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2.11.2017

Breakfast Night with Monte Cristo Waffles

Products for this post were provided by Krusteaz.  The recipe and all opinions are my own. #Krusteaz #BreakfastNight

Make tonight Breakfast Night with these delicious Monte Cristo Waffles from my3monsters.com !
Hi guys! I’ve had the biggest creative block for the past month, but I am determined to break through it. All I needed was a little inspiration, which came when Krusteaz asked me to share my love of Breakfast for Dinner to celebrate National Hot Breakfast Month in February. There is nothing I love more for breakfast than Krusteaz pancakes and waffles! Years ago when I was in college I couldn’t find their chocolate chip pancake mix at any of my local grocery stores, so my mom sent some to me in a care package. I was in absolute heaven!

I grew up in a family where hot “breakfast” was our favorite dinner and I have kept that tradition of Breakfast Night alive with my own kiddos. When we first moved to Arizona, my husband used to have to work a noon-to-nine shift and I was left to do dinner all by myself with three littles under the age of four. Those nights were ALWAYS Breakfast Nights because the kids loved it and dinner wasn’t a fight! Fifteen years later it continues to be a family favorite because I can feed my two hungry teenage boys without going broke.

Make tonight Breakfast Night with these delicious Monte Cristo Waffles from my3monsters.com !
My ONLY issue with breakfast for dinner – and it’s a minor issue, at that – is trying to get enough protein in. (Who can resist those delicious Belgian waffles and fluffy pancakes even if there are eggs on the table?!) I think I have that problem solved with my family’s new favorite Breakfast Night dish – Monte Cristo Waffles!! It’s kind of like a waffle grilled cheese sandwich with all the flavors of a classic Monte Cristo sandwich. You guys!! I was dying!! It was SUUUUUPER delicious. The men-folk practically inhaled them.

Make tonight Breakfast Night with these delicious Monte Cristo Waffles from my3monsters.com !
I started by making a batch of my favorite Krusteaz Belgian Waffles. I made them a little lighter than I normally would because I’m going to crisp them up in a frying pan later and I didn’t want it to be too crusty. This pale golden color was the perfect done-ness.

Make tonight Breakfast Night with these delicious Monte Cristo Waffles from my3monsters.com !
Butter one side of a waffle and put it buttered side down in a hot frying pan on medium heat.

Make tonight Breakfast Night with these delicious Monte Cristo Waffles from my3monsters.com !
Construct your sandwich by layering Swiss cheese, deli turkey, and deli ham to your heart’s content. Finish off with a final layer of Swiss cheese.

Make tonight Breakfast Night with these delicious Monte Cristo Waffles from my3monsters.com !
Add another waffle and butter the top. When the bottom of your sandwich gets nice and golden and crispy and the cheese starts to melt, flip it over and let the other side cook. I found that my outside got crispy before the center of the sandwich was as warm as I like it. (I put a lot of filling in that bad boy!) No problem – just pop it in the microwave for about a minute and the cheese gets all warm and gooey. If you’re worried about losing the crispness in the microwave, you could construct your sandwich, heat it up first, and then add the butter and grill it in the pan. I didn’t find it was a problem.

Make tonight Breakfast Night with these delicious Monte Cristo Waffles from my3monsters.com !
Give it a nice, heavy dusting of powdered sugar and it’s ready to serve. You can serve it sandwich-style with a side of jam or berry syrup for dipping. My boys really liked it that way, which is more like a traditional Monte Cristo.

Make tonight Breakfast Night with these delicious Monte Cristo Waffles from my3monsters.com !
My husband (and I!) preferred to drizzle the berry syrup over the top and eat it with a fork. I cannot begin to explain how delicious it was. I have a feeling these Monte Cristo Waffles will be making a regular appearance at Breakfast Night now.

Make tonight Breakfast Night with these delicious Monte Cristo Waffles from my3monsters.com !

Monte Cristo Waffles

(makes 3 large sandwiches)

6 Krusteaz Belgian Waffles (mix batter according to package directions)
18 slices Swiss cheese
9 oz. thin sliced deli-turkey, divided in thirds
9 oz. thin sliced deli ham, divided in thirds
Butter
Powdered sugar
Jam or Berry syrup

Butter one side of each waffle. Place one waffle buttered-side-down in a hot frying pan over medium heat. Layer 3 slices Swiss cheese, deli turkey, deli ham, and 3 more slices of Swiss cheese. Top with another waffle buttered-side up. When bottom gets golden brown and crispy, flip sandwich over. Continue to cook until bottom is golden and crispy and remove from pan. If center of sandwich filling is not warm enough, microwave on HIGH for approx.. 1 minute. Repeat the grilling process with the remainder of ingredients to make two more sandwiches. Dust with powdered sugar. Serve while hot with jam or berry syrup.


