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cordon bleu pasta bake

Who’s excited for Valentine’s? Don’t forget it’s on Sunday! Which means Saturday night about 9 you’ll find Walgreens and your local grocery store packed full of men looking for last minute gifts!

Instead of battling the crowds (seriously, every year I’m surprised at the lines of people waiting outside in the freezing cold to get into restaurants) I make a dinner and we stay in. This year I’m re-creating our favorite Cordon Bleu Baked Pasta from a local restaurant.

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I stopped by Sam’s Club to pick up what I needed. I grabbed a pack of their fresh chicken breasts, broccoli, mushrooms, Bertolli Alfredo Sauce, a box of Penne pasta, sliced mushrooms, bacon, some strawberries, and somehow a bouquet of flowers made it home with me too.

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Bertolli Alfredo is made with real cream and aged Parmesan and makes the perfect launching spot for this delicious dish.

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You’ll also need green onions, ham, Swiss cheese and Mozerella for this dish.

chicken seasoned

While the water is warming up for the pasta, I went ahead and seasoned the chicken with garlic powder, paprika and salt and pepper.

chicken cooking

Heat up your pan and extra virgin oil olive and cook the chicken while the noodles are cooking.

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While the chicken and noodles are cooking, chop up the ham, bacon, mushrooms, green onions. You can either thinly slice the Swiss cheese or grate it. The Swiss brings the flavor you need to seal the deal on this being a cordon bleu dish.

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Drain the noodles, at the other ingredients and 2 jars of Bertolli Alfredo.  Mix together.

 

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Pour into a sprayed baking dish. Top with Swiss and Mozzarella and bake at 350 for about 30 minutes or until it is bubbly and the cheese starts to brown.

cordon bleu pasta bake

My kids couldn’t wait to try it out. After a few bites my 7 year old exclaimed, “This is what I want for my birthday dinner!”

Cordon Bleu Baked Pasta
Ingredients
  • 1 lb penne noodles, cooked and drained
  • 2 jars Bertoli Alfredo Sauce
  • 3 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped
  • ½ cup chopped ham
  • 5 slices bacon, cooked
  • 5 green onions, chopped
  • ½ cup mushrooms, chopped
  • ½ lb grated Swiss Cheese
  • ½ lb grated Mozzarella Cheese
Instructions
  1. Mix noodles, chicken, alfredo sauce, ham, half of the bacon, half of the green onions, mushrooms, and Swiss cheese. Pour into a greased 9x13" pan. Chop with remaining bacon, green onions and Mozzerella. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes, or until bubble and cheese begins to brown.
 

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What recipes would you like to see created with Bertolli sauces?

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Grandmads-homemade-vanilla-ice-cream Sometimes we all just need a little ice cream. One of my favorite ways to show my kids I love them is by making a fun treat for after school. We got this recipe from my husbands Grandma and it’s a family favorite. Grandma’s Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream is so easy and makes for a special treat. A little break from the apples and carrots that we usually have. We all deserve a treat now and then right?

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I love using Horizon Organic Milk, whipping cream and eggs for my ice cream. Organic dairy just tastes so much better in my opinion.

Grandma's Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
Ingredients
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 3 cups of milk
  • 3 cups of whipping cream
Instructions
  1. Beat eggs and sugar together. Add in vanilla and salt. Then add the milk and beat. Last, add in the whipping cream and whip.
  2. Pour into ice cream machine and listen for it to finish.
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I love my ice cream machine too. It has the freezer bowls to you can freeze them and have ice cream anytime you’re ready.

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Baked BBQ Chicken Sub

A couple Saturdays ago we were enjoying quite the snow storm. My husband and boys spent most of the day shoveling driveways. Needing to feel like I was contributing to their efforts, I wracked my brain trying to come up with something to feed them when they came back inside. It needed to be warm and heart, but no more soup! I had been on a soup kick and they were sick of all my soups! I was making raspberry twist to share with the neighbors when I remembered my mom’s famous BBQ Chicken Sandwiches. We would beg her to make these for us on snowy days.

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I took some of the dough from the Raspberry Twists and formed them into sub shaped blobs. The Raspberry Twists use my favorite roll dough. I use it for cinnamon rolls, Sunday dinner rolls, and Raspberry Twists so I knew it would be good. I make these buns pretty flat and a little wide so there isn’t too much thickness, but enough surface space to stack all the goodness. Let raise then baked at 350 till golden brown.

