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

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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Slow Cooker Recipe For Sweet Korean BBQ Lettuce Wraps

This slow cooker recipe for Sweet Korean BBQ Lettuce Wraps was made using Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauce as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars by Crowdtap #CampbellsSkilledSaucers. Crock Pot Recipes make getting dinner on the table a little easier.

Sweet Korean Barbecue Lettuce Wraps #CampbellsSkilledSaucersWith all of the holiday dinners, party appetizers and Christmas dessert, we still need to have our meals during the week. Between shopping for gifts, baking, writing Christmas cards, wrapping gifts and spending time with family and friends, all of our “extra” time is full to the brim with fun. So, how do you find time for family meals? I often use my slow cooker to make an easy weeknight dinner. In fact, while I am writing this post about slow cooker recipes, tonight’s meal is in the Crock Pot!

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Slow Cooker Nacho Bar & Crock-Pot Hook Up Connectables Giveaway

Crock Pot recipes are perfect for the holidays! This Slow Cooker Chili Chicken Nacho Bar is easy to make and can be served at a holiday party.

Slow Cooker Chicken Chili Nacho BarIt’s Friday which means that it is time for the next Holiday Progressive Dinner and a fabulous giveaway! This week’s sponsor is Crock-Pot and one lucky winner will get a Crock-Pot Hook Up Connectable Entertaining System. For the recipes this week, we all made something in our Crock-Pot. I have the upcoming holidays on my mind and everything that comes with them. We only celebrate Thanksgiving once but it feels like the celebrate Christmas for a month. There are Christmas parties with both of our immediate families and our extended families. We have cookie exchanges, ladies’ Christmases and kid’s Christmas parties with their friends. For each of the parties, we have delicious food! The only time we have a traditional Christmas dinner is the two with our immediate families. The rest of the parties have non-traditional dinners, appetizers and snacks. So, today’s recipe for a Slow Cooker Chili Chicken Nacho Bar is for  all of those celebrations. It would also work great for a holiday open house or a New Year’s Eve Party.

Crock Pot Hook UpsBefore we get to the recipe, I want to show you the new Crock-Pot Hook Ups Connectable Entertaining System that I received. First I want to say that I love the color! My system is metallic blue and looks really nice. I have three  Crock-Pot Hook Up units: a 3 quart oval, a 2 quart circle and two 1 quart ovals. The cord is designed to pull out for use with standard outlets and stores inside the base when connecting multiple units together.

Crock Pot ConnectablesConnecting two units is as easy as pressing them together. Up to 6 units can be connected and powered from one outlet and one cord. Each unit in the Crock-Pot Hook Up Connectable Entertaining System has its own settings dial with high and low cooking setting and a warm setting as well. I love that even when connected, each unit can have its own temperature setting. In the photo above, the 3 quart oval unit on the right has chicken in it and it is being cooked on high. The unit on the left has chili in it and it is being heated on low. This system is going to be perfect for all of the holiday parties and after the holiday season I will use the individual units for my family dinners.

Slow Cooker Taco Chicken_RecipeNow for the recipes, in the 3 quart, oval Crock-Pot Hook Up unit, I made Slow Cooker Taco Chicken. Place fresh (thawed) chicken breasts in the bottom of the Crock-Pot. Top with a can of spicy diced tomatoes flavored with lime juice and cilantro. Sprinkle with a packet of taco seasoning and a packet of powdered ranch.

Shredded ChickenCook on high for a total of 6 hours. (If you use frozen chicken, it will take 6-8 hours to cook.) After 4 hours, shred the chicken so that it can soak up the spices and continue cooking it.

Crock Pot Chili RecipeIn the 2 quart, oval Crock-Pot unit, go ahead and put your favorite chili. I don’t really have a chili recipe and I wanted to make something easy so I poured 2 cans of chili with no beans, 2 cans of chili beans in mild sauce and one can of tomato soup into the Crock-Pot. I gave it a stir and put it on low to heat up.

