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Santa’s Hat Lasagna & more #PlanAhead Family Size Recipes

by Freebies4Mom on December 2, 2019 12:00 pm

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Are you ready for the holidays and feeding last-minute guests? I’m planning ahead by stocking my freezer with family-friendly foods like lasagna that I can make in a hurry (without a last-minute trip to the grocery store). The key to serving frozen foods is to get creative – and don’t be afraid to name your food presentations something fun! I don’t like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen – it’s more fun to play games with the kids and watch movies together during the holidays. When you have frozen meals in the freezer, you give yourself the flexibility and time to enjoy more family time. Visit Nestle’s to get more ideas on how to fix meals your family will love without working in the kitchen all day.

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Have you ever flipped the lasagna over and served it with the cheese side down? I made Stouffer’s Party Size Lasagna with Meat Sauce and cut it into triangles instead of squares. By flipping it over I had a red triangle that I could embellish with cauliflower (heated from frozen) to make a Santa’s Hat. Your kids will love this dish – and you can make it quickly if you’ve got one hour and forty minutes available for baking the lasagna.

Rudolph's Nose Pizza Nibblers #PlanAhead #shop

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Don’t cut that Pepperoni Digiorno Rising Crust Pizza into triangles! Instead start in the middle of the pizza and cut out squares that are just big enough for one slice of pepperoni on top. Stick a toothpick into each square and tell your kids it’s time to eat Rudolph’s Nose (unless that would make them cry of course!).

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Mac & Cheese Stars #PlanAhead #shop

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I thought it would be fun to serve Stouffer’s Party Size Macaroni and Cheese in small cups and then decorate the top by using a small star-shaped cookie cutter. I choose to sprinkle paprika on the mac & cheese because of the red color and mild flavor. Use plastic wrap to wrap the outside edges of the cookie cutter and keep the paprika from landing on anything outside of the star. You may want to tell your kids to stir in the paprika before eating so they don’t try to just eat the paprika star.

Are you inspired to try new recipes by seeing photos? Visit Nestle on Facebook because they post lots of recipe photos. If you see a recipe you like – pin the photo so you can find the recipe again. Pinterest can be your virtual cookbook!

Ice Cream Snowball #PlanAhead #shop

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End dinner with Dreyer’s Slow Churned Light Ice Cream in the limited edition flavors of Peppermint Wonderland and A Very Merry Eggnog.  I combined both flavors into one “snowball” by using a popcorn ball mold lined with plastic wrap. If you don’t have a popcorn ball mold, then you could use two ice cream scoops that you press together to get the ice cream to “stick” where the flavors meet. You still might want to use plastic wrap so you can easily release the ice cream from both scoops. I discovered that ice cream is difficult to work with because it melts so fast! My ice cream “snowball” was huge so I had to share it with my kids. Use cinnamon sticks and a candy cane as garnish.

Get more holiday inspiration from the LiveSoFab Digital Holiday Magazine (flip thru the pages below). This post is sponsored by Collective Bias® and I received compensation for it. My opinions are my own and they are not edited by Collective Bias®Please visit my Disclosure Policy.

originally published on: Nov 21, 2013 @ 14:26


Halloween Cookie Dough Cheese Ball Recipe

by Freebies4Mom on October 25, 2019 9:47 am

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Halloween Cookie Dough Cheese Ball Recipe

A great sale on cheese is just the reason I need to whip up a fun recipe for Halloween. I love cheese balls, but wanted to make one on the sweeter side. I was thinking about how the Kraft 2% Milk String Mozzarella Cheese Snacks reminded me of ghosts – so I invented a way to incorporate them as a topper to my Halloween Cookie Dough Cheese Ball recipe by sticking mini chocolate chips into the cheese for ghostly eyes and mouth. Adding the Kraft Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese adds a fun texture to the outside of the cheese ball, helps the pecans and candy stick better and adds a little contrast to the sweetness. Now this recipe has peanut butter and nuts in it, but because of the way the flavors balance each other it’s not overpoweringly nutty. My 9-year-old dislikes peanut butter and nuts, but he liked this dessert cheese ball.

