New Year doesn’t mean sacrificing all sweets. Everything in moderation, including dessert. I had some PB2 powder in the pantry as well as some leftover Chocolate Kisses so I decided to tweak the traditional Peanut Butter cookie recipe to add more protein. My family gobbled up these Protein Packed Peanut Butter Cookies With Peanut Powder (PB2 recipes) and didn’t even notice. [Read more…]
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One of my favorite cookies from my childhood has to be Spritz cookies. If you are not familiar with that name you might identify them as the cookies that come from a press. A cookie press that is filled with dough and the same sized cookies in amazing shapes are produced in just minutes. What are your favorite Christmas Cookies?
Thanksgiving is past which means this home is in full Holiday Spirit. From garland lining the fireplaces to cookies in the oven and ready for decorating we thought we would share our first Holiday recipe of the season. My family had a little chuckle with these Festive Gingerbread Reindeer cookies using a gingerbread boy cookie cutter.
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. Plus we are making these Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies: Baking with Peanut Butter Powder. Thanks to PBfit for sending over samples to experiment with.
Feel good about the peanut butter that you are feeding your family by making the switch to PBfit. With 87% less fat than traditional peanut butter and 1/3 the calories, all natural PBfit will make this traditional combination healthier and even more delicious than ever. We have already added PBfit to oatmeal, Banana Muffins and smoothies. So we decided to try adding it add them to homemade cookies.
Almost eight years to the day, I posted this about using Nutter Butter cookies to make fun and easy Halloween Cookies. Feeling inspired to recreate these Halloween cookies we came up with some more fun designs as well.
Halloween treats don’t have to be 100% homemade and these might even be too cute to eat. Serve them up with my pretzel monster Halloween Treats for the ultimate party food. Check out these 6 Fun and Easy Halloween Cookie Designs Using Nutter Butter Cookies.
I think my family thinks I am crazy when I tell them they can not repeat birthday cake choices. Maybe I enjoy the challenge of trying new recipes or maybe it’s because I won’t have anything to blog about after spending a few hours making a cake. This chocolate cake with Cookies and Cream Filling will rock the socks off anyone gets the privilege of getting a slice. A small slice is all that is needed as the rich and moist chocolate cake is taken over by the OREO filling but the entire top of the cake is covered with a chocolate ganache! You will not need any special equipment for this OREO cake like a spring form pan.
It is tough coming up with different Valentines Day heart shaped cookie options. While browsing our grocery store recently I saw a heart shaped cookie that had three different colors in it. . I thought I will try and make this at home. It can’t be that hard to make three colored cookies, we made these rainbow cookies before. We have also included 5 Valentines Day Cookies To Make with Kids!
Can’t believe this post was originally posted in 2010. The days when the kids were around and wanted to help with decorating cookies. In anticipation for the snow this week, I wanted to test out some fun Snowmen Sugar Cookies that will be Perfect for a Snowday! Even if there is no snow, the kids can decorate the snowman just as well.
I have hosted several Christmas Cookie Exchanges in the past, but this past week I was a guest to one. I was finally in the running to try to win a prize so I needed to pick an award winning cookie recipe: thus I made these Holiday Cookies: Decorated Sugar Cookies. One of the main reasons was I could bake the shapes and freeze them a few weeks before the party and then decorate them the day before. Don’t share my secret but I used a sugar cookie mix since I just needed two dozen cookies! Homemade sugar cookie recipes are pretty amazing but I would save those for another time when I wasn’t spending a few hours decorating. I adapted the recipe from Taste of Home – 365 Days of Cookies Book.
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.
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Warmer temperatures and more sunshine make 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. These make great bake sale cookies too.
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)
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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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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!
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.
I remember when my kids were younger we made homemade Valentines to pass out. It was fun for me but also the kids took pride in their own creations. These non candy Valentine Cards With Melted Mustache Crayons and a Free Printable are super fun. Let’s face it, even with teenagers in the house, I have a ton of broken crayons in old pencil cases.
