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More than 25 Recipes for Memorial Day – from dinners to desserts to sides and salads, this roundup has everything you’ll need to make your Memorial Day gathering a success!

It’s almost May, people!!!!
Didn’t we just have Christmas and Thanksgiving???
The weather’s getting warmer here in the desert, but I was talking to my daughter this morning who’s in London going to school and she said they actually had some S-N-O-W!!
No, thank you. I’ll take the desert heat.

Below is the pin for this wonderful Memorial Day round-up, so you can save it. Then scroll down to take a look at all the delicious recipes. I think you’ll like what you see because there’s a little bit of something for everyone and there’s no better time than the present to start planning your holiday cook-out! I’ve also added some links below from 365 Days of Baking and More that you might want to include as well.

Jalapeno Bacon Burger – Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Sweet Maple Barbecue Chicken Kebobs – A Dash of Sanity

Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad with Artichokes, Tomatoes, and Peas – Domestic Superhero

Berry Swirl Cheesecake – Wine & Glue

Blackened Chicken & Quinoa Salad – Fake Ginger

Creamy Pea Salad – Love Bakes Good Cakes

Spicy Southwestern Turkey Burgers – Self Proclaimed Foodie

Memorial Day Firework Cupcakes – Culinary Ginger

Ranch BLT Pasta Salad – Let’s Dish

Raspberry Shooters – White Lights on Wednesday

Double Berry Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt – Kleinworth & Co.

Broccoli Salad – Belly Full

Broccoli Bacon Pasta Salad – Mandy’s Recipe Box

Patriotic Monster Cookies – That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Lemon Cheesecake Trifles – The Recipe Rebel

Classic Italian Pasta Salad – Wishes and Dishes

Spicy Grilled Chicken Drumsticks – Lemons for Lulu

Potato Salad with Soft-Boiled Eggs and Maple Mustard Dressing – Cooking and Beer

Basic Macaroni Salad – 365 Days of Baking and More

Grilled Sausage with Peppers and Onions – Cravings of a Lunatic

USA Flag Eclair Cake – Big Bears Wife

Red, White, and Blueberry Cheesecake – My Suburban Kitchen

Spinach, Pine Nut & Parmesan Pasta Salad – Lemon Tree Dwelling

Triple Berry Coconut Chia Pudding Parfaits –
Cupcakes & Kale Chips

No Mayo Roasted Potato Salad – The Love Nerds

Here are some other things you might want to include in your Memorial Day menu:
Crockpot BBQ Root Beer Shredded Chicken Sandwiches
Israeli Couscous Chicken Salad
Patriotic Jello Stars
Cream Cheese Cookies
Fresh Strawberry Lemonade

I wish you BIG baking hugs and muffins!!

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This Pineapple Rum Cake has quickly become a family favorite. With pineapple, dark rum, instant pudding mix, and a boxed cake mix, it’s super easy to put together and tastes even better the next day. I discovered it on my most recent cruise with Princess Cruises to the Western Caribbean and knew I had to recreate it!

I seriously think I found my new favorite cake, y’all!

I am proud to be partnering with Princess Cruises to bring you this Pineapple Rum Cake. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.
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During the first week in April of this year, I had the incredible opportunity to go on an adventure once again with Princess Cruises. This time, to the Western Caribbean.

I brought our daughter Emma to celebrate her 25th birthday which was on January 21st.
If you’ve been following my blog for some time then you remember that two years ago I brought our oldest daughter, Alex on their Panama Canal cruise when she celebrated her 25th.

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Then last May, I was thrilled to share an Alaska cruise with Kurt. 
Each cruise has been pretty spectacular and it’s become one of my preferred ways to travel. You can just see and do so much that you wouldn’t be able to do otherwise.
Not to mention that the food on board is always outstanding!

One of the excursions Emma and I took during this Western Caribbean cruise was Grand Cayman’s Exclusive East Island Exploration. It was absolutely magnificent. We had a private driver, Christine who took us in her taxi to the eastern part of the island. This side of the island is less traveled than the western side. 

She drove us to different sites, one of our favorites being the Tortuga Rum Factory. OMG, it was super delicious! We sampled some rum and a couple of different rum cakes. I’m seriously drooling now just thinking about how incredible it all was. 

Needless to say, I bought some Coconut Rum. The bottle was conveniently delivered to the ship all wrapped and boxed the day before we disembarked which made it super easy to pack. 

I also bought the 6-pack variety of small rum cakes. Emma and I, along with Erin from Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts, and her friend, Jessica ate at least two (maybe three?) on the ship, and surprisingly the rest made it home. I was so in love with them that I knew from the first taste I was going to be making it for the blog. 

I was super excited to take this trip, too because it was our opportunity to experience the Medallion Class featuring the OceanMedallion on board the Caribbean Princess. Once you book your Medallion class cruise, you receive a complimentary Ocean Medallion which opens up a whole new world when cruising! Take a look to see the Princess Cruises Offers available now!

Now when you embark and disembark on these particular ships, you’ll experience a faster and smoother process, open up your stateroom door with ease, order food and drinks from anywhere on the ship AND have them delivered to you, and so much more. It was pretty incredible.

Also, besides having some much needed one-on-one quality time with Emma, I was also to spend it with some of my closest friends, Sandra from Dash of Sanity and Erin. Cruises are great ways to celebrate the ones you love and we were able to share Sandra’s 40th birthday that week as well!

