Salty/Sweet Halloween Treats

October 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

I finally got around to making these last night.  They are so adorable and also bite-size (which is slightly dangerous I learned after losing count of how many I had eaten).  It literally takes about 5 minutes to make them.

1 bag pretzel snaps

1-2 bags of Hershey’s hugs (1 bag doesn’t make as many as you might think)

1 bag candy corn

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place wax paper on top of a cookie sheet.  Lay pretzels out (not touching) on cookie sheet and place a hug on top of each.  Bake in the oven for 3-5 minutes (I baked mine for about 3.5 minutes and the top had gotten a little too hard, but it depends on your oven).  Take out of oven immediately and place a candy corn on top.  Let cool.  I put mine in the refrigerator and they were AMAZING!!!!

Coconut Poke Cake.

July 15, 2011 § 2 Comments

By now you all know about my deep love and obsession with dessert.  I made dinner last night and wanted to find a new, yummy dessert to make.  I’ve been craving coconut cake so I searched the internet for simple recipes.  This coconut ‘poke’ cake turned out super moist and delicious, and required only a few steps!  Plus, how cute is the name??

Ingredients:

1 package white cake mix

1 14 oz. can of coconut milk

1 14 oz. can of condensed milk

1 16 oz. container of Cool Whip

1 8 oz. package of flaked coconut

Prepare cake mix according to directions on box.  Remove cake from oven, and while still hot, poke holes in the top of the cake with a fork.  Mix coconut milk and condensed milk together and pour over the top of the cake.  Let cake cool completely, then frost with the Cool Whip and top with the flaked coconut.  Refrigerate cake for 2 hours before serving.  YUMMMMM!!!!!!

Treats for the 4th.

July 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

Since I decided to start my long weekend a day early (no gym and no work for 4 days, yesssssss!), it got me thinking about what sort of treats I’d like to make to help celebrate the holiday.  I want them to be festive and above all, tasty.  My brother, who is probably the only other person in the world who loves sweets as much as me*, baked these delicious little individual brownies last night to take in for this co-workers.  How freaking adorable are they??  I don’t have the proper baking supplies (surprise, surprise) to make these exact little treats but am thinking of doing a cake version.

Another treat I’m dying to make is one I found on pinterest.com (if you haven’t checked out this site you need to).  I still have some white chocolate morsels leftover from making these for our pink party.  Aren’t these the sweetest little treats you have ever seen?  Happy 4th everyone!!!  xoxo

*with the exception of our Mother, who eats pieces of cake the size of her head (seriously I’m not even exaggerating) and still manages to stay skinny.

Easter Treats

April 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

I love Easter.  I have fond memories of frilly dresses and egg hunts from when I was little.  In addition to preparing Easter baskets for my two favorite munchkins , I decided to make some treats.  I saw these online somewhere and loved the idea.  They were super easy and only required a few ingredients.  My kind of baking.  Enjoy!!!

Easter Cupcakes:

1 package Spring Funfetti Cake Mix

1 container of vanilla frosting (I just used the Funfetti kind)

Green Sprinkles

Egg shaped M&Ms

1/2 package of Coconut (for about 12 cupcakes)

Yellow food coloring

Mini M&Ms

Red gumdrops or jelly beans for the beaks

Prepare cake mix according to directions on box.  Bake cupcakes and let cool.  The mix makes 24 cupcakes so I did half Easter grass and half chick cupcakes.

Easter grass cupcakes:

Ice half the cupcakes and cover with green sprinkles before the icing dries.  Place eggs on top.

Chick cupcakes:

Cut up red gumdrops or jelly beans for the beaks.  Put coconut in a bowl and add a few drops of food coloring.  Mix  until all coconut is covered.  Ice cupcakes and roll in coconut.  Place eyes and beaks on before the icing dries.

Sangria

April 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

I have been wanting to make Sangria as the weather gets warmer.  It is very refreshing and light, and a great addition to a delicious summer meal.  I found this recipe that seems yummy and simple, the 2 best qualities of any recipe in my opinion.  Do any of you have a great Sangria recipe?  Please share!!  🙂

Crock-Pot Chili

March 30, 2011 § 1 Comment

After waking up to snow on the ground this past Sunday, I decided to make my favorite cold weather meal one more time.  There is nothing better than warm, robust chili to heat up the coldest day.  This recipe is so easy and tastes soooo good!!  I let it cook for over 8 hours and it was the most flavorful, delicious batch I think I’ve ever made.

Crock-Pot Chili:

1 lb. lean ground beef

1 red onion

2 cans tomato sauce

2 cans crushed tomatoes

1 can kidney beans

2 packages of Chili seasoning (I usually get one Mild and one Regular)

Sharp Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Sour Cream

Chop up red onion.  Brown meat and onion.  Add to crock pot.  Add in all other ingredients and mix thoroughly.  Set crock pot to the lowest setting.  Cook for 6 hours, stirring occasionally.  I usually turn it up to low about 30 minutes before I’m serving it.    Top with cheese and sour cream.  Serve with garlic bread.

**There are so many yummy variations to chili.  You can add different kinds of beans, add green or red peppers, or turn up the heat with the spicy chili seasoning.  Try ground turkey instead of ground beef for a healthier option.

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Mallow Bars

March 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

This recipe contains a few of my favorite things:  butter, fat, chocolate, and peanut butter.  I googled ‘easy desserts’ and stumbled upon this Kraft recipe that sounded too good to be true. I made these last night and they were a huge hit!

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Mallow Bars:

1 package, 2 layer size Devil’s Food Cake

1/2 cup butter, melted

2/3 cup milk

3/4 cup creamy peanut butter

1 (7 oz.) jar Jet Puffed Marshmallow Creme

1/2 cup salted peanuts

6 squares Baker’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix dry cake mix, butter and 1/3 cup milk until well blended; press 2/3 onto bottom of 13×9-inch pan. Bake 12 to 14 min. or until center is almost set; cool 3 min.

Combine peanut butter and remaining milk; spread onto crust. Top with small spoonfuls of the marshmallow creme and remaining cake mixture. Sprinkle with nuts and chocolate; press gently into cake mixture.

Bake 18 min. or just until center is set. Cool completely before cutting into bars.

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