Southern Hamburger Steaks: Homage to My Granny

It’s rainy and cold today, the complete opposite of the beautiful sunny and warm temperatures we were blessed with yesterday. There is nothing that I can think of that would be better right now than a plate of my Granny’s hamburger and gravy. I was hankering for a taste of nostalgia a few days ago when I ran across the Southern Hamburger Steaks with Onion Mushroom Gravy Pin on Pinterest. I gravitated to this recipe because of one of it’s ingredients…something unexpected. Bacon. I was hooked. I’m certain my Granny didn’t have bacon in her burgers but I knew if she were alive, she would appreciate the upgrade. Oh and it also has mushrooms too. I’m not a big fan of mushrooms but I do like them sometimes, it just depends on what it’s accompanying and how it’s cooked. While I’m certain the mushrooms would have been a delicious addition to this meal; I didn’t have any and I wasn’t about to slow myself down for mushrooms considering again that I’m not a big fan. I did have bacon. That worked for me.

The recipe was pretty straightforward – cooked and chopped bacon, ground beef, garlic powder, mushrooms, onions, egg, beef broth, gravy master, Worcestershire sauce, pepper, flour, seasoning salt, olive oil, bread crumbs and water. I didn’t have bread crumbs so I used crushed crackers instead and it worked like a charm.

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The ingredients before hand mixing.

This is a recipe that will require you to get your hands dirty so be prepared to get real up close and personal with your ingredient. The first thing I did was cook the bacon. I pan-fried it so that I could crumble it into the meat. Once the bacon was cooling I mixed together the ground beef, crushed crackers, diced onion, egg and seasonings. Aside from the seasonings used in the recipe I also added some smoked paprika because I love smoked paprika. Once I mixed it all together I added the bacon crumbles last before forming the meat into 8 hamburger steaks/patties.

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The formed hamburger patties dipped into a flour coating.

The next step was ingenious to me – coat both sides of the hamburger patties in flour. I also added some seasoning salt and black pepper to the flour mixture before covering the hamburger patties. Next the olive oil was heated on medium-high heat to pan fry the hamburgers brown on each side.

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The sliced onions carmelizing in the pan drippings.

Once the burgers were brown the patties were set aside while the sliced onions were cooked in the pan drippings with a tablespoon of water. Afterwards the recipe instructs you to mix the beef broth, water, flour, seasoning salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and gravy master until well combined. This will then be poured into the skillet with the onions and stirred until it thickens. Once the gravy begins to bubble the hamburger patties are returned back to the pan to cook on each side for a few minutes. I allowed mine to simmer over a low heat while I prepared the white rice and sautéed spinach that I served with it.

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Finished Product: Southern Hamburgers Steaks with Onions

Two simple bags of white rice were fluffed with a pat of butter and black pepper. The bag of pre-washed spinach was sautéed in bacon fat for a few minutes before I topped it with the bacon crumbles,  a splash of apple cider vinegar and a dash of salt and pepper. My mouth was watering ridiculously by the time I assembled our plates for dinner. The kids don’t have an appreciation for Classics so they definitely weren’t getting any of this.

This Southern Hamburger recipe was fantastic! There was so much flavor packed into the gravy and the patties. I savored each bite delectably enjoying the next bite more than the last one until it was all gone. This meal was a home run, a touchdown, a victory; yes it was a success. My Granny would have approved and enjoyed this meal too. So I’m giving this recipe a huge thumbs up. I will definitely be cooking this recipe again, the next time I will be sure to get the mushrooms. My husband loves mushrooms so I know he will definitely enjoy it more.

What’s a meal that brings great memories for you? There are a couple of other meals that stand out in my mind that remind me of my childhood instantly – pork chops and applesauce and I can’t forget..spaghetti. I don’t know any kid that doesn’t like spaghetti. My kids love spaghetti. Matter-of-fact that should be coming up on our meal rotation soon. I’m looking forward to hearing what meals bring  back a sense of home for you. Praying your Saturday is all that you want it to be.

