Maple Bacon Cupcakes

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Maple Bacon Cupcakes   I love Maple and Bacon together. The sweet with the salty is a perfect match. Even in these amazing Maple Bacon Cupcakes! Yum! Batter Ingredients: 4 1⁄2 tablespoons butter at room temperature 1⁄2 tablespoon bacon drippings (solid) 1 egg 5 tablespoons brown sugar 4 tablespoons maple syrup 1 1⁄4 cups self rising flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder tiny pinch salt 1⁄4 cup milk 1⁄4 cup of cooked minced bacon Directions for Batter: - Cook  bacon in a fry pan (I used one pound). - Reserve the drippings and place in the fridge to solidify. - Mince 1/4 a cup of the bacon. - Beat the butter and solidified bacon fat until light and creamy. - Add the brown sugar and maple syrup and beat well until combined. - Add the egg and beat until incorporated. - Sift the flour, salt, baking soda and powder together. - Add some of the flour and mix, then some of the milk. - Continue to alternate the dry and wet ingredients, … [Read more...]

Cotton Candy Cupcakes

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Cotton Candy Cupcakes   I can't get enough of Cotton Candy this year. From ice cream and candy to cupcakes and bubble gum. I keep finding this flavor everywhere. I must say that I am so happy to be surrounded by Cotton Candy flavors. I love, Love, LOVE Cotton Candy! That is why I am excited to share with you all this great Cotton Candy Cupcake recipe! I hope you enjoy it a much as I did!   Ingredients 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter softened 1/2 cup sour cream 1 egg, plus 2 egg yolks, at room temperature 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup cotton candy Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin pan with paper liners and place to the side. In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the butter, sour cream, egg, yolks, and vanilla and beat until smooth. Stir in the cotton candy until evenly distributed -do not over … [Read more...]

Cherry Ice Cream Topping Recipe + Blue Bunny Ice Cream!

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SunsOutSpoonsOut #CollectiveBias Cherry Ice Cream Topping Recipe + Blue Bunny Ice Cream! Blue Bunny Ice Cream is my favorite dessert. I love the huge variety of flavors and how easy it is to find on my local Walmart shelves. Plus I live in the fruit basket of Colorado and can easily make some great fresh fruit ice cream topping to pair it with! Within a 10 mile radius I can go pick fresh Cherries, Apricots, Plums, Peaches, Grapes and more! I love living here! Recently my daughter and I stopped by a local farm and picked some fresh cherries. While we were picking the cherries my daughter and I talked about what we would like to do with them. Lots of ideas came to mind but  one of the first things she said was make ice cream topping. Of course I agreed so that is exactly what we did. After picking Cherries I headed to my local Walmart and purchased Vanilla Bean Blue … [Read more...]

10 Minute Blueberry Syrup + Foster Farms® Pancake Wraps = Quick Breakfast!

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WrapNGo #CollectiveBias 10 Minute Blueberry Syrup + Foster Farms® Pancake Wraps = Quick Breakfast!  #WrapNGo #CollectiveBias Summer time is extra busy at my house. Summer sports, camping trips, more kids in my at home day care, summer reading programs, swimming lessons and more. It is crazy! That is why it is important for me to have a quick and easy breakfast plan to get the day started off right. Thanks to Foster Farms® Pancake Wraps I am able to do just that! The Foster Farms® Pancake Wraps can be quickly microwaved for a great meal. Plus with all this fresh fruit around I am able to make a quick 5-10 minute syrup each week so the kids can be ready for a great breakfast on the go. I came across the Foster Farms® Pancake Wraps on my Ibotta coupon app as I was shopping at Walmart. I had not tried these before but seeing how much easier they would make my life. I had … [Read more...]

REESE’S Peanut Butter Cups Layered Dessert + Share a Coke

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  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ShareYourSummer #CollectiveBias #ad     REESE'S Peanut Butter Cups Layered Dessert + Share a Coke #ShareYourSummer #CollectiveBias #ad   I am addicted to the new Share a Coke personalized Coca-Cola Classic, Diet Cokes and Coke Zero 20 oz bottles. As you all know my name is Krista and I will admit that I have never found my name on anything. BUT I have been able to find it several times on these awesome personalized Coke bottles. I have now made it a habit to stop by the Coke display at Walmart and look through all the names. I love to purchase Cokes for all of my friends and family members who's names can be found on the Coke bottles. I don't know what I would do without my friends and family members. They have been there for me through thick and thin. Especially my Mom who I also found a Coke bottle for! She is my best friend and there is not a … [Read more...]

