Spinach Dip – Quick, Easy, and Delicious

Deliciousness

Deliciousness

I’m a fan of a good, hot spinach dip.  Sometimes I’ll order one if we’re out for dinner or drinks, and it’s such an awesome treat.  I had never made one myself, but we were having some friends over and I had a craving, so I thought I would try my hand at it.  Because I just sort of threw this one together based on my own tastes and what I know of spinach dip, the measurements are approximate, but for the most part I don’t think you can go wrong with any of these ingredients.  Enjoy.

Ingredients

1 pkg cream cheese – softened

1 cup sour cream

1 cup mayonnaise

1 cup frozen spinach, thawed and drained

1 pkg Knorr (or similar) dried vegetable soup mix

1 cup (and then some!) grated marble cheese

Directions

In a medium sized bowl, add all ingredients except for cheese and stir to combine.

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Photo 1Mix thoroughly, and add to a prepared baking dish. I used a Pampered Chef 9 inch stoneware pie plate.  If you use a glass baking dish, I would treat it lightly first with olive oil or cooking spray.

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Top with the desired amount (lots) of grated cheese, and bake in a 375 degree oven for about 20-30 minutes, keeping an eye on it and removing from the oven when the top is melted and golden.

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This is great served simply with tortilla chips, corn chips or even Doritos in a pinch.  I personally think it’s best with baked or fried pita chips.  I make my own by cutting the pocketless pitas into 8th’s, coating with olive oil and seasoning salt, and baking for about 20 minutes, turning half way through.  They get crunchy on the outside, but maintain their chewiness inside.  So good!

You could change this dip up any way you like, adding different ingredients like a shake or two of hot sauce to jazz it up a bit.  You could also finely dice some sweet red pepper and throw it in.  Some crumbled bacon on top would add to the decadence as well.  Adjust it to your preferences, that’s what cooking is all about!

Enjoy!

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Grateful – #blessedin2013

What a wonderful outlook to have.

What a wonderful outlook to have.

Way too often, we let all the crap that happens in life bring us down.  Sometimes life is hard.  Sometimes it’s really, really hard.  There is no doubt that everyone today has something or other to deal with.  Something that keeps us from saying “life is perfect.”

Yes, sometimes life sucks.  And sometimes we look around us and we feel like we are alone in our misery and that no one understands.  Trust me when I say that is not true.  We all have times of despair, and if you feel bad, all you have to do is look around to find someone that has it as bad or worse, who has been there before, or will go there someday.  No one is immune.

In the meantime, it certainly helps to look around you and count your blessings.  Remember all the good things you have in life to be thankful for.  I made a New Years resolution this year, to post on Twitter every single day of 2013 something in my life that I’m grateful for.  I’m going to use the hashtag #blessedin2013.  I’m sure that some will be profound, but others may be as simple as someone thinking about me or doing something for me in a tiny little way that made my day better.

Life is hard sometimes.  As human beings I truly believe it’s in our nature to care.  To care about what happens to us, and to other people.  It affects us.  But if you stop and add up all the good things in your life it helps.  It may not take away all the bad stuff, but it may help make that bad stuff just a bit more bearable.

I wish you all the best in 2013.  I hope it is an amazing year, filled with wonderful things.  I hope you’ll join me over on Twitter and remember for yourself all the great things you have to be grateful for.

#blessedin2013