Cheesy Chicken Sausage Potato Skins

I made the Cheesy Chicken Sausage Potato Skins as part of a sponsored post for Gold’n Plump.

Cheesy sausage potato skins

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!

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Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup Recipe

Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Last spring, Christine and I met with one of my friends at a soup restaurant for dinner. One of the soups that they had on the menu was chicken pot pie soup. I had never heard of it, but since we love chicken pot pie, we decided to try the soupand were disappointed. We all agreed that a homemade version would be much better. With the cooler temps we’ve been having, it was the perfect time to try making it. The slow cooker chicken pot pie soup turned out great and I served it with thin, crispy puff pastry Italian breadsticks.

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Orange Chicken 30 Minute Skillet Recipe

Orange chicken over rice

My girls two favorite Chinese take-out dishes are orange chicken and sesame chicken. I recently made Honey Sesame Chicken and since it was such a huge success, I decided to try making Orange Chicken. My plan was to make the orange chicken in the Crockpot like I did the sesame chicken, but I made a 30 minute skillet recipe instead.

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Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken is a Crock Pot recipe that’s easy to make, cheaper than takeout and tastes better too! It’s a family friendly recipe that will become a favorite.

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken Recipe

For some reason, when I think about using my Crock Pot, I think about it in the cold months filled with soups, stews and pot roast. But I’ve come to realize that using a slow cooker in the summer makes a lot of sense! First of all, I don’t have to turn my oven on and heat up the house. On a day like today, when the high was 90 degrees and the humidity was 75, the air conditioner is working hard enough. I could always go fire up the grill, but I really am enjoying the cool air inside the house. Another great reason is that summer is such a busy time. I spend my days running errands, bringing my kids here and there, meeting friends at the park and trying to prepare blog posts in between. So, I love it when I remember to put dinner in the Crock Pot and voilait is ready when we want to eat! Last week, I made honey sesame chicken in my slow cooker and loved it.

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Bacon Cheddar Pizza Chicken Sandwich Recipe & Gold’n Plump Giveaway

This Bacon Cheddar Pizza Chicken Sandwich grilling recipe is easy to make and so delicious! Your family will love these pizza burgers.

Bacon Cheddar Chicken Pizza Sandwich
We just got back from a family road trip! We went to Spearfish, SD and Sheridan, WY. Between visits with family and friends, we went to Mount Rushmore, Devil’s Tower and the Bighorn National Forest. We had such a wonderful time and now that we are back, I am excited to share a new recipe with you. Before we left, I made Bacon Cheddar Pizza Chicken Sandwiches. The sandwich is a combination of two of my favorite things: pizza and chicken. Then throw some bacon and cheese into the mix and the sandwich becomes outstanding!

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Warm Taco Dip On The Grill

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Warm Taco Dip On The Grill

 What are you grilling this weekend? I used our grill to take pictures of a grilling towel that I made (tutorial coming soon) and I also made Taco Dip on the grill! I love how it turned out and I saved money using my new Favado app. I plan to make it when we go camping this summer because it is so easy to make! Just layer the ingredients in a disposable foil pan and heat everything on the grill. Then, add a few toppings and enjoy with tortilla chips.

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Spicy Pineapple Chicken Kabobs

This is an easy grilling recipe for Spicy Pineapple Chicken Kabobs. The chicken is marinated in a sweet pineapple marinade and the kabobs are brushed with a spicy pineapple sauce during grilling.

Spicy Pineapple Chicken Kabobs

Summer and grilling go hand in hand. I love it when I am driving in the car with the windows down or taking a walk and I can smell someone cooking dinner on the grill. We aren’t one of those families that use our grill all year long. It is just too cold in the winter here to want to stand outside grilling. So, I just pulled the grill out recently and Vanessa helped me clean it up. One of the first things we made were Spicy Pineapple Chicken Kabobs using Gold’n Plump Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Portions. The kabobs were filled with tender pieces of chicken between juicy pineapple chunks, sweet peppers and flavorful onions. The chicken was marinated before grilling and the kabobs were brushed with a spicy pineapple sauce while they were being grilled. What a great combination of flavors!

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Chicken and Ham Wild Rice Soup

This Chicken Wild Rice Soup recipe contains ham for added flavor. It is perfect for cold winter days!

