Must Make Mardi Gras Eats and Drinks

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Must Make Mardi Gras Eats and Drinks

King Cake Pancakes
Cajun Crab Dip
Parmesan Goat Cheese 
Shrimp and Grits
Spicy Jambalaya 
Signature Mardi Gras Slushie
Madi Gras Martinis
King Cake
Beignets
King Cake Pancakes

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Mardi Gras King Cake Popcorn

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Take the King Cake to another form when you make POPCORN.  Great snack for the parades, parties, and general “laissez les bon temps rouler” attitude that embodies the Mardi Gras fun and festivities.

Mardi Gras King Cake Popcorn

INGREDIENTS

8 cups plain popped popcorn (no butter or salt)

1/4 cup Wilton dark green chocolate melts

1/4 cup Wilton yellow chocolate melts

1/4 cup Wilton lavender chocolate melts

1/2 cup purple, green and yellow M&M’s

Dark green jimmies and Dark green jimmies

Gold sugar crystals

Lavender sugar crystals

King Cake Plastic Baby

DIRECTIONS

1.   Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay the popcorn on the baking sheet, in a single layer and set aside.

2.  In a microwave safe bowl, add the green chocolate melts. Microwave for 45 seconds. Remove from the microwave and stir until melted and smooth.

3.  Drizzle the melted green chocolate on top of the popcorn. Before the chocolate hardens, drizzle the light green jimmies on top of the green chocolate.

4.  Add the yellow chocolate melts to a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 45 seconds.  Stir until completely melted and smooth.   Drizzle on top of the popcorn.  Before the chocolate hardens, sprinkle the dark green jimmies on top of the yellow chocolate.

5.   Sprinkle the green, yellow and purple M&M’s on top of the popcorn.   (I took the green and yellow ones from a regular bag of M&Ms. I purchased the purple ones at a party supply store).

6.  In a microwave safe bowl, add the lavender chocolate melts. Microwave for 45 seconds. Remove from the microwave and stir until melted and smooth.

7.   Drizzle the melted lavender chocolate all over the popcorn. Before the chocolate hardens, drizzle the gold  and purple sugar crystals on top.  Tuck the King Cake Baby into the mix somewhere.

8.  Place in the refrigerator and chill for 20 minutes to allow the chocolates to harden.

9.  Remove from refrigerator and break up into pieces.

10. ENJOY!!  

Yields: 8 cups

Store in an airtight container for up to 1 month, but you might want to eat it before Lent starts in case you give up sweets, because this stuff will be tempting.

 

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25 MUST TRY Mardi Gras Desserts

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25 MUST TRY Mardi Gras Dessert Recipes

Mardi Gras Snack Mix

Mardi Gras Cupcakes

King Cake Bars

Gluten Free King Cake

King Cake Dip

Mardi Gras Cookies

King Cake Bites

Mini Beignets

Pecan Praline King Cake Monkey Bread

Mardi Gras King Cake

Mardi Gras Petit Fours

King Cake Cheese Ball

Mardi Gras Sugar Cookies

Mardi Gras Jello Shots

King Cake Donuts

Mardi Gras King Cake Roll

Mardi Gras Coated Popcorn

King Cake Cheesecake

Dessert fit for a King

King Cake Oreo Truffles

Mardi Gras Cake Pops

Easy King Cake Knots

King Cake Pull Apart Muffins

King Cake Ice Cream

Mini Beignets

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Totally Tempting Truffles

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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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Nutella Crescent Rolls – Valentine’s Day or Any Occasion

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Nothing says I Love You quite like delicious and warm baked goods.  Make these for your Valentine, for yourself, for your co-workers, your neighbors — Just MAKE THEM, because they are SO GOOD!  Vary the sprinkles to customize for any and all occasions.

Valentine Nutella Crescent Rolls

INGREDIENTS
Pillsbury crescent rolls – 8 ct. canister
13 oz jar of Nutella
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons cold milk or cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Valentine sprinkles

DIRECTIONS
1.   Preheat oven to 375° F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set to the side.

2.   Keep refrigerated till ready to use the dough.  Separate the crescent rolls into triangles per the directions on the package.

