Recipes

07
Feb
2015

Homemade Gummy Candy Recipe

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Homemade Gummy Candies

 

Here is a fun recipe that is very easy and is a perfect way to get the kids in the kitchen.

You can make these soft, chewy gummy candies in any flavor, color, shape that you like.

We happen to love gummy candies in this house- I can not stop at Sprouts Market without hitting the bulk bins for the amazing gummy bears.  My favorite treat ever :)

This is not a healthy treat by any means– I am going to play with the recipe a bit and see how it works with fresh fruit juices or pureed fruit in the future- but moderation is always key.  If you want something to make on occasion that the kids will love- give this a shot!

These are gummy candies so they will be semi-firm and sort of like bagged lifesaver jellies.  These are not quite as hard as a Gummy Bear – they are more melt in your mouth like a firmer version of a Jello Jiggler.

So here goes- the recipe is crazy easy.

Homemade Gummy Candy Recipe
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Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 8
 
Quick and easy homemade gummy candy
Ingredients
  • 3 packets of plain gelatin (I use Knox brand)
  • Jello in flavor of your choice (I used strawberry)
  • ½ cup cold water
  • white sugar for dusting
Instructions
  1. Prepare your pan- spray olive oil on a 9×9 baking dish or use a candy mold in the shape of your choice.
  2. Next add 3 packets of gelatin to a ½ cup of cold water- stir constantly while adding the gelatin.
  3. Add one box of Jello to the mixture- stirring constantly.
  4. Either place the mixture in a microwave safe bowl and heat in 30 second intervals until smooth and melted. All the little grains of gelatin and Jello should be completely dissolved OR place in a pot and heat on the stovetop.
  5. You don’t want to burn the mixture just get it completely smooth and melted so low to medium heat should be fine.
  6. Remove from heat and gently pour into the container of your choice- either molds or in loaf pans (for thicker candy) or a 9×9 dish for thinner candy.
  7. Set aside for about 20 minutes until nice and firm.
  8. Place on a cutting board and sprinkle generously with sugar.
  9. If using a casserole dish or loaf pan, you can cut the mixture into little squares or use cookie cutters to create shapes before you coat in sugar.

I used little cookie cutters to create hearts- you can find these in the baking section of craft stores, cooking stores, Target/Walmart or I like to use clay cutters for mini shapes in the craft stores.

You can find tons of options for candy molds from Amazon here.

These would be so fun for a Lego party or little hearts for Valentine’s or green for St Patrick’s Day– really the options are endless.

Jello candies

And here are some other fun ideas to check out:

Homemade Lollipops- adorable party favor!Homemade Chocolate Lollipops

Chick Pretzels {Adorable Easter Treat Recipe!}Little Chick Treats- perfect for baby showers or for Easter

rainbow fruit cupsRainbow Fruit Cups- so fun for kid’s parties!

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02
Feb
2015

Homemade English Muffins Recipe

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Homemade English Muffins Recipe

I absolutely love English Muffins- I have them all the time for breakfast sandwiches and I can add egg whites, veggies, cheese and stay full all the way until lunchtime.

My girls also love English muffins slathered with butter and homemade jam- a little taste of heaven right?

I decided to try my hand at making English Muffins to see if they were worth the trouble and if I could even make them at all. In my head I was thinking this would just be a fantastic homemade treat for friends and family along with some delicious homemade jam or maybe a flavored butter.

The one thing about English Muffins that I purchase from the store is that they can get a bit too hard once toasted. Especially since I personally don’t add a lot of butter to mine. I am all for nooks and crannies but sometimes I prefer something a bit more moist and less dry.

Now at the risk of boring you to pieces, when I first visited Seattle about 10 years ago I had my first ever English Crumpet. That day still resonates in my mind as one of the most delicious things ever in the entire universe of food.  I have never been able to duplicate that first crumpet. The ones I have since found in the store can be quite spongey and just not what I want.

SO- homemade English Muffins to the test! I have been happy with how these turned out but they so require just a bit of work. These are great to make when you want to give a gift or have something extra special for breakfast.

I found the overall texture like a cross between the softness of a crumpet on the inside yet you still get that nice crispy and firm toasty-ness on the outside like an English Muffin. Yeah!

