The Life of Jennifer Dawn: January 2018

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Fun Favors for Valentine's Day & Weekly Link Party

Candy, hearts, red, and pink! These fun favor ideas for Valentine's Day check all of that off the list! If you're looking for creatively cute favor ideas for a class party or maybe just a fun Valentine's Day gift idea for friends and family, this post has you covered. I've rounded up three adorable ideas that are as cute as they are easy to put together. Which are you excited to try?
1. DIY Valentine Candy Dispenser Machines / White House Crafts
How cute are these?! These candy dispenser would make the perfect favors for Valentine's Day. And making your own is easy with the fantastic tutorial they've provided on their site.

2. Milk and Cookies Valentine Gift Carton / Satsuma
Stuffed with cookies, these printable cartons make the perfect Valentine's Day gifts for neighbors, teachers, friends, and kids! Adorable! Visit the link above to grab the printable.

3. Favor Box and Bottle Label The Life of Jennifer Dawn
These printable are perfect for group parties or even just for a special snack for Valentine's Day. There's a fun printable favor box to stuff goodies inside and a matching bottle label to attach to water bottles or other drinks. Click on over to grab your copy!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Winter Treats and Weekly Link Party

We finally got our first good snow of the year--one that's more than just a dusting of powder. That's how it is living in the South. A true snowfall is a rare treat that snowballs into a flurry of school closings, icy roads, cozy mittens, and wet galoshes.

Our yard turning into a winter wonderland had the kids scurrying around for their scarves, hats, and coats. They couldn't wait to get outside and play. So I snuggled them up in multiple layers and the handmade scarves and hats from their Mimi. And they were off! I couldn't help but smile as I watched them make tracks in the snow, sled down the neighbor's hill, engage in a lively snowball fight, and even make a small snowman with a carrot nose.

The snow isn't the only thing to cheer about on a snow day, though! There's also the mugs of hot cocoa and sweet treats to enjoy after the outside fun is done. After my kids had enjoyed as much snowy fun as the freezing temperatures would let them stand, they stepped back into the warmth of the house, peeled off the wet layers, and snuggled under blankets to thaw off. And to enjoy some delicious treats!

If you like to treat your kids to mugs of hot chocolate and other winter-themed confections on snowy days, you're going to love this week's features. From snowflake cookies to polar bear marshmallows, here's a fun collection of treats that are perfect to enjoy this winter.
1. Polar Bear Marshmallows / Gluesticks
Aren't these adorable? They're sure to make any mug of hot cocoa a little more fun!

2. Black and White Chocolate Chip Cookies / Gluesticks
Here's a fun combination the kids will love! It's double chocolate chip and classic chocolate chip cookies combined.

3. Frozen Banana Penguin Pops / Satsuma
These are sure to bring on loads of smiles and giggles! And kids will love joining in to add the eyes, noses, and feet to these cute edible creations.

4. Egg Nog Snowflake Cookies Syncopated Mama
After a day of playing in the snow, a batch of warm cookies is the perfect way to warm up. And these look amazing!

5. Hot Chocolate Rice Krispies Treats The Life of Jennifer Dawn
Few things beat a classic. This recipe takes those beloved Rice Krispies Treats to a new level though with loads of marshmallows and chocolate chips and even a secret ingredient in the mix.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Valentine's Day Snacks to Make with Kids & Weekly Link Party

Valentine's Day is about one month away with all it's love, hearts, pinkness, and goodies! And few things say, "I love you!" quite like homemade treats. What's better than making homemade snacks for the ones you love? How about making them with the ones you love? Here are several Valentine's Day snacks that are perfect to make with the youngest loves in your life--the kids!
One of my favorite things to do with my kids during the holiday season is to bake and make homemade goodies. Unfortunately, we didn't get all our baking fix this year since the whole family came down with the flu followed up by some secondary infections that required antibiotics. Yuck! I know! We ended up being sick for weeks. And truth be told...we were barely able to even enjoy Christmas.

Valentine's Day is our chance, though. We are going to make all the Valentine's Day treats and snacks that our tummies can handle. LOL! Well, maybe not that many for me since I've been on a roll losing weight--35 pounds now. Yay! But for me making homemade treats is less about making the treats and more about making memories. Wouldn't you agree? So...for this Valentine's Day, here are several snack ideas that'll have you and the kids (or grandkids) making wonderful memories in the kitchen.

1. Heart-shaped Biscuits / Crafting a Family
Little hands would love making these adorable biscuits. Plain or topped with jam, they're an ideal snack for Valentine's Day.

2. Valentine Cookies / The Country Chic Cottage
Aren't these love bug cookies adorable?! It's a quick and easy recipe that the kids will love!

3. Coconut Cherry Angel Bars / From Playdates to Parties
These look and sound delicious! And the best part is that they only require three ingredients to make!

4. Homemade Heart Chocolates Crafting a Family
These homemade treats are so fun! And the possibilities are endless on what you can fill the chocolate bowls with.

5. Chocolate Pretzel Bites The Life of Jennifer Dawn
Here's a treat that's a tasty mix of salty and sweet! Wouldn't these be a fun candy to make and gift to others this Valentine's Day?

Monday, January 8, 2018

4 Fresh and Delicious Game Day Recipes

Touchdown! Just in time for the BIG Game coming up at the beginning of February, I'm sharing a winning play of four fresh and delicious recipes that you can serve at your Game Day gatherings. From a quick and easy dipping sauce to grilled skewers, there's sure to be something that all your guests at your next football viewing party can cheer for.
Whether you're a football fanatic or you just enjoy the halftime show and commercials, we all know that a great Game Day requires great food and even better company. A winning combination of enjoyable Game Day snacks and a gathering of family and friends is the ideal way to turn your Game Day festivities into an event worthy of being called SUPER! Whether you are watching the game from home, hosting a few friends, or hosting a large party – Tyson products from Walmart can help you score BIG!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Warm Comfort Foods for Cold Days & Weekly Link Party

Brrr! It's been cold here this week with temperatures staying below freezing even during the warmest parts of the day. If it has been cold where you live, these easy recipes might be just what you need. Here are eight warm and delicious comfort foods perfect for the freezing cold days of winter.
1. Polish Cabbage and Noodles / Brooklyn Farm Girl
The vegetarian in me is loving everything about this warm noodle dish. With just a few simple ingredients you can make a budget-friendly meal that they whole family will love!

2. Pressure Cooker Pesto Chicken with Carrots & Potatoes / The Bearded Hiker
If meat and potatoes are your idea of comfort food, you're going to love this recipe. It's an easy dish with delicious results!

3. Chicken and Broccoli Casserole / Simply Stacie
Casseroles are ideal for busy families. This one-dish meal pulls together quickly and is perfect to serve on a wintry day.

4. Cheesy Hamburger Supper Simply Stacie
Topped with a generous amount of ooey gooey cheese, this recipe screams comfort food! Yum!

5. Risotto with Lemon and Peas 5 Minutes for Mom
Instant pot recipes are all the rage right now! This post shows how to make a creamy risotto right in your instant pot. And you don't even have to stir! How's that for quick and easy?

6. Smoked Salmon and Lobster Bisque All That's Jas
Here's a recipe that's sure to turn any day into a celebration--even the most dreary day in winter! It's a dish that's sure to impress!

7. Turkey, Ham, and Cheese Strata Marilyn's Treats
Bread, vegetables, cheese, meat, and eggs! This no-fuss dish has it all! It's the perfect recipe for a winter brunch.

8. Potato Corn Chowder The Life of Jennifer Dawn (right here!)
Made with generous portions of potatoes and corn, this chowder is the perfect comfort food for a cold day.