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    One Pot Cheeseburger Casserole

    September 20th, 2017
    One Pot Cheeseburger Casserole is delicious and ready in less than 30 minutes!

    It’s that time of year where I have little time between the kids coming home from school to when we have to leave for after-school activities. This is the time of year that I rely on quick and easy meals that everyone will love.

    One pot meals are my go-to! You simply throw everything in the pot and in 30 minutes you have dinner ready! They don’t require a lot of prep-work which is always a plus in my book.

    This One Pot Cheeseburger Casserole has become a family favorite! It has the flavors that everyone loves and doesn’t complain about eating. It makes a ton so you can have it again for leftovers or send for school lunches (gotta love a Thermos!).

    One Pot Cheeseburger Casserole

    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1½ pounds ground beef
    • 1 onion, diced
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
    • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
    • 2 cups chicken broth
    • ¼ cup ketchup
    • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
    • 1 pound rotini pasta
    • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
    • 1 Roma tomato, diced
    1. Heat olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add ground beef and onion and cook until beef has browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Drain excess fat.
    2. Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken broth, ketchup, mustard, pasta and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until pasta is cooked through, about 13-16 minutes.
    3. Remove from heat and top with cheese. Cover until cheese has melted, about 2 minutes.
    4. Serve immediately, garnished with tomato, if desired.

    Check out some of our other favorite one pot meals!

    One Pan Creamy Ham and Peas Pasta

    The Best One Dish Meals



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    After-School Snack Mix

    September 19th, 2017
    No need to buy those expensive snack mixes! This After-School Snack Mix is easy with only a handful of ingredients! Whip up a batch in under 5 minutes and have snacks for after-school!

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Welch’s® Fruit Snacks. The opinions and text are all mine.

    We are back in the swing of our school routine. We’ve re-established our routine for the past school year and have tweaked a thing or two. One thing is for sure, I have two hungry, growing boys on my hands.

    This year, our school also switched up their schedule. Instead of the traditional lunch then recess schedule, they now have recess then lunch. This means they are eating lunch later than they are used to, and they don’t have a lot of time to eat either! By the time they walk in the front door after school, they are starving and looking for snacks!

    It’s so easy for them to just start grabbing everything in their path so I have to make sure I have something set up beforehand. And here is where our after school routine has changed a bit. I have been making sure that there is an after-school snack ready to go for when they walk in the door.

    After-School Snack Mix

    A snack mix is one of the easiest after-school snacks you can make for the kids. And you can make it with virtually anything you have on hand.

    Snack Mix Mix-In Ideas:

    • Welch’s Fruit Snacks
    • Chocolate Chips
    • Nuts
    • Coconut Flakes
    • Pretzels
    • Granola
    • Crackers
    • Dried Fruit
    • Popcorn
    • Cereal
    • Seeds
    • Marshmallows
    • Peanut Butter Chips
    • Raisins

    The list could really go on and on. For my latest snack mix, I mixed together Welch’s Fruit Snacks, chocolate chips, walnuts, pretzels, popcorn, and marshmallows. I literally just went into the pantry, took a look around, and grabbed what we had on hand. It’s fun to come up with different flavor combinations and see what the kids like in their Snack Mix.

    There’s no true recipe involved. You can eyeball your ingredients and tailor it to what your kids enjoy. Have a kid that likes chocolate? Throw in another handful of chocolate chips. Have a kid that likes fruit snacks? Add in some more Welch’s Fruit Snacks! If you really want to go low-key, have the ingredients out for the kids and let them mix their own Snack Mix!

    Why Welch’s Fruit Snacks? Welch’s Fruit Snacks is one of my snack choices for our back to school routine. Welch’s Fruit Snacks are the perfect, delicious snack, AND, fruit is the first ingredient! Whether I am packing them in their lunchboxes or I toss one in my bag on the way to baseball, everyone can enjoy this delicious snack on the go! And I always have a snack on hand.

    Making an after-school snack mix has been a lot of fun for the kids and me. They never know what’s going to be in their snack mix when they come home from school, and I have been having fun coming up with new combinations. It is a total win/win situation. They have a snack waiting for them after school so they can get a jump on homework. I have peace of mind that they have a good snack on the table when they get home.

    When it comes to after school snacks, talk to your kids about what they would like to see waiting for them. Other ideas include things that are easy to grab. These come in handy for those on-the-go days.

    If you want to make your own after school snack mix, head to the Welch’s Fruit Snacks website for a coupon here.

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    Easy DIY Food Photography Backdrop

    September 19th, 2017
    Create this food photography backdrop for less than $10 and in 10 minutes!

    Are you looking to up your food photography game? I am always on the hunt for new props and backdrops. I scour thrift stores, Home Goods, Target, IKEA, and yard sales for most of my props. But it never occurred to me to shop at the hardware store.

    While doing our kitchen renovations, I came across 2×2 sheets of plywood and knew right away they were the right size for my food photography backdrops. They were just big enough for the photos and not too big to store. And the plywood is really cheap. I paid less than $4 a sheet for mine.

