Earth Day Cupcakes

 

Earth Day Cupcakes

If you need an Earth Day idea for whipping up at home with the kids, taking to the office or sharing with your child’s class this one is perfect! A simple box mix and store bought frosting become something special with a few added ingredients, and a creative finish.  Resembling freshly turned earth and a tree just planted, to honor Earth Day this topping is fun, simple  and pretty to create. Set up a small assembly line to put these cupcakes together and have them turned out in no time.

Ingredients:

1 box devil’s cake mix

1 container chocolate frosting

16 Oreo’s or other chocolate sandwich cookie

large package gummi worms

24 small lollipops

24 paper cupcake liners

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Prepare cake mix according to package directions, except use  applesauce for oil.

earth day cupcakes

Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full.

earhtday cupcakes

Bake for 18-20 minutes, stick a toothpick in center to check for doneness- if toothpick comes out clean they are ready.

Allow cupcakes to cool completely.

While cupcakes are cooling- pull apart chocolate sandwich cookies and scrape out white filling (what you do with the filling is up to you, no judgment here)

Place cookies in blender, food processor, or coffee grinder and pulse until they are crushed into a fine  powder.

earthday cupcakes

Stir 1 tsp. of almond extract into frosting container.

Lightly frost cupcakes.

earthday cupcakes

Pour crushed cookies into a shallow bowl, and dip cupcakes into the cookies, coating frosting well.

earthday cupcakes

Decorate with gummy worms and opened sour apple lollipop.

earthday cupcakes

 Be sure to check out the Earth Day Word Search and Earth Day Freebies!

 

Earth Day Cupcakes
Author: 
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24
 
1 box devil's cake mix 1 container chocolate frosting 16 Oreo's or other chocolate sandwich cookie large package gummi worms 24 small lollipops
Ingredients
  • 1 box devil's cake mix
  • Applesauce
  • 1 container chocolate frosting
  • 16 Oreo's or other chocolate sandwich cookie
  • large package gummi worms
  • 24 small lollipops
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Prepare cake mix according to package directions, except use applesauce for oil.
  3. Fill cupcake liners ⅔ full
  4. Bake for 18-20 minutes, stick a toothpick in center to check for doneness- if toothpick comes out clean they are ready.
  5. Allow cupcakes to cool completely.
  6. While cupcakes are cooling- pull apart chocolate sandwich cookies and scrape out white filling (what you do with the filling is up to you, no judgment here)
  7. Place cookies in blender, food processor, or coffee grinder and pulse until they are crushed into a fine powder.
  8. Stir 1 tsp. of almond extract into frosting container.
  9. Lightly frost cupcakes.
  10. Pour crushed cookies into a shallow bowl, and dip cupcakes into the cookies, coating frosting well.
  11. Decorate with gummy worms and opened sour apple lollipop.

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LAST DAY: Busch Gardens Williamsburg: Buy Fun Card Get Into BOTH Parks

Busch Gardens is offering a two-park Fun Card that offers unlimited admission to both Busch Gardens and Water Country USA through Sept. 1 for the price of a single-day admission ticket to Busch Gardens!

The pass must be purchased online HERE by March 31 and is available online only.

If you just bought a one day ticket to Busch Gardens it would be $72.  This card that will get you into BOTH parks unlimited is also $72.

Single-day admission to Water Country USA costs $50.

This is a GREAT time grab your Busch Gardens Williamsburg PreSchool Pass for FREE!

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Busch Gardens Williamsburg Coupons!  

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Whole Foods Mid-Atlantic: $4.99 Lobster Tails

I don’t like seafood but I know it can get PRICY.

Tomorrow, March 28, head over to any Whole Foods Mid-Atlantic Store to grab a great deal on Lobster Tails- $4.99 each (reg. $8.99).

Succulent and satisfying lobster without the fuss. Tastes great grilled, steamed or poached in white wine and butter.

 

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Chicken and Spinach Stuffed Shells

This Chicken and Spinach Stuffed Shells recipe requires only 6 ingredients and 15 minutes of prep time.  It makes a fabulous dinner for any night of the week or as a contribution for the next party, I guarantee that  you will definitely leave with an empty dish.   This  is easily made ahead, frozen, and baked again for a fast and convenient freezer meal. These are all ingredients I like to keep on hand for unexpected guests, served with a loaf of garlic bread, and a side salad it makes an impressive dinner to put before friends and family.

