Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Pinsperation! Testing Frozen Lemon wedges

As promised, I'm testing another one of my pinterest pins......this time its the Lemon wedge slices that I originally saw here

 
First I cut up a couple of lemons, and placed them in a muffin pan.  Was a little worried that the "cubes" wouldn't pop out very easily, but with the help of a knife, they popped out with no problem.  Filled the tins with tap water.....

 
Placed in a ziplock bag for the freezer....easy to grab all week long.

 
Put 2 in my cup, and it worked well to give me the lemon flavour I liked, and to keep the water cold.  Note to self, do not JAM the cube into one of these double walled cups, or it will crack and water will drip down your counter just like it did moments after I shot this picture. I love these cups,  but they break easily!  I have a couple of cracked lids to prove it!
 
I give this Pinsperation 2 THUMBS UP!  Will definitely be doing this again.....

Friday, September 21, 2012

Crab dip....nom, nom, nom

This is one of my favourite appy recipes, I got it from one of those church cookbook compilations......my theory is that the best cookbooks, and usually the one's I go back to over and over, are those books put out by churches, ladies groups, charities....the ones that are a compilation of every one's favourite recipes....no one is going to submit something that sucks....so you pretty much guarantee the recipes are the best of the best!  This recipe always gets rave reviews.....

 
Start with a nice fresh loaf of round pumpernickel bread.  You could use sourdough too, if you prefer.


 
Cut a big circle out of the loaf, making a bowl for your dip.  Don't throw out that "lid" you've created, you will cut that up to use for the dip.


 
here it is ready to go into the oven.  I didn't take a picture of it on the platter, with the pieces of bread surrounding it, because I brought it to a family gathering, and I didn't want to whip out my camera and photograph my creation.  I'm just not that confident of a blogger yet I guess!!!
 
I've adapted the recipe, mostly because I didn't read it properly, and thought it was an EITHER/OR type recipe......I'm giving you the PROPER recipe, and I think the addition of the spinach would be fantastic.
 
 
Round loaf of bread, hollowed out
2 - 8 oz. pkgs of cream cheese (I always use the light.....every little bit helps!)
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
2 tsp. dill weed ( I omitted this because I didn't think I'd like the taste with the crab meat)
1/4 cup diced onion
1/2 cup bacon bits....I used crumbled real bacon....just think that tastes better
1 well drained can crab meat AND 1 pkg. frozen chopped spinach,, thawed  (this is where I messed up....I thought the recipe was either crab dip, or spinach....just realized as I was typing it out here, that it is BOTH) but if you don't like spinach, fear not, it tastes fantastic without it!
 
Mix together, adding spinach last.  Put inside loaf and wrap in foil.  Bake at 325 for 1 hour.  Serve hot with crackers and cut up pieces of bread.

 


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Let's put a Pin in it!

This week I asked Limefreckle Jr. if he wanted to do something, and he said "hmmm, yes, that sounds interesting....let's put a pin in that!"  He cracks me up, much of his language and phrases he uses is garnered from tv shows and movies, but he pulls it out at the most appropriate times, and never fails to get a reaction!  Anyway, I'm going to steal this phrase from  him, and use it for a new weekly feature I'm hoping to do.......I'm going to post my favourite pinterest pick of the week, but here's the catch....I'm not just going to mindlessly post a pin, I'm going to actually TRY the pin....be it a decorating idea, a recipe, what have you.....and I'm  going to post my results.  I'm constantly on pinterest, pinning away, but I realize I do NOT actually try the recipes and craft ideas that I've been posting.  Time to put things into action......

So, without further ado....here is my first pin that I've tried.....

 
 
I found this recipe via this blog.  I made these, and LOVED them...and I realized as I was writing this post, I forgot to add the cheese, which I will do when I reheat one.  I made 5, one I ate today and the remaining 4 are in the fridge, a quick way to have a filling breakfast.  I'm not following a paleo diet, so I had these between 2 slices of toasted whole wheat bread, but if you were eating low carb, add some sliced tomato and this would be great!

I give this pin a big THUMBS UP!