Mini Thin Crust Pizzas

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 A little over a year ago, I did a post on an Affordable Mickey Party. It was very popular post, but the most popular thing inside that post was the “Minnie” Pizzas that I did. When I was making them, I had no idea how tasty they would end up and since then they have become one of my family’s favorite appetizers. 

And after a year, it’s about time that I shared it with you, right?

My oldest wanted to help out and she made such a fantastic little cooking assistant and picture model! She had a lot of fun helping me whip these up for lunch today. And of all 24 of these, only 4 were left. 

I don’t expect those to make it to the evening…

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 This is what you’ll need for these. Off brand, on brand, whatever you can find on sale will work. You will need two muffin tins or you can make a pan at a time.

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 Start by using your tomato sauce can to cut out the perfect size circles for these. Remember, you’ll need 24 circles in all. And if your can isn’t doing the job, grab a similar size cookie cutter.

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 My OCD enjoyed lining these up. And then of course, I had to take a pic.

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 Then push each little circle into the bottom of the muffin tin. My lovely assistant did a fabulous job at this!

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 On each little crust, drop about a teaspoon of tomato sauce on top. Spread it out a little.

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 Top that with a tablespoon of cheese and then some mini pepperoni.

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 MMmmmmmm, MMMmmmmmmm. They are ready for the oven! 

The waiting is the hardest part.

Mini Pizzas Mini Thin Crust Pizzas

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Mini Thin Crust Pizzas
Mini Pizzas 1 Mini Thin Crust Pizzas
Serves 4
A simple way to present pizza as finger food!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 5-6 flour tortillas
  2. 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
  3. 1 and 1/2 c shredded mozzarella cheese
  4. 1 pkg mini pepperoni
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Using the edge of the tomato sauce can, cut out 24 circles for the crusts.
  3. Push them into the bottoms of 2 muffins tins making slightly curved.
  4. Drop about 1 tsp of tomato sauce onto each mini crust.
  5. Sprinkle 1 tbsp of mozzarella cheese on top of each crust.
  6. Place 4-5 mini pepperoni onto each crust.
  7. Place in oven and bake for 10-15 minutes depending on your oven. (See notes)
Notes
  1. The sauce can doesn't always cut it. (pun intended) You can always use a similar sized cookie cutter instead.
  2. When baking, I found that the crunchier they are the better. They are easier to get out and are easier for handling as appetizers. I had to cook mine close to 15 or 18 minutes to get them completely done. Though your oven may take less time, be sure to watch them after 10-12 minutes. The cheese may seem completely melted, but the crust may not be done.
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Easy Slow Cooker Green Beans

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Today’s recipe is one that came from my grandmother! She has always been innovative when it comes to cooking and making things easier and tastier. This one is one that she came up with when having to feed a crowd. Seems like she is always having a get together with family and friends. It doesn’t matter what time of day it is when I stop by to see her, she will offer me FOOD! That’s what grandmothers are for, right?

So this recipe. It’s SO easy and will feed a crowd. It’s easy on the wallet as well. You can make this to take to an event or serve right out of the slow cooker when you have folks over.

It’s a fix it and forget it kinda side dish that honestly, I could eat as a meal. My Addie doesn’t think fond of my veggies, but this is her absolute favorite. It’s almost bribe-worthy. Almost, I mean come on, they are green beans.

It starts with everything above. 1 LARGE can of green beans. It’s a 101 oz or 6 lbs, 5 oz can that you can get at Walmart, Kroger, or most grocery stores. Sam’s Club usually has the best price on these around $3.68 (ish). You will also need a 12 oz package of country ham seasoning pieces. This is fairly inexpensive too. I got this package for just $1.88. That makes this entire side dish around $6 bucks total. Not bad!

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Ok, so start by opening up your can of green beans and draining out EVERY LAST DROP OF WATER. This is essential. The green beans will create their own water while cooking and if they have too much moisture, they will become mushy. Draining them gives just the right amount of juice.

