Saturday, November 21, 2009

Sick Day!

Been feeling under the weather all week but it's finally caught up to me day off, Saturday. I am not happy about that...but at least I can rest without worrying about work. I do still feel guilty about still being in my PJ's at 2:22pm! There is always chores to do around the house but they're just going to have to wait.

I have a headache that just will not quit! I've taken stuff for it (Advil yesterday and Sinus Headache stuff today) but it's not even touching it. I've been sleeping off and on all day...the only way to get away from the pain. I don't have a temperature so I figure it's not the flu. I also had my H1N1 flu shot earlier in the hurt too!

Going to sign off and gets some more rest...and hopefully when I wake up again the pain will have left me. PLEASE!


Saturday, November 14, 2009

Yummy Apple Dip!

Last weekend I went to a party at my Aunt Shirley's house and I brought a yummy apple dip and a taco dip!

The apple dip is my sister-in-law's recipe. This was my first time making it and I was a little nervous but it turned out so yummy and was a big hit...everyone wanted to know how to make it.
This is one of my favorite treats! It's so simple to make and if you're having a large can easily double it. It gets raves!

Diane's Famous Apple Dip

1 - brick of cream cheese
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract (my addition to the original recipe)
1 - 250g tub of caramel sauce (the kind you would use for apple dipping)
3 or 4 Skor Bars
6 Green Apples cut into wedges (you can also use other varieties or even other fruit like Pears)

Mix softened cream cheese (I microwave for 30 seconds to soften) with brown sugar and vanilla. Tip: I use the mixer attachment on my blender to do the cream cheese mixture but I am sure you could mix by hand as well.

Make sure your caramel sauce is at room temperature -- it will be easier to layer.

Crush the Skor Bars into bits (I use a zip lock bag and a rolling pin and pound away).

Layer the cream cheese mixture in the bottom of an 8x8 cake dish, then layer the caramel sauce, top with Skor Bar crumbs.

Serve with apple slices for dipping. (A secret for keeping the cut apples from turning brown is soaking the cut pieces in water with lemon juice.)

The Taco Dip is one that I got from a co-worker...and I've been making it for years - I always get requests to bring this to parties.

Lisa's Taco Dip

Mix together (again I use the mixer attachment for my blender):

1 brick of cream cheese (softened)
1/2 tub (250g) of cottage cheese
1 package of Taco Seasoning

Spread cream cheese mixture over large plate (or tray)

Layer on Top with:

2 to 3 cups shredded lettuce (I cut thinly and then chop again)
2 cups finely diced tomato
2 or 3 diced green onion
2 cups grated cheese (cheddar works well)

Serve with tortilla chips - I like the whole grain ones as they seem to have more flavor.

This dip is very addictive and filling. Everyone is surprised that it has cottage cheese in it.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Things that go bump in the night!

Woke up to a loud bang that echoed from downstairs. Scared the you-know-what out of us both. Felt to see if the kitty was in bed and knew right away that he's into something.

I have a reclining cherub that has dried flowers on it and the kitty loves to chew on things like that...he knocked it over and now it's in pieces. I forgave my kittle. He had a hard week this week...had to have 7 teeth pulled. He's doing well and recovering.

This is our first Halloween in the new neighbourhood. We had about 50 kids and I had enough candy for 300! We were giving out handfuls and still have too much left.

I have a big box of mini-Mars Bars that I've decided I'll melt down for my MAR BAR SQUARES.


4 regular size Mars Bars
4 tbsp margarine
4 tbsp corn syrup
7 - 8 cups Rice Krispies cereal
10 oz milk chocolate (for on top)

Cut Mars Bars into small pieces and melt slowly with margarine and syrup, stirring constantly. When mixture is smooth, remove from heat and stir in rice krispies. Press into a lightly greased 9 x13 baking pan. When cool, top with the melted milk chocolate. Let cool again and cut into bite sized squares.

Usually I line the pan with wax paper instead of greasing it. It's easier to get them when you cut these up it can get a bit messy and the wax paper helps with that too. Another tip is if you refrigerate after adding the milk chocolate...bring back to room temperature before you cut them.

I make these at holidays and share them with the neighbours. They are always a big hit and nobody can figure out that it's made with chocolate bars.