World’s Best Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

 


You guys this spinach artichoke dip recipe is pretty much party food/appetizer perfection. Plus it’s SO easy to make! 

My new favorite party recipe. This spinach artichoke dip recipe is SO good and easy. Perfect appetizer or snack.

Chips and dip may very well be my favorite food. Seriously I love a good dip with a crunchy vehicle but I’m kinda picky. Not all dips (or chips for that matter) are created equally. But let me tell you this one right here is SO good and it can be made in the crock pot if you want.

The best spinach and artichoke dip recipe I have ever had. Only takes 15 minutes and the recipe is crock pot friendly (but does not require a slow cooker)

Ingredients

  • 8 oz light cream cheese (full fat is fine but I used light)
  • 16 oz light sour cream (same you can use full fat if you want)
  • 1 stick (1/2 C) butter
  • 10 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed to remove excess liquid
  • 14 oz Artichoke Hearts
  • 4oz diced chilies , mild drained (don’t worry this doesn’t make it spicy AT ALL pinky promise)
  • 1 1/2 C shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 C grated Romano cheese
  • 1 TBS chopped garlic

A quick word about the ingredients. This does not have a spicy flavor or kick to it. But the chilies do add a little something to the overall flavor. I would serve this to the most spice sensitive people without worrying. 20 month old Teddy gobbled this down without a blink. Also you could just use all Parmesan cheese but I do like the depth of flavor you get by using the Romano.

This is a keeper. Finally a spinach artichoke dip that is super delicious and takes only 15 minutes. Also crock pot compatible

What to Do

Easiest Method

  1. Chop artichokes.
  2. Drain off any excess liquid from spinach and chilies.
  3. Combine everything in crock pot and allow to heat through (about 40 minutes).

Fast Method

  1. Combine the cheeses, butter, and sour cream in a pot over medium heat until melted and combined.
  2. While the cheese is melting drain and chop the artichokes and drain any excess liquid off of the spinach.
  3. Stir the spinach, artichokes, chilies, and garlic into the cheese.
  4. Serve warm. This makes enough to fill a 2 quart crock pot.

If you are not in a hurry you could easily make this in a crock pot and save one dish to clean. Just put it on high until the cheese is all melted through and then stir and turn to low or warm.

We make this spinach artichoke dip recipe all the time and people love it. the best party and tailgating recipe!

I took this to my husband’s work Christmas party this week and it was devoured fast.

It's a keeper this 15 minute spinach artichoke dip recipe tastes like you slaved over it. SO SO good. it's a keeper.

We had to leave early to get Teddy down and there was about one big scoop left and I couldn’t help but just take it with instead of leave it haha. I just finished it off as a blog writing snack and seriously reheated in the microwave it was just as good.

hands down the best and easiest spinach and artichoke dip recipe I've ever had

I think I’m in trouble with this spinach artichoke dip recipe it’s just too easy to make and so so good. We might have to pull it back out for New Years Eve if I can resist not making it again for Christmas ha!

SO good. We love t his easy spinach artichoke dip recipe. so easy and yummy also crock pot friendly but not required

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Lemon White Chocolate Cookies Recipe

THese are a new fav. Only 4 ingredients and SUPER easy. Great cookie recipe for cookie exchange and potlucks

My friend gave me the easiest recipe this week and it was so tasty I had to share! This lemon white chocolate cookies recipe is definitely a keeper. I’m heading to Jen from Tater Tots and Jello’s annual Cookie Exchange in the morning and when I mentioned to my friend I didn’t know what cookies to make she told me about these amazingly easy and yummy morsels she had recently cooked up.

Love these quick and easy lemon white chocolate chip cookies. Great 4 ingredient dessert recipe

ANd they really were super yummy and easy. So I will pass them on to you.