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This is so hard so far, right?

Refrain from complaining too much.

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The country ham is already in pieces, but I usually cut it into smaller pieces. I also DO NOT remove the fat from the pieces. You could, if you were really serious about fat, but honestly it gives it even tastier flavor.

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We had these last night and Addie was so excited to be getting her favorite beans. I’m pretty sure that I had 3 helpings and many bites of them while putting the leftovers away. Do you do that? It’s hard not to steal a few tastes while getting it all prepared for the refrigerator. Even though I was stuffed to the gills!

Let me know if you try these!

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Slow Cooker Green Beans
green beans 5 Easy Slow Cooker Green Beans
Serves 15
A simple 2-ingredient slow cooker recipe for making A LOT of tasty green beans.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
8 hr 10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
8 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 (6 lb, 5 oz) large can of Green Beans, DRAINED
  2. 1 (12 oz) package country ham seasoning pieces, cut into small pieces
  3. Pepper to taste
  4. Garlic powder to taste (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place drained green beans and chopped country ham pieces into slow cooker. Set to low and cook 8 hours.
  2. After a few hours, add pepper to taste.
Notes
  1. I usually add a little garlic powder to mine. I just eye ball it.
  2. You can also cook these on high for 4-5 hours in a pinch.
  3. You could also make these overnight for a gathering the next day if you wanted to. No one would ever know they cooked while you slept!
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Father’s Day Gift Idea: Omaha Steaks!

Burger Fathers Day Gift Idea: Omaha Steaks!

 

I received an Omaha Steaks Exclusive Pack for The Home Depot & compensation for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.

Every year about the time blooms start to form on all the trees, men everywhere begin to get excited. Excited about summer, sun, and fun? Maybe. Excited about vacations? Could be. But mostly because…it’s grilling season. Ah yes, the time when testosterone gets to run wild while the burgers, dogs, and steaks grill to perfection on a warm summer’s day.

It’s quite the thrill. I gotta admit, the take over of dinner gives me a break so I’m not complaining! Hey, I might even do the dishes. We love to grill. I’m pretty sure that just the mention of that word gets my husband so excited that he could frolic through the wildflowers. Is that true for all men? Pretty sure that’s a yes.

The picture above is the epitome of successful meal during grilling season. Aside from a big, tasty steak of course.

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I was so lucky to be able to try out this super yummy Omaha Steaks package. I’m telling you, this is the ultimate idea for Father’s Day seeing as it has everything a dad would want for summer grilling.

When you order the Omaha Steaks Exclusive Pack for The Home Depot, this is what’s included:

  • 2 (8 oz.) Boneless Strips
  • 2 (5 oz.) Top Sirloins
  • 8 (3 oz.) Polish Sausages
  • 8 (3 oz.) Italian Sausages
  • 4 (4 oz.) Omaha Steaks Burgers
  • 4 (3 oz.) Gourmet Jumbo Franks
  • $3.oo Coupon off Kingsford Charcoal at Home Depot
  • PLUS, one $10 Home Depot Gift Card

That is a lot of meat. Like, a lot. It’s regularly $175, but is on sale for $69.99! Savings of $105.01. Plus, they arrive in 3-5 days so even if you’re shopping for dad last minute you can still get in on this.

Father’s Day is June 15th, 2014!

Ordering was really easy. The whole process took me less than 5 minutes and my package arrived just 3 days after ordering!

The coupon for Kingsford Charcoal at Home Depot is a nice touch since many men prefer the taste of charcoal grilling. You can buy Kingsford Charcoal at participating Home Depots. You can check here for a list of participating stores.

Now better than ever, Kingsford® Charcoal features Sure Fire Grooves®. These deep, wide and long grooves mean the briquets light easier and heat faster — while burning just as long as before. As always, each briquet is made with natural ingredients and real wood, resulting in the authentic smoky flavor that Kingsford has long been known for.  Visit grilling.com for additional recipes.

