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4th Of July Themed Recipes

Posted by Jennifer Carles on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018 at 12:00 PM
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Looking for some fresh, new dishes to try this 4th of July? If so, here are just a few of the best 4th of July themed recipes from Pinterest.

Fourth of July Wands (makes 20 wands)

INGREDIENTS:

1 watermelon
2 pints blueberries
20 skewers

DIRECTIONS:

1. Slice the watermelon into 1/2 inch round slices, and then cut out star shapes using a three-inch star-shaped cookie cutter.
2. Gently slide the blueberries on wooden skewers* and finally place a watermelon star on the top.
3. Place the skewers in a tall glass or in decorated floral foam as an eatable centerpiece.
* If serving to young kids make sure they’re careful with the wooden skewers.

Thanks, Weelicious

4TH OF JULY FRESH BERRY TRIFLES

INGREDIENTS:

One 12-ounce lemon pound cake (homemade or store bought)
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons granulated white sugar
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 cups blueberries
1 1/2 cups finely diced strawberries
10 8-ounce plastic (see-thru) cups

DIRECTIONS:

1. Cut the pound cake into 10 slices. Use a small STAR cookie cutter to cut out 10 stars from the center of each slice. Chop the remnants of each slice into small pieces. Set aside.

2. Place the cream cheese and sugar in a medium bowl. Use an electric mixer to combine them until well combined (1 to 2 minutes). Add the cream and continue to whip until the mixture is soft and creamy.

3. Assemble the trifles: Set all of the plastic cups on a tray. Sprinkle a few cubes of pound cake into each cup. Top with a small spoonful of cream and a spoonful of both blueberries and strawberries. Layer again- more pound cake, more cream and more berries, and then place a star-shaped piece of pound cake on top.

Thanks, Recipe Girl

Firecracker Popcorn

INGREDIENTS:

1 bag Pop Secret Homestyle microwave popcorn
1 cup white candy melts
1 package Strawberry Pop Rocks candy
Blue sprinkles

DIRECTIONS:

Prepare the popcorn according to package directions. Spread onto a cookie sheet and allow to cool.
Meanwhile, melt the candy melts and drizzle onto the popcorn.
Sprinkle Strawberry Pop Rocks onto the popcorn.
**If you want some EXTRA sizzle, use Blue Pop Rocks, too!**
Add sprinkles and allow to harden completely.

Thanks, The Nerds Wife

Red, White and Blue Patriotic Peppermint Patties

INGREDIENTS:

¼ cup butter, softened
⅓ cup light corn syrup
4 cups powdered sugar, divided
1½ tsps lemon extract OR ½ to 1 tsp peppermint extract OR any other extract you want
food coloring – I used Wilton’s red and blue icing color in the gel format
½ cup granulated sugar

DIRECTIONS:

Combine butter and corn syrup together in a small bowl.
Add 2 cups powdered sugar and your choice of extract and beat until well combined. Add extract ½ teaspoon at a time until the mixture reaches your desired flavor.
Stir in an additional cup of powdered sugar.
Turn bowl onto a cutting board sprinkled with last cup of powdered sugar.
Knead the mixture until sugar is absorbed and is completely smooth.
Divide dough into three portions.
Tint one portion red with the red food color/gel and one blue. Leave one portion white.
Shape into ¾ inch balls and roll in granulated sugar.
Flatten gently with a fork.
Let candies stand, uncovered, at room temperature for 1 day.
Store in an airtight container.

Thanks, Mom On Time Out

4TH OF JULY STAR COOKIES

INGREDIENTS:

1-1/4 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup powdered sugar
24 strawberries, thinly sliced
1 cup blueberries

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 325°F. In a medium bowl, combine the flour and sugar. Using a pastry cutter or two knives, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Form the mixture into 3 small balls and knead each one until smooth.

On a lightly floured surface, roll a ball of dough to 1/2-inch thick. Use a star cookie cutter to cut into stars. Place them 1-inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Repeat with remaining dough. Bake for 8-10 minutes until cookies are set. Let cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

In a small bowl, blend the cream cheese and powdered sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Carefully spread icing evenly over each cooled cookie. Slice each strawberry slice in half and arrange on the cookies pointing outward. Place three blueberries in the center of each cookie.

