op with another meringue cookie and gently press to seal (not too hard, as the meringues are a bit fragile).
  9. Repeat with the remaining cookies and chocolate-hazelnut spread. Serve immediately.

Quarter-Final finish ups and rest

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Wow…that is all I can say!! What a great set of Quarter-finals!! The Russia vs Croatia game was absolutely amazing to watch. The last tie up before going in to the extra time was amazing!! Too bad it had to end in the knockout goals…sorry to see you go Russia, Uruguay, Brazil, and Sweden.

The teams that made it to the Semi-Finals:

France
Belgium
England
Croatia

Enjoy your rest days teams…you’re going to need them!!

 

Here are the brackets:

Scheduled Game times:

Semifinals 

Tuesday, July 10

France vs. Belgium in St. Petersburg, 2 p.m. on FOX (local)

Wednesday, July 11

England vs. Croatia in Moscow, 2 p.m. on FOX (local)

 

 

 

World Cup Appetizers Day 17

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What a set of games!!! Who would of thought that Belgium and France would have come out of this set of Quarters!!! Wow!! I hate to see Brazil and Uruguay go but someone has to. Can’t wait till see today’s games!!

Well until they start…here is a good recipe for wontons. With this recipe you can adjust the ranch dressing or use different kind of meat…ground sausage, ground beef, shrimp, or even add canned tomatoes. The following is a pretty basic recipe. Enjoy!!

Sausage Wonton Appetizers

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground sausage
  • 1 1/2 c shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 c shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz ranch salad dressing
  • 1 pkg rectangular wonton wrappers

Directions

  1. Brown sausage in skillet and drain.
  2. Add cheeses and salad dressing(adjust amount of dressing to your taste) and mix together.
  3. Place wonton wrappers into mini muffin pan.
  4. Fill each with a teaspoon of sausage mixture.
  5. Cook at 350 degrees about 10 minutes or until slightly browned and cheeses are melted.

 

Recipe Friday – Mini Ham and Cheese Rolls

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Today the World Cup Quarter finals begin!!!! I am so excited for all the teams!! Who are you rooting for? Who do you think will make out of the Quarters? Leave me comments below.

 

Well today I got a quick sandwich for you. It’s good for appetizers or even for a quick lunch. They are so easy to make…Enjoy!!

 

 

Mini Ham and Cheese Rolls

Ingredients

Directions

 

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine onion flakes, mustard, poppy seeds and margarine.
  3. Split each dinner roll. Make a sandwich of the ham and cheese and the dinner rolls.
  4. Arrange the sandwiches on a baking sheet.
  5. Drizzle the poppy seed mixture over the sandwiches.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, or until cheese has melted. Serve these sandwiches warm.

World Cup Rest Days

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Well today and tomorrow are rest days for the players that are still in the Cup. It truly has been an amazing few days. To all the players there are both still playing and have been sent home you have been amazing, fantastic, beautiful, and powerful. You all have and are achieving the dream!! Congratulations to those that are still playing…you have just a few more games before you are done. THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE!! Who will it be?

So far there has been amazing games played. Some went into extended time and penalty kicks. And some just finished out at the last possible moment. They were all great!! I love watching them all!!! I’ve been fortunate this year. Most of the games, especially the ones I really wanted to see were played on my local FOX network. I was so tickled when I found out that was the plan. The next one will be as well from what I understand. I can’t wait 🙂

The Teams that came out of the Knockouts (round of 16) and are moving on are as follows:

France
Uruguay
Russia
Croatia
Brazil
Belgium
Sweden
England

If keeping up with the Brackets for the Quarter-finals here it is:

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Game times are as follows:

FRIDAY:
France vs. Uruguay at Nizhny Novgorod, 10 am ET on FS1
Brazil vs. Belgium at Kazan, 2 pm ET on FS1

SATURDAY:

Sweden vs. England at Samara, 10 am ET on FOX (local)
Russia vs Croatia at Sochi, 2pm ET on FOX (local)

 

Thanks to:

http://www.fifa.com
http://www.foxsports.com
http://www.cbssports.com

World Cup Appetizers Day 16

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Wow what amazing games that have been played!!! I hate to say good bye but two more were eliminated yesterday Mexico and Japan….so sorry to see you go!! Congratulations    Brazil and Belgium you made it to the Quarter-finals!!!!

 

Today I have an amazing and easy shrimp recipe for you!! I love shrimp. Whether it be fried, grilled or put in a gumbo, there is something about shrimp. Hope you enjoy it as much as me 🙂

 

Coconut Shrimp

Ingredients

  •  1 egg
  •  1/2 cup all-purpose flour  
  •  2/3 cup beer
  •  1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  •  1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  •  2 cups flaked coconut
  •  24 shrimp
  •  3 cups oil for frying

Directions

  1.  In a medium bowl, combine egg, 1/2 cup flour, beer and baking powder.
  2. Place 1/4 cup flour and coconut in two separate bowls.
  3. Hold shrimp by tail, and dredge in flour, shaking off excess flour.
  4. Dip in egg/beer batter; allow excess to drip off. Roll shrimp in coconut, and place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, heat oil to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) in a deep-fryer.
  6. Fry shrimp in batches: cook, turning once, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden brown.
  7. Using tongs, remove shrimp to paper towels to drain.
  8. Serve warm with your favorite dipping sauce.