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2-Ingredient Pineapple Angel Food Cake Recipe

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INGREDIENTS:
1 box Betty Crocker white angel food cake mix
1 can (20 oz) crushed pineapple in juice, undrained
(see my tips below)

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DIRECTIONS:

1: Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 10-inch tube pan with cooking spray.

2: In large bowl, beat dry angel food cake mix and crushed pineapple on low speed 30 seconds.  Beat on medium speed 1 minute. Pour into pan.

3: Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until deep golden brown. Cool completely upside down as directed on cake mix box, at least 1 hour. Run knife around edges then turn cooled cake out onto serving plate. Use serrated knife to cut into slices.

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Darlene’s Tips:  You can make a simple glaze to drizzle over the cake by adding a few drops of water or milk to powdered sugar until you get the consistency that you want. You can tint the glaze with food coloring and you can also add a few drops of pineapple extract or the flavor of your choice.

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Barbeque Beef Casserole – Easy 5 Ingredient Recipe

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INGREDIENTS:
2 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 jar (18 oz) barbecue sauce
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (8 oz)
1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury refrigerated crescent dinner rolls

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DIRECTIONS:

1:  Heat oven to 350° F.

2:  Cook the ground beef over medium heat 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add onion and cook 3 to 5 minutes longer or until onion has softened and beef is thoroughly cooked, stirring occasionally.

3:  Remove from heat. Add barbecue sauce and stir until well combined.

4:  Spoon beef mixture into ungreased 2-quart baking dish. Stir in 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (8 oz).

5:  Unroll the crescent dinner rolls. Place sheet of dough over beef mixture to cover, tucking in sides of dough. Place baking dish on sheet pan or cookie sheet.

6:  Bake on lower oven rack 30 to 35 minutes or until top is golden brown. Cool 5 minutes before serving.

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Darlene’s Tips:  You can other ingredients to the ground beef if you want, like chopped peppers, mushrooms, whatever. You can use any ground meat. 

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Coconut Pecan Chocolate Fudge Recipe – Easy Melt & Pour Frosting Hack

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INGREDIENTS:
1 can Chocolate Frosting
1 can Coconut Pecan Frosting
1 cup chocolate chips (6 oz)
1 cup white vanilla baking chips (6 oz)
2 cups chopped pecans
2 cups shredded coconut

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DIRECTIONS:

1:  Line 9-inch square pan with foil, extending foil over 2 opposite sides of pan. Spray foil with No-Stick Cooking Spray.

2:  In medium microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips on High 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until melted. Stir in milk chocolate frosting. Stir half of the nuts and half of the remaining coconut into the chocolate mixture. Spread in pan.

3:  In medium microwavable bowl, microwave white vanilla chips on High 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until melted. Stir in coconut pecan frosting. Put about 2 tablespoons of the nuts and coconut aside and stir in remaining nuts and coconut. Spread over chocolate mixture. Sprinkle the reserved nuts and coconut over top of fudge.

4:  Refrigerate 1 1/2 hours or until firm. Remove foil and cut into squares. Store covered in refrigerator.

Darlene’s Tips: If you would like just black and white layered fudge with no nuts or coconut, simply melt chocolate morsels to mix with chocolate frosting and white morsels to mix with vanilla frosting! Layer them as directed!

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Easy Mini Pizzas Recipe – Canned Biscuit Dough Hack

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INGREDIENTS:
1 can (16.3 oz) Pillsbury Grands! Flaky Layers refrigerated Original biscuits
1 cup pizza sauce
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 oz)
Pizza toppings of your choice

DIRECTIONS:

1:  Preheat oven to at 375°F . Press each biscuit into 6-inch round. Place rounds on cookie sheets.

2:  Top each round with pizza sauce, cheese and toppings of your choice.

2:  Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until bottoms are deep golden brown and cheese is bubbly.

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Darlene’s Tips:  Make a variety of different pizzas and cut them into 4 pieces each and serve warm or even cold as appetizers or snacks.

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Cowboy Cornbread Recipe – Easy Cornbread Mix Hack

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INGREDIENTS:
1 pouch (6.5 oz) Betty Crocker cornbread & muffin mix
1/3 cup milk
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup crumbled cooked bacon
1 egg

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DIRECTIONS:

1: Heat oven to 400°F. Grease or spray bottom of 8-inch cast-iron skillet. Heat skillet in oven about 10 minutes or until hot. Optional: You can use an 8-inch square pan (do not preheat the pan, but do preheat the oven).

2: In medium bowl, mix all ingredients. Pour into skillet or pan.

3: Bake about 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Loosen sides with knife and carefully remove from skillet to cooling rack to cool.

Darlene’s Tips: Serve with chili or baked beans or as a side to any dish (no rules!). You could make this in muffin tins if you prefer and grab on the go for a quick and easy breakfast. Instead of cooked bacon, you could use deli ham or salami cut into small pieces or you could skip the meat.

