Homemade Dill Dip

A nice quick and easy appetizer for the current and upcoming holidays (depending on what you celebrate).  This dip tastes fresh, creamy and DILL-icious!  Perfect with vegetables!  And once you make it you will wonder why you ever bought dill dip in the store it is just that easy!

Homemade Dill Dip

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 1/2 Tbs fresh dill, finely chopped

Mix together the mayonnaise and sour cream until well combined.  Add the garlic, onion powder, and dill and mix together.

Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Dewars Update

Happy Scottie

Still gardening away, but figured you all would enjoy an updated photo of our dear sweet Dewars!  He turns 10 months tomorrow and just got his hair cut this morning! Such a happy boy! :-)

Poppies Wide Awake

Just taking a moment to apologize for the sporadic posts and blog reading this past couple weeks.  We have been in full gardening mode and have been running around with blinders on as we try to get the vegetables and herbs in the raised beds, summer flower bulbs in the ground, etc. etc.  I look forward to getting back into blogging routine soon but in the meantime I must get back outside and stop getting mud on the floors. :-)

Happy Pi Day!

Happy Pi Day

What’s your favorite??

As for us…. I think we might have either the apple shown above, or possibly some Balsamic Strawberry Pie!

Balsamic Strawberry Pie

Spikes of Green

l Flourless Chocolate Cakes

Talk about decadent, these individual flourless chocolate cakes are the perfect way to close out an evening of entertaining friends.  Each guest gets their own rich cake topped with seasonal fruit.  These gluten-free cakes are very easy to whip up for any occasion — or no occasion at all!  We used almond extract but you can also use vanilla if you would prefer.

Individual Flourless Chocolate Cakesmodified from Whipperberry

  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup Dutch cocoa
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp of almond extract
  • Cooking Spray
  • Blackberries, garnish
  • Powdered Sugar, garnish

Preheat your oven to 375˚. Place six ramekins onto a baking tray and lightly mist with cooking spray.

Combine the chocolate chips and butter in a small saucepan. Cook until just melted and remove from the heat. Stir in the vanilla (or almond) extract.

In a small bowl whisk the eggs. Add the sugar and cocoa. Whisk until smooth. (You should have a paste like consistency).

Fold in the melted chocolate. Divide the batter between your bowls and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Dust cakes with powdered sugar and garnish with blackberries (raspberries or strawberries work well too).

Keep Calm and Grow Food

I’m obsessed.  Truly I am.  I have nothing but spring on the brain!  All I can think about is sunshine, gardening, and flowers.  And I’m not alone.  It’s an epidemic that  is sweeping the country.  Everywhere you look — whatever the current weather — people are talking about spring.

For all of you who are just as spring and garden-crazed as I am,  Find Out What Your Garden Name Is!  I’m Poppy Von-Red Cabbage! :-)


Speaking of gardens…I can’t wait to plant mine!  Not only am I excited about getting my hands in the dirt, but I also can’t wait to enjoy the vegetables and herbs of our labor.  Here are some terrific recipes from fellow bloggers that have me garden inspired.

 Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad from Forks Up

Sesame Broccoli from Aneelee

Asparagus Gruyère Tart from Cottage Grove House

Sugar Snap Pea Salad from Caramelized

Home Grown Squash with Tomatoes and Soft Buffalo Cheese from The Single Gourmet and Traveller

Fennel Artichoke Tart from The Salt Tooth

Cilantro Avocado Smoothie from The Celiac Chronicles

50 + Boozy Spring Cocktails from What Jew Wanna Eat (ok so totally not garden inspired but hey…spring cocktails!)


Thanks so much to Fig and Quince for tweeting one of my favorite Rilke quotes earlier this week!  Was so happy about it I had to make my own image for it using some spring shots from last year.

Spring Has Returned


Catch up with this week’s Green Door Hospitality posts!

This Party Calls for a Theme: Spring Garden Party

Casual Dining: Marinated Chicken Breasts with Cherry Tomato Risotto

Wordless Wednesday — Season’s First Plantings

Ingredient Spotlight:  Asparagus


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