Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip Recipe

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

Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip

 Labor Day marks the end of summer and the start of the school year here in Minnesota. With Labor Day falling on the first day of September, it feels like summer has been cut a little short! My kids have their schedules and the back-to-school shopping is done. Now, we can relax and enjoy one, last weekend. There is a weekend long event at our church, so we will be spending a lot of our time there. In between our time at church, we will be with family and friends and whenever that happens, delicious food is involved! I recently tried a new recipe for MIRACLE WHIP Creamy Spinach & Artichoke Dip that I wanted to share with you because it is perfect for bringing to parties and family gatherings!

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Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pecan Bread Pudding

Pumpkin Pecan Bread Pudding

I am excited to report that it finally cooled off for a couple of days! Yesterday I had to grab a sweatshirt when I went to sit on the front porch to drink my morning coffee. It’s the perfect weather for baking. So, I put some bars in the oven and put a dessert in one Crock Pot and ribs in another Crock Pot! Vanessa had friends at our house and I overheard one of them exclaiming how good it smelled every time they walked into the house from outside. First, I’m going to share the pumpkin dessert recipe for slow cooker pumpkin pecan bread pudding that is perfect for fall.

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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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Peach Napoleon with Maple Whipped Cream

I made these Peach Napoleons as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. All opinions are my own. #WalmartProduce

Peach Napoleon Recipe #WalmartProduct

I am excited that peaches are in season! All sorts of peach recipes have been running through my mind from peach pies to peach ice cream and peach cobbler. I finally decided that I wanted to keep the fresh peach flavor and texture in my dessert, instead of making something baked or frozen. I settled on a peaches and cream dessert called Peach Napoleon. It is super easy to make using frozen puff pastry, homemade maple whipped cream and fresh peaches! Not only do the salted caramel drizzle and candied pecans on top make the Peach Napoleons look fabulous, they also add to the delicious flavor of the dessert!

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Cinnamon Halfway Bars

Cinnamon Halfway Bars

Like most food bloggers, I love cookbooks. But my love of cookbooks started long before I started blogging. I used to check out cookbooks from the library and read them like other people read magazines. Even though I rarely made recipes from the cookbooks, reading them was relaxing to me. I like different cookbooks for different reasons. Some of them are all about the photos for me. Others have the best cooking tips. My favorite cookbooks to get recipes from aren’t the gourmet, technical ones, but rather the ones filled with tried and true recipes.

As I was looking through one such cookbook recently, I saw a recipe for halfway bars that intrigued me. I had never heard of halfway bars, but I loved the idea of  bars with a meringue top layer. So, I decided to give them a try.

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Root Beer Float Lollipops

Root Beer Float Lollipops

Tomorrow is National Root Beer Float Day! I wanted to make something to celebrate the day besides root beer float which don’t require a recipe. Vanessa made Jolly Rancher lollipops this summer and that gave me the great idea of making root beer float lollipops! Except it wasn’t so great after all. I did my first test run and they looked like blobs. So, I made another batch and this time I tried making a handle. Then, I sent a picture of the lollipop to a couple of my friends. The first one said she really had no idea what it was. The second friend said “Santa?” Ahhhback to the drawing board.

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S’mores Cheesecake Recipe

No Bake Smores Cheesecake

Today is National Cheesecake Day and all of your favorite food bloggers are sharing cheesecake recipes today! When I was trying to decide what kind of cheesecake to make I decided to do a no bake cheesecake. And I had so much fun with s’mores week that I continued the fun by making a No Bake S’mores Cheesecake. This cheesecake has so many things I love. First of all, even though there is a lot of steps it is a recipe anyone can make. Then, there’s all of the chocolate. It’s creamy with a delicious graham cracker crust and the toasted marshmallows really top it all off!

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S’mores Rice Krispies Recipe

Smores Rice Krispies

As s’mores week comes to an end, I wanted to share a Rice Krispie Treats recipe. Isn’t it crazy how many different kinds of Rice Krispie bars you can make? Before you even add extra ingredients, you can make the bars more hard and crunchy or soft and gooey. Then, you can pretty much add and of your favorites ingredients or flavors. I wanted to get the flavor of campfire s’mores, so I used toasted marshmallows instead of plain ones. Rather than use graham crackers, which would probably get soggy, I used mini Tedd Grahams. And of course, a s’more isn’t complete without Hershey’s bars!

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S’mores Bars Recipe

Smores Bars Recipe

S’mores are one of those things that just scream summer! You know that they can be eaten any time of the year, but who makes s’mores in the middle of February, right? I guess if we weren’t buried in several feet of snow and could build a bonfire, maybe we would have s’mores in the winter. Actually, I do remember toasting marshmallows over a gas store, with my grandma in her apartment, so you really don’t need a bonfire at all. And you don’t need a bonfire to make these S’mores Bars that I am sharing with you today! They have a graham cracker cookie bar crust with chocolate and toasted marshmallows on top… and they can definitely be made year round!

I am super excited to be joining some of blogging friends for S’mores Week! We will all be sharing mouth watering s’mores desserts this week. There are links to the other recipes at the end of my post so be sure to check them out!

