Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Dilly Snack Mix

This gem of a recipe is fully credited to my awesome sister-in-law Kris who shared it with me about 8 years ago, when Big Sis was just starting school. She said it would be a big hit with the teachers, being one herself. So from that day on, I started making this to share with teachers, friends and family alike on holidays and other special occasions. I can tell it's a hit, because every time I share some, I always get requests for the recipe. So here it is, transferred from my sis' handwritten recipe she so sweetly shared with me. Love ya, Kris! :)

You HAVE to try out this irresistible dilly snack mix, perfect for sharing or hoarding all to yourself. ;)

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Dilly Snack Mix
By Kris B., sister-in-law extraordinaire!
Brought to you by happyvballgirl @ My Epicurean Adventures
http://www.myepicureanadventures.com/2016/12/dilly-snack-mix.html

INGREDIENTS:
~ 32 oz of any crackers (I use a 9 oz bag of oyster crackers, 12 oz of pretzels, and 12 oz of goldfish crackers)
1/2 cup canola oil
2 Tbsp Dill
1 1oz package of dried ranch dressing mix (about 3 Tbsp)

DIRECTIONS:
  1. Empty crackers into a LARGE bowl or pot
  2. In a smaller bowl, combine the oil, dill and ranch and mix well with a fork or whisk.
  3. Pour oil mixture over crackers and  stir thoroughly but gently, taking care not to crush the crackers. 
  4. Continue to stir gently every 5-10 minutes for 2 hours or until the oil mix is completely absorbed into the crackers.
Enjoy!

I've made this snack mix many different times and ways, like in the picture below, I added chex rice cereal to the mix. They add a great light crispiness. You can change the crackers up and totally make it your own. :)

You HAVE to try out this irresistible dilly snack mix, perfect for sharing or hoarding all to yourself. ;)

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Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Baked Ravioli for Lunch

I woke up extra early this morning for some unknown reason and instead of squandering my time playing my mindless games on my phone and going on Instagram like I usually do when this happens, I actually found some unexpected motivation to make PRODUCTIVE use of the time. I promise, it won't happen again. :)

Baked Ravioli for lunch in @easylunchboxes #lunchboxfun #easylunchboxes

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I've really gotten in a rut of packing the same ol' lunches, day-in, day-out, so I pulled out my inspirational lunch-packing cookbook: The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet by Laura Fuentes of Momables, started flipping through the pages and stopped at this one for Baked Ravioli. It looked simple enough and I already had frozen ravioli on-hand as it's in my same ol' same ol' rotation, but with a little extra effort, it was revamped into something new and interesting, for them AND for me!

Baked Ravioli for lunch in @easylunchboxes #lunchboxfun #easylunchboxes

I of course had to taste test it and man, was it delicious! I used some panko bread in addition to some homemade breadcrumbs I already had on-hand. Good stuff. Both girls were rather interested in what I was doing and said they were looking forward to lunch. Hope it holds up well in their containers and don't get too soggy... I'll try to remember to report back later. :)

Baked Ravioli for lunch in @easylunchboxes #lunchboxfun #easylunchboxes

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In this lunch:
  1. Baked Ravioli with Muir Glen Organic Tomato and Basil Spaghetti Sauce
  2. Grape tomatoes
  3. Koala Sugar cookie that Little Sis made AND decorated, all by herself!
  4. Pineapples and strawberries
  5. Veggie Straws
  6. Cascadian Farm Organic Granola Bars
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Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

Here are some items used in this post. To see a full list of my favorite bento gear and such, just visit my "Products I Love" page! :) Any purchases made through these links earns me a little extra cash to support my bento habit, which my hubby would really appreciate. haha! So thank you!!! if you choose to use any of 'em! :)

        

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Monday, December 5, 2016

S'mores Cookies

S'mores cookies. Need I say more? It's the perfect treat for when you feel like a s'more but don't necessarily want to get involved in the mess and work of real s'mores making. They're great for large crowds, especially with lots of kids, because you can make a bunch of them at once - and you won't have to supervise all those pointy objects with marshmallows stuck on the ends of them around a fire. :)

S'mores Cookies! Easy, but mostly DELICIOUS!

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My friend Sherril brought these to our NYE party last year and they were just amazing. Since then, I've made them many times over... to serve at parties or share with my volleyball teammates at games, teachers & friends and each time, they've been greeted with giant eyes and watering mouths.

Of course, I had to tweak it, a bit though, to make it a teeeeny bit healthier because makes me feel a teeeny bit better about letting my kids go to town on them. And no one ever seems to notice. lol. I've made them both ways, each time to huge raves. So here's my version:

Printable Recipe

S'mores Cookies
Adapted from: The Girl Who Ate Everything's S'mores Cookies
by happyvballgirl @ My Epicurean Adventures
http://www.myepicureanadventures.com/2016/12/smores-cookies.html

INGREDIENTS:
12 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened (use 11 Tbsp butter if not adding wheat germ and flax seed)
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
2 tablespoon ground flax seed (optional)
2 tablespoon wheat germ (optional)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
4 regular sized Hershey's bars (broken into 48 little rectangles)
1 box of graham crackers, broken into 48 squares

DIRECTIONS:
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F and line 2 10" x 15" (or larger) jelly roll/cookie pans with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream butter with white and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs, vanilla and mix well.
  4. Add flour, baking soda, salt, wheat germ and flax seed and combine.
  5. Add chocolate chips and marshmallows and mix well.
  6. Lay graham crackers out, side-by-side on the pans & parchment paper, making sure sides are touching. In my most recent batch, I fit 24 cracker squares in each pan, 48 total, but in my pictures, I made less because I ran out of graham crackers. ;)
  7. Place about 1 teaspoon full or so (I used 2 silverware teaspoons, scooped with one and scraped it out w/ another because they're easier to work with) in the middle of each cracker, making sure the dough comes out even with the number of crackers you have. If you run out, borrow from another, if you have extra, add it to smaller amounts. Then gently press down with your finger to flatten a little.
  8. Bake for 5 minutes then remove from oven and gently press in a Hershey's chocolate piece onto the top of each cookie. I sometimes leave some without because I actually prefer them that way!
  9.  Bake for about 5-7 minutes longer or until cookies are golden brown and the crackers have darkened a bit.
  10. Remove from pan and cool on a wire rack.
Makes about 48 cookies.

Enjoy!!

The dough....

S'mores Cookies! Easy, but mostly DELICIOUS!

Assembling the cookies... sometimes I'll stick some additional marshmallows into the dough if I think it doesn't have enough. ;)

S'mores Cookies! Easy, but mostly DELICIOUS!

After baking for 5 minutes, pull them out of the oven and add the Hershey's pieces...

S'mores Cookies! Easy, but mostly DELICIOUS!

Right out of the oven. My hubby swears that this is the best way to eat them...

S'mores Cookies! Easy, but mostly DELICIOUS!

But that's not always possible, so it's a good thing they're pretty darn good after cooling, too!

S'mmmmmmores Cookies! Easy, but mostly DELICIOUS!

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Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

Here are some items used in this post. To see a full list of my favorite bento gear and such, just visit my "Products I Love" page! :) Any purchases made through these links earns me a little extra cash to support my bento habit, which my hubby would really appreciate. haha! So thank you!!! if you choose to use any of 'em! :)





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