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St. Patrick’s Day Treats

Rainbow Cookies
Malted Mint Brownie Bites
St. Patrick’s Day Muddy Buddies
Rainbow Dust
Mint Oreo Ice Cream Pie
St. Patrick’s Day Rice Crispie Treats
Lucky Charm Cookies
Green Ombre Cupcakes
Leprachaun Sugar Cookie Bars
Lucky Lie Poke Cupcakes

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Must Make Mardi Gras Eats and Drinks

Must Make Mardi Gras Eats and Drinks

King Cake Pancakes
Cajun Crab Dip
Parmesan Goat Cheese 
Shrimp and Grits
Spicy Jambalaya 
Signature Mardi Gras Slushie
Madi Gras Martinis
King Cake
Beignets
King Cake Pancakes

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Mardi Gras King Cake Popcorn

 

Take the King Cake to another form when you make POPCORN.  Great snack for the parades, parties, and general “laissez les bon temps rouler” attitude that embodies the Mardi Gras fun and festivities.

Mardi Gras King Cake Popcorn

INGREDIENTS

8 cups plain popped popcorn (no butter or salt)

1/4 cup Wilton dark green chocolate melts

1/4 cup Wilton yellow chocolate melts

1/4 cup Wilton lavender chocolate melts

1/2 cup purple, green and yellow M&M’s

Dark green jimmies and Dark green jimmies

Gold sugar crystals

Lavender sugar crystals

King Cake Plastic Baby

DIRECTIONS

1.   Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay the popcorn on the baking sheet, in a single layer and set aside.

2.  In a microwave safe bowl, add the green chocolate melts. Microwave for 45 seconds. Remove from the microwave and stir until melted and smooth.

3.  Drizzle the melted green chocolate on top of the popcorn. Before the chocolate hardens, drizzle the light green jimmies on top of the green chocolate.

4.  Add the yellow chocolate melts to a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 45 seconds.  Stir until completely melted and smooth.   Drizzle on top of the popcorn.  Before the chocolate hardens, sprinkle the dark green jimmies on top of the yellow chocolate.

5.   Sprinkle the green, yellow and purple M&M’s on top of the popcorn.   (I took the green and yellow ones from a regular bag of M&Ms. I purchased the purple ones at a party supply store).

6.  In a microwave safe bowl, add the lavender chocolate melts. Microwave for 45 seconds. Remove from the microwave and stir until melted and smooth.

7.   Drizzle the melted lavender chocolate all over the popcorn. Before the chocolate hardens, drizzle the gold  and purple sugar crystals on top.  Tuck the King Cake Baby into the mix somewhere.

8.  Place in the refrigerator and chill for 20 minutes to allow the chocolates to harden.

9.  Remove from refrigerator and break up into pieces.

10. ENJOY!!  

Yields: 8 cups

Store in an airtight container for up to 1 month, but you might want to eat it before Lent starts in case you give up sweets, because this stuff will be tempting.

 

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25 MUST TRY Mardi Gras Desserts

 

25 MUST TRY Mardi Gras Dessert Recipes

Mardi Gras Snack Mix

Mardi Gras Cupcakes

King Cake Bars

Gluten Free King Cake

King Cake Dip

Mardi Gras Cookies

King Cake Bites

Mini Beignets

Pecan Praline King Cake Monkey Bread

Mardi Gras King Cake

Mardi Gras Petit Fours

King Cake Cheese Ball

Mardi Gras Sugar Cookies

Mardi Gras Jello Shots

King Cake Donuts

Mardi Gras King Cake Roll

Mardi Gras Coated Popcorn

King Cake Cheesecake

Dessert fit for a King

King Cake Oreo Truffles

Mardi Gras Cake Pops

Easy King Cake Knots

King Cake Pull Apart Muffins

King Cake Ice Cream

Mini Beignets

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Totally Tempting Truffles

Totally Tempting Truffles

Toasted Smores Truffle Pops
White Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles
Raspberry Truffles
Copycat Ferrero Rocher Truffles
Pecan Sandie Truffles
Strawberry Cheesecake Truffles
Cake Batter Truffles
Oreo Buckeye Truffles
Churro Truffles
Samoas Truffles

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Nutella Crescent Rolls – Valentine’s Day or Any Occasion

Nothing says I Love You quite like delicious and warm baked goods.  Make these for your Valentine, for yourself, for your co-workers, your neighbors — Just MAKE THEM, because they are SO GOOD!  Vary the sprinkles to customize for any and all occasions.

Valentine Nutella Crescent Rolls

INGREDIENTS
Pillsbury crescent rolls – 8 ct. canister
13 oz jar of Nutella
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons cold milk or cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Valentine sprinkles

DIRECTIONS
1.   Preheat oven to 375° F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set to the side.

