Bacon Cheddar Ranch Cheese Ball

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Bacon Cheddar Ranch Cheese Ball with Crackers

Who doesn’t love a cream cheese ball loaded with bacon, cheddar, ranch seasoning, and green onion? Serve with crackers for a perfect holiday appetizer!

Growing up, our family would eat holiday dinners around 3 p.m. To hold us over until dinnertime, we would put out appetizers to snack on. My mom’s favorite appetizer was always a green onion cheese ball from our local grocery store.

One fateful year, the grocery store was all sold out of the green onion cheese ball. Christmas was all but ruined! To save the day, I was sure I could make it at home. Plus, I was sure I could make it just as well if not better than the store-bought one. Not to brag, but that’s just what I did.

Over the years, this recipe for the Bacon Cheddar Ranch Cheese Ball has become a family favorite. It’s great for entertaining or parties. Even better, it only requires 6 ingredients and only takes 10 minutes to make. I warn you though, it is addicting!

This cheese ball is one of those recipes that’s so easy it doesn’t really need a recipe. But that doesn’t stop my family from asking for it every year. So, Fam, this one is for you!

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Crescent Roll Apple Dumplings

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Crescent Roll Apple Dumplings on White Plate

To make easy Apple Dumplings roll apples in buttery crescent rolls, smother, and bake in a sauce made from butter, sugar, cinnamon and citrus-flavored soda.

Using store-bought crescent dough might be my new favorite way to make quick and easy desserts! It’s probably why they sell out quickly at my grocery store around this time of year. So many other smart people have the same idea! Even though I’m late to the party, it’s truly a game changer.

Last year, I discovered a recipe using crescent roll dough to make apple dumplings. Let’s just say, I made crescent roll apple dumplings 3 TIMES during the last holiday season. That’s seems like a lot when there are so many desserts I want to try. Even better, my family and friends loved these apple dumplings too! After I took the blog photos, my brother was all too happy to take these home with him.

Preparation is so simple, and once they bake, the tops are crusty, the bottoms are gooey, and inside, the apples are the perfect texture. To make them even better serve them with ice cream or whipped cream topping. It’s like eating your own personal apple pie.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse Individual Serving

This no-bake, Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse is a light, fluffy, creamy, and decadent dessert full of festive fall flavors and real pumpkin!

Maybe, it’s just me. But, sometimes, I get SO excited to share a recipe with you! Especially one that tastes like pumpkin cheesecake but that is much friendlier on the waistline. It’s my recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse!

This sweet treat is full of fall flavors like pumpkin, cinnamon, and pumpkin spice. Whipping cream cheese and heavy whipping cream gives this dessert a light and refreshing texture. Meanwhile, the cinnamon graham crackers provide crunch and flavor. It’s so stinking good!

This recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse is easy and delicious. In fact, it only takes 15 minutes to prepare. Yet, this yummy treat is still impressive for entertaining family and friends. They will never guess how fast it is to make.

Bonus: To make this dessert, no cooking is required! Just whip 7 simple ingredients together and chill!

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Cottage Cheese and Crackers

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Creamy cottage cheese, butter crackers, and Salad Supreme Seasoning combine to make a perfect, quick, easy, inexpensive, kid-friendly, snack or meal.

If you’ve ever wondered what to do to with cottage cheese, you’ve come to the right place! Cottage cheese is so versatile, and it can be used in more ways than hidden inside a lasagna.

In 1/2 cup of cottage cheese, there is about 80-100 calories and 14 grams of protein! It’s a filling and satisfying snack for not a lot of calories. Plus, it’s not expensive.

For as long as I can remember, my family loves eating cottage cheese and crackers as a snack or a full meal. My brother especially loves cottage cheese and crackers, and I think he could subsist solely on them if he had to.

Even though they are easy to prepare, I still want to provide you with a quick and easy recipe (that only dirties one spoon)! Let’s get to it.

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Homemade Alfredo Sauce Recipe

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Jarred Alfredo Sauce - Horizontal View

You’re only 15 minutes and 5 pantry ingredients away from homemade Alfredo sauce infused with yummy garlic, butter, heavy cream, cream cheese, and Parmesan.

For as long as I can remember, our family receives laughs and scoffs for keeping a large 3-lb block of cream cheese in our fridge. The reason why: to make this amazing homemade Alfredo sauce whenever we want! Inevitably, once they try this homemade Alfredo sauce recipe, they stop laughing. Because it is so tasty!

It takes just 15 minutes to make, and it’s way better than Olive Garden and the store-bought Alfredo sauces. This sauce was one of the first things I learned to make.

When you don’t know what to make for dinner, this is such an easy recipe to go to. It can be tossed with pasta for fettuccine Alfredo. Or it can be used in a myriad of other ways. See the post below for more ideas!

