Recipe: Fluffy Bunny Butt Cookies

By Jess on April 12th, 2014

Fluffy Bunny Butt Cookies

Spring is here and Easter has some of the cutest and brightest holiday treats. These adorable Fluffy Bunny Butt Cookies recipe from the Pillsbury website are easy and will be a big hit at any parties or family parties this weekend. Have your kids help decorate these lil cuties!

Ingredients:

  • roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated sugar cookies
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 container (12 oz) fluffy white whipped ready-to-spread frosting
  • 22 miniature marshmallows
  • Spring colored candy sprinkles
  • Optional: Pink gel food color

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, knead cookie dough and flour with hands until well mixed.
  2. Reshape dough into 9 x 1 1/2-inch log. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Remove plastic wrap. Cut cookie dough into 33 slices. Cut 11 of these slices into 4 equal wedges. Shape each of the wedges into ovals for bunny feet. Place cookie dough slices and bunny feet on ungreased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake cookies for 8 to 12 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Let cool for 1 minute, then remove from cookie sheets and place on cooling racks. Cool completely (10-15 minutes).
  5. While cooling, using a medium microwavable bowl, stir frosting and 1 to 3 drops pink food color until well blended and you find the color pink you like best. Microwave frosting uncovered on High for 10 to 15 seconds or until soft, but not translucent.
  6. To make bunny butt, frost 1 whole cookie slice and 2 bunny feet with frosting. Place bunny feet on bottom of cookie as shown in photo. Place 1 marshmallow in center of each cookie for tail.
  7. Decorate bunny paws with candy sprinkles. Repeat with remaining cookie slices and bunny feet. These can be baked and frozen for up to 2 months before thawed and eaten.

FUN EXTRA: If you want to decorate more, you can add ears to your bunny by placing candy-coated almonds or jelly beans at top of each cookie.

Free App: Dragon Box (Reg $5.99)

By Holly on April 11th, 2014

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Today Only 4/11! Hurry over to Amazon and get your Free App Download of DragonBox. This award winning app is free for today only, regular price is $5.99! The app is geared for ages 5 and up. It secretly teaches kids basic algebraic concepts through fun and games. This is the perfect app for adults too, its a great way to brush up on your algebra skills to be able to help your children with their homework. Note that this is for Android devices only.

High Value $1.00 off Household Coupons

By Holly on April 11th, 2014

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The birds are singing and the sun is finally shining, the first signs that winter is finally over. Time for cookouts and long walks, sitting on the porch and chasing fireflies. Along with all these wonderful memories comes a not so pleasant chore; spring cleaning. It’s time to clean out the closets, sweep all the little dust bunnies from under the bed and deep clean the house. Here is your chance to save money on your cleaning supplies and put that money towards something more enjoyable like a big juicy steak for the grill. Hurry to print yours while they are still available! Happy cleaning!

 

10 Free Country Music Downloads

By Holly on April 10th, 2014

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Attention Country music fans! Here is your chance to get 10 Free Country Music downloads from iTunes.  In honor of People Magazine’s Country Special issue they are offering 10 free country music download from iTunes, including popular artist like Rascal Flatts and Sara Evans. These are not just samples of songs or just demo, they are full length versions.

Simply visit the site and click the Get it free on iTunes button which will open iTunes, from there just click Redeem and your songs will begin their downloads. Offer does end on May 31,2014 so get yours now!

DIY Tiara of Queen Elsa from Frozen

By Jess on April 10th, 2014

DIY Queen Elsa Tiaras

Unless you live under a rock, you know of the amazing Disney movie, Frozen. It’s the hottest animated movie of all time and literally every Frozen-themed item is either completely sold out or being sold for 4 to 10x the original price. People are even upset they can’t buy beach towels! I’m here to help with that, at least a little bit. You can make a Queen Elsa of Arendelle tiara yourself in about half an hour and for about $10 (yay!).

What You’ll Need:

  • Wax paper
  • Hot glue gun (and LOTS of glue sticks)
  • Metallic gold spray paint
  • Blue, faceted aqua colored beads
  • Wire cutters
  • Floral wire
  • Plastic hair piece comb
  • Print the template
  • Scissors
  • Xacto Knife
  • Optional: For easier versions, use felt or cardboard cut out instead of glue

Directions:

  1. Print out the PDF of the template from Instructables, then tape it to the back of some waxed paper. (For the easier felt versions, tape the template to some felt and trace it onto the felt by holding it up to a light source, or trace and cut out cardboard).
  2. Hot glue all over the stencil showing through the wax paper and put the comb into the bottom so it will be nice and strong. Try to complete a whole section at once so the glue will be even and not show layers.
  3. Once glue is cooled. cut it out using some sharp scissors to get really clean edges. Refine the shape with an Xacto knife to get sharp tips on the tiara, 
  4. Once the crown is as you like, spray with gold spray paint.
  5. For the jewel, cut a length of wire that will reach from one side of the middle of the teardrop center to the other. Put the jewel on the wire and hot glue the wire to the tiara.
  6. Do your hair up like Queen Elsa on Coronation Day, and you’ve got yourself some happy kids!

