Oreo Peppermint Bark Recipe

Oreo Peppermint Bark Recipe

As long as I can remember, candy barks have been a big part of the holiday season. I remember Almond Bark being a yearly classic when I was a kid, but I was never a big fan of it. Now I love Almond Bark, but I love all the other variations of bark recipes even more. You can really make an almost endless amount of flavor combinations in this sweet treat. We have an extra delicious and also pretty version today with this Oreo Peppermint Bark recipe. It’s so good! It is also perfect for Valentine’s Day with the pretty red and white topping. BUT, it is so yummy you may end up making it all year round.

Oreo Peppermint Bark Ingredients
 

Oreo Peppermint Bark Recipe

 
INGREDIENTS
20 Starlight Mints or 10 small Candy Canes
12 Oreos
8 oz Chocolate Chips or Chocolate Candy Coating
8 oz White Chocolate Chips, White Chocolate Candy Coating/Almond Bark

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Oreo Cookie Peppermint Bark

DIRECTIONS

Line a cookie sheet with wax paper.
Process Oreos in food processor until crushed into larger pieces.
Melt chocolate chips by microwaving 45 seconds and stirring and repeating until melted and smooth.
Pour onto prepared pan and smooth into an even layer.
Distribute crushed Oreos over the chocolate.
Place in refrigerator for 15 minutes to set up.
Process mints in food processor until crushed.
Melt white chocolate chips by microwaving 45 seconds and stirring and repeating until melted and smooth.
Pour onto cooled chocolate and Oreos and smooth to cover.
Distribute pepermint over the white chocolate layer.
Place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to set up.
Break into pieces before serving.

Oreo Peppermint Bark Process

Help Canada Dry Support the Military Warrior Project + a Berry Ginger Soda Recipe

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This Thanksgiving season it’s time to step back and be thankful for what we have and think about how we can help others who may be in need. This year 7-UP and Canada Dry are making it easy for us to help the Military Warrior Support Foundation.

To lend your support, just share on social media what you’re thankful for using the hashtag #Thanksgiveitup. During November, Dr Pepper Snapple Group will donate $1.00 (up to $25,000) for every hashtag to Military Warrior Support Foundation though the Project Rebuild Campaign. Project Rebuild helps award combat wounded heroes mortgage-free homes.

Ginger Berry Soda

Once you have done your part by sending a tweet, enjoy this yummy drink I created using Canada Dry TEN. (The recipe will also taste great with 7-UP or regular Canada Dry.) You can also make a great twist for Thanksgiving celebrations by using frozen cranberries instead of the frozen mixed berries.

Berry Ginger Soda Recipe

 
2 cups frozen mixed berries
1 Tbsp sugar
Canada Dry TEN Ginger Ale

Mix the sugar with the frozen berries in a small bowl. Microwave until starting to soften. Place berry mixture in blender and pulse until a puree forms with a few large chunks of berry remaining. To serve, put ice cubes in a glass. Add a big scoop of berry puree. Fill glass with Canada Dry TEN Ginger Ale, stir and serve!

 

 

$1.49 Rice Krispies Cereal at Walgreens + Recipe for Smores Treats!

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There is a new printable coupon available to save on Rice Krispies cereal. You can print this now and save it for a sale price at Walgreens starting 11/23 for this great price:

Buy (2) Rice Krispies Cereal — $1.99
Use (1) $1/2 Rice Krispies Cereal Coupon
Final Price: $1.49 each!

Use this deal to get ingredients for these yummy smores rice krispies treats!

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You may need to change your zip code to find this coupon. Head over here and click the upper right hand corner to “Sign In”. Then hover over your name in the upper right hand corner and click “Profile”. Then just scroll down to edit your zip code to 97006 - Oregon. Then come back to this post and click the link above and you’ll find it already clipped and ready to print.

Head over to print two of these per computer. Also, check here for more Walgreens match-ups before you make your shopping trip! You can find more current printable coupons at Coupons.comRed Plum,SmartSource, and SavingStar.

