Homemade Apple Chips

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Last week  my hubby and I ran into TJMaxx to look for some new pants. With his 42 lb weight loss, nothing fit. At the checkout line they had bags of yummy apple chips that looked delicious, until we saw the $8.99 price tag. Seriously $8.99 for a bag of apple chips? No way, not when I knew I could figure out how to make them for much cheaper. Here is an easy recipe for homemade apple chips. With just a few simple steps, you’ll have freshly baked apple chips and your kitchen will smell amazing!

This recipe is AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge friendly.

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CopyCat Chick Fil A Frosted Lemonade

 

My friend, Cortney, has been telling all about Chick-Fil-A’s new Frosted Lemonade. Although, I’m trying to stay away from sweets, I think this will be a fun summertime treat for my kiddos. You can buy pre-made lemonade at the grocery store, or opt for a lower sugar version with lemonade flavored Crystal Light. This recipe is so easy your kids may be able to jump right in and help. Perfect for a hot summer afternoon!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Lemonade (you could also use Lemonade Crystal Light for a lower sugar version)
  • 2 cups Vanilla Ice Cream (optional sugar free lemonade)
  • Lemons for garnish (Optional)

Directions:

  1. Blend lemonade and ice cream together.
  2. Serve in chilled glasses and garnish with lemon slices.

**Make sure to use a good quality Ice Cream otherwise it can get foamy when blended.

 

You might also want to try these other Summer Dessert Recipes!

4th of July Cake Ideas …. Firecracker Cookie Cake!

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4th of July cake ideas… Firecracker Cookie Cake

Nothing says 4th of July food quite like a cookout (although this crockpot barbecue chicken recipe is a pretty close second ;))  And while I like a good cheeseburger as much as the next guy, If I’m honest, I’m really just killing time until dessert.  If you’re looking for some new 4th of July cake ideas to bring out after the burgers and brats, I think you’ll love this one!

I made this Firecracker Cookie Cake last year for the kids because I was short on time and patience.  It was a big hit, so I’ll probably make it again this year.  I let the older boys create the fireworks display with sprinkles – so they could feel like they contributed to the party prep.

This 4th of July Cookie Cake was super easy to make.  Bake a package of refrigerated cookie dough into a 12″ pan to make a huge cookie.  That takes about 15 minutes and requires only 1 dirty dish – the cookie pan. (Praise Jesus!)

Next, spread frosting over the top of the cookie and using red, white and blue sprinkles, create a pattern of fireworks bursting.

For an evening spent outside in the heat, you can’t beat a cookie cake.  Your guests can grab a slice and plop down on a blanket to watch the real fireworks put on a show.  Easy to make, easy to eat, and virtually no mess.  That’s my kind of cake!

 

4th of July Cake Ideas …. Firecracker Cookie Cake!

Ingredients

  • Package of refrigerated cookie dough (around 16 oz)
  • Can of frosting
  • Red, White & Blue Candy Sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Spread cookie dough into a 12" round pan, like a pizza pan
  3. Press dough together and make sure it's spread evenly
  4. Bake 15 - 20 minutes, or until golden
  5. Cool completely and decorate
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A cookie cake would also make a great backdrop for a “fruity” fireworks display – I may try that this year!

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You might also want to checkout this Patriotic Punch Bowl Cake

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and this ultimate cookout side - Cheesy Grilled Potatoes in Foil Packets

 

Baked Cheese Sticks

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Cheese sticks are so yummy, but since they are deep fried we usually avoid them. This recipe for a healthier version of baked cheese sticks will even please the pickiest kids. With the yummy crunch on the outside and hot melted cheese on the inside it’s a perfect afternoon snack or appetizer. Plus, they are easy to make! Give it a try and see how much you’ll love them! For more healthy recipes click here.

 

Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 12 sticks of string cheese in your choice of cheese – I used mozzarella
  • 2 tbsp of flour
  • 5 tbsp of bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp of parmesan cheese
  • a tad of olive oil, or cooking spray

In Process 1

Cut the cheese sticks in half, making 24 slices, then freeze the slices in the freezer until completely frozen.

In Process 2
Beat the egg in a small bowl. Use a separate bowl to combine the bread crumbs and parmesan cheese.

To bread the cheese sticks: First dip the frozen cheese stick into the flour, then into the egg, then into the bread crumb mixture.

In Process 3
Once all of the cheese sticks are coated, place them on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil coated with a few drops of olive oil or sprayed with cooking spray (this helps keep them from sticking).

Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for about 4 minutes, or until crisp. Watch them closely so they don’t melt completely! Serve with marinara sauce and enjoy!

Baked Cheese Sticks
 
Ingredients
  • 12 sticks of string cheese in your choice of cheese – I used mozzarella
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp of flour
  • 5 tbsp of bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp of parmesan cheese
  • a tad of olive oil, or cooking spray
Instructions
  1. Cut the cheese sticks in half, making 24 slices, then freeze the slices in the freezer until completely frozen.
  2. Beat the egg in a small bowl. Use a separate bowl to combine the bread crumbs and parmesan cheese.
  3. To bread the cheese sticks: First dip the frozen cheese stick into the flour, then into the egg, then into the bread crumb mixture.
  4. Once all of the cheese sticks are coated, place them on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil coated with a few drops of olive oil or sprayed with cooking spray (this helps keep them from sticking).
  5. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for about 4 minutes, or until crisp. Watch them closely so they don’t melt completely!
  6. Serve with marinara sauce and enjoy!

 
For more healthy recipes click here.

Freezer Lasagna Recipe

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Jamie here, If you’re looking for an easy make-ahead meal for busy nights, you absolutely can’t lose with this Freezer Lasagna Recipe!  I love recipes like this for days when we want to be lazy at the pool all afternoon and come home to a hearty meal :)

This is SO SO GOOD – it’s the ultimate thick, layered comfort lasagna.  If you like cheesy recipes, get ready!  This is chock full of cheese and meat and lovely starches – make this in advance and you’ll always be just an hour away from homemade lasagna heaven :)

The great thing about this this freezer lasagna version, os you can prep all the ingredients on a lazy Sunday afternoon and pull it out on a crazy Thursday to give yourself a break.

This is my basic recipe, but it’s extremely versatile in that you can add veggies, leave out the meat, and change it up all kinds of ways!

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Make-Ahead Lunchbox Snack Bags (10¢ per Baggie!)

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Make-Ahead Lunchbox Snack Bags

Jamie here! All my kids are home for the summer now – but with all of our running around to parks, pools and whatnot, it’s tempting to grab “snack-size” items to throw in my bag.  But then I remember just how much I save when I use this simple trick and I am determined to pinch my pennies so we can do more of the fun stuff we love!

I get 4 kids off to school each morning, and that can be a crazy task when I’m  also helping people find their “favorite socks” and last night’s homework – or being called-in to solve a cow-lick crisis in the upstairs bathroom.  Not to mention – this girl is not a morning person AT ALL.  My mom always tells me that if I’ll just stop staying up late I’ll become a morning person, no problem!  Well I’ll tell you something – that dog don’t hunt.

 

Anyway – I try to make things ahead to help myself out in the mornings – like making sandwiches in advance and freezing them (Just like lunchables!  They thaw to the perfect softness by noon) and I also make the entire week’s snack bags in advance.

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Easy Summer Salsa Recipe (Great for Cookouts!)

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Easy Summer Salsa Recipe

Jamie here, my husband’s favorite words that come out of my mouth are probably “I think I’ll make Salsa today!”  His face lights up, as do the boys’, with unadulterated joy.  It’s an understatement to say that my whole family loves Mexican food – so when I make my salsa recipe, I usually do a triple batch.  That way I can use it over the next few days in any other Mexican recipes I wind up cooking.  Plus – it tastes even BETTER the second day…

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Patriotic Punch Bowl Cake: Memorial Dessert Recipe

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If you’ve been searching through Memorial Day dessert recipes, you may want to consider making this Patriotic Punch Bowl Cake.  It’s super easy to make and so yummy! You can use a store bought angel food cake, or make a cake yourself.  The great thing about punch bowl cakes, is that you can vary the ingredients and type of cake to suit your fancy.  Yellow cake, white cake, and pound cake are just a couple of varieties that could be substituted.  This Memorial Day recipe looks very patriotic with the red, white, and blue color combination from the strawberries, blueberries, and whipped topping.   [Read more...]