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Rocky Road Treats

6 May

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Dress up a boxed dessert for an extra special treat!

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While raiding our pantry, I found a boxed brownie mix. I wasn’t in the mood for just an average brownie so I dug a little deeper and added some friends to the party!

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Who doesn’t love extra chocolate, marshmallows and chopped walnuts?

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After mixing the brownies as directed, I added in the extras. Once combined, I poured and baked.

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The brownies are done once you do the toothpick test! My brownies took a little longer, about 5 minutes more that the box said.

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I didn’t have any vanilla ice cream in the freezer, but these would be amazing a la mode! The marshmallows add a little gooey-ness that makes these treats irresistible!

Sweet blessings.

28 Mar

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330.  I woke up at 5 am and made 330 pastel, silver-dollar pancakes. It sounds worse than it was.  I cheated (as I often do) and bought the Bisquick that only requires you add water and comes in a handy-dandy easy to pour container.  I added water and a little food coloring to no less than 5 containers.

I stacked 5 pancakes for each of the 1st graders at my son’s school and impaled them with a bamboo fork that was decorated with a foam cross.  Check out another variation here.

A team of moms turned the lunch benches into a fabulous Easter party.

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My favorite part was hearing the kids’ amazement that they were getting to have pancakes at snack today.  When they are used to the standard cupcakes and cookies, sometimes you need to take it back to breakfast and dress her up a little.

I’m grateful for all those shiny happy faces.

Looks Like Gold To Me

16 Mar

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In my last act as class leprechaun I made celebratory treats for my son’s class. Always one to use whatever is on hand, I had a not-quite-full box of yellow cake mix (used for flavoring in the cake batter bark here).  I added 2 eggs and a half cup of vegetable oil and BAM!  Cookie dough.  I dyed the dough green (obvious choice) and rolled them around in a dish of gold and rainbow-colored sanding sugar.  They were baked for 7 mins at 350 degrees.

I love a little shimmer…

DSC_0431Doesn’t this look like I’ve gone all in during the most amazingly delicious game of poker?  Dessert poker anyone?!  I see your cookie and raise you a pie!

Easily distracted…sorry…anyhoo, once the cookies were cooled I cut the tops off Ziplock sandwich bags and individually packaged each cookie, tying the baggies off with handy-dandy Washi tape.

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HAPPY ST. PADDY’S DAY!!

Lucky Leprechaun

12 Mar

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The kids have half days for conferences which means I need to get them to do something other than drive me nuts. While at our local Walmart, Calvin picked out orange cookie mix that ha wanted to make. I have never heard of orange flavored cookies, why not give it a try.

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The nice thing about this mix, you only add two ingredients and mix it up. The kids enjoyed rolling the cookies into balls and watched them bake.

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Once cooled, the kids decorated them with green and white frosting and a mix of green sprinkles. We bagged up the cookies and added the cute tags which are printable a from Studio DIY!

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These kid friendly treats are leprechaun approved!

Birthday Bites

26 Feb

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My baby is 7.  SEVEN!  Where has the time gone?  He is pretty special–and not just because he’s my first-born.  Although in all fairness I too am the first-born and I think we’re all pretty special.

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He is funny, loving, incredibly empathetic, and a great big brother.  We’re lucky to be his parents.  Ugh…tears.

Okay, well the most important part of any birthday is the cake!  Since his birthday fell on a Saturday, I brought treats in to his class on Friday.  Life is more chaotic now so I wanted to make things on easy on myself. I went to Vons and purchased two boxes of Madeleine/Brownie Bites.  Whaaat?!  Yes.  They are half Madeleine and half Brownie, swirled together. Both light and rich and bite-sized, they are the little treat to hit the spot.

I added a personal touch by piping some white frosting on top, a dash of festive sprinkles, and a piece of Cake Batter Bark.  The kids thought they were amazing (one asked that I e-mail his mom the recipe–seriously).  Since I had extra, the teachers and office staff got to have some as well and they too thought they were just right and thanked me for bringing in kid-sized treats.

Riding the wave of Friday’s success, I planned Saturday’s birthday cake with the left over bark pieces in mind.  I made a basic chocolate layered cake with white frosting and added sprinkles and Cake Batter Bark as a decorative edging.

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It was fun and cute…and most importantly, tasty!  Also, I love a good dual-purpose anything and the pieces of bark can kind of be used as spacers for slicing the cake.

This particular birthday carried over into Sunday as well when we celebrated with his schoolmates at a local Pump It Up.  I cut myself some slack though and ordered a cake for that celebration.

Now that I have a 7-year-old, I have come to the following conclusions:

  1. My days of cool are numbered;
  2. His increasing age doesn’t seem to make me feel older.  I don’t quite feel young.  But, I don’t quite feel old [or mature] enough to have a 7-year-old; and
  3. Thank God for cake.  No matter what is going on and how stressful life (or party planning) can be, sitting down and having a piece of birthday cake is such a relief.

