Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New Blogs for your Appetites Pleasure

I updated the list of other sweet blogs I follow over to the right.  I took away a couple that I never look at anymore.  And added a few new great ones that I really enjoy.  Two of them, The Sister's Cafe and Coleen's Recipes have great no frills recipes that are completely doable. 
The Pioneer Woman is very popular in the baking blogging world and some of you probably already discovered her.  I really enjoy reading her posts and her food looks amazing.  Although in the year that I have been reading her I've only tried a few of her recipes.  Hmm...not sure why.  I think that it may be that her 'everyday' recipes are just different than my style of 'everyday' recipes.  But the ones I did try were yummy. 
The last one I added is Our Best Bites.  I consider this one a belated Christmas present to you all.  I love them!  Along with Mel's Kitchen, this one is one of my favorites to check for new and terrific recipes.  They never disappoint.  I'v tried so many of their recipes, from dinners to desserts and have loved them all. 
I hope you enjoy all the wonderful new sites and recipes!  Get Baking!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Caramel and Fudge

Need a couple more ideas for sweet and chocolatey Christmas treats?
Caramel is definitely a perfect choice for Christmas candy.  You can find the recipe HERE

And don't forget Grandma's creamy delicious fudge.  The recipe is over HERE.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Pretzel Candy

 Im guessing that most of you have either made these yourself or at least eaten them, so this is no revolutionary idea.  But, I found that I LOVE this candy!  And although it is delicious, the real reason I love them is because my little babes can make them COMPLETELY by themselves (except for putting them in and taking them out of the oven.)  They LOVE that they can bake all by themselves, and I love that they CAN'T mess them up!  Yes, Im a little controlling in the kitchen! 
A great recipe to either do with your kids or have them do if you need them out of your hair for a few minutes!
Heres how it went down:
*First the babes unwrapped all the kisses (or rolos, or any number of flavored kisses, we did the caramel kisses last time)
*Then they had to sort out the green and red m&ms because I forgot to buy the holiday ones
*Next came placing a round "wreath" pretzel on a cookie sheet, we put them on parchment paper, but Im not totally sure that was necessary. 
*Then they placed a kiss in the middle of each pretzel.
*This went in the oven for a couple min. (recipes vary- I think the first time we did it I had the oven at maybe 200 degrees and it took 3-4 min.  The next time I had the oven at 250 degrees and it only took about a min.)  Basically you just want the chocolate soft and shiny, but you dont want it to lose its shape.  You can take it out of the oven and push an m&m in to test how soft it is.
*Push an m&m into the middle of each kiss and press down gently so that the chocolate smooshes to touch the pretzel all around.
*Allow to cool completely

Friday, December 17, 2010

Peanut Butter Creams

We are only a week away from Christmas and I havent even posted one Christmas treat yet!  High time to change that!  And what better one to offer up than this one, Peanut Butter Creams.  My family has been eating these delicious little squares for years!  They are a favorite of my sister and I and are a Christmas must for us!  They are basically chocolate dipped peanut butter balls, but with half the hassle.  In fact my little bug did half the work this year and loved it.

Peanut Butter Creams

4 c. (1 lb.) powdered sugar
1 1/2 c. creamy peanut butter
1/3 c. milk
1/4 c. honey
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 c. chocolate chips

*Combine all the ingredients except for the chocolate chips.  Mix by hand or with a mixer until combined.  Remove from the bowl and knead until smooth. (Optional, but little Bug thought it was great fun!).  Press into a 9 inch square pan.
*Melt chocolate chips and spread over top of peanut butter base.  Let cool and cut into small squares.