Christmas Appetizers: Santa Hat Triscuit Crackers

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I think it bears repeating that Triscuit crackers are SO awesome for the holidays!

You can go sweet, you can go savory, and you can go sweet and savory too! I have loved Triscuit for my entire life, but only recently did I discover how much fun they are in the kitchen! You see, I’m working on my diligence. That has always been my one weakness in life as a cook, a baker, and an artist. My mom is the most diligent person I know – with her hands able to create tiny art with patience and love. And that’s what I’ve been working on with my food creations. Tiny, delicious art.

It seems we are at Walmart at least every other week this holiday season, so I always grab Triscuit crackers in my basket. They are baked with 100% Whole Great Wheat and are now NON GMO. And they’re available in delicious varieties!

Personally, I LOVE Cracked Pepper & Olive Oil, Rosemary & Olive Oil, and Original, but my recipe uses good old Original. It’s just a timeless crunch and taste. During the afternoons, I pair my Triscuit crackers with cold cuts and cheese. And sometimes an olive on top. YUM. And did you know that Triscuit is amazing for your holiday recipes? It is. Check it:

Christmas Appetizers: Santa Hat Triscuit Crackers:

What You Need:

12 Triscuit crackers (Original flavor)
1 cup chocolate chips
12 strawberries
½ stick butter, softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2-3 tbsp milk

Yields: 12 Santa Hat Triscuit Crackers

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1 – Line a baking sheet with wax paper. In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave your chocolate chips in 30-second intervals until completely melted.

2 – Dip each Triscuit halfway and place gently on lined baking sheet. Refrigerate for about 15 minutes.

3 – Wash and dry your strawberries. Cut off the top and place upside down on each chocolate-covered Triscuit.

4 – In a medium-sized bowl, beat together butter, confectioners’ sugar, and milk with an electric mixer.

5 – Start on slow speed and gradually increase it to high speed.

6 – Your buttercream is ready once all the ingredients are well-combined, smooth and form semi-stiff peaks.

7 – Prepare a piping bag and scoop buttercream into the bag. On the strawberry, pipe out a dot of buttercream right on top (it’ll act as Santa’s hat’s “pom-pom”) and a border around the bottom of the strawberry.

8 – Place on a serving dish and allow your guests to enjoy!

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YUM. These are so much fun to make, and you’ll find that the Triscuit cracker is the perfect base for such a delightful holiday treat! Personally, I think they make wonderful appetizers. Check out Triscuit crackers from Walmart!

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Ready for more? Visit this link to learn more Triscuit recipes. YUM!

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What’s your favorite Christmas appetizer?

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Jurassic World Dinosaur Play For the BEST Holiday Season!

This post is sponsored by Universal Brand Development and all opinions are my own.

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As you can imagine, everything for us is dinosaurs right now.

We don’t think the dinosaur obsession is going anywhere, anytime soon. I still have mine! I was telling Des that I remember taking an after school dinosaurs class and I got to take home a big box of dinosaur toys after the class. That was a highlight of my life and his eyes lit up just thinking about it. It’s sort of awesome that it all repeats, and now I have a kid obsessed with all things dinosaur. It reminds me how obsessed I still very much am. Someone give me a giant box of dinosaur toys!

In the meantime, I’ll be buying Jurassic World EXCLUSIVE toys at Walmart right now. That’s right.

Not only will I be buying them, I’ll be playing with them too – if the kids will let me. You see, pretty soon we have a long holiday break from school. And it’s during the cold time of year. Oh what am I even saying? New England school vacations are ALWAYS cold – whether during the holidays, or in February or April. That’s why we plan our vacation time accordingly – with indoors activities. For my kids, overall imaginative play is the game, and Jurassic World Play Dates is the game!

So not only should you have holiday gifting in mind, but think about the time of year it is! You’re about to have between 10-14 (or even more if you’re in college or private school) days off with your kids. Make them count! Get them THE gifts of the holiday season, and know that it will give you HOURS of imagination and creativity during those snow days and vacation days. Your kids will want them all. I know this because my kids do. And Walmart has EXCLUSIVE Jurassic World toys that make PERFECT gifts. They’re awesome for surprises, parties, holiday gifts, and every day imaginative play! For hours!

Here are three of our Jurassic World favorites:

1 – Imaginext Dinosaur Hauler Gift Set. This is such a winner in our house! Des and Scarlet instantly learned how to set up the net to “catch” those dinosaurs! And the hauler comes with and holds a bunch of fun dinosaurs ready for play.

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2 – We also have LEGO Pteranodon Chase and LEGO Jurassic Park Velociraptor Chase. It’s amazing how many details are involved, and how fun it is when the raptor can come right through the swinging door and into the lab!

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It also must be said that they make the PERFECT bundle gift options for Christmas giving! These exclusive “Battle Damage” products from Walmart are perfect for our household. And Walmart has 2-day shipping which is perfect for you last-minute shoppers! You can also purchase them in-store and have fun perusing the Jurassic World items. I know that’s a lot of fun for us.

In our household, we couldn’t wait until Christmas!

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So, get ready to RUN to Walmart! We have a few fun suggestions for how these exclusive Jurassic World toys. For us, it was #1 on Des’ Christmas list, and don’t worry, he’ll still get a few surprises come Christmas morning, of course:

1 – Buy the toys as bundle gift options. That way you’ll be giving your kids a few options for all of the fun you’ll have together during the holiday break, and beyond. I spent a lot of care choosing items that would be fun together.

2 – Have a fun unboxing for your kids this holiday season. You could even wait until the excitement of the holidays is over. Buy a few toys and wrap them up together and have fun watching your kids pull out the Jurassic World fun!

3 – Host a dinosaur-themed play date or party. We did this over the weekend! We invited a bunch of like-minded friends over to build and play. Bonus – it makes for a QUIET play date or party. And the kids get super immersed in play.

4 – The Jurassic World EXCLUSIVE Walmart toys are good for boys and girls. Having one of each kid, I always like to buy toys that will appeal to both. Scarlet is fond of building, she’s fond of science, and she loves that the dinosaurs are all girls, and are strong characters with their own names and personalities. It’s pretty awesome is what it is!

5 – These toys invite hours upon hours of happiness into your home. You absolutely can’t beat that.

What Jurassic World items would your kids want?

Jurassic World toys make the BEST gifts & the best use of time during holiday break. Get them ALL at Walmart #JWUnleashed #BattleDamage #AmericasBestToyShop

Jurassic World toys make the BEST gifts & the best use of time during holiday break. Get them ALL at Walmart #JWUnleashed #BattleDamage #AmericasBestToyShop

Jurassic World toys make the BEST gifts & the best use of time during holiday break. Get them ALL at Walmart #JWUnleashed #BattleDamage #AmericasBestToyShop

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