Friday, April 11, 2014

Carrot Cake Monkey Bread

It is not news to you all that myself and my family have a thing for monkey bread.  Plain, salted caramel apple, and even samoa; I don't discriminate.  We love it for breakfast, a snack or dessert.  Another thing that I enjoy immensely is carrot cake.  That deliciously moist cake studded with bits of shredded carrots and amazing spices like cinnamon, cloves and allspice and it's all wrapped up in a delicious cream cheese frosting.  Oh. My. Goodness.  Yum!
So, since we are smack dab in the midst of carrot cake season, I decided to combine two of my loves; carrot cake and monkey bread.  The end result is a delicious monkey bread with candied carrots and cream cheese drizzle.  My knees go week just thinking about this stuff.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Edible Easter Topiary Trees

I am so excited to share this recipe with you today!  Not only because how easy it is but because of it's cuteness! Well, it's not so much a recipe as a cute Easter craft that can also double as Easter decorations.

Every time a holiday comes around I find myself wondering aimlessly up and down the seasonal isle.  Looking at the cute nick-nacks that I truly don't need, the fun little crafts and the candy.  Oh, the candy.  My Achilles heel.  There's just something about that candy that reels me in and makes me grab one bag after another.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Oreo Truffle Bunny Tails

Oreo truffles are not new to the scene by any means, but they are still as addicting as ever.  I can't remember the first time I actually tasted one, but the first time I made a batch was for Tucker's 1st birthday party.  Once I figured out how incredibly simple they were to make I knew I was in trouble.

I've made these countless times for different parties, events and gifts.  Just a few simple ingredients, that I typically always have in my pantry, a little time and that's all it takes before  you have an abundance of delicious little truffles.  They can be easily customized to fit any holiday or even.  Coat them in red with some white or green sprinkles for Christmas, shape them in hearts and coat in pink for Valentines, green for St. Patrick's day, the options are endless.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Salted Caramel Chow Mein Bird's Nest

These chow mein noodle bird's nest have been around as long as I can remember.  When Spring appears and Easter is around the corner these nest start making appearances.  They are so cute, delicious, filled with colorful eggs and scream spring.

I know there are a multitude of varieties floating around out there; some just like rice krispie treats but with the chow mein noodles instead of the rice krispie cereal, some coated in a combination of peanut butter, chocolate and butterscotch, and some coated in the white candy bark.  The options and variations are endless.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Bird's Nest Chocolate Stirring Spoons

Tucker always enjoys helping my in the kitchen.  It doesn't matter if it's scooping flour, pouring vanilla, or making pigs in a blanket; he loves it all.  As much as he enjoys those different tasks, I am always trying to think of different ideas and activities to let him take the reigns in the kitchen.  There's nothing better than seeing his face light up after he finished a fun project.  He is beyond proud.
So while this is not really much of a recipe, it is a fun and festive activity that you can do with you kids and helped them get involved in the kitchen and the Easter season.  The process of these spoons is really simple; dip the spoon in chocolate, add some sprinkles and then put some eggs in the center.  Viola!  You have a fun stirring spoon that is so cute and so simple.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings

By now you know that wings are a staple in our meal plans.  While I love playing around with new flavors, I would have to say that the traditional buffalo wing dipped in a cold, delicious blue cheese is my all-time favorite.  I can't make wings without making sure that buffalo is one of the options of the night.

Some of the first buffalo wings I had were fried and they were amazing!  The tender chicken, crispy skin tossed in a vinegar based hot sauce.  There's nothing better.  But let's face it.  Setting up that deep fryer, filling it with oil, cooking and then cleaning it all up.  Well.  It's just a pain.  And the lingering smell of fried whatever seems to stay around longer than anyone desires.

Monday, March 31, 2014

SRC: Chocolate Chip Granola

It's no surprise that we are a granola loving family.  It's one of those items I love having on hand at all times.  It's perfect to top yogurt, accompany cereal, have a delicious parfait or just a quick and easy snack on the go.  More times than not you can guarantee I have a bag in my purse for those times I need a quick pick-me-up while I'm running errands.
Granola is so easy to make and it's so much fun to customize.  I've made various types of granola from white chocolate cranberry, tropical, and even a simple brown sugar version and they have all been amazing.  The flavors and tastes can easily be changed by adding different fruits and nuts to the mix.  Granola is also one of those items that is fun to get the kids involved with too.  It's just a matter of combining and stirring a few different ingredients, pouring them on a baking sheet and popping them in the oven for a few minutes.  When it's all said and done you've got a delicious snack that the kids will love and they'll be so proud because they helped make it.

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