20 Delicious Ways to Make Deviled Eggs

I could care less if the chicken came before the egg or vice versa.  Nor do I care why the chicken crossed the road.  I DO care about the egg, though, especially when it is deviled into a few bites of absolute heaven.  Deviled actually means to prepare food, usually minced, with hot (spicy) or savory seasoning.  Deviled = hot, get it?  In modern takes on that definition, we use it to mean just about any filling for a hard boiled egg.  No matter to me!  I love each and every one of these deviled egg recipes, from true deviled like the Jalapeno Bacon or Sriracha, to more savory options like Bacon Chive.  Take a look and make a few of these for your next devil-may-care party!

20 Delicious Ways to Make Deviled Eggs

  1. Bacon Horseradish Deviled Eggs
  2. Jalapeno Bacon Deviled Eggs
  3. Guacamole Deviled Eggs
  4. Bacon Chive Deviled Eggs
  5. Herbed Deviled Eggs
  6. Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs
  7. Pumpkin Deviled Eggs
  8. Beet & Avocado Deviled Eggs
  9. Sriracha Deviled Eggs
  10. Spicy Avocado Deviled Eggs
  11. Salsa Deviled Eggs
  12. Pickled Deviled Eggs
  13. Caviar Deviled Eggs
  14. Buffalo Ranch Deviled Eggs
  15. Crab Deviled Eggs
  16. Hummus Deviled Eggs
  17. Cajun Style Deviled Eggs
  18. Sriracha Beet Pickled Deviled Eggs
  19. Gluten Free Deviled Eggs
  20. Avocado Horseradish Deviled Eggs
  21. Pickled Beet Deviled Eggs
  22. Banh Mi Deviled Eggs
  23. Chimichurri Deviled Eggs
  24. Harissa Goat Cheese Deviled Eggs

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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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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

Delicious and Savory Cold Dips to Try

Delicious and Savory Cold Dips to Try

Pineapple Bacon Dip from Spaceships and Laser Beams

Cranberry & Caramelized Onion Cheese Spread from Who Needs a Cape

Parmesan & Bacon Dip from Who Needs a Cape

Avocado Hummus from Mama Likes to Cook

Sour Cream & Herb Dip from Spaceships and Laser Beams

Dill Pickle Dip from Cincy Shopper

Caramelized Onion Dip from Who Needs a Cape

Roasted Curry Cauliflower Dip from Savory Tooth

Perfect White Queso Spinach Dip Appetizer from Mrs. Wright Writes

Chunky Avocado Salsa from Leave No Leftovers

Spinach Hummus from Mama Likes to Cook

Mango Dipping Sauce from Spaceships and Laser Beams

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip from Crafty Housewife

Easy Veggie Cream Cheese Dip from Frazzled and Frugal

Homemade Ranch Dip and Dressing from Simply Sherryl

Perfect Veggie Dip from Daily Momtivity

Spicy Black Bean Hummus from The Foodie and The Fix

Copycat Fritos Bean Dip Recipe from Thrifty Jinxy

Easy Creamy Onion Dip Recipe from Thrifty Jinxy

Veggie Ranch Dip Recipe from Thrifty Jinxy

Roasted Garlic and Chia Guacamole from Eat Thrive Glow

Easy Bacon Ranch Dip from Baking Beauty

Seven Layer Dip Cups from Baking Beauty

Cream Cheese Pickle Wrap Dip from Living a Sunshine Life

Homemade French Onion Dip from Naturally Loriel


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Awesome Appetizers That WOW From the First Bite

Everyone knows the best parties have the best food, so score a win with these awesome appetizers.  Each one is delicious and will satisfy and wow your guests from their very first bite.

Awesome Appetizers to WOW Your Guests

3 Ingredient Cheese Ball from Frazzled and Frugal

Cheesy Bacon Pull Apart Bread from Living Sweet Moments

Veggie Pizza Bites from Cincy Shopper

Cucumber Hummus Cups from A Bird and a Bean

Garlic and Ranch Cheesy Bread from The Real Pantry

Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Manchego Cheese and Ham from Naturally Loriel

