Snacks


Hi everyone, it’s Kimberly from Get Away Today. I’m so excited to be on the Crafting Chicks sharing fun Disney and vacation ideas. Getting ready for a Disneyland vacation is almost as fun as going on one. We surprised our kids at Christmas with a spring time Disneyland vacation and we have had so much fun “getting ready” by watching Disney movies, playing Disney games, and making Disney recipes. Luckily, our blog, Packed with Fun, is just that, packed with fun ideas to get your family excited for an upcoming vacation. I compiled three of our most popular Disney inspired recipes. They are simple, cute, tasty, and guaranteed to get your family excited about your Disneyland vacation.

Three Easy Recipes to Make Before Your Disneyland Vacation

Mickey Pop Tarts

Ingredients:

Ready made pie crust (or your favorite recipe)

Your Favorite jam

Butter

Frosting and Sprinkles (optional)

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Start by taking your pie crust and cutting out an equal number of Mickey heads with a cookie cutter.

Put your favorite jam on one Mickey head at a time. Cover it with another Mickey head and use a fork to seal the edges.

Butter the tops of the Mickeys and bake them at 400 degrees in a preheated oven.

Decorate with frosting and sprinkles to add a little more flare and flavor.

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It’s our version of a Character Breakfast at home!

Mickey and Minnie Oreos

Ingredients:

Double Stuf Oreos (make sure they’re Double Stuf)

Mini Oreos

Red and/or pink melting chocolate

White decorating pearls

Dipping

Start by separating your Mini Oreos and licking scraping off the cream to make your Mickey or Minnie ears. Stick them into the top of your Double Stuf Oreos to create a Mickey head effect. Dip the bottom half of each cookie into the melted chocolate. Use red for Mickey and pink for Minnie. Then, add decorating pearls. Two pearls side by side on a red cookie make a Mickey, and a few polka-d0ts make Minnie’s dress.

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We’re sure these will be a hit at your house!

Lime Mickeys

Ingredients:

Sprite or 7up

1 Packet of Grape Kool-Aid

2 c. Sugar

1 c. Water

Fresh limes

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Start by making your grape syrup by dissolving two cups sugar into one cup of water in a saucepan over medium heat. Once it’s dissolved, bring it to a boil for a few minutes, then remove the mixture from the heat and stir in one packet of grape Kool-Aid until it’s completely dissolved. Move your syrup into a container that’s good for both pouring and storage. Next, slice your limes into circles with one small slit going towards the center (see below). Add your limes to a glass to make Lime Mickey ears, then make your drink by adding some ice, soda, a little syrup and fresh lime juice to taste.

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Ahhhhhh… it’s as refreshing as it is adorable.

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Gooey Chex Mix

One of my favorite treats to make is this Gooey Chex Mix. It is super easy and quick, but is so yummy. It makes a great treat to share for parties or snacking. Believe me, you’ll want to share cause you could eat the whole batch yourself, it’s that good.

Gooey Chex Mix
This yummy treat will be a crowd favorite. Make it to share for your next party or get together.
Ingredients
  • 6 cups of Rice or Corn Chex
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 2 cups nuts (I use slivered almonds)
  • 6 cups Golden Grahams Cereal
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup white corn syrup
  • ¾ cup butter (make sure you use butter no substitutions)
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl mix the Chex, coconut, nuts, and Golden Grahams. Set aside.
  2. In a pan mix the sugar, corn syrup, and butter. Bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes stirring constantly. Pour over cereal mixture, and mix well. Pour out onto waxed paper to let cool.
I always watch for cereal sales so I can stock up and make this anytime I need it. Where would you take this tasty treat?

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Happy holidays, friends! We are closing in on Christmas and these easy, no bake Holly Jolly Cookie Sticks are a delicious way to celebrate the season!

Holly Jolly Cookie Sticks are the perfect no bake treat for family, friends and neighbors! Vanilla filled cookie sticks are dipped in white chocolate and decorated with festive holly sprinkles!

Keri from Shaken Together here and I’m sure it’s no surprise that I am back with another easy peasy no bake treat! I love to bake and cook, don’t get me wrong. But I take great pleasure in putting together something delicious that is done from start to finish in less than 15 minutes!  And these cute Holly Jolly Cookie Sticks certainly fit the bill!

Bonus – there are only 3 ingredients!!

