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!!!

Homemade Granola

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Homemade Granola is everywhere, pic 1

or I should say store made…You see in a lot of stores their own brand of homemade granola and it really is good if have not tried it you should give it a chance. ¬†But I’ve always just wanted to make my own so I could control what was in it, seeds, nuts, fruit, honey or sugar or maple syrup or whatever.

So as I decided to make this I was thinking what do I want in it, I like pecans, walnut, pepitas (pumpkin seeds),¬†pistachios, coconut and then I was thinking what else……….I got it…..Chia Seeds!! ¬†Yes I know what you are thinking the “Chia Pet” this terracotta figurine, shaped in all kinds of characters. ¬† You soak the¬†figurine¬†in water and then spread the seeds and watch it grow….well you are right¬†¬†chia

But you can eat the seeds too and the people of the ancient Aztec and Mayan empires revered chia seeds as vital nourishment.  They are packed with Omega-3, protein, antioxidants and fiber.

While ¬†getting my chia seeds, I saw Toasted Hemp Seeds and I thought…huh?…why not…They are high in protein, potassium, Fiber, Omega-3
and Omega-6, who knew…LOL!!

Okay so now I have all my so called nuts and bolts I need sweetness…I could use maple syrup which most recipes call for…and I found some locally but they also had Apple Cinnamon Syrup, I knew that was what I wanted to use, so I am now ready to go.

Ingredients

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I used Coconut oil to add to my syrup, I like using coconut oil in my everyday cooking, cook on low , stirring until coconut oil is melted

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once melted add vanilla and salt, stir to combine then set aside

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in a large bowl add nuts and seeds, mix to combine, if adding fruit you will add that after baking

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pour the oil and syrup mixture over nuts and seeds

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 stir to make sure everything is coated

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pour mixture to baking sheet and spread out

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bake at 325¬†degrees¬†for 25 – 355 minutes, stirring half way through,¬†I like my granola on the very crunchy side, so I let it get really brown, so keep in and stirring as it gets brown, just don’t let it burn

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Serve over yogurt or with milk

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Recipe

Homemade Granola

3 cups oats (not quick oats)
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup pecans
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
1/2 cup pistachios
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup toasted hemp seeds
3/4 cup apple cinnamon syrup
4 tbsp. coconut oil
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt

In a large bowl add the first 8 ingredients, stir to combine set aside.

In a small sauce pan add coconut oil & syrup, cook on low stirring until just melted, then add vanilla and salt and mix till salt is dissolved.
Pour oil mixture over the nuts and seeds, and toss to fully coat, pour mixture on to  two baking sheet and spread out, bake at 325 degrees for 25- 35 minutes.  

Let cool completely, if adding dried fruit so it at this point and store in air tight containers for up to a month, if it lasts that long!!

Have some on yogurt, or even Ice Cream, or just pour milk over it, or eat just as is…I don’t like mine that sweet, so this is not that sweet as other recipes can be, I also added some dried tart cherries at the end. ¬†

I hope you will try and enjoy!!!