October 24, 2014

Birthday Brownie Truffles



I know, I know... it's October and everyone is in the mood for Halloween stuff and fall recipes, but I just had to throw in a new favorite recipe of mine that I made for my Mother-In-Law's Birthday.  The good thing about these is that you could just dip them in orange chocolate and decorate with Halloween sprinkles to make them seasonally relevant. Or you can just make them pink because pink is pretty and who doesn't like to each chocolate dipped in pink chocolate??  Did I just say the word "pink" enough? I think I did, okay I'm done, for now....  Can you guess what my favorite color is?

Ingredients:
Box Brownie Mix - Ghiradelli Double Chocolate is my favorite
Eggs & Vegetable Oil, for brownies
2 oz Cream Cheese
Wilton Pink Melting Chocolate
Sprinkles of your choice

Directions:
Bake the Brownies per the instructions on the box.  This may vary depending on which box you buy. Be careful not to overbake these.

Once the brownies are cooled cut off the crust and place the brownies into a bowl with the 2 oz of cream cheese. {I know, 2 oz is a weird amount but I honestly just cut off about a quarter of the block and used that}.

Mix the brownies and cream cheese together.  I used a spoon, but it might have been easier just to use the KitchenAid.

Place wax paper onto a cookie sheet.  Use a cookie scoop and roll brownie mixture into balls.  I made 21 balls.  Put brownie balls into freezer and let cool for 30 minutes.

Melt chocolate using a double broiler.  Now if you're like me and don't have a double-broiler you can either use a glass bowl on top of a pot with 2 inches of boiling water or a pan on top of a pan.  Make sure the water is not touching the bottom of the pan.   Stir frequently until the chocolate is melted.

Throw brownie balls into melted chocolate one at a time.  Use a fork to fish out the brownie and tap it on the side of the bowl to get off excess chocolate.  Sprinkle immediately.

TIPS:
Use a Cookie Scoop, this thing is a life changer!  You can use it to make cookies, cupcakes, cake balls, ice cream scoop I use it all the time.  Buy one here -

I have been melting chocolate for a long time and I always used the Microwave, DO NOT USE THE MICROWAVE! I can't tell you how many times I have messed up my chocolate because I overheated it.




October 15, 2014

DIY Lucite Tray for less than 5 Bucks


Lucite seems to be really popular now a days.  From lucite chairs and tables to home decor and accessories.  I really love the look of the lucite chairs, but unfortunately the style doesn't really fit into my house.  I don't really know what my style is, but lucite furniture is a little more modern than my taste.  That's not to say though that I can't add a little touch of this style in a small way.  

I currently have this tray in my spare bedroom with a jar of candy on it for my guests.  If you know me, you know that I LOVE CANDY, so 99% of the time this jar is empty and has to be refilled the day a guest is arriving.  Currently crushing on Nerds, as you can see in the picture! 

All you need to make this tray is:
A Plastic Picture Frame (They are sold at Michaels for a couple bucks)
A Piece of scrapbook paper

Cut the piece of scrapbook paper to size and lay in tray.

The great thing about this is that you can change the paper whenever you wan to go for a different look and it's less than a dollar! For this time of year, if I have anyone coming to visit I will change it to something Halloween themed and there ya go.  A cheap seasonal decoration too!

October 13, 2014

Gold Glitter Dipped Mason Jar


This is one of my favorite projects that I've done lately.  It's so pretty, simple and cheap which is the best part about this.  I think just by looking at this project you could figure out how to do it on your own, but I'll go ahead and give you instructions for those that aren't so Crafty Savvy.  That's okay if your not, actually even better because this craft is for you!

Supplies:
Mason Jar {I bought mine from Dollar Tree $1}
Gold Paint {Rustoleum}
Mod Podge
Glitter
Sponge Brush


Spray Paint Mason Jar and let dry overnight.  Using the sponge brush (sorry mine has been used a couple times, you can tell from the picture) paint mod podge along the bottom of the jar.  Pour glitter over Mod Podge.

I used a plate to catch the extra glitter, but the best thing to use is foil so you can just pour all the excess right back in the glitter jar.



There you have it.  A pretty glittery mason jar.  I think I might make some more, but maybe in light pink, what do you think?  What colors would you do?

And because my kitty was feeling a little left out, I had to take a few pictures of him too.  Poor little Ben!  I promise he is not some sad lonely little kitty like he looks in this picture.  He is a little prince and received treats about 10 times a day and lays his head to rest on MY PILLOW in a king size bed.  I assure you this cat is well taken care of!




October 9, 2014

Quick Weeknight Hot Soup



My mom used to make this recipe all the time growing up, but I wouldn't have touched it with a 10 foot pole!  It was the plainest plain potato soup (which I still love) or hot soup.  I really don't like tomato juice, so I always figured I wouldn't like this soup.  WRONG!  My mom made it last year and I absolutely loved it.  Not only is it the perfect fall soup, but it's also super simple.  Win-win, right?

Ingredients:
1 pound Ground Beef
1 Bottle V8 {original or spicy}
3 Cans Minestrone
1 Can Rotel
1 Tsp Cayenne {Optional}
Salt and Pepper to Taste

Brown ground beef.  Mix all ingredients in a large pot and let simmer for 10 - 15 minutes.  The best part about this recipe is that it tastes even better the next day.

October 7, 2014

How to get the PERFECT Shredded Chicken



By no means am I a chef or even anything close to that!  However, thanks to Pinterest I have found the easiest way to shred chicken.  I'm not going to lie sometimes the clean-up ALMOST isn't worth the hassle, but I assure you it is.  

I use shredded chicken for all sorts of recipes.  Some of my favorites are chicken spaghetti, soups, flautas, burritos, burrito bowls - really anything! One thing I really don't like when making a recipe with chicken in it is a huge chunk of bird stuck in the middle of my meal (too graphic, sorry!)  Anywho, this is a perfect solution.

You can have the chicken shredded in larger chunks if you want or you can shred it super thin.  

Normally I boil my chicken for about 20 minutes until the middle is no longer pink.  Then you just throw the whole chicken breasts into your KitchenAid with the paddle attachment and mix on low to desired consistency. 


TADAAA!  Not rocket-science or anything but a nice little tip.  Can also ensure your husband that you REALLY ARE using that expensive kitchen appliance that you just HAD TO HAVE.  Win-win for everyone! 

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