The weather has been glorious lately. Beautiful days and even more perfect nights! We LOVE to get together with some dear friends and sit around a fire on Friday and Saturday nights. Our friends have the perfect spot, back behind some trees in a little clearing. Lots of good laughs, talking, solving the world's (and our own) problems, a little drinking...and lots of EATING goes on there... LOL.
My friend and I agreed as we were getting the fire going last Friday night that this was OUR kind of camping! A fire, some chairs and blankets, fun food like hotdogs and smores, and OUR OWN BED AND A SHOWER at the end of the night! No tents, bugs, bath houses and dirt! Love that!
Our friends really put out a spread for us Friday night. They had veges and dip, chips and home canned salsa, smores, hotdogs, brownies and this delicious dip. This "bean dip" is one of our favorite things to eat when we get together. (Well... we have also been known to devour a tub of Dean's Dip with Fritos on occasion ha-ha!)
Our friends' daughter normally makes this for us. She has been making it since she was pretty young. I love that girl! We all agree that no one makes it quite as good as SHE does!
Here is how to make OUR FAVORITE Bean Dip AT HOME MY WAY:
Favorite Bean Dip
- 1 or 2 (8 oz) cream cheese (low fat or fat free is fine)
- 1 can black beans
- 1 can Rotel
- Grated sharp cheddar cheese (2 cups or less)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a collander or strainer, drain the Rotel and the black beans - all together. Stir to combine. Soften the cream cheese and spread in the bottom of an oven proof baking dish. Top with the rotel/black beans mixture. Sprinkle with cheese.
Bake at 350 degrees (uncovered) until the cheese is all melted.
Serve with tortilla chips.
We started the night with this huge pile of stuff to burn:
Here is the great spread of yummies!
Let's get this party started:
Good friends, perfect weather. We are so blessed! Ahh... after a long week, it doesn't get any better than this: