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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Weekend Bites #19 Beverages

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Pepper Jack Chicken Sandwich

This post is sponsored by Tyson and The Daily Meal. Opinion and recipe are 100% my own.

Oh em YUM! So lately our lunches have been...interesting.... When it's just me and the 2 little at home, I have a hard time really making a good balanced meal. At least for me, don't worry I feed the kids! I just get a little bored of pb&j, mac and cheese, and ramen. Usually I'll go for leftovers, but lately we haven't had too many of those either. 

With a renewed focus on taking care of myself this year, part of that needs to be a good lunch. I whipped this Pepperjack Chicken Sandwich up today, and seriously, you are going to love it! It's not only full of flavor, but it's extremely quick and simple to make as well. 

Pepperjack Chicken Sandwich

Tyson's Crispy Chicken Strips
hoagie rolls
The Laughing Cow Creamy Spicy Pepper Jack 
Sliced Mozzarella
Sliced Tomatoes
salt and pepper
Shredded lettuce


1. Spread the pepper jack across both sides of the hoagie bun. Place spread side down in a frying pan on medium-low heat. 
2. Meanwhile place a chicken strip in the microwave for 1 1/2 minutes. 
3. Carefully remove the hoagie from the frying pan - it may stick a little. Use a spatula to pull it up. 
4. Place chicken strip on bottom half of hoagie, and top with mozzarella. Briefly broil in the oven until the cheese begins to melt. 
5. Add sliced tomatoes, salt, pepper, and shredded lettuce. Enjoy lunch!

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Best 7-Layer Bean Dip

This post is sponsored by LTD Commodities. All opinions are 100% my own. 

I have a confession to make - I'm a closet football fan. I don't go out of my way to watch any games, or really pay attention to who's being drafter where - and I don't care if you drop by during a game. BUT I get a tad excited for game day. I like seeing other people excited, and sharing good food with them. Even more, I love going to live games, or actually getting out and playing a game or two myself (though it's been many years since I've done that).

My heart will probably always belong to the New England teams, even though I have now lived the majority of my life in the west. I will always root for the Patriots, and the Red Sox. They're my teams. While I was prepping for this post I began to browse LTD Commodities, and found the perfect game day entertaining pieces - condiment jars, football platter and dishes, even a Patriot's branded bowl!

I like to keep things simple, so even Game Day doesn't get too crazy. Just some home made hot dog buns, paper plates, chips, and of course 7 layer Bean Dip! This stuff is my favorite to share at parties! It's quick, easy and the perfect chip dip!

7 Layer Bean Dip

Ingredients *amounts are all based on individual preference
1 can Refried Beans
Shredded Cheedar
Sour Cream
Lettuce, shredded
Tomatoes, chopped
Tortilla chips

In a 9x9 pan spread the refried beans (double if you use a larger pan). Top with shredded cheese. Microwave for 1 minute. Let rest for 1 minute. Microwave for another minute. 
Top with a layer of salsa, sour cream, lettuce and tomatoes. Serve with the seventh layer - Tortilla chips!
This dip can be served warm, or cooled - making it the perfect game day treat. Whether you're watching from home, or headed out tailgating. 

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