BEST OF 2017: The Top 8 Recipes

Love great recipes? These are the top 8 best recipes from MamaPlusOne.com in the past year! From dinner to side dishes, these simple recipe ideas are ones the whole family can enjoy! | easy recipe | mississippi mud potatoes | cheeseburger soup | chicken and dumplings | raspberry black bean dip | loose meat sandwiches | fry sauce | pizza lunchables | corn casserole | weeknight meals

In the past several years, there have a lot of recipes shared on this site. From the weird and wonderful (pepperoni chocolate bark, anyone?) to the absolute hits, your views have helped shape the recipes that I’ll be sharing on this site for years to come. Today, I want to share a few of your favorites, the recipes you’ve made again and again in the last year! If you need a little recipe inspiration, these recipes should help! Enjoy, and thank you all so much for continuing to read, share, and make these recipes for your family and friends. Your support means so much to me, and helps make this site amazing.

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How to Eat Real Food on a Road Trip

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Real talk: when you’re going to be on the road for over 14 hours, the last thing you want to do by the end of the journey is to see another fast food joint. And guess what? You really don’t have to. After over a decade of driving down the Gulf Coast from our Kansas home, my family has perfected the art of eating real food on the road. By real food, I’m talking about great food with fresh ingredients. If you’re over the fast food lifestyle, here are a few tips to help you eat fresh food on the go.

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Easy DIY Cloud Dough (Only 2 Ingredients!)

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This cloud dough is so easy to make-- only 2 ingredients and less than 5 minutes of effort for a great sensory toy your kids will love. Plus, since it's safe to eat, it's okay if little fingers take a little nibble, too! DIY cloud dough | moon dough | sensory bin filler |

One of my favorite things to do is play with cloud dough or other sensory play toys with my son. Play dough, cloud dough, moon sand, kinetic sand, there are so many great options. But this cloud dough is easy to make, really affordable, and only requires 2 ingredients. One of my favorite things about it, though, is that it is 100% edible, so if your child accidentally eats some, it’s okay. (It won’t taste great, but it is safe-to-eat). Here’s how to make it!

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“Unfried” Ice Cream (How to Get Fried Ice Cream Taste without the Fryer)

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Fried Ice Cream can get messy... so here's all the fried ice cream flavor without the hassle of frying it! This unfried ice cream is easy to make, perfect for summer, and can be made with all of your favorite Blue Bunny ice cream flavors! #SoHoppinGood #BlueBunny #BombPop [ad]

I love fried ice cream. When I go out to eat and see it on the menu, there’s no way I can resist. But making it at home can get kind of sloppy. I’ve found the perfect hack for ice cream that tastes just like it’s been fried (but shhh… it hasn’t!) This unfried ice cream is a great treat on a summer day. And, you can make it with any of your favorite Blue Bunny® ice cream flavors.

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Essential Ways to Use Your Smartphone This Summer

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During the summer, it pays to stay connected. Here are some of my favorite ways to make it the BEST SUMMER EVER by using my smartphone. #WalmartFamilyMobile #WFM1 #SummerIsForSavings [ad]

No matter how much you might wish summer was for slowing down, in my experience, summer is just one insanely busy season for families. From soccer tryouts to summer vacations, it can be hard to unwind and to stay connected. But the thing is, I’ve learned a few ways to avoid summer stress by staying connected with my smartphone. Syncing schedules, sharing summer memories, and treating your ears to your favorite summer tunes are all great ways to use your smartphone for the best summer ever, and with Walmart Family Mobile, the data you need doesn’t have to break the bank, either.

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Gulf Coast-Inspired Easy Shrimp Tacos

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Be ready for summer with these easy Gulf Coast style Shrimp Tacos! They're so easy to make and absolutely delicious. Feel the Gulf Island flavor-- shrimp, taco shells, and plenty of flavor. #OurCaringHands [ad]

The clock is ticking, y’all. I am just weeks away from the event that I look forward to all year long. I’d say I’m practically packed, but we all know I’ll end up doing that the night before I leave. I’m talking about summer vacation, and for me, oh, it’s so much more than just a little break. See, for almost two decades now, summer vacation has meant something a little bit different for my family. It hasn’t just meant beach, and sand, and the sun, but it’s meant a whole lot of family time.

