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Mickey Heart Valentine’s Day Cookie Recipe

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Mickey Heart Valentine Cookie Recipe

My family is absolutely obsessed with Disney, if you follow my Instagram Stories you know, we can’t pull ourselves away from the magic of being among the pixie dust.  So of course, even Valentine’s Day has to have a touch of magic with these adorable Mickey Heart Cookies.  Do you have a Mickey fan with a sweet tooth in your home?  Then make sure you try out this delicious recipe!

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Materials:
1 Bag of sugar cookie mix
1 Box of Good and Plenty candy
1 cup of chocolate chips
Red food coloring

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Instructions:

 Prepare your sugar cookie mix according to the package directions. Add in red food coloring until the batter is the color you desire.

Spread the colored sugar cookie batter smoothly in a baking dish or cookie sheet. Bake according to the package instructions. Let cool completely.

When the cookies have cooled completely, cut out several heart shapes using a heart-shaped cookie cutter.

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Place a cup of chocolate chips into the microwave for 1 minute. Stir the chocolate chips and keep heating them at 30-second intervals until they are completely melted.

Hold each heart-shaped cookie upside down and dip the rounded ends of each heart cookie into the melted chocolate.
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Place a dot of melted chocolate on the back of a piece of white Good and Plenty candy. Attach the candy to the front of the heart-shaped cookie below where it was dipped in the chocolate. You will place two pieces of white Good and Plenty candy on the front of each cookie, parallel to each other. You can view the photo for reference on where to place the candies on the cookies.

Put the cookies in the freezer until the chocolate hardens completely and then serve.

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These are the perfect treat for any Disney fan with a sweet tooth!  Perhaps a fun way to tell the kids about your next magical trip?

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7 Tips for Entertaining with Ease This Holiday Season!

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7 Tips for Entertaining with Ease This Holiday Season!

The best part of the holidays is spending time with family and friends, making amazing memories.  Each year we have a family Christmas party on my mom’s side of the family, A friends Christmas get together, and another big party with my Dad’s side of the family on Christmas Eve.  We all take turns hosting these parties, so I know how easy it can be to get bogged down with the cooking and cleaning so that by the end of the night you realize you didn’t get to truly connect with anyone. 
That is such a crummy feeling to have, especially during the holidays.  So, I have a round up of 7 great items that will have your family thinking you’re a hosting superstar with ease so that you can find time to enjoy the festivities yourself!

Simplify the Hors D’oeuvres but keep them delicious with Castello Cheese.  These gourmet cheeses make creating the ultimate cheese board easy and tasty.  I tried the Aged Havarti, Gouda, and Traditional Danish Blue Cheese and every bite was delicious!  A cheese board is a perfect appetizer that can be made up in minutes.  Plus, if you don’t know what to pair together on your board, Castello has an online Custom Cheese Board Builder, that asks you several questions then creates a list of the best variety for your taste.

Keep your appetizers looking festive and stylish with Snowflake Hors D’oeuvres Picks from Cracker Barrel.
I am very impressed by the quality of these holiday picks, the kick the look of your tablescape up a notch, and they would also make perfect holiday gifts if you’re not the one hosting this year!
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Reduce fat and calories while also making sure the dishes will be easy to wash while cooking your holiday dinner, by using PAM Cooking Spray.  These non-aerosol cooking sprays have no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, and give you a superior non-stick cooking surface.  I love how these bottles make it easy to control how much I’m using, and not having to soak and scrub my pans after dinner is a huge win!
Download the ibotta app and you can earn cash back on your purchase of PAM Spray Pump.

Have something special on hand for the little guests, like these adorable Reindeer and Santa Glass Milk Bottles from Cracker Barrel.  These Christmas milk bottles will definitely bring lots of little smiles to your dinner table, and after dinner, they would make an adorable Christmas decoration too.
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Keep the four-legged guests happy too with Wellness CORE Natural Pet Food.  This 100% grain free dog food contains dried raw bites of 100% meat with no fillers.  The recipe is high in protein for lean body mass and muscle tone but best of all, it must be yummy because our Brady ate up his whole bowl before I had time to put the bag away.

