Summer Pasta Salad

Happy Fabulous Friday!!!

It’s hard to believe Summer is coming to an end already!!! It is time for back to school and no more easy going traffic for work commutes in big cities!

Labor Day is usually the last big Summer bash of the and it’s time to start planning your end of the Summer party so you can end Summer 17 with a bang! My Summer pasta salad will be the perfect addition to your menu!

Ingredients

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2 boxes of Angel Hair Pasta
1 16 oz bottle of zesty Kraft Italian dressing
1 16oz bottle of Roasted Red Pepper Kraft Italian dressing
1 Cucumber
2 tomatoes on a vine
1/4 cup Hidden Valley Ranch dressing
McCormick Salad Supreme Seasoning

Instructions:

Boil Angel hair pasta according to the instructions on the box. While pasta is boiling cut your tomatoes and cucumber. After pasta is done boiling add all ingredients into a large pretty clear or white bowl. Sprinkle a little McCormick Salad Season on top and mix well. It is best to chill pasta overnight or least for 3-4 hours.

Happy Cooking!!!

Optional: Sprinkle cheese or bacon bits on top


Taco Salad Cassorole 

Hello October!!

I believe fall is for casseroles and comfort food.

It is such a pleasure to be a part of the Southern Women’s Show this year in Birmingham, AL.  I felt my taco salad casserole would the perfect fall dish to share with the audience.
I shared an easy taco salad casserole recipe on the cooking stage on Thursday.  It was a big hit and everyone loved it.  The guest were so excited to see how you can take a taco salad and turn it into a totally different meal by just substituting one ingredient.

My taco salad casserole recipe will be great for an easy week night meal, Cinco De Mayo, game day and many more.

 

Ingredients

1 8 oz can  original crescent roll

1 16 oz of ground turkey

2 cups of original shredded Velveeta cheese

1 package of McCormick Taco Season

1 can of Pam Spray

Instructions

Spray the glass baking dish with pam spray  and press the crescent rolls out in the glass baking dish. Bake the crescents on 350 until brown.

Fry the ground turkey until brown and drain the grease off.  Add your McCormick taco season to your ground turkey and follow instructions on the package.

Add your ground turkey on top of the crescents and sprinkle the shredded cheese on top.  Place the casserole back in the oven for 5-10 minutes or until the cheese has melted.

Optional Additional Toppings:  Lettuce, Tomatoes, Sour Cream, Taco Sauce, Jalapeno Peppers

 


Mini Poppy Seed Sliders

Happy Marvelous Monday!!

I just love party food and these little mini sliders are always a big hit at celebrations. I was first introduced to these sandwiches at a potluck for work and immediately loved them.  I had to get the recipe and turn it into my own.  They are the perfect little snack, so warm and gooey! Once you taste them you will love them too!

Mini Poppy Seed Sliders

1 Pack of 12 Hawaiian Rolls

¾ pound of Deli Meat (Turkey or Ham)

12 slices of Cheese (I have used Mozzarella, Havarti, Colby Jack and Sharp) they all work great!

1 stick of butter

1 tablespoon Brown Sugar

1 teaspoon Worcestershire’s sauce

2 tablespoons Honey Mustard

½- 1 teaspoon Minced Onion

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Open each roll and add a slice of deli meat of your choice on the bottom of the roll. Add a slice of cheese on each slider.  (You can cut cheese in half to fit on roll)  Add the top of the dinner rolls to each slider.

 

In a small sauce pan melt your butter and add the Brown sugar, Worcestershire’s sauce, honey mustard, and minced onion. Pour Butter mixture over the sliders and sprinkle poppy seeds on top after the butter mixture.  The butter will help the poppy seeds stick.

 

Bake in the oven on 350 F for 10-15 minutes’ or until cheese is melted and the sliders look yummy and gooey!!

 

Tips: Fresh Deli Meat is the best,  Try to serve them hot

 

 


Pecan Cobbler

Hello August!!

 

Happy Terrific Tuesday!!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Can you believe it is August?  It is back to school time already and summer is almost over! Wow!

I am so excited about this recipe because I had the pleasure of using Golden Eagle Syrup for a recipe contest. Golden Eagle Syrup is company based out of Fayette, AL.  The syrup is so delicious and has a wonderful honey taste.  It will go perfect with so many different recipes from homemade biscuits to pecan cobbler.  It reminds me of a southern tradition that can be shared with family and friends.  Golden Eagle is a wonderful product that will allow you to create memories through meals.

I decided to make this pecan cobbler and I am so glad I did because it turned out perfect. I think this will be the perfect dessert with fall right around the corner.

Pecan Cobbler

 Ingredients

2 pack deep dish pie crust

2 cups Golden Eagle Syrup

2 cups of light brown sugar

½ cup butter (melted)

5 teaspoons vanilla extract

6 large eggs (slightly beaten)

2 cups of chopped pecans

1 cup of pecan halves

Pam Cooking Spray (Butter Flavor)

 

Instructions

Heat Oven to 425 F. Spray a 13×9 inch glass baking dish with cooking spray. Remove 1 pie crust and press lightly covering the bottom of the baking dish.

In a large bowl, mix golden eagle syrup, brown sugar, butter, vanilla, and eggs well. Stir in chopped pecans. Spoon half of the filling into crust lined in baking dish. Remove the second pie crust from the pan and cut into strips and lay over filling.  Spray top crust with the butter-flavor cooking spray.  Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the crust browns.

