Rainbow with a Pot of Gold Treats

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The other day I realized that although I am “busy” at home and never get a second to sit down because I’m cooking dinner or washing clothes or eating ore’s   working out, I don’t make enough time for fun things with the kids. The clothes can wait and my husband can go another day without clean underwear socks. I love to do fun things with the kids but just keeping them alive and the house clean is a full time job but I need to make more time for fun.

And I am fully aware St. Patrick’s day is over but I think you can make these treats any day of the week! I saw them on Molly Mesnick’s instagram from Jenny Cookies blog and had to make them!

I wish I would have videotaped my son’s expression when he saw this sitting in the seat when he got out of school. You would have thought it was publishers clearing house showing up at the car! And plus they were so easy to make!

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These are the ingredients you need. I found these twizzlers at walmart. When you are assembling the bags, put the twirlers in first then the rolo’s. 

I found the treat bags in the cake decorating section in walmart, then printed these super cute printable bag toppers from Harper Gray from Jenny Cookies blog! When you print them  out, fold them over and staple them to the bag. 

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Undercover Muffins with DOVE® Fruit

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My husband just got a well exam at his work and he came home saying his good cholesterol was too low. He researched ways to raise that level and one was dark chocolate! It just so happens DOVE® Fruit combines the wellness benefits of dark chocolate with fruits. So I thought I would buy him a few bags to munch on while I was in Wal-Mart.

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DOVE ®Whole Fruit (cherries, blueberries, and cranberries) dipped in dark chocolate is a delicious combination of real fruit dipped in silky smooth DOVE® Fruit Dark Chocolate.

Some mornings I like to go all out and make a big breakfast for my husband and our kids but this morning was not that morning. We have a lot going on and I needed a quick and healthy idea. I made some muffins with Dove Whole Blueberries hidden inside. I cooked some bacon for the family and served with sliced apples. 

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I normally would make homemade muffins but when I’m in a hurry a package muffin mix sure can be a stress reliever.

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First, I lined the muffin pan with muffin liners. I mixed the blueberry mix according to the package. My kids love the blueberry flavor anyway so it is perfect for this recipe!

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Next, I filled the muffin cups halfway full with muffin mix. Then I dropped 1 – 2 Dove Whole Fruit blueberries in the mix.  Then covered it with more batter.

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Bake according to the package, then serve!

My kids loved these muffins! And not only are they getting a little chocolate but they also love the surprise of biting into the blueberry in the middle. I am normally not a big dark chocolate fan but these real fruit bites have a nice balance of fruit and dark chocolate. I really enjoyed them!

And to make this an even more successful meal, I had all of this on the table for my kids in under 15 minutes! Every morning is different and this morning was extra rushed.  So I was thankful for a filling, healthy, and fun breakfast for the family.

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Funeral Sandwiches

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I have been obsessed with old recipes lately…like recipes passed down from generations or food you know the older ladies at church would bring to a potluck. 

I feel like I make the same food all the time so time to try out some new ideas!

I am in LOVE with this recipe and so is my family. Not only is it easy but the sauce is amazing! Literally I could drink it…and I might have on an occasion or 2. 

I NEVER buy store bought rolls because it’s to easy to make my own but for this recipe I decided to try it out. I think my rolls are just as good but mine never are as uniform as I would like. If you want to make your own bread, you can use this recipe. 

These are called funeral sandwiches because they are well known in the south as a dish you would bring to a funeral because you feed a lot of people.  But I am making these for a football watching party this weekend. This recipe feeds my family of 6 with extra for my husband’s lunch so if you need them to feed more, just double or triple the recipe. 

Do you have a favorite family recipe?

5.0 from 1 reviews

Funeral Sandwiches
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Great for parties, funeral, the big game and more
Ingredients
  • Sandwich:
  • 12 Dinner rolls
  • 12 slices Black Forest of Honey ham
  • 12 slices Swiss Cheese
  • Sauce:
  • 1 T butter, melted
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbs. Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
Instructions
  1. Mix together all ingredients for the sauce.
  2. Assemble sandwiches with the ham and cheese inside slices rolls.
  3. Brush tops of sandwiches with the sauce as well as the insides.
  4. Cover pan and refrigerate 4-24 hours.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes with the foil covering the sandwiches.
  6. Uncover and bake another 10-15 minutes.

 

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Planter’s Holiday Nut Crunch Cake Pops

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Planters is celebrating this Holiday season by putting out some super yummy products! I got my hands on some Planters holiday nut crunch at Wal-Mart this week and since my kids have been BEGGING to make cupcakes, I decided to do them one better and make homemade cake pops. I have attempted cake pops before they were a complete fail. So I came back and decided to figure out how to make these little slices of Heaven!

