Food-a-licious Friday: 30 of the Best Skewer Recipes

Hello friends! It’s Friday! Woohoo!!!!

One of my favorite things to cook up are chicken skewers. They are quick, easy, kids love them…and let’s be honest, food on a stick is just fun! I wanted to broaden my skewer horizons, so I rounded up 30 of the Best Skewer Recipes and I’m sharing the list with you. Just click on the links below to head to the original recipes. 

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Everything from chicken to steak to fish…even sandwiches! I can’t wait to try them. 

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great weekend. 

Food-a-licious Friday: Tomato Mozzarella and Avocado Salad

Happy 4th of July everyone!! We are swimming, BBQing and enjoying friends and family today. I hope you are doing the same! I am so excited to introduce you to another MFTM contributor. I met Erin of Crafty Auntie at blogger/crafting meet ups and we instantly became friends. We found that we have many things in common with one another and she is just a really cool chick. You are going to LOVE her. Erin will be stopping by monthly to share yummy recipes with us. Today she is sharing a tasty Tomato Mozzarella and Avocado Salad!

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With summer in full force here in Arizona, I avoid turning on my oven at all cost. So I resort to making different types of salads. This recipe came from something my sister just threw together. I love the simplicity and versatility of it. I often make this as a meal, but it is also great as a side dish.

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Tomato, Mozzarella, and Avocado Salad

(Serves 2-4)


  • 5-6 tomatoes, cut into bite sized pieces (I prefer the tomatoes on the vine, but just about any variety will work for this.)
  • 16 oz. fresh mozzarella, cut up into bite sized pieces
  • 1 cup balsamic vinaigrette dressing (I used Newman’s Own Creamy Balsamic for this recipe.)
  • 2 small (or 1 large) avocado, chopped
  • 5 oz. package of Texas Toast Seasoned croutons

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Place tomatoes and mozzarella into a large bowl. Add the dressing and toss. Add the avocados and croutons, and then gently toss.

That’s it! Pretty easy, huh?

If not serving immediately, leave out croutons and add just before you are ready to serve. This will prevent them from becoming soggy. Also, you could use string cheese in lieu of the fresh mozzarella.   The best part of this salad is you can add as little or as much of each ingredient to your liking and it will still be amazing!

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So yummy!! And a great side to bring to your 4th of July festivities! Thanks Erin!


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Food-a-licious Friday: 25 Homemade Hummus Recipes

One of my MOST favorite snacks is hummus. I just LOVE almost every version out there. It’s great to dip veggies, chips, crackers, pita…I even use it as a sandwich spread! The other day at our homeschool co-op, one of my cute friends was talking about how easy it is to make homemade hummus and how tasty it is. So I thought I would gather up 25 Homemade Hummus Recipes as my go-to source for healthy snack time options. Lucky for me, my daughter and husband love hummus too. 

25 Homemade Hummus Recipes

Don’t these look so yummy? I want to try Click the links below to get to the full recipes. 

Simple, quick, healthy, delicious. I’m sold! 

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great weekend!

Food-a-licious Friday: Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Coconut No Bake Cookies

Happy Friday! Let’s celebrate with some cookies, shall we? Don’t have to twist my arm!

With the heat of the summer coming upon us quickly, it’s nice to have treats to make that don’t require using the oven or stove top. I have a great recipe for such a time… Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Coconut No Bake Cookies. That’s a mouth full, isn’t it?

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They are so yummy and easy to make that it’s worth the extra long name. This recipe is easy enough for the kids to help make too! There’s very little ingredients and steps for these cookies, and more than likely you’ll have most of the ingredients on hand already. 

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Here’s the recipe so that you can make them too!

