Patriotic Food Ideas

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This month we are bringing you sorts of red, white, and blue ideas to get you ready for upcoming patriotic holidays! I don’t now about you, but I love to celebrate and decorate for July 4th from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
This week I’m focusing on patriotic food ideas. I have found 15 easy, festive recipes that you can whip up for summer barbecues and 4th of July celebrations. They range from snacks and appetizers to side dishes to fun dessert ideas and even a fun beverage idea.

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
American Berry Pie from Land O Lakes

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Fourth of July Deviled Eggs from Singing Through the Rain

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Patriotic Popcorn from The Scrap Shoppe

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Lightened Up 7-Layer Dip from Mariah’s Pleasing Plates

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Red, White,  & Blue Layered Drinks from Like Mother, Like Daughter

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Easy Flag Fruit Dessert from Family Fresh Meals

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Patriotic Pretzels from The 36th Avenue

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
4th of July Star Cookies from The BakerMama

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Fruit Cubes from Pip & Ebby

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Patriotic Popsicles from Oh, the Things We’ll Make

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Patriotic Cupcakes from Wilton

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Patriotic Rose Cake from I Am Baker

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Red, White, and Blue Pie from Smart School House

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
4th of July Glittery Candy Apples from Rose Bakes

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Red, White, and Blue Gumdrops from Hungry Happenings

 

Don’t these look perfect for summer?

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Delicious and Creative Easter Foods

Welcome to the final Must Have Craft Tip and More post for March. Easter is only a few weeks away and it is never too early to start planning your menu. Today, I am sharing some delicious recipes you can include in your Easter dinner as well as some fun creative foods that are perfectly festive for other times of the day.
 
 
 We’ve got everything you need for breakfast, brunch, treats, and hearty eats! Click the links to for the how-tos and recipes.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
What are your favorite recipes to include in your Easter meal?
 
 
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15 Heart Shaped Foods

Hello friends! Welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips! Kara from Mine for the Making here this week to share 15 Heart Shaped Foods… just in time for Valentine’s Day. I absolutely love crafting and food… combining the two is even more fun! So here are some ways you can show a little love in the food you make around Valentine’s Day! 

Hearts just happen to be my favorite shape, so I’ll put all the hearts on all the things if I have an excuse. Even food! Some of these heart food ideas would be great for breakfast, lunch,  dinner, and dessert. 

Here are a few breakfast ideas you might like for Valentine’s Day…

Eggs in a Basket by Juneberry Lane

Nutella and Strawberry Stuffed French Toast by Mel’s Kitchen

Loaded Baked Omelette Muffins by Skinnytaste

These heart shaped foods would be great for lunch or dinner…

Cheese Burger Pockets by Pocket Change Gourmet

Heart Raviolis by Hungry Happenings

Heart Shaped Sushi Rolls by Holly’s Helpings

Mini Heart Pepperoni Pizzas by Sarah Hearts

Chicken Noodle Soup with heart carrots by Recipe by Photo

Heart Cheese Quesadillas by Smart School House

 

Heart Shaped Monte Cristo by Williams Sonoma

Heart Shaped Calzones by Messy Aprons

Veggie Salad of Hearts by Jo and Sue

Heart Shaped Grilled Cheese and Creamy Tomato Soup by Make Myself a Home

These recipes would be delicious for Valentine’s Day dessert…

Sweet Heart Cherry Pies by Cake Student

Pear Raspberry Heart Pies by Martha Stewart 

So there you have it… 15 *unique* heart shaped foods that are perfect for Valentine’s Day. Do you make something special for this holiday?

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Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies

Hello there, makers! As soon as fall hits, I’m all about the pumpkin. Pumpkin decor and pumpkin flavor. Gimme all the pumpkin. 

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I thought I would whip up a batch of our favorite cookies, but with a pumpkin twist. I was hoping they would turn out delicious, and they did. Say hello to these Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies!

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They were fluffy and had the perfect combination of pumpkin and cinnamon mixed into a cookie. They are definitely a must try if you are a fan of pumpkin like myself.

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Ready for the recipe?! I pretty much took my snickerdoodle cookie recipe and added some organic canned pumpkin to the mix. 

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies
Yields 18
Your traditional snickerdoodle cookie with a pumpkin twist! Perfect for fall.
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Cook Time
12 min
Cook Time
12 min
For Cookies
  1. 3 3/4 cups flour (gluten free flour optional)
  2. 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  3. 1/2 tsp salt
  4. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  6. 2 sticks butter, room temperature
  7. 1 cup sugar
  8. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  9. 1 cup organic pumpkin puree
  10. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  11. 1 egg
For Coating
  1. 1/2 cup sugar
  2. 1 tsp cinnamon
  3. 1/4 tsp nutmeg
Instructions
  1. 1. Mix dry ingredients in medium bowl (flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg).
  2. 2. In large bowl, mix butter, sugar, brown sugar, pumpkin, egg, and vanilla together.
  3. 3. Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Cover and place in fridge to chill for an hour minimum.
  4. 4. Preheat oven to 350* and in a shallow bowl mix coating ingredients together.
  5. 5. Roll dough into 1-1.5" balls and then roll in sugar/cinnamon/nutmeg coating. Place on greased baking sheet (or on parchment paper or a Silpat). Press lightly on dough balls to slightly flatten.
  6. 6. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and allow a few minutes to cool before removing them from the pan.
  7. 7. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. *Optional: Add a dash of pumpkin spice to coating mix for even more pumpkin flavor!
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 There you have it! Feel free to print off the recipe or pin it to your recipe board on Pinterest! They make a tasty fall snack or dessert.

