Funfetti Waffle Recipe

Funfetti waffles recipe

Looking for a fun recipe for a birthday, New Year’s Day, or other special occasion? These Funfetti Waffles are perfect! It took me a couple tries to perfect this Funfetti Waffle recipe, but now it is perfect – fluffy waffles with the perfect amount of sweetness. Great with syrup and butter, whipped cream, or just on their own!

They are actually made using Funfetti cake mix, which give them a sweet flavor, and add fun sprinkles of color throughout the batter. I wish I could say that I came up with this idea out of sheer genius… but it was actually sheer desperation! I had promised my boys that I would make waffles for breakfast, then discovered we didn’t have enough flour. I searched through the kitchen cabinets to find something that might work as a flour-substitute… and found the perfect solution in a box of Funfetti cake mix!

funfetti waffles

The boys immediately declared my Funfetti waffles to be the “best waffles ever!” Though, the first batch was much to dough-y. It took a little tweaking to find a recipe that I was happy with – but the boys didn’t mind being my taste-testers. These picky eaters declared each batch to be awesome!

birthday waffles made using funfetti cake mix

I served my waffles up with syrup, whipped cream, and sprinkles, but you can serve yours however you like. If you’re making these for a birthday breakfast, you might want to add a layer of frosting (maple buttercream, perhaps?) You can add a candle or two if you like to celebrate.

We have a small family of 4, so there were plenty of waffles to store in the freezer for future breakfasts – an awesome, quick breakfast that the kids look forward to! Not the healthiest… but they keep in the freezer for weeks, so I’m not worried about them getting a sugar overload!

 

Funfetti Waffles Recipe:

Yield: about 18 waffles

1 box Funfetti Cake Mix
2 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3 c milk
1 stick melted butter
3 eggs

Mix all ingredients together until thoroughly mixed. Don’t worry about a few small lumps. Scoop batter onto a hot waffle iron, and bake until browned. Remove carefully using tongs and spatula – waffle may be soft, will crisp as it cools.

Funfetti waffle recipe

I hope you enjoy these waffles – they are a breakfast favorite around here… and I’m sure they will be a Birthday Breakfast tradition!

 

Vanilla Chocolate Chip Donuts

These vanilla chocolate chip donuts are downright delicious! I decorated them with vanilla frosting and chocolate sprinkles, but you can really eat them without any frosting … they are great right out of the oven!

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Vanilla Chocolate Chip Mini Donuts

Making these vanilla chocolate chip mini donuts is easy with the Wilton Nonstick 12-Cavity Mini Donut Pan. The pan is inexpensive, but only holds 12 mini doughnuts, so I have two pans, which makes the baking go twice as fast.

1 1/4 c flour
1/2 c sugar
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup whole milk
1 vanilla bean – scrape the inside, add to the batter, throw away the shell
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
2 tbsp melted butter
1/2 c mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray doughnut pan with nonstick spray.

Stir together dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients until fully incorporated, then add chocolate chips.

Fill a plastic zip-top bag with the batter, and snip off a small corner. Use this to fill each cavity of the baking pan half full. Bake for 5-7 minutes.

Allow doughnuts to cool slightly before removing from pan.

 

These donuts are delicous unfrosted, but you can easily frost them with some canned frosting that has been thinned. Scoop out 3tbsp vanilla frosting into a bowl. Slowly add 1-2 tablespoons of milk, mixing well to incorporate. Dip each doughnut in the bowl, then sprinkle with chocolate sprinkles.

Vanilla Chocolate Chip Mini Donut Recipe

Check out my other mini doughnut recipes – chocolate mini donuts and banana spice sugared donuts.

Banana Spice Donuts

These Banana Spice Donuts are super delicious, and easy to make! I whipped up a couple dozen of these mini doughnuts the other day, and had a tough time not gobbling them all up! They get much of their sweetness from the banana, the spice adds some extra flavor, and the sugar on top adds crunch and texture. These are delicious all around!

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Banana Spice Sugared Donuts

Make your own banana spice sugared donuts by using a Wilton Nonstick 12-Cavity Mini Donut Pan. I have two of these pans, which makes it much faster to whip up the 6 dozen mini doughnuts that a single batch of dough makes.

BANANA SPICE SUGARED DONUT RECIPE

1 1/4 c flour
1/2 c sugar
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp salt
1 ripe banana, well mashed
1/2 c whole milk
1 egg
2 tbsp melted butter

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray pan with nonstick spray.

Mix together dry ingredients. Add in wet ingredients and mix until fully combined.

Put batter in a zip-top bag, snip off a small corner, and squeeze batter through the hole into the cavities of the mold. Fill each cavity about half full.