Easy Baked Chimichanga Recipe from Thrifty Jinxy

Cheesy Hashbrown Bites from Coffee With Us 3

Chelo Kebabs and Cucumber Yogurt Salad from And Here We Are

Buffalo Chicken Pizza Recipe from Baking Beauty

Bacon Wrapped Pretzel Rods from Bunny’s Warm Oven

Roasted Pepper & Cheese Spread from Who Needs a Cape

Guacamole Bruschetta from Daily Momtivity

Thai Style Pork Meatballs from Leelalicious

Taco Casserole from The Real Pantry

Crispy Bacon Wrapped Asparagus (Paleo, Low Carb) from Wholesome Yum

Meatball Sub Cups from Mom’s Messy Miracles

Homemade Baked Potato Wedges from Savory Tooth

Easy Potato Bites Recipe from Not Quite Susie Homemaker

Three Cheese Bacon Puff Pastry Appetizers from Food n Service

Sausage Cheese Puffs from Joyfully Thriving

Italian Sausage Sliders from 2 Kids and a Coupon

Savory Bacon Pineapple Bites from Small Town Woman

Roasted Red Pepper Bruschetta from Happy Deal Happy Day

Buffalo Quinoa Balls With Ranch Dipping Sauce from V Nutrition

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Decadent Dessert Dips to Satisfy ANY Sweet Tooth

Having a get together?  Make (or take with you!) one of these easy and scrumptious sweet dips.  There is something here to satisfy every sweet tooth, and maybe make a few converts of the savory only crowd in the process.  In fact, I don’t see a single one that I would not like.  Probably too much!  These would be great for any party, bbq, Holiday event or the Big Game.  Enjoy!

Decadent Dessert Dips to Satisfy ANY Sweet Tooth

SNICKERS® Almond Cheesecake Fruit Dip from Spaceships and Laser Beams

Brownie Batter Dessert Hummus from A Virtual Vegan

Homemade Salted Caramel Dulce De Leche Dip from Inspiring Savings

Raspberry Whipped Fruit Dip from Crafty Housewife

Quick Mango Salsa from Living Sweet Moments

Cookie Dough Dip from Family Food and Travel

Snowman Appetizers with Honeycomb Dip from Spaceships and Laser Beams

Cherry Cheesecake Dip from Cincy Shopper

Key Lime Pie Dip from Shaken Together

Chocolate Avocado Fruit Dip from Slap Dash Mom

Birthday Cake Dip from Six Dollar Family

Peanut Butter Dip from The Bewitchin Kitchen

Sweet & Fluffy Creamsicle Dip from Shaken Together

Cherry Chocolate Cheesecake Dip from Food Folks and Fun

Peanut Butter Snack Spread from Bunny’s Warm Oven

Sweet Cherry Fruit Dip from Bunny’s Warm Oven

Cream Cheese Fruit Dip from Mama by Fire

Strawberry Jalapeno Cream Cheese Spread from Daily Momtivity

Sweet Cherry Fruit Dip from Bunny’s Warm Oven

Cinnamon Cheesecake Dip from Kleinworth & Co.

Nutella Dipping Sauce from Average But Inspired

Weight Watchers Mint Fluff from Slap Dash Mom

Fluffy Pumpkin Dip from Thrifty Jinxy

Creamsicle Fluff Dip from Life on Deer Run

Chocolate Chocolate Cheese Ball from Making of a Mom


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Hot Dip Recipes to Please a Crowd

Score big at any gathering with these sure to satisfy hot dip recipes.  I have to say every single one of these looks amazingly delicious, and is easy to make.  I would have two or three of these for a party.  Keep your masterpieces nice and hot and keep the crowd happy when you serve from a dip sized slow cooker or (How cool is this??!!) a double sided dip warmer.  No matter what you make, these are sure to be a hit.  Enjoy!

