Crock Pot Balsamic Cherry Beef Roast Recipe

Super yummy balsamic cherry beef roast crock pot recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

I’m on a crock pot kick and this this balsamic cherry beef roast recipe might be one of my favorites yet! I’ve been trying to use my crock pot a few times a week to help us cut down on eating out and it’s been great. This recipe I’m sharing today has some prep but it comes out tasting like an expensive dish from your favorite restaurant!

Great crock pot recipe! balsamic cherry beef roast for the slow cooker - Rae Gun Ramblings

I had some frozen cherries that I used but I bet it would work just as good with canned or fresh cherries. The recipe is written to make 2 large servings since we’re really bad at eating leftovers but you can just increase the recipe if you have more people to feed.

balsamic cherry beef roast crock pot recipe. This is so good! - Rae Gun Ramblings

Ingredients

  • .75 lbs Beef Chuck Roast
  • 1-2 stalk celery sliced
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic chopped
  • 1 1/2 C cherries pitted
  • 2-3 TBS oil divided (any kind of oil you want for sauteing)
  • 1/2 C balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 C red wine
  • 1/4 C brown sugar
  • 1 C beef broth
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp steak seasoning
  • 1 TBS flour
  • salt and pepper to taste

balsamic cherry beef roast crock pot recipe so so good - Rae Gun Ramblings

Directions

  1. Cut beef into two portions for individual servings. Set aside
  2. Heat 1 TBS oil in pan. Saute onion and celery until onion is transparent.
  3. Add in garlic and cherries. Cook for an addition few minutes. Transfer to crock pot.
  4. Season beef with steak seasoning. Season the flour with salt and pepper. Dredge each piece of beef in flour.
  5. Heat 1 TBS oil in pan and brown beef on all sides. Transfer to crock pot.
  6. Add red wine to pan, reduce and deglaze.
  7. Add brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, beef broth and Italian seasoning to the pan cook for a few minutes.
  8. Pour over beef and cherry/veggie combo in the crock pot.
  9. Cook on high for 5 hours or low for 8 hours.

delicious and easy balsamic cherry beef roast crock pot recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

My favorite way to serve this is with some yummy and quick wilted spinach and mashed potatoes. I make sure to server it with the cooked down cherries and veggies and spoon some of the cooking juices over the meat when you serve it.

easy and super delicious balsamic cherry beef roast crock pot recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

I’m sharing this as a part of the monthly Foodie Extravaganza!

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If this is your first time joining us, the Foodie Extravaganza is a monthly party hosted by bloggers who love food! Each month we incorporate one main ingredient into recipes to share with you and this month that ingredient is a Valentine’s Day classic…cherries!

great recipe for slow cooker balsamic beef roast with cherries - Rae Gun Ramblings

Which means there are 17 delicious & unique cherry recipes waiting for you at the end of this post. Yay!  Be sure to check out the rest of these fantastic cherry recipes!

17 Delicious Cherry Recipes

SOOO good! balsamic cherry beef roast crock pot and slow cooker - Rae Gun Ramblings

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Coconut OREO Cookie Balls Recipe

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Coconut OREO cookie ball recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

Have you ever made OREO cookie balls before? They are so easy and yummy. I put a spin on them and have some speedy coconut OREO treats to share today. I love them because they look super fancy and sharp no one will ever guess how stinking simple they are to make. #OREOCookieBalls #CollectiveBias

Pom pm and football shape OREO truffles recipe at Rae Gun Ramblings

I made a few different kinds. Since they are so easy it’s really simple to customize them for any occasion. I made a fancy (but oh so easy) version perfect for everyday or special events like say Valentine’s Day. And I also made a sporty batch with edible pom poms that you can make match your team colors as well as a fun little football. Perfect for the big game right?!

 How to make coconut OREO cookie ball truffles - Rae Gun Ramblings

Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
  • 36 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 3 cups)
  • 4 pkg. (4 oz. each) semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted (I used white chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate)
  • 1 C Shredded Coconut (optional)
  • Food Coloring (optional)

Walmart OREO - Rae Gun Ramblings

Make it!

