Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Bloggity Blogged Down

Hi all I am back. I have been back for a little over a week actually, I have just been bogged down with all the catching up I needed to do and with the things coming up and with the emotions I have been dealing with.

My trip was wonderful, I got to see all my SISTERS, and catch up with some great FRIENDS, but most of all I got to spend time and visit with my Gram :)
She hasn't been doing very well and I had been feeling for weeks that I needed to go and see her. I have SO many great and wonderful memories of my WONDERFUL Gram, she is one of those people who knows how to make you feel like you are the most special person in the whole world. Several of my Thanks giving recipes are from her so I will post more about that later.

I have 2 recipes for you, the first one my Cousin and I came up with while I was visiting. She is another special Lady that I couldn't do without :)

Hot and Mel's Artichoke Olive Dip


1 pkg Knorr spring vegetable recipe mix
1c. chopped, marinated artichokes hearts
1/2c. chopped garlic stuffed green olives
1/2c. mayo
1c. sour cream
1c. shredded mozzarella cheese
Bread or crackers for dipping

Oven 350
Stir together all the ingred except the bread ( of course :) and spread into a small baking dish. Cook for 30 minutes. Serve hot.

We had this with bread, chips and crackers it was delicious on all three. It's a new favorite for us :)

The other recipe I have is an old favorite of mine. A friend introduced me to pesto about 7 years ago, fresh, homemade pesto. I have never been able to bring myself to buy pesto since then, have you seen what passes off as pesto in the grocery stores???? ewwww.

Perfect Pesto


1c. basil leaves
1/4c. pine nuts
1/4c. parmesan cheese
1/2t. salt
1/4c. olive oil

Place all but the olive oil into a food processor, pulse until all is finely ground, drizzle in the olive oil while pulsing until all is combined.
Store in the fridge or you can freeze in ice cube trays for adding to soups and sauces later.

I am having mine over some chicken and pasta tonight, of course I had to try it right? :)

Perfect :) :) :)

I have received some very special awards from some very special Blog Friends that I will be posting sometime later this week.
Thank You All for the wonderful comments you left me.


Kristina P. said...

I've missed your recipes!

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

I'm so glad you are back and that dip looks perfect for Thanksgiving!!

5thsister said...

Pesto is an aphrodisiac in my opinion! I love, love, love the stuff. Your recipe is very similar to mine except I add a small splash of lemon juice and a touch of fresh ground black pepper.

Chicago Mom said...

I missed you! Glad to have you back! Your recipes sound great, I love a good pesto. Also, I miss both my Grams - you are so lucky!

***Holly*** said...

Welcome back! That pesto looks amazing! I have actually never made it myself. Looks easy though! :)

kys said...

I'm glad you're back!!! Pesto is one of the few green things my kids will eat.

Monica H said...

So glad you're back and were able to visit family.

I bet that some of that pesto mixed in with the dip would be delicious!

Raoulysgirl said...

Welcome back!!! You were missed!!!

Okay, I have to confess...pesto is one of those things that I've never been able to try!!! I know!!! What kind of foodie am I??? I'm going to bite the bullet soon...I promise!!!

Donna-FFW said...

Glad you had a great time and your 2 appetizers sound fantastic!!

That corgi :) said...

welcome back!! glad you had a great visit with your sisters and your Gram! I'm glad you listened that that little voice in your head to go and see your Gram! I bet she was soooo happy to see you (and for you to see her)! that dip sounds delicious; so does the pesto!

I think it is hard to be away from family if you have always lived close to family. So I'm glad you got to see them and spend some time catching up on things ;)


Menopausal New Mom said...

Oh wow! What timing, I was looking for a Pesto recipe! Thanks for stopping by my blog so I could find yours!

ChristineM said...

Mmmm! They both look good! I'm so glad you had a nice visit with your sisters and Gram!

Holly said...

I missed reading you! These look delicious!


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