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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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Peanut Butter Pie Recipe with Nestle Crunch Girl Scout Candy Bars

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

This Peanut Butter Pie recipe uses Nestle Crunch Girl Scout Candy Bars for the crust. The candy bars are like peanut butter Tagalong Girl Scout Cookies.

Peanut Butter Silk Pie RecipeIt’s no secret that I love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. I’ve posted several desserts that use peanut butter and chocolate.  My favorite Girl Scout Cookies are the Tagalongs which are, of course, peanut butter and chocolate. So, I was excited to learn that Nestle Crunch has special Girl Scout candy bars available for a limited time and one of the flavors is peanut butter creme!

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S’mores Homemade Ice Cream Recipe

This S’mores homemade ice cream recipe is easy to make without an ice cream machine. It includes all of the important things: Hershey’s bars, graham crackers and marshmallows.

Homemade Ice Cream Smores

It isn’t summer, if there aren’t s’mores! We’ve already had s’mores a couple of times this year. We have a small outdoor fire pit that is perfect for having bonfires. My kids enjoy sitting out by the fire with their friends, just hanging out, visiting and eating s’mores. But for the times that it isn’t convenient to have  a bonfire, there is s’mores ice cream! This is a no churn, no ice cream machine recipe. You mix up the ingredients, pop it into the freezer overnight and your homemade ice cream is ready.

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Raspberry Swirled Peach Ice Cream Recipe

Disclosure: This blog post is sponsored by Cans Get You Cooking. All opinions are 100% mine#cansgetyoucooking

Raspberry Swirled Peach Ice Cream

I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend! We actually had to turn our air conditioner on because it was hot and humid this weekend. We spent most of Saturday outside at my sister-in-law’s wedding and only after the sunburn appeared did we realize that we forgot to apply sunscreen! The hot weather has everyone craving cool treats, so I made some homemade Raspberry Swirled Peach Ice Cream without an ice cream maker. It was so easy to make an only took 5 ingredients.

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Kale & Apple Potato Salad

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

Kale Apple Potato Salad

Can you believe that Memorial Day is right around the corner? With the cool spring that we’ve had here in Minnesota, it doesn’t seem possible, although I’ve heard that in other parts of the country, you are already using your air conditioners. Memorial Day is a day set aside to remember those who died in service to their country. It has also turned into the kickoff for summer. We usually get together with friends and family at a park or someone’s house and we eat great food. This year, forget the standard, old-fashioned recipe – make a bold (flavor) statement with this MIRACLE WHIP Kale & Apple Potato Salad.

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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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No Bake Energy Bites Recipe

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No Bake Energy Bites

Breakfast is always a busy time with everyone rushing to get out the door on time in the morning. I love easy breakfast ideas that are ready to eat. I made these No Bake Energy Bites that can be quickly eaten with a piece of fruit and a glass of milk. They are made with peanut butter, oatmeal, ground flaxseed, honey, coconut oil and Nutella. Everyone in my family loves them!

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Pina Colada Muffins Recipe

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

Did you have a nice Mother’s Day? We had a wonderful weekend. We had nice weather with some sporadic rain and my tulips came up. The grass had been bright green for a while now, but finally we are starting to see a little green coming out on the trees. The nice weather puts everyone in a great mood and calls for summer flavors like the combination of pineapple and coconut. These super moist Pina Colada Muffins are made with several coconut products including coconut sugar, coconut oil, coconut flour and Silk Vanilla Coconutmilk. They are so good and are the perfect thing to enjoy with a cup of coffee with Silk Vanilla Coconutmilk used as a dairy free creamer. Silk Coconutmilk is a great tasting treat and a tropical/exotic addition to cooking & recipes.

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Mint Macarons

These Mint Macarons are light, crisp French macarons with mint buttercream frosting. They are perfect for wedding dessert buffets and as special party treats.

Mint Macarons

Yes, I did it! I finally tackled the macaron. Well, I’m not sure that tackled is the right word since I’ve only made one batch but I successfully made Mint Macarons. My sister-in-law is getting married at the end of the month. It is a casual wedding and she asked if I would bring some desserts for the dessert and candy buffet. Even though I make desserts and sweets every week, I am not really sure what to make for the wedding. My sister-in-law isn’t picky about what desserts, but her colors are mint and bright pink. So, off to Pinterest I went to do a little research and from what I could see, macarons are THE wedding treat to have!

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Fruity Pebble Crunch Ice Cream Cake

Fruity Pebble Crunch Ice Cream Cake recipe is easy to make with only four-ingredients. The bright, cheerful crunchies make this cool treat, the perfect summer dessert!

Fruity Pebble Crunch Ice Cream Cake Recipe

Yesterday after church, my sister hosted the first cookout of the season! After all of the rain we’ve had recently, everyone is so excited to be able to go outside. While I didn’t make it for lunch, I did arrive in time for dessert and I brought a Fruity Pebble Crunch Ice Cream Cake. I decided to try making this ice cream cake after seeing this Biscoff Crunch Ice Cream Cake from A Family Feast. I love that it only required three-ingredients and it is perfect for summer!
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