Category: Recipes

Halloween Food Crafts for Kids: Halloween Spiders

[ 397 ] September 30, 2014 |

Kids love Halloween Food Crafts: Eyeball Spiders, Pumpkin Spiders

Halloween Food Crafts for kids: Halloween Spiders is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by Sweetworks. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic food crafts for kids Halloween Eyeball Spiders

 Eye Ball Spiders, Pumpkin Spiders — Fun to make with little hands

There is nothing that’s as much fun as making Halloween crafts. They are silly and spooky! But the best kind of craft is a Halloween food craft for kids…because you EAT it when you are done. How about these slightly eerie Halloween pumpkin and eyeball spiders that we whipped up from using candy from Sweetworks? Halloween Food Crafts for kids Halloween Pumpkin Eyeball Spiders

 Want to know how to make this fun Halloween food craft?

Here’s the recipe so you can get to some creepy spiders of your own:

4.7 from 51 reviews
Halloween Food Crafts for Kids: Halloween Spiders
Halloween Food Crafts for Kids: Halloween Spiders is a great food craft for kids working with adults. Fun and quick to make and eat. When preparing this recipe, you must move quickly when you are working with the melted chocolate.
Recipe type: Food Craft
  • White Candy Coating (or whatever color you wish), make sure to use a candy coating not just melted chocolate, it doesn't set up the same way
  • 1 package Celebration by Sweetworks Pearls (I used the Halloween Mix and Autumn Mix, but they have a huge variety)
  • 1 package Celebration by Sweetworks Spooky Eyeballs Or Halloween Mix Gumballs
  1. Place a piece of wax paper on a cookie sheet
  2. Melt two squares (or a handful of wafers) of candy coating in microwave or on the stovetop. Once melted you must move very quickly. Put melted chocolate into a quart size ziplock bag and pipe 4 pairs of legs (8 legs total). ½ of the legs should be shaped for the right and half for the left body of the angle legs accordingly. Make another batch. Then, you might want to make some extras in case a few legs break.
  3. Quickly press in the Celebration by Sweetworks Pearls to decorate the legs.
  4. Place decorated legs in fridge for 10 minutes.
  5. Once legs are set, remove from fridge.
  6. Spread another piece of wax paper on a cookie sheet.
  7. Melt 1 more square of candy coating (or a half handful of wafers). On the wax paper, use a spoon to make 2 thick round circle about the size of a silver dollar .
  8. Working quickly, place a spooky eyeball or pumpkin in the center of each circle as a head.
  9. Put 4 legs on each side of the spider, balancing against each other and the center head. You might have to hold briefly but the chocolate sets up very quickly. Carefully place completed spiders in fridge for 15 min to finish setting.

Watch these steps to see the whole Halloween spider building process

Halloween Food Crafts for kids Halloween Pumpkin Eyeball Spiders

Let kids help you make a spooky display with your Halloween spiders

You can use your spooky spiders made from Sweetworks candies to create a Halloween display too! Halloween Food Crafts Halloween Pumpkin Eyeball Spiders Sweetworks is a candy and chocolate manufacturer serving consumers, fundraisers, retailers, distributors, and vending machine operators worldwide. The goal of SweetWorks is to give customers rich quality products and great customer service, while striving to make the best even better. Just look at all the amazing items that Sweetworks has for your Halloween needs. In my opinion, these items are perfect for Halloween trick or treating, class treats, a little treat for your sweetie, or all your food crafting needs: Halloween Food Crafts Sweetworks fall Halloween Candy

 Sweetwork Spooky Eyeball Gumballs, Halloween Mix Gumballs, Orange and Black Sixlet Combo, Autum Mx Sixlets, Halloween Mix Gumballs, Pumpkin Spice Ovation Breakapart

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Giveaway runs for Oct. 1, 2014 to Oct. 15, 2017 11:59PM  EST


$500 Total Prize — 10 Winners will take home $50 in Sweetworks Candy (due to limited supplies substitutions may be made, Prize will total $50+):

  • Spooky Eyes Gumballs 8oz Peg Bag (2 bags)
  • Halloween Mix Gumballs 8oz Peg Bag (1 bags)
  • Autumn Mix Sixlets 14oz Peg Bag (1 bags)
  • Halloween Mix Sixlets 14oz Peg Bag (1 bags)
  • Autumn Mix Pearls 1.75oz Peg Bag (2 bags)
  • Halloween Mix Pearls 1.75oz Peg Bag (2 bags)
  • Pumpkin Spice Break-A-Part (2 boxes)
  • Sixlets Halloween 27oz Laydown Bag (1 bags)
  • Witch’s Brew 29oz Laydown Bag (1 bags)

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What’s Your Best Cheeseburger Recipes?

