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17
Mar
2014

Homemade Chipotle Enchilada Sauce

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Easy Homemade Chipotle Enchilada Sauce (2)

Don’t you just love Mexican food?  We certainly do!  One of my husband’s favorite things to eat are Enchiladas and we typically make them a few times a month.

Since enchiladas are a great freezer meal and usually a crowd pleaser, I thought I would post an easy Homemade Chipotle Enchilada Sauce recipe.

I really like this to put in a mason jar, add a nice bag of tortillas and cheese and a container of shredded chicken and it is a nice idea for those times you want to drop off a meal to a sick friend or new mom.  They can just assemble quickly and pop in the oven and done!

Here is the recipe:

Homemade Chipotle Enchilada Sauce
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Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: Mexican Food
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Serves: 8
 
Homemade Enchilada Sauce recipe
Ingredients
  • olive oil spray
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 chipotle chilis in Adobo Sauce (check the international section, small can), chopped
  • ½ TBS sauce from chipotle chili’s
  • 1 and ¾ cups tomato sauce, no salt added (if it does have salt, then don’t add more salt at the end)
  • ½ tsp chipotle chili powder
  • ¾ tsp ground cumin
  • 1 cup fat free chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, spray oil and sauté garlic about 1 minute over medium heat.
  2. Add chipotle chilis, chili powder, cumin, broth, tomato sauce, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Can use right away, refrigerate for up to 4 days, or freeze for future use.

 

So this is very easy to make and just takes a few minutes.  I personally think there is a richness and deepness of flavor that you don’t usually get in a canned sauce.

This will generously cover 8 large enchiladas so you can whip this up and just freeze whatever you don’t use for next time.

Homemade Enchilada Sauce

 

If you like this recipe, you might also enjoy this simple homemade salsa recipe.  So amazing with fresh garden tomatoes!

Fresh Cilantro Lime Salsa

And on the lighter side, here is a recipe for an easy Avocado Spread.  Very yummy on grilled cheese, burgers, tacos and more…

Healthy Avocado Lime Spread- perfect for burgers, tacos, sandwiches and more!

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13
Mar
2014

Fun Easter Recipe: Peeps Treats S’more Bites #PeepsTreats

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Peeps Treats for Easter- Peeps S'More Bites



Remember those yummy S’Mores Bites I posted a few weeks ago?  Well they are DELISH and when I was making them I decided to make some with Peeps for my little girls.

My girls love Peeps but they are especially fun for Easter with the bright colors and adorable chick and bunny shapes.

And what goes better with a marshmallow Peeps then chocolate and graham crackers?

So these are incredibly easy to make and are so cute for little ones– these are a perfect option for any little class parties you might have coming up.

You can get the complete recipe for these Peeps Treats S’More bites here.  Just note you will substitute the marshmallow for your Peeps and do not put the Peeps in the oven to brown.  Skip that step.

AND in addition to this cute recipe, I have a fantastic chance to win a great big Peeps prize pack!

Peeps Smore Cupcake Bites- fun Easter treat!

You can enter to win one of 40 Peeps prize packs, including:

  • 10 prize-packs with a $100 Walmart Gift Cards & a PEEPS® Gift Basket
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And if you want to enter to win one of these great prize packs, you can do so below.

#PeepsTreats

You have until March 16th to enter to win.

Do your kids love Peeps? I’d love to hear what kind of treats and/or Easter decorations you make with these!

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06
Mar
2014

S’Mores Bites Cupcakes {So fast & easy!}

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Smores Bites Cupcakes Recipe -- these are heavenly and so easy to make!

 

I have to tell you these S’mores Bites are heavenly!  I made them a few weeks ago and I have been dreaming about them ever since.

You won’t believe how easy this recipe is to make and they are ooey gooey and everything you want from a S’more.

It looks like a lot of steps but really these are done in just a few minutes- make a graham cracker crust, top with chocolate and a marshmallow and ta da!  All done and ready for ooey gooey wonderfulness.

