Thursday, February 13, 2014

Snowed in and Making up Recipes

If you follow anyone on Facebook or Instagram who lives in the south east, it's no surprise that we are snowed in.

It started coming down yesterday, and we woke up to a beautiful winter wonderland this morning.

It was melting quickly, so I ran out front to capture a few pictures of our house in the wintery blanket.

I'm not a huge snow fan - I think it's beautiful for a day. So, I am happy to say we have enjoyed the beauty, taken a picture or two of the house, and now celebrated the melting process and blue skies today.

Hudson is even pretending there is a need for "spring" activities.

He is practicing his mowing skills.

The snow was forecasted. I had stocked up the normal blizzard essentials: milk, break and eggs. But, since I wasn't wanting to eat French toast for a few days in a row, I started cooking. When I'm snowed in, I start watching Food Network online. (Did you know you can watch full episodes for Free here?) And watching food shows makes me want to try new recipes. But...over and over again I was missing an ingredient or two. Today, I was wanting some spinach dip. I searched a few recipes, but kept finding my pantry to be lacking. I didn't have enough sour cream. I'd used my cream cheese in another recipe yesterday.

So, I made up a recipe. And I am happy to say, it worked! Here's what I did...

Spinach Dip
3 tbsp butter
1/2 onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, pressed
2 tbsp flour
1 box frozen spinach, drained
1 can evaporated milk
1/2 cup milk
salt, pepper, garlic powder, red pepper flakes to taste
1 cup shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook the onion and garlic until it is tender. Add flour and stir until it becomes a "blonde" color. Add spinach and milks.

Cook the mixture until it thickens (3 to 5 minutes). Add the seasonings and cheese. Cook until the cheese is melted, stirring occasionally.

In the future, I might try adding a can of Rotel and/or a can of artichoke hearts.

So, what do you do on a snow day? Anyone else making up recipes? 


  1. I think I need to come over and eat some with ya! Looks good :)

    I need to get on making some cinnamon rolls. Scott and I are going to celebrate tomorrow with breakfast. I thought this would be a fun treat!

    1. It is good! Come on over!

      Breakfast is a great idea. We went out for breakfast last year on Valentines Day. It was out first time out to eat with Hudson. Adventure!

  2. So we have a lovely split foyer as well (I just requested to follow you on insta..) ..... Anyways my husband and I have a four month old baby boy and I'm already nervous about our upstairs couch being against the rail! It's really the only layout that works! What did you end up doing? :)

    1. I put the couch under out window (front wall of house). Even now, he doesn't really climb on the couch. So, I wasn't really afraid of him going over the rail. I like how our living rooms seems bigger and more open now that furniture is not in front of the railing. I do have to occasionally pick up toys that get thrown down the stairs, but it's not too big of a problem. I plan to blog about our current living room in a week or so.

    2. Oh awesome!! Looking forward to it! :)