I have always believed from the bottom of my heart that Christmas holidays are the ideal time to get together and rejoice in the beautiful weather as well as the age-old traditions and customs that come along with it. The lights, the gifts, the snow, oh-so-delicious snacks are worth the year-long wait. So last year, I decided to make the most of the short holiday and came up with an activity that every member of the family could bond over and happily engage them in- making marshmallow snowmen- and what a huge hit it was!
Who doesn’t love cheesecake? The way it melts in your mouth is just heavenly. Although when it comes to making cakes at home, you got to rely on your oven. Surprisingly, my mother (the best cook on this planet) suggested a recipe for making cheesecake without going through the hassle of baking. Since I make fewer trips to the kitchen, my first stint with peanut butter cheesecake was a hit.
Turkey day, aka Thanksgiving, is almost upon us. This year, I’m thinking my grandmonkeys would think I’m awesome if I could figure out how to make some super cute turkey shaped desserts.
Desserts shaped like turkeys. The cuteness quotient is off the map.
1. I love the wide-eyed look on these turkey shaped pops. It says, “Holy crap on a cracker, it’s Thanksgiving!”
2. Wake the kids and phone the neighbors! These are the cutest little turkeys in the history of fake turkeys. You’ve gotta click through to get the how-to because 7th House on the Left has a super cool graphic titled, “The Anatomy of a Little Gobbler.”
3. Various and assorted fruits are shaped like a turkey for this cute dessert. “Step 1”, says Mommy Advice Column, is to “Stabilize the melon body…”
Oddly enough, that’s what my ex-husband would repeat aloud to himself before we would… umm… relate.
4. Rice Krispies turkeys. Why didn’t I think of that? Also, why didn’t I think of Apple computers? I’d be sitting on Diamond Mountain eating gold-flake macaroni right now instead of on my couch in way-too-freaking-cold Kansas.
5. This is a cake shaped like a turkey. For real. Doesn’t it look like a real turkey? It’s my firm belief this recipe is on the interwebs as a direct result of the National Brotherhood of Turkeys Who Don’t Want Us to Eat Them.
This cake even has white and dark “meat”! C’mon! Craftster poster “Frosted” is a turkey cake genius… and definitely works for the NBTWDWUET.
If I were a vegetarian, while everyone else was eating real turkey, I’d scarf these down. What about you? Have you seen other Gobbling Cute Turkey Shaped Desserts???
Strawberry health benefits? I’ll be honest. I’d never once given any thought to the health benefits of a ripe, juicy strawberry. All I’ve ever known is how much I love them! Even as a little girl back in North Carolina, my Grandma said when it came time to pick the rows and rows of fresh strawberries she grew for us, I ate more than I put in the pails.
I’m sure that’s exactly how I’d pick them today. 🙂
Check out these fantastic (and healthy) benefits of strawberries, and some pretty stellar concoctions from some equally stellar bloggers that I just love.
The Benefits of Strawberries for Your Health
Strawberries have Antioxidants, and antioxidants are believed to help prevent such chronic diseases as cancer, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, Rheumatoid arthritis, and cataracts.
If you can’t get fresh strawberries, researchers have found frozen strawberries have just as many vitamins & minerals as those grown in our gardens. For the best health benefits, just be sure you aren’t buying the berries with added sugar.
Snag all those antioxidants, and cool off on a hot day with these beautiful, homemade Strawberry & Mint popsicles by Doves & Figs.
Strawberries have Vitamin C. The recommended daily allowance (RDA) for women is 75 mg a day. One medium strawberry, all by its little self, has 7.1 mg of Vitamin C.
This Hot Pink Strawberry Frosty is a frozen concoction from Babble that serves up over 100% RDA of vitamin C and includes potassium, calcium, iron and other nutrients. And PS: there’s a secret ingredient that may shock you!
Strawberries are Potassium rich. There are 18 mg of potassium in 1 medium strawberry. While one strawberry can’t take on a banana in a Potassium fight, munching on strawberries can help you reach the 4,700 mg you need each and every day!
Feed Your Skull (diggin’ that blog name) will show you how to make strawberry & kiwi fruit leathers. Isn’t that awesome? They look amazing, and I’ll betcha kiddos love them.
