Game Day Bites Recipes and Block Party

Party food is the best food in my book and these Game Day Bites are right up my alley. These awesome appetizer recipes and chilis are on my must make list. Appetizer Recipes perfect for the super bowl and tailgaiting great game day bites
Whether you partake in watching the sporting events or just show up for the finger foods these Game Day Bite recipes will make for a great get-together. I can’t wait to try all of them! 
Marissa here from Rae Gun Ramblings as your host today anyone else ready to get their snack on?

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this is how I always do chocolate covered strawberries!
This is how I cook my corned beef (in the crock pot) for St. Patrick's Day every year and it works great!
My super easy and delicious Slow Cooker Corned Beef Recipe
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Best Fall Soup Recipes and Link Party

School has started and fall is just around the corner. I can’t wait to pull out soups for cooler weather! These are the best fall soup recipes.

Best Fall Soup Recipes

Smothered Baked Potato Soup

Crockpot Lasagna Soup

Taco Soup

Easy Rotisserie Chicken Soup

20 Minute Vegan Lentil Chili

Vegan Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Crockpot Chili

Stewed Zucchini and Summer Squash

Pasta Fagioli Soup

Smoked Salmon and Lobster Bisque

Zesty Potato Soup

Simple Frozen Vegetable Soup

Creamy Pumpkin Soup with Sausage

Green Chili Enchilada Soup

Black Eyed Pea Soup


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Crock Pot Beef Onion Wine Sauce Recipe


This time of year is SO busy I’m grateful for delicious and easy meals like this Crock Pot Beef in Onion Wine Sauce recipe that we love over pastaIt's a keeper. Easy dump crock pot beef in wine onion sauce. Great over pasta for an easy slow cooker dinner recipe

All you have to do is dump the ingredients together and bam a few hours in the slow cooker and you have a tasty meal the whole family will love (I know mine does)!

Slow cooker beef onion gravy recipe. Delicious crock pot dinner.


  • 2 lbs Beef Stew Meat, 1 inch cubes
  • 1/2 onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 envelop onion soup mix
  • 3 TBS cornstarch
  • Salt and Pepper to taste (usually I don’t need any)
  • 1 1/2 C Red Wine
  • Egg Noodles for serving

How to make the best onion beef crock pot pasta sauce (and double duty leftover recipes)


  1. Place all ingredients (except for the egg noodles) into the crock pot and stir.
  2. Cover and cook on high for 5-6 hours or low for 10-12 hours.
  3. Serve over cooked pasta

So insanely easy and so yummy! As a bonus, if you happen to have leftovers you can use them in lots of ways.

New family favorite recipe. Super easy crock pot beef onion pasta recipe with double duty leftover recipes

One of my favorites is to add some sour cream and mushrooms (and a little beef broth if you need to thin it out) and you’ve got a super easy Beef Stroganoff!

This recipe is SO good. Just dump everything in the crock pot for onion beef pasta. Plus 2 leftover recipes. Great weekday meal ideas

I’ve also thrown it in to packaged ramen for a flavor boost and yummy soupy noodle twist! Gotta love a meal prep that can pull double (or even triple) duty right?

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This is how I cook my corned beef (in the crock pot) for St. Patrick's Day every year and it works great!

Crock Pot Corned Beef 

My new favorite crock pot recipe. These chicken and dumpings are so easy and delicious. Great weeknight meal

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

16 Crock Pot and Easy Recipes

Now that it is spring things are getting busier around here.  So busy that it’s hard to plan for dinner some days.  So I wanted to share some easy and yummy recipes.  Some are crock pot recipes (which is great for the warmer days) and some are just easy.  Either way, they all look delicious!
16 Crock Pot and Easy Meal Recipes. Delicious ideas for weeknight family dinners
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3 Ingredient Crock Pot Ribs Recipe

Is there anything better than fall of the bones ribs? How about a crock pot recipe with just 3 ingredients that tastes amazing.

