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Buffalo Chicken Rolls — December 14, 2014

Buffalo Chicken Rolls

I pinned this to my appetizers board, but I actually just made it for dinner one night. Scotty and I aren’t huge fans of bleu cheese so I used shredded colby jack cheese instead. This made a lot for just us, but it was a delicious lunch throughout the week. Happy Eating!

Buffalo Chicken Rolls

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Buffalo Chicken Rolls

Recipe thanks to Can you stay for dinner

Ingredients:

12 egg roll wrappers (buy the ones that are roughly 4″ x 4″ square)

1 cup cooked and shredded chicken (6 ounces)
1/2- 2/3 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
1 cup crumbled blue cheese (4 ounces)
1 cup broccoli slaw or coleslaw (dry)
Blue cheese dressing, for serving

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lay egg roll wrappers on a clean work surface. In a small bowl, stir chicken* (see note below) and hot sauce until well coated, using more or less sauce depending on your spice preference. The meat should be moist with sauce.
Begin by placing one tablespoon of the broccoli slaw on the diagonal of the bottom right corner of one of the wrappers. Next, place 2 tablespoons of shredded spicy chicken evenly on top of the slaw. Spoon 1 tablespoon of the blue cheese crumbles over the chicken. Do not overfill.
To fold: Fold the bottom right corner over the stuffing mixture so that it covers it completely, with the tip of the corner now pointing to the center of the egg roll wrapper. Fold in the bottom left corner, followed by the right, so that you now have formed an envelope. Roll the wrap upward one time, leaving the top left corner open. Wet your index finger in the small bowl of water and press to moisten the top left corner. Now fold that down on top of the filled roll, sealing it like you would an envelope.
Repeat with remaining rolls.
Place the rolls on a wire rack set on top of a cookie sheet (or just on a greased cookie sheet) coated with nonstick cooking spray. Spritz each roll evenly with nonstick cooking spray. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the rolls are crisp and beginning to turn a light golden brown.

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Pinterest Project Week 8 — November 7, 2014

Pinterest Project Week 8

Elmo Cupcakes

I made these cupcakes for my students. It was kind of random to do elmos, but they were just so cute I had to make them. The kids were pretty impressed 🙂

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Found on my Mrs. Robinson’s Classroom board.

Idea thanks to Pinterest.

Elmo Cupcakes

Honey Roasted Potatoes

These were simple to make, but very tasty. I love roasted potatoes they just take awhile to roast. Make sure you don’t make these on a night where you need to eat quick. They are perfect to make, however, on a night where you have a lot to get done around the house. You can put them in the oven and walk away.

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Found on my Sides board

Idea thanks to Pia Recipes

Ingredients:

1 pound red potatoes, quartered

2 tablespoons diced onion

2 tablespoons butter, melted

1 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1 pinch salt

1 pinch ground black pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly coat an 11×7 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Place potatoes in a single layer in prepared dish, and top with onion. In a small bowl, combine melted butter, honey, mustard, salt and pepper; drizzle over potatoes and onion.

Bake in the preheated 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) oven for 35 minutes or until tender, stirring halfway through the cooking time.

Honey Roasted Potatoes

 

Pineapple Whip

I have always had a sweet tooth

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Serves: 4-6

Ingredients:

1 fresh pineapple, peeled, cored and chopped

1 cup almond milk, or non-dairy milk of choice

1 tablespoon honey (optional, for authentic sweetness)

Directions:

To get started, you’ll want to freeze the pineapple chunks. You could also purchase frozen pineapple, if you prefer.

This recipe works best in a high-speed blender, like the Vitamix, because you’ll need to be able to pulverize the frozen pineapple into an ice-cream-like consistency. A normal blender will most likely not work, but a food processor might.

Combine the frozen pineapple with the almond milk and honey, then blend until a frozen sorbet texture is achieved.

For an authentic Dole Whip presentation, transfer the frozen dessert to a large plastic bag, and cut off the tip to create a piping bag. Pipe the pineapple whip into 4-6 dishes, and serve immediately!

Any leftovers can be frozen in an ice cube tray, and used in smoothies later.

Pineapple Whip

 

Oven Baked Meatball Sandwiches

I made these for dinner one night to eat while we watched Monday night football. I usually make my own meatballs in recipes like this, but I wanted to make it super quick and easy.

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Found on my Football Food/Appetizers board.

Idea thanks to Home Cooking Memories

Ingredients:

Sandwich rolls (cut with one side intact)

Cooked Meatballs (your favorite recipe or frozen, pre-made meatballs)

Pasta Sauce (homemade or jarred)

Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Directions:

Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Place your frozen cooked meatballs or homemade cooked meatballs in a large pot. Cover with your pasta sauce. Gently fold the meatballs with the sauce, Heat the meatballs and sauce on low-medium, stirring occasionally, until the meatballs are heated thoroughly.

Fill a roll with as many meatballs as you can fit (usually 4-5 meatballs, depends on size of meatballs and the size of the roll). Top with more pasta sauce from your pot. Place filled sandwich rolls closely on baking sheet. Top each sandwich with shredded mozzarella cheese.

Bake until cheese is melted, hot, and bubbly.

Oven Baked Meatball Sandwiches

 

Caramel Apple Bar

I brought this apple bar to a staff bonfire event. I love caramel apples, but they are so hard to eat when it’s whole. I love that these apples are sliced for easier eating. I didn’t have access to an outlet so I couldn’t make warm caramel. Next time I do this I will make homemade caramel dip in the crock pot.

