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05
Mar
2015

Easy Carrot Wafer Cookers {Perfect for Easter!}

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Carrot Wafer Treats for Easter

I have a really cute and really easy little treat for you for Easter. These would be darling for Church events, class parties or your own Easter egg hunts.

I love these treats because they are festive and fun for the kids but they don’t require ages in the kitchen. You can even have the children help you make these and there is no baking required. Awesome right?

I did these on a plate of crushed up cookie crumbs to look like dirt which I think is really fun. For individual servings, you might add the cookie crumbs to the bottom of a small mason jar and put the cookie in and you would have a grab n go treat to eat outside.

The wafers are on the small size so these are little mini carrots not huge cookies.  I think they are perfect for small fingers and would be fun on top of cupcakes too!  I would do chocolate frosting- add cookie crumbles on top of that and then the carrot.

Here are the supplies you need:

Carrot Ingredients

Here are the instructions:

Easy Carrot Wafer Cookers {Perfect for Easter!}
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Quick and easy wafer cookies for Easter.
Ingredients
  • Orange Sugar Wafer Cookies (1 wafer makes 2 cookies)
  • Lime Flavored Tootsie Rolls (1 Tootsie Roll makes three carrot tops)
  • Orange Wilton Candy Melts
  • Oreo cookies for the dirt (optional)
Instructions
  1. Using a bread knife, carefully saw and cut the wafer cookies as shown. You can make two carrots out of 1 cookie. Discard scraps (or save them to nibble on later!)
  2. Working with 1-2 tootsie rolls at a time, place them (with wrapper on) into the microwave. Microwave for 5-10 seconds until soft. Unroll tootsie roll and using a sharp knife, cut the roll into three sections.
  3. Mold the small section into a cylinder shape.
  4. Make two cuts in each cylinder shape to create three carrot leaves.
  5. Using your fingers, and working quickly, shape the tootsie rolls into carrot tops. Flatten bottoms on a counter top. Set aside to re-harden.
  6. In one corner of a Ziploc bag, place 10 orange candy melts. Microwave on 50% power for 60 seconds or until candy is melted. Cut a small opening in the corner of the bag to create a writing tip.
  7. Squeeze a liberal amount of candy melts across the top of the carrot. Set the green top in the candy and hold for a few seconds until set. Lay on a flat surface to completely harden.
  8. Serve on a plate of crushed chocolate cookies.

The package of sugar wafers I purchased had 16 cookies inside which should make 32 of these little carrots.

And here is how I cut the cookies:

How to cut cookies

Pretty simple and then here is how to shape the Tootsie rolls- it sounds complicated but really these are so simple:

How to cut tootsie rolls into carrot tops

And here is what they look like in the end:

Mini carrot wafers

 

I hope you will come back and let me know how your cookies turn out!

If you like this recipe, you might also check out:

Chick Pretzels {Adorable Easter Treat Recipe!}Chick Pretzels – so fun for kids!

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Peeps Smore Cupcake Bites- fun Easter treat!Peeps Smores Cupcakes 

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Easter Oreo Chick Pops

 

Easter Chick Pops 

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Fun Easter Traditions for Children- Magical Peeps Garden!Magical Jelly Bean Garden- my kids LOVE this every year.  Such a simple and magical thing to do.

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01
Mar
2015

Classic Chocolate Brownies Recipe

03/01/2015. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Classic Fudge Brownies

Oh I have the best recipe for you for classic chocolate brownies. You can jazz these up with your favorite toppings- coconut, crushed mint cookies (like Thin Mints), chocolate chips, nuts, caramel, peanut butter, white chocolate…. the possibilities are endless!

These brownies are not overly rich like some fudge brownies and they are a little on the cakey side.  So these are absolutely perfect as a base for fresh fruit and whipped cream or ice cream and toppings.  Seriously amazing!

Brownies Recipe

When you just need something warm and comforting and so easy this is just the thing for you to try. This comes together crazy fast and will be in your belly in no time.

