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THERE IS HOPE. Example: If you look at the URL of the link (recipe) you are trying to find, note the original post date, IE: 9/2012, just look in the original URL for month/year and then you can click on the ARCHIVE below under 2012 / September and then click the recipe name.

I am in the process of trying to fix my blog, but links cannot be restored, so basically my 4+ years of blogging is wasted and I am re-building from scratch. AHHHHH, okay! So…. HERE WE GO….

Monday, October 29, 2012

Caramel Nilla Wafers {THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS Linky Party #105}

 
It's our weekly LINKY PARTY {THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS}, where we'd love to see what you've been cooking this week. YOU are invited to come link up your favorite recipes. We've opened up our linky party to anyone who wants to link up. NO RULES, NO REQUIREMENTS, JUST LINK! I am sharing with you today a very cool little candy treat, Caramel Nilla Wafers. I actually made this treat last year for the first time and never got the chance to share it with you. But, it's here now and just in time for you to make for Halloween or pin this recipe for Thanksgiving. It's perfect for BOTH!
 
My son is 13 years old now, my twins are away at college and I am afraid this mommy may just be seeing the last trick-or-treater in my house this year. He is still on the fence if he will trick-or-treat or not, so the jury is still out.  Here is one of my favorite pictures of my twins, their BFF's and my adopted kids (the triplets) and the LITTLE BOY from a few years back, my girls were always troopers and dressed up every year from when they were born until Senior Year of High School, my son not so much.
 

Caramel Nilla Wafers
recipe found in Kraft Foods Magazine (Holiday 2011)

18 Nilla Wafers
8 (or more) Kraft caramels (or other melted caramel that will harden)
melting chocolate (white or milk)
almonds, pecans or Hershey Kisses

Place nilla wafers, bottom-side up on a baking sheet. Microwave caramels until melted (about 1 minute, stirring every 30 seconds). Let caramel stand about 1 minute, then spoon about 1 tsp of melted caramel onto each wafer; top with pecan, almond or Kisses. Melt about 1/4 cup of white chocolate (or milk) and drizzle over wafers.

 
THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS has changed, you can now link up ANY recipe you'd like. Come one, Come all. NO rules, NO requirements, just link up any recipes (or food related craft items) and hop around to visit all the great recipes.
 
If you are a regular to THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS Linky party, then link-up we're excited to see what you made this week. We are no longer sticking with ONE theme, so just link up any of your favorite recipes.
 
 
Your hostess for this linky arty are: Tina from MOMS CRAZY COOKING, Nicole from The Daily Dish and Kristi from Veggie Converter.
 
THE LINKY PARTY is opened ALL Week, come back and link up as many times as you wish, we can't wait to see all your fun and new recipes you made this week!
 
 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Homemade Granola Bars {SECRET RECIPE CLUB}

I decided it was time to try my hand at a Homemade Granola Bar, I can't believe how easy it was, and this batch made a large amount which was perfect for me to take to my daughter's dorm room in Missouri during my visit last week.

Of course, a granola bar isn't a granola bar (in my house) without a little bit of chocolate, so I added some of that into this already delicious recipe from Mele Cotte my Secret Recipe Club blogger for this month, and wah-la a perfect Homemade Granola Bar.

We had been BOO'ed! on our door step and thought it was the cutest thing ever (see photos below) and so we made little goodie bags for the 2nd floor dorm rooms and BOO'ed! everyone there! It was so cute and adorable and all the girls loved it.



My girls are LOVING College-Life.

 
My mom (g'ma) and I got to visit my twins in Missouri this past week for Parents Weekend and Homecoming festivities. We flew in on Wednesday night and spent 5-days there, shopping, cleaning, doing some laundry for them and just enjoying our time with them. Although I miss them very very much, I know there are exactly where God wants them to be. They are having so much fun meeting so many new friends and loving all that college-life has to offer.


We did a little decorating for Halloween and here are my girls with their awesome room mates (Ashlyn & Elizabeth) and (Kayley & Keilah). Plus a fun MUG shot of mama bear and her twins. The BOO! letter is the cute letter we found on our door step one morning and this is the note we left for all the college girls too on their doors along with a good bag complete with the Peep Ghost S'more and a Homemade Granola Bar.