I have never made a lemon meringue pie before. I have made plenty of pies in my lifetime from double crusted apple Pie, to fudge pie to ice cream pies. Our favorite is the bourbon chocolate pecan pie we make every Thanksgiving. With cold weather upon us, there is nothing more uplifting than citrus. I just can’t get enough of it… so the idea of making a lemon meringue pie began. Just be sure and give yourself plenty of time before serving this pie, as it requires several hours to cool.
I know many of us have New Years Resolutions to eat better, but I made this cake for my daughter’s birthday back in October and forgot to post about it. Trust me you will want to save this Decadent Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Recipe for the Peanut Butter Chocolate fan in your life. I was a little skeptical about the combo when my daughter requested it, but I think we have a winner in this recipe!
I’m partnering with Sweet’N Low® to bring you one of my new favorite holiday recipes -fun Meringue Christmas Trees
Counting down the days until Christmas has never been sweeter! This year, I’m singing along to “12 Days of Christmas” with Sweet’N Low® and celebrating the holiday season with a new recipe inspired by the classic song.
My recipe is based off the 11th day of the song, “11 Pipers Piping,” and I thought meringue cookies would be a perfect fit!. A simple yet carefully piped cookie that can be made into festive trees, and that’s low in sugar, will have your caroling along with us.
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You can call these a no-bake cookie recipe unless you decide to bake the chocolate chip cookies that go inside. I purchased store-bought cookie dough and then baked them crispy and then made the filling. You can also purchase a thin crisp cookie and then make these as well.
Either way, the result is a one bite chocolate Chip Cookie Ball that melts in your mouth. These are similar to an Oreo Ball , cream cheese and cookie crumbs, just different cookie. Be sure to also check out our Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles.
I feel so far behind with Thanksgiving this year. I just sat down last night with a tentative menu and will now have to come up with a shopping list….The last thing on my mind are themed place cards and favors at the kids table.
I gathered up some of our favorite Thanksgiving Place Cards And Thanksgiving Kids Favors that the kids will have just as much making as they will setting the table. Which one will you make this year?
UPDATED PHOTOS: This post was updated 9/2018 and so glad I made them again. They are super easy to make.
Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I did not go out shopping yesterday nor have I started decorating for Christmas. After so much preparation for Thanksgiving, I had to give myself some time off. (I did take down fall decorations)
I thought this post would be a good transition into the holiday baking season.
Blueberries are in season right now, so be sure and make this three-ingredient blueberry dump cake recipe for your next crowd-pleasing dessert. If you don’t have fresh blueberries, no worries you can follow our recipe using canned blueberry pie mix for even a quicker preparation time. This is called dump cake for a reason, you literally just dump the layers in a pyrex pan and then you can scoop and dump some ice cream on top. We have also made a dump cake in a jar for an easy entertaining option.
Need a dessert for a crowd or bring to a pot luck? Can’t decide between brownies or cookies? Look no further we have the ultimate dessert recipe that you ever need. Anytime we make this brownie recipe for a party, they are gone and the best part depending on the holiday, you can change up the OREO flavor/color to make this easy dessert for a crowd even more festive.
We were hosting our final confirmation group last weekend and if I learned anything, 16-year-old girls love sweet over savory. Well, at least this group of 13 does. The meeting came up quicker than I could prepare so I hit the pantry for any shortcut ideas. Finding a box of chocolate cake mix, I decided to adapt the Cake Mix Blondie recipe I made for them a few months ago and make a triple chocolate cookie bar made from Chocolate Cake Mix. I had run out of chocolate chips so I added white chocolate chips, and maybe too many. If you need a recipe to feed a crowd in a pinch, these cookie bars made from cake mix are definitely the way to go. Of course, you can always make cake mix cookies in a pinch too.
