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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Snickers Brownie Football Pizza Recipe

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Sometimes I think the best part about football season is the food!  My husband is a die hard NFL lover and he really gets into his game watching with the kids.  They love their football!  I do enjoy football but I have to admit, I enjoy creating football themed food even more.  Of course the eating part isn't half bad either ha!  Recently I bought a big ol' 48 count box of Snickers candy bars from Sam's Club, they also carry a 105 count variety bag too.  The price was really good and for as often as we love to enjoy Snickers bars these were a great buy.  I'm thinking of using some of the bars as teacher gifts when the kids go back to school too.  You can never go wrong with chocolate dessert recipes or Mars candy!   #Chocolate4TheWin


Even though we are only just in the NFL preseason I thought it would be fun to make a little chocolatey football themed dessert.  Since everybody already has football on the brain, why not run with the theme for our after supper dessert tonight.  This dessert recipe would of course be really great for a game day party too.  It is so easy to make and so delicious!  If you wanted to change it up you could add some hazelnut or peanut butter spread into the cream cheese frosting.  My kids used up all my peanut butter the day I needed to make this or else that would have been in there.  I just cut the brownie pizza into wedges when it is time to serve and that works out really great.

In just a few easy steps you can make this delicious treat!  Let's get started!

Ingredients needed:
-fudge brownie mix and ingredients listed on the packaging
-8 oz soft cream cheese
-1/2 cup powdered sugar
-1 tsp cinnamon
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-4 Snickers candy bars
*peanut butter or hazelnut spread is optional for adding into the frosting

1. Preheat your oven to 350F
2. Mix the brownies according to package directions
3. Line jelly roll pan or cookie sheet with parchment paper
4. Pour brownie batter in pan and let it spread out on its own as it bakes
5. Bake for 18-20 minutes then let cool completely
6. Beat until fluffy -- 8 oz soft cream cheese with 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, and 1 tsp vanilla
7. Using a knife trim brownie into a football shape, it is easy to lift out of the pan with the parchment
8. Place football shaped brownie onto a big cutting board, you can leave parchment on
9. Spread brownie with frosting leaving the edge all around free
10. Chop 3 Snickers bars into cubes and decorate around the edge
11. Chop 1 snickers bar in half then into three long strips each section, eat one it then put the rest onto the middle of the brownie football for the laces
12. This needs to be refrigerated if not eating right away, it can totally be made a day ahead of time and then pulled out to serve cold from the fridge.  ENJOY!


“football is like life - it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.”
― Vince Lombardi

Monday, August 25, 2014

Easy to Make After School Snacks

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School starts back up for my children in just about a week and we are looking forward to it so much!  The summer has been beautiful, not too hot here in Michigan, and we've had a lot of fun.  I've finally wrapped up my back to school shopping and I have even stocked the pantry and freezer with lots of after school snacks and easy meals.  One of those snacks we stocked up on was Delimex products and the other is Bagel Bites, both from the snacks & appetizer freezer section at my Walmart.  I used coupons to save even more (links at bottom of post).

My oldest is 10 and she has mastered the microwave so heating these snacks up is a cinch.  I love that the Bagel bites come in their own microwaveable tray and the Delimex items are easy enough to do too.  We love topping our Bagel Bites with interesting things.  I am sharing one fave recipe below for you to try out that my kids love to make!
 
We preheat the oven and set out our Bagel Bites (made with real cheese and homemade sauce with 0g trans fat) and Delimex Rolled Tacos onto a parchment lined baking sheets.  The Delimex get cooked and we dip ours into sour cream mixed with some salsa.  The Bagel Bites get a little extra special treatment.

