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Travel Tips

  • Posted on November 29, 2010 at 3:48 pm

My best travel tip, learned over many years of travel and much urging from Husband, is to “Pack Light”! 

What is your favorite travel tip!??!

Hugs – Ellen

Cruising Around! – Leaving Miami

  • Posted on November 28, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Many of our friends and family have  enjoyed taking cruises over the years, but Husband and I had never tried it.  Over the Thanksgiving holiday week, we decided to get away and give it a try.  It was fun and we had a great time.  I can’t say it was perfect, but I do know we’d be willing to do it again sometime in the future.

Norwegian Sky

Norwegian Sky

We flew to Miami (travel was crazed and we had to alter our plans at the last minute, but it all worked out).  We went to the cruise dock area and boarded the Norwegian Sky for our trip to the Bahamas.  Although it’s smaller and older than a lot of other cruise ships, the Sky has recently been refurbished and was a wonderful ship for ‘first timers’.  I will say we loved the ‘freestyle’ eating options and not being locked into certain times or places.

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

We sailed out of Miami and it was beautiful.

Miami Harbor

Miami Harbor

We got to see so many boats in the Miami Harbor and Marina, some of the very pricey and gorgeous.  It was fun to look!

Miami Beach

Miami Beach

Miami Beach seen from the ship looked awesome.  Too bad we didn’t get a chance to check it out!  Hopefully another time!

Miami at dusk

Miami at dusk

As the ship went farther out, we wave farewell to Miami and the US for the next few days!

Cruise Sunset

Cruise Sunset

Cruise Sunset

Cruise Sunset

We got a couple of nice sunset pictures and I wanted to share them with you.  We have more pictures, but I’m going to break them up into a few separate articles for your reading/viewing pleasure!

Take care all!

Hugs – Ellen

Happy Belated Thanksgiving!

  • Posted on November 28, 2010 at 10:21 am

Happy Thanksgiving to you all, even if it is a little belated!

Husband and I decided to do something different this year and we took a short cruise (our first ever) to the Bahamas.  We were without internet or cellphone and amazingly we had a great time!  I’ll have pics and more later, but just wanted to say that we’re back.

UKC Ch. Bifrost's Corena, Corena

UKC Ch. Bifrost's Corena, Corena

I hope you and your family had a wonderful and special time together this week.  I want to leave you with this picture of our naughty Newfie girl, Corena, eating Husband’s pumpkin pie!  This picture was published in the Newfs Gone Bad calendar for 2008 and I truly cherish it.

More pics and blogs later… Hugs, Ellen

Recipe – Spinach Dip (in a Bread Bowl)

  • Posted on November 22, 2010 at 12:15 am

Repeat Recipe from 2009!!  Such a great recipe I had to give it an encore for the holiday season!

Husband & I were going to a party last night and asked to bring a dish.  I offered to bring Spinach Dip (in a Bread Bowl).  Here’s what I did. (Also, this is my first ‘recipe’ post, so bear with me as I figure out how to do this.)

Ingredients:

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 ( 16 oz) container sour cream
  • 1 or 2 (1.8 oz) package dry onion soup mix (leek or veggie mix can be used, but I like the bite of the onion – use 1 or 2 packets per recipe depending on how strong you want it)
  • 1 (4 oz) can water chestnuts, drained and chopped
  • 1 (10 oz) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 (1 lb) loaf sourdough bread (or italian or french) – it can be round or square or even long loafs, it’s totally up to you

This recipe can be doubled or tripled for more people.

For the very best flavor, be sure to give the dip at least 6 hours (overnight is better) to season out and let the flavors all blend together.

Thaw and drain the chopped spinach. Squeeze as much liquid out as you possibly can before putting it into the sour cream mix.

Drain the water chestnuts and chop them into small pieces. Use either a knife, a blender/food processor or some other type of chopping device. They are great because they give the dip some crunchy goodness.

water chestnuts - chopped

water chestnuts - chopped

In a medium bowl, mix together the sour cream and the dry onion soup mix.

Sour Cream w/Onion Dip

Sour Cream w/Onion Dip

Add in the chopped water chestnuts and chopped spinach. Stir until mixed thoroughly.

Spinach Dip - Yummy

Almost Spinach Dip - Yummy

Chill in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours or overnight.

Spinach Dip - Yummy

Spinach Dip - Yummy

Just before the party or event, remove the top and interior of the sourdough bread.  Fill with the dip. Tear the remaining dip into chunks for dipping (or use a knife to spread the dip on the bread.

Spinach Dip in Bread Bowl

Spinach Dip in Bread Bowl

Yummy goodness!!!