How Instacart Makes the Holidays Simpler

The holidays should be a time to relax. However, many of us would chuckle at that notion because it’s always packed full of parties to attend, errands to run, and celebrations to host. The season often passes us by in a green and red blur.

Hosting parties is fun, but can be a lot of work. Guests expect festive treats, great conversation, and more. While we can’t make your crazy aunt behave or promise your kids won’t sneak a few extra cookies, we can offer a helping hand when it comes to getting your groceries in a pinch.

Let us cross grocery shopping off your to-do list. We want to save you time and give you back special moments with your family, not with fellow crazed grocery shoppers.

Shop online and get groceries delivered to your house through Instacart. It’s hassle-free and you can select whether you want your items delivered within one hour or two, depending on how quickly you need your groceries.

There are many ways you can add items to your cart online. Simply visit instacart.com/homeland or download the Instacart app. Pack it full, or just add one key ingredient you are missing. There is nothing worse than getting back from your weekly grocery trip and realizing you’ve forgotten one key ingredient. With Instacart, you don’t have to worry.

“I have loved using Instacart to save some time during busy weeks,” Chloe Cumbie, OKC resident, said. “It is very easy to order online and you receive it quickly after

Instacart delivers to most of Oklahoma City and Edmond, Norman, Yukon and Del City. To see if Instacart serves your location, please visit Instacart and enter your zip code.

Go ahead, make life easier during the holiday season and start grocery shopping using Instacart.

Snickers® Seven Ways

Calling all candy bar fiends! Has your sweet tooth been anticipating October’s candy-filled festivities? We wanted to pay homage to a favorite candy bowl staple–the delicious, nutty Snickers® chocolate bar.

As far as candy bars go, Snickers® is the complete package. The tender nougat base is topped with creamy caramel and crunchy peanut, and then the entire thing is covered in heavenly milk chocolate. It’s little wonder why Snickers® is a favorite Halloween treat.

We’re celebrating the sugary season by seeing how many ways we can eat Snickers®! From truffles to brownies, our sweet smorgasbord covers it all.

Snickers® Truffles

Ingredients

  • 15-ouncepackage of Oreo® cookies
  • 8-ounce package of cream cheese
  • 8 fun-sized Snickers® bars (chopped)
  • 16-ounce semi-sweet baking chocolate (melted)
  • *1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Place Oreo® cookies in a large food processer. Pulse until the cookies turn into fine crumbs. Reserve about ¼ cup for sprinkling on top of the truffles later. If you don’t have a food processer, you can crush the cookies in a large mixing bowl with a pastry cutter. You can also crush the cookies in a large, sealed gallon-sized bag with a can or rolling pin.
  2. Mix in the cream cheese with cookie crumbs until well combined. Stir in finely chopped Snickers®. Reserve about two tablespoons of Snickers® for sprinkling.
  3. Roll the mixture into one-inch sized balls. Place onto parchment paper-lined cookie sheets. Once the balls are rolled, place them in the fridge for one hour or until the balls are firm enough to dip.
  4. Melt the semi-sweet chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. If needed, you can add about half a tablespoon of vegetable oil to the chocolate, just be careful not to add too much. Have truffle balls lined up and ready to dip before you melt the chocolate. Use oven mitts to safely remove the bowl from the microwave.
  5. Dip the truffles into the chocolate (you can also use a spoon to help cover the truffles). Place back on the lined cookies sheet. Sprinkle with Oreo® cookie and Snickers® crumbs. Place in fridge to set. Chill and store in the fridge until ready to serve.

Easy Snickers® Cupcakes

Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • 1 package Betty Crocker® Super Moist Devil’s Food Cake Mix
  • 1 cups water
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 24 fun-sized Snickers® bars

Snickers® Frosting

  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 3 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 3 fun-sized Snickers® bars (chopped)

Instructions

  1. Prepare cupcake batter according to the package’s instructions.
  2. Once your cupcakes have been poured into two 12-cup cupcake pans, unwrap the fun-sized Snickers® candy bars. Place one candy bar into each cupcake. Use a spoon or small spatula to make sure the candy bar is completely covered by batter, just be sure not to push the candy bar too far down in the cup.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or as instructed on package. Once finished baking, allow cupcakes to fully cool before frosting.
  4. To create frosting, combine butter and peanut butter in a large mixing bowl or standing mixer. Once the mixture is just combined, slowly add in the powdered sugar. The mixture will become thick. As it thickens, mix in the milk about one tablespoon at a time. Continue until the sugar is combined and the frosting has a workable texture. Gently fold in the chopped Snickers® bars. Frost cupcakes with a piping bag.