Thanks, Gold Medal Flour

Patriotic Cake Pops

INGREDIENTS:

Red candy melts
Royal blue candy melts
White cookie icing
White sugar sprinkles
1 can prepared vanilla frosting
Favorite cake recipe or cake mix (plus ingredients)

Supplies:

50 cookie sticks
Wax paper
Cookie sheet
Chocolate melting pot

DIRECTIONS:

Prep the cake. Bake cake as directed on package. When completely cool, break the cake into crumbs by hand in a large bowl. Mix in full can of frosting until well blended.
Make cake balls. Roll the cake mixture into 50 1-inch balls and place on waxed paper.
Melt the candy melts as directed. For the “stars” of your flag, use the royal blue candy melts. For the “stripes” pops, use the red candy melts.
Add the sticks. Dip a cookie stick about 1/2 inch into warm candy melt and insert the stick into the rounded part of a cake ball. Repeat for remaining cake balls.
Prop up pops. Place pops cake end down, on waxed paper while the chocolate is still slightly warm, so the candy hardens into a flat surface at the top (this will help your pops stand up when serving).
Cool the pops. Place the cake pops in the freezer for about 10 minutes, or in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes, to firm.
Add a second layer of chocolate. Once the pops are firm, remove from the fridge/freezer and dip each into the melted chocolate, tapping excess chocolate off.
Sprinkle on the stars. Decorate the blue pops with white sprinkles before chocolate coating hardens.
Drizzle on the stripes. Drizzle white cookie icing over the red pops after chocolate coating hardens.
Make your flag fly! Line up your pops to create the Stars and Stripes on a tray.

Thanks, Party City & MySTLMommy!

Grilled Dessert Recipes

Posted by Jennifer Carles on Monday, May 28th, 2018 at 2:20 PM
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Grilling this Memorial Day? Most people don’t think they can grill their dessert but here are 5 “sure fire” recipes that everyone will love!  Try one and let us know what you think!

Grilled Pound Cake with Berries Recipe– The toasty flavor of lightly grilled pound cake makes it the perfect accompaniment for summertime berries. Lemon-kissed whipping cream is a delightful finishing touch. If your grill is dirty, just protect the cake with aluminum foil!

Cake & Berry Grilled Cobbler Recipe~ This warm cobbler is one of the ways to end a busy day. Top each serving with a scoop of ice cream and you won’t believe how simple this was to make!

Grilled Doughnuts- Just try putting your favorite doughnut on the grill and your life will be forever changed! Roll in cinnamon sugar while it is still hot and top with ice cream if you want!

Grilled Smores Waffle Cones- We tried these last weekend and they were AWESOME! Just stuff a waffle cone with chocolate (any kind) and marshmallows, wrap in foil and grill until melted!  If you want to be a little more sophisticated, add fresh berries!

Grilled Banana Boats with Peanut Butter, Chocolate, and Marshmallows~  Just slice a banana lengthwise, being careful not to slice all the way through the banana. Pry open sliced pocket and stuff with  chocolate chips and peanut butter chips. Top with marshmallows and grill until gooey!

Thanks, Taste of Home!

Healthy Makeover For Your Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Dinner

Posted by Jennifer Carles on Saturday, May 5th, 2018 at 12:00 PM
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I always make a special Cinco de Mayo dinner for my family, especially if it will be a crazy Saturday night and it is not convenient for us to make it to our favorite Mexican restaurant! Normally, a lot of the dishes that we traditionally associate with this fiesta are not that healthy. So here are a few makeover ideas to get you thinking about nutrition without sacrificing all those yummy flavors we love!

1. Start With the Chips~ It is so easy to make your own tortilla chips, plus this is a fun and easy recipe to do with your kids! Here is my go-to homemade recipe- take whole wheat tortillas and cut into triangles. Simply place them on a baking sheet and spray lightly with cooking oil. Then season however you like and bake for 5-6 minutes in a 350°F oven.

2. Choose Your Dip Wisely~  Load up on salsa, it is full of veggies. But make sure to check the ingredients if you are not making it yourself because some brands can be really high in sodium. Also, limit your guacamole to one serving (about 2 tablespoons) and stay away from queso.

3. Lighten Up Your Tacos~  Always choose lean ground beef or even better, use ground turkey or fish. Add mushrooms or lentils to your meat mix to get additional nutrition and stretch your dinner budget.  Leave off the cheese and sour cream and these tacos will actually be good for you!

