BBQ Cheddar Bacon Turkey Burgers

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Looking for something new to try on the grill?  You've got to give these Cheddar Bacon Turkey Burgers a try - they are lean and still have so much flavor!!!


  • 1 lb Ground Turkey
  • 1/4 cup Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup finely diced green onions
  • 1/3 cup chopped bacon
  • Seasonings: Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, McCormicks Montreal Steak Seasoning, Johnny’s (your choice, use one or all)

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Add all ingredients together in a large bowl. Using your hand mix well. Roll mixture into handful size balls, flatten into patties. Season.

Place on hot grill and cook for approximately 4 minutes on each side, until cooked all the way through.

Serve on a bun or over a bed of lettuce.

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S’Mores Stay At Home Dip

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Have you tried this S'mores dip?  It is DIVINE!!!!!!  It is super simple to make and you're family will be coming back for 2nds, 3rds.......

My most favorite summertime dessert is definitely S’more! Unfortunately with the responsibilities of work, kids and life we just can’t find a way to go camping, or set up a campfire often enough to enjoy this sweet gooey treat. That’s why I have decided that this Stay At Home S’mores Dip is the most amazing alternative. Even better is perfect for family get together’s, parties or just a fun treat to finish off a fun day in the sun.


  • Chocolate Chips
  • Marshmallows
  • Graham Crackers
  • Cast Iron Pan (approx 6-8 inches in diameter)
  • 2 TBSP oil (vegetable, canola, olive or even coconut oil will work)

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Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F. Place the cast iron pan in the oven and let heat (empty) for 5-10 minutes. Using an oven mit remove the pan from the oven and pour in oil. Sprinkle chocolate chips in the pan next and gently mix them around in the oil. The chocolate chips should begin to soften and melt.

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Add marshmallows one at a time on top of the softened chocolate chips, until the entire pan is filled with marshmallows.

Place the s’mores dip back in the oven to bake for 5-7 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.

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Remove from the oven and serve with a side of graham crackers for scooping.

***Beware this dip is beyond addicting!

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Hidden Valley® Ranch Seasoning Mix Copycat Recipe

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Want to make your own Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing?  We've got the perfect recipe for you!

Do you use Hidden Valley® Ranch Mix to make salad dressings, chip dip or even in various recipes? I know I use it quite often. However I hate how much it costs, and even more so I hate all of the unknown ingredients listed on the packaging. This Hidden Valley Ranch Mix Copycat recipe is awesome. Tastes exactly like Hidden Valley brand (or better)!


1/2 cup dry buttermilk powder
2 TBSP dried parsley
1  tsp dried dill weed
1 tsp dried onion flakes
1 tsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried chives
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper
1/2 tsp sugar

Mix all ingredients together in a blender and pulse until smooth. To make Ranch Dressing simply mix 1 TBSP of Hidden Valley® Copycat seasoning mix with 1/3 cup Greek yogurt and 1/3 cup milk.

Forget the store bought!  Make your very own Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing at home!


Olive Garden Copycat Salad Dressing

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Yum Yum! Do you ever just crave a refreshing Olive Garden Salad? What’s the salad without the special Olive Garden dressing? Instead of going out for an expensive dinner, enjoy a relaxing night at home with this tasty Olive Garden Salad Dressing Mix Copycat recipe. You are sure to love it!


  • 1 packet Italian Dressing Mix
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  •  1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/3 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

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Mix all ingredients together in a food processor, whisk or blender. Pulse or mix until well blended. Serve over a refreshing garden salad and store excess salad dressing in an air tight container for up to 2 weeks.

Cream of Broccoli Soup

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This is the tastiest Cream of Broccoli soup you can make......better than anything you'll find in the store!!


  • 3 cups broccoli
  • 1 cup sweet onion, diced
  • 4 TBSP flour
  • 6 TBSP butter
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream or whole milk
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt, pepper, garlic powder
  • Sour cream & Cheddar cheese (optional toppings)


  1. Pour chicken broth, water, broccoli into a large stockpot. Turn stove top to high and bring to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile in a saucepan melt butter over medium heat, saute onions until translucent. Add flour and create a rue. Once it has a thick paste like consistency, slowly add cream and whisk well.
  3. Add cream mixture to boiling broccoli (do not drain liquid).
  4. Let simmer for 15 minutes. Add salt, pepper or other seasonings to taste.
  5. Serve with cheddar cheese and sour cream.
    ***If you do not like your broccoli chucky. Once the broccoli had cooked completely you can blend with with a hand mixer or blender to get a softer creamer texture.

This is the tastiest Cream of Broccoli soup you can make......better than anything you'll find in the store!!

30 Red, White & Blue {Patriotic} Recipes

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Check out this awesome roundup of THIRTY Patriotic Recipes!!!

July 4th will be here soon!  If you have a party planned, you might want to try something new and fun for dessert.  Check out this list of THIRTY (30) fun patriotic desserts – perfect for any night of the year (but moreso with Independence Day).

