12 Spaghetti Squash Recipes

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Spaghetti squash is a wonderful winter squash that resembles pasta when cooked. You can simply swap out pasta with spaghetti squash for your favorite pasta recipes, but why not also try some of these 12 spaghetti squash recipes?

 

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If you like simple and fresh spaghetti dishes with tomato and basil, you’ll like this spaghetti squash recipe. Try roasting your spaghetti squash ahead of time to make this dish even easier to make.

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This recipe uses the spaghetti squash themselves as your bowls so you’ll spend less time cleaning and more time thinking just how delicious your dinner was. To make this recipe faster to cook, try using your favorite jarred pasta sauce.

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Shrimp, dried tomatoes, fresh basil, and tomatoes all in one dish? So very healthy, especially when you sub out noodles for spaghetti squash. Up the nutritional value of this spaghetti squash recipe by adding extra vegetables.

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Love pesto? Try this spaghetti squash recipe that also includes peas and chicken. And it’s so easy and quick to make, especially when you cook the chicken and squash ahead of time.

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Spaghetti squash is delicious, but it can be too light for a main meal unless you add meat and cheese. This recipe uses white beans to make it more filling and thus would be a great vegetarian main dish. It also uses feta rather than the usual mozzarella or Parmesan, which gives the dish a nice kick!

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There’s all sorts of pizza crust recipes out there now, so naturally there’s a pizza crust that’s made with spaghetti squash! It won’t taste like a regular crust, but it’ll still be good and be a great base for you to create a pizza on. Try one of these pizza recipes with this crust!

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This is another spaghetti squash recipe that would work great as a vegetarian main dish, thanks to the portobello mushrooms. I love how the mushrooms act as the pizza crush for this dish. You could add your favorite pizza toppings to make this recipe even better.

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Buffalo chicken recipes tend to include a lot of cheese and hot sauce… and this recipe fulfills that expectation. It’s just a tad bit healthier with the spaghetti squash, but it’s still creamy and delicious, just the way you like your buffalo chicken dishes.

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All the staples of southwestern cooking are included in this spaghetti squash recipe: jalapeno peppers, red bell peppers, black beans, corn, cilantro, and more. Forget the tortillas and try this recipe! Add chopped avocado on top for even more deliciousness.

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Sometimes you just get that craving for take out, like pad thai. But who knows what’s really in those paper containers? Make your own pad thai and make it even better for you by using spaghetti squash instead of rice noodles.

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Many spaghetti squash recipes require that you roast the squash before you actually put together the dish, but all you need to do with this recipe is to cut it in half and throw it in the slower cooker with the other ingredients. Perfect for busy days!

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This delicious spaghetti squash casserole is a true people pleaser. I’ve made this one several times and everyone, from 3-year-olds to foodie snobs, have told me how much they enjoyed it. Try it soon; it just might make your weekly rotation!

 

Since spaghetti squash can last a long time in your refrigerator or pantry (from 1 to 3 months), go ahead and stock up on it so you can try some of these spaghetti squash recipes! Have I missed anything on the list? Let us know!

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

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8 Cranberry Inspired Dessert Recipes

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No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without the cranberry sauce. However, you can do a lot more with these tart berries than just make the seasonal side dish. Juicy and tart, cranberries will lend a robust flavor to traditional desserts. Plus, they are considered a superfood rich in antioxidants and vitamin C. Here are eight cranberry inspired dessert recipes for you to try this fall.

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1. Cranberry Pear Tart with Almond Cream

This tart is both elegant and delicious. Pears and cranberries complement each other to provide the perfect bouquet of subtle, delicious flavor.

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2. Cranberry Bliss Cookies

If you’ve ever tried a cranberry bliss bar at Starbucks you’ll definitely want to make these copy-cat cranberry bliss cookies. Plus, who can resist cream cheese frosting?

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3. Cranberry Pie

Combine the tart flavor of cranberries with a light, flaky crust to make a scrumptious, albeit less commonly made, pie.

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4. Cranberry Brie Bites

These cranberry brie bites are the perfect mixture of savory, tart flavor. Serve them as an appetizer or bite-sized dessert.

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5. Orange-Cranberry Yogurt Loaf

Your family will devour this loaf as soon as you pull it out of the oven. This sweet bread is a perfect morning side or post-dinner dessert.

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6. Cranberry Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins

These muffins are the perfect after school snack or post-dinner treat. Plus, they are healthier alternative to cake or cookies.

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7. Mini Cranberry Apple Pies

These bite-sized pies will be a hit at your next office party or family get-together. Sprinkle Turbinado sugar before baking for an extra-special touch.

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8. Cranberry Gingerbread Scones

These scrumptious scones marry two holiday-favorite ingredients. You’ll love the unique flavor combination.

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Clarissa Fidler is a 20-something trying to find her place in this world. She grew up in Seattle, attended college in Utah, and recently moved back to the Pacific Northwest after spending three years in Chicago obtaining her master’s degree in journalism. Clarissa spends her days working as a higher education professional helping graduate students pursue their passions. In her free time you’ll find her reading the New York Times, cuddling with her cat Harper, catching up on her favorite blogs, enjoying the outdoors, or checking out a new restaurant.  If you’d like to read more by Clarissa, check out her blog West Hawthorne Place.

