Friday, March 27, 2015

COPYCAT ALMOND JOY




COPYCAT ALMOND JOY


Homemade Almond Joy Bars | www.somethingswanky.com
Love Almond Joy? Make your own at home!
Ingredients:
  • 2/3 cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 14 oz Sweetened Flaked Coconut
  • 2/3 cup Whole Almonds
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 12 oz Semisweet Chocolate
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Directions:
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. If almonds are not toasted, place in 300 oven for 5-7 minutes. Allow to cool.
  3. Remove almonds from pan and set aside.
  4. Combine condensed milk and vanilla in a bowl and mix well.
  5. Add powdered sugar and stir until blended.
  6. Add coconut and stir until well mixed.
  7. Form into 1 1/4″ x 3″ bars and place on prepared sheet.
  8. Place 2 almonds on each bar and place in freezer for at least 1 hour.
  9. Melt chocolate by microwaving for 1 minute, stirring and repeating until melted.
  10. Dip the bars into the chocolate to completely cover using a fork.
  11. Tap gently on bowl to shake off excess and return to the prepared sheet.
  12. Refrigerate 30 minutes to set.
Let me know if you try it!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Prayer Request Please

If you know me personally, or have read my blog
for very long, you have heard me talk
about my dear friend Marci.

She's an amazing person who even
has her own store!
(which is closed at the present time)

If the Lord lays it on your heart, would you
pray for her?
She has an inoperable, aggressive brain
cancer. She opted for alternative treatment
and is currently undergoing treatment.

Here is a pic of us when we were together the last
time.
 I would covet your prayers for her, she
is in the fight of her life-for her life.
Thank you so much!
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above
 all that we ask or think, according to the power 
that worketh in us,
Unto him be glory in the church 
by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, 
world without end. Amen. 
 Ephesians 3:20, 21

Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring Centerpieces and Easter Gardens

Easter Egg Floral Arrangement
You can also insert easter grass in the bottom in whatever
color you want to highlight. That would also take
up some of the space and you wouldn't need so many
eggs.
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Old watering can used as a vase #wedding #decoration #idea
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easy easter decorating, christmas decorations, easter decorations, seasonal holiday d cor, Carrots and flowers from the garden combined in a jar and not only do you have a beautiful arrangement but the combination of aromas lingers for days
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You could use plastic eggs for this -they used real...

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Dyed eggs were covered with glitter-glue spray to create this striking arrangement.
Complete Instructions:
Glitter eggs: Dye hard-boiled eggs and let dry. To finish, either spray eggs with glitter glue or spray with glue and roll in fine glitter (available at crafts stores).
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If you want a true focus on the meaning of Easter, then these gardens may
be just the idea you are looking for!

Easter Garden - 80 Fabulous Easter Decorations You Can Make Yourself
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*Just remember to keep the garden in a warm location with lots of sunlight and give
 it plenty of water every day.
Easter Garden tutorial
This link tells you how to do an Easter Garden

23 Cute and Crafty Easter Craft Ideas for Kids

Enjoy your Easter!
He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the 
place where the Lord lay. Matthew 28:6 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Cute Easter Idea - No Bake! Great For School Parties :)



These Chocolate Egg Nest Cookies are so cute and delicious! They make for a delicious Easter and/or spring treat!





NO-BAKE CHOCOLATE EGG NEST COOKIES
These Chocolate Egg Nest Cookies are so cute and delicious! They make for a delicious Easter and/or spring treat!
Author: 
Recipe type: Dessert
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 (12 oz) bag milk chocolate chips
  • 1 (12 oz) bag butterscotch chips, more chocolate chips, or peanut butter chips
  • 1 (12 oz) bag chow mien noodles (or those tiny pretzel sticks or potato sticks) I used Cadburry chocolate eggs, but you can also use M&Ms or Jelly Beans.
  • Peeps if making bigger nests in the large muffin pan.
*For a healthier version, make these with kashi cereal and dark chocolate chips
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a large microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and butterscotch chips together in microwave, stirring every 30 seconds.
  2. Stir in chow mien noodles.
  3. Spray muffin tins lightly with cooking spray.
  4. Drop by spoonfuls into a greased muffin tin and mold into nest shapes.
  5. If you are making the larger nests to fit a peep inside, mold into large greased muffin tins.
  6. Let set, you can also place in the refrigerator to help them set up quicker.
  7. Place eggs and/or peeps on top.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Decorating on a Dime


Thought I'd share some of the little things we did to decorate for 
St. Patty's. Just to brighten things up a bit.

I found these silk carnations at the Dollar Tree
Also found the vinyl clover stickers there-placed one on this mirrored window

Also got the garland below from Dollar Tree as well.

More Carnations from them below--can you see they even have
a little sparkly clover in them.



I saw these cute glittery clovers, we used a hole punch
and put ribbon that we already had through the hole.
We hung them on the living room valance.

More of the vinyl cling decorations.

A little ribbon around our white taper candles.
Just be careful if you burn the candles that you do not
let the flame get too close and burn the ribbon-it
could start a fire.
Hope you found these ideas fun and helpful!?

We spent $7 on decorations shown :)

Friday, March 6, 2015

Time Saving Idea

On those nights when you are running short on time, try this idea... Instead of making a meatloaf that takes a long time to bake, use your regular recipe, and put them in your muffin tins instead. Takes
only about 30 min. at 375!




ENJOY!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Snow Day Baking

We always bake on a snow day-which we had today!
Bri made gluten free corn muffins, and I made these:




Gluten-Free Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients

  • 5 1/3 ounces (1 1/3 cups) white rice flour
  • 2.5 ounces (1/2 cup) sweet rice flour
  • 2 ounces (1/2 cup) cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum (this prevents the cookies from spreading)
  • 7 ounces (14 tablespoons) butter, softened
  • 5 1/4 ounces (3/4 cup) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Procedures

  1. 1
    Preheat oven to 300°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. In small bowl, whisk together white rice flour, sweet rice flour, cornstarch, salt, baking powder, and xanthan gum. In bowl of stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter, sugar, and vanilla extract together, on medium-low speed, until a thick paste forms, about 30 seconds. Shut off stand mixer. Add dry ingredients. Turn on mixer and mix until a dough forms, about three minutes.
  2. 2
    Lightly white rice flour your countertop. Turn dough out onto counter and shape dough into a disk. Using a rolling pin, roll dough out, about 1/4-inch thick. Cut using a round cutter and place cookies on prepared baking sheet, about two inches apart. Bake until cookies are lightly golden brown on the edges and aromatic, about 30 minutes.
  3. 3
    Allow cookies to cool on the pan for five minutes and then transfer to wire rack to cool. Repeat using remaining dough.
We made these today and did some cinnamon, some plain, and some chocolate chip. YUMMY!