Pittsburgh Visit with Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Boys on jeep 

We went to Pittsburgh this weekend to visit Mark’s family. 

We spent Friday evening at the home of Mark’s Mom and her husband.  Apparently it had rained heavily that morning, but the weather cleared up beautifully by the time we got there.  The older two were able to play in their vast backyard, and they even got out the battery-powered jeep for the boys.  Ben socialized, was in a GREAT mood, and finally fell asleep after supper.

 Jonny on stepsNana and BenIsaac with water pistolMark and Ben

We spent the rest of this weekend at Dawn and Dan’s home (my sister- and brother-in- law).  They have two sons a little older than Isaac, so our kids all had a blast.  The older ones played with toys, they ran through the sprinkler, they played with water pistols (Jonny wasn’t too happy when he got squirted as usual!) and of course they played lots and lots of video games.  Ben enjoyed all the commotion, and got to practice his sitting and rolling.  He got a little out-of-sorts on the last night away from home, but overall did very well. 

I bought myself a new purse/briefcase, bought Isaac some new all-black school shoes, and some fancy sneakers that look much nicer than mine.  We ate the best sushi I’ve ever had, and Dawn made her famous spinach and artichoke heart dip.  It’s really simple to make but soooo good!  I’ve written the recipe at the end of this post.

Boys at Pittsburgh zoo Ben at zoo

This morning we went to the Pittsburgh Zoo.  We got there at 9:30 am and already it was very warm.  Neither of the two older boys wanted to go (they were saying something silly about playing Mario Party 8), but by the end Isaac really got into it.  Ben slept for the first half of the visit but then he woke up and was alert and happy.  We especially enjoyed the new polar bear exhibit and the aquarium.  We left around noon, but didn’t get to see everything.

Mark and boys at zoo 

Now we’re back home and recuperating.  I think everyone will sleep well tonight!

Click below for the Spinach and Artichoke Heart Dip Recipe….

Spinach and Artichoke Heart Dip

 Spinach and Artichoke Heart Dip

1 cup light mayonaise

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 

1/2 cup grated Romano cheese (note: the Parmesan and Romano cheeses don’t have to be the fresh grated kind – store brand powdered cheese works great)

1/2 package frozen spinach (thawed and squeezed)

1 can artichoke hearts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix all ingredients in a bowl, put in 9×9 inch baking pan.  Bake for 30 minutes or until bubbly and lightly browned on top.  Serve with Wheat Thins.

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One Response to “Pittsburgh Visit with Spinach and Artichoke Dip”

  1. lisa leonard Says:

    ben looks so SWEET in all the pics! He looks like daddy in the pic with Mark! so fun. you are making me hungry for spinach artichoke dip!!!


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