Make tonight Breakfast Night with these delicious Monte Cristo Waffles from my3monsters.com !

Happy Breakfast Night, y’all!

Amy


1.13.2017

Super Snack Showdown Football Party

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TheNewFanFavorites #CollectiveBias

Hi guys! Tis the season for football, amiright?!  Do y’all have football-crazed family members getting super excited as the season draws to a close, whether their team is still “in it” or not?  Does every conversation in your house seen to turn into a debate about player stats and team records? Are you finding your normally cozy and quiet family room turn into a man cave every Sunday afternoon?  Please say it’s not just me!  We usually end up going to watch the Big Game at a friend’s house, but I know my husband has always wanted to take a turn hosting to party at our house.  Secretly, so have I.  Today I’m sharing some delicious dips and dippers to make your Big Game party a Super Snack Showdown.

Host a Super Snack Showdown at your party for the Big Game with these delicious recipes and decorating ideas from my3monsters.com
Sweet vs. Spicy.  Hot vs. Cool.  Savory vs. Sweet.  Which one will be the MVP of the buffet table?  It’s time to find out!  I’m a sucker for a good dip, so this buffet table is like my dream come true.  Four of my absolute favorite dips along with all the yummiest dippers – ,Snyder’s of Hanover® Pretzels, Snack Factory® Pretzel Crips®,  Late July® Tortilla Chips, and a variety of crunchy Cape Cod® and Kettle Brand® Potato Chips. 

Host a Super Snack Showdown at your party for the Big Game with these delicious recipes and decorating ideas from my3monsters.com
Bonus:  a sweet nutty Pop Secret® Popcorn treat with Emerald® Nuts  to top it all off!  I’ll share all my recipes below. You could ask your guests to bring their favorite football snacking food or dippers as well for even more variety.

Host a Super Snack Showdown at your party for the Big Game with these delicious recipes and decorating ideas from my3monsters.com
This was the “Before” photo. My guys would have been fine if we had just left it at that, but they were OK with me decorating as long as it was not “too cute” or “over the top” – their words.  I feel like we found a happy medium with this stadium-inspired spread.  I found an artificial turf rug online for about $10 and decided it would make the perfect table cover.   

Host a Super Snack Showdown at your party for the Big Game with these delicious recipes and decorating ideas from my3monsters.com
Then I added a couple of risers made from 1x6 pine boards and molding pieces to give the feeling of bleachers.  This gave me some different levels for food display and made it all look a little more interesting!

Host a Super Snack Showdown at your party for the Big Game with these delicious recipes and decorating ideas from my3monsters.com
To really define the area, I hung a sheet of black butcher paper on the wall behind the table and drew a football play diagram on it in chalk.  I wanted to add some color so I chose bright primary colors and made tissue paper tassels to hang along the wall as well.  They look a little bit like pom-poms which is a fun touch.  You could use your favorite team’s colors or even the colors of the two opposing teams on opposite sides of the table.

Host a Super Snack Showdown at your party for the Big Game with these delicious recipes and decorating ideas from my3monsters.com
Instead of plates, I decided to use cardboard take-out boxes as trays. I simply cut off the top flaps since we did not need them to close.  They reminded me of the way food is packaged in a stadium.  I figured our guests could fill up their tray with chips and dips, grab a bottle of rootbeer and take it with them back to the living room to eat.

Host a Super Snack Showdown at your party for the Big Game with these delicious recipes and decorating ideas from my3monsters.com
Since no one wants to be away from the game for too long, I pre-portioned all the dippers into small bags and cups to make them easy to grab-and-go.  The dips are easily spooned into small cups and placed into the trays along with the dippers.

Host a Super Snack Showdown at your party for the Big Game with these delicious recipes and decorating ideas from my3monsters.com
Host a Super Snack Showdown at your party for the Big Game with these delicious recipes and decorating ideas from my3monsters.com
I also placed a tray of extra dippers on the coffee table so guests could refill without getting up.  You know how annoying it is when you need just one more pretzel to finish your dip. Problem solved!