4. Swap Your Burrito For a Burrito Bowl~ A lot of the calories from this favorite come for the super large tortillas used to wrap up this goodness. Instead, put your burrito filling over brown rice or a fresh salad.

5. Pile on the Spices~ Probably the most delicious part of Mexican cooking is the wide array of spices they use. Peppers (adobo, chili, jalapeño), cilantro, and cumin are all known to have positive health benefits while adding tons of flavor and hardly any calories!

6. Skinny Margaritas~ Any fiesta would be incomplete without a margarita! There are lots of great tasting, low calorie options at your grocery store so this is definitely an area you can save calories. And stick with just one drink- Cinco de Mayo is on a Tuesday this year afterall! 😉

 

Grilled Dessert Recipes

Posted by Jennifer Carles on Saturday, April 28th, 2018 at 2:40 PM
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Thinking of grilling this weekend? Most people don’t think they can grill their dessert but here are 5 “sure fire” recipes that everyone will love!  Try one and let us know what you think!

Grilled Pound Cake with Berries Recipe– The toasty flavor of lightly grilled pound cake makes it the perfect accompaniment for summertime berries. Lemon-kissed whipping cream is a delightful finishing touch. If your grill is dirty, just protect the cake with aluminum foil!

Cake & Berry Grilled Cobbler Recipe~ This warm cobbler is one of the ways to end a busy day. Top each serving with a scoop of ice cream and you won’t believe how simple this was to make!

Grilled Doughnuts- Just try putting your favorite doughnut on the grill and your life will be forever changed! Roll in cinnamon sugar while it is still hot and top with ice cream if you want!

Grilled Smores Waffle Cones- We tried these last weekend and they were AWESOME! Just stuff a waffle cone with chocolate (any kind) and marshmallows, wrap in foil and grill until melted!  If you want to be a little more sophisticated, add fresh berries!

Grilled Banana Boats with Peanut Butter, Chocolate, and Marshmallows~  Just slice a banana lengthwise, being careful not to slice all the way through the banana. Pry open sliced pocket and stuff with  chocolate chips and peanut butter chips. Top with marshmallows and grill until gooey!

Thanks, Taste of Home!

Kroger Prep+Pared Meal Kits – The Perfect Meal for a Busy Family

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 at 10:04 AM
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This is a sponsored post. All of the opinions are my own.

Are you planning your meals for the week? If so you have to visit your local Kroger and try the Prep+Pared Kits!

Like us Kroger chefs enjoy cooking at home. Finding the time to pull the freshest ingredients together and prepare them can be a chore – and who needs more chores? The chefs built these meal kits using classic restaurant prep techniques to cut kitchen time for us without cutting out their love for food. Each kit is Prepped and Pared down to only what is needed which makes it easy for us to cook a wholesome meal for our families!

I love that the meal kits are fresh, they include all of the ingredients, everything is measured and prepped, there’s a recipe card in the box so you know exactly how to prepare the dinner and they cook in 20 minutes! Perfect for busy families on the go when you want a healthy dinner but you’re rushed for time.

I choose the Hummus Baked Chicken meal kit which included:

-1 Cup Chickpeas
-1 Lemon
-1 1/2 tsp. Minced Garlic
-2 Cups Cooked Orzo
-1/3 Cup Diced Red Bell Peppers
-1 1/2 Cup Dried Zucchini
-12oz. Chicken Breast
-3 Tbsp. Feta Cheese

I honestly can’t believe how easy this was make. I purchased two kits which was perfect for my family of four and everyone loved the meal – even my super picky son. Looks delicious right!

I’m not sure if I could have made such a delicious meal on my own. I love that you are able to try new flavors and create what looks like a complicated meal simply with all of the tools that the Kroger chefs give us within the kit.

You’ll also find gluten free, vegetarian, vegan and dietitians choice options. I had a hard time choosing between the Steak, Salmon, Chicken, Pork Chop and Fettuccini options.

Keep in mind that Prep+Pared Kits in your local Kroger will change because they are rotating the menu for customers. That way you’ll always have new options of Prep+Pared Meals for your family!

Head to Kroger and get a Prep+Pared Kit, I promise you won’t regret it!

Meal Solutions for Turning Leftovers Into New Meals

Posted by Jennifer Carles on Tuesday, December 26th, 2017 at 3:00 PM
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Meal Solutions - turning leftovers into new meals

Making your budget stretch can be difficult. When you have a family, it’s even harder. But, by getting creative and using some savvy tips, we can keep our budgets in check AND feed our families great meals – with leftovers! Here are some great ideas to stretch your budget for the week during this expensive time of year!

