Easy Crescent Dough Lemon BardsJanet Tharpe

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The Ultimate Back-to-School Time-Saver - Crescent Dough
Janet Tharpe

I don't know about you, but back-to-school time is always hectic in my house. These days, I'm running to my grandson’s functions. But, I still remember taking my son to football games, swim practice, a friend's house, etc. I was always looking for recipes I could easily throw together.

One of the things I grew to love was crescent dough. You know ... you find it in a tube at the grocery store? I was always figuring out ways to make something quick with it. After searching on Justapinch.com, it looks like members have found great uses too!

Lora D.'s Crescent Breakfast Cups are the perfect on-the-go breakfast. We loved the mix of flavors and ingredients in this recipe. Bacon, eggs and cheese in bite sized (and portable) form. What's better than that?

Your taste buds will be woken up when you bite into Penny R.'s Sausage and Cheese Crescent Squares."This can be used as a breakfast dish or an appetizer - we love it both ways," says Penny. The heat of the pork sausage is a great way to start off your day. But, if you want something milder feel free to substitute. It's whatever makes your taste buds happy. And with only 4 ingredients it really couldn't get any easier.

Elaine Moretti's Miniature Meat Turnovers are a great snack idea. "I've been making these for over 40 years," shares Elaine. "They are really very easy to make." Depending on how many you need, you can easily double or triple the recipe. I think everyone will scoop these up fast!

In a pinch, you can quickly put together Jennifer Tennyson's Cheesy Spinach Pinwheels with items you probably have in your fridge. These are fast, easy and really tasty! They'd also be great to serve alongside a bowl of soup. Easy dinner in a flash.

"This is a wonderful vegetable dish," is how Shirley Schiavone describes her very savory Zucchini Crescent Casserole. This is a great way to use extra zucchini and sneak some veggies into dinner. The herb cheese spread, seasoning and vegetables combine together to give great flavor. The crescent rolls creates a nice crust and makes this recipe pretty easy to whip up!

Blue ribbon winner - and guaranteed to be a winner in your house too - is Gail Herbest's Antipasto Squares. "A cross between antipasto and deep dish pizza," explains Gail. "Cut into small squares for an appetizer or larger squares for a main dish." This is the type of dish that's so good it will haunt you ... to the point where you find yourself having eaten the whole pan. A quick trip to the deli counter and you've got a great dinner.

And let's not forget about something sweet! Amber Moon's Easy Crescent Dough Lemon Bars are a recipe everyone will enjoy for breakfast, dessert or an after-school treat. "My mom now requires me to make these for her birthday while the kids ask for them all the time," adds Amber. "The butter, lemon curd, juice and sugar can all be tweaked to your liking." We loved the creamy filling in this dish. And the crunchy sugar topping is perfect and adds the right about of sweetness. Super and simple!

Have you noticed a theme with these recipes? They're all easy! Which is exactly what we need on a busy day. Open the fridge and grab a tube of crescent dough. I'd love to hear what recipe you create.

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