Better Bakery Artisan Melts & Corn Salad Recipe

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When Better Bakery contacted me and asked if I wanted to try their Cheese & Pepperoni Pizza and Chicken & Bacon Club Artisan Melts, I jumped at it. Not only did these artisan melts sound SO good, but I am also finding that at least one night a week (if not more), I’m scrambling to find an easy dinner idea that the whole family will like. And since these sandwich melts sounded perfect for my family, I had to try them out.

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Better Bakery’s melts are found at Walmart, Kroger, Meijer, HEB and Harris Teeter. Head HERE to find the closest retailer near you that sells Better Bakery foods! I headed to Walmart to pick up our boxes. I found them on the top shelf of the sandwich section in the frozen foods aisle. I love how affordable these melts are! And, the frugal gal in me also loved the fact that there is a $1.50 off 1 Better Bakery Artisan Melts coupon we can use! While at the store, I also purchased some frozen corn. I wanted to use the corn to make an easy corn salad to accompany our Artisan Melts.

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Better Bakery provides a one of a kind sandwich experience hand made in small batches for everyone to enjoy. The handcrafted, artisan melts are made by Bakers who are committed to the Better Bakery art, and want to make better food. Don’t you love their packaging?

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You can either microwave or bake these sandwiches. I chose to use my oven. Once your oven is preheated, it takes only 22 minutes to cook your sandwich! During the time it took cook the sandwiches, I made my Corn Salad.

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The thing with me is I am busy. So when I cook, I have to be intentional about maximizing my time. This Corn Salad Recipe is one I’ve made countless times. I switch it up all of the time using different flavored vinegar, adding other veggies and sometimes adding sweetness like honey or even white sugar. It always comes out good. It really just depends on what fresh ingredients I have in my fridge. Today’s Corn Salad I made with red pepper and cilantro. YUM.

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SNICKERS and Skittles Big Game Cake Recipe

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I originally posted this recipe last year but wanted to post it again with the big game coming up!!

When it comes to the Big Game, do you have any family favorite recipes that you make? Do you make chili? Chips & Dip? Wings? We make all of the above. While I will admit that I’m not a huge football fan, my hubby is. And he is so enthusiastic when it comes to watching football – especially if his favorite teams are playing. During the Big Game, I always get excited because I love watching the commercials! Since hubby (and even our two-year old son) are big into football, I try to make fun desserts that really highlight football! I was given the task of creating a Big Game recipe using SNICKERS® or Skittles®. I decided to go all out and highlight both of these yummy sweets!
This football cake is the perfect dessert to indulge in as you watch the big game. And, it is ALL THINGS football and tastes just as good and sweet as it looks!

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I headed to Walmart to pick up my SNICKERS and Skittles. My local Walmart had them located on different aisles. The picture above to the left shows where the SNICKERS was and the picture above to the right shows where the Skittles was.

If you purchase these two candies because from January 21-31, when you purchase 1 (one) qualifying MARS Chocolate product and 1 (one) qualifying Wrigley product at Walmart, you will be entered to win a $250 Walmart gift card! All you have to do is snap a photo of the receipt to show proof of purchase and text or email to [email protected] . 14 winners will be drawn randomly at the end of the contest period (1 for each day of the contest), and will receive a $250 Walmart gift card! For more information on the contest, go HERE.

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For this tasty dessert, hubby really really wanted to help draw the field lines. (He LOVES desserts and also LOVES football. So he felt he would be an “expert” when it comes to creating a football field.)

We started out by taking the SNICKERS Bites out of the bag and taste testing a few to make sure they tasted ok. They did. 😉 Then, we placed them on parchment paper and made them into the shape of a football. For the seams of the football, we frosted a few of the SNICKERS Bites with vanilla frosting.

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I made a chocolate cake. I wanted the cake portion of my cake to be brown to look like dirt once the cake was cut. To be honest, I had a boxed chocolate cupcake mix in my pantry. In retrospect, I would have bought a box of actual chocolate cake mix. The cake tastes great (just like normal chocolate cake), but it did not rise like normal cake mix. So I highly recommend you purchase chocolate cake (instead of taking a short cut like me)

I added green food coloring to the vanilla icing and frosted the cake with green frosting. (for the grass – get it? Ha) Then, we used Skittles on the end zones in the colors of the competing football teams.

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With hubby’s smooth and steady hands (mine aren’t), he used white icing to create the football field’s yard lines. He did want me to inform you that you don’t have to be a perfectionist. I think he realized that drawing a perfectly straight line is easier said than done. 😉

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This was the finished product. What do you think?

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I’ve shared my my game day dessert recipe with you! I’d love to hear what you plan on making for the Big Game! Leave a comment below!

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CopyCat Chick-Fil-A Sandwich Recipe

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CopyCat Chick-Fil-A Sandwich Recipe

Have you tried this recipe yet? If you haven’t, you need to! It’s easy to make and the sandwiches are SO good!

