These adorable heart shaped sugar cookies are frosted with pink icing and decorated with yogurt covered pretzels to create these super-sweet Love Bugs!  The perfect Valentine’s Day treat for all the little Love Bugs in your life!

These adorable heart shaped sugar cookies are frosted with pink icing and decorated with yogurt covered pretzels to create these super-sweet Love Bugs!  The perfect Valentine's Day treat!

When I was in high school back in South Dakota (many years ago), the weeks before Valentine’s Day my FHA group would put on a huge fundraiser every year selling heart-shaped Valentine’s Day sugar cookies.  We would get together in the school Home Ec kitchens to bake up hundreds of heart shaped sugar cookies.  We would frost them with pretty pink frosting, and sell them to everyone in the community to give to their favorite sweetheart.  To this day, when I think of Valentine’s Day, I think of my days in high school baking up these heart shaped sugar cookies with pink frosting – ALWAYS!!  This year, I wanted to resurrect this warm memory by making a fun Valentine’s Sugar Cookie, with a bit more fun attached.  That’s how these adorable Love Bug Sugar Cookies came to be!

These adorable heart shaped sugar cookies are frosted with pink icing and decorated with yogurt covered pretzels to create these super-sweet Love Bugs!  The perfect Valentine's Day treat!

Back in October I made a chocolate version of these cute cookies – Chocolate Sugar Cookie Spiders.  Those spiders were so fun (and delicious!) that I wanted to create a Valentine’s Day version of these adorable treats!  Instead of using a chocolate sugar cookie, I used a basic sugar cookie dough and a heart-shaped cookie cutter, and went to work.

These adorable heart shaped sugar cookies are frosted with pink icing and decorated with yogurt covered pretzels to create these super-sweet Love Bugs!  The perfect Valentine's Day treat!

After rolling out and baking the sugar cookie hearts, I let them cool completely.  This is a step you can do in advance to frosting the cookies.  I actually rolled out and baked the cookies the night before I frosted them, which worked really well.

These adorable heart shaped sugar cookies are frosted with pink icing and decorated with yogurt covered pretzels to create these super-sweet Love Bugs!  The perfect Valentine's Day treat!

From here, I mixed my frosting, using a basic butter cream frosting recipe (below.)  I tinted the frosting with pink food coloring, and spread a thin layer of frosting on the cookies for a base.  Then, using a grass-tip (#233 tip) and piping bag, I added the top “hair-like” frosting.  Adding a couple candy eyes and yogurt covered pretzels (cut in half) as legs, brings the cuteness level up several notches for these adorable Love Bug cookies!

These adorable heart shaped sugar cookies are frosted with pink icing and decorated with yogurt covered pretzels to create these super-sweet Love Bugs!  The perfect Valentine's Day treat!

When picking up my son from school, I surprised him with one of these cookies.  His response was, “Mama!!!  These are so cute.  He’s too cute to eat!”  By the time we got to the first stop light, the little Love Bug was devoured!  Almost too cute to eat. ;)

Here’s the recipe for these adorable Love Bugs:

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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 24 cookies
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These adorable heart shaped sugar cookies are frosted with pink icing and decorated with yogurt covered pretzels to create these super-sweet Love Bugs! The perfect Valentine's Day treat!
Ingredients
  • Sugar Cookie Dough:
  • 2 sticks butter (1 cup), room temperature
  • 1¼ c. granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1½ tsp. vanilla
  • ½ tsp. almond extract
  • 3 c. all purpose flour
  • 1½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • Frosting:
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, room temperature
  • 1½ tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp. almond extract
  • 4 c. powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsp. milk
  • Pink food coloring
  • Decorations:
  • Candy eye balls
  • Yogurt covered pretzels
Instructions
  1. For the cookie dough: With a stand or hand mixer, cream together the butter and granulated sugar until creamy and fluffy. Add the egg, vanilla and almond extract and mix until combined.
  2. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients (about 1 cup at a time) to the wet ingredients, stopping the mixer to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Dough will be thick. On a piece of plastic wrap, turn out the dough, shape into a disk, cover with the wrap, and refrigerate for at least one hour, or overnight.
  3. On a piece of waxed paper, unwrap the chilled dough, and roll out to approximately ¼" thickness. Cut with a heart shaped cookie cutter. Place on lined baking sheet (lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mat). Bake for approximately 9-11 minutes, until just set. Don't let the cookies overly brown, or they will become dry and brittle. Let the cookies cool on the pan for about 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  4. Frosting: With a hand or stand mixer, cream the room temperature butter along with the vanilla and almond extract. Gradually begin adding the powdered sugar one cup at a time, stopping the mixer to scrape down the sides of the bowl. As the frosting gets stiffer, and the milk one Tbsp. at a time. Add the food coloring and mix until desired color is met.
  5. Decorating the cookies: On the cooled cookies, spread a thin base layer of frosting with a knife or decorating spatula. Using a piping bag fitted with a grass tip (#233), decorate the cookies, by squeezing a bit of frosting and pulling up to create a "hair" like effect. Lastly, decorate with 2 candy eyes and 2 pretzels, cut in half) for the legs.

