I have sat in these chairs a zillion times.

And eaten ice cream.

And s’mores.

And chips and dip.

But now?

Me and myself and I? We are eating vegetables. Broccoli and carrots and celery and tomatoes and corn and spaghetti squash and cauliflower that taste so yummy to me now.

All served with the yummiest two-ingredient vegetable dip.

So today, sitting in an Adirondack chair overlooking the ocean, I’m sharing the recipe and a few outdoor decorating ideas along with my sweet friend Leslie from My 100-year-old Home.

It’s all about easy summer celebrating.

Taking in the everyday moments and making them special.

One ocean view at a time.

Before I share the dip recipe with you, can I give a shout-out to the cauliflower?

What in the world happened to it over the past five years?

When did it glow up and become the superhero of vegetables?

It used to hang out with broccoli and make the occasional appearance on the vegetable tray.


It’s turned into breadsticks.

And gnocchi.

And rice (which by the way is my new favorite thing to eat with chicken and avocado and tomatoes and Tony Chachere’s cajun spice).

And pasta.

And these crackers.


These are cauliflower crackers and you can have 50 of them (they are little) for about 100 calories and they go perfectly with this two-ingredient dip.

Cauliflower that turned into crackers. It’s a good day to be alive.

And as yummy as those crackers are? The 2-ingredient vegetable dip is even better.

Here’s how I make it.

2-ingredient vegetable dip


1/2 cup fat-free cream cheese

2 Tbsps medium salsa

1. Mix cream cheese and salsa together until smooth. Chill for 10 minutes.

2. Serve with vegetables or cauliflower crackers.

(total aside: you can adjust the amount of salsa and cream cheese to taste. I was also thinking about chopping up some jalapeno peppers and adding them as well.)

It’s such an easy and simple recipe for a sunny summer night.

We talked and laughed and munched on cauliflower crackers and pico and this yummy dip as the shadows faded and the sun set.

Maybe it was the ocean breezes.

Maybe it was the cutest pair of twinkling brown eyes.

Maybe it was my new vegetable superhero.

But summer has truly never tasted so good. 🙂

PS And now? Be sure and stop by Leslie’s.

She is dining by the pool.

I told her I’d be right over. 🙂

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  1. Image for Nancy Nancy

    I usually do not like cream cheese but will try this. The salsa may mask the cream cheese...or I will just enjoy the sals with the cauliflower crackers! What I do love is the use of vintage furniture painted white at this summer house! Please never change it out for anything “new”. The furniture is part of the ambiance of it all! May today be another wonderful day there.

  2. Image for Sharon Sharon

    Well, I see you are showing off that beautiful $12 pillow! I love it. Where to find it? I know you said but don't remember. I have "sometimers". ;-) Love & Blessings, Sharon

  3. Image for Dee Turk Dee Turk

    That sounds like a beautiful time and the photos made me feel as if I was there. I'm all for healthier options and I'm definitely going to make the debt! I'll be looking for the crackers, they're not available in our area but I'm excited for this. You are inspiring me to make positive changes! Can I just add how sweet it is to have such a precious friend like Leslie? The 2 of you are definitely blessed indeed!

  4. Image for Cara Cara

    Thank you for the recipe share KariAnne! I would like to try it. Can I recommend cauliflower steaks? OMG!! Game changer! I love them! Easy to make and no real effort to put into them... my kind of meal! I will be on the look out for these cauliflower crackers... I have not seen them before, but they are added to the list! Enjoy your beach time! Looks lovely!

  5. Image for Donna Marie Donna Marie

    I am so glad you are having a good time. I am also glad you are finding great things to eat that will keep you and the rest of us on track with our health and happiness. I bet you are having the summer you never thought you would have--am I right???

  6. Image for Cindy Cindy

    It's so true about cauliflower. No one really ate it until 2 years ago. Funny we eat every vegetable. I roasted vegetables everyday of the week. Yet, we both can't stand cauliflower. I have made it roasted and we still didn't like it. I'm a huge Broccoli lover. I eat 8 heads roasted with a bit of olive oil every week. No I'm not exaggerating.

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