March 20, 2017

Easy breakfast meal prep for the week

meal prepWhen I went from being a single girl to a stepmom of three my morning routine changed quite a bit. I used to roll out of bed, grab a yogurt and log into my computer to start working. I can still do that when it’s just me and my husband, but when we have the kids, mornings can be rushed, stressful and a bit totally chaotic. I have incorporated several clever life hacks into my morning routine that have significantly reduced the stress and chaos. My favorite life hack is spending time on the weekends doing meal prep for the week. Prepping our breakfasts for the week has totally helped to streamline our mornings and create a more efficient and relaxed atmosphere.

Easy breakfast meal prep ideas

Preparing the following breakfast items on the weekend will save you loads of time on your weekday mornings. If you prep all your meals to save time during the week but spend half your weekend doing it, it’s not really very time-saving.  To avoid this sneaky meal prepping time suck, I made sure each recipe is not only delicious but super easy to prepare. Serving homemade breakfast items versus packaged, store-bought items saves you a ton of money and reduces any unnecessary chemicals and preservatives in your family’s diet.

Breakfast burritos

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These delicious breakfast burritos from The Country Cook are very similar to the ones I make. I replace the shredded hashbrowns with hash brown patties because they take only 10min to toast. I cut each pattie into chunks and put bout 1/2 a patty in each burrito. Making your own breakfast burritos ensures your picky eaters get what they want in their burrito (no cheese, a squirt of ketchup, etc..).

Pancake-sausage “McGriddle” sandwiches

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This recipe from mantitlement actually includes the recipe for making homemade sausage and pancakes. While it is healthier than store-bought sausage and pancakes, I don’t have the time to make everything from scratch, so I buy Jimmy Dean’s maple sausage and make the patties, then sandwich them between two frozen premade pancakes. They freeze well and take only 18-22 minutes in a 375-degree oven if you put them in the fridge to thaw the night before. Frozen cooking time is closer to 30 minutes. But if you pop them in the oven when you first wake up they’ll be hot & ready by the time everyone gets downstairs to breakfast.

Bacon & egg “McMuffin” sandwiches

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Egg McMuffins are the healthiest breakfast sandwich on the McDonalds menu, and they can be made even healthier at home!  This recipe from The Suburban Soapbox includes a brilliant cooking hack for the eggs and was created specifically as a freezer meal. She doesn’t include this tip, but be sure to toast the muffins briefly before assembling and freezing the sandwiches for a fresher, “just cooked” texture and taste.

Cheesy sausage breakfast sliders

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Sliders for breakfast? Yes please! The recipe for these delicious cheese, egg and sausage sliders from The Slow Roasted Italian isn’t specifically a for a meal prep “freezer meal”, but I made them in a foil pan, froze them, thawed them, and baked them according to the directions in this recipe and they tasted like they were made that morning!

Meal prep supplies

I get my gallons bags and aluminum foil at the Dollar Tree. The best prices on foil pans and lids are available on Amazon. If you get an Amazon Prime membership you get free 2-day shipping on ALL of your orders for twelve months. Amazone Prime is $99 a year, but it comes with a ton of other benefits in addition to free shipping, like free movies, books, magazines, and much, much more.  I encourage you to check it out and see how it can save you money!

I am curious to see if these easy and delicious meal prep ideas save you as much time and money as they do for me. If you make any of these yummy breakfast meal prep ideas be sure to share your experience in the comments below!

xoxo,

Missy

March 17, 2017

Easy Irish Beer Cheese Soup- tutorial included!

beer cheese soup

This is not only one of the easiest meals to make for St. Patrick’s Day, it is also one of the most delicious! While corn beef and cabbage is a meal reserved for only St. Patrick’s Day in most American households, beer cheese soup is a quick and easy meal for any day of the week, any time of the year. This easy beer cheese soup recipe is made even easier with the tutorial video below from Man Cave Munchies.

