Spring Time Jam into Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

It’s spring and the fruits are in season. While I was at Costco yesterday it was so hard to pass up the crate of strawberries. The only reason why I did was because we get a weekly box of produce sent to our house and I can’t wait to see what’s in it. With fruit being in season it’s really easy to make your own low sugar Jam with Truvia use this Balsamic Strawberry jam recipe and substitute the sugar for Truvia low calorie sweetener by cutting the amount in half 2 cups sugar = 1 cup truvia, or you can always use jam from the store.

Jam cookies

While I was with Smuckers last November we made these Thumbprint cookies. JUST DELISH!


Classic Thumbprint Cookies

Makes: 4 Dozen

Preparation Time: 40 Minutes

Cooking Time: 17 Minutes


· Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
· 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
· 1 Crisco® Baking Sticks Butter Flavor All-Vegetable Shortening, cut into slices
· OR 1 cup Crisco® Butter Flavor All-Vegetable Shortening
· 3 large eggs, separated
· 2 tablespoons water
· 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
· 1/4 teaspoon salt
· 2 cups Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose Flour
· 2 cups finely chopped pecans
· 1 cup Smucker’s® Strawberry Preserves, or any Smucker’s® Preserves, Jam or Jelly


1. HEAT oven to 350°F. Adjust rack to middle position. Coat two cookie sheets lightly with no-stick cooking spray.

2. BEAT brown sugar and shortening in medium bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed for 2 minutes or until fluffy. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add egg yolks, water, vanilla and salt. Beat until well combined. Add flour on low speed until well blended.

3. BEAT egg whites in a shallow bowl until foamy. Place pecans in a separate shallow bowl. Measure about 2 teaspoons dough for each cookie. Roll into balls. Dip each dough ball into egg whites, then roll into pecans. Place on prepared cookie sheet. Using the back of a teaspoon or your thumb, make a rounded indentation in the top of each cookie.

4. BAKE 10 minutes. Remove from oven. It may be necessary to create the indentation once again with a spoon. Place about 1 teaspoon preserves into the indentation of each cookie.

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Truvia® Baking Blend Recipe


I’m a Truvia Ambassador and compensated for sharing recipes.

These cupcakes are moist and silky with a rich cocoa flavor. Made with Truvia® Baking Blend, this cupcake has 40% fewer calories and 65% less sugar* than a full fat version made with sugar.

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Truvia® Baking Blend

Makes: 24



3 ½ cups cake flour
½ cup unsweetened cocoa
2 tsp baking soda
1 ½ tsp salt
1 cup canola oil
1 cup applesauce
1 ⅛ cup Truvia® Baking Blend
3 eggs
⅛ cup red food coloring*
1 ½ tsp vanilla
1 cup buttermilk
2 ½ tsp vinegar
* or 3 Tbsp beet powder


16 oz. reduced fat cream cheese
⅓ cup Truvia® Baking Blend
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp milk (optional)



1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in large bowl.

3. Combine oil, applesauce and Truvia® Baking Blend in a separate large mixing bowl. Blend in eggs. Carefully add red food coloring and vanilla while mixing at low speed.

4. Combine the buttermilk and vinegar. Then add half of the flour mixture and half of the buttermilk mixture to the oil mixture at a time and mix just until combined.

5. Fill paper lined or greased cups ¾ full with batter.

6. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cupcakes comes out clean.


1. Mix cream cheese and Truvia® Baking Blend at low speed for 1 minute. Add the vanilla and mix for another minute at low to medium speed or until creamy and smooth. Add 1 teaspoon of milk, if desired, for thinner spreading consistency.

2. Frost the cooled cupcakes.

* This cupcake has 220 calories, 13 grams fat and 8 grams of sugar per serving compared to a full fat cupcake made with all sugar that has 370 calories, 22 grams fat and 26 grams of sugar per serving

Baking With Kids: Springtime Rice Krispies’ Treat Creation Recipe #EasyToMake

We received samples & Compensation to re-create this recipe our opinions and experiences are our own.

I was asked to recreate a very simple recipe with my daughter using Rice Krispies’ Pinterest page and to document the experience on my blog and social channels using the #easytomake hashtag to share our experience.


