Friday, May 8, 2015

It ALWAYS ends too soon!

And here we are....

Reading about plans for the season finale...  WHAT THE HELL GUISE.  Didn't the season just start??  In a word, Yes.  It did.  This is how HBO retains your loyalty... they give you just enough to make you think you're getting something good before they drop the shoe and say something ridiculous like "Just wait until next season..."  ...  .. . . .   Bullox.
Times like this I am really jealous of my sister who doesn't have HBO and only gets the very rare opportunity to binge watch like a boss so she doesn't have that agonizing week of "WHAT'S HAPPENING NEXT?!?!?" .... I equate this feeling to waiting in line to use the restroom when you really really have to go. 
For our finale party, we are hosting a Direwolf Adoption Day at our house. 
We will be folding these up and attaching them to some fake crows and leaving them on our guests cars for them to find.  If some other poor suspicious individual should pick this up and take it they will at least either get a good laugh or slough back to nowhere land in befuddlment as they ponder wtf a direwolf is...
The day of, we will have these on each plate:

Creating these was a lot of fun and had me laughing quite a bit at inappropriate times.  Feel free to use them for your party!  Hopefully people will get some of the references....
And our menu -
It's a lot to take on with a baby in the house so we will have to see how this all pans out... All this talk about goat balls - makin me hungry.

Oh where, oh where has my little mind gone???

Oh where oh where has my little mind gone??

This is a question that begs an answer but - sadly - I can't provide one. Since my last post ... 2 years ago now? Gosh, things have been a WHIRLWIND!
To update you on the shinanigans of my happenings:
The season 3 premier party that I had dumped so much time and meticulous energy into resulted in my engagement! What an amazing night, and that all of our beloved friends and family were there means the world to me. I didn't get to plan much of a premier party last year because we were busy planning a wedding - and then shortly after that discovered that we were going to have a baby! Talk about BUSY BUSY THREE TIMES BUSY!
None the less, I have been feeling as though my addiction has not been satiated... even with the series coming out and things being different than in the books (Yes, for all of you who have not read the books, DO EET. Things are different, characters are in the books that are no longer in the show, things happen in the books that don't happen in the show, so much more FOOD - you just have to read em, no getting around it..) I am still not fully satisfied in my Game of Thrones life..
I do have one of these though:
We settled for a much lower key ceremony this year with the addition of this little bean- it's hard to spend any amount of time in the kitchen without her making a fuss about mommy time.
The jist of what we did was pretty amazing, none-the-less, as effortless as possible. We made some mini honeyed hens of the wall with the prune and oatmeal stuffing, and roasted veggies for the main course. We served olive bread, hummus, prosciutto wrapped cheese, and bacon wrapped meat balls (That's right, ya'all - I said BACON.WRAPPED.MEAT.BALLS.) for a snack while we tackled the Game of Thrones board game and white walkers for a evening refreshment. I didn't get to go all out like I usually do but the bacon wrapped meat balls were something to awe at - by themselves, they need a completely separate post of yum. Here is how I did it:

(Called Dothraki Bacon Wrapped Goat Balls on our menu...)

These could be a meal all by themselves in our house. Serve with some roasted carrots and some mashed potatoes and this is surely the way to any mans heart... or woman's for that matter... Hell, I would venture to say that if you want to rule the world, this is how you do it.
1 lb of hamburger (Lean as possible!)
1 lb of Italian sausage (Hot as you like...)
1 lb of Chorizo (optional but yummy.)
1 tbs of yellow mustard
2 tbs of ketchup
1 cup of bread crumbs
3 cloves of minced garlic
2 eggs
1 (or more) package of super thick cut maple cured bacon (Or as close to that as you can get....)
2 cups of bbq sauce
Put everything except the last 2 ingredients in a bowl and mix well together until the consistency is even.
Here's a tip: Don't want to roll out a million little bite sized balls of goodness? Pat this sucker into a loaf shape and lay your bacon on the top. Viola - Meatloaf.

Cut the bacon in half.
Roll your meat mixture into balls about the size of a quarter and wrap the bacon around them. Set them seam side down on a baking sheet (Preferably covered in foil to make clean up super easy)
Preheat your oven to 375
Bake them for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, baste them in the bbq sauce and then stick them back in the oven for another 10 minutes. Baste them again and bake for 5 more minutes or until the internal temp reaches 165. Baste every 5 minutes until you get them completely cooked.
Then try not to choke as you inhale them. Serve with beer and a smile and listen to everyone ooh and ahh and beg you for the recipe while you plot to take over the world.
Happy eating!