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    The Best Tasting and Softest Homemade Caramels

    Caramels are a favorite candy for so many people and yet making them seems to be so intimidating. I’ll admit, the process takes a LONG time, but the end result is so worth it. If you are patient then the result will be the softest, chewiest and best tasting caramels. Your mouth will be happy. I’ve tried my hand at making caramels a couple times and this recipe, by far, knocks all others out of the water! It takes a few simple ingredients and just patience. LOTS of patience! Here’s how you can make your own chewy caramels! The ingredients for these caramels are very simple – butter, sugar, Karl…

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    Christmas Tree Cookies with Royal Icing SECRET

    It’s not the Christmas season until you are huddled in the kitchen making cookies and other holiday treats!  I have lots of memories of Christmas baking with my mom and grandmother.  Our tried and true cookie was always the cookies that we made with the cookie press.  I LOVED being able to turn the knob on the metal cookie press and make all kinds of designs to decorate!  Amidst all of the baking that I have done through the years, I have always wanted to try my hand at royal icing but have always been too intimidated.  That was until these beauties!!! These sugar cookies are a showstopper! But lean…

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    Elf Maple Popcorn

    Popcorn is something that is fun to play with and add different toppings.  The options are endless when it comes to cooking with popcorn!  This Elf Maple Popcorn is not only delicious, but it’s a FUN project to do with your children or grandchildren! Here’s how you can make your own Elf Maple Popcorn! Ingredients 12 cups popped popcorn, salted ½ cup (1 stick) salted butter ½ cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon maple flavored extract 1 cup marshmallows 1/2 cup candy covered sunflower seeds, optional, or other multi colored candy 2 cups Bugles Original Crispy Corn Snack Green candy melts Pink candy melts Yellow candy melts Red candy melts Create…

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    Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies with a SECRET Ingredient!

    You can scour the internet and find a MILLION chocolate chip cookies that claim to the be the best tasting ever!  I’m going to encourage you to try these Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies and claim them for yourself as your go-to recipe! I’m sure you can recall a time in your childhood that you gathered in the kitchen with your grandma baking cookies or other desserts!  When my son tasted these he said “You know grandma’s make the best cookies and these are the best!”  I guess it took me getting to the grandma stage to perfect the recipe.  This is one that I will make time and time again…

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    EASY School Lunch Ideas and FREE Printable Lunchbox Notes

    With the start of school, many parents are dealing with the packing of lunches every morning and having EASY school lunch ideas makes all of our morning go a lot smoother. Our school offers hot lunches but kiddos prefer to take their own everyday.   And let’s face it, my oldest is 15 and at 6’3″, the hot school lunches never seem to be enough, coupled with the fact that they would spend so much money on ala-carte items to make up for it.  School lunches were getting to be SO expensive for things that in my opinion wasn’t worth it. Buying, packing and getting lunches ready for the day can…

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    Football Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing

    Football Cupcakes with Buttercream icing

    It’s time to break out all things FOOTBALL and these Football Cupcakes are the perfect addition to any party you are hosting!  I’m going to show you a super simple way to make these cupcakes sure to make anyone swoon!  And the best part – it’s super easy! If you’ve followed me long enough, you know I use boxed cake mixes in almost all of my baking.  Duncan Hines and Betty Crocker have perfected it so why recreate something that isn’t broken.  Typically I just add or replace a couple ingredients along the way making it “mine”. For this dessert you’re going to need the following! Any cake box mix…

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    Heavenly Margarita Cupcakes

    I love me a good margarita!  And when there is cake involved, that’s even better! These Heavenly Margarita Cupcakes are perfect for your late night indulgences or for entertaining a group of friends!  It’s always a good time for Margarita’s in my mind. When it comes to the world of baking, I believe that Pillsbury and Duncan Hines have it figured out.  I mean why mess with the best!  In 99% of my baking, I use a boxed cake mix.  You CAN make a boxed cake taste homemade! Mix the cake mix according to the directions on the box and then mix in 2T of lime zest. MIX, MIX, MIX!…

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    Lemon Pound Cake

    There’s something about the taste and smell of lemons that makes me think of warmer days and happiness!  Are you the same way?  This Lemon Pound Cake is the perfect treat to make for a small get together or to package up for gift giving.  Want to greet new friends to the neighborhood?  Give them this delectable treat! Treating friends and family with food is a love language I’m sure everyone appreciates.  Especially when it’s as good as this lemon pound cake. Here’s how to make this deliciousness! Cake Ingredients 1 stick unsalted butter 1 cup sugar 2 large eggs 1 ½ lemon juiced and zested 1 ½ cup flour…

