Miniature Gingersnap Pumpkin Pies

Now that Summer has passed and you are in full-on Halloween and Thanksgiving mode, the infamous pumpkin pie is here! I made this pie for the first time last year and it was the belle of the ball. Even my grandmother who is the greatest baker I know was stumped at what this pie was made of. Needless to say, it had her in a trance...a pumpkin pie trance. I promise, you'll have your family and friends all dying for this recipe. And as my husband says, 'It's the perfect combination of textures. My favorite pie you've made thus far.'Also, the great thing about this pie is that it can easily be made in one big pie too, if you'd prefer that over miniature pies.Miniature Gingersnap Pumpkin Pies adapted from Chocolate & Carrots Essential EquipmentNon-Stick Four Cup Pie … [Read more...]

Football Tailgate in Style!

Starting in early August it isn’t unusual to hear me humming the well-known Holiday Song “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”.  Mom’s usually like this time of year because it’s Back to School & our regularly scheduled programming but I like having my kids (college & high school aged) around so BTS is bittersweet, it’s my favorite time of year because it’s FOOTBALL SEASON!I enjoy hosting Football get-togethers but I also want to be able to actually watch the game rather than fussing over food, beverages, etc. so I tried to choose some items that would allow you to do the same. Worst case, I’ve got 2 rules:Help yourself If you cheer for the other team, you’ve got to sit on the floor!Enjoy my picks from Swoozies & enjoy the game the next time you share your … [Read more...]

20 Amazing School Lunches for Kids

We all would love to impress our children with elaborate Bento boxes, but in reality, most parents are incredibly busy, especially in the mornings, and are after lunches that are still fun, but also quick to make.I've rounded up 20 amazing school lunches for kids that are not only fun, but they are also fairly quick to make, and kids will love them.Teddy Bear Lunch.  My kids especially love this Nutella teddy bear sandwich, surrounded by a corn sun, blueberry sky, and grape and lettuce grass. The ground is made of Tiny Teddy biscuits, fruit strips, and Cheerios.Holiday Lunches.  Take a look at these 5 themed Bento boxes for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day, and Birthday's. Source: 5 Most Adorable Themed Bento Lunches.Turkey Lunch.   Perfect for … [Read more...]

Fourth of July Popsicles

The Fourth of July will be here before we know it! Why not take a little time now to prepare for the hot holiday and make these refreshing and delightfully healthy Fourth of July popsicles? Once they're in your freezer, you can keep them there until the festivities begin.Nothing like a good make-ahead recipe to beat the heat this Fourth of July! So get out your popsicle molds and get cool! [sc:adsense ]Fourth of July PopsiclesIngredients1 cup frozen strawberries, almost thawed 1 cup lemonade 1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries, almost thawedHow-ToPurée the thawed strawberries in a blender. Evenly distribute to 6 popsicle molds. Freeze for 30 minutes. Pour lemonade evenly on top of the strawberries. Freeze for 1.5 hours. Purée the thawed blueberries … [Read more...]

Fresh From Florida – Watermelon Fizz

(Sponsored) This post is sponsored by Fresh From Florida – but all thoughts and opinions and experiences are my own. Fresh From Florida – Watermelon Fizz Are you looking for something just a bit different than the standard summer beverages? Something easy to make but with “wow” factor? I’ve got just the thing – Watermelon FizzI found this recipe on the Fresh From Florida website. If you are looking for new great ways to use all that delicious produce you are buying at the grocery or farmers market, be sure to check it out. Tons of different ideas and easy to search by the ingredient – all with Florida produced items in mind.Florida produces much more than the citrus we all automatically think of, and it’s long growing season means that shoppers all over the country … [Read more...]

Easy Fourth of July Crafts for the Entire Family

In most areas around the country school is out for summer. For me, when school is out I need lots of activities to keep the idle hands of my little ones busy. What better way to do that than to decorate your home with red, white and blue!? After all, the Fourth of July is right around the corner!Today you'll find a craft for all ages. And ALL in preparation for our nation's Independence Day!/1/ Pop Rocks Marshmallow Pops - Pop Rocks were such a fun candy when I was a kid! Who am I kidding? I still love them! Combining Pop Rocks and marshmallows just seems genius. See for yourself!/2/ Hidden Flag Cake - Don't be intimidated by it's complicated appearance. This Flag Cake is really simple. What's more? Ice this cake with plain white icing, light some sparklers on top {like … [Read more...]