Thursday, March 5, 2015

Celebrate It! Blog Party!

Welcome to Celebrate It!

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 crafting or cooking
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DIYing or snapping pictures
reading or writing
telling stories or celebrating at a party
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Here are some features from last week:

Mini White Chocolate Cheesecake
Something Sweet

DIY Painted Charger Plates
Orphans with Makeup

The Perfect Date Night Playlist
No Small Life She Said

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Let's Get This Shindig Started!

St. Paddy's Day Popcorn

St Patrick's Day is always a special day around our house. We indulge in Irish food, always wear something green, and some of us have been know to dance a jig or two! This year when we are dancing and celebrating, we will also be enjoying this yummy, festive St. Paddy's Day Popcorn!
It is so easy and quick to make, you will be munching on it faster than you can say,
"Top 'o the morning to ya"!

St Patrick's Day Treat
11 cups of popped Popcorn
Shamrock Pretzels
1/2 bag of Hershey's Mini Kisses
6 ounces Bright White Candy melts
6 ounces Green Candy Melts
6 ounces Light Green Candy Melts
Light Green and Dark Green Sixlets
Andee's Mint Chips

I purchased the pretzels as part of a package from World Market
called Poker Pretzels. I think the club pretzels look like
a shamrock. The light green sixlets were part of their
easter candy individually wrapped package, and the dark green
are part of their regular packages. I have only been
able to find the Hershey's Mini Kisses at
Target in their baking section.
St Patrick's Day Treat
Pop your popcorn and pour the bright white candy melts
over the popcorn. Mix until all popcorn is coated.
St Patrick's Day Treat
Pour the popcorn on to a baking sheet.
Place the pretzels on top of the popcorn.
St Patrick's Day Treat
St. Ptrick's Day treat
Sprinkle the chocolate kisses over the popcorn.
Squeeze the darker green candy melt over the popcorn.
St Patrick's Day Treat
Squeeze the light green over the popcorn.
St Patrick's Day Treat
Add the sixlets candy to the popcorn. Scatter it 
around, placing it on wet candy melts.
St Patrick's Day Treat
Sprinkle the mints over the popcorn.
Let popcorn dry completely
St Patrick's Day Treat
Crack the popcorn up into small pieces, and enjoy!
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Thanks for joining me today!

Here are some other popcorn recipes you will want to try!

S'mores Popcorn

White Chocolate Popcorn

Reese Cup Popcorn

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Chocolate Caramel Peanut Clusters/#FoodieExtravaganza

Today I have some Chocolate Caramel Peanut Clusters for your tasting pleasure! This recipe is part of the #Foodie Extravaganza food group I participate in. It's a lot of fun, and really makes me work at coming up with something different and unique that you will enjoy! Even though I use the word work, I really love the challenge! 
These Chocolate Caramel Peanut Clusters are yummy and chocolatey, gooey and nutty. That is a lot to ask for from such a small piece of candy, but it delivers and you won't be disappointed! 

Chocolate Candy

2 cups Sugar
2 cups Light Corn Syrup
1 cup Half and Half
1 cup Butter
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 cup Whipping Cream
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1-2 cups Lightly Salted Dry Roasted Peanuts
1 pound Milk Chocolate

Chocolate Candy
Use an 8x8 pan and line it with foil.
Cover the foil with butter.
Chocolate Candy
Use a medium saucepan and mix together the
sugar, corn syrup, half and half, and butter and salt.
Chocolate Candy
Bring to a boil over medium high heat.
Stir a few times.  Wash the sides of the pot down with water
so there is no build up of sugar crystals.
Chocolate Candy
Place a candy thermometer in the pot.
 Let it boil for 25 minutes or until the thermometer
reaches 244-246 degrees, also known as firm ball stage.
 Stir frequently.
Chocolate Candy
Remove from heat, but leave burner on.
Slowly pour cream into pan.
Return pan to heat. Cook for 15 minutes or until
temperature comes up to 248 degrees, stirring frequently.
Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla.
Chocolate Candy
Pour caramel into prepared pan.
Cool at room temp for 3-4 hours.
Chocolate Candy
Cut your caramel into small squares, or scoop caramel 
with a scoop. Roll into a ball that weigh approx. 1/2 an ounce.
Chocolate Candy
Take the caramel ball from the fridge one by one.
Roll each one in the nuts. Then press nuts
into the spaces that are not covered. You could stop at just 
rolling the nuts if you don't want a lot of them.
Chocolate Candy
Refrigerate again.
Chocolate Candy
Melt the milk chocolate in a double boiler.
Chocolate Candy
Dip the caramel peanut balls in the milk chocolate.
Place on wax paper and place back in refrigerator
until chocolate is set up.
Chocolate Candy
Thank you for joining me today!
Enjoy your peanut treats and 
check out some more below:
Thank you to Alexis Tanner for hosting this month!

 We have a great variety of yummy recipes from main dishes to desserts to share with you.  If you would like to participate in the next Foodie Extravaganza, just go to the Facebook page to join.  We would love to have you!
 Here are 10 delicious Peanut Recipes!
Peanut and Candy Popcorn Ball from We Like to Learn as We Go
Kung Pao Chicken from Fearlessly Creative Mammas Peanut Almond Polvoron from The Joyful Foodie Cold Spicy Peanut Noodles from Culinary Adventure with Camilla Oatmeal Peanut Butter Scones from Baking in Pyjamas Reese's Cheesecake Brownies from Making Miracles Peanut Crunch Pull Apart Bread from Mrs. Penguin Spicy Georgia Sugared Peanuts from Food Lust People Love Chocolate Caramel Peanut Clusters from The Freshman Cook A Peanutty Treat from A Day in the Life on the Farm

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A DIY Cookie Bouquet!

Have you ever wanted to give someone a little gift, but you didn't want it to look like a big deal.? You just wanted to let them know you were thinking of them, or you wanted to thank them, or maybe you don't know them very well, but you like them and want to wish them a Happy Birthday! This Cookie Bouquet is your answer.

Cookie Bouquet

DIY Cookie Bouquet

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Celebrate It! Blog Party!

Triple Chocolate Buttermilk Bundt Cake/#BundtBakers

The month of February and chocolate just seem to go together, so when I found out that this months Bundt Bakers required ingredient was chocolate, I was so excited. I saw this Triple Chocolate Buttermilk Bundt Cake on the cover of Southern Living Magazine and I fell in love! I had to make this for the glorious month of chocolate, I mean February! You are going to love this!

Chocolate Bundt Cake

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Fun, Fat Tuesday Cake Balls

Today is Fat Tuesday! You know, the last day to party hard before the 40 days of Lent begin. So, in the spirit of parties, I am hoping that you can fit some of these fun, Fat Tuesday Cake Balls into your celebrating!

Mardi gras

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine Table Top / Day 14 of 14 Days of Valentine's!

Happy Valentine's Day to you!
 Today I have an easy and inexpensive way to transform your table into a festive Valentine's Day backdrop for your meal.

Valentine Mousse Cups / Day 13 of 14 Days of Valentine's Day!

These Valentine Mousse Cups are special.
The cups are put together using Ghirardelli candy
squares and chocolate frosting. Then they are filled with
Chocolate Mousse. Although these are made with
the Valentine candy squares, any of the squares would
do, making this a special dessert for any celebration!

chocolate mousse