#Charituesdays Part Four: RMHC

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southeast Michigan

What is RMHC Detroit all about?

As many people already know, Ronald McDonald Houses across the country provide a safe, comfortable and supportive environment for children and their families to stay while receiving inpatient or outpatient treatment at a local hospital.

RMHC Detroit’s vision is this: “by creating, finding and supporting programs that directly serve families who must care for children with threatening medical conditions and improve the health and well being of children, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southeastern Michigan is working to better the lives of children and their families in our community.”

How is Gardner-White going to help?

Since the Ronald McDonald House is a place where children and their families stay overnight, we want to do what we can to make their stay as homelike as possible. That’s why we will be donating an Xbox One Entertainment Bundle for the House’s guest to use while they are there!

Video games, movies, and all-around entertainment. The Xbox One is perfect for people of all ages to sit down (or stand up, if the game is really interactive), get lost in a game or movie and just forget about any health ailments afflicting them. Guests would even be able to use it to Skype video chat with family members who aren’t able to be there in person.

All we need from you is your support! Like, share, tweet and retweet this story. RMHC is such a wonderful organization, it deserves the recognition and its guests deserve the opportunity to unwind with a brand-new entertainment system. Thank you!

Learn more about Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southeast Michigan here.

Xbox One has Arrived at Gardner-White

Turn your living room into the hub for everything awesome with Gardner-White’s Xbox One Entertainment Bundle.

So what’s the deal with this Xbox One package?

First, we introduced the Big Picture Package by offering an entire living room set with a gleaming big screen TV. Then, a little further down the road, we started offering TVs with even bigger screens and HD capabilities. Fast forward a bit more and you start to see where we went a little crazy (the good kind), and began throwing in two high definition TVs with our Big Picture Packages. Yeah, two separate televisions.

But, now we’ve raised the bar even higher when it comes to top-to-bottom complete living room packages. It is our pleasure to introduce the Xbox One Entertainment Bundle exclusively at Gardner-White. On select Big Picture Packages you can swap out the the TVs for an all-in-one Xbox Combo which includes the following:

  • – Xbox One Console
  • – Kinect Sensor
  • – Two Xbox One Controllers
  • – Xbox One Chat Headset
  • – HDMI Cable
  • – Built-in Wireless Connector
  • – 500 GB Internal Hard Drive
  • – Controller Charging Station
  • – Xbox Live Membership

What makes the Xbox One Bundle from Gardner-White so great?

First and foremost, Xbox One is the newest and most advanced entertainment system in history. In the past, consoles like this were solely built to be gaming machines, but Xbox One is a whole different breed.

Sure, you can still play some of the most in-depth and enthralling video games this world has ever seen, but its all the extra features that make it so great.

One of the greatest additions is the upgraded Kinect sensor. It’s is now linked to nearly everything. Use gestures to play games, navigate menus, select apps and more. You can even use the full-HD webcam to Skype with friends across the country. On top of that, you can initiate numerous voice commands to make your Xbox do things for you. All it takes is the command, “Xbox, on,” and your Xbox will wake up and present your customized home screen. (Welcome to the future.)

Give. Me. Xbox. Now.

Honestly, there’s so many incredible features it could take hours to list them all. So, for those of you who are already sold on the idea of a Big Picture Package with the Xbox One Entertainment Bundle, stop by any of our showrooms and ask an associate to show you the sets, or shop them online here. 

Feel like perusing the full list of details about what Xbox One is capable of? Read through these pages and you’ll be even more inclined to come in and get a Big Picture Package from Gardner-White.

 

 

 

 

Full Xbox One Details

*The following information is provided from xbox’s media information files*

Introducing Xbox One

Xbox One is an all-in-one games and entertainment system, launching on November 22,2013, in 13 markets around the world. Xbox One brings together the best games, the best multiplayer experiences through Xbox Live and rich entertainment offerings in a system that is built for today and tomorrow.

