Have you read the other parts of our #NYSDairyTour2014 recap? Be sure to check out what we learned at Patterson Farms and the Cayuga Milk Plant!

Food and Wine Fun in Upstate NY #NYSDairyTour2014

During our time in Upstate New York, we had the privilege to spend time at the New York Wine and Culinary Center. We learned how to utilize the local diary items in a delicious meal, thanks to Chef Jeffory McLean, or Chef Jeff for short.

All of the guests were given parts of the meal to cook, and I was extremely excited to have my husband attend this cooking session. See, he isn’t much of a cook. He has his few meals that he can rock, but for the most part he’s our professional delivery orderer.

Food and Wine Fun in Upstate NY #NYSDairyTour2014

We were in charge of making the cheese crisp cups. I let my dear husband take the reigns on all of this, while I enjoyed a few glasses of the tastiest Riesling I’d ever had. He carefully placed the shredded parmesan on the parchment-lined cookie sheets.

He watched intentionally as the cheese melted. We ended up having to use 3 different ovens since there were so many others who needed to use them.

Food and Wine Fun in Upstate NY #NYSDairyTour2014

He shaped the cups, and cursed himself when one or two didn’t work out. It was adorable.

Food and Wine Fun in Upstate NY #NYSDairyTour2014

Then he placed the shredded chicken in each cup. He stood back and admired his work. He made a thing! I was so proud of him.

Food and Wine Fun in Upstate NY #NYSDairyTour2014

By the end of our cooking session, all of the guests had created roasted garlic and red pepper yogurt spread with crudite, inside out poutine — cheese curds surrounded by mashed potatoes, breaded and deep fried with a side of brown gravy, and cheese crisp cups filled with pulled bbq chicken and topped with a Greek yogurt sauce. For dessert, we had brownie cups topped with local vanilla ice cream and drizzled with chocolate syrup. It was beyond delicious!

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at the New York Wine and Culinary Center. We even expressed an interest in doing a couples getaway back to Upstate New York, and adding one of their cooking classes to the itinerary. We’re so grateful to be invited to the New York State Food and Wine Tour. We learned so much and had a fabulous time. If you’re ever able to go to Upstate New York, do it. It’s so worth the time.

I was invited on a #NYSDairyTour2014 press tour by the American Dairy Association & Dairy Council. The American Dairy Association & Dairy Council provided all meals, travel stipends and accommodations. While we were invited, all opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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This super simple recipe for mini SNICKERS Ice Cream Pies are a perfect treat for The Big Game!  #BigGameTreats #ad

When it comes to the Big Game, I’m all about the food. Don’t get me wrong; I’m a fan of football and can yell at the referees on TV just like the best of them, but when it comes to tailgating from the couch, I have to have some great culinary choices to choose from. While I love a bowl of chili or some spicy buffalo wings, it’s the desserts that make me smile.

This super simple recipe for mini SNICKERS Ice Cream Pies are a perfect treat for The Big Game!  #BigGameTreats #ad

So, I decided that this year we’re going to serve our guests these mini SNICKERS® Ice Cream Pies with items I grabbed at Walmart. They are super easy, portable, and delicious!

This super simple recipe for mini SNICKERS Ice Cream Pies are a perfect treat for The Big Game!  #BigGameTreats #ad

First, you’ll need to place 15 chocolate sandwich cookies in your blender or food processor and turn into crumbs. These will create the crust of the pies.

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Then, place about 2 tablespoons of the crumbs in twelve 5oz paper cups. I’m lazy, so I don’t pack in the crumbs, but you can if you have time.

This super simple recipe for mini SNICKERS Ice Cream Pies are a perfect treat for The Big Game!  #BigGameTreats #ad

Next, chop up 12 mini SNICKERS bars. I used 3 of the SNICKERS Fun Size 6 packs.

This super simple recipe for mini SNICKERS Ice Cream Pies are a perfect treat for The Big Game!  #BigGameTreats #ad

Place 1.5 quarts of French Vanilla ice cream in your stand mixer, and top with your chopped SNICKERS. Mix together until all of the SNICKERS pieces are well incorporated.

Scoop the ice cream mixture into your cups, and fill almost to the top. Place the cups on a cookie sheet and freeze for 2 to 3 hours, or overnight.

This super simple recipe for mini SNICKERS Ice Cream Pies are a perfect treat for The Big Game!  #BigGameTreats #ad

Once you’re ready to serve them to your guests, chop up 6 more mini SNICKERS bars, and top each cup with the chopped deliciousness. Have more than 12 guests? This recipe can be easily doubled. Drizzle each cup with caramel, if you’d like, and enjoy!

