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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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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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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Grilled Slaw Burger Recipe

Disclosure: I have been compensated for this sponsored post by MIRACLE WHIP, as part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network.

Grilled Slaw Burger Recipe

What is your favorite hamburger topping? My problem is that I have so many different toppings that I love like cheese, bacon, pineapple, barbecue sauce, fried onionsand on and on. Last week, we tried a new hamburger topping: sweet and spicy coleslaw. The Grilled Slaw Burger kicked up our standard barbecue a notch with MIRACLE WHIP, and its unique, one-of-a-kind creamy blend of sweet and tangy that can’t go unnoticed. Now, I have another favorite burger topping to add to the list! The coleslaw is a delicious combination of sweet and spicy. The crushed pineapple provides the sweetness, the MIRACLE WHIP Dressing gives it a a bold, tangy flavor and the Sriracha sauce provides some heat.

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Grilled Margherita Sandwich

This camping recipe for Grilled Margherita Sandwiches was made as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. All opinions are my own. #WalmartProduce


When we went camping recently, I didn’t know what to bring to eat. We had what they call “rustic” campsites without electricity. Since we are casual campers, going once every couple of years, our camping equipment is scarce. We had a tent for shelter and a campfire for cooking. I decided to buy a cast iron skillet so that we would have more options for cooking over the fire. And I bought the ingredients to make grilled margherita sandwiches, which ended up being a fantastic idea. They are like a margherita pizza in sandwich form and they were so delicious that I had to make them again to share with you.

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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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Easy Pepperoni Calzone Recipe

We made Easy Pepperoni Calzones for dinner using frozen bread dough. This kid friendly meal is sure to please your entire family!

Easy Pepperoni CalzonesWhen I don’t know what to make for dinner, I turn to my kids for ideas. They each suggest a couple of meals they would like me to make and I add the ingredients to the shopping list. Last week, Zack suggested that we try to make calzones. He has eaten them at restaurants and although we’ve made pizza balls, grilled pizza, pizza sticks and even stromboli, we’ve never made calzones. We were very happy with how our Easy Pepperoni Calzones turned out and I can’t wait to try making them on the grill this summer!
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Mini Meatball Sliders

Mini Meatball Sliders on garlic breadsticks with spaghetti sauce and melted cheese are perfect for parties!

Meatball Sliders RecipeToday we are going for a high of 74 degrees, which is a temperature that we haven’t seen in Minnesota since October 11, 2013! What a winter it has been… that is 6 months of below 74 degree weather. With the warmer weather comes thoughts of summer entertaining. It is so much easier to have people over when the weather is nice. The kids can play outside and the windows can be open letting in the fresh air. I recently tried making a mini version of one of our favorite meals: meatball subs. These mini meatball sliders are the perfect sized finger food for parties!
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Macaroni and Cheese Pot Pie

This macaroni and cheese recipe is for ramekins filled with macaroni and cheese, topped with a garlic butter crescent roll making a Macaroni and Cheese Pot Pie!

Mac n Cheese Pot Pie RecipeOh, mac n’ cheese, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee when homemade and oozing with cheesy goodness or even when made from a box. I love thee on Macaroni and Cheese Pizza, in Mac and Cheese Balls and now I love thee in Macaroni and Cheese Pot Pie.
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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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Philly Cheesesteak Bites Recipe

Philly Cheesesteak Bites are Pillsbury biscuits stuffed with meat, cheese, onions and peppers. It’s been a long time since I’ve posted a new pizza rolls recipe, but they are something we still enjoy. My son even requested Cheese Bombs as part of his birthday dinner!

Philly Cheesesteak Bites The first time I ever tried a cheesesteak sandwich was while on vacation with my family on the east coast. My mom and dad, who were vacationing with us, brought us to a restaurant that made their favorite Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches. The sandwich shop was a very popular place with the line going out the door, but we waited for our sandwiches while chatting and enjoying the delicious smells coming from the kitchen. When we finally got our food, it was definitely worth the wait and I’ve loved cheesesteak sandwiches ever since!

