Feb 282015

Mint M&M Bark Image

I don’t know how it is in your family, but in my house, each of us have a major sweet tooth.  Sure, a bag of M&M’s can satisfy that craving on most days, but every now then isn’t it fun to go all out and make something a little bit fancier with your candy?  That is why I love this mint M&M bark.  It’s super easy to make and even more importantly, it will not only cure your need for something sweet, but it will totally take care of your craving for something savory, too.

Here’s what you need:

1 cup mint M&M’s
1 1/2 C. broken pretzel pieces
1 12 oz package of Wilton dark chocolate candy melts
St. Patty’s sprinkles (green & white)


1. Line a 9×13 baking sheet with wax paper or foil. Spread 3/4 cup of the mini M&M’s and all of the broken pretzel pieces onto the lined cookie sheet. Continue reading »

Feb 212015

Homemade Snow Ice Cream Recipe

To say that we have had a lot of snow here in the Boston area is an understatement.  I am just south of the city and we currently have about 4 feet of snow on the ground here.  I wish I were exaggerating about the snow total, but sadly it’s not joke.  Since we’ve been trapped in the house a lot this winter, one thing we like to do is make homemade ice cream out of snow.  Yes, snow.  It’s super easy to make and the kids love it.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cups sugar
  • CLEAN Snow
  • Optional:  Food coloring and/or sprinkles

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Jan 272015

Monster Burger Fun Kids Meal

When it comes to eating, we are a fairly simple family.  Some of us are fussy, so there are only a handful of meals that everyone in the house agrees on that they like.  Burgers happen to be one of those meals. We all love a nice juicy burger in our family, but sometimes Chris and I like to have a little fun in the kitchen.  We recently made these monster burgers and the kids absolutely loved them.

The thing is, if you’re making a burger anyways, you don’t need anything extra to make these (well, unless you don’t normally have a jar of olives on hand).

All you have to do is cut “teeth” into your cheese slices before you melt them onto the burger in the pan. Continue reading »

Jan 242015

Exploding Sprinkle Surprise Valentine's Day Cookies

It’s said that you eat with your eyes before you even take a bite. These Exploding Sprinkle Surprise Valentine’s Day Cookies will have your party guests or a special someone doing a double-take when they bite into these sweet, buttery cookies packing a surprise.

To create these heart-shaped cookies perfect for class treats, Valentine’s Day dessert, or an easy homemade gift, you will need a simple sugar cookie dough. You can use your favorite recipe or use those handy pre-cut cookies you can find in grocery stores. (I promise I won’t snitch.)

Here is a tried and true recipe that results in a thinner, crunchy cookie, perfect for creating these stacked cookies.

You Will Need:

  • 2 heart-shaped cookie cutters – one needs to be smaller than the other
  • Sprinkles of any size or color
  • Frosting

For the Dough:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 pinch of salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla (you can also use almond extract for a unique flavor)

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Jan 172015

Stained Glass Valentine’s Day Cookies

These cookies are amazing and can be adjusted to be a year round, crowd-pleasing treat. Great for Valentine’s Day or any other holiday, including Christmas, stained glass cookies are a fantastic treat.

They are unbelievably easy and you probably have everything you need sitting in your pantry or lingering in your kids’ holiday candy baskets. Lifesavers, Jolly Ranchers, or any other hard candy will turn your sugar cookies into a show-stopping dessert that you can snack on or hand out to lucky party patrons.

The key is in an amazing sugar cookies base. The flaky, delicate crunch of a well-made cookie is all you need, but the gorgeous glassy insert of a bright red heart will be the perfect touch. Read the directions for tips on how to make the best sugar cookies and stained glass insert… Continue reading »

Jan 142015

Coconut Pecan “Twix” Cookies

Growing up, Twix was one of my favorite candy bars.  At any given time during my childhood, I could go to the cupboard at my parent’s house and be guaranteed that there would be a Twix bar in there.  Actually make that bars.  Plural.  My mom always bought the big boxes of Twix that you find in the cookie aisle.  You know, the ones that came 12 bars to the box.

Actually, I could probably get in the car, drive to my parent’s house right now, open the cupboard and still find a 12 pack of Twix in there.  It is just a staple in their house.

Today I have a fun twist on Twix (say that ten times fast); Coconut Pecan “Twix” Cookies.  You can thank me later.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 Pkg. Lorna Doone Cookies
  • 1 Pkg. Caramel Bits, 11 oz.
  • 2 Tbsp. Milk
  • 1 Cup Shredded Coconut
  • 1 Pkg. Milk Chocolate Chips, 11 oz.
  • Pecan Halves

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Jan 062015

20 Slow Cooker Recipes #recipes

Running short on recipes or time? I know I am, so I hit Pinterest up for slow cooker recipes! Lets face it, what is better then throwing everything in your slow cooker, turning it on, and a few hours later having a meal ready to go! This round up has it all, from Chicken and Dumplings to Lava Cake. I am thinking some Beef Stew sounds pretty good tonight!  Continue reading »

Dec 032014

Snowman Donuts NOM

The holidays are filled with gift shopping, whipping up feasts that will please a crowd, putting up decorations, planning festive gatherings, cleaning up after the festive gatherings, making lists, and checking them twice. It can all be overwhelming, but the fun in the season is worth every moment of making magic.

