Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars with Nestle Toll House Delightfulls

Disclosure: Thanks to Nestle Toll House for sponsoring today’s recipe post. The opinions expressed here are my own.


Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

Today we’re doing holiday baking with a new “secret ingredient.”  The secret ingredient, which I’m about to reveal to you is Nestle Toll House DelightFulls. As I was shopping for baking ingredient last week, I found these little jewels and just had to try them out!  Imagine your favorite baking chips, then imagine them a little bigger and with a special surprise inside! [Read more...]

Molasses Cookies and SPLENDA® 365 SWEET SWAPS™

Disclosure: This post is part of the SPLENDA® 365 SWEET SWAPS™ Blogger Program by McNeil Nutritionals, LLC and The Motherhood, who sent me products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

Molasses Cookie Stack

Every year I look forward to holiday baking. I usually have a list of the tried and true recipes I want to make, as well as a few new ones. Of course, I never get around to making all of them, but it’s fun thinking about it just the same. And when I do bake, I always have more than we will ever eat at our house.  No worries! For me, it just means it’s a great opportunity for gift giving and sharing.  But not everyone can eat sweets.  Have you ever given cookies or candy to someone, only to find out that they can’t eat sweet due to diabetes or other dietary restrictions?  I’ve done this a couple of times!   It’s embarrassing for you, and the even worse, the giftee is tempted to break their diet!

Enter Splenda!  A lot of people know Splenda as a no calorie sweetener for things like coffee and cereal, but what you may not  know is that Splenda actually has products especially for baking.  Their product line includes: [Read more...]

Friday Favorites – Week 245 – With Christmas Treats

friday favorites

Happy Thanksgiving! And thank you for taking time out from your busy schedule to link up today.

While you’re here, please check out my current giveaways.  I’ve a $50 Target Gift Card (Plus Mega Bloks & General Mills cereals)JBL Portable Speakers, a 2 Name a Star Kits.

I also invite you to check out gift items in my Etsy shop!  I have a lot of affordable gift ideas, including necklaces, Christmas Ornaments, and keychains.  Custom orders welcome!  I’m also offering 10% off right now with coupon code: GIVETHANKS.

Now on to today’s features…this week we have a round of Christmas treats. Hope you enjoy! [Read more...]

Movie Night Fun and Bark Recipe Starring Orville Redenbacher’s Popcorn and M&M’s

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MovieNight4Less #CollectiveBias
Movie Night Fun

My husband and I don’t really go out very much and with the cold weather here, I would actually prefer to just stay in.  Warner Brothers, Orville Redenbacher’s, and M&M’s® to have  a fun movie night at home without breaking the bank.  Right now for a limited time, you can visit your local Walmart stores and find select Warner Brothers’ titles at new lower prices.  Popular DVD and Blu-ray titles are $5 and $7.88.  And while you’re selecting your movies, you can pick up some Orville Redenbacher’s Popcorn and M&M’s®, to help you create a fun movie night experience. [Read more...]

Guest Post: White Hot Chocolate Cookies by Kathleen at Yummy Crumble

Today I’m excited to welcome Kathleen from  Yummy Crumble.  She is one of several bloggers who will be guest posting here for the holiday season.  And I was instantly in love when I saw what yummy creation she had to share with us: White Hot Chocolate Cookies!  Take a look!

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As the weather cools down and I start to see Christmas decorations I also begin to crave those special holiday drinks. Especially hot chocolate. Oh, my beloved hot chocolate. But…Since I live in Florida where the low in December is 75 degrees, I rarely get to sip on my favorite hot drink. So in order to have my hot chocolate everyday, I put them in cookie form! I’ve been seeing a lot of Hot Chocolate Cookies made with dark chocolate and of course gooey marshmallow, but I haven’t seen many White Hot Chocolate Cookies. [Read more...]

M&M’s Sugar Cookies Inspired by Captain America

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MMs

Parties and holidays give us a great excuse to get creative with decorations and food.  But you don’t always need a special occasion to create fun and festive recipes! If you have simple ingredients on hand like M&M’s™ candies, you can turn a simple movie night into a fun-filled occasion with movie themed snacks.  Last week I used M&M’s to turn some plain ole’ sugar cookies in to some M&M’s Sugar Cookies inspired by Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier (out now on DVD and Blu-Ray).

MMs at Walmart

At our local Walmart there is an entire shelf, filled from top to bottom with M&M’s products!  Which ones doe you like?  The original and the minis are my favorites, but you could use any variety in today’s recipe.

Walmart also has a $5 off coupon for any two M&M’s products (15.4 oz or larger) and Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier DVD.  (Movie, snacks, and a deal…it’s a win-win all the way around!) [Read more...]

Friday Favorites – Week 227 – With 5 Yummy Lemon Recipes

friday favorites

Welcome to Friday Favorites. With the summer season quickly winding down, I’m trying to get in as many summer recipe features as possible. This week we have one of my favorite flavors of summer……Lemon!  Hope you enjoy these delicious lemony treats!

AND….while you are here this week, please check out this week’s giveaway.  I am giving away a copy of the book: Simply Sweet Colorcakes. This book is a dream for anyone who loves to bake and create yummy treats for the kids.  Go over and take a look!

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Upscale Magic Bars

Today we have a guest recipe from our friend Carrie of A Mother’s Shadow.  Today Carrie is sharing her Upscale Magic Bars with us. I can tell just by looking at them that they are very sweet and right up my alley! And hey, anything with the word magic in the name is bound to be delicious!  Please go over and check out all the great recipes on Carrie’s blog!

Magic Bars

 

My Grandma Shirley gave me a recipe years ago for “Hello Dolly” cookie bars.

I decided to tweak it and make it a bit upscale for a delightful treat.

Toasting the nuts and the coconut brings out a wonderful flavor that changes these bars from good to fabulous!

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Gourmet Cookies from Klara’s Gourmet

Klaras Gourmet

 

Did you know May 31 is National Macaroon Day?  I’ve been celebrating a little early with some delicious macaroons and other gourmet cookies from Klara’s Gourmet.  Recently chosen as a Fancy Food sofi Finalist for “Outstanding Cookie,” Klara’s Gourmet was founded in 2006 by Klara Sotonova, an emigrant from the Czech Republic.  Klara came to the U.S. in hopes of making her dreams of owning a business come true. [Read more...]

Summertime Snacking with Gold Emblem

Gold Emblem Snacks

With summer break right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about summertime snacking for your kids. If you’re looking for some delicious, yet affordable options, you should check your local CVS. Their Gold Emblem brand includes a wide range of goodies from chocolates and candies, to cookies, chips, nuts, granola bars, dried fruit, and a just about anything else you can think of to snack on. [Read more...]