Thursday, December 6, 2018

Shrimp Dip

Just a little late getting this one posted!  I made this AMAZING Shrimp dip for Thanksgiving and here it is December 6th already.
I could say I'm busy with something important but just really just the day in the life of a Mama.
Kiddo severely dislocated his thumb playing football, surgery was needed now we have a zillion follow up appointments.
On top of that Mr. Handsome (still talking about the kiddo) having Invisalign, you always seem to be at the dentist for that too.
And I don't know what my issue is, I apply for jobs get them then change my mind & don't accept them!  Giving myself a confidence boost?  Naw just like being home and taking care of my boys.
Busy hittin' it at the gym!  Ya that's right I'm getting buff!
Ton's of other things going on holidays and plans of moving.
Oh wait and the best thing to happen, I'm a Grandma!  Well Glam-ma.
Very weird to say, because I feel younger then what I think a Grandma being but, whatever I love that little fella. And yes I hog that baby every chance I get!
So ya that's why I got busy & forgot to post this.  Better late then never?
Alright on to the dip!  Honestly I am not a huge shrimp fan.  But, this dip!  Slap your mama good I tell ya!

What you need:
12 oz cream cheese, softened
2 cans of miniature shrimp (not sure on oz - but, equivalent to a tuna can)
3 Tablespoons green onion, chopped
1/2 cup mayo
garlic salt, dash
pink himalayan salt, dash
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce ( I may have added a few more dashes)

How to make it:
Really easy!
If your shrimp comes in liquid, drain that.
Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and blend away using a hand mixer or a food processor.
Place into a serving bowl and chill before serving.
Suggested items for dipping potato chips, crackers or veggie sticks

Hope you enjoy!
*I have no picture of this yummy dip, so enjoy a picture from my last Christmas vacation in Lutsen, Minnesota.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Grand Marais

Oh man, I am a super bad blogger!  Usually when I plan on writing up about my vacations, I'll keep notes in my phone.
100% forgot to do that, and one week later I'm trying to remember all the fun things we did.
Alright, bare with me as I try to recall all my adventures.
Hubbie and I have had this vacation planned with my cousin and her husband for a while now.  She grew up spending most of her summers in Grand Marais with her Grandparents, it was a nice little stroll down memory lane for her.
The first evening hubbie and I spent camping.

We parked loaded up the kayaks with what we needed for an evening and kayaked across the lake, set up camp and explored the area. Before we left home I made us a wonderful stuffed bread wrapped it foil and we roasted it over the campfire for dinner.

  Great time until dusk, when every bug in Minnesota came out and found us :)  And then the storm hit, hubbie slept right through it, wish I did!

I have written about our trip to GM before, we hit up a lot of the same places.
On our way there we travel through Duluth and we ALWAYS have to stop at Northern Water Smokehaus, split an amazing smoked salmon bagel with cream cheese, it comes with a pickle and a mint.  Amazing!

One place we had not explored yet was the stunning Naniboujou Lodge.  We enjoyed a lovely dinner, and the french onion soup, wow!

Naniboujou opened in 1920, the interior is the original paint.  My cousin has heard that the fire place is the largest in Minnesota.

We took a short walk to the waterfront after dinner, there a river runs into Lake Superior, there were tons of people agget hunting here.

The condo we rented was right off the main beach in downtown Grand Marais.  What a great view we had, very nice place, just a little confusing on check in.  

I found it on Air B&B.  
My morning view, pretty nice huh?!

Lets see, we had dinner and drinks at The Birch Terrace Supper Club, my cousin calls the bar "The Dirty Birch". It's pretty old school and right on the main strip.

We did a little window shopping popping in and out of cute shops.

One of our favorite places to kayak is 2 fish house beach, that is up the coast a bit further.  The sun was shining, but it was cool and breezy.  We ate lunch on the shore we picked up at the grocery store. 

Another stop would be the rooftop at Gunflint Tavern, what a great view! 

Voyagers Brewery is a great place to go, rooftop seating, most weekends there is a band.  Good small plates and beers!  

There is so much more to do and see, shops, national parks, hikes, lakes galore.  
Make the trip, you won't regret it!  

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Last Minute Party Dip

My sweet daughter gave me a fantastic cookbook, as of now I have made 4 recipes from it already!
And of course I wanted to share with you the appetizer that I made.
Joanna Gaine's wrote this wonderful cookbook, just jam packed with everyday family styled recipes.

This "last minute party dip" is great for those days you don't have time to get to the store or plan food for a get together. Most of these items I have in my pantry or on hand daily.

What you need:
2 8 oz cream cheese (I used my homemade cheese, you can find on the blog)
1 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped
1 cup green onions,chopped
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon freshly ground pepper, or less "to taste"
Serve with bagel crisps, crackers, vegetable sticks (asparagus, celery, carrots, endive).

How to make it:
Pretty darn easy!
If you have a mixer, mix all ingredients well. Top with a bit of green onions and pepper if desired.
No mixer?  No prob!  Just mix manually, by hand.
Joanna said this stores in fridge for up to 3 days, and makes about 4 cups.

We very much enjoyed this dip!
This is one of those cookbooks that you will forsure go back to time and time again with "real people" recipes, I suggest you check it out!


*Thanks Sam!  XOXO