3.   Generously spread 2 Tablespoons of Nutella onto each triangle and then roll each one up, beginning with the wide end of each triangle.

4.   Place on the parchment lined cookie sheet, at least 2 inches apart from each other.

5.   Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the crescents turn light golden brown in color.  Do NOT over bake.  Cool a minute or two on the tray before icing.

6.   While the crescents are baking, make the icing glaze. Put the powdered sugar in a mixing bowl.  To the powdered sugar, add the milk and vanilla.  Mix until a thick glaze forms.  You may need a tiny bit more milk to get the consistency to drizzle with.

7.   While the crescents are still a bit warm, drizzle the icing glaze generously over each crescent roll and then sprinkle with the Valentine sprinkles.

8.   ENJOY!!  Yield 8 Nutella crescent rolls.  Once cooled, store in covered plastic ware in the fridge up to 2 days.

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Scrumptious Strawberry Cheesecakes

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Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream
Strawberry Cheesecake Tart
Strawberry Cheesecake Pie
Mason Jar Strawberry Cheesecakes
Mini Strawberry Topped Cheesecakes
Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake
Berry Cheesecake Bars
Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake Smoothie
Chocolate Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries
No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

 

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Boozy Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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Boozy Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Ingredients:
2 pints of large ripe strawberries (some for making and some for munching on while you work)
1 cup Ghiradellhi chocolate
1 cup Chardonnay
20 plastic pipette tubes for infusion
Red and pink chocolate candy melts

Directions:
Wash and dry your strawberries.  Pat dry and let them air dry awhile.  Water and chocolate don’t mix.
Place your strawberries on a baking pan lined with parchment paper.
Take your pipettes and add your wine of choice.  Insert one into each strawberry.
Let sit until all the wine has been absorbed into the strawberry, at least 20 minutes.
Begin to melt your chocolate:
Using a double boiler, fill the bottom pot 2/3 of the way with water and bring to a boil on medium heat.
Place the second pot onto of the first one.  You want the water to touch the bottom of the top pan.
Reduce heat to low.
Add your chocolate to the second boiler.
Stir to melt, making sure to not let it get too hot.  However, you want the chocolate to be good and warm.  Cold chocolate will streak and dry dull.  TO make it be pretty, make sure your chocolate is fully melted for a few minutes.
Dip each strawberry into the chocolate, covering 3/4 of the strawberry.
Place the strawberry back on the baking sheet and to allow to harden.
Begin to melt the the pink and red wafers.
Drizzle the various chocolate colors on your berries for a classy look.  I use a butter knife for the drizzling.
Enjoy!  Store these in the fridge for up to 2 days.

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St. Patrick’s Day Crafts to Help You Feel Lucky

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Rainbow Wall Hanging
Paper Mosiac Shamrocks
Rainbow Hand Print Craft
Paper Strip Shamrocks
Streamer Rainbows
3d Tissue Paper Shamrock
St. Patrick’s Day Dot Art
3d Rainbow Art
Potted Shamrocks
Paper Plate Rainbow

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Green Cocktails For St. Patrick’s Day

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Check out these Green Cocktails For St. Patrick’s Day

Mojito Sherbet Punch
Jalapeno Cucumber Gin and Tonic
Sparkling Leprechaun Kiss
Green Appletini
Blushing Whiskey Sour
Vanilla Mint Leprechaun Kisses
Green Destiny Cocktail
Shamrock Sour 
Homemade Irish Cream
Shamrock Martini

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Craveable Carrot Cake Treats

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Craveable Carrot Cake Recipes and Treats

The Baking Fairy – Carrot Cake Waffles

The Bewitchin’ Kitchen – Carrot Cake Pancakes with Chia Jam

Maybe I Will – Carrot Cake Dip

Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom – Microwave Carrot Cake

To Simply Inspire – Carrot Cake Bites

Cincy Shopper – Carrot Cake Cheesecake

Things to Share and Remember – M&M’s Carrot Cake Monster Cookies

Teaspoon of Goodness – Baked Carrot Cake Donuts

Flour on My Face – Carrot Cake Jam

The Gracious Wife – Carrot Cake Roll

Intoxicated on Life – Carrot Cake Fritter Pancakes

Food Folks and Fun – Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies

Simply Stacie – Carrot Cake Cups

Premeditated Leftovers – Carrot Cake Overnight Oatmeal

Kasey Trenum – Carrot Cake Blondies

The Baking Fairy – Carrot Cake Pops

Crockpot Ladies – Crockpot Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Grandbaby Cakes – Carrot Cake Pound Cake

