Super Easy, Super Fast Snack!

Hello again! πŸ™‚ Sorry I’ve not posted much for a few days! It’s been a rather crazy time here with a few small crisis thrown in lately, but I hope to be back to posting more next week.

So are you ready for a super easy, super fast snack idea? Here it is: tortilla chips and cheese! Bring out of bag of tortilla chips…

Open a jar of cheese dip…

Put some cheese dip in a little bowl and warm it for a few seconds in the microwave.

Put them together and chow down! Yum!!

Are you drooling yet? πŸ˜‰

If that isn’t flavorful enough for your taste buds, add a little salsa too!

Voila! You’ll have a very yummy snack in a matter of just a couple of minutes! πŸ™‚ Enjoy!

Making Frozen Pudding Popsicles

Hello again! I’m back after a few wonderful days away. Summer is winding down here in Ohio, but we are still having some very warm days! So having some cold drinks and cold treats on hand is just the thing we need! Have you ever made frozen pudding popsicles? They really are quite yummy! All you need is a box of your favorite flavor of instant pudding, some milk and some popsicle molds OR paper cups and plastic spoons or wooden craft sticks.

Follow the directions on the instant pudding box to find the correct amount of milk needed to make pudding. (This size box needed 2 cups of milk.) Add the milk and the pudding mix to a bowl.

Whisk together.

Quickly fill the popsicle molds with the pudding before it sets up completely.

Add the tops of the popsicle mold set and make sure they are on snugly.

Or if you are using paper cups, put a portion of pudding into each cup. I used 9oz. cups when I tried this, but I think 5oz. cups would be a better size.

Add a plastic spoon or a popsicle stick to each cup.

Pop your popsicles into the freezer and let them freeze for a couple hours. They won’t come out too well if they aren’t frozen solid.

Once they are frozen, it’s time to enjoy!

Run some warm water on the outside of the plastic popsicle mold and then squeeze it to help loosen the popsicle from the mold. Slide the popsicle mold off and mmmm, start nibbling on your frozen pudding popsicle!

Someone has started enjoying this one! πŸ˜‰ Who, me?? Yep, you got me! The chocolate pudding popsicle tastes great!

If you used the paper cups, carefully run some warm water on the outside of the cup, being careful not to get any water inside the cup on the popsicle. Again, squeeze the sides of the cup until the popsicle slides out.

I also tried this idea using a ready-made pudding cup.

I removed the top covering and inserted a plastic spoon. Then I popped it into the freezer.

I used the warm water and squeezing method just like I did for the other pudding popsicles and it worked fine for this kind of pudding too.

Now you have another idea to try to help refresh and cool your family during these last warm days of summer! Enjoy your frozen pudding popsicles! πŸ™‚

Taste Testing Tuesday #77 – Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Treats

Have you ever eaten Rice Krispies treats? The oh, so yummy snack/dessert made from Rice Krispies cereal, butter and marshmallows? Rice Krispies Treats have been a very popular treat for a long time now, so I’m guessing most of you have eaten them. Wikipedia says “Rice Krispies Treats were invented in 1939 by Malitta Jensen and Mildred Day at theΒ Kellogg CompanyΒ home economics department as a fund raiser forΒ Camp Fire Girls.” Thank you, Malitta and Mildred!! πŸ™‚

Some amazing Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Treats made an appearance at our 4th of July picnic this year (Thank you, Megan!) and I wanted to share this easy recipe with you.

You will need Rice Krispies cereal (6 cups), butter (1/4 cup), mini marshmallows (10 oz. package) and peanut butter (1/2 cup).

Melt the butter in a large pan on the stove using a medium heat.

Add the mini marshmallows…

Add the peanut butter.

Stir together as the ingredients begin to melt.

Keep stirring, over a medium heat, until all the marshmallows have melted.

Remove from the heat and add the Rice Krispies cereal.

Stir until well mixed.

Evenly press the mixture into a 9″x13″ greased pan. You can use a buttered spatula or wax paper to spread the mixture.

After it’s cooled a little, cut into squares and serve!! Oohh, yummy! πŸ™‚

These treats are great to take to a potluck (which we did last Friday and they were a hit!). Or just having them for dessert or snack at home will make any day special!

You can find many other flavors of Rice Krispies treat to make by searching online. I even saw “Grilled Rice Krispies Treats! It’s a simple versatile recipe but loved by many! πŸ™‚

Taste Testing Tuesday #74 – Chocolate Dipped Oranges

Sorry to be posting this so late on our Taste Testing Tuesday, but it’s been a long day! Today we tried dipping orange pieces into melted chocolate or melted candy melts and sprinkling on some extra goodies. Don’t they look delicious?

You will need an orange, chocolate chips and/or candy melts and a few things to sprinkle onto the chocolate. Oh, and a piece of wax paper or foil or parchment paper.

You can use lots of things for the yummies you sprinkle on the chocolate. I used candy sprinkles, chopped nuts (cashews), mini M&M’s and mini chocolate chips. You could use coconut flakes, crushed graham crackers, crushed cereal, chopped peanuts, small pieces of freeze-dried fruit, etc.

Peel the orange and separate it into the sections.

