Snack

Hot Spinach Dip

Yesterday I had my first Black Friday shopping experience! But I only went to Joanns…and it was 2pm…so there was a serious lack of greedy, pharmacy angry mobs. Don’t worry, troche I shoved several women looking at fabrics just for the experience.

Just kidding.

I had a 50% off coupon for one item and used it on a donut pan. I’ve wanted one for a while but I didn’t feel like spending the money on one. Finally this coupon gave me the perfect excuse. I’m trying to figure out what donut to make first. I’m determined to use this pan often. I want to make sure I get my $6 worth!

After my excursion at Joanns, infertility my sister and I went to see Breaking Dawn (insert middle school girls screaming here).

Here’s what I thought:

  • Taylor Lautner’s shirt was off within the first 15 seconds.
  • I didn’t notice Kristen Stewart’s rapid blinking during this movie…a huge improvement!
  • Kristen Stewart had emotion in this movie! Woah!
  • Rob Pattinson’s hair is kinda ridiculous…very poofy.
  • Rob Pattinson looks sorta cute when he actually smiles. Who knew???
  • They followed the book closely.
  • Best scene= wedding speeches. Hahaha oh Emmett and Charlie…Remind me not to let anyone give toasts at my wedding.
  • The movie had a good combo of well-done scenes and totally awkward scenes…kept my sister and me interested and laughing.
  • Werewolf scenes=awkward.
  • Taylor Lautner trying to sound angry=hilarious.

I think that pretty much sums it up! All in all, it way surpassed by expectations and I’m glad I went to see it. Will I ever watch it again? Meh it’s a possibility :) I see a Twilight marathon in my future once part 2 of Breaking Dawn comes out.

With no transition whatsoever…here’s spinach dip. I already shared the Pumpkin Pie dip I made for one of our Thanksgiving appetizers so here is the second dip I made. I have been wanting to make this for a long time and am glad that I finally got the chance to make it. Everyone really loved it :)

It’s funny that I like spinach dip because I don’t like most of the ingredients that go into the dip. But I really like it and this recipe was great. For some extra flavor and a bit of spice, I added red pepper flakes to the original recipe. The addition was definitely a good choice.


Hot Spinach Dip

Adapted from Skinnytaste.

Ingredients:

10 ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed

1/2 cup sour cream (reduced fat works fine)

5 tbsp mayo (light mayo works fine)

1/4 cup Parmesan  cheese

1/4 cup cheddar cheese

1/4 cup chopped scallions**

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 tbsp crushed red peppers

Directions:

  1. Make sure your spinach is thawed (I ended up microwaving mine) and squeeze out all the excess water (I ended up using my hand to get all the water out).
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl.
  3. Place the mixture in an oven-safe dish (I used a glass pie pan) and bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes, until the cheese is all hot and melty.
  4. Serve right away with crackers, chips, veggies, or whatever you want :)

Note: The turkey was already in the oven and was baking at 325 degrees. So I squeezed the dip on the tray below the turkey and cooked at 325 degrees for 25 minutes which worked out fine!

**I went to Kroger late the night before Thanksgiving because I realized that I hadn’t put a lot of the ingredients of this recipe on my mom’s shopping list. I was wearing my polar bear Christmas pjs, teal boots, and a hoodie. Yep…I looked pretty cool. So I was searching for scallions and I couldn’t find them. I called my mom and asked if scallions are the same as green onions and she said no. So I asked this guy stocking shelves if they had scallions. He didn’t know so he went to get a produce guy. That produce guy was new there so he went to get another produce guy. And this guy said that scallions were the same thing as green onions. And he’s a chef so he should know. So I bought the green onions. And I looked it up when I got home. Scallions are actually green onions! What are not the same as green onions are shallots, which was causing the confusion. Then later that night, I had to go back to Kroger to pick up the ice cream I had forgotten. And then my mom realized she hadn’t purchased a pan for the turkey. I refused to go back out to Kroger so my dad went. So feel free to use scallions or green onions in this dip. But not shallots. Yep. I could have said all that in a couple words (scallions=green onions) but I thought you would enjoy reading this paragraph. :D **

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Pumpkin Pie Dip

Oh goodness! Are you guys still full from Thanksgiving dinner? I’m not! I woke up this morning and was huuungry. I was really wanting to eat some of this pumpkin pie dip on a waffle, web but my littlest sister ate the last waffle! Oh well :) Some other time.