  1. MIX cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended.
  2. SHAPE into 48 (1-inch) balls. Freeze 10 min. Dip balls in melted chocolate; place in single layer in shallow waxed paper-lined pan.
  3. CUSTOMIZE it with coconut. You can color the coconut with food coloring and coat the balls while the chocolate is still wet or just add a pinch to the top!
  4. REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm.

Share and enjoy!

yummy quick and easy coconut OREO truffles - Rae Gun Ramblings

Super easy. And if you want to make a football one just remember to shape it more football-ish instead of a round ball and after the chocolate coat sets you can draw lines on with white chocolate or do what I did and draw one long line and lay rows of coconut strips for the cross lines.

Fun football themed coconut oreo truffles - Rae Gun Ramblings

Quick and easy coconut OREO cookie balls - Rae Gun Ramblings

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Bacon Cheez-It Nachos Recipe

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super yummy nontraditional nachos - Rae Gun Ramblings

We’re kind of nacho fanatics at my house. Every nacho we see on a restaurant menu we have try. Not that I’d ever turn down your standard nachos but lately the fancier and more unusual the better. Today I have a super nontraditional nacho recipe to share since they few different kind of Cheez-It items as the base. These are so easy and yummy they are the perfect party food for when you don’t know how many people are going to show up. #BigGameSnacks #CollectiveBias

 bacon cheez it nachos fun twist on regular nachos - Rae Gun Ramblings

They come together really fast, like under 10 minutes tops, fast. Plus they are the type of thing you can customize for different pallets.

Cheez-It Nachos ingredients and recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

What You Need

  • Pringles Nacho Cheese Tortilla Chips
  • Cheez-It Crunch’d Hot and Spicy
  • Cheez-It Grooves Zesty Cheddar Ranch
  • 1 C Shredded Cheese
  • 1/2 C Blue Cheese
  • 2-3 Stalks Green Onions, chopped
  • 1/2 lbs Bacon, cooked and crumbled

Super yummy spin on nachos with cheez-it Rae Gun Ramblings What to Do

  1. Place a layer of tortilla chips over a cookie sheet.
  2. Top with the Cheez-It Grooves and the Cheez-It Crunch’d.
  3. Sprinkle with both kinds of cheeses.
  4. Top with chopped green onions and bacon.
  5. Pop in the oven to melt under the broiler. Watch it carefully since it can go fast. A minute or two is sometimes enough depending on how hot your broiler is. If you wanted to do personal sizes you could melt them in the microwave but for parties I think a big sheet pan is more fun and way faster.

So stinking easy right?!

Cheez-It Crunch'd yummy puffs of tasty cheese

I love this recipe because it brings a bunch of our favorites together. In addition to our nacho obsession, my husband is a snack food fiend. Multiple times a week he runs to the store and comes home with more snacks. I had to threaten him to stop him from eating up the ingredients because I knew I was going to be sharing this recipe. He’d already had the Cheez-It Grooves before but the Cheez-It Crunch’d are brand spanking new. They are the first puffs made with 100% real cheese. We found them at Walmart and decided to try the Hot and Spicy flavor. While there is a small kick I think even people who can’t handle much spice would be fine. They are like little cheesy air puffs with just the perfect amount of flavorful kick. Any ways I thought I’d give you a little info in case you’re looking at my recipe going what in the world are those :)

I hope you like the nachos I have a bunch of other versions I’m excited to share. Have you had any interesting nachos I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

Quick and easy cheez-it nachos - Rae Gun Ramblings

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20 Minute Crab Cakes Recipe

20 minute delicious crab cakes recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

I always think of crab cakes as one of those complicated foods but they are really pretty quick and easy to make. I’m excited to share my 20 Minute Crab Cakes Recipe with you guys today. This is perfect for setting out during a party or serving as a part of dinner!

Yummy and fast crab cake recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

Crab Cake Recipe

  • 1 lbs Imitation Crab
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1 bunch green onions chopped
  • 3 tubes of crackers crumbled and divided
  • Old Bay Seasoning
  • Salt
  1. Combine all the ingredients reserving 1 tube of crackers crumbed.
  2. Form into patties.
  3. Roll the patties in the reserved cracker crumbs.
  4. Spray a pan with spray oil and cook over medium heat.
  5. Flip when browned on one side (just a few minutes on each side).

