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Delicious Bacon Cheddar Dip

This easy Bacon Cheddar Dip is a delicious snack!bacon cheddar dip

I never used to be a big dip person. I would eat it maybe once or twice a year and that was it. But these last few years I have had it a few times a month.  My daughter Kayla makes a Spinach and Artichoke dip that the entire family likes to snack on. Savannah and I like to add some crispy bacon pieces into ours. There are so many times when dip makes the perfect the snack. While watching the big game, parties and family game night.  My family enjoys eating a tasty dip while watching movies or our favorite shows.

My recipe for Bacon Cheddar Dip is easy to make and delicious. You know I love almost anything that has bacon in it!

Bacon Cheddar Dip Recipe


Easy Bacon Cheddar Dip


  • 1 C. Mayo
  • ½ C. Plain Greek Yogurt
  • ½ C Sour Cream
  • 4 Green Onions, thinly sliced
  • 8 pcs. Bacon, crisped and chopped
  • 2 C. cheddar cheese, shredded


  1. Combine all ingredients , stir well. Chill for one hour before serving. Serve with crackers of choice. Also makes a very good topping for baked potatoes.
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Do you like to eat dip? What is your favorite kind?


10 Easy To Make Bacon Recipes

For the last thirty some odd years I have made my love of bacon very clear. I like to eat bacon by itself and paired with other foods. I wanted to share some easy to make bacon recipes you should try when you are craving a little bacon.

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Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites: Chicken and bacon are always good together. I could eat a bunch of these!

Bacon Squash Quiche: A dish perfect for breakfast or brunch with a few veggies included.

Bacon Wrapped Cauliflower: A low carb snack that you make in the microwave.

Cheesy Jalapeno Bacon Bites: Made with only 3 ingredients, this is very easy to make and has a little kick!

Bacon and Chocolate Covered Potato Chips: I love sweet and salty treats! I have had chocolate covered chips ago but bacon takes this to a new level!

Garlic Parmesan Bacon Potatoes: These would be great for a side dish or appetizer.

Cheesy Broccoli Bacon Mac Bites: My family likes to eat macaroni and cheese with broccoli. The bacon is a great addition. Plus you can make these in the oven.

Chocolate Coconut Bacon Doughnuts: This is a nice alternative to the bacon and maple doughnuts I have seen around. Bacon and chocolate taste so good together.

Bacon Deviled Eggs: Once you eat deviled eggs with bacon you won’t want them any other way. I think the caramelized onions are what makes these eggs stand out.

Bacon Steak Bombs: You can’t go wrong with two delicious meats on a stick.

These bacon recipes are all worthy of being put into your meal planning rotation. They don’t require a lot of ingredients or steps. I like simple and easy recipes.

How do you feel about these recipes? Do you have one you want to try?


Holiday Gift Guide: 12 Bones SmokeHouse Cookbook

2015 Holiday GIft GuideSample provide for review purposes. Opinions are 100% my own. This post contains affiliate links. 

12 Bones Smokehouse, a restaurant in Asheville, North Carolina,  is a “quirky little joint where customers eat off metal plates and write on the walls.” With BBQ so good, hundreds of customers are served on the daily. Even the President and First Lady have eaten there.

12 Bones Smokehouse book review

12 Bones owners Bryan and Angela King along with Chef Shane Heavner have decided share some of their recipes. However, the 12 Bones Smokehouse: A BBQ Cookbook is more than just recipes. It includes information from what tools you need to successfully prepare your food to a variety of rub and bbq sauce recipes. You can even learn how make those perfect grill marks on your food.

I really enjoyed reading this cookbook. Yes, I said read. It is full of stories and peronal personal anecdotes that make it hard to just flip through. I love all of the mouth watering photos that accompany the easy to follow recipes. I swear I could almost smell the Salt and Pepper Nekkid Baby Back Ribs cooking. One of my favorite recipes so far is the Brown Sugar Bacon that you bake in the oven.  This is definitely a step up from regular bacon and I love it!