Be Blessed and Be a Blessing,

A Very Pleasant Mom…Tameka

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Happy Spring Break!

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Yay! It’s the first day of Spring Break and I hope you all had a fabulous Easter holiday! No matter where you are in the world, I pray that you had the blessing of experiencing God’s love, the comfort of family and some good food to top it off! To me that is one part of what Easter is about. If you aren’t familiar with the specifics, pick up a Bible (New Testament) and brush yourself up on the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the significance in the message and it’s impact on people and maybe even you.

Many an Easter Sunday ago my Granny thought it was important that we (my cousins and I) not only attended church but also showed up in our Easter Sunday best with our tithes and offerings sealed in envelopes ready to hear the message of the miracle and blessing of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. I get it now. Even though I missed church today God is alive and He was very much with me and my family today as He is every day. My relationship with God is rock solid so for me Easter is a celebration and remembrance; an opportunity for revival and renewal. I still gave it my Easter Sunday best in the name of Jesus Christ and I think my Granny would have been proud. My dinner came out great (okay there was 1 fail – we will get to that later), my kids had such a great time and my husband loved the food and enjoyed himself. I couldn’t have asked for a better day. I remember when it all came together smiling so hard thinking – Jesus you outdid yourself this time!

Picture it…Richmond, Virginia – Easter Sunday. It was a balmy sixty something degrees outside. The sun was shining. The smell of grilled and smoked barbecue perfumed the air. The youngest Pleasants children sped around the cul-de-sac in the girl Pleasants princess carriage pumped up on sugar while the eldest boy Pleasants played(I will not reveal the outcome of the game) father Pleasants in NBA Live. Mother Pleasants sat in her chair satisfied with the outcome.

Okay that’s a brief rundown of my favorite moment of the day. It was a great day and culmination up to Spring Break. I am so looking forward to sleeping in at least 1-2 days if possible. The before school morning routine is crucial. The struggle is real! Let’s just say that we need this break, okay I need this break. The last few months have felt grueling and we’ve had way more tardies than I care to admit but in the sense of my glass is half full theory – a tardy is better than an absence, right? Right. So again, I need this break. We were getting back on track but Spring Break is a great chance to regroup and recommit. We’re always accountable but we still want to improve where we can. So before we can jump into Spring Break I have to share with you the spectacular meal that I made for my family and friends for Easter Sunday.

It took me a few days to finalize a menu but luckily my deep freezer held a few gems that would save me some time and money at the grocery store. My menu was a Smoked Turkey, Roasted Ham, Grilled Pork Loin, Grilled BBQ Chicken, Smoked Beef Brisket, Hot and Spicy Shrimp Dip with French Bread Crostinis, Macaroni and Cheese, Potato Salad with Bacon, Stuffing and Turkey Gravy, Deviled Eggs, Collard Greens with Smoked Ham, Homemade Dinner Rolls, Sweet Potato Pies and Carrot Cake Donuts. We were gifted a delicious pound cake from one of my neighbors that was a nice addition to our spread.

 

Although this feast turned out great there were a few stumbling blocks to overcome. Let’s start with the fact that I started cooking right after a trip to the mall with my kids and then Wal-Mart. You already know both of those tasks can be complicated alone so imagine how tired I was when it was all said and done around 6ish Saturday evening. Still I was in a good mood to start cooking, so I hopped right in my zone by grabbing my Beatz headphones, charging up my phone and setting my Pandora on rotation. Drake radio station is a favorite play list of mine on any given day. I blessed my meal and my hands before I started and delved right into cooking. I finished around 4ish Easter Sunday but that was after a trip to the store, and grooming and dressing the kids.