The cookie dough and frosting recipes were adapted in part from the cookbook Better Homes and Gardens: Baking.  You can purchase this cookbook here.

I personally love the almond flavoring in these cookies, as the cookies we made in high school had an almond extract flavoring in them as well.  To this day, a frosted sugar cookie is not complete without this flavoring…but that’s just me.  If you don’t particularly enjoy almond extract (I know some people don’t), simply omit the almond extract and replace it with the vanilla.  (Do 2 tsp. vanilla instead of 1 1/2 vanilla, and 1/2 almond extract.)

These sweet little Love Bug cookies have not only brought joy to my family, but they’ve also brought back those memories of baking dozens and dozens of cookies with my friends back in high school.  Years ago, these cookies brought such joy to many sweethearts, and I hope they bring the same joy to you this Valentine’s Day!  Love ~Erin

These adorable heart shaped sugar cookies are frosted with pink icing and decorated with yogurt covered pretzels to create these super-sweet Love Bugs!  The perfect Valentine's Day treat!

 


These Plum and Almond Energy Bites are the perfect snack when you’re craving something sweet!  Made with sweet, delicious dried plums & prunes, almonds, oats, and a drizzle of white chocolate, its the perfect healthy snack! #TheFeelGoodFruit #CG

These Plum and Almond Energy Bites are the perfect snack when you're craving something sweet!  Made with sweet, delicious dried plums & prunes, almonds, oats, and a drizzle of white chocolate, its the perfect healthy snack!I’m always on the look out for a healthy snack.  If I’m not careful and get overly hungry, I tend to mindlessly reach for junk food.  My goal for this new year is to be better prepared at home.  This means having healthy snacks on hand that will not only satisfy my sweet tooth, but also be healthy and filling.  These Plum and Almond Energy Bites are the perfect solution!

These Plum and Almond Energy Bites are the perfect snack when you're craving something sweet!  Made with sweet, delicious dried plums & prunes, almonds, oats, and a drizzle of white chocolate, its the perfect healthy snack!

I was able to create these energy bites with sweet, delicious Sunsweet Prunes and Plum Amaz!ns Diced Dried Plums.  These were a fabulous ingredient for my energy bites, as they bring the sweetness that I’m always craving come late afternoon.  Sunsweet Prunes are a good source of fiber for only 100 calories per serving. Amaz!n Prunes are nature’s perfect way to feel good with nutrition and delicious taste. Prunes also have a low glycemic index, which means they keep you feeling fuller longer. Almond with the oats and almonds, the prunes add a powerful boost of nutrition and fiber to the energy bites, making these the perfect healthy snack!

These Plum and Almond Energy Bites are the perfect snack when you're craving something sweet!  Made with sweet, delicious dried plums & prunes, almonds, oats, and a drizzle of white chocolate, its the perfect healthy snack!

Instead of adding white chocolate chips to the energy bites, I decided to simply drizzle the tops with a little melted white chocolate.  It adds just a bit of extra sweetness without being overly indulgent or heavy.

These Plum and Almond Energy Bites are the perfect snack when you're craving something sweet!  Made with sweet, delicious dried plums & prunes, almonds, oats, and a drizzle of white chocolate, its the perfect healthy snack!

These energy bites are perfect to pack in your lunch for a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack.  I also like to pack these up to take in the car for when I’m running errands.  They prevent me from stopping at the drive-thru or convenience store where I tend to make less-healthy choices.  Having a healthy snack on hand, keeps me on track and making better choices throughout the day.

These Plum and Almond Energy Bites are the perfect snack when you're craving something sweet!  Made with sweet, delicious dried plums & prunes, almonds, oats, and a drizzle of white chocolate, its the perfect healthy snack!