Yummy 20 minute crab cakes perfect for an easy dinner or as part of a party spread - Rae Gun Ramblings

This crab cakes are so quick and easy. They are perfect on a party buffet served with some yummy dipping sauce or on top of mashed potatoes or pasta for an easy dinner. Be sure to check out my tips and recipes for other fun party ideas.

Great ideas for Valentine's day or Game Day - Rae Gun Ramblings

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Recipes: The Best Cherry Coke, Cheese Stuffed Bread Sticks, and Pizza Bites

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Super fast and easy ideas for your Game Day party - Rae Gun Ramblings

Whether your munching in front of The Big Game, Game Night, or Date Night I have some quick and tasty treats so #PreparetoParty. Today I’m sharing how to make cheater cheese stuffed bread sticks perfect for dipping, fun shape pizza bites, my newest obsession, cherry ice cubes perfect for flavoring coke, and more.
Quick and easy football food ideas - Rae Gun Ramblings

I love these ideas because they are perfect for dressing down or up. All together they make a great party spread but in different combos with various sides and veggies they can also be easy dinners. #CollectiveBias

The Best Homemade Cherry Coke

The secret to restaurant style cherry coke at home - Rae Gun Ramblings

  • Cherry Syrup
  • Maraschino Cherries
  • Coke
  • Ice Cube Tray
  1. Place a cherry in each ice cube slot.
  2. Add one pump of cherry syrup to each cube spot.
  3. Top with water.
  4. Freeze until solid.

When you are ready to serve pop a couple into a glass of Coke and enjoy. I only had a heart ice cube tray which I thought made it extra cute. How fun would these be for Valentine’s Day!

The secret to getting the perfect soda shop tasting cherry coke at home - Rae Gun Ramblings

You guys already know I’m a diet coke addict. I usually buy cherry coke zero but for fun (and let’s be honest for cuteness) I decided to make these fun cherry flavoring ice cubes and I have to say they are AH-mazing. Like I’m in love. If you like real cherry cokes like from restaurants with real flavorings this is as good. I’ve tried just the syryp and it doesn’t do the trick something about the cherries make the flavoring just right! They are so so easy to make too!

Easy Cheesy Bread Sticks and Fun Shaped Pizza Bites

Why didn't I think of t his before. Cheese filled bread sticks. Rae Gun Ramblings One of my nieces doesn’t like pizza but she’s happy to each cheese bread. So to make everyone happy I bought a DiGiorno Pepperoni Stuffed Crust Pizza then I just chopped off the crust called it cheese sticks and served it with some dipping sauce. While I was cutting up the pizza I figured it would be fun to make the pizza into fun shaped bites. Turn a regular frozen pizza into darling pizza bites with cookie cutters - Rae Gun Ramblings

  • Stuffed Crust Pizza (I like DiGiorno)
  • Cookie Cutters

To make the bread sticks just cut off the crust straighten the cut edge and and cut into stick sized pieces. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce (we like ranch). With the rest of the pizza use cookie cutters to make cute shapes. For game night you can easy make football bites. I found a “Easter egg” shaped cookie cutter works perfectly to get a good football shape.

Easy Valentine's Day idea. Cut a frozen pizza into heart shaped bites - Rae Gun Ramblings

And how fun would a whole heart themed meal be with little pizza bites as one of the components? In addition to these fun ideas I like to have Ritz crackers out with my favorite sliced cheeses and sausage or if I have some more time I’ll whip up a batch of my 20 minute crab cakes. These ideas were so quick and easy plus I was able to find the pizza, Ritz crackers, and coca-cola on sale at Walmart so that’s even more of a bonus!

Ritz Crackers and Coke

Appetizers and finger foods are my absolute favorite. I hope you like these quick easy ideas. My sister and I are already busy planning the menu for our big game feast. What are some of your favorite party foods?

 

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40+ Cookie Exchange Recipes and Christmas Thumbprint Cookies

Christmas Thumbprint Cookie Recipe plus over 40 other cookie recipes - Rae Gun Ramblings

I love how much baking goes on this time of year so I’m so excited to join up with a bunch of other bloggers for an awesome virtual Great Cookie Exchange. I hadn’t gone to a cookie exchange until a couple of years ago and I think they are just brilliant. And for extra fun we want YOU to link up your favorite cookie recipes in the linky below!

