First Weekend at My New Home

This morning I had so much love for Arie, he let me sleep until 5:30am and did not get up once in the night. We went just for a walk down our street and back this morning. I wasn’t fully awake yet and laid back in bed, I figured I would test how he would do on the bed. The other morning when I put him on the bed he started chewing my comforter. He is teething like crazy right now. So this morning I tried again and made sure there was plenty of toys for him. It was wonderful, I read my book for a few hours while Arie and Carl slept for another 3 hours.

We took a walk then when he woke up. Arie has been scared to leave the yard, Carl bribs him with treats to get him out of the yard. We went for a walk and he did very well. We met many people along the way and dogs. Everyone thought he was so cute. Well, he is! 🙂

We ran a few errands this morning to the farmers market and target. I love farmers markets, I wish they had them year round. When we got home we had to see Arie’s girlfriend Brandy. They love to wrestle, Brandy is the alpha.

Later in the afternoon, Carl went to wash his car and Arie and I took a nap. 🙂 My brother and his family came to visit again and had yummy treats for Arie to chew on. That was so nice and he loves them both. I have noticed that Arie scratches a lot at his nylon collar. My brother suggested a rolled leather collar as they don’t irritate the skin . Carl and I ran to Petco and picked up a leather collar. It looks so nice. I couldn’t pass up picking up a few more toys of course. 🙂

When we got home Carl took a few pictures of Arie while he was playing, they are precious.

It is hard to say no to those eyes, but we manage. He was interrupted during play time.

Arie’s new rolled leather collar. It matches well with his tag.

Here is are stretching while playing.


New Addition to the Kitchen

I have been searching for yummy recipes and have noticed a number of them are directing the cook to throw ingredients into a food processor. Before I didn’t need one but now that I am cooking more I see it in the recipes and it is a must have. 🙂

Carl and I went to Target on Friday night and we found a nice affordable blender. It is called the Shark Ninja Express Chop. I used it to make my artichoke dip. It was so slick, easy to get the food out of it and super easy to clean. It was only $19.99, what a steal! Great addition to my kitchen.

Here is the healthy artichoke dip I made. My sister had shared the recipe with me, I can eat it because it is gluten free, it is also on the Tasty Kitchen site. Carl used baked pita chips with the dip-not gluten free so I used a different chip.

Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip

  • 1 teaspoon Olive Oil
  • 1 clove Garlic, Pressed And Minced
  • 1 whole Small White Onion, Minced
  • 2 cans Quartered Artichoke Hearts, 14 Ounce Cans, Drained
  • 6 cups Raw Baby Spinach Leaves, Stemmed
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • ½ teaspoons Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • ½ cups Parmesan Cheese, Shredded

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large nonstick skillet heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and chopped onion and saute until tender, about 2 minutes. Chop one can of artichoke hearts into 1/2″ pieces. Add pieces to skillet and heat for one minute. Add spinach leaves, turning constantly until leaves have softened. Remove from heat.

In a small food processor, blend remaining can of artichoke hearts until smooth. Add salt and pepper and mix to combine. Spoon puree into a medium bowl. Add sauteed spinach and artichoke heart mixture and fold to combine. Add 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese and stir.

Place mixture into a 2-3 cup oven-safe crock. Top with remaining 1/4 cup cheese and bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Then place oven on high broil, and broil until cheese is lightly browned.

Allow to cool for 5 minutes prior to serving. Serve with Wasa crackers, flatbread, or pita chips.

Nutrition Info per 1/2 cup serving: 95 calories, 3 g fat, 6 g protein, 10 g carbohydrates, 2.5 g fiber

Now That’s Ugly…

My friend Natasha and I exchanged gifts a few weeks back and she was talking about her holiday party, which lead to ugly sweater talk. I opened my big mouth and said “I should make mine.” bad idea! Natasha kept telling me I should and it would look hilarious.

Well one night we went to Michaels craft store and to Target to gather my ugly materials. Well here ya go!

My supplies, the before picture!

My stuff from Michaels.

My stuff from Target.

The after picture! It looks a little ridiculous, but of course that is the point!

Happy Ugly Sweater Season! 🙂

Here are a few photos from the Holiday Party.

Carl and I at the party! My ugly sweater was a hit. 🙂

Me and the lovely Hostess with the Mostest! 🙂 Great party!

Tis’ the Season

I love Christmas and this year it didn’t take much for me to get into the season. We have our tree up and decorated and other decorations throughout the house. It is cozy.

Last night we ran to the Mall of America to start/finish some Christmas shopping. 🙂 I had some good coupons. It was so pretty all decorated for the season. There was a live band playing Christmas songs and the huge trees in the Rotunda. I must say we were in and out of the mall in less then 40 minutes. 🙂

Then on our way home we stopped to look at a tree outside completely covered in LED lights. It is so bright you can see it from a ways a way. It is so cool up close.

Then we ran to Michaels craft store, I decided I am going to make my holiday sweater! What who does that?! 🙂 I do!

We stopped at Target so I could get my red sweater! And this is what we found. Yup, they are making the footies for adults! The sock monkey one was pretty funny!

I don’t want to reveal the pictures yet. I will soon so stay tuned! 🙂

Happy Holidays!

– Blondie!