Tips for making this Pineapple Rum Cake – 
  • make it easier on yourself and use your favorite boxed yellow cake mix. There is nothing wrong with using a boxed mix. If you’re a purist at heart, then, by all means, make the cake from scratch.
  • Use an instant vanilla pudding mix, NOT a cook & serve.
  • Prepare a 10-inch bundt pan, like this one, by spraying it generously with a floured baking spray. I like to use Baker’s Joy. The cake is less likely to break apart or adhere to the pan. 
  • Use pineapple tidbits, NOT crushed. You’ll toss the pineapple into 2 tablespoons or so of the dry flour/pudding mixture, to suspend the pineapple in the batter and prevent it from sinking to the bottom of the cake.
  • Drain the pineapple well and reserve the pineapple juice!
What rum is best to use for a Pineapple Rum Cake?
  • Use a dark rum for a bolder flavor. The first time I made it, I used a white rum and preferred the second one much better with the dark. It’s not overwhelming, but it’s a richer flavor.
    I would steer clear of the flavored rums as I didn’t use it and the sweetness might alter the final taste of this recipe.
Can I make Pineapple Rum Cake ahead of time?
  • Sure can! I found that while delicious the night I made it, it tasted SO much better the day after so this will be the perfect make-ahead dessert. Insert toothpicks into the top and cover it gently with aluminum foil.
Can I freeze Pineapple Rum Cake?
  • That’s a yes, too! We ate one soon after I made it and I froze the second half to eat a week later. I wrapped it in plastic wrap and then in aluminum foil and then left it in the refrigerator to thaw overnight or at least 12 hours before you’ll be serving it.
    As I said, I only froze the remainder of the cake for a week, but I wouldn’t freeze it any longer than a month. Be sure to mark the date on it when placing it into the freezer, so you don’t play any guessing games. 
How do you make a Pineapple Rum Cake Glaze?
  • Easily! You’ll combine the glaze ingredients into a medium saucepan over medium heat and boil for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly so that it reduces and thickens slightly. You’ll also replace the water with the reserved pineapple juice.
  • Before glazing the cake, I used a skewer to place holes into the bottom of the cake while still in the pan 5 minutes after removing it from the oven. This allowed more of the glaze to be absorbed into the cake.
  • To glaze, I brushed about 1/3 of the glaze over the cake bottom while still in the pan, after I’d put holes in it. I then let it sit for about 10 minutes so that it could absorb it. Then I placed it right side up on a cooling rack over a rimmed baking sheet, removed it from the pan and brushed it with the remaining glaze before transferring it to a serving plate.

This Pineapple Rum Cake was gently adapted from this recipe at allrecipes.com.

Pineapple Rum Cake

This Pineapple Rum Cake is a family favorite. With pineapple, dark rum, instant pudding mix, and a boxed cake mix, it's easy and tastes better the next day.

Pineapple Rum Cake
  • 1 15.25 ounce yellow cake mix
  • 1 3.4 ounce instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 20 ounce pineapple tidbits (drained well with juice reserved)
  • 1/2 cup reserved pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup dark rum
Rum Glaze
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup reserved pineapple juice
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark rum
Pineapple Rum Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. and prepare a 10-inch bundt pan by generously spraying it with a floured baking spray. You can also generously butter it and sprinkle with flour.

  2. Drain pineapple tidbits in a colander placed over a medium bowl to reserve the juice.

  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the cake mix and instant vanilla pudding mix.

  4. Place the pineapple into a small bowl and toss with two tablespoons of the cake/pudding mixture. Coat completely.

  5. Into the cake mix, add the eggs, 1/2 cup pineapple juice, canola oil, and 1/2 cup of rum. Mix completely.

  6. With a rubber spatula, fold in the coated pineapple tidbits.

  7. Gently pour batter into pan and bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Rum Glaze
  1. Into a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the butter, sugar and pineapple juice. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

  2. Remove from heat and add 1/2 cup of dark rum. Mix well.

Glazing the Cake
  1. Remove cake from oven and let sit for 5 minutes.

  2. While still in the pan, poke holes with a skewer all the way around the bottom of the cake. Using 1/3 of the glaze, gently brush the bottom of the cake, allowing the glaze to soak into it.

  3. Let cake sit for 10 minutes before inverting it onto a cooling rack on top of a rimmed baking sheet.

  4. Gently brush the remainder of the glaze all over the cake, pausing at times to give the cake time to absorb it. Using two hard spatulas, slowly and gently transfer the cake to a serving plate. Cool completely.

  5. If serving the next day, cover top with toothpicks and gently cover with a tent of aluminum foil when completely cooled.

  6. Cake can be frozen for up to a month. Cool completely, wrap in plastic wrap and then in aluminum foil.

If you enjoy this Pineapple Rum Cake, take a look at more recipes inspired by my cruises with Princess Cruises! Double Chocolate Malted Milkshake

Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Bites

Blue Ocean

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It’s Furry Friend Friday – Mother’s Day! This week I’m sharing pictures and updates on Logan, our Golden Retriever puppy and the time we spend with our three kids. If you love Golden Retrievers, puppies or dogs in general then you’re going to enjoy following his antics each week.

I hope you all had a good Mother’s Day!

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If you were missing your mother, a child or are struggling with infertility, then I send you big hugs. 
I know that the second Sunday in May can be a very difficult day for some, 

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Our three children came to visit us in our one bedroom apartment this past week. It was a tight squeeze, but it was wonderful having them all here with me for Mother’s Day.

Being a full-time mom when they were little and Mother’s Day rolled around all I wanted to do was have a day to myself to go Barnes & Noble or shopping.
Now that we’re separated by hundreds or thousands of miles, the best Mother’s Day present is just having them with me. 

You can follow Logan the Golden Dog account on Instagram where you’ll see more pictures and adventures of our furry friend!

While they were here we ate A LOT of food native to Rhode Island that they’ve been missing. We also went on a tour of The Breakers in Newport and had lunch with extended family to celebrate my nephew’s college graduation.  

We played a lot of cards – Wizard and Cards Against Humanity. Took Logan for walks and were able to go to the beach and visit Grandma. 

You can follow all of Logan’s antics here on my Instagram, too! You’ll see what our Furry Friend Friday pup is up to each day.

Yesterday, Kurt and I took Logan on a trail hike and will resume the Saturday hikes we were doing back in Arizona. 
He LOVES to carry sticks (ok, small logs) with him when we’re out hiking. Either those or really LONG tree branches like his real-life brother, Indiana.

Notice the harness on his back? This 80+lb. pup has been pulling us something fierce on his leash, so I decided to buy him the EXPAWLORER Big Dog Harness you see him wearing above along with the BAAPET 5Ft. Strong Dog Leash.
Can I tell you, it’s made SUCH a difference in his behavior when we walk him! Even the kids were amazed at the change!