English muffins recipe

This recipe makes a big batch- about 18 muffins total and you can store them for a few weeks in the fridge in a Ziploc bag.

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30
Jan
2015

Easy Stuffed Pizza Bombs

01/30/2015. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Stuffed Pizza Bombs Recipe


I wanted to pop this recipe up just in time for those of you looking for ideas for Super Bowl this year. I have to tell you it is so simple and so good! I love this recipe for parties for two reasons- your house will smell amazing– people will run through the front door to get to the kitchen and you can grab it with one hand and there is no need to fuss with extra sauces, and plates and silverware and everything else.

In just a few minutes of prep time you will have ooey, gooey, hot cheesy pizza rolls that are so comforting. I hope you try this recipe and please come back to tell me what you think!

Please note I did this pepperoni pizza style but you can absolutely customize to anything you like. Cheese alone would be amazing, ground beef and cheese, sausage and cheese, veggies and cheese or even just plain Parmesan Herb rolls and served with salad or soup. One of these days I want to try this with an artichoke dip inside- I bet that is fantastic.

Homemade Pizza Rolls

The last time I made this I was catching up on an episode of Downton Abbey and I was done about halfway through- so this probably takes 15 minutes to make. Nice right?

Easy Stuffed Pizza Rolls
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Recipe type: Appetizer
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Serves: 6
 
Quick and easy homemade pizza rolls
Ingredients
  • Marinara Sauce
  • Mozzarella Cheese- cubed
  • Can of Pillsbury Biscuits
  • Pepperoni- roughly chopped
  • butter- about 2 tablespoons melted
  • ½ cup (or more) of shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
Instructions
  1. Start by preheating the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Next open the biscuits and separate.
  3. Flatten the biscuit with your fingers to a pancake shape in your hand or roll out on a cutting board.
  4. Spoon a small amount of marinara sauce in the center.
  5. Add a small square of mozzarella and top with pepperoni slices.
  6. Fold the edges of the biscuit in to create a ball and pinch the edges to create a seal so the filling won’t ooze out.
  7. Roll into a ball gently with your hands and dip into the melted butter, rolling around to coat the entire ball with butter.
  8. Add the seasoning mix to the shredded cheese and dip each buttered ball into the Parmesan cheese.
  9. Once coated with butter and cheese, lay into a buttered pie plate.
  10. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
  11. Serve immediately.

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So a few notes about this recipe.  The key to making stuffed items is not to overfill the inside so be careful that you don’t add too much cheese or sauce as it will all just ooze out and become a big mess.

Pizza Rolls Recipe

I prefer to chop the pepperoni or use mini pepperoni pieces so it is easier to eat.

How to make pizza rolls

And as you roll the biscuts into a ball make sure to pinch the seams shut so the filling stays inside.  You can see what I mean by seams in the photo above.

I actually used freshly shredded Asiago so you can substitute that for Parmesan and I picked up a small amount of Italian seasoning from the bulk bins at my grocery store.  A packet seasoning mix would also work fine.

Stuffed pizza bombs

Oh and your dish will look spartan once you start filling it- I used the can of large Pillsbury biscuits which is 8 biscuits per can.  Once they start to bake they will really puff up to completely fill your baking dish.

Here is the ooey gooey cheesy goodness inside:

Stuffed Pizza pockets

And that is it!  I think you probably could make these in advance- I would get them completely done to the state you see above and then tightly wrap with saran wrap and refrigerate and then bake once your guests start to arrive.  I probably wouldn’t make these much more than a few hours in advance but you can always try it and see what happens.

Homemade Pizza Pockets

And here are a few other recipes you might enjoy:

Homemade Slow Cooker Spaghetti SauceCrock Pot Marinara Sauce 

Homemade Guacamole RecipeCilantro Lime Guacamole

Spinach Parmesan BallsSpinach Parmesan Bites 

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27
Jan
2015

30 Healthy Dinner Ideas

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30 Healthy Dinner Ideas

Since it is the New Year and I know many of you (and me too!) are trying to get back on track with diet and exercise.