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Baked Spaghetti Recipe

This Baked Spaghetti recipe is for mini loaves of creamy Alfredo baked spaghetti topped with meatballs and marinara sauce. It’s a Tucci Benucch copycat recipe!

Baked SpaghettiThere is a restaurant at the Mall of America called Tucci Benucch that I went to with my husband a few months ago. The food was delicious! As usual, I had a hard time deciding but finally chose the Chicken Parmesan and Brian got Four Cheese Ravioli. One of the other items I wanted to order was their Famous Baked Spaghetti. I haven’t made it back to the restaurant to try it so I decided to make it at home. Most baked spaghetti recipes that I’ve seen uses a red sauce but the baked spaghetti from Tucci Benucch is made with a white sauce. The red sauce is added after baking, so that is how I made mine.

Baked Fettuccini AlfredoI decided to use my mini loaf pan instead of baking the spaghetti in a large pan. First mix about 6 cups of cooked thin spaghetti with Alfredo sauce. I made my own sauce, but you can use the jarred sauce, if you prefer. After greasing the pan, fill each of the mini loaves with the pasta and press down on the top to pack in it, adding more as necessary. Sprinkle the tops with shredded mozzarella cheese.

Mini Baked Spaghetti LoavesBake for about 25 minutes at 350 degrees. While the spaghetti is baking, heat Italian meatballs and marinara sauce.

Spaghetti and Meatballs RecipePut a little sauce in a bowl, add one of the baked spaghetti loaves, top with Italian meatballs and more marinara sauce.

Spaghetti LoafSprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan and oregano. Serve with garlic, cheese bread and a green salad.

Baked Spaghetti Recipe

Yield: 8 spaghetti loaves

Serving Size: 1 spaghetti loaf

Baked Spaghetti Recipe


  • 6 cups cooked thin spaghetti noodles
  • Alfredo sauce (recipe below)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Italian Meatballs (small bag)
  • Marinara Sauce (I used a 25 oz jar)
  • Optional: grated Parmesan and oregano for garnish
  • Alfredo Sauce:
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 3 cups freshly shredded Parmesan


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease mini loaf pan.
  2. Mix cooked spaghetti with Alfredo sauce.
  3. Fill each of the mini loaves with the pasta and press down on the top to pack in it, adding more as necessary.
  4. Sprinkle the tops with about 2 tablespoons shredded mozzarella cheese.
  5. Bake for about 25 minutes at 350 degrees.
  6. While the spaghetti is baking, heat Italian meatballs and marinara sauce.
  7. Put a little sauce in each bowl, add one of the baked spaghetti loaves, top with Italian meatballs and more marinara sauce.
  8. Optional: Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan and oregano.
  9. Alfredo Sauce:
  10. Bring heavy cream, minced garlic, pepper and salt to a boil over medium heat.
  11. Add butter and cream cheese, stir until smooth Heat until it starts to boil.
  12. Using a whisk (or a fork), stir in freshly shredded Parmesan, one cup at time, until smooth.

In the mood for pasta? Here are a couple more recipes to try:

Slow Cooker Lasagna Rolls

Slow Cooker Lasagna Rolls

Chicken Pesto Cavatappi Recipe

Chicken Pesto Cavatappi

Baked Spaghetti Recipes From Friends:
Baked Spaghetti Pie from Tidy Mom
One Skillet Baked Spaghetti from Sweet Bella Roos
Creamy Baked Spaghetti from Buns In My Oven

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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Bacon Cranberry Salad and A Little Help for the Holidays from Kraft

Bacon Cranberry Salad is another favorite family recipe for a holiday dinner and I made it with Kraft products since they are sponsoring the post. We always have it at Christmas and Thanksgiving.

