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/.

Food-a-licious Friday: Yummiest Healthy Popcorn Ever

It’s Friday…the 13th! Dun dun duuuuuuuun!

I am super happy today is Friday because I get a girls night out to craft with some of my favorite women! Best Friday ever, right? Until then, I will be snacking on my new favorite healthy snack. Are you ready for this, peeps? It’s the Yummiest Healthy Popcorn Ever. No joke. And it’s SUPER easy to make.

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Ingredients:

-Popcorn seeds

-Coconut Oil

-Sea Salt

 

Directions:

In a large pot on the stove, heat up 3-4 tablespoons for coconut oil.

Toss a popcorn seed or two in the oil to test it…it needs to be nice and hot! If the oil starts to sizzle around the popcorn seeds, dump 1/3 of a cup of seeds into the pot and cover with a lid.

Keep the pot moving on the stove top and watch that popcorn POP!

When the popping slows, remove from heat.

Pour popcorn into a bowl and season with Sea Salt (to taste).

I promise you, this popcorn is AMAZING and so easy to make. Plus…it’s CHEAP. We’ve got a win-win, folks.

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Thanks for stopping by today and happy healthy snacking!

Food-a-licious Friday {108} Seven Ingredient Guacamole Recipe

Hi there and HAPPY FRIDAY!!

We are spending the day swimming and eating yummy snacks by the pool. It’s the perfect way to spend a HOT summer day. One of my favorite summer snacks (okay let’s be honest…year round) is homemade guacamole!  Wait ’til you try this 7 ingredient guacamole recipe….it’s super tasty.

guacamole recipe

Ingredients:

Avocados

Chopped tomato

Chopped white onion

Chopped cilantro

Minced garlic

Lime juice

Salt

Directions:

I never measure anything out for this recipe…it’s all based on taste. I will give you approximates, but feel free to experiment and taste as you go!

Cut, pit, and scoop your 2 avocados in a mixing bowl.

Add a splash of lime juice, 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, and a pinch or 2 of salt.

Use a fork and mash the avocado/lime/garlic/salt mixture.

Add in the chopped tomato, onion, and cilantro. I use about 1/4 cup tomato and onion and less than an 1/8 cup of cilantro. FOLD the ingredients together.

Serve with tortilla chips!

 

The first time I learned how to make guacamole, I was a waitress at On the Border (a Mexican food restaurant). I remember when they added the “Guacamole Live” appetizer to the menu and I was SO nervous to make guacamole in front of guests at their tables. Let’s just say, I’m the master of guacamole making and I can make it faster than your mouth can water :)

Thanks for stopping by today! I would love for you to PIN or SHARE this recipe if it’s something you plan to make.

Have a great weekend, friends.

 

Linking up to Tatertots and Jello

Bunny Cotton Tails Treat & Printable Tags

It’s the weekend!
WOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOO!!!
I am busy preparing for a vendor fair next weekend but I wanted to stop by and share a FUN Easter treat with you all today that will take you all of 5 minutes to put together.
Supplies:
Small glass jars (Dollar Tree)
Cotton Candy (Dollar Tree)
Baker’s Twine
Scissors
Hole punch
How-to:
After purchasing your supplies, fill the glass jars with cotton candy.
Print off the Bunny Cotton Tails tags HERE and cut them out.
Hole punch the corner of the tags and secure to the glass jars with baker’s twine. 
Give to friends, family, neighbors, teachers, co-workers, your mailman, etc.
Simple and fun right?
And how cute are the tags?!
So what do you think?
Thanks for stopping by, friends!
Have a great weekend and don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY that’s going on right now!
The more we support MFTM sponsors, the more awesome giveaway opportunities we have!
See you next week : )

Lucky Charms Tags {printable}

Hey there!
I’m stopping by to share a simple treat for you and your kiddos to pass out to your friends for St. Patrick’s Day. Takes really no time at all and I made cute printable tags to go with them!
Cute right?
And what kid (or person for that matter) doesn’t like to snack on cereal? My daughter is really excited to pass these out to her friends.
Supplies:
Lucky Charms cereal
Cellophane bags
Baker’s twine
Lucky Charm tags
Hole punch 
Scissors
How-To:
Easy-peasy…
Print off the Lucky Charm tags on white card stock and cut them apart.
Hole punch each of the tags.
Fill the cellophane bags with about a cup of Lucky Charms cereal and tie closed with a piece of baker’s twine. 
Don’t forget to attach the cute tags!
Pass out to your friends, teachers, and neighbors.
Didn’t the tags turn out super cute?
Download them HERE free. Please remember they are for personal use only.
And if you LOVE it, PIN it!
Thanks for stopping by today for a wee little fun!
*winks*

Food-a-licious Friday {106} Truffula Tree Treats

It’s FRIDAY!!!
Woooohoooo! And it’s March already. Can you believe it? My baby turns five this month. And it’s so bittersweet. I love planning her birthday parties and watching her grow, but it all goes way too fast.
 If you follow me on Instagram, you have been getting sneak peeks of the party prep that’s been going down at my house. A little behind the scenes action, if you will. 
Anyway…
Since tomorrow is Dr. Seuss’ birthday, it’s only fitting our “recipe” has a little to do with him. 
I’m sure you are all fans of The Lorax, right? Well, today’s treat “speaks for the trees.”
Truffula Trees, that is. 
These little guys are so easy to make and only take a few minutes. My preschooler and I made them together after we read the book (again). 
Supplies/Ingredients:
Large marshmallows
White chocolate melts
Colorful sprinkles
Striped paper straws
How-To:
Melt chocolate melts according to the directions on the package.
Push marshmallows onto the ends of the paper straws.
Dip the ends of the marshmallows into the melted chocolate and then into sprinkles (I pour my sprinkles into small bowls to help with dipping).
Place Truffula Tree Treats into a jar or cup to keep them upright and place in the fridge for 15 minutes to allow the chocolate to harden a bit. 
*Kid made. Kid tested. Kid approved.*
We speak for the trees AND the snacks.
Have a great Friday, friends!
I’ll see you tomorrow for a few FUN freebies in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday!
And don’t forget to enter the Thirty-One GIVEAWAY that ends tonight!

