Wow! I’ve really enjoyed reading everyone’s comments about the last couple posts!
It sounds like lots of you guys are more “go-with-the-flow” types of peeps.
I wish I could be that way. Honestly though, If I didn’t plan weekly meals & plan out my To-Do’s (often in List format), I wouldn’t remember what was going on! I feel like I’m always juggling so many balls & I already have a poor memory as it is, so if I don’t write it down, I forget about it ALL TOGETHER. And then I miss a deadline and that’s never good. So yeah…..I write down EVERYTHING!
On another note, I’ve been keeping so busy that I almost haven’t even noticed that Chris is gone! It’s funny because I feel like my school friends are trying a little extra to keep me occupied. I’ve been getting extra phone calls and invites, etc. The weird thing, though, is that I actually enjoy having time by myself! Before Chris and I started living together (6 years ago!) I lived by myself for awhile and I LOVED IT! I really don’t mind being by myself! Of course I miss him, but it helps that it’s a short and finite period of time (It’s not like he’s military and won’t be back for months or something!). So I’ve really enjoyed my “alone-time.” And honestly, I haven’t really even been alone that much!
Last night I ended up having my arm-twisted into going over to a friends’ house to watch football. This is unusual for me because (1) I hate football and (2) Sunday afternoons are usually when I like to prepare for the week
Remember how I plan everything? Yeah, on Sundays I like to clean and chop veggies for snacks throughout the week, cook some chicken so I can have it easy to grab for salads, wraps, etc., and do my “weekly planning”, where I look at all the things I need to get done for the week, and divide it up amongst the 7 days so I know what needs to be accomplished everyday. OCD much?
But, since I’d already turned down a Saturday dinner invitation (I, instead, watched Dinner for Shmucks & scrapbooked) I decided to go over for a couple hours. I couldn’t go empty handed & I thought I had some beans on hand so I said I’d make a dip to bring, but then discovered that we had no beans in the house!
I couldn’t show up empty handed, so what did I do? I made a quick spicy cheese dip to take over.
Here’s how it’s done:
First, I put a nice mix of mozzarella cheese, pepper jack cheese, and nufatella cheese in a sauce pan on the stove on low heat to melt the cheese (Stirring frequently so it didn’t stick to the bottom or burn!)
While the cheese was being heated, I used the Slap Chop to dice up some garlic, jalapeno, and onion. I sautéed them just for a minute in a skillet, then I threw it into the same pot with the cheese. Next, I put some bacon into the skillet I had just used for the garlic/pepper/onion mixture (fewer pans to clean!)
This is what the cheese looked like at this point (still clumpy and not melted throughout)
I added some milk and butter to the cheese to make it creamier. When the bacon was done I crumbled it up & threw it in the pot. Then I slap-chopped some cherry tomatoes & added them to the cheese mix.
Side Note: Several of you have asked about my Slap Chop. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the thing! I have to be honest, I was worried it was going to be crap – it’s one of those “As Seen On TV” brand products and EVERY time I’ve gotten one of those things it has been a total piece! But, this Slap Chop gets HEAVY USE and it’s still going strong! It is way faster & easier to clean than a food processor & way less bulky, too! I totally recommend it!
Finally, I added a little bit of flour to help the mixture thicken. At the end, it looked like this:
I put it in a container with a lit and took it over to my friend’s house. It was a BIG HIT!
BONUS: There was a little bit leftover, so when I got home I made some whole wheat pasta & threw the leftovers on top! Tomorrow I’ll get to have a nice alfredo pasta, so this recipe is also very versatile and can be used as an appetizer/side (as dip) or as a main dish as a pasta sauce!!
SPICY CHEESE DIP
3 cloves garlic
1 jalapeno (with seeds removed)
1/4 of a large sweet onion
1/2 cup low fat mozzarella cheese
1/2 package Nufatella cheese (can substitute with 1/3 less fat cream cheese)
1 cup pepper jack cheese
1/2 cup milk
2 Tbs. butter
4 cherry tomatoes
1 Tbs. flour
Can’t wait to have it for lunch today!
So remember my long To-Do List? Well here’s what it looks like this morning.
Almost everything from Saturday was crossed off, but I still have a few lingering things from Sunday left un-crossed (Oops!) I ended up doing really well with not watching TV! I didn’t even notice it was off & although I ended up seeing some Football yesterday, I don’t think that really counts because I really didn’t care about it & was really using it more as a socializing opportunity than a “watching tv” type of thing.
And it’s not like I was slacking off – I was BUSY this weekend! It’s just that some of the things on my list were really time consuming, so I did what I could & some things just got left undone. I’m using the same list as my working “To-Do” List for today, so hopefully I can cross some more things off.
Speaking of the List….remember all that scrapbooking I wanted to do? Well, I didn’t quite finish all the way through June (I’m currently working on May 2010, so I’m close), but I did get a ton done! Check out some of my pages!
Nothing like a good old Texas Crawfish Boil!
Our first year in Tucson we went to a pumpkin patch/apple orchard to pick some apples & get a pumpkin!
Halloween & Thanksgiving with the family.
Presenting at a conference in Vegas!
And doing a little playing in Vegas, too! Chris won $500 on that slot machine pull right there!!!
It’s been so fun to go back and re-live all of these experiences while scrapbooking! Often times my life feels so consumed with school that I forget about all the cool things that I get to do!
Speaking of things to do – I need to run! I was going to give you another recipe (spoiler: I made my own Almond Butter yesterday!), but I think I’ll tell you more about my experiences with that tomorrow! Hope everyone has a good Monday!
Ever made your own nut-butter? Any tips?