Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Mystery Parties and Spinach Dip

   It has truly been a busy few weeks for the Wand family.  In March, we celebrated a Messianic Passover Seder with some dear friends and the Sunday of the resurrection of our Lord with extended family.  In early April, the girls and I hosted a Mary Kay party for another dear friend, prepared and participated in our homeschooling group's annual mystery party fundraiser, and attended a bridal shower.  The very next week, my son took the Stanford (standardized test), the girls and I attended a women's preparedness meeting (more on that later) and our family had a game night with some friends.  Finally, my husband and I attended an anniversary party for a dear couple celebrating 60 years of marriage!  Things have quieted down and we've settled back into our routine. I now have the opportunity to catch up and share some of the details!

     Here, Emily paints the background for Cinderella's carriage for this year's party theme "Fairy tales".  Each year our local home school National Honor Society hosts a mystery party to raise funds for a selected ministry.  The mysteries are carefully selected and "edited" to make more appropriate for our group.
    Participants dress up as assigned characters and attempt to solve a mystery at the party.  This year was our largest turnout with about sixty homeschooled kids.   Emily was sleeping beauty, Hayden was the evil queen from Snow White, and Harrison was one of the three little pigs (who also happened to be a realtor)!  I'm sure one of the girls will be posting more pictures on their personal blogs soon.  My house looked like an art studio for about a week!

     This was the path Emily painted for the "garden" area.  She cut these out, we covered them with clear contact paper, and then we taped them to the floor as stepping stones.

      Mystery party participants are asked to bring refreshments for the fundraiser.  We decided to bring sandwiches on dinner rolls (like we've shown on previous posts) and spinach dip with crackers.
     There are so many varieties of spinach dips and you can dip anything from crackers to fresh veggies. My personal favorite thing to dip is dark, pumpernickel bread.  This spinach dip version is so easy and everyone seems to really like it.

Ingredients:  a large bag of chopped frozen (or a bunch of fresh) spinach.
                   2 cups of mayo
                   2 cups of sour cream
                   2 packets of Ranch dressing mix
                   a fresh lemon
                   things to dip!

*You'll want to make this at least an hour ahead of time so the flavors have time to develop.

Combine 1 1/2 packets of Ranch dressing mix, mayo, and sour cream.  Squeeze the lemon juice from half a lemon being careful not to get seeds in your dip.  If you want to go ahead and use the other half of the Ranch dressing mix, just add a half cup more of sour cream and mayo so it won't be too strong.  If you are not a lemon fan, you can also squeeze less lemon juice.

                                                                  Mix thoroughly.

If you are using frozen spinach, heat it in the microwave, let it cool, and then squeeze out as much liquid as possible before adding it to the sour cream mixture.

                                   Mix into dip.

                                                         Stir, chill, and serve!  Yummy!

Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, Than a fatted calf with hatred.
Proverbs 15:17


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