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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Pink Beignet Waffles with Sprinkles


Can you stand one more pink treat before the onslaught of green St. Patrick's Day foods?? I meant to get this one out before Valentines Day, but life got in the way yet again!  That said, I don't think you need Beignet Waffles just for the holidays.


On the hubby's last trip to New Orleans he brought me back lots and lots of beignet mix.  He knows me oh so well.  I've made beignets a couple times and if you haven't had them before, beignets are magical little puffs of fried dough with lots and lots of powdered sugar on top.  Since I'm always trying new mash-ups and recipes, I decided to waffle them up.  


I just followed the recipe on the box for 1 batch but also added 1/2 cup of strawberry Nesquick (powdered strawberry flavoring that you add to milk aka strawberry milk) for flavor and color. Then just make waffles from the batter.


Once cooled at melted candy wafers (candy melts) and your favorite sprinkles.  


Feel free to add a lot because the beignet mix is not very sweet on its own so it needs a little sugar to sweeten things up.


Or you can also just add powdered sugar too!


Did I mention adding lots of sprinkles??


So I'm pretty sure these will help to keep you warm during this super cold Winter we are having in the US! What else are you doing or making to keep warm??

Here are some other Waffle or Beignet Treats you might like!


   





Sunday, February 15, 2015

Chinese New Year - Year of the Ram/Goat/Sheep Red Velvet Oreos


Chinese New Year is February 19th this year - and it's the Year of the Sheep (or depending on what you look at Year of the Goat or Ram or apparently it can be any horned mountain animal!)

Although I'm half Chinese, we really never celebrated Chinese New Year.  My mom's family came over to the US way back when China went communist and has never really looked back since.  I think it was just a little to painful to celebrate anything that reminded my grandparents of home. 

But as my kids are getting older, we have been trying to get them familiar with a lot of cultures and religions.  They are 25% Chinese although you'd probably never guess it by looking at them.  They are also 25% Italian and 50% a mix of European Ukranian and some German - they are real little melting pots.  


To celebrate the arrival of both Chinese New Year and these bad boys aka Red Velvet Oreos, I made some Year of the Sheep/Goat/Ram decorated Oreos.

The "head" detail is made with black melting candy wafers and some yellow candy coated sunflower seeds.  And you get some very simple ram or goat shapes - although if you look at them like my hubby did, you may ask "Why did you make demon cookie?" Thanks husband.  


Do you know the story behind Chinese New Year?

According to Wikipedia, the myth is that Chinese New Year started with Nian, a mythical beast (think the Chinese New Year parade lion/dragon beast) that would come on the 1st day of New Year to eat all the villager's food and kids (yikes!).  To ward Nian off, the people put food in front of their doors at the beginning of the new year thinking that if Nian ate the food, he wouldn't attach any more people.  One villager had enough of Nian's shenanigans.  A god visited him and told him to put red paper in his house and to place firecrackers all around.  Turns out Nian was afraid of the color red so the villagers started hanging red lanterns and red spring scrolls on their windows and doors and used firecrackers to scare him away.  From then on Nian never came back to the village again.  

Sounds pretty plausible to me, and why not celebrate every year with a parade and firecrackers? 


Happy Chinese New Year to you! We are going to hunker down and keep warm from the brutal cold front in the Northeast. These little red velvet Oreos should help! 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Lego Themed Valentines Day Cards and Candies



You guys know my love and my kids' obsession love for anything Lego related right? I mean I've made so many treats that I have a Lego Themed Page!  We probably have hundreds of thousands of Lego pieces, who know probably millions, but the kids really do love them and create some amazing things with them.  With Valentine's Day coming up I couldn't resist doing a fun Valentines Day treat again.  

Minifigure Lego guys and bricks made from candy to go along with some cute v-day printables.  I loved adding the heart sprinkle to them!


Can you tell the candy Lego bricks from the real ones?

Find more here on how to make them including the free Valentines Day card printable at she knows

Since I had some leftover candies I also made some extra Lego minifigures for my kiddos.  What do you think??


Happy Almost Weekend to you All!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Penguin Valentines Day Candies


One of my kiddo's teachers loves penguins.  I mean LOVES penguins.  He's had so many penguin themed homework and projects that I couldn't not make her some penguin themed Valentines Day goodies this year. 


