The Shack: Bacon Night

Ah, well I just want to announce this weeks theme was “Bacon Week”.  Holy cow!  All the dishes were focused around BACON!

And truthfully all I see is the dog running around in that commercial yelling Bacon!!  You know like bacon bites or bacon strips or whatever that bacon dog treat was….  anyway…

Supposedly Americans eat on average 18 lbs of bacon per year… now I’m not sure if this statistic is on a per person basis or more because Rachael Ray on Monday had a show all about bacon and said that number was up over 1Billion… so anyway take that for what it’s worth!

Now, on to the food that was served last night!!

Tasha brought these little gems.  I have no idea what they’re called or even where she found the recipe.  Help me out please!! But they were yummy! Inside the crescent was cream cheese, jalapeno, bacon, and I even heard cheddar but the one I got had cream cheese so I can’t validate the cheddar.
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Beignets

Do you know what a Beignet is?  First off, let’s work on pronunciation – Beignet is pronounced Ben-Yey.  Second off, it’s a French donut.  In New Orleans they are served at coffee shops with extremely strong coffee.  Here in Missouri though, we eat them just plain ;).

Beignets via Justin Wilson Homegrown Louisiana Cookin’

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 medium-sized egg
3 tbsp sugar
1 cup milk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 quart oil for deep frying
Confectioners’ sugar

Half fill a large, deep saucepan with oil and preheat it to 375 degrees F.  Sift together the flour, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon into a large mixing bowl.  In a separate bowl, beat the egg well, then beat in the sugar, milk, and vanilla.  Pour the egg mixture into the flour and mix slightly until moistened.

Turn onto a floured surface and knead lightly.  Roll the dough out to a 1/4 inch thickness.  Slice into diamond shapes and about 3 inches long.

Fry in oil, turning once, until they are golden brown and puffed up.

Remove, drain on paper towels, and sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar.  Serve immediately with the cafe au lait.

Bamboo Gardens

Well Hello friends!  One place that I swear is a staple is Bamboo Gardens.  It is Chinese.

A couple weekends ago Earl and Pokey asked us to meet them and the kids plus K & A for dinner.  We said sure and this is where we wound up.  I’m not going to lie, that night I was a bit disappointed with the food.  My chicken tasted like it sat around most of the day.  But being a buffet style, anything is possible.

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McAlister’s Deli – Sunshine Rd – Springfield

Back when I was in college – geez that seems like forever and a year ago! – my friend Janet introduced me to McAlister’s Deli, in fact it was this McAlister’s she took me to, over on Sunshine in Springfield, MO.
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I swear, they are known for their sweet tea!  It’s purdy darn good too! :).  In fact one time in college on my way home to see my parents I stopped in to get a sweet tea.  I pulled out onto Sunshine and dumped the entire thing all over the floor board of my car.  To say I wasn’t a happy camper is a bit of an understatement because I wasted some extremely gooooooood tea.  Tea in the floorboard didn’t bother me, it was the “wasting of the tea” that bothered me!

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Blog comments

Earlier this year I participated in a Blog critique. It was pretty cool really.  You were assigned a few blogs to read and comment on.  These were the comments left about my bloggy blog blog :).

Life’s a Beach
I loved this blog.  Her writing and the way she describes everything is so heartfelt.  I love that she is helping other people cope through the same things just by blogging about what she is going through.  Navigating her site is easy, although as in the previous blog I reviewed I see now it much be the way this blog format is designed to have so many posts on the main page.  She is an uplifting, gifted writer and I am happy to have found her blog.  Thank you for that.  I like how she has a writer’s page as well and link to the articles she’s written.  Nice and precise.  Pictures are great.  I think it so special that she has a gratitude page where she thanks so many people.  Really wonderful blog.

Life’s a Beach
What I liked about their blog: Layout & format:  I like the photo strip as a header. It tells a new reader a lot about the author before they even read a word. I like the tabs across the top – it’s easy to see what she blogs about. Navigation & functionality: I love all the social buttons, that she has a search tool and a listed blog archive. It’s super annoying to me when blogs don’t have those things. It’s good to know that if I want to link to one of her posts on my blog, I could easily find it. This blog is very easy to navigate and everything seems to be working properly. Very nice. Content:  I like the blog title and “sub-title” of “I wish I was on one.” I like the writing style – funny, light and easy to relate to. Also, LOVE the “101 in 1001” tab and that she’s actually doing it and tracking it. Super cool. And the photos are great! I love a photo-heavy blog. Design: Other than being a little heavy on buttons in the sidebars, I really like how clean the design is. There aren’t a lot of design elements just for the sake of having design elements, and I like that. What I didn’t like about their blog: Layout & format: The blog is really busy with a lot of buttons and links along both sides. A little too busy for me, but when you’re lucky enough to have sponsors, I guess you have to make them happy. I wouldn’t know anything about that yet. 🙂 Navigation & functionality: Nothing to say here – love it! Content: Maybe this is the jealousy talking, but blogging every day makes for a lot of content to wade through. It’s all good stuff, but it’s sort of overwhelming. But then again, I’m easily overwhelmed by all the blog reading I want/need/have to do. Design: The “Meet Us’ tab has different fonts and text colors than the rest of the site. I think text should be limited to two fonts/colors – one for the body and one for headers, titles, tabs and other key text. (And a third color for links.) Also, the contrast between the script text and the Times New Roman is a little stark to me. She has such a pretty blog, with such pretty writing, and it deserves something prettier than Times New Roman. Yet still clean and easy to read!