March 28, 2018

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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September 4, 2017

It’s BACK! Crock-tober coming soon, send in your favorite slow cooker recipes (win $15 Amazon gift cards!)

I first did October Crock-tober back in 2012 and it was so much fun – and we found so many amazing recipes – that I wanted to bring it back this October. I’m looking for affordable, easy to make, slow cooker meals that I can feature on the blog during the month of October.

I need your help, though, send in YOUR favorite slow cooker recipes. If I feature your slow cooker recipe on the blog, you’ll get a $15 Amazon gift card! Cool, right?

I’ll be testing out the recipes during the month of September and will start publishing them as soon as October starts, so send them in now and watch for them next month.

Here are some guidelines:

  • Any delicious recipe will do. It doesn’t have to be a traditional recipe. Even better if it’s not. As long as it’s a recipe you love, someone else will, too.
  • Include a credit or source. It doesn’t have to be an original – if you got your recipe from a cookbook or website – no worries, just include a source to the recipe. If you got it from Aunt Ruth or it’s your own brainchild – even better, just include that too.
  • Share your pics. Share photos if you have them, but not required.
  • You can submit as many as you’d like. I’m sure you have more than one favorite and I’d love it if you shared two or three recipes!
  • I won’t be able to feature all recipes on the blog. Julia Child, I am not. I probably won’t have time to highlight all the submitted recipes. I will randomly pick select recipes to feature on the blog based on the time I have, the ingredients used and what sounds good at the time. I will personally make those select recipes, take photos and share your recipe with my readers in a highlighted post. I will give $15 Amazon gift cards ONLY to the recipes I feature on the blog in individual posts. 

Submit your recipes via email to thehive@queenbeecoupons.com with subject line: Slow Cooker recipe.

Thank you for sharing your recipes, I look forward to seeing (and trying) your favorites. 

See all the Slow Cooker Recipes we’ve posted in the past.

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March 26, 2017

35 Ways to Make Ice Cold Lemonade

The skies are looking pretty gray from where I’m sitting right now, but sunny days and warmer temps will be here soon enough. While we’re sitting here in anticipation, why not make up a pitcher of lemonade?! Here are some bright, colorful, delightful recipes for homemade lemonade :

After you’ve tried some of these lemonade recipes, come back and try some Heavenly Sweet Tea or Banana, Strawberry, Blueberry Smoothies! What are your favorite drinks to make at home?

Find more Queen Bee Coupons recipes here.

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March 9, 2017

36 Easy Ways to Make Chicken in the Instant Pot

With almost 40 pounds of Zaycon chicken in my fridge and freezer I am always in search delicious recipe inspirations to use it up. Last week I rounded 36 simple crockpot chicken recipes for you. This roundup features 36 simple Instant Pot recipes.

The Instant Pot is a multi-functional cooker/pressure cooker. It is amazing! Because of the pressure cooking technology you can cook things much faster than in your oven or crockpot.  I love our Instant Pot and it’s amazing how quickly it can get dinner on the table! Learn more about the Instant Pot and read the thousands of reviews here.

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Side note – I get all my chicken from Zaycon Fresh at prices as low as $1.69 a pound and great quality – you can’t beat it! I first ordered from them more than five years ago, read my Zaycon review here, and I’m still a very happy customer. They have sales all over the country and I’ve referred hundreds of my readers to Zaycon – and they’ve all been equally as happy as I have been! I recommend creating an account here (it’s free) and you’ll be notified about local sales and coupon codes!

Now. . . on to the instant pot chicken recipes. . .

Looking for more recipes? Check out my full list of Queen Bee Coupons recipes, sorted by ingredient, here.

March 6, 2017

34 Easy and Delicious Sheet Pan Dinners

Sheet pan dinners are super hot right now (pun intended!) for several reasons – they are easy, simple to make, healthy, and delicious!

I’ve rounded up 34 sheet pan recipes – ranging from beef, to chicken, to fish (even one for lamb) – to make your dinner prep quicker.

Are you looking for more easy dinner ideas? Try my Greek Chicken and Orzo Skillet or Broccoli, Sausage, and Oregano Stir Fry – both easy, healthy meals that get to your dinner table in minutes!

Find more recipes from Queen Bee Coupons here.

March 1, 2017

36 Different Ways to Make Chicken in the Crockpot

Just last week I picked up two cases (40 pounds!) of Zaycon chicken and I was in desperate need of some chicken in the crockpot inspiration. So we’ve rounded up 36 simple crockpot chicken recipes that you can put in your slow cooker in the morning and have dinner ready to go after a long day! From sweet to savory, from spicy to creamy, I am sure you’ll find something you’ll love.

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Side note – I get all my chicken from Zaycon Fresh at prices as low as $1.69 a pound and great quality – you can’t beat it! I first ordered from them more than five years ago, read my Zaycon review here, and I’m still a very happy customer. They have sales all over the country and I’ve referred hundreds of my readers to Zaycon – and they’ve all been equally as happy as I have been! I recommend creating an account here (it’s free) and you’ll be notified about local sales and coupon codes!

Now. . . on to the crockpot chicken recipes. . . 

Looking for more? We’ve also posted recipes for Chicken and Dumpling SoupCreamy Chicken, and Slow Cooker Chicken Chili.

What is your favorite way of making chicken in your slow cooker? 

December 12, 2016

Holiday recipes ideas (and tips for saving time!) from Safeway and Lucerne Farms

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I don’t know about you, but this time of year I love to try new recipes – especially for holiday gatherings and meals. I’ve partnered with Lucerne® Dairy Farms, whose products are exclusively found at Safeway, to share some holiday recipes I think you’ll love.

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Did you know Lucerne makes a pumpkin cream cheese? Sound delicious. Pick up some Lucerne® Pumpkin Cream Cheese and you can make this recipe for Triple Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars! The prep time for this is just 15 minutes!

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December 10, 2016

Cream cheese spritz cookie recipe

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Pulled from the archives, I originally shared this cookie recipe in 2012. Hope you enjoy!

Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies

These Cream Cheese Spritz cookies are so delicious and as far as Christmas treats go – they are really frugal!

Cream cheese is on sale for $0.99 or less this time of year and you only need 1/3 of a block for one batch, the dough makes a lot of cookies and they don’t require a lot of extras – just some sprinkles and they look beautiful, thanks to the shapes you can make with the cookie press.

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This recipe does use a Cookie Press. I have a Pampered Chef cookie press but you can also buy a variety of cookie presses Amazon here. This one seems to have the BEST reviews – Kuhn Rikon Clear Cookie Press with Decorating Tips and Storage Box on sale for around $20 right now. I like that it also has six decorating tips!

INGREDIENTS

1 cup of butter (softened at room temperature)

3 oz of cream cheese (also softened)

1 cup sugar

1 egg yolk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

2 1/2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

 

HOW TO PREPARE

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

2.) Using mixer blend together butter and cream cheese until creamy

3.) Add sugar and mix well until light and fluffy

4.) Mix in eggs yolks, vanilla and almond extract

5.) Slowly add your flour and salt, mix well

6.) If you want to add food coloring, you can take a small part of the dough or all the dough and add food coloring for desired color.

7.) Shape dough into a small log and add it to your cookie press.

8.) Press cookies onto an ungreased cookie sheet (sometimes if you freeze your cookie sheets first the cookies will stick better)

9.) I recommend adding sprinkles before you bake – otherwise you’ll need to frost them to get the sprinkles to stick.

10.) Bake for 10-12 minutes, until they start turning a light brown around the edges.

11.) Let cool and eat!

Here are some photos from when we made them!

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