We did something we only rarely do: lay out all kinds of good snacky food and indulge our senses while feasting on the college football bowl games. Dh who is very "into" eating healthy ... turned a blind eye and joined right in as we had Totino's Pizza Rolls, chips and dip, spinach/artichoke dip (which I made and didn't realize what a fat pill that is -- but what a way to go), buffalo wings, fancy cheeses etc. Dh, who used to work in the poultry industry, always stayed away from buffalo wings (seems that he worked in the industry when wings were thrown away and he thought paying premium for them was silly) -- well, turns out he liked these!
The day was going well -- until Clemson lost to Nebraska (and BamBam collapsed in tears!). But tears were dried when USC (BamBam's team) beat Penn State (Lego Maniac's team). Whew!
We finished up the feasting with a recipe we picked up at Ikea: Lingonberry Parfait (lingonberry is like cranberry or red currant ... slightly tart but oh so good).
Also, it's the Feast of Mary, Mother of God and dear, clever friend Charlotte had a coloring picture all ready for us to make our plaque for our Marian collection:
We ended our day watching Martin Chuzzlewit -- a Dickens story I've never read, but this has me interested in checking it out. The BBC version is so well done! What a great story about greed, goodness and love triumphing over all.
Here are the recipes I made today:
Spinach and Artichoke Dip
- 10-12 oz. package of frozen chopped spinach, thawed
- 10 oz. jar marinated artichoke hearts, chopped
- 8 oz. cream cheese
- 8 oz. sour cream
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella or monterey jack
- 2 tbls minced garlic
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning (oregano, basil, etc)
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 tsp red pepper (more or less to taste)
Lingonberry Parfait (any tart jam would work with this recipe ... marmalade, red currant, anything not too sweet).
- 2 eggs
- 6 tbls powdered sugar
- 2/3 cup lingonberry jam
- 1-1/4 cup whipping cream