Easy Weekday Cheeseburger Sliders

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I love to cook. Like, looooove it. It’s one of my favorite mental stimulations aside from shopping 😁. But many days, I want to throw something together quickly without it taking much thought.

Sometimes I’ll grab random on sale perishable items when food shopping and have to find creative ways to use them before they expire like a game lol.

I’ve been thinking of new recipes to make for my family and I was in love with a cheeseburger stuffed mushroom recipe I found years ago. I had a random bag of Hawaiian rolls on hand and decided to use that same recipe on these to make extra yummy super simple Cheeseburger Sliders minus the mushrooms (only because I didn’t have any, they’d probably be great tossed .on them too!).

So here is it.  Simple yet delectable and different enough to not just say “we’re having cheeseburgers for dinner”.

Grab a stick of cream cheese, a pound of chopped meat, some minced garlic, butter, mustard (we use frenches), ketchup, cheese, and Hawaiian rolls. Optional items: onions, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, bacon, pickles.

Preheat oven to 350°. Cut the Hawaiian rolls in half all at once with a large knife. Set the bottom in a casserole dish.

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Brown the chopped meat and drain all of the grease, you definitely don’t wasnt to ruin it by having greasy soggy bottom buns… use the minced garlic, garlic and onion powders, and Worcestershire sauce while cooking the beef to season as much as you’d like.

Mix the cooked meat with softened crean cheese, some mustard and ketchup. Then put on top of bottom layer.

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I like to add another little layer of mustard and ketchup before adding the onions.  I used red since that’s all o had on hand, but I prefer white onions for this.

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Then add the cheese.  I used white american, again because that’s all I had on hand when making this but I prefer sliced cheddar cheese. This would also be the time to add the bacon and mushrooms and pickles if you choose to. I just didn’t have them but they’d be really yummy.

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Carefully slide on the other side of the buns, the top, all on one piece and press down a little so it “sticks”to the mixture.

Melt 1 stick of butter, I use salted, ances mix with minced garlic and some parsley if you’re feeling fancy.  Then spoon over the top buns to get a nice buttery top making sure to get some garlic on each bun.  This makes them like little garlic knots too without the knots!

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Then put into the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes.  Watch uhad the tops don’t burn, check after 15.

Then you have ooey gooey mini cheesy burgers that are not your average cheeseburger but so simple you can whip them together any day! Great weekday meal.

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I love to add some fresh arugula to it before I eat it because arugula makes everything better!

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Sliders are so versatile and easy..

Next ill be trying the Hawaiian sub rolls and making cheese steak sliders!

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And I’ll definitely be trying this Bourbon BBQ manwich on some pulled pork sliders too!

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Monster Eyeball Cupcakes – Howl-O-Ween Giveaway Hop

Fall is officially here and at my house we are getting in the Halloween spirit already.

My youngest has an obsession with scary and goury things so when i got the letter for the fall dance at his school,  I knew i had to make a scary treat for the kids.

Every year I like to make something,  and not tooting my own horn (ok.. maybe I am just a little), but my treats always sell out the fastest.

Last year I made little monster cupcakes with edible candy eyes and they actually looked like little alien monsters.  The year before that was Jack Skellington sugar cookies which was fitting because that was my oldest’s Halloween costume that year. The year before that were pumpkin cupcakes…

This is a seriously simple treat,  and doesn’t require much artistic ability,  but I figured I’d share anyway in case you wanted to make these adorable little monster eyeball Cupcakes!

So,  let me start off by saying yes.. the pictures are ehh, and I probably could’ve taken more step photography but honestly,  I was rushing and just trying to get done.  I had gone to the gym at 6am, then worked a 9 hour day, and just gotten home at the time,  plus has dinner going in the oven simultaneously. I love to multitask,  it’s one of my talents and I can be a bit hyperactive😀.

Here’s all you need;

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I went with classic white cake because hey, eyeballs are white after all.. I’m a little disappointed I couldn’t find the green jelly candy rings because that was my initial plan,  but these peach ones came out just fine and they taste super yummy! Did i mention they’re only $1 at the grocery store?

I picked through the m&m bag for only red since I was making scary monster eyes,  but brown or any other color would work just as well.

I like them a little bigger for the kids treats for school functions, so i went auth my large baking cups from”if you care” and the color worked well since its a light natural beige and they’re safer for kids because they are free of all chemicals and chlorine.

For the next few steps,  that’s where I slacked off. Maybe I was too excited to start decorating but you get the jist. Simple. Creative.  Cute. Most important,  really yummy!

*Note,  I use olive oil in place of vegetable oil because it makes the cupcakes fluffier.

Enter to WIN 3 packs of IF YOU CARE cupcake holders ($12 Value!)!

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Check out the other giveaways in the hop!




Linky hop giveaway hosted by;

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Happy Fall!

