Friday, June 3, 2011

Spinach Parmesan Dip

Bad picture, but it sure was yummy!

Where did this week go?  We were so busy over Memorial day weekend, that we have spent all week recovering!  Here is a highlight of all the fun we had.

Friday night I picked some veggies to cook up for the weekend.  I forgot how great home grown veggies taste.  I am going to have to get creative with cooking zucchini and squash because I have more than I know what to do with right now!

Here is a little peak of what came off the vine.  

Saturday, I spent the day running errands.  Then we headed over to Brody's 2nd birthday party.  I can't believe he is 2!  Check our Lauren's blog for all the party details and pictures (I was bad about taking pics because there were so many "photographers" already capturing the big day).

It was great to spend time with Ms. Molly Kate (MK) and Nicole (her mom).  Nicole and I went to PT school together.  I don't get to see them nearly as much as I would like!  MK is still trying to figure out who I am and why I have this crazy camera in front of my face.  

Saturday night we celebrated Susan's birthday.  Again, no pics:(  Dinner consisted of grilled pork tenderloin with a simple dry rub of salt, pepper, and garlic powder, salad, and grilled veggies.

Sunday, I headed to the pool with my work friends while Alex helped a good friend build a fence.  It was nice to just relax in the sun.

This is Jake's, my boss, daughter Abby.  She might be the cutest thing ever!

I finally finished a book that I have been reading since our Mexico trip.  I highly recommend it for all women.  It is Beth Moore's So Long Insecurity.  I don't consider myself an insecure person, but after reading the cover it caught my attention.  I am so glad I read this book.  It really opened my eyes to areas I am insecure and ways to deviate away from those feelings.  I think most women have times, even if only for a day or two, that they feel insecurity in some way.

In an attempt to be frugal, I scanned the book shelf for something I haven't read yet.  I found this Donald Miller book that Alex read a few years ago.  I enjoyed his other book, Blue Like Jazz, so I thought I would give this a try.  I will post a review when I am finished.  

Monday, Memorial Day, finally rolled around and we were off to the lake.  Alex and I had a great time with his parents and close family friends.  

Just hanging out!

Check out this awesome boat that Matt made.  Yes, he made it!  I am super impressed.

Dakin got to ride too.

The ladies went out on an evening "cocktail cruise" on the pontoon boat.  

I made the dip for the "cocktail cruise", but we finished it long before when we got hungry for an afternoon snack.  I love garlic so I added two cloves vs. one when I made this.  Looking back, one would have been plenty.  It was a little too strong with two, even for my taste.

Spinach Parmesan Dip
Source: Real Simple

  •          1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  •          1 cup sour cream
  •          1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  •          1 garlic clove, minced
  •          kosher salt and black pepper
  •          dippers (such as carrot sticks, tortilla chips, pita chips)
1.     Squeeze any excess liquid out of the spinach.
2.     In a medium bowl, combine the spinach, sour cream, Parmesan, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Serve with the dippers.

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