Whether you are cooking for 1 or 2, or for a family of 7, any of these ideas will work for you. This will save you time, money AND hassle of figuring out what’s for dinner! By transforming your leftovers from one meal, you will have to cook less, plan less and spend less, because you’ll be making them into brand new meals!

Keep in mind that in some of these recipes, you’ll simply ignore the “cook” part of the meat, and just re-heat the leftover you have from the night or afternoon before.

You may also like our Meal Planning Tips for Busy Moms + FREE Meal Planning Printable!

CHICKEN:
Rotisserie Chicken – Chicken Pot Pie – Chicken Salad

leftover meal solutions

Grabbing a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store when it’s on sale and you’re in a bind for a quick dinner is a nice, easy solution. When your family can’t finish the entire chicken, don’t waste it! Use the bones and skin to make chicken stock (great for crock pot cooking!) by throwing them in a pot of water with spices, seasonings and any desired vegetables. Boil, then simmer and you have a great stock! Take the leftover meat from the chicken to create 2 more meal options, too.

Meal 1: Rotisserie Chicken w/ Vegetables

Meal 2: Chicken Pot Pies – take all of your leftover chicken to make chicken pot pies with this recipe!

Meal 3: Chicken Salad Sandwiches – Stretch your budget further by using that leftover chicken for lunch! Make chicken salad by shredding up leftover chicken, and mixing it with mayonnaise, lemon juice, pepper, chopped celery and onions! The chicken pot pie recipe works great as a chicken salad, when you replace the liquid with mayonnaise.

OTHER OPTIONS:

* Fajitas

* Creamy Chicken Shepherd’s Pie

* Chicken Noodle Soup

* Chicken & Broccoli Casserole

* Chicken Lo Mein w/ Broccoli

* Chicken Alfredo Pockets

* Crock Pot Chicken Teriyaki

* Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas

* Chicken Tamale Casserole

* Fort Worth Egg Rolls

(Chicken Pot Pie Photo credit, Chicken Salad Photo credit)

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Steak:
Steak Dinner – Breakfast Hash – Stir Fry

Steak for dinner? If you have leftovers from the kids, or can prepare a little more, you can create a lovely breakfast in the morning AND a fun dinner a couple of days later!Meal 1: Steak & Potatoes

Meal 2: Breakfast Hash – Cut up pieces of the steak, and fry up some leftover potatoes. Throw them in with eggs, cheese, peppers, zucchini, tomatoes or whatever else you want for a morning meal that’s sure to get you going! Even better, if you served your steak the night before with mushroom and onions, this will be awesome in the hash, too!

Meal 3: Host a fun Asian night for your family with a new stir fry recipe! Slice up that leftover steak into strips, add toss it with some frozen vegetables, garlic, orange juice, ginger and whatever else can give it that Asian kick!

OTHER OPTIONS:

* Slow Cooker Steak & Rice

* Grilled Steak Quesadillas

* Beef Stew

* Steak Chili

* Beef Flautas

(Steak Photo credit , Hash Photo credit, Stir Fry Photo credit)

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Spaghetti (Ground Beef/Turkey):
Spaghetti Dinner – Stuffed Bell Peppers – Taco Salad


Spaghetti is a quick fix kind of dinner, but if you make a bit extra (sauce and meat), you can turn that into 1 or 2 more meals for the week! Marinara sauce is so practical in a lot of different recipes. In fact, the only different between marinara and a spicier taco sauce is the spices. Add cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper and vinegar to marinara and you have transformed your marinara!Meal 1: Spaghetti w/ Meat or MeatballsMeal 2: Stuffed Bell Peppers – take your spaghetti sauce with mixed in meat, add rice, corn, chopped peppers, olives, cheese and whatever else you want to put in your peppers for a quick dinner! Top with cheese, bacon, sour cream or fresh herbs for a nice addition.

Meal 3: Taco Salad – spaghetti sauce & meat are a great start to the makings of Taco Salad! Just add some spices or taco seasoning packets to give it some flare, then toss it around with tomato, avocado, lettuce, tortilla chips, and salsa for a great lunch or dinner in a pinch!