Bake 5-7 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before removing from pan.

 

To coat with sugar:
Put a 1/2 c apple juice in a small bowl, and 1/2 c sugar on a plate. Dip each doughnut in the apple juice, then shake off any excess juice. Dip in the sugar, then place on a plate to dry.

 

You can substitute another juice, such as orange juice or lemonade, if you like.

Sugared Banana Spice Donuts

Mini Chocolate Donuts

Over on 30 Minute Crafts, I’m doing a whole week of printables for a donut party. I baked up over 200 mini donuts for my little party, and thought I’d share the recipes with you! Today I’m sharing my Mini Chocolate Donuts. They are super easy to make, and not too sweet!

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Chocolate Mini Donuts Recipe

These donuts are baked in the Wilton Nonstick 12-Cavity Mini Donut Pan. I have 2 of the pans, which makes the baking go a whole lot faster! I topped them with my cheater chocolate ganache. Simple to make in the microwave, and no heavy cream needed, my faux chocolate ganache is the perfect way to top these mini mouthfuls. Afterwards, you can also add sprinkles! Yum!

CHOCOLATE MINI DONUT RECIPE

1 1/4c flour
1/2 c granulated sugar
1/4 c cocoa powder
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 c whole milk
1 egg
2 tbsp melted butter

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray donut pan with nonstick spray.

Mix together dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients and mix until fully combined.

Put batter in a zip-top bag, and cut off a small corner. Use bag to fill each donut cavity 1/2 full. Bake for 5-7 minutes. Allow to cool slightly, then carefully remove from pan.

Makes about 6 dozen donuts.

 

CHEATER CHOCOLATE GANACHE

1 c mini semisweet chocolate morsels
4 tbsp whole milk

Put ingredients in microwave-safe bowl, then microwave for 90-120 seconds. Stir to combine ingredients well. Carefully dip baked donuts into ganache to coat the top. Place in refrigerator to set the ganache.

Chocolate Mini Donuts

 

World’s Best Turkey Cheeseburger

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World's best turkey cheeseburger recipe

Summer is in full swing! For me, this means lots of time in the sun, and of course, grilling! We love grilling meats around here, and one of our favorite things to throw on the grill is a great burger. I’m a fan of turkey burgers, which are easy to add tons of flavor to! I set out to make the World’s Best Turkey Cheeseburger, so I headed to Walmart to pick up my ingredients.

While I was shopping, I used the Blippar App. It is a fun, free app that gives you bonus information on participating products. When I scanned my Kraft cheese, I had access to some great cheeseburger recipes, and I could take a photo with Brad Paisley! Hey look! Brad Paisley is shopping with me! You can also register to get Paisely Points and win some sweet Brad Paisley Swag.

Brad paisley in cart

Then I headed home to make some cheeseburgers. Yum!

make a turkey cheeseburger

You can find the full recipe at the bottom of this post. My burger patties included the basics – ground turkey, salt and pepper, egg and breadcrumbs (as binding agents), and then lots of flavor – I added Kraft Barbeque sauce, Kraft Cheese shreds, and minced garlic – yum!

Everything was tossed into a bowl, and thoroughly mixed. I pulled off my rings, washed my hands, and mixed it all in with my hands.

mix ingredients

Once my meat was mixed, I divided it into 4 sections for my patties. You could also make 6 smaller patties.

split up meat

Each section was first rolled into a ball, then pressed flat. To keep your patties from puffing up into meatballs on the grill, make a crater in the center of the burger. This way, the burger will be an even thickness when cooked. I put the patties onto squares of parchment paper, making them easy to transfer to the grill. This also makes them easy to stack in a container if you’re taking them to the park or to the beach to grill.

make burger patties

While the burgers were grilling, I prepared my fixings. First I chopped up some onions to caramelize.

onions to caramelize

Then I chopped up my avocado and tomato. Tear the lettuce to prevent the edges from browning. I like a little salt on my avocado and pepper on my tomatoes.

burger fixings

The it is time to toast the buns…

toasted buns

And then build the burger!

delicious turkey cheeseburger

Some people like to put the cheese on their cheeseburger while it is still on the grill. I like to put the cheese on RIGHT after it comes off the grill. It still gets melty, and none of it gets lost to the flames.

To make it a little easier to eat, I cut my cheeseburger in half.

cheeseburger with a side of cheeseburger

Hey, look who is hanging out in my cheeseburger!

brad paisley burger

Why yes, I’ll have my cheeseburger with a side of Brad Paisely, thankyouverymuch.

