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sweet treats for easter

April 9, 2014
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There’s so much to love about the Easter season–beautiful pastel colors, fresh flowers, warmer weather, and delicious desserts! Why not try your hand at making some homemade sweet goodies this year?

easter treats

Check out these easy recipes that we found for you to serve at your Easter brunch or help out the Easter Bunny and sneak one of these sugary sweets into a  basket for someone special…

 What’s better than a Cadbury creme egg? Cadbury Brownie Bites, of course! Just imagine the gooey sweet surprise you’ll get when you bite into these delicious brownies.  Head over to Deliciously Sprinkled to see Jennifer’s recipe.

Have you ever made those haystack candies from chow mein noodles? Here’s the Easter version–Chocolate Peanut Butter Nests.  Meredith from Unoriginal Mom adds that you can fill them with whatever you like.

Does it get any cuter than this? Find out how to make these incredibly adorable Oreo Bunny Truffles over on the Key Lime Blog. These confections are perfect for tucking into your little one’s Easter basket!

Pick up a bag of Robin Eggs at the store and you will be able to whip up these Robin Egg Magic Bars before the Easter Bunny arrives. This delectable dessert features layers and layers of gooey goodness.

Pop a few Peeps on a  straw, dowel, or lollipop stick and you’ve got a Peep Ka-Bob.  Simply Party even has a printable tag that you can attach with a festive ribbon.

We think your Easter Brunch guests will love sinking their teeth into this creamy Coconut Custard Pie (it’s all dressed up for the occasion!).  Ready to make one for yourself? Get all the details on the Kitchen Magpie Blog.

To many of us, food means memories.  Laura from Tutti Dolci  describes how her grandmother always made Orange Rolls on Easter. She said they were the highlight of the menu for her.  Start your own family tradition and serve these up this year. You’ll find all the instructions here.

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mouthwatering one-pot meals

March 18, 2014
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What’s for dinner? To me–the perfect answer is something that’s quick, delicious and easy to clean up. That’s why these tasty one-pot meals are a no-brainer…more time to relax or hangout with family and friends.

one pot meals

Whip up one of these wonderful meals tonight and enjoy the extra time you won’t spend washing a sink full of dirty dishes…

spinach

We found this appetizing Spinach Artichoke Pasta on Life Tastes Good. A dinnertime dish reminiscent of the popular spinach artichoke dip (it’s a great  option for vegetarians).

buffalo

Some like it hot! If you do, try out this Easy One-Pot Buffalo Chicken Pasta recipe. Tested and approved by new mom Jessica from the Sunny Side Up Blog.

Head over to Five Heart Home to take a look at this recipe for Easy Fried Rice. The beauty of this one is that you can use up the all the leftovers in your fridge!

Spaghetti is a staple is many households, but this version of the recipe really does show you how to make the entire dish in one pot. Maya of Alaska from Scratch points out that cooking the noodles in the sauce eliminates the need for a strainer and the flavor of the sauce actually gets cooked in the pasta.

This flavorful meal of Roasted Chicken and Asparagus is prepared from start to finish using an oven-proof dutch oven.  Take a trip over to For The Love of Cooking where Pam shares all  the tasty details.

Can’t decide between pizza and pasta? Now you don’t have to…Kristin from Yellow Bliss Road has created the perfect one-pot pasta meal complete with all of your favorite pizza toppings.

Here’s one last  scrumptious way to use up leftovers–you might want to bookmark this one for the Easter ham. You can find the recipe for this satisfying ooey-gooey Ham and Cheese Gnocchi on the the Kevin & Amanda Blog.

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fluffy frosting & festive flags

March 17, 2014
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Since we were hosting a birthday sale this past weekend, I couldn’t resist whipping up some cute mini cupcakes to offer our firefly fans.  I’ve always been a box cake girl, but when it comes to frosting I usually turn to my grandma’s recipe.

cupcake birthday buntingIf you’re not a fan of super sweet or thick frosting this recipe is for you!  In my opinion the texture of this tasty topping is quite divine and it’s just sweet enough to compliment the cake flavor.  (as many of our firefly fans can attest to!)

Here’s what you need:

1 cup milk

4 tablespoons of flour

1/2 cup Crisco

1/2 cup butter

3/4 cup sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

frosting recipe

First, heat the milk and flour on the stove and stir constantly until it thickens.  Let cool completely.  (I often put the pan in the freezer or fridge to speed up the cooling process)

Next, mix the Crisco, butter, sugar and vanilla.  Once creamed, add the cooled flour and milk mixture and beat on high until fluffy.  Spread on your favorite cake and enjoy!
favorite fluffy frosting recipeInspired by our recent diy birthday decoration post, I decided to add some cuteness to our platter of pretty cupcakes.  I often do things on a whim so I managed to scrounge up some kabob sticks in the back of one of my kitchen drawers, pulled out some washi tape and stole some dental floss from our bathroom to make these party pennants.

cupcake bunting

It really was an easy project to pull off and definitely turns up the festivity dial a bit…. which got me thinking to do something similar with toothpicks.

washi tape cupcake flagsBy the time I was playing with these it was far too late to embark on making over a hundred to send off to the stores, but I’ll store this idea away for another day.

