Chocolate cheesecake stuffed strawberries + video

Chocolate covered cheesecake stuffed strawberries

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Easy chocolate covered cheesecake stuffed strawberries

Yall.  Seriously.  Chocolate covered cheesecake stuffed strawberries.  Yes!  So much yes.  I didn’t even think this much goodness could fit in one strawberry.  But let me tell you – it can!  And you NEED to make these bad boys ASAP.  

As soon as possible may not be fast enough.  But that’s just my chocolate cheesecake stuffed strawberry belly talking.  

Chocolate covered cheesecake stuffed strawberries

You need to know two things about these strawberries.  First.  They are ridiculously easy to make.  No lie.  They took about 30 minutes to make two dozen.  And that included letting them set in the freezer for a few minutes to harden.  THAT EASY.  

Second.  They will disappear.  Seriously.  You will have a cookie sheet full of two dozen strawberries and if you look away they will be gone.  I mean – it’s easy to figure out where they went because you will see chocolate smeared smiles all around you.  But still.  They will be gone LIKE THAT.  

Cheesecake stuffed strawberry recipe

I should put a third disclaimer here too.  They are SO much cheaper to make at home then to buy.  I know this time of year everyone is pushing store bought chocolate covered strawberries.  And they look good!  I know.  I get tempted to buy them too.  

But walk away.  Walk straight to the baking aisle and grab some powdered sugar and chocolate bark.  Then grab a stick of cream cheese and at least 2 dozen strawberries.  They strawberries will be the most expensive thing – but don’t you worry.  It’s all worth it!  

And just so you can see how easy they are to make a did a quick (super quick) video tutorial.  With some super cheesy Valentine’s music.  Because what are chocolate cheesecake stuffed strawberries without a little cheesy music??


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Ingredients
  • 8 oz package of cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 24 strawberries, washed and dried
  • about 8 ounces of chocolate bark, melted
Instructions
  1. In a stand mixer or using a handheld, whip the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Slowly add in the powdered sugar. Mix in the vanilla extract. If your cheesecake mixture is too runny- add a bit more powdered sugar. You want it to be able to hold a peak for a few seconds.
  2. Cut a triangle in the strawberry, with the point facing toward the bottom of the berry. (See video for tips)
  3. Pipe in the cheesecake mixture. (I added mine to a plastic baggy and cut the tip.)
  4. Place on a baking and put in the freezer for 5 minutes to allow the cheesecake mix to harden.
  5. Remove from the freezer, dip the strawberry in the melted chocolate bark and return back to the cookie sheet. Allow to harden completely before eating. Keep in fridge or freezer if not eating right away.
  6. Enjoy!

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5 easy Christmas desserts

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Hey friends!  I hope you are having a great weekend!  I was able to get all our out of state Christmas gifts packed and shipped this week.  Yessss!  I always get so stressed about it because I want them to be there on time for Christmas.  And uhhh.. I’m not the most punctual person so I get a little nervous.  

But I did it!  They will be there on Wednesday – 2 days before the big day!  Excuse me while I high five myself real quick.  

I also got out Christmas cards out too.  I would have liked to get them in the mail a few days earlier, but hey, life.  So presents AND Christmas cards are on their way and I can breath a small sigh of relief.  

I don’t want to think about the gifts for family and friends in town I have to wrap.  I’ll think about desserts instead.  That ok?  Perfect.  Here are 5 easy Christmas desserts to help take your mind off the hustle and bustle of the holiday season! 

Homemade chocolate pudding pie – I love chocolate pie and it’s totally a holiday staple at our house.  I would love to try this homemade version! 

Christmas magic mix – Not only is this Christmas mix easy to make – it’s packed with my favorite things!  Chocolate, coconut, graham crackers!  Oh and pecans.  

Almond joy bites – These are my favorite treat to make during the holidays!  No one believes me when I tell them how easy they are to whip up.  In fact, I just made a double batch for my cookie exchange this weekend! 

