Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Classic Muddy Buddies

Muddy Buddies are one of my all-time favorite treats. Be sure to save this recipe, you won't want to lose it!

Muddy Buddies are one of my all-time favorite treats. Be sure to save this recipe, you won't want to lose it!

Recipe Tips:

  • Be careful when microwaving the chocolate and the peanut butter. It's easy to burn the chocolate chips, so be sure to stick to 30-second increments and stirring in between heating!
  • Get creative and change things up! This recipe is just the original classic version of Muddy Buddies. But there are so many ways to play around with it. Try adding in your favorite candies or cereal, use a different flavor of chocolate chips, or maybe sub out the peanut butter. I've even used popcorn instead of cereal (I recommend using store-bought kettle corn if you do this)!
  • This makes a BIG batch, so it's great for a crowd :)

Muddy Buddies are one of my all-time favorite treats. Be sure to save this recipe, you won't want to lose it!


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Muddy Buddies or Puppy Chow

I don't know a single person who doesn't go crazy over muddy buddies! Peanut butter, chocolate, cereal, and powdered sugar-- what's not to love?!

prep time: 10 MINScook time: 1 MINStotal time: 11 mins

ingredients

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 8 cups rice squares cereal (Chex)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

instructions

  1. In a large bowl, microwave the peanut butter, chocolate chips, and butter in 30-second increments. Stir in between each time in the microwave until smooth (I only need 1 minute total for mine).
  2. Pour the cereal into the bowl and use a large spatula to gently mix and coat the cereal.
  3. Pour the powdered sugar over the cereal and gently stir to coat.

notes

Try adding a new cereal or candy to change things up!

calories

227

fat (grams)

11

sat. fat (grams)

5

carbs (grams)

30

protein (grams)

4

sugar (grams)

16
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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Oven Baked Italian Sausage Wontons

Delicious wontons without the mess and heaviness of frying.


I love wontons, rangoons, anything similar. I hate ordering them and finding a nearly empty shell. I also hate frying things at home and stinking up the house and making a mess.

This recipe provides a solution to create delicious wontons without the mess and empty wonton wrappers. Not to mention it is a healthier alternative to the traditional fried wonton and rangoon.

 We made these for the Super Bowl this year and they were a hit. The stuffing was extremely easy to make, and the wonton part is easy enough as well, just a little tedious.

You simply put a teaspoon of the filling in the middle of the wonton, dip your finger in egg, wet the edges, and fold them in an x shape manner and then bake! This is an extremely easy appetizer to make for a gathering of family and friends! Enjoy,

Keaton

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Strawberry Pie

Delicious strawberry pie with a completely homemade filling.

Delicious strawberry pie with a completely homemade filling.

A few things to note about this recipe:

  • I chose to strain the seeds from the strawberry filling. Honestly, it was a gigantic pain and I'm not sure that it really mattered all that much in the end since the whole strawberries still have their seeds. Do what you will with that information. As for me, I don't think I'll strain out the seeds next time!
  • Something else I think I'll do differently next time: slicing the strawberries. I thought it would be so pretty to have these beautiful, whole pieces of strawberries in this pie. And it is! But it also would have been easier to eat if I had sliced the strawberries instead.
  • This buttermilk pastry crust is so yummy with this pie filling. But feel free to use a refrigerated pie crust from the store if you need to take a shortcut!
Delicious strawberry pie with a completely homemade filling.

What's my favorite thing about this recipe?

The homemade strawberry "jell-o" filling is really really good. And I thought that would be my favorite part. But I think what I love most of all about this recipe is that it really allows the strawberries to be the star of the show. We've had some really amazing berries lately, and they were just perfect in this pie.

Yield: 8 slicesPin it

Homemade Strawberry Pie

Delicious strawberry pie with a completely homemade filling.

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ingredients

1 pre-baked pie crust, homemade or store bought
1-1/2 tsp unflavored gelatin
2 tbsp cold water
2 lbs fresh strawberries
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp cornstarch
pinch of salt
2 tsp lemon juice
whipped cream for topping

instructions

In a small bowl, dissolve the gelatin into the 2 tbsp of cold water. Set aside and allow to soften.
Take 1/4 of the strawberries and blend them until smooth. You may choose to strain the seeds out if desired.
Over medium-high heat, whisk together the strawberry puree, sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and allow to simmer for 2 minutes (or until the mixture thickens and is darker in color). 
Mix in the lemon juice and the softened gelatin. Stir until dissolved completely. Set aside, allowing to cool slightly.
Slice the remaining strawberries and place them in a bowl. Pour the sauce over the strawberries and stir to coat.
Pour the filling into the prepared pie crust. Chill until filling has set (about 2 hours). Top with whipped cream to serve.

