My Holiday Open House!!

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Well it is almost Christmas and for Holidays everyone loves homemade sweet treats!!

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And for the last two weeks I had Holiday Open Houses in a few of our stores ūüôā

I made tons of sweet treats, shared my recipes and displayed those goodies in different ways as gifts, to give customers ideas on for Holiday gift giving.

I made fudge, bark, Christmas crack, Holiday muddy buddy mix, snowman soup among other things, I had over 20 recipes to share.  It was lots of fun, I had Christmas music playing (under my table), I gave everyone lots of ideas for their Christmas gifts.

Check out some of the pictures

Getting started ūüôā

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Some baking dishes

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i have lots of things to fill ūüôā

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Recipes

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Recipes

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Recipes

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Tips on packaging ūüôā

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things are getting filled

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Chocolate covered popcorn

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christmas bark

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white chocolate bark

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Christmas fudge

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A hot cocoa kit, cocoa, marshmallows and peppermint stir sticks

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fun

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gathering it all together ūüôā

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some cute mason jar ideas

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Setting up at one of the stores

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its coming together

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display

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more of the display

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here is a close up

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Lot of stuff was found at the Dollar store and I made it look cute ūüôā

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This was it set up another store, I added the Candy Canes
and did the green fabric a little different ūüôā

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I love that I had the baking supply display behind me, people
were just asking what to get, I was filling up their carts ūüôā

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I hope all you have a Merry Christmas!!!!

 

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What to do with leftover…Easter Peeps!!!

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PEEPS!!!!!!IMG_20130326_151040

Okay this post today is just a fun and silly…so please bare with me ūüôā

They have peeps now for every holiday, hearts, pumpkins, snowmen,¬†Christmas¬†trees,¬†reindeer’s, I’m sure I’m missing others…LOL

But I only remember peeps in my Easter Basket, that was my most favorite item in my basket when I was little, I still like peeps now…I just like them on the stale side…ha ha ha…I know I’m going to have haters and lovers of this, but I like the¬†chewiness¬†of that sugary covered bunny!! ¬†Yes I said Bunny I do prefer the Bunny over the Chick, I like that the Bunny is thinner, this way I get more chewiness…okay this is way too much information, I’m sorry LOL!! ūüôā

Anyway the the idea for this post came from my friend Joe, I had asked my friends to give me some ideas for my blog, recipes they would like to see. ¬†And Joe said ‘Cooking with Peeps” ¬†I thought awesome idea!!

So I’ve come up with 4 recipes ideas buy adding peeps to it or in place of where you may have used¬†marshmallows, and of course there are many more, but these are fun and easy!!
*** Note – you can click on the pictures to make the image bigger

1. Easter Fudge, 2. Sweet Potatoes, 3. Fudge Brownies, 4. Heavenly Hash/Ambrosia Salad

 

1.  Easter Fudge    

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So this recipe is one that use at Christmas time to make for family and friends, its very close to the foolproof Eagle Brand fudge recipe.  For Christmas I added marshmallows and walnuts, and call it my Rocky Road Fudge.  

For Easter Fudge, I will add Bunny peeps and¬†Reese’s Mini peanut butter eggs too….this one will be good!!!

Ingredients

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Chop peeps in half then in to 4’s

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in a large pot add chips, vanilla and sweet condensed milk Рonce melted, off the heat fold in peeps

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line dish with plastic wrap                   add half of mixture, spread out

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add peanut butter eggs

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then add rest of fudge mixture,         spread over eggs, chill over night

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then slice fudge into slices   Р then pieces

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Recipe

1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 bag 18 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter chips
2 tsp. vanilla
peeps 3 bunnies of each color 12 total
1 bag¬†Reese’s¬†mini peanut butter eggs (used 15)

Cut peeps in half then into 4’s, set aside.
In a large pot add, milk, chips and vanilla, over med high heat, stirring constantly until almost melted, remove from heat and keep stirring until all the chips have melted.
Fold in chopped peeps, pour half into line dish, then top with mini peanut butter eggs, then top with the remaining fudge mixture, spreading to cover eggs.
Fold plastic wrap over top and refrigerate over night.
Let side out for an hour before slicing fudge then cutting into pieces.
This can be store in an airtight container in a cool place or¬†refrigerator¬†for up to two weeks…that’s if it lasts that long.

This was a HUGE hit with my family, it really didn’t hit the table before they were eating it.

2. Sweet Potatoes topped with peeps 

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Who hasn’t had sweet potatoes or sweet potato casserole topped with marshmallows, this one was a no¬†brainier, add a little sprinkling of brown sugar, some pecans and top with a rainbow of bunny peeps. ¬†How fun!!!

Ingredients – Simple

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toast pecans                           give a rough chop

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Drain potatoes     Р                          then with a potato masher, mash potatoes

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add pecans and brown sugar, mix to combine

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pour into a baking dish and bake 20 mins

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then top with peeps and bake another 20 mins

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done

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Recipe

2 large cans sweet potatoes, drained
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 good cup of pecans
1/2 tsp salt

peeps

In a large bowl add potatoes, mash, add brown sugar, pecans and salt, mix to combine.  Pour into baking dish, bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, then add peeps to the top and bake another 20 minutes.

Serve it up!!¬† This was good, the peeps give a little bit of a vanilla flavoring to the potatoes which adds nicely, and I like the sugary shell of the peep…Two Thumbs Up!!!

3. Fudge Brownies   

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Okay I know its close to the fudge, but¬†indulge me on this one…I’ll made these with some coffee and made them Mocha Fudge Brownies…yes you know I love coffee and this will be quick with a brownie mix…oh and if you love coffee and chocolate go back and check out my Dark Chocolate Coffee Nut Cookies…these were heavenly!!!

