Spring Fever Is In Full Effect At Kings Dominion!

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Kings Dominion, all opinions are my own.

Having two different spring breaks in our house means we need to stay close to home when it comes to a family outing (no pun intended). The boys and I are going to head to Kings Dominion for the first time and check out their Second Annual Spring Bloom Festival.  I have never been to this park and look forward to seeing all the wonderful family fun events that take place from April 3 to May 3.

 

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Greek Yogurt Chocolate Cake Recipe

Did the title of this recipe make you look twice?  Yes it says Greek Yogurt Chocolate Cake Recipe.  We love making dessert in our home but once in a while I like to try to adapt recipes to make them a little healthier. This decadent and moist chocolate cake recipe was adapted from a Southern Living Magazine cake that called for mayonnaise and 2 lbs of confectionery sugar.  Yes my husband could not believe it until he saw the actual bag size in my house that I happened to have on hand.  Check out our Greek Yogurt Bark too. 

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DIY Teacher Appreciation Gifts/ DIY Candy Easter Baskets under $10

I am guest posting on SITS this week and would love you all to visit my tutorials for these DIY Candy Easter Baskets and DIY Teacher Appreciation Gifts.

 

 Teachers do so much for our children and we need to thank them during the holidays and teacher appreciation week, which is May 4-8th this year by the way.  Little gestures all year round tell them you appreciate them, even it is a simple thank you when you see them at school.  Gifts can be tricky and depending on how many kids you have, expensive.  This is why I decided to make these inexpensive teacher appreciation gifts or even Easter Basket gifts for under $10.  Most stores have the movie size candy boxes for $1 and if you can’t find reasonable school supplies check your local dollar stores they are always stocked up.   

 

 

OR maybe you want to learn to make this Teacher Appreciation Basket: 

 

Find the full Tutorial post on these affordable Teacher Appreciation Gifts of Candy Easter Baskets on the SITS website:  HERE

Easy Shrimp Recipe: Shrimp with Cannellini Beans

A few years back I went to a Tuscan Adventure Cooking Class.  I was a little disappointed because you were only placed on one dish assignment and although I was able to taste all the dishes I was not able to learn any techniques outside the cake I was assigned to.  Anyway, I was browsing my binder of recipes and came upon the handout from the class and decided I would try to make this Shrimp with Cannellini beans dish for the family.

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Showcase your Easter Recipes and Easter Crafts Posts #FridayFrenzy Link UP

We are finally seeing signs of spring with some daffodils and crocus coming out. However we go from 70 degrees to 40 degrees high in a day. I can not believe next weekend is Easter, I am so not prepared. Please link up your amazing Easter Crafts or Easter Recipes and really any of your amazing recipe and craft post you have posted recently. I need some major inspiration to pull off Easter Brunch this year. Thanks again for joining in.

Friday-Frenzy

Happy Spring everyone! Close to Home, Mostly Food and Crafts, Angel’s Homestead and SizzlingEats would like to welcome you to this weeks FRIDAY FRENZY! Now we are not only asking you to linkup your delicious recipes, but also those great projects you have been working on. We want to see it all! Remember when you linkup to the Frenzy your posts are going to be featured on all four of our blogs – quadruple the exposure! Every week we showcase a few of our favorites from the week before – if you are featured you can grab a button from the side of my blog. The featured posts will also be pinned on our Friday Food Frenzy Pinterest Board.

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April Fools Day Pranks

One of my favorite holidays of the year is next week, April Fools Day.  Ok maybe not because of all the wonderful April Fools Day Pranks I have done in the past but I was born on this day.  Sort of puts the pressure on to create fun pranks on those around me.  I was searching for some fun things to do to the kids this year and found some really easy and fun  April Fools Day Pranks for you to try this year. Some involve food and some involve just old fashion pranks you might have done at sleepovers as a kid.   I can’t wait to hear what your little pranks involve.

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Easter Desserts: Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars & Cupcakes

I decided to make a fun new recipes this Easter. And yes, Easter might seem far away and your lenten promise is on the verge of collapsing but this treat might get you in the spirit of Easter. *Disclaimer*: If you gave up sweets for Lent, click away now. I don’t want you to get entranced on the yumminess on this treat ;). Okay, on to the treat. Who doesn’t love an old fashioned chocolate chip cookie? I know I do. Or those amazing chocolate covered (whopper) easter eggs? SOO addicting. Now presenting the original Easter Egg Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars!

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Best Travel Apps for Family Travel #VZWBuzz #MoreVA

I received a Droid Turbo in exchange for my post but all the opinions 
expressed are 100% my own. #VZWBuzz #MoreVA.  

How did our parents take road trips before there was GPS on your phone or in your car?  They pulled out an atlas or brought a AAA Trip Tic.  How did they know where to go eat when they arrived at a destination with 3 hungry and tired kids?  I guess they talked to people and asked questions.  The days with the husband who is too scared to ask for directions are over,  they just enter the destination on their smartphones  and you are in business.  Life has become so easy for people to travel and they don’t necessarily need to speak to any of the locals. So what are the best travel apps for family travel?  I am here to tell you about our top picks and you probably have most already downloaded on your phone. 

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Dial Sugar Cane Husk Hand Soap #Giveaweay

As a mom we wash our hands a lot so the soap you choose makes a difference on how your hands feel and how they get cleaned.  I recently tried Dial’s new Boutique Collection Hand Soap.  We specifically tried the Sugar Cane Husk Hand soap for but new line is featuring vibrant new scents, great moisture and gentle mico-scrubbers to reach all those scary germs you pick up from the kids and at the grocery store. They are pretty enough to have in your guest bathroom too. 

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Food Hack: Copy-Cat Butterfinger Bites

My all time favorite chocolate bar is a Butterfinger, but I really only enjoy one or two at Halloween.  There is something about waiting all year to bite into one of those that makes me happy.  Does not take much.  Anyway, I recently saw someone comment about copy cat butterfingers that did not involve too much work, really only 3 ingredients so I was all over it.   If you want to create that amazing flavor at home you must try this combo of Cheez_Its crackers, Peanut Butter ( creamy), and chocolate discs. I hope you enjoy these Copy Cat Butterfinger Bites as much as we did. I will be curious to see what you think about the flavor in comparison to the real thing. 

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