Easy Bacon Ranch Pasta

Bacon Ranch Paata

Easy Bacon Ranch Pasta

This Easy Bacon Ranch Pasta is the perfect meal for all you busy mommas out there. This meal can be cooked and on the table in 20 minutes or less…less if you pre-cook your bacon! Not to mention that it is delicious and your family will love it. I mean seriously how could you go wrong with a recipe that has bacon and ranch as the main ingredient??!!? So if you have a busy week coming up be sure to add my Easy Bacon Ranch Pasta to the menu. =)

The only complaint I would have about making this dish is the way the bacon mysteriously disappears. I swear I could be the only one in the house and as soon as the bacon sizzles everyone magically appears… and eats my bacon! How rude! ( In my best Stephanie Tanner voice) Oh, come on! Don’t act like you didn’t binge watch fuller house the night it came out ūüėČ ¬†So¬†if your family is anything like mine, I would advise making extra bacon.

This is completely¬†irrelevant to my pasta recipe, but I have to ask, what did you think of the new episodes of Fuller house? I loved them! I thought they were fun and definitely took me back to my childhood. I thought all of the cast still looked amazing! I was, however, a little disappointed that Michelle wasn’t in any of the episodes. I kinda missed the whole thumbs up ” you go it dude” thing. Now I am wondering if there will be a season two? I would love it if they made this a regular show with new seasons every year. Wishful thinking I guess, we will see what happens next year. It seems like they had an awesome turnout. Fingers crossed ūüėČ


7 DIY Spring Wreaths

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Check out these 7 DIY Spring Wreaths! With spring right around the corner, I thought it would be the perfect time to post this roundup. They are all so beautiful, it will be hard to choose which one to make! If you are having a hard time deciding, you could always make a few and give them away as gifts. I’m sure your friends and family would love it!

I happen to really enjoy making wreaths. To be honest with you, it kind of relaxes me. Not only that I love turning nothing into something. You may get to see this side of me more once summer hits, that’s when I like to find cheap or free furniture and fix it up. But until it warms up I will stick with my wreath making ūüėČ

1.  DIY Spring Tull Wreath РThrifty Jinxy

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2.) DIY TuTu Wreath – Making of a Mom

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3.) DIY Frugal Easy Yarn Spring Wreath – The Jenny Evolution

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4.) Spring Clothespin Wreath – The Jenny Evolution

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5.) DIY Simple Spring Wreath with Burlap – Happy Deal Happy Day

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6.) Spring Wreath with Forsythia & Burlap РHappy Deal Happy day

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7.) DIY Dollar Tree Easter Wreath – Burlap Kitchen

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33 Must Try Pizza Recipes

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This weekend spice up pizza night by trying one of these 33 Must Try Pizza Recipes. Each recipe is so unique and so delicious that I am sure you will have no trouble finding the perfct pizza for you and your family! Pizza has always been one of my favorite foods so, as you can imagine, it was difficult for me to do this round up without drooling. But thankfully I managed ( * Wipes drool off of key board).

Not only do I love pizza, but so does one of my best blogger buds, Missi Perez @ Life is poppin. I wanted to give a quick shout out to this gal. She has been such a blessing to me this past year and a half on my blogging journey. She has pretty much been my mentor. I know I can not only count on her for help with my blog but also for a good laugh and shoulder (computer?) to cry on when needed. So make sure to go check out Life is Poppin, you will just love Missi! =)
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1.) Mac & Cheese BBQ Chicken Pizza – Thrifty Jinxy

2.) Three Cheese Pesto & Spinach Pizza – Peas & Crayons

3.) Garlicky Flatbread Pizza with beets ( Beetza!) – Peas & Crayons

4.) Roasted Garlic & Pesto Chicken Flatbread – The Wicked Noodle

5.) Caramelized Balsamic Onion & Gruyere Flatbread РThe Wicked Noodle

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6.) Cilantro Lime Chicken Flatbread Recipe w/ Mango & Roasted Jalapeno – The Wicked Noodle

7.) Margherita Naan Pizza – Eat. Thrive. Glow

8.) Veggie Bread Pizza for Toddlers – The Woman Talk

9.) Garlic Bread Pizza – Budget Girl

10.) Homemade Pizza Balls – Kids Activity Blog

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11.) Ridiculously Delicious Pizza made at Home – Kids Activity Blog

12.) Cheesy Chicken Texas Toast Pizza – All She Cooks

13.) Holy Mother of Meatball Pizza – All She Cooks

14.) Gold Fish Pizza – Totally the Bomb

15.) Portobello- Arugula Naan Pizza – Mashed up Mom

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16.) Individual Breakfast Pizza – The Worktop

