Puppy Love Pops

My daughter is a huge puppy lover. Anything puppy and she has to have it! How perfect are these Puppy Love Pops for Valentine’s Day! We have a party every year and these were a perfect addition to our spread of yummy Valentine Day inspired food! And…they aren’t difficult to make at all…my daughter even helped make them and did a wonderful job!! I actually had a few kiddos at the party and I let them each make their own, they loved it!

What you need:

Puppy Love Pops Supplies:

  • Frozen Pound Cake
  • Vanilla & Chocolate canned frosting…I like canned as it melts the best
  • Pink Forks
  • Ears – Tootsie Rolls and Caramels
  • Fur – Oreos crushed (You can also add some crushed graham crackers to your oreos for a 2 toned effect)
  • Mouth – Conversation Hearts
  • Nose – Mini Red M&M or Heart Candy’s (I found mine at Wal-mart)
  • Eyes – Candy Goggle Eyes or Mini chocolate chips

First Step (1)

  • Cut 1/8 inch off each end of the pound cake, then cut into 1 inch. You don’t have to be perfect.
  • Using a 2 inch heart shaped cookie cutter, cut out hearts. Try to get 2 hearts from every piece of cake, it definitely depends on the size and shape of your cookie cutter.

Next Step (2)

  • Push the forks into the cake (the top of the heart) and place them on a cookie sheet with wax paper and freeze at least 15 minutes. (Sorry I don’t have step by step pictures…with the kiddos helping I got distracted)!

Step 3

  • Meanwhile, make the ears, soften caramels and Tootsie Rolls, one at a time, in the microwave 3-6 seconds, be careful handling them.
  • Roll out with a rolling pin and cut out a tear drop shape. You can make a template with parchment paper or just eyeball it like I did. Lay on wax paper and set aside.
  • Crush Oreos and place in a small bowl (And graham crackers if you wish).

Step 4

  • Reserve about 1/4 cup vanilla frosting for decorating the face.
  • Combine the remaining vanilla frosting and 1/4 cup chocolate frosting and melt in microwave about 20-30 seconds, you want the consistency to be like heavy cream {unwhipped}

Step 5

  • Dip cake into frosting, coating both sides. Sprinkle with crumbs, and place on wax paper. Put back into freezer.
  • I found it best to let them freeze another 15 minutes or so, they were easier to handle.

Then with the reserved vanilla frosting, add the nose, eyes, mouth and ears. How adorable are these…the kiddos loved them!

My expert in the kitchen!

Puppy Pops 3

SO Cute and SO much fun!!!

Enjoy!

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No-Bake Stuffed Cookie Dough Bites

If you are anything like me (and my kids), the best part about making homemade cookiesis a big spoonful of dough! Well, here is a recipe that requires you to eat the raw cookie dough every time you grab a cookie (or ball)! That rightno baking required (obviously) and they are so delicious! Even betteryou have no risk of salmonella poisoning as there are no raw eggs in this recipe.  It’s a beautiful thing!  I stuffed my dough with mini Reese’s peanut butter cups as my kiddos love them, but the possibilities are endless!  You could use Nutella, mini Oreos, snickers, rolos, brownie bites, any mini candy bar reallylet your imagination run wild. You could even have each one a surprise and stuff each one with something different!  All of you cookie dough lovers out there and I know there are tons of youthese are a must make! 

No Bake Stuffed Cookie Dough Bites

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Serve bites at room temperature.

Ingredients

  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted softened butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 18 Mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (or whatever you choose to stuff yours with)

Instructions

  1. Place butter and sugars into a stand or electric mixer. Beat on medium high for 2-3 minutes, until nice and creamy. Add vanilla, beating until well combined. Add flour, salt then chocolate chips, mixing until just combined. Place 1 inch scoops of dough onto a parchment lined counter top. With tip of finger or thumb press into the center of each dough making room for filling. Fill each cookie dough piece with your favorite filling then top with enough dough to cover the filling then form into a ball shape.

Notes

If dough is too crumbly to work with...just add a Tablespoon or 2 of milk to help soften it up.Other possible fillings Mini Oreo Cookies Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Mini Candy bars (Butterfingers, Milky-way...) Cubed Brownies Nutella

Kid approved!!!

Cookie Dough Bites 4

A look inside!!!

Cookie Dough Bites 5

 

ENJOY!!

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Valentine Countdown Calendar

Vday Calendar

I don’t know about you but now that Christmas and New Years is over I am super excited for Valentine’s Day!!  My mom used to have huge Valentine’s Day parties for my 3 sisters and I growing up and I remember how much I loved and looked forward to them!  I continue that tradition with my kids and hope someday they look back and remember all the awesome parties I had for them! I made this cute and inexpensive Valentine Countdown Chart for the kids to have a little Hersey kiss treat each day until February 14th!  They are excited for February 1st so they can start!!!!

I used my Cricuit to cut out all the letters and the rest of the supplies I picked up from the local $ store but you could easily use stickers (you kind find all kinds in the scrapbook section)!  Foam board, candy (put on with glue dots) & ribbon to hang it from!  Decorate it any way you like…let the kiddos help, they will have a blast!

