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St. Patrick’s Day Treats

Rainbow Cookies
Malted Mint Brownie Bites
St. Patrick’s Day Muddy Buddies
Rainbow Dust
Mint Oreo Ice Cream Pie
St. Patrick’s Day Rice Crispie Treats
Lucky Charm Cookies
Green Ombre Cupcakes
Leprachaun Sugar Cookie Bars
Lucky Lie Poke Cupcakes

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Must Make Mardi Gras Eats and Drinks

Must Make Mardi Gras Eats and Drinks

King Cake Pancakes
Cajun Crab Dip
Parmesan Goat Cheese 
Shrimp and Grits
Spicy Jambalaya 
Signature Mardi Gras Slushie
Madi Gras Martinis
King Cake
Beignets
King Cake Pancakes

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Mardi Gras King Cake Popcorn

 

Take the King Cake to another form when you make POPCORN.  Great snack for the parades, parties, and general “laissez les bon temps rouler” attitude that embodies the Mardi Gras fun and festivities.

Mardi Gras King Cake Popcorn

INGREDIENTS

8 cups plain popped popcorn (no butter or salt)

1/4 cup Wilton dark green chocolate melts

1/4 cup Wilton yellow chocolate melts

1/4 cup Wilton lavender chocolate melts

1/2 cup purple, green and yellow M&M’s

Dark green jimmies and Dark green jimmies

Gold sugar crystals

Lavender sugar crystals

King Cake Plastic Baby

DIRECTIONS

1.   Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay the popcorn on the baking sheet, in a single layer and set aside.

2.  In a microwave safe bowl, add the green chocolate melts. Microwave for 45 seconds. Remove from the microwave and stir until melted and smooth.

3.  Drizzle the melted green chocolate on top of the popcorn. Before the chocolate hardens, drizzle the light green jimmies on top of the green chocolate.

4.  Add the yellow chocolate melts to a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 45 seconds.  Stir until completely melted and smooth.   Drizzle on top of the popcorn.  Before the chocolate hardens, sprinkle the dark green jimmies on top of the yellow chocolate.

5.   Sprinkle the green, yellow and purple M&M’s on top of the popcorn.   (I took the green and yellow ones from a regular bag of M&Ms. I purchased the purple ones at a party supply store).

6.  In a microwave safe bowl, add the lavender chocolate melts. Microwave for 45 seconds. Remove from the microwave and stir until melted and smooth.

7.   Drizzle the melted lavender chocolate all over the popcorn. Before the chocolate hardens, drizzle the gold  and purple sugar crystals on top.  Tuck the King Cake Baby into the mix somewhere.

8.  Place in the refrigerator and chill for 20 minutes to allow the chocolates to harden.

9.  Remove from refrigerator and break up into pieces.

10. ENJOY!!  

Yields: 8 cups

Store in an airtight container for up to 1 month, but you might want to eat it before Lent starts in case you give up sweets, because this stuff will be tempting.

 

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25 MUST TRY Mardi Gras Desserts

 

25 MUST TRY Mardi Gras Dessert Recipes

Mardi Gras Snack Mix

Mardi Gras Cupcakes

King Cake Bars

Gluten Free King Cake

King Cake Dip

Mardi Gras Cookies

King Cake Bites

Mini Beignets

Pecan Praline King Cake Monkey Bread

Mardi Gras King Cake

Mardi Gras Petit Fours

King Cake Cheese Ball

Mardi Gras Sugar Cookies

Mardi Gras Jello Shots

King Cake Donuts

Mardi Gras King Cake Roll

Mardi Gras Coated Popcorn

King Cake Cheesecake

Dessert fit for a King

King Cake Oreo Truffles

Mardi Gras Cake Pops

Easy King Cake Knots

King Cake Pull Apart Muffins

King Cake Ice Cream

Mini Beignets

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Totally Tempting Truffles

Totally Tempting Truffles

Toasted Smores Truffle Pops
White Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles
Raspberry Truffles
Copycat Ferrero Rocher Truffles
Pecan Sandie Truffles
Strawberry Cheesecake Truffles
Cake Batter Truffles
Oreo Buckeye Truffles
Churro Truffles
Samoas Truffles

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Nutella Crescent Rolls – Valentine’s Day or Any Occasion

Nothing says I Love You quite like delicious and warm baked goods.  Make these for your Valentine, for yourself, for your co-workers, your neighbors — Just MAKE THEM, because they are SO GOOD!  Vary the sprinkles to customize for any and all occasions.

Valentine Nutella Crescent Rolls

INGREDIENTS
Pillsbury crescent rolls – 8 ct. canister
13 oz jar of Nutella
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons cold milk or cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Valentine sprinkles

DIRECTIONS
1.   Preheat oven to 375° F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set to the side.

