Valentine Popcorn

 
I’m positive this is going to be a new family favorite recipe in our house!  This popcorn that is a perfect mix of sweet and salty…which I personally Love!  My daycare kids and I made this today as it’s too cold to go out and play and it was one of those days where we all needed a project to do!  We made it in a Valentine theme but you can make this popcorn for any holiday just by switching out the colors, sprinkles, and M&M’s.  It was super easy to make and the kids loved drizzling on the melted chocolate, sprinkles and M&M’s!  The only hard part…is waiting the 20 minutes while it cools in the fridge!
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Valentine Popcorn

Valentine Popcorn

Ingredients

  • two bags of microwave popcorn cooked
  • a good handful of m&ms
  • sprinkles of your choice...sprinkle them to your liking
  • 3/4 c. of melted candy melts in red. and a 3/4 c. of candy melts in white.

Instructions

  1. Lay your popcorn down on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
  2. Drizzle from a spoon your candy melts in both colors. Add your sprinkles next and then your m&ms. Once you have done all this...here's the hard part (waiting), place the Valentine Popcorn in the fridge to chill for about 20 minutes. Serve and Enjoy!

 

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Tuna Noodle Casserole This is my go to meal whenever I can’t decide what to have for dinner…I usually have everything on hand I need to whip it up and it’s oh so yummy!!  Enjoy!!

Tuna Noodle Casserole

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Ingredients

  • 1 (12 ounce) package egg noodles
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 2 (6 ounce) cans tuna, drained
  • 2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 cup lite sour cream
  • 1/2 (4.5 ounce) can sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup crushed buttery crackers, potatoe chips or bread crumbs

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente; drain.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  3. In a large bowl, thoroughly mix noodles, onion, 1 cup cheese, peas, tuna, soup, milk, sour cream and mushrooms. Transfer to a 2 qt casserole baking dish, and top with crackers, potato chips or bread crumbs and remaining 1 cup cheese.
  4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheese is bubbly.

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Cauliflower Mash

Cauliflower Mash I am a huge carb lover and mashed potoatoes are right there at the top of my list!!!  I have heard about mashed cauliflower and decided I had to give it try…I love cauliflower and if it can substitute my (not so hip friendly) mashed potatoes, it would be worth it.  I do a pretty good job of watching what I eat and am always trying to find ways to get more vegetables in my diet…this is a perfect way to do just that!  Here is a recipe I love…I sure hope you do too!!!  

Cauliflower Mash

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Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add cauliflower, cover, and steam until tender, about 10 minutes.
  2. Transfer half the cauliflower to a food processor; cover and blend on high. Add remaining cauliflower florets, one at a time, until vegetables are creamy. Blend in garlic, Parmesan cheese, cream cheese, salt, and black pepper.

Enjoy!

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Play Dough Cookie Pops

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What kids don’t love play dough?  Well this play dough isn’t actually play dough (it’s colored cookie dough) but the kids won’t know the difference…except when you tell them they can eat it when they are done making it into fun cookie pops!  Here is a recipe the kiddos and I made actually for Valentine’s Day but they could be made for any occassion or on a day when “I’m Bored” keeps coming out of the little ones mouths!!!

These cookies are made from a simple sugar cookie dough tinted with gel food coloring, then rolled into balls and eventually snakes to twist up and make fun color combinations. You can find this recipe is several places, I changed mine up a bit by adding some orange zest into the dough…I love the orange flavor it makes in my sugar cookies!

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Play Dough Cookie Pops

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Play Dough Cookie Pops

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softended
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teapsoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Zest of an orange (optional)
  • Assorted colors of gel or paste food coloring
  • 24 lollipop sticks

Instructions

  1. In a bowl cream butter, cream cheese and sugar until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; beat until smooth.
  2. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. (I added a little orange zest to my dough (using a cutie that I had on hand) and mixed it in the dough...I love the orange taste it gives to the cookies, but it's completely optional)!
  3. Stir till soft dough forms, I had to knead mine a little to get it all moist and able to form a ball.
  4. Divide dough according to however many colors you plan to use.
  5. Tint each with a different food color. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Shape dough into 3/4 inch balls and for each cookie place 3-4 different colored balls together to make 1 large ball.
  7. Roll it just enough to form a rough ball, then shape into a 12 inch long roll (like a snake).
  8. Starting at one end, coil roll to make a 2 3/4 inch round cookie. Place cookies 3 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheet. Carefully insert lollipop sticks into bottoms of cookies.
  9. Bake cookies for 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool and store in an airtight container.

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I added a little orange zest to my dough (using a cutie that I had on hand) and mixed it in the dough…I love the orange taste it gives to the cookies, but it’s completely optional!

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Stir till soft dough forms, I had to knead mine a little to get it all moist and able to form a ball.

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Divide dough according to however many colors you plan to use.

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Tint each with a different food color. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours.

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Shape dough into 3/4 inch balls and for each cookie place 3-4 different colored balls together to make 1 large ball.

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Roll it just enough to form a rough ball, then shape into a 12 inch long roll (like a snake).

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Starting at one end, coil roll to make a 2 3/4 inch round cookie. Place cookies 3 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheet.  Carefully insert lollipop sticks into bottoms of cookies.

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The kids loved this part!!!

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Bake cookies for 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool and store in an airtight container.

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Kid tested = Approved!!!  We bagged some up individually in cute Valentine bags for friends and neighbors!  These would be super cute for a birthday party favor too!

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Scalloped Cabbage

A tradition in our family is you have to eat your cabbage on New Year’s Day so you are “Healthy, Wealthy & Wise” in the New Year!  My husband isn’t a cabbage lover but once I made it this way…he changed his tune!  This is my aunt Karen’s recipe…wonderful cook (as you will see once you try this awesome scalloped cabbage)!

My son was super bored New Years night as his brother and sister were out playing with friends.  I told me he could help me cook…he was So excited (as you will see from the pictures)!  

Scalloped Cabbage

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Scalloped Cabbage

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Ingredients

  • 1 medium head cabbage
  • 2 T margarine
  • 2 T flour
  • 2 C milk
  • 1/4 Ib Velvetta cheese
  • Buttery Cracker Crumbs
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cut cabbage in bite size pieces. Cook until tender in a small amount of salted water. Drain and place in a buttered casserole dish. Melt margarine. Stir in flour, then add milk and continue stirring until sauce thickens. Add cheese and cook over low heat until cheese is melted. Pour sauce over cabbage. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

Enjoy!!

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