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Feb 042015

Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts BBQ Style

Saw these tasty tidbits this past weekend on Fox News and just knew that we had to try them,oh yeah!
Many moons ago, I posted a Shredded Brussels Sprouts recipe that we still love and that too, called for bacon! I was a little taken back when I picked up some sprouts at the super market and so was our wallet, told husband not to look at the price on the package as they were going for a steep price. But you all know that when you get a craving for something you just gotta have it, NOW!

I did not hear how to prepare these babies so I had to wing it and I will make an adjustment next time we splurge on these bad boys. You see, because I picked out nice big sprouts, I thought I might have to steam them first and that was a no-no as they came out a little softer than I would prefer them, hence I do not recommend using frozen sprouts. Husband of course was not disappointed as he likes all his veggies on the well cooked side and with the addition of bacon and our homemade BBQ sauce he was in hog heaven, no pun intended, ha ha! I also had to guess a little on the oven temperature and ended up kicking it up a notch to get the bacon done, of course this would depend on the thickness of the bacon you might use. So with that, let’s satisfy our tummies…….


Great for bacon lovers!

Great for bacon lovers!


Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts BBQ Style
  • Desired amount of fresh Brussels sprouts
  • Bacon
  • BBQ sauce, I used our homemade sauce
  1. Cut off bottom part of stem from the sprouts and remove any loose or damaged leaves.
  2. Place a small X in the base of the stem (this allows sprouts to cook more evenly).
  3. Wrap each sprout with a ⅓ to ½ slice of bacon depending on size.
  4. Place on a jelly roll pan lined with foil, leaving space in between to allow bacon to cook.
  5. Bake in a 350 to 375 degree oven, turning when bacon starts to brown on the bottom.
  6. Continue to bake until bacon becomes nice and crispy; brush with desired amount of BBQ sauce and continue to cook for a few minutes to heat sauce.........

What more could could you ask for, a little sweet and salty  to compliment your sprouts! We enjoyed ours with pork chops, hominy and homemade corn bread! Hope you enjoy too……………

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Aug 232014

Burger Scare And Our New Sign

Make it safe and save a dime.. Keep away from eating slime..

Make it safe and save a dime..
Keep away from eating slime..

These two things have nothing in common and today I was just going to goof off and show you our latest project, our new address sign in front of our home. Let me start with the bad news first and a warning to all those who buy ground beef from your grocery stores. When I was flipping through Yahoo this morning, I came across this scary story about the additive “Pink Slime” that they are adding to our ground beef because of the soaring prices of meat! If you go to the “Pink Slime” link that I have provided here, you can read it for yourself, it’s pretty hair-raising and another reason I urge you to grind your own meat at home and watch where you eat burgers from now on. The initial cost of a decent meat grinder may set you back a little but the flavor and the satisfaction is well worth the price. I always wait for my store to put chuck roast on BOGO and I stock up my freezer. By grinding our own, I also know that there is nothing added that shouldn’t be there, just pure chuck! Another thing I have found, and this is just my OWN opinion, is that I can keep it frozen much longer than the recommended time by most experts which is up to 4 months. I have kept it in my freezer for up to a year and it still tastes as good as the day we ground it. Of course I put it 1/2 pound bags and then put them in a plastic freezer bag to ensure that it gets no freezer burn and is air-tight. We’re still alive and kicking so I guess I must be doing something right!!!

Now on to the fun project! We used to have an antique maple syrup sleight from Vermont at the beginning of our drivewaythat also had our address numbers on it and every Christmas we would decorate it with a little Christmas tree with packages underneath it, Poinsettia plants all around and plenty of solar powered Christmas lights. I think it was the envy of our neighbors as they would always slow down to take a gander.

Gonna miss the old sleigh!

Gonna miss the old sleigh!

Well, when we put in our new driveway, the guy doing the work bumped it with his big Cat tractor and it fell to pieces. It had been out there for years and the weather finally took its toll as we were going to send it to sleigh heaven this year anyway. If you ever saw our home, it is laden with moosies, bears, pine trees, pine cones and antiques. A few years ago I bought a dispenser for paper towels, plastic wrap and tin foil all in one piece, I guess they still make them but remember the old ones? This was a new one however that I bought through “Collections” magazine and it did not stand up to the test of working very well which surprised me as most everything I have bought through them has been of pretty good quality. The back piece, as you can see in the pic, had bears and pine trees and it has been sitting in my shed broken for some time. Husband put in a couple of landscape posts and made the arrow with our numbers on it and when I went to my shed, I realized I could use the back piece of my dispenser to put our initials along with ranch underneath them. A trip to the store got us the perfect stencils for the project and now it was my turn to finish it up. We love how it came out and now the UPS man can find us again, ha ha!!!!

Pretty cool...don't ya think?

Pretty cool…don’t ya think?

Well I hope you all have a nice weekend and check out the link on the “Pink Slime”, but you might want to do that Monday as to not ruin your weekend, yuk yuk……….. See ya next week!

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