Funeral Sandwiches

funeral sandwiches    

I have been obsessed with old recipes lately…like recipes passed down from generations or food you know the older ladies at church would bring to a potluck. 

I feel like I make the same food all the time so time to try out some new ideas!

I am in LOVE with this recipe and so is my family. Not only is it easy but the sauce is amazing! Literally I could drink it…and I might have on an occasion or 2. 

I NEVER buy store bought rolls because it’s to easy to make my own but for this recipe I decided to try it out. I think my rolls are just as good but mine never are as uniform as I would like. If you want to make your own bread, you can use this recipe. 

These are called funeral sandwiches because they are well known in the south as a dish you would bring to a funeral because you feed a lot of people.  But I am making these for a football watching party this weekend. This recipe feeds my family of 6 with extra for my husband’s lunch so if you need them to feed more, just double or triple the recipe. 

Do you have a favorite family recipe?

Funeral Sandwiches
Great for parties, funeral, the big game and more
  • Sandwich:
  • 12 Dinner rolls
  • 12 slices Black Forest of Honey ham
  • 12 slices Swiss Cheese
  • Sauce:
  • 1 T butter, melted
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbs. Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  1. Mix together all ingredients for the sauce.
  2. Assemble sandwiches with the ham and cheese inside slices rolls.
  3. Brush tops of sandwiches with the sauce as well as the insides.
  4. Cover pan and refrigerate 4-24 hours.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes with the foil covering the sandwiches.
  6. Uncover and bake another 10-15 minutes.


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Planter’s Holiday Nut Crunch Cake Pops

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Planters is celebrating this Holiday season by putting out some super yummy products! I got my hands on some Planters holiday nut crunch at Wal-Mart this week and since my kids have been BEGGING to make cupcakes, I decided to do them one better and make homemade cake pops. I have attempted cake pops before they were a complete fail. So I came back and decided to figure out how to make these little slices of Heaven!

This step-by-step tutorial is a no-fuss guide to making the perfect cake pops but there are steps you need to know in order to make these a success! They aren’t hard to make but there are some little secrets I will let you in on.

First you need to grab your favorite Planters Holiday Nut crunch. At Wal-Mart there is this super cute Planters Nut Sleigh display that you cannot miss! Next time you are in Wal-Mart, look for this to find these specialty nuts. 

 Below are the kinds of nut you can find on the instore display at Wal-Mart:


  • Holiday Nut Crunch
  • Cocoa Almonds
  • Brittle Nut Medley
  • Winter Spiced Mix
  • Holiday Collection Tin

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And my little girl is just like me, the way to her heart is sweets!

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 First you bake a regular boxed cake mix according to the directions. I chose a devil’s food cake but you can also choose a white cake.  


Let the cake cool then call in your best helpers to crush up the cake into a big bowl. You should have seen the look on these boys’ faces when I told them to tear up this cake…priceless!


Next add 1 can of icing. Mix until it’s spread throughout and it looks like this:


Next roll the “dough” into balls and set on a baking sheet. It’s better to err on the side of smaller balls than larger ones because once you add all the toppings they can get really heavy and fall off the sticks. Line it with either wax paper or a silicone baking sheet. Then place the baking sheet in the freezer. You can freeze overnight or just for an hour or so. 


Next is a crucial step! Get the pops out of the freezer. Melt 2 squares of your almond bark. Dip the end of the cake pops sticks in the melted bark and stick in the balls. Be careful not to push all the way through. When you are done with all the sticks, place the pops in the refrigerator until you are ready to finish them. Dipping the sticks in chocolate helps keep the sticks attached to the balls. 


Next, round up your toppings. First I got a bag of kettle corn from a local shop but you can also use just a bag of popcorn. You need to smash up the popcorn into smaller pieces or just grab the bottom kernels in the bag that are already small.


Put the popcorn in a bowl. Next open the crushed up peppermint and place in a bowl. Lastly, get your Planters Holiday Nut Crunch. You will need your food processor to pulse this mix up a little. Not too much because you still want some texture but enough to where you can cram as much of it as you want on the cake pop.


Below is how much I crushed up the nuts. I left them a little chunky.


Now the fun part! First leave your cake pops in the fridge and take them out one by one when your ready to dip them in the chocolate. Melt 4 squares of your almond bark according to the package. 


Do not dip the balls in right away. Let the chocolate cool for about 30 second. Next, carefully dip the balls in the chocolate. It’s sometimes hard to get the tops of the pops covered so use a spoon if you need to. Next let the extra chocolate drip off. Now this is important. If you start adding the toppings too soon, it will make the balls too heavy and they will drip off. Let the chocolate cool for about a minute then add the popcorn, peppermint and then top them off with the Planters Holiday Nut Crunch.


Once you start making these, pull out your colander and let the pops dry by sticking them through the holes in the colander. The good thing about this is once you dip these in chocolate, it forms a barrier around the cake and will keep the cake moist for a while!

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Every Christmas I love to make Christmas cookies with the kids. This year why not try and make cake pops with them?! I let the kids dip their own, and decorate them as well and they had a blast making them and eating them.