2.   Keep refrigerated till ready to use the dough.  Separate the crescent rolls into triangles per the directions on the package.

3.   Generously spread 2 Tablespoons of Nutella onto each triangle and then roll each one up, beginning with the wide end of each triangle.

4.   Place on the parchment lined cookie sheet, at least 2 inches apart from each other.

5.   Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the crescents turn light golden brown in color.  Do NOT over bake.  Cool a minute or two on the tray before icing.

6.   While the crescents are baking, make the icing glaze. Put the powdered sugar in a mixing bowl.  To the powdered sugar, add the milk and vanilla.  Mix until a thick glaze forms.  You may need a tiny bit more milk to get the consistency to drizzle with.

7.   While the crescents are still a bit warm, drizzle the icing glaze generously over each crescent roll and then sprinkle with the Valentine sprinkles.

8.   ENJOY!!  Yield 8 Nutella crescent rolls.  Once cooled, store in covered plastic ware in the fridge up to 2 days.

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Scrumptious Strawberry Cheesecakes

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream
Strawberry Cheesecake Tart
Strawberry Cheesecake Pie
Mason Jar Strawberry Cheesecakes
Mini Strawberry Topped Cheesecakes
Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake
Berry Cheesecake Bars
Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake Smoothie
Chocolate Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries
No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

 

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Boozy Chocolate Covered Strawberries

 

Boozy Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Ingredients:
2 pints of large ripe strawberries (some for making and some for munching on while you work)
1 cup Ghiradellhi chocolate
1 cup Chardonnay
20 plastic pipette tubes for infusion
Red and pink chocolate candy melts

Directions:
Wash and dry your strawberries.  Pat dry and let them air dry awhile.  Water and chocolate don’t mix.
Place your strawberries on a baking pan lined with parchment paper.
Take your pipettes and add your wine of choice.  Insert one into each strawberry.
Let sit until all the wine has been absorbed into the strawberry, at least 20 minutes.
Begin to melt your chocolate:
Using a double boiler, fill the bottom pot 2/3 of the way with water and bring to a boil on medium heat.
Place the second pot onto of the first one.  You want the water to touch the bottom of the top pan.
Reduce heat to low.
Add your chocolate to the second boiler.
Stir to melt, making sure to not let it get too hot.  However, you want the chocolate to be good and warm.  Cold chocolate will streak and dry dull.  TO make it be pretty, make sure your chocolate is fully melted for a few minutes.
Dip each strawberry into the chocolate, covering 3/4 of the strawberry.
Place the strawberry back on the baking sheet and to allow to harden.
Begin to melt the the pink and red wafers.
Drizzle the various chocolate colors on your berries for a classy look.  I use a butter knife for the drizzling.
Enjoy!  Store these in the fridge for up to 2 days.

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New Orleans Style Classic Big Easy Hurricane Cocktail

New Orleans Style Classic Big Easy Hurricane Cocktail

The Hurricane became popular at Pat O’Briens bar in 1940’s New Orleans, and is now an iconic staple of New Orleans. The story behind the drink claims that it debuted during the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City and got its name from the hurricane lamp-shaped glasses that the first drinks were served in, and still known as hurricane glasses today.  Enjoy our version of this classic made famous in the Big Easy.  These pack a heck of a punch, so please enjoy responsibly.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 ounce grenadine
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces mango passion fruit juice
  • 2 ounces white rum
  • 2 ounces dark rum
  • Ice
  • Fresh slice of orange
  • Maraschino cherry with a stem

Directions:

  1. Into a cocktail shaker half filled with cubed ice, add: grenadine, fresh squeezed lemon and lime juices, orange juice, simple syrup, mango passion fruit juice, white rum, dark rum.
  2. Place the lid on the cocktail shaker and shake it vigorously for 30 seconds.
  3. Strain cocktail into a 12-ounce Hurricane glass filled with cubed ice.
  4. Garnish with orange slice and a single Maraschino cherry.
  5. Serve, sip, enjoy.

Drink responsibly, and never drink and drive.