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25
Feb
2015

Chocolate Covered Orange Slices

02/25/2015. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Chocolate Dipped Orange Slices

I have such an easy and delicious treat idea for you today. This is especially nice if you are working on your health and fitness but you still want a little something sweet. I like this for an after school surprise for my girls- especially if they have done a great job on eating well for lunch or as a lighter dessert option.

This literally takes just seconds and you can use any fruit that you like- pineapple, bananas, kiwi etc… I really like oranges and they are easy dippers so that is what I used.  The tart and juicy orange will burst in your mouth followed by the sweet, creaminess of the chocolate.  So yummy!

You only need three ingredients for this recipe and about 30 minutes time total to allow the chocolate to harden.  If you want to ease up on the chocolate a bit you can just drizzle a small amount over the oranges instead of actually dipping and it is still delicious and a treat.

If you are using a chocolate bar a 3.5 oz size bar will work for at least 4 medium size oranges so you might want to adjust the recipe according to how many people you are serving.

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10
Feb
2015

Cheesy Garlic Bread Spread

02/10/2015. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

.Homemade Garlic Bread Spread

This is a super simple recipe for those nights when you want the comforting, cheesy perfection of a warm loaf of Garlic Bread.

I absolutely love bread in general and garlic bread might be at the top of the list for my all time favorite indulgences. I don’t make it often but this is the recipe that I love to make when we do have it.

This will take you just minutes to make so while the pasta is boiling get this spread going and your bread will hopefully be ready and toasty warm as you sit down to the table.

Here is the quick and easy recipe– please note this is completely adaptable to your own taste! You can add more cheese, use less garlic, more garlic…. this will still super delish.

This spread makes enough for 1 loaf of fresh bread to be generously buttered.

Cheesy Garlic Bread Spread
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Cheesy Garlic Bread Spread-- so fast and so delicious!
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese - finely grated
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1-2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Finely mince your garlic and grate Parmesan Cheese.
  3. Add softened butter to a mixing bowl with a whisk attachment.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and stir well.
  5. The spread should be fluffy after mixing.
  6. Slice french bread in half and spread mixture all over top of each half.
  7. Fold the halves back together so the cut sides are touching and wrap in foil.
  8. Place in oven for 10 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven, open the bread and flatten out foil. Bake for another 10-15 minutes or until completely toasted.

I like to sprinkle a little extra cheese on top of the bread after it does the initial 10 minutes in the oven. You can use more Parmesan or if you prefer Mozzarella is delicious for a gooey cheese bread.

.Parmesan Cheese

I also save a bit of time but cutting chunks of Parmesan cheese and then I just put them in the food processor rather than grating. You can use a canned Parmesan cheese instead but fresh Parmesan has so much more flavor, I prefer that.

.Garlic spread

Oh and I find that Italian Seasoning from the bulk bins at the grocery store has a really fresh taste as opposed to dried seasoning in jars. It is literally pennies to pick up a small amount of seasoning or you can substitute Ranch Seasoning Mix if you prefer that flavor. I like a well seasoned bread so we use 2 teaspoons of seasoning but for a milder flavor you might use just one.

And that is it! I hope you like this bread as much as I do!

And you might also want to check out:

Homemade Slow Cooker Spaghetti SauceCrock Pot Marinara Sauce (this makes an amazing dip for the bread!)

Spinach Parmesan BallsParmesan Spinach Balls

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07
Feb
2015

Homemade Gummy Candy Recipe

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Homemade Gummy Candies

 

Here is a fun recipe that is very easy and is a perfect way to get the kids in the kitchen.

You can make these soft, chewy gummy candies in any flavor, color, shape that you like.

We happen to love gummy candies in this house- I can not stop at Sprouts Market without hitting the bulk bins for the amazing gummy bears.  My favorite treat ever :)

This is not a healthy treat by any means– I am going to play with the recipe a bit and see how it works with fresh fruit juices or pureed fruit in the future- but moderation is always key.  If you want something to make on occasion that the kids will love- give this a shot!

