Make Your Own – Frozen Chocolate Banana Pops!

frozen-chocolate-bananasI can’t tell you how many times someone in my family has gotten a craving for a frozen chocolate banana, only to send us driving down to Balboa Island to get one!  That’s a fun family excursion every once in awhile, but there are certain times of the year that finding a parking sport is near impossible.  Plus, for my family of 7, it can get pretty expensive!

Here’s a copy-cat recipe so you can make your own Frozen Chocolate Banana Pops at home!

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Bananas
  • 4 Popsicle Sticks
  • 2 tbsp Crushed Nuts, Sprinkles or other fun toppings!
  • 1 cup Dark Chocolate Melting Chips

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DIRECTIONS

  • Prepare a try or cookie sheet by lining with wax or parchment paper.
  • Peel bananas and cut in half.
  • Insert a popsicle stick into the cut end of each banana half and place on tray.
  • Place in freezer until frozen (2-3 hours).
  • Melt chocolate by heating in microwav for 30 seconds then stirring and repeating until melted and smooth.

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  • Dip and roll banana in chocolate to make sure it is completely covered.
  • Immediately sprinkle with nuts, sprinkles or topping of your choice.
  • Place on back on lined tray to set.

Enjoy!

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Peeps Cupcakes – A Fun Easter Treat… With Peeps!

peeps-cupcakesWho doesn’t love Peeps!  These Peeps Cupcakes are so much fun… and the kids love them.  Why not bake up a special treat and take advantage of their cute-ness?  Such a special Easter treat… ENJOY!

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Box Cake Mix
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 cup softened Butter
  • 2 tbsp Milk
  • 2 cup Powdered Sugar
  • Food Coloring
  • Peeps Chicks or Bunnies

DIRECTIONS

  • Bake cupcakes according to box directions.

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  • Transfer to wire racks to cool.
  • Cream butter in a medium bowl
  • Slowly add in the powdered sugar, and milk as needed, until everything is incorporated and frosting is right consistency.

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  • Divide into equal size batches of the number of colors desired and add several drops of color to each.
  • Transfer icing to piping bag or to a zippered bag and clip corner.
  • Pipe icing onto cupcakes and top with Peeps.

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Nutter Butter Chicks – Quick & Easy Easter Treat!

nutter-butter-chicksAs children we are taught NOT to play with out food… but it’s hard not to, with these Nutter Butter Chicks!  I love Nutter Butter Cookies as is, but these are just down right CUTE!  

Bag them up and finish them with a fun Easter ribbon for a great GIFT idea.  These make for a Fun Easter Treat worthy of any basket!  Enjoy!

nutter-butter-chicks-ingredientsINGREDIENTS

  • 12 Nutter Butter cookies
  • 1/2 cup Yellow Candy Melting Chips
  • 3-4 Orange Starburst
  • 24 Mini Chocolate Chips

DIRECTIONS

  • Cut Starburst into 3 rectangular strips (1/4″ x 3/4″)
  • Cut each of those in half, creating 6 – 1/4″ x 3/8″ rectangles.
  • Now cut each of those diagonally creating 12 triangles for beaks.
  • Repeat this process on the other 2 Starbursts to create 24 triangles that you will make 2 cuts in each and separate to make toes on the feet.
  • Set beaks and feet aside.
  • Heat Yellow Candy Chips by microwaving for 30 seconds stirring and repeating until melted. Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes.

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  • Lay cookie in melted candy and spoon mixture over cookie to coat completely.
  • Carefully remove from candy so the cookie doesn’t come apart, and let excess candy drip off.
  • Lay cookie on wax paper.

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  • Place mini chocolate chips for eyes.
  • Place beaks and feet.
  • Refrigerate to set chocolate.
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Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe – ONLY 3 Ingredients!

peanut-butter-cookies-recipe-2I just love cookies, and Peanut Butter Cookies are my absolute favorite!  

I’m always looking to try out new Peanut Butter Cookies Recipes.  Here’s a quick and easy one, that you can make pretty much any time.  There are Only THREE Ingredients in this Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe, so you probably have everything you need in your pantry!   Next time your sweet tooth kicks in, give these a try!