This step-by-step tutorial is a no-fuss guide to making the perfect cake pops but there are steps you need to know in order to make these a success! They aren’t hard to make but there are some little secrets I will let you in on.

First you need to grab your favorite Planters Holiday Nut crunch. At Wal-Mart there is this super cute Planters Nut Sleigh display that you cannot miss! Next time you are in Wal-Mart, look for this to find these specialty nuts. 

 Below are the kinds of nut you can find on the instore display at Wal-Mart:

 

  • Holiday Nut Crunch
  • Cocoa Almonds
  • Brittle Nut Medley
  • Winter Spiced Mix
  • Holiday Collection Tin

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And my little girl is just like me, the way to her heart is sweets!

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 First you bake a regular boxed cake mix according to the directions. I chose a devil’s food cake but you can also choose a white cake.  

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Let the cake cool then call in your best helpers to crush up the cake into a big bowl. You should have seen the look on these boys’ faces when I told them to tear up this cake…priceless!

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Next add 1 can of icing. Mix until it’s spread throughout and it looks like this:

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Next roll the “dough” into balls and set on a baking sheet. It’s better to err on the side of smaller balls than larger ones because once you add all the toppings they can get really heavy and fall off the sticks. Line it with either wax paper or a silicone baking sheet. Then place the baking sheet in the freezer. You can freeze overnight or just for an hour or so. 

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Next is a crucial step! Get the pops out of the freezer. Melt 2 squares of your almond bark. Dip the end of the cake pops sticks in the melted bark and stick in the balls. Be careful not to push all the way through. When you are done with all the sticks, place the pops in the refrigerator until you are ready to finish them. Dipping the sticks in chocolate helps keep the sticks attached to the balls. 

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Next, round up your toppings. First I got a bag of kettle corn from a local shop but you can also use just a bag of popcorn. You need to smash up the popcorn into smaller pieces or just grab the bottom kernels in the bag that are already small.

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Put the popcorn in a bowl. Next open the crushed up peppermint and place in a bowl. Lastly, get your Planters Holiday Nut Crunch. You will need your food processor to pulse this mix up a little. Not too much because you still want some texture but enough to where you can cram as much of it as you want on the cake pop.

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Below is how much I crushed up the nuts. I left them a little chunky.

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Now the fun part! First leave your cake pops in the fridge and take them out one by one when your ready to dip them in the chocolate. Melt 4 squares of your almond bark according to the package. 

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Do not dip the balls in right away. Let the chocolate cool for about 30 second. Next, carefully dip the balls in the chocolate. It’s sometimes hard to get the tops of the pops covered so use a spoon if you need to. Next let the extra chocolate drip off. Now this is important. If you start adding the toppings too soon, it will make the balls too heavy and they will drip off. Let the chocolate cool for about a minute then add the popcorn, peppermint and then top them off with the Planters Holiday Nut Crunch.

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Once you start making these, pull out your colander and let the pops dry by sticking them through the holes in the colander. The good thing about this is once you dip these in chocolate, it forms a barrier around the cake and will keep the cake moist for a while!

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Every Christmas I love to make Christmas cookies with the kids. This year why not try and make cake pops with them?! I let the kids dip their own, and decorate them as well and they had a blast making them and eating them.

5.0 from 1 reviews

Planter’s Holiday Nut Crunch Cake Pops
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Ingredients
  • Planters Holiday nut Crunch
  • 1 bag of crushed peppermint
  • 1 cake mix (and items you need to bake it) I used Devils food
  • 1 tub icing
  • 1 bag of popcorn
  • white chocolate almond bark
  • cake pop sticks
Instructions
  1. Bake the cake according to the directions on the box and let cool.
  2. Crumble up the cake in a big bowl.
  3. Add the tub of icing and mix with the cake.
  4. Roll the “dough” into balls and set on baking sheet and put in the freezer.
  5. Melt 2 squares of the almond bark.
  6. Take balls out of freezer. Dip end of pop sticks in the almond bark and stick into balls.
  7. Put in fridge until ready to finish making.
  8. Melt 4 squares of the almond bark and take out one by one and cover the balls in white chocolate. While the balls are not dried yet, put all toppings on.
  9. Let cool then serve.

 

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If you want to have even more fun with Mr. Peanut check out the Blippar app! You can scan your Planters Holiday Nut products, and a hologram pops of of Mr. Peanut! I had to show my kids because I told them it was snowing inside our house! haha!

You can get more info. on the seasonal nuts and you can even take a Selfie with Mr. Peanut and more! This App is actually really awesome! It uses image reconigtion to identify the product then creates a whole world right on your phone with fun things to do, recipes and even a loyalty program for you to check out. I had to show my husband because it was really cool! 

