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40 Bacon Recipes You Never Knew Existed!

40 Bacon Recipes You Never Knew Existed!

Everyone loves bacon and wants to know how they can get more of it in their lives. I’ve come across many bacon recipes in my time, but these blow my mind! You don’t have to wait until International Bacon Day to enjoy some of these mouth-watering delights!

Warning: Most of these are NOT healthy recipes and you may develop a pork belly of your own from eating some of these!

1. Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus

    Asparagus-wrapped bacon: possibly the sexiest side dish ever.

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    2. Baked Brie and Bacon Jam Phyllo Cups


      Brie and bacon just belong together. This bacon jam would be great on anything though.

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      3. Piggies In A Blueberry Patch

        A cobbler that turns into a search for bacon.

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        4. Gluten-free Maple Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

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          Which makes a cookie better: chocolate chips or bacon? I think bacon!

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          5. Bacon Onion Cookies – Low Carb, Gluten Free

            I’m a little thrown off by the onion ingredient, but I would try them.

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            6. Bacon and Brie Burger with Spicy Peach Caramelized Onions

              Another bacon and brie duo. This is so mouth-watering! The internet should be scratch and sniff for this one!

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              7.  Spicy Sweet Potato & Chicken Casserole with Bacon

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                Spicy hot sauce and bacon? Yes please!

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                8. Artichoke & Bacon Meatloaf

                  Artichokes in a whole new light… with bacon.

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                  9. Goose Breast Wraps

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                    Never had goose before? Wrap it in bacon and stuff it with cheese! You can’t go wrong.

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                    10. Candied Bacon Fudge

                      I think I died and went to bacon fudge heaven!

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                      11. Salted Caramel Bacon Bark

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                        These would be nice holiday gifts for co-workers…. Who am I kidding? I would eat them all myself.

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                        12. Bacon Cheeseburger Puffs

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                          Another game of find the bacon… this time in cheese puffs.

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                          13. Mashed Root Vegetables with Bacon Vinaigrette

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                            Root vegetables aren’t everyone’s friend. But they are when cooked with bacon!

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                            14. Bacon-Wrapped, Jalapeno and Cheese-Stuffed Shrimp

                            Meatward Season

                              Impress your guests at your next BBQ with this recipe!

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                              15.Tomato Confit B.L.T.

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                                We’ve all had B.L.T.s before, but these are a unique twist. Gourmet B.L.T.s is what I would call them.

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                                16.Buttermilk Bacon Pralines

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                                  I could eat the entire plate of these in one sitting. Dangerous!

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                                  17. Jalapeno Cheesy Bacon Swirl Rolls

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                                    Much like a cinnamon roll, only better.

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                                    18. Bacon, Brie, and Barbecue Pizza

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                                      Brie and bacon are not good enough alone. Barbecue sauce adds a little bit of magic. Maybe you’ve had pizzas similar to this at gourmet pizzerias. Now,  you can make it at home.

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                                      19. Bacon Bourbon Brownies

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                                        Bourbon, bacon AND brownies?! Be the best host/hostess and make these for your guests!

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                                        20. Avocado Bacon Egg Rolls

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                                          I don’t know about you, but I get sick of regular egg rolls. These seem like a better alternative to me.

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                                          21. Candied Maple Bacon Donut

                                            I’m sure that these should come with a warning label!

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                                            22. Wisconsin Bacon and Cheese Beer Bread

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                                              Bacon, cheese and beer… sounds like a good time to me!

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                                              23. California Grilled Cheese

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                                                BEST grilled cheese sandwich EVER!

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                                                24. Sweet and Spicy Bacon-Wrapped Smokies

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                                                  Great for your next football party!

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                                                  25. Oh Baby! Roasted Asparagus, Bacon & Cheese Tart

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                                                    Asparagus and bacon just belong together. I better you could add brie to this and it would be even better. There is something special about their relationship.

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                                                    26. Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with Sweet and Sour Bacon Dressing

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                                                      A nice savory meal of sweet potatoes topped with bacon. Yum!

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                                                      27. Bacon-Jalapeno Cheese Ball

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                                                        No appetizer table should be without this giant bacon-jalapeno cheese ball! You might want to make a double recipe.

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                                                        28. Bacon-Corn Relish

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                                                          You might need to add more bacon and less corn… but it looks great!

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                                                          29. Apple Bacon Crumb Bars

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                                                            Even breakfast bars should have a little bit of bacon in them. I would probably swap out some of the butter in the recipe for bacon fat instead.

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                                                            30. Bacon Butter Pecan Milkshake

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                                                              This one is for brave souls. I really think the bacon might be soggy and that would be gross. Someone needs to try this and let me know if it’s good or not!

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                                                              31. Cheese-Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Smoked Brats

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                                                                These are perfect any time or year! I would top them with sauerkraut and pair with a beer for Oktoberfest.

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                                                                32. Bacon Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies

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                                                                  My father-in-law told me about these, but I didn’t believe him. Which do you think is better: bacon fat or pieces of bacon in a cookie?

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                                                                  33. Flourless Bacon Cake

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                                                                    You are looking at my next birthday cake.

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                                                                    34. Bacon & Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies (Gluten-free)

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                                                                      In case you needed more bacon cookie recipe inspiration, here’s another one.

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                                                                      35. Peanut Butter Bacon Rice Crispies

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                                                                        Maybe Rice Crispies are more your thing? Snap, Crackle, Sizzle, Pop.

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                                                                        36. Bacon Roses

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                                                                          If you really love someone, you’ll make them these bacon roses for their next birthday, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, etc.

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                                                                          37. Bacon Egg Cheese Roll

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                                                                            If you’re good at basket weaving, here you go!

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                                                                            38. Salty Caramel Bacon S’Mores

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                                                                              Because sometimes we get bored of regular s’mores and need to add bacon.

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                                                                              39. Bacon Ranch Quinoa Chicken Salad

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                                                                                Bacon and super food Quinoa are here to save your dinner plans!

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                                                                                40. Hoppin’ John For A Lucky New Year

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                                                                                  Black eyed peas are a traditional recipe for a good New Year! Bacon ensures your year will be 10x better!

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                                                                                  Featured photo credit: Holli Margell via scratchtreehouse.com

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                                                                                  The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                                                                  The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                                                                  Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                                                                                  your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                                                                                    Why You Need a Vision

                                                                                    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                                                                                    How to Create Your Life Vision

                                                                                    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                                                                                    What Do You Want?

                                                                                    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                                                                                    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                                                                                    Some tips to guide you:

                                                                                    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                                                                                    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                                                                                    • Give yourself permission to dream.
                                                                                    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                                                                                    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                                                                                    Some questions to start your exploration:

                                                                                    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                                                                                    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                                                                                    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                                                                                    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                                                                                    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                                                                                    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                                                                                    • What qualities would you like to develop?
                                                                                    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                                                                                    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                                                                                    • What would you most like to accomplish?
                                                                                    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                                                                                    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                                                                                    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                                                                                    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                                                                                    A few prompts to get you started:

                                                                                    • What will you have accomplished already?
                                                                                    • How will you feel about yourself?
                                                                                    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                                                                                    • What does your ideal day look like?
                                                                                    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                                                                                    • What would you be doing?
                                                                                    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                                                                                    • How are you dressed?
                                                                                    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                                                                                    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                                                                                    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                                                                                    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                                                                                    Plan Backwards

                                                                                    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                                                                                    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                                                                                    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                                                                                    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                                                                                    • What important actions would you have had to take?
                                                                                    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                                                                                    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                                                                                    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                                                                                    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                                                                                    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                                                                                    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                                                                                    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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