I used Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Chips in mine but you can experiment with the chocolate you love.  I think chocolate with almonds or a Reese’s or maybe even Nutella would be delicious!

S’Mores Bites Cupcakes {So fast & easy!}
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Recipe type: Dessert
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Quick and easy S’Mores Bites.
Ingredients
  • Graham Crackers
  • Chocolate Chips or a Chocolate Bar chopped into pieces
  • Large Marshmallows
  • 6 tablespoons butter- melted
  • Powdered Sugar- ¼ cup
Instructions
  1. Crush 7 graham crackers in a food processor or in a large Ziploc bag.
  2. Slowly add the melted butter* to the graham crackers and add the powdered sugar. I did this in the food processor just pulsing until it was ready.
  3. Next spray a muffin tin with nonstick spray or I just used my fingers to spread a bit of butter around.
  4. Take a spoonful of graham cracker crumbs and place inside the muffin tins.
  5. Use the back of the spoon or your fingers to push down on the graham crackers. You want them pushed down firmly so your base doesn’t fall apart later.
  6. Push up a small amount onto the sides of each muffin tin to create a cup shape.
  7. Put into a 350 degree oven for about 6 minutes.
  8. You want these to firm up just a bit.
  9. Next drop on a few chocolate chips or if you have a chocolate bar just chop it into rough pieces and put on top of the crust.
  10. Sprinkle a few mini marshmallows on top of the chocolate or cut a large marshmallow in half with a knife.
  11. Place in the oven for about 2 minutes.
  12. The chocolate should melt and the marshmallow should puff and get a tiny bit browned.
  13. Be very careful to watch as the marshmallow can burn easily.
  14. Once the marshmallows are puffy go ahead and remove from oven.
  15. Let cool in the pan for several minutes and remove.
  16. If you try to remove these from the pan before they are cooled they will crumble apart.

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Smores Bites Cups Recipe

I panicked the first time I made these because my crusts crumbled all apart.  I discovered the crusts will harden if you allow them to cool in the pan.

Also if you decide to check in on Instagram and take your eye off the ball and burn your marshmallows, not to worry.  Just pop them off and put a new one on and try, try again.

*I found I needed all 6 tablespoons of butter but you might start with about 3 tablespoons and see how your crust is looking.  You want a damp sand texture so if you add too much butter the crusts might be a little greasy.   Just keep adding more in until it looks good.

These will last for about 1 week (if you have the willpower).  You can also put these into the microwave for just 5 seconds or so to make them gooey again.  The marshmallow will burn fast so be really careful with that.

One last note- if you happen to have silicon cupcake liners (like these ones)- I think next time I will use these to make it really easy to pop out that crust.  I used a knife and slide it down on one side and my crusts popped out but next time I think those liners would be even easier.

How to Make Smores Cupcakes

This recipe was adapted from At Home with Amy Wright.

I hope you enjoy these!  If you decide to make them please come back and let me know what you thought (and how soon I can stop by for a bite or two).

If you like this recipe, you might also like these fun little Brownie Bite cups.  I made these for Valentine’s Day but they would be wonderful any time of year!

Valentine's Day Brownie Bites

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03
Mar
2014

Easter Treat Recipe: Chick Pretzels

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Chick Pretzels {Adorable Easter Treat Recipe!}

 

I have lots of ideas and projects in store for Easter this year and here is the first up!  These darling little Easter Chick Pretzels.

These are so easy to make and how cute are they for class parties or lunchbox treats? I think they would be cute for baby showers or parties too and they are just a small little bite of something sweet.

Your kids will love these and they are so simple to make!

