Oreo Stripe Delight

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Note from Laurie: Shannon made this recipe to share this week, and oh my stars it looks just amazing! If you need a chocolate fix this summer, this one’s for you. ūüôā¬†

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This recipe is SUPER easy and tastes just amazing!¬†It’s perfect to take to a potluck or any family function.¬†We made this the other night with company and they asked to take some home . . .¬† it’s that good.¬†ūüôā

 

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I love all the layers and this dessert really comes together so easily, your kids will want to help out with this one.

 

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Here’s what you’ll need . . .

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Oreo Stripe Delight

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Ingredients

  • 35 Oreo Cookies
  • 6 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 package cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of cold milk
  • 1 tub of Cool Whip
  • 2 packages Jell-O Chocolate Instant Pudding
  • 3 1/4 cup of cold milk

 

Directions

  1. Place Oreo Cookies in a food processor blend until finely crushed. Transfer to medium bowl and mix in with the butter.  Press into bottom of 13 x 9 inch dish.  Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk cream cheese, sugar and 2 tablespoons of milk in medium bowl until blended.  Stir in 1 1/4 cups of the Cool Whip and spread onto the crust.
  3. Beat pudding mixes and 3 1/4 cups milk with whisk for 2 minutes and let stand 5 minutes until thickened.  Pour the pudding mixture over the cream cheese layer and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.
  4. Right before serving, cover with the remaining cool whip and enjoy!

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Recipe adapted from KraftFoods.com!

 

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Spicy Asian Lettuce Wraps

You’re going to love this. ūüôā

 

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You know how we’re working really hard to eat healthier this year?¬† Well, we stumbled upon this recipe and have added it to our rotation because EVERYONE loves it (and you know that doesn’t happen . . . ¬†like EVER!)

 

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Here’s how to get started:

 

First, mix all the sauces in a bowl and set that aside for later.

 

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Next pop those mushrooms into a food processor.¬† (I use this one.)¬† Now . . . my kids are not really mushroom fans at all but these chop up so small that they won’t even know they’re in there.¬† And, adding in the mushrooms will REALLY help you stretch that budget leaving lots of leftovers.

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Do the same with the bell pepper and cucumbers.  Oodles of veggies in one meal and the kids have no idea.  Success!

 

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Put all the veggies in a bowl to add in later.

Now, heat up sesame oil in a skillet until hot, and add the grated ginger until fragrant (yum!)

 

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Next add the turkey (or pork, or chicken) until brown and then add all the vegetables until combined.  Once you have that all mixed in add the sauce and let simmer for about 2 mins.

 

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Load up those lettuce leaves, top with sriracha and/or hoisin and¬†enjoy . . .¬†you’re welcome! ūüôā

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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp sriracha chili sauce
  • 1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 1 tbsp ginger root, grated
  • 1 lb uncooked ground turkey (or pork or chicken)
  • 1 small container of white mushrooms
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1/2 cucumber peeled and seeded (diced)
  • 12 leaves of butter lettuce (or bibb lettuce)

Directions

  1.  In a small bowl mix the hoisin, sriracha and soy sauces Рset aside.
  2. Using a food processor chop the mushrooms, bell pepper, and cucumber – put in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Place the sesame oil in a skillet until hot, add grated ginger until fragrant.
  4. Add ground turkey (or pork/chicken) and cook until brown.
  5. Add the vegetables to the turkey in the skillet until combined (about 1 to 2 mins), then add in the sauce until it’s all good and mixed in.
  6. Put turkey mixture in a bowl and serve in butter lettuce leaves, top with sriracha or hoisin and enjoy!

 

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DIY Platform Storage Bed On A Budget

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My friend Misty created this platform bed for her son, and I LOVED the idea! Here’s a peek at how she made it for under $100.¬†

 

My son turned 13 a couple of months ago, so I decided it was about time to get him out of his twin size bed that he has been in since he was 3!  The only problem was that the old bed had a lot of storage under it, and I did not want to give it up.  I started looking online for options to purchase, which were all too pricey, so I headed over to Pinterest to find ideas.  Here are a few of my favorites pins:

My favorite idea was the first one.  He has links to videos showing the entire process of his build, and I really liked the idea of using cabinets for the base. However, even Ikea cabinets would blow the budget, so I started my hunt for used kitchen or bath base cabinets that I could recycle.

