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Spinach & Kale Greek Yogurt Dip Review & Wedding Cake Tasting!

It’s been a fun week around here food wise. Wedding cake tasting – it’s a tough job but someone has to do it! Let me assure you there was no trouble getting volunteers for this wedding task. But before we get to the sugar overload let me share a new food find that is a healthier version of an old classic. You know how I love to include kale in my diet and you’ll love this one even if you don’t think you like kale. I’m just saying give it a try!

Daughter Katy had this dip at a get together and she knows how much I like kale so she suggested I try it. Do you remember the spinach dip that uses the Knorr dry soup mix in it? Well this Trader Joe’s dip is a dead ringer for it but much lighter in calories. Love it!

If you need an easy appetizer for your summer gatherings grab a container of this and serve it with whole grain crackers or veggie dippers.

You can have a generous 1/4 cup of dip without guilt.

Which is perfect if you have wedding cake to sample. Which we did, times four. How cute are these little mini wedding cakes?

This was my plate with about two bites of each flavor combination. All of the cakes were moist with a soft crumb and delicious. Before we started I thought the lemon would be my favorite but it was actually too sweet for me.  The fudge filling in the yellow cake was very good. My favorite cake was the butter pecan, it was a light, soft crumb and almost like a spice cake in flavor. The rum filling was delicious but super sweet. The over all favorite was the chocolate cake with strawberry cream cheese filling. It was decadent and the least sweet of all the cakes. I guess we aren’t use to so much sugar! The bride, groom and son David sampled the cakes again yesterday and we still have cake leftover. This was so much fun and next to choosing the flowers one of the easiest tasks of wedding planning.

We aren’t big on frosting – even the non dairy whipped cream frosting was just too sweet. Daughter Katy said that she thinks we are so use to my lower sugar desserts and it makes us super sensitive to high sugar foods. I’m thinking that’s a good thing! :)

Nutmeg Notes

We have been packing son Davids things and I must say it’s bittersweet and strange to think about him not living at home. My mind starts to wander and analyzing if I have taught him everything he needs to know to live on his own. Have I given him all the right tools and skills he needs? Does he know how to handle a kitchen fire, fix a plugged up toilet, get laundry stains out, pay bills and grocery shop? What will he eat?

I remind myself that life experiences are teaching tools. We learn as we go about our daily lives, make a few mistakes here and there and learn from them. The mom in me wants to save my children from the pain of making mistakes and learning the “hard” way. Moving out is a learning and growing experience for my young adult son. It is also a milestone in my life, where I have to trust that I helped him to have a solid foundation. That he leaves home feeling confident in who he is. That he will continue to learn, grow and have the opportunity to see that he can make it on his own. I’m also sending him off with his own new toilet plunger – that’s what mom do!

Those apron strings are difficult to cut. Part of me doesn’t want to let go.

Mom’s having growing pains too.

Tami

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What’s your favorite cake flavor?

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  1. Karen@WaistingTime says:

    Oh, sigh, I get it. My son has been in his place for a couple of weeks now and he starts his job on Monday. Boy, is his life going to change! I wanted to tell him EVERYTHING. When we hugged goodbye, after spending almost a week together shopping and getting his apartment set up, I broke down and started crying. Very unexpected. I guess it finally hit me that he really is now living halfway across the country:(

    1. Karen@WaistingTime says:

      P.S. – I do LOVE having an empty nest! Although my younger son is back home for the summer.

    2. Tami says:

      I know that feeling Karen. I find myself thinking of all sorts of things I should tell him! I am sure I will shed some tears as well. Good to know you are enjoying an empty nest.

  2. Jody - Fit at 54 says:

    OMG on the little cakes – YUM! Sugar coma! ;-) I like spice cakes so I am weird! :-)

    OK – best search out that dip at TJ’s!

    I have always only had the kids on every other weekend & so for me – I have no experience with what you are going thru but I am sure it is hard…

  3. Andrea@WellnessNotes says:

    The dip sounds great! Thanks for the tip! Many years ago, I made lots of spinach dip with the soup mix… Brings back memories!

    Kids growing up and moving out is certainly strange and you do wonder if you taught them “everything” and then you realize that they will be fine… :)

    Our wedding cake was guava – from a local bakery that has specialized in that flavor for many years (and has since been sold, including the original recipe). It’s probably my favorite cake flavor because it’s so unique and was our wedding cake… :)

    1. Tami says:

      Guava cake sounds yummy! I bet I would like that and how fun to have a unique wedding cake flavor.

  4. janine says:

    hands down–my all time favorite wedding cake was cheesecake covered in long curls of white chocolate. another one that was neat was a different flavor combination in each layer :-) I’d be having too much fun with the cake tasting–sugar coma for sure.
    Not to worry about if your son “knows” everything. That’s what the phone is for. Good thing he’s still kind of local, so he can call with any questions. There should also be an apt manager to handle stuff like stopped toilets etc. He’ll be fine, mom………..:-)
    Like the look of that dip you mentioned.

  5. Jan@WritingToWellness says:

    Those cakes make me salivate… Butter pecan sounds perfect! Are you doing the bride’s and groom’s cake thingy?

    I must go wash out thoughts of cake with some protein, quickly!

    1. Tami says:

      No Jan they aren’t doing two cakes just one 3 tier wedding cake!

  6. Sharon says:

    Can’t wait to check out that dip. Looks great! Our Trader Joe’s is set to open first of July. Yippee! Will no longer have to travel 170 miles to the closest one. This could be GOOD thing or a BAD thing. LOL!!

  7. The Candid RD (Gina) says:

    I can’t WAIT to do our wedding cake testing! Seriously, I’ve been looking forward to it for months.

    I also LOVE that TJ’s dip. I bought it a couple months ago and was hooked from the first bite.

  8. Linda Sharp says:

    I love real vanilla white cake with just a smidgeon of fresh apricot/peach preserves in the middle – yum! The little cakes above look delicious!

    I can so relate with the kids leaving home – our 28 and 25 old no longer live at home having left for college years ago – and yep, I cried. Sad tears because I couldn’t imagine them not being home but happy tears that they were ready for that step. Both live out of state now so it’s still difficult but manageable. Our 18 still at home – not ready for the last one to leave yet :-)

    1. Tami says:

      “Happy tear” is so right! So sorry two of your children live out of state. That’s difficult as I well know living so far from my family most of my adult life. Yet, we carry on and with internet and free long distance cell phone coverage we can connect often and quickly!

  9. Dr. J says:

    Tami!

    The saying is “Parents need to give their children both roots and wings, and the wings are the harder part.”

    1. Tami says:

      Amen to that Dr J!

  10. Kay Christopher says:

    I have yet to try out the kale+spinach yoghurt dip, but as for those cakes, they look really really tasty. Especially from the way you described them.

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