Easy Beer Cheese Soup Recipe

I chose this video over several others because Mr.  Man Cave gives the ingredient measurements in addition to easy-to-follow instructions (some videos actually skipped the measurements!). Also, some cooking tutorials out there have really detailed instructions but they are waaay to long. This video shows every step of the soup-making process and still keeps the video length to under four minutes!

Beer Cheese Soup Bread Bowl

Bread bowls are great for rich, creamy soups like clam chowder, lobster bisque, and broccoli cheddar. This video tutorial from PopSugar shows how to quickly and easily make bread bowls for soups or dips!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

xoxo,

Missy

 

 

 

 

January 25, 2017

How to make the creamiest, fluffiest eggs ever!

fluffiest eggsLow carb, high protein, and versatile, eggs are my breakfast item of choice- I eat them five out of seven mornings. Out of sheer laziness, I usually scramble them. Adding different herbs and or vegetables provides plenty of variety. Because I have them so often, I’ve become obsessed in finding a recipe for the creamiest, fluffiest eggs.

Like most people, my history with eggs runs deep. My mom used to add water to the eggs, which didn’t do much except make more servings (her mission) and make the eggs thinner. We use to beg her to watch the eggs carefully because the thinner mixture burned easily, creating what we kids called  “screen door” on the bottom of the eggs. Gross. After lots of experimenting, I have developed a recipe using two secret ingredients that result in the yummiest scrambled eggs ever. I could have these every single day they are so freaking delicious.

Scroll down for this amazing recipe!
fluffiest eggs
Creamiest, Fluffiest Eggs- Fast & Easy!
Print Recipe
The easiest, most delicious scrambled eggs using two secret ingredients!
Servings Prep Time
2 People 5 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8-12 Minutes 1 Minute
Servings Prep Time
2 People 5 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8-12 Minutes 1 Minute
fluffiest eggs
Creamiest, Fluffiest Eggs- Fast & Easy!
Print Recipe
The easiest, most delicious scrambled eggs using two secret ingredients!
Servings Prep Time
2 People 5 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8-12 Minutes 1 Minute
Servings Prep Time
2 People 5 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8-12 Minutes 1 Minute
Ingredients
Servings: People
Instructions
  1. Crack the eggs into a bowl. Add the cream of tartar and half & half and whisk until the egg batter is a pale yellow. Be sure to lift the whisk out of the eggs a bit when stirring as this will incorporate more air into the batter.
  2. Melt the butter in a large non-stick sauté pan over a medium-low heat. Tilt the pan to make sure the butter covers the entire bottom of the pan. The pan is ready when the butter starts to bubble.
  3. Add in the egg mixture and slowly stir it with a heat-proof spatula. Never stop stirring! The key here is to the contant stirring, and to make sure the spatula always touches the bottom of the pan so the eggs cook evenly.
  4. Remove the eggs when they are almost done (still slightly moist). Like steak, eggs continue to cook off the heat which means most people are overcooking them! Let the eggs rest on the plate for a minute. Taste to see if they need any additional seasoning and serve!
Recipe Notes

Ingredient notes:

If you haven't figured it out, the "secret" ingredients are cream of tartar and fat-free half & half. The cream of tartar is what adds more fluff".  How is does this is kind of technical, click here is you're interested in a comprehensive explanation. The fat-free half & half adds more creaminess than milk without weighing the eggs down like heavy cream or sour cream. I use organic eggs and dairy to avoid added hormones. Plus organic eggs have a brighter, more yellow yolk!

Optional ingredients:

If including sturdy veggies like zucchini, onions or bell peppers to your eggs, cook them separately before cooking the eggs, and add them at the last minute before removing the mixture from heat. If adding softer, quicker-cooking ingredients like cheese, tomatoes or mushrooms, mix them in right before you remove the eggs from the stove. Herbs, like chives or cilantro, can be added right before serving.

