Maple Glazed Pound Cake & Candied Bacon Pecans Recipe

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Maple Glazed Pound Cake & Candied Bacon Pecans

Maple Glazed Pound Cake & Candied Bacon Pecans

Maple Glazed Pound Cake & Candied Bacon Pecans,   A play on the classic combination of pancakes and bacon, this pound cake can be enjoyed as a breakfast or dessert. My first thought was that it might be too sweet, but it works because the pound cake is buttery and not sweet. Plus, when you add bacon to a sweet dish it brings another level of flavor. I remember the first time I heard that people were putting bacon on a donut, at first it was weird to me. Then, I started thinking about how well bacon goes with pancakes , drizzle a little extra syrup on it and YUM. So, why not?

Don’t forget, The addition of pecans adds a nice crunch and nutty flavor. This is sure to be a favorite at your next brunch!

Maple Glazed Pound Cake & Candied Bacon Pecans

 

Maple Glazed Pound Cake & Candied Bacon Pecans Recipe

 

Ingredients
1 Pound Cake, sliced
2 oz. halved pecans
3 slices of bacon
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter, divided
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 cup powdered sugar

Instructions
Preheat the oven to 350
Cut the bacon into chunks, place in a bowl.
Rough chop the pecans, add to the bacon.
Melt 1 tablespoon butter with the brown sugar in a microwave safe dish.
Pour over the bacon & pecans, spread out on a sheet pan.
Bake for 15 minutes or until bacon is fully cooked. Allow to cool, break like into chunks like a brittle.

For the glaze:

Using an electric mixer, whip 1 tablespoon butter and maple syrup until smooth.
Hand fold in the powdered sugar, then finish with mixer.
Glaze should be thinner than frosting, but not runny. Add a little powdered sugar if needed.
Place slices of pound cake in a baking dish, drizzling icing between each layer and on top.
Top with candied bacon & pecans.

Notes:
To create individual layered cakes, top a slice of pound cake with glaze and another slice of cake. Glaze again, top with bacon & pecans.

maple pound cake candied bacon pecans

Cherry Spinach Tart Smoothie Bowl Recipe

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Cherry Spinach Tart Smoothie Bowl

Recipe & Photo Credit: Back to Her Roots on Behalf of Van’s Foods

Did you know that May is Celiac Awareness Month?  Van’s is proud to offers lots of gluten-free options in the snacks market that taste great too.  In fact, they are kicking off summer with two brand new snack bars (Banana Bread and Gramwich) plus Soft-Baked Whole Grain Granola Clusters in Double Chocolate and Banana Nut.  Yum!

Here’s a delicious new recipe to try out for Cherry Spinach Tart Smoothie Bowls, courtesy of Back to Her Roots on behalf of Van’s Foods.

Cherry Spinach Tart Smoothie Bowls Recipe

PREP TIME: 2 mins
TOTAL TIME:2 mins
AUTHOR: CASSIE JOHNSTON
MAKES: 1 LARGE SERVING

INGREDIENTS

For the Smoothie:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 cups frozen tart cherries
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • ½ cup unsweetened nut, soy or animal milk
  • Maple syrup, to taste (about 1 tablespoon)

For the Toppings:

  •   Van’s Soft-Baked Whole Grain Granola Clusters
  • Chopped walnuts
  • Hemp seeds

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine all the smoothie ingredients into a blender, and blend on high until very smooth. You might need to add more liquid, but try to keep it as thick as possible.
  2. Pour into a bowl, and then top with toppings. Serve immediately.

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Kick off summer with two new snack bars (Banana Bread and Gramwich- a chocolate stuffed graham cracker sandwich) and Soft-Baked Whole Grain Granola Clusters in Double Chocolate and Banana Nut.

Van’s decadent, bite-sized gluten-free granola – perfect for family road trips, an easy addition to breakfast or anytime on the go – are a soft and chewy portable snack perfect with frozen or Greek yogurt or by the handful when a craving hits.