Recipe: Nutella No Bake Bites

By Jess on April 9th, 2014

Recipe: Nutella No Bake Bites

A take on the favorite recipe of peanut butter and chocolate no bake cookies, this recipe adds the addicting and amazing NUTELLA spread, too! These cookies can be made gluten-free if you make sure the oats are certified GF and not cross-contaminated. YUM!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup nutella
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup flax
  • 1/3 cup coconut
  • 1/3 cup cranberries or raisins
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, add all ingredients. Mix ingredients together well.
  2. Once fully mixed, spoon out the mix onto a tray. It’s totally up to you how large you want the bites to be.
  3. Refrigerate and serve!

Recipe: No-Bake GF Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Dip

By Jess on April 8th, 2014

Choc Chip Cheesecake Dip

I’m warning you: If you make this, hide it from the kids and your husband. Hide in the bathroom and eat it. I’m only warning you because it’s so good, and you won’t want to share it. If you are the giving type, this Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Dip recipe is perfect for a family get-together or work potluck. Oh, and it’s gluten-free!

Thanks to New to Veggie World for sharing the recipe. Check her website out for more addicting recipes!

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup miniature chocolate chips
  • Graham cracker sticks or teddy grahams (if you are GF, choose a GF variety)

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth.
  2. Add sugars and vanilla.
  3. Stir in chocolate chips. 
  4. Refrigerate until ready to eat. Serve with graham cracker sticks or teddy grahams.

Recipe: Apple Pie “French Fries”

By Jess on April 7th, 2014

Apple Pie French Fies

Okay, so maybe these Apple Pie “French Fries” aren’t the healthiest snack, but how cute are they? They look like real French fries with salt and shape. These would be really fun to have at a birthday party. The recipe below from Oh Bite It! serves 25-30 “fries”, so you may need more than that for parties.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg of Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts (2 ct., but brand doesn’t matter)
  • 1.5 cups of Apple Pie Filling
  • 1 Egg
  • Sparkle sugar for sprinkling “salt” onto the fries
  • Caramel sauce and/or ice cream for dipping
  • Optional: Food processor, Decorative edge roll-cutter

Directions:

  1. Chop up apple pie filling as best as you can, or use food processor and save tons of time.
  2. Unroll the 2 pie crusts. On 1 of the crusts, spread the apple filling around leaving 1/8″ at edge, then lightly press the other crust onto the top of it to secure it.
  3. Make egg wash by combining an egg with a splash of water.
  4. Brush egg wash across the entire top of the crust and sprinkle with the sparkle sugar.
  5. Cut the crust into  1/2″ strips then again into “fries” shape and size. Place very carefully onto parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake at 350-degrees for 12 minutes or until slightly golden and firm.
  7. Serve with caramel and/or ice cream for dipping.

Recipe: No-Bake Chocolate Birds Nests

By Jess on April 6th, 2014

No Bake Chocolate Birds Nests

This recipe from Food.com looks so yummy and the cookies are very easy to make. They call them “Easter Nests”, but I think they could be made year round, not just at Easter time, and the cookies would be fun to have at parties and potlucks.

Ingredients:

  • 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 10 oz thin chow mein noodles
  • Jelly beans, egg-shaped candies (or other candy of your choice)

Directions:

  1. Line 2 baking sheets with foil. Lightly coat the foil with nonstick spray.
  2. Scrape condensed milk into a medium saucepan or microwave-safe bowl; add chocolate chips.
  3. Place over low heat and stir often, or microwave on high 2 to 4 minutes, stirring every minute, until chips melt and mixture is blended and smooth.
  4. Put noodles into a large bowl, pour on chocolate mixture and toss with a rubber spatula until noodles are coated.
  5. Drop generous 1/4 to 1/2 cup fulls on prepared baking sheets.
  6. Lightly spray fingertips with the nonstick spray.
  7. Form mounds into nests making a depression in the center & fill with candies.
  8. Let nests cool to set.
  9. Store loosely covered at room temperature and will keep for up to 3 days.

DIY 5-Minute Fashion Pearl Statement Necklace

By Jess on April 5th, 2014

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Statement necklaces are so popular right now, and the pearl ones are super expensive. They are obviously faux, but even then, they can be upwards of $30 or more. Make them into a statement necklace by yourself with just a few inexpensive pieces that you can find at craft stores, thrift stores, or even around the house in only 5 minutes! Thanks to A Matter of Style for the super cute tutorial!

What You’ll Need:

  • Two pearl necklaces about 26″ long (or a long string of pearls cut into two 26″ long strands and a double string clasp, both from craft stores)
  • Two fashion costume rings (at least one adjustable in size)
  • 2 pieces of metallic wire

Directions:

  1. Put a strand of pearls through one of the rings (doubled up). Then put the other necklace through the same ring, so there are four lines of pearls through one ring.
  2. Do the same on the opposite side of the strands with the other ring.
  3. Fasten the rings to the strings with the metallic wire.
  4. If you are making the necklace yourself, attach the strings to the clasp, otherwise make sure that the necklace is long enough to fit over your head.
  5. Wear the necklace and keep the rings slightly asymmetrical, one lower than the other.