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

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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Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwich Recipe

This Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwich Recipe is one of my go-to meals. Paired with a chopped salad, it is an easy weeknight favorite. I use chicken thighs, which are both inexpensive, and delicious (helloooo dark meat!). I can toss it in the crock pot in about 10 minutes on my way out the door, and when I get back from carpool and errands, dinner is already halfway done! Sometimes I serve the sandwiches on plain buns, but if I have a little time, I like to up the ante with garlic buns and slices of avocado. Because avocado is like little green slices of heaven. Yum.

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwich Recipe

Okay, let’s stop drooling, and start cooking! Here’s how to whip up these bad boys:

Ingredients:
Chicken Thighs (just grab a package that suits your family 6-8 thighs or so)
Bottle of BBQ sauce (whatever is on sale, sounds tasty, or you have in the fridge)
Apple Juice
Buns or rolls (for garlic rolls add 1tbsp butter and 1tsp chopped garlic each)
Avocado (optional… but not really)

Put your Chicken thighs in the crock pot. Add about 1/2 a bottle of BBQ sauce, then enough apple juice to barely cover the chicken. Cook on high for 4-5 hours.

When the chicken is done, use a spoon to remove as much of the fat as you can from the top. Then shred the chicken. Two forks works well, but I have found that mashing the chicken with a hand-held potato masher works really well, and is much faster.

To make your garlic rolls, spread about 1tbsp butter on the inside of each roll, then top with 1tbsp garlic, spread out. Place rolls in the oven at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes, until the rolls are starting to brown up just slightly.

Pile your roll high with chicken, top with avocado, and serve with the sides of your choice.

Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Recipe

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!

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