My daughter’s favorite coffee drink of the entire year is the Ho Ho Mocha Mint from Caribou. She waits for it all year. When she can’t have that specific one she will buy the mint coffee drinks from other coffee shops and she even makes them at home. So, today I’m sharing one of my mason jar gifts for the peppermint mocha lovers called a Peppermint Mocha Java Jar. It’s an easy, homemade gift idea that can be assembled in a matter of minutes and it looks adorable!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Campbell Soup Company. All opinions are 100% mine.
Just because the holidays are here and things are super busy, doesn’t mean that parents get a break from preparing meals for their families. The best thing to do is to choose a few easy to make meals and plan ahead by keeping the right ingredients in the house. Today I’m sharing a delicious recipe for Easy Chicken Enchiladas that can be made in 30 minutes!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Alexia Foods. The opinions and text are all mine.
Who else has a hard time getting dinner on the table on weekdays? I would love to hear what your biggest issues are. One of my issues is that I don’t prepare ahead of time. My kids come home from school, we get busy and suddenly it is 5:30 and I have no idea what to make for dinner. So, today I am sharing five easy weeknight meal ideas that you can make in 30 minutes or less! Each one of these meals features a protein, a vegetable and an Alexia Foods product. The steak dinner was the favorite of the females in my family and Zack’s favorite meal was the Italian Sloppy Joes.
Disclosure: I received Crisp Cooking Tools to facilitate this recipe post for Spinach Artichoke Dip Bites.
Spinach Artichoke Dip is another one of my favorite appetizers. Once when I was pregnant and on bed rest, my friends came over for the evening to visit me. They asked if there was anything they would pick up for me and all I wanted was spinach and artichoke dip. I’ve got to admit that I ate the whole thing and it didn’t even make me sick! Spinach artichoke dip is a popular appetizer for parties. Today I am sharing a recipe for Spinach artichoke dip bites that is perfect for the holidays. They are a delicious, bite size snack with red and green accents.
Disclosure: This Sautéed Green Beans with Bacon recipe was developed for Farberware Cookware as part of sponsored post.
We finally have our Thanksgiving plans figured out…unless they change again. This year we will be spending Thanksgiving with my in-laws but we still need to decide who is bringing what. So far, I know that my in-laws will make the turkey, mashed potatoes and corn casserole. We will be bringing a ham, pecan pie and these green beans with bacon!
Although I enjoy mint desserts and candy year round, peppermint desserts always remind me of the holidays. It’s been a long time since I’ve made doughnuts so I had to try making a peppermint version. First, I made some homemade, baked doughnuts, but they were so bland that even my kids didn’t want them. Instead of trying another batch, I changed the game plan and made canned biscuit dough donuts instead.
Is it Coffee vs Tea or is it Coffee + Tea? I am most definitely a coffee drinker, but I would like to start drinking more tea, especially now that it is winter. I feel like I know next to nothing about tea and what makes a good tea, so I have some learning to do. In the meantime, I put together a mason jar gift for the tea lovers in your life. Tea time mason jar gifts can be customized with whichever products you want to buy as long as they will fit into the jar! It is so much fun to make and give gifts in a jar.
I made the Cheesy Chicken Sausage Potato Skins as part of a sponsored post for Gold’n Plump.
Potato Skins are another appetizer that my family loves. We order them at restaurants and purchase the frozen version to cook at home. Zack has been talking about my bloomin‘ baked potatoes and asking me when I am going to make them again. Instead, I decided to make cheesy chicken sausage potato skins and he helped me. While adding the cheese, he told me that his mouth was literally watering because they looked and smelled so good!
This One Pot Pasta Turkey Alfredo Ziti recipe is the ultimate Ragú® #NewTraDish mash up and is part of a sponsored post for Socialstars.
Can you believe that Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away? I love that Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks. Much of the year is spent rushing from here to there. We need a holiday to remind us to slow down and be thankful. Thanksgiving is also a time to reconnect with family and friends. For my family, it is a relaxing day even though we have a large number of people and all of the little cousins are full of energy. But we all know the real star of the show on Thanksgiving is the food…oh the FOOD…from the moist turkey and the fluffy mashed potatoes to the gorgeous pies and desserts! Plus, there are always leftovers which are fabulous. With that in mind, I made this delicious One Pot Pasta Turkey Alfredo Ziti recipe for leftover Thanksgiving turkey.
Disclosure: I received an O Olive Oil Collection to facilitate this post. All opinions are 100% my own.
We went to a restaurant recently that had delicious sweet potato fries. My friend ordered them as an appetizer and we were delighted to discover that the dip they served with the fries was sweet rather than savory. It was a combination of marshmallow cream and cinnamon that I had to try making at home. Instead of making sweet potato fries, I had to try a Blooming Sweet Potato.
You guys…I have some really exciting news to share with you today! My Bloomin’ Baked Apples were featured on the Rachael Ray Show today! Last week, I received an email from the Rachael Ray Show asking me to give them a call. To my surprise and delight, I found out that they noticed my blooming apple recipe online and wanted to have one of the chefs make it on the show. Of course I agreed and the show aired today!
