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DIY Hootie Owl Cupcakes

Hootie Owl Cupcakes  by Tiffany

I saw these Owl Cupcakes on an advertisement pamphlet on one of the paper baking cup displays in the store the other day. I just knew I had to come home, replicate to some degree and change them up a bit. If you look at each one long enough, they kinda take on their own little personalities. I thought these would be cute for Halloween or an upcoming harvest party. These are super easy to make, I promise! Let me tell you, I’ve had my share of cutesie cupcakes that took on an epic fail. They looked easy enough on the cover/directions, but when I got down with um’, I found myself not a happy little Susie homemaker if you catch my drift. 😉 Hope you & your kiddos have a good time making these cute little Owl Cupcakes.

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Supplies Needed

  • 1 box 15.5 oz chocolate fudge cake mix
  • 24 foil or paper baking cups
  • chocolate frosting, homemade or store bought
  • 1 package 12 oz caramel creams, for eyes or 1 package 15.5 oz. Oreo cookies
  • 1 package 12 oz white round candy melts, Wilton Brand, for eyes
  • M & M’s or any small round candy for eyes
  • black licorice, for facial feathers
  • sprinkles, different varieties/colors
  • whole cashews, for beaks

Directions

  1. Bake cupcakes per packaged directions, let cool.
  2. Frost each cupcake with chocolate frosting.
  3. Sprinkle cupcakes with desired sprinkles.
  4. Let’s make the owl eyes for these cuties by pressing down with both your thumbs in the center of  the caramel creams to make a round disk. (If using Oreo cookies, twist apart and use the cream filled side.) Spread frosting on the back side of each caramel disk or Oreo cookie and place onto cupcake. Now take two white candy melts and spread frosting on the back side of each one, place on top of caramel disk. Choose desired color M & M’s for eye color and spread a tiny amount onto the “M” side of the candy, place on top of white candy melt.
  5. For the nose place and push down a whole cashew for the nose right under the eyes.
  6. For the facial feathers cut licorice into approx. 1 inch pieces. Cut fringe with a pair of scissors or knife on each end. Stick frindge pieces into place right above the eyes.

 

NOTES

Under supplies needed, I added both the caramel creams and the Oreo cookies to make the eyes. I decided to use two different choices by using the caramel disks and the Oreo cookies. You can use one or the other or both if you choose. I just wanted to give different looks to my little birdies by using both. I liked using the Oreo cookies better. They were less fuss to deal with.

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Cute Owl Cupcakes

Perfect dessert for Fall, Thanksgiving, Halloween

Ingredients

  • 1 box Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix 15.5 oz box
  • 24 foil cups Paper baking cups
  • 1 contanier Chocolate Frosting homemade or store bought
  • 12 oz Caramel Creams for eyes or 1 package 15.5 oz. Oreo cookies
  • 1 pack 12 oz White candy melts Wilton Brand for eyes
  • 1 small pack M&M's for eyes
  • Black Licorice for feathers
  • Sprinkles multi color
  • Cashews for beaks

Instructions

  1. Bake cupcakes per packaged directions, let cool.

    Frost each cupcake with chocolate frosting.

    Sprinkle cupcakes with desired sprinkles.

    Let's make the owl eyes for these cuties by pressing down with both your thumbs in the center of  the caramel creams to make a round disk. (If using Oreo cookies, twist apart and use the cream filled side.) Spread frosting on the back side of each caramel disk or Oreo cookie and place onto cupcake. Now take two white candy melts and spread frosting on the back side of each one, place on top of caramel disk. Choose desired color M & M's for eye color and spread a tiny amount onto the "M" side of the candy, place on top of white candy melt.

    For the nose place and push down a whole cashew for the nose right under the eyes.

    For the facial feathers cut licorice into approx. 1 inch pieces. Cut fringe with a pair of scissors or knife on each end. Stick frindge pieces into place right above the eyes.

    NOTES

    Under supplies needed, I added both the caramel creams and the Oreo cookies to make the eyes. I decided to use two different choices by using the caramel disks and the Oreo cookies. You can use one or the other or both if you choose. I just wanted to give different looks to my little birdies by using both. I liked using the Oreo cookies better. They were less fuss to deal with.

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Mexican Lentil Soup Recipe

Mexican Lentil Soup ~ Money Saving Recipe by Tiffany

I like to go meatless at least twice a week to help the foodie budget.  I love that lentils are so good for you! They are high in nutrition, and very budget friendly. Another great way to live on less!  I bet you have most, if not all the ingredients on hand that this recipe calls for.  You know what that would mean to feed a family of seven? It would cost you the bag of the lentils, which costs around $.82 Can I get a woot woot! Lentils also have a one year shelf life when stored dry. Lentils are a must for one of my pantry staples. I rely on this meal when I don’t feel like cooking. It’s a win. win. Quick, tasty and HEALTHY!

Here’s some great informative health facts about lentils

Ingredients:

  • 1 package 16 oz. lentils, rinsed
  • 2 quarts water = (8 cups)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 tablespoons chicken base  (I use Organic Better Than Bouillon) found at Costco or Winco) See notes if using chicken bouillon cubes.
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon  ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • cheddar or Mexican cheese
  • tortilla chips, optional
  • fresh cilantro, chopped, optional

Directions:

Are you ready for the easiest directions in your life?! Combine all the ingredients in a large heavy duty pot, bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for  approx. 50 minutes or until the lentils reach your desired tenderness. Ladle into bowls, top with desired amount of cheese and chopped fresh cilantro. Serve with tortilla chips if desired.

