Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Dad- You're One in a Melon Father's Day Gift

I love silly puns.  I think that's why I like Valentine's Day so much.  I still think my String Cheese Valentines are hilarious.  When Mother's Day rolled around I knew I wanted a bright fun gift themed "Tickled Pink."  For some reason early on this season I've had, "Dad, You're One in a Melon" stuck in my head.  I knew immediately the Dads would be getting watermelons for Father's Day.  But as much as everyone loves watermelon, you can't just show up with a giant piece of fruit for the guy that raised me, changed the oil in my cars and taught me how I should expect to be treated by my future husband. I found these really cool watermelon slicing knives at Tuesday Morning and ran with the theme.  Not only is this a fun Father's Day gift, it could be used for any kind of summer treat.  You could add some honeydew or cantaloupe and create a giant fruit basket, or stick with the watermelon theme and add gum and candy.  It could even be added as part of a larger gift of a grill, or BBQ tools or a nice ice chest.  All of the Dads in my family love watermelon and this gift is the ideal way to cool off on a hot summer Father's Day!

                                             
My Dad IS One in a Melon!
I found these fun knives at Tuesday Morning,
but there is something similar at Amazon.
My family was super happy about this blog post.
They got to eat all of the extra watermelon.
A fun summer gift!
Show Dad (or any important guy in your life)
that he is
One in a Melon...
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To all the Dads, Pet Dads, Grandfathers,
Uncles, Brothers, Mentors, Boyfriends...
Here's to you:
You are One in a Melon!




Monday, June 11, 2018

Father's Day Bacon Bar: Dad, I Love You More Than Bacon!

Father's Day is less than a week away, and I have a super cute foodie gift I will be sharing with you later in the week.  I thought I would share last Father's Day with you.  It was a marvelously masculine, bacon-centric celebration of Dad!  Once I decided upon the theme of "Dad: I Love You More Than Bacon" things came together quickly.  I able to use a lot of decor I already had on hand, simplifying the prep work.  The hardest part was deciding which bacon bites to serve.  Editing the menu down to a sampling of sweet and salty to traditional and wacky was really the difficult part.  And all of the strange looks at the grocery store when I bought SO MUCH bacon!  I opted for: Chocolate Covered Bacon, Bacon Crackers (these are a fabulous little appetizer!) Cracked Peppercorn Bacon, Jalapeno Bacon and Maple Bacon Popcorn (which was a HUGE hit.) The dads absolutely loved this theme.  I know lots of gals that would too.  It would be easily adapted for a baby boy birthday shower or birthday party too.  I've included the printable tags which made the tables that much cuter.  Happy Father's Day Dad!  I Love You More Than Bacon, (and that's a lot!)
Love You Dad!
I broke out my chalkboard sign
that I use at my craft shows
to display the theme of the day.
I used an old burlap sack as the base for my table.
(I wanted a rustic, manly look)
Then I used some gingham placemats I had for color.
I used the red and white paper "boats" from tailgate
and red polka dot napkins to complete the casual look.
(Those little boats are perfect for serving popcorn!)
Maple Bacon Popcorn is the perfect balance of
sweet and salty.  A light, sweet maple "caramel" corn
accented with salty sweet bacon pieces.  YUM!

I served my bacon slices standing vertically
in jars.  I wanted to stay with a casual, masculine theme.
The bacon-slice tags I made to label the
dishes were a huge hit! I've included the free
printable tags for you below.
These buttery crisp crackers topped with
a sweet/spicy mixture of brown sugar and crisp bacon
were so good.  These would make a terrific party appetizer
or game day snack!
The Chocolate Covered Bacon was the wackiest dish of the day.
Some of the Dads were a little skeptical about trying it at first,
but all agreed it was a great combination of sweet and salty.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Buffalo Chicken Bowls

It's no secret I love anything Buffalo around here, as evidenced by one of my most recent posts, Buffalo Ranch Dip.  It's so easy to throw chicken breasts in the slow cooker with a bottle of buffalo sauce and wind up with a batch of tangy, shredded chicken for dinner.  So when my pseudo daughter-in-law Ali (wife of The Devilish Nephew) shared this recipe idea with me, I knew it would be a hit.  I've had an abundance of cherry tomatoes already in my garden this year, so this recipe evolved at an ideal time.  I love that the chicken goes in the slow cooker and tops a bowl of cool, crisp veggies.  It is great for hot weather.  I was really excited when I made this thinking I would have a tasty lunch for a couple of days, but no such luck.  The family enjoyed it so much, it was all gone! 
Colorful, tangy and
kinda-healthy!

