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Valentine’s Day Themed Simply Layered cookies in a Jar is a great way to say thank you to a teacher, babysitter or neighbor this valentines Day. This is an activity the kids can help with if you don’t mind a little mess on the counter and the recipient can choose when to make the sweet treat!! Valentine’s Day Layered cookies in a Jar are easy to make and the kids will love them too. The kids used the leftover foam hearts from the heart garland to make valentines for their teachers which also serve as the directions tag! Post Updated 1/17/17 Be sure to scroll down for the free Printable.
I think the first time I had thumbprint cookies was when my Mother in Law came to my cookie exchange about 12 years ago. She was not much of a baker so I knew they had to be pretty easy. We have taken them up a notch this year thanks to inspiration from my Southern Living Magazine and made Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies with Chocolate Ganache. We have added cocoa to the batter and filled our cuties with a chocolate ganache and sprinkled some crushed peppermint on top. Trust me these are not hard to make and you can make them ahead of time.
Update from my last post in 2013. I was craving chocolate as many women do certain times of the month, and I wanted to remake this chocolate cookie recipe Ina Garten. I could not believe I had everything in the pantry so I was up to remake these beauties and take so new photos. These chocolate cookies are a chocolate version of kitchen sink cookies, filled with 2 types of chocolate, peanut butter chips, pecans and walnuts for the best of all worlds.
Let me just say OMG first and get it over with! I just finished reading Chocolate Fever, still have not gotten over this chocolate fix since Hershey Park, but really it was on his summer reading list. Super cute and of course got me thinking of nothing else but Chocolate. I am forever craving the ultimate chocolate cookie recipe.
With St. Patrick’s Day so close to Easter this year I have gotten a head start on some fun St. Patrick Day Dessert Ideas. These dessert ideas are all super simple but are the perfect touch for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration. I had featured these Pistachio kisses on Friday Frenzy link up and it has gotten a lot of pins. I took her idea but changed up the recipe a little bit. The result is a flavorful and festive dessert, Pistachio Pudding Kiss Cookies.
Baking from scratch is the perfect way to tell someone that you care about them. Whether is is over the holiday season or just because. Since Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching I thought I would share yet another yummy Valentine’s Day Recipe that anyone who likes the idea of cookies and creme will be excited about. One of my youngest son’s favorite candy bar is Cookies & Creme. When I saw these adorable cookies & creme, chocolate hearts I could not resist coming up with a fun Valentine’s Day cookie idea. Even if you don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day I share a way to make a cookie frosting with the chocolates. These cookies were so delicious I am thinking I might try and make my own OREO’s one of these days. I found the cookie and creme chocolates at our dollar store but have not looked anywhere else. Be suer to check out the Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies we made using another candy found at the Dollar store.
Here is a new twist to an old favorite. We all have heard or seen the traditional Peanut Butter Cookie with a Chocolate kiss in the middle. Well why not put a real kiss in the middle in time for Valentine’s Day parties. Pucker up for these Peanut Butter Kiss Valentine’s Day cookies.
I have seen peanut butter cookies made with a heart shaped chocolate before, and when I saw these lip shaped ones at our Dollar store, I could not resist. They came from the Dollar Store so I might look for a better quality piece if the chocolate means a lot to you, but for the affect I think they are cute. My kids did not mind the chocolate quality plus with a good peanut butter cookie base it is all about the cookie. You can get better quality Valentine Chocolate Lips At Amazon.
Making holiday cookies is something I look forward to each holiday season. Since the kids were young we find a day to make our gingerbread house and decorate sugar cookies. Now that that the kids are older, I have decided to take it up a notch and recreate these adorable hot cocoa sugar cookie cups I found on Pinterest. However, know they had to be transported to a party I bypassed the “mug” part and just made these yummy sugar cookies with a hot chocolate center.
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After Thanksgiving, I get into holiday-cookie mode. I have been involved with a holiday cookie exchange for more than 12 years, and it’s so fun coming up with a new recipe each year. As the host, I include contests each year for “most festive” cookie, “better luck next time,” etc. This really gets guests excited about coming and putting their best baking foot forward as creative bakers. Though I can’t win any of the prizes, I am in the process of testing out my cookie for this year. I thought I would concoct a twist on a cookie I used to make several years ago: Christmas Oatmeal Carmelitas Recipe. To create a more festive look for this traditional bar recipe, I used NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Red and Green Morsels instead of traditional chocolate chips.
Compensation was provided by Pure Leaf via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Pure Leaf.
Warmer temperatures and more sunshine makes me smile as does thoughts of short sleeves and being outside with the family more. On these warmer days, there is nothing more refreshing than a nice tall glass of Iced Tea. What goes better with Iced Tea than some lemon either sliced or in a yummy cookie. Why not have both! You must make a batch of these Lemon Cookies with Ice Tea Drizzle that are sure to be a crowd pleaser. We had to fight off the family in order to take these photos.
My son was talking about the Valentines he was making at school, sure you have seen it when kids make a puppy out of two hearts? While he was telling me about this Puppy Valentines it reminded me about a cookie I made years before I was blogging. It is so simple, as a short cut I used a sugar cookie mix. Really in a rush, you could use the refrigerated cookie dough if you dare. (I just don’t like the flavor). One batch makes 8 puppy Valentine Cookies so if you wanted to make them for a school class party I would get a smaller cookie cutter.
Who doesn’t love the flavor combination of Peanut Butter and Chocolate. I have created a few yummy peanut butter chocolate combinations in the past and this one is just as good. Do you have any leftover Chocolate Bunnies sitting around the house? Better yet pick some up at 50% off or more by now at your grocery stores. (Kroger still has a lot of Easter Candy) You will want nice big chunks of Chocolate for these Peanut Butter cookies.
I am not ashamed to admit that I usually make sugar cookies with a mix. I will not touch the refrigerated slice and bake due to the after tasted of these. However, I was feeling inspired one afternoon and decided to make some Cut Out Cookies for Easter and from scratch.
Here are my little Easter Bunny Cookies…
My husband is still asking me how I made those cookies. What mix did I use. They were replicates of cookie bouquet cookies. Thick and soft but still flavorful. I might add a little lemon or orangeextract just for a little difference next time.
The hardest thing about this recipe is the waiting. I mean waiting for the dough to be cooled enough to roll and cut them out.
I rolled the sugar cookie dough on Parchment Paper, and then they were very easy to pull off and place on another cookie sheet.
I usually freeze my cut out cookies once they have cooled and frost them at a later time, but I wanted to surprise the family with these cute bunny cookies so frosted them and then froze the cookies for a later date. Just separate the cookies in between parchment paper
This worked out great. Not ideal to freeze the frosting, I used the Wilton Cookie Frosting I found for $1 for a 3 pack of Christmas Colors. Clearance section at Bed Bath and Beyond. DEAL!!
