Cheerio Bars

Need a treat everyone will enjoy? These are a great, even people who aren’t a huge fan of peanut butter will love them. Cheerio bars is an alternative to the Rice Krispie treats, these are simple and easy for a non-bake bar.

Cereal isn’t just for your breakfast table, there are many different options to eating cereal rather then just in a bowl with milk. This is one substitution to your everyday morning cereal.

With just a few ingredients and one pan you will have a  tasty treat in minutes.

Ingredients:

1 cup Light Corn Syrup
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Peanut Butter
6 cups Cheerios Cereal
1 cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips
1 cup White Chocolate Chips

Procedure:

  1. In a large pan combine the corn syrup, and sugar over medium-high heat.
  2. Bring to a boil stirring constantly.
  3. Cook until sugar is dissolved, remove from heat.
  4. Add the peanut butter and stir until smooth.
  5. Add the cereal, and combine well.
  6. Lightly butter or spray a 13×9 inch pan.
  7. Press mixture into pan.
  8. Melt the two chocolate’s separately. and drizzle over the top of the cereal.
  9. Cut, and serve.

Soft Pretzels

I love pretzels,  it used to be one of my favorite reasons to go to the mall, I would always stop by the pretzel shop.  🙂 This is a simple recipe and they are pretty easy to make. Right at first I had a hard time making them into pretzel shapes, but once you do a couple, you will get the hang of it.  Give them a try!  Wow your friends with homemade pretzels.  I seasoned some with salt, and made of few sweet ones sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon.

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

3 3/4 cup Flour
1 tablespoon Sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons Salt
1 package of fast-acting Dry Yeast
1 1/2 cups Water
2 tablespoons Vegetable Oil

Pretzel Wash:

1 cup Water
2 teaspoons Soda
Coarse Salt

Procedure:

  1. Heat 1 1/2 cups water over medium heat until 125 degrees F.
  2. While water is warming up, in a large bowl, combine the 2 cups of the flour, sugar, salt, and yeast till all combined.
  3. Add the warm water and the oil to the dry mixture, beat with a mixture for 1 minute on low speed.
  4. Beat for 1 minute on medium speed.
  5. Stir in the remaining flour until dough is soft, forms a ball and lifts off the side of the bowl.
  6. Lightly sprinkle flour over cutting board, place the dough in center of flour.
  7. Knead the dough by folding towards you, then with the heels of your hands, pushing dough away from you with a rocking motion. Knead for about 5 minutes.
  8. Form dough into a large ball and place plastic wrap or a towel over the dough and let rise for about 15 minutes.
  9. Heat oven to 425 degrees F.
  10. Spray cooking sheets with cooking spray.
  11. In a shallow bowl combine the 1 cup water and baking soda (pretzel wash).
  12. Divide the dough in half, then in half again and 1 more times.
  13. With your hands roll the dough out into a rope.
  14. To make pretzel shape, form rope into a circle, crossing ends at top. Fold dough so crossed ends rest on bottom of circle.
  15. Stir pretzel wash, brush over both sides of pretzel, using a pastry brush.
  16. Place pretzel on cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining dough.
  17. Cover pretzels loosely with plastic wrap. To make thin pretzels, let rest about 5 minutes or until very slightly puffed. To make thicker pretzels, let rise in a warm place 15 to 20 minutes or until puffed.
  18. Brush pretzels with pretzel wash and sprinkle with coarse salt.
  19. Bake 1 cookie sheet at a time 10 to 13 minutes or until golden brown.
  20. Remove from cookie sheets to a cooling rack and cool at least 15 minutes.
  21. Serve warm or cooled.

Meatballs

Who doesn’t love homemade meatballs? The first time I ever made meatballs was for a school project back in the 4th grade, we had to make little porcupines out of meatballs.

Meatballs are a great way to spice up any dish, from pasta to soup.  Make them any size you like.

Meatballs are to quick and easy.  You get to be hands on as you squish the ingredients together and then form the meatballs. It’s fun!  This meatball recipe calls for simple ingredients for a simple and fast high protein meal.  Substitute ground turkey for a lighter version.  If you don’t use a fresh chopped onion, you can substitute with a Tablespoon of minced dry onion.

Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1 lb Lean Ground Beef
2/4 cup Bread Crumbs
1/4 cup Milk
1 Egg
1/4 cup Chopped Onion
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 teaspoon Pepper

Procedure:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Line a 13×9-inch pain with foil, or you can use a cookie sheet. Spray with cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl combine the meat, bread crumbs, milk, onions, egg, salt, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper.
  4. Shape into balls, size you would prefer, place in pan 1 inch apart.
  5. Bake uncovered for 26 minutes.
  6. Check the largest one to make sure cooked all the way through. You don’t want any pink left.
  7. Serve

Ben & Jerry’s- S’mores

If you ask my boyfriend, Matthew Blancarte, he will tell you for the past couple months I keep asking if we can make S’mores. I love S’mores because they remind me of camping and being outside. Needless to say, my favorite part is the marshmallow.

