My kids are gonna love me tonight!

One of my all time favorite treats back in the day, which I can’t ever seem to find when I’m craving one is a frozen PUDDIN’ POP. Remember these??

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=scqu7-8KLkY&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dscqu7-8KLkY

Well I have thought about making them before but you know how it goes sometimes. I was at the grocery store last night and seen this…

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So you KNOW I had to get it. Then to decide… Vanilla or Chocolate ohhhh they are both so good!

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I went with Chocolate BUT I am so doing the swirl next!

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All frozen and ready to savor for dessert after dinner. Make your own today ūüôā

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Do something special and make these for your favorite valentine and attach this little cute note!

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Sweet, Simple, DDDDDD-Licious!

Enjoy!

Rebeca~

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Wrap it up Sunday!!!

I LOVE Wraps and Chicken is my favorite meat. So when I seen this post on Facebook I had to test it out.

CHICKEN APPLE WRAPS

Ingredients:
1/2 cup of chopped skinless chicken breast (as you’ll see in photo I used precooked)
3 Tbsp chopped apple (used both green and red for different flavors)
2 Tbsp chopped grapes (I used purple grapes)
2 Tbsp natural Peanut Butter
1 Tbsp plain Greek Yogurt
2 Tbsp Honey (optional but I used cause honey is good for you ūüôā
Romain Lettuce

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I first mixed the peanut butter, honey and yogurt, then chopped my apples and grapes and chicken and added in. Mix thoroughly.

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You can either choose to wrap it alone in a large romaine leaf like this…

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Or if your really hungry you can add a tortilla around that like I did.

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And there you have it – dinner for two and I got my hubby’s approval mmmmhhhh yum!!!

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Quick, easy, delicious and nutritious! Can’t go wrong for lunch, dinner or a quick snack wrap.

Have a great rest of the weekend.

Rebeca~

Grannies Cream Peas- It’s what’s for Lunch!

My dear grama used to make these minus the cheese. They were pretty good but I wanted a bit more flavor. I normally use Pepper jack cheese but I’m out so using this shredded kind instead. Any cheese will work.

Drain peas, add about 1/4 cup of milk, a few tablespoons of corn starch, a tsp of pepper, a tsp of salt, and cheese of your choice. Mix all in pan till heated and creamy. Quick, easy, delicious and healthy!

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ENJOY!!!

Happy Friday All.

Rebeca~

These are a few of my favorite things – Packaging Tips for your TASTY treats!

This has been pretty popular around Pinterest, and is definitely something I will be using tonight when I start my holiday baking fun with my kiddos. 

Pringles cans for packaging your cookies –¬†and the best part about this is that even if you don’t have a pringles can, they are very affordable to purchase, AND you get to eat the pringles first ūüôā There is also a smaller version of the original can so you can make even more to share.

All you need is the pringles can, double sided tape (or you can use glue of any type), wrapping paper (you can even have you kids draw on a piece of regular paper white or colored (this makes it extra special for grama and grampa), and of course any style ribbon, twine etc.

Here are a few photos of some cute ones I found on Pinterest. Some have more than the items I described above – just use your imagination and go with it.

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If you would like to see step by step on these pringles cans – check out this video I found on YouTube.

http://on.aol.com/video/creative-cookie-tins-made-of-old-pringles-cans-517585337

 

Because I am a HUGE LOVER of Mason Jars, I think this one is pretty cool too. Let’s face it, treats come in a variety of sizes and shapes so the pringles can might not be the best fit for all. Even just a ribbon around the neck of the jar and a cheap bow on top makes these very adorable. I think I am going to use this one for our Peanut Butter Balls. Will posts pics of my own designs as soon as we do them.

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I showed you a picture of this in my last post but will share again. Perfect for things like Muddy Buddy Treats, pretzel mixes, caramel popcorn etc.

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Similar to the pringles can – you can upcycle a soup can or any kind of can. Make sure to use the kind that are NOT sharp on the inside (Bad lesson learned when using these for a different project)

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Just about any dollar store has cute coffee mugs Рso give this one a try..and here is the link to make these exact and perfect treats for a coffee mug. http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/white-chocolate-cashew-coffee-biscotti-10000000833343/

White Chocolate-Cashew Coffee Biscotti

As always – have a BEAUTIFUL DAY!

