Peppermint Mocha Cookie Recipe

Peppermint Mocha Cookie Recipe


Although I love a hot, delicious Pumpkin Spice latte, my favorite beverage this time of year is Peppermint Mocha.  Serve up a plate of these cookies, made with a special peppermint mocha cookie recipe, at Christmas parties and gatherings this year!

Chocolate Cookie Ingredients:

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Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake {Chick Fil A Copycat}

There is finally a chill in the air and while pumpkin spice everything is still divine, there's nothing quite like the pairing of chocolate and peppermint for the holiday season.  I love to sip on a Peppermint Mocha from Starbucks, but for a cool treat, Chick Fil A has THE best Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshakes!  If you find yourself craving one of these beauties on Sunday or when it's just too cold to go out, here's how to quickly and easily whip one up at home!

Copycat Chick Fil A Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake


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Ten Delicious Pomegranate Recipes

Delicious Pomegranate Recipes

I LOVE pomegranates.  They are, without a doubt, my very favorite fruit.  I long for the pomegranate season and scoop up a few pomegranates whenever I see them in the store.  The boys love them, too, and they're full of yummy goodness!  A few weeks ago, I bought about 72 pomegranates for $30 from Bountiful Baskets and we are still enjoying them.  I've frozen some arils and also collected a few great pomegranate recipes to try!  Take a look and see what you think!  And if you have a great recipe made with pomegranates, let me know in the comments.

If you are looking for tips for picking, storing, and serving pomegrantes, check out this informative post from Frugal Minded Mom.

10 Delicious Pomegranate Recipes

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Homemade Mini Caramel Apple Suckers – A Sweet Treat for Halloween!

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Homemade Mini Caramel Apple Suckers

One of my absolute favorite Halloween candies is caramel apple suckers.  I adore these sweet, sour, sticky suckers, but do I really need a whole bag?  Noooo!  I had some of these yummy caramel bits on hand from our Mickey Mouse caramel apples and mini silicon candy molds, and I was surprised with how easy it was!  They're small enough to be satisfyingly sweet, but perfect for portion control and little ones!


  • about 10 green apple Jolly Ranchers candies
  • about 30 Kraft caramel bits

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Mickey Mouse Caramel Apples to Celebrate Fall!

Mickey Mouse caramel apples

October is my absolute favorite month of the year.  I am not in love with Halloween, but Fall!  The smells, colors, and flavors of Fall are my amazing and so are the cooler temperatures.  I had only made caramel apples once, but I wanted to try and make some Mickey Mouse caramel apples and while the craftier folks could really put mine to shame, I think they turned out pretty cute and the boys loved them, too.  And of course, they were delicious! [Read more…]

Chocolatey Chip Ice Cream {low-fat, lactose free ice cream recipe}

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Chocolately Chip lactose free ice cream

We are right smack dab in the middle of the dog days of summer.  Yesterday we got a "cold front" in Texas and it was the first day in many that didn't reach 100 degrees.  What?  It's so, so hot.  That's August for you, I guess.  The boys seem to think that every time we go outside and sweat, (which is every day!) we need a popsicle or ice cream afterwards.

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Pumpkin Pie Butter Recipe – Perfect For Fall!

Pumpkin Pie Butter

If I close my eyes and think hard enough, I can almost imagine the cooler temperatures and fall decor.  I may need to step inside an air conditioned room, because this 100+ degree heat is almost unbearable!  I know it will be over soon enough, and my favorite season of the year will be here!  Fall. Autumn. October. I love everything about Fall!  My favorite foods are all fall foods – apples, cranberries, and of course, pumpkin.  I'm not limited to Fall to enjoy these, but I am just giddy when I am happily pinning Fall recipes on Pinterest!  

This Pumpkin Pie Butter would be absolutely perfect on just about anything.  Bread, rolls, bagels, muffins, pancakes, waffles….you get the idea….it is delicious!  The flavor is smooth, spicy, and pumpkin-y.

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Three Layer Very Berry Dream Cream – A New Summer Favorite!

