Top 5 Labor Day Weekend Appetizers for the Family

Quick Burger

Quick Burger (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Labor Day weekend is the unofficial end of summer, so end it with awesome appetizers like deviled eggs and slider burgers. Whip up a simple cracker dish, or make a bunch of fresh salsa to share with friends and neighbors.The kids are back in school, and the structure is in full effect. Bye-bye lazy days of summer.

 

It’s sports, carting athletes around, and activity time. As a hoo-rah to the ease of summer routines and laziness, here’s are delicious appetizers to share all weekend long.

 

These favorites are perfect for small and large crowds. Each recipe can be customized to taste, and serving size.

 

The list of favorite appetizers with my family is large, but here are our top five.

 

 

Barney Connie’s BLT Deviled Eggs

 

These are a crowd favorite at every function. They are simple to make and packed with flavor.

 

Deviled Eggs shot during the Inaugural Portabl...

Deviled Eggs shot during the Inaugural Portable Potluck Project on March 23, 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • 12 eggs
  • 6 pieces butcher bacon
  • 12 cherry tomatoes
  • Mayonnaise
  • Dijon mustard
  • Relish
  • Lettuce (as garnish)

Fry bacon and break into pieces. Set aside. Boil eggs, peel and slice in half. Scoop out yolk and place into mixing bowl. Place halved eggs on tray garnished with lettuce. In bowl, gently mash up yolks and add mayonnaise, mustard, and relish. Use preferred amounts to your desired taste. Mix in crumbled bacon pieces. Spoon egg yolk mixture into individual egg halves and garnish each egg with half of a cherry tomato.

 

 

Nick’s Slider Burger

 

This is the favorite of my 8-year old. It is a “play” on his favorite cheeseburger from In-N-Out Burger.

 

The secret is the special space. My secret is the substitution of mayonnaise and ketchup for Mexican crema and salsa.

 

 

  • ¼ pound ground beef
  • 12 slider buns
  • 2 T. Mexican Crema
  • 2 T. Salsa (You can choose texture and spiciness!)

Form twelve, 1 inch burgers and place on barbecue. Barbecue to preferred wellness. Mix togethercrema

 

and salsa. To build burgers, spread crema and ketchup on buns, add beef patty and serve.

 

Optional:

 

Season ground beef with salt, pepper, garlic or other family favorites
The salsa acts as condiments but slice tomato, onion and lettuce to add more veggies

 

 

Teresa’s 3-Ingredient Tomato Salsa

 

My friend taught me this recipe and we make it all the time. It’s so simple.

 

You can add or subtract tomatoes and jalapenos to change the amount and the spice level.

Bowl of salsa

Bowl of salsa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • 10 Roma tomatoes
  • 2 Jalapenos
  • 1 Clove of Garlic

Boil all ingredients for 30 minutes. Let cool. Peel skin off tomato and garlic. Add all to blender and mix. Serve with chips or use as condiment. This is a perfect partner for Nick’s Slider Burger.

 

 

 

Tyler’s Cream Cheese and Crackers

 

This is as easy as it gets. The recipe is a favorite of my eighteen-year old.

 

  • 8 ounce package cream cheese
  • Jar of jalapeno jelly

Unwrap cream cheese. Pour jalapeno jelly over the top. Serve as spread for variety of crackers.

 

 

 

Tim’s Bean Dip

This recipe is all about flavor and with fresh veggies, it is refreshing and goes great with any BBQ.

 

  • Can of refried beans
  • Package taco seasoning
  • 8 ounce container sour cream
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • ½ cup diced tomatoes
  • Can of diced green chilies
  • Can of chopped olives

Coolio Foolio—You Work From Home

 

When I tell people I work from home the most common response is, “Lucky! I wish I could.” While most of the time it’s a fantastic gig, there is a lot of other “work” involved in working from home. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

I work from home, and make it work

My Pinterest DIY That I’m so Proud of-Absolutely Describes Me

It’s 11:18 AM on Wednesday and I’ve already sent my man to work, kid to school, written an article on the power of the subconscious-mind (duly noted many techniques!), thawed and browned chicken and potatoes (recipe to follow), fielded PTA emails, sent out tweets promoting my homeless article, researched new topics to write, showered (only because I have an appointment today), killed time looking at YouTube videos, wiped baseboards in kitchen and bathroom, killed a spider (before my eight-year old saw it!) and there’s still at least 12 more hours left to this day.

 

I work from home.

Do I love it?

ABSOLUTELY!

 

Get Away From My Mom

Get Away From My Mom (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How I Work From Home?

 I’m a writer. Glamour aside, I write to survive. I mostly produce website content, and personal perspectives like the one you’re reading now. I worked as a poker dealer for seventeen years which was a job that consisted of a lot of night shifts. Today, my children are in school and that means night-time is their time.

So, I write….during the day, and here and there in the evenings (I’m picking up on this story at 7:18 PM) and after midnight. In between that; I scrub floors, wash laundry, pick up kids, serve dinner, play kick board, watch Catfish: The TV Show, help with homework, tweet, Facebook, read, write a letter, knock down cobwebs, sanitize toilets, scoop ice cream, watch Who The Bleep Did I Marry?, tuck everyone into bed, try to sleep, get up, get down, write some more, watch True Tori, check for writing jobs, start an application, update resume, promote writing, fall asleep… Up again at 4:30 AM, check my phone, close my eyes, hit snooze, sleep another hour and start all over.

 

I love it!

 

How to make it Work?

I need a better system. I know this. I love to be scattered so this gig works for me. For the more structured work-at-home-mom, I suggest a schedule. It’s a process of discipline and figuring out an order of importance. For the most part, I have a schedule. But, most days are eerily similar to the one described today. I love the freedom and I love the flexibility. I am able to help with field trips and organizations within the school. I’m able to spend quality time with my family which is the most important.

I am a work in process and am still diligently trying to work out a schedule that is more conducive to effectively managing

 

Dinner

In a skillet, grill chopped up onion, garlic, salt and pepper in a mix of butter and olive oil.

Throw in quartered red potatoes and cook until brown.

Once brown, add to crockpot.

In same skillet, brown chicken thighs (I use thighs a lot. They are inexpensive and full of flavor) in olive oil.

Once thighs are brown, add to crockpot as well.

Add one cup of chicken broth and one package of dry onion soup mix to crockpot.

Cook on high for 3 hours then reduce heat to low for 1 hour.

Add asparagus to crockpot to steam in the last hour of cooking.

Easy, delicious and loved by the whole family. Enjoy!