5.0 from 1 reviews

Planter’s Holiday Nut Crunch Cake Pops
  • Planters Holiday nut Crunch
  • 1 bag of crushed peppermint
  • 1 cake mix (and items you need to bake it) I used Devils food
  • 1 tub icing
  • 1 bag of popcorn
  • white chocolate almond bark
  • cake pop sticks
  1. Bake the cake according to the directions on the box and let cool.
  2. Crumble up the cake in a big bowl.
  3. Add the tub of icing and mix with the cake.
  4. Roll the “dough” into balls and set on baking sheet and put in the freezer.
  5. Melt 2 squares of the almond bark.
  6. Take balls out of freezer. Dip end of pop sticks in the almond bark and stick into balls.
  7. Put in fridge until ready to finish making.
  8. Melt 4 squares of the almond bark and take out one by one and cover the balls in white chocolate. While the balls are not dried yet, put all toppings on.
  9. Let cool then serve.



If you want to have even more fun with Mr. Peanut check out the Blippar app! You can scan your Planters Holiday Nut products, and a hologram pops of of Mr. Peanut! I had to show my kids because I told them it was snowing inside our house! haha!

You can get more info. on the seasonal nuts and you can even take a Selfie with Mr. Peanut and more! This App is actually really awesome! It uses image reconigtion to identify the product then creates a whole world right on your phone with fun things to do, recipes and even a loyalty program for you to check out. I had to show my husband because it was really cool! 


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Spicy White Chocolate Cheesecake with Tabasco Sauce

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Let me tell you a little story…one day a friend of mine and I, let’s call her Penelope, were comparing cheesecake recipes when she started telling me about her spicy cheesecake. My first thought was, “Uh no thanks!” I am ok with spicy and sweet treats but my cheesecake is OFF LIMITS! Cheesecake is all about sugar and fluffy cream, and if I do say so myself, my grandmother’s recipe is out of this world.

But I am Cajun and we live off Tabasco sauce so I decided to give this recipe a chance. I came home after buying some Tabasco sauce and realized we already had 3 bottles in our refrigerator so my husband was pretty thrilled when he saw I came home with another bottle. He has been using it on everything lately and I told him of my plans for my spicy cheesecake. 


I figured he would throw up his hands and exclaim I could never change my recipe but he didn’t! He was totally on board and couldn’t wait to try it! I mean he uses the Jalapeño Tabasco sauce and Original Red on everything, why not try it in a cheesecake??! I had to make a dessert for our Thanksgiving dinner so why not bring this as some of our delicious party food

And don’t be intimidated. When I first made this cheesecake I was a little nervous because I had never attempted a cheesecake before but this one is easy as pie.


I went shopping at my local grocery store and found the Tabasco original Red Sauce, the Green Jalapeño Pepper, and Chipotle flavored sauces and scooped all of them up!

Below is the step by step instructions on how to make this cheesecake…your welcome!


First grind up half a box of cinnamon graham crackers! The secret to this yummy crust is the cinnamon graham crackers! Once they are finely grinded, put in a bowl and add a stick of melted butter. Stir, then put in a greased springform pan and cook for 8-10 minutes at 325 degrees. 


Then put 3 cream cheese 8 oz. blocks in a mixer and beat until smooth. Gradually add 1 1/4 cup sugar. Add 3 large eggs, one at a time. Stir in 8 ounces of sour cream. Pour in half a bag of white chocolate chips.


As you can see my  crust is not very level. It comes with the territory of not being a perfectionist. Feel free to make yours prettier than mine ;-) Pour the filling on top of the pie crust and cook at 350 degrees for 1 hour 5 minutes. Turn oven off and partially open the oven door. Let stand in oven for 15 minutes. Let cool on countertop. Cover and chill for 8 hours in refrigerator.


Next is the fun part..sauce making! To make the spicy sauce for the top of the cheesecake, pour half a jar of strawberry fruit spread. Add 1/2 cup of sugar and let heat up until the sugar is melted. 


I added 1/2 teaspoon of Jalapeño Tabasco sauce. This is where you can take creative liberties because if you like spicy you can add more. I kept tasting mine until I got the right level of spicy. It was a mild spicy taste since the Jalapeño is a milder spicy flavor so it wasn’t too hot. And just to kick it up a notch, I also added a little bit of the Tabasco original Red sauce. It depends on your taste but I added 1/4 teaspoon and it made it the perfect amount of spicy to balance out the tremendous amount of sweet in the cheesecake.I served this at our Thanksgiving dinner and it was a hit!


Once the cheesecake is cooled, add the topping and let it chill in the fridge for 8 hours. 

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tabasco cheesecake   


Happy Holidays from our family to yours! I served this delicious cheesecake at our Thanksgiving dinner at my sister-in-law’s house. And with Christmas coming up, this is a recipe you will want to try out at your family dinner! Life is too short not to have a little spice in your life.

