Chili Cornbread Skillet

There are a few things I love about this time of year – opening all the windows, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, leggings with boots, and making chili for dinner.

chili cornbread skillet

I love making chili on cool, fall nights and since October is National Chili month, I thought it would be fun to share a yummy chili recipe.  When I make chili, I always make cornbread to go with it.  This Chili Cornbread Skillet combines them both into one delicious recipe.

Chili Cornbread Skillet

Ingredients needed:

  • 3-4 cups prepared chili – I used Progresso’s new Chili
  • 1 box of cornbread mix + ingredients needed to prepare cornbread


  • Add chili to skillet or 8 x 8 baking dish.
  • Prepare cornbread according to directions on box.
  • Spread cornbread batter over chili.
  • Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until cornbread is golden brown.

progresso chili

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      • Which recipe would you like to make?
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Meatlovers Pizza Dip

I’ve got a great tasting and fun party dip for you today.  Friday night is game night or movie night at out house and usually we order pizza but I thought I would switch things up a little.  Connor and my husband love meatlovers pizza so I whipped up this Meatlovers Pizza Dip to enjoy while we played Trouble this past Friday night.

Meatlovers Pizza Dip

Meatlovers Pizza Dip


  • 1 8 oz. package cream cheese (softened)
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 1 1/2 cup Ragu marinara sauce
  • 1 cup Italian sausage (cooked)
  • 1/2 cup bacon pieces (about 6-8 pieces of cooked bacon)
  • 11-15 slices of pepperoni


  1. Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Step 2: Spray baking dish with cooking spray. Spread cream cheese across bottom of baking dish.
  3. Step 3: Sprinkle 1 cup of cheese over cream cheese.
  4. Step 4: Pour marinara sauce evenly over cheese.
  5. Step 5: Spread sausage and bacon over marinara sauce
  6. Step 6: Sprinkle the rest of the cheese over meat.
  7. Step 7: Arrange pepperoni over cheese and bake for 20 minutes.
  8. Step 8: Serve with bagel chips, pita chips or breadsticks. Enjoy!

This is the perfect appetizer for parties, tailgating, family gatherings and so much more!  Layers of cheese, marinara sauce and meat makes this dip taste amazing!

Meatlovers Pizza Dip

You can’t go wrong with a recipe that calls for meat and cheese.  And we are huge fans of Ragu!  It’s our go-to pasta sauce.

Ragu Marinara Sauce

Why we love Ragu:

  • Stems from a family recipe and is slowly simmered to add layers of flavor.
  • There are no artificial flavors and no high fructose corn syrup
  • Made with Farm Grown ingredients.
  • Affordable and available in all major grocery stores.

Discover the Ragu heritage story and learn all about the women who started it all.

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Hurricane Punch

What do you do when there’s a hurricane headed your way?

You make Hurricane Punch!

 Hurricane Punch Recipe

Luckily the hurricane is going to stay out to sea but for a few days they thought it might be pretty bad here in Virginia Beach so we started planning our hurricane party with all the neighbors.  They tell you to be prepared and If you’re going to be stuck without power, you have to be prepared with the essentials.

Hurricane Punch


  • 64 ounces fruit punch (I used Hawaiian Punch)
  • 1 can frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
  • 2 cans frozen orange juice, thawed
  • 4-5 cups light rum (depending on how strong you want it)


  1. Add all ingredients to large pitcher and stir.
  2. Serve over ice.

Hurricane Punch Recipe

Add the ingredients to this Hurricane Punch to your hurricane ready kit!  It will definitely help you get through the storm.  And feel free to enjoy this hurricane punch even if a storm isn’t headed your way.  You don’t need an excuse to enjoy a nice cocktail.

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Slow Cooker Roasted Vegetables with New Barber Foods Stuffed Chicken

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone. #SimplySpecialMeals #CollectiveBias

Barber Foods Stuffed Chicken

Are you always looking for quick and easy meals to make during the week?  I know I am so I was so excited when I recently discovered Barber Foods Stuffed Chicken Breasts.  You can choose from Cordon Bleu, Broccoli Cheese, and Chicken Kiev.  I decided to try the Chicken Kiev first and next I’m going to try the Broccoli Cheese.  The Chicken Kiev is filled with butter, parsley and garlic.  I’m pretty sure you can’t go wrong with a butter which provides a nice sauce for the chicken.

barver foods chicken

I love that I can just grab the chicken breasts from the freezer and bake them in the oven.  No prep work on my part and 30 minutes later (when the chicken reaches 165 degrees) – dinner is ready.  My kind of cooking!  The New Barber Foods Stuffed Chicken Breasts are moist and juicy.  The butter filling added the perfect flavoring to the chicken.  Even Connor was asking for more which means it’s definitely a huge hit.

Slow Cooker Roasted Vegetables


And I have have a great side dish that tastes great with Barber Foods Stuffed Chicken Breasts.  These Slow Cooker Roasted Vegetables and a family favorite.  My sister-in-law shared the recipe with me and I’ve been making them at least once a week for a few months now.  Just throw your favorite veggies into the slow cooker and half your dinner will be cooking all day while you’re busy working.

