Recipes For My Boys

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Candy Cake Bites

Candy Cake Bites

I wanted to make something special for the twins classes for Valentine's Day and decided to make these cute little candy cake bites!  They are easy to make and fun to eat!  Just the perfect size for little hands.  <3

You'll need a cake cooked, cooled and crumbled.  I used the rainbow cup cakes and mini cakes I made the boys.  You can also use prepackaged snack cakes, the ones with filling inside.  I did red velvet balls the other day that way.  
If you have leftover cake and don't want to finish eating it, make cake balls out of it, put in a freezer bag and pop in the freezer!  <3
frosting, can, homemade or in a spray can
mini muffin pan
liners, the white ones to throw away and decorative ones to put the finished candy cake bite in. 
almond bark
candy melts or chocolate chips
wax paper

I'm showing blue cake below but I thought this was pretty.  It naturally went into a heart shape.  <3

This was a cupcake, I just added a little icing.  I had the kind in a squirt can and just squirted a little in.  If you are using a whole cake, start with 1/2 can frosting and add more, if needed, to get the cake crumbles to stick together.

 You want the crumbles to come together to form a ball.  Place on waxed paper as you make them. 

 Melt almond bark.  Put mini wrappers, you'll throw these away, in a mini muffin pan.
Immediately top with the bake balls you just made.
Place in freezer until set.
 While they are in the freezer, melt your top coating of candy and have your toppings ready.  Might as well call the kids, you know how they love to decorate!!  I used Wilton's candy melts.  You can use another color of almond bark, if you wish.

Remove from freezer and unwrap.  Let it sit for just a couple of minutes.  

 Grab the bottom and dip the cake ball in the melted candy to just cover the top of the bottom piece of candy.  

 Immediately decorate. <3 

Aren't they cute?  <3 and Hugs! 

Heart Crayons

I have been making these for Valentine's Day for Lucas to give to the children in his class for years.  Now I get to make them for the twins.  Luckily, their teachers had extra broken crayons..they even had the paper off and gave me a mini heart pan to use!  ~smile~

I came home yesterday and chopped and chopped and chopped until my fingers had a blister.  Well, close to it!  ~smile~  It's a good idea to save your own broken crayons throughout the year.  Even, ask your child's teacher at the beginning of the year to save them for you.  It takes a lot of broken crayons to make a perfect heart!  Have Fun!

You will need....

broken crayons, peeled
something to cut on, something you don't mind crayon marks on
a sharp knife...don't let the kids use this!
heart shaped pan
cookie sheet

To make the Heart Crayons:

chop the crayons in to very small pieces.  I even go further and mince them, if I have the time.  
preheat your oven to 225 degrees when you are almost finished
put crayon pieces in heart shapes in pan.  put the pan on the cookie sheet
cook for 8 minutes, turn and cook an additional 3-10 depending on how they are melting.
once completely melted,  remove from oven.
when they are starting to set, take off the cookie sheet and place on a cooling rack.

You'll need to rub the tops on a piece of paper to smooth them out.  This was taken before I did that.  I had to find them...Reid grabbed them.  <3  I made twice this many and still need to do more.  

Bacon Rose Bouquet

My boys are still sick.  I was getting ready to make them breakfast with a request for bacon and eggs.  I remembered I saw a bacon rose briefly, not long ago and thought I would give it a try.  Something to make my little ones smile.  It worked!  <3

Making the bacon roses is very simple.  Why haven't I thought of this before??????  For Valentine's Day...don't buy me roses.  Make me a bouquet of bacon roses!  <3  Your bacon lover will LOVE it!
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Bacon Roses Bouquet

mini muffin pan
celery stalks with leaves
toothpicks or wooden skewers

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grab a piece of bacon and start wrapping it around itself or your little finger.  Going round and round, over lapping it.....eyeing it to get the shape of a rose.  Don't worry if it isn't perfect...roses aren't either.  ~smile~  

Place in a mini muffin pan and cook in a preheated oven.  

Cook 10 minutes, check and turn pan around in oven.  CAUTION......There will be bacon grease in the cups!!!  BE CAREFUL! 

Cook another 5-10 minutes or until browned and done.  Checking around earliest time.  As oven cooks different than yours.  Adjust cooking time accordingly.  
CAUTION......There will be bacon grease in the cups!!!  BE CAREFUL! 

Place on a paper towel to drain and cool.  While cooling, get celery out of refrigerator.  Use the stalks with leaves.  I used the heart with all the leaves on them, keeping it intact.  A great way to use that middle part of your celery.  ~smile~   Stick toothpicks, leaving 1/2" or so sticking out in front, in the stalks in different places.  Then, place the bacon roses on the toothpick that is left sticking out.  Place in a vase, or canning jar as I did, with a little water, to display your bouquet.  Serve immediately.  Do not keep at room temperature longer than you would regular cooked bacon.  

