Friday, June 11, 2010

When Rome, enjoy the food. And when home, make knockoffs

Olive Garden Hot Artichoke Spinach Dip

1 Cup chopped artichoke hearts (canned or frozen & thawed)
1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed
8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
dash black pepper
On the side
or Sliced toasted Pitas ( or baguette slices)
Boil the spinach and artichoke hearts in a cup of water in a small saucepan over medium heat until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain in a colander when done.  Heat the cream cheese in a small bowl in the microwave set on high for 1 minute. Or, use a saucepan to heat the cheese over medium heat just until hot.  Add the spinach and artichoke hearts to the cream cheese and stir well.  Add the remaining ingredients to the cream cheese and combine.
Serve hot with crackers, chips, or toasted pitas for dipping.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Birthday Fun for Justy Boy

Justin eyes his Shrek green birthday cake.

Getting pics at Chuck E Cheese.

With a surprise appearance from Uncle Zeke. And Jasen being a that expression.

And Jordan is found where he often the arms of his oldest brother, Jairen.

Happy Birthday Justin! Nine years old!
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