OTHER OPTIONS:

* Beef & Bacon Chili

* Sloppy Joes

* Tacos

* Shepherd’s Pie

* Meatloaf

* Cheesy Beef & Rice Skillet

* Hearty Fall Chili

* Bacon Cheeseburger Soup (don’t sauce all of your meat for this leftover idea)

* Italian Spaghetti Bake

* Spicy Taco Soup

(Bell Pepper Photo credit, Taco Salad Photo credit)

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Pork Roast:
Egg Rolls – Pulled Pork w/ Root Beer Sauce Sandwich

Who doesn’t love a great pork roast!? If you happen to have leftovers, or are cooking for just 1 or 2, this is a great meat to make leftover dishes with pizzazz!

Meal 1: Pork Roast w/ Veggies

Meal 2: Egg Rolls – shred up your leftover pork and make egg rolls with this recipe!

Meal 3: Pulled Pork w/ Root Beer Sauce Sandwiches!

 

OTHER OPTIONS:

* Pork Stroganoff

* Tropical Pork Salad

* Southwest Pork Soup

* Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Enchiladas

* Fully Loaded Pasta Shells (use pork instead of other ingredients)

* Pork Stir Fry – Stir fry w/ diced green bell peppers, chunks of pinapple and quartered onion and tomatoes and then dress w/ a tomato ketchup/soy/splash of pineapple juice mixture. Add a bit of cornflour to thicken and serve with rice.

(Pork Roast Photo credit, Egg Rolls Photo credit, Pulled Pork Photo credit)

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Salmon (Fish):
Salmon Cake Breakfast – Salmon Tacos

What’s for dinner? Fish! You can interchange most fish for these salmon dishes, and enjoy wonderful, new ways of eating salmon for dinner, breakfast AND lunch!

Meal 1: Salmon

Meal 2: Salmon Cakes Breakfast – create salmon cakes, then serve with eggs and toast for breakfast in the morning! YUM!

Meal 3: Salmon Tacos – fish tacos are always a hit! Cube and cook the leftover salmon, mixing with spices like cumin and chili powder. Throw in some cilantro, then put it all together on a soft taco shell. Dress it up with veggies of your choice, sour cream, corn, avocado, lemon, salsa, onions and more!

 

OTHER OPTIONS:

* Salmon Croquettes

* Salmon Corn Chowder

* Salmon Spaghetti Carbonara

* Salmon Salad

What are your favorite leftover solutions? Share in the comments!

Save Time & Money on Your Holiday Baking

Posted by Jennifer Carles on Tuesday, December 19th, 2017 at 3:20 PM
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If you are about to start your holiday baking, you know this can mean a hefty grocery bill! Baking at this time of year often involves large quantities or more expensive ingredients, and that can add unnecessary stress to the season.

So before you get ahead of yourself, take into account how much money you have to work with and how to use it best. If you’re making baked goods for lots of people, pick an inexpensive recipe, such as brownies or sugar cookies, and make a large batch that you can divide and present separately. If you stay focused, you can make some great treats and still keep your finances in check. Here are our tips for saving a little $ (and hopefully time) on this fun and festive cooking tradition!

Buy early, buy store brands and store away

The chances of all the items you need for your baking going on sale at the exact moment you need them is unlikely. So if you want to score the best deals, you have to come up with a game plan and get some of your shopping done a little early. For example, butter freezes and thaws very well, so don’t be afraid to stock up when they’re on sale and stow them away in the freezer for later. Other common baking ingredients, such as flour, baking soda, baking powder, cornstarch, sugar and molasses, have really long shelf lives, so don’t hesitate to buy them up when they’re on sale. Plus, spreading out the cost of these items over a few months can make the final bill a little more manageable!

Find Multiple Uses for Expensive Ingredients

You don’t want to only use expensive ingredients on one baked good and have the rest go to waste.  So either reconsider making a recipe with an expensive ingredient or try and find multiple recipes that work.  Also, research to find if that ingredient can be frozen and stored for a later recipe.

Use the bulk store to your advantage

Bulk stores like Costco and Sam’s Club can be huge assets if used right. Many boxed or pre-baked products have high prices and aren’t worth your time, but if you stick to the bulked goods and keep an eye out for sales, you can get some fantastic deals. One of my favorite items I always get there for my holiday baking are nuts.  They are usually much cheaper than the grocery store and can definitely be stored in the freezer for use throughout the whole year.

