Chilled Spinach Dip

It’s that time of year again where we start pulling out our all time favorite appetizers for the holiday parties!  We just had the boat parade party Saturday so it was a perfect opportunity for me to get some pics of this!

spinach dip ready to serve

It’s a fairly simple recipe and I have yet to meet a single person who does not like this!

real life photo shoots

This is one of those things that happens behind the scenes of real life food bloggers … apparently Kitten was thinking she was supposed to be part of the photo …


A little cropping helps out but you can still see her paw above the spinach!

Ok, here’s what you need to make this really awesome dip!

2 boxes of frozen chopped spinach, thawed

2 packages of Knorrs Vegetable Recipe Mix

1 carton of sour cream

1 can of water chestnuts, chopped

2 cups mayo

1 round loaf pupernuckle bread, hollowed and pieces torn

green onions for garnish

First things first: squeeze that spinach as dry as you can … there’s a lot of liquid in there and you need to remove as much as you can. Toss the spinach in a large bowl with the rest of the ingredients EXCEPT the green onions.

Mix everything really well in a large bowl, cover and put in the fridge to chill for at least an hour.

hollow bread bowl
Bread Bowl

When ready to serve, fill up the bread bowl and serve with the torn pieces on the side for dipping. We generally grab two loaves, one for the bowl and the other we cut up and serve alongside for the dipping. Trust me, you will run out of bread if you don’t use two so keep a stash of tortilla chips and crackers on the side!


Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties … go check them out!

Classic Margaritas

I love margaritas. Yes, I know, I also love those Peach Vodka things … but a classic margarita is really hard to beat!  And when one of my girlfriends showed up with a bottle of Patron, I knew we had to make these.

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Dog Sitting

We took care of a puppy over the weekend.

dogsitting blue


Mind you, the cats hate us, even though it’s only a 9 pound Frenchie or whatever he is … all I know is his name is BLUE.

Blue is only 12 weeks old.  I’ve never had a PUPPY before. 53 and I’m babysitting a PUPPY!

The kids are angry. Only because I don’t invite and welcome their dogs (Randi and Matt) or friends (Amanda) with open arms.  They have big dogs. Dogs that terroize the cats. Not sure what Blue will do but the cats are bigger than he is so I’m not overly worried there.

Mark isn’t crazy either.

Well, now he is because BLUE is such a FUN puppy!

And Jamie and Amanda are having a blast with him as well. Amanda has a ‘few’ dogs and she’s got some tricks up her sleeve … including making Blue his very own customized toy!  I’m gonna be sharing that later because I think it’s totally worth sharing.

Friday night, Mark made a lead run for Blue so he could be outside with us while we were in the pool. Blue is small and I don’t think he understands docks, water, falling, etc. just yet so I didn’t want him to have free run of the yard. Imagine explaining THAT to his owner?

Kitten bolted out the door when the kids came home. Big Kitty hid under the bed. Blue slept all night in his crate til 7am. Better than any baby!

All in all, we had a pretty fun weekend dog sitting … not sure how soon we’ll be doing it again though as it was a LOT of hands on playing!

At the end of Sunday night, we were ready to get back into our normal routine and let the real parents take over …

Cobb Salads

Somedays, all I want to do is head out to Sweet Tomatoes and have an all you can eat salad buffet with unlimited soups and a few other starchy things on the side. I never opt for dessert because I’m usually a stuffed pig by the time everyone is ready to hit the yogurt bar.  No thank you.  Mark and Jamie, on the other hand, are all about the frozen yogurt and such …

They do NOT serve Cobb Salads there but whenever I get around to making this, I’m always like, YUMMMM, we should do this more often!

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The New Us!

Welcome welcome Welcome!

Some of you may know me from FrugalinFlorida … others of you are most likely huh? Who the heck are these people?

It’s ok, you’ll find out all about us soon enough if you stick around!

For a year or so, I’ve been wanting to do the blogging thing full time and was actually one of the things I had goals for when I retired. Obviously, I’m not retired just yet but I decided to go ahead and just do it! So here we are!

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