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A friend gave me this sugar cookie and icing recipe a few years back when I mentioned that I was having a group of kids over for a cookie decorating party. I wanted cookies that would taste great, hold their shape, be firm enough to decorate, yet still soft enough to eat. I have been using this recipe for several years and it is my favorite. I have hosted cookie decorating parties at Christmastime for the last 5 years and I have been asked for this recipe over and over and so I thought I would share it here. I also am including a few tips below if you are having a cookie decorating party for kids or if you are decorating at home with kids. [Read more...]
Several years back, one of my girlfriends gave me a great recipe for chicken tortilla soup that she got from a really nice fireman. I love that recipe, but it involves roasting several different types of peppers and tomatoes and putting them in the blender with various fresh herbs. While I love cooking with all of those fun, yummy ingredients, I don’t usually have the time to do all of that during the week with the kids’ homework and activities, plus the ingredients can be hard to hunt down and can get rather pricey. [Read more...]
I first found the recipe for this easy, three-ingredient vodka drink at a birthday party for one of my girlfriends. There were about 30 ladies at the party, having drinks, wine and appetizers to celebrate. Everyone was buzzing about how fabulous this drink was and so I had to try it out of curiosity! I loved it and I had to ask for the recipe. The flavor reminds me of those Orange Julius drinks that I used to get at the mall when I was a kid. The main ingredient is cake-flavored vodka and it really gives this cocktail a unique flavor. It’s sweet, but not too sweet since orange juice is naturally tangy. You can serve it in a martini glass to make it pretty or just a low-ball glass for an everyday cocktail. [Read more...]
Have you ever found yourself in the bakery section of the grocery store, trying to decide between the $2 French bread and the $5 artisan bread? I love the taste of the $5 bread with the fancy Italian name, but really the $2 bread is the one that is in my budget to serve with my family’s dinner that night. Even if we only had the fancy bread one night a week, that’s $20 out of our monthly grocery budget, just on bread. What if I told you that you could easily make artisan bread for less than $1 a loaf? [Read more...]
I was chosen for a project to highlight cooking with the New Hillshire Farm Gourmet Creation Sausage. The sausage comes in four great flavors; Beef and Bacon with Monterey Jack cheese, Chicken Apple with Gouda cheese, Sweet Italian with Peppers and Mozzarella cheese and Beef and Jalapeno with Monterey Jack cheese. [Read more...]
Looking for a fun, easy, and tasty Valentine’s Day dessert? Than look no further than this recipe for Molten Chocolate Cakes. My girls and I made them last week as trial run for Valentine’s Day and they turned out great. Plus they were VERY tasty. [Read more...]
Looking to make some special meals for Valentine’s Day? Here are some cute kitchen tools to help.
You can use the Norpro 999R Silicone Egg Pancake Ring Heart, Red or the Norpro Nonstick Heart Pancake Egg Rings, Set of 2 to make pancakes or eggs for your family. This would be a special way to start your Valentine’s day.
There are many versions of the Heart Waffle Maker. They start as low as $18.88. My girls would love heart waffles all year round.
For lunch you can use SweetBytes Sandwich Crust Cutter- Heart Shape. It is $4.29 and ships free with Amazon Prime or Super Saver Shipping if you have $25 in your cart.I have this and send in heart sandwiches for lunch all the time. It even cuts the crust off for you!
Here is an example of if cute lunch using the SweetBytes Sandwich Crust Cutter- Heart Shape. Be sure to look at the source under the picture to see other cute Valentine lunch ideas. She also used the Wilton Heart Silicone Baking Cups, 12 Count for the almonds and candy. Super cute! You could use these in all kinds of ways. The baking cups are part of the Amazon 4 for 3 promotion where you but 3 items and get another FREE!
Looking for more Valentine meal ideas. You can check these heart shaped food recipes.
So do you make special heart shaped food for Valentine’s Day? Did I miss anything that is your favorite? Be sure to leave a comment with your Valentine meal plans. I would love to hear what you are doing to make Valentine’s Day extra special.
I also have a bunch of No Candy Crafty Valentine’s Day Ideas I found on Pinterest you may want to check out.
Happy Valentine’s Day Planning!