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Coconut No Bake Cookies
A delicious gluten free, no bake cookie.
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  1. 1 1/2 cups steal oats
  2. 1 cup natural peanut butter
  3. 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  4. 1/4 cup raw honey
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  6. 1/4 cup coconut
  7. 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  8. 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  1. Melt the peanut butter in a mixing bowl and add coconut oil, honey, and vanilla. Mix well.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients into the mixing bowl and mix well until all ingredients are incorporated.
  3. Roll into small balls and place onto a wax paper lined cookie sheet and stick in the fridge for 10-15 minutes to set.
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 Easy, right? I love that they are so quick to make too! This recipe yields about 10-12 cookies depending on how big you roll the balls. 

And don’t forget the (almond) milk to wash it down! YUM!

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See you in a little bit for something FUN and new to Mine for the Making! I’ll give you a hint… it’s Pin-tastic! :) Stay tuned! 

Food-a-licious Friday: 10 Gluten Free Muffin Recipes

It’s Friiiiiiiiiday!! Oh yes I have been looking forward to this day, haven’t you? It’s been a busy week and I am looking forward to an evening in with the family. 

I’m stopping by this morning to share 10 Gluten Free Muffin Recipes with you. I think making a batch of muffins one day a week is a great way to have healthy breakfasts and snacks on hand. Muffins are great because they are serving size, they bake quickly, and they are kid-friendly! Check out these yummy muffin recipes…

10 Gluten Free Muffin Recipes

Who’s ready to make some muffins?! Talk about yummy, right! Just click on the recipe names above to go to the original site with the full recipe. 

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I hope you guys have a great weekend!


Food-a-licious Friday: Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Here’s the deal. I’ve been gluten free for almost a year now but I’ll be honest and tell you that I miss bread. It’s delicious comfort food. Wouldn’t you agree? And up until this past week, I haven’t attempted to make any gluten free breads. Lucky for me, I had 3 over ripe bananas on my counter just begging to become something amazing… like Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread. 

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I was so nervous to try out a gluten free bread recipe, but it turned out so SO good that I just have to share it with you. The only I change I would make next time around is to use mini chocolate chips so that they don’t sink to the bottom, although the chocolate ‘crust’ was super tasty as well. 

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It was so moist and so flavorful… I have to admit that I was super impressed with myself! I had to eat 2 slices right away. And it was a hit with the rest of the family too! You know what this means… more gluten free bread baking is in my future. 

Ready for the recipe? Here ya go friends!

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
A delicious gluten free version to a yummy comfort food that everyone loves.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
50 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
50 min
  1. 3 over ripe bananas
  2. 2 cups gluten free flour mix
  3. 1 tsp baking soda
  4. 1/2 tsp sea salt
  5. 1 cup sugar
  6. 2 tsp vanilla
  7. 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  8. 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  9. 2 eggs
  10. splash of apple juice
  11. 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  12. 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350*
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix sugar and coconut oil.
  3. Add eggs, vanilla and bananas and mix well.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix all dry ingredients and then mix into the wet ingredients.
  5. Add the chocolate chip last OR sprinkle them in after the bread bakes for 15 minutes.
  6. Grease the loaf pan and flour the bottom.
  7. Pour mix in the pan and bake for 50-60 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  1. You can also use 3 mini loaf. Bake for 40ish minutes.
  2. Check the loaf with a toothpick in the center to make sure it's finished baking.
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Have a great weekend!!


Food-a-licious Friday: Gluten Free Bird Nest Snacks

Hello there and Happy Friday, friends!

I have been taking a bit of a break from blogging the last couple of weeks with my daughter’s birthday and our trip to Utah. I’m happy to be back in business and am excited to share a couple of the Easter and spring projects I have been working on! Today I am going to share the snack I made with my preschool chefs during our cooking class this week. This month our recipes are spring themed, so we made Gluten Free Bird Nest Snacks to celebrate spring! 

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The kiddos had so much fun making these snacks and they were such a tasty treat too! Are you ready to make some with your kids?

