No Bake French Vanilla Cheesecake Recipe and Great Dollar General Deals!

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No Bake French Vanilla Cheesecake Recipe and Great Dollar General Deals! It seems like every time I turn around I am needing to bake something this holiday season. Last week I was asked to bake for a friend, this week my husbands Christmas party and then a church Christmas party. Next week I am hosting a dinner party and baking for 2 more Christmas parties. All this baking could be driving me insane...but it's not! Why? because I know that I can do quick and simple recipes like this No Bake French Vanilla Cheesecake. Plus there are great Dollar General coupons that go along with some of the items I need to make sure a delectable dish!   Here's how it works. Visit this Dollar General link to clip yourself some amazing Dollar General Coupons. Save on products you need this Holiday Season. All you have to do is save them online and then when you input your phone number at checkout your coupons will automatically be deducted! How awesome and simple is that? No more having to sit … [Read more...]

Hearty Homemade Yogurt Parfait for Baby Using Gerber Lil’ Bits!

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Hearty Homemade Yogurt Parfait for Baby Using Gerber Lil' Bits! My daughter is finally eating solid foods and enjoying them! I love watching her face every time she eats a new food. It is wonderful to see her eyes light up when she comes across tastes and textures that she likes and are new to her. Something else that is fun is seeing her want to enjoy the same foods that she see's me eating. I know that she is watching me and she is learning from me so I want to make sure I always show her and give her the best. One of my favorite meals to eat is Breakfast. Each morning my oldest daughter and I enjoy overnight oats with yogurt and fruit. I love how hearty it is as well as tasty. For a few weeks now my youngest has watched intently as my oldest and I enjoy our oats. She is constantly crying and reaching for our food. This got me to thinking....can I make her some of the same thing? I know that she can not chew steal cut oats yet but she can most defiantly have her baby approved … [Read more...]

Ice Cream Cookie Cups! Perfect Summer Treat!

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Ice Cream Cookie Cups! Perfect Summer Treat!  We have been having record breaking heat here in Colorado. I know to some of you it is not hot but to us it's killer! We have been hitting 102 degree's already and it's only June! With summer heat comes the kids constantly begging for ice cream, popsicles and anything they can get their hands on that is COLD. Recently it was too hot outside for them to play so we decided to turn our love for ice cream up a notch and make these super easy cookie cups.   Aside from the ice cream I think that the kids have been living in the water this summer. My daughter has spent every single day for the past two weeks in the kiddie pool or running through the sprinklers. I'm glad that she is getting off the couch and getting outside. It is wonderful to hear the laughter of the neighborhood children as they all splash and play outside together. How have your and/or your kids been keeping cool this summer? As for me I have been trying to hike … [Read more...]

30 Picnic Favorites!

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30 Picnic Favorites!   Reese’s Peanut Butter Fudge 9 Layered Summer Salad Bacon Broccoli Salad Layered Strawberry Shortcake Easiest Healthy Granola Bars   Greek Yogurt Tangerine Coleslaw Italian Chopped Salad Patriotic Firecracker Fruit Kabobs Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad Sweet Potato Salad With Pineapple Pasta Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette Strawberry Glazed Strawberry Bread Roasted Potato Salad Avocado Corn Salad Cocoa Muddy Buddies Spinach Feta Pasta Salad Chocolate Strawberry Heart Shaped Pie Glitter Grapes Homemade Coleslaw Taco Salad CORN ON THE COB…LOADED Southwestern Bacon And Cheese Pasta LOADED BAKED POTATO SALAD S’more Brownies Cucumber and Tomato Bowtie Pasta Salad Bacon Lovers Potato Salad Oreo Cookie Cupcakes Almond Joy Brownies Lemon Glazed Lemon Bread Chocolate Chip Banana Bread … [Read more...]

Rice Krispies Ties

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Rice Krispies Ties Fathers Day is in just a few more days! Are you still on the lookout for something great for the kids to make? These Rice Krispies ties are perfect and oh so fun!       Ok so honestly Fathers Day is sneaking up fast. I also have my brothers wedding just 3 days before Fathers Day and all of my focus has been on that here recently. I don't want my husband to feel like an after thought because he is so much more to me then that...so I need to get on the ball and figure out a way to make his day just as special as he is.   This recipe will yield 6 large Father's Day Rice Krispies tie bars from a 9x9 pan: INGREDIENTS 1 cup (2 sticks) butter Two 10 oz. bags of marshmallows 10 cups Rice Krispies cereal 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional) 3 large white Airheads candies 6 large Airheads candies in various colors DIRECTIONS 1.   Spray a 9x9 pan with a non-stick coating spray and set aside. 2.   In a large sauce pan, … [Read more...]

