One Pot Pasta: Triple Meat Pizza Casserole

This one pot pasta recipe is for Meat Lovers Pizza Casserole. The easy dinner recipe can be made in under 30 minutes! Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of GE Appliances. The opinions and text are all mine.

With two working parents and three kids in school, things are busy! Throw in a couple holidays, birthdays, weddings and graduation and you’ve got craziness. One of the things that brings our family together is weeknight meals. We aren’t all together for dinner every night, but we try to eat together as often as we can. This Pizza Casserole recipe is perfect for busy weeknights because it takes less than 30 minutes to make and only uses one pan!

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Scented Lotion Bar Tutorial

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Is your skin feeling dry after the long winter? I know mine is and both of my girls told me recently that there skin is feeling really dry too. So, I made some pretty, floral lotion bars that are made with a combination of beeswax, coconut oil, shea butter and sweet almond oil. When you glide the lotion bar over your skin, the warmth melts it on contact and you can rub the oil in! Come on over to the eHow Craft Blog to see how to make these lotion bars:

Get Skin Ready For Summer With Homemade Floral Lotion Bars

Time To Sparkle Link Party #57

The hosts of Time to Sparkle Link Party!

Welcome to Time to Sparkle Tuesday Link Party, where you can find all the newest creative ideas from around the web! Stop by every Tuesday, link up your posts, and check out what others are sharing! You’ll discover some amazing new blogs and find inspiration for projects, recipes, and more! This party is hosted by four lovely ladies, so your projects will be shared on ALL FOUR blogs!

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Each week we will pick our favorite links as features and share them, so make sure to follow the Time to Sparkle Pinterest Board!
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Barbecue Pot Roast Recipe + A Farberware Giveaway

This Barbecue Pot Roast recipe is a delicious twist on the traditional pot roast and is perfect for spring and summer! Disclosure: Farberware Cookware is the sponsor of this post and all opinions are 100% my own. You can enter to win your own Farbeware New Traditions Cookware set below!

Barbecue Pot Roast

I love making pot roast for my family and I typically make it in the slow cooker like I did for these French dip sandwiches. Recently, I was visiting with one of my friends and she said that when she makes a pot roast for her family, it doesn’t taste like the pot roasts that her mom used to make. She found out that her mom used to make pot roast by searing the meat on the stove and then cooking the roast in the oven. So, when I received a gorgeous Farberware New Traditions Scalloped Cookware set to try out, I decided to try my friend’s mom’s method. I wanted to give my traditional pot roast dinner a flavor that would be perfect for spring or even summer, so I made it a Barbecue Pot Roast and served it with roasted asparagus and rosemary garlic potatoes.
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30 Amazing Easter Treats

30 Easter Treats

Easter has finally arrived! The kids are on break and the snow meltedagain (fingers crossed that we don’t get more snow). We’ve got a busy weekend ahead of us with church, family dinners and even a bridal shower. But I wanted to leave you with some Easter dessert inspiration. Here are 30 fabulous Easter treats that you can look through and find the perfect one to make for your family this year!

Happy Easter!
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Spicy Deviled Eggs for Easter

Disclosure: I have been compensated for this sponsored post by MIRACLE WHIP, as part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network.

Deviled Eggs

With Easter just around the corner, everyone is making eggs. We’ve already gone through a couple dozen eggs and will be making more this week. My kids have brainstormed several ideas for decorating the eggs and are looking forward to it. So, what do you do with all of those eggs? We added MIRACLE WHIP Dressing and made some Spicy Deviled Eggs. We shared the eggs with my nieces and nephews and they loved themeven the 2 year old!

I am also excited to tell you that I am a MIRACLE WHIP Ambassador and #ProudOfIt! I grew up with MIRACLE WHIP on sandwiches and salads. It provides a unique, one-of-a-kind creamy blend of sweet and tangy. I will be posting several MIRACLE WHIP recipes during 2014, so be sure to watch for them!

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Picnic In A Jar

Picnic In A Mason Jar

Are you ready to have a picnic after the long, cold winter? I sure am! We met up with friends at a park the last couple of weeks and we have had a blast! Last week we went for a walk, played tennis and the kids used the playground. This week, we played a basketball game called lightning. It was high energy and I even won a couple of rounds. Although it hasn’t worked out to have a picnic on our park night yet, I was inspired to try to make a picnic in a jar.