It's a keeper. Made this crock pot BBQ ribs recipe and it was so easy and delicious. Great dinner and perfect for entertaining.

This low maintenance easy peasy slow cooker recipe is one of my all time favorites. You pretty much throw everything in the crock pot and and you get some of the best ribs you have ever tastes.

New favorite way to make ribs. So easy and delicious in the slow cooker crock pot. Great recipe

It’s also super versatile since you can easily change up the flavor by changing your sauce at the very last step.

This is so good. Made this crock pot slow cooker ribs recipe last night for dinner and can't wait to make it again.

World’s Best Crock Pot BBQ Ribs Recipe


  • 3 1/2 lbs Ribs
  • 1/2 C Water
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 2/3 C BBQ Sauce (plus more for serving if desired)


  1. Cut the ribs into 2 or 3 rib portions.
  2. Place ribs into crock pot, sprinkle with salt and pepper and top with the water.
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  4. Drain any excess liquid.
  5. Cover with your favorite BBQ sauce and cook for an additional hour. I gently stir or spread the sauce onto the ribs to fully to get the sauce evenly distributed.
  6. Serve with extra sauce if desired

We love this recipe. SO easy so delicious now we can have BBQ ribs for dinner even on a weeknight.

I usually use a sugar based cheap grocery store BBQ sauce and this turns out fantastic. But I have been doing Whole 30 and I’m planning on making these later this week with a cherry BBQ sauce that doesn’t any any added sugar. If it turns out good I’ll definitely share the recipe for that!

Hand's down the best rib recipe I've tried and this is so so easy. World's Best crock pot BBQ ribs. So delicious and easy with the slow cooker great for weeknight dinners or entertaining.

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this is how I always do chocolate covered strawberries!

Easiest Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Super easy Lasagna Soup recipe for the crock pot (freezable) - Rae Gun Ramblings #GameTimeGoodies #shop #cbias

Super delicious and easy Crock Pot Lasagna Soup

This buttermilk waffle recipe is the best. Easy to have breakfast ready in less than 15 minutes.

No need to ever buy waffle mix this buttermilk waffle recipe is so easy and so good.

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World’s Best Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe


You guys this spinach artichoke dip recipe is pretty much party food/appetizer perfection. Plus it’s SO easy to make! 

My new favorite party recipe. This spinach artichoke dip recipe is SO good and easy. Perfect appetizer or snack.

Chips and dip may very well be my favorite food. Seriously I love a good dip with a crunchy vehicle but I’m kinda picky. Not all dips (or chips for that matter) are created equally. But let me tell you this one right here is SO good and it can be made in the crock pot if you want.

The best spinach and artichoke dip recipe I have ever had. Only takes 15 minutes and the recipe is crock pot friendly (but does not require a slow cooker)


  • 8 oz light cream cheese (full fat is fine but I used light)
  • 16 oz light sour cream (same you can use full fat if you want)
  • 1 stick (1/2 C) butter
  • 10 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed to remove excess liquid
  • 14 oz Artichoke Hearts
  • 4oz diced chilies , mild drained (don’t worry this doesn’t make it spicy AT ALL pinky promise)
  • 1 1/2 C shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 C grated Romano cheese
  • 1 TBS chopped garlic

A quick word about the ingredients. This does not have a spicy flavor or kick to it. But the chilies do add a little something to the overall flavor. I would serve this to the most spice sensitive people without worrying. 20 month old Teddy gobbled this down without a blink. Also you could just use all Parmesan cheese but I do like the depth of flavor you get by using the Romano.

This is a keeper. Finally a spinach artichoke dip that is super delicious and takes only 15 minutes. Also crock pot compatible

What to Do

Easiest Method

  1. Chop artichokes.
  2. Drain off any excess liquid from spinach and chilies.
  3. Combine everything in crock pot and allow to heat through (about 40 minutes).

Fast Method

  1. Combine the cheeses, butter, and sour cream in a pot over medium heat until melted and combined.
  2. While the cheese is melting drain and chop the artichokes and drain any excess liquid off of the spinach.
  3. Stir the spinach, artichokes, chilies, and garlic into the cheese.
  4. Serve warm. This makes enough to fill a 2 quart crock pot.