Here’s the easy recipe for these Plum and Almond Energy Bites:

Plum & Almond Energy Bites
 
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: American
Serves: 24 bites
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These Plum and Almond Energy Bites are the perfect snack when you're craving something sweet! Made with sweet, delicious dried plums & prunes, almonds, oats, and a drizzle of white chocolate, its the perfect healthy snack!
Ingredients
  • 1½ c. Old Fashioned Oats (uncooked)
  • 1 c. raw almonds, finely chopped
  • ⅔ c. Sunsweet Prunes
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • ½ c. Sunsweet Chopped Dried Plums
  • ½ c. almond butter
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ⅓ c. white chocolate, melted
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, add the oats. In a food processor, chop the almonds until finely chopped. Add the almonds to the oats. In the food processor, add the ⅔ c. prunes and puree with the 1 Tbsp. water. Add the prune puree, along with the almond butter, honey, and vanilla to the oat mixture. Mix until all ingredients are fully incorporated and combined. Lastly, add the chopped Dried Plums, and mix. Mixture will be sticky.
  2. Spoon out heaping tablespoonfuls of the mixture and roll into balls. Place the balls on a sheet of waxed paper. When all the bites are rolled out, drizzle with the melted white chocolate. Store in an airtight container, and refrigerate or freeze the bites for future snacking.

These energy bites are great for making a batch, and keeping them on hand for when you need a quick snack, or a bit of extra energy come late in the day.  I even like to individually package them so I can grab a bite or two while I’m headed out the door.

I hope these Plum and Almond Energy Bites provide you with a great snack option.  Lets get 2015 off to a great start, and get our year moving forward on a healthy note!  Enjoy!  ~Erin

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

These Plum and Almond Energy Bites are the perfect snack when you're craving something sweet!  Made with sweet, delicious dried plums & prunes, almonds, oats, and a drizzle of white chocolate, its the perfect healthy snack!

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All of you are so amazingly talented – I’m in awe of all the brilliant, beautiful, creative and delicious things you make. The Create and Share Party is the perfect place to come, share what you’ve been working on over the week, and get it promoted by four amazing bloggers.  Awesome, right?!  Here are my fellow co-hosts and their amazing blogs:

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Karly’s Red Velvet Bundt Cake

Paige’s DIY Monogram Mug

Mandee’s Pretty Printable Valentine’s Cards

Erin’s Barbecue Chicken and Red Grape Skewers

Lets get to some features from last weeks party!

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Red Velvet Cheesecake Swirl Brownies by My Organized Chaos

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Donuts and cinnamon rolls come together for the most amazing breakfast treat!  Orange zest, chopped pecans and a delicious orange glaze top these easy-to-make donuts, perfect for warming up on a cold morning.  #WarmUpYourDay #CollectiveBias

Donuts and cinnamon rolls come together for the most amazing breakfast treat!  Orange zest, chopped pecans and an orange glaze top these easy-to-make donuts, perfect for any morning.

Now that its January, my son has had a snow-day every week this month.  On those snow days when its cold, a warm, delicious treat from the oven is the perfect way to start the day.  These Orange Pecan Cinnamon Roll Donuts are the perfect way to warm up on those days when the temperature drops.  The donuts are made with just a few simple ingredients, and are ready in moments. WarmUpYourDay.com

Donuts and cinnamon rolls come together for the most amazing breakfast treat!  Orange zest, chopped pecans and an orange glaze top these easy-to-make donuts, perfect for any morning.

I’ve begun to really love making donuts at home.  They’re the perfect way to enjoy donuts without leaving the house.  Baking up a half dozen is also a great way to enjoy a morning treat without getting out of your pajamas!  Which, in my opinion, is the only way to go when enjoying a snow day at home!

Donuts and cinnamon rolls come together for the most amazing breakfast treat!  Orange zest, chopped pecans and an orange glaze top these easy-to-make donuts, perfect for any morning.

You’ll need just a few ingredients to make these amazingly simple sweet treats.  You’ll start with a tube of Pepperidge Farm Pecan Caramel Sweet Rolls and 100% Florida Orange Juice.  You can find both of these in the refrigerator section at your local Walmart.  The rolls are found in the refrigerator section with the biscuits and cookie dough, and the Orange Juice is found in the refrigerator section with the juices and milk.

Donuts and cinnamon rolls come together for the most amazing breakfast treat!  Orange zest, chopped pecans and an orange glaze top these easy-to-make donuts, perfect for any morning.

Along with the Pepperidge Farm sweet rolls and 100% Florida Orange Juice, you’ll need some orange zest,  and a bit of sugar for the donuts.  Here is the step-by-step process to creating these easy-to-make donuts:

Donuts and Cinnamon rolls come together for the perfect morning treat! Topped with an amazing glaze, these donuts are fabulous!

To create the donuts, you’ll unroll the rolls and cut the long strips into 1″ chunks.  I used my kitchen shears to snip the strips right into a mixing bowl.  I then added the pecans, sugar, orange juice, and orange zest, and stirred just enough to coat the dough.  From here I added the coated cinnamon roll pieces into the donut pan.  A singe batch makes the perfect amount for 6 full sized donuts.