White chocolate pots de menthe with raspberry – These pots de menthe look super fancy but Justine breaks down how to make them.  It would be fun to impress friends and family with this easy dessert! 

Crock pot candy – It doesn’t get much easier then this folks.  Toss everything in a crock pot and then let cool on wax paper.  Boom – easy and delicious dessert! 

What is your favorite Christmas time dessert?

Sparkling cranberry punch

Sparking cranberry punch!  Such an easy drink to make for a party!

This sparkling cranberry punch is super easy to make and perfect for a holiday crowd! 

Easy sparkling cranberry punch recipe

This past weekend my mom and went over to my sister-in-laws house to help her bake cookies.  She had just gotten out of the hospital and wanted to give the nurses a little thank you.  So we headed over and started baking.  We made peanut butter blossoms, sugar blossoms, cream cheese mints, popcorn balls, caramel pecan fudge and praline pecans.  

It was like 5 solid hours of baking.  One thing of cookies would come out of the oven and another went right in.  We all had a good time but I was tired!  I felt silly saying I was tired from baking – but it was true! 

Sparking cranberry punch! Such an easy drink to make for a party!

The thing is – I am going to do the exact same thing in another week or so!  I am hosting my annual cookie exchange at our house and I always spend half the day in the kitchen.  Not just baking, but making appetizers and drinks and whatever else strikes my fancy.  

This is my 4th year doing the cookie exchange and I have 15 people RSVP’ed already.  That doesn’t include spouses or kids.  I am betting we will have a house full! 

Sparkling cranberry punch!

I know I’ll need quick and easy appetizers and drinks.  I did a crock pot hot chocolate last year that everyone loved.  This year I’m adding this sparkling cranberry punch to the mix.  It’s easy to make, kid friendly and low calerio.  I was able to grab all the ingredients needed for the punch at Wal-Mart – including the Dasani sparkling water!  (That’s the sparkling part of the recipe!)  I used the berry flavored sparkling water and it was perfect for the punch.  Added just the right about of flavor without the guilt.  

So if you wonder where I am in about a week – I’ll be knee deep in cookies, appetizers and yummy drinks.  And I will be loving every second of it! 

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Sparkling cranberry punch
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Ingredients
  • 32 ounces cranberry juice
  • 2- 8 ounce cans berry sparkling water
  • orange sherbet
  • oranges and cranberries
Instructions
  1. In a large pitcher, combine the cranberry juice and berry sparkling water. Add in one orange, sliced, and a handful of cranberries. Allow to sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  2. When serving, add a scoop of orange sherbet to each glass and then pour the punch over top.
  3. Garnish with additional cranberries and oranges.
  4. Enjoy!

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Margherita Pizza Dip

Margherita pizza dip - your favorite flavors in cheesy dip form

Ooey, gooey and full of cheese, this Margherita pizza dip is perfect for parties, get togethers or for lunch on Saturday afternoon.  All are appropriate. 

Ooey, gooey and super cheesy - this margherita pizza dip is perfect for your next get together!  Just bring the recipe because everyone will want it

I don’t want to brag or anything, but on Christmas eve we had a small miracle at the Grant house.  Both kids behaved during Christmas eve service and we actually got to hear the sermon.  [Cue angels singing.]  I say behaved, but they were asleep.  They behaved because they were sleeping next to us.  Totally not complaining.  I’ll take that over how the normally act in church.  Let’s just say its a combination between wrestling a bear and trying to keep a screeching seagull quiet.  I’ll let you guess who is the bear and who is the seagull. 

Margherita pizza dip!  All the flavors of your favorite pizza in ooey gooey cheesey dip form

Our service was at 7 in the evening so Ryon and I were both kind of surprised that they fell asleep since its earlier then their normal bed time.  [Again, no complaints here!]  But then we had to figure out how to get them out of church, into their car seats, home and then into bed.  Which would have been another miracle in itself, but sadly, did not happen.  As soon as the sermon was over both kids perked up like little bunnies and were ready to go.  It worked out though because we hadn’t eaten dinner and were able to spend Christmas eve at my parents.  Eating steak.  We had steak for Christmas eve dinner.  [Gotta love Texas grilling season – aka all year long!] 

