How to make White Chocolate Popcorn Recipe ( Peanut Butter & Pecan )

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On Sunday the girls and I experimented with making white chocolate popcorn. I am completely HOOKED! I have always loved the salty and sweet, but hated the cost of buying it. We needed a treat for one of my kids teachers and this was PERFECT! It was soooo easy and amazing I can’t believe we had not made it before!

First air pop some popcorn. I had to make 3 batches everyone kept eating it. You could probably use plain microwave popcorn but I have not tried it that way.

Then get some almond bark ( Walmart $2.98) or white chocolate chips and melt them either in the microwave or in a double boiler. When it is all melted pour it over the popped corn and stir it up.

Next while the white chocolate is still a little “wet” toss in some toppings! I used chopped pecans and Reeses Pieces on this one. IT WAS AWESOME! You could use ANY finely chopped candy, cookie or nut. Try Oreos, Butterfinger, Heath, etc. You get the idea.

Then pour it out onto a cookie sheet to cool and harden. When it is set up break it apart and store in an air tight container.

I had some really cute boxes I put ours in to give away, I added some whole pecans to make it even prettier for our friends.

This is a SIMPLE and EASY and CHEAP gift to give someone. Give it a try this year!

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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


  • 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
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 2-3
Homemade Microwave Popcorn
  • • ⅓ cup Popcorn Kernels
  • • 3 tbsp Butter
  • • 1 Brown Lunch Bag
  • • Salt to taste
  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).


EASY 4th of July Treats and Drinks {I really mean EASY! :) }

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.


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!

35 Fourth of July Recipes

35 Easy Fourth of July Recipes

The 4th of July has to be one of my favorite Holiday’s pretty much tied with Christmas. I get to spend the day with my family, celebrate my amazing country and EAT some really, really, good food!

  1. Taco Salad in a Bag :: My Litter
  2. Berry Cheesecake Trifle :: My Litter
  3. Fourth of July Punch :: My Litter
  4. Chocolate Lasagna :: My Litter
  5. Strawberry Dream Cake :: My Litter
  6. Cherry Pie Filling Fruit Salad :: My Litter
  7. Fourth of July Candy Kabobs :: My Litter
  8. Strawberry Crumb Bars :: My Litter
  9. Red Velvet Cake Bites :: My Litter
  10. Cherry Fudge :: My Litter
  11. Stars and Stripes Oreo Bark :: Pink Cake Plate
  12. Very Berry Moscato :: the Grant life
  13. Red, White and Blue Blondies :: Your Homebased Mom
  14. Fourth of July Rice Krispie Treats :: Lil Luna
  15. Star Spangled Sugar Cookies :: the Nerd’s Wife
  16. Red, White and Blue Popcorn Jars :: Whipperberry
  17. Chocolate Dipped Pretzels :: Cupcakes and Cashmere
  18. Fourth of July Snack Mix :: Glorious Treats
  19. Red, White and Blue Candy Apples :: Tidy Mom
  20. Flag Waffles :: The Kitchn
  21. Fourth of July Cupcakes in a Jar :: TomKat Studio
  22. Red, White and Blue Ice Box Cookies :: Shugary Sweets
  23. Patriotic Jello Dessert :: Marty’s Musings
  24. Fourth of July Pancakes :: the Grant life
  25. Brownie and Fruit Kabobs :: Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
  26. Fourth of July Surprise Cake :: I am Baker
  27. Red, White and Blueberry Popsicles :: The Nourishista
  28. Fourth of July Oreo Pops :: Makoodle
  29. Patriotic Mini Cheesecake :: Kleinworth and Co
  30. Steak Sandwich Stackers :: Lady Behind the Curtain
  31. Red, White and Blue Layered Shortcakes :: Yummy Healthy Easy
  32. Homemade Candy Corn :: Taste and Tell Blog
  33. Fourth of July Cake Pops :: Pint Sized Baker
  34. Red, White and Blue Salad :: Julie’s Eats and Treats
  35. Layered Fourth of July Drinks :: In Katrina’s Kitchen

Taco Salad In A Bag! – Perfect for camping and kids!

taco in a bag ingredients This has long been a fun snack/dinner for my kids camping and after school. You can see my Taco Salad recipe HERE for a bigger dish with catalina dressing. Making this for groups, camping or teens is an awesome way to feed a crowd easily. ground beef for tacos First brown some ground beef with taco seasoning. I often have this on hand frozen in my freezer anyway. Next cut up or pull out your toppings, which can include the following:

  • Onions
  • Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Salsa
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatos
Whatever you like, and if you are camping can travel easily. My kids like to eat theirs with Doritos, but you can also use Fritos.