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I thought they would be easy to find at thrift stores, but after a couple of weeks searching all the local thrift stores, the Habitat ReStore, and Craigslist, I had not found enough cabinets to match up to build the base. ¬†On to plan B…I found these¬†Better Homes and Gardens Square 4-Cube Organizers¬†at Walmart for only $37.96 each.

 

I liked that these had a 100 lb. weight limit on the top of the cabinet.  I had also seen so many cute pallet wood projects on Pinterest, so I decided to go with the new storage units and the old pallet wood for the rest of the base.

 

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The next step in the hunting & gathering process was to find the mattress for the bed.  This was important because I needed the exact measurements, including the thickness, to determine the platform size of the base. I wanted the mattress to have a flat transition from the slats to top of the storage units so the mattress could overlap the top of the storage units.  I went with this mattress on Jet.com (also available at Amazon) which had great reviews and only cost $125 (after coupon).

 

I will say I enjoy building things and doing projects on my own, but I couldn’t have done this without my handy husband. ¬†Fortunately we had¬†most of the tools we needed and borrowed the rest so we didn’t have to spend anything on that. ¬†We also had a lot of wood left over from rebuilding our fence a few years ago, so most of the 2×4’s we used came out of that. ¬†We did have to buy three 2x4x96″¬†studs¬†to run the length of the bed frame and six 1x3x96″ boards for the support slats. We also had to buy screws and a couple of 2×4 hanging brackets.

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You can also see in this picture that we decided to add a small headboard, which was not in my¬†original idea. ¬†We added it to provide a backstop for his pillows and a shelf for his alarm clock. ¬†We used some of the longer old fence boards to create the headboard. After this step we added the 1×3 slats to the frame to support the mattress evenly and put the assembled storage units into place. (I did not permanently attach them to the base.)

 

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For the footboard, I used an old pallet. ¬†I just measured the opening between the base posts and cut the pallet to fit. I’m planning to add a folding desktop to the footboard in the future…

 

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The last part of the project was creating a door to conceal the storage area.  I used a scrap piece of plywood for the back of the door then cut pieces of pallet wood to screw to the front creating a really rustic look.  We had already positioned 2 support posts to the base of the bed where I wanted the door to go.  We attached 2 hinges between one of the support posts and the door.

 

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All in all we ended up spending right at $100 for the materials to build this bed, not including the mattress! ¬†My son loves it, and I’m happy to still have a place to hide the Legos and other stuff that he isn’t quite ready to get rid of yet. ūüôā

 

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Chicken & Broccoli Stir Fry


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Chicken & Broccoli Stir Fry

I’ve been looking for a healthier stir fry option, and this recipe was delicious! This summer I have so struggled with taking time to make a menu plan each week, but when I noticed pre-cut stir fry veggies marked down to $1.49, I couldn’t pass them by.

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We used low sodium soy sauce along with a few other ingredients we had in the pantry, and this turned out perfectly.

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¬†If you need a yummy alternative to takeout when you don’t have much time to prep, this one’s for you! ūüôā

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Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • ‚Ä®stir fry veggies – we used carrots, broccoli and snap peas

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Directions

  1. Mix soy sauce, brown sugar, and corn starch in a small bowl and set aside.  Add the ginger, garlic, and red pepper into the sauce.  Marinate the chicken in the sauce and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon sesame oil in your skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir carrots, broccoli, and snap peas just until tender (about 5 minutes). Remove vegetables from skillet and keep warm.
  3. Remove chicken from marinade, reserving liquid. Heat 1 tablespoon sesame oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken until slightly pink on the inside (about 2 minutes per side); add in the vegetables and reserved marinade. Bring to this all to a boil; cook and stir until chicken is done and vegetables are tender (about 5 to 7 minutes). Serve over rice (optional).

 

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Recipe adapted from All Recipes.

 

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Golden Oreo Strawberry & Cream Icebox Cake

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Golden Oreo Strawberry & Cream Icebox Cake

Looking for a yummy 4th of July treat? We made tried out this recipe from Life, Love and Sugar, and goodness gracious, it was fantastic. This Red Velvet Ice Cream looks amazing too ~ so many great recipes for the 4th!

