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Rice Krispies Treats for Two

Rice Krispies Treats for Two

Rice Krispies Treats for Two

1 T. unsalted butter (1/2 oz)

1 C. tightly packed mini marshmallows

2 C. crisp rice cereal, such as Rice Krispies

Pinch fine sea salt

 

Line a 9-by-5-inch (23-by-13-cm) loaf pan with parchment paper or wax paper. If making the rice krispies treats for two in the microwave, place the butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on full power in 15-second increments, until the butter melts completely, 30 to 50 seconds. Add the marshmallows and microwave, again in 15-second increments, until the marshmallows melt, 25 to 50 seconds. Immediately stir the butter and marshmallows together very well. If making the rice krispies treats for two on the stovetop, melt the butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Immediately add the marshmallows and, working quickly, stir until melted and well blended. Remove from the heat. Add the pinch of salt and the cereal all at once to the melted marshmallow and butter goo. Stir, stir, stir until the cereal is completely coated. Press the mixture evenly into the prepared pan using buttered fingertips or a spatula. If you have the patience, let the treats cool slightly. Slice in half and devour. (Just to warn you, these are generous servings. But c’mon, since when did a little Rice Krispies treat ever satisfy your craving?!)

Eggo Waffle Breakfast Sandwich

Eggo Waffle Breakfast Sandwich

Eggo Waffle Breakfast Sandwich

1 T. maple syrup

2 Eggo waffles

2 slices of bacon

1 egg

2 cheese slices

 

Pour Maple Syrup into nonstick skillet.  Sauté waffles on each side until crispy, about 3-5 minutes.  After one waffle side is crispy, and you flip for the other side to cook, add a slice of cheese on the waffle to melt.  Repeat with second waffle.  Once bottom side is also crispy, remove to plate.  In same pan, add bacon and add a little syrup over the bacon. Cook until crispy; remove and set aside.  Cook the egg in the same pan, using the bacon fat to cook it over easy. Place a lid or plate to cover the pan for 1-2 minutes at medium heat in order to cook the egg over easy. Once the egg whites have set, remove it from the pan.  Place 1 Eggo waffle, cheese side up, on a plate and top with over easy egg. Top with crispy bacon slices and cover with 2nd Eggo Waffle, cheese side down.

Three-Cheese Baked Macaroni

Three-Cheese Baked Macaroni

Three-Cheese Baked Macaroni

8 oz. multi-grain elbow macaroni

3 slices bacon, cut crosswise into 1/2″ thick pieces

3 garlic cloves, minced

3 large eggs

12 oz. canned evaporated milk

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

pinch fresh grated nutmeg

6 oz. (about 1 1/2 cup) shredded sharp white cheddar

2 oz. (about 1/2 cup) shredded Monterey Jack cheese

1 1/2 oz. (about 1/3 to 1/2 cup) fresh grated Parmesan cheese

 

Preheat oven to 475 degrees. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, stir in pasta and cook a couple minutes short of al dente, about 6 to 8 minutes depending on brand. Drain well and set aside. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, add bacon and place over medium heat. Cook, stirring often, until the bacon is crisp, about 8 to 10 minutes. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook macaroni 6 minutes (it will be undercooked). Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Transfer bacon mixture using a slotted spoon to a paper-towel lined plate. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and evaporated milk. Add 1/2 tsp. salt, cayenne, nutmeg, cheeses and two to three tsp. bacon fat, if desired. Stir in cooked pasta and the cooked bacon and garlic mixture. Scoop mixture into an 8″ or 9″ baking dish coated with nonstick spray, spreading smooth with an off-set spatula. Place dish into the oven and bake until the sauce is bubbling at edges, about 10 to 12 minutes. Remove and place on a wire rack to cool for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Savory Chicken Pocket Pies

Savory Chicken Pocket Pies

Savory Chicken Pocket Pies

8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup heavy cream

1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

 

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/3 cup chopped celery

1/3 cup chopped carrot

1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups chicken broth

1 ounce (about 1/4 cup) fresh grated Parmesan cheese

1 heaping cup shredded cooked chicken meat

1 large egg

1 tablespoon water

 