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Mini cheesecakes are a great way to serve dessert to a crowd with very little effort. Each muffin sized cheesecake can be flavored differently to provide a variety of flavors to tempt your guests’ taste buds. With this simple recipe and the use of a flavored coffee creamer, the flavors are endless. How about serving up some of your favorite candy bar flavors? With the help of the amazing International Delight® HERSHEY’S® Chocolate Caramel, International Delight® REESE’S® Peanut Butter Cup, and International Delight® Almond Joy™ coffee creamers from Walmart, this is a no effort dessert recipe. Did you know it’s easy it is to enjoy these delicious flavors by simply adding to their daily cup of coffee, as well as showcasing one of the flavors as an ingredient in your favorite recipe? [Read more…]
Just because your child is a tween or teen does not mean they still don’t enjoy getting an Easter Basket every year. But as parents of Teens and Tweens, sometimes shopping for them can be a nightmare. Thanks to all the great brands that shared their awesome products that are perfect to fill your tween or teen Easter Basket this year. Which Easter Basket Ideas for Teens and Tweens would your kids go crazy for?
Did you know you can make blondies out of a cake mix? Well, I didn’t either until I found this awesome Sprinkled Cake Mix Blondie Brownie Recipe that is perfect for Easter or springtime. Really there is no good time, any time of year you can enjoy this dense but super easy dessert. Just switch out the sprinkles for any time of year you wish to bake up a batch of these sweet treats.
Thanks to Purina for partnering with Close to Home on this post Best 4 Ingredient DIY Peanut Butter Dog Treats to celebrate National Love Your Pet Day taking place on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. All opinions are our own.
If this is not your first Close to Home Post, then you know our Dog and Car are truly a part of our family. If you are pet parent, then you know our pets enrich our lives in so many ways. They inspire us to try new things, love us unconditionally and push us to be our best every day. In recognizing National Love Your Pet Day, I am showing our dog Chloe some extra love and affection by making her a batch of these Best 4 Ingredient DIY Peanut Butter Dog Treats. By making homemade dog treats, you know exactly what you are feeding your dog.
Anyone else waiting until the weekend to start making your kids Valentines? Over the years we have made many DIY Valentines both for classroom parties and for Teacher Gifts. The hardest part is the printable, well we have made this easy for you. We are sharing both valentine cards with candy and Valentines Day teacher gift ideas. We hope you enjoy the free Valentine Printables and can get the kids busy helping you create lasting memories and bring smiles to others. If this just seems too overwhelming check out our Last Minute Valentines Day Gift Guide from Amazon.
If you follow us on Facebook, you might have noticed I have been posting a lot of Christmas cookie videos and ideas. It is that time of year for Cookie Swap Parties and I love seeing the creativity of my friends when I attend these. Thanks to Nielsen-Massey for providing us with a sample of their amazing vanilla to make our Easy Cookie Recipe for A Cookie Swap Party. These shortbread drop cookies are festive and pack up so nicely to give as gifts too. These were actually nominated for most festive but since I was the hostess I can’t win a prize. It’s been a award winning cookie swap year for me, check out our elf cookies too.
For years I have seen boxes of meringue kisses in different colors at the grocery store. I have only made Mini Pavlovas with Fresh Berries, another egg white recipe, but have never attempted meringue cookies. For the holidays and to spruce up your cup of hot cocoa, we have moved it up a notch and made peppermint meringue kisses & candy canes. These are actually much more simple than I imagined, and most importantly, they will last for up to two weeks. The perfect make ahead Christmas cookie or really anytime dessert. If you need a recipe for your egg yolks, be sure to check out ourItalian Lemon Cake.
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Ever crave cheesecake but don’t want to make a full 9 inch spring form pan? We have the solution with these Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cups made with a delicious chocolate chip cookie base. Don’t start worrying, we used store bought cookies for the crust to save on time. Get the satisfaction of cheesecake in individual servings that will also freeze well. This is a win win dessert idea for any occasion.
gifIt’s is that time of year again to start thinking about your holiday shopping. This year we are sharing some amazing products and clearly think this year is the Best Holiday Shopping Gift Guide for 2017. Each year we share some products we have recently been introduced to that we think our readers would like. From gifts for him to dog gifts for Christmas, we have you covered. Of course always feel free to check out last year’s gift guide too. New this year, many of our sponsors are offering giveaways of the same products we are sharing so be sure to scroll the entire gift guide for amazing giveaways!!
