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Christmas Crack Candy

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I'm sure everyone has seen this recipe out there ... but when one of the attorney's gave me the recipe to try I decided to do it.  Because, hey, we had that boat parade party and I was trying to do it within the budget this year.


So I made it with modifications.

OF COURSE
I had everything on hand EXCEPT the crackers. I mean, who has saltines readily available?

Oh. Apparently a lot of people do.

I didn't.  I planned to head over to Aldi to pick up a box for what I'm sure would only be around 79 cents or so.


But that trip never happened, so instead, Publix it was.  This box cost me $2.09 if you can believe that. Whatever, I was on a mission here ...

Let's get crackin, shall we??

1 sleeve of saltine crackers which equals about 35 to 40
2 sticks of unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 bag of semi sweet chocolate chips
sprinkles galore


Crank up the oven to 350 degrees. Line your baking tray with some parchment paper and give it a good spray with some non-stick spray.  Lay…

Warmed Spinach Dip

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I shared the Cold Spinach Dip that Hubby loves earlier .... and now, I want to share the WARMED Spinach Dip that I love!

Yeah, we don't agree on which one is better. They are both really good!

This is the stuff that you order as an appetizer at some of the chain restaurants ... you know, for like $12.99 or so? I don't, not any more because after I learned how to make this stuff (and hey, it does NOT have cream cheese in it, ok? That's just WRONG) I made it every other weekend for like, 6 months. Then we weighed ourselves and realized that perhaps, this should not be a bi-weekly type of snack ;-)

Instead, we started making it for special occasions, like the Boat Parade Christmas Party.

It's great the next day when you are little hungover too (um, not that I'm planning on that this year).

Here's what you need ...



1 jar marinated artichokes, drained
1 pkg frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/3 cup Romano cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 cup mozzar…

Chilled Spinach Dip

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I'm a big fan of the warmed spinach and artichoke dip, but Hubby prefers the cold one and especially served in a bread bowl (!!) so of course, I do try and keep the man somewhat happy and occasionally cater to his wants ;-) Then I realized, that even though it's fairly common, some of you out there in blog land may not know about the simplicity OR at all!

So, here you go ...

THE ORIGINAL COLD SPINACH DIP
and if you want updated pics, go check out this post instead
... so easy to make!


Because I only make this when we are entertaining and sometimes our parties are large, the last time I made this, I doubled the recipe and that's how it's shown:

2 boxes of frozen chopped spinach, thawed (Aldi - 99 cents this time around)
2 cans of water chestnuts, drained and chopped (I can never find the chopped ones in store)
2 cups of mayo (I do NOT use my homemade stuff here, Hellmans is the choice...at least it's gluten free?)


2 containers (16 ounce) of sour cream (I use full fat…

Paleo / Whole30 Side of Slaw

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Hey! How many of you are looking to do a Whole30 come January 2018? 
Paleo?
Just Real Food?
Well that's just GREAT because I have something to share with you that will bring a little ray of sunshine to all that new food program!
*Just a side note, I'm not sure yet what I'm doing come January but do know I need to get my stuff together and soon!
So let's talk about coleslaw for a minute. I avoided the stuff for years and I do mean YEARS. I didn't like the massive amounts of mayo that was in most mixes OR the sugary stuff either. It was just icky in my opinion. The mere thought of that cabbage loaded with mayo would make me gag.
Seriously.
How nice, huh?

Now? I looooooove a good slaw ... but no, not when it's just a mess of mayo and shredded cabbage tossed in a bowl and called Cole Slaw. No thanks.
So today, I'm giving you the most simplest, cleanest version of cole slaw you can find ... and please, don't judge my cooking skills on this one, ok?
Look! Publ…

Breakfast Bistro Box

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Ahem ... I may have a problem here! The Starbucks Bistro Boxes have consumed my life...every waking moment I think of them, wondering what else I can make to make MY life a little easier and I suppose, cooler ... cuz we all just want to be cool and liked, right?

Yeah. Whatever.
I think it's more of a fascination that these things are scooped up like crazy. Since the first one I posted here I've been seeing these Boxes EVERYWHERE! No joke.

So ... how about a Breakfast Bistro Box??


I don't know why I hadn't ventured to making BREAKFAST a meal prep priority ... those mornings when I'm running late and just grab an apple are gone forever!


8 eggs
8 slices of bacon (for those of you who really like bacon, feel free to cook more)
Green beans (because my breakfast is NOT complete without green beans) or other veggie (broccoli runs a close 2nd for me along with riced cauliflower)
Red grapes or cuties or whatever "stable" fruit you want *optional

Ok ... let's co…

Winter Blend Veggies

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I try to eat veggies at all three meals. Generally, breakfast would consist of green beans, eggs and bacon or chicken apple sausage. That started back when I did my first Whole30 ... and it was a habit that just stayed with me.

Breakfast Meal Prep *gosh, have I not shared this yet??*
Now that it's winter time though, green beans are not really in season and quite honestly, frozen green beans cook up too mushy for my taste. I prefer they have some crunch still.

So lately, I've been grabbing frozen veggies from Aldi and Walmart ...

$1.09 Aldi
$5.88 each Walmart
Walmart also carries a mix of broccoli, cauliflower and carrots for $5.88 ... and these are large bags. Hubby is not a fan of the carrots and I never was either until recently ... 
Anyways. Some people think I'm weird because I eat these veggies at breakfast. But I know that is my BEST time to get veggies into my day! And I have a super easy way for you to make these in the morning without a whole lot of fuss, promise!

Beef & Bok Choy - Crock Pot Style

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Ready for another crockpot recipe! Good!


I made this a few months ago again and well, although it's still not Hubby's favorite, I liked it so I will share with you again ...

OH! And if you use the coconut aminos instead of the soy sauce, you will be Whole30 compliant and Paleo as well ... just thought I'd share that with you!

I modified it to what we had on hand ... of course!

2 1/4 lbs London Broil
1/2 cup beef broth
1 whole onion, cut in half and sliced
1 tsp chopped garlic (are you prepping yours?)
1/4 cup soy sauce (I used coconut aminos as I'm trying to do a little healthier and avoid soy!)
2 tbs of sesame oil
2 tbs minced ginger (from tube)
1 tbs minced red chili pepper (from tube)
5 cups or so of bok choy, chopped
green onion, sliced, for garnish (optional)

Sear beef in skillet just to brown both sides, move to crockpot.

Add onion and saute til starting to turn translucent and then add garlic. Stir around for about 2 minutes and dump this in crockpot.

Put skille…