Taco in a bag Tucker Now find a kid who will gladly demonstrate how to eat this with perfection! Lucky me I had one walk in the door from school and he was STARVING! Taco in a bag Take the bag and break up the chips a bit. Open the bag. Add toppings and meat. Enjoy!

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Key Lime Cake with Cheese Cake Pudding in a Jar Gift!

Key Lime cheese cake in a jar gift

Here is a very simple and easy Key Lime Cake recipe, that you can turn into a Key Lime Cheese Cake truffle in a jar very easily. If you are not a fan of the lime flavor, remember that you can use ANY jello flavor that you want! You can also adapt this for dietary needs like Sugar Free etc

You will need:

  • Mason Jars
  • 1 Box Jello
  • 1 Box White Cake Mix
  • 1 Box Pudding Mix
  • Key Limes
  • Cool Whip (optional)
  • Graham Crackers (optional)


My daughter held up a bag of Key Limes the other day and was making fun of the “baby” limes. After explaining that I had NO idea what a key lime actually was, other than a small lime and promising to Google it when I got home I bought a bag for $1 and took it home!

grating key lime

Key lime pie is one of my most favorite desserts out there! But I have made that a few too many times this year and so I thought I had better try something different…

My sister had just eaten in a cute cafe where they made easy jello cake, and layered it into little mason jars with pudding and cool whip. PERFECT for teacher’s gifts this week!

First thing to do: Make a white cake, just follow the directions on the box. Add 3 T key lime juice and 2 T of the peel grated.

making jello cake lime

While the cake is in the oven, boil 1 1/2 cup water. Add 1 box of your favorite flavor jello. Usually we use strawberry but this time I am using Lime. Stir it up until it is dissolved. When the cake is done baking, pull it out and poke holes all over the top of the cake. Now just pour the liquid over the hot cake, and put it in the fridge to cool down.

* When making a jello cake, all you do at this point is add cool whip to the top and you have an awesome dessert.

assembling cake jars

While the cake is cooling, take your favorite pudding mix and make a bowl. We used cheesecake flavored (my favorite) but you can use any flavor as long as it compliments your cake flavor. Also, have a carton of cool whip handy and some crushed graham crackers.

layers cake in a jar

When your cake is cool, and the pudding is set up, grab some of the smaller 2 cup mason jars. You can find these at Walmart, grocery stores, and even Home Depot and Lowe’s.

Cut chunks of cake and add them to the bottom of the jar. Next add a few spoon full’s of pudding and sprinkle graham crackers on the layers.

cake in a jar layers

To me the graham flavor is a must with key lime, they just have to go together. I suppose you could also add some coconut in as well. Repeat layers until you have reached the top and end with some cool whip.

filled cake in a jar

If I didn’t have to transport these or send them to school with kids :) I would serve them just like this with a little graham cracker sprinkled on top and maybe some toasted coconut. But since they have to make their way to school, I needed a lid!

The girls and I tied matching ribbon around the jars to make them pretty, and added a matching spoon so their teacher’s wouldn’t have to find one! They put them in a white lunch bag and were headed to school this morning!

It would not have mattered what was in the bag, just giving their teacher’s something is what they wanted to do!

key lime Cheesecake in a jar

Remember that you can make these with any flavor and any color. Even a blue raspberry would be cook for a baby shower. They sky is the limit!

Smoothie Recipes – Berry Nutella Smoothies

Smoothie Recipes are great for breakfast, dessert, or even to replace a meal.  Berry Nutella Smoothies are so delicious!  While Nutella isn’t necessarily a health food, the berries and bananas are really good for you so you won’t feel guilty about enjoying this yummy beverage!  You could substitute peanut butter or any other nut butter if you’d like.

