Back-To-School Lunches

Give Your Kids Some Fuel for School!

With summer’s end comes back-to-school shopping: new clothes, pencils, folders, binders – everything your child needs to start the school year strong. But don’t forget a very important part of your child’s school day – lunch time!

Ream’s Food Stores has You Covered!

Ream’s Food Stores wants to make it easy for you to prepare delicious lunches that will power your kids through their school days so they can stay sharp in the classroom. We also know parents are busy – so we came up with a list of lunches that are easy to make, without too many ingredients.

Easy Snack Wraps!

From allrecipes.com

This recipe is simple and quick, and very customizable to your children’ tastes. Don’t like cream cheese? Try it with ranch dressing, or add in other veggies your kids love!

Pair it with some pretzels, clementines, and a juice box for a well-balanced, healthy lunch!

You’ll find these simple ingredients at Ream’s:

  • Flour Tortillas
  • 1 Package of Cream Cheese
  • 1 head of Lettuce (or Bag of Romaine Leaves)
  • 1 Package of Sliced Deli-Style Turkey
  • 2 Cups Shredded Carrots
  • 2 Cups Minced Tomato

Then follow these instructions to start making it!

 

Avocado Chicken Salad

From melaniecooks.com

If your child loves chicken salad, then whip them up this healthy, mayo-free alternative that they’ll absolutely love! Five simple ingredients and all natural – you can’t beat it!

Ream’s Pro-Tip: Have a messy eater? Stuff some in a pita pocket, or top a piece of toast with it! Add a granola bar, some grapes, and a juice box for a meal you kids will look forward to!

Grab these ingredients at your local Ream’s Food Store:

  • 1 Can (16.3 oz) Pillsbury™ Grands!™ Flaky Layers refrigerated Butter Tastin’™ Biscuits (On Sale April 3 – April 9, 2018 for only $1.79!)
  • 1 Cup Chopped Cooked Chicken
  • 2 Hard-Boiled Eggs, Chopped
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1/2 Lime
  • 1 Small Onion, Finely Chopped
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste

Then follow these instructions to create this delicious lunch!

 

Queenie’s Tomato Bagel Sandwich

From allrecipes.com

Trick your kids into thinking pizza’s for lunch with this delicious tomato bagel sandwich! This delicious and fresh lunch couldn’t be easier to make.

Pack it with some yogurt, grapes, and juice for a well-rounded lunch you kids will gobble up!

You’ll need:

  • 1 Bagel, Split and Toasted
  • 2 Tbsp. Cream Cheese
  • 1 Roma (Plum) Tomato, Thinly Sliced
  • 4 Leaves Fresh Basil
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste

Then follow these instructions to whip up this yummy bagel sandwich!

We hope your kids have a great first few weeks back to school and our foods can fuel them to success! Click here to see more of this week’s deals at Ream’s Food Stores!

 

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Back to School Breakfast Ideas

Getting Ready for Back to School

Summer is drawing to an end and its almost time to send those kiddos back to school! It’s a bittersweet time of year. Ream’s Food Stores know your life is crazy; we’re are here to make your transition a little bit smoother.

Easy & Quick School-Day Breakfast Ideas

Unlike summer mornings, school days don’t include ample time for preparing a good breakfast and getting ready. Often the most important meal of the day takes a serious hit when classes start up again. The good news is that it doesn’t have to! There are plenty of quick, healthy options you can whip up to jumpstart your (and your kids’) school mornings! We’ve scoured the internet to find the best quick autumn recipes and here they are:

Cinnamon French Toast Breakfast Wraps

(from kimscravings.com)

Ingredients:

  • 1 Large Wrap
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Optional Toppings

You’ll find Kim’s instructions for this dish here. Let us know how your wraps turn out in the comments below!

Thermos-Ready Smoothie

(from eatingwell.com)

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Frozen Mixed berries
  • 1/2 Banana
  • 1/2 Cup Apple Juice
  • 1/4 Cup Tofu
You know what to do from here! Let us know how this dairy-free, gluten-free option works out for you!

Dressed-Up Yogurt

(from parenting.com)

Ingredients:

  • 7 oz Container Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp. – Any Fruit Jam
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 2 Tbsp. Chopped Toasted Almonds
This one is super simple – but healthy and delicious! Perfect for when you are really crunched for time (pun intended). You can also change it up to your liking. Let us know which combos you try!

