Blueberry Cream Cheese Pound Cake!

I love anything with blueberries and of course, my favorite ingredient, cream cheese, so this recipe was right up my alley!!!   I used fresh blueberries, but you could use frozen also!!!  This is the perfect breakfast or brunch cake or a great coffee cake!!!     This is a super moist pound cake!!!  It's great served plain or top it with a scoop of ice cream!!!

Here is what you will need:

8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1//2 cup vegetable or canola oil
1 pkg. yellow cake mix
1  (3 oz.) pkg. instant vanilla pudding mix
2 cups fresh blueberries (could use frozen)
4 large eggs
3 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Spray a 9 inch Bundt pan with nonstick baking spray.

In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and oil with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.   Add in cake mix, instant pudding mix, eggs and vanilla.  Beat on medium until well blended.  Fold in the blueberries. 

Pour into the prepared pan and place in preheated oven.   Bake for 60 minutes or until a pick inserted in the middle comes out clean.  remove from oven and cool in the pan for 20 minutes.  

Cool completely and sprinkle confectioner's sugar over the top!!!

Slice and serve!!!  It's yummy!!!  

Layered Black Bean Taco Dip!

This is a really easy "Layered Black Bean Taco Dip" that's great to serve during the big game or for your card party or even for the kid's sleepovers or parties.  I like that this can be made the night before also and then brought out about 30 minutes before the party.  

Here is what you will need:
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1 cup sour cream
1 pkg. taco seasoning mix
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (10 oz.) Rotel tomatoes and green chilies, drained
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese or Monterrey Jack/cheddar blend
3-4 green onions, chopped
Beat the cream cheese and sour together with the taco seasoning mix until well blended.  Spread into a shallow dish like a pie plate or a 9"x9" baking dish.  Top with the black beans, Rotel, and then sprinkle the cheese evenly over the top.  Sprinkle the green onions on last.   You can also add sliced black olive and jalapeno slices if you like for additional flavor.  I left those off because some don't like them at my house, but I think it's good with them.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a couple of hours just so the flavors blend.   I like to take this out about 30 minutes before serving so that it's a little softer and dips out easily. 
Serve with tortilla chips, Frito scoops, or various crackers!  

Bacon Ranch Pull Apart Bread!

If you love bread and cheese like I do, this is going to be right up your alley.  This takes a simple loaf of French bread and some cheese and a few other things and makes a loaf of yummilicious goodness! This is so good with pasta dishes...spaghetti, lasagna or with soups.  It also makes a great casual party appetizer.  Here is all you need for this:

1 loaf French bread (can use sourdough or Italian)
1/ 2 cup butter, melted
1/2 packet of dry Ranch dressing mix
8 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded
8 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 cup of real bacon bits or you can use bacon cooked crisp and crumbled

Place the bread on a sheet of foil and cut it in about 1 inch squares, but not all the way through.  Just cut down about 3/4 of an inch.   I just cut on the diagonal, because my bread already had the baker's cuts going one way like that.   If your bread is smooth, you can just cut straight across horizontally and vertically.

Mix the dry ranch dressing mix with the melted butter.  Pull the bread slightly apart and pour the butter mixture over and down into the cuts.


 Sprinkle with the cheddar cheese and the mozzarella cheese and push some of it down into the cuts of the bread.   Finish by sprinkling bacon evenly over the top.   Cover loosely with foil and place in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes.  Uncover and increase the oven temperature to 425 and allow to bake for another 10 minutes or until the cheese just starts to brown. 
You can garnish with some sliced green onions or chives or serve just as it is, piping hot from the oven.  Just pull this off in big chunks.  I will warn that it is addictive!


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