Easter How To: Hand-Dipped Chocolate Covered PEEPS® Pops #PEEPSEASTER

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Love them or hate them, PEEPS® are one of the most iconic Easter treats ever.

PEEPS® were once simply yellow and white chick and bunny marshmallows that came in conjoined strips only at Easter time. But these cute and delightfully squishy iconic candies have been morphing and expanding beyond the Easter basket and now can be found year-round to celebrate all holidays and everyday events!

This Easter there are more than 30 varieties of PEEPS® on shelves – colorful confections ranging from bunnies to chicks and eggs in both traditional and new flavors such as sour watermelon, chocolate dipped mousse, orange delight, and party cake! I even read someplace that 1.5 billion Peeps are consumed during the Easter season, that’s certainly a lot of sweet treats!

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Easy Weeknight Meal in Less Than 30 Minutes – Light Chicken Pot Pie #EatLightEatRight

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Have you ever made something that was so simple but so delicious that you surprise even yourself? That’s how I feel about my light chicken pot pie recipe.

During the cold winter months I love nothing more than to eat a piping hot and hearty bowl of soup for dinner, but as a mom who works full-time outside the home, I don’t have the time or energy to make one from scratch.

Most weeknights I’m busy helping the kids with their homework, sports, and activities or attending meetings, so I’m lucky if I get 30-40 minutes to make and eat dinner! I look at it as sort of my personal version of “Chopped” – what items do I have in my pantry and fridge that I can combine in a short amount of time to make something for The Hubs and me that is not only delicious and satisfying, but also conscious of our waistlines.

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Minions Mango-Banana Smoothie #MinionsMovieNight

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Family movie night is a big deal in our house. After a busy week filled with school, work, and various activities, it’s a chance for us to slow down and spend some fun time together as a family.

Now that there’s a chill in the air, we build a fire, snuggle up on the couch, eat some snacks and watch a movie.

For our next family movie night, we want to watch a comedy, so it was perfect timing that on December 8th, Illumination Entertainment’s animated comedy Minions came out on Blu-ray/DVD.

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Celebrating Fall With Delicious Autumn Acorn Treats – Super Easy Recipe

Have you ever met someone and within minutes you know they’re a kindred spirit?  That’s how I feel about today’s guest poster, my friend Jennifer Arlin.   She’s kind, caring and always willing to help others.  I feel a deep sense of warmth and calm whenever I see her!   Jennifer is a law professor, a mother of three and an obsessive knitter.  She blogs over at Still Life With Crockpot and today she’s sharing with you her recipe for Delicious (and totally adorable) Autumn Acorn Treats.

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Learning From The Hand That Feeds You – A Cooking Lesson For My Son Courtesy of “Dad’s Book of Awesome Recipes”

THM-Dads-Book-of-Awesome-Recipes-CookbookToday’s post comes courtesy of The Hubs aka Tyler.  It has been a while since he’s done a review, so when a copy of Dad’s Book of Awesome Recipes by Mike Adamick arrived on our doorstep, I knew this would be perfect for him – I mean, he is a dad and likes to cook….

So take it away Tyler….

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As a dad with nearly 8 years under my belt, I’ve found that kids are really good doing at least one thing….eating!

Not everything put on their plate, mind you, but their favorites — usually anything involving cheese, peanut butter, or some type of breaded chicken object shaped like a dinosaur, Minion or something similar. My kids love breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, although my son is not to partial to any kind of vegetables. His sister, on the other hand, is game to try anything, at least once.  She even tried daddy’s special hot sauce-infused potato chips. Don’t say I didn’t warn you, kiddo!

Since I think a lot about food, and they think a lot about food, I thought it would probably be a good idea that I move them away from this abstract notion that things to eat magically appear.

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Dutch Apple Caramel Pie Made Easy #HolidaySecrets

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Can you believe that Christmas is this week? I know, it snuck up on me too!

Luckily our decorations are up, the tree is trimmed and the presents have been bought (but not wrapped yet!).  All that’s really left to do is start prepping for the big holiday meal we’re hosting for the family this year. In the past, I’ve stressed out over planning the perfect holiday meal. However, I’ve picked up some #HolidaySecrets that have helped make my preparations easier and our family meal celebrations ones for the memory books.

