#Ad Bacon Wrapped Smokies Recipe

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Celebrating the holidays with your friends is really fun and it doesn’t have to take away the time you spend with your family. Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday. While I get together with family on the actual holiday, hosting a Friendsiving the weekend before is a super fun tradition. Host your Friendsgiving this year and wow your friends by spicing up your old recipes with Tyson® Brand products from Walmart. Just like this twist on an old Pigs in a Blanket recipe…instead make Bacon Wrapped Smokies!

bacon wrapped smokies

Using delicious Tyson® Brand products from Walmart, I was able to recreate the tried and true Pigs in a Blanket recipe with this lower carb bacon wrapped smokies appetizer. I bought Wright Brand® Bacon (hickory smoked) and Hillshire Farm® Lit’l Smokies® Smoked Sausages. I opted to purchase the beef smokies, but next time I may purchase the Hillshire Farm® Lit’l Smokies® Smoked Sausages that are cheddar filled.

bacon wrapped smokies

Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Ingredients

  • One package Hillshire Farm® Lit’l Smokies® Smoked Sausages
  • 11 slice of Wright Brand® Bacon (Hickory Smoked)
  • 1/4 cup Hot Sauce
  • 3 TBSP Butter, melted
  • Toothpicks

Directions

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet that has sides with foil. Soak your toothpicks in water.

bacon wrapped smokies

(do not skip this step. I do not wan you to potentially have a fire inside your oven. Soak the toothpicks for about 10 minutes)

  • Open your Hillshire Farm® Lit’l Smokies® Smoked Sausages and place them in a bowl. Trust me, you want to do this step too. It makes grabbing those slippery little things much easier!
  • Place a slice of your Wright Brand® bacon on a cutting board and cut it into thirds.

bacon wrapped smokies

  • Next, take one of your Hillshire Farm® Lit’l Smokies® Smoked Sausages and wrap the piece of Wright Brand® Bacon (Hickory Smoked) around it. Secure the Wright Brand® Bacon with a toothpick. Make sure your toothpick goes through both ends of the bacon.
  • Repeat the last step until all of the Hillshire Farm® Lit’l Smokies® Smoked Sausages are wrapped in Wright Brand® Bacon. Place on your baking sheet.

bacon wrapped smokies

  • Place your butter and hot sauce in a microwave safe bowl and heat in the microwave until the butter is completely melted.
  • Using a pastry brush, brush your hot sauce and butter mixture onto each of the bacon wrapped smokies. Flip them over and repeat until they are thoroughly coated.

bacon wrapped smokies

  • Bake in the oven for 25 minutes.
  • Once your timer goes off, remove the bacon wrapped smokies from the oven. At this point you can either add more of the hot sauce and butter mixture or you can just flip them over.
  • Put them in the oven for an additional 12 minutes. With just a little over 4 minutes remaining, turn your broiler on high to crisp the bacon.
  • Place your Wright Brand® Bacon wrapped Hillshire Farm® Lit’l Smokies® Smoked Sausages on a serving dish and serve warm with your favorite dipping sauce. I opted for Ranch!

bacon wrapped smokies

Not only are these bacon wrapped smokies super easy to make, but they are quick too! This allows you to spend more time chatting and playing games (we like to play board games in this house!) at your Friendsgiving! Why slave over a hot stove when you don’t have to! You know what, we all like to impress our friends with tasty recipes. By sticking to tried and true brands like Tyson® Brand foods from Walmart, you can impress all you want and stay within your budget!

bacon wrapped smokies

The nice thing about hosting a Friendsgiving is you can decide to make it a potluck and have each person bring something. I’ve often made an appetizer and offered to make the main course item like Tyson® Cornish Hens. However you choose to do it, everything will be fine because you are there to hang out and have fun with your friends. Another idea, and one I think I will use this year, is to just have appetizers and desserts! You better believe I will be making this appetizer. It is delicious! If you would like them to be a little spicier, simply add more of your favorite hot sauce!

bacon wrapped smokies

What is your favorite dish to bring to a Friendsgiving?

