Homemade Whatchamacallit Candy Bars

Homemade Whatchamacallit Treats

Oh my goodness I have a treat for you today! Have you ever had a Whatchamacallit candy bar? Well they happen to be my favorite candy bar. They have chocolate, caramel, crunchy stuff, peanut butter… basically everything good in one little bar.

When the need strikes for a candy bar, this is usually the one I reach for but sadly Whatchamacallit bars can be hard to find. If I do find them, they tend to be the dusty box at the bottom of the shelf not the glossy top shelf with the show-offy M&M’s and Snickers. Sad. Poor under appreciated Whatchamacallit.

So I thought I’d come up with a homemade recipe for Whatchamacallit. This is such a fun recipe to tuck away for parties or bake sales or when you want to bring something really interesting and different.

This recipe does sound complicated but really it is very simple and no bake. You will combine peanut butter with caramel and chocolate and crunchy cereal and marshmallow and well- these bars are really indulgent and delicious!

If you like Rice Krispies, your kid’s are going to love this recipe.

Homemade Whatchamacallit Treats Recipe

Here goes:

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Gooey Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls

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I have a yummy recipe for you today.  A little twist on a classic cinnamon roll.  This one has melted chocolate chips in the center plus a chocolate glaze drizzled on top.

A good cinnamon roll is pretty much perfection on a plate in my opinion, but if you want to try something a little different this might be for you!

I love Pain au Chocolat (chocolate croissants) but they often don’t have quite enough chocolate inside.  This recipe reminds me of a Pain au Chocolat but with a generous amount of chocolate and cinnamon and brown sugar.  So yummy!

I have made cinnamon rolls in the past and sometimes they are a real labor of love… all day in the kitchen kind of love.  These rolls do take 3 hours in total to rise- so make sure you plan for that- but all in all this is a fairly easy recipe that doesn’t require a lot of time in the kitchen.

This recipe makes about 16 rolls and if you have extra, you can actually freeze them.    And once these are finished look at this plate of goodness you have to look forward to!

Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

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Children’s Snack Idea: Ants on a Log

Ants on a Log Fun Children's Snack

I have a fun and silly little treat idea for you today.  This is a cute snack idea that your kid’s would absolutely love.  This is a twist on the regular ants on a log idea- obviously this one isn’t as healthy – but it is colorful and fun and perfect for an occasional treat.

The kids were reading some bug books over summer and I decided to pull out our old copy of A Bug’s Life to watch together that night and I wanted to make a silly bug themed treat to eat during the movie.

I came up with these ants on a log and it is so fast and simple to make.  My kids thought these were really fun and I think this would also be a cute treat to surprise them with after school or maybe for a class party.

You might file this idea away for when the kid’s start life cycle units at school too because this is just a fun little extra thing to make at home with them to support what they are studying in school.

Ants on a Log Cute Children's Treat

So to make these guys you can absolutely substitute what you have on hand, but here is what I used:

Children's Snack Idea: Ants on a Log
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Ingredients
  • - Chocolate covered granola bars
  • - M&M's Candies
  • - Chocolate Chips
  • - Ziploc Sandwich Bag
Instructions
  1. - Place a few chocolate chips or chocolate candies in a microwave safe bowl
  2. - Microwave on high for 30 seconds or until just melted enough to be stirred with the tip of a knife.
  3. - Once the chocolate is melted, carefully spoon it into your Ziploc bag.
  4. - Press the chocolate mixture into one corner of the bag.
  5. - With a sharp knife, just barely cut the corner of the sandwich bag off so that you have a teeny tiny hole from which you can pipe the chocolate. The smaller the better.
  6. - Unwrap a granola bar.
  7. - Pipe two small dabs of chocolate onto the top of the bar and affix two M&M's candies onto it.
  8. - The melted chocolate will act like a glue to hold the body of your ants onto the log.
  9. - Repeat this process to form the body of your second ant.
  10. - Pipe two eyes onto your ants.
  11. - Pipe three legs on each side of your ants radiating out from the center of the body where the two M&M's candies meet.
  12. - Continue adding as many ants as you like.

And here is how they look on a plate:

Adorable Children's Snack Idea- Ants on a Log

Silly and fun and just what childhood should be about :)

Here are a few other silly treats you might also like:

No Bake Monster TreatsMonster Pretzel Treats 

rainbow fruit cupsRainbow Fruit Cups 

Melted snowman cookies recipeMelted Snowman Cookies– these are such a fun treat for winter!

Turkey and Cheese Pretzel Sliders {Perfect Game Day Snack}

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Today I partnered with Foster Farms to bring you this fun recipe that comes together in minutes.  This is a perfect afternoon snack for the kids or fantastic to whip up for upcoming Game Day parties.

