Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Cheesy Beef Dip

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So many of my favorite recipes and snacks have come from parties with my family and my sisters and mom making the best food; this cheesy beef dip my sister Natalee made is one of my favorites and I immediately knew it would be perfect for football season and a Big Game party.

My oldest nephews are both playing football in high school and it is easy to understand that when Sunday football is on, they are all about the game. They hoot and holler and have a great time rooting for their favorite teams while I anxiously wait for the commercials, which, in my opinion, are the best part of the game.

Just like a football game has a huddle, my family has a constant huddle around the kitchen table that is filled with snacks and yummy treats like my game day cupcakes and my sister’s cheesy beef dip.

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It is no secret that I love quick and easy recipes that I can throw together for guests to snack on while we chat, play games, or watch football. This cheesy beef dip kicks it up a notch by staying hot and cheesy in a slow cooker so my guests can help themselves to some more cheesy goodness whenever they would like. I just put out a big bowl of chips, cute football-themed bowls, and some napkins.

Ingredients:
2 Cups Browned Ground Beef
½ Cup Salsa (I use my homemade salsa, but you could use jarred salsa too)
4 Slices of American Cheese
Chips for dipping

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Directions:
Brown Ground Beef in a skillet and add to a slow cooker
Add salsa and sliced cheese and mix until melted completely
Garnish with cilantro if you would like

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I also like to add some chips to the bottom of my football-themed bowl for some extra crunch and then I eat it with a fork.

Well, lucky for me, I have some amazing foodie friends so you won’t only be serving this cheesy beef dip at your next football gathering. Click some of the links below to find amazing Big Game recipes! They have made appetizers, entrees, desserts, and even drinks. Prepare to have your mouth water.

60+ Recipes for Watching the Big Game #FoodieFootballFans


Classic Potato Salad by Celebrating Family
Chili Cheese Burritos by Love Bakes Good Cakes
Mediterranean Seven Layer Dip by The Culinary Compass
Jalapeno Pale Ale Chili by Beer Girl Cooks
Baked Southwestern Egg Rolls by Family Food on the Table
Cookie Dough Cheese Ball by Bread Booze Bacon
Meatloaf Sliders by Foodtastic Mom
Wonton Taco Cups by A Mind Full Mom
Pancetta and Smoked Mozzarella Arancini by The Secret Ingredient Is
Bean and Cheese Taco Bites by The BakerMama
Monte Cristo Poppers by See Aimee Cook
Chile Beer Sangria by Cake 'n Knife
Low Carb Stuffed Crust Pizza by Sustaining the Powers
Puff Pastry Pizza Bites by The Mexitalian
Roasted Jalapeno Poppers by Off the Eaten Path
Jalapeno Popper Chicken Wings by Around My Family Table
Gluten Free Bread Sticks by What A Girl Eats
Cheesy Beef Dip by Polka Dotted Blue Jay
Buffalo Chicken Deviled Eggs by The Crumby Cupcake
Greek Meatballs by Two Places at Once
Baked Taco Empanadas by Simplify, Live, Love
Cheese Sticks by Coffee Love Travel
Skillet Chicken Queso Dip by foodbyjonister
Spicy Sausage Rolls by Peanut Blossom
Protein Dark Chocolate Truffles by The Creative Bite
Chickpea Pepper Cheese Poppers by Bucket List Tummy
Maple Cranberry Apple Sangria by Order in the Kitchen
Meyer Lemon Shandies by The Speckled Palate
Buffalo Chicken Eggrolls by Simple and Savory
Pastrami Nachos by A Little Gathering
Shrimp Ceviche Dip by Glisten and Grace
Football Bourbon Balls + Boozy Lemonade by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Easy Pepperoni Rolls by Me and My Pink Mixer
Califlower Tater Tots by Living Well Kitchen
Cheeseburger Naan Pizza by Shaws Simple Swaps
Crab Rangoon by Brunch-n-Bites
Sweet n' Spicy BBQ Popcorn by Life's Ambrosia
Buffalo Chicken Rolls by Loves Food, Loves to Eat
Simlple Meatball Sub Sliders by Loaves & Dishes
Maple-Mustard Bacon Chicken Bites by An Oregon Cottage
Ricotta Stuffed Sausage Meatballs by A Joyfully Mad Kitchen


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Black and Gold New Year's Eve Party

2016 has gone by in a flash and now it is time to throw a glitzy Black and Gold New Year’s Eve Party!

