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Bacon-Bundled BBQ Shrimp 

OMG!! These look SOOOO Good!!

Bacon-Bundled BBQ Shrimp

1/4th of recipe (4 shrimp):154 calories,5.5g fat,612mg sodium,6.5g carbs,<0.5g fiber,5g sugars,16.5g protein

PointsPlus® value 4*

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

Ingredients

1/3 cup canned tomato sauce
3 tbsp. ketchup
1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp. brown sugar (not packed)
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
8 slices center-cut bacon or turkey bacon, halved widthwise
16 raw large (not jumbo) shrimp, peeled, tails removed, deveined

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.

In a medium bowl, thoroughly mix tomato sauce, ketchup, vinegar, sugar, and garlic powder.

Coat each half-slice of bacon in sauce mixture, wrap it around a shrimp, and place on the baking sheet, seam side down.

Bake until shrimp are cooked through, 10 to 15 minutes. So good!
MAKES 4 SERVINGS

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Holiday Recipes

Thanksgiving is right around the corner!! 🍗🍁🍃
What are some of your favorite recipes?
I will be posting some of mine over the next few weeks.
Please share with us your favorite Thanksgiving food

We LOVE stuffed artichokes, but it’s a LOT of work. This recipe makes it so easy and YUMMY!!
Stuffed artichoke bites!!! Best appetizer ever!!!!

– 2 cans quartered artichoke hearts
– 2-3 cups Progresso Bread Crumbs
– 1-2 cups Olive Oil
– Chopped Garlic – plenty
– 1 cup Parmesan Cheese
– 2 eggs, beaten

1. Cook garlic in olive oil
2. Add cheese & bread crumbs
3. Stir in 2 eggs.
4. Shape around artichoke hearts
5. Bake at 350 until brown, about 12 min.

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Asian Lemon Chicken Tenders

Yum!!! We love chicken, but are running out of new ideas for dinner.

This looks super easy and yummy!!

ASIAN LEMON CHICKEN TENDERS

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 25 minutes

Total Time 0 minutes

Yield 6 servings

A wonderful asian twist to your favorite chicken tenders, tossed in the most heavenly sweet, lemon glaze!

INGREDIENTS

    • 1 cup vegetable oil
    • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 cup buttermilk

FOR THE LEMON GLAZE

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

INSTRUCTIONS

  • To make the glaze, combine honey, soy sauce, pineapple juice, brown sugar, lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil, pepper and garlic powder in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until slightly thickened, about 10-12 minutes.
  • Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Season chicken with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Working one at a time, dredge chicken in flour, dip into buttermilk, then dredge in flour again, pressing to coat.
  • Working in batches, add chicken to the skillet, 3 or 4 at a time, and cook until evenly golden and crispy, about 3-4 minutes on each side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Serve immediately, drizzled with lemon glaze.


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Slow Cooker Sticky Chicken Wings

There’s absolutely no hot oil, no deep frying, no dreading, nothing. Just throw everything into a slow cooker, press the high or low button and that’s it. Really. It’s just that easy.

SLOW COOKER STICKY CHICKEN WINGS

Prep Time10 minutes

Cook Time 4 hours

Total Time 3 hours, 10 minutes

Yield 6 servings

The easiest wings you will ever make. Just throw everything into the crockpot and you’re set for the most tender, fall-off-the-bone chicken wings!

INGREDIENTS

    • 3 pounds chicken wings
    • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
    • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

FOR THE SAUCE

  • 1/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha, or more, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a large bowl, whisk together soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, honey, garlic, Sriracha, ginger powder, pepper and onion powder.
  • Place wings into a slow cooker. Stir in soy sauce mixture and gently toss to combine. Cover and cook on low heat for 3-4 hours or high heat for 1-2 hours.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and 2 tablespoons water. Stir in mixture into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high heat for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with sesame seeds and cilantro, if desired.


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How to build a Lego Candy Dispenser 

Great article I found on http://frugalfun4boys.com/ and wanted to share with you. Awesome for moms of boys!

Got M&M’s?  Or Skittles? Even if you don’t do trick-or-treating, it seems like there is always plenty of candy floating around during this time of the year… Add a little creativity to your kids’ sugar high with this fun Lego project!

Lego Candy Dispenser

This Lego candy dispenser uses pieces that are pretty easy to find.  We’re hoping that you have everything on hand that you need to build it.  If not, maybe your kids can find another piece to substitute, or come up with an awesome design of their own!

When you pull out the brick on the right side of the photo, M&M’s drop down.

Lego Candy Dispenser

Then open the door in the front, and out comes the candy!

Lego Candy Dispenser

Here’s how to build it:

Step 1:  Start with a 12 x 12 baseplate or something similar.

Lego Candy Dispenser

Step 2:  Add bricks to the bottom of the base plate to boost it up a little.