We just got back from vacation and we had nothing in our pantries to eat except all the stuff I received from Kellogg’s Rice Krispies and it’s a good thing because it’s Easter Weekend. My son and husband went upstairs to fix a light fixture while my daughter and I started cleaning downstairs and baking. But the baking took us only about five minutes because Rice Krispies’ Treats are EASY TO MAKE.


My goal was to re-create these cute cake balls.


But we decided to do more than that. We made pops, bunnies and eggs. Check out our process.



My son even donated his blue dog for our photo shoot.



Rice Krispies’ Treats


1/4 cup of butter
10 ounce bag of marshmallows
6 cups of Rice Krispies Cereal
1 bag of pastel M&M’s

Some other hard candy for eyes and noses


melt the butter and marshmallows

Then add cereal and M&M’s

Quickly place into molds and when it cools enough squish into balls.


After that, let your kids devour! DSC00265



I loved the whole process of making these with my daughter. We had so much fun.


I look forward to trying out more of the recipes on the Rice Krispies’ Pinterest page. I had no idea there were so many different options. You know, last year we made Hidden Surprise Eggs


And for Halloween we made chocolate hidden surprise bats. Get inspired with new Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treat recipes and decorating ideas on RiceKrispies.com or share your own creation on Rice Krispies’ Pinterest page.

Cinco de Mayo Mango Margarita Ice Pops Recipe

Now we’re talking about things I love, home made ice pops and they include tequila! Blendtec shared a fantastic recipe to create your own Ice Pops with ease!.

Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 8.57.26 AMMango Margarita Ice Pops Recipe

½ c mango yogurt
¼ c ripe mango
1½ oz orange juice
3 tbsp lime juice
½ tbsp agave nectar
1½ oz tequila*
½ oz triple sec*
berries or other fruit (optional)

Add all ingredients but optional fruit to FourSide jar in order listed. Secure lid and select “Smoothie.” Pour mixture into ice pop molds, filling ¾ full. If desired, add optional fruit, dividing evenly among molds. Freeze ice pops until solid. Makes four 3-ounce ice pops.

*For an alcohol-free version, substitute 1½ ounces water for tequila and ¼ teaspoon orange extract for triple sec.

Creamy Taco Soup Recipe

I love using fresh food to make something really tasty and with a blender like Blendtec it’s so EASY. Between the guacamole and the margaritas, Cinco de Mayo is one of the most festive food holidays. There is one kitchen gadget that can make all the necessary dishes.. Appliances from Blendtec (of Will It Blend fame) are a blender and food processor rolled into one. They can be used to make margaritas and mixed drinks, of course, but also salsas, dips, hummus, pizza dough, ice cream or brownies

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Creamy Taco Soup Recipe

Servings: 6-8


2 (5.3 oz) containers plain, nonfat Greek yogurt
1/2 c reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 (15 oz) can Navy beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (4 oz) can diced green chilies
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes, drained
2 tbsp fresh-squeezed lime juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp ground ancho chili powder
3 tbsp fresh cilantro, plus extra for garnish
2 tsp Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime Seasoning Blend
1 c fresh corn kernels
1 lb shredded, cooked chicken breast
1 c shredded Colby-Jack cheese, for garnish


  1. Place yogurt, broth, Navy and black beans, green chilies, tomatoes, lime juice, garlic and all spices (through the Mrs. Dash seasoning blend) in your Blendtec, and blend on the ‘Soup’ setting.
  2. Once the soup has blended, pour it into a large stockpot set on medium-high heat.
  3. Add the corn and shredded chicken to the soup and continue to cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Portion the soup into 6-8 bowls, topping each with chopped cilantro and shredded cheese, if desired. Serve immediately.

Agua Fresca de Sandia Recipe

What’s better than a glass of lemonade on a hot summer day? In states like California and Texas summer hits in early May if not even sooner and lemonade may already be on your mind. Well Blendtec was kind enough to share a fantastic recipe for Agua Fresca de Sandia! YUM! Super easy and refreshing.


Agua Fresca de Sandia Recipe

Agua Fresca is to Central America what lemonade is to the United States on a warm summer day.


4   c watermelon, seeded and cubed

2   tbsp agave nectar

1   tbsp fresh lime juice

1   c ice cubes


Add ingredients to WildSide jar in order listed. Secure lid and select "Smoothie." Pour into glasses, and garnish with lime slices and ice.

