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Hot Mexican Spinach Artichoke Dip

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This is a recipe I made up after a visit to Houston, Texas.  We ate a few times at Pappasitos and when we got home we wished we had a similar Mexican spinach artichoke dip recipe.

I tried many recipes out there and nothing compared to Pappasito’s dip so I concocted this yummy spin of Pappasito’s Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe. You can conclude that artichokes are vegetables.  Enjoy and if you take this dip to a party you’d better bring along copies of the recipe, it’s that good, and you will be asked for copies!

Hot Mexican Spinach Artichoke Dip

 

  • 1 pack of frozen chopped spinach – defrosted and squeezed dry
  • 1 can of drained artichoke hearts or bottoms – chopped
  • garlic powder
  • 1 – 8 oz box of cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup to 1 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup to 1 cup salsa – I use Pace brand salsa but fresh or homemade salsa are better
  • 1 cup to 1 1/2 cups Pepper jack OR Monterrey jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium sauce pan combine the defrosted, squeezed dry spinach and drained chopped artichoke hearts over medium heat.

Sprinkle the mixture with 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder and continue to warm up.  This cooks off any additional liquids which may have been in the spinach or artichokes.

When spinach is warmed, turn down heat to medium low and add the cream cheese and sour cream.  Stirring constantly.  When the cream cheese is melted then add the salsa.  Add 1/2 cup of jack cheese and 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese.  Continue stirring and cooking until cheese melts and dip is completely combined.

Transfer dip mixture into a glass pie plate.  Top with remaining jack and Parmesan cheeses to your liking.  Bake uncovered in oven for about 30 minutes or until cheese topping is melted and light brown.

Serve with tortilla chips.

Hot Mexican Artichoke Dip Recipe TIPS:

  • If you are in a hurry, you can eliminate baking the dip and instead transfer the hot dip to a serving dish straight from the sauce pan.
  • This isn’t as pretty of presentation as baking the dip in a glass pie plate and topped with cheese but the dip will still taste wonderful.
  • If you like your dip more spicy be sure to use pepper jack cheese and use a hot salsa.
  • If you like your dip more mild use Monterrey jack cheese and a mild salsa
  • This recipe is very versatile, if you are out of Parmesan cheese the recipe will still work, just use more jack cheese.

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Elegant Anniversary Flowers at your Doorstep!

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The term ‘Anniversary’ is a date during which an event had taken place or establishment of an institution during the previous year. Many countries across the globe observe national anniversaries, which represents the inception of an institution or a government. Birthday anniversary, wedding anniversary and Death anniversary are some of the common types of anniversaries, which are celebrated by people around the world.

Sending or receiving flowers makes you or your loved ones feel something very special. Expressing your love and affection in the form of delivering flowers is much more than sending greeting cards or text messages to your friends and relatives. Celebrating your birthday or wedding anniversary is not complete without the presence of anniversary flowers.  Anniversary Flowers plays a pivotal role during auspicious events owing to its significance and grace.

Nowadays, most of the people prefer attaching personalized text messages while presenting flowers to their loved ones. While some couples opt for traditional anniversary flowers during their wedding anniversary. During the course of this auspicious event, they utilize traditional flowers to adorn their house. Now let us discuss in detail some of the anniversary flowers and its importance.

Anniversary

  • 1st Anniversary: –

During your first anniversary, the Carnations symbolize commitment, happiness, and comfort for the coming years.

 

  • 2nd Anniversary:-

Lily of the Valley is an epitome of love and affection. It is one of the preferred anniversary flowers to celebrate your second anniversary.

 

  • 3rd Anniversary:-

Sun Flowers could be one of your best pics in order to celebrate your third anniversary. It signifies a strong bond between you and your life-partner. Besides that, it symbolizes loyalty and faithfulness.

  • 4th Anniversary:-

Hydrangea is a flower, which symbolizes gratitude and appreciation. It could be a perfect match to celebrate your fourth anniversary.

  • 5th Anniversary:-

Daisies, which is sometimes referred to as ‘Asteraceae’ or ‘Compositae’ represents innocence and sympathy towards your soul mate.

Ordering Anniversary flowers online

Owing to time constraints, most of the people prefer browsing through reliable online florists’ portals where they can choose from a wide variety of anniversary flowers and place their orders online. However, there are plenty of e-commerce portals where the customer can avail the 24/7 customer support. The discerning customers will be offered necessary guidance and support by a team of highly skilled professionals.

One of the major benefits of purchasing anniversary flowers online is that an individual can obtain the flowers at affordable rates rather than spend a huge amount at the nearby local store or retail shop. The customers have the option to select from a wide range of anniversary flowers.

The customers can avail attractive discounts on each purchase, which is offered by the respective e-commerce website, India Flower Mall. Mid-night delivery option is also available where you can surprise your loved ones immediately when the clock struck twelve.

