13 Favorite Recipes of 2016

Favorite Recipes 2016

I can’t believe it is February already! Having said that, I must admit that I’ve been a little distracted lately and have fallen behind in the blogging world.  Each year in January, I like to look back at the previous year’s posts and pick out some of my favorite recipes to highlight.  Since it IS February, I’m obviously a little late with this, but I figure it’s never too late to share a good food post. Right?  So today I’m sharing 13 favorite recipe of 2016.  We have a sandwich, salad, Mexican food, soup, and some awesome desserts!

If you see anything you like, just click the link below the picture to print out the recipe!  And as always, I invite you to comment and let me know which food looks appealing to you! [Read more…]

DG Clover Valley Crock Pot Recipe Challenge: Chicken Tortilla Soup

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dollar General for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.


The crock pot can be like your best friend when it comes to creating easy, homecooked meals. It is super easy to use; generally you just throw everything together with very little prep, and it's very easy to make a meal out of just about anything you have in your pantry.  And if you live near a Dollar General, you can get all your crock pot ingredients in one place and save a lot of money at the same time!

I love using the crock pot to make soups and stews, so when I was asked to join the DG Clover Valley Crock Pot Recipe Challenged, I knew I wanted to make a soup.  I decided to make my Chicken Tortilla Soup, because it's great recipe for the winter time.  It's comfort food, and it's also a little spicy.  

My recipe is super easy, and I was able to get all the can goods in the Clover Valley brand available at Dollar General. Hope you will try the recipe!


Recipe for Chicken Tortilla Soup:


2 Cans Clover Valley Chunk Chicken

1 Can Clover Valley Whole Kernel Corn (drained)

1 Can Clover Valley Black Beans (drained)

3 Teaspoons Chili Power (add more if desired)

Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Fritos or Tortilla Chips

Sour Cream

Directions: Drain one can of black beans and one can of whole kernel corn. Pour in to crock pot.

Add canned chicken. Do NOT drain the chicken, as the juice will serve as the broth for your soup. Use a spoon or fork to break up any large chunks of chicken, or if desired, break up the chicken before adding to the crock pot.

Add chili powder. Stir all ingredients. Add additional chili powder if you'd like an extra spicy soup. Heat crock pot on low for a couple of hours or on high for about an hour or until heated through. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.

Serve over Fritos or tortilla chips. Top with cheese and sour cream if desired.

Not spicy enough for you?  Check your local Dollar General for canned tomatoes, peppers, and other ingredients, to make this recipe your own.

Visit the Dollar General website to find more Dollar General easy meals.  You can also follow along on Facebook and on Twitter for product information and promotional updates.



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Friday Favorites – Week 149

friday favorites

Welcome to Friday Favorites!  Hope everyone is having a great week!  I feel like I’m still trying to get in the swing of things here after the holidays, so there’s not much to note.  So all I can say is enjoy these fabulous features, and I hope you all have a great weekend! [Read more…]