May 30, 2018

Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwiches #MasterSummer

This post is sponsored by Tyson, Unilever, and Ball Park Buns products. 
All opinions are mine.
It is finally warm and sunny outside and that means we spend a whole lot of time in our backyard. Whether we are grilling, gardening, partying, or playing we love being outside in our yard having fun in the sunshine. Today I am sharing my Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwiches, which are the perfect summertime messy but good meal to serve at your backyard parties all season long!
We love entertaining in our backyard and now that the weather is warm and the Texas sun is out we are ready to entertain. We love grilling but sometimes I like to use my slow cooker or oven to bake a simple family meal and we enjoy eating with friends and family on our backyard patio. Then, of course, we have s'mores in our fire pit! That's my idea of a perfect summer meal!
 I have had a Sam's Club membership since before I was married with kids but now that I am a Mama I shop there all the time! I love the bulk items and great savings and now that summer is almost here we shop for all our backyard entertaining supplies!
 For my Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwich recipe I bought all my ingredients at Sam's Club including Tyson Chicken breasts, Ball Park Tailgaters Crustini Buns, and Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise.
It really saves me time and money to buy in bulk at Sam's Club! 
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May 28, 2018

The Lion King Peanut Butter Fruit Dip #MovieMonday

It's movie night tonight and we are watching Disney's The Lion King. I made the girls, with some help from my creative husband, a healthy and fun Disney themed treat to snack on during the show! It turned out better than I imagined and they gobbled up my Peanut Butter Fruit Dip faster than you can say
Hakuna Matata! 
On the last (or fourth) Monday of each month, a group of bloggers participate in a #MovieMondayChallenge, hosted by C'mon Get Crafty! We decide on a topic, genre, or specific movie to use for inspiration and everyone gets free reign to create something wonderful!
This month's challenge was. . . . Fathers! Your Dad's Favorite Film, or just a movie about fatherhood! Everyone was allowed to choose their own favorite film so long as it was inspired by the challenge word. I chose- The Lion King. I love this Disney movie and the scenes with Simba and his wise and brave father Mufasa are some of my favorites. It is a great movie to watch with your kids especially on Father's Day! I created this healthy peanut butter yogurt fruit dip inspired by The Lion King for #MovieMonday and made it even more special by decorating it to look like a mighty lion!

Look at those happy faces! I love making fun food like this dip for my kiddos. And cuddling up and watching one of my favorite childhood movies is even more special.

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May 27, 2018

30 Messy But Good Burger Recipes

I can hardly contain my excitement! It's one of my favorite foodie holidays tomorrow. That's right :drum roll: it's National Hamburger Day and Burger Month too! 
This Southern girl loves a tasty messy but good burger and I have found the 30 best to share with y'all today! Make one {or two} tonight to celebrate and enjoy! 
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May 26, 2018

Fried Pickle Burger with Buttermilk Ranch Dip #BurgerMonth

This post is part of a kick butt burger grill giveaway hosted by GirlCarnivore but the burger epicness is all my own. 
I am excited to participate in Burger Month with Girl Carnivore this year. Over 50 bloggers including myself are sharing their best burger creations throughout the month of May along with huge giveaways you don't want to miss! 
For my Burger Month creation this year I decided to make a Southern inspired Fried Pickle Burger with Buttermilk Ranch Dip. I cooked a thick 1/2 lb peppercorn crusted burger patty and added my favorite appetizer, fried pickles, on top. Then drizzled on creamy buttermilk ranch dressing because ranch is good on just about anything, right?! 
Check out the recipe below and comment and let me know what you think.
A huge thanks to the #BurgerMonth sponsors and swag from Anolon,
Cabot Cheese, Microplane, and Red Duck.
Scroll down for the amazing giveaway!
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May 25, 2018

Southern Fried Pickles

Today I am sharing one of my favorite comfort food snacks: Southern Fried Pickles .
 I love ordering them at restaurants but have never tried to make them myself until now. They are surprisingly easy to make and take only a few minutes to prepare and cook. I decided to coat them only in seasoned flour instead of a thick egg batter so they are crunchy and light and not thick coated. I love how they came out and my husband and I gobbled them up for dinner tonight!
Fried pickles are an addictive appetizer that we often order when we dine out at local sports bars. I made this copycat recipe and I was so excited my version came out just like the restaurant version- crunchy, tangy, and delicious!
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May 23, 2018

Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies for Teacher Appreciation

