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Share The Holiday with Crock Pot Peanut Clusters

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During this time of the year when the boys were younger we would spend hours in the kitchen baking cookies, brownies and Gingerbread Houses but our all time favorite sweet treat was Crock Pot Peanut Clusters

Now that Malik, our youngest is away at college and Tayair is no longer interested I don’t spend a lot of time in the kitchen baking.  However, this year, I will be making several batches of Slow Cooked Peanut Clusters but not just for hubby and myself but for some very special nurses at the Helen Graham Cancer Center.  They have made these past few months a little bit more bearable during my husband’s chemo treatments.

Crock Pot Peanut Clusters make great gifts

Crock Pot Peanut Clusters make great gifts

While shopping at Walmart  last weekend for the ingredients I also picked up a few packs of Rubbermaid TakeAlongs which are perfectly sized containers for gifting these sweet treats.  The Mini Deep Square reusable container can hold 4-5 Peanut Clusters and the Quik Clik Seal™ lid is soft yet grips tightly so I can transport the clusters securely and the nurses can store and stack them neatly in the refrigerator at work or at home.

Rubbermaid TakeAlongs in Walmart

Rubbermaid TakeAlongs in Walmart


Ingredients – Yields 2 dozen

16 oz  Jar Unsalted Dry Roasted Peanuts

11.5 oz package of Milk Chocolate Chips

Cooking Spray

Crock Pot Peanut Cluster ingredients

Peanuts and Chocolate Chips


Crock Pot Peanut Clusters are an easy breezy treat for anytime of the year but because it takes less than 2 hours to make you can get some holiday decorations done while they slow cook.

For easier cleanup, first coat the inside of the Crock Pot with a Cooking Spray.

easy cleanup with cooking spray

For easy cleanup use a Cooking Spray

Pour in half the jar of peanuts followed by half a bag of chocolate chips. 

Pour in the remaining peanuts and chips, cover and cook on low for 1 hour. 

Pour in peanuts and chocolate chips

Combine Chocolate and Peanuts

Once the chocolate has softened, stir it thoroughly to mix in the peanuts.

mix peanuts and chocolate

Stir to coat peanuts with chocolate

Use a spoon or an Ice Cream scoop to dollop out medium size clusters onto a non-stick baking sheet or a platter covered with Parchment Paper. 

use non-stick pan

Scoop clusters onto non-stick pan

Refrigerate for one hour to harden.

put in refrigerator for an hour

Refrigerate clusters for an hour

If you will be sharing tasty treats with your family, friends, co-workers or just “paying it forward” to a total stranger, make sure to stock up on the Holiday Rubbermaid TakeAlongs containers. They come in a variety of festive holiday colors and prints including Red and Green, oh, and by the way, there is a $1 Off Ibotta Rebate when you buy 2 Rubbermaid TakeAlongs products, exclusive to Walmart shoppers.

Crock Pot Peanut Clusters

These Crock Pot Peanut Clusters are all mine!

The tasty treats in the 17 oz Mini Deep Squares will be given to our special friends at the Helen Graham Center, and hubby’s are in the Rectangle but these in the Rubbermaid TakeAlongs 23 oz Square are all mine!


Do you have a favorite Holiday Sweet Treat that you like to share?

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Summer Sizzles with Kabobs and Kraft!

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Sssh..don’t say this too loudly but it’s almost the end of the summer season…I may not miss the sizzle of the sun, but I will definitely miss the sizzle of the grill especially on the weekends.

Last week I decided to fire up the grill and make chicken and veggie kabobs, a quick and easy side salad and a pitcher of cold and refreshing Country Time lemonade.

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countrytime lemonade

Hubby and I headed over to Walmart to get the fresh veggies, Kraft dressings, including a bottle of Zesty Lime Vinaigrette for the pasta salad; and a bottle Kraft Three Cheese Ranch to use as a dipping sauce for the grilled veggies and chicken. For the salad, I also picked up a package of Kraft Sharp Cheddar Shredded Cheese and a pack of Pepper Jack Cheese because you know I like it spicy!

Kraft Dressings in Walmart

Kraft Cheeses

You can basically use any veggie for the kabobs, but I chose yellow summer squash, red onion, mushrooms and sweet Zima tomatoes, all of which can be found in the fresh market produce section at Walmart.  I also picked up a bag of mini Sweet Peppers, I love eating those as snacks!

Fresh veggies at Walmart

A little twist was added to the CountryTime lemonade with chunks of fresh watermelon and cantaloup also from Walmart’s fresh produce section and I must admit, not only were these melons sweet they also had a a sweet price!

melons in fresh produce market at Walmart

Countrytime Lemonade

To see the complete recipe and instructions for making the pasta salad, check out my Brunch with Blake video below.

Summertime is fun time for pool parties, picnics and parades and the last thing you want to do is spend it indoors cooking, so head outside and #FireUpTheGrill. Create your own style of chicken and veggie kabobs and dip them into some Kraft Creamy Ranch Dressing.  With so many varieties to choose from there’s gotta be a flavor that everybody will love.

