Tasty Apple Dip – The Perfect Fall Treat

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Tasty Apple Dip – The Perfect Fall Treat

Tasty Apple Dip - The Perfect Fall Treat #recipe #northiowabloggers Beth Ann Chiles It's Just Life donnahup
I love being a part of the #NorthIowaBloggers for so many reasons and I’m so appreciative that they’re helping me out while I’m on vacation.  My good friend, Beth Ann, over at It’s Just Life is sharing her Tasty Apple Dip with us today!
Fall brings apples of all shapes, colors and sizes.  I love apples and love the choices that are available locally both at local orchards and in the grocery stores.  An apple is perfect all by itself but when paired with a delightful dip it makes it even better!  I served this wonderful combo at my recent blogger gathering and it was a hit.
Tasty Apple Dip - The Perfect Fall Treat #recipe #northiowabloggers Beth Ann Chiles It's Just Life donnahup

Tasty Apple Dip

  • 2 blocks cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tub caramel
  • 1 package heath bar crumbles ( I used a combination of two kinds–milk chocolate and Bits o’ Brickle)
  • 6 large apples–your favorite variety

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  1. Combine cream cheese, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in mixing bowl and mix with electric mixer on medium low speed.
  2. Spread evenly on plate or whatever you are serving the dip on.
  3. Warm caramel just enough to make it easy to spread, stir and spread evenly over cream cheese mixture.
  4. Finish with sprinkling Heath bar crumbles on top.
  5. Cut up apples and eat immediately or mix with 1 TBSP lemon juice to prevent them from getting brown.

You can never go wrong with this simple and easy dish and the great thing is that it makes a lot so you have plenty to go around.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Tasty Apple Dip
 
Ingredients
  • 2 blocks cream cheese
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tub caramel
  • 1 package heath bar crumbles ( I used a combination of two kinds–milk chocolate and Bits o’ Brickle)
  • 6 large apples–your favorite variety
Instructions
  1. Combine cream cheese, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in mixing bowl and mix with electric mixer on medium low speed.
  2. Spread evenly on plate or whatever you are serving the dip on.
  3. Warm caramel just enough to make it easy to spread, stir and spread evenly over cream cheese mixture.
  4. Finish with sprinkling Heath bar crumbles on top.
  5. Cut up apples and eat immediately or mix with 1 TBSP lemon juice to prevent them from getting brown.

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Mini Stuffed Pumpkins an Easy Gourmet Meal

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Mini Stuffed Pumpkins an Easy Gourmet Meal

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I’m so excited to have another #NorthIowaBlogger guest posting for me!  My good friend, Amy, from over at Modern Rural Living is sharing a fun fall recipe with us!

Hi, my name is Amy and I blog over at Modern Rural Living. One thing about me is that I like to classify myself as an aspiring foodie. I say aspiring because I am no gourmet chef and don’t have much time to travel and try new and exciting foods, writing food blogs and sharing recipes is my chance to express my inner food-loving self. :)

I didn’t just come by this naturally, what started out as an experiment with food has turned into a combination of science and art for my parents, who joined a gourmet food club more than 15 years ago.

My dad says cooking is a science because you take whatever is in season and mix it with spices and liquids to make something exciting for the taste buds. My mom says cooking is an art form because it’s all about presentation and eye appeal.

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I believe their recipe for Mini Stuffed Pumpkins is a perfect union of science and art! Picture your table colorfully decorated with a bounty of gourds, pumpkins, bittersweet and acorns as the centerpiece; glasses of your favorite red, white or golden yellow wine; napkins and silverware tied together with twine next to a solitary plate holding the main course, a pumpkin stuffed with a delicious blend of savory and crunch.

My parents agree that cooking gourmet doesn’t have to be difficult. The most difficult thing about this recipe is cutting the top off of the pumpkin. The rest is easy – especially the clean up as you just throw the shPell away or toss into your compost pile.

Whether you make this fun dish for friends or family, be prepared for the “oohs” and “ahhs” as they experience both the presentation (art) and taste (science).

