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Shopping Around the World – Mark Your Calendar

Did you have fun last month my friends?  Well this month for Shopping Around the World, we are going to focus on go to desserts/treats.  You know for those days when you need a pick me up or you are feeling down, what is the one thing you go to for comfort?  I know we shouldn’t but we do.  We can all admit that from time to time, right?

Shopping Around the World will be on Friday, April 27th.  Be sure to write down your ingredients, costs and link back to my blog so we can all drool over your go to dessert/treats.

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Posted by on 04/11/2018 in Shopping Around the World

 

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Shopping Around the World

Hello Friends!! ❤  It’s that time for Shopping Around the World for March.  For March, we are highlighting ‘go to’ meals that you always prepare when you have nothing else to do.

This one is right up mom’s alley for sure.  Her ‘go to’ meal will always be some sort of chicken dish for sure.

In fact, she made her favorite ‘go to’ meal this weekend for all of us – and we all enjoyed it.

So without further ado, take it away mom!


You will need the following:  four chicken thighs ($4.38); a pack of english peas ($0.88); salad mix ($1.00); salad dressing of your choice ($0.25); flour/spices/oil ($0.50) = Total cost $7.01 – Could possibly be a bit more 🙂

We all know how to fix your salad mix and peas so I will start with my ‘go to’ spice mix for my chicken.  And although I’ve been using my air fryer a lot these days, I decided to go old school and do this chicken the old southern traditionally way.  First thing – an iron skillet.  Every good southern cook here in the south will have different sizes of iron skillets in the cabinets.  Yes it makes a difference.  Put that skillet on the stove to medium heat and pour some oil in it to heat.  While it is heating, prepare your spice mix.  In a mixing bowl, put two cups of flour.  To that add:  salt, pepper and cayenne pepper to taste (make it as hot or leave it out altogether).  Mix it together.  In another mixing bowl, add a touch of milk, two eggs, and again season well with salt, pepper and a touch of cayenne pepper.  Mix it together.

Now clean your chicken.  Then they are going to get all seasoned.  Make sure your oil is hot.  How do  you do that?  Take just a pinch of flour and sprinkle it in your hot oil.  Does it bubble?  Yes, it’s ready.  No, give it some more time.

Take a chicken thigh and put it in the flour mixture, then to the ‘bath’ egg mixture, then (this is what a lot people forget) back to the flour mixture.  Yes your fingers will be messy.  Get over it.  After the flour mixture, then the chicken goes into the hot oil.  You should be able to put all four thighs in your pan.  Then wash up those fingers.  I usually do mine chicken around 10 minutes on one side and then flip to the other side for another 10 minutes.

Then serve with peas and a salad – there you go.  Southern fried chicken at its best!

 
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Posted by on 03/30/2018 in Shopping Around the World

 

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Shopping Around the World – Reminder

Hello Friends!! ❤  It’s that time to get ready for Shopping Around the World for March.  For March, what is your ‘go to’ meal that you always prepare when you have nothing else to do.  A meal that you can always pull out because you always have the ingredients and know how to fix it from memory.  Do tell – we want to know all about it.

Shopping Around the World will be hosted on Friday, March 30, 2018.  Remember to link back to my blog so everyone can read your awesome recipes.  Remember to include prices from your area.  We can’t wait to read all about it my friends!!

 
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Posted by on 03/15/2018 in Shopping Around the World

 

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Shopping Around the World – Mark Your Calendars

Hello Friends!! ❤  It’s that time to get ready for Shopping Around the World for March.  For March, what is your ‘go to’ meal that you always prepare when you have nothing else to do.  A meal that you can always pull out because you always have the ingredients and know how to fix it from memory.  Do tell – we want to know all about it.

Shopping Around the World will be hosted on Friday, March 30, 2018.  Remember to link back to my blog so everyone can read your awesome recipes.  Remember to include prices from your area.  We can’t wait to read all about it my friends!!

 
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Posted by on 02/27/2018 in Shopping Around the World

 

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Shopping Around the World

Hello friends!!

For February’s Shopping Around the World, we want a drink and snack food that you love.  Recipes, pictures are awesome and prices to be posted on:


Doesn’t that picture look awesome just by itself?  Mom has tried to eat better at home.  Once she would have snacked on chips, pretzels or chocolate.  Not these days.  Don’t get me wrong though.  She still keeps a chocolate drawer in the refrigerator – sshh don’t tell anyone.  But these days, she tries to keep better snacks at and about.  Usually on the weekends, she puts together a snack tray that can be easily attainable at night for her and dad.  It includes wheat crackers, apple slices, cheeses of different kinds, sometimes she throws in green olives with pimentos and pickle spears.  That way when the munchie monster hits, she can grab things that might be a little bit better for her and dad then the so called ‘junk’ food of the past.  What does this cost?  Let’s break it down.