Starting so late in the game Saturday evening I made several improvisations to my menu to ensure that we would be able to eat at a reasonable time. Initially our plans included going to church but I can’t even lie, when I walked out the store at 10:47am with the last of my ingredients I knew I could rush home, wake the kids, get them fed and dressed, get myself dressed and leave and possibly get to church before it ended. I didn’t think it was impossible but I knew I would be rushing and irritable throughout the entire process. So I continued on with my cooking trusting that God would deliver me the special Easter message I was seeking like so many people walking into churches all over the world. The first task on the list was to cook the bacon for the potato salad so I cooked that in a foiled covered sheet pan. Another game time decision was to do a mock smoking of the Turkey. If you’ve seen my previous post “Diary of an Amateur Smoker” then you know my last attempt at Smoking was not very successful. I made some modifications to my process per my research and determined that I would need a ton of time in order to properly smoke the turkey, brisket and pork loin. So the turkey was going into the oven with what I call I mock Smoking created with a foil packet of lit hickory pellets and placing it in the bottom of the oven underneath the roasting pan. To elevate the smoked hickory flavor I made a compound butter that included liquid hickory smoke , rosemary, smoked paprika, black pepper, seasoned salt, ground thyme and garlic that I used to put beneath the turkey skin. I covered the bird in vegetable oil before seasoning it with the same seasoning blend. With the main meat in the oven I could focus on other tasks.

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On the stove top I began boiling the potatoes and eggs for the potato salad and the elbow pasta noodles for the macaroni. While I waited on those I put together a simple cheese sauce that consisted of Velveeta Cheese, milk and butter for the macaroni and cheese.  The noodles finished first so I finished the macaroni and cheese by buttering the baking dish and mixing the noodles, seasoning, shredded cheeses and finally the cheese sauce. I mixed it all up, covered it in foil and baked it at 350 degrees for an hour. Once the eggs finished boiling I allowed the eggs to cool briefly before preparing the Deviled Eggs. I found a really simple recipe that called for ingredients I had on hand. I did swap out Paprika for Smoked Paprika and I also sprinkled on some parsley for decoration once done.  I was off to a good start and feeling confident about my spread. Next up was the ham. Luckily I had a petite Honey Ham in the deep freezer so I prepared that according to package instructions. I did sprinkle some brown sugar all over the spiral arranged slices in the pan. The ham needed to bake for roughly 30 minutes so I used that time to fix the collard greens. I sautéed onion, minced garlic and smoked ham neckbones in a little canola oil (of course I ran out of olive oil) and then added in a little apple cider vinegar. I let it heat up and then filled the pot up with water. I then added in chicken bouillon cubes and let the water mixture come to a boil before adding in the pre-washed and shredded collard greens.

 

Next up on the list was the sweet potato pies. I put the sweet potatoes in the oven and let them roast for about 45-60 minutes. Imagine my surprise when I went to retrieve 8 lbs of what I presumed to be chicken wing drummettes when I discovered an obvious blunder when I accidentally picked up chicken drumsticks. And not just any chicken legs – the biggest chicken legs that I’ve ever seen in my life. I was frustrated for about 9 minutes. It was after 12am Easter Sunday and I didn’t want to run back to the store for chicken wings. So I opted to prepare one bag and get the wings later. I continued on thawing the chicken legs for grilling. The potatoes had cooled down which meant it was the perfect time to prepare the potato salad. First the potatoes and eggs had to be peeled and then diced. I used a short cut and used my little food processor to chop the boiled eggs, onion, green pepper and celery into small pieces. With the potatoes and eggs diced I seasoned the first layer of the potato salad liberally with smoked paprika, seasoned salt and black pepper. I then added in the chopped vegetables, mayo, a little mustard, sugar, and sweet relish. You’re going to need your muscles to fully integrate the components of the potato salad. Making potato salad takes a lot of fine tuning flavors to get it just right. With all of the standard ingredients mixed in I then added in my bonus – crumbled bacon. Afterwards my potato salad took its rightful place in the refrigerator where it could blend and come together.