 #AfterSchoolSnacks Ham, Swiss, Green Apple Bagel Bites:

1. Cut up a couple stacked slices of smoked ham into 1 inch square slices and place that on each Bagel Bite.
2. Cut 1 inch square slices of swiss cheese up and set that on each Bagel Bite. 
3. Bake according to instructions and then a couple minutes longer until the cheese on top is lightly golden.
4. Slice green apple into 1 inch pieces and then set a slice on top of the cheese right when they come out of the oven.
5. EAT!  Find more great recipes:
http://www.bagelbites.com/Savings-and-Stuff#Recipes



I remember 2nd and 4th grade so well.  I remember coming home from school, looking forward to those after school snacks.  The boys always teased me and tried to pull my dress up in second grade so I think I did a lot of crying that year.  In fourth grade I remember feeling so awkward going back to school because of my braces.  Last year my son was in second grade and my daughter in fourth so I thought it would be fun to do a side by side comparison of our pictures.  I had some really poofy bangs back then ha!  Got to love the 90's.  I think they have it a little better than I did because I've tried to help them not have such an awkward time with school.  So far it has been working and they are really confident.  Check out the pictures below!  Isn't it nice how clear photos can be these days?  Seems like all my old pictures are fuzzy at best.  My kiddos sure do look like me WOW!



Monday, August 11, 2014

Paperless Coupons Helped Me $ave on Back-to-School Stuff

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Whether you are a stay at home mom like me or a working outside of the home parent, most likely every single cent counts.  You want to get the most for your buck.  School supplies can be a big expense and the lists get longer every year.  Luckily I always find ways to cut costs so we can get what we need as well as a few things we want.  Walgreens has a mobile app that makes it easy to clip paperless coupons for use in their store.

I am a Walgreens balance rewards member (free to sign up) and all I had to do was install the app on my phone and then scan in my card to log in (or your can enter phone number).  I clipped the paperless coupons I wanted to use while at home, I shopped at the store for the items on my list, and I scanned my card when I paid at the register.  I liked not having to pull out the paper ad and search for the coupons that match the items I bought.  The app saved me time and frustration.  Once I'd used the coupon it came out of my list automatically, you can only use each once.

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Are your kids like mine?  My children get really excited about all of their school supplies.  They love going through the bags I bring home.  I remember the joy that I felt when my mom would come home from school supply shopping.  All of the bright shiny new things would be laid out on the dining room table and my sisters and I would look through it all.  The best part of it all was the fact that I'd get to be with my friends all day, I loved school for that reason.

I was really impressed with all that I was able to purchase from Walgreens because the cost was about half of what I as planning to spend!  After the paperless coupons I'd used for the school supplies I was saving even more and so I treated myself to a couple eye shadows that I was also able to clip a coupon for.  It's so nice to save so easily with #walgreenspaperless. The kids were elated with all the stuff we got and I am really excited to use the app again in the near future!

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Experience a Great American Bacon Cheeseburger and WIN Brad Paisley Swag!

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Ever just really want to grill up a big juicy cheeseburger but you are bored with the way you usually prepare yours?  I do love a classic cheeseburger but sometimes I want something a bit different than the usual.  I was shopping at Walmart a couple weeks ago for some dinner ingredients because the husband said he wanted to grill out.  I dropped by the cheese isle first thing so that I could try out an app on my phone called Blippar.  I used Blippar to scan a pack of Kraft cheese and it took to me to several great recipes for cheeseburgers!

You can download the app Blippar for free on your Apple, Android, Blackberry, or Windows device (learn how to download: https://blippar.com/en/#download)

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First I looked up the app on my phone and installed it then it was time to get Blipping!

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I took my phone with me to the store so I could use Blippar to scan (or blip) Kraft cheese packaging (Velveeta Slices, Kraft Singles, Kraft Naturals Slices, or Kraft Shreds).

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I blipped a package of Kraft Singles and the app got to work!  Up came the Great American Bacon Cheeseburger Experience mobile site filled with the following choices:
-View Recipes: delectable bacon cheeseburger recipes made in ways you never thought of
-Take a Pic With Brad: use your camera to take a picture with augmented reality Brad Paisley and you can share your picture on social media like Twitter or Facebook
-Get Your Paisley Points: register your Kraft cheese products to enter for the chance to win sweet Brad Paisley swag

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I looked through all of the recipes and found the perfect Great American Bacon Cheeseburger recipe.  I chose the stuffed burger filled with bacon, cheese and onions then topped with more cheese.  I knew my family would love the one I chose!  I read the ingredients, picked up what it said and took off for home.  Never had grabbing cheeseburger ingredients been so easy. I just followed the recipe and in 15-20 minutes my family was happily munching on their delicious meal.

