Easy Queso Blanco Recipe – White Cheese Dip

Easy Queso Blanco Recipe

While we were on vacation in North Carolina last October, my sisters brought us to a local restaurant called Islands Fresh Mex Grill. Everything at the restaurant was delicious and we wished that we could’ve gone there more than once. There were 12 of us that the restaurant and we all agreed that our favorite item on the menu was the chips and queso!

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Time To Sparkle Link Party #83

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Welcome to Time to Sparkle Tuesday Link Party, where you can find all the newest creative ideas from around the web! Stop by every Tuesday, link up your posts, and check out what others are sharing! You’ll discover some amazing new blogs and find inspiration for projects, recipes, and more! This party is hosted by four lovely ladies, so your projects will be shared on ALL FOUR blogs!

Inside BruCrew Life | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
The Gunny Sack | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
The Recipe Critic | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
Love Grows Wild | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Each week we will pick our favorite links as features and share them, so make sure to follow the Time to Sparkle Pinterest Board!

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Bloomin’ Baked Potato Recipe

Bloomin Baked Potato

We had so much fun with the Bloomin’ Baked Apples I shared last month that my whole family decided that we needed to make some more bloomin‘ recipes. I’ve seen the fabulous bloomin‘ onion bread recipes online and one of these days I am going to try it but we wanted to go with something else. We tossed around ideas for other things that could be cut in a similar way and we decided on potatoes! Baked potatoes are good anyway, but then when you cut them, cover them with oil and salt and top them with cheese and bacon, you know they have to be delicious!

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Spicy Bacon Wrapped Sweet Peppers

This post brought to you by Texas Pete. All opinions are 100% mine.

Spicy Bacon Wrapped Sweet Peppers

Please tell me I am not the only one who loves appetizers. There are times when I order appetizers as my meal at restaurants. We recently went out to eat with a big group of friends and the mouthwatering appetizers completely outshined the main dishes! I like it when appetizers have a lot of flavor, some spice and of course, bacon is always a bonus. Today I want to share a recipe for Spicy Bacon Wrapped Sweet Peppers that is perfect for the entertaining. The sweet peppers add flavor and beautiful color to the dish. Inside is a creamy mixture of Texas Pete Hot Sauce, cream cheese and ranch dressing! Then, everything is wrapped in a piece of crunchy bacon. The combination is fantastic.

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Pumpkin Magic Custard Cake Recipe

Magic Custard Pumpkin Cake

Have you ever heard of magic custard cake? It is something that has been on my baking bucket list ever since I spotted the cakes by Todd and Diane at White On Rice Couple. Since it is fall and I’ve got pumpkin on my mind, I made a Pumpkin Magic Custard Cake. I thought I was really clever until I checked Pinterest this morning and found that Gerry at Foodness Gracious already made a Pumpkin Magic Cake a year ago and mine is almost exactly the same as his. But I’m going to go ahead and share mine anyway. This Pumpkin Magic Custard Cake is like pumpkin pie without the crust. Instead, there is this light, delicious cake-like layer on the top!

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Time to Sparkle Link Party #82

The hosts of Time to Sparkle Link Party!

Welcome to Time to Sparkle Tuesday Link Party, where you can find all the newest creative ideas from around the web! Stop by every Tuesday, link up your posts, and check out what others are sharing! You’ll discover some amazing new blogs and find inspiration for projects, recipes, and more! This party is hosted by four lovely ladies, so your projects will be shared on ALL FOUR blogs!

Inside BruCrew Life | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

The Gunny Sack | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

The Recipe Critic | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Love Grows Wild | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Each week we will pick our favorite links as features and share them, so make sure to follow the Time to Sparkle Pinterest Board!

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Italian Cheese Steak Pizza Recipe

This Italian Cheese Steak Pizza recipe is the ultimate Ragú® #NewTraDish mash up that the whole family will love and is part of a sponsored post for Socialstars.