I just had to share the news with all of you because I’m not sure if you are aware of this but…
ALL OF YOU
…are the reason my recipe was noticed and then featured on the show! All of you, the readers, fans and followers of The Gunny Sack took time to share my recipe with your family and friends via word-of-mouth, email and social media. I want you to know just how much of an impact your support has. You made my blog post go viral. As of right now, my Bloomin’ Baked Apple’s blog post has had
over 3.5 million pageviews
over 1 million “Likes” on Facebook
over 440,000 pins on Pinterest
…and now a Rachael Ray Show feature
With a grateful heart, I want to say…thank you!
Disclosure: This easy appetizer recipe for Meatball Pretzel Bites was created as part of a sponsored post for Casa Di Bertacchi.
Soft pretzels are one of the snacks my kids love. When we are at the mall, they always ask if they can get pretzels. They must not be the only ones joining the pretzel craze, because pretzels seem to be everywhere lately. We’ve seen everything from pretzel buns to pretzel pizza crusts! A few years ago, I started making homemade soft pretzel nuggets and we all love them. Since then, I’ve found an even easier way to make homemade pretzel nuggets using refrigerated dough. By using refrigerated biscuits and fully cooked Casa Di Bertacchi beef meatballs you can easily make Meatball Pretzel Bites for a holiday party appetizer.
Disclosure: I received Rachael Ray Cucina Stoneware pieces to facilitate this post. All opinions are 100% my own.
One of my family’s favorite salads for holidays, family meals and even birthdays is Strawberry Pretzel Salad. This is a sweet salad so we often serve it with the desserts rather than the meal. Usually one of my sister’s make the pretzel salad so this was my first time. I decided to add pecans and brown sugar to the recipe and I love how it turned out!
This is week tow of the Holiday Progressive Dinner and today’s sponsor is Rachael Ray Cucina Stoneware and I am in love with the pieces I received. They will definitely be showing up in future posts. I chose agave blue for most of the pieces. I got a 9 x 13 rectangular baker, a 1.5 quart round baker, 12 inch oval serving bowl, two 12 ounce oval au gratin in agave blue and one in mushroom brown, two of the 4 piece dipping cup sets in assorted colors.
2014 Holiday Progressive Dinner Salad Recipes:
Adventures in All Things Food: Hearty Holiday Chopped Salad
The Gunny Sack: Strawberry Pecan Pretzel Salad
Daily Dish Recipes: Holiday Avocado, Pomegranate and Spinach Salad
Flour on My Face: Fresh Fruit Pomegranate Salad
Will Cook for Smiles: Pomegranate Goat Cheese Salad
Crafted from sturdy stoneware and glazed with warm, earthy color, these Rachael Ray Cucina Stoneware pieces combine contemporary kitchen functionality with touches of relaxed, rustic character. I really like the brown brush strokes along the edges. These pieces are oven safe to varying degrees (check the packaging and website for specifics) and are also microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe for convenience. The sturdy, appealing pieces match great-looking Cucina dinnerware to bring coordinated style to the kitchen and home, and makes the perfect partner for serving bowls and platters and other baking dishes in Rachael’s Cucina collections.
To make the Strawberry Pecan Pretzel Salad, mix together chopped pretzels, chopped pecans, brown sugar and melted butter.
Spread in a pan and bake at 400 degrees for 7 minutes. All of the mixture to cool and then break it into small pieces.
Dice two cups of strawberries and set them aside.
Beat together softened cream cheese, granulated sugar and vanilla. Fold in whipped topping.
Before serving, stir the diced strawberries and sugared pretzels and pecans into the cream cheese mixture. Spoon into a serving dish.
Serve the Strawberry Pecan Pretzel Salad in the small dip cups or bowls. Everyone at your holiday dinner will love this recipe!
- 1 cup pretzels, crushed
- ½ cup pecans, chopped
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ¾ cup butter, melted
- 2 cups strawberries, diced
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 8 oz whipped topping
- Mix together crushed pretzels, chopped pecans, brown sugar and melted butter.
- Spread in a pan and bake at 400 degrees for 7 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool and then break it into small pieces.
- Beat together softened cream cheese, granulated sugar and vanilla.
- Fold in whipped topping.
- Before serving, stir the diced strawberries and sugared pretzels and pecans into the cream cheese mixture.
Adapted from Copper Country Favorites Cookbook
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You know how most kids spend their candy money on gum and candy bars? When I was a kid, I spent my candy money on those things as well, but unlike other kids, I also bought pink wintergreen lozenges, Sen-Sen black licorice mints, sponge candy and chocolate turtles. I would buy the boxes of chocolate turtles when they would go on sale during the holiday season. They are still one of my favorites and sometimes I buy them from chocolate shops. So with that in mind, I decided to make Slow Cooker Chocolate Turtle Bread Pudding. It is a warm, comforting dessert with chocolate, caramel and pecans. Of course, it tastes even better when topped with a scoop of salted caramel ice cream!