Friday, March 30, 2012

Bunny Bait


Warning!  This popcorn should be called Crack Popcorn because once you try it you are hooked!  Saw this recipe at Bloom Designs in which she cutely calls it Bunny Bait for Easter.  The great thing is you can make it for any holiday because the lovely makers of M & M's make holiday themed colored M & M's.  Red and green for Christmas, pink and white for Valentine's Day, Green for St. Patrick's Day, etc.  Isn't that great?  Here is what you need:

2 bags of Orville Redenbacher's Tender White Popcorn
1 bag of Wilton Candy Melts
1 bag of M & M's
2 C pretzel sticks (optional)

Pop the two bags of popcorn and put in a LARGE bowl.  Place the Wilton Candy Melts in a bowl and microwave at 50% power for 1 minute.  Remove and stir.  Continue to microwave in 30 second intervals and stir until the candy has melted.  Pour over popcorn and stir together.  Add bag of M & M's and 2 cups pretzels and stir until coated.  Spread popcorn onto cookie sheets or wax paper and allow to dry about 30 minutes.  You can put in individual bags to hand out as a treat or store covered in a large bowl. 

Teri's Tips:
  • Wilson Candy Melts can be found at Michael's Craft Store, Hobby Lobby or Walmart.  Usually located with the party and baking supplies.
  • The popcorn is sold in packages of 6 so go ahead and by 3 Wilson Candy Melts and 3 bags of M&M's and save yourself a trip.
  • You can add sprinkles and make this extra pretty.
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One last look


Remember ---- once you start you can't stop.  Don't say I didn't warn you.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Peep S'mores


"Hello my name is Teri and I am a Peepholic".  The first step is admitting you have a problem.  The second step is not buying Peeps in every color.  Well that is just impossible.  Made these Peep S'mores the other day and took my addiction to a new level.  All you need are graham crackers, Hershey's Chocolate Bars and your favorite colored peeps.  I used bunny peeps because they fit on the graham cracker perfectly.


Layer like the above picture, heat in the microwave for 6-8 seconds and squish another graham cracker on top.  It doesn't take long to heat these up so be careful.  Peeps will blow up!  I learned this the hard way.   Aren't you glad you can learn from my mistakes?  Enjoy!

Wordless Wednesday

Dudley
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Friday, March 23, 2012

Balsamic Honey Glazed Oven Roasted Baby Carrots


Looking over my blog it appears I make a lot of sugary sweet stuff.  I swear I make healthy stuff too!  Following the 17 Day Diet we eat healthy Monday through Friday lunch.  Friday dinner until Sunday dinner we can have the things that are not so healthy in moderation.  Works for me!  Came across this recipe at So Wonderful So Marvelous and decided to give it a try.   We really liked the favor the honey gave the carrots.  Will definitely be making these again. 

Here is what you need:

2 pounds baby carrots
Seasoning - I just used salt & pepper
3 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
Olive Oil

Mix baby carrots with seasoning and a little olive oil and place on baking sheet.  Roast in 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.  Pull out of oven and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 3 tablespoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar and stir.  Put back in oven for another 5 minutes. 

Teri's Tips
  • I baked mine for an extra 5 minutes so they were a little less crunchy. 
  • I didn't add the olive oil the second time because after pulling it from the oven it didn't look like they needed more.  You be the judge!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Reese's Peanut Butter Banana Bread


Denver, my first born, is not a big fan of chocolate.  SAY WHAT?!  Chocolate is one of my favorite things on earth!  This seriously makes me question if he is my child.  I would swear he was switched at birth but look at his hair:


No we did not gel his hair up like that in the front.  He has had this cowlick since birth.  Guess that proves he's mine and there isn't some chocolate loving boy living with another family.

One thing he does like that has chocolate is Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.  When I saw this recipe on Cookies & Cups for Reese's Peanut Butter Banana Bread I thought he would like it.  I was wrong.  He loved it!  This recipe has a bag of those new Mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.  This sounded like a weird combo to me but it works and tastes great.  Those Mini Reese's are yummy by themselves but try and save them for the bread!


Reese’s Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Ingredients
  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 8 oz bag of Reese’s Mini cups

Instructions

1.     Preheat oven to 350

2.     Grease your loaf pan (I used an 8 x 4 pan) with butter.

3.     In a medium bowl whisk together your flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt, set aside.

4.     In a large bowl stir together your bananas, peanut butter, oil, egg and sugars.

5.     Pour your dry ingredients into your wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Batter will be lumpy.

6.     Fold in your Reese’s Mini cups and spread batter into prepared pan.

7.     Bake for approximately 1 hour or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

8.     Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then loosen the edges of the pan with a knife and remove from loaf pan, transferring bread to a cooling rack.

