Sunday, October 23, 2016

cinnamon roll cupcakes

My daughter asked me to pick up some refrigerated cinnamon rolls but wouldn't say why.  This is why.  We are all in awe.  She saw these cinnamon roll cupcakes somewhere and can't recall where but she remembered exactly how to make them.  They're easy and they're gorgeous!   Now she's going to put a few into cellophane baggies with a pretty ribbon and give them to a few people she's been thinking about.

cinnamon roll cupcakes (my daughter)
makes 20
2 tubes refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing (we used Trader Joe's brand, 5 rolls in each tube)
1 package yellow cake mix, batter prepared according to directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line muffin tins with paper liners.  Fill each liner 1/3 of the way full with cake batter.
Slice each cinnamon roll in half, lengthwise.  Place a slice of cinnamon roll on top of the cake batter.  You will need to squish them in a bit.
Bake at 350 degrees for 2o minutes.  Let cool then drizzle with the icing provided with the cinnamon rolls.

Monday, October 17, 2016

store bought faorite: OPA greek yogurt salad dressing- kalamata feta

If you've lost your teenage metabolism but love a good salad try this salad dressing!  I opened it so my kids and I could dip some cucumbers into it as a side dish.  It was a big hit and none of us noticed it was a lighter dressing.  Chunks of feta cheese!!

OPA greek yogurt salad dressing- kalamata feta
Big chunks of feta cheese and diced kalamata olives.  Only 4.5 grams of fat per serving.  That's my style. 

Friday, October 14, 2016

stormtrooper party favor

This is the stormtrooper party favor minus the blue mylar star balloon that will be attached.  What's the party?  We're going to watch Star Wars Episode 7 outside.  On a big screen.  Probably not under the stars because of the "storm" that we're having but we'll be outside nonetheless.  Hopefully we'll get a little rain, thunder and lightening to add to the affect.

stormtrooper cupcakes

My birthday kid's treats were out of this world.  Every time I turned around we had a need for more treats.  Classroom treats, birthday day treats, birthday party treats, etc.  The stormtropper cupcakes were so fun and I am grateful for the pics online because I'd have never thought to make them and they were so easy thanks to these pens at Amazon.  They are for the birthday party.
The dirt which was requested for the actual birthday day was made with chocolate mousse instead of pudding because I refused to go to the store for 1 item, pudding, so I made chocolate mousse. What a difference!  I also used chocolate Oreo cookies instead of the regular kind.  Never make dirt with pudding when you can make it with mousse.
And I made layered mint brownies for classroom treats.
No more sugar for a while, please!!!!

stormtrooper cupcakes
Make some white cupcakes according to package directions.  Prepare stormtropper marshmallows using Bakerpan food coloring markers from  Ice the cupcakes and put a marshmallow on each one.

For party favors I am going to put a cupcake in a cellophane bag and pour some cute outer space sugar candies I found at the store into the bag so they settle at the bottom.  I'll attach a star shaped mylar balloon to the cellophane bag and tie it with a cute blue and white baker's twine I found at Michael's.  Easy, easy, easy!!

Friday, October 7, 2016

yummy 3-ingredient potatoes

I actually don't know what these potatoes are called but I watched my friend Shonda make them while I was over picking up my kids from art class.  It looked like such a simple dish to make and I knew that once her potatoes went into the oven the entire house would smell delicious.  I wanted that too.  I had my oldest make them and they were a huge hit!!  I heard ooohs and aaaaahs. And the house smelled sooooo good.

yummy 3-ingredient potatoes (my friend Shonda)
red potatoes
canola oil
packet of onion soup/dip mix (we used Trader Joe's)

I gave my daughter a 9x13 and asked her to pour a little bit of oil in the pan which she did with gusto.  She may have put a little more oil than I would have but the taters turned out crispy which was perfect.  I'd say she put in 1/3 cup of oil.  She then cut up a bunch of red potatoes, enough to fill the bottom of the pan- maybe 8 potatoes.  Then she sprinkled the onion mix on top and combined everything.  We put the pan in the oven at 350 degrees for an hour and a half due to my errand running longer than anticipated.  That's okay because they were PERFECT!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

no bake chocolate chip cookie bars

If you love to eat chocolate chip cookie dough out of the bowl, this treat is for you.  It's super rich so you won't need much.  Big hit at our house!

no bake chocolate chip cookie bars (our friend Stephanie M.)
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoons alt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups mini chocolate chips

1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips

Cream/beat butter and sugar and salt until light and fluffy.  Mix in the vanilla extract.  Beat in the condensed milk and the flour.  Mix in the chocolate chips.
Line a 8x8 or 9x9 square pan with foil, parchment or wax paper with long ends so you can lift out the bars for easy cutting.  Smooth the dough into the pan.  Cover and refrigerate until firm.  To make the chocolate topping, slowly melt the chocolate chips until smooth.  Pour onto the dough and spread out evenly.  Return to the refrigerator until the topping is firm.  Cut into 16 squares.  Keep refrigerated until ready to eat.