Food-a-licious Friday {104} Smoked Mozzarella Spinach Dip

It’s Friday, friends!! Woohoo! 
Any big plans for the weekend? Hopefully it involves entering the GINORMOUS giveaway we have going on right now. If you haven’t entered to win one of the Room Makeover Packages, click HERE to do so.
Speaking of room makeovers, I’ve been a busy working on my daughter’s bedroom and I can’t wait to show you when it’s all finished! 
Today I am stopping by to share a yummy dip that my husband made the other night to snack on before dinner. SO super yummy.

Ingredients:
1 cup ricotta 
2 cups mozzarella
1/2 cup Parmasan 
1 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 cups chopped spinach
1/3 cup Italian bread crumbs
1 tsp fresh minced garlic
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp garlic salt
pinch of black pepper
1 drop liquid smoke

How-To:
1. In a saucepan on the stove on med heat, reduce heavy cream (simmer)
2. In a separate bowl, mix all cheese and spinach and seasonings. Kneed by hand and make sure it is mixed well.
3. Add cheese/spinach mix to the heavy cream and turn up the heat a bit. 
4. Stir until cheese has melted and all ingredients are mixed with heavy cream. When dip starts to thicken, reduce heat. 
5. Serve with bread, pita, bagel chips, etc. 

I could have licked the bowl. Seriously. 
Go make it right now.
Have a great weekend! 
And enter that GIVEAWAY!

Food-a-licious Friday {102} Snowman Poop

Hey there friends!
Four more days until Christmas…are you ready? I still have more baking and wrapping to do, but for the most part I’m ready. Today I thought I’d share an easy, no-bake recipe that you could make up in just 20ish minutes. It’s the perfect treat to pass out to neighbors, friends, Sunday school teachers…you get the idea : )
I call it Snowman Poop but you may know it as Puppy Chow or Muddy Buddies. 
Ingredients:
9 cups chex cereal 
1/2 cup of peanut butter
1 cup of chocolate chips
1/4 cup of butter
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup powdered sugar
Snowman marshmallows
To Make:
Melt chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter in a microwave safe bowl for 1 min. in the microwave. Stir. If it’s not completely melted, microwave for 30 more seconds and stir again.
Add in vanilla and stir.
Add in chex cereal and gently fold.
Separate the chocolaty chex into 2, 1 gallon bags. Add half of the powdered sugar to one bag and the other half to the other bag. Seal and gently shake to coat all of the chex. 
Spread on parchment paper and put into the refrigerator to cool for about 15 minutes. 
Separate into small cellophane bags, add a small handful of snowman marshmallows, and attach a Snowman Poop poem with a piece of ribbon (download available below).
Download tags HERE
Thanks so much for stopping by! 
Merry Christmas!

Halloween Week: Spooky Halloween Donuts

Welcome back, friends!
Food-a-licious Friday has gone SPOOKY today due to Halloween Week here on the blog.

I have a SIMPLE and CUTE semi-homemade treat to share that your kids are going to love!

Creepy…but in a cute kinda way…maybe?
Here’s what you’ll need to make ghost donuts and monster eyeball donuts…

And the directions are pretty self explanatory from the photos…
Add candy eyes about the center of the donuts to make ghosts. I added a little bit of the red gel to the back of them so they would stick on the donut.
Add M&Ms to the centers of the remaining donuts. Using the red gel, make squiggly lines from the M&M to the outside of the donut.
DONE!
Thanks so much for joining Michelle and I for Halloween Week on our blogs! We hope you had as much fun as we did! If you’re inspired to make anything we shared this week, please share it with us! We would LOVE to see!
Hop on over to Delicate Construction if you haven’t been by yet today.
I’ll be back tomorrow to feature some HAUNTINGLY awesome projects from our Halloween Party! Have you linked up your projects to our month long linky yet?
Be sure to enter the Trick-or-Treat Halloween Treats Bundle GIVEAWAY…it closes in few days and you DON’T want to miss out on this one, friends!
Happy Friday! 

Food-a-licious Friday {96} Fall Snack Mix

WOHOO for FRIDAY!! 
Today I am sharing a super tasty snack mix with you that just screams FALL! Perfect for you to make with the kiddos over the weekend.
Holy yumminess, right? 
Now I didn’t measure any of my ingredients…I just threw them all into a large mixing bowl and eye-balled it.
You will need…
Chex
Pretzels
Mini marshmallows
Candy Corn
Popcorn
and the secret ingredient…
Melted PUMPKIN Hersey Kisses!
{my current weakness}
I unwrapped about 2 cups of pumpkin Hersey Kisses and melted it in the microwave slowly. About 30 seconds, then stir, then 15-30 more seconds if necessary. Don’t melt it too fast or the it won’t melt properly. 
Dump the melted Hersey Kisses into the mixing bowl with the rest of the ingredients and fold with a spatula carefully.
On a baking sheet with wax/parchment paper, spread the mix and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
YUMMY!!
I shared this Fall Snack Mix with the girls in my craft class (more about craft class later) and they all loved it too! Of course my mini was very fond of this snack…she’s a pumpkin lover like her momma.
Let me know what you think when you try it out. 
I love your feedback and comments!
Have a great weekend friends!
I’ll see you tomorrow for a special announcement about next week. 
Hint: Think HALLOWEEN….