In a food processor, add butter, cream cheese and cream – process until smooth and combined. Add flour and salt – pulse mixture just until combined. Scoop mixture out onto a lightly floured surface and use your hands to finishing bringing the dough together. Evenly divide dough into 2 pieces, then flatten each into a disk – cover both with plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes. In a medium skillet, melt butter over medium-high. Stir in onion, celery and carrots – season with salt, then cook until the vegetables begin to soften, about 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute. Add chicken broth – cook, stirring, until the mixture thickens, about 2 minutes. Stir in cooked chicken and Parmesan cheese – remove from the heat and scoop mixture into a bowl. Place into the refrigerator to quickly cool down. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Remove dough from the refrigerator. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each piece to a large circle. Using a bowl, about 5″ across, cut out as many circles as you can. Gather all dough scraps, reroll and cut out as many circles as you can once more. Remove chilled filling from the refrigerator and place roughly 1/4 cup of the filling on one side of a dough circle. Lightly wet the edges of the dough with the water, then fold the unfilled side over to form a half circle – seal the edges together with a fork. Repeat process until all the filling and dough circles have been used. Place the assembled pies onto a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place into the refrigerator and chill for 10 to 15 minutes. In a small bowl, whisk together egg and 1 tablespoon water to make an egg wash. Remove pan from the refrigerator and prick the top of each pie twice with a fork. Brush the egg wash over each individual pie. Place pan into the oven and bake until golden brown, about 18 to 25 minutes. Remove and let cool 5 minutes before serving.

Layered Finger Jell-O

Layered Finger Jell-O

Layered Finger Jell-O

For each colored layer:

1 3 oz package jell-o

1 pack or 1 T. unflavored gelatin

1 C. boiling water

 

For the white layer:

1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk

4 packs or 4 T. unflavored gelatin

2 C. boiling water

 

Mix each jell-o color separately in containers. Let stand till room temperature, stirring occasionally. Mix up white layer and also let stand till room temperature, stirring occasionally.  Pour first color into 9×13 dish. Refrigerate till firm. Put 1/3 of white layer in next. Refrigerate till firm. Repeat till done. If all mixtures are at room temperature, it takes only about 7 minutes to firm up each layer so you can add the next one. Do not make the Jell-o as directed on the package. Make each package as directed above – for each package of Jell-o, add 1 package or 1 T. of gelatin and 1 C. boiling water. I was skeptical about the taste but when I carefully sliced into it this morning, I popped an end bit into my mouth and was pleasantly surprised.

Mango Raspberry Fruit Leather

Mango Raspberry Fruit Leather

Mango Raspberry Fruit Leather

1 large ripe mango, peeled and chopped

6 ounces fresh raspberries

2 T. sugar

 

Preheat the oven to 15O°F. Line a rimmed half-sheet pan with a silicone baking mat. In a blender or food processor, blend the mango until smooth. Transfer the mango to a bowl and set it aside. Add the raspberries and sugar to the blender and blend until smooth. (It is important to blend the raspberries with the sugar, as the sugar helps liquefy the berries.) Place dollops of the mango and raspberry purees on the prepared pan. With a small offset spatula, spread the purees evenly over the pan—try to spread them as evenly as possible, not too thin and not too thick, and try not to spread them to the very edges, so you’ll have room to grab the fruit leather and peel it off the mat when it’s cool. Bake for 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours, rotating the baking sheet every hour. The leather is done when it is still tacky but not too sticky or wet. Let the leather cool. Remove it from the mat and place it on top of a sheet of wax paper. Cut the leather and wax paper into strips with scissors and roll them up paper-side out, then store them in a sealed container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Blue Lemon Pancakes

Blue Lemon Pancakes

Blue Lemon Pancakes

1 1/2 C. all-purpose flour

3 T. granulated sugar

1 1/4 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1 1/4 C. buttermilk

1/4 C. butter — melted

2 large eggs — separated

1 C. blueberries — washed and sorted

Lemon wedges and confectioners’ sugar — optional

 

Heat oven to 200 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda & salt. In a separate bowl, whisk buttermilk, melted butter & egg yolks. Pour buttermilk mix into flour mix & stir until combined. In a medium bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold into batter. Gently fold in blueberries. Heat a large nonstick griddle to medium-low heat. When griddle is hot, grease with butter or spray with cooking spray. Using 1/3 C. dry measure for each pancake, spoon batter on griddle. Cook until top of each pancake is speckled with bubbles & edges begin to look dry, 3-4 min. Turn pancakes with spatula & cook until the underside is lightly browned, 2-3 min. more. Serve immediately with extra butter; sprinkle with lemon juice & confectioners’ sugar. Repeat process with rest of batter.

