Welcome September!

With Septemebr’s arrival I begin dreaming of Fall.  Our home decor now includes pumpkins, apples, acorns, and pine cones. Rust, orange, brown, and gold tones, with a hint of sparkle, adding to our everyday life has we look forward to  Fall.

When I think of Fall, a few things come to mind:

  • Cooler temperatures 
  • Pumpkins 
  • Football
  • Tailgate Food

What are your favorite things about Fall!
I spent a few minutes in the kitchen, while the guys enjoyed some college football games.  What better menu for the kickoff of college football than a tailgate menu. 

Boiled Peanuts are a must have in the Fall. Today’s batch of peanuts were extra salty, and a little sweet, just like hubby likes them. Picked up about a gallon raw peanuts at our local produce stand this morning. 

Marinated Shrimp is a light and healthier choice for a tailgate menu. 1 pound of peeled and deveined shrimp, cooked in Old Bay seasoning. Place in a glass container with lid (because it’s pretty) add sliced onion, sliced lemon, small jar of olives (drained), and 1 bottle of Italian salad dressing. I personally prefer the more expensive bottles of Italian dressing for this recipe. It adds more flavor. If my parsley plant has parsley available, a few sprigs add a nice color and freshness to the dish. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours. 

Left over marinated shrimp are great on a salad for a light dinner. Just make sure you drain the Italian dressing before storing any leftovers.  The dressing will begin to change the texture of the shrimp as it sits. 

Buffalo Chicken Dip is a popular dip at our house. There are many different recipes online. I’ve combined a few of them over time and tweak it each time o make it. I lightened this one up by using light cream cheese and sour cream.  Non Dairy Cream cheese isn’t a bad alternative either.  For a low carb version, serve with celery sticks instead of crackers. 

Cheesy Bacon Tater Tots are a simple alternative to plain tater tots. Drizzle a little ranch on top before serving and you’ve just taken an ordinary bag of tater tots and transformed them into a fancy appetizer or side dish. 

Dessert is required!  Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip cookies, thanks to a BOGO sale at the grocery store last week. You can never go wrong with these 2 classics. 

As we enjoy the rest of our holiday weekend, may we remember those that have suffered in the path of Hurricane Harvey, and those that are giving of their time and serving these families. 

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