Bacon, Cheddar, and Caramelized Onion Pillsbury™ Crescent Pinwheels

Bacon, Cheddar, and Caramelized Onion Pillsbury™ Crescent Pinwheels | Cooke's Frontier


The holidays are right around the corner and that means many of us are starting to get really busy. Today, thanks to Pillsbury™ and my local Safeway store, I’m able to bring you a quick and easy appetizer or light lunch idea for those busy days ahead.

Bacon, Cheddar, and Caramelized Onion Pillsbury™ Crescent Pinwheels | Cooke's Frontier

Nothing brings back memories for me like popping open a can of biscuits or crescent rolls because these were such a special treat for us. My Mom would make them for us and I just loved them. They are very versitile and simple to use, so when you want to get something nice on the table in a hurry they’re such a big help!

The recipe I want to share with you today is for Bacon, Cheddar, and Caramelized Onion Pillsbury™ Crescent Pinwheels. These babies are delicious and look like you spent a bunch of time in the kitchen!

If you’ve never made caramelized onions, don’t let them stop you from trying this recipe. They’re very simple and there are several very good tutorials on the web showing you how to make them. Since I’ve learned how they’re made, we have them on hand all of the time! I caramelize 5 lbs or more at a time and we keep them in the fridge or freezer to use on just about everything.

You will need:

  • 1 can Pillsbury™ Crescent Rolls
  • 6 sliced bacon, cooked, cooled, and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup shredded cheese, I used cheddar but you can use whatever you’d like
  • 1 onion, sliced, caramelized, and cooled

To make these, you will roll out your crescent rolls, pinching the seams to keep them shut. We want to make one big roll of crescent roll dough.

Bacon, Cheddar, and Caramelized Onion Pillsbury™ Crescent Pinwheels | Cooke's Frontier

Next, spread on the shredded cheese. Just make it as even as you can.

Bacon, Cheddar, and Caramelized Onion Pillsbury™ Crescent Pinwheels | Cooke's Frontier

Now sprinkle the bacon over the cheese.

Bacon, Cheddar, and Caramelized Onion Pillsbury™ Crescent Pinwheels | Cooke's Frontier

Then comes the caramelized onion. Just spread it in an even layer over everything.

Bacon, Cheddar, and Caramelized Onion Pillsbury™ Crescent Pinwheels | Cooke's Frontier

Starting with the edge nearest you, roll up the whole thing into a jelly roll type roll.

Bacon, Cheddar, and Caramelized Onion Pillsbury™ Crescent Pinwheels | Cooke's Frontier

Slice the roll in half, then the halves into halves, and then those pieces into halves again for a total of 8 pieces.

Bacon, Cheddar, and Caramelized Onion Pillsbury™ Crescent Pinwheels | Cooke's Frontier

Lay them onto a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes, or until golden brown.

Bacon, Cheddar, and Caramelized Onion Pillsbury™ Crescent Pinwheels | Cooke's Frontier

Let them cool slightly and serve!

These are so delicious and fun. My family loves them and I hope that you will, too.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Safeway . The opinions and text are all mine.

Homespun Holidays: Fall and Winter Review

Homespun Holidays: Fall and Winter Review


I received this fun eBook Homespun Holidays: Fall and Winter from The Old Schoolhouse Magazine to review as part of my application process to become part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew. If you’d also like to nab this eBook, you can at The Old Schoolhouse Store at any time.

You probably guessed by the name, Homespun Holidays: Fall and Winter is a season book packed with ideas to make your holiday season filled with memories, activities, great food, and traditions. There are ideas for crafts, recipes, poems, thoughts and stories making it easy to find something to satisfy everyone! There are crafts and recipes suitable for very young children all the way up to ones that I would consider advanced. The book is divided into “Fun” and “Food”, so finding what you’re interested in is very simple.

We’ve been sick here this week and because of that most members of my family have been stuck on the couch. We spent quite a bit of time reading through the stories, crafting simple things, and dreaming abour the recipes we’ll try when we’re all feeling better.

We really enjoyed playing “Thanksgiving ABC’s” , which is a fun twist on the “ABC” game you may have played in the car as a kid. To play this version, you each name things you are thankful for starting with the letter A and then the next person must name things they are thankful for starting with A and then B, without using what anyone else has said. It keeps you on your toes for sure! There was a lot of fun and many giggles while we played this one.

We also really enjoyed reading through the book “Tattered Sails“. It was easy for the kids and I to imagine how cramped that ship must have become in a very short time! The illustrations in this book are absolutely beautiful and the short, descriptive stanzas are fun to read. It’s a great book for everyone and reminds us of the sacrifices of those first pilgrims so many years ago.

I was able to try out the recipe for “Tony’s Hash Brown Casserole” because it was something our delicate tummies could handle AND was a quick casserole recipe to put together. We really enjoyed this casserole. My husband had some ham steak with is and was perfectly happy. It’s a keeper! We’re already planning on having this for both Thanksgiving and Christmas morning with our breakfast.