Baked Ham and Cheese Rolls with a sweet tangy Honey Mustard Glaze

Baked Ham and Cheese Rolls with a sweet tangy Honey Mustard Glaze

Baked Ham and Cheese Rolls with a sweet tangy Honey Mustard Glaze

1 lb. Pizza Dough (store-bought or home-made)

1/2 cup Unsalted Butter

8 large slices Ham (thinner slices will roll easier)

8 large slices Swiss or Provolone Cheese

1 T. Dijon Mustard

1 T. Honey

1 T. Poppy Seeds

 

If the pizza dough is refrigerated, take it out of the fridge 20 minutes before you begin so that it comes to room temperature (this will make it easier to work with). Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray an 8 x 8 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Roll pizza dough out on a lightly floured surface into a rectangle that is roughly 16″ x 8″ (just use the baking dish as a guide, no need to be exact). Heat butter in the microwave until melted. Brush the surface of the rectangle lightly with melted butter (this should require about 1 Tablespoon of butter) and set the remaining butter aside. Top the pizza dough with ham and then with cheese each in a single layer with no slices overlapping. Starting with the edge closest to you, roll the pizza dough up into a log so that the ham and cheese is on the inside. Use a serrated knife to slice the roll into 9 even pieces. Place the pieces in the prepared baking dish and set aside to rise for 20 minutes. Whisk remaining butter with mustard, honey and poppy seeds. After the dough has risen slightly, pour honey mustard glaze over the top of the rolls. (This will look like a lot of sauce, but that’s what makes it so good!) Bake the rolls until the dough is cooked through and golden on top, 20-25 minutes. Serve rolls warm or at room temperature.

 

Serving Size: 1 Roll

Calories: 407

Fat: 26g

Fiber: 1g

Pizza Monkey Bread

Pizza Monkey Bread

Pizza Monkey Bread

2 (16.3 ounce) cans refrigerated biscuits quartered

6 ounces pepperoni, quartered

2 C. shredded mozzarella

`1/2 C. Parmesan cheese, shredded or grated

1/4 C. butter, melted and slightly cooled

2 T. olive oil

2 tsp. Italian seasonings

2 tsp. minced garlic (or 1/2 tsp. garlic powder)

marinara for dipping

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, add all the ingredients (except marinara) and toss well until combined.  Pour mixture into a greased 10-inch Bundt pan (you can also use a 9×13 baking dish). Bake for 35-45 minutes or until rolls are cooked on the inside; cover with foil after 20 minutes or until top is browned. Check every 5 minutes towards end of cooking to see if done. Remove from oven and loosen edges of bread with a knife. Invert Bundt pan on a plate and then invert onto a serving plate so that the pretty side is up. Pull apart and dip in warm marinara.

Apple Fries with Caramel Pecan Dulce De Leche Cream Dip

Apple Fries with Caramel Pecan Dulce De Leche Cream Dip

Apple Fries with Caramel Pecan Dulce De Leche Cream Dip

5 sliced Fuji Apples

4 C. water

1 sliced lemon

1 C. all purpose flour

1/2 C. sugar

1/4 -1/2 C. coconut oil

1/2 C. sugar

1/2 T. cinnamon

1/2 can dulce de leche

6 oz cream cheese

1/4 – 1/2 C. chopped pecans

1/4 – 1/2 C. cool whip

 

Pour your water into a large bowl and add sliced lemon.  Slice your apples using an apple slicer or knife. Immediately put apple slices in water with lemon.  Once all apples are sliced and in the water lemon mixture, remove from bowl and place on a paper towel lined plate.  In a separate bowl, mix 1 C. of flour and 1/2 C. of sugar with a whisk. Add sliced apples and flour sugar mixture to a gallon size Ziplock bag. Shake well.  In a skillet over medium heat melt coconut oil.  Add apple slices to skillet and let cook on one side until lightly browned. Turn over and let cook until other side is lightly browned.  Remove apples to a paper towel lined plate. Set aside.  In a separate bowl add 1/2 C. sugar and 1/2 T. cinnamon. Whisk together.  Lightly sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture over the apples.  In a medium mixing bowl combine softened cream cheese and dulce de leche. Microwave for 25 seconds. Remove from microwave and stir well until no lumps remain.  Mix in cool whip and pecans. Sprinkle chopped pecans on the top of the dip and serve with apples.

