Marshmallows + Chocolate = Yummers! Chocolate dipped Marshmallows.

Nothin’ like a homemade treat to put  a smile on your face or the face of a good friend on the receiving end! I love this time of year for a few reasons… 

  1. I get to gush over my lover and no one can make fun of me!
  2. Pink is more tolerable
  3. They sell STRAWBERRY Marshmallows!
I may in fact be addicted to Strawberry Marshmallows!  I’m embarrassed to admit that I can polish off  half a bag in under 5 minutes! Gross right!  But when you dip ‘em and gussy them up a little for the holiday they are even more addicting!
I use a double boiler on the stove top when I melt Chocolate for dipping! It’s way more controlled then melting it in the microwave. I add a tablespoon of Crisco to 1 1/5 cups of Chocolate to get  a shinny glean when the chocolate dries!
Be sure to stir, stir, stir! Once the chocolate looks like a pool of  goodness that you want to drink, it’s time to dip!
Top it off it a sweet little Heart Candy and let ‘er dry!
I also dipped them in White Chocolate and used pink sprinkles! I placed then in pink and purple candy cups and used a window box to display them! Are they not cute or what!!!!
And look at how cute this is! I found  pink Egg Cartons on line at eggcartons.com! I ordered a sample of each color they offered and  my mind is spinning  with future project ideas! Easter is going to be awesome this year with these babies!
I’ve spray painted egg cartons before but it takes like three coats to almost cover the writing completely. I like this way much better and if you ever plan on making tons of treats to pass out you can order a bulk order of 25 cartons in any color!
Happy Dipping!
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Eat Pie!

It’s rare that I rip a page out of a magazine in hopes of using its recipe and ACTUALLY use it! But in this case the photos of this “Millie’s August Pie” was almost too hard to resist!

This recipe comes from Family Circle and was submitted by Connie Masullo of Bellefonte, PA.

Ingredients

* 1/2 of 1 package (15 ounces) refrigerated rolled pie crusts
* 2 cups sliced peaches
* 2 cups raspberries
* 1 cup half-and-half
* 1 egg
* 2/3 cup sugar
* 1/4 cup flour
* 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
* 1/4 teaspoon salt



Directions

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Fit pie crust into a 9-inch pie dish. Place fruit in piecrust and spread evenly.



2. In a small bowl, combine half-and-half, egg, sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt; stir until well blended. Pour over fruit.


3. Place pie in oven and bake at 400 degrees F for 50 minutes or until center is set. Cool completely on wire rack before serving.

And this is what your pie will look at once you slice into it! YES! That was completely all my doing! Half a pie gone in less then an hour! Oops!

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Sunday Flashback: Cookie Utopia

So here’s a little insight on me… I love me a good cookie but no where can I buy my dream cookie! I love the cookie part of both a Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal cookie but everyone seems to ruin them by adding chocolate chips or raisins!!! You’ll find me breaking out the chips and tossing the raisins!!! But man do I love everything else about them!

So finally I came up with the ultimate “Becca’s gona’ love it!!” cookie recipe and for all of you out there who know exactly what I’m talking about in having to pick out the parts of a cookie you don’t enjoy then you’ll have to give this recipe a try!!!

It’s based on a recipe I got in a magazine but because I omitted so many of it’s ingredients I claim this “New and Improved” final recipe my own!!! Like how I took those liberties myself!!!He he he!!!

Enjoy!!!!

Oatmeal Crunch Cookie

1 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda1 cup Quick oats
1 stick butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vinilla
1 cup flaky cereal ( I used CURVES!!! so good!)


Preheat oven 350

Cream butter , sugar, brown sugar,egg and vanilla.

In separate bowl mix flour, baking soda, baking powder,cereal and oats.

Gradually add flour mixture to wet ingredients until blended.

Form balls of dough and place on ungreased cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Lick the bowl!!!, and bake at 350 for about 14 min.

Proceed to eat 3-4 before you family realizes they are out of the oven and you are forced to share them!!!!

There you have it!!!The best cookie that’s only cookie that you’ll ever eat!!!