Velveeta Cheese Fondue RecipeTwo hours before serving, cut 24 oz of Velveeta cheese into cubes (3/4 of the large, 32 oz loaf). Place in one of the 1 quart Crock-Pot units and add heavy cream.  Turn on low and heat for 2 hours, or until melted, stirring occasionally. Another way to make this cheese sauce would be to microwave the cheese and cream for 1 minute intervals, stirring in between and then pour the melted cheese into the Crock-Pot to keep warm. The third option is to buy store bought cheese sauce and heat it in the Crock-Pot.

Queso Nacho DipTwo hours before serving, pour store bought queso blanco dip into the other 1 quart Crock-Pot unit and turn on low. I planned to make my own queso blanco dip but couldn’t find the Velveeta Queso Blanco cheese that I wanted to use. Feel free to use your own recipe instead of buying store bought dip.

Holiday Party RecipeServing is a breeze! Place the Crock-Pot Hook Up Connectable Entertaining System on the serving table. Add some plates, a large bowl of chips and nacho toppings to the table. Then, cover your plate with tortilla chips.

Crock Pot Taco Chicken RecipeAdd the shredded slow cooker taco chicken.

Chili RecipeTop with some chili.

Cheese Sauce RecipeDrizzle on some cheese sauce.

Nacho Bar ToppingsTop it all with black olives, cilantro, salsa, avocado, shredded cheese, green onions and sour cream.

Slow Cooker Nachos RecipeThe food will be kept warm in the Crock-Pot units and party guests can serve themselves whenever they get hungry!

Slow Cooker Chili Chicken Nacho Bar

Slow Cooker Chili Chicken Nacho Bar


    Taco Chicken
  • 2 1/2 lbs thawed chicken breasts
  • 10 oz can diced tomatoes with lime juice and cilantro, drained
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 packet powdered ranch mix
  • Chili
  • (2) 16 oz cans chili bean with mild sauce
  • (2) 15 oz cans chili, no beans
  • 10 3/4 oz can tomato soup
  • Cheese Sauce
  • 24 oz Velveeta cheese
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream


    Taco Chicken
  1. Place fresh (thawed) chicken breasts in the bottom of the Crock-Pot.
  2. Top with a can of spicy diced tomatoes flavored with lime juice and cilantro.
  3. Sprinkle with a packet of taco seasoning and a packet of powdered ranch.
  4. Cook on high for a total of 6 hours.
  5. After 4 hours, shred the chicken so that it can soak up the spices and continue cooking it.
  6. Chili
  7. Pour all of the cans into the Crock-Pot and cook on low for 6 hours.
  8. Cheese Sauce
  9. Two hours before serving, cut 24 oz of Velveeta cheese into cubes (3/4 of the large, 32 oz loaf).
  10. Place in one of the 1 quart Crock-Pot units and add heavy cream.
  11. Turn on low and heat for 2 hours, or until melted, stirring occasionally.

Holiday Progressive Dinner Week 5 Recipe Links

Potluck Dishes to Get You through the Holiday Rush

Crock Pot Meatballs and Loaded Baked Potato Casserole at Busy-at-Home

Famous Dirt Dip at Adventures in All Things Food

Easy Apple & Cranberry Compote at Flour on My Face

Potluck Corn and Black Bean & Cilantro Salsa Dip for a Crowd at Daily Dish Recipes

Nacho Bar at The Gunny Sack

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Creamy Corn Casserole Recipe & Rachael Ray Stoneware Giveaway

What are your favorite holiday recipes? Here is an easy side dish recipe for Creamy Corn Casserole to make this Thanksgiving.

Creamy Corn Casserole RecipeBefore I started going with Brian to Thanksgiving at my in-laws, I have never really thought about how different families have special dishes that they always serve at their Thanksgiving dinner. Growing up, my family had its own traditions and my mom made the dishes we loved including some of the ones that she grew up having. One of the things that my mother-in-law always makes is corn casserole or corn pudding. I had never even heard of a corn casserole before that first Thanksgiving with my in-laws and am so happy that they introduced me to this delicious Thanksgiving side dish.

