Red, White & Blue Fruit Kabobs or “Sparklers”!

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Looking for a fun treat to bring to a Memorial Day or  4th of July cookout?  These 4th of July Fruit “Sparklers” are easy, cheap and yummy!   Once you’ve eaten/used up most of your watermelon – use the bottom of the melon for a sparkler holder.  Just shove it in a bowl/bucket of ice to keep it cold and sitting upright!

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Recipe: 4th of July Fruit Sparklers
dessert, party, appetizer
 
You can substitute other red fruits in place of the watermelon - Strawberries, Raspberries, even Cherries!
Ingredients
  • Watermelon
  • Blueberries
  • Marshmallows
  • Bamboo Skewers
Instructions
  1. Cut your watermelon into chunks, balls or triangles. If you don't have mini-marshmallows, just use scissors to cut the large ones into 4 even pieces. Slide the fruits and marshmallows onto the skewers creating a red, white and blue pattern.
  2. You can either set your fruit sparklers on a platter - or present them by sticking the skewers in the leftover half of your watermelon!

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Homemade Cheez-Its: Only 6 Ingredients {healthier version}

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Homemade Cheez-its {pin it} for Later!

During our recent 24-day healthy eating challenge,I was surprised to discover that my biggest craving was Cheez-Its.  I knew however, with our new determination to eat healthier we were not going back to snacking on processed foods after we completed our 24 days.  I was determined to figure out a way to make Homemade Cheez-Its healthier than the original version.   I replaced white flour with whole wheat flour and regular cheese with reduced fat cheese. I thought they would be much harder to make, without the seasoning there are only 4 ingredients!  Although you can use a mixer, a food processor makes this recipe even more simple, easy peasy.  You can vary the final taste by experimenting with different spices.  Next time I’m going to see if I can duplicate the taste of the Chili Con Queso Cheez-Its that were discontinued several years ago.  I will warn you ahead of time that these are very addicting!  Both my husband and my kids loved them. [Read more...]

School Lunch ideas: 30 Fun Ideas

A couple of months ago, Jamie created these super cute Ham and Cheese Sushi Rolls for her boys school lunch.  With the first part of the school year behind us, we thought it would be a great time to feature 30 fun school lunch ideas.  It’s common for kids to get bored with their lunches, and just thinking about the school lunch options at some school are enough to make many parents cringe. So what’s a gal to do? Easy peasy with this extensive list of school lunch ideas!

1. Mini Shaped Sandwiches
2. Ham & Cheese Rolls
3. Jonah and the Whale Pancakes
4. Princess Themed Muffin Tin Lunch
5. Apple Pie Sandwiches
6. Grilled Cheese
7. Back to School Lunch Box Ideas
8. Asian Bento Box
9. Wrap Sandwiches
10. Raw Veggies & Hummus
11. Baked Corn Dog Muffins
12. Frozen Applesauce Bento
13. Easy Lunch Box Ideas
14. Leftovers for Lunch
15. Goat Cheese Raspberry Salad
16. Butternut Squash and Pasta
17. Mozzarella and Tomato
18. Pear & Avocado
19. Pinwheels & Veggies
20. Turkey Meatball Pitas
21. Muffin Tin Football Themed Lunch
22. Fish and Chips
23. Parmesan Pita Crisps
24. Green Lunch Box Ideas
25. Finger Food Bento Lunch
26. Vegetable Soup
27. Turkey Melon Wraps
28. Project Lunch Box (PDF)
29. Tuna Salad
30. 500 School Lunch Ideas

What do you like to pack in your child’s lunch box?

Valentine Cupcakes: Strawberry Shortcake Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe

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It’s time to start thinking about Valentine’s Day recipes!!  How fun it is to bake Valentine cupcakes, especially if your kiddos are old enough to help!  It’s so easy to make your kids feel super special as we countdown to Valentine’s Day by making Valentine’s themed desserts, dinners, snacks etc.  Stay tuned, as we have lots of fun Valentine’s Day ideas to share with you!!

Y’all are going to love this yummy Strawberry Shortcake Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe guest post from my friend Sadie!! She is an amazing baker if only she lived closer to me I’d love to have one of these Strawberry Shortcake Red Velvet Cupcakes right now!!!  There is just something about scrumptious cupcakes – the perfect balance of cake and frosting that makes them irresistible.


Sadie is a blogger that loves to cook. Her Kid-Friendly Tofu Nuggets are always a hit. For more recipes, you can follow her on Pinterest!

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Kid-Friendly Finger Foods | Sausage Balls & Smokies in a Blanket

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New Years Eve Appetizers for Kids

Jamie here!  Whether you’re throwing a little family New Years Eve party or a bigger gathering – you’ll always need to have some “Kid-friendly” finger foods on hand – here are my two favorite recipes for quick and easy party food that my kids love to eat (and I’ll admit, I love these too!)

Sausage Balls:

Now let me start by saying that these are NOT the sausage balls that are super-greasy and brownish – but a more biscuity version that works well for parties or for an easy Christmas Morning finger-food breakfast!  Basically – the BEST version. ;)

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Recipe: Yummy Oreo Cheesecake Bites

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Does anyone else love Pinterest? I see so many DIY décor ideas for my home, crafts that my kids would love, and recipes  I want to try I could get lost for hours. We’ve asked our friend Tori Vest, self-professed Pinterest-lover, crafter, cook, and DIY extroidair to help us out. Take it away Tori…..

I found this delicious recipe on “Handle The Heat” blog! These fun snacks are not only delicious, but also fast and easy! The mixture of Oreos throughout the cream cheese blend makes a flawlessly scrumptious dessert!

If you like this……PIN IT!

Oreo Cheesecake Bites
Dessert
Makes 30 cheesecake bites.
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Package of Oreos. (I used the off-brand, and they worked great!)
  • 2 packages of cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup of sour cream
  • A pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees.
  2. Line 30 muffin tins with cupcake liners and put 1 whole Oreo in the bottom of each cupcake slot.
  3. Beat the cream cheese until smooth.
  4. You will probably have to scrape the sides of the blender bowl several times.
  5. Gradually add sugar, vanilla, sour cream and salt.
  6. Lightly beat the 2 large eggs, and slowly drizzle eggs into the cream cheese mixture.
  7. Take about 12 Oreos and break them by hand into small pieces.
  8. Divide the batter evenly into each cookie-lined cup until each up is about ¾ full.
  9. Bake, rotating pan half way through, until the filling has set, this will take about 22 minutes.
  10. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely and then put them in the refrigerator to cool for about 4 hours, or over night.

 

These are such a hit with kids and adults! My only suggestion before eating these would be to make sure that you and self-control are on the same page! Because only eating 1 of these is quite a task! I hope you enjoy this delicious treat!

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