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Perfect Homemade Air Fryer French Fries

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Perfect Homemade Air Fryer French Fries

Perfect homemade air-fryer french fries are a healthier alternative to the deep fried version, yet they still have crunchy exteriors and soft interiors.

Time after time, I see questions asking how to make homemade french fries well. Thankfully, the folks at America’s Test Kitchen, have perfected the technique. My post and recipe is adapted from their method for Air Fryer French Fries.

While these french fries do take more time and prep, they are some of the best homemade fries I’ve tried (and I’ve tested a LOT)! The outside of the fries are crunchy and golden, but the inside of the fries are soft and tender.

Additionally, they are a healthier alternative to deep frying. Which means you can have them more often, right?

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Air Fryer Grilled Pineapple

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Air frying pineapple spears glazed in a buttery brown sugar and cinnamon coating results in caramelized Air Fryer “Grilled” Pineapple without the grill!

Ever been to a restaurant where they make grilled pineapple? If you haven’t, it is so DANG good! Thankfully, it’s just as easy to do at home! Plus, it’s way less expensive to make it at home.

I should preface this post by saying this is not true “grilled” pineapple since it’s cooked with an air fryer. Although, that’s the beauty of this recipe. No grill is required! However, if you don’t have an air fryer, I provide grilling instructions too.

Another great thing about this recipe is it only requires 4 ingredients! I don’t know about you, but I’m all for recipes with few ingredients.

When pineapple grills, the sugars caramelize and the sweet flavors intensify. Plus, I find cooking in an air fryer keeps the pineapple juicy. This is such a yummy air fryer dessert or snack!

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How to Make Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

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Hawaiian Mixed Plate - Rice, Hawaiian Macaroni Salad, Teriyaki Chicken Thigh, Kalua Pork

Impress your family and friends at your next picnic or luau with this classic Hawaiian Macaroni Salad recipe. It pairs perfectly with any mixed plate meats!

One of my favorite things about a Hawaiian Mixed Plate is the sides! I absolutely love the brown calrose rice and Hawaiian Macaroni Salad. They are the the perfect parings for all the rich meats. Plus, they are delicious on their own. So, I knew I would have to figure out how to do both at home! I’ve found out how to make a great Hawaiian Mac Salad at home, and I can’t wait to share it with you.

Additionally, this recipe for Hawaiian Macaroni Salad is perfect for potlucks, luaus, or other entertaining. Watch it be one of the first things to disappear! It’s so flavorful, rich, and creamy!

While this recipe calls for a short list of ingredients, for best flavor, it requires a few hours of chilling time. So, be sure to plan ahead when bringing this to your next gathering.

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Pineapple Water (Agua de Pina)

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Pineapple Water (Agua de Pina) in Mason Jar

Make sweet, refreshing, and delicious Pineapple Water (or Agua de Pina) at home by simply blending fresh pineapple with water and sweetening with sugar.

Agua de Pina is the Spanish name for Pineapple Water. It was introduced to me by a family member who orders it whenever she goes to her favorite Mexican restaurant. She asked if I could figure out how to make it, and I am happy to oblige!

Another name for pineapple water is Pineapple Agua Fresca (when translated means “fresh water”). Generally, agua fresca is made by combining fruits, grains, or flowers with sugar and water. As the name suggests, pineapple agua fresca is made by blending pineapple with sugar and water.

If I had to describe it, pineapple water tastes like delicious and refreshing kool-aid. Although, you will not find any artificial flavors in this drink! It’s the perfect accompaniment to any Mexican dish. And, it would be perfect for a hot summers day. So, let’s get to it!

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How to Make Homemade Marinara Sauce

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Air Fryer Fried Ravioli Dipped in Homemade Marinara Sauce
Air Fryer Fried Ravioli Dipped in Homemade Marinara Sauce

Have an abundance of tomatoes right now? Use them to make an easy, 7-ingredient, freezer-friendly, Homemade Marinara Sauce! Roasting is the “secret sauce”!

If you have an abundance of garden tomatoes, look no further for a way to use them up! This homemade marinara sauce is a great way to use lots of tomatoes before they go bad. And, it’s is especially delicious with garden fresh tomatoes. To use up all the tomatoes you have on hand, feel free to double or triple the recipe.

One of the reasons I love this recipe so much is because of the intense flavor you get from roasting the tomatoes and garlic in the oven. Plus, it requires very little prep work since the oven does all the cooking! There’s no need to stand over the stove and simmer the tomatoes for hours and hours.

The rest of the marinara ingredients are easy to find and will add delicious flavor to the sauce. Furthermore, this is a no sugar added marinara sauce. So, it is low-carb friendly. For ideas on ways to use the sauce, scroll to the bottom of the post.

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