Monday, April 20, 2009

Wow!

I can't believe I hit my 1,000th visitor today! Of course, I don't know how many hits were myself checking formatting, etc. but, since I had the blog a while before I added the hit counter, I think it's safe for me to celebrate.

Thank you to everyone who reads my blog! I wish I had a giveaway for today but, alas, I don't. Rest assured, though, that I'm working on one (I just don't know, yet, when it will be). I'd love to "meet" my readers so leave me a comment or become a follower and let me know who you are.

Thank you all!

~Julie
*Photo credit to Camera Slayer on flickr.

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Blog Week for the Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act


Today is the 2nd annual blog day for the Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act which, this year, will actually turn into a week long event. What is the Mother's Act you ask? "The Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act, sponsored by Senators Menendez, Durbin and Snowe, will help provide support services to women suffering from postpartum depression and psychosis and will also help educate mothers and their families about these conditions. In addition, it will support research into the causes, diagnoses and treatments for postpartum depression and psychosis."

Why do I care? I care because I, too, suffered from Postpartum Depression and I can't tell you how lucky I feel to not only have a supportive husband, family and friends, but also to have a doctor who recognized the signs and helped me make the right choices for me and my family.

Postpartum depression is often a misunderstood illness and I feel it is important to get the word out so that women understand that not only is it not something they "did" but it's something that they can recover from.

That being said, this legislation is finding a difficult path in the senate and we need your help to get it passed. View Susan Stone's blog over at Postpartum Progress for more information and links and sign up to support mothers everywhere.

Melanie Blocker Stokes Mother's Act full text here.

Best Artichoke Dip Ever (and it's super easy)

Recipe credit for this one goes to my dear friend Susan Morrison.

Ingredients:
  • 2 cans quartered artichoke hearts, drained (un-marinated)
  • 1 pkg cream cheese, softened (You can substitute 1/3 fat but don't use non fat. Trust me on this one.)
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 round loaf Shepherd's bread (may be called country french depending on where you live)
Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 375
  • In a large bowl, mix the artichoke, cream cheese, mayonnaise and Parmesan cheese.
  • Cut the top of the bread and scoop out the insides to make a bowl (set aside bread for dipping later).
  • Pour the mixture into the bread bowl and place on cookie sheet
  • Bake for 30 minutes stirring once half way through.

Serve warm with saved bread pieces and/or tortilla chips for dipping. Yum!