Monthly Archives: December 2011

Safari Snack

Safari Snack
Makes: 20  servings
Serving size: 1  tablespoon dip with dippers
Yield: 1-1/4 cups

Start to Finish: 10 mins

  • 1/2 of an 8-ounce package reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel), softened
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • Celery sticks, animal crackers, and/or assorted dippers such as peeled jicama sticks, carrot sticks, apple wedges, pear wedges, or graham cracker sticks

Make It

1. For dip, in a small mixing bowl beat cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat in peanut butter, milk, and honey until well combined and smooth. If desired, chill before serving.

2. To serve, spread dip in celery sticks and garnish with animal crackers and cut-up fresh fruit. Or, serve with assorted dippers. Makes twenty 1-tablespoon servings (1-1/4 cups).

nutrition facts
  • Servings Per Recipe 20
  • Calories(kcal)65
  • Protein(gm)2
  • Carbohydrate(gm)4
  • Fat, total(gm)5
  • Cholesterol(mg)4
  • Saturated fat(gm)2
  • Dietary Fiber, total(gm)1
  • Vitamin A(IU)3207
  • Vitamin C(mg)3
  • Sodium(mg)59
  • Calcium(DV %)10
  • Iron(DV %)0
  • Vegetables()1
  • Fat()1
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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Holiday Hot Cakes and Waffles

Holiday Hot Cakes and Waffles

Merry Breakfast! With some simple batter, food colors and a bit of Christmas magic, you can make morning as mischievous as Santa’s elves.
You guys, it’s freaking December. Where did this year go? Santa’s about to fall down your chimney in like 20 minutes and you better be ready. He’s not kidding around.

I fully believe the best way to get prepped for this insano month is to have a metric ton of chocolate sprinkles, pearl sugar balls and various bottles of food coloring on hand. Why? We’re giving our breakfast a HOLIDAY MAKEOVER with these Holiday Hot Cakes and Waffles. And I’m your host.

Pour some eggnog, get your kids involved and go jolly balls out with this. Santa recommends it. Here’s how!

Grab your trusty Bisquick pancake mix, along with the decoration goods to pull this whole awesome mess together.

Bisquick to Make Holiday Pancakes

 Mix the batter in a large bowl and, depending on how many different colors you want your cakes and waffles to be, evenly divide the batter into that many bowls.

Bisquick Batter in Bowls


Squirt 10 (or more!) drops of the food coloring into the batter bowls. I now like saying, “batter bowls.”

Coloring Bisquick Batter with Food Coloring

After you fry up a batch of little pancakes, take a star cookie cutter and cut out little stars. 

Using a Cookie Cutter to Cut Pancakes into Shapes

And get this, pour the green batter into a waffle iron, and guess what you get. CHRISTMAS TREES! Stop laughing.

Pancakes Stars and Waffle Christmas Trees

Look at my little red star pancakes. Guess what I sprinkled in the batter while they were frying. CRUSHED UP CANDY CANES. Oh no I didn’t.

Christmas Pancakes Recipe

Here’s a close-up of the little trees. That’s vanilla frosting with chocolate sprinkles on it for the trunks. Are you dying yet?

Christmas Tree Waffles

And this is what happens when you turn your back on the platter, and the husband yoinks your food.

Bite of Star-Shaped Pancakes

You didn’t think such a party could occur in your kitchen that early in the morning, did ya?

Source:  bevcooks &

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“Just For Kids” – Toddler Cruise – Usery Park

Usery Mountain Regional Park
This 1-mile hike is designed for parents and grandparents with small children, ages 3 – 6 years old. Along with Miss Lynn, the kids will howl like coyotes, do the “bobcat crawl” and learn how to hydrate by counting gulps of water on their fingers. We will explore the desert along the scenic Merkle Trail. The hard-smooth surface of this trail will accommodate wheelchairs and strollers. Please bring water and hats. Location: Area 6.
Date: 12/9/2011
Time: 10:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car

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