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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Satisfying Soups and Stews for Your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

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Satisfying Soups and Stews for Your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Beef & Butternut Squash Stew
Instant Pot Tomato Soup
Pork Goulash
Broccoli Cheese Soup
Easy Gumbo
Minestrone Soup
Winter Vegetable Soup
Loaded Baked Potato Soup
Cauliflower Mushroom Soup
Copycat Wendy’s Chili
Vegan Posole

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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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10 Unique (Some sorta naughty) Activities to do with Your Honey on Valentine’s Day

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10 Unique (Some sorta naughty) Activities to do with Your Honey on Valentine’s Day

We all love getting gifts, but in all reality, your time is worth more to the person you love than the cost of even the most valuable gift. When you have been married as long as I have, cute little gifts are great, but not what you need. Let’s face it; we all need to spice things up every now and then! Here are 10 unique (Some sorta naughty ones!) activities to do with your significant other on Valentine’s Day!

#1 Take a Stroll Down Memory Lane

The restaurants are busy, the stores have millions of helpless lovers searching for the best gift, and the whole couple world has cupid on their head. Instead of joining in the chaos, take your spouse down memory lane. Visit an old park, your favorite place, or where you first met. Make it an adventure that no one else will be on.

#2 Go Skinny Dipping

Bring out your wild side. I mean you’re already together, so it’s not like your spouse will see anything forbidden. It might be cold, but the exhilaration of jumping naked into a pool of cold water with your love is sure to heat things up.

#3 Get Matching Tattoos or Piercings

Getting a tattoo or piercing certainly isn’t the norm on Valentine’s Day, but if you are both into getting a new tat or piercing, why not do it together? Pick something you both would like and make the leap.

#4 Go Sing Karaoke

Who knows, you both may be the next American Idol! Couples who sing together are couples who stay together. So, go out to your favorite Karaoke bar for a few drinks, and sing your hearts out. Of course, you could come up with a special song just for your spouse.

#5 Play Truth or Dare

Oh, come on. you know you want to know what the dare is! Just because you are coupled up doesn’t mean you don’t have secrets to tell or things you’ve never done. Have Valentine’s Truth or Dare, and see how fun and steamy your night can get.

#6 Play Your Their Favorite Video Game

Some of us have a significant other who is a hard-core gamer. Usually, it’s just one or the other that enjoy the games, so if you’re the one that isn’t too into it, surprise your SO with a game night complete with drinks, popcorn, and a little friendly competition.

#7 Be Goof Balls

They say laughter is the best medicine and that goes for having a healthy relationship as well. When you are constantly being a grown up, sometimes it’s just fun to let go and be goofballs. Here are a few ways to laugh it up:

  • Go shopping and have a cart race for everything on your list. Winner gets something from the loser.
  • Make blanket forts and tell stories.
  • See a comedy show or better yet, try an open mike night yourself!
  • Go to an arcade and play all the fun games.

#8 Become Tourists in Your Own City

Go around your city, taking pictures and acting like tourists. Pretend to be different people. Ask other people to take pictures of you, and ask them what the best places in town to do are. You may be surprised how much you can learn from other people about the city you live in.

#9 Make Memories in Your Car

Remember the days when you would go park in an exclusive part of town just to make-out? Reminisce on those adrenaline times of yore, and make some memories in your car. Figure out where “make-out hill” is in your town (probably good to know when your kids are older, too).  Bonus if you clean out all kid detritus first.  Nothing sexy about stale Cheerios stuck in your hair.

#10 Play Strip Bedroom Blackjack

This is a fun Strip Bedroom Blackjack game you can find online to spice up your life. The seductive deck lets you play games like poker, blackjack, go fish, or rummy in new and erotic ways. Just make sure if you have kids there is a babysitter!

What other unique Valentine’s Day activities have you done with your spouse? Share some fun ideas in the comments below!

 

 

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20 Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Crafts

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I heart every one of these amazing DIY Easy to make Valentine’s Day Crafts!  Great for fun activities with kids of all ages.  There is something for everyone to enjoy.  Check them out.

1. Foam Valentine’s Day Hearts
2. Pencil Arrows
3. Salt Dough Heart Footprint
4. Fruit Loops Craft
5. Valentine’s Sun Catchers
6. Easy PlayDoh Craft
7. Duck Tape Frame
8. Cotton Ball Stamped Heart Card
9. Sign Language Valentine’s Day Card
10. Votive Jars
11. Heart-shaped Crayons
12. Toilet Roll Love Bugs
13. Gift Wrap Valentine’s Flowers
14. Potpourri Heart
15. Valentine’s Day Trees
16. Glitter Rock Valentines
17. Heart-Shaped Animals
18. I Love You to Pieces Card
19. Thumbprint Heart Jars
20. Yarn Wrapped Hearts

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Fabulous Appetizers For The Win

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Fabulous Appetizers For The Win

Chili Cheese Boats
Easy Sausage Balls
Chicken & Waffle Sliders
Bacon Cheese Ball
Game Day Nachos
Barbeque Chicken Stromboli
Layered Mexican Bean Dip
Cheesesteak Bites
Tangy Sesame Wings
Loaded Mashed Potato Bites
Bacon Cheese Mushrooms
Crescent Roll Pizza

 

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DIY Valentine Cherry Scented No Cook Pink Playdoh

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SUPPLIES NEEDED

2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup salt
Pink food color, optional
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon cherry flavoring
3/4 cup cold water
Glitter, to decorate
Valentine cookie cutters: Wilton 3 Piece Hearts Cutter SetWilton Comfort Grip Heart CutterWilton 2 Piece Cushioned Grip Lips with “XO” Cookie Cutter Set, Multicolor 

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DIRECTIONS
1.   In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and salt.

