Monday, November 29, 2010

Created by Diane.

If you've never checked her blog out you need to visit it. She has some of the best recipes I've ever seen. I've made quite of few of her creations, including the one I'm going to blog about today.

For Thanksgiving, I made Diane's Mini Cranberry Pecan Pies. They were a big hit. I will warn you, if you don't like fresh cranberries or tartness, then you might not like these. My husband like them, but would have rather not had the cranberries. My mom, Nanny, and I loved the cranberries!!! Anyway, here are the pictures of these darling creations.

If you would like to try this recipe, hop on over to Diane's blog.

Corn Flake Wreaths

A few years ago a friend of ours shared with us a recipe for corn flake Christmas wreaths. I just love these things. They are so festive, simple and taste just like a rice krispie treat :) Enjoy!

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12

3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows
- or -
4 cups miniature marshmallows
1 teaspoon green food coloring
6 cups Kellogg's® Rice Krispies® cereal
Canned frosting or decorating gel
Assorted candies

I didn't use frosting. I just stuck red hots to the wreaths as they were cooling.

1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Stir in food coloring.

2. Add KELLOGG'S RICE KRISPIES cereal. Stir until well coated.

3. Using 1/4-cup measuring cup coated with cooking spray portion cereal mixture. Using buttered hands each portion into small wreath. Decorate with frosting and/or candies. Best if served the same day.

In microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Follow steps 2 and 3 above. Microwave cooking times, may vary.

Friday, November 19, 2010

It's that time of year..

Thanksgiving is almost here and my favorite follows close after...CHRISTMAS! You guys, I have loved Christmas from my very first breath. There is something so magical, inspiring, and amazing about Christmas,our Savior's birth, the season and the feeling I get just thinking about it. I truly LOVE this time of year. With that being said, I've been so busy this past week. Saturday my sister got married and I was her matron of honor! Her wedding turned out beautiful and I think it was everything she could have ever dreamed of!

Thursday night all of the girls got together and went out to dinner at Olive Garden to celebrate and I was asked to make cupcakes. Orginally, I made homemade Chocolate chip cupcakes with Diane's cream cheese icing. Unfortunately, the baking powder I used was WAY out of date, so I wound up make a yellow cupcakes out of a box, b/c i didn't have time for anything else. I topped them with pink sanding sugar and green fondant hearts and flowers. I didn't take a picture b/c i left my camera at home. Everyone loved them. They're favorite part was the cream cheese icing! You're right Diane, it's such a hit!

Lastly, I made a Soapapilla Cheesecake. For those of you who don't know what that is, or haven't tried it. You don't know what you're missing. My husband LOVES this stuff. He pretty much ate all but one serving of it. Here's the recipe i used for it.

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 (8 ounce) packages refrigerated crescent rolls
1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


1.Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Prepare a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
2.Beat the cream cheese with 1 cup of sugar and the vanilla extract in a bowl until smooth; set aside.
3.Unroll the cans of crescent roll dough, and use a rolling pin to shape each sheet into 9x13 inch rectangles. Press one sheet into the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Evenly spread the cream cheese mixture into the baking dish, then cover with the remaining piece of crescent dough, and brush with melted butter. Stir together 1/2 cup of sugar with the cinnamon in a small bowl, and sprinkle evenly over the top of the cheesecake.
4.Bake in the preheated oven until the crescent dough has puffed and turned golden brown, about 30 minutes. Allow to cool 10 minutes before serving

recipe adapted from allrecipes.

Hope you enjoy and have a wonderful weekend (:

Monday, November 8, 2010

Brown Sugar Cupcakes

This weekend I was looking for a recipe to make for my Children's Church class on Sunday. They are my little taste testers. Believe me, they're as honest as it gets ;)
Anyways, I came across Cookies and Cups recipe for Brown Sugar Cupcakes with Chocolate chip cookie dough icing. I wound up not feeling well on Saturday night so I made these this morning instead! You can find the recipe here. Be sure to follow her link to the buttercream icing. I had to tweak the recipe b/c I accidentally had a blonde moment,no offense, and made the recipe without clicking the buttercream link and it tasted not right, so I went back over the post and found that I had forgot the most important part, lol.

Make sure you let them cool completely. I was a little eager to try them so my icing melted, just a little and I had to try one, so that's why there's one missing :)

Hope you enjoy! Have a fantastic week, everyone :)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Happy Halloween!

This past week I made 3 different batches of my Magic Cookie Bars! They were such a hit, like posted in my previous blog post. I did change up on of the recipes a little bit, by adding Honey Nut Shredded Wheat for the crust in place of the graham crackers! It was a great switch, just didn't stick together as well as the graham crackers.

Friday night we went on a camp out with the youth group from our church. I wanted to bring something to take along so I made homemade caramel popcorn. Recipe from Brown Eyed baker. It was something fun and tasty and the kids liked it! Then Saturday night I made some halloween cookies for my Children's church class on Sunday. They were chocolate break and bakes with white ghost in the center. I forgot to take pictures on everything, unfortunately b/c i had so much going on! That's pretty much what my weekend consisted of!

Hope everyone had a wonderful halloween!