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Southwestern Corn Salad

Southwestern Corn Salad - summer corn never tasted so good!

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

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

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

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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Cheddar Bacon Ale Dip

Cheddar Bacon Ale Dip
Cheddar Bacon Ale Dip
I posted this recipe way back in the early days of blogging.  The original pictures were not pretty and did not do the dip justice.  I recently re-made the dip, so I figured why not update the post!  Hopefully this time around a few more people will see this, and be able to get in on the deliciousness!

Baja Chicken Sandwich

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As I type this, I am sitting with my feet propped up.  We had a family football game on Thanksgiving, and it didn’t end well for me.  My brother and I got our feet tangled up, and he ended up stepping on my foot pretty bad.  We took a trip to urgent care the next morning to find out it wasn’t broken, but with orders to rest, not put weight on it, and ice it.  So I have been on crutches for a couple days.  Today was the first day I hobbled around without them!  Really not sure what this is going to mean for my running, but I am not thrilled :(

So, on to the food!  My husband was watching football, and saw a commercial for a Baja Chicken Sandwich from Quiznos, and asked if I could make that at home.  After checking out their menu, this is what I came up with.  I have no idea if it is even close, but it sure is good.  I made a chipotle mayo, and a southwestern style barbeque sauce for this sandwich.  Add chicken, bacon and cheddar cheese, and you are done.  Comes together very quickly, so it is great for a quick weeknight meal.

My husband was very happy with how this turned out.  I skipped the chipotle mayo for my 7 year old, due to the heat.  I was a little nervous about him eating it, but he loved it.  Once he saw the bacon, I am not sure he cared too much about what else was there.   I love having sandwich night for dinner, and this is great because you can customize them for everyone without extra work.  Someone doesn’t like mayo, leave it off that one.  Husband likes extra cheese, just add more.  Plus, this would be great for leftover chicken (or even turkey).

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Jalapeno & Bacon Mac n’ Cheese #SundaySupper

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This is the time of year for comfort food.  As soon as the weather turns cooler, we all start craving those warm comfort foods.  Today for #SundaySupper Isabel, of Family Foodie is hosting this great “Comfort Food with Lee Woodruff” event.  This is sure to be a fun event.  Not only do you walk away with 50+ comfort food recipes, but Lee Woodruff herself is joining us for the Twitter Chat this evening.  Come join in the fun, and you will have a chance to win 1 of 5 signed copies of her new book, Those We Love Most.

I asked my husband for help with this weeks theme.  He came up with a few ideas, but I thought his Jalapeno Mac n’ cheese was the best.  I did add some bacon to make it even better.  I seeded the jalapenos so it wouldn’t be too spicy, but if you want some serious heat; leave the seeds in.  My husband loves things spicy, so I probably should have left more of the seeds in, but I needed to be able to eat it too :)

Now, I know mac n’ cheese is traditionally a very high calorie meal.  This is by no means a light version, and could be lightened up more, I am sure.  I did try to make it a little more healthy.  I reduced the amount of butter from some other recipes I saw.  I used skim milk, and in place of the cream I used half and half.  Finally, I found a reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese by Cabot that I used.  It was still creamy, and cheesy, and comforting, so I don’t think any calories were missed.  Plus, if you use whole wheat pasta (or a brand made with veggies like I did), you are upping the fiber and protein.

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Chicken Club Eggrolls

Chicken Club Egg Rolls

I must admit I am not really a fan of eggrolls.  At least the traditional Chinese version.  I like the idea of them, I just can’t find one that I like.  We have a friend who makes traditional Vietnamese eggrolls, and those I like.  Apparently I like lots of meat :)  Those are mainly ground pork, with some bean threads and a few other things.  I could eat those every day, they are so good.

These eggrolls are obviously not your traditional eggrolls, which is probably why I like them.  I found these on Pinterest, and knew I had to try them.  They have chicken, bacon, and avocado – one of my favorite combinations of food!  Plus an avocado dipping sauce.  What is not to like with these?  Per the notes on the original recipe, I did add cheese to the filling.  It really did make everything stick together, and worked perfectly with the filling.

I was very happy with how these turned out.  They were  a great dinner that was on the healthy side.  The eggrolls are baked instead of fried.  These would make for a great appetizer or snack at a party.  And if you wanted to go all out, these would be amazing deep fried!  The dipping sauce is super easy to put together, and worked great with the egg rolls.  I am not a fan of ranch dressing, but here the seasonings were perfect.  Even my super picky 7 year old ate some of these.

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BLT Salad

BLT Salad

My cooking club is back!  We took a break over the summer since it would be nearly impossible for us to meet with kids home.  We met last Friday, and it was great to just relax, and have a wonderful lunch.  This month the theme was Tomatoes!  Oh the possibilities…..

I almost made Bruschetta.  But I saw this salad, and had to find a reason to make it.  It has tomatoes, so I figured it would work.  I am not normally a salad girl.  I mean, I like a good salad, it doesn’t even have to have all the fatty stuff on there.  But they are just never the same when I make them at home, so I am usually disappointed.  But I am glad to say, this one did not disappoint one bit!

I had tons of fresh tomatoes to put in this, and it really made them pop.  Lots of great flavor, and such a bright color.  The dressing is mayo based, so I was really nervous (I don’t like mayo at all), but it was really good.  It worked so well with the salad.  And, you know you can never go wrong when bacon is involved.  I had the leftovers for dinner the next day, and it was still wonderful.  I served the dressing on the side, so it wouldn’t get soggy.

