Cheesy Green Olive Pinwheels

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Cheesy Green Olive Pinwheels – A super easy appetizer that will work for any get together.  A creamy cheese filling, rolled in crescent dough and baked!  Great to make ahead and have ready!

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My parents are coming this week!  They get here late Friday night, so the end of the week, but still.  We haven’t seen them in a long time, so I think we are all excited for them to get here.  And the timing works out perfectly, because my son has his Lego Robotics competition on Saturday.  So they will get to see all the hard work his team has put into their presentation, project, and their robot.  It has been a long season as a coach, so I am kind of happy we are close to being done.  If they move onto State we will have to keep practicing, so it is kind of a double edge sword.  You want them to win, but as a mom and coach, I am kind of done with early mornings and Sunday afternoon practices.  Hopefully that doesn’t make me a horrible mom!

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Caramelized Onion Dip

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Caramelized Onion Dip – a homemade onion dip that is so much better than any store bought alternative!

Caramelized Onion Dip - a homemade onion dip that is so much better than any store bought alternative!

 

French Onion Dip is one of my favorite dips.  I could eat it almost every day.  I like the full fat stuff too, not the Lite.  So it is very rare treat for me.  My husband and son on the other hand like the Lite stuff, and eat it with pretzels quite often.  A couple years ago I saw a recipe for caramelized onion dip that was warm and had a crispy bread crumb topping.  I made it a couple times, and it was very good.  But not quite what I was looking for.  So recently I decided to try again, and this onion dip is now a new favorite.

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Vietnamese Egg Rolls

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Vietnamese Egg rolls – not your average egg roll, these have a slight twist on the classic Vietnamese style egg roll.

Vietnamese Egg rolls - not your average egg roll, these have a slight twist on the classic Vietnamese style egg roll.

I am so excited for today’s post.  My friend Tony is helping me out today.  Tony is not a blogger, he is an engineer, but he is one heck of a cook.  Tony was my husband’s roommate in college, so we have been friends for a very long time.  And whenever we get together there are certain foods that ALWAYS have to be made.  These Vietnamese Egg rolls are one of them.  Tony’s parents move to the United States from Vietnam before Tony was born.  His parents still speak Vietnamese on a daily basis, and cook food for Vietnam regularly.  It is always so much fun to get together with them and experience new things.  I have never been a big fan of egg rolls, but that is mainly because I don’t like cooked cabbage.  But when Tony made this version for me, I totally changed my mind.  Even my 9 year old asks when we can make Tony’s egg rolls.

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Honey Sriracha Chicken Bites

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Sweet and just a little bit spicy, these Honey Sriracha Chicken Bites disappeared lightning fast. Tender, bite size chunks of chicken cook in just minutes and then are tossed with an irresistible sticky glaze.

Sweet and just a little bit spicy, these Honey Sriracha Chicken Bites disappeared lightning fast. Tender, bite size chunks of chicken cook in just minutes and then are tossed with an irresistible sticky glaze.

I am so excited for today’s recipe and guest blogger.  Mary from Barefeet in the Kitchen is taking over today.  I have had the pleasure of spending time with Mary in person, and she is one of my favorite people.  Hilarious and so much fun to be around!  If you are not familiar with her site, I suggest you head over there (as soon as you are done checking out this recipe), and browse through her site.  I mean, Vanilla Bean Salted Caramel Sauce and Crispy Oven Baked Ranch Chicken are just calling to be made!

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Cheesy Sausage Meatballs

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Cheesy Sausage Meatballs – A classic comfort food appetizer with a healthy twist.  Quinoa helps make these sausage balls healthier, without losing any great flavor.

Cheesy Sausage Meatballs - A classic comfort food appetizer with a healthy twist.  Quinoa helps make these sausage balls healthier, without losing any great flavor.

