Recipes

Rotisserie Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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If you are searching for some quick and healthy lunch ideas, these Rotisserie Chicken Lettuce Wraps are the perfect solution! They couldn’t be easier to prepare, and they are so delicious! 

Rotisserie Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients 

  • 1 Rotisserie Chicken 
  • Cashews
  • Crunchy Chow Mein Noodles 
  • Teriyaki Sauce
  • Leaf or Romaine Lettuce 

Directions

  1. Remove skin from rotisserie chicken and shred the chicken. 
  2. Break apart lettuce and lay each leaf out on a flat surface. 
  3. Add shredded chicken.
  4. Sprinkle chow mein noodles & cashews on top of the chicken.
  5. Drizzle with teriyaki sauce.
  6. Serve & enjoy! I love to serve these with a fresh fruit salad! 

Doritos Casserole

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If you are like me and love both Doritos and Tacos, this recipe for Doritos Casserole is going to be your new fave! It couldn’t be easier to prepare, so if you are on a time crunch for Taco Tuesday night, this is sure to be a favorite go-to meal!

Ingredients 

  • 1lb. Browned Ground Beef 
  • 1 Packet Taco Seasoning
  • 8oz. Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Salsa
  • 8oz. tube of Crescent Rolls 
  • Doritos 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a casserole dish, unroll and lay flat one package of crescent rolls, pinching any seams shut.
  3. In a mixing bowl, pour in ground beef, salsa and taco seasoning. Mix well.
  4. Spread ground beef mixture over the crescent roll crust.
  5. Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top and bake for 25-30 minutes or until crescent roll crust is fully cooked.
  6. Take casserole out of the oven. 
  7. Sprinkle with crush Doritos.
  8. Garnish with any of your favorite toppings. I especially love black olives, sour cream and cilantro for an extra touch! 
  9. Serve & enjoy. Your family is going to love this one I promise! 

Valentine’s Day M&M Cake Mix Bars

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Valentine’s Day is this week! If you need an easy and fun dessert idea for your kids or sweetie, these Valentine’s Day M&M Cake Mix Bars couldn’t be quicker to whip up! This recipe can also be made Gluten Free by using a GF cake mix. 

Ingredients:

15oz Yellow Cake Mix

2 Eggs

1/2 Cup Valentine’s M&M

3.4oz Vanilla Pudding 

1/3 Cup Melted Butter

Instructions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Pour yellow cake mix and pudding into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Crack two eggs.
  4. Add melted butter.
  5. Mix well. 
  6. Let sit for a minute to let the mixed butter cool down. 
  7. Add M&M’s. If you do not wait until the butter has cooled down, the chocolate will melt.
  8. Add to nonstick pan and cook for 12-15 minutes at 350 degrees.
  9. Serve & enjoy! 

Heart Shaped Cinnamon Rolls

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Valentine’s Day is almost here! I love this day as it is such a fun time to share our love for all of our family and friends. Who can resist sharing their love and affection with sweet treats and baked goods? You will especially be loved after you serve these adorable Heart Shaped Cinnamon Rolls! They are not only super easy to make, but you will be a rockstar with your kiddos if you serve these on Valentine’s Day morning!

Heart Shaped Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients: 

2 Cans Cinnamon Rolls. (Be sure to buy the ones that can be rolled out. Most store brands and the large Pillsbury Grands should work)

​Valentine Sprinkles (there are some great options HERE)

Additional colored icings- this is optional

Instructions: 

Pre-Heat the oven to 400 degrees.

Unroll the Cinnamon Rolls.

Take both corners of the Cinnamon Rolls and start rolling them to the middle. Once you reach the middle, pinch the bottom to make a point. Make sure to pinch together really good so that the dough will stay together when baking. 

Cook for 8-10 minutes. The Cinnamon Rolls cook rather quickly when rolled like a heart, so keep an eye out for them!

Once the Cinnamon Rolls have finished baking and have fully cooled, you can start frosting and decorating. Use various kinds of sprinkles and other colored frosting if wanted to decorate as you wish. 

Serve and Enjoy!

Easy Pound Cake Recipe

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Are you a pound cake lover? This recipe is super versatile and you can do so much with it! Substitute the Vanilla Extract for Almond or another flavor to give it a special flavor! You can also top it with Strawberries or a yummy glaze. You will not be disappointed I promise!

Recipe adapted from Julie Blanner

Ingredients:

2 Sticks Softened Butter

1 1/2 Cups Sugar

3 Eggs

2 Cups Flour

3/4 Cup Milk

2 Tsp. Vanilla

Directions:

  1. Grease a 1 lb. bread pan and preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat butter until it is light in color (around 3 minutes). Gradually incorporate sugar and beat until fluffy.
  3. Add eggs one at a time and blend on low.
  4. Alternate adding flour and milk, add vanilla until smooth.
  5. Pour into bread pan and bake for 1 hour 20 minutes. (It may take longer. I actually went for around 1 hour 30 minutes.)
  6. Allow to cool and top with glaze or fresh fruit.

