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MVP Bars – Pretzel Crusted Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars with Peanut Butter Marshmallow Topping

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With these MVP Bars you’ll be the STAR of big game!  A peanut butter pretzel crusted chocolate chip cookie topped with the most incredible chewy peanut butter marshmallow popcorn topping!

Oh how I love football season!  The tailgating, the cheering on your favorite team, the yelling at the refs over calls you think are stupid (admit it – you do it too!), the game superstitions and the food.  OMG the food!  Let’s face it, if you’re not playing in the actual game, the food is the second most important thing.  You need proper eats if you want to be “the house” that every one wants to be at for the big game. You could literally put out milk crates or couch cushions for folks to sit on but as long as you have a killer tv and even better food you’re place IS the hot spot (well that is unless you’re actually at the game).

When the folks from Orville Redenbacher® wanted a new recipe featuring their AMAZING (seriously it’s ridiculously good!) Movie Theater Butter Popcorn for the Big Game I was stoked! You see I have a slight obsession with this popcorn and movie theater popcorn. Ever since I was little, going to the movies and getting my very own tub of popcorn was a huge treat.  All that butter and warm popcorn with a great movie – seriously perfect!  Popcorn to me meant happy times. It was something we’d share as a family bumping hands in the buckets of popcorn trying to get the ‘best pieces”.

Make these MVP bars and you will be the star of the food table!

Bloomin’ Loaded Baked Potatoes

Your boring baked potato just got all kinds of sexy with this Bloomin’ Loaded Baked Potatoes recipe!  Crispy skinned potato wedges all covered in melty cheese and crispy bacon.  Yeah, life just got a whole lot tastier!

For all of you newbies that found your way recently to the TKW Family, WELCOME!  Now there are a few things you need to know about me and my personality.  The way I write my posts and describe my recipes is I envision you’re sitting with me in my kitchen either watching me cook/bake or you’re helping me.  We’re chatting and laughing like we’ve been friends for decades – like the kind of friends who don’t judge you if you wear your sweats pants on inside out, your hair is a hot mess or if you trip will laugh til they cry all the while helping you up. When I write I open up my home and life as I want you guys to relate to me and to feel like you’re with me as I’m cooking or doing something. You feel at home here, even if you’re half way across the world, you still feel like family.

Something else you need to know about me – my husband is Mr. Fantabulous who has the metabolism of 967 people.  No seriously it’s unreal. I, on the other hand, have a negative metabolism (if there’s such a thing) meaning I don’t even have to eat food to gain jiggle.  I’m obsessed with pigs but I love bacon.  My logic is simply this – bacon is made from ugly pigs, not the uber cutsie ones that are dressed up.  I want a mini teacup pig, a cat and a dog but since our house is still being remodeled (9+ years now – we’re doing it ourselves) it’s not safe to have pets. I loathe anything cherries – I mean we’re talking not even cherry lip gloss. Pizza is my all time favorite food and my favorite veggie is the potato.   Thus this recipe… an ode to the glorious spud.

I’m sure at some point in your lives you’ve had some facet of a “Bloomin’ Onion” either from Outback Steakhouse or some other restaurant.  And even if you haven’t, you’ve had to have heard of them. Right? So these bloomin’ onions were cut in a way that, when batter dipped and deep fried would ‘bloom’ in the hot oil thus making the onion to look like a blooming flower.
These potatoes will dress up any dish. Turn a bland tater into something mouth watering!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Prosciutto Pizza with Balsamic Drizzle

Step up your pizza game in a seriously delicious, fancy schmancy way!  Roasted Brussels sprouts, crispy prosciutto, creamy Gruyere and a honey balsamic drizzle make this one friggen fantabulous pizza!

“Why’d you have to go and ruin pizza by putting not normal veggies and fancy schmancy stuff on it???” asks Mr. Fantabulous.  Um because I can!  Deal with it toots.  And he did.. by letting me eating the whole pizza myself.  Oh trust me I was totally cool with that as this pizza was so friggen good that I even impressed myself.  It’s funny as the items I put on this pizza he loves…separately. Apparently by putting them on a pizza I’m breaking some food law according to my husband.  Now my husband will swear up one side and down the other that he is not picky however I swear he’s worse than I am  – at least when it comes to pizza.