Gifts For Women
Mr Bubble is no longer just for kids. Check out Luxe by Mr. Bubble… a line of retro-inspired pampering products for women. Either go with the Gift Sets such as Milk & Cookies, features an old fashioned milk bottle with two “cookie” bath melts or hit up these fun themed bath products, One the Rocks Body salts, Give me Some Sugar Sugar Scrub or Bubbletini Bath Bombs. Milk & Cookies is available at Target. The Soak and Scrub are available at Ulta Beauty and online starting December 1. Learn more about all the Luxe by Mr. Bubble products by visiting mrbubbleluxe.com.
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4-5 activities or games that correspond to the theme. These challenges not only aim to add a little fun to date night, they are also specifically designed to improve relationship skills (communication, teamwork, trust, etc.). Each couple also receives access to Crated with Love’s online bonus content that includes extra games, activities and even date night dessert recipes!
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Soaps are great stocking stuffers or hostess gifts. Check out Goat Milk Soap from Nature by Canus Over 20 years ago, their laboratory developed a proven technique that transfers the benefits of fresh goat’s milk to our goat milk soap products. They are available in full size bars as well as travel size so you don’t have to travel without your favorite soaps. They come in scented and unscented varieties too.
Nature by Canus combines a pure vegetable soap base with fresh goat’s milk, plant-based ingredients and natural essential oils, such as Lavender, Olive Oil and Wheat Protein, to make up its signature formula, available in Original and Shea Butter, that is free of parabens, phosphates, glutens and artifical colors. Products are not tested on animals.
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No woman can have too many candles in my opinion. I love these Chesapeake Bay Candles. They not only smell good but love the packaging too. Since 1994, Chesapeake Bay Candle has been the home fragrance brand synonymous with stylish design and nature-inspired fragrances. The Heritage Collection’s design is simple and clean with basic lines with a modern feel. The collection offers an array of soothing, energizing, and refreshing scents inspired by botanicals and fruits that are local to Maryland and it’s idyllic shoreline. By combining naturally crafted essential oils and impeccable ingredients, each candle is built around a solo or duo ingredient accord and embellished with multiple layers to add to its complexity and depth. Designed and poured in the USA. Price: $15 – $25 Variations: Small Jar, Large Jar, 2-Wick Tin, 3-Wick Coffee Table Jar & Diffuser Scents: 12 in total, including Wild Lemon Grass, Leather Mahogany, Blood Orange, Cypress & Oak, Aqua Marine, Fig & Redwood, White Gardenia, Driftwood & Amber, Milk & Honey, Bay Cottage, Bamboo Jasmine& Cherry Blossom
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Stocking stuffer for anyone over the age of 40!! Readers can and should be stylish for anyone that needs them. Check out Readers.com for some super cute choices. They have ones for computer viewing, sunglasses and hand painted ones to name a few. There are more styles than you can imagine and reasonably priced for the style you are getting. I am thrilled to use the ones for screen viewing since that is what I do all day. They have a huge selection of bifocals too if that is where you are!!
Do these candles bring back any memories of the 80’s? This beautiful candle comes in amazing colors and won’t burn down. It burns oil instead of a traditional wick so this is one candle your gift recipient will have for years. Lather & Lights carved candles are easy to use. All you do is pull the top of candle and pour the the bottle of oil (that will come with the candle). Reattach the wick wait for 2 or 3 minutes so the oil can reach the such and then you may light it.
If the invite says Holiday Attire, we have you covered. Shinesty’s matching holiday themed suits and dresses now come in matching outfits for pets and babies! These gifts will sure make someone smile. The dress I received was reversible so you have two party outfits covered. Move over Ugly Sweater Party, we are showing up in a comfortable and fun holiday dress.
Don’t leave out pets and babies when gift shopping. They have feelings too! Matching holiday themed outfits are now available for your furry pal and mini me.
Here are some other holiday outfit ideas!
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Any tech savvy guy will want to check out this home security system that does not require any wiring of your home. Here is the SmartCam PT from Hanwha Techwin (formerly Samsung Techwin). For parents looking to keep an eye on their homes, children, and pets, especially when their kids are home alone, the SmartCam PT is the best device for the job. The SmartCam PT features Two-Way Talk, 1080 full HD resolution, motion detection, live footage, night vision, and more. This is the perfect gift for anyone on your list that has ever wished to be a spy!