Berry Nutella Smoothie


  • 2 cups frozen mixed berries
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 cup dairy free milk (we like rice milk)
  • 1 cup Nutella
  • additional Nutella for topping
  • Mason Jars or other Cups for serving


Place frozen berries, frozen bananas, milk, and 1 cup of Nutella into your blender.

Blend on medium/high until mixture becomes smooth.

Divide smoothie mixture into mason jars.

Top smoothies with a small amount of Nutella.  I used a piping bag with an extra large star tip to make it pretty.


Smoothie Recipes - Berry Nutella Smoothies
Recipe type: Breakfast
Berry Nutella Smoothies are great for breakfast or dessert
  • 2 cups frozen mixed berries
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 cup dairy free milk (we like rice milk)
  • 1 cup Nutella
  • additional Nutella for topping
  1. Place frozen berries, frozen bananas, milk, and 1 cup of Nutella into your blender.
  2. Blend on medium/high until mixture becomes smooth.
  3. Divide smoothie mixture into mason jars.
  4. Top smoothies with a small amount of Nutella. I used a piping bag with an extra large star tip to make it pretty.
  5. Serve!

This smoothie is sweet and filling.  It would even be a great after school snack, especially on some of these Indian Summer afternoons we’re having.

Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe that uses Nutella or a nut butter?


Red, White & Blue Rice Krispies Treats!

4th july rice krispie treats

My family is addicted to Rice Krispie treats. For the 4th of July I think it darling to add a few M&M’s and a little white chocolate to make them more patriotic!

You will need:

You are going to make just a regular pan of treats, just follow the directions on the box. Once they are set up, just cut them into rectangular sections. Cut them into sections about 2″x 4″

Melt some almond bark (I get mine at Walmart for $3.88) in a narrow cup or bowl. Take a sucker stick, from the craft section at Walmart or Hobby Lobby, and stick it in the middle of the treat. Then dip the top of the treat into the chocolate and decorate with red, white and blue M&M’s.

My little one volunteered to try them out a little early for us! :)

She never turned down a chance to be the first one to try something sweet!

It passed! She loved them! Now, if she can just keep the puppy away, she likes them also…

Oh Man!! Looks like the puppy might have stolen an M&M!

* These are great to make ahead of time and keep wrapped up for a few days. They keep really well!.

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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


  • 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

Fiesta Chicken Crockpot Recipe

fiesta chicken

You might have seen this recipe around the internet this past week… my Fiesta Chicken crockpot recipe. Those of you who have been reading my site for a while might have recognized my kitchen anyway…

I make this for dinner often. It is a simple, easy and DELICIOUS chicken crock pot recipe that my kids love. I love as well for that matter…

Anyway, I was in a hurry and made it for dinner last week and was out of a few ingredients and made some substitutions. It looked really pretty when I had it all together and so I snapped a picture and figured I would let you guys know what I was having for dinner.

Well, 26 MILLION people saw my picture last week with over 550,000 shares of my picture & recipe!! Then of course you have countless people who stole my picture and reposted exactly my word for word comments and directions as their own, and those were shared a crazy number of times… But in the end, it is a DANG good chicken recipe!

fiesta ranch dipI was out of the standard Ranch packet you are supposed to dump on the top, but I had this packet of Fiesta Ranch and so I used that… OMGosh! It made it soooooo good!!

This recipe is sooooo easy you can use raw frozen or unfrozen chicken. You dump it all in the crockpot, sprinkle the dip packet over it all, and then cook it on high for 4 hours or 6 on low. Then shred the chicken with forks and mix it all up. It looks a little sketchy at this point, but don’t worry. Then we make rice, and serve this over the rice using tortillas to scoop it up OR you can just make chicken tacos. So many choices!

Chicken Fiesta Crockpot

If it is a little soupy that is ok. Leave the lid off for a little bit and the liquid will disappear. I think it is good with a little sauce though personally.

Instead of the usual Rotel I used petite diced tomatoes drained, as my little kids don’t like the spice from Rotel.