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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Little Debbie Strawberry Shortcake Strawberries

I love Strawberries! I have over six pounds of hand-picked, fresh, frozen strawberries that I am saving for the perfect recipe. (When I find it, I'll let you know.) 
As for now, I'm hording those precious strawberries in the freezer.

In the meantime, I'm still getting my strawberry fix with some Little Debbie Strawberry Shortcake Rolls!

I decided to make some fun Strawberry Shortcake Strawberries using the rolls.

I opened up the packages and mixed the rolls up in the mixer. Due to the strawberry jelly, the batter was a bit too sticky to work with, so I added 1/4 of a 9x13 yellow cake. 

I measured out the shortcake balls using my small cookie scoop. 

I cut a few of the shortcake balls in half and added the half to another ball to form a triangle/strawberry shape. 

While they were chilling in the fridge, I melted some red and green candy wafers, got some yellow sugar crystals and some green shoestring licorice ready for my berries.

With the green candy, I made some star shapes and added a one inch piece of licorice to form a stem. 

With the strawberry shortcake "berries" I hand dipped them into the red candy and then sprinkled on the yellow sugar sprinkles and allowed them to dry.   

Once they were dry, I dipped the tops into the green and added the candy stem that I  made.

Voila - Strawberry Shortcake Strawberries!

I loved the shortcake flavor! It was so much more than just strawberry cake pops.

I also made some into Strawberry  Shortcake Cake Pops! 

And... if you like Little Debbie treats, check out my Little Debbie Swiss Cake Rolls and my Little Debbie Nutty Bar Pops

I've also made pops with the Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pie which are on my Facebook page. Check out my other pops!

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Frozen Bananas


I made Pink Candy Dipped Frozen Bananas! 

Because my kid asked if they could be PINK!!!

Besides.... Chocolate Bananas are done by everyone... So, I wanted to be different :)

I started off my researching my frozen Banana techniques.

Most people peeled the banana and then froze them. I came across one that said NOT to peel the banana and therefore you will not have brown spots on the bananas.
So, that's what I did. I think it was kind of a mistake. 
I had to remove the peel with a knife and cut it off.  It wasn't the smartest thing to do.

PEEL the banana, cut them in half, insert a wooden craft stick about 3 inches into the cut banana and freeze for several hours.

Melt your candy melts at 30 second intervals until completely melted. Keep stirring and DON'T overheat it. Get your desired sprinkles and garnishes ready.

Transfer the melted candy into a tall glass or plastic Solo cup.

Remove one banana from the freezer, dip and quickly sprinkle. 

Return to freezer until you're ready to eat and enjoy!

Stay Cool this Summer!

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Butterfly Cookies

These are some of my FAVORITE cookies!

They are a bit time involved, but they are a lot of fun to make with your kid and have a tea party with!

My daughter LOVES them and so do the other kids in the neighborhood.

Here's What You Need:
3/4 C Butter
1/2 C Sugar
1/4 C packed Brown Sugar
1/4 tsp Baking Powder
1/8 tsp Baking Soda
1/8 tsp Salt
1 egg
1/2 tsp Almond Extract
1-3/4 C Flour
1/2 C chopped Dried Pineapple
1/2 C chopped Dried Papaya
1/4 C Chocolate Chips
1/4 tsp Shortening

Here's What You Do:
Combine the butter, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Beat in the egg and extract. Beat in the flour. Stir in the dried fruit by hand.

Split the batter in half. Shape each half into a log and wrap in plastic wrap. Place them in the fridge for several hours to firm up.

Unroll one log at a time and slice off 1/4 inch disks. Slice the disk in half and place the rounded sides together on a cookie sheet.

I should have chopped up my fruit a bit more. When I sliced into the dough, the fruit would not slice and I ended up with globed messes. Also, roll would NOT stay round. If you have any tips on slicing cold cookies, please share with me. I had to keep rolling the dough to prevent a flat side, but that still didn't work!

The top photos are MY cookies, the book pictures make it look so easy and neat... Sigh...

Bake at 375 for 6 minutes or until the edges just start to brown. Transfer to a wire rack and cool.

Once cool, melt the chocolate chips and shortening and stir until smooth. Add the chocolate to a baggie and snip off a small corner. Pipe on a small amount of chocolate to the center of the  butterfly and allow to dry.

Do NOT try this with pre-made sugar cookies. The dough spreads put way too easy and you'll end up with a mess of a cookie. Don't get me wrong... they still taste good, but they won't look like butterflies.

They may not be the prettiest cookies, but they sure are yummy!


Thursday, May 24, 2012

How To Make Lego Head Cake Pops

I have such a hard time with Boy Ideas.

Having a little girl, I'm all about princess tutus and dolls. She's not a cotton candy pink girl, but she's not a Tom Boy either.  Anyway... I have a hard time with boy gifts and ideas. 

So, when Lego Heads were suggested for a gift, I jumped on it!

These are a fun addition to a Lego Themed Party!

They are easy to make and even my Little Cup was asking me to make her some.

You'll need to make you cake pop batter and either buy yellow candy melts or tint your white chocolate yellow. I prefer to tint my candy coating.  I used a little less than half a 9 x 13 cake and got 17 pops.

I used my cookie scoop to measure out the balls, then I shaped them into cylinders.

I tried a few different candies to make the button on top of the head, and ended up using the M&M.

