Now that the nausea has subsided, I am fully enjoying the flavors of what food has to offer. I thought I would share a few of the things I just can't live without...some are strange, but some are down-right delectable!
CREAM CHEESE TARTS This yummy treat was introduced to my by my friend Kyle from Boston. She delivered these to our family after Abi was born.
2 8 ounce packages cream cheese (softened)
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
12 vanilla wafers
1 21-ounce can cherry filling or other pie filling
Preheat oven to 350. Place a paper cupcake liner in each cup of a muffin pan.
Beat cream cheese with a handheld electric mixer until fluffy. Add sugar and vanilla, beat well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Lay a vanilla wafer, flat side down, in each muffin cup. Spoon cream cheese mixture over wafers. Bake for 20 minutes. Allow tarts to cool completely. Serve with cherry filling on top, or pie filling of your choice.
( Note: After the tarts have cooled, they will sink in a little in the middle. No worries, it is a perfect place to put the pie filling.)
HAM & PICKLE ROLL-UPS Sounds strange, but it is a great concoction that my mom taught me.
Slice of Deli Ham
Dill Pickle Spear (cut in half length wise)
Spread some cream cheese on the slice of ham, lay the pickle in the middle of the ham, roll-it up and enjoy!
SPAGHETTI WITH BROWNED BUTTER AND MIZITHRA CHEESE
This was mentioned earlier. I still can't get enough of it! You can find it for yourself at the nearest Spaghetti Factory. If you don't have one near by, come visit me and I'll take you...okay, who comes to Hawaii to eat Spaghetti? That would be lame...but it is often times the only taste of home I can get...no more local plate lunches for me.
STRAWBERRY BANANA RENDEZVOUS
This is a Coldstone Creamery Original. It has strawberry ice cream with fresh bananas and strawberrys mixed in as well as white chocolate chips (my favorite part) and graham cracker crumbs. It is so tasty...I got a whole tub and it is in the freezer right now. When I am finished, I think I'll have a bowl.
I like 'em best when freshly out of the microwave (I like them better when served with guacamole...but avacados are too expensive). The Tostitos brand Tortilla chips have just enough salt. Sprinkle some shredded cheese on top, nuke it for 45 seconds and wah-lah, the perfect snack to munch on while watching Dancing With the Stars...which is what I will be doing in exactly 1 1/2 hours!