Free Gooseberry Patch Kindle Cookbook!

Gooseberry Patch Free Gooseberry Patch Kindle Cookbook!

With Thanksgiving only weeks away now (how is that EVEN possible?), the red carpet has been rolled out for all those yummy cobblers and pies!

I just came across this Gooseberry Patch Pies, Crisps, & Cobblers Kindle Book at Amazon for FREE. Anytime I come across these, I always download them straight to my iPad or Amazon Cloud for reference during the holidays or whenever. You can’t have too much ammunition in your cooking arsenal can you?

It’s normally just $.99 anyways, but free is always better right?

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Making The First Birthday A Smash!

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(Photo Courtesy of Betty Crocker)

I can remember back to both my girls’ 1st birthday parties. I spent lots of time figuring out the perfect theme, the decor, the guest list, and of course the food. I loved choosing these things because, let’s face it, I thought they were cute, not necessarily because my daughters even cared. But hey, that’s the fun of it right? By the way, if you need a few Mickey Mouse Clubhouse party ideas, there are some pretty fantastic ones HERE.

And then there’s this…

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Oh yeah, now we’re talking! Let’s just be honest with ourselves. 1st birthdays are mainly about one thing and one thing only. Watching a child dig right into a massive mound of sugary, gooey, frosting-laced cake! We don’t concern ourselves with the mess that will be made, the hyped-up 1 year old full of sugar who will probably have a major meltdown in a couple of hours, or even the work that goes into making the smash cake. It’s all about the memory of that moment. And it’s a good one!

According to a recent survey that Betty Crocker did, 58% of moms said that the smash cake was the most memorable part of their precious one’s birthday party. I have to say that I’m with that 58%. I can remember both of my girls’ moment of smash cake bliss. It’s something that I will treasure forever.

If your little one has their first birthday coming up, chances are you’ve been thinking about party details. I love some of the ideas that Betty Crocker has for smash cakes. I especially like the No. 1 Cutout Cake at the top of this post! You can find out how to make that and many others HERE.

The infographic below also has some good ideas for whipping up a birthday smash cake.

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Whatever kinda cake or decorations that you choose to create or have at your little one’s special birthday party, just remember that it’s all about the memories! Take lots of pictures, involve your loved ones, and DON’T STRESS! They only have a 1st birthday once and the memories will last a lifetime.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Betty Crocker. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

 


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DIY Christmas Countdown

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My oldest daughter is getting big enough to really start counting down the days until Christmas. And to be honest with you, I’m so excited about her excitement that I’m counting them down myself.

It’s such a simple thing to get excited about, but it makes the waiting for Christmas to come a little more exciting. ‘

I’ve seen the little blocks that count down the days. I’ve seen the little advent calendars and all the other little ideas, but none really scream exciting to me. Sure, some have little candies and treats every time you open a door, but I remember caring more about that when I was a kid than really knowing how many days there were until Christmas.

So I set out on a DIY mission to make a countdown for my girls. One that hopefully would last for years to come. We don’t have a mantle or fireplace. Which I’d say that a lot of people can relate to this, which makes hanging stockings and garland a little difficult. So I made my own way of hanging this thing and here’s how I made it.

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I started with an extra piece of wood that I had in the garage. I don’t know it’s exact measurements, but it was about 3 feet long.

I spray painted the entire board white, then used painter’s tape to create stripes. I then spray painted it red which left red and white stripes like a candy cane.

Then, using the same method as my DIY Mug Holder for transfering text to wood, I added the Christmas Countdown words to the board. The white words really got lost, so I added little red polka dots to help it stand out a little.

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Next came the numbers.

I am NOT a sewer (yet). Though I may someday learn, right now I’m sticking like glue to my hot glue gun. The numbers were way simpler than they look. Plus they only cost me about $3.

I purchased about 4 pieces of red and white felt at Walmart for $.23 each. I also purchased a couple of fat quarters of fabric for $.97 each. I cut out the squares and hot glued the fabric squares to the felt squares to make sure the numbers had good support.

For the actual numbers, I simply printed off the numbers in the font and size that I liked and then tape them to the felt. I then just cut them out using the paper numbers as a template. Voila! I had numbers.