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When they finish baking they looked something like this.

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While the buns are raising and baking I sliced and cooked the chicken. Once the chicken is cooked add your favorite BBQ sauce.

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About this time, my boys had returned and boy were they hungry. To make these sandwiches we let everyone pick their topping, wrap the sandwich in foil and bake until the cheese is melted. So go ahead and build your sandwich right on the foil. First, I added mushrooms.

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Then some slices of green peppers.

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Followed by the BBQ chicken.

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And topped off with grated cheese. You can add mayo or Miracle Whip if you’re into that.

 

BBQ Chicken Sandwich

Then wrap up your sandwich and write your name on the foil with a Sharpie. Throw them back in the oven until the cheese is melted. How long it takes depends on how hot your bread and chicken are to start with it usually takes between 5-20 minutes.. Just check and when the cheese is melted you are ready to eat!

Baked BBQ Chicken Sub

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Hi everyone, it’s Kimberly from Get Away Today. I’m so excited to be on the Crafting Chicks sharing fun Disney and vacation ideas. Getting ready for a Disneyland vacation is almost as fun as going on one. We surprised our kids at Christmas with a spring time Disneyland vacation and we have had so much fun “getting ready” by watching Disney movies, playing Disney games, and making Disney recipes. Luckily, our blog, Packed with Fun, is just that, packed with fun ideas to get your family excited for an upcoming vacation. I compiled three of our most popular Disney inspired recipes. They are simple, cute, tasty, and guaranteed to get your family excited about your Disneyland vacation.

Three Easy Recipes to Make Before Your Disneyland Vacation

Mickey Pop Tarts

Ingredients:

Ready made pie crust (or your favorite recipe)

Your Favorite jam

Butter

Frosting and Sprinkles (optional)

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Start by taking your pie crust and cutting out an equal number of Mickey heads with a cookie cutter.

Put your favorite jam on one Mickey head at a time. Cover it with another Mickey head and use a fork to seal the edges.

Butter the tops of the Mickeys and bake them at 400 degrees in a preheated oven.

Decorate with frosting and sprinkles to add a little more flare and flavor.

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It’s our version of a Character Breakfast at home!

Mickey and Minnie Oreos

Ingredients:

Double Stuf Oreos (make sure they’re Double Stuf)

Mini Oreos

Red and/or pink melting chocolate

White decorating pearls

Dipping

Start by separating your Mini Oreos and licking scraping off the cream to make your Mickey or Minnie ears. Stick them into the top of your Double Stuf Oreos to create a Mickey head effect. Dip the bottom half of each cookie into the melted chocolate. Use red for Mickey and pink for Minnie. Then, add decorating pearls. Two pearls side by side on a red cookie make a Mickey, and a few polka-d0ts make Minnie’s dress.

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We’re sure these will be a hit at your house!

Lime Mickeys

Ingredients:

Sprite or 7up

1 Packet of Grape Kool-Aid

2 c. Sugar

1 c. Water

Fresh limes

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Start by making your grape syrup by dissolving two cups sugar into one cup of water in a saucepan over medium heat. Once it’s dissolved, bring it to a boil for a few minutes, then remove the mixture from the heat and stir in one packet of grape Kool-Aid until it’s completely dissolved. Move your syrup into a container that’s good for both pouring and storage. Next, slice your limes into circles with one small slit going towards the center (see below). Add your limes to a glass to make Lime Mickey ears, then make your drink by adding some ice, soda, a little syrup and fresh lime juice to taste.

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Ahhhhhh… it’s as refreshing as it is adorable.

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Favorite One Pot Meals - pasta, vegetables, chicken, beef, chili, alfredo, lasagna, mac and cheese, lemon, spaghetti - So many great recipes!

Dinner time again?  What are you making?  We’ve got a round up of our Favorite One Pot Meals for you today.  Your family is going to love how yummy they are and you are going to love how easy they are!  Enjoy!

One Pot Meals

Chicken Au Gratin Chowder from The Crafting Chicks

Favorite One Pot Meals - pasta, vegetables, chicken, beef, chili, alfredo, lasagna, mac and cheese, lemon, spaghetti - So many great recipes!