World’s Best Turkey Cheeseburger Recipe

Burger:
1/5 lb ground turkey
3/4 c Kraft Barbeque Sauce
1/2 c cheese shreds
1 c breadcrumbs
1 egg
1 tbsp minced garlic
salt & pepper to taste

Fixings:
Hamburger bun
Kraft Naturals cheese slices
Kraft Miracle Whip
Lettuce
Tomato
Avocado
Caramelized Onions

Mix all ingredients in a bowl until thoroughly combined. Divide into 4 large patties or 6 small patties. Grill until done. Add Kraft naturals cheese slices, and your choice of fixings on a toasted bun, and enjoy!

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3 Ingredient Deviled Eggs

Easy 3 ingredient deviled eggs

These are the easiest ever deviled eggs to make, and I always get compliments on them! There are tons of complicated deviled egg recipes out there, and I’m sure they are delicious. This 3 ingredient deviled egg recipe is my go-to. My favorite. And super, super simple.

ingredients for deviled eggs

You need mayonnaise – I’ve used different brands and they are all fine. You can even use Miracle Whip if you’re a Miracle Whip fan. And of course you need hard-boiled eggs. But the most important ingredient is Season All. I’ve used different kinds of seasoning salt, but Morton’s (the one with the blue cap) is hands-down the best for this recipe.

Peel your hard boiled eggs. Make sure to get all that skin off – the membrane between the shell and the egg has a terrible texture and slightly bitter taste that completely ruins deviled eggs for me, so I always make sure to dunk the eggs in water after peeling and look carefully to make sure all the skin is gone.

Slice the eggs in half, lengthwise. Remove the yolks, put in a bowl. For 6 eggs, add two heaping tablespoons of mayo, and 1 teaspoon of seasoning salt. Mix thoroughly.

Plop a scoop of the filling back into each cavity left by removing the yolk. You can use fancy methods like a piping bag or cutting the corner off a ziplock bag… but when I’m making these just for my family, I use two teaspoons to transfer the filling onto the eggs.

Once the eggs are filled, sprinkle with a little more seasoning salt, and enjoy!

You can adjust the recipe to suit your taste – add more or less mayo, and more or less seasoning salt, depending on how you like your eggs. I’ve made these so often that I don’t even measure out the ingredients anymore… I just toss it all in a bowl until it tastes right!

… and these easy deviled eggs always taste right!!

Whimsical Holiday Entertaining Recipes

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This Holiday season, we’re staying at home. I have let my family and in-laws know that they are all welcome at our house… but we don’t plan to do any holiday traveling. We traveled last December, and we’ve done a lot of traveling this year for family parties and events. Now, we get to enjoy some time at home. Which is perfect for me, because I love Holiday entertaining. I love dressing up our home, and welcoming guests. I love cooking and preparing delicious treats. This holiday, with the help of Smart & Final, I thought I’d come up with a sweet twist on drinks and appetizers.

Instead of traditional drinks and savory appetizers, I came up with some sweet candy sushi and drinks that use Country Time Lemonade and Kool Aid as the base. But don’t let the Kool Aid and Lemonade fool you… these drinks have kick!

I started by making the Candy Bar Rolls and Starburst Nigiri.

candy bar sushi platter #choosesmart #shop

For my “sushi”, instead of rice I used Cheerio treats.

To make your own Candy Bar Sushi Rolls you need:
2 tbsp butter
2 c  mini marshmallows
3 c Cheerios
2 Snickers bars
2 3Musketeers bars

Melt the butter in a nonstick saucepan on med heat. Add marshmallows. Stir until melted together. Add Cheerios, and stir until fully combined.

Tip: to keep everything from sticking to your spoon, spray your spoon with non-stick spray.

To turn the Cheerio treats into candy sushi, pour half of the still hot Cheerio treat mixture on a piece of aluminum foil, sprayed with non-stick spray. Use your spoon to spread it out into a large rectangle. Place two candy bars (with wrappers removed, of course) down on the middle of the rectangle of cheerio treats. Fold in the sides of the foil so that the Cheerio treats encircle the candy bars. Roll the treats in the foil to even them out around the candy bars. You’ll feel them melting into the chocolate coating on the candy bars a little. That’s fine.

Remove from the foil and set aside to cool. Repeat with the second half of Cheerio treats and two more candy bars. You can use the same piece of foil, and no need to re-spray with no-stick spray. There will be enough left on the foil.candy sushi roll #choosesmat #shop

Once the Cheerio treats cool, cut into pieces about 1″ wide with a SHARP knife.

