How to Make Super Strong Bubbles

How to make super strong bubbles

Learning how to make super strong bubbles has been on our list of summer things to do for way too long! I love this post showing how to make bubbles and this one for how to make bubble solution for huge bubbles.

We’ve made all sorts of different kinds of bubbles while taking advantage of Minnesota’s warm summers, but somehow we’ve missed super strong bubbles!

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4th of July Snack Mix Recipe – A Great Red, White and Blue Party Food

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My family celebrates any and every holiday with food. Of course we get together to talk and have fun. We let the kids play, we drink sodas and coffee and drink boxes. But the party gets started when the food is served!

Related: The Best Fourth of July recipes and party food!

We always have a picnic on the 4th of July, and this 4th of July snack mix recipe is the perfect food for an indoor or outdoor party.

Related: The Asian chicken Burger recipe that will change your summer cookout!

If you like your M&Ms to get a little melty, the snack mix can even sit in the sun. If you’d prefer to keep everything in the mix in solid form, make sure you keep it in the shade!

Note: the recipe calls for red white and blue Peanut M&Ms. If it’s not June or July, these are hard to find! I recommend getting a big bag of standard Peanut M&Ms and only using the red and blue ones.

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Also, you can use any candy you want here, so feel free to be creative with your color combinations and flavors!

4th of July Snack Mix

Ingredients for the 4th of July Snack Mix

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1 cup milk chocolate chips
4 cups Rice Chex cereal
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
Peanut M&M’s in red, white, and blue
1 cup Whoppers malted milk candy

Directions for the 4th of July snack mix

1. Line a large baking sheet (I like this one) with wax paper or parchment. Put your 4 cups of cereal in a large mixing bowl. Set both aside.

2. Put the milk chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir. Repeat in 30 second intervals until the chocolate is fully melted.

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3. Use a large spoon to drizzle the melted chocolate over the cereal. Gently mix as you drizzle, making sure to coat the cereal evenly.

4. Place the powdered sugar in a 1 gallon zip-top bag.

5. Carefully scoop the chocolate-coated cereal into the bag with the powdered sugar. Seal the bag and shake it to cover the cereal with the powdered sugar.

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6. Let sit for 1-2 minutes, then spread it out onto the prepared baking sheet. let dry for 1 hour.

7. Put your cereal back in the large bowl and gently mix in the Whoppers and M&Ms.

Find and print the 4th of July Snack Mix recipe below.

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Broccoli Fries: The Best Broccoli Recipe

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Oh broccoli fries. I first heard about roasted broccoli when a friend told me her recipe was “the best broccoli you’ll ever make”.

As a mom who’s always looking for new and delicious ways to prepare vegetables, I couldn’t resist an introduction like that!

I had to make a few changes to use ingredients I had on hand, but Piper took one bite of the roasted broccoli florets and declared them broccoli fries! It made me laugh at first, but after I tasted the crispy, salted pieces again, I had to say that broccoli fries was a great name for the recipe!

Even better, when we started calling the veggies broccoli fries, Haiden was much more willing to eat them. Personally, I’m not a vegetable lover, but I can say that this is absolutely the best broccoli I’ve ever had. It’s so good that I’m sure I’ll be making it weekly!

If you take a look at the recipe below, you’ll see you can use all fresh ingredients. I don’t always have everything like that on hand, and it’s super easy to make adjustments to make the broccoli fries recipe work with what you have in your kitchen.

Broccoli Fries Recipe

Broccoli Fries ingredients:

  • 1-2 pounds fresh broccoli
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and thinly sliced (or 1 teaspoon minced garlic)
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt (Kosher or sea salt, if possible)
  • black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan* cheese

Broccoli Fries directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Cut the broccoli florets from the stalks, leaving about an inch of stalk attached. Throw away the excess stalks. Cut the remaining pieces into bite-size pieces.
  3. Wash the cut broccoli and thoroughly dry them with paper towels.  If there’s moisture, the broccoli will end up steamed and tender, not browned and crisp.
  4. Put the broccoli in a bowl (these bowls have the best reviews!) and toss them with the garlic, salt and pepper and enough olive oil to coat each piece.
  5. Arrange the broccoli on a cookie sheet in a single layer. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes, until crisp-tender and the tips of some of the florets are browned. If they start to get too brown midway through cooking, flip the broccoli with a spatula to cook them evenly.
  6. Remove from the oven and immediately toss with lemon juice and parmesan cheese.

*I had some romano cheese so I used that. My kids added extra Kraft parmesan “powder” cheese to theirs and it only made it better 🙂

The broccoli is best served hot, but my kids and I ate it cold and still thought it was absolutely delicious!

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Since we need the broccoli to be dry, it’s easiest to use fresh broccoli. I did have about a cup of frozen broccoli in my freezer, so I thawed it in a strainer with a blast of hot water, then I let it drain and blotted it with paper towels until it was dry.

Print the broccoli fries recipe here:

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How to Make Captain America Shield Cookies with Recipe and Tutorial

Captain America Shield Cookies

Last week when I shared the Captain America snack mix recipe I said I was torn between the whole #TeamIronMan or #TeamCap thing.

