Carrot Cake Blondies Recipe

Carrot Cake Blondies Recipe

You guys…. Fall is almost HEEERE!  Yesterday Kasey posted this totally amazing-looking Loaded Pumpkin Blondies - which reminded me about this older recipe for carrot cake blondies that are also perfectly suited for Fall!
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Here’s an uncommonly easy recipe for Carrot Cake Blondies that will take you 10 minutes of prep time and half an hour in the oven.  So you’ve got about 40 minutes until you can stuff these in your face with a glass of milk.
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You’ll need a boxed carrot cake mix, any kind should do, and a couple eggs and butter.  If you have that, you’re ready to roll on basic blondies.
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Now, I added in a White Chocolate Chips to balance out the word carrot – but my scant 1/2 cup wasn’t really enough.  Go with a full cup if you know what’s good for you.   Not done tampering, I also added a couple tablespoons of applesauce to my recipe to see if they would turn out a bit more moist – but I found that it didn’t affect the finished product in a noticeable way.  Still – if you have applesauce to hand, might as well go ahead and toss in a little.  That way you can say that this counts as eating your vegetables AND fruits. ;)
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Put the eggs, melted butter, applesauce and cake mix in a bowl and  blend it all together with a hand mixer until it’s a thick pasty consistency.  Then hand-stir in the white chocolate chips.
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Here’s what it looks like after you squish it down in the pan and spread it evenly with the back of your spoon….

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And here’s what it looks like 25 – 30 minutes later….

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And here’s what it looks like once you drizzle some white chocolate over the top….

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And here’s what it looks like when you sit down with a glass of milk and call all the kids in for a yummy treat, just because you are the best mom ever.

These went over so well, I’m thinking I’ll make them for Easter as well, except I’ll probably put cute little icing carrots on top.  :)  Let us know how they turn out for you!

Carrot Cake Blondies Recipe

Carrot Cake Blondies Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 Boxed Carrot Cake Mix
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 5 Tablespoons of Melted Butter (that's just a spoonful more than 1/2 stick)
  • 1 Cup White Chocolate Chips
  • 3 Tablespoons of Applesauce
  • Extra white chocolate chips for topping (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.  
  2. Spray a 9 x 13" glass baking dish or cake pan with cooking spray.  
  3. In a mixing bowl, blend cake mix, eggs, melted butter and applesauce on medium until fully incorporated.  
  4. Stir in white chocolate chips and spread into greased pan.  
  5. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.  
  6. Melt 1/4 cup of white chocolate and a 1/4 tsp of shortening in the microwave for 20 seconds, stir until smooth.  
  7. Drizzle across the blondies and let cool on a baking rack for 30 minutes.
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Easter Clearance Around Town | 75% OFF at Walmart, 70% OFF at Target, Walgreens!

Easter Clearance Around Town – 70% OFF at Target, Walgreens

Just a reminder to get out there this weekend if you’re wanting to take advantage of any Easter Clearance!  I know that Target has theirs down to 70% OFF (although I believe the candy is still at 50%).  And last night I hit up Walgreens where they had EVERYTHING Easter at 70% OFF.  I assume CVS does too – but I haven’t had time to run there yet (Anyone been there?)

Walmart is confirmed to have their Easter Clearance 75% OFF now.

I got these huge Reese’s Eggs for youth group game night prizes – IF it can make it that long… (oh the little lies we tell ourselves when we buy candy!)

Easter Clearance finds are great for tucking in your Easter tub or next year – OR you can find some other uses for these items as well.  Candy can be used anytime – of course ;)  And chocolate Easter Bunnies can always be chopped up and tossed into cookie and brownie mixes.

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Check out these tips for Easter Clearance Items – What to Look For!

 

Crock-Pot Cola Ham Recipe (Take advantage of Post-Easter Ham Sales!)

Crock-Pot Cola Ham

With all the stores trying to get rid of their Easter hams, you can get some pretty good deals right now.  Might as well grab one and cook it up with this easy recipe – then feast on the leftovers for lunch all week!

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Easter Coupons + Easter Candy Deals Around Town!

I can’t believe Easter is only days away!  I have started the baskets for my kiddos, but still have plenty left to do before they are ready to go. Make sure to save on those Easter Baskets by using some of the coupons below – and check out these frugal Easter Basket tips!

Here’s a few deals you can snag this week with those coupons!