5.0 from 1 reviews
 
Ingredients
  • • 4 small pumpkins (approx 4”-5” high)
  • • 1 onion, chopped
  • • 2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • • 1 lb. Hamburger
  • • 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • • 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • • 4 oz can mushrooms
  • • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • • 1.5 Cups Cooked Rice
  • • 4 oz Can Chopped Water Chestnuts
Instructions
  1. Preheat Oven to 350°
  2. Cut off tops of pumpkins and clean out seeds.
  3. Sauté onions in oil until tender.
  4. Add hamburger, soy sauce, brown sugar, mushrooms, and soup.
  5. Simmer 10 minutes.
  6. Add cooked rice and water chestnuts.
  7. Fill pumpkins and place on a foil lined cookie sheet.
  8. Put tops on pumpkins.
  9. Bake 1 hour at 350°

 

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Meeting Tanya Holland at Sunset Savor Food & Wine Festival

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Last month I was able to attend the Sunset SAVOR the food and wine festival. The main event was at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch in California.  I love cooking and was really excited to meet some of the chefs.  One of the celebrity chefs present was Tanya Holland.

Tanya Holland is the Executive Chef and Owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen and B-Side BBQ in Oakland, CA. Holland is  known for her inventive takes on modern soul food, as well as comfort classics. Her recipes are rooted in tradition.  She was trained in France.  She enjoys using great ingredients in hopes of finishing with a product that doesn’t destroy them.

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She was so sweet and down to earth and apparently makes the best chicken in waffles.  I’ll be honest with you – I’ve never had chicken and waffles but I am intrigued.  I had a chance to sit down with her (and a few other journalists).  She talked with us about how “comfort food doesn’t go out of style”  and that’s why people come back to eat at her restaurant over and over.  She started her own restaurant with only one waffle maker thinking it would be a novelty item. Instead, it has taken on a life of it’s own.

When I think of comfort food I think of things that taste good but aren’t necessarily good for me.  We asked about the term “healthy soul food” since her cuisine has been referred to as such.  She said that she uses clean oils and sustainable meats. This creates food that is clean which makes it a healthier choice despite the cuisine.

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I’m really excited about her new cookbook, Brown Sugar Kitchen: New-Style, Down-Home Recipes from Sweet West Oakland.  We asked her what recipes she’d recommend starting with to any home chefs that bought her book. Her suggestions were the BBQ Shrimp & Grits because it’s very user friendly as well as the Sweet Potato Scones which are one of her personal favorites.

Buttermilk Fried Chicken

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My husband loves fried chicken so that’s the first recipe I started with.

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I started by mixing the seasonings together tarragon, paprika, onion powder, kosher salt, ground pepper, garlic powder, dried oregano, thyme, and cayenne pepper.

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I placed the chicken in a bowl and tossed them with the seasonings.

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Then I poured the the buttermilk over the chicken and stuck it in the fridge overnight.

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The next day I removed the chicken from the marinade and dredged it in the flour & salt mixture then fried and baked it.

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It was so delicious! The chicken was super moist and flavorful.  I loved the little kick that the cayenne gave it. My husband had 6 pieces! I think it’s safe to say he enjoyed it.

Connect with Tanya and her restaurants:

Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland, CA

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5.0 from 1 reviews
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Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp. dried tarragon
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp. plus 2 tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • 1 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. ground black pepper, divided
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 (3½-pound) chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh minced parsley
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • Vegetable oil for frying
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, mix together tarragon, paprika, onion powder, 2 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. black pepper, garlic powder, oregano, thyme, and cayenne pepper. Place chicken in a large bowl and sprinkle with spice mixture and parsley, tossing to coat. Pour buttermilk over chicken. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Remove chicken from marinade. In a large bowl, combine flour, remaining 1 Tbsp. salt, and remaining 1 Tbsp. black pepper. Dredge chicken pieces in seasoned flour.
  3. Pour oil into a large pot to a depth of 3" and heat over medium-high heat until a thermometer reads 350°. Add as many chicken pieces as possible without crowding the pan. Cook chicken pieces, turning occasionally and adjusting heat to keep oil at 350°, until cooked through, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove chicken to a rack and allow to rest 5 minutes before serving. Serve with cornmeal waffles with apple cider syrup.

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Healthy Halloween Treats

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Healthy Halloween Treats

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I remember getting so excited for Halloween when I was younger. It was probably one of my favorite holidays because of all the candy. I trick or treated all the way through highschool and even my freshman year of college. I had to stop though because that last year it was pretty obvious I was too old by all the adults asking “aren’t you a little too old to be trick or treating?”  I was able to start up again though when my sisters started having kids. I mean they need adults to walk around with right?

I had my middle school girls over yesterday and wanted some fun and “spooktacular” treats for them. After all I’ve been learning with Plan Z I don’t want to mess it up.  I know that sugar is one of my weaknesses and if I don’t set myself up with healthy choices it will be very easy to make poor choices.  That is why I came up with some healthier treats.  They’re super simple too.