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20 Valentine’s Day Worthy Cookies to LOVE

The First Year – Valentines Day Slice n Bake Cookies

Cooking Classy – Valentines Linzer Heart Cookies

Life Love and Sugar – Strawberry Cheesecake Chocolate Cookie Cups

Chelsea’s Messy Apron – Heart Shaped Valentines Oreos

The Decorated Cookie – You Complete Me Heart Cookies

The Domestic Rebel – Soft Chewy Red Velvet Cookies

A Farmgirl Dabbles – Raspberry Shortbread Heartswith Raspberry Cream Cheese Marshmallow Dip

Bakingdom – Cinnamon Red Hots Shortbread Cookies

Brown-eyed Baker – Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies

Crazy for Crust – Nutella Chocolate Pudding Cookies with Strawberry Hearts

Frugal Mom, Eh – Valentines Day Macarons

I Am Baker – Red Velvet Peanut Butter Blossoms

The Frugal Girls – Stawberry White Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

Something Swanky – Soft Batch M&M Pudding Cookies for Valentines Day

Baked by Rachel – Marbled Valentine Sugar Cookies

Camille I Am – Valentines Day Fortune Cookies

One Little Project – Gummy Bear Heart Cookies

Life Love and Sugar – Nutella Cheesecake Chocolate Cookie Cups

The Decorated Cookie – Warm and Fuzzy Heart Cookie Pops

My Litter – Valentines Day Cherry Chocolate Kiss Cookies

 

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Adorable! 18 DIY Valentine Boxes to Make

One of my fond memories of being a child at Valentine’s Day was my mom helping to make the best and most beautiful Valentine box to hold all of the treasures from my classmates.  She was so clever!  I always had the most wonderful box to take to school.  I am making my first Valentine Box with my own daughter this year, and looked around for ideas.  I found so many cute ones I decided to share!  Enjoy this list of 18 DIY Valentine Boxes to inspire some creativity for your own!

Bugaboo City – Felt Valentines Day Mailbox

Dream a Little Bigger – Painted Valentine Mailbox

Red Ted Art – Valentine Mailbox Made From a Cereal Box

Living Well Mom – “Love Bites” Bug Valentine Mailbox

I Heart Crafty Things – Bee Valentine Mailbox

Just a Girl and Her Blog – Lego Ninja Valentine Mailbox

Artsy Fartsy Mama – Panda Valentine Card Box

Design Dazzle – Unicorn Valentine Card Box

Frog Prince Paperie – Valentine Puppy Love Mailbox

One Creative Mommy – Rocket Booster Valentine Box

The House That Lars Built – Valentines Day Pinata Box

Design Improvised – DIY Pom Pom Heart Valentine Card Holder

DIY Adulation – Recycled Pokeball Valentine Box

Silicon Valley Mamas – DIY Lego Brick Valentine Box

Mouse Ears Mom – Mickey and Minnie Inspired Valentine Boxes

Foster 2 Forever – Darth Vader Valentine Box

Peppermint Plum – Rubiks Cube Valentine Box

Pretty Plain Janes – Kitty Cat Valentine Box

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Valentine’s Day Hershey Kiss Sprinkle Sugar Cookie

Make it easy from a cake mix box.  These little cookies are cute as can be and filled with a kiss!  Fun for kids to make these, too.  Mine love to roll the balls into the sprinkles, and they love to push the kisses into the hot cookies.  The best part is eating these!  Enjoy.

Valentine’s Day Hershey Kiss Sprinkle Sugar Cookie

Ingredients:
1 box of white cake mix 
2 eggs at room temperature 
1/3 cup of vegetable oil
Candy heart cake sprinkles (Shown)
Approximately 24 Hershey Kisses, unwrapped

Directions:

  • Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • Mix the cake mix, eggs, and vegetable oil using a stand mixer or hand mixer until combined and a soft dough forms.
  • Place your dough mix into the fridge for 5-10 minutes to firm up the dough.
  • Using a spoon or cookie scoop, scoop out cookie dough and roll into approximately 1 inch sized balls.
  • Roll cookie dough balls into multicolor candy heart sprinkles.
  • Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, 2 inches apart.
  • Bake in pre-heated oven for 8-10 minutes, till just starting to brown.  Do NOT overbake.
  • Rest on the cookie sheet 2 minutes and push one Hershey candy into the center of each cookie.
  • Remove from cookie sheet and place on a cookie cooling rack to cool completely. 

Yield approximately 24 cookies.

Cool at least 10 minutes before eating as the chocolate will be very hot.  Cool completely before storing in plastic ware up to 10 days.  

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Stay WARM! Craft an Indoor Snowman

Stay WARM! Craft an Indoor Snowman instead!  These are some cute and fun ideas for kids to get their snowman on when there is no white stuff outside (or maybe too much?).  Check out these cool ideas and get crafting.

Cookie Cutter Snowman Art
Fingerprint Snowman Scene
Mason Jar Snowman
Snowman Washer Necklaces
Ziploc Baggie Snowman
Coffee Cup Snowmen
Make-Up Snowman
Spin Art Snowman

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10 Unique (Some sorta naughty) Activities to do with Your Honey on Valentine’s Day

10 Unique (Some sorta naughty) Activities to do with Your Honey on Valentine’s Day

We all love getting gifts, but in all reality, your time is worth more to the person you love than the cost of even the most valuable gift. When you have been married as long as I have, cute little gifts are great, but not what you need. Let’s face it; we all need to spice things up every now and then! Here are 10 unique (Some sorta naughty ones!) activities to do with your significant other on Valentine’s Day!

