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12/29/09

Incredible Dip

Another recipe that resembles regurgitated food, but tastes yummy!

For the life of me, I can not remember where I found this recipe. I googled, and googled, but had absolutely no luck. in finding the origin.

This dip was indeed fabulous. We dropped some off at a Christmas party, because stupidly we had chosen that day to paint the kitchen.When we returned, every drop of the dip had been eaten!!! A party guest raved to me about the yummy dip, and she seemed sincere. We only could spend forty five minutes at the party, because we had to pick up BG at a babysitting gig. That was the extent of our Christmas socializing. Amazingly enough, I wanted more, and not just because I was eyeing the cookies..

Here is the original recipe. If you are the person who first posted it, please let me know, so I can give you credit.  I didn't follow the recipe proportion wise, but instead, dumped large amounts of all of the ingredients into a bowl. That cooking style has served me well, and if I can get away with less measuring cups to wash, I am all for it.

Our dishwasher in the photo
"How many tea towels, and dishrags can you dirty each day?"

Incredible Dip

12 oz finely shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 tomato, chopped
12 stuffed green olives, chopped
5 green onions, chopped (white part only)
4 oz can green chili peppers, chopped
4 oz can black olives, chopped
1/2 cup Italian dressing (I used fat free, as it cancels out the fat from the cheese, much in the same way that Diet Coke erases calories from chocolate cake)

Mix
everything together and add the dressing right
before serving.

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12/9/09

Yeah for Color!

SH's goal is to have every room in our new house painted by Christmas. Considering the fact that he has an asthmatic wife, and a daughter who isn't exactly handy with a brush, he welcomed the help when a very special guest worked her magic with a roller. Be sure to check back tomorrow to see her in action.

Painting Progress:
Our bedroom is now Desert Caravan by Behr
Ignore the too small lamps, and the lumpy bed covering.
Doesn't the black headboard look pretty?
BG calls this the Halloween bedroom.
The paint is not orange.
It just appears that way in a certain light.
The laundry room is Daffodil, a Sherwin Williams color.
We had it color matched by Behr.
BG drew the framed picture. It is my favorite.
She wrote, "Oh lady she has rainbow hair."
I can't recall how old she was when she drew it,
but it hung in the kitchen of our old house for as long as I can remember.
BG's room is Potentially Purple.
This was another SW paint, color matched by Behr.
It is quite a bit brighter than it appears in this photo.
On Saturday, the kitchen will be painted Golden Bronze, a Glidden color,
and yep, we had it color matched by Behr.
If anyone is feeling generous, the chandelier that we want is
the Montserrat Chandelier in cream.
Oh, and SH's car, well, it is sounding mighty sick, and it has developed a rust rash near the front windows.
I thought I should add that, just in case the chandelier is less than you wanted to spend this Christmas.
We still haven't chosen living room paint.
The hall, BG's bathroom, and the office/box room/blow up mattress guest retreat/exercise room
also remain bare.