Make Candy Bar Sushi #choosesmart #shop

To make the Starburst Nigiri, you need:
2 tbsp butter
2 c mini marshmallows
3 c Cheerios
Starburst Candies (unwrapped)
Sprinkles (optional)

Make a batch of Cheerio treats, just like before. Make tablespoon-sized balls of treats on foil. Make sure to spray both your spoons and foil with non-stick spray.

Put 3 starburst in the microwave. Times will vary based on your microwave, but mine took about 10 seconds. You want them slightly softened, NOT melted.

Pull the warm Starburst into the shape of a slice of raw fish, and set on top of your cereal treat “rice ball”. Dip in sprinkles if you like.

As long as I was giving Cheerios and candy bars a more “mature” look in the form of candy sushi, I thought I’d give CountryTime lemonade and Kool Aid a makeover. Because what is more welcoming after a long drive than a refreshing drink?

Pitcher of Kool Aid #choosesmart #shop

I made a Kool-Aid a-rita. Which is the delicious love-child of a Margarita and Kool-Aid. You can make it on the rocks or blended, the recipe changes a little based on how you want to serve it.

kool aid a-rita #choosesmart #shop

Kool-Aid a-rita on the Rocks:

3 parts Kool-Aid
2 parts Tequila
1 part Grand Marnier
Shake and serve over ice. Garnish with a slice of lime.

Blended Kool-Aid a-rita

3/4 c Kool-Aid
1 c Tequila
1/2 c Grand Marnier
Add a scoop of Kool-Aid powder
Fill blender with ice, blend until smooth. Garnish with a slice of lime.

 

I like giving my guests two different drink options when entertaining. That way, if they’re not a fan of a particular drink (or the booze in that drink), they have options. I made the second drink with Country Time lemonade:

Sweet Suprise CountryTime Lemonade Drink #choosesmart #shop

Sweet Surprise

Sugar rim with 50/50 mix of CountryTime Lemonade and Sugar
3 parts CountryTime Lemonade
1 part Vodka
Pour in glass over ice
Top with a splash of Chambord (about 1 tbsp)
Add a Maraschino Cherry
(the Chambord and Cherry will sink to the bottom)

The surprise is the cherry at the bottom of the drink.

If you’ve never sugared the rim of a glass before, it is easy to do:

How to Sugar the rim #choosesmart #shop

Mix a tablespoon of sugar and a tablespoon of the lemonade mix together on a small plate. On a second plate, pour a little of the prepared lemonade.

Dip the rim of the glass into the lemonade. Let the excess drip off. Then dip into the sugar mixture. It is that easy!

Holiday entertaining has never been as sweet!

Oh – and keep a pitcher of un-spiked Kool-Aid and Lemonade around for your under-21 houseguests!

Smart and Final is a great store for all your entertaining needs – from meat to dairy, produce to paper goods, they’ve got you covered! Check them out on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/SmartFinal and on Facebook  http://www.facebook.com/SmartFinal

And right now there is a great promotion going on! Save $5 when you buy 5 select General Mills, Mars, and other products (like the cereal, drink powders, and candy bars used in my recipes), AND get free Adult-Child movie passes!

Save 5 and get a free movie ticket #choosesmart #shop

Sweet Tea Picnic Made Easy (and Nine-Patch Napkins)

Sweet Tea Picnic

Recently, I was invited by Davidson’s Organics and Missouri Star Quilt Company to create a picnic. I couldn’t refuse. I’ve become something of a homebody, and anything to get me out of the house is a good thing! Plus, my son loves picnics. I kept this picnic simple, easy, and most of all, fun. They sent me sweet tea and fat-eighths of fabric to play with, in exchange for sharing my experience with all of you.

I packed up a picnic basket so that my son and I could spend the afternoon at the park.

pack up the picnic basket

I kept it simple. Mason jars with ice tea spoons, some snacks, honey for sweetening up my tea, my nine-patch napkins (more on those in a bit), and a juice box… because most 5 year olds aren’t big tea drinkers. Oh… and those big mason jars? Those are my secret weapon for packing an easy picnic.

One large mason jar is filled with ice. The other is filled with hot water and tea. The tea takes 5-7 minutes to brew. Which is about how long it takes to walk to the park from my house. So, while the water is boiling, I pack up the rest of the basket. Once the water is hot, I pour it into the mason jar, add my tea bags, pop on the lid, wrap a towel around the jar, and off we head to the park!

brew sweet tea on the go

By the time we get there, my tea is brewed, and I can pour the ice and tea into the smaller mason jars for drinking! Super easy. And while I sip my tea, my kiddo can do lots of this:

slide at the park

This made for a perfect fall afternoon with my kiddo. He’s growing up so fast!

With the fat eighths of fabric sent to me as part of my picnic package, I whipped up some nine-patch napkins. These are easy to make. Not quite as easy as the tea… but pretty simple.

