Last night after settling into our new hotel room, the four of us opted for a low-key evening in with some pizza and games. After a long day, filled with a bout of motion sickness, nothing actually sounded better.
I enjoyed two slices of Veggie pizza, which was topped with green peppers, onions, spinach, and tomatoes. It was pretty decent but nothing outrageous.
After dinner, we decided to break out the games for a little Phase 10. If you’ve never played Phase 10 before, I’d definitely recommend you picking up a set of cards. It’s a great game to play with anyone…especially when you’re on vacation!
Jay usually despises Phase 10 because he usually gets his bee-hind handed to him. But believe it or not, he actually defied the odds and beat us all…I think he must have cheated. Doesn’t he look suspicious??
My dad, on the other hand, looks anything BUT suspicious, right? He’s such a ham…
You should really see him deal the cards too…we all agreed he’d get kicked out of Vegas in about 5 seconds. He’s wild.
While playing our card game, I ended up snacking on a bunch of fruit dip with pretzels and graham crackers.
Now…let me tell you about this fruit dip.
It’s highly addicting.
It can be paired with just about anything.
It can even be eaten straight off the spoon and I will never judge you for it.
Not only is it a great recipe to bring to your next party…but it’s also not too shabby to have in your fridge. AND it’s healthified…just sayin’.
So the first thing you’re going to do is mix together your cream cheese and brown sugar.
Next, you mix in the Greek yogurt and vanilla extract.
Finally, you add in the milk and vanilla pudding mix, and blend it all together until it’s nice and creamy.
Let it sit for about two hours in the fridge (if you can) before digging in…then enjoy with whatever snacks you’re got on hand.
I’ve found that even though it’s a “fruit dip,” it’s really just as good when paired with sweet AND salty (hence my pretzel dipping in last night’s card game).
Creamy (Eat-With-Anything) Fruit Dip
- 1 (8oz.) package 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 8 oz non-fat Greek yogurt
- 1 cup cold skim milk
- 1 package Sugar-Free instant vanilla pudding mix
Soften cream cheese and add the brown sugar, mix well. Add milk and pudding mix and mix again until well combined. Chill for at least two hours before serving. Enjoy!
This morning, we woke up and enjoyed a simple breakfast in the room of English muffins with peanut butter and bananas (but no raisins…recycled photo, sorry!).
Now, we’re getting ready to pack it up and head down to the beach for the day. It’s supposed to be another HOT one out there!
In other news, I want to let you all know about a very important online auction and bake sale that will be happening soon. Susan the wonderful healthy living blogger behind The Great Balancing Act, was recently diagnosed with cancer.
In an effort to help pay for her medical expenses, the auction will be held on Monday, July 25th from 8:00am to 11:00pm (EST). There will be over 100 items to bid on, including: blogger baked goods, autographed books, a complete blog makeover, and loot from such companies as Bob’s Red Mill, Chobani, Larabar, and Love Grown Foods. Bidding will start at $10 and ALL proceeds will go directly to Susan to help pay for her medical expenses.
If you’d like to read more about The Great Fundraising Act, you can click here.
Whether people decide to bid on an actual item or just choose to donate a monetary gift is up to the individual. I will be donating a batch of my Crackled Sugar Cookies + a $25.00 Gift Card to Outback Steakhouse to be bid on.
Question for the Morning:
What are some of your favorite card and/or board games to play?
What would you pair the fruit dip with??