40+ cookie exchange recipes

It is so fun to find new recipes and trade and swap a few batches of one kind for a great assortment of different delicacies! Here are 40+ delicious cookie exchange recipes so you can find the perfect cookie to take to the party this holiday season! Scroll down to get links to each of the recipes!

Quick and Easy Chocolate Christmas Thumbprint cookie recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

For my cookie. I’m sharing some easy Christmas Thumbprint Cookies. They are fun and festive and perfect for making with the little ones!

Ingredients

  •  1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • Christmas non-perils
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  1. Mix flour, baking soda and cream of tartar in a small mixing bow.
  2. Cream sugar, butter, egg, vanilla, almond extract together.
  3. Add dry ingredients and mix well.
  4. Divide dough into two logs between wax paper; refrigerate at least 1-2 hours. Slice dough into disks roll in Christmas sprinkles. Press your thumb to form an indention in the middle of each.
  5. Bake at 375 F for 7-8 minutes. Allow to cool.
  6. Microwave the chocolate and corn syrup for 30 seconds and stir. Zap for an additional 10 seconds and stir. Repeat until the chocolate is 80% melted and finish by stirring to melt completely.
  7. Spoon a generous amount of chocolate mixture in and allow to cool and set.

40+ Christmas Cookie recipes including these Christmas Thumbprint cookies - Rae Gun Ramblings

Don’t forget about all the other awesome cookies and be sure to follow along on the Cookie Exchange Pinterest board for year round cookie recipe inspirations! Follow Reasons To Skip The Housework’s board The Cookie Exchange on Pinterest.


cookies 1 Andes Mint Cookies Double Chocolate Mint MnM Cookies Hot Cocoa Cookies cookies 1 Peanut Butter Cake Box Cookie Raspberry Almond Meltaways Olaf Nutter Butter Cookies cookies 2 Snowflake Meltaway Cookies Chocolate Turtle Cookie Candy Cane Brownie Blossoms cookies 3 Peanut Butter Chip Cookies Cranberry Almond Shortbread Bites No Bake Eggnog Cookies cookies 4 Double Chocolate Rum Balls Magic Cookie Bars Christmas Molasses Ginger Cookies cookie exchange 2 cookies 5 Rosettes Mint Chocolate Truffle Cookie cups Cornflake Christmas Wreath Cookies cookies 6 Christmas M&M Cookies Peppermint Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies Easy Sugar Cookie cookies 7 Jelly “Popper” Cookies Key Lime Pie Bars Gingersnaps with Dark Chocolate Chips cookies 8 Maple Bacon Snickerdoodles Peppermint Shortbread Cookies Christmas Chocolate Thumbprints Cookies cookies 9 Christmas Tree Brownie Pops My Favorite Things Cookies Old-Fashioned Gingersnap Cookies cookies 10 Peanut Butter Cup Cookies Holiday Confetti Sandwich Cookies Lemon Oatmeal Lacies Christmas Cookie cookies 11 Snowball Cookies Healthy Biscochos (Vegan, Raw, & Grain-Free) Almond and Milk Chocolate Ganache Thumbprint Cookies cookies 12 Porcelain Sugar Cookies OREO Dipped Christmas Cookies Rolo Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies {Gluten Free} cookies 14 Chocolate Mint Cream Cheese Cake Mix Cookies Giant Monster Cookies Crispy Coconut Pecan Butter Cookies cookies 2 Candy Cane Sugar Blossoms Candy Cane Frosted Sugar Cookies cookie exchange 4

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Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Turnover

Thanksgiving Turnover perfect for using up Thanksgiving leftovers -  Rae Gun Ramblings

Did you guys have a good Thanksgiving? Ours was SO great! Everything we had was so stinking delicious and it was just a wonderful time with family. I’ve mentioned before that we are totally anti leftover. Like if something gets put in our fridge even if it’s crazy delicious we are SO bad at eating leftovers that it will probably go undiscovered for months in our fridge. Seriously our fridge is where leftovers go to die, except at Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving and St. Patrick’s day are the only times we actually succeed at eating leftovers.

quick and delicious thanksgiving leftover puff - Rae Gun Ramblings

So today I’m sharing one of my favorite ways to remake Thanksgiving leftovers: the Leftover Thanksgiving Turnover. Basically it’s whatever you love thrown in a puff pastry and it’s super delicious and tastes like a whole new meal with the happy familiarness of Thanksgiving dinner.