How was your Thanksgiving? Mine was really good.I spent the day with my parents, audiologist sisters, and grandparents which was really nice. We made our Thanksgiving dinner and ate around 2:30. We then went on our traditional post-big-meal walk (it was such a beautiful day!) and then we came home and watched Elf and ate pie! Watching Elf on Thanksgiving has become a family tradition and is the perfect way to kick off Christmas. My family loves Elf…we quote it all the time :)

I really enjoyed cooking. I was in charge of the appetizers, a side, and a pie. My middle sister always makes the deviled eggs so I decided to make Pumpkin Pie dip, Hot Spinach Dip, and then we had cheese and crackers, too. I’ll share all the recipes I made (because everything turned out great) but I’m sharing the Pumpkin Pie dip first. I’ll be posting a lot of Thanksgiving recipes the next few days, but you can certainly make them for occasions other than Thanksgiving…they’d be great everyday, party, or Christmas desserts as well!

I settled on making this dip last minute and didn’t know how it would taste. But I really liked it! My family doesn’t really like pumpkin pie, so it’s not a dessert we usually eat, but they all liked this. This dip was super easy to make and was very light and sweet with a slight tang from the sour cream. The blend of spices with the pumpkin make it a perfect seasonal appetizer or dessert. I served it with graham crackers and apple slices which was really tasty.

I got the recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything. I made some substitutions to make the dip a little lower in fat and calories, but it certainly didn’t taste like it! You can certainly use full-fat cream cheese, sour cream, and cool whip if that’s what you have at home (no judging…calories don’t count on holidays, weekends, birthdays, or days with vowels), but I promise the dip doesn’t taste light at all! We have a lot left over so I’ll be enjoying it the rest of the week. Maybe I’ll get another chance to eat it on waffles! I will make this again, perhaps for Christmas :)

Pumpkin Pie Dip

Recipe adapted from The Girl Who Ate Everything :)

Ingredients:

One 8 ounce package of 1/3 reduced fat cream cheese

1 1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 cup canned pumpkin

1/2 cup reduced fat sour cream

1 tsp. cinnamon

2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1/2 tsp. ground ginger

1 cup frozen lite cool whip, thawed

Gingersnaps, apple slices, or cinnamon graham crackers for dipping

Directions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese and powdered sugar.
  2. Add in the cup of pumpkin puree, sour cream, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and ginger.
  3. Fold in the cup of thawed cool whip until incorporated.
  4. Keep it in the fridge until ready to eat!

Makes…umm a big bowl. We had 7 people munching on it and we didn’t even make a dent.

Enjoy!

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Apple Snack Sandwiches


If it’s not Christmas soon, melanoma I’m going to lose it.

You think I’m kidding.

But I have 2 pieces of not terrible news.

1. Brown Eyed Baker posted about this 30 days of gratitude project and I’m totally going to do it! I was wanting to blog about things I’m thankful for but I just haven’t been consistent since I’ve been busy and such. The idea is to take a picture everyday of something you’re thankful for, and there are suggestions for each day. I’m starting tomorrow so I’ll be doing this into December. But I can still be thankful in December, right? ;)

2. I made these apple snack sandwiches to share with you! I saw them on Live Love Pasta the other day. I thought it was such a neat idea and a super easy snack. I was looking around at Live Love Pasta and there are some great recipes there! I have a ton bookmarked that I want to make soon.

I made these apple sandwiches with peanut butter, raisins, and chocolate chips. I liked the peanut butter and chocolate chip version the best! But the raisins were good, too, and probably healthier…although chocolate is good for the soul! Or so I hear :)

I hope you are all having wonderful weeks and that, even if they’re busy, you’re finding time to relax and be thankful. I am thankful that I have access to fresh food everyday at my house and that I don’t have to worry about going hungry. It’s something we all take for granted, but there are so many people in this world who don’t have food to eat and I need to be better about being thankful that I do.

Apple Snack Sandwiches

Ingredients:

1 apple

Peanut Butter (or nutella would be tasty too!)

Chocolate chips or raisins

Directions:

  1. Slice and apple…umm circle way. Haha you want to cut the top off so you’re making circles. I was able to get 5 circle slices out of my apple but only used 4 of them.
  2. Spread peanut butter on one side of your apple slice.
  3. Sprinkle it with raisins, chocolate chips, or whatever else you want.
  4. Put the other apple slice on top and enjoy!
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