Recipes

17
Nov
2014

Crock Pot Hot Chocolate Recipe

11/17/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Crock Pot Hot Chocolate Recipe

 

I have a delicious recipe for easy Crock Pot hot chocolate. This is a great recipe to save for entertaining this holiday season or to start before dinner and the family can enjoy really delicious hot chocolate as dessert.  Perfect for movie night!

I have tried crock pot hot chocolate recipes in the past and have always been disappointed. I made it once for family movie night at home and the recipe was terrible. It was not creamy and chocolately and just not soul warming like you want from hot chocolate.

The next recipe I tried had been called “Best Ever Crock Pot Hot Chocolate” and had been raved about by the person that published the recipe. I made it for a little party we had last year for 6 year olds. Blech! It wound up being crazy sweet and sticky and just not good at all. When 6 year olds find something too sweet you know you are in trouble.

Well this year I decided to give it one last shot as we were hosting the little Girl Scout troop over to assemble Operation Christmas Child boxes. I wanted to do a hot chocolate bar and decided to give one last recipe a shot.

I am so glad I did! This hot chocolate was so easy and fast to pop in the slow cooker and then it turned out to be absolutely delicious. Rich, creamy, not too sweet and the girls literally drank every last drop. I will absolutely make this again and again and wanted to share the recipe with you to enjoy as well.

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14
Nov
2014

White Chocolate & Peppermint Oreos

11/14/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

White Chocolate and Peppermint Oreos

Oh goodness these cookies are so good. If you are looking for a festive, no bake option for the holidays- well I have a really yummy recipe for you.

I absolutely love chocolate covered Oreos- they are so simple and you can adapt them to whatever flavors you like. They just take a few minutes to make and the kids can easily help to make these.

I decided to do a Candy Cane version of chocolate covered Oreos which is really fun for the holidays.

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06
Nov
2014

Warm Vanilla Milk {Healthy Alternative to Hot Chocolate}

11/06/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Vanilla Cinnamon Milk



I posted this recipe a long time ago in a cold version for lunch boxes and wanted to revisit it in a warm version that is so perfect for fall and winter.

This recipe is crazy fast and crazy simple and a healthy alternative to hot chocolate.  We absolutely love vanilla milk in this house- I like to give it to the girls as an afternoon treat or during movie night.  It is slightly sweet but doesn’t have the sugar that you find in hot chocolate.

Plus it takes seconds to prepare- I hope you give it a shot!

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29
Oct
2014

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

10/29/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

reese's peanut butter cup cookies

Earlier this year our family took a little trip to Monterey, CA. It is a beautiful place to visit and we spent an afternoon at the Aquarium and then treated ourselves to the Nestle Tollhouse Cookie store right across the street. (Skip freshly baked cookies? No way!)

We shared a sampling of cookies and by far the one we were practically arm wrestling over was the Reese’s peanut butter cup cookie. I actually bought a few extra to bring home for our pet-sitter and low and behold there were only crumbs left by the time we got home.

This is a really simple cookie to make and I made a mental note to be sure and post it before Christmas for those that like to exchange Christmas cookies.

These are an absolutely delicious combination of peanut butter and chocolate gooey-ness and they are bite sized.

These are incredibly easy to make– I prefer homemade peanut butter cookie dough but in a pinch you can always grab premade dough from the grocery store.

You can also make the peanut butter dough well in advance and freeze it if you want to have an easy dessert in the freezer or you want to get a jump on the holidays.   You can absolutely modify this recipe to include flavors you love.  If you want to use chocolate chips instead of the Reese’s cups, that would be delicious.  You could also pipe in Nutella and that should be wonderful too.

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18
Oct
2014

Homemade Pumpkin Butter Recipe

10/18/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Homemade Pumpkin Butter Recipe


Oh I have something delicious for you to try.  I love, love fall and all the flavors that go with it.  Pumpkin is one of my most favorite things though and this recipe is full of pumpkin-y goodness and so simple to make!  It is a lovely gift idea and compliments so many different things- french bread, cakes, waffles/pancakes, oatmeal or even just spread on a cracker. My girls love this in lunchboxes- either spread on a sandwich or I put a small container of pumpkin butter and a few slices of french bread to dip. Just delicious!

I have tried numerous ways to make pumpkin butter- typically it is spices, pumpkin puree, water or apple juice and either white or brown sugar.

I tend to prefer the flavors of apple cider and brown sugar so I have tried many times making pumpkin butter with those ingredients but I come back to plain old white sugar and water with a hint of citrus over and over again.

So here is the recipe I tend to like the best- you can adjust this a little to suit your tastes.  Add slightly more sugar for a sweeter pumpkin butter- I try to use the least amount of sugar that I can (even though this recipe still calls for quite a bit) so I got it down to 1 cup but you can add as much as 1 1/2 cups to suit your taste.

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16
Oct
2014

Parmesan and Rosemary Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

10/16/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Rosemary Parmesan Roasted Potatoes

 

This is one of our favorite side dishes and it is so crazy simple to make.  Whenever I make these potatoes it turns into a bit of a fork fight around the table because everyone is diving in at once trying to get just a few more.  Let me tell you my kids are so picky that rarely happens.

If you haven’t tried fingerling potatoes they are really fast and just delicious- we love them with rosemary and melted Parmesan cheese.  They are a perfect side dish with a simple roasted chicken.

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30
Sep
2014

Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits (Copycat Milk Bones Recipe)

09/30/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats- super easy copycat Milk Bones recipe

I thought it would be fun to post a recipe for homemade dog treats.  Now you might be saying- well I can buy treats for a few dollars at the store so why should I bother making them myself?

For a few reasons- first of all there was a recall last year with certain dog treats from China that were leading to illnesses in dogs.  By making your own treats you can control exactly what goes into it and feel confident that you are giving your dog something wholesome and nutritious.

Second we absolutely love our dog – literally like a family member in this house.  My kids adore him but more often than not his needs tend to get pushed down the priority list.  When it comes to checking off the to do list each day, a walk for the dog or trip to the dog park is more likely to get skipped than say homework or say making dinner. :)  So why not do something special for your pet!  This could be something your kids really get out a kick out of- my girls loved the idea of making treats for our dog.

Third is the price consideration- really good quality treats at a pet store can be fairly pricey.  I just went to the groomer and found small-ish bags of treats priced at $15+.  This recipe is very inexpensive.

And last, what a fun homemade gift idea!  If you know someone that adopted a dog recently, how sweet would it be to put these in a cute jar and drop them off?

Plus how do you say no to this face?

Milo

Hopefully I have convinced you to give this a shot :).   This is for dog treats like you see above that are similar to a Milk Bone except I sneaked in a little peanut butter which makes these smell like fresh baked cookies when they come out of the oven.

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27
Sep
2014

Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Muffins

09/27/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

White Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

 

Oh I have a delicious recipe for you to try that is a perfect welcome to fall!  Mix these up and I bet your family absolutely devours them.

These are pretty fast and easy to make and they have the wonderful sweetness of brown sugar and chocolate chips and pumpkin pie spices. You can use either chocolate chips or white chocolate in this recipe.

This recipe is a tiny bit sweet so you can cut back on the brown sugar if you’d like to make it a little bit healthier.

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