The best games

Xbox One was built by gamers, for gamers. The perfect balance of power and performance, Xbox One takes gaming to a whole new level with stunning realism and advanced AI that adapts to the way you play.

Best place to play games. Xbox One has the most award-winning exclusives including “Titanfall,” “Forza Motorsport 5,” “Dead Rising 3,” “Ryse: Son of Rome “and “Halo,” as well as blockbuster third party games including “Watchdogs,” “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag,” “Destiny” and “Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4.”

Games are better on Xbox. Adaptive AI, Kinect, SmartGlass, the power of Xbox Live make the entire gaming experience better on Xbox. Developers can create worlds where games learn to play like you and your friends, where voice and motion complement traditional controller-based gameplay, and where Xbox Live connect players in gameplay worlds that evolve and grow like never before.

 

Games look and feel like nothing else. Developers are tapping the power of the new Xbox One hardware, advanced software tools, the unprecedented power Xbox Live and Kinect to build original content and break new ground in game creation and game play, creating an entirely new world of scenarios never before possible.

Best place for developers of all sizes.

Independent Developers @ Xbox (ID@Xbox) creates an easy path for large and small developers to have the opportunity to build, publish and make their games available digitally on Xbox One.

 Ownership. Xbox One disc-based games can be played, shared, loaned, rented and resold in the same way that Xbox 360 games are today.

The best gaming on Xbox Live

With more than a decade of online multiplayer experience, Xbox Live is the proven place to play. And now on Xbox One, everyone is invited to experience smarter matchmaking, less waiting, and better performance with Xbox Live on Xbox One. You can even record, share and broadcast your moments of glory. Features include the following:

Multiplayer gaming. Enjoy a smart, quick and intuitive gaming experience in which multiplayer gaming has been enhanced to support playing with friends with no waiting in lobbies, while matchmaking features such as Smart Match let you set up your personal, favorite matches.

Expanded Achievements. The new Achievements system is powered by the new Xbox Live offers more ways to earn, including new time-based objectives, and more opportunities to build up your score. Your profile and hard-earned Gamerscore also carry over from Xbox 360.

Game DVR and Upload. Captures and saves in-game highlights and epic moments. Use powerful editing and sharing tools with Upload Studio to create amazing videos for your friends and community.

Smart Match. Enjoy other Xbox One activities including live TV, Skype or sports experiences while waiting for a new game to begin. On Xbox One, your Xbox Live reputation fundamentally matters and Smart Match helps you find the best match based on skill, game style and language for a deeper online multiplayer gaming challenge.

Living Games.4 When connected to Xbox Live, games can evolve and learn from actual players, letting you play against your friends’ “shadow.” Dynamic, living worlds evolve and improve the more you play, and games stay in sync with what’s happening today — real-world events can be instantly added to games, and the latest stats can be automatically added to sports titles.

The best games and entertainment together

With the best games, TV, movies, music and sports all in one place, you don’t have to compromise. Switch instantly from one to another, or enjoy an app and a game side-by-side so you never miss a moment. It’s all the entertainment you love, all in one place. Features include the following:

Xbox SmartGlass.4 Turn smartphones or tablets into second screens that intelligently interact with Xbox One and provide extended experiences for games, TV shows, movies, music, sports and apps. Navigate with touchscreens, pause or rewind a movie, or swipe, pinch and tap to surf the Web on the TV using more devices than ever before.

Apps. Discover and download a variety of Xbox One apps using simple voice searches.2 Pin favorites to the dashboard and jump in and out of apps instantly, or Snap them side by side to do two things at once.

 

Web for the TV. Explore the Web with Internet Explorer for Xbox One. Use Kinect and voice commands to browse your favorite sites with ease.2 Use Xbox SmartGlass to control your experiences with a swipe of your finger and send websites from tablets and smartphones to the biggest screen in the house.

Sports.1 Enjoy live games, video highlights, news, stats, scores, NFL.com Fantasy Football and social integration, all centralized on the most important screen in your home.