Ingredients: 

1  1/2  cups shredded chicken

2 cups frozen spinach, chopped

1-15 oz. container ricotta

1-12 oz. box of jumbo shells

1 -26 oz. jar spaghetti sauce

2 cups shredded Mozzarella, divided in half

Pepper, Garlic and Salt to taste

Directions:

Boil noodles for 8-10 minutes, until tender, drain, and rinse with cold water  to stop  cooking and to make noodles  easier to handle.

Preheat oven to 350

In a medium sized bowl combine; ricotta. half of mozzarella, spinach, chicken, pepper and garlic salt.

 Pour 1 cup of sauce into bottom of pan, and spread to cover.

Distribute filling evenly, stuffing it into each shell.

Spinach stuffed shells

Lay shells in pan, open side up,  top with remaining spaghetti sauce, and remaining Mozzarella cheese.

spinach stuffed shells

Bake in preheated oven, covered with foil for 40 minutes, remove foil and bake and additional 10 minutes to melt cheese.

spinach stuffed shells

Serves 6-8

spinach stuffed shells

 

Chicken and Spinach Stuffed Shells
Serves: 6-8
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups shredded chicken
  • 2 cups frozen spinach, chopped
  • 1-15 oz. container ricotta
  • 1-12 oz. box of jumbo shells
  • 1 -26 oz. jar spaghetti sauce
  • 2 cups shredded Mozzarella, divided in half
  • pepper and Garlic salt to taste
Instructions
  1. In a medium sized bowl combine; ricotta. half of mozzarella, spinach, chicken, pepper and garlic salt.
  2. Pour 1 cup of sauce into bottom of pan, and spread to cover.
  3. Distribute filling evenly, stuffing it into each shell.
  4. Lay shells in pan, open side up, top with remaining spaghetti sauce, and remaining Mozzarella cheese.
  5. Bake in preheated oven, covered with foil for 40 minutes, remove foil and bake and additional 10 minutes to melt cheese.

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Easy Beef Pot Pie

An incredibly easy and quick meal this Easy Beef Pot Pie is filling and delicious. Ideal for a busy weeknight, just a little bit of time and a few simple ingredients and a hearty, filling dinner is ready to put on the table.  Prepared in a cast iron skillet start to finish means there is only one pan to wash to keep the simplicity theme going.  This meal can easily be prepared ahead of time, just add biscuits when you are ready to pop it into the oven.

Ingredients:

1 lb. ground beef

1  8-10 count can biscuits

1 -14.5 oz. Can mixed vegetables

1 jar or can beef gravy

1 tsp. Garlic salt

salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°

Brown ground beef over medium heat until cooked through, drain excess fat if any.

Beef Pot Pie

Stir in mixed vegetables and gravy, stir to combine well.

Easy Beef Pot Pie

Add garlic salt, and salt and pepper.

Top meat filling with uncooked biscuits.

Easy Beef Pot Pie

Place pan in oven and cook for 8-10 minutes or until biscuit tops are golden brown.

Serve and Enjoy!

 Like this?  Check out this recipe for Easy Rosemary Chicken!

 

Easy Beef Pot Pie
Author: 
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4-6
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 8-10 count can biscuits
  • 1 -14.5 oz. Can mixed vegetables
  • 1 jar or can beef gravy
  • 1 tsp. Garlic salt
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Brown ground beef over medium heat until cooked through, drain excess fat if any.
  3. Stir in mixed vegetables and gravy, stir to combine well.
  4. Add garlic salt, and salt and pepper.
  5. Top meat filling with uncooked biscuits.
  6. Place pan in oven and cook for 8-10 minutes or until biscuit tops are golden brown.
  7. Serve and Enjoy!

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CANCELLED: Coupon Class Open To The Public Williamsburg, VA

Couponing Basics Class (ages 18+)

Date: Saturday, March 29, 2014

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location: James City County Recreation Center (JCCRC)

Address: 5301 Longhill Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188

Details: Have you recently joined the ‘Coupon Craze?’ Are you curious on how you could save your family some money? Join Laura Oliver from AFrugalChick.com as she goes over various topics related to Couponing.  Topics covered will include: sources for coupons, coupon organization, meal planning, drug store deals and much more! Fee includes light refreshments and workbook.

Cost: $15 for attendees that are NOT James City Residents, $10 for those who are.

How to Register: Call 757-259-4200 or 757-887-5810 to sign up!