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

47 Healthy Dessert Recipes

47 desserts that you will not believe to be healthy! Some healthier than others, but still healthy or healthier versions of classic desserts.
47 desserts that you will not believe to be healthy! Some healthier than others, but still healthy or healthier versions of classic desserts.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Ultimate Peanut Butter Popcorn Snack Mix

Crunchy, creamy, sweet and peanut butter-y snack mix filled with Reese's Puffs, kettle corn, and Pretzel M&Ms. Ready in under 30 minutes, and you won’t be able to put it down!


Crunchy, creamy, sweet and peanut butter-y snack mix filled with Reese's Puffs, kettle corn, and Pretzel M&Ms. Ready in under 30 minutes, and you won’t be able to put it down!

A few things to note about this recipe:

  • I ALWAYS use kettle corn anytime I'm making any kind of a chocolate-coated popcorn. I love that it holds its crispiness thanks to having a crispy sugar coating.
  • I only added 2 cups of Reese's Puffs to this snack mix, but in retrospect I think you could definitely get away with adding a cup or two more.
  • Once you let the candy coating cool all the way, this mix bags up nicely and is easy to serve at  a party (like the Super Bowl!).
  • I always, always  recommend using a chocolate candy melt instead of using chocolate chips when melting and coating anything. Candy melts will harden up and set much better than regular chocolate chips. Additionally, it's much more difficult to burn candy melts (and it's VERY easy to burn or seize regular chocolate chips). Candy melts are accessible at lots of retailers, including: Sam's, Target, WalMart, and Michaels to name a few. I like using the Ghirardelli brand.
Crunchy, creamy, sweet and peanut butter-y snack mix filled with Reese's Puffs, kettle corn, and Pretzel M&Ms. Ready in under 30 minutes, and you won’t be able to put it down!

What's my favorite thing about this recipe?

I can't get enough of the Reese's Puffs in this mix!! They are SO GOOD coated in this yummy peanut butter white chocolate and compliment the kettle corn really well. Next time I'm going to try adding peanut butter M&MS!





Yield: approximately 10 cupsPin it

Ultimate Peanut Butter Popcorn Snack Mix

Crunchy, creamy, sweet and peanut butter-y snack mix filled with Reese's Puffs, kettle corn, and Pretzel M&Ms. Ready in under 30 minutes, and you won’t be able to put it down!
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ingredients

8 cups kettle corn (I like Boom Chicka Pop)
2 cups Reese's Puffs cereal
12 ounces white chocolate candy melts
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 cups Pretzel M&MS

instructions

Place popcorn in a large bowl. Be sure to remove any unpopped kernels!
Melt together the white chocolate and the peanut butter (according to the directions on the candy coating package). Stir until smooth and pour over the popcorn.
Add the Reese's Puffs to the bowl. Gently stir with a spatula to mix and coat everything in the candy coating.
Add the M&MS and gently stir to coat.
Spread the popcorn on a large sheet of parchment or a silicone baking mat to let cool and harden.
Serve and enjoy!
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Monday, January 22, 2018

Strawberry Poke Cake

Strawberry Cake soaked in homemade strawberry sauce, spread with a whipped topping, and topped with white chocolate-filled pirouettes. 

Strawberry Cake soaked in homemade strawberry sauce, spread with a whipped topping, and topped with white chocolate-filled pirouettes. 

A few things to note about this recipe:

  • If you're in a pinch for time, you can skip the homemade strawberry sauce and use a store-bought pie filling. However, be sure to thin it with water. Otherwise the filling won't seep into the holes!
  • Another great shortcut is to use a cake mix for your strawberry cake (which is what I did!). But if you have a homemade cake recipe you'd rather use, go for it!
  • The pirouettes are totally optional. Other great toppings would be white chocolate chips, a strawberry sauce drizzle, fresh strawberries, and chocolate shavings!
Strawberry Cake soaked in homemade strawberry sauce, spread with a whipped topping, and topped with white chocolate-filled pirouettes. 

What's my favorite part of this recipe?

I ADORE my mom's strawberry sauce, and I love the way it soaks into this cake. It's seriously so good!

Yield: 9x13 Sheet Cake

Strawberry Poke Cake

Strawberry Cake soaked in homemade strawberry sauce, spread with a whipped topping, and topped with white chocolate-filled pirouettes.

prep time: cook time: total time:

ingredients

Strawberry Cake, baked in a 9x13 baking dish and still warm (you can use a cake mix or a recipe from scratch)

1 recipe homemade strawberry sauce

16 ounces Cool Whip

White Chocolate Pirouettes, cut into pieces

instructions

Poke holes all over the warm cake using the bottom of a wooden mixing spoon (see photos in post).

Pour the strawberry sauce over the cake, aiming for the holes (the strawberry pieces will remain on top of the cake, of course). If desired, reserve some sauce for drizzling over the top of the cake. Let chill for at least an hour.

Spread the Cool Whip over the top of the cake. Top with the pirouette pieces. Chill for at least 3 more hours before cutting and serving.

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Strawberry Cake soaked in homemade strawberry sauce, spread with a whipped topping, and topped with white chocolate-filled pirouettes. 




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