I Found A New Wine

<Edit: WOW! One really should proof read when they are not tired! The title was “I Found A Wine Wine”, say what?!>

I was at the Green Grocer, aka Sprouts, today and something caught my eye …

A new wine!

Hatch Green Chile Wine

Well, I’m not too sure about this one, but we’ll see.

Chicken With 40 Cloves Of Garlic, In The Slow Cooker

I have seen this recipe many times, done in many ways through the years, but I’ve never made it. I was really sick last Summer and my Cooking Light Magazines (along with others) got back logged…I just couldn’t concentrate enough to make it through a single page.

This Summer, we are in a rental apartment, as we have sold our home and are waiting for our new home to be built; we have NO TELEVISION, GASP!!  What better time to catch up on some recreational reading.

Slow Cooker Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

Slow Cooker Chicken With 40 Cloves Of Garlic

DELICIOUS!!

Prescott Donut Factory For This Sunday’s Brunch

prescott donut factory

[photo courtesy of Prescott Donut Factory]

Oh my gravy all over my two scoops rice (that’s OMG! in my world) those were the best donuts I have had in a very long while! I mean, come on, how GREAT does that look?!

My husband and I have driven past this place a gazillion times and every time I’d say, “We NEED to go there.”  Well, on Saturday DH said, “Okay, we’ll go for Sunday Brunch.”

Prescott Donut Factory

Delicious Donuts!

YAY!

from Prescott Donut Factory

So much to choose from!  It took awhile, but I went for the Devil’s Food Cake with Coconut sprinkles and Chocolate Glazed Vanilla Old Fashion.

DH's plate of donuts

My husband went for an Apple Fritter and a Buttermilk Glazed Bar.

We shared the 4 donuts between us, A~MAZ~ING!  Just wish we had gone earlier so we could have tried the Bear Claws; they were already sold out by the time we got there at 9 o’clock.

Coffee at Prescott Donut Factory, MMM!

Oh, and don’t forget the coffee, it’s pretty darn good.

GO, ENJOY!

The Bestest Birthday Road Trip To San Diego

I got a call from my Husband’s Sister a few weeks back and she was saying that she and my Brother-In-Law were headed to San Diego to visit with their oldest daughter and her family; wouldn’t it be fun if we came out too?  YOU BEAT!  As the date got closer and I called her back just to confirm our arrival time by car, she asked me, “Isn’t this your birthday weekend?”  YUPPER!

Birthday Breakfast, and I didn't have to cook!

My Brother-In-Law made Birthday Breakfast for all 10 of us in our Niece’s home.  Homemade Malasadas or Portuguese Doughnuts (in the middle of the table), Fresh Fruits, cut up Sausages (easier for little ones-there were 4 of them, all under the age of 9) with BACON  too; Scrambled Eggs and Juice… Thank You Dennis and Miley, what a treat to have someone else cook me breakfast; to be able to sit down with family to enjoy it and still be in my PJs.

After breakfast, my Niece asked “Auntie, what do you want to do for your birthday?”

BEACH!!!

What birthday isn’t a blast with these 4 monkeys at the BEACH!?

Let’s throw in a couple of adults too …

Now, what about dinner Auntie Doni?  Hmmm, let me think, OH YEAH, cold Beer and some Local Food.

We called in an order to L&L Hawaiian BBQ (the same as the L&L back home in Hawaii) for a Family Pack of Chicken Katsu, BBQ Beef and Teriyaki Chicken; this all came with Macaroni Salad and Rice, BUT WAIT! 

I NEED some Kalbi Ribs AND Spam Musubi, MMM!

Birthday Dinner, YEAH BABY!

Oh my gravy all over my two scoops rice (that’s OMG! in my world) THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKIN’ ABOUT!!  Can you say, very happy camper?

So what else do we need for a birthday celebration, HMMM…

CAKE!

My Sister-In-Law had bought an Ice Cream Cake for all of us to share, what made it ever better was these Four Little Monkeys singing Happy Birthday Auntie Doni.

THE BESTEST BIRTHDAY EVER!!

Fun at the Beach, Cold Beer, Great Food and my family around me,

I am so blessed

Cheesy Party Burgers, Not So Great

I don’t usually post recipes that we did not care for, but I had such high hopes for this one and have been wanting to try them.  We have been away on another road trip (I’ll tell about that in my next blog post) and finally got into the kitchen today.

Let’s go!

Cheesy Party Burgers (aka Diamond Burgers)

I found this recipe on Pinterest and was VERY disappointed with it.  Sorry guys, it’s just not very good at all.  DH used much stronger words to describe it after taking just one bite and he was done.  Way too much butter for the glaze on top, it came out as soggy, mushy bread and some ground beef, not appetizing.

I made this up for lunch today, and served it along with something called Summer Slaw that I found at the Deli counter in our local grocery store; I need to look that up or plead with the store manager for the recipe for that, it was DELICIOUS!

But the Cheesy Party Burgers were not a party.  But ya know, maybe your family might like these sliders, for us, not so much.

Handheld Spinach & Artichoke Dip Bites

I’m not sure why I didn’t post this recipe and accompanying photos earlier, that WILL make you drool I promise you!  I made this for a cocktail party that we were invited to back in on New Year’s Eve, and I just plum forgot to share, shame on me.

Spinach & Artichoke Dip Bites

Handheld Spinach & Artichoke Dip Bites

Yield: 48 pieces

Dip Ingredients:

1 (8 oz.) Package of Cream Cheese, room temperature

¼ C. Mayonnaise

½ C.  Grated Parmesan Cheese

2 Garlic Cloves, finely minced

1 (15 oz.) can Artichoke Hearts, drained and chopped (not the marinated ones though)

1 C. Frozen Chopped Spinach, thawed and drained well

Bite Ingredients:

2 tubes of Pillsbury® Original Crescents

¼ C. Shredded Mozzarella Cheese (more or less, it’s up to you)

Pre-heat your oven to 375⁰

In a large bowl mix together the Dip Ingredients (I used my Stand Mixer); set aside for now.

Take the dough from one of the tubes of Crescents and gently pull off just half of it.  On a lightly floured surface, press together all of those little breaks in the dough, to make one big square.  Using a pizza wheel, cut the dough into 12 pieces as equally as you can.  Spray a mini muffin tin, lightly, and press each dough square into a cup, gently; repeat until all the cups are stuffed.

Now for the Dip part.  Use a teaspoon to add the filling to the dough cups, don’t over fill them; top with the Mozz, as much or little as you like.  Bake for approximately 12 minutes, the tops will be puffy and golden.  Let them cool on a rack until you can handle them.  Pop each lovely morsel of gooey deliciousness out on to another rack to cool slightly… and serve.

Spinach & Artichoke Dip Bites, well maybe 3 bites

They wouldn’t be around for very long.

ENJOY!

Sunday Brunch Shared

You know that we love our Sunday Brunch, well, today’s meal was provided by Mrs. Landlord and Mrs. Dear Friend.

Blue Corn Meal Pancakes

Our new landlord was telling me about these awesome Blue Corn Meal Pancakes that she makes and looky what appeared in the dumb waiter for us this morning!  DH takes a bite and says, “What’s this called again?  That’s pretty good.”

Blue Corn Meal Pancakes, Organic Eggs and some Turkey Sausage

To round out our repast, Mrs. DF had sent over some of her organic Chicken Eggs, always a winner.  Throw in some REAL Maple Syrup, a cuppa Joe, a few Turkey Sausages and a bowl of diced Cantaloupe.  As Mrs. Landlord says, we share with each other our bounty; life is good.

Mahalo, thanks ladies.
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