With the leftover cookie dough scraps, I simply dipped 1 inch balls into colored sugar and baked them for treats to eat that night.
This recipe is definitely a keeper. I need some work on my cookie decorating skills. What do you use to decorate your cookies?
Amazing Sugar Cookie recipe for Cut out Cookies
- 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
- 2 cups white sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 5 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.
Do you have any favorite cut out cookie tips let me know….
Red Velvet Cookies Recipe is a holiday favorite for Christmas or Valentine’s Day. Nothing says Happy Valentine’s Day like Red Velvet batter. I fell that you can find red velvet recipes from coffee syrups to yogurt flavors. It is the newest fad in cooking I guess. This year’s cookie exchange recipe was inspired from a visit to Panera Bread. Check the other amazing red velvet donuts and red velvet cakes.
Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies is a new take on the traditional chocolate chip cookie. I found my recipe as part of the secret recipe club. It is that time again, to reveal our Secret Recipe Club recipe. For those of you new to this club concept, each month we are assigned another blog and secretly find a recipe post that we would like to try and then reveal our experience with their recipe.
Not many people can say no to a made from scratch cookie. Well how about a dozen of cookies packaged in this cute box? The shipping box warns the postman not to shake what they bake…SO cute.
These cookies are huge and the flavor additions are just bursting from each cookie. This might be the chocolate cherry ones, you can see the cherries and chocolate bursting through the screen.
So what is in these big gobs of goodness? Nothing. Nothing artificial that is. Here is a blurb directly from their website.
SO HOW DO THEY TASTE? That is the real question right? For $49 a box these make great corporate or foodie gifts. This is THREE POUNDS OF COOKIES I will add.
The day we received them I could eat the whole box. One cookie is really too big to handle on its own. Each cookie needs its own zipcode they are so big. You could even use a fork to eat them.
Our family and taste testers used a knife and cute bits off each cookie. (Mainly not to miss any of the flavor combinations)
The consensus was they were a little dry on day 2 or 3. (I had frozen them and then served the following week to a group of eager testers) They enjoyed the flavor combinations but some are dryer than others. So much packed into each cookie they fall apart. You can really taste the peanut butter in these options so you know what you are getting.
They loved the fact there is nothing artificial in these, just like homemade. It was suggested that they might be individually wrapped to retain the freshness. The website does suggest to consume or freeze within 5 days of receiving the box.
So how about you try it out for yourself. The great folks at Kukees is providing one of my readers their choice of Kukee Boxes. Just in time for the holidays. Keep them for yourself or give them to a very special person.
Fav dozen (1 flavor)
For a full description of their flavors check out Kukees.com
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Send them cookies only uses fresh ingredients. As a result their product is perishable without artificial preservatives or other additives so they need to be eaten sooner than later. Their cookies are fresh, baked from scratch and always packed and shipped in the same day. Better than if you made them at home, I know it would take me a day or so just to get to the post office!
This is the variety I received in our box. My husband brought them to work and they were gone by the end of the day, he works in a small office too! They especially loved the brownies. Many websites carry cookies but look at the variety you recieve in this box, you are bound to please everyone on your gift list.
I browsed her many recipes that I will be sure to revisit. I mainly hit her baked section. I could not resist the idea of a Nutella cookie. I had some hazelnuts in my freezer so I was easily drawn to this recipe.This is my first month blogging with the Secret Recipe Club and I am thrilled. I was on a waiting list and actually forgot I had applied but thrilled to be included.
If you do not know about this club I will give you a little background. Basically you are given another to browse and find a recipe you would like to try. However, you do not reveal your blog until the designated day. Drum roll… I was assigned the blog New Yorker By Heart for my first mission.
I had never been on a blog that required you to use the translation tool so that was fun!! However, in her about me section it says she lives in the South. New Yorker by Heart is disabled with fibromyalgi and she cooks to off set the pain. She has a cookbook coming out this year as well. I am totally impressed.
The batter is very thick so you don’t think they will spread as much as they do.
Thanks for the tip on spreading them apart on the cookie sheet, you will be glad you did. Check out this transformation.
I read some of the reviews on the original site the recipe was found and I am glad I added the hazelnuts. I think they add that extra texture needed in these rather flat but delicious cookies.
The recipe makes 4 dozen and since Nutella is expensive and I really don’t need 4 dozen cookies I halved the recipe. Everything worked out great… I think I now wonder if I should have kept the original amounts of baking powder and baking soda?
I stored a few in the freezer and after a week and half, they still taste yummy!
halved this recipe
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter ( softened)
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
approx. 26 oz nutella ( one large jar)
1 cup chopped hazelnuts
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1. In one bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
2. In the bowl of a mixer, cream the butter and the two sugars until all is integrated and fluffy.
3. Mix in the Nutella, followed by the chopped hazelnuts. Beat in the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla.
4. Add the flour mixture to the mixing bowl in three increments, integrating each one before adding the next.
5. Chill dough while oven preheats to 350°F Scoop the dough into balls and bake for about 10 minutes.
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Does your family ever have trouble agreeing on what type of cookie to bake for dessert? Well this cookie recipe might be just the answer to your problem.
This is one recipe that I wish you could smell through the computer. I was intrigued by the title when I received an email from the Kraft Website that included a picture of this cookie.
In my March Issue of Family Fun magazine, I found this makeover recipe for Oatmeal Raisin cookies. They have just a little added fat and sugar and a lot of oats. I thought I would try them out after seeing the 60 minute special on sugar a few weekends ago.
Well I followed the directions exactly. This is not your typical cookie dough.
You are working with a thick and crumbly dough. Due to the lack of added fat, you add soaked raisins and a little of its liquid. I also think my ice cream scoop was a little bigger than the suggested size.
I slightly patted the cookies down with a spatula and some of them broke apart. They will not spread like a typical cookie so it is important to shape them in a desired cookie shape.
Despite the look they tasted great. A healthy flavor not bakery wonderful. Eating one, especially warm reminded me of a bowl of oatmeal raisin cereal.
I could definitely see myself eating these for breakfast. Of course I will not tell my kids this.
My one son said these looked and smelled horrible coming out of the oven, and then ate two in a blink.
I stored them in my cake dome overnight. They did lose some of their crispiness. That was one down fall. The recipe only make 2 dozen so it is worth giving it a try. Also feel free to add some chocolate chips or dried cherries for variety.
A Better Oatmeal Cookie–source Family Fun Magazine
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup sifted flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup butter, melted
3 cups quick oats
Cover raisins with water in a small bowl and soak for 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drain raisins, keep 3 Tbsp of raisin water for cookies. Mix dry ingredients in one bowl, whisk wet ingredients in another bowl (including raisin water), mix together and add in drained raisins. Form into cookie shapes on cookie sheet and bake about 16 minutes at 350 degrees. Let cool 3-4 minutes on cookie sheet and then remove to a cooling rack.