Rice Krispies Golf Ball Treats!

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Rice Krispies Golf Ball Treats! I am excited for Fathers Day this year. Not only is my little brother getting married that week but for the first time in a long, long time all of my brothers and I will be with our Dad. To make it even more special I will also be able to spend it with my husband and two daughters! We are going to have a blast in Salt Lake City together and plan on going to Lagoon which is my husband and daughters favorite place next to Disneyland! I am blessed to have an amazing Dad. I can remember doing so many fun and wonderful things with him. One of which was golfing. He started this hobby when I was finishing up high school. It was fun to be able to hit the green with my Dad and spend that time bonding. I have not been able to golf with him in several years as I moved away from home  8 years ago and just have not made the time to go golfing since..but these treats really make me want to make the time to do it again and I can't wait. This recipe … [Read more...]

DIY Liquid Sidewalk Chalk

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    DIY Liquid Sidewalk Chalk   I love how much the weather has been warming up here recently. My girls and I have been spending more and more time outside. It seems like every home school lesson I give my oldest she is begging me to let her go do it outside. I love it! Seeing her thrive outside is really getting my mind turning and focusing more and more on lessons that we can do outside that will still help her to learn the home school lessons she needs to learn. A few days ago we did a fun science lesson that talked about chemical reactions. During that lesson we were able to make some fun and amazing Liquid Sidewalk Chalk. It was so much fun to make and watch react. Plus the drawings and designs on my driveway made it all the more fun and special. I love watching my daughter when her creative wheels are turning. Plus this is something that she will be able to make and do over and over again this summer.     Recently I have been … [Read more...]

Easter Chicks Butter Cookies

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  Easter Chicks Butter Cookies Spring is one of my favorite times of year. The grass begins to green, the trees sprout new leaves, the flowers start to peek out from the ground.....and the chicks begin to hatch! To help gear up for the Easter season I have been focusing on fun Easter goodies and treats. I home school so I look for any excuse to incorporate fun treats into my curriculum! These Easter Chick Butter Cookies were a fit with both the Spring season and homeschooling...oh and did I mention they were a HUGE HIT with the kids! They enjoyed getting messy while dipping the cookies in chocolate, eating the coconut before it could even make it to the cookie and loved eating the left over candy! We had a blast making these adorable Easter Chicks Butter Cookies!   Butter Cookies Ingredients -   1 C. butter, softened 1 ¼ confectioners sugar 1 egg 1 tsp. Vanilla 1 1/2 C. flour 1 tsp. Baking soda ¼ tsp. Salt   Directions: Preheat … [Read more...]

Coconut Macaroon Easter Nests – Just 3 Ingredients!

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Coconut Macaroon Easter Nests - Just 3 Ingredients! I love Easter time. It is such a beautiful time of year...and the meaning behind Easter is pretty special as well! As most of you know I have been trying to gear up for Easter with lots of treats and crafts that will help build up anticipation for the kids. We have been baking and crafting our hearts out! There are just so many possibilities that the kids can enjoy this time of year! If you are on the lookout for something great to share with the kids this Easter season then these Coconut Macaroon Easter Nests are certain to do the trick! These Coconut Macaroon Easter Nests are very simple to make. Just three ingredients and you are on your way to Easter fun! The kids will love shaping their own little Easter Nests and decorating them with different colored eggs! Ingredients:   1 (14oz) Bag of sweetened shredded coconut 1 (14oz) Can of sweetened condensed milk Cadbury Mini … [Read more...]

He Is Risen Easter Treats

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He Is Risen Easter Treats As most of you know I am the Primary President in my ward. I love being with these children and hearing their growing testimonies. I also love being able to spoil them once in a while with cute little treats that can go along with a lesson. This year I plan on making my Primary kids some adorable He Is Risen Easter Treats. These treats will not only help to get the kids excited for Easter...but will also help them to remember that Easter is not just about celebrating with cute little bunnies and brightly colored eggs. Easter is about the resurrection. Jesus not only atoned for our sins and died on the cross for us...but he showed us that life does not end at death. We can ALL live again!  Matthew 28:6 ~ He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.    Ingredients:   Graham Crackers 1 Container of Whipped Icing Food Coloring Chocolate Mini Donuts Mini Oreo Cookies Sticky Back … [Read more...]