Donuts and cinnamon rolls come together for the most amazing breakfast treat!  Orange zest, chopped pecans and an orange glaze top these easy-to-make donuts, perfect for any morning.

Once the donuts come out of the oven, simply drizzle on the glaze, and don’t be shy!  As the donuts cool, they will absorb the glaze, so be sure to give each and every one a healthy amount of that delicious orange frosting! ;)

I have to say that these donuts are pretty spectacular!  If you love fresh, orange flavor along with pastries, you’ve gotta try these donuts.  Here’s the easy recipe:

Orange Pecan Cinnamon Roll Donuts
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
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Donuts and cinnamon rolls come together for the most amazing breakfast treat! Orange zest, chopped pecans and an orange glaze top these easy-to-make donuts, perfect for any morning.
Ingredients
  • 1 package Pepperidge Farm Caramel Pecan Sweet Rolls (omitting the caramel sauce)
  • 1 Tbsp. 100% Florida Orange Juice
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • Zest of ½ orange (about 2 tsp. of zest)
  • chopped pecans, included with the package of sweet rolls
  • Glaze:
  • ½ c. powdered sugar
  • 1½ Tbsp. 100% Florida Orange Juice
  • Zest of ½ orange (about 2 tsp of zest)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a regular sized donut pan with non-stick baking spray. Set aside.
  2. Remove the cinnamon roll dough from the package, and remove the pecans and caramel sauce. (You will need the pecans, but can omit the caramel sauce.) Unroll the cinnamon roll dough. Using kitchen shears, snip the roll strips into 1" squares or chunks into a mixing bowl. Sprinkle the dough with the 1 Tbsp. juice, sugar, orange zest and chopped pecans. Stir together to coat the dough. Add the dough mixture into the donut pan, and bake at 375 for 15-17 minutes.
  3. While donuts are baking, mix the glaze by combining the powdered sugar, orange juice and orange zest. Stir until fully combined and smooth.
  4. Once the donuts come out of the oven, drizzle with the glaze. Enjoy while warm.

Donuts and cinnamon rolls come together for the most amazing breakfast treat!  Orange zest, chopped pecans and an orange glaze top these easy-to-make donuts, perfect for any morning.A glass of 100% Florida Orange Juice is the perfect compliment to these flavorful donuts.  The crunch from the pecans along with the orange zest, make these cinnamon roll donuts fabulous!  That orange frosting is also wonderfully complimentary to the tender, delicious cinnamon roll dough.  The donuts really are the perfect way to start a snow-day at home with your family.  It looks like we may have another snow storm on the way, so I’ll be sure to have another batch of these delicious donuts in the oven to warm up our day.  Enjoy!  ~Erin

Do you have a delicious way to start a snow-day?  What do you love to eat at home when the weather gets cold and blustery?

Donuts and cinnamon rolls come together for the most amazing breakfast treat!  Orange zest, chopped pecans and an orange glaze top these easy-to-make donuts, perfect for any morning.

 


A fantastic quick, easy & delicious dinner idea that the entire family will love!  Smokey barbecue sauce covers these chicken and red grape skewers, making the savory sweet flavor combination amazing!  Great for watching the big game, too!

A fantastic quick, easy & delicious dinner idea that the entire family will love!  Smokey barbecue sauce covers these chicken and red grape skewers, making the savory sweet flavor combination amazing!

Many of you may already know that I love to grill.  A few years ago my husband got me a nice grill for my birthday, and I’ve been hooked on grilling ever since.  My neighbors often see me grilling up dinner in our driveway just about every month of the year – that includes cold, snowy January.  This cold weather has brought out a craving of delicious, grilled chicken that I could no longer ignore.  So I wheeled out my grill, fired it up, and with the help from Kraft Slow-Simmered Hickory Smoke Barbecue Sauce, grilled these fabulous Barbecue Chicken and Red Grape Skewers!

A fantastic quick, easy & delicious dinner idea that the entire family will love!  Smokey barbecue sauce covers these chicken and red grape skewers, making the savory sweet flavor combination amazing!

To help me grill up these delicious skewers, I used my Kraft Evergriller Grill ‘N’ Flip Mitt, which made grilling in January pretty awesome!  Your grill brush or spatula fits inside the mit, which helps protect your hands from the heat of the grill, and the cold January air.  I was able to brush on the Kraft Slow Simmered Hickory Smoke Barbecue Sauce easily with the brush, and my hands stayed cozy right inside the mitt.

The Evergriller Grill ‘N’ Flip Mitt is a specially designed, fire-resistant grilling glove. The unique design of the top insert can hold many grill tools, making it easy to flip, stab, and baste with ease and precision.

