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Chocolate Bowls ! Repurpose your Holiday Dessert Leftovers

[ 34 ] December 18, 2014 |

Chocolate bowls made with balloons gives a twist to holiday dessert leftovers

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How to Make Chocolate Bowls Chocolate Cups

Ahhh Christtmas. It’s that wonderful time of year when every thought turns to wonderful special desserts. My mother and grandma always made or served the best of everything. Whether grandma made or store bought, each treat laid out was a nod to a family tradition or something new and fun!

Now all the holidays are hosted at my house. I love to serve pies and cakes during the holidays! Who doesn’t? Sometimes I bake, sometimes to provide myself some stress relief I serve Marie Callender’s pies and cakes. I get homemade goodness and variety with Marie Callender’s.

Chocolate Bowls Repurpose your Holiday Dessert Leftovers

Marie Callender’s has wonderful individual carrot cakes, pecan pies, cream pies like key lime and chocolate satin, fruit pies like the hard-to-find razzleberry or apple crumb cobbler, and premium pies such as caramel apple pie. Mmmmmm!

Create a dessert buffet with your holiday leftovers and chocolate bowls

For Christmas luncheon, I serve pies and cakes warm with ice cream and whip cream. However, later on in the evening, I take a different approach. I serve the same desserts from lunch, but I make a dessert buffet. I make chocolate bowls and let everyone choose different selections of desserts. They pile them in small portions into the chocolate bowl and have a new experience then they had at lunch time. With the huge variety of Marie Callender’s desserts, you can’t go wrong with this approach.

Chocolate Bowls Repurpose your Holiday Dessert Leftovers

 

Chocolate Bowls Repurpose your Holiday Dessert Leftovers Marie Callenders

Marie Callender’s Pecan Pie and Carrot Cake ready for Buffet

How to make chocolate bowls or chocolate cups for your leftover desserts

How to Make Chocolate Bowls Chocolate Cups

  1.  Blow up balloons to the size of chocolate bowl or chocolate cup that you want to achieve.
  2. Coat each balloon with shortening to keep the chocolate from sticking.
  3. Melt chocolate wafers as directed in a bowl that will allow you to coat balloons to proper depth. Spread out wax paper or parchment paper and place a small circle of melted chocolate as the base.
  4. Quickly dip balloons in melted chocolate and place on circles.
  5. Freeze chocolate dipped balloons for 30 minutes to help the chocolate set and balloon to pull away from chocolate. Remove chocolate covered balloons from fridge. Pop balloon and peel away from chocolate bowl.
  6. Serve leftover desserts in chocolate bowls or chocolate cups.

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Halloween Food Crafts for Kids: Halloween Spiders

[ 397 ] September 30, 2014 |

Kids love Halloween Food Crafts: Eyeball Spiders, Pumpkin Spiders

Halloween Food Crafts for kids: Halloween Spiders is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by Sweetworks. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic food crafts for kids Halloween Eyeball Spiders

 Eye Ball Spiders, Pumpkin Spiders — Fun to make with little hands

There is nothing that’s as much fun as making Halloween crafts. They are silly and spooky! But the best kind of craft is a Halloween food craft for kids…because you EAT it when you are done. How about these slightly eerie Halloween pumpkin and eyeball spiders that we whipped up from using candy from Sweetworks? Halloween Food Crafts for kids Halloween Pumpkin Eyeball Spiders

 Want to know how to make this fun Halloween food craft?

Here’s the recipe so you can get to some creepy spiders of your own:

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Halloween Food Crafts for Kids: Halloween Spiders
 
Halloween Food Crafts for Kids: Halloween Spiders is a great food craft for kids working with adults. Fun and quick to make and eat. When preparing this recipe, you must move quickly when you are working with the melted chocolate.
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Recipe type: Food Craft
Ingredients
  • White Candy Coating (or whatever color you wish), make sure to use a candy coating not just melted chocolate, it doesn't set up the same way
  • 1 package Celebration by Sweetworks Pearls (I used the Halloween Mix and Autumn Mix, but they have a huge variety)
  • 1 package Celebration by Sweetworks Spooky Eyeballs Or Halloween Mix Gumballs
Instructions
  1. Place a piece of wax paper on a cookie sheet
  2. Melt two squares (or a handful of wafers) of candy coating in microwave or on the stovetop. Once melted you must move very quickly. Put melted chocolate into a quart size ziplock bag and pipe 4 pairs of legs (8 legs total). ½ of the legs should be shaped for the right and half for the left body of the spider...so angle legs accordingly. Make another batch. Then, you might want to make some extras in case a few legs break.
  3. Quickly press in the Celebration by Sweetworks Pearls to decorate the legs.
  4. Place decorated legs in fridge for 10 minutes.
  5. Once legs are set, remove from fridge.
  6. Spread another piece of wax paper on a cookie sheet.
  7. Melt 1 more square of candy coating (or a half handful of wafers). On the wax paper, use a spoon to make 2 thick round circle about the size of a silver dollar .
  8. Working quickly, place a spooky eyeball or pumpkin in the center of each circle as a head.
  9. Put 4 legs on each side of the spider, balancing against each other and the center head. You might have to hold briefly but the chocolate sets up very quickly. Carefully place completed spiders in fridge for 15 min to finish setting.

Watch these steps to see the whole Halloween spider building process

Halloween Food Crafts for kids Halloween Pumpkin Eyeball Spiders

Let kids help you make a spooky display with your Halloween spiders

You can use your spooky spiders made from Sweetworks candies to create a Halloween display too! Halloween Food Crafts Halloween Pumpkin Eyeball Spiders Sweetworks is a candy and chocolate manufacturer serving consumers, fundraisers, retailers, distributors, and vending machine operators worldwide. The goal of SweetWorks is to give customers rich quality products and great customer service, while striving to make the best even better. Just look at all the amazing items that Sweetworks has for your Halloween needs. In my opinion, these items are perfect for Halloween trick or treating, class treats, a little treat for your sweetie, or all your food crafting needs: Halloween Food Crafts Sweetworks fall Halloween Candy

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What’s Your Best Cheeseburger Recipes?

