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.

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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

Hello there bakers and makers!

We love the holiday season and we love our readers so much that we wanted to have a fun Holiday Kitchenaid Giveaway! We also love to encourage you to get in the kitchen with your kids and what better way to do so than with a Kitchenaid! This stainless steel 4.5 quart kitchen tool is what every kitchen needs and is perfect for all of your baking needs. One lucky winner has the chance to put this beauty right on their counter top, all you need to do is enter the giveaway in the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway is open to all US residents who are 18 years or older. The giveaway will close on Saturday, December 19th and the winner will be announced on Sunday, December 20th. Thank you so much for reading our blogs! We appreciate you.

 

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Giveaway sponsored by:
  • Children’s Culinary Institute
  • Mine for the Making
  • Britches N Boots
  • Delicate Construction
  • My Crazy Good Life
  • Pink Cake Plate
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 Giveaway is CLOSED! Thank you to all who participated!

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.

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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.

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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?

For more celebration inspiration, check me out HERE.

Party On!

Mindy {Mindy Alyse Celebrations}

Pecan Pie Cookie Sandwiches

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It’s finally below 100* here in Arizona, so that means it’s officially fall baking time! Woohoo! My daughter and I couldn’t be more excited for baking season to start. We have lots of fall favorites, but we wanted to create something new year. Check out these yummy Pecan Pie Cookie Sandwiches we came up with!

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They taste just as delicious as they look, y’all. We had lots of fun incorporating different fall flavors in this simple cookie recipe. We purchased all of the ingredients at our local Walmart.

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INGREDIENTS:

  • Pillsbury™ Moist Supreme® Cake Mix
  • Pillsbury™ Creamy Supreme® Cream Cheese Icing
  • 1/4-1/2 cup M&M’s® Pecan Pie 9.9oz
  • 1/8 cup Snapple® Apple
  • 1/3 cup Mott’s® Apple Sauce Original

I love using cake mix to make cookies. They are so fluffy and light, like cake. I also like substituting apple sauce for oil in baking cookies because it also gives the cookie a moist, fluffy appeal. Now, let’s get to baking, shall we?

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Preheat your oven to 375*. In a mixing bow, combine cake mix, 2 eggs, and 1/3 cup of apple sauce. Scoop balls of dough onto your baking sheet, spacing them out as needed. Lightly press M&M’s® Pecan Pie into the tops of the cookie dough balls. Place in the oven to bake for 8-10 minutes.

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Pull cookies from the oven after baking and allow time to cool on the cooling rack. 

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While your cookies are cooling, mix 1/8 cup Snapple® Apple into the Pillsbury™ Creamy Supreme® Cream Cheese Icing and place in the fridge to keep cold.

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Once your cookies are cool and your icing is chilled, carefully spread icing onto the bottoms of half of your cookies.

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Then place another cookie right on top to create a cookie sandwich! YUM!

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And there you have it… easy Pecan Pie Cookie Sandwiches that are soooooooo good.

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Some of the best fall flavors wrapped up in one dessert. I’d say that’s a baking win, wouldn’t you? Be sure to stop at your local Walmart for all of the ingredients.

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What are some of your favorite things to bake with in the fall?

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Casserole

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Now that fall is approaching and the weather is starting to cool down, we are all about eating al fresca. Whether it’s tailgating or hosting a backyard party, you can be sure that my favorite part of a get together is the food! Am I right? I’ve got a quick and easy recipe for you that’s perfect for tailgating season. Check out this Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Casserole!

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This casserole is seriously so so good y’all. It’s cheesy and full of flavor, plus it’s super easy to throw together. Your family and guests will be sure to compliment you in between cheesy bites.

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Let’s get down to business and make some casserole, shall we? Head to your local Walmart and pick up the following ingredients:

  • Kraft Natural Shreds (16oz) Mexican Style
  • Kraft Natural Chunk (8oz) Chipotle
  • corn tortillas
  • 1 can red enchilada sauce
  • shredded chicken
  • salsa
  • salt, pepper
  • 3 stalks green onion diced
  • 1 avocado chopped

Preheat your oven to 375*, open the can of enchilada sauce, tear about 15-20 corn tortillas in 1/4s, and grab a casserole dish. To make this recipe super simple, I usually use leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken and shred it with a fork and toss it in salsa. Cube about 1/4-1/3 of the Kraft Natural Chunk (8oz) Chipotle cheese and set aside. In the casserole dish, pour a thin layer of enchilada sauce and layer the torn tortillas, chicken, and cubed cheese. I usually go 2 layers up, but your can go 3 if you have enough room in your dish. 

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To top the casserole, put another layer of torn tortillas and the rest of the enchilada sauce.

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Now it’s time to cheese it up! Sprinkle 1-2 cups of Kraft Natural Shreds (16oz) Mexican Style cheese over the top. I love Kraft Natural Shreds because it saves me time… no shredding by hand necessary!

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Next, sprinkle the diced green onion over the cheese and put in the over for 20 minutes.

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After your casserole is baked and the cheese is all melty, pull it out of the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Top with chopped avocado.

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Look at that cheesy goodness. Now it’s ready to share with family and friends at your next tailgate party!

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Don’t forget the chips!

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You can find Kraft Natural Shreds (16oz) and Kraft Natural Chunk (8oz) are at your local Walmart in the cheese section. Plus, find the game time demo on 9/26 at Walmart also!

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What’s your favorite Kraft Natural Cheese? Be sure to check out more Kraft #NaturalCheesy recipes for your next tailgating or home entertaining occasion.

