• Recipes

    Bacon Wrapped Olives

    In my world, there aren’t many things tastier than some crispy bacon. I admit it. I have a bacon obsession. We’ve even be known to host bacon wrapped weekends where we cover pretty much all foods with the savory meat. And since that big football game is quickly approaching, I thought I’d share one of my favorite bacon-y treats: Bacon Wrapped Olives.

    Bacon Wrapped Olives

    I was introduced to these little bundles of goodness a few years ago by one of my besties and we’ve been making them ever since. They are super easy to whip up and require only two ingredients. Bacon and Olives. I prefer to use thick cut bacon, but have enjoyed a variety of olives with these. (They are super good with bleu cheese, garlic, or jalapeno stuffed olives!)

    Bacon Olives Ingredients

    After you cut the bacon into 3rds, wrap each olive with one of the small pieces of bacon and push a toothpick through it to keep everything enclosed.

    Bacon Wrapped Olives Toothpicks

    Then, just pop them into the oven at 400Β°F and you are just 25 minutes away from heavenly goodness.

    Bacon Olive Appetizers

    I’ve even convinced olive haters to try these salty treats and they have not been disappointed!

    Bacon Wrapped Olives from Elizabeth Joan Designs


    • 5 Slices of Thick Cut Bacon
    • 15 Olives

    1. Preheat oven to 400Β°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
    2. Cut each bacon slice into 3 even pieces.
    3. Individually wrap each olive with one piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick.
    4. Place olives on prepared baking sheet. Place into oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until desired crispness is achieved.
    5. Serve.


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  • 5 Minute Projects,  Recipes

    Five Minute Friday: Pumpkin Pie Dip

    Five Minute Friday

    Welcome to 5 Minute Friday. This is a weekly post where we share quick tips, projects, and recipes that can all be completed in 5 minutes or less! The topic this week is Pumpkin Pie Dip.

    Pumpkin season is upon us. This quick dip will fulfill all of your pumpkin cravings in just a few minutes.

    5 Minute Pumpkin Pie Dip

    2 Cups – Canned Pumpkin
    1 – 3.5 oz. Pkg. – Vanilla Instant Pudding
    1 Tbs. – Pumpkin Pie Spice
    1 tsp. – Cinnamon
    1 – 8 oz. Container – Cool Whip

    Fall Favorite Pumpkin Dip

    Kitchen Tools
    Can Opener
    Large Mixing Bowl
    Wooden Spoon
    Measuring Spoons
    Measuring Cups

    Pumpkin Pie Dip Tools

    First, add the pumpkin, pudding, and spices to a large mixing bowl. Mix until well combined.

    Pumpkin Pie Dip

    Creamy Pumpkin Dip

    Next, fold in the cool whip.

    Quick Pumpkin Recipe

    Mix until smooth and creamy. Pop the dip into the refrigerator until ready to serve. Enjoy this delicious dessert with apples and graham crackers.

    Pumpkin Dessert

    My little guys love eating dip with teddy bear grahams. Yummy!

    Yummy Pumpkin Whip Dip

    Pumpkin Pie Dip from Elizabeth Joan Designs
    2 Cups – Canned Pumpkin
    1 – 3.5 oz. Pkg. – Vanilla Instant Pudding
    1 Tbs. – Pumpkin Pie Spice
    1 tsp. – Cinnamon
    1 – 8 oz. Container – Cool Whip

    Combine pumpkin, pudding, and spices in a bowl and mix together thoroughly. Fold in the cool whip and mix until smooth and creamy. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy with apples and graham crackers.


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  • Recipes

    The Best Jalapeno Corn Dip Recipe

    Around here, the air is getting crisp and we are well on our way into football season. We love to host get-togethers for the games and I’m always looking for a good dip recipe (I may be a dip-aholic). One of our favorites is Jalapeno Corn Dip.

    The Best Jalapeno Corn Dip

    It’s cool and creamy and spicy and perfect. Whenever I make it, it is always completely gobbled up in no time. Plus, it is super quick and easy to whip up before heading to a tailgate party.

    Spicy Jalapeno Corn Dip

    Obviously, the dip contains jalapenos and corn. Those flavors are then combined with green onions, cheese, mayonnaise, and Greek yogurt (I prefer to use FAGE) to make the most mouth watering appetizer when paired with tortilla chips. Or corn chips, crackers, veggies, etc.

    Creamy Jalapeno Corn Dip Chips

    This recipe for Jalapeno Corn Dip is also gluten free and vegetarian, so it is very group friendly. Bonus! And you can tweak the amount of jalapenos used to either turn up or down the spiciness factor.

    Best Dip Recipe

    Jalapeno Corn Dip from Elizabeth Joan Designs

    2 11oz. cans of fiesta corn, drained (contains red and green peppers)
    1-2 4oz. cans of diced jalapenos, drained
    1 bunch of green onions, diced
    8 oz. shredded Colby Jack cheese
    1 C mayonnaise
    1 C Greek yogurt

    Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix together thoroughly. Refrigerate covered for at least one hour.

    Jalapeno Corn Dip Recipe

    We would love to know if you try out this amazing Jalapeno Corn Dip! Let us know what you think!


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  • Recipes

    Slow Cooker Taco Soup

    Since my daughter has started back to school, we have found ourselves super busy and I have little time in the evenings to slave over the stove trying to cook a healthy meal for the fam. Luckily, my slow cooker is there to save me! Yesterday, I whipped up this slow cooker taco soup and the meal basically prepared itself while we finished everything else on the to-do list.

    Slow Cooker Taco Soup

    This is one of my go-to slow cooker recipes because it is so simple and easy to put together. Basically, you just layer the ingredients inside and a few hours later you have a hearty meal that is super delicious. And even though I call it a soup, it is thick like a stew. I suppose you could always add a little extra water if you wanted it thinned out more.

    I started with 3 frozen chicken breasts and added ranch mix, taco seasoning, salsa, kidney beans and corn on top, in that order. (That seriously takes less than 5 minutes.) Then, I set the slow cooker on high and let it cook for several hours. Before serving, I shredded the chicken with a fork and stirred everything up.

    Taco Soup Ingredients

    Doesn’t it look yummy?

    Easy Taco Soup Recipe

    We like to garnish our stew soup with fresh cilantro, cheese and greek yogurt (instead of sour cream), but it would also taste great with some diced avocado, olives or jalepenos on top. Oh my goodness! It is so amazingly delicious and easy to make. Plus, you can vary the taste, depending on the spiciness of the salsa you use or by throwing in more taco-y ingredients. Try it out and let us know what you think!

    Chicken Taco Soup

    Slow Cooker Taco Soup from Elizabeth Joan Designs

    8 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

    3 Frozen Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
    Ranch Mix
    Taco Seasoning
    Jar of Salsa
    Kidney Beans (Canned, not drained)
    Corn (Cannded, not drained)

    1. Layer all ingredients in slow cooker in order. (Chicken, Ranch Mix, Taco Seasoning, Salsa, Kidney Beans, Corn.)
    2. Cook on high, 3-4 hours or until chicken is fully cooked. Shred chicken with a fork.
    3. Serve with with your favorite toppings.