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Cheesecake Bars

I have been into a dessert kick lately if you haven't noticed.  This was something totally new and delicious.  It was a hit with the whole family.  Really simple to make, but looks like it could be complicated. Cheesecake Bars adapted from Taste of Home 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar FILLING: 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 eggs, lightly beaten FROSTING: 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar 1/4 cup butter, softened 1 teaspoons vanilla extract 4 to 5 teaspoons milk Combine the flour, butter and confectioners' sugar; press onto the bottom of a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for  20-25 minutes or until golden brown. For filling, in a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and  extract until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until  combined. Pour over crust. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until center is  almost s

The Perfect Place to Find COOL Things and a Giveaway!

Have you ever had trouble finding that unique gift or something that expresses who you are?  Well I have found the one place that has it all.  CafePress has  custom t-shirts, personalized gifts, unique mugs, posters and much more.   I found some really cool c ustom  Samsung Galaxy cases  and   iPhone 4 & 5 cases . The Mustache Case  is perfect for my daughter. I'm in love with the Baseball Heart Case The Humerous Case is so totally fit for my brother  There are tons of great phone cases as well as things for anyone in your life!! At CafePress y ou'll find millions of one-of-a-kind designs on every topic you can imagine (and some you can't) - from political expressions, funny t shirts & stickers, to all sorts of merchandise with cool personalized designs.   You can also find themed gear from TV Shows, movies and more! I found the perfect gift for my friends Kim and Kris that are hooked on "The Walking Dead." Let's j

New Fiber One Trail Mix & Protein Bars and a Giveaway

Did You Know: 9 out of 10 Americans aren´t getting the  recommended amount of fiber each day?  Now getting your fiber has never been tastier than with Fiber One's new Trail Mix and Protein bars. Taking care of yourself suddenly sounds like fun! It all started with the Oats and Chocolate Fiber One bar, but now Fiber One offers several solutions to help you get the fiber you need. There are so many delicious ways to enjoy fiber! Check out their range of products at a Publix® near you. Try all of these delicious Fiber One bars: Oats & Chocolate  - 35% of your daily fiber with chocolate chunks, chocolate flavored drizzle & yes some oats Chewy Trail Mix  - 35% of your daily fiber with chocolate chunks, raisins, peanuts & cranberries Caramel Nut Protein  - 7g of protein plus 20% of your days´ fiber with caramel and peanuts wrapped in chocolate flavored coating Coconut Almond Protein  - 7g of protein plus 20% of your days´ fiber with coconut and

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

We recently had a potluck lunch at work.  Common sense would say,  "Take something tried and true that you know is going to be a sure hit!"  Well you all know me too well  and I tried something I made up and brand new.  Surely, taking a huge risk and not knowing what the results would be.  I must admit I was a bit nervous and lots of thoughts crossed my mind.  So when the time came I put a piece on my plate and walked away, eating alone at my desk, almost to scared to hear the reactions.  Good news, when I walked back to the kitchen for dessert I found my casserole dish empty and everyone was raving about it! YAY!! Success.  It was delicious! I actually made it into two smaller versions so my family ate the second one for dinner later that night.  Once again a BIG HIT!! Chicken Enchilada Casserole 1 package corn tortillas (or flour) 1 (8 oz.) package of cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup butter, melted 3/4 cup onions, diced 1 (4 oz.) can of diced green chilies 1 (15 1/4

Chocolate Mint Muddy Buddies

My family loves Muddy Buddies, so I was excited to try out a new version.  Of course my coworkers got to try it out also.  It was a HUGE hit with everyone!  Just the right amount of mint.  I searched for some green candy to add to make it a big more festive and St. Patrick's day like, but had no luck!!  Chocolate Mint Muddy Buddies adapted from Sugary Sweets 12 oz package of milk chocolate chips (or 2 cups) 1/2 cup  Andes Mint Pieces 1 teaspoon oil 10 cups Chex cereal (rice or corn) 2 cups powdered sugar Measure out your cereal and put it into a big bowl. Put the chocolate chips, mint pieces and oil in a bowl.  Melt in the microwave stirring after first minute and then every 30 seconds until the chocolate is melted and smooth (about 2-3 minutes).  Pour the chocolate mixture over the cereal and stir until it is all coated.  Pour the powdered sugar into a gallon baggie and spoon the cereal mixture in to the bag.  Seal and shake until ther pieces are well covered.Pour piec

Red Velvet Brownies

A friend of mine introduced me to red velvet a few months ago and ever since I have been hooked!!   These brownies were delicious!! I however did not have the amount of red food coloring it called for,  but they still turned out red.  I will be making them again!! The frosting was the perfect addition. I guess it is not just for sugar cookies after all!! Red Velvet Brownies from Dessert Now, Dinner Later 3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 1 oz red food coloring (or scant 2 Tablespoons I actually only had 1 Tablespoon and  added 1 Tablespoon water for the other Tablespoon and they still turned out a nice red.) 2 tsp vanilla, divided 1/2 cup butter; room temperature 1 1/2 cups sugar 2 large eggs; room temperature 1 1/4 cups flour 1/4 teaspoon salt Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease an 8x8" baking dish.   In a small bowl, slowly stir together the cocoa powder, food coloring, and; 1 teaspoon vanilla into a thick paste until no lumps of cocoa remain.