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Van’s Double Chocolate and Banana Nut Granola is baked with delicious, gluten-free, whole grain oats and offer 12-14 grams of whole grains per serving – with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

Van’s Chocolate Gramwich Sandwich Bars pack as much favorite-treat nostalgia as they do delicious flavor. Made with real chocolate sandwiched between two whole-grain, graham-style bars, they’re a one-of-a-kind pick-me-up.

Van’s Banana Bread Bars blend banana flavor with gluten-free oats and flaxseed to create a tasty and portable version of banana bread that’s wholesome enough to enjoy as part of breakfast.

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Beer Braised Sausage On Sweet & Spicy Warm Slaw

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Beer Braised Sausage On Sweet & Spicy Warm Slaw

This yummy beer braised sausage recipe offers taste of summer year round!  Guiness beer. Sausage. Peppers. Those are just a few of the ingredients that make this dish a stand out!  That Guiness beer also makes it just perfect to serve as a St. Patrick’s Day meal!

For this recipe you won’t need your grill, so if it is stored for the winter .. not a problem.  This sausage is braised and slow cooked in beer and served over a slaw.  No, not cole slaw – that would be for summer.  We are talking about a warm slaw with a kick.  Sweet & spicy to keep you warm this winter.  The recipe is easy to adjust the spice level just in case you are not a fan of spicy.

Just look at all this color !  Fresh, crunchy, flavorful.  It won’t be long before this is a new favorite in your household.

Beer Braised Sausage On Sweet & Spicy Warm Slaw

Ingredients
  1. 1 bottle Guiness Beer
  2. Sausage of your choice (we used a German Cheddar Sausage)
  3. 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  4. Salt & Pepper
For the slaw
  1. 1 cup shredded cabbage
  2. 2 large carrots, shredded
  3. 1 red pepper, sliced thin
  4. 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  5. 1 tablespoon white sugar
  6. 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  7. 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  8. 1 teaspoon olive oil
  9. Salt & Pepper
For the sausage
  1. In a skillet on medium high heat, drizzle olive oil and add sausages. Brown on each side (about 1 minute)
  2. Add the beer, mustard and a pinch of salt & pepper.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer.
  4. Cook for 15 minutes covered and an additional 10 minutes without the cover.
  5. Remove the sausages from the pan and set aside.
For the cabbage
  1. In the same skillet, over medium heat drizzle olive oil and add vegetables
  2. Mix in the vinegar, sugar, garlic and seasonings.
  3. Saute for about 10 minutes, add sausage back to the pan on top of the slaw.
  4. Heat through together covered until sausage is warmed again.
  5. Serve hot with a drizzle of dijon mustard!

Guiness Braised Sausage On Sweet & Spicy Warm Slaw

Cranberry White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies Recipe

Cranberry White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies Recipe

I have gone my whole life never tasting a macadamia nut cookie. Every time we visit Subway I choose the double chocolate. Something about the white chocolate macadamia nut just never really appealed to me, something about the lack of color. I know, sounds crazy right?  Well, it is said that we eat with our eyes first, so I guess that is why!  A friend convinced me to try a bite of her’s and it wasn’t that bad. I just thought the cookie needed something else.  More color, another level of flavor.  My solution- add cranberries!

Guess what is my new favorite?  This Cranberry White Chocolate Macadamia Nut recipe.  I would take these over my chocolate cookie any day.  I love that they are not overly sweet. The base of the cookie is light and fluffy with a slight crunch around the edge.  Plump cranberries, nutty chocolate..  what more could you want?

Cranberry White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Cranberry White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies Recipe

Ingredients
1 cup packed brown sugar
1⁄2 cup white sugar
2 sticks butter, softened
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1⁄4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts
1 1⁄2 cups white chocolate chips

Cranberry White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies Recipe Process

Instructions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Cream together the butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla with an electric mixer.
In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking soda and salt.
Mix the flour into the creamed butter, a little at a time.
Once combined completely, fold in the cranberries, chocolate chips and nuts.
Spoon onto a cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

Notes
These freeze really well. Make a double batch and freeze for parties or holidays.

Cranberry White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies. A light and fluffy cookie with a crunchy edge, plump cranberries and chocolate!