When I was looking for some fun new Easter treats on Pinterest last week, I found those cute Oreo chicks I made for my son’s teacher’s kids. I also found Easter themed macaroons to make for the adults.
I found these macaroons on Pinterest, and although I love Nutella per the original recipe, I knew I could not use that for the middle since these needed to be packaged. I decided I needed a hardened chocolate center instead. I simply melted some chocolate chips with some shortening in the microwave until smooth.
I then let it cool slightly so it would not run all the way down the cookie. I spooned some chocolate into the centers of the macrons and then added the Easter candy. The kids can really make these simple cookies and they can especially help with the decorating.
I also thought I would make some grass for some of them. I colored the some coconut green and sprinkled a little on a few cookies. I also made a little batch, since the recipe does not call for a full can of milk so I halved the recipe and made some green macaroons. Cute but a true nest is brown.
Also another tip when making macaroons is to use a ice cream scoop to get even cookies. The recipe suggests 3 tablespoons but this way it is all in one scoop and you don’t have to get your fingers dirty in the process.
Also when packaging them, use a piece of wax paper in-between the layers so they don’t stick to one another.
Here is this year’s Easter Treat Centerpiece. Taken at night so not a great pic but you get the gist!
It is tough coming up with different heart shaped cookie options. While browsing our grocery store recently I saw a tri-colored heart shaped cookie.
I thought I will try and make this at home.
SImply use your favorite sugar cookie dough recipe. I use the Betty-Crocker packaged mix for mine.
Divide the dough into 3 bowls. Color the dough with food coloring using 3 different colors. I kept one plain.
Roll the your chosen inside/middle color into a log.
Roll out the 2nd color into a square the same length as your roll and then roll it around your first color.
Repeat with the 3rd color and seal the ends by pinching the dough.
Make an indentation into the dough along one entire side creating a heart shaped log.
Cut into 1/4 -1/2 inch slices. For best results use a serrated knife.
Lay onto cookie sheet and follow baking directions of the recipe.
Here they are simple but fun.
The baking season has begun, at least at our house. I have been eyeing this recipe since my November issue of TASTE OF HOME, arrived. Although growing up in an italian household, we never had these at home. I remember trying them once or twice with a bakery assortment.
In efforts to get ahead of my holiday baking, I gathered all the ingredients to make my 123 Cookies. Well for some reason I only had a large stash of White Chocolate chips. Unusual as I do not often bake with them. Anyway, I thougtht why not I will have white and black cookies how cute will they looked packaged!! I also thought I could adorn them with red sprinkles.
Not really thinking it all out and realizing white and brown (peanut butter) makes a lighter brown I made tan cookies. I still added the red sprinkles just to mix it up a little.
The real thing is the taste….
Same texture, just a more subtle flavoring. Not sure now which one I prefer.
Thing they will still look adorable packaged next to each other.
Sometimes things are created by accident…
Here is the repost of the recipe.
When ever I see cake mixes on sale for under a dollar at the grocery store I usually end up buying one or two. With no real intention of what I am going to make. Well the other day I was cleaning out my cupboard and found a few boxes of devil’s food cake mix.
- 1 (18.25 ounce) package chocolate cake mix
- 1/2 cup butter, softened or 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 tsp vegetable oil (optional to add with butter)
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (optional)
- 1 tsp vanilla (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- In a medium bowl, stir together the cake mix, butter and eggs until smooth and well blended. Mix in the chocolate chips. Drop by spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets.
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
My friend sent me this picture of cookies she made for an end of year party at her school. I had to share them as we are all getting ready for summer.
She made sugar cookies in the shape of flip flops by hand or with a cookie cutter.
Frosted them with a variety of colors and sprinkles.
Then use a sour gummy worm and split it down almost to the end as the thong part of the shoe.
For a creative display, she used graham cracker crumbs as a base on her tray.
Great work Melanie!
You could make smaller versions of these and add to a cupcake. Don’t want to make cookies in this heat, shape flip flops out of rice krispie treats.
I made gift bags last year with paper flip flops, check these out.
I am not sure if I would have tried these cookies unless I saw them in Everyday Food Magazine. I had never eaten a cookie made from cornmeal before and not sure what to expect, but they made them look so cute.
I made a half of a recipe just incase!!
I did not have the proper sized mini heart shaped cookie cutter, I only have smaller versions of cutters in Fall shapes from Williams Sonoma. I also found a few small cutters in my kids playdough drawer. Don’t worry we washed them!!
Well this is what we came up with. I think you can use this technique even in a sugar cookie dough.
The taste was actually really good. They were sweet but not overwhelming, more of a short bread cookie with a little texture. The kids and adults in the house ate them up!!
Be sure to make the glaze a thick consistency or you will get some mess ups.
I also found a great product at the grocery store, If You Care Parchment sheets.
They are unbleached and chlorine free. The great part about these is that they come in sheet sizes perfect for my cookie sheets so no worries about cutting them wrong.
This is the full recipe that yields 40, I made about 18 with a half of recipe.
2 cups all purpose flour-spooned and leveled
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temp
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 to 2 drops red or pink food coloring
Preheat oven to 400′. In a medium bolw, whisk together flour, cornmeal and salt. In a large bowl, using an electrick mixer, beat butter and 1/2 cup of granulated sugar on medium-high until creamy, 3 mins. Add egg and 1 tsp vanilla and beat until combined. with mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture and beat to combine.
place 1/4 granulated sugar in a small bowl, roll dough into 1 inch balls and coat with sugar. transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets. with the bottom of a glass, flatten balls to 1 1/2 inches in diamenter. Press a 1 inch heart shaped cookie cutter into each. Do not cut through. bake until cookies are golden at edges, 10 mins rotating cookies sheets halfway through. Let cookies cook on wire racks. (store plain cookes in airtight container for up to 4 days)
In a small bowl, whisk together confectioners sugar, 1/4 tsp vanilla, and 1 3/4 teaspons of cold water. Whisk in food coloring. With a small spoon spread glase inside heart. Let set 15 mins. 40 cookies.
The reviews of these Peppermint Layered Cookies from My Recipes were so good I thought I would give them a whirl. However, I was wondering if there was an easier way to do this. After reading a reviewer state she made a layered cookie in a pan I thought I would revise this one.
I also did not want 70 cookies so I halved the recipe. For the complete recipe you can look here.
- 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 1/3 cups sugar
- 3 cups flour, plus more for rolling
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg plus 2 egg yolks
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract, divided
- 20 to 25 drops red food coloring
- 15 to 20 drops green food coloring
- 10 ounce white chocolate, finely chopped
- 5 ounces peppermint candy canes or peppermint candies, finely crushed Red sprinkles
First of all I would love if you voted for my Caramel Thumbprint cookies in the Cookie Exchange Contest, I did not realize the voting did not start at my first post.
