Saturday, September 12, 2020

Twix Candy Bar Pumpkin Patch!

Oh how I love a pumpkin patch, but how much more do I love a candy pumpkin patch! These little cuties will be our sweet snack after we wade through the fields choosing our 2020 orange gourd at the real pumpkin patch this fall season! 

And fortunately for us these ones are super easy and fun to make and even more super easy and fun to eat!

Since you're already here and all, check out one of my favorite pumpkin treats that I have made using yummy Kit Kat bars!


But for now let's grab a few things and make these today!

To make these treats you will need,
mellowcreme candy pumpkins,
fall leaves sprinkles, candy eyes, Oreos, snack size Kit Kat bars, chocolate wafers, and a dab of corn syrup.

Excuse us please! We can see you!

Ok, ok, just dab a smidge of corn syrup onto our pumpkin faces and attach our eyes.

"I always feel like, somebody's watching me."🎜🎝

To make our sweet "dirt", I used my tart shaper and salsa bowl because I only needed a small amount and this was quicker than smashing them in a plastic baggie.

Just place a couple of Oreos-with the middles scraped off-into a bowl and smush with the tart shaper.

Now all we do is melt the chocolate wafers, spread a little on the candy bar, add the leaves and dirt, and place the pumpkins on top!

"We're the 3 Musketeers!"
"No, Gourdo, that's the wrong candy bar!"

Y'all it's been fun today and now it's time to go!

'til we sweet again, Karen πŸ’—

John 3:16

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Riffing on Texas Governor's Mansion Cowboy Cookies

So 20 years ago while America was in the midst of a presidential race, Family Circle magazine held a cookie bake-off between the candidates' wives.

Tipper Gore entered the 2000 contest with her Ginger Snaps, and Laura Bush with her Texas Governor's Mansion Cowboy Cookies. Laura Bush won! And so did George W. Bush!

Years later after his re-election, these cookies were served at one of the inaugural balls! 

I made them for the first time back in April when "Quarantine 2020" was still kinda new. I was recovering from a broken toe surgery and actually enjoying spending a little more time in the kitchen. I found her recipe and changed it up a tiny bit by subbing out some of the oats and chocolate chips for M&M's. Oh Y'ALL!

These cookies are comfort food at its best and
they are the B0MB!! 
So many yummy goodies in these soft and chewy cookies!
I nearly always have some kind of frozen cookie dough balls ready to bake up some fresh cookies when the urge strikes!

These are ready bake or freeze.
Hmmm..think I'll bake! 😊
 These are big cookies and you're going to love every single bite!

Cowboy Comfort Cookies Recipe

Adapted from Laura Bush

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
3 sticks (1 1/2 cups) butter @ room temperature
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
3 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups M&M's
2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups sweetened coconut flakes
2 cups pecans 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a bowl.
In large bowl of electric mixer, (i use every bit of my 6 quart bowl) beat butter on medium speed until creamy and smooth.
Gradually beat in sugars until thoroughly combined.
Add in eggs one at a time with vanilla, mixing after each.
Stir in flour just till combined.
Now for the fun add ins! So..add in the chocolate chips, M&M's, oats, coconut and pecans!

Using a large (3 tablespoon) ice cream scoop, scoop and place onto parchment lined baking pan.
I only bake 6 at a time on a half baking sheet with the cookies being spaced about 3 inches apart. Otherwise they may run together.

Bake at 350 degrees for 16 minutes or just till edges are lightly browned and centers look slightly underbaked.
They will be delicious even if they're a tad overbaked. Yep!

This recipe makes 46-48 cookies.

For future fresh baked cookies, I scoop the remaining batch of cookie dough and freeze until solid.
I then place frozen dough balls in freezer containers with parchment paper separating layers. When I want a few fresh baked cookies, I thaw for about 15-20 minutes and bake!
You can also bake from frozen by just adding 2-3 minutes to baking time.
Frozen cookie dough will keep in freezer 4-6 weeks.

Yum and Enjoy!  

