Easy Valentine Recipes | Chocolate Pretzel Hearts

valentine-pretzels

If you’re wanting some easy Valentine Recipes to make with the kids – here’s a super simple crowd pleaser!

These Chocolate Heart Pretzels only take minutes to make and are easy enough to let the kids help. Plus – you can send them to school for their class Valentine Party!

Keep reading for directions to make this and other easy Valentine recipes:

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Homemade Natural Peanut Butter Recipe

homemade natural peanut butter

Homemade Natural Peanut Butter

Recently I had the opportunity to review a Ninja Ultima Blender. We have enjoyed making smoothies almost every single day but wanted to venture out and try something new.. Several of my friends told me that they make homemade nut butters with their Ninja Ultima Blender so I thought I would give it a whirl. It was so easy to make homemade natural peanut butter and just took a few minutes from start to finish. Compared to the brand we were buying at the grocery store, it saved a few dollars too.

Homemade Natural Peanut Butter Recipe

Homemade Natural Peanut Butter Recipe

Ingredients

  • 16 oz jar unsalted roasted peanuts
  • 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • honey to taste (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add peanuts to Ninja Ultima Blender, pulse 3 times or until peanuts are finely chopped.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil, select speed 3 and flip the switch to START. Slowly increase to Speed 6 and process for a few seconds..
  3. Use a spatula to push mixture down.
  4. Add 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil select speed 3 and flip the switch to START. Slowly increase to Speed 6 and process until smooth.
  5. If needed add an additional 1/2 tablespoon olive oil.
  6. Can also add honey to taste. (optional)
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Crockpot Potato Soup Recipe (Cheesy & EASY!)

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Jamie here!  I love potato soup and I love using my crockpot – which is why this Crockpot Potato Soup recipe is in such heavy rotation at my house all winter.  Not that anyone’s complaining!  It’s loaded with flavor (and cheese) – so the kids love it.  But it’s also loaded with secret veggies, which I love (a whole bag of shredded carrots goes completely unnoticed by my picky eaters).

Now I’ve posted this Easy Cheesy potato soup recipe before with a crockpot version tacked on as an afterthought.  I thought I’d highlight the Crockpot Potato soup version all on it’s own since it seems to be more sought after. :)  UPDATE: I’ve updated this recipe to suggest putting the Velveeta in toward the end, since it sometimes starts to overcook and separate from the broth after all those hours in the crockpot :)

Here’s my go-to, tried and true, never fail recipe for Crockpot Potato Soup:

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Low Carb Chicken Recipes: Baked Chicken Fajitas

Chicken Fajitas

Recently, I’ve seen all kinds of yummy looking recipes all over facebook.  Since many are shared, and not linked to the original source I am a little leary of trying the recipe.  Anyone can type up a recipe, and find an image that appears to go with it.  So, when a recipe gets my attention I prefer to test it out in my kitchen.  Of course I am not a great recipe follower, so I tend to change up the ingredients a bit to suit my family’s taste.  We loved this recipe,  although it was a little spicy.  I  made homemade Mexican Brown rice to serve with the Baked Chicken Fajitas to complete the meal.  If you are looking for low carb chicken recipes,  I would suggest serving the chicken fajitas in lettuce wraps or whole grain tortillas.  Since we  completed our AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge, we are still following the principles of the eating plan so this recipe worked perfectly.  My husband and I both feel so much better and he has lost 43lbs (see our story here).
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25 Days of Christmas Fun: Delicious Christmas Mice Recipe

We thought it would be fun to start doing a post each night about a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

Crunchy Christmas Mice by our friend Carrie W!

Ahhhh…Christmas! I love this time of year! I love the lights, I love the decorations and most of all I love all of the fantastic crafts that tend to pop up all around us. In my family, I’ll be the first to admit, we have a few strange traditions that aren’t for the faint of heart.

One of these traditions is our Crunchy Christmas Mice! [Read more...]

25 Days of Christmas Fun: Christmas Morning Breakfast Casserole (Make-Ahead!)

We thought it would be fun to countdown to Christmas each night with a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

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Kasey’s Moms Breakfast Casserole

“Christmas” Sausage Strata  - My mom made this every year on Christmas morning for as long as I can remember.  Now, I do the same for my family.  Even though I don’t particularly like sausage, I love my mom’s Christmas Sausage Strata.  This week the kids and I are going to go ahead and prepare our Christmas Sausage Casserole for Christmas morning to put in the freezer.!  On Christmas Eve, I’ll take it out of the freezer and place in the fridge overnight to thaw out.  Then, on Christmas morning while we are opening gifts I’ll pop it in the oven.

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25 Days of Christmas Fun: Hot Ham & Cheese Sliders & Chocolate Pretzel Wreaths! Yummy & Delicious Recipes

We thought it would be fun to countdown to Christmas each night with a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

hot ham and cheese sliders

This week has been filled with Christmas baking at the Trenum home. Earlier this week, we made  Party Mix, Snowman Crunch, and Christmas sugar cookies!! I was feeling really behind, until then. Still lots of baking to do but at least we got started.  In case you are looking for easy recipes to make with your kids, my kids helped with these! During the month of December we are still following our healthy eating at meal time as often as possible but we do add in special treats we make.

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