Left Over Corned Beef???

We had dip for dinner tonight! Seriously we did. Not something we  do often………but we did tonight. There was a time when our boys were younger that I made nachos for dinner. My mom had a fit. I explained to her that actually if made correctly nachos are very nutritious. I could of made them a bologna sandwich on white bread with mayo. Ok…….back to our dip tonight!! Reuben Dip!! 



Basically it is all the ingredients you would put on a Reuben sandwich plus some cream cheese!! I found this recipe this last weekend on Chef Jamie’s web site and knew I should give it a try!!

Here’s the recipe or you can go here to find it:


If you love Reuben sandwiches, you’ll love this dip! Serve it with toasted cocktail rye bread for dipping.

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup mayonaise
  • 1 teaspoon sweet pickle relish
  • 1 cup corned beef, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sauerkraut, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 375°F. Mix together the cream cheese and 1 cup of the Swiss cheese in mixing bowl.  Spread the mixture onto the bottom of a 9-inch pie plate.  Combine the ketcup, mayo and relish to make Russian Dressing  Spread an even layer on top of the Swiss cheese. Top with the corned beef, then top with the sauerkraut.  Top with the remaining dressing.  Top with the remaining Swiss cheese and Parmesan cheese.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the dip begins to bubble and the cheese is melted.

Makes One 9-inch Pie Pan of Dip

I hope you like this dip. We did!

Hope your week is off to a grand start. Guess we’ll have celery for dinner tomorrow night!


Remodeling? Don’t Get Rid of Your Old Kitchen Cabinets!

When we did the demo in our kitchen recently, most of the old cabinets we put in our 3third car garage and made my husband a man cave.  There was one section of cabinets that did not fit in the garage but we hated to get rid of it. It took up space and I wanted to get rid of it but my husband wouldn’t let me.  Finally, I had an epiphany. We would make an island out of it!


It is hard to see in the photo but the old counter tops were butcher block. Nasty butcher block!! Just felt it was never clean and that it had a bad case of the cooties!!

So we (my husband) took the old cabinet and took off the skirt and added bun feet to it! And of course some paint plus some umber glaze.


Added an umber glaze


We took the butcher block top to our cabinet guy to have the edge of it routed. He also gave it a good sanding!! Then we stained the butcher block and sealed it.


We used Sher-wood wiping stain from Sherwin-Williams. They were incredibly nice in helping us with picking a stain color since this butcher block is maple and has way too much yellow in it. This is how nice they were……………they got the top out of our car, brought it in the store and mixed up several stains and applied them so we could see how the stain would look. I really had plans to pick up a stain and take it home. Slam Bam Thank ya ma’am!!! Thank goodness they went beyond the call of duty of customer service because I am now “oh so incredibly happy” and I am telling the world about it. No – they did not put me up to this! They have not a clue that I am bragging about their customer service.

Isn’t that a great looking color??


Here’s the label in case you are interested. Complete with my fingerprints!!!




Now I need more bar stools. These are the ones we had in Texas. I want four that swivel to be able to eat “and” watch TV!


I think we spent less than $100 on this island. Now I am happy that I did not get rid of that “useless” section of our old kitchen cabinets.

Thanks so much for visiting my little blog!!


The Luck of the Irish to ya!!!

I have been sporting green all week!!  I was asked yesterday why I was wearing green when  St. Pat’s day was not until Sunday.   Well, basically I like to drag out holidays and give them the celebration they deserve. No crime in that! Actually green is a color that has never been a big player in my wardrobe. But a couple of years ago it starting calling my name!!  I am now able to do an entire week of green!

Tonight we had a St. Paddy’s  Eve dinner……….corned beef, cabbage and my all time favorite Guinness Beer Bread!  I always do our corned beef in a crock pot. It’s too easy and always tastes yummy.

Our favorite way to do cabbage is to roast it.  A little olive oil, sea salt, black pepper and fennel seeds. Or caraway seeds if you are not a fan of the licorice flavor of the fennel seeds. Either way – it is Oh so delish!!


But, the Guinness Bread is really good!! Really dense. Really hardy.  Stick to your ribs bread!

 Guinness Bread

1-cup regular oatmeal – not quick

2 cups whole-wheat flour

½ c. packed brown sugar

2 t. baking soda

1 t. baking powder

1 t. salt

¼ cup butter, melted

1-cup buttermilk

2 t. vanilla

12 oz Guinness Beer

Heat over to 425. Grease cast iron skillet.

Combine first 6 ingredients in bow.  Stir in butter, mixing well.  Stir in buttermilk and vanilla.  Gently stir in Guinness, do not beat.

Pour into prepared pan and sprinkle with oats.

Bake for 30 minutes.  Reduce temp to 400 and bake additional 30 minutes.

Turn off oven and allow the bread to cool slowly with the door open for 30 minutes.  Turn out onto a wire rack.  Serve warm with butter and honey.

 Anything is better with butter and honey in my humble opinion!  But we now use Agave Nectar instead of honey in our house.




I love the platter I found at Marshall’s several years ago – and look how cute my lil Leprechauns are. They’re bobble heads – give them a little tap and they dance a little jiggity jig. The sign pointing to Dublin is a gift from our youngest son when he was on his way to do his 2nd deployment in Iraq. They had a stop over in Ireland and he bought this for his mama!! How sweet is that!! He always asked if I know if the sign is really pointing towards Dublin. Son, I have not a clue. Hope that is ok with you!




I hope you do something fun for St. Paddy’s Day!! Wear your green!


Thanks for visiting!