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Easter Treat Recipe: Chick Pretzels
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Quick and Easy Chick Pretzels- perfect for baby showers or Easter treats!
Ingredients
  • Mini pretzels
  • White chocolate chips, melted
  • Yellow sprinkles
  • Black gel frosting
  • Orange starburst candy (or orange gel frosting tube)
Instructions
  1. Place pretzels on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  2. Place melted chocolate in a piping bag or zip lock bag with a small corner cut off.
  3. Pipe melted chocolate into the holes of the pretzels first, then carefully outline the pretzel and fill in remaining empty space.
  4. Cover chocolate in yellow sprinkles.
  5. Cut a Starburst into small pieces and shape them to form a beak.
  6. You can use a dab of orange gel icing instead of the Starburst if you prefer.
  7. With the pretzel turned sideways place the beak on by gently pressing it into the chocolate.
  8. Using the black gel frosting, pipe on a small dot for the eye.
  9. Allow chocolate to harden for 10-15 minutes before serving.
  10. Enjoy!

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And here are the step by step pics so you can see exactly what to do to make your chicks.

How to make chick pretzels

Just fill in your pretzels with the melted chocolate. It doesn’t have to be perfect- you can whip up tons of these in no time.

Easter treat recipe

Add your sprinkles generously.

how to make pretzel candy

And then the only tricky part is just cutting down those Starburst candies to look like beaks. You can also get the small tubes of gel icing to use and just draw on a small beak.

Then dot the eye and let these harden! And here is the final product:

Fun Easter Treat Recipe Pretzel Chicks

 

Cute right?  My kids haven’t seen these yet but I plan to make a few for their lunchboxes as we get closer to Easter.  You might also put them in a little baggie and tie a bow for a very cute homemade addition to an Easter Basket.

I plan to put mine inside little Easter eggs to make them even more fun!

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And you might check out my Pinterest Boards for lots more Easter inspiration- fun with Peeps, Egg Decorating Ideas, Recipes, Centerpieces and lots more!

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27
Feb
2014

Lucky Charms Rice Krispies Treats Recipe {Perfect St Patrick’s Day Treat!}

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Shamrock Lucky Charms Treats Recipe

Here is a fun and easy St Patrick’s Day treat for kiddos- Lucky Charms Treats.   These are so easy to whip up- just like a Rice Krispies treat-  and something festive and different for the little ones.

These would be very cute for class parties and you can use a little Shamrock cookie cutter or just cut them into squares for smaller portion size.   You can tuck them in a bag and tie with ribbon and they would be very adorable little party favors.

Lucky Charms Rice Krispies Treats Recipe {Perfect St Patrick’s Day Treat!}
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Rice Krispies Treats made with Lucky Charms! Such a fun treat for St Patrick’s Day!
Ingredients
  • 40 marshmallows
  • 4 Tbs. Butter
  • 6 C. Lucky Charms cereal
  • Shamrock shape cookie cutter
  • Non-stick spray
Instructions
  1. Spray 9×13 pan with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large pan melt butter and marshmallows on low heat.
  3. Once the mixture is smooth add the 6 cups of Lucky Charms and stir until completely cooled.
  4. Pour into 9×13 pan and press down evenly with wax paper (mixture will be sticky) or with the back of a large spoon.
  5. Use the cookie cutter to cut out a Shamrock shape.

And if your kids love rainbows as much as mine do these will be a big hit!

Lucky Charms Treats Recipe (Perfect for St Patrick's Day)

 

And if you prefer chocolate, you might want to check out this Mint Fudge Brownies Recipe with a little secret ingredient mixed in.  They are delish!

Mint Brownies recipe - these are addicting!

 

And if you are craving standard Rice Krispies treats, you might check out this recipe for White Chocolate Rice Krispies.  So simple and so good!

White Chocolate Rice Krispies Treats- so addicting!

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25
Feb
2014

Homemade Almond Joy Recipe {Clean Eating Recipe!}

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Homemade Almond Joy Recipe- so delicious and no added sugar!

I have to tell you that these homemade Almond Joy patties are  my favorite recipe I have made in a looonngg time!  These are so addicting and fresh and delicious.

And while this is definitely a treat- this recipe is so much better for you then many other recipes for treats.  This has dark chocolate but no added sugars which helps keep the calorie count down.