The perfect hot weather meal...
Tangy, shredded Buffalo Chicken
atop cool, crisp summer veggies.

Buffalo Chicken Bowls


4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 bottle Buffalo Wing sauce (I use Frank's)
2 cloves garlic, minced

1 package frozen corn, thawed and steamed
2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 pint of cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
2-3 ripe avocados, diced

1 packet ranch dressing mix, prepared according to package instructions

Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Place in a slow cooker with the hot sauce and minced garlic.  Cook on low approximately 6 hours, or until chicken is cooked through.  Shred cooked chicken and place in a bowl.  Add a little bit of the hot sauce from the slow cooker to keep the chicken moist.  Set aside.

In a large bowl combine the corn, black beans, cherry tomatoes and avocado to create the salad.  Season with salt and pepper.

To serve, spoon a generous amount of the salad into a bowl.  Top with shredded Buffalo Chicken.  Drizzle with ranch dressing and enjoy.

Prep Time:  Approximately 30 minutes      Cook Time: 6 hours slow cook




Friday, May 25, 2018

One Smart Cookie Grad Gift - Featuring: Barbara Bush's Chocolate Chip Cookies + FREE Printable Gift Tags

Graduation season is upon us and I know so many brilliant, talented young men and young ladies who are saying good-bye to their high school years.  One fine young man in particular is the nephew of my childhood best friend, and I happen to know he loves sweets.  When I got his announcement in the mail I immediately thought about baking him a treat.  His father is active in local politics, and you can often find him helping his dad on the campaign trail, so I knew he would get a kick out of Barbara Bush's Chocolate Chip Cookies.  President and Mrs. Bush were dear friends with my Great Aunt Nona (who was also a wonderful cook, try her Famous Apricot Nectar Cake!) so this recipe is dear to my heart as well.  It's basically a delicious chocolate chip cookie with the addition of oatmeal.  No raisins or nuts thank goodness, but everything a hungry teenage boy would love to eat!  I recycled a container from a package of Whole Foods gluten free cookies, but this would be a great gift in a tin or goody bag as well.  I customized my tag with names, but I created several different printable gift tags in various colors for you.  If you know a SMART COOKIE who is graduating this month, this is the perfect reward for all of their hard work!
A fun, homemade treat for a great grad!

Barbara Bush's Chocolate Chip Cookies
Congrats Jack!
You are one smart cookie!
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Barbara Bush's Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups quick-cooking oats
1 (12 ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.  In the bowl of a stand mixer cream together the butter and sugars.  Add the eggs and vanilla until fluffy.  Stir in the flour mixture until well-blended.  Add the oats and chocolate chips.  Using a cookie scoop, drop the dough onto ungreased cookie sheets 2-inches apart.  Bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly browned.  Let cookies stand on cookie sheet for 2 minutes until removing to wire rack to cool.  Yield: 5.5 dozen cookies

Prep Time:  Approximately 20 minutes     Cook Time:  Approximately 10 minutes

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

{Gluten-Free} Margarita Pie

Last night we had dinner with an old friend.  It was a beautiful night so we grilled and ate dinner on the patio.  Mr. Devilish Dish grilled carne asada and I made a batch of Mexican Rice, Cowboy Beans and Guacamole to accompany the beef.  I wanted to make a dessert, but I also wanted to partake in dessert and that meant something gluten free.  My go-to Mexican dessert is always Tres Leches Cake, but I wasn't in the mood to play Mad Scientist and experiment with a gluten-free version.  Then Margarita Pie came to mind.  It's easy enough to create a gluten-free crust and since the tequila is derived from the agave plant, it's naturally gluten-free.  Tequila in a dessert?!?  Yes please.  There's not much in there, but the flavor is definitely detectable, so be sure and use a good quality tequila.  It's a very light, creamy dessert.  The perfect ending to a Mexican meal, and ideal served in a Margarita glass for a fun presentation!
Cool, creamy and a kick of tequila flavor!
Serve in a Margarita glass for a fun presentation.
A wonderful, gluten-free finish to any
Mexican meal.