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Personal Breakfast Pizzas

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We all know that the most important meal of the day is breakfast. And lots of times I am lacking ideas for breakfast, so it results in cereal or protein bars because they are easy go-tos. Lately I’ve decided to up my breakfast game, especially during summer break. (Do kids get hungry during summer break, or is it just mine?) I love finding ways to get my daughter to try new things, and often times if I allow her to help prepare or make the food, she’s bound to try and often times like what she’s made. Enter in Personal Breakfast Pizzas. 

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Don’t they look deliciously cute?! We had so much fun making them the other day that I am certain this will be a regular occurrence for breakfast and afternoon snacks. You only need a few ingredients…

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  • Weight Watchers Whipped Cream Cheese
  • Bagels
  • English Muffins
  • Fresh Fruit

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First you want to clean and prep your fruit. We chose berries and kiwi for our personal breakfast pizzas. I had my daughter wash all of the fruit and I cut up the strawberries and kiwi in thin slices.

breakfast pizzas3 Next I had my daughter toast the bagels and the English muffins.

 

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Then we got creative with our personal breakfast pizzas. We have a patriotic pizza, a ‘watermelon’ pizza, and two faces. We had so much fun making them and boy did they taste good…

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The combination of the toasted bread, whipped cream cheese, and fruit was perfection. It was kid and mom approved, so I highly recommend that you try out personal breakfast pizzas in your home.

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Find all of the ingredients, including Weight Watchers Whipped Cream Cheese, at your local Kroger store. Make sure you let us know what you think!

 

Baked Cinnamon Vanilla Pears

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Hello and Happy Monday, makers! I just got back from a blogger conference trip and I am refueled and ready to crush some creative goals. I have a few recipes that I have wanted to share for a while now, so I thought no better time than now! One of my favorite desserts to make for my family is my Baked Cinnamon Vanilla Pears. This recipe is super easy (even the kids can help!), it’s so delicious, and it makes your house smell AMAZING.

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Don’t they look amazing? Okay here is what you are going to need to make them for your family (recipe feeds 8). Everything can be found at your local Smart & Final.

  • 4 pears
  • 1-2 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 tsp vanilla
  • 4 tsp brown sugar
  • honey and oats granola with almonds

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While you prep your dessert, preheat the oven to 350*. First, cut your pears in half and use a spoon to carve out the centers where the seeds are. Lay them in a pie dish, open side facing up.

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Next you are going to sprinkle each pear half with cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar,  and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla.

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Now all you need to do is top each pear half with granola. My favorite granola is Smart & Final’s Honey and Oats Granola with Almonds, so I used that.

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Your oven should be preheated by the time you finish prepping your pears. Just pop them in the oven for 10-15 minutes, rotating the pie dish half way through.

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Once your pears are done baking, take them out to cool for a couple of minutes. Then they are ready to serve and eat!

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The sweetness of the pear and the crunch of the granola are a match made in heaven. It’s even great paired with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

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As I said before, all of my ingredients for this dessert were purchased at my local Smart & Final. By the beginning of summer, Smart & Final will have opened more than twenty new stores across California. Smart & Final Extra! are terrific new format stores that offer expanded “everyday” groceries such as shampoos, fresh produce, baked goods, to-­go meals and baby products, all at warehouse prices (without needing a membership!). I absolutely love that Smart & Final is a one­-stop shopping market with the lowest prices in town… perfect for time-­starved moms like myself.

Join me for the Grand Opening sponsored Twitter chat on Wednesday April 27, 12-1PM PST, where Smart & Final will be giving away a $250 Smartcash Card to a random winner. We will be posing questions throughout the day about our Grand Openings and what makes Smart & Final great. Anyone who follows the @SmartFinal handle and tweets at least once with the #SFSnackChat tag, will be qualified and entered to win! How exciting is that?! So set your phone alarms so you are ready to party with myself and Smart & Final this Wednesday!

Now, get to your local Smart & Final to pick up the few ingredients you need to make these delicious Baked Cinnamon Vanilla Pears for your family and friends!

Holiday Kitchenaid Giveaway

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Graveyard Pudding

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Hello and Happy Monday, makers! It’s the week of Halloween and we are busy getting our homeschool co-op party on, heading to the pumpkin patch, painting and carving pumpkins, and even making some fun Halloween treats! Today, I am sharing how my daughter and I made spooky Graveyard Pudding! It’s so easy and so fun for the kids to participate in.