Adding in any optional ingredients like this ensures the eggs still cook evenly and stay fluffy!

 

Link-up note: This post participated in the Thrifty Couple's Thursday Link-Up party, check out other fun & frugal blog posts here.

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January 22, 2017

10 healthy, easy snacks that are kid approved!

I was recently diagnosed as prediabetic and have been desperately trying to lower my carb intake. I say “desperately” because I love carbs. Bread, pasta, crackers, pretzels, potatoes in any form… Oh the magical, magical carb. Trying to reduce my carb grams from what was probably over 200 a day to less than 100 a day has proven tough. I needed some healthy, easy snacks that were low carb AND kid-friendly. I don’t want to start making snacks that only I will eat- it’s not frugal or efficient, and therefore NOT Faking Fancy.

Below are 10 of  my favorite healthy, easy snacks (kid tested!)

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Paleo Corndog Muffins: These are delicious and easy to make! There is a big dispute in our house about how only weirdos use ketchup on their hot dogs and corn dogs.  Actually, it’s just me that insists on using only mustard. Everyone else in our house is in a taste-bud coma a weirdo. Do you eat your dogs with ketchup or mustard (or both)? Comment below!

Cinnamon Apple Chips with Peanut Butter Yogurt Sauce: I got a mandolin for Christmas and it changed my world in the kitchen. I’ve been slicing everything I can get my hands on. Sweet potatoes, zucchini…you name it. These apple chips are like candy, but much better for you – especially with the protein from the peanut butter sauce.

Low Carb Mozzarella Sticks: When I found this recipe I heard angels singing. They were singing, “healthyyyyy snack, healthy snack, made of cheese, cheese, cheese..” It was weird, but not unusual for me. Because I love cheese. (And I might have been holding a dirty martini while perusing Pinterest…don’t judge.)

Baked “Fried” Cauliflower Tater Tots: No wonder Napoleon didn’t share his tots, they are freaking delicious. These baked cauliflower tots take the “sin” out of this sinfully delicious snack. Chopping cauliflower is messy, but I heard Trader Joe’s had pre-chopped cauliflower so I need to check that out!

Flourless Peanut Butter Bread: I love to have warm cookies or bread on cold winter afternoons. This recipe totally is comfort food at it’s healthiest. Spread a little sugar free jelly on it for a truly rich and satisfying PB&J fix!

Crispy Jalapeno Cheese Crackers: I LOVE crackers, with Crunch Master Gluten Free crackers being my favorite. These jalapeno cheese crackers combine my love for spicy & crunchy into a super yummy treat! They only take two ingredients and are extremely quick to make.

Crispy Baked Avocado Slices with Chipotle Dipping Sauce: To be honest, this is only approved by 2 of my 3 kids, one of them can’t stand avocados. But that same kid read a street sign the other day and thought “Dr.” meant doctor, so his opinion on anything snacks doesn’t count.  If you like avocados this snack might be your favorite, the crispiness mixed with the creaminess makes them soo decadent!

Low Carb Pudding Mousse: The recipe linked here uses whipping cream and Jello pudding, but I like to use Sugar Free Cool Whip and pudding mix. It’s lower carb but not as fattening. The options are endless...chocolate mousse and lemon mousse are the two I make myself the kids the most.

Cream Cheese Clouds: These are like little frozen cheesecake bites. Like the mousse recipe above, you can make a huge variety of flavors of these with just a few simple additions. I like to add some cocoa powder and peppermint extract for a cool and fluffy Mint Chocolate chip treat!

Crispy Cinnamon Twists: This recipe uses almond flour and coconut flour to make a light & flaky, low carb treat. They are a little more labor intensive than the other recipes, but they can still be hot and ready in less than thirty minutes. They taste like a Toaster Strudel and cinnamon sugar tortilla chips had a baby. A very, very delicious baby.

I hope you and your kids enjoy these healthy, easy snacks as much as my family does!

xoxo,

Missy

 

 

 

 

January 15, 2017

Easy and delicious Valentine’s dessert idea!