You will need:

  • gluten free Chex cereal
  • marshmallows
  • coconut oil
  • gluten free jelly beans (or another candy that’s egg shaped)

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In a hot pot on the stove, melt 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and 2 cups of marshmallows, stirring them together often. Pour 3 cups of Chex into a mixing bowl. Once marshmallows and coconut oil are melted together, pour it over the cereal and carefully fold into eachother until all of the cereal is coated with marshmallow. Have the kids rub their hands with coconut oil and the inside of a cupcake tin to prevent the marshmallow from sticking to everything. Grab handfuls of Chex/marshmallow mix and place into the cupcake pan, pressing down in the center to make it look more like a next. Let the nests sit in the cupcake pan for about 5 minutes to set up. Remove the ‘nests’ and add candy eggs to them. EAT! 

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We also read a book about spring and colored a picture about spring. SO much fun celebrating spring with a fun snack!

Thanks for stopping by today, friends! I will see you back here tomorrow!

Food-a-licious Friday: Heart Marshmallow Pops

Helloooooooo Friday! So good to see ya!

I’m in Valentine mode, my friends. So the other day my daughter and I made the cutest little treats to give to our friends… Heart Marshmallow Pops! These yummy treats were so super easy to make and turned out really cute. Plus, if you keep scrolling down there’s FREE printable Valentine’s tags to go with them!

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Here’s what you need and you can find it ALL at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores:

  • Marshmallow Peeps
  • Paper Straws
  • Pink Chocolate Melts
  • Sprinkles

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The package of Marshmallow Peeps came in a package of nine. I simply separated them while I melted my pink chocolates in the microwave (directions are on the package). I also added some white chocolate melts to the pink to lighten the pink a bit. I then inserted the paper straws into the bottom of the hearts and then drizzled the tops of the hearts with melted chocolate. I laid them on parchment paper on a pan and added sprinkles to the tops also. After I finished all 9, I popped them in the fridge so the chocolate could harden.

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Once the chocolate hardened (10-ish minutes), I pulled them out of the fridge and slipped them into clear plastic lolly pop bags. I tied them with baker’s twine and attached the cutest Valentine tags.

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These “Valentine you have my HEART” tags come in 3 color choices (aqua, red, pink) and are FREE for MFTM readers to download! Just click HERE and save them to your computer to print out. These tags are for personal use only.

I printed mine on white card stock, cut them out, and punched a hole in the top corner. Then attach them to ANY of your Valentine treats this year with a bit of baker’s twine!

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Thanks so much for stopping by today, friends! 

If you enjoyed this post, check out these 14 Valentine’s Day Kid Snacks and 10 Valentine’s Day Fonts!


Food-a-licious Friday: 14 Valentine’s Day Kid Snacks

 Hello there and HAPPY Friday, friends! 

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought I would gather up some kid-friendly treats from around the web to share with you. I love to theme some of our lunches and snacks (and sometimes dinner). Not only is it fun, but it helps my kiddo eat better when I put a fun twist on her meal. And not everything Valentine’s Day themed has to be chocolate covered and dipped in candy and rolled in sugar. I found some great alternatives that I think will be mom and kid approved! Check out these 14 Valentine’s Day Kid Snacks!

14 Valentines Day Kid Snacks


Aren’t they all fun? Typically we don’t go out on Valentine’s Day just because the restaurant waits are crazy long. So I make a fun dinner for the family and I know I will be using lots of the fun ideas from this round up. 

If you like this post, check out the Cupid Poop and the Valentine’s Day Kid Party and the sugar-free Valentine’s we made our friends from the blog archives!

Have a great weekend!

Food-a-licious Friday: 15 Gluten Free Appetizers

It’s about time we had another gluten free recipe round up here at Mine for the Making. How about some tasty Gluten Free Appetizers? Perfect for parties and for what our family likes to call a “snack dinner.” Kids always seem to like finger foods too, so having several appetizers for dinner is really a win-win in my book. Check out these 15 Gluten Free Appetizers that are sure to WOW you and your guests!

15 Gluten Free Appetizers


Now I’m STARVING! All of these recipes sound so amazing…I think it’s time to schedule a *snack dinner* on the menu! 

Happy Friday friends! Enjoy your first weekend of 2014!