Breakfast Prepared the Day Before

Even the quickest recipes are sometimes too time consuming on those hectic mornings when you are rushing to get the kids out the door. These are days when it really pays to prepare ahead of time. There are oodles of great breakfast recipes you can throw together the night before to be ready to eat in the morning! If you’re more of a night owl than a morning person, then these are the recipes for you:

Make-Ahead “Ham and Cheese” Breakfast Casserole

(from thekitchn.com)

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups (loosely packed) day-old challah or other egg-enriched bread (3/4-inch cubes)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 8 ounces thickly sliced pancetta, diced
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup grated Gruyère cheese (about 4 ounces)
Follow preparation instructions here for amazing ham & cheese casserole!

Crockpot Hashbrown Casserole

(from chelseasmessyapron.com)

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk I used 1%
  • 1/2 cup sour cream I used reduced-fat
  • 1 (20 ounces) package Simply Potatoes shredded hashbrowns
  • 3/4-1 cup freshly shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper I used about 1 tsp. salt and a heaping 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • Optional toppings: Cooked and chopped bacon, fresh parsley
You’ll find instructions for this crowd-pleasing breakfast here.

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National Ice Cream Day

National Ice Cream Day!

Did you know that ice cream first appeared in America in the 1700s? Or that President Reagan declared July to be ‘National Ice Cream Month’ back in 1984? Well it’s July now, and we’re celebrating Ice Cream Month, so brush up on your ice cream awareness and get ready to scoop in the scrumptiousness!

July 15th is National Ice Cream Day. Now, we know what you’re thinking – you’re thinking “what day isn’t ice cream day!?” We couldn’t agree more. If you’re like us, then you don’t require much convincing in order to indulge in the world’s greatest frozen treat. The official ice cream holiday only comes around once per year, though. Take advantage of it – before it disappears quicker than three pints of burnt almond fudge after a breakup. Afterall, when stuffing your face it is much easier to get away with “It’s National Ice Cream Day” than the old “Uh… we needed space in the freezer” excuse.

Ream’s Food Stores will make it even easier for you. We have delicious Ice Cream Day deals like 48 oz Assorted Breyers® Ice Cream for only $2.99 (July 10-16)! At this price you can afford to grab everyone’s favorite flavors and revel in creamy goodness together!

There’s nothing wrong with eating ice cream straight from the container. But if you’re looking for some out-of-the-carton ice cream ideas, then we’ve got some great recipes for you!

Berry Cobbler a la Mode

(From Breyers.com)

Cobbler is a favorite Utah dish that pairs exquisitely with ice cream. When hot cobbler meets cold ice cream magic happens!

Here’s what you’ll need to create your very own Berry Cobbler a la Mode:

  • 3 cups Breyers® Original Natural Vanilla Ice Cream (on sale at Reams)
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 bags (12 oz. ea.) frozen mixed berries, thawed
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. Salt
  • 1/4 cup I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® All Purpose Sticks, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk

Then, follow these instructions to berry-cobbler bliss!

Classic Banana Split

(From FoodNetwork.com)

The banana split is timeless – there’s just no way to improve perfection. It’s also versatile. Most of us love everything about a banana split, but if there’s an ingredient you don’t care for then switch it out for one of your favorites! The classic banana split is like a blank canvas upon which to paint your own personal culinary masterpiece!

Here are some basic ingredients to get you started:

  • 2 bananas, halved lengthwise
  • ½ pint vanilla ice cream
  • 1 pint blackberries, picked over and washed
  • 1 pint raspberries, picked over and washed
  • chocolate sauce
  • 1 cup peanuts

Then, create the classic split or switch things up and create your ideal banana split!

Enjoy National Ice Cream Day!

Happy National Ice Cream Day, everyone! No matter what delicacies you have planned, Ream’s Food Stores are here to help you make them a reality. Come visit us today.

Enjoy!

Best Deals and Recipes for Father’s Day

 

Best Deals and Recipes for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is our time to celebrate the dads in our lives. Let’s face it – being a dad can be a thankless task most of the year. Father’s Day is the one day when we can all celebrate our dad for everything he does for us.

