November 25, 2014
Good afternoon! Wow, I guess today is all about Scott. I sure didn’t do a very good job at planning there. Did you guys enjoy his blogging debut this morning? His own notes at the end certainly made me chuckle.
Since I’ve known him, Scott has been making a version of his famous queso dip for dinner parties and get togethers. Usually paired with his healthy homemade salsa, we would often bring the two dips (crock pot and all) to family gatherings in Florida. Our families and friends love them both!
The salsa is considered light and healthy, and the queso… well… it’s not. I’m not going to lie, it’s actually quite indulgent.
That said, it’s delicious and a great (and easy) appetizer to throw together that is sure to please any crowd.
As promised a couple weeks ago, I am sharing what exactly that recipe is today! Just like his salsa, he still experiments with the ingredients from time to time, but here is what the last and most consistent batch looked like.
Very similar to the suggested recipe on the Velveeta package, Scott used that as the base and tweaked it with a couple of his own additions.
1 box (16 oz.) Velveeta cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, preferably Philadelphia (I suggest light)
1 can (10 oz.) Habenero (HOT) Ro-tel tomatoes
1 can (10 oz.) Mexican Lime & Cilantro Ro-tel tomatoes
Feel free to substitute regular or mild cans of Ro-tel to tone down the spice!
3/4 of a (10 oz.) block of frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1 (3 oz.) bag real bacon bites pieces (we use Oscar Mayer brand)
1. Cube the cheese and gather ingredients.
2. Thaw spinach. Check out these great tips on how-to do this if you’re unsure about the best way to do so.
3. Throw all ingredients into a crock pot on Low if you are not around to watch it, High if you need the dip quickly.
4. Once all the ingredients start melting together, mix thoroughly and often.
5. Switch to Low heat and keep warm!
Serve with a side of tortilla chips (I like blue corn), pita chips, or pita bread.
This dip is perfect for a game day, pot luck dinners, and holiday gatherings (to hold guests over before the meal).
I hope you liked this recipe. It’s time to get out the door with my mom and show her around the area. Have a great rest of your Tuesday!
November 25, 2014
Oh boy, are you guys in for a treat today…
For the first time ever, Scott received a little something-something in the mail to review for the blog!
Excited to open the box and give the brand spankin’ new Saucony Triumphs a look, he anxiously ripped through the packaging that both left us saying ” WHOA.” Engineered to make you want to run, the new Saucony Triumph ISO is the result of a collection of customer feedback.
Saucony started with popular features from their high-end running shoes like the Triumph and Hurricane. They covered the need for cushioning and impact protection and stepped it up a couple notches with the POWERGRID cushioning.
Check out the 3D animation featuring the new technologies!
Here are the highlights, straight from the video:
• 20% more cushioning than standard midsoles
• optimized geometry and materials work with the runner’s stride
• maintains fluid transitions for a smooth ride
• ultra-soft inner fit-sleeve crafted out of stretchable air mesh
• morphs to the foot for a sock-like feel
• floating support cage cradles the foot
• adapts to foot size, shape and movement
• evolutionary upper meets luxurious plush platform
• superior comfort that moves in perfect harmony with the foot
So yeah, they’re pretty cool.
Before we even got a glance at the shoe, the packaging had us at Whoa. Intriguing, right? Impressed, we took them out for a family test run.
It was snowy and wet out, so I then asked him to throw them on for the next week or so. I’ll let him take it from here!
Saucony Triumph ISO Review
It is now Day 42, and the other runners in the community have now accepted me as one of their own. I have grown to understand and respect their traditions and tendencies, allowing me to draw even closer to the inner circle and learn more about their culture and patterns. I now question everything I once thought as truth about running and fear I am incapable of going without it. I empathize with you, Forrest Gump.
It all started with the “whoa” box… that was indeed clever packaging and had me intrigued to see if their product was as well built as their cardboard home. Being a loose cannon who does not play by the rules, I opened the box before Heather gave me permission – a big no-no when it deals with “the blog.” (In fact, I barely get to taste a meal when it is still warm anymore due to the immense photo shoot each one has to undergo – part of our new dietary techniques I assume.)
I don’t know if I “ripped through the packaging,” as described above, but I was sincerely impressed by their marketing efforts and figured these toe ticklers were made to catch the eye of someone like me.
These sick Saucony kicks are certainly eye-catching, if nothing else, with their eclectic mix of neon hues, ergonomic geometrical patterns, and fancy accents. They look like a mix of a tennis ball, Tetris shapes, and Jell-o shots, all of which are hallowed pastimes of mine. And when I put them on, I could immediately tell that they were not the same as my overused running shoes of days past, may they R.I.P.
I am not a professional runner. Don’t be fooled by my sweet modeling photos above and below, which Heather has so kindly provided, of me in my Rocky Balboa outfit and ridiculously baggy T-shirt (that’s the way we do it in the D, so I’m told). Let me inform you upfront that I have no idea what PWRGRID+ and ISOFit mean, nor do I know how to cure athlete’s foot, avoid runner’s trots, or find Orion’s belt.
I can share with you, however, that these shoes hugged my foot throughout my runs like my Aunt Cathie did to me as a child, allowing minimal movement inside the shoes. I have had problems with this with some shoes in the past, due to my Hobbit-shaped foot. I attribute this improvement partially to the tongue being attached to the inside casing of the shoe — totally love that idea!
The shoes also provided excellent grip on the slippery pavement, which occasionally concerns me throughout my wintery runs here. Furthermore, they were noticeably lightweight – not that I often complain about the weight of my other everyday shoes, but when running… sometimes. Okay… often.
I didn’t get anything to wear these shoes, nor am I getting paid to say good things about them. But I will wear them and I will say good things about them henceforth… do you like that word, Heather?? (And since Saucony did not pay me, you better reward me for being awesome, modeling for you and your readers’ pleasure, and writing my first review on “the blog!”) You are welcome.
Thank you to all who entered in the giveaways over last couple of days! I loved reading all of your comments.
• Shannon Bailey: You have won a Lorna Jane MNB Diary/Planner!
• Meredith B: You have won a The Jar Half Full mason jar!
An email has been sent to both winners. Please respond within 48 hours to claim your prizes!
Questions of the Morning
• When’s the last time your significant other upgraded their running shoes?
• What brand do you usually go with?
Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this review. I was given the Saucony Triumph ISO sneakers to review through a campaign with FitFluential. As always, all thoughts remain my own… except for Scott’s.
Those are clearly his.