Thanks, Moms by Heart!
Last night, we were getting ready to leave for our weekly Meaty Mondays get-together (a local gathering here of 6-8 families — each family brings meat for the grill and side or dessert to share). We were planning to bring corn on the cob and Jesse was going to roast it in the oven (he makes this delicious recipe that everyone loves!).
Well, he pulled the corn on the cob out and realized that some of it was moldy. Yuck!
So I quickly scanned the fridge looking for a Plan B. I saw we had a package of cream cheese I’d purchased for another recipe a few weeks back that I hadn’t ended up making. And I saw we had peanut butter and two bags of apples that we’d just bought at the store this week.
That’s when I remembered this yummy Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Apple Dip that I used to make way back when. For a few years, it was one of our go-to recipes when we hosted guests or needed to bring a side dish somewhere.
I’m not sure when the recipe sort of fell by the wayside at our house, but I figured it was high time I resurrected it. Especially since I needed a side dish in a jiffy last night and wasn’t coming up with a lot of other quick and easy options.
It ended up being the hit recipe last night… and I decided I’ll likely be making it a lot more often. I love that it’s fairly inexpensive (all the ingredients can be purchased at ALDI — which is always a plus!), serves a crowd, and always gets rave reviews.
Plus, the recipe is very forgiving. Last night, I didn’t measure at all. I just dumped some ingredients in a bowl, stirred, taste-tested, and added a few more ingredients until it was “just right”.
Here’s the basic recipe I work from:
Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Apple Dip
- 1 8 oz. package cream cheese
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup powered sugar (you can also use brown sugar)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1-3 Tablespoons milk (adjust this depending upon how thick or creamy you’d like the dip to be)
Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl with beaters until smooth. Add more milk or sugar, if needed.
Serve with sliced apples… or just eat it plain.
Oh and I just have to share this picture from last night. My friend, Tam, was getting her food while I was getting mine. And then she looked at our plates and just started laughing. Yup… we might just have a teeny bit of different tastes in food.
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Thanks, For the Mommas!
Zulily is running a sale today on Disney’s Frozen products.
For those of you who loved this movie like our family did, you’ll want to check it out. Items are selling out quickly!
Here are some of this week’s best grocery & household deals from Amazon.com, courtesy of Terry and Mandi from Jungle Deals & Steals. Many of these prices are higher than what you’d pay by combining coupons with sales, but they may be good deals for you if you live where there aren’t many stores or deals are scarce:
Degree: There’s a great deal available on Degree Motion Sense Daisy Fresh Invisible Solid Deodorant (2.6-ounce). You can get it now for as low as $2.30.
Quilted Northern: Stock up on Quilted Northern Ultra Plush Double Rolls. They’re on sale for as low as $0.42/roll ($15.37 for the 36-count).
Arm & Hammer: Don’t miss a hot deal that’s available now on Arm & Hammer Multi-Cat Clump & Seal Clumping Litter. You can pick up the 14-pound box for just $5.97.
Crest: Pick up Crest 3d White Luxe Glamorous White Toothpaste for as low as $2.96/tube ($5.92 for the twin pack).
Head & Shoulders: This is a great deal on Head & Shoulders Dry Scalp Care with Almond Oil Dandruff Shampoo. Pick up the 33.8 fl. oz. for as low as $7.96.
Huggies: Stock up on Huggies One and Done Refreshing Baby Wipes. They’re available for as low as $0.02 each ($10.34 for the 648-count).
Pampers: Get Pampers Swaddlers Diapers for as low as $0.17 each ($36.77 for the 216-count of size 1).
Dove: Here’s a great deal on Dove Men + Care Post Shave Balm. Pick up the 3.48-ounce container for as low as $3.48.
CoverGirl: There’s a hot deal available on CoverGirl Clump Crush Mascara – you can get it now for as low as $2.90.
Barlean’s: Barlean’s Organic Oils Virgin Coconut Oil is on sale for as low as $8.50/16-ounce jar.
Kleenex: Stock up on facial tissues with this great deal on Kleenex Ultra 120-count boxes. Get them for as low as $1.06 each ($8.48 for the pack of 8).
Campbell’s: You can still pick up 10.75-ounce cans of Campbell’s Condensed Tomato Soup for as low as $0.68 each ($4.08 for the pack of 6).
Terry & Mandi are a busy mother-daughter team that look for ways to save money without sacrificing a lot of time, and they share their love for all things Amazon.com at Jungle Deals & Steals.
Here are some of the best educational deals and freebies available right now from Katie who writes at Cincinnati Cents:
Liberty’s Kids Complete Series for $5: Amazon has their Liberty’s Kids: The Complete Series on DVD on sale for $5. This set received a 5-star rating from over 500 reviews, and it has over 800 minutes of run time.
BIC Round Stic Ball Pens (12 ct.) for $1.35: Purchase a 12-count pack of BIC Round Stic Ball Pens for just $1.35. These pens feature a flexible round barrel for improved writing comfort.
Big Kindergarten Workbook for $5.49: Amazon has their Big Kindergarten Workbook on sale for $5.49. This 320-page workbook is ideal for reinforcing or reviewing skills or preparing for the upcoming school year. The book covers the numbers from 1-12, the alphabet, hidden pictures, thinking skills, transitional math, reading readiness, following directions, and colors. There are several other Big Workbooks on sale as well, including Big Preschool Workbook for $5.49, First Grade Big Workbook for $5.49, and Second Grade Big Workbook for $6.24.
