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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Potato Chip Chocolate Chunk Cookies: March Mystery Dish

Chocolate Chunk Cookies infused with coarsely-crushed plain potato chips and topped with a perfect chocolate ganache have a wonderful texture and a surprisingly delicious sweet/salty flavor!  You don't have to take my word for it!  Make some today!
I concocted these yummies as part of this month's Mystery Dish Challenge.   

Mary Frances from The Sweet Tooth Life was our wonderful hostess this month and asked the group to use three of the following ingredients:
1. Clams
2. Ramen noodles
3. Blueberries
4. Heavy whipping cream

5. Chocolate chunks

6. Potato chips

7. Kale

8. Almond butter
9. Chiles
10. Orange juice

I saw these options as the perfect opportunity to put potato chips in a cookie!  I've been dying to do it anyway for a long time.  
Potato chips in cookies?  I know, it sounds totally gross, but think about it...we do basically the same thing when we dip pretzels in chocolate.  Adding potato chips to cookies just seems logical, at least to me.  :)

Why, you might ask, would I want to do such a thing?  Well, I'll tell you.  The potato chips add a salty crunch that's unmatched and perfectly compliments the sweetness of the cookie dough.  

If I hadn't told you there were potato chips in there, you would be puzzled when you took a bite about the uniqueness thereof, but too lost in the exquisite tastiness of them to care.  
This innovation takes the chocolate chip cookie to the next level!  Here's to the next generation of awesomeness in sweets with potato chips!  

If you are a daring foodie, or even if not, throw some potato chips in the mixing bowl next time you whip up some cookies, and you just might rethink the way you've been making them all along. :)  

{POTATO CHIP CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIES}

1 c. salted butter, softened
1/2 c. white sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/4 c. flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup chocolate chunks
1 cup coarsely crushed plain potato chips

Ganache:
1/2 c. chocolate chunks
2-3 Tbsp. heavy cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Mix butter and sugar until creamy.  Beat in egg.  Stir together dry ingredients and then mix with the wet until combined.  The dough will be thick, so just keep mixing until it makes a dough consistency.  Stir in crushed potato chips and chocolate chunks.

Roll into balls, place on a cookie sheet, and bake for 10-12 minutes.  Remove to cooling rack.  To make the ganache, place chocolate chunks and heavy cream in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between until all the chocolate is melted.  Don't over-do it or the chocolate will scorch.  Alternatively, melt chocolate chunks and heavy cream over a double boiler until smooth.  Drizzle over cookies.

Don't knock it 'til you try it!  These are seriously yummy!

Look what the rest of the Mystery Dish bunch made this month!


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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Sweet Onion & Sausage Stromboli: A Simple Meal Solution

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

Weeknight meals are made a cinch and totally yummy with this Sweet Onion and Sausage Stromboli that's also loaded with peppers and cheese! It uses Campbell's Soups for Easy Cooking and couldn't be tastier!
For starters, I can't get enough of those gorgeous colors!  But if you think those are nice, wait 'til you take a bite!  You'll be hooked!

This month I've been sharing a few 30 minute meal ideas, including my Tex Mex Stuffed ShellsChicken Portobello Tacos and then of course today's recipe.  You really can't go wrong with any of them.  Trust me when I say you'll want to put them on your monthly dinner menu rotation!
I love using Campbell's Soups for Easy Cooking in my recipe because, not only does it mean a quick meal, but it also translates into oodles of flavor! I appreciate that I don't have to add a bunch of spices or other ingredients when I use them, because they are already seasoned to perfection!

Today's treasure of a recipe calls for the Sweet Onion variety and I'm pretty sure you're going to want to lick the measuring spoon while you're putting it all together!  I'm just speaking from experience. :)

Mondays are definitely the craziest days at the I Dig Pinterest household.  I try to pack all my undesirable "weekly to-do's" all in that day so I can have the rest of the week to enjoy.  So this means lots of time in the laundry room and a trip to the grocery store with bathroom wipe-downs in between.

All of this doesn't leave much room to think about what we'll fill our tummies with at dinnertime.  But not to worry, because this particular Monday evening, I simply pulled out a box of Campbell's Sweet Onion Soup, a few other ingredients from my fridge, and whipped out the beautiful loaf stuffed with goodness shown above.  The hubby was completely impressed and mentioned how professional it looked.  Brownie points for him! 