No one can have enough towels and these Micro Cotton towels are going to be a hit for anyone on your list. , These are some of the most soft and absorbent towels on the market. We just love the feel of this Hotel Collection Ultimate Micro Cotton Bath Towel Collection. Available exclusively at Macy’s stores.
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If your spouse gets a good nights rest, everyone is rewarded!! Check out Slumbr, a digital commerce brand focused on sleep wellness for the modern lifestyle. Slumbr launched a Pillow Menu of exceptionally comfy, unique pillows in the spring of 2016. No worries on finding the right pillow, as you can take the Pillow Quiz and find the right fit. No more squishing pillows through plastic. Which pillow fits your sleep style?
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The holidays are an opportunity to give gifts that go the distance – especially for the DIY-er! This year STANLEY has a pocket-sized, $20 stocking stuffer, the STANLEY TLM30 Laser Distance Measurer, and we want to send you one to test! Featuring a rechargeable lithium ion battery, this is the perfect tech tool for room planning and paint calculating. It is small and accurate and priced under $20.
An internal lithium ion battery is charged via USB charging cable (provided) and an over-molded case housing for a secure grip and drop protection as well as a wrist strap connection for carrying convenience. StanleyTools.com.
Essential oils are great gifts for anyone on your list. Have you heard of Oh!Organics? They use only certified Organic Ingredients in our Handmade Soaps and Essential Oils. Their products are handmade and also give back by contributed $1.00 from each sale to American Forests which plants one tree.
Anyone is a candidate for a soy candle. Check out these wonderful, hand poured in small batches in the Midwest candles from Wax Buffalo. These no thrill containers will fit in any home, even a guy! With scents like Sweet Tobacco, Blood Orange, Oatmeal Stout and Evergreen there is something for everyone. These soy candles have distinct scents and are powerful but not too overwhelming. We really like the unique scents that are not to flowery or sweet.
With Thanksgiving and Christmas, just around the corner, many of us are starting to think about this year’s holiday decorations. Make this holiday season simpler with BulbHead.com’s new Star Shower Slide Show and Star Shower Laser Magic. Both contain fun Holiday/Christmas images that shine right on your home.
Unlike ones we have had in the past, they include a stand so you can use them inside your home too. What a great way to brighten up a party. Tons of holiday slide choices you can use this gift all year round.
Gifts for Cooks and Foodies to make your mouth water!
Anyone who likes too cook or enjoys a cup of good coffee will love these amazing popcorn combinations. Check out Funky Chunky (available online and select stores nationally). It’s a new mix of popcorn, caramel and coffee in three flavors: Caramel Latte, Vanilla Sweet Crème and Dark Chocolate Mocha. If you are more of a traditionalist this time of year, check out peppermint and chocolate version.
Most people don’t have enough time over the holidays to bake or you might be looking for a great hostess gift. Check out Foodstirs Modern Baking. USDA Organic baking mixes that just landed on store shelves at your local retailers. Unlike traditional baking mixes that use chemicals and artificial flavors, Foodstirs uses pure ingredients like regenerative Biodynamic sugar and fair trade chocolate to create its ultra-delicious and easy-to-make mixes
- Foodstirs Organic Chocolate Chippy Pumpkin Bread Mix – notes of pure pumpkin and ooey gooey fair trade chocolate chips combined for a warm, comforting indulgence
- Foodstirs Organic Pumpkin Spice Stacks Pancake Mix – full of craveable Fall flavor, but not full junky ingredients, each fluffy flapjack is ready in just minutes
Foodstirs Organic Snickerdoodle Blondie Mix – they say blondies have more fun, and this crowd-pleaser will leave you snickering from pure enjoyment after every bite
- Foodstirs Organic Very Merry Gingerbread Cookie Mix – sweet, spicy, and tastes oh-so-nicey, your taste buds will jingle all the way back for another taste of cinnamon-y goodness
Love to go on picnics or eat alfresco? Worried about carrying glasses? Silipint has your solutions. No matter where your adventures take you, you will need some of the only utility patent for silicone drinkware in the United States. All Silipint products are BPA free, durable & lifeproof. Safe for the dishwasher, freezer, oven, grill and microwave. Don’t you just love the colors too? Can’t wait to take these wine glasses our for our next tailgate!