Melt some chocolate chips in a microwave safe cup. Microwave for 30 seconds and try to stir the chocolate chips. Microwave for additional 15 second periods until the chocolate is all melted and smooth. Depending on what type of chocolate chips you use, you may also need to add a small amount of coconut oil or Crisco to get the chocolate melted and thin enough for dipping the oranges in.

Dip an orange section about halfway into the chocolate. You may want to use a spoon to help spread the chocolate all around the orange section.

Before the chocolate hardens, sprinkle some of the extra goodies onto the chocolate dipped part of the orange.

Lay each finished orange section on the wax paper and let the chocolate harden. Continue dipping and sprinkling each orange section.

I used white candy melts for half of my orange sections and that is very tasty too!

All that’s left to do is to eat and enjoy! πŸ™‚ It probably works best to eat these right away. I had to leave home as soon as I finished making these, so I put my dipped orange pieces into the refrigerator. They tasted delicious when I returned home, but the white candy melt broke into pieces and fell off the orange section when I bit into it. It tasted the same, but it made more of a mess. πŸ˜‰ For me, the mini M&M’s and mini chocolate chips were a bit too much sweetness at one time. I preferred the sprinkles and chopped nuts. I hope you will give these a try and see which kind you like best! πŸ™‚

Taste Testing Tuesday #71 – Super Quick Snack

Here we go again with Taste Testing Tuesday! I hope your Tuesday is going well! We’re getting close to the end of the school year and things are getting crazy busy, aren’t they? Today’s post can help you whip up a yummy snack in just a couple of minutes! Really? Yes, really! πŸ™‚ This is a super quick snack and you’ll wonder why you never tried it before! (We had this for a snack occasionally when I was a kid back in the dark ages.) πŸ˜‰

Yes, those are graham crackers. All you need for this snack is graham crackers and frosting! Homemade frosting is great but if you don’t have time to make frosting, the kind in a tub from the grocery store works perfectly.

All you do is break a graham cracker into the size you’d like them to be and spread frosting on one side of one piece.

Add a second piece of the same sized graham cracker to the frosting side, making a little sandwich. And that’s it! You have a snack for those hungry kiddos! Any flavor of frosting should work great!

Now, if you want to fancy things up and you have the time to do so, put the frosting on one side of a piece of graham cracker and then sprinkle on your favorite topping. Like…

Chocolate drink mix like Ovaltine…

Colored sprinkles…

Colored sugar…

Or chocolate sprinkles…just to name a few things you can use.

Even if you choose to go the “fancy way”, preparing this snack is sooo quick! What if you don’t have graham crackers on hand? This snack also works with other crackers. For example, Ritz crackers work fine too!

Feel free to experiment with whatever similar items you have on hand. I’m betting vanilla wafer cookies would be great too! Have a great Taste Testing Tuesday making super quick snacks! πŸ™‚

Taste Testing Tuesday #69-Healthy (Mostly) No Bake Cookies

For today’s taste test, we’re bringing you some Healthy No Bake Cookies! It says “Mostly” healthy because the cookies themselves are pretty healthy, but then it depends on what you add to them how healthy they end up. πŸ˜‰ For instance, if you add raisins, you’re all good. If you add mini M&M’s, well, not quite so good. Lol My daughter shared this recipe with me after her kids gobbled up a batch in record time. (Thanks, Megan!) Their batch of cookies looks awesome!

Here is the ingredient list:

In order to make this a taste test and to have some different types of cookies to choose from I made 4 kinds. But I’m getting ahead of myself! First, let’s gather up the ingredients.

Add everything to a medium sized bowl. Remember to melt the coconut oil.

Mix the ingredients together with a spoon. I didn’t add the “goodies” to begin with, but just mixed up the cookie dough.

I divided the dough into 4 small bowls and then added a different special ingredient to each bowl.

Mix the dough in each bowl and then make 3 or 4 cookies from each bowl by using a teaspoon to scoop out the dough onto a plate.

#1.) I added raisins.

#2.) I added mini M&M’s.

#3.) I added mini chocolate chips.

#4.) I added candy sprinkles.

Put the cookies into the fridge for a little while to help the cookies set up. I wonder what things you will add to your cookies? You could try some chopped nuts, peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips or maybe some tiny candies that match the season or holiday.

What type of cookie is your favorite? How about which one is your least favorite? I hope this will spark some ideas and fun for your family! πŸ™‚ Happy Taste Testing Tuesday to you!

Taste Testing Tuesday #61 Teddy Grahams

I’m finally back with another Taste Testing Tuesday! This week we’re looking at Teddy Grahams snacks. These are little graham crackers made in the shape of Teddy Bears. πŸ™‚ Very cute and quite yummy! I only have 2 flavors to use for my taste test due to being in quarantine for weeks because of my hubby and I catching Covid-19 at different times. (I haven’t been to a store since October 15th!) Teddy Grahams come in a few more flavors so check your grocery stores to see what is available near you.

As you can see, the flavors used for our taste test were Honey and Chocolate. You might want to use some cupcake liners to serve your Teddy Grahams in.

