Tomato Bacon Bites

These bacon bites are filled with spicy tomatoes, swiss cheese, bacon & cream cheese!
 
Hello Classy Clutter readers! Adell here from Baked in Arizona and I’ve got the perfect appetizer for your New Years or Super Bowl party coming up! Speaking of, the super bowl is going to be here in my home state, Arizona! So exciting! Do you have a super bowl watching party? My family always gets together at my parents house to watch. We all bring different appetizers and treats. I pretty much only care about the amazing food, commercials & half time show ;)

 

 

These bites are super quick to make and taste amazing! You seriously can have 45 of these prepped and ready to bake in no time. Love a tasty appetizer that doesn’t take much effort but packs a whole lot of flavor. And who doesn’t love bacon?!

 

Tomato Bacon Bites
Ingredients:
  • 1 (10 ounce) can rotel tomatoes, drained
  • 2 1/2 cups bacon crumbles*
  • 1 cup shredded swiss cheese
  • 8 ounces softened cream cheese or 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 45 frozen phillo pastry cups, thawed
Directions:
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix the drained tomatoes, bacon pieces, swiss cheese & cream cheese in a bowl till blended.
  2. Spoon mixture into thawed phillo cups. You want them pretty full. I filled them about 1/2″ above the cups. Place filled cups onto a baking sheet
  3. Bake for 15-20 or until heated and cheese is melted.
  4. NOTES: *I used 1/2 a bag of Costco bacon crumbles. You can bake and crumble your own bacon but this was much easier! Just make sure you use 100% real bacon crumbles. You can use either cream cheese or mayo. I prefer the taste of cream cheese! I have baked these with the pastry cups frozen and it works too. Just bake a little longer if needed. I used original rotel diced tomatoes. If you don’t like things really spicy, use the mild flavor. And if you like them really hot, there is always the hot option :)

 

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2-ingredient Sparkling Apple Cider

Homemade Sparkling Cider

Confession: I love sparking cider. I would drink it like water if I could. Heck, I’d drink it more than water. It’s my favorite part of New Years Eve! I could/would/have drank an entire bottle on my own. This two ingredient sparking cider may be the most ridiculously easy and delicious drink for your holiday parties… or for any meal of the day!

Ingredients:

Apple Juice frozen concentrate

San Pellegrino Sparking water, chilled.

Instructions:

Place the apple juice frozen concentrate inside a large pitcher. slowly pour the sparkling water and mix gently. I’ve noticed that when I work with it too fast, the sparking water goes flat quickly. Serve chilled.

Oh! I got these adorable glasses (that are actually plastic!) from the Oh Joy! collection from Target. I’m excited to use these this season! My kids love drinking from them too and I don’t have to worry about them breaking.

Homemade Apple Sparkling Cider

Check out our other delicious drink recipes!

Sonic Cherry Limeade

Skinny Strawberry Orange Julius

Sonic Ocean Water Copycat Recipe

Before you go, we have a little project that we would LOVE your help with as part of the Home for the Holidays movement!

Imagine leaving everything you know for the possibility of a better life. Saving and working for 18 years to make it a reality. That’s exactly what Priscila did. It was her dream to bring her little family, husband Marcos and young son Adam, from Brazil to the United States. They spent months filing papers, she left her teaching job and he left his career and came with only with what they could fit in their luggage. With only days to find housing and not knowing the area, they rented an apartment very quickly only to discover that it was in an “undesirable” part of town. Police are constantly in and out of the complex, knocking on the neighbor’s door. Their small son isn’t safe playing outside.

We have found them an apartment in a great, family-friendly area. The landlords are willing to pay them the $2000 it will cost to get out of their lease if they clean and fix up the apartment. However, they will loose $1000 of their deposit. We are trying to raise $2000 to help them this Holiday Season!  The money raised through this campaign will all go to finding furniture for the family and giving them a cozy “home for the holidays.”

I just love the girls that are helping us with this little project! They are all posting something that means “Home for the Holidays” to them so please make sure you go check out their blogs. They are all so talented and beautiful!

Kristen: Capturing Joy  |  Andie: Maybe I Will  |  Aly: Entirely Eventful Day  |   Mallory & Savannah: Classy Clutter  |  Steffany & Melanie: Find it, Make it, Love it  |  Landee: Landee See, Landee Do
Meet the Tabosa Family! Priscila, Marcos, and Adam.  Priscila was a teacher and Marcos was a chemical teach in Brazil. She’s pretty fluent in English while her husband and son speak very little. 

