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Caramel Crispies

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Many years ago I was looking though a new cookbook and came across a recipe that combined rice crispie treats and caramel. Caramel and rice crispies combined together?! Yeah, that recipe got made sooner than later!

The first batch I made was delicious and my family and I devoured them! The next time I made them (which was not too long after the first batch) I made some changes and this batch was unbelievably delicious and did not last as long as the first batch.

The first time I took them to a work potluck, they were gone in seconds with several requests for the recipe and many request to make them again and again. They are really delicious, but I will warn you, they are incredible sweet and addicting.

Caramel Crispies
Ingredients:
18 tablespoons butter, divided
10 cups miniature marshmallows, divided
8 cups crisp rice cereal, divided
14 ounces caramels
14 ounces sweetened condensed milk

Directions:
Grease a 9x13 pan.

In a large saucepan add 4 tablespoons butter and 5 cups marshmallow…

No Bake Cereal Bars

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My girls love the new Berry Burst Cherrios and they did not want me to use them for these cereal bars. But after one bite they fell in love with these bars and were glad I used the Berry Burst Cherrios instead of the "plain cherrios" they wanted me to use.


No Bake Cereal Bars
Ingredients:
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup peanut butter
3 cups Berry Burst Cherrios
1 cup white chocolate chips, divided
1/2 cup toasted almonds, chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 teaspoons shortening

Directions:
Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper, allowing it to over hang the baking dish.

In a small bowl add the honey and peanut butter. Microwave for 30-45 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds until melted and completely mixed. Set aside.

In a large bowl combine the cereal, 1/2 cup chocolate chips, chopped almonds and dried cranberries. Pour the honey mixture over top and stir until well mixed. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and press into an even layer. Freeze for 30 minutes, or unti…

French Toast Sausage Roll-Ups

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Cooked sausage rolled up in bread and then cooked like regular french toast. But best of all you can eat them with your hands and dip them in syrup.

French Toast Sausage Roll-Ups
Ingredients:
8-10 breakfast sausage links
8-10 slices sandwich bread
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
splash of vanilla extract
unsalted butter

For Serving (not included in nutritional info):
maple syrup

Directions:
Cook the sausage according to the package directions.

Meanwhile, trim the crust from the bread slices and flatten them out with your hands or a rolling pin.

In a shallow bowl whisk together the eggs, milk cinnamon and vanilla.

Roll each sausage in one piece of bread.

Heat a skillet over medium heat and add a pat or two of butter.

Dunk each sausage roll into the egg mixture coating completely. Let the excess drip off and then place in the pan seam side down. When the bottom side has browned turn to cook and brown all sides.

Serve with maple syrup.

Nutrition FactsServes: 5Amount Per S…

Bunny Cinnamon Rolls

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I have been wanting to make these bunny cinnamon rolls for a few years now. But really wanted to make them with homemade cinnamon rolls. Well, I have just never found the time around Easter to make homemade cinnamon rolls. So, this past Easter I decided I was just going to use the cinnamon rolls that come in a tube, because I just really wanted to make them. 

So now for a confession, I have never had cinnamon rolls in a tube. I have either had homemade or fresh bakery bought cinnamon rolls. And I can now say that tube kind do not even come to homemade. The next time I make these cute bunny cinnamon rolls I will definitely be using homemade cinnamon rolls. Homemade cinnamon rolls taste a million times better.

Bunny Cinnamon Rolls
Ingredients:
12.4 ounce can cinnamon rolls with icing (8 count)
raisins or dried cranberries
sliced almonds

Directions:
Preheat the oven per package directions. Lightly grease a cookie sheet.

Remove the cinnamon rolls from the package and place 4 of them on th…

Cranberry Dijon Glazed Ham

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I loved the combination of ham and cranberries. I loved it so much that this may be my go to ham recipe. The sauce is easy and adds such a wonderful flavor to the ham.

Cranberry Dijon Glazed Ham
Ingredients:
2 cups fresh cranberries
1/4 cup water
1/4 cups honey
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
5-6 pound spiral sliced cooked ham

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 325ยบ F.  Place a roasting rack in the bottom of a roasting pan. Place the ham on the rack and use a sharp knife to score the ham diagonally.

In a medium saucepan combine the cranberries, water and honey. Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally until most of the cranberries have popped, about 4-5 minutes.

Add in the Dijon mustard, vinegar, brown sugar and cayenne pepper. Continue to cook for an additional 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has thickened some and is like syrup. You do not want it too thick, just a little bit.

Use an immersi…

Green Bean and Egg Salad with Garlic Parmesan Vinaigrette

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I do not think I have ever had green beans in a salad, with lettuce. I've had green beans and hard boiled eggs, plus a few other ingredients and I've had hard boiled eggs in a salad. So I was intrigued with both green beans and hard boiled eggs combined with lettuce and a few other ingredients.

Turns out it was delicious! This salad was not only full of yummy ingredients, but was topped with a delicious homemade dressing.

Green Bean and Egg Salad with Garlic Parmesan Vinaigrette
Ingredients:

Salad
1 pound spring mix lettuce
1/2 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
6 hard boiled eggs, sliced
6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 cup croutons

Garlic Parmesan Vinaigrette
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, minced
fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

Salad
Place the lettuce mix into a large salad bowl.

Bring a large pot of wate…

Mini Toffee Cheesecakes

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I love how cute mini cheesecakes look, plus I feel better about eating a mini cheesecake than a slice of cheesecake. Some how I have convinced myself that a mini cheesecake has less calories, fat, sugar and other nutritional information. It's not that I have actually calculated this and have any facts. Plus with these mini cheesecakes being so rich and creamy with a fluffy topping, I am not sure they are not any better in nutritional information than a slice of cheesecake. But when it comes to a delicious cheesecake I focus on the taste and these tasted amazing!

Mini Toffee Cheesecake
Ingredients:

Crust
1 1/2 cups Oreo cookie crumbs
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Cheesecake
2- 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup white chocolate chips
1 teaspoons shortening
1 cup toffee bits

Mousse 
1- 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup white chocolate chi…

Bacon Cheeseburger Quesadillas

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The flavors of a bacon cheeseburger are now in a easy and delicious quesadilla. When preparing these it is important to taste the meat mixture after adding the ketchup and mustard to make sure it is to your liking. Just remember to start with a little, because you can always add more.

Bacon Cheeseburger Quesadillas
Ingredients:
1/2 pound bacon, chopped
1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
black pepper, to taste
ketchup, to taste
mustard, to taste
2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
dill pickle slices
8- 10 inch flour tortillas

Directions:
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the bacon until crisp. Remove the bacon from the skillet and place on a paper towel lined plate. Pour out some of the bacon fat, if there is any, leaving just a little. Add the ground turkey to the skillet and cook until completely cooked and crumbled. Drain off any excess grease. Return the bacon back to the skillet and season with black pepper. Add in desired amount of ketchup and mustard, tasting as you go until…