Monday, August 29, 2016

It's Tailgate Season



For us, this week is like Christmas and Birthdays all rolled up in one. It's the start of college football season and as season ticket holders for Michigan State we will be spending a lot of time on campus in the next few months. We have a big tailgate group and I'm sure by tomorrow there will be an email going around detailing what everyone with be bringing. I will need to go through my tailgating supplies and also purchase more MSU paper products to get us through the weeks ahead.

Also, I like to look through Pinterest and find a few new recipes to try. There will be early morning tailgates that will call for breakfast items, as well the later game times that will need some savory treats. I pinned a few of both and look forward to serving these to our group. We always have quite a spread and I can't wait.


Bacon Cheesburger Meatballs


Easy Potato Skins


Bacon Brown Sugar Smokies


French Toast Roll Ups


Maple Bacon Pancake Bites


Happy Monday!


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Summer Plum Bars




There have been some ripe, juicy plums in my fruit bowl for a few days just crying out for use in baking. I just love using fresh summer fruit to bake something sweet. It was also a rainy day, another one of my triggers for getting in the kitchen. Is there anything more cozy, as summer winds down, than an afternoon in the kitchen, with dark skies, rain falling outside and something delicious in the oven?

These bars are so easy to put together; just the basic ingredients, but the tartness of the plums make the flavor something special. I think the slices of the plums and their vibrant color make these bars look so pretty on a plate and a simple dusting of powdered sugar adds that final special touch. I must admit, I couldn't wait to enjoy one with an afternoon cup of tea.


Summer Plum Bars

2 eggs

1/2 cup sugar (I used Truvia equivilent)

3/4 cup flour

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 cup vegatable oil

1/2 tsp vanilla

2 small or 1 large plum, sliced

Powdered sugar

Spray 8x8 pan with cooking spray. Whisk flour and baking soda together in a small bowl. In a large bowl use a mixer to beat eggs and sugar on medium high speed until pale and fluffy (3 minutes). Add oil and vanilla and beat on medium high another 2 minutes. Add flour mixture in 2 stages and mix on low until just combined. Fold in sliced plums and spread evenly in prepared pan. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool completely then sprinkle generously with powdered sugar. Enjoy!

Happy Thursday!


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Monday, August 22, 2016

A Rainy Night at the Ballpark












We had a very fun, as well as rainy night at the ballpark on Saturday watching the Tigers play in Detroit at Comerica Park. It worked out that both of my daughters and their boyfriends could go and we weren't going to let a little (a lot) of rain stop us. There were 2 1/2 hours of rain relays in all, but we just found a covered bar in the stadium and waited out the raindrops with patience and a few drinks.

To maximize our time downtown, we started out the night by heading to the ballpark a few hours before game time and went to a fun bar right next to the stadium (Cheli's Chili Bar) and had dinner. It was packed with Tigers fans and the atmosphere was lively, the food was good and we had a great time there.

We walked to the stadium in the rain, but held out hope that the rain would eventually stop. Luckily it did and we were able to enjoy 5 innings, before the heavens opened again and we decided to head home and catch the end of the game on television.

You plan these things and the weather doesn't always cooperate, but with the right attitude, raincoats and good company, it can still be a wonderful time.

Happy Monday!


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