New favorite cookies to take to people. SO easy and reliable. Yummy easy lemon white chocolate dessert recipe

Ingredients

  • Lemon Cake Mix (I used Dunkin Heinz and Betty Crocker and I preferred the DH but BC puffed up more and tasted almost the same)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/3 C oil
  • 1 C White Chocolate Chips

Mix everything together except for the chocolate chips. Once everything is well combined stir in the chocolate chips. Drop into 1 inch balls and cook at 350F for 8-10 minutes.

Super easy and delicious lemon white chocolate cookie recipe with just 4 ingredients. Tasty dessert

So quick and easy. And I highly recommend cooking these on parchment paper. The few that didn’t make it on the parchment browned up much faster underneath and I liked the softer finish of the ones on the parchment paper.

Love these quick and easy lemon white chocolate chip cookies. Great 4 ingredient dessert recipe

Hope you like them as much as we did!

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9 Must Read Books and 1 to Avoid Like the Plague

Totally agree the 9 books are fantastic and the 1 is SOOOOO awful I'm shocked it was published and marketed to teens!

How on earth has it been SO long since I shared a What I’m Reading round up. Oh my! Luckily if you follow me on Instagram you get my weekly Reading Roll Call update and if you are subscribed to my newsletter you get a peek of what I’m reading when I write those up. But still it has been TOO long. So this might be a bit of a long post but here are the books I read this Fall that really stood out to me.

And as something different I’m including a book that I HATED. I normally don’t share negative reviews here (I save those for goodreads) but this book was SO BAD I want to warn people against it because I think it is a bunch of screwed up propaganda and I strongly believe the message in the book is really messed up. Click on the title or cover of each book to get to the amazon listing where you can read the official synopses of each book.

dumplin' such a great read. fabulous for teens and adultsDumplin’

I loved this. Great characters. Original fun story. Love the side commentary and greater lessons and perspective on the “less desirables” of society. Willowdean Dixon is a self-proclaimed fat girl. She says it as a fact not a judgement. She has always been comfortable with herself as is. Her mom is a former beauty queen who runs the yearly pageant. When Willowdean finds herself falling for cute Bo she finds herself self conscious of her body for the first time. She’s struggling with all that while also leading a band of misfits who have signed up for the pageant because heck if Willowdean can they can too. This is such it’s own unique story and with lots of twists and turns but also so many great messages about growing up and accepting yourself and not being afraid to want more for yourself.  I found myself smiling so much while reading this. Just read it! Also make sure to listen to the audiobook it’s fantastic.

marcello in the real world great story Marcello in the Real World

Gosh I liked this book. It’s got some great characters and ideas and I love the treatment of this boy with autism like features and who has lived a very sheltered life. The way that the story is told it seems possibly geared to younger teens which is surprising since there is some heavy and complex content. But somehow it works. Marcello is such a fun character, if you liked The Rosie Project you’ll appreciate the quirky honesty and perspective young Marcellow brings to the tale. The seetting had me flashing to some of my favorite law firm based TV shows which I loved. Those things paired with a good solid mystery that is woven within the coming of age story I think give you a winner of a book. How had I never heard of this book before? I listened to the audiobook and really liked it.

all the bright places book review. this is a must readAll the Bright Places

This book impressed me while at the same time really entertained me. As my friend put it this is “a very important story”. There’s good lessons and morals in this puppy but it doesn’t feel preachy. This is probably the best “suicide book” that I’ve read and turns out I’ve read a good number now (it seems like they are trendy right now). The way it deals with the friends of the suicidal I think is fantastic in a way that most books that circle this topic fall short. It’s a rough read in spots, the characters are pretty great, wonderfully quirky and complex and I’m glad to have made the journey with them. My only complaint is the ending feels too long. It feels like the story ends and then the book keeps on going but even then I think it was very good and I hope lots of people will read this both as education and entertainment. I listened to the audiobook and really liked it.