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Found on my Football Food/Appetizers board.

Idea thanks to For the Love of Paper

Caramel Apple Bar

 

Pumpkin Krispies Treats

I made these for my students before Halloween. They looked pretty messy, but that’s the great thing about 2nd graders, they think everything I do is great!

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Found on my Fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving board.

Idea thanks to I Dig Pinterest

Ingredients:

3 Tbsp. butter

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

red & yellow food coloring or orange gel coloring

5-1/2 cups mini marshmallows

6 cups crispy rice cereal

mini tootsie rolls

candy for decorations, M&M’s, candy corn, etc.

Directions:

In a large saucepan, melt and slightly brown butter on medium heat. Add vanilla extract and marshmallows. Stir until marshmallows are completely melted. Add food coloring until desired orange color is reached. Add cereal and stir until completely combined. Turn off heat and let sit for a few minutes, until cool enough to handle.

When mixture has cooled enough, spray your hands with cooking spray and mold cereal mix into circles. (I made nine medium sized pumpkins). Unwrap a tootsie roll and press into each pumpkin top. Add candy for the eyes and noses (we used a little frosting to adhere). Eat and enjoy!

Pumpkin Krispies Treats

 

Apple-Cinnamon French Toast

I’m not a huge fan of sweet breakfast. I would rather have a breakfast burrito or breakfast tacos. French toast always looks good, but I just don’t like to eat it in the morning. Breakfast for dinner makes it possible for me to try all the yummy french toast recipes I have pinned.

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Ingredients:

PAM Butter No-Stick Cooking Spray

3 medium apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices

3 tablespoons maple-flavored pancake syrup

1/2 cup Egg Beaters Original

1/4 cup fat free milk

6 slices cinnamon swirl bread

Confectioners’ sugar, optional

Directions:

Spray medium saucepan with cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Add apples; cook 5 minutes or until crisp-tender, stirring frequently. Stir in syrup; cook 1 minute more or until hot, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; cover to keep warm.

Whisk together Egg Beaters and milk in shallow bowl or pie plate.

Spray large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Dip 2 or 3 bread slices in Egg Beaters mixture, turning to coat both sides. Place in skillet; cook 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Repeat with remaining Egg Beaters mixture and bread. Top each serving evenly with apples. Sprinkle with sugar, if desired.

Apple-Cinnamon French Toast

 

Pinterest Projects Week 7 — November 2, 2014

Pinterest Projects Week 7

Notched Flower Card

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This was a very easy card to make. I cut out different sizes of circles and then cut little notches in them. I’m excited to have it ready for the next birthday card I need.

Found on my Scrapbooking board.

Idea thanks to Poppy Paperie

Notched Flower Card

 

Hanging File Folder Paper Storage

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I originally wanted to use this idea for my classroom, but decided it would be used more in my scrapbook room. I have been using accordion files for years to store my scraps and it was time to get a new system. I love that I can access my scraps easily with this new container.

Found on my Mrs. Robinson’s Classroom Board.

Idea thanks to Teach with Me

Hanging File Folder Paper Storage

 

Pantry Basket Tags

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The pantry is a hard thing to manage. I constantly have different things coming in and out of it. We don’t have a huge food closet so I had to come up with a better way to organize it all. I love that these baskets keep everything in one place. Whenever I need something out of the baskets I pull them out and am able to easily see everything we have.

Found on my Organized/Clean board.

Idea thanks to O is for Organize

Pantry Basket Tags

 

DIY Halloween Picture Frame

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I love decorating for holidays. The problem is, decor gets pretty pricey. I am slowly making DIY projects to make it a bit cheaper. I got this black frame at Hobby Lobby for half off. I was going to paint the frame purple, but decided I liked the classy look of the black frame instead.

Found on my Fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving board.

Idea thanks to Two Yellow Birds Decor

DIY Halloween Picture Frame

 

Herbed Chicken Parmesan

My mom was out of town a couple weeks ago and so I invited my dad over for dinner. We watched the Royals and enjoyed this delicious meal. It was so good over angel hair pasta.

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Found on my Yummy board.

Idea thanks to My Recipes

Ingredients:

1/3 cup (1 1/2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese, divided

1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs

1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

1/4 teaspoon salt, divided

1 large egg white, lightly beaten

1 pound chicken breast tenders

1 tablespoon butter

1 1/2 cups bottled fat-free tomato-basil pasta sauce

2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/3 cup (1 1/2 ounces) shredded provolone cheese

Directions:

Preheat broiler.

Combine 2 tablespoons of Parmesan, breadcrumbs, parsley, basil, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a shallow dish. Place egg white in a shallow dish. Dip each chicken tender in egg white; dredge in the breadcrumb mixture. Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 3 minutes on each side or until done. Set aside.

Combine 1/8 teaspoon salt, pasta sauce, vinegar, and pepper in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover with plastic wrap; vent. Microwave sauce mixture at HIGH 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Pour the sauce over chicken in pan. Sprinkle evenly with the remaining Parmesan and provolone cheese. Wrap handle of pan with foil, and broil 2 minutes or until the cheese melts.

Herbed Chicken Parmesan

 

Firecrackers

I made this snack to take with us to the Nebraska/Northwestern game. It was very easy and delicious. I only put 2 tsp of red pepper flakes in the recipe and it was plenty. I also used a combination of white cheddar chez itz, regular chez itz, and mini club crackers.

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Found on my Football Food/Appetizers board.

