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.
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  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!

Homemade Salad Dressing & Vinaigrette Recipes – And How To Store Them For A Healthy Salad On The Go

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Salad dressing is something that people are very passionate about.  If a favorite kind of dressing is missing from the potluck, they might skip the salad all together.  I think everyone assumes that everyone likes Ranch dressing, but that is not true!  I cannot eat Ranch dressing at all, but my husband and kids do!  My favorite is Italian or some vinaigrettes.  I love tangy, robust flavor on my salad and veggies!

The store bought salad dressings, however, are packed with preservatives to make them last longer and shelf stable.  There are so many delicious homemade salad dressing and vinaigrette recipes, and I have collected a few here for you to choose from.  After you pick your favorite, scroll down to see how I'm taking my salad on the go these days!

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix – A Few Shortcuts

Ranch Dressing Mix – Simple Saving Savvy

Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix – Spend With Pennies


Homemade Italian Dressing

Homemade Italian Dressing Mix – A Few Shortcuts

Italian Dressing – Thrifty Jinxy

Homemade Italian Salad Dressing – Quirky Inspired

Copycat Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix – Simple Thrifty

Fruity Vinaigrettes

Strawberry Fruit Vinaigrette – Southern Krazed 

Orange Vinaigrette – Southern Krazed

Pomegranate Vinaigrette – Ann's Entitled Life

Raspberry Vinaigrette – Confessions of an Overworked Mom

Sweet Vinegar Salad Dressing – Mission To Save

Other Great Dressings and Vinaigrettes

Being a stay-at-home mom, I do not often take my lunch to eat outside of the house.  Sometimes we have a nice picnic or go to the zoo, however, and a nice salad with homemade salad dressing would be a great meal.  But then there's the issue of how do you transport the salad dressing.  Do you take the whole bottle? Look for a small bag?  Before I know it, I usually talk myself out of the salad and choose something more convenient.  That was until I found the Glad® To Go Lunch containers with a dressing cup that snaps into the lid.  The cup stays secure until I need to drizzle it all over my delicious salad.  That solved that problem!
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It's easy to prep the salads the night before and store them in the fridge, too.  Just grab and go on your way to the park, zoo, picnic, work, or wherever you may be headed for the day!  Find more food protection pointers on the Glad website, and print out an my fridge guides for proper food storage times, too!
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Easy 10 Minute Strawberry S’mores

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Easy 10 Minute Strawberry S'mores

Some of my fondest memories are being surrounded by friends and sometimes family, around a campfire, laughing at making s'mores together.  It is always a good time when you try to brown marshmallows over a fire because it's so hard to get them well…not black!  

A few years ago, when we were house parents at a children's home, I started making oven s'mores because they are a quick, easy solution for snacktime.  They were, of course, always a huge hit!  I occassionally make them for my own kids now and they truly do enjoy them.  It is the perfect summertime snack, especially lately since it has been dreary and rainy outdoors.  We whip up these strawberry s'mores and dream of being able to go outdoors.  This recipe goes to show that you absolutely do not need a campfire to make delicious s'mores.

The other day I stocked up on s'mores supplies at Walmart, along with some fresh strawberries.  It was very convenient to find the perfect s'mores making supplies, all in one place:

Easy 10 Minute Strawberry S'moresAs the recipe title suggest, it's super simple to make these Easy 10 Minute Strawberry S'mores, which is handy when you have a lot of hungry mouths to feed!


  • Kraft Jet-Puffed S'moreMallows
  • Hershey's milk chocolate bars
  • Honey Maid Graham Cracker Squares (exclusively at Walmart and so convenient for S'mores making!)
  • strawberries, sliced thin

s'mores ingredients


1.  Place graham cracker squares on a pan.  (I use parchment paper because these can get messy.)

2.  Break apart Hershey's chocolate bar and place 2-3 rectangles on each graham crackers.  (Three rectangles are messier, but of course more delicious.)