Chicken and Ham Wild Rice SoupIt’s still cold here in Minnesota. So cold that we paid to go ice skating indoors this weekend, rather than using one of the free outdoor rinks. Everyone is sick of the cold weather and the snowbanks that are so high you can’t see over them in some places. What do you do when it is so cold out (besides rack up a huge heating bill)? You make comfort food like warm soup for dinner.

Wild rice is very prevalent here in Minnesota. We have wild rice soup, wild rice salad and eat wild rice, often mixed with white rice, as a side dish. For much of my life, I never even gave wild rice a thought and just figured that everyone else ate wild rice like we did. Then, one time when I had out of state company and served them wild rice soup, they made a comment about all of the wild rice in Minnesota and how we must really like it. It made me realize that not everyone else has it as much as we do. I found out that wild rice is the Minnesota state grain. It is native to North America and grows predominantly in the Great Lakes region. For many years, nearly all the wild rice produced in the world came from Minnesota, and most still does.
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Slow Cooker White Chili With Chicken

Slow cooker recipes are perfect for busy days. This White Chili with Chicken recipe was made in my vintage Crock Pot and served with homemade cornbread.

White Chili With Chicken RecipeThings have once again gotten really busy! This time it isn’t the holidays but rather it is work. Many of you who are bloggers know that for the past couple of years, I’ve been doing work as a campaign leader because you’ve worked with me on campaigns. Well, I just took on a campaign involves a large number of bloggers over a very short period of time. Call me crazy (and you might be right) but taking it on has more to do with the fact that we bought a car recently and the thought of making a car payment than anything. When things get busy, family life still goes on. Everyone needs clean clothes, dishes need to be washed and everyone needs to eat. So, I pulled out my Crock Pot and made White Chili with Chicken! It cooked all day yesterday while I worked.

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Chicken Wild Rice Lettuce Wraps

These Chicken Wild Rice Lettuce Wraps are perfect for lunch! Skip the chicken salad sandwich on bread and use lettuce instead.

Chicken Wild Rice Lettuce WrapsWhat do you like to eat for lunch? Or rather, should I say, what do you actually eat for lunch? I want delicious, healthy meals that are prepared for me and require no effort on my part. Is it too much to ask that I have a short order cook? What I actually eat is leftovers, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or microwave meals. But every once in a while, I make something fantastic for myself. This week, I made Chicken Wild Rice Lettuce Wraps.

This Chicken Wild Rice Salad recipe is a scaled down and adapted version of a recipe that my sister-in-law gave me. Her dad used to always get a turkey wild rice salad from a deli near his work. Unfortunately, the deli closed, but her dad asked them for the salad recipe and they gave it to him! My sister-in-law served the salad at her wedding and I have loved it ever since then.
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Slow Cooker Garlic & Herb Cheesy Chicken Dumplings

Slow Cooker Garlic and Herb Cheesy Chicken Dumplings are an easy dinner recipe. Put the chicken in the Crock Pot in the morning and add the dumplings before serving.

Slow Cooker Garlic Herb Cheesy Chicken DumplingsMy kids have another day of school off due to cold weather! They have been trying some fun cold weather experiments. College hasn’t started again for Christine so she has been helping Vanessa and Zack. One of the things they did was throw boiling water into the -15 degree air (-40 with the windchill) and it turned into vapor and then ice crystals before it hit the ground. I think they took a video that I will try to share later. I know everyone thinks it is always cold in Minnesota, but this weather is unusually cold for us.  This is the coldest is has been in a decade! Hopefully we won’t have another winter like this for a long time, but the kids will certainly remember it.

So, onto the recipe. I’ve been making slow cooker chicken and dumplings for several years now. It was one of the first recipes I shared back in May of 2011: Chicken and Dumplings. After making that recipe countless times, I decided it was time for a kicked up version. These Slow Cooker Garlic & Herb Cheesy Chicken Dumplings are very similar to the original version but they include a couple of my family’s favorite thingsgarlic and cheese.
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Sriracha Chicken Pinwheels & The Pillsbury Holiday Bloggers Event

This easy appetizer recipe for Sriracha Chicken Pinwheels using Pillsbury® Crescents is perfect for sharing at parties!

Sriracha Chicken Pinwheels Appetizer RecipesThis year rather than having a full holiday dinner, my family is going to have appetizers. There will be about 50 people at the Christmas party so doing appetizers makes things more manageable. Plus, the kids have one goal in mind and that is to open the presents! I wanted to come up with a new appetizer to bring and I decided on Sriracha chicken pinwheels. But before I get into the recipe, I have something exciting to share with you!