I like that this cookbook did not just include meat dishes, but sides and desserts too. You can easily plan an entire meal from the recipes inside. A few of the recipes are:

  • Smokey Spiced Shrimp and Grits
  • Flat Iron Pastrami
  • Smoked Gouda Drop Biscuits
  • Pickled Peaches
  • Peanut Butter-Banana Upside Down Cake
  • 12 Bones Corned Beef Brisket
  • Honey Cornbread
  • Fried Green Tomatoes
  • Brown Sugar Baby Back Ribs

Full of delicious southern food you can make from scratch, the 12 Bones Smokehouse: A Mountain BBQ Cookbook has something for everyone. I can’t wait to try my hand at making a few of those sauces. After you read this book you will be itching to pull out the grill.

Buy 12 Bones Smokehouse: A Mountain BBQ Cookbook for $17.58 on Amazon. By Bryan King, Angela King, Shane Heavner & Mackensy Lunsford.

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Johnsonville Three-Cheese Italian Smoked Sausage Kabob and Party Tips

Through a partnership with Johnsonville, 1StopMom was compensated for this post. All opinions are 100% my own as always.

The weather is getting warmer and my husband and I are itching to get out of the kitchen and do a little cooking outdoors. My husband was one step ahead of me though. He went out, bought a grill with a smoker and had it put together in a blink of an eye.

When I told him we need to grill up some Johnsonville he was excited and ready to get started. We visited our local grocery store to choose something for dinner. Johnsonville has been around since 1947 so there are a lot of different fully cooked sausage to choose from:

  • Beef Hot Links
  • Chili Cheeses Smoked Sausage LInks
  • Beer Brat Links
  • Smoked Brats
  • Andouille Split Rope Sausage
  • Apple Chicken Sausage Links
  • Texas Recipe Hot Links
  • Beddar with Cheddar Smoked Sausage Links
  • Turkey Sausage with Cheddar Links
  • Polish Kielbasa Links
  • Pizza Sausage Links and more!

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I finally decided on the Three-Cheese Italian Style Smoked Sausage and making kabobs was the first thing that popped into my head. All I could think about were these sausages on the grill with some pepper and onions.


The Johnsonville Sausages are individually packed in case you don’t plan on making both of them.

jville1We are about the simple life, especially when it comes to cooking. We decided to go with some tomatoes, peppers, onions and bacon. I fried the bacon slightly, not to the point where it was crispy.

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Kabobs can cook very quickly so it is a good thing the Johnsonville Three-Cheese Italian Sausages are smoked and pre-cooked. The bacon did a great job of crisping up.



2 Packs of Johnsonville Three-Cheese Italian Style Smoked Sausage (sliced on an angle)
Sliced peppers, onions, pineapples, squash (pick flavors you like)
Chopped up pieces of slightly cooked bacon

Assemble sausage and veggies on a skewer switching back and forth.

Cook on grill for 5-8 minutes. Aim for a nice char but feel free to go as dark as you like.

The finished dish smelled so good, But eating it even better. The flavors blended together well.  Unlike other fully cooked sausages, Johnsonville does not use any fillers. Each bite was juicy and firm.  And they were a huge hit with the kids!

Tips for hosting a Johnsonville Cook Out

  • Pre-slice Johnsonville Smoked Sausage and a variety of veggies and fruit so guests can make their own kabobs.
  • Make a variety of Johnsonville Sausage so there is something for everyone. In addition to the pork sausages, there is also chicken and turkey.
  • Invite your guests to bring their favorite toppings or dips to share.
  • Have fun games to play. A water balloon toss, horseshoes, outdoor twister, scavenger hunts, badminton, tug of war, cards and water guns. Bring out whatever brings the most laughter and smiles.
  • Prep ahead of time so you can be part of the fun. Enjoy your guests.
  • Make sure you have lots of charcoal.
  • Have music on hand
  • Keep it simple. Entertaining should be fun and relaxing



We Found A Little Paradise At KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort

In partnership with KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort, my family was provided with a complimentary stay for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own as always.