Leslie of http://lethallydelicious.blogspot.com/ picked this month’s first recipe for Barefoot Bloggers, Raisin Pecan Oatmeal Cookies. I actually watched Ina’s episode on this a few weeks ago and thought those look tasty. I have never really made any of her cookie recipes so I was thrilled to have the chance to make this cookie.
I did not have white AP flour, somehow I did not have the extra 5 lb bag that is hiding in the back of my pantry, so I used the white wheat flour. I also only had quick oats, she recommends the Irish Oats but not only are they more expensive I have a large tub of the other.
Differences from Ina’s:
My scoop must have been larger than hers as I only scooped out 26 cookies.Also, I am not sure if it was the size of the cookie lump or the wheat flour but mine did not get as flat, but that was fine with me. I like a chewy cookie.
A chewy and dense Oatmeal Raisin Cookie. Definitely on the sweet side and I eliminated 1/4 cup of the white sugar per a review on foodnetwork. However,they seem so hardy why not have it for breakfast too! Using dark brown sugar definitely gives it a richer taste, so if you can wait to get to the grocery store to get some, definitely do.
Also if you don’t want to make or eat them all today check out my posting on cookie dough. This might be my new standby Oatmeal cookie, with a few chocolate chips added in!
Here is the recipe:
Raisin Pecan Oatmeal Cookies:
Adapted from Barefoot Contessa
- 1 1/2 cups pecans
- 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
- 1 1/2 cups raisins
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Place the pecans on a sheet pan and bake for 5 minutes, until crisp. Set aside to cool. Chop very coarsely.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. With the mixer on low, add the eggs, one at a time, and the vanilla.
- Sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt together into a medium bowl. With the mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture. Add the oats, raisins, and pecans and mix just until combined.
- Using a small ice-cream scoop or a tablespoon, drop 2-inch mounds of dough onto sheet pans lined with parchment paper. Flatten slightly with a damp hand. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until lightly browned. Transfer the cookies to a baking rack and cool completely.
The kids will gobble up this edible playdough cookie and have fun mixing the colors.
I will for warn you, this is a fun but slightly messy activity. The adult might want to be in charge of mixing the colors of cookie dough. Also I think next time I will use more contrasting colors. The kids thought it was cool to see the what happened when you rolled out the colors. This recipe also can be done in advance as sugar cookies freeze wonderfully.
Separate your favorite sugar cookie dough recipe into 3 parts. Add enough food coloring to achieve your desired color.
Randomly place pieces of the each color dough together to make one big ball.
Refrigerate at least two hours.
Gently roll out the dough to the desired thickness, about 1/4 inch. Cut out the dough shapes using cookie cutters and bake for 6 to 8 minutes or per recipe directions.
You can pick up the scraps and re-roll, just beware the colors will change slightly.
Now to add an additional touch add some fun words and serve. You could even make the hearts larger and put each child’s name on them for a school treat.
You may live in a place where there is more snow than you ever want to talk about or maybe you are somewhere that snow never falls. Today they were predicting 60% chance of snow in our town and in the wild excitement of my children, I decided to make something just incase we don’t get it. (at the time of this post it was down to 30% chance)
These little snowmen are an appropriate activity for ages 2 to adult. I got a kick out of picking out candies and decorating one too. You can use a homemade sugar cookie recipe or the premade tube of cookie dough for this recipe.
If using your own recipe you will want to form it into a log and chill slightly.
Cut the dough into 18 slices (that is what the premade tube took). Then cut each of the slices into 3 pieces of different sizes. Roll each of the pieces into a ball and flatten slightly.
You will want circles approx. 3/4 inch, 1 inch and 1 1/2 inches in diameter.
Place them on an ungreased cookie sheet about 1/4 inch apart.
Make sure each snowman is 2 inches apart.
Bake at 375 for 8 to 10 minutes.
Once cooled frost the cookie with a glaze of 2 cups confectionary sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla and 1 Tbs. of milk or water. Mix this together and slowly add additional tablespoons of milk until the glaze is a spreadable consistency.
Add the adornments quickly as the glaze will harden.
Have fun with the candy choices, you may have everything you would want in your candy jar or left over from the holidays. We used fruit roll ups for scarves, pretzel sticks for arms and brooms, spice drops for noses and hats, brooms tops and buttons, m&m’s and mini chocolate chip cookies. A cupcake tin makes a great container to split up the different candies and you don’t have to worry about it breaking!
Here the creations that came from our house.
Not in the mood to make cookies, why not place 3 graduated scoops of vanilla ice cream on a plate and let the kids go crazy with the candy. The cold will feel more like snow!! Thought of this as I was writing and unfortunately I don’t have any ice cream in the fridge….
- This post Four Ingredient Triple Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars is brought to you by Krusteaz as they provided us samples.
There is no shame in not baking everything from scratch. In fact, I use a lot of brownie mixes in my baking as well as Cake mixes to create some amazing dessert recipes. It takes time and effort out of baking especially if you have several other dishes to focus on. Since Cookie dough is such a popular flavor these days and in the past have combined them with brownie mix to make brookies. Today we are combining chocolate Chip cookie dough with cream cheese filling for these incredibly decadent but easy dessert recipe. Four Ingredient Triple Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars are the perfect recipe to make ahead of time especially for Memorial Day when the day is all about grilling. These beauties will be waiting in the fridge to cut and serve.
Last Valentine’s Day I made some Swirled Colored Heart Cookies. I loved how they turned out and they really are pretty simple. For St. Patrick’s Day this year I thought I would work on the theme of Rainbows and the pot of gold with these rainbow cookies.. Perhaps you want a treat after going to the movie, Oz the Great and Powerful! Find your favorite ice box cookie recipe–preferably with out brown sugar, I learned the hard way, and you are on your way. You could also use pre- made sugar cookie dough, I just don’t like the flavor of that personally.
Do you have the task of baking something for a bake sale? While we all love a good Chocolate Chip Cookie, how about making dessert recipe that is a little different. These Oatmeal Fudge Bars Recipe are the best bake sale recipe because they are a dense and portable but a super easy bar recipe.
Valentine’s Day is another great holiday to start crafting with food. Everything is better dipped in Chocolate this time of year, and marshmallows are no exception. This year we found some large marshmallows at the store and decided to replicate those famous Peep Kebabs and take it up a notch with these Easy Valentines Day Treats: Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Kebabs. These Easy Valentines Day Treats will be great for class parties are to give away as Valentines or just eat with the kids.
What you will need for these Easy Valentines Day Treats: Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Kebabs:\\
- Heart Shaped Marshmallows
- Chocolate Bark
- Skewers or Chopsticks
- Valentine’s Day Sprinkles
- Oreo Size Cellophane Bags
Dip several heart marshmallows into the melted chocolate. I decided to mix things up by covering some partially instead of all completely covered and adding some festive sprinkles. Either way allow them to dry completely on a piece of parchment paper.