Here is my SECRET RECIPE CLUB post for the month of October. The blog I had was called Mele Cotte and I pinned a whole bunch of fun recipes to try.

Here we go with my 19th post for the Secret Recipe Club; Group C .

Secret Recipe Club
 



Homemade Granola Bars
adapted by me, original recipe found at Mele Cotte

1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 tbsp brown sugar
3/4 cup heath (toffee) pieces
1/4 cup honey
1 cup raisins

2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
5-6 cups rice krispy cereal (or 1/2 rice krispy cereal and 1/2 granola)
1 cup mini chocolate chips

 
Spray a bar pan cookie sheet with Pam cooking spray and then line with parchment paper.

In a large saucepan, melt butter, brown sugar, toffee, and honey over low heat, stirring frequently. Gently bring to a boil, then remove from heat. Add raisins, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir to combine. Add rice cereal and mix well. Wait for at least 3 to 5 minutes before adding in chocolate chips (because you don't want them to melt). Once mixture has cooled down a little add in chocolate chips and gently stir. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan, spread evenly. I like to add an additional sheet of parchment paper to the top and roll evenly with a roller, pressing firmly.

Cool, then chill until firm. Cut into bars. To give away or save until later, wrap individually in Saran wrap.




Here is a list of my past Secret Recipe Club recipes:

PIZZA - PIZZA - PIZZA {THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS Linky Party #104}

THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS has changed, you can now link up ANY recipe you'd like. Come one, Come all. NO rules, NO requirements, just link up any recipe (or food related craft items) and hop around to visit all the great recipes.

Enjoy this LINKY PARTY  and PLEASE come vote for my PIZZA. This is the last week of voting.
 
VOTING IS STILL GOING ON (my pizza is on page 3),
Please click HERE to come vote for this delicious PIZZA!

"Build a Better Pizza" Facebook Recipe Contest for Hodgson Mill. I am so excited to have gotten the opportunity to create a HEALTHIER pizza crust. Please VOTE for me... and enter in the $25 prize package from Hodgson.




THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS has changed, you can now link up ANY recipe you'd like. Come one, Come all. NO rules, NO requirements, just link up any recipes (or food related craft items) and hop around to visit all the great recipes.
 
If you are a regular to THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS Linky party, then link-up we're excited to see what you made this week. We are no longer sticking with ONE theme, so just link up any of your favorite recipes. 
 

Please Grab Our Button!!!

Your hostess for this linky arty are: Tina from MOMS CRAZY COOKING, Nicole from The Daily Dish and Kristi from Veggie Converter.

THE LINKY PARTY is opened ALL Week, come back and link up as many times as you wish, we can't wait to see all your fun and new recipes you made this week!
 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Pretzel Kisses {Pumpkin Spice}


It's Homecoming Weekend at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri and I am here with my girls to hang out for the weekend. I am so happy that even though they are 1837 miles away I still get to come visit and enjoy their college experience with them. So, BLESSED!

Here is a FUN treat for the Holiday Season. Make these ahead of time for a party and they are a great snack or just make some up and baggie them up for a Holiday gift for friends and family.


Pretzel Kisses
found on Cookies & Cups

2 bags of Hershey’s Kisses (we used Hugs & Pumpkin Spice)
1 bag of Pretzel Snaps
Big baking sheet
Waxed paper – for easy removal


Preheat oven to 300. Unwrap Kisses (this is the hardest part, hehe). Line baking sheet with waxed paper, this will ease the mess or use a non-stick baking pan (that's what I did and it worked fine)

Lay one pretzel down and top with a Kisses. Pop in the oven for 2 min, just until they are glossy and softish. Remove from oven and let sit for 1 more minute, to continue the softening process. (Just watch them if you leave in the oven too long they will completely melt and run through the pretzel). Now top each Kisses with another pretzel pushing down gently, so it sticks together

I pop the baking sheet in the freezer for a few minutes to cool them off, or leave on the counter to cool.




Friday, October 19, 2012

White Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix

I was making up a few goodies for a Fundraiser-Bake Sale and came across this recipe. I knew I had some Chex Mix cereal (that my girls have now decided they don't like), this was the perfect recipe to turn that unwanted cereal into a delicious treat! Of course, everyone loved it once I put a little chocolate with it.

White Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix
found recipe on Cooking with K

1 lb white chocolate melts
6 cups Chex cereal (any kind or mix a few together, we used rice and corn)
Chopped Pieces of Orange Chocolate
1 to 2 tsp Pumpkin Spice
16 oz. M&M'S Peanut Butter Chocolate Candies, or Peanut Chocolate Candies, or Plain Chocolate

In a medium microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate in the microwave for 1 minute intervals, until completely melted; set aside. In a large bowl, add cereal, chocolate pieces, and M&Ms. Pour melted chocolate over the cereal mixture. Using a large spatula to mix and coat all the chex mix. Once all the mixture is coated real well with the chocolate, pour out onto a table lined with waxed paper. Once cooled, break up into piece and store in an air tight container.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Pumpkin Spice Fudge

I hope you are enjoy these delicious Pumpkin recipes, it's that time of year.
Since I am away (in Missouri) this week again, I've been able to schedule some awesome
posts for you 'all. Stayed tuned each day for some new treats.
 



Pumpkin Spice Fudge
recipe found over at Aunt Peg's Recipe Box

2 cups sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
3/4 cups butter
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1-1/2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 (12 oz) pkg white chocolate chips (or white chocolate melting chips)
1 (7 oz) jar Marshmallow creme
1 cup chopped pecans 
1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Butter a 9 x 13 baking dish or line with parchment paper. Combine sugar, brown sugar, butter, evaporated milk, pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice in a heavy saucepan: cook over medium heat until the sugars dissolve, then continue cooking until the mixture begins to boil, stirring constantly. Boil until a candy thermometer reaches the the soft-ball stage (234 ~ 243 degrees).

Remove from heat, stir in the white chips until they are all melted and mixture is smooth. Add in the marshmallow creme, pecans and vanilla, mix well. Pour into prepared pan, and cool to room temperature. Cut into squares, store refrigerated in an air tight container.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

ULTIMATE CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE {Apple Pie}

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My weekend was JAM PACKED, I held a 3-day garage sale and raised $1,050 dollars for my son's Washington DC and New York City field trip, and today I am leaving on a plane to Missouri but not before I announce the winner of the APPLE PIE challenge. It's time for that CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE ultimate recipe. The Apple Pies were kind'of all over the place from apple bars, to apple pie cookies and then the traditional apple pies, which is what we were looking for. But, in all fairness, I wanted to promote the apple recipe that received the MOST hits.

I am LOVING the NEW CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE and it's simple rules, the easy link up and all all the information being delivered in one post (on the 7th of every month), no more pouring through 100+ emails every week. Yes, I really think I am gonna LOVE LOVE the new CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE, I hope we can get some more followers and bloggers who want to join in with us, because it truly is alot of fun. You can click on the tab and read all about the challenge and join us next month as we search for the ULTIMATE Stuffing (dressing) Recipe.

Today, I am excited to announce the winner of the challenge, voted on by you the readers and bloggers. If you missed the post or if you are new here make sure you go back and check them out...  APPLE PIE RECIPES !

The Ultimate Recipe is chosen from the blog that received the most traffic/most clicks from the linky party. Did you know that our little challenge received almost 18,000 hits in one week. You guys are AMAZING!

Now, let's announce the October WINNER of the CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE.

The Ultimate APPLE PIE Recipe

We'd like to thank you for sharing your recipe with the CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE. You deserve a big round of applause and you are entitled to the ULTIMATE CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE BUTTON, please feel free to grab it below if you wish and post it proudly on your blog.

A BIG THANK YOU to all of the bloggers who participated.

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VOTE FOR MY PIZZA {THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS LINKY PARTY #103}

THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS has changed, you can now link up ANY recipe you'd like. Come one, Come all. NO rules, NO requirements, just link up any recipe (or food related craft items) and hop around to visit all the great recipes.

It's that time again, time for me to jet off from California to my second home in St. Charles, Missouri to see my twins'zz at college. Holding up to my promise of visiting them once a month (not sure who is more excited me or my mother)? G'ma is going with me this time and it's been almost 3 months since she has seen them. The girls just roll their eyes about me visitng once a month, but I promised myself I was never gonna sit around and WISH I was there or CRY myself to sleep at night because I missed them so much, I would just hop on a plane and go. And I am, and I LOVE it! I am both happy and very lucky that I have the opportunity to do this. It's alot of hard work to make this happen, but it's important to me and I will do it for as long as possible. SO, here's to trip #2 for this Freshman School year for my girls.
 
