Buffalo Ranch Chicken Bake

Ok my friends, you know I’m all about quick and easy recipes.

And if you love buffalo chicken, then this is definitely the recipe for you.

Buffalo Ranch Chicken Bake

My husband LOVES buffalo chicken!  That is pretty much the only thing he orders when we go out to eat.

The other night he was working late and I surprised him with this Buffalo Ranch Chicken Bake.  I actually combined two different recipes to create this dish and I must admit that it turned out better than I thought.  I’m not a buffalo chicken fan and even I thought it was delicious.

My husband and Connor both said it was delicious – which means dinner was a success!

Buffalo Ranch Chicken Bake

Buffalo Ranch Chicken Bake


  • 3-4 boneless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup low fat mayo
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
  • 1 cup of Panko crumbs
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 packet of Hidden Valley Ranch


  1. Step 1: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray pan with cooking spray and then place chicken in pan.
  2. Step 2: Combine mayo, Greek yogurt, and buffalo sauce in small bowl. Spread mixture over chicken.
  3. Step 3: In a separate bowl, combine Panko crumbs, cheese, and Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning. Mix well. Sprinkle over chicken.
  4. Step 4: Bake in over for 45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and topping is browned.

The picture just doesn’t do this recipe the justice it deserves.  I was trying to take nice pictures but my husband couldn’t wait any longer to dig in!

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Apple Cranberry Dump Cake

Have you decided what you’re making for Thanksgiving dinner yet?

If not, don’t worry!  I’ve got you’ve covered.

Today I’m sharing 27 Thanksgiving Dishes and Table Settings.  All of these recipes look delicious and the table settings will definitely leave your guests saying “WOW”.
27 Thanksgiving Dishes and Table Settings

I’ve got the perfect Thanksgiving dessert for you.  Not only is this Apple Cranberry Dump Cake easy to make but it tastes amazing.  Add a little vanilla ice cream and you won’t be able to stop eating it!

Apple Cranberry Dump Cake

Apple Cranberry Dump Cake


  • 1 can (21 oz.) apple pie filling
  • 1 can (16 oz.) whole cranberry sauce
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Step 1: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Step 2: Dump apple pie filling and cranberries into pan. Spread mixture evenly.
  3. Step 3: Pour dry cake mix over apples and cranberries.
  4. Step 4: Cut up butter and place evenly over cake mix.
  5. Step 5: Sprinkle walnuts over cake mix.
  6. Step 6: Bake for 45 -50 minutes.


Apple Cranberry Dump Cake

Now you have to check out these fabulous Thanksgiving Dishes and Table Setting ideas.

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Chocolate Caramel Crunch Bars {Holiday Fun with Skippy and Honey Maid}

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There are two things that we always have in our pantry – Skippy Peanut Butter and Honey Maid Graham Crackers.

And today I’m sharing my favorite holiday recipe that includes both!

These Chocolate Caramel Crunch Bars are delicious and easy to make.  The best part is – Connor can help me make them.  I love that he likes to help me in the kitchen and this recipe is so much easier when you have a little helper.
Chocolate Caramel Crunch Bars



Step 1:  Line an ungreased 9 x 13 pan with foil.  Spray foil with cooking spray to prevent bars from sticking.

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Step 2:  Line the bottom of the pan with club crackers.  Crush graham crackers using a food processor.

Step 3:  In large sauce pan, melt butter and add graham crackers, brown sugar, sugar, and milk.  Bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes.  Stir mixture while it is boiling.

Step 4:  Pour 1/2 of the mixture over crackers.  Place another layer of crackers and spread remaining butter mixture over crackers.  Top with a third layer of crackers.

Chocolate Caramel Crunch Bars

Step 5:  In small sauce pan, melt chocolate chips and peanut butter over medium-low heat.  Spread evenly over crackers.

Step 6:  Cover and chill for at least one hour before cutting.

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And, there is only one thing left to do with the left over peanut butter and graham crackers – make Gingerbread Houses!

