5 Yummy Valentines Treats

Here is a list of DIY Valentines themed treats I’ve found around the internet that I like.  Click the source link below the picture to be taken to the recipe.  Enjoy!



Chocolate Cherry Bark

Source:  Confessions of a Cookbook Queen



2 Ingredient Strawberry Fudge

Source:  Cookies and Cups



Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwich

Source: Parents



Fudge Brownie Hearts with Fresh Raspberry Buttercream

Source:  A Farm Girls Dabbles



Marbled Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

Source:  The Novice Chef



Coal Krispie Treats

Being bad never tasted so good!

Coal Krispie Treats

It is somewhat of a Christmas tradition that good little boys and girls get gifts, and the not so good ones get lumps of coal.  Well, this is a new twist on that dreaded lump of coal.  It easy to make, cheap, and can be given as a gift to just about anyone!  Plus everyone will ask where you got it and imagine their reaction when you get to tell them that you made them yourself!


  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows or 30 large marshmallows
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cups rice cereal
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed Oreo cookies (leave the filling in the cookies)
  • 4 – 10 drops black gel food coloring (enough to turn the marshmallows black. The amount will depend based on the brand you use).


1. In a large microwave-safe mixing bowl, heat your marshmallows and butter for 60-90 seconds. Until the butter and marshmallow are melted.

2. Stir your marshmallows and mix in your food coloring until you achieve the desired color.


3. Now mix in your rice cereal and the crushed Oreo cookies. Use a heavy metal spoon as it is quite hard to stir all of the



4. Let sit for about 5 minutes until your marshmallows cool down
5. Use a tablespoon to scoop out your treats onto a piece of parchment paper.


6. Let cool for 20 – 30 minutes.
7. Pack your treats a little more tightly by using your hands.

The final product will be harder, denser, and drier than your traditional Rice Krispies treats, but the Oreos will make it more flavorful.

Long John Silvers Fish -recipe

The worst thing about eating out is the cost it can rack up quite quickly.

What if I told you that you could make those same meals at home?!?!

When you make this recipe at home, you can use any fish that you like. Long John Silver’s uses Wild-caught Alaskan Cod.

For frying, I used vegetable oil. I used my T-fal FR8000 Oil Filtration Ultimate EZ Clean Easy to clean 3.5-Liter Fry Basket Stainless Steel Immersion Deep Fryer. I like it because it regulates the heat very well, and it has a filter so you can reuse the oil.

I do have some tips on technique.   Make sure your fish pieces are no more than 3 ounces, when the fish is heavier it will immediately sink in the oil, and the batter may wrap itself around the heating elements of your fryer.  If you are simply using a pot to heat your oil in, this may not be an issue.  I like to raise and lower the battered fish pieces a few times when I lower them into the oil, this way the batter can cook just a little, and the expansion of the batter is less troublesome.  It isn’t difficult to do at all, but this batter does expand while cooking, it is one of the characteristics that makes this batter so unique.




  • 2 pounds cod sliced into 3 ounce pieces (you can use other types of fish)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 16 ounces club soda
  • Oil for frying


If you are not using a fryer, heat up 8 cups of vegetable oil in a heavy pot until the temperature reaches 350 degrees. Make the batter by combining flour, corn starch, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, onion salt, paprika, ground black pepper. Stir to combine all dry ingredients. Add club soda to dry ingredients. The batter will foam, continue to stir.

Drop pieces of fish into the batter. Coat fish with batter, drop into hot oil. Fry fish for 2 to 3 minutes or until the batter is golden and the fish pieces begin to float to the top of the oil. Drain fish on a wire rack.

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Nutella and Marshmallow Turnovers

You can bake them on a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. I used a baking sheet and silicone set from Artisan Metal Works. They have a great set including a cookie sheet and silicone mat that fits the baking sheet perfectly. The turnovers came off very well with no sign of sticking. You can check out the silicone sheets at Amazon here – Artisan Metal Works Half Size Baking Sheet, Cover, and Non-Stick Mat


Nutella and Marshmallow Turnovers
Prep time:  15 mins
Cook time:  40 mins
Total time:  55 mins
Serves: 8
  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Thaw the puff pastry and if it does not come pre-rolled, roll it out on a lightly floured surface. Cut it into eight 5×5 inch squares.
  3. Spread 2 tbsp of Nutella in the middle portion of each pastry square. Drop about 12 mini marshmallows on top of the Nutella.
  4. Whisk together the egg white and the water.
  5. Brush some of the egg wash around the border of the square. Fold over the turnover and gently press down along the side with your fingers to make sure there is an even seal. Use a fork to crimp all the edges so the filling will not leak out.
  6. Brush some egg wash on top of each turnover. Sprinkle some sugar on top.
  7. Place the turnovers on a baking sheet, leaving at least 1 inch space between them.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until the pastry is lightly browned around the edges.



