Friday, October 24, 2014

Kid-Friendly Chocolate Mudslide!

Today marks 1 week  until I'm back at home being a stay at home mom.  I'm pretty nervous!  This is taking a huge step forward (and back in some ways) in my Faith in God, that everything will be OK.  It's always scary, going into a new stage of life.  But, I need to learn how to put my full Trust in Him.  And honestly, that scares me!  Even when I know it shouldn't, it does!

Anyways, with that being said, I'm hoping to start posting more!  I've been doing a lot with sweets (baking) and making drink concoctions.  Including this one, for the kids.  A kid-friendly chocolate mudslide!  Imagine your kids going to school telling their teacher that their parents let them have a mudslide.  Yep, I can totally see that happen! 

My kids have been asking for this almost every night.  I can tell you one thing, it saves my can of whipped cream from being guzzled down when I'm not looking! 

You only need, chocolate milk, Oreo cookies, vanilla ice cream, and whipped cream!  I didn't do any particular measuring, just eyeballed it accordingly.  It's like a milkshake.  A delicious milkshake!  You can even get fancy and drizzle chocolate syrup on the inside of the glass for looks (obviously taste too). Throw the ingredients into a blender and mix!  Viola!  An easy chocolatey shake.

Of course, don't forget the whipped cream on top.  But, I'm thinking your kids won't let that happen.  I know mine sure wouldn't!

I'm linking over at Inspiration Spotlight

Monday, October 13, 2014

Candy Corn Halloween Punch

To go along with my Halloween posts, here's a quick treat for ya! Maybe serve this at your Halloween party? 

It had a different taste with the Jell-O in it, but it was good nonetheless.  The kids really liked it, and that was the goal.  To make something that the kids would enjoy.  It was white, orange and 'yellow' if you will.  The yellow was the Jell-O past that was a different taste.  Mostly, because it was kind of chunky.  Think, Jell-O but more liquidy. 

What you'll need:

Box of lemon Jell-O (I used the smaller box)
2 cups Mango Nectar (found in the juice aisle)
3 1/2 cups Orange Soda
Whipped cream
Candy Corn

Mix 1 cup boiling water, Mango Nectar and lemon Jell-O together in a bowl.  Mix until dissolved.

Pour mixture into a pitcher and put in the fridge for 3 hours.  It will not be fully set.

Now, add your orange soda slowly.

Put your whipped cream on top (I actually used Cool Whip)

Finally, drizzle honey and add some candy corn.

Display for your Halloween Party!  When ready to serve, mix together.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Halloween Bark!

I can't believe we're already into the Fall season, which means new decorations around the house, crafts for the kids and yummy treats!  I've decided to do something different and do a month long celebration of Halloween themed crafts and treats/recipes.  So, today I'm posting this yummy Halloween Bark recipe.  

I thought it was rich, but everyone else thought it was delicious.  If you like sweet and salty, this treat is perfect for you.  Who doesn't love sweet and salty? I know I do!  Rich or not, there's something about that wonderful combination that just melts in your mouth. 

You'll need:
1 cup pretzels (broken into pieces)
1 1/2 cup candy corn pieces
12-14 Oreo cookies (broken into pieces)
1 pound Almond Bark or white chocolate melts

Take a cookie sheet with wax paper and spread out your broken pieces of cookies, candy corn and pretzels.  

Next, melt your Almond Bark, or white chocolate melts, according to the directions on the package.

Using a spatula, spread the melted bark over your broken pieces.  Set in the refrigerator for about an hour.  Then, break into pieces!

This would be great packaged up and given as treats at a Halloween party! 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Easy Peasy Chicken

If your menu plan looks anything like mine then you love chicken!  I'm pretty sure the majority of my dinner recipes include chicken.  I don't always like spending hours in the kitchen just to make dinner, so this quick and easy recipe is a 'go to' in our house! 

I'm not joking y'all, this recipe is SOOO easy, I was surprised myself.

So, if you're looking for an easy chicken dinner, look no further, because this is all you need.  Plus, it's healthier (at least I'd like to think) than fried chicken, since it's baked.

This is great fora more 'low key' dinner.  Maybe serve with some green beans and baked beans.  Or, you could even serve it with these yummy oven baked fries


1/2 cup Ranch dressings
1 sleeve Party Round crackers (Ritz, Nabisco, store brand)
1 pound chicken tenderloins

Here's how easy this is gonna be...

Put your Ranch dressing in a bowl.  Then crush up your crackers in a gallon sized storage bag.  Take your chicken tenderloins, dip them in the Ranch, then put them in  the bag of crushed crackers and shake, shake, shake! 

Take a baking sheet and place a wire rack on top.  Take your now coated chicken and put it on the rack.  The wire rack helps keep your chicken crispy on both sides. 

Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Fruit Shoot & Outdoor Fun

This is a sponsored post supported by Fruit Shoot.

With the end of Summer approaching, being outside is a must here in Florida.  With being outside comes the need for being hydrated!  Besides water, Robinson's Fruit Shoot is a great alternative drink for your kids.  Maybe even yourself. 

Every bottle of Fruit Shoot is made with 10% real fruit juice from concentrate and no high-fructose corn syrup.  You can even buy either regular, or no sugar added.  I especially like that there's a no spill cap so it's 'car-friendly'.  I actually bought the Strawberry & Raspberry, as well as the Grape flavored Fruit Shoot's at a local convenience store.  I like that you can possibly pick some up while on a road trip.  

The flavors include, Strawberry Raspberry, Grape, Apple and Orange.  

Right now, there's a campaign going on encouraging kids to active, as well as creative.  We all know kid's have great imaginations!  

Fruit Shoot is looking for families to share videos of your kids doing awesome stunts!  You just have to include in your video a Fruit Shoot bottle and ball of your choice. The best videos will get the Hollywood treatment with special effects added to bring your kids' imagination to life!

The great thing is, just for registering, you'll instantly receive a coupon for 1 free bottle of Fruit Shoot!  Also, anytime you buy 6 bottles of Fruit Shoot in-store, you can send away for a free Waboba ball.

You have until September 10th to submit your entry.

To submit your video you can go HERE.

After submitting your video, you can go check out some of the other entries as well. 

You can also use the hash tags #FruitShoot  #StuntHunt

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

School Lunch Ideas

Today was the first day back to school for my kids!  I like to pack their lunches some times, so I thought having a place to keep all the ideas together would be nice.  Of course, I went to trusty 'ol Pinterest for some ideas! 

I really like the idea of Bento lunches, but I never really have made one of those super cute bento lunches.  Maybe I'll order some stuff this year? 

I even like the idea of putting cute little notes in their lunch  boxes.  Might have to make some or order some of those too!

I like lists.  So, I like this list of school lunch ideas from The Scrapbookingg Housewife:

Over at Keeley McGuire, there's some ideas for allergy friendly lunches.

Since I'm into Bento lunches, there's a lot of cute Bento lunch boxes and 'tools' for the box!  These are the things I'm wanting to get for my kids and their lunchboxes.

Cute little forks! Over at

For some reason, I think these egg molds are adorable!

Do you do anything special for your kids and lunch?  Even if they don't go to school?  If so, please leave a link in the comments so I can check them out!  

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Mini Vacations?! (Pic Overload)

Last weekend we took a mini vacation to Clearwater Beach.  It was nice and relaxing!  The water was so pretty too.  We really lucked out on our hotel, which we found on  The view was nice, there was a pool (and hot tub) with a private beach.  Here's a few pictures of our trip.  This is basically why I haven't been around.  Spending time with my kids and family before school starts again tomorrow.