We now have more control and he doesn’t pull because when we pull him back the force of his harness lifts his front legs up and back. He’s more relaxed having the weight of the harness on him, too even though it isn’t very heavy. It’s truly been amazing and I can’t recommend it enough.

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So, that’s our week in a nutshell! We’ll be back again next week with more!
Have a great one!

Did you enjoy reading this week’s tails (haha) about Logan the Golden Dog and Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder? If so, please take a look our past posts! Furry Friend Friday – Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Furry Friend Friday – Family

Furry Friend Friday – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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This post has been sponsored by Schwan’s Food Delivery.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Creating a well-balanced meal with Schwan’s Food Delivery is beyond easy. When you bring Schwan’s into your home, you’ll create delicious meals and simplify your life. This is food you’ll be excited to serve your family.

Over the years, I’ve found that moving can be pretty stressful.

Are you with me on this?

It doesn’t matter whether we’re moving across town, to another state, or clear across the country.

It’s just darn stressful.

That’s why when we recently moved from Phoenix, Arizona to little ol’ Charlestown, Rhode Island, I made it a point to place my order with Schwan’s Food Delivery very soon after we arrived.

It was so easy, too, because I ordered using the Schwan’s app, as you can see below.

Now when you go to Schwans.com, you can place your order to receive 50% off + FREE DELIVERY on your first order! Use YUM50 for the Promo code.

When we were living in Phoenix, I saw the Schwan’s food delivery truck many, many times in our community and was always intrigued. 

So, after moving to Rhode Island, I didn’t hesitate to place my order with them. 

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I so wanted to ease the stress I was already feeling. Between a cross country drive with my husband, the cat, and a dog; moving into a new area of a state we’re originally from; and wanting to be somewhat settled as soon as possible, ordering from Schwan’s was a no-brainer.

After being on the road for five days, yet doing our best to eat as well as we could, Kurt and I really wanted to get back to eating a delicious balanced meal every night for dinner AT HOME.

I, for one, can only eat out so much before it becomes really old.

So, with the Schwan’s app, I ordered their Signature Premium Chicken Breast Fillets (#502), Vegetable Fried Rice (#827), and the MicroSteam Whole Green Beans (#790) along with some other items I wanted to try.

And they were delivered right to our house!

Needless to say, this delicious dinner came together quickly, easily and beautifully.

I felt great about serving it but felt even better about eating it. 

The Signature Premium Chicken Breast Fillets came individually wrapped and were the perfect portion size. They went from freezer to oven at 375°F and were perfectly cooked when done.

These LiveSmart boneless, skinless chicken breast fillets are hand-trimmed and vacuum sealed. They contain no artificial flavors or preservatives and can be roasted, grilled, pan-fried, or used in the slow cooker. You’ll be able to use them in a variety of recipes!

While the chicken was in the oven, I prepared the Vegetable Fried Rice on top of the stove. You can use the microwave to cook it, too. It’s delicious with no artificial flavors or preservatives. I used it as a side dish, but add some additional protein and you can use it for your main course if you’d like.

Just about everything I needed was right inside the bag. All I had to do was add some olive oil to the pan, remove the frozen contents from the bag, pour in some water, and cover. Then, I occasionally stirred while it cooked.

Looks good, right?

It was!

A few minutes before the chicken was ready, I prepared the MicroSteam Whole Green Beans. They are flash frozen to preserve the best flavor and quality and can be used in a variety of recipes as well.

See those tiny holes in the picture on the lower right? 

That microwavable steam pouch makes it super easy to serve to your family. You’ll be providing them with the nutrients they need and also be adding color to your meals. And we all know that eating color is important!

In less than half an hour, this delicious balanced meal was ready and on the table.

And boy, was it good!

Schwan’s makes meal preparation easy, convenient and delicious. With healthy dinner options and foods that contain no artificial ingredients or preservatives, you’ll be able to serve your family a delicious home-cooked meal in less than 30 minutes. 

You’ll have peace of mind knowing everyone is eating well with very little stress of putting it all together.

What’s better than that on a busy weeknight when everyone is going in different directions? 

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How to create a balanced meal with Schwan’s– 

  • Download the Schwan’s app; you can find it for both Apple and Android. This makes it super easy to order right from your phone.
  • Start by choosing your protein. With so many options available at Schwan’s, you’ll be able to create a variety of recipes you know your family will enjoy. Or you can just serve many of the items lightly seasoned as I did.
  • They’ve even got a great selection of seafood, too!
  • You’ll be pleased with the great selection of vegetables. There’s something for everyone.
  • Finally, round out your meal with a side dish. You can choose from items such as Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Five-Grain Rice Pilaf, Mashed Cauliflower, and others. They even have Potato and White Cheddar Pierogies. I need to order those because, believe it or not, I’ve never even had one!
  • Now that you have them in your shopping cart, enter the PROMO code YUM50 or go HERE to receive 50% off + FREE delivery on your first order!
  • You can choose when delivery is convenient for you. There are no hidden contracts or pre-determined meals, so ordering what you want for your family is what you’ll receive.

A Balanced Meal with Schwan's

Creating a well-balanced meal with Schwan’s Food Delivery is beyond easy. When you bring Schwan’s into your home, you’ll create delicious meals, and simplify your life. This is food you’ll be excited to serve your family.

  • 4 4 ounce Schwan's Signature Premium Chicken Breast Fillets
  • 16 ounce package Schwan's Vegetable Fried Rice
  • 1 12 ounce package MicroSteam Whole Green Beans
  • salt and pepper
Signature Premium Chicken Breast Fillets – from frozen state
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. and line a rimmed baking sheet with tin foil. Remove fillets from plastic wrap, and lightly brush both sides of each fillet with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and bake for 13 minutes. Turn fillets over and bake for an additional 14-16 minutes, until internal temperature is 165° F. Allow to stand for one minute before serving

Vegetable Fried Rice – prepare from Frozen
  1. In a large non-stick skillet over medium heat, place one tablespoon olive oil. Add the contents of the bag and 1/4 cup water. Cover and cook for 10-11 minutes, stirring frequently and until internal temperature reads 160°. Let stand for one minute.

