Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Dill Cucumber Dip

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A few summers ago, I found this dill cucumber dip recipe while searching for the perfect appetizer for a summer party.  I wanted to find an easy-to-make dip that was cool, crisp, refreshing, and absolutely delicious.  This one definitely hits all the marks. 

So when I served this dip to my family, it was instantly a hit!  It has now become a summer favorite!


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Dill Cucumber Dip
(modified from Molson7's recipe at allrecipes.com)

Ingredients:
8 oz. block of cream cheese, softened
2 cucumbers
1/2 cup mayonnaise (I like Kraft's Mayo with Olive Oil the best)
1/2 cup sour cream
Splash lemon juice
1/2 tsp. dried dill weed
1 tsp. Cajun seasoning
Wheat chips (like Wheat Thins or Cracked Pepper Triscuits)


Directions:

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Peeled and quartered cucumber halves

1.  Wash and peel cucumbers.  Cut cucumbers in half.  Then, slice each cucumber half lengthwise into quarters (see picture above).  

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All of the cucumber slices with seeds removed

2.  Hold cucumber slice upright, and cut out seeds with a paring knife (see picture above).  Once you have removed all of the seeds from the cucumber slices, chop into very small pieces.

3.  Place all diced cucumber into a clean hand towel or several paper towels.  Squeeze until no more water comes out.  You will have to squeeze and change the towels more than once.  Set aside.  Do not skip this step or you will have a very watery dip after some time passes!

4.  In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth.  Stir in mayo, sour cream, lemon juice, dill, Cajun seasoning, and cucumbers.

5.  Serve cold with wheat chips. 


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This dill cucumber dip is a perfect appetizer for a game watch with friends, backyard barbeque, baby or wedding shower, or family picnic.  It's something everyone will love!

Enjoy!

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Joy - The One Thing That Will Always Make You Beautiful (Tuesday Talk #27)

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Last week, our grandma unexpectedly died in an accident.  We are still in shock and grieving.  Only 7 months ago, our grandpa passed away.  These two were like second parents to us.  When I think back on our lives together, I can see how they shaped me in so many wonderful ways, especially in the Faith.  To lose them both so close together...oh, they will be terribly missed!


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So when I sat down to write my beauty post for Tuesday Talk and Momfessionals today, my first thought went straight to them because...


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Yeah, there's makeup (which I personally can't live without!), the perfect hairstyle, modestly dressing for your body type, eating right, and exercising, which are meant to physically beautify you.  And (in moderation) they are all perfectly wonderful ways to take care of the body God gave you.


But there's one thing that will make you radiantly beautiful with or without all of those things, and that's JOY.


Not just being happy.  But being joyful: living and loving the life God gave you.


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For me, the people I have witnessed who most exemplified true beauty were my grandparents and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (aka Mother Teresa):


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Do you see wrinkles?  Gray hair?  Hunched shoulders?  Baggy clothes?


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Or do you see love, joy, and beauty?


They all lived lives of virtue, charity, prayer, and devotion to God.  I can see - and even feel - the love radiating from them.  And that joy is present not just in the good times, but even in their difficulties and suffering too.  How truly beautiful.


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So, it won't be easy, and it'll take work and discipline, but let's add some things to our daily beauty routine, ladies: generosity, patience, prayer, gratitude, love, a smile, and every virtue.

Let's live them joyfully and let the beauty of our soul shine forth.


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One last thing...will you please keep us all in prayer as we lay our grandma to rest this week?  Thank you, friends.


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We love you, Grandpa and Grandma!!!  Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord...


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Ok, this really is the last thing...I just thought it was beautiful...
 
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 *The first 2 pictures of my grandparents were taken by family members


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