Free Kindle e-Books for Kids: Amazon has several free Kindle e-Books for kids available for download including How to Train Your Dragon 2: All About the Dragons, Treasure Island, A to Z of Silly Animals, Pete the Penguin, Minecraft Enderising, My First Big Alphabet Book, Night Night My Child, Angels on Guard, and There’s a Spider.
Crayola 96-Count Construction Paper for $2.46: Amazon has their Crayola 96-Ct. Construction Paper on sale for $2.46. This 9″x12″ paper comes in 8 different assorted colors, and it’s ideal for art and craft projects.
Thomas’ Magnetic Playbook for $6.20: Purchase Thomas’ Magnetic Playbook for just $6.20. This hardcover book features 6 magnetic pages and 9 magnets – Thomas, Percy, Gordon, James, Henry, Mavis, Harold, and two Troublesome Trucks. With this set, children can make up a new scenario each time they play.
LEGO Duplo My First Fire Station Set for $20.99: Amazon has their LEGO Duplo My First Fire Station Set on sale for $20.99. This set includes 2 Duplo firemen figures, a dog, a mini fire truck with a ladder and fire hose, a flame brick, a mini car, tools, and plenty of extra colorful bricks.
Free Minecraft Bingo Set: Educents has a free Minecraft Bingo Set available for download. This set includes 4 different game cards, 3 sheets of single image tiles, and 1 sheet of letter tiles.
K’NEX Classic 4-Wheel Drive Truck Set for $9.99: Purchase the K’NEX Classic 4-Wheel Drive Truck Set for just $9.99. This set includes 313 durable K’NEX pieces as well as working lights and 4-wheel steering functions. The step-by-step directions enable young builders to build three different models.
1,200-Ct. LOOM Bands Set for $8 Shipped: Plum District is featuring their 1,200-Ct. LOOM Bands Set for just $8. This set includes 2 packs of 600 LOOM Bands (1,200 total), 48 S-Clips, and 2 hook tools. Plus, this set includes free shipping.
Rummikub Game for $8.09: Amazon has their Rummikub Game on sale for $8.09. This game typically retails for $17.99, and it’s a great game of strategy for kids and adults alike.
Free Summer Reading Guide for Families: Bits & Pieces has a free Summer Reading Guide for Families available for download. This guide is divided by different categories to make it easy to browse through.
Pentel Arts Oil Pastels 50-Color Set for $5.99: Amazon has their Pentel Arts Oil Pastels 50-Color Set on sale for $5.99. These brilliantly colored pastels apply smoothly and blend easily for a variety of shades and tints. The pastels are ideal for use on paper, board, or canvas.
Veggie Tales 8-DVD Set for $24.99 Shipped: Groupon has their Veggie Tales 8-DVD Set on sale for $24.99. This set includes the following titles – Are You My Neighbor?, God Made You Special, God Wants Me to Forgive Them!?!, King George and Ducky, Lord of the Beans, Madame Blueberry, The Toy that Saved Christmas, and The Star of Christmas. Plus, this set includes free shipping.
American Girl Crafts Bracelet Set for $5.99: Amazon has their American Girl Crafts Bracelet Set on sale for $5.99. This kit includes a project idea book, 120 inches of cord, 24 round beads, 12 large circle beads, 12 small circle beads, and 4 toggle beads.
Free Weekly Summer Reading Logs: Download a free set of Weekly Summer Reading Logs, compliments of 3 Dinosaurs. These charts make it easy to keep track of the books your child is reading this summer. Plus, don’t forget to check out all of the free summer reading programs that are available to participate in.
LEGO Castle Forest Ambush Set for $7.99: Purchase the LEGO Castle Forest Ambush Set for just $7.99. This set features an armored cart, a forest base, flags, a treasure chest with gold and treasure, a variety of weapons, 2 shields, and a dog.
Summer Reading Book Blowout Activities Bundle for $19.99: Educents is featuring a Summer Reading Book Blowout Activities Bundle for just $19.99. This bundle includes 18 instant downloads and over 700 pages of materials including printables, story questions, scrapbook pages, graphic organizers, extension activities, close reading passages, task cards, journal prompts, lapbooks, interactive journaling, and much more. There are 15 book titles represented in this bundle, and 3 additional downloads that you can use with any selection.
Free Family Summer Camps at Bass Pro Shops: Bass Pro Shops is offering free Family Summer Camps that run from June 7th through July 13th. There are workshops, craft sessions, casting challenges, and treats that are all available for free during this summer event. Be sure to check out the Bass Pro Shops site for the dates and times of these events.
American Girl Magazine Subscription for $20: Plum District is featuring a one-year subscription to American Girl Magazine for just $20. This magazine is geared towards girls ages 8-12, and is full of award-winning stories, crafts, activities, party ideas, and advice on growing up. Each subscription purchased also includes several bonus gifts such as a Holiday 2014 Special Issue, holiday stickers, a Design-By-Me Mini Book, and a “Furry Thoughts” 2015 calendar.
LEGO Kids’ Creator Watch & Buildable Toy Set for $18.74: Amazon has their LEGO Kids’ Creator Watch & Buildable Toy Set on sale for $18.74. This watch includes an interlocking strap comprised of interchangeable links in yellow, green, red, and blue. For extra fun, this set also includes a Make-N-Create fish model as well.
Katie is a wife and homeschooling mother of four who writes at Cincinnati Cents about saving money and having fun as a family without breaking the bank. She enjoys sharing new recipes, ideas for frugal family fun, and tips for spending less at the grocery store.