Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe – Appetizer

Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

You think you have tasted the best spinach artichoke dip? Think again, because this is the best spinach artichoke dip recipe around and it is so delicious! If you love spinach and artichokes with ooey gooey mozarella cheese then you’re going to love this too. My family sure does, including my kids which is great news because spinach and artichokes are so good for you.c

We enjoy eating it at family parties and as an appetizer special occasions. Also, it is a great game day food to snack on while watching your favorite football team. If you are ready to find out how easy it is to make this delicious goodness then keep on reading.

 

Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

Ingredients: (Yields 6 Servings)
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup cubed mozzarella cheese
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1 (10 ounce) package frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed of juices
1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, chopped

Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

Spinach artichoke dip recipe

Directions: Preheat oven to 325 Fahrenheit. Combine all ingredients and place into shallow baking dish. Bake dip for 15-20 minutes for 15-20 minutes or until mozzarella cheese is melted. Serve it with tortilla chips or bread. Then enjoy!

Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

Look at that yummy goodness! If you try this recipe I would love to hear your feedback by leaving a comment.

Until next time,
Dovie



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Valentine’s Day Fortune Cookies Tutorial

Who doesn’t love fortune cookies? I don’t know if you know, but you can make your very own homemade fortune cookies! How exciting, right? You can make them for Valentine’s Day, weddings, birthday parties or just for fun. I made some for Valentine’s with cute little Valentine’s sayings. It does take a little practice when it comes to making them so don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t go as well the first time you try.

First you will start out with making your fortune cookie saying inserts. You can make these by handwriting your message on paper strips or you can download my free Valentine’s fortune cookie sayings here. There are 9 sayings included and below is a list of the Valentine’s fortune cookie sayings. If you decide to write your own then you can cut strips to be about the size of 2¼” x 5/8″ or to the length and width you decide works best for you.

1. Happy Valentine’s Day
2. you = awesome
3. your’e sweeter than a cookie
4. life is sweeter with someone sweet like you
5. I am fortunate to have you as a friend
6. you’re friendship is worth a fortune
7. good fortune is smiling down on you
8. love, hugs & good fortune
9. the best is yet to come

Once you have those downloaded then you will cut them out and have them ready to go when your fortune cookies come out of the oven. Download the Valentine’s fortune cookie sayings here.

To make these cookies, the recipe is pretty simple, it does take a little practice when it comes to forming the cookies without them cracking though.

Fortune Cookie Ingredients – Yields 6
1 egg white
1/8 tsp almond extract
1/8 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup all-purpose bleached flour
1/4 cup white granulate sugar

2. Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease cookie sheet with either cooking spray or butter.

3. Put 1 egg white into a bowl along with 1/8 teaspoon of almond extract and 1/8 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Mix the egg white mixture until foamy/frothy.

4. Sift 1/4 cup of All-purpose bleached flour, 1/4 cup of white granulate sugar and a pinch of salt together.

5. Add the flour mixture into the egg mixture and blend together. Below is a picture of the foamy egg mixture with the flour mixture.

6. Place two 1 teaspoon of mixture into circles onto a greased cookie sheet at least 3-4″ apart. Use the back of a spoon and spread the circles to about 3″ circles. It is recommended to only do 2 or 3 at a time so you have time to fold them while they are still hot to prevent them from cracking.

7. Place cookie sheet in the oven and bake cookies for 7 minutes or until about 1/2″ edge of the cookie has turned a golden brown. The middle will still be pale.

8. Remove the cookie sheet from oven and use a spatula to remove the cookies from the sheet. Form the cookies quickly before they cool down by placing a fortune on top of the middle of the cookie, then fold the cookies together with the edges touching. Form the fortune cookie shape by folding the cookie on the rim of a glass with the edges facing outward from the rim.

 

9. Then place your fortune cookie in a muffin tin until completely cooled to keep it’s shape.

10. Decorate your fortune cookies. These were decorated with Wilton’s melted candy melts in colors red, white, and bright pink. Also,  the sprinkles are Wilton Fill Your Heart Sprinkle Mix.

11. Store fortune cookies in an airtight container so they don’t become soft. If you give your fortune cookies away in a mini take out container then place your fortune cookie in a sealed bag or wrap in saran wrap.

TIPS:
1. Use thin cotton gloves to handle the hot cookies to not burn your fingertips because they are really HOT!
2. If the center of your cookies aren’t as crisp as you would like then place cookies, when they are still in the muffin tin, in a warm oven. Make sure the oven is off and it is only warm.

I hope you enjoy!

Until next time,
Dovie ♥

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Valentine’s Decorations | DIY Felt Heart Banner

felt heart banner instructions

Valentine’s is just around the corner.  Just letting you know in case you haven’t noticed all the Valentine goodies that are now adorning the store shelves.  This means that there is another special occasion that we can decorate for.  Is there really a better way to decorate than with your own homemade decorations?  I think not.

You can start the DIY projects off with making this easy and adorable felt heart banner.  I’ve made mine and already have it hanging across my dining room window.  You can hang it across a window, a fireplace mantle, bookcase, or even across a mirror.  This banner would be a great Valentine’s photography prop as well. My daughter loved it so much she is making one to go in her bedroom.

Here is a closer look at the hearts.

felt heart banner instructionsThis post contains affiliate links, which means that I’ll receive a small commission if you make a purchase using the links.

