Thanksgiving Appetizers

Hello and Happy Wednesday To Ya! The week seems to be flying by very much like the months. Before you know it, Christmas will be upon us upon.

If we were to take our cues from the department stores, we would think that we’re actual in the month of December, and Christmas was the next holiday. Yes, I know folks want to get a jump on that holiday, but can’t the stores just put the next upcoming holiday decorations in the front of the store? I mean come on, they have the rest of the store to post Christmas Items on sale, do they not? 🙂

I thought it would be a great idea to post recipes that pertain to the upcoming holiday. I won’t promise to post recipes daily, however, I will post more than one recipe on Tuesdays. In keeping with my promise, (apologies for the latesness), today I am posting 4 Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipes.

These recipes come courtesy of Tasty, you can either click here or review the recipes at the bottom of this page. I strongly suggest that you have your ingredients ready before viewing the recipes because the videos go pretty fast. Or of course you can review the video beforehand to get a sense of how quickly and easy the recipe will be to make, not to mention how delicious each looks upon completion.

I hope you enjoy and as always should you decide to make any of the recipes you find here, please snap a picture and email me or comment on my page. Your feedback is always welcome.

Have A Wonderful Day!

STUFFING BITES

INGREDIENTS Makes 8 Servings

1 pound breakfast sausages

½ cup onion, diced

¾ cup cheddar cheese, shredded

2 eggs

½ cup dried cranberries, chopped

½ teaspoon thyme

½ teaspoon rosemary

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

1 (6 ounce) box of stuffing mix

1 cup chicken broth

PREPARATION

Cook sausages in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion after 1-2 minutes and cook until sausage is cooked and onion is tender. Remove sausage from heat and transfer to a large mixing bowl and let cool. Add remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix until thoroughly incorporated. Using a large spoon or ice cream scoop, measure out mixture into 8 evenly sized balls and space them out on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Bake at 350˚F/180˚C for 20 minutes or until bites are cooked and slightly browned on top. Enjoy!

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SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE STACKS

INGREDIENTS Makes 12 servings

4 sweet potatoes, peeled

3 tablespoons melted butter

3 tablespoons maple syrup

3½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

12 marshmallows

PREPARATION

Peel potatoes and cut into ¼ in rings. Move rings to a medium-sized mixing bowl. Add butter, syrup, salt, and pepper to the bowl of rings and toss to coat evenly. Spray down a standard 12-cup cupcake tray with nonstick cooking spray and place sweet potato rings inside, stacking them up until level with the rest of the tray. Cover with aluminium foil.

Bake at 350˚F/180˚C for 15 minutes. Remove foil, then bake the potatoes uncovered for 5 additional minutes. Once cooked, remove tray from the oven and quickly add marshmallows, placing 1 marshmallow on top of each stack of potatoes. Turn oven to broiler setting and place the marshmallow topped stacks under the heat for 1 minute. Using a fork or spoon, carefully remove stacks from baking tray and transfer to plate for serving. Enjoy!

BACON-WRAPPED BRUSSELS SPROUTS

INGREDIENTS Makes 4 Servings

12 bacon strips

12 brussels Sprouts

maple syrup

black pepper

PREPARATION

Lay out strips of bacon on a clean cutting board or other clean flat surface. Lightly brush each strip of bacon with maple syrup making sure to coat the entire surface of the meat. Lightly sprinkle with black pepper. Take a brussels sprouts and starting from the bottom, roll up each piece of bacon so that it evenly wraps the vegetable. Lightly brush the tops of each wrapped brussels sprout with more maple syrup and sprinkle on additional pepper. Transfer the pieces to a baking sheet making sure to place each piece of rolled-up bacon with the seam side down.

Bake at 350˚F/180˚C for 20-25 minutes or until bacon is done and thoroughly cooked. Remove from baking tray and place on paper towels to remove excess bacon fat. Enjoy!

Green Bean Onion Stacks

INGREDIENTS Makes 8 Servings

1 (14 ounce) can fresh cut green beans

1 (10 ½ ounce) can cream of mushroom soup

½ cup French fried onions

1 package of frozen onion rings

PREPARATION

In a medium bowl, mix together green beans, soup, and French fried onions. Spray down a medium-sized baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and arrange onion rings so that they are all 1.5-2 inches apart. Using a spoon or spatula, scoop soup/green bean mixture into the middle of each onion ring, making sure to fill each ring evenly before placing another onion ring on top and repeating the process. (NOTE: Make sure to use the largest onion rings first as the base to your stacks, using the smaller rings later towards the top.)

