12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Cinnamon White Chocolate Cocoa Cookie Sticks

Today’s cookie for the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies is a Cinnamon White Chocolate Cocoa Cookie Sticks recipe.  A mouthful to say but oh, so very good to eat!!12-days-of-christmas-cookiescocoa-sticks-final-1-654x1024

Cinnamon White Chocolate Cocoa Cookie Sticks

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbs cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon candy flavoring
  • 1 cup melted white chocolate

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In large mixing bowl, using dough hook attachment of mixer cream together the shortening, eggs, and sugar.

In separate bowl sift together dry ingredients.  Begin alternately adding dry ingredients and milk and vanilla, mixing well after each addition.

Roll dough into sticks approximately 3/8″ around and 6″ long.

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Bake at 400 degrees for 6-8 minutes.

Allow cookies sticks to completely cool.

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Mix cinnamon flavoring and melted white chocolate until smooth.  I separated a small amount of mixture to color red to add a more festive look.

Once cookies have completely cooled, drizzle with the white & red cinnamon white chocolate.  Allow chocolate to set and serve!

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 Bing Smart Search is like this whole new way of finding information, images, recipes and inspiration from any Windows 8.1 device.  With Smart Search, you don’t have to open an app or a window, just swipe from the right to open the search bar or start typing in Windows and you can find your doc, photo, app, link, information,images…the list goes on and on.  When a web page comes up, you can preview the content before clicking on it.  With Bing, you get a “Smart” summary of results. For a variety of popular searches, you’ll see a rich, visual summary of the most relevant information from across the web and apps. We’ve all gone to sites that matched search terms only to find the content is not relevant to what you were looking for, right?   Bing Smart Search is how I found inspiration for many of the cookie recipes shared in the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies Feature!

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Cinnamon White Chocolate Cocoa Cookie Sticks
 
Cinnamon White Chocolate Cocoa Cookie
Author:
Recipe type: cookie
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup shortening
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3½ cups cake flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 Tbs cocoa powder
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp Cinnamon candy flavoring
  • 1 cup melted white chocolate
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In large mixing bowl, using dough hook attachment of mixer cream together the shortening, eggs, and sugar.
  3. In separate bowl sift together dry ingredients. Begin alternately adding dry ingredients and milk and vanilla, mixing well after each addition.
  4. Roll dough into sticks approximately ⅜" around and 6" long.

 

 

12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Chocolate Covered Cherry Shortbreads

Today’s installment for the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies is Chocolate Covered Cherry Shortbreads !  These are fun and easy to make (oh wait. Most of my recipes are!!) and the kids can totally help!  Their grama loves chocolate covered cherries and she loves cookies so now she can enjoy two of her faves together..and have them made with love by her grandkids!

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Bing Smart Search is like this whole new way of finding information, images, recipes and inspiration from any Windows 8.1 device.  With Smart Search, you don’t have to open an app or a window, just swipe from the right to open the search bar or start typing in Windows and you can find your doc, photo, app, link, information,images…the list goes on and on.  When a web page comes up, you can preview the content before clicking on it.  With Bing, you get a “Smart” summary of results. For a variety of popular searches, you’ll see a rich, visual summary of the most relevant information from across the web and apps. We’ve all gone to sites that matched search terms only to find the content is not relevant to what you were looking for, right?   Bing Smart Search is how I found inspiration for many of the cookie recipes shared in the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies Feature!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups softened butter
  • 4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 4 dozen maraschino cherries
  • 1 cup melted milk or dark chocolate
  • 1 tsp cherry extract

Makes approximately 4 dozen cookies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In the bowl of stand mixer, combine softened butter and sugar.  Cream together until smooth.  Gradually add the flour until well blended.

Make tablespoon size balls of dough by rolling between palms.  Press into approximately 1/4″ thick discs and place on cookie sheet.

Make indent in the top of each cookie with spoon or finger and place 1 maraschino cherry inside.

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Bake in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes.

Once cookies have completely cooled, cover the tops of each cookie with melted chocolate mixed with cherry extract.  Allow chocolate to completely set and harden before serving.