Strawberries are rocking a little extra Fiber for ya. Women should make sure they get 25-30 grams of fiber a day in order to decrease their risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer, including breast cancer. Strawberries have about .02 grams of fiber in each one… another reason to help yourself to a bowl full a day!
Strawberries are low calorie & fat free. Now we’re singing my song! A word of warning though – if you’re diabetic, be cautious of the natural sugar content.
I’m crushin’ on these Strawberry Banana Creams from Fitsugar, and they’re under 150 calories!
And finally, did you know that a health benefit of strawberries is that they can help clear up acne or other skin problems? Salicylic Acid, the stuff in OTC acne medicines and face washes, is also in strawberries!
Kristin Eldridge teaches us how to make a lovely strawberry face mask. She says it exfoliates the skin, removes impurities, reduces redness and swelling, and leaves her face feeling super soft. I love it!
What’s YOUR favorite way to use these little red jewels of health???
Oreos are cookies. Were you aware of this? So did you know you can actually make more stuff using Oreos? Tis true. There are Oreo recipes that will straight up blow your double-stuffed mind. Such is the content of this blog post.
In the United States, children are constitutionally required to develop a love of Oreos before they are allowed to enter school. I myself was almost sent packing at the tender age of five when I said to my Grandmother, “Ew. I don’t like Oreos.” My family immediately pulled together in an epic and multifaceted cover-up and thus, I am still an American today.
While it’s a true thing that I don’t dig the traditional “Oreo Meets Milk” love story, I do enjoy it when extraordinary homo-sapiens somehow take an Oreo and turn it into something incredibly un-Oreo. That’s what I’m Momcasting for you today in this, The Ultimate (Badass) Oreo Recipes Collection.
And PS: Please, for the love of the red, white & Oreo, do NOT tell anyone that I don’t like Oreos. I’m too old to learn a new language.
On to the Oreo Recipe Collection!
This, my darlings, is an Oreo Cream Martini. It actually has an Oreo crushed up in there. I don’t know who first came up with the idea of putting Oreos in vodka, but that person is my soulmate.
I don’t personally know Big Mama of Big Mama’s Home Kitchen, but I know this for sure… she does the Lord’s work. Don’t even act like you can look at these Oreo cookies sandwiched in chocolate chip cookie dough, brownies and caramel and not get religion.
Oreo Pancakes? Oh yes.
An Oreo Recipe for Mother Trucking Oreo Pancakes. Forever Now & Then whipped up these beauties and so far as we know, not a single person died as a result of the awesomeness.
You have to love a person who sees Oreos and says, “You know what? These could be sweeter.” Check this… ordinary everyday Oreos turned into candy bars. It’s moments like these that make me believe in the goodness of womankind. Magic happens In Katrina’s Kitchen.
There is nothing, and I mean nothing, a Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup can’t make better. I remain convinced if I could have stuffed my ex-husband with Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups, we would soon be celebrating our 92nd wedding anniversary. Unfortunately he wouldn’t be still long enough for me to save our marriage.
Look upon these Reece’s stuffed Oreos in awe. Cookies & Cups is totally getting a Food Oscar for this.
It had to happen. Someone had to mix Oreos with rice. It was written in the stars, my friend. Some cool kids in Japan celebrated this years Oreo birthday with rice and while the photo looks a little like black beans and puppy food, they report it tastes like Tiramisu in Risotto form.
Be brave and do this thing. Japan thanks you and so do I.
Individual Oreo cheesecakes are handcrafted by angels in Heaven and you can only get one if you’ve done something really great in your life – like knitted socks for homeless kittens or donated your hair to Miley Cyrus so that she may walk among us unnoticed.
Or, you could continue to do all the bad things you want and try and make them yourself with this Oreo recipe from Teacher By Day – Chef By Night.
I can hardly contain my joy over having found these little yummies called Sweet Serenity Stones. They are edible rocks, y’all and they are made with Oreos. Can you even stand it?!? Oh the cleverness, Hungry Happenings. I’m gonna write you a poem.
Roses are red. Violets are blue. These edible Oreo rocks are freaking insanely awesome.
