Friday, October 31, 2014

Cherry Pie Cream Cheese Coffee Cake & Weekend Potluck #142

WELCOME TO ANOTHER WONDERFUL WEEKEND POTLUCK PARTY! 

We're always so glad you stopped by.

You're gonna see that we certainly did 'Rise to the Occasion' with our features this week! {wink}

Just so you know...we are planning to close on our house this coming week and begin moving...3 doors down. *-* We have 3 days to do it so know I won't be online much this next week or 10 days. 

Today's Flashback Friday recipe is one of my most favorite all-time dishes...
it's so special to serve over the holidays....
Cherry Pie Cream Cheese Coffee Cake
Let's take a quick peek back at last week...

The recipe with the most clicks was ~


E-Z Slow Cooker Dinner Rolls by The Better Baker
(Yahooo!!!  Thank you all! =)

Recipes that caught our attention ~


Apple Butter Cinnamon Rolls by Gentle Joy Homemaker


Bubble Up Apple Pie by Makin’ It MoBetta

And, a personal favorite ~

Easiest Cheese Puffs EVER ~ Process/blend - bake and serve ! Delicious served warm with butter #Snacks #CheesePuffs #QuickRecipe www.WithABlast.net
Easiest Cheese Puffs Ever by With A Blast

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

3 Healthier Snacks Using Coconut Oil {Blast from the Past}

These special little bites are sweetened with honey.  Oh SO scrumptious and chewy! 





What tasty little bites...baked in the oven. Oatmeal, flax seed, wheat germ, coconut oil and honey are among the listed ingredients. What's not to love? 




I can normally pass up ice cream, but pour this awesome topping over it and I'll scream for more. Sometimes I eat this just to satisfy my sweet tooth...and the recipe is actually
SUGAR FREE! 












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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Browning Ground Beef in the Crockpot

We're foregoing a recipe today so I can share a 'technique' with you that's an awesome timesaving idea. 



I saw this nifty idea at Pinterest and am so grateful to 
One More Good Thing from Jillee for sharing.  

I LOVED it!  While the burger browned, I did some laundry, cleaning and baking! This was WAY better than standing over the stove stirring every few minutes so it won't burn. 

This would be soooo perfect to do before the busy holiday season hits!!

Place as much (lean) burger as you want to brown, in your crockpot. Stir it around to break up any lumps. (I used about 4# in my 3-qt. crockpot)


Place the lid on the crock and cook on high for about 2 hours...depending on your crockpot. 


I stirred it a few times while it cooked. 

When it was done (no pink remaining), I drained the grease into a bowl, then rinsed the burger with hot water to remove more grease. 


After it cooled, I bagged it up into freezer bags...whatever size suits your family's needs...and there you have it! 

Label it, date it and you're ready to rumble. 
*-*


Now you're all ready for a quick meal...GO!

WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THIS BEFORE???? 
It's perfect to use in dishes like...

Simple Cheesey Hamburger Soup









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Monday, October 27, 2014

Orange Creamsicle Poke Cake

This is an awesome dessert.  Poke cakes are great all year long, but especially for the fall months...


Orange use to be my favorite color.  I'm not sure when or why, but one day I decided that dark rich purple was the color that moved me.  When I wore it,  folks complimented me on how good that color looks with my skin...

So purple it is now, but I still favor orange.

Especially in this yummy moist cake.  The cake has orange juice instead of water - poke holes and pour orange jello over.  Top with instant vanilla pudding and cool whip. 

Luscious I tell you...do try it soon.  You will be so glad you did! 

The only thing I changed was to use less water when mixing the jello. Original recipe calls for 2 c. water, but for me, that waters the jello down...I prefer a stronger flavor. 

I found this recipe idea from Jocelyn at Inside BruCrew Life.  She topped her cake with Orange Crush Dessert Topper - brilliant, but I didn't have any so I used sprinkles. 

This is a lovely moist cake...perfect for your next fall party. 


ORANGE CREAMSICLE POKE CAKE 

1 (16 - 18 ozs) white cake mix 
1 c. orange juice
1 lg. box (6 serv. size) orange jello
1-1/2 c. boiling water
1 sm. box (4 serv. size) instant vanilla pudding
1 c. milk
1 (8 ozs) Cool Whip, thawed
Orange Crush Dessert Topper (ice cream topping), optional


Preheat oven to 350.  Grease 9" X 13" baking dish.

In large bowl, mix cake according to directions on box, using orange juice instead of water. Bake for about 25 minutes, but check time listed on box directions. Remove from oven and poke holes all over top of cake with a meat fork. 

Dissolve jello in boiling water; let cool about 5 minutes. Spoon jello over top of cake, trying to spread evenly. Cool completely in the refrigerator.

In small bowl, whisk together pudding mix and milk; fold in 1/2 the cool whip; spread over cake. Top with remaining cool whip; sprinkle with topping if desired.