 

 

 

Monkey Business

14 Sep

I saw a recipe online for a cinnamon roll breakfast ring. I purchased the refrigerated biscuits, etc.. so I could try it out. I had the four pack of canned biscuits and decided to use them all. I made this Monkey Bread instead. It was so easy and turned out better than I had expected. I think next time I will use a little more sugar and cinnamon to “coat” the biscuit pieces and would also use more brown sugar/butter mixture to make them a little more gooey.

 

The kids loved it… what’ not to love? Pairs well with coffee and a sweet tooth!

Trix Are For Kids

12 Jul

…And for kids’ birthday parties!

I had the pleasure of assisting our dear Summer with setting up for her daughters’ birthday party.  With a vintage circus/carnival theme, naturally there were many polk a dots incorporated.  For some crazy reason, party supplies in her area were limited so we got creative.

We used the classic rice krispie recipe but swapped out Rice Krispies cereal for Trix.  They are colorful and fun and a little extra sweet.  My favorite part?  When you cut into them, they creat a really pretty pol a dot pattern from the side.

To package each to be placed in favor bags, I wrapped each with a small piece of plastic wrap (so it won’t stick to anything).  For decoration and to further our theme, I took a couple of extra favor bags and cut them into strips just long enough to fit around the Trix Treat.  Then I wrapped a piece of Japanese washi tape in a coordinating color around the center of that.  They were placed in a basket near the favor bags and each of the small guests got to pick one to add to their favor bag before leaving.  There were a few extra for us big kids too…

S’More Treats

6 Jul

Its no secret that we love some marshmallow, chocolate and graham.  You can find s’more ideas here, here and here.  Well here’s one more to add to your arsenal.

  • 1 bag of Mini Chocolate Chips
  • 1 jar of Marshmallow Bits
  • 1 box of Teddy Grahams
  • 1 large bag or 8 cups of Mini Marshmallows
  • 6 tablespoons of Butter

Microwave the mini marshmallows and butter until it is smooth.  Add in the rest of the ingredients and gently stir until it is all incorporated and completely coated by the marshmallow/butter mixture.  The chocolate chips will melt from the heat of the marshmallow.

Flatten it down in a greased pan.  I used a jelly roll pan, but it didn’t quite fill it.  I think a 9×13 pan would have worked.  Place it in the frig to set and harden.  Once it’s completely set, cut it into bars or even smaller if you want to enjoy it a little slower!

I dare you to eat just one!

Short Stacks

14 Jun

Our baseball season ended over the weekend.  After our last game, our team had a potluck party at the field.  Unfortunately for all of us, our game was at 8am!  That meant that not only did we have to be up super early, we had to pull something together to bring to the field with us at 8am…and it had to be appropriate to eat at 10am.

I generally go straight for the sweets, but I’m weird when it comes to eating in the morning.  I just cannot skip breakfast foods.  My husband could easily eat a sandwich and a bag of chips at 9am, in fact I’ve seen him do it.  But I simply cannot eat a lunch food before I’ve had a breakfast food.  Breakfast for dinner, however, is one of my favs!

So, given the timing of our party, I had to bring a breakfast food.  What’s one of my favorite breakfast foods?!  Pancakes!

 

I got up a little early and whipped up your standard pancake batter.  I made about 80 silver dollar sized pancakes.  It sounds like a lot, but goes quick using a griddle.  I was able to get about 15 cooking at a time and they only take a few minutes.

Once cooked, I stacked them 4 high, topped each short stack with a quartered strawberry and skewered them with a bamboo appetizer fork.

I waited until we were about to dig in before drizzling syrup over them.

They were a big hit with both the kids and the parents.  I will definitely make these again.

They are a must have at your next brunch!  Look how pretty they are when they don’t have to travel to a dusty baseball field!

Strawberry Bread with Lime Fresh Cool Whip

5 Jun

Strawberry Bread?  Huh?  Ya, that’s right…you can make a quick bread out of strawberries too!  Who knew?

Here’s what you’ll need…

3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon + 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon set aside
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups sugar + 1 teaspoon sugar set aside
4 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil 
2 cups strawberries, sliced
 
 

Here’s what you do…

In a large bowl mix flour, baking soda, salt, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and 2 cups sugar.  In a separate bowl, beat eggs.  Add, vanilla and oil.  Pour wet mixture into dry ingredients, mixing until well incorporated.  The batter will thick.  Fold in strawberries.  Separate batter into two greased loaf pans.  Top each loaf with the remaining ground cinnamon and sugar.  Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Let it cool and then serve with Lime Fresh Cool Whip.

For breakfast, dessert or with tea and coffee, this is so fresh and yummy!  Its a great way to start your summer time taste buds!

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