You too can cause the jaws to drop when you bring this stromboli to the table.  So hop to it!  :)

{SWEET ONION & SAUSAGE STROMBOLI}

1/2 sweet onion, sliced
1/2 red, yellow, and green pepper, sliced
1/2 lb. Italian sausage, casings removed
2 Tbsp. Campbell's Soups for Easy Cooking in Sweet Onion plus more for dipping
1 1/2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
2 refrigerated French Bread dough tubes (11 oz. each)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  

Begin by putting your sausage, onion, and peppers in a large skillet and cooking until meat is no longer pink and peppers are tender.  Drain excess fats.
Add 2 Tbsp. Campbell's Sweet Onion Soup to the cooked meat mixture and stir to combine.
This cute little box can easily be found in the soup aisle at Walmart.  Get a great coupon for it HERE.  Coupon is valid for one month from 3/13/15.  
Roll out your dough into a rectangle on the counter.   There will be two.
Divide the meat mixture between the two dough rectangles, leaving at least 1/2" of space around the edges. 
Sprinkle 3/4 c. mozzarella cheese on the top of each.
Now roll dough and filling up, jelly roll style, starting on a long side.  Pinch seams tightly together and place seam-side down on a greased cookie sheet.  Cut 1/4 slits in the top of the dough about 2 inches apart. This will allow ventilation.  These are not shown in the image above.  Bake at 350 for 26-30 minutes, or until golden brown.  

To make this a 30 minute meal, simply put the filling mixture on only half the dough and then fold it over calzone style, pinching the seams.  Cut slits in the top, then, bake for 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes. This method saves about 10 minutes because there won't be dough in the center to worry about cooking.  Either way, it's a totally tasty, easy dinner idea! 

Enjoy this phenomenal onion and pepper Italian sausage stromboli sandwich dipped in some warm Campbell's Sweet Onion Soup!  It's a keeper!

Be sure to follow Campbell's on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest for more fabulously simple meal ideas!

Which of the Campbell's Soups recipes that I've shared over the last few weeks will you make first?  I'm dying to hear!

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Monster Magic Krispies Bars Afternoon Treat

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

Monster Magic Krispies Bars are sure to win your heart when you need an afternoon pick-me-up!
I don't know about you, but by the time 3:00 PM rolls around, I feel like I deserve a reward for making it that far in my day.  :)  I mean, shuttling my daughter to and from school, running errands, making meals, doing laundry, cleaning house, attending church meetings, and keeping two other kiddos alive and happy is a lot of work!  Can I get an "Amen!"?

Sometimes just making it through the carpool line without shouting at another parent who's holding everyone up, or giving the crazy, grumpy crosswalk guards a piece of my mind is a feat in itself.  I'm really a nice person and I don't like to cause uproar, lest you wonder about me.  :)  So, as a result, I have to channel all the frustration that's bottled up inside in a constructive manner.  My outlet of choice?

Sweets, of course!
Dessert makes everything better.  Especially when it involves Rice Krispies and chocolate.

I've been known to talk myself through cleaning a disastrous room or scrubbing down the shower (probably my least favorite household chore) just so I can reward myself with a treat afterwards. 

It's true.
I mean, wouldn't you clean a bathroom for a square of these phenomenal Monster Magic Krispies Bars that are loaded with melted chocolate, homemade caramel peanut butter sauce, JET-PUFFED marshmallows and two delicious varieties of M&M's?  

I'd clean two bathrooms for this.  Heck, I'd even mop the kitchen floor as a bonus. 
This is what an afternoon pick-me-up looks like, folks.  Treat yourself.

Don't you just want to dive into the sea of colorful M&M's, marshmallows and peanuts?

You need this.  You deserve this. 

You're just minutes away from a heavenly, yummy experience.  Here's where it all begins.
You'll need a big box of ready made Rice Krispies Treats.  I snacked on a few squares while I prepped the dessert, because there were plenty to spare, and, well, I'd just finished organizing the pantry, so those squares had my name on them.
I found my Rice Krispies near the fruit snacks at Walmart.
Oh yeah, and I just about forgot to mention that Peanut Butter and Caramel are blissfully married and are living happily ever after.  They were a match made in heaven.

{MONSTER MAGIC KRISPIES BARS}

16 Rice Krispies squares
1 c. chocolate chips, melted
1 c. caramel bits, melted with 2 Tbsp. milk
¼ c. creamy peanut butter
2 c. JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows
⅔ c. plain M&M’s
½ c. Peanut Butter M&M’s
¼ c. peanuts

Prepare toppings and set aside.  Line an 8”x11” pan with Rice Krispies squares.  Melt chocolate chips in microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between.  Spread over Rice Krispies squares.  In the microwave or over a stovetop on low heat, melt caramel bits with milk.  Add peanut butter to caramel mixture and stir until smooth, then immediately spread over chocolate.  Immediately sprinkle with marshmallows, then both varieties of M&M’s and peanuts.  Press toppings into caramel.
These are a breeze to make and you'll be thanking yourself for doing so and for enjoying a square or two when you embrace the evening with a smile, feeling refreshed and ready to tackle those dinner dishes!