After the pups have a nutritious meal of their own treat them to a WHIMZEES Daily Dental Chew.  These great treats contain all-natural ingredients, freshen your dog’s breath, promote gum health, and clean their teeth.  Plus, they look adorable, and the kids love that Brady is brushing his teeth with us now!

And of course, it wouldn’t be a perfect holiday party without some beautiful decorations.  Luckily Christmas Central has everything you could possibly need to make your home into a magical Christmas setting.  From lights and trees to table linens and candle holders, Christmas Central is your one-stop shop for holiday decor and you don’t even have to leave your house.


I am in love with their Snowy Pine Flocked Tree and Trim, it is stunning!  I can imagine curling up on the couch with some hot cocoa and just watching the lights twinkle.

Are you hosting over the holidays?  I hope these products help make your festivities exciting and let you host with ease.

 

5 Great Products and Tips to Make This Thanksgiving Extra Fun and Easy!

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com all opinions are my own.

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is this week!  This year is certainly flying by, but I’m excited to share some great products and tips to make this Thanksgiving extra fun.

Let someone else take care of the centerpiece this year, and let it double as a dessert!  Order one of these awesome fall arrangements from Edible Arrangements.  I love sending Edible Arrangements as a way to say thank you or for special occasions like birthdays, but ordering one as a centerpiece for my family is a great way to cross some decorating off my to-do list and I get to enjoy the beautiful yumminess!  They can be ordered up till 11/22, the day before Thanksgiving!


We received the Salted Caramel Harvest Bouquet™ with Orange Swizzle Berries® which includes Salted caramel apple wedges, Chocolate dipped strawberries with festive orange Swizzle®, Playful pineapple leaves, Chocolate covered pineapple “apple”, and additional grapes, strawberries, cantaloupe in a keepsake pumpkin container that can be used again.

You can use one of these awesome coupon codes to save this holiday season:
Code: THANK17
$10 OFF $39+ ($49 for CA) valid 11/13 – 11/22, unlimited use, for fulfillment any time.
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Skip the dirty dishes and get some canned beverages everyone will love.   Sipp Sparkling Organics has an amazing line of refreshing sparkling beverages that everyone in your party is sure to love.  I received a couple of these to try, and immediately went out and purchased more for myself, they are so delicious!  There are 6 flavors to select from and these are delicious chilled on their own or mixed with other juices or cocktails.  Created with a blend of fruits, herbs and agave into a lightly sweetened sparkling beverage.

For alcoholic beverages, choose a signature beverage or two for the day, to keep the bar stocked up easily.  Clean Cocktails for the Modern Mixologist from Blue Barn Publishing has countless ideas for excellent low calorie cocktails.  Holistic health coaches Beth Ritter Nydick and Tara Roscioli bring a clean-living mindset to craft mixology. Their recipes use low-calorie spirits, fresh juices, clean sweeteners like honey and maple syrup, and anti-inflammatory spices.  Plus many of the recipes have pitcher sizes, which is perfect for holiday entertaining!  I can’t wait to create the Strawberry Limeade for my family and friends, this is one of my favorite cocktails ever!

Don’t forget your four legged family members!  Get them some extra yummy and nutritious snacks from Solid Gold!  Just in time for Thanksgiving, Solid Gold has came out with a new line of cat and dog treats featuring the flavors of your holiday dinner.  Brady loved these superfood chewy dog treats that combine flavors of turkey, sweet potatoes, and cinnamon!  They deliver a texture, smell, and taste in nutrient dense reward for dogs of all sizes.  Brady has been eating these up, and it looks like we found his new favorite treat.

Put the giving back in Thanksgiving with Petlanthropy.org a unique way to help animals in need!  The Petlanthropy Foundation was founded with only one goal, to help give all homeless cats and dogs a loving forever home.  This is a great cause to donate to during the holiday season, and all year long.

 

All these products awed certain to help you entertain your guests with ease, so that you can focus on giving thanks, making memories, and gathering around the dinner table!

