Saturday, October 27, 2012

Terribly Terrific Toffee

There's something magical about brown sugar and butter that creates such a buttery treat such as toffee. This is doubly good because it adds the saltiness of a cracker that meets up to the rich bettery taste.
1 cup unsalted butter (no margarine allowed) 1 cup brown sugar 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips 40 saltine crackers Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line a 15x10-inch jelly roll pan or a 12x17-inch cookie sheet with foil and spray with non-stick spray. Lay a flat layer of crackers out on the foil. Melt the sugar and butter until a boil is reached. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 5-6 minutes or until mixture is thickened and sugar is completely dissolved. Pour this mixture over the crackers and spread to coat evenly. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the toffee becomes bubbly. After removing the pan from the oven, let it sit for 3-5 minutes. Sprinkle on the chocolate chips, let them soften and melt, and then spread them into an even layer. (You can add nuts, cracker crumbs, or whatever else floats your boat at this point.) Let cool and, if desired for expediting purposes, refrigerate until hardened. Break into pieces the size of your choice. I personally prefer a hand-sized chunk. 2 DIP crackers in chocolate mixture, turning to completely coat each cracker. Carefully scrape off excess chocolate. Place crackers in single layer on waxed paper-covered baking sheets; sprinkle with crushed candy. 3 REFRIGERATE 30 min. or until chocolate is firm.

Potato Chip Fudge

If you're like us, you've got a weakness for snack food like potato chips and pretzels. And when they're added to creamy rich fudge, they taste like expensive chocolate-dipped pretzels and chips like the ones we see in fancy candy stores.
1 (12-ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups coarsely crumbled potato chips (See Note) What To Do: In a medium saucepan, melt chocolate chips over medium-low heat, stirring constantly. Be careful not to burn. When chocolate is melted, reduce heat to low and add sweetened condensed milk and vanilla; stir until well blended. Remove from heat and immediately add crumbled potato chips. Stir gently to blend and pour into an 8-inch square baking dish that has been coated with cooking spray. Cover and cool in the refrigerator until set.

Tiger Butter Fudge

I have some fantastic candy recipes that wont keep you in the kitchen all day maki ng them. I am all for that since I am not a baker at all, candy is so pretty packaged up at Christmas time to give out to friends and family.
Makes: 2 Pounds Fudge What You'll Need: 16 (1-ounce) white chocolate baking squares, finely chopped 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips Combine white chocolate and peanut butter in a microwave-safe 2-quart bowl. Microwave at HIGH 2-1/2 minutes or until melted, stirring twice. Pour into a wax paper-lined 10- x 15-inch rimmed baking sheet, spreading evenly. Microwave chocolate chips in a microwave-safe 2-quart bowl at HIGH 2-1/2 minutes or until melted, stirring twice. Pour over white chocolate mixture; swirl gently with a knife. Chill until firm. Break into pieces. Store candy in an airtight container in refrigerator.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


This recipe is so easy and when you dip apples in it, it really does taste like a caramel apple (without the hassle of trying to eat a whole apple off a stick without getting sticky sweet caramel all over yourself--not that that has ever happened to me). To make this yummy fruit dip you will need: 1 8oz. package of cream cheese, softened (I used 1/3 reduced fat cream cheese) 1/2 cup of your favorite caramel sauce, room temp Whip the cream cheese and caramel sauce together in a bowl with a hand mixer (you can use a stand mixer if you want, but I find you have to scrape the bottom far too many times and still hand mix some unless you use a hand mixer). Serve with sliced apples, or any other fruit you have on hand. I am also a huge fan of this dip with sliced pears! Store in the refrigerator in a sealed container (if you happen to have some leftovers). One of my favorite parts about this dip is that it is still creamy and usable right out of the fridge, while a regular caramel sauce hardens and needs to be heated. Gotta love the magical powers of cream cheese!