Valentine Countdown Calendar

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Granola Bar Bites

I’m always looking for fun and yummy snacks my kiddos will love! Either as an afterschool snack or for taking in their lunches to school! Here’s one that hit the spot…Granola Bar Bites. You can even add or take out ingredients to gear towards what our family love. These little bites are filled with lots of healthy ingredients including peanut butter, raisin,s chia seeds and flaxseed but hidden a bit by some kid approved mini M&M’s, mini marshmallows & rice crispy’s! My kids love them (and mommy does too)!

These are a bit like the Granola Energy Balls I have made so many times…my kiddos love those too but was ready for a little change! Wanted to spice things up a bit if you will!!! I hope you and your family enjoy them as much as we do!

Granola Bar Bites

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups rice crispy cereal
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts or nut of your choice
  • ⅓ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup mini M&M's
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seed (optional)
  • 1 heaping tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup agave nectar (can substitute honey or karo syrup)
  • Instructions

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl combine, rice crispies, oats, chopped nuts, raisins, ground flax seed, chia seeds, coconut oil and vanilla.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl combine, honey and agave nectar. Microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds
  3. Remove hot honey mixture and stir in Marshmallows until they melt. May need to heat 10-15 more seconds if marshmallow won't completely melt.
  4. Stir peanut butter into honey, marshmallow mixture until well combined
  5. Pour over dry mix and stir until everything is coated evenly
  6. Let rest 2-3 minutes and sprinkle M&M's into mixture.
  7. Using a cookie scoop and plastic bag, form granola mixture into balls. refrigerate or freeze for a couple hours before serving
  8. Keep extras in the fridge or freezer.

Enjoy!

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Skinny Funfetti Cupcakes


Who doesn’t love funfetti? Adults to kiddos alike…we all love funfetti! My husband actually told me that I no longer need to buy him expensive professional cakes for his birthday anymore, he would be more then satisfied with a funfetti cake every year!

Not only is this recipe Weight Watcher friendly (2 pts plus per cupcake) but you seriously can’t tell that they are missing anything…yes, that’s what I said, no oil or eggs! Instead of the oil and eggs you use sprite zero which has no calories and no fat!! For the frosting you use fat free cool whip and sugar free instant vanilla pudding! My daughter helped make these little heaven puffs so needless to say, our frosting ended up purple (her favorite color)! These cupcakes are super light and fluffy and since they are so low in fat…you have my permission to eat 2. Believe me when you have one…you will want another! They are SO Yummy!


Skinny Funfetti Cupcakes

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Ingredients

    Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg. Pillsbury Funfetti Cake Mix (just the powder, not the recipe on the box)
  • 1 (12 ounce) can Sprite Zero
  • Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1 (8 ounce) container Fat Free Cool Whip
  • 1 (1.5 ounce) pkg. Fat Free Vanilla Jello Instant Pudding (just the powder, not the recipe on the box)

Instructions

  1. [Cupcake Directions:] Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 24 cupcake tins with paper liners. In a large bowl, combine cake mix and Sprite together. Continue to mix until the batter is smooth without any lumps. Pour approximately 1/4 cup of batter into every cupcake wrapper. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Let cool before frosting.
  2. [Frosting Directions:] In a mixing bowl, add Cool Whip and pudding. Mix with a whisk by hand or an electric hand mixer until smooth. I put mine into a ziplock bag and closed it, then squished it all down to one corner, cut a tiny piece of the corner, and then made a swirl design over the cooled cupcakes. Makes enough frosting for 24 cupcakes.

Notes

(makes 24 cupcakes, 110 calories per frosted cupcake, 2 Weight Watchers Points)

Funfetti Cupcake 2

Enjoy!

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Valentine Day Card Garland

Valentine Day Card Garland

I am in love with this Valentine Day card garland!!!!  I love Valentine’s Day and love to decorate and have super fun Valentine’s Day parties.  With New Years behind me…bring on the next holiday!!!  I stole this deck of cards from my kiddos closet (ha, not really…I swore I would buy him a new deck)!  Sorted through and found all the hearts!!!

Here is what you need:

  • Deck of Cards (I used just the hearts)
  • A hole punch (I actually have a heart one  which was perfect)
  • a string (I used some red and white twine I had on hand)
  • Scraps of material or Ribbon (I had a friend give me a whole bag of retired 31 Bag material samples)!  It worked perfect!

Just punch 2 holes at the top of each card and run the string through.  I used 2 pieces of material between each card…just keep on repeating until desired length)!

This would also look super cute on a mantel as shown below!

Valentine Day Card Garland 1

Have fun and decorate away!!!

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Create Your Own Gumball Machine

Gumball Machine

How adorable are these little gumball machines!  Excellent to give as a gift or in our case…for the kiddos dressers! Only using a terracotta pot, a round bubble bowl, wooden dolls heads and pins, then glued and painted with red spray paint. Super affordable and look at the amazing results!!

Here are the supplies I picked up at the local craft store!

Gumball Machine Supplies

First I spray painted the terracotta pots, the lids, the wooden doll heads and pins!  After they dried I flipped the terracotta pot over and hot glued the bowl on!  Then I hot glued the doll head on the bottom of the terracotta pot base to act as the handle to lift the lid off and hot glued the pin to the front of the pot to look like the gumball shoot!  You can either tie a ribbon with a bow around the pot under the bubble bowl or just hot glue ribbon on the bottom lip like I did.

Next…fill with gumballs and enjoy!

Avery filling gumball machine

Have fun!!!!!!

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