Xbox Live Gold. Existing Xbox Live Gold Membership for Xbox 360 will seamlessly carry over to Xbox One, becoming more valuable than ever.5 Xbox Live Gold also extends top Gold features like multiplayer to others at no additional cost, delivering great benefits to everyone in the home.

Live TV.1 Navigate and watch live TV through Xbox One. All your entertainment is now available in one place and is easily accessible on one system. Always know when your friends are online and ready to play your favorite game, even when you’re watching TV. Gone are the days of switching inputs.

Snap. Use Snap to do two things at once. Follow what people are saying about your favorite show by surfing the Web. Listen to the music of your choice while playing the latest blockbuster game. Jump back and forth instantly between experiences without a loss in performance.

Skype. Display full HD, 1080p Skype one-to-one video calls specially designed for Xbox One and, for the first time ever and only on Xbox One, enjoy group video calls on your TV with up to four participants.2 Snap other apps while hosting a Skype video chat with friends and family.

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Home.2 Wake up your Xbox instantly with the words “Xbox, on,” and you’re welcomed to a personalized Home screen with your favorite games, apps and content. Pin the things you love the most, right where you want them.

OneGuide.2 Find TV and entertainment quickly with voice navigation to programs or networks presented in an easy-to-use and tailored program guide. See what’s on your favorite channels and the content that’s available in your entertainment apps, and quickly find the latest action movie or when the big game starts.

Trending.1 See the games and entertainment that’s popular within the Xbox community or with your friends. Trending is a great way to stay on top of what’s hot in TV, games and entertainment and to stay connected with friends in new and social way

Built for the future

Xbox One was designed from the ground up to be the centerpiece of every living room with modern hardware, and includes the all-new Kinect, the new Xbox One Wireless Controller, a 500GB hard drive, an eight-core, x86 processor, wireless networking connectivity, HDMI®, three USB 3.0 Super Speed ports, and a slot load Blu-ray™ disc player. Features include the following:

Xbox One console. Designed with the 21st century living room in mind, the Xbox One console features a premium design with a gloss black finish, 16:9 width-to-height ratio and a slot-loading Blu-ray™ disc player.

Updated wireless controller. Enhanced with more than 40 technical and design innovations, the new impulse triggers offer precise haptic fingertip feedback and a newly engineered D-pad delivers greater responsiveness and control.4 An infrared LED on the front of the controller allows Kinect to automatically recognize you, making it easier to pick up and play.

Redesigned Kinect. Featuring a 1080p, HD camera that captures video at 30 frames per second. All-new, active-infrared capabilities increase precision, allowing it to work in nearly any lighting condition and expanding field of view to accommodate a greater variety of room sizes. Microsoft proprietary Time-of-Flight technology measures the time it takes individual photons to rebound off you to create unprecedented accuracy and precision. The new noise-isolating multimicrophone array filters ambient sounds to recognize natural speaking voices even in crowded rooms.2

Unleash the power of the cloud. When Xbox One is connected to Xbox Live, games have more power available to create new gameplay, persistent worlds and deeper experiences. Xbox Live can also update the system and games automatically, as well as recognize the user logging in, bringing up his or her customized home screen and more. Xbox One powered by Xbox Live also make it nearly effortless for developers to hook up dedicated servers for multiplayer matches, so there is less lag and quicker pick-up.

Features and requirements are under development and may change prior to release. Available features and content may vary by country. Broadband Internet (ISP fees apply) and advanced TV hardware required. Games and media content sold separately. Xbox Live Gold membership, paid subscription and other requirements apply for some Xbox Live features.

 

1 Live TV with Kinect navigation, OneGuide, Trending and NFL on Xbox available in U.S. at launch. Advanced TV hardware required.

2 Kinect voice functionality only available in supported locales and languages; anticipating global scale over time.

3 Xbox One system software uses a significant amount of storage; less internal storage will be available to users. 500 GB = 500 billion bytes.