If you are not in a hurry you could easily make this in a crock pot and save one dish to clean. Just put it on high until the cheese is all melted through and then stir and turn to low or warm.

We make this spinach artichoke dip recipe all the time and people love it. the best party and tailgating recipe!

I took this to my husband’s work Christmas party this week and it was devoured fast.

It's a keeper this 15 minute spinach artichoke dip recipe tastes like you slaved over it. SO SO good. it's a keeper.

We had to leave early to get Teddy down and there was about one big scoop left and I couldn’t help but just take it with instead of leave it haha. I just finished it off as a blog writing snack and seriously reheated in the microwave it was just as good.

hands down the best and easiest spinach and artichoke dip recipe I've ever had

I think I’m in trouble with this spinach artichoke dip recipe it’s just too easy to make and so so good. We might have to pull it back out for New Years Eve if I can resist not making it again for Christmas ha!

SO good. We love t his easy spinach artichoke dip recipe. so easy and yummy also crock pot friendly but not required

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Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

My new favorite crock pot recipe. These chicken and dumpings are so easy and delicious. Great weeknight meal

There’s nothing better than coming home to a house smelling delicious with a crock pot full of yummy food waiting for you after a busy Fall day. This crock pot chicken and dumplings recipe is one of my new favorites. I’ve feed it too the whole family and not only did they all gobble it up but my sister was begging for a repeat the very next week.

Super delicious crock pot chicken and dumpling recipe


  • 1 TBS Butter (optional)
  • 6 C Chicken Broth
  • 3 Stalks Celery, chopped
  • 3 Carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 Onion, chopped
  • 4 Chicken Thighs (I use skin on bone on but you can substitute any chicken really)
  • 8 oz Mushrooms (optional), quartered
  • 3 TBS Butter
  • 4 TBS Flour
  • 2 C Milk
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 C Bisquick
  • 2/3 C Milk
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning


  1. You can definitely just dump the first group of ingredients in the crock pot but since you are already going to make a cream sauce to stir in later I like to take the extra 5 minutes to brown the chicken and veggies. I don’t cook them through just get a bit of color on them by first browning the chicken skin side down in 1 TBS of butter. I remove those to the the crock pot once browned just a few minutes. And toss the onion, celery, and carrots in the pan and brown for a minute or two.
  2. Add the first batch of ingredients into the crock pot and cook on high for 4-6 hours. I leave the dirty pan covered to use later.
  3. 1/2- 1 hour before eating if you used bone on chicken remove the bones. I keep the skin but you can discard that if you want. I don’t bother shredding the chicken since it breaks apart fast jut by stirring in the rest of the ingredients and I prefer to have some bigger pieces of chicken.
  4. Add in your quartered mushrooms if using.
  5. Next make your cream sauce. Start by making the roux by melting your butter and cooking your flour in the butter. Stir in the milk to form a cream sauce and season to your family’s taste.
  6. Stir into the crock pot. Taste and add any more seasoning you might want.
  7. Finally make your dumplings by mixing the bisquick, Italian seasoning and remaining milk together. Spoon onto the top of your crock pot mixture and cover for another 2o-90 minutes. 20 minutes should be plenty of time for it to cook through but I’ve left it as long as 90 minutes and they were fine (although I do prefer the shorter cooking time myself).

Crock Pot chicken and dumpling recipe. THis is so good we make it for weeknight family dinner all the time.

This is the best comfort food. So yummy and flavorful. I hope your family loves it as much as mine does!

This is a keeper! The best crock pot chicken and dumpling recipes. Great slow cooker dinner idea.

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Crock Pot Coconut Cilantro Ribs Recipe

This is a keeper. Super easy and yummy coconut cilantro crock pot pork (works with lots of cuts of meat)

There is something so rewarding about coming home to a delicious crock pot meal at the end of a busy day. This Cilantro Coconut Ribs recipe is so delicious and easy and it can be made with traditional ribs, short ribs or really even pork chops. Any cut seems to adapt well to this recipe.