Halloween Cookie Dough Cheese Ball Recipe

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Halloween Cookie Dough Cheese Ball
Serves: 24
A dessert cheese ball that looks and tastes like cookie dough!
  • 1 package (8 oz.) Philadelphia Original Cream Cheese (softened)
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup Kraft Finely Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • ¼ cup finely chopped candy-coated chocolate or peanut butter
  • ¼ cup finely chopped pecans
  • 2 Kraft 2% Milk String Mozzarella Cheese Snacks
  • 1 drinking straw (to use as a support for string cheese Ghosts)
  1. Beat together in a medium bowl Philadelphia Cream Cheese and peanut butter until well mixed
  2. Beat in powdered sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract
  3. Stir in miniature chocolate chips with a spoon (save a few for the string cheese ghosts)
  4. Cover bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours
  5. Use plastic food-handling gloves to shape chilled dough into a large ball. Wrap cheese ball with with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour
  6. Stir together Kraft Finely Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese, candy and pecans and place on a large plate
  7. Roll cheese ball in the cheese/candy/nut coating pressing it into the ball until completely covered
  8. Cut Kraft 2% Milk String Mozzarella Cheese Snacks into three different lengths for Ghosts
  9. Press in chocolate chip eyes and mouth to create Ghosts
  10. Stick short straw into Ghost then stick straw into cheese ball to create trio of Ghosts on top of cheese ball
  11. Serve with small cookies like vanilla wafers and gingersnaps

Halloween Cookie Dough Cheese Ball Recipe

Kraft Cheese 5 for $10 at Target
You’ll love the current Hot Deals, sorry you missed this deal. Wow! Don’t miss Kraft Foods Cheese on sale 5 for $10 at Target starting Sunday, September 14 and running thru Saturday, September 20. Pick any five cheese products included in this sale and you pay only $10.00 (for a deal price of $2.00 per package). Such a great deal since the regular price at my Target is $2.89 – so this sale gives you a savings of 30% off the regular price. This Target Weekly Wow includes Kraft Cheese 6 to 8 oz. shredded, 10.7 to 16 oz. singles, 7 to 12 oz. snacking and 7 or 8 oz. deli-sliced or block cheese. Kraft Cheese Products at TargetLook on page 5 of your weekly Target ad for all the details and to add this cheese deal to your Quick List. That’s a lot of cheesy goodness on sale! See what I created below using Kraft Finely Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese and Kraft 2% Milk String Mozzarella Cheese Snacks – it’s a dessert cheese ball that everyone will want to dive into!

Visit your local Target to take advantage of the Weekly Wow promotion featuring Kraft Cheese products! From 9/14 through 9/20, buy any 5 Kraft Cheese products for $10.

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Are you looking for easy Halloween recipes to help sweeten up your Halloween celebrations this week?  I’ve got three recipes to share with you, but first I want to share this coupon to Save $1.00 on two M&M’s, Snickers, Twix, Milky Way or 3 Musketeers brands Fun Size bags (8.67 oz. or larger). You can print two unique coupons and you’ve got until Thursday, October 31 to use them before they expire. I’m taking my coupons to Walmart to stock-up before Halloween. Now that you’ve got your money-saving coupon in-hand, I want to share a super easy (and a little bit spooky) Who’s Buried in the Brownie? recipe using Mars Minis. I’m brewing up a super fruity Cyclops Halloween Punch using Hawaiian Punch and 7UP. And I’ve got a fun way of using M&M’s in a snickerdoodle cookie to turn them into MonsterDoodle Cookies. I hope you enjoy my Halloween Recipes and I’d love to hear how you give dessert a spooky twist at your house!

