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Hot Sausage Dip

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Hot Sausage Dip - a creamy, cheesy, hot sausage dip that is perfect for any get together. Make ahead and heat in the crock pot for the big game!

Hot Sausage Dip – a creamy, cheesy, hot sausage dip that is perfect for any get together.  Make ahead and heat in the crock pot for the big game!

Hot Sausage Dip - a creamy, cheesy, hot sausage dip that is perfect for any get together.  Make ahead and heat in the crock pot for the big game!

Friday afternoon my 9 year old was in his school spelling bee.  He was one of two, 4th graders to be part of it.  He ended up placing 6th.  I was beyond nervous to watch him.  He didn’t look like he was nervous up there, but later told us he was really nervous.  We thought it was just going to be the parents that watched, but they ended up bringing in the entire 4th and 5th grade to watch.  So there was about 250 people they had to spell in front of!  Talk about a lot of pressure for a 9 year old!!

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Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Dip

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Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Dip - Bubbling hot gooey, cheesy enchilada dip. Turn your favorite green chile chicken enchiladas into a dip perfect for game day.

Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Dip – Bubbling hot gooey, cheesy enchilada dip.  Turn your favorite green chile chicken enchiladas into a dip perfect for game day.

Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Dip - Bubbling hot gooey, cheesy enchilada dip.  Turn your favorite green chile chicken enchiladas into a dip perfect for game day.

 

I spent the day yesterday home with a sick little boy.  He seemed to have a short 12 hour stomach bug.  He has not had a real stomach bug since he was 2 years old.  He was up almost every 30 minutes most of the night.  At 7:30 in the morning he got up for the day, and said he felt better.  He was wondering if I was going to let him go to school.  He never had a fever, so he was thinking maybe I would let him go.  Needless to say, that did not happen.  He was fine most of the day, just got pretty tired from not getting much sleep the night before.  I am glad that he is back to school today, and so is he.  It was already a short week, and it just got even shorter!

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Philly Cheesesteak Dip

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Philly Cheesesteak Dip {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Philly Cheesesteak Dip - the classic sandwich turned into a dip

We are knee deep in football season.  I don’t mind watching football, as long as it is one of a couple teams I care about.  As for the rest of the games, I have no interest.  My husband and son could watch every game all weekend long, and be happy.  They remember all the players, the stats, and could watch it all day.  For me, the only way to cope with that is to have some snacks.  And good snacks at that.  This is where Philly Cheesesteak Dip comes in.  All the taste of one of my favorite sandwiches, in a dip form.  Really, can you get any better than that?

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Peach Salsa

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Peach Salsa - fresh peaches bring so much flavor to this salsa.

Peach Salsa - fresh peaches bring so much flavor to this salsa.

Peaches are kind of a big thing in Colorado.  I know that Georgia is known as the peach state, but Colorado has to come in close behind.  I remember in Iowa seeing stands on the side of the road selling Colorado peaches.  So when we moved here, I was super excited to try them fresh.  In August we have a Peach Festival in our town, with tons of activities and booths all centered around peaches.  You can even order bushels and bushels of peaches to be picked up at the festival.  Starting in July you can buy bags of peaches at all of the farmer’s markets in town as well.  So yeah, peaches are kind of a thing here.

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Roasted Garlic & Chive Dip

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Roasted Garlic & Chive Dip - perfect for entertaining

Roasted Garlic & Chive Dip - perfect for entertaining

Summer time is the time of entertaining.  It seems that almost every weekend someone is having a get together, and you are bringing a dish to share.  I love getting to hang out with friends, relax, and enjoy good food.  But sometimes, I struggle with what to bring.  I don’t want to bring the same thing all of the time, so I try to mix it up.  Plus, I want it to be quick and easy!  I know, I am kind of picky aren’t I?

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Artichoke Jalapeno Dip

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Artichoke Jalapeno Dip - homemade version of a store bought favorite {Dinners, Dishes & Desserts}

Artichoke Jalapeno Dip - a homemade version of a  store bought favorite {Dinners, Dishes & Desserts}

I trust that all the mom’s out there had a wonderful Mother’s Day.  We had a very relaxing day here.  After being gone for three days last week, it was nice to be able to just sit and spend time with my guys.  Not to mention we had a freak snow storm come through, so our options were limited.  Thankfully, none of the snow stuck to the roads, so it should be gone by Tuesday.  My husband planned a fun outing of riding our bikes to a French bakery in town, but guess we will have to do that another weekend.  Maybe I will just steal that idea for Father’s Day :)

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Roasted Garlic Guacamole (12 Days of Christmas)

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Roasted Garlic Guacamole

Roasted Garlic Guacamole

Are you ready for another giveaway? Yeah, figured you would be.  I think I have made my love for Mexican food and avocados pretty clear on here.  If you are a new reader, be sure to search the recipe index.  Avocados make an appearance quite often.  And there is no shortage of Mexican inspired recipes.  So to say I was excited for The New Southwest from Meagan Micozzi from Scarletta Bakes is a little bit of an understatement.  If you are not familiar with her, be sure to check out her blog as well.