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I know you’re probably thinking when is she going to bed. I don’t know what time I went to sleep but it was after I had taken the rolls out of the oven and brushed them with melted butter. I woke up at 4am on the couch covered in my comforter. I was up and back at it in no time. It was still too cold to go out and start the grill and smoker so I finished the sweet potato pies and put together some Easter treat bags, gifts, and cards. I also did some cleaning and began setting up. By 8am the sun was out though it was still cool. I wrapped up in my husband’s jacket and prepped the grill and smoker. The grill was simple and was hot in no time. In effort to save time and ensure doneness I split the chicken legs down the middle to grill. The smoker was a little tricky but I finally bit the bullet and used a little lighter fluid to help ignite the chimney starter. The lighter fluid was what  I needed to get the flame and temperature right. I modified the use of my smoker for only 1 tray versus the 2 so that I could position the water drip tray on top of a tray instead of directly over the coals. This helped tremendously. Once the drip tray was in position I could position the last tray on the middle rack. My brisket was seasoned with the included seasoning package but I also covered the meat with copious amounts of ancho chile powder, cumin and meat tenderizer and wrapped in foil before it was placed on the inside tray

It was definitely time for another unplanned change. Initially the plan was to smoke the pork loin with the brisket but the 1 tray challenge nixed that plan. The bbq chicken grilled quickly so I wrapped that pork loin in foil and placed it on the grill. (FYI the chicken legs were seasoned liberally with chilli powder, seasoned salt, garlic. meat tenderizer, onion powder, smoked paprika and black pepper and lastly coated with Sweet Baby Rays Honey Chipotle BBQ sauce.) A quick store run got me the last ingredients I needed to finish my dinner. The shrimp had thawed so I put together the Shrimp Dip first. A box of Seapak Shrimp Scampi went in a pan over med-high heat  while I diced some of the medium shrimp. After dicing a quarter of the shrimp I opted to leave the rest whole since I had to dice peppers. I used about a quarter of each – red, green and orange peppers and added that to the shrimp. Once the Seapak Scampi was done, it was mixed together along with cream cheese, shredded pepperjack seasoning, Louisiana hot sauce and creole seasoning. I sprinkled parsley all over the top and baked it at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes till it was bubbly and slightly brown on top.

With the Hot and Spicy Shrimp Dip in the oven I could devote my attention to the Stuffing, Turkey Gravy and Carrot Cake donuts. The gravy was simple. I sautéed chopped onions, minced garlic and the turkey neck in butter. I then added 1/4 cup of flour to that and browned it altogether. I had some chicken stock in reserve for another dish so I added that to the flour and stirred it up. Then I added in the Turkey Juice packet included with my turkey and some additional water. I turned the heat up and watched the gravy bubble and thicken. I used the same chopped onion, in addition to celery and sauteed it in butter before adding in chicken stock. After a quick boil the stuffing mixture was added in and voila, I was almost done cooking and in the nick of time because bellies were getting hungry.

The carrot cake donut recipe seemed easy enough though I had my concerns right off the jump. I don’t cook or bake with yogurt a lot so I was concerned about the consistency of the donut. My family loves carrot cake so this was a good opportunity to display a great flavor profile in donut version. I should have quit on the donut when my attempt to crush the pineapple first and lastly matchstick carrots in the blender. The pineapple worked out but the carrots didn’t and I was running out of steam so those matchstick carrots went in regular. I should probably note that I left the standing mixer running while checking my grill and smoker. I may have over mixed my dough too much but the consistency resembled the description on the recipe so I proceeded with caution. I funneled my dough into a gallon zipper storage bag and cut the end off. I piped the dough into a silicone donut mold that had been sprayed with baking spray. The donut molds were baked on top of baking sheets as directed. They had ample time to cool as I had to stop cooking to get my kids bathed and dressed and rather sharply if I have to say so myself.

