Sausage Stuffed Mini Peppers

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This super simple appetizer {Sausage Stuffed Mini Peppers} is brought to you as part of an ongoing partnership with Kraft.

I love fall and its holidays!!  Planning the Thanksgiving dinner menu is something I look forward to every year.  We always have the classic feast, but I like to add a few new things each year too…you never know when you might find a new favorite!  Stove Top Stuffing is most definitely on the menu every year.  My husband has always been a fan of it and I can’t imagine that will ever change.  This year however, we won’t only be enjoying Stove Top Stuffing alongside our turkey and taters.  I’m including it in this fast, flavorful and hand held appetizer to be enjoyed while things are coming together in the kitchen…. 

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Double Chocolate Eggnog Bread

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This tempting holiday treat is perfect for giving or to enjoy on your own – Double Chocolate Eggnog Bread is simply divine!

  ID Eggnog

I love taking time to share homemade treats and goodies during the holidays.  That’s part of the holiday fun for me – making yummy treats to share with family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, teachers…this list could go on and on.  You can see more of our faves in the C&C holiday treats archives.   With the bit of snow that we received this week, I’m in the holiday kind of mood.  Is it too early to put up the Christmas tree?

International Delight has you covered for all of your seasonal favorites – creamers like Peppermint Chocolate Truffle, Gingerbread Latte and Frosted Sugar Cookies and Nog, which comes in classic and very vanilla varieties.  I love using eggnog in baked goods, so incorporating it into mini loaves of double chocolate quick bread was a no brainer.  Baking it in disposable mini loaf pans makes it easy to transport and give to the eggnog lovers in your life!… 

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10 Snack Time Favorites

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Growing up, I remember my dad taking my sisters and me to Sam’s Club pretty much weekly.  We rode on the flat bed cart and sampled to our heart’s content.  One of the snacks my dad bought often was a warehouse club-sized box of Bagel Bites.  We all loved popping them in the toaster oven for a quick afternoon snack.

Some things remain the same from generation to generation… the need to snack is definitely one of those things. Especially for my four homeschooled kids, who claim they are hungry every other hour throughout the day.  Having a balanced snack arsenal is an important part of our day-to-day routine because it’s hard to learn and have a good attitude when you’re hungry.

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I like to keep a variety of snacks on hand.  Fresh fruit or veggies are nice because they don’t take any prep at all.  But on days when I have more time, it’s nice to change things up and make Bagel Bites in the oven or microwave.  My kids enjoy their hot, cheesy pizza goodness.  Having quality snacks in the pantry and fridge makes it easier to offer tasty, good for you snacks on a regular basis.  I encourage you to keep a list like the one below to make life easy when you’re planning your weekly grocery run.

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 Bagel Bites – a baked snack that’s easy to prepare and ready in just minutes!  Made using real cheese, made-from-scratch tomato sauce, and bagel dough freshly prepared every day on site, Bagel Bites are a fun, convenient snack.

Fresh fruit – Apples, grapes, bananas, whatever is in season

Pretzels or crackers

Popcorn – we love to drizzle air popped popcorn with equal parts melted butter and coconut oil and then lightly salt it

Carrot chips/sliced bell peppers with hummus – store bought or make your own (try this spinach artichoke version from Shugary Sweets)

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Strawberry Lime Smoothies – delicious and refreshing

Muffins – we’re a little partial to Mini Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, especially this time of year!

Basic Granola – so good on its own or with yogurt

Cookies – sometimes you need a little sweet treat and you can whip Caramel Blossoms up while you’re waiting for the bus

Granola Bars – are ideal for taking on the go, No Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bars are kid pleasing!

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Peanut Butter Apple Dip

In case you were unaware, kindergarten really makes a kid hungry!  Even with a morning snack and a full lunch, he still comes home looking for food.  Lots of learning and multiple recesses must really work up an appetite.  So in my journey to figuring out this ‘having a kid in school’ thing,  I have been looking for and experimenting with all sorts of meal and snack ideas.  Since he is a peanut butter LOVER and has recently discovered the joys of marshmallow creme, I knew this would be something he would enjoy.  I was able to mix it together real fast before I picked him up and then upon returning home I sliced an apple and we got to dipping!  He loved it and there was plenty so we stored it in an airtight container and enjoyed it for a few days.  With only 3 ingredients it is simple and easy and great on apples or even on graham crackers!

Peanut Butter Apple Dip | crumbsandchaos.net | #apple #peanutbutter #dip #afterschool #snack … 

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Caramel Toffee Grape Bites

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Caramel Toffee Grape Bites, a fun party snack, were created using Walmart Produce as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars.