I have several of the recipes bookmarked for when we are feeling better and I cannot wait to try them. They looked like recipes that we would really enjoy and that my oldest daughter can use as part of her Home Ec curriculum.

As soon as I can get to town to get a couple of items we’re needing, we have plans to make a Thankful Tree and the cute Scarecrow craft. We’ll be (hopefully) decorating our porch this weekend and “Fall Front Porch” gave me some great decorating ideas for ways to re-use items I wouldn’t have thought to use for decoration.

My favorite part of this Homespun Holidays: Fall and Winter, though, was the stories of the family traditions. What’s better than being around the ones you love and creating memories that will last a lifetime? Once the food is gone and the decorations put away, those memories are the most precious part of the holiday season. We spend a lot of time cultivating traditions and I loved reading about how others are doing the same, in small ways and in larger ones.

I loved this eBook. I thought that it was laid out in a simple format, making it easy to read and use. The treasured family memories, activities, crafts, and family recipes combined made it a more than worthwhile read. I don’t think this would be for people who don’t cook and aren’t crafty, but if you are either of those I hope you try it our for yourself!

I’m all about experiences rather than expense, so this was right up my alley and it’s given me so many new ideas to try out. I can’t wait to start building some memories this year :)

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Super Simple Fall Leaf Craft


Fall Leaf Craft | Cooke's Frontier


There’s a nip in the air, pumpkin flavored everything is invading and colorful fall leaves are dotting the landscape. Fall is here! It’s been a hot, dry, long summer here in the Pacific Northwest. We had so many days where I really wondered if cooler weather would ever come. Heck, I wondered if we would ever seen rain again. It’s actually raining right now as I type this and my home is in need of a fire in the stove, but all that hot weather I just mentioned really cut into our ability to get our stores of firewood in.


So I’m sitting here cuddled under a blanket sharing with you how I created this very simple, really beautiful waxed fall leaf garland. It’s an insanely easy craft to whip up and my kids loved being a part of every single step. The best part of the whole project besides extending the beautiful colors of the leaves for a while? It takes 5 short, quick steps to get it done.

Ready to join me in craftyland? Heeeeere we go!


  1. Fall Leaves
  2. White Candle, new or leftover pieces from other candles
  3. Thread
  4. Needle
  5. Wax or Parchment Paper



To begin crafting your fall leaf garland, you’ll first need to take your wonderful self outside go for a walk and gather some leaves. We have a flame maple that we planted a couple of years ago in our lawn for shade that has the best leaves. They aren’t too big, the color is stunning, and they’re not too far away 😉 You’ll need to gather a bunch because a garland takes more leaves than you would guess. I’m going to guess that we used close to 50 to make our garland for the mantle. You may need more or less, so definitely pick up more than you think you’ll need. You can always wax the extras and put them into a small vase on your table or a side table.


Melt down some wax! I’m using plain, white basic cheap candle wax. I got a 50 LB box at an estate sale a few years ago and I’ve been slowly using it, but you can just use up a white candle from the dollar store. I wouldn’t use a candle with any sort of color or you’re going to change the color of the leaves and that is not the look we are going for here. If your wax is already in a jar, you can just put it in a small saucepan with a little water and heat it on medium low until it melts. If you have chunks of wax (like I did), put it into a bowl or other small vessel, pop it into or over a pan of water, and heat until melted. CAUTION HERE: Some candle waxes with catch on fire if they get too hot, so please don’t heat these over high heats to speed it up or walk away while you’re heating it. Please be safe.

Fall Leaf Craft | Cooke's Frontier

Carefully Melting The Wax


Dip your leaves in the melted wax and let them drip over the jar or bowl until no more is dripping off. Set on waxed or parchment paper to dry.

Fall Leaf Craft | Cooke's Frontier

Let The Wax Drip For A Bit


Measure the area you want your garland to go. Cut a piece of thread twice that long, string your needle and double the thread, knotting it on the end. There will basically be a big loop o thread with your needle in the center on one end and a knot on the other end. Start stringing your leaves onto the thread. I like to go through the leaf twice (needle in, to the back of the leaf, up again, to the back of the leaf, and then out again) so that they sit facing flat and forward. You can certainly thread your leaves on however you want, it’s your project after all! Continue stringing leaves until they are all on there.


Hang up your finished masterpiece and step back to enjoy your handiwork.

Fall Leaf Craft | Cooke's Frontier

Hung On The Mantle!


A couple of things before I turn you loose on the neighborhood leaves:

  • Leaves should be clean and dry before waxing.
  • Leaves should be pliable and soft, don’t wax already brittle leaves.
  • Let them dry completely, at least one hour, before stringing or you will chance cracking the wax and then it will flake off.
  • Leaves will eventually fade, turn brittle and look different but it will take far longer than if you had just brought in and strung up leaves without doing anything. Last year mine lasted about 90 days before I felt like they needed to go. Your mileage may vary.
  • Do not hang your leaves by anything hot. We’re about to start using our wood stove for heat, so the leaves on our mantle will have to be relocated. If they are there when the fire is going, the wax will melt and drip off creating a huge mess to clean up.

