Monthly Archives: February 2014


Memories of Neiman’s +Neiman Marcus Dip recipe

Oh, Neiman Marcus {or Neiman’s as it is more often referred}!

It is a fancy, schmancy department store with swoon-worthy fashion, top-of-the-line merchandise, and is also known for its exceptional dining experience at the Neiman Marcus tea room.

I remember the first time my Mom and grandmother took me with them. It was quite an occasion; a right of passage. There I sat, drinking my little demitasse of chicken consomme and eating my lighter-than-air popover with strawberry butter with the best of them! It was around Christmastime and I remember wearing a white cotton turtleneck, black tights, and a black velvet skirt with tartan belt. It was one of those rare shopping day experiences with 2 of the women I love the most.

To this day, every time I make popovers (sometimes successful, other times not), I still serve them warm from the oven with strawberry butter. It’s a classic pairing.

But, that is not the recipe I want to share with you today…

Neiman’s Famous Cheddar & Bacon Dip


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Serve it at room temperature with a fresh sleeve of buttery crackers and they will be eating out of the palm of your hand!


  • 4 green onions, sliced thinly
  • 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 1/4 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 jar Hormel Real Bacon Bits (of course you can make your own bacon bits too!)
  • 1 small package slivered almonds, toasted


Combine the chopped onions, the shredded cheese, mayo, bacon, and slivered almonds. Cover and chill for a couple of hours before serving.


It really is as simple as that! Enjoy a taste of Neiman’s today!


Daily Encouragement + Giveaway #4 Winner!

First of all, thank you for everyone’s participation in these “Month of Giveaways”. You have certainly lifted my spirits, been great support to me, and I have so enjoyed hearing from all of you too!


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So, the final winner of the Encouragement themed Giveaway package is…

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Kim B!!!!! Yay for you Ms Kim! So glad that you won this prize. I know that this study will bless your heart. And you bless my heart too with your friendship to myself and my family, readership, and encouragement.

So, thank you!


Now, for a little daily encouragement for all of us here in the middle of this busy week…

“Your relationship with Me is meant to be vibrant and challenging, as I invade more and more areas of your life. Do not fear change, for I am making you a new creation, with old things passing away and new things continually on the horizon.” {excerpt from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young from Monday Feb 17th devotion}


It’s a scary word isn’t it?

We are creatures of habit; people of routine. We resist, even fear, change. We find great comfort in situations remaining the same, and value predictability. Our personal security, our sameness, our comfort level, so often, (no!) too often, keep us from moving forward into Him, pushing into Him and His will for our lives.

This fear, this uneasiness of pushing into Him of moving forward into Him comes from one deep-seeded and deep-rooted emotion.


Oh me, oh my! Is this not one of my demons!?!

It’s hard to relinquish control isn’t it?

It’s hard to come to grips with the fact that you cannot do it all in your own power and your own strength. We try so hard, try things so many different ways, and wear ourselves thin trying to be it “all”, do it “all”. We can NEVER do it. We have to give over control, and trust.

Further in the devotion, it reads,

“This is the way of wisdom: trusting Me no matter what happens in your life. It is through trust that you follow Me along the right path. There are many things that seem random or wrong as you go along your journey. Yet I am able to fit them all into a comprehensive plan for good—My Master Plan.”

In Proverbs He promises to “guide us in the way of wisdom and lead us along straight paths.” {4:11}


Abandon yourself.

What an amazing thought when you consider the idea of total abandonment. Rather than maintaining control and fearing change, we must abandon ourselves to His will.

It’s radical.

It’s scary.

And it’s totally freeing.


“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” — Ephesians 3:20-21


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