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the Pillsbury Holiday Bloggers event, with 15 amazing food bloggers, right here in Minnesota at  the General Mills World Headquarters. Everything about the experience was incredible, from our lovely host Jess Wangsness, to the meeting all of the bloggers (many of whom I “knew” online already but had never met in person), to the employees we interacted with at Pillsbury. I’ve always been a fan of General Mills products and as I’m sure you’ve noticed, I love using Pillsbury Dough Products like I did in my very first recipe post for Easy Pepperoni Rolls back in March of 2011! After spending the day with Pillsbury, I am impressed with the people behind the products and their enthusiasm for the products they represent.

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Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Bacon Chicken Bites

This is the time of the year when everyone is looking for appetizer recipes for holiday parties. These Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Bacon Chicken Bites are delicious and easy to make.

Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Bacon Chicken BitesHave you jumped on the Sriracha bandwagon yet? I was a little late joining this craze. I didn’t even realize that this hot chili sauce was quickly making its way into everything from candy to potato chips until Christine told me about it. I wanted to try cooking with Sriracha and decided to make an appetizer that is perfect for holiday parties. I made these Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Bacon Chicken Bites using Gold’n Plump ® chicken and my family loved them!

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Apple Mango Chicken Recipe

Apple Mango Chicken is full of flavor and easy to make.

Apple Mango Chicken RecipeLast Saturday, we went to my brother-in-law’s house for the evening. Even though they live fairly close to us, we haven’t had time to visit lately. Some of our mutual friends were there, too. While we were in the kitchen cleaning up after eating, one of the ladies told all of us that she just recently realized how much she loves Gold’n Plump ® chicken. Now, she has no idea that I am working with Gold’n Plump. In fact, I don’t think she even knows that I have a blog. Anyway, she said that she loves it because it always turns out so good and I completely agree!

This month is all about the fall harvest. When I think of autumn, I think about apples and pumpkins so I decided to make Apple Mango Chicken. The recipe uses apples in two ways. The first is that the chicken is cooked in a simmer sauce (or poached) with an apple juice base. Then, the chicken is served with a flavorful Apple Mango Salsa.

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Chicken Pesto Cavatappi Recipe

This post is sponsored by Gold’n Plump. All opinions are 100% mine.

Here’s an easy dinner recipe made with Gold’n Plump (R) Seasoned Whole Chicken: Chicken Pesto Cavatappi!

Chicken Pesto Cavatappi Recipe

We just returned from our family vacation to North Carolina! It was a wonderful trip but we are having a hard time getting back into the swing of things. I’m not sure which is harder, packing for vacation or unpacking after vacation. With all that we had to do to get ready for our trip, it was difficult to find time to make dinner for my family. When things get really busy, I try to make easy meals that don’t require much of my time. So, one of the meals we had before leaving on vacation was Chicken Pesto Cavatappi! It sounds like it would be difficult to make but I used a Gold’n Plump Whole Seasoned Chicken and store bought pesto so it was easy!

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Crunchy Ranch Chicken Tenders

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These Crunchy Ranch Chicken Tenders are a kid friendly meal idea that is easy to prepare using Land O’Lakes Sauté Express.

Land O Lakes Saute Express Crunchy Ranch Chicken TendersIt seems like while on summer vacation there should be plenty of time for things like cooking dinner but I’ve got to admit that we’ve been eating a lot of meals in restaurants and getting takeout. One of the reasons is that we were on vacation so we didn’t have access to a kitchen. Another reason is that we are out-and-about a lot during the summer and we don’t pay much attention to what time it is. Suddenly, we are hungry and realize it is mealtime. Yet another reason is that we are too busy to make dinner but I recently found out about a new product from Land O’Lakes called Sauté Express Sauté Starter. It is a seasoned butter and olive oil blend in a square that cooks and seasons chicken fish or pork in one step making dinner prep much easier.

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Easy Chicken Pesto Flatbread Pizza

Easy Chicken Pesto Flatbread Pizza is a delicious way to enjoy pizza when healthy eating and living well are your way of life. The pizza includes fresh veggies and ready made chicken to make smart eating easier!