Last thing I want to do is address the issue of pressing leaves between waxed paper. I know a lot of people do it and have good success, but I never have. It seems like waxed paper used to have a definite waxed side and an un-waxed side, so you could place the leaves between the waxed sides, but the last times I have tried  it there has been no way to figure out which side the wax was on. It was like there was wax on both sides of the paper. So, I started to recycle my candles this way and it has worked out really great. In addition to leaves, I wax all sorts of nature walk items we find to use in centerpieces and other floral/dried flower arrangements around the house.

Fall Leaf Craft | Cooke's Frontier


I hope you take the time this fall to craft with fall leaves. Please share your pictures with me if you wax any leaves and show me how you decided to use them!

Here are some other posts you might want to check out:

Simple Harvest Table Decorations

Twine Pears

Autumn Glass by Simple Life Mom

Gold and Navy Gilded Fall Vase by Mom It Forward

15 Fall Crafts For Kids by Simple Life Mom

How To Make Apple Shrunken Heads by Mom Prepares

How To Make A Wreath by The Homestead Lady

Happy Fall Y’All!

Blue Ribbon Baking From A Redneck Kitchen Book Review


I actually squealed a little when this book got and I got it out of the box. First, the book is absolutely gorgeous. Second, it’s packed full of recipes that I know my family will enjoy. We’re an odd mix of simple and very foodie food around here, so the book has recipes to appease both of those tastes. Third, Pie. Lots and lot of pie.

Who wants to live in a world without pie?!

The cookbook has a very funny forward from funnyman Jeff Foxworthy in it, followed by an extensive table of contents. Everything from “Pies” to “Cakes Like Granny Made” and “Sunday Go-To-Meeting” to “Baked Goods To Show Off” is included. There are so many recipes in each chapter that looked good, so I marked them with sticky notes.

I’ve been slowly making my way through the book trying the recipes out and we haven’t found one, not ONE, that we haven’t loved. That says a lot to me about the quality and taste of the recipes within.

I just wanted to briefly touch on the excellent photos and amusing, sentimental, and heartwarming stories that accompany the recipes so the cookbook reads sort of like a book. That’s something I love, I love that feeling of connection with the author when they include stories like that.

I know a lot of people are starting to think about the holidays and this cookbook would be such a fun gift for a baker in your life. It’s packed with great recipes, it’s beautiful and the book is one I find myself reaching for over and over.

Think about taking a peek at it for yourself, it’s a pretty darn good one!

**I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. I loved it, but you may find that you don’t. All opinions are completely honest and 100% my own.**

Cooke’s Frontier 2015 Holiday Craft-A-Long

Welcome to the FIRST annual (I hope) Cooke’s Frontier Holiday Craft-A-Long. Now, I know a lot of people have heard of Crochet-A-Long or something similar, so you might be wondering what the heck a Craft-A-Long is. Let me tell you what it’s going to be!

I’m planning on doing some serious crafting for Christmas this year and since I’m going to be crafting I thought maybe some of you would like to craft along with me too. I have some crochet, sewing, and other random general crafting projects that I want to get done so I’ll be sharing the links to those projects here.

Here’s how it’ll work:

  • The first Tuesday of the month, I’ll post the links of the 4 projects for the month in a blog post here and on all of my other social media channels. That gives everyone time to read about the project and decide if they would like to participate that or not, and also time to gather your supplies.
  • During the week, I’ll post updates on my progress and check in on you on my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
  • When the item is finished (hopefully before Sunday evening), I’ll post a picture to social media and also update the blog post with a finished item and my thoughts about the project.
  • This will continue through the month until the first Tuesday of the new month when 4 new links will be posted and it’ll start all over again.
  • The first 4 links are posted below, and I will be running this Craft-A-Long until the second week of December, so there will only be 2 links that week.
  • IF everyone is getting a particular project done super fast, I’ll find another project to throw out there as a bonus for those who really have their crafting pants on and are seriously dedicated :)

I give you think links for the projects for the month of October:

#1 Hobo Style Market Bag from Cre8tion Crochet 

#2 All Grown Up Ear Warmer from Moogly

#3 Crochet Towel Holder from Cherished Handmade Treasures (There a BONUS matching dishtowel with this one here: DISH TOWEL)

#4 Mug Cozy from Micah Makes


So, a bit kitchen themed and all crochet this month, but I have some sewing projects set up for next month and also a couple little crafts that are quick and easy, too. I’m so glad to have you crafting along with me this month! I’ll be checking up on your progress, so be sure to post a lot of pictures on the Facebook page and also to Instagram. Let’s use this hashtag #CookesFrontierCAL :)