Balsamic Chicken and Veggies from Cooking Classy

Favorite One Pot Meals - pasta, vegetables, chicken, beef, chili, alfredo, lasagna, mac and cheese, lemon, spaghetti - So many great recipes!

Hamburger Harvest Soup from The Crafting Chicks

Favorite One Pot Meals - pasta, vegetables, chicken, beef, chili, alfredo, lasagna, mac and cheese, lemon, spaghetti - So many great recipes!

Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta with Baby Kale from Spoonful of Flavor

Creamy Lemon Chicken

Chicken Noodle Bake from The Crafting Chicks

Chicken Noodle Bake

Tortellini and Sausage in Tomato Cream Sauce from Yellow Bliss Road

Tortellini and Sausage

Chili Mac and Cheese from A Simple Pantry

Chili Mac and Cheese

One Pot Lasagna from Damn Delicious

One Pot Lasagna

Easy Fettuccine Alfredo from No. 2 Pencil

Easy Fettuccine

One Pot Spaghetti from Kitchen Nostalgia

One Pot Spaghetti

Italian Sausage Tortellini from Kevin & Amanda

Italian Sausage Tortellini

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese from Bless This Mess

Creamy Mac and Cheese

Quick Chili Pasta from Jo Cooks

Quick Chili Pasta

Spicy Thai Noodles from Domestic Superhero

Spicy Thai Noodles

Chicken Alfredo from Kitchen Meets Girl

Chicken Alfredo


Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookies

Christmas season isn’t complete without a batch of sugar Christmas cookies! My very favorite cookie recipe is the William-Sonoma Valentine Sugar Cookie. I enjoy baking the cookies, and my sister prefers to do the decorating, so we make a great team!

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To create the reindeer, stocking, tree, and snowflake cookies we’ll need white, red, black and green frosting.. After cookies have cooled, use the Wilton Royal Icing Mix and Wilton Color Right drops to create the colors.

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To make the reindeer cookies we turned the little gingerbread man upside down. Give him a red nose, white ears, and black antlers.

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Pipe edges and then flood cookies with the same color. Use Wilton sprinkles to decorate, or pipe more icing to get the look you want.

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Use a toothpick to pop air bubbles in the icing and to help create decorations.

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Gooey Chex Mix

One of my favorite treats to make is this Gooey Chex Mix. It is super easy and quick, but is so yummy. It makes a great treat to share for parties or snacking. Believe me, you’ll want to share cause you could eat the whole batch yourself, it’s that good.

Gooey Chex Mix
This yummy treat will be a crowd favorite. Make it to share for your next party or get together.
Ingredients
  • 6 cups of Rice or Corn Chex
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 2 cups nuts (I use slivered almonds)
  • 6 cups Golden Grahams Cereal
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup white corn syrup
  • ¾ cup butter (make sure you use butter no substitutions)
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl mix the Chex, coconut, nuts, and Golden Grahams. Set aside.
  2. In a pan mix the sugar, corn syrup, and butter. Bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes stirring constantly. Pour over cereal mixture, and mix well. Pour out onto waxed paper to let cool.
I always watch for cereal sales so I can stock up and make this anytime I need it. Where would you take this tasty treat?

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Moist fudge brownies topped with a cool and sweet peppermint frosting.

Peppermint Fudge Brownies: A Festive Treat | The Crafting Chicks

Hey there Crafty Readers! I’m super excited to be here with you today sharing my favorite brownie recipe with a new twist. My boys love cooking in the kitchen with me and they request these brownies on a regular basis. I love the recipe because it is so easy to make and is a good one to have young bakers help with (and they taste really good too)!

The other day we had a Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake from Chick-fil-A; if you haven’t had one yet you have to try it! As we were enjoying our shakes we were talking about what we wanted to do the rest of the day and they mentioned they wanted to cook something. That’s when I thought; why not combine two of my favorite things into one sweet treat. When we got home we made a batch of our brownies. While they were baking we made a few changes to the frosting. We took out the cocoa powder and added peppermint oil (I just used my EOs but if you have peppermint extract you can use that too) and crushed up candy canes. The key with these brownies and the frosting is to add the frosting after the brownies have been out of the oven 5-10 minutes. You want that peppermint goodness flavor to soak into the brownies.

