Chipotle Pumpkin BBQ Sauce #pumpkincan #ad


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I have a great homemade bbq sauce recipe for you today that is easy to make and even a bit healthier for you.  My chipotle pumpkin bbq sauce has only three ingredients but it packs in tons of flavor.  I was challenged to use Libby’s Pumpkin in a fun and unique recipe.  I think I succeeded.  Plus it is AWESOME.  Bonus points right?

Chipotle Pumpkin BBQ Sauce -- a lovely BBQ sauce that will leave you with sweet and heat in each bite.

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Lavender Sugar Scrub

I have a treat for you all today.  A lavender sugar scrub recipe that is a perfect gift for Mother’s Day.  I even have labels and tags so you can give this lavender sugar scrub in a mason jar to any mom on your gift giving list.  This recipe only takes 3 ingredients so it is a great gift for anyone to make — young or old.

Lavender Sugar Scrub -- the perfect handmade gift for Mother's Day.  Only 3 ingredients!

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Italian Melt (use up hot dog buns!) #DeliFreshBOLD

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Lemon Rosemary Salt

I have a great recipe for you today –  lemon rosemary salt.  After our entire week of craft room tours, I thought a recipe was in order for the weekend.   This lemon rosemary salt is delicious on just about everything!  Grilling? Try it with steak or chicken.  Add it to sliced-up potatoes and roast.  It is especially good as a finishing salt over fish.  It also makes a wonderful gift for your foodie friends, especially when you use the free printable labels below.  Yep pop it in a mason jar and add the labels for a great gift! 

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Easter Muddy Buddies

Easter is fast approaching y’all.  Grab this recipe for Easter muddy buddies and make a fun snack for your little ones or the Easter bunny.  Muddy buddies are amazing and delicious.  Throw in some fun seasonal ingredient and you have a snack mix that will make the Easter bunny proud.

Easter Muddy Buddies -- a super simple recipe to celebrate Easter and spring!

Easter Muddy Buddies Recipe
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  1. 9 cups Chex cereal
  2. 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  3. 1/2 cup peanut butter
  4. 1/4 cup butter
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. 1-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  7. 1 bag Easter M and M candies
  8. 1 bag mini marshmallows
  1. Measure the cereal into a large bowl and set aside. Line a baking sheet with wax paper and set aside.
  2. In a microwave safe medium bowl, microwave the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter for 1 minute, then stir. Continue microwaving in 30-second intervals, stirring in between.
  3. Pour the mixture of the cereal and gently mix until the cereal is all coated.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a 2-gallon ziplock bag and add the confectioner’s sugar. Seal the bag and shake until all the cereal is coated.
  5. Spread the cereal out onto the baking sheet to cool. Sprinkle M and M candies and mini marshmallows throughout the cereal.
  6. Store in an airtight container.
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Easter Muddy Buddies -- a super simple recipe to celebrate Easter and spring!

Enjoy these Easter muddy buddies with your family and friends.  Bet you can’t eat just one handful!  YUM!
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Over 20 Fun Easter Desserts

 C’mon spring we are ready for ya!  I have over 20 fun Easter desserts for y’all today.  Click around on the list below and find a fun dessert for your Easter feast.  Adult and kids alike will love these fun creations.  Will you serve up carrots?  Or bunnies?  Maybe flowers?  Whatever you choose I have you covered with the fun Easter desserts below.

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Spring Push Pop Cupcakes

 It may not feel like spring out there but it is here!  Spring is here!  I am going to celebrate a little with my spring push pop cupcakes.  This one was originally posted over at Crafts Unleashed but I thought we would celebrate here a bit as well.  These are super festive and easy to make.  So bring it on spring we are ready for ya!

spring push pop cupcakes

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Candy Covered Pretzel Pencils

It is Teacher Appreciation Week around here and I am sharing my candy covered pretzel pencils today.  A great idea for a small token of your appreciation.  The teacher will love this delicious and unique gift idea.  If you have missed any of the fun this week, be sure to check out the round ups from day 1, day 2day 3, and day 4.  Also, come back each afternoon as I round up even more great Teacher Appreciation ideas from our blog partners.  Want a chance to be featured?  Link up your quick Teacher Appreciation crafts to our linky party today.  Now lets learn how to make those candy covered pretzel pencils.  

Candy Covered Pretzel Pencils for Teacher Appreciation Week -- make these fun pretzel pencils in just minutes!

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Carrot Cookies from Nutter Butters

I have a super fun recipe for y’all today.  These carrot cookies from Nutter Butters can be made in just minutes for the kids or yourself.  Send an entire garden of these fun carrot cookies to school and celebrate the beginning of spring this month.