Idea thanks to Plain Chicken

Ingredients:

1/2 cup canola oil

1 (1-oz) package Ranch dressing mix

3-5 tsp red pepper flakes

1 (13.7oz) box Cheez-Its
Directions:

Preheat oven to 250.

In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients.  Spread crackers on large rimmed baking sheet.  Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring halfway through.  Cool and store in resealable bag.

Firecrackers

 

Nutter Butter Balls

I also made these for tailgating at the Northwestern game. However, they didn’t quite turn out like the picture. The Nutter Butter/cream cheese mixture kept falling apart when I dipped it in the melted chocolate so I just mixed the melted chocolate in with the mixture and made them into balls. They didn’t exactly look pretty, but they tasted amazing.

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Found on my Feeding my Sweet Tooth board.

Idea thanks to A Sparkle of Genius

Ingredients:

1 package Nutter Butter Cookies

8 ounces Cream Cheese, Room Temperature

1 package Wilton Chocolate melts

Directions:

First you need some Nutter Butter cookies

Then you crush the Nutter Butter cookies and mix with the softened cream cheese:

Then you roll them into balls on wax paper:

Then you cover with melted chocolate, put in the fridge, and VOILA! An incredibly easy but very yummy treat!

Nutter Butter Balls

 

BLT Wraps

This was the last thing that I made for the football game in Chicago. The sundried tomatoes in the mayo was my favorite part.

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Found on my Football Food/Appetizers board

Idea thanks to Best Tailgating Recipes

Ingredients:
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup dried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped
8 (10-inch) flour tortillas
1 large head iceberg lettuce, chopped
1 medium onion, thinly sliced (optional)
16 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

Directions:

Combine mayonnaise and tomatoes in a small bowl. Spread evenly over 1 side of each tortilla, leaving a 1/2-inch border.

Layer lettuce, onions, and bacon evenly over tortillas; sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Roll up tortillas; cut in half diagonally, and secure with wooden pick.

BLT Wraps

 

Country Breakfast Casserole

By the looks of the picture I thought this casserole was going to have hash browns in it. The bread was delicious in it though. I made this at the beginning of the week and ate it all week. So yummy to heat up when I got to school.

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Found on my Breakfast board.

Idea thanks to All Recipes

Ingredients:

1 (16 ounce) package breakfast sausage

1 chopped green onion

2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

6 eggs, lightly beaten

1 cup water

1/2 cup milk

1 (2.64 ounce) package country gravy mix

6 slices bread, cut into 1 inch cubes

2 tablespoons melted butter (optional)

paprika to taste (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease an 11×8 inch baking dish.

Brown sausage in a large skillet; drain fat.

Combine sausage with green onion and spread evenly across the bottom of the baking dish. Top with shredded cheese. Whisk together eggs, water, milk, and gravy mix; add mixture to baking dish. Arrange bread squares evenly on top. If desired, drizzle melted butter over bread, and sprinkle with paprika.

Bake 40 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Set aside 10 minutes before serving.

Country Breakfast Casserole

Pinterest Projects Week 6 — October 24, 2014

Pinterest Projects Week 6

New Years Eve Scrapbook Page

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Slowly, but surely I am getting my 2013 scrapbook made. It takes me about 30-40 minutes to do each page because I am pretty OCD about them, but I get to spend every minute reminiscing about the fun times in the pictures. This page is from a trip with Scotty’s family to Costa Rica.

Found on my Scrapbooking board.

Page idea thanks to Stampbooker

New Years Eve Scrapbook Page

 

Date Night With the Hubby

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Now that we are back home, we don’t get a lot of times where we are alone. We fill up a lot of our weekends with family and friends. It’s not very often that we have a date night. I saw this 50 fun and cheap dates pin from Six Sisters’ Stuff and declared a night in with my hubby and no one else. We made homemade pizza, a fun drink, and watched a movie.

Herbed Tomato Bacon Pizza

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Recipe thanks to Bless This Mess Please

Yield: 2 large pizzas

Ingredients:

For the Pizza

2 cups pizza sauce

3 cups shredded mozzarella

6-8 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumpled

1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs (a mix of basil, parsley, and oregano is delicious)

Directions:

We used Pillsbury pizza crust and just added all the toppings. It was very easy.

 Casino Crush

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I saw this Pin and thought it looked tasty. Then when we went to make the drink we realized there was no recipe. We basically just guessed and dumped liquids in until we felt it would be good. We lucked out and came out with a yummy drink.

Found on my It’s 5 o’clock Somewhere board.

Date Night With the Hubby

 

Painted Mini Pumpkins

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I am terrible at carving pumpkins. I always end up cutting too much or taking off the wrong piece. It’s more of a tradition type thing that I don’t want to get rid of, but frustrates me every time. On the other hand, I have always enjoyed painting pumpkins. I loved the simple and classic look of these pumpkins. They go great in out apartment, sitting on a shelf.

Found on my Fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving board.

Idea thanks to Place of my Taste

Painted Mini Pumpkins

 

DIY Hat Organizer

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Before I found this idea I was constantly picking up my hats off of the floor. My hats were on my necklace hooks and it was just too crowded. I love that the hooks on this hanger secure the hats from falling off. I already had the hanger and I just bought cheap plastic shower curtain hooks from Target.

Found on my Organized/Clean board.