Pretty cool, right?!  Guess what?  You can enter for a chance to win an Evergriller Grill ‘N’ Flip Mitt of your own and a year’s supply of Kraft Barbecue Sauce. Grill fans like you can enter here at GrillinFools.com between January 19 and January 30, 2015. The winner will be randomly selected at the close of the giveaway.

A fantastic quick, easy & delicious dinner idea that the entire family will love!  Smokey barbecue sauce covers these chicken and red grape skewers, making the savory sweet flavor combination amazing!

These Barbecue Chicken and Red Grape Skewers are a fantastic dinner idea, that everyone in your family will enjoy.  They’re also fantastic to make for watching the big game!  They are simple to make and include ingredients that are easy prep after a busy day.  The Kraft Hickory Smoke Barbecue Sauce makes a great marinade for the chicken.  Prepping it earlier in the day helps the smokey, delicious flavors sink into the chicken for an even tastier bite!  I like to cube the chicken, add the sauce, onions and pepper and let it refrigerate for a few hours before dinner time, so when your ready to assemble your skewers, the meat is ready to go.

A fantastic quick, easy & delicious dinner idea that the entire family will love!  Smokey barbecue sauce covers these chicken and red grape skewers, making the savory sweet flavor combination amazing!

The smokey, savory flavors of the sauce pair wonderfully with the sweet, red grapes.  When grilled, the flavors come together to create the perfect sweet-savory bite.  Pairing these skewers with a crunchy, delicious salad makes for a smart lunch or dinner option for any day of the week!

A fantastic quick, easy & delicious dinner idea that the entire family will love!  Smokey barbecue sauce covers these chicken and red grape skewers, making the savory sweet flavor combination amazing!

Once you have your skewers assembled, they take just a few minutes to grill.  I was able to grill my skewers for 4-5 minutes per side on a medium heat.  I brushed on an additional coating of sauce after I flipped the skewers for even more of that delicious, smokey flavor!

New Kraft Barbecue Sauce is available in eight varieties across smoky, sweet and spicy flavors: Original, Hickory Smoke, Sweet Honey, Mesquite Smoke, Sweet Brown Sugar, Sweet & Spicy, Spicy Honey, and Thick & Spicy.  Kraft Barbecue Sauce is sold at retailers nationwide at a suggested retail price of $1.99 per 18-ounce bottle. Select flavors are also available in 28, 40, and 82.5-ounce varieties.

A fantastic quick, easy & delicious dinner idea that the entire family will love!  Smokey barbecue sauce covers these chicken and red grape skewers, making the savory sweet flavor combination amazing!

Here’s the easy recipe for these Barbecue Chicken and Red Grape Skewers:

Barbecue Chicken and Red Grape Skewers
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4-6
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A fantastic quick, easy & delicious dinner idea that the entire family will love! Smokey barbecue sauce covers these chicken and red grape skewers, making the savory sweet flavor combination amazing!
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1" cubes
  • ½ red onion, diced (about ½ c.)
  • ¾ c. Kraft Slow-Simmered Hickory Smoke Barbecue Sauce, divided
  • ½ tsp. ground pepper
  • 1½ c. red grapes, rinsed
Instructions
  1. A few hours before cooking, combine the cubed chicken, diced red onion, ½ c. of the sauce, and pepper. Stir to make sure the chicken is evenly coated. Refrigerate and marinate for at least 1 hour, or up to 12 hours.
  2. When ready to cook, preheat your outdoor charcoal or gas grill. (You can also use an indoor grill pan.) Assemble the skewers by alternating the marinated chicken cubes, and grapes. To help your skewers not stick to the grill grates, spray on some non-stick grilling spray prior to adding the skewers to the grill. Add the skewers and grill for approximately 4-5 minutes per side. Brush with the remaining ¼ c. of sauce after turning. Serve right away.

If you like this recipe, then you’ll be sure to love all of the other Kraft recipes – check out all their great grilling recipes here!

If you’re like me and love to grill, don’t let the weather keep you from cooking up a delicious meal outdoors.  Wheel out the grill, brave the elements and reap the rewards of an amazing meal!  Enjoy!  ~Erin

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and provided product samples by Kraft Foods, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

A fantastic quick, easy & delicious dinner idea that the entire family will love!  Smokey barbecue sauce covers these chicken and red grape skewers, making the savory sweet flavor combination amazing!

Not your ordinary appetizer!  These Chili Cheese Potato Skins are loaded with thick, chunky chili, Colby jack cheese, and sour cream and go great with an ice cold beer!

Not your ordinary appetizer!  These Chili Cheese Potato Skins are loaded with thick, chunky chili, colby jack cheese, and sour cream and go great with an ice cold beer!