Use what you already have

It can be tempting to try out a whole bunch of different recipes for the holidays. And though there’s certainly nothing wrong with adding some new items to your collection, picking several creations that will need a variety of different tools and ingredients will be tough on your bank account. To save a little money, look for recipes that make use of the devices and ingredients you already have.

Bake from scratch 

Rather than starting with an expensive mix or refrigerated cookie dough, find recipes to bake from scratch.  They really don’t take much extra time, cost less to create and can be a fun family activity. Plus, then you know all the ingredients that are in your treats and can alter them to fit your particular tastes.

Host a Cookie/Holiday Goody Exchange

This is one of my favorite holiday traditions and can really be one of the best ways to save time and money in the kitchen. Rather than buy ingredients for 20 different kinds of cookies or holiday goodies, consider starting a holiday exchange with a group of friends. You can make just one particular recipe that you bake in bulk and really capitalize on whatever sale items you can score. But by the end of the exchange party, you’ll go home with a nice assortment of cookies for the holidays without all the effort! 🙂

5 New & Unique Christmas Cookie Recipes

Posted by Jennifer Carles on Sunday, December 17th, 2017 at 4:00 PM
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Even though tradition is a big part of the holidays, sometimes it is nice to mix it up and try something new! I usually bake about 8-10 cookie recipes during the Christmas season and most of them are the tried and true classics like sugar cookies, snickerdoodles and gingerbread men. But a few years ago, I started the idea of adding one new and unique recipe to my repertoire and now that has become a family tradition that my family eagerly awaits!

So here are 5 recipes that I have baked before that could easily become a classic in your house!

Smores Cookies~ You have to try this wintry one-bite take on the s’more. The thin, crunchy graham rounds are topped with gooey chocolate ganache and a spiraling pillow of browned marshmallow.

Eggnog Cookies~ A soft, cakey cookie made with eggnog, topped with eggnog frosting.

Milk Chocolate Chip Maple Syrup Glazed Bacon Cookies~ These will blow you away if you are a salty sweet fan! Bacon is not-so-secret ingredient in these smoky cookies, but its the maple syrup that adds a just-right amount of sweetness that really takes them to the next level.

Coconut Thumbprint Cookies with Salted Caramel~ A blend of coconut and salt caramels combines in these delicious cookies for just the right amount of sweet and simple.

Spicy Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies~ Cocoa powder, cinnamon and a pinch of cayenne pepper make for an aromatic and comforting combination.

Signature Mini Meals (in ONE Muffin Pan) + 21 Meal Suggestions

Posted by Jennifer Carles on Sunday, November 26th, 2017 at 3:00 PM
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Here’s a fun idea for kid-friendly meals that will also help you get rid of some leftovers!  If you missed our tips on using leftovers, head over here to check it out!  You’ll be able to get creative with this recipe idea, and even be able to make several mini meals in one muffin pan – all different to suit your family’s tastes!  Picky eaters in the family?  This allows you to customize each meal, and cater to those with specific requirements for theirs.  These are also great for on-the-go meals, quick lunches and road trip snacks.

Grab my favorite muffin pan HERE.

For a base, use this recipe:

* 1/2 cup Bisquick

* 1/2 cup milk 

* 2 eggs

Mix together and put about 1 tablespoon in each muffin cup, and if you choose to, add another tablespoon to the top of your mixtures (listed below)!  Use a spatula to spread the mixture around in each cup to coat the sides.  Alternatively, you can use plain pancake mix, and forgo the milk and egg.  Another idea is to use cornbread mix – just follow the package directions, and put them in each cup.

Now comes the fun!  You’ll fill the cups the rest of the way up with leftover chicken and veggies, steak shreds, shrimp or whatever else you have laying around or need to eat up before it expires.  Bake at 375 for about 30 minutes.  Even better, you’ll be able to freeze these in freezer bags, take them for lunches and re-heat in the microwave!  Sprinkle your favorite seasoning on top for an extra bit of flavoring, before popping into the oven.

meals

1. BBQ chicken + cream cheese: throw on a dollop of sour cream when it’s done cooking, and you have a delicious and unique little meal!

2.  Ground Beef (leftover taco meat) and mashed potatoes:  this makes for some sweet mini meat loaf or shepherds pies!

3.  Egg & mashed potatoes:  like getting hash browns, a muffin and egg all in one little cup!

4.  Veggies:  broccoli, carrots, tomatoes and grilled bell peppers make for this awesome veggie cup!

5.  Broccoli, Chicken & Cheese:  a mini casserole in the perfect size!  You can also see a great recipe for Broccoli Chicken Casserole HERE!

