Slow Cooker BBQ Cranberry Meatballs Recipe

Don’t you love recipes where you simply dump the ingredients in your slow cooker and let it do the work for you?!  This recipe has only 3 ingredients and is so delicious that you’ll want to make it again and again!


Slow Cooker BBQ Cranberry Meatballs Recipe:

1 (24 oz) pkg. frozen meatballs (I used turkey meatballs)
2 (14 oz) cans jellied cranberry sauce
2 (20 oz) bottles of BBQ sauce
Combine jellied cranberry sauce and BBQ sauce in a crock pot and stir until smooth.  Add meatballs and stir until well coated.  Cook for 2-5 hours on low.  Serve over rice or with toothpicks.
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Easy Banana Cream Pie (with Nilla Wafer Crust)

To me, the best desserts are those that are gooey, chocolatey, and amazingly rich. However, my husband likes to switch it up every once in a while and he requested a banana cream pie this past week.
I have a confession to make . . . I don’t like pie crust.
I think that it’s bland and tasteless. Give me something chewy and chocolatey any day!
But, in order to save the marriage (ha ha!), I decided to compromise. I told him that I would make him a banana cream pie . . . but that I would make it my way.
The end result was perfect! I went with a Nilla Wafer Cookie crust (I was out of graham crackers, but I bet that a graham cracker crust would be awesome too!) and it was a big hit! I loved it, he loved it, the neighbors loved it . . . and the best part about it was that is was so simple to make.
So if you need a delicious dessert and are looking for something a little different, I would definitely give this a try!

Easy Banana Cream Pie
80 Nilla Wafer cookies, crushed (about one 12 oz box)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese (light is fine)
2 cups powdered sugar
2 (8 oz) containers Cool Whip, thawed (light is fine)
1 box (5.1 oz) banana cream instant pudding
2 cups milk (skim is fine)
3 bananas, sliced

Mix together the crushed cookies and melted butter. Press into a 9×13″ baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Let cool.
Beat together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and 1 container of Cool Whip. Spread on top of cooled cookie crust.
Beat together the banana cream pudding with milk. Let stand for about 4-5 minutes until it has thickened. Spread on top of cream cheese layer.
Spread sliced bananas on top of pudding, covering the entire pan.
Spread the last container of Cool Whip on top of the bananas. Let set in the fridge for at least 2 hours before serving.
Top with caramel sauce, sliced bananas and crushed cookies as a garnish (totally optional, but it makes it look good).


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Chocolate Chip Banana Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

These cookies are so chewy and delicious it will make you want to let your bananas turn brown, just so you can make them!  We even froze half the batch and ate them a week or two later and they were just as good!

Chocolate Chip Banana Oatmeal Cookies Recipe:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup mashed ripe banana (about 1 large)
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda in a small bowl and set aside.  Place butter and sugars into a mixing bowl and beat on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed to low.  Add egg and vanilla and mix until combined.   Mix in banana.  Add flour and mix until just combined.  Stir in oats and chocolate chips. Using a 1 1/2-inch ice cream scoop or cookie scoop, drop dough onto baking sheets spacing about 2 inches apart.  Bake cookies until golden brown and just set, about 12 to 13 minutes.
(Recipe adapted from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures)
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DIY Stained Mason Jars Tutorial

I have seen mason jars with this bluish tint all over the internet.  The only problem is, I can’t seem to find them in stores!  I decided to take matters into my own hands and dye them myself.

Here is how to stain a mason jar:

Supplies:  You will need a mason jar (I found mine at a craft store for $2), Mod Podge, food coloring, a paper plate and spoon, waxed paper and a baking sheet.

Before you begin, preheat your oven to 200° F.

Step 1:  Mix 2 tablespoons of water and 4 tablespoons of Mod Podge together on your paper plate.  Next, add as many drops of food coloring you want until you reach your desired shade (I used 5 drops of blue food coloring for mine).

Step 2:  Pour all of the water and Mod Podge mixture into your mason jar.  Move your jar around making sure to coat the whole inside of the jar.

Step 3:  Pour all of the water and Mod Podge mixture out of your jar, making sure to coat the mouth of the jar.  Wipe the outside edge of your jar for any excess mixture on the outside.  Be sure to only have a thin layer on the inside of your jar, otherwise it won’t have an even color in the end.

Step 4:  Place the jar upside down on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper.  Put it in the oven for three minutes.

Step 5:  Remove the baking sheet from the oven and turn the jar upright. Wipe rim carefully with a paper towel to remove excess water and Mod Podge mixture, then return the jar (upright) to the oven. Bake until the color is clear and beautiful, about 30-40 minutes.

You’re done!

Add a ribbon or flowers to your jar for some extra flair!

***Do not store anything you plan on eating in these jars, because the Mod Podge makes it unsafe!  You can use water in them for plants.***

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Easy Chicken Noodle Casserole Recipe

When I make my grocery list I always ask my 4 year old what she wants to eat that week. The usual response is pizza – but this week it was noodles. I tried to find something that she would like and that my husband would like! I changed things around a bit and it worked out great!

Easy Chicken Noodle Casserole

4 skinless, boneless chicken breats halves
6 ounces egg noodles
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup fat free sour cream
1/2 cup frozen peas
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup crumbled whole wheat ritz crackers
1/4 cup butter

Boil chicken in a pot of water. Cook until no longer pink in center, about 12 minutes or so. Remove from pot and set aside. Bring chicken cooking water to a boil and cook pasta in it. Drain and cut chicken into small pieces, and mix with noodles.

In a separate bowl, mix together mushroom soup, chicken soup, and sour cream. Season with salt and pepper. Gently stir together cream soup mixture and peas with the chicken mixture. Place in a 9X9 baking dish.

Melt butter in a bowl in the mircowave. Stir in crumbled crackers. Top casserole with the buttery crackers.

Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for about 30 minutes, until heated through and browned on top.     

This meal makes for a great freezer meal! I doubled it and am saving the rest for another day! :)          

Adapted from allrecipes

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Easy Almond Joy Cookies Recipe

Almond Joys are one of my favorite candy bars. I didn’t believe that there was anything that even compared until my Mom introduced these to me. They are DELICIOUS and taste just like an Almond Joy candy bar!

Easy Almond Joy Cookies
Coconut cookie:
2 packages sweetened coconut (7 ounces each)
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
2 Tablespoons sour cream
1 Tablespoon heavy cream
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together. Spoon out dough with a small ice cream scoop or spoon. Put on parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake for 17-18 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

Chocolate topping:
1 package chocolate chips (we prefer milk chocolate, but can use semi-sweet)
2 teaspoons vegetable oil

In a small bowl, microwave chocolate chips and oil for about 1 minute. Stir until melted. Spoon over cookies and top with a whole almond.

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