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When I returned to my kitchen there was very little to prepare. The Easter eggs had been hidden by eldest boy Pleasants who also looked pretty sharp too. I mixed together the pineapple cream cheese frosting to dip the donuts in. I sprinkled some chopped walnuts over a few and kept the others plain in case my husband wanted to try one. At that point I could relax so I watched the kids run around the house looking for Easter eggs that had been hidden so well, that eldest boy Pleasants had forgotten where he had hidden them all. There was much fun and laughter that our family were able to share together. The food was a hit! Okay there was 1 miss that I referenced earlier – the carrot cake donuts. Though they looked fine – they tasted horrible…to me. The kids seemed to enjoy them just fine though. They scarfed them down till I took them off the table after I tasted them. Everything else was on point. The brisket and pork loin were sliced thinly after they had ample rest time and arranged in spirals. The turkey was carved and everything was out and ready to eat. My favorite dish of the evening was definitely the Hot and Spicy Shrimp Dip. It was a perfect combination of cheeses, peppers and shrimp and it went perfect with the Crostinis. The second fave was the brisket – it was flavorful, tender and moist. On the briskets’ heels was the pork loin.

The rolls came out great. They had great texture and were highlighted with a smidge of butter or margarine. The turkey gravy was rich and supple. It went perfectly over the turkey and stuffing. The macaroni and cheese had a creamy consistency that blended well with the melted shredded cheeses. The greens were good but next time I wouldn’t use the pork neckbones because I did’t the pork flavor I was looking for. A surprising hit was the potato salad with crumbeled bacon. It gave the normal potato salad a little punch of salt and texture. There was something for everyone’s individual tastebuds and no one went to bed hungry. By the time that I ate my food and served my husband the first heated slice of Sweet Potato Pie I was ready to retire to my bed to put my feet up.  After eating my own slice of pie, I retreated back to the kitchen for a slice of my neighbor’s pound cake and I’m certain that I dozed off shortly after that.

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I woke up Monday morning around 4am and watched some television, one of my old favorites Real Housewives of Atlanta and a very hilarious Watch What Happens Live with guests Kenya Moore and Michael Rappaport. Once filled of my Shameful TV fix I found my way downstairs to my desk to start working on this blog and breakfast. Yes I forgot to get breakfast for the kiddos on the first day of Spring Break. They could eat cereal but only 3 of 4 kids will truly eat cereal. So I whipped my Super Mom cape out and managed to throw together Link Sausages, Wildberry Muffins, Mini Pancake Bites (Plain, Cinnamon, Pineapple, Strawberry, Chocolate Chip and Sprinkle) Strawberries and Orange Slices.

 

I started working on this post around 6am this morning, it’s 12:49pm and I’m on my way back to bed for a couple of hours till I have to do something fun with the kids. Can’t forget it’s Spring Break – Day 1. Hope your Spring Break started with a bang, mine’s did. In a day or so I’ll have my full write up of each Pinterest inspired recipe under my She Tried It board.

Thanks for stopping by! Till next time…. be blessed and be a blessing!

Peace and Blessings,

A Very Pleasants Mom

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Super Bowl LII: A Truly Super Win

It’s estimated that over 100 million people tuned in to watch Super Bowl 52 on Sunday, February 5th including my family. While none of our teams were actually playing (Dad’s team is Buffalo Bills, mine is undecided till next season, Fred 5’s somehow became the Patriots after dropping the Redskins/”Deadskins”, Cassius rocks with Dad, King rocks with me and well Praise is not interested in football) we are still a football house who cherishes the Super Bowl and the fun and excitement it can bring no matter the teams playing.

I can’t forget that the Super Bowl is special for me and my husband for our own reason too. Many a Super Bowl ago (at least 13 bowls ago) I made the best darn burritos ever because that day my then boyfriend proposed to me. Initially I didn’t take him seriously but yes the burritos were that delicious and he was serious. Eventually we did marry and ever since we have been using Super Bowl Sunday to celebrate the undying love that we have for each other. So it’s important to me that he can relax and enjoy the big game comfortably with all the fixings and the greatest of them all, love.

I thought that inspiration would be lacking when it came to my Super Bowl planning considering neither of the teams were ours. I was pleasantly surprised to find many great meal ideas that made the cut for our Super Bowl Party on my favorite app in the world right now Pinterest.