Adam, such a sweet boy, looks forward to learning English. He loves it here in the U.S. You should have seen him at Halloween! He gazed in amazement at the festivities.

Family is the most important thing to the Tabosas. They are forever thankful for any help you are able to offer. They are such a humble and loving family.
Wishing you all Happy Holidays from the Tabosa Family!

No Fail Fudge

Hi Classy Clutter readers! It’s Adell, from Baked in Arizona.

You guys, how is November already half over?! And how is my baby already 5 weeks old? Ah! Time, please slow down. Well, I am excited to share my favorite fudge recipe with you today. With Christmas coming up next month, this should definitely be added to your baking list. You can never go wrong with fudge. Especially this no fail recipe.

 Why do I love fudge so much? Please tell me I am not alone in this. If I am ever at a candy store I will almost always go for the fudge. Must be my serious sweet tooth. I just love it. I love it so much that my Aunt made her No Fail Fudge recipe and we served it at my wedding reception. We had a dessert bar with all sorts of goodies, hot cocoa, and a ice cream stand too! It was like sugar overload, just the way I like it. This fudge is great anytime of the year, but especially at Christmas.  It is a creamy, perfect milk chocolate fudge. You can add nuts, but I didn’t this time. The Hershey bars have almonds so that adds enough for me.

This would be such a fun gift to give at Christmas to teachers, friends or neighbors.

You could add a tag that said: 

May your Christmas be filled with love, joy & a “peace” of fudge!

No Fail Fudge

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 pound mini marshmallows
  • 2 (6.7 ounce) Hershey bars with almonds
  • 1 (11.5 ounce) bag milk chocolate chips or 2 cups
  • 2 cups nuts, chopped (optional)
  • Christmas mini m&m’s, for decorating
Directions:
  1. Grease a 9×13″ or 12×16″ pan (for thinner fudge) or line with parchment paper (this way you can lift out of the pan and it’s easier to cut). If you are going to fill cookie cutters, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper then set the cookie cutters out.*
  2. Brake up the candy bars and put in a bowl. Add the chocolate chips and nuts. Set aside.
  3. Melt the butter, sugar, evaporated milk and marshmallows in a large pot over medium-low heat. Using a whisk, bring to a low boil and boil 8 to 9 minutes. Stir constantly.
  4. Remove mixture from the heat and add the bowl of chocolate and nuts. Mix well then pour into prepared pan. Chill before cutting.
  5. *Use a measuring cup to scoop fudge and pour inside the cookie cutters. They may leak a little fudge, but once they are chilled you can trim around the edge. You could also wrap the bottom and sides of the cookie cutters with foil.
  6. Notes: This is a soft, creamy fudge and is best kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  7. Makes 5 pounds.
 
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Thanks for having me today! Hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas

Thanksgiving is sooo close you guys! We are so excited about it! My favorite part of the Thanksgiving dinner meal is the dinner rolls, these are my favorite and the dessert. I am a pumpkin pie kinda girl but I’m itching to try some more unique Thanksgiving desserts this year! I’ve tried most of these but the others are calling my name!

  • Banana Cream Pie
  • Apple Crisp Parfait
  • Apple Crisp
  • Caramel Pudding Cake
  • Easy Brown Bag Apple Pie
  • Fresh Peach Dessert
  • Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes
  • Pumpkin Pie Truffles
  • Easy Pumpkin Roll Dessert
  • The Great Pumpkin Pie Recipe

  • Banana Cream Pie
  • Apple Crisp Parfait
  • Apple Crisp
  • Caramel Pudding Cake
  • Easy Brown Bag Apple Pie
  • Fresh Peach Dessert
  • Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes
  • Pumpkin Pie Truffles
  • Easy Pumpkin Roll Dessert
  • The Great Pumpkin Pie Recipe

We wish you have very Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Black Friday! ;)

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Easy and Delicious Chicken Salad Croissant

This easy and delicious chicken salad croissant is the perfect lunch and packed full of fresh ingredients!

