Bacon Lettuce Tomato Waffle-Wiches

The BLT is a much beloved, stand by sandwich and we’ve made sure to honor that, but also give it a quirky update fit for the modern millennial. Fresh slices of juicy ripe tomatoes, crisp pieces of lettuce, and perfectly cooked pieces of thick-cut bacon along with a creamy herbed mayo spread and some salt and pepper for seasoning. Such a simple sandwich filling, and yet exploding with vibrant flavors. It’s all sandwiched between two toasted waffles for that ideal crunch in every bite.

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Baked Spaghetti Pie with Pepperoni

Do you remember where you went or who came over for one of the biggest milestones of your elementary school life? What event you may be wondering, since at that age there are so many ‘firsts’ to choose from– your first sleep over. The youngest son finally got to have one this Fall and if you could die from excitement– he’d have been a goner. Everything had to be perfect–even dinner, so when he requested spaghetti pie (and let me know he actually meant a spaghetti pie) I knew I had to come up with something to fit the bill. He thought my idea for a baked spaghetti pie with pepperoni sounded perfect.

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PEEPS Pudding Cups

Whether you love ’em or hate ’em, EITHER WAY, Peeps play an iconic role in Easter candy every year and for sure in my kids’ Easter baskets. My husband swears there’s nothing greater than a stale peep and they all look forward to seeing the newest creations every year. I thought the Hubs would lose his mind when he discovered orange cream Peeps, dipped in Orange Cream fudge a few weeks ago. So yeah, Peeps. I thought I’d show him and the kids a new way to enjoy their favorite Easter treats: PEEPS Pudding Cups!

Peeps Pudding Cups

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Despicable Me ‘Minion’ Easter Eggs

The sons all love the minions. Even my teens packed the couch for the newest installment of the franchise. I’ve actually had to take the fart gun away on occasion because while living in a house of dudes I can appreciate a good fart joke (obviously, I’m the one who bought them the thing), but even I have my limits some days. Still the Minions are adorable and they made the perfect little Easter egg craft, especially for the youngest son’s little hands. He though the idea was amazing, and it was simple enough for him to execute with minimal help from Mom. Any project that he can do on his own is almost always a hit, I mean who knew that 6 was the new 16? Mr. Independent!

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Snow Ice Cream

All winter long my boys eagerly watch the weather forecast and jump at the chance of snow. You’d think the first thing they would do is pull the ‘Winter’ bag out of the closet and get their bibs and boots ready. Or that they’d be scouring the scrolling bar at the bottom of the news screen for the latest in school closings. Nope. They first thing my kids do at the mention of coming snow is set out every big mixing bowl and soup pot I have on our porch. Those bowls will collect as much fresh snow fall as possible to use in their favorite Winter treat: Snow Cream. And it’s a tradition we gleefully honor every Winter, with every snow fall.

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Cranberry Orange Rice Krispie Treats

Cranberry and orange is such a dynamic flavor duo, and it seems to pop up a lot during Fall. We also think it’s perfect for The Winter Holidays. And Rice Krispie treats have and will always one of the kids’ favorite things to make and to eat. So combining the two was a win for everyone. They still got to make , play in, and eat sugary, sticky crunchy melted marshmallow goodness, and we got to experiment with adding in some gourmet (that’s a stretch, isn’t it?) grownup mix-ins.

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Monster Sandwiches

My lunch is grinning at me. (help?)

I’m gonna go ahead and file that under the ‘Things I Never Thought I’d Say’ tab. And in this case it’s a good thing, because it means I’ve succeeded in making adorable, edible little monsters for my little monsters.

Monster Sandwiches

These are ready in mere minutes, making them a perfect addition to any little lunch box and easy enough to whip a batch large enough for the food table at just about any Halloween Monster Mash bash.

Monster Sandwiches

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2 slices of your favorite sandwich bread, we used honey wheat
1 slice sharp cheddar cheese
2-3 slices of lunch meat, ham, turkey, or chicken
2 pimento-stuffed green olives
mayonaiise or mustard (optional)
toothpicks
large round cookie cutter, or biscuit cutter

Directions

  1. Use a large cookie or biscuit cutter, press into the slices of bread, pulling away crust and excess to cut into circles. Use a paring knife to cut jagged little ‘teeth’ into one side of the slice of cheese. Stack the slices of lunchmeat on the bottom piece of bread & put the slice of cheese on top with the jagged edge facing ‘out’ and slightly hanging over the edge. Spread a bit of mayo and/or mustard onto the inside of the other cut piece of bread and then top the sandwich. Break a toothpick in half & insert one half into a pimento stuffed olive & the other into the top of the sandwich. Repeat with the other one forming your monster eyes. Repeat as many times as needed for your desired number of sandwiches.