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I cannot believe Monday is almost over already!! Ben & I had a fantastic weekend and I was sad to see it come to an end, but Monday actually went by pretty quickly. I hope the rest of this week does the same.

Ben & I tried two new-to-us restaurants this weekend, which is always fun.  On Friday night, we had dinner with Ben’s parents at a small place in downtown Indianapolis called the ball & biscuit on Mass Ave.  We ordered drinks and appetizers and chatted for awhile.  It was a fun night ~ and we even went to bed fairly early, which I am always excited about.



On Saturday night, we joined some friends for dinner at Moe and Johnny’s in Broad Ripple.  There were tons of IU fans there, which I loved to see.  After dinner & drinks at Moe and Johnny’s – we all headed home for some major hot tub time.  We always stay up way too late and I am always surprised by how long we can sit in that tub.

Here is “the morning after” text conversation ~IMG_1276

That should sum things up –> Evil hot tub.  Fun times.  I can only have that much fun every once in a long while now.  My body does not handle the Fun Times like it used to!!!  

On Super Bowl Sunday, Ben and I decided to take it easy.  We thought it would be fun if we each made one dish.  Ben made buffalo chicken dip and I decided to make spinach artichoke dip.

Here is the recipe I followed (!!!!!) —

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Romano cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F; Lightly grease a small baking dish.

In a medium bowl, mix together cream cheese, mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, Romano cheese, garlic, basil, garlic salt, salt and pepper. Gently stir in artichoke hearts and spinach.

Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish. Top with mozzarella cheese. Bake in the preheated oven 25 minutes, until bubbly and lightly browned.

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Ben thought I did a very good job on the spinach artichoke dip.  I was proud of myself (!!!) – but as I was making the dip, the smell of artichokes disgusted me when I opened the can.  When I went to eat the dip later, I still could not stand the smell, so I could not eat very much of it. 

Tonight, I did wrap my Valentine gift for Benny —


And I have lots of school papers calling my name tonight – Boo…

I will get back to my workouts tomorrow night – Remember, I do have an important Mid-March goal to be in my best shape by that time (!!!!!) ~ The countdown begins (!!!) and I am feeling motivated.

Have a wonderful week ~ and Remember —



Love, ~Ann