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Ingredients

  • 2 – 3.4 oz packages cheesecake flavored pudding
  • 4 1/2 cups (1080 ml) milk, divided
  • 2 – 15.25 oz boxes golden Oreos
  • 1 lb package strawberries, sliced
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 12 oz Cool Whip

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Make the cheesecake flavored puddings according to package directions (use 4 cups of the milk).

Put remaining 1/2 cup of milk into a small bowl – dip Oreos in milk quickly and place into the bottom of a 9√ó13 pan in a single layer.

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Spread half of the cheesecake pudding on top of the Oreos.

Add a single layer of strawberry slices on top of the pudding.

 

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Spread half of the Cool Whip on top of the strawberries.

Dip the Oreos in milk quickly and place on top of the Cool Whip in a single layer.

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Top Oreos with the rest of the cheesecake pudding.

Add a layer of blueberries, save about 1/3 cup for the topping.

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Top with Cool Whip.

Decorate the top of the cake with the strawberry slices and blueberries.

Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

 

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Ingredients

  • 2 – 3.4 oz packages cheesecake flavored pudding
  • 4 1/2 cups (1080 ml) milk, divided
  • 2 – 15.25 oz boxes golden Oreos
  • 1 lb package strawberries, sliced
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 12 oz Cool Whip

 

Directions

  1. Mix cheesecake puddings according to package directions (use 4 cups of the milk).
  2. Place remaining 1/2 cup of milk into a small bowl. Quickly dip Oreos in milk and layer in bottom of a 9√ó13 pan.
  3. Spread half of the cheesecake pudding over Oreos.
  4. Add a single layer of strawberry slices on top of the pudding.
  5. Layer half of the Cool Whip on top of the strawberries.
  6. Dip Oreos in milk quickly and place on top of the Cool Whip in a single layer.
  7. Top Oreos with remaining cheesecake pudding.
  8. Add a layer of blueberries, saving 1/3 cup for the topping.
  9. Top with Cool Whip.
  10. Layer the top of the cake with the strawberry slices and blueberries.
  11. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.

 

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We also made these super cute fruit kabobs to go along with dessert ~ ¬†the kids loved helping me make these and devoured each and every one of them. ūüôā

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Dollar Tree DIY

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Not gonna lie.¬†This didn’t turn out as my favorite Friday Fluffin’ project ever.

 

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(I really do like this one. And this one. And even¬†this one. But today’s? Not my favorite.)

 

But.

 

I think the idea is good, so I’m sharing it and¬†betting you’ll¬†do it better than me, so maybe it’ll inspire you to just get crafting! ūüôā

 

I saw this super smart idea and thought it would be so simple, then Reagan determined that she wanted them¬†pink, and my main goal kind of got lost in the shuffle.¬†So for a $3 craft project with my kids they’re fine, but I’d love to hear¬†if you can come up with something even cuter.

 

When I was racing through the Dollar Tree I didn’t catch that these¬†three plates all the same size (definitely better), and I love the stickers that were used.¬†I was in a hurry (like always!) and made these stencils on my Silhouette Cameo since I didn’t have stickers at home, but I love the idea over here so much more.

 

(I also love this clever way to use these plates.¬†So stinkin’ cute¬†and what I’ll try next time!)

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All I did was grab three plates at the Dollar Tree for $3 and used spray paint I already had on hand. 

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Then I cut the words using my Silhouette Cameo (you could easily use stickers from the Dollar Tree or Hobby Lobby if you don’t have a Cameo), and painted the inside.

 

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The one thing I did LOVE using were these Command Hooks They handled the weight of the plates perfectly, and are easy to remove without putting holes in the wall. Love that!

 

If you have a few minutes this weekend this would be such an easy project, just put a little more forethought into it than I did.¬†ūüôā And don’t forget to swing by the Dollar Tree for some crazy fun deals on 4th of July Decor ~ so fun!

 

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S’more Cones

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I’ve seen this idea for S’more cones all over the internet this summer, so finally we had to try them out!¬†

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Since Kroger’s Mega sale included a few deals on candy this week, we stocked up and then got our supplies together.

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All you need is foil,

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cones,

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toppings (we used Rolo and Reese’s bites),

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 and marshmallows.