These little pretzel sliders are crazy simple and so fast to whip up and you won’t believe how good they are!  I know some of you have teenagers that are probably pillaging for food constantly so this might be an idea to quickly and easily feed the masses without going broke.

My children are very particular about sandwiches.  They like sliced turkey and they like cheese and they absolutely love Auntie Anne’s pretzels when we hit the mall.  So I thought I’d just combine all of the above to make a hot sandwich that they can grab before soccer and dance practice.

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You can use any bun or bread you like for this recipe but we absolutely love pretzel rolls.  I grabbed the mini rolls because they are perfect for children and also easy to grab during Game Day parties.

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The next step is to pick up a really good sliced turkey – I used Foster Farms All Natural Sliced Turkey in the Oven Roasted flavor.  This is a new product from Foster Farms with no nitrates or nitrites and the turkey is raised without hormones or steroids. Pick up your favorite cheese (I made some with both Havarti and Cheddar to suit the picky eaters in my house) and either yellow or Dijon mustard.

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I like to brush a little melted butter on top to keep the buns moist and also to help the salt stick to the bun.  You can totally save yourself some calories and skip this step.

Once you have your sandwich assembled, you pop them into the oven for about 4 minutes and they are done!  So good – the entire tray will be gobbled up before you know it.

 

Turkey and Cheese Pretzel Sliders {Perfect Game Day Snack}
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Quick and easy turkey and cheese sliders.
Ingredients
  • Sliced Turkey (I used Foster Farms All Natural Sliced Turkey, oven roasted flavor )
  • Sliced cheese of your choice (I used Havarti and Cheddar)
  • Pretzel Rolls
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter (optional)
  • Yellow or Dijon Mustard
Instructions
  1. Slice the pretzel rolls in half and lay facedown on a baking sheet lined with parchment.
  2. Add a layer of mustard to the bottom half of each bun.
  3. Add one slice of turkey on top of the mustard.
  4. Top with a slice of cheese.
  5. Top with the other half of the roll.
  6. Lightly brush a little melted butter onto the top of the pretzel rolls and sprinkle with salt (a little goes a long way!)
  7. Bake in the oven at 325 degrees for 3-5 minutes until cheese is melted.
  8. Remove and serve immediately.

And here is the ooey gooey finished product:

Turkey and Cheese Slider Recipe

Literally done in about 10 minutes.

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And if you have a delicious and unique turkey sandwich recipe of your own, be sure to enter the “Don’t Call Me Basic” contest on Instagram to be entered to win a luxury weekend in Napa Valley or $4,000 cash!  (Whoot!)

Just post a photo of your sandwich to Instagram. In the caption, include the list of ingredients and tag @FosterFarms and #DontCallMeBasic. Make sure your profile is public! Entries may also be emailed to dontcallmebasic@fosterfarms.com if participants don’t have an Instagram account.

Just for sharing your creation, you’ll also automatically be entered into weekly random drawings to win either a high-end panini press or gourmet picnic basket set. For more details on the contest and the official Rules & Regulations, visit www.fosterfarms.com/dontcallmebasic.pdf

If you’d like to pick up some Foster Farms turkey to make your sandwich creation, you can grab a $1 off coupon here.  This product is available at Safeway family stores and Raley’s.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Foster Farms All Natural Sliced Turkey. All opinions expressed are my own.

 

 

Neapolitan Rice Krispie Treats

Neapolitan Rice Krispies Treats

Are these fun or what?  We love Neapolitan treats in our house because it is the easiest way to get everyone to agree.  My little girl loves vanilla and my big girl would choose strawberry and Mommy is all about the chocolate…

So Neapolitan is the easiest way for us to all get what we want in one dessert.  Here is a little twist on a traditional Rice Krispie treat that your children will love.

This recipe makes a large batch of Krispies so you can always reduce the quantity as needed.  You will be making (3) batches total of Rice Krispies treats but don’t worry as this goes so quickly.

The first is the plain Krispies and the second is the strawberry layer and then finally the chocolate layer.

For this recipe I suggested strawberry Jell-o because that is the most readily available ingredient.  An alternative to that would be the strawberry marshmallow fluff that is available at World Market instead of Jello and marshmallows.  I posted a picture on Instagram of what it looks like.  The marshmallow fluff gives a gooier Rice Krispie treat that is just delicious.

