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Posts Tagged ‘Christmas celebration’

Shocking Spinach Dip Discovery

Posted by terrepruitt on December 24, 2013

For many it is Christmas Eve.  Some might not celebrate Christmas or it is past the day, but here, where I am, it is Christmas Eve.  It is Tuesday so normally I would have had a Nia class in the morning, but the Park and Recreation Department of San Jose took the day off so there was no Nia this morning.  They also have instituted a very abbreviated Group Ex schedule so my Nia classes with the City of San Jose are done for the year.  We will be back Thursday, January 2, 2014.  (WHOA!  2014!)  I have one more Nia class in Willow Glen this year and one more class this year that I am subbing for the YMCA.  Then onto the next year!  So today I had a very relaxing Christmas Eve Day.  Probably thee most relaxing Christmas Eve Day I have had in a LONG time.  It was nice.  One thing I had to do today was make spinach dip.  In my world this is a common party treat.  I have been making it for as long as I can remember.  Although I had not made it in a long time.  I think I first heard about spinach dip when I worked at my first mortgage job in the mid ’80s.  So that is a long time.  Spinach dip seems pretty common and timeless.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle Yoga, YMCAOne thing I notice over Thanksgiving when I made a quadruple batch was that the recipe calls for a 10 ounce package of frozen spinach.  Well our big green friend now makes his frozen spinach in 9 ounces sizes.  I thought that was funny.  Then today as I happened to be READING the recipe I noticed something that had me saying, “WHAT!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!”  The directions actually say to COOK the spinach.  I have never heard of such a thing.  I have NEVER cooked the spinach.  And as I mentioned I have been making spinach dip for YEARS.  Cook the spinach?  Really?

I prefer the Knorr Vegetable soup mix.  But one year I couldn’t find it ANYWHERE and I ended up with the SPRING Vegetable mix and that was awesome because it had mushrooms in it.  Now I can’t find that.  I have also used other soup mix and have not been as happy as when I use Knorr.  But this “cooked” really made me laugh out loud.  Here is the recipe I am sure many of you are familiar with:


Knorr Spinach Dip

1 box (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, cooked, cooled and squeezed dry
1 container (16 oz.) sour cream
1 cup Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise
1 package Knorr® Vegetable recipe mix
1 can (8 oz.) water chestnuts, drained and chopped (optional)
3 green onions, chopped (optional)

1.  Combine all ingredients and chill about 2 hours. Serve with your favorite dippers to your favorite people.


Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle Yoga, YMCAAlso, for me, the water chestnuts are NOT optional!  They are a requirement.  In fact, to me, the are the best part.  If you watch me getting some spinach dip you will probably see me pushing my cracker/bread/veggie through the dish just trying to get at that chunk of chestnut.

In addition to the change in weight of the spinach they also now package it in a plastic, which helped when squeezing the water out.  After I squeeze the spinach it is all clumped together so I use forks to pull it a part.

So I have two main questions for you:

1)  Do you COOK your spinach?
2)  How do you squeeze all the water out of the frozen spinach?  To me that is the worst part.

Let me know because I am soooooo curious.

And to all I say:

Merry Christmas!

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December 30 Minute Movement Challenge – Day #18

Posted by terrepruitt on December 18, 2012

So today is Tuesday.  On Tuesdays I have a Nia Class at 9:00 am for the City of San Jose.  The community center is closed on Christmas Day.  And I have not heard, but I am thinking it will be closed on New Year’s Day too!  So for two weeks I will not have a Tuesday morning Nia class.  (Sad face.)  But there is class today so I am going to be back to check in after class and after I do my 30 minutes.

Hmmm . . . . maybe I can get the people that are going to miss Nia for two weeks to come over to my Nia Classes on Monday and Wednesday?  Maybe offer a deal?  $5.00 with a community card ID?

Yay you for being here to check in!

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December 30 Minute Movement Challenge – Day #14

Posted by terrepruitt on December 14, 2012

Fourteen days in.  Do you believe it?  I can’t.  Writing every day makes it seem like a long time, but with Christmas around the corner it makes it seem like time is flying!!!

I have another Christmas celebration tonight!  Yay!  I love each and every celebration.  The more the better!

How are you doing with your challenge?  You are here so you must be rocking it!


I’ll be back with my 30 minutes done!

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Honey Do List

Posted by terrepruitt on December 11, 2010

Ok, so every year at Christmas my friends and I get together to celebrate.  Today is our 24th year.  I am explaining that because I am in a rush but I want to post something.  I know if I don’t do it before I leave I won’t do it when I come back.  Since I have my injured toe all I was able to do yesterday was teach my Nia class and decorate the tree.  It takes me a long time to do anything so my posting is a little rushed.  But . . . . I still think this is a great idea . . . .and that is why I am posting it.  Its about the Honey Do List.

Are you lucky enough to have a partner that helps with things?  Do you make a list?  Well, I am lucky enough to have a hubby that does things.  He always helps me a lot when I have company coming over and he is REALLY doing a lot because he wants me to rest my foot.  I am going to share something with you that I think should be on EVERY Honey Do List all the time.

I think it is nice to let your honey know that s/he is appreciated.  So I include that on the list of things to do.  Yup.  The list might look like this:

Silly, maybe, but I think this is part of wellness.  My hubby works hard and I think it is important to let him know that he is appreciated.  Everyone likes to know they are appreciated.  I think it goes a long way.  If your honey is looking at the list of things to do and sees that it could make his/her day.  I think happy and positive go a long way.  If your partner is running around doing things in a state of “grump” that just adds to the negativity out there.  If s/he is running around in a state of “I’m appreciated”, it adds to the positivity out there.

Well, that is my take on it.  What do you think?

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