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EASTER CHICKS DEVILED EGGS quick and easy DIY, These are so cute! How to make deviled eggs, Deviled Egg chicksIf you want your deviled eggs to be the star of the party, how about making them into these cute little Easter Chicks.  They are rather simple to make and “cheep” too.  This week you can pick up eggs at Walgreens for $1 a dozen and many stores have them even less than that.  SO are you ready to get started? You will need (whole project takes about 45 minutes)

  • 3 Quart Cooking Pot with lid
  • zip lock bag or pipping bag
  • 12 eggs
  • 1/3 cup Mayo
  • 3-4 Tablespoons pickle juice
  • 1 baby carrot
  • 1 pickle
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh Spinach cut into shreds (to look like grass)

I have found the best way to make boiled eggs is to put 12 in the bottom of a 3 quart pan.  Cover with water (have the water about 1 inch over the eggs).  With the lid off bring the eggs to a boil once they have reached a FULL rolling boil, let them boil for 2 minutes.  Turn the heat off, put the lid on and let them stand for 15 minutes.  Once 15 minutes has passed take them out and put them in an ice bath cooling them, so you can then peel them. Once you have all 12 eggs peeled, cut a SMALL section off the wide end, this will create a flat surface so the eggs can stand up and not roll on the plate.  On the narrow end cut a wider section off that will become the chicks hat (about 1/3 of the egg) Carefully pop the yolks out into a bowl.  Depending on where the yolk was in the egg, part of it may be in the hat portion.  If you need to cut the yolk up a bit so the egg does not break apart. Use a fork to smash the yolks into small pieces.  If you do not get them small enough your middles will be rather lumpy… so get it as small as you can. Once you have the yolks broken up add 1/3 cup mayo, 3 tablespoons pickle juice, add salt and pepper to taste.  If you find your mixture is still to thick you can thin it down with more pickle juice.  Mix well and place in a ziplock bag or a pipping bag that you would normally use from frosting. To make the Chicks eyes cut a small pickle length wise , into 4 thin strips.  Then cut those thin strips into even smaller section to create a little eye.  Do the same thing to a baby carrot, but cut the 4 thin strips into a triangle shape for the chicks beak. Cut the corner off the end of your zip lock back with a pair of scissors, and fill each egg.  Place the top of the egg back on at an angle so you can see the chicks face.  Add the eyes and beak and you are done.  I  shredded some spinach to create the look of grass, and simple as that you have created some very cute little chicks.    You almost feel guilty when you bite their little heads off…lol.EASTER CHICKS DEVILED EGGS quick and easy DIY, These are so cute! How to make deviled eggs, Deviled Egg chicks

Hope you enjoy this simple money saving recipe!

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Creamy Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing

Creamy Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing with Sweet Pork Tacos is one of my families most asked for meals. Even the left overs are craved by all the kids!

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A Thrifty Mom’s Creamy Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing

My kids call this the “yummy green dressing”, they could literally eat it on pretty much anything.  But instead I tend to make Creamy Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing, when we have taco salad or our recipe for Sweet Pork Tacos.  We use to make a  Creamy Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing that had a can of salsa verde  in it. But we had trouble with it often having a bit bitter taste. So that is how this new recipe came about.   Be sure to pin it on Pinterest or print it off via the printable version below so you can always find it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • One cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or you can use fresh)
  • 3 Tablespoons Ranch seasoning powder, or one packet
  • One Tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • A large jalapeno with seed and ribs taken out (You can add more if you want more heat)
  • One Tablespoon sugar
  • Cup cilantro, just the top half not I cut off the lower steams (washed and dried)
  • 3 Tablespoons milk, you can add more if you want your sauce thinner
  • Juice from one fresh lime, about 2-3 tablespoons
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Add all these ingredients into a blender, put the lid on and blend till your Creamy Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing is smooth and well blended. Try to take a spatula and run it along the sides of the blender to make sure nothing is stuck to the side.  Do this a few times to make sure I did not miss anything.

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Your Creamy Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing will be thin, but it will thicken up after a few hours. Make this dressing several hours before you eat it so that the flavors get better as they have time to blend.  If you get your sauce out and find it is thicker than you would like, just whisk a little milk in it before your serve it.  Dressing will stay good in the refrigerator for about a week. Enjoy!

