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Summer Cooking — The Most Delicious Corn Salad Recipe!!

28 Jul
I don’t post a lot of recipes here at Tatertots and Jello. So if I do post one, you know that it is delicious!! This is my favorite Summer Salad Recipe EVER! 
It’s perfect for this time of year. Be sure to use fresh cilantro and tomatoes. I use frozen corn, just because it’s easy, but fresh corn is even better!! 
This is a dish that people will talk about and want the recipe for.  
And best of all, it’s simple, fast and easy to make!!!

Fresh Summer Corn Salad: 

  • 8 ears sweet corn OR 4 cups of frozen corn.
  • 1 large red pepper, chopped
  • 1 red onion, minced
  • 3 large tomatoes, chopped, or 25 mini tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1/3cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
1. Cut the fresh corn off the cob or add the frozen corn to the pot and steam for 3 to 5 minutes in
1/4 cup water.
2. Remove lid and cook, stirring, 2 minutes more or until
water evaporates.
3. Toss the corn with all other ingredients and chill.

**Be sure not to overcook the corn.

Makes about 6 cups.


Seriously, I could eat this every single day and not get tired of it.
And, it’s even better the next day 🙂
Have a Wonderful Day!!
xoxo

PS — Are you thinking about going to The Creative Connection?? It’s an amazing creative conference with dozens of handmade classes. Well, right now TCC is giving away TWO conference passes AND hotel — so you AND a girlfriend can go!! 
So fun!

"Summer Social" Guest Project — Mason Jar Kiddie Picnic!! {and printable recipe too}

30 Jun
Hello, adorable Tatertots and Jello readers!

My name is Kimmie and I blog over at Sugar and Dots.

I’ll spare you my life story…basically, I blog about lots of random things and I enjoy sarcasm.
🙂
I am so excited to be sharing “my” idea here today!
So here’s the deal…

For Easter, I was in charge of dessert and whipped up some little lovelies in Mason jars.
After posting, one of my readers said that my Mason jar idea would be great to take on a picnic.
Soon after that, I told my bloggy BFF Rachelle that I needed a fab post for Tatertots and Jello.
Rachelle went a step further with my idea and suggested an entire picnic created from meals in Mason jars.
Genius!
I decided to go with a kiddie picnic for my trial run.
Not that my kids don’t deserve an uber fancy schmancy picnic under the stars or anything, but you know; let’s try the hotdog thing before I bust out the filet mignon.
😉


For this picnic I made:

  •   Homemade potato salad (printable below) 
  • Hotdogs with buns (cut-up and drizzled with their favorite condiments) 
  • And some homemade funfetti cake a la mode.
Easy peasy and super yummy.
Sometimes it’s nice to surprise the kids with a special meal and see their faces light up with excitement.
And sometimes it’s nice to envision that scenario in your mind and then try not to be totally disappointed when your three-year-old decides he despises your surprise and wants nothing to do with your picnic.
🙂
You can’t win ’em all.

Next time it will be grown-up style:

  • delicious dips with pita bread 
  • warm breadsticks with tiny jars of marinara sauce
  • and a dessert under the summer sky that makes my husband swoon.
There are so many “quick and easy” recipes out there you could make!!
Splurge with something fancy and throw a Mason jar picnic playdate that makes you the envy of your MOPS group.

or

Bring a picnic basket full of jars of patriotic-colored fruit to your neighbor’s 4th of July BBQ.

The possibilities are endless!
Oh, and here is the printable for the yummiest potato salad of all time:

Thank you, sweet Jen, for having me here!
I know we all love reading your site full of ideas and inspiration; and I’m fairly sure this post will be the highlight of my blogging career.
xo

Thanks Kimmie!! 
My girls would love a Mason Jar Picnic!!
Kimmie is full of cute ideas. And, isn’t she adorable?? Really it isn’t fair that she is so cute AND talented.

Her daughter’s room is so cute. Check out the Tutu Bedskirt Tutorial!

