Join us to #shareameal


A couple of weeks ago I shared how we would be joining with Unilever and Project Sunlight in their #ShareaMeal program.  {This post has the details.}

Child hunger is an unfortunate reality here in America and more close to home than we can imagine.  We’re holding a virtual food drive through Feeding America to raise funds to help this fantastic organization feed those in need.  With each dollar donated, Feeding America can provide 10 meals to people served by the Feeding America Network.  Yes, I said each dollar = ten meals.

You can contribute to our virtual food drive by clicking on the Feeding America logo above or by going to this page – Crumbs and Chaos for Project Sunlight  Find out more about your local area by searching the Feeding America community locator.


Join Project Sunlight in their mission to #shareameal – see the ways you can help

Steak and Mushrooms with Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Steak and Mushrooms with Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes | Crumbs and Chaos

An easy, flavorful dinner can be on the table in minutes with the help of Imagine® Organic Culinary Simmer Sauces.  Steak and Mushrooms served on top of Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes is what’s for dinner tonight!

Do you ever feel like you fall short a making dinner?  {Raises hand}  Even food bloggers feel that way more often than they’d like to admit.  I’m a firm believer in having a few tricks up your sleeve when making dinner.  Whether it’s having a favorite quick appetizer, simple dessert or an easy way to make a flavorful meal in no time at all, it’s possible for anyone to feel like a rock star in the kitchen…. 

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Caramel Pumpkin Spice French Toast Bake

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This decadent breakfast dish {Caramel Pumpkin Spice French Toast Bake} is brought to you by International Delight.

I can’t not express how much I love french toast – made in the traditional way, in an overnight bake, made with croissants or even as muffins.  It is breakfast comfort food at it’s finest.  Adding any International Delight flavored creamer to your french toast bake sweetens things up and adds flavor without any effort on your part.  In today’s recipe, I used pumpkin pie spice creamer, but I can think of a lot of delicious flavors that would stand in really well for the pumpkin pie spice {like salted caramel mocha or vanilla caramel creme}.  I love using seasonal flavors when they are available though.  Can’t.get.enough.


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White Chocolate Pumpkin Rice Krispies Treats

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Festive and delicious, today’s recipe is brought to you as part of an ongoing partnership with Kraft.

Ahhhh, fall is in the air!  My absolute favorite season – I love everything about it…the weather, the leaves, the wardrobe, the food and the holidays.  We love heading out each fall to the local pumpkin patch to enjoy the festivities there – the hay rack rides, kid’s play area and apple cider slushies.  Every year we also host a pumpkin carving party complete with food and activities for the kids.  My kids look forward to this party each year…. 

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The Reality of Child Hunger in America


Hunger in America knows no boundaries, rural, urban and suburban areas are all affected.  1 in 5 children are unaware of where their next meal is coming from.  Across the United States there are 16 million children that struggle with hunger, that could be a child on your street or a friend of one of your children.

We’re taking part in Unilever’s Project Sunlight and their fall initiative to make a difference .  Take a few minutes to watch this short video to understand what #shareameal is all about.  There are many ways to contribute and we’ll be telling you more about the virtual food drive that we’ll be holding soon.  Think about sharing a meal with your neighbors, bringing in donations to your local food bank or organizing a community potluck – all ways that we can work together to thwart child hunger.

Visit Project Sunlight to find out ways that you can get involved.  If you would, please share this post on your favorite social media channel using the #shareameal hashtag.  Together we can help turn the tables on childhood hunger in America.

Bacon Cheeseburger Flatbread

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A quick and delicious appetizer or light dinner dish, Bacon Cheeseburger Flatbread is a total crowd pleaser!

You guys, we are in the middle of packing our house to move…that means I’m writing this post at my dining room table while sitting next to a juicer, other randomness that came off of the top of the fridge and 3 frothing pitchers, among other things.  I’m doing my best to focus on the prize at the end of the challenge called moving – a new home sweet home for this sweet family of mine.  We’ll get there, heck, I’m optimistic after  yesterday – we actually already cleaned the fridge out completely {that’s never happened in all of our 10 moves – #notmyfavoritetask}.

So about this Bacon Cheeseburger Flatbread…it’s the right combination of all of the good stuff – bacon, cheddar cheese and dill pickles all on a thin flatbread crust.  So many things that I love, putting them all together in small amounts on a flatbread is the way to go.  All the goodness of that huge bacon cheeseburger in a smaller dose.  Add a side salad and dinner is served ;)

I’m joining Rachel and the Fabulous Flatbread challenge and so can you!  You can get all of the challenge details on Rachel Cooks, get the deets on prizes and link up your own fabulous flatbread recipe!