'til we sweet again, Karen πŸ’—

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Christmas in July Circus Peanuts Reindeer!

 Hmm..what to make on National Milk Chocolate Day when it's also Christmas in July?

Well, how about a reindeer that's been dipped in milk chocolate with chocolate dipped antler pretzels!

I'm a certified circus peanuts NUT!
But I have to say I've never even thought about dipping them in chocolate..'til today!

And I do think these turned out to be quite the Christmas cuties! 
If you wanna make some too, you'll need:
Circus peanuts-chocolate dipped pretzels-candy eyes-m&ms-dipping chocolate-lollipop sticks
 Press lollipop sticks into candy peanuts and cut pretzels in half.
Using a lollipop stick, I made indentions in the top on both sides of the peanuts.
I placed all candy pieces on parchment paper..
 ..dipped the circus peanut in chocolate and placed on the parchment paper.
Attach all candy pieces and let set.

Wishing you all a 
Merry Christmas in July!

'til we sweet again, KarenπŸ’—

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Patriotic Marshmallow Pops for the 4th of July!

HAPPY 4th of JULY!

I feel so thankful to have been born in the USA!

We will be celebrating the 4th with family, food, fireworks and a boatload of gratitude for all the blessings that God has poured out upon us.

I pray everyone has a safe and happy holiday as we celebrate our country's independence.

 To make 10 pops I used:
Two bags Ghirardelli white melts
Twenty pieces red candy melts
Royal blue gel color
One bag marshmallows
Star sprinkles
Red lollipop sticks
Place two marshmallows on lollipop stick.
Melt one bag of white candy melts and add blue gel color. (I could not find blue candy melts anywhere so I just made my own.)

Dip marshmallow pop in melted candy.
Place pops on parchment paper, add star sprinkles and let set to harden.
Now we get to make the red and white stripes!
Place about twenty each of the red and white candy melts in a decorator bag and melt in microwave at 30 second intervals on 50% power stopping to knead the bags each time.
With scissors, snip off just the small tip of each bag and pipe alternating colors to form stripes.
Woohoo, it's beginning to look a lot like the 4th of July and I needed a little sparkle for my flags, so I sprinkled on just a tidge of white luster dust.
"Oh, say does that star spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave? 🎜🎝🎜🎝🎝
Now let's go celebrate BIG! 

That's all folks!

"til we sweet again, KarenπŸ’—

Saturday, May 9, 2020

White Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Daisy Bouquet

One Daisy For You
One Daisy For Me
One Daisy For Mom
She's As Sweet As Can Be!

These Daisy Pops with their bright, sunshiny yellow color and sweet tiny bluebirds make my heart happy and my face smile! 

I hope they will for you too!

I'm sharing these with all the sweet Moms in my life.
They're so simple to make and the kids can really have some fun helping you with these! 
"Where Flowers Bloom, So Does Hope."
 For your daisy pops you will need:
White chocolate (or vanilla) candy melts
Yellow food color
Green foodwriter pen
Lollipop sticks
Bluebird sprinkles (optional)
Melt candy melts at 50% power at 30 second intervals stirring each time until melted smooth.

Mix in a couple of drops of yellow food coloring stirring to combine well.

Pop two marshmallows onto each lollipop stick and dip in melted candy. Place daisy onto dipped marshmallow and place on parchment paper to completely harden. Draw stems onto set candy.
 I found these adorable tiny bluebird sprinkles and had to add them to my daisies!

Tweet! Tweet!
I would like to wish you all
a very Happy Mother's Day!

'til we sweet again, KarenπŸ’—

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Caramel Corn

Y'all, I can't even tell you how many bags of quarantine popcorn I've eaten in this long, six week lockdown.

It's kind of a running joke now with my "hunkered down" hubby because my habit has been to pop a bag late in the evening right after he's brushed his teeth! Haha..oopsie!