Kimmie loves color as much as I do. I love this FREEBIE printable she made!

Kimmie turned her screened in patio into an Awesome Playroom too.

Plus, she has a fun linky party on Wednesdays — you should check it out. 


And, she made the button for my Summer Social party. Thanks Kimmie! 

So be sure to head over to Sugar and Dots.
You will love Kimmie and her ideas!!

xoxo

Have a Wonderful Day!!! 

xoxo

PS — are you going to SNAP? It’s an awesome new CREATIVE blog conference in April 2012. I just found out that tickets are 10% off all day TODAY 🙂

"Summer Social" Guest Project — Mason Jar Kiddie Picnic!! {and printable recipe too}

30 Jun
Hello, adorable Tatertots and Jello readers!

My name is Kimmie and I blog over at Sugar and Dots.

I’ll spare you my life story…basically, I blog about lots of random things and I enjoy sarcasm.
🙂
I am so excited to be sharing “my” idea here today!
So here’s the deal…

For Easter, I was in charge of dessert and whipped up some little lovelies in Mason jars.
After posting, one of my readers said that my Mason jar idea would be great to take on a picnic.
Soon after that, I told my bloggy BFF Rachelle that I needed a fab post for Tatertots and Jello.
Rachelle went a step further with my idea and suggested an entire picnic created from meals in Mason jars.
Genius!
I decided to go with a kiddie picnic for my trial run.
Not that my kids don’t deserve an uber fancy schmancy picnic under the stars or anything, but you know; let’s try the hotdog thing before I bust out the filet mignon.
😉


For this picnic I made:

  •   Homemade potato salad (printable below) 
  • Hotdogs with buns (cut-up and drizzled with their favorite condiments) 
  • And some homemade funfetti cake a la mode.
Easy peasy and super yummy.
Sometimes it’s nice to surprise the kids with a special meal and see their faces light up with excitement.
And sometimes it’s nice to envision that scenario in your mind and then try not to be totally disappointed when your three-year-old decides he despises your surprise and wants nothing to do with your picnic.
🙂
You can’t win ’em all.

Next time it will be grown-up style:

  • delicious dips with pita bread 
  • warm breadsticks with tiny jars of marinara sauce
  • and a dessert under the summer sky that makes my husband swoon.
There are so many “quick and easy” recipes out there you could make!!
Splurge with something fancy and throw a Mason jar picnic playdate that makes you the envy of your MOPS group.

or

Bring a picnic basket full of jars of patriotic-colored fruit to your neighbor’s 4th of July BBQ.

The possibilities are endless!
Oh, and here is the printable for the yummiest potato salad of all time:

Thank you, sweet Jen, for having me here!
I know we all love reading your site full of ideas and inspiration; and I’m fairly sure this post will be the highlight of my blogging career.
xo

Thanks Kimmie!! 
My girls would love a Mason Jar Picnic!!
Kimmie is full of cute ideas. And, isn’t she adorable?? Really it isn’t fair that she is so cute AND talented.

Her daughter’s room is so cute. Check out the Tutu Bedskirt Tutorial!

Kimmie loves color as much as I do. I love this FREEBIE printable she made!

Kimmie turned her screened in patio into an Awesome Playroom too.

Plus, she has a fun linky party on Wednesdays — you should check it out. 


And, she made the button for my Summer Social party. Thanks Kimmie! 

So be sure to head over to Sugar and Dots.
You will love Kimmie and her ideas!!

xoxo

Have a Wonderful Day!!! 

xoxo

PS — are you going to SNAP? It’s an awesome new CREATIVE blog conference in April 2012. I just found out that tickets are 10% off all day TODAY 🙂

Guest Project: Cinco De Mayo — make Deep Fried Ice Cream!!

4 May
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Happy {almost} Cinco de Mayo, friends!

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I’m Jami from Ain’t She Crazy!
 
I want to
thank Jen for giving me the opportunity to share one of my favorite
Mexican recipes with all of you. Now, I don’t think I have a drop of
Mexican blood in me, but that doesn’t stop me from celebrating with
those who do!
Besides, in my family, any occasion can be used as an excuse to make a fun dessert.