We are getting ready to have our annual gingerbread house party at my parents house and I can’t wait!!  We started this two years ago with Connor and my nephew and this year is going to be even better now that my two nieces are old enough to participate.

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All you need are a few boxes of Honey Maid Graham Crackers, candy for decorating your houses, Skippy peanut butter, and a can of inexpensive white icing.  I picked up all my supplies at Walmart.

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Place candy, peanut butter, and icing in small bowls in center of table.  Wrap aluminum foil around a piece of cardboard.  I used old cereal boxes.

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Give everyone a package of graham crackers and let the fun begin!

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This is one of my favorite Christmas activities.  I love building Gingerbread Houses with all my favorite people.  Connor loves seeing all his cousins and now they have an excuse to make a mess while eating candy.  What’s not to love about that?!

What are some of your favorite things to do around the holidays?

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Turkey Salad Sandwiches with Almonds and Dried Cranberries

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Are you wondering what to make with all that delicious turkey you have leftover on Thanksgiving?  Then you’ll love this turkey salad with almonds and dried cranberries.

Turkey Salad with Almonds and Dried Cranberries

These Turkey Salad Sandwiches are the perfect way to use up your leftover Thanksgiving turkey!

For me, the best part about Thanksgiving is spending time with family and eating turkey.

And the best thing about Black Friday is eating leftover turkey sandwiches.  My mom makes a big bowl of turkey salad every year and it has become a family favorite.

Turkey Salad with Almonds and Dried Cranberries

This recipe is so easy to make and I’m sure you have most of the ingredients already.

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And if you don’t, you can find them all at your local Walmart.

Turkey, dried cranberries, and almonds all pulled together with Kraft mayonnaise and Greek yogurt.  What’s not to love?  Her secret ingredients, the poultry seasoning and curry powder adds the perfect flavor to this turkey salad recipe.

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  • 3 cups cooked turkey – shredded
  • 3/4 cup Kraft mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • salt and pepper to taste


Step 1:  Chop up your left over turkey.  Add turkey, Kraft mayonnaise, and Greek yogurt to small bowl.  Mix until well combined.

Step 2:  Add almonds and dried cranberries to bowl and continue to mix together.

Step 3:  Season with poultry seasoning, salt, pepper, and curry powder.  Mix again.

Step 4:  Spread turkey salad on bread and top with your favorite sandwich toppings.  I usually just add lettuce.

This turkey salad also tastes great with crackers or over a fresh salad.

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Turkey Salad with Almonds and Dried Cranberries

What yummy recipes do you make with your Thanksgiving leftovers?

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High Five for Friday

Happy Friday!

I still can’t believe it’s November all ready.  I keep seeing Christmas decorations everywhere and I’m not really ready for all that yet.  I just want to enjoy fall for another few weeks.

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I saw this awesome video that was going around Facebook and I had to share it.  The message is powerful especially this quote they shared at the end of the video.  I love it and I’m putting it up in my classroom.


We had a blast on Halloween.  Connor was Green Lantern.  My neighbor set up their outdoor movie screen and played movies for the kids.  We also had the fire pit going.  I’m thinking we need to do this every Friday night.

home depot kids workshop

Saturday was a perfect day!  We stopped at Starbucks and then headed to Home Depot for their Kid’s Workshop.  Then it started raining so we stayed in and watched movies all day.  Sometimes you just need an excuse to be lazy.

Pumpkin Pie Hot Chocolate

My husband picked up some of this pumpkin pie liqueur that tastes great with hot chocolate!

Twix Poke Cake

And my neighbor made one of her delicious poke cakes for Sunday dinner.  This time she made a Twix Poke Cake and I just had to share the recipe with you.

Twix Poke Cake


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 2 boxes of chocolate instant pudding
  • 4 cups of milk
  • 8 oz container of Cool Whip
  • 1/2 cup caramel suace
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed Twix bars


  1. 1. Make yellow cake according to package.
  2. 2. Just before cake is done baking, add pudding and milk in bowl and mix together.
  3. 3. When cake is finished, while still warm, poke holes all over cake using the end of a wooden spoon.
  4. 4. Pour pudding mix over cake. (try to aim for holes)
  5. 5. Place cake in refrigerator to let pudding set
  6. 6. Before serving add cool whip, caramel and crushed Twix to cake.