17.) BBQ Chicken, bacon & Cilantro Pizza РSidewalk Shoes

18.)Huevos Rancheros Mexican Breakfast Pizza – Two Healthy Kitchens

19.)Roasted Eggplant & Feta Cheese – Vegetarian Gourmet

20.)BBQ Chicken Pizza – Become a coupon queen

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21.) Hawaiian Grilled Chicken Piza – Cook Crave Inspire

22.) French Bread Pizza Bites – Two Kids and a Coupon

23.) Alfredo Chicken Pizza – Ashley Marie

24.) Chicken Fajita Pizza – Ashley Marie

25.) Mini Barbecue Pizza РSugar Spice & Family Life

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26.) Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza – Sugar Spice & Family Life

27.) White Clam Pizza – Upstate Ramblings

28.)Pizza Cresent Bites – Do- it- Yourself Danielle

29.) Grilled Pepperoni Pizza Sandwich – Saving Dollars & Sense

30.) Margherita Pizza – My Heavenly Recipes

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31.) Pizza Monkey Bread – Freebie Finding Mom

32.) Pretzel Pizza – Baking Beauty

33.) Pesto Pizza – Burlap Kitchen

BBQ Ranch Hamburger Boats

Hamburger Boats

BBQ Ranch Hamburger Boats 

¬†I often get asked the question,” how do you come up with your recipes?¬†what inspires you?” ¬†Today I am going to give you a small glimpse of how my mind works. It won’t be too scary, I promise. =p

If you remember, two weeks ago, I posted about inheriting my Nana’s cookbooks and recipe cards ( see Orange Chiffon cake, a recipe from 1948). In with her cookbooks was an old family circle magazine from the year 1966. While I was flipping through the pages, I remembered my Pap telling me that he was having hamburger boats a few nights back. With hamburger boats in the back of my mind, I came across a recipe for Ranch Breakfast Burgers. I don’t know if it was the ground beef and ketchup, or the word ranch, either way, my mind went straight to BBQ Ranch Hamburger Boats. And just like that a new recipe was born.. or should I say developed?

Now you are probably wondering why I have called them hamburg boats and not hamburger boats. Well, the answer is simple, that is just what my family has always called them. ¬†I did google it and found that hamburger would have been the correct pronunciation BUT I edit some of my photo’s at my mother’s house. So until I get to her computer to fix my mistake ( if I remember) it will remain hamburg.

Now let’s talk hamburg(er) boats. If you have never had a hamburger boat you are missing out! They are so simple to make and loaded with flavor. Even better, you can personalize each one. My mom has made us hamburger boats for as long as I can remember. Normally they consist of hamburger, potatoes, onions, & carrots that are folded together in little foil packs that look like boats. I, of course, had to put a new spin on this old family favorite. I decided to load mine with BBQ sauce, mushrooms, and cheddar cheese. The result was mouthwatering! I hope you enjoy =)

Christmas Morning Breakfast Recipes

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Christmas Morning Breakfast Recipes

I got ya covered this Christmas with these 13 Christmas Morning Breakfast Recipes. They all look so delicious, I have no idea how I am going to chose just one! Normally my Christmas morning breakfast consists of 1/2 of a peanut butter pie, my favorite! But now that I have a child, I can’t hardly justify eating half a pie for breakfast, even if it is Christmas morning.. Plus I would have to share. ūüėČ

1.) Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll breakfast Casserole¬†/¬†Ann’s Entitled Life¬†

2.) Apple Gingerbread Muffins / Strength & Sunshine 

3.) Paleo~Gluten Free ~ Vegan Gingerbread Doughnuts  / Strength & Sunshine

4.) Cinnamon Cookie Oat bake / Strength & Sunshine 

5.) Simple Quiche Recipe / Thrifty NW Mom

6.) Mini Blueberry Donuts / Thrifty NW Mom

7.) Blueberry Coffee Cake / Thrifty NW Mom

8.) Finish Pulla ( Cardamom Coffee Bread) / Farm Fresh Feasts 

9.) Roasted Sweet Potato & Turkey Sausage Casserole / Farm Fresh Feasts

10.) Blueberry French Toast / My Heavenly Recipes 

11.) Farmers Market Overnight Breakfast Egg Casserole / Two Healthy Kitchens

12.) Stuffed French Toast Casserole with Strawberries & Cream Topping / Two Healthy Kitchens 

13.) 10 minute Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal / Two Healthy Kitchens  

Taco Chili

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Ingredients:

1 (64 oz) bottle of v8 juice

1 pound ground beef

1 packet taco seasoning ( I use mild)

1 (15.5 oz) can light kidney beans

1 (15.5 oz) can black beans

1 (15.5 oz) can corn

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 table spoon peanut butter – optional ( I know what you are thinking, peanut butter??!! Yes, peanut butter! My mom has always made her chili this way, and now, that’s how I do it too. The peanut butter just helps to thicken the chili . It also leaves this little hint of flavor that your guests can’t quit figure out, but makes them say, yum! )

Toppings- Shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, tortilla strips, chives.

