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

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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

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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
 

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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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Sep 102014
 

10 Caramel Apple Recipes

Fall will “officially” arrive very shortly, and with fall comes apples!  Whether your favorite variety is Granny Smith, Gala, Honey Crisp, or McIntosh, you’ll start to find them on every display at the grocery store, the kids are picking them on field trips, and you may even have them growing in your yard.  After a while, the apple overload can get to be a bit much.  Pair them with caramel in one of these recipes for an exciting twist to the usual apple recipes.

Caramel Apples – Let’s start with the basics.  Okay, these don’t look very basic, but they’re caramel covered apples with other dessert toppings. Delicious and so much better than anything you’d ever get at the State Fair!

Caramel Apple Pork Chops – Sweet, Savory, and still pretty good for you.  This one’s a twist on the hum drum applesauce and pork chop recipe.

Caramel Apple Bundt Cake – Simply, Wow.  This couldn’t possibly look any more delicious.  If you want to impress people, this is probably the recipe that will do it. Continue reading »

Sep 022014
 

Crunchy Baked Onion Rings with Panko Crumbs

Have you ever been to a restaurant and thought to yourself “Why can’t I make it taste like this at home?”. There are just certain things that you have to go out to eat for and I was TIRED of spending money on onion rings. I’ve tried my hand at making them on several accounts and while they tasted okay, they didn’t have a bite to them and were kinda lifeless. So I decided to experiment in the kitchen one afternoon when I was having an onion ring craving and came up with this delicious Crunchy Baked Onion Rings recipe.

If you have ever had Red Robin onion rings you know they are EXPENSIVE to say the least. They are pretty damn good, but, I refuse to pay the price. So this recipe is a reflection of them. However, they are not a “copy cat”! Continue reading »

Aug 282014
 

10 Drool Worthy S'Mores Recipes

Do you love s’mores as much as I do?  If so,  how about whipping up a couple of these simple s’mores recipes? If you’re having a summer cookout, these are all sure to wow your guests when it comes time for dessert!

S’more Bites Mini Cupcakes

S’mores Cookie Bars

Indoor Peanut Butter Cup S’mores

Patriotic Party S’mores

S’mores Pops

S’mores Frappuccino

Double Chocolate S’mores Bark

No Bake S’mores Icebox Cake

Banana S’mores

S’mores

 

Enjoy!

Aug 212014
 

Delicious Watermelon Martini Recipe

I just love summer don’t you? It is all about having fun, sitting outside and relaxing. Oh and enjoying a cool mixed drink or two. If you are looking for a new flavor drink to try this summer, I have one for you. I have come up with a delicious mixed drink recipe for a Watermelon Martini that I think you will LOVE! It is not only good with the taste of summer, it is super easy to make! Continue reading »

Aug 152014
 

Mint Minecraft Rice Krispie Treats

Are your kids as obsessed with Minecraft as my two are?  If that’s the case, they may get a kick out of these Minecraft Creeper Rice Krispie Treats. They are easy to make and they are a big with those little Minecraft fans!

Ingredients:

3 Tbsp butter

10 oz Bag Marshmallows

½ tsp peppermint extract

Green food coloring

5 cups crispy rice cereal

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Aug 082014
 

How to Fail at Making Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

You ever want to just whip up a batch of cookies for your kids and watch their faces light up? That’s what I had in mind when I decided to make these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies! Here is my delicious recipe (well, my mom’s actually)!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of butter, softened
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 cups of brown sugar
  • 3 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 6 cups of instant oats
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate

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Aug 062014
 

HomemadeRanchDressing

Seriously, I made a salad to go along side a spaghetti dinner I made one night. I went to pull out the ranch dressing only to find we were apparently all out. Thankfully no one told me and I came up with this recipe with the ingredients that I had on hand. I seriously will never buy Ranch dressing again because this Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe is far beyond what I had expected to taste that night!

I have been keeping a mason jar of the Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe in our fridge. I have found the kiddos dipping their celery and carrots in it so I can honestly say that this recipe is kid approved!

Ingredients:

1/2 c milk
3 tbsp sour cream/ranch packet mixture
1 tbsp mayo
1 tsp dill weed/cloves/parsley
1 tsp spicy mustard
Pepper to taste

Before you begin you’ll need to use a Ranch Dressing Dip Packet along with a 12 oz. Tub of sour cream and mix together. We just happened to have this on hand as I’ve been munching on it throughout the day with veggies….hey Momma needs a quick snack throughout the day, so don’t judge!

Aug 042014
 

21 of the best bacon recipes

Who doesn’t love bacon?  For all you bacon lovers out there, here is a roundup of 21 of the best bacon recipes out there!

1.Macaroni and Cheese Pizza with Bacon and Green Onions/Rachel Cooks

2.Bacon Double Cheeseburger Stuffed Meatload/The Slow Roasted Italian

3.Bacon Chicken Jalapeno Dip/Call Me PMC

4.Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza Rolls/Six Sister’s Stuff Continue reading »

Jul 232014
 

No Fire Needed Frozen Smores #recipe

On those hot summer days, these frozen treats will cool you off and give you the cozy feeling of a campfire. You won’t need a fire to create this revamped smore. But, you will get that same velvety filling squished with chocolate between two sweet graham crackers for a delightful crunchy and creamy combo.

You will need to plan ahead. Prepping the night before is best and it sets you up for an easy dessert that is fun and delicious. It can also be a healthier alternative to those fire-free versions that replace marshmallows with frosting. Make room for a pan in your freezer and get ready to enjoy the praise for your ingenuity.

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Jul 172014
 

M&M Bug Cupcakes

Kids, bugs and…cupcakes?! Now that spring has finally come, bugs and creatures of all kinds are surfacing to enjoy the sun. (Including husbands who tend to disappear into the untamed jungle of the lawn for hours at a time.)

For some reason, children seem to find an amusing enjoyment out of eating something that looks creepy or gross. So, the demand for bug cupcakes has moms everywhere creating bugs out of candy and frosting.

These insanely easy edible insects will be a sweet treat that can please even those with a low threshold for creepy crawly tolerance.

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