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12 Tummy-Pleasing Oatmeal Breakfast Recipes

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Before you reach for the cold cereal again, try mixing up your mornings with a delicious bowl of warm oatmeal. But don’t just settle for the same old milk and brown sugar combination – instead try one of these 12 oatmeal breakfast recipes, sit down at the table, and take a moment to appreciate a real breakfast treat.

 

1. Vanilla Spice Oatmeal

A tasty, basic oatmeal, this one can be cooked up on the stove in just ten minutes when using old fashioned oats. Vanilla and nutmeg are the key flavors here but raisins, cinnamon, and brown sugar complement the dish. Not ready to cook it up on the stove? Use instant oatmeal and follow the note at the bottom of the recipe!

 

2. Apple Pie Oatmeal

Use a tart Granny Smith apple to bring a little zing to your morning with this oatmeal! The recipe uses almond milk for a vegan-friendly take, but cow’s milk or water may be used instead. Sweeten your breakfast with pure maple syrup or a couple of tablespoons of brown sugar.

 

3. Peach Cobbler Oatmeal

A healthier version of dessert that can be eaten for breakfast? No objections here! Use fresh peaches for the best possible results and add a bit of vanilla if you like the extra flavor. Milk may also be added at the end for a creamier oatmeal.

 

4. Baked Berry Oatmeal

If you need breakfast for a crowd, a baked oatmeal is the way to go. Stir your wet and dry ingredients together separately, then layer with your berries and bake in a two quart dish. Breakfasters will go crazy for this flavorful morning delight!

 

5. Banana Peanut Butter Oatmeal

This oatmeal is also called “Elvis’ Oatmeal” over at The Oatmeal Artist because the ingredients relate to one of The King’s favorite eats – a PB & Banana sandwich! Combine the simple tastes of vanilla, cinnamon, and banana and add peanut butter for a nutty depth of flavor.

 

6. Blueberry Cheesecake Oatmeal

Gluten free and vegetarian, this oatmeal gets the royal treatment with a swirl of cream cheese after the cooking process. Load up on the blueberries if you like to start your morning off sweetly.

 

7. Double Chocolate Oatmeal

Who says you can’t have chocolate for breakfast? Indulge with this oatmeal recipe and a small sprinkling of chocolate chips! Omit the egg whites if you’re not concerned with getting the extra protein. Top things off with some sliced banana or a dollop of peanut butter if you’re feeling creative!

 

8. Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal

There’s more than one way to feed a craving – try this cinnamon roll oatmeal the next time you’re in the mood for sweets! The simple oatmeal base with a tasty brown-sugar topping and creamy glaze will take your breakfast to the next level without so many of the calories.

 

9. Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal

These make-ahead breakfasts will come in handy on mornings when everyone’s in a rush. Follow the recipe for whichever flavor sounds best to you (or create your own!) and shake it all up in a mason jar to rest overnight. By morning, you’ll have a palatable grab-and-go breakfast.

 

10. Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

A warm, smooth pumpkin pie oatmeal on a chilly autumn morning will certainly hit the spot. Use plain canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie spiced) and add your own mix of pie spices to taste. For an added bit of yumminess try topping your cooked oatmeal with brown sugar and placing it under the broiler for a minute to caramelize.

 

11. Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal

Mix up the simple strawberry compote and add the vanilla cream drizzle this recipe calls for and you’ll be in breakfast heaven. Stir them into the cooked oatmeal of your choice whether it’s steel cut, old fashioned, or instant, and dig in!

 

12. Banana Bread Oatmeal

Banana bread oatmeal is another breakfast version of a favorite treat and you’re sure to go back for seconds! Yogurt makes a creamy addition to this recipe and the fresh bananas and pecans are perfect for boosting that banana bread taste.

 

Looking for more great breakfast recipes? Try these 10 breakfast syrups to liven up your pancakes!

 

Featured image via Mother Thyme.

 

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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7 Healthy and Easy Vegetable Side Dishes

7 Healthy and Easy Vegetable Side Dishes

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Sometimes we take the time and energy to plan our main dishes, but forget to plan for our vegetable sides… and we fall back on the same boring vegetable sides that we’re so tired of. No more! Here are 7 healthy and easy vegetable side dishes that you can prepare fast so you can focus your cooking energy on your main dish!

Easy Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

So many people despise brussels sprouts, but they probably haven’t tried this recipe. Any vegetable tastes better roasted rather than steamed and this is certainly true of brussels sprouts. Add a few tablespoons of balsamic vinegar along with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and you’ve got yourself an easy vegetable side dish that even your kids will like.

Garlic Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes”

Like mashed potatoes, but don’t like how full it makes you? Try mashed cauliflower with garlic, butter, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Just mash it with a food processor and serve! It goes really well with meatballs and sauce or meatloaf or any heavy meat dish. The best part? You can even make it ahead of time and just heat it up when you’re ready to eat!

