The Best Crab Dip Ever!

Our friends Brad and Brandy came to visit for New Years and Brandy helped me make the best Crab Dip recipe for our New Year’s Eve party!

The Best Crab Dip Recipe

Now, I’m going to tell you one thing – You can’t make crab dip without Old Bay.  If the recipe doesn’t include Old Bay than you must add it.  That is the #1 rule when making crab dip.

Crab Dip Recipe

 

The Best Crab Dip Ever!

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces lump crab meat
  • 8 ounces of Velveeta cheese
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 8 ounces plain Greek yogurt
  • 4 tablespoons mustard
  • 2-4 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese (optional)

Instructions

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. 2. Mix all ingredients in bowl. Transfer to baking dish and sprinkle shredded cheese over top.
  3. 3. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
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You can also dump everything in the slow cooker for an even easier crab dip.

I promise, this will be the best crab dip you ever eat!!

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Zucchini Carrot Bread with Earl Grey Glaze

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Zucchini Carrot Bread with Earl Grey Glaze

I LOVE Zucchini Bread!  It is one of my favorite treats especially when it’s cold outside.  Nothing is better than zucchini bread with a nice cup of hot tea.  I have two goals for the new year – cut back on my sugar intake and drink less coffee.  I can do that easily by cutting out my afternoon coffee and switching to tea.  I’m also going to start baking with Truvia instead of sugar.

Today I’m sharing a delicious recipe for Zucchini Carrot Bread with a Streusel Topping and an Earl Grey Glaze.  It’s my first recipe with Truvia and I can honestly say that you can’t taste the difference.

Zucchini Carrot Bread with Truvia and Bigelow Tea

The Zucchini Carrot Bread alone is awesome but the Earl Grey Glaze adds just the right amount of sweetness that makes it a wonderful treat.  Plus, I was able to reduce the number of calories in this quick bread recipe by using Truvia instead of sugar.

Ingredients Needed:

Bread:

  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • dash of nutmeg, ginger, cloves (optional)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup of oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup Truvia
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup shredded carrots

Streusel Topping:

  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

Earl Grey Glaze:

  • 1 Earl Grey tea bag
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup milk

Directions:

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray two loaf pans and set aside.

Step 2:  Mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, baking powder and spices in bowl.

Step 3:  In separate bowl, whisk eggs, vanilla, oil, Truvia, and brown sugar.  Add zucchini and carrots and mix until well combined.

Step 4:  Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and continue to whisk until there are no lumps.

Step 5:  Pour batter into 2 prepared pans.

Step 6:  Make struesel topping by combing all ingredients in small bowl.  Use a fork to cut the butter in with the other ingredients until it becomes crumbly.

Step 7:  Sprinkle crumbs over the tops of batter in the two pans.

Step 8:  Bake the bread for 50 minutes to an hour.  After 50 minutes poke center of bread with a toothpick at 50 minutes.  If it comes out clean, the bread is done. If it comes out wet, bake longer.

Zucchini Carrot Bread Recipe

Step 9:  Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes in pan.  Then, remove from pan and let cool completely on wire rack.

Step 10:  While bread is cooling, make Earl Grey Glaze.  To make Earl Grey glaze – Bring milk to boil.  Remove from eat and steep tea bag in milk for 10 minutes.  Cream butter with powdered sugar.  Gradually add milk and beat until smooth.

Zucchini Carrot Bread with Earl Grey Glaze Recipe

Step 11:  Drizzle glaze over zucchini carrot bread.

Step 12:  Slice and enjoy with a hot cup of Bigelow Tea.

Zucchini Carrot Bread Recipe

It may seem like a lot of steps but it is so worth it!  You can freeze one loaf so you have some for later which you are definitely going to want.  This is definitely the best zucchini bread I’ve ever had and I highly recommend adding the carrots.

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Have you made the switch from sugar to Truvia?  What’s your favorite recipe that includes Truvia?

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20 Crock-Pot Appetizers {5 Ingredients or less}

 You know that I love quick and easy recipes so today I’ve rounded up 20 Crock-Pot Appetizers that all have 5 ingredients or less.

20 Crock-Pot Appetizers 5 Ingredients or Less I’m trying to figure out what to make for our yearly New Year’s Eve Party and I’m definitely going to be keeping it easy.  I’m all about recipes that I can just dump in the slow cooker and walk away.