I then hot glued them to the fabric and boom they were done. The clothes pins were $1 at Dollar Tree! Even the cute garland was a buck.

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I debated over and over about how many hooks I would want for hanging the garland. I didn’t want it to look too tight, but I didn’t want it to be too lose either. So I ended up with 5 hooks (leftover from another project that just screw right into the board), but only used 3 total. I like the looser look.

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Then as we began to take off numbers in our countdown, I realized we had nowhere to store the numbers that were coming off. I glued to ends of some leftover felt together to make this little pouch. I added some little pieces of fabric cut out into droplets to embellish it a little.

Voila! A numbers pouch to keep up with them once they come off.

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Each morning, Addie is absolutely ecstatic about taking off a number. This morning she said “Momma, there are only EIGHT days until Christmas!”

It’s awesome to have something that we can use over and over again and know that I created it! Anybody can make this and I hope that this gives you ideas if you’ve considered making something like this for your home!

Does your family have a countdown that you use each year?


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2-Ingredient Oreo Bark

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How did your family do with the time change? Everyone enjoy their extra hour of sleep at your place? With 2 girls under 5, there was no extra hour of sleep here. They just don’t cherish that hour like we do. I even had a conversation with my 5 year old the other night about how mommy and daddy like sleep. She just couldn’t grasp why we would enjoy wasting so much time with our eyes closed. That whole conversation was a lost cause. It never really went anywhere and contained no resolution for her.

Sometimes it’s better to just not try and explain things to a 5 year old, huh?

Last week, I had a hankering for something Oreo. I can’t ever bring myself to actually indulge in eating oreos, but I do like to make things containing them. Go figure. I had a package of white chocolate chips in the pantry and some individual packages of Oreos.

Can you say simple? That’s all that I needed to make this incredibly tasty candy bark. It took literally minutes to make and satisfied my Oreo hankering times 2.

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I found myself eating so much of it that I sent it to work with the hubby. That’s my secret weapon, y’all. You notice sometimes I don’t always make “healthy” things. Those are usually the ones that I try to send away to a friend or to work with hubby.

It all starts with a cookie sheet covered in wax paper. Crumble up about 12 or so Oreos and lay them around the cookie sheet. Melt up your white chocolate chips and pour them over the Oreos. Smooth out and place in the freezer for about 10 minutes or so and YOU’RE DONE.

Does it get any easier?

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This, my friends, would make a fantastic food gift for Christmas! Simple wrap it up in a fancy tin or treat bag and tie with a Christmas bow and you have one cheap and cheerful gift!

Who wouldn’t enjoy Oreo Bark?

2-Ingredient Oreo Bark
Recipe Type: Dessert, Snack
Author: Pennywise Cook
With only 2 simple ingredients, you can make a Christmas gift or tasty snack within minutes!
Ingredients
  • 12 or so Oreos (Crumbled)
  • 1 (12 oz) Package White Chocolate Chips
Instructions
  1. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper. Spread the crumbled Oreos around the sheet.
  2. Melt entire bag of white chocolate chips according to the package or in a double boiler.
  3. Once melted pour over the Oreo pieces and smooth out. Place cookie sheet in freezer for about 10 minutes and then break into pieces.
Notes

If you don’t have a double boiler to melt your chocolate chips, just use two sauce pans. Place hot water in the bottom one and the chocolate chips in the top. Bring the water to a rolling boil and melt the chips.


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Coconut Poke Cupcakes

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I want to preface this post today with a warning to my sister. If you are reading….STOP right here.

And for everyone else, you might wonder why I say this to my sister. It’s because I’m going to expose a little family secret today. One that in her undisclosed amount of years on this earth, she has never found out. My grandmother has always made this incredible coconut cake almost every year around the holidays. It usually marks a special occasion. My sister always requests it and it just makes her day when she gets a piece.