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Chicken Bacon Avocado Quesadillas #SundaySupper

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I am back with the talented #SundaySupper team today.  This week the focus is back to school.  School is back in session here, so our nights are busy again.   Football practice, homework, and just playing leave little time for anything else.  It is times like this when you need quick and easy recipes to get dinner on the table.  If you are out of ideas just wait – there are so many great ideas at the end of this post.

Quesadillas are a favorite at our house.  And they are so versatile, you can use whatever you have in your fridge.  Leftover Chicken?  Perfect.  Leftover Taco Meat?  Great.  Just cheese and a few veggies?  That works too.  Really it is just a tortilla with cheese and whatever else you want to put in.  It doesn’t always have to be Mexican either.  You could use breaded chicken, Mozzarella cheese, and dip it in marinara sauce.  Or maybe chicken, carrots, onions, and dip it in a peanut satay sauce.  They take minutes to prepare, and you can change it up to meet everyone’s tastes.

This version is one of my favorites.  Chicken, Bacon, and Avocado are perfect together.  I like it on a sandwich, and I love it in this quesadilla.  You can use leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken to get this meal on the table quickly.  Just crisp up some bacon, dice and avocado and you are done.  If you have fresh tomatoes they would be wonderful in here too.  Serve with this Red Onion Salsa for a wonderful dinner for the whole family.

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Bacon Avocado Grilled Cheese #SundaySupper

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Bacon Avocado Grilled Cheese

We are driving back to Colorado today.  It has been a great trip.  We were able to spend lots of time in Wisconsin with our parents.  Then we stopped in Iowa for a couple days and spent some time with friends.  I am very glad we were able to make this trip this summer.

Today I am bringing you a recipe as part of the group #SundaySupper.  I have seen it around for awhile, but got the chance to participate this week.  The goal of this group “is to Bring back Sunday Supper Around the Family Table in every home. The Family Table can be anywhere as long as the main ingredient is Love.” Isabel from Family Foodie came up with the group, and does an amazing job organizing it!  #SundaySupper is joining forces with LAND O LAKES® this week for Simple and Fresh Summer Recipes.

LAND O LAKES® has a new product out, you may have seen in in your store already.  It is  Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt.  It is your normal sweet cream butter with a hint of olive oil taste, and sea salt.  The sea salt helps to really enhance the flavors of your food.  This is perfect for quick weeknight meals.  You can add great flavor to your meals without a lot of extra work!

Avocados are a great summer food in my opinion.  I could eat them all year round, but in the summer they are all over the place, and pretty cheap.  Add fresh juicy tomatoes, and bacon, and you have a great grilled cheese sandwich.  Simple, fresh ingredients, and great for a quick summer meal.

So, not only was Land O Lakes kind enough to send me a coupon for their new butter, but they want to give one to you as well!

Here is what you have to do:
Answer the question (required): What is your favorite recipe made with butter?

For additional entries:
Like Land O Lakes on Twitter and Facebook (leave me a comment telling me you did)
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So that is 4 chances to win.  The giveaway will close at midnight on Wednesday June 13th.

Bacon Avocado Grilled Cheese #SundaySupper
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A grilled cheese with bacon, avocado and tomatoes
  • 2-3 strips bacon, cooked
  • ½ avocado, mashed
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 slices Colby Cheese (or a sharp cheddar)
  • Sliced tomato
  • 2 slices good bread
  • 2 tsp Land O Lakes Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt
  1. To assemble the sandwich lay a slice of cheese on each piece of bread. Spread the mashed avocado over 1 of the slices of cheese. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Press the strips of bacon into the avocado, and top with tomatoes. Close the sandwich, and spread about a tsp of butter to the outside of each piece of bread. Cook in a pan over medium heat until toasted. Flip the sandwich, and cook until the other side is toasted and the cheese is melty!



I received a full-value coupon redeemable for LAND O LAKES® Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt, for recipe development and review purposes. All opinions are my own.

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Pasta with Roasted Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes by Mama’s Blissful Bites
Fettucini with Cream Sauce and Turkey Sausage by Val’s Food and or Art
Butter Burgers by Ultra Epicure
Bacon and Havarti Quiche by Juanita’s Cocina
Cider Chicken with Butter Pecan Rice by Momma’s Meals
Crusty French Bread with Sun-Dried Tomato and Parmesan Herb Butter byThe Weekend Gourmet
Chicken Scallopini by Diabetic Foodie
Pasta with Butter Thyme Sauce by Magnolia Days
Chicken Tikka Masala by Melissa Likes to Eat
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Flank Steak with Garlic and Wild Mushrooms by Family Spice
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Buttery Sea Salt Tuna Fajitas by Family Foodie
Sole Meniere by The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
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Easy Onion Focaccia Rolls by The Meltaways
Whole Wheat Biscuits by Cookistry
Buttery Garlic Knots by From My Corner of Saratoga
Herbed Cheese Bread with Pancetta and Onions by Mrs. Mama Hen
Honey Butter Dinner Rolls by Chocolate Moosey
Warm Balsamic Green Beans by Chip Chip Hooray
Buttery Herbed Potatoes by The Messy Baker Blog
Basil Butter Corn by Supper for a Steal
Mashed Potatoes with Herb Butter and Cheese by Basic and Delicious