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Very Berry Dream Cream

We have had some success in growing strawberries in the past, but blackberries are our big backyard berry producer.  (Figures, since I've heard that blackberries grow wild and are even a nuisance to some people.)  We have found that if we pick them right when they turn from red to black and keep them in a bowl on the cabinet for a few days, they're oh so sweet and rarely sour.  Eat them too early, they're super sour and even bitter and if you leave them too long on the bush, the birds will attack them.  Last month we had a lot of blackberries, so I came up with this fun recipe, using our three favorite berries – blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries.  The boys named this dessert "Very Berry Dream Cream" and we all love it.  The whole process takes a couple of days because each layer has to set, so I recommend making a big batch to make it worth it.  This recipe makes anywhere from 10-15 servings, depending on the size of your jars or containers.  Also, you could make a big dish instead of individual serving sizes.  Whatever you choose to do, I know you will enjoy this delicious recipe!

Ingredients for bottom layer:

  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1 TBSP gelatin
  • 2 TBSP sugar

Ingredients for middle layer:

  • 1 TBSP gelatin
  • 4 TBSP cold water
  • 16 oz heavy whipping cream
  • 12 oz milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Ingredients for top layer:

  • 2 cups strawberries
  • 1/2 TBSP gelatin
  • 2 TBSP sugar

Supplies Needed:

  • 10-15 small 8 oz. Mason jars, bowls, or other individual serving container
  • blender or food processor
  • sauce pan and spatula for cooking

Directions for First Layer:

  1. Wash and dry all of your Mason jars and set aside.
  2. Also, make room in your fridge for the jars.  (This will save you frustration later!)
  3. Rinse the blackberries and blueberries with fresh water, then place in a blender, along with the gelatin and sugar.
  4. Puree' the berries, gelatin, and sugar for a few minutes, until smooth with no lumps.
  5. Optional:  pour mixture through a strainer to remove blackberry seeds that didn't puree'.  I didn't do this and it wasn't a big deal, but it might be if you have texture issues.  Another option would be puree' the berries, remove the seeds, then add in the gelatin and sugar.
  6. Pour mixture into a pot on the stove on medium-high heat and remove once it starts boiling.
  7. Carefully pour a layer of the mixture into the bottom of each of your mason jars.
  8. Refrigerate for 8 hours or better, overnight.

Directions for Middle Layer:

  1. When the first layer is completely firm, begin the second layer.  (If you pour the second layer too soon, you'll have your layers mixed up and while still delicious, it's not as pretty.)
  2. Mix 1 TBSP gelatin into 4 TBSP cold water.  Leave for 5-10 minutes and let it swell.
  3. Pour 16 oz heavy whipping cream, 12 oz cold milk, and 1/2 cup sugar in a medium sauce pan, stir, and simmer over medium-high heat. (Don't let it boil.)
  4. After sugar has dissolved, remove from heat and add in 2 tsp vanilla and stir.
  5. Let cool for 5-10 minutes and then add in gelatin that has swelled.
  6. Stir until gelatin has dissolved completely.
  7. Carefully pour on top of the blueberry/blackberry layer in each jar.
  8. Refrigerate for 4-6 hours or better yet, overnight.

Directions for Top Layer:

  1. Rinse the strawberries and trim the green tops off and discard.
  2. Place strawberries, 1/2 TBSP gelatin, and 2 TBSP sugar into blender or food processor and puree' completely for a few minutes.
  3. Pour mixture through a strainer to remove seeds, if desired.
  4. Place mixture in a medium sauce pan and simmer over medium-high heat just until boiling.
  5. Remove from heat and let cool for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Pour mixture over the middle layer and refrigerate for a few hours.  It's not as essential that this layer set completely, so eat whenever it's cool!

 Very Berry Dream Cream

I know this seems like a ton of work, but really it's more about planning.  Each step doesn't take longer than 15-20 minutes, it's just the waiting for each layer to set.  Hubby and the boys LOVED this dessert and it's relatively healthy.  Grass fed gelatin has great health benefits and the berries provide antioxidants.  So, eat up and enjoy!

Prepare For Busy Mornings With Quick Freezer Breakfast Burritos

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What is it about frozen breakfast foods that make them so delicious?  Okay, really, most of them are not all that good.  They're just convenient.  Have you ever looked at a package of frozen waffles or sausage biscuits?  I'm very guilty of serving these up to my family, but then I had the idea of making breakfast ahead of time in individual portions, freezing them, and having them readily available when someone was hungry!  Why didn't I think of this before?

