Parmesan Tortellini Bites

It is coming…… in fact, it’s right around the corner.  The biggest day of the year for football {and commercial} lovers across the country.  The Superbowl.  It is here.  Chances are that many of you are going to be at a gathering, party, celebration or what have you.  And while my favorite team {GO PACK GO} didn’t quite make it.  I am still there to cheer on someone and watch all the new commercials and of course eat lots of food!  So today I have a fantastic new appetizer that will make the perfect game day snack.

These Parmesan Tortellini Bites are crunchy and cheesy and all together wonderful.  They don’t have to be right off the stove hot to be enjoyed, which helps if you are going somewhere or if you want to have the mess cleaned up before the crowd arrives.  Here or there, football or commercials, private or party the one thing for sure is that these will disappear!

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Parmesan Tortellini Bites
  • 1 (9-ounce) package refrigerated CHEESE TORTELLINI
  • ¼ cup PARMESAN
  • ½ cup FLOUR
  • 2 EGGS, beaten
  • ½ cup dipping sauce, marinara or alfredo
  1. First cook tortellini according to package instructions; drain well. *I found it helpful to spread the tortellini out on a flat surface after draining. To avoid them sticking together.* Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Combine Panko and Parmesan; set aside. Begin dredging tortellini in flour, dip into eggs, then through Panko mixture, pressing to coat. Then working in bathces add tortellini to the skillet, 8 or 10 at a time, and cook until evenly golden and crispy, about 1-2 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Serve with dipping sauce, garnished with additional Parmesan, if desired. ENJOY!

Recipe Source: Damn Delicious




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Gooey Marshmallow Popcorn {+ a Party Popcorn giveaway}

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Sweet and sticky, Gooey Marshmallow Popcorn is ready to make an appearance for so many occasions…holidays, game day, movie night, girls night in…the list could go on and on.

With the exception of my youngest, we are a popcorn loving family.  Our favorite way to enjoy air popped popcorn?  With salt and equal parts melted butter and coconut oil…it’s amazing!  There are times, however, that we need to think outside the bowl for a crunchy popcorn treat.  Enter Party Popcorn, a book all about popcorn written by Ashton of Something Swanky.

Party Popcorn Book

You guys, this book is a complete resource.  There is seriously something for everyone…nacho cheese doritos popcorn, german chocolate cake popcorn, basil garlic popcorn, peanut brittle popcorn.  Gourmet varieties that you can make at home in your very own kitchen.  The instructions for each recipe are easy to understand and follow.  There’s also a chapter for the little ones…Strawberry Fizz Popcorn, anyone?

Today I’m sharing the recipe for Gooey Marshmallow Popcorn, which in the book is made with M&Ms, but I wanted to make it a little more seasonal so I switched those out for conversation hearts for a yummy twist.  You can store this for up to a day, it may or may not have lasted that long at my house…I’m not telling ;)

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Gooey Marshmallow Popcorn
  • 3 Tablespoons BUTTER
  • 1 drop RED or PINK FOOD COLORING (optional)
  1. Place popcorn in a large bowl and make sure to take out all of the unpopped kernels.
  2. In a large microwave safe bowl, heat marshmallows and butter for 1 minute on medium power. Stir to combine. Heat in additional 30 seconds increments until fully melted and smooth.
  3. Add food coloring to marshmallow mixture and stir to combine. Pour over popcorn and add candies. Stir to coat as completely as possible. Serve right away.
*If fruity conversation hearts aren't your thing, use your favorite candies (such as M&Ms)

Recipe Source: Slightly adapted from Party Popcorn by Ashton Swank

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You can win your own copy of Party Popcorn, leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite way to enjoy popcorn – are you a classic butter and salt popcorn eater or do you go for something more adventurous?

Giveaway will end Wednesday, February 4 at midnight EST.  Winner will be chosen at random and contacted by email, if they haven’t responded within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.  Prize is provided and fulfilled by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  I was not compensated for this post, all opinions are my very own.