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I used the Mars Chocolate Minis (Snickers, Milky Way, Twix and 3 Musketeers) to add a sweet surprise inside my brownies. I call them Who’s Buried in the Brownie? because you don’t know which candy was buried in your brownie until you bite into it – even then it’s a little tough to guess. Now I didn’t plan on my brownies imploding – but a few of them did and I rolled with it by using white frosting to create a skeleton hand reaching out of the brownie instead of a tombstone with a question mark on it. Place the wrapped Minis around the brownies so your family can start guessing what’s buried inside their brownie!

Who's Buried in the Brownie? Halloween Recipe #SpookyCelebration #cbias #shop

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Who's Buried in the Brownie?
Serves: 16
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Add a surprise to your brownies for Halloween by burying Mars Chocolate Minis in them! I used a Square Brownie Bar Pan. Can you guess "Who's Buried in the Brownie?"
  • 1 box of Brownie Mix
  • Oil, Water & Eggs (as instructed on box)
  • Mars Minis (Snickers, Twix, Milky Way, 3 Musketeers)
  • White Frosting (small tube)
  1. Follow the instructions on the box of Brownie Mix to preheat the oven and combine all ingredients
  2. Scoop just enough brownie batter to cover the bottom of your each square in the pan then place one Mars Minis in the middle.
  3. Cover each Mars Minis with batter then cook for recommended time on box (should take less time than a large pan).
  4. Cool brownies after they finish baking and decorate with tombstones and skeleton hands using the small tube of white frosting.

Mix together Hawaiian Punch Fruit Juicy Red, 7UP, and apple juice to create Cyclops Halloween Punch. I wanted to make a fruity punch with a Halloween twist to it, so I used slices of lemon and green grape halves to create a “Cyclops Eye” on top of each cup of punch. To use the lemon ends that didn’t go into decorating, I squeezed them into the punch to add more zing.

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Cyclops Halloween Punch
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Your kids will love this spooky fruity punch. Freeze green grapes ahead of time to use as edible ice cubes.
  • Hawaiian Punch Fruit Juicy Red
  • 7UP
  • Apple Juice
  • Lemons (1 lemon per 4 servings)
  • Green Grapes (fresh grapes for cyclops eyes, frozen grapes for edible ice cubes)
  1. Freeze green grapes to use as edible ice cubes.
  2. Mix 3 parts of Hawaiian Punch with 1 part 7UP and 1 part apple juice into a punch bowl (so if you measure out 3 cups of Hawaiian Punch then you'll add 1 cup 7Up and 1 cup apple juice to it).
  3. Add the frozen green grapes to the punch bowl.
  4. Slice the lemons using the middle slices as cyclops eyes (4 slices from the middle of each lemon. Squeeze the lemon ends into the Cyclops Punch.
  5. Slice the green grapes for the center of the cyclops eye.
  6. Serve the Cyclops Punch by pouring into a clear plastic cup and adding the slice of lemon and green grape half.

It’s so easy to make my MonsterDoodle Cookies because you use a snickerdoodle cookie mix and just add M&M’s to it both before and after they bake.

MonsterDoodle Cookies Recipe #SpookyCelebration #cbias #shop

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MonsterDoodle Cookies
Serves: 16
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Add M&M's to your snickerdoodle cookies for a chocolate twist!
  • 1 box of snickerdoodle cookie mix
  • Egg & Butter (as instructed on box)
  • M&M's (at least 2 cups)
  1. Follow the instructions on the box of snickerdoodle cookie mix to prehead the oven and combine all ingredients.
  2. Stir in 1 cup of M&M's last.
  3. Use a scoop or spoon to form balls of dough, roll in the cinnamon sugar and place on a cookie sheet.
  4. Bake following the directions on the box. Immediately after removing them from the oven, press one M&M into the middle of each cookie.

Halloween Recipes: Cyclops Punch, Who’s Buried in the Brownie? MonsterDoodle Cookies #SpookyCelebration #cbias #shop

Halloween baking is so much sweeter with Mars Chocolate and you’ll discover more delicious Halloween recipes at Bright Ideas. Vampire Bites anyone? This post is sponsored by Collective Bias®. My opinions are my own and they are not edited by Collective Bias®Please visit my Disclosure Policy.



