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Tips For Having the Perfect Movie Night at Home

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Tips For Having the Perfect Movie Night at Home

If you are looking to create a fun and perfect movie night at home, than try out some of these options below! Having a movie night at home with the family can be lots of fun! Plus it is a more affordable option than going to the theater, and you get comfier seats!

Below you will find the perfect way to create a movie theater feel in the comfort of your home! One thing I love about watching movies at home, is you can pause them when you get up to use the restroom or refill your drink!

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Creating a Movie Night At Home

Atmosphere: Make sure it is a nice low key atmosphere. Dim the lights or even turn them off, so you get that dark room effect like in the movie theater! Make sure you have good comfy seating, or lay out blankets and pillows to lounge on the floor if you want.

Snacks and Drinks: You can’t have a movie night at home without good snacks. Think delicious popcorn! G.H. Cretors sent me some yummy popcorn to try and I am inlove with the Just the Cheese Popcorn by G.H. Cretors, they do have other flavors. It is popped and ready to be devoured! Make sure to have licorice, chocolate candies, cotton candy or any other movie theater treat. Then of course you can forget tasty drinks to wash them down with! If you want a more healthy option do veggies and hummus or protein balls.

Themed Snacks: Say you are watching a chick flick, you might want a fun virgin drink to sip on, if it is a cartoon, make cupcakes that resemble a character, scary movies, do gummy worms or other gooey snacks. Just make it fun and light hearted.

Put Away Electronics: Make sure to put up your electronics when you watch a movie. Just like going out, you have to turn it on silent. Try and make the most out of your movie night, by spending time with each other.

Picking a Movie: Make sure to pick a movie that everyone would probably enjoy. Read reviews so that you don’t end up with a movie that turns out to be really slow and goes nowhere. Find a movie that is new for everyone to see or watch one of your families favorites!

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As you can see throwing a movie night at home can be very laid back and fun. Just make sure you have good seating, great movie, and delicious snacks and I think you will please everyone!

What tips do you have for planning a perfect movie night in for the family?

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Disclosure:  I recieved a Movie Night Box from G.H. Cretors to help facilitate this post, all opinions are 100% my own.

 

My Families 5 Favorite Foods this Winter with Fresh from Florida!

This post was sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however all opinions expressed are my own

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Winter is upon us down here in Florida and I think it might have dipped into the 60’s for a day or two.  With this being my families first winter after moving down from Boston, we were ready for the beach even on those 60 degree days.  

In New England that temperature is a cool summer night.  As you can guess, all the new northerners stand out from the true Floridians when “winter” strikes.  While my kids are at the bus stop in shorts and sandals, they’re in a sea of kids wearing fur lined hoodies.  

While it did dip into the “frigid” 60’s on a couple occasions, the rest of the winter has been incredible.  I didn’t really know what to expect weather wise in our first year, but I can honestly say Florida during the winter has my absolute favorite weather.  High 70’s and sunny pretty much 90% of the time, what’s not to love! Beyond the weather my favorite advantage of living in a region with such an amazing climate is the ability to get fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables all year round!

  I have fallen in love with being able to stroll the Tampa area farmers’ markets each weekend and pick up juicy fruits and crisp vegetables from local farmers all year long. 

With so many of my family’s favorite produce being in season this winter, my family has eaten healthier than ever before.

Curious when each fruit and vegetable is in season?  Find out here.

My Families 5 Favorite Fresh from Florida Recipes this Winter 

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Florida Grape Tomato and Orzo Pasta Salad
Tomatoes are in season all winter long in Florida and my kids would eat them by the dozen, so by putting them in a pasta salad they turn into a great afternoon lunch on a breezy sunny day.

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Cheddar-Bacon Florida Sweet Corn
Corn is another veggie the kids love that is in season all winter long, and Lilly has asked for corn-on-the-cob for breakfast on numerous mornings, so this recipe is a favorite in our house.

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Florida Strawberry Parfait
This is our go to dessert or afternoon snack.  Each member of my family says strawberries are one of their favorites and this recipe is beyond simple!

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Florida Avocado Smoothie
With 5 of us getting up and out the door during the week, mornings are crazy.  This Avocado Smoothie is an easy and quick breakfast that I can take with me and avocados are in season through January in Florida.

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Florida Beef and Sweet Pepper Skewers
My husband is Brazilian, he LOVES to barbeque and in Florida he does it constantly!  My favorite vegetable is Bell Peppers, I eat them raw, sautéed, grilled, any-way I love them.  So, this is a recipe he often grills us up and it’s delicious.

