Gooey S’mores Snack Mix

S'mores Snack Mix

S’mores are such a favorite treat for all of us.  I think no matter how old you are, you become a kid again when there are s’mores to make and enjoy.  Sometimes you really want all the flavor of a s’more without the fuss of a campfire to roast marshmallows.  This Gooey S’mores Snack is perfect for that craving!

Gooey S’mores Snack Mix

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cup Golden Grahams Cereal
  • 2 cup Chocolate Chips
  • 2 cup Mini Marshmallows
  • Powdered Sugar (optional)

S'mores snack mix ingredientsDIRECTIONS:

Set oven on low broil.

Line a baking sheet with silicon mat or parchment paper.

Spread marshmallows on prepared sheet. Place under broiler just until marshmallows begin to brown.

S'mores snack mix marshmallows

Remove silicone mat or parchment paper immediately from pan and place in freezer for 10-15 minutes.

The marshamallows may still be too sticky for you to handle so you can optionally dust them with powder sugar to reduce stickiness.

Combine marshmallows, chocolate and cereal in bowl 1 handful at a time to mix well.

S’mores aren’t just a treat for camping or sitting by the fire.  This Gooey S’mores Snack Mix is great anytime of year!

Gooey S'mores Snack Mix
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: American
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Gooey S'mores Snack mix combines toasted marshmallows, chocolate and Golden Grahams for the perfect s'mores snack.
Ingredients
  • 2 cup Golden Grahams Cereal
  • 2 cup Chocolate Chips
  • 2 cup Mini Marshmallows
  • Powdered Sugar (optional)
Instructions
  1. Set oven on low broil.
  2. Line a baking sheet with silicon mat or parchment paper.
  3. Spread marshmallows on prepared sheet. Place under broiler just until marshmallows begin to brown.
  4. Remove silicone mat or parchment paper immediately from pan and place in freezer for 10-15 minutes.
  5. The marshamallows may still be too sticky for you to handle so you can optionally dust them with powder sugar to reduce stickiness.
  6. Combine marshmallows, chocolate and cereal in bowl 1 handful at a time to mix well.

 

Homemade Microwave Popcorn

Homemade Microwave Popcorn?  Sign me up!  We love popcorn and it’s such a great option for a fairly healthy snack.  Like most other things though, I hate feeding my family things with tons of added ingredients and preservatives.  Making homemade popcorn on the stove top isn’t terribly hard and it is delicious but it does take some time.  Since we don’t always have that kind of time and the kids often want to make popcorn themselves, I came up with this great recipe for DIY Microwave Popcorn.

homemade microwave popcorn

Homemade Microwave Popcorn

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/3 cup Popcorn Kernels
  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 1 Brown Lunch Bag
  • Salt to taste

diy microwave popcorn suppliesDIRECTIONS:

Place ingredients in bag. Fold top over and place on side in microwave. Cook times vary by microwave, mine took 2 minutes.

diy microwave popcorn in brown paper bag

That’s it!  This seriously could not be simpler to make.  Not to mention, it tastes amazing!  Who needs an expensive popcorn popper when you can make homemade popcorn this easily?!?  You may want to stock up on brown paper bags and popping corn because this is going to become a family favorite.

You can use a butter substitute if you’re looking for a healthier option (although when butter is so much better than so many substitutes).

Homemade Microwave Popcorn
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 2-3
 
Homemade Microwave Popcorn
Ingredients
  • • ⅓ cup Popcorn Kernels
  • • 3 tbsp Butter
  • • 1 Brown Lunch Bag
  • • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Place ingredients in bag. Fold top over and place on side in microwave. Cook times vary by microwave, mine took 2 minutes.
  2. That’s it! This seriously could not be simpler to make. Not to mention, it tastes amazing! Who needs an expensive popcorn popper when you can make homemade popcorn this easily?!?
  3. You can use a butter substitute if you’re looking for a healthier option (although when butter is so much better than so many substitutes).

