Summer Cottage Book Review & Lightened Up Onion Dip

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When I was reading Summer Cottage by Susan Kietzman I started thinking about my own family and the time we spend at our family beach house. When we were growing up we spent several weeks to all summer at my Grandparent’s place at Rehoboth Beach. I remember sun & lots of togetherness & on weekends having ‘cocktail hour’, basically the whole family gathered before dinner for snacks  – usually cheese and crackers or if we were lucky onion dip and potato chips- & the adults had ‘adult beverages’. The onion dip was made from a pack of Lipton’s Onion Soup mix and our chips of choice were ruffled. These days, much like the family in the book, we are grown with families of our own and it is unusual for all of us to be at the beach at the same time but when we do we have ‘cocktail hour’ and of course onion dip. In the book they even have a similar evening and serve onion dip!!

healthier onion dip

I wanted to make this snack a little bit healthier for us so don’t tell my family but I substituted Low-Fat Plain Yogurt for half the Sour Cream in the recipe. It was still delicious & they didn’t seem to even notice the change. To make this change for your family use 1 cup low-fat or non-fat plain yogurt (I used Stonyfield), 1 cup sour cream, and 1 pack of Lipton’s Onion Soup Mix. Serve with vegetables, pretzels, or chips.

Book Review:

Summer Cottage by Susan Kietzman is the story of family and 2 summers of change spent at their summer cottage. Told in alternating chapters, 1973 and 2003, the story focuses on family dynamics and what happened in the summer of 1973 that led to the family not all being together at the Summer Cottage in 30 years. Family ties and expectations and learning to love your family even as they drive you nuts are at the heart of this enjoyable, readable book.

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Enjoy the book and the family snack and have a Sweet Morning!!

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