Hot Dip Recipes to Please a Crowd

Baked Broccoli Cheese Dip from Who Needs a Cape

Buffalo Chicken Dip from Spaceships and Laser Beams

Chunky Jalapeno Artichoke and Spinach Dip from Savory Tooth

Mexican Fiesta Dip from My Organized Chaos

Warm and Cheesy Brussels Sprouts Dip from Mama Likes to Cook

Crockpot Queso from Frazzled and Frugal

Buffalo Chicken Dip from 3 Boys and a Dog

Slow Cooker Mexican Corn Dip from Sugar Spice and Family Life

Loaded Baked Potato Dip from Wanna Bite

Hot Shrimp Dip from My Organized Chaos

Pizza Dip from 3 Boys and a Dog

Bacon Jalapeno Popper Dip from Baking Beauty

Spinach and Artichoke Dip from My Organized Chaos

Frito Pie Dip from The Baking Fairy

5-ingredient White Queso from The Baking Fairy

Best Ever Jalapeño Popper Dip from A Bird and A Bean


Hot Cheesy Crab Dip from My Organized Chaos

Kickin’ Corn off the Cob Dip from Ann’s Entitled Life

Crock Pot Sausage Dip from Nerdy Foodie Mom

Game Day Seafood Dip from Wanna Bite

Skyline Chili Dip from Simply Sherryl

Red Gold Monterey Jack Queso from Simply Sherryl

Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza Dip from Mom’s Messy Miracles

Italian Dipping Oil from Bunny’s Warm Oven


Slow Cooker Apricot Brie Dip from Today’s Creative Life


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10 Party Perfect Foods

10 Party Perfect Foods

  1. Greek Lamb and Feta Pinwheels
  2. Chicken Cordon Bleu Crescents
  3. Turkey Sliders
  4. Mini Ham, Bacon and Cheddar Cups
  5. Poppy Seed Pretzel Dogs
  6. Tomato and Feta Bruschetta 
  7. Cranberry Feta Pinwheels
  8. Spaghetti and Meatball Cupcakes
  9. Cheeseburger Sliders
  10. Mini Quiches


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Tips for Returning Holiday Gifts

Tips for Returning Holiday Gifts

Christmas and the Holidays are a magical and fabulous time, but sometimes you get gifts that either don’t suit, don’t fit, are broken, or you just can’t use. When it comes to returning gifts, it is usually a dreaded experience right up there with a visit to the DMV. Here are some tips for returning gifts that may save you some hassle and stress!

Know where the Item Came From

Let’s face it; just because a family member said they got you that gift at Kohl’s, doesn’t mean that is where it really came from. We are human and forget exactly where each item came from.  We also fib! Do a quick search on Google for the brand name, check the tag, or look at the receipt to try make sure you are returning it to the right store.  You can also just ‘fess up and ask the giver.  Awkward maybe but you will know, especially in the event that the gift was broken or needs a size adjustment.

Ask for an Exchange

Instead of just asking for your money back, store clerks are more likely to give you less hassle when you ask for an exchange or in-store credit. If you know you will want something from that store later, ask for in-store credit right away.  If you are lacking a receipt, you will likely be given store credit at the current selling price.

Remember the Card You Purchased the Item With

If you bought the gift and need to return it, remember which card you used. Even if you have the receipt, most stores will not give you cash back but will put it back on the card you used. This is where asking for in-store credit, or an exchange makes it easier if you don’t have the card you used.

Beat the Crowds by Waiting

The absolute worst time to get in and out of a store quickly and efficiently is the week after Christmas. Of course, everyone wants to get their Christmas gifts returned and enjoy their new item, and lots of people are off work and school making the stores busy and the clerks harried. If you want to beat the crowds, wait until the holiday season calms down. Two weeks after the holiday is an ideal time to make your returns or exchanges.  Just be aware of store time limits on returns and exchanges.

Know the Return Policy

If you go to the store not knowing the return policy, many clerks are going to tell you their version of it. Know what the policy is before you step foot in the store. Print a copy if you can. This will make your return smooth and easy. If a clerk is giving you a hassle, ask for the manager immediately.  Try to stay calm and nice and you are much more likely to have a positive outcome.

Find the Receipt

Making returns is so much easier with a receipt. Many gifts don’t come with a gift receipt unless requested upon purchase, or you have bought so many gifts you have no clue where the receipt is. If you don’t have a receipt, it’s ok because you can still do in-store credit or an exchange. However, the receipt makes the transaction that much smoother.  Next year designate an envelope for all holiday receipts and you will be ahead of the game.  I like to just include the gift receipt with the gift so that the recipient has it.  Easy and done.

What tips do you have for returning Christmas gifts? Share your tips in the comments below!


5 Tips for Organizing the New Toy Mess

The day after Christmas is one of my least favorite days of the year. Yeah, I said it.

