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Spinach Dip Recipe

With Christmas just around the corner, we are in the cooking spirit these days. We have been thinking about making this spinach dip for the longest time but have never committed to actually picking up the ingredients and trying it out. I’m not sure about you, but spinach dip is my favourite appetizer when I’m at a restaurant. Last summer when we were on vacation my friends ordered it and I’ve basically been obsessed ever since. Let’s be honest, how can you go wrong with cream cheese, sour cream, cheese and garlic? Ya just can’t. It’s impossible.

Spinach Dip

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of Philadelphia cream cheese at room temperature
  • 2 cups of shredded cheese (1/2 cup reserved)
  • 1/2 cup frozen spinach defrosted
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp minced garlic

Spinach Dip

 Tip:

Squeeze the water out of the spinach before you add it to the cheese

Spinach Dip

 Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a medium mixing bowl or in mixer, combine all ingredients
  3. Transfer to a small casserole dish, sprinkle remaining cheese on top and bake for 20-25 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and golden

Spinach Dip

                                         The end result should look something like this

Serve with warm tortilla chips, pita bread or crackers. I was recently at a restaurant that served Spinach Dip Nachos. I was so tempted to try them! They basically just put the mixture on the tortillas and put the cheese on top and baked it all at once. I think it all sounds wonderfully delicious!

This spinach dip recipe is a great holiday dish for so many reasons! Not only is it completely delicious but it’s not a dish that my relatives/friends bring along to holiday gatherings. It’s so simple to make, with just four ingredients that you most likely have kicking around the kitchen. I love recipes that I can whip up without having to make a special trip to grocery store!

Happy Holidays, Friends! 

 

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Easy Cheese Ball Recipe

Cheese Ball Recipe

I look forward to this cheese ball all year long!! I’m not sure why I hold out until Christmas–maybe…just maybe, it’s because I may go a little (just a tiny little bit) over board during the holidays? Oh well, that’s the joy of the holidays isn’t it? You get to *shamelessly* over eat and do as little as possible! Or is that just me? ;) Anyway, enough of my embarrassing confessions, let’s talk cheese balls!

This cheese ball recipe is extremely easy and is the basis of any cheese ball recipe. I have come to learn that there are no two cheese balls alike. We all have our own tastes– for example, I don’t like nuts, but guess what I do love? CHEESE! My answer to everything is more cheese. So instead of rolling my cheese ball in chopped nuts, I use shredded cheese.

Cheese Ball Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz Philadelphia cream cheese (two bricks)
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce/worcestershire sauce
  • 1-2 teaspoons of grated/chopped onions
  • 2 tablespoons of flakes of ham
  • 1/4 cup of shredded cheese

Directions:

  1. Mix the cream cheese, ham, onion, and worcestershire sauce together in a bowl until evenly blended. This step can be done by hand or in a food processor
  2. Keeping the  mixture in a bowl, scrape it into a semi-ball shape
  3. Cover, and refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours
  4. Once the ball is chilled, roll in finely shredded cheese

This recipe is totally subjective, you can really add whatever ingredients you like. I’ve been in a pinch and used soy sauce instead of worcestershire sauce and it still turned out great. Instead of having chunks of onion, I like to grate a small amount of onion into the mixture. I think this works better because you get the onion “juice” for flavor without having large pieces of onion throughout your cheese ball. Again, this is completely up to you!

I’ve also found that the longer the cheese ball sits the better the flavor is, so don’t be scared to make it a day early. I love party foods that you can make ahead of time, especially during this time of year when you have lots of other things to be cooking and gifts to be wrapping :)

The beauty of this easy cheese ball recipe is that you can pick and choose your ingredients and it will still turn out great! Just be sure to use two bricks of cream cheese and a little worcestershire sauce for flavor, the rest comes down to what you and your family like! I hope you enjoy this cheese ball recipe as much as we do!

Let us know how your cheese ball turns out and which ingredients are your favourite!

Happy Holidays,

Brittany xx

 

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Christmas Deco Mesh Wreaths

Happy December, friends! I thought I would kick off this wonderful month with a few of our latest Christmas deco mesh wreaths. My Nan has been hard at work making these beauties, and this year mom and I even tried our hand at them. I have to tell ya, they seem simple enough to make but it really does take a certain amount of talent to get everything to look just right! Now that we have been in the wreath business for a couple of seasons this year it was fun to experiment with some different colours and ideas, but first I want to share our traditional Christmas deco mesh wreaths. 

Gold & Red 

Gold Deco Mesh Wreath

 Red & Green

Red & Green Deco  Mesh Wreath

These two are gorgeous authentic Christmas Deco Mesh Wreaths, with classic red, green and gold Christmas colours, which I love! There is something about those classic Christmas colours that make me feel warm and fuzzy inside!

White

White Deco Mesh Wreath

This wreath stole my heart and I had to have it for myself as soon as I saw it! I had no idea that such a simple colour scheme could be so breath taking! This baby is on my wall in my living room and I have a feeling it will be staying there until the snow melts! I love that I can get away with leaving this wreath up all winter because it isn’t necessarily a Christmas wreath. Although, I do have a confession… last Christmas I put a gray and pink deco mesh wreath in my mudroom and it is still hanging there. I think I am going to re-vamp it after Christmas and make it more of a “Welcome” wreath. All of the decorations are attached with pipe cleaners so they can easily be changed out. 

If you’re interested in more deco mesh wreaths check out our collection from last year by clicking on THIS LINK! 

We are working on more unique themed deco mesh wreaths as well,  so make sure to check back to see what we have up our sleeves! 

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