November 19, 2017

Gobble, Gobble Turkey Shaped Vegetable Platter

It's almost Thanksgiving and I wanted to share with you this adorable Turkey Shaped Veggie Platter we served at our family Thanksgiving dinner a couple years ago. Boursin had sent me their yummy cheese dips to serve and I decided to make a kid friendly presentation with the vegetable dippers. All you need is a round platter or chip and dip tray like I used and start with the dip and use your imagination for the turkey and feathers. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving.
Gobble, gobble.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 vegetable dip or spread {I used Boursin Garlic and Herb}
  • assorted veggies cut into bite size sticks such as mushrooms, peppers, and broccoli

Directions: 

  1. Spoon dip into a small bowl. This will be the turkey "head".
  2. Add veggies to look like arms and legs and the face.
  3. Set on a platter and arrange rows of brightly colored chopped veggies behind the dip on a platter to look like the turkey "feathers". 
  4. Serve and enjoy!

 
 I made my Baked Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms filled with Boursin cheese and they were a hit, as always!
Who can resist a good stuffed mushroom?!
 Flavored Boursin cheese was the perfect spread for veggies and crackers.
Such an easy and delicious appetizer!
I spy my Dad's famous Lobster tails for Thanksgiving dinner!
 We are a family of foodies, for sure!
 We have our hands full but we wouldn't have it any other way! Happy Thanksgiving.
Thanks for sending the holiday goodies and cheese spreads for us to sample,
 Boursin and Houseparty. 
As always all opinions are my own. 
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November 17, 2017

Soy Sauce Brined Turkey

Last year for Thanksgiving I was luck enough to be chosen to host a Kikkoman sponsored Houseparty called Brine A Juicy Bird! They sent me lots of goodies included their soy sauce, which I have grown up using, along with recipes for delicious Thanksgiving creations. We decided "what the heck let's try it!" and made a Soy Sauce Brined Turkey for our Thanksgiving meal. And guess what?! It was AMAZING! Tender, juicy, flavorful, and delicious! I love cooking my turkey this way now and it is so easy- who knew?!
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November 6, 2017

35+ Messy But Good Marshmallow Treats

Happy November, friends! 
I love everything about the upcoming fall holidays and making treats 
with my family is one of my favorite things. Sticky, sweet marshmallows are one of my top choices for holiday goodies so I put together a collection of over 35 of my favorite Messy But Good Marshmallow Treats to share with y'all today. 
Hope you enjoy these recipes as much as we do for the holiday season!
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October 31, 2017

Candy Corn Cheese Pizza and Halloween Recap

Happy Halloween! 
Even the rain can't dampen our mood today!
We have had a fun filled weekend at the Zoo Boo, costume parties, and pumpkin patches and tonight we finally get to go trick or treating in our new neighborhood! I made this quick and easy Halloween themed pizza for my kiddos tonight before we went out. This extra cheesy pizza crust is covered in 2 types of cheese to resemble one of our favorite fall candies: candy corn! 

Here's our 2017 Halloween Recap...

 Pumpkin patch family portrait. 
 Sweet Stella Rose with her pumpkins. 
Our annual pumpkin painting happened last night and it was messy fun as always!
Ashton carved a Wonder Woman themed pumpkin this year {no surprise}!
 Halloween day free scary face pancakes from IHOP!
 We had fun attending lots of Halloween events this week and my little monsters
 loved the crafts {and candy too}. 
 You know me and Starbucks- we had to try the Zombie Frappuccino. It tasted like frozen apple juice and as you can see my kids didn't share all that well.  
 Our pumpkins are out and our new home is all decorated for Halloween visitors! 
Time to trick or treat! Even the rain can't stop a family of superheroes! 

Ingredients:


  • 1 large pizza crust {I used Mama Mary's 12 inch}
  • 1/4- 1/2 cup pizza sauce, to taste
  •  1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded 
  • olive oil, for drizzling

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Place pizza crust on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. 
  3. Spread on pizza sauce.
  4. Add shredded mozzarella cheese to the center making a circle. 
  5. Fill in the rest of the pizza with shredded cheddar cheese.
  6. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until golden.
  7. Slice and serve. 

 Place pizza crust on a baking sheet and preheat oven to 425. 
 Drizzle with olive oil then spread on pizza sauce.
 Add shredded mozzarella cheese to the center making a circle. 
Fill in the rest of the pizza with shredded cheddar cheese.
 Bake for 7-10 minutes or until golden.
 Slice and serve. 
 
 My kids got a kick out of the candy corn inspired pizza and it was the
 perfect fast dinner to serve before a busy night trick or treating!
Happy Halloween from our superhero family!
Stay safe and have fun!
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October 28, 2017

Decadent Candy Bar Frappe

It's Halloween weekend and if you are like my family then you already have bags full of candy!
 We love attending fall festivals, trunk or treats, the zoo boo, and just about any other trick or treat event we can find. Our new city of San Antonio has so many fun family friendly Halloween events every day that we can't possibly do them all- but we try!
So when Torani asked me to make a drink for their spooktacular Halloween campaign, I jumped at the chance. After all, I love coffee and I love Halloween and I knew right away what I wanted to make: a Candy Bar Frappe inspired by all our buckets of Halloween candy!
Torani offers nearly 150 unique flavors of syrups that are perfect for adding to your at home coffeehouse creation or Halloween inspired sweet treat!Their regular line is made with real, simple ingredients like pure cane sugar & natural flavors and their sugar free line is made with natural flavors & sweetened with sucralose. 

Check out all their flavors and order online here: www.torani.com

#AToraniHalloween
“Torani inspires folks to taste life one flavorful experience at time…”

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October 23, 2017

Favorite Disney Princess Recipes and Crafts

My sweet little Ava princess is turning 5 today and to celebrate I put together this adorable collection of 30 of our Favorite Disney Princess Recipes and Crafts
Hope you and your little princesses enjoy them as much as we did!
Princess Ava in our homemade princess crowns. 
Check out the link below.
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October 22, 2017

Marshmallow Monster Pops

Happy Halloween month, friends!
I created this fun recipe with my kids in mind, as most of my food is. They love to help make and eat my recipe creations so we definitely had some messy fun making these Marshmallow Monster Pops!
These tasty treats make a spooktacular Halloween party dessert or gift!

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