 

CVS:

M&M’s Easter Candy $3 each ~ Get $4 ECB wyb (4)
Use (2) $1/2 M&Ms Coupons
or (4) $1/1 coupons from 3/22 RP
(makes it $1 each)

Hershey’s Easter Candy Bags, 7.1 – 15 oz – $3.00 Includes: Kisses, Eggs or Miniatures
Use $2.00/3 Hershey’s Kisses, Reese’s, Hershey’s Miniatures, Hershey’s Eggs, Cadbury or Whoppers Bags – 3-22-15 SS – (exp. 04/15/15)
Stacks With  - $1.00/2 Hershey’s Candies (CVS Coupon)
($1.33 each)

Mars Chocolate Minis, 9 – 11.5 oz – $3.00
Use
 $1.00/2 Mars Chocolate M&M’S, Dove Chocolate, Mini’s Mix, Snickers, Milky Way, 3 Musketeers Brands 
($2.00 each)

Easter Novelty Candy, 0.63 – 6 oz – B1G1 for $0.25
Pictured: Cadbury Creme Egg, Twix Egg, Russell Stover Egg

Twizzlers Snack Size Candy, 10 – 10.24 oz – $2.00
Use $0.75/1 Jolly Ranchers/Twizzlers Easter Jolly Rancher Jelly Beans, Lollipops, Gummies, Sour Bunnies, or Twizzlers Snack Size – 3-22-15 SS – (exp. 04/05/15)
or  $1.00/1 Jolly Ranchers/Twizzlers Easter Jolly Rancher Jelly Beans, Lollipops, Gummies, Sour Bunnies, or Twizzlers Snack Size – 3-22-15 SS – (exp. 04/05/15) 
($1 each)

 

Target:

Starburst Jelly Beans $2
Use $1/2 from 3/15 RP
Stack with $1/2 Target Coupon
Stack with 10% OFF Cartwheel
(makes it 19¢)

M&M’s Easter Candies, 11.4 oz – $2.89
$1.00/2 Mars Easter Candy Products from 3/8 or 3/22 RP
Stacks With  - 15% OFF M&M’s Chocolate Candies (Target eCoupon) – Cartwheel.com – (exp. 04/04/15)
Stacks With  - $0.25/1 Candy, Bagged – Ibotta Rebate
Stacks With  - $1.00/2 Bagged Chocolate – Target In Ad Coupon (Valid from 3/29/2015) – (exp. 04/04/15)
($0.91 each ) **wyb Buy 2; Use (2) $1.00/1 Coupon, Stack (1) $1/2 Target Coupon and Cartwheel Offer and Submit for Ibotta Offer 

Mars Chocolate Minis, 10.5 oz – $2.89
- $1.00/2 Mars Chocolate M&M’S, Dove Chocolate, Mini’s Mix, Snickers, Milky Way, 3 Musketeers Brands - $1.00/2 Mars Easter Products – 3-22-15 RP - $1.00/2 Mars Easter Candy Products – 3 -8-15 RP – (exp. 04/05/15) Stacks With  - 15% OFF Mars Chocolate Minis, 10.5 oz or larger (Target eCoupon) – Cartwheel.com – (exp. 04/04/15)
($1.96 each) **wyb 2; Use $1.00/2 Coupon and 15% OFF Cartwheel

 

Walgreens:

Use $0.25/1 Cadbury Milk Chocolate Mini Eggs – SavingStar eCoupon – (exp. 04/15/15)
Use $2.00/3 Hershey’s Kisses, Reese’s, Hershey’s Miniatures, Hershey’s Eggs, Cadbury or Whoppers Bags – 3-22-15 SS – (exp. 04/15/15)

 

Use $0.50/2 Specially Marked Easter Skittles, Life Savers, Hubba Bubba or Orbit Products – 3-15-15 RP – (exp. 04/05/15)

($0.50 each)

Mars Candy Singles, 1.14 – 2.17 oz – $0.69
Use BOGO Snickers Coupon *Take Hunger Handler Quiz
($0.34 each)

Publix:

Starburst Jelly Beans $1.19
Use $1/2 from 3/15 RP
Stack with $1/2 Target Coupon
(makes it 19¢)

Use $1.00/2 Mars Chocolate M&M’S, Dove Chocolate, Mini’s Mix, Snickers, Milky Way, 3 Musketeers Brands
or $1.50/2 Mars, Snickers, Twix, 3 Musketeers or Milky Way Unwrapped Bites Products – 3-22-15 RP – (exp. 05/03/15)

($1.17 each)

 

 

Don’t forget to check out all the new ibotta Easter Candy offers we talked about here. You can use these to stack with the others to save even more!

 

Thanks, Totally target

Sharpie Easter Eggs | Easy & Mess-Free!

Sharpie Easter Eggs

If your family’s getting tired of the same old Easter dye kits, try using Sharpies for fun new way to decorate this year’s eggs!

Sharpie Easter Eggs can be as artsy – or a simple – as you want.  It’s something my older teens would enjoy, since they love to draw more intricate designs.  But so easy that my 8 year old would have fun too.  While doing a trial run, I traced a chevron pattern with a pencil and went over it with black sharpie.  My silver oil-based paint sharpie was great for shiny accent dots.

Another way to approach this project is to dye the eggs first and then use Sharpie as an added layer of personalization :)

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