Can I tell you how much my kids love snacks? Whether it's choosing them for their school lunches, raiding the pantry after school, or taking them on the go, they pretty much love them for every reason and in lots of different forms. Around the holidays I like to come up with fun & easy snacks that make snack time a little more festive, and Cupid Crunch Trail Mix is a favorite for Valentine's Day!
At our house, we like ice cream pretty much any way it can be served, but one of our very favorites is an ice cream float. There are so many yummy flavors that we love, but the lovely pink and white Cherry Vanilla Float is perfect with Valentine's Day right around the corner!
Our family should buy stock in our favorite peanut butter company, because it's ridiculous how much we go through. You know those giant containers you can buy at warehouse stores? We can go through one of those in a week! Needless to say, any kind of peanut butter recipe is super popular at our house, and this Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Sheet Cake is a sure winner.
I kind of love Valentine's Day. Okay, I big, fat, puffy heart Valentine's Day. There are just so many fun things about it, and one of them is that I can use my heart cookie cutters as much as I want. Nothing is safe--I will cut out anything into the shape of a heart! Isn't everything cuter like that? Well, brownies were on the list this week, and I made the most adorable & yummy Layered Heart Brownies you've ever seen.
Today was a snowy winter day, and it was the perfect day to whip up a batch of my favorite Double Chocolate Chip Cookies. They are decadently rich, chock full of chocolate chips, and basically melt in your mouth.
We are a hot chocolate family. We drink it on a pretty regular basis through the winter, and at least once a week, my kids come bursting through the door from school asking me if I made it for them. While we do use hot chocolate mix sometimes, and definitely for single-serving convenience, I make homemade hot chocolate the majority of the time. It just takes a few minutes, and it is so worth it! It's also fun to experiment with different flavors, and this week I tried a Toasted Coconut flavor that is TO-DIE-FOR good.
Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix is perfect for the cookies for our tree decorating day, because it's already such a busy day, and I can really use all the time savers I can get. It's one of my best shortcuts, and my kids love them! I love them not only because they're yummy (I get asked for the recipe every time I take them somewhere!), but they save me SO much time. In just a few minutes I can whip up a batch of dough, and within 15 minutes, there's a sheet of warm cookies coming out of the oven. Frosting and decorating is next, and then the eating! Yum!
I also use the Betty Crocker® peanut butter cookie mix to make the most darling reindeer cookies ever! They are super easy to make, and a huge, huge hit with kids.
Who loves fudge??? ME!!! I've always loved it, even in my crazy not-loving-chocolate years (I have NO idea what I was thinking!). Cooking fudge can be a little finicky though, and so I especially love this recipe that came from my grandmother. It's a super easy and super delicious no-cook fudge, and I dare say no-fail too!
My absolute favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner is definitely the pie. I love so many different kinds, and always want to have a taste of every single one, so I thought it would be fun to make mini versions...little bites that let you sample and try more than one. Or two. Or possibly three. These No-Bake Mini Pumpkin Cream Pies are impossibly easy and adorable!
Brownies have to be one of my most favorite desserts. Rich, fudgy, and full of chocolate-y goodness--they are totally irresistible! One of my favorite variations has gooey marshmallows and a delightful pecan chocolate frosting...Mississippi Mud Brownies!
Confession time. I don't love Thanksgiving dinner. Gasp! I mean, they're alright, the turkey and potatoes and stuffing, but what I'm waiting for comes afterward. That's right..the PIE!! In my opinion, it's the best part of Thanksgiving, and if I thought I could get away with eating only pie, I would.
I love a lot of different kinds of pie, and finding scrumptious new pie recipes goes to the top of my to-do list about this time of year. I gathered some of the yummies, most mouthwatering pies I could find, and wanted to share them with you too! Beware...you are going to want to make ALL of them!
We are huge popcorn fans at our house. HUGE. I won't tell you how many bags of popcorn kernels we have in our basement! It's the yummiest snack, and who can watch a movie without popcorn? With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, I was thinking of fun gift and party favor ideas, and I knew Paper Bag Popcorn would be perfect! Not only are they SUPER cost-effective, but they're totally adorable!
I am all about quick and easy dinners. Our afternoons are SO busy, and my favorite dinner recipes are the ones I can put together quickly, but are still yummy and healthy. Over the years I've collected recipes that are tried-and-true, ones that I rely on often, and ones that I know I can whip up quickly. Quick & Easy Chicken Pot Pie is one of those! A dear friend shared this with me many years ago, and it's still a family favorite.
Homemade suckers bring me back to my childhood. My mom would make them in different shapes and flavors, and we absolutely loved it. I thought it was time I introduced my own children to them, and the holidays are the perfect time to try them. With Halloween coming up, I made some super cute homemade suckers shaped like bats, witches, scarecrows, and ghosts. They are SO adorable and super easy to make. LOVE!
I just love being able to make whatever kind of sucker I want to, and you guys, it is SO easy and fast! I whipped up this batch in less than 15 minutes, plus the cooling time. I had completed suckers in about an hour, which is so awesome!