Enjoy More Family Time with #HoneyBakedEaster

*I was provided a giftcard to purchase an Easter meal to prepare and serve my family for the purposes of this review. All opinions are mine and are honest.

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Growing up in a very family focused house, we always had a big Easter gathering which included tons of yummy food. As a kid, I never once thought about how it all got done. I just showed up to enjoy it and then off to hunt my Easter eggs. As a mom of three now, this perspective has greatly changed. Short of inviting our family over to my grandma’s house on Easter, I haven’t had an awesome plan of action…until this year. With three girls to get up and ready for church Easter morning, I barely have time for ME! Well, until I heard a friend say “fake it like you baked it!” And I am doing just that this year!

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I stopped by our local HoneyBaked store (on Preston Rd in Plano, TX) and picked up a few items to help make Easter stress free for me and my family! I took advantage of the $24.99 Easter Brunch Bundle – Blueberry Coffee Cake and Honey-Spice Bacon. We will start our morning off with that, before heading to church! This is a big treat for my kiddos who LOVE  coffee cake! My hubby loves bacon and let me just tell you after cooking (and eating it!) this is some savory bacon! After our yummy eats, we will get ready and head to church…with no stress over lunch in our hearts!

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Once we get home from church…our meal will be ready before everyone is even out of our fancy clothes! We Chose the yummy Tender Turkey Breast that is coated with a sweet, crunch glaze…the same one that they use on HoneyBaked’s signature Ham. We picked out a few Heat & Share Sides, including: Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Caramel Apple Slices, and Spinach Artichoke Dip to complete this yummy feast! Each of these items are easy to fix. (30 minutes or less in the oven!)

I come from a line of awesome cooks and I have three girls, I want them to be awesome cooks too…but I think the biggest secret to preparing a yummy meal is LOVE. With all of the love in my heart, I want to provide a fantastic Easter meal for my family…and not stress about it. After all, there is the Easter bunny, pretty dresses, new shoes and curls to put in hair to worry about. Food that is consumed in 30 minutes time shouldn’t be one of the thing you worry about. I want more time to MAKE MEMORIES with them decorating eggs, or playing outside… not me in the kitchen and them else where. HoneyBaked has helped make my Easter exactly what I want it to be…all about family.

In-Store Specials

  • $54.99 Easter Ham & Turkey Combo – Pair a Turkey Breast (approx. 3 lbs.) with your choice of a Boneless Ham (approx. 3.5 lbs.) or Quarter Ham (approx. 4.5 lbs.)
  • $22.99 Turkey Breast (with any Half or Whole Ham purchase)
  • $24.99 Easter Brunch Bundle – Cinnamon Walnut Coffee Cake and Honey-Spice Bacon
  • Heat & Share Sides: Two for $13.99, three for $19.99

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Recipe: Sweet Strawberry Dreams

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I love finding yummy snacks that are also healthy for my girls. I recently played with the idea of doing a strawberry short cake type snack…but with strawberry cake. Here is what I did. I made the strawberry cake as instructed but divided it into two 8×10 dishes to bake. This made it much thiner of a cake. I let it cool for several hours, and then I used a cookie cutter to cut out the heart shape. I topped it with fresh strawberries and cool whip! My kids loved it and I loved the way it turned out. I will definitely be making this again.

You can find 101 fun shaped cookie cutters here for less then $15

Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Popcorn

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This one is super easy to make and so yummy! A HUGE thanks to my friend Christie who made this and brought it over to share at my Pumpkin Party!

INGREDIENTS:
Popcorn
White Almond Bark
Pumpkin Almond Bark (Seasonal)
Cinnamon
Pumpkin Pie Spice
Pumpkin Spice Extract
Candy Corn White Chocolate M&M’s.

DIRECTIONS: Pop popcorn- unflavored (I cheated and used microwave popcorn). Melt Almond Barks, once melted mix in Spices & extract to taste. Dump over Popcorn and add M&M’s. Mix well & ENJOY!

