Posts Tagged ‘cheese’

I’ve been “Snack Director” (hehehe) for VBS for 6 years.  This year we had over 200 kids 3 of the 4 nights, and then all the kids brought their families for the closing program last night (200+ kids and all their families…holy moly!).  Anyways…lots of kids and lots of vbs volunteers means lots of snacks.  Here is a sample of some of the goodies from the week 😀

In a Jam Sandwiches (white bread and grape jelly, cut into hearts)

We served over 50 snacks at a time!

Faith Kabobs (fruit and cheese cubes)

Fishy Snack Mix

The first night we had sugar cookies with frosting and red sprinkles called Naaman Dippers…based on the story of Naaman.

It was a fun week, but honestly, I’m glad it’s over.  This is my last year of doing this and I’m glad to be passing the torch on to someone else 😀

Thank you to Kris, Crystal, and Angel for helping out all week.  You ladies are awesome!  Another thank you goes to Julie and her kiddos helping out last night for the closing program!

And if YOU made cookies for the closing program last night (because I know several of you did): THANK YOU!

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Clark Nachos

Growing up, there were many a Sunday evening that we had these for supper.  Super basic, super easy, and super yummy.  You could always add other toppings, but my kids like the basics.  I personally like mine with Pepper Jack cheese, but colby or cheddar are just as good 😀

Clark Nachos

  • tortilla chips
  • grated cheese (cheddar, colby, monterey jack, pepper jack, or a combination of any of these)

Preheat oven to broil.  Line a 10×15 cookie sheet with foil.  Spread out tortilla chips over entire pan.  Generously sprinkle cheese on top of chips.  Pop pan into oven for just a couple minutes or until cheese starts to melt.  Serve with salsa.

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Bacon Bread

I’ve been wanting to post this recipe for a long time, but I haven’t had the “need” to make Bacon Bread before today. (I refrain from making it to often because I could, quite literally, try to eat the whole batch…yikes!) I need to have a need to make it…so I can share it.

You see, my best buddy, Kris, is “losing” her baby girl this week.  No, not to death or illness or anything serious like that….  It’s just that Jesse is finally moving out on her own.  She’s spreading her wings and flying off to live in Kansas City with her best friend.

It is a big deal for Kris.

It is a big deal for Jesse.

Kris isn’t ready for her girl to leave.

Jesse’s been ready to be on her own for a while now.

However, I love both of them very much and I know that this is a life altering experience for them.  So, what can I do about it?  I bake!!  But not just any ol’ thing.  I made them Bacon Bread.  It’s always made with a labor of love.  And I do love them.

And I do love Bacon Bread.  Oh, how I love this cheesy, bacony, ranchy, bready goodness.  And what makes it even more fun…it’s a pull-apart bread.  You get to eat with your fingers and then lick them afterwards.  It’s in the oven as I write this, and my mouth is watering from the smell….

Oh man!  Let’s get on with the recipe.

Bacon Bread

  • 1 recipe of Burger Bun dough
  • 1 pkg dry Ranch dressing mix
  • 1/4 c oil (I use vegetable oil)
  • 1 lb bacon, fried and crumbled
  • 3 c shredded cheddar cheese

Prepare Burger Bun dough up to the first rising.  While dough is rising, fry & crumble bacon.  Drain grease off bacon.  In a medium bowl, mix dry Ranch dressing mix and oil.  Stir well.  Add cooled bacon and cheese.  Stir well again.  When first rising of dough is complete, place dough on floured or greased counter top.  Pinch off or cut off 1 inch chunks of dough and place several in bowl of bacon mix.  Roll each dough piece and place on greased baking sheet.  Continue this process, until you’ve piled all the dough pieces.  Let this rise again for another 30 minutes.  Bake in 400 degree oven for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown.  Try not to woof it all down in one setting (trust me, it will be hard to restrain yourself!).

Here’s where I’ve cut off pieces with my pastry knife

And in the bowl…

Can you see the yummy herbs from the ranch mix?