4 In supported games.

5 Subject to content geographical restrictions.

 

For more information and assets contact xboxpress@edelman.com or visit http://news.xbox.com.

Gardner-White Job Fair – Hiring for All Ten Locations

Gardner-White is recruiting new team members for all ten stores at our Auburn Hills on Wednesday, February 26, 1-7 pm. 

4445 N. Atlantic Blvd.
Auburn Hills, MI 48220

(248) 481-2108

What are we Looking For?

We are looking to hire Sales associates for Gardner-White stores in Canton, Taylor, Novi, and seven other locations located throughout metropolitan Detroit, along with delivery drivers and helpers for our Central Warehouse in Auburn Hills and owner/operator positions.

Gardner-White is looking for candidates with entrepreneurial spirit who are seeking successful careers in commissioned sales, as well as delivery drivers, helpers and customer service.

Gardner-White will hire candidates who, above all else, possess passion and commitment
to excellence. Gardner-White will give you the tools for success; however it’s up to
you to bring the passion and commitment.

Position Overview

Gardner-White Furniture offers our sales staff truly unlimited salary potential.
The key to selling is product knowledge; we hold a three week training class
educating you on product, selling techniques, and store operations.

The delivery drivers and helpers positions involve delivering furniture to customers’ homes, assembling furniture, loading the truck, communicating the delivery schedule, and addressing customer service concerns at the time of delivery. All positions are based in our Auburn Hills Distribution Center for deliveries throughout the Greater Detroit Area.

Gardner -White offers paid training, an affordable benefit package including
health, dental, vision, flex spending account, voluntary life insurance,
short and long term disability after 90 days, along with the option of 401K
investing.

Don’t forget an updated version of your resume; we could hire you on the spot!

More about Gardner-White

Gardner-White Furniture has been a Michigan owned and operated furniture company since 1912. Gardner-White’s mission is to offer a value-conscious consumer excellent service and selection at an affordable price.

Gardner-White recently heavily engrained its commitment to Michigan by investing in a 450,000 square foot distribution center in Auburn Hills Michigan. In Sept. 2013, Celebrity Furniture Designer Angelo Surmelis brought his new line of affordable, fashionable furniture, Angelo:HOME, to Gardner-White adding yet another level to the already expansive selection in Gardner-White stores.

Come join us, we look forward to meeting you!

Want to check out some of the deals we’ve got going on after your interview? Here’s a sneak peek.

GW Gameday Grub Contest Recipes

Hey folks! below are the recipes that were entered in our Gameday Grub contest as the contestants entered them. Some may need a little improvisation when making it for yourself, but that’s part of the fun in trying a new recipe! 

 

Bernice J.-

Pasta Salad:

  • 2 boxes Rotini pasta
  • 2 bags of stir fry vegetables
  • 2 bags of frozen broccoli
  • 1 bottle of zesty italian salad dressing

Boil pasta in a large pot of hot water. Once the pasta comes to a boil, add in  the vegetables and bring all to a rapid boil. Stir constantly to make sure the pasta and vegetables do not stick to the pan. When the pasta and vegetables are tender remove them from the pot and run them under cold water in a colander. Once you have transferred the pasta and vegetables to a bowl, add the salad dressing and salt and pepper for taste. Refrigerate for at least two hours and then serve.

Barry H.-

Stuffed jalapeños:

  • 1 bar cream cheese
  • 1 tube Italian sausage fried into small pieces
  • 20 jalapeños – cut tops off and remove seeds

Mix cream cheese and sausage. Stuff into jalapenos and bake at 350 for 20 to 30 min.

 Brandy R.-

Bucket of Sin:

  • 2 6oz cans of shredded chicken
  • 1 cup ranch dressing
  • 1 8oz package cream cheese
  • ½ cup buffalo chicken sauce

Mix well, place is a casserole dish to bake for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with 1 cup of shredded cheese. Mix and serve with tortilla chips…sinful.

