What’s Shakin Bacon…..

I am not going to start this post with a promise of not going on another “break” because chances are, I will be disappearing into the abyss of the shoe world, BUT I will do my best to at least post once a month.

I can’t believe it’s 2015, 2014 was a good year in some ways, and in others it was a real mother f*cker (sorry Judy).  I am not sad to close the book on it, but I do wish time would slow down just a little.  I remember being a kid and I couldn’t wait to be a “grown up”, now that I am grown up, I wonder what the rush was……and why I didn’t take more naps!

As the holiday’s were approaching, I was invited to a friends for both Christmas eve, and Christmas day, so I had the opportunity to make 2 dips.  I am only going to post one here, as the other was an update to the first dip I ever did on here, and I will share the “secret” on that post from 2013.  Without further ado here we go, PS this was so good I have made it two times in one week!


6 slices of bacon ( I used a whole pack..ooops)

8 oz softened cream cheese

1/2 cup sour cream

5 oz wilted spinach ( I wilted in the bacon grease)

2.5 oz grated parmesan cheese

1 1/2 tbsp parsley ( I used dried)

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp roasted garlic ( link below)


salt & pepper to taste


I roasted the garlic before I started to put the rest of the ingredients together, and my whole kitchen smelled AMAZING…..

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The remaining garlic cloves I had, were spread on crackers, this is a crowd pleaser on its own!

The most important part of this dip is obviously the bacon, it needs to be very crispy, don’t be afraid to use more than 6 slices!

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Once the bacon is to your liking…..take out put to the side on a plate. KEEP THE GREASE! At this point you should pre-heat your oven to 350′

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For the most part spinach is our healthy friend, it’s there to make us feel like we are eating well, and getting Iron, but its opposite day, and today it’s getting wilted in BACON grease…..you know this way is better 🙂  Set pan aside.

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In a large bowl mix together: cream cheese, sour cream, parsley, and our new best friend roasted garlic.  I used a hand blender to mix it all and it came out very creamy, which is what you want.

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Use your mini chop to make the bacon into pieces that you can’t just shovel into your mouth, you want this evenly distributed throughout your dip!!

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Now add the chopped bacon, wilted spinach, any left over bacon grease, parmesan cheese,  and lemon juice, and mix again.

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I had a small casserole dish and dumped it all in there, and it fit perfectly!

Bake for 25-30 minutes, it should be bubbling like a glass of good champagne, and broil for 4 additional minutes.


I actually took a video when it came out of the oven, it was bubbling like crazy, sounded like it was going to taste amazing 🙂


Wavy lays, Cucumber, endive (pronounced ENDEEEV, see below)


Rosemary crackers (Trader Joes)



Oh give me a home where the buffalo dips roam

So the promise of no hiatus has again been broken….I think I have to limit myself to two dips a month and then perhaps I won’t be letting so many people down,  (YES multiple people, won’t name names, have told me they are disappointed in me lol) and their parties won’t be sans dip.

A few months ago, yes months, my little “niece” Bella turned 4.  I have been in her life since before she was born, and every birthday reminds me of how lucky I am to have her in my life….she is pretty perfect.



 So, for her special birthday BBQ, I made a Buffalo Chicken dip, that I could have eaten with a fork it was so good.  I know we have all had this, or even a version of this, but this time it was just cheesy, hot happiness.  I honestly think this could be a side dish, taco filling, or even protein on a salad, but for today, let’s use it as a dip shall we. A lot of the guests were doing the Paleo diet (which I have just started doing) and this is very Paleo friendly, and gluten free….if you are lactose intolerant this is not the dip for you ( you know who you are).



1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup hot sauce ( I like red hot)

1/2 cup blue cheese or ranch dressing 

*I did something different this go around, I used ranch dressing, and put blue cheese crumbles into the dip, best of both worlds

2 cups shredded cooked chicken

*sadly I was in a time crunch, I usually use rotisserie chicken, this time canned, still good

1/2 cup shredded cheese ( I used Mozz)


PREHEAT oven to 350°F

Combine ALL ingredients in a baking dish


Bake 20 min. or until mixture is heated through





So happy this dip didn’t require a ton of prep, it’s something that can be made in short amount of time, and makes everyone happy!



Celery, carrots, pita chips, wavy chips