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I interrupt all things Fall to bring you a fantastic lunch! This is most definitely my favorite sandwich to make for lunch. I LOVE a flakey buttery croissant and this chicken salad is amazing. It’s packed full of protein and even has fruit and veggies inside! Hello, awesome! I love to make it after my morning workout when I want a filling meal but I don’t want something to heavy. This is it! I usually serve it with a fruit or veggie on the side and a glass of ice water! Today was sparkling apple cider (I’ll share the recipe soon! SOOO good!)

Ingredients:

Croissants – I use the store bought ones found in the bakery of our grocery store

1 can of shredded chicken (fresh is great too but canned is easier and faster!)

2-3 Tablespoons of Mayo depending on your taste – I used organic that doesn’t contain sugar.

1/4 cup of chopped celery

1/4 cup of grapes, sliced. (I prefer red but I had green on hand.)

1 teaspoon of dry ranch seasoning

small handful of cashews, chopped (optional)

Directions:

Using a serrated knife, slice croissant open, leaving one side in tact so the chicken salad doesn’t fall out when you eat it. Set aside. Combine all remaining ingredients in a small bowl then spoon into croissant. Easy, right? This is such a great quick and easy lunch that is pretty healthy even! These are also great for parties on mini croissants! Yum!!

 

Chicken Salad Sandwich

Enjoy!

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Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I mean, what’s not to love? Food, Family, Food, Fall, Food! Everything about it makes me happy. I always love a good excuse to celebrate life’s many blessings and that’s what Thanksgiving is all about, right? Well, we live over 2000 miles away from our families so I pretty much need step-by-step instructions on how to make our traditional Thanksgiving Dinner.

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I’ve collected my favorite Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes to share with you!

Fail-proof Roast Turkey Recipe

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots – This is my sister in law’s recipe and I make these all the time. This is my favorite way to prepare carrots!

Green Bean Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

Now, I’m not a huge fan of cranberry sauce but Cranberry Fluff, yes please!

The Perfect Dinner Rolls - These are my FAVE! I could eat like 10 of them in one sitting.

Thanksgiving is not complete without the perfect Pumpkin Pie!

Also, you better believe I’m decorating my Thanksgiving table in gold this year!

The amazing Gold Thanksgiving tablescape is from A Pumpkin and a Princess

Well, that’s it! Everything you need for Thanksgiving dinner!

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Pumpkin Pie Truffles

A creamy, soft pumpkin pie center wrapped up in white chocolate!
Hey guys, it’s Adell from Baked in Arizona! How is everyone?!  I hope you are all having a great October so far.  Fall is seriously the best. The weather, the food, the holidays! We also have a bunch of birthdays in my family we get to celebrate. Is it that way for you? I feel like October is a big month for birthdays.
So about this recipe. I love truffles! I even served peanut butter truffles at my wedding reception! So, I was so excited to try these pumpkin truffles. I have to admit, I’m not a huge pumpkin pie fan. I like pumpkin cheesecake, and almost anything pumpkin but plain pumpkin pie? Not my favorite. Add some white chocolate to the mix & you have a winner in my book! I hope you all love these truffles as much as we did.
The center is soft and creamy. Just like pumpkin pie.

 

Pumpkin Pie Truffles



Ingredients:

  • 18 golden oreo cookies (1/2 package)
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 Tablespoons + 1/2 cup powdered sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 12 ounces vanilla almond bark
  • crumbled gingersnap cookie, optional
Instructions:
  1. Put the oreos in a food processor and pulse until you have crumbs. Put the crumbs in a medium sized bowl & add the cream cheese, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice & 2 tablespoons powdered sugar. Mix until combined.
  2. Melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave. Add them to the pumpkin mixture and stir till incorporated. Put the mixture in the fridge (or freezer to save time) to chill for 30 minutes to an hour.
  3. Put a 1/2 cup powdered sugar in a small bowl. Scoop desired size truffle from the pumpkin mix and drop into the bowl of powered sugar. Turn to coat. Roll into a ball and put on a parchment lined cookie sheet. (The powdered sugar helps them not stick to your hands too much but these truffles are a little messy to make into balls.)
  4. Once the truffles are all formed, chill them in the freezer or fridge until pretty firm.
  5. Melt the almond bark according to package directions. Dip the chilled truffles in the almond bark and set on the parchment paper. Sprinkle with the crumbled gingersnap and let set up in the fridge.
  6. Store the truffles in the refrigerator. Serve chilled.
  7. Makes around 15 truffles depending on the the exact size you end up forming. Recipe could easily be doubled.
  8. Recipe Source: inspired by this recipe & this recipe.
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No-bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Jack-o-lanterns

Decadent Pumpkin Cheesecake with a fun Halloween twist!