Well, I’ve finally decided which side I stand on for the upcoming Captain America: Civil War movie. While I’m a huge Iron Man fan, I also watch Marvel’s Agents of Shield every week. I get that this fight is about so much more than Captain America’s best friend.

So, it’s decided. I’m officially Team Cap. In honor of my decision and the soon-to-be released Captain America: Civil War I have a fun recipe to share with you!

It’s pretty intimidating to think about using icing to decorate a cookie like Captain America’s shield. Perfect circles and a perfect star are really hard to freehand! Instead, I have an easy method to make Captain America Shield cookies. Keep reading to learn how to do it.

Captain America Shield cookies recipe

How to Make Captain America Shield Cookies

Equipment needed to make Captain America Shield Cookies

Captain America Shield Cookies

4-inch Circle cookie cutter
Rolling pin
Pastry mat
Parchment paper
Wire cooling rack
Gel food coloring (do not use liquid food dye like this. The colors won’t be vibrant enough)
Disposable decorating bags
#2 pastry tips
Wilton couplers
Edible marker in a light color

Captain America Shield Cookies Ingredients

1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

Captain America Shield Cookies Directions

  1. Cream the softened butter with the sugar on medium speed until fluffy, then add eggs one at a time and vanilla extract.
  2. Continue mixing until well combined. Set mixer to low or use a wooden spoon to mix in the flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. Roll all the dough into one ball, wrap the ball of dough completely in plastic wrap, then refrigerate for at least 6 hours, up to overnight.
  4. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  5. Drop the dough onto a floured surface and roll it out to 1/2 inch thick.
  6. Use the circle cookie cutter to cut circles out of the dough.
  7. Place cookies 1 inch apart on parchment-lined baking sheets.
  8. Bake at 325 degrees for 8 minutes or until done.
  9. Transfer to a wire cooling rack and let cool for about 10 minutes.

Captain America Shield Cookies Icing Recipe

4 egg whites or equivalent in pasturized egg white powder
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Red and blue gel food coloring

Captain America Shield Cookies Icing Directions

  1. Combine the egg whites, cream of tarter, powdered sugar and vanilla in a bowl and mix on low or medium speed for 5-10 minutes until stiff peaks form.
  2. Divide the icing equally into 3 different bowls. Keep the first bowl white.
  3. Add 3-5 drops of red food coloring to the second bowl and mix in thoroughly. Add more food coloring 1 drop at a time if the icing should be more red.
  4. Repeat step 3 with the third bowl and blue food coloring.
  5. Put each icing color into it’s own decorating bag.

How to Easily Decorate Captain America Shield Cookies

  1. Use an edible marker to draw circles and a star on all the cookies like the below example.how to make captain america shield cookies
  2. Use the white icing to fill in the star and one of the rings on all the cookies like like this example:captain america shield cookies
  3. Wait 10 minutes, then use the red icing to fill in the ring on the outside and the inside of the white ring.
  4. Wait 10 minutes and fill in the area around the star with blue icing.
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I know all the steps make it seems like a lot of work, but I swear this method for making Captain America Shield cookies is so much easier than freehanding it!

You can print the recipe for Captain America Shield cookies below, then read on for more about the movie.

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If you haven’t seen the latest trailer for Captain America: Civil War you need to right now! Check it out here:

Captain America: Civil War opens in theaters everywhere on May 6, 2016! Get your tickets today!

Captain America Snack Mix Recipe – A Great Marvel Party Food Idea

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I’m something of an equal opportunity Marvel Avengers fan. I don’t have a favorite superhero. I have two favorite superheros!

Iron Man and Captain America are my top 2 favorite Avengers. It’s making this whole idea of choosing #TeamIronMan or #TeamCap sides for Captain America: Civil War so confusing!

Even if you thought you had a favorite, if you attended the Hollywood premiere of Iron Man 3 and visited the Captain America: The Winter Soldier set on an amazing Marvel press trip you probably wouldn’t be able to choose either!

Whether you’re Team Captain America, Team Iron Man or just an Avengers fan, I think almost everyone is looking forward to the newest movie, Captain America: Civil War!

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There are plenty of ways to celebrate a new movie, but food definitely needs play a part. This Captain America snack mix recipe is perfect for a movie party. I also love that the red, white and blue candies in the recipe also make for some great 4th of July recipes!

What makes this recipe the best Captain America snack mix recipe is that it’s a Marvel spin on delicious Muddy Buddies. This chocolate and peanut butter combination melts in your mouth and finishes with a crunch.

Note: the recipe calls for red white and blue Peanut M&Ms. If it’s not June or July, these are hard to find! I recommend getting a big bag of standard Peanut M&Ms and only using the red and blue ones.

Also, you can use any candy you want here, so feel free to be creative with your color combinations and flavors!

Captain America Snack Mix Recipe

Ingredients

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1 cup milk chocolate chips
4 cups Rice Chex cereal
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
Peanut M&M’s in red, white, and blue
Whoppers Candy

Directions

1. Line a large baking sheet (I like this one) with wax paper or parchment. Put your 4 cups of cereal in a large mixing bowl. Set both aside.