Strawberry Glazed Strawberry Bread

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Strawberry Glazed Strawberry Bread Recipe It is almost Strawberry season here in Colorado. I can see the the white buds starting to appear. I can't wait! I love fresh strawberries and I use them in almost everything all summer long. From smoothies to salads they are one of the most universal fruits that I know of! Ingredients  12 table spoons of butter (1 1/2 sticks of butter)- room temp or melted. 2 1/3 cup of Granulated sugar  3 Large Eggs 1/2 cup of finely chopped strawberries (Can be done in a blender of food processor) 2 3/4 cup of flour 1 teaspoon of baking soda 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder A pinch of salt 3/4 cup of strawberry puree (Can do this in a lender or food processor) 3/4 cup of strawberry Greek Yogurt 1 tea spoon of vanilla  1/8 tea spoon of strawberry flavor if you want it to be more strawberry  Directions Preheat over to 350 degrees. (Makes two loafs- Use two loaf pans)  First start by mixing your … [Read more...]

Tulip Cookie Cups

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Tulip Cookie Cups Spring is officially here! The flowers are blooming and the the garden is sprouting! I love this time of year! This week I decided to celebrate Spring with the kids. We decided to make these edible Tulip Cookie Cups in honor of Spring time flowers! These Tulip Cookie Cups are delicious and really easy to make. My favorite part is the hidden surprise of Caramel! Yum! Ingredients Needed: 1 Package of 18 oz., Refrigerated Sugar Cookie Dough 36 Caramels 1 Cup Crumbled Oreo Cookies 36 Lollipops Green Candy Fruit Slices Green Icing Mini Cupcake Baking Cups Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a mini muffin pan with baking cups. Shape Sugar Cookie Dough into about 1 inch balls. Press balls onto the bottoms and up the sides of the muffin cup forming a "Pot". Place a caramel into the center of each cookie dough pot. Bake cookies 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. After cookies are removed from oven, sprinkle heaping teaspoons … [Read more...]

Pudding Planter Box Cookies – Perfect Spring Time Treat!

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Pudding Planter Box Cookies - Perfect Spring Time Treat! I am so excited for spring. One of the first things I do each year as the weather warms up is plant a garden. This year I will be incorporating my gardening into my daughters homeschool curriculum. But, since sprouting seeds take a few days I decided that it would be really fun to make some special treats to eat after our garden is planted. These Pudding Planter Box Cookies are the perfect spring time treat. The possibilities of what you can plant in your Pudding Planter Box is endless! These pictures and directions will show you how to plant carrots.....but I would also love to read about your creative ideas! What will you "plant" into your pudding? Items Needed: Chocolate Pudding Chocolate cookies, crushed Graham Crackers Green gel frosting Orange Mike & Ike candy Chocolate Chips, Melted Directions: Take one sheet of graham crackers and break into 4 pieces. Using a sharp knife, cut one of the … [Read more...]

Mint Oreo Trifle

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Mint Oreo Trifle     I Love Chocolate and Mint together! Throw in an Oreo and i'm in heaven. Plus it's almost St. Patrick's Day which means I can have all the Chocolate and Mint that I want and not feel guilty! Recently My daughter and I decided to make some of these for a dinner party we had. They were a huge hit and tasty too! Hope you enjoy!   INGREDIENTS 1 package of Oreo Mint Cookies 1 small package JELL-O Chocolate Pudding 2 cup cold Milk 2 cup Heavy Cream ¼ cup Powdered Sugar 1 tsp Mint Extract (optional in case you don’t like mint) Green Food Coloring     DIRECTIONS Make pudding according to package directions. Place in refrigerator. Whip heavy cream until it begins to peak. Add powdered sugar and continue to whip.  Add mint and 6-10 drops food coloring and continue to whip until peaks form. Place in refrigerator. Chop approximately ¾ of the Oreos and scatter into bottom of … [Read more...]

Mint Cake Pops

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Mint Cake Pops           I love making Cake Pops. Especially when I get to decorate them with my little girl! These Mint Cake Pops are perfect for St. Patrick's Day and are sure to be a family pleaser! Ingredients: 2 C Sugar 1 3/4th C All-Purpose Flour 3/4 C Cocoa 1 1/2 t Baking Soda 1 1/2 Baking Powder 2 Eggs 1 t Salt 1 C Milk 1/2 C Vegetable Oil 2 t Mint Extract 1 C Boiling Water 1 bag of cake pop sticks (you can get them from Michaels or Walmart) Directions: Heat your oven to 350 degrees and grease a deep cookie sheet Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in large bowl. Add your eggs, milk, oil, and mint. Beat with a mixer for 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water then pour onto the cookie sheet. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cake cool in baking sheet. Once cake is cooled cut into big squares and crumble cake into a big mixing bowl. Set aside. Frosting … [Read more...]