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First of all, pumpkin anything is usually amazing. I LOVE pumpkin and I LOVE cheesecake so this no-bake pumpkin cheesecake is a no brainer! These are so simple to make and your kids (and pretty much anyone with a pulse) will love them. Seriously. Let’s get started!

You will need:

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 4 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 (8-oz) block cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (8-oz) container of Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1/4 cup powdered sifted sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • whipped cream (for topping)
  • clear party cups
  • Black Vinyl Faces**
  • Graham Cracker pieces (for stems)
  • Green Candies (for leaves – I used chewy Sprees)

**I made my faces using black vinyl and my Silhouette Cameo but you can get similar Jack-o-lantern faces here.

Instructions:

  • Stick Jack-o-lantern faces on your 4-6 party cups.
  • Mix melted butter and graham cracker crumbs and distribute evenly in clear party cups. Pack the crumbs down tightly at the bottom of the cup. This will be your crust. Place cups in freezer.
  • Combine remaining ingredients (cream cheese, cool whip, powdered sugar, pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice) in a mixing bowl until mixed thoroughly.
  • Remove cups from freezer and fill each cup to the top with your pumpkin cheesecake. Place in refrigerator for 2+ hours.
  • Before serving, add whip cream, graham cracker stem and green candies.

Makes 4-6 servings.

Jack-o-lantern No Bake Cheesecake

These are just too cute for Halloween or leave the faces off for Thanksgiving!

Try our other Pumpkin Recipes!

20+ Pumpkin Recipes

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

Frosted Pumpkin Cookies

Pumpkin Ice Cream

Pumpkin Pie Truffles

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11 Amazing Breakfast Recipes

I always have a hard time thinking of  something to make for breakfast. Especially on busy school days,  It’s all too easy to pour a bowl of cereal and head out the door. Well, we know breakfast is the most important meal of the day so I’ve rounded up some amazing breakfast recipes for you to try out! I’ve tried a bunch of these but the others I am dying to make!

Scrumptious French Toast and Buttermilk Syrup

The Ultimate Pancake with Buttermilk Syrup

Chocolate Chip Muffins with Chia Seeds

Slow Cooker Peach Oatmeal from Yummy Healthy Easy

Bran Muffins from Baked in AZ

Gluten Free Buttermilk Pancakes from Cooking Classy

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Pancakes from Creme de la Crumb

Healthy Granola Parfait from Yummy Healthy Easy

Blender Wheat Pancakes from Baked in AZ

Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins from Cooking Classy

Funfetti Pancakes from Yummy Healthy Easy

11 Amazing Breakfast Recipes

YUM, right!? Which one will you make first, I’m pretty excited to try the Slow Cooker Peach Oatmeal! Yummy!!!

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Halloween Swig Cookies

Halloween Swig Cookies

Let me introduce you to the magical, wonderful, amazing Swig Cookie! It is a sugar cookie, kind of like a shortbread, with the most delicious, creamy frosting on the planet. The girls from Lolly Jane gave me a Swig cookie at SNAP Conference last year and I’ve been hooked ever since. For those that don’t know, Swig is a little bake shop in St. George, Utah that sells baked goods and drinks, from what I hear. I have never been there but this place is famous. And for good reason. These cookies are too. die. for.  A dirty Dr. Pepper and a Swig Cookie are my happy place.

I got the recipe from Mandi from Vintage Revivals. She lives in St. George and apparently, this recipe is spot. on. Like perfection! Out of respect for Mandi, I am not going to repost the recipe here but you can find it on her blog HERE.

You probably have everything you need to make with a possible exception of Cream of Tartar (I didn’t have any) and you’ll need sour cream for the frosting. Don’t worry, it’s amazing. If you eat the frosting with a spoon, I won’t judge.

I made these Mandi’s way (the Swig way!) the first time I made them then I decided to give them a little Halloween twist by switching the red food coloring for red + yellow (to make orange, duh!) and added some super cute Halloween sprinkles. I’m psyched about them, my kids are obsessed with them and I need everyone I know to experience the greatness that is the Swig Cookie. You’ll thank me later, I’m sure of it. ;)

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