Butter Nip Cake Shots

Butter Nip Cupcakes

If you’re entertaining and planning on a crowd, these boozy little cake shots will be a serious crowd pleaser. The cakes are enhanced with butterscotch and Irish Cream liqueurs, and iced with a coffee liqueur and espresso whipped frosting. Attractive and addictive, these little cakes will be the hit of the party! Butter Nip Cake Shots Makes 9 dozen mini-cupcakes Ingredients 1 cup butter, at room temperature 2 cups sugar 1/2 cup butterscotch liqueur (like Buttershots Schnapps) 1/2 cup Irish cream {Read More}

Yoplait Light Banana Smoothie with Peanut Butter Drizzle

Banana Smoothie

Many thanks to Yoplait for sponsoring today’s story and encouraging me to create a snack hack with Yoplait Light! Watching what I eat has been a long time struggle for me. It is a sad confession day when I tell you that I have been considered plus size since I was around eight years old. No matter how many diets I tried, I have never been able to achieve that perfectly thin body. So today I am cheering for healthy {Read More}

$200 and a Day in the Kitchen: 20+ Delicious Meals

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Recently, I started this whole journey of meal planning, and devoting some time to prepare and shop for a “menu” for the week for my family.  We were all sick of the old “open up the fridge and stare blankly only to discover that there were no fresh proteins, and eventually ending up resorting to pasta and sauce… AGAIN routine.” Over the last few months I have been trying some new recipes and modifying them to find my family’s favorites, {Read More}

15 New Year’s Eve Drink Recipes

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Mixed Berry Bellinis Made with Moscato d’Asti Recipe by Hot Eats and Cool Reads Lemon Ball Drop by illi style Very Berry Moscato by The Grant Life Green Apple Martini Recipe by Hot Eats and Cool Reads Cranberry Sparkler Mocktail by Cupcakes & Kale Chips Raspberry Champagne by wishfulchef Champagne Jello Shots Recipe by Practically Functional Simple Mojito Recipe by The Grant Life New Year’s Cocktail with Pomegranate and Champagne by A Tossed Salad Life Strawberry Champagne Bellini by Practically {Read More}

Caramelized Onion Crostini with Bacon and Pecans

Caramelized Onion Crostini

Caramelized Onion Crostini with Bacon and Pecans Ingredients: 2 Tbsp. Butter 1 Medium Onion, thinly sliced 1 teas. Sugar 1 teas. Garlic Powder 1 pkg. Cream Cheese ¾ teas. Salt ½ teas. Pepper 1 Baguette ½ Cup Pecans, toasted and chopped 6 Slices Bacon, cooked crispy and crumbled Instructions: #1. Melt Butter in a pan over medium high heat and add the Onion stirring occasionally. #2. When the onions start to brown reduce heat to medium and add the sugar, {Read More}

Homemade Thin Mints + Printable Gift Tag

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Girl Scout cookie season has come and gone and I’ve been craving Thin Mints recently. You know, the yummy minty chocolate covered cookies? Did you know that you can make them at home for a fraction of the price? They are just as good and so easy to make. All you need are some Ritz crackers and mint chocolate and BAM, you’ve got homemade Thin Mints. With the holidays around the corner I like to make up a few extra {Read More}

Rice Krispie Treat Christmas Trees

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Rice Krispie Treat Christmas Trees Things Needed: 1 8 ct package of Original Kellogg’s Rice Krispie Treats Wilton kelly green decorating icing (located in the Wilton section at craft stores and major retailers) Wilton plastic tips (located right next to the frosting) Mini M&M baking bits (locate dint he baking section however, they are not carried at all stores. You can use regular size M&M’s if needed) Pretzel sticks Kitchen knife Directions: #1. Open each Rice Krispie treat and discard {Read More}

Ranch Oyster Crackers

Ranch Snack Crackers

Looking for an easy to make holiday treat? Ranch Oyster Crackers are a huge favorite in my home this time of year. The kids not only love to munch on them during snacktime but we also found they make an excellent gift idea. Simply take the recipe below and add the finished goodies to a mason jar, decorate festively and gift. Happy holidays! Ranch Oyster Crackers Ingredients: 1 package of oyster crackers 1 individual packet of ranch seasoning package 1/3 {Read More}

Toffee & Butterscotch Oatmeal Spice Cookies + Holiday Baking Giveaway

Toffee & Butterscotch Oatmeal Spice Cookies

As a mom, I am always looking for ways to make snack time as healthy as possible. I found with The Pure Pantry I can have a bit of both sides: deliciously sweet and natural, gluten-free ingredients. I know for some this way of life is a must and for others it is a choice. In either situation, I believe it is hard at times to find desserts that offer the features that we are looking for. Without this mix, {Read More}

Mini Milestones: Celebrating Your First Pet

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Does your family celebrate mini milestones?  If not, then you should begin looking at these smaller, but still significant milestones in life as a chance to join together with your family for a mini celebration.  One of the most memorable mini milestones we have celebrated is our kids very first pet.  It is such a big choice, responsibility and of course a great way to bond as a family.  We love how we can enjoy mini milestones like this with {Read More}

How to make Cornish Pasties

Cornish Pasties

The first references to pasties appeared in the 13th Century, during the reign of Henry III.The pasty was common in the 16th and 17th centuries but didn’t really become what we now know as a “Cornish Pasty” until around 200 years ago. By the end of the 18th century it was the staple diet of working men across Cornwall. Miners and farm workers took this portable and easy to eat food with them to work. The size and shape of {Read More}

Sinfully Yummy Experience: Cheesy Bacon Fries

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If you’re looking for the perfect weekend snack check out these cheesy bacon fries. Having most of the stuff on hand for these yummy cheesy bacon fries makes them the perfect cheesy snack that are done in less than 45 minutes. I like to make these when my husband is working and I don’t have to share. Cheesy Bacon Fries 1 package of frozen steak fries, any brand 1 jar of Cheez Whiz 8 slices of bacon, chopped Seasoning salt {Read More}

Bacon Cornbread Muffins

Bacon Cornbread Muffin

Looking for an easy but different side dish to go with dinner? Add some bacon and frozen corn to a simple cornbread mix and you have a hearty side to go with any fall meal. The bacon and corn are perfect additions and easy to throw in. Bacon Cornbread Muffins Ingredients: 1 package of cornbread mix ½ cup bacon pieces, cooked and chopped ½ cup frozen or canned sweet corn Directions: Preheat the oven to the cornbread package directions. Combine the cornbread {Read More}

Strawberry Lemonhead Cupcake Recipe

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When I was a little girl (in the 90s), I lived near a little shopping area that had my grandmother’s bookstore in it.  A few shops down from hers was a “penny candy store”.  It was run by a retired man who charged just enough for the candy to pay to keep the store open.  It was his hobby and for those of us in the area who knew about it, it was our joy.  One of my absolute favorite {Read More}

Garlic Chicken and Broccoli

Garlic Chicken and Broccoli

Garlic Chicken and Broccoli Ingredients: 2lbs Boneless Skinless chicken breasts (cubed) 1lb broccoli florets (steamed) 4 cloves of garlic (crushed) 5 tablespoon of butter 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 cup of white wine 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon oregano 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese Directions: Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a large skillet. Add 1/2 of the crushed garlic and saute for 2 minutes. Add chicken to the skillet {Read More}