Saturday, January 19, 2013

The 'ONE' Crockpot Dip for Super Bowl


This is seriously the 'BEST' dip you'll ever make!!!!
And talk about easy,.........Wow!!!
I have had this recipe forever! And I really don't remember who
I got it from. It has been a favorite in my circle of family and friends forever.
 It is requested every year for those certain occasions.
New Years Eve and Super Bowl are just two of the mandatory occasions.
But I also make it for any other reason to party and get together!
So here it is! You will understand why I named it the 'One'!
Really, in my cook book,  it's called 
'Spicy Bean Dip"...?

1 pound of ground beef (cooked)
1 large can of refried beans (40.5 oz)
1 pound of Velveeta cheese
1 onion (diced)
1 jar of salsa ( 16 oz, any brand and depending on how spicy you want it, go mild, medium or hot)
              Cook up your ground beef first. Then drain the excess grease. Dice up your onions.
Next put your block cheese in the crockpot, your ground beef, the can of beans, salsa, and onions!
Depending on how soon you will be eating, depends on the temperature you put your crockpot on. 
I usually put it all together, 1/2 hour before gathering. And turn the crockpot on high. Make sure you stir every once in a while. Once the cheese is all melted and and it is all blended and mixed, 
turn your crockpot down to warm. And now, spoon it over your favorite corn chips and ENJOY!!

What's great about this dip, is that it is pretty hearty. Because 
of the ground beef and beans, it makes for a pretty filling appetizer!
Men will love it!!

Go Super Bowl!
You will be the 'ONE' scoring points for the 'Best Dip Ever!'


Please let me know how everybody enjoyed it! And like any recipe, you can change it up however you want! Share with others, your changes!
:0) Annette

Thursday, January 10, 2013


Snowflakes for Newtown

On December 22, 2012, I did a post about
Snowflakes for Newtown. Being that I had wanted to create
something for the town of Newtown anyway, I decided, a 
Winter Wonderland project would be a perfect addition to theirs.

Now, it took me a while to create it and finish it. In the meantime when I went to 
send it yesterday, I saw that they were no longer accepting anymore
snowflakes Read here. They had received so many, that they had to end their cut off date early,
even though their final day of receiving them, was to be the 12th of January.
So as happy as I was for Sandy Hook Elementary, on getting such a strong response
of people wanting to send their bits of love and support, I was also 
saddened that I didn't get my contribution completed in time.
Here it is, anyway!

Oooops, my daughter's lil face got in on this pic :0) She likes the camera!

I made 20 little 'white' snowflakes to honor and remember

Charlotte Bacon, 02-22-06
Daniel Barden, 09-25-05
Olivia Engel, 07-18-06
Josephine Gay, 12-11-05
Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 04-04-06
Dylan Hockley, 03-08-06
Madeleine F. Hsu, 07-10-06
Catherine V. Hubbard, 06-08-06
Chase Kowalski, 10-31-05
Jesse Lewis, 06-30-06
James Mattioli, 03-22-06
Grace McDonnell, 11-04-05
Emilie Parker, 05-12-06
Jack Pinto, 05-06-06
Noah Pozner, 11-20-06
Caroline Previdi, 09-07-06
Jessica Rekos, 05-10-06
Avielle Richman, 10-17-06
Benjamin Wheeler, 09-12-06
Allison Wyatt, 07-03-06

These children were so 'pure' in heart and each one of them had their own special
personality and interest. I thought each snowflake needed a 'sparkle'.
Therefor to show their own little smiles, personalities and importance, I just had to 
let them shine, with a little bling!
We now have 20 more little Angels in Heaven!

The shadow box that I used, had three layers to it. So I utilized that concept to create a layered effect.

To honor and remember these outstanding adults,

Rachel Davino, 07-17-83
Dawn Hochsprung, 06-28-65
Anne Marie Murphy, 07-25-60
Lauren Russeau, 06-?-82
Mary Sherlach, 02-11-56
Victoria Soto, 11-04-85

I made the larger snowflakes! When you read about them, they all
loved children and the jobs they had!
God, thank you, for Earthly Angels like these!
I'm sure they are in Your heavenly kingdom, as well!!

To all the families who are suffering from the loss of one of their loved ones,
I will continue to pray for you!!

 This year I have chosen to make it a year of PEACE!

I also ask that as a world and of humanity, that we pray for all of our young adults.
Those that are lost and strayed, that are committing acts of violence and outrage. 
That with God's Peace and Love, they will know that 
God will help them through any darkness, and they need not fall into the hands of the devil!
Please, this will help lead us to PEACE!



Please, if you have any comments I would love to hear them!
xo Annette :0)