The contents of the Omaha Steaks package were all packaged very well. They come in the cooler you see above wrapped with dry ice to keep them frozen for a long period of time. It’s best to freeze them pretty quickly after they arrive so try to make sure you’ll be home on the estimated delivery date.

Thawing Burgers Fathers Day Gift Idea: Omaha Steaks!

One of my favorite things about ordering from Omaha Steaks is that they vacuum seal their packages. They are SO easy to thaw. We got all ready to grill out today and realized that they were still frozen. Then I remembered how easy it was to thaw these and I was instantly relieved.

I placed the burgers (still in their vacuum-sealed packages) in cool water for about 35 minutes and we were ready to go! If you’re using charcoal then it might take that much time to prepare the grill! We did this with the humongous jumbo franks we got too and it worked for them as well.

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After thawing them out, they grilled up beautifully.

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We had some leftover macaroni and cheese that combined with the burgers, made for such a tasty lunch! There’s nothing like a good grill out!

Dad Bite Fathers Day Gift Idea: Omaha Steaks!

The quality of the meat Omaha Steaks offers is really good in my opinion. We’ve always liked their burgers and steaks. Mom tested and dad approved!

If you’d like to grab one of these Omaha Steaks packages for dad this Father’s Day, head over to OmahaSteaks.com/HomeDepot and grab not only some fabulous meat, but also a Home Depot gift card and discount on Kingsford charcoal!

I received an Omaha Steaks Exclusive Pack for The Home Depot & compensation for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.


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Have You Tried Your Milk Frothed?

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I went through a phase recently where I couldn’t drink my coffee from home. I got so used to McDonald’s coffee and how it tasted that not even Starbucks could come close. So I found myself at the drive-thru each morning. As you can imagine, my inner frugalness was screaming at me.

Then my mom introduced me to this amazing invention: a milk frother. I’ve always heard of them and thought why in the world would frothy milk even be something that was desirable. But after she made a couple of lattes for me with her new one, I was sold. I got me one the next week and haven’t been back to McDonald’s since!

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I picked this Aroma AFR-120B Hot X-press Milk Frother and have been making myself lattes. It’s cheaper than most out there. It seems like a splurge item, but I figure that since I’m not making my way to McDonald’s each morning that I’m saving money in the end. Ok maybe it is a splurge item.

There’s a bunch more frothers here.

Want to know my favorite recipe for a latte?

Easy Sweet Cream and Caramel Latte
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Recipe type: Drink, Beverage
 

Ingredients
  • 4 tbsp Italian Sweet Cream Creamer, frothed
  • 1 cup of coffee strongly brewed (smallest setting on Keurig)
  • 2 tbsp Caramel flavoring syrup (sugar-free)

Instructions
  1. Brew the cup of coffee.
  2. Add 2 tbsp caramel syrup and mix well.
  3. Pour frothed creamer on top of coffee.
  4. Ta-da!

 


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Simple & Sweet Chili Mac

Simple and Sweet Chili Mac Simple & Sweet Chili Mac

 

In our penny-wise minds, there are few dishes that scream frugal more than macaroni and cheese. Don’t you agree? Some nights there just isn’t enough energy or even time to give to a full-on, oven-baked, gourmet dinner. And some nights you just bust out a box of the mac.

It’s ok. I promise, I do it too.

And if you aren’t one of us closet macaroni makers, then you are way ahead of the game and I need you to teach me your ways!

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I’m a big fan of taking simple recipes and throwing in a little of this or a little of that to make them a little bit different. You can call me inventive if you’d like. One of my recent inventive meals was a little twist on Ragu’s Family Favorite Chili Mac. It honestly is already so yummy like it is, but a big favorite with my girls is corn sometimes in our chili so I thought why not add a little sweetness?

