Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Holiday Cheese Crisps

Tis the season for more appetizers falalala............
The holidays are bustling with parties. And what is always at a good party?
Booze!  Oh wait, appetizers!
I am not short on appetizer recipes but, am always intrigued by new ones.
I love watching YouTube videos and have for as long as it's been around.
I even used to make them!  Don't waste your time looking for them they are long gone & deleted. LOL!
Ok so there is this fabulous girl on YouTube that I recently started watching, she does a variety of videos, home decor, fashion, diy's, food, make-up, hair. Just about everything.
She is so to darn cute & talented!
There is a video she did on holiday entertaining and this appetizer was on there.
It is a piece of cake to make and I'm sure you can adjust it to your liking also.
Say your not a cheddar fan (you might want to see a doctor about that) use a shredded swiss, or whatever you crave.
Feel like something a little garlicky?  Sprinkle on a little garlic salt.  Spicy, a little chilli flakes.
Play around with it.
What I'm sharing with you today is pretty basic.
I grew herbs in the garden this summer and boy did they grow! I froze some, dried some and replanted some in the house.
I love having them on hand and got to use them in this easy bite.

Here is what you need:
Shredded cheese, I used cheddar
Shredded parmesan cheese
*sesame seeds (optional)
(like I said try a different cheese, spice, seasoning)

How to make them:
Get that oven warmed up!  Preheat to 350.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
If you can shred your own cheese do so, it tastes better and melts better.
Sprinkle the first cheese evenly over the parchment paper
Now sprinkle your parmesan cheese over that
Next your parsley, sesame seeds or whatever seasonings you choose to use.
Make sure the cheese is spread pretty evenly and that there are small pocket openings where you can still see some parchment paper, that helps to keep it crispier.

Bake for approximately 11 minutes.
Keep an eye on it, watch for the outer edges to start crisping.

Remove and let cool.
The next part is kinda fun, start breaking it apart.  Making different shapes.

This Christmas I will be hosting for my family and it's an appetizer Christmas!  Imagine that :)
I will be making a huge crudite table, these will go great in several glass tumblers on that table!
Can't wait!  Hope you enjoy & have happy holidays & a Merry Christmas!

*I almost forgot to tell you the YouTube girls name!  Check her out it's MissLizHeart

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Herbed Yogurt Dip

So I came up with this over the summer (seems so long ago!).
We were having an impromptu bbq and I was trying to get together dinner without having to go to the store.  
I had potato chips and no chip dip, I mean come on that's like salt & pepper, peanut butter and chocolate, cheese and crackers.  You just need it ok!  
Alright it might just be me, I am a dipper :)
I try to use my garden ingredients as much as I can while I have them fresh.
Another staple in my house the last couple years would be my favorite, Chobani Greek Yogurt.

(totally not sponsored but hey if they want me to do some more appetizers with the yogurt, hit me up Chobani!)

Do you know how Grandmothers give you a recipe?  Well that is kinda like this one, a bit of this -  a dash of that.  But, I will do my best to sum it up for you all.  Can't be that hard!  
Also use what fresh herbs you like or have on hand, change it up to your liking!  

I went out and cut some of the last of my herbs this afternoon to make this freshing dip for you all. 

What you need:
5.3oz Chobani Non-Fat Greek Yogurt
1/4 tsp salt (I used pink himalayan, my cousin Tracy got me hook on to it)
1 Tablespoon lemon juice, fresh
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon chives, chopped
1 Tablespoon parsley, chopped
I used 3 leafs of oregano, chopped
(this summer I had basil - today I did not.  Use as much as you like)

How to make it:
Finely chop all your herbs, add in the rest of your other ingredients.  
Serve with potato chips, pita, vegetable sticks.  
I bet this would also be good in a gyro or topped on a burger! 
They world is your oyster kids!  (that does that even mean??? LOL)

Hope you enjoy!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Door County Vaca

       (yup thats us- this is at the end of the beach where we stay, we take this photo every year)

Another successful trip to Door county, WI!
Ok if you're new here, Door County has become my annual fall trip, this is my fourth or fifth year?
Now our adult plan is to move to Ely, MN when our last child is grown, this house of our is just WAY to much space for us and we want out of the city.
They can come with us, I'm not ready to be an empty nester!
Door County is giving Ely some good competition in our eyes!
Could I live in WI??  UM heck ya I'd fit right in, I love beer & cheese - it runs thru my veins!
SO back to the trip, we have a few "have to stops" on this trip.
One being the cheese shop duh!  That is right next to a wine store, every store in Door County has wine tasting, these people are pros they start at 10am!  GOSH DARN people how do you cope the rest of the day!?  HAHA!!!


Next have to stop would be - White Fish Dip!!!  Stuff is amazing!  You can find it in Gills Rock.

When we got to Door County the colors were not very vibrant, but the last couple of days they sure did pop!  
Just an FYI - I AM the master at spotting dear, you SO want me on your team!

The first night we were there we had a bonfire/weenie roast on the beach - it was AWESOME!

It was Fall Festival time, or like the locals call it "Fall Down" Festival!
Sister Bay is CRAZY busy - we got to see the goats having lunch on the roof again.

Lunch time @ Grasses Grill , OMG awesome grass fed burgers (did you think I was gonna order something new??) And Look they made a flower on my bun - cute!
Another lunch we had, we stumbled upon last year, just taking different routes all over the peninsula, basically that is what we do - drive and drive and drive, stumbling across hidden gems, and looking at all the scenery!  
We had a conversation with this elderly man smokin' outside this place, he had seen our license plates were from Minnesota he asked from where, he lived there up until 20 years ago he moved to Door County & Loves it!  I bet he does!
We shared the breaded mushrooms, humongous (not with the old man, just ourselves haha)!  And had a bowl of chili - YUM
Came across this Door County Candle shop, I do not suggest going in here if you are prone to migraines!  Pretty cool though you can watch them work away making candles.

Door County Brewery is where it's at kids!  Husband told me a funny story about one of the beers here, was named after a local man who would visit the local watering hole, bring his boombox with him and play polka music.  The Polka King Beer was born!  Isn't that a hoot?!

Found this really cool sculpture garden/gallery - wow people are so talented!  You walk a path thru the woods and look at some amazing work. (Edgewood Orchard Gallery)

I have more photos from there, I'm not sure where they went!  But there are huge metal sculptures, horses, wolves, Elephants just amazing!  

I think our favorite place to eat is in Sturgeon Bay, Kitty O'Reillys an Irish joint.  Good food and fun atmosphere.  Husband ordered this appetizer - Irish eggs, not my favorite but I've liked everything else I tried here.

If you didn't know Packers and Vikings are rivals, we are in Packer territory while in WI.  Hubbie wants to go to a sports bar (Greycastle) and watch a football game, hope they don't hurt us!  
Oh bummer they lost :(  Maybe we were bad luck!  
The bartender passed out Packer Backer Shots to everyone.  
Oh we also ordered poppers here, they were YUMMY!

I'm gonna throw in a few pic's here to wrap it up - if your still with me?!  
One of many shops on the main roads, where they sell wonderful canned goods (Kolspey).
So many gorgeous farms! 

Oh so many wineries, gift shops and eateries.  This is a wonderful distillery!
Found these sassy towels there.  
Another stop, a gallery, winery-vineyard, gift shop - you can also get on a trolly here to take a tour of the area.

There are so many things to do in Door County, and we have only just begun to discover them, I totally suggest you vacation here!  You can thank me later :)