Penny's Passion

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Let's Make Spinach Artichoke Tartlets

Hello and welcome to Thinking Out Loud Thursday.  Here is where I talk about something I'm thinking about and invite you to link up and do the same.  Today I'm sharing a quick, easy appetizer anyone can make and everyone will love!  Spinach artichoke tartlets have quickly become one of my go-to appetizers.


 Here's What You Need
A box of Athens Phyllo Shells
Spinach Artichoke Dip
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese


I saw someone whipping these up on Instagram and knew I wanted to make them.  They proved to be not only quick and easy to make but also a crowd-pleasing appetizer.  I first made them for my Galentine's party.  Then turned around and made them for our Super Bowl party too.  

Athens Phyllo Shells are so versatile.  We almost always have a box or two in the freezer.  They are so easy to stuff with either a sweet or savory filling for an appetizer or dessert.  For today's recipe, I stuffed them with the spinach artichoke dip from Sam's Club.  

Here's What You Do
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Take your shells out of the freezer and arrange them on a baking sheet.  There's no need to thaw or pre-bake them.

Next, fill each shell with the spinach artichoke dip.  It takes a teaspoon or so for each shell.


Top the filled shell with a little bit of shredded mozzarella cheese.


Pop in the oven for 15 minutes.  Remove and serve.


It doesn't get any easier than that!  The creamy, flavorful dip combined with the crunchy shell is the perfect combination.  Can't wait to have them again!

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Monday, February 19, 2024

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop

 

Welcome to the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop!  We are so glad that you stopped by.

Here you will find inspiration from dozens of bloggers including recipes, home DIY, gardening, decor, family fun, traveling, fitness, and so much more.

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  2. Penny – PENNY’S PASSION | FB | IG | PINTEREST
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2024 Year of the Dragon

The Year of the Dragon 2024 is upon us!  Seems like a perfect theme to use for a dinner party!  In the Chinese folklore, the dragon is a majestic and lucky creature.  It symbolizes bravery, creativity, and innovation.  Here's how we creatively celebrated with our tablescape!

Year of the Dragon

I found a three-piece dragon on Amazon and thought it would be perfect to use as the centerpiece.  When it arrived, it was much smaller than I had anticipated so I improvised by propping it up in three floral centerpieces.  Hidden beneath each dragon piece is a shot glass holding it up.  

Year of the Dragon


At each place setting was the traditional red envelope with gold chocolate coins tucked inside.  The Chinese tradition of the envelopes is those who receive one are wished another safe and peaceful year.  



I had just bought a black tablecloth and napkins for our New Year's tablescape and was happy to use it again so soon.  When I buy new stuff like that, I always think "I'll use this a lot".  Then most of the time it sits in the closet for years.  Not this time!  


For dinner, I made one of our favorite things - Sukiyaki!  You can find the recipe HERE.  We served the Sukiyaki over rice and had pre-made eggrolls and crab rangoon on the side.  It was such an easy menu and made putting the dinner party together so effortless!



People born in the Year of the Dragon are said to be charismatic, ambitious, adventurous, and fearless.  They possess confidence, independence, and vision.  Cheers to embracing the Dragon's energy this year.  I hope you set your intentions and soar toward your dreams!

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Five on Friday - February 16, 2024

Hello friends!  Thanks for stopping by Five on Friday today.  Let's get right to it ~

1.  Bob Marley One Love Movie
We have seen the previews of the new Bob Marley movie a couple of times and it looks pretty look.  It released this week and I'm hoping we can see it soon.  If nothing else, I bet the soundtrack will be great!  Here's the summary ~
BOB MARLEY: ONE LOVE celebrates the life and music of an icon who inspired generations through his message of love and unity. On the big screen for the first time, discover Bob’s powerful story of overcoming adversity and the journey behind his revolutionary music. Produced in partnership with the Marley family and starring Kingsley Ben-Adir as the legendary musician and Lashana Lynch as his wife Rita.

2.  Tree Hut Pink Hibiscus Shea Sugar Scrub
Is the cold winter weather taking its toll on your skin?  It might be time for a little scrub action to take away some of that flakiness.  Exfoliating your body removes the dull, dry skin and reveals the glowing, soft, smooth skin underneath.  This product is vegan, paraben-free, sulfate-free, alcohol-free, and has a long-lasting fragrance.  Spend some time pampering yourself!  You deserve it!
Our Valentine's decorations will be coming down soon and I will replace them with our St. Patrick's Day things.  One of the new things I'm buying this year is new window clings.  We put them on the sidelights by our front door, mirrors, and any place else they will cling to.  Each set comes with over 100 clings, so you should have enough to cover every surface your heart desires!  

Available HERE

4.  Vanilla Cupcake Goldfish
A friend of mine at work introduced me to Pepperidge Farm's vanilla cupcake goldfish this week.  OH MY GOSH!  The flavor reminded me of a vanilla wafer.  They are a great snack - 35 fish are only 140 calories and are made with no artifical preservative or flavors.  They are going straight in my shopping cart when I go to the grocery store this weekend.


5.  Here's a thought...


I'm so excited that this is a long weekend for me!  We're off work on Monday for Presidents Day!  I have a list a mile long of things I want to get accomplished.   One of the things is to finish the book I'm reading for book club, which is Monday night.  That's one of the more fun things on the list!  

See you next week!

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

2024 Galentine's Party

Hello!  Thanks for stopping by Thinking Out Loud Thursday where I talk about something on my mind and invite you to link up and do the same.  Today I'm thinking about the Galentine's party we had last weekend!