Honeyed Carrots

Honey and carrots is a beautiful food marriage, when done right. This recipe combines fresh garlic, fresh rosemary, fresh parsley, butter, honey, and olive oil to create a beautiful dish of honeyed carrots. After a couple of minutes in a pan, you’ve got yourself an easy vegetable side dish ready to go!

Garlic Portobello Mushrooms with Pecorino Romano

Cooked portobello mushrooms taste awesome when they’re cooked to the point that their moisture has all evaporated, as evidenced by this great recipe. After you slice and cook the mushrooms with garlic, salt, and pepper, pile the steaming hot mushroom slices on a plate and grate pecorino romano cheese over it for an easy and delicious vegetable side.

Parmesan Zucchini and Corn

Made in only 10 minutes, this vegetable side of zucchini and corn is easy to make and so satisfying to eat. With the addition of dried herbs (basil, oregano, and thyme) and a fresh herb (cilantro), this easy veggie side goes great with a main dish of chicken or fish.

Caesar Green Beans

This green bean recipe is made easy with the help of a bottled Caesar salad dressing and made even more delicious with grated parmesan cheese on top. Doesn’t that sound like something that kids would like?

Lemon Garlic Roasted Asparagus

Whenever I see fresh asparagus in the grocery store, I always pick it up because I know I can prepare it in just a few minutes for a great vegetable side dish! This delicious recipe shows you how. All you need is a lemon, garlic powder, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Toss everything on a foil-lined baking sheet and cook for a few minutes and enjoy!

A beautifully prepared vegetable side dish is a delicious addition to a main dish and it’s even better when you can cook it with minimal effort. What are your favorite easy vegetable side dishes?

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“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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3 Things Every Thanksgiving Cook Should Know

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The honor of being the head chef for Thanksgiving dinner is nothing to be taken lightly, right?  It’s a massive undertaking. Here’s my top 3 tips to help you pull off the impossible.

#1 Prep Your Potatoes The Day Before

If they sit too long, cut potatoes turn a not so lovely shade of grey. However, the time saving benefit is incredible. Solution? Submerge your cut pieces in cold water and keep them in the fridge overnight.

#2 First Things First, Set The Table and Comb Your Hair

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It’s okay to still be cooking when people walk through the door.  In fact, it’s expected and an easy way to break the ice by putting people to work who offer to help. Setting the table or hiding in the bathroom while you finish your make-up however?  Not so much.  Set your table before you start cooking and get yourself completely ready at least a couple hours before anyone shows up.  You will be so much more relaxed knowing that people will at least think you are completely put together!!

#3 Keep Your Turkey Moist After Cutting

There are so many tips and tricks out there for cooking up an amazingly juicy turkey, but what about keeping it that way after you start slicing?  Those who have carved a large turkey know that by the time you finish carving the last piece, the first piece is already drying out. Don’t let your hard work go to waste.  Heat up some chicken broth and drizzle over the cut pieces as you go. This will ensure your first cut is as warm and delicious as the last.

What are your best tips for a successful Thanksgiving Dinner?  Please share by commenting below.

Author: Jennifer Faris is a photographer, writer, mom of 3 littles and wife to a rock star (at least in her eyes). You can see more of her work at www.jenniferfaris.com and follow her on FacebookPinterest,Instagram.

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10 Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

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Part of the reason we all tend to overeat on Thanksgiving Day is that we overcook! Even if we’re expecting a crowd, there always seems to be way too much food leftover after the big day. Sure, turkey sandwiches are great, but why not create some new, unique meals with all those Thanksgiving leftovers instead? Think of it as recycling – only much more delicious!

10 Recipes for Turning Thanksgiving Leftovers into Something New

  1. Turkey Hash with Eggs: you can even use leftovers for breakfast
  2. Turkey Enchiladas: this cheese sauce is amazing
  3. Turkey and Biscuit Casserole: baked comfort food
  4. Stuffing Meatloaf with Marmalade Glaze: stuffing is even better the second time around
  5. Turkey Magiritsa: a great riff on a traditional Greek soup
  6. Turkey Tetrazzini: this creamy pasta feeds a crowd
  7. Creamy Mashed Potato and Leek Soup: when you just want a break from all that turkey
  8. Turkey Croquettes: a great use for leftover turkey and mashed potatoes
  9. Cranberry Nut Squares: cranberry sauce transitions from side dish to yummy dessert
  10. Pie and Cranberry Sauce Milkshake: hope you’re lucky enough to even have leftover pie for this one

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Julianne Puckett is the creator of Yankee Kitchen Ninja, a blog about what she calls “stealthy homemaking” — healthy recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, DIY gardening tips and the occasional craft project. A designer, writer and former suburban-dwelling IT professional, she lives in rural Vermont, where she struggles to balance the siren call of her inner farmer with her love of cute shoes and cocktails.

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12 Delectable Fall Desserts

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Fall is fast approaching!  That means cooler weather… and all the scrumptious desserts that come with it!  Pumpkin, pear, cherry, apple, cinnamon; the flavors of fall offer a myriad of dessert options.  That old standby, pumpkin pie, is sure to be a hit with friends and family, but if you’re looking to revamp your fall dessert repertoire we’ve got some great ideas for you!  Don’t dump the old classics – everyone craves a good cinnamon apple crisp with vanilla ice cream from time to time – but slip a new treat into your rotation or try it out for a fall gathering to sweeten things up.  These 10 delectable fall desserts are sure to become fast favorites!