Iced Pumpkin Spiced Tea Latte Recipe

by Freebies4Mom on October 23, 2019 9:57 am

Iced Pumpkin Spiced Tea Latte Recipe

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The beauty of this Iced Pumpkin Spiced Tea Latte recipe is that you can use any spice or chai tea bags that you have! Pin it to your Halloween, Pumpkin, or Drinks board to find it quickly later. They key is to make a tea concentrate that would be even more delicious by adding canned pumpkin. Now I happened to have a Pumpkin Spice Tea in my pantry, but I know that this recipe would be delicious with a wide variety of spice and chai teas. This drink is a fun “tea alternative” to an iced latte made with espresso. Use your favorite type of milk – mine is Almond Milk! I was also looking for a way to use my canned pumpkin after I made my Orangey Pumpkin Muffins. Of course my kids are begging me to make more muffins, but sometimes I need to make a treat that’s just for me!

Iced Pumpkin Spiced Tea Latte Recipe
Serves: 1
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You'll love this Fall Treat that uses your leftover canned pumpkin and any spice or chai tea you have on hand.
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2 spice or chai tea bags
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 heaping spoonful of canned pumpkin
  • Milk
  • Ice Cubes
  • Whip Cream & Cherry for top (optional)
  1. Make your tea concentrate ahead of time by steeping 2 tea bags in 1 cup of hot water. Let the tea concentrate cool on the counter then add your spoonful of canned pumpkin and cinnamon. Refrigerate until chilled.
  2. Fill your glass with ice then pour milk to about halfway.
  3. Shake the tea concentrate until well mixed then add it to the glass until the glass is full.
  4. Top with whip cream and a cherry if you'd like!


What are you doing with your leftover canned pumpkin?


Orangey Pumpkin Muffins Recipe

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Give carrot juice a chance! It’s brilliant orange, sweet, and full of good-for-you Vitamin A and beta-carotene. I’m using carrot juice as a substitute for water in my Orangey Pumpkin Muffin recipe to give it a brighter orange color naturally. Pin it to your Halloween, Pumpkin or Snacks or Desserts board!

Now I made this recipe gluten-free because I’m in love with the King Arthur Flour Gluten-Free Muffin Mix. But you can certainly try this with any 16 oz. vanilla muffin or cake mix. Because of the extra moisture from the canned pumpkin (it replaces the oil) you’ll need to bake it a little bit longer than usual to avoid a mushy middle. I like using parchment baking cups for my muffins, but you can certainly use any baking cups or simply grease the muffin pan well.

The result is a muffin that tastes like pumpkin pie! My kids are gobbling them up morning, noon and night. I can not call my kids “Pumpkin Muffin” when there are actual edible Pumpkin Muffins in the house – because they think I’m offering them something to eat!

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Orangey Pumpkin Muffin (a gluten-free muffin made with carrot juice)
Serves: 12 - 16
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Add an extra punch of orange veggies by using carrot juice (in place of water) and canned pumpkin (in place of oil) with a vanilla muffin or cake mix.
  • King Arthur Flour Gluten-Free Muffin Mix (or any 16 oz. vanilla muffin or cake mix)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup carrot juice
  • ½ cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ginger
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp cloves
  • turbinado sugar (optional for a crunchy sweet muffin top)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and place a rack in the middle.
  2. Line two muffin pans with parchment baking cups (or other baking cups) or grease well. This recipe made 16 muffins for me, but it may make less for you depending on how much better you add to each muffin.
  3. Beat together wet ingredients (eggs, carrot juice, canned pumpkin) with an electric mixer.
  4. Gradually add the dry ingredients (muffin mix, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves).
  5. Spoon batter into muffin pan filling each cup about half-way full.
  6. Sprinkle your muffins with turbinado sugar before baking if you'd like a crunchy sweet muffin top (optional).
  7. Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. Use a toothpick to ensure the muffins are baked in the center.
  8. Remove muffins from oven when done. Cool & serve.

I hope you liked this recipe and please check out my other recipes too!


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