Crock-Pot Appetizers 5 Ingredients or Less

Bacon Double Cheese Dip by Recipes that Crock / Buffalo Chicken Dip by Forever Feeding / Crock-Pot Kickin’ Cheesy Beer Smokies by Julie’s Eats and Treats / Buffalo Ranch Chicken Wings by The Frugal Girls / The Greatest Queso Dip by Inspired Craft Ideas

5 Ingredients or Less - Crock-Pot Appetizers

 Slow Cooker Corn Dip by Good Eats Girl / Artichoke Dip by Sweet Little Bluebird (this recipe is baked but can totally be thrown into the crock-pot) / White Pizza Dip by Stockpiling Moms / Buffalo Meatballs by Kitchen Meets Girl / Jalapeno Popper Dip by Get Crocked

Slow Cooker Appetizers - 5 Ingredients or Less

Easy Chicken Enchilada Dip / Sweet and Sour Meatballs by Little Kitchen Big Flavors / Beer Cheese Dip by A Spicy Perspective / BBQ Pork Sliders by Table for Two / Glazed Bacon Wrapped Sausage Bites by Merry About Town

 Slow Cooker 5 ingredient Appetizers

Kielbasa Bites by South Your Mouth / Spinach and Bacon Cheese Dip by Amy’s Cooking Adventure / Slow Cooker Spiced Nuts by Simple Nourished Living / Brie with Cranberry and Walnut by A Year of Slow Cooking / Honey Garlic Meatballs by Fabulously Frugal

Now for the tough decision – What should I make for the party?

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Crock-Pot Chicken Enchilada Dip

I don’t know about you but I am always looking for easy appetizers especially ones that I can make in the crock-pot.  Well, today I’ve got one of the easiest appetizer recipes that I’ve ever made.

This Crock-Pot Chicken Enchilada Dip is delicious and super easy to make.  All you have to do is literally dump everything in the crock-pot and let it cook.  Plus, it only requires 4 ingredients.

Crock-Pot Chicken Enchilada Dip

Sunday is game day at our house.  My hubby is a huge football fan and all the guys on our street come over to watch football.  So, I usually try to make different appetizers for them to snack on.  This Chicken Enchilada Dip is perfect because it doesn’t take long to make or cook and it’s always a huge hit.  It would also be perfect for a party.

Crock-Pot Chicken Enchilada Dip

Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 can (10 oz) enchilada sauce
  • 1 can (7 oz) chopped green chiles
  • 2 cups Mexican Blend shredded cheese

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to slow cooker and cook on high for 2 hours or on low for 4 hours.
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Crock-Pot Chicken Enchilada Dip

Does it get any easier than this?

You could also use ground beef or ground turkey instead of chicken.  And I might add a can of beans next time also.

What is your favorite crock-pot appetizer to make?

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Candy Cane Cookies and Cream Fudge

Are you looking for a last minute holiday treat to make?

Then, I’ve got the perfect recipe for you.  Candy Cane Cookies and Cream Fudge is perfect for the holidays!  And it’s the perfect last-minute treat to make since it only requires 4 ingredients.  I made it for my neighbor’s Christmas party and it was a huge hit.

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This fudge is festive, delicious, and so easy to make!  If you love peppermint than you will love this recipe.

Candy Cane Cookies and Cream Fudge

Ingredients

  • 1 package of Candy Cane Oreos (you can use regular)
  • 1 container of vanilla icing
  • 1 package white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup crushed candy canes

Instructions

  1. Step 1: Crush oreos in food processor or Ziplock bag.
  2. Step 2: Pour white chocolate chips in a glass bowl and microwave for 1 minute. Stir and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and continue until all chips are melted.
  3. Step 3: Add icing and 1/2 cup of crushed candy canes to bowl and mix together.
  4. Step 4: Transfer to 8 x 8 pan (lined with parchment paper). Sprinkle the rest of the crushed candy cane over fudge and chill for at least an hour.
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Happy Holidays!

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Shrimp Stir Fry with Eat Smart®


You all know that I’m all about quick and easy recipes.  Today I’m sharing an easy and healthy meal idea that is perfect for busy nights.  And when I say easy, I mean easy.

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This Shrimp Sir Fry with Kale and Red Chard by Eat Smart comes together in less than 15 minutes.  This is definitely my kind of cooking!

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The best thing about this stir fry recipe is that all you need are two things from the store – 12 ounces of shrimp and a package of Kale and Red Chard Stir Fry Kit from Eat Smart.  That’s it!

Eat Smart offers a variety of Salad and Stir Fry Kits:

#EatSmartVeggies

All of the Eat Smart Salad and Stir Fry Kits contain fresh and nutritious ingredients.  New Eat Smart Gourmet Salad and Stir Fry Kits are the fast and flavorful way to eat your veggies every day.

