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8 Cute Easter Treats Ideas and Recipes

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by Cassie on April 14, 2014

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Easter is around the corner and so we thought we would share some final Easter treat ideas with you that are pretty simple and fun to make and eat!

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Sleeping Peeps idea – simply dip the bottoms of these bunnies in white chocolate and use candy circles for the dots for the “blanket” look! More details at the Wilton site HERE.

 

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Rice Krispies treat idea by making them round and topping with Easter themed edible treats on top! More details at the Wilton site HERE.

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Easter egg huntin’ in grass cupcakes.  Quite simple.  Just make cupcakes and then using a piping tool or ziploc bag with a corner cut, pipe the green colored frosting in grass shapes and hide the eggs on top! More details at the Wilton site HERE.

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This one is so cute! Carrot looking chocolate dipped strawberries. Dip strawberries in white chocolate dyed orange and let it dry. Then pipe more chocolate in strips and while it is still wet, sprinkle with orange sprinkles! More details at the Wilton site HERE.

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Pearlized Easter Egg Pops – cake pops shaped like eggs, dipped in white chocolate dyed in pastels. Then pipe white chocolate and spray with pearlized food spray. More details at the Wilton site HERE.

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Chocolate Dipped Peeps! Dip the bottoms of Peeps in chocolate and then in sprinkles! More details at the Wilton site HERE.

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Easily make candy Easter grass cup to hold all kinds of treats or cupcakes! See the basic steps below!

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More details at the Wilton site HERE.

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Finally, we threw this last one in here because if you have a bit of skill, you can pull this one off! It isn’t the easiest, but it is certainly cool! Find out how to do this step by step on the Wilton site HERE.

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How to Make Hollandaise Sauce In a Mixer or Blender – Quick, Easy and Tasty Recipe

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by Cassie on April 9, 2014

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There is a very easy, very creamy, very yummy, very quick way to whip up Hollandaise Sauce.  We have Hollandaise sauce a couple of times a month on eggs benedict and on roasted asparagus.  It is a favorite sauce in our house!

I use to do the double broiler thing, which was tedious, time consuming, and finicky!

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Then I heard about someone using their blender to make Hollandaise sauce.  Well, I decided to try it in my Kitchenaid Mixer and it worked like a dream and I have done this ever since…. so I thought it was time to share it with you!

Here’s how to do this in either a blender or a mixer!

What you need:

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 8 TBSP of butter (1/2 cup or whole cube)
  • 1 TBSP lemon or lime juice
  • A couple of dashes of Cayenne Pepper (Tabasco or Frank’s Red Hot works too!)
  • Optional: 1/2 tsp mustard – we don’t use it as we like the other flavors alone, but classic Hollandaise does have it.

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First, put the eggs, lemon juice and Cayenne Pepper (and mustard if using) in the bowl of the mixer or blender.  Blend on medium speed for about 2 minutes.

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While this is blending, melt the butter completely in the microwave or stovetop until hot.  Important: dump the butter into the mixer or blender immediately while it is at it’s hottest.

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Then turn the mixer or blender to high speed and mix/blend for about 4-5 minutes until your Hollandaise is a nice creamy texture!

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Then serve it immediately in your favorite dish, recipe or vegetable…. like Asparagus!

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A couple of notes:

  • You cannot successfully reheat Hollandaise sauce.  It will cause separation and lumpiness.  You can re-blend it and add a bit of hot melted butter, but this is the only way.  So make it moments before you need it.
  • The hot butter and the friction from the machines is enough heat to safely heat the eggs for consumption.  We’ve made this several times and it is heated perfectly this way.

Here’s a printable recipe for you to print and keep in your home binder!

How to Make Hollandaise Sauce In a Mixer or Blender – Quick, Easy and Tasty Recipe
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Here is a very easy, very creamy, very yummy, very quick way to whip up Hollandaise Sauce
Ingredients
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 8 TBSP of butter (1/2 cup or whole cube)
  • 1 TBSP lemon or lime juice
  • A couple of dashes of Cayenne Pepper (Tabasco or Frank’s Red Hot works too!)
  • Optional: ½ tsp mustard – we don’t use it as we like the other flavors alone, but classic Hollandaise does have it.
Instructions
  1. First, put the eggs, lemon juice and Cayenne Pepper (and mustard if using) in the bowl of the mixer or blender. Blend on medium speed for about 2 minutes.
  2. While this is blending, melt the butter completely in the microwave or stovetop until hot. Important: dump the butter into the mixer or blender immediately while it is at it’s hottest.
  3. Then turn the mixer or blender to high speed and mix/blend for about 4-5 minutes until your Hollandaise is a nice creamy texture!
  4. Then serve it immediately in your favorite dish, recipe or vegetable…. like Asparagus!
Notes
You cannot successfully reheat Hollandaise sauce. It will cause separation and lumpiness. You can re-blend it and add a bit of hot melted butter, but this is the only way. So make it moments before you need it.
• The hot butter and the friction from the machines is enough heat to safely heat the eggs for consumption. We’ve made this several times and it is heated perfectly this way.