Click here for a quick and easy Gold and Black New Year's Eve Party I created on a budget!

I don’t know about you, but I feel like I blinked and the holidays were gone. Read: I didn’t get to eat enough cookies.

Click here for a quick and easy Gold and Black New Year's Eve Party I created on a budget!

When I saw the fabulous New Year’s Eve Party supplies in the dollar section at Target, I just had to put together a black and gold dessert table to ring in the New Year.

Click here for a quick and easy Gold and Black New Year's Eve Party I created on a budget!

Click here for a quick and easy Gold and Black New Year's Eve Party I created on a budget!

I love a good bargain and Target’s seasonal decorations have been on point. Going into Target for a single item (I am looking at you, hairspray) is practically impossible without a stroll through the dollar section. They make it so easy with all the coordinating items to pull together a party table quickly and on a budget – both wins in my book.

Click here for a quick and easy Gold and Black New Year's Eve Party I created on a budget!

Click here for a quick and easy Gold and Black New Year's Eve Party I created on a budget!

Just buy or bake some cupcakes, add some edible gold stars to chocolate dipped cookies (see this post on how to dip cookies), and set up your dollar spot haul.

Click here for a quick and easy Gold and Black New Year's Eve Party I created on a budget!

Click here for a quick and easy Gold and Black New Year's Eve Party I created on a budget!

I like to make my tables have various heights by stacking cake stands (yes, I need an intervention) and using decorations from front to back.

Click here for a quick and easy Gold and Black New Year's Eve Party I created on a budget!

So where will you be celebrating New Year’s Eve?

Wishing you a happy New Year, friends.  Thank you so much for being here and supporting Polka Dotted Blue Jay; every comment, click, and follow means the world to me.


Friday, December 23, 2016

Buffalo Plaid and Poinsettia Bridal Shower

The Fab 5 had our fourth quarter gathering two weekends ago and four of us were in on a secret: we planned a surprise Buffalo Plaid and Poinsettia Bridal Shower for Alisha!

Now, I must admit that I had very little to do with the planning stage of the party. I was sick for two weeks and my contributions to the party prep were my thumbs-up emoji texts to the other girls as they planned, purchased, and prepped everything. Thanks girls!

Plan a surprise Buffalo Plaid and Poinsettia Bridal Shower with a fun Hot Cocoa Bar

Shauna and Brittany basically stalked the dollar section at Target to find enough of everything; no one store had enough to make a complete set and table setting. The girls persevered and found everything we needed to make the table look fabulous! Shauna designed the tablescape, using scarves as a table runner, poinsettia napkin rings, black linens, and gold chargers.

Plan a surprise Buffalo Plaid and Poinsettia Bridal Shower with a fun Hot Cocoa Bar

Plan a surprise Buffalo Plaid and Poinsettia Bridal Shower with a fun Hot Cocoa Bar

What I did contribute was a whole bunch of plates, cake stands, and glassware for our setup. I also helped set everything up the day of and had a blast creating the hot chocolate bar. I filled my Wayfair mini trifle bowls with various cocoa toppings:  chocolate chips, marshmallows, candy canes, and coconut shavings. We also filled a large jar with the cocoa powder and added a beautiful framed printable that Leah made.

Plan a surprise Buffalo Plaid and Poinsettia Bridal Shower with a fun Hot Cocoa Bar

Plan a surprise Buffalo Plaid and Poinsettia Bridal Shower with a fun Hot Cocoa Bar

Then, to my surprise, Brittany arrived with homemade macaroons. Seriously, I am surrounded by talented women.

Plan a surprise Buffalo Plaid and Poinsettia Bridal Shower with a fun Hot Cocoa Bar

Alisha was very surprised – especially when I asked her to stop and pick up ice so we could make sure everything was finished before she arrived.

It has been hard for me to deal with the reality that we are all in very different places than we were seven years ago. Marriages, babies (for some), relocating, and time generally moving faster than we would all like. I cherish the three or four times a year we can all get together for a couple hours and connect face-to-face.