Jun 252016
 

Red White & Blue Freeze Pops Recipe

The Fourth of July is such a fun holiday.  The cookouts, swimming, fireworks, spending time out in the sun with friends & family – what better way to celebrate Independence Day could there be?  I look forward to the 4th every year and this year will be no different. We usually host a cookout at our house and in addition to the mountain of burgers, hot dogs, steaks and chicken we’ll be having – there will be an additional mountain of desserts.  These red white and blue freeze pops are festive and the kids always love them.  They’ll be running around playing in the back yard for hours that day, so these are the perfect way for them to cool off. Plus, they are tasty and wicked easy to make.

Here’s What You Need

  • Red, white, and blue Gatorade
  • 3oz paper cups
  • Craft sticks

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Here’s What You Do

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Jun 122016
 

Easy Kids Snack Red White and Blue Sour Skewers

Every year we host a huge cookout on July 4th.  Ok, maybe huge is a bit of an exaggeration, but each year we normally have between 20-30 people at our house for some great food, even better company and maybe a sparkler or two.  As the years have passed, families have grown and what used to be 4 or 5 kids at the cookout every year is now fifteen plus.  The more the merrier and being the people pleaser that I am, I tend to go a little overboard with the food.  Being the mom of a picky eater has really opened my eyes when it comes to feeding the kiddos, and the way I figure is if the kids are happy (and their tummies are full) – everyone is happy!  Am I right?

The best part of any cookout is the desserts. Fact.  Dessert is my favorite part of any meal and I make sure to make a few extra special things just for the kids.   Every kid that I have ever met loves these Red White and Blue Sour Skewers – and guess what?  They couldn’t be easier to make, which makes them a perfect kid-friendly dessert to serve at your July 4th cookout, too!

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Here’s what you need:

  • Blue Sour Patch Kids
  • Watermelon
  • Regular Size Marshmallows
  • Food Picks (we got ours from the dollar store)

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Jun 072016
 

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Cheddar Stuffed Burger Bombs

We just love race day in our house.  It’s something that we’ve done as a family since the boys were little and plus it’s an awesome way to get the whole family together for something we all enjoy.  But let’s face it, what’s game day without a great snack?

My family is excessively carnivorous –  they want meat in great quantities.  Maybe it’s because they are all males – who knows? Meatloaf is often on our menu rotation, but we wanted to try something a little different.  In our house, we try to eat healthier most of the time, but some nights I like to treat them with what they really want – generous portions of red meat! The other thing my family can’t get enough of? Cheese! We put it in nearly everything so it was only natural that I pair these two for an awesome race day snack.

Here’s What You Need

  • 1 ½ lbs. ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp. dried onion flakes
  • ½ cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1- ½ cups grated cheddar cheese

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May 302016
 

Watermelon Ice Pops Recipe

Today is Memorial Day here in the states and we all know that means it’s the unofficial first day of summer!  If you are like me, you’ve been waiting for this day since last summer. Since we only have about three months of warm weather here in New England, I make it my mission to get outside as much as possible while the warm weather is here.  The majority of my time is spent at the beach over the summer, but when I am not there you will find me outside on my deck or back yard.

What’s more refreshing on a hot summer day than an ice pop?  I dare say nothing.  These Watermelon Ice Pops are sure to cool you off on the hottest of days this summer – oh and they taste GREAT.

Here’s what you need to make your Watermelon Ice Pops:

  • 3 Pink and 2 green Fla-Vor-Ice pops
  • 1/4 Cup chocolate chips
  • Wooden craft sticks
  • Popsicle mold

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Here’s what you do:

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May 162016
 

Make Your Own Strawberry Go-Gurts

My youngest son is a picky eater.  I mean seriously picky.  He’s the kind of kid that will eat something 1000 times and then on the 1001st time, suddenly he hates it. I swear to god. He’s done it with hot dogs, pizza and countless other foods.  It drives me batty, but he’s super cute so I let things like that slide.  There are a few food things that are a constant with him, though. Yogurt is one of them. He has loved yogurt since he was a baby and that makes me happy because I know he’s getting something good for him when he eats it.  He will eat yogurt in pretty much any form (smoothies, frozen, etc), but go-gurts are by far his favorite way to eat them….there’s something about slurping it as opposed to eating it with a spoon apparently.  Anyways, I don’t care how he eats it as long as he continues to like it.