the start of me and you such a fun easy readThe Start of Me and You

How have I not read anything by Emery Lord yet? Oh my this is one of my recent favs. When people ask what to read this is the first book that pops into my head lately. I just really liked this. If you are a fan of contemporary like Kasie West (see more below haha) you’ll want to check this out. Paige has been through some seriously rough stuff and it’s time to try and get back into life. She makes herself a checklist which includes dating her old crush. But what happens when they actually start talking. Loved the characters, the story, the honesty, the setting. This is one of those where the relationships are SO rich. Not just the romance although that’s solid but the familiar intricacies and friend dynamics are complex and great in their own ways. I really liked it and think you will too

the fill-in boyfriendThe fill-in boyfriend

I love Kasie West. It’s just that plain and simple. I wish I could put my finger on what it is that makes her books stand out to me but I haven’t figured it out. There’s the great characters that always learn about themselves, the cute boys, and just fun stories but there’s something else that pulls all of that together making her books special and this is no exception. Our shallow Gia finds herself dumped on the way into prom. Yup her fabulous boyfriend couldn’t stand her self absorbedness any longer. But she’s not upset about the end of the relationship she’s just mad that now her friends (including a particularly heinous frienemy)  who already doubted the existence of the boyfriend will just get more fuel for their doubt. Enter the fill-in boyfriend. And in true Kasie West fashion Gia learns a lot, grows a lot, and there’s plenty of great friendship and relationship moments. Just go read it.

althea and oliver review. In short this book is a book geared towards teens that says rape is okay. YUCK don't read the book.Althea & Oliver (not recommended)

This book is about rape and is NOT shown in a bad let alone serious light. It happens early on so I don’t think it’s a spoiler. For a book that is marketed to young adults I’m honestly horrified. I was SO disturbed by the character’s actions and reflections on the rape. Let’s be clear people GIRLS CAN RAPE BOYS. YOu’re completely screwed up and sexist if you think otherwise. It might be harder to do but the author sets up a scenario in which one character has sex with another who is UNABLE TO CONSENT and UNAWARE OF HIS BEHAVIOR. That my friends is rape.

If this were a book about a drunk girl who’s best friend had sex with her while she was far gone people would be up in arms. THe whole “you wanted to” is even in there. Yuck yuck yuck. I just feel dirty recalling thing. But really how did this get published? Shame on you all for perpetuating such a screwed up attitude towards rape and boy’s sexual rights. Yuck again.

I tried to keep reading assuming that it would get better, that she would feel remorse that the side characters would criticize her but no it’s all fine and dandy and the rape victim oh he’s being ridiculous feeling violated when he finally finds out. WHAT THE HECK?!

Besides the bad bad bad bad content, the characters were kind of annoying. Very trying too hard.

I read A LOT Of it but when it seemed like there was not going to be any remorse and I was thoroughly disturbed I checked out the other reviews to fine nope it doesn’t get better it just gets worse and I decided I would NOT be torturing myself with this ignorant propaganda any longer.

walk on earth a stranger book reviewWalk on Earth a Stranger

I liked this book I did, but sadly it is nowhere near A Girl of Fire and Thorns. Those books were amazing genius that has built a permanent place in my heart. This on the other hand  more like a good solid historical fiction with the tiniest bit of fantasy. The fantastical element is SO small though that it has me craving more. Maybe more will come with following books. The characters are just as good as you’d expect from Rae Carson. And as always she has a special way with the villian. But without the amazing world building I just don’t think it was very special. I’m still glad I read it it was as good as most books I like but having the history of A Girl of Fire and Thorns I just was hoping for so much more. I listened to the audio book and really liked that. I think I would have had a hard time getting through a traditional paper book.

