Diva's Bomb Onion and Spinach Dip

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I love dip. This one is super addictive. Would be a great app to bring to holiday gatherings. Your friends and family will thank you. 

Diva's Bomb Onion and Spinach Dip

Ingredients:

  • 8oz light cream cheese
  • 1 cup light mayo
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly grated cheese (I like Gouda)
  • 1 large Vidalia Onion finely chopped (about 1 cup. more or less to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon  ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper  - plus one more dash :)
  • 1 package frozen spinach thawed and water squeezed out

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees
  2. Spray a 10" square baking dish (or one similar) with Pam
  3. In large bowl, mix all ingredients except about 1/2 cup of grated cheese
  4. Smooth mixture out in dish. Sprinkle cheese evenly on top.
  5. Bake for about 50 minutes until golden brown and bubbly. 

Best served immediately.  Serve with pita chips, pretzel thins, carrots sticks. etc.  Y'all know I like recipes that can't be messed up, and this one is no exception! Hope you try it! 

 

We've been continuing to enjoy the fall weather at the beach.  

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Since Huddy doesn't wake until around 10am, Oscar and I enjoy some beach time by ourselves. Good for the soul. Yes, those are fox soxs.

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Look at this Funyons/potato stick looking beach debris

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Mr. Hudson is 2 going on 22

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He's a perfect lunch date.

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How cute is this Herschel Supply Co backpack?! 

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Mr. Hudson's vest, gingham shirt, and this lion t-shirt are all from Fitz & Emme in Rosemary Beach.

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Sting rays moving along the coast. 

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Last week, a contractor was renting the house next door. He built this bomb sand pyramid.  The beach looks so empty since the rain washed it away. 

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Have a dashing weekend.

Xo, e

World with Octobers

Anne of Green Gables said it best:

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October is our favorite month at the beach. The crowds are gone; the humidity has dropped and temperatures have too, but the water is still warm.  The seaweed has cleared out leaving the water crystal clear. 

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The way the sun hits the water this time of year makes the Gulf look like sheets of glittering glass.

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Cool breezes move in at night, perfect for snuggling by a beachside fire. We love to watch football in our outdoor living area as the sun sets. All Auburn fans appreciate a spectacular skyline painted in our team colors. :)

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The dragonflies swarm and masses of fluffy pink blooms of cotton candy grass decorate the landscape.

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 The sunset has moved back over the water and the sun drops below a glittering horizon in a fiery orange ball that paints the sky long after it has disappeared.

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Mr. Hudson loves to point out the moon

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 If all that doesn't sound amazing enough, the monarch butterfly begins it's migration through the area.

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 It's the real life fairytale God created for all of us to enjoy.  Nature's beauty shows off it's magic on the Gulf Coast in October and we tried our hardest to soak it all up. 

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This baby loves shells.

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Naturally, Mr. Hudson's first trip out of town was to the beach in October. 

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He was just a few weeks old then. 

Two years later, here we are in the same spot.

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High five, Zombie! 

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We decided to take Hudson Trick or Treating in Seaside this year. 

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Our test run of the outfit at home was not very promising. I worried that he would not actually wear his costume. Once he figured out he got candy when it was on, smooth sailing. 

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Hudson as Max from Where The Wild Things Are

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He took to trick or treating like a boss. Got his sweet tooth from his daddy.

He announced boldly, "Trick or Treat, smell my feet, GIVE ME SOMETHING GOOD TO EAT! please."

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Trick or Treating in Seaside was a success. And great fun!

Huddy was all tuckered out the next day. He and Hobbes settled in for some College football. 

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Saturday also happened to be a nice day for a wedding.  The renters next door pulled a genius move and decided to leave out the fact that they would be having their WEDDING during their stay. We got a front row view of the nuptials and the following reception at the pool. They were kind enough to invite us for a drink and to help with a sparkler send off for the bride and groom. Venue rental? nah. beach permit? nah.  Permission to take over the pool for two days? nah. Rebel marriage, I tell ya. 

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We eat lunch at George's at Alys Beach almost every.single.day. I never get sick of it.  

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Sucker fanatic is looking way too grown up these days.  

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Alabama and Florida have large populations of whitetail deer and sightings are common. Even so, seeing one in the middle of the afternoon is unusual. Huddy was ecstatic. 

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See ya later, October!  Hello, NOVEMBER!

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Months of traveling and my house looks like a bomb went off.  Disaster.  Reality slaps me  out  of my October fairytale FAST. BOO. (pun intended)

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Hope you all had a Happy and safe Halloween! 

Do the right thing and put all your mini snickers in the freezer.  You won't regret it. 

Xo, e

Lately

It's the first Wednesday in August.  July is over. I feel like summer just started! Are we really already talking football and tailgates and SWEATERS?! Not possible. 

I know one day I'll be a slave to the school year calendar and it's ever tightening grip on summer break so, for now, I hang on to the idea of an endless summer, where sunshine is bright, the days are long, and my drinks are icey cold! Lawd knows I'm not ready to break out the depression light thing that showed up in my stocking last Christmas. Thanks for the subtle message, Santa. NOT

Here's what my endless summer has been looking like lately: 

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beach flowers

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beach sunsets

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pineapple bottoms 

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turtle bottoms

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family walks

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sunset walks

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humidity proof hairstyles

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photo bombs

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fashion post styling

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pretty feet on friends I meet

Queen B dancing

divine restaurant dining - St Cecilia, ATL

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brass and marble love - St Cecilia, ATL

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baby love

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family love

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puppy love

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beach hair and blue eyed stare

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stroller adventures

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shell hunting adventures

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beach reading - Bernadette adventures

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kayak adventures

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fabric selecting

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al fresco dining

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burrito devouring

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Bahamas dreaming

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perfect days

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perfect nights

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happiness

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pure happiness

 

Are you chasing an endless summer like me??

Xo, e