To my surprise, I was told this family “recipe” around her birthday this year. My mom shared it with a coworker who made one of these cakes just for my sister’s birthday. She thought it tasted exactly like my grandmother’s coconut cake. No wonder, it’s actually very simple to make.  I realize that many people don’t like coconut, but if you are one of the few that do, you’ll want to learn about this cake. It’s soooo yummy and soft and will definitely put a smile on your face. My grandmother usually makes this in cake form, but to narrow the portion sizes (I can’t help myself), I made them into cupcakes this time around.

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It starts with your favorite white cake mix. Yes, that’s right. Save yourself the hassle and let Betty Crocker help you out for once. I actually used the Coconut Supreme version this time around to give it more coconut flavor. Bake the cupcakes according to the package and while they are still warm, use a wooden spoon to poke 3 holes in the middle of each.

Pop open a can of sweetened condensed milk (I use fat free) and drizzle some down in each of the holes in each cupcake. As you drizzle, it will absorb and will seem to disappear. Don’t go overboard though or you can cause the cupcake to get extremely mushy.

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Place a dollop of whipped topping on each cupcake and even it out just a bit.

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It’s time for the cupcake to take a coconut bath….

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Dip that baby into the coconut and let it settle into the whipped topping. Don’t push too hard, it doesn’t take much for the coconut to catch on.

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Oh my heavens, that’s it! From the outside you can’t even tell that it’s got a gooey and yummy center. But the fluffy, white coconut top is enough to get me to dive in.

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And when you do, you’ll see how moist the inside is. It’s like a fluffy cloud of coconut heaven y’all.

To my sister if you did continue to read on, I’m very sorry to have spilled the beans on this beloved cake. But I thought it necessary to share it’s simpleness with the world. It’ll be a blessing to coconut lovers like us everywhere. 🙂

Coconut Poke Cupcakes
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Grandma Johnson
This simple method creates a fluffy coconut cupcake made in heaven!
Ingredients
  • 1 Box White Cake Mix (Or Coconut Supreme if you’re feeling frisky)
  • 1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 8oz Tub Whipped Topping
  • 1-2 Cups Coconut Flakes
Instructions
  1. Cook cupcakes according to package directions. DO NOT LET COOL.
  2. While cupcakes are still warm, poke each about 3 times most of the way down. Drizzle some sweetened condensed milk equally among them all being careful not to overdo it. The sweetened condensed milk will be absorbed so it may not look like it’s going in, but it is.
  3. Place a dollop of cool whip on top of each cupcake spreading it out a bit.
  4. Place the coconut flakes in a bowl and dip each whipped topping covered cupcake in the coconut flakes to coat.
  5. Serve! And keep refrigerated.

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Beach Party On the Cheap

I was making my way through a gigantic sea of knick knacks at Goodwill one day when I came across a set of umbrellas that were made from bamboo. These umbrellas were so unique and somehow I was inspired. I said to myself, I’m going to have a beach party. One might say that I’m silly because we don’t actually have a “beach” per say within 200 miles of us, but that wouldn’t stop me. Here in Tennessee we have plenty of “beaches” at the lakes and rivers. Heck and even at some ponds!

And at my house, all it takes is a kiddie pool made of plastic to create a beach atmosphere.

That and a little imagination and scrapbook paper!

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Those $.99 cent umbrellas that I got at Goodwill were just the beginning. I didn’t even need a reason to have a party. I would eventually figure it out. Then a friend of mine (who was very preggo at the time) suggested that I have a Memorial Day cookout so that she could come but not have to have a cookout herself. What do ya know? It will be a Beach Memorial Day Party!

And then I realized that 2 days before that is my baby girl’s 1st birthday. So I combine them and call it a day. This won’t be a yearly thing as eventually Britton will not want her birthday combined, but for now it’s alright.

I don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun planning for a party in my life. Having pretty much full reign to do what I pleased made my OCD happy. (*I don’t really have OCD, trust me. If you saw my house on any given day, you’d agree) Feel free to try these ideas at your party if you’re planning a beach party. If you have a beach to have it at, even better! If not, you can still be just as cool with your plastic kiddie pool. My guests enjoyed it.