Oh, but wait there is a LINKY PARTY that is going on and a PIZZA recipe that I need your votes. Please hop on over and VOTE for my Fire Roasted Sausage Pizza.
 
VOTING HAS BEGUN (my pizza is on page 3),
Please click HERE to come vote for this delicious PIZZA!

"Build a Better Pizza" Facebook Recipe Contest for Hodgson Mill. I am so excited to have gotten the opportunity to create a HEALTHIER pizza crust. Please VOTE for me... and enter in the $25 prize package from Hodgson.



THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS has changed, you can now link up ANY recipe you'd like. Come one, Come all. NO rules, NO requirements, just link up any recipes (or food related craft items) and hop around to visit all the great recipes.
 
If you are a regular to THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS Linky party, then link-up we're excited to see what you made this week. We are no longer sticking with ONE theme, so just link up any of your favorite recipes. 


Please Grab Our Button!!!

Your hostess for this linky arty are: Tina from MOMS CRAZY COOKING, Nicole from The Daily Dish and Kristi from Veggie Converter.

THE LINKY PARTY is opened ALL Week, come back and link up as many times as you wish, we can't wait to see all your fun and new recipes you made this week!
 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fire Roasted Sausage Pizza {Hodgson Mill} & {GIVEAWAY}

VOTING HAS BEGUN (my pizza is on page 3), Please click HERE to come vote for this delicious PIZZA!


Today, I am here to share with you a "Build a Better Pizza" Facebook Recipe Contest for Hodgson Mill. I am so excited to have gotten the opportunity to create a HEALTHIER pizza crust. The crust was made with 50% Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Flour and I can tell you that with out a doubt this pizza was delicious in every way. You couldn't even tell it was whole wheat. I don't know why we don't make pizza crust like this every time? Please read below how you can VOTE for me... and enter in the $25 prize package from Hodgson.


We started with the homemade crust and besides the little bit of time needed for rising, the recipe is a cinch to make (I even cleaned out the attic and made the homemade pizza at the same time, just multi-tasking at it's finest). I also included a Homemade Fire Roasted Pizza Sauce, which I was able to sneak in some meat into for my picky son who is a "cheese only pizza" kind'of guy, (score, and extra point for mom). We then topped it off with my favorite Sausage and Black Olives for my half and my sons half was topped with plain ole' cheese (and he loved it too and had no idea I snuck in some protein in the sauce UNDER the cheese).

VOTING JUST STARTED: Come vote for me!  Please head on over to the Facebook Fan Page for Hodgson and VOTE FOR MY PIZZA! Anyone who votes will be automatically entered to win a $25 prize package of your very own. GOOD LUCK and THANK YOU in advance for your vote. 

The more votes I receive from all of you (MY AWESOME READERS), the better chance I have of winning this VERY COOL contest! (Voting ends at 5pm CST on October 30, 2012)

Now, let's get on with this delicious recipe. We started with the easy whole wheat crust...



Fire Roasted Sausage Pizza
created by me, Tina Hudgens

garlic butter pizza crust
1-1/8 cups warm water
1 pkg (8.75 gram) Hodgson Mill Active Dry Yeast
1 tbsp Honey
1-1/2 tbsp olive oil
1-1/2 cups Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Flour
1 cup Hodgson Mill Organic Naturally White All Purpose Flour
1 tsp Kosher Salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp of each Basil, Oregano and Italian Seasoning

5 tbsp butter
1 tsp minced garlic
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

2 tbsp Parmesan cheese

In a large bowl combine warm water, package of yeast, honey and olive oil. Whisk and then let it sit until a foamy top forms. Set your timer for 10 minutes, and wait. When you see the foam, add in the flour, kosher salt, garlic powder and the three spices, stirring with a wooden spoon, then kneading with your hands until dough is formed and not sticky (you can add in an extra 1/4 cup flour if needed). Take a tbsp of olive oil and rub into a clean bowl and stick your kneaded dough into this rolling it around a few times. Cover with a towel and place in a warm place to raise for 1-1/2 hours. (this is when you get to go clean out the attic, like I did)

As soon as you start your timer on the dough rising, it's best to place your COLD pizza stone into a COLD oven. Yes, place it in a cold oven, then turn on the oven to 500 degrees and let it sit in there until you are ready to cook your pizza.


