It’s time to ring in a new year…. Where does time go? While some of us are sad to see 2017 go and others simply cannot wait to start another year I suspect we all find ourselves in some state of reflection thinking about where we have been and where we have yet to go. I’m no different. While I like the thought of new year resolutions, I often get lost in creating them. It’s funny how simple things often end up so complicated. Thinking of all I have yet to do on this journey of mine can be overwhelming. But one word, I can ring in 2018 with a one word New Year’s resolution.
It takes a lot of thought to pick even one word but that word, that one simple goal, serves me well. Yet again as my life chases along and I’m moving forward with business plans grow seems to be a good pick. Almost 6 years ago, things got a little crazy and I lost some presence here. It’s part of my journey that I plan on sharing with you in the future. In fact I’ve got lots of new fun things planned for JCD this year. There will be more recipes and printables, more of my story, and more from the design side of JCD. Did you know I design logos and help companies with branding products, create digital invitations and themed parties, or that I recently opened my own store featuring products from JCD? Things are brewing here and I have BIG plans for the next year but I still know that my family is my number one, They are my heart and soul and because of this, BALANCE will be my word. I plan to work really hard and to play even harder and I know without balance I cannot succeed. So balance it is. Balance will be my center.
What about you? Where does 2017 leave you? What do you have in store for 2018? Is there something you believe you need to center your journey on, to create a foundation to spring from? Will you ring in 2018 with a one word New Year’s resolution? One word. What will you focus on?
If there is anything you have learned from me during this blogging adventure it’s that I have a serious weakness for dips and these Unstuffed Crab Poppers are certainly no exception. There’s something about garlicky cheese dips spread over top of a piece of delicious bread that I cannot resist! I can’t think of a better way to serve hot dips then in a ring of fresh baked bread for dipping. Can you? I love how Rhodes gives that from scratch taste without all the work. Crackers don’t stand a chance! Remember this jalapeno popper dip? That’s exactly what I’m talking about! This time we are making a creamy, cheesy crab dip that is one of my all time favorites! Can’t go wrong there, can you? I love how pretty this bakes up – it’s perfect for the holidays.
So let’s get started! Shall we? First spray a baking dish, I like to use pie plates, with non stick cooking spray. Place 8 or 9 rolls inside the dish and let them soften for about an hour or just until they are soft.
Now grab a pair of clean scissors and cut each roll into fourths. Carefully arrange the dough bits into a ring around the outside of the baking dish. Just like this.
Now that that is ready it’s time to make the creamy crab dip. You’ll do this by mixing together a little cream cheese, mayonnaise, crab meat, garlic, ground mustard, and green onions. So so yummy!
When you’ve got that all mixed together carefully spoon it into the center of the dough bits. It will bake right along the bread. When it’s finished you’ll have fresh baked poppers ready for dipping. It’s like a one stop appetizer shop :).
Now it’s time to bake it. You’ll bake it for 20 to 30 minutes covered with foil (depends on how big your dish is). Then take the foil off and bake for another 10 minutes to let things get golden brown. Carefully remove from your Unstuffed Crab Poppers from the oven. Let it cool for a few minutes before serving and then enjoy!
Unstuffed Crab Poppers
A delicious creamy crab dip baked inside of a ring of fresh baked bread dippers.
8 oz. cream cheese, softened (I like to use the 1/3 less fat kind because it doesn’t bake up greasy)
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese, heaping
4 medium green onions, sliced (@ 1/4 cup)
1 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
2 cloves of garlic, minced or grated
1 (6 oz.) can crab meat, drained
Place 8 or 9 frozen rolls in a 9-inch pie pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Let them thaw for about an hour or just until soft. Cut each roll into fourths. Arrange the dough bits into a ring around the pan. Meanwhile prepare dip by stirring all ingredients together until well combined. Spread into a shallow baking dish. Carefully spoon dip into the center of the bread ring. Gently lift the dough bits and spread the dip under them if necessary. Cover loosely with foil, really just set foil over the top and bake on 350 for 20 minutes. If dip looks like it's just about done remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes or until the bread is a golden brown. If not, let it baked covered for another 10 minutes before removing the foil to finish baking.
Last year I posted a grilled Thanksgiving sandwich, but this year I decided to switch things up and use my new favorite warm and heat rolls and make these Easy Thanksgiving Leftover Sliders. I’ve got to say I like them even better – and for lots of reasons. Since I use these rolls, it takes only a matter of seconds to start my sandwich on rolls that taste like they were just baked without ever mixing, kneading, rising, or baking. In fact, I didn’t even have to turn on the oven if I didn’t want to. Which I didn’t. I totally popped these babies in the microwave for a few seconds. Shut the front door, RIGHT?!? Seriously, after turkey day, who really wants to spend any more time in the kitchen? Then I added my favorite Thanksgiving trimmings… some turkey, a little stuffing, some cranberry sauce, and a little cheese. You could add mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes or what ever it is that you like. You could build your sandwich with hot or cold leftovers as well. That’s what is so fun about these sliders. I plan on popping some rolls in the over the day after Thanksgiving and lining up a little slider buffet for my family while they are baking. I figure while they are getting all soft and delicious, I will set everything out with serving spoons. When the rolls have finished baking I’ll set them at the start of the line with a bread knife and plates and let everyone build their own sammies. Are you with me? Totally yummy! Totally easy! It’s a win-win, isn’t it? And you can be sure that after I’ve had my Thanksgiving Leftover Slider I will be digging in to a slice of pumpkin pie with real sweetened whipped cream. I know you wouldn’t expect anything less of me.
Easy Thanksgiving Leftover Sliders
Delicious and easy sliders to make Thanksgiving leftovers super tasty.
Heat rolls as directed on package. Slice rolls and stuff with your favorite Thanksgiving leftovers. Enjoy.
It would be easy to set up a build your own sandwich buffet to serve your family. While the rolls are baking, line up all your leftovers on the counter and table top with serving utensils. Place the rolls with plates and a bread knife at the start of the line and let your crowd serve themselves. Easy and delicious!
Fall is most definitely upon us. While I welcome the cooler weather… and sweatshirts… and hot cocoa… and PUMPKIN…. I’m always sad to give up summer days with my kids. If I can’t have my kids home, at least I can have apple cider and pumpkin treats. Pumpkin treats are some of my very favorites. What about you? This Pumpkin swirl loaf is pretty tasty. I liked it toasted with my favorite cinnamon honey butter slathered over the top, BUT I could be convinced to glaze it with icing just like cinnamon rolls too. In fact, next time I make this, I think that’s just what I’m going to do! Continue reading →