Strawberries & Cream Fool

Hello!  How are you?  I am home from my “spring break” and life is back to normal!  While we were away … a few items in the fridge reached their expiration date … shhh, don’t tell Son #3 … he gets a little worried if the date has passed.  I confess … a pint of heavy cream was about two days past it’s date, but it was fine (I tested it) … could not let it go to waste … dessert was waiting … Strawberries and Cream Fool!

Strawberries & Cream Fool

My nice sister-in-law went to the strawberry farm and brought these to me ….

basket of strawberries

She actually gave me six baskets of berries … two mysteriously disappeared before their photo shoot ;)  These strawberries are not only beautiful, they tasted wonderful … oh, how I love spring and summer fruit!

Creamy and cold desserts containing fruit, especially berries, are some of our favorites!  I’m sure you will like this one too!  Oh, I almost forgot to tell you … I threw in some light (1/3 less fat, neufchatel) cream cheese, just to add a little extra creaminess!

Strawberries & Cream Fool

  • 2 cups (1 pint) heavy cream
  • 3/4 cups sugar (divided)
  • 8 ounces light 1/3 less fat (neufchatel) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or extract)
  • 3 cups sliced/chopped fresh strawberries
  • A few whole strawberries for garnish if desired
  1. Place a medium-sized bowl and mixer beaters in the fridge for 15 minutes.  Remove from fridge, add heavy cream and 1/4 cup sugar, beat until thickened and stiff peaks form.
  2. In a large bowl, use a mixer to beat cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar and vanilla until well soft and creamy.  Add strawberries and mix for a few minutes, this will help some strawberry juice combine with the cream cheese and create a pretty pink color.
  3. Reserve one cup of prepared whipped cream for garnish.  Fold remaining whipped cream into cream cheese/strawberry mixture.  Put mixture into individual serving dishes if desired.
  4. Place in the fridge for 2-4 hours.  Garnish with remaining whipped cream and whole strawberries.  Hint:  Fan cut the strawberries … if you want to be all fancy dancy!

Strawberry Cream Cheese Fool

I have another confession … look at the spoon in the top photo … the “B” on it was meant for me, Brenda … it “accidentally” fell into my hubby’s pocket at the Biltmore Hotel back in 1973!  Please don’t tell the kids that their parents may have a criminal past ;)

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You may enjoy this “skinny” strawberry dessert too …

skinny strawberry dessert

 

 

 

 

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Reese’s Easter Egg Bunnies

Good morning!  Can you believe that Easter is just two weeks ago?  I had a plan for Easter ideas that I wanted to share with you … the plan got tossed out the window while I was drying my hair the other day!  I came up with a new idea … I’ll call it the “hair idea” and will share it in a few days.  A Target trip was necessary for supplies for the “hair idea” … while I was wandering the Target aisles picking up the supplies … another idea was born that I should, but won’t call the “hare idea” … Reese’s Easter Egg Bunnies …

Reese's Easter Egg Bunnies

 

I hope these bunnies make you smile!  They are easy to make using a few store-bought candies and a little patience ;)

Reese's Rabbit Big Ears

These are the supplies that you will need to make these  Big Ear Bunnies …

bunny marshmallow ears

  • Reese’s White Peanut Butter Eggs
  • Large marshmallows
  • Mike & Ike candies
  • White Hershey-ets
  • Tiny black pearls
  • SweetWorks pink pearls
  • Pink sugar
  • Flower Sprinkles
  • White Candy Coating (such as CandiQuik) (about 1/4 cup for 6 bunnies)
  • Tray lined with wax paper or parchment.

Mike & Ike carrots marshmallows

  1. Make the carrots … use a sharp knife to make a small cut in one end of an orange candy and insert a green flower sprinkle.
  2. Make ears and tails … use scissors to cut a marshmallow in half to make 2 tails and cut another one diagonally to for 2 ears (you will use 1-1/2 marshmallows per bunny)
  3. Dip cut edges of marshmallows in pink sugar.  Egg bunny
  4. Use melted candy to attach candies in the following order … ears, nose & eyes, carrot, hands/paws.
  5. Attach feet/paws.
  6. Attach tail to backside … this will help stabilize the bunny for standing.
  7. If you want to make your bunny stand up … drop a small (1″) circle of melted candy on wax paper and place the bunnies body and tail on it … hold until set.

Easter Bunny Reese's Egg

I did have one egg that was a little smooshed/cracked … tried to salvage it by covering the cracks with a tail and make a “back view bunny” … bunny tails seem to be loved by everyone!

