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Easter Snack: Toasted Coconut Hopcorn! {Recipe}

What could be more fun than a sweet, salty, crunchy, coconutty popcorn treat? For this year’s Easter snack at daycare, we’re making HOPcorn!

And, as always, it’s 100% free of artificial food dyes. Happy snacking!

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Toasted Coconut Hopcorn

  • 7 cups air-popped popcorn (or 2 bags if using microwave popcorn)
  • 1 generous pinch sea salt
  • 12 oz. white chocolate, chopped for melting (We love Callebaut!)
  • juice of one carrot
  • 2 cups coconut, lightly toasted
  • 1 bag (5 oz.) SunMaid Strawberry Greek Yogurt Raisins
  • 1 bag (5 oz.) Simply Balanced Blueberry Greek Yogurt Raisins (Find them at Target!)

After popcorn is popped, spread it out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with 1/2 of the coconut. Melt chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave (if using microwave, melt in 30 second intervals to prevent scorching.) Once melted, drizzle half of popcorn mixture with white chocolate using a spoon or piping bag.

Add just a touch of sea salt to the whole sheet. Sprinkle with more coconut and both types of raisin while chocolate is still wet. (You may not use all the raisins. 2 whole bags is a lot.)

Add carrot juice little by little to remaining white chocolate until you reach your desired shade of orange. Again, drizzle chocolate over popcorn mixture using a spoon or piping bag. Top with any remaining coconut.

Once dry, break up into pieces. Enjoy!

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Lunchbox Tips {featuring Philadelphia Soft Cream Cheese Spread} #Cbias #SpreadTheFlavor

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Easy lunchbox ideas that include lots of fresh fruits and veggies are a mom’s best friend, especially if they don’t require any heating up at lunchtime. The obvious go-to solution is a wrap or roll-up. They’re easy for little hands to pick up and eat, and they’re just plain fun when cut into swirly spirals.

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How to Make a Dye-Free Pink Ombre Cake

I’m a little behind. My baby girl’s first birthday was over a month ago, and I still haven’t written a thing about it here! I’m blaming the snow that threw off our party schedule for 3 weeks.

I did post some photos, though, and I got more than a few questions about her pink ombre cake, so I thought I’d share how I made it. So many parents are avoiding artificial food dyes these days, and it’s so important for us all to know that giving up those chemicals doesn’t mean we have to give up the fun of a brightly colored birthday cake!

For my wee one’s first, I settled on a pretty pink cake in graduated ombre tones, colored entirely with the juice of a beet. Here’s how to do it (it’s easy!) along with some of my favorite cake decorating tips that I picked up throughout my years as a cake decorator. I hope you find them helpful!

Dye Free Pink Ombre Cake

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Biscotti

Some things just go together, like coffee and cream.

Chocolate and peanut butter.

My belly and these biscotti. Chocolate peanut butter biscotti with salty crunched up peanuts on top, to be exact.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Biscotti

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Homemade Food Gifts: Caramel Apple Mini Cakes

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For many of us, a happy holiday starts with great food.

This is the time of year to bust out every top notch ingredient, pull your best kitchen tricks out of your sleeve and get the good dishes dirty. It’s also about baking the very best you can, with the spirit of the season in your heart, and sharing with those you love. That’s why holiday food gifts are tippy top on my short list of things I love to give (and receive!) Continue reading

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