Using a stick layer the kebabs. We found chopsticks worked well since they have a pointed end and Lollipop sticks sort of crushed the marshmallows.
If you plan on giving them as Valentine’s Day Treats or using them in a few days, use Cellobags to cover them to stay fresh.
Tie them off with a little ribbon for a special touch. We used Valentine’s Day themed ribbon but any red or pink ribbon will work.
To display our Marshmallow Kebabs, fill a glass jar with Valentine’s Day candy.
Stack them in the jar for a great display. They may not fit in your Minions Valentine’s Day Box but they will taste amazing.
Here they are wrapped individually and will make a great display at your School Valentine’s Day party.
Simple but totally sweet is just what your Valentine will be looking for. Make these Simple Valentine’s Day Treat in bulk and you can store them in a plastic container to save for later if you don’t want to wrap each of them.
Other Valentine’s Day Treats you might like:
How to Easily Freeze Cookie Dough Post Updated 1/11/17 with new photos and tips.
Today the kids were begging for cookies. I really did not feel like having 5 dozen baked cookies around the house. We prepared my Grandmother’ s recipe for Oatmeal Raisin chocolate chip cookies which makes a lot more cookies than we need. Be prepared for further cookie cravings by learning How to Easily Freeze Cookie Dough To Easy to Bake Servings. If you use an ice cream scoop– to get same sized cookies. I used the smaller kind for this recipe but if you want bigger cookies they have bigger scoops.
Thank you for another great year. Close to Home could not be successful without the wonderful readers. First, we will share our best recipes of 2016 with you. By best, these are the crafts and recipes that got those most hits in 2016. I also chose one for every season so you can pin them for later. Close to Home would also love to know what you would like to see more or less of in 2017 on our blog. If you have a second to comment that would be so wonderful. We have had a few bumps in 2016 that kept me less motivated on the blog, and I would gain such momentum if my readers shared why they keep coming back. Wishing you and your family health and happiness in 2017. Now for our best crafts & recipes of 2016
Who is ready for the kids to be home and the holidays to start? Have you done all your holiday shopping? Come link up your amazing holiday crafts and recipes today.
I love a flocked tree! Simply Beautiful by Angela shows us how easy it is to DIY your a flocked tree.
I love my slow cooker and use it for a lot, but I have never thought of making fudge in it. Check out this Foolproof Crock-Pot Fudge Recipe from Julie Banner.
I am all about the sweets this time of year! Here is another treat for that sweet tooth, Ginger Spice Cookies from Kelly Lynn’s Sweets and Treats.
Let’s see what you have been cooking and crafting this week!!
When I started my cookie exchange 12 plus years ago, I had no idea that it would still be going strong. More surprising is that my friends are growing more and more competitive. While I feel bad at times, I love that I am not throwing this party for the heck of it. People get into the holiday and competitive spirit and endure games to win prizes not only for their game skills but also for their Cookie Displays. Yes, presentation counts a lot at this party and this year I finally had someone take photos of what I mean.
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For the past 13 years, I have hosted a cookie exchange party. Each year the competition gets greater and the prizes get larger. It’s a friendly competition but I take great pride that my guests really get into the holiday spirit as well as competitive spirit. As a host, it can get pricey to get prizes the guests will get excited about. Well this year, I had a little help from two teens and a shopping trip to Big Lots. Cookie Exchange Party Prizes & Christmas Gifts under $8
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and now the winter holidays are in full force. If you are as busy as I am with kids and holiday prepartions your oven is always on and your hair is full of glitter. Can’t wait to see what you are busy crafting and baking.
It is that time of year again that we put on our baking hats and make yummy holiday cookies. I used to make a bunch of different kinds, but now thanks to Cookie Exchange parties I can make a lot of one flavor and share it with my friends. I end up with five dozen assorted cookies and I only had to make one kind. Not a bad deal? Each year of my cookie exchange party I try to come up with creative holiday games and cookie exchange party favor ideas. This year I happen to see some candy sprinkles in bulk on sale at my grocery store. Not sure how I could use them I decided to buy one container. Our craft store has tons of clear empty plastic ornaments and this is how I came up with this fun cookie exchange party favor idea, sprinkles in an ornament. This post may contain affiliate links.
It is a hard work to be a good parent. Moreover, it is an art to be a perfect parent. When kids go back to school they need care and support of parents from many sides. When they eat breakfast it is one of the moments when you can contact to your kid during the day because you will be at work and he will be busy with studying. That is why you must make breakfast very pleasurable. You should give not only tasty and nutritious food but surprise your child and raise his spirits for the whole day. Look at the following back to school breakfast ideas and enrich the morning of your little student with substantial food and bright emotions. Here are our Top 8 Breakfast Recipes That Kids Will Love.
Thanks to the folks at I Love Ice Cream Cakes for teaming up with us to share this Easy Halloween Party Ice Cream Cake idea on our blog.
I apologize if you are being overwhelmed with Halloween crafts and Halloween food ideas. It is truly one of my favorite holidays. If you missed the fun Halloween Cut-out Cookies and the Halloween crafts to make along with them, you must see it now. If throwing a Halloween Party is intimidating, no worries, we have some great no cook Halloween Foods and Halloween Dessert ideas that will get the party started. This Easy Halloween Party Ice Cream Cake is super simple and I guarantee the hardest part is not eating the cake before the party.
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Fall is officially here and Halloween will be here before we know it. Halloween is my favorite holiday because I love Halloween Crafts and having fun with food to create creepy and not so creepy items. My Halloween crafts and food are more geared toward the fun and whimsical Halloween versus the more scary side. You won’t find me in a haunted house, well maybe only the one at Disney World but no one is chasing you there. For this Halloween, I decided to make these cute Coffee Halloween Teacher Gift Ideas that will give your teachers the extra mid-day perk up! When working with kids, one can always use a little indulgence mid-day. [Read more…]
Summer is coming to a close and Labor Day is one of the last summer weekends. Even if kids started school, earlier this month, most people have a long weekend and can enjoy the outdoors and entertain outside. If you don’t like to entertain or headed to a pot luck, be sure to sign up to bring a Labor Day appetizer. Labor Day parties just got a little easier, thanks to Chobani Meze Dips. I already substitute a lot of recipes with Greek yogurt to help lessen the fat and calories in many different foods. Dips are no exception, heck it gives you an excuse to eat more. LOL. When I saw that Chobani is making their own dips, entertaining over this Labor Day that much easier.
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None of my children play football on a team, but you can almost always find a game on TV during the fall and winter. Whether it is college or professional level, they seem to find an excuse to grab a friend and some food to enjoy some football. Since there is one game of the year we do typically host or attend a football party, I thought I would make some football decor to extend our theme. This is a no sew football field runner that takes about 30 minutes to make and really takes no crafting skills.