Want to check out some more yummy recipes?  Head over to Fresh from Florida!  

Whether I’m stocking up on produce at my local grocery store or at one of the cities farmers’ markets, I always look for the “Fresh from Florida” label.  That way not only am I getting fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables, I am also helping the local farmers in my community profit and be able to continue a sustainable farm and keep growing quality food for all of our families.

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10 Simple Ways to Show Kids You Love Them Everyday! #MixInImagination

This post was sponsored by DOLE® as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions expressed in my post are my own.

10 Simple Ways to Show Kids You Love Them Everyday

Life gets crazy!  In my house, I have three children running from school to sports, then finishing up homework, squeezing in time to run around with friends, and so much more sometimes in a single day.  There have been days that once dinner and baths were done, and my children were tucked in to bed, I collapsed on the couch in exhaustion with a bit of mommy guilt.

Some days it felt like we had been running none stop all day.  We were doing things they had begged to do but I still wasn’t sure if I had really connected with them in those little ways that make them grin and know they are what makes my heart beat.

I decided to start trying to do little things throughout the day that would make them sporadically feel special.  Here are 10 of my favorite simple ways to show my munchkins I love them though out the day.
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10 Simple Ways to Show Your Kids You Love Them

  1. Draw on the bathroom mirror.  My oldest is in middle school and often by the time I get up with the twins, he has already woken up and got ready.  He sees the bathroom mirror before he sees me, so I love sporadically grabbing a marker and drawing silly faces on the mirror to make him smile first thing in the morning.
  2. Surprise them at school for lunch.  My tween has explicitly told me NOT to do this to him, but my elementary aged kids love it.  Every so often I will whip up some of their favorite foods, the kind that wouldn’t keep well in a lunch box, and surprise them in the cafeteria.  Their school also lets students sit outside to eat when parents come, adding to that “I’m special” feeling.
  3. Leave something special in their pockets.  We lay out the kids outfits the night before school, so it is easy for me to sneak treats or pictures into there pockets.  One day I knew my oldest was stress about a big test, so I put a small picture of us in his pocket with a note saying “I was proud of him no matter what”.
  4. Say yes when they are expecting a no.  You know, when they have already eaten half your kitchen and are asking for a second helping of dessert, expecting a no.  Or when they want to stay up late an watch a movie and you were already counting down the minutes till bedtime.  Every once in a while, say yes to the usually no’s.
  5. Call them and chat.  If I have errands or work to do on the weekends or after school, the kids are home with dad.  When I am walking from place to place, I will often call and chat with each of them throughout the day. 
  6. Listen to them read.  Now that my kids are older, they are usually off reading to themselves but sometimes I crawl into bed with them or snuggle up on the couch and tell them to read the story to me.  This gives us great one on one time, plus, it helps them master reading out loud.
  7. Bake something yummy.  When I have some extra time in the day, I will surprise them with one of their favorite treats as an afternoon snack.
  8. Build them up by bragging about them.  When I know, they are within ear shot, I will make sure to build up some of their accomplishments and brag about them on the phone to Grammy or to my husband.  With an “Anthony is doing amazing in school, I am so proud” or “Lilly has been being so kind at school, she has such a caring heart”.  
  9. Put the phone away and get off the computer.  As a work at home mom, it is easy for me to sometimes loose sense of time and get caught up in the middle of writing or answering emails, and of course the social media wormhole.  I’ve started setting an alarm 10 minutes before the kids come in from school so that when they walk in the door, they see me, not me staring at a screen.
  10. Pack their school lunch with Love Notes.  By the time the kids sit down in the cafeteria for lunch, half their day has passed.  They could be having a great day, they could also have gotten a bad grade on a test, got into a disagreement with a friend, forgot their locker combination, or just be having crumby day.  So, putting a little note of encouragement in their lunch could lift them up right when they need it.  DOLE Mixations® are now a signature in my kid’s lunch boxes.  Not only are they a delicious combination of smooth fruit sauce mixed with chunks of real fruit, they also have a customizable package that lets you draw fun designs and personal messages on the lids.  This makes sending an unexpected pick-me-up simple and yummy.

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What little ways do you use to show your children you love them through out the day?


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Couchgating Done Right Sponsored by Wayfair!

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This post is sponsored by Wayfair.  All opinions are my own.
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As you all can assume, we are huge Patriots fans.
“You can take the girl out of Boston but you can’t take Boston out of the girl”
With our recent move to Florida, we learned quickly that we were suddenly in the minority.  I even told the kids, they may want to leave the jerseys hanging in the closet until they settled into school and friendships were made.
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In a sea of Buccaneers fans, and the Pats not even playing them this season, we are definitely not getting any tailgating in.
We hardly get any game nights out, now that we are limited to two local “Boston” restaurants.

