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Monday, September 30, 2013

Halloween treat idea "Mummy" Candy Bar Wrapper


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Halloween Treat Idea

With Halloween around the corner, it's time to be thinking about some haunting treats to give your ghoulish friends! These mummy candy bar wrappers will unravel even  the meanest  monster--and all you have to do is print them off at your computer and send them on their scary way!  To download this fun printable 
 just click HERE!

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Quilt Pattern "Baptism Blessings"



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You can download this baptism quilt pattern HERE

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Snickers Ice Cream Cake


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Having made THIS delicious ice cream cake for my husband's birthday, I decided to stick with the ice cream  cake theme for my daughter's birthday a little while back.  This time I thought I'd switch it up and try to do a Snickers cake (thank you, pinterest), because, come on, what one-year-old doesn't want a Snickers ice cream cake for her birthday?  It turned out awesome--I actually think this one is a lot yummier than the mint one.  It is SUPER rich so all you need is a small slice to satisfy your sweet tooth, but by golly it's good!

Snickers Ice Cream Cake

1 box brownie mix (mix batter according to 

instructions on box)

8 oz cream cheese, softened

1 1/2 cups peanut butter

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup milk

8 oz Cool Whip, thawed 

chocolate syrup (I used Hershey's) 

caramel syrup

1 11.5 oz bag mini snickers, chopped (divided)

(In place of the first five ingredients you can use peanut butter ice cream).


Line the bottom of an 8" spring-form pan 
with parchment paper (I lay a square of parchment paper on the bottom and then close the spring-form top around it to hold it down into place) and pour in half of your brownie batter (I just eyeball it).  Cook at 350 degrees for twenty minutes leaving them slightly soft (you don't want to over-bake your brownies or they'll go hard when you freeze them!). Once you remove your first brownie from your pan, reline the pan and bake the rest of the batter for twenty minutes (if you're fancy enough to have two pans that are the same size, you could bake both brownies at the same time). 


 While your brownies are baking, go ahead and mix up your ice cream.  Beat your cream cheese until smooth, then beat in the peanut butter, and then beat in the milk and sugar (if you don't beat your cream cheese well first, it will stay lumpy).  Once this mixture is smooth, fold in your cool whip and set aside.  


You should now have both of your brownies cooled down on parchment paper on your counter.  Line your spring-form pan once more, but this time you're going to line the sides of it, not the bottom.  I cut a length of parchment paper big enough to roll into a circle to fill my pan (it will extend way above the top of your pan--I cut mine in half and save the other half). With the sides of your pan now lined (and the spring-form clamped back together), drop in one of your brownie circles.  My brownies were still stuck to the bottom of the parchment paper which made it really easy to lower the brownie down into the pan face down and then peel the parchment paper up and off of it.  Spread a couple handfuls of snickers onto the brownie, drizzle some caramel syrup, and then smooth half of your ice cream mixture out on top. Lower the second brownie on top, spread a couple handfuls (about a third) of snickers down, drizzle with caramel sauce (you could drizzle chocolate sauce too but I didn't because I didn't want it to be to rich), and then spread the remaining ice cream out.  

Top with the rest of the snickers and drizzle with caramel and chocolate sauces.  Cover the top of the parchment paper with saran wrap and put in the freezer until frozen through (about an hour).  Enjoy!  This ice cream cake really is so rich and so yummy--anyone who loves chocolate/peanut butter/snickers is going to be in heaven!



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Friday, September 20, 2013

Cafe Rio Creamy Tomatillo Dressing

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Creamy Tomatillo Dressing
1 packet Ranch mix

1 cup mayonnaise


1 cup milk


2  tomatillos (remove husk and cut in 1/2)


1 bunch of fresh cilantro (cut off most of 


stems)

1 tsp of fresh minced garlic


juice of 1 lime


1 jalapeno--remove most seeds


All you have to do is put all of the ingredients 

in a blender (my Ninja worked just fine...) and 

blend! Refrigerate--will get spicier with time!

This recipe goes with Cafe Rio Sweet Pork 

but 

it also tastes great on top of our Lime Chicken 

Tacos

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Halloween Treat Idea "Bite Me" Printable Label


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Looking for a fun, creepy Halloween treat idea?  "Bite me" is the haunting theme for this easy yet awesome Halloween treat idea--simply print out our HALLOWEEN TAG LABEL by clicking  HERE, and staple to a bag of candy corn!  Browse our WEBSITE for more fun and easy Halloween treat ideas!
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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Easy Homemade Hummus Balls for Baby


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If you want something easy, healthy, homemade and yummy to feed your baby then hummus balls are probably something that you want to try out! My little one year old has absolutely just fallen in love with hummus ever since the first time that I gave it to her.  It gets a little expensive to spend $4 on a little bowl of hummus that the two of us can eat in one sitting though, so I decided it was worth a try to make some homemade hummus.



I just made this homemade hummus in my Ninja--it was quick to make and it turned out smooth and yummy.  After blending it up though, I realized that I had forgot to put the lemon juice in it! The taste was still spot on so I decided not to mess with it, and I found one unexpected perk--when I refrigerated the hummus it became firm enough that I could roll it into little balls for the baby!  This was literally a lifesaver because up until this point I had been spoon feeding it to her--now I can just put 5 or 6 hummus balls on her tray and she can feed them to herself!