 

No Bake Desserts – No Bake Strawberry Twinkies Dessert

No Bake Desserts are the best!  Well maybe not the best but they sure rank up there pretty high.  It’s great to be able to throw together a quick dessert or even let the kids be in charge of dessert.  This No Bake Strawberry Twinkies dessert is perfect for quick and easy enough for the kids!  It has a very similar taste to strawberry shortcake or even a trifle but the Twinkies add something extra you will love!

No Bake Strawberry Twinkies Dessert

No Bake Twinkie Strawberry Dessert

INGREDIENTS:

9 Twinkies

1 pkg Instant Vanilla Pudding

1 1/2 cup Milk

8 oz Cool Whip

16 oz Frozen Sliced Strawberries in Sugar (thawed)

No Bake Desserts - Strawberry Twinkies Dessert IngredientsDIRECTIONS:

In a 8×8″ pan arrange 9 Twinkies to cover the bottom.

No Bake Desserts - Strawberry Twinkies Dessert instructions

 

Spoon strawberries and about half of the syrup over the Twinkies.

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Beat pudding mix and milk until lightly set.

Spread pudding over strawberries.

No Bake Desserts - Strawberry Twinkies Dessert instructions part 3

 

Spread whipped topping over pudding.

Place in refrigerator to set for several hours.

Remove from refrigerator, cut and serve!

Store left over dessert in covered container in the refrigerator.

No Bake Strawberry Twinkies Dessert
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This simple no bake dessert combines strawberries and Twinkies. It's quick and delicious.
Ingredients
  • 9 Twinkies
  • 1 pkg Instant Vanilla Pudding
  • 1½ cup Milk
  • 8 oz Cool Whip
  • 16 oz Frozen Sliced Strawberries in Sugar (thawed)
Instructions
  1. In a 8x8" pan arrange 9 Twinkies to cover the bottom.
  2. Spoon strawberries and about half of the syrup over the Twinkies.
  3. Beat pudding mix and milk until lightly set.
  4. Spread pudding over strawberries.
  5. Spread whipped topping over pudding.
  6. Place in refrigerator to set for several hours.

You could make some really great variations of this recipe too.  Imagine chocolate pudding instead of vanilla!  Trying a variety of fruits would be great too I’m sure.

Do you have favorites no bake desserts or desserts the kids like making?

Fall Treats – Scarecrow Bars

Fall isn’t all that far away and I’ve had Fall Treats on my mind lately.  These Scarecrow Bars are sure to be a hit with the family or for fall get togethers.  They are a great mix of sweet and salty.  I think they would be so great with a cup of hot apple cider!  Oh how I love fall!

Fall Treats - Scarecrow Bars

Scarecrow Bars


INGREDIENTS:
1 box Yellow Cake Mix
1/2 cup softened Butter
2 Eggs
3 cup Mini Marshmallows
1/2 cup Corn Syrup
1/4 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
1 tsp Vanilla
2 cup Crisp Rice Cereal
2 cup Salted Peanuts
1 cup Candy Corn

scarecrow bars ingredients

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350.

Beat cake mix and butter until combined. 

Add egg and beat until well mixed.

scarecrow bars prep

Press into the bottom of ungreased 13×9 baking pan. 

scarecrow bars crust

Bake until it sets and the edges are lightly browned (about 15 minutes).

Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle marshmallows over hot crust. 

Bake another couple of minutes until marshmallows puff up.

Remove from oven.

Combine corn syrup, sugar and brown sugar in saucepan. 

Bring to a boil over medium heat stirring constantly.

Remove from heat.

Add in peanut butter and vanilla and stir until smooth. 

Stir in cereal and peanuts. 

Spoon over marshmallow topped base and spread to cover.

Sprinkle candy corn over mixture evenly and grently press in.

Cool  and cut into bars.

