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Month: December 2014

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Graham Sandwiches Recipe ~ Like at Disney World!

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter
Graham Sandwiches
CHOCOLATE COVERED PEANUT BUTTER GRAHAM SANDWICHES RECIPE ~ LIKE AT DISNEY WORLD!

These Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Graham Sandwiches will stop you in your tracks. Try saying no to this tasty treats…you can’t!

If you’ve ever been to Disney World, then you know the treats that I’m referring to, right? Those chocolate covered squares that fit perfectly in your hand so you can carry it around the park to still be exploring everything it has to offer.

Last time we visited Disney, I fell in love with those treats and I knew I had to find a way to make them at home. Luckily, I did and these Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Graham Sandwiches are amazing, easy, and finger-licking good.

I love to make them as fun treats and put them in school lunch boxes or even have them waiting as a surprise when the kiddos arrive home from school. And from the looks on their face when they walk through the door, it’s a surprise that they absolutely love!

There’s no denying the fact that the dynamic duo of chocolate and peanut butter are truly out of this world. While this recipe makes quite the large batch, it’s a good idea to go ahead and double it (maybe even triple it!) because they will disappear quickly!

 
Ingredients:
12 Graham Crackers
1/2 cup Peanut Butter
1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
12 oz Chocolate Melting Candy

 Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Melt chocolate by microwaving for 45 seconds, stirring and repeating until melted and smooth.
spread a thin layer of chocolate on 8 of the graham crackers and place on prepared sheet.
Place in freezer for 5 minutes.
Finely crush 4 of the graham crackers.
Combine peanut butter, powdered sugar, crushed graham crackers and vanilla.
Place a 1″ ball of peanut butter mixture on top of chocolate side of the each graham crackers and gently press and spread evenly to the edges.
Return to freezer for 10 minutes to firm up.
Reheat the chocolate if necessary.
Place crackers into chocolate and spoon the chocolate over the top.
Lift out with a fork and tap the fork on the side of the bowl to shake off excess chocolate.
Return to pan, then return pan to freezer for 5 minutes.
Place a small amount of melted chocolate in a sandwich bag and clip very tiny end of a corner and drizzle over each sandwich.

FoodWorks Silicone Ice Pop Molds Review


*Disclosure:  We received a press sample to facilitate this review: all opinions are 100% my own*
 We are hooked on these great popsicle molds from FoodWorks.  They are soft, flexible, and easy to fill, but best of all the covers are easy to snap on and are leak proof so no mess after filling or while freezing your favorite flavors.  These will be used constantly in my house, my kiddos eat popsicles non stop!

 We had fun making healthy fruit smoothie pops and they were delicious.
We blended up 2 cups of frozen pineapple chunks, a banana, and some apple juice.  Poured the smoothie mixture into the molds and put them in the freezer for a couple hours.
 Details:
• Easy to use
• Make healthy desserts or an after workout snack
• Incredible value – with six molds, there’s enough for everyone to enjoy!
• Great for birthdays, pool parties or your next BBQ
• Reusable, reduces waste & saves money
• BPA free & dishwasher safe
• No popsicle sticks required

Just Fill, Freeze & Enjoy
They’re so easy to use! Just fill them with juice, purees, fruit, berries or yogurt for a healthy, everyday treat – and for much lower cost than popsicles or freeze pops at the store. For something more decadent, fill with sherbet, ice cream, candy, cocoa…whatever you can dream up! When they’re ready, just hold in your hand for a few seconds to warm the outside, then squeeze and enjoy with absolutely no sticking. Can’t finish your treat? Just pop the included lid back on and save the rest for later! 



Here are Some Great holiday gift ideas from Best Buy!

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free
Christmas is right around the corner and gift buying is in full swing!  My list is full of electronics this year, the kids have been talking about the Xbox One and with our next road trip coming up I’m thinking the hubby could use a new GPS.  As you know Best Buy is my go to store for electronics, and here are some great holiday gift ideas this year!

