Monday, December 27, 2010

Going on Holiday!

Whew! We made it through the biggest holiday of the year.  New Years is next and will be quite a breeze.  With many people on vacation this week, I have decided that a little time off would please my soul as well.  Both of my parents take one week of work off throughout the entire year and this week is it!  I am looking forward to spending time with them, skiing everyday and cooking my favorite meals of the year.  I am excited to bring in some new ideas to Eleven.49 as we ring in the new 2011 year.  I hope you have all enjoyed your holiday and have a Happy New Year!  Come back on January 3rd, 2011 for a new My closet Monday! 
(image via apt34)
But... in the meantime, I thought I’d leave you with a few links to keep you busy over the next week!
-I love cooking with top-of-the-line olive oils and I cannot wait to try Mountain Town Olive Oil Company.  New location at The Gateway!
-Does chopping onions make you cry? Try this!
-Need a new delicious italian eatery? Try Vinto! One of my SLC favorites!  You cannot go wrong with any of their pizza’s and I also recommend trying something from their “specials” menu. 
-Pretty anchor stationary for all you Delta Gamma’s! (sorry mom, I couldn’t find an owl or skull and cross bones for the chi omega’s.)
-Have you ever thought of trying a new flavor of peanut butter each week? When I lived in New York it was my goal to make it down to the actual Peanut Butter and Co. store but unfortunately I never did.  Can be found at most Smiths, Harmons and Target stores.  
-Lovin’ these laced up rainboots.  They even make strikingly wearable raincoats!
-Need a tasty cheeseball recipe for your New Years party? My mom made this on Christmas Eve and it was gone before I showed up to the party...(25 minutes late.) Serve with your favorite crackers. 
Makes 6-8 medium sized cheese balls.
Serve with your favorite kind of crackers.
Makes 6-8 medium sized cheese balls. 
1-3 lb. (48 oz.) container of cream cheese (from Costco)
1 16-ounce can of crushed pineapple
3 C. shredded cheddar/jack cheese
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon Lawry Season Salt
Sliced almonds or finely chopped pecans

Let cream cheese soften, then slice into pieces and put in large mixing bowl.  Best done with a mixer.  Drain crushed pineapple, add to mixing bowl.  Add cheese and seasonings and continue to mix slowly.  Shape into ball and roll in sliced almonds or chopped fine pecans and put on plate with sprig of parsley.  Refrigerate.  When ready to serve, pull out crackers and enjoy!

The seasonings can vary, experiment with your favorites.  Recipe can be cut down by using smaller cream cheese and a small can of pineapple and reduced seasonings. (Cristi Bulloch)

-And last but not least, spread the word of Eleven.49 to all your family and friends! 

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