Lego Candy Dispenser

Step 3: Find pieces that look like this.

Update:  If you need to order these pieces, the red and black element is actually two bricks.  You will need a 2 x 2 rocker plate and 2 x 1 rocker bearing.

Lego Candy Dispenser

Step 4:  Assemble the pieces like this.  This will be a ramp for the candy to slide down.

Lego Candy DispenserStep 5:  Find pieces that look like this.  This will be the door that lets the candy out.

Lego Candy Dispenser

Step 6:  Attach the ramp to the base plate as shown.  Add two 2 x 2 bricks.

Lego Candy Dispenser

Step 7:  Add the door pieces like this.

Lego Candy Dispenser

Step 8:  Add bricks to the base plate as shown.

Lego Candy Dispenser

Step 9:  Add two 2 x 6 bricks to each side.  Add one 1 x 6 to each gray piece with holes.  Add two 2 x 6 bricks behind the ramp.

Lego Candy Dispenser

Step 10:  Add two flat 2 x 10 pieces above the ramp as shown.  Add two flat and smooth 2 x 2 bricks.  These bricks will allow the arm that lets the candy out to slide back and forth.

Lego Candy Dispenser

Step 11:  Add a 1 x 6 brick to the left side as shown.  Build the sliding arm as shown – one 2 x 10 flat brick and one 2 x 4 flat brick.

Lego Candy Dispenser

Step 12:  Start building up the candy chamber as shown.

Lego Candy Dispenser

Step 13:  Add height to the candy chamber.  We used some window pieces so that you can see the candy level inside.

Lego Candy Dispenser

Step 14:  Fill with candy!

Lego Candy Dispenser

Step 15:  Add some flat pieces for the top.

Lego Candy Dispenser

(It’s fun to leave this out on the counter so that Moms can share the M&M’s too… Just sayin’… :-) )

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King Crab Appetizers 

2 (12 ounce) packages refrigerated biscuit dough
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (6 ounce) can crab meat, drained
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 pinch paprika

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease 12 tartlet pans.

Divide rolls in half and press into the prepared tartlet pans. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, crab, mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, Cheddar cheese, green onions and Worcestershire sauce. Spoon 1 teaspoon of mixture into tarts and garnish with paprika.

Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 15 to 20 minutes, or until light brown. These freeze wonderfully. Just reheat before serving.

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Olive Garden Baked Parmesan Shrimp Recipe 

Ingredients

  • ¼ Cup of Butter
  • Fresh Parsley
  • ½ Pound of Jumbo Shrimp – Uncooked, deveined
  • 1 Pound of Penne Pasta
  • 4 ounces butter
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 2 Tablespoons of Bread Crumbs
  • 1 Cup of Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Roma Tomato Diced

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450
  2. In a medium sauce pan – melt butter in the pan – add 1 teaspoon of parsley diced and dd Shrimp – lightly mix together and place into a 8×8 casserole dish
  3. Bake uncovered for 15 minutes
  4. Turn the oven to 350
  5. In a sauce pan over medium heat add heavy cream. Heat for 5 minutes and add Parmesan cheese
  6. Cook pasta according to box instructions
  7. Add pasta to heavy cream mixture
  8. Fold until pasta is well covered
  9. Transfer the pasta to a 8×8 casserole dish – place shrimp, bread crumbs, tomatoes ,butter, and parsley on top of the pasta and bake for 10 minutes
  10. Enjoy





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Beer Candy Bacon

O.M.G.!!!!!!

Three pretty good words in a row

Ingredients

1 lb thick-cut, high quality bacon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp beer (I used a Stout)

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine brown sugar and beer in a small bowl, whisking well to form a thin syrup. Set aside.

Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place a wire cooling rack on top. Place the pieces of bacon on top of the rack, overlapping if necessary. Place in oven and cook for 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and brush one side of the bacon with the beer syrup. Flip, and coat the other side with the syrup as well. Return to oven and cook for 10 minutes. Remove from oven, and repeat process another time or two more, until bacon is crispy and browned, and you’ve used all the glaze.

Cool on wire rack for at least 1 hour before serving

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Peppermint Salt Dough Recipe

Scented Sensory Salt Dough Play!

