Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip

Snacks | February 6, 2016 | By

slow cooker buffalo chicken dipMy name is Christen, and I’m a full-blown Frank’s Red Hot addict. Literally, the smell of it makes me salivate. Seriously, if they made a candle of that smell, I’d buy it. Although, maybe not because that would just make me want to make this Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip. 

This dip is perfect for tomorrow’s big game if you’re hosting a party, going to someone else’s party or just watching it alone and want a super delicious snack! I actually got this great recipe from Siri Daly (Siriously Delicious) and the Today Show. They also just recently launched the Today Food Club, which is a super great site to exchange recipes. So you can submit your favorites while checking out other people’s food as well. 

They reached out to me about their most recent challenge for the Today Food Club, which was “Slow Cooker to the Rescue,” and there are some delicious recipes on there I’ll be trying out. I contributed my Asian Beef Stew, but I’ll be making some of the other ones there (especially this Slow Cooker Spiced Coconut Steel Cut Oatmeal!). 

Read on for the recipe.

Note: This post is sponsored by the Today Food Club, which I’m a top contributor, but all opinions are my own. 

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Buffalo Chicken Crescent Ring

Snacks | January 5, 2016 | By

Buffalo Chicken Crescent Ring I’ve been on a big Buffalo chicken kick so this Buffalo Chicken Crescent Ring is just everything that I’ve been looking for lately. It’s spicy yet buttery, and a highly addictive snack. So don’t make it for just yourself and your husband because its highly likely you’ll eat the good majority of it between the two of you (I might be speaking from experience on this one).

This recipe originally came from one of those Buzzfeed Tasty videos that are so popular on Facebook, and I was delighted it was a home run. I’ll definitely be trying more things from them. 

This recipe is perfect for your upcoming Super Bowl party and I’m definitely making it for Bryn’s upcoming birthday party. 

Read on for the recipe. 

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Monster Cookie Dough Dip

Snacks | November 10, 2015 | By

IMG_8079I think one of my absolute favorite things about throwing a kid’s birthday party is the “kid food” I get to make. Normally, our kids eat what we eat. But a child’s birthday party is the best time to embrace being a kid again and making some really fun food. Enter the Monster Cookie Dough Dip that I just made for Hadley’s 5th birthday. 

Okay, so it really looks like a bowl of cookie dough (which it essentially is), but it has some fun dippers and a cream cheese base that makes it a little more spreadable than actual cookie dough. Also, it has zero eggs in it so you’re not playing Russian roulette with the dip like you when you take one too many tastes of regular cookie dough. I found this recipe originally on The Girl Who Ate Everything, and followed it pretty much as is. Although, in my version, I’ve cut down on the amount of oats. The dip is a lot less spreadable with so many oats as originally called for. Also, get this out of the fridge about an hour and a half before you want to serve it to give time for the butter and cream cheese in the dip to soften. 

Read on for the recipe.

 One year ago: Oven Baked Pork and Apples 

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Beer Cheese Dip

Snacks | February 11, 2015 | By

Beer Cheese DipI could make a whole blog about cheese. Is that sad? Maybe, but totally true.

I love a really sharp cheddar cheese, and this Beer Cheese Dip is just everything. I actually made a small batch of soft pretzel bites (I used this recipe, but adapted for bites instead of full-size pretzels) to dip, but this would be just as delicious with some corn tortilla chips too. 

This dip (originally found here) made a great pre-Super Bowl snack (and by pre- I mean like six hours before). That’s how we roll with really small kids. We snack in the mid-afternoon for an after dinner game. 

One note on this recipe: Use a fondue pot (if you have one) to keep the dip warm. Once it gets to room temperature, it becomes pretty hard. I just kept it on the stove until I was ready to serve with the pretzels. 

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Spinach, Bacon and Onion Dip

Snacks | November 27, 2014 | By

Spinach, Bacon and Onion Dip on a crackerHey everyone and happy Thanksgiving! We’re off this morning to central New York to celebrate with Trevor’s family. It’s a really busy day. We start at the family hockey game (a Gowan Thanksgiving tradition) then back to aunt and uncle’s house for family time and dinner. 

This year I’m making an appetizer for the Thanksgiving celebration, and I really wanted to try this Spinach, Bacon and Onion Dip (from Martha Stewart). It seems pretty close to the traditional Spinach and Artichoke Dip, but a lot easier and super tasty. I made this dip yesterday and tried it out in my own little soup dish (gotta make sure its good enough to leave the house!). It was delicious and a perfect start to a great meal. This is also one of those great dishes that is a crowd pleaser when you have absolutely no clue what to bring to a holiday party! 

Thanksgiving could possibly be one of my favorite holidays so I’m really excited to see some family and catch up, and, of course, have one of the best meals ever. I seriously love stuffing and could possibly eat it every day of the year! 

Read on for this great dip recipe. 

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Peanut Butter and Coconut Balls

Healthy, Snacks | April 26, 2014 | By

Peanut Butter & Coconut Balls

Coconut is one of those love-it or hate-it kind of foods.

Me? Love it. Can’t get enough of it.

Trevor? Not so much.

But sometimes you just have to make something for yourself.

I whipped up this quick recipe I found via Twitter last night in no time. And when I say no time, I mean it. From craving to completion, it was 16 minutes flat, and 15 of those are spent chilling the mixture.

Even though Trevor had to pass, they got two thumbs up from my 3 year-old Hadley. And anyone who has a 3 year-old knows: they’re the toughest critics.

So here goes:

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