6.  Chili:  leftover homemade chili (get a recipe HERE for Beef & Bacon chili!), topped with diced onions, all cozy inside it’s own little batter cup!

Here are 15 more ideas:

*PIZZA CUPS:

Create your base (recipe above), then add some marinara sauce, cheese, onions, pepperoni, olives and pineapple!  Kids can pick their toppings and make their very own mini pizza cups!

*CHICKEN ALFREDO:

Use leftover chicken and either shred or cut into chunks.  Pour about 2 tablespoons of alfredo sauce over it for a quick and easy chicken alfredo, in the perfect size portion!

*BEEF & BROCCOLI:

A beef & broccoli pot pie!?  Mmmmm….Top your cups up with some beef and broccoli florets, then drizzle soy sauce or teriyaki over it!  If you have sesame seeds, that would make for a fun and decorative topper!

*THANKSGIVING:

Take your Thanksgiving meal and make tiny muffin cup servings!  Pour in your base (recipe above), then add a few chunks of turkey, about a 1/2 tablespoon of stuffing and 1/2 tablespoon of mashed potatoes.  Drizzle with gravy when you pull it out of the oven!

*CHEESEBURGERS:

Ground beef, ketchup and cheese over your base will create mini cheeseburger cups!  You could add steak sauce, diced onions , relish or whatever else you would normally put on your burger!

*CHICKEN ENCHILADAS:

Use:  shredded, leftover chicken and top with Rotel, cheese, olives, jalapenos and hot sauce!

*CHICKEN CORDON BLEU:

Add leftover chicken and ham pieces to your base mixture in the cups.  Place pieces or shreds of swiss cheese over them, sprinkle with garlic powder and pepper, then top with more base mixture OR with bread crumbs (crushed croutons work well)!

*VEGGIE CUPS:

Throw together some of your favorite vegetables, then sprinkle with pepper, lemon, marinades, balsamic vinegar or any other delicious topping you can think of for a fun veggie cup!

*CHILI:

Mix together leftover ground beef, Ranch Style Beans, onion dices and tomato sauce.  Add cheese or seasonings as desired to have some mini chili cups!  Top with the base to have chili pies!

*SAUSAGE POTATO LASAGNA:

Take crumbled Italian sausage and mix with mushrooms, egg, leftover mashed potatoes and ricotta cheese.  Put about 2 tablespoons on top of your base, then layer with spinach!  You’ll have a unique and flavorful mini meal!

*TACO CUPS:

Use leftover taco meat from last night’s meal.  Add to your base, then top with cheese, tomatoes, avocado and seasonings.  These would be nice to re-heat for lunch the next day, or freeze for another meal later in the week!  Once heated, you can top with cold lettuce and sour cream!

*ITALIAN MEATBALL MEALS:

If you had spaghetti and meatballs for dinner, consider using your leftovers to create fun little meatball cups!  Place a meatball in on the base, then pour on a flavorful combination of tomato sauce and italian spices.  Sprinkle with shredded swiss or parmesan cheese.

*POT ROAST CUPS:

Place small pieces of leftover pot roast, potatoes, onions & carrots into each cup with the base.  Pour in some beef broth, cover with more base and ta-da!  You have portable pot roast cups!!

*BREAKFAST CUPS:

Create your base, then crack an egg into the cup.  sprinkle in bits of bacon, cheese and any spices you like!  You could also mix the egg with milk and onion powder, and scramble, before pouring into the cup.  Brush on some maple syrup around the base before adding other ingredients to really kick this breakfast into high gear!

*BROCCOLI BITES:

Use uncooked broccoli florets and mix with a bit of cream cheese, swiss cheese, diced mushrooms and onions, then put 2 spoonfuls into each base-lined cup!

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Chipotle’s Guacamole Recipe~ Perfect For Game Day!

Posted by Jennifer Carles on Saturday, October 21st, 2017 at 3:40 PM
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chipotle guacamoleHere is a no-fail recipe to chow down on while watching your favorite team! And you will never go back to pre-made guac once you try this:

Ingredients:

2 ripe Hass avocados
2 tsp lime juice
2 tbsp cilantro (chopped)
1/4 cup red onion (finely chopped)
1/2 jalapeño, including seeds (finely chopped)
1/4 tsp kosher salt

How to make it:

1. Choose the right avocado. It should feel squishy yet firm (like the palm of your hand), and be a nice dark green color on the inside.
2. Cut the avocado in half and the remove the pit (carefully!)
3. Scoop the avocados and place in a medium bowl.
4. Toss and coat with lime juice.
5. Add the salt and using a fork or potato masher, mash until a smooth consistency is achieved.
6. Fold in the remaining ingredients and mix well.
7. Taste the guacamole (over and over) and adjust seasoning if necessary.