Chicken Pesto Flatbread Pizza

Did you have a nice Mother’s Day weekend? I had such a wonderful time with my family. I was able to spend time with my husband and our kids, my in-laws as well as my family! Some of the weather this weekend was beautiful and we were able to be outside giving us a little taste of the summer to come. As you can imagine, there were a few desserts floating around at those family gatherings! To balance out the treats, I tried to serve my family healthy foods this weekend like omelets, fresh fruit salad, fruit smoothies with whey protein and Chicken Pesto Flatbread Pizza. I call it flatbread pizza but it is really pizza on a tortilla and it couldn’t be easier to make!

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Spicy Cajun Dip For A Quick Chicken Dinner For Tweens

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Over the weekend, my tween and her friends enjoyed a quick chicken dinner while the adults went out for dinner. They had a few different dipping sauces for chicken and I am going to share the Spicy Cajun Dip with you.

Tyson Chicken Fries DinnerHave hungry tweens hanging around your home like I do? Kids love having their friends around and I was no different. My parents have always had an open door policy. Everyone is welcome to their home at any time. If they are home, the door is unlocked and people are always stopping by to chat or grab a cup of coffee. I come from a large family and there were times when we would have 15 extra kids staying the night at our house. Other times, 150 kids would come over for a bonfire.

So, when I got married and started having kids, one of the things that was important to me was that my kid’s friends would always be welcome in our home. That being said, as a mom it isn’t always easy having extra kids around. It means having extra patience, extra bedding, extra miles in the car, extra time spent on various things and of course, extra food because kids (boys and girls alike) love to eat! But as a trade off, we get to know our kid’s friends and develop lifelong relationships with them. Plus, it is important for kids to have a place to hang out. Some parents complain about not knowing where their kids are, what they are doing or who they are with. But at the same time, they don’t want everyone in THEIR house because it would be too loud, too messy or too complicated or because they have to work, clean their house or just want to relax. Welcome the loud, craziness of tweens and teens into your home and into your life. Visit with them, laugh with them and listen to what they have to share about what is going on in their life. All too quickly they will be grown up and things will be too quiet in your home!

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{Back To School} Easy Snacks & Easy Meals

I did some more back to school shopping this week and picked up some Tyson chicken at the same time. It is nice to get back on a schedule once school starts but the evening are often very busy with homework, activities and chores. I love having easy to make meals on hand for the evenings when we are short on time.

Before going shopping, I looked through the Back To School Guide that I shared last week. The #momsguide is full of ideas for back to school shopping. I liked the look for these new ready to eat on the go Tyson Chicken that is perfect for after school snacks. When my kids get home from school, they are hungry! I like it when we have filling snacks available rather than sugary treats. I knew that my kids were old enough to pop some Tyson chicken in the microwave by themselves! The Tyson Chicken Nugget packages have about 9 nuggets and the Tyson Popcorn Chicken packages have about 16 pieces.

So, off to Walmart I went. I searched the frozen foods aisles, high and low, but I couldn’t find the new ready to eat on the go Tyson Chicken. That didn’t matter though because they had Tyson Chicken in the big bags and it had a Rollback price of $4.97. I love that the chicken nuggets have 100% all natural ingredients.

I found Tyson Popcorn Chicken in the open freezer case in the meat department. Both of the bags are resealable so we can store them in the freezer and just take what we need.

 I came home with all kinds of back to school items. I picked up some lunch item like snacks, brown paper lunch bags, sandwich baggies, peanut butter and jelly. The kids both have Kleenex, paper towel, sanitizing wipes and dry erase markers on their school supply list so I picked them up. Plus, I bought curly fries, Tyson Chicken Nuggets and Tyson Popcorn Chicken.

Besides having Tyson chicken for an after school snack, my kids like to bring it to school in their lunches. They just microwave the chicken in the morning and put it in their Funtainer which will keep it hot for 5 hours! In a separate small container, they put ketchup for dipping the chicken in.

After a busy day, I made a quick dinner of Tyson Chicken Nuggets, Tyson Popcorn Chicken, curly fries and salad. The frozen food only took about 13 minutes in the oven and I made the salad while it was cooking. Although my kids don’t eat school lunch, they kids like using these trays for meals.

Zack likes to dip his chicken in ketchup and Vanessa likes to dip it in ranch dressing. We have a few more things checked off the back to school list and with one month to go until school starts we have plenty of time to get the rest of the items checked off.

What is your favorite thing to dip chicken nuggets in?
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