 

 

DIY Grinch Crafts and Recipes

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is one of my all time most favorite stories EVER. I love it. My family loves it too, thankfully!! Here are several DIY Grinch Holiday Crafts and Recipes for you, and some Grinch Cookie Pops that are fun and festive as well!

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If you love the Grinch and want to find a way to add some “grinchiness” to your holiday tree, this gorgeous Grinch fur ornament is the perfect solution. Made from a few supplies found at your local dollar store, you can easily whip up one (or two!) in no time and for just pennies. Take a look below at how to make your own and add some Grinch flare to your holiday décor.

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Gorgeous Grinch Fur Ornament

If you love the Grinch and want to find a way to add some “grinchiness” to your holiday tree, this gorgeous Grinch fur ornament is the perfect solution. Made from a few supplies found at your local dollar store, you can easily whip up one (or two!) in no time and for just pennies. Take a look below at how to make your own and add some Grinch flare to your holiday décor.

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Gorgeous Grinch Fur Ornament

Supplies needed:
Green feather boa
Cardboard
Round drinking glass
Pencil
Scissors
Ribbon
Craft glue

We were able to find the green boa and ribbon used in the sample picture at our local Dollar Tree store.

Directions:
1. Begin by tracing a circle on a piece of cardboard. Use the drinking glass as your stencil. Cut the circle out.
2. You now want to cut a small circle out of your larger circle, leaving you a loop. You can do this by tracing a smaller glass on the inside of the circle, however we just freehanded one. Cut it out.
3. You now have what looks like a cardboard wreath form. Take the green boa and begin wrapping round the form.
4. Wrap until there is no boa remaining and your form is completely covered. Use your craft glue to secure the end of the boa to the board.
5. Cut a length of ribbon and run it through the now green and fluffy wreath. Tie it at the top into a bow.

That’s it! Your gorgeous Grinch fur ornament is all ready to be hung. So find a spot, nice and central on your tree so everyone can see your love for the Grinch!

 

 

 

Grinch Glass Cozies

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This holiday season, wouldn’t it be fun for even your drinking glasses to show some Grinch pizzazz? These Grinch Glass Cozies are so easy to make, and don’t require you sewing single stitch. Plus, they will keep your hands warm while you sip. If you want your glasses to have some Grinchy goodness to them, take a look below at how to make your own Grinch glass cozies.

Grinch Glass Cozies

Supplies needed:
Mason jars or simple drinking glasses
Scissors
Hot glue, glue gun
Old green sweater

A thrift store is the perfect place to find the materials you need for this project. Our local thrift store had some simple clear glasses we used for this project as well as an old green sweater perfect for snipping.

Directions:
1. Begin by snipping off the sleeves of your sweater.
2. Starting at the wrist of the sweater, insert your glass to get an idea of how much sleeve you will need to cut in order for the fabric to fit.
3. Now, cut the sleeve to fit the glass.
4. Slide the sleeve onto the glass. Make sure the hemmed edge is at the top of the glass. If there is not a clean hem, just roll the sleeve down once or twice to make one.
5. Your rough edge will be at the bottom of the glass. Pull it so it folds under the glass. Continue pulling the fabric towards the center of the bottom of the glass.
6. Apply a generous dab of hot glue to the center of the glass. Continue pulling the fabric towards the center, pressing it to the glue. The fabric will adhere to it and create a nice and clean finish at the bottom of the glass.

That’s all there is to making your own Grinch Glass Cozies. They are perfect for sipping egg nog or any other holiday beverage you want to enjoy!

 

Grinch Party Favor

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Whether you need to come up with holiday favors for your child’s classroom party or a party you are hosting in your own home, these Grinch Party Favors are the perfect treat. Made from a few simple Dollar Tree materials, these Grinch Party Favors make the perfect take home treat. Take a peek below at how to make your own.

Grinch Party Favor

Supplies needed:
Holiday ribbon
Candy canes
Green feather duster
Scissors

We were able to find all of these materials at our local Dollar Tree Store, making this a holiday project that is just as frugal as it is fun!

Directions:
1. Begin by snipping off some of the green feathers from the feather duster.
2. Cut some holiday ribbon (if you use the thick variety as we did, cut it in half to make it skinnier) and set aside.
3. Gather your candy cane and feathers together almost like you are making a bouquet. Place the long feathers in back of the candy cane.
4. While holding the bouquet together, start wrapping the ribbon around the base. This will hold the feathers to the candy cane nicely.
5. Finish the favor by tying any remaining ribbon into a bow nice and tight.