Jumbo Breakfast Cookies

Jumbo Breakfast Cookies

Jumbo Breakfast Cookies

1 1⁄4 C. sugar

1⁄2 C. butter

1⁄2 C. peanut butter

1⁄4 C. water

1 tsp. vanilla

1 egg

1 1⁄2 C. whole wheat flour or 1 1⁄2 C. all-purpose flour

1 C. old fashioned oats or 1 C. quick-cooking oats

1 C. raisins

1⁄2 tsp. salt

1⁄2 tsp. baking soda

4 C. Cheerios toasted oat cereal

 

Heat oven to 375°. Stir together sugar, butter, peanut butter, water, vanilla and egg in large bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients except cereal. Gently stir in cereal. Drop dough by rounded 1/3 cupfuls 4 inches apart onto ungreased large cookie sheet. Flatten dough to about 1 inch thick.

Bake right away (do not chill) 13 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes before removing from cookie sheet. Store loosely covered.

Crunchy Chicken Fingers

Crunchy Chicken Fingers

Crunchy Chicken Fingers

Salt and Pepper

¼ C. Flour

1 Chicken Breast Fillet, about ¼ lb., cut into 6 strips

1 small Egg, lightly beaten

1 2/3 C. Cornflakes, crushed with rolling pin

2 T. Vegetable Oil

 

Lightly season the flour and put into a plastic bag.  Add chicken pieces and shake until coated.  Dip the chicken fingers in beaten egg, and then roll in corn flakes.  Heat oil in frying pan, add chicken and sauté for about 6 minutes on each side, until crunchy on the outside and cooked through.

 

 

From First Meals

The Walking Dead Brain Cupcakes

The Walking Dead Brain Cupcakes

The Walking Dead (Zombie) Brain Cupcakes

Pink or white paper Cupcake liners

1 recipe batter for Red Velvet Cupcakes

1 recipe Vanilla Butter Cream Frosting

Red and black food coloring

Pastry bag and large round tip

 

Line Cupcake tins with the liners. Fill the Cupcake liners two-thirds full with the batter and bake the Cupcakes as directed in the recipe. Mix a drop of red and black food coloring into the frosting to make it a pinkish gray brain color. Using the pastry bag, pipe the frosting in a squiggly pile on half of each Cupcake top (brains have two hemispheres, you know). Now pipe the frosting in a squiggly pile on the other half of the Cupcake top.

Frosty Citrus Party Punch

Frosty Citrus Party Punch

Frosty Citrus Party Punch

2 cans (6 ounces each) frozen limeade or lemonade concentrate, thawed

3 cups cold water

2 cans (12 ounces each) lemon-lime soda pop (3 cups), chilled

½ pint lime or lemon sherbet (1 cup), softened

 

Mix limeade concentrate and water in large pitcher. Just before serving, stir in soda pop. Pour into punch bowl. Float scoops of sherbet on top.

Mozzarella Parcels

Mozzarella Parcels

Mozzarella Parcels

4 pieces of crustless medium-thick sliced white bread

8oz roughly chopped mozzarella

Dried chilli flakes and seasoning

2 medium eggs

1 ½oz plain flour

3 ½ fl oz) vegetable oil

 

Lay 4 pieces of crustless medium-thick sliced white bread on a board and top each with 50g (2oz) roughly chopped mozzarella, mounding the cheese in the centre of the bread. Sprinkle over as many dried chilli flakes as you like and season well. Top each piece of mozzarella bread with another crustless slice, then seal the edges by squeezing tightly together. Put two beaten medium eggs into a shallow bowl and 40g (1½oz) plain flour on to a plate. Heat 100ml (3½fl oz) vegetable oil in a large frying pan. Meanwhile, dip the parcels in the egg, followed by the flour (tapping off excess). Add to the pan and fry for 5min, turning once, until golden and crisp. Pat dry on kitchen paper, then serve with salad or seasonal vegetables.