Candy Cane Joe-Joe Ice Cream Cake

If you're looking for creative Christmas dessert recipes or just want to get in the winter spirit, try this recipe for Candy Cane Joe-Joe Ice Cream Cake. No bake dessert recipes don't get much easier than this one, and it's both attractive and tasty. With ice cream, cookies, hot fudge, whipped topping and more, this dessert casserole is like the ultimate winter ice cream sundae in disguise. 1 package Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Joe-Joes or Candy Cane Oreos 1 jar of Hot Fudge About 1.5 quarts Vanilla Ice Cream 1 container Cool Whip Drizzle of Chocolate Syrup A few small candy canes, crushed Place Joe-Joes (or Oreos) in a ziploc bag and beat with a rolling pin or mallet until crushed. Dump them in a 13x9x2 inch pan and press down. Warm up a jar of hot fudge (you can do low cal or reduced fat) as per jar instructions and spread over Oreos. Then, spoon soft ice cream, your flavor of choice, until you reach your desired thickness. (I put about 1 inch) This works best with soft ice cream. Don’t be afraid to press it down with your hands. Spread a container of Cool Whip on for the next layer. Add a drizzle of chocolate syrup and a few crushed candy canes. Freeze overnight. Enjoy!

Crispy Mint Thins (Ritz Crackers)

The following recipes are the most simplest recipes, yet one of them is another version of a famous cookies that we all love; Girl Scout Thin Mints. This will be a popular recipe at Christmas time with the colored candies crushed on top. What's so hard to put chocolate on top of Ritz crackers and then crushed colorful peppermint candies on top..?? I will say...nothing. You will appreciate that crispy chocolate treat later. Ingredients 1 pkg (8 squares) baker's semi-sweet chocolate, melted, slightly cooled 1/4 tsp peppermint extract 1 sleeve ritz crackers (36 crackers) 1 candy cane (6 inch), crushed Directions 1 MIX chocolate and extract. 2 DIP crackers in chocolate mixture, turning to completely coat each cracker. Carefully scrape off excess chocolate. Place crackers in single layer on waxed paper-covered baking sheets; sprinkle with crushed candy. 3 REFRIGERATE 30 min. or until chocolate is firm.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Butterfinger Blondies

That name "butterfinger" draws you that nothing else can. I dont know about you, but it's my favorite candy bar. If your a occasional baker or even you know some terminology, you know that blondies are brownies that don't have any chocolate. But's thats fine to me. The picture here and the creamy topping on top it's a definite A1 dessert in my book. Ingredients 1 cup butter 1 cup light brown sugar 1/2 cup granulated sugar 2 tsp vanilla 2 eggs 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp coarse sea salt 2 cups coarsely chopped Butterfinger Bars (approx 16 “Fun Size” bars) Instructions Preheat oven to 350° Cream butter and sugars in mixing bowl. Add the vanilla and eggs and mix until incorporated. On low add your dry ingredients (flour, salt and baking soda) until just combined. Stir in your chopped Butterfinger. Spread in a 9×13 baking dish and bake for 25 minutes until center is JUST set. Remove from oven and cool completely. Butterfinger Buttercream: Ingredients 1/2 cup room temp butter (1 stick) 1/2 cup vegetable shortening 2 1/2 – 3 cups powdered sugar 1/2 cup chopped Butterfinger Bars (approx 4 “Fun Size” bars) Instructions Cream the butter and shortening together until smooth. Add in you powdered sugar on low speed. Turn speed up to medium and mix until smooth Stir in your chopped Butterfinger. (I sprinkled mine on top rather than stirring them in!) Spread on your cooled blondies.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Crock Pot Caramel Apples

When I saw this recipe and the picture how can I pass this by. The rich caramel that dripping on top of the baked apples, it's a welcome site. I imagine a windy brisk fall night that beckons you to make a such inviting treat such as these. 4 very large tart apples, cored 1/2 c. apple juice 8 T. brown sugar 1/2 hot cinnamon candies 4 T. butter or margarine 8 caramel candies 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon whipped cream 1. Remove 1/2 inch wide strip of peel off the top of each apple and place apples in crock pot. 2. Pour apple juice over apples. 3. Fill the center of each apple with 2 T. brown sugar, 3 hot cinnamon candies, 1 T. butter or margarine, and 2 caramel candies. Sprinkle with cinnamon. 4. Cover. Cook on Low 4-6 hours, or until tender. 5. Serve hot with whipped cream.