 

1. Pumpkin Pie Cake – bugaboo, mini, mr & me:  If you love the flavor of pumpkin pie but want to try it in a new way this dessert is a must!  All the flavor is there, wrapped up in a moist and flavorful cake and topped with delicious homemade whipped cream.3

 

2. Poached Gingered Pears in Chocolate Sauce – Pham Fatale:  This dessert seriously ups the fancy-factor!  No one will believe just how easy it is to make them.  Lemon, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg create a medley of tasty goodness while a dark chocolate sauce is the grand finale.600

 

3. Cinnamon Caramel Swirl Bars – McCormick:  Though cinnamon is front and center in this super delicious, super easy to make bars, you’ll love the warm, gooey caramel.  Throw in some pecans, vanilla and brown sugar for a completely sweet-tooth satisfying dessert.Cinnamon Caramel Swirl Bars.ashx

 

4. Cherry Kuchen - Food Family Finds:  Speaking of easy to make, try this moist and delicious sweet cherry kuchen instead of cherry pie.  You’ll love how simple it is and how deliciously everything combines.  There’s no competition between flavors – making this a must-try.Cherry-Kuchen-Cake-Recipe

 

5. Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Mousse – Sue’s Nutrition Buzz:  If you’re a chocolate-lover, this dessert is sure to please!   Whip up the light and fluffy semi-sweet mousse and combine with pomegranate juice, topping with whole pomegranates.  It’s fun marriage of fall flavors.dark-chocolate-mousse1

 

6. Pumpkin Cheesecake Tarts - Very Best Baking:  These great mini tartlets are an incredible addition to any fall buffet!  With a crunchy crushed gingersnap base and spiced cream cheese filling you can top these off with whipped cream or sour cream and drizzle on some semi-sweet chocolate for a delectable alternative to pie.28492lrg

 

7. Roasted Pear Dessert – Two a Healthy Life:  If you’re looking for something sweet but still light and healthy, look no further.  Whip this dessert up in a jiff, using fresh halved pears, fig jam and goat cheese.pear001b

 

8. Caramel Pecan Hand Pies – The Cafe Sucre Farine:  It doesn’t take much to make these adorable mini pies!  Pecan pie is a staple of fall, and these little hand pies are sure to be a hit with everyone, especially the kids.  They’ve got all the goodness of the real thing, and they look amazing, too.IMG_9858

 

9. Pear and Dried Cherry Crisp With Walnut Streusel - Once Upon a Chef:  For an easy dessert that takes little time and minimal effort but packs all the punch of combined pear and cherry flavors, this dessert is a go-to!  With an incredible streusel topping, this crisp is a homey comfort food you won’t want to miss.Pear-and-Dried-Cherry-Crisp-with-Walnut-Streusel2

 

10. Pear Right-Side Up Cake – Lunchbox bunch:  Not only is this tart beautiful to look at, but it packs all the flavor you could want in a fall cake.  Mandolin-sliced pears top this super moist cake.  It’s completely vegan.  Even better?  It’s low-fat!pear-cake-1

 

11. Salted Caramel Apple Crumb Bars – Two Peas and Their Pod:  This is not your ordinary apple crumble.  The crumbled crust is moist like cake, while the apples filling combines all the fall favorites – nutmeg, cinnamon, all-spice, vanilla – along with a rich salted caramel sauce.  These bars will turn heads!salted-caramel-apple-crumb-bars

 

12. Spiced Pumpkin Mousse Trifle – Rachel Ray:  Trifle’s not just for strawberries, pound cake, cheesecake and other summery fixings!  This trifle is perfect for your fall table with pumpkin mousse, ginger, and cinnamon.  Layer it up with crumbled gingersnaps and top with cream.  Cloves and dark rum deepen the rich fall flavors.l_R180346

 

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Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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7 Simple Meals Kids Can Make Themselves

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Evenings are often full of homework, extra-curriculars, laundry, and a whole lot of busy. Is it any wonder that it can be difficult to find time to make a meal? Give yourself a break this week! With a little bit of planning and preparation on the weekends, your home can be stocked full of ingredients for simple meals kids can make all on their own.

 

Chef Salad

Prepare salad ingredients for the week and store them in plastic containers in the fridge. Whenever the kids need a quick meal, they can pull everything out, build a salad, add a bit of dressing, and voila! Instant dinner.

 

Simple Sandwiches

Everyone has to start somewhere, and putting together a good old-fashioned PB&J is a great way to learn. Using a butter knife to spread ingredients over bread is a fabulous fine motor skill that even the smallest children can develop. And hey, the kids can get even more creative trying new combinations like peanut butter and bananas, hazelnut spread and sliced strawberries, or even something new like cream cheese and veggies. And don’t forget old favorites like ham and cheese; pre-sliced ingredients make for even easier prep!