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    Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole

    Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole

    Mixing cinnamon rolls and french toast creates a marriage made in heaven! In comes the Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole!  Whether it’s a busy holiday or a lounging weekend – this will be sure to please everyone! I prefer the weekends of lounging.  But being a family of boys that play lots of sports, many of our weekends are spend traveling to another town and spending many long hours as games and tournaments.  When we do have a FREE weekend – this momma’s heart sings!  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE watching my boys play baseball – it’s one of my favorite things – but sometimes it can WEAR…YOU…OUT! THIS…

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    2017 Annual Christmas Cookie Round-up

    It’s time for our annual Christmas Cookie Round-up!  Check out these goodies that some amazing ladies across the web have been creating!  I’ve gathered some pretty unique cookie recipes for you this year that I think you’re gonna love! Amanda over at Domestically Creative made these healthy LOW CARB snickerdoodles!  YES, you can eat around the holidays and stay on your diet! Low Carb Snickerdoodles Stephanie over at Parenting Chaos shared with us this adorable coal cookie!  My kiddos would love creating these! http://parentingchaos.com/coal-cookie-recipe                   Lisa over at Snappy Gourmet shared these mudslide cookies!  They even have some added Kahlua and Bailey’s…

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    Butterscotch Marshmallow Pumpkin Tart

    During fall and winter, it is all things pumpkin!  In our house there is never a shortage of pumpkin anything and every year I try to create a new recipe!  In comes the Pumpkin Marshmallow Tart!  I made one of these for a get-together I was hosting and let me tell you – one was not enough!! It takes SIX simple ingredients!  The only thing you really have to do it mix the sugar and the pumpkin pie mix.  The rest is just assembling and baking. These three treats right here is what is going to make this over-the-top AMAZING!!! Set out your pie crust to come to room temperature. …

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    Creamy Hot Chocolate Recipe with FREE Printable Tags

    Hot chocolate brings back memories of sitting around a fire and starting at the Christmas tree lights – or trying to warm up after a day of playing in the cold snow!  Whatever memories you want to create with your children or grandchildren with hot chocolate, this is the recipe that you want! It has just the right combination of chocolate and milk that brings provides the perfect creaminess that you want in a hot chocolate recipe. I have always just bought Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate and while I think they have mastered the hot chocolate world, I wanted to take a stab at making my own mix.  And I…

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    Butterscotch Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pumpkin Marshmallows

    Everyone loves a good cookie and this one is a combination of all the amazing deliciousness! “If you’re a cookie lover, butterscotch lover, chocolate chip lover, or pumpkin lover – this is YOUR cookie!!” It’s basically my staple chocolate chip cookie recipe with the addition of butterscotch chips and diced pumpkin marshmallows.  With that being said, you can made this work for your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe!  If you don’t have a family favorite, try this one.  You’ll be glad you did. The special ingredient?  Kraft Jet-Puffed Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows!  You can only find these during the fall season – so make them while you can!!  And while you’re…

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    Cinnamon Caramel Muffins

    Cinnamon and Caramel – there are literally no two better things in the world to me!  AND when it’s an easy recipe to put together, that makes it even better!  Sure you can make your own cinnamon rolls but when Pillsbury already has a good one that’s quick, why not use it! All you need is these two simple ingredients: Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls and some caramels! I used the Kraft Sea Salt Caramels because I like the combination of the salty and sweet.  Then you just need a cupcake pan!  Cute liners make a difference too 😉 Flatten each cinnamon roll out with your fingers and wrap a caramel candy…

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    Red Velvet Brownies

    Brownies and cuteness?  YES!!  Don’t you just love when a recipe comes along that is easy and DELICIOUS!  This simple recipe takes a simple cake box mix and is transformed into an amazing brownie!!!  I used a simple heart cookie cutter for these and made them for Valentine’s Day but you could easily mix it up and use different shaped cutters for different holidays!  How about a “STAR” for the 4th of July?  Or a “CANDY CANE” for Christmas?  Or maybe a “BALLOON” for a birthday party? Here’s what you need: 1 box red velvet cake mix 1 egg 1/2c butter 1t vanilla – this is my homemade vanilla extract –…