If you like chocolate and coconut I really hope you give this a shot!  Our family LOVES these.

These require just a few ingredients to make and they are really fast and simple.  I like to make these with chocolate bars that have almonds- it makes them taste like an almond joy.  If nuts are an issue you can just get plain chocolate and these will be something like a Junior Mint.  Either way is wonderful!

Here is what you need:

  • Fresh Mint
  • Peppermint Extract*
  • Large Dark Chocolate Bars with almonds or without
  • Unsweetened, shredded Coconut
  • Maple Syrup

The first step is to get out a cupcake or mini muffin pan and line with cupcake liners. These do stick so if you have silicone liners those work the best.

Next get the coconut mixture ready to go.

In the bowl of a food processor, add 1 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut, 4-6 fresh mint leaves, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract.  Just process a few times to incorporate all the ingredients and that is it!

How to make homemade almond joy

Next take your chocolate bars and break them into pieces. Place in a bowl and microwave for about 30 seconds. Stir.

Continue to microwave in 20 second increments until melted. Make sure to stir each time.

Place a thin layer of melted chocolate in your cupcake liners. Smear with a spoon to get a nice even layer of chocolate- bang your cupcake pan on the counter a few times to get rid of any air bubbles.

How to make almond joy

Top with coconut mixture- this is to your taste- I like to be generous with the coconut and try to spread it completely over the chocolate. Tap down with the back of a spoon.

Now you want to add a second layer of melted chocolate on top. This step can be skipped but it does make these easier to handle when they are shaped like a Reese’s peanut butter cup.

Once you completely cover the coconut with chocolate, pop these in the freezer for about 20 minutes.

They should become hard and solid. Remove from cupcake liner and enjoy!!

You should get 6-8 of these little patties with one large chocolate bar.  You will have plenty of coconut mixture.

*Peppermint extract can be found in the baking aisle of stores like Walmart for about $2.00. I have the JR Watkins brand. You have to be really careful with this ingredient- too much and your coconut will taste like Listerine. It adds a lot of zip and freshness and when I have skipped this ingredient I found a big difference in the recipe. 

These are perfect for St Patrick’s Day!

And if you like Chocolate and Mint together- you might like this Mint Fudge Brownies recipe or these Chocolate Covered Mint Oreos cookies.

Recipe adapted from Clean Eating Magazine.

Homemade Peppermint Patties Recipe

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24
Feb
2014

Dr Seuss Treat Idea: Lorax Cupcakes!

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Lorax Cupcakes- perfect for Dr Seuss parties or to celebrate his birthday!

 

So Dr Seuss’s birthday is March 2nd and that always brings so many fun Dr Seuss inspired crafts and treats!

The wealth of books is remarkable and there are so many activities you can do with your children that are quick and easy.

What I love most about Dr Seuss is that the books are so silly and so colorful- it makes getting the important messages across much more fun!

So one of our favorite movies and books is The Lorax.  I have the cutest little cupcakes for you to check out.  These go perfectly with the book and movie and I can’t wait to surprise my girls with these this weekend for Family Movie Night!

I think these would be absolutely adorable for any class parties celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday or if you might be planning a birthday party with this theme.

Most of these things you probably already have on hand but the little cookies and the cotton candy can actually be found at the Dollar Store!

Dr Seuss Treat Idea: Lorax Cupcakes!
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Recipe type: Dessert, Cupcakes
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Serves: 12
 
