a plea (with a recipe for avocado-cream cheese dip)

I promised myself I wouldn’t talk about how hot it is here or about how I’m covered in sweat before 10 a.m. But, I have to break that silence if I’m going to get anything done. This is what I think we should do.


Call in sick today. We’ll sit around a pool eating fruity popsicles and watching old episodes of Veronica Mars (an American t.v. series about a smart female heroine who solves big and small mysteries as a scrappy teenage sleuth).

Have you seen the series? I missed out during it’s original t.v. run from 2004-2007. The dialogue is witty and compelling, the characters and their relationships are well developed, and the story is thrilling.

Pretty convincing, right?


I have to get real for a minute. I’m working on a pasta piece with video, photographs, recipe, story—you know, the whole shebang. So this video I shot at Cape Cod last week will be as close as I get to swimming today and as for popsicles and Veronica Mars, I’m all set. The freezer is stocked with strawberry yogurt pops and season two is on for later tonight. Clearly, I’m not much of a rebel without a partner in crime.

We can always plan to skip out of work another day and head to the ocean instead of the pool.

Until then there’s this avocado cream cheese dip that is both light and effortless. No heat or mechanical equipment required. I like to serve it with corn chips and whatever raw vegetables I have in the refrigerator. Hope this gets you through the heat. I’m going to raid the freezer now.


Avocado-Cream Cheese Dip
makes about 1 1/2 cups

1 1/2 ripe avocados, peeled and seeded
1/4 cup whipped cream cheese (dairy-or tofu-based)
1/4 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup cucumbers, chopped

In a medium-sized bowl, mash avocado with a fork.

Add the cream cheese, lemon juice, chives, salt, and pepper then mix together until well combined. Gently stir the chopped tomatoes and cucumbers into the dip.

Serve immediately with corn tortilla chips, crackers, or your favorite raw vegetables.



  1. This dip sound perfect for this nasty hot weather! I can’t help but complain about it every chance I get. Veronica Mars… that sound wicked familiar… though I’m not sure I have ever seen it!

    • ArtandLemons says:

      Carrie, Veronica Mars has taken over my writing life, so if you haven’t seen and you do delve in, do so slowly. Unless you have plenty of free evenings ahead. :)

  2. A lovely video. So soothing…

    That dip must taste wonderful!



    • ArtandLemons says:

      Thanks, Rosa! The video reminds me what it’s like to wake up with the ocean just a few steps away.

  3. I love your plan and am in serious need of some pool/popsicle time. :)

    • ArtandLemons says:

      Jess, We have a serious lack of outdoor pools around here, still I’m determined to get my summer fix and soon!

  4. I missed Veronica Mars on its first run as well, but watched the entire series on Netflix last year. I was a girl obsessed…now I’ll watch anything with Kristen Bell. Seems the show would be even better with a popsicle and some dip…

    • ArtandLemons says:

      Emily, I keep promising myself that I’ll shelve season 2 for a later date, but what is it that keeps luring me back? I can’t quit and I like your popsicle and dip snack accompaniments!

  5. Done and done! Or at least, I’ll call in sick tomorrow …. :) This dip looks so, so good.

    • ArtandLemons says:

      Thanks, Nicole. I’m glad you’re on board because I have that summer feeling where I’m going to need many more of these sick days!

  6. The mix of avocado and cream cheese sounds so cooling and perfect for summer days. I might sandwich some of this up in a bagel with a couple slices of perfect summer tomato and some spinach or arugula–and then die happy. :)

    • ArtandLemons says:

      Eileen, Your sandwich idea sounds really good! I think I’ll try it as soon as our garden tomatoes ripen.

  7. Ahhhhhh!! Avocado and cream cheese? Two of the things I love! I gotta draw them some day!

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