My Life of Travels and Adventures: February 2013

Recipe: Parmesan Spinach Dip

21 February 2013

Ingredients:

12 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed with the excess water squeezed out
1/2 C sour cream
5 Tbsp miracle whip
1/3 C parmesan cheese

Mix & Serve

Original recipe found here.  Original contains scallions also.


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Recipe: Creamy Caramel Dip

14 February 2013

Another dip recipe from Reid's Birthday Party.  Again originally found here

Ingredients:
8 oz Cream Cheese
3/4 C Caramel 

Mix.  I actually put it in the food processor to blend up the cream cheese.  Worked like a charm.  

I served this with apple slices, grapes and strawberries. 






Perfect for Valentines Day, don'tcha think? Yeah, not quite a word there.  Anyone else make up their own words?


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Craft: Picture Wreath

08 February 2013

I originally saw this on pinterest.  Since my mom loves (and has pictures of Reid everywhere), I thought why not add to her madness and make her this. 

Items needed:
Wreath of some sort
Ribbon
Pretty paper
Plain paper
Glue
Pictures 

1. Wrap the wreath in ribbon.  I used a metal wreath for this because the one side is completely flat = better for sticking the pictures on.
 
2. I dug through the kitchen cabinets and found some appropriate size circles to cut the pictures to.
3. I modge podged the pictures to a plain circle, then to a piece of scrapbook paper. 
4.  Next, I hot glued a loop of ribbon around the wreath and hot glued the pictures onto the frame.
Tada




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Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Dip

07 February 2013

Ingredients:

30oz canned chunk chicken, drained
2 (8 oz) packages of cream cheese 
1 C ranch dressing
3/4 C hot sauce
1 1/2 C shredded cheddar cheese

1.  Heat the drained chicken and hot sauce in a pan. 
2. Stir in the cream cheese and ranch dressing, stirring until well blended. 
3. Mix in the cheddar cheese. 
4. Transfer to a slow cooker to keep warm.

The original recipe found here contains celery and less chicken. 








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Little Red Caboose - Cupcake Train Cake

01 February 2013

If you follow me on pinterest, you know where the inspiration for this First Birthday Cake came from.

I knew I wanted cupcakes and not a cake.  So we got busy brainstorming and crafting.
Neil cut me a thin piece of board for the base and I laid out the "tracks".  I used the larger popsicle sticks for this
Neil also cut and assembled our train cars from a 2x4 he trash picked from the neighbors.  
I painted the bases black in hopes that the would be hidden and the tops brown. 
Next up was a little wooden train that I found at a consignment sale for $5.  It came with a few train cars also, but they were too narrow to actually hold cupcakes.
 
Neil put a base on the train so that it would sit up high enough with the train cars also. 
After the tracks, train cars and train was painted I did a couple quick coats of clear over everything.
Come Birthday Party Day it was time to assemble.
 The base and the tracks were laid out.




And the train cars were carefully placed.  (I did cut circles out of black poster board and taped them onto the cars for wheels)
Then it was time for the cupcakes.

We alternated red and blue.
I had grand plans of making a "Little Red Caboose" for Reid to eat.  It just didn't work out. He got a cupcake instead and still loved it. 



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