So after I managed to finish off the first box, my sweet hubby brought home two more. Only he got the wrong kind. My favorite is, Orville Redenbacher's Naturals Simply Salted. Well, by the time he came home with the correct flavor, we had accumulated quite a lot of popcorn. If you could see my haul you might think we were- bum bum bum...hoarders!!

Now what can I do with all this extra popcorn? 
πŸ’‘ Make Caramel Corn, that's what!!

I have made a few batches and given some away and this is my favorite recipe 

The only thing I changed was to double the recipe and I used my microwave popcorn. I do love home popped corn as that is what I grew up with, but this is quicker and I simply needed to whittle down my stash. Plus, this is still really delicious!

Let's get poppin'!

For my own caramel corn, I have tried several different varieties including, butter, salted, and light. I say use your favorite!
These are the ingredients needed although not necessarily the correct measurements as I experimented with a few variations.

Microwave popcorn bags, peanuts, butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, salt, baking soda, and vanilla.
 Pop two bags (to equal 16 cups) of microwave popcorn. Remove unpopped kernels. Pour 1.5 cups of peanuts (or your fave nuts) over the top. Set aside while you make the caramel.
 To make the caramel coating, add butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt to a medium sized heavy bottomed saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Set your timer and cook 5 minutes without stirring. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and baking soda to incorporate well. It's fun to see the chemical reaction with the baking soda. It will spit and sputter and change to a light and lovely caramel color.
Pour mixture over the popcorn and peanuts and gently fold to coat well.
 Spoon mixture onto a parchment lined pan and bake in a 250 degree F. for one hour. Remove pan from oven at each 15 minute interval to stir.

Pour finished caramel corn onto clean parchment paper to cool completely.
 Caramel Corn Recipe

2 bags (to equal 16 cups) microwave popcorn
1 1/2 cups peanuts
10 tablespoons butter (I use salted in all my recipes)
1 cup brown sugar (firmly packed)
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla

Pop 2 bags of popcorn and remove unpopped kernels. Place popcorn in a large container and pour nuts over the top. Set aside.

In a medium sized, heavy bottomed saucepan, add butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. 
Continue cooking without stirring for 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in baking soda and vanilla stirring well to incorporate. 

Pour caramel mixture over popcorn and fold in to coat well.

Place onto a parchment lined pan and bake in 250 degree F. oven to bake for one hour. Remove from oven at each 15 minute interval to stir.

Pour finished caramel corn onto clean parchment paper to cool completely.

This is good, y'all! Jenny knows her stuff!

If there's any left, you can store your caramel corn in an airtight container for several days! Lol!

Stay safe. Stay healthy.

'til we sweet again, Karen πŸ’—

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Marshmallow Bunnies

Happy Spring!

Easter Sunday is almost here. And although this one will look nothing like Easters past, we plan on celebrating big! We will dress up in our new holiday finery and worship our Risen Saviour as millions of others will. Online with our church!

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 

I am thankful for the Hope we have in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ!πŸ˜ƒ

Other festivities such as our annual Easter family picnics and egg hunts will merely be postponed. And oh how joyous we will be when we are reunited with all our family and friends!

I pray everyone is staying safe and healthy amid this dreadful COVID-19 virus and that it will disappear as quickly as it came.

And while we're all hunkered down and sheltering in place, here are some sweet and fun marshmallow bunnies to make with your kiddos!
I used: regular size marshmallows, white candy melts, pink Sixlets, candy eyes, Shimmies sprinkles, and Wilton Easter bunny feet candies. I also used colored lollipop sticks.
To make the bunny ears, I cut the marshmallows on an angle..
 and then simply pressed the sticky cut side into the sprinkles. 
 They're already looking adorable! We've melted a few candy melts, attached two marshmallows on the stick and dotted some melted candy to place the eyes and nose.
Eeek! This sweet little bunny just needs a little help! 

Let us attach his feet and ears with more melted candy. And Boom! He is finished!
Well hi there little buddy!
 Wishing you all a very Happy Easter!

My heart truly goes out to you all and I will be praying for you and your families!
We will get through this!

'til we sweet again, Karen πŸ’—