These are gummy candies so they will be semi-firm and sort of like bagged lifesaver jellies.  These are not quite as hard as a Gummy Bear – they are more melt in your mouth like a firmer version of a Jello Jiggler.

So here goes- the recipe is crazy easy.

Homemade Gummy Candy Recipe
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Serves: 8
 
Quick and easy homemade gummy candy
Ingredients
  • 3 packets of plain gelatin (I use Knox brand)
  • Jello in flavor of your choice (I used strawberry)
  • ½ cup cold water
  • white sugar for dusting
Instructions
  1. Prepare your pan- spray olive oil on a 9x9 baking dish or use a candy mold in the shape of your choice.
  2. Next add 3 packets of gelatin to a ½ cup of cold water- stir constantly while adding the gelatin.
  3. Add one box of Jello to the mixture- stirring constantly.
  4. Either place the mixture in a microwave safe bowl and heat in 30 second intervals until smooth and melted. All the little grains of gelatin and Jello should be completely dissolved OR place in a pot and heat on the stovetop.
  5. You don't want to burn the mixture just get it completely smooth and melted so low to medium heat should be fine.
  6. Remove from heat and gently pour into the container of your choice- either molds or in loaf pans (for thicker candy) or a 9x9 dish for thinner candy.
  7. Set aside for about 20 minutes until nice and firm.
  8. Place on a cutting board and sprinkle generously with sugar.
  9. If using a casserole dish or loaf pan, you can cut the mixture into little squares or use cookie cutters to create shapes before you coat in sugar.

I used little cookie cutters to create hearts- you can find these in the baking section of craft stores, cooking stores, Target/Walmart or I like to use clay cutters for mini shapes in the craft stores.

You can find tons of options for candy molds from Amazon here.

These would be so fun for a Lego party or little hearts for Valentine’s or green for St Patrick’s Day– really the options are endless.

Jello candies

And here are some other fun ideas to check out:

Homemade Lollipops- adorable party favor!Homemade Chocolate Lollipops

Chick Pretzels {Adorable Easter Treat Recipe!}Little Chick Treats- perfect for baby showers or for Easter

rainbow fruit cupsRainbow Fruit Cups- so fun for kid’s parties!

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02
Feb
2015

Homemade English Muffins Recipe

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Homemade English Muffins Recipe

I absolutely love English Muffins- I have them all the time for breakfast sandwiches and I can add egg whites, veggies, cheese and stay full all the way until lunchtime.

My girls also love English muffins slathered with butter and homemade jam- a little taste of heaven right?

I decided to try my hand at making English Muffins to see if they were worth the trouble and if I could even make them at all. In my head I was thinking this would just be a fantastic homemade treat for friends and family along with some delicious homemade jam or maybe a flavored butter.

The one thing about English Muffins that I purchase from the store is that they can get a bit too hard once toasted. Especially since I personally don’t add a lot of butter to mine. I am all for nooks and crannies but sometimes I prefer something a bit more moist and less dry.

Now at the risk of boring you to pieces, when I first visited Seattle about 10 years ago I had my first ever English Crumpet. That day still resonates in my mind as one of the most delicious things ever in the entire universe of food.  I have never been able to duplicate that first crumpet. The ones I have since found in the store can be quite spongey and just not what I want.

SO- homemade English Muffins to the test! I have been happy with how these turned out but they so require just a bit of work. These are great to make when you want to give a gift or have something extra special for breakfast.

I found the overall texture like a cross between the softness of a crumpet on the inside yet you still get that nice crispy and firm toasty-ness on the outside like an English Muffin. Yeah!

English muffins recipe

This recipe makes a big batch- about 18 muffins total and you can store them for a few weeks in the fridge in a Ziploc bag.

