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I am planning the food for my annual Open House and one item that is on the table every year is my Cranberry Salsa. I have given this recipe to soooo many people over the years.  In every picture of my buffet, it is the one plate/bowl that is always empty!

So, I thought I would re-share it again this season. Check out the recipe HERE.

Mini SNICKERS® $2 coupon!

Diane Hidey —  September 1, 2012 — 1 Comment

I don’t usually post coupon deals, but since I am such a fan of the new NFL mini SNICKERS® I thought I would post this one for you all–cause it is such a great deal. I posted a few recipes on my blog earlier in August, please go check them out for some fun uses of these mini-SNICKERS®

Click here for the coupon -$2 off NFL mini Snickers at Walmart!

Are You Ready for Some FOOTBALL?

School has not started here, but this Friday I am going to a pre-season RAVENS football game. I am EXCITED! Everyone in my family is a die-hard sports fan. Some lean more towards Orioles Baseball or Maryland Terps Basketball, but everyone of us is a Ravens Fanatic. It started when I was really young. My Dad would listen to the Baltimore Colts games on the radio. His enthusiasm was contagious. I loved hearing him explain about Johnny Unitas or Raymond Berry and some incredible play. I went to a few games in high school and college. But all that changed one night. The Baltimore Colts were moved to Indianapolis in the middle of the night. I actually cried over it! And to this day, I have a dislike for the Indianapolis team. Finally, Baltimore got an NFL franchise. The city came alive again. A new stadium was built and a new generation of Baltimore football fans emerged.

My niece moved to Denver and found a Ravens fan club there. She watches all the games with these new friends now. My brother-in-law has season tickets and is a very generous guy, so many in our family get to attend games with him! If we are not at the game, we are glued to the TV set cheering on the Ravens.

My niece and I at a Ravens home game over the holidays

Football season also means great tailgating and fun food to eat. SNICKERS® has teamed up with the NFL to offer mini bars with the NFL logo – of your FAVORITE team. These candies are being sold exclusively in Walmart. Be sure to stop in and get some of your own. I think the bagged candy is so much easier to store and it keeps everyone (me included) from eating too much at one time! Thanks SNICKERS! Yesterday I picked up a few bags of minis to make treats for our tailgating event this weekend. I decided to make two decadent chocolate desserts.

SNICKERS® Mini Cupcakes

Take your favorite brownie mix and prepare according to the package. Line 24 mini muffin with paper liners. Spoon in enough batter to cover the bottom. Place an unwrapped SNICKERS® Mini on top. Spoon on enough mix to cover the candy. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Let set in pan to cool for 10 minutes. Remove to serving tray. These are also a perfect treat to freeze and serve later!

Imagine the surprise when your guests think they are eating a cupcake and get a burst of chocolate delight from the insides of these!

SNICKERS® Stadium Brownies

I found this recipe on the back of the Ghirardelli’s Brownie Mix. I changed up a few things. You can use this with any brownie recipe. Prepare brownie mix according to directions. Pour into a greased pan. Spread a layer of popped popcorn on the top. You can use Kettle Corn, Buttered Corn or Plain. I have tried all three. Then layer on 2 cups of chopped SNICKERS® Minis. Press gently into brownie mix. You can also add more chocolate chips or peanuts. This time I omitted both of those and the results are great. It has all the stadium favorites right in the brownie! Bake at 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes. Cool in pan. Store in airtight container. These cannot be frozen.

SNICKERS MINI BROWNIE TREAT

Have I got you ready for some FOOTBALL? Or are you ready for some delicious SNICKERS goodness? There is a #SnickersMini PINTEREST Party from August 29, 2012 – September 12, 2012. Have you ever participated in a PINTEREST Party? They are really easy and so fun and you get a chance to win a $750 Walmart Gift Card. If you are not on PINTEREST it is easy to join. You don’t even need an invite anymore. The full instructions about the party and how to win will be posted on August 29. 2012 on ADayinMotherhood.com For more information about SNICKERS check out their FACEBOOK PAGE or if you are on TWITTER, you can follow them @SNICKERS.