Peppermint Fudge Brownies: A Festive Treat | The Crafting Chicks

These brownies turned out better than I could have imagined. We took a batch to a family party last week and they were gone in seconds. If you are looking for a festive treat to take to a get together this season (or any time of year really) whip up a batch of these Peppermint Chocolate Brownies; your guests will thank you!

Peppermint Fudge Brownies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tsp vanilla
  • Frosting:
  • ¼ cup evaporated milk
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 3 drops peppermint oil
  • 6 full size candy canes, crushed
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Mix butter and cocoa powder until fully combined.
  3. Add sugar and flour and mix until combined.
  4. Alternate adding 1 egg and 1 tsp vanilla mixing in between.
  5. Pour in a greased 9x13 pan
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean in the middle.
  7. Frosting:
  8. Mix milk, butter and peppermint oil until smooth (about 2 minutes)
  9. Add in chopped candy canes and mix until completely combined.
  10. Frost brownies.

Peppermint Fudge Brownies: A Festive Treat | The Crafting Chicks

Do you love the Peppermint Chocolate Chip Shake at Chick-fil-A? What’s your favorite fast food or restaurant recipe you wish you could make at home?

If you liked this recipe you may like these others too:

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Tootsie Roll Brownies | Tastefully Frugal Tootsie Roll Brownies


All things peppermint! Ice cream, mints, cheesecake, bark, egg nog, milkshake, popcorn, cake, brownie, oreo, hot chocolate, extract, sugar scrub, bath salts, bath bomb and so much more! Yum!

We love all things peppermint!  Brownies, ice cream, cheesecake, hot chocolate, cookies… even sugar scrubs, bath salts, bath bombs and candy bowls!  We are so excited to share some of our most favorite peppermint recipes with you!  Enjoy!

All Things Peppermint – Recipes

Candy Cane Brownies from The Crafting Chicks

All things peppermint! Ice cream, mints, cheesecake, bark, egg nog, milkshake, popcorn, cake, brownie, oreo, hot chocolate, extract, sugar scrub, bath salts, bath bomb and so much more! Yum!

Cookie Cutter Peppermint Bark from The Girl Who Ate Everything

All things peppermint! Ice cream, mints, cheesecake, bark, egg nog, milkshake, popcorn, cake, brownie, oreo, hot chocolate, extract, sugar scrub, bath salts, bath bomb and so much more! Yum!

Peppermint Bark Cheesecake from Lil’ Luna

Peppermint Bark Cheesecake

Peppermint Oreo Milkshake from Belle of the Kitchen

All things peppermint! Ice cream, mints, cheesecake, bark, egg nog, milkshake, popcorn, cake, brownie, oreo, hot chocolate, extract, sugar scrub, bath salts, bath bomb and so much more! Yum!

Peppermint Meringue Cookies from Mom’s Dish

All things peppermint! Ice cream, mints, cheesecake, bark, egg nog, milkshake, popcorn, cake, brownie, oreo, hot chocolate, extract, sugar scrub, bath salts, bath bomb and so much more! Yum!

Peppermint Eggnog Punch from Your Home Based Mom

Peppermint Eggnog Punch

Peppermint Red Velvet Cake Roll from The Kitchn

Peppermint Red Velvet Cake Roll

Peppermint Patties from The Gunny Sack

Peppermint Patties

Peppermint Popcorn from The Crafting Chicks

Peppermint Popcorn

Peppermint Brownies from Sweet C’s Designs

Peppermint Brownies

Oreo Peppermint Crunch Cookies from Inside Bru Crew Life

Oreo Peppermint Crunch Cookies

Homemade Hot Chocolate & Peppermint Cream from Simply Kierste

Homemade Hot Chocolate and Peppermint Cream

Candy Cane Peppermint Puppy Chow from Daily Dish Recipes

Candy Cane Peppermint Puppy Chow

Peppermint Bark Oreos from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

Peppermint Bark Oreos

Peppermint Crunch Ice Cream Pie from Six Sisters Stuff

Peppermint Crunch Ice Cream Pie

Peppermint Candy Ice Cream from Snail Pace Transformations

Peppermint Candy Ice Cream

Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Dip from A Pumpkin and A Princess

Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Dip

Holiday Peppermint Bark from Fork Knife Swoon

Holiday Peppermint Bark

Snowflake Peppermint Bark from Baked by Rachel

Snowflake Peppermint Bark

All Things Peppermint – Gift Ideas

All things peppermint! Ice cream, mints, cheesecake, bark, egg nog, milkshake, popcorn, cake, brownie, oreo, hot chocolate, extract, sugar scrub, bath salts, bath bomb and so much more! Yum!