An Easy Salsa Recipe Perfect For Cinco De Mayo

I am a huge fan of Mexican food and my birthday is the day after Cinco De Mayo which I love because everyone is in the mood to eat my favorite food on my birthday. Salsa, beans, chicken, pork, it can all be turned into great food. I received this recipe from Blendtec, (of Will It Blend fame) are a blender and food processor rolled into one. I love using a blender and a food processor when cooking.


Easy Salsa Recipe

Serve this slightly chunky salsa with homemade baked tortilla chips. To move this mild salsa up on the Scoville scale, add a little cayenne pepper or fresh jalapeños.


4   oz canned green chilies, not drained

1   tbsp fresh lime juice

1   clove garlic, quartered

12   tsp kosher salt

14   tsp ground cumin

1412   oz can diced tomatoes, not drained

2   tbsp onion

14   c fresh cilantro leaves


Add green chilies, lime juice, garlic, salt, and cumin to FourSide jar and secure lid. Press "Pulse" 3–5 times. Add tomatoes, onion, and cilantro. Secure lid and "Pulse" 3–5 times.

Beef Nacho Bites Recipe #HormelFamily

As a member of Hormel Family I get to share some really fun Hormel inspired recipes. Here is one I love because I love nachos for almost any meal.

Beef Nachos

Beef Nacho Bites


Servings: 2 4 8 12 This recipe is recommended for 4 servings

  • 4 CHI-CHI’S® Soft Taco Size Flour Tortilla
  • 1 (15-ounce) package HORMEL® Beef Tips & Gravy Entree, heated according to package directions and coarsely shredded
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups shredded taco cheese blend
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1/2 cup diced tomato
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1 (8-ounce) package WHOLLY GUACAMOLE® Classic Dip
  • Canola oil, for frying


  1. Heat broiler.
  2. Cut each tortilla into 8 wedges. In large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add tortilla wedges; cook 1 minute or until golden brown. Remove to paper towel to drain.
  3. Transfer tortilla chips to broiler pan. Top each chip with beef. Sprinkle with cheese. Broil 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  4. Sprinkle nachos with lettuce, tomato and onion. Dollop with guacamole.

Great Recipe: How To Make Turbo FAST Cookies #StreamTeam

WE love watching Turbo and having a series on Netflix makes it easier to watch it regularly. Snail up for the next installment featuring five brand new episodes of DreamWorks Animation’s Turbo FAST (Fast Action Stunt Team) available now, only on Netflix!

Turbo FAST Cookies

All you need is food coloring, basic sugar cookie dough, toothpicks, mini marshmallows, colorful candy of your choosing, icing…and your imagination!


Check out DreamWorks Animation’s Pinterest page for inspiration: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/39969515417476354/.

Turbo FAST is an outrageous, high-octane ensemble comedy series teaming the world-famous super-powered snail Turbo with his posse of adrenaline-junkie buddies to form the Fast Action Stunt Team (FAST). Together, they amp up everything to the extreme: extreme adventure, extreme challenges and extreme excitement. No matter how wild things get, the Fast Action Stunt Team always has each other’s backs. Snail Up! Anytime, anywhere, only on Netflix.

For more information, visit TeamTurboFast.com and Netflix.com/Turbo.

Bacon Deviled Eggs Recipe #HormelFamily

As part of the Hormel Family I’m excited to share another really great and tasty recipe that’s perfect for Easter. Actually it’s perfect for anytime you’re craving eggs and bacon. Try this Bacon Topped Deviled Eggs Recipe with Hormel Real Bacon Bits that I have found to be very tasty as I have used them as a garnish on top of soups!

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12 eggs
½ cup mayonnaise
½ cup HORMEL® Real Bacon Bits plus more for garnish
2 tablespoons finely shredded Cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon mustard

1. Place eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Cover and let eggs stand in hot water 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from hot water and cool. To cool more quickly, rinse eggs under cold running water.
2. Peel hard-cooked eggs and cut in half lengthwise. Remove yolks to a small bowl. Mash egg yolks with mayonnaise, bacon bits and cheese. Stir in mustard. Fill egg white halves with yolk mixture. Sprinkle more bits on top. Refrigerate until ready to serve.