Easy and Delicious Thanksgiving Day Football Appetizer

This post was sponsored by Heluva Good! as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Easy and Delicious Thanksgiving Day Football Appetizer

Thanksgiving is next week! For my family that means football, and with football comes delicious snacks!  We have a family tradition of traveling up to Kiawah Island in South Carolina, to spend Thanksgiving with my brother.  We rent a big house at the resort he works at for the week and we get in some great family fun time.  Come Thanksgiving morning, one TV will have the Thanksgiving Day Parade on and the other will have the football game on.

Because there is so much that needs to be cooked throughout the day to feed our entire family and all my brothers friends who are stuck working the holiday, oven space is limited.  So, we make these delicious chicken wings in the crock-pot.  They take up no oven space, are extremely simple to make, and everyone loves them!

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Ingredients:
Bag of chicken wings
2 bottles of Lite Soy Sauce
2 cups of Sugar

Mix everything in the crock-pot and cook on high for 2 hours.

If you want a crispier wing, you can preheat the oven to 400 degrees, remove the cooked wings and place them on a greased baking sheet and bake for for 30 minutes. 

Most of my family likes them right out of the crock-pot, however my brother is usually the one throwing a dozen wings into the toaster oven.

Once the wings are cooked, it’s time to add a little dipping fun to the table!  As you’ve seen in my past posts, Heluva Good! Dip isn’t just for chips in my family. 
We dip our chicken wings, along with almost everything else in some delicious Heluva Good! Dip.  Heluva Good! Dips are made with real sour cream and flavorful spices that give the chicken wings that extra kick of flavor.

We set up a spread of several flavored Heluva Good! Dips including French Onion, Buttermilk Ranch, White Cheddar & Bacon and Bodacious Onion.

Are you ready to step up your holiday appetizers with some fun and flavorful dips?  You can find these bold-favored dips in the dairy aisle of your neighborhood supermarket!

What is your favorite food to dip?

3 tips for Eating Healthy during the Holiday Season

This post was sponsored by the National 4-H Council as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

It can be easy for many of us to lose track of our healthy eating goals during the holiday season.  With so many sweets and processed foods at every holiday party and event, along with the cravings that can come with the colder weather and holiday movies, it can be hard to resist the foods we normally say no to.

Here are my 3 tips for Eating Healthy during the Holiday Season

Eat something before you go to a holiday party.  If you and your family show up to a holiday function with empty bellies, your more likely to over eat all the tempting treats available.  Instead, eat some fresh fruit or a salad before leaving home, so that you are less likely to over eat at the party and are still getting in some nutritious food.

Eat what is best first.  When you head to the buffet you’ll likely find a table full of veggies, bread, sweets, and turkey.  Eat the veggies and turkey first, and save a little room to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Make your own treats for home, and to bring to holiday functions.  A perfect way to make sure you have a healthy option to eat is to bring one, and keep the foods your family is going to be wanting at home.  Instead of eating a piece of pie that is full of sugar, pastes, and ingredients we don’t know about, my family makes a simple apple pie.  We cut up a few apples and mix them with cinnamon and a drizzle of honey, cook the apples for 10 minutes while making an easy pie crust.  Then use the apples as the filling and bake the crust.  This gives us a delicious sweet treat that I feel better about feeding my kids.
We eat apples like this without the pie crust quite often for a quick and easy sweet treat.

Holiday Spirit of Giving

My kids love to cook with me, and I am blessed to be to have the resources to cook healthy meals with them.  Unfortunately, this is not the case for too many!  Nearly 16 million children live in households that don’t have consistent access to food throughout the year.

However, 4-H Food Smart Families targets families that are eligible for or receiving SNAP/WIC and is helping create more food secure homes by teaching families how to plan, shop and prepare healthy meals on a budget.  
This includes two components, equipping youth and their families by empowering them to make healthy living part of their everyday lives and helping them with things such as cooking skills and food budgeting skills.  While also connecting families with nutrition assistance resources in their community.  Knowledge is power, and this is gives families who are struggling to make ends meet, the knowledge they need to be able to feed their families well.

Since 2011, United Healthcare and 4-H have partnered together to deliver healthy living programs to more than 340,000 youth and their families in 14 states!

The goal is to continue to test the 4-H Food Smart Families program in select states.  With the end goal of replicating and expanding the program across the entire country.

 

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