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It’s no secret that my family loves pizza and we love sharing pizza with others! We have pizza with friends almost every weekend. Now that fall has arrived, pizza is perfect for sharing when entertaining friends and family. Everyone loves warm, cheesy pizza fresh out of the oven. We enjoy the traditional pizzas, but we also make grilled pizza, calzones, pizza dip and pizza balls when our friends are over. We also love making pizza mash-ups like macaroni ‘n cheese pizza or chicken alfredo pizza. Today I am sharing a new mash-up recipe or NewTraDish using two classic Ragú® recipes to make Italian Cheese Steak Pizza: Chunky Gardenstyle Pizza and Italian Cheese Steak Sandwiches. Instead of putting the Italian cheese steak on hoagie buns, I followed the instructions for the Chunky Gardenstyle Pizza and put everything on a prebaked pizza crust!

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Pumpkin Pampering Mason Jar Gift

Pumpkin pampering mason jar gift

I’m so excited to share my latest mason jar gift with you. Fall is my favorite season! I love the colorful leaves, the crisp fall air, crunchy apples and cheerful pumpkins. My love of fall might also have something to do with having a fall birthday. Last year I made a Peppermint Pampering gift in a jar and that was a big hit, so I decided to make a Pumpkin Pamering jar for autumn. It is a large mason jar filled with delicious scented pumpkin body care products, pumpkin treats and a pumpkin candle.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Biscotti Recipe

I drank some delicious Millstone Coffee as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars by Crowdtap. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Biscotti Recipe #MillstoneCoffee

It’s no secret that coffee makes the world go round! Coffee is the first thing that I consume in the morning and depending on the day, I will have several more cups throughout the day. Of course I drink coffee at home, but I also have it at my friends and families homes, in restaurants, from gas stations, at church and from coffee shops. The longer that I drink coffee, the more I’ve noticed that not all coffee is created equal. I am excited to tell you about a couple of gourmet Millstone coffee varieties that I’ve been enjoying lately. In addition to sharing the coffee, I decided that with all of the coffee tasting going on, I had to make a dessert to go along with the coffee. After much debating, I finally settled on biscotti. I’ve never made biscotti, but it has always been on my baking bucket list. Since it is fall, I thought pumpkin chocolate chip biscotti would be fitting. I love that I can drink it with both the Millstone House Blend and the Mayan Black Onyx!

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Time To Sparkle Link Party #81

The hosts of Time to Sparkle Link Party!

Welcome to Time to Sparkle Tuesday Link Party, where you can find all the newest creative ideas from around the web! Stop by every Tuesday, link up your posts, and check out what others are sharing! You’ll discover some amazing new blogs and find inspiration for projects, recipes, and more! This party is hosted by four lovely ladies, so your projects will be shared on ALL FOUR blogs!

Inside BruCrew Life | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
The Gunny Sack | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
The Recipe Critic | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
Love Grows Wild | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Each week we will pick our favorite links as features and share them, so make sure to follow the Time to Sparkle Pinterest Board!

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Candy Corn Layer Cake Recipe

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There are so many fun crafts and recipes for fall! I joined together the creative minds of some of my talented blogging friends to bring you over 110 fabulous Halloween ideas! From costumes to parties, crafts and home decor, recipes and free printables, we have so many fun ideas to share! I guarantee you’ll find a project (or 10!) that you would love to incorporate into your Halloween festivities. All week (Monday through Saturday) myself and my blogging friends will be sharing our fun creations with all of you. Each day will include approximately 20 Halloween projects and you can “hop” from one blog to another to check them all out.

For my contribution, I am sharing a recipe for a Candy Corn Layer Cake! First of all, you should know that there isn’t any actual candy corn involved. Instead, the cake is made with candy corn colors and is decorated with candy corn M&M’s. I love the bright colors of the cake and everyone I shared the cake with said it was so good. I guess I can consider it another practice cake in preparation for making that wedding cake!

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Candy Corn Truffle Bark Recipe

If you like candy corn, you are going to love this Candy Corn Truffle Bark recipe!

