Amazing Appetizers - Watermelon with Lime and Honey on Goat Cheese Crostini

So, let's talk about watermelon...I love watermelon.  When the bro and I were kids our family used to have watermelon seed spitting fights in the backyard.  For dessert everyone would get a big slice of watermelon and we would run around trying to spit the seeds at each other.  Fun, right?!?  It was so much fun, but you wanted to pay close attention to the bro because more often than not he would just spit big bites of watermelon at you!  We all definitely required hosing off before heading back into the house on nights where watermelon was the dessert.  Whenever I think of summer I think of watermelon seed fights in the backyard dotted with fireflies...magic!

"WLHG Crostini 1" - McKinney, Texas

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Amazing Appetizers - Pimento, Jalapeno Jelly, Bacon Crostini


Today we are making the Pimento, Jalapeno Jelly, Bacon Crostini.  This recipe is inspired by a restaurant on the square in downtown McKinney called Snug on the Square and their Bacon and Pimento Melt.  Oh my goodness, this sandwich is SO good!

"PJB Crostini" - McKinney, Texas

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Amazing Appetizers Teaser

This is not going to turn into a cooking blog, for a myriad of reasons, chief among them, when I'm making up a recipe I'm not great about measuring, which you'll see below.  I do actually have measuring utensils and I use them when following a recipe...usually, but when left to my own devises I cook by feel.  That all being said, I made some amazing crostinis for a 4th of July potluck and I had to share!
"Crostini" - McKinney, Texas
Tomorrow and the Thursday I'll be sharing the recipes for the Pimento, Jalapeno Jelly, Bacon Crostini and the Watermelon with Lime and Honey on Goat Cheese Crostini.  (Oh, that's another reason that I'm not the person to write a food blog, naming things, I just have a tendency to list all of the ingredients.)  I hope that you enjoy them!

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4th of July on the 10th

I made it to downtown McKinney for the parade again this year and had a great time.

"4th of July 2014 1" - McKinney, Texas
I remember the rush to finish floats and costumes for a parade, so I loved seeing all of the last minute preparation.
"4th of July 2014 2" - McKinney, Texas
The firemen of the local downtown station started off the parade.
"4th of July 2014 3" - McKinney, Texas
Fantastic looking ROTC this year.
"4th of July 2014 4" - McKinney, Texas

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Photos Tomorrow, But Wine Today

This week has been insane and my plan for two photo-filled posts has now become one REALLY photo-filled post tomorrow and a quick post today.

I just got an e-mail from Fine Art America stating that they have teamed up with Naked Wines, which supports independent wine makers.  Together they have come up with a promotion where you get a $100 gift certificate for Naked Wines with your purchase from Fine Art America.  Wine and art!?!  Count me in!  Below is a copy of the e-mail that I was sent.  And to wet your appetite for tomorrow's post, not only will there be 4th of July photographs, but there will also be a tribute to July being National Hotdog and Ice Cream month!  Oh yeah, ponder that while you purchase some art and wine.

Art + Wine = The Perfect Companions
We're running a special promotion this month.   All orders on Fine Art America come with a $100 gift certificate good towards your first purchase of wine on NakedWines.com!
Yes - really!
Naked Wines is a company based in Napa, California, that supports independent wine makers from all over the world.
Independent artists and photographers... independent wine makers... it's a perfect match...
When you place an order on FineArtAmerica.com, we'll e-mail you a $100 gift certificate from NakedWines.com... instantly.   It doesn't matter how large your order is on FineArtAmerica.com.   If you order a single greeting card, you'll still receive the gift certificate.
Once you receive the gift certificate, all you have to do is visit NakedWines.com, enter in your gift certificate code, buy some wine, and you're done!   Then, just sit back and wait for the wine to arrive on your doorstep.   If the logistical stars are in alignment, maybe your wine and your order from Fine Art America will arrive at the same time!
Before using your gift certificate on NakedWines.com, please note the following restrictions:
Terms & Restrictions
The $100 gift certificate is only valid for first-time buyers on NakedWines.com and can only be applied towards purchases of $160 or more.   You must be 21 years or older to redeem the gift certificate.   Wine can not be shipped outside of the United States.   Additional restrictions apply.   Void where prohibited.   See complete details at http://us.nakedwines.com/100voucher.   Naked Wines is not affiliated with Naked Winery (http://nakedwinery.com) in Hood River, Oregon.
There is no minimum purchase required on Fine Art America in order to receive the gift certificate.   If you purchase a greeting card for $5, for example, you'll still receive the gift certificate from NakedWines.com - yes, really!

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