  1. Red, White and Blue 4th of July Tart
  2. Raspberry Dessert Shooters
  3. Red, White and Blue Brownie Pops
  4. Patriotic Popcorn Crunch
  5. Fireworks Inspired Cupcakes
  6. Patriotic Trifle Bowl
  7. Yogurt Parfaits in Tortilla Cups
  8. Old Glory Cupcakes
  9. Red, White and Blue Velvet Ice Cream Sandwiches
  10. Cheesecake Stuffed Stawberries
  11. Fruit Skewers
  12. Fourth of July Pancakes
  13. Very Berry Moscato
  14. Spiked Strawberry Shortcake
  15. Pudding Popsicles
  16. Firecrackers
  17. Strawberry Shortcake Push Pops and Lemon Whipping Cream
  18. Strawberry Crumble Cake
  19. Red, White and Blue Quinoa Salad
  20. Patriotic Party S’Mores
  21. Chocolate Flags
  22. Red, White and Blue Fudge
  23. Lemon Berry Trifle
  24. Preschool Parfait
  25. Patriotic Pound Cake
  26. Patriotic Pizza Flag
  27. American Flag Cheesecake
  28. No Bake Flag Dessert
  29. Patriotic Pinwheel Cookies
  30. Firecracker Cookies
  31. Fruit Rockets

Brunswick Stew – Crockpot Recipe

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We recently had some Brunswick stew at a local restaurant and realized it was something we really liked! So of course we went home and began reading recipes. There are tons of different variations of Brunswick Stew, however this is the recipe we came up with and after 10+ times of making it now – it has officially become a family favorite! The best part is it’s one of those meals you make after another…so we always make pulled pork sandwiches the first night and then know that the following nights dinner will be followed up by some Brunswick Stew!

5 cups pre-cooked (or left over) pulled pork
2 cups beef stock
1 medium onion, diced
5 golden potatoes, diced
2 cups fresh or frozen corn
2 cups carrots, diced
1 can Italian tomatoes
3 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 cup Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce


Place all ingredients in a crockpot on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 8-9 hours. Serve with some rolls and enjoy!

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Strawberry Shortcake (made with Homemade Biscuits)

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Don’t these fresh summer strawberries just look delectable?!?! Treat your family with an easy “fresh” dessert of Strawberry Shortcake! You can purchase shortcake, use pre-made biscuits or make your biscuits from scratch. Really you can make this dessert your own, as easy or complex as you would like.


1 lb fresh strawberries
1 TBSP sugar
6-8 biscuits (homemade, pre-made, or store bought)
1 cup sour cream
2 TBSP brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
ice cream (optional)
whipping cream (optional)


  1. In a small bowl mix sour cream, brown sugar and cinnamon together. Set aside.
  2. Cut Strawberries into bite size pieces. Sprinkle with white sugar and set aside.
  3. Take your biscuits and cut in half. Place the bottom piece in a bowl. Cover with one heaping spoonful of strawberries. Then add 1 heaping spoonful of sour cream mixture. Top with second piece of biscuit and serve with a side of ice cream or whipping cream.

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Chili Cheese Chip Dip

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I stumbled upon this simple little recipe on accident as I was looking for an easy “fun” dinner for my kids. We had some Velveeta cheese sitting in the cupboard and a few pouches of our favorite all natural chili. I mixed these together to make a nice little dip for the kids and WOWZERS everyone loved it!


  • 8 oz Velveeta Cheese, cubed (1 inch pieces)
  • 2 cans pre-made chili
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

In a microwave safe bowl or container add your chili. Top with cubed velveeta cheese and microwave for 3 minutes. Add shredded cheddar cheese and stir all ingredients together. Eat with caution, because once you taste one bite you will be hooked!!!

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Super Easy Watermelon Sugar Cookies

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Summer is here and these cookies definitely scream that!  You can make these fun (and very simple) watermelon sugar cookies with your kids -- in less than an hour!!!!

My kids love to spend time baking in the kitchen.  However, they usually pick something that takes us a LONG time (and usually quit meaning I’m left to finish the baking myself).  That is why I love these fun watermelon cookies.  They take no more than one hour (from mixing to chilling to eating).  Plus, the process is broken up into smaller “sessions”, which can help keep the kids’ interest much longer.



1 bag of Betty Crocker Sugar Cookies
1/4 cup of oil
1 1/2 tsp water
1 egg
Red Dye (gel or drops)
Gren Dye (gel or drops)
Chocolate sprinkles
Wax paper

Mix cookie mix, oil, water and egg.  Stir until well blended.    The cookie mix should have a crumbly consistency (if too dry, add a bit more water, if too wet, add a little bit of flour).

Form dough into a log (around 6″ long).  Cut off 1/3 and set it aside.  Place 2/3 of the dough back into the bowl.  Add in red dye and mix until blended.  Take a sheet of wax paper and shape the dough into a 12″ roll — with one side flattened.  Cover (making sure flat side is down).

Next, take the remaining 1/3 of the dough and tint this green.  Place this between two layer of wax paper.  Roll this out into a 12×4″ rectangle (or oval).

Refrigerate the dough for around 30 – 45 minutes.  Preheat your over to 375.

Now is the time to assemble your cookies.  Remove both items from the refrigerator.  Remove the top layer of the was paper from the green dough.  Next, remove the red dough from the wax paper and place it onto the green dough, flat side up.  Mold the green dough up to the edge of the red dough.  Remove the bottom sheet of wax paper and trim (and repair) as needed).

Set the dough back up (flat side onto your counter).  Use unwaxed dental floss and slice the dough into cookies around 1/4″ thick.  Place them onto an ungreased cookie sheet (around 2″ apart).  Once all cut, place the chocolate sprinkles onto the cookie – as these are your “seeds.”

Bake at 375 for around 7 minutes.  Move to a rack to cool completely before sharing with your kids!

You can check out our video on my kids and I making this one — so you can see exactly how the process works!