Easter Chicks Butter Cookies

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  Easter Chicks Butter Cookies Spring is one of my favorite times of year. The grass begins to green, the trees sprout new leaves, the flowers start to peek out from the ground.....and the chicks begin to hatch! To help gear up for the Easter season I have been focusing on fun Easter goodies and treats. I home school so I look for any excuse to incorporate fun treats into my curriculum! These Easter Chick Butter Cookies were a fit with both the Spring season and homeschooling...oh and did I mention they were a HUGE HIT with the kids! They enjoyed getting messy while dipping the cookies in chocolate, eating the coconut before it could even make it to the cookie and loved eating the left over candy! We had a blast making these adorable Easter Chicks Butter Cookies!   Butter Cookies Ingredients -   1 C. butter, softened 1 ¼ confectioners sugar 1 egg 1 tsp. Vanilla 1 1/2 C. flour 1 tsp. Baking soda ¼ tsp. Salt   Directions: Preheat … [Read more...]

Strawberry Glazed Strawberry Bread

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Strawberry Glazed Strawberry Bread Recipe It is almost Strawberry season here in Colorado. I can see the the white buds starting to appear. I can't wait! I love fresh strawberries and I use them in almost everything all summer long. From smoothies to salads they are one of the most universal fruits that I know of! Ingredients  12 table spoons of butter (1 1/2 sticks of butter)- room temp or melted. 2 1/3 cup of Granulated sugar  3 Large Eggs 1/2 cup of finely chopped strawberries (Can be done in a blender of food processor) 2 3/4 cup of flour 1 teaspoon of baking soda 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder A pinch of salt 3/4 cup of strawberry puree (Can do this in a lender or food processor) 3/4 cup of strawberry Greek Yogurt 1 tea spoon of vanilla  1/8 tea spoon of strawberry flavor if you want it to be more strawberry  Directions Preheat over to 350 degrees. (Makes two loafs- Use two loaf pans)  First start by mixing your … [Read more...]

Tulip Cookie Cups

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Tulip Cookie Cups Spring is officially here! The flowers are blooming and the the garden is sprouting! I love this time of year! This week I decided to celebrate Spring with the kids. We decided to make these edible Tulip Cookie Cups in honor of Spring time flowers! These Tulip Cookie Cups are delicious and really easy to make. My favorite part is the hidden surprise of Caramel! Yum! Ingredients Needed: 1 Package of 18 oz., Refrigerated Sugar Cookie Dough 36 Caramels 1 Cup Crumbled Oreo Cookies 36 Lollipops Green Candy Fruit Slices Green Icing Mini Cupcake Baking Cups Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a mini muffin pan with baking cups. Shape Sugar Cookie Dough into about 1 inch balls. Press balls onto the bottoms and up the sides of the muffin cup forming a "Pot". Place a caramel into the center of each cookie dough pot. Bake cookies 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. After cookies are removed from oven, sprinkle heaping teaspoons … [Read more...]

Mint Cake Pops

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Mint Cake Pops           I love making Cake Pops. Especially when I get to decorate them with my little girl! These Mint Cake Pops are perfect for St. Patrick's Day and are sure to be a family pleaser! Ingredients: 2 C Sugar 1 3/4th C All-Purpose Flour 3/4 C Cocoa 1 1/2 t Baking Soda 1 1/2 Baking Powder 2 Eggs 1 t Salt 1 C Milk 1/2 C Vegetable Oil 2 t Mint Extract 1 C Boiling Water 1 bag of cake pop sticks (you can get them from Michaels or Walmart) Directions: Heat your oven to 350 degrees and grease a deep cookie sheet Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in large bowl. Add your eggs, milk, oil, and mint. Beat with a mixer for 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water then pour onto the cookie sheet. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cake cool in baking sheet. Once cake is cooled cut into big squares and crumble cake into a big mixing bowl. Set aside. Frosting … [Read more...]

On-The-Go Sausage & Veggie Pancakes – Great for Road Trips!

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RoadTripHacks #CollectiveBias #Albertsons   On-The-Go Sausage & Veggie Pancakes - Great for Road Trips! Have you seen the new Road Trip tags at your local Albertsons store? I recently saw them during one of my shopping trips and I must say that I was thrilled. Albertsons has made it easy for you to find the products that will work great on any Road Trip. From candy to veggies! In celebration of this great promotion I would love to share with you one of my all time favorite Road Trip Breakfast hacks. I love to make On-The-Go Pancakes. They are a hit with my family because I can add anything to them and I just bake them in a muffin tin. Then I toss them into a gallon sized zip seal bag and we are ready to go! Ingredients: 2 Cups Flour 1 1/2 Cup Milk 1 tsp baking soda 2 eggs 2 tbs butter (room temp.) 1/2 lb  breakfast sausage 1/4 cup O … [Read more...]