This is week 4 of the Holiday Progressive Dinner and this week’s wonderful sponsor is Rachael Ray Oven-to-Table Stoneware from PotsandPans.com. My contribution to the menu is Creamy Corn Casserole inspired by Thanksgiving with my in-laws but before I get to the recipe, I want to tell you about this week’s giveaway!

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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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Pei Wei Sriracha Pineapple Pork Lettuce Wraps

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

Pei Wei Sriracha Pineapple  Pork Lettuce WrapsA few months ago, a couple of my girlfriends introduced me to Pei Wei. For our ladies night, we went out to eat for dinner, got coffee afterward and did a lot of catching up. They decided to bring me to Pei Wei since I had never been there and I thoroughly enjoyed my meal. We each ordered an entree and we shared lettuce wraps as an appetizer. I stopped by Pei Wei last week for a quick lunch to go while running errands. I found that Pei Wei has introduced a new lettuce wrap: Sriracha Pineapple Pork Lettuce Wraps!

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Mashed Potato Puff Recipe and Farberware Giveaway

This easy mashed potato recipe for the holidays is called Mashed Potato Puff.

Mashed Potato Puff RecipeWho doesn’t love mashed potatoes? Mashed potatoes with gravy, garlic mashed potatoes and cheesy mashed potatoes are all delicious. My mom used to make mashed potatoes quite often and everyone loved them. One of my brothers even got the nickname “Spuds” for awhile. My mom typically made homemade mashed potatoes but my husband and kids prefer instant mashed potatoes so that is what I usually make.

For this week’s Progressive Holiday Dinner, I am sharing a side dish. This Mashed Potato Puff recipe makes fluffy, cheesy potatoes that are perfect for sharing at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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Roasted Butternut Squash with Green Apples and Candied Walnuts

This post brought to you by P.F. Chang’s. All opinions are 100% mine.

Roasted Butternut Squash Green Apples Candied WalnutsEven though it is quite chilly here in Minnesota, I am still hanging onto fall! Last weekend we drove along the Mississippi River Valley, to check out the fall colors. According to the Minnesota DNR, it is one of the only places left in Minnesota that has color still. We stopped in Lake City at Lake Pepin and saw a bald eagle hunting. It caught a fish and flew away to enjoy its dinner. Then, we drove on to Wabasha to the National Eagle Center which was really interesting. We plan to return once we get snow but for now we are still celebrating fall. With that in mind, I created a fall dish of Roasted Butternut Squash with Green Apples and Candied Walnuts, inspired by the Fall Seasonal Menu at P.F. Chang’s. Did you realize that P.F. Chang’s offers seasonal menus?

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Mom’s Famous Bone-In Ham Recipe & Nielsen-Massey Giveaway

Today I’m sharing how to make ham. This slow cooker recipe is perfect for a holiday dinner.Moms Famous Bone-In Ham RecipeFor week two of the Holiday Progressive Dinner, my menu item was the main dish. When I think about holiday meals, my mom’s ham always comes to mind so that is the recipe I will be sharing today. I called it Mom’s Famous Bone-In Ham and while it isn’t exactly famous in the traditional sense, my mom’s delicious ham is well known and loved. My mom says that it is her go-to recipe for dinner company because it is so easy to make and always turns out well. But before we get to the recipe, I want to tell you about today’s sponsor: Nielsen-Massey.

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70+ Crock Pot and Slow Cooker Recipes


Although slow cookers can be used year round, the fall and winter months are perfect for warm meals from the Crock Pot. So, I’ve gathered more than 70 slow cooker and Crock Pot recipes to give you some inspiration for what to make for a family dinner or a holiday meal. There is everything from appetizers to main dishes to desserts!

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