Guess what? Kellogg’s® is hosting a fun contest that runs 3/24 through 5/3/14! You can enter for the chance to be one of 20 randomly-drawn grand prize winners by voting on your favorite Rice Krispies Treats® recipe.  

Each of the 20 Grand Prize winners will receive:
  • $250 Bank-issued, pre-loaded Gift Card;
  • Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® squares (XX ct.)
  • Beats PillsPortable Stereo Speaker by Dr. Dre
  • (1) bag of Jet-Puffed Mini Marshmallows (10 oz.)
  • (1) bag of Jet-Puffed Chocolate Swirl snacking marshmallows (3 oz.)
  • (1) Jet-Puffed Strawberry snacking marshmallows (3 oz.)
  • (1) bag of Jet-Puffed S’moresMallows
  • (1) bag of Jet-Puffed StarMallows (8 oz.)
  • Assorted MARS products
  • (1) M&M’s® dispenser
  • (1) M&M’s® Milk Laydown Bag(1) M&M’s® Peanut Laydown bag


How to enter the sweepstakes:

a.    Social Media:

  1. To enter via Twitter, Pinterest and/or Instagram, go to any of the Social Platforms and include the hashtag #RKTreatSweeps and the name of the Treat recipe you’re voting on in the copy of your post.  
  2. You must also send or share a link of your post to RKTreatSweeps@kellogg.com in order for your Social Platform entry to be verified.  
    1. To send or share a link of your post with the Sponsor, go to the Social Platform(s) containing your Treat vote post, go to your profile, select the tweet/pin/post you would like to share with the Sponsor, and copy the link (Twitter) or share the post (Pinterest & Instagram) to RKTreatSweeps@kellogg.com.
For a complete list of rules, visit the contest website. Good luck!
 

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Imagine Spring with OshKosh B'Gosh

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKoshB’Gosh. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

I've shopped at OshKosh B'Gosh since I had my first baby, almost eight years ago! What drew me in was not only the bright, happy colors of the adorable clothing, but also the fact that the prices are very reasonable and the clothes are SO durable!  My kids wear and wear them, and yet they still look next to new!  
I love springtime for the beautiful pink and white blossoms and the rain drops that fall on my face.  It's hard to tell from the photos, but it happened to be raining cats and dogs this particular day.  The kids weren't too keen on it, but I look forward to receiving the moisture that our desert-like climate so desperately needs. 

Spring is a time for refresh and renewal, and I love that, even if it marks the start of the deep cleaning around the house.  :)  

For my kids, it also means new Easter outfits!  I get so excited to hit OshKosh and select bright, beautiful dresses for my girls.  It's just so fun to doll them up for church and other special occasions.  

And I just can't help but stock their drawers with pretty patterned and solid-colored play dresses, shorts, and tops while I'm at it!  OshKosh has lots of fashionable new looks for kids just in time for spring!
My oldest daughter is growing up way too fast, but she's still my little girl.  I have a really tough time finding cute clothing for her that is not too "big girl" looking, so I appreciate that Oshkosh sizes go all the way up to 12! 
I'm in love with her new sandals.  I wish they came in my size too! :)   I've always been drawn to polka-dots and stripes, so the girls' Easter dresses were a no-brainer this year.
And these silver gladiator sandals...I die!  Cuteness overload!

To find a store near you, use this handy locator.  But if you're like me and don't live close to a store, not to worry!  You'll easily find everything you need online!  Also, be sure to connect with Oshkosh on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest and cutest in children's clothing!

I have a great coupon to share with you today!  Just click on the image below to print. 

 Happy spring shopping!

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Slow Cooker Cheesy Bean Dip

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

Cheesy Bean Dip with Delimex dippers are the perfect game day food! They serve a crowd and are sure to please!
I mean, who wouldn't get behind a nacho cheesy, refried bean-infused dip with crunchy Delimex taquitos and rolled tacos?

I'm a total dipper.  Are you?  Chips without salsa just aren't worth eating.  Pizza without hot sauce is just sub par.  Fruit with a fluffy sweet cloud on top is made a million times better...you get the picture.

Today's combo is irresistible and won't disappoint my fellow dipper friends.  :)

So turn on the game and enjoy these munchies while watching!

Besides today's fantastic recipe, do you want in on something else amazing? Click the image above for a $1.00 off coupon on any TWO (2) Delimex® Frozen Taquito products (Excluding Fruit Taquito Products) at Walmart. The coupon will run until 4/7, with a final expiration date of 5/4.

