Monday, April 30, 2012

Cinco de Mayo cupcakes

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Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner so be sure to check out my churro cupcake recipe with homemade churro toppers to celebrate!

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Get your #CoronaRita on!

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This post brought to you by Chili’s Grill & Bar. All opinions are 100% mine.
Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner and the weather is getting warmer as we near summertime! That can only mean one thing; it’s time to celebrate! This year you can celebrate Cinco de Mayo with your friends and family by enjoing a Mexican style feast and taking advantage of the new CoronaRita at Chili's.
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The part I am most excited about their fun beverages is that you can enjoy them a little bit more when your meal is under 750 calories! I love the option to be able to order from their "Lighter Choices" menu because I don't feel as bad when enjoying an ice cold cocktail or two. The "lighter choices" MARGARITA GRILLED CHICKEN would be a perfectly festive dish to try for Cinco de Mayo. The classic Margarita-flavored grilled chicken with hints of lime and citrus, served with rice, black beans, tortilla strips and house-made pico de gallo sound delish and just the right flavor combinations to pair fantasticly with the new CoronaRita Margarita available now at Chili’s.
The CoronaRita is the best of both worlds, ice cold beer and salty/sweet margarita. It takes adding a lime to your beer to a whole new level, made with Jose Cuervo Especial Tequila and an adorble little Coronita. It is like an perfect marriage of lime, beer and tequila all wrapped into one. Best of all it would go perfectly with the margarita grilled chicken I have my eye on! I think the combination of a citrus seasoned entree paired with the margarita would be a totally fabulous Cinco de Mayo pary in my mouth! And don't forget to try their lava dessert cakes. They are seriously one of my favorite desserts ever! I've got to recreate that chocolatey delicious treat one of these days!
Leave a comment below sharing which Chili’s item you like best and your thoughts about trying the new CoronaRita.
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Avocados from Mexico Wake Up a Winner Sweepstakes

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This post brought to you by Avocados from Mexico. All opinions are 100% mine.

Avocados from Mexico provide a simple and quick way to power up breakfast and make it distinctly delicious. You can easily spread fresh avocado on toast with a dash of salt and pepper, or just dice into egg wraps or blend into smoothies. In support of the breakfast campaign and promotion, Avocados from Mexico is hosting the Wake Up a Winner Sweepstakes on Facebook!

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Be sure to check out the Avocados From Mexico on Facebook between April 4 - May 6, 2012 to enter daily for a chance to win daily prizes and get quick, delicious breakfast ideas. Each day throughout the promotion, Avocados from Mexico will award a $200 Grocery Gift Card to the retailer of your choice! On the final day, one winner will get the grand prize trip for two to a luxurious Bed and Breakfast in Napa Valley, CA. The grand prize winner will be selected from entrants throughout entire sweepstakes promotion period. You may enter to win once per day so be sure to share the Wake Up a Winner Sweepstakes with your friends on Facebook too so they can get in on the action!

For inspiration, check out this simple and delish avocado breakfast idea!

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• 1 fully ripened avocado from Mexico, halved, pitted and peeled
• Salt
• Ground black pepper
• 2 large slices bread, toasted
• Optional: 2 slices bacon, cooked and halved or 2 tablespoons chopped tomato

In a bowl, coarsely mash avocado with a fork; season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide avocado onto toast and spread to cover; cut each slice in half.

If desired, tuck a piece of bacon into avocado on each toast half or slice tomato over top and serve. Enjoy!

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

DIY Caramel Apple Kit

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This fun do-it-yourself kit will give a new meaning to "an apple for the teacher". It also makes a fun party favor, picnic item or special gift! It is quick, simple and inexpensive to put together, with everything needed to enjoy a homemade caramel apple with all of the fixings.

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Monday, April 23, 2012

"We Need S'more Teachers Like You" Treat Idea

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Here is a cute and clever way to show your teacher your appreciation! They are simple, fun and inexpensive. You can even use them as a party favor or a lunch box treat by creating your own custom labels to fit any occasion.