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3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies!

INGREDIENTS (Yield about 18 cookies)

  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Peanut Butter
  • 1 Egg

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat the oven to 350.

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  • Stir the ingredients together until blended.
  • Roll into 1″ balls with then press down with the back of a fork and then press again from the other side to form the criss-cross pattern on top.
  • Bake for 12 minutes.
  • Allow them cool on the tray for a couple of minutes before moving to a wire rack to finish cooling.

ENJOY!

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My Favorite – Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe!

Strawberry-Spinach-Salad-RecipeIt’s getting to be strawberry season, and that means I get to enjoy my favorite Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe!  This is my favorite salad, hands down.  I hope you enjoy it too!

STRAWBERRY SPINACH SALAD (Serves 4)

strawberry-spinach-salad-recipe-IngredientsIngredients:

  • ¼ cup yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons raspberry vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ pound baby spinach
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 ounces fresh goat cheese, crumbled

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Directions:

1. In a small bowl, whisk together chopped onion, raspberry vinegar and olive oil

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2. In serving bowl, combine spinach and strawberries

3. Sprinkle on almond sliced almonds and goat cheese crumbles

4. Immediately before serving, drizzle dressing over the salad and gently toss

ENJOY!

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Easy Strawberry Muddy Buddies!

strawberry-muddy-buddies-recipeHere’s a fun take on Muddy Buddies (or Puppy Chow as some call it)!

This is a fun snack to serve at parties and it also makes for a great gift idea!  You can play around with the flavors and colors by changing up the cake mix, candy melts and of course, your candies.  Package it up and finish it off with a festive ribbon and you’re done!

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STRAWBERRY MUDDY BUDDIES

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 cup Rice Chex cereal
  • 12 oz White Melting chips
  • 2 cups Strawberry Cake Mix
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • Candy, Decorations or Sprinkles (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  • In a large zippered bag combine the cake mix and powdered sugar and shake to mix well.
  • Melt the white chips in the microwave by heating for 30 seconds then stirring and repeating until melted and smooth.

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  • Put the cereal in a large bowl, pour the melted chocolate over it and mix until well coated.
  • Add the cereal mixture to the plastic bag and shake until the cereal is completely covered.
  • Add any additional candy decorations if desired.

ENJOY!

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Snowman Popcorn Balls!

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Snowman Popcorn Balls

 

I thought it would be fun to post this fun and easy recipe for Snowman Popcorn Balls… to honor all of my (non-California) friends that are “snowed in” right now!

snowman-popcorn-ballsINGREDIENTS

2 cups Sugar
1¼ cups Water
½ cup Corn Syrup
1 tsp White Vinegar
2 bags Microwaved Popcorn
2 bags White Candy Melting Chips
1/2 cup Dark Cocoa or Black Candy Melting Chips
Orange Candy Melting Chip
24 Candy eyes
12 Marshmallows
6 Oreos
12 Sticks or Paper Straws

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DIRECTIONS

  • In a large saucepan, combine sugar, water, corn syrup and vinegar. Cook over high heat until mixture reaches 250 degrees (hard ball stage) on a candy thermometer.
  • Pour popped corn on a baking sheet. Pour mixture over popcorn, tossing to coat.
  • When mixture is cool enough to handle, press popcorn into 2 to 3 inch balls with lightly greased hands.
  • Insert stick into each ball.  Cool on waxed paper.
  • Separate each Oreo in half and scrape off icing to create 12 plain cookies
  • Heat Dark Candy Chips in small Bowl by microwaving for 30 seconds stirring and repeating until melted. Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes.
  • Dip Oreo in melted dark candy and roll to coat completely. Shake off excess.
  • Lay on wax paper.  Push Stick all the way through marshmallow.
  • Dip Marshmallow in melted dark candy and roll to coat completely. Shake off excess.
  • Carefully push stick with marshmallow through chocolate covered oreo creating a tophat.  Make sure stick protrudes at least an inch.  Lay on wax paper and place in refrigerator to set.
  • Heat White Candy Chips in medium Bowl by microwaving for 30 seconds stirring and repeating until melted.  Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes.
  • Dip balls in melted white candy and roll to coat completely.  Place back on wax paper.
  • Remove sticks and replace with chilled top hat sticks from refrigerator.  If stick will not stay in place rub with melted chocolate.
  • Place eyes on each snowman.  Immediately place snowmen in refrigerator for 10 minutes to set candy mix.
  • Transfer remaining dark or black chocolate to small plastic bag and clip very tiny piece of corner to use for piping.  Pipe dots for coal to make mouths.
  • Heat Orange Candy Chip on plate in microwave for 30 seconds (until soft).  Cut off small sliver of orange chip to make carrot nose and put in place.
  • Immediately place in refrigerator for 10 minutes to set candy mix.
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DIY: Reindeer Hot Chocolate Bags!

