I had to switch what I originally had planned to post today, I had bought these beautiful blueberries and had made a yummy dessert… cream cheese, whipped cream, and caramelized blueberry. It was going to be kind of a last hurrah for summer fruit.
Popcorn has been the snack of choice for many years in my family. Whenever there is a gathering where there are snacks you will definitely find popcorn.
5.Pour the peanut butter mixture over popcorn and mix until the popcorn is well coated. (I poured half of the peanut butter mixture and mixed and once it was mixed in I pour the rested and finished).
When our kids were little one of their favorite snacks was trail mix. We would throw granola, nuts, pretzels… along with other goodies.
Can you believe it is 2013 already! I hope that everyone had a great holiday season. Mine was wonderful and we were able to spend a lot time with family. Plus the fact that it was the first Christmas with our first grandchild made it extra special.
I couldn’t resist sharing one more recipe from the holiday season. I made this dip for a family gathering over the holidays. We had a potluck lunch and I wanted something that would be yummy and quick to make. And since most people like pizza I decided to incorporate that idea into this dip. The dip is simple to make and was great with the crackers that I served it with, but it would be just as delicious with chips, bread sticks, or whatever you would fancy.
Everyone enjoyed it and it didn’t take long for it to be gobbled up. Even though the holiday season has come to an end, there are plenty of football games that will be coming up and this dip would be perfect for those games or it would be delicious for whatever occasion you have coming up.
Baked Pepperoni Dip
8 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon onion, minced
1 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 cup pizza sauce or spaghetti sauce
2 cups mozzarella cheese
About 40 slices of pepperoni
Beat with an electric mixer cream cheese, sour cream Parmesan cheese, garlic, onion, and Italian seasoning until well blended. Spread mixture in a pie plate. Top with the pizza sauce and spread over the cream cheese mixture. Add the mozzarella next, spreading it over the pizza sauce. Finally add the pepperoni and cover the cheese completely with the slices.
Bake the dip in a 350 Degree F oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve it with your favorite crackers, bread sticks, etc… Enjoy!!
We are back from our trip to Chicago. In my last post I stated that we were going to visit our daughter Krista in Chicago over the weekend. We had a great time with her and I loved seeing her. We also visited some of Mike’s family while we were there. Mike’s sister lives in the suburbs and it is always a good time when we get together with her and her family. Plus Mike’s younger sister from Tampa was in Chicago, so we got to see all kinds of family. It was almost like a family reunion. My only complaint I have for the weekend in Chicago was that it went way too fast.
I brought Krista the apple streusel muffins from my last post, but I did want to bring something to go along with the muffins. I did not make that many muffins and I wanted to make sure that she had other things to eat also. It must be the mom in me; I am always worried that someone will go hungry. Krista is quite a healthy eater, so I wanted to make something healthy, but something that she would enjoy too.
While paging through my recipe book, Joy Of Cooking I found a recipe for energy bars. To me they sounded perfect for a nice breakfast. I have made homemade granola years ago and this was somewhat like that granola. Oats, nuts, and raisins made these energy bars a little healthier and tasty. The recipe called for all-purpose flour, but I used mostly whole wheat flour to go with the healthy theme. I could not resist trying a sample when they were done baking. I loved the taste of these bars, they were a little crumbly, but I did not find that as a problem. Looking for a healthy treat? I would suggest these yummy energy bars.
Energy Bars (Adapted from Joy Of Cooking)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 13 baking pan lined with foil.
Combine in a medium bowl
1 1/2 cups raisins
1 cup old-fashioned roll oats
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cups pecans chopped
1/4 cups almonds chopped
1/4 cups sun flower seeds
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Add and stir until well blended:
1/2 cup salted butter, melted
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Press the mixture into the pan. Bake until top is golden brown, about 30 minutes. Cool in the pan on a rack. Lift the foil out of the pan and cut the bars into desired sizes.