NFL Appetizer Trays (2-Pack) – $19.99 ($29.99 value)


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NFL Appetizer Trays (2-Pack)

Plan early for your game day parties with these NFL Appetizer Trays (2-Pack) from Groupon Goods for $19.99 (reg. $29.99).  Lots of teams available, including the Seahawks!

  • 2-pack of reusable appetizer trays
  • Features team colors and full-color logo
  • Perfect for serving snacks and appetizers before or during the big game
  • Made with highly durable melamine
  • BPA-free
  • Hand wash recommended
  • Officially licensed
  • Condition: new
  • Dimensions: 15.5” x 7”

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Find it here: NFL Appetizer Trays (2-Pack)

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4th of July Recipes and Food Ideas


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4th of July Recipes and Food Ideas

The 4th of July is just around the corner!  Here are some fun 4th of July food ideas and recipes to make your BBQ or celebration deliciously patriotic.

Independence Punch from Big Bear’s Wife

Fruit Infused Water from The Seasoned Mom

4th of July Brownie Bites from Creations by Kara

Patriotic Popcorn Crunch from This Mama Loves

Patriotic Trifle Bowl from Glued To My Crafts

Red, White & Blue Velvet Ice Cream Sandwiches from Snappy Gourmet

American Flag Cheesecake from Grub Geek

Fourth of July Pudding Pops from The Grant Life

Patriotic 4th of July S’mores from Club Chica Circle

Lemonade Cake from bebe a la mode designs

American Flag Cake from All Recipes

Red, White & Cool Cubes from Parents

Red, White & Blue Fruit Tart from Mountain Mama Cooks

Red, White & Blue Star Cookie Towers from Bake at 350

Vanilla Bean Doughnuts from A Pumpkin & A Princess

July 4th Layered Drinks from In Katrina’s Kitchen

Yellow Cake Pie with Chocolate Mousse from Foodiecrush

Red, White & Blue Funfetti Sandwich Cookies from Two Peas and Their Pod

4th of July Sprite Drinks with Red, White & Blue Kool-Aid Cubes from Food, Family & Finds

Patriotic Polka Dot Milkshakes from Celebrations

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Red, White & Blue Breakfast from Queen Bee Coupons

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Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwiches from Queen Bee Coupons

Do you have a favorite 4th of July recipe? Or do you have a favorite 4th of July tradition?  Share them with us in the comments!

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15 Foil Meal Recipes – Foil cooking for camping, grilling


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Foil Meal Recipes

If you’re cooking in fire pits and on barbecues this weekend checkout these foil meal recipes. Foil meals – made by cooking in foil packets – can be an easy way to cook on flames, without messes or extra dishes! Using foil you can do one-pot meals, desserts, breakfasts and more.

15 Foil Meal Recipes:

Grilled Pineapple Chicken Kabob Packs from Life Made Delicious

Warm and Melty Cheese Dip from Echoes of Laughter

Grilled Sweet Potatoes from Five Little Chefs

Mediterranean Salmon in Foil Packets from The Seasoned Mom

Baked Herb Salmon from The Mommy-Files

Chicken Fajitas from Cook Clean Craft

Barbecued Apple Crisp from Cooking with Jax

Foil Packet Hot Dogs from Growing Up Gabel

Green Chile Cheese Fries from Buried Carrots

Barbecue Chicken and Potatoes from Jamie Cooks it Up!

Grilled Packet Potatoes from Spoonful

Campfire Quesadillas from Dirty Gourmet

Chicken Foil Dinner from Don’t Eat Wheat

Tin Foil Chicken Fajitas from One Sweet Appetite

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And one of my favorites – Grilled Halibut with Lemon and Capers from Queen Bee Coupons!

Do you like to cook using foil packets? Do you have favorite foil meal recipes? I’d love for you to share your favorite recipes using tin foil packets.

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Other resources for tin foil meals (from Amazon): 

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Tomato and Avocado Lime Salad (Relish, Salsa) recipe


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Tomato, Avocado Lime salad

What could this be . . . a recipe?!? Oh yes, my friends – I still have a kitchen and I still eat food, although you won’t know it from the lack of recipes on the blog lately!

But I got a little motivation this morning and made up this Tomato, Avocado Lime salad – and I can’t decide if it’s a salad, a relish or a salsa. You’ll have to make it and decide for yourself.

With summer season on the horizon, tomatoes should be easy to find under $1/lb and avocados should be under $1 each (check WinCo for the best price!). Making this an inexpensive salad to whip up on a hot summer day when you don’t want to cook.

I’m going to suggest – eating it like a salad, topping your burger with it, scooping it with chips or using as a relish on grilled chicken (or fish). But of course, you can do whatever you want with it.

INGREDIENTS

2 medium ripe tomatoes, diced finely (I used tomatoes on the vine)

1 firm avocado, diced

1 yellow (or orange) pepper, seeded and diced finely

1/3 cup diced red onion, diced finely

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice (or be a rebel and use lemon)

salt and pepper to taste

optional – a pinch of cumin

HOW TO PREPARE

1.) Dice up all your ingredients. Toss into bowl.

