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Olympic Torch Cupcakes | Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

by Tara Kuczykowski on February 9, 2014 · 0 comments

Ice cream cone cupcakes have been one of my favorite treats since the first time my mom made them for me on my 7th birthday. So I couldn't possibly think of a better way to celebrate the Winter Olympic Games than these cute Olympic torch cupcakes that start with simple ice cream cone cupcakes!

This was the perfect way to get my kids excited about watching with me -- and they're super easy to make. Hope you'll give them a try, too!

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Made in the USA: Walmart Investing in American Jobs

by Tara Kuczykowski on February 8, 2014 · 5 comments

Growing up, my grandfather and mother both worked for Tappan Stove Company, my father worked at Ohio Brass, and though I didn't know him yet, my husband's father worked at their local steel mill. What's the common thread here? None of these jobs exist anymore -- small town manufacturing plants have all but disappeared.

I won't speculate on the cause other than to say that I don't think it's fair to point fingers at any one single source. But I do believe that we can all do our part by choosing to vote with our wallets... purchasing American-made options whenever possible.

That's something that's not always easy to do, but now, thanks to a new initiative by Walmart, purchasing "Made in the USA" products is going to get a lot easier. Over the next 10 years, Walmart is investing $250 billion in products that support American jobs. I don't know about you, but I think that's pretty amazing!

What does that mean exactly? Well, Walmart will be working with suppliers to:

  • Increase what they already buy of U.S. manufactured goods
  • Source “new to Walmart” U.S. manufactured goods
  • Re-shore the manufacturing of goods they currently buy by facilitating and accelerating efforts of their suppliers

You may have already seen some of the TV spots highlighting this initiative, but if not, you'll definitely want to take a look at the following video playlist. I especially found the one from the perspective of a closed factory fascinating, but I also loved watching the human aspect of the American workers telling their stories.

You can browse over 1,000 products that support American jobs that Walmart already sells online at http://bit.ly/12b9c3N. And look for more products in stores now!

Walmart Moms Disclosure

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9 Easy Dip Recipes for Game Day

by Tara Kuczykowski on February 1, 2014 · 0 comments

We love dips for tailgating -- they're such an easy and budget-friendly appetizer. So in honor of the Big Game tomorrow (aka the Super Bowl), I thought I'd share 9 easy dip recipes!

Try one or try them all, but if I had to choose, I'd start with the Buffalo Chicken Dip... or maybe the a Cheeseburger Con Queso... I just don't know -- they're all SO good!

Do you have another favorite dip recipe to share? I'm always on the hunt for new ones to try!

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Easy Cheesy Baked Sloppy Joe Cups + Enter To Win!

by Tara Kuczykowski on January 29, 2014 · 23 comments


If you're looking for an easy sloppy Joe recipe to use up that leftover sloppy Joe meat, these Cheesy Baked Sloppy Joe Cups are definitely the way to go!

If you don't have leftover sloppy Joes, just make the recipe as directed and use two cans of refrigerated biscuits. In fact, you may as well just go that route, because my kids gobbled down these yummy sloppy Joe cups in no time flat.

While you're checking out the recipe, be sure to leave a comment to enter to win a Manwich prize package valued at $100! It's a nice one including a Calphalon pan, $30 grocery gift card, and more...

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Happy New Year | Top Recipes of 2013

by Tara Kuczykowski on January 2, 2014 · 2 comments

Happy New Year!!! Looking for some new recipes to try in 2014? Take a trip back through Unsophisticook's top 10 posts of 2013 for a little inspiration!

{10} Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes

{9} Easy Chicken and Dumplings (like Cracker Barrel!)

{8} Slow Cooker Caramel Sauce

{7} Mini Spinach Quiche

{6} How To Make Quinoa in a Rice Cooker

{5} Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa (better than Chipotle!)

{4} Buffalo Chicken Dip (my fave!)

{3} Homemade Iced Coffee

{2} Grilled Honey Lime Chicken

Annnnddddd the most popular Unsophisticook post of 2013 is...

Baked Hard Boiled Eggs
{1} Baked Hard Boiled Eggs -- yields amazingly perfect hard cooked eggs every time and is a fantastic method for making large batches all at once!

Click through for print options on Unsophisticook, or check out my Unsophisticook Recipes board on Pinterest to pin your faves for later!

Did you try one of these recipes this year? Or one that didn't make the top 10? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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