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

I have  another wonderful pumpkin recipe that I will have to try and since I never attempted to do a whoopie pie  n my life and they seem to be popular on food channels lately.  Chefs are doing different variations of the whoopie pie and they don't look very hard to do.  This recipe looks mouth-watering and it doesn't need a special occasion to make it.


1 bx supermoist spice cake mix
1 c canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 c butter, softened
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1/4 c milk
1 egg

3 c confectioner's/powdered sugar
1 stk butter, softened
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1 pkg cream cheese, softened
1 tsp vanilla


1 Preheat oven to 375. Spray cookie sheets with cooking spray. In large bowl beat cookie ingredients on
medium until smooth. Using ice cream scoop (2 tablespoon size), drop batter two inches apart on sheet. Using damp hand, gently smooth out dough.

2 Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until set. Cool 5 minutes; remove from sheet to cooling racks. Cool
completely; about 15 minutes.

3 Make filling. Sift sugar into bowl and set aside. In second bowl beat butter until completely smooth
(no lumps remaining) and then add cream cheese and vanilla. Beat again until well combined and smooth, but do not over-beat or it will lose structure. (filling can be made a day ahead and stored in fridge tightly covered.

Let filling soften at room temperature before using).

4 For each pie spread about 1 generous tablespoon of filling on bottom of one cooled cookie. Top with
second cookie, bottom side down. Gently press cookies together until filling spreads out to edge of pie.
5 put pies in fridge for about 30 minutes to firm up before serving.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

My Little Creative World: Added some bling to my Christmas trees

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My Little Creative World: Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip

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My Little Creative World: Pumpkin-Oatmeal Ginger Glazed Cookies

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Pumpkin-Oatmeal Ginger Glazed Cookies

Remember I mentioned that I love pumpkin....hold on your hats.  That icing dripping along the sides the cookies, ooh my stars.  Why does it have to be 11 pm here and I will go to bed thinking about those cookies. Anyway,  here the decadent recipe.


1 cup Ready Mix (pie Ready) Canned Pumpkin
¾ cup White Sugar
2 Eggs, beaten
One 3.4-oz Box Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
¾ cup Canola Oil
1 tsp Freshly Grated, peeled ginger
½ tsp Salt
½ tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 tsp Baking Soda
2¼ cups Flour
1 cup Rolled Oats
(for Chewier Cookies, add additional oats

Fresh Ginger Icing:

1 cup Powdered Sugar
1 tsp Freshly Grated, peeled ginger
½ tsp Vanilla


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In large mixing bowl add pumpkin, sugar, eggs, pudding mix, oil, ginger, salt and cinnamon.

3. In another bowl combine baking soda, flour and oats, mix.

4. Add dry mixture to wet mixture, completely blend together by folding.

5. Drop cookie batter by spoonfuls onto nonstick cookie sheets, about 3 inches apart.

6. Bake 10-12 mins or until brown. Cooking time depends on size of cookies. Let cool on rack.

7. Make Icing: Combine powdered sugar, the remaining ginger and the vanilla. Add milk, a little at a time, to right consistency. The glaze should be thin enough to run off fork. Drizzle over cooled cookies.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip

I absolutely love pumpkin especially when I find creative ways to use it such as this decadent dip showing.  The picture with the dip served in the hollowed-out pumpkin is ingenius and what a clever thing to do.  I will definitely do this in the next few weeks.