Attach the M&M with some candy coating and place them in the fridge for 15 - 20 minutes.

Add the sticks to them first and then dip the pops. Tap off the excess and allow to dry.

Once they are dry, add the features. I googled "Lego Faces" and found a ton of images to base the faces off of. I had no idea there were so many different ones!

I was not happy with the rounded button top, so I tried to shave down the candy around the M&M. I made more of a mess, so I stopped trying so hard to make them "perfect". They'll only be gobbled up anyway...

I used the Wilton Cookie Icing and a toothpick to draw on the features. It does take a steady hand, and you can always add a bit more to the design. It's hard to remove it later.

I only made a dozen faces, to the rest of the pops, I just added Lego Candy pieces to the tops. If you're not adventurous enough to make the full faces, the plain pops with the candy will work perfectly as well!

And there you have it! Easy Lego Faces Cake Pops! Enjoy it with your Ninjago Cake!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Fast and Easy Pizza Dough

Origionally, I was not going to do a post about my homemade pizza. It's nothing special.

I follow the directions and add my favorite toppings.

No biggie.

But I got a positive response of Facebook and Insagram that I've decided to share it with you.

You may think that it's easier to get a frozen pizza or just call the guys down the street, but making your own is fast and easy and when you get the family involved, everyone is happy!

I follow the directions on the little 3 pack of Fleischmann's Pizza Crust Yeast.

1-3/4 to 2-1/2 cups flour
1 envelope of yeast
1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup warm water (120 - 130 deg)
3 tablespoons oil
toppings of your choice

Here's what you Do
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Mix 1 cup of the flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl. Add the warm water and oil and mix with a paddle attachment for 1 minute. Change the paddle to the dough hook and add 1/2 cup flour at a time to the mixture until a dough ball forms. I ended up using 1-3/4 cup flour. Let the dough hook kneed the dough for 4 minutes. Remove from you bowl and slowly stretch the dough ball out allowing gravity to pull the dough as your hold the top. Slowly work your way around the disk being careful not to get a hole in the dough.

I place it on a 14 inch pizza pan and continue to press and stretch the dough out. I used 3 - 4 tablespoons of Furmano's Crushed Tomatoes with Rosted Garlic and Olive Oil for the sauce. I added Turkey Pepperoni, Bacon, and crumbled Sweet Italian Sausage. (We're meat lovers in this household.)  Then I added some Mozzarella, Parmigiana, Romano, and Asiago cheese. I like the blend of the cheese.

Here's the fun part. You can divide the dough into 2, 3, or 4 parts and make mini pizzas for each person. Make a veggie pizza, a cheeseburger pizza, a cheese ONLY pizza. If you go this route, you'll end up needing more toppings ready to go, but you can figure that all out.

Bake it for 12 -15 minutes watching for it not to burn. Let it sit for a few minutes on a wooden cutting board and then slice into it!

Let it cool and enjoy!

It's also great the next day as leftovers!

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Citrus-Hazelnut Bars

Spring is quickly turning into summer. 
We've already had the Slip N' Slide out for an after school  play date! 
Tank tops are on and sweaters have been put away for the season. I love changing out my closet and re-discovering some of my favorite clothes! What's even better, is when they still fit!
School lets out on June 1 - I can't believe my kid is "Graduating" from Kindergarten!

As I approach the end of my free days, I've decided to make some "adult" treats. I mean... how many kids LIKE nuts in their treats. Not mine! I have to make cookies with and without nuts!

So, I found this Yummy Lemon and Orange bars with a Hazelnut crust topped with more hazelnuts and I knew that I had to make it - FOR ME!!

Here's What You Need for the Crust
1/3 C butter
1/4 C sugar
1 C Flour
1/3 C finely chopped toasted hazelnuts

Beat the Butter until smooth, add sugar until combined. Add in the flour and HALF the hazelnuts. The crust will be crumbly, but press it into a 8x8 pan and bake at 350 for 10 minutes.

Here's what You Need for the Filling:
2 eggs
3/4 C sugar
2 Tbls flour
1 tsp orange peel
1 tsp lemon peel
2 Tbls orange juice
1 Tbls lemon juice
1/2 tsp baking powder
remaining hazelnuts
Powdered Sugar as garnish

While the crust is baking, mix the ingredients together. Beat for two minutes and pour over hot crust. Sprinkle with the remaining hazelnuts and bake for 20 minutes. 

Slide a knife around the edge of the pan and allow to cool.
Add powered sugar if desired. 

The recipe said I should cut into 20 bars.... well, I cut it into 9 pieces! 
Also, they did not last long enough my house, but if you want to store them, cover them and keep them in the fridge.


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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Kona Coffee Cake Truffles

These little bites of pleasure are the BEST after dinner treat - At least, that's my husband's opinion.

However, that opinion has been seconded and passed by the house.

These are Chocolate Cake Balls topped with a chocolate covered Kona Coffee Bean!

Now, you can totally use a regular coffee bean, I've done it several times before and it's just as good.

However, when you're from Hawaii and you parents live in Kona and have DIRECT access to a coffee farm, well... you just have to use what you've got . 

To make these babies, I used Yellow Cake and Chocolate Frosting for the cake balls.
Dipped them in milk chocolate candy coating.
Topped them with the covered coffee bean.

Perfect! You get your cup of coffee and cake for dessert. Dig in!

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