Idea thanks to Simply Frugal

DIY Hat Organizer

DIY Workout Tank

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Every girl who has been in a sorority can understand that you collect a lot of t-shirts. These girls can also understand that it’s hard to get rid of the t-shirts. These aren’t just t-shirts. They are memories of great socials/parties. I have a lot of t-shirts that are getting holes in them from too much wear and tear. I haven’t thrown them away just in case I find a good use for them. This DIY workout tank was perfect for my t-shirts with armpit holes.

Found on my DIY Sewing board.

Idea thanks to Dollars, Sense and More

DIY Workout Tank

 

Crescent Roll Breakfast Ring

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I don’t like having to figure out breakfast in the morning. I’m always, without fail, running late in the morning. If I get ready fast enough I end up finding something else to get done. Since I made this on a Sunday I had leftovers to eat throughout the week. It was one less thing to worry about.

Found on my Breakfast board.

Crescent Roll Breakfast Ring

Recipe thanks to Pillsbury

Ingredients:

4 slices bacon, cut in half crosswise

1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon milk

4 eggs, slightly beaten

Salt and pepper, if desired

1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper

1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls

1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend (4 oz)

Chopped fresh cilantro, if desired

1 cup Old El Paso™ Thick ‘n Chunky salsa, if desired

Directions:

Heat oven to 375°F. Line large cookie sheet with cooking parchment paper. In 10-inch skillet, cook bacon over medium heat about 4 minutes or until cooked but not crisp, turning once. (It will continue to cook in oven.) Set bacon aside; drain all except 2 teaspoons bacon drippings from skillet.

In medium bowl, beat 1/3 cup of the milk, the eggs, salt and pepper with fork or whisk until well mixed. Stir in bell pepper. Pour egg mixture into skillet. As mixture heats, portions of eggs will begin to set. Gently push cooked portions with metal spatula to outside edge of skillet. Avoid stirring constantly. As more egg sets, push it to the edge and place it on top of the already set egg mixture. Cook 5 to 6 minutes or until eggs are thickened throughout but still moist.

Unroll dough; separate into 8 triangles. On parchment-lined cookie sheet, arrange triangles with shortest sides toward center, overlapping in star shape and leaving 4-inch round circle open in center (see diagram). Crescent dough points may hang over edge of cookie sheet. Press overlapping dough to flatten.

Place bacon on each of the triangles. Sprinkle 1/3 cup of the cheese onto widest part of dough. Spoon eggs over cheese. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup of the cheese. Pull points of triangles over eggs and cheese, and tuck under dough to form ring (filling will be visible). Carefully brush dough with remaining 1 tablespoon milk; sprinkle with remaining 1/3 cup cheese.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until deep golden brown. Cool 2 minutes. With broad spatula, carefully loosen ring from cookie sheet; slide onto serving platter. Garnish with cilantro and salsa.

 

Chicken Quesadillas

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By the look of these, I’m sure you can tell they didn’t turn out like they were supposed to. I tried to roll them up and make them bite size, but ended up just making them regular quesadillas. I made them on a Sunday to eat while watching the Steelers. I’m glad I didn’t make them for a party since they didn’t turn out as bite size. I wouldn’t suggest making these as appetizers, but they were delicious for lunch.

Found on my Football Food/Appetizers board.

Chicken Quesadillas

Recipe thanks to ivillage

Ingredients:

4 (10 to 12) flour tortillas

2 cups shredded Monterey Jack Cheese

1 cup prepared chipotle salsa

2 cups chopped rotisserie chicken meat, still warm from the store or reheated in the microwave

Directions:

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add a flour tortilla, heat it until it is blistered on one side, then turn it over.

Scatter 1/2 cup of the cheese on top and cook for 1 minute. Remove to a cutting board.

Top the tortilla with 1/4 cup of the salsa, spreading it gently to the edges with the back of a spoon.

Top with 1/2 cup shredded chicken, then roll the tortilla into a log. Let it stand for a minute before cutting into 1/2-inch slices.

Make 3 more quesadillas with the remaining ingredients and arrange the pinwheels on a platter.

Pinterest Projects Week 5 — October 12, 2014

Pinterest Projects Week 5

Spinach, Feta and Sundried Tomatoes Egg Sandwich

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I started this new workout group Monday and I have been loving it. It goes from 5:30 to 6:30 AM and it kicks my butt every time. Since I am lifting a lot more than I normally do, I have been getting so hungry throughout the day. This egg sandwich is full of protein which is perfect to keep me full throughout the morning. Found on my Clean Eating board.

Spinach, Feta and Sundried Tomatoes Egg Sandwich

Recipe thanks to Smells Like Home

Ingredients:

Yields: 2 Sandwiches

2 tsp olive oil

2 cups fresh spinach, stemmed

4 sundried tomatoes, rinsed, drained, and chopped

2 eggs beaten with a dash a water

Pinch of garlic powder

1/4 tsp dried oregano

Freshly ground black pepper

1 oz crumbled feta

2 English muffins (I love Thomas’ Light Multigrain), toasted and buttered (optional)

Directions:

Heat oil in a 10″ or 12″ nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add spinach and cook until wilted; stir in the sundried tomatoes and heat through, about 2 minutes.

Stir the eggs into the spinach and sundried tomatoes and add the garlic powder, oregano, and a little black pepper. Using a spatula, stir the eggs until cooked through, about 4-5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the feta. Divide the eggs between the English muffins and serve hot.

 

Quick and Easy Taco Soup

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This was so easy and so good. I pretty much just needed to brown the meat, open a bunch of cans  and dump them into the pot. We always serve our chili with Velveeta and Doritos. Found on my Keeping my New Years Resolutions board.

