I'm always trying to think of fun recipes that are worthy to use as gifts... something tasty, easy to package, and simple to prepare. And if my kids can help, well that's just a bonus. Since my kiddos love anything cake batter flavored, and so does my cousin, whose birthday happens to be tomorrow, I was looking for a new cake batter creation. Happy Birthday, Daulton! We love these! Look at them, don't they just scream, "PARTY?" And yet they are super easy, delicious, and perfect for kids to help with. Pour some in a treat bag, or mason jar, tie them with some cute ribbon, and you have a tasty treat perfect for giving. Make sure to keep some for home. I love that they are bite-sized - a perfect little treat for those moments when you really just need something sweet.
Cake Batter Dipped Pretzel Bites
*Recipe by Jasey's Crazy Daisy
1 lb. (16 oz.) almond bark
1/4 cup white cake mix, straight from the box
1 bag of pretzel twists
Cover work surface with wax paper. Pour sprinkles onto paper plate, set aside. Using microwave, melt almond bark as directed on package. When almond bark is soft, pour in cake mix and use a fork to stir well. Alternate between microwaving for 15 seconds and stirring until the mixture is smooth. Working quickly, dip pretzels into almond bark mixture. After tapping excess of, dip into sprinkles and place on wax paper to dry. When almond mixture has hardened, store in an air-tight container. As always, enjoy!!!
We have this strange phenomenon in my family. My children have these weird allergies until they are about 2 1/2 years old. My oldest son couldn't tolerate the dairy protein and my other son and my my baby girl not only have problems with the dairy protein but also gluten and soy. They are technically intolerances and not allergies. Sometimes accommodating these allergies, or rather intolerances (they don't have anapholaxis reactions, they bleed from their bowels) can be difficult. We are constantly checking labels and making sure we are up to date on all the latest allergen information. There are so many different ways an allergens can be listed. Not only are labels difficult to decode, it seems that every company interprets labeling laws differently and so I am constantly calling companies to find out about their allergy labeling system. While time consuming, it is so worth it to keep my children healthy. Have any of you had to deal with this sort of thing? Do you have any tips or tricks or favorite recipes? I used to use a fajita seasoning packet.... but it contains ingredients our diet restrictions don't tolerate and so I resorted to making up my own blend. My family really loves it! I like that I actually know what it contains and that there aren't any artificial colors or flavors. If you like more or less of something, feel free to make it suit your family's tastes.
Homemade Fajita Seasoning
*Recipe by Jasey's Crazy Daisy
4 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon cumin
Mix all spices together. Store in an airtight container. Use to season your favorite fajita recipes. About two heaping tablespoons equals one seasoning packet. Enjoy!
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Let me introduce you to some of the most amazing kids I know, Trevor and Jared. I cannot even begin to tell you how much these boys mean to me. I have had the privilege of watching them grow into the young men they are becoming and am overcome with joy when I think about people they choose to be. They are truly inspirational. These brothers share a dream to help children who are fighting deadly diseases. I am so proud of them because they have put a plan into action to make their dream a reality. Amazing, I tell you. Many adults lack the courage to actually put themselves out there like this. We think about it, but find ourselves overwhelmed by the hurdles we might have to jump to reach our goal and never even begin the race, let alone cross the finish line. I think they do a much better job describing their mission then I ever could, so let's see what they have to say.
Hi, I'm Trevor. I am 11 years old and I live in Helena. My brother and I had an idea about two months ago to sell t-shirts and give all profits to the Tim Tebow Foundation in the Philippines for the childrens hospital. Our business has become a success. Almost everyone we know wants to buy one. Why? Because we are helping hundreds of children with deadly diseases by giving money to Tebow's foundation. To me, that is a great goal to reach for ; help those in need. That is why I love this business. We are not only giving to them, but hopefully we are inspiring others to get up and do something for those in need. And by doing this we are serving God in a great way.
Hi, my name is Jared. I am 9 years old, and I did this because I always felt that we have been blessed with a lot of things. But not all kids have that. That's why we made these t-shirts; to help those other kids to have a better life. When I went to see Tim Tebow talk in Kalispell, Montana, he inspired me by telling me to follow my dreams. My dreams are to be an NFL football player so that I can also have the ability (like Tebow) to help and inspire others in a big way. I am so glad that you could come to our website. God wants us to finish strong. I try my best to do that, how about you? Remember, "Don't Pass On Prayer"; God wants us to "Run With Him" and never to look back.
These are the shirts they designed. The adult shirts cost $20.00 and the youth sizes are $18.50. Click here for more information.
There's not much left to do except to help Trevor and Jared accomplish their goals. So what are you waiting for?
To help spread the word, let's have a giveaway! Here's how you can win the T-shirt of your choice:
1) Blog, Tweet, or Facebook about these kiddos and their t-shirt campaign. Link back to this post and leave me a commentfor each that you do. You will earn one entry for each of the posts that you make, but make sure to leave a separate comment for each option you complete, or your entries will only count as one. This giveaway opens immediately and closes Saturday, July 21 at noon. You can post daily for more entries, just make sure to leave separate comments each time you complete one. The winner will be drawn randomly and has 48 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be drawn.
July is National Ice Cream Month.... I'm in, I mean all in! I often say that I inherited the ice cream gene from my grandfather. Could there be a better month? What better way than to celebrate with some of our very favorite flavors?!?!