Pinterest Love – Recipe: 5-Layer Greek Dip

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To wrap up my Greek week, I wanted to share one more recipe.  It is a Greek Layer Dip, and it is delicious.  You can serve it with your Chicken Gyros or as an after-school snack with some pita chips and/or vegetables for your littles.

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Once again, I found this recipe on Pinterest.  It is at this point that I must confess that I am not sure how I made my weekly menus without Pinterest.  Whenever I am reading food blogs or just looking at other Pinterest boards, I simply pin or re-pin something to my various boards – breakfast, pasta, pizza, etc.  Then, when I plan my menu, I sit down with my computer and my big binder of recipes and start planning away.  If it something from Pinterest, I simply note the board so that I can find it on any given day.  I love it.  And, no, Pinterest did not ask for my endorsement.  I really just love how it has helped me to organize the things that I find online without having to print out or bookmark everything.

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Okay, back to the recipe.  When I discovered it, I was directed to The Lovely Cupboard.  It was my first trip to Heather’s blog, and it is truly just adorable.  She blogs about organic food and her DIY projects.  Her posts are precious, and I am in love with how she displays her photographs on little chalk boards.  Her 5-Layer Greek Dip is simple and delicious.

5-Layer Greek Dip

Ingredients

Kalamata olives, sliced

Red bell pepper, diced

Hot house cucumber, diced

16 ounces hummus

Fresh dill

Feta cheese

Instructions

  1. 1. Finely chop olive, bell pepper, cucumber, and dill.
  2. 2. Spread hummus about 1-2 inches thick in the bottom of a wide serving dish.
  3. 3. Sprinkle the vegetables evenly over the hummus.
  4. 4. Crumble feta cheese on top.
  5. 5. Sprinkle bits of dill and serve with warm pita slices, pita chips, or vegetables.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/01/05/pinterest-love-recipe-5-layer-greek-dip/

I shared this recipe at Cooking with Karyn, Miz Helen’s Country Cottage, Somewhat Simple, A Glimpse Inside, It’s a Keeper, Delightful Order, A Creative Princess, Domesblissity and Fireflies and Jellybeans.

Pictures for the Moments – Recipe: Tzatziki

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One of the things that I love about looking through my pictures each month is looking back on the things that we did as a family.  While I journal and try to keep up with pictures and  memories, it is the actual moments that are sometimes forgotten in the busy days.  However, when I look at the pictures, I am taken back to that exact moment, and I love looking back and remembering everything about it.

PhotobucketI back up all of my pictures to a few sources.  Recently, my external hard drive crashed, and as I was moving everything onto the new external hard drive that my sweet husband bought me, I saw some pictures that I had forgotten about.

PhotobucketAfter one of our mall dates, Summer immediately wanted another one…like that very week.  Since I am not much of a shopper, I decided that we would take a different kind of a mall trip, one to the great outdoors…the outlet mall.  We had not been in almost a year, and Summer had all but forgotten that it even existed.  So, her play land was new and exciting and filled with new memories for her.

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Looking at the pictures made me so happy that I have taken the time to take so many pictures each day, week, month, year.   I know that there is no way that I will ever be able to sit down and go through each one of them.  But, when I am having a moment of wondering about a specific event or moment, I know that I can always count on the pictures to take me back, to remind me, to bring that immediate smile to my face.  And, I love that.

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PhotobucketAnother thing that I love…Greek food.  I wanted to share that love with you so that you can make that Chicken Gyro on Thursday.  🙂  You will need this Tzatziki to use as a sauce on the gyros.   There are many, many tzatziki recipes out there.  I did some research and created my own.  In my opinion, it was good…and a little bit perfect for the chicken gyros.

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Tzatziki

Tzatziki

Ingredients

16 ounces Greek yogurt (I used The Greek Gods brand)

1/2 hothouse cucumber, peeled and seeded (You can use a regular cucumber, but I prefer hothouse cucumbers)

2 gloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon white wine vinegar

1 tsp. dill weed

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Strain the yogurt to remove any extra liquid.
  2. Finely chop the cucumber.
  3. Mix together the strained yogurt, diced cucumber, garlic, white wine vinegar, lemon juice, dill weed, kosher salt and pepper.
  4. Refrigerate.
  5. Enjoy on gyros, with fresh vegetables, or with pita chips.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/01/03/pictures-for-the-moments-recipe-tzatziki/

Note – I took all of these photos on my iPhone with the Instagram app.  You can follow my feed here

New Year’s Eve Appetizers – Recipe: Creamy Queso

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As you have probably noticed, I have not been blogging much this week.  Our days have been filled with organizing, cleaning, catching up, preparing for 2012, and playing.  I set a goal to get everything done by tomorrow afternoon so that we can shut down to have total family time from Friday evening through Monday night.  We have great plans to eat good food, watch movies, play games, watch football, and have fun.

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I wanted to share some of the yummy appetizers that we plan to eat on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.  And, if everything goes according to plan, I might even have a cute, fun New Year’s dessert to share with you tomorrow or Saturday.

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These yummy Burgundy Mushrooms will be making another appearance this weekend.  Yes, they really are that good.

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This Pico de Gallo is quite delicious, too.  And, my sweet husband loves it, so I like to make it for him.

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Jalapeno Poppers are perfect for a yummy appetizer or a little extra topping for sliders or fajitas.

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This Jalapeno Popper Dip is another option.  Serve it with bread or crackers for a yummy, very satisfying snack.

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And, this Creamy Queso will definitely make an appearance on our table this weekend.  It is great with some chips, salsa, and pico de gallo. It is made with Velveeta, which I know is not always a favorite due to that fact that it is “fake” cheese.  But, the addition of the cream cheese makes it creamy and truly delicious.

Creamy Queso

Creamy Queso

Ingredients

16 ounces Velveeta

8 ounces cream cheese

1/4 cup whipping cream

1/4 - 1/2 cup pico de gallo

Instructions

  1. Cut the Velveeta into chunks and place it in a microwave-safe dish.
  2. Add the cream cheese.
  3. Microwave for 1 minute.
  4. Add the whipping cream, and microwave for another 2 minutes.
  5. Remove from microwave and stir.
  6. Add more cream or milk if the consistency is too thick.
  7. Microwave 1 more minute.
  8. Add the pico de gallo, and microwave for another minute.
  9. Serve with additional pico de gallo, salsa, and chips.
http://cookingformykids.com/2011/12/29/new-years-eve-appetizers-recipe-creamy-queso/

Enjoy!

I shared this post at Tidy Mom.