What can I say about my neighbors? They have all been so incredible to us, the ones we know. I don’t have a very outgoing personality so I’m often intimidated to talk to new people. However, with our kids being in school together and now in sports together, I’ve really been blessed to have some awesome and helpful neighbors (that I now know).
I wanted to do something amazing for them but since I’ve got a baby in the hospital, a kindergartner, and two more older boys – my life has been pretty chaotic lately. I remember I saw some chocolate dipped marshmallows years ago and remembered how awesome they looked, so I went to Orson Gygi, grabbed some sucker sticks and some chocolate and got right to work. You begin by skewering 3 larger marshmallows on 8″ sucker sticks. Next, it can be a little tricky tempering your chocolate so read this post here for an easy microwave version. Make sure you have your toppings ready too. Here I have flaked coconut that I toasted in a 350• oven for 6 minutes and I also used (and already ate) some Butterfinger Baking Bits. For the coconut, I used white chocolate; and for the Butterfingers, I used milk chocolate.
Line a tray with some parchment and get going! Dip your marshmallows into the chocolate making sure you get a good enough coating around all the sides of the marshmallow. You’ll then roll it in your topping mixture.
It can be messy and some of the chocolate will try to come out but save those extra bits for later, you’ll thank me. Now just place them on your parchment and allow them to get hard. Place them in a clear cellophane bag and tie with a fun ribbon. Think about adding these same toppings to caramel apples, some of the best I’ve tasted!It doesn’t get any easier than skewering and dipping. Friends will be thankful that you took the time to do something homemade for them yet they won’t care how simple it is – its solely the thought that counts. Merry Christmas!
I’m incredibly lucky to get to guest post on some of my favorite blogs and one of them is Made From Pinterest. They take inspiration from Pinterest and create crafts, recipes and everything in between. I made these delicious Mini Icebox Lemon Pies a few weeks ago and it was too good not to share with you! All it takes is 4 ingredients and a little patience, that’s the worst part of this whole thing.
1 pkg of 6 mini graham cracker crust premade pie shells (Keebler)
3 lemon flavored yogurt (I prefer Yoplait)
Take the mini graham cracker pie shells and place them on a baking sheet to make them easy to transfer later. Now take your yogurts and use half of the container in each of the crusts. Don’t be stingy, scrape all the goodness out of there!
Transfer it to the freezer and allow it to set up for at least 2 hours. You can have them sit overnight if you wanted to but have them soften for about 30 minutes before you serve if you’re going to freeze them for that long.
I like to buy the whipping cream in the container and whip it in my KitchenAid stand mixer with about a 1/4 cup of sugar. If you don’t have one of those or just want to save some time, grab some Reddi Whip. We’re not kidding ourselves when we try not to act like we don’t squirt a little in our mouths once in a while. Just some do it more that others…
This is so much fun to try in different flavors of yogurt and really great for a summer snack. I remember when I was young that a babysitter made a 9″ version of this with strawberry yogurts and it tasting so good. You definitely have the opportunity to make it a lot lighter and healthier with Greek yogurt too. Good luck and I hope you enjoy!
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Like many of my recipes, I like easy, I like fast and I like no fuss but don’t get me wrong, I want flavor. One of my favorite chefs is Ina Garten but some of her recipes can call for weird ingredients and no shortcuts so it can be a little daunting. I decided to make her French Apple Tart and do it an easy, mini version that will take up less time and to do it in a way that is more practical to the everyday mother.
So for myself I went and picked up items of convenience. Of course there is the puff pastry sheets, the granny smith apples and the apricot jelly. Everything else I had on hand. If you wanted to prepare the apples ahead of time, go ahead and use a bit of freshly squeezed lemon juice on them to prevent them from turning brown. Another one of my weapons is my Samsung Galaxy Avant that I just picked up for $149 on Walmart Family Mobile. It helped me follow Ina’s simple instructions to a T and was a total resource for my scattered mind.
Mini Apple French Tart Recipe
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Lindsay aka Frenchie
Serves: 12 tarts
I’ve recreated Ina Garten’s classic French Apple Tart to meet today’s convenience for moms.
1 pkg Puff Pastry Sheets
4 Granny Smith Apples
4 Tbsp. unsalted Butter
3 Tbsp. Apricot Jelly
Lemon Juice if needed
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Thaw your Puff Pastry Sheets either overnight in the fridge or at room temperature for 40 minutes and unwrap.
