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    Better than Cracker Barrel Apple Cider BBQ Chicken

    So…. all good things come to end, right? NOT THIS ONE Y’ALL! My husband and I were at Cracker Barrel a couple weeks ago and we discovered…. TO MY HORROR… that they had discontinued their Apple Cider BBQ Chicken! SAY WHAT?! Well… when a restaurant discontinues my favorites I do not rest until I have figured out how to make something equally delicious at home. So that’s what we did. After tweaking and mashing a few recipes together, this is what I came up with. BETTER than Cracker Barrel Apple Cider BBQ Chicken.

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    Cheesy Sweet and Sour Meatloaf

    I bet if you asked my mother if she ever thought I would like meatloaf, it would be a resounding “never.” I don’t think she ever made meatloaf, and it’s a good thing because I probably wouldn’t have touched it with a ten foot pole. But, sometimes, you just have to find the right tweaks and combinations to transform something into deliciousness. This is a prime example of that. This recipe is the golden exception when it comes to meatloaf. It’s actually one of my favorite meals and even my husband, who is very leery of meatloaf because of the potential for under cooked meat, is all on board with…

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    Applebee’s Boneless BBQ Wings

    Before I met my husband, Applebee’s was my favorite place to eat and Boneless Honey BBQ wings were my favorite menu item. In spite of their high calorie status, I was a faithful, weekly customer during their half price appetizer hours. Then, Mark and I started dating and I found out he didn’t eat at restaurants that serve alcohol. After my initial panic while considering a lifetime without the plethora of restaurants I was used to, I decided that Mark was worth giving up everything from Applebee’s to Olive Garden and more. 🙂 As it turns out, it really has not been that big of a deal. So, for the…

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    Gobs: A Tribute to the North

    Most people call them “Whoopie Pies”, but where I’m from, they’re “Gobs.” Gobs of chocolate and gobs of cream, gobs of deliciousness, and gobs of memories. The sight of a Gob does more than make my mouth water. It invokes a flood of sweet childhood memories like the elation of toddling into a kitchen to find Mom baking them, and seeing all those chocolate cookies lying eye level across the table. Or Mom setting aside that last little bit of dough for me to use in my Easy Bake Oven. And tea parties with the people remodeling our house always included Gobs. In fact, I thought Mom made them just…

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    Neopolatin Waffles

    Chocolate waffles… fresh strawberries…. whipped cream! Oh my! Oh… and don’t forget the chocolate maple syrup! This is one of the most delightful breakfasts! A real treat for your husband or family on a special occasion! While it is super easy to fix, I would recommend it for a Saturday, or a morning when you will not be any hurry. Why? Because it’s so pretty you need time to enjoy it! Space Space Space Ingredients 2 cups Buttermilk Pancake & Waffle Mix (Just Add Water) We use generic and it works great! 1 1/4 cups water 1/4 cup Pure Canola Oil 1 egg 3/4 cup Chocolate flavored hazelnut spread, divided…

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    Maple Bacon Pancake

    Bacon is not something we have frequently because it is astronomically expensive, but, when we do have it, we use it to create divine luxuries such as… The MAPLE BACON PANCAKE! Hello sweet and salty breakfast! This is one of those recipes that never gets old and that is a good thing because it’s quick and easy, you will be tempted to throw it together all the time!   Maple Bacon Pancake Ingredients: 4 oz. bacon (but the more the better! YUM!) 1 cup baking mix 1 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1/2 cup milk 1/4 cup of maple syrup 2 TBSP of white sugar 2 eggs Directions Preheat oven…

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    Cheesy Ham & Hashbrown Casserole

    In a perfect world I would make my husband breakfast every morning. He would start his day like a King with a platter of wonder before him. But… we don’t live in a perfect world. We have busy schedules and time does not permit such royal treatment. There are times for the occasional special breakfast that requires time and attention to detail, but most days its cereal or…. cereal. I know that gets kind of boring so I do try to make up for it here and there. The most helpful recipes are those that I can whip together or mix up the night before, and pop into the oven…

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    Buffalo Chicken Strips

    YUM!  These are just like eating them out of a pizza shop or restaurant! And so much cheaper!!! Before these, I had never fried chicken before. This recipe was so enlightening and made me feel like fried chicken recipes were not so far out of my league as I once believed. A tip for frying anything with breading: Double dip in batter and breading and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes prior to frying. This helps the batter stick better to the chicken. Ingredients: oil for deep frying 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1 egg…

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    Loaded Potato Balls

    Hellooooooo bite-size loaded potato goodness! If you have been reading this blog, you know that last week I featured “Cheesy Ranch Potatoes” which… I still haven’t come up with a name for. Well… today is the heavenly transformation of the leftovers from those potatoes. Think “Arby’s Loaded Potato Bites” better by 1000%.  If you have never had Arby’s Loaded Potato Bites, you are an unfortunate creature, especially since they discontinued them a long time ago. I have despaired at their drive-thru every time I’ve gone there ever since… “Oh ARBY’S! WHY oh WHY did you get rid of the BEST THING on your menu!?” To fill you in though, they…

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    Cheesy Ranch Potatoes

     Invented, tweaked, and hubby approved- All I need now is a “blow-you-away name” for these heavenly taters! Tonight, my husband and I had Ranch Chicken and Cheesy Ranch Potatoes to go with it. The Ranch Chicken needs some tweaking so discussion on it is going to have to wait until we have all of that figured out. The potatoes on the other hand were a success. I invented these several years ago while I was single, believe it or not. I know… crazy. I was making “Ultimate Loaded Potatoes” in one of my random “prepare to be a wife someday” moments and thought… why am I messing with the skins?…