He loves go-gurts so much that we were constantly running out and frankly, it was costing me a small fortune to keep buying box after box of them.  I decided that it would be just as easy to make my own go-gurts and save myself some money in the process.

If your kids love yogurt on the go as much as mine do, why not try making your own like I did?

Here’s what you need to make your go-gurts:

  • 1 Cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 Cup fresh washed, sliced strawberries
  • 3 Zipsicle bags
  • 1 Food funnel
  • Blender

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May 082016
 

Strawberry Banana Dixie Cup Frozen Ice Pops

Growing up I loved it when I was outside playing with friends in the backyard and my mom would bring out a try of Dixie cup ice pops outside for us to snack on.  Back then hers were a bit more simple (she made hers from whatever juice was in the fridge), but they were still awesome and definitely refreshing on those super hot days.

Now that I am the mom, it makes my heart happy that my boys love playing outside in the summer as much as I did when I was a kid. Experimenting with different flavor combinations for their ice pops makes this mom happy and the fun flavors we’ve been experimenting with definitely make my boys happy.  They get just as excited to see me coming with an ice pop in each hand as I did back when I was young.

These ice pops that I made from strawberry, orange and banana are fruity, easy to make, healthy and boy do they taste delicious!

Here’s what you need:

  • 1/2 Cup diced strawberries
  • 2 small bananas
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 Cup orange juice
  • 2 Tablespoons honey (optional)
  • 3oz Dixie style cups
  • Popsicle sticks

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May 012016
 

Pink Lemonade Brownies recipe

I am so happy that the warm weather has finally reached us here in New England (well, for the most part).  In my family the summer is filled with birthday celebrations, cookouts, graduations and spending nights out by the fire pit.  And let’s face it, what’s a celebration without a delicious sweet treat?  What I love about these Pink Lemonade Brownies is that they are not only delish, but they are a perfect dessert for any occasion.

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Here’s what you need to make your Pink Lemonade Brownies:

  • 1 box Pink Lemonade cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons milk

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Apr 262016
 

raspberry yogurt muffins #recipe

On the mornings that I workout, I need to make sure that I eat something for breakfast that will fill me up and get me through the entire workout. Few things are worse than when your stomach starts grumbling half way through your spin class, right?  Oy vey! Muffins are my breakfast of choice because I find that after all the morning chaos in my house (and by chaos I mean getting the kids off to school) I need something that I can just grab and take with me on the go. These muffins fit the bill. They fill my tummy and they are perfect on the go!  What’s better is that they are simple to make, which is a major score if you ask me.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup quick cooking oats
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ¾ cup vanilla yogurt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 ½ tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ½ small ripe banana, smashed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups fresh raspberries
  • Turbino sugar for top of muffins

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Apr 242016
 

Homemade Cinnamon Play Dough

I’m sure you’ve heard by now that play dough is great for kids with sensory issues.  I happen to be the mom of a child with sensory issues and he absolutely loves to play with play dough.  As much as I love the smell of the store bought kind (and I really, really do), I tend to make my own.  The thing is when you make your own, you can get really creative with it. I have made dough in all sorts of colors, added sprinkles and my latest creation: Cinnamon Play Dough.  This recipe will yield 1 cup of all natural, edible cinnamon play dough and since May 5th is quickly approaching, it is a perfect Cinco de Mayo craft!

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 Tablespoon cream of tartar
  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 cup boiling hot water

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Apr 212016
 

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Recipe

I pack both of my boys a healthy lunch, but they are growing boys.  Growing tween boys to be exact.  In addition to eating me out of house and home, they both come off the bus hungry every single day.  Actually, scratch that. They come off the bus hangry every single day – especially my youngest!  When he’s hangry, he gives Oscar the Grouch a good run for his money.  Seriously.

