Sunday, February 6, 2011

A Trip to the Zoo & a Recipe

Yesterday I took a trip to the zoo with my fiance and some of our friends. A big thanks to Walmart for sponsoring the $5 conservation day. Admission yesterday was ONLY $5. You really can't beat that. Granted, those special price days are generally 10x as packed as a usual day, BUT it really wasn't that bad yesterday. The weather was cloudy most of the day (we even were sprinkled on once) so I think that kept the crowd at bay. We managed to see the entire zoo within 4 hours. And even enjoyed a nice lunch at Chili's afterward. My friends pictures are WAY  better than mine (she actually knows what she's doing when she has a camera in hand) so most of the pictures below are via my friend over at Daisy Petals. Check her out!
He looked so depressed!

Simply Stunning

a Wallaby. These little things are adorable.

Pygmy Hippo. When I saw him 2 years ago he was just a tiny baby!

He wanted to hide!

Penguins are so fun :) Waddlin' around

Meercat on lookout!


Giraffes are one of my favs!

Now for yummy time. A Recipe. I am supposed to add pictures, but the recipe I am posting today is not something I am making today, so no pics, sorry friends. I'm posting a super easy THREE ingredient recipe. You can't go wrong with this one. It's a sausage queso dip thats perfect for parties, potlucks, snacking during a movie night, or even to serve over rice, with veggies on the side.

1 package of sausage (I use Jimmy Dean Hot Sausage)
1 package of cream cheese
1 can of rotel tomatoes and green chilies (you can vary this, any can of rotel works, whether hot mild or medium)

1. Brown the sausage in a pan
2. While the sausage is browning, put the cream cheese in a pot on the stove and start to warm it over a very low heat. Cream cheese will burn super quick, so be sure to keep it on LOW and stir frequently.
3. Once the meat is cooked all the way, drain it and rinse, and add to the pot of cream cheese. DRAIN the can of rotel and add that as well.
4. You should now have a pot of cream cheese, sausage, and rotel diced tomatoes. Continue to warm over a low heat (though you can turn up a bit once all ingredients are in) until everything is creamy and melted together.
5. Serve with some dipping chips, or over rice, or however you are going to serve it.

* Warning: This dip is easy to make, and quite addicting so beware! and enjoy :)

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Wishing you all an amazing week.


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