Quick and easy Dr. Seuss treat! Lorax cupcakes- so fun for children and perfect for movie night or to eat while reading these books!
Ingredients
  • 1 boxed cake mix
  • 1 recipe buttercream frosting (recipe follows)
  • Green food coloring or Wilton Icing Color (I used Green Leaf)
  • 2 packages of Pirouline cookies
  • 1 container cotton candy
  • Buttercream Frosting:
  • 3 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • ¾ Cup Butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1-2 TBS milk
Instructions
  1. For frosting:
  2. Beat the butter and powdered sugar together with mixer (use whip attachment if using a stand mixer).
  3. Add vanilla.
  4. Mix in milk –1 tsp at a time until desired consistency.
  5. Prepare cake mix as directed on package.
  6. Spray cupcake liners with non-stick cooking spray.
  7. Bake as directed and cool on wire rack.
  8. Reserve ½ cup of frosting, and tint the remaining frosting green.
  9. Place green frosting into prepared decorating bag, fitted with a star tip.
  10. Starting at the top of each cupcake, frost with a zig zag pattern from top to bottom, covering the entire cupcake.
  11. Just before serving:
  12. Gently cut Pirouline cookies in half with a serrated knife.
  13. Dip the tip of each half into the white frosting and top with a quarter sized pull of cotton candy.
  14. Be careful not to handle the cotton candy, as any moisture will cause it to harden or dissolve.
  15. Gently press two cookies into the top of each cupcake.
  16. And they are ready to go!

 

And here is an image from the movie if you haven’t seen it- so you can see where the inspiration for the trees came from.

the lorax movie

(photo credit: Universal Pictures)

You can skip the cupcakes if you don’t want that much of a treat and just do the little cookie and cotton candy trees.  That would be very simple and fast and still really fun.

Lorax Cupcakes for Dr Seuss parties!

And if you would like to pick up the Lorax book before the weekend- the hardcover books are $10 this week at Target or get it from Amazon now for $8.55 (hardcover). 

The Lorax

If you want to get the movie (and I recommend it- we watch it all the time)- it is $10 from Amazon.

And a few other things for Dr Seuss fans-

Here is an easy way to make Oobleck.  It is the craziest substance and so much fun for little fingers.  This goes perfectly with Bartholomew and the Oobleck.

And then a fun little picnic that was so simple that I did last year when we went to see The Lorax in the park.  

If you decide to try these please come back and let me know what you think!

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21
Feb
2014

Mint Fudge Brownies Recipe

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Mint Fudge Brownies Recipe - these are delicious and perfect for St Patrick's Day!

Here is an easy recipe that is perfect for St Patrick’s day- mint fudge brownies- Yum!

These come together in just a few minutes and I don’t know about you but I just love the combo of mint and chocolate.

This recipe calls for a drop or two of green food coloring.   If you prefer not to use standard food coloring, you might chop up some Andes mints or reserve a few cookies all crumbled up and drop those along the top for decoration.

You can also get all natural food coloring from stores like Whole Foods or from Amazon.

Mint Fudge Brownies Recipe
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Serves: 8
 
Quick and easy mint fudge brownies recipe.
Ingredients
  • 1 boxed brownie mix
  • 15 Thin Mint type cookies, broken into pieces (I used the Keebler version but you might support your local Girl Scout!)
  • Ingredients for Mint Frosting -
  • 2 ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Milk
  • ½ tsp. Peppermint extract
  • Green food coloring (just a few drops goes a long way!)
  • 2 tablespoons Melted butter
Instructions
  1. Make the brownie mix according to the package directions.
  2. Add in broken mint cookie pieces and pour into a greased 9×9 pan.
  3. Bake according to the package directions.
  4. Let cool.
  5. For the frosting:
  6. Combine melted butter, milk, powdered sugar and peppermint extract.
  7. Stir until light and fluffy.
  8. Add a few drops of green food coloring and mix until it is the green you prefer.
  9. Spread the mint frosting evenly over the cooled brownies.
  10. Enjoy!

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The nice thing is that this recipe is really versatile. In this case I made it green and minty but you can also do a pretty pale pink for Valentine’s Day with peppermint cookies or maybe Robin’s Egg blue for Easter etc…

Mint Brownies recipe - these are addicting!

If you decide to try these out come back and let me know what you think!

And if you want another chocolaty treat that is crazy easy and sooo amazing, try this Chocolate Peanut Butter Magic Shell recipe for ice cream.   It comes together in seconds and you won’t believe how good!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Magic Shell Recipe.  This stuff is amazing!

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