Rich & Creamy French Vanilla Pecan Oatmeal

Rich & Creamy French Vanilla Pecan Oatmeal 

When the cold weather hits, there is nothing I love more for breakfast than oatmeal.  I use to make a basic quick oat with brown sugar, maple syrup and maybe some raisins.  It was my go to in the morning. Then one morning I decided to add a spoonful of my homemade applesauce. It was amazing. Just that simple addition took it to a whole new level.  I was hooked. Not on the applesauce oatmeal,  but on trying new flavors!

Next up,  this creamy oatmeal that is full of sweet and crunchy , but is also good for you.  Cranberries, pecans, cinnamon, nutmeg and of course my not so secret ingredient.  French Vanilla Creamer!  I think I bake/cook with my flavored coffee creamers more than I use them in coffee.  Try it out and let us know how much you love it.

Rich & Creamy French Vanilla Pecan Oatmeal 

Rich & Creamy French Vanilla Pecan Oatmeal

Ingredients
  1. 1 cup quick oats
  2. 1 1/2 cup water
  3. 1/4 cup french vanilla creamer
  4. 1/4 cup white sugar
  5. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  6. 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  7. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  8. 2 tablespoons chopped cranberries
  9. 1/4 cup chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Bring the water, salt and cranberries to a boil on the stove, in a medium sauce pan.
  2. Stir in the oats , mix and reduce heat to low.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
  4. Cook until oats are tender, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  5. Serve garnished with a dash of the french vanilla creamer.

 

This Rich and Creamy French Vanilla Pecan Oatmeal recipe makes a delicious hot breakfast!

Rich & Creamy French Vanilla Pecan Oatmeal
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1½ cup water
  • ¼ cup french vanilla creamer
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cranberries
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Bring the water, salt and cranberries to a boil on the stove, in a medium sauce pan.
  2. Stir in the oats , mix and reduce heat to low.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
  4. Cook until oats are tender, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  5. Serve garnished with a dash of the french vanilla creamer.

 

Southwestern Style Cornbread Recipe with Ham and Cheddar

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Southwestern Style Cornbread Recipe with Ham and Cheddar

This recipe will make the perfect side or main dish! It’s a great way to use up any leftover ham (or if you don’t have leftover, you can buy a piece from the deli.) If you have a favorite homemade cornbread recipe feel free to use it. In the interest of time, I used a boxed mix.  Jiffy Cornbread Mix is our go-to!

This recipe will feed a lot of people, so try taking this to your next dinner with friends or a family potluck. A 13×9 pan serves about 12-15 people.

Southwestern Style Cornbread

Ingredients
  1. 3 boxes of Jiffy Cornbread Mix prepared
  2. 1 cup of diced ham ( use leftover or you can purchase a 1/4 inch thick piece from the deli)
  3. 1 cup shredded cheddar, pepper jack or your favorite cheese
  4. 1 jalapeno – fine dice
  5. 1/4 small onion- fine dice
  6. 1 small tomato- chopped
  7. 1 ear of corn- peel and remove corn from cob
  8. salt/pepper to taste
  9. 1 tablespoon olive oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven according to the package instructions
  2. Grease a 13×9 pan with butter
  3. Saute (in olive oil) the ham and veggies until tender ( only about 2-3 minutes for added flavor)
  4. Add the ham, veggies, shredded cheese to the prepared cornbread batter, mix well
  5. Pour evenly into pan
  6. Bake according to package instructions.
  7. Serve warm OR cooled!

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Easiest Hot Pepper Jam Recipe For Beginner Canning


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 Easiest Hot Pepper Jam Recipe For Beginner Canning

(this recipe can be modified to omit the heat, just skip the jalapenos)

Tis’ the season for canning!  Right about now your garden is probably giving you a harvest every day. If you don’t have a plan for cooking or preserving these veggies, they can add up fast! A great way to use them is canning!

Canning can be intimidating if you have never done it or are just beginning.  One thing to remember is that you have to follow every recipe and process exactly. No cutting corners, it is important to ensure food safety.

