I'm not entirely sure why birthdays are so hard for me. For some reason, I feel the most alone as a single parent on my birthday. But I know I have so much to be grateful for and I'm going to do my best to remember all of my blessings this year, even if I do have to make my own birthday cake.
I've decided that throwing myself a party will help ward off any feelings of loneliness or self pity that might try to creep in on the big day. I'm going to surround myself with good friends, good food, good music and smile as I turn thirty-one this year. I've got a big year ahead of me and it's going to be a memorable one.
Chicken Enchilada Dip
Ingredients2 cups cooked, chopped chicken (rotisserie or canned works well)
2 packages cream cheese, 8 oz. each, softened
1 can Rotel tomatoes, undrained
4 green onions, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon oregano
1/8 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
DirectionsPreheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Combine softened cream cheese, undrained Rotel, and all of the spices, mixing thoroughly. Stir in chicken, onions, garlic, and 1 cup of shredded cheese.
Pour mixture into an oven safe casserole dish and top with remaining cheese. Bake for 20 minutes, or until cheese is melted and mixture is bubbly and heated through. Enjoy with chips or veggies.
How do you make your own birthday feel special?