Bake stacks at 350˚F/180˚C for 18-22 minutes or until onion rings are crisp and golden and green bean mixture is bubbling on top. Let cool for at least 5 minute before transferring to a plate to serve. Enjoy!

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Halloween Recipe: Spooky Dip

Courtesy of Hannah Williams

Happy Wednesday! Where has the time gone? It appears my Halloween Recipes postings are getting later and later. Apologies!

So let’s just jump right in, shall we? Today’s recipe is a “Layered Dip,” found on Tasty’s website: https://tasty.co/recipe/halloween-layered-dip . I think you’ll find the directional video very much into the Halloween Spirit. According to the reviews the dip not only looks yummy,, its also quite tasty. I hope you enjoy. Until tomorrow….LP

Ingredients for 6 servings

16 oz Re-fried Beans, 1 can

1/2 cup salsa

½ cup sour cream

1 cup guacamole

GARNISH

lettuce

tomato

¼ cup black olive

tortilla chip, to serve

Preparation

In a bowl, mix the beans and salsa

Put the sour cream in a plastic bag. Cut off the end of one corner of the bag.

Spread the bean mixture onto a plate. Spread guacamole over the beans.

Pipe out a bulls-eye pattern of sour cream over the guacamole.

Run a toothpick through the sour cream from the center outward, until it looks like a spiderweb.

Garnish with lettuce, chopped tomatoes, and black olives. Serve with tortilla chips

Garnish with lettuce, chopped tomatoes, and black olives. Serve with tortilla chips


Workout Wednesday

I know you heard this many, many, times, about how exercising or physical activity can not only improve your health but reduce the risk of developing cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

Turns out the so-called experts are correct not only does exercising and physical activity have immediate and long-term health benefits it can also improve your quality of life.

However, in the same breath, those so-called experts do not give you a remedy on how to stay focused or motivated. Even if one hires a personal trainer, doesn’t mean a person will stay motivated. You know if someone doesn’t want to do something they will find every excuse in the book not to do something. Am I right?

What is one to do? If you are anything like me, you buy things like toys like a Fitbit to keep you motivated. (Gotta tell ya, I’ve been a proud owner since December 2016, and yet this sparkling toy doesn’t keep me motivated). I’ve downloaded apps and even joined the gym. All of which were sparkling and exciting in the beginning, but as soon as I see myself making some progress, it’s game over!

Which converts from a well trimmed midsection back to what I worked so hard to get rid of.

So I learned my lesson. What was the lesson? It’s ok to celebrate, but don’t make a holiday out of it. Rewards are good, they actually increase my chances of continuing with my exercise routine. How? Think of it as a carrot on the end of a stick. Knowing that I can reward myself for doing well, I will set my reward for the next great achievement and work towards that reward. Make sense?

On that premise alone, I’ve returned to my workout regimen, (Its been 17 days now), and I’m already seeing great results. It’s like my mama used to say, “Nothing beats a failure but a try. “And I’m sure you’re familiar with, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”) And most importantly, “Don’t Give Up!”

Halloween Cupcake Treat

Happy Tuesday! You guys are in for a treat! Today’s Halloween Treat is Bloody Broken Glass Cupcake. Boy does it look realistic and it is entirely edible. Since there is a little work that goes into making these frightful delicious beauties, I am only going to post one recipe. Please do let me know if you try any of these yummy cupcakes. You can email me or send photos of your creation to my email address: theunapologeticlesbian@gmail.com. Enjoy, LP!

Bloody Broken Glass Cupcakes

Courtesy of Recipes by Carina

Recipes for Simple Halloween Treats

Hello and Happy Monday!

I am a rabid fan of Halloween and because I am, I thought it would be nice to post some quickie “How To Videos” on putting together some Halloween Treats. These would be great for the kiddies, parties and/or for snacks while binge watching your favorite shows over the weekend.

As you can see the videos come from different sources. I tried to choose recipes and videos that are the easiest to prepare. No one wants to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Besides the less time you spend in preparing, the more time you have to indulge…

I’ll be posting recipes until the end of the week. I hope you enjoy! LP

Witches’ Fingers

Courtesy of AllRecipes/UK

Oreo Ghost Truffles

Courtesy of DivasCanCook.com

Dracula Cookies

Courtesy of Moe’s Kitchen