The good thing…. You won’t need to go out and spend $100 on new canning equipment. As long as you have a pot that is deep enough to cover the tops of your jars with water, you are good to go.  I recommend a Ball Canning Basket (pictured below) or a rack for inside your pot.  I use the basket, it is easy, just load it and drop in the water.  No tongs required to take it out.

EASIEST HOT PEPPER JAM RECIPE Preparation

TIP *    Make the canning process smoother by staying organized and clean!  Stay on track, put away anything you are finished with and clean up as you go.

What you need:  It may look like a lot, but it isn’t.

  • 2qt pot & a larger stock pot
  • mixing spoon
  • measuring cup/s
  • strainer
  • ladle
  • 4oz jam jars , lids, bands
  • bowl
  • knife
  • Anything else pictured here (yes this is my pile of clean dishes after I was done!)  :

 

EASIEST HOT PEPPER JAM RECIPE Supplies

Ingredients:

  • 1 small green bell pepper
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 6 jalapeno peppers
  • 1 – 3oz. packet of Liquid Pectin
  • 1 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 4 cups white sugar

HOT PEPPERS

What to do:

Place all jars, lids and bands in a clean sink full of straight hot water. Let stand at least 5 mins. to sterilize. Place on a towel to air dry while you work.

EASIEST HOT PEPPER JAM RECIPE Jars

Very finely chop the peppers. Bring the apple juice, vinegar and peppers to a boil, reduce to low and simmer for 10 mins.  Strain the juice from the mixture. Reserve the peppers if you wish to have them in the jam, if not then discard.

EASIEST HOT PEPPER JAM Straining

Rinse the sauce pan of any leftover peppers,  add the liquid mixture (2 cups worth) back into the sauce pan. Bring it to a boil while adding the sugar one cup at a time. Mix constantly.

Bring to a rolling boil. As soon as it is boiling, remove from heat, quickly stir in the pectin. Add back to the heat and boil for 1 minute.   Remove from heat. DO NOT OVER BOIL.  Jam will be “gummy”.

EASIEST HOT PEPPER Jelly

If you want the peppers ,  add them in now.  Then ladle into jars.  Leave about 1/4 inch of what is called “head space” (space between the top of the food product and the top of the jar).

Using a clean cloth, wipe the rims of the jars.  Add the lids and bands. Do not over tighten the bands, you want air bubbles to escape, hand tighten down just until snug.

Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil.  Process jars for 5mins.  Make sure the water completely covers the jars.

Remove and let sit for 24hrs.

Canning Hot Water Bath

NOTES: 

1. You will hear a “pop” from the jars, this is normal.

2. After 24hrs,  any jar with a lid that flexes when you push down on the middle needs to be refrigerated and consumed within 2 weeks.  This means it did not properly seal.

3. I chose to purchase these 4 0z. jars,  they were ($9 for 12), you can also use 8 0z. jam jars.  This recipe made 9- 4oz. jars.

Serve with crackers, or spread over cream cheese on a bagel!

Hot Pepper Jelly

HOT PEPPER JELLY JARS

 

Easy 15 Minute Homemade Deep Dish Pizza

Easy 15 Minute Homemade Deep Dish Pizza

Easy 15 Minute Homemade Deep Dish Pizza

This pizza will make you throw away your take out menu and get you in the kitchen for sure! It is so simple and so inexpensive that even Pizza Hut’s $10 any pizza won’t entice you anymore. Finally a homemade pizza that actually does compare to the restaurants.

What you need: 

  • 1 package of pizza dough mix (Walmart- 52¢!! why have I not tried this stuff way before now?)
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 – 9-10 inch pie plate, cake pan or oven safe skillet
  • Olive oil
  • Butter
  • Desired toppings
  • *Sauce tip-  so when I decided to make these, I realized I had literally no sauce. Not even pasta sauce. I was bumming. Until I saw a can of Italian style diced tomatoes.  OK! Open it up, dump it into the blender, add a little olive oil, pinch of salt & pepper, a little garlic powder (or fresh). Blend. Done.   Hubby said I need to make the sauce like that from now on.  It was FANTASTIC.

