Easter Peep Surprise Cupcakes

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Easter Peep Surprise Cupcakes

Easter Peep Surprise Cupcakes

I love hanging with my munchkins (nephews and nieces).  We spend time together and we do a lot of activities. One of our favorite things to do is cook together.

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I’ve been cooking with them since they were about 2 years old and Jayden (the oldest) is almost 12! They loved stirring and putting ingredients into the mixing bowl.  Now they can pretty much do it all by themselves.  I just supervise and taste test of course. It’s hard to believe how fast time flies. We especially like to bake.  Holiday baked goods are our favorites and we like to make tasty treats for holiday get togethers with the family.

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We came up with this really fun recipe for these Easter Peep Surprise Cupcakes.  We just used a box mix for the cupcakes.  We chose gluten free vanilla cupcakes. You can use your favorite box mix or home made. The decorating is the fun surprise part. You just want the cupcakes to taste good :)

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Once the cupcakes are baked and cooled you’ll need to scoop out the “nest”.  We used a melon baller to scoop out a hole in the top of each cupcake.  You will want to make them deep enough to fill.

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Once we were done with the scooping we then filled each one with the “surprise” part.  We used jelly beans because they look like eggs and then we added easter sprinkles for fun. They were in the shape of bunnies and carrots. You can pick your favorite treat.

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We dyed our vanilla frosting (again your choice of what kind) light green to look like grass.  Once each cupcake was filled we frosted them with our green frosting and then we sprinkled each one with green sprinkles.

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We then topped each one with a Peep for the final touch.  The munchkins love biting into these. They’re so much fun! We made them last year and we’re definitely making them again this year.  Is there something you like to make for holiday gatherings?

Signature Donna



Easy Rainbow Cake #CakeMyDay

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This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by Sweetworks. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic.

Easy Rainbow Cake #CakeMyDay

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One of my favorite things to do is bake. I really enjoy coming up with creative desserts to share with family and friends. I spend a lot of time on Pinterest.  I always seem to find amazing creations  and they’re not so easy to make. They either don’t give enough directions or they’re not clear in their directions.  It can be frustrating.

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I am so excited about this Rainbow Cake I made this week. Not only was it beautiful, but it was so much easier than I ever imagined.  It was delicious too!! I brought it to a church meeting and there was nothing left.

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I was inspired to make this Rainbow cake based on the recipe in the “Cake my Day” book!  They have the most amazing cake designs and they give easy step by step instructions.  I am so amazed and can’t wait to try every single design!

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I also love that they use fun decorations like those from Sweetworks. I used the sixlets to make the rainbow!  The “Cake my Day” Book is from the same people who wrote Hello Cupcake.  You have to check out their creations!

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You can pre order the book here.  While you’re here though, why not enter to win a Sweetworks prize pack! You can use it to decorate your amazing creations from the book! To sweeten this giveaway you have 25 chances to win! That’s right, there are 25 of us giving away a $50 Sweetworks prize pack.  While you’re entering the other giveaways make sure to check out the other amazing creations from the Cake my Day book!

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Raspberry Cheesecake Truffles

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Raspberry Cheesecake Truffles

A Sweet Treat for Valentine’s Day – #ValentinesDesserts

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When my husband and I were first married we lived in Key West.  There are lots of unique restaurants there and we love trying new foods.  With all of the unique cuisine we were usually too full for dessert.  There was one exception and that was a place that had the most amazing cheesecake. They even drizzled the most delicious raspberry sauce over the pie. From that moment on it became “our dessert”. We almost always leave room when cheesecake is on the menu. In fact, that was the inspiration for these Raspberry Cheesecake Truffles.

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You would not believe how easy these are to make.  I started with a No Bake Cheesecake. Once I assembled it, I dumped Raspberry Pie Filling on the top and popped it in the freezer. You can pick your favorite pie filling. I love that you can customize it :)

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Make sure that the cheesecake is really frozen before starting the next step. I tried this a few times before it was frozen and it makes a huge difference.

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I used a melon baller to scoop out little round balls of deliciousness. Make sure to get part of the crust and fruit in every scoop. Then pop them back into the freezer while you melt the chocolate. I couldn’t decide between white or pink. The pink won out because I liked the vanilla taste of the melts.  So I just melted them and dipped the cheesecake in and put them back in the fridge.  If you’re going to melt any type of chocolate chips adding a tablespoon of vegetable shortening can help them melt better.