Maraschino Cherry Cupcakes

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Maraschino Cherry Cupcakes To me there is nothing better then Maraschino Cherries. I love them in soda, on ice cream and in my cupcakes! They just make everything in life a little sweeter! Yields: 18 cupcakes Time: 1 hour 25 minutes Ingredients: Cupcakes: 1 jar (10 oz) maraschino cherries, drained, liquid reserved 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt ½ cup unsalted butter 1 ¼ cups sugar ½ cup maraschino cherry liquid ¼ cup whole milk 2 teaspoons almond extract 2 egg whites, beaten Optional: pink food color Frosting: Reserved 1 tablespoon maraschino cherry liquid 1 cup butter, softened 3 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar 2 teaspoons milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/8 teaspoon salt Garnish: 18 maraschino cherries with stems Directions: Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line regular-size muffin cups with paper baking cups; set aside. Finely chop cherries and place in paper-towel-lined … [Read more...]

Cocoa Muddy Buddies

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Cocoa Muddy Buddies   I am a huge fan of Cocoa Muddy Buddies. They are a great snack to make and oh so tasty! Plus they are a huge hit with the kids. They loving taking them on car rides, packing them into their lunches, and eating them on their outdoor picnics! Recently my daughter and I got a craving for these chocolaty treats and just had to make a batch! Ingredients ½ Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips ¼ Creamy Peanut Butter 2 Tbsp. Butter 1 teas. Vanilla 5 Cups Chex Cereal ¾ Cups Powdered Sugar 2 Tbsp. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder Instructions In a microwave safe bowl combine the Chocolate Chips, Peanut Butter and Butter. Microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and microwave in additional 15 second increments stirring after each until melted and smooth. Stir in the Vanilla. In a large bowl add the Cereal and pour the melted chocolate over the top. Gently fold with a spatula until the Cereal is completely coated. Transfer to a Gallon size resealable … [Read more...]

Chocolate Strawberry Heart Shaped Pie

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Chocolate Strawberry Heart Shaped Pie Valentines Day is just around the corner and this year I would love to make something extra special for my husband and daughter. I think that these Chocolate Strawberry Heart Shaped Pies will not only have the perfect flavors for Valentines Day but will be festive and taste amazing! I can't wait to see the look on their faces when they see these adorable little heart shaped pies!     Ingredients 1 ½ Cups Strawberries, chopped ¼ Cup Sugar 1 Cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips 2 Pkg. Refrigerated Pie crusts (4 crusts total) Egg Flour for dusting   Directions: Preheat the oven to 425˚. In a bowl place the Strawberries and ¼ cup of sugar, let sit for 10-15 minutes stirring every five minutes until a syrup forms. In a microwave safe bowl melt the Chocolate at 50% power for 2 minutes. Stir until smooth, add to the strawberries and stir until well combined. Take the crusts out of the … [Read more...]

Reindeer Brownies

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Reindeer Brownies I think I just found the cutest recipe that I could possibly make with my daughter. These Reindeer Brownies are so much fun and absolutely adorable! Plus they are a hit with the friends and neighbors that we made them for! Yay! Ingredients: A 9x13 pan of your favorite brownies, baked and cooled -Baker’s One Bowl Brownies is my go-to homemade brownie recipe. The best part is that you line your pan with foil, so you can remove the block of brownies easily from your 9x13 pan. Remove the foil from the brownies and place the brownies on a cutting board. (http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/bakers-one-bowl-brownies-54515.aspx) Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter Small Pretzels Candy Eyeballs - I use Wilton brand Red plain m&ms - or try using skittles or cinnamon candies 2 tablespoons powdered sugar 1/2 to 1 teaspoon water Ziplock sandwich bag Directions: 1- With your cookie cutter, cut hearts out of the brownies. My cutter is just … [Read more...]

Rice Krispie Ornaments

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 Rice Krispie Ornaments There is nothing better then getting the kids together and making fun holiday treats to pass out to our friends and neighbors. My daughter loves helping me come up with recipes and ideas to make every year. Recently my daughter and I decided to make some from Rice Krispie Ornaments. These Rice Krispie Ornaments were not only fun to make but they are also very festive for this time of year and I am sure that the friends and neighbors will love them! Rice Krispie Ornaments Ingredients 2 Tbsp. Butter 10 oz. Bag Marshmallows Red and Green Food Coloring 6 Cups Krispie Rice Cereal Rolos Instructions In a sauce pan over low heat melt 1 Tbsp. Butter and then add half of the Marshmallows. Stir frequently and add 10 drops of food coloring to start. Add additional food coloring until desired color is achieved. Slowly add 3 cups of the Krispie Rice to the pan over low heat and stir to coat. Remove from heat and let cool until you … [Read more...]