MicroSteam Whole Green Beans – prepare from frozen state
  1. Place the frozen unopened bag of green beans into the microwave with the seam side up and small hole visible. Cook on high for 5-6 minutes until an internal cooking temperature of 165°F is reached. Allow bag to stand for one minute. Holding the bag at the corners and over a dish, tear at notch to pour the vegetables out.

From meats to desserts, breakfasts to sides, and everything in between, you can bet that Schwan’s Food Delivery is sure to have an assortment of products your whole family will enjoy. You’ll love it for the quality and convenience, and everyone will love it for the taste!

Remember use YUM50 in the PROMO code to receive 50% off + FREE delivery on your first order and you’ll be feeding your family a delicious balanced meal they’ll all appreciate.

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It’s Furry Friend Friday – Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder! I’m back this Friday to share pictures and updates on Logan, our Golden Retriever puppy. If you love Golden Retrievers, puppies or dogs in general then you’re going to enjoy following his antics each week. We’re resuming our posts after a loooong absence!

Wow, what a busy few months it’s been, friends!

I seriously can’t believe I haven’t shared any Logan updates with you in almost 4 months, but we’re baaack!!
And what a busy, busy 4 months it’s been!

If you’ve been following along on my Instagram – stories and/or posts, then you know that we moved from Arizona.
Yes, after nearly 17 years of living in the valley of the sun, we returned to our home state of Rhode Island and we couldn’t be happier.

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Kurt and I decided to leave Arizona and return to our home state of Rhode Island because we missed our kids as well as other family members and friends who live in the area.

Back in 2002, we moved out to Anthem, AZ to raise our three kids in the sunshine and so that we could experience a new part of the country. Well, we did that and once the three of them left the nest, this mama bird missed them terribly.

Our oldest, Alex, is living in Berlin, Germany and our younger two, Emma and Cameron have an apartment together in Philadelphia. Combined with missing them, a yearning to be closer to the water which we grew up on and near along with wanting to experience a change of seasons again, Kurt and I decided to make the move.

Another impetus for our move was Kurt retiring as a chiropractor. After over 27 years in practice, and providing for our family I am thrilled to say he is now assisting me with 365 Days of Baking. He’s helping me with optimization, and he’ll also be writing some posts on health. Look for the first one in the upcoming weeks!

You can follow Logan the Golden Dog account on Instagram where you’ll see more pictures and adventures of our furry friend!

The week before we left, Cameron came out to visit us one last time and we went to Bartlett Lake. Logan loved the hike and retrieving sticks we’d throw into the water.

So, Kurt and I packed up some of our belongings (but gave MOST of them away), and left Arizona. Needless to say, it was a looong trip across the United States with Logan and Winnie, and a U-Haul trailer in tow. 
We drove 40 hours+ (becasue of traffic and weather) in just 5 days. It was both mentally and physically challenging, but overall it went very well and we had no issues!

On the way, we were able to stop at Mary’s new home in Ohio. You might know her from her blog, Barefeet in the Kitchen.

We had become close friends while she was living about 20 minutes away from me in Arizona. So, I was very sad when she and her family moved a little more than a month before we did. I missed them like crazy (and still do!).
On our way out east, I told Kurt we HAD to go visit them, and it was one of THE best stops on the trip!

They have THE most beautiful home and every day I can’t wait to see what she posts from her front porch posts on Instagram

Logan was VERY good on the car ride, as was Winnie. 
We made frequent stops so they could get some exercise and do their business. 
I even had Winnie in a harness and on a leash to make sure we wouldn’t lose her.

This was Logan’s “are we there yet?” look when we were somewhere on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Another stop we made was in Philadelphia to see Emma and Cameron. My heart was SO full and seeing both of them just cemented the fact that we’d made the right decision to move back east.

You can follow all of Logan’s antics here on my Instagram, too! You’ll see what our Furry Friend Friday pup is up to each day.

We arrived at my in-law’s in Charlestown, RI the morning of March 11th, and one of the very first things we did was to take Logan down to the beach.

It was his first time seeing the ocean and he was a bit scared of the waves.

But over time he sure has grown to love it.

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Then after about a week and a half later, Logan experienced his first Rhode Island snow. He enjoyed doing zoomies around the yard as he has every other time he’s been in the snow.

We’ve since moved into a one bedroom apartment for the next year until we find a home of our own, but we’re still able to get to the beach and enjoy going on trail hikes around the state.

Now that we’re pretty much settled, you can look forward once again to our weekly posts. 
I’ve found the the saying, “absence makes the heart grow fonder” to be so very true. We left the state of Rhode Island thinking we’d never return, but we’ve both grown to have such an appreciation for it because we’ve been away for so long. 
It definitely made “coming home” that much sweeter.

Thanks so much for reading!

Did you enjoy reading this week’s tails (haha) about Logan the Golden Dog and Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder? If so, please take a look our past posts! Furry Friend Friday – Family

Furry Friend Friday – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Furry Friend Friday – Dog Farts

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This Blueberry Banana Smoothie Bowl has quickly become a new favorite. A blend of frozen blueberries, banana, yogurt, and chia seeds is a great start to any day!

Last year was a BIG one for me.

I had a momentous birthday last July and while I certainly don’t feel old enough to have turned the BIG 5-0, the calendar certainly said otherwise.

Who knew it would come so gosh darn quickly, too! I mean, I just graduated high school. C’mon now!
So, since I’m feeling like that birthday has been one of my most important ones thus far, a decision was made to get the ol’ gal in shape. And I mean really consciously work at it by exercising and eating better.

Yes, I’d like to lose a few extra pounds and feel better about the way my clothes fit and the way I look, but I think I’m finally at an age that I’m comfortable with myself no matter what the scale may read.

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I know it’s important to exercise and eat well which is why I’ve fallen in love with this Blueberry Banana Smoothie Bowl. It’s full of delicious flavor, but the great thing is that it’s so versatile. You can change the ingredients according to your taste and add a variety of toppings!

