Friday, 15 August 2014

Summer Weekend in Kentucky

It's already mid August.  Two more weeks of summer vacation before school and hockey schedules rule our lives.  We've done our best to enjoy this summer, despite work schedules that didn't really allow for much of a break.  We managed a weekend trip to Kentucky, as we did last year, to visit friends.  Driving through the night allowed us to arrive while the sun was coming up.




I had to get my Trader Joe's fix, of course.  Hello Cookie Butter.



There was an afternoon of go carts and mini golf.




Not-so-mini golf, and beating the heat in the pool.






And some good old hanging around in the backyard.






Grateful for friends that open their home to us, and long weekends that allow time for summer road trips.


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Monday, 28 July 2014

Buffalo Chicken Dip {and a Margarita Fruit Dip!}


I have made this dip four times in the past month.  My kids shovel it back with nacho chips, and it tastes great in a wrap with some avocado slices.  

Buffalo Chicken Dip.


We made it at a Pampered Chef party I hosted earlier this summer.  It's no secret that I love their products, and hosting a party is a great way to check more of their items off of my wish-list for free...or super cheap.  Plus, it's an excuse to eat and drink with friends.  Win win.

We took turns chopping, shredding, measuring, and stirring.



The next generation of home cooks was there too.  I love these girls.


Half a cup of hot sauce went into this dip!



And cheese.  Lots of melty cheese.



We also made a Margarita Fruit Dip.  With tequila.


You can have that recipe too.  You're welcome.






Buffalo Chicken Dip

2-3 boneless chicken breasts (I use 3)
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup Ranch dressing (RenĂ©e's Buttermilk Ranch is my favourite)
1/3-1/2 cup Frank's Red Hot Sauce (depending on how hot you like it!)
1 1/3 cups shredded cheddar (or Tex Mex, or Monterey Jack... or any combination)

Cook and finely chop chicken.  I season and steam mine in my new Pampered Chef RockCrok.  Use whatever preferred method you have for moist and tender chicken that will be easy to chop into small pieces.  You don't want to break a chip trying to scoop up large a piece of chicken.  

Mash the cream cheese.  Add the Ranch dressing and whisk together.  Stir in the hot sauce and shredded cheese, combine well.  Microwave for two minutes to melt the cheeses.  Add the chopped chicken, stir, and microwave for one more minute.  Stir and serve with nacho chips.




Margarita Fruit Dip

I tub (250 g) of spreadable cream cheese
1 fresh orange
1 fresh lime
2 tbsp tequila (optional)
1/4 cup of icing sugar
1/2 cup whipped cream or cool whip

Zest and juice the citrus fruits.  Process the cream cheese, icing sugar, fruit juices and tequila until smooth.  Stir in one tablespoon each of orange and lime zest, then fold in whipped cream.  Serve with strawberries, pineapple, or any other fresh fruit.


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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Lately


Instagram lately.


We've been eating a lot of these Taco Chicken Bowls lately.  Ingredients we all like, and crock pot easy.

Chicken Taco Bowls

I hosted a Pampered Chef party a while ago and I am in love with all the products I received.  The RockCrok is amazing, as is the microwave egg cooker...which is actually a piece of stoneware.  I had no idea that stoneware could be used in the microwave.  I've never been big on cooking in my microwave, but now I'm looking at my stoneware collection in a whole new way.  And the dish we prepared was so good that I've made it three times since.  I'll be sharing it here soon.

Summer is slipping by, the weather has been amazing and evenings have been perfect for sitting outside with a book.  I'm reading the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.  I think I may have already read a couple of books from this series, the first book was published over 20 years ago, but the eighth book has just come out and OCD me needs to start with book one and read the series in order before I can even look at book eight.  Are you on Goodreads?  I'm finding it a great way to keep track of the books that are on my 'to read' list.  Although, the way that list seems to be growing it might take me a lifetime to read them all!

I've been pinning some good stuff lately.  I love Fig Newtons, and these look like a yummy homemade version.

Fig Pastry, better than Newtons!

I need some of these to get a handle on the never ending paper that piles up on my kitchen counter.  Are they pretty or what?


And when I grow up I want to have a beach house just like this one.

beach house entry

Happy Weekend!



Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Gone Fishing


 It started with my oldest son and his girlfriend.  Last summer they bought fishing rods to bring down to the docks.  


Now every one of the boys has a fishing rod of their own.



Honestly, I don't get it.  I've fished once in my life, and I was bored beyond description.




But I was happy enough to bring my camera and watch them do whatever it is they do.  There was much handling of worms.  No thank you.





And fish.  They touched the fish.  Ick.





But they were outside, and they were getting along, and there were no electronics.






Just the lake and the fish.  And older brothers teaching younger brothers how it all works.








And a surprise fishing friend.


*Update*  After much comparing of images on Google, we've decided that our fishing friend is a weasel!


 dear beautiful Nurse Loves Farmer Shine the Divine

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