That’s it for today, kids. Y’all come back and for the love of all that is good and decent, share Momcaster with people you like. Or don’t like. I’m good either way. 🙂
If you’re looking for some cool party drinks, I’ve got you. You can do better than beer in a plastic kiddie pool full of ice at your next party, right? These drinks are so completely cool, your friends may even stay after and help you clean up.
6 Cool Party Drinks!
1. The Hurricane Shot is a pretty famous drink in New Orleans. If you’ve been there, you’ve probably had one. It was invented at Pat O’Brien’s in the 1940s and you can read the story of how the Hurricane came to be on their website. The Hurricane recipe from Pat O’Brien’s goes like this: In a 26 oz. Hurricane glass, mix…
- 4 oz. of Pat O’Brien’s Hurricane Rum or a good Dark Rum
- 4 oz. of Pat O’Brien’s Hurricane Mix
- Fill with crushed ice
- Garnish with an orange and cherry
2. Lifehacker caught my attention when they wrote about these cucumber shot glasses. You KNOW if you dropped a little something delicious in these, you’d be the Queen of cool party drinks.
3. These Green Tea Shots are cute as they can be, but I think I’d feel bad drowning a gummy bear in alcohol. Head to sbrickey.net for the easy Arizona Green Tea & sake recipe.
5. Eating the Beats knows that when it comes to party drinks, nothing goes together better than alcohol and fire. I’ve never had a flaming shot, but at come point in my life I really must put on a fire suit and do it.
Please put “drink fire” on my bucket list.
6. Who better to tell you how to make a Cherry Bomb Jello Shot than the Jello Mold Mistress of Brooklyn? This drink is straight up adorable. I wonder how many I could have before I could no longer remember how to spell Jello?
How much do I adore tiny food? The correct answer is…I adore it way more than normal people probably should. I tell myself that tiny food is perfect for me because I can enjoy the most delicious foods in the big, wide, world and they’ll be the perfect portion for losing weight.
What would really happen is that I would eat one thousand of these tiny foods. At once. Probably by the handful.
Every home in the whole world has at least one box of cake mix and every human woman wonders “What can I make with cake mix?”. Was that a general, sweeping, completely false declaration? Of course not. Bloggers are not allowed to make things up on the internet. Meanwhile you just want to know “what can I make with cake mix,” right?
Maybe I’m not ready to talk about cake mix yet.
Don’t make me do for you what I did for my ex-husband when he rushed me before I was ready – take all your barbecue ribs I’ve been slow-cooking for you all day and throw them in the yard for the neighborhood cats.
That’ll learn you.
Okay. NOW I’m ready to talk about cake mix cookies, cake mix brownies and plenty other awesome things you can make with cake mix.
Put your eyeballs on these pancakes made with cake mix by Jessica at How Sweet It Is. Do I love her or do I want her investigated by a senate oversight committee for getting all up in my head with her cake mix voodoo? I think I can’t possibly know until I come out of the sugar coma I will undoubtedly experience this weekend after I whip these up. Sweet. Mother. Of. Awesome. Sauce.
PS: I may or may not know what a senate oversight committee is. I like to use words I don’t understand in my blog.
I dig Biscotti. It makes me feel fancy to say it and even fancier to eat it. Sweet Additions makes a pretty mean looking Biscotti using cake mix. These look so good I would probably eat them even if she said she made them with old spark plugs and oysters.
I like this chick’s blog name – A Little Tipsy. Cute, right? I like it so much I think I’m going to sell the domain www.Momcaster.com for one point two triggawatts of American dollars and buy her domain. Don’t tell her how much money I made selling mine, though. It’ll totally ruin my bargaining power.
Her stellar blog name aside, please tell me you see the brilliance of her red velvet waffles (made from cake mix) and the important purpose they serve on the planet.
Big Mama’s Home Kitchen is a place I want to go. Maybe she’d let me vacation at her house, like if she has a nice couch or something where I could crash. I could just chill out while she makes me these glazed chocolate cake donuts from cake mix.
Yes. I want to go to there.
I wish I was the kind of person who could take a box of cake mix, some martini glasses and candy and make this kind of serious cakey-cuteness. Let’s just all agree that I am not that kind of person.
