Best Ever Mississippi Mud Cake Recipe

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Kasey here, my kids and I made this mouth watering Mississippi Mud Cake today for my husband for Father’s Day. It’s completely from scratch, but so easy to make. In fact, my 7 and 10 year old could almost make it by themselves, with a little help from mom of course. It’s a perfect last minute dessert for your favorite chocolate lover. We decided to eat a little piece tonight since my hubby came in from working in the yard and saw what we were cooking. I think it was the first time my kids had ever had Mississippi Mud Cake before, they said it was the best cake ever and that the frosting tasted like fudge! [Read more...]

Homemade Fall Candy & Popcorn Recipe

Kasey here, earlier this week my friend, Barbie, posted a pic of this amazing candy and popcorn that she and her husband made together. It was chock full of candy yumminess and I had to get the recipe!  It’s a family recipe that she has been making for years. In fact, she said her great aunt Glo taught her how to make it when she was just little in her kitchen at the beauty shop while her Grandma had her hair done. I love recipes like this, it’s such a great way to create memories that last a lifetime with your children. This is a perfect recipe to make with the kids, you can actually add any kind of candy you want (think left over Halloween candy). I have included Barbie’s instructions below.
  • First, I prep the candy I am going to put on top of the popcorn. I picked the blue M&M’s out of a couple bags of M&M’s and let the kids eat them while I crushed oreo cookies with a rolling pin in a gallon bag. I added candy corn as well.
  • Then, I popped popcorn. I use an air pop popcorn popper. If you don’t have an air popper you can pop popcorn in a paper bag in your microwave. It’s so easy and works great (how to here). Just be sure you pick out the kernels that didn’t pop either way. (I have heard of using regular microwave popcorn, but I’ve never tried it. I don’t know if the oils would cause an issue with the almond bark.
  • I think a pound of almond bark will cover about 15 quarts of popped popcorn. While it’s melting I cover a counter or my table with wax paper.
  • Once it’s melted I spoon it onto the popcorn and stir from the bottom up, adding more as I go. Once the popcorn is covered spread it out on the wax paper. Working quickly sprinkle the candy over the top and let the it sit until the it’s no longer tacky. It doesn’t take long, approx 20 minutes.
  • This is where my pictures stops, but this is really important. Melt some candy melts in a bag in the microwave, 15 seconds at a time on 50% power. Once it’s melted drizzle the candy melts over the top. It’s the glue that holds it all together. Let that sit up, break it up and turn it over and sprinkle with more candy and drizzle with candy melts again.
I love this pic of her precious babies waiting patiently for a bite. Do you have any family traditions that involve recipes that have been passed down to you? Making memories with our families is such a treasure. I personally hope my kids always remember us working in the kitchen together, creating our family’s favorite recipes.

Rice Krispie Treat Pumpkins Recipe

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Rice Krispie Treat Pumpkins Recipe

Jamie here!  Fall is in the air and everything’s coming up Pumpkin… even rice krispie treats!  I was in charge of the classroom snack this week, so over the weekend I tested out this cute idea for Rice Krispie Treat Pumpkins.  They turned out to be super-adorable (and super-easy!)  Here’s how to make these Rice-Krispie Treat Pumpkins:

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Witches Hats Halloween Cookies (3 Ingredients, No Bake!)

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Witches Hats Halloween Cookies

Jamie here!  I like my party treats to be simple and cute – and that’s why I LOVE these Witches’ Hats Halloween cookies.  All you need to make them are 3 ingredients (4 if you want to get fancy) and about 15 minutes.  Plus – they’re food allergy friendly, which makes them a WIN for classroom parties :)

Here’s how to make these easy Witches Hat Halloween cookies:

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Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies Recipe

Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies Recipe

Jamie here! My very favorite cookie in all the world is a no-bake cookie.  It’s probably because my very favorite candy in all the world is peanut butter fudge.  And when nothing else can fill that empty void in my heart like peanut butter fudge – it’s time to whip up a batch of no bake cookies.  Traditional no-bake cookies have cocoa in them as well, but if you don’t like all the chocolate getting in the way of your peanut butter love affair – these are the ticket :)

Now keep in mind, these are probably NOT the cookies you make for your child’s classroom party – all that peanut butter is going to give some poor allergic child serious troubles.  These are a super-secret-gobble-them-up-at-home indulgence just for you and your inner circle ;)

Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups White Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Sticks Butter or Margarine
  • 3/4 Cup Milk
  • 1 1/2 Cups Peanut Butter (Smooth or Chunky)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 4 1/2 Cups Quick Oats

Directions:

  1. Cook the sugar, butter and milk in a saucepan on medium heat until you’ve brought it to a rolling boil, stirring constantly.
  2. Once it reaches a rolling boil – cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly (NO MORE!)
  3. Remove from heat and mix in the peanut butter and vanilla until fully incorporated.
  4. Stir in quick oats a little at a time.
  5. Continue to stir gently until the mixture has cooled a bit and is thicker.
  6. Drop onto wax paper to cool completely and harden.

COOKIE TROUBLESHOOTING: No matter how many times I’ve made these and know exactly what I’m doing – no bake cookies sometimes turn out too soft.  When that happens – hide them from the kids until they dry out and firm up a little.  Then place on a cooling rack so the bottoms can do the same.

Do NOT do what my mom did when I was a kid and stick them in the freezer until they’re hard enough to hold in your hand. (And possibly dislodge a filling)

Or what the heck – if you’re in a hurry you can do that too.  They taste pretty great no matter what little glitches happen :)

 

Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies Recipe

Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups White Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Sticks Butter or Margarine
  • 3/4 Cup Milk
  • 1 1/2 Cups Peanut Butter (Smooth or Chunky)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 4 1/2 Cups Quick Oats

Instructions

  1. Cook the sugar, butter and milk in a saucepan on medium heat until you've brought it to a rolling boil, stirring constantly.
  2. Once it reaches a rolling boil - cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly (NO MORE!)
  3. Remove from heat and mix in the peanut butter and vanilla until fully incorporated.
  4. Stir in quick oats a little at a time.
  5. Continue to stir gently until the mixture has cooled a bit and is thicker.
  6. Drop onto wax paper to cool completely and harden.
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 Still craving more Peanut Butter Recipes??

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If you’re avoiding processed foods, you also may want to check out Kasey’s super-popular Homemade Natural Peanut Butter Recipe!

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And encourage the kids to eat their fruit with this scrumptious recipe for an Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter After School Surprise Dip

Cake Mix Cookie Bars Recipe

 

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Here’s a super-handy recipe for Cake Mix Cookie Bars!

Having kids in school means lots of parties, banquets and the giving of teacher appreciation gifts.  If you need a quick easy idea for a treat to bring, you may want to try out these Cake Mix Cookie Bars!  This recipe is so easy and quick – it’s my go-to recipe when it come to last-minute classroom treats.

Plus – you can customize it with any flavor cake mix (Chocolate for brownie-like bars, orange or lemon for summery bars!)

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