DIY Peppermint Extract from The Rising Spoon

Homemade peppermint extract

Peppermint Bath Salts from The Frugal

Peppermint Bath Salts

Peppermint Sugar Scrub from Here Comes the Sun

Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Peppermint Body Butter from My Frugal Adventures

Homemade Peppermint Body Butter

Peppermint Bath Bombs from Moments with Mandi

Peppermint Bath Bombs

DIY Peppermint Candy Bowl from Princess Pinky Girl

DIY Peppermint Candy Bowl

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Happy holidays, friends! We are closing in on Christmas and these easy, no bake Holly Jolly Cookie Sticks are a delicious way to celebrate the season!

Holly Jolly Cookie Sticks are the perfect no bake treat for family, friends and neighbors! Vanilla filled cookie sticks are dipped in white chocolate and decorated with festive holly sprinkles!

Keri from Shaken Together here and I’m sure it’s no surprise that I am back with another easy peasy no bake treat! I love to bake and cook, don’t get me wrong. But I take great pleasure in putting together something delicious that is done from start to finish in less than 15 minutes!  And these cute Holly Jolly Cookie Sticks certainly fit the bill!

Bonus – there are only 3 ingredients!!

  • Pirouette French Vanilla Cookies
  • Vanilla Candiquik
  • Holly Sprinkles

Holly Jolly Cookie Sticks are the perfect no bake treat for family, friends and neighbors! Vanilla filled cookie sticks are dipped in white chocolate and decorated with festive holly sprinkles!

First, prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Heat the Candiquik according to package directions.

Use a spoon to spoon melted Candiquik onto the cookie sticks – make sure to leave about 1 1/2 inches of the cookie stick with no chocolate so you can handle the cookie sticks.

Holly Jolly Cookie Sticks are the perfect no bake treat for family, friends and neighbors! Vanilla filled cookie sticks are dipped in white chocolate and decorated with festive holly sprinkles!

I used tweezers to place the holly sprinkles on the cookie sticks, but they’re not required. It just made it a little easier to see where I was placing the sprinkles. I love the detail on the holly leaves and the bright red berries!

Holly Jolly Cookie Sticks are the perfect no bake treat for family, friends and neighbors! Vanilla filled cookie sticks are dipped in white chocolate and decorated with festive holly sprinkles!

Once all of the Holly Jolly Cookie Sticks are decorated, allow them to set. You can pop the sheet tray in your refrigerator to speed up the setting.

Holly Jolly Cookie Sticks are the perfect no bake treat for family, friends and neighbors! Vanilla filled cookie sticks are dipped in white chocolate and decorated with festive holly sprinkles!

Serve these with coffee or cocoa at your holiday parties and your guests will rave over the crispy cookie sticks filled with vanilla cream and covered in festive holly sprinkles!

Holly Jolly Cookie Sticks would make a pretty addition to your holiday cookie platter, too!

And they make SUCH cute gifts! Just slide a cookie stick into a cellophane pretzel bag and tie it closed with red/white twine.

Holly Jolly Cookie Sticks are the perfect no bake treat for family, friends and neighbors! Vanilla filled cookie sticks are dipped in white chocolate and decorated with festive holly sprinkles!

I can’t wait to see you all in the New Year … hope your holidays are merry, your family blessed and your time together absolutely wonderful!

More delicious holiday treats!

Cookies for Santa Snack Mix from Shaken Together!

Cookies for Santa Snack Mix

Santa will put you on his nice list when you leave these easy, no bake Milk & Cookies Bark for him on Christmas Eve!

Milk & Cookies Bark

Mini Eggnog Pudding Pies from Shaken Together

Mini Eggnog Pudding Pies



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