Jan 202015
 

Bubbles has been asking me for the last few days if it was Valentine’s Day yet.  In order to smooth the transition after Christmas, I kind of talked up Valentine’s Day and how it wasn’t that far away, and that how after Valentine’s Day it would be her birthday.  No need to be sad about taking down the Christmas tree, because we had two other reasons to decorate.

White Chocolate Candy Valentine Hearts are an easy Valentine's treat that you can make to keep or give as gifts. Only 2 ingredients and easy enough to make that your kiddos can help or make on their own!

So far she’s colored a number of construction paper hearts which she then taped to the inside of the front door.  After assessing her work she suggested that I should probably pick up a few more decorations the next time I was at the store.  Thanks to the Target Dollar Spot we now have a few other items up, too. Continue reading »

Dec 112013
 

For holiday gift-giving as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias® I made these Rocky Road Squares to give to family and friends.  All thoughts and words are my own.

I’ve been spending a good portion of my days lately baking, cooking, mixing and stirring.  Every year for more than the last decade, I have put together homemade food gift baskets for friends and family alike.  I try and have them completed in early December if at all possible, so that they have most of the season to enjoy them.

One of my favorite holiday desserts to make for gift-giving are my Mom’s squares.  She has made them for as long as I can remember and they were one of the treats I always requested for my birthday or other special occasions.  She just calls them “her squares” but I think most people would consider them to be Rocky Road Squares.

Rocky Road Squares Recipe with #KraftEssentials #shop

Knowing that I had a lot of Christmas recipes to make over the next couple of weeks I made a trip to Walmart to stock up my pantry.  Baker’s Baking Chocolate, Jet-Puffed Marshmallows, Planters Peanut Butter, chocolate bits, sweetened condensed milk, flour, sugar – pretty much the baking aisle.  I usually make more than I plan to, and I don’t like needing to run out to pick up extra ingredients if I can help it. Continue reading »

Jul 112013
 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.

I’ve always enjoyed experimenting in the kitchen.  There used to be a TV show that was called something like “Just Like Mom” where kids would “cook” by making up recipes the way they thought they should be.  It was a funny show – ketchup was used in cookies more often than you would think.

In middle school I started experimenting with both different flavor profiles as well as ingredient substitution.  One of my first attempts at creating something different was with fruit muffins.  I tried different juices in place of the other liquids in muffin mixes to see if I could amp up the flavor.  For example, cranberry and blueberry muffins had cranberry juice mixed in.  From there I learned that flavored liquids could really change the overall taste of whatever I was making.

Chocolate-Toffee Fudge Recipe with International Delight Heath Creamer #whatsyourid Continue reading »

Feb 282013
 

Iced Coffee Recipe: Mocha Parfait Shots

Iced Coffee Recipe: Mocha Parfait Shots

Last year I fell in love with the new International Delight Mocha Iced Coffee and shared with you a couple of coffeehouse recipes that you could make at home.  Almost nine months later and I’m still drinking my DIY iced coffees at home.  Not only does it help me save a few dollars but it’s much more convenient.  Instead of driving to a coffee shop every time I get the hankering for a cold coffee beverage I just have to reach into the fridge.

As much as I have been enjoying my ID Mocha Iced Coffee I had decided that I needed to cut back just a bit.  Summer is just around the corner and that means tank tops and swimsuits so a girl needs to watch her waistline just a bit.  I was exceedingly happy, then, when on a recent trip to the store I found that International Delight had read my mind.  There, on the shelf, was a Light version of my favorite Mocha Iced Coffee!

Iced Coffee Recipe: Mocha Parfait Shots Continue reading »

Dec 212012
 

Peanut butter and chocolate are such a perfect pairing.  Growing up my mom would always make homemade peanut butter cups during Christmas and I looked forward to them every year.  I haven’t made my own peanut butter cups in years, but after moving to Kentucky I added Peanut Butter Buckeyes to the list of holiday sweets I make.  I’d had them before but they weren’t as common in Maine where I grew up.  In fact, it wasn’t until moving to Kentucky that I knew they were named after a nut!

Christmas Recipes - Peanut Butter Buckeyes

As with years past, this week I made a big batch of buckeyes.  They’re not that time consuming and they are always one of the most-commented on goody that I include in the holiday sweet samplers that I make for our friends and extended family each year. Continue reading »