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Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day MincedReviewers!! I am making today Meatless Monday. If you can give up meat and dairy for one day every week, you will make a big impact on our environment!

Fun (Earth Day) Fact: It takes 5,200 gallons of water to make 1lb of beef!

Cutlery Survey

Cutlery Survey

Last call!  This is the last day that I will be collecting data from my cutlery survey.  Thanks so much to all who have completed this already and if you haven’t… Quick! Click on the link above (the words Cutlery Survey) and take it!  If you take the quiz you will get a chance to win $100 Amazon gift card!

Happy Sunday everyone!

Menu Plan – 20.0

 Menu 20:

Sunday – Fried Chicken Sandwiches with Coleslaw and Spicy Mayo.  Highly, highly, highly recommend this recipe from Bon Appetit.   I made the coleslaw ahead of time and fried the chicken in about an inch of olive oil.  I didn’t actually deep fry like the recipe calls for and it still turned out wonderfully.  I served this with corn on the cob and sweet potato fries.  Wow.  All I can say is wow!  🙂

Monday– Fastest ever Enchiladas. – This recipe is by one of my most favorite chefs, Ingrid Hoffman.  Her recipes always taste so authentic!  These truly are super fast.  Serve with Spanish rice and black beans for a perfect Mexican dinner.

Tuesday– Salmon with Olive Vinaigrette.  This incredibly easy recipe by Bobby Flay is such a great midweek recipe.  Now if only I could figure out how to cut some fat out of this dish.  I am on a mission to figure that out.  I’ll keep you posted.

Wednesday–  Picnic in the living room night.  Make sandwiches.  Have chips. Cut up fruit.   If you don’t have kids, pop open a bottle of wine and call it a mid-week date night.  If you do have kids, pop open a bottle of wine and call it a brilliant idea for dinner night.  Super easy and everyone loves it.  🙂

Thursday– Chicken Breasts Stuffed w/Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomatoes. – This recipe from Cooking Light pretty much has all of my favorite ingredients in one recipe.    I haven’t made the shallot-thyme sauce.. I’m sure it’s great but I need to cut a few corners during the week.   I serve this with rice or orzo as the recipe recommends.  So delicious!

Friday –  Pasta With Spicy Shrimp and Tomato Sauce.   I found this recipe in Real Simple Magazine and it’s such a great Friday night dish.  It is so incredibly easy and who really wants to put a ton of effort into dinner after a long week.  Serve with garlic bread and call it a day!

Saturday–  Relax and let someone else do the cooking!!

Don’t forget to click on the link below to use the printable grocery list!  This will help keep you on track as you shop.  Hope this helps streamline your grocery store trips! The goal is for you to go to the store ONCE this week. Save time. Save $$.

Grocery List Template

and as always, here is your menu planning template to print out, write your menu and stick on your fridge.  It is super cute!!

Menu Planning Template

Happy cooking and have a great week!

Cutlery Survey

Cutlery Survey

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Treat Pops!

Sooo..  Treat Pops.  What exactly is a Treat Pop??  Well, for those of us that don’t have the patience for cake pops but want something so incredibly cute that you can’t help but smile when looking at them, Wilton has made Treat Pops.    Think of the frozen push up pops from your childhood and then re-imagine them filled with layer after layer of frosting and cake.  Yum!

I tested these yesterday for Easter and they turned out so adorable!

What I used:

  1. Wilton Treat Pop Containers– You can buy the containers with or without a stand BUT I do recommend the stand.  However, each pop top comes with a lid that doubles as a base so that they can stand upright without the use of a stand (as shown in my pics).  Click on this link for details on the containers.  Treat Pop Containers!
  2. Wilton Treat Pop Decorating Kit–  This kit retails for $8.99 on Amazon.com.  This kit gave me all the tips I needed to do the icing layers between the cake and also to do a super cute swirly icing top!
  3. Wilton Mini-Whoopie Pie Pan– This pan makes the perfect size cake for the treat pop containers.  It retails for $14.99  on Amazon.com.
  4. Cake Layers– I used Trader Joe’s Vanilla cake mix and Ready to Bake Brownies.  I had much more success with the vanilla cake mix than I did with the brownies.  The brownie mix was a little too thick for the pan that I used. Slightly frustrating.  They tasted good but were difficult to get out of the pan and difficult to fit into the treat pop container.
  5. Frosting – I cheated on the frosting too and used Betty Crocker to save time. Dye to any color you want.
  6. Sprinkles– I used cute Wilton pearl beads in blue and white for Easter but the sprinkle possibilities are ENDLESS!  Click here to see all the sprinkles your heart could ever desire! 🙂  SPRINKLES!!

The finished product:

Check out the link below to Wilton’s website to learn about all things treat pops.

Wilton Treat Pops!

I highly highly recommend you try these.  They were so easy and the boys loved them!!  Next stop for this cuteness?  Henry’s birthday party. No traditional birthday cake for him.  He wants Treat Pops.  🙂

Happy baking everyone!!