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Butterscotch Coconut Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

2015 July 9
by Emily Hill

Yeah, so I couldn’t think of a shorter name for these butterscotch coconut chocolate chip pudding cookies. I was thinking they were similar to those seven layer bars, but these pudding cookies have only three of the seven “layers.” No matter the name, they’re yet another delicious pudding cookie creation.

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Butterscotch Coconut Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

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Though the glazed lemon coconut pudding cookies are still my favorite (they’re right up there with the Butterfinger variation), these had just the right hint of butterscotch to elevate them above your standard chocolate chip pudding cookie.

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Butterscotch Coconut Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

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I think you could totally up the ante on the butterscotch if you cut down the chocolate chips by a 1/2 cup and threw in a 1/2 cup (or more) of butterscotch chips. I’m totally going to try that next time!

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Butterscotch Coconut Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

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Printable recipe for butterscotch coconut chocolate chip pudding cookies below. Enjoy!
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Butterscotch Coconut Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies
Author: 
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Cookie
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 18
 
Another delicious pudding cookie recipe. You can always boost the butterscotch flavor by cutting down the chocolate chips and adding some butterscotch chips instead! Yields about 3 dozen cookies.
Ingredients
  • 2¼ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 (3.4-oz) package instant butterscotch pudding mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups shredded coconut
  • 1½ cups semisweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine flour and baking soda in a medium bowl; set aside.
  3. Cream together butter and sugars in a large bowl. Beat in instant pudding mix until blended. Add vanilla and eggs and mix well.
  4. Add flour mixture and mix until thoroughly combined. Fold in coconut and chocolate chips.
  5. Place rounded tablespoonfuls of dough on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are set. Let cool 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Here are some other pudding cookies you might (okay, you’ll totally) enjoy:

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If you’re looking for more yummy cookies, you should browse my desserts {cookies} Pinterest board.

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20 Sinful S’mores Recipes for the True S’mores Lover

2015 July 7
by Emily Hill

After diving into one of those delicious tin foil dinner recipes I posted last week, you’ll probably want to indulge in one of these 20 sinful s’mores recipes. From s’mores cheesecake to s’mores nachos, you’ll get your fill of that graham crackery, chocolaty, marshmallowy goodness.

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20 Sinful Smores Recipes

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3-ingredient smores cookie bites
3-ingredient s’mores cookie bites from Comfort of Cooking

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Smores Fudge Bars
S’mores fudge bars from Handle the Heat

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Smores Krispie Treats hero
S’mores krispie treats from Renee’s Kitchen Adventures

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Smores ice cream sandwich
S’mores ice cream sandwich from The Chic

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Smores bars
S’mores bars from Cooking Classy

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Soft and gooey loaded smores bars
Soft and gooey loaded smores bars from Averie Cooks

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Peanut butter smores no bake brownies
Peanut butter s’mores no bake brownies from Mom on Timeout

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Smores Pie
S’mores pie from Tasty Kitchen

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Smores in a jar
S’mores in a jar from How Does She

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Smores on a stick
S’mores on a stick from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

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Triple chocolate smores bark
Triple chocolate s’mores bark from A Kitchen Addiction

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Smores cheesecake
S’mores cheesecake from Will Cook for Smiles

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Smores stuffed cookie
S’mores stuffed cookie from A Cookie Named Desire

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Smores donuts
S’mores donuts from Buns in My Oven

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Golden Grahams smores bars
Golden Grahams s’mores bars from Is This Really My Life

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Hot smores dip
Hot s’mores dip from Spend with Pennies

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Smores cupcakes
Smores cupcakes from Life, Love & Sugar

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Smores crescent rolls
S’mores crescent rolls from Lemon Tree Dwelling

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Smores nachos
S’mores nachos from The Creative Bite

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Baked Smores Cups
Baked s’mores cups from Mom Needs to Know

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If you’re looking for more amazing dessert recipes, you should browse my Pinterest dessert boards. I’ve got plenty of ’em!