What to do: 

Preheat the oven to 425°

In a medium bowl, mix the hot water with the package of pizza dough mix. Work it until a soft dough ball.  Let sit and rest for about 5 mins.

Grease your desired pan or dish with butter then drizzle with olive oil (not necessary if you don’t have it, fine)

Easy 15 Minute Homemade Deep Dish Pizza

Press the dough into the dish. Bring it slightly up the sides.

Spread the sauce, cheese and toppings.  Bake for about 15-20mins.  or until golden brown edges appear.

*CHEESE TIP-  Sprinkle cheese heavier around the edges, when cheese melts on a pizza it gradually makes it’s way to the middle.  This way you won’t have edges with no cheese!

Easy 15 Minute Homemade Deep Dish Pizza

Want more pizza recipes? Check out this easy homemade pizza dough recipe and an easy homemade pizza sauce recipe!

EASY 15 MINUTE HOMEMADE DEEP DISH PIZZA

How To Roast The Perfect Spaghetti Squash

How To Roast The Perfect Spaghetti Squash

How To Roast The Perfect Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash is kind of known as the low carb dieter’s best friend. Cook it, scrape it apart, top with sauce and Voila, instant carb free spaghetti.  But, did you know this squash is fantastic just as it is?  I’m one of those people who likes their pasta with butter and Parmesan, so simply roasting this squash is my favorite way to prepare it. Either way, no matter how you plan to enjoy this spaghetti squash you can start with this roasting process.

What you need:

  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Large Knife
  • Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt (table sale is fine)
  • Italian Blend Seasoning (optional)
  • Cookie sheet

What to do:

Preheat the oven to 350º

CAREFULLY  cut the squash in half long ways,  PLEASE take caution* this is a very hard squash.

Place the two halves on a cookie sheet, drizzle with Olive Oil, Salt and seasoning

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Do not scoop out the seeds yet, it is a lot easier to do after it has roasted for a bit.

How To Roast The Perfect Spaghetti Squash

 

Roast the squash for about an hour, remove from the oven, it should look like the picture above.

Use a fork and lightly scrape the top layer from one end to the other, all the seeds should come up with it.

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Discard the seeds and top layer.   Loosen up the sides and bottom a little bit, return the oven and bake for 1 more hour.

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Scrape the squash out and serve as desired.  I know I mentioned above that I prefer it without sauce, but I had to try it both ways!

How To Roast The Perfect Spaghetti Squash

Subway Copycat Double Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Subway Copycat Double Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

If you’re a fan of Subway, like I am, then you are probably also a fan of their cookies!! They actually have several varieties that are all yummy, but I think the Subway Double Chocolate Chip Cookies are a fan favorite! If you have been wanting to duplicate that same deliciousness at home, this Subway Copycat Double Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe should let you do just that!

One of the secret ingredients in this recipe is to use Hershey’s SPECIAL DARK baking cocoa. It gives it a much more rich, chocolatey taste than using just regular baking cocoa.

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Subway Copycat Double Chocolate Chip Cookies Batter
 

Subway Copycat Double Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

 
Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 2 large room temperature eggs
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup Hershey’s SPECIAL DARK baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • 6 ounces white chocolate chips

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°

  1. Cream butter & sugar in a bowl with hand mixer
  2. Add vanilla and one egg at a time, beat
  3. In another bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Combine flour mix slowly into butter and beat until well blended.
  5. Add the chocolate chips, fold in with a spoon
  6. Drop about 2 inches apart onto a
    cookie sheet
  7. Bake for about 10-12 minutes , times may vary

 

Subway Copycat Double Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Subway Copycat Double Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
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Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup white sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 2 large room temperature eggs
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup Hershey’s SPECIAL DARK baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • 6 ounces white chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Cream butter & sugar in a bowl with hand mixer
  2. Add vanilla and one egg at a time, beat
  3. In another bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Combine flour mix slowly into butter and beat until well blended.
  5. Add the chocolate chips, fold in with a spoon
  6. Drop about 2 inches apart onto a
  7. cookie sheet
  8. Bake for about 10-12 minutes , times may vary