Friday, May 27, 2011

Grown-up game night

You know I'm all for families doing things together and we enjoy playing games, but sometimes it's fun to get together with other adults and have fun without the company of our many children.  (And since the combined child total is 23 between us and the two other families we often do things with, that's a lot of company.)  Tonight is one of those evenings.  We start at a slightly later time to make it easier to have dinner and help get small people off to bed and meet at whichever house is easiest. 

The games have varied... we've played many different board and card games... but it's always fun.  It's a great way to visit, relax, and laugh.  (Sometimes the resident children complain that we are a little too loud.)  And it really is grown-ups only.  We don't really want small people hanging around the edges.  I see it as another way that we are making growing up look appealing.  As adults we do get to do things that children don't... and they are fun and enjoyable.  And this fun is not rated PG-13 or higher.  I almost hesitate to use the word 'adult' because it has taken on connotations of inappropriateness, as if the only difference between being a child and being an adult is the level of perversity involved.

And we make treats for ourselves.  I'll be making Hot Artichoke Dip.  Do you want the recipe?  It's really yummy, but something that should only be indulged in once in a while.

Hot Artichoke Dip

1-13.5 oz can artichoke hearts, drained
1 C shredded Parmesan cheese
1-8oz cream cheese
1/2 C mayonnaise
Garlic salt to taste

Chop artichokes finely.  Add other ingredients and mix well.  Spread in ungreased baking dish.  Bake at 400 degrees for ~15 minutes, until browned and bubbly around the edges.

A double recipe fits a 9x13 pan, which is how I usually make it.  I serve it with pita wedges, though you could use just about anything that will scoop up dip.

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