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10 of the Tastiest Tin Foil Dinner Recipes

2015 June 30
by Emily Hill

When I went to church girls camp as a teenager, the only tin foil dinners we cooked were you standard ground beef, potatoes, onions and maybe a handful of carrots thrown in for good measure. That might explain why I haven’t thought about tin foil dinners in nearly 25 years. But with some seriously gourmet tin foil dinner recipes (aka hobo dinners) circling the Interweb, it might be time to bust out the box of aluminum foil and give it a go!

I’ve rounded up what I consider to be 10 of the tastiest tin foil dinner recipes out there. I’m sure there are more but this is a great place to start. Happy campfire cooking!

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10 of the Tastiest Tin Foil Dinner Recipes

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Grilled peaches
Grilled peaches from Little Wonders’ Days

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Santa Fe Chicken Foil Dinners
Santa Fe chicken foil dinners from High Heels & Grills

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Bacon ranch foil packet potatoes
Bacon ranch foil packet potatoes from Cafe Mom

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Grilled potatoes with rosemary and smoked paprika
Grilled potatoes with rosemary & smoked paprika from Cookin’ Canuck

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Bacon onion tin foil Hasselback potato
Bacon & onion campfire Hasselback potato from BS’ in the Kitchen

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Green chile cheese fries tin foil dinner
Green chile cheese fries from Buried Carrots

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Jerk chicken wings
Jerk chicken wings from Food Network

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Hawaiian chicken stack tin foil dinners
Hawaiian chicken stack tin foil dinners from One Sweet Appetite

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Campfire orange cinnamon rolls
Campfire orange cinnamon rolls from Oleander + Palm

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Philly cheesesteak hot dogs tin foil dinner
Philly cheesesteak hot dogs from Country Cleaver

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If you’re looking for more fun recipes, you should browse my Pinterest boards

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Family Pizza Night Just Got a Lot Easier . . . and Tastier

2015 June 25
by Emily Hill

Do you remember how much fun we had dressing up DiGiorno pizzas for Superbowl Sunday? Man, those chopped artichoke hearts and fresh spinach were yummy on that DiGiorno.

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DiGiorno pizza with fresh spinach and artichokes

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Well, DiGiorno is back and better than ever, especially if you’re a thin crust fan like me.

Don’t worry, if you don’t like thin crust pizza, we can still be friends.

But if you are a lover of the thin crust, say hello to DiGiorno Pizzeria!™ Thin and goodbye to family pizza night as you knew it because it just got tastier and a heck of a lot easier.

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DiGiorno Pizzeria Thin -- love this new thin-crust pizza!

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Family pizza night at our house involves my driving during the busiest time of day to pick up a couple cheap, hot pizzas. As much as I love pizza, I can’t say I do the happy dance while making the round trip. Plus, the establishment we frequent has yet to offer thin crust anything, so I’m consistently disappointed.

I hate being consistently disappointed.

Enter DiGiornio Pizzeria!™ Thin, a pizza so perfectly thin (but not too thin) and crispy (but not too crispy), you’ll become addicted at first bite. And the furthest you have to travel is from freezer to fridge, a quick commute even during the busiest of rush hours.

DiGiornio Pizzeria!™ Thin has a preservative-free crust that is proofed for nearly 90 minutes before being baked in a 700 degree oven—the secret to its thin and crispy crust. Its unique shape (square!) is drizzled with extra virgin olive oil for a hint of flavor and topped with a specially-crafted sauce made from scratch using vine-ripened tomatoes, basil, thyme and oregano.

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DiGiorno Pizzeria Thin -- love this new thin-crust pizza!

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And you can taste those herbs, trust me. That crust is so flavorful I kind of wish they’d sell it plain so I could bake it and dip it in a bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Mmm…

Atop the crust is even more awesomeness: 100% real cheese, premium meats, vegetables picked at the peak of ripeness and no artificial flavors. Pizzeria!™ Thin doesn’t need ’em with all the other flavors going on.

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DiGiorno Pizzeria Thin -- love this new thin-crust pizza!

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We bought all four Pizzeria!™ Thin pizzas because, well, why not?

