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Ginger Bark a Deliciously Addictive Holiday Treat

by Jennifer Wieland
Ginger Bark is a simple 2 ingredient candy treat that is utterly delicious and giftable! #candy #holidays #Christmas #recipe #ediblegift #quickandeasy

While baking for my family Christmas party this the other day I decided to make something new. Everyone knows all about Peppermint Bark. Chocolate and crushed up candy canes combined to make a cool, creamy holiday treat. The problem I have with that though is that it’s been done to death and you don’t want to show up somewhere that already has 5 variations of the stuff. so if you’re over peppermint or it isn’t your holiday flavor of choice and if you’re the one always eating the gingerbread cookies at holiday parties then I have got the perfect holiday treat to make for you! This treat is going to have you standing out in the edible, homemade gift giving department this year! Ginger Bark is going to become one of your favorite go-to holiday treats to make!

I know exactly what you’re thinking, Ginger Bark, what on Earth us that? Ginger Bark is something that is going to put you on the holiday party map and leave the boring old Peppermint Bark in the dust! In Ginger Bark I have taken white chocolate and kicked the peppermint to the curb and replaced it with crushed up gingersnaps. I have to tell you that the pairing is freaking phenomenal! When I made it my daughter and I kept munching on it and when I brought it to my family Christmas party it received rave reviews from everyone. The white chocolate and the crispy ginger cookies are such a perfect pairing.

Ginger Bark is a simple 2 ingredient candy treat that is utterly delicious and giftable! #candy #holidays #Christmas #recipe #ediblegift #quickandeasy

It doesn’t get much easier than a recipe with only two ingredients!

Ginger Bark is a simple 2 ingredient candy treat that is utterly delicious and giftable! #candy #holidays #Christmas #recipe #ediblegift #quickandeasy

Simply melt the chocolate in the microwave according to package instructions and crush the gingersnaps in a baggie or food processor.

Ginger Bark is a simple 2 ingredient candy treat that is utterly delicious and giftable! #candy #holidays #Christmas #recipe #ediblegift #quickandeasy

Pour the crushed gingersnaps into the melted chocolate and stir together then spread the mixture into a prepared pan and let cool in the pan.

Ginger Bark is a simple 2 ingredient candy treat that is utterly delicious and giftable! #candy #holidays #Christmas #recipe #ediblegift #quickandeasy

Once cool, break or cut up the Ginger Bark, eat and enjoy!

Ginger Bark is a simple 2 ingredient candy treat that is utterly delicious and giftable! #candy #holidays #Christmas #recipe #ediblegift #quickandeasy

If you are a fan of homemade gifts or if you are in need of a last-minute holiday or hostess gift make a batch of this super easy Ginger Bark candy. It’s sure to be a be a holiday hit!

Ginger Bark
Serves 20
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
30 min
123 calories
14 g
5 g
7 g
1 g
4 g
23 g
21 g
13 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
23g
Servings
20
Amount Per Serving
Calories 123
Calories from Fat 64
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
11%
Saturated Fat 4g
22%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 5mg
2%
Sodium 21mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 14g
5%
Dietary Fiber 0g
0%
Sugars 13g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
5%
Iron
0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. white chocolate melting discs
  2. 1/2 c. crushed gingersnaps
Instructions
  1. Melt the white chocolate discs according to package instructions in a bowl.
  2. Stir in the crushed up gingersnaps.
  3. Pour into a 9"x13" pan lined with wax paper and spread evenly.
  4. Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Break or cut into pieces.
Notes
  1. If you don't have white chocolate melting discs on hand you can use white chocolate chips.
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How to Make 30 Minute Chicken Flautas

by Jennifer Wieland
How to Make 30 Minute Chicken Flautas #HERDEZkids #Herdez #DiadelNiño

 

Each April 30th, Día del Niño, or Day of the Child is celebrated throughout Mexico to honor and appreciate children. It’s a time for families to come together and enjoy some time together cooking in the kitchen. Together with HERDEZ® Brand I’m going to show you how you and your niños can make a quick, easy and kid-friendly meal of 30 minute chicken flautas.