**** You can use any flaky cereal you have…I think Honey bunches of Oats, or Special K would work too. The cereal just adds a great crunch to it and any flavored flake cereal I am sure would be super yummy!

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Homemade Pasta? Yes Please!

I found this super easy and fun Pasta recipe on Pioneer Woman’s website! It had a step by step recipe that was so easy to follow! It’s so much fun to make with your kids! Let’s get started!

The recipe calls for only two ingredients!!!! Gotta Love that!!!

1 egg for every 1/2 cup of flour! That combo is the perfect amount per person so for our family of four I used 4 eggs and 2 cups flour!

Combine eggs and flour in large bowl and mix with your hands till you create a dough ball.Work the dough on a floured surface till it’s smooth and not tacky.


Separate your dough into manageable portions to roll out. I separated mine into two. Roll out the dough as thin as you can.

I used a pizza cutter to cut very thin straight strips.
Gently peel the strips off the cutting surface and collect on a plate.
Add cut pasta to a boiling pot of salted water and cook for approximately 2 min.

Drain and add your favorite pasta sauce!

Te Da!!! A super yummy, totally impressive, fun pasta dish!!! For reals guys! In the time it took the pot of water to boil we were ready to boil the noodles! This recipe is well worth the extra effort to make a snazzy meal your family will love! The kids loved being helpers and finding super long noodles to slurp!!! A new family hit!!!

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Flashback Sunday: In the kitchen


I came a cross this post and realized I never shared this recipe I came up with on BCD! I have to admit I impressed myself with this one and seeing as I’m on a clensing diet right now and can’t make these I’m going crazy over here as I am reminded how good these babies are! So do me a favore and make a batch, eat half the pan and email me telling me how good it was! Maybe that will make up for the fact that I can’t indulge myself!

Originally posted 4/21/09

I love to bake! LOVE LOVE LOVE to bake! It’s a creative outlet for me! I love adding something to a recipe to make it feel more like my own creation. Sometimes it works out! Sometimes it flops! I’ve never created a recipe on my own. I don’t necessarily have the skill set to know what to add to make something rise or have a flaky crust. But I was determined to give it a try. I wanted to create a treat that I had enjoyed but kick it up a notch and REALLY be able to call it my own.

This is my take on a White Chocolate chip Macadamia Nut Cookie! I added coconut and crushed Pineapple and bake it in bar form. The hardest part about creating recipes is knowing what measurements are needed. This was a “cross your fingers” and just try attempt!I have to say, I totally love the out come!

Here is the recipe I came up with! I may tweek it in the future to try to make it more dense. At this point it’s half way between a cake or moist brownie and a cookie bar. I think the pineapple really moistens it.

Tropical Bars…

1 c. butter, softened
3/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. brown sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1 can of crushed pineapple drained
3 1/2 c. unsifted flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 pkg. white chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped Macadamia nuts
1/2 cup shredded coconut
more coconut to sprinkle on top

In mixer blend butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla.

Drain can of pineapple and add to mixer.

Add in flour and baking soda to wet ingredients.

Add coconut, chopped nuts and white chocolate chips.

Spread onto greased sheet pan and sprinkle coconut on top.

Bake at 375 for 20-25 min ’till golden brown and fork comes out clean in the middle.

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Flavored Apple Chips! Yep you heard me…FLAVORED!

I need a little more time before I reveal my bathroom make over. Here’s the proof that I’ve been working hard and getting my paint on! In the mean time I have to share with all of you the new treat we’ve been stuffing our faces with over her in the Blue Cricket house!

Meet our newest obsession…


Bet you didn’t think you could jazz up dried apples but I’m here to tell you it’s oh so easy


Grab yourself some apples! I’m a Gala Apple fan.

Thinly slice your apples begin sure not to forget to remove the core.

Jell-O strikes again! I think Jell-O is quickly become my favorite additive to all thing yummy and bright! Grab a few packs of Jell-O in the flavor your family loves! It can’t be sugar free!

On a sheet of foil lay out your slices of apples and be sure that it’s only a single layer.

Sprinkle the Jell-O on one side of your slices.