Before we know it, we will be setting our New Year’s Resolutions and it will be all about eating salad and exercising. This post is about neither of those things. It is a about a delicious salad that has all of the good stuff in it like bacon, mayonnaise and dried cranberries! This is another family favorite. We have this Bacon Cranberry Salad at every one of my family’s holiday dinners from Thanksgiving, to Christmas, to Easter and in-between. My family calls it Brandyberry salad but I’m not sure where the recipe came from or what a brandyberry is. I think it has something to do with a restaurant that existed once and this was a salad that the restaurant served. We usually eat it without the cranberries but I think they are a lovely addition to this salad!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we love Kraft products in this house! Last month, I shared a recipe for Frosty Mocha Punch that I made using several Kraft products. Now, I am sharing another recipe with Kraft products that are available at Target but this time it is a salad instead of a dessert. Kraft savings plus delicious recipes makes for quick weeknight meals and easy entertaining Right now you can save up to $20 on participating Kraft products, only at Target!

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This salad includes a homemade salad dressing that is made with 1 1/2 cups Kraft Mayo, 1/3 cup Kraft Parmesan Cheese, 1 tablespoon onion powder and 1/2 cup sugar.

For this recipe, make the dressing ahead of time and add the dressing to the salad right before you serve it. Since I am typically bringing this salad to someone’s house for the family dinner, I made the dressing in a disposable container so that it is easy to transport.

Next, fry 1 pound of bacon. I like using the oven frying method. Lay bacon on a rack in a shallow pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until crisp. Crumble the bacon once it cools.

Cut up a head of cauliflower into small pieces.

Cut up 2 hearts of Romaine lettuce. Put the lettuce and cauliflower in a large bowl. Keep the dressing and bacon separate until ready to serve.

Before serving, mix dressing with lettuce and cauliflower. Top with bacon and dried cranberries. Like most salads that are dressed, this one doesn’t work for leftovers so whatever you make needs to be consumed that day.

Bacon Cranberry Salad

Bacon Cranberry Salad


    Salad Dressing:
  • 1 1/2 cups mayo
  • 1/3 cup parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Salad
  • 2 hearts Romaine lettuce
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 lb bacon
  • 1/2 dried cranberries


    Salad Dressing:
  1. Mix together mayo, parmesan, onion powder and sugar. Store in fridge.
  2. Salad:
  3. Lay bacon on a rack in a shallow pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until crisp. Crumble the bacon once it cools.
  4. Cut up a head of cauliflower into small pieces.
  5. Cut up 2 hearts of Romaine lettuce.
  6. Put the lettuce and cauliflower in a large bowl.
  7. Before serving, mix dressing with lettuce and cauliflower.
  8. Top with bacon and dried cranberries.

From shopping for gifts to planning family dinners, it’s hard to keep up with all your holiday to-do’s. This year, Kraft is helping out with great weeknight meals and entertaining ideas to make the season a little bit easier. Plus, Kraft is offering up to $20 in coupons, redeemable exclusively at Target, to make food shopping easier and to help you have a happy holiday season.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kraft. The opinions and text are all mine.

Creamy Veggie Casserole

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Frozen Food Foundation for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Creamy Veggie Casserole is a classic holiday dinner recipe! This cheesy vegetable side dish is easy to make and everyone will love it.

Creamy Vegetable Casserole RecipeMy sister-in-law, Bev, is a wonderful cook! Everything she makes is delicious and she makes it look effortless. Every time we have a family get together, she brings another mouthwatering dessert or some tasty casserole. And was lucky enough to go to Thanksgiving at her house this year! Two of my favorite dishes at the Thanksgiving dinner were the sweet potato casserole (whipped sweet potatoes topped with brown sugar and pecans) and the veggie bake, both of which were made by Bev! She first brought her veggie bake a few years ago and now we always ask that she bring it to holiday dinners. Finally, I had to ask her for the recipe and after making a couple of small changes, here is my Creamy Veggie Casserole.

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