How to Make 30 Minute Chicken Flautas #HERDEZkids #Herdez #DiadelNiño

I think it’s pretty clear just from the blog here that I love to cook and bake with my kids. When you cook with your kids you don’t need big elaborate meals with everything from scratch and hours of work. Nope, simple ingredients and shortcuts can make meal prep a breeze and make cooking with the kids a snap! 

How to Make 30 Minute Chicken Flautas #HERDEZkids #Herdez #DiadelNiño

HERDEZ® Salsa Verde provides a delicious and flavorful base for these chicken flautas. The salsa verde also compliments the chicken wonderfully. A sprinkling of additional seasonings and you’ve got the makings of a delicious meal. All you need now is the meat.

How to Make 30 Minute Chicken Flautas #HERDEZkids #Herdez #DiadelNiño

One of the greatest things you will ever find in your local grocery store is rotisserie chicken. It’s already cooked, inexpensive and more versatile than you can imagine. 

How to Make 30 Minute Chicken Flautas #HERDEZkids #Herdez #DiadelNiño

Shred the rotisserie chicken, mix in the flavorful Herdez Salsa Verde and spices and your filling is all ready for your flautas.

How to Make 30 Minute Chicken Flautas #HERDEZkids #Herdez #DiadelNiño

Grab some corn tortillas, fill and roll. 

How to Make 30 Minute Chicken Flautas #HERDEZkids #Herdez #DiadelNiño

30 Minute Chicken Flautas
Serves 16
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
158 calories
11 g
57 g
4 g
20 g
1 g
96 g
304 g
0 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
96g
Servings
16
Amount Per Serving
Calories 158
Calories from Fat 33
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
6%
Saturated Fat 1g
3%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 57mg
19%
Sodium 304mg
13%
Total Carbohydrates 11g
4%
Dietary Fiber 1g
6%
Sugars 0g
Protein 20g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
5%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. Vegetable or canola oil for cooking
  2. 3 c. rotisserie chicken, shredded
  3. 1 tsp. onion powder
  4. 1 tsp. garlic powder
  5. 1/2 tsp. cumin
  6. 2 tbsp. cilantro, chopped
  7. 1/4 tsp. pepper
  8. 1/4 tsp. salt
  9. 1/2 c. HERDEZ® Brand Salsa Verde
  10. 12-16 corn tortillas
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl combine the chicken, seasonings, spices and salsa verde. Place a heaping spoonful of meat onto a tortilla. Roll the tortilla and use a toothpick to hold it closed.
  2. Fill a large pot with enough oil so that it's 2" deep. Heat the oil to 375°.
  3. Using tongs, carefully place one of the rolled flautas into the oil. Continue to hold the flauta with the tongs for a minute. Finish frying and then move the flautas to a paper towel lined plate.
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As the No. 1 selling salsa in Mexico, HERDEZ® Brand cares about authenticity in both food and culture. In honor of the authentic holiday, Día del Niño, the HERDEZ® Brand encourages family and friends to celebrate their youngest family members by passing down beloved traditions where the heart of each celebration starts: in the kitchen.

Who’s ready for some Día del Niño giveaway fun?

You can enter the Celebrate Your Chef Giveaway on the HERDEZ® Brand Facebook and Instagram for a chance to win one of the following prizes:

– Grand Prize: 2 cooking classes for 2 (parent & child) plus $1000
– 2nd Place: 1 cooking classes for 2 (parent & child) plus $300
– 3rd Place: Child cooking gift basket
– Weekly prizes/honorable mentions: Child size Día del Niño apron.
Additionally, there will also be Weekly Día del Niño Trivia questions on the HERDEZ® brand Facebook giving fans another opportunity to win a child size Día del Niño apron.