This entire recipe has only 5 ingredients and can be whipped up before you can say Bob’s your uncle.

Ragu Old World Sauce Simple & Sweet Chili Mac

It’s really easy to use Ragu Old World Style Traditional Sauce to create the base for the mac. You simply season it to create whatever flavor you going for and in this case, it’s chili mac!

Each jar of Ragú® Old World Style® Traditional Sauce is made with 11 juicy tomatoes making it its richest,  thickest recipe. Ragú® has the Authentic Italian taste American family’s love and a variety of great tasting, quick and easy to make family favorite recipes.

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And of course if you aren’t a huge fan of corn in your chili then you can leave that out. But I really like the sweetness that it adds to the kick of the chili powder!

You can visit Ragu’s facebook for additional quick, easy and delicious recipe ideas too. And be sure to enter the Ragú Better and Better Sweepstakes for a chance to win great Authentic Italian themed prizes and a grand prize trip to Venice for a family of four!

Simple & Sweet Chili Mac
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Recipe type: Main Dish, Pasta
Cuisine: American
 

As easy as macaroni and cheese, this chili mac takes the cake!
Ingredients
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey or beef
  • 1 jar (1 lb 8 oz) Ragu Old World Style Pasta Sauce
  • 1 and ½ tbsp chili powder
  • 8 oz elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
  • 1 can (15 oz) whole kernel corn, drained

Instructions
  1. Cook ground meat in a large skillet over medium-high heat until browned.
  2. Stir in pasta sauce and chili powder. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer about 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in macaroni and can of corn and heat through.
  4. Serve with shredded cheese and sour cream, if desired!

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ragu brought to you by Yummly. All of the opinions expressed are 100% my own.


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Easy Spasagna

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 It’s been an awfully crazy last few months here in the Pennywise Cook household. You may have noticed by my lack of posts. I’ll catch you up soon.

In the meantime, I have managed to create a really tasty spin on an original Ragu recipe that I wanted to share with you guys. I made a few changes to this recipe for Ragu No Boiling Lasagna that was a huge hit at our house. At one of our favorite restaurants around here, they have this dish that is a mix of lasagna and spaghetti and it is absolutely to die for. It has something to do with the way the noodles are mixed with the cheesy goodness that makes it so amazing.

You know me. I like a challenge.

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If we’re being honest here, and I’m not ashamed of honesty, I kinda made it up as I went. And you never know if things like this will actually be edible so it was a 50/50 situation. This one made it in our Hall of Fame for yummy dishes!

Side story: As I’m preparing to take pictures of this tasty dish (and trying my darnedest not to eat it),  there wasn’t enough light inside so I took my Spasagna outside on the balcony to take pictures. My 2 year-old comes outside and shoots a very inquisitive look my way. Then in a very puzzled tone says, “Momma, why are you taking pictures of macaroni?”. I died laughing!

You know you’re a food blogger when….your 2 year-old asks why you’re taking pictures of macaroni! I won’t even get into the conversation I had with her informing her it wasn’t macaroni, but “spasagna”. Talk about a really confused toddler.

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 Back to the recipe! This one is SUPER easy. It uses Ragu Old World Style Traditional Sauce so you know it has to be simple. I love that stuff. I used the meat flavored kind since I didn’t plan to add any meat. Each jar of Ragú® Old World Style® Traditional Sauce is made with 11 juicy tomatoes making it its richest,  thickest recipe. It’s affordable (especially with coupons, y’all!), tastes great, and makes any recipe a breeze. Ragú® has the Authentic Italian taste American family’s love and a variety of great tasting, quick and easy to make family favorite recipes.

Besides that, there are just 4 other ingredients in this recipe. And it isn’t very time consuming either. That’s a big thing for us these days. My girls have no patience and neither do I!

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You can visit Ragu’s facebook for additional quick, easy and delicious recipe ideas too. And be sure to enter the Ragú Better and Better Sweepstakes for a chance to win great Authentic Italian themed prizes and a grand prize trip to Venice for a family of four!

