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Mouthwatering Monkey Bread

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Treat your family to this sweet and savory classic monkey bread recipe. This recipe is simple and your family will surely thank you, especially the little ones. The monkey bread is great for a sweet breakfast or after dinner desert. Either way, it’s sure to be a hit!

What you’ll need:

  • 3 packages of refrigerated biscuit dough (each should be 12 ounces)
  • 2 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1 C of white sugar
  • ½  C of margarine
  • 1 C of packed brown sugar
  • ½  C of raisins
  • ½  C chopped walnuts (this is purely optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 175 degrees Celsius.  Grease one tube pan that is 9-10 inches.

2. In a plastic bag, mix the cinnamon and white sugar.  Cut up the biscuits into quarters and shake between 6 and 8 pieces of biscuit in the cinnamon and sugar mix.  Arrange the pieces of biscuits in the bottom of the greased pan.  Repeat this step until all the biscuits have a coating of the cinnamon and sugar mix and place them in the tube pan.  Arrange the raisins in and among the pieces of biscuit as you go along and do the same with the walnuts if you choose to use them.

3. Over medium heat, melt the brown sugar and margarine in a small saucepan.  Leave it on medium heat for a minute and then pour it over the biscuits.

4. Bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Let the monkey bread cool for 10 minutes in the pan, and then turn it out on a plate.  No knife is necessary as the bread simply pulls apart.

Easy Valentine Popcorn

Categories: candy, snacks, sweets, themed food

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Kelley Grant is a contributor on Work it Mom, and owner of The Grant Life

We are a popcorn loving family and make it plain quite often.  My kids love it just warm straight from the bowl, but sometimes we jazz it up a bit and add a little extra flavors.  Since its February and Valentine’s is close we added a few lovey dovey sweets to our basic popcorn this past week.  It was fun to watch the kids reaction when they saw the bowl full of conversation hearts and marshmallows.  I was just excited because it was a super easy, holiday themed snack!

All you need to make your own is:

  • One bag of popcorn
  • One box of conversation hearts
  • Pink marshmallows (cut into quarters)

Pop your popcorn according to the bag and let it cool in a bowl.  Add the conversation hearts and the marshmallows.  Mix and enjoy!

I had originally thought I would be able to cut the marshmallows into hearts but that didn’t work out so well.  Instead I cut them into quarter size pieces and added them to the mix.  Heart marshmallows or not, my kids still loved this easy Valentine’s popcorn!

If you are looking for a few other popcorn ideas here are some of our favorites:

Reese’s Popcorn

Candy Cane Popcorn

Buffalo Ranch Popcorn

Salted Caramel Apple Popcorn

White Chocolate Puff Corn

Smores Popcorn

Nothing Says “I Love You” Like Food: 11 VDAY Recipes

Categories: sweets, themed food

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Kelley Grant is a contributor on Work it Mom, and owner of The Grant Life

Valentine’s is almost here and if you are anything like me you wait until the last minute to plan gifts . I like to make homemade treats for my loved ones and sometimes I get stumped on what to make on short notice. This year is going to be different. I have put together a list of 11 fool proof Valentine’s treats that I can make for everyone on my list. There is something for everyone in this recipe round up. If you have a chocolate lover, a red velvet fan, a candy buff or someone who likes healthier sweets, then I’ve got you covered. One list, one shopping trip, one day baking and you will have easy and delicious homemade treats for all the special people in your life.

Valentine’s Lollipop Tree - My guess is the tree doesn’t make it to the big day.

Valentine’s Thin Mints - Homemade Thin Mints are always a good idea.

Red Velvet Valentine’s Bark -  Great idea for the chocolate lover in your life.

Valentine’s Trail Mix - This trail mix is the color of love.

Soft Pretzel Hearts - For the savory food lover in your life. \

Valentine’s Marshmallow Pops - These are fun to make with your kids!

Chocolate Valentine Kiss Cookies - Chocolate cookies with a chocolate kiss.  What more can you ask for?

Homemade Red Velvet Cupcakes - And a homemade frosting recipe you won’t want to miss.

Raspberry Truffle Tart - A perfect dessert for two.

Valentine’s Rice Krispie Treats - A treat that would make snap, crackle and pop proud.

Valentine’s Brownies - You can’t go wrong with heart shaped brownies.

Heart Shaped Cake Pops - I heart shaped cake pop you, too!

Thanksgiving Marshmallow Pops

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Kelley Grant is a contributor on Work it Mom, and owner of The Grant Life

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because we get to spend time in the kitchen with family.  Both of my kids love to help me cook so I try to think of easy recipes to get them involved.  With Halloween behind us, we have started to think about Thanksgiving a little more and we created these easy Thanksgiving Marshmallow Pops one day.  They were so much fun to make and the kids loved taste testing their treats!

To make your own Thanksgiving Marshmallow Pops you will need:

  • Marshmallows (I used some cool rectangle ones that I found at our local grocery store but any marshmallows will work.)
  • White chocolate bark
  • Festive colored sprinkles (We used orange and yellow ones and chocolate pumpkin ones.  I found both of them at the dollar section in Target.)
  • Cake pop sticks

Melt your white chocolate bark in a double boiler or the microwave.  If you use the microwave put the chocolate in for 30 second intervals and mix well each time.  It should only take 2 or 3 30 second periods to completely melt your bark.  I did this part for my kids since they are both young, but this would be fine for an older child to do on their own.

Put your marshmallow on the cake pop stick and cover it with the melted chocolate.  You can spoon it on or dip it right into the chocolate.  Hold up the cake pop and add your sprinkles to the pops.  They sprinkles stick really well to the melted chocolate.  Set them down on a paper plate to cool and harden.  The white chocolate bark will set fairly quickly, which is perfect for little impatient ones.

Once its cooled let your kids enjoy their Thanksgiving pops!  But be careful, these tend to disappear in our house.  The kids love this easy recipe but they enjoy eating them even more!

Nutella Puppy Chow

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Puppy chow is the the ultimate snack food. This recipe takes it to the next level by adding the crowd (and kid) pleasing ingredient: Nutella. Traditionally puppy chow is made with peanut butter, but there’s something about Nutella that makes this recipe even better than the original. No, it’s not necessarily a healthy snack, but it could definitely be a special treat you surprise your kid with after their soccer practice or dance lessons. A little something sweet never hurt anyone right? Just beware, this snack has a tendency to be very addicting. Before you know it, you’re licking the bottom of the bowl and contemplating abandoning all manners and going after your fingers next!

We would judge you, but we can’t. Puppy chow is just that good.

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 C. butter
  • 1 C. Nutella
  • 3/4 C. chocolate chips
  • 3/4 C. white chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup hazelnuts (optional)
  • 13 C. Chex cereal
  • 3 C. powdered sugar
  1. In a pan, melt the butter, chocolate, and white chocolate.
  2. When melted, remove from heat and add Nutella and stir until mixed.
  3. Slowly pour over cereal and use your hands to mix.
  4. Put the cereal into a gallon size bag and pour in powdered sugar.
  5. Zip up the bag and shake until the cereal is coated.
Happy snacking!

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