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Friday, November 21, 2014

Turn Farm Rich Meatballs into Lasagna Lollipops for an Easy Holiday Appetizer

This post brought to you by Farm Rich. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Hungry Happenings. When my family descends upon my house tonight for a holiday gathering, they will not be surprised to see festive looking appetizers including Meatball Lasagna Lollipops and Pizzeria Bites Pops on my table. It's what they expect. But, they might be astonished when I actually sit down and enjoy their company instead of slaving away in the kitchen.
Farm Rich Meatball Lasagna Lollipops from HungryHappenings.com

Even though I love to cook, that doesn't mean I want to miss out on my own party. So, over the years I've started using some holiday hacks to make party preparations easier, the most important of which is including high quality pre-made food items, like Farm Rich Snacks, on my party menu. On occasion, I'll simply heat and serve, but more often than not, I try to use the packaged products to make something festive and fun.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Mega M&M's Christmas Ornaments

The moment I opened my first package of Mega M&M's I could see so many edible craft possibilities including these Mega M&M Christmas Ornaments. You can add these festive candies to a Christmas tree cake or cookie, simply stack them in a candy jar, or if you are ambitious, string them and hang them on an actual tree.

Mega M&M's Christmas Ornaments are a super easy holiday craft for kids or adults from HungryHappenings.com

When I sat down to make these edible ornaments, I only planned to draw on them with food coloring markers, add a silver marshmallow hanger and call it a day. But, as you can see, I didn't stop at that. As I was scribbling on the candies, I realized there were so many possible ways to turn these large round candy coated chocolates into colorful ornaments for Christmas. 
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Honey Maid and Skippy Reindeer Pops and Graham Cracker Houses

This weekend I had a blast working in the kitchen creating these festive Reindeer Pops and a Graham Cracker House using Honey Maid Graham Crackers and Skippy Peanut Butter as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias on behalf of it's advertisers. #PBandG  #CollectiveBias

Spend time during the holidays crafting in the kitchen making these adorable Honey Maid and Skippy Reindeer Pops and Graham Cracker Houses | HungryHappenings.com

After last week's kitchen disasters I was hesitant to venture back into the kitchen, so I took a day off and got my Halloween decorations packed up and made room for some new furniture that was delivered to our basement movie theater over the weekend. Then I spent a relaxing evening watching a movie from the comfort of my new recliner. Ah, that was so nice.

I think the excitement of seeing my basement starting to take shape and the satisfaction that I finally got all my pumpkins put away, was just what I needed. 

My entire day spent making these Christmas treats was joyful. There was not even one moment of stress, and isn't that the way time spent making holidays sweets should be?
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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Edible Thanksgiving Place Cards

I'm back! It's Kim, The Partiologist, this time with a DIY Edible Place Card.  I always like to have a plan and part of that plan is to do what ever I can, before the Holidays.  Speaking of Holidays, Thanksgiving is going to be here before you know it.  Each year I think about making edible place cards for the table.  Each year, I just tell everyone where to sit.  That works, but it's not as fun.  These Edible Thanksgiving Place Cards are!


And my favorite part is, they can be made ahead of time. 

Just seal to keep them fresh and safe from all chocolate lovers.
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Friday, November 14, 2014

Ear of Corn PiƱata Cookies

I realize these Ear of Corn Pinata Cookies look a little corny, and not in a good way, but after the emotional roller coaster I've been on this week, I decided to share them with you anyway.

Fill these Ear of Corn Pinata Cookies with your favorite candy to make a really sweet Thanksgiving treat. | HungryHappenings.com

I was really excited when I came up with the concept to make 3-D corn shaped cookies filled with candy, worked for two days to get them right, made three batches of cookies, and finally felt I had something that resembled corn. That was until my husband came into the kitchen and said they looked like eggs wrapped in leaves or odd looking sunflowers. UHG!