This super simple recipe for mini SNICKERS Ice Cream Pies are a perfect treat for The Big Game!  #BigGameTreats #ad

If you really want to get fancy, you can serve your cups partially open, and on top of a plate. Don’t you just want to devour that thing? I’ll take 3.

This super simple recipe for mini SNICKERS Ice Cream Pies are a perfect treat for The Big Game!  #BigGameTreats #ad

Oh! Don’t forget to grab a fruity treat, like Wildberry Skittles, for your guests that may not be into ice cream or chocolate. Yes, those people do exist!

This super simple recipe for mini SNICKERS Ice Cream Pies are a perfect treat for The Big Game!  #BigGameTreats #ad

Now I’d call this delectable dessert a winner. Speaking of winning, would you like to win a Walmart Gift Card? Visit the aisle above, and follow these rules:

From January 20-31, enter to win by purchasing 1 qualifying MARS Chocolate product and 1 qualifying Wrigley product at Walmart. All you have to do is snap a photo of the receipt to show proof of purchase and text or email to biggame@drvsusa.com14 winners will be drawn randomly at the end of the contest period (1 for each day of the contest), and will receive a $250 Walmart gift card! For more information on the contest, visit drvsusa.com/biggame.

Good luck and enjoy your SNICKERS Ice Cream Pie!

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Mom Date and Strange Magic Activity Sheets

January 23, 2015
Learn why this mom believes in having "mom dates" with her kids, and how the movie Strange Magic will come into play during her next one.

Mom dates. I admit that I don’t have enough of them with my kids. I’m either taking two of them to the store, while the third one is at school. Or, we get “alone time” during doctors appointments. That just won’t do! This weekend, my little girl and I will have a lunch date. We’re […]

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Easy Granola Recipe

January 22, 2015
Short on time and need an easy granola recipe? This one uses items that are right in your pantry!

Granola is one of our favorite breakfast and snack items here. It’s (somewhat) healthy, and if I choose to top my ice cream with it, I don’t feel as bad about it. Kidding! While I love making granola, I don’t love the recipes that require 20 ingredients just to make it. When you’re on a […]

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64 Dollar Grocery Budget – Aldi Breakdown

January 21, 2015
See how this mom uses her 64 dollar grocery budget at Aldi, and turns her groceries into 20 meals for the week!See how this mom uses her 64 dollar grocery budget at Aldi and make 20 meals.

Before we get started, have you seen the first part of this series? Click here to read that first: 64 Dollar Grocery Budget – Aldi. On our 64 dollar grocery budget post from yesterday, we focused on the tips and tricks to help you keep costs down when shopping at Aldi. Today, I’m going to […]

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64 Dollar Grocery Budget – Aldi

January 20, 2015
Looking to use your grocery budget wisely at Aldi? Check out how this blogger used her 64 dollar grocery budget at the famous chain store.

After accomplishing a great 64 dollar grocery budget experience at Target, I thought a trip to Aldi with our weekly grocery budget would be easy. Well, I was wrong. This was the 4th time that I tried doing this challenge at Aldi, and it took a while to figure out why it didn’t work and how […]

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Top 7 Martin Luther King Jr. YouTube videos

January 19, 2015
Looking for Martin Luther King Jr. YouTube videos for kids? Here are a list of 7 great ones, including a bonus video.

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! If you are a parent looking to turn today’s day off of school into a learning experience for your kids, a great way to do so is to look at YouTube videos that highlight the amazing work of Dr. King. Today, our kids will be working on MLK day printables, like […]

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Mommy and Me Time

January 16, 2015
This mom has mommy and me time with her little baby boy every night, thanks to Johnson's Baby Head To Toe Baby Wash #johnsonspartners ad

I used baby products by JOHNSON’S® to care for my little one as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #johnsonspartners When you realize that you are a mom of three, you tend to panic a bit. How will I find the time to make each of my kids feel special? Can I handle them […]

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Cayuga Milk Plant Tour #NYSDairyTour2014

January 14, 2015
A tour of the Cayuga Milk Ingredients Plant in Auburn, NY. #NYSDairyTour2014

During our New York State Dairy Tour, we had the pleasure of visiting the Cayuga Milk Ingredients Plant, a state-of-the-art plant that open in June of 2014. This 101 million dollar establishment was amazing to view that day. When we arrived, we were given a briefing about what the plant accomplishes on a daily basis, […]

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Cream of Carrot Soup

January 13, 2015
This cream of carrot soup has a homemade taste, but can be made in just 15 minutes! Check out the protein-packed secret ingredient.

Carrots are one of the most inexpensive produce in the grocery store. We make sure to buy bags of carrots weekly, since they are always affordable, and liked by everyone in our home. So, a few years ago, when we were stuck in the house during a blizzard, I had to think up a warm […]

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