- mini chocolate chips
- chocolate mini teddy grahams
- fruity pebbles
Monday, February 28, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Five words that are all delicious on their own - but put them together and WOW! Super yummy (and incredibly easy) treats!
1 10 3/4-oz. frozen pound cake
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
2 pints coffee ice cream, slightly softened
1 cup chocolate-covered toffee bits, such as Heath Bar Bits O'Brickle
1. Arrange 12 paper liners in a 12-cup muffin tin. Cut pound cake into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Use a 2-inch biscuit cutter to cut 12 circles from slices, reserving scraps for another use. Place circles in bottoms of cupcake liners. *If you don't have a biscuit or cookie cutter the right size - guess what! A shot glass works perfect*
2. Combine heavy cream and confectioners' sugar in a bowl and whip with an electric mixer until cream holds stiff peaks.
3. Scoop ice cream into a large bowl. Reserve 1/4 cup Heath Bar Bits; add remaining Bits to bowl with ice cream. Combine by mashing ice cream and candy with back of a large spoon. (If ice cream gets too soft, place bowl in freezer for 10 minutes before continuing.)
Monday, February 21, 2011
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 1 Tbsp. water
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cups mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
Roll your dough into small balls and put them on a cookie sheet. We were able to make 56 balls, though we probably could have had more but there was quite a bit of sampling going on... Pop them in the freezer until you can't wait any more, then pop them in your mouth!
You can leave them plain, if you like, but we think a little more chocolate makes everything better. We decided to dip our frozen balls of doughy goodness into meted chocolate. Heavenly!
These keep great in either the fridge or freezer, depending on how firm you like your dough balls. A word of caution: These are ADDICTIVE! We can't go into the kitchen without sneaking one...or three...
Thursday, February 17, 2011
We came up with this fun project to help persuade 2 year old Charlie into taking a bath (older kids will love these too). He eagerly jumped in the tub and didn't want to get out.
We found several recipes that called for using dish detergent to make your tub paint. That seemed too harsh for paint that would be all over our kids. We used Suave Kids free and gentle body wash. It is clear and gentle on their skin. Great for tub paint! We found that this recipe cleaned up easily, but you might want to test it first on your grout.
- 1/2 cup body wash
- 5 tablespoons cornstarch
- food coloring
Mix the cornstarch with the soap. You may need to adjust the amount depending on your soap. Mix it in one tablespoon at a time. Divide mixture into smaller bowls. We used small containers with lids to save for future baths. Add a drop or two of food coloring to each bowl and stir.
Now it is time to paint...
Monday, February 14, 2011
What You Need:
- Silicone muffin tin (we used a valentine one, but any shape would be cute!
- Water mixed with food coloring (we used red and purple for Valentine's Day!)
- String or twine
We first cut a few inches of string and tied it into loops. Then we placed them into our muffin tins making sure that the ends didn't dip into the surrounding molds.
Next we filled our muffin tin with the colored water and popped them into the freezer for a few hours. Silicone trays are very flexible, so it will be helpful to put them on a tray before filling them. It will save you the trouble of having them spill all over your counter when you go to move them in the freezer...not that that happened to us or anything... ;)
Once your ornaments are frozen,pop them out of the molds and find a great spot to hang them outside! They add a great pop of color on those gray snowy days.
Happy Valentines Day!!
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Not a painter? No problem! Here is the perfect project for a blank canvas and ... a dish towel!!
Dish Towel or Fabric
Blank Canvas *
*The size is up to you - just be sure that your canvas is slightly smaller than your towel or fabric.
Iron your textile until wrinkle-free, then lay it pattern side-down on a clean work surface. Center your canvas on top of the fabric, leaving at least 1 1/2” of fabric showing on each side. We found our dish towel at the Dollar Tree with the perfect pattern for that little space in the kitchen!
Start on one side of your canvas, near one of the corners, and pull the fabric up and over, folding it around the edge of the canvas. Fasten in place with your staple gun. Switch to the other side, near the opposite corner. Continuously alternating sides will ensure your fabric lays smooth.
Finish your piece by folding the fabric over the corners and stapling in place. Hang your canvas on a wall or simply lean it against a side table or mantle for a contemporary effect.
Monday, February 7, 2011
Yesterday was the big game, and like most of America, we gathered around our television with enough food to feed an army! One of the yummy treats we made was Homemade Caramel Corn (based off this recipe)! So much easier than we thought it would be - and tastier than the store-bought stuff, too! When we first made it,we popped our corn in a big kettle on the stove. Sadly, it took two tries to get it right (and not burned!). Next time we may try popping it in the microwave or air popper. But other than that little misstep, it was a breeze and we knew we had to share it with all of you!
What You Need:
- About 5 quarts popped plain popcorn
- 1 cup butter
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 1/2 cup Karo syrup
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
Pour your caramel mixture in a thin stream over your popcorn, stirring as you go (it helps to have another person helping you with this step).
Put your caramel corn into two large, shallow baking pans (roasting pans work, well too) and place in your oven for about 45 minutes, being sure to stir them every 15 minutes. Pull them out and let them cool.
Once they are cool, you can break the mixture apart a little if needed. Then put in a bowl and enjoy! Not only is this a tasty snack, but would make a great homemade gift as well!
Thursday, February 3, 2011
For the past few days, we have been snowed in here in Chicago. The kids have had their first 2 snow days! We knew it was pretzel making time! We have been making these soft pretzels for a few years now since a friend got us hooked on this simple recipe by Alton Brown. Once you try these, you will never want store bought pretzels again!
We decided to whip up a batch and give them a Valentine's Day flair. Instead of making all of the pretzels salty, we made some sweet with red sugar and some with cinnamon sugar.
We pretty much follow Alton Brown's recipe, except we add 3 tablespoons of brown sugar instead of 1 tablespoon of white sugar (even to the salty pretzels). He makes 8 pretzels, and we make 10 or 12.
Next we bring the ends up to make the top of the heart. We pinched the ends together at the top and the bottom. The kids love to help shape the pretzels. We always have to make the boys initials. The recipe is very forgiving. The boys often make weird, abstract shapes, and they cook just fine. Next we boil the pretzels. We decided to boil the sweet pretzels in plain water instead of the baking soda water that the salty pretzels are cooked in. They were boiled for 30 seconds like the other pretzels. Put them in the pot carefully and remove them with a large slotted spoon.We brushed the sweet pretzels with melted butter and sprinkled them with a generous helping of colored sprinkles and cinnamon sugar.We cooked them at 450 degrees, but because we make smaller pretzels we only cook them for about 10 - 12 minutes until they are golden brown.They turned out great!
The boys gave them rave reviews!!!