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Backyard Wedding & Party Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

June 7, 2011

They did it! Carole & Harry tied the knot under the big tree above the top pond…in the record heat of an early June evening…to the sound of cicadas & waterfalls…surrounded by family & friends. Steve Angus, pastor of Calvary Methodist Church officiated. Deborah Graham, music director at Calvary played the flute. John Jonethis played the keyboard. Songs were sung, Scripture read & they were pronounced, “Man & Wife.”

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We moved quickly into the welcomed relief of air conditioning for the reception. A few braves souls ventured outside again after the sun set, but not for long.
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John, who moved from the outside keyboard to Carole’s mahogany Steinway, played & sang late into the evening with guests dancing &/or singing along.

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(Matron of Honor, Jane & Best Man, Dave)

Many helping hands prepared & served the food; everything was delicious.

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Friendships renewed.

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(Presbyterian Day School of Memphis, class of 1997: #2 Son; class of 1994: #1 Son & Ben.)

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(The Groom with Rachel, Carole’s daughter Dena & Diane)

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(The Bride with her daughter, Holly)

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The evening became night & Millie took refuge in the sofa between Charles & DH.

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Congratulations, Carole & Harry…& they lived happily ever after.

Party Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

Written on Mother’s Day, May 8, 2011 for Carole’s Wedding in June.


  • 1 medium Onion, chopped
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted Butter
  • 16 ounces frozen Chopped Spinach, cooked, drained
  • 1 can Artichoke Hearts, drained & chopped (do not use marinated)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1/4 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Sour Cream
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup Milk (or more to thin) if needed


  1. In a large iron skillet, sauté onion in butter.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients until everything is melted & well blended.

Serve in a heated chafing dish with toasted bread, bagel chips, crackers.

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(Lucy & Millie before the festivities; Millie in her wedding regalia.)


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