The Bewitchin’ Kitchen – Carrot Cake Homemade Protein Bars

Wicked Good Kitchen – Carrot Cake Cheesecake Crumble Bars

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New Orleans Style Classic Big Easy Hurricane Cocktail

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New Orleans Style Classic Big Easy Hurricane Cocktail

The Hurricane became popular at Pat O’Briens bar in 1940’s New Orleans, and is now an iconic staple of New Orleans. The story behind the drink claims that it debuted during the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City and got its name from the hurricane lamp-shaped glasses that the first drinks were served in, and still known as hurricane glasses today.  Enjoy our version of this classic made famous in the Big Easy.  These pack a heck of a punch, so please enjoy responsibly.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 ounce grenadine
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces mango passion fruit juice
  • 2 ounces white rum
  • 2 ounces dark rum
  • Ice
  • Fresh slice of orange
  • Maraschino cherry with a stem

Directions:

  1. Into a cocktail shaker half filled with cubed ice, add: grenadine, fresh squeezed lemon and lime juices, orange juice, simple syrup, mango passion fruit juice, white rum, dark rum.
  2. Place the lid on the cocktail shaker and shake it vigorously for 30 seconds.
  3. Strain cocktail into a 12-ounce Hurricane glass filled with cubed ice.
  4. Garnish with orange slice and a single Maraschino cherry.
  5. Serve, sip, enjoy.

Drink responsibly, and never drink and drive.

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49 Easter Basket Ideas That Are NOT Candy!

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I do get some candy for the kiddo’s Easter Basket, BUT I do limit it.  Growing up the best part of our baskets were the fun toys, to tell you the truth!  We loved to eat the ears off our chocolate bunny, then we took inventory of our baskets before Mass.  After we got home we played the day away with the small toys that the bunny brought.  Take a look at this list of 49 Easter Basket ideas that are NOT candy, and I bet you can remember getting lots of these!  Tell us what else would you add to this list???  Shop the dollar stores, the Target Dollar Spot, etc. for many of these — fun does not have to be expensive!  Happy Easter!

  1. Slinky
  2. Stuffed Animal
  3. Stickers
  4. Sidewalk Chalk
  5. Books
  6. Wallet
  7. Matchbox Cars
  8. Slippers
  9. Colored Pencils
  10. Headbands
  11. Sports Cards
  12. Watercolor Paint
  13. Underwear
  14. Hair Clips
  15. Kazoo
  16. Marbles
  17. Sunglasses
  18. DVD’s
  19. Fancy Straw Cup
  20. Kaleidoscope
  21. Magic 8 Ball
  22. Crayons
  23. Bubbles
  24. Hair Ties
  25. Bath Soap
  26. Nail Polish
  27. Puzzles
  28. Silly Putty
  29. Play-Doh
  30. Flip Flops
  31. Kite
  32. Finger Puppet
  33. Tattoos
  34. Glow Sticks
  35. Jump Rope
  36. Balls
  37. Card Games
  38. Barbies
  39. Paint Brushes
  40. Frisbee
  41. Hair Brush
  42. Toothbrush
  43. Flash Light
  44. Balloons
  45. Building Blocks
  46. Yo-yo
  47. Drawing Pad
  48. Deck of Cards
  49. Bandaids
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20 Valentine’s Day Worthy Cookies to LOVE

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The First Year – Valentines Day Slice n Bake Cookies

Cooking Classy – Valentines Linzer Heart Cookies

Life Love and Sugar – Strawberry Cheesecake Chocolate Cookie Cups

Chelsea’s Messy Apron – Heart Shaped Valentines Oreos

The Decorated Cookie – You Complete Me Heart Cookies

The Domestic Rebel – Soft Chewy Red Velvet Cookies

A Farmgirl Dabbles – Raspberry Shortbread Heartswith Raspberry Cream Cheese Marshmallow Dip