I tried adding individual kernels to the corn, but that really didn't help, and it was so much more work that in the end I decided to skip it. 

The candy filled cookies are still fun, even if they don't exactly resemble ears of corn and I'm happy to have something to share with you today. 
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Healthy Thanksgiving Dessert - Cocoa Banana Ice Cream Turkeys

This post is brought to you by Ninja. 
If you are looking to serve a healthier Thanksgiving dessert that's still fun and festive, you're going to want to make these adorable Cocoa Banana Ice Cream Turkeys. 

Cocoa Banana Ice Cream Turkeys are a simple and healthy Thanksgiving dessert | HungryHappenings.com

They taste sinfully rich and chocolaty but are made with bananas, cocoa powder, peanut butter and almond milk. I'm sure by now you have seen dozens of recipes for one or two ingredient easy to make ice cream. Have you made some yet?

You simply slice and freeze some bananas, pop them into a food processor or better yet into a Ninja Auto-IQ Blender, along with other ingredients like chocolate spreads, peanut butter, berries, and more, then magically all those things blend together to make a creamy decadent ice cream.

My favorite way is to mix in hazelnut chocolate spread, but that isn't the healthiest option. Those chocolate spreads are loaded with sugar.
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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Whoopie Pie Pumpkins

Hi everyone. It's Kim, The Partiologist. I love pumpkin, but I don't love pumpkin pie, in fact I don't even like it.  So every year around Thanksgiving, I try and come up with a way to make pumpkin into anything but a pie.  Today you could say I now LOVE pumpkin pie... Whoopie Pie Pumpkins! 



For years, I have been wanting to make them and it looks like this is the year.
The year of the CUTE Whoopie Pie Pumpkins!
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Friday, November 7, 2014

Mini Chocolate Cheesecake Turkeys & a Holiday Giveaway

This post and giveaway are brought to you by Eggland's Best Eggs.
I had so much fun recently making Chocolate Turkey Truffles and  Cheesecake Ghosts that I morphed the two ideas into these Mini Chocolate Cheesecake Turkeys for Thanksgiving. 

Mini Chocolate Cheesecake Turkeys | Holiday Recipes by HungryHappenings.com

I took concepts from both recipes and combined them to make one adorable and decadent chocolate Thanksgiving dessert. Each tiny little cheesecake is so lusciously rich that a little goes a long way. They are the perfect size sweet treat to serve after a huge holiday meal. 
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Magic 8 Ball Cakes

Did you ever close your eyes, shake a Magic 8 Ball, and hope for the right answer when asking life's important questions, like, "does Billy really like me" or "will I get into Mrs. Smith's homeroom?"

Magic 8 Ball Cakes | HungryHappenings.com

I sure did. Playing with Magic 8 Balls was a part of my childhood that may not have actually been magical, but it allowed me to believe that it was, so when General Mills asked me to create replicas of the iconic toy out of cakes, I was pretty excited. 

My finished cakes are almost identical in size to the toys and have a real candy glass window that allows you to see the purple haze covered words, "yes" or "no."
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Monday, November 3, 2014

Chocolate Thanksgiving Turkey Truffles filled with Pumpkin Ganache

To kick off the Thanksgiving holiday season I created these Chocolate Turkey Truffles filled with Pumpkin Ganache as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias on behalf of Nestle. What started as an experiment using Libby's 100% Pure Pumpkin and Edy's Slow Churned® Pumpkin Patch Ice Cream turned into one of the most amazing pumpkin recipes, I've ever made. 
#Feast4All #CollectiveBias
Chocolate Thanksgiving Turkey Truffles filled with Pumpkin Ganache | HungryHappenings.com

I never imagined I'd be this excited to share a new post just a few days after my favorite holiday ended. Moving past Halloween and transitioning into Thanksgiving isn't as exciting for me as it is for most people. I'm actually quite sad now that my party is over, my pumpkin decorations are all taken down and the trick-or-treaters have come and gone. 
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