Friday, August 28, 2015

Satisfying that Comfort Food Craving with Cracker Barrel

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cracker Barrel for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

One of the biggest cravings I've had during this pregnancy is comfort food.  Anything from classic recipes to rich, wholesome dishes has been at the top of my list for the past couple of months.  I've got a fairly extensive arsenal of recipes to satisfy the craving, but sometimes, you just want someone else to go through the trouble of cooking, you know?

Enter Cracker Barrel’s Old Country Store.  It is a one-stop shop for great, fresh-made food and even a little bit of entertainment.  Cracker Barrel is really more of an experience.  Before sitting down to eat, we always start out at Cracker Barrel’s Retail Store, where we can browse everything from toys to the latest in collegiate Game Day Essentials.

But the real star of the show is the selection of down-home offerings that Cracker Barrel has to offer.  If you haven't taken a look at their menu lately, it's worth a look...they really have upped their selection!  Of course, the classics are still there.  I am a big fan of the Chicken n' Dumplings meal, as well as their Meatloaf (to die for as next-day leftovers).

Now, Cracker Barrel also offers a selection of Wholesome Fixin's, a few signature meals that offer customers delicious Lunch and Dinner options at 600 calories or less. Who would have thought you could enjoy Buttermilk Oven-Fried Chicken Breast at under 600 calories?  It looks absolutely delicious!

And, if you're in need of a wholesome and extensive kid's menu, Cracker Barrel has that too!  Let your child choose from macaroni and cheese, chicken tenders, vegetable plate, and many other options.  If you have a breakfast eater, the Cracker Barrel kid's menu is available all day too!  Let your little one enjoy their breakfast favorites anytime of the day!

Don't forget dessert!  Cracker Barrel offers options like Coca-Cola cake, cobblers, sundaes, and Baked Apple Dumplins with vanilla ice cream (pictured above).  Could you not just dive into that picture right now?

In spite of Cracker Barrel's delicious food (trust me, there's plenty), I think my favorite part of the Crackel Barrel experience is the hospitality.  You feel so taken care of from the time you walk in the doors.  The delicious comfort food and the friendly, family atmosphere gives me a little taste of home.

You can find more information about Cracker Barrel (including a full menu) at their website!  While you're there, check out their extensive selection of products available in their retail store.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Create It Thursday #121 (Plus Features)

I'm ready for another fun week of Create It about you guys?

There were a ton (over 600!) of great ideas shared last week!  Here are a few of my favorites (and one fan favorite, too).  You can also find these on the Create It Thursday Pinterest board (technical difficulties prevented posting them to the Facebook page last week, but we'll start back with that this week!)

...and this week's fan favorite...

A big huge thanks to everyone who shared their creations with us last week!  If you were featured, grab a button before you go:

Let's get another party going!
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Pecan Pie Dump Cake

I went a little MIA on the old blog over the past few days after an unexpected internet outage around here.  Thursday, a lightning storm fried our modem...not good when both you and your husband sometimes work from home.  But we're finally back up and running after a few hours of email catch-up last night, so I thought I'd share a recipe from last week with y'all today!

I've professed my love of dump cakes on the blog before.  They are just so stinking easy and delicious.  You literally dump everything in a pan and bake.  Plus, the options and variations are endless.  If you need an easy go-to recipe, these are a must!

The one I'm sharing today is perfect for fall and winter.  I can see this being a great (and easy) Thanksgiving dessert.  It's rich, hearty, and absolutely perfect when served with a little bit of vanilla ice cream on the side.  Hope y'all enjoy!

Pecan Pie Dump Cake...tastes like a mixture between a cake/crumble and a pecan pie. So good! Perfect when served warm with vanilla ice cream.

Pecan Pie Dump Cake


1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup dark corn syrup
2 tsp vanilla extract
4 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted and slightly cooled
2 cups pecans
1 box yellow cake mix
1 1/2 cups melted butter

Pecan Pie Dump Cake...tastes like a mixture between a cake/crumble and a pecan pie. So good! Perfect when served warm with vanilla ice cream.


In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, white sugar, salt, and cinnamon with a fork.  Add in corn syrup, vanilla extract, eggs, and 1/2 cup melted and cooled butter. Mix well.  Fold in 1 cup of pecans until well-incorporated.

Pour mixture into a greased 9x13" pan.  Over the top of the mixture, evenly spread cake mix.  Top with remaining pecans (1 cup) evenly.  Pour 1 1/2 cups butter over the top of the dish, until most of the cake mix is moistened.

Bake dump cake in a 350 degree oven for 40-45 minutes, until edges of the top are just starting to brown.  Serve warm with ice cream.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Create It Thursday #120 (Plus Features)

Ready to party?  I'm guessing you guys have a lot of fun creations to share this week!

I loved so many of the ideas from last week.  I've featured a few favorites below!  You can also find these on the Lamberts Lately Facebook page and the Create It Thursday Pinterest board.

Now it's time for another party!
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