Host a Super Snack Showdown at your party for the Big Game with these delicious recipes and decorating ideas from my3monsters.com
I used the pennants I shared yesterday to label the dips.  Just tape the pennant flag to a straw or bamboo skewer and pop it right into the bowl.  I tried to have a good variety of hot and cold, meat and veggie, etc. – SPICY Chorizo Queso, SWEET Salsa Verde, HOT Parmesan Artichoke Dip, and COOL Shrimp Dip.  I was hoping there would be something everyone would enjoy! You could even throw in a veggie tray with some dill dip.  My guys tend to like the “heartier” choices.

Host a Super Snack Showdown at your party for the Big Game with these delicious recipes and decorating ideas from my3monsters.com
I also felt like we needed a sweet treat for dessert, so I made a batch of toffee popcorn, drizzled with melted white chocolate and sprinkled with Cocoa Roast Almonds, which look like tiny little footballs. My oldest son could not get enough of it!! 

I wanted a wide variety of yummy, high-quality dippers for my dips.  I found them all at my local grocery store – some in the “natural” section and some in the snack aisle.

All you have left to do is make the food, so let’s get cookin’, Good Lookin’!
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Nutty Toffee Popcorn 


3 bags Pop Secret Home Style popcorn, popped
1/2 C. butter
1/2 C. light corn syrup
1 C. brown sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 bag white chocolate chips
1 bag Emerald Cocoa Roast Almonds

Host a Super Snack Showdown at your party for the Big Game with these delicious recipes and decorating ideas from my3monsters.com
1. Pop the popcorn and remove all unpopped kernels.  Place in a large bowl.  Heat butter, corn syrup, and brown sugar in a saucepan over medium heat.  

2. Stir mixture constantly until boiling.

3. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda.  This will make the mixture "frothy" and help it to coat the popcorn more easily.

4. Pour hot toffee mixture over popcorn and stir to coat evenly.  Spread popcorn onto two baking sheets and bake at 250 degrees for 20 minutes, stirring midway.  Remove from oven and spread out on parchment paper to cool.  

Host a Super Snack Showdown at your party for the Big Game with these delicious recipes and decorating ideas from my3monsters.com
5. Melt white chocolate chips in a bowl in the microwave.  Drizzle half of the white chocolate over popcorn.  Sprinkle almonds on top of popcorn and white chocolate, then drizzle again with remaining melted white chocolate.  Allow to cool until white chocolate hardens again.  Break into small clumps and serve.

Host a Super Snack Showdown at your party for the Big Game with these delicious recipes and decorating ideas from my3monsters.com

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Sweet Salsa Verde


1 large can tomatillos (approx. 16 small tomatillos) drained
1 jalapeno, diced
1/2 bunch cilantro
1/2 C. sugar

Host a Super Snack Showdown at your party for the Big Game with these delicious recipes and decorating ideas from my3monsters.com
1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor.

Host a Super Snack Showdown at your party for the Big Game with these delicious recipes and decorating ideas from my3monsters.com
2. Blend until smooth and serve with corn tortilla chips. 

Host a Super Snack Showdown at your party for the Big Game with these delicious recipes and decorating ideas from my3monsters.com

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Hot Parmesan Artichoke Dip


Host a Super Snack Showdown at your party for the Big Game with these delicious recipes and decorating ideas from my3monsters.com

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Cool Shrimp Dip


Host a Super Snack Showdown at your party for the Big Game with these delicious recipes and decorating ideas from my3monsters.com
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Spicy Chorizo Queso


1 lb. loaf of good soft melting cheese, cubed
1 can diced tomatoes with green chiles
1/2 lb. chorizo

In a microwavable bowl, combine cubed cheese and tomatoes with green chiles.  Microwave on HIGH in 45 second increments, stirring in between, until cheese is melted.  Place in a small crock pot on warm setting to keep warm.  

Cook chorizo in a frying pan until cooked through.  Stir into melted cheese and tomato mixture and serve for a spicy twist on the classic queso. 

Host a Super Snack Showdown at your party for the Big Game with these delicious recipes and decorating ideas from my3monsters.com
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Do you usually host the big party or do you watch at a friend's house?  Either way, these recipes are sure to be crowd-pleasers no mater what the final score of the game is.   

Enjoy the end of the football season, friends!!  

Amy


1.12.2017

Vintage Style Pennant Flags with free SVG Cut File

Hi guys!  Today I wanted to share a really simple and fun craft idea with y’all.  This seems to be the season of football.  All the Christmas trees and candy canes of last month have been replaced with Astroturf and team mascots.  I created a fun paper pennant pattern you could use to make a vintage-style sporty bunting or buffet labels for your next football or sports themed party.