Luckily, I have become a pro at setting up a good afternoon of Couchgating!
It is pretty simple actually, but my kids think I’m a genius every Sunday during football season.

How to Creat an Amazing Couchgating Experience

1. Get everyone in their team apparel!  Jerseys are on, the football is out, I’ve even turned up the air conditioning a couple times so I can wear my Pop-Pom hat in comfort.

2. Get out some fun games to play during half time like this awesome Patriots Cornhole Set.

3. Pull out all your football themed decor.  Like the football grill tongs and cooler.


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Couchgating Done Right for the Patriots!
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Harvest Football Time Embroidered Throw Pillow
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4. Invite over friends!  For us, that’s my parents.  The only other Patriots fans we’ve met so far.

5. Make yummy game day food and drinks!  My husband’s favorite is this 5-minute Taco Dip.
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5 Minute Taco Dip

Ingredients:
8 oz Whipped Cream Cheese
8 oz Sour Cream
1 packet of Taco Seasoning
1 cup Shredded Cheese
1 cup Chopped Lettuce
Sliced Cherry Tomatoes

Mix together the sour cream, whipped cream cheese, and taco seasoning until everything is smoothly blended.
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Spread mix on the bottom of a serving dish
Next spread a layer of shredded cheese
Top it off with chopped lettuce and sprinkle the sliced cherry tomatoes on top.
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That’s it, 5 minutes till deliciousness!
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This has been a great season so far, and we’ll be couchgating through till the Super Bowl.  How do you Couchgate?

 

Cheeky Monkey ~ The Perfect First Peanut Food for Babies!

I participated in this event on behalf of Wendy’s Bloggers for Cheeky Monkey. I received Cheeky Monkey products to facilitate my review.
Like all moms, I am always on the hunt for healthy snacks that my kids will enjoy.  Nutritious and yummy snacks can be hard to find especially ones that are convenient and easy to eat on the go with our busy schedules.
  I was intrigued when I was invited to try Cheeky Monkey Peanut Butter Puffs last month at Big City Moms “Biggest Baby Shower” in Boston.  I had never heard of these delicious peanut butter puffs and was excited to taste them and to learn more about the interesting health and nut allergy information that goes along with them.

My first thought when tasting Cheeky Monkey was, these taste great!  The texture reminded me of a cheese curl and the taste was similar to peanut butter toast, which happens to be a favorite in my home.  So Cheeky Monkey definitely passed my taste test, and the individual packages make them an easy snack on the go, solving my busy mommy problem.

Best of all Cheeky Monkey is a healthy and nutritious snack!
100% Organic and Non GMO
Gluten-Free
No added sugar
Not fried
Contains plant based protein and healthy fats

Knowing all this along with the taste my kids love, has made Cheeky Monkey a go-to snack in my home. 

However the taste and convenience are not what makes Cheeky Monkey so unique. Cheeky Monkey was created to be the prefect “first peanut food” for babies.  
I remember years ago, being advised to stay away from peanuts when my children were infants.  However doctors are learning more and more about nut allergies and now studies are showing that 6 grams a week of peanut protein can reduce the risk of developing a peanut allergy.

Now that we are learning that early introduction to peanuts can reduce the risk of developing a peanut allergy, we need to find the safest food option for introducing peanuts into or babies diets.  Cheeky Monkey has done this by creating an snack that is easy to hold for self feeding and also melts in the mouth for safe eating.

Learn more about introducing peanut foods early on Cheeky Monkey’s website.  Also connect with them on Facebook.

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Eating Brookside Chocolate in the Dark ~ A Fruit & Nut Bars Tasting Experience!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Hershey Company for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
Over the weekend I took Anthony into Boston to see some of the Head of the Charles River Regatta festivities.  While walking through all the excitement we had the opportunity to visit Brookside Chocolate’s “mini dark room” to taste test some yummy Fruit & Nut Bars while wearing a blindfold.