Neapolitan Rice Krispie Treats
Recipe type: Dessert
 
Ingredients
  • 12 cups Rice Krispies Cereal
  • 6 cups Cocoa Krispies
  • 9 tbs salted butter
  • 12 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 3 ounce box of powdered Strawberry Jell-O
Instructions
  1. You will be making 3 batches of Rice Krispies to get each flavor.
  2. Coat an 8 x 11.5 baking pan with non stick cooking spray or butter well.
  3. Melt 3 tbs butter in a large saucepan.
  4. Add 4 cups mini marshmallows and stir constantly until melted.
  5. -Remove from heat.
  6. Add 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal to the marshmallow mixture and stir until all the cereal is coated.
  7. Turn that mixture into your greased baking dish and use a piece of wax paper to press the cereal mixture down firmly.
  8. Wash and dry your large saucepan so you can start on your chocolate layer.
  9. Melt 3 tbs butter in a large saucepan.
  10. Add 4 cups mini marshmallows and stir constantly until melted.
  11. Remove from heat.
  12. Add 6 cups Cocoa Krispies cereal to the marshmallow mixture and stir until all the cereal is coated.
  13. Turn that mixture on top of your vanilla layer and use a piece of wax paper to press the cereal mixture down firmly.
  14. Wash and dry your large saucepan so you can start on your strawberry layer.
  15. Melt 3 tbs butter in a large saucepan.
  16. Add 4 cups mini marshmallows and stir constantly until melted.
  17. Remove from heat.
  18. Add your 3 oz box of Strawberry Jell-O and stir until it has melted into your marshmallow mixture.
  19. Add 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal to the marshmallow mixture and stir until all the cereal is coated.
  20. Turn that mixture on top of your chocolate layer and use a piece of wax paper to press the cereal mixture down firmly.
  21. Allow your treats to cool completely before slicing and serving.

If you give this a shot please come back and let me know what you think!

Neapolitan Rice Krispie Treats

And here are a few other yummy treats you might enjoy:

Smores Krispy Treats- perfect for parties!S’Mores Rice Krispies Treats

Salted Caramel Starbucks Cupcakes- so fun and very easy to make!  Use any flavor of cupcake you prefer. (1 of 1)Salted Caramel Starbucks Cupcakes 

 

 

20 Quick and Easy Breakfast ideas

Quick and Easy Breakfast ideas



With Back to School season upon us, I thought it would be fun to put together a list of 20 ideas for a quick and healthy breakfast.

Some of these require advance preparation, such as homemade English Muffins but many are also 10 minutes or less in the kitchen in the morning.

A good breakfast is so important- especially for the kids- so hopefully you find a few things that appeal to your family.  I know breakfast is something I just don’t take the time to make for myself and so I have to plan ahead or I will be starving by 9am and running through the closest Starbucks lane.

So here are some things you might consider:

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1.  Eggs and Tomato Breakfast Melts

2. Crockpot Maple and Brown Sugar Steel Cut Oatmeal Recipe

3. Perfect Hardboiled Egg

4. Homemade English Muffins

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5. Quick and Easy Microwaved Cinnamon Apples

6. Country Breakfast Bowls– freezable

7. Protein Packed Banana Bread Oatmeal

8. Avocado Bacon and Eggs

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9. Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats

10. Healthy Chocolate Energy Smoothie

11. Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches

12.  Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Energy Bites

13. Apple Cookies– apple slices with toppings!

14. Egg and Avocado Grilled Cheese Recipe

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15. Peanut Butter and Greek  Yogurt Fruit Dip

16. How to make an Acai Bowl

17. Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies

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18. Scrambled eggs and avocoado

19. Homemade Almond Butter (perfect spread on whole wheat toast)

20. Yogurt parfaits 

And some other posts you might enjoy:

Homemade Bisquick Recipe

Homemade Bisquick for quick and easy pancakes

Homemade Chocolate Chip Granola Bars - so fast and absolutely delicious!

Homemade Granola Bars- these are so good!

Nutella Swirl Banana Muffins

Nutella Muffins 

How to Make an Acai Bowl

How to Make an Acai Bowl

Goodness these Acai bowls are so darn good!  I was first introduced to them in San Diego where they are very popular.  I also had one in Maui that was amazing and actually Jamba Juice does a pretty good job of making acai bowls.  We have a gourmet grocery store in town that makes all sorts of variations on Acai bowls but these do tend to get a little pricey.  I typically see them for about $6-$10 each.

But guess what?  You can make these in just minutes at home and completely customize to exactly the flavors you love.

A smoothie bowl is basically just a thicker version of a smoothie topped with fruits and coconut and nuts or seeds and you eat it like yogurt.  Acai versions of smoothie bowls tend to be the most popular and they are so good for you! Acai is a superfruit and it tastes like a blueberry meets a pomegranate and cherry – really yummy!

It can take a little tweaking to get a perfect smoothie bowl- it took me several tries to get exactly the right consistency.  So please be aware that you can absolutely make substitutions to this recipe but if you do, you might need to also tweak the quantities a bit to get the right consistency.  The worst case though is that you have a smoothie to drink so really not a bad situation at all.