Now I can prepare healthy meals after working all day and I won’t feel guilty about eating prepackaged meals.    Everything in each of the Eat Smart Kits are healthy!  Each kit is packed with five to seven delicious and beneficial superfood and all of the kits are include ingredients like kale, green cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, chicory, and/or quinoa with toppings like roasted pumpkin seeds, almonds or dried cranberries.

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I also received a few packages of the Eat Smart Salad Kits to try out.  I prepared them ahead of time and stored them in mason jars.  Not only are these salad kits healthy and easy, they are delicious.  Now I have healthy lunches for the entire week.  It really doesn’t get any better than this.

These Eat Smart Salad Kits and Stir Fry Kits are definitely going on my weekly meal plan and added to my grocery list.

Visit Eat Smart for more information including recipes and a grocery store locator.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Reindeer Cookies {with 14 Baking Tips and Tricks}

Thank you to Nestle Toll House for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to try create delicious cookies with Nestlé Toll House Rolled & Ready Cookie Dough Sheets! #TollHouseTime, #NestleTollHouse #CookieDoughSheets

I couldn’t resist making these adorable Reindeer Cookies with Connor.  I’ve seen them all over Pinterest and when I found  Gingerbread Rolled and Ready Refrigerated Cookie Dough at the grocery store, I knew we had to make them.  I’m all about quick and easy holiday baking!

Reindeer Cookies

These cookie dough sheets are awesome!  It makes baking cookies so much easier. No more rolling out cookie dough.  Just unwrap and use cookie cutters to cut out what you need.

Reindeer Cookies

I used a 3 inch heart cookie cutter for our Reindeer Cookies.  Then we decorated them with chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate chips, and M&M’s when they came out of the oven.  Super easy and so cute!

We will definitely be making more of these.

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Visit Nestle Toll House for more Rolled and Ready Cookie Dough Sheet recipes.

And with all the holiday baking going on, I thought it would be fun to round up 14 awesome Baking Tips and Tricks that I can’t believe I didn’t know about before today.

I mean seriously – How did I not know these things?

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Sources: The Mamas Girls / My Kind of Cooking / Cupcakes and Crinoline

1.  A quick way to soften butter – I always forget to set my butter out before baking so this is a great tip.

2.  Spray measuring cups with cooking spray when measuring sticky things. DUH!!

3.  How to soften brown sugar

Using dental floss to cut cookie dough and cakes

Sources:  Sew Many Ways  / WikiHow / TexanErin Baking / Instructables

4.  Use a plastic knife to cute brownies.  How simple is that?

5.  And here are 3 more tips for cutting desserts better from The Kitchn:  Use a heated knife for chilled pies and ice cream cakes, a cool knife for sticky desserts and a buttered knife for cakes.

6.  Mom this tip is for you – Use unscented dental floss to cut cakes and cookie dough.

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 Sources:  The Hayley Daily  / Mom on Timeout / FollowPics

7.  Freeze cookie dough in ice cube trays – Genius idea!

8. DIY colored sugar

9.  Use a syringe to decorate cookies and cakes.

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Source:  Hill House Rock

10.  Make box cake mix taste homemade.

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Source: Kitchen Scrapbook

11.  Cookies from cake mix

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Source:  Penny Pinchin’ Mama

 12.  Baking Substitutions for when you’re missing important ingredients a recipe calls for.

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Source:  Lady Lux

13.  Healthy Ingredient swaps

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Source: Chasing Delicious

14.  Mixing Methods – This poster is awesome!  I’m definitely guilty of just mixing all the ingredients together.

Now I need to know what baking tips and tricks you have found helpful because I need all the help I can get:)

Happy Baking!

 

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Holiday Payday Bars – Baking with M&M’s and Glad

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Have you started your holiday baking yet?

Don’t worry, I’ve got two delicious recipes for you today that are perfect for the holidays.

This weekend my friend is having her annual cookie exchange and I’ve decided to bring two different holiday treats.

First, these Holiday Payday Bars are amazing. The perfect combination of sweet and salty.

Can you ever go wrong with peanut butter, marshmallows, and M&M’s?!

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick of butter (softened)
  • 1 package of yellow cake mix with pudding
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups of miniature marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups rice cereal
  • 2 cups salted peanuts (chopped)
  • 1 cup M&M’s Mini’s Baking Bites

Directions:

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix butter and cake mix in large bowl. Add egg and continue mixing.

Step 2: Spread dough into 9 x 13 baking pan and bake for 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven and add marshmallows to top of cake. Place back in oven for 3 minutes.

