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Broccoli Cheese Spread

Broccoli Cheese Spread

Broccoli Cheese Spread is such a simple recipe but it’s so amazingly good. You absolutely need this quick and easy appetizer recipe in your arsenal. I mean could there be a more classic combination than broccoli and cheese? I don’t think so! Just try it […]

Chicken Wing Dip

Chicken Wing Dip

Alright let’s just cut to the chase here! This next recipe is called Chicken Wing Dip NOT “Buffalo” Chicken Wing Dip. You don’t call them “Buffalo” wings if you actually live in Buffalo. The Buffalo part is just assumed cause everyone knows that when it […]

Tropical Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Tropical Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Raise your hand if you could use a little more fruit in your life. Well our Tropical Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips is here to help you with that. Fruit Salsa makes the perfect appetizer or snack for summer because it’s so light and refreshing. You’ll be shoveling this stuff in your mouth by the spoonful. But don’t miss out on the cinnamon chips! They bake up sweet, crispy, and delicious and make the perfect vessel for this colorful fruit medley. The tropical fruit blend is a surefire winner, but you can also shake it up a bit and swap out for whatever fruit combinations you like. Bananas, blueberries, or blackberries are a great place to start experimenting.

Here’s all you’ll need: strawberries, navel orange, kiwi, crushed pineapple, lemon juice, sugar, flour tortillas, butter, sugar, and ground cinnamon.

Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips ingredients list

You’re gonna love this recipe because it’s super easy and can even be prepped ahead of time. Let’s start by prepping the fruit. Chop the strawberries, orange, and kiwi. The kiwi will need to be peeled first, of course.

Strawberries chopped on a cutting board.

Combine all 4 fruits in a large mixing bowl. Toss in the diced strawberries, orange chunks, kiwi, and crushed pineapple. Be sure to drain the crushed pineapple well otherwise the mixture will be soggy. Run the pineapple through a strainer or even squeeze the juice out with your hands if you have to.

Diced strawberries, navel orange chunks, kiwi chunks, and crushed pineapple in a large glass mixing bowl.

Add the lemon juice and 1-1/2 teaspoons of sugar to the bowl and then mix it all up. Isn’t that just gorgeous?!? Refrigerate fruit salsa until ready to serve.

Lemon juice and sugar being stirred into the fruit mixture.

Our sugary sweet cinnamon coated chips are up next! Combine the cinnamon and 1/3 sugar in a small bowl.

Cinnamon and sugar mixed together in a small glass bowl.

Brush both sides of an 8-inch tortilla with melted butter. Sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mixture to cover. Then cut each tortilla into 8 wedges using a sharp knife or pizza cutter. Place the wedges on a parchment lined baking sheet. You can spray with cooking spray if you don’t have parchment paper laying around. But seriously, don’t be late to the party. Parchment paper comes in handy all.the.dang.time!

8 inch flour tortilla brushed with melted butter and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar mixture.

Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 12-14 minutes or until just crisp. Thirteen minutes was right on the money to get that perfectly crunchable chip for my oven. Grab one to sample if you’re not sure! Ok maybe grab two to sample. No judgment!! I had to run a couple of batches to get all the chips to fit.

Cinnamon chips on a parchment lined baking sheet hot out of the oven.

Serve the cinnamon chips with the Tropical Fruit Salsa and go to town baby!!! Seriously get after it! When you’re finished with this recipe, make sure you check out our Banana Split Cake! Just another tasty treat that’ll have you licking the bowl clean.

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Tropical Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

July 21, 2019
: 2-1/2 cups salsa and 80 chips
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1 medium navel orange, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 medium kiwifruit, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 can (8 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • CINNAMON CHIPS:
  • 10 flour tortillas (8 inches each)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Directions
  • Step 1 Chop the strawberries, orange, and kiwi. The kiwi will need to be peeled first, of course. Drain the pineapple.
  • Step 2 Combine all 4 fruits in a large mixing bowl. Toss in the diced strawberries, orange chunks, kiwi, and crushed pineapple. Add the lemon juice and 1-1/2 teaspoons of sugar to the bowl. Toss to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Step 3 Combine the cinnamon and 1/3 cup sugar in a small bowl. Brush both sides of an 8-inch tortilla with melted butter. Sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mixture to cover. Then cut each tortilla into 8 wedges using a sharp knife or pizza cutter.
  • Step 4 Place the wedges on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 12-14 minutes or until just crisp. Remove from the baking sheet and cool.
  • Step 5 Serve the cinnamon chips with the fruit salsa and enjoy!