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Easy Spasagna
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Recipe type: Main Dish
 

Spaghetti never tastes so much like lasagna! This twist on a traditional lasagna is an easy go-to meal for the family.
Ingredients
  • 1 package whole wheat spaghetti noodles
  • 1 jar Ragu Old World style Pasta sauce
  • 1 15 oz Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 and ½ c mozzarella cheese
  • 2 eggs

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Prepare 1 package whole wheat spaghetti noodles according to package directions.Be sure to season the water with a little salt before dropping your pasta!
  3. Once cooked, let cook in strainer.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine tub of ricotta cheese, 2 eggs, and 1 cup mozzarella cheese.
  5. Mix cheese mixture with cooled noodles and flatten into a greased baking dish.
  6. Sprinkle with ½ c. mozzarella cheese. Bake 10 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and pour entire jar of Ragu over noodles. Bake an additional 10 minutes.
  8. Cut into squares and serve!

Notes
You can use regular noodles, but I prefer whole wheat for added nutrition!

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4-Ingredient Fudge Cookies

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It has been cookie mania at my house for the last month or so. It could be that Christmas is coming up. It could be that we’ve had a lot of parties to make them for.

…Or it could just be that we really like cookies.

Whatever the case, we’ve made a LOT of cookies lately. One of my most favorite that I’ve made are these Fudge Cookies. Not only are they incredibly fudgy and tasty, but they are also super easy. Only 4 ingredients!

And here are Pennywise Cook, we really like recipes that call for little ingredients don’t we? That means that there is little moolah involved and that keeps smiles on our little cookie-making faces. I think I spent about $2.50 to make these because I already had eggs and oil on-hand.

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The dough is made from devil’s food cake mix, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup oil, and 1 cup of chocolate chips. After mixing all the ingredients together it becomes very thick and easy to roll into balls. So when you’re making these, don’t be concerned when your mixer starts to slow down and the mixture is very thick.

The stiffer that the dough, the better!

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Hey, who knows. Santa may just like to have these Fudge Cookies this year.

I can tell you that this Santa is making Rice Krispie Treats this year, because this Santa may just be cookied out! icon wink 4 Ingredient Fudge Cookies

4-Ingredient Fudge Cookies
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Recipe type: Cookies, Dessert
 

Homemade cookies don’t have to be hard! These fudge cookies are simple and taste great!
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg devil’s food cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ c. oil
  • 1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Mix Cake mix, eggs, and oil until combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Mixture will be stiff.
  3. Shape dough into small balls and place 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet.
  4. Bake 10-12 minutes. Let cool on a wire cooling rack.

 


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P.F. Chang’s For The Holidays

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of P.F. Changs for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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How many times is it date night and you have absolutely no idea where to go? For us, it’s many. And no matter how many times we have gone on a date, there is always the conversation that goes a little something like this:

Says the hubby, “So where would you like to go?”

Myself in reply, “I don’t care, wherever you would like to go”.

And then just imagine that very conversation happening in repeat for about 20 times. It wouldn’t be date night without  the endless cycle of no one making a choice!

If you’re ever in the same boat, especially this holiday season, you might want to check out P.F. Chang’s! Not only do they have their incredibly famous lettuce wraps (yum!), but did you realize they have some awesome desserts and holiday drinks, too? The picture above is over their new Peppermint Mocha Cappucino and Vanilla Bean Milkshake. Oh heavens they look amazing!

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Or check out these handmade Sweet Vanilla Cheese Wontons! Woah. They also offer Chocolate Raspnerry Wontons as well. You know, in case you’re a chocolate fan. Who isn’t?

I’ve always considered P.F. Chang’s for the lettuce wraps and Asian-American inspired dishes, but seeing these desserts gets my sweet tooth excited!