Reese's Easter egg bunny tail

Do you like bunny tails?  I look forward to your comments!

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Chocolate Heart Butter Blossoms

Good Monday morning!  I hope your week is off  to a nice start!  These butter cookies with chocolate hearts are sure to help …

P1030629 Chocolate Heart Butter Blossom Cookies

I’ve seen quite a few yummy peanut butter blossoms with chocolate hearts … just wanted to change it up a little … made a butter cookie and used three different varieties of chocolate!

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This is how I can tell the cookies apart …

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Since I’m the only person at my house that truly loves dark chocolate, I added Sea Salt and shared them with girlfriends.  That leaves the solid milk chocolate and peanut butter filled milk chocolate for my guys to fight over share :)

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Note:  I love the way the cookies with red sugar look … next time I would use a brighter pink and lavender sugar.

Chocolate Heart Butter Blossoms

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or extract)
  • 2-3/4 cups flour
  • colored sugar for rolling
  • 30-36 chocolate hearts
  • Sea Salt (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Line baking sheets with parchment.  Remove foil from chocolate hearts.
  2. In a large bowl, use a mixer to cream butter and sugar.
  3. Add egg and vanilla, beat well.
  4. Add about half of the flour and beat well, add remaining flour and beat well.
  5. Roll dough into 1″ balls, cover balls with colored sugar and place on prepared baking sheets about 2″ apart.
  6. Bake 9-12 minutes.  Remove cookies from oven, immediately gently push a chocolate heart into the center of each cookie.  Let sit on baking sheet for a few minutes before removing to a cooling rack.  Note:  the chocolate may melt and become very soft and glossy, but it will hold it’s shape.  Add sea salt at this point, if desired.  Let cool completely and allow chocolate to firm up.  Makes 30-36 cookies.

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Make these Valentine cookies (sorry, don’t mean to sound so bossy) for family, friends, neighbors or that someone special … Chocolate Heart Butter Blossoms make people happy!  My hubby, The Peanut Butter Man, loved them … even the ones without peanut butter!

P1030631 chocolate butter cookies

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Thank you to SweetWorks for the chocolate hearts!

Favorite Stuff in 2013

Today … the last day of 2013 … I’d like to say THANK YOU!!!  Thank you to each and everyone one of you … for stopping by, reading and leaving your comments.  This has been a great year and I’m sure 2014 will be even better!

I thought that it would be nice to share the top 10 favorite (most viewed) recipes edible crafts … OK, I don’t know exactly what to call it … it’s stuff … a mixture of recipes, holiday treats, peanut butter, chocolate and sugar.

In David Letterman fashion … let’s start with …

# 10  Nutter Butter Acorns 

Nutter Butter Acorns

# 9  edible cupcake box

Cupcake Box … that’s edible!

#8  ding dong the witch is dead

Ding-Dong, the witch is dead!

#7  Peeps on skateboards

Skateboarding Peeps

#6  m&m's Chicks

m&m’s Chicks

#5  pecan pie cupcakes

Pecan Pie Cupcakes

#4  Nacho Cupcakes

Nacho Cupcakes

#3  ooey gooey pumpkin cake

Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Cake

#2  Nutter butter bats

Nutter Butter Bats

#1  Peanut Butter Cup Christmas Tree

Peanut Butter Christmas Trees

Thank you again!  I wish you and your family a happy and safe New Year!  :)

Snowboarding Gingerbread Peeps

I am so excited to be participating in the group project … Give the Gift of Gingerbread … with many talented bloggers that you may already know!  I’m sure that you will find some wonderful ideas and recipes and even have the chance to win a great prize!  All of the info is after the directions for my Gingerbread Project!

When you hear gingerbread, what do you think of … gingerbread cake, gingerbread boys or maybe Gingerbread Peeps?  These Peeps jumped right into my grocery cart … OK, I helped a little.  It was decided … they were going home with me!  Within five minutes I knew the Peeps would be snowboarding and skiing … they are very athletic little guys!

Peeps winter X games

I picked up the Gingerbread Peeps because of their cuteness.  When I opened the package, I was surprised how good they smelled … just like gingerbread!

