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March 19, 2013

Kid Friendly Easter Craft: Skip the Eggs and Color the Cookies

Don’t Decorate Easter Eggs instead create this tasty Easter Craft.


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Easter Craft-Decorated Great Value Sugar Cookies

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My kids and I love to decorate Easter Eggs but I am the only one who eats Hard Boiled Eggs so it is usually a waste of money. I decided since the kids bailed on our Easter Party we would create a fun Easter Craft that was tasty and fun. We decided we would swap coloring Easter Eggs for Coloring Easter Cookies.

My daughter wasn’t too keen on the idea but once she realized she could eat the cookies from our Easter Craft she decided to make the switch. We already had what we needed since I tend to keep Great Value Baking Products on hand because they are reasonably priced and are a good quality.

It was so simple to create and only required 3 ingredients. 1 roll of Great Value Sugar Cookie Dough, 1 tub Great Value Vanilla Frosting, and food coloring. If you want to create shapes instead of just circles use Easter Shaped Cookie Cutters.


Roll out your sugar cookie dough on lightly floured/powder sugared surface. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters. Roll up unused dough and repeat until all the dough is gone.

Place on Baking Sheets and bake on 375* until browned.

Remove from oven and let cool completely.

While Cookies are cooling, separate frosting into 6 portions. Put in 6 small bowls.

Leave 1 bowl white, add food coloring to the other 5 bowls to create the colors of your choice.

Put frosting in ziplock bags and decorate.  (I used the Sodial Icing Tips that only cost me $6.44 shipped.)


A few of out beautiful results are listed above and now that we have “Colored the Cookies” with this easy Great Value Easter Craft I do not have to worry about any more wasted eggs.


Checkout how our night with friends celebrating Easter went here—>Celebrating the Easter Season with Friends

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Celebrating the Easter Season with Friends

Not Your Normal Easter Season Recipes

Easter Season

I love spending time with friends and with kids it get hard to enjoy nights out very often. We try to get together on a monthly basis for adult conversation, fun, and of course food. The kids love it because we are always trying out new yummy dessert recipes and they get to help. This month was no different and with Easter coming I wanted to try out some new Easter Recipes. I get sick of the traditional pies and desserts so I ventured outside of my normal recipes. I was also looking for recipes that the kids could do. I think it is important for both boys and girls to experience the fun of cooking.

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I decided to create my version of Resurrection Rolls using Great Value Crescent Rolls. While picking up my Great Value Crescent Rolls, I decided that I was going to sneak a little Irish magic in there. I decided to use the Great Value Cinnamon Rolls and create a Shamrock Cinnamon Roll.

My favorite recipe that I made was the recipe for Resurrection Rolls. My family celebrates the commercial as well as the religious Easter Season but I had never made Resurrection Rolls. I wanted to change things up so I substituted Peeps into my recipe.

Easter Season Resurrection Rolls Ingredients

2 packages Great Value Crescent Rolls

1 package of Peeps

Easter Season Resurrection Rolls Directions

Preheat oven to 400*

Unroll crescent rolls and separate into triangles.

Using a rolling pin – roll out the triangles slightly.

Place 1 peep in the center of the triangle and fold up.

Make sure to pinch the edges closed.

Place seam sides down on baking sheet.

Bake in oven for 14 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from oven and open them up to find the surprise!


 Our party could not have been better but there was great discussion over the merits of coloring Easter Eggs if they are never eaten. Watch for my follow-up article to see what we decided to do.


In the spirit of the Easter Season, I also made the following:

Jelly Been Fudge

Peep Smores

Dunkaroo Dip with Animal Crackers

Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Bread


Check out our Easter Season Page for cute $5 Easter Centerpieces,Easter Recipes and other Easter projects!

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December 12, 2012

Mixed Berry Pizza Recipe

Mixed Berry Pizza

Mixed Berry Pizza



  • 1 package refrigerated Great Value Sugar Cookie Dough
  • 2 8oz packages cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 8 oz cool whip, thawed
  • 4 cups frozen mixed berries, thawed (I recommend thawing in a strainer so that the extra juices drain out. Also dry on a paper towel.)

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December 7, 2012

Party Planning on A Budget

One of the best things about the holiday season is all the holiday parties and gatherings. It is fun to get together with friends and family and take a break from reality for a little while. The part that is not fun is the party planning. The reason it is not fun is usually because the cost of planning a party or even a small get together can really attack the budget. In a few weeks I am going to open up my house for a holiday party with friends and so the planning has begun. I am not stressed anymore as I have come up with a 10 step party plan that is also budget friendly.

Party Planning Ideas are easy on the budget with our great ideas and tips for saving!

Party Planning on a Budget

  1. Set your guest limit. Be reasonable about how many people you can host. Also remember to factor in children if it is going to be a family party. As much as you want to have everyone over it is not necessary to invite everyone in your address book. Continue reading