Spinach and artichoke Dip

Recently we had dinner at Apple*bee's and enjoyed the Spinach and artichoke Dip. It's soooo good, I had to find the recipe to enjoy at home.

Here it is:

1 (10 ounce) box frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and roughly chopped
1 cup shredded parmesan-romano cheese mix
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
10 ounces prepared alfredo sauce
1 teaspoon minced garlic
4 ounces softened cream cheese
pepper (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine ingredients thoroughly in a bowl and spread mixture into a small baking dish (I used an 8" X 8" dish). Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cheeses are bubbling and melted.
Serve with chips or bread and enjoy!

I'm joining "What's on the menu Wednesday" over at Dining with debbie...


These are birdhouses that I painted years ago that hang on the flowerbed fence. Each year they fade from the sun and I just touch them up again. It adds a touch of whimsy to the all green background!

I'll be joining in over at "Little Red House" for Mosaic Monday. Come on over......

Words for Life's Journey

Today I open my heart and allow God to work in my life. I choose to keep pressing forward, and I will be positive toward myself. I will develop better relationships and form better habits. I will develop my inner life and my relationship with God. I will embrace the place where I am, and I choose to stay passionate about life.
Author Unknown

~ Words for Life's Journey ~


The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our attitudes.”
Charles R. Swindoll

Have a blessed Sunday!

Struttin' her stuff.......

Last summer, I created a garden lady to try to deter the deer that pass through our yard. We have a county park {over 2,000 acres of wooded area}  five minutes from our house and yet the deer find it necessary to use my flowerbed as a buffet.

Two days later I found this...

The deer decided to show me who's boss and took a bite out of her hat!

This year's fashion ensemble was created from a shabby chic flat sheet from the salvation army store for $1.00. I've had the apron for about twenty years and never used it and probably never

So the whole outfit was $1.00 and I think she looks pretty stylish!!

See more inspiring snapshots this Mosaic Monday over at "Little Red House".

~ Words for Life's Journey ~


Jack took me to breakfast. I thanked him.

Later we did lawn work for about three hours…
trimming trees,
pruning bushes,
grass cutting,
and doing some major landscape de-cluttering.

I thanked Jack for helping with the yard.

Then we came inside and ate….  Jack thanked me for making lunch.

Where is this conversation going?

Some of you may be saying “That’s just my spouse, I shouldn’t have to say thank you.”

 No, it’s being polite and thankful for what some may take for granted.

And that’s the way it goes at our house.

 Relax..... and remember it was God who originated the seventh day of rest!

Summer Seashell Salad


1 -1 lb box of medium sea shell macaroni
2 cucumbers, diced
1 medium chopped green bell pepper
1 medium chopped onion
1 (4 ounce) jar pimientos

3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup cooking oil
3/4 cup cider vinegar
1 can tomato soup or tomato sauce
Salt and pepper
Cook macaroni according to package directions and drain.
 Add the remaining ingredients: cucumbers, pimentos, green pepper and onion.
Mix ingredients for the sauce and reserve 1 cup sauce mix.
Pour remaining sauce over shells.
Refrigerate overnight.
Pour reserved sauce over shells just before serving.

This is the perfect picnic dish - no mayo!! Very easy to prepare and a nice change from the usual covered dish take along. I've been making this for over 20 years.

I'm linking to:
"What's on the menu Wednesday"...stop on over for more mouth-watering recipes!


The peony bush that I transplanted from mom's yard has four blooms this year. I love using them in a bouquet !!
See more inspiring snapshots this Mosaic Monday over at "Little Red House".

~ Words for Life's Journey ~

"One dollar spent on a good lunch lasts for five hours. One dollar spent for a necktie lasts five weeks. One dollar spent on a car lasts for five years. One dollar spent in the Service of God - lasts for eternity." - Roger Babson

“ Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose ... not the one you began with perhaps, but one you'll be glad to remember. ”

Have a blessed Sunday!