Monday, March 16, 2015

St Patrick's Day Treats

St Patrick's Day is tomorrow!
I'd much rather have a glass of milk these days than beer...especially when it's paired with some chocolate :)  So I got into the St. Patrick's Day spirit yesterday by making these Peppermint Patty Brownie Cookies!

Mine looked NOTHING like the recipe I found on Pinterest but they tasted good so that's all that matters, right?  Recipe here

I continued with the Mint Theme- My husband's birthday is this week and since he LOVES mint chocolate ice cream 

I made him Mint Chocolate Chip Fudge.  

It tastes like mint chocolate ice fudge! 

3 1/4 cups white chocolate chips
3/4 cups mini chocolate chips
2 tablespoons butter
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
2 teaspoons mint extract 
Green food coloring

Combine your white chocolate chips and butter in a microwave safe bowl and heat on high for about a minute. Stir and if needs longer, heat for 30-45 additional seconds.  Mix in the can of sweetened condensed milk, mint extract and green food coloring and let sit for a minute to cool.  Fold in 3/4 cup of the mini chocolate chips.

Line an 8x8 pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.  Pour your fudge mixture into the pan and top with the remaining 1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips.   Refrigerate for 2-3 hours.  

That's it!  You have mint chocolate chip fudge perfect for St. Patrick's Day...or any mint lover!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Red Velvet Oreo Truffles

There's no WRONG way to eat an Oreo but the best way...Twist It, Lick It and Dunk It!

When Oreo announces a new flavor I get excited

Maybe a little TOO excited.

The latest...Red Velvet!!

oh YUM!  I needed them but I couldn't find them anywhere!  So I mentioned my plight on Facebook and BOOM Red Velvet Oreos were delivered to my door.  Our listeners rock!  I got a few TOO many packages though so I decided to do a little more than Twist, Lick and Dunk these.  I made truffles!

18 Red Velvet Oreo Cookies
4 oz Cream Cheese
White Chocolate Almond Bark

Combine the Oreos and Cream Cheese in a food processor and blend together.

Roll into balls and place in the freezer for 30 minutes.

Melt white chocolate bark in the microwave or a double boiler and dip the frozen balls in.   I used the White Chocolate Almond Bark squares and melted one at a time to judge how much chocolate I would need. 

Top with melted semi-sweet chocolate or sprinkles!  I found Red Velvet Cake sprinkles!  

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I had to share with my coworkers but you can just keep them for yourself.  No judgement!  

Monday, January 26, 2015

Super Bowl Sunday Snacks

Super Bowl Sunday is coming!  And I'm excited...for the commercials!

There have already been some good ones popping up this BMW commercial

LOL I remember getting my first email address as a freshman in college and having to ask "what do I do with this?"

Remember this one from last year?

Well it looks like Budweiser is going to break our hearts all over again. They released these GIFs of the new commercial coming.

I'm  not sure I'm ready for this...  heart can't handle it!

One thing I can handle the Super Bowl snacks :)  

I couldn't wait so I went ahead and made these Peanut Butter Football cookies with Peanut Butter and Chocolate frosting

And these Nutella Football Truffles

A few of my footballs came out a little deflated :)  But they still taste delicious! 

You can find the recipe here  

Super Snack Sunday here we come! 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Every once in a while you just need a lazy weekend!  This weekend was mine.  It was all about the couch, cozy PJs and the Food Network

at one point my husband looked at me and said "we should go get the cats sweaters with human hand prints all over them"  Best idea ever!!!

Of course sitting around watching nothing but the Food Network will make you want to eat EVERYTHING! 

But since I don't have the amazing capacity to eat like the Gilmore Girls (seriously where did they PUT all that food?) that's when this Cauliflower pizza crust idea came to mind. 

I've made it before and it tasted great but was a bit crumbly so I did a little more research and this is the secret.  Once you've strained the cauliflower "rice", transfer it to a clean, thin dishtowel. Wrap up the steamed rice in the dishtowel, twist it up, then SQUEEZE all the excess moisture out!  No more crumbly crust!  