 

Ichauntay B.-

Crab Salad:

  • 1 Can of crab meat
  • 1 pack of imitation crab meat (for color)
  • 1 loaf of Italian bread (slice at an angle)
  • 2 stalks of celery (minced)
  • 3 scallions (minced)
  • 2 tbs. Mayo
  • 1 tbs. Sour cream
  • 1 dash of hot sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1 tbs. of Italian seasoning

Shred imitation crab meat and mix with canned crab meat (drained) add remaining ingredients. Refrigerate, mix in a separate bowl olive oil, Italian seasoning, salt & pepper, brush olive oil mix on bread and place on a sheet pan in the oven for 15 minutes until bread is golden brown and crisp. Place bread on serving tray, add spoonful of crab salad on top of bread and serve.

Christopher S.-

 bacon wrapped meatballs:

Take frozen meatballs, wrap them in bacon, sprinkle with bbq spice then into 350 oven for 20 minutes. YUM!

 Cindy C.-

Spinach Dip:

  • 2 boxes (9 oz each) frozen chopped spinach
  • 1 can (8 oz) sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • chopped 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 cup low-fat sour cream
  • 1 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon leaves or dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 lb round loaf unsliced
  • 100% whole wheat bread

Step 1: Cook spinach as directed on boxes; cool. Squeeze water from spinach; discard water. In large bowl, mix all ingredients except bread. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour to blend flavors. Step 2: Just before serving, cut 1 to 2-inch slice from top of loaf. Hollow out loaf by cutting along edge with serrated knife, leaving 1-inch shell, and pulling out large chunks of bread. Cut or tear top slice and hollowed-out bread into bite-size pieces. Step 3: Place hollowed-out loaf on serving plate; fill with spinach dip. Arrange bread pieces around loaf to use for dipping.

Desiree P.-

Super Bowl Dip:

  • 1 pound hot ground pork sausage
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onions
  • 2 cans Rotel, drained (1 regular  and 1 spicy)
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1 (16 ounce) container sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper

Brown sausage. Combine all ingredients in slow cooker stirring frequently until heated through. Serve hot with tortilla chips.

Deaonna M.-

Homemade chip dip:

  • 3 packs of cream cheese
  • 1 large onion chopped fine
  • 1/4 cup milk

Mix with mixer until creamy may, need to add a little more milk. Chill and serve with chip/pretzels

April M.-

 Rumaki:

Wrap bacon around a water chestnuts and brush with a 50/50 mixture of cocktail sauce and grape jelly!

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Sharon L.-

Chocolate drizzled Bacon Ranch Salted Caramel Popcorn:

  • 1 cup prepared bits of bacon (located in refrigerated aisle or near salad dressings)
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1-1/2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1-1/2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • Ranch flavored popcorn powder
  • 2 – 9″ x 13″ pans
  • Wax paper or parchment paper

Instructions:

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Line the bottoms of two 2 – 9″ x 13″ pans (cake pan or cookie sheets) with wax or parchment paper.

Step 2: To make popcorn: This part is EASY!!! Just prepare popcorn however you normally prepare your popcorn(I use an air popper to pop mine) and separate into two different bowls (but one bowl should be large enough to hold ALL the popcorn.

Step 3: To make salted bacon caramel: Melt butter and combine with maple syrup and brown sugar over medium heat. Stir the mixture until it’s melted. Turn the heat up and continue to stir until the mixture bubbles (about 3-5 minutes depending on how you set your heat). Be careful not to burn the now caramel mixture. Immediately remove the salted bacon caramel from the stove and add the baking soda, vanilla, bacon, and salt. Stir rapidly and be careful as the salted bacon caramel sauce is hot and will bubble up.