Scarecrow Bars
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This fun dessert is perfect for fall parties or any time!
Ingredients
  • 1 box Yellow Cake Mix
  • ½ cup softened Butter
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 cup Mini Marshmallows
  • ½ cup Corn Syrup
  • ¼ cup Sugar
  • ¼ cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 cup Crisp Rice Cereal
  • 2 cup Salted Peanuts
  • 1 cup Candy Corn
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Beat cake mix and butter until combined.
  3. Add egg and beat until well mixed.
  4. Press into the bottom of ungreased 13x9 baking pan.
  5. Bake until it sets and the edges are lightly browned (about 15 minutes).
  6. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle marshmallows over hot crust.
  7. Bake another couple of minutes until marshmallows puff up.
  8. Remove from oven.
  9. Combine corn syrup, sugar and brown sugar in saucepan.
  10. Bring to a boil over medium heat stirring constantly.
  11. Remove from heat.
  12. Add in peanut butter and vanilla and stir until smooth.
  13. Stir in cereal and peanuts.
  14. Spoon over marshmallow topped base and spread to cover.
  15. Sprinkle candy corn over mixture evenly and grently press in.
  16. Cool and cut into bars.

Do you have a variation on Scarecrow Bars that can be made for any season?  What’s your family’s favorite fall treat?

Mini Shepherds Pie

Sheperds Pie is a great meal for combining all your ingredients into one delicious dish.  These Mini Shepherds Pies are tasty and adorable.  The kids will love these perfect little pies!

mini shepherds pie

Mini Shepherds Pies

INGREDIENTS
1 can Biscuits (10-12 ct)
1 lb Ground Beef
1/2 Onion, minced
1 tsp Salt
1 tbsp Black Pepper
1 tbsp Minced Garlic
2 tbsp Flour
3/4 cup Beef Stock
1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 cup frozen Peas and Carrots
1 tsp Dried Parsley Flakes
1 1/2 cups Mashed Potatoes

mini sheperd pie

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 425.

Spray a muffin pan with non-stick spray. 

Flatten and mold biscuits into each muffin cup. 

mini sheperd pie crust

Bake 6-8 minutes,  until light golden. If biscuits have risen too much to hold meat, press downsides and bottom while still warm

Brown ground beef in a large skillet and drain. 

Stir in the onions, salt, pepper and garlic and allow to cook together for a couple of minutes.

mini sheperds pie process

Add flour to the mixture and stir until blended to a paste.

Add beef stock, worcestershire and vegetables. Mix well

Heat mashed potatoes in a microwave for 5 to 6 minutes stirring halfway through.

Spoon about 2-3 tablespoons of meat mixture into each biscuit shell.

Then top with equal amount mashed potatoes.

Sprinkle the top with dried parsly flakes. Place in oven and bake for 12-15 minutes. 

Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before removing individual pies.

Mini Shepherds Pie
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Recipe type: dinner
Cuisine: American
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Mini Sheperds Pies are filling and delicious.
Ingredients
  • 1 can Biscuits (10-12 ct)
  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • ½ Onion, minced
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 2 tbsp Flour
  • ¾ cup Beef Stock
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 cup frozen Peas and Carrots
  • 1 tsp Dried Parsley Flakes
  • 1½ cups Mashed Potatoes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Spray a muffin pan with non-stick spray.
  3. Flatten and mold biscuits into each muffin cup.
  4. Bake 6-8 minutes, until light golden. If biscuits have risen too much to hold meat, press downsides and bottom while still warm.
  5. Brown ground beef in a large skillet and drain.
  6. Stir in the onions, salt, pepper and garlic and allow to cook together for a couple of minutes.
  7. Add flour to the mixture and stir until blended to a paste.
  8. Add beef stock, worcestershire and vegetables. Mix well
  9. Heat mashed potatoes in a microwave for 5 to 6 minutes stirring halfway through.
  10. Spoon about 2-3 tablespoons of meat mixture into each biscuit shell.
  11. Then top with equal amount mashed potatoes.
  12. Sprinkle the top with dried parsly flakes. Place in oven and bake for 12-15 minutes.
  13. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before removing individual pies.

