M&M Oatmeal Chocolate Bars

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Looking for a new treat to try this Christmas? This one is so good, and a great way to make an easy bar recipe instead of cookies in a hurry!


 
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Here’s how to get started . . . 

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M&M Oatmeal Chocolate Bars

Ingredients

 

  • 1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 1/2 cups gold medal flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened (almost melted)
  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cup M&Ms

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Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350.
  2. Mix together first four ingredients in large bowl.
  3. Remove 1 cup of the flour mixture and set aside.
  4. Grease 9×13 pan and press onto bottom of pan.
  5. On stovetop, mix sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips and two more tablespoons butter.
  6. Stir until chips have melted and mixture is smooth.
  7. Pour chocolate mixture over oat mixture, then sprinkle leftover cup of oat meal on top of chocolate.
  8. Top with M&Ms and bake 20-25 minutes.
  9. Let cool, slice and serve!

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Looking for more treats to make this Christmas? Here are a few of our favorites:

Recipe adapted from Lil Luna.  If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

 

 

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My Top 5 Cyber Monday Deals . . .

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Just updated with all the deals of the day ~ hope you find all the deals you need this week!

Goodness, there have been a ton of deals already today! Here’s a peek at my top 5 Cyber Monday deals so far of the day . . .

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1. Silhouette Portrait Cutter  just $99 – this is an incredible deal and so worth it – don’t miss this if you’re a crafter who’s been waiting for a deal!

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2. 3 Hot Cyber Monday Toy deals ~ I am loving that the price has finally dropped on that Little Tikes Shopping Cart, and just ordered my youngest a set of Snap Circuits! The price on the Kidkraft Castle is also now $50 off and it’s lowest price ever.

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And don’t forget the Hasbro 50% off Toy Sale that ends otnight ~ I was tickled to get Risk for my 15 year old for $15.99, and picked up a few toys for my 8 year old as well. If you have kids at home you don’t want to miss this sale ~ and definitely watch for great prices on a few board games too!

 

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3 . All the great Walmart deals going on this year.
I’m usually not much of a Walmart shopper, but I’ve noticed quite a few great price today!

 

 

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4. Dozens of DVDs on sale for as low as $1.96, shipped. This is a great way to score a few stocking stuffers while shopping at home in your pjs!

 

 

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5. Don’t miss the huge Macy’s Buy One Get One Free Boot sale that ends TONIGHT. Head on over HERE to choose from dozens of boots for as lowa s $26.24, including free shipping!

And, remember that Amazon is offering 30% off select clothing, shoes, and outerwear too, with prices as low as $10.10 (but they end tonight)! Go HERE to see everything included in the sale.

So those are just the very best deals . . . but there have been so many more today! Here’s a peek at the complete list of Cyber Monday deals we’ve shared on PPP today . . .

 

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Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

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I love me some white chicken chili.

 

Like really, L.O.V.E. it. 

 

And with Thanksgiving right around the corner, you can easily swap out leftover turkey with chicken too.  I made up this pot last week for dinner, and loved that we had plenty for leftovers for dinner, plus I ate it for lunch all week too. Yum!

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Here’s how to get started . . . 

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili (makes 8 servings)

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 14 oz can chicken broth
  • 14 oz can navy beans
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion
  • 1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • (2) 14 oz. cans white corn
  • (2) 4 oz cans cohpped green chiles
  • (4) 14 oz cans navy beans, rinsed & drained
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Directions

  1. Add chicken to slow cooker.
  2. Cover with remaining ingredients.
  3. Cook on low 7-8 hours.
  4. Remove chicken and shred.
  5. Return chicken to slow cooker.
  6. Cook an additional 30 minutes.
  7. Enjoy!
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And if you’re looking for a decent slow cooker, this one has fantastic reviews!

Recipe adapted from All Recipes. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Deep Dish Caramel Brookie

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I found this recipe over on Facebook last week, and when my twelve year old saw it she was determined to try it out. 

I was busy however typing away on Saturday morning, so asked if she’d handle making it for me ~ and take a few pictures to share with you all along the way.

Folks, she did an incredible job. 

This was a.m.a.z.i.n.g. and so much better than I expected. If you’re looking for a restaurant-quality dessert to treat your family with, this one’s for you!

Here’s what you’ll need . . .

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Break your cookie dough up . . .

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press 1 package of cookie dough down into greased 10″ round cake pan or skillet

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Unwrap caramels . . . (don’t eat them all)carmels

 

Melt caramels for 30 seconds, then stir, then melt another 30 seconds until smooth. caramel

Pour on top of cookie dough, then sprinkle 1 cup chocolate chips and cover with another layer of cookie dough.

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Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.brookie

Sprinkle with additional chocolate chips.

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Top with ice cream and serve warm. Enjoy!

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Ingredients

  • 1 bag square soft caramels (we used Kraft)
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 2 packages cookie dough
  • vanilla ice cream

Directions

  1. Press 1 package cookie dough into bottom of greased 10″ round pan.
  2. Unwrap caramels and melt in microwave for 30 seconds. Stir, melt for another 30 seconds and continue until melted (be careful not to burn them.)
  3. Spoon caramel onto first layer of cookie dough, sprinkle with chocolate chips.
  4. Add another layer of cookie dough on top.
  5. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
  6. Serve warm with ice cream.
  7. Enjoy!
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Recipe courtesy of Buzz Feed. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Menu Plan Monday: Week Of 11/9/15

 

Have you made your menu plan for the week? After my big Kroger trip yesterday I came home and took stock of our pantry, and came up this menu plan for our house this week:

 

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Do you have anything yummy on your menu plan this week?  I’d love to hear what you’re having, and if you have any great recipe ideas please leave a comment to share!  

