Low-Fat Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo chicken dip is my most-beloved of all dips. Unfortunately, most of the ones that you get from restaurants are loaded with unnecessary calories and fats! This doesn’t mean that it’s wrong to indulge every so often, but it’s thankfully easy to create your own homemade variant to reduce your levels of guilt.

My buffalo chicken dip has been a staple at potlucks and parties for a good five years now, and it is commonly demanded as the dish that I bring as soon as “potluck” leaves someone’s mouth. Many of the ingredients are “lighter” versions of what restaurants use, leaving this as a tasty treat for any day of the week!

Ingredients:

  • Lloyd’s Seasoned Shredded BBQ Chicken (16oz)
  • Buffalo wing sauce (8oz)
  • Blue cheese dressing (8oz)
  • Neufchatel cheese (8oz)
  • Mozzarella cheese (8oz)

Start by preheating your oven to 450F,

Spray some olive oil in a baking dish, and add the Lloyd’s shredded chicken.

Pour in your wing sauce (you choose the heat level!) and blue cheese dressing.

Dump on the mozzarella cheese, and finally place the neufchatel cheese on top.

Using a tablespoon, stir everything together for around 1 minute. It is okay if things are still lumpy and not perfectly mixed!

Bake for 20 minutes.

Remove promptly from oven, and stir mixture again. Here is when things really mix!

Let sit for 5 minutes, and enjoy with celery or blue chips 🙂

Adventures In Minimalism: iOS App Deletion

Something that I have been trying to do since purchasing a house in March 2018 is to live a more minimalistic lifestyle. This is very difficult for me, as the only child of a pack-rat and very generous parents and grandparents, but in an attempt not to junk up the house, this is a necessary evil.

…And oddly satisfying!

Part of the minimalism push was watching my long-time blogging buddy, Georgie Luhur, do the same thing in her life. Georgie is awesome, so definitely give her some love <3

Today, I decided to go more minimalistic in regards to my iPhone 7. I have been an iPhone user since July 2009 and love them dearly. However, in recent years with such a large amount of storage space on my current iPhone, I have gone crazy with my apps somehow. I’m not sure how this happened, but lately, it seems like I have 10 new app updates each day. I rarely update my apps daily, so this has led to me having 60-100 app updates each week.

Ouch.

I decided to check to see how many apps I currently have and to delete the unneeded ones. I plan to upgrade to an iPhone X in a month, and there’s no sense in bogging down a brand-new phone with useless fodder.

To start, I needed to see what I’d be dealing with.

Maybe I should prune this thing more often… Oh yeah, the notifications. I’m a busy person, and NO I am not cleaning out that inbox xD

218 iPhone apps.

Welp.

To boot, four of these apps aren’t even usable on the current iOS 11. I can’t bring myself to delete Flappy Bird because that shit is a classic, but I’ll be taking care of the other poor blokes.

I currently have four pages of apps. My first page is my most-used apps. All of these are used daily or semi-daily at minimum, so they all get to stay.

The second page is the most daunting. For years, I only had two pages of apps, thank to making several folders on the second app page. I don’t remember when I got to four pages of apps…but I guess this is the problem.

Deleted from page two: GarageBand, iMovie, iTunes U, Keynote, Numbers, Pages, iBooks, Tips, Stocks, Xbox, TV, TextPics Free, iTunes Store, RMaker, PocketLife, Waze, News, UploadnRoll, Photo Flipper, PS Express, Image Editor, ProCam, AirBrush, Twitterrific, Watch, Find Friends, Pebble, FMHmobile, Rosy Writer, FamCal, Speedtest, Script, Nonjoro, Oevo, V2, MyChallenge, Toggl Timer, TweetList!, Ipsy, Zen Planner, iFruit, Files, GoodBudget, SongKick, Gorillaz, E!, GetColorBall, Love Live!, Magikarp, Pocket Camp, Ukulele Tuner, Ukulele, Sing True

I’m surprised that Apple allows me to delete base apps now. I literally had a folder called “Apple Fodder” with the apps like Keynote and Stocks that couldn’t be removed only two years ago.

174 apps left.

Deleted from page three: Flexmis, Unfriended, Adobe Scan, Lomograph, Rokumotee, WeChat

I actually really like WeChat, but I’m currently locked out of my account and can’t get back into it, so away it goes!

168 apps left.

Deleted from page four: SimpleContainer, Instacart, AirMEasure, My Account

Not much to be removed from this page.

164 apps left.

So, 54 apps are gone. …This is oddly less than I wanted to delete, and not very gratifying, especially since I now have to reorganize my apps. Time for a second pass!

More Fallen Soldiers: MyFitnessPal, Countdown, Papa John’s, BeyondMenu, Panera Bread, Pizza Hut, InstaSave, GIPHY, InstaSaver, Expedia, Ultimate Ears, FedEx, UPS, Sarahah, Cleaner, Twilist, Flikes, Scope Booster, Fiverr, Spectrum TV, Pandora, FreeTube, BUKnights, Pooped, Vine Camera, MakeAMeme+, Patreon, Ebates, Nutrition+, Get Subs, Face, Face2,

133 apps left! 85 gone >:)

I gave it one more pass and can’t find anything else to remove, but I like the way this looks. I rearranged what was in each folder, and now it’s super easy to find what I need! I also freed up 8gb of storage space. My original two iPhones only had 8GB of storage space, so I essentially freed up an iPhone 3Gi’s worth of apps.

I’ll definitely try not to let my app-load go overboard again. I like only having two pages of apps, so I’ll try to make myself a rule that I have to delete an app in order to install a new one if it’s going to push me over the 2-page limit.

What about you guys? Any recent app purges? I’ll be doing more minimalism posts soon, so stay tuned 🙂

Back To Blogging & A Photo Of My Cat

This year has been about a lot of “getting back to” endeavours just far. Looking back in the past few years, I missed how things used to be, with having time to work on my own projects through the end of college. Then, I had to work two jobs for an extended period, which killed my LoL free-time. Then, I got a much better job that was still draining and prevented me from doing what I needed to do.

Still I did my best. I finally released my second novel earlier this year. I released my second film. Things were going well.

Then, my dream job literally fell into my lap this past September. I get to write, make videos, and design websites for a living in a very chill environment. I get to listen to Pandora for most of the work day while doing my own thing. It’s nice 🙂 Even better is that both of my bosses are extremely supportive of me and my own online gaming projects and encourage me to “reach for the stars”!

As a result, I have gotten back to my own basics in the past two months.

I am writing a new novel. My best friend and I are in the pre-production stage of our next feature film, one that I wrote back in late 2012 before my productivity fell into the toilet. I am currently creating a new Machinima series using the Sims 4 engine (I loved making Machinima with Sims 2). I am uploading regularly to YouTube. I’m getting back into photography and have a photoshoot with a local band this Sunday. And, hey, I’m blogging! 😀

The featured image at the start of this post is one of my favourite photographs that I’ve ever taken. I just stumbled upon Kairi posing like that, quickly grabbed my camera, and my photo-loving kitty stayed right in place while I took a few shots. I posted it to my DeviantArt and Facebook last night, and have gotten great responses from both sides. It’s always great to get encouragement for your work, and it reminds me of why I fell in love with photography in high school and college. I’ve solely been using my computer game DSLR for years now to do filmwork and to take HQ snaps at parties. I miss just wandering around and capture nature and relationships in their full form.

Let’s change that 🙂

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