Even though Lemon Meringue Day passed on August 15 we wanted to share this fresh lemon bar recipe that is going to be a staple for you all year long. Lemon bars are refreshing enough for summer parties yes decadent for the coldest winter day dessert. There is something about the smell of lemon in the midst of winter that can brighten a mood. My 14-year-old daughter looked around for a yummy lemon bar recipe to use some of the yummy Limoneira lemons that were shipped to us.
Even though summer is almost half over, there is still time to plan a vacation before school starts. Here is a list of Top 7 Best Ideas for Student’s Summer Vacations. After a rigorous schedule, having several tests, and writing many essays, students want to chill out and feel at ease at least some time this summer. The only problem that a young person may face is the lack of money and the distance that they should overcome. The best choice for each person should be inseparably connected with their preferences, hobbies, and dreams. In addition, there are lots of agencies that can arrange everything for you if you don’t know where to start.
Strawberries are in their height this time of year. We have already gone Strawberry picking and need to go back again. I love how versatile they are and how easily you can freeze strawberries. While looking for recipes to remake from years ago, I just realized how many delicious strawberry Recipes I have shared since starting my blog. I thought I would bring them all to you in one post plus add a few other great recipes from fellow bloggers. So go out the market or your local pick your own farm and grab a bunch of strawberries to make any of these 31 Delicious strawberry recipes.
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My husband went to the Naval Academy and spent 6 years in the military. He still has many friends from college that are serving in some capacity. We also have a few close friends where we live who have served or are currently serving in the military. This is a huge commitment and sacrifice with the world we currently live in. My husband and I often donate to a few different military organizations to help those that have been injured while serving. When I saw Walmart was exclusively offering a 1 For You, 1 For the Troops campaign I could not resist to grab a few bags of these patriotic themed candies. With all the summer holidays and entertaining having some large bags of M&M’s® and Skittles® on hand will be very helpful. Plus I am sharing 2 Patriotic recipes using the M&M’s® Red, White, & Blue Milk Chocolate to serve up at your next summer party.
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I love Ice Cream Cake and have always enjoyed it with a cake layer at the bottom. The ice cream shop near our house made their ice cream cakes that way and it makes sense, it has at the word cake in it. With summer break only days away, I wanted to start off our summer with a fun Ice Cream Treat like these ice cream cupcakes. This summer dessert is an easy way to feed a crowd too and you really only need about to prepare them 2 hours ahead of time to all for the ice cream to set. Obviously, you can’t take them to a party unless the host as freezer spaceas they will melt but what fun to take them out to a bunch of kids and adults who are already excited about the start of summer.
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I was just talking with my husband about how we have not been home for a major holiday in at least three years. He did not believe me until we went through each celebration. Not having family in town is really tough, and we usually spend our holidays traveling to them. An unintended consequence of all this travel? When I don’t have to entertain at home, I tend to get less creative with holiday food items. However, I am taking a stand this year by making some fun Easter cheesecake hacks. I am calling them “cheesecake hacks,” because with the help of Sara Lee Original Cream Cheesecake, you skip the major part of baking a cheesecake from scratch.
My husband is Irish, and that is the one holiday I often skip over. I started feeling a little guilty I have not doing more for St. Pat’s Day. I thought I would recreate a St. Patrick’s Day Dessert I made 3 years ago. Back then, I could not resist the Thin Mint Truffles by Confessions of a cookbook gal. I had a girl scout in the house when I made these originally ,so I had a good supply! These were super easy to make and incredibly delicious to eat. These are so much easier than a cake pops. This time I did not have any Thin Mints and found some store brand ones at Food Lion. I have also heard Keebler makes a Grasshopper one that works great too.
We just found out last night that my 4th grader is exchanging Valentines at school and needs to bring a decorated box by Friday. We ran upstairs to the attic and looked at our wrapping paper selections. We happened to have yellow paper and decided to create a super easy Minions Valentines box for school. You don’t really need too much to create a fun valentines box for school, this one really just needs yellow wrapping paper. I bet you could make a smaller shoe box using yellow construction paper if you have that on hand and are in a hurry. Either way, my youngest and I were pretty proud of our Minions Valentines Box and he can’t wait to bring it to school. Make some Minions Snack mix for a fun Valentines Day Treat too. I am sure the kids would get a kick out of that.
With all these snow days I have started to think of Valentine’s Day projects and foods to make with the kids. Here is an amazing list of Valentine’s Day Crafts and Foods to keep busy . Love is in the air! Valentine’s Day is around the corner and the Social Fabric Community has put together the Ultimate Valentine’s Day Round-Up to help you prepare for the season of love. From tutorials to crafts to delicious recipes, we have something for everyone. We dare you not to fall in love with these ideas!
Popcorn is such a versatile food. From decorating with popcorn in the fall to eating at the movie theater. However if you recently did a search on Pinterest for flavored popcorn recipes you would see a lot more than just butter and salt.
Since we are big popcorn people and I have experimented in the past with different flavored varieties I thought we would celebrate National Popcorn Day with a round up of some of my favorite looking and tasty flavored popcorn recipes . I have also seen the value of paying for the more expensive popcorn. I have purchased the store brand before and everyone notices it. Sometimes it tastes stale. Only buy as much as you can reasonably go thru as well. If not stored properly popcorn can get stale and you will taste it in the end product.
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The holidays are filled with sweets and candy. In order to not have it around the house for me to consume, I would often give the kids extra sweets in their lunch box or cookies for an after school snack. Well, the holidays are over, the candy is out of the house but the kids still want something sweet. (I do to but I am not a tween that burns calories while sleeping). What is the perfect solution for healthy tween snacks that are sweet but nutritious too? Cuties are the perfect snack to give when the kids or myself, are craving something sweet. If you close your eyes while eating one, you would literally think you were eating a candy orange they are so sweet and juicy.
My boys and husband are really into fishing. Several years ago we threw my middle son a fishing party. The kind that you rent a guide and actually fish. Be sure to check out the fun fishing party cupcakes and fishing party favors. I never know what to do for my tweens on Valentine’s Day so I thought I would incorporate one their favorite pastimes into this fun candy tackle box Valentine. Print out Valentine printables for an easy valentines like these tackle boxes or these gum themed valentines.
Valentines Day will be here before you know it. Valentines Day started as a holiday for lovers but since I can remember it then became a holiday to celebrate at schools. You might be making Valentine’s Day boxes with your kids, I can remember using shoeboxes as a child. Valentine’s Day also means a new resurgence of sweets since New Years Day. Here are some Fun Valentines Day Treats For kids. As the kids get older we started having a Valentine’s Day Fondue Party but still enjoy making treats.
