Valentine’s Day Celebrated with Peeps

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Our family is split about the enjoyment of Peeps, you know those marshmallow sweetness that most see on Easter time? Growing up we only saw Peeps around on Easter time but these days Peeps are coming out with a wide range of holiday treats for the whole family to love. Take for instance their Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Creme Flavored Chicks.

candy cane dipped peeps

Whatever the season, you will find a Peeps that you can enjoy. My daughter, middle child and fiance are all fans of Peeps at some level. While my fiance prefers the individually wrapped Peeps Chocolate Covered Raspberry Flavored Hearts, my middle child enjoyed the Peeps Strawberry Creme Flavored Marshmallow Hearts.

covered heart

The next holiday coming up is St Patty’s day and then Easter, I cannot wait to see what Peeps will come up with next. Learn more about Peeps and their current holiday offerings by visiting www.marshmallowpeeps.com. The average price for each Peep variety ranges from $.79 up to $2.29, depending upon which package you purchase. Be sure to check out Peeps sugar free options as well!

 

Cake Pop Creations with Tween Daughter Take 1 and Take 2

Just before Christmas I went out shopping with my Mom for presents and while we were at JCPenney’s we happened upon their kitchen area where cake pop machines were on sale. I exclaimed, “oh my gosh, Ki wants one of these so bad” and it was a sealed deal, my Mom took a peek and for only $15 it was a steal of a deal. Miss Ki was about to open up a cake pop machine and cake pop mix on Christmas Day. It took us awhile to actually get to use the cake pop maker, but finally we made some cake pops one day, just for fun. This is our story of making Cake Pops for the first time …. and the second time!

Happily Blended Blog Cake Pop Creations With Tween (5)

It was a challenge to get the cake pop mix just the right texture and then the frosting mix too. We were super impressed with how well the Cake Pop maker worked in all honesty. We had perfect, cute little circles of cakes. This was exciting!

Cake Pop Creations with Tween Daughter Take 1 and Take 2

As you can see in the picture above, we failed miserably with the frosting this first time around. It was certainly a learning experience. Once I posted these pictures on Facebook, my friends were happy to give some advice. After all, a lot of my blogger friends work with Wilton and have been making Cake Pops long before I even knew what they were. Some examples of what we should have done for frosting was to use those candy melts or melted chocolate.

Cake Pop Creations with Tween Daughter Take 1 and Take 2

So this second time around, we decided to make Red Velvet cake pops for my daughter’s school Valentines Day Party. Shown above are our picture perfect circles of red velvet deliciousness.  The cake part came out great and so next was to put to work some tips on how to decorate these babies.

Happily Blended Blog Cake Pop Creations With Tween (2)

While I was unable to purchase the candy melts everyone recommended, I did purchase a container of vanilla frosting and some chocolate chips to melt. My daughter, who is taking cooking classes for Winter program, had a way to thin out the frosting better. Apparently if you take a normal can of frosting and mix it with a beater/mixer it helps to even out the fat content. I love baking with this girl, she is always teaching me new things. So Ki mixed up the frosting and melted the chocolate chips over the stove, not together of course.

Happily Blended Blog Cake Pop Creations With Tween (3)

Look at that proud face! My daughter created a chocolate covered red velvet cake pop and to compare this with what we did our first go round, you can probably see why she is beaming with pride! Then, all by accident, she happened to drizzle some chocolate over the frosting she placed on the top of the cake pop using a frosting bag decor thing and thus created her covered covered red velvet cake pops with a dab of vanilla frosting on top and chocolate drizzled over. She was proud. I was proud. I am raising a little chef here.

My daughter is at home in the kitchen, she is a natural baker. I advise anyone to encourage their kids to be a part of the kitchen so that they too can find their way in the kitchen, baking can certainly be a great stress reliever. For my daughter, baking was a way for her to come up with new blog post ideas for her soon to be public blog, House of Bear Hugs.

 

NESTLÉ® CRUNCH® Girl Scout Candy Bars Return This Month

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Starting May 9, Nestlé Crunch Girl Scout Candy Bars are available on the Nestle Crunch Facebook fan page until they run out, as part of a “pre-sale” campaign.  This month, Nestlé Crunch Girl Scout Candy Bars will return for the Summer. These will be limited edition candy bars available in retail stores June 2013 until September 2013.

Nestle Crunch GS Bar Group 2

My family was lucky in that we were able to test out these delicious Nestlé Crunch Girl Scout Candy Bars prior to them going for sale in retail stores. My daughter being the chocolate addict of the house was all about trying the Nestlé Crunch Girl Scout Thin Mints Candy Bar.