 

Calories: 577

Fat: 27g

Fiber:

Bagel Bear Bento

Bagel Bear Bento

Adorable bears made from half bagel, cheese, nori, and washi tape on stick.  I see sausage/hot dog cut into flower, hard boiled egg, and something i don’t recognize.  My kids would probably gag over the black rye bagel, but a single color is doable.  So cute!

Rainbow Bell Pepper Snack

Rainbow Bell Pepper Snack

How pretty, such a simple presentation of bell peppers and cauliflower. Here is a recipe for the dip, but if your child doesn’t care for mustard, use your favorite dip.  A green goddess would be pretty too!  But don’t discount good ol ranch 😉

Easy Honey Mustard Dip

1/4 cup mustard (yellow or dijon; or a mixture of both)

1/4 cup mayonnaise (we use light)

1/4 cup honey

black pepper, to taste

Optional: paprika, to taste

Combine ingredients in a bowl. Whisk until smooth. Season to taste with pepper (& paprika-optional). Serve with chicken, corn dogs, and more. Keep refrigerated up to 2 weeks.

LTS Alpine Spaghetti

LTS Alpine Spaghetti

We are camping this weekend.  4 families, 8 girls, daisies and incoming juniors.  I dunno why this is “Alpine”, its not made with pine needles or something.  Maybe just because they make it while hiking.   Since we are car camping, I may put fresh herbs from my garden in the cooler instead of using dried herbs.

Alpine Spaghetti

8 oz. of spaghetti or noodles

1 tbsp of olive oil

1 cup of parmesan cheese

3 tsp of dried sweet basil

1 tbsp of parsley flakes

1 garlic clove, minced

Water

Bring a pot of water to a boil and add spaghetti. Boil for 10 minutes and drain. Add olive oil, mix with pasta, and then add the remaining ingredients. Mix again and serve.

Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta

Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta

Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta

8oz elbow macaroni pasta

1lb lean ground beef

6 bacon strips, cooked and cut into pieces

1.5 cup beef broth

1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

3 tablespoons ketchup

1-2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 cup (2 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese

 

Cook the bacon first, I prefer to cook it on a sheet pan in the oven until it’s crispy but you can cook it whatever way you prefer. Drain it on paper towels and cut it or break it into small pieces and set aside.

Cook your macaroni according to directions on the pack, then drain. While the macaroni is cooking brown the beef in a large skillet until fully cooked. If after cooking the beef has a lot of fat/liquid/juice left you can pour some of that off, I prefer to use lean beef and keep some of the juice as I think it adds to the flavor. Measure the beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, and cornstarch into a small bowl or measuring jug and mix well to combine the cornstarch. Add cooked pasta to the skillet along with the beef broth mixture, stir well to combine beef, pasta, bacon, and sauce. Cook on a medium heat until the sauce bubbles and thickens. If it’s too thick for you, thin it out with a little more beef broth. Sprinkle shredded cheeses over the top of the skillet cheeseburger mixture. Cover and cook on very low heat until cheese has melted, about 2-3 minutes.

Crisp, Flaky, Pepperoni Pizza Puff Pastry Waffles

Crisp, Flaky, Pepperoni Pizza Puff Pastry Waffles

WIW: Crisp, Flaky, Pepperoni Pizza Puff Pastry Waffles

 

Flour, for dusting

1 (1/2-lb.) sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed

2 C. homemade or store-bought pizza sauce

6 oz. thinly sliced pepperoni

6 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese

 

Preheat a Belgian waffle iron according to manufacturer directions. Lightly dust a work surface. Lay out puff pastry sheet, lightly flour top, and roll into an approximate 16- by 16-inch square. Spread 1/2 C. sauce on puff pastry, leaving a 1 inch border on all edges. Layer pepperoni on top, followed by cheese, leaving a 1 inch border on all edges. Roll puff pastry sheet away from you like a jelly roll. When completely rolled, pinch seam to seal. Pinch ends of puff pastry to seal, then roll into a disk-shaped spiral. Place spiral in center of preheated waffle iron. Cook until puff pastry is deep golden brown on all surfaces and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center registers 190 to 200°F, about 12 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board, cut into wedges, and serve immediately, passing extra sauce for dipping.

