Category Archives: Food & Recipes

Frozen Hot Chocolate

I have always wanted to try this recipe. I see it online every year, but somehow I never seem to get my rear in gear and make it. But this year I am. Frozen hot chocolate. I remember seeing it in movies that take place in New York. The original recipe premiered at a restaurant called Serendipity.

This recipe is form A Spicy Perspective. It is simple to follow, and it tastes delicious. My kids were absolutely in love with it. We did have to change the recipe for us, we are allergic to dairy in our household (hence why I was always so slow in trying to recreate it.) But we discovered it could be easily replaced by cashew milk. We chose cashew milk because unlike almond mile and coconut milk it doesn’t have a heavy taste, and it is very thick and creamy more like traditional dairy milk.

We loved how fun it was to add this to our holiday movie night. It was a great addition to the popcorn. There is just something about the sweet and salty mix. This year’s holiday movie was Home Alone 2 Lost in New York. My oldest has fallen in love with this movie this year. She is finally old enough to get the slapstick comedy. My youngest just loves the big toy store scenes.

I definitely suggest this sweet treat. It made the night even more special.

Thanksgiving Potluck Appetizer

We are only days away from our Thanksgiving vacation at my kids’ school. This year the lower grades are having a potluck to celebrate and learn about the first Thanksgiving. I have to bring an appetizer for my children to share. I usually bring something like a veggie tray, but that has already been promised by another family. Instead I decided to branch out and try something fun.

Thank you to Crafts A La Mode for this fun twist on the cheeseball. This Thanksgiving Turkey Cheese Ball will impress all of those elementary schoolers. It works because my kids and their friends are obsessed with cheese and crackers, the fact that it looks like a little turkey will make it even more of a hit!

Head on over to Crafts A La Mode for the full recipe and tutorial. I really like this idea because it makes it look like I have really tried hard to do something for the potluck, when in reality I am very behind this year and I have only just started planning for the potluck which is tomorrow afternoon. Sometimes simple and fun appetizers like this one work out perfectly. It has very little prep, and comes with a lot pizazz! What are some go to things you bring for potlucks? Do you have a recipe that is simple and impressive?

Fanta Floats: Halloween Treats

Part of Halloween is enjoying the little things, decorations, fall weather, time together, a good scare, and a sweet treat. This sweet treat is perfect for a family night. You can lay back and enjoy a fun or spooky flick and enjoy a sweet Halloween treat.

We found this sweet idea at Belle of the Kitchen. Ashlyn knows how to make a fun and yummy sweet treat. Head on over to  Belle of the Kitchen for the full recipe.

We paid it with some fun popcorn mixed with candy corn while we enjoyed a fantastic family flick, Hocus Pocus. In our family we have movies that make us feel that the season is actually here and we are ready to enjoy it, and for Halloween that movie is Hocus Pocus. If you haven’t seen it you should check it out. Its a great family film that isn’t too scary for the little kids, and is still fun enough for the older kids. Its a family favorite for us and we cannot imagine Halloween without it. It reminds my husband and I of our childhood, and every year it is so much fun to share it with our kids. Now I know how my parents felt sharing A Charlie Brown Christmas with us. Enjoy your traditions folks, and may they last forever!