Grinch Munch Popcorn

Grinch Munch Popcorn I can’t believe we are 13 days away from Christmas! For some reason this year, the Holidays really crept up on me! I felt like this last year but it really had nothing on my current status haha! We are super busy, I think that comes with having kids that are getting older. Each one of them have more and more functions…. super fun and kind of exhausting. Ha! We are currently in the last week of school over here and you know what the means… field trips, parties, book exchanges, jammie day, and teacher/class gifts.

grinch munch popcorn I have the teachers covered. All of the kids have amazing teachers this year who go above and beyond so we are getting them gift cards to their favorite restaurants. But… that leaves me with class party treats. I came across this Grinch Munch Popcorn from Imperial Sugar and I actually gasped at how perfect it was! Imperial is an amazing resource if you are looking for last minutes gifts  (like me haha) that your kids can help with or just for fun crafts to do together over Christmas break. This treat is super cute and yes, it is sweet, but I think popcorn is a pretty decent snack that kids actually love. This one is super simple but pretty, so people will think you went to more trouble than you actually did haha!

You Need:

-Popcorn Kernels

-Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar

-Vegetable or Coconut Oil

- Sea Salt

-Green Food Coloring

- Christmas Sprinkles/Non-Pariels

Grinch Munch Popcorn Start by heating up 1/4 c of oil in a skillet or dutch oven with a lid. I like to use coconut oil with popcorn, but vegetable will work fine too. Put 2-3 kernels in the oil and when they all pop you know the oil is ready.

Grinch Munch Popcorn When the oil is ready, add in 1/2 cup popcorn kernels, 1/2 cup of Imperial Granulated Sugar, and green food coloring. Remove from heat, add lid and wait about 30 seconds.

Grinch Munch Popcorn

Grinch Munch Popcorn

Grinch Munch Popcorn Put back on heat and watch carefully (so you don’t burn the sugar) cook for 4-5 more minutes or until the popcorn pops slow down :) Add your Christmas sprinkles or non-non-pariels and sea salt.

Grinch Munch Popcorn

Grinch Munch Popcorn This batch I made was huge so I bagged some up for the class party and my kids all had a really festive after school snack! This would also make a super cute girlfriend or teacher gift in a cute bag with a custom tag, So may options! Be sure to check out Imperial Sugar for more Christmas Recipes, and Holiday Crafts with kids. Imperial is also hosting a Holiday Baking Bonanza Contest with tons of amazing foodie loving prizes. Check that out HERE. Happy Holidays everyone!

Grinch Munch Popcorn

Grinch Munch Popcorn

Grinch Munch Popcorn

Vampire’s Blood White Hot Chocolate

Vampire's Blood White Hot ChocolateIt’s mid-October… my favorite time of the year. Apparently I’m not the only one. My son was bouncing off the walls a few days ago and I asked him why he was acting so wild… he said he can’t help it because all of this favorite holidays are coming up and he is just so excited :) I don’t blame him. We are getting very festive around here, we decorated the mantle, visited the pumpkin patch and have started watching Halloween Movies! When I came across this recipe for Vampire’s Blood White Hot Chocolate from Imperial Sugar I knew I had to make some! I love to browse Imperial Sugar’s site around the holidays because they have a ton of crafts, printables and recipes that you can make WITH your kids. This one was super fun and easy!

Vampire's Blood White Hot Chocolate

 They have the recipe on their site (with exact amounts HERE) but this is pretty much all you need:

  • Half and Half
  • Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Whipped Cream
  • Strawberries
  • White Chocolate
  • Red Food collating (optional)
  • Salt

Vampire's Blood White Hot Chocolate

 The Strawberry Syrup is made from strawberries, sugar, water and red food coloring. I added a squeeze of lemon juice because I like to add lemons to everything :)

Vampire's Blood White Hot Chocolate

Then you bring that to a boil and let it simmer for a few minutes, until the strawberries break down. Strain the strawberries out and pour the syrup into an airtight container. This was the kids favorite part! Then they started listing all of the things they would put this on haha!

