Elvis Peanut Butter and Bananas Pancake Bites with Bacon

The Happy 80th Birthday to The King of Rock and Roll… where ever he may be! Make up these amazing Peanut Butter and Bananas Foster Pancake Bites and have a little ’50s inspired Cocktail Hour in his honor (mocktails work just as well!).

Elvis Peanut Butter and Banana Recipe


The holidays never stop around here until we have and Elvis Birthday Celebration.  It’s just a fun way to add a little something special to the week.  I have a couple of “go to” to fast and easy recipes for his favorite peanut butter and bananas combination that my family loves.

This year, in keeping with my “Queen of Last Minute” title, I whipped up a cute little appetizer out of my Peanut Butter and Bananas Foster Pancakes Recipe.  When I made them, I was a little afraid that my family would think I had gone “off the deep end.”  But, they loved them!  And ate them as fast as I could get the little piece of bacon on top.  Can’t forget the bacon… these are for The King, after all.

If you are about to leave work and have  not thought about dinner yet, let alone Elvis’s Birthday, never fear.  You can whip these up in nothing flat!  And I know you have peanut butter and the makings for pancakes at home.  Come on, everyone has bacon!  The bananas??? Every convenience mart around usually has bananas so, just pull in and grab a couple it will only take a minute….

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Roasted Asparagus Skinny Guacamole

Guacamole – minus the avocados! 

Join us for week two of our Clean Eating Challenge with Donna’s Roasted Asparagus Guacamole recipe.  You’ve got to see it to believe it… delicious!

Roasted Asparagus Skinny Guacamole

Yes, you read that right. Avocado-free guacamole.

This is what happens when you are craving guacamole but you have no avocados in your fridge and the ones at the store are rock hard. What I did have was several bunches of asparagus just begging to be roasted. And so, I thought – Why Not? Desperation, not inspiration, is often the Mother of Invention in my kitchen. This guacamole with roasted asparagus is delicious – and has much less fat than avocados – win -win, I say. I just added all the things I normally add to guacamole – ok, I did also add one tablespoon of mayo just for the creaminess. (You could omit that if you’re being extra virtuous). But everything else is what I typically use in guacamole: green chiles, a little lime juice and a bit of hot sauce. I asked the hubs to guess the “secret ingredient” before we started the photo session, and he couldn’t guess. Then when I told him that I had used asparagus, he not only didn’t believe me – he actually went to the garbage can to look for avocado peels. No, I am not making that up. He raved and raved about this and asked me to make it this way from now on. I plan to – for at least as long as asparagus is cheaper than avocados! Give this Roasted Asparagus Guacamole a try and then head over to the other blogs in our Clean Eating Challenge.   …

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Family Movie Night Give Away-$1,000+ Value!!!

(ARV $1,002.00)
If you don’t enter another giveaway all summer, enter this one.  It is everything you will need for Family Movie Night fun for the entire rest of the summer.  That’s $1,000.00 of DVD’s, Popcorn, treats and even a portable DVD player so you can take your movie night on the road.  I’m thinking camping, hotel stays, road trips… all without hearing, “Are we there yet?” And, if you run out of snacks, we’ve included a fantastic popcorn popper with flavored popcorns to keep you going.
As you scroll down to check out all of the prizes, see if you can pick out my favorite.  Ok, so I can’t wait that long.  It’s the DVD set of 600… count them… 600 Definitive TV Western Episodes.  That includes the original Lone Ranger in the original black and white.  See?  I told you it is fantastic.  Don’t worry, there are many current hits like The Hunger Games.
Come on, scroll on down and check it out for yourself.  Then, enter at the bottom of the post (there are many ways to enter).  Good luck!  I hope you win!

DIY Nachos Recipe for a Crowd

Nachos for a Crowd

Let’s say, for example, you love football. Even imagine that you like to watch one football game every year. OK, confession time: you hate football but love hanging out on the couch on a cold winter day with loved ones and eating great snack foods all day long. (Editorial comment: this blog loves and accepts all football fan levels. (Football is the brown pointy ball, right?)

Do I ever have the solution for you: DIY nachos!

Yes, that’s right. Just set out ingredients in the kitchen and a stack of baking sheets, pizza pans or other baking pans and let folks build their own. No whining. No “MOM, why did you put green onions/olives/chorizo on the nachos???” Your calm response: “Just make your own dang nachos!!!”

I was inspired by the fabulous Bon Appetit foodist himself, Andrew Knowlton, in his feature this month in Bon Appetit: Nachos and all the Fixings. I just added the DIY feature because, well, of the whine factor described above.

I love his technique: spread chips on a baking sheet, scatter on cheese and all other ingredients that need to be cooked, and place in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

He makes his own carnitas – but suggests another fun, easy option: head to your local BBQ joint and buy pulled pork. Bring it home and crisp it in oil and add spices. Genius!

I chose to go with chorizo myself, my tasty low-fat homemade version, of course!

