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Golden Oreo Dream Salad

Being a mom comes with a whole lot of duties. I found out a new one on Saturday when I was making this. My new one is hiding downstairs with my blender while Miss K sleeps on the floor upstairs. I have quickly learned that you will do ANYTHING not to disrupt a sleeping baby. Anyone else been there before?

Even though I may have blended my Oreos in a laundry room this still turned out AH-MAZ-ING! Plus how do I call myself a “food blogger” and I don’t even own a food processor? I really think I need to invest in one of those….

What’s with calling a calorie laden delectable dish a salad anyways? Is it our way of making us feel less guilty about the indulgence? Hey if it works I’m all for that!

This fabulous little “Salad” will be the star of your dinner so go out there and make it now!!

Golden Oreo Dream Salad
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1 Package Oreos, crushed
8 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
1/4 c. butter, softened
1 c. powdered sugar
3 c. milk
2 small boxes instant vanilla pudding
1/2 tsp vanilla
12 oz Cool Whip, thawed

1. Cream together the cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla.

2. In a separate LARGE bowl mix milk and vanilla pudding. Chill until set. Fold in Cool Whip. Add cream cheese mixture.

3. Layer pudding mixture then Oreos, alternating until done. Chill until ready to serve.

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Crack Potatoes

Well we have Crack Dip and now we have Crack Potatoes. The Crack dip is one of the most popular blog posts on the blog. I’m guessing it just might be in the name!

These potatoes are AH-MAZ-ING! Like stuff your face in the plate good. They make 3 lbs of potatoes and let’s just say between three of us we polished off all of them. Carb overload anyone?! My little bro happened to be there the night I made these and he had already made dinner plans so as we were scarfing these down and oohing and aahing over them he was telling us to shut our holes. What can I say? He totally missed out on pure deliciousness!

There’s even an added bonus. They are SO EASY! You don’t even have to peel the potatoes!

If you are looking for a sure hit dish for tonight this is your ticket!

Crack Potatoes
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3 lb potatoes, washed and cubed
4 Tbsp, butter, cubed
1/4 c. Real Bacon Bits
1/4 c. ranch dressing
1/2 c. cheese

1. Put potatoes in an 8×8 in glass dish. Put butter on top of potatoes. Sprinkle bacon bit on top. Cover with aluminim foil and bake at 400 degrees for 1 hour.

2. Take potatoes out of oven and top with ranch dressing and cheese. Stir. Put back in oven until cheese is melted.

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Grilled Zucchini

Oh my this is so super easy I don’t think I can really call it a recipe!

I was looking for a way to use up all my zucchini and I love it when I got to a restaurant and get served a side of zucchini. With this in mind I decided to whip up my own side dish. I don’t know about you but I get tired of beans, peas, corn etc as my side dish every single night so this was a welcomed changed.

If you don’t want to grill this it can be easily made on the stove also! Here’s another way to use that zucchini up that you have coming out of your ears!

Grilled Zucchini


1. Cut the zucchini into bit size pieces.

2. Place zucchini in aluminum foil. Cut butter into pieces and put it on the zucchini. Sprinkle with seasoning. Close foil up.

3. Grill on top rack of grill 5-10 minutes until down. Make sure not to let it to long. No one likes super soft and squishy zucchini!

*You can also do this on the stove in a frying pan!

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This is the other salad I made for baptism. I figured the Cashew Chicken Rotini Salad had enough “weird” stuff in it I better make another one that was kid friendly and hubby friendly! I don’t know how you consider grapes and cashews weird but he certainly does.

This salad, can you really call it a salad, is the real question I do believe. Anyways I’ll skip that discussion for another time. This has been a staple in our house and for get togethers for a long time. It’s one of my mom’s “go to” salads when she needs to bring out to a family outing or potluck. It’s super easy and everyone always seems to love it.

It’s your lucky day. I’ve decided to share it with all of you! If you are looking for something kid friendly to whip up and need it to be a hit, this is your salad!