 

Microwaved Bagel Pizzas

The microwave is usually an appliance older kids don’t need to be afraid of. Teach your children how to use your particular model and leave sticky notes with heating directions whenever necessary. Keep a few simple pizza ingredients in the refrigerator – sauce, pepperoni, shredded cheese, and bagels – and kids can make their own bagel pizzas and heat them in the microwave for 1 to 1 ½ minutes.

 

Quesadillas or Nachos

Plain cheese is nice, but if you plan ahead, you can provide the kids with shredded chicken, peppers, and other tasty additions they can place between a couple of tortillas (or layer on chips) and warm up in the microwave. Don’t forget to keep a bit of salsa and sour cream around for dipping!

 

Fruit and Yogurt Parfait

It doesn’t get much easier than this – a little frozen fruit, yogurt, and some granola to top it off make a tasty parfait. Kids will love layering the ingredients and won’t need to come running to mom and dad for help!

 

Chicken Caesar Wraps

Purchase a simple Caesar salad kit from the grocery store, then spend a little time cooking chicken breasts and slicing them lengthwise. Kids can make a wrap in minutes with a tortilla, chicken from the fridge, and lettuces and dressings from the salad kit.

 

French Toast Skewers

Cut your next batch of French toast into cubes and store them in the freezer. When you’re busy and the kids get hungry, they can take some out, warm them in the microwave, layer them on a skewer with fruit, and drizzle with syrup. Yum!

 

Sometimes a busy parent just has to let the kids feed themselves! Try these ideas for no-cook breakfasts if your mornings need to be simplified.

 

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

7 Ways to Teach Kids in the Kitchen

7 Ways To Teach Kids in the Kitchen ~ Tipsaholic.com #kidsinthekitchen #parenting #teachingkidsathome

 

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Children are constantly looking for opportunities in which to expand their independence. Parents are constantly looking for ways to help their children grow and develop knew knowledge. If you’re wondering how to fill both of those needs, look no further than your own kitchen! There are many things you can do to make your kitchen friendly and inviting for kids. Bring your little chefs into the kitchen today and check out these 7 tips for encouraging new skills and independence while planning, preparing, and serving family meals.

 

1. Invite kids to help in meal planning and grocery shopping

Rather than just writing everything down yourself, why not involve the kids in the meal planning part of your month? Kids definitely have an opinion when it comes to the food they like to eat, and making compromises on your end – such as chicken nuggets and fries every other Wednesday – is apt to make them more likely to compromise when it comes to that green bean casserole you keep trying to get them to eat!

Sit down together and make a list of everyone’s favorite meals. Talk about the food groups and how each meal is best if it has lots of color and a variety of foods. Help them select foods from each group to make up each meal, then make your grocery list based on the meals you have created. Kids are great at helping find and retrieve shopping list items while in the grocery store too! Involve them in as many ways as you can.

 

2. Give them choices when it comes to snacks and lunches

Encourage kids to take the lead on their snacks and lunches by creating “stations” in your kitchen that set healthy boundaries while also allowing for individual choice. A basket full of healthy snacks in the pantry is a great option for when children come home hungry from school. Another idea worth considering is a “build-your-own-lunch” station. You can provide the sandwich fixings and lunchbox essentials, but allow the kids to choose and create a lunch all their own from those options.

 

3. Provide them with their own set of (safe) kitchen tools and an apron

What could be more fun than having your own set of tools when it’s time to help mom or dad in the kitchen? Kids will love having their own special utensils, bowls, and an apron. Try this fantastic set – it’s got everything those little hearts could desire.

 

4. Invite them to cook with you

There are many things children can help with when it comes to preparing food. Depending on a child’s age, mixing, pouring, cutting, and measuring are just a few of the skills that can be developed. If you need some ideas for age-appropriate tasks kids can complete in the kitchen, check out this infographic from Cooksmarts. If you want a few great ideas for simple foods you can make together, try these kid-friendly recipes.

 

5. Give them the reins for dinner once a month

Whether it’s macaroni and cheese from a box, peanut butter sandwiches, or something bold and adventurous, just go with it! The kids will love having the freedom to choose what, when, and how to get food on the table. If they ask for help or want to give you an assignment you can join in as “sous chef.” If they don’t seem to need you, be sure you still stick around to supervise and always follow safety rules for tools and appliances.

 

6. Consider growing a small garden

Showing kids where their food comes from and teaching them how to be part of the process is a great way to get them interested in new foods and trying new things. If you don’t have the room for a garden plot, growing herbs in old soup cans or keeping a tomato plant on the porch can bring just as many benefits. Not sure what to grow? Try a few of these ideas for plants you can grow indoors if you’re really stumped! Allow children to help plant, feed, and water your little garden, then show them the many ways you can use your homegrown “ingredients” in everyday family cooking!

 

7. Teach kids how to set the table and serve themselves

Every kid has seen the table set, but not every kid has learned to set it. Teach them the basics of table-setting etiquette – it will give them something to think about the next time they sit down to a nice meal! If you like, you can spend time making a simple table-setting placemat like these made from construction paper, or this one created from dollar store placemats.  And don’t be afraid to let children serve themselves in the right settings. There might be a few spills and plates piled high with Jell-O, but often children just need opportunities to show you what they’re capable of!