Slow Cooker Roasted Vegetables


  • 1-2 cups baby carrots
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 yellow squash
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1-2 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons herb de provence
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional)


Step 1:  Cut zucchini, squash and sweet potato into 1 inch pieces.  (You can use any combination of veggies)

Step 2:  Spray slow cooker with cooking spray.  Place veggies in slow cooker.

Step 3:  Add olive oil, herb de provence, and honey to slow cooker and mix together with large spoon.

Step 4:  Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until vegetables are tender.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Barber Chicken

These roasted vegetables complimented the stuffed chicken perfectly!  You can even bake the veggies in the oven for 20 minutes if you don’t want to use the slow cooker.

Barber Foods Harris Teeter

So, if your looking for a quick meal, head out and pick up a few boxes of Barber Foods Stuffed Chicken Breasts.  Make sure you look for the new packaging, which also includes a new taste, flavor and recipe.  You won’t be disappointed.


Print out a coupon HERE for $1 off any package of Barber Foods Original Stuffed Chicken Breasts.

What would you serve with Barber Foods Stuffed Chicken Breasts?

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Swiss Rolls Cake

I’ve got an extra fun cake to share with you all today.  This Swiss Rolls Cake is delicious and great for a party.

Swiss Rolls Cake

And it’s super easy!

Step 1:  Make your favorite cake and frosting.  I made a yellow cake with chocolate butter cream icing.

Step 2:  Place a box of Swiss Rolls in the freezer for about 30 minutes.  You’ll need at least 20 Swiss Rolls to cover a round cake.

Step 3:  Cut Swiss Rolls into 1/2 inch slices.  Add slices of Swiss Rolls to cake starting at the top and swirling around.

That’s it!  Isn’t it fun?  I took this cake to a neighborhood cook-out and everybody couldn’t wait to bite into it.

If you love Swiss Rolls than you will love this cake and you should have a few Swiss Rolls left over to eat at least one while you make the cake.

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Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson.  The opinions and text are all mine.

A delicious Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese recipe that will definitely be a huge hit at dinner!

Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

Hubby was leaving for a few days on the ship so I surprised him with a special dinner.  I call it special because I haven’t been cooking dinner much lately.  And since it was an easy recipe to make, it’s extra special to me.  I also know if I want my husband to like something, all I have to do is add buffalo sauce and chicken to the recipe and he will love it.

Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese


  • 1 box of pasta (16 ounces)
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cups of Buffalo Wing Sauce (depending on how spicy you want it)
  • 1 bag of Popcorn Chicken - Any’tizers® snacks
  • 4 cups shredded cheese ( I used 2 cups sharp cheddar and 2 cups Gouda)
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs


  1. Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray
  2. Step 2: Prepare pasta according to package.
  3. Step 3: Heat chicken according to package and cut into pieces.
  4. Step 4: Melt butter in large sauce pan over medium heat. Add flour and whisk together. Slowly add milk, buffalo sauce, salt and pepper. Continue to whisk together until smooth.
  5. Step 5: Add pasta to baking. Sprinkle cheese and chicken over pasta. Then, pour the cream sauce over the cheese, chicken, and pasta. Stir together with large spoon.
  6. Step 6. Sprinkle bread crumbs over pasta and cheese. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

This recipe is perfect for busy week nights and could easily be made ahead of time.  I actually love my mac and cheese better heated up the next day.  Plus, using the Popcorn Chicken- Any’tizers® snacks  made it so much easier to prepare.

Project Tyson A+

And don’t forget to support your school with the Tyson Project A+.  I hope you haven’t forgotten about this awesome program that Tyson has.

  1. Visit
  2. Nominate your school by sharing why your school needs a head start on collecting Tyson Project A+™ labels.
  3. Once you submit your reason, you will get the option to share your post on your OWN social feeds to drive your community’s involvement.
  4. The school with the most nominations will receive a packet of labels worth $1,000 to help their school get a head start on collecting Tyson Project A+™ labels.

I nominated Connor’s school in about 2 minutes and shared it on the PTA Facebook page to spread the word.  That’s all you need to do to help your school earn money and we all know our schools can use as much money as they can get for supplies, books, and technology.

Have you enrolled your school in the Tyson Project A+ program yet?  If not, what are you waiting for?  If so, don’t forget to nominate them now to receive $1,000 worth of labels.

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Easy Trail Mix

Today I’m sharing a fun trail mix that I made for Connor.  He loves Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish Crackers so I picked up a few bags and some other ingredients to make him this easy trail mix.

Goldfish Trail Mix

Can you ever go wrong with a great trail mix recipe?

They are perfect for school lunches, afternoon snacks and in the car when you are running errands.

Goldfish Trail Mix

This Easy Trail Mix with Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish Crackers includes a cup of the following:

I just dumped everything into a bag and shook it up.

Simple as that!

