Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Random Tuesday- Coffee, Ammunition and Pillsbury Brand Ambassadors

It's Tuesday and since I've been such a blog slacker I thought I better get back in the habit of posting and get Random. Get Random yourself over at randomtuesday hosted at The Un Mom!

We had a fabulous trip to Greece and England. Great food, fun new places to see and a really special time with our youngest daughter/high school graduate. We have really enjoyed these trips with each child and I for one am sorry that this was the last one.

All my kids were in from Seattle, for a wedding last weekend. In preparation for their visit I cleaned the house and more importantly, I cleaned the front door. Yes, they would be coming and going through the garage but it seemed really important at the time to clean the outsides of the front doors.  It's all about priorities! Or would that be a mental illness????????????

On our way to the mountains 2 weeks ago we passed a small coffee shop in a very small town. I wish I'd brought my camera with me to take a picture of the sign out front. It said:
Coffee
Espresso
Ammunition
I guess that the ammo is for those people who haven't had their morning caffeine yet!

All I can say is that the iPad rocks. It was the perfect thing to travel with. Email, internet, photo storage, games, movies and books all in an nice size package. I was worried that once we got home I wouldn't use it as much but the opposite is true, I may be using it more than my laptop. I'm in love!!!!!!!!!!! I am kind of an electronics nerd. I guess that's what 29 years of marriage to an electrical engineering major will do to you.

About a month ago, I filled out an application to be a Pillsbury Crescent Roll Brand Ambassador. I thought it sounded fun. I figured that they got thousands of applicants and that would be that. Well, a couple of weeks ago, I got a call from them and I was one of the 100 quarter finalists. I did a phone interview with her and had to send in a picture of myself and 2 of my favorite original crescent roll recipes: one special occasion item and one main course. Both had to be prepared in 30 minutes or less- including baking time!!!! Harder than it sounds. I sent in my 2 recipes and photo. Last week they called to ask me for one more recipe. It seems that I am one of the 12 semi- finalists. They will be picking 4 out of the 12 for a national campaign and national vote. I would LOVE-LOVE-LOVE to be one of the 4 but I'm trying so hard not to get my hopes up!!!!! I'll let you know how it goes. I'll either be leaping for joy or dripping tears onto my keyboard when I let you know the results! 
One of the recipes I submitted was this one! 

Apple Rosemary Blue Cheese Bites
Warm apple slices with blue cheese and pecans and a hint of rosemary, all wrapped up in a flaky crust. Perfect for a cocktail party or as an appetizer before a special dinner.

1- 8 oz. package of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
2 large golden delicious apples- Peeled, cored and sliced into 8 slices each
4 oz of crumbled blue cheese
2 TBS of cream cheese- softened
½ tsp fresh or dry rosemary chopped fine
¼ cup of chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

• Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
• Grease a cookie sheet or line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
• Peel, core and slice your apples
• In a small bowl stir together the blue cheese, cream cheese, nuts and rosemary until the mixture hold together.
• On a piece of parchment or plastic wrap, unroll the Pillsbury Crescent Roll dough and Divide into 8 triangles. Cut each triangle into half for 16 smaller triangles.
• Spread 1-2 teaspoons of the cheese mixture on the wide end of a triangle and wrap around an apple slice.
• Place on the prepared baking sheet
• Bake in your preheated oven for 20 to 22 minutes or until they are golden brown.

Serve warm or room temperature.
These can also be made with fresh pears instead of apples.

6 comments:

The Crazy Coxes said...

How could they NOT pick you???? If they don't pick you, I won't by Pillsbury products for a long, long time!

Mama Badger said...

Mmmm, those sound good. And easy. Will you be posting the others? Or are you holding out to see if you get a Food Network special?

silver star said...

I've heard that keeping your front door clean is a good idea. While your family was going in and out through the garage, visitors and guests not knowing any better probably would use the front door, so that's their first impression of your home. If the door's covered in mud, what does that say about the rest of your home?

I love that coffee shop sign, I'm surprised that I don't see more signs like that in my neck of the woods!

I'm not a cook, but I'm glad to hear that you are. Lots and lots of luck!

Thanks for stopping by my blog, have a great rest of the week!

jpshaw said...

that recipe looks divine! I don't cook but hubby will try it lmao

Big Mama Cass said...

Yummm!!!

VandyJ said...

I always feel better when you can see out of my front door through clean windows.