This has been a hard week for those of us who called Marsha Evans friend. We recently lost Marsha to a long illness. She worked at Mayo Health Care Systems for more than 30 years as an ER nurse. Marsha never had children, but she was a real mother, mothering members of her large family, her co-workers/friends and the many patients she cared for over the years. I have always believed in the old saying, “what goes around, comes around.” I witnessed this saying in action in the past few weeks. As Marsha’s health declined, she needed the care of Hospice, her friends/coworkers nurses signed up to spend time and care for her around the clock, helping her family enable Marsha to stay in her own home. Those friends considered it a privilege to care for her. Marsha lived her last weeks with such grace always expressing her love and appreciation to those visiting and caring for her.
I will remember Marsha for her compassionate heart, for her great love for her nursing profession and her indomitable spirit!
During one of the days I was spending time with her, Marsha shared this recipe story with me: Marsha had made a new dip for a family gathering (among other talents, she loved to cook). One of her great nephews said, “this dip is really yucky looking, but it tastes really good!” This yucky dip has been a must have at every Evans’ family gathering since and is known as “Yucky Dip.”
Today I am sharing my friend’s dip recipe. It makes a very large amount and is perfect to feed a crowd during this holiday season. You can serve it with taco chips, crackers, veggies...anything you want to dip!
Marsha’s Yucky Dip:
2 pkg. (8 oz each) cream cheese, room temperature
2 cups sour cream
2 cups salsa (I use medium )
2 cups shredded cheese (I use finely shredded Mexican blend)
Mix cream cheese and sour cream until smooth, then add salsa and cheese; chill until serving.
Have a great Thanksgiving! Remember to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you...life is short!