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

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Spooky Halloween Oreo Poke Cake

Oh boy!  Do I have a special treat for you all just in time for Halloween.

This Spooky Halloween Oreo Poke Cake is delicious and super festive. And it was a huge hit!

Spooky Halloween Oreo Poke Cake

My neighbors and I were having our usual Sunday dinner together last night and I thought it would be fun to make a Halloween dessert for everyone.  This was actually a team effort because my neighbor Dion made the Oreo Poke Cake and I was in charge of decorating it.

Spooky Halloween Oreo Poke Cake


  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 2 boxes of Oreo Cookies and Cream instant pudding
  • 4 cups of milk
  • 8 oz container of Cool Whip
  • 1 package of Oreo Cookies - crushed (I used Halloween Oreo Cookies)


  1. 1. Make chocolate cake according to package.
  2. 2. Just before cake is done baking, add pudding and milk in bowl and mix together.
  3. 3. When cake is finished, while still warm, poke holes all over cake using the end of a wooden spoon.
  4. 4. Pour pudding mix over cake. (try to aim for holes)
  5. 5. Place cake in refrigerator to let pudding set
  6. 6. Before serving add cool whip and crushed Oreos to cake.
  7. 7. Decorate with Halloween candy and cookies. (I used Milano cookies, black icing, ghost peeps, and pumpkin candy corn)

Such and fun and festive cake!  I’m sure you know by now that I’m all about simple and easy recipes so I must tell you all that this dessert was not time consuming at all to make.  It might look like it took awhile to prepare but it was actually very easy.  The most time consuming part was crushing the Oreos.

So, have I’ve inspired you to make your own Spooky Halloween Oreo Poke Cake?

Do you have a favorite Halloween dessert?

This is a great recipe and you still have a few days to whip one up!

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Chicken Stew in the Slow Cooker

I’ve got another easy and delicious recipe for you all today.

I’m a huge fans of two things – cooking in the slow cooker and making meals that leave enough leftovers for lunch all week long.

Plus, it’s the perfect time of year for soups and stews!

Chicken Stew in the Slow Cooker

Sunday I made this delicious Chicken Stew in the Slow Cooker and I’m amazed at how easy it was to throw together.  I literally just dumped everything in the slow cooker and walked away.  I also used all organic ingredients and checked all the labels to make sure there were no added preservatives so it’s clean and healthy too.

Definitely my kind of meal!

Chicken Stew in the Slow Cooker


Chicken Stew in the Slow Cooker


  • 3-4 chicken breast
  • 1 bag of organic frozen mixed veggies (mine included green beans, carrots, and corn)
  • 1 can organic black beans (drained)
  • 1 can organic garbanzo beans (drained)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 3 cups organic chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Add all ingredients to slow cooker and cook for 6-8 hours.
  2. Stir occasionally.
  3. Shred chicken before serving.
  4. Enjoy!

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with Zucchini and Carrots

I was craving cookies last week and since we are trying to eat healthy, I decided that adding veggies to cookies makes them healthier.

Am I right?

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with Zucchini and Carrots

Please tell me that I’m right because these Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with Zucchini and Carrots are delicious!  So delicious that you won’t be able to eat just one.

I’m pretty sure I at at least four just moving them from the cookie sheet to the cooling rack.

Oatmeal Cookies with Zucchini and Carrots

I had no idea that adding carrots and zucchini to oatmeal raisin cookies would be such a great combination!  And since I will take cookies over cake any day, these might just be my new favorite dessert.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with Zucchini and Carrots


  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • 1 cup zucchini, grated
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup raisins


  1. Step 1: Cream butter and sugar together in large bowl.
  2. Step 2: Add eggs and vanilla and continue mixing.
  3. Step 3: Mix dry ingredients together in separate bowl. Add to creamed mixture.
  4. Step 4: Stir in zucchini, oatmeal, and raisins.
  5. Step 5: Roll balls of dough and place 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheet.
  6. Step 6: Bake at 350°F for 10-12 minutes.