I thought I’d put together a list of recipes that are healthy and most of these are low in calorie and full of real food. Hopefully you find some menu inspiration for your family– note a few recipes you may consider making some substitutions like brown rice for white rice etc…

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20
Jan
2015

Homemade Chocolate Lollipops (Just 2 Ingredients!)

01/20/2015. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Homemade Chocolate Lollipops

These little lollipops are so fun- a perfect little party favor or treat for class parties. I like things like this for birthday celebrations in class too because the children can choose to eat it in class or take it home for later.

These only require two ingredients and literally take minutes to make.

You can add whatever flavors you like- sprinkles, nuts, dried fruit, white chocolate, caramel, peppermint etc… to suit your party. I think dark chocolate with candied orange peel would be amazing or maybe chopped up dried cherry? You can really go crazy with flavor combinations.

Homemade Lollipops- adorable party favor!
I made these with little pink and red hearts for Valentine’s Day and they were a huge hit with some little people that we recently had over.
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13
Jan
2015

How to Make Homemade Marshmallows

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Homemade Marshmallows Recipe

Well let me tell you, if you haven’t tried homemade marshmallows you are so missing out! Marshmallows are never really on my radar when it comes to treats– I like them on hot chocolate and in S’Mores but when I think about making something wonderful it is usually cookies, cupcakes… chocolate is often involved…

But I thought with Valentine’s Day and Easter around the corner these would be wonderful to post now and hopefully this will inspire you to try these because they are wonderful! I am so glad I finally got off my duff and made a batch because now I know what I have been missing.

These are really easy to make and actually pretty fast. These are light and fluffy and they can be flavored in so many ways, cut into shapes– whatever you like.

If you have children I bet they absolutely LOVE these and what an treat for parties or birthdays or just to tuck into lunchboxes. Fun!  I will for sure make these for soccer snacks this summer.

I tried a few recipes- seriously I made a ton of marshmallows -and the two best recipes I found are one from Alton Brown and one from the most amazing cookbook, Butter: Baked Goods: Nostalgic Recipes from a Little Neighborhood Bakery*.

How to Make Coconut Marshmallows

The process is exactly the same between Alton Brown and Butter but a few small differences- Alton’s recipe requires a candy thermometer and Butter does not. Also Butter uses 1/2 cup corn syrup and Alton uses 1 cup. Butter uses more white sugar too.

So overall I found Butter’s recipe to be really spongey and light and fluffy and much easier to work with. Alton’s recipe was wonderful and I actually preferred the texture just a bit- but the extra corn syrup made this so hard to work with. I made several batches and seriously my marshmallow batter was like quicksand. I could not get it to pour into the pan, could not smooth it out, I just found it impossible. It was the stickiest substance known to man and while the marshmallows were delicious in the end, about 2/3 of the mixture stayed in the pan and on the counter and on my hands and on the spatula :)

Butter’s recipe is wonderful and was so easy to work with- easy to pour into the pan, smooth out and cut.  I compromised between the two recipes and hopefully you love the result as much as I did!

Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

So here goes!

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06
Jan
2015

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

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Homemade Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

My husband’s very favorite candy is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and I have to say I have a hard time resisting them as well.

I decided it would be fun to get my girls involved in making a treat for Daddy as a special surprise.

You won’t believe how easy it is to make your own delicious little Reese’s Peanut Butter cups at home and you can really control the ingredients and nutrition on this one while still indulging in something delicious.

The good news is that these are incredibly easy to make. The bad news is that these are incredibly easy to make– you might be tempted to whip them up often ;)

I used milk chocolate chips to make mine and a crunchy peanut butter.  You can substitute dark chocolate, creamy peanut butter, you can mix in white chocolate chips… whatever you like will be delicious!

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16
Dec
2014

Grinch Christmas Cookies

12/16/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Grinch Sugar Cookies

I absolutely love the Grinch– the movies and the book are always a part of our holiday. We usually wind up watching the cartoon at least once and then the Jim Carrey movie a few times a year.

I saw the idea of green cookies with little red hearts as Grinch cookies and absolutely fell in love with the idea. So fun and so cute not to mention simple and pretty darn delicious!

I decided to make my own version of these cute cookies and hopefully you like them as well for your next Grinch movie or story night.

Grinch Cookies for Christmas

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