Chicken Enchilada Dip

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Chicken Enchilada Dip is a creamy, cheesy, spicy chicken-filled enchilada dip, a hit with everyone who tries it.

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Chicken Enchilada Dip

If I can turn a dish into something eaten on a tortilla chip I am totally in! Chips and dips get to the core of this savory girl every time. Not to mention, whenever you can turn a snack into a meal, everyone is ready to dive in.

Dippable and snackable is how my family would describe chicken enchilada dip. With all the flavors of my homemade enchiladas without the filling and rolling mess, anyone can make this enchilada dip.

Enchiladas find their way to our table quite regularly we eat them with a fork, scooped up on tortilla chips or rolled and stuffed into burritos. I make them with beef, or chicken, or vegetables. We’ve even been known to eat enchiladas for breakfast.

This dip makes traditional enchiladas even easier to scoop up on tortilla chips; the kids and my husband were raving about this appetizer for a couple of days. Hearty enough for a main dish, this was an enormous success for our family movie night.

Start by sauteeing your onions, bell pepper, and seasonings in a skillet. While your onions are cooking cut up the tortillas into small pieces so that you can add them to the onion mixture.

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Why you should try writing morning pages to boost your wellbeing

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What are 'morning pages', and how can we make the most of their wellbeing magic by doing this activity every day?

Why you should try writing morning pages to boost your wellbeing

Many of us know the wellbeing benefits of writing, whether it’s creating a gratitude list each week or penning poetry that explores our experiences. Morning pages is an activity that involves writing three pages of stream of consciousness in longhand, first thing each morning. This, according to its inventor, Julia Cameron, can help us think through problems and improve our creativity.

Cameron outlines ‘morning pages’ in her 1992 book, The Artist’s Way, where she explores how we can discover and recover our creative selves. She recommends morning pages as a tool to help overcome creative blocks. And it’s not just for artists: boosting creativity can help us to problem solve in all areas of our lives, making it a worthwhile exercise for everyone.

As a writer, I was curious about trying morning pages. I’ve seen others talk about how they find it useful, and wondered whether it would help me feel more energised to write creatively each day. So I decided to give it a go.

The wellbeing benefits of morning pages

I asked counsellor Jenny Warwick for her insights into how morning pages can support our mental health and wellbeing.

“It gives you the chance to think about, and state, what’s going on for you,” she tells me. “It’s an opportunity to put down literally whatever is at the top of your head without fear of judgement. You can get those thoughts out onto paper and clear them from your mind, so that you can start the day fresh. You may well be surprised at what comes up as a result.

“While it may be tricky initially, it may give you some insight into what’s actually going on in your head, which is surely worth doing for your mental health and wellbeing.”

By writing morning pages every day, we can, Julia Cameron says, work through problems. “It is very difficult to complain about a situation morning after morning, month after month, without being moved to constructive action. The pages lead us out of despair and into undreamed-of solutions,” she writes in The Artist’s Way.

Morning pages, of course, are written first thing. Which Jenny explains gives you the chance to put your thoughts down on paper before the rest of your daily stuff gets in the way.

“It’s time that you are making specifically for you, and you alone,” she adds. “It’s before the day has gotten in the way of what’s going on in your head. Your mind has been working overnight to process the previous day and is fresh. You could catch some insights as a result of this processing before you start your new day.”

Morning pages involves writing whatever comes to us, without worrying about spelling and grammar, or what other people will think. This, Jenny explains, allows us to pour our thoughts out as they are beginning to take form, knowing that no one else is going to read them. “This means you can tap into thoughts and feelings you might not even realise or recognise that you had, which would be really valuable to know,” says Jenny. “You might even surprise you

Is Book of the Month worth it?

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Sharing my full (non-sponsored) review of Book of the Month and if it’s worth it. If you’d like to try it out, my referral link gives you access to your first month for $5!

Hi friends! How’s the week going so far? I hope you’re having a great one. It’s been cloudy and rainy here (so lovely!) and it’s been a pretty normal week taking care of Caro (the meds seem to be helping), doing the work thing, and shuffling the crew to activities.