2.) Add olive oil, vinegar and lime juice. Salt to taste.

3.) Eat while it’s fresh!

The lime juice should keep the avocados from discoloring. The balsamic vinegar gives the whole salad a darker look – but the flavor can’t be missed!

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Adopted from this Food.com recipe.

ENJOY!

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Crockpot Slow Cooker Spiral Ham with pineapple


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Slow Cooker Crockpot Spiral Ham

You can’t really screw up a ham. And when you toss it into a crockpot, it really feels like cheating. I’ve been wanting to try cooking a Crockpot Spiral Ham for awhile and I’m glad I gave it a try. This Crockpot ham recipe calls for pineapple and brown sugar so it definitely comes out tasting sweet – perhaps like a Honey Baked ham? I’m only guessing since I’ve never had one.

INGREDIENTS

Spiral Ham with glaze packet
You would ideally want it to fit in your slow cooker. Mine was about 10 pounds in a 6 quart crockpot.

Pineapple bits in can, with juice, 20 oz

2 Cups brown sugar

1 Cup Ginger Ale

Crock pot Slow Cooker Ham

How to prepare

1.) Line the bottom of the crockpot with two cups of brown sugar. Some recipes call for three, that seems like an awful lot.

2.) Place ham, slices down (flush with the flat bottom of the crock)

3.) Sprinkle the ham glaze powder (comes with most spiral hams) over the ham

4.) Pour full can of pineapple bits into crockpot with juice. Pouring over the ham and glaze powder.

5.) Pour a cup of Ginger Ale over the ham

6.) Place lid on top of ham and cook on low for 4-6 hours until it’s heated through
If the ham is too big to fit in the crockpot, you can cover it with aluminum foil – for a makeshift lid. Or you can cut off the top part of the ham and shove it into the side of the crockpot. Whatever works – as long as it can be covered.

7.) Serve with some of the juice from the crockpot and it’ll be great!

Crockpot Spiral Ham Slow Cooker recipe

If you overcook this it will be dry. Basically you want to give it enough time to soak up some of the juice and heat up! Don’t even think about putting it on anything higher than low. And don’t go playing with it – the more you move it around the more it’s likely to shred and break apart.

Crockpot Spiral Ham recipe, with pineapple

I hope you like it! 

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Spring Cupcake Designs – 6 easy spring and Easter cupcake designs


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Easter and spring cupcake designs

To celebrate spring (or the hope of spring soon?), I’m re-publishing my Spring Cupcakes designs, originally shared in 2013 . .

I’m not very good about decorating for holidays or going over the top with cutesy seasonal foods. But yesterday I had a wild hair and decided the kids and I should decorate cupcakes. I think it was the sunshine – it makes me do crazy things. I had fun getting creative with the kids trying to come up with fun easter cupcake designs for you. They are each 3 steps or less and EASY. We hope you enjoy them!

Step 1 – Your first step is make a batch of cupcakes. You can make them from scratch or make them from a box (like I did, there is only so much you can expect from a girl in one day).

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Baby Chick Cupcakes

1.) Frost it with yellow frosting (I used vanilla frosting with couple drops of food coloring)

2.) Dip in yellow coconut. To make colored coconut, put plain coconut in a Ziploc bag, add a couple drops of food coloring, close bag and mix it around until color coats coconut.

3.) Add two eyes. You can use dark colored candies, chocolate chips or I used frosting. Then add a beak. I used a Reeses Pieces.

I actually got this idea from my Parade magazine.

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Slow Cooker Beef and Barley Soup recipe (leftover pot roast)


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Slow Cooker Beef & Barley soup

We had a pot roast for dinner last night. It turned out delightful. I’ll tell you more about that soon, but I couldn’t wait to tell you about this Slow Cooker Beef and Barley soup that I made today with the leftover pot roast! Next time you have leftover pot roast – give this recipe a try – I think you’ll love it!

This recipe calls for leftover cooked pot roast – but if you buy raw stew beef – just dice into 1/2 squares and throw it into a large skillet with a little oil and onions – and cook it up before throwing it into the crockpot.

Oh I’m a certified member of the I love chunky soup club – so if you prefer your soup a little less full of stuff,  just use 1 cup each of the carrots, celery and mushrooms (instead of suggested 2 cups each).

INGREDIENTS

1 to 2 pounds of leftover pot roast, diced small
Or cooked stew meat

7 cups beef broth
If you have Au Jus from the pot roast, you could sub 1-2 cups of broth with Au Ju, but you don’t want it too greasy – so consider cooling the Au Jus overnight in the fridge and removing the hardened fat from the top, using the less fatty, liquid Au Jus for the soup. 

2 cups carrots, sliced thinly

2 cups celery, sliced thinly

2 cups mushrooms, sliced thinly

1/2 – 1 cup dried pearl barley

1 can of stewed or diced tomatoes (14.5 oz can)

1 can of sweet corn, drained (15 oz can)

1 onion, diced finely

1/2 Tablespoon olive oil

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon dried parsley

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon pepper

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