Another tip- while your oven is pre-heating, put your cookie sheet in to warm up.  The recipe called for it to be baked at 500 degrees for 10-15 minutes but I went with the low and slow method.  400 for 35 minutes and it was perfect!  

1 small to medium sized head of cauliflower. Mine yielded 2 cups once processed.
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, dried basil, dried oregano and garlic powder
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese (I used vegetarian friendly Sargento)
1 egg (I used American Humane Certified eggs from Target)

Cut up your cauliflower into small chunks and pulse it in the food processor until it becomes a rice-like texture.

Microwave it un-covered for 4 minutes.

Wait for 5 minutes until it cools and then SQUEEZE!!

In a large bowl combined the riced cauliflower with the dried spices, cheese and egg.

On a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper press your "dough" out into a pizza shape.  I decided to create two mini pizzas. One for my husband to put meat on and a veggie for me.

While the crust is cooking, saute any veggies that you want to put on top.  I went with green pepper, mushroom and olives.   

Place your toppings on the cooked crust along with pizza sauce and cheese and pop it back in the oven for 5-10 minutes until the cheese melts. 

That's it!  Eat away guilt free...unless, of course, you're the one who takes the last piece. 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year...New Calendar!

It's a Christmas tradition that every year I make a Photoshopped calendar for my husband for the New Year.  It started 8 years ago on our first Christmas together and it always my favorite gift to watch him open on Christmas morning. 

From shows that we binge watched over the past new and old movies...we become our favorite characters (to love and hate) of the past year. 

I cloned myself for Orphan Black...

 Became Vice President of the United States in VEEP... 

Brian took over Washington D.C. too in House of Cards

He solved impossible crimes with the help of Sherlock...

Saved the world as Spiderman...

 And the planet in Interstellar...
We traveled back in time in Bull Durham... 
 And switched sports but stayed Kevin Costner in Draft Day...
 And last, but certainly not least, I have to do one laugh out loud funny photoshop for the year.  This was it.

Mission accomplished
Happy New Year! 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Christmas Cookies

This Christmas was a little different for my family.  With my husband recovering from surgery we weren't able to travel far to see family so we all decided to meet up in Williamsburg for lunch.

From Charlottesville, Ashland, Warsaw and Fredericksburg and Virginia Beach we came together for the afternoon. 

Typically I love to bake the week leading up to Christmas for our family gathering- putting together fun foods like the Christmas tree made out of grapes I did last year.

With our shortened visit I still wanted to make something special for each family member to take with them so I made these Peppermint patty stuffed Ritz crackers covered in chocolate!  So easy and yet so good!

Just stuff a peppermint patty between two Ritz crackers and microwave for 7 more! Trust me. Press the crackers down lightly being careful not to break the peppermint patty.  Melt chocolate almond bark and dip the cracker combo in.  Set it on parchment paper to cool.  I added a few Andes crushed peppermint chips on top for decoration.

Next up Nilla Wafer "Cake Bites"

Nilla wafers stuffed with jam and topped with white chocolate and sprinkles!  So cute!! Recipe found here

My sister and I not only look a like...we also have the same sweet tooth so I knew she would like these M&M cookies.

Soft, chewy pudding cookies with TWO kinds of chocolate chips and M&Ms...what's not to like?!  Follow the recipe here  It calls for white chocolate chips but since I was out I just used 1/2 milk chocolate and 1/2 semi sweet.  You can't go wrong with more chocolate! 

From my home to yours...Merry Christmas and here's to an even sweeter 2015! 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Along with my Mason Jar Hot Chocolate mugs I wanted to do something for my mother-in-law and that a real word?  If not, I just made it up :) 

I already made this crockpot candy for my new friend Carol and it made so much that I saved some for gifts for the in-laws.

I wanted to do something else that was sweet...but with a twist.  

Peppermint Sugar Body Scrub
This was SO quick and easy to make and smells wonderful!

2 cups granulated white sugar
1/3 cup LIGHT olive oil 
1/8 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 tsp peppermint extract

and just for fun I added in a few drops of essential peppermint oil that I had.

I divided up the sugar into two bowls and added a few drops of red food coloring into one until I got the color just right.

My hands felt so soft after making this I may have to make some for myself!

Take time during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season to relax and enjoy!