#1 Take a Stroll Down Memory Lane

The restaurants are busy, the stores have millions of helpless lovers searching for the best gift, and the whole couple world has cupid on their head. Instead of joining in the chaos, take your spouse down memory lane. Visit an old park, your favorite place, or where you first met. Make it an adventure that no one else will be on.

#2 Go Skinny Dipping

Bring out your wild side. I mean you’re already together, so it’s not like your spouse will see anything forbidden. It might be cold, but the exhilaration of jumping naked into a pool of cold water with your love is sure to heat things up.

#3 Get Matching Tattoos or Piercings

Getting a tattoo or piercing certainly isn’t the norm on Valentine’s Day, but if you are both into getting a new tat or piercing, why not do it together? Pick something you both would like and make the leap.

#4 Go Sing Karaoke

Who knows, you both may be the next American Idol! Couples who sing together are couples who stay together. So, go out to your favorite Karaoke bar for a few drinks, and sing your hearts out. Of course, you could come up with a special song just for your spouse.

#5 Play Truth or Dare

Oh, come on. you know you want to know what the dare is! Just because you are coupled up doesn’t mean you don’t have secrets to tell or things you’ve never done. Have Valentine’s Truth or Dare, and see how fun and steamy your night can get.

#6 Play Your Their Favorite Video Game

Some of us have a significant other who is a hard-core gamer. Usually, it’s just one or the other that enjoy the games, so if you’re the one that isn’t too into it, surprise your SO with a game night complete with drinks, popcorn, and a little friendly competition.

#7 Be Goof Balls

They say laughter is the best medicine and that goes for having a healthy relationship as well. When you are constantly being a grown up, sometimes it’s just fun to let go and be goofballs. Here are a few ways to laugh it up:

  • Go shopping and have a cart race for everything on your list. Winner gets something from the loser.
  • Make blanket forts and tell stories.
  • See a comedy show or better yet, try an open mike night yourself!
  • Go to an arcade and play all the fun games.

#8 Become Tourists in Your Own City

Go around your city, taking pictures and acting like tourists. Pretend to be different people. Ask other people to take pictures of you, and ask them what the best places in town to do are. You may be surprised how much you can learn from other people about the city you live in.

#9 Make Memories in Your Car

Remember the days when you would go park in an exclusive part of town just to make-out? Reminisce on those adrenaline times of yore, and make some memories in your car. Figure out where “make-out hill” is in your town (probably good to know when your kids are older, too).  Bonus if you clean out all kid detritus first.  Nothing sexy about stale Cheerios stuck in your hair.

#10 Play Strip Bedroom Blackjack

This is a fun Strip Bedroom Blackjack game you can find online to spice up your life. The seductive deck lets you play games like poker, blackjack, go fish, or rummy in new and erotic ways. Just make sure if you have kids there is a babysitter!

What other unique Valentine’s Day activities have you done with your spouse? Share some fun ideas in the comments below!

 

 

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20 Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Crafts

I heart every one of these amazing DIY Easy to make Valentine’s Day Crafts!  Great for fun activities with kids of all ages.  There is something for everyone to enjoy.  Check them out.

1. Foam Valentine’s Day Hearts
2. Pencil Arrows
3. Salt Dough Heart Footprint
4. Fruit Loops Craft
5. Valentine’s Sun Catchers
6. Easy PlayDoh Craft
7. Duck Tape Frame
8. Cotton Ball Stamped Heart Card
9. Sign Language Valentine’s Day Card
10. Votive Jars
11. Heart-shaped Crayons
12. Toilet Roll Love Bugs
13. Gift Wrap Valentine’s Flowers
14. Potpourri Heart
15. Valentine’s Day Trees
16. Glitter Rock Valentines
17. Heart-Shaped Animals
18. I Love You to Pieces Card
19. Thumbprint Heart Jars
20. Yarn Wrapped Hearts

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Fabulous Appetizers For The Win

Fabulous Appetizers For The Win

Chili Cheese Boats
Easy Sausage Balls
Chicken & Waffle Sliders
Bacon Cheese Ball
Game Day Nachos
Barbeque Chicken Stromboli
Layered Mexican Bean Dip
Cheesesteak Bites
Tangy Sesame Wings
Loaded Mashed Potato Bites
Bacon Cheese Mushrooms
Crescent Roll Pizza

 

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