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That’s it! The last step is to enjoy!  They are my new favorite desserts and I can’t wait to share mine with my sweetheart.

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Sweet Potato Fries with a Vanilla Glaze – A Fancy Big Game Treat

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Sweet Potato Fries with a Vanilla Glaze

A Fancy Big Game Treat #GameTimeGrub #CollectiveBias

Sweet Potato Fries with a Vanilla Glaze  A Fancy Big Game Treat #GameTimeGrub  #CollectiveBias #recipe

Can you believe that the big game is just around the corner? We are so excited to have friends over and that means I need an amazingly fancy big game treat. Okay, truth be told my husband is happy with just about anything and he doesn’t need “fancy” treats, but I am a foodie and I like trying new and fancy things.

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I decided to start with some game day favorites which were easy to find.  I went with Sweet Potato friesCrispy Onion Rings, and Smart Classics Crinkle Cut Fries.

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They were all very easy to find at Walmart in the freezer section with the potatoes.  My husband is a HUGE fan of onion rings and fries. He’s happy just dunking them in ketchup. I’m a fan of sweet potato fries and I tend to try fancy new dipping sauces. I love the high quality of the Alexia products and the versatility for quick game day grub.

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This vanilla glaze is so tasty and looks like I spent a lot of time preparing it.  It is tasty, but it literally takes minutes to prepare! Just cook the sweet potato fries according to the package. You don’t even have to start preparing your glaze until about 5 minutes left on your oven timer.

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1. In a mixing bowl combine 1 cup confectioner’s sugar, 2 tablespoons milk, and 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla.

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2. Mix until combined. I told you this was easy ;)  If you want it thicker you can add more confectioner’s sugar. If you use heavy cream in place of the milk it will give you a creamier texture as well. I like drizzling mine.

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3. After removing your fries from the oven, mix together cinnamon and sugar in a separate bowl.

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4. Sprinkle your sweet potato fries with the cinnamon and sugar mixture.

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5. Drizzle on the vanilla glaze.

That’s it!   I’ve made it before and it’s very impressive. I never have any leftovers.

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Whether your guests like the fancy treats or just want to dunk their game day grub in ketchup, Alexia products will surely score you a win.

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I did experiment with a cilantro ranch that I really liked on my onion rings too. I’ve included the recipe below.

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We have our “game faces” on and we’re ready to go! What are you all serving at your big game celebrations?

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Sweet Potato Fries with a Vanilla Glaze
 
Ingredients
  • Alexia Sweet Potato fries
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • ¼ tsp vanilla
  • sugar & cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Bake fries according to directions on bag.
  2. Combine confectioner's sugar, milk, and vanilla. Mix until combined.
  3. Sprinkle cinnamon & sugar over cooked fries.
  4. Drizzle vanilla glaze over fries.
  5. Enjoy.

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Cilantro Ranch
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup loosely-packed fresh cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse several times until smooth and creamy.

 

Baked Salmon with Vegetable Curry Recipe #RealisticResolution

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Baked Salmon with Vegetable Curry Recipe + Giveaway

#RealisticResolution

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Can you believe that it’s already 2015? Every year as January rolls around I tend to think about resolutions. I don’t always make them because I usually don’t stick to them but I tend to try to get in shape, eat better, become more organized – you know, the usual.  The eating better actually started about 3 or 4 months ago and I’ve been rather successful. It’s always nice to find new healthy recipes that taste good.

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With lean protein and natural omega-3, experts recommend eating seafood at least twice a week! Eating seafood at least twice a week can aid brain development, promote heart health, help fight obesity and improve your overall health.

My husband loves salmon so I was looking for a great and healthy recipe. I purchased Gorton’s Classic Grilled Salmon.  I also found a great recipe in the SparkPeople Cookbook.  I worked in a pharmacy all through college and one of the pharmacist’s wife would bring in the best Indian Curry. I loved working his shifts because I knew I’d be fed well.  When I saw the recipe for Vegetable Curry I knew I had to try it.