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Steak Gorgonzola -Copycat Olive Garden Recipe

I have a thing for cooking.  It’s like a challenge to me, and I’m in it to win it. I love making recipes that I’ve found online and giving them my own twist to perfect it,  like this Steak Gorgonzola that is a copycat Olive Garden recipe.

Funny thing is,  I’ve never even had it at Olive Garden although it’s one of my favorite places! My mom however,  gets this every time she’s there so I knew it had to be good.

Now that I’ve tried my own version,  I have it say,  IT IS GREAT!

Here is the recipe i used, let me know if you try this and if it tastes like Olive Garden’s version!

 

What you need:

1 pack Gorgonzola Cheese

2 Strip Steaks cut into cubes (or buy already cubed)

1/2 box Fettuccini Noodles

1 jar Alfredo sauce (I used Bertolli)

Balsamic Glaze (I use Cento brand) for serving

1cup Fresh Spinach leaves

1/2 cup Fresh Green Onions

Lemon Juice (half fresh Lemon or bottle lemon squeeze – a few squirts)

Italian Dressing (for marinade)

1 tablespoon Butter

Fresh Rosemary (chopped)

 Directions:

Take the Italian Dressing, lemon and chopped rosemary and marinate the steak cubes for one hour. After an hour…

Add Alfredo into a small pot with 3 tablespoons of the gorgonzola cheese (a little goes a long way!)  Simmer  on medium heat until the cheese is melted in and it starts to bubble up.  Then add spinach and chopped green onions. Keep on slow simmer, careful not to burn.

Add water to a pot, follow box Fettuccini directions.

In a pan,  start butter frying,  and add steak with some Italian Dressing on it getting into pan, but not all and leave cubes long enough to brown nicely on each side.  As the butter,  steak juice, and Italian Dressing that was on the steak starts to blend together as the steak cooks,  it’ll turn clear.  Once steak is cooked to your liking, toss it in all of the juices and set aside.

Once noodles are done,  strain and toss with gorgonzola Alfredo sauce.

Plate steak on top, drizzle with balsamic glsze, garnish with some crumbled gorgonzola, and fresh chopped parsley (also sun dried tomatoes which I didn’t have on hand).

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Enjoy! 😊

Strawberry Shortcake Trifle

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Ok guys. This is such an easy recipe, even if you don’t have a baking bone in your body, you can definitely make this. In fact, this is a potluck type of dessert. You can bring it to any get together and it’ll be the biggest hit and no one will know you had to do the least work.

Make this for your kids, your friends, or people you want to be your friends, because after they try this, they’ll keep coming back for more!

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Here is the super simple recipe;

1 package of cool whip (thawed) or canned whip cream.

1 package JELLO Instant Vanilla Pudding.

1 box of Nilla Wafers

6 fresh strawberries, cleaned and thinly sliced.

In a dish, preferably tall and clear for esthetics, layer whole Nilla Wafers, Cool Whip, fresh strawberries, vanilla pudding, crushed nilla wafers, then repeat until it fills the entire dish leaving the last top layer for cool whip, fresh strawberries, and a dusting of crushed Nilla Wafers.

Chill 2 hours – overnight until the wafers turn soft. It’ll taste like a fall apart strawberry shortcake.

Serve in spoonfuls in smaller cups.

Did you make this? Let me know your thoughts!

 

Halloween Dirt Pudding

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Looking for an easy, go to dessert that the kids and adults will both love? Look no further! Dirt Pudding is super easy and quick to make and can be made in small cups or a large bowl.

Simple ingredients make this a perfect Halloween dessert.

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Chocolate instant pudding, Cool whip, oreos, and gummy worms.

That’s it!

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Mix and cool the pudding per directions. Add in 2 heaping spoonfuls of cool whip and fold it in with a spatula or a spoon.

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Add in gummy worms and put into small clear cups or a bowl. Top with crushed Oreo cookie crumbs (remove the icing) and let chill in the refrigerator for an hour.

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It tastes like chocolate ice cream and it’s so fun to eat even if you’re an adult.

Enjoy!

French Toast Banana Bread Pudding Recipe

Every now and then I get into the mood to create a new recipe. I like putting new spins on old favorites and since it’s September and the kids are back to school, I have a little bit of time on my hands.

And so came about French Toast inspired Banana bread pudding – that’s a mouthful! Literally 😉

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French Toast Banana Bread Pudding

1/2 loaf of bread toasted in oven at 350°for 15 mins (I used white, French is better)
2 cups milk
1 cup granulated sugar
4 eggs
1tsp vanilla
1capful of bourbon (optional)
1 banana
1tbs cinnamon
As many chocolate chips as you’d like!
Mix well in a bowl and pour over bread cubes and let soak for 10 minutes.

Bake uncovered at 350° for 30 minutes, then coat top with melted butter, and up the heat to 400° for another 15 minutes or until browned on top.

This tastes like a twist on French toast and is great for breakfast, snack or dessert!