Margarita Pie

Crust:
1 cup gluten-free pretzels (crushed in food processor)
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
3 tablespoons granulated sugar

Combine the crust ingredients in a bowl.  Press into a 9-inch pie plate and place in freezer until ready to use.

Filling:

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1 envelope plain gelatin
4 eggs, separated
1 cup sugar, divided in half
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lime peel
1/3 cup good quality tequila
3 tablespoon Triple Sec

Garnish:

Whipped Cream
Lime Slices

In a small bowl whisk together lemon juice, lime juice and gelatin.  Set aside.  In a saucepan, whisk together the egg yolks, 1/2 cup granulated sugar and lime rind until mixture is a pale yellow.   Add gelatin mixture and stir constantly over medium low heat until the mixture is thickened and will coat the back of a wooden spoon. (nappe)  Remove from heat and stir in tequila and Triple Sec.  Remove mixture to a bowl and refrigerate until just cooled.  (You don't want it to set, you just want the warmth to go away.)  With a stand mixer beat the 4 egg whites until foamy, gradually adding in the remaining 1/2 cup sugar.  Beat until the mixture is glossy and stiff peaks form.  Fold into cooled mixture.  Pour into prepared pie crust and chill for several hours or until set.  Garnish with whipped cream and lime slices.

Prep Time:  Approximately 30 minutes     Cook Time: 0 needs to chill 







Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Buffalo Ranch Dip

Golf season is here and once again I'm a golf widow.  I actually don't mind because Mr. Devilish Dish is assisting with the NCAA Regional Tournament.  He's volunteering his time so I volunteer to make him dinner when he gets home.  It's a lot of time in the sun and heat, and very long hours so he never wants anything heavy.  My go to golf tournament meals are usually something simple like chicken salad sandwiches or easy meatball subs with chips.  We had a big bag of wavy potato chips that were screaming to be dipped in something yummy so I whipped up a batch of tangy Buffalo Ranch Dip.  Everyone loves Ranch Dip and who doesn't love Buffalo anything?  There are all kinds of tasty Buffalo sauce flavored treats here at The Devilish Dish, including Buffalo Chicken Meatballs and one of my very first blog posts, and most popular recipes: Buffalo Chicken Casserole.  I'm game for anything with Buffalo sauce and Mr. DD really likes anything with dill so this was a foolproof combination.  The perfect dipper, fresh with that familiar kick of Buffalo flavor.  It goes together in minutes, but make it ahead so it has a couple of hours for the flavors to meld.  It's fabulous with chips, but I even dipped a couple of fresh cherry tomatoes from my garden, so I can report it's wonderful with fresh veggies too!
Buffalo Ranch Dip -
the ideal accompaniment to your
potato chips. 
Fresh and creamy
with the familiar kick of Buffalo flavor!
Is that towel not a hoot?
My friend Amy gave that to me for Christmas.
I told her it would make a
blog post appearance!
Check out today's harvest of Tumbling Tom
Tomatoes: They were yummy dipped in
the Buffalo Ranch Dip.

Buffalo Ranch Dip

2 cups sour cream
1/4-1/2 cup buttermilk (depending on how thick you want the dip)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
4 tablespoons buffalo sauce (I use Frank's)
2 teaspoons dried dill weed
Kosher salt to taste
freshly cracked black pepper to taste

Whisk together all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour prior to serving to allow flavors to blend.  Serve with chips and fresh vegetables for dipping.

Prep Time:  Approximately 5 minutes     Cook Time: 0 allow to chill


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Tickled Pink Mother's Day: Homemade Pink Hand Scrub, Lip Balm & Old-Fashioned Pink Popcorn + FREE Printable Gift Tags and Labels

Mother's Day is this weekend and I'm so excited about my gifts. What woman can't use a good hand scrub?  You know, because we do all of the cooking, cleaning and gardening, it's important to nourish your hands and keep them soft.  I decided a pretty homemade hand scrub would be a fun treat to make for the ladies in my life.  Once I discovered this wonderful Epsom salt scrub made with Ultra Renewal dish wash liquid containing Oil of Olay for hands, my whole gift came together.  Since the scrub is a beautiful creamy soft pink in color, I decided on a theme of Tickled Pink.  And what's more pink than a couple of funky flamingos?  After that it was easy to think of pink treats for my theme.  I wanted to keep my gifts handmade, so I opted for a homemade lip balm and homemade pink candied popcorn.  If you're short on time, you could totally go for some store bought treats (like bubble gum and pink nail polish!) and still use the "TICKLED PINK THAT YOU'RE MY MOM" free printable gift tags that I've included below.  Honestly all of the handmade components of this gift take very little time, especially because I've included the labels and everything for you.  You'll just need a short shopping list and a quick trip to the store to grab everything you need to show MOM how TICKLED PINK you are to have her in your life.  

