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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Ready. Set. Cook! Contest: Spaghetti Squash Pasta w/ Shrimp, Bacon & Feta Cheese Recipe

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When you cook with Italian sauces, do you have a favorite sauce that you cook with? For us, we love Ragu Traditional Sauce. Ragu is an authentic Italian sauce with richer taste, aroma and texture than most other brands because it’s made the traditional way and with the same standards set by Assunta in 1937. Instead of using shortcuts, Ragu follows Assunta’s secret family recipe slow-simmering vine-ripened tomatoes, garlic, and fragrant herbs. And, they have no artificial flavors, colors and no high fructose corn syrup. Head HERE to learn more about Ragu.

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I use Ragu sauce over noodles, in lasagna, in slow cooker meals and even in new recipes that I concoct. While I don’t have a lot of time in the kitchen, I love to put together a wonderful meal that my family can enjoy. Most nights my husband is on the road a lot working. So when he is home for dinner, I love to have my son and hubby at the dinner table enjoying a home cooked meal.

Ragu is encouraging families to gather around the dinner table with their “Ready. Set. Cook!” contest! This contest challenges home cooks to create a new and unique recipe featuring Ragu and ingredients from a set list. For four weeks (from 11/2 – 11/30) you can enter this cooking challenge. The goal is for us to think outside of the box and create a dish that goes beyond the expected and utilizes Ragu sauce. The grand prize winner will receive $3,000, the runner-up $1,250 and the people’s choice winner will receive $750!

I love these kinds of challenges and thus created this Spaghetti Squash with Shrimp, Bacon and Feta recipe. I’ve never made this before and to be honest, have never created a dish combining those four ingredients and marinara sauce. So I was eager to see how it would turn out. I knew their flavors should all go well with Ragu Sauce. But I was still a bit nervous. I shouldn’t have been, though, because this turned out amazing! For more info on this contest, head HERE.

spaghetti-squash-3One of the things I love about this meal, is that it is a one pan meal. You do need to cook the spaghetti squash in the oven. But while that is cooking, get a deep pan out and start working on the toppings. Start by browning the bacon – remove once cooked but reserve the drippings in the pan. Then, cook the shrimp – just like the bacon – remove once cooked but reserve the drippings in the pan. And lastly, make the sauce.

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To the Ragu Traditional sauce I added a little dill and feta cheese. I slowly brought the sauce to a boil.
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Once the sauce starts boiling, add the cooked bacon and spaghetti squash. Mix together.
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Then, add the cooked shrimp. You can either leave the shrimp on the top, or mix with the sauce. I found the sauce to be so tasty that I wanted it to cover the shrimp. So I mixed everything together. This recipe turned out amazing. The saltiness from the bacon went perfectly with sweetness of the sauce and the tanginess of the feta cheese. And honestly, what isn’t better than shrimp in pasta! Below is the recipe!

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#ad Making Dinner Fun with Tyson® Chicken Nuggets

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Tyson® Chicken and State Fair® Corn Dogs have teamed up with the Peanuts Movie for an excellent promotion! Buy ANY TWO (2) specially marked packages of Tyson® Chicken Products or State Fair® Corn Dogs and you can receive up to $9.00 toward one child admission to see The Peanuts Movie Only in Theaters. Head HERE to go to the submission form for your codes! I was very excited about this promotion because we LOVE all things Snoopy! Go HERE to learn more about The Peanuts Movie and watch the trailer.

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I headed to Walmart to pick up a bag of Tyson® Chicken Dino Nuggets (my son loves them) and a box of State Fair® Corn Dogs (my hubby loves them)! Make sure you are on the lookout for and purchase two items that have the special peelie on them promoting The Peanuts Movie (pictured below).

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My son is currently in the stage of toddlerhood where he is a picky eater. While he likes a vast variety of foods, I have a hard time getting him to eat fruits and veggies. So I wanted to take advantage of the protein powered snacking of Tyson® Chicken and add some veggies to his meal. And, I wanted to make him his favorite honey mustard sauce.

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The convenience factor of Tyson® Chicken Dino Nuggets is just awesome. They take just 10 minutes to bake once the oven is preheated.

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Once I put the Tyson® Chicken Dino Nuggets in the oven, I got to work on some veggies for my son’s plate. Knowing that there is a good chance my son won’t eat all of his veggies, I like to give him a variety with the hopes that he’ll at least try one bite of everything (AND maybe even like something)!

I also took this time to make my Honey Mustard Sauce. And let me tell you.. it’s not a tricky sauce to make. It includes two ingredients… Honey and Yellow Mustard! See the recipe below.

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5 Ingredient Bowtie Lasagna w/ Bertolli® Pasta Sauce.