Okay ladies, I am about to rock your world with the easiest, creamiest, chocolatiest dessert ever. And then to top it off I am going to tell you how you can make this dessert in an almost infinite variety of flavors! This easy and delicious Valentine’s dessert idea came to me a few years ago after making chocolate covered strawberries for my husband as a romantic Valentine’s gesture. I didn’t think they would be that complicated to make, and in a way they really aren’t. But it was insanely messy. I got chocolate everywhere. I needed something quick and simple. (Read: I don’t want to be cleaning the kitchen for an hour afterward..)

delicious valentine's dessert

My solution? A dessert that tasted like chocolate covered strawberries, but much, much easier to make. When I started noodling on this idea, I knew right away I wanted to make a no-bake cream pie. Pies are some of the easiest desserts to make, especially no-bake pies. Below is the recipe for my Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cream Pie. I hope you enjoy it as much as my husband and I did!

Other easy and delicious dessert ideas

Looking for an easy pie recipe that isn’t chocolate or strawberry? Try mixing lemon curd and Cool Whip and pouring it in a premade graham cracker crust..boom, Lemon Chiffon Pie! Or mix banana pudding and Cool Whip and pour it into a graham cracker pie crust, then top with Nilla Wafers for an easy Banana Cream Pie. The possibilities for a quick and easy pie using Cool Whip and a premade graham cracker crust are almost as limitless as your imagination! Well, maybe not that limitless. Don’t go mixing cut grass and Cool Whip for a Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Pie or anything. But you get what I mean…

See below for the recipe (and printable recipe card) for this delicious pie!

delicious valentine's dessert
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cream Pie
Print Recipe
A quick and easy cream pie that tastes just like chocolate covered strawberries.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 Slices 25 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 Slices 25 Minutes
delicious valentine's dessert
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cream Pie
Print Recipe
A quick and easy cream pie that tastes just like chocolate covered strawberries.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 Slices 25 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 Slices 25 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Slices
Instructions
  1. Slice the strawberries and set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, make the chocolate pudding according to package directions. Spread the strawberry jam on the bottom of the chocolate pie crust. Top with the chocolate pudding. Top the pudding with the sliced strawberries and drizzle with the chocolate sauce. You can enjoy it right then or chill it in the fridge until it is ready to eat!
    delicious valentine's dessert
Recipe Notes

Notes: You can even buy premade pudding cups and skip all that whisking! Also, I have 3TB of chocolate sauce listed, but I never measure it, I just drizzle it over the strawberries until a lovely swirl pattern partially covers them. To make this pie more "romantic" arrange the sliced strawberries in a heart shape on top of the pie!

 

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January 14, 2017

The easiest Valentine’s date night dinner ever!

easiest valentine'sRecently, I was looking up recipes for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner with my hubby. Now, I love to cook and bake, but even I panicked at the time and effort involved in some of the recipes I found. Valentine’s Day is on a weeknight this year, which means that even if I am willing to get complicated, I’m not going to have time for some fancy schmancy recipe like Beef Wellington or Steak Au Pouive.  What I need, and what I suppose most women need, are recipes for the easiest Valentine’s date night dinner ever! The recipes need to include few ingredients, be simple to make, and come together quickly. And let’s not forget that even if you are married, avoiding garlic and onions is a good idea! After browsing through hundreds of recipes, I had an epiphany…

Easiest Valentine’s Day dinner idea

My epiphany? Men like meat. (Okay, so it’s more of a realization of the obvious, but whatever, I heard angels singing and I was only one glass of wine in….) Now I ask you my Faking Fancy readers, what’s meatier than a thick, juicy burger? Hamburger also has the added bonus of being one of the most affordable meats available as well. What’s so romantic about a hamburger you ask? Well, if you shape the burger into a heart, draw a ketchup heart on top, and set it on a heart-shaped bun, it’s super romantic! Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut the out the heart buns. You can also cut the cheese (yeah, I see what I did there) slices and tomato slices into hearts with the cookie cutter as well. If you have a few extra minutes, grab a paring knife to carve the pickles slices into little hearts as well. Aww….