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Cute with a side of spooky, right? There’s only a few things you will need to make Graveyard Pudding and it all can be purchased at your local Walmart along with all of your other Halloween essentials.

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Pick yourself up some Super Snack Packs (Chocolate, Vanilla, or Chocolate Vanilla combo), OREOS, HONEY MAID Graham Crackers, baking gel, and any other Halloween candy you’d like to add.

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First, you want to smash one OREO per Super Snack Pack. You can do this in a baggie or right on your cutting board. The kids love this step.

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Next, open your choice of Super Snack Pack and sprinkle the crushed OREO on top. This represents the soil in the graveyard.

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Break off one rectangle of the HONEY MAID Graham Crackers and use the gel to carefully write RIP at the top. This will represent the tombstone.

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Stick your edible tombstone into the pudding and place any other Halloween candy you’d like on your Graveyard Pudding.

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For the finishing touch, we added a homemade cupcake liner to the bottom of the Super Snack Pack cups. I used a creepy looking fence download from the Silhouette online store and some black and white card stock and used my Silhouette Cameo to cut them out. Now it’s time to cue the spooky music and grab a spoon, don’t you think?!

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We had so much fun making these fun snacks together. Snack Packs give you that childhood nostalgia, wouldn’t you agree? It’s definitely a recipe we will continue to use each year. Yay for fun family traditions!

Not only is this Halloween treat great for an after school snack, but this would be great to make on a play date, with a co-op group, or for a classroom or holiday party!

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All you need to do to make your own Graveyard Pudding is head to your local Walmart to pick up the supplies. It is literally my Halloween go-to store…. from costumes to decor to treats, they have you covered. While you are there getting your Graveyard Pudding ingredients, be sure to keep an eye out for the “Buy 14.3oz OREOs get $1 off Super Snack Pack Pudding” coupon.

What are your favorite spooky treats to make for Halloween? Tell us in the comments!

Mini Monster Pies

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With Halloween around the corner, we have been busy in the kitchen making some fun holiday treats! Because I teach kids’ culinary classes, I often come up with fun and creative food ideas for the little ones to do and holiday themed recipes are the best! This past weekend we made these yummy Mini Monster Pies.

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Would you believe there are only 3 easy ingredients in these pies?

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To make the pies, you will need:

  • Dannon® Greek Yogurt Oikos® Pumpkin Pie (3 containers)
  • Keebler Ready Crust Mini Pie Crusts (6 count)
  • Reddi-wip® original

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One container of yogurt will fill 2 of the mini pie crusts. So spoon in half of the container of yogurt into the pie crust and smooth with the back of the spoon.

Mini Monster Pies3 Now all you need to do is add the Reddi-wip® original!

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You’re ready to create your monster face! You can use whatever candy, cookies, nuts, etc that you like. You can even make these again after Halloween with your leftover Halloween candy!

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These are so super easy for your little ones to make and they can be creative as they want with the monster faces.

mini monster pies7 Didn’t this Mini Monster Pie turn out so cute? Now just grab a spoon and dig in because these little pumpkin pies are so tasty. I love that this is a personal size, no bake recipe that kids can make on their own after school or for dessert after dinner.

You can find all 3 ingredients at your local Walmart. I can’t wait to see all of your Mini Monster Pies!

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What do you like making in the kitchen with your kids?

 

Halloween BOO ‘Mores Bar

The weather is FINALLY starting to cool down around these parts, which means I can finally start thinking about fall! Hooray! I know most people associate pumpkin spiced everything with fall, but for me. . . I think about my unhealthy relationship with s’mores. I’ll eat them anyway I can get them. . . and now that the Peeps people have made adorable Peep marshmallows available for every holiday, you know I am all over this. So, I created this super simple Halloween BOO ‘Mores Bar, perfect for a Halloween Party, play date, or even trick-or-treaters!

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I used a black plastic table cloth, and a tassel banner I already had from Mod Party to dress up a small table. Tassel banners are such a great way to decorate and they are super simple to make yourself.

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Chalkboards are also great for party decorating. You can use them over and over again and write fun messages or sayings on them for different holidays and occasions. 

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I put ghost and tombstone Peeps on candy sticks and stuck them in black plastic planting pots from the Dollar Tree store to add some dimension to the table. I also use wire baskets to add to the table depth and just flipped them upside down on the table.

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Finally, I displayed graham crackers and chocolate in cute cupcake liners on white platters, ready for kiddos and adults to make a delicious marshmallow sandwich. My intention is for these to be eaten “as-is,” but you could certainly toast the marshmallow Peeps first like a traditional S’more.

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This inexpensive Boo ‘Mores Bar would be the perfect addition to your Halloween celebrations.

What kinds of Halloween traditions do you have with your kids?

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Party On!

Mindy {Mindy Alyse Celebrations}