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How To Make Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse to surprise your little ones with a sweet treat.

These Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies have been on my 'must bake' list since before Christmas when I pinned them.

They're the perfect cookie for Valentine's Day they're bright red and chewy and let's be honest have you ever met a red velvet anything that you weren't a fan of? Me either.

A fun way to surprise your tiniest Valentine with these cookies is to stack and pack them up in a cellophane bag. I found these great stickers that you can personalize from Tiny Prints and thought they'd be a sweet lunchbox treat for my son Jaiden.

 

 

 

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder*
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp milk or buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 5 tsp red food coloring
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Directions:

  • In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt for 30 seconds, set aside. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip butter and granulated sugar until pale and fluffy. Mix in eggs 1 at a time, blending until combined after each addition. Mix in milk, vanilla bean paste, lemon juice and red food coloring. With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Stir in white chocolate chips. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill 2 hours or until firm enough to shape into balls.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour powdered sugar into a bowl. Remove dough from refrigerator, scoop dough out and with buttered hands, shape into medium balls (about 2 1/2 Tbsp each). Roll cookie dough balls into powdered sugar and evenly coat. Transfer to Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheets and flatten slightly, then bake in preheated oven 13 - 14 minutes. Allow to rest on cookie sheet several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
  • *If you want them a little more chocolatey you can replace 2 - 3 Tbsp of the flour with 2 - 3 additional Tbsp of cocoa powder.

*Recipe Source: CookingClassy.com

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Kellogg’s Great Start Tips: Mix It Up

This post is sponsored by Kellogg’s.

We are cereal obsessed in our house! Both my kids love to eat cereal for Breakfast and often eat it for a snack after school or even after dinner instead of dessert. I have noticed that lately they have been in a cereal rut. I wanted  to mix things a bit and make their cereal eating more fun! I created a DIY creal bar. I used my 4 favorite Kellogg's cereals, Rice Krispies, Frosted Mini-Wheats, Crispix and Frosted Flakes.

  I should of created a cereal bar a long time ago! The cereals look pretty sitting on our counter and it makes it a lot more fun to eat cereal.

 If you are ever in a bit of a cereal rut, mix it up!  Experimenting with flavor and texture of different cereals is a great way to keep breakfast a little unexpected.

 Dylan and Mia both had a lot of fun mixing up their cereal!. I loved that they both ate cereals that they normally would not of eaten! Win for me as a mom! For more great starts tips visit Kelloggs.com/GreatStartTips or click here!

Kellogg’s® believes that From Great Starts Come Great Things®. So we’re helping Moms start every day with a tip from the top athletes of Team Kellogg’s™ and Team USA dietitians. The thirty days leading up to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will each feature fun pieces of advice to help families fuel just like the athletes of Team Kellogg’s. To see all 30 tips, visit Kelloggs.com/GreatStartsTips.

Disclosure:  Compensation was provided by Kellogg’s via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Kellogg’s.

 

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Easy to Make Oreo Truffles

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Easy to Make Oreo Truffles

Thanks to Carter's for sponsoring our post on holiday traditions! Did you know there is a delicious treat Santa loves more than cookies?  It's true!  Santa LOVES Oreo Truffles!

After the kids write their letters to Santa, we fill up a plate of Oreo Truffles for the big guy just to ensure the girls get everything on their Christmas list.

 

Carter's Pajamas

Oreo Truffles

Oreo Truffles have been a staple on our holiday dessert table for about the last five years.  Friends said we had to try them and with the first bite, we were hooked!  Oreo Truffles can be made with different types of chocolate and sprinkles to really fit any occasion.  Here is how we make Oreo Truffles for the holidays.

oreo truffle recipe

What you'll need:

  • 1 package of Oreos (NOT Double Stuff, we use Reduced Fat to make ourselves feel better.)
  • 1 block of cream cheese (again we use reduced fat)
  • 3 packages of Bakers' chocolate or Almond Bark
  • Parchment Paper
  • Sprinkles

Directions:

  1. Use a mixer to get Oreos to the consistency of dirt.
  2. Add in the cream cheese and mix to the consistency of mud. 
  3. Put the 'dough' in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.  It needs to chill so it is easier to work with when the chocolate is warm.
  4. Melt Bakers' Chocolate/Almond Bar according to directions.
  5. One at a time, take a small amount of chilled dough and roll it into a ball.  Using a small spoon, put the dough into the melted chocolate and, we say, give it a bath.
  6. After dough is completely covered in chocolate, set on parchment paper and decorate immediately.  Once the chocolate hardens you will not be able to add sprinkles. oreo truffles
  7. Chill the finished truffles until ready to serve.  Oreo Truffles freeze really well and can be pulled out in small batches and brought to holiday events.

How could Santa resist?

What else is good enough to eat in these photos?  The girls in their kids holiday pi's!  The kids have had many versions of Carter's Christmas pajamas over the years.  They love them so much, they stay in rotation all winter long.

Help deliver 1 million good nights by donating to the PJ Program online, and Carter’s will match all customer PJ donations up to 100,000 pajamas! No purchase necessary.  Carter’s is a proud partner with Pajama Program, a national organization that provides new PJs and books to children in need, many waiting and hoping to be adopted. Carter’s is joining their nationwide One Million Good Nights initiative to collect 1 million new PJs and books for children in need by the end of 2015.

Carter's Pajamas

Carter’s partnered with bloggers such as me to help promote the Carter’s Holiday Network. As part of the program, I received product or gift cards.  Carter’s believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words, and therefore did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the products I used. Carter’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations. The winner of any giveaway in this program will be randomly chosen and gift card fulfillment will be handled by a third party.

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The Perfect Pairing: Betty Crocker

Thanks to Betty Crocker for sponsoring today's post! Growing up both my parents worked fulltime and we managed to eat as a family at least 6 nights a week. When I became a mother I knew that eating as a family at the table, was something that was important to me.

For the last 7 years it really has been relatively easy to eat dinner as a family during the week. Now that Mia is involved with activities that occur on week nights, dinner as a family unit is much harder.

Meal planning on Sunday for the week is a big help. Also, I try to prepare meals that are easier to prep ahead of time on the nights that I have to become the carpool mom.

My go to main courses are ones that I can put in the crock pot or prepare to be able to pop in the oven. During the winter months my family loves Beer Can Chicken that I cook in the oven for about 3 hours. We also love a pot roast that cooks all day in the crock pot.

Betty Crocker has a line of delicious specialty potato's that are my go to for our busy weeknight meals. They pair well with my quick meals and the kids love them! The best part is they can be made fast and are delicious.

Mia absolutely loves the Au Gratin potatoes. This is a childhood favorite of mine as well. Need a quick and easy meal solution for the busy holiday season?  Try Betty Crocker Potatoes today. Get recipes here.

What are your weeknight dinner favorites?

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Betty Crocker via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Betty Crocker.

 

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5 Tasty and Fun After School Snack Ideas

The first thing we hear when the door flies open after school is:  I'm HUNGRY!  Are your kids getting tired of the same old peanut butter and jelly sandwich or are you looking for a fun and creative way to get your child to eat more fruits and veggies?  Would you like to put a stop to the fruit and veggie power struggles? If this sounds like your family then you are in luck!  I'm excited to be sharing with all of you some fun and easy school lunch and after-school snack ideas. These snacks are sure to be a delight for even the pickiest of eaters!

No more boring peanut butter and jelly sandwich when served on a stick!

after school snack ideas

Have any car lovers in your family? I do, and my little one loves eating her apples this way!

after school snack ideas

Hummus and carrots might make lots of kiddos wrinkle up their noses but what if it's served to resemble a pumpkin patch?!

Of course we can't forget about having a sweet treat! These chocolate, peanut butter, granola apple bites are the perfect balance for keeping a sweet treat healthy.

kids snack ideas

Finally, my all time favorite snack that you must try are these adorable school bus graham cracker cookies!

From all of us here at TLSF we hope your kiddos back to school year is off to a great start!

 What are your kids favorite after school snacks?

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