After an unseasonably warm December and beginning of January, winter finally has arrived. With Rhode Island bracing for its first measurable snow storm, we share our warm artichoke dip with homemade bagel bites (perfect for the Patriots game on Sunday), offer thoughts on restocking art and craft supplies, playing creatively, a patio update and, of course, the bears!
WARM ARTICHOKE DIP
Here is one of our favorite recipes. Great for halftime! GO PATS!!!
- 2 and 1/2 cups light mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese (freshly grated is best, but the green can works)
- one 14 oz. can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
- 1 teaspoon garlic herb mix
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine all the ingredients, reserving 1 teaspoon parmesan cheese.
- Sprinkle mixture with reserved parmesan.
- Bake for 45 minutes until golden brown.
- Serve with chips, including those shown below.
Slice 2 whole marble rye bagels into quarter-inch rounds. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes, flipping halfway through. These crispy dippers are great paired with the artichoke dip. (They also make great croutons for your favorite salad!)
We also enjoy the artichoke dip with our easy, healthy pita chips. Here is the link :
RESTOCK AND PLAY
Winter is one of our favorite seasons for crafting, but most of our craft materials were used prepping for the holidays. January is a great month to take inventory and re-stock your supplies. Good timing, because craft stores are offering deep discounts. Take a look at your supplies and, if you need to, restock! Don’t forget to use craft stores coupons, easily found online.
When you do restock, why not play?
Just playing with craft materials can be inspiring. One of the goals we have for this blog is to create new things, and sometimes the best ideas come during play, when one idea leads to another. The “Create Peace” collage and the “Let’s Grow!” patio sign from last week’s blog evolved from this technique – covering your work space with a variety of materials and playing creatively.
In the photo above, Roy tried out our new Sharpies and crayons on a big sheet of newsprint. It was just for fun, sort of like the new adult coloring book trend. We probably won’t use the paper for anything (although Kevin thinks it would be cool gift wrap) but either way, that’s ok. Have fun – you just might create something!!!
Take some pictures
Speaking of playing, we continue to play with and learn about our new(ish) camera.
Still looking for Tippi Hendren from Hitchcock’s, “The Birds”!
We got some snow earlier this week. The Flamingo looks cooold!!!
PLAY AND PLANTING
We received an Amaryllis bulb as a Christmas gift and planted it this week. Turns out we didn’t need our potting soil. Who knew the small brown disc in the picture on the left would become three cups of the nutrient-rich soil pictured on the right!
Amaryllis updates to come. Looking forward to some beautiful blooms to brighten our indoor winter garden! Thanks, Chris and Bernard!
After some false starts, we are pleased that our new sliding glass door is installed. We’re looking forward to spring and summer, when the screen door will allow us to enjoy our patio garden even more!
FOOD ART (Roy played with photo editing on this one – background is actually a gray cabinet!)
The bears are enjoying browsing through our recent library finds. Hmm . . . shouldn’t they be hibernating?
No!!! They are too excited to sleep! GO PATS!!!
Roy & Kevin!