 

 


Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

by Jennifer Wieland
Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

 

 

Does anyone else or their kids have an addiction to those cake-like sugar cookies that are frosted with seasonally colored buttercream and topped with sprinkles? Yeah, my 11-year-old is obsessed with them and while they are delicious did you know that it’s ridiculously easy to make them yourself? Even better though is that they are even tastier than the store-bought ones! Score big points in your house with these Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies!

Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

The cakey cookie dough comes together easily and bakes up to pale perfection in just minutes. 

Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

No chemical, preservative filled cookies and frosting in these soft frosted sugar cookies. Basic buttercream can be flavored how you want to amp up the flavor of the finished cookies. Tint the frosting with a seasonal color of your choice or leave the frosting in its dye free, natural state. Add the sprinkles of your choosing to really make these yummy bites of happiness into some kid-friendly eye candy. 

Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies
Serves 36
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139 calories
20 g
25 g
6 g
2 g
4 g
36 g
57 g
12 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
36g
Servings
36
Amount Per Serving
Calories 139
Calories from Fat 51
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
9%
Saturated Fat 4g
18%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 25mg
8%
Sodium 57mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates 20g
7%
Dietary Fiber 0g
1%
Sugars 12g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
4%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
2%
Iron
1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the Cookies
  1. 1/2 c. butter, softened
  2. 1 c. sugar
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 3/4 tsp. vanilla
  5. 6 tbsp. milk + 1 tbsp. white vinegar, combined
  6. 3 c. all-purpose flour
  7. 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  8. 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  9. 1/2 tsp. salt
For the Frosting
  1. 1/2 c. butter , softened
  2. 1 tsp. vanilla or other extract of choice
  3. 2 c. powdered sugar, sifted
  4. 1-2 tbsp. heavy whipping cream
  5. food coloring (optional)
For the Cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line baking sheets.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment cream the butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla on medium-high speed for a minute or two. Add in the soured milk mixture and beat on medium until well combined. This will take a few minutes and may still be a little lumpy. In another bowl stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients in three batches and scrape down the bowl as needed. Mix until just combined.
  3. Scoop dough onto lined baking pans and using the bottom of a cup dipped in flour press the dough down until it is about 1/4 of an inch thick. Bake for 8-10 minutes. The cookies will not even have started browning, don’t worry though they are ready to come out. Let cool for 2-3 minutes on pan and then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. Frost when completely cooled.
For the Frosting
  1. Cream the butter and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the powdered sugar in three batches and be sure to thoroughly scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl between each addition. Once combined add 1 tbsp. of the cream and mix. Add the second one if necessary. Add any food coloring at this point. Beat the finished frosting on high for 2-3 minutes until smooth and creamy. Use to frost cookies or cakes.
Notes
  1. These cookies are perfect for parties and holidays!
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Kid Friendly Snack Idea – Two Ingredient Nesquik Fruit Dip

by Jennifer Wieland
#Nesquik Chocolate Powder and Nesquik Ready-to-Drink keep your kids fueled.

 

My kids are always in the mood for a snack, especially after school or playing outside. While there are a ton of quick, easy convenient foods that they could grab I prefer them to have healthier foods too much on and refuel with. One thing I always reach for is Nesquik Ready-to-Drink or Nesquik Chocolate Powder to serve up a nutritious drink. One day though while my daughter was drinking her Nesquik and eating some fruit she was asking me if she could help me with one of my recipes. That’s when I got the idea to make a fun and easy recipe that she could make all on her own. Two Ingredient Nesquik Fruit Dip is a great way to add some fun and extra flavor to fruit or animal crackers for the kids.

#Nesquik Chocolate Powder and Nesquik Ready-to-Drink keep your kids fueled.

Nesquik has been a staple throughout my life. When I was a kid and we only had an option for white milk at school my mom would send me with a plastic baggies with some Nesquik measured out for me to make my milk tasty. To this day the only way I can drink milk is if I stir in some Nesquik. So it’s no surprise that I’ve passed my love for Nesquik onto my kids. 

