Knish Bites

Appetizer and Super Bowl recipe week is continuing. Knish (make sure you pronounce the K) is an Eastern European snack that consists of a filling covered in dough and then baked, grilled, or fried. That's a pretty broad definition for sure. Today I'm sharing some Knish bites that are filled with onion-y ground beef and cheese. For the dough, we'll be using Pillsbury crescent creations seamless dough so this a simple recipe to put together. I'm calling them knish bites because I kept my knish small and you can eat them in just one bite.

Several years back I was a part of a recipe exchange group. We would get together once a month and bring a recipe to share. We would also bring enough copies of the recipe so everyone could bring one home. I got to try a lot of really great new recipes that way. The group ended but thankfully I still have the recipes and today's knish recipe came from the recipe exchange. The tortilla soup recipe I use came from the same lovely lady, so you know she's a great cook.



Skinny Bean Dip

Super Bowl XLIX is less than a week away! Today I'm sharing a a great party recipe that's perfect for the Big Game or really any party. It's actually a skinny version of the bean dip recipe I posted a few years ago. It's really versatile because you can use change up which ingredients you want low-fat versus full fat depending on your preference. I've made it in a bunch of different variations and they have all been delicious!


Skinny Bean Dip

Prep: 5 minutes Cook: 30 minutes

Ingredients:


  • 2 - 16 ounce cans fat free refried beans, or traditional
  • 2 cups Greek Yogurt, or low fat sour cream
  • 8 ounce softened low fat, non fat, or greek yogurt cream cheese
  • 2 Tbsp of Taco seasoning (1/2 packet)
  • Low fat shredded cheese to sprinkle on top 


Instructions:


  1. Mix the beans, greek yogurt, cream cheese, and taco seasoning together in a casserole dish. Use a hand mixer for the smoothest dip. 
  2. Sprinkle the top of the dip with shredded cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  3. Serve immediately. 
Tortilla chips are my favorite way to eat this bean dip but if you are trying to keep it light, you could try pairing carrots, celery, or cucumber slices with this delicious dip. 

My favorite part of this dip is how quick and easy it is to make. Just a little bit of mixing and into the oven it goes. My other favorite part is how good it tastes! Everytime I make it, someone asks for the recipe. It's that tasty!



What's your go-to dip when you are serving a crowd? Let me know in the comments!

Ashley

Acine de Pepe Fruit Salad

The big game is coming up in just a few weeks, you know the BIG game. I'm not a big football fan, but this year the Super Bowl is in my city, so it's hard not to be excited. I'll be sharing some recipes in the next few weeks that are great for feeding a crowd! Today's dish in an acine de pepe fruit salad, also known as frog eye salad. I've never called it that, but frog eye salad is a little easier to say than acine de pepe. That's for sure!

In case you haven't heard of it before, acine de pepe is a very small, round pasta. It is mostly used in cold salads or soups. It looks similar to tapioca pearls and my in-laws all thought it was tapioca at first. I love this salad for a few reasons.

  1. It's delicious and that's the most important thing. 
  2. It is great for serving a crowd. It makes a lot! 
  3. It's great to make ahead the day or two before so you have less to do on game day. 



Minecraft Pickaxe Printable Lollipop Valentines

As promised, today I am sharing another Minecraft Printable Valentine! This time I am turning a heart lollipop into a pickaxe. One side of the Valentine says, "You're my top pick!" The other side has a spot to write who the Valentine is from. Across the top of the lollipop it also says, "Happy Valentines Day!" This Valentine is simpler than the TNT Valentines, but a little more involved than the original Minecraft Valentine printables. It's the perfect middle ground.



LEGO Frozen Group Giveaway

A few weeks ago on Facebook, I posted that LEGO was releasing a Frozen set in January, but certain Target stores were selling them early. My Christmas budget was already past spent at that point, but I just couldn't get that LEGO set out of my head. I got the idea that it would be a really fun reader giveaway. 
So today, I am teaming up with some of my favorite Arizona bloggers to give away a LEGO Disney Princess Elsa's Sparkling Ice Castle set. I have to tell you that by the time I decided to give a set away, almost every place was sold out. I had to drive 25 miles to find one. Now they are completely sold out everywhere I have seen! Well I guess if you are willing to seriously overpay you can find them on Amazon, but goodness they really jack up the prices. 

Minecraft TNT Box Valentines - Free Printable

I'm so excited for today's post. Last year, my printable Minecraft Valentines were a huge hit! I've been brainstorming and working hard to bring you two new Minecraft Valentines for this year. I'll be sharing them in two different posts, since they both take a few more steps than just printing.
Today's Valentine is a printable Minecraft TNT box.



LEGO KidsFest ticket giveaway!

We are a house full of LEGO® fanatics. Our Christmas was full of LEGO creations. My son got a Minecraft themed LEGO set. My daughter of course was building LEGO Friends sets. She loves those things. Then my husband was even building from the generic LEGO creative tower that we got.
A lot of Christmas weekend looked like this at my house:
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So needless to say we were really excited when we heard that LEGO KidsFest is coming back to Phoenix February 27- March 1, 2015. We couldn't make it last year and we are so excited to go this year. Those who attended the previous show can once again expect hands-on building, creative experiences and one-of-a-kind activities. Children of all ages and builders of all skills and levels are welcome.

LEGO KidsFest features dozens of new activities and popular favorites on the three-acre show floor.
New activities for this year's visit include LEGO Mindstorms, LEGO Movie, LEGO Fusion, LEGO Disney Princess, the Mixels, a LEGO Superheroes area and more.

Once again, show-goers can enjoy the LEGO Model Museum, Race Ramps, Creation Nation, Construction Zone, LEGO DUPLO, LEGO Retail store and LEGO KidsFest Marketplace, the Big Brick Pile, LEGO Ninjago and more.

The LEGO KidsFest 2015 tour stops include Arizona (Glendale): February 27 - March 1; Missouri (St. Louis): March 20 - 22; Tennessee (Nashville): April 17 - 19; and Texas (Austin): September 4 - 6.

Each tour stop will have 5 different sessions. Each session is identical, so you can buy your tickets to the most convenient session and know that you will get the same experience as everyone else. LEGO KidsFest tickets are $22.50 for adults and $19.50 for children and can be purchased online at http://www.legokidsfest.com. Make sure you purchase your tickets early. They can and have sold out. I imagine that the Saturday sessions are particularly popular.

I've got some exciting news! One of my readers will win (2) tickets to for the opening night session on Friday, February 27,  2015   (4-8:30pm).  I encourage you to LIKE and Follow LEGOKidsFest on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram for all the latest ticketing updates as this event has been selling out in prior cities.    Must be 18 to enter, 1 entry per day allowed, random drawing by USFG!
Enter the giveaway here: http://www.usfamilyguide.com/LEGO_KidsFest/?blogid=1081

Remember that you can enter once per day from now until January 22! The winner will be announced January 23! Good luck! I hope to see you there!

Ashley