Other favorite ingredients at the Kelly Casita: monterey jack cheese (so melty!); cheddar cheese (so classic), green onions (I put these babies on everything), black beans, pinto beans, roasted jalapeno slices (yes, you must broil them), thin radish slices (for crunch), crumbled queso fresco (OK, use feta in an emergency!), cilantro (you either hate it or love it – I’m a fan).

Have a Super Brown-Pointy-Ball Day, Everyone!

— posted by Donna

Twinkie Shortcake and a Trip Down Memory Lane

image Twinkie Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

They were as good as cash with our Barbie lunch box crowd – No, better. The “Golden Sponge Cake with the Creamy Filling” was loved by us kids of the 1960’s. And not only were they heaven in my kid mouth, I could get good stuff in return for that lunchbox icon – the Twinkie: Squatty fuzzy haired troll dolls. Hard plastic horses with manes to comb. Even plastic fringe bicycle handles.

So, you can understand why I am mourning the loss of Hostess and their beloved Twinkies. When the Twinkie-pocolypse was announced, I needed to commiserate so with my mom.

“We have got to find a few boxes!” “Yes, go out and buy all you can.” “Let’s make Twinkie Shortcake after Thanksgiving.”

I struck out at three stores, all Hostess products had been cleared off the shelves the night before, and so I was thinking all was lost. The day after the fest, mom impishly pulled out not one but TWO boxes from the recesses of her cupboards. My culinarily talented co-blogger and sister Sandy and I cheered. “WHERE did you get these?” “I’ll never tell!”

And strawberries and cream met new “shortcake” that day. “Why, oh why didn’t we ever make this before?” we moaned. We actually made Twinkie Shortcake. And liked it. And what’s more important – we took a trip down memory lane together!

Twinkies mom and donna

— posted by Donna

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Chipotle Coconut Maple Caramel Corn Recipe

Chipotle Coconut Maple Caramel Corn

Meet your new favorite caramel corn.

If Cracker Jacks is one of your favorite childhood treats, wait no more for a home made heavenly upgrade. Crack Jacks, only yummier. And healthier. Just all around better.

The playful flavor combo in this sweet/salty/spicy glazed popcorn is remarkable. This is by far the best caramel corn I  have ever eaten. And, something you would never, ever guess: this vegan recipe is healthy, too. Coconut oil is one of the best things you can put in your mouth – Dr Oz just recommended it for losing weight, after all. And, not only does it speed up metabolism, it has incredible anti-oxidant powers.

One warning: this stuff is truly addicting. Eat-until-you’re-sick addicting. Lick-the-bottom-of-the-bowl addicting. Crave-it-all-day addicting. There. You’ve been warned.

Happy Fall, Y”all!

— posted by Donna…

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Tamale Tart Bites Recipe – Hassle-free Tamale Goodness in Two Bites

Easy Tamale Recipe

Easy Tamale Recipes

When I hear the word “tamales” I am flooded with memories of the flavors of home. Once in a great while, I get brave and order a tamale from a restaurant menu. But I am invariably disappointed. They are never as good as my mom’s. They pale in comparison. Kind of like Chef Boyardee spaghetti from a can up against fresh pasta made by Mario Batali. Yes, they have the same name, but they are not in the same league.

I get hungry for tamales, but don’t often make them. Too much hassle. Too much time. Too much mess.

So, I came up with these little mini tart bites that are easy to throw together and take just minutes. If you have some frozen tamale filling stashed in your fridge from the last time you made a huge batch of tamales – fantastic! If not, follow the directions below for an easy facsimile.

Make these for your next patio party or barbecue. Who will argue with tamale goodness in two bites?

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Spring Pea Guacamole Recipe for a Light Fresh Cinco de Mayo


Spring Pea Guacamole

I am one of those people who never makes guacamole the same twice. So many things influence my guac – my mood, the occasion, what I have in the fridge and pantry.

I love to be adventurous with my guac, as you will see by my Roasted Garlic Guacamole. So. I decided to give a fresh springtime spin on guac.

The addition of peas is a delicious update on both flavor and healthiness of guacamole. They give a light texture and sweet taste to this classic southwest dip. And, lightens up your guacamole by decreasing the overall fat level. Highly, highly recommend pureeing some fresh peas and stirring them into your guac!

There is my recipe below – but please experiment on your own – so many things can be delicious in guacamole. I am impressed by the Cucumber Pomegranate Guac at A Cozy Kitchen – such great flavors and textures!  Wow – check out Crab and Blackberry Guacamole at Healthy Delicious. I’d love to try Maria’s Guacamole Grilled Cheese at Two Peas and Their Pod. I now have a crush on the Chunky Citrus Guacamole at Foodie Crush. Love the presentation of Guacamole Cones at Super Healthy Kids. Adn helthy fat meets bacon in Food Blogga’s Bacon Guacamole.

So many guacs. So little time.

Must try a few for Cinco de Mayo!

— posted by Donna

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