April 18, 2018

50 Insanely Delicious Banana Recipes

Happy National Banana Day! Bananas are a favorite snack in our home 
but I also love using them in recipes. From drinks and desserts to breakfast and lunch, I have put together this tasty list of 50 Insanely Delicious Banana Recipes for y'all today!
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April 6, 2018

Magical Unicorn Cupcakes

It's my youngest baby's birthday today and this Mama cannot handle it! 
My Stella is so smart and funny and down right amazing! Naturally, this beautiful girl wanted a fancy Unicorn themed party this year so we celebrated with her sister, Oba, and friends and we had a blast.
I will share the Unicorn Party details this weekend but first I wanted to show y'all these adorable- and super easy to make- Magical Unicorn Cupcakes the girls and I made at home for movie night.
You can use homemade or store bought cupcakes and simply add green sprinkle "grass", tiny unicorn toys {thank you Target $1 section!}, and gummy rainbow candy. Voila done in minutes! Go above and beyond and serve with Unicorn ice cream and your kids will think you are the bees knees! 
It's hard to believe this sweet spaghetti lovin' baby is already 3 years old!
Happy Birthday my sweet Stella Rose!
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April 5, 2018

Teriyaki Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Growing up in Florida I, not surprisingly, have been eating seafood since before I could walk.
I like it all and I am trying to raise my kids the same way. Try everything, be open minded. 
We are a foodie family after all. 
So today I am sharing a seafood recipe my father has made for me many times. These Teriyaki Bacon Wrapped Scallops are gourmet and impressive served during the holidays as a appetizer. Even better, they are made with just 3 ingredients and easy to make at home!
Give them a try. My kiddos gobbled them up at Easter and made this Mama proud.
 Easter scallop appetizers were given two thumbs up from Stella.
This appetizer should be on every seafood lover's holiday menu!

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April 3, 2018

25+ Deliciously Different Deviled Egg Recipes

  
Deviled Eggs are one of my favorite appetizers year round so I put together this list of fun and deliciously different deviled egg recipes to share with y'all today! 
Shaving Cream Dyed Eggs were a blast!
With Easter this past weekend we dyed A LOT of eggs so I know these tasty recipes will come in handy. Be sure to comment and let me know your favorites. 
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April 2, 2018

Breakfast Lovers Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs are an often requested - and gobbled up- snack in our home! So today I decided to think out of the box and instead of making my kiddos the traditional deviled eggs I added a fun breakfast twist- cream cheese, egg, and bacon filling topped with a crunchy bacon and hash brown garnish! 
My foodie family loved these Breakfast Lovers Deviled Eggs and so will you!
My girls had a messy fun time dyeing Easter eggs this year!
Now it's time to use all those boiled eggs up!

Check out these egg recipe ideas on the blog here: 

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April 1, 2018

Bunny Butt Pancakes + Easter Recap

This funny breakfast treat is perfect for Easter or any day you want a cute spring themed meal the whole family will love! 
Scroll down for the recipe and a photo recap of our fun Easter activities this year!
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March 30, 2018

Bunny Butt Rice Krispies Treats #EasterSweetsWeek


Y'all I'm obsessed with bunny butts! Seriously bunny butt Easter treats are the cutest {did you see my Bottoms Up Easter Caramel Apples?}! Today I made tried and true Rice Krispies Treats for my daughter's preschool class but to make them extra fun I shaped them like- you guessed it- bunny butts!
Check out the recipe below!
Welcome to this year's #EasterSweetWeek event hosted by Angie from Big Bear’s Wife. We’re so glad that you’ve joined us for this week long event of Springtime and Easter dessert recipes! We're sharing tons of treats this week plus a few fantastic giveaways! You’re going to love what we have in store for you. #EasterSweetsWeek Logo
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March 29, 2018

Jazzed Up Broccoli Salad

As a Mom I am always trying to look out for what is best for my kiddos. That includes making sure they have a healthy balanced diet. Sure we all have a sweet tooth and enjoy treats and snacks but making sure they eat- and enjoy- their veggies is my #1 food goal right now. Ava especially is going through a phase where she wants carbs, carbs, and more carbs. The veggies she used to love like asparagus, spinach, and peas are no longer tasty to her but thank goodness she still enjoys salads and broccoli. I decided to combine the two and make a Jazzed Up Broccoli Salad for dinner the other night. 
This side dish is inspired by my Mom's broccoli salad from my childhood but jazzed up with dried fruit, sunflower seeds, a half yogurt/half mayo dressing, and of course, bacon! Check out the recipe below and let me know what you think. I hope your little foodies like it as much as mine did! 
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March 28, 2018

Carrot Cake Ice Cream Bonbons #EasterSweetsWeek

Yesterday I shared my recipe for No Churn Carrot Cake Ice Cream and today I used that delicious ice cream, dipped it in chocolate, and made bonbons. These little balls of deliciousness are the perfect Easter treat to serve your little ones after Easter egg hunting this weekend!


