5 Halloween Food!

Yummy Mummy Sugar Cookies

Halloween is just around the corner!

Cheese A Dillas

Celebrate with food all day long on Halloween, whether you serve up Cheese A Dillas or Mummy Dogs for lunch or dinner....

Mummy Dogs

... with a side of Fruit Snack O'lanterns,

Fruit Snack O'Lanterns

and a spooky hot chocolate drink!

Spooky Hot Chocolate
If your family likes chili, how about serving it with buttery bread stick bones?

Buttery Bread Stick Bones

For dessert, how about these low fat brownie bats?  So moist and delicious, you'll never miss the calories....
Low-Fat Brownie Bats
My Fruit Snack O'Lantern was featured in 10 healthy Halloween recipes found throughout the web on Free Fitness Tips ~ take a look and see what fun treats are in store!

Happy Halloween!


6 5 Recipes, 5 Different Grains

Maple Oatmeal Bread

I was invited by WonderMill grain mill in April to a challenge.  In eight weeks, make five recipes using my grain mill and post it on the Grain Mill Wagon.

Now, Wondermill is hosting a contest and I need your help!  They are looking for the most viewed recipes during the month of October on their site.

See that Maple Oatmeal bread above? 

All you have to do is click on the links highlighted in GREEN and it will take you to the Grain Mill Wagon site with my recipe.

Now take a look at the Corn Muffin Pancakes below.  They are mouth watering, aren't they?

Corn Muffin Pancakes

If you love hot cooked cereal, you will love this Pina Colada Cream of Rice.

Made with coconut milk, pineapple tidbits and toasted coconut, it will bring a touch of the tropics to your breakfast.

Pina Colada Cream of Rice

Hey, football season is still going, right?  Then make these at your next game!  Seven Layer Dip cups mean everyone gets their very own serving...

7 Layer Dip Cups

Kamut is a golden wheat that is super high in protein.  Make these soft, hearty dinner rolls that are sure to please everyone in your family... My top 5 bread baking tips are included in this recipe!

King Tut Hamburger Buns & Rolls
I would love a share, a pin, stumble of any of these recipes that you will find over at the Grain Mill Wagon.  

Many thanks to all of my readers!!  Every visit to each recipe is a vote!


2 Chicken Bacon Ranch Bakes

The flavors of chicken, bacon, cheese and Hidden Valley Ranch dressing come together perfectly in a soft, pillowy bun, topped with Parmesan cheese.  Your kids are sure to gobble these up!

The inspiration came to me from a reader who left a comment on my Dinner Roll recipe:

        "Made two batches of these tonight. Put onion powder, garlic powder and dried cilantro in with the milk. When it came time to shape the rolls, I rolled them flat and stuffed half with diced ham and mozzarella and the other half with pepperoni and mozzarella . Let rise and baked as directed. Cooled on a rack and then stuck them in the freezer, ready to pop in lunch boxes. INCREDIBLE!!!!! Thank you so much! My hot pockets beat THEIR hot pockets six ways to Sunday."

Cool, huh?  I love it when my readers share how they have used my recipes!

Her comment, a bottle of ranch dressing, and Costco gave me the inspiration for my Chicken Bacon Ranch bakes.  They were so simple to put together and my family loved them!

Begin with a batch of my dinner roll dough, pizza dough or store bought dough, whichever you prefer.  Allow the dinner roll dough to rise in a warm place for at least 30 minutes.

Next, cut up some strips of cooked bacon.  Freezing bacon is a great tip for times when you only need a couple of pieces.

Next, cook your chicken.  I like to cover it with plastic wrap and cook it on high in the microwave for 5-6 minutes, checking for doneness.  Using kitchen scissors makes quick work of cutting up cooked chicken, especially when it is hot.

Add Hidden Valley Ranch dressing to the chicken, bacon, shredded mozzarella cheese, and parsley.

Stir to combine.  It's looking good already!

Divide your dough into two piles.  Roll each pile into a 12"x12" square.  Cut each square with a pizza cutter into 6 pieces, for a total of twelve pieces of dough.