 

Did you enjoy learning ways to teach kids in the kitchen? Looking for more great ideas for kids? Try these tips for raising kids who love learning!

 

Featured image via Better Homes and Gardens.

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

10 Breakfast Syrup Recipes for More Flavorful Pancakes

10 Breakfast Syrup Recipes for More Flavorful Pancakes, Waffles, and French Toast! @Tipsaholic


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A warm, rich maple syrup has long been the go-to when it comes to pancakes.  Pure, flavorful maple syrups have even gained popularity as natural sweeteners in recent years. But if you’re all for bucking plain old maple and looking for something new to top off your pancakes, waffles, or french toast, these 10 breakfast syrup recipes will certainly give your taste buds a tickle.

 

1. Lemon syrup

Add a little tang of citrus to your morning stack of hotcakes with this recipe. The buttery richness of the syrup base blends perfectly with the lemon flavors and will taste great over a variety of pancakes. Try it over strawberry, blueberry, or the lemon poppyseed suggested in the recipe!

 

2. Chocolate syrup

Chocolate milk turned into syrup? Yes. Chocolate milk turned into syrup and poured over a steaming pile of pancakes. Don’t be afraid to try this creamy little number – it’s like soaking your breakfast with a rich cup of hot cocoa and makes the perfect syrup for a cool fall morning.

 

3. Buttermilk syrup

If maple is the top dog of syrups, then buttermilk is its sweet sister. Five ingredients and a few minutes foaming on the stove are all it takes! Make this buttermilk syrup a staple for pancake and waffle mornings at your house – you won’t regret it.

 

4. Orange syrup

Feeling a little fancy? An orange syrup like this one is fancy enough for any pancake, even one topped with ricotta and toasted almonds as suggested with the recipe! The ingredients are simple but the mixture goes a long way in making a hearty breakfast.

 

5. Caramel Apple syrup

Butter, brown sugar, and apple cider are all you need to whip together this drizzle-approved syrup. Add a handful of diced apples to your pancake batter – or make the suggested apple cider pancakes – when apple harvest rolls around.

 

6. Peach syrup

Pour this fruity treat over your next stack of French toast and be prepared for breakfast with a punch. Fresh peaches, a dollop of whipped cream, and you’ll be ready to dive in.

 

7. Cinnamon Cream Cheese syrup

Make your plain old waffles taste like cinnamon rolls with this cinnamon cream cheese syrup, or go an even more decadent route by “frosting” some banana bread, zucchini, or apple pancakes.

 

8. Blueberry syrup

There’s something about a good blueberry syrup that takes a waffle to a whole new level. Boil down a simple-syrup of sugar and water and then add a blueberry and maple syrup puree to get this syrup going.

 

9. Coconut syrup

If you’ve been dreaming of a tropical getaway, pouring an incredible coconut syrup over your breakfast might just take you one step closer. Coconut milk provides the base for this syrup, and the rest of the ingredients are simple and sweet.

 

10. Peanut Butter syrup

Have you been known to spread a bit of peanut butter over your pancakes before dousing them in syrup? Skip that step and go straight for the good stuff by mixing up a batch of this heavenly peanut butter maple syrup!

Looking for more amazing breakfast recipes? Try these fun No-Cook Breakfast Ideas!

 

Featured image via Better Homes and Gardens.

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

8 Quick and Easy, Portable Breakfast Ideas

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Mornings can be hectic for many, but you can make the morning rush just a little easier by preparing portable breakfasts in advance and grabbing them as you run out the door. Some of these recipes require a few minutes of heating before eating, but you can always skip that step if you’re in a hurry. Make it easier for your family to eat the most important meal of the day!  If you’re too busy for breakfast, try these 8 quick and easy, portable breakfast ideas.

 

1. Zucchini-Potato Frittata

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A frittata is not that hard to make and it keeps well in the refrigerator. Cut out a slice when it’s time for breakfast and heat it up.  This recipe includes zucchini, potato, and bacon all in one delicious, portable breakfast. You could use sweet potato for even more taste and nutrition!  Bonus: You could grab a slice for lunch, too!

 

2. Cranberry-Pistachio Energy Bars

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There’s so much goodness in these energy bars, from rolled oats, quinoa, and coconut to almond butter, that you can feel good about as you munch them on way to work. Make 15 servings at once and store them in zip-top plastic bags that you can easily grab and put in your purse.

 

3. Easy Breakfast Roll-Ups

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A breakfast burrito might be portable in theory, but they can be messy. Scrambled egg and shredded cheese can easily fall out, especially when eaten by kids. This recipe offers a truly smart and easy way to assemble breakfast burritos, or roll-ups, that won’t cause a mess in your car!

 

4. Pancake Pockets

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Your kids will love this recipe and so will you! Pancakes are definitely not portable, especially with fruit toppings and syrup.  You can solve that problem by putting the fruit inside the pancakes; so clever! The fruit sweetens the pancake pockets just enough that you won’t need syrup.

