Wednesday, April 16, 2014

3 Favorite Do-It-Yourself Recipes {Blast from the Past}

OH.MY.STARS!  This simple 3-ingredient recipe is the way to go. 




I am always in awe over this recipe.  The texture of the s.c.m. is thick like store-purchased...I can't believe it's only 4 simple ingredients either!




I love to add a tablespoon or more of this delicious pudding mix to apple crisp or overnight oatmeal. It's a great flavor booster.  
Mix can be cooked for pudding. 






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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bunny Munch Mix

I am always inspired by the awesome recipes Tina shares at 
Mommy's Kitchen.

I so love quick and simple recipes like this one, but decided to adapt her recipe...
by adding pretzels & peanuts to make it more like my White Christmas Mix. 

How can you possibly go wrong having a sweet & salty dish for everyone to nibble on, in between chocolate eggs?  {wink}

This is basically a guideline - you can add or subtract anything you'd like...but if you just stick close to having 6 - 7 cups of 'filler' to the white chocolate, it should be just fine. 

This recipe is what I used...be sure to check out Tina's recipe at the link above for an simpler popcorn dish.



BUNNY MUNCH MIX 

4 c. popped popcorn, kernels removed
(a 1 - 3 oz. bag microwave popcorn = about 6 c. popped corn)
1 (6 ozs) box Baker's White Chocolate Baking Bars OR
6 ozs. white chocolate chips 
1 c. salted peanuts
1-1/2 c. pretzel sticks
Easter M & M's, plain or peanut


Place popcorn in large bowl; add peanuts and pretzels; mix. Set aside.


In small bowl, melt white chocolate according to directions, being sure to heat over low so it doesn't burn. When melted and smooth, pour over popcorn mixture, mixing well to coat all the popcorn/cereal mix. Can add M & M's now or when the popcorn mixture has dried.

Spread on waxed paper. Break into pieces when dry. Place in holiday bowl to serve or bag into individual treat bags. 

A similar recipe...Honey Sweetened Snack Mix





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Monday, April 14, 2014

Bacon & Cheddar Deviled Eggs

I found this yummy recipe some time ago at 
and just got around to making them. 

DRAT!  Why did I wait so long????

With Easter just around the corner, these would be the perfect dish for all those left over hard boiled eggs. 

They were very tasty and I am always wild about having any texture in 'smooth' food, so IMHO, adding the bacon made them perfect! 

I reduced the amount of mustard, so feel free to add more to satisfy your 
own tastes. I also added just a little bit of cream cheese, since my favorite 
Special Egg Salad has cream cheese.  SUCH an awesome dish.
(There are also cooking instructions for eggs at that link). 

I also added fresh ground pepper.  We love pepper on most things! 

This combo could also be used to make a sandwich spread too. 

I don't know about your gatherings, but it seems no matter how much 'other' food there is at a meal, the deviled eggs are always the first to be gone!

These may be devoured even faster than that - at lightning speed! *-* 



BACON & CHEESE DEVILED EGGS 

6 hard boiled eggs 

1/3 c. of mayonnaise, or more, to taste
2 Tb. cream cheese, room temp
1 tsp. mustard
4 or 5 strips bacon, crumbled fine
1/3 c. cheddar cheese, finely shredded
(or your favorite kind)
fresh ground pepper, to taste
2 Tb. green onions, finely chopped, divided
paprika

Cover eggs with water; bring to a boil, then turn off heat; let stand 15 minutes, then cool and peel. (I think they peel easier if you crack the egg all over first). Cut eggs in half lengthwise. In medium bowl, combine mashed egg yolks with mayonnaise, cream cheese, mustard, cheese, bacon and 1 Tb. green onion. Fill egg whites with the egg mixture and sprinkle the eggs with a little paprika, then sprinkle with remaining onions and more cheese, if desired. 

If you like this recipe, but want something simpler, try these 

Tasty Deviled Eggs






Sunday, April 13, 2014

Edible Chocolate Robin's Nest

I made this adorable big nest as a centerpiece for a family get together a few years ago...it was added to another recipe post, so I decided to give it one of it's own!

It was simple and we all enjoyed bites of it too.

Just mix crushed mini wheats cereal with coconut, mix with chocolate, and form it.  These can be made ahead and frozen if you'd like. 

A fun conversation piece to grace your Easter table. 

EDIBLE CHOCOLATE ROBIN'S NESTS

1 cup shredded coconut
4 cups Frosted Mini Wheats (Regular or Chocolate)
2 cups milk chocolate chips 
waxed paper
round bowl for shaping
Cadbury Mini Eggs or jelly beans or fruit


Place Frosted Mini Wheats in a large bowl and break up. Add coconut and toss until mixed well. Using a double boiler, (or a heat-safe bowl set over pot of boiling water) melt chocolate. Pour melted chocolate over wheat mixture and mix up until the chocolate evenly coats.

 Using wax paper, line a round bowl that you will use for shaping the nest. Form the nest, pressing down with a big spoon or (bottom greased) another bowl.  Be sure to make an indentation in the center for your eggs. Place nest in refrigerator to harden. After it is hardened, just pull the wax paper and it should come right out.

Place your choice of eggs in the center of your nest and use as a table decoration.

(Freezing Directions)
You can make this ahead and simply place them in a gallon freezer bag until you are ready to use. Take out of freezer and serve. (Displaying it frozen can help them last longer as a display item.)




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Adorable and Simple "Carrot Shaped Treat Bags"


I am always! thrilled to find a quick, simple, frugal and adorable craft idea!

I discovered this one at allfreecopycatrecipes.com shared by
AllFreeKidsCrafts.com by Amanda at Crafts-n-Things for Children. 

You can't possibly go wrong with these simple treats..use orange jelly beans, goldfish, reese's pieces, orange popcorn puffs or even orange play doh!

I had some 'frosting bags' on hand, but you can order some 12" cone shaped bags here for less than $5! (free shipping even!)

I ordered them to have on hand for next year!

Have fun with this.  You'll be done in just a few minutes and they're just 
oh so cute!!!! I am excited to share them with my long-distance grandchildren who are coming to visit for Easter!


CARROT SHAPED TREAT BAGS

cone shaped bags
goldfish
orange jelly beans
Reese's Pieces
Play-Doh 
small rubberbands
green curling ribbon

I went to the Dollar General store a few blocks away and got a box of 'whales' (they're in the cracker section...and they're a brighter orange than goldfish are) and a bag of Goldfish. 

I was able to fill all 3 (large) bags with just a little left over. I tied up the top of the bag with a rubber band, being sure to wrap tightly. Then I cut curling ribbon...I suggest using at least 3 -5 pieces at once. Tie in double knot around the rubberband, and then curl the ribbon tightly. 


The Easter Bunny will be hop, hop, hopping along very soon! 
And YOU'LL BE READY FOR HIM!  *-*


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