Last night we decorated the Christmas tree. We had been trying to get to it for two weeks now, but my husband seemed to always be gone! It is one of those things that just makes the whole season so magical for children. The children especially love hanging up their own ornaments that I have been collecting for them since they were first born.
What really made the party fun, though was the food! I served freshly baked chocolate fudge cookies, chips and salsa, crackers, fresh tabouli, and the following recipe:
Artichoke Cheese Dip
1 cup mayonaise
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese
2 tsp. dill weed
1 (14 oz.) can artichoke hearts, drained
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients, breaking up artichoke hearts, and mix well. Pour into a small baking dish and bake about 30 minutes until bubbly and lightly golden brown. Serve with crackers or toasted bread.
Tip: I served this with a baguette that I thinly sliced and placed on a baking sheet. I lightly brushed the tops with melted butter and baked for several minutes until lightly crusty.
Absolutely delicious! I am making this again – in a triple batch when all the family gets here in a couple of weeks! It won’t last more than a few minutes I am sure!