These Snowman Donuts are incredibly easy and quick, so you can get back to making three different kinds of mashed potatoes to suit your guests’ desire. They require no baking, but just a little imagination that will have your family wanting to join in.

You Will Need:

*Powdered sugar donuts – You can make your own by frying up some pre-made biscuit dough. Just use a small circular cookie cutter to create the shape. Double-dip them in powdered sugar and let them cool. Or, you can buy a bag. I won’t tell.

*One small piping bag of white-hued frosting

*Candy orange slices

*Chocolate chips (Regular M&M candies work well, too.) Continue reading »

Nov 232014

Homemade Pumpkin Cake with Chocolate Sauce Recipe

I love this time of year.  The air is getting cooler, the leaves are changing and pumpkin flavored foods are everywhere as far as the eye can see.  Today, I am sharing a recipe for one of the most decadent pumpkin desserts I know: Homemade Pumpkin Cake with Chocolate Sauce.  It’s super easy to make and it’s sure to go over big if you love pumpkin as much as I do.


15 oz. can of Pumpkin Puree
1 ½ C Dark Brown Sugar
1 C Melted Butter
3 Eggs
2 C Flour
2 tsp Baking Soda
2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 ½ tsp Kosher Salt Continue reading »

Nov 162014

Game Day Buffalo Chicken Dip

If you ask me, one of the best parts of watching football on Sundays is the snacks.  Game day just isn’t the same around here without lots of things to munch on.  Buffalo chicken dip always goes over really well and today I wanted to share the recipe with you.

Here’s what you need:

2 medium size chicken breasts, baked and shredded or you could also use (2) 10 oz. cans of canned chicken to save time.

8 oz cream cheese, softened to room temperature

½ C. ranch dressing, any brand

½ C. Franks Red Hot Sauce Continue reading »

Nov 102014


**Disclosure: Product was received at no charge in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Do you love all things tomato? So do I, which is why I was excited to try some of the staples of the Redpack Tomato Sauce line. Redpack has been making quality tomato sauce and tomato products since 1942, and they offer a great line of canned tomato products perfect for your kitchen recipes. I was able to test out the crushed tomatoes recently, and was quite pleased with the pasta sauce I was able to create right in my own kitchen. Here’s how I did it:


2 large cans of Redpack Crushed Tomatoes
1 medium sized white onion
5-7 fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons of olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
½ teaspoon of red pepper flakes Continue reading »

Nov 042014

Cooking With Prince Spaghetti4

**Disclosure: Product was received at no charge in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Considering we are a family that enjoys a fast yet hearty meal, we were excited to recently give Prince Pasta a try. Prince Pasta has been in the business of crafting quality pastas since 1912, so it should come as no surprise that it is a pasta we truly enjoyed.

Prince Pasta makes a variety of pastas such as spaghetti, rotini, bow ties, and so much more. Most recently they started creating pastas for the more health conscious consumer, including whole grain, fiber added, and even gluten free varieties. This is quite exciting news since pasta has traditionally been thought of as unhealthy. Prince is taking pasta in a new direction and creating products that even the health conscious or restricted dieter can enjoy! For this review, we sampled the spaghetti noodles they were sent to us, along with some ready made sauce and organic dried basil. Continue reading »

Nov 032014

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Trifle

It’s that time of years again.  You know what I’m talking about.  It’s time to pumpkinize!  If  you’re like me and love all things pumpkin and you happen to be looking for a fantastic pumpkin dessert, look no further. This one is a doosey!  I’m talking about a Salted Caramel Pumpkin Trifle!  Doesn’t that sound amazing?

To make the pumpkin bites you will need:

15 oz. can of Pumpkin Puree
1 ½ C Dark Brown Sugar
¾ C Melted Butter
4 Eggs
2 C Flour
2 tsp Baking Soda
2 tsp Cinnamon
Dash Allspice
1 ½ tsp Kosher Salt

Caramel Sauce:

1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Cup Heavy Cream or Half and Half
1 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp Kosher Salt Continue reading »

Oct 222014

Original Boston Baked Beans

Have you ever wondered why Boston Baked Beans are called Boston Baked Beans?  It’s because of the molasses.

Families have been eating slow cooked beans since colonial times. Did you know that the pilgrims earned how to slow cook beans with maple syrup from the Native Americans? Eventually people started making their beans with molasses instead of maple syrup because it was a little bit thicker & sweeter.  Add in some salt pork and voila – you’ve got yourself baked beans. In fact, in the 1700’s, baked beans were prepared on Saturday nights and left in brick ovens overnight. Because Sabbath rules forbid cooking, on Sunday, people could eat the warm beans, served with brown bread.