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You start by sautéing carrots and onions.  Then you add garlic, curry powder, cayenne, and turmeric until it smells fragrant.  It smells so good. Then you transfer it to a crockpot.

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You add potatoes, green beans, tomatoes, chickpeas, and vegetable stock. Let it cook in the slow cooker for 6 hours on low.

During the last 15 minutes, add the peas and coconut milk.

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That is when I cooked the salmon and brown rice. I love Gorton’s fresh packs.  You can bake the fish right in the pack.

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When it’s done baking, you cut the pack and serve! It’s that easy.

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The results were delicious! The cookbook had a lot of delicious recipes.

Right now you can participate in the 30-Day Realistic Resolution Challenge on SparkPeople.com or using the SparkPeople app (available on iTunes Store or Google Play). Start today on your realistic resolution!

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You can also grab a coupon for $0.75 off Gorton’s fish and while you’re at it, enter to win the Gorton’s Eat Smarter Sweepstakes!

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Slow Cooker Vegetable Curry
 
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp canola
  • 4 medium carrots (about 2 cups), sliced ¼ in thick
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • ½ tsp cayeen
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 4 to 5 Yukon Gold or red potatoes, quartered
  • 8 oz fresh or frozen green beans
  • 3 cups canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced (1 cup)
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • ½ cup light coconut milk
Instructions
  1. In a saute pan, heat the oil until moderately hot. Add the carrots and onion and saute for 2 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic, curry powder, cayenne, and turmeric to the pan. Continue to cook for 2 minutes more or until the spices become fragrant.
  2. Remove the vegetables from the pan and transwer to a slow cooker. Add the potatoes, green beans, chickpeas, tomatoes, and vegetable stock to the slow cooker.
  3. Set the slow cooker on low and cook for 5 and a ½ hours. Add the peas and coconut milk and cook for 15 minutes more.

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12 Days of Christmas – Pumpkin Trifle

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12 Days of Christmas

Pumpkin Trifle

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Here’s another delicious dessert for you. I really love the smell of pumpkin and this looks so easy! I’m excited to try it.

Welcome to our first annual 12 days of Christmas desserts. Cookies, cakes and breads are the norm for the holidays. I am always looking for new desserts to make during the holidays. This Pumpkin Trifle goes together quick and it’s great for a last minute invite.

For the first 12 days of December I have teamed up with several friends to spotlight our favorite holiday desserts. Make sure to check back each day to see the delicious treats we have to share with you.

Head over to Just Plum Crazy to get the recipe for Pumpkin Trifle and it will become your favorite holiday dessert. Happy Holidays.

12 Days of Christmas – Peppermint Divinity

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12 Days of Christmas

Peppermint Divinity

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I love peppermint almost as much as I love chocolate. Here’s another delicious Christmas Dessert.

Do you have tried and true family recipes that you make every Christmas? We all know the true reason for the season, but I also totally use it as an excuse to bake and make candy non-stop. I usually end up gifting friends and family with a lot of homemade treats.

Divinity is such an old fashioned recipe that a year can’t go by without making a batch, or 2 or 3. We thought we’d switch things up a little though by making a Peppermint Divinity. It turned out so well, everyone loves it! Make sure to get the recipe here at Sweet Pennies from Heaven. I hope you enjoy it.

Make sure to check back again tomorrow! We’ll be sharing more delicious Christmas desserts!

12 Days of Christmas – Chocolate Chip Bacon Cookies

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12 Days of Christmas

Chocolate Chip Bacon Cookies

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We love to eat during the holidays and these cookies have become a tradition at our holiday gatherings.  Chocolate is awesome and bacon is awesome, but together? Let me reassure you, these cookies are amazing! Chocolate and Bacon may sound a little crazy, but it’s the classic sweet & salty combination and there are never any left (even when I double and triple the recipe). I get asked to make them all the time.  They’re super simple to make and happen to be gluten free too.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cup of semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup of maple syrup (1/2 cup for the cookie batter, 1/4 cup for the candied bacon)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups of almond flour (if you can’t find any you can just grind up almonds in a food processor)
  • 5 pieces of raw bacon

