Archive for the ‘Recipes & Cooking’ Category

Cheesy Tortellini Pasta Bake

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 by by

This Cheesy Tortellini Bake is the perfect family friendly for any busy weeknight. #shop

I had a chance to make a delicious Cheesy Tortellini Bake as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community. This is great to add to your collection of family friendly recipes. #FreshFinds #Cbias #SocialFabric

Sometimes I feel like my family lives off of pasta. They would eat pasta every day if I let them. (more…)


Popcorn Cupcakes

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 by by

Popcorn cupcakes are easy to make a perfect for a circus themed party or movie night.

My twins turned 5 this week and we are having a carnival themed birthday party for them this weekend. After all our work making rainbow cupcakes for their fourth birthday, I was in the mood for something a little more simple this year. I have seen “popcorn cupcakes” all over pinterest and they looked easy enough, so I enlisted one of the birthday girls to help me in the kitchen. These cupcakes are not only adorable, but they are simple enough to make that a child can help. (more…)

Easy Honey Bread Recipe

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 by by

Easy Bread Recipe - Make honey bread with kids. Simple and delicious.

I was searching for an easy bread recipe to make with the kids. Baking bread is such a fun activity to do with kids. Measuring, scooping and kneading provides so many wonderful sensory and fine motor opportunities. Besides, who can resist a house that smells like baking bread. Yum! I found an easy bread recipe with a twist – the addition of honey! I was surprised how simple it was to make this delicious honey bread. But here’s the thing, no one will think it was simple. People are really impressed when you tell them you baked your own bread. I don’t know why, but try it and see for yourself.

You will need:

  • 1 package of active dry yeast
  • 1 1/4 cup of warm milk (110 to 115 degrees)
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 1/8 cup of melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 4 cups of all purpose flour


The 7 Best Crescent Roll Recipes

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 by by

7 Simple Crescent Roll Recipes
Have you ever bought a tube of crescent rolls? Are you only using them to make ordinary crescents? Well, hold on to your socks, because there is a lot more that you can do with them. We have made lots of crescent roll recipes here on Mess For Less and they are always crowd pleasers. Simply by changing up the fillings, you can make desserts, snacks and even meals. So grab a tube of crescents next time you are at the store and experiment with these delicious crescent roll recipes. (more…)


Sliders on a Stick – Fun Idea for Burgers

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 by by

Sliders on a Stick and Fruit Kabobs - because everything tastes better on a stick, even burgers #shop

With summer drawing to a close, I am trying to take advantage of the days and get in some last summer activities. We have been swimming, spending more time outdoors and grilling. Last weekend, we had a low key family BBQ. I was able to go shopping at Lucky Super Market to pick up some items for our BBQ. Burgers are one of our favorite things to grill and I decided to mix it up this time by making Sliders on a Stick. My kids thought this was such a fun way to eat a burger. After all, food is more fun when it’s on a stick! (more…)

10 Favorite After School Snacks

Friday, September 6th, 2013 by by

10 Favorite After School Snacks - A collection of snack ideas to serve kid after school if you can keep from eating them yourself!
My kids start school next week after a busy day of learning and playing, I know they will be arriving home hungry. So I have gone through the Mess For Less chronicles and pulled up some our favorite after school snacks. The kids enjoyed making these family friendly recipes with me almost as much as they loved eating them. Some of these work well in lunch boxes the next day too! (more…)

Sugar Cone Snack

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 by by

Do your kids come home from school hungry and you struggle to give them a healthy, yummy snack? I know when I was younger my mom did. She would end up having us eat Doritos or Cheetos and that was it. We never really grew up eating very healthy snacks. It’€™s only as I’ve gotten older that I’ve started eating healthier. I sometimes struggle to find a balance of healthy, satisfying and sweet.

Filled Sugar Cone Snack€. yummo!
eMeals has come up with a great after school treat, Filled Sugar Cones. Fill sugar cones with (more…)


Verde Chicken Enchilada Cups

Friday, August 30th, 2013 by by

Verde Chicken Enchilada Cups - Easy to make individual enchiladas. Perfectly portioned and delicious! #RecipeMakers
One of my least favorite times of the day is about an hour before dinner when I racking my brain trying to come up with what to make that night. I’m sure you can relate. I am just beat at the end of the day and the thought of staring endlessly into my freezer is not appealing. So you can imagine my delight at discovering Kraft Recipe Makers at Safeway. It truly took the stress out of mealtime and helped me create this delicious Verde Chicken Enchilada recipe. (more…)

Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole with Country Crock

Friday, August 9th, 2013 by by

Do you love casseroles? I do, but I think sometimes they get a bad rap. People think of them as something mom, or grandma used to make. But casseroles are back! So what is making them so popular again? People are busier than ever these days and are looking to save time when it comes to meal preparation. Casseroles do just that. Most, assemble in a matter of minutes and can be refrigerated and cooked the next day. They are also a comfort food that bring back memories of simpler times. What’s not to love?

Whether for breakfast, brunch or dinner, I make casseroles at least once a week. (more…)

Lemon Bar Crescent Recipe

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 by by

These are perfect warm for breakfast or as a snack. My kids devoured them. Simple to make using crescent rolls and lemon creme.
I wanted to surprise my kids with a special snack when they came home from school. I always have some crescent rolls on hand so it was just a matter of coming up with a way to prepare them. If you are new to Mess For Less then you might not know that I have done lots of crescents roll recipes in the past. From Apple Pie Crescents to Fruit Filled Crescent Cups, I find crescents so versatile and delicious. When I looked in my pantry I saw I had some lemon creme that I bought to make lemon bars. Since I didn’t have the time to make actual lemon bars, I decided to try to make some using crescent rolls. This lemon bar crescent recipe took under 25 minutes from start to finish, so it’s perfect for when want something special but don’t have a lot of time. (more…)