 

5. Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal

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You can make this overnight oatmeal the night before, or prepare several jars for a week’s worth of portable breakfasts. Mix together old-fashioned rolled oats, Greek yogurt, and almond milk in a jar and leave it in the refrigerator overnight. Top it with banana and anything else you want to add – try roasted nuts, a drizzle of honey, or your favorite fruit – and eat up!

 

6. Quiche Crescent Cups

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Crescent is quite possibly the most delicious breakfast bread ever and when you combine it with eggs, cheese, and bacon, you have yourself a scrumptious breakfast. You can make this in advance and store it in your refrigerator. Heat it up in a toaster oven for a few minutes and enjoy!

 

7. Breakfast Cereal Parfait

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Layer yogurt and strawberries in a mason jar or any other glass jar and top with a lid. Let your parfaits hang out in the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat, then you can grab one and sprinkle your favorite cereal on top. You could use any other fruit that you prefer as well – how about blackberries, blueberries, or even kiwi?

 

8. Waffle Cups

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Sure, you could toast a couple frozen waffles and be on your way, but waffles aren’t as filling as eggs. That’s why these waffle cups are such a genius idea! Defrost your frozen waffles, press them into muffin cups and cook. Fill them with eggs and fixings – like bacon, cheese, and/or vegetables. When it’s time to eat, heat them up in a toaster oven for a few minutes.

 

Featured image via Better Homes and Gardens.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

9 Unique Pizza Recipes That Take You Beyond the Pepperoni

9 Unique Pizza Recipes to take you beyond pepperoni ~ Tipsaholic.com #pizzarecipe #dinner

 

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Do you like to make your own pizza at home? Why not try something different than pepperoni and cheese for your next pizza? Try one of these 9 unique pizza recipes that pack a lot of flavor and nutrition in one slice! Pizza is definitely more versatile than some people might think.

1. Shrimp Fra Diavolo Pizza

If you like shrimp, you’ll love this fantastic shrimp pizza that includes grape tomatoes, sauteed onions, fresh basil, and mozzarella cheese. You’ll need to cook the shrimp and vegetables before you add them to the pizza, but shrimp is so fast to cook that it’ll take no time at all.

2. Sweet Potato Pizza with Kale and Caramelized Onions

This is my favorite pizza recipe, and I think you’ll like it too if you like sweet potato. The combination of caramelized onions and the other ingredients is just divine. You could also switch out the sweet potato for butternut squash for another unique pizza recipe!

3. Barbecue Chicken Pizza with Bacon and Corn

You might’ve heard of barbecue chicken pizza, but you haven’t tried it quite like this! With the addition of bacon and corn, this flavorful pizza is even better with chopped cilantro on top. Yum.

4. The Zucchini Anchovy

Anchovies have such a bad reputation in the pizza world, but they don’t deserve it. Find out just how delicious anchovies can be with this great pizza recipe. Don’t worry, there’s only one anchovy in the recipe, but it’s all that you need.

5. Beet Pesto Pizza with Kale and Goat Cheese

Beets and goat cheese together is a beautiful marriage, which means that this pizza recipe is going to be out of this world delicious. You’ll need to make this roasted beet pesto before you can assemble the pizza, but you should have some left over for a future dinner of pasta and beet pesto!

6. Sicilian Pan Pizza with Seared Eggplant

You already know that tomato sauce and eggplant go great together if you like eggplant parmigiana, but have you tried eggplant on pizza? This pizza recipe uses a baking sheet so you get the same crust that they make on the Sicilian coast: fluffy and crazy delicious.

7. Steakhouse Pizza

Hungry? This pizza recipe is sure to satisfy a big appetite! You don’t cook the steak right on the pizza crust; you cook it separately and add it on when the crust and cheese are done. Add your favorite steak sauce on top and you’ve got a unique pizza that everyone will love.

8. Three Cheese Peach and Prosciutto Pizza with Basil and Honey Balsamic Reduction

This pizza recipe shows you just how versatile pizza can be! Peach, cheese, prosciutto, honey, and balsamic vinegar all in one place? Try this one before peaches (or nectarines, which would also work in this recipe) go out of season!

9. Chorizo Manchego Pizza

If you haven’t tried chorizo yet, you’re in for a treat. This pizza recipe uses cured chorizo that you slice, but fresh chorizo can be used instead if you can only find that – just make sure to cook it before you add it to the pizza.

 

After you’ve tried one or two of these unique pizza recipes (or all of them!), try your hand at creating your own pizza with your favorite ingredients. You might be surprised at how good your creations taste! After all, you can’t go wrong with pizza.

Share your favorite unique pizza recipes in the comments!

 

Featured image via Better Homes and Gardens.

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

6 Tips to Keep BBQ Fare from becoming a Dieter’s Nightmare

6 Tips to Keep BBQ Fare from becoming a Dieter's Nightmare | Tipsaholic.com #healthy #eating #summer #bbq #diet

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This summer, don’t let the BBQ become your diet downfall. Even the healthiest of eaters can be overwhelmed by the array of dips and fixings at a typical summer bash. Here are six simple ways to combat the BBQ bulge!