Use two sheet pans and lay out each sheet of dough onto each sheet pan.
Cut each puff pastry into 6 sections. Once lengthwise and twice widthwise.
*Be sure to keep dough as cold as possible until you are ready to put it in the oven.
Cut your Granny Smith apples in half lengthwise and core. Now cut off the tops and bottoms to keep out any of the stems. Just like Ina says, she doesn’t use the ends because she likes to keep the tart looking beautiful.
Slice your apples about 1/4″ thick and place them on the diagonal directly on the puff pastry.
Once all your tarts are complete, sprinkle each tart with some granulated sugar and dot lightly with unsalted butter. Do not go heavy on the butter, you won’t get the crispy edges. 🙁
Bake at 400 degrees for 25 min. watching to make sure that there are no bubbles forming in your dough. If there is, just poke it with a fork to release the air. Once your pastries are removed, just put some of the Apricot Jelly in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds. Brush that on your pastries and they are ready to serve.
So another great way to utilize my secret weapon is use your data for a shopping trip. Pinterest is a great resource while your shopping. Ideally it’s something you want to lock down before but we don’t always have our ducks in a row. If someone asks you to make dinner for a family or you decided right then and there to try something new, head to Pinterest and try the popular page for some great resources. It’s not how it used to be where we used to have to rely on hard bound cookbooks or word of mouth to see if something was worth trying. If something was not good, people will let that be known!
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So tell me, which recipe on Pinterest have you been dying to try?
Nothing is better than taking something that you never thought was possible and turning it into something rad. That totally happened with this cake and some Trix cereal. Who doesn’t love funfetti cake? Whoever doesn’t is clearly losing in life! You have to try this cake and don’t forget to get the box that has the Skylanders on it. You get the Skystones game and it’s so fun to play with the kids. I’ll explain that in a bit.
So for the cake, you’ll want to soak 1 1/2 cups of cereal in a small amount of milk for about 2-3 minutes just to soften the cereal so you don’t get chewy/gross pieces in your cake. Not drowned it, just moisten them.
My secret and my best ever advice is to go to your favorite bakery and ask to buy some of their frosting. They’ll usually sell it by the pound. My local bakery sells it for $5/lb. and it’s much more time efficient and tastes much better than store bought frosting. I prefer the cream cheese frosting for this recipe and you could even add some softened Trix cereal into it as well. I wanted a cleaner look to the cake and added the Skylanders character, Spyro, to the top. I was almost tempted to paint him gold but I refrained. I added the Trix cereal all along the edge just for another extra touch.
Now for the best part, Skystones! Hidden inside select boxes of General Mills cereal, you’ll find it specially marked with Skylanders, is a special pack of Skystones. On the back of each box is the game board and you can collect up to 4 boxes of Skystones to unlock special characters in the mobile Skylanders game. If you’ve played the video game before, this is just a physical game of the card game. On the cards you have a character and each side has a number of ‘arrows’ and you want to put that card next to a card with less ‘arrows’. If you have more ‘arrows’, you’ll be able to turn that card around to either blue or red, depending on which team you are. The whole point is that you want to dominate the board. I really hope I explained this so that you parents understand it, lol. I do much better in laymen terms and I’m a visual learner.
With that being said, I had some of our neighbor boys come over with my boys and we opened our box that came in the mail. These boys were so excited. I let them take home an empty box of course, I can’t let them take my GM cereal! My boys were pretty funny afterwards and we’re trying to trade cards. I’m glad I got that civil moment on tape.
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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #KreateMyHappy #CollectiveBiasI’m so excited for Easter and another treat I love are Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats. How fun are these Rice Krispies Spring Flowers? They were so quick to make and my daughter and I had a blast making them. All we needed were some additional mini marshmallows and M&M’s. Get your kids into the kitchen and start creating! Of course, you can’t start creating until you run to your nearest Target and get all the goodies first though…
So I grabbed a small biscuit cutter and cut some circles, really only the size of $.50 pieces. I placed some JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows into a small microwaveable cup and nuked them for 20 seconds. This was my glue! I just dipped one end into the cup and them places the M&M’s into a flower pattern onto the Rice Krispies Treat.
