Dear Sunday Letter friends,
Today is Super Bowl Sunday, and tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. Will you watch the Super Bowl and/or celebrate Valentine’s Day?
One is an excellent excuse to eat an entire bowl of cheese dip; the other, a pound of chocolate. (Two of the best food groups!) But may I remind you—you don’t need an excuse to enjoy either food. You may, however, need cheese and chocolate to fully enjoy the festivities associated with each—ha.
Bob Armstrong Dip
Speaking of cheese dip…
The Bob Armstrong Dip at Matt’s in Lakewood is one of the things I miss most about living in Dallas. I found the recipe online (which could be a very, very dangerous thing).
No, there’s nothing wrong with basic queso made with Velveeta and Rotel. In fact, it’s quite delicious. But Bob Armstrong Dip takes queso to a completely different level of slap-yo-momma-wonderfulness.
Thank you Homesick Texan for posting this recipe.
I’m linking to it HERE in case you need a star appetizer for tonight’s Super Bowl party. Later, I’ll be able to find it whenever I want.
I dare say, Bob Armstrong Dip will make you homesick for Texas even if you’ve never lived in the Lone Star State.
Gracie’s Doggie Delights
You know when I find a fun product or delicious recipe, I always want to share my find with you. Today, I want to tell you about Gracie’s Doggie Delights.
First of all, I was immediately intrigued by the company name. How could I not be?
Secondly, when I saw a schnauzer on the company logo—a schnauzer that looked like Lucy!—I was all in.
And the cherry on top? The owner of the company, Gracie, has rescued three schnauzers.
Well, consider me a new favorite customer.
Gracie’s Doggie Delights is owned by an enterprising young women with Down Syndrome. From the website: Gracie’s Doggie Delights are made with just ONE ingredient. Freeze dried USDA inspected meat. No additives. No chemicals.
Yay! For Valentine’s Day, I ordered Annabelle and Gracie a package of freeze-dried training treats.
Some things are just meant to be. I truly believe this.
Visit Gracie’s Doggie Delights HERE and snag your pup and well-deserved treat while supporting this sweet small business.
Snow Melt and Microclimates
Even with temperatures in the 60s, it has taken some time to melt 8 inches of snow. Today, over ten days since our snowstorm, we still have a few patches of ice in shady areas.
For a while after the big snow, we all had cabin fever. Gracie took her babydoll out to get a little Vitamin D.
Reminder: One of the best times to study your yard is after a snow or rain when the sun starts drying up the ground. Even on a small property, you’ll find several microclimates such as: shady spots that remain cooler year around; hot spots where the sunlight reflects off a structure keeping the bed warmer no matter the season; areas that hold moisture and stay damp; raised places that drain well and dry out.
Noticing and understanding these microclimates can help you select and grow plants in the right areas.
Have you ever had a plant that looked oh so pitiful, but just before you gave up on it, you relocated it to a different area. Then, it grew as though living in a greenhouse? It may be that you moved the plant to better suited microclimate.
As spring approaches, begin to notice the changing angle of the sun and the way trees leaf out and alter the conditions of your garden. Often, successful gardening is about noticing.
Actually, life is about noticing.
Six Years Later
Can you believe it has been six years since Gracie Lee rode her bicycle across the bumpy turnrow and into your hearts? (At least I hope she occupies a teeny tiny space in your heart.)
So much has happened in six years, hasn’t it? Yet, in many ways it seems no time has passed.
If you do the math, Gracie is sixteen now! Mercy, you know that girl is probably getting into some kind of trouble.
In my Sunday Letter two weeks ago, I introduced you to my Gracie Notecards. The notecards are available for purchase now. Click HERE for all the details.
Things Momma Says:
I did everything I could for the Arkansas basketball team yesterday. Ate all the chip and dip, and they still lost!
Update: Momma graduated from splint and wheelchair to a walking boot which is much better! She isn’t letting a small broken bone get her down.
Thanks for spending a little time with me and my Sunday Letter. May your football team win tonight, and may your Valentine’s Day be yummy and cozy and filled with good things.
Grace Grits and Gardening
Farm. Food. Garden. Life.