So, when we were at the grocery store the other night, I was standing in front of the ice cream and I couldn’t decide what flavor I wanted to get. Then, all the way in the back I saw one flavor that caught my eye… S’mores. There was only one left so I had to get it. Right when we got home I opened up the ice cream and started eating it right out of the container.

It was so tasty! The nice smooth chocolate ice cream with fudge chunks, toasted marshmallow’s and graham crackers swirls. My favorite part was the marshmallow’s and graham cracker swirls. It added that much-needed crunchy texture.

This is definitely a flavor I would recommend to everyone. Go buy yours, and you wont want to share.

No Bake Chocolate Cookies

I can remember when I was a little girl at my grandparents house, and my grandma would be in the kitchen making these cookies. To me they always looked a little funny from my child view. I would always try to sneak a taste before they were ever done and my grandpa would have to always tell me “No, no Bailey, they are not ready to eat yet!”  I just couldn’t wait, I wanted to eat one right then. As I got older my grandma taught me how to make these and now I’m sharing it with all of you.

These cookies are simple to make, with only one hard part ~ to let them cool completely before you can eat one. If you are going to serve them at a party or event I recommended making them the night before, that way they will be ready in time.

Kids will love helping with these cookies, just be careful because the mixture gets very hot.

Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1 3/4 cup White Sugar
1/2 cup Milk
1/2 cup Butter
1/4 cup Cocoa Powder
1/2 cup Peanut Butter
1 teaspoon Vanilla
3 cups Quick-Cooking Oatmeal

Procedure:

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, milk, cocoa, and butter, till all combined and melted.
  2. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 1/2 minutes.
  3. Take off the heat and add the peanut butter, vanilla, and oats.
  4. Still till all combined.
  5. Let sit for about 5 minutes.
  6. Drop mixture of about a spoonful onto waxed paper.
  7. Let cool until you can touch the mixture, then reshape the cookies to make them more round shape.
  8. Let cool completely.

Ben & Jerry’s- Milk & Cookies

About a month ago, my boyfriend’s roommate, Nate Whitehill, had me try this new flavor of ice cream he purchased. After one bite I was hooked. Ben & Jerry’s Milk & Cookies is one of the best flavors I have tried!

This ice cream actually tastes like you are really eating cookies and milk. This delicious concoction is vanilla ice cream with a chocolate cookie swirl, chocolate chips, and chocolate chip cookies. Every bite you take tastes so delicious you don’t want to stop eating it.

Short and sweet. That’s my review for you. 🙂

Photo of the Day- Red Rock Amphitheater

At the top of the Red Rock Amphitheater!

Last weekend I was in Colorado visiting my Aunt and Uncle. My Uncle took us to the Red Rock Amphitheater because my mom wanted to go to the art festival going on there.

My mom thought the festival would be at the top of the theater, but when we were about half way up I looked down and the festival is at the bottom of it… just on the other side from where we parked so we didn’t see it. Whoops!

I would never recommend wearing flip flops when going here as it was hard to walk up and my feet were super sore from the walk later that night. Anyone who visits Colorado must go visit this place! The view is amazing and you can see Denver far off the distance when you are at the top of the amphitheater.

The Titanic’s Hidden Mysteries


On April 15, 1912 a famously historic tragedy occured. The Titanic sank, and 1,500 people went down with the ship.

Recently, my brother’s girlfriend received an amazing opportunity working with the Titanic. It’s truly something that most of us will never be able to experience! She will be working on the ship for the next six weeks as they (the scientific discovery team she is a part of) try to find out why the ship sank.

The ship is disintegrating, and in the next 20-25 years the decks on the Titanic will be almost gone. Needless to say, the race is on to gather as much data as humanly possible. They will be sending there AUV (autonomous underwater vehicle) down to the ship to take pictures and videos, they will also be sending a ROV (remotely operated vehicle) down that will take 3D videos.

It’s a very exciting time for my brother’s girlfriend, and we all wish her the best of luck!

Here is a quick video to get an idea of the latest news regarding The Titanic:

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Gingersnap Cookies

Ginger is great for everything, from your health to your food. I love ginger, its one ingredient I couldn’t live without, and you shouldn’t either. These cookies are soft a chewy, and have just the right amount of spices to make an amazing taste.

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1/4 cup Molasses
1 cup Brown Sugar
3/4 cup Shortening
1 Egg
2 1/4 cups Flour
2 teaspoons Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Ground Ginger
1/2 teaspoon Ground Cloves
1/4 teaspoons Salt

Procedure:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Combine the molasses, sugar, and shortening till smooth.
3. Add the Egg.
4. Combine the baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt. On slow speed add till all combined.
5. On low speed add in the flour.
6. Wrap the dough and place in refrigerator for about 45 minutes.
7. Remove dough from refrigerator, and form in the balls.
8. Dip just one side of the balls in granulated sugar, and place on cookie sheet.

9. Place on cooling rack.

10. Bake for about 12 minutes.