Has anyone heard that Dr. Pepper Ten radio commercial that asks all these questions starting with "Have you ever...?" The gist of the commercial is that women are supposed to answer "No" for this list of questions because we do womanly things and those are manly things. Blogging about bacon is apparently on the man list. Oh please!

Here's my "manly," brief blog about bacon. I love bacon. I love bacon on pretty much anything and everything. Bacon and eggs, bacon on cupcakes, chocolate covered bacon, bacon in pasta, scallops wrapped in bacon, filet mignon with bacon (red meat, extra man points!), cheddar bacon burgers, blts, etc. One last thing, I really love bacon in dips. Especially this hot and cheesy bacon dip.

The dip is super easy, and it so delicious. I'll be honest, I would sit there and eat a dip I thought was just average for 20 minutes without thinking twice (I'll blame it on the salt in chips). However, this dip is WAY above average. In fact, it is one of my new favorites. Prepare to be hooked!

Sorry the pictures aren't great. I have yet to find a good way to take pictures of dips. You'll just have to trust me on this one.

Hot and Cheesy Bacon Dip
Recipe from Heather Likes Food

1 C Mayonnaise
1 C Sour Cream
2 C Grated Monterrey Jack Cheese
1/2 C shredded Parmesan cheese
6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder (I used 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic from the fridge)
1 tsp dried tarragon, rubbed between your palms to release some of the oils of the herb
a few dashes Chipotle Chili Powder, more if you like it spicy! (I used Cayenne Pepper since I didn't have this on hand - just a dash or two)

Preheat Oven to 400°

Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl and transfer to an 8×8″ baking dish. Bake for 15-20  minutes or until bubbly and cheese is melted. Serve with chips, veggies, or bread. 

Note: I got a little cheese crazy and added it on top as well the most recent time I made this (pictured). This makes the top very oily. I think the Parmesan is fine to do this with (what I did the first time), but the Monterrey Jack is not.

I know most people post their holiday-themed foods before the holiday itself so that everyone else can make them, but unfortunately I don't have the time or the money to make things twice. Therefore, I'm a day late, but here are the green velvet cupcakes I made yesterday! Maybe you can find another excuse to make green cupcakes, such as if your favorite team's color is green. You can also use this exact recipe but change it to other colors depending on why you are making them.

Green is a slightly off-putting color in food at times. I always think about when green and purple ketchup was introduced and everyone went crazy. I didn't like dipping my fries in purple ketchup, and I had easily convinced myself it tasted different. Alas, I love themed foods, so I decided to get over my green issues and jazz these cupcakes up for St. Patty's Day. My green is a little darker than I would've liked, and I think it's because I had to add a few ounces of regular red velvet cake mix to reach the 18 ounces it calls for. I can't remember which is which, but Betty Crocker and Duncan Hines have different box sizes, and if you have a recipe that calls for the 18 oz box you should make sure you get the right brand at the grocery store.

I'm a red velvet fanatic, and I am pretty particular about it because I've tried so many different red velvet cupcakes. I have one rule: you absolutely must use cream cheese icing. Making a red velvet cake or red velvet cupcakes and not using cream cheese icing is a sin (at least in the south). This is the first time I've tried this recipe and it is going to be my new go to for cream cheese icing. It's easier than almost all of the others I've tried, it uses less cream cheese and it tastes amazing. I'd prefer to make a more homemade version of the cupcakes if I had time, but even with the cake mix there are still enough other ingredients that I didn't feel like I was making just a boxed mix recipe.


Green Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing
Recipe from Food Family Finds

  • 1 package (18 1/4 ounces) German chocolate cake mix with pudding
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 bottle (1 ounce) McCormick® Green Food Color
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat cake mix, sour cream, water, cocoa powder, oil, food color, eggs and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed just until moistened, scraping sides of bowl frequently. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes.
  2. Pour batter into 24 paper-lined muffin cups, filling each cup 2/3 full.
  3. Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire rack.
Cream Cheese Icing
Recipe from Slash Food

8 oz cold cream cheese
5 tbsp. softened butter
2 tsp vanilla
2-3 cups powdered sugar

Beat 8 oz. cold cream cheese (not rock solid, but it means you can use it straight out of the refrigerator) with 5 Tbsp. softened butter and 2 tsp. vanilla until combined. Gradually add 2 c. powdered sugar that has been sifted after measuring. Continue to add more sifted powdered sugar until you reach a consistency and sweetness that fits your taste (I added at least 3/4 cup more).

Last week was Spring Break. This week is my birthday. It's 75 degrees in North Carolina, and March Madness is upon us. All is well.

You'd think that after a week of boozin and cruisin (for lack of a better way to sum up spring break), I would be in detox mode. Kind of like most girls were dieting in the weeks leading up to Spring Break and I was eating mac and cheese. Nope. I made this. And it's amazing.

I love finding easy recipes, and this is one of the easier breakfast recipes I've come across. If you haven't noticed, I love me some Pillsbury crescents and biscuits. While I'd prefer homemade biscuits (who wouldn't?), these do the trick for a quick fix in a recipe. My step sister and brother-in-law are starting a food truck in Nashville that serves fresh biscuits and biscuit sandwiches. Now, if I were closer and had the option to have the family make me delicious homemade biscuits I wouldn't have to resort to the blue tube, but such is life. If you live around the Nashville area check out www.biscuitlovetruck.com. Nom.

Although senior year still doesn't seem to be giving me as much time as I'd like for me to blog, I'm going to get back on my post a week schedule. Any suggestions for what I should make myself for my birthday? I know, I know. It's my birthday, I shouldn't be doing the baking..but that's just no fun.

Sticky Bun Breakfast Ring
Recipe from All Things Deliciousness

2 small tubes refrigerator buttermilk biscuits OR 1 tube Pillsbury Grands buttermilk biscuits
 * I used one tube Grands. One and a half would've been ideal, but one worked great as well.
3 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted
1/2 C. pancake syrup
1/3 C. packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 C. chopped pecans, opt. (I opted out on both of these. Per usual.)
1/4 C. chopped almonds, opt.

Spray a fluted pan with non-stick spray. Combine the melted butter and syrup in a small bowl and set aside. In another bowl, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nuts (if desired).
Place about half of the syrup mixture in the bottom of the pan. Then sprinkle half of the brown sugar mixture on top.
Lay the biscuits on the bottom of the pan, overlapping edges (closely together) to form a ring.
Top with remaining syrup and sugar mixtures.
Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Cool for 1 minute in the pan, then invert onto a serving platter and enjoy!