Margherita pizza dip - your favorite flavors in cheesy dip form

After dinner we changed into our matching Christmas jammies and took obligatory pictures by the Christmas tree.  [Adorable picture below.]  Ryley just knew Santa was going to bring her Shopkins so she was ready to go to bed. 

Funny story – we say what we are thankful for every night before bed as part of our routine.  So I ask her every night “What are you thankful for?  What can you thank God for today?”  And every night she says “That Santa will bring me Shopkins!”  No thought, no wavering.  All Shopkins, all the time.  I have to remind her every night that its not a wish list, we are thanking God for things He has given us. 

kids in christmas jammies

And I don’t mean to toot my own horn but I only stayed up til 1 AM wrapping this year after the kids went to bed.  It would have probably been earlier but I decided I needed to watch How I Met your Mother on Netflix while wrapping.  Not the worst decision I’ve ever made, but there were times that I was just sitting there holding the piece of tape I had torn with my mouth open. 

The whole I was nervous though that the kids would wake up and catch me too.  They normally crawl into out bed at night and they have to pass the living room from their rooms to get there.  Every noise I heard I would stop and listen for little feet.  So my irrational fear also put me back a bit too. 

Margherita pizza dip!  An easy recipe to take to parties if you want to impress your friends

But they didn’t.  They even slept in!  I woke up at 7:30 and had to remind them that they might want to check and see if maybe Santa had come.  I was for sure that Ryley would literally skyrocket out of bed, but she didn’t get up for another half an hour!  [She’s just like her momma.]  We opened presents and oh my gosh – we got Shopkins!  I bought a few 5 packs and after the first one she said “Ohhhhh another Shopkins pack!” before she opened the gift.  Girlfriend can spot a Shopkins a mile away. 

Avery got Trashies – which are the boy version of Shopkins.  I think he likes to open the presents more then anything though.  He raced through opening his toys and then wanted to help Ryley.  [I may wrap empty boxes for him next year.]  After we did presents we skyped with Ryon’s parents in Michigan and then headed back to my parents house for more gift opening.  And more Shopkins.  I should probably buy stock in the company at this point.  But it was a wonderful Christmas, everyone was happy and momma even got a small cat nap in!  [Another Christmas miracle!]

Margherita Pizza Dip
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup Cherub tomatoes, sliced
  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  3. salt and pepper to taste
  4. 1 block (8 oz) of cream cheese, softened
  5. 8 oz of mozzarella cheese, shredded and divided
  6. 8 oz of provolone cheese, shredded and divided
  7. 2 oz of Parmesan cheese
  8. 1 cup of fresh basil leaves
  9. 3-4 garlic cloves
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350.
  2. On a greased cookie sheet or silicone baking sheet, arrange your tomatoes.
  3. Lightly coat with the olive oil and your salt and pepper.
  4. Bake 30-45 minutes, until blistering.
  5. While the tomatoes are cooking, mix together 7 oz of your mozzarella, provolone and your softened cream cheese. (You can use a wooden spoon but I used my hands.)
  6. Add in the garlic and basil and continue to mix.
  7. Once your tomatoes are done, add them in as well.
  8. Bump the oven temperature to 400 and scoop the cheese mixture into a greased baking dish. (I used a 8 inch round one.)
  9. Sprinkle the remaining cheeses on top and bake for 20-35 minutes, or until the sides a bubbling and the top is melted.
  10. Let cool and enjoy!
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Cranberry Orange Beer Bread

Cranberry orange beer bread with cream cheese frosting  The easiest bread you will ever make!

The easiest bread you will ever make.  Covered in cream cheese glaze. 