How simple was that? These only take seconds each to make, so they are the perfect favor if you need to make them in bulk.

Head to your local Dollar Tree and gather all of the fixings to make your own Grinch Party Favors! It is a treat your guests are sure to love.

 

Grinch on a Stick Fruit Skewers

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Who knew that a healthy holiday snack could be so fun? These Grinch on a Stick Fruit Skewers are the perfect appetizer or snack at your next holiday party! Kids and adults both will love how fun and easy it is to turn their favorite fruits into a resemblance of the Grinch himself. Take a peek below at how you can make a batch of your own.

Grinch on a Stick Fruit Skewers

Supplies needed:
Wooden skewers
Large green grapes
Strawberries
Bananas
Mini Marshmallows

Directions:

1. Begin by prepping your fruit. Do this by washing all of the fruit and allowing it to dry. Cut the bananas into ½ inch thick coins, remove the tops from the strawberries, and wash and leave your green grapes as is.
2. On your skewers, you will place the fruit in this order: grape, banana coin, strawberry (point facing upward) and mini marshmallow.

The finished product looks like a green little Grinch all decked out in his Santa hat! How cute is that? Arrange these Grinch on a Stick Fruit Skewers in a vase or glass bottle for simple display and for guests to easily admire and help themselves to.

Make these for your child’s classroom party, for your own holiday gatherings, or just as a fun holiday craft with the kids. It is a fun and festive treat you are all sure to love, and a healthy one at that.

So head to your local grocer and gather all of the supplies you need to make your own Grinch on a Stick. They are sure to become a holiday fave!

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Glowing Grinch Candle

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If you are all about the Grinch décor this holiday season, this simple Glowing Grinch Candle needs to be on your to-do list. Easy to make using just a few Dollar Store materials, this Glowing Grinch Candle is the perfect way to light up your home for the holidays in a way that is a whimsical nod to the green guy himself. Take a peek below at how to make your own.

Glowing Grinch Candle

Supplies needed:
Green jar candle
Construction paper
Scissors
Craft glue

We were able to find everything on this supply list at our local Dollar Tree store. So not only is this a fun and festive craft, but it is one that you can make for just pennies.

Directions:
1. Begin by cutting a red strip of construction paper. This will serve as the Santa jacket on your Grinch!
2. Apply some craft glue to the ends of the red strip, wrap the strip around the candle, and press the ends into place until adhered.
3. You now want to create a buckle for the belly of your Grinch candle. To do this, cut out a square of black construction paper. Fold the square in half and cut a smaller square out of the inside of the larger one. Discard the small square leaving what looks like a nice shiny black belt buckle.
4. Apply some glue to the buckle and press it to the red strip.

Your finished product will look like the belly of the Grinch (the green candle) wearing his Santa gear (the red coat and buckle) in hopes of popping in on Who-Ville! This project takes just minutes to make, pennies to create, and is a fun way to add some Grinchy fun to your holiday décor. Give it a try and see what you can create!

 

Grinch in a Glass Bottled Drinks

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A party just isn’t a party without the perfect beverage. If you plan on entertaining guests this holiday season, these Grinch in a Glass Bottled Drinks are the perfect solution. Easy to make and so whimsical, these green bottled drinks would make the perfect addition to your menu. Take a look below at what a cinch they are to create using a few simple supplies. Take a peek!

Grinch in a Glass Bottled Drinks

Supplies needed:
Glass bottles with lids (found at most dollar and discount stores)
Lime Kool Aid
Miniature red/white stockings
Rubberbands

The miniature red and white stockings can be found at your local Dollar Tree. They are sold in a two pack for just $1. Glass beverage bottles are sold at most discount stores. Be sure to find ones with screw on lids so you can make them up ahead of time and refrigerate them until needed.

