Easy Holiday Party Appetizer: Baked Portobello Mushrooms

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Holiday parties are in progress and folks are serving up more than the typical meatballs, boiled shrimp, chips, and dip. Buffet spreads are looking more festive and extremely appetizing. So today, on Food Porn Friday I am featuring this easy and artistic appetizer recipe that I found for Baked Portobello Mushrooms from my friend at Cooking Without Limits.

Click here for more information, and other delightful recipes from Cooking Without Limits. Bon appetit y’all!

Ingredients:

  • 10 Portobello mushrooms
  • 200 g Salty cheese
  • 1 – 2 Tomatoes
  • 200 g Homemade sausage
  • Pepper
  • Chili flakes (optional)
  • Olive oil

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Brush the mushroom cap on both sides with olive oil and season with pepper. Place on a baking sheet, gill side down, and bake until tender, about 20 minutes, then turn gill side up.

Take the mushrooms out and mound the cheese, sprinkle chili flakes and on top of the cheese put 2 slices of sausage.

Bake the stuffed mushrooms until the cheese is melted, 5 – 10 minutes.

Serve them hot with a half slice tomato on top.

Happy Holidays and Happy #FoodPornFriday!

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Expressions: Nailed It for the Holidays!

Nail Art, Nail Polish, Nail Colors

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Deck the hands with nails of polish, fa-la-la-la-laaaaa…la-la-la-la!

Tis the season to accent varnish, wow-la-la-la-la…la-la-la-la!

Don we now our Christmas tree claws, ho-la-la-ho-la-la-la-la-la

Beads and gems and nail art madness, fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-laaaaa!

Nail Art, Nail Polish, Nail Colors

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Nail Color, Nail Polish

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Nail polish, Nail Lacquer, Nail Colors

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The artistry of nail designs for the holidays.

Nail Polish, Nail Color, Nail Varnish, Nail Accessories

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Let your fingers do the talking!

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By George, I think they nailed it!

 

What If Wednesday: The Real Christmas Spirit?

Holy Night, Christmas, Savior is Born, Wise Men

What if people truly observed and celebrated what they exclaim the spirit of Christmas is all about? Would wars cease and there be peace? Would there be more love instead of hate? Would we really feel better to give more than we receive? What if?

#WhatIfWednesday

Chariot of Poinsettias on National Poinsettia Day

National Poinsettia Day, Poinsettia, Christmas Flower

What do you think about when you see a poinsettia? When a poinsettia captures my attention I naturally think about the festive burst of nostalgia and celebration this flowering plant brings during the holidays. Although there are over 100 species and many in other colors, we typically recognize the traditional blood red color of its flower that graces many homes during this time of the year. To commemorate the celebration of this beautiful flowering plant, today I pause to spotlight National Poinsettia Day!

Great Poinsettia

oh beautiful plant
flower of the Holy Night
festive at Christmas

©Kym Gordon Moore

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National Poinsettia Day, Christmas Flower

Poinsettia, Christmas Flower

Poinsettias

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Poinsettia

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Poinsettias, Christmas Flower

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Poinsettia, Christmas Flower

The Poetry of ‘Unlike Any’ Athletes by Under Armour

Athletes, Poetry, Under Armour, Brand Marketing, Advertising

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Ah, the fluidity of poetry found in athletics. In an effort to remove gender from the conversation when recognizing exceptional female athletes, Under Armour launched “Unlike Any” a brand marketing campaign created by Droga5, a New York City-based global advertising agency. Under Armour selected five extraordinary athletes who achieved some incredible feats in their careers: Misty Copeland, Natasha Hastings, Jessie Graff, Alison Désir and Zoe Zhang.

To make these ads more breathtaking, Under Armour turned to the following poets to tell these athletes amazing stories: Aja Monet, Kojey Radical, Dominique Christina, Aristophanes and Saul Williams. This is what I call true poetry in motion. Check out these poetically inspiring videos.

It Happened on My Cliff of Fear

Cliffs, Rock Climbing, Courage

Have you ever had a “hanging on the cliff” experience, not literally, but figuratively? If you haven’t, you probably will and will probably face them on more occasions than you care to admit. Sometimes these experiences can be debilitating because we run into problems that seem unsolvable, problems you did not create. It is during those times when we feel like we are dangling by one hand off of a cliff and no one is around to grab you by the arms and hoist you up.

Recently, I had an epiphany I have experienced before. During my cliff-hanging, dark valley days, I survived because I had to up the anty of my faith, the substance of things hoped for. It’s not easy dealing with circumstances you have no control over, yet you panic and keep trying to solve the problem anyway. Gradually, I drove through my fears with conviction because I felt I ran out of options. It is then that I finally realized I was not just hanging off of a cliff, I was actually strengthening my spiritual core because I was more focused on the climb, one step at a time.

It Happened on My Cliff of Fear

My world began spinning in acute chaos

overwhelmed by the fear of falling and failing

I was hanging on, slipping into the arms of death

from a cliff, too afraid to look down in fear

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in my dangling, gripping the jagged edges

cut, bruised, weak but miraculously not broken

I realized in my struggle to poise my footsteps

cliffs can either be intimidating or inviting

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casting my eyes above, reaching upward for support

I cried out to God to help me in my hopelessness

I will not succumb to the rubbish of anxiousness

clenching audacity to defy the valley of suffering

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no longer frantic or paralyzed by the pit of agony

I used a divine strength I didn’t realize I had

at such a time as this, I surrendered to courage

the Solid Rock pulled me upon which I now stand.

© Kym Gordon Moore

Smothered Honey Mustard Chicken on Food Porn Friday

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I am always in the market for a different recipe for chicken. My blogging friend Diane from In Dianes Kitchen featured a recipe for Smothered Honey Mustard Chicken on her blog that looks absolutely delicious. As a matter of fact, Diane noted that this is definitely one of the best chicken breast recipes she has ever made. Below are the ingredients for making this incredible mouthwatering dish:

Smothered Honey Mustard Chicken

  • Difficulty: easy

Ingredients

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to about 1/2″ thick

Lawry’s Seasoned Salt, to taste

6 slices bacon

1/4 cup regular mustard

1/3 cup honey

2 Tbl mayonnaise (I used my homemade)

2 tsp dried onion flakes

4 oz can mushrooms, stems and pieces

1-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, or your favorite cheese

Directions

•Place chicken flat on a plate and sprinkle with Lawry’s Seasoned Salt. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

•In a large pan over medium heat, cook bacon until crisp. Set aside the pan and the grease for later. Place bacon on a paper towel. Let cool and crumble.

•Prepare the honey mustard by mixing the mustard, honey, mayonnaise and dried onions in a small bowl, set aside.

•Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

•Heat the bacon grease over medium heat until hot. Add chicken and cook about 5 minutes on each side.

•Spray a 9″ x 13″ baking pan with cooking spray.

•Place chicken flat into the pan. Pour all of honey mustard all over the top of the chicken.

•Place crumbled bacon on top of chicken.

•Place mushrooms on top of the chicken.

•Sprinkle shredded cheese on top of the chicken.

•Bake for 30 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the cheese is melted then serve.

For more information on step-by-step instructions and images for this recipe, click here. While you are on her website, check out some of Diane’s other tempting recipes to dazzle your hungry palate. Thanks, Diane and Bon appetit y’all!

Happy #FoodPornFriday!