1× 8-oz pkg Cream Cheese, softened
½ – ¾ cup Sugar, to taste
1× 15-oz. can Pumpkin, not pie mix
1 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp Cinnamon
½ tsp Nutmeg
¼ tsp Cloves
1 Small Sugar or Pie Pumpkin, hollowed-out
Gingersnap Cookies or Graham Crackers


Beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth, add pumpkin and beat well. Add spices, then adjust sugar to taste. Cover and refrigerate a few hours or overnight. Fill hollowed-out pumpkin with dip. If desired, sprinkle top with cinnamon-sugar and roasted pumpkin seeds. Serve with graham crackers or gingersnap cookies.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Added some bling to my Christmas trees

I looked at my recycled Christmas trees and I thought that they needed some extra flair and alot of color.  Since they all green from the spray paint and the dabs of green that I had touch up where the spray didnt get. I took my miniature ornaments and a base for one of the trees and added white fluffy blanket to where I placed the miniature ornaments.   I couldn't believe it when they were finished.  I had enough ornament to put under both trees and I took many pics of them.  I was beaming of my accomplishment, I was like a kid in a candy store playing with the ornaments doing this fun project.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Puttin on the Ritz

I made two decadent chocolately crispy treats from Ritz crackers. Who doesn't like Reeces Pieces, or the famous Peppermint bark that you make at Christmas time...??. I did both on Ritz crackers and that the results....well, you will have to make it yourself to believe me. I am not a baker myself, if there's a shortcut to anything sweet, I am all for it.

Line a cookie sheet with wax paper.
1 sleeve of Ritz crackers
1/2 cup of good semi-sweet chocolate (chips or baking bar)
Reeces pieces (1/2 bag crushed)
Peppermint candies (15 pieces, crushed)
Line a cookie sheet with wax paper.

Melt the chocolate in the microwave in 30 second intervals, and stir. Do this step until the chocolate melts.

With two spoons, put a cracker at a time on a spoon and have the bowl under it to catch the excess chocolate. Smooth the chocolate just on top of the cracker and put in on the cookie sheet. Do this for all the crackers.

Half of the crackers get the crushed Reeces Pieces and the other half get the crushed peppermint candy. Put the sheet in the fridge until the chocolate sets.

You can melt more than 1/2 cup of chocolate if desired, but is was more than I needed for 1 sleeve of crackers since the top of crackers is all you need.

My Fall Decorations

I absolutely love decorating my place for fall. Even it's small, the little things that bring colors of fall makes the small apartment homey. I bring out my colorful futon cover that has warm colors and I make some handmade crafts to decorate with. On the banister that's over the staircase I have a cute arrangement where I have two glass jars; has potpourri and lined with fall leaves.

On of the end tables I bought huge leaves at a craft store and placed them along with a pumpkin and a votive holder.  

I made my kitchen counter centerpiece which is a big colorful platter that has leave pattern and I put potpourri and leaves lined around the jar. I place a tea-light on top of the potpourri and tied a raffia ribbon around the neck of the jar.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Skiing Buddies

These cute penguins were made out of fruit cups (any brand) usually they come in (4-pack) that were inverted. The top cup was one glued to the bottom and the bodies were painted white and black to look like penguins. Then I painted on colorful scarves and sewed little caps from Christmas socks and the skis were made from pieces of cardboard that were drawn into a oval shape, painted and glitter was used for a shimmer effect. I really enjoyed making these "skiing buddies" as I call them.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Christmas tree from recycled material

It seems that I am posting either my crafts or recipes, but it's what we all here for, correct. I had a chance to do some crafts using recycled material and if I can say myself, I did a pretty darn good considering. I never wanted to use this phrase...but in all purposes what it is, toilet paper rolls. That right, I made Christmas trees out of strips of toilet paper or paper towel rolls. After I flattened the rolls, I marked 1/2 inch increments with the pencil to the end of the roll, then cut the strips. Then I sprayed all the strips with green paint (do this part outside) and let them dry. I went row by row and attached each strip to a cardboard cone that I made myself. Each row took about 8 strips and took 10 rows from bottom to the top... so there were 80. Depending on the size of the dimension of the tree. Then I went around with plain (Elmer's) glue and sprinkled faux snow randomly and then put white glitter on some branches. I made a circular base from cardboard and hot glued to the bottom and sprinkled more faux snow to it.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Angel wreath in white and silver

I love angels and collect them whenever I can. I have miniature angels that I used for this stunning wreath. I wrapped some elegant white and silver ribbon on a styrofoam form and glued miniature angels on top. I draped a long strand of pearly beads in variegated colors weaved in and out the ribbon. This wreath I am especially proud of because I love the combination of silver and white. I just can't decide where to put this lovely wreath.

