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

Happy New Year – Recipe: Greek Chicken

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As I sit and reflect on 2011, I am filled with utter peace, contentment, and pure joy.  I love my family.  It defines who I am as a person.  I often wonder who I was before I became a wife and a mom because I know that this is the person who I was always meant to be.  And, I am so thankful for that.

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So, while I like to look forward and not back, I also think that it is always good to think about the things that I could do differently, better, more, and/or less next year.

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1.  Continue this journey of sharing my sweet Ethan’s, my family’s, story.  If we are able to touch lives, give hope, spread joy, then the time that I put into this journal is so worth it.

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2.  I want to say “just a minute” less.  I know that we, as moms, cannot always drop what we are doing and run meet every “I need more water” need.  But, I also know that my time to serve these sweet children of mine is short.  And, I do not want to be the “in just a minute” mom.

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3.  Achieve balance.  It is something that we all want in our lives.  I want to make sure that I know when to say “yes” and when to say “no” so that my days are filled doing what I love to do the most – being a wife and a mom.

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4.  After almost 9 years of parenting, I have discovered that having a schedule has its benefits.  I have never wanted to be the mom who was bound to a schedule because I want there to be a great deal of flexibility in our lives.  However, I have decided that having a schedule, at least of the big things, will help me make sure that nothing is over-looked…and it will hopefully prevent those nights of laying in bed wondering, “did I do enough today, did I make a difference, was I fully present in the moments?”.

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5.  Become less afraid of failure.  There are still so many things that I want to learn about in regards to this wonderful blogging journey.  I want to take better pictures, learn more about graphic design, and achieve my definition of writing success.  I want to make sure that I am always learning new things but that I am also careful not to compare my blog, myself to others.  As I always tell my littles, “You are special because you are you.”

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6.  Try new things, learn new things.  When I am cooking, I love to try new things.  Sometimes that means experimenting with my own creations, and sometimes that means trying one of the zillion recipes that I have on Pinterest.  There are so many amazing self-taught chefs, bloggers, and moms out there that I do not have to always create my own recipes, and I think that is great because it allows me to focus more on #3 above, realizing that I do not have to do it all…because being a wife and being a mom is what is important to me and to my family.

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In the spirit of trying new things, I created an entire Greek menu during the holidays, and it was delicious.  I will be sharing the recipes throughout the week so that you can create your own Greek feast, too.  Let’s start with these Chicken Gyros by Annie’s Eats.  This was my first trip to Annie’s blog, but, wow, it certainly will not be my last.  It is amazing, and she has so many wonderful recipes to share.  This chicken is truly amazing.  I will share the Tzatziki and Pita Bread recipes Tuesday and Wednesday.  By Thursday, you can create your own delicious Chicken Gyros.

Greek Chicken

Greek Chicken

This wonderful Greek Chicken recipe was created by Annie at Annie's Eats.

Ingredients

4 cloves garlic, smashed

Juice of 1 lemon

2 tsp. red wine vinegar

2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

2 heaping tbsp. plain yogurt

1 tbsp. dried oregano

Salt and pepper

1 1/4 lbs. chicken pieces (I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts)

2 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions

  1. Combine the garlic, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, olive oil, yogurt, oregano, and salt and pepper to taste in a medium bowl.
  2. Whisk together until mixed well.
  3. Add the chicken pieces to the bowl and mix well to coat.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for about 1 hour.
  5. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil to a cooking pan, and heat over medium heat.
  6. Add the chicken, and place the lid on the pan.
  7. Cook on one side for 10 minutes, and then flip to the other side for 10 minutes. Make sure that you keep an eye on it. You want to make sure that it is cooked through but still juicy.
  8. Once the chicken is completely cooked through, transfer to a plate and let rest for 5 minutes.
  9. Cut into strips.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/01/02/happy-new-year-recipe-greek-chicken/

I shared this recipe at Frugal Antics, A Southern Fairytale, Make-Ahead Meals, Beyer Beware, and Mrs. Happy Homemaker.