[ 11 ] August 26, 2014 |

Are you Cheesy?

Today’s Best Cheeseburger Recipes discussion has been brought to you by Kraft.

Best cheeseburger recipes

Mine and Kraft’s Best Cheeseburger Recipes

There is nothing quite as satisfying as a good old-fashioned cheeseburger. At our house, we have our own special recipe — as many people do — which we put to good use regularly during grilling season. Is a barbecue even a barbecue without cheeseburgers? Not really. Here’s Walt’s favorite cheeseburger recipe:

4.8 from 5 reviews
Walt's Burger
 
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This is my husband Walt's favorite cheeseburger. Give it a try, you'll love it too.
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Recipe type: Meat
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 8 Hamburger Patties (90/10 is what we perfer)
  • 8 Whole Wheat Buns
  • 8 slices Kraft Natural Aged Swiss Cheese slices
  • Bleu cheese for sprinkling
  • 8 slices of bacon cooked and halved
  • Barbecue sauce
Instructions
  1. Grill burgers
  2. In last 2 minutes of grilling, layer swiss cheese slices on burgers
  3. Grill Buns
  4. Plate burgers and buns
  5. Serve burgers with a sprinkling of bleu cheese, 2 half slices of bacon, and a squirt of barbecue sauce.

 

While we’re on the subject, is a barbecue a barbecue without some good music? Heck no! How about some Brad Paisley? You bet!

While we do tend to stick with our favorite cheeseburgers, we do like to try out new recipes from time to time. That’s why I was curious to see what kind of cheeseburger recipes Kraft had to offer. And, boy, they did not disappoint!

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Cabo Beach Cheeseburger (Image: Kraft)

One cheeseburger recipe we’ll surely be trying out soon is the Cabo Beach Cheeseburger, with avocado, cilantro, and chipotle-flavored mayo. Holy moly! If that burger looks good to you, you can get the Cabo Beach Cheeseburger recipe, and others, including the BBQ Bacon Habanero Cheeseburger and Touchdown Taco Sliders. You will really take your cheeseburgers to a new level with Kraft Pepper Jack Cheese Slices and Hot Habanero Slices. Yum!

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Kraft Foods doesn’t just have the perfect cheese to top off your burger — they have the perfect way to top off your summer, with a Brad Paisley concert! They’re giving away more than 400 pairs of concert tickets to see Brad Paisley, and five lucky people will win a Brad Paisley Flyaway Concert trip. Just head over to the Great American Cheeseburger site to enter. All you have to do is upload a photo of your “Cheesy Family Moments!”

Wait! Are you signed up for Paisley Points? Fan of Brad Paisley? Then you should be getting rewards when you purchase select Kraft Foods products. Sign up for the Paisley Points rewards program, purchase participating Kraft Foods cheese items, and scan your receipts. You’ll start racking up points that can be redeemed for Walmart gift cards as well as signed Brad Paisley memorabilia!

Ready to take your burgers to a new level with Kraft Cheese Slices? Which Kraft cheeseburger recipe are you going to take for a spin?

Spinach Tomato Cottage Cheese Pasta Salad Recipe

[ 21 ] June 27, 2014 |

Refreshing Summer Luncheon Salad

via Spinach Tomato Cottage Cheese

Spinach Tomato Cottage Cheese Pasta Salad

Loving simple seasonal salads!

I adore a great simple seasonal salad that I can whip up from the fridge, don’t you? This Spinach Tomato Cottage Cheese Pasta Salad is just what I am talking about! It’s prepared with fresh spinach and tangy cherry tomatoes. The cottage cheese substitutes for dressing  and the prepared pasta adds a warm element without adding meat!

I was inspired to create this seasonal salad by the P&Geveryday website which features seasonal salad lunch suggestions. I found the P&Geveryday recipe section so valuable, as it highlights food that is in season at that time period followed by salad recipe creations. For example, summer is listed and these ingredients that are in season are suggested: summer squash, zucchini, cucumber, melon, tomatoes, blueberries, raspberries, corn, peppers, eggplant, peaches, plums, apricots and then a recipe is provided for raw zucchini salad. Check out this wonderful Harvest salad they have for fall containing  baby kale, grapes, pomegranate seeds, apple, pumpkin seeds, feta cheese, your favorite dressing or extra virgin olive oil and apple cider vinegar!  MMMM!

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As we are basically starting summer in Michigan,  my seasonal inspired salad includes several items from spring and summer and then I coupled it with items I had in my fridge.  

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Spinach Tomato Cottage Cheese Pasta Salad Recipe
 
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Spinach Tomato Cottage Cheese Pasta Salad is a great hot/cold salad perfect for a late spring or summer day.
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • Fresh spinach (enough to cover bottom of each plate)
  • ½ to ¾ of cup cottage cheese as desired
  • 4 oz of stuffed hot/warm agnolotti or ravioli (cooked)
  • 12-15 cherry tomatoes
  • Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Spread fresh spinach over bottom of plate to form a bed
  2. Mound cottage cheese in center of lettuce bed
  3. Arrange cooked agnolotti or ravioli in a circular pattern around center mound of cottage cheese
  4. Place cherry tomato around arrangement in a pleasing manner with one in middle of cottage cheese mound.

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Here’s just a few things I discovered on P&Geveryday

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