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Jalapeno Bacon Burger

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Jalapeno Bacon Burger {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Jalapeno Bacon Burger – A burger with bacon and jalapenos in the patty!  Topped with a chipotle mayo for little smokey and spicy kick!

Jalapeno Bacon Burger - A burger with bacon and jalapenos in the patty!  Topped with a chipotle mayo for little smokey and spicy kick!

 

Can you believe that July 4th is right around the corner?  Are you ready?  Are you hosting a party for friends, or are you going to a party?  We are visiting family in Wisconsin and are getting together for a barbecue with both sides of our family.   There will be lots of good food, good company, and then at the end of the night fireworks.  Not every barbecue can have fireworks, but I am here to give you some great tips to help you throw the perfect party!

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BLT Pasta Salad

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BLT Pasta Salad - Turn the classic BLT sandwich in a pasta salad with a creamy dressing. Great for lunch, dinner, parties, potlucks, or just about anytime.

BLT Pasta Salad – Turn the classic BLT sandwich in a pasta salad with a creamy dressing.  Great for lunch, dinner, parties, potlucks, or just about anytime.  

BLT Pasta Salad - Turn the classic BLT sandwich in a pasta salad with a creamy dressing.  Great for lunch, dinner, parties, potlucks, or just about anytime.

April is here.  I am always behind on food holidays.  I never know about them until I see recipes online mentioning whatever day it is.  Well, this time it is different.  April is National BLT Month.  I love a good BLT, so I am all over this one.  And I am sharing this recipe with you early in the month, so you have plenty of time to make this amazing BLT pasta salad and celebrate with me!

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Sweet Potato with Bacon & Sage

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Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Bacon and Sage - Dinner is ready in just 20 minutes! Crunchy smokey bacon, fresh sage, and Parmesan cheese with sweet potato gnocchi make a wonderful flavor combination.

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Bacon and Sage – Dinner is ready in just 20 minutes!  Crunchy smokey bacon, fresh sage, and Parmesan cheese with sweet potato gnocchi make a wonderful flavor combination.  

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Bacon and Sage - Dinner is ready in just 20 minutes!  Crunchy smokey bacon, fresh sage, and Parmesan cheese with sweet potato gnocchi make a wonderful flavor combination.

So apparently we are remodeling part of our kitchen.  We have been having problems with our freezer for over a year now. Usually we just thaw it out, and it is good for another 6 months.  But this time it started leaking again after just a few days. Our builder put in a built-in fridge, which is extra wide.  So we can’t just replace it.  Luckily it is on the shorter wall of our kitchen, so it doesn’t affect the entire kitchen.  But it still means way more work, time, and money than just getting a new fridge.  I am excited and annoyed all at the same time!

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Bacon Cheese Straws

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Bacon Cheese Straws

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…]

Cheddar Bacon Chicken Tenders

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Cheddar Bacon Chicken Tenders

Cheddar Bacon Chicken Tenders are perfect for a quick weeknight meal.  Homemade chicken tenders coasted in a cheddar and bacon breadcrumb mixture.  Sure to please the entire family!

Cheddar Bacon Chicken Tenders - homemade chicken tenders coasted in a cheddar and bacon breadcrumb mixture.  Sure to please the entire family!

I am actually in Ohio right now.  I am in Wooster visiting with Certified Angus Beef.  I get to spend today and tomorrow cooking beef with professional chefs.  You have no idea how excited I am about this.  I am hoping that I learn a ton (because honestly my beef knowledge is pretty limited), and that you will see more beef recipes here in the future.  Plus on Sunday, I get to hang out with one of my good friends Katrina.  You may know her from In Katrina’s Kitchen and her new Biscoff cookbook coming out soon.  Be ready, because as soon as I get my hands on her book I am sure I will go Biscoff crazy!

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Brown Sugar Caramelized Onion Bacon Cheeseburgers

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Brown Sugar Caramelized Onion Bacon Cheeseburgers - a must make burger before the end of grilling season

Brown Sugar Caramelized Onion Bacon Cheeseburgers - a must make burger before the end of grilling season

I am wearing jeans today, and I am loving it!  Fall is in the air, and it is only a matter of time before pumpkin and apple recipes will be all that you see.  But, we still have a major summer holiday to celebrate.  That means grilling, outdoors, pool parties, and summer food is still in order.  Do you have fun plans for this Labor Day weekend?  We are going on a big 10 mile hike on Saturday to the top of two different mountains.  Then on Sunday friends from Iowa are visiting.  As for Monday, I am hoping we can get in a long bike ride.  Perfect way to end the summer, in my opinion!

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Bacon, Corn & Avocado Pasta

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Bacon, Corn & Avocado Pasta - fresh corn and tomatoes with crispy bacon and avocado are perfect together!

Bacon, Corn & Avocado Pasta - fresh corn and tomatoes with crispy bacon and avocado are perfect together!

We are in the last few days of August.  Hard to believe how fast the summer flew by.  This weekend my husband and I celebrate 13 years of marriage.  We actually have a friend who is going to watch our 9 year old so we can go out!  Not sure what we are doing yet, but I am excited for a night out, it seems like it has been FOREVER!  This weekend we also have friends from Iowa that will be in town.  It has been over a year since we have seen them, so I am super excited for their visit.  Hopefully the weather stays nice, so we can enjoy lots of time outside.

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Southwestern Corn Salad

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Southwestern Corn Salad - summer corn never tasted so good!

Southwestern Corn Salad – Corn with bacon, avocado, and tomatoes in a creamy Southwestern style dressing.

Southwestern Corn Salad - summer corn never tasted so good!

Apparently summer days are hard when you are 9 years old.  You have all this stuff in your head that you want to do, but within a couple hours of waking up you are bored.  Mom suggests a bunch of stuff that you could do, but none of it interests you so you sulk around.  Then after awhile, Mom gets fed up, and you get in trouble.  Rough life!  We actually have a system worked out for the summer.  In the mornings I get work done, while my 9 year old has a few jobs he needs to get done.  Then we get to have fun and play in the afternoon.  Either go to the neighborhood pool, play with friends, go for a bike ride, go to a movie, or anything else we can think of.  But I guess the jobs are getting old, and my 9 year old just want to be entertained all day, every day.  So…. is it time for school yet?

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BLT Bacon Wrapped Hot dogs

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BLT Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

BLT Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs – Crispy bacon wrapped hot dogs topped with lettuce, tomato, avocado, and a spicy Sriracha ranch.

BLT Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs; time to up the hot dog game!

Hot dogs are kind of a staple at most American barbeques in the summer.  Often times there are choices between hot dogs, hamburgers, and brats.  At least in Wisconsin brats are always on the menu.  I love a good hot dog in the summer, topped with ketchup and raw onions….perfection!  Especially if you are at a sporting event, then it is kind of a must!  That and a beer.  Well today, I am kind of upping the anti when it comes to hot dogs.  These aren’t your average backyard barbeque hot dog, but they definitely should make an appearance at your next event!

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Copycat Granite City Idaho Nachos #StandUpCheese

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Idaho Nachos - loaded with lots of bacon and cheese

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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