cousins pic Although I am super sad to say good-bye to summer, I’m equally happy to say hello to fall.

As we roll into Labor Day, I am excited for the leaves to change, to taste a variety of pumpkin flavored dishes, and for football season.

Tomorrow night is our inaugural cousin fantasy football draft (the picture is of my grandpa and some of my cousins – I have over 20!). To be honest, I have no clue what I am doing, but I figured this year I would give it a try. Plus, it is a way for me to connect with my siblings, cousins, and husband.

What are you doing for labor day?

Who will you be spending time with?

Promise me you’ll use the extra day off work to do something fun!

We will be visiting my in-laws in Michigan. On the schedule is a Michigan game (Blast! I am a Buckeye at heart but tailgating with friends never gets old) and going out on the lake one more time.

In the spirit of Saturday games, I wanted to share a yummy dip recipe. Invite some friends over for a pot luck cookout. It will save you time and the pressure of cooking. Plus, I’ve got you covered on what you will make to share!

Vegetarian Spinach Artichoke Dip

Ingredients:

2 cans organic diced artichokes
2 cups organic Veganaise
1 cup organic shredded Parmesan cheese (to make this vegan use Parma Vegan Parmesan or skip the cheese. I’ve done all 3 ways – still delicious). Use a bit extra on the top.
2 cups organic spinach
1 TBS paprika (and a little extra for the top)

Instructions:

Drain liquid from artichokes then break them up with a wooden spoon.
Mix all ingredients in a 9 X 9 pan. Cook covered at 325 degrees for 15-30 minutes or until heated through. Eat with tortilla or pita chips, celery, carrots, endive (my favorite), or jicama. (The last 2 are conversation starters. Have your guests try them out and see if they like them.)

As always I want to hear from you. What fun things are you planned on doing this weekend? What do you do to connect with friends and family? Let me know in the comments section.

Wishing you a fun, tasty, and belly-laugh filled Labor Day.

Jackie

P.S. The change of seasons is a perfect time to detox your mind and body. Come join me in Chicago for an evening that will leave you inspired to clean up your diet and rid your mind of negative thoughts. Save the date September 26th from 6-8 pm at Yogaview Lincoln Park. Register HERE. Yogaview_Flyer_Detox