Since they come running (literally) off the bus looking for food, I always have a snack ready for them.  Since peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are one of their favorites, they love it when they come home and I have peanut butter and jelly bars ready for them as a snack. They are easy to make and they are perfect for anyone who loves PB&J!

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Here’s what you need:

  • 1/2 Cup softened butter
  • 1 Cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 Cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 Cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 1/2 Cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

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Mar 272016
 

bubblegum cupcakes Recipe

In our circle it seems that the majority of our friends and family have summer birthdays, which means that come April birthday party season is in full swing.  Whether it’s for a party we’re hosting (for the boys) or a party that we get invited to – cupcakes are always my go-to recipe.  They are easy to make (for the most part) and travel well when it’s a party that we’re going to at someone else’s house. These Bubblegum Cupcakes are always a crowd pleaser and I make them as often as possible.  This recipe makes 14 cupcakes and takes 50 minutes start to finish, so you can whip them up in a jiffy.

Here’s what you need to make your Bubblegum Cupcakes:

  • 1 1/2 Cups all purpose flour
  • 2/3 Cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 stick softened salted butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tablespoons vanilla
  • 1/2 Cup (any %) milk
  • 1 tablespoon Lorann bubblegum flavoring
  • Blue food coloring

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Mar 152016
 

Homemade Pancake Mix

My kids are kind of fussy about food.  Actually let me rephrase – my eight year old is very fussy.  I can’t even begin to tell you how many times he’s missed dinner because he flat out refused to eat what I made.  And we’re not taking about anything out of the ordinary, either. It happened not too long ago when I make English muffin pizzas.  English muffin pizzas you guys!  Who doesn’t like those?  Anyways, I absolutely will not make a separate meal for him, so if he doesn’t like what I make – he doesn’t eat.  I will always leave him a plate and many times he’s come back later that night to have a few bites, but sometimes he hasn’t.

Anyhow, there are two meals I know for a fact he will eat anytime I make them. The first is tacos in a bag.  For a picky eater, that one baffles me.  The kid won’t eat a cheeseburger, but he’ll eat a taco in a bag complete with sour cream and seasoned beef.

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Mar 132016
 

Easter Bunny Peeps Pops

Peeps.  You either love ’em or hate ’em.  I happen to fall into the former category and could eat them every single day (if they had no calories).  While I think Peeps are just perfect on their own, it’s fun to get a little creative with them every now and then.  These Easter Bunny Peeps Pops are simple to make and even more fun to eat.

Here’s what you need to make your Easter Bunny Peeps Pops:

  • Yellow bunny Peeps
  • 1 Cup Wilton pink melting chocolates
  • Pastel sprinkles
  • Blue lollipop sticks

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Mar 062016
 

Strawberry Spring Dipped Waffers Recipe

Sometimes I like to surprise the boys with a fun snack when they come home from school. My oldest is in middle school and has midterms this week, so I think a fun after-school snack is definitely in order.  These Strawberry Spring Dipped Wafers fit the bill and not only will my kids be getting these for an after-school snack sometime this week, I will also be bringing these to Easter dinner at my parents house this year, too. They are wicked easy to make and they are so pretty aren’t they?

Here’s what you need to make your Strawberry Spring Dipped Wafers:

  • Ghirardelli White Melting Wafers
  • Strawberry Wafers (the brand I used was Voortman)
  • Spring Sprinkles

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Feb 232016
 

Mason Jar Brownie Cake Sundaes

When it comes to a family night in, there is one thing that’s a given in my house.  Food.

