Count Chocula Cereal Clusters

EASY HALLOWEEN TREAT IDEA!!  Count Chocula Cereal ClustersAh, the 1980’s.  The era of Ghostbusters, MC Hammer pants, Bo Knows, and Nintendo.  I am wholeheartedly a child of the 80’s, and I remember all of these fads quite well.  (I may or may not still have a pair of hammer pants in the back of my closet.)  Another fond memory of the 1980’s was going to the grocery store with my mom and riding along in the bottom of the shopping cart. Continue Reading »

Bavarian Bacon Melt

I’ve really been loving this soft pretzel/pretzel bun craze lately.  And now that the weather is getting cooler, I crave hot sandwiches pretty much every day for lunch…and sometimes dinner, too!  So when Hidden Valley Ranch asked me to create a sandwich idea using their new Sandwich Spreads & Dips, it didn’t take me long to figure out what to make!  A delicious, cheesy chicken sandwich on a homemade pretzel bun!  (If you’ve never made pretzel buns before, check out this recent post…it’s easier than you think!  The only difference was I doubled the size of the roll and shaped it into a hoagie roll rather than a round roll.)  Not only does this sandwich have a tasty bun, but it’s loaded with all sorts of deliciousness inside, too!  We all know that bacon makes everything better (even donuts!), so I had to throw a couple pieces of bacon in there.  I chose the Smoked Bacon Ranch sandwich spread flavor to really give this sandwich some serious bacon oomph…and I’m not lying one bit when I say this might be one of my new favorite sandwiches!

In addition to the Smoked Bacon Ranch flavor that I used on this craveable Bavarian Bacon Melt, Hidden Valley Ranch also has three other tasty Sandwich Spreads & Dips: Country Herb Ranch, Oven Roasted Garlic Parmesan, and Spicy Chipotle Pepper.  Man, my brain is pretty much going into overload right now just thinking of all the fun sandwich combinations I can come up with using these spreads!  Forget the plain old turkey sandwich…my lunches just became more fun!  These spreads are packed with flavor (not to mention that they are much lower in fat and calories than mayo).  Hidden Valley Ranch used cream cheese and white beans to create these sauces!

If pretzel buns aren’t your thing, then try using these spreads on your favorite sandwiches.  I’m thinking the Oven Roasted Garlic Parmesan would be delicious on an Italian coldcut sandwich.  Or just slice up some carrots, celery, and broccoli and use the Country Herb Ranch as a dip.  (Talk about a not-so-bad-for-you lunch.)  Either way, these tasty spreads are sure to spice up your sandwich routine!

Hidden Valley’s line of new Sandwich Spreads & Dips will take your boring sandwich routine to another level. With new flavors like Spicy Chipotle Pepper and Oven Roasted Garlic Parmesan, your mouth will be thanking you and you’ll be on your way to delivering sandwich-envy.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hidden Valley Ranch. The opinions and text are all mine.


Bavarian Bacon Melt

Yield: 2 8" hoagie sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 pretzel hoagie buns (homemade or store-bought)
  • 2-3 Tbsp Hidden Valley Ranch Smoked Bacon Ranch sandwich spread
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked
  • 4 slices Muenster cheese

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine together the mustard powder, salt, and pepper. Rub this mixture on both sides of the chicken breasts. Grill chicken on outdoor grill or indoor grill pan until fully cooked, about 4-5 minutes per side.
  2. Meanwhile, spread the Smoked Bacon Ranch spread on the bottom side of the top buns.
  3. Place cooked chicken breast, 2 pieces of cheese, and 2 slices of bacon on each bottom bun. Top with the top bun and serve warm.
http://spicedblog.com/bavarian-bacon-melt.html

Cinnamon-Sugar Pie Dough Twists

SUPER EASY BREAKFAST TREAT!!  Cinnamon Sugar TwistsI’m almost embarrassed to post this recipe here today.  This one is so ridiculously easy that it barely even needs a recipe.  But these Cinnamon-Sugar Pie Dough Twists are really, really tasty!  As we head into the holiday season, you’ll probably find yourself entertaining houseguests and family at least once, right? I’m all about making delicious treats and desserts for friends and family when they come to visit, but sometimes I just get baked out.  There it is.  I said it.  Sometimes I just get tired of baking.  That’s when it’s really nice to pull out a recipe like these Cinnamon-Sugar Pie Dough Twists!  They’re fun, tasty, and only take a few minutes to make.  (Oh, and in case you’re wondering, that baked-out feeling usually doesn’t last too long for me.)

SUPER EASY BREAKFAST TREAT!!  Cinnamon Sugar TwistsI have fond memories of these Cinnamon-Sugar Pie Dough Twists from my childhood.  The twists are one of my father’s favorite treats, and on special occasions we’d wake up to these delicious treats waiting on the table next to the bowl of cereal.  I think cinnamon-sugar could possibly be one of the best creations in the history of mankind.  However, if you want to mix it up a bit, try adding a 1/4 tsp of nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, or even cocoa in with the spice mixture.  Or I noticed that my friend Marnely just posted a recipe for Autumn Spice Blend on her site…and I bet that blend would be amazing on these pie dough twists!  The point here is to get creative and have fun.

SUPER EASY BREAKFAST TREAT!!  Cinnamon Sugar TwistsWhenever I make pie dough, I usually make an extra batch and then wrap it and freeze it in a disc-shape for later.  (Homemade pie dough is really not as hard as you might think!  Check out this Pie Dough Tutorial post for some tips.)  This little trick has saved me hours of work since I usually have pie dough in the fridge for whatever dessert or project I have up my sleeve at the time!  (Of course, you can also use store-bought dough, too.)  These little bites are perfect to serve to your company alongside a hot mug of cocoa or coffee…and the best part is they take only minutes to make!

Cinnamon-Sugar Pie Dough Twists

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 batch of pie dough (Homemade or store-bought)
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar (for glaze, optional)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp milk (for glaze, optional)

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon. Mix well and set aside.
  2. Roll the pie dough into a large rectangle (approximately 8" x 12").
  3. Brush the top of the dough with the melted butter.
  4. Sprinkle a generous portion of the cinnamon-sugar mixture on top of the dough (don't forget the edges!)
  5. Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into strips approximately 3/4"-1" wide.
  6. Twist each strip into a spiral and place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
  7. Bake at 425° for 8-10 minutes, or until pie dough is golden brown and crispy.
  8. If desired, stir together the powdered sugar and milk until smooth. Drizzle over the cinnamon-sugar twists. Serve warm!
http://spicedblog.com/cinnamon-sugar-pie-dough-twists.html

Candy Corn Pretzel Sticks

Easy Halloween Treat!!  Candy Corn Pretzel SticksIt’s almost here!  Halloween is just over two weeks away.  Have you figured out your costume yet?  I know we’ll have all sorts of ghosts, witches, and NFL players trick-or-treating at our door.  But before that happens, there will be Halloween parties galore with neighbors and co-workers…and I couldn’t be more excited!  Continue Reading »