Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Make Yourself Artichoke Dip!

by helpinghandstwins

Do you feel as though sometimes you are constantly doing things for others and if you do something nice for yourself it’s wrong? We know as mothers, we make a lot of sacrifices in life and that’s just the way it is. We accept that as a given – the kids come first. We’re trying to raise productive, ethically moral members of society and it takes a lot out of you sometimes! But even if you don’t have children, you probably have a significant other, home, job, parents or something pulling at you for your time & attention. That’s just life.

We tend to buy our kids & spouses their favorite foods, let them have the tv for their favorite shows and generally dominate the use of our time with their needful things. We don’t begrudge that but here’s the thing:  Why do we feel we can’t make our selves artichoke dip just because we are the only ones in the house who will eat it? Who cares?!? Make the artichoke dip or whatever it is that you want to do just for you. (You know that the artichoke dip is a metaphor for that indulgent thing you like that no one else does, right?)  We have to get over the guilt, as a whole, that it is ok to take the time to do little things for ourselves. Who wants to live with a grump that does everything for everyone else and never for themselves?

You’ve heard the old airplane “emergency” speech before take off, “Put the oxygen mask on yourself before you can help others”.  Doing little things that make you happy is important for your well-being and that pleasant attitude is contagious. So go ahead and do something for yourself every now and again. It’s ok & even good for you.  What is your “just for me” thing?

Delicious Artichoke Dip Recipe:

One 12 oz. jar of marinated artichoke hearts, drained & chopped

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

1/3 cup mayo

1/2 cup shredded swiss cheese

1 tsp onion powder

Combine all ingredients and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until hot and bubbly around the edges.  Enjoy with your favorite crackers!  This recipe is meant for one; double the ingredients to serve at a party!