So let’s get started — Mexican Fried Ice Cream.

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First, you
will need to collect your ingredients. (The sprinkles are optional, of
course.) I didn’t realize until after I took this shot that nearly
everything in this recipe was made from Great Value brand foods. I just
want to let you know, that was not intentional, so just ignore the
labels, please.



084

You will also need some food storage bags, such a sandwich “baggies” or gallon sized bags that do not zip. (There are probably a dozen different ways to make ice cream balls, but this is the way I do it.)



Part 1
086


Stick your non-dominant hand inside one of the bags.


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Scoop the ice cream into the “gloved” hand.

 087



Now invert the bag so that the ice cream is inside the bag. Squish it into something that resembles an ice cream ball.
 088 089 

Leave the
ball in the bag. Start with a fresh bag for each ice cream
ball…scooping, shaping and inverting the bags, until you have enough
servings, then toss them all in the freezer. You can leave them there as
long as you want to, but at least until they firm up a little. You can
easily make these up ahead of time so that the dessert seems effortless
at the time of serving.


Part 2
This is the part where you can really get the kids involved. First, get them excited about the project:w_092




Next, have them pour some of the frosted flake cereal into a zip bag.

w_094
  (You may notice I had to label mine “DO NOT EAT”
 to keep the older kids out of it long enough to make this recipe!)


Sprinkle the cereal generously with cinnamon.
You’ll want enough that you can taste it, but not so much that it is spicy. Feel free to taste as you go!
 w_103

BE SURE TO ZIP THE BAG COMPLETELY!
Then, just
have them use a rolling pin over the bag, rolling or pounding, until the
flakes are crushed up. They like this part a lot!
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Part 3

Remove  the ice cream balls from the freezer. Pour the crushed cereal mixture into a plastic bowl that has a tight fitting lid.w_118
(Can
you tell, these pictures were taken after dark? Sorry, but my helpers
could not wait until tomorrow to try their creation, so we forged on.)

Unwrap the ice cream balls one at a time and drop them into the bowl.
Close the lid and shake until well- coated.
w_119 w_120 w_122w_121 

At this
point, again, you can place all the coated balls into a container and
store them in the freezer until it is time to serve dessert. This is the
way I prefer to do it, otherwise, the process feels pretty slow.



Part 4

Now
comes, the best part! If you really want to impress the kids (or
adults), you can fry up some tortillas, coat them in a cinnamon-sugar
blend (I keep mine in a shaker in the spice cabinet.) and quickly stuff
them into your bowls so that they harden in the bowl, forming a crunchy
shell for the ice cream.w_115 This is a cute and yummy effect, but also one you should practice before your
guests arrive, as it can be rather messy. When I make these for my
kids, we usually skip the frying thing, but it does add a little “wow
factor”!


Now
all that is left is to place an ice cream ball into the shell (or
directly into the dish!) Drizzle plenty of honey over the top…w_125


And top it off with whipped cream and a cherry, if you like.
 w_128


Here’s what it looks like when you skip the tortilla:
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Delicioso!
I hope you all have a great Cinco de Mayo and that your family enjoys Mexican “Fried” Ice Cream as much as we do!
pinksig
Yummy! 
My kids will have a ball making that. 
I have been following Jami for quite a while.
First of all, she is funny! She is also so talented. And she’s a great cook!
  Here are a few of my favorite projects she has made:
Be sure to stop by Ain’t She Crazy and say hi! 
xoxo

 PS — 

The winner of the $50 to

is:

#33 — April!! 


Congratulations!! An email has been sent to April. 


And, the Pier 1 gift card giveaway has been extended until tonight {5/4} if you still want to enter.

Guest Project: Cinco De Mayo — make Deep Fried Ice Cream!!

4 May
w_132
Happy {almost} Cinco de Mayo, friends!

blog button

I’m Jami from Ain’t She Crazy!
 
