Chocolate Covered Strawberry Carrots

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Carrots

These Chocolate Covered Strawberry Carrots are so super easy to make and they look adorable when they are done! This is also something that I would have the kids help you with.

Did you grab some bags of melting chocolate in orange after Halloween on clearance?? I got lucky and did, if you didn’t see any, don’t worry you can get some from Hobby Lobby or Walmart or order online HERE.

Take your strawberries and stick them in the freezer for about 15 minutes. Make sure they are completely dry when you do this.

Then melt the chocolate in the microwave as instructed on the bag. Don’t overheat.  Then you will dip them in the chocolate and place on wax paper. Chill in the freezer for a minute and they are done! EASY! 
strawberry carrots

 

Carrot Strawberries

INGREDIENTS

1 lb Strawberries

8 oz Orange Candy Melting Chips

Orange Sparkling Sugar (optional)

DIRECTIONS Gently fluff stems upward on strawberries. Place strawberries in freezer for 10-15 minutes. Melt chocolate by mucrowaving for 30 seconds, stirring and repeating until melted and smooth. Get a piece of wax or parchment paper large enough to hold all strawberries. Use a spoon to spread chocolate near the stem around the top. Holding by the stem either dip or spoon chocolate over the berry. Optionally you can sprinkle with sparkling sugar. Place on paper. By chilling in the freezer, the chocolate will set up immediately.

Easy Dessert Recipe – Chocolate Lasagna Recipe!

Chocolate Lasagna Dessert recipe

This is a super easy dessert recipe called Chocolate Lasagna! It was sent to me by a reader of Paul’s, Brenda, and we tried it last night.

It is VERY similar to a recipe my Grandma has made for a long time, she called it 5 Layer Dessert and really the only difference was the crust. My Grandma’s recipe had almost a short bread cookie crust and it took a little longer to make. This one was super easy and ( don’t tell my Grandma) tasted better!

Chocolate lasagna recipe

Grab a kid and have them put 1 bag of Oreos in a bag or food processor. Then let them crush up the oreos. They might stick to the bag but that is ok, because then they can just lick it out when you are done :)

* The middle picture is what happens when a bigger sister gets to crush the Oreos with the rolling pin and you don’t.

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Now add the melted butter to the Oreos and press into a 9×13 pan. Make the first layer, the one with cream cheese and spread over the Oreos.

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Make the chocolate pudding, and cover the cream cheese layer. Add the cool whip and mini chips and put in the fridge!

This is a super easy and no bake dessert recipe that will make you a STAR! Give it a try!

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3 Ingredient Sloppy Joes with McCormick Skillet Sauces

McCormick Skillet Sauces

 

I made another quick and easy meal last night, 3 Ingredient Sloppy Joes was a hit with my littles! I am in love with the new McCormick Skillet Sauces. Mostly because they taste like homemade and not something that you got because you were trying to just get food on the table. It actually tastes like homemade and that you spent some time making dinner instead of the 5 minutes that this dish took!

3 ingredient sloppy joes

 

My Kroger had the little slider rolls on sale, and my kids love the small size of these, as they can hold them and not loose all the filling out. They also keep the kids from wasting food because they are just the right size. Adults can have 2 if they need something bigger :)

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All you do is brown some hamburger and then add the Sloppy Joe skillet sauce to the cooked ground beef. It isn’t just a thin sauce, it is a chunky and thick awesome smelling addition!

easy sloppy joes

 

Then you just spoon the mix onto your buns and eat! My husband added some pickles and mustard to his, but the kids were happy just as it was made.

 

You can find the McCormick Skillet Mixes in Walmart, or any of your grocery stores for about $1.50. This entire meal cost me under $10 for 9 people with my coupons!

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This was a sponsored post from McCormick, all opinions are my own! 

 

Easy Valentines Crunch Recipe {White Chocolate Popcorn & Conversation Hearts!}

valentines crunch

Last night my girls and I made Valentines Crunch. It is REALLY REALLY easy and you can make it suite any holiday.

Just happens we had Valentines candy hearts and M&M’s. I bought the mini laundry baskets at the Target dollar spot and they were the perfect size!

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For this recipe you need:

  • 3/4 block white chocolate
  • 2 cups M&M
  • 2 cups candy conversation hearts
  • 2 cups mini pretzels
  • 8 cups popped corn
I always use air popped, but I am sure you could use plain microwave as well. Pop popcorn and melt white chocolate in the microwave. When melted pour over popcorn and use a big spatula to mix all together quickly. Add M&M’s and other topping while the white chocolate has not started setting up. Fold all together.

I pour mine out onto some wax paper and let it harden. Then you break it up into pieces and store in an air tight container. I packaged mine in little gift bags. This stays good for a week or more in bags!

You don’t have to use the same toppings as I did, you can use anything really! This is a GREAT recipe for the kids, mine love to make it and give it away!

10 Minute Chicken Stir Fry

McCormick Skillet Sauces

McCormick has come out with 7 new Skillet Sauces, and I made 10 Minute Chicken Stir Fry last night for dinner! #winning!

The Skillet sauces are priced around $1.50 and make it super easy to have a fast and delicious dinner in no time. In fact, my friend Samantha dropped by to say hi for a few minutes and in the time she was chatting to my kids, I had made dinner!

easy chicken stir fry

I decided to try thy the Stir Fry skillet sauce. On the back is the ingredient list and recipe ideas. This is super simple as it called for chicken, veggies, and the sauce. I added some rice for it to be eaten on, and we were ready to go.

I salted the chicken and cooked it for 5 minutes in a little oil. Then I added the veggies, cooked that for 5 more minutes and added the sauce while the rice was boiling. When I was sure the chicken was cooked through we were ready to eat, the entire thing took just around 10 minutes to make!

