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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…

Roasted Red Pepper Spread

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My husband fell in love with this spread after only one bite and I had to agree with him it was very delicious. Even my oldest daughter who does not like roasted red peppers liked it and ate some.

You can serve this spread with bread or you could use crackers. It is delicious either way you serve it.

Roasted Red Pepper Spread
Ingredients:
12 ounce jar roasted red pepper, drained and roughly chopped
8 ounces cream cheese
1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

For Serving:
French Demi Baguettes
crackers

Directions:
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add in the roasted peppers, parmesan cheese and cheddar cheese, mixing until well combined. Serve on toasted baguettes or with crackers.

Enjoy!!!
*Adapted from Mom on Timeout.

Breakfast Quesadilla

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I have made quesadillas before, but have never thought about turning it into a breakfast variety. This quesadilla is filled with crispy bacon, scrambled eggs and of course cheese.

Breakfast Quesadilla
Ingredients:
6 slices bacon
6 eggs
black pepper, to taste
8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
8 flour tortillas

Directions:
In a large skillet over medium heat cook the bacon until crisp. Remove from the skillet and place on a paper towel lined plate. When cool crumble. Leave a little bit of bacon grease in the pan and discard the rest.

In a medium bowl whisk together the eggs and season with black pepper. Pour the eggs into  the skillet with the bacon grease and scrambled until cooked.

Sprinkle a little bit of cheese on one of the tortillas and top with 1/4 of the eggs and 1/4 of the bacon. Top with a little bit more cheese and place another tortilla on top. Carefully place the tortilla inot the skillet and cooke, over medium heat, until the tortilla is golden and the cheese begins to melt…

Banana Cream Cheese Muffins

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These banana muffins were amazing! The first time I made them the cream cheese filling did not work out just quite right. However the flavor and texture of the banana muffins was so amazing, that I knew I needed to try again and I am so glad I did. Delicious banana muffins with a yummy cream cheese center.

Banana Cream Cheese Muffins
Ingredients:

Banana Muffins
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 bananas, mashed

Cream Cheese Filling
6 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 tablespoon all purpose flour
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Banana Muffins
Preheat oven to 350º F. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray or use line with liners.

In a large bowl, with an electric mixer or stand mixer, cream together the butter, cream cheese a…

Buffalo Chicken Pasta

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When life gets chaotic a simple and easy dinner is just what I need. But that dinner also needs to be delicious and this dish definitely is. It is a creamy, cheesy and spicy pasta goodness.


Buffalo Chicken Pasta
Ingredients:
8 ounces penne pasta
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup ranch dressing
1/3 Frank's hot sauce
2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
chopped green onions, optional

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 375º F. Spray a 8 inch casserole dish with cooking spray.

Cook the pasta according to the package directions and drain.

In a large bowl combine the cream cheese, ranch dressing and hot sauce until well combined. Add in the chicken, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese and cooked pasta. Stir until everything is well combined.

Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish and top with the remaining mozzarella and all of the cheddar cheese.

Bake for 20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and everything is warm…

Buffalo Chicken Taco Salad

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Taco salad is one of my favorite quick and easy, yet oh so yummy summer dinners. I never get tired of eating taco salad even though I make it the same way every time. But when I saw a different take on taco salad that incorporated a buffalo sauce, I knew it would be the perfect summer salad. Plus it would be a different taco salad to add the my summer salad rotation.


Buffalo Chicken Taco Salad
Ingredients:
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
6 tablespoon Frank's hot sauce
2 cups (16 ounces) shredded cooked chicken
2 romaine lettuce heads, chopped
2 jalapeños, sliced
1 pint grape tomatoes, sliced in half
1 can reduced sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
nacho cheese Doritos, crushed
ranch dressing

Directions:
In a large bowl whisk together the melted butter and the hot sauce. Add in the shredded chicken and mix well.

In a large bowl add the lettuce and then top with the buffalo chicken followed by the jalapeños, tomatoes, beans and cheese. Toss ev…

Bacon, Cheddar and Jalapeño Pinwheels

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A crescent dough sheet is covered with cream cheese, pickled jalapeños, bacon and cheddar cheese. Then it is rolled up, sliced and topped with more cheese. Then baked until dough is warm and soft and the cheese is melted. They are so delicious and spicy it is hard to just eat one.
Bacon, Cheddar and Jalapeño Pinwheels Ingredients: 1 can of crescent dough sheet 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature 5 slices cooked bacon crumbled 1-2 tablespoons diced pickled jalapeños 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Directions: Preheat the oven to 350º F. Line a baking sheet with foil, lightly sprayed with cooking spray.
In a medium bowl combine the cream cheese, bacon and jalapeños.
Unroll the crescent dough sheet and spread the cream cheese mixture on top. Sprinkle with the cheddar cheese, reserving about 2 tablespoons. Roll up the dough sheet lengthwise and slice into 3/4 inch slices. Place the slices on the prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Top with reserved cheddar cheese.
Bake for 9-11 …

Hawaiian Fried Rice

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I love fried rice and my husbands favorite pizza is the Hawaiian. So why not make a recipe that combines the two together in a delicious and easy dish. However, there is one important thing to note about this recipe, adding a little extra soy sauce on to each serving takes the dish from good to great.

My husband tried it and then added some soy sauce and said the difference was amazing. Just a little extra soy sauce was all it needed. So the next time we had it I tried it and would have to agree, so much better with a little extra soy sauce.

Hawaiian Fried Rice
Ingredients:
3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups chopped ham
1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
4 green onions, white parts minced and green parts chopped
1 medium yellow onion, diced
3 large cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 eggs, lightly beaten
4 cups cooked day old white rice
1 cup pineapple chunks