2.   Keep refrigerated till ready to use the dough.  Separate the crescent rolls into triangles per the directions on the package.

3.   Generously spread 2 Tablespoons of Nutella onto each triangle and then roll each one up, beginning with the wide end of each triangle.

4.   Place on the parchment lined cookie sheet, at least 2 inches apart from each other.

5.   Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the crescents turn light golden brown in color.  Do NOT over bake.  Cool a minute or two on the tray before icing.

6.   While the crescents are baking, make the icing glaze. Put the powdered sugar in a mixing bowl.  To the powdered sugar, add the milk and vanilla.  Mix until a thick glaze forms.  You may need a tiny bit more milk to get the consistency to drizzle with.

7.   While the crescents are still a bit warm, drizzle the icing glaze generously over each crescent roll and then sprinkle with the Valentine sprinkles.

8.   ENJOY!!  Yield 8 Nutella crescent rolls.  Once cooled, store in covered plastic ware in the fridge up to 2 days.

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Divinely Delicious Chocolate Desserts

 

Divinely Delicious Chocolate Desserts

Double Dark Chocolate Cookie Cups
Chocolate Ganache Filled Cookie Cups
Chocolate Peanut Butter Hearts
Healthy Chocolate Truffles
Chocolate Lasagna
Dark Chocolate Mocha Cupcakes
Chocolate Ganache Tart
Chocolate Covered Cheesecake Bites
Homemade Almond Turtles
Sugar Free Nutella Truffles

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Scrumptious Strawberry Cheesecakes

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream
Strawberry Cheesecake Tart
Strawberry Cheesecake Pie
Mason Jar Strawberry Cheesecakes
Mini Strawberry Topped Cheesecakes
Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake
Berry Cheesecake Bars
Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake Smoothie
Chocolate Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries
No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

 

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Boozy Chocolate Covered Strawberries

 

Boozy Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Ingredients:
2 pints of large ripe strawberries (some for making and some for munching on while you work)
1 cup Ghiradellhi chocolate
1 cup Chardonnay
20 plastic pipette tubes for infusion
Red and pink chocolate candy melts

Directions:
Wash and dry your strawberries.  Pat dry and let them air dry awhile.  Water and chocolate don’t mix.
Place your strawberries on a baking pan lined with parchment paper.
Take your pipettes and add your wine of choice.  Insert one into each strawberry.
Let sit until all the wine has been absorbed into the strawberry, at least 20 minutes.
Begin to melt your chocolate:
Using a double boiler, fill the bottom pot 2/3 of the way with water and bring to a boil on medium heat.
Place the second pot onto of the first one.  You want the water to touch the bottom of the top pan.
Reduce heat to low.
Add your chocolate to the second boiler.
Stir to melt, making sure to not let it get too hot.  However, you want the chocolate to be good and warm.  Cold chocolate will streak and dry dull.  TO make it be pretty, make sure your chocolate is fully melted for a few minutes.
Dip each strawberry into the chocolate, covering 3/4 of the strawberry.
Place the strawberry back on the baking sheet and to allow to harden.
Begin to melt the the pink and red wafers.
Drizzle the various chocolate colors on your berries for a classy look.  I use a butter knife for the drizzling.
Enjoy!  Store these in the fridge for up to 2 days.

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New Orleans Style Classic Big Easy Hurricane Cocktail

New Orleans Style Classic Big Easy Hurricane Cocktail

The Hurricane became popular at Pat O’Briens bar in 1940’s New Orleans, and is now an iconic staple of New Orleans. The story behind the drink claims that it debuted during the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City and got its name from the hurricane lamp-shaped glasses that the first drinks were served in, and still known as hurricane glasses today.  Enjoy our version of this classic made famous in the Big Easy.  These pack a heck of a punch, so please enjoy responsibly.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 ounce grenadine
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces mango passion fruit juice
  • 2 ounces white rum
  • 2 ounces dark rum
  • Ice
  • Fresh slice of orange
  • Maraschino cherry with a stem

Directions:

  1. Into a cocktail shaker half filled with cubed ice, add: grenadine, fresh squeezed lemon and lime juices, orange juice, simple syrup, mango passion fruit juice, white rum, dark rum.
  2. Place the lid on the cocktail shaker and shake it vigorously for 30 seconds.
  3. Strain cocktail into a 12-ounce Hurricane glass filled with cubed ice.
  4. Garnish with orange slice and a single Maraschino cherry.
  5. Serve, sip, enjoy.

Drink responsibly, and never drink and drive.