(NOTE: begin making your pizza sauce now, if you haven't already so that it can simmer on the stove for 45 minutes along with your rising of your crust - I love to multi-task!)

Once your dough is ready, lay out flour on a flat surface and begin kneading some more. It's best if you have a pizza board to place this on, because it's almost impossible to move it to the hot pizza stone in the oven without one. Using a rolling pin or your hands form your desired crust, we like it traditional round. Once you have your desired shape, place a towel over crust and let rise in a warm place for 10 additional minutes. (This dough could easily make two smaller thinner crust pizzas just by dividing the dough in half. We choose to make one super duper thick pizza crust and I can tell you we LOVE LOVE LOVED the thick crust.)

Now it's ready for the garlic butter sauce. Melt 5 tbsp butter and mix the 1 tsp or minced garlic into the melted butter. Apply to the pizza dough, once complete sprinkle on the red pepper flakes and the Parmesan cheese before spreading on the pizza sauce.



Fire Roasted Pizza Sauce
created by me, Tina Hudgens

1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 cup crushed tomatoes (we used Tomatoes and Green Chilies combined)
1 cup Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce
1/2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tbsp honey
1/4 tsp of each Oregano, Basil, Garlic Powder, Kosher Salt, Pepper and Italian Seasoning
1 whole bay leaf
1 cup cooked sausage, crumbled very fine (to sneak past the little boy)

1 small can tomato paste (use to your liking & thickness)

Throw all of the above ingredients (except tomato paste) into a sauce pan and cook until it boils. Lower to simmer and cook for 45 minutes on simmer. Once your crust is ready to go, then take your pizza sauce and mix with the desired about of tomato paste to your liking (I used the whole can for all of my sauce, I don't like running sauce). The sauce recipes make enough for about 2 to 3 pizza crusts depending on how little or how much sauce you like.

FREEZER TIP: When I make this sauce, I like that it makes extra and I can freeze for another pizza day. Here is what I do, take a wide mouth cup and fold over a ziploc bag (this saves you from a mess), then take 1 cup of sauce and pour into the baggie, then it's ready to freeze into individual servings. (I love having extra homemade pizza sauce on hand).


And now this wonderful delicious pizza is complete, ready to go into the oven. Change the oven degrees to 350 and then place the pizza on the hot pizza stone in the oven. Cook for about 25 - 30 minutes and you will have delicious pipping hot pizza, that you made from scratch. ENJOY!


Please come vote for me on the "Build a Better Pizza" Facebook Recipe Contest for Hodgson Mill.
 


Giveaway Rules: No rules, no requirements. Just leave a comment and you are entered to win a $25 prize package from Hodgson Mill.

It's an EASY giveaway to win! Good Luck!
Winner will be picked on Monday 10/15/12
 
Hodgson Mill is providing the products for this post 
at no cost to me for review, the opinions in this post are entirely mine.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Ranch Apple-Bacon Coleslaw {Hidden Valley Ranch & Lunch Break for Kids}

I am so excited to be a part of and share with all of you my great readers about Lunch Break for Kids with Hidden Valley Ranch.  Lunch Break for Kids is a national fundraiser to highlight ways for parents and kids to come together with chefs and schools to learn more about how simple, good food can make healthier bodies and stronger family connections.

Click on the location tab here  for a local Lunch Break for Kids fundraiser or a Childhood Nutrition Day volunteer location in your area to join, or start one of your own.

As a mom I have always had so much fun making my kids breakfast in the morning before school, and then being creative with their lunches too. Here are a few FUN first day of school photos from years past. Even though my daughters are off at college now and I just have my little guy left (he is in 8th grade, how did that happen?), I do try and be as creative as possible with him (but my twins were so much better at trying new things, he is kind of a creature of habit and enjoys the SAME thing everyday). But, I will tell you ALL of my kids love Hidden Valley Ranch, it's pretty much a staple at every meal (almost).



I think my little guys favorite thing would be cucumbers and ranch (pizza and ranch is up there too), but if we are going for healthy then cucumbers and ranch would be his thing (he won't eat carrots or celery or broccoli or anything else on the veggie try), but give him a whole cucumber and he will go to town. He loves tomatoes too, it's funny in Kindergarten his teacher would be so amazed that he would bring a whole tomato in his lunch pail, she really thought it was a very rich red apple, and when she discovered it was a tomato she was speechless. He still loves those tomatoes, the grape tomatoes are his favorite. He can pop those in his mouth like they are candy (yep, happy mama), and he use to love avocados, although that phase has faded a little I was extremely happy when he use to want avocados over ice cream.


Today, I wanted to share with you a quick Hidden Valley Ranch Apple-Bacon Coleslaw that I created for a quick and easy healthy veggie snack in your kids lunch boxes (or mom's lunch box too).


Ranch Apple-Bacon Coleslaw
created by me, Tina Hudgens

1 head of cabbage
4 celery stalks, diced
1/4 cup diced green onions (or less)
2 red apples, unpeeled and diced
1 tsp lemon juice
3/4 cup Hidden Valley Ranch salad dressing
3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp sugar (optional)
4 slices crisp cooked bacon, crumbled

Shred or finely dice a head of cabbage and add to a large bowl. Take your diced celery and add to the bowl, chopped your red apples with the skin on, as it allows for great color in your coleslaw and toss this with the lemon juice before adding it to the bowl. Pour in the ranch dressing, apple cider vinegar, sugar and the bacon. Mix together and refrigerate for at least an hour (or overnight) before serving. I like to package these up into small individual containers like shown below to make a perfect addition to your kids lunch or for a quick grab for an after school snack.


"Part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program"
 
The Hidden Valley® Original Ranch®, dressings & dips has provided me with free product to help with my review, but anything I receive from Hidden Valley does not affect my thoughts on its company or their product.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Peanut Butter Cupcakes {THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS LINKY PARTY #102}

THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS has changed, you can now link up ANY recipe you'd like. Come one, Come all. NO rules, NO requirements, just link up any recipe (or food related craft items) and hop around to visit all the great recipes.

 
This is a SIMPLE and easy Peanut Butter Cupcake, that doesn't even require a recipe (well almost). I love making cupcakes, they aren't fancy and I am still working on my frosting skills, but I do love making them, store bought cupcakes are non-existent in my home, NEVER EVER EVER will I buy those again (that hasn't always been the case), but since my blog began in 2010, I've haven't bought another store cupcake, and I hope to keep it that way. 
 

Peanut Butter Cupcakes
no recipe needed


Make a batch of your favoite homemade or from a box chocolate cupcakes.
Add in about 3/4 of a bag of Peanut Butter M&M's before baking.

Bake as directed and then frost and added 3 colorful M&M's to the top for decoration. Our favorite buttercream frosting works great with these cupcakes.

Buttercream Frosting
from Your Homebased Mom

3 sticks butter, softened
2 lbs. powdered sugar (approx. 7 cups)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
whipping cream or 1/2 and 1/2 – enough to thin frosting to desired consistency

Beat butter in mixer on medium high for 2-3 minutes or until pale and creamy. Reduce speed to medium and add sugar, 1/2 cup at a time. Beat well after each addition increasing speed to high after all sugar is added. Add vanilla and food coloring if desired. Beat until buttercream is smooth. Can be refrigerated for several days if covered. If refrigerating, bring to room temperature before using and beat on low until smooth.

 



THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS has changed, you can now link up ANY recipe you'd like. Come one, Come all. NO rules, NO requirements, just link up any recipes (or food related craft items) and hop around to visit all the great recipes.
 
If you are a regular to THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS Linky party, then link-up we're excited to see what you made this week. We are no longer sticking with ONE theme, so just link up any of your favorite recipes. 

Please Grab Our Button!!!

Your hostess for this linky arty are: Tina from MOMS CRAZY COOKING, Nicole from The Daily Dish and Kristi from Veggie Converter.

THE LINKY PARTY is opened ALL Week, come back and link up as many times as you wish, we can't wait to see all your fun and new recipes you made this week!
 

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