Thursday, December 27, 2012

Yum-Yum Christmas Bars

Ingredients      
1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
1-14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup chocolate chips
1 bag M&Ms semi-sweet mini baking bits

1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1-1/2 cups flaked coconut

  
Directions
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees; place stick of butter in 9x13 pan and place in warming oven until melted. 
- Carefully remove pan and sprinkle graham cracker crumbs on the bottom, press gently down with fingers until the bottom of the pan is covered.
- Gently pour sweetened condensed milk over the graham cracker crumbs.
- Sprinkle the chocolate chips, walnuts, and HALF the M&Ms over the sweetened condensed milk, then sprinkle the flaked coconut evenly over the top, then the remaining M&Ms.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes (or until lightly browned); cool then cut into desired sized bars.  

Flip it! 

- Use different colored M&Ms for any occasion!
- Substitute any kind of nuts!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Cherries in the Snow

Ingredients              

1/2 cup maraschino cherries
1/2 cup sugar 
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup chilled butter  
4 oz. white chocolate baking squares finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Red food coloring (optional)  Wilton's white candy melts (about 4-6 oz.) 
2 teaspoons shortening (optional)
Red sugar sprinkles (optional)

 

Directions

- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Spread cherries on paper towels to drain well; chop into small chunks.
- In a large bowl, combine flour and sugar. 
- Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in drained cherries and white chocolate.
- Stir in almond extract and, if desired, a few drops of food coloring. Knead mixture until it forms a smooth ball.  (It may seem dry at first, like it is never going to come together but just keep kneading!)
- Shape dough into 3/4-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Using the bottom of a drinking glass dipped in sugar, flatten balls to 1-1/2-inch rounds.
- Bake in preheated oven for about 11 minutes or until centers are set. Cool for 1 minute on cookie sheet. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool.
- Melt white candy melts according to package directions.  I like to use a glass bowl over boiling water.  Add shortening (I use 1-2 Tablespoons at a time) until it is the desired consistency.
- Dip one-half of each cookie in the melted candy and lay to dry on parchment paper.  Sprinkle red sugar before the candy sets.
- Once the candy sets, store in an air-tight container.

Flip it!

-Use regular chocolate to dip for a chocolate covered cherry taste!
 

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Chocolate Covered Marshmallows


 I like to make these after my Oreo truffles to use up the leftover chocolate... 

saves time and I can't let perfectly good chocolate go to waste!


Ingredients

Marshmallows
Wilton's Melting Chocolates
Sprinkles (optional)
Shortening (optional)

Directions

- Melt chocolate according to package instructions. (I like to use a glass bowl over boiling water on the stove.)
- If the chocolate is too thick, add shortening a few tablespoons at a time until it is the desired thickness.
- Dip marshmallows in chocolate, let excess drizzle off, and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Add fun sprinkles if you like!
- Wait until chocolate hardens and store in an air-tight container.

Flip it!

- Use white or colored chocolates!
- Use chocolate marshmallows!
- Put a mini candy cane in the end to make a lollipop!
- Use any kind of sprinkles for different holidays!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Oreo Truffles

Ingredients

1 Package Oreos
1 Package Cream Cheese (8oz)
Wilton's Melting Chocolates
Shortening (Optional)
Sprinkles (Optional)

Directions

- Crush Oreos in blender, food processor, or with a rolling pin; they should have some small chunks, not crumbs
- Mix Oreos with cream cheese until thoroughly coated
- Chill mixture for 30 min (you can skip this step but the mixture will be more difficult to work with)
- Roll Oreo mixture into balls (about 1 inch, but whatever size you like); the balls may be a little messy
- Place on parchment lined baking sheet and place in freezer; after about 45 minutes, reshape/neaten up the balls
- Melt chocolates (I like to use a glass bowl over steaming water); if your chocolate is too thick, add shortening until it is the desired thickness
- Remove Oreo balls from the freezer and begin coating with chocolate, place back on the parchment after coating (I use a wooden skewer)
- Using a metal spoon, cover the hole left from the skewer with a little chocolate to get the "dripping" look
- Add sprinkles on top if you like
- Let harden and keep refrigerated

Flip it!

- Use white or colored melting chocolates!
- Use vanilla Oreos!
- Use different sprinkles for any holiday!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Pine Tree Door Decoration


Simply cut 3 pine tree branches in the sizes you want  your "tree" to be... the branch you put in the middle should be just slightly longer than the other two.  Remove any extra pine needles at the ends of your branches.  Gather the branches and tightly wind string around the branches several times and tie in a tight knot.  Use a ribbon to tie a nice bow to cover the string.  
Add a few ornaments to the branches, I used fishing line so you couldn't see the string.  
Use a nail to hang your tree between two of the branches and your done!

Cheap tubes of ornaments are 12 for $1 at the dollar store and work perfectly!!!

Flip it!

- Dress it up by using fancier ornaments or pretty ribbon!
- Add some battery powered Christmas lights around the branches!
- Top off your tree with a star or angel!


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Christmas Candle Craft



This project is super easy!  I got a vase and colored glass marbles with flat backs from the Dollar Tree.  I simply used hot glue to attach the marbles to the vase, working from the bottom, upward, and alternating colors.  
Then, put a tea light in the bottom and I was done!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

S'more Bars

Ingredients:

10 oz. of mini marshmallows (1 bag or about 6 cups)
12 oz. of semi sweet chocolate chips (1 bag)
4 Tablespoons butter
8 cups of Golden Grahams cereal (1 - 12 oz. box)
Cooking spray

Directions:

- Place chocolate chips in the freezer
- Grease a 9x13 pan with cooking spray
- Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat
- Add 5 cups of marshmallows and stir continuously until melted
- Stir in Golden Grahams until coated in marshmallows
- Remove from heat and stir in remaining marshmallows and chocolate chips
- Gently press the mixture down until it is even spread in the pan
- Refrigerate until firm (about 30-45 minutes)
- Cut into bars of your desired size and store in an airtight container

Flip it!

- Use chocolate marshmallows for more chocolaty goodness!
- You can use any type of cereal/candy combination to make any kind of bar!

 




Sunday, November 18, 2012

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites

Ingredients:

1 Cup Peanut Butter
2 Tablespoons Softened Butter
1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
Butter Snap Pretzels
1 Cup Wilton's Dipping Chocolate Melts
 

Directions:

- Whip peanut butter and softened butter together
- Add powdered and brown sugar and mix until well blended
- Put a small dollop of the peanut butter mixture (about 1 tsp.) on a pretzel, then gently press another pretzel on top
- Place pretzels on a baking sheet and freeze for at least 30 minutes; an hour is better
- Melt chocolate taking care not to burn, if it becomes too thick, add a small about of vegetable shortening until it thins out 
- Dip one end of each bite in the chocolate and lay on parchment paper (to prevent sticking) until hardened 
 

 

 

Flip it!

- Sprinkle wet chocolate with sprinkles in holiday or party theme colors!
- Use white chocolate or other colored melts!
- Use crunchy peanut butter!
 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Fun Fall Candle Holder

Take a small vase and place a votive candle in the middle.  
Evenly sprinkle gummy pumpkin candies around the candle.  Viola... easy peasy!!!

Flip it!
Use any kind of holiday, or seasonal candy throughout the year!

Reese Bars

Ingredients:

Cooking spray
4 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons peanut butter
7 cups Reese's Puffs Cereal
12 oz. mini marshmallows
6-8 oz. Reese's Pieces

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  





Directions:

- Spray a 9x11 baking pan with cooking spray
- Melt butter in a large put
- Add marshmallows and heat until completely melted; stir continuously
- Add in peanut butter and mix well
- Add Reese's Puffs Cereal and stir until all the cereal is coated with marshmallow
- Remove from heat and mix in 2/3 of Reese's Pieces
- Press the mixture gently down into the baking pan until it is spread evenly
- Sprinkle remain Reese's Pieces on top and press them down gently so they stick
- Cool completely, cut into desired size bars

Flip it!

- Use any type of cereal/candy combination
- Use chocolate marshmallows

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Acorn Doughnut Holes

Spread a little chocolate frosting on the top of a 
glazed doughnut hole and insert a pretzel stick... easy!
 
Flip it!
- Use peanutbutter or other frosting flavors instead of chocolate!
- Use nuts or other decrotive sprinkles for the topping!  

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Butterscotch Sugar Cookie Cutouts

Great for Halloween, Thanksgiving, or fall cookies!

Ingredients

1 cup butterscotch-flavored chips
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup butter softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Directions

Melt butterscotch chips in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until smooth (3 to 5 minutes)
Pour mixture into large bowl; add all remaining ingredients 
Divide dough in half, wrap each half in plastic food wrap, and refrigerate until firm
 
Heat oven to  375°F
Roll out dough on lightly floured surface, one-half at a time to 1/8-inch thickness, use cookie cutters to cut
Use sprinkles or colored sugar to decorate
Bake for about 7 minutes, or until the edges are just slightly browned

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Key Lime Pie Bites


Ingredients:

1 - 16.5 oz. package refrigerated sugar cookie dough
1 lemon
1 lime
12 oz. cream cheese
1 - 16 oz. bag of Wilton's vanilla candy melts

Directions:

- Cook the sugar cookies according to the package directions.
- Zest and juice the lemon and lime.
- Cream together the cream cheese and zest and juice from the lemon and lime.
- Once the cookies have cooled, break them up into small pieces.
- Add the broken up cookies to the cream cheese mixture until thoroughly coated.
- Chill the mixture until it is workable to roll into balls (about 1 hour).
- Cover a baking pan with parchment paper.  
- Roll balls approximately 1 tablespoon in size from the cream cheese mixture and place on the parchment paper.  
- Freeze the balls for about 1 hour (the longer the better, it makes them easier to coat).
- Melt the vanilla candy melts taking care not to overheat.  If the vanilla seems to thick, add vegetable shortening and heat slightly to make the mixture more smooth.
- Using a bamboo skewer (or other long, thin instrument) dip the cream cheese balls into the melted vanilla until coated.  I like to add a small dollop to the top as well.
- Before the vanilla hardens, sprinkle the tops with sugar or sprinkles.
- Keep refrigerated.

Note: Some of my bites look greener in the picture because I used some green colored vanilla candy melts in addition to plain white.  I think next time I'll use white because it wasn't the color green I was going for!

 

Flip it!

- For a less creamy bite, use only 8 oz. of cream cheese!
- Use only lemon or only lime depending on your taste preference!


S'more Popcorn Bars

 This recipe is a play on rice crispy treats... using popcorn instead of rice crispies and adding yummy s'more ingredients!

Ingredients:

4 T. butter
10 oz marshmallows (1 bag of large marshmallows)
6 cups air popped popcorn (4 T. kernels)
8 large graham crackers broken into small chunks
1 cup chocolate chips
cooking spray

Directions:

- Melt the butter in a large pot.
- Add the marshmallows to the butter and heat on low until all the marshmallows are melted.
- Add the popcorn (make sure there are no unpopped kernels) and graham cracker chunks to the pot and coat with the melted marshmallow.  Leaving the heat on low will make the mixture more workable.
- Add the chocolate chips and mix until all the chips are melted and the mixture is well coated in chocolate.
- Coat a 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray then press the popcorn mixture down lightly until it evenly fills the bottom of the pan.  I think it is easiest to use your hands even though it gets a little messy!
- Let cool completely and then cut into whatever size bars you would like!

Flip it!

Add more marshmallows to make them gooier!
Use chocolate flavored marshmallows!
Add more chocolate chips!


Saturday, September 1, 2012

Milestone Birthday Card




This cute card is easy to make.  Simply fold a piece of card stock in half.  Use stencils or freehand the recipients age and an exclamation point on fun paper.  Cut out and attach to the card with a glue stick.  If you are using dark paper, glue a lighter piece of paper on the inside so you can write in the card.  Like I said, easy and cute!

Glass Marble Candle Holder


 
This project is super easy!  I got a vase from Goodwill for $1 (every time I'm there they have a ton to choose from).  I got glass marbles with flat backs from the dollar store (two bags for $1 each).  I simply used hot glue to attach the marbles to the vase, put a tea light in the bottom, and I was done!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Men's Neck Tie Clutch Purse

 Front and back view of the neck tie clutch

I got two cool neck ties from Goodwill because I had been wanting to attempt to recreate a neck tie clutch that I saw on Etsy.  I couldn't find a tutorial that I liked on Pinterest, so I made up the neck tie part on my own, then found an awesome tutorial to follow from there.  

To make the fabric for this clutch out of the neck ties, I opened the ties up from the back using a seam ripper and removed the linings.  I then ironed out the fabric to remove the seam lines from the ties.  I lined up the ties going in opposite directions (thin-end to wide-end), with the right sides of the ties facing each other, pinned, and sewed with a 1/4" seam.  Depending on the size of the clutch you want to make, you may need more than two ties to get a large enough piece of "fabric."

Once I had my fabric ready, I followed this great link, and was pretty happy with the final result!  

I originally intended to make a clutch that retained more of the original men's tie shape in the purse, so I think I am going to attempt another one in the future and not iron out the seams, and instead sew along them.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Apple Scrapple

 A dense cinnamon, apple bread with a slightly crunchy brown sugar crumble on top.

Bread Ingredients:                                                    

2 granny smith apples  
1 1/2 cups milk                                             
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast                               
2 1/2 cups flour                                                        
1 teaspoon salt
2 T. cinnamon
4 T. melted butter
4 T. sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla

Topping Ingredients:

1/3 cup flour
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup brown sugar


Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cut apples into small chunks, then microwave for 3 minutes.
  • Dissolve yeast in lukewarm milk.
  • Combine flour, salt, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and egg in mixing bowl.
  • Pour milk and melted butter into flour mixture and mix until combined. 
  • Knead for about three minutes, then add apples and knead until apples are combined with dough.
  • Form dough into ball, put in lightly oiled bowl near oven (on stove top) and let rise 20 minutes.
  • Take the dough out of bowl, re-knead slightly, re-shape into ball and let rise 20 more minutes.
  • Again, take the dough out of bowl, re-knead slightly, re-shape into ball and let rise 20 more minutes
  • Combine ingredients for topping.  If butter is too hard, place near oven to soften.
  • Re-shape dough into a ball and place on a lined pan. Gently spread topping mixture across the top of the dough and make one large cut down the middle.
  • Bake for 25 minutes.  Rotate pan, cover with tinfoil, and bake for another 20 minutes (bake for approximately 45 total) 
  • Cool on rack for about an hour before serving. 

 

Flip it!

Add your favorite type of nut at the same time you knead in the apples!
Serve with butter or apple butter!
If not serving immediately, warm-up a slice in the microwave for 25-30 seconds!


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Cherry Apron

I saw this fabric and thought it was too cute so I wanted to find a project to use it for.  After going through some of my Pinterest boards I decided this was the perfect project!  The red fabric actually has little white polka dots but they didn't really show up in the picture.  My waist sash somehow ended up a little narrower than the one in the tutorial, I am not sure what I did differently, but it still works!

 

Flip it!

Use holiday fabric to make your baking more cheery!
Make a kid size apron with the extra fabric!
 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Ribbon Clothespin Clips

These are super easy to make!

Materials:

Clothespins
Ribbon
Mod Podge
Paint brush
Scissors
Ruler

Directions:

Measure the length of your clothespins and cut strips of ribbon that are just slightly longer.  Apply a thin layer of mod podge to one side of the clothespin.  Center the ribbon on the clothespin and apply mod podge over the top of the ribbon until it is completely covered.  Let the ribbon dry and then trim off the extra ribbon (it is easier to do this when dry rather than wet with mod podge or trying to cut the exact length of the clothespin).  Apply a small amount of mod podge to end of the ribbon where you cut to keep it from fraying. 

Flip it!

Add magnets to the backs and hang on the fridge!
Use to keep papers organized!
Hang along a ribbon or wire to hang Christmas or birthday cards!
Use pretty paper to cover the clothespins!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Necktie Tee

This is one of the easiest Pinterest projects I have made!  
It took me about 20 minutes total.  
And, as a bonus, I got the shirt and tie from Goodwill for less than $5 for both!
The only thing I changed from the tutorial is I chose not to add a button.



Saturday, July 28, 2012

Brownie Fluff

The brownie batter dip going around Pinterest looks amazing but of course me being me, I wanted to try to make a "healthier version."  I left in a few "unhealthy" ingredients because, let's face it, if it doesn't taste good its not worth any calories!  I haven't had the original version myself, but I think this one turned out pretty darn good!


Ingredients:

1- 8 oz. tub of fat free whipped topping
1- 8 oz. package of fat free cream cheese
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup coco powder
chocolate chips for garnish (optional)

Directions:

Using a mixer, cream together the cream cheese and powdered sugar until well blended.  Add the tub of whipped topping and blend until fluffy, be sure to scrape the edges of the bowl to get all of the cream cheese and powdered sugar mixture.  Gradually add the coco powder until well blended.  Put in a serving dish and garnish with some chocolate chips if desired. 

Serve with strawberries, pineapple, apples, marshmallows, graham crackers, and anything else that tastes good chocolate covered!

Flip it!

For a even more chocolaty flavor, use chocolate flavored whipped topping!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Chocolate Banana Milkshake

Great for when you are craving a milkshake 
but want to try to be a little healthier!

 

Ingredients:

1 frozen banana 
1 cup skim milk
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
4 large ice cubes
Blend all ingredients together until smooth, serve and enjoy!

I use Muscle Milk protein powder and I calculate this recipe to have:
345 calories
6 grams of fat
26 grams of protein  

Flip it!

Use any flavor of protein powder!
Add in extra servings of fruit!
Add plain yogurt for more creaminess!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie

Great for a post workout recovery drink or an on-the-go breakfast!

 

Ingredients:

1 scoop chocolate protein powder 
1 cup frozen raspberries
1 cup skim milk
1/3 cup fat free vanilla yogurt
4 large ice cubes

Blend together all ingredients until smooth (you may need to mix it around with a spoon once or twice).  Serve and enjoy!


Flip it!

Try it with strawberries!
Add a banana for potassium!
For a creamier smoothie, add more yogurt!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Bottle Cap Magnets

Bottle Cap Magnets

Materials

Bottle Caps
Dictionary Page(s)
Mod Podge (I used homemade; half water, half glue)
Mode Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer Spray
Paintbrush
Permanent Markers
Magnets
Pennies
 Hot Glue Gun

Rip a page out of an old dictionary.  (Or get one cheap at the dollar store.)  Cut 2 1/2" squares, being sure to get as much text in your square as you can.  I spray painted the caps but I will skip this step next time as I don't think it'll make a difference. 
Paint a thin coat of mod podge on the bottle cap, cover the top, sides, and bottom.  Place one square of your dictionary cut out on the bottle cap and begin covering in mod podge.  Gently fold/wrap the bottle cap with the paper, being sure to cover the entire surface with mod podge.
Let the mod podge dry completely, if you flip them over when one side is dry, they will dry more quickly.  When they are completely dry decorate each cap with permanent markers.  I like to doodle on a scrap paper first before I actually start drawing on the cap.
Once you have all the caps designed flip them over and use a hot glue gun to glue a penny inside each cap.  This will raise your magnet up so that it sticks just outside the cap so it can stick directly onto whatever you are putting it on.  You could also use a button, washer, or anything you can think of that would be small enough to fit in the cap and raise it up just slightly.  
 The magnets I used had adhesive already on them so I just peeled off the paper and stuck them to the pennies.  If yours aren't sticky, just use a glue gun.
Finally, take the magnets outside a spray the tops and sides with a light coat of Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer.  This will protect the paper, your drawings, and give the magnets a little shine.
If you are giving the magnets as a gift you can glue dimes or washers onto a note card so the magnets will stick to the card.  I used Canadian pennies and dimes for this project since I have absolutely no use for them!
Flip it!
Make an alphabet set for kids!
Create letters to spell names!
Use any kind of fun paper you like!