I think I could justify eating these every night!

Have you tried adding veggies to your favorite dessert?

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3 Ingredient Recipes Perfect for Game Day

Many thanks to Sam’s Club for sponsoring today’s story and getting me ready for tailgating.

Football season has begun and you can’t watch the game without snacks. Since I’m all about easy recipes, I’ve put together a list of 20 3-ingredient Game Day Recipes that are sure to please everyone.  Whether you’re watching the game at home or tailgating, all of these recipes are prefect for watching football.

3 ingredient game day recipes

All of these recipes look and sound AMAZING and since they only require 3 ingredients, you won’t spend all day in the kitchen.

I’m warning you all right now – you will be hungry after looking through all these recipes!

3 ingredient game day recipes

Sweet and Sour Meatballs by Tablespoon

3 Ingredient Sweet Pulled Pork by Mommy on Demand

3 Ingredient Mac and Cheese by She Makes and Bakes

Zesty Grilled Wings by Home Cooking Memories

Baked Ham and Cheese Rollups by The Comfort of Cooking

3 ingredient game day recipes

3 Ingredient Chili by Yellow Bliss Road

Sausage Cream Cheese Pinwheels by Life, Love and Sugar

Cheesy Monkey Bread by Brit & Co.

Chili Cheese Dip by Love Grows Wild

Buffalo Ranch Slow Cooker Chicken by Pillsbury

3 ingredient game day recipes

Mini Potato Skins by iVillage

Crescent Cheese Dogs by Sarah ‘n Spice

3 Ingredient Pizzas by True North

Bacon Wrapped Smokies by Delectable Darlings

3 Ingredient Buffalo Potato Wedges by My Mommy Style

3 ingredient game day recipes

Chili Dog Puffs by Mr. Food

Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos by Blended Kitchen

Grilled Cheese Rolls by She Knows

Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders by Hip 2 Save

Taco Dip by Paints and Paws

 And since we’re talking about football and tailgating, I’ve put together a list of Tailgating Essentials.  My husband would say you can’t watch football with a big screen, food, and beer.

tailgating essentials

1.  65″ Samsung LED 1080p 3D Smart HDTV  / 2.  Wolfgang Puck 10-cup Digital Multicooker / 3.  Caravan® Sports Elite Quad Chair / 4.  Portable Stainless Steel Gas Grill / 5.  Plastic Cups / 6.  Igloo 36 Can Max Cold Cooler / 7.  Paper Plates

What are your favorite tailgating essentials?

Do you have a delicious and easy game day recipe that everybody loves?  Please share!!  You can never have too many game day recipes.

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Cheddar Ale Dip with Pico De Gallo

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A new restaurant opened up near our house and they have the best Cheddar Ale Dip.  The best part is the Pico De Gallo they add to it.

Hubby was having a few friends over Sunday for the Giants game and I decided it would be fun to try and recreate the Cheddar Ale Dip with Pico De Gallo.

And I must admit – the dip tasted AMAZING and was so easy to make.

Cheddar Ale Dip with Pico De Gallo


  • 1 bottle of ale beer
  • 2 tablesppons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 4 oz Neufchatel cream cheese (cut into pieces)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • 1 tablespoons CHA! by Texas Pete
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Pico De Gallo (homemade or store bought)


  1. Step 1: Pour beer into bowl and stir to reduce carbonation.
  2. Step 2: Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and stir constantly for 2 minutes.
  3. Step 3: Slowly add beer and continue to stir.
  4. Step 4: Increase heat to medium high and slowly add cheddar cheese, cream cheese. Whisk until all cheese has melted.
  5. Step 5: Continue to stir and add mustard, CHA! by Texas Pete, salt, and pepper.
  6. Step 6: Pour into small bowl and add Pico De Gallo. Serve with soft pretzel bites, pita chips, carrots, etc.

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