Easy, no-cook oatmeal with make-ahead convenience; packed with nutrition to get your day off to a healthy start. Make it in individual mason jars for a perfect serving size and an easy grab-and-go breakfast.


  • 1/4 cup uncooked old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon honey, optional (or substitute any preferred sweetener)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce, or enough to fill jar


In a half pint (1 cup) jar, add oats, milk, yogurt, chia seeds, cinnamon and honey. Put lid on jar and shake until well combined. Remove lid, add applesauce and stir until mixed throughout. Return lid to jar and refrigerate overnight or up to 2 days. Eat chilled.

DIY: Chocolate Dip For Ice Cream (aka Magic Shell)!!!

Homemade Magic Shell

Homemade Magic Shell

Ever wonder how they make that chocolate coating that’s hard for Ice Cream?  Wonder no more!  Here is an easy DIY for Chocolate Dip aka Magic Shell.  Stop wasting money and just make it yourself as you need it.  Put it on lots of things!  Let your imagination run wild.  This is also a GREAT project for the kids to help with because it simple, quick, and yummy!  I also LOVE to put banana’s into the freezer then when they are cold I will dip them in the Chocolate Dip and put them back into the freezer.  Kids LOVE them and so do I.

Insert a stick, freeze peeled banana, then use DIY magic shell. Place back in freezer bags and serve as a frozen treat!

I was once asked why…. why make it when you can just pick it up on the shelf and have it ready to go.  Two reasons I would rather make it myself; the first is I enjoy the time with the kids and the “wow you made this” comments from their friends.  The second reason is I really hate picking up a bottle from a big money company and having to “trust” that they haven’t added anything extra they aren’t bothering to list.  I LOVE TO KNOW WHAT’S IN MY CHILDRENS FOOD.  Maybe i’m an overprotective mother or maybe it’s just a small portion of my mommy OCD.  LOL Either way it’s me.

Oh, the suspense!  …  Okay okay, here’s the recipe.  I found some cheap choco chips and a SUPER DEAL on the coconut oil.  Clicking on the blue names will take you to the page.

  1. Place chocolate chips and coconut oil in a deep microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir and microwave for a few more seconds until the chips have all melted. Stir to combine.
  2. Allow to cool to room temperature before spooning over ice cream or using as a coating on a frozen ice cream pop or banana.
  3. Note: Using a higher proportion of coconut oil versus the chocolate will result in a thinner shell so feel free to adapt the recipe to your liking.

ENJOY 🙂  Comment below on how you liked it!

New Years Dinner with 6 Superfoods!

Start the new year off right by combining 6 SuperFoods into one meal!

Here’s the SuperFoods:

  • Pork Chops
  • Vinegar
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Cheese
  • Iceberg Lettuce
  • Mushrooms

Here’s the facts on the foods:

Pork Chops

Pork contains almost five times the selenium—a mineral linked to a lower risk of prostate cancer—of beef and twice that of chicken. And Purdue University researchers found that a 6-ounce serving daily helped people preserve muscle while losing weight.


Scientists in ­Sweden discovered that when people consumed 2 tablespoons of vinegar with a high-carb meal, their blood sugar was 23 percent lower than when they skipped the antioxidant-loaded liquid. They also felt fuller.

Red Pepper Flakes

A Dutch study found that consuming a gram of red-pepper flakes—about half a teaspoon—30 minutes prior to a meal reduced calorie intake by 16 percent. Plus, new research suggests its active ingredient, capsaicin, may help kill cancer cells.

MoneyMamma101 SECRET:  Not many people (coughs… me) can handle spicy foods.  There is an EASY work around to this!  Buy some size 00 empty capsules, stuff them each with 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes, then take 1 hour before a meal.  A capsule takes about 30 minutes to dissolve so this would put the flakes in your stomach at the beneficial 30 minutes until meal time window!

Full Fat Cheese

This dairy product is an excellent source of casein protein—one of the best muscle-building nutrients you can eat. Danish researchers found that even when men ate 10 ounces of full-fat cheese daily for 3 weeks, their LDL (“bad”) cholesterol didn’t budge.  Just make sure you’re not picking up a cheese that includes an old school fire retardant!  I like to use Organic Valley Grassmilk Raw Sharp Cheddar or if your looking for single slices, reach for the Horizon Organic American Singles.

Iceberg Lettuce

Conventional wisdom suggests this salad staple is nutritionally bankrupt. But as it turns out, half a head of iceberg lettuce has significantly more alpha-carotene, a powerful disease-fighting antioxidant, than either romaine lettuce or spinach.


This fungi’s metabolites—­by-products ­created when mushrooms are broken down during digestion—have been shown to boost immunity and prevent cancer growth, report researchers in the Netherlands.

When you put these 6 super-foods together you get more bang for your body! 

Here’s the meal deal:

Grilled Pork Chops

Grilled Pork Chops

1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
8 (1/2-inch) bone-in pork chops (about 3 ounces each)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Begin by making the marinade. In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, oil, vinegar, cumin and red pepper flakes. Easy, right?