Snickers® Obsessed Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1 package Betty Crocker® Fudge Brownie Mix
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 regular Snickers® bars (chopped)
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Prepare brownie mix according to the package’s instructions.
  2. Add Snickers® and chocolate chips to the mixing bowl.
  3. Pour into a parchment-lined 9×13″ baking pan.
  4. Bake according to brownie package directions. Allow to cool, then slice. Drizzle with melted peanut or caramel sauce if desired.

Snickers® Surprise Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 premade chocolate cookie piecrust
  • 8-ounce package of cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 8-ounce container of Cool Whip®
  • 3 regular Snickers® bars (chopped)

Directions

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, peanut butter, Cool Whip®, and chopped Snickers® (save ½ cup of Snickers® for the pie topping).
  2. Pour the mixture into the chocolate cookie piecrust. Sprinkle the rest of the Snickers® on top of the pie.
  3. Place the pie into the refrigerator and chill the pie for at least two hours or overnight.

Shaken Snickers®

Ingredients

  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • ½ cup of milk
  • 1 regular Snickers® bar (chopped)
  • Whipped cream for topping
  • ¼ cup peanuts for topping (chopped)
  • Chocolate sauce for topping

Directions

  1. Combine vanilla ice cream, milk, and chopped Snickers® in a blender until mixture is smooth.
  2. Pour mixture into two chilled glasses. Top with whipped cream, peanuts, and chocolate sauce. Serve immediately.

Salty and Sweet Snickers® Dip

Ingredients

  • 8-ounce package of cream cheese
  • 8-ounce container of Cool Whip®
  • 10 fun-sized Snickers® bars (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • Optional ¼ cup peanuts for garnish (chopped)
  • 1 package twisted pretzels for serving

Directions

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, mix cream cheese and Cool Whip® until combined. Add in chopped snickers and mix.
  2. Place into serving bowl. Top with a sprinkling of sea salt and chopped peanuts. Serve with pretzels.

Easy Snickers® Peanut Butter Fudge

Ingredients

  • =14-ounce can of condensed milk
  • 2 ½ cups chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 regular Snickers® bars (chopped)

Directions

  1. Place the chocolate chips in a medium-sized, microwave-safe bowl. Add condensed milk and mix with the chocolate chips.
  2. Heat the mixture in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between each time until mixture is smooth and glossy. Use an oven mitt to remove the bowl from the microwave.
  3. While the mixture is still warm, stir in peanut butter.
  4. Pour mixture into a foil lined 9×9” pan. Sprinkle the chopped Snickers® on top of the fudge. Lightly press some of the pieces into the mixture with a spatula if desired. Place the pan into the refrigerator until the mixture is set and ready to serve.

Have a recipe of your own or another candy you’d love to showcase this Halloween? Share it with us!

Want even more spooky treats this Halloween? Check out our ghostly cookie sandwiches how-to or visit our bakery for some party-pleasing treats! Don’t forget to grab a bag of candy for the trick-or-treaters who will be stopping by your door!

Oklahoma Themed Easter Eggs

The Easter Bunny is sweeping down the plains soon. Surprise the Easter egg hunters in your life with some Oklahoma flair this Sunday! Whether you’ll be hiding these Oklahoma Easter eggs around the house or using them to decorate your brunch table, they’re sure to be a hit.

What you need

  • One carton of eggs, hardboiled
  • Egg dyeing kit of your choice
  • One roll 9/16” roll of washi tape
  • X-acto knife or craft scissors
  • Plastic cutting board or hard plastic surface.
  • 1 roll paper towels
  • Drying rack

Direction

  • Hard boil eggs in a large pot. Once finished, let cool for a least 30 minutes or chill overnight in your fridge.
  • Prepare egg dye according to the package’s instructions.
  • Take your washi tape and roll out six to eight inches on a cutting board. Stick the tape sticky side down on your cutting board work station. With your x-acto knife, firmly press and trace out the shape of Oklahoma. Be careful and use a cutting board on top your counter or workspace. The sharp x-acto knife can cut through and mark wooden surfaces. Use a reference photo online or on a map if you’re struggling to trace the state’s pan shape. You can also trace out block letters or other shapes. Be sure to keep children away from the x-acto knife at all times as the blade is extremely sharp.
  • If you’d rather not use the x-acto knife, you can use scissors to cut out your desired shapes and letters.

