Monday, November 17, 2014

Kaleidoscope Cookies

While checking out Stephy's blog Dessert Before Dinner, I was intrigued by the name Kaleidoscope Cookies.  I had no idea what that could be. I had to chuckle when I saw that they were made with Fruity Pebbles cereal.  I have to admit, Fruity Pebbles are sorta a guilty pleasure of mine.  They are so sugary and sweet but dang, they taste good!  

We don't buy Fruity Pebbles often.  I chuckled when I saw them on Stephy's blog because I had JUST bought a big box of Fruity Pebbles. My son shares my love for the cereal.  Obviously I knew this was the recipe to make.  

My kids were excited when I made these.  They thought they were sprinkes at first but were thrilled to find out what the secret ingredient was.  The kids (and I) loved these.  They were both crunchy and chewy and just fun to eat!  

I'm glad that Secret Recipe Club gave me the chance to check out Dessert Before Dinner. Stephy has a fantastic recipe index and I'd love for you to check it out!!

Kaleidoscope Cookies

Recipe from Dessert Before Dinner
  • ½ cup butter or margarine, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups fruity pebbles cereal

  1. Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla.
  2. Add in the flour and baking powder and mix until just incorporated. Fold in fruity pebbles cereal.
  3. Scoop cookies onto baking sheet with parchment paper and bake for about 12 minutes at 325 or until lightly browned around the edges. I find that they don't look quite done in the oven but they finish fine if you leave them on the hot pan for about 5 minutes. Perfect!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

S'mores Clusters

We've made a lot of s'mores this year.  The fire pit gets lit every weekend and out come the chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers.  They've pretty much become a staple in the house this fall. 

I needed a quick dessert to bring to a gathering and went to my Secret Recipe Club assignment to find something. I've been to Desiree's blog several times and knew she had several desserts that would work.

She had S'mores Bites and S'mores Clusters. I thought about making both but in the end decided on the clusters.  I'll save the Bites for another day. 

These were fun to make. The kids got together and helped and had a blast. 

I actually made another recipe from Desiree's blog this month.  Her Tex Mex Pinto Bean Spread.  I made that like 2 days after I got her as a Secret Recipe Club assignment.  It ate it with crackers and carrot chips, I even spread it on a veggie sandwich. It was awesome and I've been meaning to make it again. Only problem was I only got pictures of the ingredients. I forgot to take pictures of the final recipe.  Whoops.  I'll be making it again and posting it real soon. It was for sure a keeper!

The S'mores Clusters were a hit and everyone loved them. I'm so glad that I had a chance to re-visit Desiree's blog and I hope you can visit her at SteakNPotatoes Kinda Gurl.  

S'mores Clusters Recipe
Recipe from SteakNPotatoes Kinda Gurl

  • 6 Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bars, broken into pieces
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 6 graham crackers, broken until pieces
Place candy pieces in a medium microwave safe bowl. Microwave for a minute and a half or two minutes, or until chocolate is melted when mixture is stirred.

Stir in marshmallows and graham cracker pieces until well coated. Drop by spoonfuls into miniature paper muffin cups. Cover; refrigerate until firm.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sour Cream Pancakes

 We had a giant tub of sour cream. One of those Costco ones. I didn't really want it but we needed sour cream for something so I bought it.  Well, now I was stuck with a ginormous tub of sour cream in my refrigerator.  

I had seen Pioneer Womans recipe for Edna Mae's sour cream pancakes. Edna Mae is her grandmother in law. Family recipes like this are usually precious and awesome.  Nothing like thinking of your grandmother making up pancakes many, many years ago. I don't have an old family pancake recipe so I thought I'd borrow hers. Plus, I really needed to use up the sour cream. 

It seemed like a lot of sour cream at first but then I figured it's basically just like sour cream replacing the milk. 

I made a batch early in the morning for my husband. He ate most of them and loved them.  He didn't know how they were made and he is absolutely NOT a sour cream fan. 

Next I made batch for my kids.  Well, Jacob woke up first and ended up eating the entire batch.  Then I made a third batch for Danielle and Jory.  Everybody loved them. Next time I will save myself some time and make a triple batch right at the start.  