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This is the beginning of my table when I first started setting out the goodies. SEE my umbrellas? Aren’t they cute? I also picked up some super cheap trays at Goodwill every now and then when I came across them. Most of my trays cost me about $.49 each. Got them on half price day at Goodwill. See my blue fishie? Love him. If you have never been to your Goodwill….GO! Now! Most have days that are 1/2 price and Wednesdays and Sundays are $.99 day. Certain colors apply and I’m sure the sales are different everywhere but you really can find some awesome deals.

The pink mat is just a placemat that I got at Dollar Tree. Came in a pack of 2.

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These are my little party signs! These may seem a little too detailed for some, but I think they were necessary. I made 4 different dips and I was pretty positive that I was going to hear “What kinda dip is this?” “What is this?” every time that someone walked up to the food table. I made these out of scrapbook paper and simple printed words on my printer! Cut them up and taped them together. The food signs are just folded in half to sit right next to each appetizer. Plus they add a splash of color and make the table fun.

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A very simple idea for sprucing up your table without spending a dime is displaying fruit. These Florida oranges really brought that citrus-y beach feel to the table. Plus, if a guest wanted to crack one open they could.

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For party favors, I didn’t want to go too childish since there were some mainly there for the cookout so I grabbed a bag of the Rainbow Twizzlers and packaged them in Wilton pretzel wrappers (a couple bucks at most stores) and tied them with a ribbon that I already have on hand. I got the cute little bucket at Goodwill for a quarter and finished it off with one of my cute little scrapbook paper signs.

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I had this very pink basket just hanging around one of my girl’s rooms so I enlisted it for lei duty. Placed a cute scrapbook paper sign on it and set it by the door so when guests came in they could get a lei and start feeling festive.

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And you KNOW that I was on Pinterest while cooking up ideas for this shindig. I found this fantastic cocktail umbrella wreath idea over at cfabbridedesigns.com. Fit right in with my theme.

This wreath cost me about $2. NO JOKE. I got the pack of cocktail umbrells and the wreath shell at Dollar Tree. I bought 3 packages of the umbrellas but only really used about 1 package since my wreath shell wasn’t that large. You simply open each cocktail umbrella and place it in between the branches of the wreath shell. Most are so tight that you don’t need to glue them or anything. It made a great front door piece to go with my Welcome to the Beach Party sign!

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I know this may sound silly, but it’s all in the details. These paper plates would have looked boring if it wasn’t for my little piece of scrapbook paper spicing them up! Don’t you agree? Just nod your head for me. It love how something so simple can make the table look so much fun.

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Here’s another little idea that I just kinda made up as I went. The fabulous Goodwill umbrellas were fairly top-heavy and needed good support. I was trying to stick with the neutral sand color theme for their base and then BOOM. It hit me. I saw a box of Rice Krispies sitting out and began pouring them into a vase. Put the umbrella base in and a support was created. I even topped each vase off with graham cracker crumbs to complete the sand look to the umbrellas. Believe it or not the rice krispies did a decent job of holding those umbrellas up! I did add some clear glass beads into the bottom of a couple to give it a little more weight. Those also added a little bit of color to the bottom.

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These little darlings were the result of a late night brainstorming session. Finishing up my cupcakes I was staring blankly at a bag of marshmallows. Not sure if it was the sugar high from the cupcakes, the sleepy low from the Tylenol PM or the excitement for the party the next day but something got my mind thinking about those marshmallows.

I began microwaving some white chocolate and busted out the sprinkles. I started dipping and putting them on sticks and made these random, but cute, white chocolate covered marshmallows. As you can see, I even dipped some in rice krispies. Not one of these were left when the party was over. And to think that they were almost not even created. I knew sugar highs were good for something!

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I made up some extremely easy slow cooker salsa (recipe to come!) and it was a great hit. I had to refill it twice. Got everything for it at Aldi for under $4 and the chips at Dollar Tree. I was pretty concerned about the quality of the tortilla chips at Dollar Tree, but not a single person noticed. They tasted just fine!

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As you can see, I had a scrapbook paper sign by each appetizer. This Pizza Dip was my absolute favorite. I served it with the little melba toasts from Walmart ($.97) and that was a HUGE hit. I had planned to just serve it with tortilla chips, but at the last minute pulled these toasts out. Wish I had gotten more. They were so “fancy” and tasty at the same time! This Pizza Dip was really good. I’ll be sure to post that recipe soon too!