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Spooktacular Apple Dentures:

Cut apple into slices and spread on peanut butter. Use yogurt covered raisins or almond slivers for teeth.

Spooky Eyes Deviled Eggs:

Make hard boiled eggs. Mix the yolks with a little bit of mayo and mustard – just enough for consistency.  Scoop the yolk mixture back into the eggs.  Sprinkle with paprika and top with a black olive.

The snacks went over really well with the kids and I enjoyed them too!

Are you ready to change your life and lose with me? Do you want more information? Head on over to Plan Z Diet and watch their  video to find out more.

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Big Hero 6 Baymax Brownies

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I am beyond excited to be attending the Red Carpet premier of Big Hero 6 in just less than 2 weeks!  In fact I’m so excited that I needed to make some fun treats! I have a middle school group that meets at my house once a week and I made these for them last night. I didn’t have any because I am sticking to my diet so I look good on that red carpet.  The girls loved them though. There were none left :)

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I started with a box mix. I made blondie brownies (vanilla brownies with chocolate chips).  I used a circular cookie cutter to cut the brownies.

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After that I frosted them with white frosting and drew on the Baymax face with black frosting. It was so simple and the kids loved them!

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I hope you’ll follow me on Twitter and Instagram because I’ll be live tweeting from the Red Carpet and from Dancing with the Stars.   It’s going to be amazing!

Check out these clips – Big Hero 6 opens in theatres everywhere on November 7th!

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BIG HERO 6 opens in theaters everywhere on November 7th!

Healthy Fall Apple Pie Bake

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Healthy Fall Apple Pie Bake Recipe

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I’ve been more than thrilled with my success on Plan Z. Not only am I looking better but I’m feeling better too. I have more energy and let’s face it – fitting into jeans I have not been able to fit in for years definitely puts me in a fantastic mood.  My friends have been telling me I look great and I know what the scale says but I see myself every day and it didn’t really hit me until I saw two pictures side by side.

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In just under a month I’ve also lost one of my chins! It’s a great feeling!  I have to admit though that even though eating clean feels good and tastes good the holidays bring a lot of temptation for me. I love the pumpkin, apple, and cinnamon smells.  So, instead of giving in to the sweet smells I made a healthier version. It’s a win win – I get to enjoy the fall tastes and I don’t have to have the guilt over eating something loaded with sugar and calories.

It’s super simple to make too!

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I started with one apple and sprinkled it with apple pie spice, PureVia, and a little vanilla.  I then placed it in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.  I told you it was easy :)

It’s really easy to make changes too. You could add cinnamon, nutmeg, or pumpkin pie spice in place of the apple pie spice. You could also add in raspberries or strawberries. I keep the fruit at about 1 cup per person.  You can also crumble a piece of melba toast on top to make a crust.

Are you ready to change your life and lose with me? Do you want more information? Head on over to Plan Z Diet and watch their  video to find out more.

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Win the OATrageous Oatmeals Cookbook

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OATrageous Oatmeals Cookbook Review,

Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Vegan

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Click the Photo above to see the complete review of OATrageous Oatmeals by Kathy Hester by Colleen at MyDairyFreeGlutenFreeLife.com

Here’s another great giveaway.  For those of you who love to cook you’ll love this.  Read on to find out more and how you can win. Good luck!

Click the photo below to get the recipe from this book for OATS-BURY Steaks!

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About the Author:

Kathy Hester is the creator of HealthySlowCooking.com and the vegan blogger for KeyIngredient.com. Her work has been featured in Chickpea Magazine, T.O.F.U Magazine and on OneGreenPlanet.com. She lives in Durham, North Carolina.

OATrageous Oatmeals Cookbook Giveaway:

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Fall Magic Bars Recipe Plus a Sweet Giveaway

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*This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by Sweetworks. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic 

Fall Magic Bars Recipe Plus a Sweet Giveaway

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Fall is here and along with it comes all the amazing smells and holiday food!  My “Happy Fall Y’all” Wreath is on the front door and I have my pumpkin spice candle burning.  The temperatures have been nice and cool as well.  I never need an excuse to bake but the smells and cool temps are definitely a good reason to get in the kitchen and start baking.

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Aren’t these Sixlets from SweetWorks fun? I just love the fall colors and knew I had to use them in a recipe.

