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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No Bake Scotcheroos (Microwavable)

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No Bake Scotcheroos on a White Plate

Microwaving Scotcheroos, a no bake dessert, keeps them soft, chewy, and crispy. Gimme these chocolate, butterscotch, peanut butter, and crispy cereal bars!

Scotcheroos are dessert bars made with rice crispy cereal, sugar, peanut butter, and topped with melted chocolate chips and butterscotch chips. Basically, they are similar to a peanut butter Rice Krispie treat. Not only are they easy to make, but you only need 6 ingredients. Best of all, they are delicious!

Growing up, Scotcheroos were never in my family’s recipe box. Yet, they were the first thing I always went for at potlucks. As I got older, I didn’t want to wait for the next church social to have one. The problem was, I didn’t even know what they were called.

So, I waited until the next potluck, and as fate would have it, someone brought them! I tracked down the neighbor that brought them and begged her for the recipe. Incredulous, she couldn’t believe I’d want such a simple recipe. How would I know it was simple?! Thankfully, she wrote it down for me, and it’s been one of my most treasured recipes since. Truly a childhood favorite!

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Healthy Pumpkin Spice Frappe

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A budget-friendly and healthy Pumpkin Spice Frappe bursting with the fall flavors you love, like real pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice, that’s only 75 calories!

In case you’ve never had it, a pumpkin spice frappe is made by blending coffee ice cubes, milk, and sweetener with classic fall flavors like pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice. To make it even more special, top it with whipped cream and extra pumpkin pie spice.

There’s a reason there’a cult following around this combination. It’s absolutely delicious and addicting. Plus, it feels like fall is giving you a warm hug! Thankfully, with this recipe, you won’t have to wait until fall to have this drink. Now, you can make it whenever the craving hits. With a little prep work, it only takes 5 minutes to make.

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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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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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Low-Carb Brown Sugar Substitute

Low-Carb Brown Sugar Substitute -- Clean Fingers Laynie | This Low-Carb Brown Sugar Substitute takes less than 5 minutes to whip up and requires only 2 ingredients! Great to prep ahead and store in the pantry!
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Low-Carb Brown Sugar Substitute

This Low-Carb Brown Sugar Substitute takes less than 5 minutes to whip up and requires only 2 ingredients! Great to prep ahead and store in the pantry!

Making your own *almost* sugar-free brown sugar is so quick and simple. You only need to mix two ingredients together for 5 minutes, and you have your own low-carb brown sugar substitute.

Since it is so fast and easy to make, you can make it whenever you need it. Alternatively, you can prepare it in advance and keep it in the pantry for whenever the need arises.

If you eat the whole recipe in one sitting, you would consume around 15 calories and 2 net carbs. Most likely, you will not be eating the whole recipe at one time. Even if you did, there is a negligible amount of carbs in this recipe.

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Low-Carb Chocolate Lava Cake

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Spoon and Ramekin of Low-Carb Chcocolate Lava Cake

Do you want know how many times I have made this low-carb chocolate lava cake? Well, I can’t tell you because I stopped counting… I make this single-serving dessert whenever I have a chocolate craving (whether or not I am eating low-carb). It is so rich and delicious you would never know you were eating something with around 2 grams of carbohydrates. Plus, you can make this ooey-gooey chocolate lava cake with less than 7 ingredients in less than 7 minutes!

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Egg, Ham and Cheese Breakfast Bagel

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The key to any mouth-watering bagel sandwich starts with the bagel. My local Kroger store (Smith’s in Utah) freshly bakes several varieties of bagels every morning; these bagels are soft, full of flavor, and very inexpensive (~$0.60 per bagel). The convenience of a nearby delicious bagel that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg–makes these bagels hard to beat!

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