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I kinda made up an idea for punch that I honestly didn’t think was that great. That was until the guests tried it and they loved it. I poured about 2 2 liters of Diet Sprite into my pitcher and added in half a tub of raspberry sherbet. Then I added some frozen ice cubes of raspberries to give it more red coloring. This picture was taken before it got really dark. It was a simple punch, but many liked it because it was not over the top sweet.

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I picked up a package of off brand Nutter Butters at Dollar Tree as well. Found the idea on Pinterest! Added my own little flair with some royal icing and even though they aren’t perfect, they got the flip flop beach-y theme across. Not one of these were left at the end of the party. The kids especially liked them! Since the icing didn’t cost me anything (had all simple ingredients on hand), these only cost me $1! You’d pay way more than that for store-bought cookies like this.

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For another easy finger food, I used little bathroom plastic cups to layer 5-Layer Mexican Dip in and topped them with corn chips. I already had the refried beans, tomatoes, cream cheese, and the cups. All I had to buy was the lettuce ($.69), corn chips ($1), and the shredded cheese ($2.99). My tray was from Goodwill ($.49) and of course I couldn’t go without a piece of scrapbook paper to make it beach-y!

The appetizer in small plastic cups is a great idea no matter what appetizer you’re serving. They are a great way for guests to have everything they need in one place without a plate.

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I used the same cup idea with these mini Strawberry Shortcakes. Aldi had their strawberries for $.79 and I grabbed a pound cake there as well for only $.79.  With some whipped cream I already had on hand, these Strawberry Shortcakes were an easy dessert. Each one had a couple of pieces of pound cake along with a few slices of strawberry and a dollop of whipped cream on top.

Easy peasy!

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One of the highlights of the party were these At the Seashore Cupcakes. These were Peanut Butter Banana Cupcakes that ended up being a huge hit. I simply crushed a bunch of honey graham crackers and dipped the tops of the cupcakes in them to create the sand look. I topped some with sand dollars and oyster pearls made form candy melts and corn syrup, but quit making them because they didn’t turn out too well and honestly, I got tired. I stuck a few cocktail umbrellas in a few.

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And any birthday party wouldn’t be complete without a special seat for the birthday girl! This one is adorned with a Birthday Beach Babe sign and ribbon. As you can see, she really enjoyed her birthday cake and her beach party! We had a pool setup in the backyard where the kiddos had fun in the sun. Daddy grilled up some hot dogs and everyone snacked on

And just as a general tip for planning any party be sure to plan ahead. The one thing that I made sure to do when preparing for this party was to do whatever I could possibly do, ahead of time. Almost everything was made the day before except for things like the strawberry shortcakes that needed to wait until just before. This was a major time and sanity saver when it came time to party. I wasn’t stuck in the kitchen the whole time and was able to enjoy Britton’s 1st birthday party and all our friends having fun.

I hope that this gave you a few ideas for your next beach party!


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5 Simple Easter Treat Ideas

Easter Treats 5 Simple Easter Treat Ideas

Easter is on Sunday! Can you believe it? Addie had her school’s Easter egg hunt today and she was so proud of all the eggs that she collected. I had to stop her from eating so much candy though. I don’t remember having that much candy when I was hunting eggs.

If you’re still looking for cute ideas for treats to create with the kids, here is a recap of my goodies that Addie and I put together the last few weeks. I’m ashamed that not one ounce of any of these treats are left. They were all too yummy to stick around for too long.

Peeps in Sprinkle TuTus

Rice Krispie Treat Speckled Eggs

Bunny Brownie Pops

White Chocolate Pretzel Ducks

Tootsie Roll Easter Nests

I also plan to make Resurrection Rolls this year.

Do you have any traditions with Easter treats are your house?


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Bunny Brownie Pops

TGIF! Are you as glad that it’s Friday as I am? I can’t wait to get out and about and enjoy the warm weather this weekend. After this week’s Easter treats you better believe I’m going to get out and try to work some of this off.

