Marshmallow Fruity Pebble Crunch Brown Butter Cookies

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These Marshmallow Fruity Pebble Crunch Brown Butter Cookies are fluffy, soft and studded with a bright fun burst of breakfast cereal for a yummy little twist.

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Spinach & Artichoke Bagel Melts

Crispy, toasted bagels are topped with a traditional cream spinach dip mixture.  Fresh baby spinach, chopped artichokes, and a blend of cheeses that pull beautifully when baked, Whether you see it as a light lunch, an appetizer, even a snack– these Spinach & Artichoke Bagel Melts are gourmet flavored comfort food that can be whipped up in a flash.

Spinach & Artichoke Bagel Melts
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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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3 Ingredient, No-Bake Apple ‘Protein’ Brownies

Every year the hubs and I go on a ski trip. It’s usually our mutual anniversary present to ourselves. This year, we decided that we were old enough, and grown enough, that we didn’t need a ‘vacation’ all to ourselves. We decided to make it a family affair, with all three older kids tagging along. For me, that also meant meal planning ahead of time, and even some cooking, because that ‘oops’ moment where you forgot to pack that one ingredient and now you can’t make dinner is a lot more expensive when your party goes from 2 to 5 people. And snacks. Oh my sweet Lord, the snacks! Every 30 minutes, one of my teens is crying they’re hungry, and if you don’t feed them right away? That Snickers commercial we’ve all seen? My hangry boys make that look like a caricature. So I made and brought snacks. As many snacky things as I could get my hands on. Thank God for the snacks! And that was part of the prayer/mantra I repeated while my knuckles were white because I was gripping the door handle so hard on the last hour leg of our trip to the ski resort this weekend.

Apple Protein 'Brownies'

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Black Pepper & Parmesan Kale Chips

It’s that time of year again for our older kids. We’re over half way through the school year, and the scheduling sheets are coming home for parental approval for their course load next year.We usually let the kids pick their own electives, making sure to talk to them abut why they’re interested in that, etc. It’s almost always a well-thought out decision, and thankfully not an ‘I heard it was an easy A’. Other than them actively considering their options, we do have two other requirements. One, that they take a foreign language in high school, whichever most appeals to them, and stick with it until they graduate. It’s an invaluable life-skill, and a great way to expose them to a different culture. Luckily, this rule’s never been a sticking point, and we’ve all learned a lot about Germany in just a few years. Turns out two of them have a knack for it.

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Make-Ahead Homemade Oatmeal Muffin Mix

My family loves a good grab and go breakfast. A muffin fits right into that category, and into their small, yet capable hands. Something else they love? A snack to tide them over until dinner. Oh, the snacks. Luckily, a healthy, hearty muffin fits in there too. And with all these lean, lanky growing boys with limbs akimbo, a go-to muffin mix is something I make sure to keep on hand in the pantry

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Hot Pimento Cheese Dip

Pimento cheese is an undeniably Southern tradition. And I’d argue up there with some of the tastiest! You can’t tell its one my favorites, can you? Usually, it spends its time as a favored sandwich spread, but we crazy kids below the Mason Dixon line have been known to shake things up from time to time. Instead of going the typical route, we’ve gone and ‘spiced’ things up a bit. Pun totally intended!

 Hot Pimento Cheese Dip

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