Directions-

Brown beef in a medium/large dutch oven over medium high heat. I like to season my beef with a little salt, pepper, and garlic powder as it is cooking. Once the beef is browned, throw kidney beans, black beans, and corn in with the beef and cook for a few minutes until the beans and corn soften a little ( about 3-5 minutes). Turn heat down to medium/low and add v8 juice, taco seasoning, tomato paste and peanut butter, stir together. If the peanut butter scares you, just add a little more tomato paste to help thicken the chili, about 1/2 a tablespoon or so. Turn heat back up to medium high and bring chili to a boil, once chili starts to boil set heat on medium and let chili simmer for 30-45 minutes or until chili has thickened and beans are soft, stirring occasionally. Serve in a bowl and load it up with cheese, sour cream, tortilla strips and chives! yum!

11 Before School Breakfast Ideas


11 Before School breakfast ideas

With all the stress of a new school year starting, there is no room to stress over breakfast. I’ve got ya covered in this round-up of quick and easy breakfast recipes. Make your mornings delicious, not stressful, ¬†with these 11 recipes; the kids will thank you! =)

Recipe’s from –¬†Ally’s Sweet & SavoryEats:

1.)¬†Make ahead breakfast scrambles… for the FREEZER!

2.) (10 minute) Blender mini muffins  

 

Recipe from – Mama Likes to Cook:

3.) Pumpkin overnight oats 

 

Recipes From Р Living Sweet Moments: 

4.)   French toast waffles

5.) 2 ingredient banana pancakes 

Recipe’s from- Freebie Finding Mom:

6.) Easy breakfast Pizza 

7.) Homemade cinnamon spice coconut oil granola 

 

Recipe from- Become a coupon Queen:

8.) Bacon egg and cheese crescent ring

 

Recipe from-  Thrifty Jinxy: 

9.) French toast muffins 

 

Recipe from РVirtually Yours: 

10.) Healthy blueberry orange muffins 

Recipe from – Mom Foodie:

11.) Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Cookie 


Hugy Grannies Flash Fried Chicken with a KICK

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Today I am spicing up an old family recipe. This recipe comes from my Hugy Granny, which is my Grams, great grams recipe. I am not sure how they came about the spelling of her name, but it is pronounced like HOOD РG then put it together, Hugy. Now, that is not her real name, but it is what everyone called her. From what I gather, she was a tiny woman, and the family called her little Granny. My gram was a toddler at the time, and when she tried to say little Granny, it came out Hugy Granny, and the name stuck. Now decades later, the name still stands.

I wouldn’t be me if I wasn’t trying to fix something, and to me, this recipe needed some fixin’. The original recipe was just to dip the chicken in egg and flour then fry and bake. This was really good, but I wanted to kick it up a notch. I added some more spices to the flour and heated up with some cayenne pepper to give this chicken¬†the kick it needed. This turned out to be one of the best chicken recipes I have ever tasted, and my family agreed. The crust was nice and crispy and the chicken was so juicy. ¬†My family told me this recipe deserved a standing ovation, but I think everyone was too full to stand. Here is the recipe.. try it for yourself. =)

Ingredients:

4-6 pounds chicken thighs and legs

2 Cups Flour

1 tsp.  Salt

2 tsp. cayenne pepper ( If you do not like spicy, then you may want to omit the cayenne or cut it back to 1 tsp.)

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1 Tbsp. parsley flakes

4-5 eggs

 

Directions:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a medium sized mixing bowl, add flour, salt, cayenne pepper, black pepper, garlic powder, and parsley flakes; whisk well. In a separate bowl, crack 4-5 eggs; whisk well. Set both bowls aside. Coat the bottom of a large frying pan with cooking oil and set to medium-high heat. While waiting for the frying pan to heat, ¬†begin to dip each piece of chicken in the egg and then into the flour, making sure to coat each piece well. ¬†Place coated chicken into a hot skillet and cook on both sides until crust is brown. About 3-4 minutes, flipping only once, so the crust doesn’t slip off. Once the crust is brown, transfer chicken to a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked.