Most of the e-commerce websites ensure that the anniversary flowers are delivered to the customers at attractive rates without burning a hole in their pocket.

 

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4BAG GOES TO EUROPE

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The time you were waiting for, is here! The e-shop of 4bag travels around Europe!

Now you can make your orders, even if you are not in Greece, but in any of the European countries!

Because of the fact that 4bag takes care of its customers and wants to be close to them, and because we had orders from abroad, from now on we accept your orders for our new products from all over Europe!

We are aware of the fact that our beloved brand, the women’s bags of course, is inseparable piece of their appearance, for the majority, and it makes perfectly sense about it.

The bags are something like an extension of woman’s self! Which woman have you ever seen, going outside her house without holding a bag? Almost none!

Because it is that accessory that a dressing needs to be completed and arouses her style!

The women, we have in our nature to want to be beautiful and impressive! With the appropriate bag, we can be stunning every hour of the day, in any occasion.

Take a look from which European countries you could make an order

You can order in 4bag.gr from the following countries:

  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Italy
  • Austria
  • France
  • Germany
  • Luxemburg
  • Holland
  • Portugal
  • Slovenia
  • Hungary
  • Romania
  • Sweden
  • Finland
  • Lithuania
  • Latvia
  • Denmark
  • England
  • Spain
  • Czech republic

The 4bag bags in Europe: Delivery at the European countries

4bag.gr can feel your needs, so from now on you can make yours your favorite bags, at all the European countries. The shipping rates in Europe is 16€ and we delivery your unique brand by courier.

Your greek handmade bags, which are made from recycled leather, will be delivered to you in about seven to ten days, from the day that you have ordered.

In case the certain bag or the bags in offers you want, are no more available, we will contact with you immediately.

Our online store, always want to have you satisfied. In every corner of Europe you may be, we will serve you and deliver you, your chosen accessories at the front of your door.

The 4bag.gr has been designed to make your purchases, in the coziness of your house, with a single click, in all over Europe!

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8 of the Best Entries From the Wonder Woman Weapon Design Contest

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If there’s one weapon you’d want to grant Wonder Woman with, what would it be?

Two weeks before the premiere of the Wonder Woman movie, we asked our community to submit their weapon ideas for the Amazonian princess. Out of 184 active entries, we shortlisted eight submissions from which we selected the three winning designs.

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This “Dooms Edge” by Mayank94214 from India was the runaway winner. He also made a fanart illustrating how this axe looks a lot more awesome once it’s in the hand of Wonder Woman.

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wonder woman freelancer design contest

This “Golden Phoenix Scepter” by BonaFideGPX is one of the two runners-up. The Filipino designer wrote in her description that Diana can summon the Phoenix using this scepter and will be protected by its blazing shield.

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And this is how it looks like on shield mode:

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Another runner-up is this “Hephaestus’ Staff” created by dandrexrival07, also from the Philippines. This weapon yields the weapons of Zeus (Thunderbolt), Poseidon (Trident), and Hades (Hellfork).

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The designer also provided details about the staff itself and how it can help Wonder Woman in her battles.

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Here are the other cool designs we picked from the submissions:

This “Helios Scepter” may look quite fancy for someone as tough as Diana, but it’s still something we can imagine her using. Any weapon bearing the power of the gods would be useful particularly in her duel with Ares.

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Entry #25 by johannverdi (Venezuela)

How about another sword? It may be shorter than the one Diana already owns but because, according to the designer, this sword was forged by Hephaestus, we thought that this weapon was destined to kill Ares. If you can recall, Ares had an affair with his own sister, Aphrodite, Hephaestus’ wife.

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Entry #195 by Arthurhenri11 (Brazil)

This “Simitar of the Lost Souls” is among our favorite entries. It’s also done by BonaFideGPX (it’s part of the contest rules that a designer can only win once). We can already picture Wonder Woman with this pair.

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Entry #178 by BonaFideGPX (Philippines)

These last two designs both originated from Hades. The “Helm of Hades” below is a creation by DenioViana. Apart from the power of invisibility, we asked him how this helm will affect Diana’s personality. He said when Wonder Woman wears it, Hades will control her and influence her to get angry. Not sure if that’s a good thing though.

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Entry #79 by DenioViana (Brazil)

This “Helm of Light” also gives Wonder Woman the power of invisibility. Additionally, it affects her personality, and the more she uses this helm, the stronger the effect of darkness will be in her. But what sets this helm apart from the first one is the “Divine Stone”, which nullifies the scathing effect to her personality.

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Entry #191 by dandrexrival07 (Philippines)

We had such a great time running this contest. Every day, we were looking forward to more and more brilliant designs. What surprised us were the backstories and descriptions the designers wrote in the entries. It was fun reading through all of them! Look at the rest of the entries and see what we’re talking about.

If you missed this competition, check out ongoing illustration contests you can join in. And if you’re an employer looking to receive fantastic illustrations as the ones presented in this blog, post your own contest today.

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