When I was in college, my husband introduced me to every fast food restaurant that exists. And he introduced me to all of his favorite entrees and side dishes at each restaurant. On a college budget, he wined and dined me at fast food restaurants. Once we graduated and got married, we stopped going to fast food restaurants. I finally convinced him that every now and then this girl needs a date night at a nicer restaurant versus being served in a paper bag. (Don’t get me wrong – I love frugal date nights!)

Now we only eat at one fast food restaurant. Chick-Fil-A. The problem is that paying for two adults and one child is not cheap! So we don’t go there very often. So when I found this CopyCat Chick-Fil-A Sandwiches recipe, I was all about it. I wanted to try it and see if it would come close to the original sandwich that we love so much. It is really good!

I made two versions of this sandwich. Fried and baked. Because I used coconut oil with the fried chicken, I found it to have a slight coconut flavor. Next time I may try a different type of oil. The baked version was really tasty. I will make the baked version again for sure!

copycat-chickfila-3My chicken is marinading and everything is prepped and ready to cook!

copycat-chickfila-2The marinated & floured chicken ready to be put in oven.

copycat-chickfila-1The finished product! Honestly, this chicken is so good you don’t need to put it on a bun!  It would go perfectly on a salad or even eaten by itself!

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3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

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This is one of my absolute favorite slow cooker recipes and it is by far the easiest chicken recipe I have ever made. If you haven’t made it yet, you have to! I originally posted it last March but wanted to republish it to make sure none of you miss it!

Many of you know that I have an obsession with my slow cooker. I’ve always loved it. But this year, it has become a pivotal part of my life. I got to the point where I was tired of throwing frozen food into my oven every night because I was so tired and did not have enough to to prepare a home cooked meal. So, I’ve made it a habit to use it at least 3 or 4 times a week and find that my dinner prep is so much easier when I’ve already got it cooking in my slow cooker!

I stumbled upon this 3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken recipe a few weeks ago and I’ve made it 3 times in the past week and a half. In fact, I have it cooking right now. Hubby loves it. And even my son eats all of it (he’s become finicky with chicken lately). I am trying to avoid eating much sugar so I use the chicken to make a Chicken Salad. Hubby will usually use the chicken to make tacos or burritos. And my friend Amy had the great idea of using this chicken to make Chicken Nachos! Yum.

This 3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken is SO good. And it is SO easy to prepare.

salsa-chicken-1Lay the boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the slow cooker and pour the jar of salsa on top as well as 1/3 of a pack of the taco seasoning. You can use more taco seasoning if you like. One of my upcoming goals is to make homemade taco seasoning so that I can control the sugar and the sodium. But until then, I use 1/3 of a pack and it gives plenty of flavor.

salsa-chicken-1Cook on low for 8 hours. Be prepared – your house will smell amazing.

salsa-chicken-1Once the chicken has cooked, use two forks to easily shred it. Add the chicken to tacos or burritos or salads. Serve with rice and/or beans. And enjoy.

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Onion Puffs Appetizer & Cracker Barrel Cheese Trays

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With New Year’s Eve just a few days away, I wanted to share these simple and easy appetizer ideas with you! I love these ideas because they are perfect for large social gatherings as well a quiet night home with family. Right now hubby and I are in the stage of life where our big New Year’s Eve festivities include putting our 3 year old to bed (at his regular bedtime) and then curling up on the couch and watching the ball drop on TV. The goal is to not fall asleep! I love to have lots of finger foods as well as some bubbly on hand so that our somewhat normal night feels a bit more special. This Cracker Barrel Cheese Tray makes entertaining simple! Just open up the package and your cheese is already sliced and ready to go!

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You will find Cracker Barrel Cheese Trays at Walmart in the dairy section. Our Walmart had it below all of the shredded and block cheese.

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The Onion Puffs Appetizer recipe is simple. I learned this recipe back when I was in high school from a family friend. I love this recipe because it is so flavorful and yet takes less than five minutes to prepare! This recipe requires canned biscuits (or you can make your biscuits from scratch if you have more time), a stick of butter and half a package of Dried Onion Soup Mix!

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Once you separate your biscuits, you will want to cut each biscuit into quarters and then place on a greased cookie sheet (or use non-stick foil like I did).

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Then, melt your butter.

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Add the onion soup mix to your butter and mix well.

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Then, top each quartered biscuit with some of the butter mixture. Don’t worry about being fancy!

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Once each biscuit is covered, bake in the oven according to your canned biscuit’s baking instructions.

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When you take your tray of Onion Puffs out of the oven, you will have to take an immediate sample. They are SO good!

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Serve your Onion Puffs Appetizer with your Cracker Barrel Cheese Tray and fresh fruit for a flavor filled appetizer!

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5 Ingredient Buckeye Bars Recipe

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Baking goes hand in hand with the holiday season. I LOVE baking cookies and blondies and candies both to keep and give away as gifts. But let me be honest, this year, I haven’t had the chance to bake like I would like. One of my favorite desserts to make over Christmas are Buckeyes. I wanted to figure out a way to incorporate Pillsbury™ Baking mixes and frosting to make an easy buckeye-like dessert. And let me tell you, this dessert did not disappoint!

