Review & Recipe #3: 13 Reasons Why & Spin Dip

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I started a new meme here where I will be posting mini reviews  on the 1st of every month along with a recipe I've created or found that relates to the book.  To join me, add the image above to your post and link up below.

Sorry I'm a little late this month!

Mini Review:
My cousins let me borrow this one and said it was fantastic.  What they forgot to mention was that it is also really depressing and kind of frustrating.  It wasn't a two boxes of tissues-ugly crying- way, but it was more upsetting that this girl took her life and then blamed everyone else and no one saw the signs to help her.  

The main character clay was so sweet and I loved that it was in his perspective listening to the tapes the girl left behind.  The way the story went back and forth between how he was reacting to the tapes and the story of the girl's life was so fast paced I couldn't find a place to stop.  Which means I basically read this book in a day.  It's pretty short so it wasn't hard.  

I thought it was a pretty realistic story.  When I was in high school one of my classmates hung himself.  I didn't really know him well.  Never had classes with him or anything, but it still really bothered me.  After reading this, I wondered how his friends and other people in his life felt after he was gone.  Did he leave them any explanation?  This happens more than it should and I think it's great the author took the time to write something to get teens to start recognizing the signs of depression.  He might have saved someone's life.


Spinach Artichoke Dip / Stuffed Mushrooms

If you're going to read something as sad as Thirteen Reasons Why, you're going to need some comfort food.  This snack is pretty healthy, but tastes even better than Applebee's Spin dip!  You won't need to bust out the elastic sweatpants for these  

When cooking for my sister's Bridal Shower I accidentally used up all the Spinach when making the spin dip.  I needed a gluten free option for one of the guests so I took the spin dip and stuffed some mushrooms with it and they ended up being a big hit.  So whether you're looking for a fun dip during game nights or a grain free option this recipe will not disappoint.


1 (13 oz) jar of artichoke hearts
1 bag frozen spinach
1 clove garlic
1/2 cup greek yogurt (plain)
1/2 cup light mayo
2/3 cup parm cheese
4 oz mozzarella cheese
1 bag pita or tortilla chips 
1 pkg. of mushrooms
salt and pepper

1. Preheat oven 375 degrees.
2. Microwave the spinach until it's soft. (1 min or 30 seconds)
3. Throw the spinach, artichoke, yogurt, and mayo in the food processor until it's finely ground.
4. Mince the garlic and throw it in too.
5. Add the mozzarella and parm cheese and salt/pepper to taste.
6. Once it's all blended you can either bake it in a pan for 20-25 mins or...

7. Wash mushrooms and cut out center stem.
8. Fold in Feta cheese to the spin dip and stuff the dip into mushrooms.
9. Place on tray and bake for 10-15 minutes.

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