Thanks, Chipolte!

30 Fall Weather Soups, Chilis & Stews

Posted by Jennifer Carles on Thursday, October 12th, 2017 at 2:20 PM
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30 Fall Weather Soups, Chilis & Stews

Soups, Chilis and Stews to Warm Your Belly!

Fall is here! The mornings are getting colder, and the days are getting shorter. One of the best things about fall is all of the dishes that are inspired but the changing weather. Dust off that old crock pot and try out these 30 Fall Weather Soups, Chilis & Stews. These are sure to keep your belly full and your heart happy.

What is YOUR favorite fall weather recipe?

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Cheesecake Trifles Recipe – 3 Ingredients, 5 Minutes!

Posted by Jennifer Carles on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 at 2:40 PM
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Need a quick, delicious dessert in a hurry?  This Cheesecake Trifle recipe has only 3 ingredients: Jell-O, Cool Whip & graham crackers.  Make the Pudding ahead of time, for faster assembly.  In about 5 minutes, you’ll have a super sweet, cheesecake trifle that’s not only inexpensive, it’s delicious!  Add some chocolate syrup or cherries on top to really give it some extra flavor.  This cheesecake trifle recipe is so easy, you’ll find yourself making it over and over!

This recipe will create 4 small trifles, with a bit leftover.  Adjust accordingly.  *NOTE:  you can either make these with the pudding softer, or more of a thicker consistency.  If you want the pudding thicker, put it in the fridge for about an hour to chill.

1 package Cheesecake flavored Jell-O Pudding Mix (3.4 oz box)
2 cups cold milk
Cool Whip
Graham Crackers (crushed)

Grab a small glass.  These Ozeri Double Wall Glasses  are my favorite for individual desserts. Place crushed & crumbled graham crackers in the bottom.  Top with about 2 spoonfuls of pudding, then top pudding with about 2 tablespoons Cool Whip.  Place crumbled graham cracker on top, then continue to layer until the glass is full.  Sprinkle graham cracker on top, as the last layer. ENJOY!

Cheesecake Trifles recipe

 

20 Easy Casserole Recipes to Make This Season

Posted by Jennifer Carles on Monday, September 11th, 2017 at 11:00 AM
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With the weather changing, there is nothing more hearty that a belly warming casserole. There are so many possibilities when it comes to making a casserole. Simply take a protein, add some veggies, a filler and top with your favorite cheese and voila! We love to make casseroles, sometimes something very simple and other times an extravagant casserole. Here are our favorite 20 casserole recipes:

20 Easy Casserole Recipes

*Chicken Tamale Casserole Recipe

*Black Bean & Chicken Enchilada Casserole

*Corn Tortilla Chicken Enchilada Casserole

*Chicken & Broccoli Casserole

*Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

*Crock Pot Chicken Tater Tot Casserole

*Copycat Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole

*Loaded Potato and Buffalo Chicken Casserole

*Chicken Pot Pie Casserole

*Crock Pot Western Beef Casserole

*Meatball Sub Casserole

*Crock Pot Beefy Ranch Potato Casserole

*Creamy Tuna Noodle Casserole

*Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

*Teriyaki Chicken and Rice Casserole

*Chicken and Spinach Pasta Casserole

*Ravioli Casserole

*Skillet Pizza Pasta Casserole

*Ground Beef Casserole

Which one of these do YOU like the most?

 

 

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30 Fall Weather Soups, Chilis & Stews

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Friday, October 14th, 2016 at 6:30 PM
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30 Fall Weather Soups, Chilis & Stews

Soups, Chilis and Stews to Warm Your Belly!

Fall is here! The mornings are getting colder, and the days are getting shorter. One of the best things about fall is all of the dishes that are inspired but the changing weather. Dust off that old crock pot and try out these 30 Fall Weather Soups, Chilis & Stews. These are sure to keep your belly full and your heart happy.

What is YOUR favorite fall weather recipe?

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