easy valentine’s day snack mix {a recipe}

valentines snack mix

One simple, creative way that I use to celebrate different holiday with my kids is to create easy, themed snack mixes. My kids LOVE them, they take almost no time to put together, and they’re a fun way to mark holidays and special occasions. With Valentine’s Day coming up, I wanted to create a themed snack mix that my kids would enjoy over the next week or so as we celebrate the day of love!

snack mix

First, I wanted to create covered pretzels to add to the mix. I melted a handful of white melting wafers, added a couple of drops of food coloring, dipped my pretzels, and covered them with sprinkles.

 

Place on a sheet of parchment paper, put in the refrigerator to quicken hardening process, and that’s it!

covered pretzels snack mix

Add to the rest of your ingredients. I used rice cereal, oyster crackers, mini marshmallows, yogurt raisins, and a few conversation hearts to create my snack mix. Toss together.

themed snack mix

What simple, creative ways do you celebrate holidays with your family? 

snack mix

Need more Valentine’s Day inspiration? Here’s an easy handprint heart canvas, and 20 modern Valentine’s Day crafts!


    

Oatmeal White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Cookies {a recipe}

oatmeal white chocolate cookies

Here in the mid-Atlantic, we’ve had a LOT of snow to deal with over the last few days…these cookies, along with lots of books, Netflix and hot cocoa, are near the top of the list of things that made it all bearable. 

oatmeal white chocolate cookie recipe

I love the texture and taste of oatmeal cookies…and with the addition of white chocolate, cranberries and pistachios, these cookies are amazing! I used Ghirardelli chocolate (my favorite), and dried cranberries with as little added sugar as possible.

Oatmeal White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Cookies
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
  2. 1 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
  3. 2 Sticks Butter, Melted
  4. 2 Eggs
  5. 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract or 1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
  6. 1 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  7. 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  8. 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  9. 3 Cups Old Fashioned Oats
  10. 1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries
  11. 1/2 Cup Shelled Pistachios
  12. 1/2 Cup Ghirardelli White Chocolate Chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees.
  2. In stand mixer, beat together butter and sugars. Add in eggs and vanilla, mixing until just combined.
  3. In separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.
  4. In batches, add the flour mixture to the butter/sugar mixture. Mix until just combined.
  5. Carefully fold in the oatmeal, cranberries, pistachios, and white chocolate chips.
  6. Place in refrigerator for 1/2 an hour to overnight.
  7. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto cookie sheet. Bake for 10-11 minutes. Let cool.
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If you like your cookies thick and chewy, the secret is to chill the cookie dough in the refrigerator before baking. I’m sure there’s all kinds of complicated science behind this, and I don’t pretend to understand it, I just know it works. Even 1/2 hour is enough to do the trick. If you prefer flatter, crisper cookies, go ahead and bake as soon as the dough is ready.

cookie recipe

oatmeal cookies

Thanks for reading!

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easy football party ideas

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football party

It’s football season! If you’ve decided to take it to the house for your next football get-together, then this post is for you. I’m sharing fun and easy football party food and crafts that everyone will love! You’re certain to score with your biggest fans with these easy football party ideas!

easy football ideas

football party ideas

football party

football party ideas

I have lots of crafts and food ideas to share, including felt Coca-Cola bottle jerseys (so cute!), a fun football field backdrop, cupcake flags, a football flag garland, and delicious food featuring RITZ® crackers! So let’s get started, first, with the perfect craft idea for football fans, no matter what team you’re rooting for!

football party crafts

football party ideas

These felt football jerseys are the perfect accessory for your Coca-Cola bottles! Just print out the template, trace your template onto a piece of felt and cut out. You can then decorate your jersey with sticker numbers and washi tape (or marker) to create stripes on the sleeves. Use hot glue on the back of the jersey (see image above-I put washi tape where the glue should go), press it closed, and slip over your Coca-Cola bottle.

coke bottle template

click here to download coca-cola bottle jersey template

football party ideas

Aren’t they adorable?! 

Next up, every food table needs a football garland! This one is super easy! All you need is craft foam, white puffy paint, and bakers twine…

easy football decor

Cut your craft foam into triangles use your puffy paint to paint white stripes (to look like football stitching), and let dry. Once dry, use a hole punch to punch 2 holes in each triangle and string onto baker’s twine…

football banner

easy football party ideas

Let’s not forget these cupcake flags–the perfect way to gussy up store-bought cupcakes. Just cut paper straws in half, stamp your saying of choice on masking tape, and wind the tape around the straws. Easy, inexpensive and adorable cupcake decor!

football party

Now, let’s talk about the food…

easy football food
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It’s hard to say enough good things about this Baked Ricotta Dip! With buttery RITZ® crackers, it will easily score you a touchdown with your family and friends!

ricotta lemon dip

Simply mix your ingredients and put in a oven-safe bowl or glass baking dish. The best part is, you can make this the day before and store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake. Here it is before going into the oven…

football party food

football food ideas

Baked Ricotta Dip
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Cups Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
  2. Juice of One Lemon
  3. 3 Cloves Garlic, Chopped
  4. 1/4 Cup Fresh Chives, Chopped
  5. 1 Teaspoon Salt
  6. 1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
  7. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Instructions
  1. Heat over to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients together and place in an oven-proof dish.
  3. Bake for 25 minutes. Drizzle with olive oil and serve hot.
Adapted from The Kitchn
Adapted from The Kitchn
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football party ideas

Speaking of easy party food, this Sun Dried Tomato Baked Brie is another easy and delicious dish!

football party

sun dried tomato baked brie

Baked Brie with Sun-Dried Tomatoes
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Wheel Brie Cheese
  2. 1/4 Cup Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Chopped
  3. 4 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  4. 2 Tablespoons Parsley, Chopped
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the sun-dried tomatoes and garlic in a bowl with some of the oil from the tomatoes.
  3. Place the brie on a baking sheet. Top with tomato mixture.
  4. Bake until soft, top with parsley.
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And, lastly, a football party just wouldn’t be complete without Mini Crescent Dogs! 

football party ideas

Use mustard (or ketchup, if you prefer) to pipe some football “stitching” onto your cooked snacks for some football-inspired fun!

pigs in a blanket

Mini Crescent Dogs
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Tube Crescent Rolls
  2. 1 Package Mini Sausages
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Unroll crescent rolls. Cut each triangle lengthwise into three pieces.
  3. Roll sausage in crescent roll, place on parchment paper.
  4. Bake 15 minutes.
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And, lastly, let’s chat about this backdrop…

easy football ideas

Simply take square paper plates, and use them to form a grid onto your wall. I used 25 total, but you can make the backdrop as large as you’d like! I secured the plates to the wall with a bit of double-sided foam tape.

football party ideas

Next, to form the lines on the field, run a length of white masking tape from the bottom to the top of backdrop, centering the tape where the plates meet.

easy football party

Use number stickers to indicate yard lines, and you’re done!

football party

Ready to host a game day get-together of your own? Everything you need can be found at Walmart! As an added incentive, Coca-Cola 16.9 oz 6-packs are now 2 for $5!

coca cola

You can also find these great game day products here:
Twitter: Coca-Cola     Coke Zero    RITZ® crackers
Facebook: RITZ® crackers    Coca-Cola Zero
Instagram: Coke Zero      RITZ® crackers

I’ve shared my easy football party ideas, and now I’d love to hear yours! Leave a comment with your favorite, easy party-hosting tip!