 

Healthy Snacks – Apple Sandwiches

Healthy Snacks are important for kids and grown ups alike.  These Apple Sandwiches are a great summertime snack as well as perfect healthy snacks for after school and as hard as it is to believe, back to school is just around the corner!  They are easy to make, refreshing, and filling in addition to being a healthy choice.

healthy snacks - apple sandwiches

Apple Sandwiches


INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Apples
  • 2-3 tbsp Peanut Butter
  • 3 tbsp Granola
  • handful Raisins

Apple Sandwiches

DIRECTIONS
Remove cores from apples and cut into 1/4-1/2″ thick slices

apple sandwiches


Spread apple slice with peanut butter.

Top with granola and raisins.  You could add other dried fruits or nuts if you wanted to create a variety.  

apples sandwiches

Place another apple slice on top and gently press together.

Repeat with remaining apple slices.

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Healthy Snacks - Apple Sandwiches
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Apples slices topped with peanut butter, granola, and raisins make a delicious and healthy snack.
Ingredients
  • 2 Apples
  • 2-3 tbsp Peanut Butter
  • 3 tbsp Granola
  • handful Raisins
  • Apple Sandwiches
Instructions
  1. DIRECTIONS
  2. Remove cores from apples and cut into ¼-1/2" thick slices
  3. Spread apple slice with peanut butter.
  4. Top with granola and raisins.
  5. Place another apple slice on top and gently press together.
  6. Repeat with remaining apple slices.

The Cuisipro Apple Corer Makes the job of coring apples so easy!  You’re able to remove the entire core neatly and without damaging the rest of the apple.  You can get one by clicking here.

Do you have easy healthy snacks that are summertime favorites?  What about for back to school?  Remember that healthy snacks will keep you energized and going during those busy and sometimes long days!

While these look like an ideal snack for kids, they ate so good that mom and dad will love them too.  Being energized all day is just as important for patents as it is for kids!

Homemade Orange Creamsicle Recipe

A Creamsicle is a favorite frozen summer treats.  Knowing what is in the the treats I eat and give my family is really important and the recipe for these Homemade Orange Creamsicles is easy and includes just a few simple ingredients.  You could easily substitute other juices to make many flavors of creamsicles for variety.

Creamsicle ~ Homemade Orange Creamsicle- My Litter

Homemade Orange Creamsicle

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup Orange Juice
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Yields about 3 pops

Creamsicle ~ Homemade Orange Creamsicle- My Litter


DIRECTIONS:
If you are using a Zoku Quick Pop Maker:

Mix together cream, sugar and vanilla.

Creamsicle ~ Homemade Orange Creamsicle- My Litter

Pour Orange juice in maker up to fill line.

Creamsicle ~ Homemade Orange Creamsicle- My Litter

Place stick in position.

Wait 3 1/2 minutes.

Use suction tool to remove unfrozen juice from center of maker or carefully pour off unfrozen juice.

Fill this now empty space with cream mixture.

Wait 5 minutes or until cream in set (frozen).

Use tool to remove pop and place in freezer.

If you are not using a Zoku:

  • Mix together cream, sugar, vanilla and orange juice.
  • Pour mixture in popsicle molds or small paper cups.
  • Place in freezer for 10-15 minutes or until mixture begins to firm.
  • Insert sticks and return to freezer for several hours.
  • Use hot water to release from molds.