#Nesquik Chocolate Powder and Nesquik Ready-to-Drink keep your kids fueled.

So what makes Nesquik products so great?

 

Nesquik Chocolate Powder:
• Help your kids start their day off right with Nestlé Nesquik® Chocolate Powder which turns milk into an irresistibly delicious and nutritious chocolate milk that you feel good about.
• With 7 essential vitamins and minerals including Vitamin B vitamins, Iron, and Vitamin C, give your kids a nutritious way to start the day that they will love.
• When combined with 8oz of lowfat milk, you are giving your kids 8g of protein that they will drink right up!
• Nesquik Powder has all the nutritious deliciousness your kids love with 45% less sugar than the leading syrup brand and with no artificial colors or flavors.

Nesquik Chocolate Milk (ready to drink):
• Nestlé Nesquik® Chocolate Low Fat Milk is made with 100% real milk and has 8g of protein in every 8 fluid ounce serving.
• Nestlé Nesquik® Chocolate Low Fat Milk is a great drink to give your kids after they have an intense game or practice to help nourish those exhausted muscles.
• Did you know, research suggests that low-fat chocolate milk, like Nesquik®, may contain the ideal 3:1 mix of carbs and protein to help refuel and restore exhausted muscles?
• With 40% of your kids’ Daily Value of Calcium and 12% Daily Value of Potassium, this is the post game snack that bring the nutrition and the fun!
• Nesquik Chocolate Milk proudly contains no artificial colors or sweeteners.
• And, because Nesquik® is specially packaged you can store it in your pantry. So feel free to stock up but don’t forget to refrigerate after opening.

#Nesquik Chocolate Powder and Nesquik Ready-to-Drink keep your kids fueled.

Two simple ingredients is all it takes for your fruit and kids to be extra happy! Greek yogurt and Nesquik Chocolate Powder are a tasty pair.

Two Ingredient Nesquik Fruit Dip
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313 calories
34 g
23 g
16 g
7 g
10 g
193 g
78 g
29 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
193g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 313
Calories from Fat 146
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g
25%
Saturated Fat 10g
50%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 23mg
8%
Sodium 78mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 34g
11%
Dietary Fiber 2g
10%
Sugars 29g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A
4%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
21%
Iron
7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 5.3 oz. container of Greek yogurt
  2. 1 1/2 tbsp. Nesquik Chocolate Powder
  3. chocolate shavings (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine the yogurt and Nesquik Chocolate Powder and stir together. Sprinkle shaved chocolate on top and serve with fruit, animal crackers or graham crackers.
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#SpreadCheer with Betty Crocker Cookies This Holiday Season Plus a Giveaway

by Jennifer Wieland
Use Betty Crocker Cookie Mixes to #SpreadCheer this holiday season.


 

The holiday season is upon us and in my house that means it is time to kick my baking into high gear. This time of year though more than any other is when my kids want to help me bake. I like that my kids enjoy baking with me and want to learn how to do it. It’s a life skill that will serve them well as they become older. For me, it’s a great way to spend time with my kids and make memories together that will all bring us joy and happiness some day. Earlier this week my two youngest wanted to bake some cookies to get into the holiday season so I decided to let them #SpreadCheer with Betty Crocker cookies.

While they were at school I printed this valuable coupon for 50¢ off when you buy ONE (1) Betty Crocker™ Cookie Mix. I then headed to the store and picked up some Betty Crocker Cookie Mix pouches for us to get creative with. 

Snag your valuable 50¢ off when you buy ONE (1) Betty Crocker™ Cookie Mix coupon!

Use Betty Crocker Cookie Mixes to #SpreadCheer this holiday season.