By the early 1900’s, Boston was a center of production of molasses and in case you didn’t know, Molasses is used as an ingredient in the distillation of rum – and baked beans.  As a matter of fact, Boston was where The Great Molasses Flood of 1919 took place.  A huge tank filled with 2.5 million gallons of molasses exploded and sea of of it flooded the streets of the North End. The disaster ended up killing 21 and injured 150.  I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried.

Boston Baked Beans continue to be one of New England’s most-loved traditional dishes, and today I am going to share my take on Boston Baked Beans, which I make every week for game day! They’re easy to make, delicious and by grabbing my ingredients at Save-A-Lot, I save money on the stuff I need. Continue reading »

Oct 192014

Halloween Pretzel Sticks

As a mom of two active little boys, it seems like we’re constantly celebrating mini milestones in our house.  Whether it’s  my little man getting a 100% on his spelling test or my big guy advancing in his karate class, there is always something to celebrate.  Mini milestones deserve a mini reward, right?  Something tasty like the sweet-salty combo of chocolate-covered pretzels for instance.

Since it’s October, we put a little Halloween flare into them, but you can get really creative with chocolate covered pretzels if you want to change things up.  That’s one of the reasons we love these so much.

Halloween Pretzel Sticks -

1 bag of pretzel rods, any brand

12 oz. Wilton white candy melts

Halloween sprinkles

Baking sheet lined with foil or wax paper Continue reading »

Oct 122014

Easy Eyeball Cupcakes
Witches, vampires and other spooky critters will love making these Easy Eyeball Cupcakes almost as much as they will like eating them.

Halloween is pretty much the Olympics of themed and decorated food. Hosts bust out the best of their pinned items from their respective boards that manage to turn frosted confectionaries into Brain Cupcakes, making guests squeal with delight…and cringe with a fun scare.

You Will Need:

1 Dozen Baked and Cooled Cupcakes – Any flavor, but Devil’s Food cake is preferred.

12 Round, Brown/Black Candies such as M&Ms

12 Gummy Lifesavers

Red food coloring, preferably gel

White frosting

Toothpick Continue reading »

Oct 082014

Apple Cider Sangria

Are you looking for a tasty fall cocktail to sip on by the bonfire?  Or maybe you’re just looking for something a little more “adult’ to do with all those extra apples you just picked?  Then this Apple Cider Sangria is just what you’re looking for.

Here’s what you need:

1 750mL bottle of pinot grigio, any brand

2 ½ C. apple cider

1 C. club soda, any brand

3 medium size apples, chopped + extra for garnish

Directions :

Add all the ingredients to a large pitcher and stir. Chill in the fridge approximately 1 hour and serve over ice with apple slices as garnish.

Perfect for those crisp fall days and company on the porch.

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Oct 052014

Easy Halloween Treats Brain Cupcakes

That cold snap in the air followed by pumpkins appearing in grocery stores and aisles of costumes ranging from adorable cartoon characters to questionable nurses wearing short skirts and fishnet stockings can only mean one thing – Halloween!

Autumn is approaching and so is one of the holidays Americans will spend billions on when it comes to decorations. According to a consumer reports and retailers, in 2013 shoppers spent a total of $7 billion on costumes, home décor and party supplies. Halloween spending is second only to Christmas. (Link to consumer report via NPR:  http://www.npr.org/2014/09/03/345575950/the-business-of-halloween-means-you-can-buy-an-arm-and-a-leg)

You can save yourself some cash and stress with these easy, fun and affordable Brain Cupcakes that will please any ghoul at school or ravenous haunted houseguests.

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Sep 142014

Game Day Mustard Dip Recipe

In our house, Sundays mean one thing:  FOOTBALL!  Whether we have friends over to watch the game or just sit down as a family to watch, we always have snacks on hand while we cheer on our team (go Pats!).  Whenever I make dips, they always seem to be the thing to go first and mustard dip is one that’s always a hit.  It’s super easy to make and trust me, if you love mustard, you’re going to want to try this dip.

Mustard Dip Ingredients -

8 oz. mustard

8 oz. sour cream

8 oz. mayonnaise

1 package of ranch dressing mix Continue reading »

Sep 122014


Who doesn’t love a refreshing glass of lemonade? The sweetness mixes with the delicious tang of a lemon that instantly evokes the feeling of a sunny day. The average 8 oz glass of lemonade has 99 calories a whopping 25 grams of sugar. This recipe will cut the calories to 60 per 8 ounces and practically eliminate the sugar.

The key to good lemonade is balance and the key to great lemonade is first making a simple syrup. And the secret to swapping sugar and calories while maintaining that amazing flavor is infusing the syrup with the zest of a lemon while drastically slashing the sugar with a substitute. The result is lemonade that is almost silky and full of refreshing lemon taste.
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