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Earth Day Treats!

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Today is Earth Day, check out these fun treats to celebrate:

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Click here to learn now to to create chocolate coated Oreos in the 4 elements: land, water, wind & fire.
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Monday, April 16, 2012

Earth Day Chocolate Covered Oreo Cookies - The Elements: land, water, wind & fire

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Earth day is coming up. To celebrate I made some chocolate covered Oreos to represent "the elements". I used drizzled candy melts and sugar sprinkles to create the 4 elements: land, water, wind & fire.

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Play with your food

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This post is sponsored by Country Crock. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

The Crock Country Chronicle has really fun recipes to help make serving veggies fun. There are all kinds of themed dishes that are sure to get kids excited about eating their veggies. The Clare Crespo Cookbook has 25 step-by-step recipes that are absolutely adorable. The cleverly disguised rainbow of veggies are a perfect way to get your family to eat healthier without sacrificing taste. You can transform the flavor of veggies and make them taste really great with a little Country Crock, some salt and pepper and a little creativity!

The cookbook features fun recipes that are just as fun to make as they are to eat. Some of the themed cuisine that caught my eye were a flag pizza, Fall leaves made of roasted veggies, and the asparagus bouquet. The recipe I chose to make right away was the mashed potato baseballs.

They were really simple to make and would be really fun for kids to get involved in creating too. The potatoes were rich, creamy and delish. The addition of the bell pepper accent was a great way to get some color into the meal. I even had a little fun and made a baseball player to go with the ball. You could really get creative and use green and yellow bell peppers too and create some edible art! Incorporate your favorite veggies to the mashed potato "canvas" and make an entire edible scene in a casserole dish. You can even create messages like "Congratulations" out of veggies to make an ordinary family dinner even more special by placing the veggies on top of a layer of potato. The possibilities are endless. You could make this recipe for just about any special occasion or holiday.

Here is the recipe from the cookbook for you to try at home too:

"Out Of The Park Baseballs"

4 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and very thinly sliced
  • 3 medium baking potatoes, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. Country Crock® Spread
  • 2 Tbsp. reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

Bring small saucepan of water to a boil. Add pepper
slices and boil until pliable, about 5 minutes; drain. In
medium saucepan, cook the potatoes in salted water until
tender, about 15 minutes. Drain the potatoes, reserving
2 tablespoons cooking water, then return potatoes to the

Add the Country Crock® Spread, sour cream, garlic, salt
and pepper. Mash with a potato masher or a ricer until the
ingredients are blended and the mixture is fluffy. Add the
reserved water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the potatoes
are the desired consistency (keep them stiff enough to hold
their shape).

Using an ice cream scoop, mold a scoop of potatoes into a
half sphere on a plate. Add pepper strips to resemble laces.
Cut strips of pepper into smaller 1/4-inch pieces to make
cross-stitches. Make additional baseballs with remaining
potatoes and peppers.

Are you looking for quick and simple tips and recipes to make serving veggies more fun? Download the free Clare Crespo Cookbook here for fun and whimsical recipes your family is sure to love! Pin It

Monday, April 2, 2012

Confetti Cookies

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These cookies were created when I had a craving for chocolate chip cookies but didn't have any chocolate chips. Now these are different than a typical sprinkle cookie since they have a chocolate chip cookie base instead of a sugar cookie base. My chocolate chip cookies have a rich caramel flavored chewy center with crisp buttery edges and I knew they would be just as good without the chips. Since it is Spring time and Easter is just around the corner I decided to add some festive pastel confetti sprinkles to give them a little crunch and a splash of color. To really transform my cookies from a classic chocolate chip cookie to a fun confetti cookie, I added a splash of almond extract to give them their own unique flavor and create a while new flavor combination. Next I am going to try adding some white chocolate chips!

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

April Fools!

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 It's April Fools Day! Check out some of our faux foods to fool your friends and family. Which are your favorites?!

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