Rebeca~

Tasty Tuesday Christmas Treats – YUMMY!!!

Well technically it is now Wednesday but I couldn’t get this posted earlier – technical dilemma’s (gotta love it). But it will still be just as good ūüôā One of the most perfect things to do with your children is bake. It is also one of the most loved gifts from the heart. Here are a few ideas from my home to yours – hope you enjoy.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies – (Don’t be shy on the powdered sugar.) One of my grama’s specialties and my favorites….

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Recipe makes about 4.5 to 5 dozen.

Ingredients
  • ¬ĺ cup oil
  • ¬ĺ cup cocoa
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ¬Ĺ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2¬ľ cups flour
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (for rolling)
 Instructions
  1. Mix oil, cocoa, and sugar until it’s about the texture of wet sand. Stir in one egg at a time, making sure to incorporate each egg. Stir in vanilla, salt, and baking powder. Sift in flour and stir to combine.
  2. Refrigerate 2-3 hours or overnight. Form into 1″ balls. Roll each in powdered sugar to coat well. Place on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray, covered with parchment, or lined with a silicone baking mat.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
  4. Cookies will still look slightly dough-y. Don’t over bake them! Leave them on the warm pan 1-2 minutes and the heat will continue to set the cookies. When cookies are set enough to move, transfer to a cooling rack.

 

Peanut Butter Balls – guaranteed to go faster than it takes to make them ūüôā

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Makes about 24 peanut butter balls
 
Ingredients:
  • 1 ¬Ĺ cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup crisp rice cereal, crushed
  • ¬Ĺ ‚Äď 1 cup powdered sugar (depending on how sweet you want it)
  • ¬ľ cup honey
  • ¬ľ cup quick cooking oats (or old fashioned)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Optional: 2 tablespoons wheat germ

Optional: 8 oz chocolate bark, or any type of chocolate candy coating (chocolate chips work as well, just add 1-2 tablespoons of shortening )

Directions:
  1. Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer, mix all ingredients together except for the vanilla extract.
  2. Once the peanut butter mixture is smooth mix in the vanilla extract.
  3. Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
  4. Roll peanut butter mixture into bite size balls and freeze until firm, about 15-20 minutes.
  5. If desired, melt chocolate and cover peanut butter balls with chocolate. (Grama’s tip- adding 1 or 2 teaspoons of shortening to the chocolate helps the chocolate to thin out and makes it easier to coat the peanut butter balls.)
Other options are after rolling peanut butter balls into balls, roll in powdered sugar, crushed cereal or coconut. Keep in fridge or freezer РDELICIOUS!!!
 
Christmas Muddy Buddies РA favorite for all. To package it, use cello bags, pour in a small amount of Muddy Buddies then sprinkle in some M&M’s and repeat the layers. Then tie it with a red ribbon and put a cute Christmas to and from tag on it. This is a perfect gift for friends, teachers and neighbors!
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Ingredients:

  • 1 box (12.8 oz.) (about 13 cups) Rice Chex, Corn Chex Wheat Chex or Chocolate Chex cereal (or combination)
  • 1 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cut into smaller pieces
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup Christmas M&M‚Äôs
Directions:
  1. Line 2 baking sheets with wax paper and set aside.
  2. Pour cereal into a very large bowl; set aside.
  3. In 1-1.5 quart microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered on High 1 minute then stir.
  4. Microwave 15-30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla.
  5. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated.
  6. Add powdered sugar and gently stir into chocolate covered cereal.
  7. Spread cereal on the two baking sheets to cool.
TIP –¬†Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

¬†Brownie Christmas Trees – Kids LOVE these! Well seriously who DOESN’T love brownies??

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Ingredients: 

  • Brownie Mix
  • Butter-cream frosting
  • Green food coloring
  • Decoration candies (M&M‚Äôs, sprinkles etc.)
  • Butter-cream¬†Frosting
  • 1 stick of butter (salted, or unsalted), softened
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt (if using unsalted butter)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ¬Ĺ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-2¬† tablespoons milk, heavy cream or half and half. ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†Directions ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†
  1. Bake brownies in a 9√ó13 inch pan lined with parchment paper. Bake according to directions. Let brownies cool.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment, beat butter (on medium speed) until completely smooth (30 seconds to a minute). You can also place ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix ingredients using a hand mixer.
  3. Add salt (if desired). Add one cup of powdered sugar. Add vanilla and beat to combine. Add 1 tablespoon of milk or cream and continue beating. Add the remaining cup of powdered sugar and mix in. Add an additional tablespoon of milk or cream if needed to reach desired consistency.
  4. The frosting should now be smooth and fluffy.
  5. Add enough food coloring to reach desired color of green. Add only a little at first and slowly add more if needed.
  6. Remove parchment paper/brownies from pan and place on counter top.
  7. Using your Christmas tree cookie cutter cut out as many trees as possible.
  8. Let each child frost their Christmas tree brownie and decorate as desired. 
And Last but certainly not least (which is why the picture is MUCH BIGGER) – my lovely mom brought me these this morning – I can’t wait to make a WHOLE BUNCH MORE. They are heavenly!
 
Hot Cocoa Cookies – Thanks mom for saving the day!
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 Makes about 4 Dozen.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3-1/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup or 4 envelopes¬†Swiss Miss¬ģ Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix¬†(Do not use No Sugar Added mix)
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup semi‚Äďsweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup¬†Kraft¬ģ Jet-Puffed¬ģ Vanilla Mallow Bits

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350¬įF. Beat butter and sugars in large bowl with standing mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well.
  2. Combine next 4 ingredients. Gradually beat into butter mixture until blended. Stir in chocolate chips and Mallow Bits. Cover and chill 1 hour.
  3. Drop 2 tablespoons dough, 2 inches apart, onto baking sheets.
  4. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  5. Cool on baking sheets 5 minutes; remove to wire racks and cool.

And thank you to Swiss Miss too for coming up with this tasty treat –¬†– See more at: http://www.swissmiss.com/hot-cocoa-cookies-recipe.jsp#sthash.Zo1IAbAk.dpuf

Ok I suppose I better hit the hay – sure WISH I had this much motivation at 7AM. I have an internal clock that goes off every night at 10PM and says “lets get busy – there is no time to sleep” ha ha. I am a night owl plain and simple. No matter how hard I try to switch things around – it doesn’t work. As one of my signs that I make says “I could be a morning person if it started at noon”.

Peace to all and to all a good night!

Rebeca~

40 Homemade Holiday Food Gift Recipes

40 Homemade Holiday Food Gift Recipes

Being that I am now self-employed and make my own fun handmade creations¬† for a living¬†– I am even more attracted to homemade items then ever before. I just feel that if people can afford it, they usually buy the things they want themselves which makes it all that more difficult to find something unique or that they don’t already have¬†to give them as a gift. I ran across this article 40 Homemade Holiday Food Gift Recipes and there are so many wonderful ideas. If you are on a tight budget like me this holiday season – check out this link and see if there is something that catches your eye to make for that special someone. Because I am FREEZING right now I think my two favorites have to be the¬†¬†¬†Hazelnut Hot Cocoa (In a mason jar no less -how cute!!) and the¬†Coconut Hot Chocolate Spoons. Both just give me a warm fuzzy feeling

Following those ideas are a list is 20 Easy Handmade Holiday Ornaments and Decorations- perfect chance to get the kids involved.

Make this Christmas a little more personal. Make your gifts meaningful. Forget about buying expensive electronic gadgets (you can get those anytime), put down your phones and spend quality time with those you love (yes I need to remember this myself),  create new memories by playing REAL board or card games (this used to be alot of fun and still can be), really talk to each other with undivided attention and celebrate life no matter how DIFFICULT it can be some days.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a great day!

PS – HGTV ROCKS!

Rebeca~