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When I go shopping at BJ’s, I always get excited. I know that I am going to get bulk pricing on staples that my household needs. And, I know that I am going to get excellent quality. This week we went to BJ’s to purchase Bertolli® Pasta Sauce. If you follow my blog, you may recall me sharing that this past month, I ran out of pasta sauce in my stockpile. While I like to cook my own marinara sauce, I very seldom have the time to do that. So I like to have jars in my pantry for crazy nights when I’m scrambling and yet want a home cooked meal to feed my family.

If you have never tried shopping at BJ’s, you should. First of all, you can get a free one day pass to use before you even think about purchasing a membership. The store is organized just like regular super centers and everything is easy to find. For us, when we are at BJ’s, we are usually in a rush to get in and get out. So, during moments like this past week when I had just a small grocery list, I love how easy it was for us to find the items, load our cart and then check out.

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If you have never tried Bertolli® Pasta Sauces, now is the time. They are flavorful and the perfect accompaniment to an Italian meal. Bertolli® Pasta Sauce even has a White sauce. So if you are looking for a traditional marinara, they have you covered but if you want a white sauce, they have you covered as well! Head to the Bertolli® Pinterest Page for #BertolliTuscanTour recipe ideas!

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I purchased the three pack of Bertolli® Pasta Sauces. It has two jars of Tomato & Basil and one jar of Olive Oil & Garlic. You can’t go wrong with those flavor combinations! That night, when we got home, I was really craving lasagna. However, I didn’t have the time to boil the lasagna noodles, layer the lasagna and then cook it. So I decided to create a quicker version.

This Bow-tie Lasagna took me 15 minutes to put together. It baked in the oven for 25 minutes. So in 40 minutes, I had a piping hot, home cooked meal that only took me a few minutes to throw together. Oh – and it included just five ingredients! You can’t beat that! My recipe is meatless. But you could very easily brown a pound of ground beef and mix it to the pot along with the sauce and pasta!

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After I cooked the bow-tie pasta, I drained the water and then mixed in 3/4 of a jar of Bertolli® Tomato & Basil sauce.

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I poured half of the pot of pasta with sauce into a casserole dish. I layered the pasta with the Ricotta Cheese mixture. And then I topped the mixture with the other half of the cooked pasta and sauce.

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You have to have lots of cheese when you cook lasagna! I topped the dish with lots of shredded Mozzarella that I bought at BJ’s.

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And voila! I baked this covered for 15 minutes and then baked uncovered for another 10 minutes. Tastes just like regular lasagna but involved much less preparation and cooking time!

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Oatmeal Greek Yogurt Muffins Recipe (Made with Yoplait Greek 100)

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One of the staples that we buy every week is yogurt. We love all types of yogurt but especially love greek yogurt. My son (he’s 3 years old) LOVES his yogurt and pretty much every morning he has yogurt. At any given time, you will find our fridge stocked with lots of flavors of Yoplait Greek 100 yogurt. We will eat it right from the container, add it to smoothies and even bake with it! yoplait-greek-1 During Florida’s hot summer, we typically eat yogurt right from the carton or add it to yummy smoothies. Now that it is fall and the weather is finally getting cooler, I like to run the oven more and I love to add yogurt to recipes like this Oatmeal Greek Yogurt Muffin recipe! This fall, I am loving baking breads and muffins and I’m particularly loving any breads or muffins that have oats in them. If you have never tried baking with Yoplait Greek 100 yogurt, you must try it! It adds a rich creaminess to your recipe and I also love the fact that it adds protein to your recipe! yoplait-greek This recipe calls for one cup of Yoplait Greek Yogurt. I didn’t have the large 32 oz carton of yogurt, but instead had small cups of yogurt that I had bought at Walmart. Walmart has this yogurt priced at $1.00 each. While normally I would have used vanilla flavored or plain yogurt, I decided to use Banana Caramel Yoplait Greek 100 yogurt. I thought the banana and caramel flavors would combine perfectly with the oats in the muffins. (I was right! Each bite of muffin has light tastes of banana and caramel!) yoplait-greek-2 With this recipe, you will need three different mixing bowls of ingredients (dry muffin ingredients, wet muffin ingredients and the streusel topping) yoplait-greek-3 Once your oven is preheated to 350, place your muffin tin in the oven and bake for 15 – 18 minutes (I needed the full 18 minutes for my muffins to cook completely.) yoplait-greek-4

These muffins are OH SO GOOD. You know how some recipes call for you to let your muffins cool completely before eating? I recommend you eat right away! Let your muffin cool a little and then dive in. It is SO good.

Recipe is adapted from Gold Medal Flour

What is your favorite way to snack with Yoplait?  Do you eat it straight from the carton or add it to smoothies or other recipes? I would love to hear!

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