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to bake at 350°F.
  2. In a medium size mixing bowl, toss uncooked bacon in ¼ cup of maple syrup.
  3. Lay out the bacon on a parchment-lined baking sheet.  Keep spaced so they don’t touch.
  4. Bake the bacon at350°F for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Remove the bacon from oven, and allow to cool.
  6. Crumble candied bacon for cookie batter after it has cooled.
  7. Heat oven to 375°F.
  8. In a medium-sized mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients.
  9. In a small mixing bowl beat eggs, 1/2 cup maple syrup, and vanilla extract with a hand mixer.
  10. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and beat with a hand mixer until combined.
  11. Add melted coconut oil into batter and continue to blend until combined.
  12. Stir in chocolate chips and the candied bacon.
  13. Drop balls of dough on parchment-lined baking sheet, about a tablespoon in size.
  14. Bake cookies for 15 minutes at 375°F.
  15. Let cool and serve.
  16. Enjoy!

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12 Days of Christmas – Homemade Pumpkin Bars with Candied Pecan Topping

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12 Days of Christmas

Homemade Pumpkin Bars with Candied Pecan Topping

Homemade Pumpkin Bars with Candied Pecan Topping

Can you believe all the deliciousness? We’re only half way through our 12 Days of Christmas Desserts!  Here is another fabulous additon!

Today we’re making Homemade Pumpkin Bars with Candied Pecan Topping.  This is on the menu this year because it is a simple recipe and can easily be made ahead and then topped with whipped topping and candied pecans at the last minute.

Is a pumpkin dessert a “must do” on your Christmas dessert menu?  Make sure to head over to This Roller Coaster Called Life and get Naomi’s recipe for Homemade Pumpkin Bars with Candied Pecan Topping!

12 Days of Christmas – Cranberry Eggnog Cheesecake

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12 Days of Christmas

Cranberry Eggnog Cheesecake

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Growing up I remember my Grandma and Dad getting Eggnog every year around Christmas. I think this is such a unique combination and I’m excited to try it.

Christmas is such a lovely time to get together with family and friends and enjoy a sweet treat, isn’t it? That’s why, for the first 12 days of December I’ve joined up with some blogging buddies to share our favourite holiday recipes! Come back each day from December 1st to 12th and check out all the yummy goodies we have for you.

Nothing says Christmas cranberries and eggnog. Just the mention of them can put you in the holiday spirit! That’s why this Cranberry Eggnog Cheesecake is an ideal festive dessert.

Creamy eggnog, slightly tart cranberries, crunchy crust, and just a hint of nutmeg make this a holiday recipe that’s sure to have them asking for more. Hop on over to Creative Cynchronicity to get the full recipe with options for cheesecake or cheesecake bars.

Don’t miss out on any of the recipes. Check out our linky for a new recipe each day as well as any you may have missed!

Olaf’s Frozen Snow Fudge #SweetWorksHoliday

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*This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by Sweetworks. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic.

Olaf’s Frozen Snow Fudge

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Christmas is my favorite time of year.  I love decorating and baking for the holidays and I have so much fun giving presents. This year my husband and I will be spending Christmas with my family in Florida. I was talking to my niece on the phone and just about everything on her Christmas wish list had to do with Frozen! She is obsessed with it.

Just a few days ago I received a box of candy from Sweetworks. They have delicious and unique confections perfect for all occasions. I just love using them when I bake my treats. Okay, I also like snacking on them too. They’re delicious and fun, can you blame me? You can read more about them here.

Olaf's Frozen Snow Fudge #SweetWorksHoliday + Giveaway #recipe #giveaway #frozen I decided I was going to come up with a special treat for my niece and it could not have been easier. Another bonus is that it’s so easy I can whip up a batch with her help.  She’ll love it!  I’ve called it Olaf’s Frozen Snow Fudge!

You start with 3 and a half cups of mini marshmallows and 1 and a half cups of white chocolate chips. I also added a tablespoon of shortening because it helps the chocolate to melt.  I used two 4.5 oz jars of Sixlets. They have different Christmas colors, but I went with the blue, white, and silver for the Frozen theme.

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Turn the heat on low on a burner and mix the chocolate and shortening until smooth. Make sure you give this constant supervision. It only takes a few seconds to burn.  As soon as the chocolate is smooth remove the pan from the heat and add in the marshmallows and 1 jar of the sixlets.  Mix until blended.