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Hamburgers are one of the easiest meals to make, even easier if your “recipe” is to add a handful of breadcrumbs, seasoning, and an egg to some hamburger (nothing wrong with that!). But if you don’t have a “go-to” recipe, or you want to try something new for this special dinner, look through the mouth-watering hamburger recipes below. I can’t really pick a favorite- they are ALL delicious.  Tasty note: If I cook hamburgers on a skillet instead of a grill, I like to brush one side with liquid smoke when cooking to give them a rich and smoky flavor.

4 Easy & Delicious Hamburger Recipes

Don’t bother with making homemade french fries. Ore Ida makes thin cut fries called, “Fast Fries” that, as the name implies, taste almost like they came out of the fryer at McDonald’s. They will seriously change your life if you’ve never had them. Change. Your. Life.

You see? A lovely date night dinner really doesn’t get any easier than this! And trust me when I say that unless he’s a vegan your man will LOVE this meal! (And if he is vegan by chance, try this black bean walnut burger recipe, it’s actually really good.)

Looking for a crazy easy dessert recipe for Valentine’s Day? That’s tomorrow’s post…stay tuned!

xoxo,

Missy

 

November 25, 2016

The BEST turkey recipes- great for leftovers!

I used to go to this deli back in California that served a turkey sandwich using common Thanksgiving leftovers, but they had it on the menu all year long. It was the best damn freaking sandwich that I ever had, and the muse for my own leftover Thanksgiving turkey sandwiches. There is a reason these sandwiches are soooo much better than your everyday turkey sandwich. When else do you have cranberry sauce, stuffing, and candied yams laying around?

We bought a HUGE turkey this year so I can not only make my amazing leftover sandwiches for days, but we can also get a few more family meals out of the turkey when the price per pound is at its cheapest. Not wanting to get sick of turkey before we use all the leftovers, I scoured the internet for the most amazing turkey recipes. Below is the *recipe for “The Pilgrim”, my addictive leftover Thanksgiving turkey sandwich, along with a few other mouth-watering turkey recipes guaranteed to keep you and your family enjoying your T-Day leftovers for several days!

*Side note: Can you call it a “recipe” if it’s for a sandwich? Or it that just instructions? I think it’s like when tortilla chip bags have recipes for nachos on the back. I mean, really?

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“The Pilgrim” Sandwich

2 slices of bread (sometimes I used herbed bread, skip the stuffing and add more yams)

1 TB cranberry sauce (jellied, the other stuff runs off the sandwich)

1 TB mashed candied yams or sweet potatoes

2-4 slices of turkey

2 TB of stuffing (I normally make sausage & apple stuffing)

Spread the cranberry on one bread slice and the *yams on the other. Layer on the turkey and spoon on the stuffing. *Note: Sweet potatoes work fine in place of yams.

More amazing recipes!

Turkey Pot Pie

turkey recipeWho doesn’t love pot pie? This Turkey Pot Pie recipe simply adds turkey instead of chicken to an all-American classic then tops it off with buttery cheddar biscuits. I can’t wait to try it!

Just a Taste blogger and recipe creator Kelly Senyei points out that the biscuit filling and topping can be made ahead, and then combined and reheated later. I bet you could make the filling ahead and freeze it as well, making it super convenient and a recipe you can enjoy months after the holiday!

 

The Best Leftover Turkey Recipe
turkey recipe

www.temeculablogs.com

While the name of this dish from A Typical Mom  is not super creative, the resulting dish definitely is! At first, I thought blog author Justine was just being a goofball with the name, The Best Leftover Turkey Recipe.  But once you read the recipe you’ll agree that she really couldn’t label it anything else. It’s THAT good.