Don’t worry if you don’t have some elaborate celebration planned. Most dads aren’t difficult to please. Remember, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. When you nail the Father’s Day feast, you’ll be well on your way to a successful Father’s Day overall.

When planning your Father’s Day Feast, though, remember to think like a dad! Sure, great-looking meals are wonderful. But dad is much more concerned about the flavor of his feast. Score a ten on his favorite recipe and he won’t care that the glasses don’t match the silverware.

Need ideas for a fantastic Father’s Day Feast that won’t break the bank? Ream’s Food Stores have you covered! Check out these amazing Father’s Day deals and delicious recipes:

Rib Eye or New York Steak

This week, (6.12.18 – 6.18.18) Rib Eye & New York Steaks are each just $5.99 per pound at Ream’s Food Stores! Talk about the perfect centerpiece for your Father’s Day Feast!

Here are some recipes for delectably delicious Rib Eye & New York Steaks:

Rib Eye Recipes

Butter-Basted Rib Eye Steaks

Rib Eye Steak and Potatoes for Two

Perfect Rib Eye Steak

New York Steak Recipes

Pan-Seared Strip Steak

New York Strip Steak with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce

Sweet Corn 

 

 

 

 

Sweet Corn on the cob is the perfect side to go with your Father’s Day steaks. Plus, this week you can get a dozen for just $3.49 at Ream’s Food Stores!

Sweet Corn is also super easy to prepare! Simply place corn-on-the-cob in a pot of boiling water (you may want to add a little salt). Cover the pot once you’ve added the corn. When the water returns to a boil, turn off heat. Let the corn/water stand for five minutes. Now you have perfect corn-on-the-cob ready to eat!

If you want to get a little more fancy with your corn on the cob, here are some more adventurous recipes:

Corn On The Cob Recipes

Perfectly Grilled Corn On The Cob

Super Simple Grilled Corn On The Cob

Herbed Grilled Corn On The Cob

 

Happy Father’s Day!

From all of us at Ream’s Food Stores, happy Father’s Day everyone!

 

Mother’s Day Gifts & Treats

Happy Mother's Day from Ream's Food Stores!

Mother’s Day Gifts & Treats

May is the time when we celebrate our dear moms and their extra special place in our hearts!

Moms,

We remember everything you do for us day-in and day-out. Though we may not always express our gratitude, we’re so very thankful for all of it. You’ve been there through the good times and the rough times. You make the rough times more bearable and the good times much sweeter. Thank you, mom, for being in our corner. Mother’s Day is the time of year we want to convey how we feel about you EVERY day!

Daughters, Sons, & Significant Others,

Time to celebrate the mothers in your lives. Part of that means giving them some rest from the usual hard work they do. We know – that is a tall order. Don’t worry though!  Ream’s Food Stores have your back! Whether you’re treating your mom, wife, or girlfriend, we have easy ideas to make her day very special! We’ll give you some easy mom-pleasing recipes and gift ideas to ensure her Mother’s Day is as fantastic as she is!

First, gather up the kids and work together to create this simple, easy Mother’s Day gift:

Gift Crate, Jar, or Bucket

One of the simplest gifts to assemble for mom is a gift contained in a pretty, handy reusable container.

First, get a good-sized jar, Farmers Market Bucket or Decorative Wood Crate (Farmers Buckets and Wood Crates both for sale at Ream’s Food Stores). Then fill it with goodies, treats, gadgets, soaps, and/or lotions you know she’ll love!

Gift Crates for Mom on sale at Ream's Food Stores

You’ll find fantastic Mom treats for sale at Ream’s Food Stores! Whether she likes, sweet, savory, or a mix of both; come in today and pickup her favorite candy, soda, chips, crackers, and snacks!

Now, we know you may be tempted to just throw everything in your chosen container helter-skelter. But remember, this is for mom. She wants to see that you care enough to take your time and make it special. Visit Hellosplendid.com for some fantastic examples of how to beautify your gift jar for her.

A great final touch to the Mother’s Day gift jar or crate is to include a short heartfelt note from each giver expressing their appreciation and love for their mom. If you can, write it on special craft paper rather than run-of-the-mill lined paper to give it an extra touch!