It’s SUPER easy to make, too! 
All you have to do is throw your ingredients into a blender and VOILA, you’re done!

Blueberry Banana Smoothie Bowl Topping Ideas

A smoothie bowl is delicious all by itself, but you can add so much more flavor and texture when you add different toppings.

  • fresh fruit – blueberries, strawberries, kiwi, pineapple, sliced banana
  • nuts – pecans, almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts, walnuts
  • granola – plain or flavored, they both work great
  • seeds – chia, pumpkin, sunflower, hemp, flax

You can also drizzle your bowl with a little bit of honey or agave syrup if it’s not sweet enough.

Smoothies and smoothie bowls are a great way to add some healthy food and much-needed nutrients to your diet on a daily basis. But believe me when I say they’re addicting. haha

I like them because it’s just so easy to throw everything in a blender and then pour it into your glass or bowl. Not to mention that the possibilities of flavors are only limited by the imagination!

Who says you can’t have chocolate for breakfast? I’ll be adding this Chocolate PB Smoothie Bowl to my regular menu rotation for sure!

Missing the tropics, but not able to go there? These Tropical Smoothie Bowls are just what the doctor ordered then. One bite and you’ll be instantly transported to paradise.

I love apple pie as do a lot of other people, so why not enjoy it at breakfast? Ok, this Apple Pie Smoothie Bowl may not be exactly the same as a slice of pie, but it’s probably better for me and certainly a way I’d like to start my day.

Or, if you’re too sore from that workout the day before to lift a spoon, these smoothie recipes would be perfect! My Pineapple Coconut Silk Smoothie is a recipe that I make quite often because I love the flavor combination. Pineapple and coconut are perfect together.

I love a drink that is full of fruit and this Easy Fruit Smoothie is just that. Always using frozen fruit is the key to making it thick and creamy.

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Blueberry Banana Smoothie Bowl

I love drinking smoothies for breakfast, but this Blueberry Banana Smoothie Bowl has quickly become a new favorite breakfast. This blend of frozen blueberries, banana, yogurt, and chia seeds is a great way to get you going in the morning.

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries (frozen)
  • 1 banana (peeled and frozen)
  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (honey, vanilla or plain)
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until completely smooth. 

  2. It may be necessary to remove the blender from its’ base and stir with a long spoon then blend again. 

You can add more almond milk if you find it’s too thick to blend or if you’d like a thinner consistency. Just add one tablespoon at a time.

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This Bacon Caramel Apple Crisp is your favorite comfort food elevated to the next level! Pure Farmland Bacon is a key ingredient.  It is all natural, contains no MSG, artificial ingredients, preservatives or added hormones. This is one apple crisp recipe you need to add to your must-make list!

Looking at this picture you can see that it’s the perfect amount of savory with the right amount of sweet. It was SO hard to not dig in before taking pictures!

I am proud to be partnering with Farmland in association with American Farmland Trust to bring you this sponsored Bacon Caramel Apple Crisp. I have been compensated but as always all opinions are 100% my own.

This apple crisp dessert is your favorite comfort food with apples, cinnamon, and a streusel topping.
Now it’s made even better with the addition of Pure Farmland All Natural Uncured Bacon and even a bacon caramel!
I mean, does dessert really get any better than this??!!
I feel like there should be a mic drop. LOL

Whether I’m making something for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert, it’s important to have healthy options. I don’t want to second-guess what ingredients I’m adding to any recipe.
Farmland knows that. Hence, the creation of their Pure Farmland product line.

The consumer’s well-being is at the forefront of each Pure Farmland product. There are no hidden ingredients in this bacon, it is free from artificial ingredients, preservatives, MSG and added hormones.
You can feel confident and not worry when you serve these delicious, pure products to your family at any meal.
Even in dessert!

Providing pure products to consumers and promoting the sustainability of America’s farmland is important.

That’s why, Farmland partnered with American Farmland Trust and from now until December 31, 2019, Farmland has pledged to protect one square foot of American farmland for every specially-marked Pure Farmland item purchased, up to $140,000.

Farmland wants to help continue American Farmland Trust’s mission to promote sound farming practices, protect America’s farm and ranchland, and enable farmers and ranchers to continue working on their land. 

You can help, too!
Purchase specially-marked packages of Pure Farmland Bacon to make this Bacon Caramel Apple Crisp along with other Pure Farmland items to make your meals. Each purchase will assist Farmland with their donation.

Visit American Farmland Trust to learn more about their organization. You’ll see what they’ve been able to do, and how they’ve helped and are helping so many farmers and ranchers around the nation. You can also read what they’re doing to continue their mission, and how you can be a part of it.

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You guyyyyysssss!!! 
I just cannot say enough about using Pure Farmland bacon in this apple crisp. 
Bacon and caramel and apples all together?? Oh, my!!

It’s like the next peanut butter and jelly, milk and cookies, bread and butter, macaroni and cheese combination!
You just can’t (and shouldn’t!) have one without the other. 
Seriously.

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Mamma Mia!! I was eating that stuff with a spoon it was SO good!
You can bet I’ll be drizzling that stuff on my ice cream real soon, too.

Tips for making your Bacon Caramel Apple Crisp – 
  • You want to choose the right kind of apples, ones that will give you both a slightly tart and sweet flavor combination. You also want ones that will remain firm as they bake and not become mushy. It’s not fun eating an apple crisp with mushy apples. It’s supposed to be CRISP! LOL 
    I use a combination of Granny Smith and Honeycrisp apples and we like those best, but feel free to experiment with others. 
  • You can use any oven-proof skillet, but I prefer the way the Bacon Caramel Apple Crisp cooks in my cast iron skillet. Personally, I think most things just taste better when made in a cast iron skillet. 
  • As always, be sure to read through the recipe before you begin making it. It’s important that you allow some of the Pure Farmland bacon grease to remain in the pan as well as reserving some for the caramel.
  • Microwave the caramel squares. There’s no need to put them into a double boiler on the stove. I found it easiest and quickest using the microwave.
  • Be sure to save a couple of pieces of the Pure Farmland bacon to sprinkle on the top! You’ll crumble four of them to use in the streusel topping, but adding a bit to the top before and after you drizzle the caramel is a bonus, too!
  • Serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It will melt into the Bacon Caramel Apple Crisp so perfectly with the creamy texture adding another level of deliciousness.