Layer one flavor per food dehydrator shelf. I have three flavors going on… Orange, Raspberry, and Blackberry and by the way… I scored this brand new 5 level food dehydrator form my local thrift store for $10!! CRAZY huh! You know I’ve got thinly sliced steak meat in my fridge waiting to be jerkified!

Dry them over night and like magic you’ll get amazing flavorful treats that the whole family will beg for!


The only bad thing about this is that they don’t last long!

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Ummm! Bundt Cake!


Sorry! But nothing is prettier then a Bundt Cake! Perfectly shaped confection! LOVE IT!!!!


Last month I brought home my grandmothers original Bundt Pan! This baby is a gem! Heavier then sin and memory inducing! Some of my best memories of my grandmother are ones of her in the kitchen so I just felt close to her as I baked my first ever bundt cake!


AHHH!!! ( Angels singing from the heavens! ) Ain’t she a beaut!

Here is the recipe I use for Vanilla Bundt Cake Magic…

2 1/2 cups Flour
1 3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp. Baking Powder
3/4 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Salt
2 sticks Unsalted Butter melted
1 cup Sour Cream
4 eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

Have all the ingredients at room temp. Position the rack in the lowest third of your oven and preheat to 375. Grease and flour your pan well.

In one bowl sift and combine all of your dry ingredients. In separate bowl, whisk together all of your wet ingredients. In a mixer use your beater attachment and combined the flour mixture to your wet ingredients until combined. Pour the batter into your greased and floured pan and bake for 30-40 minutes until a tooth pick comes out clean and it’s starting to pull away from
the sides of the pan.

Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for approximately 30 min. Flip onto a cake plate and admire!



The key to frosting a Bundt Cake is to heat your frosting until it is runny! Microwave your frosting for about 30 seconds and tint it to the color you desire! I use store bought caned frosting! Pour it on and let it run over the edges!


Oops! I just drooled on myself!

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Last chance for St. Patty’s Day fun!

Well tomorrow’s the big day! I feel a wee bit guilty for not loving this holiday as much as I should so I’m trying to come up with a few things to make it special! My best friend has always been totally into this holiday and I wish I was as cool of a mom as she is.

Every year she tells her kids to be on the look out for those tricky Leprechauns! They are always out pulling pranks for St. Patrick’s day! Then after she tucks her kids in bed the night before she gets to work! She’ll dye the milk green and add green food coloring to the toilet water! She puts her kids shoes in the refrigerator and uses baby shoes to leave tiny foot prints in her entry way! Her kids eat it up!!!

So here I sit with less then 24 hours to try to come up with a few cool things I can do to win a “Mother of the year award!” I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who needs some last minute help! So here you go friends! A collection of some great ideas from the web! Thanks Martha Stewart, Family Fun and other great resources! Click the images to be taken to their original posts!


Here’s a fun game to play with the kids! I’ve tried it! I’d like to hear form you guys how dumb it made you feel!!!

Anyone for a pot of gold!!!
Holy Stinkin’ cute! I love this little guy!

These little numbers are almost too pretty to eat! ALMOST!!! And let’s be honest! Ours won’t look nearly as beautiful as Martha’s! GET IN MY BELLY!

I’m not a Corn Beef and Cabbage kind of gal but this Shepherd’s Pie might do the trick for this years holiday menu! I’m picturing the mashed potatoes turning green!

Traditional Irish Soda Bread can add an authentic taste for the Special Day!

Ok Martha! How fun is this! This is one of those “Oh why didn’t I think of that!” My kids are doing to love this one!


This happy little Shamrock Boutonniere is as cute as they come! Simply and fast and I think they would also look adorable tied to a little bag or package full of treats!

And Check out THIS SITE to down load some awesome St. Patty’s day work sheets and activities for the kids! Cross Words, Word Searched and more!

And lastly send a free E-Card to your loved ones! Check out THIS SITE for a fun selection!

HAPPY HAPPY St. Patrick’s Day Eve!!!!

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Sweet Sweet Purple Grandma!