2. Put the milk chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir. Repeat in 30 second intervals until the chocolate is fully melted.

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3. Use a large spoon to drizzle the melted chocolate over the cereal. Gently mix as you drizzle, making sure to coat the cereal evenly.

4. Place the powdered sugar in a 1 gallon zip-top bag.

5. Carefully scoop the chocolate-coated cereal into the bag with the powdered sugar. Seal the bag and shake it to cover the cereal with the powdered sugar.

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6. Let sit for 1-2 minutes, then spread it out onto the prepared baking sheet. let dry for 1 hour.

7. Put your cereal back in the large bowl and gently mix in the Whoppers and M&Ms.

Find and print just the Captain America Snack Mix recipe below.

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If you haven’t seen the latest trailer you need to right now! Check it out here:

Captain America: Civil War opens in theaters everywhere on May 6, 2016! Get your tickets today!

Quick Asian Crunchy Chicken Salad Recipe – A One Bowl Meal

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Crunchy Asian Chicken Chop Salad recipe

It’s the time of year in Minnesota when I start feeling like a hermit. It’s cold, it’s snowy, it’s just all winter outside and I would rather not face it.

A side effect of my natural inclination to hibernate is also to eat fewer fresh vegetables. Obviously, nothing is in season around here, grocery stores advertise “hearty” produce like potatoes and squash, and I’m just not feeling my healthiest.

Then I remind myself that I need to set a good example for my kids. I also remember that there are modern technologies–like airplane–that bring fresh foods from warmer climates to stores all over the frozen tundra of Minnesota. I’m more than able to get both kids out of the house to pick up some groceries.

And you know what? Eating all those fresh foods helps with the reclusive feelings I tend to have around this time of year. It replenishes my energy and makes me feel less like huddling under a blanket for a few months while I wait for the snow to melt.

If you’re feeling at all like a winter hermit, let me tell you this right now: eat some fresh foods. It helps!

A few days ago we headed to Walmart to find plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, along with Wish-Bone® Italian Dressing and the rest of the ingredients to make a really, really delicious salad for dinner the next night.

Crunchy Asian Salad Recipe

When I’m planning on making a really good salad with a variety of vegetables and other ingredients, I usually just toss in serving of protein to turn that salad into a balanced dinner in one bowl!

This time, I bought some Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken to add to my salad. It was the perfect way to add another dimension of flavor and texture to the rest of the salad fixings.

Once I decided I wanted to make a Crunchy Asian Chicken Salad with this post, I knew I was going to have to doctor up my Italian Dressing to give it an Asian twist.

Do you think that’s a weird idea? Let me tell you, Wish-Bone® Italian Dressing is delicious. It’s tangy and tastes great. But, there’s nothing distinctly Italian-flavored about about it. The basic (not all) ingredients include water, oil, vinegar, sugar, salt, garlic, red peppers and salt. that means you can add other ingredients to use it for more than just a popular salad dressing.

Adding just four ingredients to the Italian dressing turned it into a delicious Asian dressing that was perfect for the salad I made!

Crunchy Asian Chicken Salad Recipe:

Crunchy Asian Chicken Salad Recipe

For the Crunchy Asian Chicken Salad Dressing:

Ingredients:

3/4 cup Wish-Bone® Italian Dressing
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1-2 teaspoons rice vinegar
Flavor packet from ramen noodles in recipe below (optional)

Directions:

Whisk all the first five ingredients together in a bowl. Add the ramen noodle flavor packet, a little at a time, if more flavor is desired. Set aside.

For the Crunchy Asian Chicken Salad Dressing:

Ingredients:

1 3-ounce package original or chicken ramen noodles, uncooked
2 tablespoons butter
1 10 oz package broccoli coleslaw mix
1/2 cup sesame seeds, toasted
1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
1 package romaine lettuce
6 green onions, chopped
12 ounces (1 1/2 to 2 cups) Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken, cubed

Directions:

1. Chop the dry ramen noodles into rough cubes
2. Brown the chopped noodles in the butter over medium heat. Set aside.
3. Fill a bowl almost to the top with broccoli slaw.
4. Top the slaw with some wide, flat romaine leaves to keep small ingredients on top.
5. Arrange the rest of the ingredients on top of the lettuce.
6. Drizzle Crunchy Asian Chicken Salad Dressing over everything.

Scroll down for a printable version of the Crunchy Asian Chicken Salad recipe

I used a bowl with a wide rim to segment the ingredients on top of the broccoli slaw. This makes it look pretty, but it’s a lot faster to just stir everything together!

Remember, you can buy both Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken and Wish-Bone® Italian Dressing at Walmart. Here’s what the shelf for the salad dressing looked like at my local store:

Asian Crunchy Chicken Salad Recipe

Be sure to visit Wish-Bone® and Tyson’s One-Bowl Recipes online for more great flavor combinations!

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Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. and Pinnacle Foods Group LLC. All opinions are entirely my own.