In celebration of Vegan MoFo, I’m doing a month of themed dinner party ideas! The theme for the second week is a pajama party!
If I was 11 or 12 and coming to your slumber party, there’s one thing you wouldn’t want me to be in charge of – the prank phone calls. It’s not that I was shy about calling people. I loved talking on the phone. In fact, at that age if you were to ask me about my favorite hobbies, talking on the phone would have been pretty high up on the list. No, the problem with me being in charge of the prank phone calls was that my ideas about what constituted a good prank phone call were fairly… unusual.
Let me give you an example. One of my favorite prank phone calls to do was to figure out some kind of survey regarding people’s school memories or favorite foods or whatever, and then I’d call random strangers and tell them that for school I had to get answers to the survey and would they answer the questions for me. I didn’t ask any embarrassing questions or silly questions. They were just run of the mill, ordinary questions… that I didn’t really need the answer to. For whatever reason, I thought this was great fun.
My other favorite prank phone call to make was to pretend that I had a band, and I was trying to market the band to people in the community. I’d call random numbers and tell them that I had a group, and I’d like to sing my demo for them in case they’d ever need to hire me for a wedding or birthday. Then I’d start crooning the theme song to The Golden Girls. I don’t know why I always picked that song. I just liked it, I guess. You should know too, I wasn’t exactly a star singer – very average. So I’d sing the song, all the while shocked that they were letting me sing the whole thing, just waiting for me to finish politely. As an eleven year old, that really cracked me up. Sadly, I’m still waiting for my first gig, but hey, thank you for being a friend.
So while I would not be the best candidate for the prank phone call portion of the slumber party, I knew my way around hairspray and creating that “wing effect” that everyone was going for those days. I have pictures to prove it, but you’ll just have to take my word for it. Those pictures are going with me to the grave. So if you find yourself in need of bangs two or three inches tall, a French braid, a French twist, or any number of effects that can be achieved with the use of mousse and a pick, I’m your woman. After all, what’s a slumber party without a little makeover session? All right, now get the face masks, cucumbers for our eyes, toe nail polish, curlers and curling iron. Let the beautifying begin.
Spinach & Artichoke Bean Dip
Serves 4 as an appetizer
- 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup spinach, roughly chopped
- 2 artichoke hearts, drained from water-packed jar and roughly chopped
- 1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast flakes
- 1 1/2 cups (or 1 15 ounce can) Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/2 teaspoon onion granules
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon low-sodium tamari
- 1/4 cup Light & Garlicky Cashew Cream
- Salt, to taste
- Vegetables for decorating: cucumbers for eyes, sun-dried tomato for mouth, cabbage leaf for hat
- Vegetables for dipping: Carrots, cauliflower, celery
In a skillet, sauté garlic in extra virgin olive oil until fragrant and translucent, a couple of minutes. Add spinach to the skillet and continue to sauté until it wilts, about a minute or so. Pour the spinach and garlic in a food processor and add artichoke hearts, nutritional yeast flakes, onion granules, lemon juice, and tamari. Process until smooth, stopping occasionally to scrape down sides. Add the Light & Garlicky Cashew Cream and blend until fully combined. Add salt to taste. Refrigerate until needed. Decorate with cucumbers, sun-dried tomato, and cabbage leaf. Serve with carrots, cauliflower, and/or celery for dipping.