Greetings from Bessie!

Hello y’all ;).  I’m on vacation and feeling guilty that I haven’t posted in some time.  We had vacations plans … things had to be changed … left five days earlier than planned.  My kitchen counter was left covered with half-finished projects and supplies for more projects.  Please accept my apology for my absence … things will be changing!

I’ve been in Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky and Indiana visiting family and sightseeing.  A few days ago we stayed with extended family in Rutledge, Tennessee and met Bessie …


she says “Hello y’all” :)   Bessie and the rest of the herd are the neighbors of Jim and Christine … nice neighbors!

I just wanted to check in with everybody and say that I’ll be posting soon!

I ♥ your comments!


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Halloween/Fall Peanut Butter Treats

Halloween will be here in just three days!  Are you prepared?

We usually get 100-200 Trick-or-Treaters each year.  I brought 22 bags of candy home from the store and hid them … I know that if a bag gets opened up, it will disappear ;)

Today, I am sharing a few quick and easy treats that have one thing in common … peanut butter!

Nutter butter bats

I made these Nutter Butter bats last year and they are my most popular treat this year!

Nutter Butter Zombie Eyeballs

Happy Zombie-ween!  Celebrate with Nutter Butter Zombie Eyeballs!

I love these Peanut Butter Cup Brooms (courtesy of Hershey’s)!  Thank you to Colleen B. (a reader) … she was thinking of my peanut butter lovin’ hubby and sent me the info … so sweet!

Nutter Butter Acorns

Nutter Butter Acorns are so easy to make … this is the “2012 Acorn” … possibly my favorite acorn!


My first acorn … a version that I’ve seen done so many different ways … can’t go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter!

Hope you enjoyed these peanut butter treats :)

Candy Corn – ish Eclair Cake

Éclair Cake … where do I begin?  I have obviously have been in the dark … maybe living in a bubble or under a rock.  Éclair cake or icebox cake made with graham crackers has been around for some time … but it’s a recent discovery to me!

First there was this recipe from Jocelyn at Inside BruCruew Life that caught my eye … then I found this recipe at Southern Living Magazine.  I had to make an Éclair Cake!

This is the second Éclair Cake that I have made …

Candy corn inspired halloween eclair cake

I will share my first Éclair Cake with you tomorrow and share some info about the differences I found … just couldn’t wait to share the Candy Corn-esque one!  It’s colored like candy corn and cheesecake flavored.

Candy Corn – Halloween Éclair Cake

  • 27 Graham cracker squares
  • 1 box instant cheesecake pudding mix (3.4 ounce) or (1 ounce if sugar free)
  • 1-3/4 cups milk (I used 1%)
  • 1 cup Cool Whip
  • Americolor Egg Yellow gel paste coloring
  • Americolor Orange gel paste coloring
  • 1-1/4 cups cream cheese icing (I used homemade)
  • Candy corn for garnish (optional)
  1. Spray an 8″ x 8″ pan with non stick spray.  Place 9 graham cracker squares, with sides touching, in bottom of pan. (Crackers will not cover bottom completely)
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk pudding mix and milk.  Mix in  a few drops of yellow coloring until desired color is reached.  Fold in Cool Whip.
  3. Gently spread one half of pudding mixture over layer of graham crackers.
  4. Place 9 graham cracker squares on yellow pudding mixture.
  5. Mix in a few drops of orange coloring until desires color is reached.  Spread over graham crackers.
  6. Place remaining 9 graham cracker square on orange pudding mixture.
  7. Place frosting in a microwave safe container and microwave for 20 seconds, stir and microwave again if necessary.  Pour frosting over graham crackers and spread to cover.
  8. Chill for several hours.  Cut into 9 squares.  Garnish with candy corn if desired.

Candy corn no bake icebox cake

Have you had Éclair Cake?  I ♥ your comments!

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Chocolate Football Snack Mix

Are you ready for some football?

Do you need a cute manly football snack?  This snack isn’t just for men, everyone will love it … just can’t call footballs cute around my guys!  All I hear from them is “footballs aren’t cute!”  Check it out …

Football Snack Mix

I think those little footballs are cute … all tiny things are cute … even footballs!  Shhh, don’t tell my hubby or sons ;)

You can use any snack mix that you buy or make … the real star of this game, is chocolate covered almond footballs!

This what you will need …

Chocolate almond football snack mix

  • Your favorite snack mix (I made a mix of pretzels, Goldfish crackers, Corn Chex cereal and peanuts)
  • Chocolate covered almonds (I used Trader Joe’s Sea Salt & Turbinado Sugar Dark Chocolate Almonds)
  • Melted white CandiQuik (candy coating/white chocolate) in a squeeze bottle or bag with tip cut off

Chocolate almond footballs

  1. You can use any chocolate covered almonds.  I chose these because I love them and they’re bumpy.  I found a few sources if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you.
  2. Use the melted CandiQuik to draw a line from almost tip to almost tip (I hope that makes sense, please look at the photo above ;) ) and let sit to firm up.
  3. Use the melted candy to draw three lace lines across first line and chill for a minute or let sit to firm up.

chocolate footballs

I ♥ your comments!  Is it OK to call footballs cute?

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Shopping Finds!

I have had some shopping luck lately that I would like to share with you!

I believe that we should share info … make our lives a little easier … find all the stuff that we “need” ;)

Here are some of my recent finds …

P1030011  Paper Straws

Blue – Home Goods

Pink – JoAnns

Multi – Target

P1030012 Baker’s Unsweetened Baking Chocolate

99¢ Only Store – One pound for 99¢ !!!

P1030016  Marshmallows

Lemon Meringue – Walmart – made by CampFire

Chocolate Brownie – Target – made by Kraft

P1030021 Wood Coffee Stirrers

Smart & Final – 500 for about $3.00 – I have used these instead of lollipop sticks.  I’m pretty sure that Starbucks won’t mind if you “borrow” a few extra stirrers … but I don’t want to take advantage ;)

0508031557 Labels

Kitchen labels and chalkboard labels – Target $1 bin

Have you found something that you would like to share?


Skinny Strawberry Dessert for 2

How are you today?

Are you still on a sugar high from Easter?

Are you ready to fit into a swimsuit?  OK, how about capris?

skinny strawberry dessert

I have noticed several ‘skinny’ dessert recipes circulating lately and intend to try them.

I was grocery shopping a few days ago and found some beautiful strawberries … had this ice cream in my freezer … had the almonds too, they add a nice crunch!

This idea was buried in the back of my mind … something that I like to make when berries are in season.  I can’t tell you exactly where I first saw this idea … probably Weight Watchers.  This is more of assembly directions, rather than a recipe!

This is all that you will need …

skinny cow strawberry dessert

  • 1 Skinny Cow ice cream sandwich (I used vanilla)
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Sliced almonds

low fat ice cream sandwich

  • Slice the strawberries and the ice cream sandwich

ice cream sandwich, strawberries, almonds

  • Separate the ice cream sandwich, cover each piece in strawberries and almonds

Perfect skinny dessert for two!

Change it up … use a different flavor Skinny Cow … use mixed berries or any fresh fruit … chopped walnuts?

I ♥ your comments :)

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