Onion

I love eating out. The food just seems to taste so much better. Probably because it’s full of delicious butter and cream or fried to perfection. Yum! Outback Steakhouse has one of favorite but unhealthy appetizers, the bloomin onion. There are ways to DIY at home that are healthier but they still involve batter and frying. Here is alternative, more healthy way to make one. It’s baked and not fried.

This recipe calls for an onion, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and optional salt and pepper. I have all of those things already! The tutorial shows how to peel and cut the onion so that when it bakes (25-35 minutes at 425 degrees) you will have a lovely, edible onion flower.

An onion flower would be an attractive and healthy appetizer to serve at your next party. As would these ones from All You. So Good! Check out the Vidalia Onion Tarts.

Here’s the ‘how-to’ video… Enjoy!

Bacon

Roses are red, violets are blue. Bacon is awesome, unless you’re a vegetarian. I know my poem doesn’t rhyme but it’s quite true. It’s very tasty and my heart goes out to those who can’t eat it. I love Bacon and these scrumptious little bites look like the best things ever! Let’s make some right now!

How could something so delicious, be so easy? These are a must try and you only need three ingredients. Bacon (duh), cheese (mozzarella), and Pillsbury biscuits. You could add other things to give them your own unique flair. I wonder if you could bake them in the oven? Less mess. For stove top frying I would use a deeper pan to prevent splatter.

I am of the opinion that anything wrapped in bacon is better. Can you imagine starting a party with delicious bacony wrapped hors d’oeuvres? I can! And so can the folks at the Food Network. They have 50 of the most amazing appetizers that are sure to start your party off right and get your guest talking. Find all the mouthwatering recipes here.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

cake

Yum! “Let them eat cake!” Marie Antoinette had the jist of it…cake is delicious. And although that is taken out of context and not what she meant (or even actually said), I agree with the cake eating sentiment! Viralnova has one of the best cake related roundups and I am so excited to feature it here today. Again, yum!

These recipes/concoctions have me searching for my keys so I can go to the store and buy some mixes. I think the pancakes would be fun and the popcorn sounds delish! I’ve had the dipped pretzels before and they were pretty good. Which one of these recipes will you try first?

Here’s some shocking news…The famous cake eating quote, attributed to Marie Antoinette, has been proven to be a myth. What?! So what did she actually say? It was similar…’Qu’ils mangent de la brioche.’ Get the history and literal translation here.

Here’s the link to all 18 amazing recipes…

Viralnova: 18 Crazy Uniquely Delicious Cake Mix Recipes

Popcorn

I make fresh popcorn on the stove all the time but it’s nice to have an instant microwaveable option. Doesn’t this look yummy? I’ll have to try this for our next family movie night!

This is fast and simple; my favorite. I love that you can add sugar to make it kettle corn; another favorite. Don’t forget to check out the “show more” tab. It has all the deets and step by step instructions. Plus a few more secret tips. Wunderbar! Fyi, don’t forget to put the paper towel in the microwave. Or you will have a gross sticky oily mess to clean up later. I’m really excited to try this sometime and with coconut oil. Coconut oil + popcorn = a delicious slightly flavored treat.

I’m A Lazy Mom has a terrific no-bake caramel corn recipe. Yum! It will go perfect with our hot and fresh popcorn. It’s only ingredients, a few minutes in a stock pot, and a few minutes cooling. Awesome! Check it out here.

Here’s the Video… Enjoy!

Marshmallow Shots

‘Shots shots shots!” It’s more than a song. Shots are a delicious mini drink. I want to make these yummy marshmallow shot glasses for my next party. They look so fun! I’ve toasted marshmallows over the stove before and this is just a couple of extra steps to party heaven.

It might take a time or two to master these but that’s half the fun. I can always eat all of my mistakes (hehe). Be warned, once you do get them made they won’t hold liquid long. Drink and enjoy ASAP! Marshmallows are fluffy white clouds of sugar when you first buy them. They turn into concrete if left for too long. (They are the best amo for slingshot wars, lol!) I won’t be letting anymore of mine turn into solid rocks and be wasted ever again. Not with this recipe!

