DIY Airheads Candy Snowman #AirheadsCrafts

DIY Airheads Candy Snowman #AirheadsCrafts

I received product(s) in exchange for this post. Opinions are my own.

Now that winter is here I can’t help but wish for snow. We’ve had a few days where it flurried, a couple of times it stuck, but not enough to have any fun with. I really want to build an Illinois snowman!

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My bucket list demands it!

Since the weather has yet to deliver my snowman building supplies I’ve taken to improvisation. On the plus side I created a snowman that isn’t just super cute, but totally edible too!

Airheads (1 of 1)

It starts and ends with Airheads Candy (which rocks my socks) and a little bit of imagination. Sure he’s not your traditional, fluffy white snowman – he’s even better, fruit colored!

It’s super simple to make your own Airheads Snowman. For the head I used one Airheads, for the middle I used two, and for the base I used three. There are white (Mystery Flavor) Airheads that would make it a more traditional snowman, but I’ve never been much for traditional. I like to color outside the lines.

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I had to play with the Airheads a little before rolling them. They are very firm so I stretched and plied them for about 5 minutes each. Then I just rolled them around in my hands like I was making meatballs! I did use a white one to make a scarf-like add-on and a snowy bottom.

I am planning on making more snowmen soon, but bigger so that I can use the Airheads bites as buttons! Maybe cake or cookie balls? I’m getting a little hungry just thinking about that!

There are so many things you can do to enhance your Airheads Candy experience. There are tons of DIY craft ideas you can find to create your own #AirheadsCrafts. What do you think you’ll be doing with your Airheads Candy?

Kitchen Table Bakers Parmesan Crisps Review

Kitchen Table Bakers Parmesan Crisps Review

For anyone trying to lose or maintain their weight cravings are the enemy. They can come out of nowhere and wreak havoc. They are the cause of so many diets being tossed aside and I know exactly how that feels; not good.

Of all the diets I have tried the only ones I saw actual results from were those that limited carb intake. The problem with that is my biggest cravings are loaded with carbs: chips, breads, potatoes… the bad ones. When I received the Parmesan Crisps from Kitchen Table Bakers for review I was excited.

I was excited because there are <1 gram of carbs and 80 calories per serving (three crisps) which make them safe to eat! ParmCrisps are made with 100% Aged Parmesan Cheese, drool!

Kitchen Table Bakers

While three crisps might not sound like any serving you’ve had, ever, these are extremely satisfying. I’m usually good after just one crisp thanks to the robust, cheesy flavor. Because of this the crisps seem to last longer than any other snack I’ve had in the house. The resealable bag makes sure they’re kept fresh, yay!

The plastic container doesn’t seem to keep them fresh as long as the bag does, so I suggest using those up asap. Tea with friends, book club snack etc…

ParmCrisps

Aside from eating them on their own you can also use the ParmCrisps in place of those carb-overloaded croutons in your salad. They have the same familiar crunch without the guilt – score!

Did I mention they’re allergy friendly too, having no wheat or gluten or sugar. That’s pretty impressive.

Parm Crisps Chips

There are 11 flavor varieties available so even the pickiest palates will be pleased. These would make a great stocking stuffer for the foodie in your life and can be easily found online and in select stores. Use the product locator to see if there’s a retailer nearby.

Apple Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Hazelnut Frosting Recipe #Snackation

Apple Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Hazelnut Frosting Recipe #Snackation

This is a sponsored post from Smucker’s in conjunction with the #Snackation campaign. All opinions are my own.

Last week I sent my brother on a mission to pick up some Smucker’s and Jif products for a fun #Snackation. I was inspired by what he brought home and the upcoming fall weather.

Smuckers Snackation

To recap, he brought home

  • Jif Salted Caramel Hazelnut Spread
  • Smucker’s Strawberry Jam
  • and Smucker’s Apple Fruit-Fulls

Separately these ingredients make great snack options and perfect lunchbox companions. I can totally see dipping pretzels, fruits, and crackers into the Jif Salted Caramel Hazelnut Spread – it is delicious! Strawberry Jam can be used for many things as well – in fact I’m in the process of creating a yummy jelly roll recipe to share with you guys.

Apple Pie Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Hazelnut Frosting Recipe

But today isn’t about jelly rolls – it is about these moist apple cupcakes with a creamy, rich salted caramel hazelnut frosting. Yes, they are as good as they sound! Maybe even better.

Apple Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Hazelnut Frosting Recipe #Snackation
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Ingredients

  • For the Cupcakes
  • 1/3 c. butter, softened
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. white sugar
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/3 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 pouches Smucker's Apple Fruit-Fulls®
  • For the Frosting
  • 2 cups Jif Salted Caramel Hazelnut Spread

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350

Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time. Whisk in the vanilla.

Sift together the dry ingredients and slowly add it to the butter mixture. Stir in Fruit-Fulls® until the batter is smooth.

Fill muffin tins 2/3 full with the batter.

Bake for 22 minutes or until the center of the cupcakes are done. Allow to cool in the muffin pan for 10 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to completely cool

Add the Jif Salted Caramel Hazelnut Spread to a piping bag and frost.

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Apple Pie Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Hazelnut Frosting Recipe

Once they’re made you can take them along on your own Snackation. A trip to the zoo, park, or playground. Across the country or in your own backyard. The beauty of a snackation isn’t so much where you go as who you are with. Enjoying a snack filled day with the family can happen anywhere and I suggest planning a snackation at least once a month. 