Teri’s Tip:
  • If you notice the bread browning too fast, lower the temperature down to 325°.  I did this and it was very dark brown when done but the darker the better it tasted.  It’s not burnt!
  • You can find Mini Reese's at Target.

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Beef Stuffed Crescents


I just love crescent rolls and have discovered via Pinterest that you can stuff them with all kinds of things.  This recipe came from Taste of Home and the family loved it.  I thought 24 would be too many for us but we ended up only having a couple leftover.  Little pigs I tell you!  Try it and see what you think:

Beef Stuffed Crescents {printable recipe}

1 lb ground beef
1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
3 tubes (8 ounces each) refrigerated crescent rolls

Directions
In a large skillet, cook beef and chilies over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the cream cheese, cumin and chili powder. Cool slightly.

Separate crescent dough into 24 triangles. Place 1 tablespoon of beef mixture along the short end of each triangle; carefully roll up.

Place point side down 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 11-14 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.  Makes 2 dozen.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Monday, March 12, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Green Pudding Dessert





You have to try this easy St. Patick's Day treat.  Found the recipe at Kroma Design Studio in which she makes it in a trifle bowl.  I changed it a little and served this in martini glasses.  Did this for a couple reasons.  One, I don't own a trifle bowl.  Two, it helps with portion control -- no seconds!  And three, I thought any leftovers would have squishy oreos the next day.  This way any leftover oreos can be stored in a zip lock bag and jello in a container so another batch can be put together.  No squishyness allowed!  Here is what you need:
 
St. Patrick’s Day Green Pudding {printable here}

2 Boxes (4 serving size each) Jell-O Vanilla Instant Pudding
3 ½ Cups Cold Milk
1 teaspoon Green Food Coloring
1 Tub Cool Whip (8 oz.)
1 18 oz. Package Oreos, coarsely crushed
Shamrock Candies, Cookies, etc. for garnish

Directions:

Pour milk into large bowl and stir in food coloring.  Add pudding mixes and beat with a wire whisk 2 minutes or until well blended.  Let stand 5 minutes.  Gently stir in Cool Whip.  In a trifle bowl or individual glasses layer crushed cookies and pudding mixture.  Garnish as desired.  Refrigerate for at least an hour or until ready to serve.

Teri's Tips:
  • At the grocery store look for an individual bottle of green food coloring in the baking section instead of buying a package of several different colors.
  • You can use the leftover green food coloring in the toilet on St. Patrick's Day.  You know -- the Leprechaun didn't flush.
  • Be real careful opening the bottle of food coloring.  It will stain your fingers.  Don't ask how I know this.
  • You can find the Shamrock candies at Michael's for $1.


I think she likes it!

Disco Party!

A friend of mine had a "Disco Party" for her husband's 40th birthday last week.  I complained for weeks about having to find something to wear and threaten to come in my everyday clothes.  It ended up being hilarious seeing everyone dressed up.  My husband really got into it and tie dyed a shirt and added the fabric to the bottom of his pants.  Here we are:


 
Here is the birthday boy and his very hip wife:


Maybe someone will have a Disco Party for me when I turned 40 ----- again!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Cake Batter Rice Crispy Treats



It's Friday so it's time to make a treat for the kids.  Saw this on Gimme Some Oven and thought the kids would love it.  I was right!  Here's what you need:

Cake Batter Rice Crispy Treats {printable recipe}
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 (10 oz.) bag of mini-marshmallows
  • 1/3 cup yellow cake mix (the dry cake mix, not prepared)
  • 6 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 1 (1.75 oz.) container of sprinkles
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Directions:

Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat and add marshmallows.  Stir until they begin to melt, adding in (dry) cake mix one spoonful at a time until it combines.  Stir in cereal and completely coat with marshmallow mixture.  Sprinkle in half of the sprinkles and mix.  Press into a baking dish (I used a 9 x 13) and top with remaining sprinkles.  Let sit for about 30 minutes before cutting.  Spraying a knife with nonstick spray helps to cut them.


Teri's Tip:

Once you get the marshmallows stirred in remove it from the heat before adding the sprinkles.  I kept it over low heat and the sprinkles started melting making the color not as pretty.  Have to make them pretty!

Have a good weekend everyone!