Vampire's Blood White Hot Chocolate

The White Hot Chocolate is so simple… white chocolate, sugar, vanilla, half and half and a pinch of salt. This took no time at all to melt together, make sure not to let it boil! Once it’s smooth just pour it into your mug!

Vampire's Blood White Hot Chocolate

Top with whipped cream and drizzle with strawberry sauce!  This would be the hit of any party! Be sure to check out Imperial Sugar for more recipes and festive ideas. They are also having a giveaway for KitchenAid Stand Mixer so go check it out! Happy Halloween everyone :)

Vampire's Blood White Hot Chocolate

Vampire's Blood White Hot Chocolate

Vampire's Blood White Hot Chocolate

Macho Nachos

Tracking PixelThis is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Wolf® Brand Chili. All opinions are my own.

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I don’t know what it’s like at your house during the week but we have a serious case of  “what’s for dinner” over here. With the boys in school (and the addition of a third child) I love dinners that are easy to whip up. Wolf® Brand Chili is a delicious go-to for us because it’s quick and easy for busy week nights. I’m always a fan of one-dish meals so we usually make Corn Chip Pie with our chili but last week my mom reminded me of a meal she used to make us :) Macho Nachos!! They are so easy and a huge crowd pleaser. They are also super customizable if you have picky little eaters.

Ingredients:

  • Wolf® Brand Chili (which is definitely our favorite authentic Texas flavored chili)
  • shredded cheese
  • chopped tomatoes
  • green onions
  • tortilla chips
  • cilantro
  • any other favorite  toppings like avocado, Greek yogurt or sour cream, jalapenos etc.

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Start with a chip mountain. The best thing about this meal is you can load down a huge pan or make one small plate for an afternoon snack for hungry boys :) Is it just us or do your kids come home from school starving everyday?? What is that about?

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Then add your bold Wolf® Brand Chili. I just heat mine in the microwave for about 2 minutes but my mom always heats hers up on the stove top.

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Right after that add the cheese so it will melt then add all of your other toppings. This would also be fun for a “build your own” type dinner. I can’t live without cilantro. I also love them with shredded iceberg lettuce but my grocery store was out this week.

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Bam! There you have a delicious and easy dinner that is ready in minutes but bursting with flavor!! Woo Hoo! What would be your go to toppings?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Wolf® Brand Chili. All opinions are my own.

Southwest Chicken Salad & Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

southwest chicken salad

Y’all, something happened… I found the world’s best salad dressing. I don’t even need to call it a dressing, it can be a dip or you could put it on meat or I might just drink it with a straw. I present: Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette, it’s not my recipe I found it HERE. If you love cilantro half as much as I do then you will love this dressing (seriously cilantro is my favorite food!)

Anyway I found it a few weeks ago and I have made it every week since. To go along with it we made a Southwest Chicken Salad the other night. You know, cause eating dressing with a spoon might be weird so it needed a vehicle.

southwest chicken salad

For the Southwest Chicken Salad:

-marinated grilled chicken

-green leaf lettuce (my personal favorite lettuce)

-celery

-carrots

-green onion

-black beans

-english cucumber

-bell pepper

-avocado

-corn

-cojita cheese

southwest chicken salad

Toss all the ingredients in a bowl and top with the best dressing ever :) Speaking of a bowl, how cute is this one? The nice people at Red Envelope sent it to us because we make a ton of salads at our house! I love the feel of it, its really thick and feels “hearty”… perfect for a chicken salad. I also just love looking at it. Now I need open cabinets because it’s too cute to be behind closed doors. I’m like the mouse from “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”!

southwest chicken salad

southwest chicken salad

You can find the bowl HERE.

southwest chicken salad

Let me know if you make this dressing and if you like it as much as I do. I wont judge you on how much you consume, after all it’s healthy :)

southwest chicken salad

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