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I hope that you’ve enjoyed Easter Week! I absolutely love making themed cupcakes and special characters so this has been a blast. I’m already looking forward to getting some super cute treats together for my Addie and Britton’s birthdays in May. (Yes, BOTH are in May- lucky me!) But before we say goodbye to our less than healthy sweetfest this week, let me share just one more with you.

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How about a little chocolate brownie underneath a cute little bunny head? That kinda sounds funny, but I assure you that it’s more than tasty! These brownie pops are a lot like cake pops only chocolate-ier. If you were wondering, no that’s not a word. But yes, I will use it anyways.

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I made up a batch of your everyday brownies. Nothing special, in fact these were Pillsbury. I got them free a while back, so I thought why not. When you’re making yours you’ll want to cook them just undercooked so they are fudgey and easy to squish. I ended up cutting the edges off since they were a bit hard.

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I crumbled up the brownies into a bowl and got them ready for squishing!

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Then I commenced with the squishing. I rolled them into semi-circular balls. As close to a circle as I could get them. Then I popped them in the freezer for a while to get them nice and hard for dipping!

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Using large marshmallows, I cut them in half and dipped them in colored sugar to make the middle of their ears. Each bunny got different color eyes and whiskers with sprinkles. I had to get creative really because I didn’t have anything fancy or “made for bunnies” supplies. All of my decorations besides the marshmallows were some type of sprinkle. I’m pretty sure at one point they were looking like little kitties to me.

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It was at that point that I added little cotton tails so they would no doubt look like bunnies and not kitties. 🙂

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This little bunny is looking at you saying Happy Easter! 🙂 In the end these may not have looked amazing, but they were Easter-y and above all, delicious! Your family will definitely love them.

I got this idea over at Karis Cooking, but used what I had to make mine work. Here’s what I did in case you want to make some Easter lovelies!

Bunny Brownie Pops

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Ingredients

  • 1 Package Brownie Mix (Or your favorite recipe)
  • 1 Package White Candy Melts (or color of choice)
  • Lollipop Sticks
  • Large Marshmallows
  • Small Marshmallows (for bunny tails if desired)
  • Colored Sugar
  • Sprinkles or other Decorations

Method

  1. Make up the brownies according to the directions baking until just undercooked. While baking take large marshmallows and cut in half. Dip the sticky parts into colored sugar and set aside for assembly later.
  2. Let cool completely and then crumble.
  3. Form brownies into desired size balls then place lollipop stick into each one. Put in the freezer for around an hour or so.
  4. Melt candy melts according to package directions. Remove brownie balls from the freezer.
  5. Dip brownies completely into candy melts. While candy melts are still soft, apply all decorations, marshmallows ears and tails, and eyes.
  6. Let cool and they are ready to serve!

Notes

For the ears- I do suggest cutting the bottoms of the ears off to make them easier to apply to the rounded top of the bunny's head.

When dipping the balls, try using a very deep cup or mug. This makes it easy for the entire ball to get coated at one resulting in a prettier appearance.

If you have some type of foam or support to set these in while working with them, that would really help! I used a foam piece for making flower arrangements to hold them.

http://pennywisecook.com/bunny-brownie-pops/


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Rice Krispie Treat Speckled Eggs

Easter Treats Week3 Rice Krispie Treat Speckled Eggs

I do apologize for having the same exact little image at the top of all the posts this week. But I made it and it’s cute. So there. But really, isn’t it festive? Kinda like all of these sweets this week, aren’t they just yummy!

I was just telling someone the other day that one of the best parts of having a food blog is that you get to eat all of the goodies. On the other hand, the worst part of having a food blog is that you eat all of the goodies. I saw something recently that said, “I like running. I like running because I like dessert.” That’s me! And just as much as I’m running to work the dessert off, I’m running back home to eat more.

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To continue Easter Treats Week I’ve got a pretty familiar treat for you. Rice krispie treats. They aren’t usually an Easter treat, but with a little imagination (and sprinkles) you can turn them into morsels that are fit to sit next to your Easter ham.

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It really is a simple as making your favorite rice krispie treat recipe (I’ve got one for you below) and then before it sets, shoving them into the middle of a large plastic egg to mold. Pop it out and VOILA! You have a treat in the shape of an egg. And at this point, you could just eat it like that or you can doll them up and go sprinkle crazy like we did.