Make sure to pick out all of the unpopped kernels before pouring almond bark over popcorn.

Check out the other Fall Pumpkin Palooza Recipes in this YUMMY series!

I have a Pumpkin themed board on Pinterest and will be adding these to my board. If you too are a Pumpkin lover, you might want to follow that board to see all of the yummy eats and treats!

Lil Pumpkin 1st Birthday Smash Cake

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Check out Betty Crocker’s favorite first birthday smash cakes here.

We go BIG BIG for first birthdays in our house! I have loved planning every detail of each of my kids first birthday parties! The best part of the party? Watching them attack their smash cake! Face, hands…full body! Betty Crocker inspired me to make the awesomely fun first birthday smash cake that you see above! I love pumpkins and thought a “Lil’ Pumpkin” first birthday would be a great themed party…so I went with that! My 8 yr old helped me decorate it up!

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This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own

Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Dip

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If you love pumpkin flavored dips then you will LOVE this.

INGREDIENTS:
8oz Light Cream Cheese (room temp)
1 Can Pumpkin puree
1 Container Lite & Fit Pumpkin Yogurt (Aldi)
2 Packets of stevia
Pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, & pumpkin spice extract, to taste.

DIRECTIONS: Mix all together (to taste), the put in a blender to make smooth. Sprinkle a little more cinnamon on top. Serve with Graham crackers and/or apples.

(A huge thanks to Christie H for making this YUMMY dip and bringing it to my Pumpkin Party!)

Check out the other Fall Pumpkin Palooza Recipes in this YUMMY series!

I have a Pumpkin themed board on Pinterest and will be adding these to my board. If you too are a Pumpkin lover, you might want to follow that board to see all of the yummy eats and treats!

Recipe: Pumpkin Spiced Oatmeal

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I love Oatmeal on a cool morning and of course I had to play with a way to get some Pumpkin flavor on it! I tried a few different mixes and this one tastes the best:

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal (1/4 cup dry)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tsp Splenda

I microwave the water for 3 minutes, add the dry oatmeal, pumpkin pie spice and stir. I then add the Splenda and Pumpkin puree. It’s so yummy!

Check out the other Fall Pumpkin Palooza Recipes in this YUMMY series!

I have a Pumpkin themed board on Pinterest and will be adding these to my board. If you too are a Pumpkin lover, you might want to follow that board to see all of the yummy eats and treats!

Recipe: Pumpkin Spiced Rice Krispy Treats

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As you know I LOVE Pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING! I have made it my mission this fall to create and enjoy new Pumpkin themed treats. Today I have created a Pumpkin Spiced Rice Krispy Treat. It’s super easy! (I had to try this a few times to perfect it…but I think I finally have it!)

Simply, make traditional rice krispy treats, only you will add 2 tbs of the Pumpkin Flavoring (I found some at Ross!). Let the Rice Krispy Treats cool, then top with Pumpkin Spiced Almond Bark. (I found the almond bark at Aldi.) So easy!

*I learned from trial and error that you can not add canned pumpkin to this recipe as it will not allow the marshmallow to bind the cereal into a bar. The pumpkin flavoring comes from the added Extract flavoring and the almond bark.

My kids loved these!

Check out the other Fall Pumpkin Palooza Recipes in this YUMMY series!

I have a Pumpkin themed board on Pinterest and will be adding these to my board. If you too are a Pumpkin lover, you might want to follow that board to see all of the yummy eats and treats!

RECIPE: Kraft Fresh Take Mini Spicy Nacho Bowls #FreshTake #Shop #Cbias


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Have you tried the Kraft Fresh Take yet? I have used them a few times with chicken breasts, but never with hamburger beef. Well, that is until today. While shopping at Walmart, I noticed they have a Southwest Three Cheese flavor and I thought it sounded great for adding to some mini nacho bowls for my kids. You can read about my shopping trip and the different things I picked up for this recipe by reading my Google+ Story here.

