Friday, December 21, 2012

Pin to Present: Peppermint Crunch Puppy Chow

I. Love. Puppy Chow. So when I found this recipe for Peppermint Crunch Puppy Chow, I was very excited. I actually combined two different "pins," if you will, for inspiration: Sally's Baking Addiction gave me the peppermint idea, and I liked the recipe Peanut Butter Fingers used for her Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow (I also improvised and added peppermint extract).

Ingredients:
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 12-ounce package white baking chips
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 cup of crushed candy canes
  • 9 cups rice Chex cereal

Directions:
  • Melt the white baking chips in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave for a minute, stir well, and continue microwaving at 15 second intervals until completely melted.
  • Stir in peppermint extract 
  • Add rice Chex cereal
  • Add crushed candy cane pieces
  • Add powdered sugar (I typically use a large tupperware container to shake and cover all of the cereal with powdered sugar)
And voila! A fantastically delicious treat!
In a pinch for a cute/quick gift idea? Grab some scrapbook paper, holiday-themed stickers, and a stapler. Use these for an office holiday party (the reason I made them), a family get-together, or as a gift for neighbors!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Recipe: Butterfinger Minis

This is my absolute favorite time of year.
Family
Friends
Carols
Giving
Cheer
Snow
Twinkly Lights
and...we can't forget BAKING! :)
This is a recipe my mom started making, and I have no idea where she heard/read about it but it's one of my favorites. Since there's no official name, I've decided to call them Butterfinger Minis as they resemble the delicious candy bar.
Anywho, the recipe consists of 3 simple ingredients: Cheez-Its, peanut butter, and chocolate almond bark (I know it might sound a little weird, but don't judge until you've tried them). That's it. So easy. Although, I must warn you, this is not a recipe if you're short on time...this is a recipe best made on a lazy Sunday watching your favorite purple & gold football team pummel a less-than-favorable one ;)
For this recipe, I enlisted the help of my two special kitchen friends :)
First step: sandwich peanut butter between two Cheez-Its.
MMmmmm peanut butter...


Side note: I used the family-sized box of Cheez-Its, which makes about 250 "sandwiches." 

That's a lot of Cheez-Its!
Second step: melt chocolate almond bark. I followed the directions on the package - microwave for 1 minute, stir well, and continue microwaving at 15 second intervals until completely melted.

Third step: using tongs, dip each Cheez-It sandwich into the almond bark. 
Side note: 1 package of almond bark will coat approximately 60-70 sandwiches. Also, it's a good idea to use wax paper when letting the Butterfinger Minis harden (I forgot to buy some when I made these).
Fourth step: Pop into the fridge for 5 minutes to harden, take off the tray/cookie sheet and enjoy!



Saturday, December 15, 2012

New Camera Fun!

Wow, have I been on hiatus or what? No matter, I have exciting news - I got a new camera! I've been wanting a DLSR camera forrrrrrrrever, and Christmas came a little early this year :) We opted for the Canon T3i, and it's exceptional. It's incredible what kind of difference a high-quality camera can make. Granted, I've only taken it out on one outing so far, but I'm very pleased with the results. Below are photos I took of our outing in the first big MN snowfall this winter.

This is the face of a pup excited to be out playing in the snow



However, the fun was short-lived. It doesn't take long for Bear to get cold and start whining to go home.
Ok, that was fun, but I'm sick of the snow...
I can't wait to start baking delicious goodies and use my new camera to help make them look even more delectable!