Sour Straw Popsicles

If there is one thing in our home that everyone will devour it has to be sour straws. It’s like this radar detector that goes off and they all come to the vicinity that I have them in.  I can buy a bucket of them but with in a week they are absolutely gone. Oh and if I got at least one I am lucky. 

Sour Straw Popsicles

Two evenings ago my other half, V, picked some sour straws up for this recipe Sour Straw Popsicles. I honest thought there is no way they are going to last the night. Funny enough I was the one that devoured the most of them and yes some were actually left over. We managed to hide them for the teens and eat some ourselves while watching The Haunting.  The other half and I like spooky shows. I am not quite sure if it is because he is interested in them or likes to make fun of the people. His answer is when it’s really scary just drink beer and ignore it. Psst… He’s Czech. Not all of us think drinking beer will get rid of the ghosts. 

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I managed to slip the sour straws away from him and put them aside for these popsicles. A few months ago I picked up a Zoku classic popsicle mold. After trying a ton of other molds I love how easy they come out of the Zoku molds. I hear there is some others out there that work just as well and have cute designs. If you know of some put it in the comments below because I would love to check them out.

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Moving on to the popsicles I finally had the chance to use the mold and make some popsicles. These sour straw popsicles are so sour that it will make your entire face pucker and that’s a good thing!

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Gosh! Look at it just run down her hand. Sticky! These were so much fun but I would use the sour straws over the sour straw bites next time.  The sour bites became a bit mushy but super hyped up the flavor of the popsicles. 

Sour Straw Popsicles

They are super sour and melt fast!

Sour Straw Popsicles
Serves 6
Kool aid popsicle with sour straw bites frozen within them.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 9 tablespoons of Kool Aid
  2. 18 to 22 pieces of Sour Straws cut up or Sour Straw Bites
  3. Water
  4. Popsicle mold
Instructions
  1. Mix about 2 tablespoons of Kool Aid with water. Fill mold with 3 pieces of candy and top with Kool Aid. This is the break down for each mold. If you want them to be more sour then add more Kool Aid and more bites. Freeze for about two hours or until frozen solid.
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Smucker’s Naturals – Peanut Butter Rolls

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Smucker’s. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

Growing up near Knott’s Berry Farm meant Smucker’s all the time. They have since become separate entities but I still love their jam and even more so their all natural peanut butter. When I first encountered Smucker’s natural peanut butter on the shelf my thought’s were “They make peanut butter?” and in the basket it went. I am a serious Californian based in Texas and you just don’t get those goodies here all the time. Now that it’s a regular on the shelf here I have to say the coolest treat we’ve made with it is peanut butter rolls. You can add jelly or mayo, if you swing that way, to it or just have them by themselves.  The daughter likes hazelnut spread on them. 

Smucker's Peanut Butter Rolls

When  I first made these a few years ago the boys took them to school. All of the teenagers are their school wanted to trade lunches with them. After that my cap’n crunch cookies were the big cheese. It’s nice to have people appreciate your food along with your talent too. Just as much as I appreciate the outdoors. I have my days where watching a movie with beautiful forests in them make me feel like I could go live in the trees. Other days I don’t want to even walk outside. That being said this January, Smucker’sLaura Scudder’s and Adams Natural Peanut Butter have teamed up to support the national parks through a $100,000 donation to the National Parks Conservation Association’s (NPCA) America’s Great Waters Program. Starting in January, look for the .25 cent-off coupons on shelves in your local stores towards the purchase of a jar of natural peanut butter. For every coupon redeemed by March 24, 2014, Smucker’s will donate $1 to the NPCA, up to an additional $50,000.

Smucker's Peanut Butter Rolls

In the meantime, check out the Smucker’s Facebook page for ways you can make a difference in your community this year. Here is the recipe for Smucker’s Peanut Butter Rolls.