  • Supreme Speciale: Caramelized onions, red & green peppers, premium pepperoni, Italian sausage
  • Primo Pepperoni: Premium pepperoni
  • Margherita (unique to Thin): Diced roma tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella, parmesan, romano and asiago cheeses
  • Spinach & Mushroom (unique to Thin): Spinach, garlic, mushrooms (my favorite)

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For our first truly at-home (i.e., I didn’t have to leave the house) family pizza night, we baked up the Primo Pepperoni and Spinach & Mushroom pizzas. A few minutes to preheat the oven and 15 minutes later we were enjoying freshly baked thin crust pizza.

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DiGiorno Pizzeria Thin -- love this new thin-crust pizza!

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Let’s take a closer look at that crust, shall we?

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DiGiorno Pizzeria Thin -- love this new thin-crust pizza!

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I seriously couldn’t get over the crunch of the crust as we took the pizza cutter to it.

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DiGiorno Pizzeria Thin -- love this new thin-crust pizza!

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And the flavor…oh. my. goodness. That crust is some of the best pizza crust I’ve tasted in a long time. And I don’t think it tasted that good just because I didn’t have to get in a minivan to pick it up.

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DiGiorno Pizzeria Thin -- love this new thin-crust pizza!

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Nathan missed our family pizza night (stupid work) but he did get a handful of leftovers. “I like this pizza!” he exclaimed from the kitchen. And that was eating it cold. He had no idea it was a frozen DiGiorno, so that’s a pretty decent endorsement.

DiGiorno is so confident you’ll agree with my husband, the company is offering a Love It Or It’s Free Guaranteed refund. If for some reason don’t like the new Pizzeria!™ Thin, you can visit DiGiorno.com for more information on how to receive a refund.

DiGiorno is also super excited to hear what fans think of the new Pizzeria!™ Thin pizzas. Fans can taste the new pizzas and then visit DiGiorno on DiGiorno Facebook or Twitter to share feedback and pictures using the hashtag #YouBeTheJudge.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
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Dunking & Driving with Honey Bunches of Oats Breakfast Biscuits

2015 June 23
by Emily Hill

This is a sponsored post for Honey Bunches of Oats. All thoughts, opinions—and boxes of breakfast biscuits—are mine.

I’m going to be completely honest. Madison and I are HUGE fans of Honey Bunches of Oats cereal (with almonds, of course). We could eat that every morning for breakfast…and probably for lunch too. I love when I see one of their commercials on TV because I know exactly how those Honey Bunches of Oats employees feel about their beloved cereal, ’cause I feel it too.

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Honey Bunches of Oats Breakfast Biscuits -- great for on-the-go breakfast or snacking.

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That being said, I am completely honest in my reviews, so when I say I like the new Honey Bunches of Oats Breakfast Biscuits, I really do like the biscuits. And when I say the new Honey Bunches of Oats Breakfast Biscuits are a bit dry and you’ll probably want some water or ice cold milk handy, I really think you should have some sort of beverage handy.

And on that note…

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Honey Bunches of Oats Breakfast Biscuits -- great for on-the-go breakfast or snacking.

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We’ll be doing a bit of traveling this summer and I’m always on the lookout for healthy munchies while road tripping. The kids may not get tired of fruit snacks, cheese crackers, sandwich cookies and gummy fish, but I sure get tired of passing that crap to the back seats. With the new Honey Bunches of Oats Breakfast Biscuits, I can feel better about what’s fueling their Netflix watching, Pandora listening and iPad gaming.

But Honey Bunches of Oats Breakfast Biscuits aren’t just for on the go. I foresee grabbing a package on my way to the gym because I’m (once again) running late for spin class. And yoga. And Pilates. And basically anything that starts before 9:00 a.m.

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Honey Bunches of Oats Breakfast Biscuits -- great for on-the-go breakfast or snacking.

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For my yogurt-loving kids (I buy it by the gallon), I could easily top a bowlful of vanilla yogurt with some crumbled strawberry biscuits and fresh berries for the perfect summer breakfast or quick lunch.

I’m not gonna lie. I’m a late-night snacker but my go-to snack is usually the calorie-packed, chocolate-and-caramel option. Next time I’m going to try a package of chocolate chip Honey Bunches of Oats biscuits dunked in ice cold milk.