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Spinach Artichoke Dip

Spinach Artichoke Dip

If Spinach Artichoke Dip is involved then you can count me in people! It’s pretty much one of my main weaknesses. I just can’t say no to this luscious, creamy, absolutely delicious dip. I’ve tried all the recipes, the restaurant knock offs, the crockpot versions, […]

Pizza Pinwheels

Pizza Pinwheels

If you’ve never made Pizza Pinwheels then you’re truly missing out! This bitesize, crowd pleasing appetizer is totally irresistible, super easy to make and tastes just like pizza. Loads of pepperoni and mozzarella are wrapped up inside a tender, flaky crescent dough crust. These mini […]

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Broccoli Cheese Soup is pretty much at the top of everyone’s favorite soup list! This popular soup is made with basic ingredients but is just SO tasty. Today I’m sharing with you my go to Broccoli Cheese Soup recipe. It really hits the spot on a cold winter day (and we got some 11 degree temps headed our way this weekend so I know what I’m talking about). This soup is thick, creamy, and downright irresistible if you ask me. Pair with some crusty French bread or a hot pressed panini and you’ve got yourself a comforting meal.

Here’s all you’ll need: carrots, broccoli, celery, onion, butter, flour, chicken broth, milk, and Velveeta cheese.

Broccoli Cheese Soup ingredients

Let’s start by prepping all the delicious veggies. Chop up 2 cups of broccoli and slice ups those carrots and celery as well. Toss them in a large soup pot and fill with enough water to cover the vegetables. Bring the pot to a boil on a stovetop and continue to cook for 5 minutes or until the tender-ish. The broccoli should turn a bright and vibrant green when it’s ready. So pretty! Drain the vegetables in a colander and set aside.

Soup pot filled with broccoli, carrots, and celery.

Next using that same soup pot (oh hey guys! Did I mention this is a one pot meal???) saute the chopped onion  in butter over medium heat. Melt the butter first then add in the onions. Cook and stir until they’re nice and tender. I’m not a fan of raw onions so I like there to be zero crunch when I’m done.

Onions sautéed in butter in a large soup pot on the stove.

Once you’ve got that situation under control, stir in the flour to form a paste. The flour will act as our thickening agent for our Broccoli Cheese Soup. We’re working towards a nice, thick and creamy (and don’t forget cheesy) soup base.

Flour added to the mixture to form a thick paste.

Gradually add the milk and chicken broth to the flour paste. I like to mix in the liquids about 1/2 to 1 cup at a time stirring in between each addition to keep the soup base as silky smooth as possible.

Milk being poured into a soup pot.

Continue to cook over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until the mixture thickens. Stir frequently as the mixture cooks. It’s ok if it bubbles or boils, but the hotter it gets, the more you’ll want to stir. Just keep stirring!

Soup base cooking on the stovetop to thicken.

Next stir in the vegetables and heat through.

Broccoli, carrots, and celery are added back to the soup pot.

Last but certainly not least, add in that cheese please!!! The cheese will melt faster if you cube it. Turn your heat down to low and stir the soup until the cheese is 100% all the way completely melted.

Velveeta cheese cubes stirred into the soup until melted.

Are you drooling over this Broccoli Cheese Soup yet?!? Cause I am!!! Nom nom nom just get in my belly already!! We’ve got LOTS of soups to keep you warm this winter. Have you tried our Hearty Cheeseburger Soup or Best Ever Zuppa Toscana??? Get to it!

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Broccoli Cheese Soup

January 17, 2019
: 8 servings
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 2 cups sliced fresh carrots
  • 2 cups broccoli florets, chopped
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (10-1/2 ounces) condensed chicken broth, undiluted
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/2 pound process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
Directions
  • Step 1 Add the chopped broccoli, sliced carrots, and celery to a large soup pot. Fill with enough water to cover the vegetables. Bring the pot to a boil on a stovetop and continue to cook for 5 minutes or until the tender.
  • Step 2 Next using that same soup pot, saute the chopped onions in butter over medium heat until tender. Stir in the flour to form a paste.
  • Step 3 Gradually add the milk and chicken broth to the flour paste. I like to mix in the liquids about 1/2 to 1 cup at a time stirring in between each addition.
  • Step 4 Continue to cook over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until the mixture thickens. Stir frequently as the mixture cooks. It’s ok if it bubbles or boils, but the hotter it gets, the more you’ll want to stir.
  • Step 5 Next stir in the vegetables and heat through. Add in the cheese cubes. Turn the heat down to low and stir the soup until the cheese is completely melted. Enjoy!

