Bacon Jalapeno Cheese Ball

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Bacon Jalapeno Cheese Ball from Hip 2 Save | The Wilson Buzz

I made this for a Ladies’ Night I had at my house. I also made some chocolate-covered strawberries. The secret to those? Parchment paper. It’s a life-changer, brah. Life. Changer. Due to illness and various other shenanigans only one lady showed up, but we feasted like kings queens, AND Mr. T and I got to enjoy the cheese ball for a couple of days after. I really did like the cheese ball, but there’s a lingering aftertaste that kind of weirds me out. Also, my dear (dear) friend cooked the bacon for it, and boy doesn’t understand how to cook crispy bacon. (looove yoou…)

Bacon Jalapeno Cheese Ball | The Wilson BuzzI give this recipe…

Four Stars | The Wilson Buzz


Really Vague Smoothie Recipe

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This week is “nutrition week” in my Morning Person class. Our first assignment was all about smoothies. It shamed me a bit, and I decided to modify my standard smoothie recipe slightly to try to make it a bit more healthy. And because I’ve been waking up early, I was able to take pictures!!

Like I said, this “recipe” is going to be a bit vague. It makes two smoothies.


Firstly, you add all your “dry” ingredients:

  • frozen berries
  • frozen spinach
  • fresh bananas
  • almonds
  • black chia seeds
  • vanilla yogurt

As far as measurements go… I just eyeball it. I’d guess twice as many berries as you do spinach, just to help mask the flavor. I put two bananas for two smoothies. Handful of almonds…I just pour chia seeds until it seems like a decent amount. >.< And several spoonfuls of vanilla yogurt.

Really Vague Smoothie Recipe | The Wilson Buzz


Mr. T doesn’t like very thick smoothies. He says he doesn’t want to chew his beverages. So I always include a generous helping of various 100% juices. Today it was all orange juice, because we had a bit left in the container and I just bought a fresh gallon at the grocery store. I’ll usually mix it with: pineapple, prune, grape, apple, cran-apple, cran-grape, grape/peach, etc. Just make sure you get 100% juice and not a “juice cocktail” or you get high fructose corn syrup and other crud mixed in.

Really Vague Smoothie Recipe | The Wilson Buzz


Blend until delicious. This blender was a wedding present to my parents. So it’s nearly 40 years old. Still works. The fancy blender WE got for our wedding five years ago is already busted. See the silver mixer in back? Also my parents’ from their wedding. The fancy mixer Mom bought to replace it? Straight. Busted. #TheyJustDontMakeThemLikeTheyUsedTo

Really Vague Smoothie Recipe | The Wilson Buzz


And finally…poured into the glass. Since I don’t measure, the levels on the glasses vary wildly. Sometimes it works out perfectly, sometimes there isn’t quite enough for two full glasses, and sometimes I have to drink a few gulps to get it to fit in both glasses. I use disposable cups for Mr. T. It hurts my soul, but we were running out of cups/glasses, because he never brings them back. And if he does he forgets to rinse them out, so all the seeds are glued to the sides. I straight up had to throw one plastic cup away, because it was like cement. Disposable it is.

Really Vague Smoothie Recipe | The Wilson Buzz


A few things to note:

Before this “morning person” class, I didn’t include spinach and I used strawberries instead of mixed berries. So it’s a bit more purple/green than usual. It was thicker, too, but that might be because I used a bit more yogurt than usual (trying to finish out the container). It definitely had a more…earthy…flavor than I’m used to. I’m not sure how Mr. T will feel about it, but with my “Be Different” mantra rattling around in my head, I’m going to fake it until I make it! Soon it’ll be super delicious, I’m sure.


Chicken Enchilada Soup

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Chicken Enchilada Soup, by The Merrythought | The Wilson Buzz

Mmm… This. Was. AMAZING.

I cooked 1lbs turkey breasts in a crockpot set to low with 2Tbsp lime juice and a few shakes of cayenne pepper for…a little over 8 hours. Shredded it with a couple of forks and refrigerated it for a couple days, until I had time to cook the rest. It was SO worth the wait. We had it for lunch, and again for dinner. Can I express to you how GOOD THIS WAS? IT WAS SO GOOD. GO MAKE IT RIGHT NOW. A couple of things we did to make it even gooder was to add an unhealthy amount of shredded cheddar cheese, and crumble up tortilla chips directly into the soup. *drool… Is it too soon to make it again??

Chicken Enchilada Soup | The Wilson BuzzI give this recipe:

Five Stars | The Wilson BuzzFive Stars | The Wilson Buzz

DOUBLE FIVE STARS


Chicken Fajitas

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Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas from Love Grows Wild | The Wilson Buzz

I posted on Facebook that this was “accidentally dinner” and it was! Not like “Oops, how’d all these ingredients get in the crock pot?!” sort of accidentally, but what had happened wuz… I have two shredded chicken recipes saved to cook this week. One of them calls for precooked/shredded chicken. For some reason I thought both needed this. Also, when I went grocery shopping in all the store there was only ONE package of chicken breasts. No joke – ask Mr. T, he was there. So I got a package of turkey breasts and told him to tell everyone we did that to be more healthy. Anyway, the other recipe is a chicken soup sort of dealio where the amount of meat can fluctuate a bit. The above recipe is kind of dependent on the chicken. And it called for 2lbs. Well the turkey – oh my God, this has gone on too long. Look, I put the wrong meat in the crockpot and we’re out of Ziplock bags, okay?? It was 8:00pm and I started cooking a crockpot meal. Such a catastrophe. We ate dinner around 11:30 last night. It was delicious. But it was still 11:30pm.

Chicken Fajitas | The Wilson Buzz^^ Proof that I will never be a food blogger. So appetize, much yum.

I give this recipe…

Five Stars | The Wilson Buzz


Meatloaf

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Meatloaf from Love Grows Wild | The Wilson Buzz

I pretty much followed this one exactly. I used Japanese Panko breadcrumbs instead of whatever they meant by “seasoned breadcrumbs” which…she might have used Panko as well, because THANKS A LOT, MISTER VAGUE. Meatloaf | The Wilson BuzzI also made some mac & cheese, and a bag of frozen veggies. It was pretty delicious. I especially liked mixing the veggies in with the meat, which is further proof that I’m turning into my parents. So disgusting.  And yet so, so delicious.

I give this recipe:

Four Stars | The Wilson Buzz


Chili Mac & Cheese

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One-Pot Chili Mac & Cheese from Damn Delicious | The Wilson Buzz

It goes without saying that ours looked nothing like that.

First of all, I accidentally got a can of tomatoes that had jalapenos in them. Wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, though – it’s chili, right?? We couldn’t find white kidney beans, so we got chili beans instead. I’m not sure what that did to the flavor, but our version was delicious (spoiler alert!) so there’s that. I totally forgot about parsley until just now when I was looking through the ingredient list…WHOOPS. Still, tasted amazing. No big loss (unless it’s amazeballs with the parsley – this is a possibility). One of the most crucial changes was replacing the elbow macaroni with shells. <3

Anyway, here is what ours looked like:

Chili Mac & Cheese | The Wilson Buzz

 

But then we kicked it up a notch (BAM!):

Chili Mac & Cheese | The Wilson BuzzWhat’s the difference you ask??

VELVEETA

Game changer, brah. Game. Changer.

Anyway, we both stuffed our faces and there were still about five servings of leftovers. I give this recipe…

Smoothie Review | The Wilson Buzz