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Tropical Fruit Pizza

My kids pretty much love every fruit that exists, which I’m happy about since I do too! I’m trying to scale back on baking and instead making more desserts out of fruit. Some of our favorites are apple slices with peanut butter and berries with whipped cream. This week we tried something new and made a Tropical Fruit Pizza.

I got the recipe from Dole using their tropical fruit and strawberries. This was seriously so easy to make and I’m excited to have a new recipe that the kids enjoy.

I found a coupon in the newpaper insert the weekend before I went shopping so I was still able to save a little bit of money on the fruit. You can see more pictures of my shopping trip on Google +. I bought pineapples as well but in the didn’t end up using it since there was already so much fruit on it.



To make your own #tropicalfruit pizza I’ve added the recipe below. The instructions say to spread the mixture on a baking sheet but I put wax paper on the inside of a round cake pan


Tropical Coconut Pizza Recipe

                                    1 container (8 oz.) cream cheese with pineapple, softened
                                    1/4 cup sugar
                                    1 cup thawed whipped topping
                                    1/2 cup flaked coconut, toasted
                                    1 can (15.25 oz.) DOLE Tropical Fruit, drained
                                    1 cup sliced DOLE Strawberries
                                    1 kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced
·      Beat cream cheese and sugar until
light and fluffy.  Fold in whipped
topping and coconut.  
Line baking sheet with waxed
paper.  Spread cream cheese mixture into
8-inch circle, on baking sheet, building up sides slightly with back of
spoon.  Freeze 4 hours or until firm.
Place cream cheese crust on
serving plate.  Garnish crust with
additional toasted coconut, if desired.
Arrange tropical fruit, strawberries and kiwi on crust.  Serve immediately.

I know I said I’m trying to cut back on baking but this would go great with a cookie crust. I think we’ll try that next time and see how we like it. :)

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Hand Sanitizer Teacher Gift & Tag

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I’ll admit I may have gone a little overboard with the teacher gifts this year. I figure supplies are so inexpensive this time of year that it’s easy to pick something up while shopping. Along with my school supply cake I have a few classroom necessities like sanitizer and tissue boxes to give to my sons teacher. I know that all of these things add up so I’m hoping to help out in anyway I can.


A few weeks ago I bought a bottle of apple hand sanitizer from Bath & Body Works that I knew I wanted to save for my sons teacher. I think apple scent hand sanitizer is the perfect teacher gift! All it needed was a tag and some ribbon to complete the gift. When I received a packet filled with colorful AstroBrights paper I knew it’d be great to use as a tag. Then when I saw Michelle’s from A Little Tipsy apple tag I knew exactly how to use the paper. Thanks for the tag idea Michelle!

I used a kraft paper tag then cut the apple shape using my Silhouette Cameo and AstroBrights paper. Astrobrights comes in 23 fun colors that’s perfect for gift tags, cards, flyers, and school presentation displays. Next week I’m going to share a learning book idea I’m making for my daughter using the paper.

Right now AstroBrights is hosting the AstroBrights Paper Sweepstakes “Give a Brighter Year” sweepstakes where you could win $30,000 worth of school supplies for a school of your choice. There’s also a “Make Something AstroBrights” design challenge on their facebook page. You can enter both by liking Astrobrights on Facebook.

I think it’s a simple yet cute teacher gift!

So tell me, has Summer vacation ended for your kids? Did you make any fun projects to celebrate their first day of school? I have a week and a half to think of something fun to do for my son. I’m so not ready for school to start!

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