  • Pirouette French Vanilla Cookies
  • Vanilla Candiquik
  • Holly Sprinkles

Holly Jolly Cookie Sticks are the perfect no bake treat for family, friends and neighbors! Vanilla filled cookie sticks are dipped in white chocolate and decorated with festive holly sprinkles!

First, prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Heat the Candiquik according to package directions.

Use a spoon to spoon melted Candiquik onto the cookie sticks – make sure to leave about 1 1/2 inches of the cookie stick with no chocolate so you can handle the cookie sticks.

Holly Jolly Cookie Sticks are the perfect no bake treat for family, friends and neighbors! Vanilla filled cookie sticks are dipped in white chocolate and decorated with festive holly sprinkles!

I used tweezers to place the holly sprinkles on the cookie sticks, but they’re not required. It just made it a little easier to see where I was placing the sprinkles. I love the detail on the holly leaves and the bright red berries!

Holly Jolly Cookie Sticks are the perfect no bake treat for family, friends and neighbors! Vanilla filled cookie sticks are dipped in white chocolate and decorated with festive holly sprinkles!

Once all of the Holly Jolly Cookie Sticks are decorated, allow them to set. You can pop the sheet tray in your refrigerator to speed up the setting.

Holly Jolly Cookie Sticks are the perfect no bake treat for family, friends and neighbors! Vanilla filled cookie sticks are dipped in white chocolate and decorated with festive holly sprinkles!

Serve these with coffee or cocoa at your holiday parties and your guests will rave over the crispy cookie sticks filled with vanilla cream and covered in festive holly sprinkles!

Holly Jolly Cookie Sticks would make a pretty addition to your holiday cookie platter, too!

And they make SUCH cute gifts! Just slide a cookie stick into a cellophane pretzel bag and tie it closed with red/white twine.

Holly Jolly Cookie Sticks are the perfect no bake treat for family, friends and neighbors! Vanilla filled cookie sticks are dipped in white chocolate and decorated with festive holly sprinkles!

I can’t wait to see you all in the New Year … hope your holidays are merry, your family blessed and your time together absolutely wonderful!

More delicious holiday treats!

Cookies for Santa Snack Mix from Shaken Together!

Cookies for Santa Snack Mix

Santa will put you on his nice list when you leave these easy, no bake Milk & Cookies Bark for him on Christmas Eve!

Milk & Cookies Bark

Mini Eggnog Pudding Pies from Shaken Together

Mini Eggnog Pudding Pies


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One thing that has become a tradition for my girls and I, is making yummy popcorn. They love to help add ingredients and eat it. I love that we get to spend time together and that it’s easy to clean up.

Here’s a fun video of my girls and I making it. (Video by Heather Cluff)

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Here is one of our family favorite popcorn recipes, Peppermint Popcorn.

Peppermint Popcorn
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Place popcorn in a large bowl.
  2. Melt almond bark according to directions.
  3. If microwaving you can try our easy instructions:
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  8. WHEN YOUR CHOCOLATE IS ALMOST MELTED, CUT THE TIME IN HALF TO PREVENT SCORCHING CHOCOLATE.
  9. Once almond bark is melted, add in your peppermint essential oil. Stir this in evenly and add a drop at a time until it is at your desired flavor level.
  10. Pour the melted almond bark over your popcorn and begin mixing. At this point you can start to add in the crushed candy canes, and confetti sprinkles.
  11. Lay out on waxed paper and make one layer.
  12. Melt the dark chocolate chips using the directions above. Drizzle the dark chocolate over top of the popcorn using a fork.
  13. Let cool completely and then break up to serve and share.
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Now to make this a cute gift, just grab a fun gift bag. I love these ones I got from the Heidi Swapp that you can find at Joann. The popcorn looks so cute in there.

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Santa will have to put you on his nice list when you leave him a plate of this easy, no bake Milk & Cookies Bark on Christmas Eve!

Santa will put you on his nice list when you leave these easy, no bake Milk & Cookies Bark for him on Christmas Eve!

Hi friends! Keri back from Shaken Together with another easy adorable no bake dessert to help you spread Christmas cheer this year!  With all of the hustle and bustle that comes with the holiday season, there is nothing better than a sweet treat that is done in minutes and ready for munching or giving to friends and family!

Milk & Cookies Bark

Santa will put you on his nice list when you leave these easy, no bake Milk & Cookies Bark for him on Christmas Eve!