Reduce oven temperature to 350 F. Spoon the remaining filling over the top baked crust; arrange pecan halves on top in a pretty design. Bake the second half for 30 to 45 minutes or until set.  Let the cobbler cool 20 minutes.

 

 

 


Ranch Cheeseball

Happy Marvelous Monday!!
I just love party food and this 3 ingredient cheese ball will be the perfect recipe for any celebration from a wine tasting party to a birthday party! It is super easy to make and delicious!
Ingredients

2 8oz blocks of cream cheese

1 pack Hidden Valley Dips Mix (The Original Ranch)
1 2oz bag of chopped pecans
Instructions

Sprinkle each block of cream cheese with the dry ranch powder on each side.  Put each block of cream cheese together and shape into a ball. Sprinkle the pecans all around the cheese ball.

Serve with crackers or pita chips!!!


Key Lime Cake

Key Lime Cake

Hello! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Can you believe St. Patrick’s Day is Thursday?  Are you looking for something green to make?  I have the perfect recipe for you! This Key Lime Cake will be the perfect touch to your going green day on Thursday!

This Key Lime Cake recipe will be a repeat request with family and friends. It is very flavorful and moist.  It is also a great cake for so many holidays because of the beautiful bright green color.  I have made it for Christmas using a Christmas tree cake pan which is super cute and festive.  I have also remixed the cake and will share those recipes on the blog as well.  I hope you enjoy! Get to baking! Bringing out the domestic diva in us all!

Happy Cooking!

Key Lime Cake

1 box lemon cake mix

4 eggs

1 cup of oil

¾ cup of orange juice

2 tablespoons of lemon juice

2 tablespoons of lime juice

1 box of Lemon –Lime Jello

 

Mix all ingredients together and bake in 2 8 inch pans for a layered cake or 11×13 for a sheet cake

Bake according to instructions on box. Allow to cool, then frost.

Cream Cheese Icing

1 8oz block of cream cheese

½ cup butter (1 stick)

4 cups of powder sugar

3 tablespoons of vanilla flavor or lemon/lime flavor if you want a lemon/lime cream cheese icing

 

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Sausage Rotel Dip

Happy Hump Day! I hope you all had a Wonderful Wednesday!

I can’t believe we are just a few days away from the 50th Super Bowl!

We are just days away from the one of the biggest football games of the year. Super bowl 50 is Sunday and of course we all want our team to win. Score big with family and friends with the MVP menu of the year.  This sausage dip will be a winner for your Super bowl Sunday menu!  It is something different from the normal rotel dip.  It is time for family, food, friends, and of course football!  I hope your team wins! I haven’t decided who I want to cheer for yet because I love Cam Newton and Peyton Manning so I will be happy either way!

 

Ingredients

2 rolls of Tennessee Pride Sausage (hot or mild)

2 8 oz blocks of cream cheese

2 cans of Rotel

 

   

Instructions

 

Cook sausage in a skillet until brown and drain grease from meat. Combine all ingredients in a crock pot and cook on high until melted! Serve with tortilla chips or crackers! Enjoy!!

  


Oreo Dirt Pudding

 

 

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter softened

1 8 ounce cream cheese

1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

2 (3.5) packages instant vanilla pudding mix

3 1/2 cups milk

1 16 ounce cool whipped topping

4-5 tablespoons vanilla extract (Imitation Vanilla is ok as well)

1  package of Oreo cookies

 

Chop cookies very fine in a food processor, the white cream will disappear.  Mix the butter, cream cheese, and sugar in a bowl. In a large bowl mix milk, pudding, and whipped topping together. Layer in a trifle bowl starting with cookies and then cream mixture. Repeat with layers. Chill until ready to serve.

If desired add artificial gummy worms.

 

Tip: Oreo Dirt Pudding is better if made the night before.


Peanut Butter Toffee Dip

Happy Marvelous Monday!

 

I hope you all had a great weekend!  I can’t believe we are just 10 days away from Thanksgiving!  If you haven’t started planning your Thanksgiving menu you are behind.

Are you hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year? I want to help you be Hostess with the Mostess with my easy Peanut Butter Toffee Dip.  This easy dip will make the perfect fun festive appetizer for your guest and make you a wonderful Hostess.

Ingredients

Peanut Butter Toffee Dip

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 cup light brown sugar

½ cup creamy peanut butter

2 tablespoons vanilla extract

1 cup toffee bits

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Instructions

Place softened cream cheese in a medium bowl and whip with a hand-held mixer until smooth.  Add brown sugar, peanut butter, and vanilla. Beat until creamy and fold in toffee bits. Serve immediately with apples, Nilla Wafers, or celery for dipping.

 

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Enjoy!

 

 


Easy Party Punch

A party or celebration isn’t complete to me without a good punch! I have been a lover of a good punch since I was a little girl.  Apple Juice and Sprite was my first mix as a child.  I just love a nice refreshing beverage!

I had the pleasure of sharing my easy party punch recipe on ABC 33/40 for Halloween and I had a blast! I hope you guys enjoy my easy punch recipe!

 

Ingredients

1 gallon of Hawaiian Punch (any color)

1 2 liter of Ginger Ale

1 can 46 fl oz of Pineapple Juice

Mix all ingredients in a punch bowl or punch dispenser and add ice!

 

Tip: Add 1 of can pineapple chunks or 1 can of fruit cocktail for a twist. It is really cute to match your Hawaiian Punch with your event colors.

 

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