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Sierra Mist Pound Cake {Game Time Dessert}

It's football season which means fun, football, friends, family, and of course FOOD! In our house football is for the guys, but I still love hanging out with our friends and family and cooking for everyone. The big game is just around the corner. Are you game day ready? 

When it comes to tailgating and football food I try to keep it as simple as possible. Our usual game day menu consists of a variety of appetizers, chips, dips, nachos, wings, finger foods, sliders, burgers, and hot dogs. Walmart has always been my one stop shop for all my game time needs. 

I love that I can find everything I need for any holiday or occasion in one store. Walmart has everything I need whether I'm making something from scratch or I need to pick up a ready made item from their deli or bakery. It all just depends on how much time I have.  

This year Pepsico is participating in Game Time with a variety of chips and soda products. While these are simple and ready to eat items on their own, Pepsico and Walmart are sharing a variety of easy recipes you can make to take your game time menu over the top. 

I was asked to recreate one of their game time recipes and share it with you. They had so many recipes to choose from, but I settled on this Sierra Mist Pound Cake. Every party needs dessert and the simpler the better for me. 

 
I love recipes where soda is involved and this old fashioned pound cake is one of my favorites. Bake this pound cake a day before, so you can concentrate on the rest of the menu on game day. Lets get started on this easy cake. 

These are the ingredients you will need (all available at Walmart): Butter, sugar, eggs, fresh lemon juice, fresh lime juice, sierra mist lemon lime soda, all purpose flour or cake flour, granulated sugar, salt, baking powder, and confectioners sugar (powdered sugar). 

This recipe is simple to put together (full recipe is at the end of this post). Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 10 inch bundt or tube pan. Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy, add the eggs one at a time incorporating each one. Add the lemon and lime juice and mix to combine.

Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a separate bowl. Add the flour to the creamed mixture (1 cup at a time) 
alternately with the sierra mist soda (starting & ending with flour).

Transfer batter to prepared pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 65-75 minutes or until golden brown and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. 
Cool in the pan for 15 minutes before removing cake to a baking rack to cool completely.  While the cake is cooling prepare the glaze.

Drizzle half of the glaze over the cake and wait 30 minutes. Pour the remaining glaze over cake and cool completely until the glaze sets. I hope you'll give this recipe a try. 



Sierra Mist Pound Cake

Ingredients:
3 - sticks (1 1/2 cups) butter, softened

3 - cups sugar

5 - large eggs

1 - tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 - tablespoon fresh lime juice
3 - cups all purpose flour or 3 1/2 cups cake flour 
1/2 - teaspoon salt
1/4 - teaspoon baking powder
3/4 - cup Sierra Mist lemon lime soda 

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, or large bowl using an electric mixer, cream softened butter and sugar until creamy. 


Add eggs one at a time, blending well after each addition. Beat in the lemon and lime juice.

In a separate bowl add the flour, salt and baking powder together. 


Add the flour mixture one cup at a time alternately with the sierra mist (starting and ending with flour), and blending after each addition.

Transfer the batter into prepared baking pan. Bake for 65 - 75 minutes or until golden brown and a cake tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Let cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes before removing cake to a baking rack to cool completely.  While the cake is cooling prepare the glaze.



Sierra Mist Glaze:

2 - cups powdered sugar
1/2 - teaspoon fresh lemon juice 
1/2 - teaspoon fresh lime juice  
lemon zest
2 - tablespoons sierra mist

In a medium sized bowl add the powdered sugar, lemon juice, lime juice, sierra mist, and the lemon and lime zest. Blend everything together.

Drizzle the half of the glaze over the cake and wait 30 minutes. Pour the remaining glaze over cake and cool completely until the glaze sets.

Recipe yields: One 10' inch Bundt cake or two 9 x 5 inch loaf pans



For more delicious ideas click HERE to visit Walmarts Game Day page for recipes using Lays and Pepsi products. You can also visit my fellow Walmart Moms and their blogs for more football food & game time recipes. The BIG game happens February 1st!!
       



         


    The Best Pie Recipes {Happy National Pie Day}

    My oh my it's time for Pie!!!! Did you know that today is National Pie Day? Well it is, so what better way to celebrate than with a slew of pies. Making Pie is a easy as 1-2-3 which is why the American Pie Council chose January 23rd to honor this delicious dessert
    (Get it? 1-2-3 and 1/23). 
    In honor of this delicious day I have asked some of my Favorite Bloggers to share their best pie recipes with y'all. I have compiled a list of 30 wonderful pie recipes, hopefully there's something for everyone. Enjoy 

     
    Click on the Recipe Titles to go to each recipe! 