When it comes to a little family getaway, you don’t need to go far from home. Last weekend my family visited the KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort in Illinois. It is not that far from Milwaukee, I say about a 45 minute to 1 hour drive. That’s not too bad for us because we shop at Gurnee Mills and visit Six Flags Great America quite a few times during the year.

The kids and I have always noticed the KeyLime Cove Resort but we never had a chance to visit until recently.


After arriving at KeyLime Cove, there is temporary parking near the curb within steps of the Guest Drop Off point. Luckily my husband was driving because you have to parallel park and I can’t parallel park to save my life!  I like the idea of not dragging all of our bags in to check in. All the rooms are located in different parts of the resort and this saves time.

When you walk into the lobby, you immediately feel like you are somewhere else. An island maybe?



We did not have to wonder where to go because the colorful signs are hard to pass up.

After checking in at the front desk, we were not given the traditional card keys for our room. Instead we received wristbands. Orange for my husband and I, purple for the kids.


Now this is a great idea. I am the one who misplaces the room key or forgets to grab it when we leave the room. The adult wristbands are not only our water passes, but are also the key to our door. Another bonus to using wristbands is you can add money to it and swipe it at cash registers throughout the resort. Another plus is you load up the kids’ wristbands with money that they can spend. What a smart way to stay on budget!

The buildings where the rooms are located were easy to find. The entrances are clearly marked.


The wristbands are needed to unlock the entrance doors too. There is quite a selection of rooms to choose from when staying at KeyLime Cove for families of different sizes.

  • King Guest Room ( king size bed and sofa bed)
  • King Spa Room ( king size bed and jacuzzi)
  • Queen Guest Room ( two queen size beds)
  • Queen Deluxe Guest Room ( two queen size beds and sofa bed in 1 room)
  • Mangrove 1 Bedroom Suite ( two queen size beds and a sofa bed in separate rooms)
  • Toucan 2 Bedroom Suite ( two queen size beds and one king size bed)
  • Captain Dave’s Presidential Suite ( two queen size beds, king size bed, fireplace, two bathrooms)

We stayed in the Mangrove Suite. TJ loved the big beds, he could really stretch out!




Lost Paradise WaterPark

With 65,000 square feet of fun available, guests are able to easily find age appropriate splash-tastic activities. It has everything you could ask for from water slides and water dumps to whirlpools and fountains.

Toukie’s Big Deluge


Tsunmi Washout Wave Pool


TJ and Kayla enjoyed a relaxing ride down Keylime Creek.


The tempature was a perfect 84 degrees inside the waterpark.  It felt like we were outstide on a nice summer day. The kids loved that!


There are quite a few things for your family to do if you need a little break from the waterpark. Riptide Arcade is open until 12 am and has games for all ages.


Of course I found a machine that involved bacon!

keylimecove17The first few times my husband won me some candy. But he finally got me a bacon ball! I love my bacon so that definitely made me smile.

You can even do a some bowling if the mood strikes you!


 Leapin’ Lizards


Leapin’ Lizards offers your kids an opportunity to get creative. There are sing-a-longs, scavenger hunts and story time. Play checkers or paint some ceramics. The prices were budget friendly and included paint. There is even a coloring contest to enter.


The craft for the day was making pinwheels for Mother’s Day. It was free and my kids enjoyed it. The crafts only take 10-15 minutes to do.


Serpent Safari

On our way to check out the arcade, TJ noticed the Serpent Safari. He loves reptiles and these ladies caught his eye.


After a little convincing we all took turns petting the Albino Burmese Python and bearded dragon. We thought it would be a great memory to take a picture with both. Two pictures were only $15 and are printed on the spot.


I am so proud of myself for actually holding its’ head in my hand.


I found we did not need to to leave the resort for anything. There are shops, spas and restaurants all in one place.


The little things are what can make or break an experience. KeyLime Cove did a good job of making our stay enjoyable.  Kayla put her wristband on too tight and we able to get a new one quickly. Every employee who crossed our paths was friendly and kind.

No matter where we were in the resort, it felt like a vacation. The colors and decor was interesting and fun.


