Buffalo Chicken Dip

I love a good dip, and especially when you basically just have a good one with a bunch of dippers that you can call a meal.  For some reason I was craving buffalo chicken, so found a recipe on Pinterest to make with our leftover rotisserie chicken while watching the ACC championship last week.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

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  • 2 cups shredded, cooked chicken
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup buffalo wing sauce
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar & colby cheeses

Preheat your oven to 350°F.  Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl, and spoon into a shallow 1-quart baking dish.  Bake for 20 minutes or until mixture is heated through.  Stir, and garnish with green onions (if you have them). Serve with chips and vegetables!

Edits : The original recipe said to use either ranch or blue cheese, so we went with ranch.  I also just used the shredded cheese I had in our fridge, but you could use whatever you have on hand.

Results : The two of us ended up eating about half the bowl.  We got a small veggie tray along with chips as dippers, and I have to admit like I really liked dipping the carrots in it the most.  It felt healthy-ish, considering the dip isn’t healthy at all haha.

This would be a great one to make for football parties, or just an appetizer for a party!

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Maggie’s Baby Shower

Six of us girls hosted a baby shower for our friend Maggie recently.  As I mentioned, this was the first baby shower most of us had attended or hosted before, so we were figuring things out while planning it.

Food + Drink

We ended up doing a children’s book theme with the food and drink, so every dish was linked back to a children’s book, like “Green Eggs & Ham” >> ham sandwiches.

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“Where the Wild Things Are” went with the mimosa bar which was a funny one.
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Callee made my favorite snack of the party – hummus or ranch cups with carrot sticks, celery and bell pepper slices sticking out the top.  They went with the Peter Rabbit book.

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Decor

Since baby Riggs is a boy, we went with blue, white & gray decor.  I attempted to channel my best inner Maggie and made a chalkboard to welcome guests at the door.

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Erin & Callee hung paper lanterns and pom poms from the ceiling over the food table.
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My onesie garland hung from the fireplace, by all the gifts.
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The food was great, decor was cute and I’d say it was a huge success for our first baby shower!  Congratulations, Maggie — we can’t wait to meet baby Riggs!baby shower 04

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Watermelon & Feta Skewers

Clearly I’m pretty lazy when it comes to making appetizers in the summer, and this is another “super easy to put together, yet the flavors taste great so you seem fancier than you might be” type of snack.  We had something similar during cocktail hour at Gibbon’s wedding, and I loved how refreshing these lil guys tasted, so decided to recreate them for our Cricut Craft Night.  The best part was when Brittney showed up with the same thing, ha!

Watermelon & Feta Skewers

Ingredients:

  • Watermelon
  • Feta cheese, in block form
  • Toothpicks

Cut your watermelon and feta cheese  into bit size pieces.  Put 1 piece of feta cheese and 1 piece of watermelon on a toothpick.  Throw all of your toothpick bites on a plate and serve!IMG_8587

Edits : Add basil or mint on the toothpick between the cheese & melon for another flavor, or drizzle some balsamic vinegar on top.

Results : These are ridiculously refreshing, and dare I say healthy?  Plus if you bought a whole watermelon and are looking for a way to finish it off, these are a different twist!

Prosciutto Wrapped Melon

Okay, are you ready for possibly the easiest “recipe” I’ve ever posted?  It’s not even a true recipe, just a few words telling you to wrap one thing around another because the flavors are great together and will wow anyone that eats it.  Also, these lil bites are like crack, and will disappear quickly at your next dinner or cookout (like a 4th of July event coming up??).

Prosciutto Wrapped Melon

proscuitto wrapped melonIngredients:

  • Melon
  • Prosciutto
  • Toothpicks

Cut your melon into bite sized pieces.  Tear your prosciutto into slightly smaller pieces, and wrap one piece of prosciutto around the melon.

Keep the prosciutto in place by putting tooth picks through it and the melon.   And just like that, you’re done!

Edits: Add some cheese, like fresh mozzarella, or some mint and a balsamic vinegar to class it up a little more.

Results: In my opinion, this is a perfect “I just left the beach and have 30 minutes to shower and pull something together on my way to a party” type of appetizer.  It screams summer, is easy to grab and assemble last minute, and will please everyone (except vegetarians).

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Spinach Dip in Bread Bowl

Hope everyone enjoys their Memorial Day Weekend!  I’ve got a great recipe if you’re heading to a cookout this weekend…

It’s no secret I’m a fan of dips, and especially ones that are easy to throw together.  My friend Maggie made this spinach dip for Callee’s surprise engagement party in February, and I have been loving it ever since.  I asked her for the recipe so I could serve it at our open house (it’s the Knorr’s recipe minus a few ingredients), and now I can make it anytime!

Spinach Dip in a Bread Bowl

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via Domestic Super Hero

  • 1 box (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, cooked, cooled and squeezed dry
  • 1 container (16 oz.) sour cream
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 package Knorr® Vegetable recipe mix
  • 3 green onions, chopped (optional)
  • Bread for bread bowl

Get your ingredients ready, according to the directions.  Combine all ingredients in a bowl and chill for 2 hours.

When you’re almost ready to eat, get your bread out.  Cut the top off, and create a bread bowl by removing the inside bread.  Scoop the chilled spinach dip into the bread bowl.  Tear the excess bread into bite size pieces, place around the bowl and eat!

Edits: The Knorr’s recipe also includes 1 can of water chestnuts and tomatoes which we both exclude. You could also swap 16 oz Greek yogurt for the sour cream to make it a touch healthier.  Use other dippers like carrots, celery and crackers if you want more options or run out of bread.

Okay, now a funny story about the first time I made the dip… 

I decided I really wanted to serve this dip at the open house Hunter and I hosted the Thursday before our wedding.  I bought all the ingredients, and the night before even laid out all the dishes on the tables with labels of what food / sauce / item would be in each to make it as easy as possible.

The only day I felt rushed or slightly stressed during the wedding week was that Thursday, and my sister, Hunter and I were trying to get all the food out plus get dressed before everyone came over.  I went to mix up the dip and didn’t read the part about cooking, cooling & drying the spinach before you put it in the dip, so I put frozen spinach in a bowl with the other ingredients and tried mixing it up wondering why it didn’t seem like Maggie’s.  My sister asked if I cooked the spinach and then I realized my problem – whoops!

We tried to come up with a way to save it and still somehow serve it, but ultimately it ended up in the trash, and the bread was put by the cheese & charcuterie tray.  Oh well, makes for a funny story now — so make sure to cook the spinach first before mixing together 🙂