Mar 22, 2018

March Madness with Cicis Pizza

This post is sponsored by Cicis





“With all that said, it has come to my attention that many ladies are confused about where to begin and what it all means. They are just too scared to admit it. So I thought I'd help y'all out just a bit. Here's Southern Girls Guide to March Madness. After all don't you wanna be able to keep up a conversation with your husbands, daddy's, brothers, boyfriends, etc. for the next month.? Let's start with the basics, shall we"

Those are the words I wrote on March 3 of 2016 when I published the post titled, Southern Girls Guide to March Madness. You can read that post here. March Madness is the most glorious time of the year and a delight in my household. It's no secret I went to school in East Texas at SFA, and one thing SFA is known for is their basketball team. SFA may be tiny, but we can play ball. I'll always say chosen' SFA was the best decisions I could have made 12 years ago. I always joke with friends that no one 'sports balls' as I do.

'Sports balls' is a-runnin' joke among close friends because they never know quite what I'm talkin' about or why I'm so passionate. Heck, in college one year the university held a contest to get more students to attend sportin' events. The winner got free groceries for an entire year. The plan was to attend enough games to win an Under Armour SFA hoodie. This turned into me placin' third out of  12,000 + students in the contest. I reckon I attended well over 100 games for the various sportin' teams from SFA.

 So, Y'all can imagine my excitement this year when SFA made and won their conference tournament and made the NCAA Tourney for the fifth year in school history. Selection Sunday is like a holiday in my house. I churched and immediately napped afterward. Afterall, one needs to be fresh for Selection Sunday. I woke from my nap and immediately called the Cicis Pizza down the street from me to place a to-go order. (I've spent much time in that Cicis. Every Friday night in the fall after Football games all us band members would get in someone's truck or Mom's SUV and pile in that maroon lit Cicis and far outstay our welcome.) On Selection Sunday, I promptly called Cicis and ordered two of their new New York Style Pizzas and New York Style Cheesecake Brownies. Ready in 15 minutes, I showed up for pick-up with anticipation.

 I burst through my front door with Cicis goodies in hand. Immediately tackled, I struggled to maintain balance as I hollered, " Don't wear your SFA shirt like that. I need photos." Everyone chomped on pizza and I sat on pins and needles as I waited to see our draw. Tears instantly filled my eyes when “3 Texas Tech vs. 14 Stephen F. Austin: East Dallas Texas March 15” flashed across my screen. I rushed to my laptop, Cicis in one hand, debit card in the other. I refreshed and refreshed until the ordered said confirmed.

Happy March Madness, Y'all. Be sure to stop by your local Cicis Pizza from now until April 2nd for $1 Off XL Pizzas To-Go or Two or More Large Two-Topping Pizzas for $5.99 Each. Just click here for the coupon. Wile you're at it, try the new New York style Pizza and Cheesecake Swirl Brownie.

Mar 20, 2018

Salmon Sliders












Salmon Slider Ingredients

2 fillets of Salmon

4-5 pieces of burnt toast

2 Tbsp of Black Pepper

2 Tbsp Paprika
1 Tbsp Salt

1/2 bell pepper
1/2 onion

2 eggs


Directions:

1. Chop the onion and bell pepper. Crumble the burnt toast and all of the ingredients in a bowl.

2. Add the Salmon, 1 Tsp of salt,  2 Tbsp of black pepper, 2 Tbsp of paprika and eggs to the bowl.

3. Now, mix everything. (Don't be afraid to use your hands. If you are then you could never make it in the South. As my Grandma says, "That's what soap is for.")

4. Once everything is mixed, you can make the patties. You can make them as small or large as you would like. Since these are of the slider variety and not croquettes I made them smaller.

5. Grease a baking pan, and place the salmon patties evenly.

6. Bake salmon patties at 350 for 20-30 minutes or until patties cook evenly. Halfway through you may want to turn the patties so that they cook evenly.


Cream Sauce Ingredients:

2 Tbsp butter

1 Tbsp flour

1 cup of hot milk

1/3 cup of heavy cream

2 tsp of white pepper

2 tsp of salt

2 Tbsp of parmesan cheese

2 Tbsp of chopped parsley

2 Tbsp basil

1 Tbsp lemon juice

Directions:

1. Y'all, do the steps in order and I promise it will be ok. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan.

2. Stir in the flour and blend well and If you want your sauce thicker add more butter and flour in equal parts.

4. Stir in the hot milk and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, simmering, and occasionally stir for a few more minutes.

5. Stir in the heavy cream.

6. Now add the 1tps salt, white pepper, parmesan cheese, parsley, basil and lemon juice.

7. Stir

8. Cook for a few more minutes and then Y'all are ready to drizzle over your sliders and enjoy.

I enjoyed my Salmon Sliders on Hawaiian Rolls. The Hawaiian Rolls, as well as all the other ingredients, can be found at your local Whole Foods Market. There's still time. Don't forget to get your tickets to the first annual Between the Buns Festival this Saturday at the Dallas Farmers Market. https://www.betweenthebunsdallas.com/

Mar 19, 2018

Olive Stuffed Bruschetta


Spring time in Texas, oh there's nothin' better where the laurels are in bloom. The Bluebonnets come out to grace us with their presence and Weddin' Season is in full swing.


It's as though there's never a dull weekend down South when spring hits. Whether it be a watch party or get together, good food and stories are always to be heard. 


This season I've found myself enamored with appetizers. Olives have always been a joy in my house, and stuffed olives are a game changers. 

Try Musco Family Olives

Ingredients:
Salmon
Prosciutto 
Artisan Bread
Pearl Blue Cheese stuffed Olives
Parmesan Cheese
Basil
Parsley
Red Pesto Sauce
Directions:
1. Spread the Pesto on the bread
       4. Sprinkle parsley or basil on. 
5. Add the salmon or prosciutto
6. Sprinkle the grated Parmesan Cheese.
7. Top with stuffed olives.

Mar 16, 2018

Biore!











I've never been much for a set beauty routine or must have product. To be quiet honest, I have sensitive skin, so I try and keep harsh chemicals and makeup away. That's how I keep my skin in such flawless shape. No, really, I didn't get my first breakout till a couple of months ago.  I suppose it's all that time spent in the Texas sun hikin' and campin'.Sun, as well as the Texas elements, can be quite harsh on your face, and it's caused me to look into how I refresh and take care of my skin when I return from long weekends away in the wilderness or generally explorin' Texas.

Recently I've gotten into the BiorĂ© Self Heating One Minute Mask and Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips. As a teenager, I spent half the year in the Texas Sun doin' marchin' band. You don't even want to know the sweat and how dry your skin gets. I tried Biore in high school and loved that my skin didn't feel dry after a wash.
I always seem to find myself travelin' or campin'. I spend more time in my car on sone lone Texas backroad than I do in my house. Havin' a product that is compact is always a must, and I enjoy that this product is so at a budget-friendly price point. I enjoy that the mask doesn't take longer than I minute and than I am off to finish the day. Yes, please.

I never struggled with acne or blackheads as a youngin', but as I've grown older, the breakouts have come. As of late blackheads or the pain in my side. When I used the Pore strips, I was more than thrilled with how clean my face felt afterward. 
Peep Amazon to ger your BiorĂ© Self Heating One Minute Mask and Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips 

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