I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am having a great week. It started with a day off on Monday, which is always a lovely treat. Plus, I have been loving the weather we’re having in Georgia! It’s been in the mid to upper 60’s … just cool enough to feel like fall, without making me feel like I need to grab a coat!
I also think (knock on wood …) that I am past all of the 1st trimester side effects! My energy level seems up, I’m not feeling nauseous, and I haven’t had a headache since Sunday.
Hooray for Week 14!
And now, it’s time for another …
.. WIAW! As always, Jenn is the lovely host of WIAW!
An Everything bagel with cream cheese, served with a glass of milk and a glass of water (enjoyed while catching up on blogs, of course!).
Salad with spinach and cucumber, topped with Caesar dressing and a sprinkle of pepper.
(I’m so thankful that I can finally eat salad again! I had NO desire for anything green during the first trimester!)
I saw these bowls at the grocery store and decided to try one out, because I’ve had a craving for Chinese food.
It was OK, but nothing great.
What a cliché. A pregnant woman eating pickles.
I can finally eat yogurt again! Yay!
So I tried to make these cake pops the other day. I was planning on making them for my friend’s baby shower, but I wanted to do a trial run first. I’m glad I did, because they were an epic fail.
When I went to dip the cake on a stick into the melted candy, it fell apart into the bowl. And that happened over and over again with every “pop.”
However, they still tasted good, so a few pieces of cake somehow ended up in my mouth before everything landed in the trash.
A bunch of this …
plus a ton of these:
Long story short, I was wanting to try out a few recipes that I hope to make for that same friend’s baby shower. So since our weekly Bible study was held at our house this week, I decided my friends could be my guinea pigs for the new recipes!
I’ll share the meatball recipe another time (so easy and so good!). But for now, let’s talk Bruschetta.
Double Tomato Bruschetta
(adapted from this recipe)
Note: It’s hard to say how many servings this makes, since it’s just an appetizer, and would usually be served with other dishes. But I know for a baby shower of 20 women, I plan on tripling the recipe, to be safe!
- 8 oz. sun-ripened dried tomatoes in oil, removed from oil and chopped (I found these near the canned tomatoes in the store)
- 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano, drained well
- 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra to brush on bread
- 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 7-8 large basil leaves (stems removed), sliced into thin strips
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- 1 French baguette
- Grated Parmesan cheese
- Mix the first 8 ingredients together in a large bowl. Cover the bowl and put it in the refrigerator until ready to serve (I let mine sit for several hours, but you don’t have to).
- When you’re ready to serve, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Slice the baguette into about 1/2 inch slices. Spread the slices out onto 1 or 2 baking sheets.
- Brush a little olive oil onto the tops of the bread pieces. Then sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese onto each piece of bread.
- Bake the bread for about 5 minutes, until the bread gets crispy but not burned.
- Top the pieces with the Bruschetta topping. OR serve the pieces on a pretty platter, with the bowl of Bruschetta topping nearby. Allow guests to add their own toppings to their bread. (This prevents the bread from getting soggy.)
The Bruschetta was a big hit with my Bible study friends. And I’ve been enjoying the leftovers this week. However, I also think that next time I’ll add some fresh tomatoes to the mix. The canned tomatoes worked great, but I think I like the idea of having fresh, canned, and sun-dried tomatoes. I think it would give the mixture more texture.
This recipe is an easy, delicious, and elegant appetizer that would work great for any party or event!
Question for ya …
Best thing you’ve eaten this week?
Ever tried to make Cake Pops? Were you successful??
Are you a fan of pickles? Dill or bread & butter?
I am Team Dill all the way! (Forget Team Peeta or Team Gale … this is a much more important question. )