Everything you need to show MOM
you are TICKLED PINK about her.
For the hand scrub...

Only two ingredients and very simple to mix up.

For the lip balm...Only 2 ingredients!

Check out the perfect pink colors...

Here's my assembly line...
Jars labeled and tags printed.

The Old-Fashioned Pink Popcorn
is the ideal sweet treat for Mom!

Just a few ingredients and simple to prepare.
The ultimate way to indulge
the ladies in you life...

I've included FREE Printable Gift Tags Labeled:
Mom, Aunt, Friend, Grandma,
Grandmother and Nana.
Something for everyone,
with funky flamingos!

I found little pink gift bags at
Dollar Tree, but a
pink box or basket would be adorable too!


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Tickle the special women in your life
with some moisturizing homemade hand scrub,
a lip saving homemade lip balm and
top it off with a sweet pink treat:
Old-Fashioned Pink Popcorn


Epsom Salt + Renewal Hand Scrub

Plain Epsom Salt
Dawn Ultra Renewal Pomegranate Splash Dish Soap 
Mason Jars (I used the Ball Collection Elite Half-Pint Wide Mouth Jars)
Printable Adhesive Sticker Paper Sheets for labels


In a bowl or container with a spout for easy pouring, fill about 2/3 full with Epsom salt.  Add the dish soap, not quite all the way to the top. (Leave room for stirring.) Stir the mixture together.  You made need to add a little more salt or soap to get the right consistency.  You want the mixture similar to a frozen margarita in texture.  Once everything is combined, pour into your jars and screw on the lid.  Print the provided hand scrub labels onto printable adhesive sheets, cut out and adhere to your jar.  (As an alternative, print the labels onto cardstock and tie the tags onto the jars.) *NOTE I customized these labels to be cut into a circle and fit the jars listed above.  You may need to adjust the labels if you opt for another sized jar.

Homemade Lip Balm
Petroleum Jelly (I used the Vaseline Baby scent)
Kool-Aid powder packets 
Small plastic pots with screw lids
Printable Adhesive Sticker Paper Sheets for labels

Spoon a few spoonfuls of petroleum jelly into a microwave safe bowl.  (I used my glass measuring cup for easy pouring.) Microwave the petroleum jelly in 30-second intervals until it is melted, clear and without any clumps.  Slowly add the Kool-Aid powder (flavor and color of your choice) a little at a time until the desired color is achieved.  The drink powder will give your lip balm and pretty color and good flavor.  Stir until completely mixed and pour into the screw top pots.  Add the lids.  Allow lip balm to set several hours or overnight.  Print the provided lip balm labels on to printable adhesive sheets, cut out and adhere to the plastic pot lids.  *NOTE I used cherry flavored Kool-Aid and the color was more purple than pink.  You may need to experiment with other flavors to achieve your favorite color!  I also found my lip balm pots at Hobby Lobby in a package of 6.  Very reasonably priced, especially after the 40% off coupon!

Old-Fashioned Pink Popcorn

2/3 cup popcorn kernels, popped
2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup half and half
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
red food coloring (or color of your choice if you don't want pink!)
clear plastic treat bags
cardstock for gift tags

Pour the popped corn into a large bowl and set aside.  In a saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, half and half, corn syrup and salt.  Stir constantly until sugar has dissolved.  Use a heat-safe spatula to constantly scrape the bottom and sides of the pan.  Heat the mixture to 232 degrees F.  (It will be just at a boil.)  Promptly remove from heat and immediately stir in vanilla and food coloring.  Carefully pour mixture (it will be hot!) over popped corn.  Gently stir the mixture until evenly coated.  Pour onto a waxed-paper lined baking sheet and allow to cool and dry.  The popped corn will separate as it dries, allowing you to store in an airtight container.  Divide the finished popcorn into clear treat bags and attach the provided gift tags.
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