DIY Strawberry Shortcake “Thank You Berry Much” Birthday Party Treat Bags

Strawberry Shortcake Party Favor Bags

I mentioned we're doing a Strawberry Shortcake themed birthday party for Emma's 4th birthday. Well, Party City loaded us up with all kinds of supplies including a bulk packages of Brach's strawberry candies. I thought they would be perfect for "Thank You Berry Much for Coming to my Party" treat bags for our guests. These are fairly easy to make and only require a few supplies including: printer, paper, card stock, clear treat bags, glue sticks … [Read more...]

Cream Cheese Filled King Cake Pops Recipe for Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras King Cake Pops

Mardi Gras is a pretty big deal in some parts of the country, not-so-much here in central Illinois. When we lived in St. Louis there was a pretty big street celebration that my husband dragged me down to but it was more of litter-bug drunk fest than celebration of anything as far as I could tell. So we pretty much limit our celebration to buying a King Cake from the grocery store. I'm sure it has no real comparison to one made in New Orleans … [Read more...]

Cran-Cherry Toffee Oatmeal Bars Recipe

Cran-Cherry Toffee Oatmeal Bars

January is a difficult month for me when it comes to cooking and baking. While I didn't personally make any resolutions, my husband did. In the midst of my typical sweets and baked goods I've been making, he's busy fighting off the urge to eat these calorie packed goodies. Rather than leave all these desserts around with nothing for him, I pulled my bag of Truvia Baking Blend out of the pantry to whip up a snack that he could enjoy without the … [Read more...]

Game Day Musselman’s Apple Butter Monkey Bread Bites Recipe

Apple Butter Monkey Bread

We're getting closer to the big game which is a major football holiday around this house. It doesn't matter which teams are playing, it only matters that there's a good spread of food and a clear line of sight to the television. Every year I bring out the slow cooker to cook up my favorite red chili, bake some hot wings for the family and a plethora of other finger foods. This year we're adding a dessert to the menu made with Musselman's Apple … [Read more...]

VIDEO RECIPE | How to Make Dessert Crepes #Troop8x #HTC8

Strawberry and Pastry Cream Dessert Crepes

Last week I had this urgent craving for some dessert crepes. Not familiar with a crepe? Well, it's like a really thin pancake that you can fill with a sweet pastry cream and fruits. Or you could fill it with a pudding and drizzle it with chocolate ... the possibilities are endless here. Since the Windows 8X phone by HTC was delivered I've been itching to try out the video capabilities. I've already been exploring it the camera which is 10 … [Read more...]

Reindeer Poop Holiday Recipe (Homemade Star Crunch Snack)

Reindeer Poop Homemade Star Crunch Snack

Don't let the name of this recipe scare you off. Reindeer poop is tasty stuff. Of course my daughters heard the name and wrinkled their little noses as I was rolling the "reindeer poop" into balls. But then of course I explained they're like a Rice Krispies Treat, only tastier. These snack balls include yummy caramel sauce and melted chocolate chips to give them extra flavor.   Reindeer Poop Recipe   Print Prep 5 mins … [Read more...]

Holiday Recipe | Rum Raisin Rice Pudding

Rum Raisin Rice Pudding Recipe

Of all the desserts I've ever made, rice pudding has never been one of them. I'm more of a tapioca pudding kinda person but knowing how much my mom loves rice pudding, I thought I'd give it a try. It's quite honestly a really easy and cheap dessert to make for the holidays. If you really want to save time, you could even used a boxed pudding mix but I wouldn't recommend it. The few extra minutes it takes to make a homemade pudding is worth it. … [Read more...]

Holiday Recipe | Chocolate & Vanilla Italian Pizzelle Cookies

chocolate and vanilla Italian pizzelles recipe

I was about to write ... this is my favorite holiday cookie ... but I think I've said that with every cookie recipe I've ever shared. Truth is, they're ALL my favorites. I have so many holiday memories that involve cookie baking with my mom that it makes it hard to narrow down just one favorite. So instead, I'll just say that making Pizzelles are one of my many favorite holiday cookies. Growing up my mom had an ancient pizzelle iron that I … [Read more...]

Holiday Recipe | Chocolate Dipped Caramels

Christmas chocolate dipped caramels

Remember a few weeks back when I made those delicious vanilla bean caramels? Well, I also turned them into a sweet treat for holiday gifting. You could even add some of your favorite nuts to make them a really indulgent treat. All you need is that caramels recipe, some good quality dipping chocolate and holiday sprinkles.   Since I had already made the caramels and packaged them in wax paper, all you need to do is flatten them a … [Read more...]

Winter Snowflake Soft & Chewy Iced Sugar Cookies Recipe

Winter Snowflake Soft and Chewy Iced Sugar Cookies Recipe

Sugar cookies have been a long-time favorite of mine. It's the one cookie we bake for every single holiday whether I'm doing cut-out sugar cookies or soft drop cookies. It was also the very first kind of cookie my mom taught me how to make. I'm not one to discriminate, I like them crispy, soft, chewy and even raw right out of the mixing bowl. But these soft & chewy version are close to the top of my favorites list. You don't need to do any … [Read more...]