The copper gauntlet book reviewCopper Gauntlet

This is exactly what I want out of middle grade. Fun characters, innocent adventures, a peek at the real world and real evil but nothing overbearing. This is the second book in the Magisterium series (the first is The Iron Trial). This is geared to a younger crowd so perfect for fans of the early Harry Potter books, Percy Jackson, and Insignia. It’s an easy read that great to read as a family or when you need some safe adventure.

the rest of us just live here book reviewThe Rest of Us Just Live Here

This took me a while to get into only because I didn’t quite understand the premise of the story. While the official synopsis is catchy and after you read the book makes sense I don’t think the average reader might appreciate a bit more set up. So here it is. You know all those awesome fantasy books that take place in the normal world but have a paranormal element living along side mundane humans? What about all the humans, surely they know SOMETHING is up? I mean the same small town can only have so many teenagers mysteriously dying so often and schools exploding so many times for them not to realize. Well this story is about those kids. The non-heroes. The other ones who just live there. I LOVED the perspective and angle this story shows at the same time the characters are fun and there is indeed a real story to get behind. This is a book for book lovers! The audibook is great.

a step towards falling book reviewA Step Towards Falling

While this is a thoroughly entertaining, super unique story with fabulous characters, I especially love it because it exposes people who might not have (or think to search for) the opportunity to interact with developmentally disabled people a realistic peek into that world. Cammie McGovern has a way at writing a story about people with disabilities that really grasps the community as those who may not have much contact with them without seeming fake. I’ve read a good number of books that make developmentally disabled people just seem like angelic children. But that isn’t quite right. Often times the childish moments are the ones that are similar to a tantruming selfish brat and they think about sex too. Have experience working with people with developmental disabilities this treatment was refreshing. But that’s all just set up. Even if you don’t care about that stuff it’s a really good story about learning about yourself, having values and living those values out, and giving yourself a chance to learn from your mistakes. And I highly recommend that you check out the audiobook version.

9 must read books and one to avoid like the plague

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These books all look awesome. creative fairytale retellings mostly young adult

Awesome Fairytale Retellings (you don’t have to have read the originals)

Great list of books! Perfect reading list when you need an escape

Books for when you need a break from the the normal day to day grind.

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Holiday Handkerchief Scarf for Christmas Wonderful

Holiday handkerchief scarf 10 minute tutorial

Today I’m super excited to be hanging out at Design Dazzle for the Christmas Wonderful series. I’m sharing how to make this super cute and FAST Holiday handkerchief scarf. It’s the perfect fast sewing project for making something festive for the littles and unlike my normal holiday go-to skirt, it works for the man folk too ;)

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Hop over and see how you can make your own fun Christmas scarf in just 10 minutes! P.S. I love Teddy’s face it’s clearly says “fine I’ll stand here but this lollipop is barely enough to keep me here”

10 minute christmas scarf sewing tutorial

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15 Minute Square Maxi Skirt Tutorial

This skirt REALLY only takes 15 minutes. It's so easy. Great tutorial for a square maxi skirt

I’ve been feeling SO busy lately and even though I’m tempted just to throw on yoga pants I feel so much better when I’m wearing something a little more put together.  And this is why I’m such a fan of maxi skirts.  They are just as (if not more) comfy as yoga pants but also feel like real clothes if you know what I mean.

Super cute and easy square maxi skirt tutorial.

I have a ton of but I wanted something a little different so I came up with this fun twist on the traditional maxi. This Square maxi skirt is SO fast and easy and different I can’t wait to make myself more.

Aztec Square maxi skirt tutorial

What You Need

  • 58 inches of knit fabric or whatever length you need to make it a square (I used Aztec Black Knit and love it)
  • Wide elastic (just enough to go around your waist)Super easy and fast DIY square maxi skirt tutorial
  1. If your fabric isn’t already a square make it a square. I did this by folding the width diagonal across my fabric and cutting it. This gave me a square that was 58×58 inches.
  2. With your fabric folded in half to make a triangle fold it in half again it should now be a smaller triangle.
  3. Next measure 3 inches out from the folded point of your triangle and cut the a curve. If you are making this for a child or someone very slim you might want to do some math and find the radius of waist circumference measurement. But since this is knit it will stretch some and if you need to you can always cut the hole a little bigger.
  4. Try the skirt on and see if you like the length and to make sure the hole is the right size. It should rest comfortably at your waist when stretched a little and go over your hips easily. If you want to change the length you can trim the sides accordingly.
  5. Fit your elastic by wrapping it around your waist to what is comfortable. Remember that when you where it the elastic will loosen and the weight of the skirt will make it feel less tight as well. I like to do my waist measurement minus 4 inches. Next sew or serge your elastic into a tube. And zigzag the seam down into place.
  6. Pin the the elastic to to the outside of the skirt and serge or sew around. Flip the elastic up and you should have a skirt. You can leave the edges raw for a more relaxed look or finish the edge with either a rolled edge on the serger or my favorite knit hemming technique.