I mean, I loooove anything made with crescents, don’t you?

 

Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Pizza
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www.baked-by-rachel.com

Turkey pizza? How have I never thought of this?? Rachel Currier, the genius behind this innovative-yet-simple recipe, came up with it because the day after Thanksgiving is a Friday, and Friday is pizza night at her house. Friday is also pizza night at my house so I am excited to try this “sounds crazy but you KNOW it’s good” recipe!

I normally buy premade pizza dough in the refrigerated section of our grocery store, but Rachel makes it seem so easy I might just try my hand at making the dough. My kids are creatures of habit and normally make (or order) their pizzas two ways- either sausage and pepperoni or BBQ chicken. However, if this pizza tastes as good as the photo looks, I’m sure my stubbornly unexperimental creature-of-habit kids will be tempted to expand their pizza-making horizons!

I hope you try out some of these delicious recipes with your leftover Thanksgiving turkey. If you have a tried-and-true leftover turkey recipe that is beyond the usual turkey soup or tetrazzini, please comment below. I’d love to share it!

xoxo,

Missy

April 8, 2016

Quick life hack! Coconut oil for dry hands

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Living in a dry climate like Colorado, I find my skin to be soooo much drier and in need of moisture than when I lived in California. I have tried hand cream after hand cream, but nothing worked “long term”.  Sure, my hands would be soft for about an hour after applying the cream, but the next day I would wake up to the same old “alligator” hands. They were dry, cracked, and had tons of gross, scabby hang-nails (not sure if alligators have hang-nails, but I’m pretty sure they have the other two…). I started poking around to see if there was some genuis life hack that would solve my reptilian skin issue.

After a little research I discovered that, along with your physical environment, drinking water plays a BIG part in how dry your skin is. No problem then- drink more water, right? The thing is… I HATE water. Weird I know. Who the heck hates water? This girl people. This girl. I seriously cannot stand the “taste” of water. Water has no taste you say? Well, I say I’m tasting something when I drink water and me no likey.  I can only drink sparkly, flavored water, which normally contains sodium and/or artificial sweeteners, both of which are not good for you or your skin. Then (insert ‘angels singing’ here) I discovered La Croix waters. Naturally flavored with no sodium added, it’s my Holy Grail of beverages nowadays. (And no, this is not a sponsored post!)

My favorite flavor is berry, but the flavors are so subtle it's hard not to like them all!

My favorite flavor is berry, but the flavors are so subtle it’s hard not to like them all!

My internal hydration problem solved, I focused on keeping my hands moisturized externally. I even bought some of those special “lotion infused” gloves, which really did seem to work and helped keep my bedraggled hang-nails at bay. All of the moisturizing gloves I tried however, were kind of  big for my hands and not fitted at all, so it was impossible to do anything else while wearing them. I don’t have time to sit around for 20-30 minutes every single time my hands are dry. Not to mention that while the gloves aren’t too expensive per pair, buying several pairs per week is beyond my budget capacity.

So how did I crack the case of the dry, alligator hands? (Yesss, pun intended, sorry.) It was one of those weird “ah-ha!” moments that happened as I was starting to do the dishes after dinner a few weeks ago. I had a jar of coconut oil sitting next to the sink because I used it to make dinner that night. While I have another jar in my bathroom that I use to deep condition my hair and make DIY lip balm, I don’t think I would have come up with this brilliant idea had I not literally had a jar  of it staring me in the face while I was reaching for my dishwashing gloves. (Okay not literally, the jar doesn’t have eyes…)  With a cartoon lightbulb hanging above my head, I said to myself, “Self, what if I globbed some of that on my hands while I as doing the dishes?” Well, my self thought that was a genius idea, and indeed it turned out to be one of the best household tips I have come up with yet!