When they got home from school they were so excited to see that we were going to be baking and making not one but two different types of cookies. I let them take over mixing duty and they took turns adding ingredients and stirring to get the dough mixed up. We mixed up both sugar cookie dough and chocolate chip cookie dough.

Use Betty Crocker Cookie Mixes to #SpreadCheer this holiday season.

For the sugar cookie dough we divided it up into thirds and used food coloring to make one red and one green and then rolled the green into a log and wrapped the un-colored and red around it. I then rolled it in wax paper and popped it into the refrigerator to chill while we worked on the chocolate chip cookies.

We made our chocolate chip cookies following the package instructions and baked them up. 

Use Betty Crocker Cookie Mixes to #SpreadCheer this holiday season.

Once the chocolate chip cookies were cool. I took two and piped frosting onto the bottom of one of the cookies and then placed the other cookie on top to sandwich them together. The kids then got to have lots of fun with sprinkles decorating the sides of the frosting.

Kids and cookies

Once the chocolate chip cookie sandwiches were completed we moved on to our colorfully, festive sugar cookies. I took the log of dough out of the refrigerator and cut we placed so 1/4″ slices. The kids then rolled the edges in sprinkles or dipped the tops into white sugar sprinkles. We then baked them up according to package instructions.

Use Betty Crocker Cookie Mixes to #SpreadCheer this holiday season.

Once the cookies were all baked up and cooled we packaged some up to deliver to my parents. I had some plain paper boxes and lined them with parchment paper sheets. I then placed the decorated cookies in, closed it up and then wrapped some pretty raffia ribbon around it and attached one of the lovely Betty Crocker #SpreadCheer gift tags that you can download HERE.

Use Betty Crocker Cookie Mixes to #SpreadCheer this holiday season.

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End of School Year Ice Pop Gift Idea with Cute Printable

by Jennifer Wieland
End of School Year Ice Pop Gift Idea and Cute Printable

 

 

With multiple kids in elementary school it would be so easy to tell them that they are all going to be giving out the same end of school year gift to their classmates but my creative juices won’t allow me to do that. I like coming up with and creating fun little ways to adorn gifts. I didn’t do it with my older kids when they were little but back then I was allowed to bake treats or at least buy them for the class. Since that is no longer an option in our district I like to fancy up the gifts with a cute little note or card. I think it makes what could be a dull gift to a child into something with more personality and appeal. I think that this end of school year ice pop gift idea with cute printable is just one fun way to get small children excited and ready to make something fun in the kitchen this summer. 

End of School Year Ice Pop Gift Idea and Cute Printable

I love getting into the kitchen with my kids and making ice pops during the summer is such a fun and easy way to get creative, spend time together and end it all with a tasty treat! My daughter is finishing up kindergarten and she will be giving these out to her friends. I think they are fun and different from the standard chalk, bubbles and pencils that are given out. I found these ice pop molds at Walmart and they were only 88¢ each. That’s a pretty inexpensive gift for each child.

End of School Year Ice Pop Gift Idea and Cute Printable

Print out the free printable and then cut them out and use tape or staples to attach the little cards to the ice pop molds. Just click on the picture below to print out the printable.

End of School Year Ice Pop Gift Idea and Cute PrintableI hope you and your kids have one cool summer!

 

 


Spicy Meat Sauce with Barilla® Spaghetti

by Jennifer Wieland
Spicy Meat Sauce with Barilla® Spaghetti

 

 

As a mom I absolutely love cooking for my family but what I love even more than that is every chance I get to cook with my kids. Spending time with them while having the chance to create precious memories and great food is something I will treasure for always and that I hope they will too. For my Mother’s Day dinner this year I wanted pasta and my two youngest boys have been really into cooking lately. They want me to show them how to cook and bake everything that I make. I love that they are learning a new life skill, improving their math skills and learning the science behind food all at the same time. So this afternoon we made my favorite Spicy Meat Sauce with Barilla® Spaghetti.

