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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!

Wintery Peppermint Cupcakes

Categories: dessert, food craft, themed food

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The holidays may be over, but winter certainly is not! So there’s no reason not to treat yourself and your family to a delicious winter-themed treat! Trust us, happy tummies and smiling faces are what you can expect with this easy to make peppermint cupcake recipe.  These cupcakes have less than ten ingredients, most of which can be found in your house, and take about 45 minutes from start to finish.  Even more enticing?  Your children can decorate to their heart’s content with frosting and mini candy cane pieces without you having to worry about breaking the bank.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 stick of softened sweet cream butter
  • ½ C of sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ C of self raising flour
  • 1 Tbs of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 1 C of store bought pre-made white icing
  • One dozen tiny peppermint candy canes

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and line a cupcake pan with 12 cupcake liners. In a mixing bowl, add the sugar, vanilla, butter, and eggs, and mix until combined.  In a separate bowl, combine the baking powder and flour; add to the egg mixture slowly and continue mixing until the batter is smooth.  Fill the liners two-thirds full with batter and bake for about 20 minutes.  Allow them to cool completely on a cooling rack before letting your little ones get creative.  Once cooled, the only rule your kids need to follow is to spread the icing on prior to sprinkling candy cane pieces on the top.  The decorating only stops when they’re finished, so have fun!

Candy Cane Popcorn

Categories: candy, easy recipe, food, holiday, snacks, themed food

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

We love this time of year in our house.  We spend some time outside but the cold days mean we get to spend time cuddled under a blanket with the kids watching a movie. And what is a movie without popcorn?  Before we started watching our movie we spent a few minutes in the kitchen whipping up a festive popcorn recipe.  This candy cane popcorn would be perfect as a gift, great for a recipe exchange or just for snacking on while snuggling under a blanket.

To make this popcorn you will need:

  • 1 bag of popcorn
  • White chocolate bark (5 or so bricks)
  • 5 candy canes (crushed)

Pop your popcorn according to the bag and spread it out onto a cookie sheet.  Melt your white chocolate bark in a double boiler or in the microwave until smooth.  As soon as its smooth, pour it onto the popcorn and mix it all together.  Add the crushed candy canes and let it set.  As it cools, the white chocolate bark will harden.  If you want it faster, add it to the fridge to cool quicker.  The popcorn will keep for 2 -3 days in an airtight container.

My kids loved helping me make this popcorn, but they liked eating it even more.  We had two bowls of the candy cane popcorn while watching a movie that night.  The buttery and salty popcorn and the sweetness of the candy canes were the perfect mix.  If you know someone who loves sweet and salty treats, this would make a great festive gift.  Add the popcorn to a mason jar with a ribbon and a gift tag and you are all set.

However you choose to enjoy your popcorn one thing is for sure - its a treat that is perfect for the holiday season!

Thanksgiving Marshmallow Pops

Categories: candy, easy recipe, sweets, themed food

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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!

Easy Halloween Snacks

Categories: easy recipe, food, halloween, kid friendly recipe, snacks, themed food

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

October is here and its time to start thinking about the big day - Halloween!  Most kids love to dress up and go trick or treating around the neighborhood for treats.  My kids are no exception and have already given me their costume ideas.  Instead of celebrating just one day of the month I decided to create a fun little Halloween mini party for my kids.  It was super easy to whip together and they really enjoyed the spooky snacks. If you like these ones, check out this collection of even spookier snacks!

Like I said, this Halloween mini party was really easy to put together for my kids.  Here is how I made the yummy mummy drinks, the spooky spider snacks and the perfect pumpkin pizzas.

To make all three you will need:

  • 2 blocks of chocolate bark
  • A handful of pretzel sticks
  • Wax paper
  • Juice boxes of your choice
  • White crepe paper
  • Beads of googly eyes
  • 2 slices of bread
  • Ketchup
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Spider decorations (optional)

I made the spooky spider snacks first because they needed the extra time to cool.  I melted the two chocolate bark blocks in the microwave until they were creamy.  (Note: Melt them carefully!  Set them in for 30 second increments and mix after each time.)  I then transferred the melted chocolate into a ziplock baggie for piping.  I sealed the bag and cut a small hole at the tip.  After I arranged my pretzels in the shape of a star on wax paper, I piped the chocolate on them, creating a circle.  I set them aside to cool and dry while I created the other snacks.

The pumpkin pizzas were a huge hit.  I normally make the kids mini pizzas but they loved they there were pumpkin shaped this time.  To make them I used a pumpkin cookie cutter and cut out two pieces of bread.  I used a little ketchup and then covered it with cheese.  I microwaved it for about 25 seconds and set it aside to cool.

While the pizza and spider webs were cooling I created the yummy mummy drinks.  I used regular juice boxes and wrapped white crepe around them to create the ‘bodies’.  I then used two beads for eyes and doodled a mummy scar above their eye.  Just be sure to take the straws out before you wrap them in crepe paper.  I learned that lesson after and had to use a straw from another juice box.

I gave each kid a mummy drink, a pizza pumpkin and a pretzel spider web for snack time.  They were so excited and it was fun to talk about each part of their snack.  Once I told them the spider webs were really chocolate they made sure to eat every last bite.  Because Halloween is about sweets and treats, right?

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