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So when I first thought about making this recipe, I thought about making them from scratch. You can most definitely find a quick bread recipe and add in the DOVE® Fruitand create them that way but I need things easy in my life lately. I ran to Walmart and grabbed all three flavors and a box mix of blueberry muffins, any brand will do.
Mix everything according to package directions omitting the blueberries that they include and instead chop up some of the chocolate covered Whole Cherries by DOVE® Fruit. I like using these rather than the included ‘fruit’ because DOVE® Fruit is actual fruit covered in Dove’s delicious chocolate rather than those tiny micro ‘blueberries’.
Chocolate Covered Cherry Breakfast Muffins
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Author: Lindsay aka Frenchie
Boxed Muffin Mix
DOVE® Fruit in Cherry
Preheat oven according to package. Mix muffin mix according to package directions. Chop DOVE® Fruit cherries and fold them into the batter. Scoop into lined cupcake pan and cook according to package directions.
Fold the cherries into your batter and cook according to your package directions. Cool then serve. Tastes delicious with some butter or better yet, serve it up with some eggs and bacon. Check out some more of DOVE® Fruit recipe ideas here. Make sure you guys grab this special coupon to get $1 off a pouch 6.0oz or bigger, HUGE savings!
I had so much fun making these cookies. Super simple and such great tips from the fabulous Alison! All the instructions are in there to complete them step for step and even if you make mistakes. What more can you ask for?
The Alison Show is a crazy fun, creative blog and she put together a whole course about sugar cookies, this course cost $30 and it’s really worth every penny. I realized every mistake I was doing before. She really gives a comprehensive recipe that makes a dang good cookie. In my cookies I added almond extract and lots of lemon juice in the royal icing. I usually buy the Wilton colors for the dye but I used the Americana and I really liked the outcome and I recommend those. The cookies are delicious and last forever and figuring out what theme I wanted was even more fun. I know I’ll be making these in the future!
Do you ever make something and just say ‘I am so awesome, I created awesomeness!’? Well, after you make these Fleur De Sel Caramel, you will absolutely be giving yourself a high-five. I am also really excited to be teaming up with other bloggers and showing you all different kinds of sweet treats for the holidays so be sure and scroll down to the bottom to check out all the recipes!
Heavy Bottom Saucepan
Wax or Parchment Paper
Knife and Food Scissors
13″x9″ Casserole Pan
This is another one of my Grandma’s recipes that is a go to for my family. I’m really fortunate to have my sweet Grandma so close to me. She’s pretty funny and fun. She’s always making jokes and singing songs to us. I always remember as a child being able to go to the side of her house and pick raspberries and then she’d make us raspberries and cream. Those are the kind of memories I hope to pass on but for now, its blogging and I’ve got a permanent journal online!
2 Cups Sugar,
1 1/2 Cups Dark Corn Syrup,
1/2 lb. Butter,
1/2 Pint Cream,
2 tsp Vanilla Extract,
Fleur De Sel (French Salt),
Combine the sugar, corn syrup and butter in a saucepan and bring to a boil up until 234 degrees. Boil for 5 minutes, keeping the temperature the same. Remove from heat and add your cream, vanilla and a pinch of fleur de sel. Mix well and pour into lined and greased casserole pan.
*I live in Utah, which is high altitude – the temperature that is ideal to heat to is 234 degrees. When we lived in Portland, closer to sea level – we found a temperature of 242 degrees was ideal. You want to heat it so that it will have a consistency of a soft ball. Another good way to check is put your hot sugar in a glass of cold water, scoop it out and taste it that way.
This was also my first time making caramel by myself so there were some tricks I learned. I poured my caramel into a half sheet pan and they were just too thin, so I’d recommend using a casserole pan. Also, line that pan with some wax or parchment paper that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Once your caramel have come to temperature, pour the mixture into the pan and let it cool in the fridge uncovered. Leave it in there about 2-3 hours and then after that, you can pull it out and lift your caramel straight out. Sprinkle with the Fleur De Sel and use your scissors to now cut up your caramel into squares.
I’m going to be using this for neighbor gifts this year. I grabbed these empty paint gift jars from The Container Store but you can also grab them from Michaels. Tie with a cute ribbon and a gift tag and it’s one of the least expensive gifts you’ll ever give!
Again make sure you check out these awesome treats below and add yours to the link!