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Almond Joy Brownies by Tiffany
Lately, I’ve had a Major food crush on coconut. Today, I’m bringing you a chocolately, coconut, nutty creation called, ”Almond Joy Brownies.” One. big. fat. brownie with a bunch of yumminess inside and topped with melted almond joy candy bars. Ooh girlz and guyz you can get your chocolate fix on with this one for sure. Hope y’all are having a great week!
Almond Joy Brownies
Ingredients
1 cup butter, salted, room temp.
1 3/4 cup sugar
4 eggs, room temp.
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon chocolate extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup flaked sweetened coconut
2 cups milk chocolate chips
1 cup sliced almonds
1 package 7.2 oz. snack size Almond Joy candy bars (for topping)
1/4 cup toasted coconut (for topping)
Directions
Preheat oven 350 degrees F. (Used convection setting)
1. In a standing mixer, beat butter, sugar, and extracts until light and fluffy. (about 8 minutes) Next beat in eggs.
2. In a medium sized bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, cocoa. Add to creamed mixture, just until moistened.
3. Next stir in coconut, chocolate chips and sliced almonds. Spread into a 12×8 greased baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
4. While brownie is baking, toast coconut in a small sized pan over medium heat, stiring continual making sure not to burn. Set aside. Next, open all 12 of the snack size Almond joy candy bars. Chop into small pieces, set aside. When Brownie comes out of the oven, sprinkle the Almond Joy pieces over the entire top of brownie; pieces will start to melt. Spread evenly with a knife. Top with toasted coconut if desired. Let cool or serve warm with ice cream.

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IMG_0718The other day we had some friends over for dinner, they brought the salad.  It as simple yet delicious…blend of greens, blue cheese sprinkles, a pear (little under ripe so it had a good crunch) , and candied pecans with poppy seed dressing.  Only 4 things, yet a nice change from your standard iceberg lettuce with ranch.  Our friends said they had this salad at an up scale restaurant  they went to …which was rather pricey, so the recreated it at home.  They now enjoy it  at a fraction of the cost.

Since then we have made this salad several times and really enjoy it, I thought I would show you how to make your own glazed nuts.  It only takes a minute and you can make them for a fraction of what they cost in the store.

IMG_0712On your stove top combine 2 tablespoons butter, and 1/4 cup sugar.  Start to melt over medium heat.

IMG_0713Once butter has melted, and sugar has started to dissolve add 1 tablespoon water

IMG_0714Add 1 cup of chopped pecans ( or any nut you want).  Stir so they are well coated with sugar glaze.

IMG_0715Continue to stir till for 3-5 minutes still sugar turns into more of a  caramel glaze

IMG_0716Take off heat but continue to stir in pan as it cools.

IMG_0717Once the nuts have cooled ( only takes a minute or two) spread on a piece of wax paper.  Enjoy them as a snack, salad topping, or on ice-cream!  Enjoy!

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Tiffany has another great recipe to share this week!
My mom always made our play-dough growing up and I now make it for our kids. This recipe is a fun and easy way to bring the kids into the kitchen. I love to get the kiddos involved, especially on recipes like this where they get to be in charge and use their imaginations on the colors and scents. Sometimes they pick the wackiest combinations, but that is what’s fun about making this recipe. They get so excited when it’s time to make a new batch, and that just blesses my heart. Plus, they will sit and entertain themselves and that helps me out when I’m in a pinch. I love the way they get creative and bring me special presents too. You know what I also love about this recipe?! I love how soft and pliable it is and how grrrreat it smells compared to the real stuff. This recipe is truly an oldie but goodie. I know now, that people are using kool-aid packets to color and scent the play-dough and I’m really excited to give this a try the next time we make it.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup salt
  • 4 tablespoons cream of tarter
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp any flavor extract that you desire
  • food coloring, desired amount

 Directions

In a double boiler, combine flour, water, salt, oil and cream of tartar over medium heat; whisk until smooth.

Next add desired amount of coloring and desired amount of extract, stir well.
Continue stirring until play-dough forms. (about 20 minutes) Remove from boiler and let cool to room temp. Store in covered container or a gallon sized Ziploc bag.
Here’s a thrifty tip… I have a special drawer in my kitchen just for kids. I keep ALL their play-dough playin’ gadgets in this drawer. Here’s where the tip comes in. I look in second hand stores to buy cookie cutters, rolling pins and whatever else I come across that I think would make play-dough fun. I’ve even found expensive play-doh gadgets! I scored a couple weeks ago when I found 100 piece cookie cutter set for three dollars. I’ve found in my 18 years of being a mom, kids don’t need the latest and greatest play-dough gadgets to have fun. :)

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Chocolate covered Peeps, Spring peeps on a straw a fun and easy treat #Peeps, #Dessert, #Easter, #Spring, #Chocolate

Chocolate Covered Peeps on a Stick

Do you still need a cute Easter treat idea…. this one is SO EASY.  It  can me made a few days in advance or the day of your party.  Plus they can be made for just pennies, so budget friendly as well.

 

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Melt your chocolate, Push your straw into the end of the Peep.  Dip your Peep into the melted chocolate and set on wax paper or foil to dry.  Sprinkle on your sprinkles while the chocolate is still wet.  You can put them in cellophane bags or in a mug.  Fill your mug full of jelly beans, top it off with some Easter grass.  Stick your straws in for a quick and easy treat or gift.

 

 

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Easter tomb snacks, easy way to teach about Easter, #Eastersnacks,#Jesuslives, #resurrection, #tomb, #grahamcrackers, #donuts, #icing, #oreos, #thriftycrafts, #thriftytreats

Easter Tomb Snacks ~ Easy, Great Way to Teach Kids About the Real Reason For Easter

Each week my family has what we call Family Home Evening.  We take the time to spend some quality time together, and usually we have a spiritual lesson about a scripture story.  All of us take turns preparing the lesson, and since my 5 year old was in charge this time and it was Easter, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to make something a little bit different to go along with our evening.  Not only will it help as he teaches his siblings about Easter, but as he helped me prepare the snacks, he got in a little extra lesson on the subject!

You will need:

Graham crackers

Small donuts

Icing

Green food coloring

Oreos

A knife for spreading icing

Sprinkles

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These are super simple and can be put together rather quickly!  It was easy enough that my 5 year old did most of the work with support from me of course.

With your green food coloring, color your icing.  I used the gel colors but I am sure the traditional food coloring would work just as well.  Spread the icing on your cracker, as thin or thick as you would like.  Remember though, first that these are full of sugar by the time you are done, but also that the donut and oreo won’t stand up without enough icing to hold them there. I didn’t do a lot, but enough that you couldn’t see cracker peeking through the icing.

Once your icing is on, add your donut standing up in the center, back of the cracker.  Now add your oreo also standing up, but placed in front and to one side of the donut.

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Once I got those made I added sprinkles that came with the icing!  Who doesn’t love sprinkles?  I then made little tags for each treat using a toothpick, small piece of washi tape and a marker.  Just fold your tape around the toothpick and push the sticky sides together. Then write your Easter message on the tag before poking in the top of your donut.

Not only are these a great way to teach about Easter, but they are also a very simple treat for a church class on Easter Sunday!

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