Dirt Chocolate Bark with Gummy Worms

It’s SPRING! After the very weird winter we’ve had with the up and down temperatures, thunderstorms, and random snowstorms, I am very ready for spring to be here. That means we are one step closer to summer and flip flops! The thought of barbecuing and all the yummy recipes we will start making again makes me very happy. Especially this super cute Dirt Chocolate Bark with Gummy Worms dessert! This would be a super cute dessert to have at your Easter dinner! Kids would love it!

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Dirt Chocolate Bark with Gummy Worms

Ingredients

  • 1 Bag of Dark Chocolate Melting Wafers (like thisdirt chocolate bark)
  • 1 C Oreos, crushed
  • 1/4 C Brown M&M’s (eat the other colors…it’s OK…recipe says so)
  • 1 Bag Sour Gummy Worms
  • 2 Pots or a double boilerdirt chocolate bark
  • 1 Cookie Sheet
  • Wax Paper

Tip…if you don’t want to pick out all the brown M&M’s, just buy this bag of ALL brown M&M’s!

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Directions

  1. Add water to the bottom of the two pots (or your double broiler) and place on the stove on high until the water is boiling.
  2. Place the other pot on top, filled with the chocolate wafers. While the chocolate is melting, place wax paper on your cookie sheet.
  3. Once melted, pour onto your cookie sheet.
  4. Sprinkle the crushed Oreos overtop.
  5. Sprinkle the brown M&M’s on top.
  6. Randomly place the sour gummy worms on the dirt chocolate bark.
  7. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes before breaking apart into pieces and enjoying!

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Doesn’t this dirt chocolate bark with gummy worms look delicious and fun to eat?!? Sour gummy worms are my favorite! Of course, if you aren’t a fan of the sour gummy worms, swap them out for the regular gummy worms!

If you are planning on making this for Easter, then you may want to check out these posts too…

How to Make the Best Ham Ever!

Tween Easter Basket Fillers

Easter Placemat Printable

My Easter Deviled Eggs Recipe

Enjoy this dirt chocolate bark with gummy worms recipe and HAPPY SPRING!

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Organizing Tips for Your Home

When my husband and I got our first house, it was a small, barely 1000 square foot, bungalow. It was super cute. One of the things I loved most about it was the telephone cubby in the hallway. I always wanted to put an old fashion lookingorganizing tips phone there! After we had our son, and all the “stuff” that comes with having a baby, we quickly out grew that house. Now that we are a family of four, in a bigger house, there are times when it feels like we’ve outgrown this house too. In reality, all we need is some organizing tips to maximize the space we have.

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As you can imagine, when I was asked if I would like to receive a copy of the book, Organize Your Way: Simple Strategies for Every Personalityorganizing tips, it was a no brainer. I had to check it out! You know how we are always taking those tests on Facebook to tell us about our personality, what animal we are most like, etc? Well in this book, there is a quiz that you take to determine which tips and strategies work best for you. I have to admit, I was a bit excited to take the quiz and find out my “PixieType”.

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About Organize Your Way

Organize Your Way is written by professional organizers behind PixiesDidIt®, Katie and Kelly McMenamin. In this book, you find out your personality type (PixieType) and then use real-life methods and systems that match that personality! After taking the quiz, I found out that I am the Classic Structure PixieType, which is totally me. Basically I like to declutter, I pile things (all the time), and I prefer to have written out to-do lists. Totally me!

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Once you know your PixieType, the book is then broken down to the various sections of your home and Katie and Kelly McMenamin give you organizing tips for that section of your home, based on your PixieType. There are various places in my home (read – my whole home) that need desperate help in the organization department, so I cannot wait to read up on my PixieType and declutter accordingly!

