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!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars4

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.

savealot store pics

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Jan 192016
 

Easy Focaccia Bread Recipe

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In our house Sundays mean one thing and one thing only – game day! For most of the season, our New England team has been doing some serious damage across the NFL. While we haven’t had a perfect record this season, we’ve done pretty darn well.  Whenever our beloved team plays, my family is glued to the television to watch.  Even though we only live about 20 minutes from the stadium where they play, we prefer to watch the games from the comfort of our own couch on game day!

Since we like to watch from home, we usually end up having some people over to watch the game with us.  The more the merrier when it comes to watching our team kick some butt! From prepping before my guests arrive, to the clean up after they leave, I can count on Proctor & Gamble to have me covered and the best part is, I can get everything I need for our game day traditions right at Walmart. Continue reading »

Jan 102016
 

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Snickers Dip Snack Stadium Recipe

To say that we are major football fanatics in our house is a complete understatement.  Whenever our team plays, life stops so that we can huddle up on the couch and watch the game – unless we happen to be at the game. This year, our team is doing pretty well and might even make it to the big game next month (fingers crossed).  Even if my team isn’t in the big game, my family is still having some friends and family over to watch it regardless of which teams are playing.

And what’s a party without some great snacks?

When it comes to hosting, I really do try to impress my guests by getting creative with some of the food.  And this year, they are all sure to be impressed. I headed to Walmart to stock up on snacks and got everything I needed.

Walmart

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Jan 042016
 

10 Delicious & Creative Pizza Recipe Ideas

Homemade pizza is one of my family’s favorite dinners.  For so many years all we ever made was cheese pizza because my boys were pretty picky & when I say my boys, I really just mean my youngest son. Now that both of my boys are getting a little bit older, they’re both definitely more open to trying new foods.  We love experimenting with different toppings on our pizza or even making breakfast pizzas on occasion.  Here are 10 of the most creative homemade pizza recipes I’ve found:

1. Stuffed Crust Pizza

Stuffed Crust Pizza

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Dec 272015
 

Cilantro-Lime-Baked-Chicken-Wings-recipe

Are you in need of an easy appetizer for a party you’re heading to?   Maybe a New Year’s Eve party perhaps?  Well today, I have just the thing –  Cilantro Lime Baked Chicken Wings!  They are really simple to make and trust me, they always go over really big!

Here’s what you need:

  • 3 lbs. Chicken Wings, partially thawed so there is no ice
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp. Oil
  • 4 Tbsp. Lime Juice
  • ½ teas. Garlic Powder
  • ¼ teas. Black Pepper
  • 1/8 teas. Cayenne
  • 6 Sprigs of Cilantro Leaves, minced
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper

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Dec 192015
 

10 Delicious Christmas Morning Breakfast Recipe Ideas

Are you one of those people who usually cooks a big breakfast on Christmas morning?  I love a big holiday breakfast, but we actually do it on Christmas Eve morning.  It started many years ago (about 10) when my sister was living with a roommate from out of state.  Her roommate’s family always came in to spend Christmas here in Massachusetts, so my sister came to stay at my house the nights of the 23rd and 24th to give her roommate and her family some space.

That first year we made her a big old breakfast and it just became tradition – even though my sister hasn’t spent the night of the 23rd at my house in many years.  I am always on the hunt for awesome new recipes to make for my family when we have our traditional Christmas Eve morning breakfast.  If you do a big breakfast for your family on Christmas morning, you will love these 10 Delicious Christmas Morning Breakfast Recipe Ideas:

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Dec 152015
 

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Minions Muddy Buddies

One thing we do every single summer is head to the drive-in.  We only do it once a year because it ends up being such a late night, but it’s such a treat for the kids when we go. Since we only go once, we choose the movie we want to watch there very carefully.  We make sure it’s something that we really want to see.  You guessed it, this past summer we chose the Minions movie!

We are super excited that our favorite summer movie just came out on Blu-Ray/DVD on December 8th!  I ran out to get it that day and we have been watching it a lot over the past week.  We just love the Minions © 2015 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.

The day I got it, we had a family movie night to watch it – but what’s a movie night without a snack? Of course Illumination Entertainment’s Minions movie was the inspiration for my recipe.  It is the perfect recipe to include in our Minions Movie night!

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