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Homemade Green Bean Casserole

Homemade Green Bean Casserole

This dish was never part of my family’s Thanksgiving dinner, however it was in my husband’s family and just so happened to be one of his favorites. The first Thanksgiving he spent with my family I took it upon myself to make it, and it’s […]

Mashed Potatoes 101

Mashed Potatoes 101

I’ve been in charge of this side dish for my family’s Thanksgiving dinner for as long as I can remember. I’ve picked up a few tricks over the years for the best mashed potatoes. So here are my tried and true tips for anyone tasked […]

Movie Night Snack Necklace

Movie Night Snack Necklace

My kids love these! We’ve been making these for years for movie nights or special occasions when we go to the drive in for movies. Not only is it a yummy snack, but also a learning activity in one!

Just so you know, I’ve linked some products and or ingredients I believe in and use myself, however I could collect a percentage of sales. At Mommy Spice we’re all a team in making meals and staying on budget and I hope you love the things I recommend as much as I do.

 

Ingredients:

String or gift wrap curling ribbon, cut to neck size
Snacks with holes;
Our personal favorite combination:
Gummy life savers
Froot loop cereal
Snaps pretzels

Method:

Measure and cut your ribbon to neck size, next tape one end down to your counter (same method as bracelet making). Next sort your treats out and start to layer onto your necklace. Making it as full as you like. Then tying a double knot with the two ends to bring your necklace together. Keep sealed in zip top bags until time to eat.

     

The sorting part of the method is my favorite. The kids love to decide on patterns, usually 3 Froot Loops, pretzel, gummy life saver, pretzel, 3 more Froot Loops, then start over again. If you’re really detail orientated like my first born, she likes to color code our pattern. Red froot loop, blue, yellow, pretzel, green gummy lifesaver, pretzel, purple froot loop, orange, green, pretzel, red gummy lifesaver and so forth and so on. This is a great sorting activity for younger kids also, that may just be starting to learning patterns or colors. Not to mention if you let the kids make the necklaces with you that’s a great practice with fine motor skills. Feel free to mix these up as you like, we’ve done Apple Jacks cereal in the past, and they have different flavors of the gummy lifesavers. My only tip is be wary using anything coated, the yogurt covered pretzels did melt a bit when we made these once over the summer, which resulted in a sticky necklace no one wanted to wear. If making these with multiple or for multiple children, add a few of the same colored cereal pieces to each end so the kids can tell them apart. I did 6 additional cereal pieces (3 on each end of the necklace) in blue, green, red and orange for my kids and the kids we shared these with at movie night. Also if taking these out of the house, I like to bag them separately in snack size zip top bags so that the necklace strings don’t get tangled. Have fun with these, get the kids in the kitchen with you and what you’ll be left with is a fun, new activity together, but also a yummy portable movie night snack.

  

Loaded Veggie Chicken Soup

Loaded Veggie Chicken Soup

I think Autumn is here to stay, finally! A nice crisp chill in the air means.. soup time! This soup is true to its name and loaded with veggies which is perfect for helping build your immune system. As much as I love fall, I […]

Pumpkin Sloppy Joes

Pumpkin Sloppy Joes

I decided to challenge myself this fall by coming up with more savory pumpkin dishes. As a lover of all things pumpkin and pumpkin spice, I was excited to dive into this. Sloppy joes were a favorite meal of mine as a child and I […]

Scalloped Zucchini

Scalloped Zucchini

Now that my husband has been doing the Keto diet for over a year he has grown a little tired of zucchini. The thing with zucchini is it’s versatility and low net carb value make it a staple in his diet. Burnt out on zoodles? Over zucchini boats? I’ve got you covered! Enter my new scalloped zucchini!

Ingredients:

1 medium zucchini sliced into thin 1/8-1/4” rounds
3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon butter, broken into pieces
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup cheddar cheese
S&P

Non stick cooking spray

Method:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a small glass baking dish coat the bottom and sides in non stick spray. Slice your zucchini and start to layer. First a layer of zucchini, topped with 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt, sprinkle of S&P, 1 tablespoon of cheddar. Second layer of zucchini, another tablespoon of Greek yogurt, S&P, tablespoon of cheddar. Third and final layer of zucchini, top with your last tablespoon of Greek yogurt, S&P and all remaining cheese. Final step is to sprinkle on your panko and break up your butter over the top over everything. Bake uncovered 20-25 minutes or until cheese starts to brown. Enjoy immediately.