Halloween Dessert Recipe

Candy corn is one of the essential candies for fall! It was the first Halloween candy that I noticed in stores this year. I’m not sure how they got their product placed with the school supplies but it was there. Our favorite way to eat candy corn is to mix it with dry roasted peanuts. Someone once told me that the combination is supposed to taste like caramel apples?! I never got that but they taste great together anyway! A couple of year ago I started seeing all of the recipes online for homemade Butterfingers using candy corn and peanut butter. That is when I first discovered that you can actually melt candy corn to use it in recipes. I decided to use melted candy corn to make Candy Corn Truffle Bark. The smooth, fudge-like truffle center is a mixture of melted candy corn and vanilla frosting.

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Easy Pumpkin Mug Cake Recipe

This Pumpkin Mug Cake recipe is dangerously easy to make! You are only 60 seconds away from warm, delicious cake!

60 Second Pumpkin Cake Recipe

I attended my first Tupperware party before I was even married. One of the women I worked with had a party and invited everyone from work. I was quite impressed with all of the products, but the thing I remember most from the party was the host telling us how we could use a soup mug to make a cupcake for one in the microwave.  I bought one of the soup mugs, but didn’t have the recipe written down (this was way back before the internet, if you can image such a thing) and ended up using my mug for soup. About 10 years later, I was reintroduced to the idea of cake in a mug using cake mix and water. The second time around I was sure to write the recipe down.

Mug cakes have become my go to treat when I am craving sweets and need something with my coffee in the evening. I use two tablespoons of sugar free chocolate cake mix and one tablespoon of water. Mix it together in a greased cup or small ramekin and microwave for one minute.

Since it is autumn, I decided to try making a 60 second microwave pumpkin mug cake version with only 4 ingredients and I had to share it with you!

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Time To Sparkle Link Party #80

The hosts of Time to Sparkle Link Party!

 

Welcome to Time to Sparkle Tuesday Link Party, where you can find all the newest creative ideas from around the web! Stop by every Tuesday, link up your posts, and check out what others are sharing! You’ll discover some amazing new blogs and find inspiration for projects, recipes, and more! This party is hosted by four lovely ladies, so your projects will be shared on ALL FOUR blogs!

Inside BruCrew Life | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
The Gunny Sack | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
The Recipe Critic | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
Love Grows Wild | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Each week we will pick our favorite links as features and share them, so make sure to follow the Time to Sparkle Pinterest Board!

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Pumpkin Cupcakes

Pumpkin Cupcakes Recipe

Happy Monday everyone! So much has happened since I last posted. One of my sisters had a baby and another got engaged! One of my friends had a baby too, and I brought another friend in to have surgery on her knee. And my mom put the feelers out to see if I would be interested in making my sister’s wedding cake! Whew! I’m not so sure about making the cake, but I figured I had better do some practicing just in case. So, if you have any tips for me, please share!

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite buttercream frosting recipes. I love this recipe because it includes marshmallow cream to make it lighter and fluffier. I put the orange frosting on top of cupcakes so that it looks like a pumpkin! These pumpkin cupcakes are perfect for fall.

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Bloomin’ Baked Apples Recipe

I made these Bloomin’ Baked Apples as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. All opinions are my own. #WalmartProduce

Bloomin Baked Apples

Every year we wait for the fall and apple season to come around! Growing up, we had an apple tree in our backyard. I remember my grandmother coming over to help my mom freeze apples. We had an apple peeler/corer that was a big help. My mom froze the apples for pie filling. All winter long we would have delicious, homemade apple desserts. This year, we are already enjoying the apple season. The bottom drawer of our fridge is full of apples. Vanessa is excited because she got her braces off and can easily eat apples this fall! I used some of our apples to make these delicious Bloomin’ Baked Apples. This was my first time making baked apples and I am so excited not only about how tasty they were but also about how easy they were to make.