Wet Ones + Goldfish

I found these small containers that make it even easier to pack Connors lunch.  The smallest one is just the right size for the trail mix.

And don’t forget to throw in a few Wet Ones® Singles when packing lunches!  They are perfect for cleaning hands especially because they kill 99.9% of germs.  I’m going to be keeping them everywhere – the car, my purse, Connor’s backpack – everywhere!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Wet Ones® + Pepperidge Farm® . The opinions and text are all mine.

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Sweet Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce with Tyson® A+ Any’tizers at Walmart

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson. The opinions and text are all mine.

As a teacher, I love any company that helps our schools earn money and school supplies. Did you know that Tyson® has the Tyson Project A+™ program?

Tyson's Project A+

It’s one of the simplest ways to support your school. Just clip and collect Tyson Project A+™ labels from Tyson® participating packages. For every label submitted, Tyson will give your school 24 cents and your school can use the money for whatever they want. I can’t believe I’m just now finding out about this awesome program.

Enroll your school HERE.

Homemade Dipping Sauce

And if you’ve been a fan of Happy Go Lucky for awhile, you know I’m all about quick and easy meals. Tyson’s Any’tizers® are perfect for after school snacks and quick meals for all those busy school nights. I made a super easy Sweet Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce that goes great with Tyson’s Popcorn Chicken Any’tizers® snacks and their Homestyle Chicken Fries Any’tizers® snacks.

This recipe only requires 3 ingredients!

Sweet Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce #TysonProjectAPlus


Sweet Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce


  • - 1 part maple syrup
  • - 1 part honey
  • - 1 part Dijon mustard


  1. Mix all ingredients together and enjoy!

Tyson Any'tizers Walmart

Connor and I stocked up on a few bags of Tyson® Any’tizers® while shopping at Walmart over the weekend. I must admit that we love snacking on Tyson® Any’tizers® because they are made with white meat, packed with protein, and come in delicious varieties that we all love.

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Plus, not only are they are simple to prepare but they help schools earn money for books and other school supplies! How can you not love that?

Nominate your school for a chance to win $1,000 in Tyson Project A+™ labels.

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Strawberry and Cream Danishes

It’s time for another round of The Secret Recipe Club.   This month I was matched with up with the lovely Sara over at Cook with Sara.  She has tons of fabulous recipes.  We had some friends in town for a few days so I decided to make Sara’s Strawberry and Cheese Danish.

Strawberries and Cream Danishes 2


Now I love trying new recipes but I also know my limits.  I was a little nervous about making a braided danish, so I decided to use Sara’s recipe to make individual danishes.  The only difference with this recipe and Sara’s is that I used refrigerated biscuits instead of crescent dough.

Strawberry and Cream Danishes


  • - 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • - 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • - 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • - 2 tablespoons water
  • - 2 packages refrigerated biscuit dough
  • - 1 - 8 oz. package reduced fat cream cheese (or regular)
  • - 1 egg
  • - 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • - 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • - 2 tablespoons milk


  1. Step 1: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Step 2: Combine strawberries, 1/4 cup sugar, cornstarch and water in a small saucepan and cook over medium low heat.
  3. Step 3: In a small bowl, mix cream cheese, remaining sugar and egg until smooth.
  4. Step 4: Remove biscuits from packaging but do not separate. Using a sharp knife, cut dough about 1/2 inch thick. Place dough sections on baking sheet. Create an indentation in the center of each dough section.
  5. Step 5: Place a tablespoon of cream cheese mixture and strawberries in center of each dough section.
  6. Step 6: Bake for 15 minutes or until dough is golden brown.
  7. Step 7: While biscuits cool, make the icing by whisking together the powdered sugar, almond extract and milk. Drizzle the icing over the danishes.

How delicious do these danishes look?  Thanks Sara for inspiring me to make these danishes!!

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60 Delicious Slow Cooker Recipes

Fall is right around the corner and with school starting, we thought it would be fun to round up 60 Slow Cooker Recipes.  There is nothing better than throwing a few ingredients into the crock pot and coming home from work with dinner ready.

60 Slow Cooker Recipes

I love a great slow cooker recipe so check out these recipes and be inspired to whip up a delicious meal in your crock pot:


Slow Cooker Lasagna


Chicken Stew in Slow Cooker


Baked Apples


Slow Cooker Pineapple Upside Down Cake


Slow Cooker Ribs


PB Chocolate Granola


Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches


Chicken and Spinach in the Slow Cooker


Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie

sweet and sour chicken

Easy Sweet and Sour Chicken


Slow Cooker Cranberry Chicken


Sweet Potato, Chicken, and Quinoa Soup


Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Chili


Slow Cooker Applesauce


Slow Cooker Blueberry Muffin Oats

I tried to share mostly healthy recipes because I think the benefit of using the slow cooker is that you can make low calorie meals without having to spend all day in the kitchen.

Now, check out more slow cooker recipes that my lovely co-hosts are sharing today!


Sweet Tea & Saving Grace

Pitter & Glink

The Benson Street

 What’s your favorite slow cooker recipe?

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