As we walked up to the pop up dark room I was impressed with how elegantly the experience was set up.  From the roped off red carpet waiting area, to the candle top tablescape.  This made for a very unique experience.
Once inside we were given our blindfolds and asked to try the new Brookside chocolate Fruit & Nut snack Bars.
Our server was energetic and kept the event fun while asking us to try to guess what flavors of fruit and nuts were inside each bar.
There are three unique flavored bars.
Cranberry with Blackberry Flavor, Cherry with Pomegranate Flavor and Blueberry with Acai Flavor.  All three flavors have the perfect mixture of crunchy, chewy, sweetness.  I love how the sweetness of the fruit flavored centers and the chocolate bottom layer are mixed perfectly with the rolled oats and roasted almonds.
Besides the flavor, what makes Brookside’s newest product so great?  It’s a snack that I can grab while maintaining my healthy diet.  Each bar is made with whole ingredients including almonds, fruit, rolled oats, pumpkin seeds and of course dark chocolate! The snack bars are also cholesterol free, low in sodium, have no artificial ingredients.  As well as being a great source of fiber and vitamins.  This makes them a perfect go to snack in a busy mom’s life.
4 count packs can be found in the snack bar isle at select retailers and the retail price is just $4.99.

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Hood Cream e-CookBook is now Available! #CookWithHood

“I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Hood Cream. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”
Do you remember my Hood Cream Immersion Dinner post?  Remember all those delicious entrees I had the opportunity to try?  It was amazing to see how perfectly Hood Cream makes a meal taste light and creamy.  However those meals were cooked by a top chef, Chris Coombs, so how could we come up with recipes that make our taste buds sing like those at the immersion dinner?  With a cook book created by Hood Cream and Chris Coombs, that’s how!
The free eCookbook was launched on September 28th and features more than 25 recipes created by Chris Coombs himself!  The eCookbook is currently available on Hood Creams website and will be available soon on platforms like Barnes and Noble and iTunes.
Best of all this cook book is packed with tips directly from Chris Coombs on cooking with cream.
I am so excited to step up my game in the kitchen this fall while trying out all these delicious recipes on my own.  One of the dinners I can’t wait to create are Spring Carbonara, This is a great pasta dish that will help get a good amount of veggies into my kids, although I may skip the yolk on their portion.

I also can’t wait to try my hand at the Pan-Roasted Cod Loin.  I haven’t attempted to cooked seafood more than a dozen times in my life because there is something about it that intimidates me.  However after tasting this dish at the immersion dinner, I have to try to recreate this!  It was delicious!
I also can’t wait to make the Tomato Gazpacho and introduce my family to a cold soup.
I have high hopes of impressing my husband with all these delicious meals.  However this breakfast will surely bring smiles to the kids faces!
They all love french toast, so I can’t wait to serve up Brioche French Toast!  I never included Hood Cream in my french toast before, so this will be a fun twist.
Another recipe I never thought to include Hood Cream in, is Creme Caramel.  In our house it is called Pudgim, which is from Brazil.  I can’t wait to see how it tastes when I add Hood Cream to it!
With winter coming to fast, my family will be sipping Hot Chocolate as our nightly treat.  However I have never heard of it made with Hood Cream!  
There are so many delicious recipes in this eCookbook!  I can not wait to get busy creating amazing meals.  Hood Cream is a key ingredient that is used by top chef’s in some of the best restaurants across the nation and its an ingredient that is available at all our local grocery stores!  That makes me feel awesome knowing I’m cooking with some of the best ingredients available.

Make Your Movie Night Yummy with ACT II Popcorn Cupcakes ~ Recipe

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Family movie nights are my favorite way to spend quality time snuggling and snacking with my kids.  We try to make time for movie nights at least once a week. ACT II Popcorn is always a staple during our movie night fun.  We eat it plain, with different toppings, or in several different extra special recipes.  With the 28 pack box available at Sam’s Club, its easy for me to always keep ACT II stocked up in the house despite my mommy brain!

One of my kids favorite popcorn treats during movie night is popcorn cupcakes!  There sweet, salty, and always decorated to coordinate with the movie we’ll be enjoying.
My last movie night was a mommy and daughter night, the boys were out at the local batting cages and go-cart park while Lilly’s asthma was acting up.  So to make up for her missing the fun we had some girly movie fun!
To make your movie night perfect:
– Gather the blankets and pillows
– Put on your sweats and get nice and comfy
– Set up your TV room table with beverages, the perfect snack, and napkins
– Turn off your phone and devices
– Get ready to curl up on the couch, relax, and snuggle your munchkins
  
For our Girly Fairy Movie Night we made our popcorn cupcakes to look like flowers, because of course fairies and flowers go hand in hand.  At least that’s what Lilly has told me.

 Ingredients:
Cupcake cups of your choice, silicone or cardstock paper ones work best
Bag of ACT II popcorn popped
1/2 cup of Condensed milk
Melting Chocolate
Sprinkles
Pop a bag of ACT II Popcorn and empty the bag into a large bowl and let it cool off.
 