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Fill them up . . . 

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and bake in oven at 350 for 5-7 minutes.

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Ingredients

  • Aluminum Foil
  • Ice Cream Cones
  • Marshmallows
  • Toppings: we used chocolate chips, Rolo bites, and Reese’s bites

 

Directions

  1. Fill cone with a mixture of half marshmallows and half toppings
  2. Wrap cones tightly with foil
  3. Bake at 350 for 5-7 minutes (can also grill for 5-10 minutes on grill)
  4. Enjoy!

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Dollar Tree Organizing

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I love the Dollar Tree. 

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Really, I do. ūüôā¬†

 

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Earlier this week I hauled my nine year old with me to see what we could find (see tons of other items I found at the Dollar Tree over HERE), and when I realized those little storage bins fit our closet shelves perfectly I knew I had to go get more. 

 

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So yesterday I went back to the Dollar Tree one more time, and they had exactly 8 more in the size I needed to quickly tidy up my closet. I threw away and donated things we no longer needed, and in about 30 minutes this mess of a closet was cleaned up.

 

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Success!

 

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Similar bins would have cost me $8-$12 each at the Container Store, so I was just thrilled with my little find. (I even hunted down similar ones on Amazon and noticed these priced at 2/$14.99 ~ crazy!) I paid a whopping $9 total ~ I love that.

 

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If you’ve got some organizing to do this weekend, you might just make a trip to the Dollar Tree to see what you can find.

 

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I found these in the laundry storage section of my store (not in the organizing bin section like I expected), so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for them if you go look! I also found several more projects to craft while I was there, so stop back next week for more Dollar Tree fun. ūüôā

 

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Fluffed Up Chalkboard Door Hanger

I just fell in love with this cute fluffed up chalkboard door hanger and I know you will too!  Such a fun way to fluff up that front door for the summer and you can even use real flowers from your yard!

 

 

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Here is what you need to get started:

 

  • Old metal door hanging basket or tin
  • Spray paint
  • Painters tape
  • Chalk paint
  • Foam paint brush
  • Chalk
  • Flowers
  • Newspaper

 

First, you will need to search your local resale stores (or even your closets if you’re like me) for a hanging basket or tin.

 

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Next you’ll spray paint your hanging basket or tin.¬† Lay your tin on top of newspaper outside and spray paint it any color you like.¬† Make sure to let it dry completely.

 

(A great tip to avoid the newspaper getting in the way of your paint is to place rocks on each corner … so smart!)

 

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Once your basket or tin is dry, tape off a small rectangle or square with painters tape for the chalkboard area.

 

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Use your foam paint brush to paint the inside of the square with black chalk paint, let this dry and then add a second coat.  When your paint is dry, peel your tape off very carefully.

 

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Write WELCOME on the front and fill with any flowers you like.  I love that you can change WELCOME to anything!

 

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Hang this cuteness on your door and enjoy your fluffed up chalkboard door hanger!

 

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Strawberry Salsa

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A friend of mine mentioned¬†this recipe for strawberry salsa, and I’m so glad she did!¬†Since strawberries are in season here and have been priced so well, I¬†loved trying out a new way to use them.

 

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My favorite strawberry recipe is still this strawberry pie, but this is a fun twist to serve at a get together. And, since fruit is so inexpensive while it’s in season, it’s a great way to take advantage of some great sales out there! Here’s the recipe so you can try it out too.

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I love all the fresh ingredients and it just looks SO pretty!

 

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STRAWBERRY SALSA

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 kiwis, peeled and diced
  • 2 Golden Delicious apples – peeled, cored and diced
  • 8 ounces raspberries
  • 1 pound strawberries diced
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons strawberry fruit preserves
  • 10 (10 inch) flour tortillas
  • butter flavored cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons of cinnamon sugar

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DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large bowl mix kiwis, apples, raspberries, strawberries, white sugar, brown sugar and fruit preserves. Cover and chill in the refrigerator.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Coat one side of flour tortillas with butter flavored cooking spray. Cut tortillas into wedges and place on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle wedges with cinnamon sugar. Spray again with cooking spray.
  4. Bake in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes and allow to cool. Serve with the salsa and enjoy!

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Recipe adapted from All Recipes. 

 

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