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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Cocoa No-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Reindeer - Healthier Holiday Treats

This holiday post brought to you by California Raisins.
Who says cute holiday treats have to be loaded with sugar? Well, usually, I do, but I have challenged myself to come up with at least one reasonably healthy edible craft for each holiday and for Christmas I made these delightful No-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Reindeer.

No-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Reindeer make a healthier alternative to holiday sweets from HungryHappenings.com

I do realize much of what I make for your here on Hungry Happenings is not nutritious. In most cases the festive foods I create for this blog are not meant to be eaten every day. They are treats, to be enjoyed on special occasions. 
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Oreo Angels - Simple Christmas Cookies

Give one of these precious Oreo Angels to all of your little angels this holiday season and see the magic that a chocolate covered cookie holds. 

Precious Oreo Angels are simple enough to make for Christmas or Vacation Bible School that even kids can help. | HungryHappenings,com

I'm not saying the kids will become perfect little angels, only that for a moment while the lollipops are in their mouths, there will be peace. 
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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Ugly Christmas Sweater Cake

It's Sunday, so you know what that means...I'm back with something to keep you warm.  I'll give you a hint, it's ugly.  I can make fun of these sweaters, because I may have worn one.  I won't say for certain, but I have had a few fashion moments when I look back and think to myself "what was I thinking?"  So today I am going to have a little fun with this...

UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER CAKE!
from Kim, The Partiologist
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Saturday, November 22, 2014

25 Fun Thanksgiving Food Crafts from Hungry Happenings

Before you head to the grocery store to get everything for your Thanksgiving dinner, check out these 25 Fun Thanksgiving Food Crafts from Hungry Happenings that will make your holiday meal extra special. 

25 Fun Thanksgiving Food Crafts from HungryHappenings.com plus more from around the web.

It's always fun for me to scroll down my RECIPES page here at Hungry Happenings, to see all the edible crafts I've made since I began blogging. I realize now, more than ever, that there are thousands of amazing holiday food ideas around the web, and appreciate all of you readers who continue to look to me for inspiration when making fun holiday food. 
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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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