Quick and Easy Taco Soup

Recipe thanks to That Little Spark

Ingredients:

1 can of pinto beans

1 can of black beans

1 can of kidney beans

1 can of corn

1 can of hominy, optional

1 can of beef broth (low sodium)

1 can of rotel

1 packet of taco seasoning

1 packet of ranch seasoning

2 cans of diced tomatoes (stewed, or Italian)

1-2 pounds of ground lean meat, browned

Directions:

Rinse and drain beans, corn, and meat.

Add everything into a large pot and cook on medium-high heat until hot.

You can also use a crockpot on low for the day, or high until heated through.

 

Spiced Caramel Apple Dip

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This recipe was simple and perfect for a party in which I need to make a lot of food. I made my own apple pie spice. I just looked up a recipe on nothing other than Pinterest. Found on my Football Food/Appetizers board.

Spiced Caramel Apple Dip

Recipe thanks to Add a Pinch

Serves: 12

Ingredients:

8-ounce package cream cheese

1 cup brown sugar, packed

½ cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon apple pie spice

pinch of salt

pinch of apple pie spice for topping

Directions:

Cream together cream cheese and sugars.

Make sure sugars are well-combined.

Mix in spices and combine well.

Top with sprinkle of apple pie spice.

Serve with apple slices.

 

Chili Con Queso Dip

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This is another appetizer I made for watching the Huskers get beat by Michigan State. If we have to watch them lose we might as well eat some good food while doing it. When people are on there way over the best thing to do is to have a crockpot appetizer on hand. Found on my Football Food/Appetizer board.

Chili Con Queso Dip

Recipe thanks to Our Best Bites

Makes about 2 2/3 cups

Ingredients:

1/2 finely chopped onion
1 Tbs butter
1 1/3 C chopped, seeded tomatoes (about 2 medium)
1 4-ounce can green chiles
1/2 tsp ground cumin
2 ounces pepperjack cheese, shredded (about 1/2 C)
1 tsp cornstarch
1 8 oz package cream cheese, cubed
Tortilla chips for dipping

Directions:

In a medium saucepan cook onion in butter until tender.  Stir in tomatoes, chile peppers, and cumin.  Heat to boiling, reduce heat.  Simmer, uncoered for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Toss shredded cheese with cornstarch.  Gradually add cheese mixture to saucepan, stirring until cheese is melted.  Gradually add the cream cheese, stirring until cheese is melted adn smooth.  heat through.  Serve with chips.

 

Scotcheroo Balls

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I only made half of this recipe and it made about 24 balls. I started dipping them completely in the chocolate, but realized I wouldn’t have enough chocolate. I started dipping only half of the balls. Peanut butter and chocolate are so yummy together. Found on my Feeding my Sweet Tooth board.

Scotcheroo Balls

Recipe thanks to Southern Curls and Pearls

Servings: Approximately 60

Ingredients:

4 tablespoons margarine or butter
4 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons peanut butter
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
Melting chocolate {optional but highly encouraged}
Directions:
Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat
Add marshmallows and stir until melted
Remove from heat and add peanut butter, stirring until well mixed
Add Rice Krispies
Let cool for 10 minutes and form into 1-inch balls
Melt the chocolate according to directions and dip balls

Smokey Mesquite BBQ Meatball Sliders

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I made these as the main meal for some friends we had over for the Husker game last week. I didn’t post the picture of my final product because I completely burnt the top buns. I put them under the broiler for 3 minutes and I should have watched them closer. The bottom part was delicious though. We just ate them like open faced sandwiches. Found on my Football Food/Appetizers board.

Smokey Mesquite BBQ Meatball Sliders

Recipe thanks to Joyzz

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef

1 Kraft Fresh Take Smokey Mesquite BBQ variety package

1 egg

â…“ pound bacon, chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

ÂĽ cup Kraft Hickory BBQ sauce

3 slices Kraft Big Slice cheddar cheese

12 Hawaiian Rolls

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line a lipped baking sheet with parchment paper and non-stick spray or a Silpat baking mat.

In the Kraft Fresh Take bag, use your hands to mix and combine the bag contents, ground beef and egg until evenly distributed.

Roll the mixture into 1-1/2 to 2 inch meatballs and space evenly on the baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes.

While the meatballs are baking, fry the bacon until crispy over medium-high heat. Remove bacon from skillet, leaving the grease in the skillet.

Add the onions to the skillet and reduce heat to medium, stirring often until tender.

Cut rolls in half and add one meatball to the bottom portion of each roll. Brush the tops with BBQ sauce.

On top of the meatballs add the cheese slices, bacon bits and grilled onions.

Place under the broiler next to the roll tops for 2-3 minutes until cheese is melted.

Top the meatballs with the rolls and serve.

 

Roasted Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup

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This is like the defining Fall soup. I love all the roasted veggies and the flavor of the bacon. I couldn’t find Gorgonzola at the grocery store so I skipped that part. Found on my Fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving board.

Roasted Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup

Recipe thanks to The Little Red House

Ingredients:

1 butternut squash, quartered and cleaned

1 large sweet potato, peeled and  halved

2 garlic cloves

2 small onions, halved

1 granny smith apple, quartered

1 shallot, halved

1 tsp dried sage

pinch of cayenne pepper

5-7 cups chicken broth

olive oil

salt and pepper

Directions:

Heat oven to 425°

Brush veggies with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.