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This was such a quick and easy snack to make! Here is how I did it: Your shopping list includes the following: Kraft Fresh Take Southwest Three Cheese mix, Lean Hamburger Beef (although you can sub ground turkey if you want!), Chips and whatever else you would like to top your nachos with. I bought diced tomatoes, black olives, sour cream and guacamole.

KraftFreshTakeRecipeFirst I browned the hamburger meat and drained the beef. I then added 1/2 cup of water and the seasoning side of the Kraft Fresh Take Southwest Three Cheese mix.

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I mixed it well and turned off the heat. The Southwest seasoning has bread crumbs in it that will thicken the meat up rather quickly. (It will NOT be runny or made the chips soggy!) Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (or foil) and then add the Scoops chips. Add the yummy seasoned hamburger meat, then top with the other half of the package, the yummy three cheese mix. Bake at 350 until cheese is melted.

FreshTakeMeatI then topped it with the things that my kids would love such as sour cream, guacamole, black olives and diced tomatoes. This was such an Easy Dinner and I have made it twice in the last 4 days… by my families request!

I loved how easy this recipe was and how much flavor it added. The Kraft cheese was so rich and of course my kids loved yummy it is all melted on the chips. My hubby loved the spice as did I. I didn’t think it was so spicy that I needed to warn my kids before serving it, but I did break into a mild sweat eating it! (I love spicy food!)

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You can pick up the Kraft Fresh Take at Walmart for less then $1 after printing and using this $0.99/1 Printable Coupon.

This would make a great appetizer that is quick and easy or you can use it as an afternoon snack for your kids after school, as I did!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bar Recipe #Pumpkin #FallRecipe

These Pumpkin Cheesecake bars were so easy! You don’t need many ingredients to make them either!

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Check out the other Fall Pumpkin Palooza Recipes in this YUMMY series!

I have a Pumpkin themed board on Pinterest and will be adding these to my board. If you too are a Pumpkin lover, you might want to follow that board to see all of the yummy eats and treats!

Recipe: Quick ‘N’ Easy Chicken Parmesan #SamsDemos

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I need fast and easy recipes. I must admit that I am definitely not one to cook a big elaborate meal. I’m a simple woman who really just doesn’t like all of the mess that making a huge meal brings! (Hubby doesn’t like to clean up my mess either!) So with that being said, I need to make meals that don’t require a million steps or ingredients!

With school back in session and the kids needing to be to bed by 8, I am looking for quick and simple meals. As I walk thru Sam’s Club I am always looking for snack and lunch box items and lately have been trying to think of quick and easy dinner ideas as well.

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I was excited to try a very simple Quick ‘N’ Easy Chicken Parmesan recipe! It only required 5 ingredients and took less then 20 minutes! Best of all…I only used 4 pans!

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Here is the recipe:

6 Tyson Fully Cooked Breaded Chicken Tenders
1 1/2 cups Hunt’s Tomato Sauce
3/4 cup mozzerella cheese, shredded
6 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1 lb Daily Chef Spaghetti, cooked and drained
1 cup Hunt’s Tomato Sauce

*I added italian spices to give it a little more flare for my familys liking!

1. Prepare the chicken in oven according to package directions
2. Top each chicken tender with 1/4 cup heated tomato sauce, 2 Tbsp mozzarella cheese and 1 Tbsp Parmesan cheese.
3. Return to oven and bake until cheese is melted
4. Serve over cooked and sauced pasta

How easy is that?

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You can try some yummy, simple recipes at your local Sam’s Club. Here are a few dates that you will want to note for the yummy demo’s!

September 17: Italian Style Fish & Pasta
September 19: Smoked Sausage Pasta OR Quick ‘N’ Easy Chicken Parmesan
September 24: Chicken dippers

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Buying these ingredients at Sam’s at great prices leaves me options for taking meals to friend when they have a baby, or just stocking the pantry for a quick meal next week! Love it!

You can also find out more about Sam’s Club and the demos by following Sam’s Club on Facebook  and @SamsClub on Twitter!

Follow the #SamsDemos hashtag on Twitter and Instagram for some yummy and amazing recipes!