Bacon Cheeseburger Soup Recipe

I made this Bacon Cheeseburger Soup with a salad using Campbell’s® Sauces as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #CampbellsSauces

Bacon cheeseburger soup #CampbellsSauces

Is there anything better than a warm bowl of hearty soup on a cold winter day? After having a couple of warmer days, the temperature dropped again and it is freezing cold. So cold that our neighbor’s pipes froze and we’ve had guys with jackhammers and heavy equipment, working between our houses, from dawn to dusk the last couple of days. They got a little overzealous in their drilling and cut through our phone and internet cable, so we are without service until someone can come repair it. In addition to all of that craziness, we’ve had some minor virus going around and we are getting ready for out-of-town guests this weekend. Whew! I needed an easy dinner recipe to make for my family, so I made delicious Bacon Cheeseburger Soup!

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Easy Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Campbell Soup Company. All opinions are 100% mine.

Easy Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

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!

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Five Weeknight Meal Ideas

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.

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One Pot Pasta: Turkey Alfredo Ziti

This One Pot Pasta Turkey Alfredo Ziti recipe is the ultimate Ragú® #NewTraDish mash up and is part of a sponsored post for Socialstars.

One pot pasta turkey alfredo ziti

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 foodoh the FOODfrom 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.

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Glazed Holiday Ham Recipe and Farberware Giveaway

Disclosure: I received a Farberware Cookware set to facilitate this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

Glazed Holiday Ham Recipe

My family’s favorite main dish for the holidays is ham. Last year, I shared a recipe for making ham in a slow cooker. That is still a great way to make ham, but this year I wanted to share a faster way to make a ham. This Glazed Holiday Ham is heated in a Dutch oven for about one hour. The recipe is adapted from a fantastic recipe that my sister-in-law uses to make glazed deli ham for sandwiches.

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Breakfast Pizza with Hash Brown Crust

This post brought to you by Simply Potatoes. All opinions are 100% mine.

Hashbrown Breakfast Pizza

Growing up, one of our favorite things to have for dinner was breakfast! We loved anything from pancakes to waffles and French toast to fried eggs. French toast was my dad’s specialty and it is what he would make us on those rare occasions when my mom wasn’t home to make dinner. My husband and kids love breakfast anytime of the day. Our favorites include omelets, egg bakes, pancakes and breakfast sandwiches. And of course, everyone’s favorite side dish is breakfast potatoes! Potatoes are kid-friendly because they taste good. Mom’s love them because they are easy to prepare and it is a great way to sneak in some nutrition!

Last week, kids in Minnesota had Thursday and Friday off and they were all so excited. Vanessa went to stay with a friend on Friday night and Zack had a friend stay over here. On Saturday morning, I made this delicious breakfast pizza with a hash brown crust!

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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.

Italian cheese steak pizza #NewTraDish

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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Garlic Rosemary Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Garlic rosemary pork tenderloin

I was visiting with a friend recently about food, which is one of my favorite conversation topics as you can imagine, and discovered that both she and her husband tried to focus their meals around protein. Since her husband works full-time and she was going to school for her nursing degree, they don’t have a lot of leisure time to prepare meals. I asked her what some of her favorite meals were. She told me that they use their crockpot a lot, especially in the colder months. During grilling season, one of their go-to meals is pork tenderloin. My friend said that they cut the pork tenderloin into slices (as know as pork medallions) before grilling it. That way, they only take a couple of minutes to cook!

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Crispy Italian Breadsticks Recipe

Puff Pastry Breadsticks Recipe

Yesterday I shared my recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup and promised that I would share the recipe for the Crispy Italian Breadsticks also. When I made the soup, I knew that it wasn’t going to have a crust like traditional chicken pot pie, but I wanted to serve some sort of bread with it. I though about making pie crust crackers or biscuits before settling on breadsticks made from puff pastry.

