Monday, November 24, 2014

A Crafty Afternoon with Rice Krispies Multigrain Shapes~ #RKFunShapes

I hosted a craft party featuring Kellog's NEW Rice Krispies Multi-Grain Shapes Cereal, for Queenie and some of her friends, on a cold and muddy fall afternoon.

Kellog's Rice Krispies Multi-Grain Shapes

I don't know about any other mom who has a 5-8 yr old in the house, but my fridge is ALWAYS covered with new pieces of artwork. From school art, to craft time at home, it's hard to find room to display new creations. So, when the chance to throw a fun craft party, came about, I knew Queenie and her friends would have a blast. Plus, it was a great reason for me to get together with some girlfriends, before the hectic holiday season.

Kellog's Rice Krispies Multi-Grain ShapesI invited 4 of Queenie's friends, but only two could attend. No matter, the girls had a super fun time! They quickly got to work creating bead necklaces and bracelets, while us mommies caught up and chatted about new babies and babies to come. Soon everyone was feeling peckish, so we dug into the Rice Krispies Multi-Grain Shapes single servings cups. Kids and moms alike ate them with gusto. As big fans of Kellog's Rice Krispies, we were pleasantly surprised at how delicious these Multi-Grain Shapes are. Not too sweet and deliciously crunchy.

Kellog's Rice Krispies Multi-Grain Shapes

Once the girls realized that the cereal comes in fun shapes like leaves, fish, flowers and "me", they decided to add shapes to their paintings and drawings. I was gifted a few of their creations, which have taken up residence on my fridge. It was so much fun to see the kids imagination at work and to see how the fun, whimsical shapes encourage creativity and make snack time, or breakfast time so much more fun!

Kellog's Rice Krispies Multi-Grain Shapes           

Of course as moms, my girlfriends were happy to see that Rice Krispies Multi-Grain Shapes cereal are made with wholesome grains and provide 11g of whole grains per serving. That means that they are a great source of fiber and contain 8 essential nutrients including iron and 20% of the daily value of vitamin D. While we snacked on the cereal dry, the kids have been enjoying them for breakfast with milk; making me confident that they are getting a good start to their day.

Since I only had two guest for our party, I sent them both home with a box of Rice Krispies Multi-Grain Shapes cereal, to enjoy at home with their families. YOU can now find Kellog's Rice Krispies Multi-Grain Shapes cereal in your grocery store cereal ailse.

“Disclosure: I am part of the Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Multi-Grain Shapes Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group.  The opinions on this blog are my own.”


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Kellog's Rice Krispies Multi-Grain Shapes
Super cute crafts made with Kellog's Rice Krispies Multi-Grain Shapes

Sunday, November 23, 2014

What's for Eats? Sunday November 23, 2014

Meal planning is a great way to save money on groceries and you won't be standing in front of the fridge at 4pm, wondering what to make!

What's for Eats? Menu for Sunday November 23, 2014
Image courtesy of basketman at

Happy Sunday! Well it looks like winter is here to stay. I was really hoping our first snow would melt and that we'd have at least another week or so, of no snow before Christmas. I am just thankful that we do not live in Buffalo. The amount of snow they received in two days is crazy! Thankfully all of Hubby's family is safe and sound. 

There is only 31 days until Christmas. Are you ready? I totally am not. We did start our Christmas shopping early, which is very unusual for us. We still have a bit left to get and I still haven't shopped for hubby yet. I am relieved that we are spending a nice quiet Christmas at home this year. With the crazy weather we've been getting, I am leery of traveling up to my parents, or down to Buffalo to Hubby's family. We'll be safe and sound in our little house, LOL. 

We don't have anything planned for this week. Hubby is working all week long. This time of year is busy for him, with Christmas parties and events. I am hoping to get our Christmas tree next Sunday, so I have to get the house ready for that. Here is what I have planned for this week

  • Baked Black Bean Empanadas with Spanish Rice (new recipes)

Cheesy Potato Wedges-
Cheesy Potato Wedges

Chili Corn Dog Casserole-
chili corn dog casserole

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Warm Orange Spiced Apple Parfaits- #CrazyIngredientChallenge

Warm spiced apples are layered with orange scented bread crumbs and pecans, in this delicious parfait.

Hun... What's for Dinner? Warm Orange Spiced Apple Parfaits- #CrazyIngredientChallenge

It's time for this month's Crazy Ingredient Challenge! Where bloggers create a recipe, using two ingredients that you wouldn't normally pair together. This month the ingredients were Citrus and Bread Crumbs. Not too crazy right? Well, I almost backed out of this month, due to lack of motivation and time. I had all these fabulous ideas floating around in my head (cod topped with citrus bread crumbs and baked in the oven), but I just couldn't find the time to get something done. 

So Monday morning, I took the time. I decided to go in a totally different direction and make a dessert. At first I thought of making an apple crisp, but it had already been done. So, I took the apple crisp idea and decided to turn it into some parfaits instead. Layers of warm tender spiced apples, alternate with crunchy orange flavoured panko bread crumbs and pecans. Some whipped cream to garnish and VOILA, a really delicious dessert. (ice cream would also be awesome on top!) The panko bread crumbs got SO crunchy, as I sauteed them with some melted butter, a bit of fresh orange juice and some orange zest, A bit of brown sugar and pecans, bring wonderful flavour and texture to the bread crumbs. I wanted the dessert to be slightly warm, without baking it, so I sauteed my apples in a mixture of butter, sugar, spices and orange juice. The flavours and aromas are intoxication and this dessert is perfect for a cold winter night!