The mason jar has the food and the small wire basket has the beverages and cutlery. Come stop by the eHow Craft Blog to see what the jar contains and how I put it all together:

Picnic In A Mason Jar For Two

Time To Sparkle Link Party #56

The hosts of Time to Sparkle Link Party!

Welcome to Time to Sparkle Tuesday Link Party, where you can find all the newest creative ideas from around the web! Stop by every Tuesday, link up your posts, and check out what others are sharing! You’ll discover some amazing new blogs and find inspiration for projects, recipes, and more! This party is hosted by four lovely ladies, so your projects will be shared on ALL FOUR blogs!

Inside BruCrew Life | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
The Gunny Sack | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
The Recipe Critic | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
Love Grows Wild | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Each week we will pick our favorite links as features and share them, so make sure to follow the Time to Sparkle Pinterest Board!
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Brunch Recipes: Fruit Salsa Crepes

Spring is the perfect time for brunch recipes like these delicious fruit salsa crepes. They are light, airy crepes filled with fruit salsa and topped with whipped cream and salted caramel.

Fruit Salsa Crepes RecipeWe had the most beautiful, spring weather last week! We spent our evenings going for walks and meeting friends at the park. When we get warmer weather after a long, cold winter, everyone takes advantage of it. Spring is also the ideal time for a casual brunch with family and friends. I made some Fruit Salsa Crepes, inspired by the colorful flavors of the season, that we all agree were fabulous.

The combination of flavors and textures from the light, airy crepes to the sweet, cinnamon fruit salsa was perfect. The fruit salsa is made with Musselman’s Apple Butter. We loved the fruit salsa in these crepes, but it can be eaten alone, as a fruit salad or enjoyed with homemade cinnamon chips.
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Easy Pepperoni Calzone Recipe

We made Easy Pepperoni Calzones for dinner using frozen bread dough. This kid friendly meal is sure to please your entire family!

Easy Pepperoni CalzonesWhen I don’t know what to make for dinner, I turn to my kids for ideas. They each suggest a couple of meals they would like me to make and I add the ingredients to the shopping list. Last week, Zack suggested that we try to make calzones. He has eaten them at restaurants and although we’ve made pizza balls, grilled pizza, pizza sticks and even stromboli, we’ve never made calzones. We were very happy with how our Easy Pepperoni Calzones turned out and I can’t wait to try making them on the grill this summer!
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Mini Meatball Sliders

Mini Meatball Sliders on garlic breadsticks with spaghetti sauce and melted cheese are perfect for parties!

Meatball Sliders RecipeToday we are going for a high of 74 degrees, which is a temperature that we haven’t seen in Minnesota since October 11, 2013! What a winter it has been… that is 6 months of below 74 degree weather. With the warmer weather comes thoughts of summer entertaining. It is so much easier to have people over when the weather is nice. The kids can play outside and the windows can be open letting in the fresh air. I recently tried making a mini version of one of our favorite meals: meatball subs. These mini meatball sliders are the perfect sized finger food for parties!
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Time To Sparkle Link Party #55

The hosts of Time to Sparkle Link Party!

Welcome to Time to Sparkle Tuesday Link Party, where you can find all the newest creative ideas from around the web! Stop by every Tuesday, link up your posts, and check out what others are sharing! You’ll discover some amazing new blogs and find inspiration for projects, recipes, and more! This party is hosted by four lovely ladies, so your projects will be shared on ALL FOUR blogs!

Inside BruCrew Life | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
The Gunny Sack | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
The Recipe Critic | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
Love Grows Wild | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Each week we will pick our favorite links as features and share them, so make sure to follow the Time to Sparkle Pinterest Board!

Let’s see what your hosts have been up to this week:

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Cadbury Mini Eggs Layer Cake by The Gunny Sack

Whole Wheat Strawberry Muffins by Love Grows Wild

Triple Peanut Butter Cookie Pie by Inside BrewCrew Life

Skor Toffee Bars by The Recipe Critic
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DIY State Love Popsicle Stick Puzzle

Use popsicle sticks to make a puzzle showcasing your state love with a map of your favorite state and a heart on your favorite city!

DIY State Love Puzzle

Do you love the state you live in? Or maybe there is another state that you wish you lived in, such as the one you grew up in? It is so much fun to make crafts with maps. I’ve seen some really cute ideas with state outlines like the outline of 2 states with dotted lines showing a move from one state to another. I used popsicle sticks to make a fun puzzle of the state of Minnesota and a big heart on the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.
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Cadbury Mini Eggs Layer Cake

Make a beautiful layer cake for spring and decorate it with Cadbury Mini Eggs.