Every summer, we make the trek down to the Gulf Coast, to a tiny island called Dauphin Island, Alabama. If you’re a long-time reader, you’ve probably even seen me talk about it every summer for the past several years. This year we will be driving about 16 hours like we do every summer. Why? To enjoy the beach with our family, who live in another state.

To save money, we split condo costs. We also make sure to cook and eat meals family-style in the condo, rather than going out to eat a lot. That doesn’t mean we never visit local restaurants…. We totally do! There are so many great options for Gulf Coast flavor. Restaurants there serve up fried fish platters, po’boys, and of course, delicious shrimp tacos.

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Red, White, and Blue Slush Recipe for the 4th of July!

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Celebrate the 4th of July with these red, white, and blue slushes that are easy to make and super refreshing! They're the perfect Independence Day mocktail that the whole family will love! Get star-spangled and layer them, or enjoy the individual components. You can't go wrong with this patriotic drink!

The 4th of July pretty much always means family time for me. In our town, it’s legal to do fireworks, so for years, we’ve spent time watching the marvelous displays our neighbors create while lighting a few fountains of our own. It’s great watching it from the comfort of our own yard instead of going to a display because we can seriously enjoy food and drinks and each others’ company without worrying about bugging those nearby at the display. This year, though, we are totally looking forward to these Red, White, and Blue Slushes that are perfect for Independence Day. They’re not hard to make, either!

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How To Make Your Playset Last for Decades

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When you invest in a playset, you want it to last-- that's not an investment to take lightly. With the right care, you can make your backyard play set last decades, through your kids AND grandchildren! Here's how to help make your playset last with some TLC and GAF Shingles. #RoofedItMyself [ad]

When buying a playset for your backyard, it’s honestly a pretty significant investment. I know that in our family, we really value outdoor, active, imaginative play, but honestly? Play sets can be a little bit spendy. That said, we’ve found some great ways to help make ours last over the years. A playset that was once my little brother’s playset is now my son’s because we’ve taken time each year to prepare it for the spring and summer season of play and make sure that it has what it needs to truly last. Little investments over time in maintaining your playset can make it a great destination for play for years to come, making your yard the prime spot for the neighborhood kids to gather. Read more

Fresh Berry Icebox Cake

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Have fresh berries? Make this delicious berry icebox cake! Creamy and packed with berry flavor, it's the perfect treat for backyard barbecues and makes a great 4th of July dessert. Plus, it's a no-bake dessert so you don't have to worry about even heating up the kitchen to make it!

Summer is here, and that means a few things. A slew of patriotic holidays, way-too-warm for comfort weather, and fresh berries in season. Well, I’ve found a cake that’s going to hit all the right notes for summer. This berry icebox cake is no-bake, contains fresh berries in a few ways, and is beautiful in red, white, and blue! Plus it’s incredibly easy to make, so you’ll have it ready and chilling for your next backyard barbecue in no time.

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Fajita Burrito Bowls in a Jar (Perfect for Play Date Picnics!)

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Pep up your park playdates. Instead of having boring crumbled crackers from the bottom of your hand bags, or squished PB&J, send the kids to the playground and enjoy these Fajita Burrito Bowls in a Jar with your BFF. Perfect for park playdates, and they pair great with #AquafinaSparkling [ad]

There is a horrible misconception going around, and I feel like I have to clear it up with y’all. There are people in this world… I can’t believe I even have to type this out… that think play dates are exclusively for kids. Shhh, don’t tell, but some of us know the real reason play dates exist. Sure, they’re great for kids, don’t get me wrong. I mean, as a homeschool mom, I love for my son to have play dates and get some socialization. But let’s be real.

Play dates are for moms.

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