Of course, I love eating bacon all by itself, but I also love adding it to recipes too (obviously), and so do a lot of my blogger friends!

Miss Rebecca from Foodie with Family made these Bacon Fried Apples with Onions right out of a Laura Ingalls Wilder book.  Boy, they sure do sound delicious. I’m going to have to make them for a side dish real soon!

Of course, everyone LOVES bacon for breakfast, so why not make these Apple Bacon Cheddar Waffles recipe from Carrian at Oh, Sweet Basil? I’ve never had bacon IN my waffles, but I sure would like it!

A salad is just a much better salad if there’s bacon on it, right? So why not add some AND make this Bacon Vinaigrette recipe from Robyn at Add a Pinch? I’ll definitely be eating more salads when I put this dressing on them!

Bacon Caramel Apple Crisp

This Bacon Caramel Apple Crisp made with Pure Farmland Bacon will be your next favorite dessert. The perfect amount of salty with the right amount of sweet! It’s your favorite comfort food with apples, cinnamon, and a streusel topping made even better with the addition of bacon and caramel!

  • 6 slices Pure Farmland All Natural Uncured Bacon (cooked together and divided)
Apples
  • 6 apples (I used 3 Granny Smith, and 3 Honeycrisp)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • reserved bacon grease
Streusel Topping
  • 1 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold
  • 4 slices Pure Farmland Bacon (crumbled)
Caramel Sauce
  • 36 individually wrapped caramels
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons reserved bacon grease
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

Streusel Topping
  1. In a large bowl, place the oats, flour, 1/2 cup light brown sugar, 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.

  2. Cut the 6 tablespoons of butter into small pieces and using your fingers, massage the butter into the mixture until it is incorporated fully.

  3. In a 10-inch cast iron skillet or oven proof pan, cook the 6 slices of Pure Farmland bacon over medium heat until crisp. 

  4. Remove pan from heat and place the bacon on a paper towel-lined plate. Place two teaspoons of the bacon grease into a large microwave-safe measuring cup or bowl and leave remaining grease in the skillet.

  5. Crumble 4 of the Pure Farmland Bacon slices and mix them into the streusel topping.

Apples
  1. Peel, core, and chop the 6 apples and place into another large bowl. Toss with the fresh lemon juice.

  2. Add the light brown sugar, the teaspoon of cinnamon, and salt and toss to completely coat.

  3. Reheat the cast iron skillet over medium heat and melt the tablespoon of butter.

  4. Add the apples and cook for about 5 minutes, tossing in the butter and bacon grease as they cook.

Caramel sauce
  1. Unwrap the 36 caramels and place them into the microwave-safe cup or bowl with the two teaspoons of bacon grease. 

  2. Microwave for 30-second increments until smooth, mixing in between each. 
    Add the two tablespoons heavy cream and mix until thoroughly combined. 

  3. Pour 2/3 of the caramel sauce over the apples, and sprinkle the streusel topping evenly over the apples.

  4. Bake for 30 minutes.

  5. Before serving, drizzle with remaining caramel. You will probably have to reheat the caramel again for 20-30 seconds so that it can be poured.

  6. Crumble the 2 remaining Pure Farmland Bacon slices and sprinkle over the top. If desired, serve with vanilla ice cream.

If you like this Bacon Caramel Apple Crisp, then you’ll love my other recipes with bacon, too… One Pot Bacon and Tortellini Zuppa Toscana

Baking Bacon – How To Bake Bacon in the Oven

Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts

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These hard to resist Easy Lemon Bars with a creamy lemon filling and a dusting of powdered sugar are just enough sweet, with the right amount of tart. The lemon lovers in your life will thank you!
 
 
Betcha can’t eat just one!

This post was originally published 6/11/11. It has been updated in format and pictures on 3/20/19.
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Give me a dessert with lemon and I am ALL over it!
And, you can definitely bet I’ll be having seconds.
The smell and the taste are one of my favorite things, and I know a lot of other people love it, too.

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Here’s a throwback to when I first made these Easy Lemon Bars…

This happened during the picture process. Of all the times I could have messed up, the presentation part was the one. OY VEY!

Yes, I had another mishap in the kitchen. It’s been quite a while since that last one (I don’t even remember what it was – think it had something to do with the flour and the mixer), so I guess I was due.

I was preparing a plate to take to my hair salon that wasn’t completely on the counter. So, of course, it all fell to the floor.
I just prepared another plate. It’s less I’ll be eating which is good.

Cameron, my son was standing nearby when it happened and offered to clean up my mess immediately.  I think it was because when I’ve done this before he’s seen me lose it, and start crying out of complete frustration.

I wasn’t at that point, but I’m sure it was something he was hoping to avoid. Whatever the reason, I gladly accepted his offer. Man, I love my kids!

I (used to) rate everything that I bake on a scale of 1-4 with 4 being the absolute bomb and these Luscious Lemon Bars earned 3 1/2 rolling pins!

If you can’t get enough of that lemon flavor like me then you might want to check out these great recipes from other bloggers.

Tips for making these Easy Lemon Bars – 
  • I’ve made these bars both using parchment and spraying the baking pan with cooking spray. I find it’s much easier to remove them from the pan and slice them when I use the parchment. When taking them out of the baking pan lined with cooking spray they seem to come out more in pieces rather than as a whole bar. Maybe you’ll have better luck.
  • You can use a fork or pastry cutter to make the dough/crust for these bars, but I have found it easiest to use my hands to work the butter in. I also think it gives the crust a better, more stable consistency.
  • As tempting as it may be to enjoy these Easy Lemon Bars after they’ve cooled a bit from coming out of the oven, they’ll be much easier to slice after they’ve been completely cooled. 

I can never have enough chicken recipes because we eat it A LOT. This Slow Cooker Creamy Lemon Butter ChickenSlow Cooker Creamy Lemon Butter Chicken from Lindsay at Life, Love and Sugar sounds delightful. I love how it’s made in the slow cooker, too – super easy!

