White Chocolate Marshmallow Popcorn Treats

White Chocolate Marshmallow Popcorn Treats

Love is in the air this week!  I celebrated Valentine’s Day early with these fun, sweet, and cute  White Chocolate Marshmallow Popcorn Treats.  The recipe is adapted from Jolly Time’s recipe for Choco-Cherry Heart Bouquets.  The folks at Jolly Time were kind enough to send me the supplies needed for this recipe, including a box of their buttered popcorn, and I was really happy with how the treats turned out!

These would make a perfect homemade gift for the one you love, especially the kids!  It would also be a great treat for Valentine’s Day parties and a great recipe to make with the kids for a Valentine’s Day activity.  Hope you enjoy!

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Game Day with T.G.I. Friday’s Potato Skins #TGIFGameDay #CollectiveBias #shop

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Game Day with TGI Fridays

Do you love TGI Friday’s?  I love eating their appetizers, and when we can’t go out, I love buying their frozen appetizers.  They are especially great for game days.  Just visit your local Wal-mart, pick out a few apps, and you’ve got enough food to create an entire spread for a house full of sports fans!

In the past, I’ve tried their Boneless Buffalo Wings, Mozzarella Sticks, and Spinach and Artichoke Dip.  All of these are fabulous, but this past weekend we decided to try something new for game day: Loaded Cheddar & Bacon Potato Skins. [Read more...]

Two Fondues for Valentine’s Day: Cheese Fondue and Chocolate Fondue

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, a lot of people are planning a special night out on the town. But maybe you’d prefer a nice quiet night at home. Simple recipes that are savory and sweet, along with a cocktail or two, can make for a really great date night at home.  Today I’m teaming up with Rave Review!™ Original Culinary Spirits™ to bring you two fondue recipes that would be perfect for you and your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day.  We have Ale-Infused Cheese Fondue for the a little something savory and Chocolate Rum Sauce for a little something sweet. Hope you enjoy!

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Game Day with DiGiorno and a Giveaway #BetterWithDiGiorno

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of DiGiorno Pizza.

Game Day with Digiorno


Are you watching the big game this Sunday?  Planning a big party?  Or maybe just a party for two?  Either way, you can make DiGiorno your MVP (most valuable pizza).

We are big fans of DiGiorno, and I’m always excited to serve it as a last minute dinner option! [Read more...]

GoPicnic Simply Delicious Gift Box Review & Giveaway

Simply Delicious Box I was so excited to come home and find this big red box on my front porch!  GoPicnic sends delicious, ready to eat meals right to your door.  The packages include sweet and savory snacks, and for special diets, they have Kosher and Gluten-Free options available. [Read more...]

Peppermint Muddy Mix

Peppermint Muddies

Everyone loves Chex Party mix and Muddy Mix around the holidays.  Today we have a fun extra-Christmas-y take on this old time favorite: Peppermint Muddy Mix!  It’s pretty easy to make and very delicious!

And if you like this recipe, you should also take a look at my Cheesecake Puppy Chow and Strawberry Cheesecake Puppy Chow! [Read more...]

Cheddar Bacon Pretzel Bites

Cheddar Bacon Pretzel Snacks

I love homemade bread! Last year I had the chance to try Fleischmann’s Simply Homemade Bread Mixes, and I made this lovely loaf of wheat bread:

Check out the wheat bread: HERE.

The bread turned out just fabulous!  So I was very excited when I was asked to try Fleischmann’s Simply Homemade Pretzel Mix!  You can find this mix along with other Fleishmann’s Simply Homemade mixes in the baking section at your local market.

Pretzel Creations

For this baking project, I decided to use the pretzel mix to make Cheddar Bacon Pretzel Bites.  For these, I rolled the dough in to 1.5 inch balls (and I made some of them smaller, only because I didn’t know if they would rise).  But you could also make actual pretzel shapes, or sticks, twists, bigger rolls, or even in to a bread loaf.

