Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Cake batter waffles! Fun for leap year!

Well, I had the huge desire to do something fun for my kiddo's for leap year! I just couldn't come up with anything...then I thought...cake for breakfast? Totally doable and special (Except for when there is someone's leftover bday cake...my kids just don't get it. I do. Dang.) and then I thought...What is even better?! Cake batter waffles?! With ice cream?! Yes. Winner winner, thats what I was making and just as easy as regular waffles. And totally toddler approved! The hard part will be trying to explain it to him when he asked for it again tomorrow.




Cake Batter Waffles

1 cake mix, mix according to directions omitting one cup of water and adding 1/4 cup of oil. Mix and cook in waffle iron. Serve with ice cream or frosting or whip cream or all of the above!

I could only justify ice cream...also it is my favorite and it was tasty! It would be a fun QUICK easy cake or dessert for any time! But the perfect breakfast for leap year!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Peanut Butter Brownie Trifle





Peanut butter brownie Trifle is something that I made with my hubby in mind...He is a Reese's guy. I mean seriously it is an obsession...for Christmas I probably buy about 20 packs of Reese's tree's because there is hardly anything he would want more...and again for each holiday that is all I get him and he loves it.

Well, I heard of more rich trifles, every other one I had done was more light and with fruit; which I love but I will say this was a winner! (and pretty easy)


Peanut Butter Brownie Trifle


1 brownie mix prepared and cut into bite size pieces (or feel free to buy brownie bites)
1 box of instant vanilla pudding
1 1/2 cup peanut butter (I like creamy but chunky would work too)
1 bag of Reese's mini or reg cut into half or fourths
1 container of cool whip or I like real whipped cream


Have your brownies cooked and cut, as well as your Reese's cut first thing so when you make your pudding and your cream you can just start layering.


Make vanilla pudding according to package directions but add your peanut butter to of course give it the PB flavor just whisk  it in when it is all mixed. Be sure it is set up before you start layering


Layer brownies and Reese's on bottom of dish, and dollop pudding and cream over top, then more brownies and Reese's with more cream.


I finished it off with a layer of whipped cream and left over Reese's chunks for pretty on top.

I did this one in more of a dollop look instead of layered so just do it however you like!!! Make it your own kind of pretty, but people will love it no matter what because however you will do it, it will taste better than it looks. REALLY!


(Yeah sorry about the skip to the Lue...I put this on my old blog...and can't find the original to use instead!)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Nothing Bundt Cakes Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cake

So I stumbled across this just this week and have already made it and devoured it...yeah it was good. Favorite Family Recipes had it in there copycat section. I figure when someone takes the time to copy something it has to be good!

I haven't heard of Nothing Bundt Cakes but apparently it is all the rage and I just haven't been where it is...and also it is apparently pricey but you can make this cake for very little and like I said I have never had the real thing so I don't know how it compares but this cake will not disappoint!!!

Easy to make and they said they liked it wrapped tight and put in the fridge for a day and that is how I am eating the leftovers...and it rocks, so you can make it ahead of time and that is awesome if you have a party or something. But we also ate it just after it cooled and that was equally impressive...I also would have loved it a little too hot before it even left the pan so it is totally your call! Super rich with a delicious cheesecake frosting. Yeah. I ate way too much!

Cake:


1 pkg. devils food cake, German chocolate cake, or chocolate cake mix
1 pkg. instant chocolate pudding
1 c. sour cream
4 large eggs
1/2 c. water
1/2 c. oil
1 1/2 c. mini chocolate chips



Cheesecake Frosting
(I halved the recipe and it was oodles)

2 (8 ounce) pkgs. cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. butter, softened
3-4 c. powdered sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract

Mix first six ingredients together with a beater. Add chocolate chips. Pour into a greased bunt cake pan (cooking spray works best). Cook in oven at 350 degrees for 45-50 mins. Remove from oven. Let cool for 20 mins. Remove from pan. 



In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese and butter until creamy. Mix in the vanilla, then gradually stir in the powdered sugar (start with 2 cups then keep adding more until it is nice and thick). That's it!


photo credit: best products media guide

Friday, February 10, 2012

Freezer paper stencil valentines shirt

My grandma gave me a onsie with little hearts all over it before baby girl was born. It was cute but probably just would have been an undershirt until the lightbulbs went on that with this little onsie I could accomplish like a thousand things that I wanted to do! Ok like three...



1. make cute valentines shirts for my kids
2. FINALLY make a freezer paper stencil
3. not spend any money!

So Freezer paper how too...)you just buy it were the saran wrap and foil is usually.) There is a more matte side and a slick side on it and you draw your image on the flat side. The easiest thing to do is print or draw something on a regular piece of paper and then trace it onto the freezer paper. So...

1. Trace image onto freezer paper

2. cut out negative parts of image (the parts you want to have color on) with exacto knife or razor blades, they are the easiest but scissors also work.

3. Place stencil where you want it on shirt and slowly iron onto clothing. (on low)

4. When cool, paint your image. Be sure to paint inward to help prevent your stencil form lifting and have a piece of paper or cardboard under your image so it wont leak onto the back!

5. Peel off stencil when your paint is still somewhat wet but doing it dry is fine too. Use tweezers to get any little detail parts of the stencil off.

6. When completely dry place a towel over it and iron on low, this helps seal everything. and you are good to go!


For a more in depth look there is a video on I am momma hear me roar. Thats how I learned. 

Thursday, February 2, 2012

No bake cookies and cream bars

The first time I made these I was going to a family gathering and about ten min before I forgot I was supposed to take cookies. Thankfully I remembered these little babies I found on picky palate!  Seriously a little melting a few stomps on a oreo package and wala! They were a hit! Really grind them up or leave a few more chunks, its totally your call!



No Bake Cookies and Cream Bars
Ingredients:
  • One 16 oz package of Oreo Cookies
  • 5 cups large marshmallows
  • 4 tablespoons butter
Directions:
  1. Butter an 8X8 inch baking pan. Line the baking pan with parchment paper letting the paper extend up two sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends. Butter paper; set pan aside.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade, pulse Oreos  until ground.
  3. In a large, microwave safe bowl, melt butter and marshmallows in the microwave until puffed, about 1½ – 2 minutes. Stir in ground Oreo Cookies until combined. Transfer to prepared baking pan. Using a piece of wax paper, press rice mixture evenly into prepared pan.
  4. Let set up for at least 10 minutes. Cut into bars and serve.
Yields: 16 bars
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