Sprinkle both sides of the pork chops with salt and pepper and place in a re-sealable plastic bag with the marinade. Let rest on the counter for 1 hour. That’s easy.

Heat a grill or grill pan over medium heat. Remove the pork chops from the bag and lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place on the grill and cook until the pork chop releases from the grill, about 4 minutes. Flip and cook on the other side for another 3 minutes. If using a grill pan, be sure to do in batches so you don’t steam the chops. And don’t worry if you have neither; you can do this in a pan.

To finish off the ingredients for the 6 superfoods, you’ll want to add a side salad of Iceberg lettuce, fresh mushrooms, cheese, and whatever else you’d like on your salad.  If your really wanting to kick your body into superfood drive you can even use a vinaigrette dressing to top it off!

Don’t forget to finish the meal off with some sides of your choosing, such as green beans, corn, potatoes, etc.

Yummy NO BAKE Cookies

These are super easy to make and great tasting.  This is an amazing recipe to make with children.



  1. Add the first four ingredients into a 4-quart sauce pan.
  2. Bring to a rolling boil and hold for 1 minute.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Add peanut butter into the hot mixture and stir until melted.
  5. Add in vanilla. (almond extract is good also, but I only use 1/2 teaspoon almond and 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla).
  6. Mix in the oats and drop by tablespoons onto wax paper.
  7. Let cool until set. (You can place them in the fridge.)
  8. *Please remember that even if you do follow the recipe exactly, it doesn’t always turn out just right. I have had these not set up for me AND be hard and dry. But most of the time, the recipe is just right. I have also found that it makes a difference if you use quick cooking oats or old fashioned. In my experience it takes more old fashioned oats than quick cooking and I like the texture of the quick cooking better. When you make it a few hundred times like I have you learn a couple of things:) Also, Chunky peanut butter tends to make them more dry and crumbly.


Make a Tasty Watermelon Keg!


Today is Tasty Tuesday and MoneyMamma101 is back to show you how to make your very own Watermelon Keg.  Impress your friends with this easy and cheap party keg.  Or if you want it for your little ones just leave out the alcohol and fill it with tummy yummy punch (recipe below).  Here’s the how to:

Step 1:  Scrub your watermelon.  Make sure the surface is clean and dirt free.  Pat it dry with a towel.

Step 2:  Draw a circle around the top end of the watermelon where you will cut the lid off.  This should be about 6 inches down from the center of the crown.

Step 3:  Slice the top of the watermelon with a large knife to remove the lid portion.  Use the draw line from step 2 as a reference.

Step 4:  Use a large spoon or ice cream scoop to remove the inside “flesh” of the watermelon and set aside for later.  Be sure not to dig into the rind. Only remove the red flesh part.

Step 5:  Create a hole towards the bottom of the watermelon for the Faucet.  It’s best to make your hole a tad smaller than the diameter of the faucet you buy.  I use an apple corer.  Try not to make the hole bigger than the faucet or your keg will leak.

Step 6:  Insert your Keg Faucet into the hole you just created. (If you don’t have a faucet you can get a cheap one here.)

Step 7:  Fill the watermelon keg with your favorite recipe.


Tummy Yummy Punch (Kid Friendly)

  • 8 cups watermelon
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, halved
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups water

Combine the watermelon, strawberries, lemon juice, sugar, and water in a blender. Blend until smooth.  Pour into watermelon keg and add any extra chunks of watermelon you didn’t use in the punch.  You can add ice if you’d like to chill it.


Adult Watermelon Keg Punch

  • 1 L bottle Mount Gay Rum (do yourself a favor and don’t use Bacardi – use something nicer)
  • 1 package fresh mint leaves, stems removed
  • 6 limes
  • lime juice to taste
  • lemon juice to taste
  • ice

Puree watermelon
add lemon and lime juice to taste
add mint leaves
pour in the bottle of rum
taste it, and if you want, add more lemon or lime
chill until serving
to make sure its stays nice and cold add some ice cubes
fill the chilled keg
serve and listen to your guests saying “ahhhhhhhhhh!!”

Make Your Own Dog Treats

Home Made Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

With all the sickness going around from store bought dog treats, I’ve been making my own. My dogs LOVE these and surprisingly they were easy to make.  You can get creative and make your own shapes by hand.  You can use cookie cutters, play-dough shape cutters, dog bone shape cutters, etc.  What ever your mind can think up.  Here’s the how to:


1 3/4 cup flour
1 cup milk
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/4 cup wheat germ
1 cup peanut butter


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Thoroughly combine all ingredients. On a floured surface, knead dough until smooth. Roll out to 1/2″ thickness and use cookie cutter(s) of your choice to make dog treat shapes. Bake on a greased cookie sheet for 20 minutes. Let cool before allowing your dog(s) to try one.