Spicy Meat Sauce

This sauce has been an evolution over the years. It’s taken me playing around, experimenting and trial and error until it’s become what it is now. Making this sauce is just a few simple steps and so worth the effort. Both my husband and I love our pasta to have a little heat to it while still being edible for the kids. I know to a lot of people making your own sauce seems intimidating but it’s really easy to do and this recipe makes enough for 2-3 meals depending on the size of your family.

Spicy Meat Sauce with Barilla® Spaghetti

My boys were so proud of how well their effort came together today! As their mom I love being able to pass down stuff I love to them so that someday they can share these recipes with their families. Traditions like this are what makes being a mom so special!

Spicy Meat Sauce with Barilla® Spaghetti

Spicy Meat Sauce
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3906 calories
156 g
663 g
304 g
152 g
102 g
2619 g
8892 g
100 g
1 g
182 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
2619g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3906
Calories from Fat 2736
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 304g
468%
Saturated Fat 102g
512%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 38g
Monounsaturated Fat 144g
Cholesterol 663mg
221%
Sodium 8892mg
371%
Total Carbohydrates 156g
52%
Dietary Fiber 28g
114%
Sugars 100g
Protein 152g
Vitamin A
160%
Vitamin C
293%
Calcium
60%
Iron
181%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 tbsp. olive oil
  2. 1 ¾ lbs. Hot Italian sausage, without casing
  3. 1/2 c. onion, finely chopped
  4. 2 oz. Pepperoni slices, quartered
  5. 3 garlic cloves, minced
  6. 2 6 oz. Cans of tomato paste
  7. 1 15 oz. Can of tomato sauce
  8. 1 28 oz. Can of crushed tomatoes
  9. 1 1/2 c. water
  10. 2 tbsp. Sugar
  11. 1 ½ tsp. Basil
  12. ½ tsp. Fennel
  13. 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  14. ½ tsp. Oregano
  15. ½ tsp. Salt
  16. ¼ tsp. Pepper
  17. 1/2 tsp. Red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. Add the olive oil in a large heavy bottomed pot or dutch oven. Brown the Italian sausage and onion over medium-high heat. Once the meat is almost brown and the onions are turning translucent drain the fat and ad the pepperoni and garlic. Continue stirring frequently so that the pepperoni and garlic do not burn. Cook for a minute or two. Add the tomato paste, tomato sauce and crushed tomatoes. Stir to combine. Add in the water, sugar and seasonings. Bring the sauce to a boil and then lower the heat to low and cover. Continue to cook on low for 2 hours stirring occasionally. If the sauce thickens up to much add another ½ cup of water.
  2. Use the sauce in your favorite pasta dish or store in air tight containers in your freezer until ready to use. Defrost frozen sauce in the refrigerator overnight and then heat through on the stove.
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If you love a little heat in your meals then this is the meat sauce for your pasta. All you have to do is run into your local Walmart and grab the ingredients to make this sauce and some Barilla® pasta to serve it on and you will have one great meal to share with your loved ones.

 

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Barilla. The opinions and text are all mine.

 


Easy Three Ingredient Pistachio Frosting

by Jennifer Wieland
Easy Three Ingredient Pistachio Frosting is light, fluffy and comes together in minutes.

 

 

A couple of weeks ago it was my husband’s birthday. He’s a simple man with simple tastes and would be fine with vanilla cake and frosting every day of his life but me being me I like to change things up for him.  Get him to live on the wild side of life. So this year I decided to go with a favorite snack of his as the flavor base for the frosting. He just loves eating pistachios while gaming. I decided to keep the cake part of his cupcakes simple and go with an easy vanilla bean cupcake and instead of an elaborate over the top in time and effort frosting I went with simple, easy and packed with flavor. This easy Three Ingredient Pistachio frosting is a snap to throw together.

Easy Three Ingredient Pistachio Frosting is light, fluffy and comes together in minutes.

