Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Turkey In The Straw Cupcakes!

Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!
If you need a last minute & super easy Thanksgiving it is! 
I have so many blessings to be thankful for. I have a wonderful family to celebrate the holiday with. I am blessed with a wonderful church, pastor and church family.
Thank you LORD for your blessings on me!
 And now..I get to eat these cute & yummy cupcakes! :o)
Ingredients needed for Turkey in the Straw Cupcakes listed above. *edit* Tracking a link back to my blog, I found some of my readers in Japan aren't sure what the "straw" is made of. 
Here is a link to the Shredded Wheat.
Easy turkey feet piped onto parchment paper.
 When candy hardens, gently peel feet off paper.
 Cover frosted cupcake with broken up shredded wheat. Place turkey legs upside down into cupcake. That's it! Cute Sweet!
Wishing You All A Blessed Thanksgiving 
From My Family To Yours
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Friday, November 16, 2012

Christmas Tree Lollipops!

~Easy Homemade Lollipops~
The History of The Christmas Tree...@ Our House
Get the biggest one you can find and decorate it with LOTS of candy canes and tons of lights. I don't think you can ever have too many of either one. Well, maybe just once..we did. Now, I believe in real trees, I mean, how can you go through the Christmas season without that amazing real tree scent permeating your entire house..well, at least the room the tree is in anyway? So, one December morning, I walk into the living room to find an army of ants..ANTS, covering my beautifully candy cane decked out tree! They were inside every candy cane, goodbye Christmas Tree! That distant memory along with pine needle embedded carpet, sticky sap hands, and the pain joy of having to take the whole crazy thing down every January (or March.. what, who, was that me?) has not deterred this Christmas crazy girl one little bit! So I say to you, get out there to those Christmas Tree Farms..or Home Depot, and find your family's perfect tree!
 Merry Christmas Tree Choosing & warm up that hot cocoa with mini marshmallows. :o)
 Place peppermints on parchment paper lined sheet pan. Bake 8-10 minutes @ 275 degrees. Upon removing from oven, immediately press decorations into melted candy and insert lollipop stick. Just dab on a little corn syrup if you're having trouble with decorations sticking.
 *edit* All tree decorations are from Wilton. Click here for the link.
 Easy & pretty melted peppermint Christmas trees!
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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Las Vegas Sweets, Hoover Dam & The Valley of Fire!