A note in your Mother's Day Gift is a great final touch! 

Mother’s Day Eats

Brownies for brownie sandwiches

Brownie Sandwiches

We’re starting off with dessert – because it is Mother’s Day and mom can have chocolate first if she wants to, alright!

Excuse the pun, but baking up these gooey sandwiches will score you major brownie-points with mom! Plus, they may become a family tradition!

First, pick up a package of Ghiradelli Chocolate Supreme Brownie Mix at your local Ream’s Food Store

For the brownies, you’ll need:

  • 1 Package Ghiradelli Chocolate Supreme Brownie Mix
  • 1 Package of Chocolate Syrup
  • ¼ Cup Melted Butter
  • 1 Egg

To make the filling, grab:

  • 1 Cup Cream Cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons of Butter
  • ¼ Cup Powdered Sugar
  • ¼ Cup Cranberry Sauce or Your Favorite Jam

And follow these instructions to make perfect, delectable Mother’s Day brownie sandwiches!

Mother's Day Waffle Bar Chalkboard

 

 

 

 

Waffle Bar

Want an easy option for a Mother’s Day meal? Try the waffle bar! I mean, c’mon, who doesn’t love waffles?

Momlovesbaking.com has some amazing ideas on how to spruce up the almighty waffle.

To pull this off, you’ll need to run to Ream’s Food Stores and grab:

  • 1 box Pillsbury Purely Simple Cake Mix
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Fudge Sauce
  • ¾ Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 Cup Water

Be sure to pick up all the goodies you want to use as toppings. We recommend crushed candy bars & cookies, sprinkles, sliced bananas, strawberries, pineapple and any of mom’s other favorite fruits.

Mother's Day Waffle Bar

 

Then, follow these instructions to create the perfect Mother’s Day Waffle Bar!

Delicious Mother's Day Chicken Parmesan

 

Chicken Parmesan

If mom’s tastes trend more toward the savory side, then you’ll want to make this yummy chicken parmesan recipe instead. But she doesn’t have to know you got a fantastic bargain on ingredients from Ream’s Food Stores!

Here’s what you need from Ream’s Food Stores:

  • ¾ Cup Plain Dry Bread Crumbs
  • ½ Teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • ¼ Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 6 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast Halves
  • 1 Egg, Beaten
  • 1 Jar Ragu Old World Style Traditional Sauce
  • 1 Cup Shredded Part-Skim Mozzarella Cheese

Then head on over to Ragu.com and follow these instructions to Create mom’s perfect chicken parm!

We hope these tips will help you save money and time while celebrating the moms in your life this year!

Have a happy Mother’s Day everyone, from all of us at your local Ream’s Food Stores!

 

It’s National Caramel Day!

Ooooh caramel… that sweet, chewy confection! It is as American as Apple Pie Pockets. Caramel pairs perfectly with almost any dessert. It can be prepared quite simply, or it can be sculpted into delightfully elegant masterpieces. Many of our fondest memories are dripping with caramel-infused goodies. Naturally, we now set aside a day every year dedicated to sweet, gooey perfection!

April 5th is National Caramel Day and Ream’s Food Stores are here to help you celebrate! Here are some delicious recipes and sweet deals to feed those caramel urges!

Oh-So-Easy Caramel Sauce

From allrecipes.com

One of the easiest ways to enjoy caramelly goodness is to whip up simple caramel sauce. Caramel sauce enhances brownies, ice cream, fruits, pies, and much more! Its only limited by your imagination! We’ll show you how to make the sauce; then you can show us what you do with it!

You’ll find these simple ingredients at Ream’s:

  • 1 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
  • ½ Cup Butter
  • ¼ Cup Milk
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Then follow these instructions to get saucy!

 

Upside-Down Caramel-Apple Biscuits

From pillsbury.com


Do you love the taste of caramel apples? Sweet caramel and tart Granny Smith Apples seem to complement each other perfectly. Here’s a new take on this classic combo:

Grab these ingredients at your local Ream’s Food Store:

  • 1 Can (16.3 oz) Pillsbury™ Grands!™ Flaky Layers refrigerated Butter Tastin’™ Biscuits (On Sale April 3 – April 9, 2018 for only $1.79!)
  • ¼ Cup Butter
  • ½ Cup Caramel Ice Cream Topping
  • ¼ Cup Packed Dark Brown Sugar
  • 6 Cups Sliced Peeled Granny Smith Apples (About 4 Medium)
  • ½ Cup Chopped Pecans

Then follow these instructions to create your very own caramel-apple nirvana!

