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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Big News and Some Dip



A couple things to take care of before I get to this yummy dip. I drew for the Peeler Giveaway.  Random.or came up with #39, Carolyn of All Day I Dream About Food was the lucky winner. Carolyn, I need your address so I can get them in the mail to you!

The other big thing happening around here is we are moving!! We are packing up our stuff and headed west to Fort Collins Colorado! My husband lived there for a summer in college, and we both loved it. We have been there almost every year since. A good opportunity came about this summer, and we just couldn't turn it down. We are very excited about this adventure, but nervous about all that is to come as well. We have only ever lived 3 hours from our family, and now will be almost 1000 miles. Big change! It will be great though, we love the mountains, love hiking, and love Colorado!  So if you were wondering why I was have been complaining about being crazy busy lately, now you know what I have been up to.  We just listed our house, so that is a HUGE amount of work. 

Ok, now onto what you came here for. The FOOD!! I made this Spinach Artichoke Dip for a party recently, and it was a huge hit! I had to snag a little bit to take home with me, so I could snap some pics. I think I got some dirty looks as I was sneaking my little bowl away.

Spinach Artichoke Dip
Adapted from Food Network
Printable Recipe

1 package Frozen Creamed Spinach, cooked as directions on package
1 small jar artichoke hearts, chopped
8 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Place cooked spinach in a bowl.  Add in all the other ingredients, and stir until well blended.  Best served warm.  You can place in a small crock pot on warm or low for a party.. 

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37 Comments:

At September 13, 2011 at 4:42 AM , Blogger Katrina {In Katrina's Kitchen} said...

Wow! That is a big deal! I don't know if I could move away from our parents just yet...our kids would be so upset. But I'm happy for you! I hope the move goes smoothly!

 
At September 13, 2011 at 6:12 AM , Blogger Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

Delicious dip - always great to have a fantastic dip recipe - use them all the time for snacking with veggies. Best of luck with the move!
Mary

 
At September 13, 2011 at 7:36 AM , Blogger Ali B said...

Congrats on the move! I love spinach artichoke dip, I'll have to try this...

 
At September 13, 2011 at 7:39 AM , Anonymous Manu said...

Wow!!! Congrats on the move! I know how exciting and tiring moving can be! I am sure you'll love it in Colorado! :-)

Great dip BTW! :-)

 
At September 13, 2011 at 7:55 AM , Blogger Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family said...

Congratulations on the move...may it all go as planned (which it almost never does). And the dip is fantastic I love spinach and artichokes.

 
At September 13, 2011 at 8:08 AM , Anonymous Curt said...

Congrats on the giveaway win and the move to Colorado. Being a hiker, you'll love it!

Awesome looking dip too!

 
At September 13, 2011 at 8:15 AM , Anonymous Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. said...

Spinach artichoke dip is one of my faves! Best of luck on your move!

 
At September 13, 2011 at 8:22 AM , Blogger Elies_Lie said...

Erin! this is a tasty & simple dip!
well... the photo still tempthing for me... haha ha
Congratz with ur new home, hope everything goes well in the new nighborhood ya, don't be sad - u can still visiting ur family as long there still the road to travel! ;)
How I wish can send u a house warming gift :)
just take care when u do the cleaning & house listed... Tq for the recipe! :)

 
At September 13, 2011 at 8:25 AM , Anonymous Pretend Chef said...

Great dip. I love moving for the fresh start. I hope all goes well for you. I've drove through Fort Collins and loved it. I thought the town was so pretty out by the college.

 
At September 13, 2011 at 9:17 AM , Blogger Curry and Comfort said...

I wish you and your family all the luck and best wishes on your new adventure in Colorado. I know you will be successful where ever you are!! Lovely dip too! : )

 
At September 13, 2011 at 10:12 AM , Anonymous Beth - Slice of Southern said...

Hi, I'm your newest follower! Love your blog. Can't wait to try this great dip. Oh, and congrats on your upcoming move...much luck!

 
At September 13, 2011 at 10:25 AM , Blogger Carolyn said...

Oh yay! So glad I won. I know I need to email you, will do so shortly.
Congrats on the move!!! Exciting stuff. Your dip looks delicious, I love that kind of thing.

 
At September 13, 2011 at 11:46 AM , Anonymous Lindsey@Lindselicious said...

I'm a sucher for any spinach dip! Congrats to carolyn and good luck on the move!

 
At September 13, 2011 at 12:56 PM , Blogger Erin said...

This looks fantastic! And good luck with your move! Don't forget to blog along the way =o)

 
At September 13, 2011 at 1:03 PM , Anonymous kitchenarian said...

Congratulations on the move! I love artichokes and I've never made an artichoke dip with the frozen creamed spinach before. I can't wait to try it.

 
At September 13, 2011 at 2:41 PM , Anonymous kristy said...

Congratulations!!! I have always wanted to live in Fort Collins. It's absolutely one of my favorite towns ever. We used to drive through there on family vacations to RMNP and I just loved it. I've since taken my family back there as well. Great town! Best of luck with the home sale. It's not an easy thing to go through, but so worth it in the long-run!