He’s the man that says “Order whatever you want on a pizza as long as it’s plain”. Yes, plain. The man prefers plain cheese pizza.  And every single time he asks for a plain cheese pizza I think of Kevin and that pizza scene from the movie “Home Alone”… ‘a lovely cheese pizza just for me’. But this time this pizza was for me.. ALL ME!  Well okay I’d share with you if you were here!

This is one of those pizzas I so wish my parents were still around to see. By that I mean not see the pizza but rather see me eat it… willingly. Now when I say I was a picky kid I mean I was as seriously picky kid.  We’re talking no chunky sauces, absolutely no onions, no weird things – pretty much it had to be buttered noodles, pb&j, corn and mashed potatoes.  And pizza but it had to have enough cheese to choke a horse and pepperoni.  OMG if you even waved a mushroom near it I was squinching up my nose as tight as I could.

There will be no nose squinching up with this delicious pizza!

Cranberry Zucchini Blondie Bars Two Ways – Angelic & Sinful

If you want a super moist, seriously delicious dessert you can make healthy orrrrr not so healthy then these Cranberry Zucchini Blondie Bars are for you! Just a few simple tweaks and you can go from angelic to sinful.

Okay so I have to tell you about this recipe or more so the response I got on Facebook when I asked if I should post this recipe now.  You see I posed the question on Facebook if I should post this recipe now or not. You see with it being the first week in January everyone and their mother is trying to live up to their New Years resolutions of being on a diet, eating healthier and going to the gym.  Now I’m all for that but not because of a resolution because let’s face it only about 8% of those that make these resolutions actually stick with it. Instead make it a lifestyle change.   Anyway this recipe is one that you can make 2 ways – healthy and one that won’t weigh on your conscious or make you feel guilty (which is something I have issues with.  Everything in moderation people and exercise but I digress).  The other way is full on sinful – we’re talking butter, chocolate and hello… BUTTERCREAM!!!

Anyway so I posed this question – should I post it now or should I post like a salad or lettuce wrap but everyone gave a resounding “Post it Lor!”.  However one person, dear Ms. Maggie…. oh dear Maggie, well she literally made me belly laugh out loud.  Her initial response was “o m g….post it or i will hurt you..jk”  When I read that I lost it because even though we’ve never met she’s been a part of the TKW Family for a while now and her posts always make me smile and giggle.  Through our chats and posts you get to know folks which one of the things I LOVE about social media and here.  You become friends, family and build bonds.

What’s awesome and what I feel makes me so truly blessed is that I not only have that bond with Maggie but everyone in the TKW Family.  If you haven’t stopped by the Facebook page, definitely stop by and say hi!  Everyone is so warm and welcoming!  Now before Ms. Maggie puts a hit out on me, let’s get to this dessert *wink*.

So packed with deliciousness, you’re definitely going to want to make this!

Top Loved Recipes of 2016

This is one of those posts that always brings a smile to my face and honestly, helps me more than you’ll ever know.  This gives me an idea on what you guys are and are not into.  I get insight on what types of recipes you want to see and maybe less of ones that you don’t. I have a TON of recipes for 2017 already – yes, even 2 days into the year and a bunch of ideas for new recipes thanks to looking at these results.

I’m thinking 2017 you guys are going to be super stoked about these recipes and never at a loss for a great recipe.

Kicking off this past year you guys went NUTS over my Baked Brie with Cranberry Relish.  OMG this thing went viral in just a few short hours after being posted. And my Candied Bacon Brussels Sprouts quickly became the top requested recipe for both Christmas and Thanksgiving for a side dish. And not to say I told you so buuuuuuuut I told you so *wink* that my Buttery Fruit Spread Bars were going to be a huge for Christmas cookies.  And Mom’s Classic Pot Roast recipe that I converted to a Pressure Cooker… OMG you literally brought tears to my eyes. This was such a personal recipe for me and the fact that you guys loved it so much. Thank you!   And that Torta … you made it such a Sunday classic.

Crantastic Healthy Craisins® Dried Cranberries and Turkey Wrap
Candied Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts with Maple Dijon Glaze
Italian Zucchini Rustica – Pasta Pie
Pressure Cooker Mom’s Classic Pot Roast with Savory Onion Gravy
Buttery Shortbread Fruit Spread Glazed Bars

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