New favorite crock pot recipe. Easy coconut cilantro pork.

I’m a food tv junkie. I don’t have cable but I stalk the food shows on public TV and BBQ University is one of my favorites but I’m not really a griller. Also I’m not so much of  finicky cook so I love adapting the complicated involved recipes like this one that Steven Raichlen shared for the grill. My version has the same tasty flavors but is so simple and hands off now that it’s been converted for the slow cooker.

Love this recipe. Super easy coconut cilantro pork works with ribs or chops  for crock pot


  • 1/2 green bell pepper, cored, seeded, and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and cut in half
  • ginger (1-inch piece) coarsely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro (or parsley), washed, shaken dry, stemmed and finely chopped
  • 4-5 lbs pork (ribs, country style, regular, or any other cut of pork)

What to Do

  1. Blend all the ingredients except for the meat until smooth.
  2. Marinate the meat in the blended concoction 4-10 hours. I like to make the marinade the night before let it sit in the fridge and in the morning add it to the crock pot. Alternatively you can prep it all and freeze it and by the time it unfreezes it should be marinaded enough for the crock pot.
  3. Pour the ribs and all marinating juices into the crock pot and cook on high 4-6 hours or low for 8 hours.

Super yummy cilantro coconut pork recipe for the slow cooker

Super easy right, and not your normal crock pot flavors! We love eating this with my favorite easy garlic rosemary roasted potatoes or simple mashed potatoes and fast green beans.

This is a keeper love this coconut cilatro pork slow cooker recipe

A few years ago I made a couple crock pots full of ribs both traditional BBQ ribs and these coconut cilantro ribs and it was a big hit. It’s awesome how such an easy mix and dump crock pot recipe can taste so unique and feel so fancy!

It's a keeper! This French inspired chicken slow cooker recipe is so yummy. Great dinner idea

What more great crock pot recipes? This chicken fricassee for the crock pot is SUPPPPER good. It’s like a French restaurant camped out in your slow cooker.

This is how I cook my corned beef (in the crock pot) for St. Patrick's Day every year and it works great!

And if you love corned beef you don’t have to save it for St. Patrick’s Day. This crock pot corned beef recipe is so easy that you can have it multiple times of year.

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BEST Crock Pot White Chili Recipe

This is my new favorite white chili recipe. It's so good we can't stop making this yummy crock pot meal. Perfect weeknight dinner idea.

Ready for comfort in a bowl? Well that’s what this Crock Pot White Chili recipe is. Seriously just thinking about it makes my mouth water. This has so much flavor with all the convenience of a slow cooker meal.

The best white chili recipe. This slow cooker meal is so easy and delicious.

It has a small amount of kick from chilies but the kids in our family still goggle it up along with every one else. I like to serve it with a big slice of my 3 ingredient cornbread recipe.

Our family's new favorite white chili recipe. Super easy crock pot dinner idea.

  • 1.5 lbs of skinless boneless chicken meat
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 can chicken broth (14.5 oz)
  • 1 small can chopped green chiles (4.5 oz)
  • 1 can corn (15 oz)
  • 2 cans cannellini beans (about 30 oz)

For Roux

  • 3 TBS butter
  • 3 TBS flour
  • 1 C milk
  • 1 Chicken bouillon cube (or equivalent)
  • salt and pepper to taste

To Finish and Topping Individual Portions

  • 1/2/-1 C Greek Yogurt (or sour cream)
  • Crushed tortilla chips for topping
  • Shredded Cheese for topping
  • Avocado for topping

Add all the first group of the ingredients to the crock pot. Making sure to drain all the canned ingredients. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. 1 hour before serving make the roux by melting the butter. Next mix in the flour and cook over medium heat. Mix in milk and bouillon. Salt and pepper to taste. Stir into crock pot breaking up the chicken meat. Allow to cook 1 additional hour (although if you’re in a rush 15 minutes should work). Right before serving stir in 1/2 C yogurt and taste. Add any additional salt and pepper needed. Serve topped with a generous amount of cheese, crushed tortilla chips, avocado and dollop of yogurt.

