My mom makes the best spinach dip. I have yet to find a spinach dip that compares. I remember my mom making it for all sorts of holidays and occasions. She’s been making this recipe for so long (over 26 years) that she has no clue where it first originated. She made her famous spinach dip yesterday for no special reason and I had to share. It’s pretty simple to make, too!
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Chili-lime chicken with mango and avocado salsa
Today’s dinner was one of my favorites: thin chicken breasts seasoned with chili, lime, and other spices, then grilled and served with a mango and avocado salsa. It really hit the spot!
I could also eat the salsa by itself. I had to stop eating it by the spoonful or else there wouldn’t be enough for dinner! The salsa lasted us about 3 servings, but it could be more if I didn’t eat half of it just myself. It probably makes about 1 cup of salsa.
Chili-lime chicken with mango and avocado salsa recipe
Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas for Children
Every year we would get Easter Baskets from the Easter Bunny (just like stockings from Santa). My mom would fill our baskets with special treats and toys along with hiding Easter Eggs. It was almost like waking up on Christmas morning!
This year I only have my toddler-age Godchild to make a basket for, but I have been thinking about lots of other ideas! The following is a list of Easter Basket Filler Ideas that don’t involve candy – some to make and some to buy. Just follow the links for the craft tutorials or instructions!
What to use for baskets:
- The cheap wicker Easter baskets they sell at the store
- Other stores have more fun “baskets” like fabric animals and colorful pails
- Colorful organizational totes at the dollar store (we get these the most – fun and functional for after Easter!)
- Decorative bowls
- Toy containers: baby doll bath tubs, strollers or cradles, Lego containers, etc. (holds the goodies and doubles as a toy)
- Real baskets from a home or craft store
- Instead of using Easter grass, use fabric, a new piece of clothing, a baby blanket, etc.
Easter Basket Ideas (other than candy):
- Sidewalk Chalk (make your own without any toxic ingredients if you have the time)
- Gak (another homemade ooze recipe)
- Crayons (melt old or new crayons down and more into molds for personalized crayons)
- Color books (or print coloring pages from online)
- Babydoll or stuffed animal sleeping bags (See how HERE – Sleeping bags are good for boys or girls, just alter the color combinations!)
- Spongeballs (great water toy or baby toy. Cheap and easy!)
- Chipmunk or other animals from a glove
- Teddy bears or a socktopuss from colorful socks
- Letters, shapes, or number sponges for bath time
- Felt Food for play kitchens (Lots of stuff out there!)
- Dinosaur tails for imagination play
- Superhero capes (I can personally attest that super hero capes are for boys AND girls!)
- Eggs full or small toys (think plastic dinosaurs, army men, Legos, etc)
- Eggs full of colorful goldfish or cheerios (love this idea for my Godchild)
- Stickers or stamps (My basket always had a ton of Lisa Frank stickers! Here’s a link on how to make your own stickers)
- Pencils and stationary (there is so many free printables out there, you could probably print your own out as well)
- Art supplies (one of my favorites as a kid)
- Kites (we always got one of these in our basket!)
- Balls or other sports equipment
- Make your own airplane kits (you can buy these for a dollar or two at craft stores usually)
- Sippy cups or drink cups (I bought a bunny cup with a straw for my Godchild)
- Puzzles and other games
- Flash cards or playing cards
- Hair or jewelry accessories
- Dress-up items
- New clothes or shoes
- Movies or music (Veggie Tales Jonah DVD is $5 at Target, along with some other kids movies)
- Books and comics
- Sand toys
- Bath toys
- Kids gardening supplies
- Bug catching supplies
- Craft kits
- Art supplies – paints, crayons, color books, notebooks, etc.
- Sports/outdoor equipment – Frisbee, balls, 2 person paddle games, etc.
- Baking or food – Aprons, play food, plates and other containers
- Bathtime – foam and sponge shapes, containers, other bath toys
- Beach or toy box– Sand pails, shovels, measuring cups, sifters, funnels, etc, This book would be cool too.
- Gardening/bug catching/exploring – bug containers, nets, child-size shovels, boots, pots, explorer hats and vests
- Superhero: Capes, KIDS comics and movies, action figures
- Dress up – Jewelry, shoes, clothing, etc.