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Spicy White Chocolate Cheesecake with Tabasco Sauce

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Let me tell you a little story…one day a friend of mine and I, let’s call her Penelope, were comparing cheesecake recipes when she started telling me about her spicy cheesecake. My first thought was, “Uh no thanks!” I am ok with spicy and sweet treats but my cheesecake is OFF LIMITS! Cheesecake is all about sugar and fluffy cream, and if I do say so myself, my grandmother’s recipe is out of this world.

But I am Cajun and we live off Tabasco sauce so I decided to give this recipe a chance. I came home after buying some Tabasco sauce and realized we already had 3 bottles in our refrigerator so my husband was pretty thrilled when he saw I came home with another bottle. He has been using it on everything lately and I told him of my plans for my spicy cheesecake. 

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I figured he would throw up his hands and exclaim I could never change my recipe but he didn’t! He was totally on board and couldn’t wait to try it! I mean he uses the Jalapeño Tabasco sauce and Original Red on everything, why not try it in a cheesecake??! I had to make a dessert for our Thanksgiving dinner so why not bring this as some of our delicious party food

And don’t be intimidated. When I first made this cheesecake I was a little nervous because I had never attempted a cheesecake before but this one is easy as pie.

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I went shopping at my local grocery store and found the Tabasco original Red Sauce, the Green Jalapeño Pepper, and Chipotle flavored sauces and scooped all of them up!

Below is the step by step instructions on how to make this cheesecake…your welcome!

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First grind up half a box of cinnamon graham crackers! The secret to this yummy crust is the cinnamon graham crackers! Once they are finely grinded, put in a bowl and add a stick of melted butter. Stir, then put in a greased springform pan and cook for 8-10 minutes at 325 degrees. 

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Then put 3 cream cheese 8 oz. blocks in a mixer and beat until smooth. Gradually add 1 1/4 cup sugar. Add 3 large eggs, one at a time. Stir in 8 ounces of sour cream. Pour in half a bag of white chocolate chips.

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As you can see my  crust is not very level. It comes with the territory of not being a perfectionist. Feel free to make yours prettier than mine ;-) Pour the filling on top of the pie crust and cook at 350 degrees for 1 hour 5 minutes. Turn oven off and partially open the oven door. Let stand in oven for 15 minutes. Let cool on countertop. Cover and chill for 8 hours in refrigerator.

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Next is the fun part..sauce making! To make the spicy sauce for the top of the cheesecake, pour half a jar of strawberry fruit spread. Add 1/2 cup of sugar and let heat up until the sugar is melted. 

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I added 1/2 teaspoon of Jalapeño Tabasco sauce. This is where you can take creative liberties because if you like spicy you can add more. I kept tasting mine until I got the right level of spicy. It was a mild spicy taste since the Jalapeño is a milder spicy flavor so it wasn’t too hot. And just to kick it up a notch, I also added a little bit of the Tabasco original Red sauce. It depends on your taste but I added 1/4 teaspoon and it made it the perfect amount of spicy to balance out the tremendous amount of sweet in the cheesecake.I served this at our Thanksgiving dinner and it was a hit!

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Once the cheesecake is cooled, add the topping and let it chill in the fridge for 8 hours. 

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Happy Holidays from our family to yours! I served this delicious cheesecake at our Thanksgiving dinner at my sister-in-law’s house. And with Christmas coming up, this is a recipe you will want to try out at your family dinner! Life is too short not to have a little spice in your life.

4.6 from 7 reviews

Spicy White Chocolate Cheesecake with Jalapeño Tabasco Sauce
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups or half a box of cinnamon graham crackers
  • ½ cup butter
  • 3-8 oz cream cheese blocks
  • 1¼ cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • half a bag of white chocolate chips
  • half a jar of strawberry fruit spread
  • ½ t Jalapeño Tabasco Sauce
  • ¼ t of Original Red Tabasco sauce or to taste
  • ½ cup sugar
Instructions
  1. Heat over to 350 and combined crushes graham crackers and ½ cup butter. Firmly press into a greased springform pan. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cool.
  2. Beat Cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually add sugar.
  3. Add one egg at a time.
  4. Stir in sour cream then fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Pour batter into crust.
  6. Bake at 325* for 1 hour and 5 minutes. Turn oven off.
  7. Partially open oven door and let stand in oven for 15 minutes.
  8. Remove from over and let cool.
  9. Add fruit spread and remaining ½ cup sugar to sauce pan and let melt.
  10. Add hot sauces to taste.
  11. Let cool then add to top of cheesecake.
  12. Cool in fridge for 8 hours.

 

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