With three simple ingredients this frosting is so simple that a kid could make it and make it without mom or dad hovering. In fact, this is now my ten year old’s second favorite frosting.

Pistachio Cupcakes

It comes together in just minutes and is light and fluffy. It’s perfect for those that prefer a whipped cream type frosting.

Easy Three Ingredient Pistachio Frosting is light, fluffy and comes together in minutes.

For me this type of frosting works great in the warmer months because I don’t like eating heavy foods in warm weather. This Three Ingredient Pistachio Frosting definitely will make your cake or cupcakes much lighter in taste and texture.

Three Ingredient Pistachio Frosting
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1022 calories
155 g
29 g
38 g
15 g
30 g
567 g
880 g
142 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
567g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1022
Calories from Fat 343
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 38g
59%
Saturated Fat 30g
151%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 29mg
10%
Sodium 880mg
37%
Total Carbohydrates 155g
52%
Dietary Fiber 1g
2%
Sugars 142g
Protein 15g
Vitamin A
11%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
44%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 3.4 oz box of pistachio pudding mix
  2. 1 c. whole milk, cold
  3. 1 8 oz. tub of whipped topping (Cool Whip)
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl whisk together the pudding mix and the milk for a couple of minutes until it is completely combined and thick. Fold in the whipped topping being careful not to over mix.
  2. Use to frost a cake or cupcakes.
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Mangos – A Sweet, Tropical Treat to Enjoy Year-Round

by Jennifer Wieland
Delicious treats that kids will eat and can help make made with mango. #MakeItMango
Thanks to the National Mango Council for sponsoring today’s post.

 

 

 

Last week I had the chance to learn all about Mangos from the National Mango Board. I’ve eaten mango before and am a big fan of it but it’s always fun to learn more about the foods you love and new ways to prepare and enjoy them. To learn more I along with two of my kids were invited to The Chopping Block for a mango cooking class. The three of us walked away from the class with some new knowledge about mangos and three new ways to enjoy them.

Delicious treats that kids will eat and can help make made with mango. #MakeItMango

My 10 and 7 year olds have been dying to take a cooking class so they were super excited about this. Prior to the class though only my 7-year-old was a mango fan. My 10-year-old is very picky when it comes to food since he is on the Autism Spectrum. This made me a little nervous about bringing him to this class but luckily there was no reason for me to worry. He was all about being as hands on as he could and the more he did the more food he tried. It was nice to see him trying so many new foods for him and learning that he enjoyed them.

The first thing we did in class was learn about the types of Mangos available in the U.S and their availability. Did you know there are 6 varieties of mango available in the U.S. and that with all of the varieties they are available year-round here. Most of the mangos we eat here come from Mexico, Guatemala, Peru Haiti, Ecuador and Brazil. Mangos were first grown in India over 5,000 years ago and they are one of the most popular fruits in the world. They also contain 100% of your daily vitamin C, 35% of your daily vitamin A and 12% of your daily fiber. So not only are they yummy but they are also good for you.

Mango varieties available in the U.S. #MakeItMango

Then the kids learned the proper way to cut, slice and dice a mango. Then they were able to try it themselves. Who knew you need nothing more than a butter knife to cut a ripe mango?

Delicious treats that kids will eat and can help make made with mango. #MakeItMango

Would you like to learn how to select, cut, slice and dice a mango properly too? It’s simple just watch the video below and give it a try.

After that the kids learned how to use mango to make a smoothie, Cinco De Mango Quesadillas and Frozen Yogurt Dipped Mango Pops. All three were huge hits with my kids. In fact, the folks at The Chopping Block were nice enough to let us pack up food to take home because the boys loved the quesadillas so much that they wanted to make more.

Delicious treats that kids will eat and can help make made with mango. #MakeItMango

My boys’ two favorite recipes are listed below. Click on the picture of the recipes to download a PDF copy you can print to use with your own kids.