Peanut Butter Rolls
Serves 2
Bread rolled flat slathered with peanut butter and rolled to look like sushi.
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Total Time
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup Smucker's peanut butter
  2. 4 slices of bread
Instructions
  1. Lay bread flat and cut off crust. Using a rolling pin roll the bread flat. Lightly layer bread with peanut butter. Roll from top to bottom. Slice into threes.
Notes
  1. You can use any fillings you would like including jelly, hazelnut spread, chocolate spread, and mayo.
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Game Day Pizza #GameTimeGoodies

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Tomorrow night is game time! Which team are you routing for? We are cheering for San Francisco tomorrow night. While watching the football game you have to snack on something, in which, I created game day pizza with these slices from a DiGiorno’s pizza. We used the Rising Crust Pepperoni so we could add some of our favorite toppings that they do not currently sell. We added peperoncini’s and red onions for a bit of zing. I picked up the pizza’s at Walmart due to the rollback on them for $4.50 which is two for $9. Can’t beat that! 

Game Day Pizza #GameTimeGoodies

Who will you be routing for this Sunday; West Coast? San Francisco has always been my team. Chancelor would be all for New Orleans but they are not in this one. He might pick the opposing team just for fun. Does that happen in your house? We are preparing for the big game coming soon. Probably save the sausage DiGiorno pizza we bought for the big game to pair with other appetizers. Maybe some fried pickles and hot wings. Pizza and hot wings are the ultimate football food. What is your ultimate football food? Do you have plans for the big game?

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The problem with eating pizza during the game comes when a touchdown happens. Magically the pepperoni and toppings go flying in the air. This also happens during a race. Especially when someone takes out my driver. It must be the Italian in me that the hands go flying and plenty of words escape my mouth in utter gibberish.  Do you encounter sports incidents like that?

Game Day Pizza #GameTimeGoodies

 I cannot wait until February when the racing season is back. I am pretty sure the daughter and I will take off to the race here in April. In the meantime, we will look forward to the big game, the commercials, and the food.  I will look forward to teasing Chancelor about the opposing team unless by some awkward moment he decides to route for the same team. Mmmm… I smell pizza; time for another slice. Don’t forget to follow along for more recipes at #GameTimeGoodies.

Game Day Pizza
Serves 3
DiGiornio pizza topped with peperoncini's and red onions.
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Prep Time
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Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 DiGiornio Pizza
  2. 10 peperoncini's; diced
  3. 1/4 cup sliced red onions
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven as directed on box. Top pizza with peperoncini's and red onions. Bake as directed on box. Serve fresh out of the oven.
Adapted from DiGiornio Pizza
Adapted from DiGiornio Pizza
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Christmas Date Night Hot Chocolate Basket

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What I love about Christmas is buying gifts for friends or making a pretty basket fit for a movie guru. Often if I don’t know much about a person I will do the Christmas date night hot chocolate basket. You always need one of those on hand. It’s a great getaway from the hustle and bustle of after Christmas specials. Swiss Miss hot chocolate, Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn and Slim Jim jerky make the perfect basket paired with some candy canes and any movie of your choice.

Christmas Date Night Basket  #EasyGifts #shop #cbias

While picking up a new cardigan at Target I bought the stuff to make this adorable basket for a friends’ gift this Christmas. They are movie buffs and would totally dig making some snacks. The candy canes are great to stir in your Swiss Miss hot chocolate for a peppermint hot chocolate. The cheesy Orville’s popcorn is perfect with the sliced Tabasco Slim Jim and topped with cayenne pepper for a spicy twist on popcorn.

Christmas Date Night Basket #EasyGifts #shop #cbias

Don’t miss out on some coupons to help you save on that adorable Christmas Date Night Basket!

After printing your coupons simply grab a adorable box or basket. Fill with some tissue paper of choice. Add in Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate, Slim Jim’s, and Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn with any movie of choice. Add some candy canes or Christmas candies. Don’t forget to print a little tag with the recipe below for some spicy popcorn! Just love the vintage Swiss Miss can too!

Spicy Popcorn

Spicy Popcorn

Ingredients

1 bag of Orville Redenbacher's Cheesy Popcorn
1 Slim Jim Tabasco stick; sliced
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions

Pop popcorn according to directions. Pour popcorn into a bowl and add Slim Jim slices to it and toss. Dust with cayenne pepper and toss. Serve with hot chocolate!