Cranberry orange beer bread - a super easy quick bread that is covered in cream cheese frosting

This past weekend I hosted my annual cookie exchange!  Cookie exchanges combine a few of my favorite things – hanging out with friends and cookies.  [Ok, 2 things really.]  I have it at my parents house because they live in a neighborhood that goes all out with Christmas decorations.  Like every house on the block is decorated, there are huge 15 foot candy canes in front of every house and this year they even added a ride on train to the mix.  Last year the mayor even declared the 3rd Saturday in December “Candy Cane Lane Day”.  Its a pretty big deal in town. 

Cranberry orange beer bread covered in cream cheese frosting

And since I’m super smart [insert laugh here] I try to combine candy cane lane day and my cookie exchange.  Not tooting my own horn but, it only took me 2 years of doing the cookie exchange to come up with that bright idea.  It’s a family event and my friends bring their kiddos and even the husbands come.  [We may bribe them with beer and cookies though.]  I got real fancy this year and made a few appetizers and some crock pot hot chocolate.  [I used this amazing recipe by the way.  Do it!  So good!]  And by fancy I mean I had mini wienies, chicken salad sandwiches and cheese dip. 

Cranberry orange beer bread - a super easy quick bread that is covered in cream cheese frosting

Most people had already eaten before they got to our place, but everyone tried the cheese dip.  Because I made them.  I had tried a recipe last week and Ryon gave it two thumbs up, so I tried it with a larger crowd this weekend.  Everyone agreed with Ryon, the cheese dip is a winner winner.  Ill share the recipe later this week because you need it in your life.  Promise.  [Who doesn’t need more cheese in their life?] 

The easiest cranberry orange beer bread recipe

Another thing you need in your life?  Jesus.  Oh and beer bread.  Basic beer bread is good.  Its quick and its easy and it disappears even faster.  I’ve added sweet basil [yum!] and butterscotch and pecans [double yum!]  Now toss in some cranberries and oranges and top it with cream cheese glaze.  Gone.  Literally in minutes.  Ryley was sticking her finger in the glaze and we were cutting off pieces “just to taste it”. 

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At the cookie exchange I was telling everyone about the beer bread and Ryon looked confused.  What cranberry orange beer bread are you talking about?  The bread that you helped me eat two weekends ago you goof.  He claims he doesn’t remember and that I would have to make it again to refresh his memory.  Yea, I’m sure you totally forgot about the ooe-y gooe-y, super moist, cream cheese glazed beer bread that I made and you helped devour.  Likely story Mr. Grant.  I’m on to you dear sir.  

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Ps.. here are the kiddos at one of my favorite houses on Candy cane lane.  You can’t see it, but they have their trees wrapped and they have a ton of gorgeous lights out.  Plus, they were handing out cookies so the kids were happy.  There were people handing out cookies, candy canes, hot chocolate, punch and all kinds of goodies in the neighborhood.  Operation cookie exchange/Christmas light walk 2014 was a success! 

Cranberry Orange Beer Bread
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For the bread
  1. 3c All-Purpose Flour
  2. 3 tsp Clabber Girl Baking Powder
  3. 1 tsp Salt
  4. 1/4c Sugar
  5. 1 twelve ounce beer of your choice
  6. 1 cup dried cranberries
  7. 1 large orange - juice and the zest of the rind
For the frosting
  1. 4oz oz of cream cream, softened
  2. 1/4 cup of butter, softened
  3. 1/2 pound confectioners' sugar
  4. 1/2 tablespoon milk
  5. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the glaze
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Stir in the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and the beer in a large container until you get a thick, even consistency.
  3. Add the cranberries, orange juice and zest.
  4. Place it in a greased bread pan.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean in the center.
  6. Allow to cool slightly.
  7. While the bread is baking, beat together the cream cheese and butter until creamy.
  8. Slowly add in the sugar until combined and slightly thick.
  9. Add the milk and vanilla. (Add a bit more milk if your frosting is too thick.)
  10. Spread over slightly cooled bread and enjoy!
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Spicy Cheddar Sausage Balls

Easy appetizer recipe - spicy cheddar and sausage balls

These spicy cheddar sausage balls are an easy appetizer to bring to your next event.  Or whip up for a quick breakfast!