I will close with one final RAVENS picture. Last year, the Ravens made a great run for the Super Bowl. On the Sunday of the final game, this was posted at my brother’s church. My nephew Garon is the sign fixer. He gets the letters and numbers lined up and changes the sign each week. This week, he let his love of the Ravens shine! Garon is autistic and I love being with him and he is often featured in my blog posts, so it was only fitting to end with one of my favorite Garon Shots!!

disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and SNICKERS® Brand NFL Minis #SnickersMinis #CBias #SocialFabric”. I am a fan of chocolate, football, the Ravens and SNICKERS!!

August 10th is the day to celebrate all things S’mores! The first recipe for a S’more showed up in a Girl Scout publication in 1927. The name is taken from the delicious, gooey taste. Everyone always wants some more!!

I did not have access to a fire pit, a grill, a gas stove or a sterno can this week, but I did find a way to enjoy the flavor combo of chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows! And yes I have made S’mores with each of those heating sources in the past!

For my treats this week I bought some marshmallows, graham crackers, premium Belgian chocolate and some long toothpicks. I used a Scentsy Velata to melt the delicious chocolate. I am a Velata Independent Consultant, so I have access to the best in warmers and chocolates! It took about 10 minutes to get everythinbg set up.

I first smashed the graham crackers in a plastic bag until fine. This is much cheaper than buying graham cracker crumbs in the store and I think it actually tastes better too! I then assembled everything. Put the marshmallows on a long toothpick. Warm the chocolate in the Velata warmer (it takes about 30 minutes – or you can also put the pack in the microwave for 90 seconds. Put the graham cracker crumbs in a small dish. Let the assembly begin!

I also put out strawberries and banana slices in case some guests did not like marshmallows. The results were great. It’s not the melted gooey mess, but still just as delicious.

If you are looking for some alternatives to the campfire S’more, I have included a few recipes I found online! Enjoy.

 

S’mores Bars from Cherryteacakes.com

S’mores Trifle from Sugarturntable.com

Pampered Chef recipe via Dandelionsanddustbunnies.blogspot.com

If you are interested in purchasing anything from the Scentsy family – Warmers, Scent bars, Bath and Body Scent Layers products or from the Velata line of warmers and premium Belgian chocolate, please let me know. I am running a special for all my readers. Email me for details di@didoodlings.com

 

In the summer I try to keep serious cooking to a minimum. One of the reasons I love Spaghetti Pie is the ease of preparing and the way it can be made ahead of time. You can freeze it for later, or fix it up to the baking point, pop in the refrigerator and heat it up right before dinner.

This is a recipe I found when I lived in South Carolina. It is a cross between Spaghetti and Lasagna. Fancier than Spaghetti and easier than Lasagna. I have continued to adapt the recipe over the past few years in order to accommodate eating restrictions. I have grown to love the many varieties of gluten free pasta products, in this one I used rice pasta. If you are not watching gluten, feel free to substitute regular pasta. Follow directions on the package for cooking.

INGREDIENTS
8 ounces linguini (I prefer thin spaghetti pasta)
2 Tablespoons Butter
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
2 Eggs, beaten
1 pound Ground Turkey (ground chicken or beef can be substituted)
1 large jar Spaghetti Sauce (or make your own)
1 cup Cottage Cheese or Ricotta Cheese
2/3 cup grated Mozzarella Cheese

DIRECTIONS
-Cook pasta. Drain and put back in pot. Add butter and stir. Add beaten eggs and Parmesan Cheese. Pour mixture into a greased pie plate (9-10 inch). Using the back of a spoon, push the noodles up the side of the pie dish, to form a crust. Set aside.
-Spread the cottage cheese over the crust. Push out almost to the edge of the noodles.
-Add meat to Spaghetti Sauce and stir til heated. You may also add fresh mushrooms, chopped onions or peppers. Pour sauce over the cottage cheese and spread out to the edges.
-At this point the pie can be frozen, refrigerated or put in the oven to serve immediately.
-Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. The sauce will start bubbling.
-Remove from oven, cover with grated mozzarella. Put back in the oven and bake til the cheese melts (5 minutes).
Serves 5-6.

This recipe can also be doubled. Make two pies and freeze one. I have also used the small 4-5 inch pyrex pie plates and served individual pies. This is perfect for a family that has one gluten free person.

What’s your favorite ‘Fix Ahead’ or ‘Get out of the Kitchen Quick’ recipe? Link up your recipe/site in the comments!