Directions:
1. Begin by preparing your Lime Kool Aid per packet instructions. If you don’t like this beverage you can always use any green or yellow/green beverage of your choice.
2. Fill the bottle with the beverage. Place the lid on tightly.
3. Place one of the mini stockings on tops of the bottle.
4. Gather the top of the stocking and bunch it. Wrap a rubber band around the top of the stocking creating a small puff at the end. It should now resemble a Santa hat.

Fill a tub with your Grinch in a Glass Bottled Drinks and then allow guests to serve themselves. It will look so festive filled with green beverages and topped with a Santa hat, just like the Grinch!

So gather your supplies and give this fun party idea a try! It is sure to add some Grinch fun to your holidays.

 

 

 

 

2 Ingredient Fudge Recipe

I am participating in a sponsored brand ambassadorship with ALDI. All opinions stated are my own.

I’m about to blow your minds, my friends.  Delicious, creamy fudge recipe.  2 ingredients (3 if you add nuts) and total cost: $2.48.

Oh, yes.

You see, my Aunt Dianne (who probably won’t ever see this but hey, I love you Aunt D!!) has made a certain famous recipe fudge for- well, forever for holidays  in our family.  I tried several times to make it, failing all but once.  So complicated. And you guys know, and I know, that I like EASY stuff.  Simple.  Yummy.So today I’m going to blow your minds.

Fudge made from 2 ingredients.

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1 can of Sweetened Condensed Milk

1 12oz bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips

And all you do is melt them together in the microwave (or stovetop) until the chocolate melts. Stir it. Place in 8×8 greased dish. Let it chill to set. A few hours later, enjoy.

If you do it in the microwave, it’s maybe going to be a 5 minute process….including cleanup. Stovetop?  A few more. You can of course add things like… nuts, candies, seasonal sprinkles (I’m going to call them shots though), flavor extract. You might even want to use different kinds of chips. I stuck with straight up simplicity.

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I went to ALDI for a bunch of my holiday baking essentials today, like eggs, sugar, brown sugar, and spent less than $25 on a TON of stuff.  Which I promptly forgot to snap a picture of. I also got a lot of muffin and bread mixes to donate for holiday food drives, roll Italian sausage for my semi-famous (at least in my own mind) stuffing for Thanksgiving (I should totally share that recipe with you) and super thin pizza crusts I like to keep on hand for those (frequent) nights when I run out of time to make dinner. I’ve really been really happy with my ALDI finds — but what has made me happiest?  The total at the checkout.  Each time I go to check out I have to ask the cashier to be certain they got everything in my cart.  I love it!  ALDI has tons of fabulous prices on a lot of pantry staples we use.

 

Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe #Recipe #linky

With the holidays upon us, I’ve been wanting to showcase fun, quick and easy recipes to make – even twists on classics like this Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe.  Most everyone loves a good chocolate chip cookie recipe, this one just adds a fun and festive holiday flavor!  You can use any kind of peppermint bits you’d like- crushed up candies, candy canes, or even grab the peppermint chips in the baking aisle. I always like to break the candies into bits for a little free stress relief. :)peppermint-chocolate-chip-cookies-recipe

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Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
 
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Holiday twist on traditional chocolate chip cookies
Author:
Recipe type: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 1 and ½ sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ⅓ cup Peppermint Pieces or Bites
  • ½ cup Chocolate Chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Using a mixer, cream together the butter and both sugars.
  4. Add in the egg.
  5. Slowly mix in the flour.
  6. Using a plastic spatula or a spoon, fold in the cornstarch, baking soda, peppermint bites or pieces, and chocolate chips.
  7. Roll the cookie dough into medium cookie balls and place on parchment paper.
  8. Bake for 9-10 minutes.
  9. Stores in the refrigerator for 1 week.

What are your favorite holiday cookie recipes?  Check out some of our other recipes!

Fall Snack Recipe: Alpha-Bits Snack Mix #AlphaBits

A favorite and rarely seen cereal in our family growing up was Alpha-Bits cereal.  I loved it for oh so many reasons, but mostly it just tasted good…plus, my mom so rarely got “fun” foods for us that having alphabet shaped cereal pieces to enjoy just seemed SO EXCITING.  Fast forward to me at age 39 and I still like fun foods…and I still like Alpha-Bits.  I decided to have a little fall-themed fun with Alpha-Bits and create a fall snack recipe with them. The result?  Alpha-Bits Snack Mix. This recipe does use candy corn- it’s a great way to use up some of that Halloween candy you have laying around!