The kiddos will love adding the mini chocolate chip cookies and sprinkles – this no bake dessert is perfect for a snow day or play date! And I bet that jolly old man in the red suit won’t mind finding this Milk & Cookies Bark waiting for him after a long night delivering toys!

Santa will put you on his nice list when you leave these easy, no bake Milk & Cookies Bark for him on Christmas Eve!

So if you haven’t made ‘bark’ before, it is basically melted chocolate (or almond bark – my fave) spread out into a thin smooth layer and then sprinkled with any add ins that you can dream up … pretzels, candy, cookies, sprinkles, etc. Or gummy worms if you remember the Worms & Dirt Chocolate Bark that I shared earlier this year!

For this Christmas version, I used vanilla almond bark to represent the milk we leave for Santa and of course, I had to add cookies! And it’s never a bad idea to use sprinkles 😉 Once the bark is set – pop it in the fridge to quicken the process – use a sharp knife to cut it into smaller pieces.

Santa will put you on his nice list when you leave these easy, no bake Milk & Cookies Bark for him on Christmas Eve!

Once the bark is cut, all that is left to do is chow down!  Oh okay, or package it for gifts, too. This Milk & Cookie Bark would make a cute addition to any cookie tray!

Milk & Cookies Bark {No Bake Christmas Treat!}
Santa will have to put you on his nice list when you leave him a plate of this easy, no bake Milk & Cookies Bark on Christmas Eve! This recipe is easy enough to make with the kiddos, too!
Ingredients
  • One 16 oz. package vanilla almond bark
  • Mini chocolate chip cookies
  • Christmas sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  2. Melt vanilla almond bark according to package directions.
  3. Pour the melted almond bark on the prepared pan and spread it out into a thin, even layer.
  4. Place mini chocolate chip cookies on the almond bark (even the broken pieces) - try to put enough that once broken, each piece of bark will have multiple cookies.
  5. Add Christmas sprinkles.
  6. Allow the bark to set up - I put the pan in the fridge to speed up the process.
  7. Use a sharp knife to cut the bark into smaller pieces.
  8. Enjoy!
See? Easy, festive and absolutely delicious!

Santa will put you on his nice list when you leave these easy, no bake Milk & Cookies Bark for him on Christmas Eve!

More Easy No Bake Christmas Treats!

St. Nick's Nibblers - use sourdough pretzel bites for the easiest chocolate covered pretzels ever!

St. Nick’s Nibblers

O Christmas Tree Munch Mix from Shaken Together

O, Christmas Tree Munch Mix

Eggnog Pudding Pies from Shaken Together

Eggnog Pudding Pies

Hope you holiday season is merry & bright!!


Thanksgiving Snack Mix

Our family loved our Halloween Treat Mix...so we are sharing our favorite Thanksgiving Snack Mix today. It is quick to throw together and the perfect sweet salty combination for the holiday celebration!

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It’s so easy to throw together.

Thanksgiving Snack Mix

What you need for the Mix:

-Bugles (regular)

-Mini Pretzels

-M&M’s

-Candy Corn

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Display in pretty bowls or a nut cup at your family party. sm thanksgiving snack mix 3

I love displaying ours in my Thankful tiered treat stand. There are Thanksgiving colored M&Ms available, if you’d like to use those, but I prefer the brightly colored chocolate morsels brightening up the browns and tans of the the pretzels and bugles.

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It’s great for snacking before eating the feast, after the pie, or after all the food has settled. We won’t judge.

Other fun Ideas:

Printable Thankful Tags

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Feather Hats

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Happy Halloween!

Halloween is a favorite in my home. My kids and hubby really get into the decor, costumes and of course YUMMY Halloween Goodies! My season favorite . . . Candy Apples! The tangy apples with a smother of sweet candy shell just seems to hit the spot for me! This year, I thought how much fun it would be to mix the Spooky Halloween season with one of my favorite treats. So I created this Spooky Halloween Candy Apple Treat!

I used a kit from Urban Accents, which made this SUPER easy and quick to make.  For more spooky fun, I added a glittery black stick and an eyeball that I found at Hobby Lobby.  For the little extra touch I HAD to add a tag “I’ve got my EYE on you” which I think really brings it all to life!!!
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Here are the supplies you will need
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To get the glitter effect, I used a little bit of spray paint, then applied the glitter to the wet paint. No need for glue.