We already shared how to make an amazing Christmas Ham Dinner in about an hour. What about that morning of Christmas when the kids barely take their eyes off the presents but you know are starving? We are sharing 15 easy Christmas Breakfast Recipes that are sure to be a crowd pleaser, but most important many can be made ahead or in the crock pot. While it would be great to have Christmas Cookies all day, fuel up the family with these easy Christmas Breakfast ideas. Can’t wait to hear if you have any Christmas Breakfast recipe traditions.
Thanks to Post Cereal for sending me a great package to create this kid friendly New Year’s Eve party.
Now that the kids are getting older, they are able to stay up until midnight. Often mom and dad are already asleep! This year, we hope to stay up with the kids, so we are creating a fun kid friendly New Year’s Eve Party with plenty of festive decorations. Kids love confetti, and what could be better than using Fruity Pebbles instead of paper to create some fun New Year’s Eve decorations and props?
It is so hard to believe that a week for today is Christmas. Are all the present wrapped and cookies baked? We will be taking the next two weeks off for the holidays but hope you will join us back in January for some more great crafts and recipe parties. Thanks fora great year, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to you!!
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If you are married with kids, the time between Halloween and New Years is heavily focused on the children. From Halloween Costumes to getting the presents under the tree, there is not much down time to celebrate the holidays like you did without kids. This year, I decided to celebrate the 12 days of Kissmas with my husband. It is so easy to get caught up in the craziness of the holidays that you forget to celebrate with each other.
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Growing up, our biggest Christmas meal took place on Christmas Eve. We followed our Italian heritage of the Seven Fishes, and would then go to our grandmother’s house to have a ham dinner on Christmas Day. Since we no longer live near relatives, we have started our own tradition. After staying up late to clean up after Christmas Eve dinner, wrapping last minute gifts and preparing the stockings for Santa, who wants to get up the next day only to think about another extensive dinner? Not us! Instead, we host a simple ham dinner with friends and watch Christmas movies. No one has to work too hard, the food is tasty but simple, and everyone can relax. Spending time over the holidays is about good food and good friends, not cleaning pans and dishes. Thanks to these amazing recipes, you too can have Christmas Dinner ready in about an hour.
The holidays are here and life is so busy. I am not sure when I can settle down to enjoy them. I can’t wait to see what everyone is linking up with their Holiday Crafts and Recipes today.
Welcome to Friday Frenzy Holiday Edition
Close to Home, Mostly Food and Crafts, Hey, What’s For Dinner Mom? and Sizzling Eats welcome you to FRIDAY FRENZY where we come to share your Recipes, Craft projects, and whatever else you’ve been working on. When you link up to the Frenzy your posts will be featured on all four of our blogs for quadruple the exposure. Each week we’ll showcase a few of our favorites from the week before, and pin them on our Friday Frenzy Pinterest Board as well. ♥Please follow your hosts♥
The holidays are hectic and there is so much to bake and decorate. Take a break from the oven with these chocolate Oat Bars recipe that is easy to make and you probably have everything in your pantry already. No bake cookie recipes are a time saver during the busy holidays or even in the summer when you don’t want to put on the oven. These also freeze well so make them ahead of time for even more of a time saver. Can’t wait to see what you think of these Chocolate Oat Bars.
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As if the start to school is not stressful enough with carpools, kids school activities, the holidays quickly sneak upon us. I remember the first week the kids were back at school I was attending classes at the gym and announced I was finally taking care of myself. Well, unfortunately other commitments got in the way of my schedule and I was going to fewer and fewer classes. My body and mind feel it when I stop taking care of myself and I truly believe my kids feel it too. The holidays pose similar obstacles in my attempt to take care of my body. Let’s learn how to reduce stress during the holidays.
Close to Home, Mostly Food and Crafts, Hey, What’s For Dinner Mom? and Sizzling Eats welcome you to FRIDAY FRENZY where we come to share your Recipes, Craft projects, and whatever else you’ve been working on. When you link up to the Frenzy your posts will be featured on all four of our blogs for quadruple the exposure. Each week we’ll showcase a few of our favorites from the week before, and pin them on our Friday Frenzy Pinterest Board as well. ♥Please follow your hosts♥
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Over the hill and through the woods… isn’t that the theme for Thanksgiving meals? While I have hosted most Thanksgiving dinners at my house since I have been married, we have been invited to a friend’s house for the last two years. While I miss the full turkey dinner preparations, I am thrilled to spend time with friends and give my kitchen a break. Not a complete break, however, as I will be bringing some treats along! Since I like having fun with food, I sometimes feel limited because I cannot easily transport it to a party. Thanks to these new Rubbermaid Party Platters, I can still make festive Thanksgiving desserts and take them with me to my final Thanksgiving destination.
We all have too much candy in our house this time of year if you have kids who recently went Trick-Or-Treaters. In the past we have donated our candy to different causes but the kids want to keep a little. Once they get their fill, its time to get creative with some of the candy. So I put together some yummy Candy Bark that makes a great gift and yummy Thanksgiving dessert. I am sharing a great recipe idea and some other ideas of how to use leftover Halloween Candy.
Thanksgiving Pies are one of my favorite things to make for Thanksgiving dinner. I can skip the stuffing and leave room for one more slice of Thanksgiving Pie recipes. I tend to go overboard when I am in charge of pies, usually making at least 4 varieties. Don’t get me wrong, none of them ever have a homemade crust so the work is simply in the filling. I was part of the Wayfair Pie Bake Off and wanted to share fellow bloggers yummy pie recipes.
One week is Halloween, one of my favorite Holidays. If you are looking for last minute and easy ideas check out our Monster Pretzels or our Spider pie . If you are looking for a last minute Pumpkin Carving idea like this fun Frankenstein Pumpkin. I cant wait to see what you all link up.
Welcome to Friday Frenzy the-still-enjoying-Halloween Edition!
Hard to believe we are half way thru October already. The next few weeks will fly by with Social Media on the Sand and of Course Halloween. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your recipe and crafts on our party.
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My daughter’s birthday falls in the beginning of October, and this year, she had a few girls over for dinner. This was a perfect excuse to turn a regular party into a Spooky Witch Themed Halloween party, well the dessert at least. A 14 year old has her own expectations, but Mom can create some fun things for her while she is at school and can’t complain! With a few simple ingredients, OREOs and Fanta, we created some spooky snacks, including witch hats, witch brooms and witches’ brew. Be sure to check out the Fanta Floats we made for Halloween last year.
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While our family does not live gluten-free if there is a product that we normally consume without gluten, I will often purchase that one. When it comes to fitness bars, I look for those that are high in protein and flavor. Gluten-free is just a bonus. NoGii Bars have a selection of gluten-free high protein bars and powders for the athlete in your home.
Can you tell I am getting in the mood for Halloween? Really my husband was out of town on a rainy weekend so I had some time to get a little creative in the kitchen and craft room. I was looking thru some old posts and saw that I had created some Halloween Food several years ago, one being candy cane rice Krispie treats but as I look back, the photography was awful and the treats only so so. I am sharing a different method of making this fun Halloween Food idea as well as a round up of other fun Halloween themed rice Krispie Treats treats for your family.