Once your popcorn is cooled down, mix in the condensed milk and mix it until everything is equally covered.

Fill up the cupcake cups with the popcorn mixture.
Once the sweet and salty popcorn mix is packed into the cups, things get fun. 
This is usually the time when I hear the kids running in to help.
It’s time to decorate!

Melt your chocolate chips, I use chocolate decorating bottles but you can use a spoon to drizzle on the chocolate or place it in a baggy and snip the corner.
Decorate the cupcake with what ever colored chocolate you’d like, and then add sprinkles, cookie crumbles, or anything your heart desires.

These are a great way to start Movie Night with a smile!
While I was purchasing my recent box of popcorn at Sam’s Club, they were having an in-club demo that I was able to attend.
During this demo they were giving out samples of a delicious ACT II popcorn and OREO cookies mix.  The snacking possibilities with popcorn are endless!
Ready to start creating all sorts of yumminess with ACT II popcorn?  Download the Ibotta app and look for an exclusive $2.00 off coupon for ACT II popcorn to use at Sam’s Club (while supplies last).
What’s your favorite way to enjoy ACT II Popcorn from Sam’s Club?



My new obsession! Pearls Olives To Go ~ The Snack Ready Olives!

*Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Pearls Olives and Sweat Pink, all opinions are always 100% my own*
As we come into the beautiful spring and summer months I am always on the look out for easy, healthy, and yummy snacks that I can throw in our lunch sack or beach bag.  Like most families we very busy as soon as the weather gets nice, between soccer and baseball, and the beach and the playground, we are always on the go.  Packing snacks saves us money and time, plus we have much healthier options than what would be available at vending machines or snack carts.
I am very excited about the new Olives To Go from Pearls.  My kids all LOVE olives, so these will definitely be a staple in our bags from now on!  There healthy and mess free, which is perfect for both my munchkins and me!

 
 
Olives To Go come in 4 varieties:
Kalamata Pitted Greek Olives
Pimiento Stuffed Spanish Green Olives
Sliced California Black Ripe Olives
Black Pitted Olives
 
Our current favorites are the black pitted olives and the pimiento stuffed Spanish green olives.  The sliced black olives also came in really handy when I needed to add olives to a pasta salad dish.  I didn’t have to dirty the can opener or strain any juice, just opened the package and poured them in.  Super easy!
 
Olives To Go are available at both Shaw’s and DeMoula’s in the Boston area, as well as other major retailers nationwide.
 
For everyone in the Boston area, look for a coupon for Pearls Olives to Go in The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, The Wall Street Journal and many other Boston-area newspapers on Sunday, May 3rd!
 
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Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball with RITZ® Crackers Recipe and Ritz® Snackify Challenge!

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 Summer is almost here and cookouts are in full swing.  We use RITZ® Crackers to make countless appetizers but a family favorite is the chocolate chip cheese ball paired with yummy RITZ® crackers.  It is a perfect salty sweet mix that is delicious any time of day!

Check out the RITZ® Snackify Challenge and submit your families favorite RITZ® Topping Creation! Enter for a chance to win one of forty $100 Walmart e-Gift Cards (10 per week) by uploading an Instagram photo of your RITZ®-topped creation with #putitonaritzcontest.  Purchase of RITZ® is not required.

Click HERE to enter the Snackify Challenge with your own RITZ-topped creation for a chance to win a $100 Gift Card!
 
 

Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball with RITZ® Crackers Recipe

Ingredients:
RITZ® Crackers
1 cup of Cream Cheese
1/2 cup of soft Butter
1/4 Tsp Vanilla Extract
3/4 cup of Confectioners Sugar
2 Tbs Brown Sugar

1 cup Mini Chocolate Chips

Crushed Pecans

In a mixing bowl, mix cream cheese, butter and vanilla extract until combined smoothly.

Slowly mix in the Confectioners Sugar and Brown Sugar.  Once the sugar is combined stir in the Mini Chocolate Chips.

Cover and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours. 

Remove mixture from the fridge, place it on a piece of plastic wrap.  Wrap the plastic wrap around the mixture and shape it into a ball.  Then place the ball back in the refrigerator for another hour.

Once the ball is firm, remove the ball from the refrigerator and roll it in the Crushed Pecans.

Serve the ball with RITZ® Crackers!

We also skip the last few steps and put the mix right on top of our RITZ® after mixing all the ingredients, for a quick and yummy snack.  This is perfect for movie nights and week night desserts.
 

 

As you can see, Aidan loves the RITZ® Cracker Isle at Walmart because he knows this means a yummy snack is going to be made soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 
 



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