The hot water melted the coconut oil right into my hands and made them super soft, all while doing something else productive! I now keep a little container of coconut oil under the sink next to my gloves so I don’t forget. It takes two seconds to glob it on (about 2 tsp) before donning my gloves. I dare you to try this super-awesome hack for just a week to see the amazing results!

Here is a demo pic of my former alligator hands and the "glob" trick in action...

Here is a demo pic of my former alligator hands and the “glob” trick in action…

Do you have any cool, easy life hacks that you use regularly at home? Share your helpful tip with me and the other Faking Fancy readers in the comments below!

xoxo,

Missy

 

March 14, 2016

Nutty about Nutter Butters! Cute and easy dessert ideas

Ohh the beloved Nutter Butter cookie. I used to be obsessed with these as a child because I was convinced it was the “Scooby snack” that Scooby Doo was addicted to in his cartoon. Maybe because they are similarly shaped and colored like the treat in the cartoon? (Here is a pic, you be the judge.) Or maybe because Nutter Butters sort of look like a dog treat? (Not sure what that says about my snacking habits as a child…) Either way, after seeing these adorable beach flip-flop cookies using Nutter Butters, I have become equally as obsessed with this cookie for its ability to transform into a seemingly never-ending amount of super creative cookie crafts. After  hours of research (no I did not do housework that night, don’t judge…) I have compiled a list of my favorite Nutter Butter cookie crafts. I mean seerrrriously, cute party decorations that you can eat? Yaaheesss.

Valentine’s Nutter Butter

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How adorable are these Nutter Butter heart cookies? I prefer the whole hearts, but the broken hearts could be inscribed with “Best” and “Friends” like the charm bracelets and passed out at school!

St. Patrick’s Day Nutter Butter

Nutter butter cookies for St. Patty's day

These are a little more involved when it comes to decorating, but you will no doubt have the luck of the Irish weth ya if you mehke these behbies.

Easter Nutter Butters

 

Cute Easter Nutter Butter cookie

They’re so FLUFFY I could die! Yellow sanding sugar creates the fuzzy texture on this totes adorable Easter cookie. The Etsy site they are linked to no longer sells them, but they look like a pretty simple DIY.

Easter carrot Nutter Butter cookies

Except for the missing fiber and beta carotene, these cute Nutter Butter carrots are just almost as good for you as the real thing!

Summer themed Nutter Butters

Cute camping theme Nutter Butter cookie craft

I mean, come ON. This cookie craft seems a little more time consuming that most, especially the teeny tiny, itty bitty campfire. But the reaction from your guests will be sooo worth it!

Cute ice cream cone Nutter Butter cookie craft

These sweet ice cream cookies are not only pretty but easy to make. You could even match the sprinkles and candy topping to the colors of your party.

Randomly themed (and so stinking cute) Nutter Butters

sweet fluffy slipper nutter butter craft

How freaking precious are these slipper cookies? They are perfect for a spa or pajama party…

Zombie finger nutter butter

Zombie (or Frankenstein) fingers! Great for a Halloween or tween boy birthday party.

Want more ideas and recipes that include Nutter Butters? Check out my “Nutter Butter fun” Pinterest board. If you have a cute idea for a cookie craft with Nutter Butters that you would like to share, please comment below this post- I would love to hear about it and I am sure others would as well!

So that’s it in a (sweet cookie) nutshell. As Scooby Doo would say, “Rike my rost? Repin and share rit on Racebook!” (Of course, he would never say that on his own, but I can see Daphne making him say it if she had a lifestyle blog. Girl had game...)

xoxo,

Missy

March 7, 2016

An easy, frugal, healthy meal using just six pantry staples!

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I’m a planner. I have checklists for my checklists.  My gorgeous and amazing stepchildren, however, have the worst planning and organizational habits on earth. I love those kids dearly, but as any mom knows, having kids means having a “Plan B’ at ALL times, especially when it comes to mealtime! Having a few convenient pantry staples on hand for an easy, frugal, healthy meal alleviates that panicky feeling you get when you thawed a freezer casserole that serves two people, and then discover a half-hour before mealtime that three more people will be joining you for dinner. It also saves your heinie when you didn’t remember to pull out one of the twenty freezers meals you meticulously prepared specifically to avoid expensive last-minute shopping trips (I always hear Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic” when this happens..).

