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There are parts of myself I have a hard time reaching these days... or maybe it's that I am so nose deep in other parts that I just don't have the capacity to hold some things the way I used to. I know this is part of where I am in my story these days, that it won't always feel like this, and I'm trying to show up as a mom with enough breadth to catch us all.

Lately, my most reliable form of love-making has been happening in the kitchen.

I've been baking and cooking comfort food to warm the heart and fill the soul so that we can at least commune around the table, our little family of three, for some simple heart to heart time. The kind that fill us up both inside and out. It's what's holding us together these days.

This spinach and artichoke recipe is one of our faves. It's great to build a light meal around or to bring to a party... always a hit ;)

Baked Spinach & Artichoke Dip

1 can artichoke hearts (drained and chopped)
1 handfull of fresh baby spinach
1/2c mayo
1/2c plain yogurt
1/2c grated parmesan cheese
1/2c grated cheese of your choice (I use whatever I have, usually pepper jack or cheddar)
pinch of dried dill
garlic, salt + pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir until well mixed. Spread in an oven safe dish (a pie plate or soup sized bowl works well). Bake in the oven at 350 for about 35-45 minute until browned and bubbly. Serve with your choice of bread and veggie for dipping.