such a fun twist on the normal maxi skirt. easy 15 minute DIY skirt tutorial

Super easy right? I cannot wait to make more!

My new favorite DIY skirt tutorial so fast, easy, and cute

Want more easy skirt ideas see these other quick and easy skirt tutorials! I shared the square maxi skirt on 7/22/2015 on the Riley Blake blog.

20 Minute Maxi Skirt Tutorial at Rae Gun Ramblings

Traditional 20 Minute Maxi Skirt Tutorial

30 Minute Skirt Tutorial-014s text

30 Minute 1 yard of fabric Skirt Tutorial

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20 Must Make Pie Recipes and Block Party

I think pie might be the most perfect dessert. You can pretty much make a pie that will make anyone happy. Whether it’s rich and chocolately or light and fruity pies are so diverse it’s no surprise that the holidays are full of them! Here are 20 Must Make Pie Recipes and boy do they look delish.

So many yummy pie recipes to try for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Pi Day

Monster Cookie Mouse pie | Pumpkin Mousse Pie | Nutella no bake pies | Magic Coconut Cookie Pies | Pecan Turtle Tart | Snickers pie | Mini Muffin Tin Pies | Banana Cream Pie | Berry Cheesecake Pie | mini caramel apple pie | Apple Crumb Pie | coconut cream pie | Oatmeal Cookie Pie | Chocolate Peanut butter | Four Ingredient Flaky Pie Crust | Chocolate Meringue | Strawberry Pie | peanut butter fudge pie | Chocolate Mousse Pie | Pumpkin Pie Phyllo Cups

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Marissa here from Rae Gun Ramblings as your faithful host for this week. The weather has finally cooled here in Utah and it’s making me ready for the Holidays. To me on the top of the holiday food list are pies. So sorry if I cause you to drool during this week’s party. And in case you haven’t been to my neck of the woods lately, here are some of my favorite posts from the last month.

So let’s see what you guys have been up to. Link up here and you’ll be linked up to 4 awesome blogs all at once!

Making the World Cuter | Rae Gun Ramblings | Keeping It Simple Crafts |Pieces by Polly

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Pockets of Plenty for Riley Blake

5 fun and different pocket ideas to spruce up basic kid tees

Teddy has been in desperate need for some long sleeve shirts but the ones in the stores just seemed meh. Certainly not worth paying for. So I whipped up a bunch the other day using some of my favorite Riley Blake fabrics and I just love how they turned out. Hop over to the Riley Blake blog and see 5 ways to spruce up basic shirts with pockets as well as Teddy’s crazy excited expression over finding a moon (his current obsession) on his new “kerkle” AKA circle shirt!

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Babylock Sewing Machine + 100$ of Fabric GIVEAWAY

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Hey gang today I’m hangout out at Skip to My Lou as part of the Bake Craft Sew & Decorate series. I am sharing a Circular Gift Card Pouch, these are quick to whip up for holiday gift giving. In fact, you won’t want to miss all the handmade gift ideas! I have joined over 100 bloggers to share some amazing homemade gift ideas. And as a part of that awesomeness I get to share a fabulous giveaway with you!

Easy DIY circular pouch tutorial

This is one is sew AMAZING! She is a gem and her name is Rachel.

