Captain America Bingo Fun and M&M Recipes

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Captain America Ice Cream Sandwiches

I am a big fan of Captain America, especially having had the chance to be on set with one of my favorite superheroes during the filming of Captain America: The Winter Soldier last year. I was so excited once the movie actually came to the theater and I was able to see the scene we witnessed come to life on the BIG screen! It’s amazing that hour and a half condensed to about 15 seconds.

Chris Evans with Bloggers on Set of CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

Now Captain America: The Winter Soldier is available on DVD and Blu-Ray, so I set about rounding up some fun M&Ms recipes and an activity to kick back and have an enjoyable Captain America party at home. To get started, I headed to Walmart to gather my supplies.
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Pumpkin Pie Muddy Buddies Recipe

Pumpkin Pie Muddy Buddies Recipe

The weather is turning cooler and that means it is time for fall and, better yet, fall-themed treats! This yummy Pumpkin Pie Muddy Buddies Recipe makes a great treat for lunch bags, late night snacks and party treats. It’s also a fun addition to fall parties for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Whip up a big batch and share the yumminess!

Pumpkin Pie Muddy Buddies Recipe Ingredients

Pumpkin Pie Muddy Buddies Recipe

8 cup Chex Cereal
12 oz White Melting Chips (White Chocolate)
1/2 cup Pumpkin Puree
2 cup Powdered Sugar
3 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 cup Fall Color M&M’s

Pumpkin Pie Muddy Buddies Recipe Step 1

Melt candy chips by microwaving 30 seconds then stirring and repeating until melted.
Add Pumpkin and stir to combine.
Spread cereal on lined tray(s) and pour mixture over cereal.
In a bowl add spice to powdered sugar and mix well.
Sprinkle sugar mixture cereal and toss to coat well.
Leave on tray(s) to dry out for a while.
Add M&M’s when you transfer to a serving bowl.

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50 Awesome Apple Recipes

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One of my favorite parts of fall is going to local farms for apple picking! It’s such a fun day enjoying the fresh air, grabbing a hay ride, maybe choosing a pumpkin and then the main event of apple picking. Even if you don’t pick your own, the fall is a great time to buy apples in larger quantities. They are in season so taste their best and usually you’ll find the best prices of the year too. If you need some inspiration for things to make with all your apples,  these 50 awesome apple recipes should help.  We have everything from breakfasts to breads to condiments to desserts.  Enjoy!

50 Awesome Apple Recipes


Apple Cinnamon Pancakes – A delicious way to start the day.

Apple Sugar Muffins – Grab one for breakfast on the go.

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal – This one cooks overnight in the crockpot.

Caramel Apple Upside Down Muffins – A yummy treat baked on the bottom.

Apple Puff Pancake – A fluffy treat.

Apple Cherry Breakfast Risotto – Yes, risotto for breakfast!



Apple Banana Bread – Amp up banana bread with apples.

Buttery Caramel Apple Almond Quick Bread – Beautiful with an almond topping.

Overnight Apple Fritter Monkey Bread – Easy, delicious and addictive.

Apple Blueberry Quick Bread – Great for breakfast, snack, dessert or with a meal.

Savory Side Dishes:

Savory Sausage and Apple Bread Pudding – This one can serve as an entree.

Waldorf Chicken Salad with Apples – This one is timeless.

Apple Jicama Slaw – Sriracha sauce adds a kick to this salad.

Green Apple Turkey Sandwich – Add it to your lunchbox.

Apple Sandwiches – A healthy after-school snack.


Condiments and Cider:

Rolo Chocolate Caramel Apple Dip – Fun for a fall party.

Bourbon Apple Pumpkin Butter – A delicious fall condiment.

Apple BBQ Sauce – A unique twist on BBQ sauce.

Apple Spice Marmalade – Perk up your morning toast.

Apple Fig Chutney – Excellent compliment to Indian food.

Fallen Applesauce – Use up those less-than-perfect fallen apples.

Homemade Apple Cider – Drink it cold or hot.

Copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples – Make your own at home!


Hand-Held Treats:

Apple Sandwiches – Fantastic after school snack.

Copycat McDonalds Apple Pie – Skip the drive-thru!

Apple and Cranberry Turnovers – Delicious as-is or with ice cream.

