New Year’s Eve Oreo Pops

A new year is quickly approaching! You’re in the midst of setting goals, putting away Christmas, and still need to plan how you’ll be ringing in 2019. You are looking for last-minute snack ideas for your New Year’s Eve celebration with friends and family, and you need something quick, easy, and delicious. This recipe for New Year’s Eve Oreo Pops is the perfect fit for your event night!

You need snack ideas that are quick, easy, and delicious. This recipe for New Year's Eve Oreo Pops is the perfect fit for your event night!

 

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You can’t forget the sweet treats for your special night. These pops are adorable and tasty, a delightful combination of yum.

New Year’s Eve Oreo Pops

 

Ingredients

1 (15.35 ounce) package Double Stuf Oreo Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

2 (11 ounce) packages white chocolate chips

Silver Sprinkling Sugar

Gold Sprinkling Sugar

Lollipop Sticks

 

Instructions

1. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper.

2. Place contents of one bag of white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Heat on high for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat in 30-second increments, stirring each time, until completely melted. Do not overheat, as the chocolate will seize and become unusable.

3. Dip the tip of each lollipop stick and gently press into the cream center of the cookies. If the cookie cracks, press it back together.

4. Resting the lollipop stick against the side of the bowl, spoon melted chocolate over the cookie. Flip and repeat on the opposite side. Turn the cookie sideways and allow the excess chocolate to run back into the bowl. If air bubbles form, pop them with a toothpick.

4. Place the coated cookie onto the baking sheet. Immediately decorate with sprinkles.

5. Allow cookie to set completely at room temperature, or refrigerate for faster results. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? Do you go out? Stay in? What is on the menu for your special night? Share in the comments so we can all get some new ideas for welcoming the arrival of 2019!

Elf Maple Popcorn

Who doesn’t love popcorn?! Combined with a lovely maple flavor, candy, and seeds, this elf maple popcorn snack mix is a great take-along for Christmas parties, for your own snack night at home, or to give to friends and neighbors as a homemade gift.

Elf Maple Popcorn

 

This elf maple popcorn snack mix is a great take-along for Christmas parties, for your own snack night at home, or to give to friends and neighbors as a homemade gift.

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This snack mix is a tasty combination of everyone’s favorites. It’s the perfect solution for your Christmas Eve snack night or any time this season!

Ingredients You Need

 

12 cups popped popcorn, salted

½ cup (1 stick) salted butter

½ cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon maple extract

1 cup marshmallows

1/2 cup candy-covered sunflower seeds (optional) or other multi colored candy

2 cups Bugles Original Crispy Corn Snack

Green candy melts

Pink candy melts

Yellow candy melts

Red candy melts

Instructions for Making the Elf Hats

 

1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Melt the green candy melts according to the package directions. Wedge a Bugle snack on a fork and dip into melted candy coating. Tap the fork against the side of the bowl to remove excess. Use a toothpick to slide the coated Bugle snack onto the waxed paper. Repeat as desired. Allow candied Bugles to set completely.

3. Repeat the process with the pink candy melts. Allow candied Bugles to set completely.

4. Heat the yellow candy melts according to package directions. Place melted candy into a zip top freezer bag (snip the end slightly) or a candy decorating bag.  Drizzle yellow candy over each green-coated Bugle to resemble a stripe on the elf hat. Allow candied Bugles to set completely before mixing with snack mix.

5. Heat the red candy melts according to package directions. Place melted candy into a zip top freezer bag (snip the end slightly) or a candy decorating bag. Drizzle red candy over each pink-coated Bugle to resemble a stripe on the elf hat. Allow candied Bugles to set completely before mixing with snack mix.

Instructions for Making the Popcorn

 

1. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Top with cooked and salted popcorn.

2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the brown sugar to melted butter and stir until combined. Pour the maple extract into the mixture and stir well. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 6 minutes.

3. Pour sugar over the popcorn. Toss to coat.

4. Add remaining ingredients and decorated Bugles. Toss well and serve.

Cook’s note: If you prefer a crunchy popcorn, add the sugar mixture to the popcorn and toss to coat. Then, bake the popcorn in a 250 degree oven for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Allow popcorn to cool completely. Break into pieces and then add remaining ingredients.

Make sure you take a peek at our Christmas Cookie Cutter Pizza recipe for more snack and meal options for this Christmas season!