Bakingdom – Cinnamon Red Hots Shortbread Cookies

Brown-eyed Baker – Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies

Crazy for Crust – Nutella Chocolate Pudding Cookies with Strawberry Hearts

Frugal Mom, Eh – Valentines Day Macarons

I Am Baker – Red Velvet Peanut Butter Blossoms

The Frugal Girls – Stawberry White Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

Something Swanky – Soft Batch M&M Pudding Cookies for Valentines Day

Baked by Rachel – Marbled Valentine Sugar Cookies

Camille I Am – Valentines Day Fortune Cookies

One Little Project – Gummy Bear Heart Cookies

Life Love and Sugar – Nutella Cheesecake Chocolate Cookie Cups

The Decorated Cookie – Warm and Fuzzy Heart Cookie Pops

My Litter – Valentines Day Cherry Chocolate Kiss Cookies

 

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Adorable! 18 DIY Valentine Boxes to Make

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One of my fond memories of being a child at Valentine’s Day was my mom helping to make the best and most beautiful Valentine box to hold all of the treasures from my classmates.  She was so clever!  I always had the most wonderful box to take to school.  I am making my first Valentine Box with my own daughter this year, and looked around for ideas.  I found so many cute ones I decided to share!  Enjoy this list of 18 DIY Valentine Boxes to inspire some creativity for your own!

Bugaboo City – Felt Valentines Day Mailbox

Dream a Little Bigger – Painted Valentine Mailbox

Red Ted Art – Valentine Mailbox Made From a Cereal Box

Living Well Mom – “Love Bites” Bug Valentine Mailbox

I Heart Crafty Things – Bee Valentine Mailbox

Just a Girl and Her Blog – Lego Ninja Valentine Mailbox

Artsy Fartsy Mama – Panda Valentine Card Box

Design Dazzle – Unicorn Valentine Card Box

Frog Prince Paperie – Valentine Puppy Love Mailbox

One Creative Mommy – Rocket Booster Valentine Box

The House That Lars Built – Valentines Day Pinata Box

Design Improvised – DIY Pom Pom Heart Valentine Card Holder

DIY Adulation – Recycled Pokeball Valentine Box

Silicon Valley Mamas – DIY Lego Brick Valentine Box

Mouse Ears Mom – Mickey and Minnie Inspired Valentine Boxes

Foster 2 Forever – Darth Vader Valentine Box

Peppermint Plum – Rubiks Cube Valentine Box

Pretty Plain Janes – Kitty Cat Valentine Box

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Valentine’s Day Hershey Kiss Sprinkle Sugar Cookie

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Make it easy from a cake mix box.  These little cookies are cute as can be and filled with a kiss!  Fun for kids to make these, too.  Mine love to roll the balls into the sprinkles, and they love to push the kisses into the hot cookies.  The best part is eating these!  Enjoy.

Valentine’s Day Hershey Kiss Sprinkle Sugar Cookie

Ingredients:
1 box of white cake mix 
2 eggs at room temperature 
1/3 cup of vegetable oil
Candy heart cake sprinkles (Shown)
Approximately 24 Hershey Kisses, unwrapped

Directions:

  • Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • Mix the cake mix, eggs, and vegetable oil using a stand mixer or hand mixer until combined and a soft dough forms.
  • Place your dough mix into the fridge for 5-10 minutes to firm up the dough.
  • Using a spoon or cookie scoop, scoop out cookie dough and roll into approximately 1 inch sized balls.
  • Roll cookie dough balls into multicolor candy heart sprinkles.
  • Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, 2 inches apart.
  • Bake in pre-heated oven for 8-10 minutes, till just starting to brown.  Do NOT overbake.
  • Rest on the cookie sheet 2 minutes and push one Hershey candy into the center of each cookie.
  • Remove from cookie sheet and place on a cookie cooling rack to cool completely. 

Yield approximately 24 cookies.

Cool at least 10 minutes before eating as the chocolate will be very hot.  Cool completely before storing in plastic ware up to 10 days.  

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Stay WARM! Craft an Indoor Snowman

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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

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