Easy Tailgate Food

Monday, October 2, 2017

Ok, so even if we aren't a big football fan we all can enjoy a good tailgate.
For those who are attending weekly tailgates for college games I want to share some fun recipes that I know you will enjoy.
For earlier games we have been making PEC's Porkroll, egg and cheese sandwiches on a soft roll. In New Jersey Porkroll is a big favorite breakfast meat. Sometimes we mix it up and also do bacon egg and cheese. They are easy to put together and stay warm in foil and big batch goes a long way.
Along with them we have been doing mimosas and procecco.
If you want to incorporate some school spirit you can find straws in the school's colors. Party City has a huge selection. @Partycity #partycity.
They have the colored napkins as well
It's totally informal but trays are a good idea to keep the food and drinks on a flat surface. The one in the photo is from @hobbylobby.
I have been bringing an assortment of fruit, something sweet, and these cheese and sausage puffs are always a hit. My mom started making these years ago, not sure where the recipe originated before her, but no matter the event everyone loves them.  I recently made them for a bridal shower brunch.
Here is the recipe
1 lb of hot or sweet sausage
1 lb sharp cheddar cheese shredded
3cup bisquick mix
3/4 cup water
Remove sausage from casing, or buy it already out of casing cook in large skillet breaking it up til its crumbly
Put in a bowl
Cool then add cheese, bisquick mix, and water mix
Roll into 1" balls put on cookie sheet that I line with parchment paper
Bake at 400 degrees 12-15 min.
You can cool the and freeze and reheat at 375 degrees for 10 min.



Early Fall

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Almost time to winterize our outdoor bar but there are a few warm days and crisp fall evenings left to enjoy.
Here s a few photos of Gil's turning alittle Fall.
I just love the idea of a throw or oversized scarf at each seat when you entertain outdoors. These are from target, 7.00. I want to have them embroidered with GIL's on them. For another day. Lol
So many cute pumpkins out this season, different textures and sizes. I like neutrals.
Plaid is just so versatile for the autumn season.  It s available in any combo you can think of. Got yo get some buffalo check for my tabletop.
Enjoy these pictures and remember to keep using your outdoor spaces.





Style maker- Barri Leiner Grant

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

As a kid I remember loving to look at pretty settings.  Whether it was a window in a department store or a beautiful home pictured in a magazine.  I would sit and look at the rooms featured over and over and sometimes I would cut out certain pages and pretend they were rooms in my pretend house. Lol. I can still remember my dream kitchen when I was 11. I guess I was a weird kid.
I was reading Better Homes and Gardens, currently, although I did read it when I was 11. Again, weirdo, I know. Anyway, I came across this awesome photo stylist, Barri Leiner Grant.
She works with leading architects, photographers, and interior designers to help style and personalize their spaces. Companies will hire her to take a product and showcase it in creative ways such as  on Pinterest boards and catalogs.
I just love her thoughts on decorating.  Many points are my way of thinking as well. She compares decorating to putting on your make up. Love that she likes imperfect over flawless. In real life nothing is perfect. You can work hard to make a space awesome but once real people live in it, it may be totally imperfect, who cares.
She believes rooms are always evolving. Barri recommends choosing a signature color, as she did for her front door, a vibrant green. She then carried it thru the home in little pops of color.
She urges, don't be dragged down by decorating rules.  If something catches your eye, go for it. It will make the space your own.
Advice I follow, add alittle sparkle to every room, with a metal as an accent. Just like gold or silver earrings would do for an outfit. Finally, she says she concentrates on the smallest details that are unexpected for a room, I love that.







Designer Inspiration. OHara Interiors

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

I stumbled upon this interior designer I wanted to share with you. Martha O'Hara interiors.
The owner had been in business since 1988. She started out as an Accountant and business consultant but decided to follow her passion for design.  I love these stories. She works closely with her daughter who is more in the marketing and social media disciplines of the business. They are based out of Minnesota and Texas.
I was quickly lost in all her projects as I scrolled through her website. Here are a few pictures I thought you would enjoy.
O'Hara interiors










How to make the most of a small backyard

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

My oldest son decided he wanted to build an outdoor bar at our home. He did all the preliminary work and then somehow my husband became a partner in the construction. I am including a few photos but it looks so much better when people are enjoying the space on a warm summer evening.
He decided to name it Gil's, thinking of a chubby middle aged balding man with a moustache and sitting on a raft. I think the thought process was that we are near the beach, fish have gills and so Gil can be a mascot of sorts.  Been searching for a company that will make cocktail napkins with the name and mascot. Lt. me know if anyone can do it for me.
If you look closely at the Bar top you will see coasters. My daughter made these out of tiles, beer labels, and epoxy for shine. They look great and there is such a variety.
I will post a picture on IG and source everything there. I still need to add accessories but I wanted to share pictures of what we have so far.
We had part of the backyard set with pavers and then lined the fence with trees.
Back up to last summer. My son in law was tired of me complaining about not having a table to eat outside. So, he made a picnic table for my husband for Father's Day. It is great. Seats 6-8.
He also made a giant Jenga game out of the leftover wood.
When you see the photos, you will notice the shed. My husband made a seating area and coffee table in that space. There is a TV in there for Met, Yankee, Giants and Steelers games. I found cushions and pillows to make the space alittle cozy.


  














Chicken Pocket recipe
I posted a picture of these on my Instastories yesterday
I also posted recipe on my Facebook page. It isn't a measured out recipe as I am an Italian girl. I have to give credit to a co worker, from way back when I worked for Bell Atlantic, how old am I?
Thank you Debbie Atwater. To make 12 pockets
1/2-1 thin chicken breast per pocket, as a guide
Olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoon cream cheese
Salt n pepper
Onion chopped
Bread crumbs, seasoned
3 rolls of pills bury cresent rolls, I tried other brands and they fall apart
Cube up the chicken
In a skillet add onion and olive oil n butter, then sauté chicken, add salt n pepper to taste
Meanwhile, open the crescent rolls and pinch two together at the perforations  to form a square.
Set the squares on a parchment lined cookie sheet
After the chicken is cooked thru, add the cream cheese and then breadcrumbs til consistency is moist, not liquidy and not dry. Then take a scoop of the mixture after it cools a bit, and place in center of the crescent square, pull up the sides and pinch to form a POCKET. You can brush with melted butter if you like. Set the oven to the crescent roll directions which is 375 degrees. Watch them as they brown quickly. Serve like that or with brown gravy if you like. Enjoy!

They are great for the kids to take with them and eat on the go if you are running around.

August you crept up on me.  Lots going on this month. Family bridal shower celebration. My youngest son starts college.  My daughter and her husband are moving into their first home.

Check my Facebook and IG for Nordstrom sale items I have seen that look good🌸
I also post on my Facebook page, recipes of pictures of meals on my Instastories.




I have always loved Candice Olsen. @CandiceOlsen. Great use of under the stairwell area.

Photo below is a great example of a simple set up for an entryway or hallway. Shop your home in other rooms for item you can use.  Placing items in a new spot gives it a new life. It's fun.