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This Italian could not have a Christmas without Panettone!! Panettone is dome-shaped Italian sweet bread studded with candied fruits, traditionally served as special treats for Christmas. Giusto Sapore’s authentic Italian imported Panettone is made with butter and generous portions of raisins and candied orange peel. This light and airy two pound round loaf, with a suggested retail price of $15.99, is sold at Italian grocers throughout South Florida and online at Amazon and www.giustosapore.com.
Taste of Home is a recipe source I use a lot. Any Cook on your list will adore either of these books. Take the guesswork out of cooking with Taste of Home Most Requested Recipes! Each of the 633 dishes in this mouthwatering collection is a Five-Star dish as rated on TasteofHome.com, won a recipe contest and/or received raves from Taste of Home readers! Who doesn’t love cookies. Great for those who throw or attend cookie exchanges. Make life a little sweeter with a cookie for every day of the year from Taste of Home 365 Days of Cookies!
Cold weather also calls for more soups in our home. Make a side of homemade bread and you have a complete meal that will warm anyone’s belly. Whether you’re craving chicken noodle, creamy tomato, or loaded potato, a bowl of piping hot soup is always a good idea. Soups, Stews & Breads has over 350 of the most delicious recipes you can imagine, and is filled with photos, tips and serving ideas, too.
Whether you buy food in bulk or just like to meal prep, Impeccable Culinary Objects (ICO), has a new vacuum sealing system . The product features a unique vertical design that saves counter space, ideal for customers who live in apartments. It also includes vacuum bags and rolls that are BPA and phthalate free.The product was designed in Italy and I think that its unique and attractive design should appeal to your readers. To see the vacuum sealer in action view the demo video here: http://bit.ly/2yCBLl0.
Let’s fight bullying in our gift giving this year. Check out Yes 2 collection from www.ShopAfterGen.com for some great kids back packs and lunch boxes. With so much darkness in the world, we aspire to provide hope, happiness and change through anything we can do. This company created the AfterGen Anti-Bully collection and Yes 2 ♥ movement to unite products with a purpose and serve as a constant reminder to spread the message of friendship. “Stay True, Stay Focused, Stay Humble, and Continue Being You” – Yes 2 ♥ by AfterGen. There are so many adorable designs you will be giving a smile in addition to a uplifting message to the recipient.
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What tween would not adore one of these ZIPIT Pencil pouches in their binder. Especially those that might have braces.
- PLAYFUL AND FUN – A practical pencil case and cute animal character together! Choose your favorite and have a special friend to help you stay organized.
- MADE OF ONE LONG ZIPPER! – The design features one long zipper that can be fully zipped and unzipped! It’s a cool pencil case for boys and girls and makes a great gift!
- CONVENIENT STORAGE – Stay organized with style! With a 7.8” extra wide zippered opening, you’ll have easy access to all your school supplies. Fits up to 25-30 pencils and pens and can be used also as a makeup bag.
- 100% POLYESTER – This cute pencil case is carefully created using sturdy, durable polyester fabric so it’s made to last.
- EASY CARE – Your ZIPIT Animals Pencil Case can be machine washed on the gentle cycle. For best results, zip it completely before washing and use a maximum water temperature of 30°C/86°F. Lay flat to dry.
Younger kids on your list will have fun with these Bobbi-Toads, the first-ever paintable toed and light up toed sneakers on the market! Any little girl on your holiday list will have so much fun with these sneakers. They can paint and create fun designs on their “toes” Bobbi-Toads are eco and animal friendly and are less than $50 a pair. Even better, Bobbi-Toads also donates a portion of proceeds to charitable organizations including Our Lady of the Angels, an inner-city mission in the Stanley’s hometown of Chicago. There are several styles to choose from and even light up ones too!