As you probably already know, we are HUGE football fans!  Weekends during the fall and early winter are always designated for watch college and NFL games.  So during these weekends, I’ve come up with some delicious football-watching food.  These Chili Cheese Potato Skins are one of our absolute favorites!

Not your ordinary appetizer!  These Chili Cheese Potato Skins are loaded with thick, chunky chili, colby jack cheese, and sour cream and go great with an ice cold beer!

These potato skins are topped with my Loaded Slow Cooker Chili, along with plenty of Colby jack cheese, green peppers, sour cream and if you can handle the heat, jalapenos!  A totally satisfying snack, and on more than one occasion have also served as dinner.

Not your ordinary appetizer!  These Chili Cheese Potato Skins are loaded with thick, chunky chili, colby jack cheese, and sour cream and go great with an ice cold beer!

Making a big batch of these great, especially if you have friends coming over to watch the game.  Baking the potatoes before hand, and having the chili ready to go, make these potato skins really easy to assemble and heat as your friends arrive.

Not your ordinary appetizer!  These Chili Cheese Potato Skins are loaded with thick, chunky chili, colby jack cheese, and sour cream and go great with an ice cold beer!

Here’s the easy recipe for these yummy game-time treats:

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Recipe type: Appetiser
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
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Not your ordinary appetizer! These Chili Cheese Potato Skins are loaded with thick, chunky chili, colby jack cheese, and sour cream and go great with an ice cold beer!
Ingredients
  • 3 large Russet potatoes, baked
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 2 c. chili
  • 1 c. Colby Jack cheese
  • Toppings:
  • sliced green onions (optional)
  • sour cream (optional)
  • sliced jalapenos (optional)
Instructions
  1. For baking potatoes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Thoroughly rinse the potatoes, and pierce the skin with a fork. Bake the potatoes directly on the rack (don't wrap with foil) for approximately 1 hour. Let cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Quarter the potatoes length-wise and scoop out the interior of the potatoes, leaving a small layer of white potato and the skin. Brush the skins with melted butter on both sides. Bake for about 10 minutes.
  3. Take the skins out of the oven and spoon on the chili (about 3 Tbsp. per skin) and sprinkle on the cheese (about 2 Tbsp. per skin), and return to the oven for an additional 10 minutes. Transfer the skins to a serving dish, and top with your desired toppings. Enjoy right away.

These Chili Cheese Potato Skins are the perfect snack for watching the big game, or a fun snack to enjoy with your friends.  I hope you enjoy these game time snacks as much as we have!  Cheers!

~Erin

Not your ordinary appetizer!  These Chili Cheese Potato Skins are loaded with thick, chunky chili, colby jack cheese, and sour cream and go great with an ice cold beer!

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All of you are so amazingly talented – I’m in awe of all the brilliant, beautiful, creative and delicious things you make. The Create and Share Party is the perfect place to come, share what you’ve been working on over the week, and get it promoted by four amazing bloggers.  Awesome, right?!  Here are my fellow co-hosts and their amazing blogs:

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  Come visit us on social media, and say hi!  We would love it if you would follow us:

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Paige at A Dose of Paige | PinterestFacebook | Google + | Instagram | Twitter

Erin (that’s me!) at Delightful E Made | PinterestFacebook | Google + | Instagram | Twitter

Mandee at Designs by Miss Mandee | PinterestFacebook | Google + | Twitter

Here’s what we’ve been working on:

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Mandee’s Laurel Wreath Graphics

Karly’s White Chocolate Cherry Scones

Erin’s Pistachio & Apple Snacks

Paige’s Monogram Leather Key Chain

Lets get to some features from last weeks party!

Here is the most viewed link from last week:

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Spicy Coconut Carrot Soup by the Rhubarbarians

Here is one of my favorites from last weeks C&S party:

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Healthy Almond Joy Banana Bread by Happy Food Healthy Life

Are you ready to create? Show us your best stuff and let’s get ready to party!

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When watching the big game, you’ll need some delicious, salty-sweet treats!  This Peanut Butter Pretzel Bark is perfect to satisfy any craving for chocolate and peanut butter!

This Peanut Butter Pretzel Bark is perfect to satisfy any craving for chocolate and peanut butter!  An amazing salty-sweet treat!

If you know me at all, you’ll quickly realize that I adore any type of salty-sweet snack.  This Peanut butter Pretzel Bark is the most wonderful salty-sweet treat, perfect for any occasion.  With the Super Bowl in just a couple weeks, this snack is definitely perfect to have on hand for watching the big game.

This Peanut Butter Pretzel Bark is perfect to satisfy any craving for chocolate and peanut butter!  An amazing salty-sweet treat!

Made with some really simple ingredients, this snack bark is super-easy to make.  The base is chocolate swirled with melted peanut butter chips, and topped with salted peanuts, pretzel twists and mini peanut butter cups!  So simple and so delicious!