Easy no cook salt dough recipe for sensory play! We livened it up with a wonderful peppermint scent and natural coloring too! I love no cook dough for how easy it is to make. Our apple sauce no cook dough and harvest no cook dough were a real hit. This recipe is one of my favorites and part of our 12 Awesome Sensory Play Recipes. I am pleased to be a part of an awesome group called All Things Kids! Each month we join together to bring you a great resource of the wonderful kids activities. This month is all about Salt Doughs for the 12 Months of Sensory Dough hosted by Lemon Lime Adventures.
Peppermint Salt Dough Recipe {No Cook!}

What is salt dough? It is a very simple mixture that creates a sort of modeling dough and can be air-dried and saved. We simply use it for sensory play He loves when I start pulling out ingredients from the kitchen, especially candy canes, and I tell him we are going to invent a new dough to play with today! I think he loves the novelty of creating something brand new! Read all about Tactile Sensory Play and its great benefits! Today we have a quick salt dough recipe provided by one of my awesome friends that we have used before!
Supplies needed:

1 Cup Flour
1 Cup Table Salt
1/2 Water
Candy Canes or Peppermints
Bowl and Spoon to mix
Cookie Cutters, Spatula, Rolling Pin and other play items!
So quick and EASY! While we were eating breakfast, I measured the water and added a few broken candy canes to it! This is where the lovely smell and color come from, but it needs some time to dissolve! We even made a peppermint water science experiment earlier in the week! We measured the salt and flour and poured them both into the bowl and then added peppermint water. Mix, knead, roll and play! SIMPLE!
Credit: http://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/peppermint-salt-dough-recipe/
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Please stop using antibacterial soaps!!

This article is a great I’ve borrowed from a fellow soapmaker. I’ve linked the original post at the bottom of the page. PLEASE, PLEASE STOP USING ANTIBACTERIAL SOAPS!!!

Even though I prefer bar soap to liquid soap every day of the year, I get why a lot of people (especially families with children) like to use liquid soap over bar soap. And I also get why people would be more likely to choose a soap that’s labelled “ANTIBACTERIAL” over one that’s not. We’re all trying to protect ourselves and our families from sicknesses – but sometimes what we think is protecting us, can actually be harming us.

For years, I’ve been hearing about the dangers of ingredients like TRICLOSAN, the most common active ingredient in “antibacterial” liquid soaps (body washes and hand washes). Whenever I visit friends and family (or even neighbors) and use their restroom, I literally cringe when I see such soaps in their bathrooms. It actually crosses my mind that it might be better to skip my hand washing at that very moment and instead quickly search for another sink nearby in the hopes that it might have a non-“antibacterial” soap option. (Perhaps one of the handmade bar soaps that I’ve been giving them for the holidays nearly every year since I started making soap??)

I have brought it up over the years, trying not to sound self-serving or judgy, but I’ve found that people (even my dearest loved ones) tend to believe a “trusted” manufacturer more than a homemade soap maker who they know & love. I guess it seems logical that a plastic bottle filled with a synthetic mixture of soap-like substance with a promise of “antibacterial” slapped on the label is safer and more trustworthy than a bar of soap made (like they did in the ol’ days) in my kitchen.

Well, I’m thrilled to help spread the wonderful news that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has FINALLY decided once and for all that “antibacterial” soaps are not safe or effective and is banning 19 common, yet harmful antimicrobial soap ingredients. One year ago, the U.S. FDA issued a news release and a final rule establishing that “over-the-counter (OTC) consumer antiseptic wash products containing certain active ingredients can no longer be marketed. Companies will no longer be able to market antibacterial washes with these ingredients because manufacturers did not demonstrate that the ingredients are both safe for long-term daily use and more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of certain infections. Some manufacturers have already started removing these ingredients from their products.” This final rule does not affect consumer hand “sanitizers” or wipes, or antibacterial products used in a health care settings.

Manufacturers had a whole year to comply with the new rules by removing the banned antibacterial active ingredients from their products and/or reformulating. But friends & family – there is no reason for you to wait to protect yourselves – please stop buying & using these harmful products now.

In case you don’t know, the FDA is the agency within the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services whose function is “to protect the public health by helping to ensure the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for helping to ensure the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, and products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.”

Now, anyone who has watched any one of the awesome tell-all food documentaries on Netflix knows that the FDA doesn’t always have our best interests as their top priority (and that’s a topic too big for me to tackle here), but this time they finally got it right. Insert golf claps & standing ovation here.

“Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs, but we have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). “In fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long-term.”

“The agency issued a proposed rule in 2013 after some data suggested that long-term exposure to certain active ingredients used in antibacterial products — for example, triclosan (liquid soaps) and triclocarban (bar soaps) — could pose health risks, such as bacterial resistance or hormonal effects. Under the proposed rule, manufacturers were required to provide the agency with additional data on the safety and effectiveness of certain ingredients used in over-the-counter consumer antibacterial washes if they wanted to continue marketing antibacterial products containing those ingredients.”

“Washing with plain soap (aka Handmade Soap) and running water remains one of the most important steps consumers can take to avoid getting sick and to prevent spreading germs to others. If soap and water are not available and a consumer uses hand sanitizer instead, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that it be an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.”

PLEASE share this post with your friends & family. It’s important that we keep each other informed and when we know better, we can do better. Okay… I’m getting off my soap box now.

Please Stop Using “Antibacterial Soaps” (New FDA Ruling)