To make the Bacon Ranch Caramel Popcorn: pour half of the salted bacon caramel mixture over half of the popcorn and stir to coat the popcorn well. Add the other half of the popcorn mixture (uncoated) to the popcorn that you’ve been stirring. Pour the rest of the salted bacon caramel mixture on the uncoated popcorn, mixing both together so they are equally coated. Spread the salted bacon caramel popcorn evenly onto both cookie sheets and bake at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes. Stir the popcorn every 10 minutes, the last time being when you pull it out of the oven. Continue to stir over the next hour as it cools, otherwise it will stick together. When the salted bacon caramel is cool to touch, microwave the 1 cup of milk chocolate chocolate chips in the microwave for 20 seconds, stir, and then microwave every 10 seconds and stir until the chocolate is melted (or use a double boiler).

Be very careful not to burn the chocolate! Pour melted chocolate into a baggie, squeezing all chocolate to one corner of the baggie. Squeeze out all the air and then carefully make a small snip in the corner (cutting off a tiny triangle of the plastic). Lightly drizzle the chocolate over the popcorn and then let cool 30 minutes until the chocolate has set. When the chocolate has set, lightly sprinkle the popcorn with the ranch flavored popcorn powder (ranch flavored popcorn powder is strong, so try lightly at first and then add more to taste if you want a stronger flavor. Voila! You now have Chocolate Drizzled Bacon Ranch Salted Caramel Popcorn! Remember to store in an airtight container to keep it fresh (up to a week at room temperature…if it lasts that long!)

Jennifer H.-

Easy and amazing pickle chip dip:

Mix one 16 ounce container cream cheese (we like to use whipped), chop 3 to 4 large pickles of your choice. Mix the two together with brine from the pickles to the texture that you like. Add 1 tsp dried onions and 1 tsp dried dill and mix. Sprinkle the top with dried dill. Serve with potato chips. So easy and so yummy!! It is better if it sits over night but you can eat it right away if you can’t wait.

 

Jacqueline P.-

 Garden Fresh Salsa:

  • 4 large tomatoes-chopped
  • 1 green pepper-chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves-chopped
  • 1 onion-chopped
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper-minced
  • 1 T lime juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a medium sized serving bowl. Chill and serve with tortillas.

Jodi K.-

Taco Dip:

  • 1 cup real mayo
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • Shredded cheese
  • Black olives
  • Tomatoes
  • Green onion

Mix together mayo, sour cream and taco seasoning. In an ez foil pan, spread 2-3 Frito Lay bean dips , spread out over bottom. Spread the mayo mixture over that, then cover with any shredded cheese you may have… fine looks best. Slice large black olives, tomatoes and green onion to garnish serve with garden fresh chips or your favorite brand. Let sit overnight. This is my go to appetizer I am always asked to bring..enjoy!

Katie B.-

Old English Cheddar Pretzel Dip:

  • 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 (8 ounce) package Cream cheese
  • 1 (5 ounce) jar Old English cheese

Blend ingredients together. Serve with pretzels or other snack for dipping.

Tracy L.-

 Homemade Mac n Cheese:

  • Elbow macaroni
  • Sharp cheese
  • Extra sharp cheese
  • Mild cheese
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Eggs

Boil macaroni, drain, put in pan. Cut up cheese in the pan, crack the eggs (3 lg) in the pan and mix.Then pour the milk in the pan not covering the whole thing. And last but not least top it off with butter. Preheat the oven on 400 place in oven for an hour and a half. cook time may vary.

Nicolle L.-

Perfect nacho dip!:

Put room temperature cream cheese in a casserole dish, place a can of chili on top and then sprinkle shredded cheese on top. Heat for 15 minutes on 350.

Michelle H.-

Cheesy Potatoes:

  • 1 can cream of celery soup
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 2 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 bag hash browns
  • 1/2 cup butter

Mix all ingredients together. Bake 1 1/2 hours around 350 (oven temps vary).

 

Michelle L.-

 **CONTAINS ALCOHOL** When I say it is dangerous, I mean… be careful when drinking this. It sneaks up on you because it tastes like apple pie. Deliciously evil. I can even taste what seems like crust in this…very, very yum. 🙂 Thanks to Dave for giving the recipe to me so I can pass it on to others!