Six pantry essentials to have on hand for a frugal, healthy, last minute meal!

  • Short-grain white rice ( I use regular versus Minute Rice because it’s cheaper)
  • Teriyaki sauce
  • Cornstarch
  • Unagi sauce (This stuff is the BOMB, but hard to find outside of Asian food stores. Click here to buy online and click here for a gluten free, homemade recipe.)
  • Frozen shrimp
  • Frozen broccoli
  • Salt & pepper*

So how do you avoid the panic and the costly, last-minute trips to the grocery store (or even more expensive take-out)?  Never fear my Faking Fancy divas!! I have the developed the Plan B of all Plan Bs’ for frugal, healthy, last-minute meals!  Of course, it would be damn frustrating not be very nice of me to just give you a list of pantry essentials and leave it at that- a list of ingredients is not very helpful if you don’t know what to do with them. But I’m super nice (unless I’m hangry, hormonal or I’m having a bad hair day…), so I’ve also included a delicious, kid-approved (they actually ask for these meals regularly!) recipe that serves four people in under thirty minutes. This meal is also less than $4.00 per serving, that’s less than the cost of a “value meal” at your local fast food joint (insert virtual mic drop here…).

Check out the printable recipe for Salt & Pepper Shrimp below this post. It is crazy easy and super addictive. Don’t dig shrimp? Look for a new easy, frugal, healthy recipe (using only a few ingredients and taking less than thirty minutes) going forward on a weekly basis!

xoxo

Missy

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Salt & Pepper Shrimp
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Salt & Pepper Shrimp
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Place shrimp in a bowl of very warm water, keep the water drizzling into the bowl to avoid bacteria from settling in stagnant water. They should thaw in about five minutes.
  2. Prepare rice according to package directions, adding the frozen broccoli halfway through cooking time to thaw & steam in the rice.
  3. Once the rice is finished, add teriyaki sauce to rice mix and set aside covered to keep warm.
  4. Place cornstarch in a medium sized mixing bowl (cornstarch tends to "poof" out of the bowl, so try one with high sides to avoid a mess). Add salt and pepper to cornstarch.
  5. Peel thawed shrimp (if not pre-peeled) and dredge both sides of each in cornstarch. Add oil to a large skillet and set on medium-high. Once the pan warms up (about a minute), add one shrimp to the skillet. If it sizzles, add as many as will loosely fit in the skillet (no crowding or they won't crisp up). If the first shrimp doesn't sizzle, turn up the heat a bit and wait to add other shrimp until you hear/see sizzling.
  6. Cook all of the shrimp for about 2-4 minutes on each side, until the cornstarch coating looks crisp and golden. !
  7. Place cooked shrimp on a paper towel or newspaper-lined cookie sheet. (I usually taste one in the first batch to see if they need more salt & pepper.) Place the cookie sheet in the oven on warm to keep the shrimp crispy until they are all done.
  8. Once all of the shrimp are cooked, dish the rice & broccoli into individual serving bowls, place an equal amount of shrimp on each and top each bowl with a generous drizzle of unagi sauce (this totally makes the dish, but you can use teriyaki sauce if you cannot get affordable unagi sauce.)
  9. Pour you and your hubby a large glass of cheap plum wine, or, if you are making the unagi sauce, a glass of sake. (Listen, the recipe calls for only 2TB sake. You cannot call yourself a true frugalista and let the rest of that sake, go to waste! Jeez...)
Recipe Notes

Note: Salt & pepper are not included in the ingredient count because almost every person in the known world (with taste buds) already has salt & pepper in their kitchen.

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