Bacony Twice Baked Potatoes

bacony twice baked potatoesPotatoes are one of my favorite foods. Baked, mashed, roasted, fried, hashed, in a salad – there are so many ways to enjoy these scrumptious tubers.

One of our family’s favorite potato dishes is Twice Baked Potatoes.  Unfortunately, we don’t get them very often because we rarely have leftover baked potatoes!!

One night last week, I just wasn’t very hungry at dinner, so I put my baked potato in the fridge.  Originally I had thought about scrambling it with some eggs for breakfast, but then I got the idea for Twice Baked Potatoes.  I texted Art and told him my idea.  If he wanted some too, he would have to bake a potato while I was at work.  He agreed, and even suggested the addition of bacon.  I’m glad he did!! It really helped make the meal.

Bacony Twice Baked Potatoes

(serves 4)


2 potatoes, preferably russet

1/4 cup milk

2 Tbsp. butter

dash of salt

dash of pepper

1/2 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend, divided

dash onion powder

2 Tbsp. crumbled bacon (about two pieces)


Bake potatoes as you usually do.  Let cool.

Cut each potato lengthwise in half. Scoop out the inside, leaving a thin shell.

bacony twice baked potatoesMash potatoes in a bowl until no lumps remain. Add butter and beat until smooth, but stiff.  Add milk in small amounts, beating until smooth and fluffy.  Stir in salt, pepper, 3/4 of the cheese, and onion powder.  Fill potato shells with mashed potato mixture.  Place on ungreased cookie sheet.  Top with remaining cheese.

Bake at 400F for about 20 minutes or until hot.

bacony twice baked potatoesEnjoy!!

Patriotic Candy Flower Vase Display with a Giveaway #SweetworksPatriotic #ad

patriotic candy flower vase displayI LOVE decorating for the holidays!!  We have about 20 boxes of Christmas decorations, 2 or 3 boxes of Halloween, one box of Thanksgiving a box of Easter, and even a few Valentine’s and St. Patrick’s Day decorations.  The only holiday where we’re really lacking is 4th of July.  We’ve never had much in the way of patriotic decorations.

I was thrilled when Sweetworks sent me an assortment of their patriotic candies!! I decided I would make a patriotic centerpiece that would be both pretty to look at and fun to eat!!

patriotic candy flower display
This display is super easy to make. All you need is a wide-mouth flower vase, some pipecleaners, two clear drinking straws and your favorite Sweetworks candy!! I used the Celebration shimmer color gumballs in red, blue and white and red and blue eight packs of Sixlets.

First, layer the red, white and blue gumballs in the flower vase, up to the rim.  Not only are they pretty, but they will also help to anchor the Sixlet “flowers” in place.

For each flower you will need one pipe cleaner for the stem and a half a pipe cleaner for the petals.

patriotic candy flower display
First, wrap one end of the full-length pipe cleaner around the middle of a tube of Sixlets.
patriotic candy flower display
Next, wrap each end of the half pipe cleaner around the middle of a pack of Sixlets.
patriotic candy flower display
Finally, center the half pipe cleaner on the wrapped pack of Sixlets with the full-length pipe cleaner. Wrap each half around the center of the pack.

Arrange the petals so they look like a flower or sparkler.  Arrange the stems in the vase of gumballs.  I made four this way – they will be a little droopy – that’s okay!!  Make two more and thread the end of each stem into a clear drinking straw.  The straw will give the flower the support to stick up in the middle of the vase.

patriotic candy flower display
Sweetworks candies are perfect for holiday decorating.  They are so bright and colorful – and well-made – no worry of colors flaking off over time. SweetWorks manufactures and distributes upscale gum, candy and chocolate. Whatever you may be looking for, SweetWorks has it!

Visit all my Sweetworks Holiday Decorating Posts HERE!

Buy the wonderful patriotic candies used to decorate this 4th of July display at SweetWorks.  Get social with SweetWorks on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by Sweetworks. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic.

And now for the Giveaway!!

Sweetworks is giving away $50 worth of Sweetworks candy to one of my lucky readers!!  Here’s what you can win:

Patriotic Winner Packages

  •  Item Description                                               Qty        Value
  •  Royal Blue Sixlets 14oz Stand-Up Bag           1          $ 5.00
  • Shimmer White Sixlets 14oz Stand-Up Bag   1          $ 5.00
  • Royal Blue Gumballs 14oz Stand-Up Bag       1          $ 5.00
  • Red Gumballs 14oz Stand-Up Bag                   1          $ 5.00
  • Red & White Peppermint Crumble Jar           1          $ 3.00
  • Blue & White Vanilla Crumble Jar                   1          $ 3.00
  • Red, White, Blue Sixlets Small Peg Bags        2          $ 2.00
  • Red, White, Blue Pearls Small Peg Bags         2          $ 2.00
  • Red, White, Blue Stars Sweet Shapes              2          $ 2.00
  • Red Foiled Milk Chocolate Hearts               1/2 lb      $ 6.00
  • Royal Blue Foiled Milk Chocolate Balls      1/2 lb      $ 6.00
  • White Foiled Milk Chocolate Balls               1/2 lb     $ 6.00
  •                                         Total Package Value          $50.00

This SweetWorks giveaway is exclusively hosted on our blog, so only those who enter here will win. Keep hopping to all the other SweetWorks giveaways in the Linky below for 24 more chances to win $50 in SweetWorks Candy on EACH BLOG!

Enter on the Giveaway form below.  Giveaway ends 6/29/15 at 11:59 p.m. EST.  Open to residents of the US, age 18 and older.