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Hello sweet friends.  How was your Valentine’s Day yesterday?  In honor of the sweetest day of the year, mom/dad shared a little love yesterday as well.  They went out to dinner and afterwards enjoyed this delicious concoction.  And hey, splitting a dessert means half of the calories, right?  But who’s counting calories on Valentine’s Day – snorts.

This lovely creation is called a Margarita Cheesecake which is seasonal special at a local steakhouse called Logan’s Roadhouse.  Now, it’s like other cheesecakes made with cream cheese but it has Logan’s signature margarita blend on the graham cracker crust.  And don’t forget about the sliced strawberries all over the place.  Mom said it was – what was the phrase she used – delightful to the fullest!

So, if you are near a Logan’s Roadhouse, make sure you check it out for this wonderful dessert.  You won’t be disappointed.

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2017 in Travels Around the World

 

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Travels in the South

Welcome my friends to another week of Travels in the South.  Today we wanted to share with you one of mom/dad’s favorite appetizers.  A couple of weeks ago, mom/dad was craving this delicious dish and went to the restaurant ordering and splitting just this plate.  What is it you ask?

Let me present to you Carrabbas Italian Grill Calamari.  It’s hand breaded to order and normally served with a marinara sauce.  But mom/dad, they like to get the lemon butter sauce on the side with the sliced peppers for just a little heat.

For those that don’t know what calamari is – it’s squid.  Now before you go eeww, don’t know it until you try it.  Honestly.  Even I have tried it and I like it.  Like in this dish, it’s fried crispy and is wonderful.  Sometimes it can be a little salty but for the most part it’s an awesome dish.

So the next time you are at  Carrabbas Italian Grill, give it a try.  I bet you will fall in love with it as well.

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2017 in Travels Around the World

 

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Shopping Around the World

This month we are highlighting items that you are known for.   Do you have that one dish that everyone asks for at a party, at dinner, at the church?  What kind of ingredients do you have in it and what does it look like? Don’t forget to include prices and pictures if you can.

Well, I have a great one to share today.  One of the things that mom is known for is something that is so easy, so delicious, so old school but done with a twist.  Hopefully, you will like it too and want to try it.  I know me and dad LOVE it.

What is it that you ask?  Meatloaf.  It sounds simple enough, right?  But mom she does meatloaf in the crock pot!  And it comes out juicy and delicious.  Do I have you intrigued now?

Now this is what you will need for your meatloaf – or use the recipe that you have.

1 – ◊ 2 large eggs ($0.20); ◊ 2/3 cup milk ($.40); ◊ 1 pound ground beef (5.29); ◊ 1 pound of ground pork ($3.49) ◊ 1.25 cups of breadcrumbs ($0.50)

2 – ◊ Your own seasonings – we use parsley, onions, garlic, a little Dijon mustard, ketchup and Worcestershire (all of this maybe a $1.50)

Now here is the key to the crock pot, line it with either aluminum foil or use a crock pot bag.  I use the aluminium foil  draped over the sides of the crock pot.  That way when it’s ready, I can lift it out of the crock pot.  Once your liner is in the crock pot, turn on low and start mixing all of your ingredients together from line 1 above.  Include your seasonings from line 2 except the ketchup.

Slowly make a ‘loaf’ out of your ingredients and place in the crock pot on your liner.  Once that is in, prepare your ketchup topping.  Now sometimes, we do this topping and sometimes we cook it without.  It depends on your liking.  And with the ketchup topping, mom adds in some garlic.  Then pour the ketchup over your meatloaf.

 

Mom cooks the meatloaf on low all day long while she goes to the worky place.  When you are ready to eat, just pick up the sides of the aluminum foil and gently pull your meatloaf out.  It should keep it’s ‘loaf’ look.

You can fix any type of sides along with it – dad’s favorite is mashed potatoes.  AND, don’t worry, you should have plenty of leftovers for sandwiches or repeats the next night.  This meal goes a long way.

In fact, mom was never a huge fan of meatloaf until she found this recipe.  We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

 

 

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2017 in Bacon, Shopping Around the World

 

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Travels in the South

Hello friends – welcome back to mom/dad’s Travels in the South.  Today is a good one…. snorts – I say that every week don’t I?  Rolls with piggy laughter.  Well as you know mom/dad have been changing their way of eating.  It’s definitely a work in progress for sure.  Well, a couple of weeks ago mom took dad out for his birthday.  Dad wanted to go to a local steakhouse for dinner.

Dad went for a steak of course ❤   He ordered a prime rib and mom said since it was his birthday he could have french fries.  Nice of her huh?  Snorts!  Mom went with the strawberry fields salad.  Doesn’t that look awesome?  It has everything in it from nuts to grapes to strawberries to oranges.  Yummy huh?

 
 

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Travels in the South

Are you asking yourself, “Self, just what is this creation on Bacon’s Travels in the South this week?”  I’m glad you asked my friends.  See last week for dad’s birthday, he wanted to go to our local Bojangles where he wanted to try this creation.  Now I’m going to let mom describe what it is… she says I don’t need to know what’s inside of it.  I think we all knows what that means.

This fabulous looking bowl is called the Pulled Pork Bowl.  It starts with Bojangle’s spicy Cajun pintos, then they add a sweet and smoky sauce along with pulled pork and topped with cole slaw.  Even I was questioning if this would be good or not.  In fact, I tried not to like the taste I got out of the hub unit’s bowl.. but I couldn’t help myself.  It was delicious!

So if you have a Bojangles in the area, stop in and try this creation – I think you’ll like it too 🙂

 
 

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Travels in the South

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Welcome friends to another awesome Travels in the South.  Today we thought we would share with you one of dad’s favorite dishes from a local restaurant called Chili’s Bar and Grill.  This delicious looking dish is called a beef chipotle bowl.  It has almost everything in it that you could ask for – rice, lettuce, corn, black beans, cheese, tomatoes, avocado, shredded beef, sour cream, great little tortilla strips on top and an awesome spicy chipotle sauce.  It’s served with a slice of lime that you spritz all over.  This helps with the chipotle because it has a little zing in the taste.  You can bet that nine times out of ten, dad will order this delicious meal when he goes to Chili’s.  If you haven’t tried it and you have a Chili’s close by, dad highly recommends it my friends.

 
 

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Travels in the South

Welcome my friends to another week of Travels in the South.  This week, mom/dad found this delicious appetizer at one of our local restaurants.  They are now hooked and want this ‘dip’ all of the time.  Trust me, it’s even good the next day IF you have leftovers.

The restaurant that mom/dad goes to calls this a white queso dip… of course mom/dad now call it that “wonderful awesome dip to be shared’.  I guess their name is too long for the menu – snorts with piggy laughter.  This dip has shredded Monterrey Jack cheese, house made pico-de-gallo, seasoned beef, chopped cilantro and crumbled queso fresco.  It is served with salsa on the side and hot tortilla chips.  And it’s served in a cute little southern small iron skillet.

Now are you licking your lips wanting some?

 

 
 

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