Gender Reveal Cupcakes

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Gender Reveal Cupcakes [amd-yrecipe-recipe:1]     Icing 3 cups confectioners' sugar 1 cup butter 1 teaspoon almond extract 1 to 2 tablespoons whipping cream 2 batches of Butter Cream Frosting and fit a plastic piping bag with large decorating tips Draw one thin line of pink food coloring and one thin line of blue food coloring on either side of the plastic bag. Gently fill the bag with frosting, being careful not to touch the food coloring with your spatula. Twist the end and squeeze until both colors are coming out the tip. Pipe a swirl on top of each cupcake, from the outside in towards the center, covering the secret colored heart.     … [Read more...]

Maple Bacon Cupcakes

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Maple Bacon Cupcakes   I love Maple and Bacon together. The sweet with the salty is a perfect match. Even in these amazing Maple Bacon Cupcakes! Yum! Batter Ingredients: 4 1⁄2 tablespoons butter at room temperature 1⁄2 tablespoon bacon drippings (solid) 1 egg 5 tablespoons brown sugar 4 tablespoons maple syrup 1 1⁄4 cups self rising flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder tiny pinch salt 1⁄4 cup milk 1⁄4 cup of cooked minced bacon Directions for Batter: - Cook  bacon in a fry pan (I used one pound). - Reserve the drippings and place in the fridge to solidify. - Mince 1/4 a cup of the bacon. - Beat the butter and solidified bacon fat until light and creamy. - Add the brown sugar and maple syrup and beat well until combined. - Add the egg and beat until incorporated. - Sift the flour, salt, baking soda and powder together. - Add some of the flour and mix, then some of the milk. - Continue to alternate the dry and wet ingredients, … [Read more...]

Cotton Candy Cupcakes

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Cotton Candy Cupcakes   I can't get enough of Cotton Candy this year. From ice cream and candy to cupcakes and bubble gum. I keep finding this flavor everywhere. I must say that I am so happy to be surrounded by Cotton Candy flavors. I love, Love, LOVE Cotton Candy! That is why I am excited to share with you all this great Cotton Candy Cupcake recipe! I hope you enjoy it a much as I did!   Ingredients 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter softened 1/2 cup sour cream 1 egg, plus 2 egg yolks, at room temperature 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup cotton candy Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin pan with paper liners and place to the side. In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the butter, sour cream, egg, yolks, and vanilla and beat until smooth. Stir in the cotton candy until evenly distributed -do not over … [Read more...]

Maraschino Cherry Cupcakes

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Maraschino Cherry Cupcakes To me there is nothing better then Maraschino Cherries. I love them in soda, on ice cream and in my cupcakes! They just make everything in life a little sweeter! Yields: 18 cupcakes Time: 1 hour 25 minutes Ingredients: Cupcakes: 1 jar (10 oz) maraschino cherries, drained, liquid reserved 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt ½ cup unsalted butter 1 ¼ cups sugar ½ cup maraschino cherry liquid ¼ cup whole milk 2 teaspoons almond extract 2 egg whites, beaten Optional: pink food color Frosting: Reserved 1 tablespoon maraschino cherry liquid 1 cup butter, softened 3 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar 2 teaspoons milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/8 teaspoon salt Garnish: 18 maraschino cherries with stems Directions: Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line regular-size muffin cups with paper baking cups; set aside. Finely chop cherries and place in paper-towel-lined … [Read more...]

Chocolate Strawberry Heart Shaped Pie

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Chocolate Strawberry Heart Shaped Pie Valentines Day is just around the corner and this year I would love to make something extra special for my husband and daughter. I think that these Chocolate Strawberry Heart Shaped Pies will not only have the perfect flavors for Valentines Day but will be festive and taste amazing! I can't wait to see the look on their faces when they see these adorable little heart shaped pies!     Ingredients 1 ½ Cups Strawberries, chopped ¼ Cup Sugar 1 Cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips 2 Pkg. Refrigerated Pie crusts (4 crusts total) Egg Flour for dusting   Directions: Preheat the oven to 425˚. In a bowl place the Strawberries and ¼ cup of sugar, let sit for 10-15 minutes stirring every five minutes until a syrup forms. In a microwave safe bowl melt the Chocolate at 50% power for 2 minutes. Stir until smooth, add to the strawberries and stir until well combined. Take the crusts out of the … [Read more...]

