After more than a week of taking care of a sick Squeaky, I’m slowly working my way back to the land of the slightly more alive. We bowed out of the big family Thanksgiving festivities because of fevers and sinus infections, so I did what I could (in a most exhausted state) to put together a little dinner here. Not much tradition, I’m afraid, but I did make pumpkin pies so there’s that!
An up and coming favorite in the house is the Dearliest’s spinach artichoke dip, a Thing he devised last year after enjoying the dip from Costco but not wanting to spend the money on a regular supply. He studied the ingredient list, said something like, “I bet I could make this easily,” and got the major ingredients within the week. (As an aside, I do love watching him when he takes to the kitchen! He cooks largely by smell. He rummages through my spice cabinets [yes, I have more than one], opens up jars, makes a face, then either adds it to his creation or puts it back.)
He has made it a number of times over the last year, but attempts to write it down have been…not so successful. This Thanksgiving, however, I decided to tackle it and make notes and you know what? I FINALLY HAVE THE RECIPE! Certain members of the Dearliest’s family will be thrilled. Some of them have been asking for it since its first appearance last year!
I will have to take a picture the next time. I’m afraid I didn’t get to it before the dip disappeared! This uses ingredients bought Costco-style and therefore makes enough for an army.
Spinach Artichoke Dip
- 1 pound spinach, coarsely chopped
- 1 head of garlic, skinned and finely chopped
- 1 pound Parmesan cheese, grated (you can use shredded, but the finer it is the better)
- 1 (32 oz) jar of marinated artichoke hearts, drained and finely chopped
- ~ 2 cups mayonnaise
- oil for sauteing
1) Heat 1-2 Tablespoons of oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add spinach and saute until wilted. Add garlic and cook another minute, stirring frequently.
2) Transfer spinach and garlic to a large bowl and mix in cheese and artichokes. Add mayonnaise until desired consistency is reached.
For best results refrigerate at least 1 hour.
It’s good cold or warmed.
We like it with corn chips, but wheat thins or any other dip-able chip or cracker would probably work too!
Said the Squeaky gleefully, holding up a small Lego creation.
“Ooh! Nice!” I replied appropriately, then (maybe not so appropriately) continued, “That looks like a deringer.”
“It’s a little firepower.”
Her 2-year old self sounded way too excited, and I internally thought, Great one, Mom. Not a good thing here. But of course I couldn’t stop there because my not-quite-awake-yet state beheld the creation that LK brought to me and my first thought (which I apparently said out loud) was, “That looks like a taser.”
When a 5 year old blinks at you and then laughs a little evilly, you get kind of worried. How did he know what a taser was?
Answer: I’m not sure I want to know.
Good morning everyone!
Coming off two week-long colds in 1 month is like coming off a headstrong horse six times in 20 minutes. The only difference perhaps is that the run of colds didn’t leave me with a broken arm. (I still have Feelings for that animal. Murderous feelings. But that’s not what this post is about.)
All that to say, I’m finally feeling human again and able to get back into the routine, part of which is some daily crochet work because life becomes more likely to implode on me without at least 5 minutes of something creative going on. Yaknowhatimean? Sorry. In a Mood here.
And another quick workup:
All of that is available in the shop which, btw, now has a new section for Yarns and Threads, but right now there’s only yarn, no threads.
How involved is shipping internationally? I remember sitting down once to attempt figuring it out, and I don’t know if my brain participated in a triathlon during the night or what but I couldn’t seem to make sense of the process At All. Is it much more expensive than shipping “locally”?
The other day as the fog of sinus pressure lifted, I looked at the bare wall over my extremely-weird corner kitchen sink and thought “I really ought to do something with that.” I enlisted the Dearliest’s help (because even with my height I couldn’t reach the spot next to the window and leaning waaaay over on the step stool made me feel like I was leaning waaaay over the Grand Canyon or some other great chasm), and behold, this happened:
My mother collects Lena Liu prints (she finds them at the most amazing prices, sometimes even thrift store prices!), and I rather like her work as well so on occasion I find myself with a new one or two courtesy of my mother’s bargain shopping. I’ve had these floating around the house for a couple months, but I think they’ve found a permanent home at last!
I also think I’m out of what-have-yous for now. Time to prep for a town adventure!
I’ve been blessed with so much yarn, I should like very much to share some it. If I did a yarn giveaway would people be interested? I would, alas, have to limit it to the USA because I haven’t a clue how to ship internationally. I also, alas, know nothing about how to do a giveaway on a blog. Anyone have tips or recommendations?
We woke up to this:
The whole valley, engulfed. Pretty awesome.
During this foggy-for-everyone-else-but-us day I finished a crochet project!
I’ve made socks and slippers before but haven’t really been impressed. I tend to like the looks of knit footwear more than crocheted. But THEN I saw this pattern (or here if you’re not on Ravelry) and had to try it and you know what? I LOVE it!
Alas this pair is not intended for me (not to mention it’s not my size anyway), but I may just have to make myself a pair. In something luxuriously soft. And warm. Maybe I’ll make them tall boot socks in a shockingly bright color for winter!
I TOLD you there was something else I meant to mention yesterday!
I did a bunch of searching on the WordPress forums, FAQ, etc., and came up with the following.
You cannot prevent people from Liking on a blog that has enabled Likes. You cannot remove Likes once the Likes are there.
You can choose to not show existing Likes (and prevent future likes) by changing the setting under Settings>Sharing. It’s the last option on the page. You can also change this option for an individual entry upon making a New Post (using the advanced New Post; I get there from My Blogs>Add A New Post) or Edit. I don’t know if it’s really called the advanced New Post page or not, but that’s what I call the one with all the options available. “Likes and Shares” is at the bottom underneath “Writing Helper” and the text box.
Since my query last week was specific to Likes, I’ll not go into comments at all, although the two were always linked/ mentioned together in the searching I did. If anyone has any questions about comments I can link you to the information I found helpful.
Thanks to My Northern Cottage View for giving me a place to start in all this!
I suppose I could have included this in yesterday’s “Finished!” post, but 1) I didn’t have the right shirt on to take pictures at the time and 2) I’m mostly over the cold, but yesterday I still didn’t feel pretty enough to wear this. Feeling exponentially better today though, and therefore exponentially prettier.
The pattern is Spring Seeds Neckwarmer, found here on Ravelry. For those not on Ravelry, the pattern is here
I definitely need more practice blocking larger things (larger to me means bigger than your regular doily), but for a first go around it’s alright.
I rather like it with the pin my friend Marie made for me. I left the button off the neckwarmer just so I could use a pin!
As a final note, this is only the second thing I have ever made for me. I don’t usually make things for me, but I wanted this yarn and have been holding onto it for a couple years now waiting for the right pattern to come along. Glad it finally did!