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Smores, Lighter Way to Satisfy a SweetTooth

Who doesn’t love a smore?  My kids ask for them constantly but we don’t make them very often.  We usually do them over the fire pit maybe a couple times each summer, but they could eat them every day if I would let them! Not to mention, they aren’t exactly the healthiest snack in  the world.  Sometimes you just need a treat though, right?  These satisfy the craving, but the serving sizes are much smaller, and they are lighter than the original.  If you are craving the classic smore taste of summer, give these a try!

You will need:

graham crackers

large marshmallows

chocolate chips or chocolate candy coating

wax paper

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Begin by crushing up a couple of graham crackers.  You don’t need very many, I used 3 and had a lot of crumbs left over.  Once they are crushed, place the crumbs in a small, shallow bowl that will be easy to dip in.

Melt some chocolate.  I started with 2 squares and got about 15 marshmallows out of it.  Holding the end of your marshmallow, dip the other end into the chocolate.  Let it drip off into your bowl.

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Then quickly dip it into your graham cracker crumbs.  Place it chocolate side up on wax paper to cool.  The chocolate will harden.

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There you have it!  These would make great finger foods for a party or picnic, or use them as a party favor in a cute vellum bag!  For now, my kids are just eating them.  Store them in an airtight container and have them on hand when you have a craving or want to indulge a sweet tooth without the guilt!

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On the Go Veggie Cups

Are you planning a party and are looking for an easy to put together, healthy snack to serve?  Maybe you are  going to the park with the kids and want to bring something healthy for a snack? These are practical, easy to make and assemble and can be thrown together quickly and who doesn’t love an easy snack?!

If you are serving for a party or get together, you will want some small,clear, plastic cups to serve in.  If you are going out or taking them on the road you may want to consider small jars or snack containers with lids.  Or take the bottle of ranch with you with some small cups and assemble when you are there.

Squirt some ranch into the bottom of each cup, add veggie slices of your choice, and you are ready to go! Any veggie would be great; carrots, celery, bell peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, the possibilities really can be endless!

For the ease of the party guests, or your children, cut the veggies into thin sticks and put one end into the ranch in the cup.  Now you also don’t have to worry about “double dipping” in your dip dish!

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July 4th easy recipe and snack ideas, Peeps and Fruit Kabobs, the perfect finger food for the parade or a picnic #July4th, #recipes #PeepsJuly 4th is right around the corner. If you are looking for a quick and easy treat that is RED, WHITE and BLUE and perfect for a BBQ or potluck, check out this idea.  All you need is:

Fresh Blueberries

Fresh Raspberries

Cubed Watermelon

Mini Marshmallows

Large Marshmallows

Peeps (4th of July theme) find mine at my local grocery store

Wooden kabob sticks

Slide the fruit and marshmallows on to the kabob stick…. easy as that you have an instant, yet adorable festive treat to celebrate the 4th of July. If you wanted to go all natural with NO sugar you could used a peeled apple (dipped in lemon juice so it won’t brown)  or fresh coconut instead of marshmallows.

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More 4th of July Recipes and DIY ideas you might want to check out…Tie dye Shirts with sharpie markers, make Fire Work shirts for the 4th of July all you need is a sharpie, and a spraybottle #TieDie, #DIY, #Crafts, #KidsFirework Tie Dye Shirt 

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Fresh Berry Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizza

Red, White and Blue Layered Fruit Dessert

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Jello Flavored Popcorn

When I was a kid my mom would make yummy flavored popcorn balls. I was thinking about them today and decided it was time to make them for my kids.  I chose not to make them into balls, just loose, sort of like caramel corn. You can make it in any color and flavor, and you probably have all of the ingredients on hand!

You will need

8 cups popped popcorn (extra un-popped seeds removed)

1/4 cup margarine

3 tbsp corn syrup

1/2 cup sugar

1- 3 oz box of jello any flavor Not Sugar free

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.  While preheating pop your popcorn.  If you are new to popping popcorn on the stovetop, give it a try, it is really easy!  Begin by pouring oil to cover the bottom of your pan.  Then cover the bottom of the pan in popcorn kernels.  Don’t over fill because the just won’t pop.  You want a thin, even layer.  Put a lid on the pan and set to medium high.

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Once popped pour into a large bowl and measure out 8 cups for the recipe.  Add those 8 cups to another bowl that is large enough to mix the popcorn in without spilling over the sides.

Now that your popcorn is popped, line a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan with wax paper, parchment or foil.  Be sure to lightly spray.  I forgot this step and it made it hard to remove from the pan.  Set the pan aside.

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In a small saucepan, add your margarine and corn syrup.  Over med head melt the margarine.  Once the margarine is melted, add your sugar and box of jello.  and stir well.  Increase heat to medium high and bring mixture to a boil stirring constantly.  Once it comes to a boil, decrease heat and allow mixture to simmer for 5 min, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and stir into popcorn.  Act quickly, it hardens up fast!  Stir until evenly coated and pour onto your prepared cookie sheet.   If you wanted to form them into balls, simply do that now.  Otherwise, place cookie sheet in oven for 10 minutes.

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Remove from heat and allow to cool.  Once it is cool enough to touch, break into pieces and store in an air tight container. I made mine for a summer pool party and chose lemon and fruit punch flavored.  It seemed summery and festive to me!  If you would like to make multiple colors, you will need to do the above steps for each flavor.

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