Are there favorite snacks that you traditionally prepare for Christmas Eve or during the Christmas season? This one is new to us, but it’s likely to make it onto the list in future years. Share about your favorite traditional recipes in the comments!

Christmas Cookie Cutter Pizza

Christmas is right around the corner! Can you believe it? There are gifts to purchase, Christmas dinner plans to make, snacks for Christmas Eve to buy…..and it feels like there just aren’t enough hours in the day. That’s where this easy and delicious Christmas Cookie Cutter Pizza recipe comes in. Most families love pizza, so why not incorporate this festive recipe into your Christmas plans?

Most families love pizza. Why not incorporate this festive Christmas Cookie Cutter Pizza recipe into your Christmas plans?

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Christmas Cookie Cutter Pizza

Ingredients

Pizza dough, homemade or store-bought
Pizza sauce, homemade or store-bought
Mozzarella cheese, about 1 cup
Red bell pepper, sliced in strips
Yellow pepper, cut into a star shape
Other desired toppings like sliced black olives, mini pepperoni, diced green bell pepper, banana peppers, jalapenos, or mushrooms.

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Roll out pizza dough on a lightly floured surface or pastry mat. Cut into shapes using holiday cookie cutters like this set of 101 Cookie Cutters by Wilton.
3. Place shaped dough on parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for about 2 to 3 minutes.
4. Remove pizza dough from oven and add sauce and mozzarella cheese.
5. Decorate as desired using your choice of toppings.
6. Return to oven and bake an additional 5 to 8 minutes, depending on the thickness of your dough and desired doneness.

Are you looking for Christmas snack ideas? Check out this recipe for Elf Maple Popcorn!

What kinds of snacks and dinners do you usually prepare for the Christmas season? Share your ideas in the comments!

Doughnut Holes Acorns

If you’re looking for a quick, easy, and tasty fall dessert recipe you’ve come to the right place! These doughnut holes acorns are simple to make and look amazing. They’re the perfect offering for any fall event, or for a simple family fun night dessert to enjoy at home.

Looking for a quick, easy, and tasty fall dessert recipe? Try these doughnut holes acorns - simple, fun, and tasty. Perfect for any occasion!

Doughnut Holes Acorns

 

Ingredients

doughnut holes

milk chocolate morsels or chocolate almond bark (about ½ cup for every 6-8 doughnut holes)

chocolate sprinkles

pretzel sticks

Instructions

1. Prepare a plate or baking sheet with waxed paper.

2. Cut each pretzel stick into six pieces. These will be the stem of the acorn. Set aside.

3. In the microwave, melt the milk chocolate morsels in a small microwave-safe bowl on high in 30 second increments, stirring well between each cycle and giving special care not to overheat the candy. If the chocolate is overheated or comes in contact with water, it will seize up and be unusable.

4. Dip the cut end of the Doughnut Holes into the melted chocolate to coat about ¼ inch of the cookie. Immediately dip in chocolate sprinkles.

5. Place a piece of pretzel stick into the middle of the doughnut side you dipped. You may need to shift the sprinkles slightly to make space.

6. Put the acorn cookie on the waxed paper. When all doughnuts are dipped and decorated, place in the refrigerator or freezer until the chocolate is set.

Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Are you looking for other fall recipes to add to your repertoire? Try this list of 13 Healthy Slow Cooker Soups for Fall

11 Freezer Meals for Busy Moms

Mom life can get busy quickly! You know you need to provide nutritious, filling meals for your family, but sometimes the call of the drive-thru and an easy choice overrules what you know. There’s nothing wrong with choosing to provide a fast food meal on occasion, but most of us don’t want to make a habit of it. That’s where a little planning ahead can really help us moms out!

Busy moms need quick, easy, and delicious recipes at their fingertips, and in a jiffy! These 11 Freezer Meals for Busy Moms fit the bill!

11 Freezer Meals for Busy Moms

This list of 11 freezer meals for busy moms will point you towards a new and exciting solution for your dinner-time dilemma!

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Beef Dishes for Sit-down Meals

  • Meat Loaf is an easy and delicious option for families. Kids love it, and it’s super simple to pair with a grain and veggie of your choice at serving time.
  • Nothing says comfort like a pot of homemade soup. This tasty beef stew with a twist will warm you up and fill all the hungry bellies! If you’re lucky, there may be enough red wine left over to fill a nice glass for mom once the kiddos are in bed.
  • A little sweet, a little sour, many of us love that flavor combo. Sweet and Sour Meatballs delivers a delicious amalgamation of the two in savory bite-sized packages.