Like a touch of lemon flavor in your salad, then this Lemon-Parmesan VinaigretteLemon-Parmesan Vinaigrette from Kelley at Mountain Mama Cooks has your name all over it. Homemade salad dressings are so delicious and much easier to make than you might think. 

I honestly never think about adding lemon to my sandwiches for lunch, but this Lemon-Basil Grilled Cheese PaniniLemon-Basil Grilled Cheese Panini from Liz at The Lemon Bowl (LOVE it, and so appropriate for today’s post, too!) is a sandwich I definitely have to try. I already have an affinity for grilled cheese, so why not combine two of my favorites?

Items I find helpful to make these Easy Lemon Bars – 
  • I used to use a wooden citrus juicer, but since I discovered this one, I find that I can’t live without it. It makes juicing SO much easier whenever I need lemon or lime juice for recipes.
  • If you’ve been reading the blog, you know that these rubber spatulas are my absolute favorite. They’re one piece, sturdy and do a great job at wiping out the bowls.
  • It can be tough to dust a dessert with powdered sugar -either there isn’t enough or you put too much on causing someone to go into a coughing fit when they accidentally inhale it, right? This OXO Dusting Wand is absolutely perfect for that. It shakes out just the right amount. I use it with cinnamon and other spices, too!

Lemon Bars

These hard to resist Easy Lemon Bars with a creamy lemon filling and a dusting of powdered sugar are just enough sweet, with the right amount of tart. 

Crust
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cups confectioners' sugar, plus extra for topping
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing pan
Filling
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  • 2/3 cup fresh, strained lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
Crust
  1. Lightly butter a 9 x 13-inch baking dish and line the pan with a sheet of parchment paper. 

  2. Lightly butter the parchment paper and lay a second sheet of it down across it, so that they are in two different directions. 

  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, confectioners’ sugar, cornstarch, and salt. 

  4. Slice butter into small pieces and then cut into flour mixture using a pastry cutter or two knives. Work until mixture resembles coarse meal.  

  5. Pour mixture into pan and press firmly into the pan, so that there is 1/4 inch thickness on the bottom and crust goes up sides about 1/2 inch. 

  6. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  7. Place rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees. 

  8. Bake for at least 20 minutes or till golden brown. 

Filling
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, sugar, and flour.  

  2. Add lemon zest, lemon juice, milk, and salt and mix to combine well. 

  3. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. 

  4. Stir filling mixture to reblend and pour into warm crust. 

  5. Bake about 25 minutes until the filling feels firm when touched. 

  6. Cool completely on wire racks for about 30 minutes. Sift confectioners’ sugar on top of bars after cutting. 

Like these Easy Lemon Bars? Then I’m sure you’ll enjoy these lemon desserts as well… Easy Lemon Cake

Lemon Meringue Rice Krispie Treats

And THE most popular lemon dessert here on the blog,

No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake

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

 

This Jalapeno Ranch Dip is the perfect appetizer for your Game Day event. Made with Shamrock Farms Sour Cream, ranch dressing, diced jalapenos, and more, it’s both easy and delicious making it a win-win for your basketball playoff parties!

I have to admit that super easy and absolutely delicious recipes are my favorites.

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I mean, who doesn’t love them?
They make life so much easier and I shamelessly admit that I adore looking like the hero.
C’mon, I can’t be the only one who loves the smiles along with the ooh’s and aah’s that are heard when someone tastes something I’ve made.

They’re telling you in not so many words that they absolutely love it, want more and that YOU rocked whatever it is you made!
You feel good when you make your loved ones happy with the food you make, don’t you?

This Jalapeño Ranch Dip is one of those recipes.

The star ingredient is Shamrock Farms Sour Cream. I’ve used it and more of their delicious products in recipes both here on my blog (see below), and at home in my kitchen.
I always have Shamrock Farms items on hand in my fridge, especially their sour cream because not only do I use it in recipes, but we also use it as a topping for tacos, nachos, and soups.

It starts with the best milk because it comes from happy cows that are never given growth hormones. You’ll definitely be able to taste the difference and you’ll feel good about serving it to your family.
Not only is Shamrock Farms Sour Cream delicious in this Jalapeño Ranch Dip, but you’ll also love it in this Lime Cheesecake Dip, too!

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For three generations, this family-owned farm has been using a hands-on approach with all of their products, resulting in a difference you can taste. 
I love that their milk is locally sourced from their very own dairy right in Arizona. You’re even invited you to tour the farm. You can meet all of those happy cows and see their commitment to high-quality animal care for yourself.  Shamrock Farms is open every October through May, so pay those cows a visit!

If there’s one thing I’ve learned throughout my years of cooking and baking is that using high-quality ingredients definitely makes a difference in not only how a recipe turns out, but also in how it tastes. 
Have you noticed it, too?

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Tips for making this Jalapeno Ranch Dip – 
  • Use Shamrock Farms sour cream. You’ll be so happy when you do because you and your family and friends will be able to taste the difference.
  • This recipe is beyond easy to put together.
    I use this hand mixer to mix the Shamrock Farms sour cream, cream cheese, and Ranch dressing mix.
    This spatula is perfect for folding in the shredded cheese and diced jalapeños. 
  • I found it easiest and that it tastes better when I use a packet of dry Ranch dressing mix as opposed to using regular Ranch dressing. There’s just more flavor.
  • I used one jalapeño, but if you like it kicked up a bit feel free to add another. A bit of Sriracha would be a great addition as well!
  • It can be served immediately after making, but I like to refrigerate it for at least an hour to give all the flavors a chance to blend.
  • We love it served with crackers, but it’s great with chips and a sliced baguette as well.

You can also use Shamrock Farms sour cream in these delicious recipes from my blogger friends.
Your day will be off to a great start when you make this Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Coffee CakeSour Cream Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake from Lindsay at Love and Olive Oil. Great flavors paired with a delicious cup of coffee are things I certainly don’t mind waking up to!

