TMNT Whoopie Pies

    If your kids love the Teenage Mutant Turtles as much as my sons and nephews do, you might want to consider making these adorable whoopie pies for their next birthday party or gathering.  Not only are they adorable and easy to make, but the kids just love them.   Here is everything you will need to make Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Whoopie Pies: INGREDIENTS FOR THE COOKIES: 2 (8.25 oz) pouches Funfetti vibrant green cake mix 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 eggs 1/3 cup vegetable oil 1 teaspoon vanilla extract INGREDIENTS FOR THE FILLING: 4 cups powdered sugar 1 Tablespoon butter- softened 1/2 cup solid shortening 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon salt 3 Tablespoons milk 2 Tablespoons hot water 3-4 drops food gel in red, blue, orange and purple 24-30 Wilton candy eyes -small DIRECTIONS FOR COOKIES: 1. Preheat oven to 350°. 2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside. 3. Pour the cake mix into a large … [Read more...]

Easy Shrimp Shooters

    Shrimp Shooters are a great appetizer for any adult gathering and I fell in love with them when they were served at my good friend's wedding a little over a year ago.  What I like about them is that they are really easy and inexpensive to make and I think they are a refreshing change from the traditional shrimp with cocktail sauce recipe.       I had the chance to make these last week when we had some friends visit us for the weekend.  Not only were they a big hit with our guests, but they were also refreshing and just a great dish to entertain with.  I'm planning on making them again at our next family party or gathering because I think my family would also love them.  You can choose to make your shooters spicier or milder but make sure that you are generous with the shrimp you put in each one.       The small shooter glasses are my favorite because they allow you to present these appetizers in such an elegant way. … [Read more...]

Pepperoni Pizza Dippers

    Now that the holiday vacation is over, we are back to our regular school schedule which includes extracurricular activities and sports.  If your kids are like mine, they come home from school every afternoon starving which actually makes me wonder what they are serving for lunch daily.  As a Working Mom, I have tried to come up with easy after-school snacks that my boys can enjoy and that won't take a ton of preparation.     Both of my sons love pizza so I knew that any recipe involving pizza ingredients would be right up their alley.  I found that I could make easy pepperoni pizza dippers with some of the ingredients that we normally keep in the house anyway.  All of this equals to a yummy recipe, happy kids after school, and a mom who is super cool in the eyes of her children! Pepperoni Pizza Dippers Yields: 8 pizza dippers Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 11-15 minutes | Total Time: 20 minutes Ingredients: 1 … [Read more...]

Frozen Hot Cocoa Spoons

    My husband just went out to get breakfast and left the front door open when he came back in to get his car keys.  I can't even begin to describe to you guys how cold it has gotten in New York City.  I've never been a big fan of the cold weather but I do love certain things about this season.  Aside from being able to wear tights and boots, I also enjoy winter recipes and just about anything that will warm me up when I get in from the cold outdoors.     One of my favorite winter treats to enjoy are hot cocoa spoons.  They are perfect for dipping in hot chocolate or even in a hot cup of milk.  You can make them in white or milk chocolate and can even decorate them and wrap them to give away during the holidays.  Since I love Frozen so much, I thought this would be a great theme for my hot cocoa spoons this year.  Check it out! FROZEN HOT COCOA SPOONS SUPPLIES NEEDED 12 Plastic Spoons 2 T solid shortening 3/4 cup … [Read more...]

Salted Caramel Iced Coffee @Folgers #Folgers #Ad

    There is nothing like enjoying a cup of your favorite coffee anytime of the day.  The entire experience is mesmerizing and tantalizing from your taste buds to your sense of smell.  Folgers Coffeehouse Blend is perfect for exploring alternative brewing methods because of its distinct taste that starts smooth and finishes bold.  That is why I knew that it would be the perfect blend to use for my Salted Caramel Iced Coffee recipe.     Folgers Coffeehouse Blend allows you to add anything to your coffee and still taste your coffee perfectly.  When I was a little girl, my grandmother always loved to carry caramels in the pocket of her apron.  She would secretly eat them throughout the day and would often give me one to eat whenever I was good or just to reward me with a treat.  It's a beloved memory from my childhood so I knew that caramel would be the perfect ingredient for creating a decadent iced coffee recipe.    … [Read more...]