Roast veggies until fork tender

(around 30 minutes for the smaller, and 45-60 for the larger)

Remove veggies from oven.

Squash will easily remove from peel.

In a few batches, puree veggies in food processor until smooth

(you may need to add a little broth if puree is thick)

Add puree to large pot and stir in chicken broth until you reach a consistency you like

( I used about 6 cups of broth).

Stir in sage and cayenne.

Simmer for at least 30 minutes……or if you’re like me, maybe you like your soup to simmer all afternoon.

Top with crumbled bacon and Gorgonzola cheese.

Jamie Oliver’s Best Ever Green Beans

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I did not think these were the best ever green beans. They were veeeery cheesy! It was just way too much cheese. I think if you halved the cheese it would be way better. Found on my Sides board.

Jamie Oliver’s Best Ever Green Beans

Recipe thanks to Clare Cooks

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

1 1/4 pounds of green beans
pinch of Kosher salt
3 cloves garlic, sliced
1 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese, finely grated
extra virgin olive oil
1/2 of a lemon

Directions:

Line up the green beans on a chopping board and cut off the stalks.
Put the beans in a sauce pan of boiling water with a dash of salt and cook for about six minutes. Drain, reserving some of the cooking water, and set them aside to steam dry.
Put the pan back on the heat, add the oil and the garlic. Stir. When the garlic starts to turn golden, add the beans and shake them around in the pan to coat them in the garlic oil.
Add a small ladleful of the reserved cooking water, the parmesan cheese, and the lemon juice. Stir and simmer until the water and cheese start to form an oozy, sticky sauce. Remove from the heat and serve immediately.

 

Garlic Lemon Double Stuffed Chicken

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Holy Cheese Goodness! This was oozing with cheese after baking. I had to bake my chicken for 50 minutes not 30 to make sure there was no pink. Found on my Yummy board.

Garlic Lemon Double Stuffed Chicken

Recipe thanks to All Recipes

Ingredients:

oil, for greasing pan

8 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, cut into 1/2 inch slices

1 (8 ounce) package Cheddar cheese, cut into 1/2 inch slices

1 cup milk

1 1/2 cups Italian seasoned bread crumbs

1/2 cup grated Romano cheese

1 tablespoon minced garlic

3/4 cup butter, melted

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt, or to taste

1/2 teaspoon paprika (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly coat a large, shallow baking dish with oil.

Butterfly each breast by slicing in half horizontally through the center, cutting almost but not completely through. Place one slice each of Cheddar and cream cheese in the center of each breast. Close again as if placing between the pages of a book. Set aside.

Pour milk into a shallow bowl. In a separate bowl, combine breadcrumbs and Romano cheese. Carefully dip each breast first in milk, then in breadcrumb mixture, patting lightly to firmly coat. Place breasts side by side in a single layer in pre-oiled baking dish, tucking edges under to seal.

Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in lemon juice and garlic, and drizzle evenly over chicken. Season breasts with garlic salt and paprika, if using.

Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until no longer pink in center and juices run clear.

 

Hand Painted Tumblers

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These were a lot of fun to make. There are so many variations I could make. I want to make Husker ones next time. They took a little while to make, but I love the way they turned out. Found on my For the Future board. Idea thanks to PopSugar.

Hand Painted Tumblers

 

Scrapbook Page

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I have been working towards finishing my 2013 scrapbook. This page is from when I visited my family for a week last summer. My sister and I went to Kona Grill Happy Hour which is always a good idea. Page idea thanks to Susan Weinroth. Found on my Scrapbooking board.

Scrapbook Page

 

Halloween Bulletin Board

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We learned about odd and evens last week in my 2nd grade class. All the kids made even houses that were all the same. Then they got to make crazy houses for the odd numbers. Idea found on Mrs. Robinson’s Classroom board.

Halloween Bulletin Board

Pinterest Projects Week 4 — October 4, 2014

Pinterest Projects Week 4

Hot Crab Dip

Fall is such a great time. Not only because of the pumpkin flavored foods and sweaters, but because football is on! We get to watch football Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Last Sunday we went over to my sister’s house to watch the Bears and the Packers. My sister and brother-in-law are Bears fans and my parents are Packers. We pulled up to their house and saw a Packers flag stuck in the tree. My dad had done some handy work to represent the Packers even when they were in Bears territory.

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I made this hot crab dip to bring over. My parents always have crab dip, but it’s usually cold and I’m not a huge fan of it. Stick some melted cheese in with it and I will eat crab dip for days though. I found this on my Football Food/Appetizers board.

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Hot Crab Dip

Recipe thanks to A Family Feast

Ingredients:

12 ounces cooked crabmeat, well drained

2/3 cup plain Greek non-fat yogurt

16 ounces cream cheese, softened

Âľ cup chopped scallions, about 4-5 scallions (top and bottoms)

8 ounce block Swiss cheese shredded (2 cups)

1 demi Ciabatta or baguette, sliced on the bias

Extra virgin olive oil to brush on sliced bread for toasting

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Put crabmeat, yogurt, cream cheese, scallions and Swiss into a large bowl and mix to combine.

Place in an oven-safe casserole dish and bake uncovered for 30 minutes.

While dip is cooking, brush oil on bread slices and bake on a sheet pan for about five minutes. Try and time it so both come out of the oven at the same time.

Serve immediately while still hot.

Spiced Apple-Raisin Coleslaw

I made this coleslaw to put on top of some Chicken Caesar Sandwiches. I love the sweet, crunchy taste it provides for the savory sandwich. Found on my Sides board.