Either way you to choose to do it, this recipe makes for a great party appetizers or just a snack for the family!

Cheddar Bacon Pretzel Bites

Cheddar Bacon Pretzel Bites


1 package Simply Homemade® Pretzel Creations™

3/4 cup very warm water (120º to 130ºF)

1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/4 cup cooked and crumbled bacon (or Real Bacon Bits)

Egg Wash:

1 egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water


Combine pretzel mix and yeast in a large mixing bowl. Stir in very warm water, oil, cheese and bacon until thoroughly combined. (Dough may be stiff; use hands if desired).

Cover dough and let rise 25 minutes in a warm, draft-free place. (Dough will not double in size.)

Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray a large muffin tin with cooking spray (or you may use a cookie sheet).

Pull off pieces of dough an roll in to 1 to 1.5 inch balls (or other sizes and shapes as you desire). Place balls inside muffin tin cups or on cookie sheet.

Generously brush each ball with egg wash. (You may also top with additional cheese at this time.)

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately with your favorite condiments. I recommend honey mustard and ranch dip.

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Cheddar Bacon Pretzel Bites

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Guest Post – Holiday Pretzel Treats from Bonnie at The Pin Junkie

Today we continue our Christmas Treats series with a fun little snack from Bonnie at The Pin Junkie.  This one is a mix of salty and sweet and if you’ve never tried it, you really should!

Hi! I’m Bonnie, The Pin Junkie and I write about the recipes, crafts, and home improvement projects I do that are inspired by Pinterest. [Read more...]

Guest Post: Hot Spinach & Artichoke Dip from Carrie at A Mother’s Shadow


Hey guys! I’m very excited to be celebrating the holidays again with Six Weeks of Christmas Treats. Today we have our first several guest posts that we will have throughout the season. Our first guest is Carrie from A Mother’s Shadow.  Please be sure to go over to her blog and say hi.  But first please check out Carrie’s take on one of my favorite appetizers, Spinach & Artichoke Dip!

A Mothers Shadow

Hi, my name is Carrie and my  site is A Mother’s Shadow.  Come by for ideas of practical life skills, suggestions of how to be self-reliant, and suggestions for how to serve others, as well as inspiration and tools to strengthen family.   I hope you will come by often and leave feeling refreshed, motivated and encouraged in your journey.

Hot Artichoke and Spinach Dip

 A wonderful dip for the holidays.  Easy to make ahead and warm in the crock pot, a crowd favorite. 


Spinach Dip Ingredients

10-12 oz. frozen chopped spinach

1/4 – 1/3 cup milk

1 Tbl. olive or vegetable oil

14 oz. can artichokes, not marinated, rinsed and drained

1/2 bulb roasted garlic  or 1 tsp. garlic, finely mined

1/4 tsp. hot pepper sauce, or to taste

2 – 8 oz. cream cheese blocks

1/2 tsp. montreal steak seasoning

1 tsp. balsamic vinegar

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. onion powder

1/4 roasted garlic seasoning, optional

2/3 – 1 cup fresh parmesan cheese, grated


Cook spinach according to package directions. In a colander, drain the spinach; pressing with the back of a spoon to remove excess moisture.

Spinach In Collander

Combine in a food processor or with a hand mixer.

Food Processor

Pour into a small crock pot to heat through slowly.

Spinach Dip in Crock Pot

Serve warm with crackers, pita chips baguette French bread or cut-up vegetables.

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.

Thanks again to Carrie for being here today.  Be sure to visit her over at A Mother’s Shadow.  And follow her over on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.

Friday Favorites – Week 192 – With Holiday Snacks

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Hey everyone! Welcome to another edition of Friday Favorites. Today we’ve got some holiday snacks for you!  And I’m also inviting you to take a look at my post from earlier this week where I featured 15 Christmas Party Treats.  The post also includes a holiday treat linky which will be open throughout the holiday season. Check it out! [Read more...]