Monday, November 11, 2019

Philly Cheesesteak Sliders

Seems like we are running too fast these days
to do much blogging.

I am sure many of you have heard of 
Mormon Mommy Blogs, 
this Mormon Granny Blogger has 
had a lot happening!

Those who follow me on Instagram know that
my daughter had her baby two weeks early, 
but then suffered from post-partum pre-eclampsia.

We hadn't known anything about this, except 
from watching Downton Abbey, when Cybil 
died of eclampsia during child birth.  

We were scheduled to leave on an African Safari 
a week after her due date, so now I had three 
weeks to help her try and get stable.  This was 
her first baby, and pre-eclampsia is common with 
first babies, but they need to get the baby out. 
She wasn't progressing, so the baby ended coming 
C-section.  That was easy compared to the struggle 
with post-partum  pre-eclampsia.  The day after she 
got home she started being nauseated, and unable 
to eat or keep food or medicines down.  Her blood 
pressure was sky-rocketing to stroke levels 
multiple times a day.  She lost 35 pounds in 12 days, 
and they really didn't know what to do to help her. 
She ended up on 2 blood pressure medicines, 2 anti-
nausea medicines and 2 stomach medicines.  

We finally went to another doctor, as we didn't feel 
like she was being taken seriously by her OB/GYN.  
He ordered a CT scan and said if she got worse 
to take her into the ER.  Well, she got worse that 
night, throwing up volumes when she had only 
had a sip.  They kept her for 24 hours, got her on 
IV solution with her meds in the solution, and then 
sent her home on clear liquids.  I had been staying 
with her and her husband this entire 2 1/2 weeks and 
we had pretty much decided we weren't going to be 
going on Safari.  She got home from the ER Thursday 
night and we were to leave Monday morning.  She 
wasn't nauseated and didn't throw up that whole day, 
now that she could get some of the meds through her 
system.  She even wanted to leave the house Friday night. 
Many prayers were answered, and we felt confident 
going by Monday afternoon.  Baby and parents did 
great while we were gone.  

She came over the other day and we decided to make 
some sliders for my other daughter, who is expecting 
and is just curled into a ball, she is so nauseated.  She 
has tried two anti-nausea medicines that can be used 
during pregnancy, so she is really struggling.  We all love 
sliders for entertaining and have used this recipe for 
Ham and Swiss Sliders over and over.

We decided to try some different sliders, as the 
husband of the daughter who was helping me 
had mentioned he was wanting to try a new
variety (as daughter #2 makes the Ham and Swiss
all of the time!)

I had already purchased the ham and swiss, but 
we started looking for things we had in 
the fridge and freezer.

I usually have some of this 
Philly Cheesesteak Meat in the freezer, from Wal Mart.

I just used my recipe for Philly Cheesesteaks and topped 
them with a touch of garlic butter.  We made 24 sliders 
and were able to bring some to the family of my 
pregnant daughter, send some home with my daughter 
with the one month old, and have enough for hubby and me. 

They really are easy and great for a crowd.

Philly Cheesesteak Sliders

12 King's Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
(or any small roll, but there is something about King's!)
1 14 oz pkg Philly Steak Meat
Montreal Steak Seasoning or salt and pepper
8 oz cream cheese
6-8 slices Provolone Cheese
(sliced mushrooms, onions and green peppers if desired - 
I was making them for families with little children,
so we left those ingredients out.)

1/3 C. melted butter
1/4 tsp. granulated garlic
1/4 tsp. Italian seasoning

In large frying pan brown the meat and 
season.  I like to season this with Montreal 
Steak Seasoning.  If you are doing the mushrooms,
onions and green peppers, saute them in another pan.

Cube the cream cheese and mix into meat, heating 
through until the cream cheese is blended in.  
Add the veggies if using them.  

Slice the entire package of King's Sweet Rolls 
horizontally and lift the tops off in one piece.

Spoon the meat mix on the bottoms of the 
Sweet Rolls.  Layer the cheese on, overlapping 
where necessary.  Lay the tops of the rolls on.

Mix the melted butter with the garlic and 
Italian seasoning, then brush on the rolls.