Sausage ball recipe.  This easy appetizer is perfect for a family gathering or a holiday party

We decided this year to do the book advent calendar thing-y with the kids.  [Ya know, where each night you open one wrapped book til Christmas?  That one.]  My moms and went to Half Priced Books on Black Friday and bought 25 books for the occasion.  We went out at like, noon, though.  We’ve only gone out super early on Black Friday once when I was in college.  I wanted a laptop and Circuit City had one for super cheap.  We woke up at 4 am and drove over there and got in line.  We were 15th or so in line so it looked promising.  But nope.  No cheap laptop for Kelley.  So we went to Best Buy and I bought one for 3 times the price because I wanted a new laptop!  [There’s a lesson about economics and want vs. need in there somewhere.]

Easy appetizer - spicy sausage balls

We got the books and hid them for a few days.  And sort of forget about them.  Ok, we didn’t forget about them, we just neglected to wrap them right away.  And that was probably the first problem with the book advent calendar thing-y.  We started our advent a day late after we wrapped 25 tiny preschool books.  Since we started a day late the kids each got to open a book on the second day.  Which turned into problem number two of the book advent calendar thing-y. 

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We get to day 3 and both kids grab a book.  Uh-oh.  I have to explain that there is only one book to open tonight and we will switch off who gets to unwrap them from now on.  The 3 year old boy child did not like that answer.  At all.  He melted down that he wasn’t able to open a present and ended up in his room screaming at his sister.  It was all pretty dramatic, even for Avery. 

Easy appetizer recipe - spicy cheddar and sausage balls

Then we sort of just forgot to open a book for a couple on nights.  And then the kids seemed to lose interest in it since they knew they were just books.  [At first they thought they were toys.]  Our book advent calendar thing-y turned out to be a flop this year.  [Which is problem number 3 really.]  I’m not sure why I thought it would be all roses and butterflies.  I just expected it to go smoother then it actually did.  Oh well.  We will just have to figure out another way to talk about advent and the meaning of Christmas that doesn’t involve books. 

How do you celebrate advent?  I’m taking new suggestions for next year!

Spicy Cheddar Sausage Balls
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Ingredients
  1. 1 large onion, diced
  2. 1 pound spicy breakfast sausage
  3. 3 cups Bisquick mix, or homemade
  4. 1 pound sharp cheddar
  5. 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  6. 3/4 cup milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 and spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Cook the sausage and onion.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the sausage, onion, Bisquick, cheese and paprika.
  4. Stir in the milk slowly.
  5. Roll into balls and place on the cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
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Christmas Sugar Scrub

Christmas sugar scrub

Give the gift of soft skin with an oh so cheery smell! 

Christmas sugar scrub

We picked out our Christmas tree this weekend!  I should probably take my excitement down a notch since we just went to Home Depot and picked one from the thousands that they had displayed.  In a tent.  You see, I have never had the joy of actually “hunting” for the perfect tree and then having it chopped down that same day.  South Texas is not the ideal place for Christmas tree farms.  [womp womp.]  It was a balmy 75 degrees today as we headed out to “hunt” for our tree.  [I find this hilarious for some reason.] 

Christmas sugar scrub recipe

I would say we have never even had snow down here, but we did.  Once.  My sophomore year of college in 2004, the night before Christmas, it snowed.  I’m not even sure how many inches of snow we got, but it was enough to shut down the entire city.  It was all over the news and we all played in it like we were kids.  Our dogs didn’t know what to think and people were in shorts and t-shirts.  No one did anything the next day except talk about or play in the snow.  It was magical. 

Christmas sugar scrub!  Great for dry hands, all natural and perfect as a gift!

