Friday, May 22, 2015

Red, White, & Blue Cupcakes

White cake mix and food coloring make these adorable and festive cupcakes. Topped with buttercream frosting and sliced blueberries and strawberries!

Last night we went to Silas' t-ball game dressed in long jeans, sneakers, long sleeve shirts, and hoodies over top. I'm sorry, did I completely sleep through summer and now it's fall again?! What in the heck happened??

Apparently it's supposed to be 90 degrees here on Memorial Day, but I'll believe it when I feel it. I'm actually hoping it does - my poor tomato plants need to get in the ground if I'm going to have any kind of a yield this year!

If it really is going to be that hot, I think we'll break out the kiddie pool and the sprinklers at my Mom's house to have the kids cool off. I picked up a few water balloon sling-shots at the dollar store the other day. THAT should be fun to watch. :D

If you're looking for an easy dessert to celebrate Memorial Day or the 4th of July, with little effort but BIG impact, these cupcakes are for you! It only takes a few extra minutes to color the batter. I'll tell you one thing - the strawberries and blueberries on top MAKE these awesome cupcakes pop with flavor. 

Red, White, & Blue Cupcakes

  • 15 oz box white cake mix (plus ingredients called for on box)
  • red food coloring
  • blue food coloring
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • sliced strawberries
  • blueberries
Cooking Directions
  1. Beat white cake mix with ingredients called for on box. Place 1 1/3 cup batter into three separate bowls. In one bowl mix in 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring. In the second bowl, mix in 1/2 teaspoon blue food coloring. Leave the third bowl plain. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners. Layer each muffin cup with 1 tablespoon red batter, 1 tablespoon white batter, and 1 tablespoon blue batter. Bake at 350 for 14-19 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Allow cupcakes to cool completely. For frosting, beat butter until smooth. Add in salt. Add in powdered sugar 1 cup at a time. Add 1-2 tablespoons milk to get a creamy consistency. Pipe or spread frosting on cupcakes and top with sliced strawberry and blueberries.

These cupcakes are just insanely good - and the kids LOVED the color inside when they took a bite!

Here are some more of my favorite Patriotic treats:

Red, White, & Blue Cheesecake Torte

Patriotic Ice Cream Soda

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Buffalo Chicken Triscuit Bites

Buffalo chicken and blue cheese dressing topped with cheddar and served on Triscuit crackers - the perfect snack!

Buffalo Chicken Triscuit Bites

  • 1 can chicken in buffalo wing sauce
  • 2 Triscuit Original crackers
  • 3 teaspoons ranch or blue cheese dressing
  • 1 slice sharp cheddar cheese, cut into small strips
Cooking Directions
  1. Even spread a generous amount of chicken on each Triscuit. Top each evenly with one teaspoon dressing and two strips of cheddar cheese. Serve immediately.

*Please note: one serving size is two Buffalo Chicken Triscuit Bites.*

Right now, buffalo chicken hot wings are IT for me! Not the super spicy kind, just the mild with ranch dressing on the side. It's actually pretty weird.

Mainly because, I don't like hot wings.

Yep you read that right! I don't know what it is, but each pregnancy I revive my temporary love for hot wings and it is glorious, people! Before I even knew I was pregnant with this third blessing, I made hot wings in the Crockpot twice and everyone looked at me slant-eyed.

We should have put the puzzle pieces together right then and there, ha!

Back when I was pregnant with Silas (my first) I had literally never had hot wings before, and yet I craved them! I remember making Paul run out late one night and picking us up some for dinner. That was pretty much the pregnancy from bliss. No morning sickness, no nausea AT ALL, no heartbearn... it was amazing.

Fast forward to Wesley and this bugger and MAN do I miss those days!

It's a good thing I created these little Buffalo Chicken Triscuit Bites - it's the perfect snack for the hot sauce flavor I'm craving all the time without overindulging! These little bites would be perfect for watching your favorite game or to put out as an appetizer for your next party.

Three of these bites are the perfect serving size for these awesome flavors!

I've always been a huge fan of Triscuit crackers, I love how many things you can put on them - usually for me it's just a slice of extra sharp cheddar cheese. Such an easy snack!

There are SO many other great snack ideas on Triscuit's Pinterest site! Head on over there to check them out. Be sure to also follow them on Instagram and Twitter for even more yummy-ness!

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Best Ever Chip Dip

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cape Cod® Potato Chips.

This simple chip dip takes 5 minutes to pull together, and is SO much better than those little packets - cheaper, too! Sour cream, mayo, and herbs... bring on the chips and veggies!

The boys and I hate it when Paul has to spend time away. Thankfully it's not that often at all, but I realize how much I rely on him for every day things when he's gone! Funny how that is... 

When it's time for the boys to clean up their millions of toys laying around the living room, I can ask and ask and ask... and they might clean up *some* of the mess. What is it though when Dad comes down and asks, they get it done?! I'm glad they listen to him, but it's SO frustrating for me! He's also the one who walks Silas to school most days so I can sit and enjoy my coffee while getting my morning blog work done. And of course, while I have to remind and nag and remind some more, he'll take out the trash and carry laundry baskets up and down the stairs for me. Baby #3 is getting bigger every day and I'm already having a hard time lifting!

One thing I can take a bit of a break on when he's away is menu planning. When it's just me and the boys, we do a lot of snacking around here. A LOT. Potato wedges, cucumbers and tomatoes with dressing, granola bars, and of course popcorn and chips and dip as a treat at the end of the night. Usually accompanied by a showing of Wreck It Ralph, Thomas and Friends, or Elf. Yes, we watch Elf year-round in this house, don't you?

This Best Ever Chip Dip is PERFECT to go along with a movie night for the family. No need to buy those expensive dip mix packets - I'll bet you have most, if not all, of these ingredients already in your pantry! And it tastes LOADS better than any tub dip you'd buy at the supermarket!

Best Ever Chip Dip

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
Cooking Directions
  1. Mix all ingredients together well. Refrigerate for at least one hour. Serve with chips or cut up veggies.

I really like to grab smarter choices for snacking at home with the kids and I love Cape Cod®'s Reduced Fat Original Chips and Popcorn. 

They also have Sea Salt & Vinegar variety that I can't wait to try - my favorite! Cape Cod's tagline is, "Home of Ridiculously Good Chips" and I have to agree! I like that they use simple, all natural ingredients, are gluten free, and contain no preservatives as well. Be sure to follow Cape Cod on Facebook!

Here are some more of my favorite dip recipes:

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