Hands down the best crock pot white chili recipe. Super yummy  weeknight dinner idea

Oh man this stuff is SO good and it freezes well if you find yourself with any leftovers!

Absolutely delicious and easy lasagna soup recipe for the crock pot

If you want more great crock pot ideas this Lasagna Soup for the slow cooker recipe is super easy and delicious.

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

This Balsamic Cherry Beef recipe works fabulous with all different cuts of beef (roast, short ribs, etc.) and is SO tasty.

It's a keeper! This French inspired chicken slow cooker recipe is so yummy. Great dinner idea

And my new favorite is my French Classic Chicken Fricassee recipe that I made crock pot friendly.

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Crock Pot Chicken Fricasee Recipe

It's a keeper! This French inspired chicken slow cooker recipe is so yummy. Great dinner idea

Are you ready for your mouth to water? The Crock Pot Chicken Fricasee recipe I’ve got for you today is so good. Like I’m kind of drooling just thinking about it. The pictures don’t do this recipe justice. but trust me. Your house will smell amazing and then your taste buds will do a major happy dance.

The best slow cooker chicken. Delicious French inspired chicken dinner recipe for the crock pot

While this is a slow cooker recipe it isn’t your normal dump and go style. It takes some prep but I promise you it’s well worth it and so much better than heating up your whole house and being stuck at home for hours with the oven.

Made this and everyone LOVED it. French chicken fricassee recipe for the crock pot slow cooker. Great dinner idea

  • 4 Chicken Thighs
  • 2TBS Butter
  • 2 Carrots
  • 2 Stalks Celery
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 8 oz mushrooms
  • 2 TBS Flour
  • 1/2 C White Wine
  • 2 C Chicken Broth
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 2 Sprigs Thyme
  • 2 sprigs parsley
  • 1/4 C Heavy Cream
  • 1 Egg yolk
  • 2 sprigs tarragon (about 3 TBS chopped)
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1 TBS Butter
  1. Season your chicken thighs with salt and pepper. In a large pot melt 2 TBS butter and brown your chicken skin side down. Place into crock pot skin side up.
  2. In the pot that you browned the chicken add chopped carrots, celery, and onion. Cook a few minutes and then add in mushroom and flour. Stir together to cook the flour a minute or two.
  3. Stir in the wine and allow to thicken in the mixture. Then stir in the chicken stock, thyme and parsley stirring and scrapping up any brown bits. If you don’t cook with wine you can just use extra stock.
  4. Pour over the chicken in the crock pot. And cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  5. About 20-40 minutes before serving time. Mix 1/4 C cream with 1 egg yolk.
  6. Add 1/2 C of liquid from the crock pot to that mixture to temper.
  7. Remove chicken from the crock pot.
  8. Add 1 TBS butter to the crock pot, stir in egg cream mixture, and squeeze in the juice of half a lemon.
  9. Add in chopped tarragon and chicken. Allow to cook covered for another 15-30 minutes before serving.

Classic French chicken fricassee tweaked for the slow cooker. So delicious

I like to serve this over mashed potatoes. It’s so creamy and rich your mouth will thank you.

One of my favorite chicken dinner recipes. Slow cooker french chicken fricassee for the crock pot

Last time I made this my MIL was over and couldn’t stop talking about how yummy the whole house smelled. And let me tell you it tasted even yummier!

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

Want more great crock pot ideas? Here are a few of my favorites but see even more here. Balsamic Cherry Beef Recipe above.

Super easy Lasagna Soup recipe for the crock pot (freezable) - Rae Gun Ramblings #GameTimeGoodies #shop #cbias

Super easy Crock Pot Lasagna Recipe we had this the other night and I was reminded all over again how yummy it was!

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