If you are at a loss for how to spend your #Snackation you can get inspiration from the bloggers below.

So tell me, what does your perfect Snackation consist of? What will you take, where will you go, and who will you spend it with?

Leave a comment below and let us know what you have planned.

Summer Snacking with Triscuit

Summer Snacking with Triscuit

A Triscuit a Trascuit…. wait. That doesn’t work.

What does work is these delicious recipes for delicious, light summer snacking with Triscuit!

Triscuit Original

Triscuit has partnered with five artisanal food producers – Makers of More – to create exclusive products specifically designed for Original Triscuit crackers.

Topping the Original Triscuit this summer are:

Triscuit Summer Snacks

We received the products pictured above to try some of these recipes and share them with you. I did make a few changes to fit our taste preferences. Overall we all enjoyed trying these amazing, yet simple, creations and have been incorporating them into our summer snacking routine.

Many of these are perfect for after school snacking so you don’t have to put them away once summer is over!

 

McClure’s Pickles

McClure’s Pickles Olive Tapenade, Goat Cheese, Chives

Olive Tapenade, Goat Cheese, Chives

  1. Start with an Original Triscuit cracker
  2. Spread goat cheese on cracker
  3. Add McClure’s Olive Tapenade
  4. Top with chopped Chives

 I omitted the chives on this one and it was great. The crunch of the Triscuit cracker made a nice contrast to the soft texture of the other ingredients.

The Jam Stand

The Jam Stand    Cherry Ginger Jam, Brie, Walnuts

Cherry Ginger Jam, Brie, Walnuts

  1. Start with an Original Triscuit cracker
  2. Spread The Jam Stand’s Cherry Ginger Jam on cracker
  3. Add a piece of brie
  4. Top with chopped walnuts

The only thing I did differently here was go without walnuts. That’s only because I didn’t have any – I bet it would be fantastic with them!! The Jam is perfectly sweet without being overwhelming.

Wondermade

Wondermade    Blackberry Marshmallow, Banana, Hazelnut Spread

Blackberry Marshmallow, Banana, Hazelnut Spread

  1. Start with an Original Triscuit cracker
  2. Spread hazelnut spread on cracker
  3. Add a slice of banana
  4. Add Wondermade’s Blackberry Marshmallow
  5. Finish with a second Triscuit cracker to create a sandwich

I left out the banana and substituted peanut butter for the hazelnut spread. I’m thinking toasting these flavorful marshmallows would make it even better.

Olympia Provisions

Summer Sausage, Aged Cheddar cheese, Pickled Onion

  1. Start with an Original Triscuit cracker
  2. Add a slice of Olympia Provisions’ Summer Sausage on cracker
  3. Add a piece of aged cheddar cheese
  4. Top with pickled onion

 

Savannah Bee Company

Savannah Bee Company    Winter White Honey with Passion Fruit, Peaches, Almonds

Winter White Honey with Passion Fruit, Peaches, Almonds

  1. Start with an Original Triscuit Cracker
  2. Spread Savannah Bee Co. Winter White Honey with Passion Fruit on cracker
  3. Add one fresh peach slice
  4. Top with chopped almonds

This was my favorite of the 5 recipes. The Winter White Honey with Passion Fruit is out of this world good. I traded a slice of strawberry for the peach slice because, well, I love strawberries and thought it would be a nice pairing. I was right!

 

If you’re looking for an easy, no fuss snacking option then these are the answer! You can find Triscuit Original Crackers at your local grocery store and the artisanal products may be found online. Happy Snacking!

Light Summer Snacking with    Original Triscuit

Mission: #Snackation

Special thanks to Smucker’s for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my onw.

Snacks wait for no (wo)man!

As many of you know I have been out of commission for the last week due to an emergency surgery. I’m happy to report that I’m on the mend and things are finally getting back to normal. Unfortunately I won’t be able to stick with next week’s birthday travel plans; Vegas will have to wait until mid September.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t completely bummed about this because I was so looking forward to being in Las Vegas for my birthday. Instead I’ll be home, celebrating with friends and family; which is how birthdays should be spent 🙂

As any one who has undergone surgery can attest, life doesn’t get put on pause because you’re recuperating. Life must go on and the kids must be fed! Unable to do much shopping outside of the internet, I sent my little brother on a #Snackation mission. I had some things in mind that I wanted to make and thankfully he chose to accept the mission.

Mission Snackation

Agent:

We have a dire mission underway. The kids are unruly and tummies are growling. You are the only man for the job.

Your mission, should you choose to accept (non-acceptance may result in your immediate termination…) is to find and apprehend the following culprits:

  • Jif Hazelnut Spread
  • Smucker’s Strawberry Jam
  • and Smucker’s Fruit Fulls

The aforementioned were last spotted at our regular #Snackation rendezvous point: Walmart. Proceed with caution agent, as onlookers may get hostile when they realize they did not get there first. As always, be aware of imposters.

Godspeed agent, Godspeed.

Jif Hazelnut Spread Smuckers Fruit Fulls Smuckers Strawberry Jam

Being the brilliant, loving, and compliant agent brother he is, he saved the day. He brought home the bacon items on the list and all was right with the world. Now we’re busy planning out next week’s festivities and all I can say for now is tummies will be tickled and taste buds will be pleased! Be sure to check back for a yummy recipe made from one, two, or all of the items we’re munching on this week!