Online – jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation

In Person –

–       James City County Recreation Center (JCCRC) (address above)

–       Abram Frink Jr. Community Center (formerly James River) (8901 Pocahontas Trl, Williamsburg)

–       Freedom Park Interpretive Center (5537 Centerville Rd., Williamsburg)

–       Satellite Services Office (3127 Forge Rd., Toano)

Phone – 757-259-4200 or 757-887-5810

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The Journey To Delaware (Part II)

If you haven’t read The Journey To Delaware Part I STOP READING!  Go back and read my previous post before you continue!

Now Matt bought this car FIVE MINUTES AGO. The money JUST changed hands. No used car breaks that fast. This had to be some kind of cosmic joke.

Meanwhile Matt was following John out of the parking lot- both in other vehicles. I pushed the ignition button again and the car started but the check engine light stayed on. As I pulled out of the parking lot I called Matt on my phone. I was NOT looking forward to this conversation.

“The check engine light came on when I started the car.” Pause for string of profanity in my ear. “What would you like me to do?”

“I have to call John, I will call you back.”

I kept following Matt’s red rental car. I found all the good country stations on the radio. I figured out how sensitive the brake and gas pedals were. I looked around Wilmington, DE at the beautiful old buildings. The car wasn’t driving like anything was wrong with it but the light remained on, mocking me from the dashboard. Finally my phone rang. Matt told me John was going to lead us to a garage so someone could check out the car.

Now I have never been to a chop shop. I have only seen them on television. But if I was a director and needed a garage to represent a chop shop THIS is the place I would use. One tiny door in and out. Not on a main street. A dozen cars inside and not one window. Three guys inside with clothes that had never gotten any oil on them.  I still have no idea how legal it all was.

I pulled the car in and jumped out. The mechanic got in with a computer and hooked it up to the car. (Remember when things went wrong with a car and you looked under the hood? Not with a Prius- it’s a computer with wheels.)

At this point I recognized I was pretty useless. The things I knew about that Prius included the fact that it was a car, gold and a hybrid. Meanwhile Matt was peering over the mechanic’s shoulder while using his phone to google the error codes popping up on the computer. I was getting cold again. And hungry. And watching my chance of getting home before the snow hits disappear.

They finally popped the hood and did that thing that men do- they stared. They poked and pointed. They used flashlights and looked deep underneath. And they came to some kind of conclusion that a certain part was probably the issue.

The part would take about an hour to arrive at the garage and then it would take at least another hour to replace the part. So we were looking at a minimum of two hours- likely more. And even if they did fix it there was no guarantee that this is what is causing the issue. We could spend two hours waiting and discover that something else is wrong.

Then the scary Russian guy made the offer I was waiting for.  He apologized for the issue and said if Matt would like to walk he would give him all the money back and they could go their separate ways.  We had driven four hours to get this car but we could now walk away cash in hand.

FINALLY- this is an area where I could help. So Matt said he and I need to talk about it and we stepped into the “lobby”. (I use the term lobby loosely because it was a big room with four chairs around a coffee table and magazines from 2004.  No phone, no computer, no bell on the door.)  But instead of talking to me Matt immediately grabbed his phone and headed outside leaving me in the freezing cold lobby looking stupid. He paced back and forth for 10 minutes and came back in to let me know that his backup car for purchase was not available anymore.

So now we had two options. Wait for this car, which he technically already owned and got a good deal on, and see if the part fixes the check engine light. Or head home and begin the car search all over again with no prospects.

After weighing the pros and cons we decided the good deal on the car was worth the two hour wait. I, however, had enough of not being fed. So while John promised to hang around and wait for the part to arrive Matt and I walked to a local sandwich shop to get some food.

When we walked in I was immediately enveloped by one of my favorite feelings in the world- WARMTH. The place was very cute- a nice little neighborhood restaurant with about 5 tables and a giant menu.  Matt ordered yummy meatloaf and a twice baked potato (he was nice enough to share bites of each) and I got a great sandwich.  There were several people inside planning a trip to Europe and it was exciting just listening to them.  I had been cold for over an hour and it was so nice to sit down, take off my jacket and let my feet thaw.

We ordered our food and sat down at a large wooden table inside the restaurant. My sandwich was great but had barely swallowed the last bite when Matt asked if I was ready to go back.

“Really? The part probably isn’t even there yet.”

“Yes, I’d rather be back where the car is.”

So, with my feet having BARELY begun to feel like feet again, we trudged back into the Wilmington snow. When we got to the Chop Shop the part had just arrived. The mechanic told me they had set up a heater in the lobby so I could be warm while we waited. I was super excited until I found it was a diesel heater barely giving off any heat. So my choices were to be warmer with a headache from the diesel smell or be cold and not smell diesel for the next three days. I decided the headache was worth it if I could feel my fingers and toes and sat down with an old GQ magazine to thaw.