  • Once you’ve traced your Oklahoma shape, lightly lift the washi tape around your cutout. It should easily pull away and leave your cutout stuck on the board’s surface. Once you’ve cleared the excess tape, gently pull up your tape cutouts from the board.

  • Take the tape cutouts and gently place the sticky sides on your hard boiled eggs. Press out any air pockets between the egg and the tape as air pocket may let dye in under the tape.
  • After you place your cutout stickers/tape on the eggs, place eggs in a color dye of your choosing. This is where you can do no wrong. Choose solid colors or use a combo of your favorites to make unique shades and designs. Allow eggs to settle in the dye for the package’s recommended amount of time. Take eggs out and allow to fully dry on a drying rack. Place a paper towel under the rack to catch dye drippings.
  • Once your eggs are completely dry, gently peel off the washi tape. Your tape designs should leave a completely white shape from your cutout. Your Oklahoma-inspired eggs are ready for the Easter Bunny! Be sure to keep them in the fridge if you want them to last overnight and avoid spoiling.

Get ready for Easter with Homeland

Need more Easter help? Check out our deli for easy Easter dinner options and party trays or browse through our candy section to fill baskets Sunday morning!

Spooky Halloween Cookies to Make at Home

Halloween brings scores of goodies: caramel apples, pumpkin bread, and enough candy to satisfy a sweet tooth for months (or at least until Christmas). If candy alone doesn’t crunch your monstrous craving for tempting treats this Halloween, we’ve got you covered.

Cast a spell over friends with these easy-to-make peanut butter sandwich ghost cookies. Our recipe makes for a fun family activity and a fitting treat for all your monster mashes.

No need to fear these adorable ghosts. The most frightening thing about them is how fast they’ll disappear.

Peanut Butter Sandwich Ghost Cookies

Your shopping list

  • One 16 oz. package of Nabisco Nutter Butter Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies
  • Two 4 oz. packages of Baker’s White Chocolate Baking Squares
  • One package of regular-sized chocolate chips
  • One package mini-sized chocolate chip
  • ¼ tbsp. vegetable oil
  • One roll of parchment or wax paper

Utensils

  • Oven mitt
  • Small spatula
  • Once large cookie sheet
  • Tongs (optional)

Recipe

  1. Begin by opening the Nutter Butters and chocolate chips and placing them into organized containers or bowls. Arrange the bowls in an assembly-style workspace. This will make the decoration process run smoothly.
  2. Prep the cookie sheet by lining it with either parchment or wax paper. Place the cookie sheet with your other prepped ingredients
  3. Break apart the white chocolate into small pieces and place in a microwave-safe bowl. On a low setting, melt the chocolate in 30-second intervals, stirring between each interval. Continuing warming and stirring until completely smooth.

Caution: Your bowl may be hot. Use a mitt to remove it from the microwave, and keep children away until it cools.

  1. You may add a small amount — no more than a ¼ tablespoon — of vegetable oil to the chocolate to keep its consistency as you work. Be careful not to add too much oil to the chocolate, as it may affect its ability to set. Add the bowl of chocolate to your workstation.
  2. With tongs or your hand, take a Nutter Butter and dip one half of it into the melted chocolate. Your cookie should look like it’s wearing a white sheet. After you dip it, place the cookie on the lined sheet.

Continue dipping the cookies in the chocolate, making sure you space them apart far enough apart so they don’t touch each other on the sheet. You may use another lined cookie sheet if needed to space and fit cookies properly.

  1. Once your cookies are dipped, take two mini chocolate chips and create a pair of eyes on the upper part of each cookie’s dipped side. Once your ghosts have eyes, give them a mouth by placing one regular sized chocolate chip a little below the eyes.
  2. Now that your ghosts have faces, take the cookie sheet and place it on a refrigerator shelf. Allow the chocolate to set for at least 30 minutes. Once set, take your cookies out and serve the ghoulish treats, or package them in seasonal Halloween packaging to pass out to friends.

Not feeling crafty? We understand. Check out your Homeland bakery’s hauntingly decorated baked goods! Stop by or order an assortment of cookies or cakes that will delight all the little witches, monsters, and goblins in your life. Don’t forget to pick some fun-size candy while you’re there!

Happy Halloween from Homeland!