Have a date night planned or just want to take a break from holiday cooking? You might just check out P.F. Chang’s and their new fall menu and holiday items. You can Follow @pfchangs and also Follow P.F. Chang’s on Pinterest to keep up to date with them!

So which new menu item are you most excited about trying? Leave me a comment!

 P.F. Changs For The Holidays


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DIY Personalized Gift Mugs

DIY Gift Mugs DIY Personalized Gift Mugs

Have you finished all your Christmas shopping yet? No? Shame on you! HA!

Totally just kidding you. I haven’t gotten anywhere close. This year has been a whirlwind and I’ve felt about a month behind each holiday as they come. So if you’re like me, then you’ll really enjoy this last-minute gift idea that takes no time at all and comes straight from your heart.

I can’t take the credit for this one, I came across it the other day at Happy Go Lucky and thought I have got to do this! I had seen the idea of it on Pinterest before, but wasn’t sure that it worked. So I was glad to have found proof that it does.

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To try this out for myself, I didn’t want to spend a bundle on mugs. Even Dollar Tree is a bit expensive per mug for me. So I ran into Goodwill where there were a ton of white mugs. Whodathunkit? It was meant to be! $.49 per mug and you just can’t beat that, even with a stick.

It’s as simple as using a permanent marker to write, draw, or color on your mugs and then pop them into a preheated oven for 30 minutes. That’s 350° in the oven to be exact. When they come out, the marker has been baked into the mug making it permanent!

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So easy and yet so thoughtful. Even the kiddos can make their own. Get creative and have fun! You can make these for any occasion as well. Add a heart for Valentine’s Day or an egg for Easter. Whatever suits your fancy.

In the meantime, Merry Christmas!

UPDATE: I did just want to mention that after putting these through the dishwasher, my orange permanent marker turned hot pink! Not sure if it’s the brand that I used or what, but it’s worth noting. icon smile DIY Personalized Gift Mugs


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Triple Thick Banana Cranberry Smoothie

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Carton Smart for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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One of the forgotten ingredients around the holidays that can tend to get a bad rep is of course, the cranberry sauce. Typically at the family gatherings that I attend, someone always buys it "just in case" and then it never makes it to the table. However, this all changed last year when my oldest realized that she is in love with such cranberry sauce.

Now it is simply a requirement. 

Don't get me wrong, I like cranberry sauce. I'll even eat the kind out of the can. Although sometimes it can have a tinny taste to it depending on the brand. I got to try out some pretty cool products from Tetra Pak that are packaged in cartons, not cans! How perfect is that? No tinny taste and not only that, but they use 1/3 less packaging compared to cans.

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Tetra Pak doesn't just package cranberry sauce either. You can find a variety of products for making your upcoming holiday meals!

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The products that I got to try out seemed so much more compact in their little cartons. I love the fact that they make less waste than your regular everyday food packaging.

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Here are the beauties I got to try out. Look at that cranberry sauce. You can even enjoy a different shape than the famous can circle when you get it from a carton.

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I think what I loved most about the carton was how easy it was to open

I used some of my cranberry sauce to surprise my daughter with as an afterschool snack. We found out that my youngest is also a very big fan of cranberry sauce now too. Had to break up a sibling fight over it!

How can you be Carton Smart this holiday season? Well, you could make something up like I did! I some of the cranberry sauce to whip up a quick smoothie for my hubby while he was working. You know me and my experimentations. I threw this together in about 5 minutes and it was really good! A great way to use up leftoever cranberry sauce if you ever need to. 

Triple Thick Banana Cranberry Smoothie

Ingredients

1 whole banana, frozen
1/4 c. cranberry sauce
1/4 c. water

Directions

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Viola! 

In the meantime, you should Become Carton Smart and check out the other products that you can get in a carton. It makes a difference, it really does!

You can also follow them here:

Tweet @CartonSmart and Follow #CartonSmart on Pinterest

 Triple Thick Banana Cranberry Smoothie


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