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Pull-Apart Pizza Bread Recipe (Including Healthier and Gluten-Free Variations)

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by Cassie on April 4, 2014

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Would you like a fun, easy, creative and kid-friendly way to enjoy pizza?

Well, give pizza a new spin with this: Pull-Apart Pizza Bread!

It is bursting with the pizza flavors, fun to eat, great for parties, great appetizer, get togethers and pleases everyone!

Here’s what you need:

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  • 1 cup of Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/2 cup of Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 8oz. package of pepperoni with each slice cut into quarters – tip, stack many slices at once and cut them all at once to save time!
  • 1/3 cup of Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 TBSP of fresh minced garlic or 1/2 tsp. of garlic salt or powder

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  • 1.5 TBSP of Italian Seasoning (or a combo of parsley, oregano, basil)
  • 2 TBSP of Olive Oil

And of course….

  • The CRUST/BREAD/DOUGH!

Ideas for the crust:

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  • Or just buy the premade pizza dough like Pillsbury

Here’s how to make it:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees
  • Grease a cake pan, bread pan or a bundt pan.  A Bundt pan is a FUN way to make it and you can even put the dipping marinara in the middle.  It’s fun for a party, but really, any of the pans will work!

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  • Make your dough and roll it out and use a pizza cutter to cut it into about 1″ squares. It does not need to be exact, as you can see, I did this part pretty quickly without dwelling on the sizing to exact measurements!

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  • Then roll the pieces into little balls and throw in a bowl!

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  • Then throw the rest of the ingredients in, except the cheddar cheese, and mix by hand to coat it all well and evenly.

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  • Then put the mixture in your pan you intend to use.  Sprinkle the cheddar cheese on top!

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  • Now you are ready to bake it at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until the top is crusty and brown!

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  • Then dump out the bread onto your serving dish. To help it come out with ease, run a butter knife along the edges of the pan to loosen the bread.

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Yummy!

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Are you ready to dig in?

  • Serve warm with a marinara or pizza sauce for dipping!

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Make it quicker:

  • Use canned biscuits and cut each biscuit into 6-8 pieces and roll in the balls.
  • Use mini-pepperoni to avoid cutting it up!

Make it healthier:

  • Use a whole wheat dough from scratch or from cans.
  • Add ground flax seeds in your mixing process.
  • Make it vegetarian.
  • Use a nitrate free meat, even the sausage we show here instead of pepperoni.
  • Use Turkey pepperoni.

Make it gluten-free:

  • Use an all-purpose gluten-free flour to make a dough
  • Use 2 gluten-free pre-made crusts cut up into chunks. Note, it will not really puff up, but 2 crusts gives you the density you need.
Pull-Apart Pizza Bread Recipe (Including Healthier and Gluten-Free Variations)
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Serves: 5
Well, give pizza a new spin with this: Pull-Apart Pizza Bread! It is bursting with the pizza flavors, fun to eat, great for parties, great appetizer, get togethers and pleases everyone!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of Mozzarella Cheese
  • ½ cup of Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 8oz. package of pepperoni with each slice cut into quarters – tip, stack many slices at once and cut them all at once to save time!
  • ⅓ cup of Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 TBSP of fresh minced garlic or ½ tsp. of garlic salt or powder
  • 1.5 TBSP of Italian Seasoning (or a combo of parsley, oregano, basil)
  • 2 TBSP of Olive Oil
  • For the dough: make your own or buy 1 refrigerated pizza dough
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease a cake pan, bread pan or a bundt pan.
  3. Make your dough and roll it out and use a pizza cutter to cut it into about 1″ squares. It does not need to be exact.
  4. Then roll the pieces into little balls and throw in a bowl!
  5. Then throw the rest of the ingredients in, except the cheddar cheese, and mix by hand to coat it all well and evenly.
  6. Then put the mixture in your pan you intend to use. Sprinkle the cheddar cheese on top!
  7. Now you are ready to bake it at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until the top is crusty and brown!
  8. Then dump out the bread onto your serving dish. To help it come out with ease, run a butter knife along the edges of the pan to loosen the bread.
  9. Serve warm with a marinara or pizza sauce for dipping!
Notes
Make it quicker:
Use canned biscuits and cut each biscuit into 6-8 pieces and roll in the balls.
Use mini-pepperoni to avoid cutting it up!
Make it healthier:
Use a whole wheat dough from scratch or from cans.
Add ground flax seeds in your mixing process.
Make it vegetarian.
Use a nitrate free meat, even the sausage we show here instead of pepperoni.
Use Turkey pepperoni.
Make it gluten-free:
Use an all-purpose gluten-free flour to make a dough
Use 2 gluten-free pre-made crusts cut up into chunks. Note, it will not really puff up, but 2 crusts gives you the density you need.

 

Alex & Cassie
 

Natural Egg Dyes Recipes from Real Foods and Spices

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by Cassie on April 4, 2014

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If you are wanting to try dyeing eggs with natural food dyes, then this post is for you! It is really easy to make natural dyes and dye your eggs with these instead.

Here’s the list of foods that will create natural dyes and how to do it!