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I started by putting aluminum foil in my pan and spraying it.  Then I poured melted butter and crushed graham crackers on the bottom of the pan.  This is a fun one to do with the kids. You can put your graham crackers in a ziploc bag and crush them with a rolling pin. Depending on your child’s age and “enthusiasm” you may want to double the baggie.

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Once your crust is laid our a can of sweetened condensed milk and sprinkle with shredded coconut.

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After the coconut I sprinkled caramel and chocolate chips. This is fun because the kiddos can help sprinkle all the ingredients also. You really can’t mess it up.  You can also substitute the butterscotch or peanut butter chips for the caramel.

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For the top layer I used my fall colored sixlets.  I love how colorful it looks!  I put it in a preheated oven and baked it for 30 minutes.  Once cooled slice into bars and enjoy!

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4.9 from 17 reviews
Fall Magic Bars Recipe
 
*Adapted from the Magic Bar Recipe on the back of the Keebler Graham Crackers
Ingredients
  • 1 and ½ cups crushed graham crackers
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 14 oz of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 and ½ cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup caramel chips
  • 1 cup Sixlets
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line 9x13 pan with aluminum foil and spray lightly with cooking spray.
  3. Pour in melted butter, then graham crackers. Press with spoon to make a crust.
  4. Pour the can of sweetened condensed milk over the crust.
  5. Sprinkle the shredded coconut.
  6. Sprinkle the chocolate and caramel chips.
  7. Sprinkle the sixlets.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes.
  9. Cool then cut into bars.
  10. Enjoy!

 

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Win Swiss Colony Candy Corn Pie Slices

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My husband dove into these almost immediately when we received them.  He had half the cakes eaten by the time I finished the photos.  They’re sweet, rich and delicious.  This is a perfect gift for the fall or to bring to dinner parties. We’re even giving one lucky reader their very own tin of Swiss Colony Candy Corn Pie Slices!

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You’ll harvest a bounty of gratitude when you send these unique Petits Fours!

  • Layers of cake and butter creme coated with Swiss creme
  • Taste just like candy corn
  • Form a complete “pie” when they’re arranged in our special gift tin
  • Gift of 10; .65-oz. each.

We are giving a tin of Candy Corn Pie Slices to one lucky fan! Just enter on the rafflecopter below.  You can also head over to It’s Free at Last to win Swiss Colony Pumpkin Spice Truffles!

*Giveaway is open to the US only and ends 10/7/14. Good luck!

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The Pure Pantry Chocolate Cake Review

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*I received a Pure Pantry Chocolate Cake Mix to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.  

The Pure Pantry Chocolate Cake Review

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Fall is here and that means the holidays will be rolling in one after the other.  Holidays are great for bringing together people and food. Lots and lots of food.  I’m always thankful that it’s cold and we can bundle up because the winter is when I usually pack on a few pounds.

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I’ve mentioned before that I’m gluten free and that usually means eating before I go to functions or bringing my own dishes.  I had the chance to try a chocolate cake mix from The Pure Pantry.

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It was so easy to make. Just add a few ingredients and bake.  The cake mix itself is gluten free, dairy free, casein free, soy free and nut free.  I did use eggs in the mix but they give you options to keep it gluten free, dairy free, casein free, soy free and nut free.

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I put chocolate chocolate chip frosting on the cake and it was amazing.  The cake is very moist.

The most deliciously moist gluten free chocolate cake you have ever tasted is now available from The Pure Pantry.  Made with sucanat and maple sugar, both natural unrefined sweeteners, and quinoa, sorghum, and brown rice – who would ever guess that a cake that tastes this good would also provide fiber, protein, and anti-oxidants!

  • Unbelievably delicious!
  • Gluten free, dairy free, casein free, soy free and nut free
  • Made with a unique blend of wholegrain flours
  • Free of refined sugars

Win a Slow Cooker Gift Pack from Red Gold

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Fall is just around the corner! We’ve already dropped to the 30’s a few days this past week. I just love the cooler temps, the smells, and the colors of fall. It makes it one of my favorite seasons! We have a fantastic giveaway for you! We’re giving one lucky reader a Slow Cooker Gift Pack from Red Gold! Read on to find out more and good luck!

Fall is the perfect time to get out the slow cooker and enjoy warm meals together as a family. Red Gold wants to help you create those meals by offering delicious recipes that include their wonderful tomato products.

Red Gold has been around since the 1940s growing tomatoes in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan, where true seasons positively impact flavor — with just the right angle of the sun, perfect temperature, and soil that seems made for growing tomatoes. Using tomatoes in soups, stews and casseroles may also offer more nutrition than fresh. When tomatoes are heated, the antioxidant lycopene (linked to several health benefits) is released.

