February 17, 2017

Nutter Butter Baby Face Cookies

These 'little peanut" Baby Face Cookies are perfect for a baby shower, 
play date, or gender reveal party. I made mine for a local breastfeeding meeting and they were a hit! They take just a few ingredients and minutes to make and are a cute treat everyone will love!

Ingredients: 

Makes 32 cookies
  • 1 16oz package Nutter Butter cookies
  • 1 cup pink candy melts
  • 1 cup blue candy melts
  • 1 black icing marker

Directions:

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Melt blue candy melts in a small bowl in the microwave according to package instructions.
  3. Stir until smooth.
  4. Dip half of a cookie in the melted blue candy.
  5. Gently set on parchment paper to dry.
  6. Repeat with half of the remaining cookies.
  7. Next, melt pink candy melts in the microwave and repeat the process with the remaining cookies.
  8. Using the icing marker {or a piping bag} draw 2 dots for eyes on the top center of the undipped  part of each cookie. 
  9. Let dry completely before serving or wrapping for gifts.

I found these bright colored candy melts at Walmart. 
I used pink and blue for my cookies, to represent baby boys and girls.
You could also use purple and pink for girls or yellow if you do not know the gender.
I used a large package of Nutter Butters, which is about 32 cookies.
Melt the candy melts in a bowl in the microwave until smooth.
Dip half of a cookie in the melted blue candy.
Gently set on parchment paper to dry.
Repeat with half of the remaining cookies.
Next, melt pink candy melts and repeat the process with the remaining cookies.
How cute are they already? 
Using the icing marker {or a piping bag} draw 2 dots for eyes
 on the top center of the undipped  part of each cookie. 
Let dry completely.
Perfect for gifts for new moms and grandparents and for serving at baby showers, play dates, and gender reveals. 
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February 16, 2017

Don't Worry Bee Happy Gift Basket

Everyone deserves to be happy, right? That was the idea behind my latest gift basket creation.
I have a dear friend from childhood who has been through so much and I wanted to send her something to put a smile on her face and cheer her up. I came up with this Don't Worry Bee Happy Gift Basket idea after finding a few bee themed items at the store.  

Here are some gift ideas for your Bee Happy basket:

  • Bit O Honey candy
  • Honey tea
  • Jar of local honey
  • Bee themed items like stuffed animals, chocolates, mugs
  • Anything "happy" themed like stationary, signs, cups, or bookmarks.
  • A motivational journal or book
  • Black and yellow colored tissue paper
I picked up a few sweet treats including Bit O Honey candy and bee and happy face chocolates.
These bee and flowered themed candy chocolates were adorable! I had to get them!
Happy faces and emoticons are easy to find on just about anything.
 I went with a koozie, puzzle, and chocolate.
Honey tea (bees, get it?) or this delicious Happy Me tea are a tasty addition.

This sweet bee toy was the perfect addition to my basket. Always a kid at heart!

I always stock plenty of decorative gift tags ready for last minute gift baskets.
As always I like to include a handwritten note in a card for my friend.
This Don't Worry Bee Happy themed gift basket is perfect for
 birthdays, holidays, and just because!
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February 13, 2017

Mini Strawberry Cheesecake Mason Jars with Chocolate Hearts #FoodBloggerLove

Today I am participating in a fun event with the #FoodBloggerLove group. We are doing a Valentine's Day post swap with another blogger. I was assigned to show some blogger love to Renee at If Spoons Could Talk. Renee makes delicious and healthy food creations on her blog but also has a sweet tooth like me! So I created these adorable Strawberry Cheesecake Jars with my little helper Ava. They are the perfect personal size desserts so you can satisfy your sweet tooth without going overboard! These semi homemade mini desserts are made with store bought cheesecake filling and homemade strawberry sauce and whipped cream. We even made simple chocolate hearts to go on top! Check out the recipe below and be sure to visit the other bloggers #FoodBloggerLove posts in the link up!
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Renee has a degree in Culinary and Food Science and likes to share recipes, tips, and reviews on her food blog, If Spoons Could Talk. She and her hubby follow the Trim Healthy Mama Plan so many of her recipes are low fat or low carb and sugar-free. Renee and I are both total foodies and I am excited to try so many of her mouthwatering recipes!
Here are my faves:

  1. Healthy Valentines Day Dinner for Two In a Hour
  2. Rich Beef Stew
  3. Double Chocolate Chip Caramel Stuffed Cookies
  4. Coconut Cream Pie
  5. Peking Duck


Ingredients:

Makes 4 mini mason jars
  • 1 cup ready to eat cheesecake filling {I use Philadelphia Cream Cheese}
  • 1/4 cup strawberry sauce {recipe below}
  • 1/4 cup whipped cream {recipe below}
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

For the strawberry sauce: 

  • 16oz (1lb) strawberries, stems removed and sliced
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
For the whipped cream: 
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Directions:

  1. Lay out a sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet.
  2. Add chocolate chips to a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 90 seconds.
  3. Stir then microwave for 15 second intervals, stirring in between, until smooth.
  4. Scoop into a piping bag {or a ziptop bag with the tip cut off}.
  5. Pipe thick chocolate hearts all over the paper. You can also spell words like "love". 
  6. Let cool completely before gently removing.
  7. Next, in a small bowl mix together 1/4 cup cooled strawberry sauce and 1 cup cheese cake filling until smooth. Depending on the size of your jars you made need a little more, a little less. 
  8. Pour filling into 4 small jars. 
  9. Top with whipped cream and a chocolate heart.
You can also add personalized M&Ms like we did here!

For the strawberry sauce: 
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a small pot over medium heat. 
  2. Bring to a boil and cook over medium low heat for 20-30 minutes. 
  3. Chill until ready to serve. 
{Also delicious served warm on French toast, pancakes, and ice cream!}

For the whipped cream:
  1. Chill a mixing bowl and mixer attachment in the freezer until ready to use.
  2. Remove bowl and mixer from freezer and add heavy cream, vanilla, and brown sugar to the chilled bowl.
  3. Mix on high until soft peaks form.
  4. Add to a piping bag or gently spoon on top of the cheesecake jars.
  5. Store remaining in a sealed container in the refrigerator until ready to use.


Start with juicy sliced strawberries. 
Combine strawberries, sugar, water, and lemon juice in a small pot over medium heat. 
Bring to a boil and cook over medium low heat for 20-30 minutes. 
Chill until ready to serve. 
Add chocolate chips to a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 90 seconds.
Stir then microwave for 15 second intervals, stirring in between, until smooth.
Scoop into a piping bag {or a ziptop bag with the tip cut off}.
Pipe thick chocolate hearts all over the paper. 
Let cool completely before removing.
Next, in a small bowl mix together 1/4 cup cooled strawberry sauce and cheese cake filling until smooth.
 Depending on the size of your jars and the consistency you like, 
you made need a little more, a little less. 
Pour into jars. How cute are these? 
Fill all the way to the top.
If you make homemade whipped cream add to a piping bag or dispenser. 
Add a generous swirl on top then top with chocolate heart or even a chocolate word.
You can also add personalized M&Ms like we did here!
Ava was excited for her treat!
My little love and I had a fun dessert party!
 She makes my heart happy!
Hope you enjoyed this recipe. 
Have a wonderful Valentine's Day foodie friends! 

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