I started with my fabric and 4 linen/cotton napkins.

nine patch napkin supplies

I cut the fabric into strips, 2.5″ wide, then stitched the strips into sets of 3. I pressed the seams so that half of the sets had the seams facing out, and half had the seams facing in.

two sets of strips

Then I sub-cut these into 2.5″ strips.

cut strip sets

I piled up the sets. The row on the right has the seams pointing out, and the row on the left has the seams pointing in.

I paired up strip sets to make four pairs, each using one strip from the right row, and one from the left row. Because the seams were pressed in opposite directions, they nest into each other perfectly, making for perfect intersections where the seams all meet.

I then added another strip to one side of each pair, making nine-patches.

pink the edges

Instead of leaving the edges raw, or trying to turn them under, I used pinking shears to trim the edges. This will keep them from fraying, and I really like the look of a pinked edge.

I pinned each square to one corner of a napkin.

pin squares in place

Then I stitched each square in place.

stitch down nine patch

It was that easy! We’ve got this picnic basket as a wedding gift, and until now I’ve always used paper napkins. I’m so glad I now have a set of nice picnic napkins to go in my picnic basket!

quilted napkins

Thanks again to Davidson’s Organics and Missouri Star Quilt Company for letting me join in on the fun!

Easy Shepherd’s Pie Recipe with Kraft Recipe Makers

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Trying to figure out what’s for dinner tonight? When I was asked to whip up a recipe with the new Kraft Recipe Makers, I knew I wanted to make a casserole. With school starting, I love making casseroles on the weekends – great for re-heating later in the week for a quick lunch for me or my husband, or a fast dinner as I’m trying to get the kids to bed to get a good night of sleep before school starts the next day.

Shepherd’s Pie is one of our favorite go-to recipes. It is the best easy meal to whip together, and making it with Kraft Recipe Makers adds a whole new level of flavor!

Kraft Recipe Makers Box

Ingredients:
Kraft Recipe Makers – New England Pot Roast Flavor
1 to 1.5lbs Ground Turkey (any ground meat will work – beef, chicken, whatever)
1/2 onion (optional)
Can of Green Beans (whole or cut)
approx 4 servings Mashed Potatoes (whip up the boxed kind or use leftovers from the night before)
1/2 cup shredded cheese of your choice
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Brown the ground turkey. If you are adding onion, rough-chop the onion into 1/2″ cubes and add to ground turkey as you brown it.

Simmer in Kraft Recipe Maker Simmer Sauce

Once the turkey is browned, add the Simmer Sauce from the Kraft Recipe Makers. Let simmer for 5 minutes as you open and drain the can of green beans and get the mashed potatoes ready.

In a 7×9″ casserole dish, build the casserole. First add the ground turkey, then the green beans. Open up the second packet from the Kraft Recipe Makers – the gravy – and pour over the green beans.

Carefully spread the mashed potatoes over the top and sprinkle with cheese.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes or until the casserole is warm through and the cheese is melted and toasty.

Dinner Tonight - Shepherd's Pie

Allow to cool a little, then serve! Yum!

I love that Kraft Recipe makers includes all the flavor I needed to make one of our favorite dishes. It made dinner so easy to whip together!

You can learn more about Kraft Recipe Makers on the Kraft website or Facebook page.

Best way to Cut Cake: Cut Cake with a Spool of Thread

cut clean lines of birthday cake with this simple trick!

If you’ve ever taken the time to frost a beautiful cake, you dread the time that it will be chopped up. Sure, you want your guests to enjoy a bite of cake, and you know that dismantling your work of art is part of the process, but seeing all your hard work hacked to crumbs and pieces might make you die a little inside. Instead of attacking your cake with a knife, use a spool of thread for beautiful, clean lines that you might not even notice after cutting! This trick even works on cakes that have been out of the refrigerator for a few hours, with frosting that is a little soft, and cake that is no longer firm.

Grab a spool of thread. Hold the spool in one hand, and the end of the thread in the other. Pull your hands apart so that they are a few inches wider than the with of the cake.use a spool of thread to cut clean lines of birthday cake

With the thread tight, pull the thread straight down over the cake. This will make a clean cut. At the bottom, make sure that the thread reaches all the way down to the cake board (or plate if that is what the cake is sitting on), and pull tight to make sure you have cut cleanly through the whole cake.

Release the thread end, and holding on to the spool, pull the thread out. Repeat the process across the length and width of the cake to cut all of the slices. Then serve your beautifully cut pieces!

Must-know tip! The best way to cut a cake with neat, clean lines - even if it has been sitting out for hours!