1. Skip the chips

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Salty, crispy, grab-able snacks such as chips, pretzels and snack mixes are everywhere at summer social gatherings. To counter the temptations, fill up the buffet tables with healthier foods with a crunch like salty kale chips or strips of bell peppers to dip in spicy hummus, guacamole, or sour cream. Produce such as broccoli florets, carrots, jicama, cherry tomatoes and baby cucumbers also make great snacks.

2. H2O isn’t just for the pool

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Juice, sodas and sweetened teas are often made with high-fructose corn syrup and may contain brominated vegetable oil, which can wreak havoc on our bodies. Instead, pack coolers with sparkling mineral water, unsweetened tea, or offer a water cooler filled with chilled cucumber – mint or berry/citrus-infused water.

3. Banish the bun

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Despite the fact that bread products raise blood sugar as quickly and as much as eating two tablespoons of pure sugar, we still seem to fill these picnic staples with anything we can throw on the grill. Try going bun-less by eating with a fork and knife to slow down your eating. Use a lettuce-wrap approach to put some color into your meal or toss your grilled goods on top of a plate of hearty salad greens.

4. Eat your hot dog naked

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Most condiments are packed with unsavory additives to enhance flavor, shelf life, texture, or appearance. Season with fresh or dried herbs and seasonings and try dry rubs for chicken and ribs, pack some fresh herbs and spices into your grass-fed burger patties, or marinate your poultry or seafood with olive oil, citrus, and herbs before searing them on the grill. Fresh salsa, guacamole, sour cream, or hearty mustard are great toppings for your bun-less burger, chicken, or brats.

5. Make faux salads a faux pas

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Potato salads, macaroni salad and pasta salad do not offer our bodies any true nourishment. Replacing these sides with some roasted vegetable salads or crisp, lightly-dressed coleslaw or use Greek yogurt in place of mayonnaise or sour cream when making your own side dishes.

6. Don’t chase the ice cream man

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Popular summer desserts such as gelatin and colorful ice pops include artificial coloring agents that could just as easily dye our hair, clothing, or crafts. Instead, choose to naturally sweeten up your party with fruit kabobs, frozen berries with heavy cream, or homemade real-fruit popsicles.

 

Special thanks to Life Time Fitness and registered dietician Laura Burbank for submitting these helpful tips.

Featured image courtesy of She Knows.

 

25 Delicious Camping Desserts

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Kick your camp food up a notch!  Don't miss out on these 25 Delicious Camping Desserts!

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The season of campfires, sleeping under the stars and “roughing it” is upon us!   A campfire isn’t the same without some good, old fashioned s’mores… but if you’re ready to kick your camping treats up a notch we’ve got a delicious gallery for you!  From some delightfully ingenious takes on the classic s’more, to the more elaborate skillet brownies and grilled cheesecakes, these scrumptious dessert recipes are bound to give you plenty of inspiration for your next campout!  With simple roasting stick style desserts, skillet and dutch oven cooking, tin foil and grilling, and a few ideas with special cookware, there’s something on this list for every camper.  With a little menu planning, you’ll impress your family with some campfire cookery while satisfying everyone’s sweet tooth!  Whether you’re planning a fun-filled camping vacation or cooking over the fire pit in the backyard, don’t miss these 25 delicious camping desserts!

 

Tin Foil and Grills:

Grilled Banana Boats – The Taylor House

Grilled Pineapple Upside Down Cake – Echoes Of Laughter

Campfire Cones – Come Together Kids

Fudgy Campfire Cakes – Tablespoon

Campfire Baked Cinnamon Apples – Cheerios and Lattes

Grilled Peach Crumble – Camille Styles

Grilled Apple Crisp – Cooking With Jax

Grilled Chocolate Raspberry Burritos – Group Recipes

Caramel Peaches with Pecans – Simple Bites

 

Roasting Sticks:

Campfire Eclairs – The Bigler’s Best Belly Pleasers

Roasted Strawberries – blog.AL.com

Roasted Starburst – Chief Domestic Officer

Strawberry Marshmallow Kebabs – Good Foods

Pie on a Stick – Spoonful

S’mOREOS – Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky!

Smashing S’mores – Home Sweet Eats

 

Dutch Oven and Skillet Cooking:

Grilled S’more Brownie – Created By Diane

Cast Iron Skillet Brownies – Simply Food Love

Campfire Cheesecake – The Pomegranate Chronicles

Canned Biscuit Campfire Donuts – Thoreau’s Daughter

Cake, Berry and Chocolate Skillet – Ricardo Cuisine

Dutch Oven Cherry Cobbler – Downright Delish

Strawberry Cobbler – Simply Delicious

 

Special Cookers:

Campfire Fruit Tarts – Cooking Classy

Campfire Pies – Andrea Meyers

Blueberry Cheese Pudgy Pie – Maroc Mama

 

25 Delicious Camping Desserts ~ Tipsaholic.com #camping #dessert

 

Looking for more great ideas for camping meals? Try these 8 Easy and Delicious Camping Food Ideas!

 

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Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com