    Banana Cream Pie - An Affair from the Heart 


    Southern Buttermilk Pie - Mommy's Kitchen 

    Butter Crumble Apple Pie - The Country Cook 

    Fresh Strawberry Pie + Diabetic Version Included - Southern Bite 

    Mandarin Orange Ice Box Pie - Mommy Hates Cooking 

    Strawberry Pie - Mommy Hates Cooking


    German Chocolate Pie - Favorite Family Recipes 


    Cheesy Italian Chicken Pot Pie (Savory Pie) - Aunt Bee's Recipes 

    Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie - Life as a Lofthouse 

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    Crock Pot Crustless Pumpkin Pie - Recipes That Crock 

    Atlantic Beach Pie - South Your Mouth


    Honey Pecan Pie - Mommy's Kitchen 


    No Bake Chocolate Cookie Pudding Pie - Mommy Hates Cooking 

    Smores Pie - Life in the Lofthouse 
    Easy Chicken Pot Pie (Savory Pie) - Aunt Bee's Recipes




    French Silk Pie - An Affair of the Heart 


    Southern Fudge Pie - The Country Cook 


    Whopper Candy Pie - Mommy's Kitchen


    Island Pecan Pie - Favorite Family Recipes 


    Mini Cherry Pie Bites - Goodness Gracious 

    Southern Pecan Pie - The Country Cook 


    Sour Cream Raisin Pie - South Your Mouth 


    Chocolate Chess Pie - Mommy's Kitchen


    Chocolate Meringue Pie - An Affair from the Heart 



    Biscoff Cream Cheese Pie - Southern Bite



    Peach Pie Pie with Crumb Topping - An Affair from the Heart


    Pink Lemonade Ice Box Pie - Life in the Lofthouse



    Chocolate Silk Pie - Southern Bite




    Thank you for stopping by and I hope you found a pie to your liking? Please take a moment and visit as many of these blogs as you can. I know it will be greatly appreciated. 

         

    Cheesy Bacon Ranch Bubble Bread

    Cheesy bubble bread seasoned with ranch dressing, two types of cheese, and topped with crispy bacon pieces.
     
    Well it's that time again........ Football Season! In my house it's all about Football for my guys, but for me it's all about the eats. I don't know why, but I have never really been much of a football fan. Even though I don't get involved in the actual game I do love all the food and fun that surrounds it.  

    When it comes to football food I always try to keep it simple. I usually lean more towards simple dips and finger foods that transport easily. Let's face it folks they won't be eating in the dining room, so finger foods, dips and easy to carry items are a must. 

     
    This Cheesy, Bacon, Ranch Bubble Bread starts with Rhodes Frozen Dinner Rolls  and the addition of crisp cooked bacon, a variety of cheeses, and a packet of ranch dressing mix. This bread is cheesy, addicting and crazy good! This bread  is definitely the perfect finger food. 

    I know the Super Bowl is coming up, so this would be a great addition to your Super Bowl party. Head over to the Rhodes Blog  where I'm guest posting, and sharing the full recipe, as well as step by step photos on how to make this cheesy bacon bread.

    Click here to visit the Rhodes Bake-N-Serv Blog & Get the Recipe! 




    This is a sponsored post on behalf of Rhodes. I'm a contributing guest blogger on Rhodes Bake N Serv Blog where I share recipes and ideas using Rhodes Products. All opinions stated above are 100% my own.

         


    Crock Pot Pulled Barbecue Chicken

    We eat a lot of chicken in our house, so finding new recipes can sometimes be a challenge. I usually stick to my regular rotation meals, but that can tend to get a bit boring. I love cooking whole fryers (chickens) in the crock pot, because they're usually the cheapest in price when it comes to chicken.

    Costco seems to have the best price for whole fryers at $1.09 lb. They're sold in two packs, so I usually grab a few and toss them in the freezer.  Whole fryers are perfect for chicken & dumplings, soups, stewed chicken, chicken spaghetti, baked chicken, and these yummy Pulled Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches.   

    This pulled barbecue chicken is super easy to prepare. Just season the chicken and toss it in the crock pot and let it do it's magic. You really can't go wrong with tender chicken in a sweet tangy barbecue sauce. I for one love barbecue anything, so this is one of my favorite crock pot meals. 

    This recipe makes quite a bit, so it's perfect for a crowd or use the leftovers to repurpose into a new meal. This chicken is great to make barbecue chicken pizza , barbecue chicken and cheddar Quesadillas, barbecue nachos, a filling for crescent rolls, or as a topping for baked potatoes.  Lets get started with the step by step.    

    These are the ingredients you will need: one whole chicken (about 4-5 lbs), one small onion, your favorite barbecue dry rub, onion powder, garlic salt, pepper (not pictured). barbecue sauce, liquid smoke and honey. 

    Start by rinsing the chicken under cold water and remove the giblets. Pat chicken with a paper towel inside and out. In a small bowl mix together the onion powder, garlic salt, pepper and barbecue dry rub. 

