Link Party Palooza #164

Welcome back to the Link Party Palooza! I hope you all had a wonderful week! I can’t wait to see your ideas and feature YOU! Check back next Friday night to see if you were featured!

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Here are some of our favorites from last week’s link party. There were so many fabulous projects and recipes shared!LPPJamielyn

Neutral Fall Decor | inbetweenchaos.com

Falling for Fall from In Between Chaos

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Apple Cider Doughnuts from Cooking with Curls

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Pumpkin Spice Bath Bombs from The Casual Craftlete

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Fluffy Pumpkin Pancakes from If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen

Here are some favorites from I Heart Nap Time this week:

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Favorite Pumpkin Cake

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Fall Hydrangea Wreath

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Slow Cooker Taco Lasasgna

S’mores Mix Easy Dessert

S’mores Mix Easy Dessert… if you’re looking for an easy dessert to make for movie night or your next get together, this is the perfect treat to make when you don’t have a lot of time. It will take less than 10 minutes and has the sweet and salty combination that everyone loves. My kids named it the s’mores mix because it has their favorite chocolate and marshmallows.

Movie/game night is one of my kids favorite family traditions. We try to do one a couple times a month and it’s always a hit. The kids love the treats, movie and games… but more than anything I think they love having everyone together as a family. My husband is in residency right now, so hours are long but we try to nail down a day we’re all going to be home and have that be our family night. The kids love snuggling up on the couch together and I know it means the world to them. These family moments are really what life is all about and are so important to me.

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Before our big movie/game night we always try to make some type of yummy treat. We’re usually looking for something sweet & salty that we can munch on during the movie. Popcorn (of some sort) is usually our go to.

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My kids love helping me and another fun way we’ve been able to connect.

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Easy dessert –

For this easy snack mix we added popcorn, pretzels, nuts, marshmallows and HERSHEY’S KISSES Chocolates.

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All you need to do is mix it all together until combined.
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Then drizzle chocolate over the top and let it harden.
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Then break it up and place into small bowls for munching. We like to each have our own bowl. ;)

S'mores Mix

Yield: 7 to 8 cups

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups popcorn
  • 1 1/2 cups mini pretzels
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup nuts (I like to use almonds or cashews)
  • 2 cups HERSHEY'S KISSES Chocolates, divided

Directions:

Combine the popcorn, pretzels, marshmallows, nuts and 1 cup HERSHEY'S KISSES Chocolates in a large bowl and stir together. Spread across a piece of wax paper, then place the remaining chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and cook on 50% power for 30 seconds. Stir and cook an additional 20 seconds if needed. Stir until smooth.

Next, drizzle the chocolate across the popcorn mix and allow to set. Place on a pan and move to the freezer if needed to harden.

Break into pieces and enjoy!

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For this particular game night we played TIC-TAC-TOE and DON’T EAT PETE. Don’t eat Pete was one of my favorite games growing up and it’s been fun to play with my kids.  I have fond memories playing this game with my family as a little girl. If you’ve never played, I’ve got the free download and instructions below. Your kids will love it!

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FREE PRINTABLE: Click HERE to download. Then print out on card stock paper. Laminate if desired.

TIC TAC TOE instructions:

The goal is to get 3 squares in a row. The first player is known as X (or use a marshmallow) and the second player is known as O (or my personal favorite candy, HERSHEY’S KISSES Chocolates). The players alternate placing X’s and O’s until someone has 3 in a row or all the squares are filled.

DON’T EAT PETE instructions: 

The goal is not to pick up “Pete.” Place one candy in the each square. Send one child out of the room and then pick one of the faces on the board to be “Pete.” When the child comes back into the room they will take away one piece of candy at a time. Once they get to “Pete,” yell “DON’T EAT PETE!” At this point their turn is over and they get to keep the candies they earned. Refill the game board and then repeat with the next child.

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S’mores mix easy dessert video

ENJOY! :)

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Football Pretzel Rods

Football Pretzel Rods… a perfect game winning snack you can enjoy all football season.  Decorate them in your teams colors for a fun way to personalize your party!