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Asian Glazed Beef Recipe + Holland House Cooking Wine Reader Giveaway

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Asian Glazed Beef Recipe

While we’re heading into winter, cooking on the grill is never out of season when it comes to tailgating. What are your tailgate specialities? Sure, hamburgers and hot dogs are an old stand by, but higher end foods like meat and veggie kebabs, grilled chicken on a pita, grilled fish and others can get RAVE reviews!

One of my favorites is this Asian Glazed Beef recipe, that gets some added flavor from Holland House Cooking Wine. Wines specifically designed for cooking stand up to cooking temperatures that would cause the flavor of delicate tables wines to cook away. Plus, Holland House flavor doesn’t vary from bottle to bottle like table wines can, making the flavor last and bringing consistency from meal to meal.

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INGREDIENTS:

1/4 cup soy sauce
2 Tbsp Holland House White Cooking Wine
1/4 cup apricot preserves
2 Tbsp brown sugar
3 cloves garlic, minced (or 1/2 tsp garlic powder)
2 pounds thin sliced sirloin tip steak

DIRECTIONS:

Mix first 5 ingredients in a large, flat bottomed dish.  Add the beef and turn several times to coat.  Marinate at least 2 hours (overnight is best).  Preheat grill to medium high. Place steak on grill and cook 3-5 minutes or until browned. Flip steaks and cook other side 3-5 minutes or until cooked through.

Holland House Marinade & Grilling Tips

  • Marinate your meat. Marinating is a great way to add flavor and save money by tenderizing tougher, cheaper cuts of meat. A well-prepared marinade can help an amateur on the grill prepare food that tastes like it was prepared by an experienced grill master! 
  • Select your marinade elements. Marinades vary from recipe to recipe, but they all generally contain three basic components – oils, acids and seasonings. Oils lock in the natural flavor and prevent vegetables from drying out, while acids allow flavors to be absorbed. Seasonings provide the unique flavor. Garlic, ginger and herbs are the most common marinade seasonings. 
  • Keep an eye on the time. As a general rule, the longer food is left to marinate, the more flavorsome it will become. Small or tender cuts, such as lamb and beef fillets, chicken breasts and seafood, require shorter marinating times (usually two to four hours). Larger or tougher cuts such as leg, rump or shoulder will need longer (usually four to six hours). Never marinate in aluminum, cast iron or copper, as these metals will react with the acids and salts, resulting in off flavor.
  • Use the right tools. When grilling, always use tongs to turn the meat. A fork should never be used as it will punch holes in the meat and allow the natural juices to escape, causing the meat to lose flavor and become chewy.
  • Don’t rush it. Meat will tell you when it’s ready to flip. If the meat is still hanging onto the grill, it’s not ready to flip. Once a good sear is established, it will release on its own.

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For more information, tips and recipes, visit www.HollandHouseFlavors.com. You can also check out Holland House on Facebook and Pinterest.

Reader Giveaway:  One lucky Thrifty Jinxy reader will receive a Holland House Grilling Kit (ARV $100) as shown above. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 12/8/14. Good luck!

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$.55/1 Skippy Peanut Butter Coupon = $.85 at CVS!

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There is a really hot stock up price on Skippy peanut butter at CVS this week. You can print from two computers to get enough coupons to do this hot deal:

Buy (5) Skippy Peanut Butter — $2.00
Get $3 in ECBs wyb $10
Use (3) $.55/1 Skippy Peanut Butter Coupon
Use (2) $.55/1 Skippy Peanut Butter Coupon
Final Price: $.85 each!

This would be a good deal to grab to make these delicious Peanut Butter Jelly Thumbprint Cookies!

Peanut Butter Jelly Thumbprint Cookies

Head over to print two of these per computer. Also, check here for more CVS match-ups before you make your shopping trip! You can find more current printable coupons at Coupons.comRed Plum,SmartSource, and SavingStar.

Thanks, Printable Coupons and Deals!

