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Sometimes after a long, stressful day all you want to do is kick back and relax at home. Around here, that usually means it’s time to bring out the red wine. One day, I had (what I thought was) the greatest idea ever- an at home Happy Hour! I grabbed some simple snacks at the store, including a Rotola, stuffed olives, and roasted red peppers, and -voila- we had a picture perfect appetizer spread. You can also make your own appetizers with things as simple as cheese & crackers, assorted deli meats (we usually do a quarter pound of the deli sale items, such as special salamis, prosciutto, etc.) or even with a homemade spinach and artichoke dip with fresh bread. Don’t like wine? You can also mix this up with cocktails or beer. Just look up what pairs well with your drink of choice. Even if you don’t drink at all, you can whip up a delicious lemonade (we recently rated some delicious recipes) or a punch with some fresh fruit inside to be a little more festive than usual. You can even do this when you have guests over before heading out for the evening. This is a relatively quick, cheap, and easy way to unwind and treat your family and friends. One of the most important elements of an at home Happy Hour is the music, so remember to turn on some tunes to help set the mood (my favorite free music player is Pandora). I personally usually tune it to the Jimmy Buffet or Eric Clapton stations.
Try this tonight in your home! You will be amazed at how relaxing it truly is!
Every Sunday morning I make the hubby coffee & breakfast. It’s our tradition. He is not a big sweets guy so he usually goes for bacon (his favorite), toast, and eggs. Hubby is one of those people who will eat the same thing over and over until he is sick of it so I try to mix it up a bit when I can. Sometimes I will do an omelet, sometimes a breakfast scramble, but this time I decided to make use of those BOGO English Muffins I bought and do a breakfast sandwich. Since avocados are on sale (YAY!) I had one lying around just begging to get eaten so I threw a few ingredients together an voila- a delicious breakfast sandwich was born! This was amazing and I will definitely be throwing it into the mix again!
Overall Score: 10 (on a scale of 1-10)
Husband Score: 10 (on a scale of 1-10)
Difficulty Level: Easy
Price: $ (on a scale of $-$$$)
Bacon, Egg, Cheese, & Avocado Breakfast Sandwich
Serves 2- Adjusts easily for more or less
2 English Muffins, sliced
1 Avocado (skin & pit removed, sliced)
6 slices of cooked bacon
1/4-1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese (can vary depending how much cheese you want)
2 eggs, scrambled
With sliced sides of english muffins facing upwards (think open-faced sandwich), top each slice with scrambled eggs, a few slices of avocado, 3 slices of bacon (break in halves to fit), and lastly, sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese on top.
Put all english muffin slices, toppings side up, in the oven on a non-stick pan and turn to broil for about 2 minutes (keep a close eye to make sure it doesn’t burn) until the cheese is melted.
Let cool for about a minute then (carefully) place muffin sides on top of the others to make 2 closed sandwiches.
Of course, our “Real Best” Grilled Cheese Sandwich winner had to get pinned for the Pinterest world to enjoy. We’ve made it again already! If you haven’t tried the winner, or any of the other contenders, you are missing out! They’re all so easy, cheap, quick, and delicious!
We love ourselves some coffee and this genius idea from The Peanut Butta Runna is too good not to share! Freeze coffee as ice cubes and then put into a glass of almond milk! Or, our twist, just put the coffee ice cubes in a cup of hot coffee to cool it down. PS- This is vegan friendly! Both versions sound amazing!
Each sandwich was scored on a scale of 1-10 (where 1= that’s food? and 10= the best peanut butter sandwich that has ever entered my mouth) for overall score, the boyfriend/husband test, and the leftover test. We also provide other comments.
Overall score: 7.5
The boyfriend/husband test: 9
The leftover test: 8
Comments: Simple and classic. I thought it was too sweet but my boyfriend LOVED it.
Paula Deen’s Fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich
Overall score: 10
The boyfriend/husband test: 9
The leftover test: 10
Comments: OH.MY.LORD… These are AH-MAZING. I could probably eat one of these everyday! Paula sure knows what she’s doing when it comes to anything with “butter” in the title. These would be best suited for either breakfast or dessert because of the cinnamon-sugar coating. And because I’m not sure how fat you would feel eating one of these as a lunch… Even hubby loved this and he is not a sweets guy at all! The only change I would make next time is switch out the white bread for something with a few more nutrients, like honey-wheat bread, and cut down on the butter, since it really doesn’t need the extra calories. Now, go make these… like right now. I promise you will thank me!
Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly
Overall score: 5
The boyfriend/husband test: 5
The leftover test: 5
Comments: This was “okay”. I don’t really like jelly very much but this sandwich tasted better to me than regular PB&J sandwiches. My husband said this was just okay too but he also said it was too sweet. I was really surprised by how little peanut butter is in the recipe. I probably wouldn’t make these again.
While we can’t guarantee the results, here are some ideas you can use to customize the winning sandwich to your dietary needs:
Gluten-free: Use all gluten-free products. There are many options for gluten-free bread!
Vegan: Make sure your peanut butter is vegan, and use a vegan butter to substitute.For strict vegans, nix the honey and consider replacing it with maple syrup or agave.
Vegetarian: It already is!
Lower fat: Use margarine instead of butter, or use half the recommended amount of butter. Consider PB2 instead of peanut butter, which has only 45 calories and 1.5 grams of fat per serving, versus 210 calories and 17grams of fat per serving. Another option is using a low fat peanut butter, but be aware that those are often loaded with more sugar (which means more carbs) than the full-fat stuff.
Lower sugar/calories: Skip the sugar coating. Consider PB2 instead of peanut butter, which has only 45 calories and 1.5 grams of fat per serving, versus 210 calories and 17grams of fat per serving.
Simply pull apart shreds right off the rotisserie chicken and place into a bowl, once finished, place contents of bowl into a large saucepan over medium heat, and immediately pour in desired amount of BBQ sauce (I used about 3/4 a cup of BBQ sauce for 1 whole chicken), stir to cover chicken with sauce, and let stovetop bring to a heated temperature, stirring often. I left mine on the stovetop for about 5-7 minutes, stirring to ensure all chicken is covered in sauce. Then, wrap buns in paper towels or set on a paper towel lined plate, and microwave for about 10-15 seconds to warm. Finally, scoop desired about of pulled BBQ chicken onto a bun (I put about 3/4 a cup on each bun) and enjoy! So easy, quick, cheap, and delicious! This whole meal cost me about $10 max! Picky husband approved! Mine went back for thirds! YUM!
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