Utter Nonsense Family Edition contains 50 Accent Cards and 450 Phrase Cards which players combine and act out.
You don’t have to be good at accents and the combinations don’t need to make sense. In fact, players are encouraged to improvise and make the phrases their own. With each successive round, watch as even your most mild-mannered friends and family become improv masters.
- Game of stacking tiles to change colors and match challenge cards
- Encourages visual recognition skills, logic, strategy, critical thinking
- Stimulating for the brain, exciting for the eyes
- Change difficulty by making a bigger board, using timer, different challenge cards
- Challenge cards show patterns of 3 or 4 dots – Mix or separate to adjust difficulty
A beautiful and beautifully simple game of laying a tile before your own token to continue its path on each turn. The goal is to keep your token on the board longer than anyone else’s, but as the board fills up this becomes harder because there are fewer empty spaces left… and another player’s tile may also extend your own path in a direction you’d rather not go. Easy to introduce to new players, Tsuro lasts a mere 15 minutes and actually does work for any number from 2 to 8. Great for ages 8 to 12 years old
Don’t forget your favorite 4 legged friends over the holidays.
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You might be wondering why wine is listed under pet owners. For every puchase of ONEHOPE Pinot Noir it helps fun a pet adoption. To date, ONEHOPE has helped more than 43,000 shelter animals find a forever home. To do its part to make a paws-itive impact, ONEHOPE encourages others to “serve and celebrate” National Dog Day with a bottle of wine, and a gift for both humans and pets alike. The best part…each product helps to fund pet adoptions:
- Pinot for Paws Woof! Gift Box ($49) – Includes ONEHOPE CA Pinot Noir, Tennis ball, #WINENOT canvas bone dog toy, cotton rope toy, and gourmet treats. Every box helps fund 1 pet adoption.
- California Pinot Noir ($19.99) – Every case funds 1 pet adoption
- Sparkling Brut glitter edition bottles that provide 12 meals for a child in need.
- Sauvignon Blanc – environmental causes
- Chardonnay – women’s causes
- Pinot Noir – animal causes
- Zinfandel – veterans’ and troops’ causes
- Cabernet Sauvignon – children’s causes
- Merlot – international causes
Getting a puppy or just want to get some stocking stuffers for your dog, check out I and love and you brand
Based in Boulder, CO, “I and love and you” makes super premium pet food and treats that contain everything pets need to be happy and healthy and none of what they don’t. All products are made with real meat and contain no grains, fillers, or anything artificial, and are approved by a holistic veterinarian for uncompromising quality.
Based in Boulder, CO, “I and love and you” makes super premium pet food and treats that contain everything pets need to be happy and healthy and none of what they don’t. All products are made with real meat and contain no grains, fillers, or anything artificial, and are approved by a holistic veterinarian for uncompromising quality.
Super Smarty Hearties
A treat with a functional benefit and fun reward! These treats contain DHA and Omega 3 fatty acids to support healthy skin and brain development. With Real Salmon as the first ingredient and only 5 calories these Super Smarty Hearties are sure to please both you and you pup.
Hip Hoppin’ Hearties
Make sure they get the proper nutrition to support healthy joints with these Hip Hoppin’ Hearties. Packed with Real Chicken, added Green Tea Extract and Turmeric these healthy treats are perfect for training or rewarding.
Fresh All Rover Breath Bones
What’s better than fresh puppy breath? Garnished with cloves and peppermint oil for freshness, these dental chews have the taste and texture your dog loves while supporting clean teeth. This limited ingredient, grain-free formula with Real Turkey is sure to keep your dog smiling!
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When the weather is nice out and not wearing a jacket, where do you store your keys and maybe a few dollars to stop for a coffee when walking your dog? We have the answer with a SPIleash!For the dog lover in your life – we recommend the #SPIleash! With a built-in pocket to stash keys, phone, treats, and other personal items while out for a walk, mom and dad’s hands will be freed up for playing fetch or taking selfies with their number one pooch! A guaranteed two paws up for this gift! A deal at MSRP: $19.99
NEW Grain-Free Formula of Oven-Baked Dog Treats: WellBars are crunchy dog treats made with only natural ingredients. The bite-sized pieces for dogs are free of corn, soy, artificial colors and flavor.