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Once blended spread in an 8×8 pan and top with the other jar of sixlets.  Then pop it into the freezer for 20 minutes.  Once it’s set you can cut, serve, and enjoy!

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I think these will go over really well!

Now, I have a sweet surprise for you! I’ve joined up with 24 other bloggers. Each of us is giving away a $50 Sweetworks prize pack!! That means there will be 25 winners!

Candy Packages to 25 Winners Valued at $50 include:

8oz Christmas Mix Gumballs Peg Bag (2), 4oz Peanutbutter Filled Santas (2), 4oz Foiled Solid Milk Ornaments (2), 1.7oz Christmas Cane w/ Sixlets (2), Dark Mint Filled Break-A-Part  (1), Mint Ovation Sticks (1), Christmas Sixlets Theater Box (1), 4oz Christmas Mix Sixlets Laydown (1), 1.75oz Christmas Mix Pearls (1), 1.75oz Snowflake Mix Pearls (1), 1.5oz Shimmer Silver Stars (1), 1.5oz Shimmer Gold Stars (1), 3.5oz Foiled Semi-Solid Rocking Horse (1), 4.5oz Snowflake Mix Sixlets Jar (1), and 4.5oz Christmas Mix Sixlets Jar (1)

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Olaf's Frozen Snow Fudge
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 1 and ½ cups white chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp shortening
  • 3 and ½ cups mini marshmallows
  • 2 4.5 oz jars of sixlets
Instructions
  1. Melt chocolate chips and shortening over low heat until smooth. Remove from heat.
  2. Mix in marshmallows and one jar of sixlets until blended.
  3. Spread in an 8x8 pan and top with the second jar of sixlets. Pop in freezer for 20 minutes until set.
  4. Cut and serve.
  5. Enjoy.

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12 Days of Christmas – Grandma’s Pecan Pie

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12 Days of Christmas

Grandma’s Pecan Pie

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We’ve had some incredible desserts and we’re not even half way done with our 12 days! This pie looks so good. I think my husband would really like it!

What would the holidays be without pie? Every holiday needs a good pie. Mandee at Raising My 5 Sons has been kind enough to share her Grandmother’s Pecan Pie recipe with us.

Because Grandma’s Pecan Pie recipe is so easy to make and it is perfect for the holidays I really think you’ll enjoy it.

For the full recipe visit Raising My 5 Sons so you can get step by step instructions along with photos.

We have 12 full days of Christmas Desserts, so be sure to check out the linky below for all of the amazing recipes!

12 Days of Christmas – Caramel {Candy} Bars

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12 Days of Christmas

Caramel {Candy} Bars

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Are you ready for another delicious dessert in our 12 Days of Christmas recipe posts? These look so yummy!

I love the holidays and all of our family traditions that go with it. Some of you probably have traditional foods, desserts, activities, gifts and pictures that you incorporate into your celebrations. We have a lot of traditional foods, and these treats are part of my friend, Stefanie’s, tradition. This tradition came from her in-laws. She hadn’t ever had this dessert before she met her husband, but now it is her favorite and I’m so excited she is sharing it with us!

‘Tis the season for gooey, delicious cookie bars! Caramel Candy Bars are a seasonal favorites (though you can make them throughout the year). Make them Christmasy by adding red and green M&M’s instead of the multi-colored “normal” M&M’s.

For the full recipe visit Making of a Mom and get step by step instructions.

Pin it for later here —> http://www.pinterest.com/pin/61431982391493570/

To see the other 12 Days of Christmas Desserts check out this linky below and help yourself to some delicious recipes!

Tasty Apple Dip – The Perfect Fall Treat

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Tasty Apple Dip – The Perfect Fall Treat

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I love being a part of the #NorthIowaBloggers for so many reasons and I’m so appreciative that they’re helping me out while I’m on vacation.  My good friend, Beth Ann, over at It’s Just Life is sharing her Tasty Apple Dip with us today!
Fall brings apples of all shapes, colors and sizes.  I love apples and love the choices that are available locally both at local orchards and in the grocery stores.  An apple is perfect all by itself but when paired with a delightful dip it makes it even better!  I served this wonderful combo at my recent blogger gathering and it was a hit.
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Tasty Apple Dip