Turkey Turnover recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

Ingredients

  • 1 Sheet Puff Pastry
  • Thanksgiving Leftovers (whatever sounds good to you but I like to use mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, and turkey)
  • Shredded Cheese

Delicious way to use up leftovers from Thanksgiving in a turkey puff - Rae Gun Ramblings

Lay the puff pastry on a cookie sheet. Mix all the Thanksgiving leftovers together and put on one half of the sheet of pastry. Cover with shredded cheese. Fold the other edge of the pastry over. Close the edge and seal with the tins of a fork. Prick a few times to vent. Bake at 400F until your pastry is golden brown.

Delicious Turkey turnover. The perfect use of Thanksgiving leftovers - Rae Gun Ramblings

Super yummy and super easy. One recipe serves 2-3 hungry adults!

Turkey Tortellini Soup super fast idea to use up Thanksgiving leftovers - Rae Gun Ramblings

If you need other ideas for how to use up your turkey I also have this super yummy Turkey Tortellini Soup Recipe. And this Indian inspired Curry Lentil Soup that I use with turkey or chicken whichever I have on hand when I feel like the soup.

I love this Curry Chicken Lentil Soup. Super fast and yummy I've also tried it with leftover turkey - Rae Gun Ramblings

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Snow Rose Cookies Tutorial

 How to make super easy President Snow roses. Great for Hunger Games parties. Or leave off the "blood" for cute roses - Rae Gun Ramblings

Did you guys go see the movie?! What did you think? I am being a good sister and waiting until my sister can go so I have not seen it yet but I can’t wait. I’m still celebrating the Hunger Games movie release though so today I present to you President Snow’s Rose Cookies Recipe. It’s so easy and of course you can do them in other colors for fun parties, how cute would they be for a spring luncheon or shower!

The trick to making gorgeous roses out of frosting - Rae Gun Ramblings

I thought about putting them on pops like my mermaid cookie pops and attaching a few leaves but I thought I’d keep it simple today and just do the basic cookies. They are really SO easy to do all you need is the right tip. I’ve shared how to make rosettes with frosting before with my chocolate rose ganache cupcakes but since it’s been a while since I share those I thought I’d go over it again!

 Step by step instructions on how to make perfect roses out of frosting - Rae Gun Ramblings

What You Need

  • Basic Sugar Cookies
  • 2D Wilton Tip and Pastry bag
  • Frosting (I just used the stuff in the tub)

What to Do

  1. Once your cookies are baked and cooled scoop about 1 C of frosting into your pastry bag with the tip attached.
  2. Hold the bag perpendicular to the cookie and starting in the middle squeeze and piped around in a circle. The key is to keep the bag always upright. You don’t want it tilted or to turn it at all. You hold the bag perpendicular the whole the the only movements is drawing the circle.
  3. When  you reach the edge pull it downward to break off the frosting.

Easy Rose Cookies Tutorial - Rae Gun Ramblings

So easy right. Once you try it you’ll become addicted and you’ll want to put roses on everything! Perfect for Hunger Games parties, President Snow inspired cookies - Rae Gun Ramblings Now if you want to be silly and put some “blood” on your rose for our favorite evil President, just stir in some red food coloring to a little of the frosting and then place  a few drops of the dyed frosting on your roses.

 The trick to getting perfect rosettes out of frosting. Rae Gun Ramblings

And also here’s my weekly menu plan:

Day Meal
Saturday Crab Boil Mac and Cheese
Sunday Pork and Mashed Potatoes at the in-laws
Monday  chicken Parmesan casserole
Tuesday Crock Pot White Chili
Wednesday  salmon cous cous and asparagus
Thursday Thanksgiving duh!
Friday Open faced left over Thanksgiving sandwiches

what's for dinner

And what we ACTUALLY ate last week:

  • Chicken Chili
  • Philly Cheese Steaks from Moochies
  • Butternut Squash Soup and Cheesy Garlic Bread
  • Seafood Pot Pie
  • Pizza from Pizzeria 712
  • Cheater Navajo Tacos
  • Royal Jalea from Puro Pero

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Easy Green Bean Casserole Recipe and Other Great Thanksgiving Ideas

THis is my go to green bean casserole recipe. Rae Gun Ramblings

Holy moley Thanksgiving is next week! What the what!!!? I just have no idea where all the time has gone. No really someone tell me please. So if you’re like me and need some good last minute Thanksgiving recipes and ideas you’re in luck. I’ve teamed up with a bunch of other bloggers to share some of our favorite recipes and tutorials to make Thanksgiving a little easier.