Nestlé Crunch Girl Scout Candy Bars

No, this girl would not share that bar. All I wanted was a little bite because I do love Nestlé Crunch, but wasn’t quite in the mood for a chocolate rush on this particular day. No such luck. My daughter does not share her chocolate! The taste of Girl Scout Cookies were uniquely and perfectly placed within the Nestlé Crunch bars and yes, we fully love these bars!

A bit of History about Nestlé Crunch Girl Scout Candy Bars

Introduced in 2012 to tremendous excitement and fanfare, Nestlé Crunch Girl Scout Candy Bars have won several industry accolades and awards in their first year, including:

  • Product of the Year: Best Innovation in the Candy Category by Consumer Survey Product Innovation
  • Best New Product by Better Homes & Gardens
  • Best Brand Extension by AdWeek
  • Winner of Licensed/Limited Edition Category by the National Confectionary Sales Association New Product Awards

Who doesn’t love Girl Scout Cookies anyways? I know the Thin Mints and the Samoas are my favorite by far and yes those are two of the options for these Nestlé Crunch Girl Scout Candy Bars. 

Inspired by the three most popular flavors of Girl Scout Cookies, Nestlé Crunch Girl Scout Candy Bars are produced under license from Girl Scouts of the USA and come in three varieties:

  • Thin Mints™ – Dark chocolate cookie wafers and mint chocolate crème, topped with airy crispies and a rich, dark chocolatey coating
  • Caramel & Coconut – Cookie wafers layered with coconut caramel crème and chewy caramel, topped with toasted coconut and drizzled with caramel stripes
  • Peanut Butter Crème – Cookie wafers layered with smooth peanut butter crème, topped with airy crispies and a creamy, chocolatey coating

Which Nestlé Crunch Girl Scout Candy Bar would you want to try and are you going to look for them in your local retail store?

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Valentine’s Day Is Just Around the Corner

Most people who know me know that I have never really celebrated Valentine’s Day but trying to get in the spirit of hearts, candy and love this year. At least a tiny bit … and since I may not always have celebrated this holiday with anything special, I do realize some of my readers may celebrate in their own little way. With that being said, it’s important for me to share tips, ideas, and coupons with you all to ensure that you remember Valentine’s Day is not all about the commercialized products and going broke, it’s about showing love in a way that is unique to you and that special person.

Sharis Berries Valentines Day Gift

One of the more popular gift ideas I had received years ago, as a young single Mom to my daughter was chocolate covered strawberries. I recall one year getting white chocolate and melt chocolate covered HUGE strawberries, that is when I found out that I am not a huge chocolate covered strawberry fan but will gladly eat the chocolate off of the strawberry and then eat the strawberry afterwards. The kids, on the other hand, absolutely would love for me to get them a huge gift of chocolate covered strawberries or even cherries. I personally prefer chocolate covered cherries, if I had to choose.

There are many discount codes online that can assist you in getting that love of your life something special while staying within spending budgets. Money is tight for many these days and that is why spending a ton of money to show your love makes no sense. You could save money with coupon codes for Shari’s Berries chocolate covered fruit by utilizing their online discounts their site among others offer this time of year.

Making Smores by Campfire

If you are a fan of graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate then you must make a habit of making your very own smores by campfire.

First you need to collect one roasting marshmallow stick per person.

Next you have to have a person equipped to handle fire, start a campfire.  Laying the wood in such a way as shown in image, make sure to roll up balls of newspaper in the center to assist in making the fire start easily.

Since the sticks have been collected and the marshmallows are ready to be melted, all you can do now is stand around watching for the fire to start. Be sure to keep little ones far away from the fire, for the heat is immense and may burn them.

Once the fire has started and its’ safe for everyone to start roasting marshmallows you can place one marshmallow per stick and let the roasting begin.

Next you take the marshmallow, still on the stick, out of the fire and put it on top of a graham cracker. Make sure you have already placed a block of chocolate on the graham cracker to ensure the roasted marshmallow melts the chocolate.

The next step is to place another graham cracker square on top of the marshmallow. Be sure to have someone else assist you in pulling the stick out of the roasted marshmallow once the smore is created. Note: this particular marshmallow is burnt to a crisp for that is how my daughter likes it. There is no need to roast your marshmallow to blackness in order for the smore creation to work!

Last but certainly not least, do not forget to thank the chef for putting together your smore!

Or in this particular case, beg the chef to make you another for you do have TWO hands you know!

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