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Football season is here and what better way to celebrate a new season than with a fun and yummy treat.  These football pretzel rods are so easy to put together and are great to make for a small gathering or a game watching party full of your family and friends.

Football Pretzel Rod Ingredients:

  • Pretzel Rods
  • Chocolate candy wafers
  • White candy wafers
  • Candy wafers, in your desired colors
  • Sprinkles

Football Pretzel Rod Directions:

Melt your chocolate candy wafers in a small microwaveable bowl at 30 second increments or according to the packaging.  Dip your pretzel rods in the melted chocolate half way and place on a silpat or parchment covered baking pan.  Place in refrigerator until chocolate hardens, about 5-7 minutes.

 

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Melt your WHITE chocolate candy wafers in a small microwaveable bowl at 30 second increments or according to the packaging. Carefully place the white melted chocolate in a cake decorating bag with a small tip or in a sandwich bag with the tip of the bag trimmed away.  Pipe on white lines to resemble a football. Place back in refrigerator until chocolate hardens.

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You can also pipe on a small amount of icing and top with your favorite color sprinkles.

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No matter how you decorate your pretzel rods these are the perfect way to get your game on and cheer for your favorite team!

Football Pretzel Rods

Ingredients:

  • Pretzel Rods
  • Chocolate candy wafers
  • White candy wafers
  • Candy wafers, in your desired colors
  • Sprinkles

Directions:

Melt your chocolate candy wafers in a small microwaveable bowl at 30 second increments or according to the packaging.  Dip your pretzel rods in the melted chocolate half way and place on a silpat or parchment covered baking pan.  Place in refrigerator until chocolate hardens, about 5-7 minutes.

Melt your WHITE chocolate candy wafers in a small microwaveable bowl at 30 second increments or according to the packaging. Carefully place the white melted chocolate in a cake decorating bag with a small tip or in a sandwich bag with the tip of the bag trimmed away.  Pipe on white lines to resemble a football. Place back in refrigerator until chocolate hardens.

You can also pipe on a small amount of icing and top with your favorite color sprinkles.

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Thanks, Katie!

Football Pretzel Rods... a perfect game winning snack you can enjoy all football season. Decorate them in your teams colors for a fun way to personalize your party!

If you love this great game day treat, you’ll enjoy these too!

Slow Cooker Taco Lasagna

Slow Cooker Taco Lasagna… layers of tortillas, cream cheese, beans, taco meat, enchilada sauce and cheese. YUM!

This slow cooker taco lasagna is the perfect meal to throw in the slow cooker during nap time and have something ready on the table during those busy afternoons.

I feel like fall is such a crazy time of year. Between soccer, music lessons and homework for my older kids I feel like making dinner after school this time of year is nearly impossible. Hence the slow cooker… aka my best friend!

Slow Cooker Taco Lasagna... a perfectly easy weeknight meal!

Slow Cooker Taco Lasagna is perfect for busy weeknights!

This slow cooker Mexican lasagna is a dish the whole family will love and is perfect for busy week nights. My inspiration for this dish was a Mexican lasagna that I’ve been making for years. I wanted to find a way to make it in the slow cooker, so that I could prep it during nap time and have it nice and hot by dinner time.

Slow Cooker Taco Lasagna... layers of tortillas, cream cheese, beans, taco meat, enchilada sauce and cheese. YUM! Delicious and an easy dinner the whole family will love!

Serve this slow cooker taco lasagna topped with sour cream and cilantro for a fresh flavor.

Slow Cooker Taco Lasagna... layers of tortillas, cream cheese, beans, taco meat, enchilada sauce and cheese. YUM!

Slow Cooker Taco Lasagna

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds hamburger
  • 3 Tablespoons Old El Paso taco seasoning, divided
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (19-ounce) can Old El Paso red enchilada sauce
  • 2-3 cups shredded cheddar or monterey jack cheese (I like to do a mix)
  • 4 large flour tortillas
  • Optional toppings: sour cream, tomatoes, cilantro, green onions, olives

Directions:

In a large frying pan, cook the hamburger over medium heat until browned. Drain grease and stir in 2 Tablespoons taco seasoning and salsa.