My sweet hubby and I were in Las Vegas last week for the AAPEX Expo. He had talked about us going for years..and this year, we did! I was excited for the following reasons. The first, being that we would get to see the Bellagio Fountains. They did not disappoint. Next would be the Venetian Resort. Built several years ago, it is an all-suite resort with the smallest suite being 650 square feet. This is the room we booked. It truly was beautiful with a view of the city lights. The resort itself is huge. There are frescoes throughout with an indoor/outdoor canal for gondola rides. It wasn't until day three that we discovered the Piazza San Marco. Lovely, with restaurants, a gelato stand and nightly musical performances. Ok..moving on. M&Ms World was next on my list with four floors of chocolaty goodness! And finally, Hoover Dam..whoo hoo! It was the highlight of our trip. I wanted to do the in-depth tour as this would allow us to actually be IN the dam. Hope you enjoy my photos.
One of the many shops located inside the Venetian, "IT'S SUGAR was awesome with their larger than life boxes of candy. Equally awesome was this Jelly Belly sign..
..and with a closer look, don't you agree?!
 Imagine a cookie filled with one of these huge Reese's candy cups.
 And check out this Snickers bar, billed as the world's largest!
Here we are at the enchanting and amazing Bellagio Fountains. 
We were standing at the rails watching the show when I wondered aloud how beautiful the view must be from the Eiffel Tower. Well, my hunky hubby said, "let's go"! Twenty minutes later, we had a window table. Our view was the top right corner of the above photo. The ambience and food were wonderful with service to match. And, while I very much enjoyed the fountains from way up high in the sky, the best way to experience them is right up front at the rails. You can hear the water and music as well as feel the slight cool breeze coming off the water sprays. You simply should not miss this!
Two words: Oh My!!
I look happy..'cause I am. :o)
Awesome stuff! Our tour guide told us to stick our cameras through the louvers and angle the camera up. He said he's never had anyone drop their camera yet. It's my number one favorite shot. You can see the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge here as well. Of course we had to drive over it. 
Emergency stairs..whew!
My hubby took this great photo from the Arizona side.
Leaving Hoover Dam, we made our way up to the "Valley of Fire State Park". As this was our first trip out west, it was pretty strange to see this type of terrain we've only seen on television. I really enjoyed the scenery, although maybe a bit tired from the week of walking miles on the convention floors to get out of the car for too many photos. Still, we managed to get a few.
There are four M&M's World stores. I have visited three. One more to go..LONDON!
Passing by the kiosk, G.G. Santi-Venezia, located inside the Venetian, I snapped quite a few cupcake photographs. But, I ate only one! The cupcake on the right is the one I purchased. As you can see, it doesn't quite look like the one on display. But I can happily report to you that it was yummy! The frosting was especially good with a fudge-like taste and texture.
So..this is not classified as a sweet. But, oh how delicious it was!
Serendipty 3 in NYC is still my sentimental favorite, although you'll not find me complaining over this cheeseburger lunch. The nachos appetizer was pretty good too. ;o)
Very intriguing, this Mirror Man..
Here it is..the granddaddy of all desserts! Serendipity 3's NYC version is both mine and my hubby's all-time favorite. This one was pretty good, but it did not measure up in terms of presentation or taste. That said, the extra side of hot fudge did help. ;o)
With the addition of a few more bakeries and sugar shops, our trip ends on a sweet note with a flight back home to Atlanta..I LOVE to fly! 
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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Mallow Cookie Cups

 Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Mallow Cookie Cups and more...
These are so sweet and tasty! Some with Nutter Butter cookie bites & peanut butter mallow filling, some with just the mallow & the rest with only the cookie bites covered in chocolate. 
These were my FAVORITE!
 You really can't go wrong with these either. :o)
 Chocolate covered cookies baby!
Yummy stuff you need to make these..Jet Puffed marshmallow creme, Peter Pan peanut butter, Nutter Butter cookie bites, vanilla, butter and dipping chocolate.
Melt marshmallow creme & peanut butter. Stir in vanilla and melted butter mixing well.
Chill to set, then..
Spoon the mallow mixture into the chocolate cups and cover with more melted chocolate. Refrigerate to set. Turn mold over to gently pop out the finished candies.
Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Mallow Cookie Cups
12 ounces dipping chocolate ~I used Ghirardelli Double Chocolate
(you could also use almond bark)
Nutter Butter Cookie Bites
1 7oz. tub Jet Puffed marshmallow creme
1/2 cup crunchy (or creamy) peanut butter ~My fave is Peter Pan!
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 tablespoon melted butter
Melt chocolate and coat bottom & sides of the candy cup molds. I use a paintbrush dedicated for just this purpose. I have the regular and mini sized candy cup molds. If you don't, just use cupcake liners. Place coated molds in frig to set chocolate. Meanwhile, prepare the marshmallow filling. Melt peanut butter and marshmallow creme over low heat. Stir in vanilla and butter mixing well. Now you're ready to assemble the candy cups. Working in layers, place a cookie bite into the chocolate cup. Add the mallow mixture, and last, the melted chocolate on top to cover the whole thing.Place in frig to set. Once set, turn mold over and gently pop out the finished candies! I made some of the candy cups with only the mallow as well as a few with only the cookie bites. Recipe yields 12 mini cookie bites, 12 mini mallow cookie bites and 6 reg. size mallow cookie cups with just a bite of mallow left for "tasting"!
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