Pumpkin Coffee Cookies with Maple Icing

There are a few things in this world that it seems like everyone goes crazy for and that is anything pumpkin flavored and anything having to do with coffee. I wish I was one of those people. I can’t tell you how many times I see my family go crazy over everything pumpkin spice flavored and I wished I liked it, but I don’t. The same for coffee. I actually cannot stand the smell of coffee. I tolerate it because my husband would walk around with a coffee IV if he could. So for you pumpkin spice, coffee lovers, this recipe for pumpkin coffee cookies with maple icing is all for you!

pumpkin coffee cookies

Pumpkin Coffee Cookies with Maple Icing

Ingredients

Pumpkin Coffee Cookies

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 C sugar
  • 2 C flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 TBSP pumpkin spice coffee grounds
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice extract

Maple Icing

  • 1 package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 TBSP unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 C powder sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp maple flavored extract

Directions

Pumpkin Coffee Cookies

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Blend the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon together in a bowl and set aside.
  3. In a second bowl, using your electric mixer (I’m partial to this KitchenAid hand mixerpumpkin coffee cookies), cream the butter and sugar together until the butter is smooth and light in color. Add one egg at a time while continuing to mix with your electric mixer. Stir in the pumpkin spice extract. Stir well to make sure all ingredients are well blended.
  4. Slowly add in the flour mixture and mix thoroughly. Add the pumpkin spice coffee grounds, stirring to mix well.
  5. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough until 1/4 inch thick. Use a 2-inch circle cookie cutter and place 1-2 inches apart on your lined cookie sheets.
  6. Bake 350 degrees for 19-22 minutes or until the center of the cookie is firm. Allow to slightly cool while on the cookie sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Maple Icing

  1. Using your electric mixer, cream together the cream cheese and butter.
  2. Slowly whip in the powder sugar. Once thoroughly blended, add the vanilla and maple extracts. Mix well to blend all of the ingredients together.
  3. Scoop the icing into a pastry bag with a large tip. Squeeze a thin layer of the frosting on the bottom half of each of the cookie pairs.
  4. Immediately place the other half of the cookie on top of the iced cookie half.

pumpkin coffee cookies

If you are following a gluten free diet, I would replace the regular flour in this pumpkin coffee cookie recipe with your favorite gluten free flour. This is my favorite gluten free flourpumpkin coffee cookies (and this is a great price too!). Everything I’ve made with my gluten free flour turns out just like it would if I would have used regular flour! No one usually knows either!

Will you be making these pumpkin coffee cookies this holiday season?



Sriracha Lime Hummus Appetizer

When I met my husband, I was introduced to foods I never had before. Some I liked and some I didn’t like…like grape leaves. I tried those things every single time they were around and after the 5th time, I finally gave up. I didn’t like grape leaves! But hummus, I love hummus. Whether it’s plain hummus, roasted red pepper hummus or this new sriracha lime hummus recipe. It’s absolutely delicious and adds just the right amount of spice without being too spicy! Perfect appetizer for any get together!

sriracha lime hummus

Sriracha Lime Hummus Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cans of Chickpeas, drained
  • 4 TBSP Lime Juice
  • 1/4 C Sriracha, plus extra for garnish
  • 3 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 1/4 C Cilantro Leaves
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin
  • 1/4 tsp Paprika
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1/2 C Olive Oil

Directions

  1. Using a food processor (I like this Hamilton Beach 10-Cup Food Processorsriracha lime hummus), add the chickpeas, lime juice, Sriracha, minced garlic, cilantro, paprika, and salt.
  2. With your food processor turned on, slowly drizzle in the olive oil.
  3. Spoon into a serving bowl and garnish with additional Sriracha, Olive Oil, lime slices and cilantro leaves.
  4. Serve with pita chips, pita bread, tortilla chips or veggies!

sriracha lime hummus

Doesn’t it look good?!? This Sriracha Lime Hummus would be a perfect appetizer to take to Thanksgiving. Why take the normal, standard appetizers when you can wow your friends and family with something new! Or, better yet, make this for your game day get together! This is one of those appetizers that everyone will like. Whether you choose to serve it with pita chips, pretzels or veggies, it’s a real crowd pleaser!

What’s your favorite appetizer to take to a get together? Does this Sriracha Lime Hummus sound like something your friends and family would enjoy? Please make it and let me know what you think! I hope you and your friends and family like it as much as I do!


Gluten Free Banana Cranberry Muffins

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We are officially in the full swing of things with school. It usually takes a couple weeks to get used to making lunches again and setting an alarm (I set five. I’m so paranoid about over sleeping). While I may not like getting up early Monday through Friday, I do like that I have my daily and weekly routines to fall back on. It’s like my own personal safety net. When we step outside of the routines, I can’t stand it! One of my weekly routines is to make a batch of muffins for the kids. Sometimes I make regular size muffins that they like to eat for breakfast and other times I make a bunch of mini muffins that I put in their lunches for school. This week I made gluten free banana cranberry muffins using the oh so delicious, Ocean Spray® Craisins® Dried Cranberries!

gluten free banana cranberry

Look at all those delicious Craisins® Dried Cranberries right on top! The nice thing about using Craisins® Dried Cranberries is that they don’t sink to the bottom at all! Now you may have noticed that the Ocean Spray® Craisins® Dried Cranberries have seemed to have disappeared from your local Sam’s Club, but no worries! They can still be found at other retailers. I picked mine up at Walmart! With their awesome rollback prices, I was able to get a 24 oz. bag for $4.98!

gluten free banana cranberry

Did you know that 1/4 cup of Ocean Spray® Craisins® Dried Cranberries provided 1/2 cup of fruit?!? So adding this to my already delicious gluten free banana muffins was perfect. They are getting the fruit I want them to have, all while tasting that yummy “zing” that Craisins® Dried Cranberries add to any baked good, salad, or dish you add it to!

