Turkey Cheese Ball

Celebrating, Football, and Eating!

Turkey Cheese Ball, Tastefully SimpleMust give thanks my friend and Tastefully Simple co-worker Karen Showalter-Goodwin, for bringing this cute and delish Turkey Cheese Ball to our special event a couple of weeks ago.  Our Special Event included a special visit from our Founder and CEO, Jill Blashack Strahan and Karen’s Turkey Cheese Ball sure did catch the attention of Jill!  She loved it so much that it was shared on Jill’s facebook page and featured in Tastefully Simple’s Blog.  You may read all about it below!

For my family, each Thanksgiving day becomes a day full of three things.

  1. 1. (The most important) Celebrating the abundance of things we have to be thankful for. Last year, like many years, we went around the table sharing what we were thankful for … all hearts melted when my young cousin boldly stated, “This day, and, all of you.”
  1. 2. Football. Sometimes interrupted by a tryptophan-induced nap, but nonetheless, a whole lot of watching and throwing around the pigskin.
  1. 3. Eating. Eating a lot. A lot of turkey, in particular. The day starts with eating hors d’oeuvres while perusing shopping ads, followed by a festive feast with a flavorful turkey. The evening concludes with an only-mayo-and-leftover-turkey-on-the-bun sandwich over a “friendly” card game of gin rummy.

Tastefully Simple’s Founder and CEO, Jill Blashack Strahan, recently shared an adorable turkey cheese ball on her Facebook page and I was inspired to make a Tastefully Simple version. So, this year, I think I’ll add one more turkey to my family’s day of thanks.


Creamy Wild Rice Stuffing

Creamy Wild Rice Stuffing

Creamy-Wild-Rice-Stuffing, Tastefully SimpleI was so excited when my friend and Marketing Specialist Eydie Stumpf with Terra Media Marketing Group  asked for all of her Facebook friends to submit their favorite Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe!  I just happen to have a favorite and wanted to also share with my foodie friends!  Enjoy (-:

Wild Rice Soup Mix (Tastefully Simple)
5 cups hot water
2 tsp. Garlic Garlic™
2 – 3 Tbsp. Onion Onion™
6 – 8 slices diced bacon
4 stalks diced celery
14 oz. bag seasoned breadcubes
½ cup dried cranberries
Salt and pepper to taste


Combine first 4 ingredients; simmer 45 minutes. Sauté bacon in large skillet until browned; add celery. Cook until celery is tender. Toss bread cubes in large bowl with bacon mixture and cranberries. Add prepared soup, season to taste with salt and pepper; mix well. Place dressing in greased 9 x 13 baking dish; cover with foil. Bake at 350º for 30 minutes. Remove foil, bake an additional 10-15 minutes. Serve hot. Makes 10-12 servings.

Absolutely Everything Bars

Do you have leftover Halloween candy?

Everything-Bars, Tastefully Simple

Not sure about you, but Halloween was slow in my neighborhood this year. I was prepared with lots of goodies for the ghosts and goblins who would be knocking at my door, but alas, none came by. So when I saw this blog post written by Mandi, a blogger over at the Tastefully Simple headquarters I got excited about the prospect of transforming the candy into a tasty dessert.

Here’s Mande’s story….

This week, I was super inspired by all the fabulous Halloween treats my kids brought home. Of course, they have far more candy in their possession than they should ever eat! So what’s a mom to do but provide a little assistance? The best part is that my favorites are typically not their favorites, so I get an over abundance of goodies to snack on.

One of my favorite candy bars of all time is a Take 5®– there’s chocolate, peanut butter, peanuts, pretzels and caramel – what’s not to love! How does one replicate that peanutty, sweet and salty goodness?  I used Tastefully Simple’s Sweet Swirl™ Caramel Cake as the base and put a variety of treats on top. Fabulous!

The pan was gone in a matter of a day. It was the right combination of sweet and salty to make the perfect treat!