Step 3: Combine corn syrup, sugar, and brown sugar to saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring until it starts to boil (about 3-4 minutes). Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla. Stir in cereal, peanuts and m&m’s. Spread over marshmallows and crust.

Step 4: Cool completely. Cut and enjoy!

 

Next, I made Black and White Peppermint Brownies with Mint M&M’s.  I can’t get enough of the mint M&M’s.  I could eat the entire bag.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of sugar cookie mix
  • 1 package of brownie mix
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 tsp. mint extract
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup Holiday sprinkles
  • 1 package M&M’S® White Chocolate Peppermint candies—exclusively available at Target

Directions:

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2: Prepare sugar cookie mix according to package directions and press into bottom of 9×13 inch pan.

Step 3: Prepare brownie mix according to package directions and add mint extract. Pour over sugar cookie layer. Sprinkle with chocolate chips.

Step 4: Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Cool.

Step 5: Melt white chocolate chips per package directions and drizzle white chocolate over bar cookies.

Step 6: Sprinkle with sprinkles and Holiday M&M’S® candies.

Step 7: Allow drizzle to harden. Slice brownies and serve.

I actually found this recipe on the back of the Glad containers I found at Target. I needed containers for the cookie exchange. I love how the Glad containers have a holiday design on them. I also picked up the Peppermint M&M’s and M&M’s Mini Baking Bites in the Holiday section at my local Target. Oh how I love Target! I think I’ve been 3 times this week and don’t forget to use your Cartwheel app.

Look how good my desserts look in the Glad storage containers. Now I’m all ready for the cookie exchange!

What holiday sweet treats are you making this year?

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Antipasto Kabobs

Thank you to Mezzetta for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to get creative and create a unique recipe for the Holidays. #MezzettaMemories #SharingJoy

Happy Friday!

Antipasto Kabobs

Today I’m sharing a fun appetizer using Mezzetta that everyone will love!  These Antipasto Kabobs are perfect for your upcoming holiday party.  I made them for my holiday luncheon at school and everybody loved them.

I love making these because they look so fancy but are so easy to make.  And they really make the perfect appetizer since you can just grab a stick and eat.  No utensils or plates needed.

Antipasto Kabobs

Here’s what you need:

  • Olives – kalamata and green
  • Peperoncini
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Tortellini
  • Italian dressing
  • Pepperoni
  • Wood skeweres

Directions:

  • Prepare tortellini according to package.  Cut mozzarella cheese into small cubes.  Add tortellini, cheese, and 1/2 cup of Italian dressing to bowl.  Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Once the tortellini is chilled, add all ingredients to skewers.

 

That’s it!

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So, make sure you stock up on Mezzetta olives, peperoncini and artichokes the next time you go shopping so you can make these delicious Antipasto Kabobs.  Download their $.50 off coupon HERE.

Mezzetta is also giving away a fabulous gift basket full of their products EVERY day during the month of December.

To enter, just visit HERE.  Then enter your name, email, address, and share your favorite holiday memory.  A winner will be chosen daily and prizes will be shipped within 2 weeks.

Mezzetta Gift Basket Giveaway

Mezzetta Favorites Holiday Gift Basket (31 Winners – Daily) includes:

  • 100% Italian Estate Grown Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Golden Greek Peperoncini
  • Garlic Stuffed Olives
  • Castelvetrano Olives
  • Pitted Greek Kalamata Olives
  • Roasted Marinated Red & Yellow Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Cocktail Onions
  • 1 Apron (from House Party contents)
  • 1 Metal Olive Spoon (from House Party contents)
  • 1 Tote Bag (from House Party contents)
  • 1 Ceramic Bowl

 Good Luck and I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

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Christmas Rice Krispie Treats

Do your children like to  help out in the kitchen?  Connor loves to help me bake and it’s the perfect time of year for him to help me with all my holiday baking.

Yesterday we made these fun and festive Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats so we could snack on them while we decorated our tree.

Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats

I saw these cookies on Pinterest and immediately knew that Connor and I had to make them together.

Ingredients needed:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 – 10 oz bag mini marshmallows
  • 5 cups Rice Krispie cereal
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • M&M’s
  • green icing
  • lollipop sticks

Directions:

  • Melt butter and marshmallows in pan over low heat.
  • Once marshmallows are completely melted, add Rice Krispies  one cup at a time and mix together.
  • Spread in 10 x 13 pan and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Once cool, cut Rice Krispie treats into triangles.  Add a lollipop stick to bottom of each triangle.
  • Decorate with icing and M&M’s.

 

Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats

This is a great holiday treat that kids can help you make.

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What are some of your favorite kid friendly recipes?

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