[ 11 ] August 26, 2014 |

Are you Cheesy?

Today’s Best Cheeseburger Recipes discussion has been brought to you by Kraft.

Best cheeseburger recipes

Mine and Kraft’s Best Cheeseburger Recipes

There is nothing quite as satisfying as a good old-fashioned cheeseburger. At our house, we have our own special recipe — as many people do — which we put to good use regularly during grilling season. Is a barbecue even a barbecue without cheeseburgers? Not really. Here’s Walt’s favorite cheeseburger recipe:

4.8 from 5 reviews
Walt's Burger
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This is my husband Walt's favorite cheeseburger. Give it a try, you'll love it too.
Recipe type: Meat
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
  • 8 Hamburger Patties (90/10 is what we perfer)
  • 8 Whole Wheat Buns
  • 8 slices Kraft Natural Aged Swiss Cheese slices
  • Bleu cheese for sprinkling
  • 8 slices of bacon cooked and halved
  • Barbecue sauce
  1. Grill burgers
  2. In last 2 minutes of grilling, layer swiss cheese slices on burgers
  3. Grill Buns
  4. Plate burgers and buns
  5. Serve burgers with a sprinkling of bleu cheese, 2 half slices of bacon, and a squirt of barbecue sauce.


While we’re on the subject, is a barbecue a barbecue without some good music? Heck no! How about some Brad Paisley? You bet!

While we do tend to stick with our favorite cheeseburgers, we do like to try out new recipes from time to time. That’s why I was curious to see what kind of cheeseburger recipes Kraft had to offer. And, boy, they did not disappoint!


Cabo Beach Cheeseburger (Image: Kraft)

One cheeseburger recipe we’ll surely be trying out soon is the Cabo Beach Cheeseburger, with avocado, cilantro, and chipotle-flavored mayo. Holy moly! If that burger looks good to you, you can get the Cabo Beach Cheeseburger recipe, and others, including the BBQ Bacon Habanero Cheeseburger and Touchdown Taco Sliders. You will really take your cheeseburgers to a new level with Kraft Pepper Jack Cheese Slices and Hot Habanero Slices. Yum!



Get Cheesy with Kraft

Kraft Foods doesn’t just have the perfect cheese to top off your burger — they have the perfect way to top off your summer, with a Brad Paisley concert! They’re giving away more than 400 pairs of concert tickets to see Brad Paisley, and five lucky people will win a Brad Paisley Flyaway Concert trip. Just head over to the Great American Cheeseburger site to enter. All you have to do is upload a photo of your “Cheesy Family Moments!”

Wait! Are you signed up for Paisley Points? Fan of Brad Paisley? Then you should be getting rewards when you purchase select Kraft Foods products. Sign up for the Paisley Points rewards program, purchase participating Kraft Foods cheese items, and scan your receipts. You’ll start racking up points that can be redeemed for Walmart gift cards as well as signed Brad Paisley memorabilia!

Ready to take your burgers to a new level with Kraft Cheese Slices? Which Kraft cheeseburger recipe are you going to take for a spin?

Spinach Tomato Cottage Cheese Pasta Salad Recipe

[ 21 ] June 27, 2014 |

Refreshing Summer Luncheon Salad

via Spinach Tomato Cottage Cheese

Spinach Tomato Cottage Cheese Pasta Salad

Loving simple seasonal salads!

I adore a great simple seasonal salad that I can whip up from the fridge, don’t you? This Spinach Tomato Cottage Cheese Pasta Salad is just what I am talking about! It’s prepared with fresh spinach and tangy cherry tomatoes. The cottage cheese substitutes for dressing  and the prepared pasta adds a warm element without adding meat!

I was inspired to create this seasonal salad by the P&Geveryday website which features seasonal salad lunch suggestions. I found the P&Geveryday recipe section so valuable, as it highlights food that is in season at that time period followed by salad recipe creations. For example, summer is listed and these ingredients that are in season are suggested: summer squash, zucchini, cucumber, melon, tomatoes, blueberries, raspberries, corn, peppers, eggplant, peaches, plums, apricots and then a recipe is provided for raw zucchini salad. Check out this wonderful Harvest salad they have for fall containing  baby kale, grapes, pomegranate seeds, apple, pumpkin seeds, feta cheese, your favorite dressing or extra virgin olive oil and apple cider vinegar!  MMMM!