The candy apple mix was super easy to use;  I found my kit from my local bakery. The mix and sticks are included in the package. A quick tip… a candy thermometer is a MUST for successful candy apples!

Now it’s your turn to add a bit of Spooky Apple fun to your holiday! You can’t go wrong with a Spooky Halloween Candy Apple! Here is the free printable for you to enjoy!

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Click on Photo to download!

For More Halloween craft Ideas stop by Home by Home

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Easy to make homemade Banana Bread Granola recipe that tastes just like banana bread.  Add the granola to yogurt, oatmeal or just simply add milk for a delicious and healthy breakfast.

Banana Bread Granola

Hello there!  It’s Katie from The Casual Craftlete blog.  Today I am sharing a super easy and tasty banana bread granola recipe.  The weather is starting to cool down and there is a slight chill in the air.  This means baking seasons is upon us.  One of my favorite recipes to make is banana bread.  Instead of just making another bread recipe, I thought I would add the same yummy ingredients and make granola.  This granola is so incredibility good.  It really does taste like banana bread only slightly healthier.

Easy to make Banana Bread Granola Recipe

One of my favorite recipes to make to save money and use all natural ingredients is granola.  This batch of banana bread granola makes quite a lot of granola, an entire 9 x 13 baking pan, and the best part is you know exactly what goes into the recipe to make the granola.  I try to sneak in healthy ingredients like flax seeds that have tons of fiber that will keep you full.  This granola recipe is also great to use very ripe bananas that are about to go bad.  If you have never made granola before, don’t be intimated.  There are just a few easy steps when it comes to making this recipe.  So, if you can mash a banana and use a whisk to mix ingredients, you’re good to go!

Healthy Banana Bread Granola

Banana Bread Granola
Ingredients
  • 5 cups old fashion rolled oats
  • 2 cups walnuts, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons flax seed
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
  • ½ mashed banana (approximately 1 banana)
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 2 cups dried bananas
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine rolled oats and walnuts.
  3. In a separate medium mixing bowl, combine all the remaining ingredients except the dried bananas.
  4. Pour the liquid mixture over the oats and nuts and stir until well combined.
  5. Pour the mixture onto prepared baking sheet, using a spatula to pressed down on the granola.
  6. Bake at 325 F for approximately 30 to 40 minutes, or until the granola is golden brown.
  7. Remove granola from the oven and place on a wire cool rack and let cool completely.
  8. Once cooled, break the granola into chunks and add the dried bananas.
  9. Store in an airtight container for up to one week.
 

Homemade Banana Bread Granola

The granola can be added to yogurt, oatmeal, ice cream or just add milk.  This is a hearty and healthy breakfast option that can be made ahead and enjoyed all week long.

Thank you for letting me share my banana bread granola recipe with you today.  How do you like to eat your granola?

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Hi there friends!  Keri back from Shaken Together with a frightfully fun (and super tasty!) snack for Halloween … striped Halloween Jell-O Jars complete with whipped topping ghosts!!  Your little guys and ghouls will love digging into this colorful treat that is perfect for Halloween!

Frightfully fruity and fun, these striped Halloween Jell-O Jars are a great Halloween treat! Don't forget the whipped topping ghosts!

Aren’t the stripes of purple, green and orange fun?  You just need three flavors of Jell-O and a little patience!

Frightfully fruity and fun, these striped Halloween Jell-O Jars are a great Halloween treat! Don't forget the whipped topping ghosts!

Here is what you need for these Striped Halloween Jell-O Jars:

  • One 3 oz box each of Grape, Lime and Orange Jell-O
  • Six half-pint mason jars
  • Whipped topping
  • Chocolate chips or mini black Sixlets

The How-To

Start with the grape Jell-O and mix it up according to package directions.  Split the grape Jell-O liquid between the six jars and place the jars in the refrigerator to chill and jell.  I waited at least 2 1/2 hours between layers.  Repeat with the lime and orange Jell-O.  Place lids and rings on the jars to store them until serving.

Once the Jell-O has set, remove the lid and ring and prepare to get ghostly!

Frightfully fruity and fun, these striped Halloween Jell-O Jars are a great Halloween treat! Don't forget the whipped topping ghosts!