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Family Holiday Ideas: Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Dip and Graham Cracker Houses

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Family Holiday Ideas with Skippy and Honey Maid
Like many people, one of my very favorite parts of the holiday season is creating and sharing holiday treats. Some of my favorite holiday memories as a child are of sitting at the kitchen table with my mom and sister decorating Christmas cookies. Then on Christmas Day itself, when we and the rest of our extended family went to my grandparents’  house, it was always fun to see and eat all the goodies my aunts and cousins had made too. Everyone seemed to have traditional holiday recipes they made every year, but there were also brand new goodies to try too.

Now that my nephew has come along, he has joined in the fun of Christmas baking and treat making. I’m glad that he likes to help in the kitchen and hope it’s something that continues. He is great at decorating and even when we make plain ‘ol chocolate chip cookies he is sure to artfully arrange 3 or 4 chocolate chips on the top of each cookie. He has always liked to decorate gingerbread houses, but we have found we can much more easily make Graham Cracker Houses.

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This is the first graham cracker house Little R ever made. It was a preschool project that used a small milk carton to easily contract the house. It means that you can’t eat your house, but we usually like to keep these on display. By the time we’re ready to give them up, they are a bit too old to eat anyway.

This year we expanded on this original idea and decided to make a BIGGER graham cracker house using a full-size half-gallon milk carton.  Here are some simple step by steps if you want to make one yourself.

Make a Graham Cracker House with Honey Maid

How to Make a Graham Cracker House

Supplies:
Empty milk or orange juice carton
Honey Maid Graham Crackers
Hot Glue Gun
Can of decorator frosting
Candies in assorted colors, shapes and sizes
(We used leftover candy from summer parades and trick-or-treat)

Honey Maid Graham Cracker House Construction

Instructions:
(We recommend a grown-up do the first 3 steps as they are tricky and require a hot glue gun. If younger kids do want to do these steps, we recommend using regular craft glue instead.)

  • Wash out the milk carton well and let it dry.
  • If you want doors or windows that will open on your house, cut them into the carton. (This is optional!)
  • Use a hot glue gun to glue Honey Maid graham crackers over all surfaces of the carton. Let dry.
  • Using the can of decorator icing, squirt a bit of frosting on the back of each candy and place it onto the house.
  • Once you have finished decorating, let the frosting fully dry before moving your house to prevent candy from falling off.

Making a Honey Maid Graham Cracker House

Now that we had made one of our traditional favorites, I also wanted to try a brand new idea. I headed to Walmart to pick up Skippy Peanut Butter, Honey Maid Graham Crackers and a few other supplies to make a delicious Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Dip recipe.

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My family is a big fan of all kinds of dips, both savory and sweet. They are a fun way to start a party and are great for a snack. I like this particular dip because it is creamy, delicious and can actually help satisfy your hunger with satisfying peanut butter and cream cheese.

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Dip Recipe

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Dip Recipe

Ingredients:
1 cup Skippy Peanut Butter (I used creamy)
1 8 oz package of cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 Tbsp milk

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Dip Ingredients

 

Directions:
This recipe has the easiest directions ever – just mix it all together! If you like a more smooth dip, add a bit more milk. The more you mix it, the fluffier it will get. You can use a stand mixer to make it even easier and fluffier.

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Serve the dip with Honey Maid graham crackers. It’s also good with apple slices and on bagels. You can refrigerate and save any leftovers, but it is so good that there probably won’t be any!

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Dip Recipe with Skippy and Honey Maid

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Coupon: You can save $0.50 when you buy one (1) Honey Maid Grahams (12.2 oz. or larger) with this printable coupon.

M&M’s White Chocolate Popcorn Recipe with Orville Redenbacher’s

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M&M's White Chocolate Popcorn Recipe with Orville Redenbacher's

One of my favorite parts of of movie night, whether it’s at the theater or at home, is the snacks! Popcorn, candy, nachos, soda – they’re all good when it’s time to sit down and watch a flick. The advantage to a home movie night is that you aren’t limited to what’s available at the concession stand and can really get creative with your cinematic treats. Another way you have more choice with a home movie night is that you aren’t limited only to movies that are currently in the theater. Your options for movies are almost endless.