⋅ One box of Wheat Ritz crackers (on sale $2.50 for the box)

⋅ Three apples of any kind (on sale 3 for a $1.00)

⋅ Assortment of cheese cut however you want (Colby, Cheddar and Provolone packs at $1.99 each pack)

⋅ One jar of pickles ($2.49)

⋅ One jar of green olives ($3.49)

That totals $15.45 for all of these goodies; however, they last between 2-3 weeks for everything.  It depends on how much snacking you are doing – LOL.  Now mom will fix everything in a special container she has that has lots of individual holes that is perfect to put cut up apples, pickles, olives and your cheeses.  She keeps the crackers on the kitchen island to add to her snack whenever she needs it.  And mom says sometimes when the midnight munchie monster hits, its perfect to fix a cheese cracker and go back to bed.  Go figure huh?

But wait a minute.  This month is snack and drink month.  What does mom drink with her snack?  If it’s an after dinner/pre-bed snack, you may find mom eating a little variety platter with a glass of  Primo Amore Moscato.  Mom found this wine at our local Olive Garden and fell in love with it!  It has a little bit of bubbles in it with a sweet taste.  It goes great with her snack tray.  Mom found the she can buy this brand at our local market for around $16.00 a bottle.  Again, this bottle can last an entire week since she is the only that drinks alcohol here at the Hotel Thompson and she only has one glass at a time, when she has it.  Mom highly recommends this wine though so if you find it in your market, try it and tell us what you think.

 
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Posted by on 02/23/2018 in Shopping Around the World

 

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Shopping Around the World – Mark Your Calendars

Hello friends!!  Wasn’t all of the sandwiches from last month mouth watering?  We got so many ideas here at the Hotel Thompson.  What a blast!  This month we are going to throw a little twist to the Shopping Around the World.

We always concentrate on food but here’s the twist.  For February’s Shopping Around the World, we want a drink and snack food that you love.  Recipes, pictures are awesome and prices to be posted on:

Friday, February 23, 2018.

So mark your calendars and put on your thinking hats.  Is there a nightly ritual that you partake in before bedtime?  Maybe it’s something that you only do on the weekends.  Share with us in February ❤

 
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Posted by on 02/01/2018 in Shopping Around the World

 

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Shopping Around the World

Welcome my friends to a new year of adventure and great food!

Today we are highlighting great sandwiches of any kind.  Mom/dad here at the Hotel Thompson are the king and queen of sandwiches.  Sometimes they are huge and sometimes they are just something thrown between two slices of bread.  You never know with those two.  One of dad’s favorite sandwiches is a club on wheat bread.  There is a local sandwich shop that he always wants to frequent… that is until mom created this monster for him.  Now dad welcomes mom’s club sandwiches any day.  So without further ado – take it away mom!

What you will need:  Hoagie buns (a package of six cost $2.00 – $0.33 each bun); Meats – you get whatever you want from the deli.  We get a 1/2 pound of roast beef, ham and turkey.  Of course, a 1/2 pound makes multiple sandwiches.  They range from $4-$6.00 for each selection.  If you had to break it down, it would be somewhere in the neighborhood of $1.75 per sandwich with all three meats.  Cheese – we also get 1/2 pound of provolone for $3.50.  It costs around $0.50 per sandwich for each sandwich.  Chips – we buy the store brand of chips for $1.00 a bag.  There are multiple servings per bag.  So somewhere around $0.25 per serving.  And we always keep pickles and olives on hands – always for nibbling.  So each sandwich will cost you around less than $3.00 per sandwich.  Not really bad and they are yummy!

Here is the fun part – arrange the sandwich however you want.  Pure and simple, right?  LOL – we prefer a little mayo on one side of the sandwich and  a little mustard on the opposite side.  You can use a sampling of all three meats or just the ones you want.  Add the cheese.  Now we have even used a panini press in the past and squished this sandwich making it hot or you can just serve it cold like this picture – whichever works for you.  It’s a simple sandwich but so delicious and easy.

You can even make them in advance and cut them into little pieces for a big football party.  We’ve done that before as well.  These are so easy to fix ahead of time.  Just a thought with the Super Bowl coming up my friends ❤

 
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Posted by on 01/26/2018 in Bacon, Shopping Around the World

 

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