 

Chocolate Caramelitas

From guittard.com


Caramel and chocolate pair together perfectly! Semisweet chocolate is the perfect partner to tame caramel’s sweetness. For all of you chocolate fiends out there who want to celebrate caramel day, this chocolate caramelitas recipe is for you:

You’ll need:

  • 2 cups (12 oz) Guittard Real Semisweet Chocolate Chips, Divided   (On Sale April 3 – April 9, 2018 for $2.79 at Ream’s Food Stores!)
  • 14 Ounces (50 pieces) Light Candy Caramels
  • ½ Cup Evaporated Milk
  • 2 Cups Unsifted All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Cups Quick-Cooking Rolled Oats
  • 1 ½ Cups Firmly Packed Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Cup Butter, Melted
  • 1 Cup Chopped Pecans

We hope you enjoy National Caramel Day! Click here to see more of this week’s deals at Ream’s Food Stores!

 

Easter Fun & Fantastic Holiday Food!

Easter is coming quickly and Ream’s Food Stores has great deals and fun ideas to help you celebrate the season!


- EASTER DECORATIONS -

Easter decorations bring life, fun, and excitement to your home. From March 13 – March 19, Ream’s Food Stores has wonderful Easter decorations on sale!

Check out this Easter Bunny Rocker for only $10.99!

We have an assortment of Beautiful Floral Metal Easter Baskets for just $8.99!

This adorable Bunny Salt & Pepper Set is only $4.99!


These and many other fun Easter Decorations are available this week!
Shop more Easter Deals here!

- EASTER DIYs & RECIPES -

 

Kool-Aid Tie-Dye Easter Eggs


We look forward to dyeing Easter Eggs every year! What we don’t look forward to is the smell of vinegar wafting throughout the house! With this awesome Kraft Kool-Aid Recipe, you get all the fun without the nasty smell! Prep time is only 20 minutes!
Gather the kids together and put on some groovy tunes; we’re going to make Tie-Dye Easter Eggs!
To get started, you’ll need to stop by Reams and grab:

  • 2 Envelopes (0.16 oz each) KOOL AID Cherry Flavor Unsweetened Drink Mix
  • 2 Envelopes (0.15 oz each) KOOL AID Orange Flavor Unsweetened Drink Mix
  • 2 Envelopes (0.23 oz each) KOOL AID Lemonade Flavor Unsweetened Drink Mix
  • 2 Envelopes (0.22 oz each) KOOL AID Mixed Berry or Ice Blue Raspberry Lemonade Flavor Unsweetened Drink Mix
  • ½ Cup Water Divided
  • 1-1/2 Dozen Hard-Cooked Eggs, Cooled

Then, follow the instructions here for your fun, easy Tie-Dye Easter Eggs!

 

Preparing Your Easter Ham


What would any holiday be without great food? When you’re looking to gather your family around a delicious Easter feast, Ream’s Food Stores has you covered! Stop by our meat department for premium cuts of top-quality meats.

First, stop by your local Ream’s Food Store and pickup:

  • Dark Brown Sugar
  • Maple Syrup
  • Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Whole Fully Cooked Boneless Ham
  • Whole Cloves
  • Marashino Cherries
  • Cornstarch
  • 1 Can Crushed Pineapple in Juice, Undrained

Then, follow the instructions here to create a holiday ham that’s sure to become your new Easter tradition!

 

Top Off Your Easter Feast with a Layered Strawberry Cheesecake Bowl!

You’ll need:

  • 3 Cups of Sliced Fresh Strawberries
  • 3 Tbsp. Sugar
  • 2 Packages (8oz. each) Cream Cheese, Softened
  • 1-1/2 Cups Cold Milk
  • 1 Pkg. (3.4oz) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
  • 2 Cups thawed Cool Whip, Divided
  • 2 Cups Frozen Pound Cake Cubes (1 Inch)
  • 1 oz Semi-Sweet Chocolate

Use these simple instructions to whip up what will surely be the crown jewel of your family’s Easter Feast!