We even have a book called “Snow: A South Texas Christmas Miracle“.  Not even kidding.  Its a book of all the snow pictures that people took during the snow storm.  Its actually pretty cool, especially the pictures of the snow at the beach.  The author produced at least 3 other books because there were so many pictures.  [We own 2 of them.]  It’s been 10 years and people still talk about the Christmas miracle.  It really was cool to experience.  I hadn’t seen snow since I was a baby and we were in Connecticut.  

Easy Christmas sugar scrub.  Perfect for dry hands during the winter

Then I married a northerner and that all changed.  My first winter in Michigan was cray-cray.  There was record amounts of snow all across the state.  I had moved from a city that got snow once to a city that got feet of snow in a day.  I actually think I adapted pretty quickly to the change.  I went from saying things like “Look at it snow!” to “Its above freezing, its a good day!”  

One thing I found out about most winters is that it also includes dry skin.  I spent a lot of money on lotions and chap sticks in Michigan.  Now, I buy tubs of coconut oil and make my own homemade remedies.  This Christmas sugar scrub is perfect for winter dry skin.  Its also perfect to give as a gift.  Its also cheap to make.  And it also smells amazing.  

To make your own you will need: 

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup sugar, any kind
  • 5+ drops of peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils

Melt the coconut oil slightly.  Add the sugar and essential oils.  Mix together and place in an air tight jar.  Add a cute label and some ribbon and its gift giving ready!  

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Eggnog French Toast Sticks

Easy eggnog french toast sticks recipe

A lightening fast breakfast recipe that will make everyone happy.  Promise. 

Eggnog french toast sticks.

Every year around this time I think that it’s far too early to be worrying about Christmas.  I’m still focused on the bird and what sides we are going to have, but Christmas is everywhere.  At the end of October Toys R Us delivered their big toy book.  October!  My kids have treated it like a sacred journal and check it almost daily.  Ryley has circled the Shopkins in there about 50 times.  Well played Toys R Us.. well played.  

Eggnog french toast sticks recipe. So easy!

 And people are already decorating!  There are neighbors around us that have their lights up and I know some people have their trees up already.  When I was growing up we waited until the weekend after Thanksgiving to look for a tree and start decorating.  It had just become tradition.  One holiday at a time here at the Grant house.  

Eggnog french toast sticks! Perfect for the holidays.

For a while, I didn’t love Christmas.  It was always a holiday that we celebrated with my family, and when my grandparents passed away it just wasn’t the same.  After getting married and having kids, I have fallen in love with Christmas again.  [No matter how early it seems to come each year.]  My kids get so excited when they see the decorations.  I love talking with them about what we are going to do and why we celebrate.  

Eggnog french toast sticks recipe

As much as I huff and puff that I’m not ready for Christmas-time, I am.  My kids get so much joy from this time of year and I love to see them happy.  We get to make new traditions together and with their grandparents here and in Michigan.  Plus, as much as I complained, I was kinda excited to see the big book of toys too.  [Some of the toys from my generation are making a come back!] 

Eggnogfrenchtoast sticks

 

So this year, no complaining.  I’m just going to take time to enjoy every second with my family and friends.  And if Santa ends up with these eggnog French toast sticks instead of cookies, he [she] won’t be complaining one bit.  They were super easy to toss together [think until 15 minutes] and they disappeared fast.  I don’t think I’ve seen Avery eat that much bread so quick.  Santa and little kid approved.  Perfection.  

Eggnog French Toast Sticks
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 loaf of French bread
  2. 1 cup of eggnog
  3. 4 Goldrich egg yolks
  4. cinnamon sugar
Instructions
  1. Cut the French bread into slices, and then have them.
  2. Mix together the eggnog and the yolks.
  3. Quickly dip each bread stick into the batter.
  4. Cook over medium heat until the bread is no longer wet.
  5. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and enjoy!
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Leftover Ham Ideas

Leftover Ham Ideas!  Great recipes to use all that left over ham from the holidays!