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Sloppy Joe Pasta Recipe – Easy One-Pan Dinner

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INGREDIENTS:
1 lb lean ground beef (at least 80%)
1 onion, peeled and diced
1 packet sloppy joe seasoning mix
1 can (about 15 oz) tomato sauce
1 can (about 14 oz) diced tomates, undrained
12 oz uncooked pasta of your choice
(see tips below)

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DIRECTIONS:

1:  Cook the ground beef and onion in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until beef is thoroughly cooked, breaking up beef as it cooks. Drain.

2:  Add the sloppy joe seasoning mix, tomato sauce and diced tomatoes (including the liquid). Stir to combine. Heat to boiling over medium-high heat.

3: Add the pasta and toss until pasta is submerged. Cover and cook 7 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender.

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Darlene’s Tips:  You can add any other ingredients you want like bell pepper, garlic, mushrooms, etc. Serve with shredded cheese on top. If you don’t want the sloppy joe flavor, turn it into chili pasta or taco pasta by using a packet of chili seasoning or taco seasoning instead.

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Easy Caramel Cream Cheese Dip Recipe – Just 3 Ingredients

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INGREDIENTS:
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 jar (7 oz) marshmallow creme
1/4 cup caramel topping
optional: extra caramel and dash of coarse salt for topping
(see tips below)

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DIRECTIONS:

1: Mix cream cheese, marshmallow creme and caramel topping with electric mixer or by hand in medium bowl until mixed well and no lumps remain. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving.

Optional: Drizzle additional caramel on top of dip and sprinkle with sea salt before serving, if desired.

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Darlene’s Tips:  To soften the cream cheese, just leave it at room temp for about an hour.  In a hurry?  Pop it in the microwave in a glass bowl and heat for 10 second intervals, checking after each, until softened (don’t let it get hot, just soft).  You can use caramel syrup if you don’t have the thicker topping. Or you can skip the caramel and just make the cream cheese marshmallow dip and leave it plain or use chocolate topping or any flavor topping. You could even try using 1/4 cup of any flavor of jelly or jam.  Perfect for dipping fruit or spread on crackers. This might also make an unusual yet super delish frosting for cookies, cakes or brownies!

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5-Ingredient Chicken Soup Casserole Recipe

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INGREDIENTS:
3 cups cooked chicken, chopped
2 cans (10.75 oz each) cream of chicken soup
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
3 cups panko crispy bread crumbs or any stuffing mix
6 tablespoons butter, melted

DIRECTIONS:

1:  Heat oven to 350°F.

2:  Place chicken in bottom of ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Spoon soup evenly over chicken and top with shredded cheese.

3:  In medium bowl stir together melted butter and bread crumbs or stuffing mix. Sprinkle over baking dish. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until bubbly.

Darlene’s Tips:  You can use any flavor of cream soup that you have on hand. You can also add some frozen (thawed) or canned veggies to the mix!

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Birthday Cake Bread Recipe – Easy Cake Mix Hack

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INGREDIENTS:
1 box Betty Crocker Super Moist yellow cake mix
1 box (3.4 oz) vanilla-flavor instant pudding & pie filling mix
1 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1/3 cup rainbow sprinkles
1/2 cup vanilla frosting

DIRECTIONS:

1:  Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour bottoms only of two 8×4-inch loaf pans.

2:  In large bowl, beat cake mix, dry pudding mix, water, oil and eggs with electric mixer on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in 1/4 cup of the sprinkles. Divide batter evenly between pans.

3:  Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; run metal spatula around edge of loaves to loosen. Remove from pans to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour.

4:  Spread frosting on tops of loaves. Sprinkle with remaining sprinkles. When ready to serve, cut into slices.

Darlene’s Tips:  You could do this with any flavor cake mix and you certainly do not have to add the sprinkles. You could add chopped nuts instead or anything you want. A spice cake with chopped nuts would be delish and top with cream cheese frosting!

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad – Easy 5-Ingredient Potluck Recipe

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INGREDIENTS:
1 lb box of pasta of your choice
3 cups shredded or pulled deli rotisserie chicken
1 cup crisply cooked and crumbled bacon (9 to 11 slices)
2 cups shredded Italian cheese blend (8 oz)
1 bottle (16 oz) ranch dressing

DIRECTIONS:

1:  Cook and drain pasta as directed on package.  Let it cool completely.

2:  In large bowl, add pasta, chicken, bacon and cheese. Toss to blend.

3:  Add ranch dressing, as little or as much as you want (see my tips below).  Mix until well blended. Store in refrigerator.

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Darlene’s Tips:  The dressing will soak into the pasta if you are not serving right away. If you are serving later, you might want to add a bit more dressing just before serving. You could even wait to add all the dressing just before serving. You can use chopped deli sandwich meat instead of the shredded chicken (chicken, turkey, ham, whatever) and you could use real bacon bits for the bacon. Add whatever other ingredients you want, just plan on using more dressing.

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