I'm all about ease when it comes to hosting guests for game day gatherings.  I believe the food should should be unforgettable...i.e. completely delicious...but that doesn't mean it has to take forever to prepare!  Today's recipe is proof of that.

Handheld munchies are key when one is sitting on the sofa watching the players swish free throws.  The best part about this dip is that it can be served in individual cups so as to lessen the chance for a mess.  Winning!
Delimex come in lots of mouthwatering varieties, but I selected the beef in Taquito and Rolled Taco form.  Yum!
They're easily found in the frozen foods section at Walmart.
Ooohhhh...you just can't resist taking a bite, and then another and then another!  They're that good!  The cheese sauce makes the duo a match made in heaven!  Trust me....you've got to try it!

What's not to love when all the ingredients can be thrown in a crockpot just an hour before the event and then little thought has to happen beyond that?  That's my kind of appetizer!  

{CHEESY BEAN DIP}

24 oz. Velveeta, cubed
8 oz. cream cheese, cubed
1 can (16 oz.) refried beans
1 jalapeño, seeds and membranes removed, diced finely
1 Tbsp. taco seasoning

Place all ingredients in a crockpot that's been set to high heat.  Cook for one hour, or until all cheese is melted.  You can also cook it on low heat for a longer period of time.  Open lid and stir after about half an hour and then again ten minutes before it's done.  Keep crockpot on warm until ready to serve.  Stir before serving.

Now get dipping!

What will you serve with Delimex on game day?

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Tex Mex Stuffed Shells

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

Have a weekend-looking meal on a busy week night with these easy Tex Mex Stuffed Shells!  The preparation couldn't be easier and the addition of Campbell's Soup makes them totally yummy in the tummy!
Has March been flying by for you?  I can scarcely keep track of which day is which.   I swear I'm getting shorted on my 24 hours.  :)  

We've had lots of busy-ness going on in our family with parent teacher conferences, music lessons, church responsibilities, and of course some fun too!  My daughter's looking forward to spring break, which is in just a few short weeks.  We're planning a fun two-day trip to the sand dunes.  Nothing too elaborate, but the kids really enjoyed our last experience there.

So amidst all this chaos, I've been slacking on my meal planning.  I find myself at 3:00 in the afternoon, thinking... 

"Oh boy, what are we going to have for dinner? 

Is it really that time again?

Hmmmm....what can I make with items from my pantry and fridge?  I refuse to go to the store.

Oh why can't dinner just make itself tonight?"
Sound familiar?

I keep my pantry fully stocked with Campbell's Soups for Easy Cooking for nights just like these, when my energy is dwindling and yet the family still yearns for a good home cooked meal before taking on the evening's activities.

I found them (in four different, wonderful varieties) in the soup aisle at Walmart.

The star of today's recipe is Mexican Style Tomato!  Find a coupon, valid for 30 days past 3/13, HERE.  This soup is an easy, flavorful substitute for Condensed Tomato Soup in any recipe!

Last week I shared some phenomenal Chicken Portobello Tacos (Have you tried them yet? They're amazing!) that practically throw themselves onto your dinner plate and beg to be eaten, and today I'm sharing another tasty dinner that can be made in around 30 minutes!

Because I know we all wish there was more time in a day to get things done, I'm going to save you some precious minutes so you can spend it on other more important things...you know, like kicking back, relaxing on the sofa.  Hey, it needs to be done, so you might as well be the one to do it.  :)

{TEX MEX STUFFED SHELLS}

1 pound ground beef, cooked, drained, and crumbled
1 bell pepper, diced
1 onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 jalapeño, diced finely, seeds and membranes removed
2 cups Campbell's Soups for Easy Cooking, separated
14-15 large pasta shells, cooked
Cheddar Cheese, shredded
Sour cream, green onions, lettuce, and tomatoes for garnish (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and get the shells cooking in boiling water.  In the meantime, in a skillet, add the hamburger, garlic, jalapeño, green pepper and onion.
Cook until meat is no longer pink and peppers and onions are soft.  Drain excess fats.
Stir in 1 cup Campbell's Soups for Easy Cooking in Mexican Style Tomato.
Fill the cooked shells with hamburger mixture.
Pour 1 cup sauce over shells (add more if you'd like).  Cover with foil and bake for 10 minutes.  Remove from oven, uncover, and sprinkle cheese over shells. Bake, uncovered, for another 5 minutes, or until heated through and cheese is melted.  Add garnishes, if desired.
How's that for easy?  And speaking of easy, the sight of it isn't too hard on the eyes either.  Is your stomach growling yet?  Well get busy, because this meal can be on the table in around 30 minutes!

Be sure to follow Campbell's on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for more fabulously simple meal ideas!

Which Soups for Easy Cooking will you try first and what will you make?  I'd love to hear!

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