When we all huddle up under blankets on the sofa to watch something on tv, we have to have some kind of snack to go along with it. Depending on our mood, sometimes we go for savory apps, but nine times out of ten we prefer sweet treats. These Mason Jar Brownie Cake Sundaes are always a crowd pleaser.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup walnuts finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Feb 162016
 

Lucky Charms Funfetti Triffle

Back when I was a kid, St. Patrick’s Day was pretty much unheard of.  I think maybe we were told to wear green to school if St. Patrick’s Day happened to fall on a school day, but that was basically the extent of it.  Once my own kids were school aged, I found out real quick that St. Patrick’s Day is apparently a much bigger deal now.  All the classroom make leprechaun traps, tons of crafts and many teachers make sure that the leprechauns leave a little treat for the kids on St. Patrick’s Day morning when the kids arrive at school.  Of course, the leprechauns cause a little mischief in the classroom, too.

All that hoopla in school left my kids asking why the leprechaun didn’t do anything at our house.  I could have (and should have) taken the easy way out and told them that the leprechauns only went to the schools to cause shenanigans and leave treats, but for some reason I decided to play along and now there is no going back I suppose.

Sigh.

But since we don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day in our house, pretending we’re Irish for a day isn’t so bad.  We need something to help beat the cabin fever & what better than this fun St. Patrick’s Day dessert idea!  It’s easy to make and trust me, it will be gobbled up in no time flat.

Prep:15 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Total: 27 minutes
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Feb 102016
 

Homemade Cake Pops Recipe

Whenever I get invited to go over someone’s house for a party or even just dinner, I can’t show up empty handed.  I just can’t. When I was growing up my mom always said that it was rude not to bring something with you when you were invited somewhere & that is something that has always stuck with me.  I determine what I will bring with me depending on the event, the people that will be there and the season (or if there are any upcoming holidays, etc).  Sometimes I bring a bottle of wine, sometimes I make a dip and other times I look for specific recipes.  These homemade cake pops are good for any occasion, though. They’re easy to make and always go over real big!  Plus you can decorate them with sprinkles, etc to make them festive if you want to.

Here’s what you need to make your cake pops:

  • Box cake mix – Yellow cake in this case
  • Container of frosting that compliments the cake – Vanilla
  • *Ingredients on back of box to prepare the cake as instructed*
  • Food processor (or you could crumble the cake by hand)
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Almond bark
  • Sprinkles
  • Shoe box with holes poked in it

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Feb 072016
 

cherry chocolate face mask with watermark

It’s that time of year again. Ladies you know, that time of year when our summer tans are completely faded and our poor skin is all dried out from the cold.  It’s not pretty, but you can rejuvenate your skin easily with this Homemade Cherry Chocolate Face Mask. The beauty of it is that you only need 3 ingredients and chances are you already have them in your cupboard.

Here’s what you need to make your Cherry Chocolate Face Mask:

  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons 100% cocoa (cacao)
  • 10 Maraschino cherries

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Feb 032016
 

Quick and Easy Shepherd's Pie

If you are looking for an easy to make, hardy dinner, you will love this easy Shepherd’s Pie recipe. Using just a few basic ingredients, you can prepare this dish ahead of time and just pop it on the oven when ready. In less than an hour, you will have a one dish meal that the whole family is sure to love. Take a look!

Here’s what you need:

  • 2 pounds of ground beef
  • ¼ cup of Worcester sauce
  • 1 packet of brown gravy mix
  • 1 cup each of frozen or canned peas, carrots, and corn
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cans of croissant dough
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Jan 202016
 

Mint Oreo Cheesecake Dip Recipe

Football is a big deal in our house.  When the Patriots play, forget about being able to reach anyone in my household.  We completely shut down when the game is on & that includes checking any social media or answering texts.  So obviously since we love football so much, the Superbowl is a major event in our house and if the Patriots make it into the game, forget about it – the excitement is almost too much.

Since the Superbowl is such a big event in our house, we have people over to watch the big game every year.  It’s always more fun to watch the game with friends and having people over means one thing: lots of food.  Chris and I love to entertain and always put out a good spread when we have people over.  I generally put out a good variety of appetizers and desserts.  This year when we have people over for the big game, one of the things I will be serving is a Mint Oreo Cheesecake Dip.   It’s super easy to make and lucky for me, I was able to find everything I needed to make it right at Save-A-Lot.

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