Hun... What's for Dinner? Warm Orange Spiced Apple Parfaits- #CrazyIngredientChallenge

Warm Orange Spiced Apple Parfaits
(makes 2 small parfaits)

1 C panko bread crumbs
4 Tbs butter, divided
4 Tbs fresh orange juice, divided
1 tsp orange zest
4 Tbs dark brown sugar, divided
1/4 C pecan pieces
3 apples, peeled and cored, chopped
1/4 C water
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves
whipped cream or vanilla ice cream for topping

In a non stick skillet, melt 2 Tbs of butter with 2 Tbs of orange juice and orange zest, until bubbling. Add in the panko bread crumbs and toss to coat. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until bread crumbs begin to brown; about 2 minutes. Stir in 2 Tbs brown sugar and pecans and cook until pecans have been warmed through; another 2-3 minutes. Set aside.

In a separate skillet, melt the remaining 2 Tbs of butter, with the remaining 2 Tbs brown sugar and 2 Tbs orange juice. Once butter is melted, add in apples, cinnamon, cloves and water and cook over medium heat until apples start to become tender and liquid become thick; about 5 minutes.

To assemble: place 1/4 C of the bread crumb mixture in the bottom of a half pint mason jar. Top bread crumbs with 1/4 of the apples, tapping the jar lightly on the counter to even them out. Top apples with 3 Tbs of bread crumb mixture and repeat with another 1/4 of the apples; lightly tapping the jar on the counter, to settle the apples and bread crumb mixture. At this point, you can top the parfait with whipped cream, or vanilla ice cream and 1 Tbs of the bread crumb mixture. Repeat with second mason jar.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Orange Scented Double Layer Pecan Pie

Jazz up a traditional pecan pie, with a delicious creamy orange scented layer.

Hun... What's for Dinner? From Our Thanksgiving Table To Yours- Thanksgiving Recipe Round Up

Thanksgiving for us, was last month, but I've paired up this month, with some of my best blogging friends, to bring you guys a week full of Thanksgiving recipes. Our Thanksgiving consisted of a wonderful turkey dinner, with my mother in law. Since my husband had to work, we celebrated a day in advance and enjoyed a quiet day full of leftovers, the following day. 

When thinking of what to make for our round up this month, I decided to make dessert. I wanted to share a traditional American Thanksgiving dessert, but jazz it up a bit. That's when I thought of a double layer pecan pie. I really wasn't sure if this would work, but I decided to try and pair a cheesecake, with pecan pie. I added a hint of orange zest and fresh squeezed orange juice to the cheesecake filling, for a little extra burst of flavour. It makes the pie taste fresh, and adds a subtle flavour which is not over powering. 

The pie baked up beautifully, though I had to cover it near the end, to prevent the top and crust from over baking. It set beautifully and tastes amazing. Wonderfully creamy, not overly sweet and full of crunchy pecans. A totally awesome twist on traditional pecan pie, that is sure to wow your Thanksgiving guests this year.

Hun... What's for Dinner? From Our Thanksgiving Table To Yours- Thanksgiving Recipe Round Up

Orange Scented Double Layer Pecan Pie
adapted from Mr.Food

Pie Crust (recipe below, or store bought)
1- 8oz pkg cream cheese, softened
1/4 C sugar
4 eggs, divided
2 tsp vanilla, divided
1/3 Tbs orange zest (from 1 small orange)
1 Tbs fresh squeezed orange juice
1/4 C dark brown sugar
1 C golden corn syrup
1 1/2 C pecan pieces

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a deep dish 9-inch pie plate with pie crust. Roll our remaining dough and using a cookie cutter (desired shape), cut out shapes. Brush water on one side of the dough shapes and glue them around the top part of the crust. Set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese, orange juice and zest, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/4 C sugar and 1 egg; until smooth.

In a separate mixing bowl, beat the remaining 3 eggs, with 1/4 C sugar, 1 tsp vanilla and corn syrup, until well combined. 

Evenly spread cream cheese mixture into the bottom of the pie shell. Top with pecan pieces and slowly pour in the corn syrup mixture. Bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes; until puffed, browned and still slightly jiggly. Cover loosely with foil after 20-25 minutes of baking, if you notice the crust and top are browning too quickly. Let cool to room temperature and refrigerate a minimum of 4 hrs before serving.

Pie Crust (Makes enough for 4 single crust pies, or 2 double crust pies)

2 1/2 C flour
1 1/2 Tbs baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 C (1/2 lb) pure lard
1 egg
1 tsp vinegar

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour with the baking powder and salt. Cut in lard, until mixture resembles coarse meal with a few pea sized pieces throughout. 

Add the egg and vinegar to a 1 C measuring cup and carefully whisk together. Add in enough water to make 1 C. Pour half the mixture into the dough and combine. Add remaining liquid to the dough, if mixture is too dry. Do not overwork the dough. Roll out onto a floured surface, for pies and tarts. 

Hun... What's for Dinner? From Our Thanksgiving Table To Yours- Thanksgiving Recipe Round Up

Make sure to come back to see what everyone else is making this week (links will be added daily)

Monday- Sweet Potato Souffle from Tampa Cake Girl
Tuesday- Orange Scented Double Layer Pecan Pie, from ME
Wednesday-  Bacon, Cheese and Green Onion Cornbread from Crumbs in my Mustachio
Thursday- Knock Your Socks Off Mashed Potatoes from Cooking from a SAHM
Friday- Cheddar Pecan Dip from Moore or Less Cooking Blog
Saturday- Acorn Rolls from The Rowdy Baker