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Blippar was such an easy app to use and I really liked trying out a new way to make a cheeseburger!  I had a little fun being silly with the augmented #SayCheeseburger Brad Paisley part of the app, check out my pose on Instagram: http://instagram.com/p/qb-cDZkLJC/ 

I also used the Paisley Points part of the app and can't wait to rack up more points from all the Kraft Foods items we buy!  All you do is shop for Kraft Foods products through August 31st, scan your receipt and earn points.

*Redeem your points for: Walmart gift cards, T-Shirts and CD’s (a $5 Walmart gift card = 200 Paisley Points; $10 Walmart gift card = 350 Paisley Points; $20 Walmart gift card = 500 Paisley Points, Brad Paisley t-shirt = 750 Paisley Points; Brad Paisley’s newest CD “Wheelhouse” = 300 Paisley Points)
*Share on Facebook to score bonus points
*Get double points when you spend $2-$3 on Kraft Naturals Slices
*Sign up for Paisley Points and you will be automatically entered to win the Paisley Points Sweepstakes! 

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Go to Kraft Cheeseburger site: see.walmart.com/cheeseburger?cid=cob.635.8046.2368

Monday, June 30, 2014

Dr Pepper Apple Pecan Cheesecake #BackyardBash

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Any backyard BBQ party plans in your near future?  Whether you are a party of two or twenty I hope you have a blast at your backyard bash!  My favorite part about summer is that it is grilling season and even a person like me with a smaller home can still throw outdoor parties.

I went to Walmart to grab some ingredients and decorations for my one of a kind Dr Pepper cheesecake.  It's only semi-homemade so don't get scared!  That luscious cheesecake you see in that photo only looks like I spent hours slaving away in my kitchen.  I bought a boxed New York style cheesecake from the freezer section and then dressed it up with some home-cooked extras.  The deep red brown sauce you see is a reduction of  Dr Pepper Cherry!  I found my Dr Pepper in the Soft Drinks and Chips isle at my Walmart.  I sliced up a few Granny Smith and Fuji apples, tossed in some pecans, drizzled on my reduction and ta-da you have a very special dessert that everyone will want the recipe for.


Dr Pepper reminds me of my Father-in-law.  His favorite soft drink has always been Dr Pepper.  When I was in high school our families went on a vacation up into the Upper Peninsula in Michigan.  My family stayed at a very rustic cabin with sauna.  Back then I was close friends with my husband's younger sister and she was staying with us for the first half of our summer vacation.  The second half I went to stay with my sis-in-law-to-be's family.

When I went with my future in-laws we stayed at a really nice golf resort and then made our way over onto Mackinac Island.  If you haven't yet been you must!  I remember the scent of the lilacs and fudge on the island.  The gorgeous views as we road bikes all around the whole island was also something I will never forget.  It was one of the best vacations of my life.  On the way home if ever we stopped for a rest stop my FIL always picked up a cold Dr Pepper for the drive.  That man loves his Dr Pepper.  I bet he would LOVE my cheesecake recipe!


Ingredients needed for this Dr Pepper Apple Pecan Cheesecake

1. Home made or store bought 12" cheesecake (chilled)
2. Four apples, 2 fuji and 2 Granny Smith (cored, cut in half and sliced long way 1/4" thin)
3. 3 cans of room temp Dr Pepper Cherry or Original
4. Heavy saucepan for reducing the Dr Pepper
5. 1/2 cup chopped pecans
6. 1/4 cup whole pecans
7. 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
8. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
9. 1/4 tsp nutmeg
10. 1/4 tsp salt
11. 2 Tbsp salted butter
12. Juice of 1 lemon (1/8 cup approx)

How to make your Dr Pepper Apple Pecan Cheesecake

1. Make sure cheesecake is not frozen, I set my store bought one in the fridge overnight.  Set on your serving platter in the center and keep chilled

2. Pour all 3 cans of Dr Pepper Cherry into your saucepan and set over high heat until it begins to boil.  Once boiling give it a stir and reduce to a low simmer.  Simmer and stir until the liquid has been reduced to 1 cup.  While this is cooking down begin step #4.

3. Cool your syrup reduction in the refrigerator or freezer.  Cooling completely is very important so we don't melt our cheesecake.