Meet my beautiful Grandmother Mary Lou! Isn’t she a dream! She’s who I instantly picture when I think of Old Hollywood Glam! She was incredible from the start! The first born little girl and older sister and best friend to her sister all her life! She was a talented singer and sang in clubs and entertained Soldiers and had a rising career…that was until she refused the inappropriate advances from her manager/ singing coach! You go Grandma!!!! Smart and talented and strong. She was a loyal daughter, a beloved sister. She was a caring wife and an incredible mother but to me she was simply the greatest thing on planet Earth! I know you shouldn’t have favorites in life but she was mine! She was it! She loved unconditionally, told it like it was, only gave her opinion if you asked for it, never yelled, was the best cook and best of all she loved me..ME! She loved me!

My sweet and amazing, Purple wearing grandmother passed away this Tuesday. She quietly slipped away and reunited with her husband after being apart for nearly 20 years. She was probably pretty pleased with the way she passes. Quietly with no fuss. She never wanted to be a bother, never wanted to be a burden. She said her nightly goodbye to my father and fell asleep. Her body was done! She was done! She lived a beautiful life and I’m blessed to have 30 years of my own memories to prove it!

She taught me how to bake pumpkin pie, make the worlds best spaghetti and even if I hated fudge I never told her that because she taught me how to make it over 20 years ago and I pretended to love it so I wouldn’t hurt her feelings!!

Memories on the lake, my very first car, school cloths, and two years of college were all possible because of her! She taught me the importance of matching your nail polish with your lipstick. She taught me that catalog shopping was a American right of passage and that wearing purple was a talent she had mastered long ago!

We could sit for hours looking at old family albums. It was a tradition I savored year after year. I would turn the pages as she recalled past boyfriends and adventures she’d have with her sister! No matter how many times I heard them I couldn’t get enough of them!


This is too funny…she used to number her boyfriends and she kept all of their photos! I love that I have her handwriting…it’s famous in our family! No one could ever read it!

Here is a classic Grandma outfit! Looking her best in head to toe Purple!

This is the last time I saw her. Last November she meet Charlie and we had a great time doing all the things we usually do….looked at photos, ate mini snicker bars from her fridge and I toasted her at dinner! I can still see her rolling her eyes at me and laughing at the babies as they rolled around on the floor!

I’m telling you all about her because she is a huge part of me. I share my life on here. My inspirations and myself and she is a huge part of both of those things! She is the reason I’m rational and realistic. She was my greatest example in the kitchen and instilled in me my love of cooking. My favorite recipes are all hers. She taught me the skill of accessorizing and creating a signature look! She taught me how to laugh at life and follow examples. She will always be teaching me.

I’d like to share a favorite family recipe that was one of her classics. It wasn’t Christmas or Thanksgiving without this dish. I loved it so much that I asked her years ago to type it up for me to frame and display in my kitchen. Funny….because her handwriting was so incredibly hard to read she always sent me typed letters! One more reason my heart sings when I look at this recipe! I hope you enjoy it half as much as I do…

Mary Lou’s Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes

1 40 oz. can of sweet potatoes drained

Spray an 8x8x2 baking pan with PAM, place sweet potatoes in pan.

In a small sauce pan melt 3 tablespoons butter or margarine.

Stir in: 1/4th cup pancake syrup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons flaked coconuts

Cook over low heat stirring 3 to 5 min until blended.
Sprinkle 1/2 cup chopped pecans over sweet potatoes then top with syrup mixture.

Bake 25 minutes at 350 degrees.

Top with 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows and bake an additional 5 to 7 minutes until marshmallows are lightly browned.

6 to 8 servings.

Thanks grandma! Cheers!

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Our collection of Dinner Ideas! Linked and all!

Holy Enchilada Batman!
Ask and ye shall receive!

A million thanks for stepping up and submitting your Dinner Ideas! I was blown away with the list we compiled! 61 Ideas in all!

I created this list along with links to online recipes or the links you included! Next time you create your weekly, monthly or awe inspiring annual menu be sure to use this wealth of knowledge! I was pretty darn inspired by it! My Grill Cheese may be taking a leave of absence as I trade it in for one of your mouth watering creations!!!

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Dinner Ideas

Thanks again Readers! I new I could count on you!!!

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