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Last night was our third Annual Christmas Movie Night. It has only been the past few years that we have owned a TV and DVD player, so my kids are not very familiar with Christmas movies new or old. I always try to pick a lighthearted movie (in years past it was Jingle All the Way and Elf). No moral lessons or seriousness for these nights, just good, clean fun.
I find prepping for our movie nights to be almost as much fun as the movie night itself. This time it included a trip to Walmart to buy the ingredients for Hot Artichoke Dip and our movie, The Santa Clause.
Before I saw this recipe I had no idea you could actually make artichoke dip. I feel kind of dumb typing that, but I didn’t even know how or where to buy an artichoke…as it turns out the dip is quick and easy to make…so quick and easy (and delicious) that Tilly made it twice last week!
You can find the Hot Artichoke Dip Recipe here, but really its as easy as mixing the ingredients together and popping it in the oven. The hardest part was chopping the slippery canned artichokes.
To make the Hot Artichoke Dip:
Chop one 14 oz can of artichokes
Chop one clove of garlic
Combine those ingredients with 1 cup KRAFT Real Mayo Mayonnaise
1 cup KRAFT Parmesan cheese.
Place in baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
Once the dip was in the oven, I set up with decorations. It is always amazing to me how a few themed colors, cups and straws can make things so festive. Those straws are actually cake pop sticks, but worked so much better than the paper straws I have purchased in the past. They were much thicker and more durable and actually lasted through a cup of hot chocolate!
Hot chocolate and candy canes were enjoyed by all…I know that looks like one grumpy bunch of children, but believe me they were having fun! We even managed the entire movie without a single hot chocolate spill…my children must be growing up.
I have found over the years that one of the most important parts of family traditions is simply the anticipation that leads up to the event…And now, one more happy memory made.
What are your favorite traditions? Do you enjoy the prep or does add stress?
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