Have a Happy Easter – from all of us at Ream’s Food Stores!

 

February’s Best Date Night Recipies

 

Prolong V-Day With These Delicious Date Night Ideas!

Making your honey feel like a million bucks this February doesn’t have to COST a million bucks. Ream’s Food Stores has everything you need to pick one of these dinner or desserts, to create a romantic intimate night for your loved one. Mix and match, there’s no wrong combo for these entertaining and delicious ideas!


- DINNER -

Steak and Rosemary Potatoes


This classic combo is a romantic staple for a reason. Cooking a steak just right is a little more technical of a culinary endeavor, but keep calm, collected, and follow the steps…you’ll be certain to impress the pants off your loved one! (Fingers crossed)

Ingredients:

  • 2 angus NY strip steaks
  • 1 pound red and yellow potatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 1 bunch rosemary
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

In a medium bowl, combine the garlic, olive oil, and rosemary. Wash the potatoes and cut into large chunks, about 1 inch in size. Toss the potatoes in the rosemary/olive oil mixture, spread onto a baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes in a 375 degree oven.

To prepare the steak, rub with olive oil, remaining rosemary, and salt and pepper. Grill on high for 2-3 minutes, then turn for another 2-3 minutes. Finish cooking steak in a skillet in the oven for about 5 minutes or until desired temperature.

Plate potatoes and steak and top with chopped parsley and chopped rosemary.


- DESSERT -

Easy Strawberry Cheesecake Parfait


If you’re short on time, or baking isn’t your forte, this recipe is a perfect option. It’s quick, simple, and you’ll have oh-so-yummy cheesecake flavors with none of the baking, mess, or hassle!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups strawberries
  • ½ cup strawberry jam (16oz Strawberries are On Sale This Week at Ream’s Food Stores!)
  • 12 ounces non-fat yogurt (vanilla)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temp (low fat)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ⅓ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ cups vanilla wafer cookies (crushed)
  • 4 small jars

Crush the wafer cookies in a zippable bag, line the bottom of the jars with the crumbs about ½ inch thick. Set aside. Beat together cream cheese, yogurt, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a medium bowl until the mixture is creamy, light, and smooth. Layer this mixture into the jars, cool in the fridge. Cut strawberries into slices and mix with jam–add a little water to jam if needed to thin it slightly. Once combined, cool in the fridge. Top the cheesecake mason jars with the strawberry mixture when ready to serve.


Chocolate Heart Mousse Cake


This decadent chocolate glory has a devil’s food cake base, milk chocolate mousse, and dark chocolate topping. Not for the faint of heart, but it will definitely put any chocolate-lover in a warm and cuddly mood. The steps are a bit trickier for this recipe, but if you’re someone who likes to cook, you will enjoy the process and have something really special to show off to your sweetheart.

Ingredients:

  • 1 18-ounce devil’s food cake mix (plus ingredients called for on box)
  • 14 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 12 tablespoons butter (On Sale This Week at Ream’s Food Stores!)
  • ¼ cup coffee
  • 10 large eggs, separated
  • 1 ¾ cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups heavy cream (cold)
  • 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate (for shell topping)
  • ¾ cup heavy cream (for shell topping)
  • 5 tablespoons light corn syrup (for shell topping)

Prepare cake according to box instructions in a 9 by 13 inch pan. Remove cake from pan once slightly cooled, then cool completely on a rack.



Clean the cake pan, then dry and line with plastic wrap. Using a serrated knife, cut the cake into 6 rectangles by doing one horizontal cut followed by 3 vertical cuts. Then carefully slice the height of each rectangle in half to create thinner pieces, now 12 total. Line the cake pan with one layer of cake.


To create the mousse, heat together chocolate, butter, coffee, and ¼ cup water in a double boiler. Stir gently until melted and completely combined. Remove from heat and set aside.