Gingerbread man peeps

This is how to bring your Peeps to life and what you will need …

skiing snowboarding peeps supplies

  • Gingerbread Peeps
  • White candy coating (such as CandiQuik)
  • White/clear coarse sugar
  • Graham cracker squares
  • Fruit Stripe Gum (I found it at Michael’s)
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Large round edible confetti

gingerbread peeps directions

  1. Melt candy coating according to package directions.  Cut or trim graham crackers if necessary.
  2. Spread/smear a little candy on a cracker … I just used the back of a spoon.  Let the candy sit a minute or two, but not harden up.
  3. Sprinkle with coarse sugar and let candy harden up.  Shake off excess sugar and reserve for reuse.

skiing peeps

4.  Use kitchen scissors to cut Peeps apart.

5.  Cut gum to shape skis (pointed end) or snowboards (rounded)

6.  Make ski poles – my pretzels were a little long, so I broke about 1″ off (snacks for later), attach flat end to large sprinkle with a dot of melted white candy.

7.  Attach the Peep to the graham cracker with a little melted candy … add more melted candy in the back to support the Peep if necessary.

That’s it … pretty easy, wasn’t it?

Peeps snowboard ski

Thank you to Jill at Kitchen Fun with My Three Sons and Beth at Hungry Happenings for organizing this Gingerbread Hop and inviting me to join … I am truly honored ;)

Be sure to Hop on over to the other blogs and check out all of the fun Gingerbread projects …

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Sweet Winter Wonderland

Did you watch any football this weekend?  I couldn’t believe the pro games on the east coast … fields covered in snow, facemasks  filled with snow and players in short-sleeved shirts!!!  I was home in my sweatpants, sweatshirt and Uggs … inside the heated house … as I tell my kids, “I’m old and cold”!  I braved the elements on Saturday … stayed warm and cozy on Sunday.  This morning was 34°, pretty chilly for Los Angeles and snow in the mountains … it must be winter!

I kept myself busy …

Snowman Christmas Tree Gumballs

These little guys have been in my head for sometime … came all together after seeing Love from the Oven’s Truffles .  I had Peppermint Oreos that were just waiting to be used!

candy gum snowmen Christmas trees Oreos

The snowmen make me smile and the trees remind me of something that would grow in Whoville or Candy Land!  Hope you like the snowmen and trees as much as I do … of course, they are easy peasy to make ;)

Here is what you will need for this edible craft project …

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  • Rolo Minis
  • Peppermint Oreos (or your favorite flavor)
  • White Candy coating/melts (such as CandiQuik)
  • Coarse white/clear sugar
  • Gumballs, Sixlets & Pearls (from SweetWorks)
  • Edible (food safe) markers – orange & black
  • Large star sprinkles (not in photo)

Directions to make the snowmen …

Oreo gumball snowman

Directions for the trees …

gumball candy trees

Helpful hint … if you have problems with candy slipping and not sticking, pull it away for a moment, then try again!

Thank you to Miss CandiQuik and SweetWorks for some of the supplies to create my indoor Sweet Winter Wonderland!

I ♥ your comments!  Please visit tomorrow for a few more ideas!

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Peanut Butter & Chocolate Wreath Cookies

Peanut butter and chocolate go hand in hand, especially in Christmas cookies!  These cookies may seem a little familiar to you …

Peanut butter and chocolate wreath cookies

Yep … the same peanut butter and chocolate cookies as the Reindeer Cookies from a few days ago!  Sometimes inspiration comes when you least expect it!  While I was making the Reindeer Cookies, the light bulb in my head lit up and I can’t explain how or why it happened … who cares … it resulted in another peanut butter chocolate Christmas cookie that is easy peasy!

Peanut butter wreaths

 

Here’s the important stuff … you will need a batch my Favorite Peanut Butter Cookie dough to make 48 Peanut Butter & Chocolate Wreath Cookies and the following …

Wreath cookie supplies

 

  • about 1/2 to 3/4 cup green sugar
  • 96 red candy hearts (from SweetWorks)
  • 48 red candy pearls (from SweetWorks)
  • 48 dark chocolate balls (from SweetWorks)

Make the cookie dough and roll into balls, roll in sugar, place on a parchment lined baking sheet …

peanut butter wreath cookies

Bake at 350°F for 11 minutes, remove from oven, immediately place a chocolate ball in the center of each cookie and gently press down into cookie (the cookie will have cracks) …

chocolate wreath cookies

 

Wait a minute or two and let the chocolate melt a little before going forward …

wreath bow cookies

 

Add a red pearl first, then 2 hearts and let them touch the melted chocolate … it will help hold everything in place … easy peasy ;)

After I was done baking, photographing and packaging cookies for friends … looked at the cookies from a different angle and saw …

minnie mouse cookies

I always look forward to hearing your opinions!

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