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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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Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs Recipe

Barbecue Beef Ribs Recipe

Last week, my sister’s friend brought 12 dozen ears of sweet corn back from South Dakota! He dropped it all off at my mom and dad’s house and my mom decided to host an impromptu corn roast. The main food was the fresh sweet corn, of course but everyone brought other foods to go along with it. My mom told me about the corn roast in the morning, so I put some boneless ribs in my Crock Pot and they were ready by the time I left for her house. These slow cooker barbecue ribs are very easy to make and the result is fork tender, delicious BBQ ribs!

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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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The Best Ham And Cheese Croissants

Ham and Cheese Croissant

Today I wanted to share the best ham and cheese croissants! I’ve been eating these my whole life. It stared at my grandpa and grandma’s house. This was one of my grandma’s favorite things to make us and we loved it. Once time she spent hours making homemade chicken noodle soup and we wouldn’t eat it. When I say homemade, I mean that she even made the noodles. Now, as an adult, I would love it if someone made it for me, but as a kidno wayI wanted my chicken noodle soup from the classic red can. Anyway, the ham and cheese croissants were a much better option for us kids. They were flaky, warm and covered with melted cheese.

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Mason Jar Crafts: Picnic In A Jar

A Picnic In A Jar is one of the mason jar crafts that’s perfect for parties. Customize the food in a jar, colors and the washi tape for the party or shower!

Picnic In A Jar Tutorial

Eating outside in the summer is so much fun (as long as the bugs leave you alone). Every morning, I grab a cup of coffee and drink it while sitting on my Adirondack chair on my front porch. It doesn’t matter if it is hot and humid or cold and rainy. Once winter comes, I am really going to miss it. Last week, I made a fun picnic in a jar that is basically like a mason jar lunchbox. I put my whole meal in one mason jar. It is easy to transport and fun to eat.

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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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Warm Taco Dip On The Grill

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Favado.

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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Bacon and Cheese Quiche Recipe + A Giveaway

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Panasonic. All opinions are 100% my own.

Bacon and Cheese Quiche with a puff pastry crust is perfect for breakfast or even dinner and can be made in a toaster oven!

Bacon and Cheese Quiche

I remember when I was growing up, we loved having breakfast for dinner. Once when one of my uncles stopped by our house and saw that we were having waffles for dinner, he was amazed. Apparently, he had never heard of such a thing, but he loved it! I’ve continued that tradition with my family. We love egg bakes, pancakes, waffles and bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches for dinner.  Things have been really busy around here lately! As many of you know, Christine is graduating from college and high school this year. We are preparing for her open house and going to her graduations. My sister-in-law is getting married this Saturday. And to top it all offour basement flooded last Saturday! So, what we really need, besides more time and extra hands (anyone up for some soggy clean-up?) is quick, easy meals.
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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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One Pot Pasta: Triple Meat Pizza Casserole

This one pot pasta recipe is for Meat Lovers Pizza Casserole. The easy dinner recipe can be made in under 30 minutes! Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of GE Appliances. The opinions and text are all mine.

With two working parents and three kids in school, things are busy! Throw in a couple holidays, birthdays, weddings and graduation and you’ve got craziness. One of the things that brings our family together is weeknight meals. We aren’t all together for dinner every night, but we try to eat together as often as we can. This Pizza Casserole recipe is perfect for busy weeknights because it takes less than 30 minutes to make and only uses one pan!

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Barbecue Pot Roast Recipe

This Barbecue Pot Roast recipe is a delicious twist on the traditional pot roast and is perfect for spring and summer! Disclosure: Farberware Cookware is the sponsor of this post and all opinions are 100% my own. You can enter to win your own Farbeware New Traditions Cookware set below!

Barbecue Pot Roast

I love making pot roast for my family and I typically make it in the slow cooker like I did for these French dip sandwiches. Recently, I was visiting with one of my friends and she said that when she makes a pot roast for her family, it doesn’t taste like the pot roasts that her mom used to make. She found out that her mom used to make pot roast by searing the meat on the stove and then cooking the roast in the oven. So, when I received a gorgeous Farberware New Traditions Scalloped Cookware set to try out, I decided to try my friend’s mom’s method. I wanted to give my traditional pot roast dinner a flavor that would be perfect for spring or even summer, so I made it a Barbecue Pot Roast and served it with roasted asparagus and rosemary garlic potatoes.
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