4. Melt salted butter in a large skillet over medium heat (I used a nonstick one)

5. In a large bowl toss apple slices with lemon juice, salt, spices and brown sugar

6. Cook apples in butter until they are just fork tender, be sure to flip them around with a spatula

7. Once apples are fork tender add in the pecan bits that you chopped and let cook for 3 minutes, be sure to keep stirring

8. Take cooled cheesecake out onto the counter, take cooled Dr Pepper reduction and pour over the top of the cake reserving about 1/4 cup of the syrup

9. Pile the apple mixture over the top of your cheesecake right in the center, make it a mile high!

10. Toast whole pecans in apple pan for just a minute over medium heat, stir around constantly

11. Sprinkle whole pecans over the cheesecake and apples

12. Finish off your dessert by drizzling the reserved 1/4 cup of Dr Pepper Cherry reduction over the top

13. Slice and serve at your next #BackyardBash!  A 12" cheesecake can feed about 8-10 people.

Be sure and visit www.drpepperbash.com for more Dr Pepper fun!

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Use the Best K Cup Flavors to Make Popsicles With Your Keurig! #BrewOverIce #shop

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Did you know that you can use your Keurig brewer to brew cold iced tea and low calorie drinks?  I had no clue I could use mine to brew over ice!  For the longest time I was just happy to be brewing my coffee with my K-Cups but now this whole new versatile world of brewing over ice has opened up and the sky is the limit with my Keurig.  I don't have to stop at a fancy-dancy expensive coffee shop, nope I can just brew over ice at home (save $$) and take it with me in my plastic tumbler when on the go!  I love it...LOVE it I tell you.  #BrewOverIce

What has the weather been like where you live?  Around West Michigan the weather has been on and off hot and cold.  Lots of glorious 85 degree days but then a few days in there that are more like 65 or 70 with lots of rain.  My family has been itching to go to the beach but most days have been spent at home gardening, cleaning up the lawn and getting ready for summer baseball to begin for our son.  All of our hard work means we are thirsty and hot, ready to cool down with something refreshing.


I go to Walmart to buy my Keurig K-Cups.  They have a large selection at a great price and I found several of the Brew Over Ice flavors there.  You can find K-Cups in the coffee isle but did you know you can also find a large selection near the brewers and coffee maker isle?  At my Walmart the coffee makers are over near the housewares and dining items.  I picked out some Green Mountain Naturals Lemonade for the kids and then a box of Snapple Raspberry Iced Tea for the husband and I to enjoy over ice.  Just look for the blue Brew Over ICE logo.


Since discovering brewing over ice with my Keurig I've been getting more and more creative with it.  Recently the kids and I used some Green Mountain Naturals Lemonade K-Cups to make popsicles.  We filled our popsicle molds with frozen fruits, topped them off with some freshly brewed over ice lemonade and froze them overnight.  These took me only a few minutes to make!  If you are looking for a quick and easy treat for summer I recommend making these, you will thank me.  #BrewItUp

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To make the beautiful fruity pops you see in the photo above all you will need is your Keurig brewer, Brew Over Ice K-Cups, ice cubes, a plastic tumbler, your freezer, a funnel with a tip small enough to fit into your mold, popsicle molds, a skewer, and frozen or fresh fruit.


Step 1: Brew over ice with your K-Cup of choice, we chose lemonade since the kids would be eating these.  I either do the 6 or 8 oz option for the perfect brew taste.  I fill my tumbler 3/4 full of ice.

Step 2: Fill each popsicle mold half full of fruit

Step 3: Place funnel into the mold and fill with your iced brew

Step 4: Poke the skewer into the mold to help any air bubbles escape and distribute the fruit around evenly

Step 5: Freeze for several hours or overnight and then ENJOY!  Mmm the mango lemonade one is my most favorite.  You can totally customize these popsicles to each person's taste by changing the fruits you use.


Did you know that Keurig has a recycling program available for its K-Cups?  The Grounds to Grow program offers a way for K-Cup users to return used cups for processing that separates the grounds for compost and the plastic cups for reuse.  Learn more about this program here: https://www.groundstogrowon.com/keurig/home.html

Learn how to easily brew over ice in the video below:


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