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Caramelized Onion and Sausage Pizza on a Skillet Biscuit Crust

The boys were eating a pizza last night and I didn't want all the cheese and crust theirs had.    I decided to look around the kitchen to see what I could find.  Ingredients were:  Tube of Big Biscuits, Alfredo Spread,  Parmesan,  an Onion and left over Sausage Links from breakfast.  I grabbed my CIS and a yummy pizza was created.  Make if for breakfast to's great anytime.  I also made one with canned peaches, alfredo spread and was pretty good combination!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Homemade Mounds Candy

A very dear, sweet and beautiful friend, Sandy Lewis Howell, gave me this fantastic recipe for mounds candy.  I just love it!  It's really easy to make..a bit sticky but oh so good!  I made a couple of changed to her recipe.  Mainly, because it was what I had on hand.  ~smile~  I decreased the amount of coconut to 7 oz because that was all I had.  It made a thin 8x8 pan. The candy is so rich, it was just the right size for us.  I also used almond bark instead of the chocolate chips.   Enjoy!  <3 and hUgs!

Mounds Bars 

5 ounces sweetened condensed milk 

1 teaspoon vanilla 

2 cups powdered sugar

14 ounces flaked coconut

1 (24 ounce) bag of semisweet chips

almonds, optional to place on top before dipping in chocolate to make 

almond joys 

Blend the milk and the vanilla. 

Add the sugar a little at a time till smooth                       

Stir in the coconut. 

The mixture should be firm. 

Line pan with plastic wrap and spray lightly with non-stick spray. 

Pat firmly into a 9x13 pan and chill till firm. You can also skip this and roll into balls. 

Cut into bars, or shapes and put in the refrigerator or freezer until set.  

Take out of fridge or freezer and dip in melted candy.  

Let cool on waxed paper for several hours or place in fridge or freezer again.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Poster Blackboard

I have been looking for something to make a blackboard for my boys.  I have been painting chalkboard paint on jars all week it seems.  ~smiles~  Today, I remembered the poster board I bought for Lucas.  There is a design around the edges, so he didn't want to use them.  I loved them of course!  <3  Anywho, here ya go.  An easy project to give you, and your kids, a place to be yourselves.  <3 and Hugs!
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Poster Chalkboard

What you need..

poster board with boarder
chalkboard paint
painter's tape

Tape frame around the middle of the poster board.  
Paint one, or two, coats of primer.  Waiting until dry between coats.

Paint a coat of chalkboard paint.  Let dry and paint another coat.  You may need to give an additional coat if you see any bare spots.  Remove painters tape.  Follow directions on chalkboard paint can to write on board.  <3 and hUgs! 

Monday, February 6, 2012

Heart Marshmallow Pops

One of the twins wanted to do something by himself.  We went to the store and he picked out the heart shaped marshmallow and sprinkles.   Came home and started making his treats.  We'll make these for their classes on Valentine's Day.  <3 and hugs!
Heart Marshmallow Pops

heart marshmallows
white chocolate chips or almond bark
pop sticks
I melted almond bark for this picture.  (If using white chocolate chips, melt according to directions.) Dipped the pop stick the melted candy and put it in the marshmallow.  He added the melted candy on with a butter knife.  <3

 Sprinkles came next. <3

 And....more sprinkles!  <3

 He still needed more!  <3 

His twin finally got a bite!  <3

Some little fingers in the background reaching for a treat.  <3

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Buffalo Chicken Bites

Here you go!!!  Something totally different, buffalo chicken with celery and ranch all rolled up into one amazing bite!  You will definitely want to double this!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Garlic Bread Dogs

My youngest is sick.  He had a fever of 102 last night, low grade today and now it is 103!!  My poor baby hasn't eaten since Thursday.  He really loves these hot dogs and didn't feel like eating them tonight.  They are really easy to make with as little as two ingredients.  <3 and hUgs!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Chalkboard Canning Jars

I am getting ready for the twins birthday and racking my brain trying to find something for the kids as a gift.  I decided, I would make them personalized glasses out of canning jars.
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To make them personal, I bought chalkboard paint and painted the label part of the jar.  For this you'll need....
Chalkboard Paint, I bought mine at walmart for $9.99.  I went to Lowe's and their's was twice as much.  I wanted to make my own, so I could make something other than black.  My hubby, Ted, talked me into buying it already made.  I'm so glad he did!
Primer,  You need to do this before putting the blackboard paint on.
Painters Tape, optional.  I used it on some and found it was easier to just paint freehand.  If it's out of the lines a little, it doesn't matter.  It just shows it's homemade!  <3
Paint brushes, I used a 1 and 1 1/2" brushes.
Lids, that go on fast food drink cups.  Ask next time you are there, chances are they'll give you some.  ~smile~
Chalk, to write names on glasses
Straws, to give with the glasses.  Plain or fancy ones.
Ribbon, to tie the straw to the glass.
Clear coat, to paint over the chalkboard, if desired.

Now, get everything set up on your table, turn on some music, put your newsfeed up on facebook and paint your day away!  Very simple to do!   

Start with the primer.  Let it dry.  Paint a second coat.  
Paint chalkboard paint once the primer is dry.  Repeat once or twice more.  I painted three times. 
Paint clear coat on if desired.  
There you go!  

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Parmesan lid from a plastic container transforms your jar into a shaker!  Perfect place to keep you already grated parmesan!  

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