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Cranberry Curd

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One of the best part of the holidays for me is making treats to gift. Whether it be for a neighbor or friend or maybe evening a way to pay it forward in the community. This Cranberry Curd is a break off of the Tangerine Curd listed on Land O’Lakes holiday guide. It’s great for a seasonal gift and packages so simply into a jar. Just add ribbon or you can mod podge the lid with scrapbook paper.

Cranberry Curd #HolidayButter #shop #cbias

Cranberry curd can be easily made and serves up well on toast, cookies, or crackers. I love to make it for future use to make dessert too. Great way to give a gift and help out a friend on a holiday dessert!

Cranberry Curd #HolidayButter #shop #cbias

Save the left over cranberries when making the curd to use in a cranberry jam. This and more cranberries will make a beautiful jam to add to any cookie. Today, I am making some Finnish spice cookies topped with cranberry jam to pay it forward. I hope to deliver them to the nursery home that took care of my grandmother before she passed. Sometimes the elderly are forgotten and at Christmas they definitely should not be.

Cranberry Curd #HolidayButter #shop #cbias

Here is the simple recipe and don’t forget to enter the giveaway below the recipe!

Cranberry Curd

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 1 small jar

Cranberry Curd

Ingredients

1 bag of cranberries
1 1/4 cup water
3 egg yolks
1 whole egg
1 cup sugar
4 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter

Instructions

In a medium non stick pot, combine cranberries and water and simmer over medium heat. Cook until the cranberries pop and the liquid bubbles. The mixer will start to thicken. You may help mash the cranberries with a silicone spatula. Push the cranberries through a strainer, pressing well with your silicone spatula. Be sure to scrape all the puree from the underside of the strainer into a bowl. Reserve cranberries for a jam. Set aside juice to cool.

Whisk together the three egg yolks and one whole egg until combined. Add in sugar and whisk until a light yellow cream color. Add cranberry juice to same non stick medium pot and combine the egg mixture to the cranberry puree whisking until well blended. Place over medium heat, whisking constantly, until the curd thickens and can coat the back of a wooden spoon. Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in cubed butter one tablespoon at a time. Pour into a jar and let cool in refrigerator.

Decorate lid and give as a gift or save for a toast or a beautiful dessert.

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Pumpkin Seeds

We are approaching Halloween next week! It’s one of my most favorite times of the year. Everyone will be getting dressed up and carving pumpkins. When carving those pumpkins don’t throw out those seeds. Those little pumpkin seeds are delicious and are a super healthy snack. We carve our pumpkins about two days before Halloween. We separate the pumpkin seeds straight into a bowl as we carve the pumpkins.

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Easily separate the seeds from the strings and toss the strings in the trash. I like to wash the seeds and lay them out on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. This is when I season the pumpkin seeds. After seasoning I lay them out for two days to dry covered with parchment paper so they roast quickly. The possibilities are endless! I like to add black cracked pepper, salt and paprika. I have seen caramel topped, drunken bacon and whiskey, cinnamon sugar, and even spicy chili lime pumpkin seeds. So get creative with your pumpkin seeds or you can just use my recipe here.

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Carving pumpkins are a tradition in my house. Fall cannot pass without the carving of pumpkins, an annual Halloween gathering, a scare contest, and some trick or treating. Scaring the teenagers friends for the scare-a-thon is also a plus! So far I have six scares to my son’s thirteen. There is still plenty of time to catch up. This master scarer nailed three alone last night!

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What’s your favorite way to scare? Do you carve pumpkins every year? I would love to see some links in the comments below to your pumpkin carving creations. If you have a pumpkin seed recipe please definitely share it! I’m always up for trying a new recipe. I would love to hear about some cool costumes you created yourself or maybe your favorite costume from your childhood!

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Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients

Pumpkin Seeds
Salt
Pepper
Paprika
Parchment Paper

Instructions

Remove strings from pumpkin seeds. Throw out strings. Wash seeds and layer them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Drizzle with salt, pepper, and paprika evenly. Cover with parchment and let dry for two days.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake in oven for 10 to 15 minutes until lightly roasted brown. Let cool before serving. Store in plastic Ziplock bag or container.