 
At September 13, 2011 at 2:43 PM , Blogger The Mom Chef said...

Congrats to Carolyn! I would have loved to win, but it's great to know that a fantastic cook did.

The dip looks delicious. I love spinach artichoke dip and would finish it all myself.

Finally, congrats on the move. I moved 800 miles away from my parents 15 years ago and while it was hard, it was what I needed to do for me. Plus, by plane I can get to my parents in an hour and a half.

 
At September 13, 2011 at 2:59 PM , Blogger Kelly @ Eat Yourself Skinny said...

Ooo congrats on your move!! Your dip looks delicious as well! :) Just wanted to let you know that I've passed the Butterfly Award on to your fabulous blog, have fun! xoxo

http://www.eat-yourself-skinny.com/2011/09/butterfly-award.html

 
At September 13, 2011 at 3:43 PM , Anonymous Shilpa said...

Spinach and Artichoke dip....how interesting...bookmarked and will give this a go at some point...

-Shilpa

 
At September 13, 2011 at 5:52 PM , Anonymous Kimby said...

Way to go on making a momentous decision -- wow! (What a switch, though, huh?) Blessings on your house sale, relocating, and moving!

Re: your recipe -- like how you used creamed spinach. I imagine it's even creamier and yummier than the plain ol' spinach dip -- great idea!

 
At September 13, 2011 at 5:57 PM , Blogger Pam said...

Good luck with your move. The dip looks terrific.

 
At September 13, 2011 at 6:12 PM , Blogger Parsley Sage said...

Lucky Carolyn! and kick ass dip :) that looks delicious! Buzzed

 
At September 13, 2011 at 6:34 PM , Blogger Taylor said...

How exciting!! Colorado is beautiful...I'm jealous :)

 
At September 13, 2011 at 6:44 PM , Anonymous kita said...

I love a great spinach and artichoke dip! Good luck with you move! I wish we could move some days...

 
At September 13, 2011 at 6:49 PM , Anonymous Anne@frommysweetheart said...

The dip looks delish! Love spinach and artichoke dip! And how exciting for you guys! I've only been to Breckenridge once...but it was beautiful there! : )

 
At September 13, 2011 at 8:00 PM , Blogger Lizzy said...

Oh, what exciting news! Don't worry, all your friends and family will now want to visit you!

I love spinach artichoke dips...and is a new recipe for me :) It sounds wonderful~

 
At September 13, 2011 at 8:04 PM , Blogger Ann said...

Wow - congratulations! That's HUGE! I know you'll have an amazing time and your family will visit! The dip is oh, my! Delicious!

 
At September 14, 2011 at 4:02 AM , Blogger Nava.K said...

Congrats Erin and have a wonderful time. Anything with spinach I will drool for sure, like this dip of yours.

 
At September 14, 2011 at 10:25 AM , Blogger Kim Bee said...

Great recipe. Congrats on your move. That's so exciting. I have to tell you I live really far from my sister. I am in Ontario and she is in B.C. We've managed to stay really close even with the distance. You can make these things work. I also have a brother in Nova Scotia and see him a few times a year as his kids live here. I love Colorado. What an adventure.

 
At September 14, 2011 at 1:49 PM , Anonymous Kate @ Kate from Scratch said...

You're moving too?!? So are we!! Great minds think alike. Our hopeful date is November first Good luck with everything!

 
At September 14, 2011 at 1:50 PM , Anonymous Kate @ Kate from Scratch said...

Oh and this dip looks absolutely divine! I'm soo making this very soon. Thanks!

 
At September 14, 2011 at 3:22 PM , Blogger Cassie @ Bake Your Day said...

1. This dip sounds so great. I usually make a similar one but make it totally semi-homemade (read: a lot of help from the store)...I'll be trying this one next time!
2. CoNGRATS on your news! That is so exciting, I can't wait to hear more!

 
At September 14, 2011 at 3:38 PM , Anonymous Courtney said...

Congrats on your move and good luck with it all!
Your spinach dip looks divine - I had forgotten about how good spinach dip can be. I might need to make this for a football party soon! :)

 
At September 14, 2011 at 5:20 PM , Anonymous Priscilla - She's Cookin' said...

Wow, that is BIG news! Congrats to both of you and good luck on your move. It is a ton of work but very exciting to begin a new adventure together in a place that you already know you love :) And, thanks for sharing this delicious dip. Who doesn't love spinach artichoke dip?

 
At September 14, 2011 at 9:16 PM , Anonymous Jen at The Three Little Piglets said...

What a great adventure though! I've always wanted to visit Colorado, but somehow still haven't made it there. Although that may be because I had a crush on John Denver when I was little...

 
At September 15, 2011 at 8:38 PM , Anonymous Eileen said...

I love artichoke dip. I'm glad you're excited about the move. I wish you the best!!!

 
At September 22, 2011 at 7:53 AM , Anonymous Tiffany said...

congrats on your upcoming move!!! pack lots of this dip! :D lol

 

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