Whisk egg yolks, sugar, and 2 tablespoons of water in a separate bowl. Ensure the bowl is heatproof and place it over the double boiler, once again keeping the water at a simmer. When the egg/sugar mixture is a pale yellow, at about 6-8 minutes, add the original chocolate/coffee mixture to it. Continue to stir adding the vanilla until the mousse starts to cool, then place the bowl into a larger bowl filled with ice water. This will immediately finish cooling the mousse and is an imperative step in getting the texture desired. Whisk no more than 4 minutes to avoid excessive thickness.


The final step for the mousse is to beat heavy cream and a few tablespoons sugar until peaks are formed. Gently fold this into the mousse. Spread the final mousse over the cake layer, creating another layer with the remaining cake, much like a lasagna. Freeze overnight.


To create the chocolate shell on top, mix together chocolate heavy cream, and 4 tablespoons corn syrup in a double boiler until melted. Gently spoon over the frozen mousse and spread into a thin layer. Return to freezer. One set, use a heart-shaped pastry cutter or cookie cutter (without a lip) to serve for Valentine’s day.


Hot Cocoa Mix


Last but certainly not least, this clever idea turns your gift into a second date night for another time! Keep warm during the last months of winter with a quick cocoa recipe. By combining all the ingredients for your loved one ahead of time and packaging it up in a pretty way, you’ll be doing a win-win for your both…if you can get them to share the product of your efforts.

Ingredients:

Layer each ingredient into a jar or clear mug with a lid, topping with the marshmallows. Attach a custom card with the following instructions: “Remove marshmallows and set aside. Shake up remaining cocoa mix until combined. For each ½ cup cocoa mix, add 1 cup hot water or milk and stir together. Top with mallows.” Decorate the jar with stickers or ribbon for a sweet lovey-dovey look.

Valentine’s Day Craft Ideas For Kids


Valentine’s Day is Coming Up!

It’s easy to let winter blues get you down as the kids feel cramped up inside and we all painstakingly watch the days get slightly longer one excruciatingly slow minute at a time. Valentine’s Day is a great respite from the chilly routine and a chance to brighten things up with hearts, crafts, and love. Help your kids make this sweet holiday fun through great cards, candy, and DIY projects. We’ve put together 10 playful pastimes for your whole family to have an amazing “crafternoon.”

1. Yarn Wrapped Hearts

Little fingers will enjoy getting their heart shape just right with these clever crafts. All you need is some pipe cleaner and yarn to make a half hour of quality time together. It’s a great chance to chat when little minds are engaged–you’ll be amazed at what they’ll open up and share while doing something engaging.

2. Heart Crayons

Everyone has that box of rogue broken or old crayons in mismatched shapes and sizes. We had a great time stealing this charming idea from Creative Mommas to reduce, reuse, and recycle what many would chuck out as garbage. Break up the crayons into smaller pieces, organize into different silicone heart-shaped molds by color, and melt for just a few minutes in the oven. Once they’re cooled down and reset, you will have adorable, new, and functional art supplies on your hands! Giving the writing utensils new life will entice your kiddos to use them again; or, if you have enough broken crayons this would make a great gift alternative for their classmates from those boring old chalky candies. That reusing is sure to save you money too–so it’s a win-win-win for you, your clutter, and the environment!

3. Fragrant Heart-Shaped Soaps

A relaxing bath or spa day is not limited to those with lots of expendable income. With just a few ingredients, your family will have a classic and thoughtful gift to any of your valentines. Silicone molds and a simple recipe of coconut oil, olive oil, palm oil, lye, and distilled soap are the components for the “grownups” portion of this project (a little stove top work is involved). However your kids can go crazy choosing scents from different essential oils, and solid pieces to infuse into the soap, like the dried lavender pictured. These finishing touches to make a luxurious aromatherapy experience are the really great part anyhow.

4. Valen-Heart Suncatcher

This one may take a little more time, but the uses are very versatile as they can be hung in a window, descending from the ceiling, or incorporated into a card. Whatever application you choose, the kiddos will finally be able to put to use all your old tissue paper. With that, some construction paper, and plain ol’ Elmer’s glue they’ll be all set to make a sweet and unique faux-stained glass masterpiece.

5. Heart Origami

This is the perfect task for the kids with fastidious fingers and a gift for detail this Valentine’s Day. A few pieces of paper, some patience, and they’ll have sweet and perfect gift for all their friends.