Personal-Sized Apple Pies – Fun individual desserts.

Apple Cider Caramel Cookies - Bet you can’t eat just one.

Mini Apple Dumplings - Dumplings are easier to make than you might think.

Apple Cider Spiced Doughnuts - Oven baked donuts with apple cider.


Baked Apples from the Microwave – A super quick and easy snack or dessert.

Microwave Apple Crisp – Another quick dessert from the microwave.

Microwave Cinnamon Apples – A quick treat for the kids.


Pies, Cakes and Crisps:

Easy Caramel Apple Pie – A delicious dessert that’s easy to make.

Apple Crisp Pie – Is it a pie or is it a crisp? It’s both!

Apple Spice Cake – Complete with a delicious caramel sauce.

Apple Butter Bread Pudding – Bread pudding made with challah bread.

Easy Apple Crisp – A favorite made easy.

Apple Streusel Pie – Gotta love streusel!

Apple Tarte Tatin – An easy, but sophisticated dessert.

Apple and Blackberry Crumble – The blackberries add a beautiful color!

Caramel Apple Streusel Tarts – Time to break out the ice cream to top these.

Creamy Apple Squares – Easy to make with a boxed cake mix.

Caramel Apple Bundt Cake – Break out your Bundt pan for this one!

French Apple Pie – Ooh la la!

Old Fashion Apple Pie – A classic like Grandma used to make.

Apple Biscoff Cookie Bars - Biscoff spread adds extra yum.

Apple Pie Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars – Snickerdoodle and apple makes an amazing combination.


Ice Cream:

Apple Cider Ice Cream – A special frozen treat.

Apple Pie Ice Cream – Includes a caramel sauce recipe.

Gluten Free:

Gluten-free Apple Crisp – A classic, but gluten free.

Gluten-free Applesauce Snack Cake – Another awesome gluten-free option.

B3G1 Free Pringles Coupon = $.50 Each at Walmart + Pringle Brownies Recipe!


There is a great coupon for Pringles chips available right now. Combine that with a gift card promotion at Walmart for this really great deal:

Buy (8) Pringles Chips — $1.50
Use (2) B3G1 Free Pringles Coupon
Submit for $5 Gift Card
Final Price: $.50 each!

You can use this great deal for this recipe to make brownies from the Pringles chips! These are adorable for Halloween!

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To submit for the gift card you have to purchase $10 in one transaction. Then take a photo of your receipt and email it to to get the $5 gift card.

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 62946 – Illinois. 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 Walmart match-ups before you make your shopping trip! PLEASE NOTE: Walmart prices vary by region, so this scenario may be a bit different at your location. You can find more current printable coupons at Coupons.comRed Plum,SmartSource, and SavingStar.

Thanks, Growing Up on Coupons!

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FREE Superfood Breakfast E-Book from Abe’s Market


What are your go-to breakfasts? Are they healthy fuel to get you through the morning, or just something that will help hold off your hunger until you can grab a mid-morning snack? Abe’s Market has teamed up with Ksenia from superfood blog Breakfast Criminals to offer a FREE e-book about the Life-Changing Power of Superfood Breakfasts. It has recipes for smoothies, pancakes, granola, oatmeal and more. My favorite is CHOCOLATE BRAZIL NUT SUPERFOOD GRANOLA. It sounds (and looks) so good! You’ll also get a coupon code to save 15% on Ksenia’s favorites from Abe’s Market.

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$.55/1 State Fair Corn Dogs = $.45 2-Pack at Dollar Tree + Recipe for Corn Dog Kabobs!

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There is a new printable coupon available to save on State Fair Corn Dogs that has no size restrictions! You can use this on the 2-packs at both Dollar Tree and Walmart for these great deals:

Dollar Tree Deal Scenario:
Buy (1) State Fair Corn Dogs, 2 pk — $1.00
Use (1) $.55/1 State Fair Corn Dogs Coupon
Final Price: $.45

Walmart Deal Scenario:
Buy (1) State Fair Corn Dogs, 2 pk — $1.25
Use (1) $.55/1 State Fair Corn Dogs Coupon
Final Price: $.70

You can use this great deal to make these great corn dog kabobs! What a great way to dress up a simple meal item!

