Sunday, July 24, 2016

Trash Treats

3 tbsp. butter
1 (16) oz. bag marshmallows
2 tbsp. peanut butter
4 c. potato chips, crushed
2 c. Pretzels, crushed
1/4 c. M&M's
1/2 c. chocolate chips, melted

Grease a 9" x 9" pan with cooking spray.
In a large pot over low heat, melt butter. Add marshmallows and stir until smooth. Add peanut butter and stir to combine. Turn off the heat and quickly stir in crushed chips and pretzels.
Using a spatula or wax paper, press mixture into pan. Sprinkle with M&M's. Drizzle with melted chocolate. Let chocolate cool and harden before serving, about 30 minutes.

These bars were a perfect combination of sweet and salty. The only thing I would change is to mix the M&Ms in to the mixture before pressing in the pan.  They tend to fall off the top after you cut them.  I also had a small amount of Reeses Pieces in the kitchen so I added those too.  Yum! 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Jalapeno Popper Pull-Apart Bread

1 tube of biscuits (8 rolls)
16 slices of bacon, cut in half
6 medium sized jalapeños
14 oz. cream cheese
14 oz. diced cheddar cheese (I used shredded)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp garlic powder

Cut jalapeños.  Mix cream cheese with 2/3 of cheddar, jalapeños, salt, garlic and pepper.
Cut dough in half and wrap in bacon.

Oven directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Spray pan with non-stick spray. Place bacon wrapped dough around outside perimeter of the pan.  Place cream cheese mixture in the middle and add the rest of the cheddar on top. Bake for 15 minutes or until biscuits and cheese turn golden brown. 

Grill directions:
Place in cast iron pan.
Place cream cheese mixture in the middle and add the rest of the cheddar on top.
Grill on indirect heat at 400 degrees for approximately 30 minutes.

Hottest day of the year so far and I chose to make this last night.  Great idea, turn on the oven.  Ooh, eat something spicy.  But it was totally worth it.  Delicious recipe.  Next time I will try it on the grill just to see the difference.  

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Cheesy Ranch Snack Mix

6 oz. package pretzels
6 oz. package Bugles (plain or cheese flavored)
1/2 box miniature club crackers
6 oz. package goldfish crackers (cheese flavored)
1 can mixed nuts
1 envelope dry ranch mix
8 oz. butter flavored popcorn oil 

Mix crackers, pretzels, nuts in bowl.  In separate bowl mix ranch and popcorn oil.  Pour ranch and popcorn oil over crackers, pretzels and nuts.  Shake so everything is covered well.  Spread on two cookie sheets.  Bake 250 for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.  Cool completely before storing.  Makes a large batch!

This snack mix is totally addicting! How can you go wrong with cheese, ranch and salty goodness? Great for parties or to take along on a road trip.  

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Bacon Egg Salad

18 hard boiled eggs
2 tbsp drained pickle relish (I used dill but you can also use sweet)
1 tbsp minced garlic
1/3 cup mustard
1 cup mayo (I used fat free)
Minced onions, salt, pepper & powdered garlic - Sprinkle to liking
2 cups oven cooked bacon - crisp & crumbled

Put the eggs & all the egg mix ingredients in a large bowl & mix with fork.  Mash & break up the eggs as you go.  When all combined & there are no large chunks- refrigerate until ready to serve.  Add to croissants (toasted or untoasted) when serving.

I cut this recipe in a third since I’m living solo.  You don’t have to eat this on croissants, although, hello, croissants are awesome! You can enjoy this on toast, a bun or like I did, which was all by itself.  Great flavor and a good protein breakfast.  

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

S’mores Fluff/Dip

1 C. marshmallow crème
1 C. chocolate pudding
8 oz. tub Cool Whip
½ C. mini chocolate chips or chopped Hershey’s bars
½ C. mini marshmallows
1 pack graham crackers

With an electric mixer, beat crème and pudding until smooth.  Fold in cool whip, chocolate chips and marshmallows.  Store in fridge until ready to serve with graham crackers. 

You can do this as a dessert or a dip.  My sister made it as a dessert by crushing up the pack of graham crackers and mixing it in.  Or you can dip the graham crackers into it. Either way, if you like s’mores at all, this is delicious! 

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Amish Broccoli Salad

1 head broccoli, chopped
1 head cauliflower, chopped
1 cup mayo
1 cup sour cream
½ cup sugar
½ tsp. salt
½ pound bacon, fried and crumbled
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Mix mayo, sour cream, sugar and salt.  

Add the rest of the ingredients and stir well.  Chill one hour before serving.  

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Cake by the Ocean drink

Ingredients:  (All ingredients should be chilled)
2 cups cake flavored vodka (may substitute vanilla or whipped cream flavor)
2 cups coconut rum
2 cups pineapple juice
2 cups orange juice
Ice or frozen pineapple to keep it chilled
Club soda or 7-up, optional

Maraschino cherries, pineapple, and orange slices for garnish (optional)


Add vodka, rum, and both juices to a pitcher filled with ice or frozen pineapple.  Add 2-4 cups soda to make it more like a punch, or to feed more people, if desired. Place some orange slices and pineapple wedges in the pitcher.