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Who wants to spend the day cooped up in the kitchen, slaving over a hot stove while everyone else gets to enjoy each other’s company? Not me, that’s for sure!  That’s why for the holidays, I like to plan meals that I can either make ahead of time or select recipes that once they go in the oven I can pretty much forget about until it’s time to go to the table!

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The Harried Mom’s “Perfect” #SundaySauce

One of the moms from my book club recently had twins.  Between recovering from giving birth, taking care of two newborns, tending to her older daughter and oh yeah, don’t forget her husband and the house, I know it’s been an exhausting and overwhelming few weeks…and it’s just starting!

To help our mommy pal out our book club organized a meal train.  I had never heard of a meal train before, but I love its purpose.

A meal train is organized meal giving.  For example if someone is ill, elderly or has a new baby (or two!), caring friends, family, co-workers, neighbors or pretty much anyone who wants to show their excitement or compassion prepares and brings a meal to the family in need on an assigned day.   These are “drop off” ready meals – ones that the family can either pop in the oven to reheat or just stick in a fork in and start eating.

Taking into consideration my friend’s family dietary restrictions/preferences, I settled on making a spinach lasagna since I know it can freeze well if they decide they don’t want to eat it that day.  It’s also easy to prepare so I could double up on ingredients and stash a lasagna in my own freezer for a tasty homemade meal to reheat in less than an hour on a crazy weeknight.

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I think the secret to making a great pasta meal — whether its spaghetti, lasagna or ravioli — is that is has to have a great sauce.  Being Italian I’ll admit that I’m pretty good at making #SundaySauce.  It’s so good that it’s been known to be called “perfect” by my close friends and family.

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Have a Family #MovieNight4Less With Orville Redenbacher’s Popcorn, M&M’s® & Warner Brothers

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I love watching movies. However, going out to the movie theater these days can be a pretty expensive proposition. Movie tickets range from $8-14 each depending upon where you live (where I live it’s about $12). Add in a soda and a snack you could be talking around than $30 for just one person! Bring the kids and you could be spending close to $100 to see the latest blockbuster.

There are ways though to indulge your love of film without emptying your wallet, such as hosting a family movie night at home.

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Super Heroes Love M&M Treats – #HeroesEatMMs

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THM-Heroes-Eat-MMs-Captain-America-Popcorn-Candy-BallsLook out! Zap! Pow! Whoosh! Whether it’s cartoons, movies, and toys, toys and more toys, everywhere you look in our house it’s clear that we’ve been invaded by super heroes! In fact, we have so many colorful caped crusaders hanging around that if I didn’t know better, I’d suspect that The Hubs was a secret super villain in disguise!

The most popular super hero around here is Captain America, the iconic patriotic Star-Spangled Avenger. My daughter not only has several t-shirts featuring Cap and his shield, it’s nearly impossible to get her Captain America doll out of her hands! Not only does he spend a lot of time with his crime-fighting super buddies including Iron Man, Spider Man and Wolverine, but he also seems to hang out a lot with the cast of “Frozen”—personally, I think he’s got a secret crush on Elsa!

To surprise my daughter, we had a family movie night to watch Captain America: Winter Soldier which just came out on Blu-ray/DVD. For our movie treat, I served up a delicious M&M® inspired treat, because you know, #HeroesEatMMs.

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How Green Is Your Garden? 6 Easy Steps For Drying Herbs

THM_DryingHerbs_1I love gardens, filled with beautiful and colorful flowers, but truth be told I don’t have much of a green thumb.

Either I don’t plant them properly such as not having the proper soil pH level or I commit the mortal sin of forgetting (or am too tired) to water them. That was even one of the reasons we got an automated sprinkler system!  So flowers at my house are pretty much regulated to the kind you buy at the florist  and put into a pretty vase and our landscaping consists of grass, trees and hearty shrubs that I can’t kill!

However, when it comes to my herb garden, I’m a whiz!

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