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About countrygirlbling

Hi, I'm hoping that my blog and my experiences will help to encourage you. Our journey through life can be unpredictable at times but KNOW that if you are a believer in Christ, HE will always have your best interest at heart! (Even when things don't make sense!) Toodles

My Orchid!

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I’ve had this orchid plant at work for years.  Out of the blue last year it grew a stem, budded & flowered about 8 blooms and they lasted for a few months!  At Christmas I was taking it into the little kitchen here at work to water it but I dropped it and broke the little clay pot it was in.  I was so bummed because it had just grown a new stem with tiny buds (again!!) and I was afraid I killed it.  I repotted it and took it home.  It is blooming again!!!!  Seriously, I’ve had it for years – maybe 5 and now it’s bloomed twice in one year!! Totally stoked! And yes, feel free to notice my cute little pig picture in the background, lol.

 

Real Beer!

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I went to the grocery store last week and this sign made me chuckle.  It’ll be 24 years, this year, since I moved to Colorado and full strength beer (beer only) is NOW available in grocery stores!  Previously only “3.2 beer” was sold which means the alcohol strength was only 3.2%.  So I could go to the liquor store and buy Blue Moon with 5.4% or be lazy and pick it up at the grocery store with 3.2%. That changed as of January 1, 2019, however, wine and spirits won’t be available in Colorado grocery stores until 2037.  So crazy, lol.

WOW Me Wednesday (ok Thursday!)

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CARDAMOM WHITE HOT CHOCOLATE by Trisha Yearwood

I actually made this a few times during the holidays and wanted to share it with you.  This is super simple and super YUMMY!  The cardamom spice is used with Chai Lattes sooooo if you like those, you’ll love this!  Snow is coming tomorrow . . . so I’ll probably be making this again!  It’s the perfect compliment to a snowy, cold day!

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups white chocolate chips

1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

3 1/2 cups whole milk (I used 2%)

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Put the white chips, cardamom and 1 cup milk into a medium saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat whisking often, until smooth. Add the heavy cream and remaining 2 1/2 cups milk and heat, stirring occasionally, until hot. Stir in the vanilla. Serve – makes about 4 cups.  Enjoy!!

 

Just in time for your Holiday Parties – The BEST “Artichoke Dip” Ever!

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quick-easy-artichoke-dip-vertical-a-1200The BEST “Artichoke Dip” Ever!
 
1 8oz. block cream cheese
1 cup mayonnaise
1 can artichoke hearts, drained & chopped
  (not marinated hearts)
1 small can chopped Ortega green chilies
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
   (I use Kraft 3-Blend Cheese in the refrigerator section)
 

Mix together and bake uncovered @ 350 degrees for about 30-45 minutes or until a little golden on top.  Best served with Triscuits!