I want to
thank Jen for giving me the opportunity to share one of my favorite
Mexican recipes with all of you. Now, I don’t think I have a drop of
Mexican blood in me, but that doesn’t stop me from celebrating with
those who do!
Besides, in my family, any occasion can be used as an excuse to make a fun dessert.

So let’s get started — Mexican Fried Ice Cream.

w_077

First, you
will need to collect your ingredients. (The sprinkles are optional, of
course.) I didn’t realize until after I took this shot that nearly
everything in this recipe was made from Great Value brand foods. I just
want to let you know, that was not intentional, so just ignore the
labels, please.



084

You will also need some food storage bags, such a sandwich “baggies” or gallon sized bags that do not zip. (There are probably a dozen different ways to make ice cream balls, but this is the way I do it.)



Part 1
086


Stick your non-dominant hand inside one of the bags.


w_085
Scoop the ice cream into the “gloved” hand.

 087



Now invert the bag so that the ice cream is inside the bag. Squish it into something that resembles an ice cream ball.
 088 089 

Leave the
ball in the bag. Start with a fresh bag for each ice cream
ball…scooping, shaping and inverting the bags, until you have enough
servings, then toss them all in the freezer. You can leave them there as
long as you want to, but at least until they firm up a little. You can
easily make these up ahead of time so that the dessert seems effortless
at the time of serving.


Part 2
This is the part where you can really get the kids involved. First, get them excited about the project:w_092




Next, have them pour some of the frosted flake cereal into a zip bag.

w_094
  (You may notice I had to label mine “DO NOT EAT”
 to keep the older kids out of it long enough to make this recipe!)


Sprinkle the cereal generously with cinnamon.
You’ll want enough that you can taste it, but not so much that it is spicy. Feel free to taste as you go!
 w_103

BE SURE TO ZIP THE BAG COMPLETELY!
Then, just
have them use a rolling pin over the bag, rolling or pounding, until the
flakes are crushed up. They like this part a lot!
w_107


Part 3

Remove  the ice cream balls from the freezer. Pour the crushed cereal mixture into a plastic bowl that has a tight fitting lid.w_118
(Can
you tell, these pictures were taken after dark? Sorry, but my helpers
could not wait until tomorrow to try their creation, so we forged on.)

Unwrap the ice cream balls one at a time and drop them into the bowl.
Close the lid and shake until well- coated.
w_119 w_120 w_122w_121 

At this
point, again, you can place all the coated balls into a container and
store them in the freezer until it is time to serve dessert. This is the
way I prefer to do it, otherwise, the process feels pretty slow.



Part 4

Now
comes, the best part! If you really want to impress the kids (or
adults), you can fry up some tortillas, coat them in a cinnamon-sugar
blend (I keep mine in a shaker in the spice cabinet.) and quickly stuff
them into your bowls so that they harden in the bowl, forming a crunchy
shell for the ice cream.w_115 This is a cute and yummy effect, but also one you should practice before your
guests arrive, as it can be rather messy. When I make these for my
kids, we usually skip the frying thing, but it does add a little “wow
factor”!


Now
all that is left is to place an ice cream ball into the shell (or
directly into the dish!) Drizzle plenty of honey over the top…w_125


And top it off with whipped cream and a cherry, if you like.
 w_128


Here’s what it looks like when you skip the tortilla:
w_132

Delicioso!
I hope you all have a great Cinco de Mayo and that your family enjoys Mexican “Fried” Ice Cream as much as we do!
pinksig
Yummy! 
My kids will have a ball making that. 
I have been following Jami for quite a while.
First of all, she is funny! She is also so talented. And she’s a great cook!
  Here are a few of my favorite projects she has made:
Be sure to stop by Ain’t She Crazy and say hi! 
xoxo

 PS — 

The winner of the $50 to

is:

#33 — April!! 


Congratulations!! An email has been sent to April. 


And, the Pier 1 gift card giveaway has been extended until tonight {5/4} if you still want to enter.