6. Love Bug Toilet Rolls

It’s a great lesson for kids to learn that fun can be found all around them. Repurposing old toilet paper rolls is free and uncomplicated…and once they’re done painting and gluing them into cute little creatures, your kids will be more open minded to the interesting things they can do with all the mundane innocuous items all around them, increasing their creativity and imagination–something our electronics driven age can certainly use more of.

7. Paper Heart Chain

This is a great way to master scissors for little hands and can be a enjoyable project for the young or young at heart. When the chains are done you’ll even have adorable seasonal decor you can enjoy all month long.

8. Celery Flower Cards

Daddy isn’t the only one who gets to give mommy “flowers” on Valentine’s Day now! This darling idea will give your little ones a new and fresh way to feel apart of February traditions. Super simple, they can make a picture just for you, or cards for the whole family!

9. Classic Valentine Sugar Cookies

This yummy activity will give the whole family a fix of sweet and allow the kids to run wild with creativity. Buy all your favorite heart candies, sprinkles, colored frosting, and cake toppers to really make them festive and allow your young loved ones carte blanche.

10. Fingerprint Photo Frame Valentine

This is an easy and entertaining craft that would make a perfect gift for grandma or grandpa. The free form style allows kids to have fun and explore, while the price tag is super reasonable given most of the supplies can be found in the craft aisle at your local Ream’s. Pick up an inexpensive, basic frame, some craft paint, and print out your kid’s best insta-pic…and you have an adorable keepsake. Thanks to One Artsy Mama for the great idea.

Favorite Winter Instant Pot Recipes

Winter is Here!

What better way to greet the cold and snow than with delicious, warm food? But even better than that- food you can meet super quick by just throwing some ingredients in your instant pot!


Instant Pots for Quick n’ Easy Meals!

Late to the game on instant pots? This holy grail appliance is a small investment that will change the way you cook. Very similar to slow cookers, Instant Pot are multi-use, programmable pressure cookers that will speed up your cooking game. Make meals in under an hour, or in as little time as five minutes using the high pressure setting!

Delicious & Defrosting

There are hundreds of recipes that are a breeze to make using your instant pot, from stews to pulled pork and even desserts. We’ve collected a few hearty recipes we think will warm you up this winter, so bundle up and enjoy!

Try these scrumptious recipes with your family this winter:

Instant Pot Chili

Recipe by: glutenfreepressurecooker.com
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Who doesn’t want a bowlful of chili to warm up on a cold winter night? This delicious classic chili is super easy and can be made in under an hour! This recipe is hearty, flavorful, and even gluten free!



Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 x 14.5oz crushed fire roasted tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 16oz canned pinto or red kidney beans
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp Ancho or regular chili powder
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper add more for extra heat
  • 3/4 cup gluten free beef broth
  • Salt to taste


Instant Pot Easy Mac n’ Cheese

Recipe by: centercutcook.com
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Who needs boxed mac when you can make your own almost as quick and twice as delicious in your instant pot? Cook these simple ingredients at high pressure to get a perfect and warm meal on a cold evening.



Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Elbow Macaroni
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tsp dry ground mustard
  • 2 tsp kosher or sea salt (+ more to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz monterey jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese


Five-Ingredient Carnitas

Recipe by: acalculatedwhisk.com/
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As if using your hot pot wasn’t easy enough, this delicious recipe is only 5 ingredients! These carnitas come out extremely juicy and tender, and are delicious over rice, in wraps, or even plain if you just can’t wait to eat them!

Ingredients:

  • 2½-3 pounds boneless pork shoulder, cut into two-inch chunks
  • 1 tablespoon Mexican seasoning, taco seasoning, or chili powder
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Juice of 2 oranges
  • Juice of 1 lime (or substitute lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • Choice of rice, lettuce or tortillas for wraps, egg on top, or eat plain


Instant Pot Chocolate Lava Cake

Recipe by: thesuburbansoapbox.com
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Don’t lie- we know you saved room for dessert! This chocolate cake may be easy to make, but it’s taste is amazing, and the warm gooey dulce de leche center will warm you up from head to toe!



Ingredients:

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus more for garnish
  • 2 large eggs plus two large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons dulce de leche
  • 1 cup water
  • Pinch of salt