 

Delicious treats that kids will eat and can help make made with mango. #MakeItMango
 To learn more about the different mango varieties or find more recipes you can visit http://www.mango.org and learn all you can about this popular fruit and make yourself a mango expert.

 

 


Sprinkled With Love Valentine’s Day Cake

by Jennifer Wieland
Sprinkled With Love Valentine's Day Cake made with a box mix.

 

 

Ah, February is here and you can almost feel the love in the air. Oh wait, maybe it’s not love. Maybe it’s just another blizzard for us cold states. This past weekend while Chicago was coated in a very thick blanket of snow it was my daughter’s birthday. Poor kid has had blizzards or mass snow fall on half of her birthdays. Since we were housebound and I hadn’t done any Valentine’s Day recipes yet I decided to make her a cake perfect for February. I also decided after shoveling that I wanted it to be easy to make so I used a box mix to make a Sprinkled With Love Valentine’s Day cake. My daughter loved her cake and it came out perfect for a Valentine’s cake to make for or with your little loveys this Valentine’s Day.

Sprinkled With Love Valentine's Day Cake made with a box mix.

This cake comes together easily with the help of a box white cake mix. I did a three layer cake and one layer was white, one pink and the last one was red. The colors for the cake came out really bright and vibrant and to help make the white really pop I used some white food coloring (Americolor makes a great bright white gel color). For the frosting I used my marshmallow buttercream (which I love!!!) but you can use any frosting even canned. I finished off the cake with some Wilton heart sprinkles that I found that came in the white, red and pink colors to perfectly compliment the inside of the cake. You could even do these as cupcakes and just layer the batter into the cupcake liner and then cover the frosted tops with loads of sprinkles.

Sprinkled With Love Valentine's Day Cake made with a box mix.

Sprinkled With Love Cake
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9204 calories
1438 g
163 g
371 g
31 g
94 g
2527 g
6030 g
1259 g
2 g
263 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
2527g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 9204
Calories from Fat 3318
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 371g
571%
Saturated Fat 94g
470%
Trans Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 149g
Monounsaturated Fat 114g
Cholesterol 163mg
54%
Sodium 6030mg
251%
Total Carbohydrates 1438g
479%
Dietary Fiber 4g
16%
Sugars 1259g
Protein 31g
Vitamin A
38%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
91%
Iron
48%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 15.25 oz. box of white cake mix
  2. 3 egg whites
  3. 1/3 c. melted butter, cooled
  4. 1 1/4 c. water
  5. pink, red & white food coloring
  6. 3-4 c. buttercream frosting or canned frosting
  7. Wilton micro heart sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and spray three 9" round cake pans with baking spray. Then line each pan with a circle of parchment paper and spray that as well.
  2. In a bowl combine the cake mix, egg whites, melted butter & water. Mix according to package instructions, usually 2-2.5 minutes with a hand mixer. Divide the batter evenly into three bowls. Use red food coloring to color one bowl of batter, pink food coloring to color the second bowl and you can optionally add white food color to the final bowl. Pour one of the colors into one of the prepared pans and then add the other two colors to the other two pans. Bake the cakes for 20-25 minutes. Let the cakes cool and then invert them onto a cake circle, plate or wire rack.
  3. While the cakes are cooling make your frosting or get the canned opened and stirred. When the cakes are cool make sure to level the cakes using a cake leveler or a serrated knife. Place the red layer of cake onto a cake circle or a cake plate and frost the top. Next, ad the pink cake and frost the top of that one. Finally, add the white cake layer on top of that one. Apply a crumb coat (a thin layer of frosting to the top and sides to seal in crumbs) and then refrigerate at least 15 minutes to firm up the frosting. Frost the top and sides of the cake with the final frosting layer. Carefully press handfuls of sprinkles into the sides and top of the cake until it is completely covered.
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How do  you spend your Valentine’s Day? Is it a family affair, a romantic dinner, a couple’s getaway or a girl’s night out?

 

 


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