Bake these soft colorful Funfetti cookies at home with your kids! They make delicious treats for teachers on the last day of school. Wrap them up in a colorful container with a "Smart Cookie" sign and handout at school!  
Oh my heart!My oldest daughter Ava graduated preschool today! All day long I have been holding back tears y'all. how is it my baby girl is a kindergartner already? 
Ava attends part day school on the Army post here and is lucky enough to have not one, not two, but three amazing teachers! She will sure miss them! 
We brought them each a basket of these Funfetti Cookies as a thank you present.Ava was so happy to give them a gift that she helped bake. I love when she helps me in the kitchen! 
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May 19, 2018

Fry Dipping Sauce

Much better than plain ol' ketchup, this three ingredient Fry Dipping Sauce is so
 good you will make it over and over!
This tasty homemade sauce is also delicious drizzled on my Cheeseburger and Fries Pizza
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May 14, 2018

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Fried Apples

Good morning friends! 
We are one week away from summer vacation which means - no school!- and this Mama is exhausted already just thinking about it!
Luckily, we took a family trip to the grocery store to stock up on some essentials so I can meal prep and plan lunches for this week. I decided to pick up some beautiful, crunchy red apples too and add them to my slow cooker for an easy Cinnamon Fried Apples dessert. 
Check out the recipe below and let me know what you think!
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May 10, 2018

The 30 Best Ever Meatball Recipes

Meatballs have always been one of my go to meals especially for my kiddos. But simple spaghetti and meatballs doesn't always fly in our home. We try to think outside of the box for our weeknight dinners to keep the kids interested and excited. Whether we use different meats like chicken or pork or add unique spices and sauces, I love creating tasty meatball recipes for my family. Check out this collection of The 30 Best Ever Meatball Recipes to inspire you to think outside of the box and create a delicious meatball meal tonight! 
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May 5, 2018

Cinco de Mayo Taco Cake

Happy Cinco de Mayo! 

This Mexican celebration is a huge deal here in San Antonio so I thought I would make a meal worthy of such a party! This easy to assemble casserole is made with tortillas layered with rice, beans, cheese, and salsa chicken or pork. Cut into "cake slices" and serve sprinkled with toppings!

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May 4, 2018

Southern Fruit Iced Tea #BrunchWeek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #BrunchWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #Brunchweek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.
Today is the last day of BrunchWeek and I have loved seeing all the delicious treats and eats that have been shared all week long! This is my fourth recipe and dare I say I left the best for last? If there is one thing I always serve during brunch it is Sweet Tea. Today I am sharing a jazzed up Sweet Tea recipe, this time with fruit juice mixed in called Southern Fruit Iced Tea . And what is a good Sweet Iced Tea without sugar, right? I used Dixie Crystals sugar to add the perfect sweetness to my brewed tea. Scroll down for the recipe and check out my drink inspiration in the pics below. 
When my darling cousin got married seven years ago, 
we had a brunch with just the girls at a local cafe called Dumplins. 
They served Fruit Tea there and that is where I first tried this amazing drink.
Now I am hooked and I had to create my own version at home!
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May 3, 2018

Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes #BrunchWeek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #BrunchWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #Brunchweek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

This brunch treat is a combo of two of my favorites: fluffy buttermilk pancakes and gooey pineapple upside down cake! Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes are sure to be a hit at your next brunch. No syrup needed, these cakes are delicious on their own! 

I was so excited to receive these LorAnn Bakery Emulsions to use for my BrunchWeek recipes!
 A baking emulsion is a flavor suspended in a base containing mostly water. In contrast, baking extracts are flavors suspended in a base containing mostly alcohol. LorAnn Bakery Emulsions are not compromised by the flavor of alcohol and don't "bake-out" when exposed to heat like an extract flavor.
For this recipe I use the Butter Vanilla flavor to add another layer of richness to these tasty pancakes.
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May 1, 2018

Asparagus Bacon Rollups #BrunchWeek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #BrunchWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #Brunchweek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.
These Asparagus Bacon Rollups are a delicious appetizer or side dish made with crisp asparagus wrapped in buttery bread that is spread with cream cheese and bacon. It is perfect for Sunday brunch with your loved ones. 
Welcome to #BrunchWeek 2018 hosted by Love and Confections and A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures! This year is even bigger and better than ever! Thirty eight bloggers from around the country are showcasing their best brunch dishes. We have so many delicious recipes for you to enjoy throughout the week (over 150!!) including cocktails, appetizers, pastries, tarts, main courses, and plenty of desserts!
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