    You don’t have to buy fancy wood (aka buy the cheapest you can find) because you are going to be covering it up. So what exactly did I do?

    Easy DIY Food Photography

    To get the same look as in the picture above, you will need:

    • 2×2 sheet of plywood
    • 4 square peel and stick vinyl tiles (you can find them in the flooring section of your local hardware store or you can buy similar ones on Amazon: black marble, white marble, wood)

    Note: It is cheaper to buy your vinyl tiles at the hardware store. You can buy them by the piece. For example, the black marble tile I used was only $.68 a square. 

    When choosing your vinyl tiles, try to find ones that more matte (not shiny) and don’t have a round edge. The squares with rounded edges are meant to be used with grout and will look more like tile than a seamless background.

    To put your backdrop together, lay your tiles out on the board and pick a natural pattern. Try to match up the veining in the tile if possible.

    Once you are happy with your pattern, peel and stick! Make sure you push the seams together tightly. Keep your boards flat and you can even lay on top of each other to apply pressure. Whatever you do, don’t stand them up for a few days! If you do, the squares may all fall off.

    If you need them to adhere more, you can use a glue gun to add more glue.

    I did 4 different styles for my latest backdrops and I even left one board with the natural wood.

    Black Marble

    White Marble

    Dark Wood

    Natural Wood

    These food photography backdrops are super simple to make and will last a long time! The best part? You can add additional backdrops to the back side, doubling your backdrops!

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    Quick & Easy Slow Cooker Desserts

    September 19th, 2017
    Slow cookers are for much more than making dinner. Check out some these slowcooker desserts!

    Slow Cookers are arguably one of the world’s greatest inventions. When you need something easy, they are number one. If you want supper ready by a certain time but have to spend the day at work, the slow cooker makes life easier.

    Slow cookers can be your best friend if you want spectacular desserts. Try these ideas and find some new favorites. They are quick to prepare and delicious to eat.

    Before you dive into the recipes, grab a few slow cooker essentials to make it easier.

    Crock-Pot 7-Quart Oval Manual Slow Cooker, Stainless Steel (SCV700SS)Crock-Pot 7-Quart Oval Manual Slow Cooker, Stainless Steel (SCV700SS)Reynolds Kitchens Slow Cooker Liners (Regular Size, 6 Count)Reynolds Kitchens Slow Cooker Liners (Regular Size, 6 Count)Silicone Slow Cooker Liners By Mrs. V's Kitchen Reusable 100% Food Grade Silicone Fast And Easy Cleanup Without Having To Scrub Or Clean Actual Slow Cooker Crock PotSilicone Slow Cooker Liners By Mrs. V’s Kitchen Reusable 100% Food Grade Silicone Fast And Easy Cleanup Without Having To Scrub Or Clean Actual Slow Cooker Crock Pot

    And if you are looking for even more slow cooker dessert recipes, below are some great cookbooks you can grab on Amazon!

    Slow Cooker Desserts: Oh So Easy, Oh So Delicious!Slow Cooker Desserts: Oh So Easy, Oh So Delicious!Slow Cooker Dump Desserts: Cozy Sweets and Easy Treats to Make Ahead (Best Ever)Slow Cooker Dump Desserts: Cozy Sweets and Easy Treats to Make Ahead (Best Ever)Slow Cooker Desserts: Hot, Easy, and Delicious Custards, Cobblers, Souffles, Pies, Cakes, and MoreSlow Cooker Desserts: Hot, Easy, and Delicious Custards, Cobblers, Souffles, Pies, Cakes, and MoreSlow Cooker DessertsSlow Cooker DessertsJUST DESSERTS: The Slow Cooker WayJUST DESSERTS: The Slow Cooker Way

    Quick & Easy Slow Cooker Desserts

    Slow Cooker Peanut Butter Brownies from Tastes of Lizzy T

     Caramel Peanut Butter Hot Fudge Cake from Crazy for Crust

    Slow Cooker Triple Chocolate Bread Pudding Cups from ABCs and GardenPeas

    Chocolate Turtle Bread Pudding from The Gunny Sack

    Slow Cooker Apple Crisp from Tammilee Tips

    Triple Chocolate Brownies from Spicy Southern Kitchen

    Gooey Slow Cooker Caramel Blondies from Taste and Tell

    Bread Pudding from Nourishing Joy

    Slow Cooker Creme Brulee from Dessert for Two

    Slow Cooker Fudge from A Year of Slow Cooking

    Slow Cooker Banana Bread from Averie Cooks

    Slow Cooked Baked Apples from The Magical Slow Cooker

    Slow Cooker Carrot Cake from Mom on Timeout

    Slow Cooker Raspberry Coconut Cake from All Day I Dream About Food

    Slow Cooker Cherry Dump Cake from Cincy Shopper

    Cranberry Walnut Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce from Savory Nothings


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    The Best Crockpot Recipes for Fall

    September 19th, 2017

    Every year, I say I am going to use my crockpot more in the Fall. It saves me time. Dinner is ready without much of an effort. And every year, I delay using my crockpot! I’m not sure why.