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Spiced Apple-Raisin Coleslaw

Recipe thanks to A Hint of Honey

Serves 4-6.

Ingredients:

3 cups green cabbage, shredded
1 cup red cabbage, shredded
1 large Fuji apple, cored and grated
2 carrots, peeled and grated
1/3 cup raisins
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 Tbsp. cider vinegar
1 tsp. organic cane sugar
generous 1/2 tsp. allspice
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

In a large bowl, toss to combine red and green cabbage, apple, carrot, and raisins. In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, yogurt, vinegar, sugar, and allspice. Pour over the cabbage mixture and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Thai Cabbage Noodles

I love cabbage, but Scotty isn’t a huge fan. I try and sneak it in to recipes sometimes and I usually don’t get away with it. My noodles didn’t really turn out the same color as the picture, but they were excellent in taste. Found on my Keeping my New Years Resolutions board.

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Thai Cabbage Noodles

Recipe thanks to Spark Recipes

Ingredients:

8 oz Wheat Spaghetti Noodles
4 cups Thinly Sliced Cabbage
1/4 cup Soy Sauce
1/4 cup Orange Juice
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup Vinegar
3 Tbls Sugar
1/4 cup Chunky Peanut Butter
1 tsp ginger powder
1/4 tsp Hot Pepper Flakes

Directions:

Cook Spaghetti noodles in boiling water; drain.
In large pot, combine all ingredients except spaghetti and cabbage. Cook on medium heat; stir until mixture boils
Reduce heat to low; add cabbage. Cook and stir until cabbage softens; about 5 minutes.
Stir spaghetti into cabbage mix until coated; Serve and enjoy.

Mini Veggie Frittatas

I have started to work out about 3 times per week in the morning at 5:30. It’s been tough getting up, but I love the feeling all day of being done with working out. After one of my workouts I even had time to make these mini frittatas before I went to work. I ate them all week which saved me time thinking about what to do for breakfast. Found on my Clean Eating board.

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Mini Veggie Frittatas

Recipe thanks to Eat Run Spin Repeat

Ingredients:

4 eggs

3/4 cup egg whites

1/2 cup milk or milk alternative

2 tsp shredded fresh basil

1 tsp fresh dill, finely chopped

1 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley

1/2 cup loosely packed shredded spinach

1 tsp smoked paprika

dash of sea salt and black pepper

3/4 cup mixed diced bell peppers

½ cup diced yellow onion

½ cup low fat mozzarella cheese (optional)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Lightly spray 8 cups of a muffin tray with an oil mister or non-stick cooking spray.

In a bowl, whisk eggs, egg whites, milk, fresh herbs, spinach, paprika, sea salt and black pepper until well combined.

Mist a small frying pan with oil and set heat to medium. Lightly sautee the diced onion and bell peppers for about 2 minutes or until they just begin to soften. Remove the pan from the heat.

Divide the vegetable mixture evenly between 8 cups in your muffin pan, followed by the egg mixture. (They will be very full!) Bake for 15 min.

If using cheese, remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle it on top of each mini quiche. Place the pan back in the oven and cook for another 10 minutes or until eggs have set completely.

Remove the pan from the oven and allow it to cool slightly. Slide the blade of a knife around the edge of each quiche to loosen them, then carefully lift them out of the pan. Serve immediately.

Tacos with Tangy Cilantro Chicken

I actually was not a huge fan of this recipe. There was too much tang from the chicken. It was overwhelming and not too tasty. I would cut down on the lime juice and add a few more toppings. Found on my Yummy board.

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Tacos with Tangy Cilantro Chicken

Recipe thanks to Martha Stewart

 Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, quartered

Salt and pepper

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 medium white onion, diced small

1 1/4 teaspoons ground cumin

1 serrano chile, diced small (optional)

1/2 pound tomatillos, diced large

3/4 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro

12 crisp taco shells

1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack (6 ounces)

2 cups shredded romaine lettuce

Directions:

Pat chicken dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. In a large heavy pot, heat oil over medium-high. Add chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Add onion, cumin, and chile, if using, and cook 3 minutes. Add tomatillos and 1 cup water, scraping up any browned bits with a wooden spoon; season with salt and pepper. Bring to a rapid simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture is thick and meat can be shredded with a fork, 25 minutes (add up to 1/2 cup more water, if necessary). Shred chicken, add cilantro, and season with salt and pepper. Serve chicken mixture in taco shells with Monterey Jack and lettuce.

 

Teddies driving Snickers

I made these cute little things for my students. I should have bought the bigger snickers, but I would have had to buy two bags of the fun size ones and I didn’t want to spend more. My teddies are driving segways instead of cars 🙂 Found on my Mrs. Robinson’s Classroom board. Idea thanks to Kidspot

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Teddies driving Snickers

 

I made this for my classroom. I am working towards a Husker theme classroom and am slowing decorating it in red,white, and black. Found on my DIY Home Decor board.

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I have soooo many scraps in my scrapbook room. I use up a lot of them through my shot books, but I still end up with little pieces I don’t know what to do with. I love this star burst card and it used up some scraps I probably wouldn’t have used otherwise. Found on my Scrapbooking board. Idea thanks to Northridge Publishing.

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BLT Pasta — July 29, 2014

BLT Pasta

I made this way back on Fourth of July, but with summer still very much here and the smell of BBQ still in the air, you still have time to make it. I’m not really sure how this is a weight watchers pasta with all the mayo, sour cream, and bacon, but if you eat it in small proportions it won’t ruin your bikini body. Happy Eating!

