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!

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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!

German Chocolate Apple Dip | recipe on

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 ;)

Family Size Batch Basic Granola | recipe on

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.

Garlic & Herb Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers | Crumbs and Chaos

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!
  • 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
  1. Mix together cream cheese, garlic and herbs.
  2. Stuff each pepper half with about 1 Tablespoon of cream cheese mixture. Chill until serving.
*If you're using fresh herbs, multiply these measurements by three.



More appetizers to love…

Garlic Feta Dip

BBQ Chicken Dip

Apricot Gorgonzola Cheese Spread

Thin Mint Streusel Muffins

Thin Mint Streusel Muffins | Crumbs and Chaos Your favorite Girl Scout cookies meets your morning muffin in this Thin Mint Streusel Muffins recipe!

There are few things better than a warm muffin alongside a steaming, hot cup of coffee.  They go together so well, in fact, I’ve considered telling my husband that he’s the muffin to my morning coffee because some things should just be together.

You're the Muffin to My Morning Coffee and a recipe for Thin Mint Streusel Muffins | Crumbs and Chaos So this muffin, this muffin…absolutely incredible.  A buttery vanilla muffin full of Thin Mint cookie chunks and topped with Thin Mint cookie streusel…there are few words to describe this amazing-ness.  The only way you’re going to know is to make them yourself!  Serve them with coffee, of course, for breakfast or brunch.  They’d also make a fun lunchbox treat or after school snack.  Seriously, just do it!

Thin Mint Streusel Muffins | Crumbs and Chaos

Thin Mint Streusel Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins

Thin Mint Streusel Muffins are your favorite Girl Scout cookie for breakfast! Perfect with your morning coffee!


  • 2 cups FLOUR
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons BAKING POWDER
  • 1 cup SUGAR
  • 1/2 cup BUTTER, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon VANILLA
  • 2 EGGS
  • 1/2 cup MILK
  • 16 THIN MINT (or Grasshopper) COOKIES, coarsely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons BUTTER, room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons SUGAR
  • 2 Tablespoons FLOUR
  • 6 THIN MINT (or Grasshopper) COOKIES, finely chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a 12 count muffin tin by lining with paper liners.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together flour and baking powder.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together sugar and butter until well combined. Add vanilla and eggs and beat until completely combined.
  4. Add in flour mixture and mix on low. Pour in milk and continue to mix until evenly incorporated. Fold in the cookies and divide mixture evenly among muffin cups. (I used a standard ice cream scoop to make this job easy.)
  5. In a small bowl, combine streusel ingredients with a fork at first and then use your fingers to rub the mixture together to form bigger 'crumbs'. Sprinkle on top of muffins.
  6. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick tests clean. Remove to a wire rack to cool. Serve warm with coffee.
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More muffins to love…

Double Chocolate Muffins

Salted Caramel Muffins

Blueberry Muffins with Creamy Lime Glaze

Oreo Streusel Muffins

Caramel Blossoms

Caramel Blossoms | Crumbs and Chaos Caramel Blossoms - an easy, impressive and quite possibly the perfect cookie!

You guys…this cookie is simple and delicious enough to impress perfect strangers.  We had a surplus of Hershey’s Kisses at our house last week after Valentine’s Day and I knew if they sat around my kids would be asking for them constantly.  So I decided to bake with them.  I had a Duncan Hines Caramel Cake Mix in the pantry and decided to see if it would work like ‘peanut butter blossoms’.  And now I’m happy to introduce you to my new favorite cookie (I never thought I’d say that about something that started with a box mix!).

This cookie has a deep caramel flavor with strong brown sugar and almost maple goodness to it.  The texture is very similar to the classic pb blossom and is so perfect with the chocolate kiss on top.  They stay soft for a few days and I really enjoyed them shortly after they came out of the oven while the chocolate is still melt-y…milk is an absolute requirement for these babies :)

Caramel Blossoms | Crumbs and Chaos

Caramel Blossoms

Yield: approx. 2 1/2 dozen cookies

This recipe for Caramel Blossoms starts with a cake mix and is super simple to make!