Easy 10 Minute Strawberry S'mores

3.  Put one S'moreMallow on top of chocolate.  Then, place in the oven or toaster oven on broil.  

4.  Watch CAREFULLY because the marshmallows brown quickly.

5.  When marshmallows are browned to perfection, take them out of the oven.

6.  Place 2-3 slices of strawberries on each marshmallow.

7.  Top with another graham square, serve on a plate, and enjoy!

Easy 10 Minute Strawberry S'moresEasy 10 Minute Strawberry S'mores

These 10 Minute Strawberry S'mores are great for an after dinner dessert, too!  Perhaps you have guests who stop by at the last minute and you don't know what to prepare?  You can fix these in less than 10 minutes and make just the right amount, too.  Make them for summer BBQs, parties, and more!

Easy 10 Minute Strawberry S'mores

Now that I've shared our favorite way to make s'mores…I'd love to hear yours!  How do you like your s'mores?

The Men of Frozen Cupcakes: Kristoff and Sven

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Men of Frozen: Kristoff and SvenFrozen is very much alive and well in our house.  It's Baby Brother's absolute favorite thing to watch, the songs are still fun to sing, and whenever it is on, we all have to watch.  The Captain has reached a point where he thinks he's "too cool" for Frozen, probably because the two main characters are female, of course.  But what about the men of Frozen?  You have the evil Hans, cute little Olaf, and the manly Kristoff and his sidekick Sven the reindeer.  Frozen is very much a movie to be enjoyed by boys and girls, men and women of all ages!  These Frozen cupcakes would be a great addition to a Frozen themed birthday party or celebration.  And they are more "boyish" than the frilly pink Elsa and Anna cupcakes.  Don't get me wrong, I love Anna and Elsa and all things pink, but that doesn't really fly around here with three blue loving manly men.  And who can resist these yummy chocolate cupcakes with blue icing and "snow"?

Kristoff Cupcakes

Cupcake Recipe:

  • 2 2/3 C flour
  • 1 1/2 C cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 C sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 TBSP stick butter, softened
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 C whole milk

Cupcake Directions:

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
-Line cupcake tins with paper liners.
-Cream butter and sugar until light and creamy.
-Mix in one egg at a time.
-Mix in vanilla.
-Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cocoa in another bowl.
-Add the sifted dry ingredients to the creamed butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
-Mix well until are ingredients are thoroughly blended.
-Add the whole milk.
-Beat until well combined.
-Scoop the batter into the lined cupcake tins.
-Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
-Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes.

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Sven Cupcakes


Frosting Recipe:

  • 1 C unsalted butter, softened
  • 4+ C powder sugar
  • 4 TBSP heavy whipping cream
  • Sky Blue and Dark Blue gel food coloring

Frosting Directions:

-Cream the butter.
-Add the powdered sugar, continue to mix.
-If not able to cream, add the heavy whipping cream.  (Be patient, this can take several minutes.)
-If not able to form and keep a stiff peak, add more powder sugar.  Continue to mix the butter and powdered sugar.
-Once the frosting can form and keep a stiff peak, divide the frosting equally into 2 bowls.
-In the first bowl add several drops of sky blue gel food coloring.  
-Stir the food coloring and frosting until the color is thoroughly blended.
-In the second bowl add several drops of dark blue gel food coloring.
-Stir the food coloring and frosting until the color in thoroughly blended.
-Scoop the sky blue frosting into a pastry bag with a large frosting tip.
-Use the back of a large spoon  mash the sky blue frosting in the pastry bag.
-Turn the pastry bag.
-Scoop the  dark blue frosting into the pastry bag mashing it by using the back of a large spoon.
-Twist the open end of the filled pastry bag forcing the frosting out of the tip.
-Test the filled pastry bag on a paper towel to make sure the frosting is blended the way you want it.
-Frost the cupcakes.

Cupcake Decorations:

-Locate the images/pictures that you want from Google 
-Print the pictures that you want in color . (This is VERY quick and easy to do wirelessly from your phone with the HP Envy 5660.)
-Use wooden craft circles (purchased from Amazon or a craft store) to trace and cut out pictures.  Lay them on top of the printed pictures, position the wooden circles and trace around them making sure that the parts of the pictures that you want are in that circle.
-Cut out the picture.
-Using non-toxic glue, apply the picture to the wooden circle.
-Once the picture is completely dry on the wooden circle place it in the center of the frosted cupcake.

Men of Frozen: Kristoff and Sven