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Creamy Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing
 
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Recipe type: Sauce
Serves: 3 cups dressing
Ingredients
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • One cup sour cream
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder (or you can use fresh)
  • 3 Tablespoons Ranch seasoning powder, or one packet
  • One Tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • A large jalapeno with seed and ribs taken out (You can add more if you want more heat)
  • One Tablespoon sugar
  • Cup cilantro, just the top half not I cut off the lower steams (washed and dried)
  • 3 Tablespoons milk, you can add more if you want your sauce thinner
  • Juice from one fresh lime, about 2-3 tablespoons
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Put all these ingredients into a blender, put the lid on and blend till your dressing is smooth and well blended. Try to take a spatula and run it along the sides of the blender to make sure nothing is stuck to the side. Dressing will be thin a first but it will thicken up after a few hours. I highly suggest you make this dressing several hours before you eat it. The flavors get better as they have time to blend. If you get your sauce out and find it is thicker than you would like, just whisk a little milk in it before your serve it. Dressing will stay good in the refrigerator for about a week. Enjoy!

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We made an earlier version you can check out as well.

On the Sweet Pork Tacos we first posted on them way back in 2010. We then upgraded the recipe for Sweet Pork Tacos and Creamy Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing

 

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chocolate covered peeps on a stick, SO simple but SO cute #Peeps, #easter, #desssert #GiftIdea

Chocolate Covered Peeps

Easter means PEEPS are on the way at our house… I am not a huge fan but MAN OH MAN my kids love them.  So you can only imagine their excitement when you take a sugar filled snack and dip it in chocolate.  These little Peter Cotton Tail Pops were a huge hit at our house, I hope you kids love them too.

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Put the straw in the bunny, put it about half way up to make sure it does not fall off. Melt the chocolate, stir till smooth.  Dip the peep into the chocolate, twist till well coated. Tap on the side of the bowl to allow excess chocolate to come off. Place on foil, put a white marshmallow on for a tail.  Allow to dry, peel of foil and enjoy.

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Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies

These total hit the spot! I was having a chocolate withdraw and needed to get a fix of chocolate quick! Chewy in the middle, crunchy on the sides and full of white, semi sweet and milk chocolate chips, these babies are sure to please. Pass the milk please! 😉

*SEE NOTES*

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temp.
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, room temp.
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cups classic white premium baking chips (I just call them white chocolate chips. :))
  • 3/4 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cups milk chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a standing mixer cream butter, sugars and vanilla together (about 10 minutes.)
  3. Next, beat in eggs.
  4. Sift together flour, salt and baking soda. Slowly stir in flour mixture to creamed mixture. Scrape down sides of mixing bowl if needed.
  5. Add chocolate chips. Shape cookie dough into 1 inch sized balls and place 2 inches apart on a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes, no longer if you want a chewy middle.
  6. Remove cookies from oven and let set on baking sheet for at least 2-3 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

*Notes*

As you see in my picture, my cookies are huge. I shaped them into approx. 2 inch cookie dough balls and baked for approx. 14-15 minutes. If you would like to get the effect of the chocolate chips on top of the cookies, after the dough ball is formed and placed on your baking sheet, gently stick chocolate chips into the dough ball and bake as normal.

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Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies These total hit the spot! I was having a chocolate withdraw and needed to get a fix of chocolate quick! Chewy in the middle, crunchy on the sides and full of white, semi sweet and milk chocolate chips, these babies are sure to please. Pass the milk please! 😉 *SEE NOTES*
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temp.
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, room temp.
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose unbleached flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cups classic white premium baking chips (I just call them white chocolate chips. :))
  • ¾ cups semi sweet chocolate chips
  • ¾ cups milk chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a standing mixer cream butter, sugars and vanilla together (about 10 minutes.)
  3. Next, beat in eggs.
  4. Sift together flour, salt and baking soda. Slowly stir in flour mixture to creamed mixture. Scrape down sides of mixing bowl if needed.
  5. Add chocolate chips. Shape cookie dough into 1 inch sized balls and place 2 inches apart on a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes, no longer if you want a chewy middle.
  6. Remove cookies from oven and let set on baking sheet for at least 2-3 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
  7. *Notes*
  8. As you see in my picture, my cookies are huge. I shaped them into approx. 2 inch cookie dough balls and baked for approx. 14-15 minutes. If you would like to get the effect of the chocolate chips on top of the cookies, after the dough ball is formed and placed on your baking sheet, gently stick chocolate chips into the dough ball and bake as normal.

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