Posts tagged ‘parties’

July 2, 2012

“Trix are for Treats”

“Silly Rabbit, Trix are for Kids” … well they aren’t just for kids today!

The Slogan for this post is now “Silly Baker, Trix are for [Rice Crispy] Treats”

Many of us grew up on Rice Crispy Treats (if not at home often then we craved them on the rare occasion that we did get them). There is just something magical about the sugary sticky mess with a crunch that the cereal and the marshmallow create. With these Crispy Treats we take that sugar-overload to the next level as we use Trix instead of Rice Crispies for not only more sweetness but also a super fun burst of color!

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January 31, 2012

Souper Super Bowl

This weekend marks the biggest TV Watching Events this country knows, The Super Bowl! In our school our students are taking the lead in running something called the Super Bowl of Caring.

I realized that I should share with you some of my own Super Soups for Super Bowl…

Guinness French Onion Soup

soup & biscuitLoaded Baked Potato Beer Soup

Tomato Soup

Pasta Fagioli

Cilantro White Bean Soup

Reuben Soup

Habanero Tomato Soup

Mushroom Brie Soup

Jalapeno Soup

… for even more soup recipes, click on the “soup” tag or category on the right


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January 21, 2012

DIY Sushi Date Night

Sushi is tasty

Dates are fun

Why not make your own sushi for a tasty fun date night

I am by no means an expert on Sushi Making. We have done it a few times and honestly, the  best way to learn to make sushi is to practice! You might want to watch a few videos (Hi YouTube), go out to eat & watch the expert make your rolls, or look up some tutorials.

The basics that you need to know are place your nori sheet on a bamboo mat. Place about 1/2 cup of your rice on the nori and pat it into the bottom 3/4 of the nori. Put your desired fillings carefully on the 1/3 of the nori closest to you. Carefully roll the sushi and then cut into 6 – 8 pieces. That is the long & the short of it.

Don’t expect the first (few) rolls to look good, but they will sure be tasty!



There are a few things that you need…

  • sense of fun/adventure
  • acceptance that you might make mistakes
  • Nori
  • Sushi Rice
  • Pickled Ginger
  • Wasabi
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Soy Sauce
  • Cream Cheese
  • Cucumber
  • Green Onions
  • Avocado
  • Imitation Crab
  • Salmon
  • Tuna
  • Other Sushi Fillings of your choice









One Year Ago – my Horoscope about making others happy through feeding them (which is still hanging in my kitchen)

And I leave you with this, Today’s Question of the Day… what is your favorite Date that is centered around an Activity?

September 12, 2011

Bloody Mary – Tomato Juice

When Life gives you Lemons – You make Lemonade… SO when Life give you Tomatoes, you make Tomato Juice! We have been enjoying our garden fresh tomatoes for more than a month. I am getting to a point that I am sick and tired of chopping to make bruschetta and tomato salad and salsa though. It is time to give my blender a work-out to help ‘deal with’ my tomatoes! We loved Habanero Tomato Soup last week and since my Bloody Mary loving Grandma was home from her trip & coming to visit I had no other option but tomato juice!

The flavor of this juice was wholesome & pretty good (mom was not a fan of it).  I’m not sure what I would & should change but I know that I want to experiment some more [next year probably]… any suggestions!?

“Raw” Bloody Mary Mix

roughly based on Our Share of the Harvest

(make about 1 quart)

  • 2 pounds tomatoes, washed, cored and halved
  • 1 yellow onion, quartered
  • 1- 2 celery stalks
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • 1-2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

Throw all ingredients in the blender – blend until smooth. Taste, adjust as needed. Refrigerate for a few hours (or overnight +) to let all of the flavors meld.

Serve with some Habanero Infused Vodka and a stalk of celery. Enjoy responsibly!

And I leave you with this, Today’s Question of the Day… Tomatoes are a Fruit, Lemons are a Fruit… what is your favorite “Fruit Juice”?

May 11, 2011

Chocolate Cups with Peanut Butter Mousse

By a show of hands, how many of you remember the chocolate mousse cups I made at Christmas? … ok – you can put your hands down. Now that we have in mind where we are starting from, please erase all memories of that disaster and kindly turn your attention toward these beautiful cups made of chocolate filled with a light peanut butter mousse cream!

Now please wipe the drool from  your face.

These look so much harder than they are. Start with mini balloons, melt some chocolate, add some filling & you are dressed to impress!

For Mother’s Day this year I was entertaining my folks AND Rich’s folks so needed something we would all love. All Mom’s love chocolate and peanut butter (ok, maybe not “all” moms – but at least the two of ours both do)! So I knew that I wanted to re-attempt my fail (ok, they were not a fail – just not a raging success like these) at chocolate cups but this time add some peanut butter flavor.

To sum up these chocolate cups with peanut butter mousse: my dad (my most honest and pickiest critc) said [mumbled] “you can make these whenever you want” through his full mouth, to which my mom responded with just a really extreme head nod since her mouth was full and she’s a lady! So what are you waiting for!?! Get off the computer and start making these (or pencil these in for the next event on your calendar where you want to impress)

RECIPE – chocolate cups with peanut butter whipped mousse

To Make your Chocolate Cups:

Blow up about a dozen “water bombs” (you know – those little water balloons that we all love from our childhood summer days!) Rinse and dry all of your balloons just to make sure there is no ‘balloon powder” on the outside of the balloon or in your chocolate cups then! Melt about 1/2 a package of melting chips or your favorite chocolate (I did a mix of melting chips and chocolate chips in a medium bowl (microwave or double boiler).

Carefully dunk your balloons in the chocolate, making a 1/2 circle (not too tall, but not too short) wipe the excess chocolate from the bottom and place it on a piece of wax paper (on top of a board). If you need help, check out this video demonstration. Once you have dipped all your cups place them all in the fridge for at least an hour to set up solid. When they are ready, pop your balloons and carefully peel the shriveled up balloon out of the chocolate shell. Now fill to your hearts desire…

For the Peanut Butter Mousse (from Erica’s Sweet Tooth)

  • 3/4 cups peanut butter chips (I used a package of Nestles chocolate/peanut butter chips – but use your favorite flavors)
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream, divided
  • 2 T creamy peanut butter
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 T granulated sugar

Microwave the peanut butter chips and 1/2 cup of cream in large, microwave save bowl in 30 second intervals, stirring each time until chips are melted and smooth. Whisk in the peanut butter, cinnamon, and vanilla. Place mixture in the fridge to cool to room temperature. In the bowl of an electric mixture, beat 3/4 cup heavy cream with the sugar until stiff peaks form. Carefully fold the cooled peanut butter mixture into the cream in 3 additions until mousse is uniform. Transfer mousse into a piping bag fitting with a large tip and pipe mousse into chocolate cups
Garnish as needed: chocolate, fruit, mint, etc

don't let extra mousse go to waste

p.s. after styling: all images created by Rich Alborn Photography (also known as NJ Wedding Photo), my wonderfully talented boyfriend & #1 taste tester!

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