We’re about a week and a half out from Halloween so I think it’s safe to say that it’s officially fall! I’m sure where some of you live Mother Nature skipped right over fall and went straight to winter (if that’s you, I’m so sorry!). Or if you’re in Texas like me, fall is just an illusion of the mind, for the most part (and if that’s you, I’m also sorry).

At least us Texans got a little bit of fall weather last week! We were getting gown into the 50s which is pretty good! You could feel fall in the air and personally, I definitely started feeling the holiday spirit. (only 65 sleeps until Christmas!!!)

To set today’s mood, it’s in the low 70s with a slight breeze so I got away with wearing a sweater with a skirt. I’ve got my new Bath and Body Works Pumpkin Pecan Waffles candle lit and my Pumpkin Spice sensey plugged in. It’s football Sunday, the Cowboys are playing, and Andrew is off (which is such a rare occurence).

We had a yummy breakfast and a failed attempt at brunch. We’ve got our beer (okay, mines a strawber-ita), I’ve got the cozy football snacks cooking in the oven, and we have Pumpkin Cheesecake cookies AND brownies on the menu for dessert.

Today’s post is going to be all about our favorite football foods!

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Andrew and I started a new little (yummy) tradition for easy Sunday mornings. Because Andrew goes into work later on Sundays we always have time for breakfast. Our newest tradition is easy just add milk muffins (I also added in 2 scoops of my Vital Protien’s Collegan powder)! This morning we had Wildberry! So easy to throw to take, doesn’t take long to back, and the warm gooey muffin paired with the cool melted butter makes for the perfect duo. (We got an off brand from HEB but normally we get the Betty Crocker muffin mix.)

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After breakfast we planned on going to a cute little pumpkin patch! We found one online, drove there, walked through some serious mud, stood in line, then decided to leave! So instead, Andrew said we’d have a little morning date and we set off to try a new coffee/brunch spot! We got to Halcyon but the wait was about 40 minutes and the special surprise Andrew had for me didn’t get served until after 2pm. We eventually ended up at Walmart to knock out our grocery shopping for the week.

While we were grocery we picked up our football food goodies!

On today’s menu we have delicious Buffalo Chicken Dip, Creamy Spinach Dip, Jalapeno Poppers, and cookies!

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Let’s get the easy stuff out of the way.

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Both of these were simple store bought but my mom as a yummy (cold) spinach dip recipe I’m going to try next! The nice thing about this Tostitos Spinach Dip is that you can eat it cold, room temp, or warm! All which taste great but today we ate ours at room temp! And I know I could find a good recipe for the poppers but that is more time consuming and we had a busy day!

Now onto the real stuff!

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I wanted to share this recipe with yall today becauase 1- it’s bomb, 2- it’s the prefect dish for any football event, 3- it’s so diverse you can bring it to any event!, football related or not! It would even be the perfect hold over snack on Thanksgiving (ya know, when you’re starving but you’re trying to save every bit of room in your stomach for Thanksgiving dinner).

What you’ll need:

  • 3 cups of shredded chicken (I used a rotisserie chicken to save time)
  • 1.5 cups of shredded cheddar cheese (I used sharp cheddar)
  • 8 oz cream cheese (I only used 7 oz and it didn’t affect the outcome at all)
  • 8 oz of buffalo hot sauce (I used Frank’s Hot Sauce)
  • 8 oz of ranch dressing

First, pre-heat your oven 350 degrees.

Mix together 1 cup of shredded chicken, ranch, buffalo sauce, cream cheese, and 1 cup of cheese. Mix until blended well.

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Stir in about 1/2 a cup of chicken at a time until all ingredients are well blended.

Pour mixture into an 8×8 pan (glass or regular).

Sprinkle on the last 1/2 cup fo cheese.

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Bake for 30 minutes, let cool, and serve.

We ate ours with tortia chips but it would also be good with tacos/burritos, over rice, or with veggies for a healthier option. (such as carrots)

 

HERE IS A RECIPE CARD YOU CAN SCREENSHOT!

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Now on to the best; dessert!

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Again, these were a super easy pop in the oven store bought cookie.

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But the cream cheese flavored chips are what sold me! Originally I was looking for the traditional holiday sugar cookies that Pillsbury has for different holidays but my Walmart hasn’t had them! I don’t even really like pumpkin flavored anything (never even had a PSL) but decided to give these a go anyway!

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I just followed the simple instructions on the back of the package but cooking them at 350 for about 14 minutes. They came out good! If you are a fan of pumpkin I think these would be perfect for you!

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We also have brownies (with ice cream for on top) that we may or may not whip up later tonight or we might go back to the Halcyon for some late night s’mores! Both at this time are up in the air!

I hope you enjoyed todays food post! Cooking is not my specialty but it can be fun and festive when you’re in the mood! I hope this inspired you to cook up some cozy comfort foods for you and a friends or family member!

Let me know if you try this yummy buffalo chicken dip by tagging @bethesunshinee on Instagram and using the hashtag #cookingsunshinee! I hope everybody has a safe and fulfilling week!


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