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six more reasons to love girl scout cookies

March 4, 2014
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Girl Scout Cookies…do we really need another reason to love them? Probably not, but if you’re someone that likes to stock up on your favorite– we found a few ways to transform them into an entirely different dessert.

recipes made with girl scout cookies

All of these recipes incorporate Girl Scout Cookies, so grab a box and head to the kitchen. You’ll be surprised at some of the clever recipes these bloggers have cooked up.

These Pudding Peanut Butter Tagalong Cookies are amazingly moist.  Think of them as peanut butter cookies kicked up a notch (or two). You’ll find  all the delicious details on Bake Your Day.

When was the last time you had homemade ice cream? This dreamy delight is flavored with just a hint of mint. Life Made Simple shares the recipe for Chocolate Thin Mint Ice Cream here.

Here’s reason number three–scrumptious Samoa Rice Krispie Treats. Leslie from The Hungry Housewife incorporated those coconutty and caramel cookies into a delectable dessert bar.

This one is way beyond easy. Check out the Thin Mint Pizza Supreme from Your Home Based Mom…this recipe calls for a roll of refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough for  the “crust” part of the pizza.

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The mere thought of this No-Bake Tagalong Peanut Butter Cheesecake might send your tastebuds into overdrive. Check out the Country Cleaver to get the recipe for this sweet fix.

Tiffany from Creme De La Crumb confesses that possibly the only things she likes better than a Samoa Girl Scout Cookie is a Samoa Cupcake! Just listen to her description: Moist vanilla cupcakes topped with a fluffy chocolate frosting, toasted coconut, caramel drizzle and Samoas Girl Scout cookies.

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start your day with a sensational smoothie

February 17, 2014
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Some of you may find this hard to believe…in just a little over 4 weeks it will be Spring (already dreaming of warm temps and sunny flavors). Here in Michigan we still have lots and lots of snow on the ground, but I have heard birds chirping outside my kitchen window in the last few days (and that’s a good sign!).

smoothie recipes

Are you ready to trade in your morning cup of joe for something refreshing and tasty? These might not cure a case of Spring Fever, but they’ll get your day off to a nutritious start or hit the spot when you get that sudden afternoon craving…

This Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie is packed with antioxidants and vitamins (it’s also perfect for a post-workout snack). Head over to Eat Your Heart Out to get all the details.

For a creamy taste of the tropics, break out your blender and whip up this delicious Banana Coconut Cream Smoothie.  This one tastes rich and indulgent, but Marcie from Flavor the Moments promises that it’s creamy and dreamy without the guilt!

Mix up a Sparkling Black Cherry Pie Smoothie instead of grabbing a sugary snack.  It’s a great alternative and even packs a bit of fizz (thanks to the addition of sparkling cherry juice). Credit for this delightful creation goes to Rebecca of Living Better Together.

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Treat your tastebuds to a little citrus with a Clementine Creamsicle Smoothie.  Angela at Oh She Glows came up with this immune-boosting concoction when her husband was fighting off a case of the flu.

Instant oatmeal fans gather round…we present the Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal Smoothie (courtesy of Mary from The Kitchen Paper).  45 seconds…that’s all the time it takes to make satisfying breakfast!

There’s nothing quite like the flavor of peaches…the addition of a little lemon juice adds just the right amount of tartness to these Peach Smoothies. You’ll find this scrumptious recipe over on A Girl Worth Saving.

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sweet eats for your sweetheart

February 10, 2014
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The first Valentine’s Day box of chocolates was introduced by Richard Cadbury in 1868… fast forward  146 years later and these tasty confections are still a big part of many Valentine’s Day celebrations.

homemade candy recipes

Ready to try to create a few of your own signature goodies this year? Below you’ll find a few irresistible recipes that will absolutely satisfy any sweet tooth…

Classic conversation hearts turn this fudge into an even sweeter snack…and what’s not to love about pink fudge?? Get the full recipe on the Crazy For Crust Blog.

Sink your teeth into a few of these Vanilla Bean Truffles on Valentine’s Day this year! Angela (aka “The Truffle Queen”) of Seasonal & Savory swears that they are addicting.

Four ingredients…that’s all it takes to make these Cordial Cherry Cake Balls. Check out the Hungry Happenings Blog to get every last detail on this easy recipe.

Not a big fan of chocolate, you say? These Sweetheart Mints are a great alternative. Calli from Make It Do also notes that these can be made ahead of time and frozen for other special occasions (think: baby and wedding showers).

Wow…I think these Pink and White Meringues just have Valentine’s Day written all over them. Miryam shares all the secrets for whipping these up on her Eat Good 4 Life Blog.

“Foolproof”…”Can’t mess it up if you tried”–now this is my kind of recipe! Not to mention the fact that Jesseca from One Sweet Appetite says that her husband refers to these Salted Caramels as Liquid Gold.

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six scrumptious appetizers for your big game bash

January 27, 2014
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Tasty dishes are an important part of any big game celebration.

big game appetizers

Add a few of these tempting recipes to your spread this year and your guests will be coming back for seconds!