Place 2-3 tablespoons of filling in the middle of each piece of dough.

Bring the long edges together, pinching tightly, and pinch the ends closed. You don't want any filling to leak out!

Put the filled chicken bake seam side down on a parchment or Silpat lined baking sheet and brush with melted butter.

Top with a mixture of Parmesan cheese and parsley.

Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or till golden brown.  No, you do NOT need to let these rise!

These are the perfect size for anyone ~ think of all the options for filling that you can use....

Chicken Bacon Ranch Bakes
(4x6 recipe download)     (full page printable recipe)


1 Picky Eaters, Ranch Dressing & A Cause for Kids

As a child, I was a picky eater.  Hmmmm....I'm still a picky eater, but nowhere near what I was as a child.  When I was younger, my diet consisted of Cheerios, Jelly sandwiches (no peanut butter), and whatever I could pick out of dinner that night.  Fruit and veggies made it to my plate, but never to my mouth.

My mom desperately tried to get me to eat a variety of veggies.  She succeeded with corn (off the cob), and buttered carrots, but peas and any other green veggie simply stayed on my plate.  I remember looking at a single iceberg lettuce leaf and thinking, "people eat leaves??"  I took a bite and all I could remember was that it was bland and bitter.

I sprinkled a little bit of salt on it and took another bite.  Okay, that's a little bit better.  I ate my lettuce leaves this way until I discovered .....

Oh, I had never tasted anything so good!  Score one for my mom!  Score another point for Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing!

Next, I was able to try this:

Raw carrots with Ranch Dressing!

I give credit to this dressing as the one ingredient that has helped me eat more veggies and can help your kids eat healthier, too!

Lunch Break for Kids, a national fundraiser, (October 15-19) highlights ways for parents and kids to come together with chefs and schools to learn how simple, good food and stronger family connections. Funds donated will go to support the creation of nutrition based education materials, community outreach projects and grants. Check out any fundraising events in your area to support this great cause!

Do you have picky eaters in your family?  How do you like to use Hidden Valley Ranch dressing?

Stay tuned for a fun recipe made with Hidden Valley Ranch dressing that you and your family will love!

The Hidden Valley® Original Ranch®, dressings & dips has provided me with free product to help with my review, but anything I receive from Hidden Valley does not affect my thoughts on its company or their product.


34 Kroger Buy 5, Save $5 + $25 Gift Card Giveaway!

Do you have a Kroger grocery store in your neighborhood?

If you do, you're in luck!

From October 14-24th, if you purchase 5 participating General Mills products, you will receive a $5 coupon for your next shopping order! (coupon printed at checkout)

Look for your favorite GM products like Cheerios, Lucky Charms, Betty Crocker cake and brownie mixes, Yoplait, and many more ... buy 5 in one shopping visit, and save $5 towards your next visit to Kroger!

This is a great deal, so mark your calenders for this event!

Want to win a $25 gift card to use at a Kroger store?  Here's how...
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway ends Oct. 15, 2012, with winner selected by Random.org via Rafflecopter.
Open to US readers only.

Promotion varies in different locations so please be sure to check your local Kroger Co. Family of Stores*** for specific deals and offers which include: Kroger, Ralphs, King Scoopers, City Market, Dillons, Smith’s, Fry’s, QFC, Baker’s, Owen’s, Jay C Food Stores, Hilander, Gerbes, Fred Meyer, Pay Less Supermarkets and Scott’s Food & Pharmacy

Gift card, information, and additional sample have been provided by Kroger and General Mills through MyBlogSpark.  Opinions are 100% my own.


2 Caramel Apple Crumb Bars!

Just in time for Fall...

Caramel Apple Crumb bars!

A great combo of apple pie, apple crisp, and caramel apple all rolled up in a bar that you can pick up and eat with your hands!  The recipe is easy, simple and will get compliments every time you make it.

I made this recipe in a contest with the help of Orson Gygi and Peter's Caramel.  Hop on over to get the RECIPE and VOTE for the Caramel Apple Crumb Bars!  

Voting is open till Sunday, October 14th.
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