Sour Cream Pancakes
Adapted from Pioneer Woman

  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 7 Tablespoons All-purpose Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 whole Large Eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  •  Butter, For Frying And Serving
  •  Warm Syrup, For Serving

In a small bowl, whisk together eggs and vanilla. Set aside.
In a separate small bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt.
In a medium bowl, stir together the sour cream with the dry ingredients until just barely combined (don't overmix.) Whisk in the egg mixture until just combined.
Heat a griddle over medium-low heat and melt some butter in the pan. Drop batter by 1/4 cup servings onto the griddle. Cook on the first side until bubbles start to form on the surface and edges are starting to brown. Flip to the other side and cook for another minute. (Pancakes will be a little on the soft side.)
Serve with softened butter and syrup.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Minecraft Rice Crispy Bars

My kids play Minecraft. They love it.  I have no understanding of the game.  I'm not a fan of zombies so I wasn't impressed with them playing it at first but then I found out that it is more creative than just dealing with zombies. I've seem them create the most awesome things and they have a blast doing it.  

Once a week, they have a friend come over and they all play Minecraft together.  They each have an account and we have multiple computers so the three of them battle it out and it gets really loud in here. 

They start listening to their Minecraft parodys on YouTube.  There are a lot of them.  Pick a top hits song and someone has undoubtedly made a Minecraft parody of it.  

I actually saw this first on a YouTube video.  Rosanna Pansino makes Nerdy Nummies and she is just adorable. 

The kids loved these!  They really weren't hard to make and it was kinda fun.  The  most time consuming part was making the creeper faces.  Rosanna made chocolate squares but that didn't work for me. I used a icing tube with a really thin top and just made them by hand.  They did take awhile but it was worth it to see the kids' faces!

Creeper Krispy Bars Recipe

3 tbsp. butter
1 package (10 oz) marshmallows or 4 cups mini marshmallow
6 cups Rice Krispys
Green food coloring
Black decorating icing

Minecraft Grass Blocks

3 tbsp. butter
1 package (10 oz) marshmallows or 4 cups mini marshmallow
1/2 cup chocolate peanut butter (or more for color)
6 cups Rice Krispies
Green icing

Melt butter on low temperature in a pan. Add marshmallows and melt slowly stirring often.  Add peanut butter (for the brown blocks) or green food coloring (for the creepers), then add the Rice Krispies and stir until coated.  Pour into a 9 x 13 in. pan coated with cooking spray.  Take some parchment paper and press down on bars until it fills the pan and is flat.  Cool.  

Remove bars from pan and cut into squares. 

For Creeper Krispys, use the black icing with a thin tip to make a creeper face. You might want to practice on some paper first to get the hang of it. 

For Grass Blocks - Stack 2 squares on top of each other and press together.  Use a flowered tip to make "grass" with green icing.  You might want to practice on paper first. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Grilled Chicken Tenderloins with Zesty Peanut Sauce

Grilled marinated chicken tenderloins with cilantro lime rice and steamed vegetables with a zesty peanut sauce.  

We made this for company one evening and it was a big hit. A friend of mine was inspired. He threw a glop of peanut butter over his grilled chicken one evening and thought it was good.  He looked around on the internet and knowing the foodie that I am, asked me to make a peanut inspired chicken.  I was more than happy to oblige and am so glad I did. The whole family came over and we enjoyed an awesome meal. 

Whenever I made an Asian inspired meal, I always double the sauce.  I'm a sauce person and love to soak my food in sauce.  Well, let me tell you, this sauce recipe doesn't need to be doubled.  The sauce is amazing and delicious over the chicken and veggies but this recipe actually does make a lot.  Just warning all you sauce lovers out there. 

I steamed a bunch of veggies and made brown rice to go along with the chicken.  The zesty peanut sauce was amazing over the veggies and rice. They all went together wonderfully. 

Grilled Chicken Tenderloins with Zesty Peanut Sauce Recipe
Adapted from Campbells Kitchen

Zesty Peanut Marinade:
1 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tbsp. peanut butter
3 tbsp. oil
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup lime juice
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

2 - 2 1/2 lbs. boneless chicken

Mix marinade ingredients in a large plastic bag.  Add chicken and turn to coat.  Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.  

Remove chicken from marinade and toss marinade.  Grill chicken for 15 minutes or so until done.  

Zesty Peanut Sauce:
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1 cup peanut butter
3 tbsp. soy sauce
1/4 cup lime juice
2 cloves garlic
1/4 tsp. cayenne
1 cup coconut milk
1 1/2 tsp. ginger
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy cream

Stir all sauce ingredients together over medium heat for about 15 minutes or until the mixture if thickened.  Stir in the broth and heavy cream.  Serve the sauce with the chicken.