Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Snow Day and Superbowl Party Food

Yes, you read correctly!  The Mississippi Gulf Coast is preparing for sleet, another couple of days of icy roads, and SNOW!!  I do know a thing or two about snow.  I spend some of my childhood in Rockland, Maine.  However, the MS Gulf Coast does not see snow too often.  Schools are closed for two days due to the icy road conditions.  Our Emergency Management System is prepared for hurricanes (and they do a fabulous job protecting the citizens of the MS Gulf Coast), but icy roads along with our and many bridges spanning bayous and waterways cause dangerous driving conditions.  As I am writing this, I am looking out the window into our woods.  The rain is gently falling and by this afternoon, it may be snow.  Woo Hoo! What a terrific time to do a little blog writing!

WARNING:  I am going to confess to a blog crime.  Or at least by some bloggers, it is considered a crime.  I am going to cut and copy from a previous blog post I wrote on a favorite appetizer.    I am sure that a jury of my peers will be gathering to decide my punishment.  But wait, who came up with these rules?  Does it really matter if you re-share a favorite post?  I have never understood that blogging rule.  I have two favorite appetizer recipes.  Why would I make up other favorite appetizers just because I already posted about these recipes?  Okay, I feel better after confessing my blog crime. It's almost Superbowl time, so let's get cooking!

This recipe is not for cholesterol watchers of the world, but is a treat a few times a year.  This will be a sure hit at your Superbowl Party, especially with the guys.  These are my Bacon Cheddar Pinwheels.  Don't they look yummy?  I wish we had smell-a-blog!

Here is the Starting Line-Up...I know the ingredient list is unusual, but trust me!
20 slices of White Bread (crusts trimmed)
1 can Condensed Milk
1/4 cup of Prepared Mustard
1 teaspoon of Worcestershire Sauce
1.5 pounds of thin or regular Bacon (Do not use the thick variety)
8 ounces of Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated (Regular or 2%)

I found that the giant loaf of Bunny bread is the best  for making this recipe.  You want a bread that is square and uniform in shape.  Trim the crusts from the bread and roll each piece flat with a rolling pin. An electric knife works well too.
 Nice and flat.
Combine condensed milk, mustard and Worcestershire in a small bowl.  Isn't it a shame that you can never get all of the creamy goodness out of a can of condensed milk?  I give you permission to take another spoon and savor the remains yourself!  I am nice like that! I have a friend that will eat an entire can of condensed milk whenever she feels like it.  No excuses either! She's brave.
 Cut the bacon in half.  Lay three halves touching on a flat surface.
 Place a slice of bread on top.  Spread one rounded tablespoon of condensed milk mixture on the bread. Sprinkle one tablespoon of grated cheese on top. Feel free not to measure the cheese.  I never do.
 Roll up...   

 Secure with three toothpicks, one thru each bacon slice.
At this point you may either refrigerate until you are ready to bake them or bake immediately.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  With a very sharp knife, make pinwheels by cutting between the bacon slices.
Bake 30 minutes, preferably on a broiler pan with a rack.  If you use a broiler pan, I would suggest lining the pan for easier clean-up and spraying the cooking surface with Pam. Normally, I place parchment paper on cookie sheets and bake that way.  If your bacon is very fatty, I would suggest the broiler pan.
After 30 minutes, you will end up with a delicious pan of Bacon Cheddar Pinwheels.  Your children and spouse will be hovering around as they smell the delicious aromas wafting from your kitchen.  Immediately remove the Bacon Cheddar Pinwheels from the broiler tray, remove the toothpick, and place on a platter.
 Pick one up and take a bite...close your eyes and savor the goodness!
 Tips for Bacon Cheddar Pinwheels (Not in my previous post):
1.  Not all bacon is the same size.  I have made them with 2 strips of bacon per 1 piece of bread.
2.  It does make a large pinwheel.  After baking, I have also cut each one again.  If you do this, lay the flat
     end down of the serving platter, with the end pictured above sticking up.  It makes the perfect bite.
3.  These can be refrigerated and reheated either in the micorwave or oven.
4.  Yes, I have eaten them for breakfast...also for a midnight snack!

Stop by tomorrow for another great Superbowl recipe.  By the way, I did alter some of my wording, so I hope that my offense is a minor one!  Still waiting on snow, but ready for some hot cocoa!

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Monday, January 20, 2014

The Shoe Fairy and Milk Glass Fairy!

Have you ever heard of the Shoe Fairy?  If you love shoes as much as I do, you would probably love to have a Shoe Fairy.  When I worked as a counselor at a school, I was lucky to have my own Shoe Fairy.  Really!!  One day, I came into work and found a shoebox with a brand new pair of shoes in my mailbox.  After doing a little investigation (by the way- counselors are good at that), I found out that one of the teachers had given them to me.  She couldn't wear the pair and knew that my foot was the same size.  Over the years, the Shoe Fairy would strike numerous times, leaving almost new shoes in my box.   Margaret, whom I began to call the Shoe Fairy, might wear the shoes once or twice and decide they didn't fit her as well as she would have liked.  She obviously did not like clutter in her closet because she got rid of the shoes fairly quickly.  Wish I could say that about my closet!
After several years, I took a position at the school's district office and sadly left my Shoe Fairy behind.  I never thought that I was leaving a Shoe Fairy for a Milk Glass Fairy!  Bet you don't have one of those, either! I have been collecting milk glass for many years.  Imagine my surprise when a dear co-worker dropped by my office with a tattered box containing several pieces of milk glass!  Joanne was helping a friend clean out her mother's home when they came across this box in the attic.   She knew I would appreciate the glassware.  As I began to unpack the box, I was surprised to see a lovely Hobnail set consisting of six- 9 ounce glasses, a pitcher, vase and candy dish.  Here is a picture of the set after I removed it from the box, prior to cleaning.  Isn't it a lovely set!  After a little soap and water, the dust and dirt swirled down the sink to reveal beautiful, creamy white glass.  The set is now displayed with my other treasured and much used pieces.  This was not the first time a piece of milk glass appeared on my desk from Joanne.  She might see a piece at a yard sale and pick it up for me.  Such a thoughtful friend!  Psalm 17:17 tells us that "A friend loves at all times". Both my Shoe Fairy and Milk Glass Fairy are wonderful examples of loving, generous friends!
Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse