Four Surefire Ways to Stick to Your Resolutions

Now that all of the holiday decorations are packed away for another year, it is time to look forward to the New Year. For many of us, we will make those traditional New Year’s resolutions to do a variety of things. Some will vow to lose weight or stop smoking while others want to get their finances in order. Whatever you plan to accomplish, it can be difficult to stay true to your word. Sometimes we need a little help to stick to your resolutions. Here are a few tips:

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Surefire Ways to Stick to Your Resolutions

Make Specific Goals: Those who make a specific goal are much more likely to stick to it than those who do not. Instead of saying you plan to save money in 2015, set a concrete figure and how you plan to get to that goal.

Write It Down: If you put pen to paper, you have a 49% chance of making that resolution come to fruition. Keeping a journal helps you keep accountable.

Make It Fun: This tip is geared mostly for losing weight. If you can change up your exercise routine, get a partner or make an upbeat mix tape of your favorite workout music, you have a better chance of sticking with your weight loss goals.

Have The Right Tools: If you plan to save money, have a separate account to put that money in. If you want to lose weight, plan ahead for your meals to avoid fast food traps. Making your meals at home gives you a better chance of staying on your food plan. If you want to save money and lose weight, eat at home more.  Find ways to keep yourself on track with finding new recipes you will enjoy to help you succeed.

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I have a ton of cookbooks up on the shelf and that is where they tend to stay. If you get in a cooking rut, you are in good company. Many people complain this is one thing that can trip them up when trying to lose weight. If you tend to eat the same old baked chicken and steamed veggies, you are going to get bored and fall off the wagon. Instead, you need a tool that can keep your favorite recipes at your fingertips. With the free ReciFoto app for your iPhone and iPad, you get a fun way to browse through recipes, with just a flick of your finger. ReciFoto also makes saving and sharing your favorite recipes easy as pie! Instead of entering ingredients into an app or website, you just take a picture with your iPhone or iPad of that written recipe.

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With the one time In App Purchase, you can add a public recipe to your own Collection with a tap on the button below the recipe. All you need to do is take a picture of the recipe you want to save using your iPhone’s camera, or load it from your device’s album. You can add a hashtag if you want to make your recipe searchable, add a link to your blog or website and you can also search and view from thousands of recipes. Sharing a recipe is as simple as tapping on it, hitting the share button and e mailing it, Tweet it, send it to Facebook, Pinterest or other social media, or save it to your device’s album. With ReciFoto you can say goodbye to that stack of cookbooks, worrying about wrecking handwritten recipes and notes from your family recipes. Now you can store them in the Cloud and share them quickly and easily with your friends and family, ReciFoto is the app for you. Just snap, save, share and savor!

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Let me know when you download ReciFoto- you’ll find me on there as Brett- I’d love to start finding folks to follow to make sure I don’t miss any fab recipes to try! Bloggers- is one of your resolutions for this year to increase exposure for your posts? If you share recipes, this may be another great way to get some more exposure for your recipes!! Check it out!

What are YOUR favorite ways to find new recipes? 

 

 

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Daisy Scouts: Respect Myself and Others (and Frozen)

This week at our Daisy Girl Scout meeting, we worked on the petal for Respect Myself and Others. The folks at Cakes.com had sent me a bunch of Frozen cake goodies- edible toppers, rings, blue edible glitter, and more, and since we are super lucky in our little troop of Daisies to have no food allergies, I wanted to work the fun of Frozen into our meeting.  It wasn’t really a hard stretch- Girl Scouts work to be a sister to every (other) Girl Scout. Anna and Elsa are sisters.  Given that it’s December and (relatively) cold, my co-leader and I thought doing some discussion and activity about what makes each of us special and unique, and ways to respect that uniqueness.

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We began our meeting with our “business” as usual- reciting the Girl Scout Promise, and the Law. We ended up having to postpone our regular meeting because my daughter was quite ill before Christmas, so the girls were excited to share their favorite holiday gift because we were meeting AFTER Christmas. Almost all of the girls shared a Frozen related gift as their favorite, so that was an easy way to start our discussion. Talking about how Elsa was ‘different’ and so special because she was able to freeze things was something even my little 5 year olds could understand,, and talking about how Anna respected Elsa’s gift to want to help her with it, and not make fun of her.

We talked with them next about how snowflakes are all different, every single one, and that even when we see twins (there are 3? sets in Kindergarten in our tiny town this year) who look exactly alike, each has something that makes them different from everyone else in the world. Respecting those differences and celebrating them was a key theme in our discussion.  Then we made our own paper snowflakes. We had SO much fun (Snow much fun!) making our snowflakes!

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After we made snowflakes, we cleaned up (respect for rules, and for our meeting space)and had a little bit of conversation about how our words can hurt our friends and just because someone is different than we are, we still need to respect them.  I totally forgot to get photos, but we used a tube of toothpaste to illustrate how our words cannot be unsaid… squeezing some out onto paper and asking the girls to please try to put the toothpaste back into the tube.  (Someone did this during a children’s message at church a while back and it’s really just a great way to illustrate this message). Respecting ourselves also includes being respectful of what we say and do to others.

After we had all of our ‘business’ to get through with our regular meeting things, it was time for a very special snack. Cakes.com sent a bunch of their Frozen cake decorating items for me to have some fun with.  Normally? I would have totally baked my own cake and cupcakes.  This was not a normal time and I won’t deny I called the local store and had them make some very plain (albeit Frozen-blue) canvases for us to work with. It’s been a hectic few weeks and I simply didn’t have the time to devote to baking. We all survived. The point of our meeting was for the girls to learn about respecting myself and others, and to respect differences and likenesses- a perfect tie in with the Frozen cake supplies.

A very basic, plain cake gets some fun with edible Olaf cupcake toppers!

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Once our toppers were laid out on the cake, we placed edible snowflakes around, and then sprinkled a bit of light blue edible glitter for some shimmer.

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The final touch for our cake were Frozen Adventure Friends Cupcake Rings. We didn’t use them for the cupcakes but set them around the cake. Extra Olaf decorations were put onto the cupcakes, and we put the extra rings around the snack area for more fun and decor.  The snowflake picks were just a fun way to add more color- if we had more than a 2 hour meeting and kids who might be hungrier than 5 year olds, I would have made little fruit kebabs with these picks. Super cute and really strong- you could totally reuse them with a good wash!

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Many thanks to Cakes.com for sending the fun Frozen cake decorating supplies to us for our meeting, and for all of the fun products on site- and inspiration ideas for so many themes!!  I could spend hours perusing party ideas on Cakes.com, there are ideas for themes for every occasion and then some!

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Lower Holiday Stress with Marie Callender’s #HolidaySecrets #sponsored

When it comes to the holidays, our to-do list seems to grow by a mile. The transition from the kids starting school to the holidays seems like it has about a day and a half in between the two! As much fun as it is to entertain, bake, cook, shop and wrap during the holidays, it sure can raise the stress-o-meter! If you are running all over town and cooking a homemade meal every night, when do you have time to enjoy the holidays yourself? If you want a meal with a homemade taste without all the time in the kitchen, try one of the delicious meals or desserts from Marie Callender’sI am participating in a Vibrant Influencer network campaign for Marie Callender’s. I am receiving a fee for posting; however, the opinions expressed in this post are my own. I am in no way affiliated with Marie Callender’s and do not earn a commission or percent of sales.

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Over at Marie Callender’s, they want you to slow down and savor the joy of the holidays. Show your family you care enough to serve them the wholesome goodness of a Marie Callender’s dinner, pot pie, family sized meal or dessert. The food from Marie Callender’s always has that extra special touch that makes it look and feel like it was made from scratch. You will find high quality ingredients in Marie’s meals like farm fresh fruits and vegetables and premium cuts of meats.

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Instead of stretching myself too thin during the holidays, I am gathering the family together to enjoy the simple things. While we watch a favorite holiday TV show or wrap gifts together, I already have a Marie Callender’s Hearty Three Cheese Marina Bake or Cheesy Chicken and Rice in the oven. When the timer goes off, all I need to do is serve and enjoy! For dessert, we took the Marie Callender’s Mint Chocolate Chip Pie and decorated it with crushed candy canes. The kids and I have fun relieving a little of that holiday stress when we pulverize those candy canes and sprinkle them on the amazingly tasty Mint Chocolate Chip Pie from Marie Callender’s. So get out of the kitchen and let Marie Callender’s take care of the meal. This way, you can head into the family room and enjoy the spirit of the holiday with your loved ones.

 

 

 

 

 

Double Chocolate Tiramisu Recipe

It’s finally here. Well, live.  The recipe that we made that is our closest approximation at home of the fabulous and amazing Chocolate Tiramisu at Sabatini’s Restaurant on the Caribbean Princess cruise ship. This chocolate tiramisu recipe has the same flavors, but it’s in a mini trifle form, because trifles are fun and mini trifles are even more fun.  I think I could spend a month trying to recreate all of the fabulous and delightful foods we enjoyed aboard that ship this fall! chocolate-tiramisu

Double Chocolate Tiramisu Mini Trifles –

Ingredients

1 package of cream cheese, softened to room temperature

2 tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder

1 ½ C. hot water

½ C. semi-sweet chocolate (I use chocolate chips for this recipe)

1 ½ C. heavy cream

¾ C. sugar

1 24 ct package of lady fingers, any brand (I hunt for these as I’d never bought them before – ask the bakery section at your local grocer and save yourself some time! :) )

4-5 mini trifle dishes

Directions –

#1. Heat the 1 ½ C. of water in a glass dish in the microwave. Once it is heated through, add the cocoa powder to the hot water and mix well. Set aside.

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#2. In a small microwavable dish, melt the chocolate chips and ¼ C. of the cream. Heat in 30 second increments, stirring every 30 seconds until melted.

#3. Next, combine the melted chocolate & cream, sugar and cream cheese – beat using a hand mixer for several minutes until fluffy – it will take on a ‘pudding-like’ consistency.

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#4. Time to start layering the mini trifles! Add about 1-2cm of the chocolate mixture to the bottom of each mini trifle dish

Dip the ladyfingers 1-2 at a time in the cocoa/hot water mixture (quickly as they dissolve fast!) and then lay them on top of the chocolate mixture. I found that 2 lady fingers dipped in the chocolate mixture with a size for the mini trifle dish (see photo).

Next, cover with some chocolate mixture.

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Add 2 more lady fingers dipped in the chocolate/water mixture and then top with more chocolate mixture.

Garnish with a few extra lady fingers on top and some cocoa powder. Yum!!

Set in the fridge for several hours – overnight even, to set up completely.

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*Makes approximately 4-5 mini trifles. You can also make one large trifle if you would prefer using the same amount of ingredients.

Princess Cruise Lines have partnered with Master Chocolatier Norman Love to offer Chocolate Journeys℠, an industry-first, premium chocolate experience onboard its fleet of 18 ships. The program will offer guests a variety of opportunities to taste the inspired creations crafted by Love. It will be on all Princess ships by January 1, 2015. Chocolate isn’t just about dessert anymore…although in this case, it’s totally about dessert. YUM.

Thanks to Princess Cruises for inviting me and a guest to enjoy a 5 day Western Caribbean cruise aboard the Caribbean Princess ship.

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Double Chocolate Tiramisu Recipe
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 package of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 2 tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ C. hot water
  • ½ C. semi-sweet chocolate (I use chocolate chips for this recipe)
  • 1 ½ C. heavy cream
  • ¾ C. sugar
  • 1 24 ct package of lady fingers, any brand (I hunt for these as I'd never bought them before – ask the bakery section at your local grocer and save yourself some time! :) )
  • 4-5 mini trifle dishes
Instructions
  1. #1. Heat the 1 ½ C. of water in a glass dish in the microwave. Once it is heated through, add the cocoa powder to the hot water and mix well. Set aside.
  2. #2. In a small microwavable dish, melt the chocolate chips and ¼ C. of the cream. Heat in 30 second increments, stirring every 30 seconds until melted.
  3. #3. Next, combine the melted chocolate & cream, sugar and cream cheese – beat using a hand mixer for several minutes until fluffy – it will take on a 'pudding-like' consistency.
  4. #4. Time to start layering the mini trifles! Add about 1-2cm of the chocolate mixture to the bottom of each mini trifle dish
  5. Dip the ladyfingers 1-2 at a time in the cocoa/hot water mixture (quickly as they dissolve fast!) and then lay them on top of the chocolate mixture. I found that 2 lady fingers dipped in the chocolate mixture with a size for the mini trifle dish (see photo).
  6. Next, cover with some chocolate mixture.
  7. Add 2 more lady fingers dipped in the chocolate/water mixture and then top with more chocolate mixture.
  8. Garnish with a few extra lady fingers on top and some cocoa powder. Yum!!
  9. Set in the fridge for several hours – overnight even, to set up completely.
  10. *Makes approximately 4-5 mini trifles. You can also make one large trifle if you would prefer using the same amount of ingredients.

DIY Cranberry Body Scrub

Listen, I love a good scrub.  Maybe too much.  Being able to make my own at home? I love it.Knowing exactly what’s going into things I’m putting onto my biggest organ, my skin, and having control?  Fantastic.  So if you like to indulge in the bath/shower, or want to spoil a friend with a sweet little DIY gift, check out this DIY Cranberry Scrub.  It smells as fab as it sounds!

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DIY Cranberry Body Scrub

Ingredients

½ C. of fresh Cranberries, pureed

½ C. sugar

½ C. of coconut oil

4-8 oz mason jars

Directions –

#1. Puree the cranberries in a food processor or blender.

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#2. Combine the cranberries, sugar and coconut oil, mixing well.

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**Note – if you prefer you can also heat the coconut oil in the microwave for 30 seconds melting it prior to mixing in the sugar and cranberries.

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#3. Scoop the mixture into your mason jars and seal.

*Makes approximately 1 ½ – 2 C. of scrub and will fill 3-4. 4 oz mason jars or 2, 8 oz mason jars.

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**Lasts 3-4 months. If you see the contents separating, simply stir and use as usual.

 

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DIY Cranberry Body Scrub
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ½ C. of fresh Cranberries, pureed
  • ½ C. sugar
  • ½ C. of coconut oil
  • 4-8 oz mason jars
Instructions
  1. #1. Puree the cranberries in a food processor or blender.
  2. #2. Combine the cranberries, sugar and coconut oil, mixing well.
  3. **Note – if you prefer you can also heat the coconut oil in the microwave for 30 seconds melting it prior to mixing in the sugar and cranberries.
  4. #3. Scoop the mixture into your mason jars and seal.
  5. *Makes approximately 1 ½ – 2 C. of scrub and will fill 3-4. 4 oz mason jars or 2, 8 oz mason jars.
  6. **Lasts 3-4 months. If you see the contents separating, simply stir and use as usual.

 

Chocolate Sugar Cookies with Egg Nog Icing

This recipe is one I’ve been kicking around since I visited Mount Vernon in September. Given my love of George Washington and chocolate, this wasn’t a stretch to come up with.  Knowing GW liked chocolate too?  Even better (even if chocolate wasn’t really truly enjoyed in baking until after he was gone…) but I did learn about his tendency to have a camel, named Aladdin, at Mount Vernon over the holidays to entertain guests.  Which is why we have these amazing cookies cut out like camels!! It’s all about G dubs, friends!

Chocolate, sugar cookies, egg nog…what’s not to love in this cookie recipe?  Crisp on the outside with a soft center and plenty of chocolate-y goodness topped with the delicious holiday flavor of eggnog.  You will definitely want to add this recipe to your baking for the holidays. The key to keeping your sugar cookies from spreading is to keep your dough very cold, work in small batches, and  do not remove from refrigerator until you are ready to cut out your shapes and pop in oven.

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 Chocolate Sugar Cookies with Egg Nog Icing

Ingredients:

½ cup American Heritage Chocolate 

1 ½ cups granulated sugar

1 ½ cups all purpose flour

1 ½ sticks butter,  slightly softened

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4  cup melted chocolate

1 egg

½ tsp. baking soda

⅛ tsp. salt

Camel Cookie Cutter 

Icing: 

2 cups powdered sugar

3 Tbsp. egg nog

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

 

Directions:

In a small bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and chocolate until well combined, set aside.

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Combine granulated sugar and butter  on high  in a stand or hand mixer until light and fluffy- about 3 to 4 minutes.

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Stir in egg and vanilla, mix another minute.

Melt chocolate in microwave for 30 second increments, stirring each time until fully melted.

Add melted chocolate into wet ingredients and beat until just combined,

Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture ½ a cup at a time, using a spatula to clean off the sides and incorporate all ingredients.

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Wrap dough in plastic wrap and place in fridge for 2 hours.

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Preheat oven to 350

Remove, let soften slightly then roll dough to ¼” thickness. Ok here is where I am about to change your life, for the better. Well at least your baking life..When rolling out dough like sugar cookies, gingerbread, etc… Place it between two large sheets of waxed or parchment paper then roll. Nothing sticky all over your rolling pin, no flour all over counter and floor.

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Cut out into desired shapes. Lift with a spatula to transfer to baking sheet to avoid distorting your cookie shapes.

Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat mat.

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Bake for 10-13 minutes or until edges start to crisp up.

Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before icing.

Place cookies on waxed paper to ice.

Whisk eggnog, powdered sugar, and vanilla together until smooth.

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Spread icing gently across top of cookies to ice, sprinkle with nutmeg if desired.

Store in a an airtight container.

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Chocolate Sugar Cookies with Egg Nog Icing
 
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup American Heritage Chocolate
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ sticks butter, slightly softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup melted chocolate
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ⅛ tsp. salt
  • Camel Cookie Cutter
  • Icing:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. egg nog
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and chocolate until well combined, set aside.
  2. Combine granulated sugar and butter on high in a stand or hand mixer until light and fluffy- about 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Stir in egg and vanilla, mix another minute.
  4. Melt chocolate in microwave for 30 second increments, stirring each time until fully melted.
  5. Add melted chocolate into wet ingredients and beat until just combined,
  6. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture ½ a cup at a time, using a spatula to clean off the sides and incorporate all ingredients.
  7. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and place in fridge for 2 hours.
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  9. Preheat oven to 350
  10. Remove, let soften slightly then roll dough to ¼” thickness. Ok here is where I am about to change your life, for the better. Well at least your baking life..When rolling out dough like sugar cookies, gingerbread, etc... Place it between two large sheets of waxed or parchment paper then roll. Nothing sticky all over your rolling pin, no flour all over counter and floor.
  11. Cut out into desired shapes. Lift with a spatula to transfer to baking sheet to avoid distorting your cookie shapes.
  12. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat mat.
  13. Bake for 10-13 minutes or until edges start to crisp up.
  14. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before icing.
  15. Place cookies on waxed paper to ice.
  16. Whisk eggnog, powdered sugar, and vanilla together until smooth.
  17. Spread icing gently across top of cookies to ice, sprinkle with nutmeg if desired.

 

Oreo Truffles

Who doesn’t love an Oreo? I’m sure they are out there but they must be the minority. How about delicious oreo’s crushed, mashed up with cream cheese and coated in white chocolate? Well, darn, now I gave away the whole recipe…Really it is that simple, but they look so fancy and pretty sitting on your Christmas goody platter it will be hard to believe a lot of work didn’t go into them.

 

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Oreo Truffles

Ingredients:

1-16 oz. pack of Oreo Cookies (go for the Double Stuf)

1-8 oz. block of cream cheese, softened

1-16 oz. bag white chocolate chips

2 tsp. canola or vegetable oil

 

Directions:

Crush all cookies to fine powder using a blender, food processor, or I use a coffee grinder  (try not to eat the filling out of them, that goes in there too). Set a side a Tbsp. or so of crushed cookies.

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In the bowl of a hand or stand mixer combine cream cheese and crushed Oreo’s until well blended.

Cover bowl and place in fridge for an hour or so, allowing mixture to firm up.

Roll into  balls roughly 1″ in diameter.

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Spread out waxed or parchment paper- a large enough piece to hold all your truffles.

Place white chocolate chips in microwave safe dish and heat in 30 second increments, stirring well each time until fully melted, stir in oil.  This will make your chocolate loose and easier for dipping.

Use a fork to dip truffles in melted chocolate, rolling until fully covered. Tap the side of the bowl to knock off excess chocolate.

Place truffles on waxed paper, immediately sprinkle lightly with crushed cookies you set aside.  Allow chocolate to set on truffles until hardened.

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Place in an airtight container.

 

 

 

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Oreo Truffles
 
1-16 oz. pack of Oreo Cookies ( go for the Double Stuff) 1-8 oz. block of cream cheese, softened 1-16 oz. bag white chocolate chips
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 1-16 oz. pack of Oreo Cookies ( go for the Double Stuff)
  • 1-8 oz. block of cream cheese, softened
  • 1-16 oz. bag white chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp. canola or vegetable oil
Instructions
  1. Crush all cookies to fine powder using a blender, food processor, or I use a coffee grinder (try not to eat the filling out of them, that goes in there too). Set a side a Tbsp. or so of crushed cookies.
  2. In the bowl of a hand or stand mixer combine cream cheese and crushed Oreo's until well blended.
  3. Cover bowl and place in fridge for an hour or so, allowing mixture to firm up.
  4. Roll into balls roughly 1" in diameter.
  5. Spread out waxed or parchment paper- a large enough piece to hold all your truffles.
  6. Place white chocolate chips in microwave safe dish and heat in 30 second increments, stirring well each time until fully melted, stir in oil. This will make your chocolate loose and easier for dipping.
  7. Use a fork to dip truffles in melted chocolate, rolling until fully covered. Tap the side of the bowl to knock off excess chocolate.
  8. Place truffles on waxed paper, immediately sprinkle lightly with crushed cookies you set aside. Allow chocolate to set on truffles until hardened.
  9. Place in an airtight container.

Peppermint Martini (Candy Cane Martini)

Holidays can mean fun parties, family gatherings, and sometimes, a cocktail is a fun way to celebrate (please drink responsibly)! We love peppermint for holiday time and making a Peppermint Martini just seemed like a fun idea.  You can also call it a Candy Cane Martini.  Whatever your preference!

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 Ingredients

1 ½ oz vanilla vodka

1 oz peppermint schnapps

1 ½ oz crème de cacao

Crushed peppermint for garnish around the rim of your martini glasses and a few peppermints candies to add to the actual drink

Handful of ice

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Directions –

 

#1. Add the handful of ice and liquor to a shaker and shake well for about 30 seconds making the drink ice cold.

 

#2. Wet the rim of the martini glass and dip into the crushed peppermint candies.

 

#3. Add a peppermint candy to the martini glass and pour the drink in.

 

Serve immediately. Makes 1 serving

What’s your favorite holiday cocktail?

 

Peppermint Martini (Candy Cane Martini)
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ oz vanilla vodka
  • 1 oz peppermint schnapps
  • 1 ½ oz crème de cacao
  • Crushed peppermint for garnish around the rim of your martini glasses and a few peppermints candies to add to the actual drink
  • Handful of ice
Instructions
  1. #1. Add the handful of ice and liquor to a shaker and shake well for about 30 seconds making the drink ice cold.
  2. #2. Wet the rim of the martini glass and dip into the crushed peppermint candies.
  3. #3. Add a peppermint candy to the martini glass and pour the drink in.
  4. Serve immediately. Makes 1 serving

 

Sugar Cookie Puppy Chow

 Usually when we do food gifts for friends and neighbors, we do a sweet popcorn mix. This year, we’re changing things up a bit and doing Sugar Cookie Puppy Chow aka Muddy Buddies. Still simple, still sweet, still fun to give, but a little different flavor and ingredients!

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Sugar Cookie Puppy Chow/Muddy Buddies

Ingredients

6 C. Chex Mix Rice cereal

2 10 oz. packages of Wilton sugar cookie candy melts (located in the Wilton section at craft stores and major retailers, the seasonal candy melts like the Sugar Cookie flavor are often in the holiday baking area)

2 C. Betty Crocker Cookie Mix

2 C. powdered sugar

red & green sprinkles

Gallon size plastic bag

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Directions –

#1. Pour the (2) packages of sugar cookie candy melts into a large microwave safe dish and heat in 30 second increments, stirring every 30 seconds until melted. Set the melted candies aside and allow it to cool a few minutes before pouring over the cereal.

#2. Pour the melted candy over the Chex mix and stir well completely coating all the cereal.

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#3. Pour the 2 cups of Betty Crocker Sugar cookie mix and 2 cups of powdered sugar into the gallon size Ziploc bag (a paper bag will work too).

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#4. Slowly pour the cereal into the bag, close and shake well to completely coat the chocolate covered cereal with powdered sugar.

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#5. Sprinkle the red & green sprinkles liberally over the cereal. More is always good in this case!

Store in an airtight container up to 1 week – we like to keep ours in the fridge.

Sugar Cookie Puppy Chow
 
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Ingredients
  • 6 C. Chex Mix Rice cereal
  • 2 10 oz. packages of Wilton sugar cookie candy melts (located in the Wilton section at craft stores and major retailers, the seasonal candy melts like the Sugar Cookie flavor are often in the holiday baking area)
  • 2 C. Betty Crocker Cookie Mix
  • 2 C. powdered sugar
  • red & green sprinkles
  • Gallon size plastic bag
Instructions
  1. #1. Pour the (2) packages of sugar cookie candy melts into a large microwave safe dish and heat in 30 second increments, stirring every 30 seconds until melted. Set the melted candies aside and allow it to cool a few minutes before pouring over the cereal.
  2. #2. Pour the melted candy over the Chex mix and stir well completely coating all the cereal.
  3. #3. Pour the 2 cups of Betty Crocker Sugar cookie mix and 2 cups of powdered sugar into the gallon size Ziploc bag (a paper bag will work too).
  4. #4. Slowly pour the cereal into the bag, close and shake well to completely coat the chocolate covered cereal with powdered sugar.
  5. #5. Sprinkle the red & green sprinkles liberally over the cereal. More is always good in this case!
  6. Store in an airtight container up to 1 week – we like to keep ours in the fridge.

Andes Mint Fudge

Andes Mint is the perfect flavor to use as a base for  a good holiday fudge- make a batch and share with family, friends, teachers, and neighbors this season, but only if you want it to be asked for again and again!
andes mint fudge

This is a quick and easy fudge recipe that is a must in your holiday baking repertoire to add to your Christmas goody tray, as a hostess gift for dinner parties, or just to satisfy a sweet tooth. This Andes Mint and dark chocolate combination is tasty and creamy.  There are no special gadgets required, not even a candy thermometer so it comes together easily with just 6 ingredients and in less than 20 minutes prep and cooking time. It is a very rich fudge, so be sure and cut into smaller pieces to enjoy.

Ingredients:

⅔ cup evaporated milk

2 cups marshmallows

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 cup andes mint chips

1 cup dark  chocolate chips

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup  butter

andes fudge ingredients

Directions:

Line a 9×13 pan with waxed or parchment paper.

Combine milk and sugar in a large sauce pan over medium heat- bring to a boil. Allow mixture to boil for 12 minutes.

andes fudge boil

Stir in marshmallows, mint chips, and vanilla extract until smooth.

andes fudge cook

Pour into parchment paper lined pan.

Allow to cool for 5 minutes, sprinkle with additional Andes chips.

Place pan in refrigerator for at least 2 hours to allow fudge to set.

Lift fudge from pan using paper, cut into small squares.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Andes Mint Fudge
 
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Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup evaporated milk
  • 2 cups marshmallows
  • 1 cup andes mint chips
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup butter
Instructions
  1. Line a 9x13 pan with waxed or parchment paper.
  2. Combine sugars, milk, and n a large sauce pan over medium heat- bring to a boil. Allow mixture to boil for 12 minutes.
  3. Stir in marshmallows, mint chips, and vanilla extract until smooth.Pour into parchment paper lined pan.
  4. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, sprinkle with additional Andes chips.
  5. Place pan in refrigerator for at least 2 hours to allow fudge to set.
  6. Lift fudge from pan using paper, cut into small squares.
  7. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.