Create these Vintage -Style Pennant Flags from my3monsters.com out of decorative paper to add a little style to your next tailgate ot sports themed party!
I bought a bunch of cardstock and patterned papers in a variety of bright colors.  You could use your favorite team colors or the colors of the opposing teams if you are making it for a Super Bowl party.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/x8n1mlm2oizfzsv/Pennant%20template%20front%20piece.studio3?dl=0
I used my Silhouette to cut the pieces out to save some time, but you could cut them by hand if you don’t have a cutting machine.  Glue the decorative paper pieces on top of the solid cardstock pieces to form each individual pennant. 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/x8n1mlm2oizfzsv/Pennant%20template%20front%20piece.studio3?dl=0
Use a white gel pen or Sharpie to write anything you want onto the flag.  I chose to attach my flags to paper straws with tape to use as buffet markers – you’ll see how I used them in a fun post later this week! Here’s a sneak peek:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/x8n1mlm2oizfzsv/Pennant%20template%20front%20piece.studio3?dl=0
You could also attach them to a string to make a bunting and hang it up.  

Download the pdf pattern here to cut pennants by hand.

Have fun celebrating your team this season, friends!

Amy


#ad How to WIN on Game Day with Tyson® Chicken

This post is written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PlayoffPicks #CollectiveBias

Be the "Hostess with the Mostest" when you serve these delicious Garlic Parmesan and Sweet & Spicy Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips at your Playoff party!  You can sit and enjoy the game instead of slaving in the kitchen, and no one needs to know how easy they were to make.

Win on game day with these delicious party ideas and recipes from my3monsters.com

Hi guys!  With the holidays now behind us and a brand new year stretching out ahead, it's time to start thinking about what to serve your friends and family while they watch the Big Game this year!  I've got you covered with a couple of SUPER simple recipes for THE MOST delicious Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips on the planet.  Seriously, these Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips taste so good your friends will wonder where you ordered them from!  The best part is, you can set the whole spread up ahead of time, which means you can actually sit and enjoy the game, too.

Win on game day with these delicious party ideas and recipes from my3monsters.com

I'll admit, I'm a little bit picky when it comes to football party food.  I love the chicken wing joints offer, but I prefer Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips because they're easier, and wayyy less messy, to eat.  That's why I have come up with a way to recreate my favorite wing flavors at home!  I picked up a couple of bags of Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips (3.5 lbs) and a bag of Tyson® Boneless Wyngz (3 lbs) Honey BBQ flavor last time I was at Sam's Club so I would have enough delicious chicken to feed an army of hungry football fans. Visit Ibotta to earn yourself a little cash as well.  Winning!!

My favorite wing flavors are Garlic Parmesan, Sweet & Spicy (a sweeter version of traditional Buffalo wings) and Honey BBQ. Since Tyson® Honey BBQ flavored Boneless Wyngz are already perfection, there was no need to reinvent the wheel there -- just heat and serve!  I came up with the perfect way to add Garlic Parmesan and Sweet & Spicy flavors to the Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips by dipping them in delicious glazes after they come out of the oven.

Win on game day with these delicious party ideas and recipes from my3monsters.com

Win on game day with these delicious party ideas and recipes from my3monsters.com

They are the perfect centerpiece for a fun football food buffet all decked out in your favorite team colors. Our favorite team barely made the playoffs this year, but we didn't hesitate to show our spirit and cheer them on in style!!

Win on game day with these delicious party ideas and recipes from my3monsters.com

Start with a simple backdrop.  I didn't have a neutral enough area in my dining room so I just hung loosely draped white plastic table cloths on the wall to define the serving area.  Then I added a few paper lanterns and tissue paper pom-poms in a mix of fun patterns and colors.  (Party hack: I used paper napkins to create the solid blue and the polka dot pom-poms!)  In case anyone was confused about what we wanted the result of the game to be (ha, ha), I added gold mylar balloons spelling out WIN.

Win on game day with these delicious party ideas and recipes from my3monsters.com

A green plastic tablecloth on the table mimics the green of the football field turf.  To carry on the stadium theme for my party table, I built a few simple risers out of 1x6 pine boards and molding pieces. They're barely noticeable on the table, but they make the display so much more interesting to look at and give you the feeling of bleachers. I picked up a variety of vintage style glass soda bottles in our team colors for guests to drink. You can find lots of paper straws and bags in different colors and patterns at any party supply store. I cut down the tops of some blue lunch bags, making them the perfect size to hold single servings of chips. The black and white referee-stripe cups are great for holding queso or salsa for dipping. We also offered some spicy ranch pretzels in little polka dot paper bags. Buttered popcorn would also be fun in small bags.  Serve a variety of yummy snacks and your guests will be thrilled.

