Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Cookies & Carnation Breakfast Essentials

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When I was in college, I used to walk in to my early morning classes with my coffee cup in hand, but I wasn’t sipping a latte or cappuccino, I was sipping a Carnation Breakfast Essentials drink!  To this day, I still enjoy starting off my morning with Carnation Breakfast Essentials, mixed in milk or  milk and fruit for a quick and delicious smoothie.  Today I’m going to tell you a little more about the breakfast drink I love, and I’m going to share a recipe that uses Carnation Breakfast Essentials in a whole new way.  (If the idea of eating cookies for breakfast sounds good to you, keep reading! I have some Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Cookies you will love!) [Read more…]

Homegating with Skittles® and Printable Football Party Activities

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Homegating with Skittles

My family is so excited about football season being back again! How about you?  Each week of football season, we watch many games, but our favorite thing to watch is college football on Saturdays, and for this, we always like to have a lot of food and snacks on hand!  With football season starting in September and going through and past the New Year, I find it’s important to mix things up and come up with great menu items each week.  For example, we may have pizza and wings one week, and the following week we may have pulled pork sandwiches or hamburgers and hot dog.

But for me, football food doesn’t always have to be about the savory; it can also be about the sweet.  For the sweet, I like everything from fruit and cream cheese dip to cupcakes and cookies, to candy!  For the first Saturday of college football, we had an array of delicious foods to serve, including one of my favorite candies, Skittles®.  Today I’m going to show you some ideas for homegating with Skittles.  I’ll show you how I added Skittles to our party menu, and I’m going to show you how you can use Skittles to bring a little fun to the party! [Read more…]

Time Out for Mom with OREO Thins

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Time out for Mom with OREO Thins

“Okay! Time out!”  As chaos began to ensue in the middle of what was an ordinary day just five minutes ago, have you ever found yourself yelling this very phrase to your kids?”  Or have you, perhaps, ever put your child in a place known as “time out” when they did something wrong.  If you can say yes to either of these questions, then you know all too well how stressful being a parent can be.

And this chaotic scene is just one moment in your day.  There are also other activities to look forward to.  They range from cooking and cleaning to carpooling, and from going to your job or working your home based business. While this is all part of being an adult and a parent, it seems almost impossible that you wouldn’t feel a little bit of stress and pressure, trying to tackle this list each day. [Read more…]

Peanut Butter Cookies + SPLENDA® SWEET SWAPS™ and a Giveaway!

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Peanut Butter Cookies

The holiday baking season has officially begun at my house!  I love baking everything from cakes and pies to cookies and candies, and I get a lot of enjoyment out of sharing these treats with others.  But over the years, I’ve found that more and more people in my family have diets that require them to lower their sugar intake, which means they can’t partake in all the holiday goodies.  And still others are skipping out on the dessert, because they don’t want to put on “the extra pounds.”

Since I can’t eat all the desserts all by myself,  I’ve decided to try a few recipes with SPLENDA®.

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Game Day Oreo Balls

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Game Day Oreo Balls When the holiday season is in the air, I can hardly wait to make sweet treats like OREO Cookie Balls!  But why should these yummy treats only be made around the holidays?  I see no reason why OREO Cookie Balls shouldn’t be on our party menus year round.  Do you?

There are a number of ways you can transform OREO Balls to fit any holiday or occasion.  Last weekend I made a batch for game day.  In the past I’ve seen a lot of people mold their balls in to football shapes, and those always look so cute.  But for my recipe, I went in a slightly different direction.  I just happen to have this cute little snack stadium.  In the past I’ve used it to hold cupcakes, but I’ve been dying to use it to display homemade candies.

So I dressed my OREO Cookie Balls out with X’s and O’s, and they took the field!  Haha!  I even made a few striped ones! (Because every game needs to officials!) [Read more…]

Hershey’s Halloween Scarecrow Pudding Cups

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Hersheys Halloween Scarecrow Pudding Cups

Fall is such a fun time!  Each year I look forward to seeing all the fun decor in stores and online, and I love breaking out my own decorations!  Fall also brings a lot of great opportunity to make great snacks and treats, from football food to Halloween goodies!  Today I’m excited to share a fun tutorial on how to make Scarecrow Pudding Cups using Hershey’s Ready to Eat Pudding.

These pudding cups are a great treat that you can make and serve at your child’s Halloween party or other fall events.  And it is also a great activity that moms can do with kids, or elementary teachers can do with their students.  Just give everyone a pudding cup and a plate of ingredients, and then let them go crazy! [Read more…]

Get Through Your Day with SNICKERS®

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Get Through Your Day with Snickers

You’re not you when your hungry! I know that’s surely the case with me! Do you ever find yourself just needing to take a break from work?  Do you find yourself getting tired, antsy, hungry, or a cominbation of the three?  Do you find yourself suffering through that “3PM slump” every day?  If you do, you’re not alone!

After a day of sitting at my desk blogging or working on other projects at home, I definitely need a break….and yet I don’t want to stop working, because I am FAR from getting everything I want to get done for the day.  Today I’m going to share a few tips to help you get through that 3PM slump so that you can finish your day strong!  And I’m going to show you how to put together a “Get Through Your Day Gift Basket” for yourself, your friends, or coworkers!

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12 Orange Recipes

It’s been a while since I put together a round-up post, so here we go!  Today I’m featuring 12 yummy looking recipes featuring one of my favorite fruits and flavors: ORANGE!

Hope you enjoy this mouth-watering collection of 12 orange recipes!

12 Orange Recipes

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Easter Party Solutions & Inspiration

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Easter Party Table

With all the cold weather we’ve been having, I am SO ready for spring!  The warmer weather gives us an excuse to get out of the house and it brings so many opportunities to entertain.  Last weekend I jump started the season with a small family get together, and today I’m sharing just a few of my ideas and Easter party solutions.  I hope it gives you a little inspiration.

When it comes to parties, the most important thing is the food!  Last weekend I used a variety of products from DiGiorno and Nestlé. [Read more…]

Friday Favorites – Week 255 – With Last Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas

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Hi everyone! Happy early Valentine’s Day! To celebrate the holiday, I’ve got a few last minute Valentine’s Day features!  Hope you enjoy them!

Also, if you applied to be a guest contributor or linky party co-host, thank you!  I’ve just out emails to the linky party co-host applicants, so if you’ve applied please check your inbox for my email. As for those who’ve expressed interest in guest posting, I’ll be planning a guest posting event shortly and will contact you with details as soon as I have them.

Now take a look at these fun Valentine’s ideas!

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