Cover with foil and place in a 375 degree oven.  
Bake for about 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

They are best served straight out of the oven, but they do 
heat up well.  Even the little four year old loved them 
for dinner that night.  We all got excited to try Pizza Sliders, 
Buffalo Chicken Sliders, and more.  These are great for 
family meals, but we have used sliders for parties too, 

I am saving my Safari post for our Tales With 
the Traveling Totes, which comes out on December 1st, 
but you can see some of the 
fun on my Instagram!

Thanks for dropping by.  Leave a comment 
to let me know you were here!

Friday, November 8, 2019

Holiday Cheermeister Table

Welcome to our home!
Although we still have Thanksgiving 
decorations up, we have a special event 
that takes place around mid-November 
and that is our 
Holiday Cheermeister Event.  

This year we are holding the event at home.

Some years it is held at a restaurant, 
some years at home, but we started this 
once all of our children became adults.

We send out invitations to the event to 
our children, and at the event we give 
them their Christmas money.  We try to make 
it a fun time, whether at home or out.  

The kids then have until December 15th 
to shop and deliver their gifts to us to wrap.

We always include some surprises, but 
often by December 25th, they have forgotten 
some of the things they got for themselves.  

This ensures they get what they want without 
us guessing, and they know what the children 
have and need.

The little ones really appreciate the decor.  It is 
so fun to see them run through the house to 
see everything.

The only places that are decorated this year for the 
Cheermeister Event are the entry
and the kitchen.  The kitchen won't stay this way,
but it makes it fun and sets the party atmosphere.

I saved the garlands from a party I did a couple 
of years ago, so setting everything up was easy.

My Hot Cocoa Bar stays up all season, 
and long into winter.  The ingredients may change 
throughout the season.

My Patience Brewster table fits right in 
with the Grinch decor with its bright greens 
and reds, and we have had it for years and it 
has stood up to a lot of little ones making hot cocoa. 

Have you seen these GINORMOUS marshmallows
covered with chocolate and candy cane, and the 
white ones with sparkle sugar?  I found them at 
Target this year and can't wait to surprise 
everyone with them.  

I have used this styrofoam stand over and over 
to fill with cake pops or candy canes and suckers.  
They will love this too!  There is something 
magical about large suckers.

I placed the Patience Brewster High Heel 
table at the end of the counter this year.

The placesettings on the counter mix the fun
reds and greens in strips and dots to go 
along with Grinch's Holida Cheermeister.

I layered bright green chargers from Hobby Lobby,
red and white scalloped dinner plates from Home Goods 
a few years ago, and candy cane plates and polka 
dot plates purchased years and years ago from Wal Mart. 
The fun flatware was purchased in Italy a few years ago.

I love this shot down the curve of the counter.  
With our large crowd we set multiple tables and 
little ones often sit at the counter.

The fun bubble at the bottom of my ruby 
stemware that were custom made in Cabo, 
also seem Grinch-like.

I have the original Department 56 Grinch houses,
which I think are so beautiful compared to their 
more recent versions.  This is
Cindy Lou's house.

And of course, the Grinch will be here to hand out 
the holiday cheer.

And maybe even Cindy Lou Who too!

I will be posting this with

Monday, October 14, 2019

Miss Bag O' Bones Tablescape

Well, look who has shown up to dine with us,
our elegant Miss Bag O' Bones.  You have met 
her before, but she decided she wanted to
join us for an all 
skeleton dinner this year.

She chose McKenzie-Childs Courtly Check scalloped 
plates on top of a white embossed plate, then topped 
with a mercury glass plate and finished with small 
skull and bones plates.  

Here is a view from above.  She wanted you to 
see the entire table. 

She is dressed in all her finery for our dinner. 

I especially love her gaudy necklace.

I think she has her eye on this MC gent!

Or maybe she is going after the skeleton king.

The center of the table is filled with all kinds of fun. 
I am sure we will keep this out all season.  The grandkid's 
favorite is the skeletal phone that speaks to you when you 
pick up the handle - oooooohhhhh!

Don't skeletons and pewter just seem perfect together? 
She thought so too.

Black and silver flatware were her choice too, 
I can see why.