These snacks are so cute! Can you see the two different poses the teddy bears are in? Here’s a close up of the Honey flavor.

Here are the chocolate ones.

I know Teddy Grahams also come in at least Chocolatey Chip and Cinnamon so be sure to keep an eye out for those flavors too.

The boxes of the Teddy Grahams also have some fun ideas on the back of the boxes.

And it looks like there are more discovery ideas at the Teddy YouTube Channel. πŸ˜‰ (I haven’t seen it myself yet.)

Which flavor is your favorite? I think I like the Honey flavor best! πŸ™‚ I hope you can have some fun with a Taste Test of Teddy Grahams snacks!

Taste Testing Tuesday #57 – Fun With Leftover Snacks

Hello again! It’s Tuesday and you know what that means! Time for another taste test! Sorry to be so late in posting, but I’m fighting a cold and not feeling the best and my computer has decided to act up.

So, do you ever have one of those days where you want to serve the kids a snack but all you have left are odds and ends of different kinds of snacks? And there isn’t enough of any one snack to go around? Here’s a fun idea to save you! πŸ˜‰ Collect up a few of your small amounts of leftover snacks and turn them into a fun snack time!

Start with a cup, plate or small bowl for each person who will be having a snack. I like to use the 5 oz. Dixie paper cups.

Take each type of snack food and put a small amount in each cup. For example, maybe you have enough Cheese Puffs to give each person 3 pieces.

Continue adding small amounts of each type of snack until the cups are full.

I’m betting your kids will find this fun since it’s an out of the ordinary way of having a snack. πŸ™‚

Maybe the kids will want to barter with each other to get the snacks they like best. Say, 1 Cheez-it cracker swapped for 1 fruit gummy.

It’s a great way to use up leftover snacks and not have to listen to the kids fight over who gets which snack…they all get ALL the snacks! πŸ™‚ As always, you can make a chart for your taste testing and let each kiddo tell if they like each snack or not. To make it even more fun, try hiding the cups around the house for the kids to find before they enjoy eating their snack. Have fun and happy snacking!

Taste Testing Tuesday #56 – Lunchables

It’s Taste Testing Tuesday time!! Gather around and let’s see what we have to taste test today. Hmm…what could it be? It’s Lunchables!! There are quite a few kinds of Lunchables in the cold section of your grocery store, so let’s take a look at 5 kinds of Lunchables today. πŸ™‚

#1.) Chicken Dunks. This pack contains breaded chicken white meat nuggets, chocolate creme stuffed cookies and ketchup.

#2.) Turkey and American. You can make little cracker sandwiches with this one as it comes with turkey lunchmeat, American cheese, crackers and chocolate sandwich creme cookies.

#3.) Nachos Cheese Dip & Salsa. It comes with nacho cheese, tortilla chips and salsa. Sounds pretty tasty, doesn’t it?

#4.) Pizza with Pepperoni. This pack includes pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, pizza crusts and pizza sauce. (Mmmm! I think I know which one will get my vote for favorite Lunchables!)

#5.) Ham & Cheddar. Included is ham, cheddar cheese, crackers and vanilla creme cookies.

Ok, those are the Lunchables that were available at our local grocery store. Which one do you think would be your favorite? Would you like to try tasting them all and then pick which one is the best? I’m pretty sure the pizza one would be my favorite! Have fun and enjoy Taste Testing Tuesday! πŸ™‚

Taste Testing Tuesday #54 Trail Mix

Yep, it’s Tuesday once again and that means it’s time for Taste Testing Tuesday! Today is also Trail Mix Day so we are combining the two and taste testing trail mix. πŸ™‚

So what is trail mix? Trail mix is simply nuts, seeds, dried fruit and maybe some chocolate mixed together for a snack. People like to pack trail mix to eat when they go hiking or on a trail. πŸ˜‰ Of course, it’s great for anytime, including school lunches or after school snacks. So let’s talk about what goes into trail mix…

sOne main ingredient is the nuts or seeds. These are just some that I had on hand but you can use any type of nuts or seeds you like. We have cashews, pecan and pistachios.

Next comes the dried fruit…raisins, cranberries, dried strawberries, cherries, blueberries, etc. If its a dried fruit, it can go into trail mix. Another popular dried fruit that is often used is dried bananas.

You can also add some chocolate, but be careful where you will be taking your trail mix if you do. If you will be somewhere the temperature is hot, your chocolate will melt and make a mess. Add in your favorite candy, crackers, yogurt covered raisins, etc. The sky’s the limit here! πŸ™‚

So how do you taste test trail mix? Grab some small cups and lay out all of the available ingredients and let each person taste each thing and decide if they want to add it to their own individual cup of trail mix.

Put what you like in your cup…

…then place one hand over the top of the cup (so the pieces won’t fly out!) and shake your cup. This helps to mix the pieces together.

Then enjoy eating your trail mix right from your cup or pour it out onto a small plate or napkin.

Remember, it’s ok if everyone’s trail mix is different from another’s. Each person can make theirs to suit their own taste and favorite things. Maybe you’d like to make some for your next camping or hiking trip! Ziploc bags will also work great for each person to make their own trail mix. πŸ™‚ Enjoy!!