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Spicy White Chocolate Cheesecake with Jalapeño Tabasco Sauce
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 2 cups or half a box of cinnamon graham crackers
  • ½ cup butter
  • 3-8 oz cream cheese blocks
  • 1¼ cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • half a bag of white chocolate chips
  • half a jar of strawberry fruit spread
  • ½ t Jalapeño Tabasco Sauce
  • ¼ t of Original Red Tabasco sauce or to taste
  • ½ cup sugar
  1. Heat over to 350 and combined crushes graham crackers and ½ cup butter. Firmly press into a greased springform pan. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cool.
  2. Beat Cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually add sugar.
  3. Add one egg at a time.
  4. Stir in sour cream then fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Pour batter into crust.
  6. Bake at 325* for 1 hour and 5 minutes. Turn oven off.
  7. Partially open oven door and let stand in oven for 15 minutes.
  8. Remove from over and let cool.
  9. Add fruit spread and remaining ½ cup sugar to sauce pan and let melt.
  10. Add hot sauces to taste.
  11. Let cool then add to top of cheesecake.
  12. Cool in fridge for 8 hours.


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Make it a NESTLÉ® Thanksgiving with 3 ingredient Mini Pumpkin Pie’s and a Digiorno Rising Crust Pizza

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This Thanksgiving is special because #1. We are having Thanksgiving dinner at our house and #2. We are moving. Now you wouldn’t normally think those 2 things go together but this year they do! Most of my friends think I am crazy and while that is true, I can’t pass up having a meal around our table. So while I still plan to spend a whole day making my grandmother’s crescent rolls and probable whipping up our family favorite Banana Caramel Pie, we are letting Nestle help us have a fuss free, easy as pie Thanksgiving.

Every year we have a pumpkin pie but this year I decided to use Nestle Pumpkin Spice refrigerated cookie dough to make mini pumpkin pies. It’s a 3 ingredient, 5 minute pie idea and I could not believe how much it tasted like our original pumpkin pie! The Pumpkin Pie Spice cookie dough is made with 100% Libby’s pure pumpkin with a blend of spices and Nestle’s White chocolate chips. It’s only available for a limited amount of time so grab some while you can.


I never knew Nestle made this flavor but I found some at Walmart!

pumpkin pie

All you need to do is heat your oven to 325 degrees. Generously grease a muffin pan. If you do not grease it good enough the cookie dough will stick.


Press the cookie dough into the bottom of each muffin pan like you would a pie crust since the cookie dough is acting as your pie crust.


Spoon a spoonful of Libby’s pumpkin puree into each “pie crust”. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the dough is cooked. It is very important you do not undercook these since the cookie dough needs to be stiff, otherwise it will fall apart.   

Take out of the oven and let cool. Run a knife around the cookie dough to try and loosen the edges. Once they are cooled about 20 minutes, try to get them out of the pan. 

Top with whip cream and enjoy. The Nestle Pumpkin Pie spice cookie dough has so much flavor, it makes the dish!

To top off our dinner, we bought a Dignorio Rising Crust Supreme Pizza from Walmart.


As a family, instead of turkey we normally do something different like steak or shrimp.  This year we are doing pizza! You can imagine since we are moving everything is in boxes and I can’t find anything so we don’t have access to all of our cooking supplies. So picking up a Dignorio Rising Crust pizza not only saves time but our sanity! This pizza is a crowd pleaser and I love they have gone back to using their original sauce! With cheese from Wisconsin and tomatoes from California, you can’t go wrong with this pizza.

What are some food traditions or ideas you are baking up this year for Thanksgiving? 

Check out the Nestle Website for more Flavorful Moments. 

If your a Pinterest junkie like myself, check out the Nestle Thanksgiving board for lots of yummy recipes below!


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Imagine® Louisiana Creole Bread Bowl Recipe

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Recently my family and I got to stay with my husband while he worked out of town. I wasn’t sure if it was a true hotel or a condo situation but I knew I wanted to have my husband a hot dinner when he got home the first day we got there.

Thankfully when we got there, it was more of a condo with a stove and everything but no spices or any food on hand. My brood and I ran to the store to get the ingredients we needed for that nights dinner which was only onion bread bowls and sliced chicken. 

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I had my Louisiana Creole Imagine® Culinary simmer sauce with me so thankfully I needed very few ingredients to pull this off. 

I had dinner ready in under 5 minutes and my husband came through the door with a hot dinner on the stove and the smell of home even though we were hundreds of miles from home.

First I put the sauce in a sauce pot and turn it on medium high. I then added the already cooked chicken and let it warm up.


I bought onion butter dinner rolls. I sliced the tops off and scooped out the insides. I then ladled the soup and and voila, dinner in under 5 minutes!


These Imagine® sauces come in the following flavors:

  • Portobello Red Wine
  • Latin Veracruz
  • Thai Coconut Curry
  • Louisiana Creole  

They are super convenient and all are organic. You can have a gourmet meal ready  in under 10 minutes with these sauces. I like to keep these on hand when we travel or when I get behind during the day and need dinner ready in a hurry.

We are in the process of moving and I am starting to see how hard it is going to be to prepare great, healthy food with little to no ingredients to kitchen utelentils on hand but with food items like the Imagine® Organic Culinary Simmer Sauces, it is going to make my life much easier and less stressful as we prepare to move.

To find yummy ingredients you can make while on vacation or while you are moving, check out my new “The Moving Menu” tab!

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