I love having biscuits with dinner and Deborah at Taste and Tell has these Garlic and Cheddar Sour Cream Biscuits that sound like they would just melt in your mouth. These are on my list of things to make SOON!

Sour cream is delicious in baked goods, but it’s also great in desserts, too! This Best Key Lime Pie Recipe from Mom on Timeout is a VERY popular recipe. And it’s no wonder because Trish definitely knows her stuff and how to make delicious food. She’s even got her own cookbook!

Jalapeno Ranch Dip

This Jalapeno Ranch Dip is the perfect appetizer for your Game Day event. Made with Shamrock Farms Sour Cream, ranch dressing, diced jalapenos, and more, it’s both easy and delicious making it a win-win for your playoff parties!

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup Shamrock Farms Sour Cream
  • 1 packet Ranch dressing mix
  • 1 1/2 cups Colby / Jack shredded cheese
  • 1 jalapeño, cored, seeded and diced with some reserved for garnish
  • 2 green onions, with some reserved for garnish
  1. In a mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the Shamrocks Farm Sour Cream and packet of Ranch dressing mix. Mix until well combined.

  2. Add the shredded cheese, diced jalapeño, and green onion and mix well.

  3. Can be served immediately or cover and refrigerate for one hour for a more intense flavor.

You can learn more about Shamrock Farms and their products by visiting their website, Facebook page, and by following them on Instagram @shamrockfarmsmilk.

Since I know you’ll LOVE this Jalapeño Ranch Dip, be sure to check out these other great recipes that I made with Shamrock Farms products… Apple Streusel Muffins

Banana Mocha Smoothie Bowl

Spinach and Cheese Manicotti

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This Buffalo Chicken Cheese Ball with three different kinds of cheese, shredded chicken and Buffalo sauce will delight the senses of everyone at your next sports gathering! Serve it with crackers, pretzels, carrots, celery sticks, and Coca-Cola Zero Sugar and you’ve got the perfect Taste of the Tournament appetizer.

Snacking, appetizers, watching sports and drinking Coca-Cola go hand in hand, don’t you think?

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I certainly do.
Which is why there always has to be an ample supply of those food items and Coca-Cola Zero Sugar on hand. 

It also helps to keep my fingers busy when the game becomes too intense.
Even if I don’t have a stake in the game, I still find myself becoming a wee bit involved and boisterous.
So, thanks to Kurt for instilling his love of sports in me so very many years ago. 

For our upcoming Taste of the Tournament Party, I’m able to find everything I need at my local Fry’s, and you can, too.
It’s one-stop shopping when I need the ingredients for this Buffalo Chicken Cheese Ball, all of the Coca-Cola, and the Reese’s I’ll be serving for dessert!
I admit I’m not much of a basketball fan, but I do love watching this college tournament. It’s pretty exciting every year when the unexpected happens and a Cinderella team moves ahead.

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And for some reason when I think of sports playoffs, food that comes to mind is anything with a Buffalo sauce. Would you agree?

For your Taste of the Tournament Party, you can even serve these Buffalo Chicken Meatballs for sandwiches to go with your Coca-Cola Zero Sugar. Even this Buffalo Chicken Spinach Alfredo will pair well with it, too!
With that great taste of Coca-Cola that you’ve grown to know and love, you’ll now find that Coca-Cola Zero Sugar will give you all that and more because it has zero sugar and zero calories.

Looking for additional inspiration? You’ll be able to find it by visiting Taste of the Tournament Party ideas here.
We’d love to see the recipes you’ll be enjoying at your party, too! Share them on social media using #ShareaCoke and #TasteoftheTournament.
Look at that!
This Buffalo Chicken Cheese Ball has SO much flavor and tastes even that much better when enjoyed with a Coke, so be sure to have an ample supply on hand. You certainly wouldn’t want to run out of it!

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I love all the variations on Buffalo Chicken appetizers that are all over the web.
These Buffalo Chicken Cups from Lisa at Wine and Glue would also be great for dinner! I love how cheesy they are, too.

Who doesn’t love tater tots? These Buffalo Chicken Totchos from Jocelyn at Inside BruCrew Life are sure to be a hit with everyone who tries them. They really speak to the kid in me. haha

Say what?? Buffalo Chicken Super Bowl Cupcakes from Stef at Cupcake Project?? Yes, sir, they are definitely a thing! Wouldn’t these be super fun and a great topic of conversation at your Taste of the Tournament Party?

How to make this Buffalo Chicken Cheese Ball – 
  • Soften the cream cheese by bringing it to room temperature. That will make it easier to mix with the other ingredients.
  • I found it super easy to use a rotisserie chicken for this recipe. I used what I needed and then was able to use the rest to make these Chicken Nachos for dinner.
  • If you’d rather not use the almonds, use some chopped pecans or walnuts to coat the cheese ball.
  • Completely coat the cheese ball in the crumbs before wrapping it in plastic wrap and refrigerating it. I pressed the crumbs into it as I moved it around. I wanted to make sure it was good and covered!
  • I love to serve this with crackers, pretzels and of course, carrot and celery sticks. They go hand in hand with any order of Buffalo wings at a restaurant right? Plus, it’s great to have an assortment of items for your guests to choose from. 

Buffalo Chicken Cheese Ball

This Buffalo Chicken Cheese Ball with three different kinds of cheese, shredded chicken and Buffalo sauce will delight all the senses at your next sports gathering!

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cooked chicken
  • 1/3 cup Buffalo sauce
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Coating
  • 8 Ritz crackers, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, chopped
  1. Beat the cream cheese in a mixing bowl until soft and smooth. Add in the shredded cheddar cheese and mix well. With a rubber spatula, fold in the blue cheese until well combined.

  2. In a medium bowl toss together the shredded chicken, Buffalo sauce, green onions, and garlic powder. Mix well. 

  3. Fold into the cream cheese mixture, combining thoroughly. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of one hour. 

  4. In a shallow bowl or rimmed plate, mix together the crumbled crackers, 

If you like this Buffalo Chicken Cheese Ball, check out some of my other popular appetizer ideas! Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Pepperoni Bread

Roasted Garlic Hummus

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