Here’s another new type of DIY shot glass…cucumber! How fun! Check it out at Instructables.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

homemade fruit roll ups

This quick and easy fruity ‘dessert’ is the perfect treat or delicious lunchtime snack. Let’s spice up the kids’ school lunches! Anything is better than cafeteria food and these fruit roll ups are infinitely better. They are made from two ingredients and no sugar. You will need honey and fruit and that’s all! I am so excited about these!

Our after school snack is graham crackers and milk. Always a classic but it would be nice to branch out and try these. They for sure have less sugar! The only downside to these it that they take 2-3 hours to make from start to finish. Be sure to plan ahead or they will be more like a dinner dessert instead of an afternoon snack. I wouldn’t tell the kiddos I’m making them either. Lol. That would be the longest three hours of pestering in my life! ‘Are they done yet?!’ Lol!

Put these roll ups in with these fun kid-approved lunches. The Food Network has a delicious (and healthy) roundup the kids are sure to love. Find them here.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Stovetop Popcorn

Long before the days of air poppers and microwaves this was the way popcorn was made. It’s nice to get away from those harmful rays once in a while and use the stove top. Be sure and try this method for your next family movie night!

This is how we did it when I was a kiddo! I didn’t grow up with a microwave and my parents still don’t have one. Instead of a pot we used a wok. That allowed us to turn it to get the oil distributed evenly and not hurt our hands since most have a wooden handle. A pot with a clear lid would be awesome if you don’t have a walk. Then you could see it popping! I highly recommend this method if you are a caramel corn fan. There are no unpopped kernels and it super fresh!

Once you pop your corn, head on over to Health for some fun and ‘healthy’ flavored popcorn recipes.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

How To Make An Edible Swan

Yum. Apple pie with a side of apple swan. That sounds delicious! Now that I think about it, hold the pie. I would be happy to just have swans ‘swimming’ in an ice cream lake for dessert. If you think this is beyond your skill level, think again! Here is a terrific tutorial that will walk you through it.

These decorative and edible birds look easy but I bet they take some practice. I know mine wouldn’t look this gourmet on the first try. The head looks the most complicated. I can’t wait to try this! Big apples would probably make it easier. I love the different colored birds! So pretty. Don’t forget to spray with lemon juice or they will get all nasty and brown! I hope I don’t give up halfway through carving and eat the apple!

There are other fruits to carve besides apples and all of them amazing. See some of them here

Here’s the video…Enjoy!

Spiderman Candy Apples

I love that these are ‘candy apples’ and not caramel apples. Not everyone is on the caramel bandwagon and these are a great substitute. Maybe they will be a little gentler on my fillings? This video has such a detailed tutorial with measured out ingredients making it so easy to understand and duplicate! I think I would need a separate how-to for the webbing. Free hand? Now that is scary! They turned out a gorgeous red color but any color could be substituted to change the hero. Those marshmallows could be trimmed in different shapes too. Some black and yellow with a bat. Or maybe some red, blue, and yellow with an ‘S.’ So many possibilities!

Instead of Spiderman, I think I would make a poison apple like the one from Snow White (with the creepy laughing skull face). That just screams Halloween to me. Every child I know seemed to dress up as a Ninja Turtle or a character from Frozen this year and I’d like to see some of those apples. (Like the ones here.) I know they would be just as amazing!

Here’s the link to the YouTube video tutorial: Rosanna Pasino-YouTube: Spiderman Candy Apples

watermelon carving

You gotta check out this video tutorial that shows you how to create some pretty incredible watermelon carvings. I have never even thought to carve a watermelon before but now it makes so much sense. It looks like it is even easier to work with than a pumpkin so I am excited to try.

The problem with pumpkins is that I am always afraid I will cut myself because of how tough the skin is. This should be much easier!

Watch the full video here…

Additional Resources: Looking for more watermelon carving ideas?
Don’t miss this article by Buzz Feed and also this one from Instructables.