I am being compensated by Alpha-Bits for my participation in this campaign through my affiliation with the Mom It Forward Blogger Network.

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Fall Snack Recipe: Alpha-Bits Snack Mix #AlphaBits
 
Easy to make snack mix using Alpha-Bits cereal
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Alpha-Bits Cereal
  • 1 cup pretzels
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup candy corn (you could also use M&Ms candies)
Instructions
  1. Measure all ingredients
  2. Stir ingredients together
  3. Enjoy

You can also use Alpha-Bits for letter recognition and I think it would be a lot of fun to play with Alpha-Bits while reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom with your kids!  It’s a fun way to sneak a little learning into snack time. Little ones love playing with their food and Alpha-Bits can help make breakfast and snack time educational!!

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Alpha-Bits cereal has zinc and iron, and is packed with 20g of whole grains per serving.  It’s a cereal that’s fun to eat and even more fun to play with!

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Even more fun are the beloved friends from PBS Kids’ Super Why on the box- I have yet to meet a kid who didn’t enjoy watching Super Why and this has to be the perfect cereal to pair with a kids’ show!

Are you an Alpha-Bits cereal lover like me?  Do you prefer them in a bowl with milk or dry on their own (or in a snack mix)?

Halloween Treat Recipe Roundup

Here’s a roundup of several Halloween Treat Recipes from the Mavens of Money!  Have your own fun recipe idea? Share your own in the linky at the bottom of the post!

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Candy Corn Crunch  from This Mama Loves

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Popcorn Jack-O-Lanterns from Mom on Dealz

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Meringue Ghosts from Madame Deals

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Witch Hat Surprise Cookies from This Mama Loves

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Cool Whip Chips Ahoy Halloween Dessert from Penny Filled Pantry

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Easy Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting  from The Coupon Challenge

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Under the Sea Parfait Recipe (The Little Mermaid Inspired)

One of my all time favorite Disney movies is The Little Mermaid. My littlest one had a playdate with one of her little besties and since both of them adore Ariel, we decided we would make our playdate extra fun by making up an Little Mermaid inspired Under the Sea Parfait Recipe in honor of the release of the film from the Disney vault.

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Under the Sea Parfait Recipe (The Little Mermaid Inspired)
 
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Easy and fun to make treat to go along with The Little Mermaid viewing
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • Mini Vanilla Wafers, crumbled (about 1 cup)
  • Vanilla Pudding (you could also use blue jello)
  • Blue food coloring
  • Swedish fish
Instructions
  1. Add a bit of blue food coloring to your pudding
  2. Crumble the Nilla wafers into the bottom of your bowl/cup
  3. Layer ½ of the pudding on top of the cookies
  4. Put a fish or 2 sitting on the pudding
  5. Add another layer of crumbled cookies
  6. Layer the rest of the pudding on top of the cookies
  7. Add fish for decoration
  8. Enjoy!
Notes
We used single-serve pudding cups because we happened to have some here, and with 4 year olds it was just easy to have them do the parfaits this way. You could easily use a batch of pudding and more cookies to make a large parfait- we did individual

With the The Little Mermaid Diamond Edition available, now we can all enjoy Ariel whenever we want, digitally restored and with HD sound to enhance viewing for all of us.

Ariel (voiced by Jodi Benson), is a free-spirited mermaid, who is off on the adventure of a lifetime with her best friend, the adorable Flounder (voiced by Jason Marin), and the reggae-singing Caribbean crab Sebastian (voiced by Samuel E. Wright) at her side. But it will take all of her courage and determination to make her dreams come true—and save her father’s beloved kingdom from the sneaky sea witch Ursula (voiced by Pat Carroll).

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Thanks to Disney for sending us the Diamond Edition for review!

We are going to be watching The Little Mermaid on Friday for our family movie night and enjoying some Under the Sea Parfaits and popcorn!  Do you do family movie night at your house?

Fun Kool-Aid Crafts and Recipes

Growing up, we had Kool-Aid a lot. Well, maybe not a lot, but at parties, celebrations, we definitely did.  I remember we had these really cool Kool-Aid man mugs and I really really loved those mugs. We might have had a pitcher, too.  Whatever- they were AWESOME.