As we are basically starting summer in Michigan,  my seasonal inspired salad includes several items from spring and summer and then I coupled it with items I had in my fridge.  

5.0 from 4 reviews
Spinach Tomato Cottage Cheese Pasta Salad Recipe
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Spinach Tomato Cottage Cheese Pasta Salad is a great hot/cold salad perfect for a late spring or summer day.
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 1
  • Fresh spinach (enough to cover bottom of each plate)
  • ½ to ¾ of cup cottage cheese as desired
  • 4 oz of stuffed hot/warm agnolotti or ravioli (cooked)
  • 12-15 cherry tomatoes
  • Parmesan cheese
  1. Spread fresh spinach over bottom of plate to form a bed
  2. Mound cottage cheese in center of lettuce bed
  3. Arrange cooked agnolotti or ravioli in a circular pattern around center mound of cottage cheese
  4. Place cherry tomato around arrangement in a pleasing manner with one in middle of cottage cheese mound.

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Here’s just a few things I discovered on P&Geveryday

    • Delicious recipes for lunch and dinner (How about a Pumpkin Black Bean Soup Recipe)
    • Beauty trends, and smart tips (Haircut ideas!)
    • New products to try out for yourself, family and home (have you tried Mr. Clean Surface Cleaner?)
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    • Coupons and samples from your trusted brands
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Glazed Vanilla Pineapple with Brummel & Brown Spread

[ 17 ] May 22, 2014 |

Non-Fat Yogurt Tang and Fruit?  The Perfect Summer Combo

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Brummel & Brown.

Glazed Vanilla Pineapple

 Glazed Vanilla Pineapple — Girls LOVE it!

I have been making this recipe for Glazed Vanilla Pineapple for a few years now. The first time I made it, I cooked it for a group of my girlfriends who were at my house for drinks and crafts. It was the first time that I had ever made a dessert for a girl’s night out, when everyone went back for seconds. I used butter, rum and ice cream in the original version.

Lighten Recipes UP!

I am always looking for ways to lighten up a recipe and recently I found Brummel & Brown Spread at my local Target.

Brummel & Brown Spread

I found that I like Brummel & Brown spread on my toast in the morning because it’s made with nonfat yogurt which adds a creamy taste with a nice little tang. The fact that it has 50% less calories than butter with 0g Trans Fats and No Hydrogenated oils is extra appealing to me.

Brummel & Brown Spread

This got me thinking, where else could I substitute the Brummel & Brown Spread? When I checked the Brummel and Brown’s Facebook page, I saw a lots of recipes. I was surprised at the versatility of the brand.

Glazed Vanilla Pineapple

I remade my Glazed Vanilla Pineapple substituting Brummel & Brown Spread for the butter and used vanilla instead of rum for the flavoring. The dish turned out pretty, but as I had served the original recipe with ice cream, I felt it needed a glaze.  So I made a glaze from the Brummel & Brown Spread as well. The recipe follows.

5.0 from 7 reviews
Glazed Vanilla Pineapple
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This showy dish served warm will be the star of your summer picnic or winter soiree. The nonfat yogurt in the spread adds a tang to the pineapple and a creaminess to the glaze while adding a lower calorie twist!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6
  • Pineapple:
  • 10 pineapple spears, full length
  • 3 Tbs vanilla
  • 3 Tbs brown Sugar + extra for dusting
  • 2 Tbs Brummel & Brown Spread
  • Glaze
  • ½ cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 Tbs. Lemon
  • 2 Tbs. Brummel & Brown Spread..
  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Place pineapple spears in a rimmed baking dish (glass is pretty)
  3. Whisk together vanilla and brown sugar
  4. Brush some of the vanilla mixture on pineapple spears
  5. Dot pineapple with Brummel & Brown spread
  6. Roast in oven until liquid has evaporated, about 30 minutes
  7. At 10 min intervals during roasting, apply additional vanilla mixture
  8. With 2 minutes before cooking end time, dust pineapples with additional brown sugar
  9. Remove pineapple from oven and cool slightly on wire rack
  10. Meanwihle, for Glaze, blend confectioners sugar, lemon juice and Brummel & Brown Spread.
  11. Drizzle Glaze over Warm Pineapple
  12. ENJOY!

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