Build a Snack Stadium for The Big Game

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Are you excited for the Big Game next weekend? Being New England fans (we live in Boston!) we are certainly ready to get over all the controversy that has been taking over the news and just get on with the excitement of the game itself.

Do you have any big plans? Do you have favorite foods that you make every year are you just a pizza and chips kind of family? Well, whatever foods you usually make, I have a new snack that is sure to delight everyone and that just might become a Game Day staple!

Enter THE SNACK STADIUM!

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Super cool right? Kids and adults alike love it and the best part is that it’s super quick to make.

ingredients

What you’ll need:

  • 2 foil cake pans (you can do it with one but it’s easier to do the dips separately then place in the first pan)
  • Serving platter
  • Assorted veggies (I used baby carrots and celery)
  • Pringles (Zesty Salsa Tortillas and BBQ are my faves!)
  • Cheese Its (You HAVE to try the new Cheese-It Grooves…TO DIE FOR!)
  • Pretzels
  • Guacamole
  • Another dip(s) of your choice
  • Sour cream

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The steps are very straightforward as you can see above.

1. Put your first cake pan on a serving platter

2 Arrange your veggies and chips around it.

3. In the second cake pan create the football field using guacamole and whatever other dips you chose. You could also keep it all green by sticking soley to the guac. Using a piping bag, draw the white lines onto the field. Hopefully you have a steadier hand than I do :-)

4. Put the second cake pan into the first one and voila – you have a snack stadium!

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So easy to make and looks pretty cool too, right?

I picked up all my ingredients at my local Walmart.  Keep an eye out for the new Cheez-Its..thin, crispy and made with 100% real cheese, Cheez-It Grooves combine the best of Cheez-It and a chip into one delicious snack.

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 I’ve shared my newest Game Day favorite snack with you; I’d love to hear how you’re going to Get Your Snack On this Sunday! Leave a comment and tell me what you’re planning on making/baking/purchasing!

Share the Love this Valentine’s Day with M&M’s® Red Velvet

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 Looking for a cute idea to gift friends and family this Valentine’s Day? This  M&M’s® Red Velvet cookie mix in a jar is quick and easy to make and looks absolutely adorable! 

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 I used smooth Ball jars made especially for crafts (no embossed logos in the glass!) and jazzed up the finished product with some ribbon, pink rhinestones and felt conversation hearts.

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Don’t you think these made a great gift for friends, family or your child’s teacher? 

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Want to make your own? I layered my ingredients in the jar as follows:

  1. flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt
  2. oats
  3. M&M’s®
  4. chocolate chips
  5. brown sugar
  6. white sugar

You will need to REALLY pack everything down so that all the ingredients fit. I used the flat end of a kitchen utensil but anything that’s flat and that will fit into the jar will do.

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They don’t just look cute in the jar either. This mix makes a really yummy cookie!

All you need to add to the dry mix is:

  • 1 egg (lightly beaten)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup of butter (slightly melted)

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Mix all the ingredients together and refrigerate the dough for 30 mins. This helps to make them soft and fluffy.

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Roll the cookie dough into 1 1/2 inch balls, place on a parchment covered baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees . You can expect to get about 20 – 25 cookies from this recipe.

 

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Pin now and make later :-)

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Make sure you head to the Valentine’s and Holiday Candy aisle at your local Walmart to pick up these yummy Red Velvet M&M’s®

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See more great M&M’s® Red Velvet recipe and party ideas at myconfectioncorner.com/valentines-day where you can also download a coupon to save on your M&M’s® purchase!

Introducing Baby Shaughnessy

Baby Shaughnessy is now more than 6 weeks old so I’m a bit late with this post but I’m sure you’ll understand that it’s been crazy around these parts! Not only did we welcome a little bundle of joy into our lives but Brian started a new job. Lots of new beginnings to be thankful for :-)

Without further ado, I would like to introduce Cian William Shaughnessy to the world. Born 11/29/14 weighing 9lbs 12oz and 22 1/4 inches long and with a great head of hair! 

Baby Shaughnessy

Photo credit Rebekah Kay Photography

He is an absolute angel and is already sleeping anywhere between 4 and 6 hours straight through the night! He gave us his first “social” smile at 3 weeks and already has great head control. He’s quite the over-achiever! 

My labor and delivery were quite uneventful…thank the lord for an amazing epidural…I felt nothing and managed to push him out in under 50 minutes. Postpartum recovery was a different story. I passed out in the wheelchair on the way to the postpartum ward – low blood sugar, anemia, low magnesium and the loss of a lot of blood was to blame. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get out of bed for several days but both my husband, mom and all the nurses at the hospital were so amazing during that time.

Baby Shaughnessy

Photo credit Rebekah Kay Photography

No one prepared me for what a mess I would be during the first few days at home either. Heart palpitations, a ravenous appetite, crazy hormones and extreme exhaustion got the better of me on several occasions. I was worried that there was something wrong with me but a quick phone call to my doctor reassured that me that it was normal and that she wasn’t worried about me.Baby Shaughnessy

Photo credit Rebekah Kay Photography

Thankfully the little man started out only waking twice a night so Brian and I have been able to sleep quite well since about a week after we brought him home. Brian is officially back to work today (first day at his new job!!) and I’m going solo with the wee babba. `I’m so lucky to have the opportunity to stay home with him. I’m loving every single second of it. 

Staying home also means that hopefully I will have more time to dedicate to blogging. Although getting anything done around the house with a newborn is still proving tricky. I’m working on implementing a sleep schedule so that I get some free time during the day. Any advice for me? I’m currently using the EASY schedule from The Baby Whisperer which seems to be working (somewhat) well for him.

Baby Shaughnessy

Photo credit Rebekah Kay Photography

I’ve also been using cloth diapers in an effort to save some money. You can read more about it over at Young House Love. I followed their advice – same diapers, same system. I’m definitely a convert! I wish more people realized how easy modern cloth diapers are! 

So far the best advice I would have for anyone who is currently expecting is to read The Happiest Baby on the Block. It’s a quick read – the same principles are repeated over and over so you’ll get the idea quickly – but it has made a huge difference in our ability to calm Cian down and respond to his needs. 

That’s about it for my update on the baby and myself. Thank you to all of you that have emailed and commented with congratulations. It really is such an exciting time for my family! 

Before I go I will leave you with one question: What was the best advice you were given/most important thing you learned about newborns that you think all new parents should know? Comment below!

 

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