  • 2 blocks cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tub caramel
  • 1 package heath bar crumbles ( I used a combination of two kinds–milk chocolate and Bits o’ Brickle)
  • 6 large apples–your favorite variety

Tasty Apple Dip - The Perfect Fall Treat #recipe #northiowabloggers Beth Ann Chiles It's Just Life donnahup

  1. Combine cream cheese, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in mixing bowl and mix with electric mixer on medium low speed.
  2. Spread evenly on plate or whatever you are serving the dip on.
  3. Warm caramel just enough to make it easy to spread, stir and spread evenly over cream cheese mixture.
  4. Finish with sprinkling Heath bar crumbles on top.
  5. Cut up apples and eat immediately or mix with 1 TBSP lemon juice to prevent them from getting brown.

You can never go wrong with this simple and easy dish and the great thing is that it makes a lot so you have plenty to go around.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Tasty Apple Dip
 
Ingredients
  • 2 blocks cream cheese
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tub caramel
  • 1 package heath bar crumbles ( I used a combination of two kinds–milk chocolate and Bits o’ Brickle)
  • 6 large apples–your favorite variety
Instructions
  1. Combine cream cheese, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in mixing bowl and mix with electric mixer on medium low speed.
  2. Spread evenly on plate or whatever you are serving the dip on.
  3. Warm caramel just enough to make it easy to spread, stir and spread evenly over cream cheese mixture.
  4. Finish with sprinkling Heath bar crumbles on top.
  5. Cut up apples and eat immediately or mix with 1 TBSP lemon juice to prevent them from getting brown.

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Mini Stuffed Pumpkins an Easy Gourmet Meal

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Mini Stuffed Pumpkins an Easy Gourmet Meal

MiniStuffedPumpkins Mini Stuffed Pumpkins #recipe Modern Rural Living Amy Hild donnahup

I’m so excited to have another #NorthIowaBlogger guest posting for me!  My good friend, Amy, from over at Modern Rural Living is sharing a fun fall recipe with us!

Hi, my name is Amy and I blog over at Modern Rural Living. One thing about me is that I like to classify myself as an aspiring foodie. I say aspiring because I am no gourmet chef and don’t have much time to travel and try new and exciting foods, writing food blogs and sharing recipes is my chance to express my inner food-loving self. :)

I didn’t just come by this naturally, what started out as an experiment with food has turned into a combination of science and art for my parents, who joined a gourmet food club more than 15 years ago.

My dad says cooking is a science because you take whatever is in season and mix it with spices and liquids to make something exciting for the taste buds. My mom says cooking is an art form because it’s all about presentation and eye appeal.

minipumpkin-Recipe Mini Stuffed Pumpkins #recipe Modern Rural Living Amy Hild donnahup

I believe their recipe for Mini Stuffed Pumpkins is a perfect union of science and art! Picture your table colorfully decorated with a bounty of gourds, pumpkins, bittersweet and acorns as the centerpiece; glasses of your favorite red, white or golden yellow wine; napkins and silverware tied together with twine next to a solitary plate holding the main course, a pumpkin stuffed with a delicious blend of savory and crunch.

My parents agree that cooking gourmet doesn’t have to be difficult. The most difficult thing about this recipe is cutting the top off of the pumpkin. The rest is easy – especially the clean up as you just throw the shPell away or toss into your compost pile.

Whether you make this fun dish for friends or family, be prepared for the “oohs” and “ahhs” as they experience both the presentation (art) and taste (science).

5.0 from 1 reviews
 
Ingredients
  • • 4 small pumpkins (approx 4”-5” high)
  • • 1 onion, chopped
  • • 2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • • 1 lb. Hamburger
  • • 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • • 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • • 4 oz can mushrooms
  • • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • • 1.5 Cups Cooked Rice
  • • 4 oz Can Chopped Water Chestnuts
Instructions
  1. Preheat Oven to 350°
  2. Cut off tops of pumpkins and clean out seeds.
  3. Sauté onions in oil until tender.
  4. Add hamburger, soy sauce, brown sugar, mushrooms, and soup.
  5. Simmer 10 minutes.
  6. Add cooked rice and water chestnuts.
  7. Fill pumpkins and place on a foil lined cookie sheet.
  8. Put tops on pumpkins.
  9. Bake 1 hour at 350°

 

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