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My poor Illini got pummeled by the Buckeyes yesterday…*tear*. I figured we were in for a tough game, but not even a field goal? Ouch! Yet, we were still able to enjoy ourselves with good drinks, good friends, and of course, good food!
Our weekend beer of choice as of lately has been Michelob Ultra — lower in carbohydrate than nearly all other light beers. I’m gearing up for my 30 days as a diabetic, I guess!
And as for our snackies: Buffalo Chicken dip – yum! While it’s certainly not THE healthiest thing in the world, it’s a nice treat…especially if you enjoy it on celery stalks like myself! Also, in adopting this recipe into my arsenol, I did some research on “wing sauce”. Ends up, there’s more to wing sauce than mild, medium, and hot! Hooters wing sauce, for example, has 80 calories and 9 grams of fat (5 grams of saturated fat!!!) in just 2 tablespoons! Moore’s Buffalo Wing Sauce contains 15 calories and 1 gram of fat per tablespoon. Both are packed with sodium, though…beware! Anyways, the Buffalo Chicken Dip is a fun crowd-pleaser, and a lighter version of many football weekend snackies!
Buffalo chicken dip

1 package (8 oz) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), softened

1/2 cup fat-free ranch dressing

1/3 cup buffalo wing sauce

2 tablespoons water

1 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast

1 cup shredded reduced-fat Colby Jack cheese blend or reduced-fat Cheddar cheese

2 tablespoons chopped green onions (2 medium)

Whole grain crackers or celery sticks, if desired

Heat oven to 350°F. In medium bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat in dressing, buffalo wing sauce and water until blended. Stir in chicken and cheese. Spread in ungreased 1-quart baking dish or 9-inch pie plate; cover with foil.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Stir and top with onions. Serve hot with crackers or celery sticks.

Our OSU friends brought over chili…and if anyone knows how to make chili, it’s them! It ALMOST makes up for the fact that they’re OSU fans. And here they are in their OSU jerseys and their poisonous nut necklaces (*eye roll*)!

Josh and Tiffany
Josh and Tiffany being silly…and our ugly red couch
And here’s our happy family…even Pinky (our snake) came out to join the party yesterday (he’s crawling on Mark’s arm)! Not a great picture of anyone, especially of me…trying to hold up our 35+ pound bundle of joy!
Lily caught a nap at half time…
Enjoying a relaxing Sunday with plenty of sleep and the usual fresh fruit smoothie beefed up with flaxseed oil and protein powder – yum! Enjoy the rest of the weekend, thanks for reading!
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  1. Gina
    September 27, 2009 / 6:12 pm

    Poisonous necklaces?! Did you mean to say AMAZING necklaces?! Of course you did. Have you ever tried a buckeye, as in the candy? They really are to diet for.As far as your text being wider, you'll have to change your template for that to happen. I've had the same problem and I always want to make my text wider but I think most templates only allow you to keep text at this width, it sucks. If you want to change the color of your font, go up where it says "Customize" and "fonts and colors" you can change your color and it will change for all of your past posts as well!

  2. Gina
    September 27, 2009 / 6:14 pm

    Buckeyes may be poisonous, but the actual buckeye candies are DEEELICIOUS!! Don't you agree?? So good.You'll have to change your template if you want your text to be wider. Most templates, however, are this width. I agree with you though, it's too skinny! I have tried to widen mine but most templates don't allow it! It stinks.To change your font color go up to "customize" then hi "fonts and colors". Change your color and it will change for all past and future posts. Good luck!

  3. KG
    September 27, 2009 / 7:18 pm

    Your chicken tortilla soup is in my newly purchased crock pot! Can't wait for dinner! The stuff for the cheesy chicken with artichokes has been purchased for a dinner later in the week. Now I want to try this dip. You need a to put out a cookbook!I'll still be cheering on the Illini next week!

  4. Nicole M., MS, RD, LD
    September 27, 2009 / 8:17 pm

    Kristin, I love it! And you will LOVE the recipes…and the leftovers for lunches all week! The soup is one of Mark's favorite recipes so far…you'll have to let me know what you think! And for the record, I think you'll fall in love with crock potting! I'll keep the recipes on comin'!

  5. KG
    September 28, 2009 / 12:32 am

    The tortilla soup was a hit with Katie & her friend! The only suggestion they had was adding some frozen corn. I am definitely taking leftovers tomorrow for lunch! Love the blog. I'll email you this week about the running…

  6. LMC
    September 28, 2009 / 1:21 pm

    Lily is getting huge!?! What a cutie ๐Ÿ™‚

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