With Expert Service and Unbeatable Price these top gifts are on my list this Holiday and here’s why they should be on yours:
 
Xbox One is the place for games!
Xbox One was built by gamers, for gamers. With the best exclusive titles (Halo, Sunset Overdrive), the biggest blockbusters (Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty) the hottest sports franchises (Madden 15, FIFA 15, NBA 2K15) and top family titles (Fantasia: Music Evolved, Just Dance 15, Skylanders) Xbox One takes gaming to a whole new level.
In addition to being a great gaming console, Xbox one connects consumers unlike any other device.  Xbox One enables access to the latest TV shows and movies through your favorite apps.  With Xbox One all of your media is at your fingertips when you want it.
JBL
JBL Charge 2– Between the twin passive radiators for deep bass, the massive 6000mAh battery and the hands-free conference speakerphone the key benefit is the Bluetooth Social Mode which allows up to three different users to take their turns to play their own playlists on a single speaker.
JBL Flip 2– Aside from the dual performance-tuned JBL drivers and a built-in bass port, the key benefit of the JBL Flip 2 is the SoundClear echo and noise cancellation combined with the state-of the art microphone system to pick up calls on the speaker.
JBL Reflect Earbud headphones–  Sweat proof ergonomic design.  With a 5 hour rechargeable battery and a reach of about 40 feet, the JBL Reflect BT’s key benefit is the design of the ergonomic eartips along with the built-in magnets which keep your buds on standby without loose cables.
 
Garmin and TomTom
Featuring Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling, traffic and weather updates.  Lane assist, Lifetime traffic, map updates and voice recognition technology.  
Garmin 52LM
5.0” display
Maps of 49 U.S. states, plus lifetime map updates1
Lane assist with junction view
Displays speed limit and accurate arrival time
Easily find addresses and millions of points of interest
Spoken turn-by-turn directions
 
Garmin 2597LMT
5.0” display
Maps of 49 U.S. states, plus lifetime map updates1
Lane assist with junction view
Displays speed limit and accurate arrival time
Easily find addresses and millions of points of interest 
Spoken turn-by-turn directions
 
TomTom Go 50s
Lifetime TomTom Traffic: Drive with TomTom Traffic for the lifetime of your device
Lifetime Maps (US, Canada, Mexico): Always drive with the latest map
3D Maps. See buildings and landmarks in stunning 3D
5″ touchscreen with advanced lane guidance

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



Cranberry Apple Walnut Dressing Recipe

Cranberry Apple Walnut Dressing
Cranberry Apple Walnut Stuffing

If you’re looking for an amazing Thanksgiving side, this Cranberry Apple Walnut Stuffing won’t disappoint!

With the Thanksgiving holiday nearing, it’s time to start planning out the dinner details and choosing all the sides that you can and want to create. Everyone knows that stuffing is a given for the holiday meal, but why not spruce it up a bit with this Cranberry Apple Walnut Stuffing? It’s flavorful, colorful, and absolutely unique.

Say goodbye to the days of “regular” stuffing and hello to this walnut stuffing that will set your taste buds wild. There’s just something about the mixture of cranberry, apple, and walnut that will make you wonder where this hidden gem has been hiding your entire life.

What I love about this recipe is the fact that it’s unique and anytime I make it and share it with someone, they immediately want the recipe as well. I like to think it’s because of my awesome cooking skills, but I’m beginning to think it has little to do with me and more to do with the amazing flavors of this incredible stuffing dish.

Give it a go this Thanksgiving. Your family and friends will certainly be extra “thankful” when you make this dish to share with them!

Ingredients:
1 lb Bread (I used part Sweet Hawaiian and part Multigrain)
1 cup fresh Cranberries
1 cup dice Apples
1 cup diced Onion
1 cup chopped Celery
2 tsp Poultry Seasoning
2 tsp minced Garlic
1/2 cup Walnut pieces
1/2 cup Butter melted
1 cup Apple Juice

Preheat oven to 350.
Cut bread into cubes anf place in 300 oven until lightly brown.
Place celery, apples, cranberries, onions and minced garlic in a bowl and microwave for 4 minutes.
Grease 13×9″ pan with butter.
Mix all ingredients except apple juice together and transfer to pan.
Pour apple juice evenly over dressing.
Bake 30-45 minutes

Monster Sock Puppet Tutorial

Monster Sock Puppet

 
Supplies:
1 pair of fuzzy socks
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Googly eyes
Pom Pom balls
Felt
Cardboard

Cut cardboard circle that will fit in your sock for the mouth and fold in half.
Trace the circle twice onto your piece of felt, cut out, and glue to both sides of the cardboard.