Cadbury Mini Eggs Layer CakeWhat is it about Easter candy? I think it might be my favorite holiday candy. I love all of the chocolates and bright spring colors from the Cadbury eggs to the jelly beans. But who am I kidding? I love candy from all of the holidays and when there isn’t a holiday, I love the regular candy. So, it is only logical that I should make a Cadbury Mini Eggs Layer Cake!
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Lil’ Chick Cookie Cups

These adorable Lil’ Chick Cookie Cups are a fun spring dessert. They could be used for a kid’s farm or barnyard party!

Easter Chick Cookie CupDon’t these Lil’ Chick Cookie Cups make you think of spring? It’s kind of hard to get spring off the mind! We had a beautiful weekend with warm weather. We went with some friends to walk around Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis. It was funny to see people dressed for every kind of weather. Some people had on winter boots and other were walking through the slushy snow in flip flops!
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Time To Sparkle Link Party #54 + A Cookie Temptations Giveaway

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The hosts of Time to Sparkle Link Party!

 

Welcome to Time to Sparkle Tuesday Link Party, where you can find all the newest creative ideas from around the web! Stop by every Tuesday, link up your posts, and check out what others are sharing! You’ll discover some amazing new blogs and find inspiration for projects, recipes, and more! This party is hosted by four lovely ladies, so your projects will be shared on ALL FOUR blogs!

Inside BruCrew Life | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
The Gunny Sack | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
The Recipe Critic | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
Love Grows Wild | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Each week we will pick our favorite links as features and share them, so make sure to follow the Time to Sparkle Pinterest Board!
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DIY Scented Easter Eggs

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My kids enjoy dying eggs and like to try out new techniques. They love putting tape or rubber bands on the eggs to block out color in certain places. We’ve also used color crayons, glitter and stickers on our Easter eggs. This Easter I decided to add a fun twist to the traditional dyed Easter eggs by adding fun scents to the eggs.

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We had a lot of fun trying different scents from cake batter to strawberry lemonade. Here are some of the basic scents we added: raspberry, lemon, watermelon, apple, grape and orange. Come stop by eHow Crafts blog to see how we did it!

Click here for full tutorial:

 Upgrade Your Easter With Scented Eggs

 

Macaroni and Cheese Pot Pie

This macaroni and cheese recipe is for ramekins filled with macaroni and cheese, topped with a garlic butter crescent roll making a Macaroni and Cheese Pot Pie!

Mac n Cheese Pot Pie RecipeOh, mac n’ cheese, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee when homemade and oozing with cheesy goodness or even when made from a box. I love thee on Macaroni and Cheese Pizza, in Mac and Cheese Balls and now I love thee in Macaroni and Cheese Pot Pie.
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Scotcharoos

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Scotcharoos are an amazing cookie dough bar with layers of cake mix cookies and scotcharoos with eggless cookie dough in the middle!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Scotcharoos

I wasn’t sure what to make for my second cookie dough recipe. I did some brainstorming and then looked online and found that all of the great ideas I came up with have already been made. That is totally fine and I could’ve come up with my own version, but instead I did some more thinking. I decided that I wanted to combine chocolate chip cookie dough with another one of my favorite bars: scotcharoos. Scotcharoos are one of those easy to make recipes that are so good. I love the combination of chocolate, butterscotch and peanut butter. But still needed a third or layer for the bars and it had to be something thin but more sturdy. I settled on a cake mix cookie crust. The combination of all three layers of these Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Scotcharoos is delicious!
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Grapefruit Sugar Scrub Recipe

Use coconut oil to make this Grapefruit Sugar Scrub Recipe that will soften and moisturize skin!

Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub Recipe

The calendar says that it is officially spring, but I’m having a hard time believing it with the flurries coming down. The good news is that when I look at the extended forecast, they are teasing us with warmer weather on the way! So, this is the perfect time to get our skin ready for the summer. Coconut oil is a wonderful moisturizer and I love using it to make sugar scrubs. After using the sugar scrub, it doesn’t even feel like you need to follow up with a moisturizer.

Come on over to the eHow Craft Blog to find my recipe for Grapefruit Sugar Scrub and to download the free printable labels.

Homemade Grapefruit Sugar Scrub Recipe