Easy Meals for Dinner Parties & Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake! #HolidayMadeSimple #CollectiveBias #Ad

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HolidayMadeSimple #CollectiveBias Easy Meals for Dinner Parties & Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake! I live in one of the biggest towns in the state. Because of this I always get unexpected out of town family. They love coming here to shop. Especially around the Holidays. That is why I always have quick and easy meals from Walmart like Stouffer's on hand at all times. Recently I had a quick and easy dinner party at my house. I knew that I was going to be going away for the holiday's this year and I wanted to make sure that I did not miss out on seeing my family and friends before I left. Thanks to Walmart, Stouffer's and Nestle I was able to focus more on my family and friends and less on the holiday recipes I was making. I decided to make a Stouffer's Lasagna for dinner. It was a hit! With the lasagna I made some garlic bread, salad, sugar cookies and I was also able to … [Read more...]

DIY Graham Cracker Houses & Peanut Butter Cheesecake Recipe! #PBandG #CollectiveBias #Yippee #ad

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**This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. DIY Graham Cracker Houses & Peanut Butter Cheesecake Recipe! I love the Holiday's! It is a time to spend with family and friends, share stories, make memories...oh and of course decorate and bake your favorite Holiday Recipes for loved ones! Recently my family and I decided to build  fun #PBandG Graham Cracker Houses and as dessert I made a Skippy Peanut Butter Cheesecake to go with it! Our family filled Holiday Night really got us in the mood for Christmas. I am so glad #CollectiveBias encouraged me to make one again this year. It was so much fun making our house and we enjoyed every last bite of the Peanut Butter Cheesecake! Yum! Every year my family and I spend family time together building a Holiday House. We loving coming up with new designs and decorations each and every year. Plus they are so fun to eat later! Last night my husband, daughter and I got out all … [Read more...]

S’more Brownies

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  S'more Brownies S'more Brownie Ingredients -   ¾ C. flour 2 C. semi-sweet chocolate 2 tbs cocoa powder 4 tbs. butter 3 eggs 1 ½ C. sugar ½ C. packed brown sugar 1 tsp. Vanilla extract 1 tsp. Baking powder ½ tsp. Salt 2 tbs. sugar 1 C. graham cracker crumbs 3 tbs. melted butter or margarine 1 bag of large marshmallows (you will need approximately 45 marshmallows cut into thirds for your S'more layer)   (2) 12 ct. muffin tins or 15 Silicone Baking cups (optional but highly recommended and awesome = easy clean-up!!) Directions -   Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.   #1. Combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Set aside.   #2. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the butter and chocolate in 15-20 second increments, stirring until completely melted. Let cool 2-3 minutes.   #3. In another bowl, combine the eggs, sugar and vanilla. Add in the melted chocolate … [Read more...]

HABA Silicone Kitchen Molds Review & Giveaway!

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  HABA Silicone Kitchen Molds - Great for Little Helpers! Giveaway Ends 6/10/14! I have lots of little helpers in my home. They love to help me clean house, take care of the babies and...COOK! Every time I tell the kids to get their aprons on they start to scream with excitement. The kitchen is their favorite place and I love teaching the kids about baking, cooking and freezing! Recently thanks to HABA I was able to review some great kitchen items including silicone baking molds and silicone popsicle/ice molds! As soon as these products arrived the kids and I took them out of the box and got started. They could not wait for the freezer to freeze their popsicles or for the cake to finish baking! Silicone Cake Mold Summer Flower -  My daughter had a birthday this past month and she was hoping to make her own cake. When I seen the HABA Summer Flower silicone mold I knew that it would be the perfect treat for her special day. Plus the cake mold was very easy to use and I knew … [Read more...]

Almond Joy Brownies

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Almond Joy Brownies My Mom is a sucker for coconut and she loves Almond Joy bars. As I was trying to come up with something creative for Mother's Day I decided to take her favorite candy to the next level and make her some Almond Joy Brownies! Almond Joy Brownies Ingredients -   ¾ C. flour 2 C. semi-sweet chocolate 2 tbs cocoa powder 4 tbs. butter 3 eggs 1 ½ C. sugar ½ C. packed brown sugar 1 tsp. Vanilla extract 1 tsp. Baking powder ½ tsp. Salt 10-12 Almond Joy candy bars   8x8 or 9x9 baking pan   Frosting ingredients -   ¼ C. butter or margarine, softened 1/3 C. cocoa 2 C. powdered sugar 1 tsp. Vanilla 3 tbs milk   Directions -   Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line your 8x8 or 9x9 baking dish with foil and spray with a non-stick spray.   #1. Combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Set aside.   #2. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the butter … [Read more...]