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Jalapeno Popper Dip

Maribeth's Jalapeno Popper Dip
Maribeth’s Jalapeno Popper Dip

I’ve been MIA from my blog for the last week.  I have “written” a dozen posts in my mind but none on my computer!  That happens sometimes and in the nearly five years since I began blogging I have had to learn to “go with it” when life happens!

A few things have happened this week including my 60th birthday! Yep, 60 years young and feeling so thankful for this life I am living.

On my birthday, I transported my husband and our cousin Tim up Springer Mountain in Georgia to the beginning of the Appalachian Trail.  I also spent a good deal of the week helping them to launch a website to journal their adventure.  You can read about it here.

Corelle White on White Dishes
Corelle White on White Dishes

My sous -chef dish-washing mom bought me new dishes for my birthday.  Honestly, it is rather embarrassing to think I have new dishes because I  have a few sets,  quite a few sets, many sets, a lot of dishes!  I like setting the table with different dishes each meal.  I have some that are a large plate for BIG meals.  Then there are the smaller plates from my Franciscan Ware set for lunch or smaller suppers.   But wait there’s more! Click to continue reading

Homemade Cheese Balls with Crushed Pecans

Cheese Ball Crackers Plated

I haven’t ever made a cheese ball before now. Sigh. I know – crazy huh?  I had company coming and thought some cheese and crackers would be nice upon their arrival since it was too late for lunch and too early for dinner.  When I stopped by the cheese ball counter at my local grocery store  there was one.  One cheese ball. Take it or leave it.  Cheddar.  I picked it up and on the way to the basket my eyes fell upon the ingredient list.  There were a zillion ingredients I couldn’t even name, and no sign  of  “cheese”?

That was it.  I decided to make my own cheese ball, with … cheese!

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Roasted Red Pepper and Asiago Cheese Spread

Walking Through the Bible in One Year  —
Bringing the Story to Life

Monday (Genesis 1-3)
  Tuesday (Genesis 4-7)  Wednesday (Genesis 8-11)  Thursday (Genesis 12-15)  Friday (Genesis 16-18)  Saturday (Genesis 19-21)  Sunday (Genesis 22-24)

Happy Monday!  I am excited to tell you that I am embarking on a wonderful journey to read the Bible from beginning to end over the next year.  The church I attend has done an outstanding job of setting up the scriptures to be read in about 15 minutes per day.  They have even put together an app for ipads, iphones, ipods, and adroids so that the schedule and the actual scriptures can be read anytime, anywhere!  I already have it installed on my ipad and start today.  And if that isn’t enough, they have added a feature for those who want to listen instead of read.  At the beginning of each blog post I am providing a colorful link to Bible Gateway for each daily reading.  I invite you to join me in this life changing endeavor.  Additionally, you can find the full program and details at this link www.wochurch.org.

Sunday morning my husband woke me up early and said “you better get your camera, everything is frosted and the sun is coming up!”  I jumped out of bed, threw on a robe, grabbed my camera and headed outside, in 20 degree weather!  I wasn’t disappointed or too cold as I watched the sun come up bathing the hilltop in golden light while all the world below was frosted in blue ice.  These pictures give a whole new meaning to Winter Blues.

January in the hollow …

Now, how about some food for the body?  Namely, Roasted Red Pepper and Asiago Cheese Spread.  Remember last fall when I received an early Christmas present in the form of an awesome Cuisinart 5 in 1 griddle?
I continue to be hooked on making our lunches into warm, crunchy, delicious Panini sandwiches.   I love the flexibility of ingredients that can go into a Panini.  I found the apple that went into the Apple Bistro Panini a wonderful way to get our “apple a day”!  The apple cooks slightly and yet adds a little crispness within the sandwich.  I also like adding a tasty spread to change up the flavors when using our standy-by sometimes boring, sandwich meat – turkey.  You can imagine my excitement when I saw a Roasted Red Pepper and Asiago Cheese dip at the grocery store.  I scanned the list of ingredients and thought, “I can make this!”

I used a short list of ingredients – cream cheese, asiago cheese, mayo, garlic, and roasted red peppers (from a bottle).  This savory blend of Asiago, cheese spread, roasted peppers and garlic is delicious on a toasted baguette or buttery crackers.  It can even be  warmed and served with tortilla chips.  Can you say “Super Bowl Snack?”
Oh my gosh did it make these sandwiches pop!  My two culinary consultants didn’t do any consulting on this one, but they both were very surprised at first bite of the Panini.  I layered a little apple, thinly sliced Havarti cheese, some package smoked turkey with the crowning touch — Roasted Red Pepper and Asiago Spread!  Yum!
I mixed up a little cole slaw and lunch was complete!

Oh yeah, and we did indulge in a slice of Fresh Strawberry Banana Pie before the meal was done 🙂

Many Blessings and Happy Cooking!
Roasted Red Pepper and Asiago Cheese Spread
Prep time
Total time
Serves: 12-15
  • 1 package cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup Asiago Cheese, finely shredded
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 cup Roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
  • ½ cup Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip Salad Dressing
  1. In a food processor combine cream cheese, Asiago cheese, and garlic. Cover and process until mixture is well combined.
  2. Add drained roasted red peppers and mayonnaise. Cover and process with on/off turns until the peppers are chopped and all ingredients are well mixed.
  3. At this point the spread can be used on sandwiches or as a dip. If desired, you may transfer to an 8-inch dish or pie plate and either microwave on 70% power for 5 minutes or bake in a 350 degree F. oven for 20 minutes.

Last Cookbook Drawing! Looking Back Moving Forward

““Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 NIV

Today is the last day to sign up for this cookbook giveaway. Just leave a comment on today’s post and you will automatically be entered!  Can’t think of a comment, how about — what are you doing this New Year’s Eve?  or What is your new year’s resolution?  One of mine is that I am going to make every effort to take recycled bags into the grocery store with me!  I have 5 or 6 bags in the car with me and I don’t ever remember to take them in to the store until I am in the check-out line.  We are a recycling family.  We split out our garbage and compost it, we recycle cans, plastic, wood, grass, yard clippings, and yet I can’t remember to take bags into the store with me.  Consequently I have a huge bag of plastic bags all the time.  While I do reuse them, I certainly don’t need as many as I have.  I sure hope I can do this for the next 21 grocery store trips — and make a habit of it!  Wish me luck 🙂

2011 – 2012

Tomorrow is my last blog post for this year!  I started this blog in May after 2 previous unsuccessful attempts.  I am thrilled to say it is a habit that has stuck and I love cooking, taking pictures and bloggin’ about it!  Looking back as we are moving forward into 2012 here are a couple pictures I particularly like. If you click on the picture it will take you to the recipe when it was posted. Starting with Garlicky Romano Beans
Freshly Canned Tomato Sauce and Tomato Juice

Yellow Cake with Yummy Chocolate Glaze

Alice’s Chicken Salad
Abigail’s Blueberry Scones

Homemade Wheat Bread
And finally, a recipe perfect for a New Year’s Eve appetizer!
Garlic Basil Cheese Puffs

Many Blessings and Happy Cooking! 

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