My final Super Bowl menu was :

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New England Lobster Rolls vs. Philadelphia Cheesesteaks

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New England Lobster Rolls vs Philadelphia Cheesesteak

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Chicken Nuggets & Tater Tots

Fiesta Chorizo Queso & Tortilla, Doritos and Plain Lays Chips

Epic Dry Rubbed Wings & Vegetable Tray

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Peach Cobbler with Cream Cheese

Store Brought Cupcakes

With the menu laid out I set out Sunday morning to acquire the ingredients I didn’t have on hand and to pick up my Infladium. Even though I lay everything out nicely I still try to do so on a budget and we’re never sure whether we’re celebrating with company or alone. Just the household alone is still 7 people so I always try to make sure that it’s enough food for us and that it may be enough leftover for lunch or dinner the following day. Before I could get the food I had to make it to Party City by 10am to attempt to obtain one of the 2 Infladiums Party City’s website reported to still have in stock not so close to my home. Because I wasn’t sure how big I was going this year I waited too late and was disappointed that there were no more Infladiums in stock even though I was the second customer in the store when it opened. The fact of the matter is that they barely had anything left Super Bowl related. Luckily the remaining items were marked down 50% but the pickings were slim. So I grabbed a fitted football field table cover for my table and 2 Snack Stadiums and some football and flag party picks. I had also picked up a few things from Dollar Tree to add to my decorations nicely. Satisfied with those things and some items I knew I had at home I could finally start food shopping.

The Lord was working in my favor because when I walked into Kroger it was so busy they didn’t even have any shopping carts available but I had a calmness in my soul that took me straight to the Seafood Counter where there was surprisingly no one in line. My God he really loved me – the lobster tails that I needed were on sale for $5 a pop. Thank you Jesus I smiled as I ordered my six. As soon as he began bagging them the line began to form behind me rapidly. Still with no cart in hand I decided to at least try to find the ribeye steaks that I needed for the cheesesteaks. My menu didn’t exist without these two items and so far I was doing pretty good. Again I was pleasantly surprised to find the ribeye steaks that I needed marked down. The items that sold out completely were the regular Philadelphia cream cheese but I was feeling so good I had already grabbed a shopping cart and decided to use 1/3 less fat Philadelphia Cream cheese, it still had to taste better than generic cream cheese which could be awful.

I did have to obtain a few more items from Wal-Mart that I either forgot or Kroger didn’t have but I was cooking by 2ish and feeling good about how everything was coming together. Even though the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl, the New England Lobster Roll won in my house. They were absolutely delicious and now my husband’s favorite meal. The rolls were toasty and buttery filled with the lobster salad. I used the recommendation of fellow Pinners and added Old Bay seasoning to the mixture of mayo, lemon and what not. I didn’t have any sriracha as the recipe called for so I opted to swap it for Louisiana hot sauce. It was good! (Disclaimer – it was still good the next day after re-heating). Even though the Lobster Roll was the clear winner for us both, the cheesesteak was still very tasty in its own right. For that I went the old school route and used finely cut ribeye, sliced baby bella mushrooms, onions and green peppers. I used season salt and black pepper liberally to flavor it all. No cheese whiz for us, I found a nice smoked provolone thinly sliced. I also decided against melting the cheese in the pan over the meat and placed the cheese on the inside of the hoagie roll. I did keep with the recipe’s instructions and roll the sandwiches tightly in foil and put them in the oven for 10 minutes on a low setting. The steak was tender and flavorful – it was a great steak and cheese.

The next winner of the night was definitely unexpected – the Candied Grapes were a huge hit with everyone. Who knew that covering grapes in jello would give them a great texture and taste? I grabbed the Jolly Rancher Watermelon flavor and was delighted with the results. Those were gobbled up quickly. It also inspired me to cover other fruits in jello too in the future. The queso dip is always a hit, I make a version similar to the Fiesta Chorizo Queso with ground sausage or breakfast sausage.