#ad Tiki Orange Cornish Hens

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How was your holiday weekend, friends? Ours was busy but we were about to carve some time away to pull out the grill! I LOVE grilling… the smell is so nostalgic for me. Lots of backyard barbecues when I was growing up. This weekend we decided to grill up some Tiki Orange Cornish Hens and veggies. Y’all… it was delicious!! Probably one of my favorite recipes for the grill to date. 

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 Tyson® Cornish Hens
  • bell peppers (any colors you like)
  • onion
  • 1 orange (+ zest of orange)
  • 1 1/2 tbs Kikkoman® Soy Sauce
  • 1 cup orange juice (pulp free)
  • salt
  • 10 drops lime juice
  • 1 1/2 tbs water
  • 3 tbs sugar
  • 5 tbs white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic (minced)
  • 1 tsp ginger (minced)

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After you purchase your ingredients from your local Walmart, defrost the Tyson® Cornish Hens, chop your veggies, and heat up your grill. Once they are defrosted, squeeze a slice of orange (1/6 of the orange) over each hen and stuff the hen with the orange slice. Massage salt and the juice into the hens and place them on the hot grill to add grill marks on both sides (about 1-2 min on each side). Take the hens off and wrap each in aluminum foil. Turn the heat down low on the grill and place the hens back on. Cover the grill and cook for about 30-40 minutes.

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While hens are cooking on the grill, add your chopped veggies to skewers and set aside. In a bowl wisk together the juice of the orange, zest of the orange, cup of orange juice, water, vinegar, sugar, lime juice, garlic, ginger, and Kikkoman® Soy Sauce. Reduce to 1/4 on the stove top until it is the consistency of a glaze (as it cools it thickens).

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Take the tiki orange glaze and skewers to the grill and uncover the hens. Place the skewers on the grill and brush the glaze all over the hens and the veggies. Leave veggies on the grill for about 5-10 minutes while your are basting the hens. Be sure to turn your veggies so that they grill up on all sides.

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Remove everything from the grill and plate. This meal is great on a bed of fresh spinach, with a side of jasmine rice, or roasted red potatoes!

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Find all the ingredients for this recipe at your local Walmart. You can find the Kikkoman® Soy Sauce in the Asian Foods aisle and the two pack of Tyson® Cornish Hens in the frozen poultry section.

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So, I want to hear it! Do you love to grill? What are some of your favorite cornish hen recipes?

 

Frozen Banana Cheerios ™ Pops

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Hello there Makers and Happy Monday! I’m excited to share a yummy, kid-friendly recipe that makes the perfect breakfast on those busy school mornings or a wholesome afternoon snack. Plus, it’s so easy that the kids can make it themselves. Check out these delicious Frozen Banana Cheerios ™ Pops!

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They are so good and kids will love them! When I was growing up, Cheerios ™ was a staple in my home. It was used as breakfast with a bowl of milk or as an afternoon snack, dry. The best part about this recipe is that it’s gluten free. That’s right… even the Cheerios! Cheerios products will maintain the same great taste that consumers love and with the exception of Multigrain, none of the other products needed to be reformulated. Cheerios are made with Whole Grain Oats as the first ingredient. Oats are inherently gluten free, but the supply of oats contain small amounts of wheat, rye and barley that are inadvertently introduced at the farm or during transportation which prevents the product from being labeled Gluten Free. General Mills developed a process to remove the wheat, rye and barley from our supply of whole oats in order to ensure that the oats in Cheerios are Gluten Free. To celebrate the new Gluten-Free line, Cheerios has launched the Buy-A-Box-Give-A-Box Coupon program. Each box of Cheerios will have a unique code where shoppers can enter that online and give an e-card and mailed coupon for a free box of Cheerios to a recipient of their choice! How fun is that? I sent a box to my friend of mine with Celiacs disease and it was so simple…I did it right from my phone!

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After grabbing a box of Cheerios from Walmart, enter the Give a Box code on the website HERE. Fill in the information including a friend or family member’s email address who you want to Give a Box to. Then you can type in a message and pick a cute E-card to accompany your gift. (I didn’t take a picture of the E-card I picked for my friend, because she reads my blog and I want it to be a surprise! But trust me when I say ADORBS.) Took me two minutes…it was that easy!

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Now that you’ve purchased your  Cheerios ™ and have gifted a box to a friend, it’s time to try out this yummy snack recipe with the kids.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Bananas
  • Nut butter
  • Cheerios ™
  • Cake pop or popsicle sticks

First, you want to cut your bananas in half and peal them. Insert the sticks into the bottoms of the bananas and wrap them in plastic wrap and stick them in the freezer for a few hours (or until frozen).

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Next, soften your nut butter (we used peanut butter) in the microwave. Be sure it’s not hot. Remove the bananas from the freezer and plastic wrap. Coat the outside of the bananas with the softened nut butter.

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Then roll or sprinkle the bananas with Cheerios ™. Put them on wax paper or a Silpat and stick back in the freezer for about an hour.

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Remove the Frozen Banana Cheerios ™ Pops from the freezer and enjoy! If you make them ahead of time, just wrap them back up in the plastic wrap and stick them in the freezer. Fun and easy for the kids to make and they are super fun to eat too.

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What are your favorite kind of Cheerios ™? Who would you gift a box to?

 

As you may have heard, some select boxes of Cheerios™ and Honey Nut Cheerios™ produced over two weeks in July at the Lodi, California plant, have been recalled due to a wheat allergen.  This recall only affects consumers with Celiac disease or a gluten-sensitivity. To learn more about the recall, and if your product is affected please go to: http://blog.generalmills.com/.