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Buffalo Chicken Dip

Jan 25
12:00
PM
Category | General

With the Super Bowl fast approaching, regardless of which team you’re rooting for, I think all fans can agree on one thing – the food!

A Super Bowl party staple is Buffalo Chicken Dip, and this quick and easy recipe is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Ingredients:

  • 12-16 oz. of cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 rotisserie chicken – shredded
  • 1/3 cup of Buffalo Wing Sauce (more if you want it spicier)
  • ½ cup of blue cheese or ranch dressing
  • ½ cup of mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup of cheddar cheese

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

While your oven is heating, begin shredding the chicken into a bowl. Once you’re finished, add the cream cheese, hot sauce, blue cheese, and mozzarella cheese. Mix everything together (you can use a hand mixer to help), then transfer to a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Add the cheddar cheese to the top.

Cover your pan with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes (or until the cheese on top is thoroughly melted).

Serve hot with your favorite kind of chips or bread!

To make it extra special, you could also serve in a football shaped bread bowl:

http://www.delish.com/cooking/videos/a45684/football-shaped-dip/


In the Community

Volunteer as a Family this Holiday Season

It’s that time of year again where the world is colder but hearts seem to be warmer as people are preparing for the holidays. It’s a time to come together with family and friends and share food and laughter, but why not share those times while also helping others? This year, try to find a way to work together and give back to the community and those in need.

Donate: Pick a charity to donate to as a family so everyone feels more involved, and then set donation goals to add motivation. Have your kids go through their old clothes, toys, and other things that never get used and have them choose things to donate. Take them shopping to buy presents to donate to Toys for Tots, or have them designate a piggy bank for money to be donated.

Create: Get the kids together and have them make cards to those in your community who deserve a little extra love this season. Make an afternoon of it and invite your children’s friends to join in. Craft thank you cards to bring to the local fire department, police station, or to any local volunteers seen out in the cold or at the front door of various shelters. Deliver homemade cards to nursing homes or to a homeless shelter or hospital. If you plan far enough ahead you can even send some overseas to our troops who deserve a little holiday cheer.

Go Out: Many charities and organizations throw benefit events that the whole family can participate in. Concerts, dinners, mini festivals, and races are usually sponsored either by a charitable organization, or by a company intending to use the money for charity. Go out as a family and spend a little time and money having fun and supporting a good cause.

Get Your Hands Dirty: If you have older kids, look into Habitat for Humanity. The charity takes volunteers as young as 16 (18 to use power tools) to help build affordable housing for low-income families. They have people available to teach you, so don’t worry about not being overly construction-savvy. If you have younger kids, try looking into local trash pick-up or adopt a highway projects and spend an afternoon cleaning up your community.

Puppy Love: Don’t forget about all the fluffy little guys who also deserve your help this season. If you don’t have the lifestyle to foster a pet of your own, look into helping out at an animal shelter this season as many of them will be in need of temporary help. Also look and see if any of the shelters in your area are in need of food, toys, or other pet supplies items that you could provide. Take the whole family when you drop off the donations and briefly visit all the four-legged friends who will benefit from your kindness.


General

Make Breakfast. Many people chose to have a light breakfast or skip the meal all together in order to prepare themselves for the feast yet to come, but indulging yourself in a fun, festive, and delicious breakfast could really brighten your day from the start. Enjoy some pancakes, waffles, or cinnamon rolls as the family gets ready to watch the parade, or treat yourself to some morning pumpkin pie.

Display Your Gratitude. Decorations are an important part of any holiday, and what could make a better decoration than the lovely thoughts and thanks of your loved ones? Find a fun way to display what everyone is thankful for. Write your blessings on paper leaves and use them to make a wreath. Then you can bring this decoration back out each year and add to it so it becomes a beautiful piece of family artwork. If you don’t feel like turning your thanks into a presentation, you can have everyone write them in a notebook that you keep safe from year to year.

Get Everyone Involved. Making and serving dinner doesn’t have to be a one person job. Find little ways so everyone can help. Small children are generally quite willing, so find easy jobs for them like mixing up the potatoes or setting the table. Have older kids help with serving - maybe put them in charge of serving dessert, or ask them to help with the clean-up. The work is more fun (and goes faster) when everyone pitches in.

Take a Walk Outside. Let your body digest and enjoy the autumn air with a family walk right after dinner. If the weather is nice and your tummies are full, it might be nice to take in the season and enjoy a family walk in the great outdoors.

End the Day as a Family. Whether you chose to watch a movie or play a game, the best way to end Turkey Day is all together. Choose something you’ll all enjoy doing and sit together for an hour or two. If you want, you can switch up your last activity of the day every year, or the game you play or the movie you chose to watch can become its own tradition that comes back to warm your hearts each and every year.


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Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse

Oct 4
9:00
AM
Category | Informational
Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse

Pumpkin season is here and so are the delicious breads, cakes, and pies that come with it. However, if you’re looking for lighter pumpkin treat this fall, this Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse is the answer!

Ingredients:
8 ounce package of cream cheese, softened
1 cup pumpkin puree
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ginger
2 cups whipped cream
6-8 ginger cookies, crushed (optional)

Optional Toppings:
whipped cream
cinnamon or nutmeg

Instructions:
Whip together cream cheese and pumpkin puree. Add sugar to mixture and beat until sugar is fully incorporated. Blend vanilla, cinnamon, and ginger into cream cheese and pumpkin mixture. Slowly fold in whipped cream and refrigerate for about 1 hour.

Seal ginger cookies in a plastic bag and crush into large crumbs. Leftover crumbs can be crushed further to create a cookie dust topping. Place a layer of cookie crumbs on the bottom of each serving dish. Spoon pumpkin mixture on top of cookie layer and top with whipped cream and/or cinnamon, nutmeg, or ginger cookie dust.


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