This Peanut Butter Pretzel Bark is perfect to satisfy any craving for chocolate and peanut butter!  An amazing salty-sweet treat!

To make sure your bark comes off the surface your working with, make sure to line it with waxed paper, parchment paper or some type of plastic wrap that will allow the bark to peel off easily.  I actually used press and seal wrap, as I was out of waxed paper.

This Peanut Butter Pretzel Bark is perfect to satisfy any craving for chocolate and peanut butter!  An amazing salty-sweet treat!

Once I added all of my toppings, I put the bark in the freezer for about 20 minutes for it to set and harden completely.  From here, your bark will peel right off the paper.  You can break it into snack sized pieces in any way you like.

This Peanut Butter Pretzel Bark is perfect to satisfy any craving for chocolate and peanut butter!  An amazing salty-sweet treat!

This bark is wonderful for about any occasion!  Fantastic for watching the big game, enjoying with friends and family during movie night, or packing up for your next pot-luck or tailgating event!

Here’s the easy recipe for this delicious treat:

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Author:
Recipe type: Snack/Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12-14 servings
Prep time:
Total time:
 
This Peanut Butter Pretzel Bark is perfect to satisfy any craving for chocolate and peanut butter! An amazing salty-sweet treat!
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg (16 oz.) of Chocolate Candy Quik
  • 1 pkg (about 1⅔ c.) Peanut Butter Chips
  • 1 heaping tsp. shortening
  • 1½ c. pretzel twists (or any other type of pretzel)
  • ⅔ c. salted, dry roasted peanuts
  • ⅔ c. mini peanut butter cups
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper or plastic wrap. Set aside. Set out the pretzels, peanuts and peanut butter cups, so they are ready to go when you need them.
  2. In the microwave, melt the chocolate candy quik according to package directions. (If using this product, it will come in a microwave-safe melting tray. This works well.) In a seperate microwave safe bowl, add the shortening to the peanut butter chips, and microwave for 1 minute. Stir and heat on 30 second increments until completely melted and smooth. Immediately spread the chocolate onto the pan into a large rectangle, about ¼" thick. Pour the melted peanut butter chips over the top of the chocolate, and using a spatula, swirl the two together. Working quickly, sprinkle on the pretzels, peanuts and peanut butter chips. Freeze for about 20 minutes for the bark to set and harden. Break into snack sized pieces. Enjoy!

As you can see, this is a wonderfully easy treat to make and have on hand for about any occasion.  Enjoy!  ~Erin

If you want more ideas for watching the big game, I’m participating in a blog hop with several other bloggers bringing you their favorite game-day ideas for food, parties and decor.  Make sure to check it out!

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Have you ever tried baking donuts?  If not, now is the time to start.  These Strawberry Coffee Cake Donuts are loaded with fresh, chopped strawberries, topped with coffee cake streusel and drizzled with glaze.  Breakfast treats have never been more pretty or tasty as these!

 These Strawberry Coffee Cake Donuts are loaded with fresh, chopped strawberries, topped with coffee cake streusel and drizzled with glaze.  Breakfast treats have never been more pretty or tasty as these!

This past weekend, I made these beautiful and tasty donuts.  The weather has been cold, dreary and down right depressing.  I needed something to brighten our spirits and enliven our taste buds.  These definitely did their job and left my family asking for more!

 These Strawberry Coffee Cake Donuts are loaded with fresh, chopped strawberries, topped with coffee cake streusel and drizzled with glaze.  Breakfast treats have never been more pretty or tasty as these!

Baking a batch of these donuts are pretty simple.  The batter starts with a simple cake mix and adding a few additional goodies.  You’ll also need donut pans, as these are pretty essential in the donut baking process.  I bought my donut pans at Bed Bath and Beyond, but you can also purchase them on Amazon.  I would definitely recommend getting two pans.  Each pan holds 6 donuts, and its nice to have an extra pan to rotate out when the other batch is baking.

 These Strawberry Coffee Cake Donuts are loaded with fresh, chopped strawberries, topped with coffee cake streusel and drizzled with glaze.  Breakfast treats have never been more pretty or tasty as these!

Once you have your batter prepared, spray the pan with non-stick baking spray and fill the donut cups (about 2/3 full).  Top with some of the delicious struesel topping, and some additional chopped strawberries and get them baking.  These donuts bake up beautifully, and will smell completely amazing as they come out of the oven!

 These Strawberry Coffee Cake Donuts are loaded with fresh, chopped strawberries, topped with coffee cake streusel and drizzled with glaze.  Breakfast treats have never been more pretty or tasty as these!