BLT Pasta

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BLT Pasta

Ingredients:

3 2/3 cup large macaroni shells pasta, cooked

4 cup tomatoes, diced

4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

3 cups lettuce, thinly sliced

1 tsp sugar

2 tsp cider vinegar

½ cup fat free mayonnaise

1/3 cup light sour cream

1 tbsp Dijon mustard

salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

In a large bowl, mix pasta, bacon, tomatoes, and lettuce.

In a small bowl, mix sugar, vinegar, mayonnaise, sour cream mustard, and salt and pepper to taste.

Pour dressing over pasta mixture, stir to combine, and chill until ready to serve.

Serves 6

Skinny Poolside Dip — July 14, 2014

Skinny Poolside Dip

I have seen this recipe all over Pinterest and I honestly never thought about trying it until my sister raved over it. She makes it for almost every party she either hosts or goes to and always gets a lot of compliments. I made this dip back when we were in Albuquerque still and having a pool day with friends. I served it with celery sticks and wheat thins. All of the veggies in the dip matched with the celery sticks I served it with didn’t make me feel guilty while sitting in my swim suit. Happy Eating!

Skinny Poolside Dip

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Skinny Poolside Dip

Recipe thanks to What Megan’s Making

Ingredients:

1 red pepper

2 jalapenos

1 can of corn

1/2 can diced olives

16 oz fat-free cream cheese (softened)

1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch dip seasoning mix

Directions:

Mix ingredients together. Serve with crackers or raw veggies.

Fourth of July Food — July 5, 2014

Fourth of July Food

The Fourth of July weekend is such a fun time filled with food, drinking, and big booms. For the third of July we went out to Scotty’s Grandpa’s cabin. We sat out in the warm sun, had a shuffleboard contest, and ate LOTS of food. My mother-in-law was on a week long bike ride and just got done on the 2nd so I volunteered to do a lot of the food. I of course had to plan Fourth of July themed food. Happy Eating and Happy Fourth!

Strawberry Lemonade Layer Cake

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Strawberry Lemonade Layer Cake

Recipe thanks to Easy Baked

Ingredients:

One box of strawberry cake mix (plus oil, water and eggs as directed on box)

8oz. Philadelphia Cream Cheese (softened to room temp.)

1 packet (0.23oz.) of Kool-Aid Lemonade

Yellow food coloring gel (as desired for color)

2cups Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Creme

8 oz. Cool Whip Topping

Fresh strawberries to garnish.

Directions:

Make cake according to box and bake in 2- 9 inch round cake pans as directed.  Turn finished cakes over on cake racks and allow to cool completely.

Cream together cream cheese, lemonade and yellow food coloring until smooth.

Mix marshmallow creme in and then mix in Cool Whip until completely smooth.  Refrigerate until cake is cooled and cut.

Cut each cake layer in half.

Alternating layers of cake with layers of filling, assemble cake.  End with layer of filling.

Top with sliced strawberries.

Refrigerate and serve chilled.

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Sunday Funday — July 2, 2014

Sunday Funday

We have had a very busy month this past month. We moved home, each had a bachelorette party/bachelor party to host, I was in a wedding, and we have been trying to catch up with friends and family. All of this has been preventing me from posting, but not cooking! I have a lot of backed up recipes to share with you so I will be posting every day and filling in the days I don’t cook with the food I cooked over the last month.

Scotty and I have decided that we want to make all of our Sundays, Sunday Funday. We will be switching off between our families each week. This last week we were with my family so we invited them all over to our new place for dinner and games.

I made Hot Bacon Cheese Dip for an appetizer. Then we had Carolina Barbequed Pork Sandwiches with Apple and Poppyseed Coleslaw for dinner. As a side I made Sky Blue Mashed Potatoes. We were all very stuffed by the end of the night. Happy Eating!

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Hot Bacon Cheese Dip

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Hot Bacon Cheese Dip

Recipe thanks to Buns in my Oven

Ingredients:

1 unsliced round loaf bread
2 cups (8 ounces) Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
1 cup (4 ounces) Parmesan cheese, shredded
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup finely diced onion
7 bacon strips, diced and fried
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 tsp crushed red chile flakes

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Slice the top quarter off the loaf of bread and set aside. Carefully hollow out the inside, leaving a 1 inch shell. Cube removed bread and set aside for dipping.

Combine remaining ingredients in a large bow, spoon into bread bowl. Place on an ungreased baking sheet and cover with the reserved top quarter of the loaf to prevent the dip from becoming to brown while baking.

Bake for 45 minutes or until heated through. Serve with bread cubes and crackers.

Sky Blue Mashed Potatoes

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Sky Blue Mashed Potatoes

Recipe thanks to Rachael Ray Magazine

Ingredients:

24 new red potatoes, halved lengthwise

2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 1/2 cups sour cream

1 cup crumbled blue cheese

1/2 cup crumbled cooked bacon, plus more for garnish

1/3 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley, plus more for garnish

1/4 red onion, finely chopped

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees . In a medium bowl, toss the potatoes with the olive oil. Place cut side down on a baking sheet and bake until the skins are crisp, 20 to 25 minutes; let cool.

Scoop out the center of each potato half and place in a medium bowl. Stir in the sour cream, blue cheese, bacon, parsley and onion. Fill each potato skin with the sour cream mixture and top with more crumbled bacon and parsley.

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