Rice Krispie Eggs 2 Rice Krispie Treat Speckled Eggs

We tried out a few different varieties and combinations of colors and sprinkles on our eggs. I think the favorite turned out to be the pink chocolate coating with colorful decoration. Although it was hard to tell.

Just about every egg that we made, Addie wanted to eat right then and there. But you know, I couldn’t let her eat them yet because I had to take pictures for you. That’s how the cookie crumbles around here. Nobody eats until mommy gets her pictures! Kinda sad really, but you wouldn’t want pictures of an empty plate would you? Nah.

Rice Krispie Eggs 4 Rice Krispie Treat Speckled Eggs

We used the white candy coating bark to make these and used food coloring to make our colors. You can feel free to use white chocolate chips or candy melts if you prefer. It would all taste just as yummy. As for decoration, the sky is the limit! Sprinkles, colored sugars, cookie crumbs, whatever you’d like. We didn’t completely cover ours in the candy bark because I was trying to cut down on mess. If you’re using sprinkles, you can’t exactly avoid a mess, but be prepared to sweep!

Rice Krispie Treat Speckled Eggs

Rice Krispie Eggs 1 Rice Krispie Treat Speckled Eggs

Make your favorite every day treat into your favorite Easter time snack with these Rice Krispie Treat Speckled Eggs.

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • 4 Cups Mini Marshmallows
  • 6 Cups Krispy Rice Cereal
  • Candy Coating Bark or Candy Melts/White Chocolate Chips
  • Sprinkles
  • Large Plastic Egg (for molding)
  • Cooking Spray

Method

  1. In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Stir in marshmallows and until melted. Remove from heat.
  2. Add the Rice Krispies and stir until well coated.
  3. Spray inside of plastic egg and yours hands with cooking spray. Mold even amounts of the egg into the egg. Let sit for a little bit to help them set a bit.
  4. Melt candy bark according to package or in microwave.
  5. Dip the eggs in the candy coating and then sprinkle them with sprinkles. Let cool and serve.
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Peeps in Sprinkle Tutus

Easter Treats Week2 Peeps in Sprinkle Tutus

I must say that Easter is usually my weakness when it comes to candy. Yes I do love Halloween candy, but jelly beans aren’t around when it spooky time. I love jelly beans, it doesn’t really matter what kind they are. I especially love the Starburst and Lifesaver jelly beans. I take that back. I do not like the ones that taste like licorice. I usually leave those at the bottom of the bag.

The other day Addie and I were at one of our favorite places, Dollar Tree. We picked up another one of my favorite Easter candy, Peeps! Where are my Peeps fans? Those cute little fluffy marshmallow bunnies and chicks contribute to my sugar highs every Easter. I can’t ever pass them up in the store. It almost doesn’t feel like Easter until I’ve consumed twenty one. A lot of people hate them because they are basically complete sugar, but I have a major sweet tooth.

Peeps in Tutus 2 Peeps in Sprinkle Tutus

I picked up some of the cutest spring time sprinkles at Aldi the other day for only $2.99. They came with 6 different colors of sprinkles and sugar so we decided to embellish our Peeps Bunnies a little. Yep, that one in focus is totally looking at you. I didn’t even plan that. It’s saying, “I know I look so adorable and delicious, but don’t eat me!

We dipped their little bottoms in a bit of melted white candy bark and then dipped them in sprinkles! Addie exclaimed, “Momma, they are wearing tutus!”. Alas the name- Peeps in Sprinkle Tutus.

Peeps in Tutus 3 Peeps in Sprinkle Tutus

We added a pretzel stick for them to stand up on. I put these in a little treat box filled with mini marshmallows that says Happy Easter. It made a nice way to display them. They ended up being the most adorable and colorful Easter treats. And they surely satisfied my insanely ridiculous sweet tooth.

Peeps in Tutus 1 Peeps in Sprinkle Tutus

I really love how colorful these are. Sprinkles always add a nice and cheery touch to any food, especially Easter treats!


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