Make French Press Coffee Right At Home! @Folgers #Folgers #Ad

    There's just something about making a hot cup of coffee right at home that makes it taste all that much better.  I love it when the delicious aroma of my Folgers Coffeehouse Blend permeates through the whole house.  Not to mention the fact that it also saves me a ton of money since I'm not purchasing my coffee at expensive coffee shops.  Recently, I have been experimenting with different ways to prepare my morning coffee and I stumbled upon the French Press.     A French Press is a brewing apparatus that extracts coffee from the grounds through a process where you "bloom" or steep your coffee in boiling water.  It is a favorite among coffee aficionados because it has a strong, true coffee flavor since the coffee to water ratio is higher in every cup.  Most Hispanic households love to drink their coffee strong so I immediately knew that preparing my coffee this way would immediately catapult me back to my childhood in Spain.   … [Read more...]

Dark Chocolate Coffee Truffles @Folgers #Folgers #Ad

    If you are a longtime reader you probably know that I am obsessed with coffee!  I think that my love affair with Java began when I was a little girl and I helped my grandmother make it every morning for breakfast.  The delicious scent of it filled the entire kitchen and signaled the beginning of the day as well as great things ahead.  Ever since I can remember, I was allowed to sip from her cup and even dip my bread in it.  It is still one of my fondest memories up until this day and every single time that I drink my morning cup of Folgers coffee.     Fast forward to the present and now my sons are also taking sips from my coffee cup every so often.  They remind me so much of those stolen moments with my grandmother during my childhood.  This has also inspired me to start learning about other ways that I could incorporate my Folgers coffee into new recipes.  After all, I love its taste and it would be a dream come true … [Read more...]

Healthy Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

    The countdown is on, I am scheduled to go back into the classroom and end summer vacation on September, 6th.  My boys will be starting school two days later and, since I am starting at a new position as a high school reading teacher, my schedule will be more hectic than ever.       Both of our sons attend an after-school program due to our packed working hours.  We've noticed that they are usually both famished by the time we pick them up and they get home.  The problem is that it's very easy for them to reach into the refrigerator or cabinet and just grab the first thing that they see, whether it is the healthiest option or not.       This year, I have started making a lot of changes to my personal diet and eating healthier.  I've also begun to make subtle changes in our entire family's eating habits and opt for healthier snacking options for all of us.  Included in this new vision are lots of vegetables and … [Read more...]

Chicken Fajita Penne @ragusauce #Ad

    I had the fortune of growing up in a culturally diverse household.  My father is from Spain and my mother is Italian so my siblings and I got to experience the best of both worlds when it came to cooking and culinary delights.       We learned early on about the importance of family and heritage and the role that food played in instilling those values and bringing us closer together.  Ragu Pasta Sauce was a delicious part of all of my Mom's recipes and it has become a staple in my own home as well.     I'm loving the new Ragu Thick & Hearty Homestyle sauce!  It's their thickest sauce ever and you can tell this right away because it wraps completely around every pasta dish.  The reason the flavors in these new Ragu sauces are so bold and tasty is that they simmer, chop, and peel their ingredients using a unique blend of herbs.  Imagine a flavorful mix of basil, fennel, oregano and black pepper with no artificial … [Read more...]

Piña Colada Popsicles

    A few weeks ago, my husband and I had the opportunity to go away for the weekend without the kids for the first time in over ten years.  Although we really missed our boys while we were away, having this time together made us realize how important it is to set time aside whenever possible to bond as a couple.       Since we can't always get away, I started thinking about ways we could do this right at home. This doesn't mean that we can't enjoy some adult treats after the kids go to bed.  It's summer vacation here in New York City so what better way to cool off after a long, hot day than by enjoying some Piña Colada popsicles.  These are strictly for adults as the recipe does include rum. PIÑA COLADA POPSICLES This recipe will make 12 piña colada pops: INGREDIENTS 2 cups pineapple juice 2 cups cream of coconut 1/4 cup rum (or coconut rum) Optional- maraschino cherries DIRECTIONS 1. In a large pitcher, add the pineapple … [Read more...]