Because of this, Red Gold is offering an awesome “2-a-day Crock-Pot® Giveaway! What does this mean? Every day, from September 17 through October 8, on the Red Gold Facebook page they will be giving 2 of their loyal Red Gold fans a Red Gold branded Crock-Pot. That is 44 Crock-Pots in over 3 weeks! In addition, Red Gold will be sharing some new Crock-Pot recipes.

I wanted to share one of these new recipes here so you could get dinner started right away!

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Slow Cooker Spicy Macaroni & Cheese

Servings: 8 | Preparation Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 240 minutes
2 cups pasta of choice, uncooked
2 tablespoons butter
8 ounces processed American cheese, cut into cubes
8 ounces cream cheese, cut into cubes
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 cup low fat milk
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
1 (14.5 ounce) can Red Gold® Petite Diced Tomatoes With Green Chilies, drained or 2 (10 ounce) cans Red Gold® Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies , drained

  • Place the uncooked pasta in the bottom of a 3.5-qt. crock pot that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Add the remaining ingredients, except RED GOLD® PETITE DICED TOMATOES with GREEN CHILIES, to the slow cooker and stir until well combined. Cook on LOW for 4 hours.
  • Just before serving add RED GOLD® PETITE DICED TOMATOES with GREEN CHILIES; stir to combine.

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Red Gold is giving one lucky reader a Crock-Pot Gift Pack that includes:

  • 2 cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can diced w/ green chills
  • 1 diced with lime juice and cilantro
  • 1 diced with garlic and olive oil,
  • Red Gold apron
  • wooden spoon
  • recipes

Giveaway is open to US residents ages 18+. Giveaway runs from September 17 through October 2. Winner will be verified, emailed and have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Participating bloggers were not compensation. Bloggers are not responsible for prize shipment. Enter through the rafflecopter below. Good Luck!

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Monster Mash Recipe

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Monster Mash Recipe

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I love this time of year. My favorite two seasons come one right after the other – Fall and Winter.  Growing up my mom always made the best snack mix. She mixed white chocolate with cereals, pretzels, and M&M’s.  It was hit at home and with everyone who received her Christmas tins filled with it.

With Halloween around the corner I’ve been trying to think of a unique snack mix to make for my friends and to take to holiday parties. I also received some Squish kitchen items that I was dying to use.

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This Squish product set is so cool and so unique.  Everything pictured above can fold and “squish” to fit in a drawer.

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When you unsquish it all you have a Bowl, Colander, Measuring cups and measuring spoons. It’s a total space saver and the munchkins love using them because of the bright colors.  They’re also a breeze to clean. After I’m done using them I can collapse them all and store them.

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Now, on to my Monster Mash Creation. I started with the Halloween Oreos. I broke up about 15 of them and set them aside.

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After that, break 1 cup of pretzel sticks in pieces and add to the oreos.

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After that add 1 cup of candy corns to the the mixture.

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Then you can spread the mixture on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper or parchment paper.  While I was making my snack mix I had 1 bag of white chocolate chips melting in a double boiler.  I tried to pour it over the snack mix and it didn’t really work the way I wanted so I just dumped the snack mix in the bowl with the melted chocolate and mixed it.

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I then spread it out on the cookie sheet and wax paper. I also added Halloween theme sprinkles to the top before the chocolate hardened.

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This is so good! I mean I had to pull myself away from it. I could have devoured it all.  It’s definitely a keeper and I’ll be bringing to all my Fall festivities!

P.S. If you want to get some really fab squish items for yourself, you can find them here.

5.0 from 8 reviews
Monster Mash
 
Ingredients
  • 15 Halloween Oreos
  • 1 cup pretzel sticks
  • 1 cup candy corns
  • 11 oz bag of white chocolate chips
  • Halloween themed sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Melt white chocolate chips in double boiler.
  2. While the chocolate is melting break up the cookies and pretzel sticks. Add the candy corns.
  3. Mix the melted chocolate in the snack mix.
  4. Spread out on a cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper.
  5. Lightly dust with Halloween Sprinkles.
  6. Let set so the chocolate will harden.
  7. Enjoy!

