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Cake Batter Puppy Chow

This treat is HIGHLY addictive ~ Do not blame me for your pants not fitting tomorrow morning, but you will enjoy yourself while you eat it! 
Oh and those “skinny” jeans you want to get into…this will not help your cause at all. Like those “pre-pregnancy” pants that I still can’t get into. Don’t get me wrong I can squeeze into most of them but a few of them still just. won’t. button. Ugh. Back to the gym I go so I can eat more of this amazing treat and still be able to fit into my pants! 
If you have a spare 10 minutes please whip up a batch of this. Your kids will love you. Your hubby will love you. Your friends will love you. 
Your pants will not. I repeat. Your pants will not love you. 
But don’t worry. I’ll still love you!

Cake Batter Puppy Chow
5 c. Chex cereal
10 oz (5 squares) vanilla flavored almond bark, or white chocolate chips
1 1/2 c. Funfetti cake mix
1/2 c. powdered sugar
1. Melt Almond Bark according to package directions. 
2. Pour cereal into a large bowl and drizzle Almond Bark over the cereal. Mix gently with a large spoon. 
3. Dump the cake mix and powdered sugar in the bowl and mix gently until cereal is evenly coated. 
*You could also mix ingredients in a large paper bag if you don’t have a big enough bowl. Then just shake the items!
Recipe From: Six Sisters’ Stuff

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Apple Brickle Dip

Well it looks like fall is rolling in here in Minnesota. I enjoy the crisp mornings and hoodie sweatshirt weather, but I also fear what is looming ahead. Good ‘ol winter. Boy do I hate that season, and of course it lasts the longest. Just my luck right?

This morning I had to dig into my totes and find a sweater to wear to work today. I even have my little space heater running under my desk. Brrrr…. I peaked at the 10 day forecast and they promise that next week holds 70 degree weather again. I’ll pray to the Lord above they are correct!

Along with fall comes those lovely colds. I’ve been battling one for a few days now. They suck. No way around it. It seems like no cold medicine helps it either. I think they are just stealing our money as we hope and dream of our symptoms leaving us!

This yummy dip that I’m sharing with you comes together quickly and it’s a true fall treat. I could almost eat it with a spoon. Run to the grocery store and grab some of those yummy apples filling the aisles this time of year and make this dip to accompany them!

Apple Brickle Dip

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1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. white sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 (8 oz) package toffee baking bits
8 Granny Smith Apples, cored and sliced

1. Beat together cream cheese, sugars and vanilla extract in a bowl until smooth.

2. Stir in toffee bits.

*I dipped my apples in a lemon lime soda to try and prevent them from browning. They didn’t brown as fast, but they will brown a little after a while if you try this.

Recipe From: Allrecipes.com

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Ranch Pretzels

Looking for something perfect to share with your friends on the next game day? These are so yummy and easy they will be snatched up.

Do you know why I look forward to football season?

It’s simply for the food. How pathetic is that?

Oh and now I have another reason. That reason is dressing little Miss K up in her Viking gear.

The hubby was in Target and he came and told me he found these onsies that were Vikings and he almost got them. I said, “Almost?? Let’s get them!” 

My lovely sis-in-law shared this recipe with me. She brings them to gatherings and they are that item you keep going back for even though you know you need to stop eating them. Not great for the waistline, but hey I’m not going to judge you!

 Yup. I don’t have a lot of self-control and these little babies let me know that.

Ranch Pretzels
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1 (10 oz) bottle popcorn oil
1 tsp dill weed
1 tsp garlic powder
1 pkg (dry powder) Ranch dressing
1 bag of pretzel sticks
1 bag of butter flavored pretzels

1. Combine all ingredients except pretzels in a large bowl or bag. Add pretzels and toss until well coated.

2. Bake them at 250 degrees for one hour on two jelly roll pants. Stir them every 15 minutes while baking.

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Cheerios Trail Mix

Wow another month has flew by and it’s time for the Secret Recipe club reveal again!

This month I was assigned the blog Mother Thyme. She has a tons of fun and new recipes on there. I choose the Cheerios Trail Mix. I saw it and I knew my dad was going to love this mix. He like any kind of nut and dried craisins.

I have to say this is the first time I’ve ever used agave nectar. If you haven’t used it it’s found in the baking aisle by the sugar.

It’s a super simple trail mix that welcomes in fall!

