Thursday, December 18, 2014

Layered Peanut Butter Cups



Homemade PB cups are so much better than store bought. This one has layers of white chocolate and dark chocolate.


I have a few sweet treats I make every single year and this is one of them. Everyone loves the classic combination of peanut butter and chocolate - right? In this peanut butter cup you get two layers of chocolate.  The bottom layer is white chocolate mixed with peanut butter and then the top layer is semi-sweet chocolate, again mixed with peanut butter.  The best part about this recipe is it is so simple to make and yields a ton of PB Cups.  Package these up and give them to all your friends!  That's what I do.  And there are still a bunch left for us to eat. Everyone wins!

Shopping for this recipe is easy too.  You only need three (and one optional) ingredients.


Ingredients:
9 1 oz squares of white baking chocolate
1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter, divided
8 1 oz squares semi-sweet baking chocolate
1/2 cup chopped peanuts (optional)

You will also need 60 mini muffin paper cups.

Directions:
Line up those mini cups on a pan.


In a small saucepan, combine the white chocolate with half the peanut butter and stir over a low heat until smooth.


Spoon into paper cups and refrigerate for about 10 minutes or until chocolate hardens.


Now do the same exact thing with the semi-sweet chocolate and the remaining peanut butter.



Top with optional nuts if you want and refrigerate.




Check out these layers!




Other winning PB and Chocolate combinations.

PB S'more Bars



Rocky Road Bars



Delicious Dreidels



Last year at this time I made Homemade Snow Globes.

Two years ago I made Chocolate Dipped Oreo Biscotti.

Three years ago I made Canvas Photo Gifts.

Four years ago I made Rocky Road Bars.


Linking up to these happening parties!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Shaggy Chic: Tail waggin', fashionable tees for families (+ a Giveaway)



Shaggy Chic Apparel


If you know an animal lover, I have found the perfect gift for them.  You need to check out the great shirts available at Shaggy Chic!  And the best part, A portion of all sales during this holiday season will benefit Don’t Forget to Feed Me, a Texas-based non-profit Pet Food Pantry. 

Shaggy Chic is a great company, they want to make history by helping to put an end to animal cruelty, hunger and abandonment. They feel, with our help, they can make the world a better place for us all – one t-shirt at a time.

There are so many fun t-shirts available on their site.

We are a house full of dog lovers, our family will be sporting these adorable "Yule Dog" shirts very soon!

Yule Dog Cotton T-shirt

Don't worry cat lovers, there are shirts for you too!

Purr Rum Pum Pum Pum Cat Christmas Cotton T-shirt


Want to hear something really cool? Shaggy Chic has a 10 year old designer, 

"We even have designs designed by a 10-year-old child from Texas, which we call our ‘Kid POV Collection’.  Lauren Arnold has really shown and taught us the pure innocence and fun of animals through her eyes.  We’re adding new shirts from her monthly.   Take a peek at Lauren’s paw-some designs…http://tinyurl.com/luto9op

How cool is that!  I love this one from her designs.

Vincent van Dog Cotton T-shirt in Women's

Another great gift idea is the T-Shirt-of the-Month Club in both six-month and 12-month subscriptions.  


6 Month Subscription to T-shirt-of-the-Month Club


I am so excited because I actually get to give away one of these subscriptions!! 
You can use this subscription for adult or child tees.

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If you order now you can get free shipping with the code: VALENTINO and free gift wrapping with high quality, animal-themed gift wrap.  Hop on over and check it out!!


  


Sunday, December 14, 2014

SRC "Cookie Carnival" - Chocolate Chai Snickerdoodle Cookies


The sweetness you would expect in a dessert and the spices you wouldn't- combine together to make an amazing cookie.


Its time for Secret Recipe Club again - Only with a twist this time.  It is the  SRC - "Cookie Carnival!" Same rules with one minor change - the recipe we chose for this reveal has to be a cookie recipe.  

