Monday, October 8, 2012

Holy, Moly!

I had my girls get together last Friday night and I hosted.  I always like doing that, as it gives me a reason to make some delicious food.  The hit of the night was "Tomato Crostini with Whipped Feta."  Holy Moly, it is so good.  So good, I had to make more the next day, and put in on a grilled pepper turkey sandwich.  Here is is from the Oprah magazine:

6 oz feta cheese crumbled
2 oz cream cheese at room temperature (I used fat free)
2/3 cup olive oil divided
2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 Tbsp pine nuts
2Tbsp shallots
2 tsp minced garlic (2 cloves)
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
2 lbs tomatoes 1/2 inch diced
3 Tbsp fresh basil
1/2 " baguette slices toasted

Place feta and cream cheese in a bowl and mix, I just used my mixer.  Add 1/3 c olive oil,(I will use a little less next time, just because that is alot of oil) lemon juice and 1/2t salt 1/4 t pepper. Mix until smooth and refridgerate until ready to use.
Place pine nuts in a dry saute pan and cook over low heat until lightly browned. Set aside
For tomato topping, combine shallots, garlic and vinegar and let sit 5 minutes.  Whisk remaining olive oil, 1 t sal,t and 1/2 t pepper in.  Add tomatoes and stir. Add basil. 
To assemble spread baguette with cheese mixture and top with tomatoes. Sprinkle with pine nuts. 
OH, so good!

For the sandwich, I just used french bread, peppered turkey, and then the tomatoes and feta mixture.  Then grill.

Good things:
1. whipped feta
2. Girls night
3. lunch the next day

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Girls Weekend

Last Friday I flew to visit my girls for the Relief Society General broadcast.  We had such a great time! Two of my sisters also joined us, with spectacular tickets. K wasn't able to join us until late friday, but we just carried on without her until she could join us.  We went to Bakers, I got some anise oil for deliscious caramels come Christmas time.  Had dinner, and went back to the hotel.  The next morning we found some great buys at the DI, checked out a farmers market, did some shopping, and then went to the broadcast.  Brooke was able to get us tickets from Elder Hales, her husband's uncle, and they were great! We were sitting right up at the front in what I will call "the apostles family section!"  We were as close as you could get to sit by Pres. Monson's wife and daughter, Sister Dibb, who were up on the stand.  As the prophet came in, he bent down and said to his wife and daughter, "How's my girls?"   So cool!  We shook the hand of Sister Dew, she was sitting on the same row, just down a few chairs.  We also recognized sisters Nelson, Eyring, Utchdorf, and Holland.  Some of the apostles escorted their wives to and from their seats.  And, the messages they gave were great as well.  For once, the time seemed to pass so quickly.  After the meeting, we had some dinner, and as a treat from Dad, the girls each bought a pair of boots that they really "needed."  Sunday we slept in, went to sacrament meeting in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, had some really good sushi, and dispersed until next year when the girls want to do it again.  Such a great weekend!

Good Things:
1.  A girls getaway
2.  Feeling the spirit of leaders
3.  Plans for next year