 

 

Check out my recipes to try board on Pinterest, and see more penny-pinched recipe ideas.  This post is linked up to OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday where you can find lots more menu planning ideas! 

 

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Slow Cooker Chicken and Dressing

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This is one of those meals we hardly ever have at our house, but it’s my husband’s favorite so I  made it this week. (Honestly, he likes this one even better but using my slow cooker once a week is oh-so-worth it so I decided to make the slow cooker version instead.)

If you need a super easy meal mixed up in 5 minutes, this one’s for you. Such a great way to get dinner done in a pinch!

 

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Slow Cooker Chicken & Dressing

Ingredients

  1. 1 can cream of chicken soup (reduced fat is fine)
  2. 4 – 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (I used 4 the last time and for our family of 5 that wasn’t nearly enough – will definitely add in 6 next time!)
  3. 1 1/4 cup water
  4. 1/4 cup margarine, melted (I’m betting you could use just a tablespoon if you’d like to reduce the calories)
  5. 6 oz. package dressing

Directions

  1. Place chicken breast in the bottom of the crockpot (frozen chicken breast is fine also, you may just want to add a little extra cooking time but I think it makes the meat more tender)
  2. Pour soup on top of the chicken breast.
  3. Mix together melted margarine and water.  Stir in dressing.
  4. Pour dressing mixture over the chicken and soup.
  5. Cook on low for four hours in the crockpot.
  6. Serve.

 

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Menu Plan Monday: Week Of 11/2/15

 

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Goodness gracious, can you believe it’s November already? I’m a little bit shocked myself, and so not ready for way too many reasons!

 

This week though I’m heading down for a super quick trip to Alabama and Tennessee. (I’ll be down South for a whopping 48 hours to meet with a few folks on my team and do our annual birthday-month-shop with my sister-in-laws in Nashville – I’m so excited!)  So, I’m trying to get all my ducks in a row by starting the week off on the right foot with some food made for my family before I head out. Here’s what’s on the menu:

Do you have anything yummy on your menu plan this week?  I’d love to hear what you’re having, and if you have any great recipe ideas please leave a comment to share!  

 

 

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Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas

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Like I shared Monday, I love my slow cooker. Mrs. Potts requires me to plan ahead, and guarantees that we have something yummy for dinner on the nights when I’m willing to pull her out of her cupboard. :)

 

And having dinner done in less than 10 minutes is such a gift around here. If you need a night off from really cooking, this recipe’s for you. The best part is that it makes a bunch, so odds are you can serve it as fajitas one night, then hang onto the leftovers to make Chicken Nachos later in the week (that’s our plan for tomorrow night.) Love that! Here’s the recipe so you can get slow cooking to . . .

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Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 onion, sliced thinly
  • 3 large peppers (I used 2 green and one red), cut into strips
  • 3/4 cup chunky salsa
  • 2 packages fajita seasoning mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 16 10-inch flour tortillas
  • fajita toppings – shredded cheese, chopped tomatoes, sour cream, guacamole

Directions

  1. Put chicken in slow cooker.
  2. Add onion and peppers.
  3. In bowl, mix salsa, fajita seasoning mix, and cayenne pepper. Pour over chicken.
  4. Put lid on slow cooker and cook on low 6-7 hours or high 3-4 hours.
  5. Shred chicken with a fork.
  6. Serve over tortillas and add toppings, then save leftovers for chicken nachos or taco salad. Enjoy!

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 Recipe adapted from All Recipes. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Menu Plan Monday: Week Of 10/26/15

 

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Have you made your menu plan yet for the week? With summer right around the corner (really!), this week is absolutely crazy for us, so we’re keeping it really simple around here. We’re actually doing a little traveling too, so here are my super penny pinched meal ideas for that as well!

 

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Do you have anything yummy on your menu plan this week?  I’d love to hear what you’re having, and if you have any great recipe ideas please leave a comment to share!  

 

 

Check out my recipes to try board on Pinterest, and see more penny-pinched recipe ideas.  This post is linked up to OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday where you can find lots more menu planning ideas! 

 

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Menu Plan Monday: Week Of 10/19/15

 

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Have you made your menu plan yet for the week? Yesterday I took stock of what we had in our pantry and freezer (our freezer is stuffed) and decided to make a few recipes only using what we already have at home. So, nothing fancy this week (my husband begged for sloppy joes, and I let the kids pick a few dinners too. But, at least we have a plan in place!

 

  • Monday – Sloppy Joes, french fries, salad
  • Tuesday – soup and sandwiches (I’m teaching a coupon class so my family gets to fend for themselves)
  • WednesdayPork Tenderloin, mashed potatoes, gravy, broccoli
  • Thursday – Breakfast for dinner – eggs, sausage, fruit salad, biscuits
  • FridayPizza Pasta Casserole 
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Do you have anything yummy on your menu plan this week?  I’d love to hear what you’re having, and if you have any great recipe ideas please leave a comment to share!  

 

 

Check out my recipes to try board on Pinterest, and see more penny-pinched recipe ideas.  This post is linked up to OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday where you can find lots more menu planning ideas! 

 

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