I love being part of the SRC! My favorite part of the SRC is assignment day - I love when I get that e-mail in my inbox with the link to the blog that I get to choose my recipe from. I also love that most of my assignments have all come from blogs I have never been to before, it's really a great opportunity to find some fabulous bloggers out there and some delicious recipes. If you are not familiar with exactly how this club works, you can stop by the website and learn all about it - maybe even join in! Basically you are (secretly) assigned a blog to checkout, browse through their recipes, choose one to make and blog about it. It's a lot of fun!


For my cookie search, I had to browse, Sweet as Sugar Cookies, for a recipe to make.  Lisa is the creator of this blog and as you can imagine, a blog with cookies in the title is going to have a ton of amazing recipes to choose from.  I love a good oatmeal cookie and almost made the Chai Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. I was also drawn to her many chocolate chip cookie recipes, like these Salted Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. As a matter of fact, I can tell you with certainty that I will be back to borrow some more recipes from Lisa.


In the end these delicious Chocolate Chai Snickerdoodles won me over. These may be my new favorite cookie, no lie!  The spice from the pepper, cardomom, ginger and allspice lend to a really amazing cookie.  I may whip up a few more batches of these to hand out to teachers this year....enjoy!!





recipe from Sweet as Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:
2 cups sugar
1 tsp each: ginger, cinnamon, cardomom
1/2 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Combine the sugar with all the spices, once combined set aside 1/2 cup of this mixture for later.


Now add in the cocoa powder to the remaining spice mixture and blend.


In a mixer, cream the butter with the cocoa-spice mixture add in the eggs and the vanilla and combine.  Add lastly, in the flour and the baking powder.  Once everything is nicely mixed its time to form the cookies.


I used a cookie scooper to make uniform balls but you can use a tablespoonif you need.  Form the balls and then roll in the 1/2 cup spice mixture you set aside earlier.  Place the dough on a prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.  Let cool in the pan  for a bit and then on a wire rack before serving.





Check out the rest of these delicious cookie recipes!






Thursday, December 11, 2014

Friday Frenzy: One Party - Four Blogs


   
  
Welcome to the Friday Frenzy - what did you make this week?
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Close to Home ,Mostly Food and CraftsAngel's Homestead  and Another Cent Saved would like to welcome you to this weeks FRIDAY  FRENZY! Now we are not only asking you to linkup your delicious recipes, but also those great projects you have been working on.  We want to see it all! Remember when you linkup to the Frenzy your posts are going to be featured on all four of our blogs - quadrupel the exposure!  Every week we showcase a few of our favorites from the week before - if you are featured you can grab a button from the side of my blog.  The featured posts will also be pinned on our Friday Food Frenzy Pinterest Board.


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Feel free to link up any recipes or crafts you've been working on this week! Outside of following the hostesses, we would just love for you to show us what you have been working on. Be sure to tell your friends to stop by too. Thanks again for joining the Frenzy!
Please visit the four recipes in the linky that are listed as HOST.  We really appreciate your visit.  Also it would be great if you visited at least two links from your fellow bloggers. 

Featured Links from last week :
The first featured link from last week will surely warm up your bellies during these cold winter nights,  Beer Cheese Soup with Bacon from Sassy Girlz.

 


Mom Spotted shares a simple tutorial on How to make Easy Decorative Snow Candles.  What a great craft that can last all winter long.

How to Make Easy Decorative Snow Kissed Candle Holders {DIY Mason Jar Snowy Winter Craft} Tutorial Found on momspotted.com #FunCraftsWithMom

Grandparents Plus shared these adorable DIY Snowman Lights.  


My pick this week is from Whole Food Real Families.  As an oat lover - this Apple Pecan Baked Oatmeal immediately caught my eye.

Apple Pecan Baked Oatmeal


Thanks for stopping by and let's Party with your Holiday recipes and Holiday Crafts. 

   

   

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Holiday Issue of Martha Stewart Living is on Stands Now

The holiday issue of Martha Stewart Living is on stands today. Inside, you'll find 92 ways to celebrate the holidays with cookies, crafts, DIY d├ęcor, and more.



My name is Danielle and I am a a magazine junkie/hoarder.  It's true, my secret is out.  So what does a magazine junkie/hoarder most look forward to?  The "Holiday Issues" of course!