I’m more the kind of person who would open the cake mix and eat it straight from the box in my pajamas while stopping only to wipe the tears away because eating cake mix from a box makes me sad.
No tears for Hoosier Homemade, sister friends.
Cake mix cinnamon rolls. I’m not even kidding. I have been on this Earth long enough to see delicious cinnamon rolls made from cake mix.
I guess all I have to look forward to now before I die is Lee Press On Eyebrows for those moments when you want to look really surprised but you don’t have a Joan Crawford eyebrow pencil handy.
But I digress. Let’s all look at these cake mix cinnamon rolls from Love From the Oven. Ready? Go!
I want to know what is going on inside a person’s cerebellum that causes them to see cookies in their cupboard and decide they should bake more cookies and then stuff those cookies inside. Beautiful Disasters could solve the mystery for me as she whipped up these yummy cookies from a cake mix and Oreos.
What we have here is s a cookie cake mix turduckin – but with out the tur. Or the duck. Or the in.
Monkey bread is a good thing. Not for nothing though, why do they call it monkey bread? I’ve never seen a monkey on the Discovery Channel enjoying a nice tube of refrigerated biscuit dough. Shouldn’t it have bananas or thrown poo or something in it to deserve that name?
Now I’ve done it. I’ve broken my rule about blogging about thrown poo. It’s all down hill from here. We can’t act like it didn’t happen because I know that you know and you know that I know you know.
I swear to you on the ever-balding head of Matt Lauer, I did not know cake batter popcorn existed in the universe. Young Married Chic sure did though, and she made some, and she put the recipe on her blog, and she probably ate it all herself because young chic people never think that maybe they should make enough for all the rest of the bloggers on the internet.
To quote the great Veronica Salt, “I want it now.”
Okay darlings, I’ve hooked you up with some cake mix magic. Whatcha got for me? I accept ponies, pimento cheese sandwiches, blog comments, Facebook likes and pins. But first, get thee to reading my Ultimate Bad Ass Oreo Collection. It’ll straight up make your day.
Farm Rich said, “Hey…you wanna eat some snacks and tell your readers what you thought?”
So, okay. Maybe I’m paraphrasing a bit while at the same time making it sound like Farm Rich is a person who, in my mind anyway, has thick dark hair, a farmer’s tan and dreamy blue eyes.
I said yes – because no one is going to say no to free stuff from Farm Rich. I also said yes because Farm Rich is going to give one of my pretty reader people two coupons for free products like the ones I tried. You’re going to want to win this because the value of each coupon is good for up to $6.99 in free Farm Rich snacks and appetizers, so make sure you read this post completely and then enter below. There will be a quiz.
The Farm Rich stuffed pretzel bites hit my oven on exactly the right weekend. My son was coming home from college and since I love him more than butter, I wanted to feed his face some really good stuff.
The Farm Rich stuffed pretzel bites were, in a word, warmcheesypretzelalicious. My college-going son went completely stupid for them. Seriously. Calc II suddenly made no sense to him.
Thanks for that, Farm Rich. I’m sure he’ll do really well without that pesky college degree holding him back.
The stuffed pretzel bites came out of the oven completely soft and chewy, just like a warm pretzel at the mall. My son said, and I quote, “Please make me more of these tomorrow.” And I did. Because he is my baby.
And also because the Farm Rich bag was so big, I could have fed an entire circus family – which is exactly like feeding a college freshman.
Meanwhile I held onto the mini quesadillas until my daughter and her family came for Mexican food. Because I hate it when people say, “They were a hit,” I found a new way to describe how we felt about them.
Not for nothing, I can admit I don’t have a good reason for hating that phrase. It probably has something to do with watching too many unsupervised Partridge Family episodes as a kid. Too big a dose of Reuben Kincaid in my formative years has left me completely unable to tolerate anything that reminds me Danny Bonaduce started out as a human child.
Just like the stuffed pretzel bites, the mini quesadillas were super soft and yummy. I don’t know what magic Farm Rich uses to make sure things you put in the oven come out soft rather than hard. But, so long as there are no voodoo spells or angry Oompa Loompas involved, I’m down with it.