 

Win an OmniPad 7inch Android Tablet and Shake n Take Blender

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Win a copy of Sunset The Great Outdoors Cookbook

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Sunset The Great Outdoors Cookbook Giveaway

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Sponsored By: Sunset Magazine
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I really enjoy cooking and bringing great new tastes to my family’s table. This Grilled Chicken dish below was delicious and I found it in my Sunset The Great Outdoors Cookbook. It’s just one of the numerous delicious dishes in the book. There are so many amazing selections. I’m excited to share this book with you and let you know that FIVE of you will be getting the cookbook for yourselves!

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Organized around the places and ways we cook outdoors: the backyard grill, the picnic, the campsite, or the cabin, The Great Outdoors Cookbook draws on the long tradition of cooking and living in the great outdoors. Discover the tradition and evolution of outdoor cooking in the West with stories, quotes, and historical photos from the rich archives of Sunset magazine from camp cooking, dutch oven cooking, pit barbecuing, to today’s fresh, modern, healthy approach to cooking and eating outdoors. With 200+ fresh recipes and 150+ full-color photos, this book has everything readers need to experience the ultimate outdoor cooking adventure – from menu planning and packing tips, to easy step-by-step cooking techniques, from the best advice on supplies and cookers to strategies for eating well and cooking outdoors — that’s all here and so much more. All in celebration of the life lived outdoors.

You can read my full review plus get the recipe for the Grilled Chicken Grilled Chicken with Whisky BBQ, Chili Lime Corn on the Cob and Spicy Slaw she made from the cookbook! We’re giving FIVE lucky readers their own copy of the cookbook. Just enter on the rafflecopter below.  

Two of the co-authors of the Great Outdoors Cookbook, Sunset food editors Margo True and Elaine Johnson, will be demoing recipes from the book at Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast! Here is the info:
Saturday, Sept. 27 & Sunday Sept. 28 @ 11:30 am
*Giveaway is open to the US and Canada. Giveaway ends 9/2/14 at 11:59pm Central time.

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#ad Hot Wings with Chipotle Ranch Dip

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Hot Wings with Chipotle Ranch Dip

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One of my very favorite foods is hot wings. I probably like them a little too much. Every time my husband asks where I want to go to dinner I tell him I want wings.  I love the wing sauce and that I really like that I can eat them with my fingers. They’re great for a meal or a snack. Is there anything not to like about chicken wings? I certainly can’t think of anything.

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This past Sunday I decided to run into Walmart to grab a few things that I needed before heading home after church.  I happened to pass the deli when I walked in. You’ll never guess what they had :)

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Yep, chicken wings! They actually had quite a few choices for a hot meal.  Of course, I gravitated towards the wings. I got the Hot Wings and the General Tso’s wings.  I love that they were hot, fresh and ready. No prep needed. They were perfect to bring home  which was awesome because I was hungry before I even entered the store. I’m really excited about these because football season is here. Wings are the perfect food to eat while watching the big game! They will totally be my #GameTimeHero  It’s also really convenient that they’re hot and ready because you can just run in and grab a few pounds for your next tailgating party!  In fact Walmart is even having some in-store demos happening the weekend of August 29-31. Check and see if there are any demos happening in your area.

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The General Tso’s wings were boneless and the sauce was sweet and spicy.  They were very good and will definitely be a hit with my hubby and his friends.

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My absolute favorite though were the traditional hot wings. Hot wings are always a hit with our game day crowd.  They had a nice spice and had just the right amount of sauce. Yum!

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I was so hungry when I got home that I didn’t want to make any thing special so I paired them with some easy peasy dipping sauces like the Kraft Creamy Italian and the Buttermilk Ranch. My favorite was the Ranch, but they were both great.  I love that it’s so simple. We need to have LOTS of wings for our football gatherings and I can put out a couple of dishes with the dressings.

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Oh my goodness did they hit the spot. In fact, because the prices at the deli were so awesome I got enough wings for dinner too. I told you I really like wings ;)

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I’ve also been on a lime kick.  I’m not sure why, but I’ve been using it a lot with spicy food.  It’s a great ingredient.  I got an idea to use with the ranch. I made a Chipotle Ranch Dip.  I combined a 1/2 cup of ranch, one chipotle pepper in adobe sauce, and the juice of one lime in the food processor. It was super simple.

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The result was delicious!  This dip will definitely be a keeper for game day! The next time you need a hot meal or food to feed some hungry football fans stop by the Walmart Deli and pick up some wings! You can also grab all the ingredients for the Chipotle Ranch Dip there. It seriously took 5 minutes.  What is your favorite dipping sauce for your wings?

5.0 from 2 reviews
Chipotle Ranch Dip
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup of ranch
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobe sauce
  • juice of one lime
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Enjoy!

 

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