*TIP: on each of these, the color will be more vibrant the longer the eggs soaks in the natural dye. So soak according to your desired color brightness!  You can even leave them submerged overnight in the fridge.

Blue – Red Cabbage

Cut 1/2 of a red cabbage into chunks.  Then boil the red cabbage in 4 cups of water. Then add 2 TBSP of vinegar.  Cool to room temperature. Remove the cabbage chunks and submerge eggs until desired color is reached. 

Yellow – Turmeric
Boil 1 cup of water.  Then stir in  2 TBSP turmeric powder (ground turmeric) – a coffee mug works best. Then add 2 tsp. white vinegar. Submerge eggs until desired color is reached.
Lavender – Grape Juice
Mix 1 cup of room temperature grape juice with 1 TBSP of vinegar – a coffee mug works best. Submerge eggs until desired color is reached.
Brown – Coffee
Mix 1 cup of room temperature strong coffee with 1 TBSP of vinegar – a coffee mug works best. Submerge eggs until desired color is reached.
Pink – Beets
Peel and cut a red beet into chunks.  Then boil the red beet in 4 cups of water. Then add 2 TBSP of vinegar.  Cool to room temperature. Remove the beet chunks and submerge eggs until desired color is reached.
Orange – Yellow Onion skins
Remove the brown skins from 6 yellow onions.  Add to a pot with 2 cups of water.  Bring to a boil.  Then simmer for 15 minutes.  Remove the onion skins. Add 1 TBSP of vinegar. Cool to room temperature.  Submerge eggs until desired color is reached.
Red – Paprika
Add 3 TBSP of Paprika to 4 cups of boiling water. Then add 2 TBSP of vinegar.  Cool to room temperature. Submerge eggs until desired color is reached.
This gives you 7 color varieties that will all be richer in color the longer the soak (or you can make the solution stronger by adding more of the color creator to the water/vinegar listed.
Feel free to print these instructions to keep it handy!
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Check out these natural and easy ways to color your eggs for festive fun!
Ingredients
  • Natural foods and spices (listed below for desired color)
  • White Distilled Vinegar
  • Water
Instructions
  1. Blue – Red Cabbage: Cut ½ of a red cabbage into chunks. Then boil the red cabbage in 4 cups of water. Then add 2 TBSP of vinegar. Cool to room temperature. Remove the cabbage chunks and submerge eggs until desired color is reached.
  2. Yellow – Turmeric: Boil 1 cup of water. Then stir in 2 TBSP turmeric powder (ground turmeric) – a coffee mug works best. Then add 2 tsp. white vinegar. Submerge eggs until desired color is reached.
  3. Lavender – Grape Juice:Mix 1 cup of room temperature grape juice with 1 TBSP of vinegar – a coffee mug works best. Submerge eggs until desired color is reached.
  4. Brown – Coffee:Mix 1 cup of room temperature strong coffee with 1 TBSP of vinegar – a coffee mug works best. Submerge eggs until desired color is reached.
  5. Pink – Beets: Peel and cut a red beet into chunks. Then boil the red beet in 4 cups of water. Then add 2 TBSP of vinegar. Cool to room temperature. Remove the beet chunks and submerge eggs until desired color is reached.
  6. Orange – Yellow Onion skins: Remove the brown skins from 6 yellow onions. Add to a pot with 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil. Then simmer for 15 minutes. Remove the onion skins. Add 1 TBSP of vinegar. Cool to room temperature. Submerge eggs until desired color is reached.
  7. Red – Paprika: Add 3 TBSP of Paprika to 4 cups of boiling water. Then add 2 TBSP of vinegar. Cool to room temperature. Submerge eggs until desired color is reached.
Notes
This gives you 7 color varieties that will all be richer in color the longer the soak (or you can make the solution stronger by adding more of the color creator to the water/vinegar listed. You can also soak in the fridge overnight for the most vibrant color!
Alex & Cassie
 

12 Yummy Pecan Dessert Recipes

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by Cassie on April 2, 2014

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Did you know?  Did you know that April 14th is National Pecan Day?!?!

Don’t worry, we didn’t either until just a few days ago! So we couldn’t leave you high and dry without some awesome pecan recipes to enjoy this month and especially on April 14th!

Here’s 12 delicious recipes to enjoy those pecans!

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Glazed Butter Pecan Toffee Cookies | Couponing and Cooking

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Mini Apple Pecan Pies | Food Done Light

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Brownie Pecan Tart | Confessions of An Overworked Mom

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Baked Brown Sugar Pecan & Brie Bites | Couponing and Cooking

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 Pecan Pie Bread Pudding | Call Me PMC

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White Chocolate Pecan Popcorn Crunch | SusieQTpies Cafe

And even more shown from the top picture:

Easy Butterscotch Pecan Cinnamon Rolls | Mom on Timeout

Pecan pumpkin roll cake | Roxana’s Home Baking

Bourbon Pecan Pie | My Turn for Us

Pumpkin Dump Cake | illi Style

Chocolate Pecan Sandies | Mom on Timeout

Spiced Pecans | A Family Feast

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