  • 1/2 cup BUTTER, room temperature
  • 1 EGG
  • HERSHEY'S KISSES, unwrapped (approx. 30)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Using a mixer, combine cake mix, butter and egg.
  3. Scoop dough into 1 Tablespoon sized balls and place on baking sheet. Press down slightly with your hand.
  4. Bake for 8-9 minutes until slightly puffed and the edges start to crack.
  5. Press a Hershey's Kiss into the middle of each cookie immediately after removing from the oven.
  6. Let cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
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More for the cookie lover

Soft M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies

Triple Chocolate Espresso Sandwich Cookies

Oreo Cheesecake Cookies

Strawberry Lime Smoothie

Strawberry Lime Smoothie | Crumbs and Chaos #smoothie #Outshine #snack

I created this Outshine Strawberry Lime Smoothie as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars by Crowdtap.

This time of year it’s not easy to look past the mounds of snow outside my front door and think warm thoughts.  Incorporating fresh flavors into our day somehow makes it feel warmer inside…in a mind over matter kind of way.  We recently tried Outshine Frozen Fruit Bars and they really helped to brighten up our day.  The strawberry one made with real strawberries has me ready to pick them this spring!  I was daydreaming about a tropical island after trying the coconut waters version.

Strawberry Lime Smoothie | Crumbs and Chaos #smoothie #snack #Outshine Smoothies are a great way to get my kids to eat fruits or veggies they wouldn’t usually be interested in, which for a few of them are really few and far between.  Taking an Outshine Strawberry Fruit Bar and blending it up with a few other fresh ingredients made a super smoothie.  It had just the right amount of sweetness and the strawberry goodness was the star of the show.

Strawberry Lime Smoothie | Crumbs and Chaos #Outshine #smoothie Quick and easy is the name of the game when snack time comes around at my house.  It’s been fun, especially on these cold winter days, to mix things up a little bit with some variety in the snack department.  They slurped down these smoothies just as fast as I could make them and were begging for more!

P.S. If you’re looking for me between now and spring, I may be hiding in the corner with a Strawberry Frozen Fruit Bar or one of these smoothies trying to think warm thoughts!

Strawberry Lime Smoothie | Crumbs and Chaos #Outshine #smoothie

Strawberry Lime Smoothie

Serving Size: 1 small smoothie

This Strawberry Lime Smoothie is simple to make and so fruity and delicious!


  • 1/2 BANANA, cut into chunks
  • JUICE of 1/2 LIME


  1. Remove the stick from the fruit bar, place everything into a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
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The Best of 2013: Snacks & Appetizers

The Best of 2013: Snacks & Appetizers on Crumbs and Chaos

It’s been fun reviewing some of our favorite recipes this past year – breakfast, soup & bread and main dish, along with Finding Joy In My Kitchen and others.  Today’s all about two things we could never do without – snacks and appetizers :)


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Butterfinger Muddy Buddies | Crumbs and Chaos #sweetsnacks #muddybuddies #butterfinger Butterfinger Muddy Buddies

Snickerdoodle Granola Bars | | #granola #snack Snickerdoodle Granola Bars

Candy Bar Apple Dip | Crumbs and Chaos #dip #apples #candybar This easy 4 ingredient dip is light and fluffy and perfect for this season's apples! Candy Bar Apple Dip

Easy Chocolate Snack Mix | Crumbs and Chaos #snackmix #HersheysHeroes #SpreadPossibilities Easy Chocolate Snack Mix


Garlic Feta Dip | Crumbs and Chaos #appetizer #dip #fetacheese Garlic Feta Dip

Mango Guacamole | Crumbs and Chaos #appetizer #guacamole #avocado Mango Guacamole

Cranberry Pecan Spread | Crumbs and Chaos #appetizer #Thanksgiving Cranberry Pecan Spread

Apricot Gorgonzola Cheese Spread | Crumbs and Chaos #easyappetizer #bluecheese #dip Apricot Gorgonzola Cheese Spread

The Ultimate Queso, Salsa & Dip List brought to you by Crumbs and Chaos #cincodemayo #queso #salsa #appetizer The Ultimate Queso, Salsa & Dip List

don’t miss last year’s review – The Best of Snacks & Appetizers 2012