Crock-pot Ketchup & Grape Jelly Ham Sandwiches

 

Ketchup and Grape Jelly Sandwich

 

Equal parts of Ketchup and Grape jelly cooked together  on the stove top make this wonderful sweet sauce. Pair the sauce with some cocktail wieners and you have got yourself one dangerously delicious appetizer. If you have yet to try this sweet and savory combo, you had better put it on your to-do list, and quickly!

Now… Have you ever tried replacing the wieners with ham and loading all this yumminess on a toasted bagel that has been smothered with cream cheese and ¬†topped with a few banana peppers? (pardon the run on, but it had to happen) I have. More than once. Ok, more than twice.. ¬†I’m leaving it at that.

Check. it. out.

Ingredients:

2 pounds of deli ham, thinly sliced ( I use cooked or chopped ham, whatever is cheaper)

1 – 1 1/4 C. Grape Jelly

1 – 1 1/4 C. Ketchup ( must use same amount as you used for grape jelly)

8-10 bagels

cream cheese for spreading ( this helps cut the sweetness of the ketchup/grape jelly  ham)

banana peppers to put in the sandwich   (optional)

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Directions:

Peel the ham apart piece by piece ( so the ham will not cook in a clump and so the sauce evenly coats each piece of ham) and place it in the crock pot. Add equal parts of grape jelly and ketchup. Because buying meat from the deli is usually slightly under or over the poundage wanted, start with 1 cup of each. If it does not look like enough add an additional 1/4 cup of each, this should be plenty. Turn the crock pot on low heat and cook for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Toast up some bagels and spread them with cream cheese. Fill the bagels with some of the  ketchup/grape jelly ham and top with a few banana peppers.

* Please keep in mind that all crock-pots differ in temperatures. My crock-pot is the actual crock-pot brand.

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. This post does, however, contain ads that I will receive commission for if clicked. This post may also include affiliate links. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission‚Äôs 16 CFR, Part 255: ‚ÄúGuides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.‚ÄĚ

 

Buffalo Egg Salad

 

Buffalo Egg Salad

A while back my good friend Prudy, from Butter Basil and Breadcrumbs, posted a recipe for buffalo deviled eggs. After looking at her recipe, I am now a firm believer in LOVE at first sight. These deviled eggs look DIVINE; I can’t wait to try them! ¬†If you have yet to visit her blog, it is a must. She has so many amazing recipes that are sure to make you drool. (she is currently having technical difficulties with her site, but I will be sure to link the recipe as soon as she has it up and running)

 

Now let’s talk about my recipe, shall we?

I knew I wanted to make Prudy’s Buffalo deviled eggs, but I was having a lazy day. I didn’t feel like halving the eggs and scooping out the middles. Then, ¬†if I made it that far, ¬†I would have to whip out the old pastry bag to fill them up so they looked pretty. So I decided to recreate her recipe by turning it into an egg salad. Quick, easy, and delicious.

Also, if you are trying to go low-carb, but the family is not quite on board, then this is the perfect meal to make. You can roll yours in a lettuce leaf while still serving theirs on a biscuit. That’s what I call a win, win!

I hope you enjoy my¬†version of Prudy’s Buffalo Deviled eggs. P.S. I’ll be trying her recipe soon, and very soon!

Buffalo Egg Salad 

Ingredients: 

6-7 Hard boiled eggs (shell off and rinsed)

1/2 pound of bacon ( fried and crumbled)

1/4 Cup Mayo

2- 3 Tbsp. Buffalo Sauce (depending how hot you like it)

1/2 stalk of celery (diced)

Blue Cheese (optional, I used goat cheese because, I do not care for blue cheese)

Salt and Pepper to taste ( hold on the salt until you put the bacon in, as the bacon will add salt.)

Biscuits and/or Lettuce leaves to serve the egg salad on.

 

Directions: 

Finely dice hard boiled eggs and toss into a small bowl. Add mayo, buffalo sauce, celery, most of the bacon ( If you want you can add all of the bacon. I like to save some for the top of my sandwich.), salt & pepper. Mix well with a wooden spoon. Scoop on  biscuits or in a lettuce leaf and sprinkle with some blue cheese, or in my case goat cheese.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. This post does, however, contain ads that I will receive a commission for if clicked. This post may also include affiliate links. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission‚Äôs 16 CFR, Part 255: ‚ÄúGuides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.‚ÄĚ

 

 

 

 

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