All the gifts I meticulously shopped deals to get, and so nicely wrapped, are all over the house.  The kids rooms are messier than ever before, so is the rest of the house, and this momma is exhausted from the run up and then cooking all day. But I can’t rest.  Not yet. Not until my house is decluttered and everything is organized – especially the toys! Here are my five best tips for organizing toys after Christmas:

Pitch it: Explaining to your child that her barbie with no hair and one leg is trash can be heartbreaking, and more tense than international negotiations. The best day to do this, (besides when she is NOT AROUND!) is the day shes occupied with her new toys. Sift through the toy box, and be brutal.  Gather everything that is broken and missing pieces, and toss it in the trash!  You will feel awesome.

Rotate it: Kids don’t need 20+ toys to play with every single day. In all honesty, the more toys a child has, the less likely they are to play with them, or appreciate what they have. Keep 10-15 of their new and very favorite ones out and box the rest. In a month, when they have become bored of the toys you left out, put those away and bring out the ones you put away. It will feel like Christmas morning every time you rotate a box.

Sell it or Donate it: Make a big pile of toys that are in great condition that you child has grown out of or totally lost interest in and find a local charity to donate them to, or list them on local buy/sell/trade sites.  I love including the kids in the donation, because it’s easier for them to give their toys away if they know a new child is going to get to love them!  We do this BEFORE Christmas, and we do it again AFTER!

Rearrange it: Sometimes a quick rearrangement of existing toy storage bins can make all the difference. Move the toy box to a different area. Remember, if you can’t close the toy box, that means there needs to be more in the donate or rotate box.

Label it: I love labels. I would label everything in my house if it wouldn’t look silly. You can use word labels for older kids, or picture labels for younger kids. Showing your child that everything has a place and everything should be in it’s place will help save your sanity and keep the toys organized.   Make them help clean up and care for their playthings so that they will mean more to them.

What toy organization tips do you have?

5 Ways Your Child Can Give Back This Holiday Season

5 Ways Your Child Can Give Back This Holiday Season

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year for many, and the holiday is jam packed with receiving and giving gifts. However, the holidays are a tough time for many.  Teaching kids about giving is an important part of the holidays, and these creative ways will allow your children to not only get but to give back to the community.

Many salons are constantly donating hair to charities; for example, cancer patients often lose their hair. So salons partner with charities to help create wigs for cancer patients. Normally the child’s hair has to be a certain length at least 12 inches in order for it be donated, and has to be chemical free (no color, perm, etc.) This a great way your child can give to others, and this is normally a service that is offered all year. Make it an extra special Christmas for someone!

The military does so much for our country, without the service they provide we would not be able to be here with our children. Many soldiers do not get to travel home for the holidays, so brighten their day. Your child can improve someone’s day by sending their artwork or Christmas card to the military. Check out your local community in order to find ways to send to the military!

The ringing of bells outside stores constantly remind us to give to those in need. A creative easy way your child can give back is to have your child donate some of their pennies to charities. Take a day, and have your child donate to a whole bunch of charities outside of stores.  Or have them gather toys they don’t play with anymore and take them to a local donation place so that they can participate in the whole process.

Many communities have homeless shelters and camps. Blankets and coats are always needed, and your child can help you take needed items to those in need. Shelters always need can goods, and dry goods too. Their biggest need is cash, though, so consider writing a check in addition.  Toiletries are always welcome.  Your child can create care packages for those in need. Sometimes the simple pleasures of Chapstick, a bar of clean soap, and toothbrush/paste could really make a difference in someone’s life.

A lemonade stand is popular in summer time, so why not have your kiddos create a hot cocoa stand?  Dress up a table with Christmas decorations, and decorate signs with glitter. Your child can help create the goodies or hot cocoa, and all of the funds can be donated to a local charity!

Spending time together helping others is one of the most rewarding things a family can do together. Turn on some Christmas jams, and work together to come up with creative ideas to help others this year!  What ways do you teach your kids to give back?  Leave a comment and let us know!