To create the sweet little ghosts, plop a generous dollop of whipped topping on the top layer of Jell-O for the ghost’s body.  (If ghosts have a body?)  Swirl another smaller dollop on gently to make the head.

Frightfully fruity and fun, these striped Halloween Jell-O Jars are a great Halloween treat! Don't forget the whipped topping ghosts!

Then, place two mini chocolate chips or mini black Sixlets in the top of the whipped topping for the eyes.

Frightfully fruity and fun, these striped Halloween Jell-O Jars are a great Halloween treat! Don't forget the whipped topping ghosts!

Aren’t they sooooo spooky cute!  I love a not-so-scary Halloween and these cute little ghosts fit the bill.  Now … let’s dig in!!

Frightfully fruity and fun, these striped Halloween Jell-O Jars are a great Halloween treat! Don't forget the whipped topping ghosts!

These striped Halloween Jell-O Jars could also be made in clear plastic cups for littler hands.  And I’m pretty sure they are perfect for any Halloween party or get together!  Feel free to use sugar-free Jell-O and whipped topping if you don’t want those kiddos hopped up on sugar.

Here’s to a not-too-spooky, totally sweet Halloween!

More Somewhat Spooky Halloween Ideas from Shaken Together!

Scary Berry Halloween Parfaits from Shaken Together

Scary Berry Halloween Parfaits

Spooky Sodas from Shaken Together

Spooky Sodas

Love Your Guts Halloween Treat Bags from Shaken Together

Love Your Guts Halloween Treat Bags

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Energy Bites is an easy no bake recipe that is made with healthier ingredients and is gluten free.  Great for snacks, breakfast or when you need a boost of energy.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

Hello there!  It’s Katie from The Casual Craftlete blog.  Today I am taking a break from crafts to share a delicious and easy to make recipe.  With fall just around the corner, I wanted to make a recipe with pumpkin and yummy spices.  These Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Energy Bites are the perfect little snack to get you going.  They are packed with healthy ingredients and some sweetness and crunch from chocolate chips.  It’s The perfect fall snack!

No Bake Pumpkin Energy Bites

The thing I love about these pumpkin chocolate chip energy bites is that there is no baking involved.  This is a super simple recipe that just about anyone can make using a food processor.  I love to have a few of these energy bites stored in the refrigerator so I can just pop one or two out when I need to.  They are great for a pre and post workout snack, afternoon snack when you are feeling groggy and an easy breakfast on the go.  The pumpkin flavor with the warm spices and crunchy chocolate chips are so delicious!

Gluten Free Energy Bites

The combiner of this recipe is Medjool dates.  Dates are a fruit that have a large seed inside and are a good source of potassium.  You can find dates in most grocery stores.  For this energy bite recipe, first, you want to start by removing the seeds from one pound of dates or you can buy already pitted dates.  Soak the dates in water for 10 minutes to soften them.  Next, you add all of the ingredients expect the chocolate chips into a food processor and blend until smooth.

Easy No Bake Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

Once all of the ingredients are blended, fold in 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips.  Now, you can leave the chocolate chips out if you want to be extra healthy, but I think they add a nice favor and crunch to the recipe.  Plus, it’s not enough chocolate to ruin your diet.  You have to indulge every once in a while.

After you have folded in the chocolate chips, place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to firm up a bit.

Grain Free Pumpkin Energy Bites

Use your hands to form the mixture into small one inch balls.  You should get approximately 15 balls out of this recipe.  Store the energy bites in an air tight container in the refrigerator.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

Serves: 15

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Energy Bites is an easy no bake recipe that is made with healthier ingredients and is gluten free. Great for snacks, breakfast or when you need a boost of energy.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup pitted Medjool dates
  • ½ cup pecans
  • ⅓ cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla protein powder (optional)
  • pinch of salt
  • ⅓ cup mini chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Place the pitted dates into a bowl and cover with water. Let soak for 10 minutes, then drain.
  2. Place the pecans into a food processor and pulse until finely ground. Add in the rest of the ingredients, including the soaked dates, except the chocolate chips . Pulse until combined. Continue to scrape the bowl until all ingredients are well combined.
  3. Fold in the mini chocolate chips until combined. Place the mixture into the refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill.
  4. Use your hands or melon baller to form the mixture into small 1 inch balls. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

No Bake Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

Thank you for letting me share my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Energy Bites recipe with you.  I hope you enjoy the recipe and this beautiful fall season!

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