Creamsicle ~ Homemade Orange Creamsicles
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 3
 
Homemade Orange Creamsicle is easy to make with ingredients you feel good about giving your family.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup Orange Juice
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Instructions
  1. If you are using a Zoku Quick Pop Maker:
  2. Mix together cream, sugar and vanilla.
  3. Pour Orange juice in maker up to fill line.
  4. Place stick in position.
  5. Wait 3½ minutes.
  6. Use suction tool to remove unfrozen juice from center of maker or carefully pour off unfrozen juice.
  7. Fill this now empty space with cream mixture.
  8. Wait 5 minutes or until cream in set (frozen).
  9. Use tool to remove pop and place in freezer.
  10. If you are not using a Zoku:
  11. Mix together cream, sugar, vanilla and orange juice.
  12. Pour mixture in popsicle molds or small paper cups.
  13. Place in freezer for 10-15 minutes or until mixture begins to firm.
  14. Insert sticks and return to freezer for several hours.
  15. Use hot water to release from molds.

Do you have the Zoku Quick Pop Makers?  If not, they are truly an amazing kitchen gadget!  You can get them here.

 

The Ultimate Sugar Cookie Recipe!

:: TODAY is National Sugar Cookie day! ::

I have a HUGE announcement to make…

I think I have finally found the Ultimate Sugar Cookie Recipe! I have been trying different ones and tweaking them a bit to try and come up with a recipe the same as the Lofthouse cookies in the grocery store. You know the ones I am taking about… the soft as a pillow, pilled high with frosting ones!

My sister gave me a recipe that I made a few batches from this weekend, I had a sneaky feeling the key ingredient was left out, and as soon as I added it in, they were PERFECT!

When I rolled these out, I used powered sugar and not flour. I also greased the pan. Roll out 1/2 thick, and use something round to cut them. I had a biscuit cutter that was the perfect size.

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Fifteen Red, White & Blue Summer Treats

It’s almost the 4th of July, so gather up your Red, White & Blue and whip up something sweet with these Summer Treats. 4th of July Candy Kabobs

Berry Cheesecake Trifle Berry American Flag

Strawberry Freezer Jam

Fruit Crumb Bars - Use Strawberries AND Blueberries 2 cup white sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 3 cups flour 1 cup cold butter 1 egg 1/4 teaspoon salt Zest and juice of one lemon 4 cups fresh fruit ( I used strawberries) 4 teaspoons cornstarch.

Red Velvet Cake Bites - add a little blue dye to the frosting!

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Cherry Chocolate Fudge

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons plus 3/4 cup butter, divided
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 package (10 to 12 ounces) cherry chips
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme

Very Berry Breakfast Smoothie

Berry Slab Pie

Cherry Pie Filling Fruit Salad

Hershey’s Fruit Pizza

Strawberry Dream Cake – dye the frosting blue!

Sparkler Cupcakes

Red, White & Blue Poke Cake

Easy 4th of July Treats for Kids

simple july 4th drinks

I have found with kids and adults alike that sometimes presentation is all that matters.

Last year I was playing around with some ideas of things I can do for the 4th of July fun we have every year. I made a few fancy punches and drinks to serve, and some nice brownies with 5 different steps. I had some mason jars sitting on my shelf and the kids were coming in from gymnastics, so I grabbed the Kool Aid from the fridge and served them a drink in a jar with some fruit.

YOU WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THEY WON THE LOTTERY!!

4th july drinks

In my head I was thinking, ” it is Kool Aid guys, I just bought it from Kroger for $.79 a container…” it is the extra little touches they don’t normally see from home that made it sooooo special to them.

The little paper straws came from Amazon, and I had them left over from a birthday party. I had the jars, and the fruit.

The kids felt like a million bucks sitting on the porch drinking their Kool Aid.

easy 4th july treats

You have seen my posts on popcorn treats many times.

Bunny Bait 

Lucky Charms Munch 

Valentines Crunch 

White Chocolate Popcorn ( my favorite )

It is super simple to make and you can add any candy, nuts, pretzels etc. that you might have around. There is no baking involved and both kids and adults love it.

Last year I made some white chocolate popcorn with M&M’s and added the 4th of July Twizzlers. I put it in the leftover lunch bags from the school year and again the kids thought they were rock stars.

It doesn’t have to be expensive to be fun and look good. It also doesn’t have to take you all day to make something really fancy for people to think you spent a lot of time. Keep it simple!