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      Welcome to this year's #EasterSweetWeek event hosted by Angie from Big Bear’s Wife. We’re so glad that you’ve joined us for this week long event of Springtime and Easter dessert recipes! We're sharing tons of treats this week plus a few fantastic giveaways! You’re going to love what we have in store for you.
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    March 27, 2018

    No Churn Carrot Cake Ice Cream #EasterSweetsWeek

    Boy, do I have a delicious recipe for y'all today!
    This No Churn Carrot Cake Ice Cream has just 5 ingredients and is mixed up - not churned with eggs- in minutes! The base is flavored with vanilla and cinnamon and my spring time favorite-carrot cake- is mixed right in!

    Scroll down for the recipe! 

    #EasterSweetsWeek Logo
        Welcome to this year's #EasterSweetWeek event hosted by Angie from Big Bear’s Wife. We’re so glad that you’ve joined us for this week long event of Springtime and Easter dessert recipes! We're sharing tons of treats this week plus a few fantastic giveaways! You’re going to love what we have in store for you.

      Today's featured sponsor is Adams Extract.
      I used their Vanilla extract in this No Churn Carrot Cake Ice Cream
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      March 26, 2018

      Bottoms Up Easter Caramel Apples #EasterSweetsWeek

      These fun Bottoms Up Easter Caramel Apples are dipped apples, with both caramel and marshmallow layers, and decorated like a bunny bottom! Check out the recipe below long with a great giveaway!
      #EasterSweetsWeek Logo
        Welcome to this year's #EasterSweetWeek event hosted by Angie from Big Bear’s Wife. We’re so glad that you’ve joined us for this week long event of Springtime and Easter dessert recipes! We're sharing tons of treats this week plus a few fantastic giveaways! You’re going to love what we have in store for you.
      Today's featured sponsor is Rainier Fruit
      I used their delicious Honey Crisp apples for these Bottoms Up Easter Caramel Apples .

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      March 24, 2018

      Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken Tacos + Vacuvita Review

      These flavor packed Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken Tacos are made with just 3 ingredients and prepared in minutes in your slow cooker. Read about the Vacuvita® One Touch Storage System – the first of its kind vacuum and food storage option.

      My kitchen must have this spring is my new Vacuvita® One Touch Storage System. The website describes it as "a modern day, high tech, connected bread box" . This amazing product is the first of its kind vacuum and food storage option. As a busy Mom who grocery shops multiple times a week, we sure do have a lot of food in our home and quite a lot of food that goes bad or stale or gets freezer burn. Vacuvita has cut back on my food waste and let's us enjoy food up to five times longer. I have saved so much money, time, and frustration! They also offer an app to keep track of everything you have stored and then send reminders of when it will expire. Definitely a must for busy Moms! 
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      March 18, 2018

      DIY Candy Bouquet and Emergency Chocolate Kit | Chart House at Tower of the Americas

      It's our 6 year wedding anniversary!

      6 years has flown by and sometimes I seriously think really it's ONLY been 6 years? It's hard to remember my life before Ashton and our kids and honestly I don't miss it. Marriage and parenting are hard but I would not trade it for the world. 
      So Ashton and I, being the creative and funny people we are, exchanged both traditional and modern 6th Wedding anniversary gifts this year. Traditional 6 year gifts are Iron {check out ours below} and Modern is candy! I love how they all came out so I want to share the easy DIY steps to make them at home. I made a Candy Emergency Kit and Ashton made me a Candy Bouquet. You can customize these with all your favorites and they are great for not just anniversaries but also birthdays and holidays too. 

      Comment below with your favorite homemade gift ideas! 
      Scroll down to read about our bucket list dinner 
      at The Chart House at the top of the Tower of the Americas.
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      March 17, 2018

      Horseradish Cream Sauce + St Patrick's Day Recap

      St Paddy's weekend was a fun one indeed but in true Hood Family fashion it did not go as planned.
      The weather finally warmed up to a humid 90 degrees here in Texas and so of course, our A/C in our rental home decided to go kaput . Since we could not get it fixed until Monday we went out and bought fans for all the rooms and decided to stay out of the house as much as possible during the days. So not as much cooking and crafting as I wanted but we enjoyed time at the movies, park, and local restaurants. 

      That night we came home and while the girls and Ashton built a leprechaun trap I made dinner: Crock-Pot Corned Beef {so the oven would not heat up our home more} with a Horseradish Cream Sauce.
      You will love this easy to make, creamy horseradish sauce recipe. We served with with our corned beef and cabbage but it is delicious with prime rib and roasts too! 
      Lunch at Freddy's for old fashioned hamburgers and fries!
      For dessert we shared a famous frozen custard to cool us down! 
      Dinner in the crock-pot to not heat up the house and make it easy peasy for dinner!
      Tender corned beef, honey carrots, potatoes, and Southern fried cabbage served with a side of Horseradish Cream Sauce.. 
      Ava and Ashton built a leprechaun trap with coins to catch those sneaky leprechauns at night! 
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      March 15, 2018

      Lucky Charms Golden Popcorn

      This shimmering gold popcorn is tossed with Lucky Charms cereal and drizzled in green chocolate. It is a crunchy and sweet snack, perfect for making with the kiddos on St Paddy's Day! 
      Ava loved helping me make this fun treat {and sampling it too}!
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