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Photo Credit for these beauties goes to Nothyme4Presents 

(and excuse me while I go rock in a corner because the cups are sold. Probably eons ago.  But not to me).

Because it was the 80’s and everything was awesome.  The Kool-Aid man would be on commercials busting through walls of houses to SAVE ALL THE PARTIES bringing his Kool-Aid with him.

And it was awesome.

But the mugs are gone and it probably wouldn’t be well received if the big pitcher-head-guy decided to blow through anyone’s house walls.  So we’re left with memories. And other cups.

ALTHOUGH….

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it is the um…teens?  You know. It’s 2013. The time of Pinterest. And Creativity abounds in this world. And now you can do oh so much more with Kool-Aid besides “just” drink it. You can drink it and make things with it.  Bonding time.  Family time. Crafty time. Fun time.  Making memories time.

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Fun ways to use Kool-Aid 
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How to Dip Dye Your Hair Using Kool-Aid 

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Kool-Aid Play-Doh

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How to Tie Dye TShirts with Kool-Aid

(which is on our list and we have supplies but this mama is not feeling well at all this weekend and sadly it’ll have to wait)

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Grape Granita Recipe 

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2 Ingredient DIY Lip Balm

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Edible Play-Doh

This is a sponsored post with Lunchbox.  Opinions are my own.

Food Over Medicine: Food for thought

This summer BenBella Books sent me another great read to review, Food Over Medicine, The Conversation That Could Save Your Life Pamela A. Popper, PhD, ND, and Glen Merzer.  They talk about the the current state of health in America and how diet can improve peoples conditions.  They share success stories, recipes and tips on managing your doctors.  This is an easy read book that keeps you engaged and  provides important information that can change the quality of your life.

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About The Book

Almost half of Americans take at least one prescription medicine, with almost a quarter taking three or more, but diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and dementia are growing more prevalent than ever. Overmedicated, overfed, and malnourished, Americans fail to realize the answer to lower disease rates doesn’t lie in more pills, but in the foods we eat.

In Food Over Medicine, Pamela A. Popper, PhD, ND, and Glen Merzer openly discuss the dire state of American health, the result of poor nutrition choices stemming from cynical food politics and medical misinformation. But, more important, they share the key to getting and staying healthy for life. As executive director of The Wellness Forum, Popper works to change lives through diet and lifestyle, reduce medical costs for businesses through health education programs for employees, and educate health care professionals on the healing potential of an optimal diet.

Backed by numerous scientific studies, Food Over Medicine details how diet can dramatically improve health and turn around alarming diagnoses—such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and other major health problems—and do so more effectively than drugs that often have lingering side effects. Including recipes from Del Sroufe, author of the bestselling Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook, Food Over Medicine reveals the power and practice of optimal nutrition in a highly accessible way.

 

About The Authors

Pamela A. Popper, PhD, ND, is a naturopath, an internationally recognized expert on nutrition, medicine, and health, and the Executive Director of The Wellness Forum. Dr. Popper serves on the Physician’s Steering Committee and the President’s Board for the Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington, D.C. Dr. Popper is one of the health care professionals involved in the famed Sacramento Food Bank Project, in which economically disadvantaged people were shown how to reverse their diseases and eliminate medications with diet.

Dr. Popper is part of Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s teaching team at eCornell, teaching part of a certification course on plant-based nutrition. She has been featured in many widely distributed documentaries, including Processed People and Making a Killing and appears in a new film, Forks Over Knives, which played in major theaters throughout North America in 2011. She is one of the coauthors of the companion book which was on the New York Times bestseller list for several months.

Glen Merzer is a playwright and screenwriter living in California. He is coauthor with Howard Lyman of Mad Cowboy, and with Howard Lyman and Joanna Samorow-Merzer of No More Bull! He also coauthored Chef AJ’s Unprocessed. He has been a vegetarian for almost 40 years, and a vegan for almost 20.

 

Enter to  win a copy of Food Over Medicine, The Conversation That Could Save Your Life from BenBella Books. 

 

A copy of Food Over Medicine, The Conversation That Could Save Your Life was provided to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own.