 

Here are some photos of the process of layering your dish and what it should look like before going into the oven to bake.

      

This was a total hit. I didn’t tell my husband what I was making for dinner. The presentation alone sparked his interest, is this zucchini he asked? Needless to say he ate ALL of it before the rest of the meal, which just so happened to be one of his favorite chicken dishes. I had an immediate request to make it again soon and at only 5 ingredients how could I say no? Easy, cheesy, Keto and delicious! Be sure if you’re making this side dish for more than one person to double the ingredients.

Halloween Eats

Halloween Eats

HAPPY OCTOBER! I love fall, it’s been my favorite season since I was a small child. I even ended up having my first born in October, so my favorite month became even more special. Now we can’t talk about October without talking about Halloween. I […]

Keto 3 Cheese BBQ Chicken Pizza

Keto 3 Cheese BBQ Chicken Pizza

I make my husband my Keto flatbread pizzas ALL the time. Usually with pepperoni, however, recently I’ve been playing around with different toppings options. This bbq chicken pizza came together just as quickly as the pepperoni and was just as yummy! These are perfect for […]

Rainbow Crunch Cupcakes

Rainbow Crunch Cupcakes

My daughter just had the rainbow unicorn birthday party of her dreams. My youngest daughter is the most interested in cooking of any of my children. I always say she likes to challenge me culinary-wise, and especially on her birthday. These little cupcakes were a total show stopper and actually SO easy! I promise! Psssst, it’s a box mix 😉

Just so you know, I’ve linked some products and or ingredients I believe in and use myself, however I could collect a percentage of sales. At Mommy Spice we’re all a team in making meals and staying on budget and I hope you love the things I recommend as much as I do.

Ingredients:

1 box white cake mix (and all that cake mix requires)
Eggs
Water
Vegetable oil
1 can vanilla icing
1 box fruit flakes cereal (fruity pebbles)
Rainbow gel food coloring

 

Method:

Alright listen up, the hardest part of this whole thing is separating your cake mix into 5 parts. We’ll get there. Preheat your oven to package instruction. Place paper cupcake liners into 2 muffin tins, set aside. First up, in a stand mixer, make your cake mix according to package instructions. Next, divide that batter into 5 bowls evenly. Chose your rainbow gel colors of choice (I did red, yellow, green, blue and purple). Mix batters until combined and colors have reached the brightness of your choice. Make sure you have a separate spoon in each bowl. Now comes the “work”. Start with small spoonfuls to be sure you have enough batter for all 24 cupcakes. A spoonful of red into each lined cupcake is first. You should have JUST enough to get some into each cup. Then you will do that step over and over for each color order in your rainbow. All you do is plop a spoonful of the next color on top of the previous one. Sounds too easy right??? That’s because it is. Tedious, yes, but actually really easy. When cupcakes are filled with all colors, bake in the oven according to package instructions. Once done, place on a metal rack to cool. When cooled completely, top each cupcake with vanilla icing, but not too much. The icing is going to act as your glue, for the “crunch” in the title. On a plate dump out 1-2 cups of your cereal, then one at a time put the cupcakes icing side down into the cereal. You may want to apply a little pressure to make sure everything sticks. There you have it. Show stopping rainbow cupcakes sure to make any kid happy.

I was so hesitant to just drop batter colors on top of one another. I was worried they would come out brown and my little girl would be so disappointed. They came out so bright and all the colors stayed separated I was blown away! My tip for this one comes from one of my ‘trial and error’ runs as I like to call them, chose your rainbow colors carefully. I was using red and orange in my rainbow and even though they didn’t bleed together, they did however end up just both looking pretty much the same color once baked. Next time I skipped the orange all together for a little more contrast and was much happier with my end result. I am all about texture in my cooking and it’s so funny to see how it’s rubbed off on my children. First batch of these was just regular sprinkles and I could see my little foodie wanted more. You don’t know an entire rainbow awaits inside the cupcake at first glance. To the pantry I went and once I saw that rainbow cereal I knew it was the perfect thing to elevate these cupcakes, and boy was I right! The cereal gives them massive curb appeal, intrigue and of course texture! Be sure to give these a try for your next get together, no one has to know it’s a box mix!

   

My Keto Story

My Keto Story

This is probably the most personal post I have ever written, but it’s an important one. Seeing is believing after all, right? I have been begging my husband for months now to let me post a progress photo of his weight loss. He was insistent […]