I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend – it went by so fast even with having Friday off of work! Before I get to the recap, I have to announce the winner of my 500k pageview giveaway. . . .winner, winner, lobster dinner of the cookbook giveaway is:
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My current favorite (and not too healthy, might I add) is Bakerella’s Cake Pops Book. I’m making the Easter eggs and chicks for this weekend – so adorable!
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My MIL, SIL and I shopped on Friday – it was nice to have that extra day to get ready. Tony and I love these garlic crisps – we buy them at Fresh Market even though they are $3.99 for a small container – they are so addicting. Tony thought we could make them ourselves, and we actually like our version better.
We can buy French bread at our local store – 2 loaves for .99 cents. I simply mixed together 4 tablespoons olive oil, 4 teaspoons minced garlic and 1 teaspoon of garlic salt, and brushed that over the sliced bread and baked it for 15 minutes, or until the bread is completely crisp.
My favorite appetizer of the day – the garlic crisp with goat cheese and super thin proscuitto on top. Next time I’ll drizzle a bit of balsamic over the top – yum!
Next up is something I had completely forgotten about – this will age me, but growing up we could buy shrimp cocktail in a jar – you could literally it eat with a fork, and I remember my mom saving those shrimp jars and we’d have orange juice in them for breakfast. I couldn’t find those – so I bought cooked salad shrimp, tossed it with cocktail sauce and poured that over room temperature cream cheese – holy yum – so simple, yet so delicious over a crips cracker.
And while I was working on other things, Tony put together this relish tray – he loves those black olives with the pits in them – I love the salami and pickled jalapenos!
Another favorite though is the quickest to put together – 5 minute roasted red pepper hummus.
- 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
- 1 glove garlic
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons tahini
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- pinch of salt
- cracked pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1 7 oz. jar of roasted red peppers, undrained
Throw everything into a food processor – add a splash of water to get the right consistency. So delicious!
We had so much food – I really didn’t take a lot of pictures in the heat of the cooking. I did a spiral ham on the gas grill, a beef roast in the oven, my Italian Sunday gravy in the crockpot – my MIL brought delicious green beans, strawberry pie that was out of this world and cupcakes.
My MIL’s strawberry pie – holy cow I will need to get this recipe – its not low calorie, but its not very sweet which is why I loved it.
And my MIL didn’t want any of her pictures on the blog, so I will give you my nephew and his girlfriend – she makes the best bacon wrapped water chestnuts, but the picture came out blurred of her dish, but here’s a picture of them in my back yard.
She’s a really sweet girl – and she has some kick ass tattoos – I liked this one – I’ll have to ask her next time what the dynamite symbol is for!
I did not go to my WI on Saturday. I needed to regroup with all the stress, but I think it may have backfired – I haven’t counted a point since last Thursday, so I have to get back on track stat. I have the free membership at the gym near my new office this week so I plan to take full advantage. Another bad thing about not exercising? My average blood sugar last week was 170! Eek!
Goals for the week:
- minimum of 60 minutes of exercise each day
- count all my points
- no alcohol
- drink a minimum of 64 ounces of water each day
So here’s to having a clean week and I promise to go to my WI on Saturday! Happy Monday!