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Bacon Cheeseburger Flatbread
Serves: 4 flatbreads
  • 1 lb. PIZZA DOUGH
  • ½ lb. GROUND BEEF
  • ½ Tablespoon KETCHUP
  • ½ Tablespoon YELLOW MUSTARD
  • ½ teaspoon SEASONED SALT
  • ¼ teaspoon PEPPER
  • ¼ teaspoon GRANULATED GARLIC (or garlic powder)
  • 4 pieces CRISP COOKED BACON, chopped
  • 4 oz. SHARP CHEDDAR CHEESE, shredded
  • DILL PICKLES, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons MAYONNAISE
  • 2 Tablespoons SOUR CREAM
  • 2 teaspoons HOT SAUCE (I used Frank's Red Hot)
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Brown ground beef and drain any grease.
  3. Add ketchup, mustard, seasoned salt, pepper and garlic. Stir to combine and set aside.
  4. Divide pizza dough into 4 pieces. Roll out one piece into a oval/rectangle. Place on baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough. Drizzle dough with about a teaspoon of olive oil and brush to the edges. Bake for 5-7 minutes. Remove from oven.
  5. Divide meat mixture and distribute evenly over each flatbread. Top with chopped bacon and cheddar cheese. Return to the oven for 4-5 minutes until cheese is melted.
  6. Cut into pieces. Top with chopped pickles and drizzle with sauce.
To make sauce:
  1. Combine mayo, sour cream and hot sauce.


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Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Oreo Streusel

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This delicious way to start the day is brought to you as part of a sponsored post for Millstone Coffee and Socialstars by Crowdtap.

Yep, it’s pumpkin again.  I simply can’t get enough.  I adore a fall breakfast full of pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice topped with a few Oreo cookies for good measure.  This sweet breakfast treat recipe makes two coffee cakes, one for you and one to give to someone who needs a little pumpkin goodness in their life.  My kids are a little nervous when I say I’m making coffee cake, they think there’s coffee in the cake instead of it being a baked good that is enjoyed with coffee.  So after explaining that there isn’t any actual coffee in the coffee cake, they happily ate their own piece…. 

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C&C Fall Faves – Recipe Edition {+ a KitchenAid Giveaway}

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Happy October!!  It’s been a gorgeous few weeks weather wise here in the Midwest.  Yesterday was feeling a lot more like fall though, which leaves me ready to make and bake all things FALL!  Today we’re sharing all of our favorite recipes for this time of year and giving away a Kitchenaid Mixer.



Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins + Cheesecake Muffin Trifles

Pumpkin Caramel Bars with Bacon (or not!)

Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Biscoff Sauce

Pumpkin Zucchini Bread

Dulce de Leche Pumpkin Pie



Perfect Potato Soup

Buffalo Chicken Soup

Thai Coconut Soup

Tortellini Sausage Soup

Pork Chili Verde

Creamy White Chicken Chili

  Pizza Grilled Cheese | Crumbs and Chaos


Best Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

Pizza Grilled Cheese

Ranch Ham, Cheese & Veggie Pasta

Turkey Pesto Meatballs

Cajun Chicken Alfredo

Snickerdoodle Apple Dessert Pizza | Crumbs and Chaos


Snickerdoodle Apple Dessert Pizza

Candy Bar Apple Dip

Caramel Apple Donuts

Apple Cider Ice Cream

Caramel Apple Cinna-minis

Apple Pie Salsa


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10 Snack Time Favorites

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Growing up, I remember my dad taking my sisters and me to Sam’s Club pretty much weekly.  We rode on the flat bed cart and sampled to our heart’s content.  One of the snacks my dad bought often was a warehouse club-sized box of Bagel Bites.  We all loved popping them in the toaster oven for a quick afternoon snack.

Some things remain the same from generation to generation… the need to snack is definitely one of those things. Especially for my four homeschooled kids, who claim they are hungry every other hour throughout the day.  Having a balanced snack arsenal is an important part of our day-to-day routine because it’s hard to learn and have a good attitude when you’re hungry.

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I like to keep a variety of snacks on hand.  Fresh fruit or veggies are nice because they don’t take any prep at all.  But on days when I have more time, it’s nice to change things up and make Bagel Bites in the oven or microwave.  My kids enjoy their hot, cheesy pizza goodness.  Having quality snacks in the pantry and fridge makes it easier to offer tasty, good for you snacks on a regular basis.  I encourage you to keep a list like the one below to make life easy when you’re planning your weekly grocery run.

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 Bagel Bites – a baked snack that’s easy to prepare and ready in just minutes!  Made using real cheese, made-from-scratch tomato sauce, and bagel dough freshly prepared every day on site, Bagel Bites are a fun, convenient snack.

Fresh fruit – Apples, grapes, bananas, whatever is in season

Pretzels or crackers

Popcorn – we love to drizzle air popped popcorn with equal parts melted butter and coconut oil and then lightly salt it

Carrot chips/sliced bell peppers with hummus – store bought or make your own (try this spinach artichoke version from Shugary Sweets)

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Strawberry Lime Smoothies – delicious and refreshing

Muffins – we’re a little partial to Mini Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, especially this time of year!

Basic Granola – so good on its own or with yogurt

Cookies – sometimes you need a little sweet treat and you can whip Caramel Blossoms up while you’re waiting for the bus

Granola Bars – are ideal for taking on the go, No Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bars are kid pleasing!

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