Holly and Ivy Wreath

In between browsing for recipes that don't take half of a day to prepare, I still do crafts and this is a busy time for me.   I just love doing crafts and time sure does fly when you get involved with something and the ideas flow on some days, on other days they don't.   I have finished a few wreaths that I started last week and and some miscellaneous crafts. 

For this wreath, I wrapped red shimmery ribbon all around a styrofoam form and glued wire edged holly and ivy organza ribbon all around on top of the red ribbon.  I attached four shiny bells to add extra color.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Chocolate Toffee Cracker Crunch

If you love chocolate toffee candy I promise you this will be your favorite sweet from now on. To think its made from crackers.

Chocolate Toffee Cracker Crunch

I bought assorted crackers at the store and the ingredients I would buy for toffee. Here is my recipe.


1 stick of butter
1/2 cup of brown sugar
Semi-sweet chocolate bar (I used a huge bar at the counter).
Chopped walnuts
Cooking spray
Assorted crackers (they come in a box)

Pre-heat the oven to 350 deg. Melt the stick of butter till it melted and throw it the brown sugar till it boils and the liquid get thick and separates from the sides of the pan.

In the meantime melt your chocolate bar in the microwave first about 40 secs. Stir it really good. If it’s not melted, put it back for about 40 more secs. Stir it again and it should be smooth.

Line your crackers on a foil line cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Have your cokie sheet ready and near the oven. Pour the liquid over the crackers really good and put it in the oven for 15 mins. Take it out. Dont worry, it will be bubbly at first…..that’s ok.

Drizzle the chocolate over the toffee covered crackers, and cover with chopped walnuts or whatever toppings you want. Cool the crackers in the fridge. The chocolate will set in on the toffee and the cracker will stay crispy.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

I love browsing for simple desserts, especially truffles that are rather to make and I found a cookie dough truffle. I don't know anybody that doesnt love cookie dough when baking cookies. The best part there is NO raw eggs in these truffles but you don't have to worry.  Believe me, this recipe will be added to my list for Christmas recipes I will be making.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites


1/2 cup salted butter, softened
3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp salt
3 Tbsp heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup milk chocolate chips, chopped (the idea is to get them to be about 1/2 - 1/3 their original size)
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, chopped

Optional Topping:
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


In the bowl of an electric mixer, whip together butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar and salt until pale and fluffy about 3 - 4 minutes. Stir in cream and vanilla extract. Add in flour and mix just until combine (dough will seem dry at first but it will come together). Mix in chopped chocolate chips. Scoop dough out 1 equal tablespoon at a time and roll into balls.

Place on parchment or wax paper. If drizzling with chocolate, place 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips in a microwave safe container and microwave on 50% power in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval until melted and smooth. Pour melted chocolate into a small ziploc bag, seal bag and cut a very small tip off the corner of the bag. Drizzle chocolate over tops of truffles.

Place truffles in freezer for several minutes until chocolate sets and hardens (mine only took about 3 minutes), then enjoy! For more firm cookie dough bites, chill 1 hour in refrigerator. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container.  

Monday, October 1, 2012

Whimsical Wreaths, Large and small

I made these adorable wreaths out of plastic bags, cut into 4" strips that I tied onto wire forms. One is a 9" circle and the other one is 12". I added some whimsical ornaments to each. After putting all the plastic strips on, I draped silver cording and made a bow on the top for the large wreath. The additional ornaments are my handmade ornaments that I painted myself and strung them in random places on the wreath. For the small wreath I draped green curling ribbon for the bow.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Santa's face with touches of glitter

These decoration of Santa won't be overnoticed with his red cap of bright red and beard embellished with white glitter.
I traced Santa's face on cardboard and painted in the details and put red  glitter on his suit and cap and white glitter on his beard.

I also put red glitter on the border and it will go on a plate holder or in a frame.