Cheerios Trail Mix
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2 c. Cheerios
1/4 c. agave nectar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 c. dried cranberries
1/4 c. chopped or whole walnuts or almonds
1/3 c. white chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix Cheerios with agave nectar and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add cranberries and nuts. Spread out on a non sticking baking sheet and bake for 7 minutes.

3. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Once cooled toss with white chocolate chips.

*My mix was still sticky so I think I would bake it at 250 degrees for 1 hour stirring everyone 15 minutes.

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Funfetti Cake Batter Dip

Wow another month has went by and it’s time for Secret Recipe Club reveal day once again!

I love checking out the blog I’m assigned every month. It’s like Christmas when I get my email with my assignment in it. I get to open it and then go on my merry way and try a fantabulous new recipe!

This month I was assigned The Boys Made Me Do It. Cara has sa super cute blog over there and highly recommend you check it out. The background of her blog made me smile. It just looks so happy! I went browsing through her recipes and came across Funfetti Cake Batter Dip. I’ve seen this floating around in blogland and on Pinterest and decided it was high time I tried it.

I ended up making it the day of our nephew’s 1st birthday party so I brought it to share. It was a hit that’s for sure! My sister-in-law compared it to “Dunkaroos”. Do you remember those little packages of yuminess? They used to be one of my favorite treats! I also had a couple people ask if it was on my blog. I assured them it would be soon!

If you are looking for an easy treat this is it! My hubby just got his nighttime snack and it was this. Guess he didn’t get enough the first two times he ate it today!

Funfetti Cake Batter Dip
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3 Tbsp Funfetti cake mix
2 Tbsp plain yogurt
1 Tbsp cool whip

1. Stir cake mix and yogurt until smooth.

2. Fold in cool whip.

3. Refrigerate until serving.

4. Serve with fruit, vanilla wafers or animal crackers.

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Cinnamon Sugar Peanuts

It’s time for Secret Recipe Club Reveal day again! This month I was assigned Big Bears Wife. Oh my goodness her blog is a gold mine of great recipes! For example she just posts Cheesy Chicken Roll Ups I think I’m going to have to try.

I picked out her Cinnamon Sugar Cashews to make. I might have, just might have spaced that I had to do this on the 23rd of July and waited until the last minute. It’s a total bummer I did this because she has so many great recipes to try and I wish I would have had more time! Oh well, guess I’ll pin them for later! These were excellent and would make an awesome little treat at Christmas in goodie bags. The only thing that confused me as why she calls them “Cinnamon” Sugar Cashews, because cinnamon isn’t in the recipe. I did substitute the cashews for peanuts as they were what I had on hand. They were still yummy!

I have a bit going on in my life and I go back to work today after my 7 1/2 weeks off with my baby, Miss Kinzee Marie. It’s hard for this Momma, as I assumed it is for most of us! I know she is with a wonderful daycare mom but I’m still having major separation anxiety. I can’t wait until we get settle into a routine.

Cinnamon Sugar Cashews
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1 c. peanuts (or any other nut)
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. white sugar
1 egg white
1 tsp vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with wax paper and generously spray the wax paper with cooking spray.

2. Beat egg white and vanilla in a bowl. Pour peanuts into the egg mixture and stir to coat nuts evenly.

3. Combine both sugars in a small bowl with a lid. Add the peanuts to the sugar mixture. Cover with lid and shake until the peanuts are all coated.

4. Pour the peanuts onto your lined baking sheet. Make sure they are spread out in an even mixture.

5. Bake for 1 hour, stirring peanuts every 15 minutes so they don’t stick and burn.

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Chili’s Copycat Salsa

Salsa is one of those things I’ve always wanted to make, but have never had enough guts or ambition. I even bought this little Tupperware gadget to make salsa last summer. It sat in a box, neglected and gathering dust in my basement closet.

I’m so glad I finally took a leap and it! Sure some of the ingredients do come from cans and I hope to graduate to a garden this summer and fresh salsa from that, but in the meantime I’m quite satisfied with this little recipe. Plus fresh salsa in the winter? What a great thing!

I loved this salsa because it has the hint of lime in it that so many restaurants have in their salsas. I’m always a sucker for the chips and salsa that some restaurants give you. This did not let me down!

Chili’s Copycat Salsa Recipe
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1 can (28 oz) whole tomatoes, drained
1 small (4 oz) can diced jalapenos
1/4 c. yellow onion
1 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp lime juice

1. Place all ingredients together into a food processor or blender and puree until smooth

2. Serve with tortilla chips

Recipe from: Six Sister’s Stuff

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