Are you ready for the holidays?  Is your tree up?  Is your house decorated?  I can finally say ‘yes’ to some those questions.  But am I ready?  Not even close!  I have no idea what I am going to do for presents.  My husband is nearly impossible to shop for, and I haven’t even started.  And, my son doesn’t seem to want anything exciting for Christmas.  He is very into sports, so a few jerseys from his favorite players and a couple games make up most of his list.  Santa is going to have a tough job with him this year!  On Christmas Eve we always give him a couple small presents to open.  Usually a pair of pajamas and a Christmas ornament.  This year he told me I didn’t need to get him pajamas, because he doesn’t really wear the matching pajama sets anymore.  Seriously?!  When did my 9 year old get so old!

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Bacon Cheese Straws

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Bacon Cheese Straws – A great appetizer for any get together.  Fill puff pastry with bacon and cheese, twist, and bake until you get crispy, cheesy, bacony goodness!

Bacon Cheese Straws - A great appetizer for any get together.  Fill puff pastry with bacon and cheese, twist, and bake until you get crispy, cheesy, bacony goodness!

I love trying out new cookbooks. I remember even as a kid always thumbing through my moms cooking magazines and books. She subscribed to quite a few different monthly magazines that would come, and each month I would go through and tell her which ones she should make. It isn’t that much of a surprise that I am writing this blog, all about trying new recipes. Recently I was sent Back Around the Table: An “In the Kitchen with David” Cookbook. David Venable is the host of QVC’s popular cooking and dining show “In the Kitchen with David®.   [Read more…]

Chorizo Queso Dip

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Chorizo Queso Dip -Lots of gooey, melty cheese with spicy chorizo mixed in is sure to make game time even better!

Chorizo Queso Dip -Lots of gooey, melty cheese with spicy chorizo mixed in

Living in Colorado, all you have heard about for the last week is Peyton Manning.  Leading up to the game on Sunday the talk was all about him beating the record that Brett Favre held.  Now, it is all about how he did break it, and how much farther can he go.  My husband and I were actually in Denver over the weekend, but did not go to the game.  Tickets were obscenely high priced, because everyone wanted to see him break the record.  Everywhere you turned there were Manning signs, and people in Manning jerseys.  On Monday, after he broke the record I was in my son’s school for something.  Every 3rd kid I saw had a Manning or Bronco shirt on.  It is kind of crazy!  Hoping that it dies down a little bit in the next couple weeks.

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Philly Cheesesteak Dip

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Philly Cheesesteak Dip - the classic sandwich turned into a dip

We are knee deep in football season.  I don’t mind watching football, as long as it is one of a couple teams I care about.  As for the rest of the games, I have no interest.  My husband and son could watch every game all weekend long, and be happy.  They remember all the players, the stats, and could watch it all day.  For me, the only way to cope with that is to have some snacks.  And good snacks at that.  This is where Philly Cheesesteak Dip comes in.  All the taste of one of my favorite sandwiches, in a dip form.  Really, can you get any better than that?

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Roasted Garlic & Chive Dip

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Roasted Garlic & Chive Dip - perfect for entertaining

Summer time is the time of entertaining.  It seems that almost every weekend someone is having a get together, and you are bringing a dish to share.  I love getting to hang out with friends, relax, and enjoy good food.  But sometimes, I struggle with what to bring.  I don’t want to bring the same thing all of the time, so I try to mix it up.  Plus, I want it to be quick and easy!  I know, I am kind of picky aren’t I?

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Copycat Granite City Idaho Nachos #StandUpCheese

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of KRAFT Natural Shredded Cheese and Safeway for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Idaho Nachos - waffle fries, bacon, and cheese!

I am usually the one in the family that manages to hurt myself.  I run into the coffee table that has always been there, I trip over things, stumble down the steps etc.  I am known to be rather clumsy.  Well, for once I am not the one to hurt myself.  My husband went on a work outing the other day, where they went hiking up in the Poudre Canyon.  I think it was about  6 1/2 mile hike, and with about 3 miles to go, he rolled his ankle.  There was no choice, he was in the middle of no where on a trail, 3 miles from the road, he had to continue.  Needless to say, by the time he made it home (after the team went out to lunch and he went to work for an hour) his ankle was very swollen and painful.  After lots of ice and ibuprofen he is starting to get better.  But it will be a little while before he is back to hiking and biking like he wants to be.

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