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Ham and Cheese Bites

Ham and Cheese Bites

Our Ham and Cheese Bites make the cutest lil appetizer ever! This tasty bitesize snack works great for Easter brunch and doubles as a wonderful appetizer for Easter dinner too. They’re also perfect for after school snacking. Little fingers won’t be able to resist this […]

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Ball

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Ball

Soooo….you know I love me a good no bake last minute recipe! With the Super Bowl less than a week away, I wanted to bring you this super easy, super delicious party snack. Just because a recipe comes together quickly doesn’t mean it can’t be […]

Cheesy Pizza Dip

Cheesy Pizza Dip

It’s no secret that I love ALL things pizza!! I’ll take it in any way, shape or form….JUST GIMME ALL THE PIZZA!!!! No really. All that gooey, cheesy goodness gives me heart eyes. And our Cheesy Pizza Dip is no exception! It’s the perfect party app to serve on game day and a must make for your Super Bowl party. Heck! This super easy dip is the best way to get ANY party started! Did I mention it can be prepped ahead of time too? Toss it in the oven when your guests arrive and it’s ready in no time. Don’t be surprised when it disappears before kickoff. For real….you better go try some before it’s gone!

Here’s all you’ll need: cream cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, shredded mozzarella, shredded cheddar, pizza sauce, chopped green pepper, chopped red pepper, and tortilla chips for serving.

Cheesy Pizza Dip ingredients list

In a small bowl combine the softened cream cheese, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder. Mix with a hand mixer on medium speed until smooth and creamy. I’m so not one of those people that has my cream cheese softened ahead of time. I just can’t get my act together like that! 30 seconds in the microwave will do the trick!

Softened cream cheese, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder mixed with a hand mixer in a small bowl.

Grease a pie plate with cooking spray. Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly into the bottom of the pie plate. I know what you’re thinking…pizza with no crust?!? But trust me!! Cheesy Pizza Dip is delicious even sans crust! You won’t even miss it.

Cream cheese mixture spread evenly in a pie plate.

Combine the cheeses. Mix em up really good. Now sprinkle half of the cheese mixture on top of the cream cheese. I’m pretty sure I couldn’t live without cheese! The loves in my life are like Hubby…Puppies….Cheese!!! And not necessarily in that order.

Shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese are sprinkled over the cream cheese mixture to cover completely.

Spoon pizza sauce over top of the cheese. Spread evenly to cover.

Pizza sauce being spooned over the cheese.

Then top with green and red peppers. Or skip it for all you picky eaters out there! It’ll still be pretty yummy even without them. I’ve even made this with peppers only on half to accommodate different tastes. But I’m all for both kinds. Load it up!

Chopped green and red peppers are placed on top of the pizza sauce.

Sprinkle with the remaining cheese to cover. Cause you can never have enough cheese!!!

More shredded mozzarella and cheddar are added to cover the peppers and sauce.Bake Cheesy Pizza Dip uncovered in a 350 degree preheated oven for 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Cool for 5 minutes before serving. Tostitos make the best dippers! You know the scoop kind so you can get a nice heaping spoonful in your chip. This also goes well with breadsticks or toasted baguette rounds. Bonus points for the best cheese pull!! In need of some more great party apps? Check out our Spinach Artichoke Dip or Pizza PinwheelsCheesy Pizza Dip by Happylifeblogspot.com #appetizer #pizzadip #diprecipe #hotappetizer #partyfood

Cheesy Pizza Dip

January 25, 2018
: 14
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper
  • Tortilla chips or breadsticks for serving
Directions
  • Step 1 In a small bowl combine the softened cream cheese, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder. Mix with a hand mixer on medium speed until smooth.
  • Step 2 Grease a pie plate with cooking spray. Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly into the bottom of the pie plate.
  • Step 3 Combine the cheeses. Sprinkle half the cheese over the cream cheese mixture.
  • Step 4 Spoon pizza sauce on top of cheese. Top with green and red peppers. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  • Step 5 Bake uncovered in a 350 degree preheated oven for 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Cool for 5 minutes before serving. Serve with tortilla chips or breadsticks. Enjoy!!

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