(Recipe) Warm Cream Cheese Marshmallow Pastry #TasteTheSeason

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For me, the best part of the holiday season is the gathering of family and friends and of course, the baking. The first step in Party Planning, is recipe planning and grocery list making. I love coming up with new ideas and recipes, but I always have to make sure to stay within budget. One of the ways I stay under budget is to buy products I'm familiar with and are already on my regular shopping list and build my recipe around them. Today I'm sharing a recipe for a Warm Cream Cheese- Marshmallow Pastry, oh yeah!
We do a lot of our grocery shopping at Walmart, not only for the convenience, but the prices are definitely budget friendly. We regularly buy and use Kraft products not just for baking, but for everyday use. I have always wanted to use puff pastry and on this shopping trip I found some in the freezer section right next to the cool whip.
For this recipe you will need:

Frozen Puff Pastry
Philadelphia Cream Cheese
Jet Puffed Marshmallows
Bakers Chocolate (Semi-Sweet)
Cool Whip
Kraft Caramel or Strawberries (optional)

Step 1: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
Thaw and roll out puff pastry (follow instructions on the box), cut into even amount of squares and separate half. Set aside half of the puff pastry for the tops.  
Step 2: Spread a tablespoon of Philadelphia Cream Cheese in the center, add a Jet Puffed Marshmallow and add a piece of Semi-Sweet Bakers Chocolate. 
Step 3: Top with the other half of the puff pastry and press down along the edges to close. 
Step 4: Bake according to directions on the puff pastry box. For me, it was 400 degrees for about 10 minutes. Let stand for about a minute, the warmer the better.
Step 5: While the pastries are baking, melt Semi-Sweet Bakers Chocolate in a double boiler for the drizzle.
Step 6: Top with Cool Whip, sliced strawberries (optional) and drizzle with chocolate!
Step 7: Enjoy! 
If you have never tried cream cheese and marshmallow together, you will not be sorry. Trust me, it is such a treat together, during the Summer, I use melted marshmallows and cream cheese mixed together for a fruit dip. On this trip I accidentally grabbed the Unsweetened Chocolate, so I skipped it for the baking and sweetened and melted it for the drizzle.



One of the ways I have started to make my grocery shopping easier is having a shopping list for my girls to use. When we get the ads in the mail, I let them look through them and cut out what they would like along with the items they know we use all the time and then glue them on their own shopping list. I have created a blank shopping list for you to download and print available here.

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You know what the fun part about Summer is? For me, it's the freedom to do things you can't get away with during the school year. Luckily for my girls, they totally get to benefit from Mama saying "Yes" to everything. 
"Mom, can we wear our princess dresses?" Sure. "Mom, can we put on makeup?" Yeah, go ahead. "Mom, can we eat outside in our playhouse?" Umm... Sure. Even though I am saying yes to all of this fun stuff, what my girls aren't seeing is that I am sneaking in rules and nutrition into these summer meals where I can. Yes, they can wear their princess dresses, but first they have to put their laundry away. Yes, they can eat outside in the playhouse, they can even have their favorite Kraft Easy Mac N Cheese, but I am going to sneak in some nutrition where I can. 
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I knew that one day, I would have to invest in a Club membership to feed my growing girls. I was actually pretty excited to head to Sam's Club and become a member to shop since they have some amazing new deals with their Instant Savings. 
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Check out the amazing deals that I got at Sam's Club, you can see all the savings for yourself in the Instant Savings Booklet. Seriously, you can not beat these prices whether you are stocking the pantry or even for a party. 
(Note: Instant Savings end July 20th)
Kool Aid Jammers Variety Pack: 40 pouches, Made with real fruit juice and offers 100% daily value of Vitamin C. 
Currently featured in the Sam's Club Instant Savings Booklet at $1.50 off for a value of $5.03.

KRAFT American Singles: Always made with real milk, individually wrapped, no artificial preservatives or flavors and are an excellent source of calcium. 
Currently featured in Sam's Club Instant Savings Booklet at $1.75 off for a value of $5.03.

KRAFT Easy Mac Cups: Yummy mac and cheese in a convenient cup for an easy meal on the go. Currently featured in the Sam's Club Instant Savings Booklet at $2 off for a value of $7.68.
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You want to know my secret to our balanced meal? I chop up hot dogs for protein (any meat goes really well) and broccoli then saute them with some cooking spray and add them to Kraft Easy Mac Cups.  See, a quick easy meal that is full of nutrition! 
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Now for the grains, we just make a quick grilled cheese with the classic KRAFT singles (calcium) and add Kool Aid Jammers (full fruit serving) for a beverage and now your kids have a balanced meal that they can eat anywhere. Even in a playhouse or "castle."
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I feel like I deserve a reward every time my girls happily eat their veggies. 
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Every day is different with my girls. Some days they are princesses, some days they are pirates, some days they want to join the circus or race their bikes all day long. Thanks to Sam's Club and Kraft for the great deals, it is easier for this Mama. 

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Most days of the week I cook dinner for a very hungry family of six, four adults and two kids. Almost every single dinner that I cook has a protein, starch, and vegetable, with a glass of milk. I am proud to say that I was raised this way and continue this tradition with my family. But times have changed, sometimes we do a family cookout or summer grilling. Occasionally I stray from the traditional menu and even have days where we have breakfast for dinner (this was never allowed when I was growing up.) I am a busy stay at home mom and sometimes I need a break. Sometimes, I need dinner to be easy. On these days, I always reach for my Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. The kids love it, they see it as a treat, and I see it as easy. Sometimes I'll sneak in some chopped up hot dog or steamed broccoli and the plates are always licked clean. 
Another tradition that I am proud to say we participate in, is sitting at the table as a family every night for dinner. However, there are some days that call for ease. The days when our eyes are glued to the TV for the Championship Soccer Games, we need something easy and mess free. Something we can eat while completely distracted! So, here it is, a quick, easy and delicious recipe for Kraft's Macaroni & Cheese burrito. #GolazoKraft
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Oh yes. This one is so easy to make and really, you can add almost anything to Macaroni & Cheese and have success. I chose to add seasoned ground turkey and then wrapped it up in a burrito. And, what better to pair an easy dinner with than the new clear bottom Capri Sun. 
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The other day we were lucky enough to catch the Summer Soccer Grilling Event at Walmart while shopping for our ingredients. My girls had fun playing the games and trying samples before shopping. Walmart always has such great deals. This day I picked up the value packs of  both Kraft's Macaroni & Cheese and Capri Sun. More bang for our buck! 

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Here is a picture of the ingredients I used. I know you probably have most of this stuff on hand, that makes it so much easier. Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, Ground Turkey, Taco Seasoning, and Tortillas. 
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Go ahead and Pin this photo for safe keeping! 
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Check out this super easy breakdown:
Brown the ground turkey and add the taco seasoning.
Follow the easy steps on the box for Macaroni & Cheese.
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Warm a tortilla, then layer the Macaroni & Cheese and Ground Turkey. Wrap and enjoy!
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Ooh yeah! I have two very normal girls that are not very adventurous when it comes to trying new foods. This one, they loved! 

Check out this Flipagram I posted on my Instagram that shows how easy this recipe is to make. 



How do you spice up Macaroni & Cheese? Let's share recipes!