For today’s post, I wanted to talk about Book of the Month since I’ve been using it for over a year now! A couple of years ago, I vowed to start reading three books per month, and it’s ended up being a realistic and attainable goal that’s brought more joy into my life. Book of the Month has been a huge part of that. It’s a monthly subscription that enables me to try out new books and authors, and I’m pumped to share more details about it with you.

*Note: this review is not sponsored and my membership is not gifted. If you’d like to use my referral link, you’ll get your first month for $5!

Is Book of the Month worth it?

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What is Book of the Month?

Book of the Month is a monthly book subscription. You can select from a handful of new curated titles each month, or browse previous reader faves. If you don’t see something that you want to read, you can skip that month and resume the following month. I currently pay $16.97 per month and have read 14 books through my subscription.

They have BFF rewards along the way and you can earn rewards like pins, a book bag (I love mine!), birthday book, Book of the Year book, and a 20% discount in their online boutique.

Benefits of Book of the Month

You expand your reading horizons

The main reason I joined to Book of the Month was to try new authors and titles that I otherwise might not find. They provide a thorough synopsis for each book, and add excellent emoji descriptors for each option (like emotional, social issues, book length, decade, LOL, light read, slow build, quirky, rural, action-packed, non-linear timeline, supernatural, etc.)

I discovered some new favorite authors and all-time favorite

Hot Buttered Rum Cookies

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Hot Buttered Rum Cookies are the happy result of what can I do with the extra buttered rum batter I don’t want to freeze?

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Butter and brown sugar are the base of pretty much all of my favorite cookies. So with some leftover buttered rum batter hiding in my refrigerator I couldn’t let it go to waste.

Mixing in some egg, a little flour, and baking soda I had a rich delicious, soft, gingersnap-like cookie on my hands that disappeared almost before they could cool on the pan.

Hot Buttered Rum Cookies

The cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and cardamom are such a fragrant and flavorful combination combined with butter and brown sugar. These cookies tasted so much like my favorite holiday drink that I would have sworn there was rum in them. But not a drop was used.

After the first batch, I thought maybe I had a happy accident on my hands. It happens. So I mixed up another batch of Hot Buttered Rum batter and made the cookies again.

It was not an accident. Delicious rich, toffee, and spice flavors in a crispy yet chewy cookie. This time I snapped some photos before they disappeared.

One of my favorite things about this recipe is you can make a small batch quick and easily. You are pulling warm tasty cookies out of your oven in no time at all.

If you prefer a Gluten-Free cookie I did test that for you and simply substituted the all-purpose flour for a combination of brown rice and almond flour. It works great.

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{Non-Alcoholic} Hot Buttered “Rum”

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Rich, creamy, buttery, and loaded with spices, Non-Alcoholic Hot Buttered “Rum” is an unforgettable drink perfect for any cold weather occasion.

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Hot Buttered Rum

This non-alcoholic hot buttered spice drink is Hot Buttered Rum’s tamer sister; although truth be told, this version is pretty awesome with a splash of rum added as well.

The first time I made this non-alcoholic version of our Hot Buttered Rum, my kids went crazy over their warm spiced drinks. They’ve declared this treat “better than hot tea, and hot cocoa, and probably better than coffee” (not that they would really know about that one).

I love watching my kids “think” they are grown up. So whenever I can make them an appropriate version of something the adults are enjoying I do it. They instantly become little adults in how they hold their cups and sip carefully. It makes them feel so special and included.

Hot Buttered “Rum” is one of my favorite hot drinks to make. Once you’ve stirred the buttered spice mixture together, you can keep the mix in the refrigerator and stir a cup together anytime you like.

Want a fun tip? The buttery, sugar, and spice mixture is awesome in coffee and hot tea as well as with hot water. I can’t wait to try it in hot apple cider.

I especially love the lightened-up version with Monk Fruit In The Raw. With half the sugar, it has all the flavor and sweetness of the original.

Whatever the occasion, this is a terrific recipe to have up your sleeve whether it’s for guests at a dinner party or a casual night at home.

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Hot Buttered Rum Ingredients

  • butter
  • light brown sugar
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • ground cardamom
  • ground cloves 
  • boiling water
  • Optional: half and half or heavy cream 
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