12 Fun Holiday Wreaths to Craft With Kids

12 Fun Holiday Wreaths to Craft With Kids

  1. Torn Paper Wreath
  2. Paper Loop Wreath
  3. Yarn Wreath
  4. Painted Dish Brush Wreath
  5. Paper Plate Wreath
  6. Snowflake Wreath
  7. Present Wreath
  8. Candy Cane Mice Wreath
  9. Cupcake Liner Wreath
  10. Candy Cane CD Wreath
  11. Crepe Paper Wreath
  12. Miniature Bow Wreath

8 Easy Bark Recipes to Make for the Holidays

  1. Peppermint Bark
  2. Peppermint Almond Bark
  3. Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark
  4. Crunchy Andes Bark
  5. Chocolate Graham Cracker Peppermint Bark
  6. Cookies n Cream Bark
  7. Nuts and Cookies Bark
  8. Peppermint Bark Pretzels


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8 Clever Ways To Reuse Wrapping Paper

We spend the entire month of December picking out the perfect presents for our kids and family.  The ones that will make them smile from ear to ear on Christmas. Then we take those amazing gifts and wrap them in beautiful paper, tie a bow around them and write a name on them.  Christmas morning finally comes and the kids rip through our amazing wrap job to the real prize, the toy inside. But what about all that awesome wrapping paper?  What should you do with it?
Well you could toss it in the trash.  Which seems such a waste and a shame to do. Or you could try one of the below 8 ideas instead!

8 Clever Ways To Reuse Wrapping Paper

1 – Paper Mache is done with small pieces of paper, small pieces of wrapping paper according to AuntPeaches. Her wrapping paper paper mache plaid bowl is stunning.
2- Got an old stool laying around with a flat top? Check out how The Craftables upcycled an old stool and made into a gorgeous, modern piece.
3- These neat pyramid pouches by omiyage blogs would be great for Valentine’s day treats. Make them with silver and red wrapping paper for a DIY craft for February.
4- A hole punch, some string, shiny leftover wrapping paper and this tutorial by Martha Stewart will net you beautiful party decorations for New Year’s Eve.
5- Jewels At Home has an awesome tutorial for turning leftover paper into shelf liner. It makes a huge difference in her nursery.
6- Kids have lots of school books? Eighteen 25 shows you how to wrap the books with any type of paper. They will look awesome and protect the books from wear and tear.
7- Oragami is fun to make. Oragami with fun paper is even more fun to make. Turn this fun craft into a festive craft with a tutorial by Releve Design.
8- Jillie, from One Good Thing suggests using shredded, leftover wrapping paper as packing material! Its a genius idea if I do say so myself.
What do you do with your leftover wrapping paper?

Chocolate Bourbon Caramel Pecan Ritz Cookies

Any kind of boozy cookie is my kind of cookie!  Seriously, though, the bourbon in these in minimal and really gives the chocolate a nice depth of flavor that plays well against the sweet caramel and nutty pecans.  I would make a double or triple batch of these.  They are really good and once you eat one…well, you know the rest!  Enjoy these with a nice cup of coffee, bourbon optional in that!

Chocolate Bourbon Caramel Pecan Ritz Cookies

Yields: 1 dozen

24 Nabisco Ritz crackers
12-15 caramels, unwrapped
1 Tablespoon whipping cream
11 oz bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
1-1/2 teaspoons bourbon (I like using a good bourbon.  Don’t cheap out on this.  Airport bottles are a good and cheap way to get good liquor without buying the whole big bottle.)
1/2 cup chopped pecans

1.   Line a large baking sheet with wax or parchment paper.

2.   Lay 12 of the Ritz crackers on the lined pan, spaced apart by at least 2 inches.

3.   In a microwave safe bowl, add the caramels and whipping cream. Microwave for 20-30 seconds and stir. Continue to microwave and stir, in 15 second increments, until smooth and fluid, taking care to not overheat.

4.   Allow the caramel sauce to cool for 10 minutes.

5.   Place 1 Tablespoon of the caramel sauce on top of each cracker on the baking pan. Place the remaining crackers on top of the caramel (like a sandwich) and chill for 30 minutes. It’s fine if some of the caramel oozes out the sides.

6.   In a double boiler, melt the chocolate chips over low/medium heat, stirring occasionally and taking care not to overheat. Once melted and smooth, add the bourbon and stir well to incorporate and heat an additional 30 seconds. Remove from heat.

7.   Dip each chilled sandwich cookie into the melted chocolate. I transferred my chocolate to a warmed smaller bowl for easier handling. Coat each cookie completely and place back on the baking sheet.

8.   Sprinkle with pecans and chill for 15 minutes to allow the chocolate to harden.

9.   ENJOY!!

You can store these cookies in an airtight container for up to one week.  They will not last that long in my house!  These are good.

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Pretty and Stylish Christmas Garlands to Make Yourself

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