reindeer hot chocolateI think these Reindeer Hot Chocolate Bags would make the cutest gifts, and they are so easy to put together!

These are an inexpensive gift that will be enjoyed by all ages.  Have the kiddos put them together.  You can pass them out by themselves, or add a mug for a special treat!

Reindeer Hot Chocolate Bags

 

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SUPPLIES (Yield: 1 Bag)

  • 2 Piping Bags
  • 1 Hot Chocolate envelope
  • 2 tbsp Mini Chocolate Chips
  • 1/3 cup Mini Marshmallows
  • 1 Red Pom Pom Ball
  • 2 Google Eyes
  • 1 Rubber band
  • 1 Brown Pipe Cleaner
  • Glue
  • Ribbon

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DIRECTIONS

  • Pour hot chocolate mix into piping bag (get it all the way into the tip).
  • Twist  Bag Closed and wrap with the rubber band.
  • Trim off the top of bag.
  • Put Bag into another Piping Bag and flatten.

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  • Layer in mini chocolate chips.
  • Add layer of mini marshmallows.
  • Twist and tie off with ribbon.
  • Glue Pom Pom Nose near tip of bag.
  • Glue google eyes Near the top of the hot chocolate mix.
  • Wrap Brown Pipe Cleaner around top for antlers and shape.

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Print the Hot Chocolate Instruction Gift Tags HERE for the finishing touch!

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Gingerbread Marshmallow Pops!

gingerbread-marshmallow-popsHere’s another fun and easy treat to make with marshmallows!

These Gingerbread Marshmallow Pops are sure to be a crowd pleaser.  Not only are the super CUTE, they are so easy to make, even the kids can do it!

Gingerbread Marshmallow Pops

 

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INGREDIENTS (yields 6 pops)

gingerbread-marshmallow-popsDIRECTIONS

  • Heat Gingerbread Candy Chips in large bowl by microwaving for 30 seconds stirring and repeating until melted. Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes.
  • Push 2 marshmallows onto stick to form head and body.
  • Dip and roll or spoon to coat well.
  • Allow to set for several minutes.
  • Dip 4 mini marshamallows in melted candy and place as hands and feet (be care ful as these may want to slip down the pop).
  • Allow to set.
  • Reheat chips of 30 seconds and stir.
  • Take pop and spread a thin additional coat of candy on front.
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture.
  • Allow to dry.
  • Heat White Candy Chips in large bowl by microwaving for 30 seconds stirring and repeating until melted.
  • Transfer white chocolate to small plastic bag and clip very tiny piece of corner to use for piping.
  • Pipe eyes, mouths, buttons and cuffs on each.
  • Allow to set.

Enjoy!

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From My Kitchen – Oreo Marshmallow Pops!

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I’m always looking for a quick and easy (and FUN) recipe that I can let the kids help with.  My boys never pass up marshmallows (I usually have to HIDE the bag), and Oreos?  Oh come on, now!  This is a fun, kid-friendly activity with minimal mess.  They turn out super cute, not to mention you get to EAT them!

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INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

Heat Candy Chips by microwaving for 30 seconds, stirring and repeating until melted.  Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes.

Insert a stick into each marshmallow.

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Dip marshmallow into the melted candy, and roll to coat completely.

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Sprinkle crushed Oreos over the candy coated marshmallow, and lay on wax paper.

Immediately place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to set.

marshmallow-popsWhat’s great, is that you can change up the candy and your toppings to make them unique!

ENJOY!

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