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Chicken Dippers with Chili Lime Sauce

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Today, my son and his friend Tristan took a ride up to Sam’s Club to grab some Tyson crispy chicken strips so I can make them some after school snacks. Lately, I have been trying different ideas with the Tyson’s chicken since my kids love it so much. I created a simple dish from a demo idea at Sam’s Club. It’s Chicken Dippers with Chili Lime Sauce. Turns out my kids love the combination of the Tone’s chili powder, mayo, garlic, and lime. It’s something different for your chicken then plan old ketchup.

Chancelor pointing out the Tone's #shop #cbias #SamsDemo

He told me how he wanted the Italian seasoning to add on to what his bread and in sauce. He truly loves his Italian food. I was surprised tonight both my daughter and son pictured above loved the chicken dippers on the skewer with the chili lime sauce. It took a bit of coaxing to get them to try it but once they did it was over. They even tried it with the sunburst tomatoes.

Chicken Dippers with Chili Lime Sauce #shop #cbias #SamsDemo

It’s such a great afternoon snack and possible with another side a simple dinner. I can’t wait to check out the demo on the Chicken Dippers next week on September 24th at Sam’s Club. I know I will have to drag all the teenagers with me so they can test it out. My son said I am not going with out him. He calls himself the Fat Guy and that he loves food. He makes me laugh! :) I wonder whom he took after.

Look how pretty those sunburst tomatoes are and go with the chicken perfectly. To see our shopping experience check out my Google + album here.

Chicken Dippers with Chili Lime Sauce

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: About 4 skewers

Chicken Dippers with Chili Lime Sauce

Ingredients

5 to 6 Tyson crispy chicken strips; sliced into sections
1 package sunburst tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon Tone's chili powder
1/2 cup mayo
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons lime juice
Metal or wood skewers

Instructions

Bake or microwave Tyson Crispy Chicken strips as directed on the package. Slice into sections to put on skewers. Alternate chicken and tomatoes onto the skewers.

In a small ramekin, add mayo and mix in garlic powder, Tone's chili powder, and lime juice. Mix well and serve with fresh lime.

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Jalapeno Cheese Corn Dog Bites

This recipe for jalapeno cheese corn dog bites I put off a few times just to make sure I had enough lighting to photograph the process and get it perfected. Eventually I just made the process easier. Corn dogs remind me of the fair in California when I was a kid. It was one of the first items I went for and a close second was always funnel cake. Once in a while, I crave corn dogs but nowadays I prefer them with jalapenos and cheese. They are so delicious they don’t even need ketchup or the gazillion bottles of different types of mustard I store in the fridge.

Jalapeno cheese corn dog bites in a basket

Am I the only one that is absolutely ready for Fall? I mean schools back in, my favorite TV shows are coming back soon, and all that is needed is the chilly air and PUMPKIN! Who’s ready for pumpkin and apple overload on the blog? I think I have officially decided to make a new Halloween recipe every other day for the month of October. Of course, expect my blog anniversary which is on October 4th which also coincides with my birthday! Super excited this year cause I am preparing for it!

I’ve already bought pumpkins and preparing for Friday nights premiere of Haven! Anyone else around here watch Haven? I am definitely a Eric Balfour fan. His character Duke is funny and deep. The setting of the show and just make me want to have a trouble and be in Haven.

Jalapeno cheese corn dog bites

Anywho! These jalapeno cheese corn dogs bites are perfect with chili or a huge pot of beans. Easy peasy too! It’s jiffy, some jalapenos and cheese. Of course a hot dog in the middle for fun! Summer isn’t over here yet but I am already prepare Fall food. I guess I can’t wait to go scarf shopping and put up the old gravestones in the yard. At least I have Duck Dynasty temporarily to laugh at while I wait for my huge list of to-watch shows this Fall. Do you have a show you can’t wait to watch?

Jalapeno Cheese Corn Dog Bites

Jalapeno Cheese Corn Dog Bites

Ingredients

2 boxes Jiffy corn muffin mix
1/3 cup pickled jalapenos; diced
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese; grated
2 eggs
3/4 cup milk
Paper cups

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place liners in muffin/cupcake pan.