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If you visit one of these select Walmart stores right now, look for this special pallet featuring M&M’s®, Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn and Warner Brothers movies on sale at a discounted price. Some of the Warner Brothers movies included are The Dark Night, Ghost, Green Lantern, Braveheart, Gran Torino and lots more. We chose The Blind Side, starring Sandra Bullock. I have seen parts of this movie that I enjoyed so I was glad to be able to finally see the whole movie! While there I of course also chose M&M’s® and Orville Redenbacher’s to add to my cart for movie night snacking.

I love a movie night snack that is sweet and salty all in one bowl. This M&M’s® White Chocolate Popcorn Recipe with Orville Redenbacher’s combines the perfect movie snacks of popcorn and chocolate candies into one fun snack. It’s also a great snack for tailgating, which goes perfectly with the football theme of The Blind Side. I do have to warn you, however, that this snack is extremely addictive! I have a hard time stopping once I get started!

M&M's White Chocolate Popcorn Recipe with Orville Redenbacher's Ingredients

M&M’s White Chocolate Popcorn Recipe

INGREDIENTS:
1 Bag Orville Redenbacher’s Popcorn (I used Ultimate Butter flavor)
1 cup M&M’s® (I used a mixture of plain, peanut and peanut butter)
6 ounces white melting chocolate/almond bark

M&M's White Chocolate Popcorn Mixing

DIRECTIONS:

Pop the bag of Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn according to package directions.
Prepare a cookie sheet with a piece of wax paper on top.
Mix popcorn and M&M’s® in a large bowl and set aside.
Place white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and heat for one minute. Stir. Continue heating 15 minutes at a time until fully melted.
Slowly pour chocolate onto popcorn/M&M’s®, mixing as you add it.
Spread mixture out on waxed paper. Let cool.
Break apart any large pieces and serve.

M&M's White Chocolate Popcorn Recipe Cooling

 

Of course you can feel free to play around with this recipe and add or change up the ingredients. I’m thinking I would also like to try this with the Orville Redenbacher’s. Another good option would be to add in some peanuts or some broken pretzels. And you could even switch up the white chocolate for milk chocolate and have a super chocolately treat!

What is YOUR favorite movie night snack?

M&M's White Chocolate Popcorn Recipe with Orville Redenbacher's Popcorn

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How to Cook a Frozen Turkey without Thawing

How to Cook a Frozen Turkey without Thawing RecipeHow to Cook a Frozen Turkey without Thawing

Usually the trickiest part of preparing the Thanksgiving meal is making the turkey. It can be EXTRA tricky if you have to try to cook your turkey from a frozen state. Of course, it is always better to defrost your turkey ahead of time. The best and easiest way to defrost a frozen turkey is to leave it in the unopened wrapper and place it breast side up on a tray in the refrigerator. You’ll want to allow at least 1 day of thawing for every 4 pounds of turkey.

A quicker way to defrost your turkey is with the cold water method. Again, leave the turkey in its wrapper and thaw breast side down in a container with with enough cold water to completely cover the turkey. Change the water every 30 minutes to make sure the turkey stays chilled. This will take approximately 30 minutes per pound.

Then, as your last resort, we have instructions on how to cook a frozen turkey without thawing, which can be the case if you are the last minute Thanksgiving host, or if it’s just your first turkey and you didn’t realize you have to thaw it first! Whatever the reason you have to cook it from frozen, here is how to do it.