My first freezer breakfast meal was individual breakfast burritos.  I buy raw tortillas that you cook because they have very few ingredients and taste the best, in my opinion.  I cooked them up really quickly, while I made my egg and sausage mixture.  Then, roll them up in Glad® Press'n Seal and make sure they are extra protected in the freezer with Glad® FreezerWareTM.  This ensures that they will be protected from freezer burn for a long time.  Sorry I can't tell you how long they will last, but I'm pretty sure they will be eaten before they go bad, especially if they're protected in Glad.  When someone wants a burrito, simply unwrap, wrap in a paper towel, warm for a minute or two in the microwave, and it's breakfast time!

Freezer Breakfast Burritos

Ingredients:  (you really can add in anything that you want in these!)

  • 8 burrito sized tortillas
  • 8-10 eggs
  • 3/4 cup cooked sausage
  • shredded cheese

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  1. Cook eggs and sausage until done.
  2. Lay out tortillas and scoop egg and sausage mixture on top.  Don't overfill!
  3. Sprinkle with cheese, if desired.
  4. Fold up two opposite sides, and then roll one side until your burrito is snug and secure.Freezer Breakfast Burritos #SAVEITSUNDAY #FoodFairyTale ad
  5. Wrap each burrito in Glad® Press'n Seal.
  6. Place wrapped burritos in Glad® FreezerWareTM, snap lid on, and store in freezer.

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Directions for re-warming burritos:

  1. Take a burrito out of the freezer.
  2. Unwrap.
  3. Loosely wrap in a paper towel.
  4. Microwave for 1-2 minutes (you will probably have to experiment with this due to microwaves being so different.)
  5. Let cool, top with your favorite salsa, and enjoy!

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Quick Microwave Chocolate Candy

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Quick Microwave Chocolate CandyChocolate and pecans seem to have such a lucious combination of textures and flavors.  To me, there is no better pair than those two!  Peanuts are an okay substitute, but being from Texas, pecans are my "nut of choice," especially when paired with chocolate!  Chocolate sheet cake with pecans, chocolate pecan pie, chocolate chip cookies with pecans, and Turtles candy, to name a few!  

Somehow, my oldest has a pecan allergy.  Sigh.  He's pretty good about it, as long as he has a dessert alternative if a pecan pie is placed in front of him, for instance.  He's learned to check the regular suspects – fudge and brownies, to see if they have pecans (or walnuts, which he is also allergic to.)  It's SUCH a downer when we are at potluck at church and the only chocolate dessert has tree nuts in them.  He definitely has his mommy's love of chocolate and sweets!  

The challenge for me is satisfying my craving for pecans and chocolate in a quick and easy way, and preferably in a way that can be catered to his allergies, in case he wants a bite.  I created this easy recipe a few months ago and it is so easily adapted.  Just think of whatever you want to see in a candy bar and it's done.  If the Captain wants some chocolate candy, he can add fruit or peanuts.  If Daddy wants candy, he can add his favorite – cashews.  

So here's what you need and how to make this deliciously easy snack!

Materials needed:

  • silicon molds – here's the star I used or any other mold like the candy bar mold
  • microwave
  • fork


  • semi-sweet chocolate chips (Enjoy Life is a great dairy, soy, gluten, & nut free option.  You could, of course, use any other kind of chocolate chips – milk, dark, white, etc)
  • nuts (pecans, cashews, peanuts….pick your favorite – optional, of course)
  • other optional add-ins:  dried fruit, fresh fruit, coconut flakes, caramel, cereal…anything!



  1. Place chocolate chips, as many as you'd like, in the silicon mold.  Spread them out evenly.
  2. Microwave chocolate chips, stirring/flattening out every 20 seconds, until fully melted.
  3. Add ingredients of choice, pressing down into chocolate with a fork.
  4. Refrigerate for about 20-30 minutes to harden.
  5. Take out of the mold and enjoy!


For fancier chocolates, check out Mini Layered Chocolates, Cake Batter Coconut Chocolate Candy, or Coconut Chocolate Candy!