I’m back!

I’ve been away from my blog for a long while and will be doing several updates to it over the course of the next week.  Please check out my Facebook page, WV HillGirly, for recent updates.  I’ve shared some great recipes and photos on Facebook that I’m sure you’ll enjoy.  If you need to contact me send a message through Facebook.  Thanks for stopping by, please check back soon.

Feeding the Critters

It was a nice, brisk day so Ed and I decided to take a drive and look for any of our beautiful wildlife that may be out and about.  First thing we ran across were three adorable little squirrels.  We had hoped to see some of these little darlings so we were prepared, I had a bag of peanuts at the ready.  So we ease up to where they were playing and stopped the car.

Not only were they playing, but they were working hard burying food.  They would dig and dig, place the item gently in the hole and then cover it up.  At this point they would bounce and bounce and bounce those little hands (I know technically they’re not hands, but that’s what I’m calling them) on top of the soil.  That’s a lot of work for such a little fella.  So I get their attention.  One of them looks at me and then to one of his buddies as if to say, ”Get over here, you know they have food.”


At this point I tossed out a few peanuts and one of them comes very close to get his fair share.  He grabs the peanut and starts munching away.


I’m telling Ed how cute they are and I turn to take another picture and about the time I snap the picture, this is what I get.


These little critter are fast.  I’m trying to see where he’s gone, I’m looking all around and then I look up in the tree and see this.


About that time one of his other buddies comes along to check out what we had to offer.


They continue to eat and play.  We enjoyed watching them chase each other and run up and down the trees.  But when a squirrel has had enough of being photographed, they have truly had enough and this is what you get.


Be sure to click on the picture to see larger view.



Hot Mexican Spinach Dip


1 (16 oz.) jar salsa

1 (10 oz.) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained

2 cups Mexican blend shredded cheese

1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened

1 (15 oz.) can of black beans, rinsed and drained

salt and pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  In large mixing bowl combine salsa, spinach, shredded cheese and cream cheese.  Once combined add black beans.  Transfer to a medium size baking dish, keeping in mind this recipe makes approximately 7 cups.

Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes or until hot and bubbly.  Serve with tortilla chips.

When making this recipe I use medium salsa, to give the dish a little bit of a bite.  It can also be made with mild or hot, which ever you prefer.