Housewife + Army Wife + Rachael Ray + Katie Lee

Yesterday was a rough day for me. Nearing the end of a long separation from the hubby should be exciting and happy… yet the end seems to be just as hard as the beginning. Needless to say I sat on the couch and indulged in multiple hours of The Food Network. I then decided; stop watching and start doing. I picked this delish & easy recipe that was made by Katie Lee (Joel) on the Rachel Ray show!

HOT SPINACH & ARTICHOKE DIP

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Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 9-ounce package artichoke hearts (drained jarred, or canned, cooked fresh or frozen, but not marinated)
  • 1 cup steamed spinach – well drained
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 6 large leaves fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Use a 2 quart baking dish. In a food processor, combine the cream cheese, artichoke hearts, spinach, mayonnaise, Parmesan, garlic, basil, salt, and pepper.  Spoon the mixture into the baking dish.  Top with shredded mozzarella. Bake until bubbling and the top is golden brown, about 25 to 30 minutes.

Serve with crackers, tortilla chips, or toasted rustic bread.

FALL IS COMING!

While it may only be September 4th… and it may be 86 degrees outside… it’s still almost fall. In preparation for actual fall, I have begun decorating for fall, which really means I’m done decorating. I absolutely love the scents, clothes and temperatures that come out during the fall.

A fellow Army wife and crafter friend, Rebekah and I spent our Labor Day Monday crafting for fall!

Observe…

photo 1Fall topiaries!
photo 2Pottery Barn Lanterns filled with fall pumpkins & gourds

photo 3This brilliant invention (thanks, Pinterest) is vanilla candles wrapped in cinnamon sticks, which not only smell wonderful but add an eye-catching accent to your #fall decor.

photo 4These are store bought acorns (if I lived up north I’d get them for free GRRR) in hurricane vases with a spice scented candle.
photo 5This little nugget is looking fabulous lounging in her fall orange bow created by her daddy.