Strawberry Topioca Salad
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1 box tapioca pudding
1 box vanilla pudding
3 c. water
1 (.3 oz) pkg strawberry jello
12 oz Cool Whip
1 c. strawberries, cut up

1. Mix tapioca and vanilla puddings. Add water. Bring to a boil, stir constantly until thick. About 3-5 minutes. Add strawberry jello. Cool.

2. When it is cool add cool whip and strawberries. Mix well.

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This salad would be the perfect 4th of July side dish!

I made this last weekend for Kinzee’s baptism. I needed two different salads to make and this was one of them. I’ll share the other one with you soon!

We had a wonderful day for Kinzee’s baptism. It was gorgeous out. A true gift from God. Bless my mom’s heart she hosted the dinner after baptism. My house is the size of peanut and we all love each other but we would have had to sit on each other’s lap to all fit in it! She made the famous Sweet ‘n’ Sour Meatballs and they were hits. If you haven’t checked out this recipe you must!

I think this salad was also a hit because my sister-in-law asked after dinner, “Hey, is this going on your blog?” I love it when when I get asked for recipes to go on my blog!

Cashew Chicken Rotini Salad
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1 (16 oz) pkg rotini
4 c. cubed chicken
1 c. seedless green grapes, halved
1 c. seedless red grapes, halved
1 (5 oz) pkg dried cranberries
1 c. ranch salad dressing
3/4 c. mayonnaise
2 c. salted cashews

1. Cook the pasta according to packaged directions. Drain pasta and rinse in cold water.

2. In a large bowl combine chicken, grapes and cranberries. Add pasta.

3. In a small bowl, whisk ranch dressing and mayonnaise. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

4. Just before serving stir in cashews.

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Oven Baked Bacon

Did you know that when I see a recipe that has bacon listed as an ingredient I will actually avoid making it?

I mean I love bacon don’t get me wrong but I don’t love that terrible smell in your house and the mess of the grease flying everywhere when you fry it.

These leads me to my new attempt of Oven Baked Bacon. I had heard about this, saw it and never tried. Well I finally took the leap and tried it. I will be making my bacon like this forever. It’s super simple and easy and it smells way less then actually frying it. Plus the grease drips from it, you get perfectly straight fried bacon piece and you can get it just to the right amount of crispiness.

Come back on Wednesday to see what I used my lovely Oven Baked Bacon for!!

Oven Baked Bacon

Bacon Strips
Cooling Rack
Sheet Pan

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees

2. Place your cooling rack (for cookies) on a baking sheet.

3. Spray your cooling rack with cooking spray. Place bacon strips on the cooling rack.

4. Bake 15 – 18 minutes until they reach your desired crispiness!

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Macaroni Salad

The hubby has requested this salad since were were married I think. I had some leftover ham in the fridge so I decided to attempt this recipe. It really wasn’t an “attempt” as it’s a pretty simple recipe, but this was round two on it!

The first time I made this I didn’t have his mother’s recipe and he just didn’t think it tasted right so after that I learned, always get the original! I bugged his sister and she delivered so I had the actual recipe this time.

I’m proud to say his whole face lit up when he saw that I had made this salad. This salad must be his favorite because he even remembers his mom made it for graduation! He then quickly dished himself an entire bowl and snuck off to the basement to watch his “shows” and enjoy the salad.

This would be perfect for all your summer grilling and time at the lake!

Macaroni Salad
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16 oz shell macaroni (boiled with 1 Tbsp oil)
1/2 tsp celery salt
1 tsp onion salt
1 pt salad dressing
3/4 tsp mustard
1/4 tsp seasoning salt
8 oz cheddar cheese, grated
1 pkg frozen peas, rinsed with warm water
Diced ham

1. Boil shell macaroni according to directions. Drain, rinse with cold water and set aside.

2. Mix together celery salt, onion salt, salad dressing, mustard, seasoning salt in large bowl. Add noodles, cheddar cheese, peas and ham. Mix well. Chill until serving.

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