Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

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 Walmart.com/ProjectA+
  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.

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

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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

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.

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

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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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Oven Baked S’mores

In honor of National S’mores Day, I’ve got a super easy S’mores Dessert for you today.  With only 4 ingredients needed, you can’t go wrong with delicious Oven Baked S’mores!

oven baked S'mores

Oven Baked S'mores


  • 1 roll of chocolate chip cookie dough
  • 1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)


  1. Step 1: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray square pan with cooking spray.
  2. Step 2: In large bowl, break up cookie dough. Add 3/4 cup of the graham cracker crumbs and mix in with cookie dough. Add half the dough into bottom of pan and back for 12-14 minutes.
  3. Step 3: Add chocolate chips and press into cookie dough. Spread marshmallow creme over cookie dough. Add remaining graham crackers.
  4. Step 4: Crumble remaining cookie dough over marshmallow cream and graham crackers.
  5. Step 5: Bake for an additional 20 -25 minutes.

This dessert will not last long!  I was planning on getting a picture of the S’mores cut into bars but they disappeared too fast.

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Buffalo Ranch Goldfish Snack Mix

We are huge fans of anything buffalo in this house.  My husband and Connor love buffalo wings and buffalo chicken sandwiches.  I wasn’t always a fan but I’ve started liking it more and more over the years. I especially love Buffalo Chicken Dip.

Buffalo Ranch Goldfish Snack Mix

So, as a perfect snack mix, I threw together this delicious Buffalo Ranch Goldfish Snack Mix.  This was my first time making this recipe and I will definitely be making it more often to pack in school lunches.

Buffalo Ranch Snack Mix


Buffalo Ranch Goldfish Snack Mix


  • 4 cups cheddar goldfish
  • 3 cups pretzel goldfish
  • 3 cups Parmesan goldfish
  • 4 tablespoons buffalo sauce
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1 packet ranch dip mix


  1. Step 1: Melt butter in large glass bowl. Mix in buffalo sauce and ranch dip mix.
  2. Step 2: Add goldfish to mixture. Stir until all goldfish are covered in sauce.
  3. Step 3: Microwave for 2 minutes. Remove and mix. Microwave for another 2 minutes.
  4. Step 4: Let cool and store in airtight container.

A quick and easy recipe that even the kids can help with.

To get all the ingredients for this recipe, I headed to Walmart.  I started by stocking up on Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish Crackers.  These are so great to snack on and I want to make sure I have plenty especially when school starts.

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Wet Ones

I also stocked up on Wet Ones® Singles.  Connor loves using Wet Ones® to clean his hands and I’m going to start packing them in his lunchbox this year especially when I pack him fun snack mixes like this.  He gets about 25 minutes to eat lunch and I know how messy lunch time can be.

Buffalo Ranch Goldfish Snack Mix

What fun snack mixes have you made with Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish Crackers?

And guess what?!  Wet Ones® has an awesome giveaway going on right now.  Head on over for your chance to win $1,000.

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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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60 Healthy Breakfast Recipes {The Crafted Collective}

I can’t believe it’s Friday already.  I need this summer to stop going by so fast.

60 Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Today we are sharing 60 Healthy Breakfast Recipes that are also quick and easy to make.  You can’t go wrong with a quick and healthy recipe!!  Plus, I’m always looking for healthy breakfast ideas that I can either make ahead of time or that I can throw together quickly in the morning.

Here are 15 healthy recipes:


Power Smoothie


No Cook Refrigerator Oatmeal

protein pancakes 1

Peanut Butter and Banana Protein Pancakes


Clean Eating Overnight Oatmeal


Berry Baked Oatmeal

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Ham and Cheese Breakfast Quesadillas


Breakfast Energy Wrap

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Oatmeal Breakfast Bars


No Bake Energy Bites

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Egg and Avocado Toast


Blueberry Banana Quinoa Muffins


Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Loaf


Bake Spinach and Eggs


Berries and Cream English Muffin Sandwich


Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies

Now check out the delicious breakfast recipes that my lovely co-hosts are sharing today


Sweet Tea & Saving Grace

Pitter & Glink

The Benson Street

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Raspberry Sorbet Bellinis

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SipSmarter #CollectiveBias
You should consult your physician before consuming Fre if you are pregnant or have any health concerns regarding alcohol.

Raspberry Sorbet Bellinis

Let’s celebrate the weekend with these simple three ingredient sweet Raspberry Bellinis.  A great treat for a summer brunch or the perfect dessert drink.

These Raspberry Bellinis are delicious whenever you drink them!

Raspberry Sorbet Bellinis 2

And they are so simple to make that I’m not even sure if it’s  recipe.  Just three ingredients and you have a fabulous dessert cocktail.

Raspberry Sorbet Bellini

This recipe is actually considered a mocktail because I used Fre Alcohol-Removed Wine.  Through the de-alcoholization process of producing Fre, less than one half of one percent of alcohol remains in the wine.  To make Fre, the winemakers remove alcohol while preserving the delicate fragrances and flavors of the wine. The finished product is a fresh, delicious beverage with all of the characteristic aromas and flavors of premium wine, but with less than 0.5% alcohol and half the calories of traditional wine – a great alternative for people who cannot or choose not to consume alcohol.

Raspberry Sorbet Bellinis


  • 1 bottle Fre Brut
  • 1 pint raspberry sorbet
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries


  1. 1. Place 2-3 small scoops of rasperry sorbet into champagne flutes.
  2. 2. Carefully pour Fre Brut over sorbet.
  3. 3. Add 2-3 raspberries to each glass and enjoy!

FRE Raspberry Sorbet Bellinis

There you have it!  A pretty pink drink to serve at your next party.  And thanks Gina for introducing me to bellinis:) We made them last year and I’ve been hooked ever since.  Can you really go wrong with any recipe that includes Brut and sorbet?

I also bought a bottle of the Fre Chardonnay so I could make a sangria mocktail or I might even try to make raspberry chardonnay popsicles.  Doesn’t that sound fun?

Want to learn more about Fre wines?  Visit them on Facebook, Pinterest, You Tube, and Twitter.

What fun mocktails are you enjoying this summer?

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Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark

Oh, do I have a delicious recipe for you today!  This Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark tastes great and is so easy to make.

Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark

I was inspired to make this recipe thanks to The Secret Recipe Club I participate in every month.  This recipe comes from the fabulous Desi from Steak-N-Potatoes Kind of Gurl.  She has so many awesome recipes that it was so hard to choose just one to make.  I decided to make the Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark so my husband could take it to work for the guys he works with.

Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark


  • 1 bag of pretzels (used square pretzels)
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • sea salt


  1. Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Step 2: Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil and cover the entire pan with a single layer of pretzels.
  3. Step 3: In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and brown sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Let mixture boil gently for 3 minutes.
  4. Step 4: Remove from heat and pour evenly over pretzels. Place in oven for 5 minutes.
  5. Step 5: Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle chocolate chips over the top of the caramel and pretzels. Let the chocolate chips sit for a few minutes. Once they start to melt (2-3 minutes), spread evenly with a spatula. Sprinkle generously with sea salt.
  6. Let cool on the counter top for place in refrigerator/freezer until completely cool. Break into pieces and enjoy!

Thanks for the delicious recipe Desi!  We all enjoyed it.

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