Captain Bs Creamy Crock-Pot Chicken

 

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I have some great boater friends! We love to get together in large groups…because who doesn’t want to come boating, right? Well last time we were all together, my boating buddy Sandi hosted a party with a local band and my other boating buddy Bridgett brought this AMAZING dish! The real name is supposedly “Crack Chicken” but we decided to rename it “Captain Bs Creamy Crock-Pot Chicken”! Seriously make this today! It is great for a crowd, but it’s also phenomenal for families that have many different dinner times because of those crazy schedules! Enjoy!

  • 2-2½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts (I used thighs)
  • 1 oz packet dry ranch dressing mix
  • 8 oz cream cheese (cubed)
  • 4 slices of bacon (cut and fried…or fried and crumbled)
  • ½-1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 cups shredded Colby cheese
  • ¼ cup sliced green onions

Wash chicken and pat dry. Place chicken in crock-pot. Sprinkle with ranch dressing and top with cubed cream cheese. Cook on high 3 hours or low 5-6 hours or until chicken pulls apart easily. While cooking, fry up bacon. I like to cut it into small bites and fry rather than fry then crumble. With 2 forks, shred chicken in crock-pot. Stir in mayo, bacon, green onions and shredded cheese. Serve on buns, white rice, tortilla shells or my favorite…a baked potato!

 

Wake Up Piggies

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Sometimes, like it or not, you just have to have breakfast on the go! These little gems make it seem alright. Make them the night before, then heat quickly before you head out. Love the fact that everyone could customize their favorite ingredients. Even make it veggie only, if preferred. (you just can’t call them “wake up piggies” if you do!)

Ingredients
3 eggs
1 TBS milk
1 can (8 oz) refrigerated crescent rolls
8 fully cooked breakfast sausage links
4 slices cheese of choice (I used colby-jack)
Salt and pepper to taste

Steps
1. Heat oven to 350°F. In small bowl, beat eggs. Reserve 1 tablespoon  for brushing on tops of rolls. Whisk in milk. Scramble eggs. Salt and pepper to taste.
2. Unroll dough onto work surface; separate into 8 triangles. Cut cheese slices in half; place 1 half on each triangle. Top each with spoonful of scrambled eggs and 1 sausage link. Loosely roll up triangles; place on un-greased cookie sheet.
3. Brush reserved beaten egg on top of each crescent.
4. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until golden brown.

Veggie Bars

veggiebars2My sister makes this often for family gatherings. I’ve never made it before, but found myself craving it the other day! So I asked her for her recipe and thought I’d pass it along! I realize there are many versions of this out there, but hers is the BEST!

2 tubes refrigerated crescent roll sheet
2 (8oz) packages cream cheese (softened)
1 cup mayonnaise
1 package powdered Ranch dressing mix
1/2 cup chopped broccoli
1/2 cup chopped cauliflower
1/2 cup grated carrots
1 cup grated cheddar
(you can really use whatever veggies: red pepper, olives, etc.)

Lay both sheets of crescent rolls out on sheet cake pan side by side so it looks like a large pizza. Squish seam together. Bake according to package directions. Let cool.

Mix cream cheese, mayo and dressing mix together until smooth. Spread over cooled crust.

Chop veggies and sprinkle over cream mixture.

Top with shredded cheese, if desired.

Enjoy!

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Fresh Blueberry Cheesecake

blueberrycheesecakeWhen it’s blueberry season in Michigan, I just CAN’T get enough of them! And let’s face it, the season is WAY too short! Thankfully, this recipe can be made with fresh OR frozen, so stock up now! Enjoy!

CRUST

1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup ground walnuts or nuts of your choice
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine or 8 tablespoons, melted

Combine all ingredients and press into a sprayed 8 x 8 inch baking pan. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven 10 to 12 minutes. Remove and let cool.

FILLING

1 (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla

Combine ingredients and mix on high for 3 or 4 minutes. Pour over cooled crust. Refrigerate for 3 hours.

 

TOPPING

2 cups fresh blueberries (frozen)
1/2 cup sugar
1 TBS cornstarch
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup water
1 TBL lemon juice

Combine all topping ingredients except lemon juice and bring to boil on top of the stove stirring constantly. Cook for 2 minutes to thicken. Remove from heat, stir in lemon juice and let cool. Pour over cheesecake after it has been refrigerated for 3 hours.

Keep cheesecake chilled.

 

Melt-In-Your-Mouth Lemon Cookies

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What says summer better than a lemon cookie?? This one is top notch. Melts in your mouth and gives you that punch of tartness! YUM!

INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup salted butter, softened
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 tsp fresh lemon zest
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup confectioners sugar (divided)
3 tsp baking powder

INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a large bowl beat butter, cream cheese, lemon zest, and sugar until blended.

Add in egg, vanilla, and lemon juice.

Add in flour, baking powder, and 1/2 cup confectioners sugar. With the mixer on low, gradually beat into creamed mixture.

Using a cookie scoop, scoop dough and then roll in the remaining 1/2 cup of confectioners sugar. Place on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.

Bake until they no longer appear wet on top, 8-11 minutes. After about 5 minutes cooling on the pan (they will be soft!), place on cooling racks to cool completely.

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Homemade Trail Mix

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This can virtually be made with whichever 3-5 ingredients that your family loves, but this is my FAVORITE! This is much more economical than buying the pre-packaged mixes. Especially if you buy the ingredients in bulk.

2 Parts Craisins (dried cranberries)
2 Parts roasted almonds
1 Part dark M&M’s

(that’s what we use…or pick from the list below)

Raisins
Dried fruit – such as apricots, bananas
Peanuts
Dry-Roasted Peanuts
Honey-Roasted Peanuts
Granola
Sunflower Nuts
Fish Crackers

Mix together and put in sealable container or snack-size bags.

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Chocolate Banana Muffins

chocolatebananamuffinsKids and adults LOVE this recipe. What a great thing to have in the house during summer break when no one wants to cook breakfast everyday! They also make a tasty healthier snack!

1 and 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 small ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup egg substitute or 2 eggs
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons liquid coffee creamer (I used vanilla)
1 teaspoon vanilla

1. In large mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder,
baking soda, salt, sugar and cocoa. Set aside.

2. In medium mixing bowl, combine bananas, egg substitute or eggs, oil, creamer and vanilla.

3. Add banana mixture to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened.

4. Spoon batter into greased or paper-lined muffin pans, filling two-thirds full.

5. Bake in preheated 400 degree oven for 15 minutes. Cool in pans 5 minutes.

6. Remove and serve warm or at room temperature.

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