Absolutely Everything Bars

  • Yield: 12-15 Servings


  •  Sweet Swirl™ Caramel Cake (Item #…) (reserve caramel packet)
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup M&Ms
  • 1/2 cup lightly salted peanuts chopped
  •  Pretzels
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Mix first three ingredients together and pat into a lightly greased 9×13 pan. Bake for 10 minutes at 350°. Cool crust for 10 minutes. Spread single layer of pretzels. Cut corner off caramel packet and drizzle over pretzels. Sprinkle with peanuts and M&M’s. Melt chocolate chips over very low heat on stove top. Place mixture into a freezer bag and cut a small tip of the bottom corner and drizzle over toppings. Cool for 30 minutes or until chocolate hardens.

Tips & Hints

• Any candy peanut-, chocolate-, or caramel -candy combination could be used for these bars.

• The next time I make these, I’ll probably break the pretzels into small pieces to make the bars easier to cut.

• Marshmallow crème would be a great topper on these. Try spreading it on the crust right after baking before putting on the other toppings.

• This dessert is perfect for the kids to help with; they can sprinkle their favorites on top!

  • Cooking Method: Bake

Samba Scare-Tini

  1. Samba Scare-Tini

The mysterious and magical Samba Scare-tini! Samba Sangria Slush Drink Mix from Tastefully Simple
14 oz (1 3/4 cups) vodka
Warm Water (about 6 cups)

Directions: Empty and rinse bucket. Add dry mix, vodka and enough water to fill to within about 1/2 inch of rim. Stir well to dissolve. Freeze 12-14 hours or overnight. Stir, scoop into glasses and serve. Makes about 9 (8 oz.) servings.

My Mug Moment Cakes

My Mug Moment Cakes

Laundry. Work. Kids. Grocery shopping. Dishes. Homework.

Let’s face it – you do a lot every single day to take care of everybody else. And you know what? You deserve a moment all to yourself.

Here at Tastefully Simple, that’s why we’ve fallen in love with our new My Mug Cake™.

Just add water and microwave 1 minute. Seriously – that’s it. You’ll have warm, dreamy, delicious cake – just for you. Not only does it make a great gift for the office or college students, but it’s the perfect little indulgence at the end of a long day. Because frankly, you deserve it.

Here’s a glimpse into our bloggers’ own “My Mug Moments” … and now we’d love to know: what’s YOURS? Tell us on Facebook and Twitter with #MyMugMoment and include a photo if you can – we’d love to hear from you!

Slow Cooker Taco Chicken

Slow Cooker Taco Chicken




  1. Grease slow cooker; add the first five ingredients in order listed. Let it cook all day. Shred the chicken. Great for chicken tacos! 


• This is incredibly easy to throw into the slow cooker before work!

• My husband shredded the chicken when he got home and kept it in the slow cooker until dinner, allowing it to soak up the delicious broth … yum.”


• We served the chicken in whole wheat tortillas with cheese and Corn, Black Bean Salsa, garnishing with shredded lettuce and sliced tomatoes and black olives.

• The chicken would be wonderful in your favorite taco recipe or in enchiladas.

• This could easily be converted to a freezer meal, or make extra and freeze the cooked chicken for later use.

• All of my testers ranked this a 6!Image

Classy Chocolate Birthday Cake

Help celebrate Tastefully Simple’s 15th birthday, June 2010!


  • Classy Chocolate Pound Cake Mix
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) melted butter
  • 1 cup water 1 can white cream cheese frosting
  • Colored sprinkles or edible confetti

Directions: Pre-heat oven to 350. Combine ingredients; stir to blend. Pour batter into a greased 9-inch round cake pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely. Frost between layers and top of cake with canned white cream cheese frosting. Sprinkle cake with cool colored sprinkles or edible confetti.

EnJOY and Happy Birthday!

Submitted by Rosemary (MN) HQ Resident Chef
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