Top Ten Pixie Organizing Tips

*From Katie and Kelly McMenamin

  1. Knowing who you are is key to organization mainly because if you’re pretending to be someone else, it’s hard to remember where that pretend person put something!
  2. Change is hard, so be honest about organizing tasks. People who never hang up their coats in a closet, probably never will; get a coat rack and call it a day.
  3. Perfect isn’t real. Magazine perfection is styled by a professional whose job it is to make everything perfection for the millisecond it takes to snap a photo.
  4. No shame, no blame! You liking clear, spotless surfaces doesn’t make you OCD (it’s not a personality disorder), it’s your personality type.
  5. Later Box It. When you can’t part with a useless item, store it away in a box and revisit that box in a few months (a year), whatever you missed keep, whatever you forgot…dude, let it go.
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  7. Organizing at its core is about retrieval. Period. Can you easily find and get things when you need them? Everything else is an argument about aesthetics.
  8. One-step solutions are golden. Hanging up your coat is a five-step process whereas popping it on a hook is one-step. Light bulb (at least it was for us)!
  9. Be loud & proud. So, you write important To Do’s on your hand in a pinch. Who cares? Don’t apologize, defend it and tell any scolds where they can go.
  10. There’s no best way to organize–just the best one for you.

What are your best organizing tips to add to the list?

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Tween Easter Basket Fillers

Both of my kids are tweens. My son will be an official teenager in June. I know. I’m kind of scared! Each year, I get really excited to fill their Easter baskets. Since we celebrate Orthodox Easter, which is sometimes on a different date, we get 75% off Easter stuff! However, as much as I love filling Easter baskets, now that my kids are older, I sometimes feel like I’m filling it with a bunch of junk because most of the traditional Easter fillers are geared towards younger kids. To help you all out, I’ve put together a list of tween Easter basket filler ideas.

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Sport Themed Tween Easter Basket

Right now, my kids spring sports are starting up. My daughter plays soccer and my son plays lacrosse. A fun Easter basket idea would be to make a Sport Themed Tween Easter Basket! I don’t know about your house, but at mine, the kids are forever leaving their water bottles somewhere. Whether they leave it at the field, in the back of my car or at school, I am always buying new water bottles. Here is what I would put in a sports themed tween Easter basket:

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I know my daughter would be beside herself if that soccer PopSockets showed up in her Easter basket this year! Get a few of the items above (be sure to click on them…they come in other sports and colors), add in a couple pieces of chocolate or jelly beans and you are good to go!

Tech Themed Tween Easter Basket

Is your tween more of a techy? Don’t worry, I got you covered for the tech loving tweens! If your tweens are anything like mine, then they love gift cards! For the tech lover, I highly suggest you get them an iTunes gift card. I like to use my Speedway rewards to get gift cards! Other things I suggest adding are:

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We got my husband the Atari game for his 40th birthday and the kids have had fun playing the games, in between making fun of how the games looked “way back then”!

Book Loving Tween Easter Basket

One thing I really love is that both of my kids love to read. They are always asking to go to the library so they can check out a new book. My daughter is always getting a non-fiction book about animals or something scientific. My son gets any and every graphic novel he can read (that’s appropriate…some of them…not so much). Besides the obvious Amazon Gift Card, I’d also put the following in a book lovers Easter basket:

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While the Kindle Paperwhite is a little more than we would typically spend at Easter, it is a gift that will get them reading. We have a lot of soccer and lacrosse tournaments this year, it will be nice for them to have.

Glamour Girl Themed Tween Easter Basket

My daughter is not a girly girl right now. The idea of getting nail polish and other “girl” stuff is not something she would enjoy. Her friends or one of my nieces would love this basket! In this basket, I would put the following:

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Isn’t this a cute basket?!? I absolutely love it!

Which themed Tween Easter basket is your favorite?

St. Patrick’s Day Ultimate Recipe Round-Up

As a kid, I remember loving St. Patrick’s day. I used to plan out what I was going to wear, and it always included wearing a TON of green. No way was I going to get pinched by the kids at school! Now that I have kids, I always make sure to get them a funny t-shirtst. patrick's day for them to wear to school. Besides wearing green, St. Patrick’s day is also filled with fun crafts and yummy food. Enjoy this round-up of over 20 St. Patrick’s day recipes!

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St. Patrick’s Day Ultimate Recipes Round-Up

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Desserts

Crafts and DIY Projects

Enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day! If you are drinking, please remember to be safe about it and have a designated driver. If you are hanging out at home with your kids, make it a fun family game night! Some of our favorite board games are below. Whatever you do, remember to pick up your fun t-shirts!

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