Guest Tutorial — Make Sparkling Cider Cupcakes {with free New Year’s Eve printable}

30 Dec

Hey everyone!  We are so excited to be here today to share this project with you!  
We are friends, Julie and Tara from Crae’s Creations and Co.  
On our blog you will find a variety of projects – 
sewing, holiday crafts, home decor, baking ideas, remodels, re purpose and more.  

We have a love for making cute things, especially CUPCAKES!  
And today we are going to share one of our cupcake creations with you!

Now,  each one of you can make a cupcake… but have you made a gourmet cupcake?  You know the ones I’m talking about.  The cupcakes that are $2-3 each!  Well, this recipe will make your mouth water and your lips… Oh. So. Lickable!  The next best part?  You don’t have to spend insane amounts of money to eat this delicious cupcake!
Sparkling Cider Cupcake

Yes, you read it right!  Sparkling Cider is the main ingredient in this yummy cupcake.  
A perfect cupcake to RING in the New Year!
The center…
Are you ready to eat this cupcake now?  GOOD! 
Ingredients:
CAKE
Betty Crocker Yellow Cake Mix
Bottle of Sparkling Cider
Apple Pie Filling
Cinnamon
Eggs
Oil

(Just imagine the box that says “Fudge Brownies” really says “Yellow Cake Mix.” I forgot to take a picture of the box before I threw it away…oops!)
FROSTING
Confectioner’s Sugar (2 lbs)
1 Stick Butter (not the fake stuff!)
Sparkling Cider

Directions:
CAKE!
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line cupcake tins with liners.
2. Make the cake mix as directed BUT replace the amount of water used with the Sparkling Cider. 
3. Add 2-3 teaspoons of ground cinnamon. (or more if desired). 
4. Pour cake batter into lined tins filling 3/4 full.
5. Bake for 18-20 minutes.
6. Allow cupcakes to cool.
7. Cut out a small cone shaped hole in the center of the cupcake using a paring knife.
8. With a small teaspoon, spoon apple pie filling into the center hole.
FROSTING!
1. Beat softened butter until smooth.
2. Slowly add powder sugar, little amounts at a time alternating with sparkling cider.
I used the entire bag of powdered sugar and maybe 1/2 cup of cider.  I didn’t measure, I just added here and there until the frosting was the consistency I like. 
Frost your gourmet cupcake with a pastry bag and large tip.  Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar or maybe top them with these?
FREE PRINTABLE CUPCAKE TOPPERS!
Print out toppers then cut out using scissors or use a scrapbook punch.  Attach to a sucker stick and insert into each cupcake!
Your cupcakes will definitely be the talk of the party!
(Have you checked out Summertime Designs?  If you haven’t you should!  She has amazing digital scrapbook kits.)
We like to use cupcakes as the main attraction.  Put them front and center and let your cupcakes be the centerpiece.
Welcome Two Thousand Eleven!
Wishing you all a fabulous New Year filled with much happiness and lots of cute crafting!
 http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_NgH-mlTcwHE/TAYM0TLuqvI/AAAAAAAALAs/enSF_TL5VFI/s1600/shared+my+tutorial.jpg
Thanks Julie and Tara — those cupcakes look delicious. 
Perfect for New Years Eve!!! 
Here are some of favorite projects from Crae’s Creations:  
https://i0.wp.com/3.bp.blogspot.com/_9rabKGbJaLY/TOmVQFqrzHI/AAAAAAAABRU/g7XVyhb3CQg/s1600/1.jpg
 http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_9rabKGbJaLY/TF9zWAt7ouI/AAAAAAAABA4/0z1RmqSbXEU/s1600/camera+unload+8-9-10+241.JPG
And you really must check out their cupcakes.
Talk about delicious!!! 
Yum! 
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_9rabKGbJaLY/TPrSM9E-gSI/AAAAAAAABRY/zyvvkaOnPFs/s1600/cupcake.bmp
Be sure to head over to Crae’s Creations and say hi!!
xoxo

Guest Tutorial — Make Sparkling Cider Cupcakes {with free New Year’s Eve printable}

30 Dec

Hey everyone!  We are so excited to be here today to share this project with you!  
We are friends, Julie and Tara from Crae’s Creations and Co.  
On our blog you will find a variety of projects – 
sewing, holiday crafts, home decor, baking ideas, remodels, re purpose and more.  