Cut the toe off the end of your sock, roll the edges around the felt covered cardboard, and hot glue in place to make your mouth.

Hot glue googly eyes to 2 pom pom balls and glue above mouth for eyes.

For back spines, cut two long strips of felt and hot glue half of it together, leaving two flaps.

Separate flaps and hot glue to back of the sock.
Decorate as you desire, we added extra pom pom balls and a felt bow tie.

If you are on the hunt to purchase some fun Puppets and accessories here are a few found on Amazon for you to consider…
  • Easily animate the antics of this engaging Little Elephant plush hand puppet
  • Ideal for stage and puppet theater, storytelling, teaching, daycare, pre-school, pretend play, role-playing, presentations, games, parties and gifts
  • Your hand controls the mouth, expressions and feet of this interactive animal puppet
  • Constructed from high-quality materials with exceptionally realistic details; easy to care for years of play
  • Comfortably slips over the hand; measures 7 x 7 x 6 inches (LxWxH)
  • This Turtle Beleduc handglove puppet is the perfect fit for youngsters who like storytelling and pretend play
  • Beleduc puppets helps boost the imagination of young children while enhancing their fine motor skills
  • As an added feature, the machine-washable fabric stretches just enough for adults to join in, too
  • Buy a number of these finely crafted puppets and your child will be ready to put on their own puppet shows
  • Approximate height 8″
  • Easily animate the antics of this engaging Ladybug plush hand puppet
  • Ideal for stage and puppet theater, storytelling, teaching, daycare, pre-school, pretend play, role-playing, presentations, games, parties and gifts
  • Innovative five-fingered glove design may be worn on either hand to express this interactive bug puppet
  • Constructed from high-quality materials with exceptionally realistic details; easy to care for years of play
  • Glove puppet fits growing hands of all sizes, from child to adult; measures: 6 x 4.5 x 2.5 inches (LxWxH)
  • 5 x 9 x 5
  • Movable head and flippers
  • Emperor penguins live on the ice pack of Antarctica. They are the largest sea birds (four feet tall!) and can withstand temperatures of 0 deg F.
  • At the beginning of the dark winter, the penguins gather in rookeries of thousands of birds. There, each female lays one egg.
  • The males hold the egg on their feet and keep it warm with their bellies. For two months they huddle together and don’t eat.
  • Easily animate the antics of this engaging Little Monkey plush hand puppet
  • Ideal for stage and puppet theater, storytelling, teaching, daycare, pre-school, pretend play, role-playing, presentations, games, parties and gifts
  • Your hand controls the mouth, expressions and hands of this interactive monkey puppet
  • Constructed from high-quality materials with exceptionally realistic details; easy to care for years of play
  • Comfortably slips over the hand; measures 5 x 5 x 8 inches (LxWxH)
  • This Frog Beleduc handglove puppet is the perfect fit for youngsters who like storytelling and pretend play
  • Beleduc puppets helps boost the imagination of young children while enhancing their fine motor skills
  • As an added feature, the machine-washable fabric stretches just enough for adults to join in, too
  • Buy a number of these finely crafted puppets and your child will be ready to put on their own puppet shows
  • Approximate height 8″
  • Inspired by Eric Carle’s classic tale The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Based upon the unforgettable character in the classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • This hand puppet is the perfect for play along reading
  • Features 40th Anniversary Patch
  • Wonderful new addition to the World of Eric Carle line of products
  • Plush velvet
  • 10 animal finger puppets: Elephant, Cow, Frog, Bunny, Dog, Hippo, Bear, Duck, Kuala, Panda
  • 6 people family member finger puppets: Grandma, Grandpa, Mom, Dad, Brother, Sister
  • Great for imagination activities
  • Interactive play, improve communication skills
  • Enhance relationships
  • The wooden panels of this delightful puppet theater are covered in colorful laminate
  • This lightweight, sturdy playhouse is easy to assemble and move
  • Curtains and roof are made of quality, colorful fabrics
  • Theatre play helps children build self-confidence
  • This puppet theater inspires imaginative and cooperative play

Puppet Stand

  • Puppet Stand Dimensions: 1.75in H x 2.6in W x 16.25in L / Weight: 6.25 lbs.
  • Stand Holds 8 Puppets
  • Solid Hardwood Construction
  • PUPPETS NOT INCLUDED

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