And I kinda have a thing for making cute animals from candy - and specifically York Peppermint Patties.  Making them into penguins was really simple too you just need the peppermint patties, some candy melt or melting chips, and assorted candies/sprinkles to add detail.  You can make 2 different sizes to make small and mini penguins since the patties come in miniature and mini sizes.   I didn't realize miniature and mini meant small and even smaller, but whatever, it works!


Attach other ingredients with some melted white chocolate chips or vanilla candy melt.  To make them for Valentines Day I added little heart sprinkles that their little wings hardly are holding.  

I think the tiny ones are my favs.


Which do you like better?


OR

You can make some penguins standing up too! The base is one of the peppermint patty minis and the penguin body is a mini chocolate Easter egg.  Candy melt is used to attach the body to the base (to look like snow) and more candy to attach the black round sprinkle eyes, and sunflower seeds (yellow beak, black wings, and orange feet).  These guys are holding a Valentines Day conversation heart.  Why? Well penguins can't talk - so they need a way to ask you to be their Valentine, right? 


OK, now which do you like better? The miniature penguins, the tiny mini penguins or the standing up penguins? That's a lot of penguins so his teacher better love this all penguin themed Valentines Day goodies!


Happy February everyone! Looks like there is snow in the forecast again for us in NJ.  Let's hope the weather peeps get this one right since last week was pretty much a bust for NY/NJ.  Seems like MA got all the snow which I think they are still digging out from! Have an AWESOME week!

You might like these other animal treats made from Peppermint Patties:





To Make Candy Penguins:

Ingredients:
  • Round York Peppermint Patty (in miniature and minis)
  • Black candy melts/wafers - cut in half for wings on larger sized penguin
  • Vanilla candy melt/wafers or chips
  • Assorted color candy coated sunflower seeds (I use Sunny Seeds)
  • Black round sprinkles (large and small size for eyes)
  • Yellow sprinkles (for feet and beak for smallest penguin)
  • Heart sprinkles
To Assemble:
  1. Follow pictures above and using melted vanilla candy melt/chips "pipe" on white area of penguin.
  2. While candy is still wet, attach penguin wings with half of the black candy wafer or black candy coated sunflower seed (for tiny one)
  3. Attach eyes, beak, heart sprinkle, feet
  4. Once candy is hardened you can enjoy or package up for Valentines Day

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Homemade Super Bowl Team Bracelets Made from Assorted Candies


The Big Game is right around the corner so root for your favorite team by "sporting" some candy bracelets.  They are simple to make and in case you're not a huge football fan you can just make bracelets in any way you like.  


Who do you think will win this year? The Seattle Seahawks or the New England Patriots??

See my kiddos' prediction and the How To for these fun bracelets here at sheknows!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Cupcakes Made with Rainbow Carrots



Hey Peeps! Sharing a really easy and yummy cupcake with you guys today.  You know how I love rainbows right?? Well I was at Trader Joe's the other day and found these cool Carrots of Many Colors!  Yup, rainbow carrots!! (Insert huge Squeee!) 


They come in a 2 pound bag for only 2 bucks and they're organic too.  Can't beat that.  AND did I mention the colors?? I roasted them for dinner one nite with a little honey drizzle at the end. So.Darn.Yummy.  

I had to do something with the rest so decided to shred them up and make some carrot cupcakes (or you can call them carrot muffins, whatev you prefer).  I love love (love!) the colors.  Orange, red, yellow, purple.  The purple one is actually yellow inside.  How fun is that?


And the batter for these mixes up so quickly.  You can be done in about 1/2 hour with everything!


Although not needed at all, you can add a little dollop of your fav frosting (I added a little coconut buttercream I had in the fridge).  To add even a little more color to these cupcakes I also added a little shredded green zucchini and some sweetened coconut to the mix.  

See all the fun rainbow specs inside?!


And of course I had to add a little carrot heart on top!


Calling it my first Valentines Day treat! V-Day treats don't always need to be pink and red, right?!  

Have a great week everyone!

Cupcakes Made with Rainbow Carrots (recipe adapted from Epicurious Carrot Cake)

Ingredients: 
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 3 cups of shredded rainbow carrots
  • 1/2 cup of shredded zucchini (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon of shredded sweetened coconut (optional)
For Cupcakes:
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Add flour to a bowl and add baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.
    3. Add brown sugar to mixing bowl and add/mix in one egg at a time until well incorporated.
    4. Add flour mixture, 1 cup at a time to the sugar/egg mixture until just incorporated.
    5. Stir in the carrot, zucchini, coconut.
    6. Fill cupcake tin/liners 2/3 way full and bake for 10 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
    7. Eat! (You can also add a dollop of your favorite frosting, but it's really not needed!)

