We are fairly new to blogging and we have had a little trouble planning our posts in time for holidays. It was about 2 days before Valentine’ s Day that we decided to make red velvet cupcakes in honor of the holiday. We got a little better for St. Patrick’s Day. Planning nearly a whole week in advance. I don’t know what happened for Easter, but we found ourselves making Cadbury Egg cupcakes the Friday before Easter. We have made a lot of progress since then and we were ready for the 4th of July more than a week ahead of time. How good are we? Not only did we make these cupcakes in honor of the holiday but we made something else too. You will just have to check back tomorrow to see what kind of dessert we made with hamburgers. Intrigued? You should be.
Just in the past few years have I started to eat artichokes. I started by trying spinach artichoke dip. Pretty safe, you can hardly even see or taste the artichokes in all that cheese. I liked the dip so next I moved on to linguine with artichokes. This pasta uses canned artichoke hearts, which in my mind is safer then a whole artichoke. The entire heart is edible, I didn’t have to worry about pointy leaves or the “choke.” I mean what the heck is a choke, anyway? I loved the pasta so I decided it was time for the real thing. A whole artichoke. I was scared.
Spinach dip is one of my favorite dips. And it’s definitely my favorite way to eat spinach. But what I love most of all is that store bought is as good or better than any I can make from scratch. It’s just too easy! And too good! But today’s post is not about spinach dip, it’s about the adorable cups we served them in.
Sunday is my day to prep. I don’t have a lot of energy after work, so I try to do as much prep work on Sundays as I can. I do all my grocery shopping, prepare lunches for the week, and make individual sized bags of fruit and vegetables for us to take for lunches all on Sunday. Cliff usually requests 1 of 2 things for his lunches, either pasta or Italian sub sandwiches. So on Sundays I set up either a pasta or sandwich assembly line and knock it all out at once so that I don’t have to worry about it the rest of the week. This works out great for us. Plus, it keeps us from going out to lunch, which saves us quite a bit of money throughout the year.
On Wednesday we got up early and made the drive to Waimea Canyon. We made a couple stops along the way for some pictures and I think we finally made it to the top by about 10:30 am. The drive up was beautiful. We went up via Waimea Canyon Road. We went all the way to the end of the road to Puu O Kila Lookout and Kalalau lookout, stopping many, many times on the way for pictures. I’ve never been to the Grand Canyon before, but I was pretty impressed with Waimea Canyon. The views at the lookouts did not disappoint. It was a long drive but it was worth it.