We can all thank Leslie from Park and Rec for introducing us to the concept of "Galentine's Day".  Even though my party wasn't on the official Galentine's Day (February 13), a group of my friends gathered together over the weekend and celebrated with each other.  The group of friends I invited was our small group from church.  I'm just getting to know many of these wonderful ladies and the party was a way to have a shared experience.





The party was set for 2 hours and I knew we would have no problem filling the time!  The plan was to have the guests pick up a clipboard with the games attached when they arrived.  We had four games to play, one being a game to get to know the other attendees.  Etsy has no less than a thousand games you can download and print from home.  The ladies worked on answering their game cards as everyone arrived.

I have used the small clipboards numerous times at showers and parties.  I had no idea when I bought them 10 years ago how many times they would be used!  

Clipboards            

As the guests continued to arrive, the ones finished with their game cards could make a Valentine's card.  I had set up several card-making stations with all the supplies needed to complete their creation.  There were samples to follow, but the creative people at heart could branch out and make their own designs.  The cards could be taken home or left here for me to drop them off at a local assisted living care facility.  




For snacks, we had a sundae bar with lots of toppings, fruit salad, chocolate-covered pretzels, Caprese skewers, and spinach artichoke bites.



Before the party began, I scooped up the ice cream into balls and refroze them.  This was the best idea ever!  Popping a scoop of ice cream into the bowls couldn't have been easier!


Keeping with the pink theme, the punch fit right in!  It was made by putting a quart of raspberry sherbet in the punch bowl and adding ginger ale and a splash of cranberry juice.  Ladle it into cups and top with a raspberry.  So delicious and cute!


We gathered around an extended table to eat the snacks and play a few games.  I love playing games like this or that and people bingo so we can learn about each other.  And who doesn't love winning prizes!



Speaking of gathering around the table, it was fun to dress the table with the log candle holders my dad had made for me to use at a wedding years ago.  I have a feeling I'll be using them for years to come.



As predicted, the two hours flew by!  I'm so grateful I decided to have this party.  Having people around to share in conversation, offer encouragement, empathy and a listening ear is the very best part of friendship.  Gatherings like this are the perfect way to build long-lasting friendships!

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop - February 14, 2024

 

Welcome to the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop!  We are so glad that you stopped by.

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  1. Bev – ECLECTIC RED BARN | FB | IG | PINTEREST
  2. Penny – PENNY’S PASSION | FB | IG | PINTEREST
  3. Sinea – DUCKS ‘N A ROW | FB | IG | PINTEREST | TWITTER
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Friday, February 9, 2024

Five on Friday - January 9, 2024

Hello!  It's Friday!  Who's ready for a weekend?  This is going to be a great one - I'm having a Galentine's party on Saturday then the big game on Sunday.  Love it when we have fun things all weekend long!  But first, let's look at my five for this week ~

1.  National Pizza Day
In honor of National Pizza Day, we will be celebrating by having pizza for supper tonight!  Studies show that 1 in 8 Americans eat pizza on any given day.  If National Pizza Day has you wanting to eat some for supper tonight, be on the lookout for special pizza deals at many of your favorite places.  Dominoes, Pizza Hut and Papa John's will all be having specials today.  Celebrate big!


2.  Abbott Elementary
Season 3 of Abbott Elementary started this week.  This show just cracks me up!  From all the dedicated teachers to the inattentive principal and the eccentric janitor, the cast really works well together to pull off the show.  This season has 14 episodes.  Can't wait to see how this season unfolds!


Kristin Hannah's newest book was released this week titled The Women.  Typically I love her books and this one definitely is going on my TBR list.  This one is about women and the Vietnam War.  I haven't read many things about the Vietnam War.  World War 1 and II, yes - but not Vietnam.  Sounds like a very interesting read.  Here's the summary ~

Women can be heroes. When twenty-year-old nursing student Frances “Frankie” McGrath hears these words, it is a revelation. Raised in the sun-drenched, idyllic world of Southern California and sheltered by her conservative parents, she has always prided herself on doing the right thing. But in 1965, the world is changing, and she suddenly dares to imagine a different future for herself. When her brother ships out to serve in Vietnam, she joins the Army Nurse Corps and follows his path.

As green and inexperienced as the men sent to Vietnam to fight, Frankie is over-whelmed by the chaos and destruction of war. Each day is a gamble of life and death, hope and betrayal; friendships run deep and can be shattered in an instant. In war, she meets—and becomes one of—the lucky, the brave, the broken, and the lost.

But war is just the beginning for Frankie and her veteran friends. The real battle lies in coming home to a changed and divided America, to angry protesters, and to a country that wants to forget Vietnam.

The Women is the story of one woman gone to war, but it shines a light on all women who put themselves in harm’s way and whose sacrifice and commitment to their country has too often been forgotten. A novel about deep friendships and bold patriotism, The Women is a richly drawn story with a memorable heroine whose idealism and courage under fire will come to define an era.


4.  Krispy Kreme Valentine's Doughnuts
Valentine's Day is right around the corner!  Krispy Kreme is celebrating the occasion with the most adorable doughnuts.  Their four heart-shaped confections are titled You're Berry Sweet. I Love You a Choco-Lot, You Color My World and Without You I'd Crumble.   For a limited time, they also have mini chocolate iced and strawberry iced with Valentine's sprinkles.  So cute!  Fun thing to bring into the office or share with a friend!


5.  Some days...


Now I'm off to get through work today and start the weekend!  Hope you have a wonderful few days.  See you back next week.  Go Chiefs!!