    Coat the entire chicken with the dry seasoning mix including the inside cavity and a under the skin of the breasts. Place the chicken in a large zip lock bag and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight. Remove chicken from refrigerator and place in a 6 quart crock pot.  

    Scatter the sliced onions on top and around the chicken. Add 1/2 cup barbecue sauce over the top and cover and cook on high for about 4 - 4 1/2 hours (or until the chicken is fully cooked).  

    Transfer cooked chicken to a cutting board and pull the meat off the bone. Shred the chicken using two forks and return the chicken to the crock pot (remove any bones or grease in the crock pot and wipe clean). In a small bowl mix together 1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce, honey, and liquid smoke. Pour the mixture over the shredded chicken and mix to combine. Continue cooking until the chicken mixture is warm throughout. 

    Serve immediately on a hoagie or sandwich rolls with additional barbecue sauce, onions, pickles, and your favorite coleslaw if desired.  



    Crock Pot Pulled Barbecue Chicken
    {mommyskitchen.net}

    1 - (4 to 5 - pound) whole chicken, giblets removed 

    1 - teaspoon onion powder
    1 - teaspoon garlic salt
    1/2 - teaspoon black pepper
    1/4 - cup barbecue dry rub (I use Grill Mates Sweet & Smokey
    1 - 16 oz bottle barbecue sauce, separated
    1 - small onion, sliced
    1/4 - cup honey
    1/2 - teaspoon liquid smoke
    8 - hoagie rolls, french bread rolls or sandwich buns 
    garnish: additional onions, pickles and coleslaw

    Rinse the chicken under cold water and remove the giblets. Pat chicken with a paper towel on the outside and inside the cavity.

    In a small bowl mix together the onion powder, garlic salt, pepper and barbecue dry rub. 


    Coat the entire chicken with the dry seasoning mix including the inside cavity and a under the skin of the breasts.

    Place the chicken in a large zip lock bag and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight. 

    Remove chicken from refrigerator and place in a 6 quart crock pot.

    Scatter the sliced onions on top and around the chicken. Add 1/2 cup barbecue sauce over the top of the chicken. Cover and cook chicken on high for 4-5 hours (or until chicken is fully cooked).  


    Transfer the cooked chicken to a cutting board and pull the meat off the bone. Shred the chicken using two forks. 

    Discard the bones and grease at the bottom of the crock pot and wipe clean. Return the shredded chicken to the crock pot.

    In a small bowl mix together 1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce, honey, and liquid smoke. Pour the mixture over the shredded chicken. Mix to combine.

    Continue cooking until the chicken mixture is warm throughout. Serve immediately on hoagie or sandwich rolls with additional barbecue sauce, onions, pickles, and your favorite coleslaw if desired.

    Servings: 6-8


         

    Smoked Sausage with Apples & Onions

    Some recipes are so simple they're almost embarrassing to post. That's how I feel about this recipe for Smoked Sausage with Apples & Onions. I did say almost embarrassing, so I'm going to go ahead and post it. It's funny how sometimes the simplest of recipes turn out to be the best. That's how I feel about this dish. This is my youngest sons absolute favorite recipe, so I make it at least once a month.  

    A couple weeks back I shared a recipe for a apple cider pound cake on my face book page. That particular recipe sparked a conversation on cooking and baking with apple cider. I mentioned how I love cook and bake with apple juice or cider. I received so many comments with the same question........ how do you cook with apple cider? I went on to explain how I use apple juice or cider in my Fall Off The Bone Ribs recipe and when I bake smoked sausage.  

    Several people immediately wanted the recipe. Well I didn't have one to share, because it isn't much of a recipe at all. Just something I tossed together one night with ingredient that I had on hand. Who would of thought that this recipe would become part of our regular dinner rotation. I usually serve this with Skillet Potatoes or baked sweet potatoes and a vegetable. So without further ado here's the recipe. 


    Smoked Sausage W/Apples & Onions 

    2 - (16 ounce) packages smoked sausage or Polska Kielbasa 
    1 - large granny smith apple, cut into chunks
    1 - small onion, cut into chunks.
    1/4 - cup light brown sugar
    1/2 - cup apple juice or cider
    salt and pepper, to taste (if needed)

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut apples into 4 inch size pieces (or thickly slice). Add to a 8 x 8 or similar size baking dish.

    Add apples and onions, and sprinkle brown sugar over all the sausage. Add 1/2 cup apple juice or apple cider and cover the baking dish. 


    Bake covered for 20 minutes. Remove lid  and turn the sausage to coat. Continue baking un- covered for an additional 5 -7 minutes. Remove from oven and cool slightly before serving.

    Cooks Note: Pineapple chunks can also be substituted for apples. If using pineapple chunks drain the juice and use in place of the apple juice or cider. 



         


     

     

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