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This was a very inexpensive meal for my large family.

  • Chicken $7.15
  • McCormick Skillet Sauce $1.50
  • Frozen Stir Fry Veggies $1 (on sale 10 for $10)
  • White rice $1.50

For $11.15 I had dinner for 9 people. Which is a win in my book :) You can find the sauces located in Walmart, HEB, and many other grocery stores in your area.

The thing I loved about the flavor in the sauce, is that these didn’t have that “I came from a bag” taste and actually tasted like I spent forever making the sauce from scratch. The flavors were just right, even for my little kids.

Easy Chicken Stir Fry

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of McCormick. All opinions are my own, and if I didn’t like something I would tell you :) 

Minion Cupcakes from Twinkies – Despicable Me

Twinkie Minions Cupcake Despicable Me 2

Yesterday, because Twinkies were back… I made Minion Cupcakes from Despicable Me.

The problem is that Target did not have real Twinkies, they had the Cloud Cakes, which are NOT Twinkies dang it! But it is what I had to use. Didn’t change how AMAZINGLY cute these little guys turned out though!

Twinkie Minions Despicable Me Frosting

First thing to do, make some cupcakes. I don’t care if you use a mix or make them from scratch. Or do vanilla or chocolate… up to you!

Then make some frosting. Again, either use pre-made or make your own. None of us can eat pre-made and it is fast to make your own, so I always make mine.

Either way, color the frosting blue, for the Minions little blue overall bibs.

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Take your Twinkies and cut them in half.

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These are the bodies of the Minions. My kids informed me more then once that they are all different sizes. Because I only had one box of Twinkies, I just cut them in half and called it a day.

Despicable me twinkie cupcakes

The best part of the Minions are their eyes and goggles. You have a few choices:

Using some black frosting, make some dots for the eyes, kind of close together. Then press the eye balls into them. Now make some thin lines down the side for the goggle straps.

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Some Minions have one eye and some have 2. I always see more 2 eyed Minions, but you can do whatever you want!

twinkie cupcake minions

Once you have a bunch done, you can add mouths, hair or whatever you want. I was trying to find something good for the hair…

Maybe the thin black licorice strings?

I frosted my cupcakes with a Wilton 1A tip and sprinkled with little blue sprinkles. Again, you can do whatever you want! That is the beauty of it! :)

I added a little more frosting to the tops of the cupcakes so that when I pressed the Minions onto the top the frosting came up around the base a little. They seemed to look a little more sturdy that way.

These were actually really quick to make and very cute when they are done. My kids all took pictures and then promptly ate their faces off!

Minion Cupcakes made from Twinkies

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Peanut Butter Cheese Ball Recipe

Peanut butter cheeseball

Making a peanut butter cheese ball is super easy and you probably have all the ingredients on hand. I posted the recipe over on Eat This Up today and you should check it out!

Easy Blueberry French Toast Casserole

Blueberry French Toast

If you are looking for an Easy Blueberry French Toast Casserole dish to make overnight this is a winner. You know how much I love frozen pancakes and that is the special twist to this meal.

Blueberry Pancake bake

You can find the DeWafelbakkers frozen pancakes in the freezer section in almost any grocery store. Around here they are in Kroger, Randalls, and Walmart. OR, if you happen to have a bunch of leftover pancakes from breakfast make this dish for the next day!

Take your pancakes when they have thawed out a bit, and cut them in half, layer them in a casserole dish.

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Beat together your eggs, milk, cream, sugar and vanilla. This is a good job for the kids. Pour this mixture over the pancakes, making sure the pancakes are completely coated in the egg mixture.

baked blueberry french toast

Now you need to make the delicious crunchy topping…  just flour, sugar and cinnamon & sugar. Then cut the soft butter in with a fork.

Sprinkle the blueberries over the top and add the crumbled topping mixture over the blueberries.

blueberry french toast bake

Refrigerate overnight and bake at 350 for 1 hour. Blueberry syrup would be awesome on this!

Easy Blueberry Baked French Toast
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Recipe type: Breakfast
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Ingredients
  • 18 Frozen Blueberry Pancakes, thawed
  • 5 Eggs
  • 1 cup Milk
  • ¾ cup Heavy Cream
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla
  • ¾ cup Blueberries
  • ½ cup Flour
  • ¼ cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • ¼ cup Butter, cold and cut into cubes
Instructions
  1. Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish with butter.
  2. Cut pancakes in half and layer in baking dish cut side down.
  3. Distribute half of the blueberries in with the pancakes as you put them in place.
  4. Whisk together eggs, milk, cream, sugar and vanilla.
  5. Pour mixture over the pancakes (insure all get wet).
  6. Spread the remaining blueberries over the top of pancakes.
  7. Combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt.
  8. Cut the butter into the other ingredients with a fork to make a course crumble topping.
  9. Sprinkle over the pancakes.
  10. Allow to soak in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  11. Preheat oven to 350.
  12. Bake for about 1 hour, until browned and center is set up.
  13. Allow to cool for 15 minutes.
  14. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

 

10 Favorite Super Bowl Recipes

10 Favorite Super Bowl Recipes

Here are 10 Favorite Super Bowl Recipes from the Ivanovsky’s! These are all family favorites, that we make year in and year out!

I would love to know what food you have for Super Bowl parties or any gatherings with a lot of people!

Game Day Guacamole

Game Day Guacamole
If you are looking for a new twist on game day favorite, grab an oval dish and whip up some guacamole, garnish, and go. If you don’t have an oval dish read to the end for an idea to use a rectangle instead.

Guacamole is quick to make and easy to serve and because the lime juice helps to inhibit the browning, you can make it the night before and store it in an air tight container, or store leftovers for lunch the next day.

Game Day Guac ingredients