2.  Add the pink food color, vegetable oil, cherry flavoring and cold water and mix until well incorporated. The cherry flavoring is red and gives the playdoh a nice light pink color. If you prefer the playdoh a darker pink (like we did!), use a touch or two of food color.

3.  Remove the playdoh from the mixing bowl and place on a flat, lightly floured working surface. Knead the playdoh for about 5-6 minutes until a soft and elastic dough forms and the color (if using dye), is evenly distributed. You will LOVE the cherry scent!!

4.  You can use cookie cutters to make Valentine shapes such as hearts and big lips, etc.  Sprinkle glitter onto your shapes to make them sparkle and shine even more! Most importantly, HAVE FUN!

*Store in ziplock bags for up to 3 months.

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Delicious and Savory Cold Dips to Try

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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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Printable just for you! 14 Days of Valentine’s Calendars for Him and Her

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Why limit your affections for your Valentine to just one day?  Make the lead up to Valentine’s Day special for your significant other with these great ideas on these FREE printable 14 Days of Valentine’s Advent Calendars.  One for HIM and one for HER.  Printable and just for you!, these are set up for 8.5×11 landscape printing.

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

PRINT HERE ► Valentine’s Calendar for Him

PRINT HERE ► Valentine’s Calendar for Her 

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Decadent Dessert Dips to Satisfy ANY Sweet Tooth

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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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20 Awesome and Creative DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

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True love is not measured in dollars, but in things like time and care and thought.  I treasure each homemade gift I have ever been given.  To know that someone cared enough about be to create something with their own hands means the world to me.  Make something memorable, with your own hands, and gift it with LOVE.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

  1. DIY : Valentine’s Pom Pom Bouquet from camillestyles.com
  2. Glitter Heart Key Chain DIY from flaxandtwine.com
  3. Cute As A Button Valentine from sugarandcloth.com
  4. Handmade Valentine’s Gifts: DIY Wire-wrapped Heart Necklace from happyhourprojects.com
  5. DIY Tin Can Valentine’s Votive from camillestyles.com
  6. DIY Wooden Polaroid Gift Set from sugarandcloth.com
  7. Valentine Tea DIY Gift Sets from bakelovegive.com
  8. DIY Candle Carved With Initials from helloglow.co
  9. Gold Polka Dot DIY Vase from linesacross.com
  10. Mini Mason Jar Valentines from artfuldays.io
  11. Jewelry Box Of Chocolates from wellmadeheart.com
  12. Free Printable “LOBSTERS FOREVER” from patchworkcactus.typepad.com
  13. Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift For Him from blitsy.com
  14. Pomegranate Sugar Scrub from thecasualcraftlete.com
  15. DIY Paper Sack Vase & Realistic Faux Flowers from craftberrybush.com
  16. How To Make A Sentimental Carved Heart Wood Slice from averageinspired.com
  17. DIY Kraft Paper Bouquet from thebeautydojo.com
  18. Valentine’s Day Craft! Dollar Store Gold Dipped Heart Dish Tutorial from domesticbliss2.com
  19. Free Printable Wine or Champagne Valentines from allforthememories.com
  20. Valentine Rose Lollipops from creativemeinspiredyou.com
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DIY Valentine’s Day Craft and Decor Projects

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Vicky Barone – DIY Mini Heart Mobile

DIY Candy – Clay Conversation Heart Hair Bows

The Decorated Cookie – Conversation Heart Jewelry

A Bird and a Bean – Valentines Day Candy Wreath

Happiness Is Homemade – Valentines Day Love Hoop Art

Creative Green Living – Glitter Mason Jar Mug

Trish Sutton – Wine Cork Heart

Vicky Barone – DIY Valentines Day Garland

Ribbons and Glue – Paper Ribbon Topiary

Live Craft Love – DIY Valentine Chalkboard with Heart Clothespins

DIY Candy – Conversation Hearts Magnets

Mason Jar Crafts Love – Valentine Glitter Votives

Shaken Together Life – Valentine Yarn Wrapped Trees

Make It Love It – Crepe Paper Rose Heart Decor

Lil Luna – Love You Always Valentines Sign

Sisters Suitcase Blog – LOVE Yarn Letters

Snap Creativity- Conversation Heart Chalkboard

I Heart Naptime – DIY Lipstick Heart Valentines Wall Art

Brite and Bubbly – DIY Valentines Day Emoji Pinata

Studio DIY – DIY Conversation Heart Leggings

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