    But this year, I have committed to using it at least once a week! We have our favorite crockpot recipes that we love and eat a lot but I am ready to try some new ones!

    I put together some of my favorite crockpot recipes perfect for fall to help inspire me!

    The Best Crockpot Recipes for Fall

    the best crockpot recipes for fall

    1. Crock Pot Chicken Parmesan
    2. Crock Pot Roast with Garlic & Vegetables
    3. Easy Crockpot Chicken Chili Recipe
    4. Slow Cooker Black Bean and Lentil Soup
    5. Warm Up With Some Crockpot Veggie Quinoa Chili
    6. Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs with Spaghetti
    7. Slow Cooker Baked Potato Soup
    8. Slow Cooker Barbecue Beef Brisket
    9. Slow Cooker Chili
    10. Slow Cooker Tomato Soup Recipe
    11. Easy and Delicious Crock Pot Chicken Chili
    12. Crockpot Honey Pork and Apples
    13. Autumn Chicken & Apple Cider Crockpot Chili
    14. Crock Pot Apple Sauce Recipe
    15. Crock Pot Cream of Chicken Soup
    16. Crockpot Bacon-Wrapped Apple Chicken
    17. Slow Cooker Apple Pork Loin {with Honey & Cinnamon, too!}
    18. Crock Pot Pulled Pork Roast
    19. Slow Cooker Meatloaf Recipe
    20. Crock Pot Chicken Tomato Bean Soup

    Do you have a favorite crockpot recipe? Share in the comments below!

    Check out some more of our favorite fall recipes!


    Homemade Bread Bowls

    italian wedding soup-5

    Italian Wedding Soup


    Sheet Pan Mustard Balsamic Pork Tenderloin

    Teriyaki Chicken and Rice Casserole-7

    Teriyaki Chicken and Rice Casserole

    rustic italian bowls-9

    Rustic Italian Bowls

    Originally posted 2016-11-02 06:07:17. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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    Dr Pepper Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sliders

    September 15th, 2017
    Dr Pepper® Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sliders are the perfect way to serve a crowd on game day!

    Brought to you by Dr Pepper® and Albertsons Companies.

    Are you ready for some football? It’s almost football season, which means we will be spending a lot of our weekends entertaining and watching a lot of games! I know some wives don’t enjoy the football season, but I am definitely one that does! I love getting together with friends and family, eating yummy food, and having a fun, relaxed weekend.

    When prepping for football weekends, let’s face it, it’s all about the food. I’ve found small bites work best, like sliders, appetizers, and dips! You really can’t go wrong with a menu like that. A crowd favorite in this house? Dr Pepper® Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sliders!

    Dr Pepper Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sliders are the perfect way to serve a crowd on game day! And they are super simple to make. All you need is a slow cooker, pork, barbecue sauce, and, of course, Dr Pepper (I like to grab my Dr Pepper and all my supplies at ACME). I like to think of it as my little secret ingredient. The sweetness of the Dr Pepper pairs perfectly with the pork, lending a great depth of flavor to an old favorite.

    Prepping for game day is super simple when you use the slow cooker. In the morning, I throw all the ingredients in the slow cooker and have a delicious meal ready by game time!  If the pulled pork is done before your guests arrive, simply turn it onto low until you are ready to eat.  The kids love eating them as sliders and everyone can make theirs to their liking.

    Set out a basket of rolls, coleslaw, and drinks, and you are ready to go. Everyone can grab what they want, when they want! That’s the beauty of prepping ahead. Not only can you stay out of the kitchen but you can enjoy the food (and game) as well.

    Dr Pepper Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sliders

    Dr Pepper Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sliders
    Dr Pepper Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sliders are the perfect way to serve a crowd on game day!
    • 1 pork butt/pork shoulder roast (4-5lbs)
    • salt, pepper & garlic powder
    • 1 onion sliced (optional)
    • 1 can of Dr Pepper
    • ¾ cup barbecue sauce (or to taste)
    • Rolls & coleslaw for serving
    1. Place the onion in the bottom of the slow cooker. Rub the outside of the roast with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
    2. Pour the Dr Pepper over the pork and cook on high 4-5 hours or on low 7-8 hours.
    3. The meat will be very tender. Using 2 forks, shred the pork and place back in the juices.
    4. Add barbecue sauce to taste. Allow to cook an additional 30-60 minutes if desired.
    5. Serve on crusty rolls with coleslaw if desired.
    These Dr Pepper Pulled Pork Sliders can go beyond game day. Need lunch on a Saturday? Dinner between school and sports/activities? Midnight snack? These sliders are perfect to make ahead – keep buns and meat separately in the freezer, ready to pull out anytime a quick meal is required.

    Get ready for the big game by stocking up on Dr Pepper! Right now, if you buy any 2 Dr Pepper 12-Pack 12oz Cans, 6-Pack 16.9oz Bottles or 8-Pack 12oz Bottles and text FANGEAR to 811811, you can get a $5 Fanatics promo code. Follow instructions to send a photo of your receipt to get a $5 Fanatics promo code! Head over to for more information!

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