Avocado Spinach Dip

Avocado Spinach Dip

Avocado Spinach Dip

I make so much guacamole I’m sort of tired of it.  As much as I love avocados, there must be other ways to use it.  I’ve made a few other dishes using avocados but I really wanted to try another dip.  Just not with the other guac things in it.  There must be many other flavors that would mesh with avocados besides spicy peppers and tomatoes and lime, I speculated. Continue reading

Bird Feeders: Battling Squirrels

Slinky around the birdfeeder pole to prevent squirrels and chipmunks from eating seeds.

Slinky around the   pole to prevent squirrels and chipmunks from eating seeds.

My dad is a bird feeding enthusiast.  His back deck area feeds the most beautiful birds!  He has feeders with tiny grains for the gold finches.  A larger feeder with suet for the many woodpeckers hangs from a tree.  Another feeder with larger seeds is for other birds.  There is sugar water for hummingbirds.  My dad cuts oranges in half for the orioles who come to feed on the juice and pulp.  Grape jelly is in another container for the orioles.  Robins have a sweet tooth as well and enjoy the grape jelly.  It’s a colorful flock of birds at all times of day.  Then there are the squirrels. Continue reading

Healthy Cucumber Dressing

Healthy Cucumber Dressing

Healthy Cucumber Dressing

I’m the woman who loves to eat cucumbers for snacks late at night. Peeled and sliced, they’re my idea of a midnight snack. Not chocolate, not chips, I want cold slices of fresh cucumber. I also slice them into lettuce or spinach salads, or diced them into chicken or crab salad for sandwiches. Dipped in guacamole might be my favorite way of taking them a step up. The other day I wanted to use them to make a dressing for a salad for dinner. I wanted to keep it healthy and lower in calories. Continue reading