I was engrossed in an article about drones when the door opened and in walked The Godfather.  Brushing the snow off his long black jacket he walked straight toward me.

Want to read the end?  Check out The Journey to Delaware Part III!

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Easy Chicken Teriyaki Recipe


I love Chinese Food but it is SO unhealthy.  Anytime I can make it at home where I control the ingredients (and fat) I always try.  That’s why I was thrilled with this yummy Easy Chicken Teriyaki Recipe.  

Ingredients

1 lb. skinless, boneless chicken breasts

¾ cup soy sauce

¼ cup honey

1  tsp. ground Ginger

1 Tbsp. Sesame or vegetable oil

Directions:

Use a sharp knife to cut chicken into small bite size pieces, ½ “x ½ ” is a good size.

In a small saucepan combine soy sauce and honey over medium heat and simmer until honey is completely dissolved, stirring constantly.  Add ginger and stir until combined. Set sauce aside.

chickenteriyaki

Heat oil in a large frying pan over high heat, then add the chicken and cook for about 3-4 minutes, turn chicken over  and cook another 3 minutes on the opposite side.

chicken teriyaki

Reduce to medium heat, drizzle Teriyaki sauce all over chicken and stir to coat well, cook an additional 3-5 minutes, stirring well  until sauce thickens.

chicken teriyaki

Top with chopped scallions and serve over rice.

 

Easy Chicken Teriyaki Recipe
Author: 
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Chinese
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • ¾ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tsp. ground Ginger
  • 1 Tbsp. Sesame or vegetable oil
Instructions
  1. Use a sharp knife to cut chicken into small bite size pieces, ½ “x ½ ” is a good size.
  2. In a small saucepan combine soy sauce and honey over medium heat and simmer until honey is completely dissolved, stirring constantly. Add ginger and stir until combined. Set sauce aside.
  3. Heat oil in a large frying pan over high heat, then add the chicken and cook for about 3-4 minutes, turn chicken over and cook another 3 minutes on the opposite side.
  4. Reduce to medium heat, drizzle Teriyaki sauce all over chicken and stir to coat well, cook an additional 3-5 minutes, stirring well until sauce thickens.
  5. Top with chopped scallions and serve over rice.

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Easy Beef Goulash Recipe

This Easy Beef Goulash recipe is perfect for cold nights, it is simple and a quick dish to make but doesn’t lack flavor- a classic dish with many variations that has been around for years.   It is made with only 5 basic ingredients that are pantry staples for most of us, and requires only one pot to make- I for one will do anything to avoid a sink full of dishes! This freezes and reheat great for an even quicker dinner at a later date, and is a great inexpensive recipe to make for a big crowd. Serve with a side of bread and green beans for a complete and filling meal.

Ingredients:

 1 lb. ground beef

2 ½  cups uncooked Elbow noodles

2-28 oz.  cans crushed tomatoes

1 ½ tsp. Garlic salt

1 tsp. Italian seasoning

Salt and Pepper to taste.

 Directions:

In a large saucepan over medium-high heat boil noodles for 7-9 minutes or until tender.

Drain noodles in a strainer and set aside.

In the same pan -brown ground beef until cooked throughout.

Drain any excess grease out of pan.

Turn heat down to low.

Return noodles to pan.

Stir in crushed tomatoes, garlic salt, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.

Allow to simmer for 10 minutes to heat throughout.

Serve and Enjoy!

To add a little topping to your dish try; sour cream, scallions, and shredded cheese.

 

 

Easy Beef Goulash Recipe
Author: 
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4-6
 
1 lb. ground beef 2 ½ cups uncooked Elbow noodles 2-28 oz. cans crushed tomatoes 1 ½ tsp. Garlic salt 1 tsp. Italian seasoning Salt and Pepper to taste.
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 2 ½ cups uncooked Elbow noodles
  • 2-28 oz. cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 ½ tsp. Garlic salt
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • Salt and Pepper to taste.
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat boil noodles for 7-9 minutes or until tender.
  2. Drain noodles in a strainer and set aside.
  3. In the same pan -brown ground beef until cooked throughout.
  4. Drain any excess grease out of pan.
  5. Turn heat down to low.
  6. Return noodles to pan.
  7. Stir in crushed tomatoes, garlic salt, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
  8. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes to heat throughout.
  9. Serve and Enjoy!
  10. To add a little topping to your dish try; sour cream, scallions, and shredded cheese.

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