Ingredients – just used a box mix

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added the coffee & whisk                                           then  add oil & eggs

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mix, then put in baking dish and bake

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about 3/4 of the way done, top with your peeps and bake the rest of the way

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let cool

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Recipe

Box brownie mix, following directions on the box
1 instant coffee stick (next time I would use 2)
peeps
Pour mix into baking dish, bake as directed, but when about 3/4 of the way done, add peeps, just push done a little to nestle the peeps in the mix.

Bake the rest of the way, let cool then slice and serve.
These were a BIG hit for sure…Gooey and Sinful but Heavenly!!

Oh and speaking of Heavenly!!

4. Heavenly Hash or some call it Ambrosia Salad

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I can’t believe I thought of this last, I love “Heavenly Hash” which is what we called it, my Grandmas (my Dad’s Mom) would make this for every holiday.
Growing up it really wasn’t a holiday dinner without it,¬†whether it was Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter, there is was on the table in a big bowl, this white¬†fluffy¬†goodness with fruit, marshmallows and cherries!!!
Oh the memories for sure!!!
My Grandma has pasted since then, but boy I sure do miss those times that we would go to her house, me and my cousins would love to play all the way up on the 3rd floor.
Of course they were older and would tease us young ones about house being haunted (which is was not)…but it was always great times and wonderful memories that I will never forget!!!

Ingredients

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Drain pineapple & oranges                                          cut grapes in half

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drain cherries                                                           cut cherries in half

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Cut peeps                                                 set aside

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in a large bowl add whipped topping & 2 tbsp. instant vanilla pudding, combine well

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add oranges, pineapple and peeps to whipped topping, fold to combine

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fold in grapes                                                     then fold in cherries

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pour into a serving dish

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Now add a little fun touch, take coconut & green food coloring 

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mix to make green and now you have green grass

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add a few extra bunnies sitting on grass

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Recipe

2 8 oz. whipped topping
1 8 oz. can Mandarin oranges, drained
1 can (12 oz.) pineapple tidbits, drained
1 16 oz.  jar maraschino cherries, drained, halved
2 cups halved red grapes
2 tbsp. instant vanilla pudding powder
6 bunny peeps of each color, total 24 peeps, plus 3 extra for decor
1/2 cup sweetened coconut
green food coloring gel

Drain all the fruit and set a side, cut cherries in half.
Cut peeps in half then cut again into 4’s, set aside

In a large mixing bowl add whipped topping and vanilla pudding powder and mix to combine

Fold into whipped topping the pineapple, oranges and peeps, then fold in grapes, then cherries making sure everything is well mixed.
Pour into serving dish, and smooth out.
 

For Decorations – ¬†add coconut to bowl or ziploc bag, squeeze a little food coloring gel onto coconut and mix with your fingers to color coconut. (if you use a bowl like I did, put a sandwich size baggie over your hand and mixed the coconut up, so your fingers don’t turn green)
Add your extra peeps on top of the hash add the grass around them….Chill and serve!!!

This also was a big hit, ¬†I love how ¬†you can see the colored peeps mixed in, but both my parents say my Dad’s sister (Mae) always made it the best…she would whip heavy cream instead of pre made whipped topping to make hers…now that’s the good stuff.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my fun whimsical post today, it was fun to do, so thank you to my friend Joe ūüôā for giving the idea in using Peeps!!!

Spicy Mexican Brownies with Warm Mexican Chocolate Pudding

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These brownies are moist and delicious and with the warm pudding on top takes it over the top.  Make this dessert to spice up the end of your meal or have the girls over with coffee it will be a hit for sure!!

 Spicy Mexican Brownies

2 ounces unsweetened chocolate (like Baker’s)
3 discs Ibarra Chocolate or Nestle Abuelita Chocolate

1 ¬Ĺ sticks butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp. Vanilla (Mexican if you can get it)
3 eggs

1 ¬ĺ cup flour
¬Ĺ tsp. baking powder
¬Ĺ tsp. salt
1/2 Р1 tsp. chipotle chile powder (depends on the level of spiciness you want)

In a small sauce pan add all chocolate and butter, whisk together until melted, pour into small bowl, set a side to cool for about 15-25 minutes.  In a large bowl add brown sugar and beat in chocolate until well combined, add eggs one at a time , making sure each egg has been fully incorporated before adding the next.  Add vanilla, then fold in dry ingredients, just until blended.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes in a 9×9 or 11×13 baking pan.

 

Warm Mexican Chocolate Pudding

1 egg¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬Ĺ cup sugar
2 cups 1% milk                                             
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tbsp. cocoa powder                                  1/8 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. cinnamon                                        1 tbsp. espresso powder
1 tsp. butter                                                    1 tsp. mexican vanilla, if you have it, but any will work
1 disc Ibarra Chocolate or Nestle Abuelita Chocolate                  

In a medium bowl add egg and sugar, whisk together, then add milk, cornstarch, cocoa, salt, cinnamon and espresso powder, whisk until combined.  Add mixture to a medium saucepan and cook on medium heat until thick and bubbly, whisking constantly for about 15 minutes.

Remove from heat add Iberra or Abuelita chocolate, vanilla and butter, whisk until chocolate has melted and pudding is creamy.  Set a side for 15-20 minutes before serving, can set longer to be a room temperature, store extra in an air tight container in the refrigerator, use with in 3 days. **Note Рthis pudding will not set up, it will be runny, this is because the lack of the amount of cornstarch used.

Add some spicy whip cream on top too.¬† Whip 1 pint of heavy whipping cream with 2 tsp. McCormick Cocoa Chile Blend, add a dollop on top of the brownie with that warm pudding…so so good…Enjoy!!!!