I hope you’re not too upset with me posting all these treats lately! It’s the season for holiday baking….and let me tell you my girls wonder why I don’t make more treats year round. I get it all out of my system now, because come January I’m back to my clean eating regimen!
I also try not to keep sugar laden treats around because they’re too tempting for me. I’ve told you before that I don’t have the willpower for it. So for the month of December I’m “mom of the year” as far as my girls are concerned. And I have to say I’ve loved sharing my favorites with you….I have a few more to come before we clean things up around here. At least these treats are from scratch, and I strive to use the best possible ingredients.
I love onion dip….or really any dip! But growing up in the 80′s meant Lipton onion soup mix. As I’ve been striving to elminate processed food that obviously means packets of soup mix. I hadn’t found a great onion dip substitute till now. I made this dip for a surprise gathering last week, and thought I’d share it with you. It’s perfect to set out with a tray full of fresh veggies, and of course amazing with potato chips.
Let me just say a few words about this surprise gathering. While you might be running here and there shopping for the perfect gift, stressing out about things that seem important at the time, remember it’s really the season for togetherness…spending time with loved ones. And also remembering those who may be alone and have no one to share the holidays with.
Last week a good friend of mine texted a bunch of us that normally meet for small group Bible study. We haven’t met in quite awhile, and my friend wanted to see who would join her to help cheer up an elderly member of our group. I hesitate to use the term “elderly” because she still drives herself around, does volunteer work and takes care of herself…but she’s in her mid-80′s and lives alone. My friend Katie invited us to join her in surprising our dear friend….a time to come over and cheer her up, decorate her house for Christmas and enjoy a potluck meal together. It was a spontaneous gathering, and it ended up being the highlight of my weekend as well as all my friends.
And let me tell you…..she was ecstatic…surprised and thrilled to have us all show up! We all had such a great time catching up with one another! I feel blessed to be a part of such goodwill, and grateful for friends that help me remember what we should be doing year round. Who can you surprise this week….with a card, a phone call or perhaps even a short visit? Who has God been laying on your heart lately? You won’t regret making that time!!
A few other dips you may like for your Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve spread:
- 1 large vidalia onion, cut in half and sliced thin
- 1 cup sour cream
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- ½ tsp sage
- pinch sea salt
- sprinkle black pepper
- ¾ tsp worchestershire sauce
- ½ tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp sea salt
- Carmelize onions over medium heat.
- Sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt, black pepper and sage.
- Chop carmelized onions in food processor.
- In bowl combine sour cream, mayonnaise, carmelized onions, worchestershire sauce, onion powder and sea salt.
- Chill for 2 hours or more.