Materials Needed:
• Felt material in your color choices – DIY Polyester Felt 50 Pcs 10x10cm/4x4inch, Nonwoven Fabric Sheet for Craft Work Type A Super Soft Squares, About 1.5mm Thick
• Heart Pattern
• Embroidery Floss – Soledi Cross Stitch Floss 50 Skeins Premium Rainbow Color Embroidery Floss Sewing Threads
• Twine / String – Hemptique Baker’s Twine Mini Spool Spring Fling, 6-Pack
• Scissors
• Sewing Needle
• Yarn Needle – Susan Bates Steel Yarn Knitting Needle, 2-3/4-Inch, 2 Per Package
• Straight Pins – Singer Pearlized Head Straight Pins, 150-Count

felt heart banner instructions

Step 1: Make a heart pattern then trace heart pattern onto felt material. You will need 2 hearts for each heart. Trace as many hearts as you will need.
felt heart banner instructions

Step 2: From your felt material, cut out 2 hearts for as many hearts as you will need. This will be the front and back side of one felt heart.
felt heart banner instructions

Step 3: Thread needle with white embroidery floss, place the 2 heart cut outs on top on each other and pin together with straight pins.
felt heart banner instructions

Step 4: Sew the 2 hearts together with your stitch about 1/4 from edge and with a 1/4 spacing between stitches. Do not sew completely around the heart as to leave spacing to stuff the heart. Once you stuff the heart you will stitch up the hole. You can sew your stitch with stitching the thread around the edges (not sure of technical name of stitch) as in the photo below or you can straight stitch. This will be your preference.
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Step 5: Stuff the heart with your filling. I have used 100% Polyester filling.
felt heart banner instructions

Step 6: Thread yarn needle with twine.  I used 60″ of twine. Do not tie twine ends in a knot, let the twine hang down a couple of inches as seen in photo.
felt heart banner instructions
Step 7: Insert the yarn needle with twine through one side of the heart towards the top making sure to go between the 2 heart layers and through the stuffing and come out the other side at the same position that you went through on the opposite side. Repeat this step until you have threaded the twine through all of your hearts.
felt heart banner instructions

Step 8:  Once you have all of your hearts on your twine, then you will hang your banner up and enjoy how adorable it is!
felt heart banner instructions

If you make this, then I would love to see your creations by tagging me on Instagram. #simplydovie or @simplydovie

Here is the video if you prefer to watch.

Until next time,
Dovie ♥



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Festive Kids Drinks

When there is a party or a holiday like New Year’s it’s really fun for kids to have their own kid friendly festive drinks. Here are a few kid friendly drinks that my kids drink around the holidays. They are sweet and delicious. These will be great for birthday parties, holidays and ringing in the new year!

Kids Festive Drinks

Kids Gummy Bear Champagne
Kids Gummy Bear Champagne

Ingredients:
Chilled 7-up / Sprite or Lemon Lime Soda
Gummy Bears

Instructions:
Put gummy bears in a glass and fill glass with chilled 7-up.

Kids Gummy Champagne

 

 


Kids Shirley Temple DrinkModern Shirley Temple

 

 

Modern Shirley Temple

Ingredients:
Ice
Grenadine Syrup
7-Up (or Gingerale, Sprite or Lemon Lime Soda)
Orange Juice
Maraschino Cherries

Directions:
Place ice in a cup, put 1½ tablespoon of grenadine syrup in glass, pour orange juice in glass half way, pour 7-up the rest of the way, then place a cherry on top.

This is the modern shirley temple. If you prefer old styled shirley temples then you will just use gingeale along with grenadine syrup and a cherry on top.

 

 

 

kids cotton candy cocktailKids Cotton Candy Cocktail

Ingredients:
7-up
Cotton Candy

Directions:
Pour 7-up in the glass and top it off with cotton candy. This drink is super sweet and any kid will love it. The cotton candy dissolves quickly leaving a mixture of pretty colors.

 

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New Year’s Decorations and Bucket List

Wow, another year is almost over and gone! It has been a great year and I can only hope that 2017 will be just as good to my family and me. I really am so very blessed. Now that my kids are a bit older I have gotten a big urge to travel and visit different places. Sure I’ve traveled places but I would like to travel overseas and visit places like Greece, Scotland and France! I can’t say that will be on the agenda for the upcoming year but it is definitely on my bucket list.

Also, on my bucket list is to spend more time with my family and to make more “me” time. I work a lot. That isn’t such a bad thing but I do feel that it doesn’t leave enough time to focus on the “me” things. I have a day job and I run my own online shop and Etsy shop where I create birthday chalkboards and party supplies. I LOVE my shop and it is so very special to me having the opportunity to add a special touch to any party or event. I just actually need to stick to my shop hours and only work during them. Baby steps.

For those of you that are throwing a New Year’s party, I have put together a DIY video on YouTube on how to make several quick and easy decorations to help ring in the new year. Actually, they would go perfectly with any party theme because they are so versatile that you can make them in any color scheme that you want. The video includes directions on how to make a glitter circle banner, confetti poppers, confetti balloons and straw decorations. See below the photo of each of the items. Also below that you can find the video. I hope you enjoy!

If you watch the video and make any of the projects then I would love to see them. You can #simplydovie on Instagram or tweet me. Also, I would love if you left a comment letting me know which one  you made or liked best. Don’t forget to subscribe.

Until next time,
Dovie ♥



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