Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring Is Here!

Hooray for Spring!



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I'll be back soon with more recipes to share!  In the meantime, I'll be sharing some great recipes from Sweet Little Bluebird and my favorite food bloggers on my Facebook page and Pinterest!

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Cheers!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

We're Moving!




I want to sincerely apologize for not having new posts the last several weeks - but I have a very good excuse...we're moving to Colorado!  All of my time has been spent getting our home ready to sell and all the work that goes into moving a family cross country.  Once things calm down here, I'll be back to posting on a regular basis.  Until then, be sure to follow me on Pinterest and Facebook, where I'll be sharing wonderful recipes from my favorite food bloggers!  



Sunday, February 2, 2014

Easy Raspberry Sauce (Jalapeno Popper Dipping Sauce)

With today being Super Bowl Sunday and all the jalapeño poppers being made, I thought I would share how to make quick and easy raspberry sauce, my favorite dip for jalapeño poppers!  This sauce is ready in under a minute! All you need - seedless raspberry preserves and water, that's it!  It's great over ice cream and pancakes, and wonderful for dipping jalapeño popper grilled cheese and monte cristo sandwiches!  


Easy Raspberry Sauce

In a small microwave safe bowl, take 4 heaping tablespoons of Seedless Raspberry Preserves and 4 teaspoons of water, mix well with fork.  Heat in microwave for 20-30 seconds, or until warm - adjust time depending on your microwave.  Remove, mix again and it's ready to serve.  Enjoy!  

For single serving - 1 heaping tablespoon of raspberry preserves and 1 teaspoon of water.


Grilled Jalapeño Popper Sandwich with Raspberry Dipping Sauce

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Tried and True - Aromatic Beef Stew with Butternut Squash

If you are looking for a wonderful bowl of comfort food to get you through a winter day, or any day for that matter, look no further!  Better Homes and Garden's Aromatic Beef Stew with Butternut Squash will warm you up in no time!



This recipe was shared by my good friend, Mrs. S, a few years ago.  I was lucky enough to score a bowl the last time she made it!  She was even sweet enough to take a picture for me to share with all of you!  I've made this once and it was amazing!  Mrs. S has made it several times (she always shares) and it always gets rave reviews - especially from me!  It's one of my all-time favorite stews!   

Aromatic Beef Stew with Butternut Squash

Ingredients
  • olive oil
  • stew beef (round or chuck) cut in chunks
  • onion
  • fresh ginger, peeled, minced
  • butternut squash (shortcut tip, buy it pre-cut in the produce section)
  • diced tomatoes (no salt)
  • tomato sauce (no salt)
  • low sodium beef broth
  • ground cumin
  • ground cinnamon
  • crushed red pepper flakes
  • cooked whole wheat couscous
  • sliced toasted almonds
  • chopped fresh parsley
Head to Better Homes and Gardens for full recipe and directions.  Be sure to print extra copies, you'll need them to pass out to family and friends!  

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Fiesta Ranch Dip

Today's recipe is a quick and easy dip that only has 4 ingredients!   
Perfect for the big game this Sunday!  FIESTA RANCH DIP!  Always a hit!

Update, April 23, 2014:  Yesterday I adapted this recipe using a packet of Hidden Valley Ranch Original Salad Dressing and Seasoning Mix, along with a can of Mexicorn (variation recipe below)...it was awesome!  If I had to choose between the two recipes, this new version would be my pick!  My friends gobbled it up and asked for the recipe!


Fiesta Ranch Dip


Print Recipe 
Ingredients
  • *1 packet Hidden Valley Fiesta Ranch Dip - (reduce amount for less intense flavor - you can use )  
  • 10 ounce can Rotel Original (drain excess liquid)
  • 16 oz sour cream
  • 1 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
Directions
Mix all ingredients in a medium size bowl.  Chill in fridge for 1 hour.  Serve with your favorite tortilla chips.  Great with veggies too!  Enjoy!

Tips for "jazzing" up the dip:
  • Add a can of mexicorn or sweet corn (drained).  I LOVE this dip with corn added!
  • Top with finely shredded cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes and olives.
*New variation:
Directions
Mix all ingredients in a medium size bowl.  Chill in fridge for 1 hour.  Serve with your favorite tortilla chips. Enjoy!


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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Bubble Up Chili Bake

Tonight was one of those nights I was struggling on what to make for dinner.  I had a pound of ground beef that needed to be used and a husband that wanted chili.  Now I love chili, but we have it all the time in the winter and I'm just about over it!  Then I remembered I had a can of biscuits in the fridge!  Hmmm...what about trying a bubble up chili bake?!  I got rave reviews for my Bubble Up Mexican Casserole - I knew chili would be great too.  Boy was I right!  It was awesome!  My husband had three helpings.  Three!  My girls loved it too, even their friend that was over said it was pretty darn good. This was the perfect comfort meal for this historic cold snap here in Ohio!



Bubble Up Chili Bake

Ingredients
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef 
  • 1.25 oz packet McCormick Original Chili Seasoning Mix
  • 1 can (14 1/2 oz) diced tomatoes, undrianed
  • 1 can kidney beans, undrained ( 15 to 16 oz, light or dark)
  • 16 oz can refrigerator biscuits
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (cheese is added after baking for 25 minutes)
Direction
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.  Cut biscuits into quarters and place them in a single layer in baking dish - see photos below - set aside.  Next, brown beef in a large skillet on medium-high heat until thoroughly cooked.  When ready, drain excess fat.  Add chili seasoning packet, kidney beans and diced tomatoes to cooked beef, stir well and allow to cook an additional 5 minutes.  When ready, pour chili evenly over biscuits.  Bake on middle rack of oven for 25 minutes.  After 25 minutes, use a toothpick to check to see if the biscuits are cooked through.  Remove from oven, evenly top with cheese and place back in oven for an additional 8 to 10 minutes, until cheese has melted and begins to bubble.  Serve with your favorite chili toppings like sour cream and onion. Enjoy!


This is not the prettiest meal - don't let the picture below fool you - this is delicious! 

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

BLT DIP

If you are looking for a quick and easy appetizer to add to your recipe box, you should add this awesome BLT DIP!  Only 4 ingredients!  Made with sour cream, mayonnaise, bacon and tomatoes.  This is another wonderful recipe share from my good friend (Mrs. N) from Maryland.  I had this dip for the first time over eight years ago and have loved it ever since!  This dip is always a hit and gets devoured at parties!


BLT DIP

Ingredients
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (Hellmann's regular or light)
  • 1 cup sour cream (regular or light)
  • 3 oz bag of real bacon bits (Oscar Mayer)
  • 3-4 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced
Optional Ingredients
  • Finely shredded cheddar cheese (1/2 to 1 cup can be added to the dip or sprinkled on top)
  • Finley shredded lettuce (sprinkled on top of dip)
Directions
Mix the four ingredients together in a medium size bowl and refrigerate for one hour.  Serve chilled with your favorite crackers or sliced baguette.  Enjoy!



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Cheers!