Easy Meals for Dinner Parties & Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake! #HolidayMadeSimple #CollectiveBias #Ad

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HolidayMadeSimple #CollectiveBias Easy Meals for Dinner Parties & Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake! I live in one of the biggest towns in the state. Because of this I always get unexpected out of town family. They love coming here to shop. Especially around the Holidays. That is why I always have quick and easy meals from Walmart like Stouffer's on hand at all times. Recently I had a quick and easy dinner party at my house. I knew that I was going to be going away for the holiday's this year and I wanted to make sure that I did not miss out on seeing my family and friends before I left. Thanks to Walmart, Stouffer's and Nestle I was able to focus more on my family and friends and less on the holiday recipes I was making. I decided to make a Stouffer's Lasagna for dinner. It was a hit! With the lasagna I made some garlic bread, salad, sugar cookies and I was also able to … [Read more...]

DIY Graham Cracker Houses & Peanut Butter Cheesecake Recipe! #PBandG #CollectiveBias #Yippee #ad

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**This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. DIY Graham Cracker Houses & Peanut Butter Cheesecake Recipe! I love the Holiday's! It is a time to spend with family and friends, share stories, make memories...oh and of course decorate and bake your favorite Holiday Recipes for loved ones! Recently my family and I decided to build  fun #PBandG Graham Cracker Houses and as dessert I made a Skippy Peanut Butter Cheesecake to go with it! Our family filled Holiday Night really got us in the mood for Christmas. I am so glad #CollectiveBias encouraged me to make one again this year. It was so much fun making our house and we enjoyed every last bite of the Peanut Butter Cheesecake! Yum! Every year my family and I spend family time together building a Holiday House. We loving coming up with new designs and decorations each and every year. Plus they are so fun to eat later! Last night my husband, daughter and I got out all … [Read more...]

Snowman Cookies

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  Snowman Cookies We have been snowing for the past few days here in the Colorado mountains. It is a beautiful sight. The only down fall to this white falling from the sky is the bitter cold. We have not been spending much time outside recently which has given us more time for indoor fun. Recently I was able to make some fun Snowman Cookies with my daughter!   Ingredients 1 Package Oreo Cookies ½ lb. Almond Bark or Candy coating ¼ cup Regular Chocolate Chips ¼ cup Mini Chocolate Chips ¼ cup Candy Corn Instructions Melt the Almond bark in the microwave in a small bowl. I usually do 60, 30 and then 15 second increments stirring between each until smooth. Place an Oreo in the melted Almond bark. Flip it using a large fork. Ensure the cookie is completely coated. Keeping the fork tines level, gently tap the handle of the fork on the rim of the bowl. Use a straight up and down motion so the cookie doesn’t slide off of the fork. This will … [Read more...]

Caramel and Cream Cheese Stuffed Pumpkin Bread #TasteTheSeason #CollectiveBias #ad

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. Caramel and Cream Cheese Stuffed Pumpkin Bread I love the Holiday Season! October - December is my favorite part of the year. During those months my days are filled with family and friends, home cooked meals, giving thanks and sharing of gifts and talents. Since my most favorite time is currently here I have been spending as much time as I can with my friends and family. That includes hosting many dinner parties. I am currently preparing my #TasteTheSeason menu for Thanksgiving and I can't wait to get cooking! Each year I host Thanksgiving and/or Christmas at my house. I invite just about everyone I know to attend. Every year I make the main dish, a few side dishes and a couple desserts. I love to cook....but the fun of it is when everyone else also brings along their favorite Thanksgiving sides and desserts to share! This year I will be making my husbands favorite dessert. … [Read more...]

Pretzel Turkeys – Perfect Thanksgiving Treat!

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    Pretzel Turkeys - Perfect Thanksgiving Treat! As most of you know I have chosen to home school this year. One of the reasons that I have chosen to home school is so that I can have fun coming up with creative ways to learn. I love making fun treats with the kids. Especially when it comes to holiday treats. Recently we were able to make some fun Pretzel Turkeys! These were not only great tasting treats but they were also easy enough for the older and younger kids!   Pretzel Turkeys Ingredients Pretzels Candy Corn Rolos Reese’s Pieces Sugar Pearls   Instructions Preheat oven to 300˚. On a sheet tray lined with parchment paper lay your pretzels with the salted side down with the double rounded end pointed toward you. Place three candy corns on the single round end. I start with the middle one and just place the tip under the middle of pretzel and the top part resting on the top of the pretzel. Place the other … [Read more...]