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Weekend Potluck 
Meal Plan Monday 




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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Treats (Naturally Sweetened)

M-M-M-M-M-M-M!!! 

This is one very satisfying sweet treat, especially while I'm trying to drop a few (few? teehee) pounds. 

I need chocolate...and I need something sweet...while I try to cut way back on carbs.  I added the crisp cereal to the top layer because I'm all about crunch!

I don't have to feel a bit guilty about enjoying this wonderful snack.

I so adore the smoothness you get when you use coconut oil. 
I sweetened this with agave nectar...feel free to use honey if you prefer. 


CHOCOLATE & PEANUT BUTTER TREATS
(NO SUGAR ADDED)

3/4 c. natural salted peanut butter
1/4 c. coconut oil
2 Tb. agave nectar, or raw honey

Warm peanut butter and coconut oil together until melted. (A few seconds in the microwave does the trick) Stir in agave and pour into mini muffin pans (about 24) or just a small pan. (The oil keeps them from sticking). Place the pan in the freezer while you prepare the second layer. 

Chocolate Layer:

2 Tb. coconut oil
2 Tb. butter (nor margarine)
2 Tb. agave nectar, or honey
2 Tb. unsweetened baking cocoa
about 1/3 (brown) rice krispies cereal, optional
 

Melt coconut oil and butter together; stir in agave and baking cocoa, stirring until smooth. Add cereal; stir to coat. Pour over top of peanut butter layer. Place in freezer for about 15 more minutes...they should be ready for you to enjoy!  Store in the refrigerator.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

No Bake Cocoa Bars & Weekend Potluck #141

WELCOME TO WEEKEND POTLUCK!

SO happy to have you joining us!! As you can see...we had a sweet tooth again this week.  Look at those mouth-watering features!!


AND....


When I share something worth sharing...again...


These luscious bars are a "Healthier Choice"...with natural peanut butter, coconut oil, honey and oats...and chocolate..you can't go wrong. 



Now, let's take a quick peek back at last week...

The recipe with the most clicks was ~


Pecan Pie Cheesecake by Spicy Southern Kitchen

Recipes that caught our attention ~


Fresh Apple Cake with Honey Glaze by Big Rigs ‘n Lil’ Cookies


Crock Pot Cinnamon Roll Casserole by Recipes that Crock

And, a personal favorite ~

freezer-burritos
Make Ahead Freezer Burritos by My Overflowing Cup 

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Caramel Apple Fluff Dip


I decided to add the word "Fluff" to this luscious dip recipe I saw over at 

I think the fact is has added marshmallow fluff, sets it apart from other apple dips. 

You know Holly has the very best recipes...and the greatest photos too! 
I think we share taste buds. I love her simple dishes.  If you've not stopped by her blog before, you're missing out.  Please hop over there and tell her I said hello. 

Anyway - tis the season...for apples, and dipping.  I've wanted to make this terrific dip and was so glad I did.

It would be perfect for any fall party.  I drizzled some caramel syrup in a spiral over the top, THEN had to cut up my apples (what was I thinking!!!!) so it kinda all ran together by the time I took a photo.

This dip is light, creamy and thick too.  I sprinkled a few toffee pieces over the top, but you can opt not to do that, or sprinkle the toffee and not drizzle the caramel. 

You can even reduce some of the sugar if you want to make it a bit lighter.
Marshmallow cream IS fat free after all.  ;-} I used just a little less of that too.


CARAMEL APPLE FLUFF DIP

1 (8 ozs) pkg. (lite) cream cheese, room temp
1/4 c. packed brown sugar, optional
1/4 c. caramel ice cream topping
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 - 1 c. marshmallow fluff 
3 green or red apples

In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese, brown sugar, caramel topping and vanilla together until smooth. (It's best to use a hand mixer). Add marshmallow fluff and beat on low until combined. 

To keep apples from browning, use:

1/2 c. water & 1 Tb. lemon juice, combined
OR
1/2 c. pineapple juice
OR
1/2 c. Sprite or 7-up

Soak apple slices for at least 5 minutes in your choice of solution.

After soaking, drain off the liquid and store them in a ziploc bag in the fridge. Squeeze as much air as possible before sealing. The apples stay fresh and and crisp this way. You'll be ready to enjoy this yummy dip any time.   And the kids can enjoy it for an after school snack! 


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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

3 Fabulous Fall Dishes {Blast from the Past}


If you're interested, here's a link to my Pinterest board entitled
Fall Ya'll....lots of pumpkin/apple recipes there, along with FUN fall ideas.


What a fun fall cookie to share...pretty dressed up I'd say. 
Delicious too. 



These li'l pumpkins are a hit everywhere....especially at Pinterest! Easy to make...only a few ingredients...adorable...tasty! Much like a buckeye...only 'dressed up' in disguise...=) 




Hey - how can you argue Pumpkin Pie for breakfast??? =)
This is good any time of the year but a great warm up during cooler temps. 
I love love love this dish! I can even eat it cold!








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