So how great were the mini quesadillas? Well, my grandmonkey Brady was elected spokes-toddler to tell you what the entire family was thinking…
Thanks for reading the whole post in preparation for a pop quiz. Here it is:
Question: Did Sadie just totally lie to you about a quiz in order to get you to read the whole post? Answer: Look… something shiny!
The rules: If you’re a resident of the US (I’m sorry, entire rest of the world), you’re invited to enter the contest below. A winner will be chosen randomly and notified via email. If you do not respond within 72 hours, a new winner will be chosen. Your mailing address will be made available to Farm Rich and they will deliver two coupons for free products directly to you – I do not have them. GOOD LUCK!
PS: I didn’t get paid to write this review, but I did receive free things stuffed with cheese from Farm Rich. It’s not like I can pay the utility bill with it… yet.
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Want to make your own chocolate? I can show you how!
Unless your Mom named you Dooce or The Bloggess, there are very few perks to being a blogger. No one has ever given me a good table at a restaurant because I have a blog and my dry cleaning has never been “on the house.”
Maybe that’s because I haven’t had anything dry cleaned since…ever. I’m not sure I even understand what dry cleaning is. I’m was born a Southern Baptist. We know for sure things aren’t clean unless they’re soaking wet.
One little blogging perk that came my way recently was via Verve. They are the makers of Glee Gum and Make Your Own Candy Kits. They asked, “Would you like a Make Your Own Chocolate Kit?” and I replied, “WHY ISN’T IT IN THE MAIL YET????”
Seriously? Do people actually say NO when they are offered chocolate? If so, I would recommend a congressional panel to investigate their ties to organized crime, communism, and perhaps unicorn larceny.
So this arrived in the mail and because that’s what bloggers do now, I took a photo of it. And yes… that is a real wood grain laminate table top. Don’t even act like you aren’t jealous. (And by the way, at the bottom of this post you can enter to win your own candy kit – because I firmly believe chocolate is the road to greatness. )
It so happened my friend’s teenager was in my house when the box came, so I demanded she make the chocolate while I pretended to be a highly sought after food blogger and take photos.
The box was filled with all sorts of cool chocolate making goodness – like sugar and real cocoa butter. The wonderful smell generated when heating up the cocoa butter was enough to make your ears sweat.
It was like walking into a chocolate shop, but without the shame of pretending the six dozen pounds of fudge I just ordered was for my pretend daughter’s pretend soccer awards ceremony – even though we all knew I was going to eat it all by myself in the car and cry.
The directions in the kit were easy to follow, and I could see how homeschool moms and scout leaders and teachers would really appreciate how it’s all laid out. There was info about the history of chocolate and certainly the process of making it could be a really great teaching opportunity for the kiddos.
But let’s face it. All I wanted to learn was how fast this random teenager could turn chocolate ingredients into chocolate I could put in my mouth.
There was mixing, and heating in the microwave, and smells, and at one point, there may have been crying.
Okay. The crying may have been me. I have no self control – which is why no brownie mix brought into this house has ever actually made it to the point of growing up to be a brownie.
The kit had everything we needed, including a little stick-on thermometer to determine when everything was at the correct temperature. The only thing not included was vanilla flavoring, but the kit said it was optional.
I had a vanilla impersonator in my cabinet, so we used it. Everyone knows imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
The random teenager had a really great time making her own chocolate and there wasn’t one misstep because the directions were clear and everything was pre-measured and ready to go. The chocolate candy turned out absolutely perfectly and while a real professional food blogger would show you an artsy shot of the finished product, all I have is a photo of the empty paper candy cups I took before the candy was finished.
In my defense, once the candy was done I was too busy shoving it in my face to be snapping photos. It was DELICIOUS.
I’d like to thank the sweetie-pies at Glee for sending this little piece of awesomeness to me, and big thanks to the random teenager who made it. I’d also like to thank the Academy and my 1st grade teacher, Mrs. Bradley. If it hadn’t been for you, I still wouldn’t know that Mr. Y was both a vowel and a consonant. That revelation changed my life.
Glee wants to give YOU one of their Make Your Own Candy Kits – so enter! You can choose from Make Your Own Chocolate or Make Your Own Gummies Kit or even Make Your Own Gum Kit. (Open to residents of the US only.)
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