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Making Spinach Artichoke Dip with Fresh Spinach

Fresh Spinach Artichoke Dip Do you love spinach and artichoke dip?  Me too!  I enjoy spinach and artichoke dip as a cold spread for crackers and as a hot, gooey dip with pita chips or French bread toasts.  What I don't like is the messy process of making it with frozen spinach.  No matter how hard I try it always seems like I end up with pieces of the frozen spinach from head to toe. The last time I made a spinach and artichoke dip I decided to experiment using chopped fresh spinach in place of the usual thawed frozen spinach used in most recipes.  It worked beautifully with no mess.  Now this is my preferred, no fuss method of making one of my favorite appetizers. If you are growing spinach in your backyard garden this recipe is a great way to use some of your spinach bounty.  If you don't have a backyard garden just grab a bag of baby spinach from the produce section of your grocery store and you'll be good to go. Donna's Fresh Spinach Artichoke Dip Us

How to Calm a Queasy Stomach

I woke up this morning with a bit of a queasy stomach.  It doesn't happen often, but it does happen.  I'm not one to take medications if I can help it, so instead of reaching into the medicine cabinet I went to my kitchen. First I decided to try one of my favorite green teas.  I like the hint of mint flavor in Tazo's Zen tea.  It is great tea for any time of day, but is especially lovely when you really need a bit of Zen in your life.  As the scent of mint tickles your nose you'll want to take a nice, deep breath and say ahhh. My Cup of Tea As much as I enjoy the tea, it wasn't enough to quell my queasy stomach this morning so I added a couple of slices of fresh ginger root to the steeping tea. It took two cups of this aromatic tea to do the job, but I'm happy to report I'm feeling as good as new. Add Sliced Ginger Root Studies have shown fresh ginger root to be beneficial in the elimination of intestinal gases, preventing motion sickness a

Raspberry Banana Smoothie

Have you gotten into the smoothie habit?  A couple of months ago I started drinking smoothies as a meal replacement once a day for four or five days a week.  Some days it is a breakfast smoothie.  Other days it might be a lunch smoothie.  Occasionally I replace dinner with a smoothie.  I  have three basic recipes I rely upon, each with approximately 300 calories, or less.  Each has a very different flavor profile, so I choose the one that suits my mood and taste buds that day. A Raspberry Banana Smoothie for Breakfast or Lunch This post contains affiliate links that compensate me for your purchase. My Raspberry Banana Smoothie I've researched smoothie recipes on the Internet looking for flavorful and healthy options.  There are many, many smoothie recipes online you can try.  You'll want to be careful, though, because it is easy to pack too many calories into a smoothie and that defeats the purpose of introducing smoothies into your diet. One key to enjoyin

Misquamicut Beach Is Back!

My Friend, Barbara, Celebrates Misquamicut Beach Today the townspeople of Westerly, Rhode Island celebrated their beach.  Misquamicut Beach , located in southwestern Rhode Island is one of the most beautiful beaches in New England.  Like many beaches in the northeast, Misquamicut was brought to its knees by Superstorm Sandy in October, 2012.  Many questioned whether the beach community could or would recover from the devastation.  Today, the community came together to celebrate, and categorically state that yes, the beach would be ready for summer 2013.  After recovery efforts costing more than $2.4 million and countless hours donated by hundreds of volunteers the sand has been restored to the beaches and most of the businesses are looking forward to opening their doors to serve beach goers. Hands Along the Sands was an effort spearheaded by the Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck Area Chamber of Commerce with a goal to bring the community together in celebration of this important natur

Spring Project: Master Bath ReModel

Spring has sprung and when that happens I always start looking around my home for projects to freshen up the place.  Do you do the same?  Trouble is that I don't have much patience for disruption in my home.  The thought of a major remodeling project sends shivers up and down my spine.  As a result, I'm always looking for ways to refresh with as little disruption as possible. Our master bathroom is in need of work.  Truth be told, we should gut the room and start over.  I just can't bear the thought of it.  So, instead, Hubby and I decided to freshen up.  Here are a couple of pictures to show you what it looked like in the before state. The Master Bath Vanity This master bathroom is a small room and as you can see there is only one sink.  I bet you can tell which of us has claimed this vanity as her own.  There are many things I really like about this vanity.  I like that there as six drawers in total, flanking the central cabinet space that is primarily used for cl

Lemon Garlic Roast Chicken

Roasted Garlic Chicken Open my refrigerator and you are apt to find a roast chicken.  A roasted chicken is a staple in my refrigerator.  I learned long ago that having a roast chicken on hand is a wonderful time saver.  First, it is a delicious family dinner entree that is easy to prepare on a busy weekend.  Later, the leftovers become lunch in the form of a soup or sandwich or become a light dinner as part of a crisp salad. You can buy a prepared rotisserie chicken at any grocery store these days, and I do when I am really pressed for time.  Those store roasted chickens are just not the same as the chickens you roast in your home oven.  To me, the store roasted versions always seem over cooked and over seasoned.  That's why I prefer to roast my chicken at home. One of my favorite recipes for roast chicken is my lemon garlic roast chicken.  It is made with ingredients I always have on hand, so no extra effort is required running to the store for a missing ingredient.  One

Baked Cod with Sauteed Greens

The other night I was cooking dinner and while standing at the stove I noticed I was talking to myself, explaining the steps of the recipe I was making.  I immediately smacked myself in the head and ran to get my camera, all the while telling myself that this dinner would make a great blog post.  I Baked Cod with Sauteed Greens tell you this so that you'll understand why the format of this post is different from my usual recipes.  This is a spontaneous post, but the recipe is definitely well thought out and delicious.  You definitely should make it.  Today. This is a perfect recipe for spring.  It is light and healthy, just what we are looking for this time of year.  Additionally, you'll find this is a very easy recipe to pull together with limited time and very few ingredients.  Are you ready to get started?  Since this is a two-part recipe we'll start with the greens. Sauteed Greens Serves 4 Kale 1 large bunch of kale 4 cups baby spinach 1/2 large onio