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Restaurant Style Salsa

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Restaurant Style Salsa

Restaurant Style Salsa

I spent the day yesterday cleaning out my 8 year olds room.  When we moved into this house a year ago, we just put all the kids games and toys in his closet.  Considering he is 8, the 24-piece puzzles and Candy Land probably don’t really need to be there anymore.  So together we sorted through it ALL!  It took a few hours, and it was a hot and sweaty job.  But it is done.  Hopefully this means he will actually be able to keep his room clean.  Probably not, but I can hope.

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Crab Rangoon Dip

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Crab Rangoon Dip

Crab Rangoon Dip

I have been holding out on your for awhile with this recipe.  I am sorry!  I don’t know why I haven’t shared it sooner.  Hopefully you will love it, and just forget that I made it for the Superbowl, and am sharing it with you a month later.  Crab Rangoon dip would make a great addition to your Easter appetizers, or your weekend snacking, or even Friday night dinner….you pick!

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Super Bowl Round Up

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Super Bowl Round Up

Super Bowl Round Up

The Super Bowl is on Sunday, and I have quite the line up for you today!  I am having a party, and I am still not sure what I am making.  Is that a problem?

So here is the line up: (corresponds to the numbers it the picture above)
1 – Avocado Bruschetta; this is a favorite at my house. Put out a bowl of the avocado mixture, a plate of toasted bread, and let your guests make their own!
2 – Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies; every party needs dessert!  These are super fudgy brownies topped with egg free peanut butter cookie dough!
3 – Barbeque Pulled Pork; great thing to put in the crock pot in the morning, and it will be ready when your guests arrive
4 – Spicy Chili-Lime Yogurt Dip; a healthy alternative to other dips.  Great with veggies or chips
5 – Fire Roasted Salsa; I can’t watch a big game without salsa!  I love the flavor the fire roasted tomatoes give to this quick salsa.
6 – Chicken, Bacon, Avocado Quesadillas; you can make these just before your guest arrive, and leave them in the oven at a low temp so they stay warm.  Great for with the salsa.
7 – Artichoke Dip; a warm and guilt free artichoke dip.  Dip with veggies or crackers.
8 – Fudgy Brownies; I think that any occasion is a good time for brownies!
9 – Chili; have a big pot of this simmering a way on the stove for people to help them selves.  Set up a toppings bar, and you are done!
10 – Philly Cheesesteaks; fun idea to have as a make your own station at your party
11 – M&M Cookies; quick, easy, portable, and fun!
12 – Chicken Club Eggrolls; great finger food, and they are a healthier alternative, because they are baked.
13 – Chipotle Bacon Ranch Dip; spicy ranch dip with bacon, made with Greek yogurt.
14 – Peanut Butter Bars; a quick no bake dessert that is a huge crowd pleaser.
15 – Avocado Hummus; hummus is a great snack, and adding avocado is such a great flavor combination.  Plus it is good for you!
16 – Italian Chicken Meatballs; tender, chicken meatballs that you can have in the crock pot during the game.

There are so many other great ideas out there too.  Here are some of my favorites!

Dips
White Pizza Dip from How Sweet It Is
Hot Gruyere, bacon and jalapeno dip from FabFoods
Buffalo Cauliflower Dip from Mother of Thyme
Guacamole Tostada Towers from Scarletta Bakes
Lighter French Onion Dip from Gimme Some Oven
Cheesy Baked Jalapeno Popper Dip from Savory Simple
Spicy Sausage Dip from Climbing Grier Mountain

Appetizers/Mains
Cheeseburger Meatballs from Bake Your Day
Buffalo Chicken Potstickers from Add A Pinch
Buffalo Chicken Sliders from Wanna Be A Country Cleaver
Slow Cooker Barbeque Nachos from Pass The Sushi
Buffalo Chicken Flatbread from Simply Scratch
Jalapeno Poppers in-a-Blanket from The Little Kitchen
Carne Asada Nachos from Foodness Gracious
Crispy Baked Asian Chicken Wings from Just A Taste
Nacho Loaded Potato Skins from What’s Gaby Cooking
Grilled Cheese Guacamole and Bacon Bruschetta from Recipe Girl
Buffalo Chicken Bites from A Spicy Perspective
Hoisin Asian Meatballs from Damn Delicious

Sweet Treats
Cookies & Cream Popcorn from Erica’s Sweet Tooth
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Dip from Shugary Sweets
Rice Krispie Football Treats by Cheerios and Lattes
Milky Way Muddy Buddies by Chef In Training
Cookie Butter Pretzels by Crazy for Crust
Peanut Butter Cheese Ball by Buns In My Oven
Super Bowl Cookies by Lizy B

I think you should be ready for one killer Super Bowl party!  Now, if I could only decide what I am going to make….