Easy Homemade Hummus Balls for Baby

1 15 ounce can chick peas (garbanzo beans)--drained, rinsed, and peeled (just pinch the beans between your fingers and they'll pop out of their skins--this is what makes hummus creamy and is essential if you're    just using a normal blender)

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/3 cup chopped red pepper, diced (I used small sweet peppers)

2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/8 teaspoon cumin

2 tablespoons water

The original recipe also called for the juice of half a lemon and 2 tablespoons of Tahini (sesame seed paste that you can buy or make yourself by lightly roasting sesame seeds and then blending them with olive oil).  I made my own Tahini but then realized that my sesame seeds were rancid so I ended up not using it--I completely forgot to add the lemon juice.  It tasted just great without these two ingredients (and ended up stiff enough to roll into balls once refrigerated--if you want creamier hummus and don't plan to roll it into balls for a wee one, add the lemon juice for sure).  

I sauteed my red peppers with the garlic for a few minutes in a splash of olive oil, then I added all of the ingredients into my Ninja and pureed until smooth.  After refrigerating, I pinched off pieces and rolled into balls--so easy, relatively not messy (unless she decides to smoosh a ball between her fingers, which sometimes she does :-P), and so much healthier then just giving her crackers!  I'll give her some hummus balls with cut up fruit or vegetables and she goes crazy! She lights up as soon as she sees me pull the hummus bag out of the fridge :-)
"Hummus for me?"

"Maybe I'll just have oneeee more..."

"Who am I kidding? I'll eat as much as I want!"

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Kids Easy Apron Pattern "Skull"

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If you're looking for a great kids easy apron pattern, then I've designed the perfect thing for you! Kids' aprons are a fun way to get kids more excited about helping out in the kitchen, but they're also a great way to keep the mess off of their clothes while eating (particularly with smaller children or if you have an especially messy eater--this work great as bibs even for babies because they're so full coverage)! This "Poison" apron pattern is fun and scary--my grandsons think that they're cool to wear! These are a perfect surprise to make your little monster for the month of Halloween! To download this free kids easy apron pattern, all you have to do is click HERE

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Cockroach Caramels: A Creepy Halloween Treat!


Looking for a creepy Halloween treat that you can scare your kids with or give to the neighbors for a Halloween surprise? These cockroach caramels are just what you're looking for!  Cockroach caramels are creepy, but they're also extremely yummy with their layers of creamy caramel and pecan crunch. Add some chocolate in there and you've got a recipe for screaming success!  You can download this recipe (including the instructions and tag label)  by clicking HERE!!!

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Halloween Table Runner Patterns "Frank"




Halloween is just around the corner and Halloween table runner patterns are a great way to get in a monster mood!  This Frank table runner pattern is a fun and cute way to brighten up your Halloween table! You can download this creepy Halloween table pattern by clicking HERE

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Tomato Basil Pasta


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Cheesecake factory tomato basil pasta


This is one of my favorite dishes from The Cheesecake Factory, so when a friend gave me a bundle of fresh basil from her garden, I knew this tomato basil pasta is what I wanted to make with it!  The sauce turned out really yummy but I wish I would have had some chicken to grill with it to put on top! I also used whole wheat penne pasta (gotta try to be healthy sometimes, right?)--if you don't like the taste of whole wheat pasta, then definitely stick to just normal penne!

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1 box penne pasta (around 13 ounzes), cooked to preference (I like mine a little softer)
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 bushel fresh basil, finely chopped (you could substitute dried basil...)
tomatoes, diced (I used a variety: I had about five smaller tomatoes from my garden that I chopped up,      then I added a can of stewed tomatoes to augment it a little bit...I love tomato so if I had had more I      probably would have put even a few more in there!)
1 can tomato sauce
garlic salt
a handful of Pepperjack cheese (I only had sliced cheese, so I tore up three slices)
Mozzarella cheese balls (you can buy these, or you can do what I did and just slice up a couple of              Mozzarella cheese sticks--it worked out just fine!)

Sautee the garlic on medium heat for a couple minutes (don't let it brown), and then add in the basil and the tomatoes.  Heat until bubbling and then add the tomato sauce and returning to bubbling.  Sprinkle with garlic salt (to taste) and add in the pepperjack cheese--stir until melted.  Lower the heat, add the mozzarella balls, cover and allow to heat through.  Just before serving, toss into your pasta (I sprayed my pasta with olive oil first just to moisten it a little since I had left it straining too long).  Optional: serve with grilled chicken.   Enjoy!
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Monday, September 2, 2013

Fall Centerpiece Idea




With Fall in the air, it's time to start decorating for the season with those warm Fall colors!  This Fall centerpiece is a charming way to bring in the rich oranges and vibrant yellows of Fall-time.  This centerpiece could be a great gift to give to a friend or a neighbor, and it would also make a great Thanksgiving centerpiece! We've put together a list of supplies and instructions so that you can create this great look in your own home!

To download the instructions for this centerpiece for FREE, click HERE

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