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Friday, December 26, 2008

Of Whining, Dining & Grey Poupon

You didn't believe that bit about "Dining & the Grey Poupon, did you? Whinin' & chowin' down on our favorite foods is more like it...chuckles.
First, the whinin'...Poor Goodman, if he heard me whine once about not havin' enough time to start these mittens with the Patons SWS yarn all over again, he must have heard it twenty times. (Did you guess they were mittens?) Ah well, I surely believe he'll be rewarded someday for his patience with my knitting dilemmas. They did turn out well, I think, even though the stripes are not identical as I'd hoped. (This picture really makes them look huge.)Here they are complete with a crocheted "keeper cord", modeled by their new owner, Punkin' #2. She was still oohing and ahing over their softness. :)
Now, a little peek at some of the dinin'...
Here's a tasty spread that we made for our family get together, Salmon Party Log. It's in the Better Homes & Gardens cookbooks circa 1972, the first cookbook I ever owned and still my favorite.
Simple little ham & Swiss sandwiches made with Artisan French Bread from the deli at Walmart. A fancy-dancy name for white bread made without shortening, don't you think.A quick and very tasty bean dip, recipe below.
Fiesta Bean Dip

1 large can refried beans
1 envelope taco seasoning mix
1 jar Pace salsa
3 small cans sliced black olives
12 ounces sour cream
6 ounces grated fiesta cheese

First, add one to two ounces of water to beans to make them spreadable, then mix refried beans with the packet of taco seasoning mix. Spread beans on a large serving dish making a little raised edge around the outside edge with your spoon. I do this to help hold the salsa in check so it won't weep allover the serving dish. Spread salsa over the beans keeping it inside the raised edge. Sprinkle the olives over the salsa. Spread the sour cream over the olives. Top with the grated cheese. Serve at room temperate with your favorite tortilla chips.
Remember my blackberry jam makin' extravaganza last week? Well, I had two cups of blackberry juice left over, which was not enough for another batch of jam, so I used it to make blackberry syrup to have with pancakes. Mmmm, mmm was it good. :)
Hope your still enjoyin' lots of holiday cheer, Y'all.
We have leftovers that will last all weekend, most likely, and that'll be just fine with me as I have a lil bit of knittin' lined up for the next few days.


  1. Mmmm everything looks yummy, from the mittens to the syrup. I'd really love that bean dip... I am a mexican food lover.

  2. Everything looks so wonderful, and I love the mittens!! They do look nice and soft.

    I'll have to try that bean dip--looks easy and delicious!!

    Hope you and yours had a blessed Christmas!!


  3. Love the mittens! I have never in my life knitted a pair of mittens. Yet.

    And now I'm craving blackberries and sweetness and bean dip and...

  4. I LOVE the mittens. They even look soft!

    And yummy ... good treats.

  5. What a yummy post! Warm, gorgeous mittens, Mexican food and blackberry syrup, what more could you ask for?

  6. I love love the mittens makes me want to knit a pair they are gorgeous and all the food looks delicious:)Hugs Darcy

  7. I'm commenting here on the last two posts.

    Thank you SO much for the fudge recipe. My cousin loves peanut butter fudge; I've looked for quite a while for a really good recipe.

    The blackberry jam absolutely makes me want to be your neighbor. I'd be on your kitchen doorstep with a basket of homemade biscuits and a pot of coffee, saying "Let's eat!" lol

    Seeing your blanket makes me want to start sewing. I've wanted to make a sewn blanket for years but haven't tried yet.

    The SWS mittens look great. They're almost as pretty as the little girl who's modeling them. :-)

    I would devour that salmon party log on my own. lol All the food looks great.

    It looks as though you had great festivities in your home. It's nice to see and I'm happy that you did.

    I can't even speak about the pancakes and blackberry syrup. I'm going to call a friend and see if she'll go to IHOP with me this weekend! lol

    Happy New Year,
    Lesley Ann

  8. The mittens turned out very nice. I love the yarn. And those snowman sandwich picks are the cutest! Hope you all had a nice Christmas.

  9. Merry Christmas! The mittens are so pretty! For the record, my mom had the BHG cookbook from about the same year also - It is her fav too and my absolute standby.

    I think we might even try the bean dip for a fun lunch today if . I have some flour tortilla's that are pretty old in the fridge. I'll make some chips out of them. Voila!

  10. OOOH those pancakes look yummy. I love those mittens how cute. Looks like the new owner really liked them as well! Hope you had a very Merry Christmas, and will have a very happy and Blessed new year. ~Missy

  11. Your food looks fabulous! Thanks for swinging over to my basketmaster weavings blog. My newsletter is now up on the blog. I also have an e-mail list that I send it to as well.
    Happy New Year!
    Nancy Jacobs

  12. Those mittens are nice, Punkin #2 is so cute. The dinner looks good, I'll have a ham and swiss please. my husband drolled over theblackberry syrup pancakes. I wish you and your family a very Happy New Year.

  13. The mittens are beautiful!! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and Happy New Year!! :)

  14. I love the mittens, and the food looks amazing! Happy 2009!

  15. The mittens are beautiful colours! I am so hungry for blackberries on pancakes now.

    Happy New Year to you and your family!

  16. The mittens look fantastic. I love using SWS too. The colorway you used is one of my favorites.
    Your table looks so yummy! I can almost taste all of the goodness!!!!!

  17. I sure do get hungry looking at your blog. Everything looks so delicious. Thanks for posting the dip recipe. I love that stuff but haven't made it myself yet.

    The mittens turned out great! And that is very pretty yarn.

  18. Wishing you and your family the very best New Year ever!! Happy 2009 to you my friend!! This is one yummy looking post, I absolutely love those pretty mittens...adorable!



  19. Oooh the mittens look so nice and soft. Love the colors!
    Now how come every time I come to visit you...I end up hungry? :P
    You're gonna find a short hungry Southern girl on your doorstep one of these days. lol
    Happy New Year to you and Goodman and the whole family!!!! Wishing you a wonderful year filled with goodness.

  20. your fancy buffet sure put my velveeta and rotel dip to shame!
    great looking vittles!

  21. MMMMMMM that food looks good.that peanut butter dream fudge looks good. the snow men are so cute and the birds arecute to.

  22. Glad you had a wonderful Christmas. Those mittens are awesome :)

  23. Cool post as for me. I'd like to read a bit more about that topic. Thanx for giving that material.
    Joan Stepsen
    Cool geeks


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