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Cake Cookies

I am all for short cuts!  Don't get me wrong.  Sometimes it's great to make a mess in the kitchen and bake from scratch.  But having four little ones means that 9 times out of 10, I don't have the time.  This is one of those go to recipes when you need a quick sweet treat.  You can change up the combinations and make all sorts of yummy flavors.  My favorite is a Red Velvet Cake Mix with White Chocolate Chips.  YUM!  I'd love to hear what you can come up with!

Cake Cookies

1 pkg any flavor cake mix
1 stick butter, melted
2 eggs
1 Tbl vanilla
2 cups chips or 1 cup chips and 1 cup nuts

Combine cake mix, melted butter, eggs and vanilla until well blended.
Stir in chips
Drop onto cookie sheet with cookie scoop
Bake at 350 degrees for 9 to 10 minutes

Mamas On a Dime Spotlight

Mamas On a Dime is a wonderful website that I have been following for some time now to help keep up with all the great deals and coupons that are out there.  I got a big surprise when Recipe Swagger was spotlighted on their blog today!  Thank you ladies for your kind words!  How exciting!

Apple Sausage Pasta

An interesting combination, but I love the contrast of the savory meat and the sweet juice. We usually don't have any left overs of this, and in my house, that's a good sign.

Apple Sausage Pasta
4 heaping cups dry bow tie pasta
1 pkg bratwurst 1 green bell pepper, diced 1 small onion, diced 1 tsp garlic, chopped 6 oz. apple juice concentrate 1 Tbl cornstarch 2 Tbl water
Cook dry pasta according to package directions Slice bratwurst into chunks and sear in pan (I like to remove the casing, but not required) Add pepper, onion and garlic Add juice and simmer until meat is cooked through In a small bowl mix cornstarch and water Add cornstarch mixture to meat mixture to thicken Drain pasta and stir in with meat and sauce

Broccoli & Cheese Soup

I made this soup a few years ago on a recommendation from my sister. At first I was like, Cheese Whiz? really? But I promise that it is so good. It gives it such a smooth texture and a lot of flavor. I make it all the time in the fall/winter months, and I love to freeze the leftovers.

Broccoli & Cheese Soup
8 cups chicken broth
3 bunches fresh broccoli (cut into florets)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 (15 oz) jar Cheese Whiz
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter
2/3 cup flour
pepper to taste

Bring chicken stock to a boil
Add broccoli, butter & onion
Simmer approx 20 minutes until broccoli falls apart
Mix flour and a little water separately and add it to the mixture
This will help the flour from clumping in your soup
Stir in cheese whiz until smooth
Add pepper to taste

Crockpot Italian Chicken

This is my go to for comfort food. It is so uncomplicated but is always a big crowd pleaser!

Crockpot Italian Chicken

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast frozen
4 Tbl butter
1 pkg dry Italian dressing mix
2 (10 3/4oz.) cans cream of chicken soup
1 (8oz) cream cheese (I use Philly Light)

rice, biscuits or mashed potatoes for serving

Grease crockpot
Put chicken, frozen in crockpot
Add butter, Italian dressing mix, cream of chicken soup and cream cheese
Cook on high for 4 hours OR low for 6 hours, stirring occasionally
When chicken is done either shred or leave in big chunks
Serve over rice, biscuits or mashed potatoes