“Next time” just might be tonight…

They are truly an anytime snack option…with a beverage, of course. Whether you’re breakfasting or late-night snacking, you can feel good about munching these 100% whole grain biscuits with over 55% of your day’s whole grain (29g per serving), 4 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein. Yes, they’re 230 calories per package. That’s a decent amount for breakfast, but if you’re crumbling them over yogurt for a snack, try just half a package for the right amount of crunch. Or half a package with skim milk for those late-night cravings.

If you’re headed out on the road this summer, don’t forget to bring along a few boxes of Honey Bunches of Oats Breakfast Biscuits and a few of these summer travel tips.

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Summer Travel Tips

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Pina Colada Smoothie + Best 100 Smoothies for Kids

2015 June 18
by Emily Hill

Disclosure: I received a copy of Best 100 Smoothies for Kids to review and one to give away. All thoughts, opinions and pina colada smoothies are mine. Post includes affiliate links.

First, a glance at the gloriousness that is this pina colada smoothie.

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 - only 3 ingredients and so yummy!

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Now, a flashback. Remember when I had the delicious opportunity to review The Red Velvet Lover’s Cookbook and bake a batch of Deborah’s amazing red velvet Oreos (even if they didn’t look as pretty as hers)? My kids inhaled those things and I didn’t blame them. They were seriously so yummy.

Well, Deborah Harroun from Taste and Tell is at it again but this time she’s taking on smoothies for kids, or rather “incredibly nutritious and totally delicious no-sugar-added smoothies for any time of day.”

So basically amazing smoothies kids of all ages, including this kid, will enjoy.

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Best 100 Smoothies for Kids

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In Best 100 Smoothies for Kids, Deborah shares an amazing array of fruit- and vegetable-based smoothies packed with the vitamins and nutrients kids need. But don’t worry, kids will love ’em. Each one has been taste tested and kid approved.

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Best 100 Smoothies for Kids

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Best 100 Smoothies for Kids includes milk- and yogurt-based smoothies plus a tasty variety of dairy-free options. And you can truly enjoy them any time of day, including bedtime.

Yes, I said bedtime. Deborah included a handful of bedtime smoothies perfect for helping children calm down before they rest. They feature a bit of tryptophan (from milk, not turkey, silly!), and bananas, which are packed with magnesium and potassium, both muscle relaxants. Perhaps I should make one for Nathan on those nights he can’t get work out of his head long enough to fall asleep…

Honestly, it was hard to decide which smoothie to try first; they all sounded amazing! But pina colada is my favorite frozen drink so I knew I had to try the pina colada smoothie first.

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Pina colada smoothie - only 3 ingredients and so yummy!

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I’m not sure if I love it so much because it’s super easy and requires so few ingredients, or if it’s because it tastes just like the not-so-healthy pina coladas in which I occasionally indulge. Either way, it was a winner. In fact, the entire family enjoyed the pina colada smoothie, brain freezes and all.

Yes, “freezes.” There were multiple occurrences.

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Pina colada smoothie - only 3 ingredients and so yummy!

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I did add a bit more coconut milk beverage than the recipe called for and topped the finished smoothies with shredded coconut (which my kids later spit out). Feel free to adjust the consistency—and shredded coconut—to taste.

Note: Coconut milk beverage is not the same as canned full-fat coconut milk. It is usually sold in shelf-stable boxes and is easier to add to a smoothie than the canned coconut milk. I found mine in the same area of the grocery store as the shelf-stable almond milk.

I can’t wait to try more recipes from Best 100 Smoothies for Kids. I’m just hoping the decision making process is easier than it was the first time, though I highly doubt it when you’re talking smoothies like clementine honey lime, PB&J, cashew vanilla and oatmeal raisin.

