Friday, March 7, 2008


Troy and I are actually not very good at parties. We aren’t great at small talk or meeting billions of new people in one evening. We’re much better at small gatherings, and we like to keep things pretty casual. Since we’re also getting old, we don’t stay up late either, so we don’t par-tay all night for sure.

A couple of weeks ago one of our neighbors had a birthday party, and at 5:30 in the morning they were still outside on their balcony talking. VERY LOUDLY. Troy and I just shake our heads at each other and say “Why?” Yeah, we’re the life of the party.

When we DO have people over, we feed them yummy things. Here is a recipe for one of my favorite dips. Everyone loves it (even if they don’t like artichokes!) Usually I don’t tell people what’s in it until they have tried it. It’s not exactly health food!

Artichoke Dip:

1 large can artichoke hearts

1 cup parmesan cheese

½ cup mayo

½ cup sour cream

1 large package of cream cheese

Garlic salt and dill weed to taste, about ½ tsp each

Chop artichoke hearts in small pieces, mix all ingredients together. Pour into greased pan. Bake at 350° (170° C) until bubbly. Serve with bread, crackers, veggies or any other dippable thing! (I also like to eat it cold the next morning!)

When I was a kid, one of my favorite movies was “Saturday Night Fever”, starring John Travolta.

In those days, I always wanted to be John Travolta and honestly thought I could pull it off. I even had the silk shirt to prove it. It was blue, red, green, yellow and silver. And, of course, I looked a lot like John Travolta.

See? Exactly, um, identical. In fact, many times people mistook me for his son cuz we looked so much alike: “Are you John Travolta’s son cuz you look just like him! Except for, of course, that lily white mop on your head, the albino complexion and the, uh, buck teeth and dorky smile.”

Anyway, when my sister was 13 she had a party and a certain 8-year old attention-starved waif was given permission to hang around with my sis’ friends.

We had this porch out back that was lighted and coated thickly with a high gloss green paint. My sister put on some DISCO and I beheld the group of sprouting girls like a crow among tall, ripe stalks in a corn field. They were just waiting to be picked. I strolled to the center of the floor with my silk shirt on and started shaking my “perky little jive box”. Within seconds, all the girls were around me, clapping and laughing. Now I realize: they were actually laughing AT me. Meanwhile, my sister went inside and cried her eyes out. I had ruined her party.


eastcoastlife said...

Hello. Nice to meet you! Greetings from sunny Singapore. Just drop in to say Hello!

I love parties but not my hubby. :)

Lesley said...

Greetings from snowy Westfield, NY. Your blog sounds neat. Thanks for having me by.


That Chick Over There said...

You guys sound funny. :) I came over here from the Ultimate Blog party, but I might have to stay for the content.

Kacey said...

LOL, yes, you looked JUST like Travolta! Exactly...

Clever concept for a blog.

Happy Ultimate Blog Party!

Susan said...

What a great blog idea:) I have a husband...we feel similar to being together:)

Anonymous said...

Hey, that's one of my favorites movies. LOL Welcome to the party and happy blogging!

Kathleen Marie said...

So nice to meet you both! My hubby and I are more the small gathering, let's visit for awhile kind of party people. Nothing wrong with that to be sure!

You both have a fabulous day!

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I love the idea of the side by side meanderings, great little corner of the web you have here!

If you want to party at my place, you can head on over and find it here!

Erin said...

Oh, what a fun idea for a blog! I love it! I can't wait to read more, you guys are so cute.

Anonymous said...

hehe, you guys sound like us... something about wild parties aren't appealing anymore... I'm usually too tired by 10ish! lol
Great artichoke dip!!!

e-Mom said...

This is such a great concept for a blog. And I love this artichoke dip. Delicious!!!

Blessings, e-Mom @ Chrysalis

Curiosity Killer said...

This is such a good blog! What a great idea! It's so nice to meet you both! Thanks!! Enjoy the party!

Anonymous said...

What a fun idea - he said, she said. I love it!

Stephy J said...

Good to meet you two, you look like you both have alot of fun! Party on!

Wani said...

This is fun, making the rounds to new blogs, making new friends! Happy Blog Party! C'mon over to my party post!
I wish I could get my husband to blog with me!

Anonymous said...

It's so nice to 'meet' you here at UBP! And I agree, I like small gatherings as well. You're blog seems to be so great - I look forward to peeking over your shoulders from time to time in the future. Thanks for sharing...

God Bless, HL

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laura said...

Oooh, I love artichoke dip! Might be the next recipe on my blog...

Nice to find you at the party!

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Storm said...

I love how both of you add your opinions to make the blog whole.

Still hopping from blog to blog... my goal is to post at each blog at least once. Nice to meet you. Happy blogging!

nancy said...

stumbled here via UBParty
i do that artichoke dip too, same thing without the cream cheese...but i will most definitely try it your way next time!