Raise your hand if you’re excited to see all things fall appear at the stores?!  I’m especially excited as grapes, apples and pumpkins are starting to make their way into Walmart Stores across the country.  Oh, the eating and decorating possibilities.  When I was thinking about grapes, I remembered a family reunion a few years back where grapes dipped in caramel and peanuts made an appearance.  Well, I decided to dip these babies in toffee bits…which turned out to be a great choice!… 

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German Chocolate Apple Dip

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Like coconut pecan frosting for your favorite apple slices, German Chocolate Apple Dip is a sweet addition to your next party!

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So many delicious dessert combos, so little time…coconut, pecan and chocolate is a crazy favorite of mine.  Cake, cookies and bars are all amazing ways to enjoy this combo, but today’s recipe might take the cake.  German Chocolate Apple Dip is just the right amount of all of those things and it couldn’t be easier to make…. 

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Basic Granola

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This Family Size Batch of Basic Granola makes enough to feed a crowd and is a super breakfast or snack!

I have spent all of last weekend down and out on the couch with lower back pain…absolutely no work or play for me.  Thankfully, yesterday I made it into the chiropractor and I’m on the mend.  Hopefully I’ll be like new by the end of the week, at least my house is sure hoping so.  My people helped hold things together while I could barely move, but there’s just no way like mama’s way to do things ;)

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Today I bring you…the most basic granola ever.  My kids have been scarfing this stuff right and left.  They would eat it all day long if I let them.  They love it with milk or yogurt or dry as a snack.  You see the need for a family size batch, otherwise it would be gone before I blinked!  You can easily add dried fruit or nuts if you like, but we like to stick to the basics in regards to granola.

It’s so simple to make and have on hand for the before-school-rush-to-get-out-the-door.  You could also package it up in small portions to go in a lunchbox and it makes a great fruit and yogurt parfait too.  It’s super versatile, which is one of the reasons we’ve been making it since way back when.  I’ve tweaked it a bit and it’s completely irresistible…seriously, just try letting it cool on the counter without walking by 17 times to taste just a little bit.

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Pecan Cheesecake Rolls

Pecan Cheesecake Rolls | Crumbs and Chaos This post is brought to you by International Delight.

Easter weekend is {finally} here. Am I the only one that feels like that took forever?! Holiday weekends are usually full of family, friends, celebration and sometimes craziness. One thing you definitely don’t need is complicated recipes to keep you away from guests. Enter Pecan Cheesecake Rolls…a simple breakfast or brunch recipe that will have you back to enjoying your family in no time.

5 simple ingredients including crescent roll dough makes this a speedy morning treat. This recipe is easy to customize to your particular crowd. If you don’t have nut lovers, then use a different flavor of International Delight creamer and everyone is happy. This particular day I was feeling nutty, so I used the Southern Butter Pecan Creamer, which also happens to be an excellent addition to your morning coffee ;)

Need more inspiration for your Easter weekend? Head on over to the International Delight Pinterest Page for some adorable and delicious ideas!  Happy Easter from the Crumbs and Chaos crowd!… 

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Garlic & Herb Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers

Garlic & Herb Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers | Crumbs and Chaos Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers – an easy appetizer that is so packed with flavor you may just ignore the main dish all together!

Can I start out today’s post by saying that any party that starts with an appetizer that involves cream cheese is a party I want to be at?  One of my go-to appetizers is ridiculously easy – 1 block of cream cheese mixed with 4-5 fresh minced garlic cloves.  Served warm or room temperature spread on crackers is about the best thing ever.

Well, these stuffed peppers are an upgrade of that particular cream cheese combination.  Sweet, crunchy peppers stuffed with a robust garlic and herb cream cheese, they’ll be devoured in no time.  And they’d be so perfect for any occasion because you can make them ahead of time.  Using fresh garlic cloves gives these quite a kick, if you’d prefer a more muted version using jarred minced garlic should do the trick.

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Garlic & Herb Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers
 
Serve up a plate of Garlic & Herb Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers at your next gathering and watch them disappear!
Ingredients
  • 8 oz. block CREAM CHEESE, room temperature
  • 4 GARLIC CLOVES, freshly minced or grated
  • ½ teaspoon DRIED PARSLEY*
  • ¼ teaspoon DRIED DILL
  • 10-11 MINI SWEET PEPPERS, stems and seeds removed and cut in half long ways
Instructions
  1. Mix together cream cheese, garlic and herbs.
  2. Stuff each pepper half with about 1 Tablespoon of cream cheese mixture. Chill until serving.
Notes
*If you're using fresh herbs, multiply these measurements by three.

 

becca

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Apricot Gorgonzola Cheese Spread