Easy Crock Pot Beef Tips

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Life is so busy these days and my Crock Pot is my best friend when it comes to getting dinner on the table in a flash. Here’s another super easy yet delicious recipe for Easy Crock Pot Beef Tips that your entire family is sure to love!

Ingredients: 

  • 2 pounds beef stew meat
  • small onion 
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes
  • 1 10 once can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 2 packages brown gravy mix

Instructions: 

  1. Place stew meat in the crockpot.
  2. Pour water, soup, gravy packets & bouillon cubes into a bowl. 
  3. Mix well.
  4. Pour over the beef in the crock pot.
  5. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.
  6. Serve over cooked rice & enjoy! If you prefer, you can also serve over Cauliflower rice. 

Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider

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I don’t know about you, but the cooler temps and holiday season make me crave all the warm drinks! My recipe for Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider is one that you will definitely want to try! The flavors of apple, cranberry and orange are married together in one delicious drink! This would be so good served on Christmas morning with my Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll Casserole!

Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider

INGREDIENTS:

2 Pounds of your Favorite Apples sliced into rings

1 Navel Orange Cut up into Segments

1 Cup of Whole Fresh Cranberries

7 Cups of Water

5-6 Whole Cinnamon Sticks

DIRECTIONS:

Place the Apples, Orange Segments, Cranberries and Water in the Slow Cooker. Mix together and Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Take all of the ingredients and mash together. (The smell will be amazing!)

Place the Mashed Cranberry/Apple mixture through a strainer. You may have to do this several times until the liquid is free of the mixture.

Pour the Cranberry Apple Cider Liquid into mugs and enjoy Hot or Cold! This is so delicious and a great take on the traditional Apple Cider!

Christmas Morning Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll Casserole

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If you are anything like my family and I, Christmas morning can be an exciting, yet busy time. I love to prepare a couple of casseroles so that we can sit around the table for a few minutes and enjoy the moment. One of the casseroles that we love is Christmas Morning Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll Casserole. This is actually prepared in the slow cooker! It is so easy and delicious!

Christmas Morning Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans Cinnamon rolls
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream 
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Icing from cinnamon roll packages

Directions:

  1. In a mixing bowl, pour in melted butter & cream.
  2. Crack two eggs.
  3. Add vanilla & cinnamon.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Cut each cinnamon roll into 4’s and place the pieces into the crockpot.
  6. Pour egg mixture over the cinnamon roll pieces.
  7. Place lid back onto the crockpot and cook on low for 2 1/2-3 hours. 
  8. Remove lid and drizzle with frosting.
  9. Serve & enjoy! This is also great with something savory served on the side! 

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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Tis’ the season for delicious treats! If you or someone that you love is Gluten Free, these Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are the perfect holiday treat!

Ingredients:

¾ cup unsalted butter, melted

1 ½ cup brown sugar, lightly packed

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups gluten free baking flour

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

½ cup red and green chocolate candies

 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 9×13 baking dish by lining with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the melted butter and brown sugar. Beat until smooth.
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla extract. Beat until well combined.
  4. Add the gluten free baking flour, salt, and baking soda. Stir until just combined.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and spread evenly. Top the batter with red and green chocolate candies.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until the edges are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  8. Allow to cool in the pan for at least two hours, then remove from pan by pulling the edges of the parchment paper out of the pan. Cut into squares before serving.

Gluten Free Cranberry Cake

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This Gluten Free Cranberry Cake recipe continues to be a family favorite! I am definitely make some in the next few weeks! The flavors of cranberry and orange together with the delicious buttery cake are a perfect combination! I originally posted this recipe over at the Mommy Spot Tampa Bay back in 2016.

Gluten Free Cranberry Cake

Ingredients:

2 cups sugar

3 eggs

12oz. fresh cranberries

¾ cup softened butter

pinch of cinnamon

1 tsp. vanilla

2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Flour (I find this is the best Gluten-Free flour on the market in my opinion and it can be used 1 to 1 for regular flour)

For Orange Glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar

2 tablespoons of Orange Juice

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixer, cream together the sugar and eggs. Beat for about 5 minutes until the batter almost doubles in size. The eggs are working as your leavening agent. Be sure that you do not skip this step! Add the softened butter, vanilla and pinch of cinnamon. Beat for another 2 minutes. Stir in the flour just until combined. Add in the fresh cranberries and stir to mix throughout.

Spread in buttered 9×13 pan and bake for around 40-45 minutes. I baked mine exactly 44 minutes and it came out of the oven perfectly lightly browned and gorgeous! You can use a toothpick to insert in the middle of the cake. When it comes out clean you will know that your cake is done.

Set cake aside and let cool for a few minutes. In the meantime, whisk together 1 cup of powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons of orange juice to form a nice glaze. Drizzle over the top of the cake and enjoy. I also like to sprinkle some extra sugar on the top for a nice touch.

The orange with the cranberry has such a wonderful flavor! I love to enjoy this with my favorite cup of coffee! Delish!