    Sunday, January 11, 2015

    Cereal Snowmen made from Mini Wheats & Marshmallow Trees



    Happy New Year Peeps! Hard to believe it's now 2015, but I can tell its definitely Winter.   How? Well because it's SO.COLD.OUTSIDE!  Commuting into NYC in this weather is not so fun.  It's that painful cold where you can't move your fingers in a few minutes.  I think I'm gonna officially start my countdown to Spring - 67 days!



    But in the meantime I made some snowmen.  A little army of snowmen made from cereal.  Mini Wheat cereal to be more specific and as if mini was not small enough the fun folks at Kelloggs made Little Bites Mini Wheats that are half the size of Mini Wheats! They made mini minis!  Thank you Kelloggs people.  

    OK I know they might look a little like penguins, so feel free to call them Snow Penguins.
    You guys know anything mini works for me so I had to scoop up a box.


    The snowmen are made by "gluing" the mini wheats together with some melted vanilla chips/melting wafers.  To get them to stand, add a blob of melted candy to parchment paper and while still wet, add the snowman.  Once the candy hardens they will be sturdy and stand on their own. 


    Their scarves are made from fruit flavored Tootsie Rolls.  To make them, microwave a Tootsie Roll for 5 seconds (to make it flexible) then roll candy flat.  With a knife or pizza cutter, cut out strips for the scarves.  Trim the ends to make it look more scarf-like!


    Noses are a candy coated sunflower seed.  I use Sunny Seeds because they are so tasty!  Snowman eyes and buttons are different sized black sprinkles.  I also added little marshmallow trees for some extra wintery scenery.  They are just made by stacking star shaped marshmallows on top of each other and adding a yellow star sprinkle (also glued with melted vanilla candy wafers).


    Enjoy them on their own or add them to cupcakes! Hopefully they make enduring this bitter cold a little bit easier.

    Again happy happy New Year and have an awesome week!


    Sunday, January 4, 2015

    Rainbow Candy Cane Topped Sugar Cookie Cake and Cake Bites


    Hello 2015!! Did you have an awesome New Years?? We had a great time away this year on a ski/snowboard vacation up in Maine.  My twins are now 7 and my oldest kiddo is 10 so trips are very much easier now then when they were younger when eating, sleeping, and pooping consumed pretty much everything. We are trying to enjoy every second with them before they don't want to hang out with us all the time.  I still take a moment when they call me mommy - it's so rare these days.   Mostly they yell "MOM" at the top of their lungs because they need or misplaced something, so being called mommy is a little present to me these days.  

    And speaking of little presents, here's another little one for you all.  A sugar cookie cake topped with lots of crushed candy canes!  You know how you are always left with a boatload of candy canes after the holiday season? Well use them up in some fun treats.


    Top a sugar cookie cake with homemade vanilla buttercream frosting and a rainbow of candy cane colors.


    See the How To over at SheKnows here!

    AND

    If you have leftover crushed candy canes (like I did!) you can coat some cake bites with them.


    These are super easy because its just the cake bite/ball mixture (I used chocolate cake for this) rolled into balls then coated in the crushed candy canes.  No dipping in candy melting wafers.  Well you could, but that's my least favorite part of making cake bites so I skipped that step.  The candy cane was plenty to give it a little crunch and additional texture.


    Happy 2015 to you all, thanks for swinging by and can't wait to see what the new year brings!

    Sunday, December 28, 2014

    Gold Fudge for New Years Eve



    Hey everyone! Hope you had a great Christmas or Hanukkah or just time off in general if you don't celebrate.  We had a great Christmas here and now we are heading up to Maine for a snowboarding and ski trip with friends. 


    Since we are going to be away for New Years Eve, I needed something easy and portable to bring along.  And this treat is both of those things.  Easy 2 ingredient fudge (4 cups of chocolate chips - melt in microwave - and add to that 1 can of store bought frosting).  Once its hardened, cut into rectangles and add the year (optional of course) with some extra melted chocolate chips.


    Once the chocolate is dry, spray with some Wilton's gold Color Mist (kinda like edible spray paint) and sprinkle with edible gold glitter.


    So simple and easy to throw together last minute (or you can make it way ahead of time and store in an air tight container until you need it).


    Plus who doesn't like chocolate fudge?!


    Happy New Years to you all, can't wait to see what 2015 brings!