Monday, January 2, 2012

Time to celebrate!

For the new year AND because as I write this, we are at 5,037 views! Woohoo! 

Due to our work schedules, we celebrated New Years today. We have a tradition that we make a big fancy meal to celebrate. So I made...

Shrimp stuffed with cream cheese and jalapenos, wrapped in bacon. (My FAVORITE thing!)

 Apple Pie

I had three apples left over that I had already sliced on my mandolin. I didn't want to waste them so I decided to make applesauce. I had never made this before and don't really care for applesauce BUT This.Changes.Everything. I HIGHLY recommend you make this! SO good!!!

This is a Mandolin slicer if you were curious.
It is only 10 bucks at Bed Bath and Beyond (8 bucks with your coupon). Out of everything we have in the kitchen this is hands down the best accessory we have ever purchased. 

I also made some raspberry cream cheese but forgot to take a picture. I used the raspberry preserves left over from the Christmas brie and mixed it with cream cheese. Super simple and very delicious!!! 

Here is the apple pie. YUM!

 The applesauce. I tried it warm and really preferred it like that!
I forgot to add that I winged the recipe. I had some cider on the stove and used a cup of that instead of water and sugar. I think this is what made all the difference.

 I served the cider with a slice of orange just to be pretty. We enjoyed sitting on the porch and sipping our warm drink on this cold night!

 Here is our cooked dinner on my new platter from Hobby Lobby!

I always use this pedestal dish for the bread. Does anyone know what this pattern is called?

Another MUST HAVE when we grill is veggies. My favorite is squash, zucchini, onions, and jalapenos. Tonight I used zucchini, onions, and red pepper. 


Ahhhhhhh! I just saw I was featured on Uncommon Designs! Thank you!


  1. Happy New Year! Ok, your food looks so delsih, you had me drooling, literally! =) YUM!! Love your new platter, too! Thanks for sharing! xo ~Liz

    P.S. Thank you for the nice comment on my recent blog post.

  2. That apple pie...perfect! And anything with shrimp and bacon is a winner!

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  6. Hi there, I just love the sound of the shrimp stuffed with cream cheese and jalapenos, wrapped in bacon. OMGosh, I could eat a few of those right now, but then they would keep me up all night, LOL I am going to try this one out soon. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  7. lov the sprimp idea. I make chicken stripes with a cube of chese (any Hard Cheese you like} and thepepper. Then wrap with beacon and grill.michelle

  8. My mouth is watering! Your bacon wrapped shrimp looks so good. I've never had that dish before. I'm anxious to give it a try!

  9. Omg, this dinner looks amazing. I will need to pin your shrimp. Yum!

  10. Those new year appy's look to die for. Yummm. The pie looks picture perfect and I'm sure it tasted as good as it looks.

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