In a large bowl, mix in corn muffin mix, milk and eggs. Stir well. Add in diced jalapenos and one cup of cheese. Mix well. Mixture will be thick. Using a ice cream scoop add one scoop full to each muffin cup.

Bake for 15 minutes until lightly golden brown on top. Serve alongside chili or a bowl of beans.

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Lake Grapevine & Chicken Wraps #ChickenFryTime

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Summer time is here and for us that means visits to lakes and pools. Sometimes you just have enough of grilled food. My family insists that BBQ grilled chicken is am absolute no in our house at the moment. Though, chicken is healthy and needs to be a part of your weekly meal planning. Chicken wraps are fantastic with Tyson’s Chicken Fries used with dips and perfect for a chicken dinner.

Instead of cooking up some grilled chicken or another style of hot dog Tyson’s Homestyle Chicken Fries are perfect for a lunch or dinner on the go out to the lake. Simple to heat up in the oven and toss them in to a delicious chicken wrap. Tomatoes, cucumbers, sprouts, lettuce, or cheese the fillings are endless and full nutrients that are needed when your out in this summer heat.

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We like our chicken wraps with sun dried tomato wraps along with cherry tomatoes, lettuce, and zesty Italian dressing. A little fresh Parmesan cheese adds an extra kick of flavor to the wrap.

You can find other great recipes on Tyson’s Twitter account or through #ChickenFryTime.

She really loves these chicken wraps when we go to the lake! Easy to wrap with foil and just toss in a bag off in the cooler. What’s great about chicken is it is edible cold or hot.

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Here is a few more pictures on Google Plus from our adventure to the lake. Below is the recipe on how to make these simple chicken wraps that are a perfect on the go chicken dinner.

Lake Grapevine & Chicken Wraps #ChickenFryTime

Lake Grapevine & Chicken Wraps #ChickenFryTime

Ingredients

Tyson Chicken Fries
1 package cherry tomatoes
1 head of lettuce
1 package of sun dried tomato wrap tortillas
1 small bottle of zesty Italian dressing

Instructions

Preheat oven as directed on the back of the Tyson package. Cook chicken until done as directed.

Wash lettuce while separating and set aside. Wash tomatoes. Slice tomatoes in halves and set aside. Lay out wrap and fill with chicken, tomatoes, lettuce, and drizzle with dressing. Roll up wrap and enjoy!

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Honey Bacon Potato Pops

Today is our gathering of the communal table for Thanksgiving for the FN Dish on Food Network. Please take a moment when you are done reading this post to visit the other links below and enjoy other dishes at our communal table. To follow along on Twitter please use the hashtag #PullUpAChair. You may also join in by having a look at our communal table on Pinterest. My recipe for Honey Bacon Potato Pops is below.

Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness, family, and the season that prepares us for Christmas. Fall is my favorite season of the year! The trees change colors, everyone is cooking or baking, and the air is busy with cheer. The pumpkin, which is a super squash, decorates yards with a multitude of colors and scarecrows dance in the wind! Most of all, I love the Macy’s Day Parade! I love picking out my favorites and feeling like a kid again with my teenagers. It is very important to always have a bit of kid left in you.

I hope you will all #PullUpAChair and enjoy my appetizer recipe for Honey Bacon Potato Pops. These are perfect to munch on while waiting on the turkey. Please feel free to leave me a link in the comments to your favorite Thanksgiving dish.

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Honey Bacon Potato Pops

Total Time: 1 hour

Honey Bacon Potato Pops

Ingredients

1 bag mini red potatoes, fingerling potatoes, or small yellow potatoes
2 oz. honey
6 strips of bacon; uncooked and cut into thirds
Popsicle sticks
Toothpicks

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Soak bacon in honey and wrap over potatoes. Secure bacon with toothpicks.

Bake until potatoes are tender and bacon is cooked. Pull them from the oven and remove toothpick; add lollipop stick. Careful not to break potato. Drizzle potatoes with honey and serve warm.

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