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20 Valentine’s Day Worthy Cookies to LOVE

The First Year – Valentines Day Slice n Bake Cookies

Cooking Classy – Valentines Linzer Heart Cookies

Life Love and Sugar – Strawberry Cheesecake Chocolate Cookie Cups

Chelsea’s Messy Apron – Heart Shaped Valentines Oreos

The Decorated Cookie – You Complete Me Heart Cookies

The Domestic Rebel – Soft Chewy Red Velvet Cookies

A Farmgirl Dabbles – Raspberry Shortbread Heartswith Raspberry Cream Cheese Marshmallow Dip

Bakingdom – Cinnamon Red Hots Shortbread Cookies

Brown-eyed Baker – Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies

Crazy for Crust – Nutella Chocolate Pudding Cookies with Strawberry Hearts

Frugal Mom, Eh – Valentines Day Macarons

I Am Baker – Red Velvet Peanut Butter Blossoms

The Frugal Girls – Stawberry White Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

Something Swanky – Soft Batch M&M Pudding Cookies for Valentines Day

Baked by Rachel – Marbled Valentine Sugar Cookies

Camille I Am – Valentines Day Fortune Cookies

One Little Project – Gummy Bear Heart Cookies

Life Love and Sugar – Nutella Cheesecake Chocolate Cookie Cups

The Decorated Cookie – Warm and Fuzzy Heart Cookie Pops

My Litter – Valentines Day Cherry Chocolate Kiss Cookies

 

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Valentine’s Day Hershey Kiss Sprinkle Sugar Cookie

Make it easy from a cake mix box.  These little cookies are cute as can be and filled with a kiss!  Fun for kids to make these, too.  Mine love to roll the balls into the sprinkles, and they love to push the kisses into the hot cookies.  The best part is eating these!  Enjoy.

Valentine’s Day Hershey Kiss Sprinkle Sugar Cookie

Ingredients:
1 box of white cake mix 
2 eggs at room temperature 
1/3 cup of vegetable oil
Candy heart cake sprinkles (Shown)
Approximately 24 Hershey Kisses, unwrapped

Directions:

  • Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • Mix the cake mix, eggs, and vegetable oil using a stand mixer or hand mixer until combined and a soft dough forms.
  • Place your dough mix into the fridge for 5-10 minutes to firm up the dough.
  • Using a spoon or cookie scoop, scoop out cookie dough and roll into approximately 1 inch sized balls.
  • Roll cookie dough balls into multicolor candy heart sprinkles.
  • Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, 2 inches apart.
  • Bake in pre-heated oven for 8-10 minutes, till just starting to brown.  Do NOT overbake.
  • Rest on the cookie sheet 2 minutes and push one Hershey candy into the center of each cookie.
  • Remove from cookie sheet and place on a cookie cooling rack to cool completely. 

Yield approximately 24 cookies.

Cool at least 10 minutes before eating as the chocolate will be very hot.  Cool completely before storing in plastic ware up to 10 days.  

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Fabulous Appetizers For The Win

Fabulous Appetizers For The Win

Chili Cheese Boats
Easy Sausage Balls
Chicken & Waffle Sliders
Bacon Cheese Ball
Game Day Nachos
Barbeque Chicken Stromboli
Layered Mexican Bean Dip
Cheesesteak Bites
Tangy Sesame Wings
Loaded Mashed Potato Bites
Bacon Cheese Mushrooms
Crescent Roll Pizza

 

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Delicious and Savory Cold Dips to Try

Delicious and Savory Cold Dips to Try

Pineapple Bacon Dip from Spaceships and Laser Beams

Cranberry & Caramelized Onion Cheese Spread from Who Needs a Cape

Parmesan & Bacon Dip from Who Needs a Cape

Avocado Hummus from Mama Likes to Cook

Sour Cream & Herb Dip from Spaceships and Laser Beams

Dill Pickle Dip from Cincy Shopper

Caramelized Onion Dip from Who Needs a Cape

Roasted Curry Cauliflower Dip from Savory Tooth

Perfect White Queso Spinach Dip Appetizer from Mrs. Wright Writes

Chunky Avocado Salsa from Leave No Leftovers

Spinach Hummus from Mama Likes to Cook

Mango Dipping Sauce from Spaceships and Laser Beams

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip from Crafty Housewife

Easy Veggie Cream Cheese Dip from Frazzled and Frugal

Homemade Ranch Dip and Dressing from Simply Sherryl

Perfect Veggie Dip from Daily Momtivity

Spicy Black Bean Hummus from The Foodie and The Fix

Copycat Fritos Bean Dip Recipe from Thrifty Jinxy

Easy Creamy Onion Dip Recipe from Thrifty Jinxy

Veggie Ranch Dip Recipe from Thrifty Jinxy

Roasted Garlic and Chia Guacamole from Eat Thrive Glow

Easy Bacon Ranch Dip from Baking Beauty

Seven Layer Dip Cups from Baking Beauty

Cream Cheese Pickle Wrap Dip from Living a Sunshine Life

Homemade French Onion Dip from Naturally Loriel

 