Some people are funny about leftovers, they either don’t like them twice or they don’t like to cook with them.  I really love leftovers.  If its something I love, I can eat it a few days in a row [aka pasta] or I can whip up something else entirely.  I actually plan our weekly menu around leftovers.  Cuts down on prep time, cook time and money!  So when big family meals like Easter roll around, I get a little excited.  One because of all the time with family and two because of all the leftovers!  We always cook a ham for Easter and have a ton leftover.  [Which is ok with me!]  And as much as I love ham, I can’t eat it plain everyday.  So I’m sharing some amazing leftover ham ideas.  You know, in case you are a leftover lover as well!   

Leftover Ham Ideas!  Great recipes to use all that left over ham from the holidays!

 

  1. Lightened Ham Salad
  2. Ham and Cheese Breakfast Pockets
  3. Cheese Ham Chowder
  4. Ham and Cheese Puff Pastry
  5. Ham and Cheese Crescent Rolls
  6. Chicken Cordon Bleu Ranch Wraps
  7. Smokehouse Pizza
  8. Overnight Ham Casserole
  9. Ham and Cheese Lasagna
  10. Hot Ham and Cheese Eggo
  11. Chicken Cordon Bleu Nuggets
  12. Ham and Potato Quiche
  13. Loaded Ham Potato Salad
  14. Ham and Leek Quiche
  15. Clam Chowder
  16. Texas Ham and Cheese Sliders
  17. Hoppin John
  18. Ham and Swiss Spirals
  19. Ham Pineapple Skewers
  20. Ham, Apple and Blue Cheese Wraps
  21. Ham and Egg Cups
  22. Ham and Potato Soup
  23. Cordon Bleu Mac N Cheese
  24. Ham and Cheese Grits
  25. Ham and Asparagus Bread Pudding
  26. Ham and Cheese Kolaches

And these are some recipes that would work great with leftover ham as well!  [They don’t include ham in the recipe but you add it in for a delicious meal.]

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Easy Non-Candy Valentine’s Ideas

Easy Non Candy Valentine's Ideas for kids!

Valentine’s is this week!  The pressure is on to make/find super cute Valentine’s for your kiddos and their classmates.  I love class parties but when the kids come home with huge bags stuffed full of chocolate, I raise my mom eyebrows.  I’m one of those moms that sends the non-candy treats.  Do you like do the same?  If you are looking for some easy non-candy Valentine’s ideas then you’re in luck!  I’ve found 17 of the absolute cutest Valentine’s that will be perfect for the big day.   Easy Non Candy Valentine's Ideas for kids!

  1. Teddy Graham Valentine // Fun and easy Valentine idea with a free printable.  One even has a sweet Bible verse on it.  [Score!]
  2. Heart Shaped Pencil Toppers //This would be a fun craft to do with your older kiddos and then hand out as gifts.  
  3. Heart Shaped Crayons // I love using old crayons to make new ones.  This is perfect for a class party!  [Cheap too!]
  4. Photo Prop Valentine // Everyone would have fun with these photo props!  
  5. Valentine’s Hair Clip // Wow the girls in the class with these cute hair clips.
  6. Love Bug Finger Puppets // Another fun craft to make with your kiddos and then hand out.  
  7. Valentine Play Doh // I love this idea!  And the printable is cute too.  
  8. Apple Sauce Valentine // A healthy Valentine?  Yes, please!  
  9. Flower Packet Valentine // Give the kiddos a fun treat that they can enjoy throughout the year.  
  10. Valentine Word Search // This will keep your kiddos busy and is a great gift.  
  11. Minion Valentine // Got a minion fan in the house?  Check out these fun minion Valentine!
  12. Valentine Key Chain // Another crafty gift that everyone is sure to love.  
  13. Hand Print Valentines // These would be great to give to parents and grandparents.
  14. Gold Fish Valentine // Super cute gift idea with a free fishy printable.  
  15. Rainbow Loom Valentine // Rainbow loom is all the craze, so I’m sure these gifts would be a huge hit!
  16. GoGo Squeez Valentine // Another healthy Valentine idea!
  17. Paint Chip Valentine // Grab some paint chips and get crafting for this fun Valentine.

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