Add the cream cheese and 1 Tablespoon taco seasoning to a medium sized bowl. Stir until  smooth and then add in the black beans.

Pour 1/3 cup enchilada sauce into the bottom of the slow cooker. Place a tortilla on top and spread with 1/3 cup cream cheese mixture. Then add about 1 cup taco meat and 3/4 cup cheese. Drizzle 1/3 cup enchilada sauce on top and then repeat with 3 layers.

Cook on low for 4-5 hours or on high for 2-4 hours, or until cheese in nice and bubbly hot. Slice into 6 or 8 pieces and serve with your favorite toppings.

Slow Cooker Taco Lasagna... layers of tortillas, cream cheese, beans, taco meat, enchilada sauce and cheese. YUM! Easy to make and a perfect weeknight meal!

Slow Cooker Taco Lasagna... layers of tortillas, cream cheese, beans, taco meat, enchilada sauce and cheese. YUM! Easy to make and ready when you are!

Enjoy!

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Spicy Slow Cooker Cheesy Bacon Dip

This Slow Cooker Cheesy Bacon Dip has just a bit of a kick, and it is a simply delicious appetizer. A sure fire crowd-pleaser!

Football season is upon us, and for me, the best part about football gatherings is the FOOD! We don’t typically serve a lot of appetizers at my house, but when we get together to watch a game, yummy snack foods are a must.

This cheesy bacon dip may not be the prettiest appetizer to show up at the table, but I assure you that you will forget all about its looks after one mouthwatering bite. It is incredible!

Spicy Slow Cooker Cheesy Bacon Dip - this ooey gooey dip is so tasty with chips or crackers! Perfect game time food.

Spicy Slow Cooker Cheesy Bacon Dip is so easy!

This dip starts with bacon, which is always a great way to start a recipe. To make it even more over the top delicious, you cook up your onions in the bacon grease with a little sugar and some seasonings. By this point your house smells pretty amazing, so don’t be surprised if people come running. :)

This cheesy bacon dip is a sure fire crowd pleaser!

After your bacon and onions are cooked you just stir all the ingredients together and pour it into a slow cooker. I have a mini slow cooker, and it was the perfect size for my family. If you will be serving a crowd, you will want to double it and use a larger crock pot. In an hour or two, you will have a cheesy, melty, absolutely irresistible dip. Just look at that cheese!

This Slow Cooker Cheesy Bacon Dip has just a hint of spice. It is a perfect game day appetizer!

This Spicy Slow Cooker Cheesy Bacon Dip is great for game day or family gatherings!

We loved this best served with tortilla chips, but you could also use crackers, bagel crisps, or even crunchy veggies. (I think red peppers would be great.)

This Spicy Cheesy Bacon Dip cooks up in a slow cooker. It will be a hit at your next party or gathering!

Spicy Slow Cooker Cheesy Bacon Dip

Ingredients:

6 slices bacon, diced

1 small onion

1 tsp brown sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1 clove garlic, minced

4 oz cream cheese, softened to room temperature

1/2 cup sour cream

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 of a 10 oz can of diced tomatoes and green chilies (I use Rotel)

 

Directions:

Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat till crisp. Remove to a paper towel lined plate.

Reserve about a tablespoon of bacon grease. Add the onion, brown sugar, salt, and pepper to the skillet. Fry in the bacon grease till tender, about 3-5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Remove from heat.

Whisk together the cream cheese and sour cream till smooth. Stir in all remaining ingredients.

Pour into a lightly greased slow cooker. Cook on HIGH for 1-2 hours, or on LOW for 2-3. Serve warm with chips, crackers, or veggies.

This Cheesy Bacon Dip makes a perfect appetizer or snack!

Thanks, Kara!

If you love this amazing appetizer for game day, you’ll enjoy these too!