Whenever I have an excuse to make a dip for a party, you better bet that I will be bringing hot spinach dip!
Recently I went to a girl’s night at a friend’s house for a wine tasting, it gave me the perfect excuse to make my spinach dip!! I doubled my recipe for this party. None of it was left, which was awesome because who doesn't love having a hit dish at a get together?
A lot of the ladies, that night, asked me for this recipe, which is a huge compliment considering I am not the greatest cook!
This dish is the perfect savory dip to bring to any party!
It is ooey + gooey and savory + salty…
It is very versatile! You can add in whatever you’d like to give it a little bit of a different feel.
**If you don’t want the cheesy layer on top (which can get tough once it cools, try mixing the cheese into the dip and then bake it! I have started doing this more recently and it is perfect.**
Preheat oven to 350*
In a bowl combine cream cheese, mayo, Parmesan cheese, garlic, basil, and pepper. Set aside your mixture and de-stem your spinach leaves. Finely chop your spinach and add it to your mixture, folding it in until it is all mixed in together evenly. Top with mozzarella. Put mixture into a lightly greased oven safe dish and bake for 25 minutes or until the dish is bubbly and lightly browned.
"Sorry my house is a wreck!"
I hear this statements, or versions of it, pretty often. I even find myself saying them from time to time. I like to think I “have it all together” when it comes to my house keeping abilities. In reality I think that it comes with age.
When I was 21 (living without kids) my house was only clean when my parents would visit… like seriously. As I’ve gotten older and had kids I find myself being more successful in this battle of the clean home. I don’t always win this battle but I’d say 80% of the time I AM KILLING IT! The other 20% I am staring at the piles dishes and laundry while wearing pajamas clinging to my pillow just wanting to take a nap when the kids do.
So I am here to share some of my techniques in winning “The Battle of the Clean Home”. After all, women have to stick together and sharing house keeping secrets is the holy grail of supporting one another!
Tip #1 Wake up earlier. I know that sounds HORRIBLE! But I started waking up before the kids do inorder to try and get some work done or clean the house, I’ve found that I am actually in a much better mood when I wake up on my terms and not because my 5 year old is begging for pickles at 7:30 am.
Tip #2 Make the kids help. Cale (my 5 year old) has been helping me clean since he could walk! I normally have to bribe him but any help is worth it! Not to mention, Jace is 17 months and throws trash away like a champ and if you give him a vacuum and turn it on he will walk around with it all day.
Tip #3 Do one load of laundry a day. I’m still working on this one… I’ll keep you posted once I am successful at completing the whole process. I usually get hung up at the folding and putting it away part...
Tip #4 Clean while you cook. I do find that if I clean the kitchen while I cook it is a much faster clean up after everyone has eaten.
Tip #5 Drink lots of coffee. I am very successful at this one.
And when all else fails: Try the closed door policy. What is behind closed doors isn’t dirty!
Just be sure not to offer tours of your house when company comes over.
I hope you gained some tips, and at the very least had a giggle. Tell me, what are some of your house keeping secrets?!
8 years ago today, I married at the young age of 19. My life was very different then...I was a year out of high school, working full time as a waitress, and living in a one bedroom apartment.
I remember breaking the good news to our loved ones, many of which didn’t take us seriously and some who supported us unconditionally. We heard some nasty comments even from the closest of family. Some asked if we were pregnant. Some called us idiots. I don’t blame them, we were young.
We were so young.
Our wedding was simple, short, and sweet. Our ceremony took maybe 15 minutes.
That day when I married him, I made the choice to grow with someone… to love them even on the days when I didn’t like them.
Our marriage hasn’t been easy, no marriage is. We’ve learned how to argue without saying things we would regret. We’ve learned how to say sorry and let our pride fall to the wayside. We’ve learned to forgive with the understanding that we don’t forget.
I think our marriage works so well because we are complementary to one another. I remember before our wedding the pastor made us complete a marriage course with him. One evening, he had us write down reasons why we worked well together. My husband wrote “she likes the crust of the pop-tarts, and I like the middle” (Mind you when you’re 18-19, you do not always make the best decisions when it comes to nutrition). I couldn’t help but laugh. His statement explained our relationship so well… even if it was unintentional.
My husband provides balance in my life… Our relationship is beautiful, messy, silly and most of all complementary. Like creamer in coffee, we compliment one another.
I don’t know if I believe in soulmates, but if I did he would have to be mine…
What is: Wichita Falls Housewives?
It is a social networking body that plans on bringing women in our local area together in order to connect to the community and each other. WFTXHousewives isn’t just for housewives though… as a brand that aims to support local women, we want to support all local women. Working women, single moms, stay-at-home moms, and housewives!
Since I am so new to the Housewives as a blogger, I asked some of the other bloggers what being apart of the Housewives meant to them…
Allie Proko of Philadelphia Housewives: “When the opportunity to run Philadelphia Housewives presented itself, I couldn’t pass it up. It was a way for me to network not only as a business owner, but as a woman in the region looking to connect and form friendships with other like-minded women and to have those fun evenings out.”
Sarah Green from Honolulu Housewives: “Housewives to me is all about meeting new people, it can be so hard when you move to a new place and you know absolutely no one, we're here for you, we want to meet you. At our events you'll meet bloggers, business owners, stay at home moms, and women just like you, looking to grow their tribe of ladies who support and encourage one another.”
What is the Housewives to me?
WFTXHousewives is my way to meet you and build my tribe.
It is being able to go out and dress up.
It is my creative outlet and a way to share ideas.
It is my opportunity to be successful and help others be successful in the process.
Maybe I’ll be able to give back to the community, or maybe I will make a difference in someone’s day doing this…
You never know who you’ll meet or what will happen when you decide to try something new, right?
With the official launch of Wichita Falls’ very own Housewives in the City, I’m here to introduce myself. I am Marci and I am 27 years old. I’m a wife of 8 years and a mother of two beautiful brown-eyed blonde-haired balls of energy. I like to say we bring the party where ever we go, and by that I mean we bring the noise... literally!
Before I started the Wichita Falls Housewives, I went back to school and finished my Bachelor’s Degree. I even went back to work for a short period of time… but as is life, things happen and daycare is waaaay to expensive! So, I made the hard decision to quit a job I loved to come back home to be with my boys.
I grew up as a military brat, living everywhere and calling nowhere home – which makes for good conversation! At a young age I married into the military and have been able to continue that adventure, which brought us here in October of 2015. However, I am not new to Wichita Falls. My mother lived here when I was little and I would spend my summers here playing in the HOT summer sun with my family and friends. Then in 2009 my husband attended training at Sheppard AFB and I was able to drive the 4.5 hours from Odessa to visit him on the weekends until our family was able to reunite and be whole again.
Our home is loud and usually chaotic. I love spending the days having dance parties at home with our boys, drinking coffee with my friends while the kids have play dates, and crafting in my free time. I am a total “foodie,” I have a true appreciation for great tasting food and will try almost anything… with that being said I am probably the pickiest foodie you’ll ever meet!
I can find beauty in anything. I am a realist with an optimistic heart. I’ve always loved writing and I am super excited about being able to try something new while reaching out to the community here in Wichita Falls.
* This is going to be a great adventure! You can follow along with me on social media while I experience our local area, post about events (including our FREE Girls Night Out events), and maybe even do some giveaways.
**Feel free to share something about yourself in the comments section below!
I am originally from the mountainous state of Vermont (no that is not in Canada!) - my passion is event planning and spending time with my little family consisting of my husband, two little boys and four fur children.
Follow me as I blog about the area's best and host monthly Girls Night Out events.