The holiday issue of Martha Stewart Living has hit the stands and it is full of amazing treats and ideas.  Also, in addition to the magazine you can check out the launch of the 3rd annual Martha Stewart's Countdown to Christmas video series . Get behind-the-scenes with Martha as she prepares for the holidays by sharing her secrets for favorite recipes, imaginative gifts, and more. 



While there were definitely some delicious cookie recipes that were perfect for your next cookie swap, what really caught my attention was the article One Dough, Five Treats.

Are you tired of me talking about my "need to knead?" I hope not because I love making bread! But if I ate as much as I made ...well that just wouldn't be good.  I enjoy sharing my baked goods with my neighbors, family and friends. This dough looks like the perfect solution for my need.

This is one easy dough recipe that turns into multiple baked goods, including morning buns, herb and cheese rolls, two different tarts, and (first on my list) a sage braid.



To find more holiday inspiration be sure to look in the December/January issue of Martha Stewart Living on stands now.

Any other magazine junkies/hoarders out there?
Or maybe just some fellow bakers with a need to knead?

Let me know Im not alone.


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Friday Frenzy: One Party - Four Blogs

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Close to Home ,Mostly Food and CraftsAngel's Homestead  and Another Cent Saved would like to welcome you to this weeks FRIDAY  FRENZY! Now we are not only asking you to linkup your delicious recipes, but also those great projects you have been working on.  We want to see it all! Remember when you linkup to the Frenzy your posts are going to be featured on all four of our blogs - quadrupel the exposure!  Every week we showcase a few of our favorites from the week before - if you are featured you can grab a button from the side of my blog.  The featured posts will also be pinned on our Friday Food Frenzy Pinterest Board.
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Feel free to link up any recipes or crafts you've been working on this week!

Outside of following the hostesses, we would just love for you to show us what you have been working on. Be sure to tell your friends to stop by too. Thanks again for joining the Frenzy!

Please visit the four recipes in the linky that are listed as HOST.  We really appreciate your visit.  Also it would be great if you visited at least two links from your fellow bloggers. 

Here are our  featured Links from last week:

The first featured link for two weeks ago is from Olives and Okra.  Sharing Panettone French Toast



MamaD Jane shares a simple but adorable DIY Peppermint Star Christmas Ornament.  



Smile for no reason shares a Gluten Free All natural Granola.  Make double and give it as gifts this Holiday season. 

  

  Here's what I made this week:  Cinnamon Swirl Pumpkin Banana Bread


What did you make?

    An InLinkz Link-up

   

Cinnamon Swirl Pumpkin Banana Bread

I'm trying to hold on to fall a little longer with another pumpkin recipe.  I am not ready for winter!



How was everyones Thanksgiving?  My Thanksgiving was fabulous!  So good that is caused me to be MIA for quite some time.  I'm finally back and I have a delicious recipe that I want to share with you all.  A dangerously delicious pumpkin banana bread with a surprise cinnamon swirl running through the center....so good!



I love banana bread.  I think I purposely buy way too many bananas just so I can say, "oh no!  The bananas are overripe - guess I need to make a banana bread."  Anyone else guilty? 



I have tried a few different banana bread recipes and combinations but I would love to hear your favorites.  What do you like to add to your recipes or are you a purist?

Here are a few recipes I've already posted, I can't pick a favorite:



Cinnamon Swirl Pumpkin Banana Bread
recipe from The Messy Baker
Ingredients:
2 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
2 ripe bananas
3/4 cup brown sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup pecans, toasted and chopped

for the swirl combine:
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 and prep a loaf pan by greasing and flouring.
Ina small bowl whisk together the first 4 ingredients.
In a large bowl mash together the bananas and the pumpkin and add in the brown sugar, melted butter and the yogurt.  Once combined mix in the eggs and vanilla.
Now fold in the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and add in your pecans.  
Add half the batter to the loaf pan and sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over it, now top with the rest of the batter.
Bake in oven for 50-60 minutes or until it passes the toothpick test.

One year ago I made Lentil Soup.

Two years ago I made Sauteed Kale with Toasted Sesame Seeds and Parm.

Three years ago I made Swirled Pumpkin and Chocolate Cheesecake.

Four years ago I made Delicious Dreidels.

Linking up to these happening parties!