 

Bite Size Bees

Bite Size Bees

Bite Size Bees

1/2 C. creamy peanut butter
2 T. butter or margarine, softened
1/2 C. confectioner’s sugar
3/4 C. graham cracker crumbs (about 12 squares)
1 square (1 ounce) semisweet chocolate (or just use store bought icing)
1/3 C. sliced almonds, toasted
paper plates

Cream the peanut butter, butter, and sugar until smooth. Add the graham cracker crumbs and mix well. Chill dough.  Shape into 1” ovals. Place the chocolate in a small microwave-safe bowl; microwave on high for one minute or until melted. Transfer the melted chocolate to a resealable plastic bag; cut a small hole in one corner of the bag. Make stripes on bee bodies.  Add almonds for wings and poke a hole with toothpick for eyes.

Snowman Cookies

Snowman Cookies

Snowman Cookies

Nutter Butter cookies
Vanilla Almond Bark (half a package made 13 cookies for me)
M&Ms
Orange Tic Tacs
Black Decorator Icing

After melting the Almond Bark for 90 seconds, I used a spoon to help cover the cookies when I dipped them. The spoon helped to get them on the foil too, since I didn’t want fingerprints. I didn’t put the Tic Tacs or the M&Ms on until I finished dipping all of them – I wanted the Almond Bark to set a little bit. As for the icing, I just squirted some in a ziploc bag and cut the tip just a tiny, tiny bit.

Baked Cheese Bites

Baked Cheese Bites

Baked Cheese Bites

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 pinch salt
6 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup butter, melted

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease a large cookie sheet. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour and salt. Stir in the cheddar cheese and melted butter to form a firm dough. Roll pieces of dough into ropes as big around as a penny. Slice into 1/4 inch pieces. You may need to chill the dough until firm for better rolling. Place the slices onto the prepared cookie sheet, 1 inch apart. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the bottoms of the coins are lightly toasted and the tops are firm. Allow to cool completely before serving. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Popcorn Ball Topiaries

Popcorn Ball Topiaries

Popcorn Ball Topiaries

1 bag (3 oz.) light butter microwave popcorn, popped
1 C. jelly beans
1/4 C. butter
1 bag (10 oz.) marshmallows

Combine popcorn and candy. In saucepan, melt butter. Stir in marshmallows. Reduce heat to low; cook until marshmallows melt and the mixture is smooth, stirring frequently. Pour over popcorn, stirring gently to coat well. Coat hands with cooking spray. Shape mixture into 2-inch balls. Insert sticks. Allow to cool before inverting in pots filled with candy. Makes 16 to 20.

Fishy Bento Lunch

Fishy Bento Lunch

2 Pieces of Bread
Tuna
3 Carrots
1 Pretzel Rod
1 Twizzler String
Gold Fish Crackers
Blue Jell-O
1 Clementine
Heart Sprinkles (optional)

(This is never going to stay like this if you were really packing a lunch.  You need filler for the sandwich side, and that yellow?  Yikes, what a mess.  Easy lunchboxes aren’t leak proof.  I have several small boxes of different types to fit into the various wells of our multitudinous lunch boxes.   And I would probably exchange the crackers for little fish cut from carrots; I have a cutter for that.  It’s way carb / sugar heavy)

Yogurt Grahams

Yogurt Grahams

1 graham cracker (large rectangle)
2 tsp. low-fat fruit-flavored yogurt

Break graham cracker in half. Spread yogurt on one half and top with the other. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze.

Honey Mustard Minion Dip

Honey Mustard Minion Dip

1/2 C. Mayonnaise
2 tsp. Spicy Mustard
2 tsp. Honey
1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder
3 tsp. Vinegar
2 Black Olives
1 Cracker
1 tsp. Mayonnaise (To make the eye)

Cinnamon French Toast Sticks

Cinnamon French Toast Sticks

4 thick slices white Texas Toast bread (stale bread is best)
1½ T. butter
2 eggs
¼ C. milk
Salt
¼ C. sugar
½ tsp. cinnamon powder

Remove the crust and cut the bread into 4 sticks. Using a large bowl, mix the milk and eggs + a pinch of salt. Set aside. In another flat bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon. Cut the butter half and heat it up over medium heat. Quickly, roll the bread sticks into the egg mixture – make sure to shake off the excess and place in a pan. Turn each side until golden brown. Once done, transfer immediately in the cinnamon sugar mixture and roll to coat. This way, the mixture sticks easily when the bread is hot. Melt remaining batter and cook the remaining French toast sticks. Serve immediately and garnish with any syrup.