I created a Five Ingredient Buckeye Bar recipe that turned out to be dynamite! When I shared this dessert with my friends and family, they all thought it was homemade! Little did they know that I barely had to do any work to make these Buckeye Bars! And, most of the ingredients I already had in my pantry!

I headed to Publix to purchase one box of Pillsbury™ Moist Supreme® Classic Yellow Cake Mix and one container of Pillsbury™ Creamy Supreme® Chocolate Fudge frosting.
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Once I got home, I gathered rest of the ingredients (an egg, peanut butter and water) and got to work.

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In my Kitchenaid Mixer, I started by mixing the wet ingredients (egg, peanut butter and water).

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Once the wet ingredients were mixed nicely, I add the cake mix to the wet ingredients. You will know you are done mixing when your batter has the consistency of cookie dough.

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I then spread bar dough into a 13 x 9 inch baking dish and baked for 20 minutes.

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Once the bars cooled, frost them with Pillsbury™ Creamy Supreme® Chocolate Fudge frosting.

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Doesn’t it look divine!?!

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How a Non-Camper Goes Glamping with Freschetta® & Honey Maid

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Are you a camper? I am not. I’ve camped a few times in my life and have not had enjoyable experiences any of those times… until now. Have you tried “glamping”? Glamping is another word for glamorous camping. I decided to try my hand at glamping and see if I had a better time spending time outside glamorously than the normal camping experiences I’ve endured.

It was… fun! It was a lot of work to set up. I’m not going to lie. And I am not going to lie and tell you we went somewhere exotic to for our glamping experience. We did not. Having a three year old who is very very active and who also only sleeps good in his own bed, we decided to create our glamping experience right in our front yard. That way, I had running water, electricity AND indoor plumbing. Wink wink. Oh – and my three year old could sleep in his own room!

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I headed to Walmart and bought some of the glamping supplies we needed including Honey Maid Graham Crackers and Freschetta® Brick Oven.

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We set up our tent and got to work making it more glamourous. I brought out one of my favorite white leopard print blankets. It is SO soft and so luxurious, I knew that sleeping on an air mattress plus being

 

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Apple Pie Trifle Recipe

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I love everything about the holidays. I love the music. I love the cooler weather. I love spending time with family and friends. And I love the food. I was given the opportunity to create a dessert with how Marie Callender’s® Dessert Pies and Reddi-wip® and I jumped at it. I mean really, what is better than a how Marie Callender’s® Dessert Pie right out of the oven covered with Reddi-wip®?

I don’t consider myself to be an expert mom. My son just turned 3 and honestly, I feel like I am learning how to be a mom every single day. But one of the things I have SO loved as I’ve watched him grow into a 3 year old is his broadening awareness of the world around him. And now that he is about to reach his third Christmas with us, it has been so fun to watch him start to connect the dots and remember the routines we have in place. He’s talked about going to church on Christmas Eve, eating a big meal on Christmas Day and yes – he is talking about Christmas presents. Last year, he didn’t “get it”. But this year, he’s ready. And I’m loving it.

One of the consistent desserts we have each year is Apple Pie or Pumpkin Pie or both! As a child, I grew up watching my mom give desserts as gifts each holiday season. I decided to make a dessert that I could share with friends. Marie Callender’s has a huge line of frozen pies to choose from so it was very easy for me to choose to make a pie.

I headed to Walmart to pick up a Marie Callender’s® Dessert Pie and Reddi-wip®.

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Then I headed home to create my dessert.

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I decided to try my hand at “pie-cycling.” Have you ever done that before? Basically I took a Marie Callender’s® Dutch Apple Pie and baked it. Prior to baking, I covered the crust with tin-foil to help prevent the crust from burning.

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Above is a picture of all of the ingredients I used to make the Apple Pie Trifle. Look how yummy the baked pie looks! 

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 I cut the baked pie into bite sized pieces. Doesn’t it look like apple cobbler?
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In a large glass bowl (you want glass so that you can see the layers through it), spoon the cut apple pie into the bottom.
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Next, layer vanilla pudding.
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Then, layer Reddi-Wip
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Repeat the layers until your bowl is full. Top with chopped almonds and caramel sauce. How pretty does the Apple Pie Trifle look from the side angle!
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And voila! I even made a mini Apple Pie Trifle in a martini glass. I loved how that came out. If you are having a dinner party, you could prepare martini glass Apple Pie Trifles and keep refrigerated until dessert time. 

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I also created a printable label for you! You can print this out and then customize it with your name to it. Use double sided tape to attach the label to your Apple Pie Trifle to give it away as a gift! Head HERE to print out your label!

What are your favorite Marie Callender’s pie flavors? Have you ever “pie-cycled” a pie before? If so, share what kinds of recipes you made! Head HERE to see other recipes and my favorite thing ever – COUPONS!

 

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