We had a great time, but it went by very fast. I definitely plan on returning for a weekend stay because I was really impressed. There is so much to do there! The kids had a great time and want to go back!


I can’t forget the best part of the waterpasses. Checkout is 11am but you can continue to use your passes until 10pm that night. For more information visit the KeyLime Cove website.

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The Makin’ Bacon Dice Game is Sizzling Fun


“Since it was founded in 1984, TDC Games, Inc. has established an international reputation as the producer of innovative, trend setting, if somewhat zany, board games and jigsaw puzzles. True to its eclectic style, TDC enters its 29th season with a new and completely diverse collection of high quality, but reasonably priced, game and puzzle products that now use the latest in communication technology.”

Last year while my family and I were at the Chicago Toy and Game Fair I happened across TDC Games booth. Imagine my delight when I saw a “bacon” game. The Makin’ Bacon Dice Game. I actually spke to the President of the company, Larry Balsamo who is a pretty nice guy. When I talked with him about my love of bacon, he gave me The Makin’ Bacon Dice Game to try out. The kids were just as excited as me! making bacon game The packaging is very eye-catching. Who can pass up a box that looks like a pack a bacon?
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Even the back resembles a pack of bacon. I like that there are “game facts” are where the nutritional facts would be on a food package. The box is not huge and it easily fits into your hand. I opened the box very carefully. Of course I will be adding to my collection of bacon products. making bacon1Inside of the box are dice, instructions and a reference card. On the back of the instructions are score sheets to use during the game. We made copies so we would always have the instructions. The object of the game is pretty easy. Each player’s goal is to get 6,000 points by rolling the dice.  The fastest way to win is to roll the dice so it reads Makin Bacon. I have not been able to do that yet, but I will keep trying!

After the first roll the player must decide which die or dice are to be saved for points. Once you choose which combination to keep, you roll again.

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With each re-roll you are adding to your dice total. Each player is trying to reach a minimum score of 400. If you don’t improve your score during the roll you have “Pigged Out” and earn no points for that round.

After you reach 400 points you can keep rolling to try to get closer to the winning score of 6,000 or just quit that round and just add your points to the score card.

This is a fast-moving game that uses a little strategy. Do you want to play it safe and bank points or risk it all to try to win fast? My husband like to play it safe while the kids like to play on the more unpredictable side. I like to risk it all.

It took a game or two before we got the hang of the game. We had a lot of fun and have played Makin Bacon more than a few times. It does not require a lot of set up and we can always start the game quickly. The Game of Makin Bacon is very family friendly and is on my must have list for bacon lovers!

You can grab The Game of Making Bacon at TDC Games for $9.95

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Holiday Gift Guide: Bacon Deodorant

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“Justin and Dave are just two regular guys who won money on America’s Funniest Home Videos® and used it to launch their first product, Bacon Salt®. That’s right, salt that makes everything taste like bacon. America. Bacon. For The Win.

They soon realized that the worldwide demand for a bacon-flavored seasoning was more immense than they could have ever imagined. In just 5 days all 6,000 jars of Bacon Salt we had was sold to people in 15 countries and 25 states – from their website, out of a garage – without spending a dime on marketing or advertising.

The innovation didn’t stop there. There were more food products Justin and Dave thought could taste like bacon: BaconPOP microwave popcorn, Baconnaise, Bacon Ranch Dressing and Dip Mix and Bacon Croutons.”

Along with products that taste like bacon, they are quite a few novelty products as well that J & D Foods sell. I was very happy when they sent me their new Bacon Deodorant. Yes I did just said Bacon Deodorant!

bacon deodorantThis would make a great novelty gift for the bacon lover in your life. It looks just like a stick of deodorant. It definitely smells like bacon. I had the top off and my daughter walked into the house thinking I just finished frying some bacon!

I was almost able to trick TJ into thinking I bought him a new type of deodorant to use. The bacon scent was too strong and he said “No way, I am not going to walk around smelling like bacon!”

I love that I can add this to my collection of bacon products.

You can grab your own Bacon Deodorant for $9.99 at J&D Foods.

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