Carrot Cookies from Nutter Butters -- perfect easy recipe for celebrating spring with your kids.

Carrot Cookies from Nutter Butters Recipe

Nutter Butter cookies
Orange Wilton candy melts
Green Apple Twizzlers (found in the candy section)
White frosting
Directions –
Separate the Nutter Butter cookies into two halves.  Using kitchen scissors, cut the green apple Twizzlers into 2-3” sections and separate the ropes. Each cookie will require (3) 2-3” ropes. Using a butter knife or a small spatula, spread a small amount of white frosting on the top/inside section of each of the Nutter Butter cookies. Take the 2-3” green apple Twizzler ropes (leaves) and place on the frosting. Place the top half of the cookie on top to make a sandwich and place on a cookie sheet or plate.  Repeat this process with the rest of the cookies. Once all cookies are put together, set in the fridge for 30 minutes so the frosting sets – it will hold the cookie and Twizzler ‘stems’ together like glue once they are set. 
Carrot Cookies from Nutter Butters -- perfect easy recipe for celebrating spring with your kids.
Once the cookies are set, microwave the Wilton orange candy melts in a microwave safe bowl stirring every 30 seconds until melted.  Let the chocolate cool 2-3 minute before dipping the cookies.  Take each cookie one at a time and dip into the chocolate covering ¾ of it (see photo below). Lay on a wax paper or a foil lined cookie and using a teaspoon take a small amount of orange chocolate and cover the rest of the cookie with it – go slow and be careful not to cover the ‘stems’. 
Carrot Cookies from Nutter Butters -- perfect easy recipe for celebrating spring with your kids.
Repeat with the rest of the cookies. Let set at room temperature for 1 hour. You can also place in the fridge for 20-25 minutes to speed up the process.  Store in an airtight container 1-2 weeks.

Carrot Cookies from Nutter Butters -- perfect easy recipe for celebrating spring with your kids.
You have adorable carrot cookies from Nutter Butters all with minimal hands on time.  You have to love that!

Freezer Cooking Part 3 Results

I am back with the results of my freezer cooking experiment.  You can see where I started by checking out part 1 for recipes and part 2 for planning.  Now for how it is working for us and if we like it.  I have decided (a little late) that my word for this year is simplify.  Simplify all areas of my life.  Breathe a little.  Be able to relax.  How do you simplify your meals and meal planning?  One answer.  Two words.  Freezer cooking. 
Follow along with my freezer cooking Pinterest board to keep up with all of the great links I find in real time! 

Freezer Cooking Results -- get the real deal on whether freezer cooking worked for a REAL family!

This has been an amazing transformation for us.  I do my cooking on Sundays and make 6 – 7 meals each Sunday.  Usually during the week we also eat a crock pot meal, have a sandwich night or other simple meal,  and maybe go out to eat so there are a few extra meals I am building each week.  This past Sunday y’all I didn’t have to cook my freezer meals.  I just made our supper and that was it.  There were enough meals in the freezer to last this week.  Simplify.  That is the word and that is what freezer cooking has done for me.  
I thought I would continue on and give you all the breakdown of my weekly plans.  You can see week 1 and 2 by clicking here.
Week 3 — 6 meals total
Sausage Spaghetti Pie (I made 2 of these not 3.)
Taco Meat (I made a batch of taco meat just like I normally do for taco night and froze it for later.)
Week 4 — no cook week!
I was able to not cook and eat what we had in the freezer all week.  On Sunday, I grilled steaks and made an extra batch of chili.  Otherwise this week, we will be eating what is left from week 1 – 3.
Week 5 — 6 meals total
Steak Sandwiches (I cooked thinly sliced steak with peppers, onions, garlic, and seasoning then freeze in freezer bags.  I will add to buns to serve.)
Country Steaks (We will be eating these on Sunday as I am not sure how they will freeze.)


On average, I spend 1 1/2 hours cooking each Sunday and I am good for the week.  Each night it generally takes me 15 minutes of actual hands on time to get our meal ready.  It has left me with extra time at night with the family which I love.  Also this is our busy sports season and in years past we have resorted to eating out during the week.  Not anymore.  I am able to get to sports and get a good meal on the table.  Other benefits include fewer dishes during the week as most of the clean up is also done on Sunday.  I am also saving money by planning everything out and not being forced into buying processed frozen food in the grocery store for busy nights.  I would recommend a freezer cooking experiment to any busy family.  Start small and just make a few extra meals each week.  Trust me.  You will love it.  Your family will love it.  Soon you will be cooking once a week or even once a month.  I may continue to update y’all about once a month so you can get some new recipes and weekly meal cooking plans.  I hope it encourages you to give freezer cooking a try for yourself.