- Game Time: Games and puzzles, snacks for family game night
What are you putting in your Easter Baskets?
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50+ Christmas Stocking Stuffers for Men
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Stocking Stuffers for Men:
- Cologne – samples work best because they are smaller and cheaper
- Soap – handmade beer or manly soap is nice
- chocolate or other candy
- chocolate covered bacon, pretzels, or other junk food items (beef jerky, canned cheese, etc)
- Bottle opener, bottle opener ring
- Beanie/knit hat
- Holiday ornament
- Key Chain
- Phone case
- Money clip
- A cheesy movie from the clearance bin (hello Chuck Norris)
- Mini Lego kits (like race cars, Lego men, key chains, etc.)
- Silly putty or other slimy substance
- Deck of cards or other card games (like Uno)
- Silly toys – parachute men, poppers, wind up animals, sticky hands, mini etch-a-sketch, silly string, etc.
- Shot glass
- Key covers (I bought tiki men key covers for my brother one year)
- Ear buds
- Mini bottles of booze
- Cufflinks – if your guy wears them, there are some awesome ones on Etsy
- Manly bath or shave products or bath favorites- my brother really loves a certain brand of mint tea tree shampoo
- Pocket knife
- Mini tools or weapons – what male doesn’t love a Nerf gun?
- A book, graphic novel, or magazine
- $5 gift cards – one of my favorites, fast food or coffee works great
- Gum or mints
- Chapstick – my husband always steals mine or complains about chapped lips
- Hand or boot warmers – found some at Target, 2 for $1
- Hand or cuticle cream
- Computer decals
- Car air fresheners
- For the love of your life: Massage oil
- For the love of your life: sexy undies for you
- For the love of your life: Other bedroom goodies
- Special cigar
- Matches or lighter
- Coffee samples
- Patches, stickers, or pins of a sports team, band, or company, etc.
- Coffee cup or mug
- Nail clippers and tweezers
- Razors and other shaving accessories
- Boot or hat cleaning or weathering spray
- Pens or pencils
- Mini specialty food items – mustard, hot sauce, nutella, etc. (Cost Plus World Market is a great source)
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Lots and Lots of Felt Flowers!
Felt flowers are everywhere; these cute flora can be used for brooches, hair bands, home decor and more! Not only are there a ton of different things to use felt flowers for, there are a ton of different felt flowers as well.
Here is a compilation of some of my favorite felt flowers and tutorials. Stay tuned for Christmas Gift Ideas using these rad rosettes!
Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas with Green Sauce
While my husband and I are for the most part, grain-free, we do allow ourselves cheats or treats occasionally. Chicken Enchiladas are one of our favorite leftover-chicken-meals and it’s quick, easy, and flavorful.
Disclaimer: These are white girl enchiladas, but I still maintain that they taste pretty good.
Chicken Enchiladas with Green Sauce
Exact measurements aren’t important when it comes to making these. You can make as little or as much as you want, just adjust the ingredient amounts. I have listed the amounts we usually use, but these are in no way, the only amounts in which to make enchiladas. Play around with what works for you!
- Leftover chicken, shredded (approx. 1/2-1 full size chicken)
- 1 jar salsa verde, divided (we like the one from Trader Joes)
- 1/4 cup sour cream + more for serving
- 1/2-1 lb pepper jack cheese, shredded and divided
- Flour tortillas (Depends on size, but we usually use 3-8 tortillas)
- Optional: Seasonings for chicken (Cumin, garlic, chili powder, etc.)
- Other optional ingredients: Green chiles, olives, and veggies
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease pirex dish or other pan.
- Mix shredded chicken, 1/4 cup sour cream, 1/3 jar salsa verde, 1/4-1/2 amount of cheese, and any other seasonings or ingredients.
- Spoon into center or tortilla, and roll tortilla. Place tortilla roll seam side down in dish. Continue until you use all of the chicken mixture.
- Spread 1/3 jar of salsa verde on top of enchiladas and the sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top.
- Bake 10-15 minutes or until cheese it melted and enchiladas are cooked all the way through.
- Serve with sour cream and green sauce.