Frozen Turkey Ingredients

How to Cook a Frozen Turkey Without Thawing

INGREDIENTS
1 frozen Turkey
1/2 cup Butter
1 Medium Onion
2 tsp minced Garlic
3 tsp Poultry Seasoning
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Pepper

How to Cook a Frozen Turkey without Thawing

DIRECTIONS
Turkey will take about 1 1/2 times to twice as long to cook from frozen.
Preheat oven to 325.
Remove wrapping from turkey and place breast down on roasting pan.
Place in oven for 3 1/2 hours.
Remove from oven and see if bag with liver, gizard and heart can be removed from the neck area. If not return to oven and continue checking every 15 minutes. If the bag is plastic, do not let it begin to melt or it will ruin turkey.
Flip turkey breast side up and return to oven for another 30 minutes.
Remove from oven and see if neck can be removed from the body cavity from between the legs. If not return to oven and continue checking every 15 minutes.
Peel outer skin off onion and place in body cavity along with garlic.
Rub body down with butter and season with salt pepper and poultry seasoning.
Return to oven to finish cooking. Use a meat thermometer to check for temperature in thigh of at least 175 and in breast of at least 160. Baste turkey with juices every time you check temperature.
When temperature is reached, remove from oven and tent in aluminum foil for 30 minutes to allow turkey to rest before carving.

Cooked Frozen Turkey without Thawing

Cranberry Apple Walnut Stuffing Recipe

Cranberry Apple Walnut Stuffing Recipe

Whether you call it stuffing or dressing, it’s my favorite part of a Thanksgiving meal! What makes it extra fun is that so many families have different traditions as to what they put in it and the possibilities are almost endless. This delicious Cranberry Apple Walnut Stuffing Recipe is chock-full of yummy fruits and veggies and looks really beautiful too. It’s perfect for a Thanksgiving meal, but also looks beautiful at Christmas with those bright red cranberries.

Cranberry Apple Walnut Stuffing Ingredients
 

Cranberry Apple Walnut Stuffing Recipe

 
INGREDIENTS
1 lb Bread (I used part Sweet Hawaiian and part Multigrain)
1 cup fresh Cranberries
1 cup dice Apples
1 cup diced Onion
1 cup chopped Celery
2 tsp Poultry Seasoning
2 tsp minced Garlic
1/2 cup Walnut pieces
1/2 cup Butter melted
1 cup Apple Juice

Cranberry Apple Walnut Dressing Bread Cranberry Apple Walnut Dressing Fruit Veggies

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350.
Cut bread into cubes and place in 300 oven until lightly brown.
Place celery, apples, cranberries, onions and minced garlic in a bowl and microwave for 4 minutes.
Grease a 13″ x 9″ pan with butter.
Mix all ingredients except apple juice together and transfer to pan.
Pour apple juice evenly over dressing.
Bake 30-45 minutes.

Cranberry Apple Walnut Stuffing

 

Cranberry Apple Walnut Stuffing or Dressing

Scrumptious Pecan Pie Bars Recipe

Pecan Pie Bars

One of my very favorite parts of Thanksgiving is my mom’s pecan pie. It is SO good! It was the best when my sister lived in Texas and was able to gather pecans from the tree in her front yard. But, even with store-bought pecans it is super yummy. But sometimes pie isn’t the most convenient dessert to serve or to eat – especially in a party setting. This Pecan Pie Bars Recipe is perfect for occasions where a hand-held dessert is more convenient, for bake sales and just everyday snacking.
 

Pecan Pie Bars Recipe

 
INGREDIENTS
2/3 cup Sugar
1/2 cup softened Butter
2 tsp Vanilla
1 1/2 cup Flour
2/3 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Corn Syrup
1/4 tsp Salt
3 Eggs
1 cup chopped Pecans

Pecan Pie Bars Ingredients

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350.
Spray bottom and sides of 8×8″ pan with cooking spray.
Cream together sugar, butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla.
Add in flour and mix until incorporated.
Press dough in bottom and slightly up sides of prepared pan.
Bake 15 minutes or until edges are light brown.
Stir together brown sugar, corn syrup, 1 teaspoon vanilla, salt and eggs until blended.
Fold in pecans and pour over crust.
Bake 25 minutes or until set.
While still warm, run a knife around the edges to loosen from sides.
Cool completely before cutting.

Pecan Pie Bars Crust

Pecan Pie Bars Mixing

Easy Pecan Pie Bars

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