All puffy after 2nd rising

Just to make sure it’s done, carefully lift up one piece…see how bread looks done and not gooey?  If it does look a little gooey…pop it back in oven for another couple of minutes.

And now ready for consumption! Man, can you see that crispy bacon and melted cheese?!

Okay, just one more bite….or not….

My taste-tester strongly approves

Jesse, I’m proud of you!  I know that you and Delci are going to do great!  And with your “new” mixer, you better give this try!  lol

Kris, I love you.  And as someone famous once said, “This too shall pass.”  You’re in my prayers, my dear sister from another mister!  Eat the Bacon Bread…it will make you feel better!

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Pizza Rolls

I was inspired by a recipe I found on King Arthur’s website (if you’re a baker…it’s an awesome site for all kinds of baking supplies and recipes) and came up with my own version of pizza rolls.  They were a hit with the kids!
Pizza Rolls
  • 1 Burger Bun Recipe
  • 1 lb Favorite Pizza Meat (sausage, pepperoni, salami, etc)
  • 3 c shredded mozzarella, divided
  • 1-2 c pizza sauce

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Make bread according to recipe.  After first rising, spread dough out on a greased surface.  Sprinkle 2 c of cheese over dough.  Layer on meat (I used some pepperoni on half and salami on the other half).  Roll dough jelly roll style….like you would for cinnamon rolls.  Seal end and edges.  Using a sharp knife, cut dough into rolls.  Place on greased baking pan and lightly press down.  Let rise for another 20-30 minutes.  Bake for 10 minutes and then remove from oven.  Top each with a tablespoon of sauce and a sprinkling of cheese.  Bake again for another 2-4 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Here they are before the 2nd rising:

Here’s after they’ve baked for 10 minutes and I’ve topped them with sauce and cheese:

And here’s the final product:

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Just as a disclaimer, this makes a lot of these babies!  So, if your family doesn’t eat a lot, you make want to use this recipe for when you have lots of kids over, or you can use half of the dough for something else….like hot pockets or just plain ol’ Burger Buns. 😀  Or you could freeze them and warm them up later for a quick lunch or after school snack!


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Make bread according to recipe.  After first rising, pinch off a small amount of dough and wrap around hot dog.  Repeat process.  Place on greased baking pan.  Let the dough rise again for 20-30 minutes.  Bake piggies for 10-12 minutes or until bread is golden brown.

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Mmmm…comfort food at its best!  Cheesy, creamy, salty, crunchy.  It hits all the sensors!

Tator Tot Casserole

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • House Seasoning, to taste
  • 1 1/4 c milk
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 c shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 32oz pkg of tator tots
  • butter flavored cooking spray

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Brown ground beef and drain off grease.  Season with House Seasoning, to taste.  In a large bowl combine milk and soup.  Mix well and add beef.  Stir together and pour into greased 9×13 pan.  Top with cheese.  Line up tator tots on top of cheese (you may or may not use all of them).  Cook for 30 minutes or until bubbly. Switch oven to Broil.  Take out and spray top of tots with butter flavored cooking spray, sprinkle with House Seasoning (or salt & pepper).  Return to oven and broil for about 5 minutes or until golden brown.

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Fajita Cheese Dip

I came across a cheese dip on another blog, and it looked rather…umm, well, not so appetizing but the ingredients sounded wonderful, so I had to give it a go for tonight’s Super Bowl Party at Chuck & Andrea’s (thank you guys, for squeezing us all in your home!!) But I had to give it my own twist. Here it is:

Fajita Cheese Dip

  • 1 block of Velveeta cheese
  • 1 8oz block of cream cheese
  • 2 c salsa (my favorite is Walmart’s Black Bean & Corn)
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Fajita Seasoning

Throw all ingredients in your crockpot and set on high for 1 1/2 hours or low for 3 hours.  Check back occasionally and stir.  Serve with tortilla chips.

It still looks….ummm, questionable, but trust me!  It is wonderful!!

Please forgive my pics,  I took these at the party and I didn’t have a way to make it look pretty 😀

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