Wait!  Beaulah popped in!  She is not going to 
let Miss Bag O' Bones take her man 
if she can help it!  Now, now ladies!!!

We hope you had fun visiting our place today.

It is always entertaining to be just a little bit scary around 
Purple Chocolate Home 
at this time of year.  

I will be posting this party with 

Thursday, October 10, 2019

National Handbag Day and Table

Today is National Handbag Day and 
Patti, our amazing leader of 
Tales of the Traveling Tote 
challenged all of us to create a post 
using any of our favorite handbags.

Of course I have to make mention of 
Miss Madi K, who is named after my 
hometown of Madison, Wisconsin. 

She will introduce you to where I store 
most of my handbags.  Notice she is 
looking plump - she is already packed for 
our next big adventure - but that will be 
another post.

This large armoire in our bedroom holds 
most of my handbags.

Of course, I straightened it up to show 
it to you!!

I realized as I took the photo that I really 
don't have many black bags, which is 
curious, because I wear mostly black 
during the winter.

Hubby has given me an awful lot of the nice 
bags, and I do try to go through them fairly 
often and get rid of older ones.  I also have 
some in my closet.  

Today I decided to create a special tablescape 
featuring evening bags.  I think evening bags 
are my favorite handbags because they are just 
like little pieces of art - little jewels!

I think I became fascinated with evening bags 
when I was a little girl and my mother would 
use one when she went out.  I don't think 
people use them that much anymore, except 
the movie stars.

Let me digress here for a minute and say that I 
would someday like to own a Tonya Hawkes bag.

You can follow her on Instagram @tonyahawkes or
on her website

Those who have been with me for years remember 
that she is my husband's cousin and we traveled to 
Bologna to stay with her and her family and she 
asked a friend of hers who is a Countess and another friend 
to give 
my daughter and I cooking classes while 
we were there.

Tonya began designing her own clothes in high school
and went on to study design in college.  She worked in 
New York for Kate Spade, designing her accessories 
line - about 1300 items a season!!!

She later moved to Bologna and began her own 
line of shoes and bags.  Her bags are way over my 
budget but it is fun to see them on the runway and 
magazine covers.

So to celebrate National Handbag Day, I have used 
my inexpensive evening bags to decorate each placesetting.

White square wood chargers, which I use all of the time, 
were from Pier 1, and the fun square plates were 
purchased ages ago from Home Goods.  I thought 
the white would be a nice elegant backdrop for the 

I love the closeup showing you the bling of this clasp.

This elegant little number has a touch of diamonds too.  

This evening bag is all metal.  The grandkids always 
want to use this one.

This is the oldest bag I have.  It was my mother's, so I 
especially adore it. 

Haha, Chanel under glass!  And I just had to add a pair 
of shoes to the table.

Look at the fun heels!  Once the kindergarten teacher 
of one of my children asked them to count their mom's 
pairs of shoes.  After we hit a high number, I told them 
they could stop!!!

I think of all my evening bags, this is my favorite.

I pulled out my heritage silver to go with the elegant table. 

White goblets and pearl edged napkins are perfect.

And while we are being girly, let's throw in a faceted 
perfume bottle with amethyst stopper. 

Well wouldn't you know, something Halloween-ish had 
to jump into the tablescape.  

And look who has crawled out of the basement 
to join us for October and this table, Beaulah has arrived.

She kind of got sidelined by this little pumpkin, 
who arrived two weeks early and he and his mama 
have needed Grandma's help for over a week now. 

Nothing is better than a new little one and his mama's 
health is my top priority right now.

Hopefully Beaulah and I can fit in a little more
fun in this busy October!

Visit our other TTT friends to see their 
National Handbag Posts.

Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 
Emily with Miss Courtney ChildsThe French Hutch
 Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's Box
Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron
Katie with Miss Daisy @ Preppy Empty Nester
Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda
Linda with Miss Rosie @ More Fun Less Laundry
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Rita with Miss Luna C Panoply 
Ricki Jill and Countess De Monet @ The Sketchy Reader

Thanks for visiting.  Life just seems to get busier and 
busier, so I appreciate your visits.

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