I can’t believe it is the end of August. I was just given 32 apples and they really scream fall time. Now to come up with some yummy recipes. I hope you are all having a great week in and out of your kitchens and craft rooms. Thanks for joining us once again. This is the last week April will be with us and we are sorry to see her go. Next week we will be introducing a new cohost!!
Close to Home, Mostly Food and Crafts, Angels Homestead, and Sizzling Eats welcome you to FRIDAY FRENZY where we come to share your Recipes, Craft projects, and whatever else you’ve been working on. When you link up to the Frenzy your posts will be featured on all four of our blogs for quadruple the exposure. Each week we’ll showcase a few of our favorites from the week before, and pin them on our Friday Frenzy Pinterest Board as well. [Read more…]
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When I think of fun indulgence, this Oreo Ice Cream Cake Recipe is on the top of my list. There is nothing so delicious as a chocolate and ice cream dessert. Add in one of my all-time favorite cookies, and you have me drooling.
When the kids got home from camp this year, I was excited to welcome them home with a special treat. Their camp does not serve dessert so I know they were craving something sweet and cool. I happened to have some OREO’s and vanilla ice cream on hand so this ice cream cake recipe sounded like the perfect summer dessert recipe. This is a super easy, no bake recipe, all you need is a little advance time to allow for the ice cream to refreeze.
Everyone loves a good white chocolate cheesecake recipe, but what about adding our favorite fruit and turning them into easy to eat bars? That’s what we did with this delicious Raspberry White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars recipe!
Cheesecake is such a yummy dessert but for some, the idea of creating this masterpiece in a springform pan can feel overwhelming. We make cheesecake at least 4 times a year, it is such a versatile dessert that changing up the flavors is half the fun. While I have made a few chocolate cheesecake recipes in the past, why not make a white chocolate cheesecake and make them into bars instead of a traditional cake.
White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars Recipe
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These easy 4th of July desserts ideas are ideal for a fast semi-homemade dessert buffet at your holiday party. There is nothing like a little red white and blue themed food to make a 4th of July Party into a patriotic feast.
How to Make The Perfect Lemonade Stand takes more than just lemonade. I am not going to lie. I like OREOs as much as my kids. I have been guilty of taking 2 from the pack and walking away only to turn around and grab two more. It is so addicting and when you see that sleeve of chocolate and cream happiness who can eat just one? My kids are just as guilty and I will see them filling a huge sandwich bag for snacks. I always try to encourage them to read serving sizes when they are eating snack food. Well, OREO just made it easier on both parents and kids with the new OREO 2 pack.
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This summer we plan on taking the longest road trip as a family, we are driving to Chicago from Richmond, about 13 hours. I had not been on this route since the day after my honeymoon when I moved to Richmond From Chicago. Now that the kids are older, and we want to bring the dog with us, driving was the only option. I may regret this after the trip. Hopefully with these road trip planner ideas we are packing, the burden of the long drive will be lessened.
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It’s warmer out and we all know it is important to stay hydrated. While I am a big water drinker, let’s face it, that can be boring. I often need a little boost mid day especially after being outside on a hot day. This is when I would enjoy a nice glass of cold iced tea but worry about the caffeine in the middle of the day. I am one of those people that can not drink caffeine after noon or I am up all night. In order to encourage hydration during the summer and mix things up from always drinking water we have created this yummy Raspberry Green Iced Tea. It not only has the benefits of green tea but with the addition of a pack of Raspberry Emergen-C you get 7 B vitamins that enhance energy naturally without caffeine and more Vitamin C than 10 oranges.
Our family does not need an excuse to eat Mexican Dishes, it is our go to meal since Tacos especially are super quick and easy and everyone loves them. I thought I would share some amazing Mexican Recipes I found from other bloggers that are sure to join our rotation. I better start planning our Cinco De Mayo Dinner I am sure the kids are going to be asking soon. Also don’t forget to add your favorite mexican recipes in the comments below and I might add them to the list too!! Adios!
Happy April everyone. Wishing you a glorious month of spring flowers, new beginnings and warmer weather. More importantly thank you for joining us again this week to share you craft and recipes. We can’t wait to see what you have been busy creating at your house.
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.
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.
This shop about Kids Choice Awards 2015 and the Pizza Fondue Party has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #KidsChoiceDrink #CollectiveBias
Why should parents be the only ones to have fun watching award shows? Do your kids watch the Kids’ Choice Awards on Nick? I had no idea that my daughter and her friends would vote via their phones during the show. If you know me you know I prefer kids get one on one interaction and less time interacting via their phones so we decided to have a few friends over to watch the Kids’ Choice Awards and make it flavorful, fun and interactive. No cell phones allowed this year. What do teens want more than great food and a little friendly competition on a Sunday Night. (March 28th). We will be serving pizza fondue, Capri Sun Roarin’ Waters, (official drink sponsor of the Kids’ Choice Awards) and Nick Award cookies.
Stuck once more at home with three kids for a snow day that did not start until 2pm caused us to get a little creative in the kitchen. Fortunately my youngest still enjoys helping me in the kitchen and we came up with a few no bake ST. Patrick’s Day treats that are super simple and great for any last minute dessert needs. We are sharing some fun no bake recipes likes these ST. Patrick Day Shamrock pops and Lucky Charm snack bars. The best part of these ST. Patricks Day treats is that you only need a few ingredients and no baking needed, just a microwave.
If you love cookies and you love pie why can’t you have them in the same dessert? Exactly what I thought when I saw a recipe for Cookie Pie. Best served warm, you can adapt this recipe to resemble your favorite cookie flavor. We went with some of our favorite combos, peanut butter and chocolate chip. I happened to buy some peanut butter baking pieces which inspired our flavor combo. If you have never made a pie before, this might be one of the easiest ones to try, except my Bourbon Pecan Pie Recipe is pretty easy too.
This shop about a steakhouse appetizer hack has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GameTimeGrub #CollectiveBias
Now that football season is over I thought I would gain my TV and family time back. NO way not in our house. With my son playing on a recreation basketball league and college and professional basketball games already in full gear, I have lost the contest. So if you can’t fight them, join them right!! Since I can usually throw a slam dunk in the kitchen I thought I would mix up our game time grub and create this low Fat Steakhouse Appetizer Hack using Alexia Foods that we so love.
We received sample products in return for their mention in this Cute Valentine Sayings gift guide but all opinions expressed are 100% our own.
A box of chocolates is such a cliche’ when it comes to Valentines Day Gifts. We thought we would share some of our favorite and less traditional Valentines Day Gift Ideas. Even if you don’t celebrate Valentines Day with gifts these make great gifts for many occasions as well. We are including Cute Valentine Sayings with each gift to make your selections even more special.