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30
Jan
2015

Easy Stuffed Pizza Bombs

01/30/2015. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Stuffed Pizza Bombs Recipe


I wanted to pop this recipe up just in time for those of you looking for ideas for Super Bowl this year. I have to tell you it is so simple and so good! I love this recipe for parties for two reasons- your house will smell amazing– people will run through the front door to get to the kitchen and you can grab it with one hand and there is no need to fuss with extra sauces, and plates and silverware and everything else.

In just a few minutes of prep time you will have ooey, gooey, hot cheesy pizza rolls that are so comforting. I hope you try this recipe and please come back to tell me what you think!

Please note I did this pepperoni pizza style but you can absolutely customize to anything you like. Cheese alone would be amazing, ground beef and cheese, sausage and cheese, veggies and cheese or even just plain Parmesan Herb rolls and served with salad or soup. One of these days I want to try this with an artichoke dip inside- I bet that is fantastic.

Homemade Pizza Rolls

The last time I made this I was catching up on an episode of Downton Abbey and I was done about halfway through- so this probably takes 15 minutes to make. Nice right?

Easy Stuffed Pizza Rolls
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Recipe type: Appetizer
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Serves: 6
 
Quick and easy homemade pizza rolls
Ingredients
  • Marinara Sauce
  • Mozzarella Cheese- cubed
  • Can of Pillsbury Biscuits
  • Pepperoni- roughly chopped
  • butter- about 2 tablespoons melted
  • ½ cup (or more) of shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
Instructions
  1. Start by preheating the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Next open the biscuits and separate.
  3. Flatten the biscuit with your fingers to a pancake shape in your hand or roll out on a cutting board.
  4. Spoon a small amount of marinara sauce in the center.
  5. Add a small square of mozzarella and top with pepperoni slices.
  6. Fold the edges of the biscuit in to create a ball and pinch the edges to create a seal so the filling won't ooze out.
  7. Roll into a ball gently with your hands and dip into the melted butter, rolling around to coat the entire ball with butter.
  8. Add the seasoning mix to the shredded cheese and dip each buttered ball into the Parmesan cheese.
  9. Once coated with butter and cheese, lay into a buttered pie plate.
  10. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
  11. Serve immediately.

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So a few notes about this recipe.  The key to making stuffed items is not to overfill the inside so be careful that you don’t add too much cheese or sauce as it will all just ooze out and become a big mess.

Pizza Rolls Recipe

I prefer to chop the pepperoni or use mini pepperoni pieces so it is easier to eat.

How to make pizza rolls

And as you roll the biscuts into a ball make sure to pinch the seams shut so the filling stays inside.  You can see what I mean by seams in the photo above.

I actually used freshly shredded Asiago so you can substitute that for Parmesan and I picked up a small amount of Italian seasoning from the bulk bins at my grocery store.  A packet seasoning mix would also work fine.

Stuffed pizza bombs

Oh and your dish will look spartan once you start filling it- I used the can of large Pillsbury biscuits which is 8 biscuits per can.  Once they start to bake they will really puff up to completely fill your baking dish.

Here is the ooey gooey cheesy goodness inside:

Stuffed Pizza pockets

And that is it!  I think you probably could make these in advance- I would get them completely done to the state you see above and then tightly wrap with saran wrap and refrigerate and then bake once your guests start to arrive.  I probably wouldn’t make these much more than a few hours in advance but you can always try it and see what happens.

Homemade Pizza Pockets

And here are a few other recipes you might enjoy:

Homemade Slow Cooker Spaghetti SauceCrock Pot Marinara Sauce 

Homemade Guacamole RecipeCilantro Lime Guacamole

Spinach Parmesan BallsSpinach Parmesan Bites 

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27
Jan
2015

30 Healthy Dinner Ideas

01/27/2015. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

30 Healthy Dinner Ideas

Since it is the New Year and I know many of you (and me too!) are trying to get back on track with diet and exercise.

I thought I’d put together a list of recipes that are healthy and most of these are low in calorie and full of real food. Hopefully you find some menu inspiration for your family– note a few recipes you may consider making some substitutions like brown rice for white rice etc…

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