Apple Pie Moonshine:

  • 1/2 gallon of apple juice
  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 6 cinnamon sticks
  • 750 ml of Rum or Everclear

Bring all of the ingredients EXCEPT the alcohol to boil in a large pot. Take off the heat and allow to cool to room temperature. (Note…if the mixture is not cool, the alcohol will evaporate) When the mixture is cool, pour in the alcohol and stir. Top with a dollop of whipped cream. If desired, you can crush a couple graham crackers with a teaspoon of sugar and two tablespoons of butter, mix together, and rim the glass in the crumb mixture. DRINK IN MODERATION. Trust me on this.

Melissa P.-

 Brownie Cookies:

  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 3/4 stick of butter
  • 1.5 teaspoon baking powder
  • 0.5 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cups cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cups confectioners sugar

Mix all ingredients and bake around 350 (oven temps vary) until cooked throughout.

Nichole M.-

Fried pickle chips with spicy dipping sauce:

  • Dry pickle chips..must be a dill pickle
  • Drake’s batter mix
  • Lime beer

Dip dry chips in beer batter.  Fry at 350 degrees until batter is golden brown. Remove and place on a paper towel to dry. Set aside and make a dip  with mayo, dill, minced garlic (two cloves) and siracha hot sauce. Mix well. The chips are ready to dip!

 

Sarah S.-

 Tex Mex Dip:

Spread one can refried beans on a plate. Mix one cup sour cream and one cup mayo and mix in one packet of taco seasoning, this is the next layer. Then sprinkle layers of shredded cheese, chopped lettuce, chopped scallion, olives and fresh cilantro to your preference, serve with nacho chips. Enjoy!!

 Michelle P.-

Fiesta jack macaroni:

Macaroni noodles and melt fiesta jack cheese over them.

 Sheryl B.-

Fajitas:

  • 3 medium tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup(s) water
  • 1 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 12 corn tortillas, warmed
  • Shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • Jarred salsa verde
  • Chopped avocados

For serving: Chopped onions, Chopped tomatoes, Chopped cilantro (Optional, as I know a lot of folks who do not like it!)

Directions: In a blender, puree the tomatoes with the lime juice, water, and salt. Transfer the puree to a large resealable plastic bag and add the chicken thighs. Seal the bag, pressing out the air. Refrigerate the chicken for 6 hours or overnight. Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Remove the chicken thighs from the marinade and pat them dry. Brush with the oil and sprinkle with the paprika and parsley. Grill over moderately high heat, turning occasionally, until the chicken is lightly charred and cooked through, about 15 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a work surface and let stand for 5 minutes. Cut the chicken thighs into strips and serve with the warmed tortillas, cheese, salsa verde, avocados, onions, tomatoes, and cilantro. (If you have a cilantro hater, just leave it out, I do!)

 

Kathi T.-

 Fruit Kabobs:

Watermelon, cantaloupe, pineapple, strawberries, grapes, leave whole or cut into shapes. Using bamboo skewers arrange like a bouquet. Might as well have something healthy!

 Theresa S.-

Homemade Sloppy joes:

Cook Ground beef and drain. Add stewed tomatoes, Ketchup, mustard and a little sugar. Let simmer until Gametime! Serve on Large hamburger buns!

Jan W.-

Gameday Pizza:

  • Pizza crust
  • Tomato sauce – 1 1/2 cups
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli
  • Yellow pepper rings – as many as desired
  • 1 red pepper chopped
  • 1 small purple onion chopped
  • 1/2 – 1 cup feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese

Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until crust is light brown and cheese is melted

Belinda H.-

 Wontons:

  • 1 package of wonton wraps found in the organic fridge section. Heat oven to 350 and place each wrap into a muffin cup to shape. Put in oven 3 to 5 min. to slightly brown.

Filling:

  • 1/2 cup ranch
  • 1 tube of mild sausage, not Italian flavor
  • 1 package shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 red pepper, chopped

Fry sausage and add other ingredients. Stuff shells and place back in oven for 7 to 8 min until bubbly.