Printable recipe for pina colada smoothie below followed by the giveaway. Enjoy!
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Pina Colada Smoothie
Author: 
Recipe type: Drinks
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
 
This pina colada smoothie has only three ingredients and yet it tastes just like the pina colada you'd have beach side (but healthier). Makes 4 (9-ounce) servings.
Ingredients
  • 2¼ cups coconut milk beverage (not coconut milk or coconut water)
  • 3½ cups frozen pineapple chunks
  • ¾ tsp coconut extract
Instructions
  1. Pour the coconut milk into the blender.
  2. Add the pineapple and coconut extract. Blend until smooth.

 

And now for the giveaway!
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One lucky ITRML reader will win a copy of Best 100 Smoothies for Kids!


You can enter this giveaway using the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!

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If you’re looking for more delicious drink recipes, check out my drink recipes Pinterest board.

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The Best Glad Press’n Seal Hack of All Time

2015 June 16
by Emily Hill

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Glad, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #pressnsealhacks http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

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Glad Press'n Seal Hack - the best hack of all time!

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This is quite possibly the best Glad Press’n Seal hack of all time, at least as far as this mom is concerned. And believe you me, I’m concerned.

I’m concerned my sanity isn’t going to last much longer if my kids continue to leave crap lying around our home. No matter how many times I ask—and yes, even beg—them to pick up their dirty socks, sure-to-be-stepped-on miniature toys, hairbands, bobby pins and assorted accessories, I still find them scattered to the far corners of every room in the house. Or at least every room on the main floor.

If there were scattered to the far corners of their bedrooms, I’d have high hopes for my sanity.

Desperate times call for desperate measures. Or in this case, Glad Press’n Seal hacks.

I’m not gonna lie. This YouTube video had something to do with my idea for this hack. That dad was a genius. If he can use Glad Press’n Seal to baby proof his home, I sure as heck can use it to create a wall of shame.

Now, you can’t have a wall of shame without content to feature. Good thing our home is brimming with as much content as my fridge is brimming with Diet Coke.
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Glad Press'n Seal 1
I don’t know why, but you can always find a pair of socks and shoes in the guest bathroom.

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Glad Press'n Seal 2
And another pair under the dining table.

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Glad Press'n Seal 3v2
I don’t know how many times Lauren has searched for her headphones and school ID. Perhaps if she left them in her backpack…

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Glad Press'n Seal 4
I’ve stepped on my fair share of LEGO minifigures. And dice.

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Glad Press'n Seal 5
Both Lauren and Livi like to leave their earrings on Nathan’s desk.

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Glad Press'n Seal 6
I could start my own hair accessories business with all the hairbands and bobby pins I’ve found around the house.

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Glad Press'n Seal 7
I have no idea what this is or why it’s right next to the dog’s food bowl.

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Glad Press'n Seal 9
Yep, stepped on these lovely ladies too.

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Glad Press'n Seal 8
Tablets end up in the most random places; this is one of the least random.

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I’ve always wondered what I should do with this crazy curving staircase. Who knew it would turn out to be the perfect backdrop for the aforementioned wall of shame thanks to Glad Press’n Seal, which I found at my local Walmart.

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Glad Press'n Seal hack
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Though it took a little bit of time, the effort was well worth it.

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Glad Press'n Seal hack - wall of shame
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Speaking of effort, if my kids want their forgotten items back, it will take a little effort on their part.

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Glad Press'n Seal hack
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You’d like your LEGO minifigures back? Feel free to vacuum the office and family room.

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Glad Press'n Seal hack
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Wish you could play with your Lalaloopsy dolls? Better hurry and sweep the kitchen floors.

Searching for a pair of clean socks? My kitchen counters could use a good wipe down.

Need those noise-canceling headphones? Grab some Clorox wipes and head to the guest bathroom.

The possibilities for chores are endless! And because my kids love chores so much, I have a feeling it won’t be long before the wall of shame ceases to exist.

A mom can only hope.

I did discover Glad Press’n Seal is no match for tablets. That baby came down within seconds. That doesn’t mean it couldn’t hold a smartphone if said smartphone is left lying around OR the teenager needs an intervention with her screen.

Okay, so maybe it’s not the best Glad Press’n Seal hack of all time, but anything that makes parenting a little more fun is a win in my book.

You can visit the Glad website to learn more about Glad Press’n Seal. You can also engage with Glad on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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