We have a love for making cute things, especially CUPCAKES!  
And today we are going to share one of our cupcake creations with you!

Now,  each one of you can make a cupcake… but have you made a gourmet cupcake?  You know the ones I’m talking about.  The cupcakes that are $2-3 each!  Well, this recipe will make your mouth water and your lips… Oh. So. Lickable!  The next best part?  You don’t have to spend insane amounts of money to eat this delicious cupcake!
Sparkling Cider Cupcake

Yes, you read it right!  Sparkling Cider is the main ingredient in this yummy cupcake.  
A perfect cupcake to RING in the New Year!
The center…
Are you ready to eat this cupcake now?  GOOD! 
Ingredients:
CAKE
Betty Crocker Yellow Cake Mix
Bottle of Sparkling Cider
Apple Pie Filling
Cinnamon
Eggs
Oil

(Just imagine the box that says “Fudge Brownies” really says “Yellow Cake Mix.” I forgot to take a picture of the box before I threw it away…oops!)
FROSTING
Confectioner’s Sugar (2 lbs)
1 Stick Butter (not the fake stuff!)
Sparkling Cider

Directions:
CAKE!
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line cupcake tins with liners.
2. Make the cake mix as directed BUT replace the amount of water used with the Sparkling Cider. 
3. Add 2-3 teaspoons of ground cinnamon. (or more if desired). 
4. Pour cake batter into lined tins filling 3/4 full.
5. Bake for 18-20 minutes.
6. Allow cupcakes to cool.
7. Cut out a small cone shaped hole in the center of the cupcake using a paring knife.
8. With a small teaspoon, spoon apple pie filling into the center hole.
FROSTING!
1. Beat softened butter until smooth.
2. Slowly add powder sugar, little amounts at a time alternating with sparkling cider.
I used the entire bag of powdered sugar and maybe 1/2 cup of cider.  I didn’t measure, I just added here and there until the frosting was the consistency I like. 
Frost your gourmet cupcake with a pastry bag and large tip.  Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar or maybe top them with these?
FREE PRINTABLE CUPCAKE TOPPERS!
Print out toppers then cut out using scissors or use a scrapbook punch.  Attach to a sucker stick and insert into each cupcake!
Your cupcakes will definitely be the talk of the party!
(Have you checked out Summertime Designs?  If you haven’t you should!  She has amazing digital scrapbook kits.)
We like to use cupcakes as the main attraction.  Put them front and center and let your cupcakes be the centerpiece.
Welcome Two Thousand Eleven!
Wishing you all a fabulous New Year filled with much happiness and lots of cute crafting!
 http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_NgH-mlTcwHE/TAYM0TLuqvI/AAAAAAAALAs/enSF_TL5VFI/s1600/shared+my+tutorial.jpg
Thanks Julie and Tara — those cupcakes look delicious. 
Perfect for New Years Eve!!! 
Here are some of favorite projects from Crae’s Creations:  
https://i0.wp.com/3.bp.blogspot.com/_9rabKGbJaLY/TOmVQFqrzHI/AAAAAAAABRU/g7XVyhb3CQg/s1600/1.jpg
 http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_9rabKGbJaLY/TF9zWAt7ouI/AAAAAAAABA4/0z1RmqSbXEU/s1600/camera+unload+8-9-10+241.JPG
And you really must check out their cupcakes.
Talk about delicious!!! 
Yum! 
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_9rabKGbJaLY/TPrSM9E-gSI/AAAAAAAABRY/zyvvkaOnPFs/s1600/cupcake.bmp
Be sure to head over to Crae’s Creations and say hi!!
xoxo