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- Whitefish & Sweet Potato
- Chicken & Cheddar Cheese
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- Flavors Include:
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I am not usually a big fan of flavored M&M’s, in fact Mint and the nut varieties I will only eat. Being the sucker I am to Halloween and everything food related, I saw some Cookies and Screem M&M’s at Target and could not resist coming up with something to bake for Halloween. This easy Brownie Recipe is more like a brookie, you know cookie and brownie. These slutty brownies don’t use traditional OREO cookies but you guessed it, cookies and Scream M& M’s. Plus just for full disclosure, I used a brookie box mix I already had in the pantry so this is a super easy brownie recipe.
Thanksgiving usually gets all the credit for good food and holiday parties, but hold your horses – first, we have Halloween! Halloween is one of the most fun times of the year to get creative in the kitchen, whether you want to make a simple batch of pumpkin-shaped cookies or go all-out with a decorated zombie cake. There are tons of unique Halloween-inspired recipes available, but this roundup has some creative Halloween Snack treats and drinks that not only look great, but taste great, too!
Cookie Bars are a quick way to make cookies to feed a crowd. These Magic Cookie Bars Recipe is a little different but filled with all the flavors you expect from a bar cookie recipe. . Just when you think you have tried every cookie combination, I think I discovered one that will help clean out your cupboards with a bunch of unique flavors meld into these delicious and even better easy Kitchen Sink Cookie Bars. These taste great a few days after they are made and can easily be frozen for later use. So what are you waiting for make a batch because with the holiday season.
This is an updated post from 2014 for some of the best cookie bars I have made in a long time. These Cookie Bars are great desserts for a crowd and are portable as well. I recently made these chocolate chip bars for a friend and she raved about them as well.
My daughter had a friend over the other evening and I gave them the task of making dessert. I know this friend can cook as she helped with the Chocolate Madelines last year. We picked a recipe that I knew we had the ingredients already in the pantry and chose these Easy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars from a Hershey’s Cookbook.
Our easy summer peach pie recipe is one that we come back to over and over again. It’s ideal for making when we get the chance to go peach picking, or when we see peaches on sale in the market. Fresh peaches make a wonderful easy pie that everyone loves with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! This easy peach pie recipe requires no peeling and uses a deliciously easy crumble topping.
Deliciously Easy Pizza Cookie Recipe is as yummy for the kids as it is for adults. I remember getting one of these pizza cookies when I had a baby and a neighbor brought us dinner. This was our dessert. These pizza cookies are great to make with the kids since they can top the cookies just like homemade pizzas. They are also big enough to bring to a pot luck dinner since they are the size of a pie plate. We took a short cut and used packaged sugar cookie mix but feel free to make a batch of your homemade sugar cookie dough if you have the time. This post contains affiliate links, by clicking on them I receive a small kick back!
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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.
Need easy Valentines Treats for a kids Valentines Party? Then we have the perfect solution for you. There is nothing better then chocolate covered marshmallowsValentine’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 Valentine 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
How to make these Easy Valentines Treats: Marshmallow Kebabs
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.
Kids Valentines Party: Easy Valentines Treats
Here they are wrapped individually and will make a great display at your School Valentines 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 Valentines 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.
Texas Sheet Cake Recipe- Cake for a Crowd post may contain affiliate links.
We love making cakes, especially for our family’s birthdays. However, we are looking for a quick dessert to feed a crowd and don’t have time to let the cake layers cool and then assemble the cake, a Texas sheet cake is the perfect solution. Not many cakes can you pour the frosting over a warm cake. This is a forget it and go type recipe, that even my 15-year old baked all on her own. This cake is baked in a 10×13 baking pan and is very dense in flavor that you can easily serve 20 people off one cake. I think I would even make this for a dessert buffet and just cut it into bite-size portions for a wonderful bite of chocolate. Making desserts for a crowd does not have to be hard, just get an arsenal of great recipes.
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. What do you think of this Minions Valentines Day Card Box for School? 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.