Options for on-the-go Evenings

  • On a chaotic activity night, these Beef and Bean Burritos step up as a quick family dinner, filled with flavor.
  • If your children like hot pockets like mine do, then you may want to try this homemade version. You’ll have control over every ingredient included and could a little extra fun with prepping them by involving your kids!

A Pasta Lovers Delight

  • Have you been dreaming of Tuscany? Visit your favorite Italian location with your taste buds by whipping up a batch of Tuscan Pasta.
  • Spaghetti is an all-time family favorite around here. Baked Spaghetti provides the flavors you love with a quick turnaround for plating it up.
  • Baked Ziti is one of those staple pasta dishes that nearly everyone enjoys. Add a quick green salad and some crusty bread and your kids will think you hung the moon!

Something a Bit Adventurous

 

These freezer meals provide a few ideas to kick off a new way of cooking for your busy life. Once you’ve got them prepped and in the freezer, you’re good to go. Now you have access to easy and healthy options the next time your local fast food joint calls your name.

Don’t forget to check out my post, 12 Must-Have Freezer Meal Accessories , to ensure that you’ve got the tools you need before starting out on your own freezer meal adventure!

Need more dinner-time ideas? Take a look at this collection of 13 Healthy Slow Cooker Soups for Fall to add even more tasty and nutritious meals to your repertoire!

13 Healthy Slow Cooker Soups for Fall

Soups are the perfect dish for fall! Temperatures are cooling down outside, colorful foliage can be seen out your window, and you begin to long for some of those comfort foods from childhood.

Are you a busy mom in need of healthy slow cooker soups for fall? We've got you covered with this amazing list of recipes!

13 Healthy Slow Cooker Soups for Fall

This collection of 13 healthy slow cooker soups for fall is a great way to kick off your menu planning for the season.

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Healthy Poultry Soups

  • Sweet Potato, Chicken, and Quinoa Soup makes for a hearty family meal. Alternatively, divide into individual containers to take to work with you for lunch.
  • Looking for a twist on Mom’s traditional chicken soup? Spicy Chicken Soup provides an extra kick that the whole family will love! Serve alongside a green salad or over top of zucchini ‘noodles’ for added nutritional value.
  • Hello?! Who doesn’t love tacos? Turkey Taco Soup offers up all the flavors you love in a traditional taco, but in soup form instead.
  • If you enjoy traditional chili, then you may love the creamy goodness of this White Chicken Chili. Beautifully garnished with avocado and green chiles, preparing to serve this soup is like creating art on a plate, I mean, in a bowl.
  • Our family really enjoys trying exciting dishes full of flavors we don’t experience every day. Moroccan Lentil Soup caught my eye due to its ingredients list. I also know that lentils are protein-filled and they easily satiate hungry tummies.

Healthy Beef Soups

  • Chili is an iconic fall dish. It is easy to eat on its own, or add toppings such as cheese, sour cream, onions, corn chips, cornbread, and more! Slow Cooker Chili nourishes the body and soul.
  • Beef Stew is an all-time favorite around here. Harvest Beef Stew  made it onto my list because of the hearty and rustic cut of its meat and veggies. Plus I love the name!
  • Italian Meatball Soup is filled with veggies, Italian flavor, and all the nostalgia of your favorite meatball sub. It is also a fun choice for family dinners or your favorite game day this fall.
  • If you want comfort in a pot, you’ve got it! What better way to warm up and get comfy on a brisk day than with a nice, hot cup of nutritious Beef Barley Soup?
  • Another soup that is jam-packed with veggies,  Stuffed Pepper Soup delivers flavor bursts that you won’t be able to get enough of with just one bowl.

Healthy Vegetarian Soups

  • Wild Rice Vegetable Soup serves as an excellent option for those looking to reduce or avoid consuming meats. This recipe includes one of my favorite fall veggies, butternut squash!
  • Hey, wanna take a traditional casserole dish and make it into a tasty soup? Yes, please! Lasagna Soup, vegetarian style, tantalizes the taste buds.
  • Have you ever tried Butternut Squash Soup? This creamy and nutty Thai rendition comforts all year round!

Do  you have any favorite soups that you like to prepare during the fall season? Feel free to share a tried and true recipe with us below!