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One lucky winner will receive this beautiful…
Baby Lock Sewing Machine ($799 Value) and $100 Worth of Fabric from Riley Blake Designs.
Ready to take your sewing to the next level? The Baby Lock Rachel is the star of any sewing class, and she’s here to help you. This computerized sewing machine is equipped with 50 stitches and push-button features to make every project easier. The value is $799. Click here for more details.
Riley Blake Designs colorful fabrics include cottons, flannels, sparkle cottons, organic cotton, knits, dreamy, and laminates in a range of designer and basic prints. You will love this beautiful fabric.
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Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

My new favorite crock pot recipe. These chicken and dumpings are so easy and delicious. Great weeknight meal

There’s nothing better than coming home to a house smelling delicious with a crock pot full of yummy food waiting for you after a busy Fall day. This crock pot chicken and dumplings recipe is one of my new favorites. I’ve feed it too the whole family and not only did they all gobble it up but my sister was begging for a repeat the very next week.

Super delicious crock pot chicken and dumpling recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 TBS Butter (optional)
  • 6 C Chicken Broth
  • 3 Stalks Celery, chopped
  • 3 Carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 Onion, chopped
  • 4 Chicken Thighs (I use skin on bone on but you can substitute any chicken really)
  • 8 oz Mushrooms (optional), quartered
  • 3 TBS Butter
  • 4 TBS Flour
  • 2 C Milk
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 C Bisquick
  • 2/3 C Milk
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning

Directions

  1. You can definitely just dump the first group of ingredients in the crock pot but since you are already going to make a cream sauce to stir in later I like to take the extra 5 minutes to brown the chicken and veggies. I don’t cook them through just get a bit of color on them by first browning the chicken skin side down in 1 TBS of butter. I remove those to the the crock pot once browned just a few minutes. And toss the onion, celery, and carrots in the pan and brown for a minute or two.
  2. Add the first batch of ingredients into the crock pot and cook on high for 4-6 hours. I leave the dirty pan covered to use later.
  3. 1/2- 1 hour before eating if you used bone on chicken remove the bones. I keep the skin but you can discard that if you want. I don’t bother shredding the chicken since it breaks apart fast jut by stirring in the rest of the ingredients and I prefer to have some bigger pieces of chicken.
  4. Add in your quartered mushrooms if using.
  5. Next make your cream sauce. Start by making the roux by melting your butter and cooking your flour in the butter. Stir in the milk to form a cream sauce and season to your family’s taste.
  6. Stir into the crock pot. Taste and add any more seasoning you might want.
  7. Finally make your dumplings by mixing the bisquick, Italian seasoning and remaining milk together. Spoon onto the top of your crock pot mixture and cover for another 2o-90 minutes. 20 minutes should be plenty of time for it to cook through but I’ve left it as long as 90 minutes and they were fine (although I do prefer the shorter cooking time myself).

Crock Pot chicken and dumpling recipe. THis is so good we make it for weeknight family dinner all the time.

This is the best comfort food. So yummy and flavorful. I hope your family loves it as much as mine does!

This is a keeper! The best crock pot chicken and dumpling recipes. Great slow cooker dinner idea.

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DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas and Block Party

DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas

Pumpkin Flower Vase | Turkey Placemats |

Turkey Napkin Rings | Hot Pad Centerpiece

Thanksgiving Mason Jar Craft | Fall Mason Jars | Shabby Chic Fall Centerpiece |

Gobble Plate | Dough Bowl Decor | Vellum Pumpkin Centerpiece

Tiffany at Making the World Cuter

Tiffany here from Making the World Cuter hosting today. Hope you all had a fantastic Halloween! We had friends over and went trick or treating with the kids and stayed up way too late. It was a perfect night!

I have a few fun projects that I’ve been working on lately.

My boys bunk room reveal

I love, love, love how this turned out, may be my favorite room in my house now!

Easy Kitchen Revamp

A great weekend project! It opened up the space so much and I built the shelves myself!

Fall Mantel

Perfect for Thanksgiving if you are just not quite ready to pull out your Christmas stuff yet!

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