How to make an acai smoothie bowl

Also the end result will vary according to your blender.  I have a Blendtec that does an amazing job with things like this.

A good acai bowl is very filling, has tons of antioxidents and tastes so refreshing.  The texture is thicker so it is almost like indulging in a rich sorbet.   This really is a perfect breakfast on a warm summer day or a great option a late afternoon snack when you might crave coffee or sweets.  Try this instead!

Ingredients for an Acai Bowl

To make your Acai bowl you want to decide what kind of liquid base to use.  Most people like the hint of sweetness from a good quality apple juice or the creaminess of an almond milk.  I prefer apple juice myself and if you do use almond milk, you may need to add slightly more liquid to your bowl.  Be very careful when adding liquid as you want to use the least amount possible to get the thicker consistency for your bowl.

Here is the basic recipe I use:

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Homemade Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream {No Churn!}

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream No Churn

Did you know it is National Ice Cream month?  Yup!  I feel like we should really celebrate don’t you?

I have the simplest recipe for homemade ice cream for you.  The best part is that you can totally customize this to any flavor you like- the base stays the same and the toppings can change.

I went ahead and made Mint Chocolate Chip because that is one of my favorites.  This seriously takes about 10 minutes to make and then several hours to harden in the freezer.  So get your ice cream going in the morning and it will be ready for dessert that night!

My Dad happens to love ice cream- he seriously eats it every night.  I once got him a gourmet ice cream shipment as a gift with pints of exotic ice cream flavors.  That was an expensive gift with shipping and such but he loved it.

You could totally do the same thing with this easy recipe.  Gift some pints to the neighbors and friends or come up with several fun flavors for an ice cream party this summer or whatever.  This is a no bake dessert so it is way easier to make in summer than cupcakes or cookies.

Here is what you will need:

Homemade Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream {No Machine Needed}
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8
 
Homemade ice cream- no machine required!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips or chopped semi sweet or dark chocolate candy bar
  • 1 teaspoon mint extract*
  • green food coloring (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place the 2 cups of whipping cream into a stand mixer bowl with the whisk attachment or in a large bowl for a hand mixer.
  2. Mix on medium low until it starts to get fluffy and then increase the speed to medium high.
  3. Mix until the cream is nice and fluffy with soft peaks like whipped cream. Do not overwhip or you will make butter. I like to add the food coloring when the cream is getting close to being done just so it is incorporated really well. I used 3 drops of green coloring for a light mint color but I suggest adding one drop at a time to see what you think.
  4. Once you have a light, creamy whipped cream, add the condensed milk and mint extract and mix just until incorporated.
  5. Taste the whipped cream mixture to be sure it is minty enough for you. If not add in a few drops more.
  6. Add your chocolate bar or chocolate chips and gently fold in.
  7. Pour into a standard loaf pan and cover tightly with saran wrap.
  8. Place in the freezer for at least 6 hours.
  9. Enjoy!!

I found this ice cream to be lightly and smooth and creamy- closer to a gelato than ice cream. It was absolutely delicious and everyone in the family gave this recipe 2 thumbs up.

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Just be really careful you watch the whipping cream carefully as it goes from perfect fluffy creamy heaven to butter really quickly. So soft peaks because you have a tiny bit more mixing to go once you add the remaining ingredients.

For the mint extract you can find that in the seasoning/spice section of most stores. Please be sure to get Mint and not Peppermint. Here is what it looks like– mine was about $3 at Target.

Minty goodness before the chocolate chips and freezer:

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Here are some other flavor variations if mint is not your thing:

  • Vanilla– add vanilla extract instead of mint (I would think more than a teaspoon but start small and add more to taste)
  • Fruit Ice Cream (strawberry, blackberry etc..) – add either jam or add a fruit puree (make this by pureeing your fruit with a small amount of water so it is not too thick).  You might want to run the puree through a fine mesh sieve to remove any seeds.
  • Chocolate– add 2-3 tablespoons high quality unsweetened cocoa powder

And from there you can go crazy with crushed Oreos, chopped up candy bars like Reese’s, swirls of salted caramel and so much more!

I hope you like this recipe. Please come back and let me know how it works for you and if you decide on any variations in flavors.

Here are a few other recipes you might enjoy:

how to make your own butterHow to Make Butter (just in case you beat your cream too long, you can turn it into butter and start again for the ice cream)

Crock Pot Caramel Sauce (Just one ingredient and so easy to make!)  This is amazing on french bread, sliced apples, drizzled on ice cream or eat it straight from the jar!Crock Pot Caramel Sauce– this would be awesome for caramel ice cream or to drizzle on vanilla ice cream

Homemade Magic Shell RecipeHomemade Chocolate Magic Shell.  Seriously this takes seconds and IT.IS.SO.GOOD.  Trust me :)