Fabulous last minute Thanksgiving recipes and ideas - Rae Gun Ramblings

One of my favorite dishes in the Thanksgiving meal is Green Bean Casserole. I LOVE it. In fact I make it as a side every once in a while. It’s so quick and a super easy way to squeeze veggies into our diet!

The best green bean casserole recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

Green Bean Casserole Recipe

  • 1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1/2 Can Milk
  • 1 pack frozen french cut green beans
  • 1 TBS Soy Sauce
  • Cheddar Fried Onions to top

Mix all the ingredients except the onions and bake for 30 minutes at 350 F. Top with onions and bake to crisp up the onions about 10 more minutes.

This is hands down my favorite green bean casserole recipe. So easy and soo yummy - Rae Gun Ramblings

Don’t forget to check out all the other great Thanksgiving recipes and craft ideas!

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Mellark Bakery Printable and Mrs. Mellark’s Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe

Great Hunger Games Mellark Bakery Printable/design perfect for using in craft projects and parties - Rae Gun Ramblings

I’m so excited to share a few awesome Hunger Games projects that I made from Heidi of Digknity‘s Mellark Bakery design. I love the design so so much, it’s so perfect. And luckily for you she has graciously allowed me to share it here so you can make your own awesome creations (see below for more details). I made Teddy a little onesie with the design on it which you might remember from my baby book round up post a few weeks back, I definitely will be making myself one soon!

Mellark Bakery printable and Mrs. Mellark's banana bread recipe - Rae Gun Recipe

You could also use the design to make treat tags like I did for my Chocolate Chip Banana bread. I tried to print it directly on my cute treat bags but my printer wasn’t cooperating. If I had time I would have run out to get some clear shipping labels. I have dreams of printing some paper to wrap around fresh loaves of homemade bread, wouldn’t that be fun.

Delicious and easy Chocolate Chip Banana bread recipe - Rae Gun Ramblings

Mrs. Mellark’s Banana Bread Recipe

  • 3/4 C Sugar
  • 1/2 C Butter
  • 1 C Mashed bananas
  • 1/2 C Sour Cream
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 C All purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 C chocolate chips
  • 1/2 C Chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350F. Cream the sugar and butter. Mix in the banana, sour cream, eggs, flour, baking soda and salt. Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts if you are using them. Pour into baking dish and bake until a toothpick comes out clean about 60 minutes.

Free Hunger Games printable. Mellark Bakery - Rae Gun Ramblings

I love how versatile the design is. You could print it up as is, throw it in a frame and give it to your favorite Hunger Game fan. Or if you are like me and can’t leave any plain tote back or tee shirt unembellished you can use it as a stencil for freezer paper stenciling or if you have a cutting machine as a design for iron-on vinyl.

Free Hunger Games Mellark Bakery design and great craft ideas - Rae Gun Ramblings

The apron I made came together SUPER fast. I bought one of those premade blank ones from the craft store and then I just cut some iron-on vinyl out on my Cricut and slapped it on. If you’ve never used iron-on vinyl I’m kind of an addict and I have a post all about how to use iron-on vinyl. Really it’s great stuff!

 FREE Hunger Games printable and design for crafts (for personal non-commercial use only) Mellark Bakery - Rae Gun Ramblings

Click here to download the full resolution version. Please note the design is intended for personal (non-commercial use only). Also please do not repost it anywhere.

Mellark Bakery stencil/printable and great Hunger Game craft ideas - Rae Gun Ramblings

I’m giving this apron away as a part of the giveaway. It has a little discoloration on it but I like to imagine that that’s just the wear and tear of long hard hours in the bakery (but really it’s brand new). Also don’t forget to go check out the rest of Heidi’s awesome designs in her Etsy Shop!

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