The losers of the night in my eyes were the Pizza Pull Apart Bread and the Epic Dry Rubbed Wings. I had done my research and read the comments on both recipes and tried to modify them to prevent certain aforementioned issues. I added pizza sauce to the blend of dough, mozzarella, olive oil and pepperoni to give it more flavor and moisture or so I thought. 2 of 4 kids loved the pizza bread, me not so much. The chicken wings which are a favorite of ours were a little lackluster. The recipe directed to only use 1/3 of the dry rub to coat the wings to get full flavor but I used more than half and they were still lacking the color the wings in the picture boasted but they also lacked flavor. I even sprinkled the dry rub over the wings post cooking to add more seasonings to it and they still were light in the flavor department. The hidden jewel of the game was the Peach Cobbler. This cobbler came as no easy feat because once again I failed to read the instructions completely so I goofed right at the beginning  of the process when I forgot to add in softened butter to the yellow cake mix and egg. So I added another egg when the cake mix didn’t get crumbly – the additional egg made it goopy and by the time I added the forgotten butter it was like cookie dough. Still I forged ahead and pressed the cake dough in the bottom of the sprayed baking dish and baked it for 15 minutes. Now I had a new problem – half of the remaining cake crumble mix was supposed to go on top of the peaches and I didn’t reserve it to the side as it all got gooey. Now I had to make a cobbler batter to pour over the canned peaches that I had tossed in cinnamon and the cream cheese and sugar mixture that covered the peaches. Pinterest to the rescue, I found a different peach cobbler recipe that employed all the ingredients I had on hand. I poured the cobbler batter over the pan and returned it to the oven for 40 more minutes.

There was so much food that I had absolutely no more space to even try the peach cobbler on Super Bowl Sunday. This was the hidden gem because when I tasted it the next day it was refreshingly delicious. My husband had said it was good but it was a real understated good. When I tasted it my taste buds were awakened with flavor and delight. Even the gooey cake crust had held up well and was actually cake-like crust rather than a pie crust. I could have pulled it probably 5 – 7 minutes sooner as the bottom was brown but not burnt.  When I approached my husband the day I tasted it and told him that I thought it was great he just looked at me like I was crazy and reminded me that he too had said the same thing the previous night. I reminded him that he didn’t really say that much about the cobbler but then again he reminded me that he was so flavor rocked from all the delicious foods that it just didn’t stand out amongst all the praise. Point made.

Everything about Super Bowl 52 was great. Even with the small snafus that arose everything was absolutely incredible. I didn’t get my Infladium but I only had space to use 1 of the 2 Snack Stadiums I purchased from Party City. Even the little touches like the field goals that we made out of yellow popsicle sticks and styrofoam cups were cute. The kids even made their own paper footballs. Normally the kids do their own thing while my husband and I watch the game together, this year I required all of our kids to watch the game together with us, even little Miss Praise. There aren’t a lot of times where we can all sit down together at one time and do anything, Super Bowl Sunday 52 did that for us and allowed us to watch a great victory on behalf of the Eagles and a valiant attempt to the very end for the Patriots. The food was delicious – the company was great. It was certainly a Pleasant night and one that we will remember for many years to come. We continued one of many family traditions and were blessed in so many ways as a result. I can’t even imagine what we’ll be eating and who we will be watching for next year Super Bowl? Or better yet where? Maybe at the Super Bowl? You never know. That’s the pleasant thing about life. If you stay in the game, you never know what the outcome will be and how it will change your life – win or lose.

Thanks for stopping by. If you’d like to try out the recipes I used for my Super Bowl Party check me out on Pinterest – Pleasants Personal & Professional Solutions, LLC. My “She Tried It” Board are all the recent pins that I’ve tried. I try to include good descriptions and photos. Did your family watch the Super Bowl this year? What traditions did you all have? Feel free to share your ideas with me as we all wait patiently together for the 2018 NFL Football season.

Peace and Blessings,

Future Chef Mek

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Second Place I Spend Too Much Time At – Wal-Mart

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