Corn Dog Kabobs Recipe #GetCorny

Head over to print two of these per computer. Also, check here for more Walmart match-ups before you make your shopping trip! PLEASE NOTE: Walmart prices vary by region, so this scenario may be a bit different at your location. You can find more current printable coupons at Coupons.comRed Plum,SmartSource, and SavingStar.

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Apricot Glazed Steak Recipe with Kingsford Charcoal and Beef from Walmart


Apricot Glazed Steak Recipe

While summer is a popular time of year for breaking out the BBQ and lighting up the charcoal, fall brings us another reason to barbecue – tailgating! When it comes to a menu for a tailgate party, it’s always fun to shake things up once in a while. There are the old favorites like burgers, hot dogs, and plain ol’ steaks and and chicken breasts. But I like to change things up now and then with a bit more of a bold and unique flavor. That is exactly what you get with this apricot glazed steak recipe.

I got the idea from a recipe for chicken wings that my mom used to make back when I was in high school that used apricot baby food as its base. If you haven’t shopped for baby food in a while, they don’t make plain apricot any more! Apricots are no longer a “stand-alone” fruit for babies - it’s always mixed with sweet potatoes, bananas or some other flavor. So, I turned to apricot preserves for this recipe and am glad I did. It gives it a much bigger flavor boost!

This apricot glazed steak recipe has an Asian flair and its marinade develops a sweet and savory glaze on the meat that I find almost irresistible.  At first I wasn’t sure which type of beef to use, but after browsing for beef at Walmart, I decided on the thin sliced sirloin tip steak. I think it’s a great choice because it cooks quickly, but doesn’t get too try. Next time I may experiment with other cuts of beef as well.

I almost forgot to mention that a BIG bonus is that this recipe is EXTREMELY easy to make!

Apricot Glazed Steak Recipe

Apricot Glazed Steak Recipe Ingredients


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

Walmart Beef Kingsford Charcoal


Mix first 4 ingredients in a large, flat bottomed dish.  Add the beef and turn several times to coat.  Marinate at least 2 hours (overnight is best).  To grill, prepare the charcoal as instructed on the Kingsford Charcoal package.  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.

Apricot Glazed Steak Recipe
There are lots of choices for sides to this recipe. Since it has a bit of an Asian flavor, I served it with a Chinese cabbage slaw, as well as some corn on the cob. Herbed potatoes, veggie skewers or even rice would also compliment it well. To make this more of a hand-held outdoor meal, just cut the meat into strips and cook on skewers.

Copycat McDonalds Apple Pie Recipe

Copycat McDonalds Apple Pies Recipe

When it comes to fast food desserts, it’s hard to compete with the McDonald’s Apple Pie. Although they have changed the formula a bit over the years, it remains a classic. It’s one of those  things you might make a drive thru run to get when a craving hits. Now you can make your own version with this Copycat McDonalds Apple Pie Recipe. The nice thing about it is that you can have them ready at any time, make a big batch for not a lot of money, and know exactly what you are putting in them. The recipe below will make 9 pies.

Copycat McDonalds Apple Pies Recipe Ingredients

Copycat McDonalds Apple Pie Recipe


1 package thawed Pepperidge Farm Pastry Dough
1 Egg White
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Sugar

3 Granny Smith Apples
2 tbsp Sugar
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1 tsp Cinnamon
2 tbsp Butter
2 tbsp Water
1 tbsp Flour

Copycat McDonalds Apple Pies Recipe Chopped Apples

Separate the 2 sheets of pastry dough.
Roll one sheet to 1/4″ thickness and roll the other to 1/8″.
Cut each sheet into 9 pieces.
Peel and core apples and dice into small pieces.
Heat butter, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg over medium heat.
Stir until dissolved and add the apples.
Sprinkle with flour.
Cook until the apples are soft (8-10 minutes).

Copycat McDonalds Apple Pies Recipe Cooked Apples

Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Preheat oven to 375.
After apples have cooled, add the mixture to the 1/4″ pieces of pastry.
Brush around edges of each pie with egg whites
Top with the 1/8″ pieces and crimp the edges using your fingers.
Make 3 slits across the tops of the pies.

