Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Pinned It and Ate It

We had some friends over for dinner last evening...kind of an impromptu thing. I thought I would try some new recipes for our meal.
This was kind of the last Hurrah! for Valentine's Day before I pack up the decorations.

I decided on the menu and two dishes came from Pinterest.

For the main course I made
Meatball Stroganoff
(She writes very detailed recipes...with lots of photos, so helpful!)
Because I was busy finishing up the dinner prep, I failed to take a photo so I'm borrowing Julie's.
This recipe was quick, easy and delicious! When I wrote to Julie to ask if I could use her
photo of the dish, she told me that she is coming out with a cookbook in May or there-abouts.
 I will want to check that out. I need to spend time perusing her blog. I saw a recipe for Puff Pastry Breakfast Pizzas that looked real good....and easy. OK, on with the meal...
I used two bags of Trader Joe's Turkey Meatballs..
You throw them into some hot oil  in the pan, still frozen, and they worked out great!
 She advises using the amount of herbs listed, even if they seem like a lot, and she's right, they give a fabulous flavor. 
The link for the recipe is right HERE.

I served the meatballs and noodles with

Steamed fresh green beans with butter and lemon

Spring mix salad with cranberries and pecans served with
homemade ranch dressing and blue cheese crumbles

Red Lobster Cheddar Bay biscuits...I cheated and used the mix,
they were awesome!

The table was set...

The decorations were up...sad isn't it..I was so late this year!

(current and past Valentines)

Valentines from Betty, Sandy, Elizabeth, Linda, Michele, Barb and Catherine.
My cute black truck filled with Vintage Valentines

The cutest Valentine mailbox from Pottery Barn Kids

The Lennon Sisters created by Elizabeth of Creative Breathing

My button heart from my niece, Wendi, of Enchanted Forest Crafts.

My heart from Mary Lou

My heart from Laurie

When dinner was finished, we were ready for dessert and coffee.

Dessert was
"The Best Apple Crisp"
from Melissa Klinker of
Another winning pin!
Find the recipe HERE.
The crumble part starts with a yellow cake mix
and she had me at "thick crumb layer"!
I made it yesterday morning and served it last night,
with Ben & Jerry's vanilla ice cream. Yum!
I can tell you that it is even better the second day.
(I only had a little smidge for testing purposes...Ha!)

Two new recipes for my "Pinned It and Ate It" board.
Do you try recipes from Pinterest?

Thank you Julie May and Melissa Klinker 
for making me look pretty good last night :D



Davi said...

Looks like a yummy meal :) I love love all your wonderful cool Valentines decorations!!

marie said...

I just saw your meatball pin...they look so yummy! I'm adding these to Bill's list of things to try. (Yes, he's the cook now that he's retired!!)

Your Valentine display is pretty...even if you think it was late! I was lucky to put out a centerpiece and hang three heart shaped treasures!

Speaking of heart shaped treasures...I LOVE my new heart garland. It's the very perfect touch for my kitchen bulletin board. Thank you so much for sending it to are such a sweetie!!

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Createology said...

How fun to have dinner with friends and try new recipes. Love all your Valentine decor. The Hearts are very sweet. Joyful Bliss...

ParkNSlide said...

What a feast for the tummy and the eyes...a yummy event. You're making me hungry.

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

Such sweet and cute Valentine decorations! Your dinner and pie look so good!! First time at your sweet blog, I'm your newest follower :) Wishing you a lovely week! xo Holly


Shouldn't everyday be Valentine's day! Your table and decor looks so festive!
I just rec'd the card yesterday that you sent! Thank you so much! Brighten my day as I have a cold.
I think your meal looked I've very hungry :)

Lorraine said...

Oh how darling all your valentine decorations are, and how special that so many of them come from friends! Love the Lennon sisters :) Dinner looks lovely too! Have a great week! ~Lorraine ♥♥♥


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