Win on game day with these delicious party ideas and recipes from my3monsters.com

Place the stars of your snack table -- the Tyson® chicken-- in galvanized metal containers lined with leaf lettuce, add a couple veggie trays and dips, and you're all set!  Just make the chicken strips right before guests arrive so they'll be piping hot and you can enjoy some of the snacks (and the great company) without being tied to the kitchen all night.

Win on game day with these delicious party ideas and recipes from my3monsters.com
Garlic Parmesan Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips

Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips (3.5 lbs)
1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
1 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 Tbsp. chopped parsley
Parmesan Cheese (the powder variety in the can)

Cook chicken strips according to package directions.  While chicken is cooking, melt butter in a small sauce pan.  Add garlic powder and parsley, stirring until combined.

Dip each chicken strip in the warm garlic butter and place on a baking sheet.  Sprinkle a generous amount of Parmesan cheese on both side of each chicken strip.  Transfer to serving tray and serve while warm. 

Win on game day with these delicious party ideas and recipes from my3monsters.com

Win on game day with these delicious party ideas and recipes from my3monsters.com
Sweet and Spicy Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips

Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips (3.5 lbs)
1/3 C. of your favorite hot sauce
1 1/2 C. brown sugar
1 Tbsp. water

Heat hot sauce, brown sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat for several minutes until sugar is completely dissolved.  Place in refrigerator to cool.  You want the sauce to be nice and cool so it thickens up a bit and really clings to the chicken strips. While sauce is cooling, cook chicken strips according to package instructions.  

Dip each chicken strip into the cooled sauce and place on a baking sheet.  Transfer to serving container when ready to serve.  Serve warm.

Win on game day with these delicious party ideas and recipes from my3monsters.com
Delicious Dipping Sauce

1 C. mayonnaise
1 C. milk
1/2 envelope of Ranch dressing mix
1/2 envelope of Italian Dressing mix

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk together until smooth.  Allow to set up in the refrigerator for several minutes before serving.  It will be very runny until it sets.  

This dipping sauce is fantastic with all three flavors of chicken and makes an awesome dip for veggies, as well.

Win on game day with these delicious party ideas and recipes from my3monsters.com

Make your Game Day party a win with these delicious recipes and easy decor ideas next time your team hits the field! What's your favorite game day snack? Share it in the comments!



1.11.2017

Printable Hand Lettered Memory Calendar

Download this darling printable Hand Lettered Memory Calendar from my3monsters.com and start recording all your special memories and happy moments this year!
Hi guys! I love January because I can justify getting new planners and calendars.  There is something about a fresh slate that feels so satisfying!  I decided to try something a little different this year, in addition to my dry-erase family calendar and my regular planner.  Every year I sit down in December to write our family Christmas letter and my mind instantly goes blank.  I can’t seem to remember ANYTHING that happened in the previous eleven months.  Please tell me I’m not the only one… 

Download this darling printable Hand Lettered Memory Calendar from my3monsters.com and start recording all your special memories and happy moments this year!
This year I created a memory calendar that looks more like a list than anything else.  I plan to hang it on our fridge or by our desk so it is handy all the time and I can write down cool things that happen each month – awards the kids get in school, fun little family outings, and simple memories that make me smile.  Then, in December, I can pull it out and have a wealth of ideas to add to our letter.  I can also tuck it in the back of my journal and have all those beautiful memories preserved forever. 

Download this darling printable Hand Lettered Memory Calendar from my3monsters.com and start recording all your special memories and happy moments this year!
This year my personal goal is to become more aware of the blessings in my life.  I will also print a copy of this memory calendar just for myself so I can record all the little blessings that come daily – those tender mercies from my Heavenly Father that he gives to bring us joy and help us along the way.  I feel like if we are more aware of those things, and try harder to recognize and record them, they will come more and more frequently.  

This memory calendar is designed to be printed on 8 ½ x 11 cardstock – two months to a page.  Download the printable file here. Simply cut each page in half lengthwise and clip them together with a pretty binder clip.  It is seriously the easiest project EVER!

Happy New Year, friends!

Amy


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