Copycat McDonalds Apple Pies Recipe Process
Sprinkle the pies with water to moisten the dough.
Sprinkle tops with cinnamon sugar mixture.
Bake for 20-30 minutes until they are golden brown.

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Bacon Macaroni and Cheese Recipe


Bacon Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

When someone mentions the phrase “comfort food” the first thing that always pops into my mind is Mac and Cheese. It is the perfect, feel-good, fill-you-up, bring-back-childhood-memories kind of meal. But what is one thing that can kick that comfort food up a notch? BACON! Yes, bacon makes almost anything better and it definitely does that with this delicious Bacon Macaroni and Cheese Recipe.

Serve this Bacon Macaroni and Cheese Recipe all by itself as the centerpiece of your meal. You can also serve it as a side dish.  It’s something special to serve at a potluck dinner.  You’ll have lots of people asking you for the recipe! Just place it in a crockpot to keep warm during the celebration.

Bacon Macaroni and Cheese Recipe whole


Bacon Macaroni and Cheese Recipe


8 ounces uncooked noodles of choice
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
4 strips of bacon
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
3 TBSP butter
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
Salt and Pepper


  1. Cook noodles according to the package directions. Drain.
  2. In a saucepan, melt butter or margarine over medium heat. Stir in enough flour to make a roux. Add milk to roux slowly, stirring constantly. Stir in 2 cups cheddar cheese and cook over low heat until cheese is melted and the sauce thickens. Pour noodles into the sauce mixture and stir well.
  3. Cook bacon and roughly chop.
  4. Pour half of the macaroni mixture into a casserole dish. Sprinkle 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, 1.2 cup Parmesan cheese and half of the bacon pieces over macaroni mixture. Pour the remaining macaroni mixture and repeat.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes. Serve.

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Fight Grilling Fatigue with Jack’s Pizza on the Grill

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Do you like to grill? During the summer months I love to fire up the grill and cook. It’s a fun way to make a meal, the food tastes great and it means less dishes to wash in the kitchen. But, as we head toward the end of summer, grill fatigue starts to set in. No, grill fatigue isn’t a medical condition – it’s just a term I made up to describe the feeling where you are more than tired of the hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken breasts you have been cooking up on the grill all summer.

The nice thing about burgers and hot dogs on the grill is that they are so easy to make. BUT, how about something else that is just as easy or maybe even easier to make on the grill – Jack’s Pizza!

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I headed to Walmart to pick up Jack’s Pizza to keep in the freezer for simple meals on the grill. You can see that Jack’s is really popular because it was almost cleared out of some varieties!  I grabbed a few pepperoni pizzas and some ingredients to make a salad and headed home.

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This is how EASY it is to make Jack’s Pizza on the grill. Set all the burners on your grill to low, keep the lid closed and preheat to 400 degrees. (You need to use a gas grill. Charcoal grills and smokers aren’t recommended.)  

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To start cooking, just unwrap your Jack’s Pizza and then place it right on the grate in the center of the grill. Close the lid.

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After 7 minutes, open the lid and rotate your pizza (use tongs or a fork – it’s HOT!) and close the lid again. Cook another 5 to 8 minutes or until the cheese is melted and lightly bubbling in the center and the crust is golden brown. That’s it!

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To make a nice simple meal with our Jack’s Pizza, I created a delicious Italian Chopped Salad Recipe. It is a filling side dish chock-full of goodies and perfectly completes the meal. I love the combination of flavors of deli meats and cheeses along with the fresh veggies and tangy dressing.

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Italian Chopped Salad Recipe


10 oz bag hearts of romaine
1/2 green pepper
2 tomatoes, seeded
3 thick slices deli salami
3 thick slices deli pepperoni
3 slices provolone cheese
4 oz fresh mozzarella
1 Tbsp parmesan cheese

3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
salt & pepper to taste (just a few dashes)
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil


For the salad, chop the lettuce and place in a large bowl. Chop remaining ingredients and mix with lettuce.
For the dressing, mix vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper. Stir until salt is dissolved. Add olive oil and stir well.
Toss the dressing with the salad mixture to serve.

To make our grilling set-up truly “grab and go” I served the salad in tall plastic cups. Everyone can just grab a couple slices of pizza, grab a cup of salad and eat! It’s a delicious meal with little effort that everyone enjoys.

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