Gluten Free Banana Cranberry Muffins

Ingredients

  • 3 Ripe Bananas
  • 1/3 cup Butter, melted
  • 1 Egg
  • Dash of Vanilla
  • 3/4 White Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 1/2 Cups Gluten Free Flour (I use Namaste Gluten Free flour)
  • 3/4 cup Craisins® Dried Cranberries

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350° and place muffin liners in your muffin pan.
  • Using a potato masher, mash your 3 bananas. As you can see in the picture below, I don’t worry about how well it’s mashed. There will be banana chunks.

gluten free banana cranberry

  • Once you have the bananas mashed, add the egg, melted butter and dash of vanilla and mix together.
  • Add in the sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt, and mix well. I like to use the mixer between each addition to insure it is mixed well. Your mixture will be runny. It’s OK!

gluten free banana cranberry

  • Fold in your gluten free flour and mix thoroughly until you can’t see the flour. Your mixture will thicken up nicely. Don’t worry, it’s not too thick! NOTE: if you would prefer to make these using regular flour, just sub in the same amount of your regular flour.

gluten free banana cranberry

  • Next fold in your 3/4 cup of the Craisins® Dried Cranberries. Be sure to really mix those in to insure that there are Craisins® Dried Cranberries throughout!
  • Fill your muffin liners 3/4 of the way full and bake for 24-26 minutes. Since I like to overfill mine, I tend to need closer to 26 minutes.

gluten free banana cranberry

  • Allow the muffins to cool for about 10 minutes in the muffin tin before transferring to a wire rack to completely cool.

Don’t they look good?!? Not only did my house smell so good while they were baking, but my kids came home and devoured one after school, declaring them the best gluten free banana cranberry muffins ever! I cut into one, before they ate it, to show you how good they look!

gluten free banana cranberry

Personally, I think that Ocean Spray® Craisins® Dried Cranberries make everything from salads to baked goods (especially these gluten free banana cranberry muffins!) to dinner recipes taste better! What would you or do you add Craisins® Dried Cranberries to? Go ahead and click here to find more delicious ideas, recipes and a store near you! Pick up a bag today!

Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter Cookies

I am anxiously awaiting our fall weather. It’s coming. We had a tiny preview this weekend. It was glorious! Pretty soon the leaves will be changing all sorts of colors, and let me tell you, if you’ve not been to Michigan during the fall season, plan a trip. It’s the most spectacular thing you will ever see! Besides the beautiful scenery this time of year, you also have the start of football season, which I very much enjoy and everything becomes pumpkin flavored! Including these pumpkin spice peanut butter cookies! You have to make these!

pumpkin spice peanut butter

Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 C Unsalted Butter, room temp.
  • 2 Eggs, room temp.
  • 1 C Peanut Butter
  • 1 TBSP Vanilla
  • 2 1/2 C Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 TBSP Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 C Sugar
  • 1 C Brown Sugar

Directions

  1. Line the cookie sheets with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 375°.
  2. Add the flour, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice and salt to a mixing bowl and set aside.
  3. Using a second mixing bowl, add the brown sugar with the white sugar. On low-medium speed, add the butter to the combined sugars and beat until the mixture is creamy.
  4. In a small bowl, whip the eggs. Slowly pour the eggs into the butter and sugar mixture and beat together until they are well blended.
  5. Now mix in the peanut butter and vanilla until it is completely incorporated.
  6. Slowly begin to scoop in the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix until all is thoroughly blended.
  7. Cover the bowl of cookie dough with cling wrap and place it in the refrigerator for a half hour.
  8. Using a small ice cream scoop, make small dough balls and place them on the parchment paper lined cookie sheets, making sure to space them out at least 2 inches away from each other. Dip a fork into a bowl of sugar and flatten each dough ball, making a crisscross pattern.
  9. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle white sugar on top of each cookie. Allow the cookies to cool slightly on the cookie sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

pumpkin spice peanut butter

Don’t they sound delicious?!? I don’t know about you, but anything peanut butter sounds good to me. For my gluten free friends, please try this recipe with my favorite gluten free flourpumpkin spice peanut butter. You simply substitute it in place of regular flour that a recipe calls for. My kids, who don’t have to eat gluten free, prefer when I make things with the gluten free flour!

What’s your favorite thing about the fall season?