Taco Popcorn

Continuing with our popcorn recipes, I knew that I needed to even it out with a savory flavor.  Beyond the usual buttered popcorn, I hadn’t tried many savory flavors.  Recently in my quest to find some family favorites I came across this Taco Popcorn.  I also had a Buffalo Parmesan Ranch, who’s flavor I loved but the addition of the parmesan cheese at the end made for a soggy popcorn texture.  But this Taco Popcorn had the same amount of punch as far as flavor is concerned but retained more of the crunchy texture I love.  AND on top of that it is SO SO SO SO easy! Just melt the butter, stir in taco seasoning, pour over popcorn, and EAT!  Did I mention how easy it is???


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Taco Popcorn
  • 12 cups freshly popped POPCORN*
  • 6 Tablespoons BUTTER
  • 2 Tbsp. taco seasoning (homemade or store-bought, I used Cheesy Taco by McCormick)
  1. Melt butter in a small pan. Stir in taco seasoning, mixing until combined. Pour over popcorn and toss to coat. ENJOY!

*For instructions on popping popcorn on the stove, check out this post.

Recipe Source: Gimme Some Oven




Peanut Butter Trail Mix Bars

So a few weeks before Christmas, my oven broke! YES, I know it definitely stinks! Especially right before I had planned to do all of my annual Christmas baking. But we’ve made due with a stove top and a toaster oven for almost A MONTH! Of course there have been days when I mentally prepare for dinner, then realize that I can’t make it because I can’t bake it. And most obviously I miss baked goods! So since we still haven’t gotten our oven fixed, I went in search of NO BAKE SNACKS. One of the more popular items are granola bars. We’ve tried making them a few different times and have had mixed results. Sometimes they are super delicious and the perfect texture, but they are loaded with corn syrup and other junk. OR they have a bunch of healthy ingredients but don’t taste great or they fall apart the moment they’re touched.

I originally picked this recipe because it used cashews. I just happened to have a container of cashews on hand and I had never tried making granola bars with them. They were a great mix of nutty and fruity, just like the perfect trail mix. With the mix of peanut butter and honey they texture is thick and holds together nicely without being crumbly. I think a crucial part of achieving that was the fact that they have you melt the peanut butter. I had never done that when making these types of snacks but found that it mixed so much better. It does take a little longer for them to set-up but, to me, is well worth it.

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Peanut Butter Trail Mix Bars
  • ⅔ cup whole ALMONDS
  • ⅔ cup whole CASHEWS
  • 1½ cup old fashioned OATS
  • ½ cup HONEY
  • 1 cup creamy PEANUT BUTTER, melted
  1. Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper. Leave extra on the sides to use as handles for removing the bars when they are finished. Set aside.
  2. In a food processor, chop the almonds and cashews into small pieces. In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, chocolate chips, and cranberries. Mix thoroughly. Set aside.
  3. Melt peanut butter and honey in a small bowl and pour over the dry ingredients. Mix until each bit is fully coated, using your hands if necessary. Scoop the mixture into prepared baking dish and press firmly until the tops are completely even. Place bars into the refrigerator to set up for at least an hour.

 Recipe Source: Sally’s Baking Addiction



Basic Granola

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Snickerdoodle Granola Bars

Peanut Butter Granola

Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bars

Sugared Cranberries

There are somethings that really make the holidays complete for me.  Aside from things such as spending time with family, putting up the tree, and listening to Christmas music (bonus if it’s O Holy Night because that’s my fave!).  I also have foods and flavors (as you may remember my story about pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving!) some more of those flavors included eggnog and cranberries.  They aren’t hugely popular flavors and are usually either loved or hated.  For me, I need them just at the holidays and then I’m good the rest of the year.  Usually the cranberries are eaten in the form of cranberry sauce but when I recently saw these sugared cranberries I knew my cranberry eatin’ days had taken a turn for the better!!!… 

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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!

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