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Pepperoni Pizza Dip Recipe

Pepperoni Pizza Spread Recipe

Last night when we got home, we parked in the driveway because Brian was using the garage. Zack jumped out of the car and was delighted to discover a salamander on the driveway! He quickly scooped it up and brought it into the garage so he could see it better in the light. I, on the other hand, got the heebie-jeebies and felt my skin crawling so I went inside. Christine went out to look at the salamander with Zack. All three of my kids love animals and will pick up frogs, snakes and now salamanders. It certainly isn’t something they inherited from me, but it is something that I’ve always encouraged in the (even when my skin is crawling). This is the first salamander they’ve seen “in the wild”. I remember when Zack was 4, he wanted to find one so bad and was always on the lookout. Well, it only took 8 years, but he finally found one!

Moving onto something much more pleasant, I made Pepperoni Pizza Dip that I wanted to share with you. I’m a dip kind of gal. I’ve been known to order warm dip as my entree at restaurants and this cheesy dip was delicious!

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Time To Sparkle Link Party #79

The hosts of Time to Sparkle Link Party!

 

Welcome to Time to Sparkle Tuesday Link Party, where you can find all the newest creative ideas from around the web! Stop by every Tuesday, link up your posts, and check out what others are sharing! You’ll discover some amazing new blogs and find inspiration for projects, recipes, and more! This party is hosted by four lovely ladies, so your projects will be shared on ALL FOUR blogs!

Inside BruCrew Life | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
The Gunny Sack | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
The Recipe Critic | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
Love Grows Wild | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Each week we will pick our favorite links as features and share them, so make sure to follow the Time to Sparkle Pinterest Board!

Let’s see what your hosts have been up to this week:

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Triple Grape Fruit Pizza from The Gunny Sack
Salted Caramel Oreo Ice Box Cake from Inside BruCrew Life
Baked Buffalo Ranch Chicken Taquitos from The Recipe Critic
Beef and Bacon Baked Beans from Love Grows Wild

Here are the fabulous features from last week’s party chosen by Tonia:

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Witchy Caramel Apples from Bitz & Giggles

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Chocolate Harvest Cake from A Dash Of Sanity

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Golden Harvest Wreath from Made In A Day

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DIY Herringbone Canvas Art from Kristi’s Paintbrush

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Apple Cinnamon Rolls from The Simple Sweet Life

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Caramel Apple Milkshake from Belle of the Kitchen

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Mini Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecakes from Flavor The Moments

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Pumpkin Cookies with Coconut Cream by Food, Faith and Fitness

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Pumpkin Spice Brulee Crullers by Deliciously Yum

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Skinny Pumpkin Snickers Poke Cake by Call Me PMC

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Now let’s party! It’s Time to Sparkle!


Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Blondies

Snickerdoodle Bars Recipe

It’s Monday again and already the fourth week of school for my kids! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and were able to spend some time enjoying the beautiful fall weather. We spent the weekend at our friend’s house in South Dakota. It was so relaxing and the weekend went way too fast! We were able to visit with lots of friends, we had a barbecue and bonfire and enjoyed our coffee while sitting on the front porch.

Speaking of going way too fast, there weren’t any of these Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Blondies left to bring on our road trip, after sharing them with my nieces and nephews. But I wanted to share the recipe with you today because these bars are melt-in-your-mouth delicious!

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Triple Grape Fruit Pizza Recipe

I made this Triple Grape Fruit Pizza as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. All opinions are my own. #WalmartProduce

Fruit Pizza with Grapes #walmartproduce

Although grapes are one of my families favorite fruits and probably the fruit we buy most often, I’ve never made a dessert showcasing grapes and that had to change! We typically just eat grapes just as they are. Vanessa loves putting them in the freezer and eating them that way. I’ve used grapes in several different salads, in chicken lettuce wraps and I’ve put them on fruit pizza before. So, when trying to figure out a dessert recipe using grapes, fruit pizza came to mind, but I want the grapes to be the star of the show. That’s when I decided to make a triple grape fruit pizza using three kinds of grapes, each with a different color to really make the dessert eye-catching.

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