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Decadent Dessert Dips to Satisfy ANY Sweet Tooth

Having a get together?  Make (or take with you!) one of these easy and scrumptious sweet dips.  There is something here to satisfy every sweet tooth, and maybe make a few converts of the savory only crowd in the process.  In fact, I don’t see a single one that I would not like.  Probably too much!  These would be great for any party, bbq, Holiday event or the Big Game.  Enjoy!

Decadent Dessert Dips to Satisfy ANY Sweet Tooth

SNICKERS® Almond Cheesecake Fruit Dip from Spaceships and Laser Beams

Brownie Batter Dessert Hummus from A Virtual Vegan

Homemade Salted Caramel Dulce De Leche Dip from Inspiring Savings

Raspberry Whipped Fruit Dip from Crafty Housewife

Quick Mango Salsa from Living Sweet Moments

Cookie Dough Dip from Family Food and Travel

Snowman Appetizers with Honeycomb Dip from Spaceships and Laser Beams

Cherry Cheesecake Dip from Cincy Shopper

Key Lime Pie Dip from Shaken Together

Chocolate Avocado Fruit Dip from Slap Dash Mom

Birthday Cake Dip from Six Dollar Family

Peanut Butter Dip from The Bewitchin Kitchen

Sweet & Fluffy Creamsicle Dip from Shaken Together

Cherry Chocolate Cheesecake Dip from Food Folks and Fun

Peanut Butter Snack Spread from Bunny’s Warm Oven

Sweet Cherry Fruit Dip from Bunny’s Warm Oven

Cream Cheese Fruit Dip from Mama by Fire

Strawberry Jalapeno Cream Cheese Spread from Daily Momtivity

Sweet Cherry Fruit Dip from Bunny’s Warm Oven

Cinnamon Cheesecake Dip from Kleinworth & Co.

Nutella Dipping Sauce from Average But Inspired

Weight Watchers Mint Fluff from Slap Dash Mom

Fluffy Pumpkin Dip from Thrifty Jinxy

Creamsicle Fluff Dip from Life on Deer Run

Chocolate Chocolate Cheese Ball from Making of a Mom

 

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Hot Dip Recipes to Please a Crowd

Score big at any gathering with these sure to satisfy hot dip recipes.  I have to say every single one of these looks amazingly delicious, and is easy to make.  I would have two or three of these for a party.  Keep your masterpieces nice and hot and keep the crowd happy when you serve from a dip sized slow cooker or (How cool is this??!!) a double sided dip warmer.  No matter what you make, these are sure to be a hit.  Enjoy!

Hot Dip Recipes to Please a Crowd

Baked Broccoli Cheese Dip from Who Needs a Cape

Buffalo Chicken Dip from Spaceships and Laser Beams

Chunky Jalapeno Artichoke and Spinach Dip from Savory Tooth

Mexican Fiesta Dip from My Organized Chaos

Warm and Cheesy Brussels Sprouts Dip from Mama Likes to Cook

Crockpot Queso from Frazzled and Frugal

Buffalo Chicken Dip from 3 Boys and a Dog

Slow Cooker Mexican Corn Dip from Sugar Spice and Family Life

Loaded Baked Potato Dip from Wanna Bite

Hot Shrimp Dip from My Organized Chaos

Pizza Dip from 3 Boys and a Dog

Bacon Jalapeno Popper Dip from Baking Beauty

Spinach and Artichoke Dip from My Organized Chaos

Frito Pie Dip from The Baking Fairy

5-ingredient White Queso from The Baking Fairy

Best Ever Jalapeño Popper Dip from A Bird and A Bean

 

Hot Cheesy Crab Dip from My Organized Chaos

Kickin’ Corn off the Cob Dip from Ann’s Entitled Life

Crock Pot Sausage Dip from Nerdy Foodie Mom

Game Day Seafood Dip from Wanna Bite

Skyline Chili Dip from Simply Sherryl

Red Gold Monterey Jack Queso from Simply Sherryl

Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza Dip from Mom’s Messy Miracles

Italian Dipping Oil from Bunny’s Warm Oven

 

Slow Cooker Apricot Brie Dip from Today’s Creative Life

 

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