Kraft Dressings at Walmart

What is your favorite summer grilled food?  Click here to check out Kraft’s digital cookbook for more mouth watering recipes.

ingredients for pasta salad

Chicken and Veggie Kabobs

If using wooden skewers, allow them to soak in a dish of water for a few minutes first to keep them from burning on the grill


Skinless chicken breasts or tenderloins, cut into chunks then cooked in the oven for about 10 minutes @ 350~ or you can boil them. I prefer to cook the chicken so that veggies don’t burn as they cook very quickly on the grill

2 – yellow summer squash – sliced and halved

1 – container of mushrooms, stems removed and washed thoroughly (see my IG video for a “Toni’s Tip”)

8 -mini sweet peppers, halved

½ – Red onion, sliced (see my IG video for a no-tear onion cutting tip)

1 – package of Cherry or Sweet Yellow Tomatoes

1 bottle of Kraft Creamy Ranch Dressing – any flavor

Seasoning Salt (optional)

Cooking Oil Spray


  1. Heat Grill (follow instructions for propane or charcoal)

  2. Preheat oven to 350~

  1. Cut chicken breasts/tenderloins into chunks, then place them, single layer in a small pan or tray and spray with cooking oil.  Cook for 10 mins or until no longer pink

  2. Allow chicken to cool just enough to handle

  3. Skewer veggies and chicken alternating each

  4. Sprinkle with seasoning salt (optional)

  5. Spray each side with a little cooking spray

  6. Place Kabobs on grill, but use a grill mat or grill pan because veggies tend to soften and fall through the open grates or onto the ground…have you ever stepped barefoot onto a grilled cherry tomato…hot hot hot!

  7. Grill kabobs for 5 minutes then turn – grill for another 5 minutes then remove – turn, turn don’t burn

10. Remove from grill, and allow to rest for 5 minutes then yell…dinner’s ready!

Chicken and veggie kabobs slice the veggies Kraft Summer Grilling Kraft Summer Grilling 099

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Fire Up the Grill for MorningStar Farms Burgers

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One of the best things about hubby’s retirement is coming home to a home cooked meal.  Now that he has taken over that task it gives me time to relax after a long commute.  

However, I do know that he is ready to take a break from the heat in the kitchen, so tonight we are firing up the grill and having MorningStar Farms burgers for dinner.  My favorite of course are the Spicy Black Bean patties, hubby prefers the Chickpea Mediterranean Burgers.



Summer has arrived, and with its arrival brings the perfect weather for grilling!  Make sure all of your guests at the grill out have something for their own dietary preferences by incorporating the deliciousness of MorningStar Farms. MorningStar Farms provides a healthy alternative but still brings great flavor to dishes by helping hosts and hostesses #GrillWithATwist.

For a limited time receive extra savings on MorningStar Farms products by using the Cartwheel app at Target stores nationwide.

Cartwheel Offer: Available 6/28-7/4. Save 20% on MorningStar Farms products:  


Are you ready to fire up the grill for some MorningStar Farms burgers?

A Lifetime of Love ~ A Date Night of Fun with K-Y® YOURS+MINE

K-Y Yours and Mine Disclosure

I can still remember 25 years ago when my husband first touched my hand, I felt tingly all over.  Fast forward to today and his touch still makes me feel special but now K-Y® YOURS+MINE makes us both feel tingly all over.

KY Yours+Mine Date Night

Looking back to our early years of marriage, Valentine’s Day was a time to get dressed up and hit the town, now we prefer to stay in snuggled up in front of the fireplace watching a movie.  Trust me, the romance is not dead, just a little more laid back which is fine by me.  A K-Y® YOURS+MINE K-Y® DATE NIGHT with flowers, chocolate or just a dinner and a movie is what we both need to reconnect and stimulate our minds and bodies.

Holding Hands 25 years ago still makes me tingle inside

Whether or not you and hubby or your significant other will be spending Valentine’s Day out and about or simply staying home, why not stop by your local Walmart to pick up a K-Y® YOURS+MINE K-Y® DATE NIGHT kit. 

Where to find KY Yours+Mine


Oh, and make sure you get the Limited Edition of the K-Y® DATE NIGHT because it’s contains a $50 value promo which includes 1 free meal for 2 from delivered right to your door for an intimate night of cooking together; a $5 VUDU movie credit for you to stream at home and the pleasure of K-Y® YOURS+MINE Couples Lubricants, what more could you ask for, that’s what I call a 2 fer! 

Date Night with KY Yours+Mine


So just in case the weather doesn’t cooperate on the 14th of February and you get snowed in, having a K-Y® YOURS+MINE K-Y® DATE NIGHT can make it a romantic date night in! 

KY Yours+Mine Date Night


Have you made plans for Valentine’s Day?