Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Nesting???


Gorgeous day- feels like Spring. Blue skies, mild weather...perfect for helping Hubby with his workload. I'm pleased to say, I planted my bulbs for next Spring. I hope my Asiatic Lilies and my Dutch Irises turn out nicely! After splitting 2 cords of wood and piling an extra one, I retired to the homestead to do an insane amount of baking!

I have no idea what has gotten into me. I've been asked to bake a few more cakes, pies, squares, tarts, etc for the Fall supper and again for the Seniors' dinner. Apparently, the secret is out and people now know I can actually cook. Darn. So, I get in today and made batches and batches of chocolate chip cookie dough. I usually make heaps of the stuff and then roll them out into plastic wrap and freeze them. That way, whenever cookies are needed for a function, I take 'em out of the freezer, and into the oven they go. Presto change-o...cookies in less than 10 mins!

I find that lately, I have been doing this for a lot of my cooking. I make huge batches of food (not only cookie dough!!) and then freeze the rest for later. It really cuts down on a lot of the prep time. I love it! Meals are ready in minutes!

Hubby was laughing when he saw how full our freezer was with meals already made. He jokingly asked, "What? Are you nesting?" LOL

Oh, since we're on the topic of feeding loved ones, here's a recipe a friend gave me when I commented on how delicious her spinach dip was! It's a guaranteed party pleaser!

HOT SPINACH DIP
Prep: 10 min Total: 30 min

300 g (1 pkg) frozen spinach, chopped, thawed and drained
1 c. Miracle Whip Calorie Wise dressing
1/2 c. Parmesan cheese, grated
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp. chopped roasted red peppers

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix spinach, dressing, cheese and garlic until blended well. Spoon into pie plate or quiche dish. Bake 20 mins or until heated through. Sprinkle red peppers. Serve with whatever veggies or crackers you prefer. I like whole wheat or vegetable thins.

Enjoy :)

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