Friday, September 25, 2009

Fall Giveaway!

How about this for spreading a little Fall love in the form of ... A GIVEAWAY!

When I think of Fall, I think of hearty home cooked meals. I will be giving away this brand new handbook for slow cooking. The New Creative Crock Pot Cookbook features tons of recipes from around the world including low-fat recipes. This book is paperback and has 224 pages.

Please go to my other blog at SleeplessInWisc for details.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Baguette/Foccacia Tea Sandwiches

1 of each red and yellow bell peppers
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1-1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 small clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
4 oz goat or feta cheese, crumbled
1-1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh basil (or 1 tsp. dried)
1 round (8-10 inches) foccacia bread or onion foccacia bread, or a French bread baguette
1 cup packed, shredded romaine lettuce

Set oven to broil. Quarter bell peppers lengthwise; discard stems and seeds. Flatten with palm of hand. Place skin side up on foil-lined baking sheet. Broil 3-4” from heat until skin is evenly blackened, 8-12 minutes. Wrap peppers in boil from pan; let stand 15 minutes. In a small bowl, mix oil, vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper. Peel off and discard skin from peppers. Cut into uniform pieces; arrange in shallow dish. Pour dressing over peppers. Cover; chill at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours. In small bowl, combine cheese and basil; mix well. Drain peppers; add marinade from peppers to cheese mixture; mix well. Using a long serrated knife, split bread in half horizontally. Spread cheese mixture over cut sides of bread. Arrange romaine lettuce and marinated peppers over bottom half of bread; close sandwich with top of bread. Cut into wedges to serve. Makes about 16.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Molokai Pie

Easy to prepare, this pie is light and creamy, perfect to go with your favorite cup of tea.

1 1/4 cups sweetened crushed pineapple
3 ounces powdered lemon flavored gelatin
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup whipped cream
1 9-inch graham cracker pie shell
1/2 cup of coconut, toasted lightly, if desired

Bring pineapple to a boil in saucepan. add jello, stir until dissolved. mix in sugar and lemon juice. cool until almost stiff. Fold into whipped cream and pour into graham cracker pie shell.

(I sprinkled the top with about a 1/2 cup of toasted coconut)

Chill about 1 hour. 8 servings

Thursday, June 11, 2009

A Tea Set For Cat Lovers

This would be a perfect gift for a catlover. I found it at http://www.theteapotshoppe.com/.

The set is called "Cats with Attitude" teaset for two. The site has gorgeous teapots, if you haven't browsed there, go have a look.

Note: I am not promoting the site, just sharing a find with friends.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Long Island Iced Tea (woot!)

Tea for the not-so-faint-of-heart :-)

INGREDIENTS
One shot = 1.5 fluid ounce

shot and 1/2 vodka
shot and 1/2 gin
shot and 1/2 rum
shot and 1/2 triple sec liqueur
1 teaspoon tequila
2 teaspoons orange juice
2 fluid ounces Coke
1 wedge lemon

DIRECTIONS
In a shaker full of ice, combine vodka, gin, rum, triple sec and tequila. Add orange juice and cola. Shake vigorously until frothy. Strain into a tall thin glass filled with ice, and garnish with wedge of lemon.

A Simple Slush Tea Recipe

INGREDIENTS
2 cups sugar or Splenda
7 cups water
4 tea bags
2 cups boiling water
1 (12 fluid ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate
1 (12 fluid ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate
2 cups gin or vodka
Diet Seven up or Sprite

DIRECTIONS
Put 7 cups water in large saucepan, and heat on high until boiling. Add sugar and stir until dissolved; set aside to cool. Place teabags in 2 cups boiling water, and let steep for 25 minutes.
In a large bowl, mix together sugar water, tea, lemonade concentrate and orange juice concentrate. Stir in gin or vodka. Place in freezer container and freeze overnight.
To serve, Place several scoops into a tall glass, and fill with any clear carbonated beverage. Yum. Serve in a pretty cocktail glass or disguise it in a tea cup.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Cute

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Mini Oreo Cheesecakes

Ingredients

12 oreo cookies
2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate pieces
2 teaspoons shortening
Strawberries

Directions

Split cookies, keeping filling on one cookie. Line muffin pans with foil bake cups. Place filling-covered cookie in bake cups, filling side up. Set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth and fluffy. Beat in eggs just until well mixed. Spoon cream cheese mixture into bake cups.
Crush remaining cookies and sprinkle over cream cheese mixture. Bake, uncovered, in a 325 degree F oven for about 25 minutes or until set. Cool.
In a small saucepan, melt chocolate pieces with shortening over low heat, stirring frequently. Drizzle over baked cheesecakes. Cover and chill. Top with 2 slices of strawberries before serving.