I’ve always liked Spinach Artichoke Dip. But I have yet to find one in the grocery store that I love. They’re good enough for when I get the real bad craving, but they’re not great. So, finally I decided to make my own. This makes a huge amount, good for a party or potluck. As an immediate family appetizer or snack I recommend making about one fourth of the recipe, or save what you don’t use today for another night.

  • 10 ounces chopped spinach, frozen and thawed or fresh
  • 2 cups (about a 14 ounce jar) artichoke hearts
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons minced garlic
  • 8 ounces (about 2 cups) shredded Parmesan cheese

Put all ingredients except for 1/2 cup of Parmesan in mixer and blend slowly until combined. Spread in oven safe baking dish and top with remaining Parmesan. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes until hot and bubbly and cheese on top starts to brown. Serve with pita bread, tortilla chips or a rustic bread loaf for dipping. (My son’s favorite is King’s Hawaiian bread, but I’ll forgive him.) Also works great as a cold dip for any of the above, or for fresh veggie sticks.


Went for a nice long run on the Lake Minnetonka LRT Trail last Saturday.

Very pretty even with the leaves all gone. I’ll definitely head back over whenever possible. It was also kind of fun to think about the fact that I ran almost completely through three different cities (OK, towns) and part of a fourth. Started in Minnetonka and ran into Deephaven, then Greenwood and then through Excelsior.

Would have been a little faster but near the end I looked up the path and saw a deer nibbling grass at the side of the trail. 


She looked up and I stopped and fished out my phone to take a picture. She’d go back to her snack and I would ease forward a few steps until she looked up again. This went on until I got maybe as close as 60 feet away and then she darted off down into the gully where it turned out there was a second one.


They kept their eyes on me as I continued on my way.


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Views from the Guthrie Theatre


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Protect Nearby Monument!


“Protect nearby monument.” I looked across the road and thought, “Why are they concerned about this?”


It doesn’t look to me to be in any danger. It’s far enough back from the river it isn’t likely to fall in. Are they worried about vandals? I looked at the sign again and saw the bottom line “Monument is 6 feet No.” Well, that means they aren’t talking about that one. It’s a lot further than 6 feet away and it isn’t anywhere close to north. I look around and about 2 paces north of the sign I see this in the ground.


Finally my brain processes the first part of the sign completely “Protect nearby survey monument.” The stone in the ground for surveyors to use as a reference point. “Monument” made my mind go immediately to something big and grand. Nope. We’re talking about this plain and unassuming stone in the ground.

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To my wife on the occasion of our Anniversary:


(This sounded more eloquent in my head as I thought about it, but it was more important to me to say it clumsily than not at all.)

I am extremely happy and proud to have been married to you for these last 22 years. Without you my life would not be the joy it is.

You indulge my dreams. When I express interest in opening my own restaurant or starting up a food truck your immediate response is not to think it is silly. Instead you ask what we would need to make it happen. I think of writing a book and am met with nothing but encouragement.

You have put up with what we like to call my mid-life crisis. When I wanted to teach myself to play guitar, you helped find one along with music to start with. I didn’t just start running but chose to do it in those funky “toe-shoes” and your only concern was that I not hurt myself. Even letting my hair grow out was met with little more than a questioning look.

I love going on our dates which I often like to think of as adventures. We have been going new places and trying new things and every one of them has been more fun with you there to share them and talk about them afterward.

Hearkening back to “our song” that I sang  to you at our wedding—I’m still trying to save time in a bottle, but my box of wishes remains empty.

I am thrilled that I get to grow old with you.

I love you with all my heart.

Your Adoring Husband

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