Diane from Let’s Dish shows us how to put a new spin on traditional nachos with her Sweet and Spicy BBQ Chicken Nachos recipe.

Need an amazing recipe for meatballs?  Try Gram’s Super Easy Sweet & Sour Meatballs…the secret sauce is made from grape jelly and chili sauce-sounds strange, but I promise they are delicious :)  Thanks to Jane from the  This Week for Dinner Blog for sharing her family recipe with us.

Your guests will dive right into this Creamy Hot Reuben Sandwich Party Dip. Take a trip over to I Wash, You Dry and get all the details on how to whip up this satisfying appetizer.

A garlic knot would be the bread of choice to serve up with this incredible Lasagna Dip according to Kate from I Heart Eating. Think of it as traditional lasagna minus the noodles.

Transform plain chips into a tasty snack  with a Loaded Baked Potato Chip Dip.  We found this easy recipe on Stop Lookin’ Get Cookin’ blog. It can also be served with crackers, veggies, pretzels or pita chips.

Pretzel rolls are one of the new food trends now…so why not serve your guests these Ranch Chicken Sliders on Pretzel Rolls?  Julie from Savvy Eats even includes the recipe for her homemade pretzel rolls on her blog.

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sweet & satisfying desserts with zero guilt

January 21, 2014
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Trying to stick to that New Year’s resolution?

guilt free desserts

 

Step away from the box of chocolate covered hearts and try one of these tempting treats…they’re all sinfully sweet and delicious, but are low calorie options for those of us still trying to be good

Healthy Red Velvet Cake Donuts…yes, they really do exist! They’re sugar-free (but actually still taste sugary sweet) and come in at only 90 calories each. Head over to the Desserts With Benefits Blog to get the full recipe.

Check out these heavenly Chocolate Banana Brownies from Alida’s Kitchen. They’re super fudgey and rich but have been “lightened” up and can even be prepared as a vegan option by simply substituting a few ingredients.

cups

Coming in at a mere 2 pts (Weight Watchers) each we found these Berries & Cream Cinnamon Dessert Cups over on the Emily Bites Blog. How about serving these up for your sweetie on Valentine’s Day this year?

If you’re in the mood for creamy and tasty, try making these Banana Cream Pie Bars. Jennifer from Peanut Butter and Peppers took a traditional recipe and turned it into a healthier version (123 calories/3.8 g fat per slice).

Calling all coconut lovers~these Mini Vanilla Macaroons got a 5-star review over on Everyday Maven (you can find the recipe there too). They’re only 1 pt each if you’re following the Weight Watchers guidelines :)

You’ll think you are indulging when you bite into this Sweet Strawberry Cobbler but the truth is that it’s low in fat and is only 3 pts (weight watchers)! Take a trip over to the Craft Cravings Blog and find out how to whip up this delightfully decadent dessert.

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cozy casserole recipes that take the stress out of mealtime

January 15, 2014
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Casseroles are the king of comfort food–a complete meal in one dish that warms the heart and soul.

casserole recipes

The next time you’re wondering “what’s for dinner tonight?” try whipping up one of these easy recipes…(we’ve even included a couple for breakfast too)

Amanda from The Coers Family Blog has another name for this delicious dish~Crazy Good Casserole! We bet she’s right…just check out all that melty cheesy goodness. Yum :)

The Lemon Sugar Blog has all the steps for making an extra special weekend breakfast casserole.  Erin’s Biscuits and Gravy Casserole has lazy Saturday morning written all over it.

Calling all cheese lovers. We found another brilliant breakfast casserole recipe on the Southern Fairytale Blog. This appetizing dish is made with ham, hashbrowns, and 7 kinds of cheese.

cass

Tasty Tortellini Casserole, anyone?  Get the scoop on this satisfying meal over on the Chew Out Loud Blog.

This Beefy Sour Cream Noodle Casserole is a nice, hearty option for any appetite. Pair it up with some crusty bread and you’ve got a whole meal.

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So, How’s It Taste?  That’s the blog where we found the recipe for Taco Spaghetti. Leah describes it as a taco salad with the added bonus of pasta.

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neighborhood treats

December 30, 2013
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I’ve never done the Christmas cookie thing but do love making up treats for friends and neighbors.  I try to mix it up every year and this time around I made puppy chow with a twist of peppermint.

peppermint puppy chow recipeHere’s what you need:

1 bag Andes mint chips

1 bag white baking chips

1 bag mint M&M’s

1-2 cups crushed peppermint candy

2 cups powdered sugar

10 cups Rice Chex

peppermint puppy chow recipe

Melt the 2 bags of chips in the microwave, pour over the Rice Chex and stir until coated.  Place peppermint candy pieces and powdered sugar in large zip lock bag, then add the Rice Chex mixture, seal bag and shake.  Add mint M&M’s to the mixture towards the end.

neighbor treats

I divided the puppy chow and placed the mixture in zip lock bags, then in plain old lunch bags that I dressed up a bit with some snazzy scissor work and a simple magnetic clothespin covered in washi tape.

neighbor gifts

Iitu, our Finnish daughter helped me put everything together and we got these little happy packages delivered in the nick of time on Christmas Eve afternoon.

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