Let them sit for a few minutes in the pan, and then gently remove from the donut pan with a butter knife.  Transfer to a cooling rack.  Once cool, these babies are ready for glaze!

 These Strawberry Coffee Cake Donuts are loaded with fresh, chopped strawberries, topped with coffee cake streusel and drizzled with glaze.  Breakfast treats have never been more pretty or tasty as these!

The pretty-in-pink breakfast treat – am I right?!

 These Strawberry Coffee Cake Donuts are loaded with fresh, chopped strawberries, topped with coffee cake streusel and drizzled with glaze.  Breakfast treats have never been more pretty or tasty as these!

Here’s the easy recipe to make a batch of your own:

Strawberry Coffee Cake Donuts
 
Author:
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 18-24
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
 
These Strawberry Coffee Cake Donuts are loaded with fresh, chopped strawberries, topped with coffee cake streusel and drizzled with glaze. Breakfast treats have never been more pretty or tasty as these!
Ingredients
  • 1 box strawberry flavored cake mix
  • 2 c. chopped fresh strawberries, divided
  • 1 c. water
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • Streusel Topping:
  • ¾ c. brown sugar
  • ¾ c. flour
  • 3 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • Glaze:
  • 1 c. powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray donut pans with non-stick baking spray. Set aside.
  2. With a hand or stand mixer, combine the cake mix, water, eggs and 3 Tbsp. melted butter. Mix until smooth. Fold in 1 c. chopped strawberries to the batter.
  3. Prepare Streusel topping: mix flower and brown sugar. Slowly add the 3 Tbsp. melted butter, and stir to combine. Mixture will be crumbly.
  4. Assemble the donuts by filling the donut pans ⅔ full of batter, sprinkle on about ½ Tbsp. of steusel, and sprinkle with the additional chopped strawberries. Bake at 350 for 13-15 minutes. When done baking, let set in the pan for about 5 minutes to cool. Gently remove from the pan with a butter knife, and transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. Mix the glaze by combining the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla. Stir until smooth and drizzle over the cooled donuts. Enjoy!

These donuts are wonderful for a Valentine’s day breakfast, a classroom treat or even a bake sale!  Treat everyone you know with these easy, pretty and delicious donuts.  You’ll definitely brighten someones day in the process.  Enjoy!  ~Erin

 These Strawberry Coffee Cake Donuts are loaded with fresh, chopped strawberries, topped with coffee cake streusel and drizzled with glaze.  Breakfast treats have never been more pretty or tasty as these!

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Hello, and welcome to another week of Create & Share DIY and Recipe Party!  I’m thrilled to have all of you back to share all the fantastic things you’ve created over the week.

All of you are so amazingly talented – I’m in awe of all the brilliant, beautiful, creative and delicious things you make. The Create and Share Party is the perfect place to come, share what you’ve been working on over the week, and get it promoted by four amazing bloggers.  Awesome, right?!  Here are my fellow co-hosts and their amazing blogs:

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  Come visit us on social media, and say hi!  We would love it if you would follow us:

Karly at A Simple Pantry | PinterestFacebook |  Instagram | Google + | Twitter

Paige at A Dose of Paige | PinterestFacebook | Google + | Instagram | Twitter

Erin (that’s me!) at Delightful E Made | PinterestFacebook | Google + | Instagram | Twitter

Mandee at Designs by Miss Mandee | PinterestFacebook | Google + | Twitter

Here’s what we’ve been working on:

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Erin’s Amaretto Hot Chocolate

Mandee’s Free Heart Graphics

Paige’s DIY Sharpie Mug

Karly’s Salted Caramel Snickers Cookie Bars

Lets get to some features from last weeks party!

Here is the most viewed link from last week:

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These Gluten Free Magic Cookie Bars by What the Fork Food Blog got the most clicks last week.  I can totally see why, as these bars look completely amazing!!  Just look at that gorgeous topping!

Here is one of my favorites from last weeks C&S party:

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These Chocolate Liquor Cupcakes by Linda over at With A Blast look so decadent and delicious!  The frosting alone is reason enough to whip of a batch of these gorgeous cupcakes.

Are you ready to create? Show us your best stuff and let’s get ready to party!

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★ Link up anything you’ve created and blogged, be it recipes, crafts, printables, tutorials, so long as they are appropriate.
★ Please link to your specific post, and not your entire blog.
★ Link up to three posts, but no more.
★ Try not to link up the same post more than once in a six-month period.
★ Do not linkup Etsy shops, giveaways, or other linkups; your entry will be deleted.
★ Add my button to your blog, or a text link pointing back to my blog.
★ Follow my blog, so you never miss a thing!
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★ And most of all, have some FUN!
Get ready, get set, PARTY!

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