Notes: I have also used chicken instant bouillon & seasoning for this recipe. I have also used the cubes. I use Herb Ox brand chicken instant bouillon & seasoning and Herb Ox brand chicken bouillon cubes.  If using the chicken instant bouillon & seasoning  you will need 8 teaspoons. If using chicken bouillon cubes you will need 8 cubes.  1 teaspoon is = to 1 cube.

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Mexican Lentil Soup

Mexican Lentil Soup

Course Soup
Cuisine Mexican, Southwest
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 16 oz package Lentils rinsed
  • 2 quarts Water 8 cups
  • 1 Onion diced
  • 3 tbsp Chicken base (I use Organic Better Than Bouillon) found at Costco or Winco) See notes if using chicken bouillon cubes.
  • 1/4 cup Tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp Chili powder
  • 1 tbsp Ground Cumin
  • 1/4 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • Cheddar Cheese to taste
  • Tortilla chips optional
  • Fresh Cilanto chopped optional

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large heavy duty pot, bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for  approx. 50 minutes or until the lentils reach your desired tenderness. Ladle into bowls, top with desired amount of cheese and chopped fresh cilantro. Serve with tortilla chips if desired.

    Notes: I have also used chicken instant bouillon & seasoning for this recipe. I have also used the cubes. I use Herb Ox brand chicken instant bouillon & seasoning and Herb Ox brand chicken bouillon cubes.  If using the chicken instant bouillon & seasoning  you will need 8 teaspoons. If using chicken bouillon cubes you will need 8 cubes.  1 teaspoon is = to 1 cube.

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Gourmet Halloween Pretzel Rods

Get fancy this year at the holiday parties with these gourmet Halloween Pretzel Rods recipe. And they’ll never know how easy it actually is to make!

Gourmet Halloween Pretzel Rods by Tiffany

We do these every year for just about every holiday. They are super easy and the kids will have a blast helping decorate these babies. Our family likes to make a bunch of these up, wrap them in treat bags with ties, and hand deliver them to all the kiddies in the neighborhood. Kids & adults both love them!  They’re one of those treats that don’t last long.

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Ingredients

  • 1 bag (12 0z.) pretzel rods
  • 1 bag (12 oz.) Wilton Candy Melts, White
  • 1 bag (12 oz.) Wilton Candy Melts, Vibrant Green
  • Halloween sprinkles, different varieties
  • treat bags with ties, 4 in. x 9.5 in. (10 cm x 24 cm), optional
  • Wilton Orange Icing Color, optional

Directions

  1. Lay a long piece of waxed paper on a clean, dry, surface.
  2. Melt candy melts per packaged directions. (If making different colors with the white candy melts, see notes.)
  3. Dip pretzel rod into melted candy melts.
  4. Sprinkle with desired sprinkles. TIP: (When sprinkling with sprinkles, sprinkle over a bowl to catch the extra sprinkles. Use the extra sprinkles to make a sprinkled variety pretzel rod.) Lay dipped/sprinkled rods on waxed paper, let set.
  5. To make extra fancy… use a small ziploc sandwich sized bag and put a couple tablespoons of white melted candy melts inside, cut off a small piece of the corner; drizzle melted candy melts over pretzel rods. Let set.

NOTES: Instead of buying a bunch of different Halloween colored candy melts, I bought one bag of white and tinted it with Wilton Orange Icing Color that I had on hand.  To help save money, you can make small batches of the white melted candies and tint them with any color you’d desire that you have on hand.  To make, simply follow directions on the back of your Wilton Candy Melts package and add desired amount of icing color; stir well.

 

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Gourmet Halloween Pretzel Rods

Gourmet Halloween Pretzel Rods
Course Dessert, Dessert Party Food
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 bag Pretzel Rods
  • 1 bag Wilton Candy Melts White
  • 1 bag Wilton Candy Melts Vibrant green
  • 1 bottle Halloween sprinkles different varieties
  • Treat Bags with ties 4in X 9.5in optional

Instructions

  1. Lay a long piece of waxed paper on a clean, dry, surface.

    Melt candy melts per packaged directions. (If making different colors with the white candy melts, see notes.)

    Dip pretzel rod into melted candy melts.

    Sprinkle with desired sprinkles. TIP: (When sprinkling with sprinkles, sprinkle over a bowl to catch the extra sprinkles. Use the extra sprinkles to make a sprinkled variety pretzel rod.) Lay dipped/sprinkled rods on waxed paper, let set.

    To make extra fancy... use a small ziploc sandwich sized bag and put a couple tablespoons of white melted candy melts inside, cut off a small piece of the corner; drizzle melted candy melts over pretzel rods. Let set.

    NOTES: Instead of buying a bunch of different Halloween colored candy melts, I bought one bag of white and tinted it with Wilton Orange Icing Color that I had on hand.  To help save money, you can make small batches of the white melted candies and tint them with any color you'd desire that you have on hand.  To make, simply follow directions on the back of your Wilton Candy Melts package and add desired amount of icing color; stir well.

 

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Honey Garlic Chicken ~ Crock Pot Recipe

Honey Garlic Chicken

by Tiffany

Put your hands in the air if you love your crock pot! I LOVE when I find a great crock pot recipe or develop one, don’t you?! They just seem to make my sometimes crazy schedule much less hectic. The other night I was thinking about a recipe my mom gave me years ago. The recipe wasn’t for the crock pot and wasn’t even for chicken, buuuut I had an idea and got to adapting. Voilà! Honey Garlic Chicken was born. This recipe got a big thumbs up all around the table. I served Honey Garlic Chicken along side steamed broccoli with sour dough garlic toast, but rice or mashed potatoes would have made a great companion too! Enjoy.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 7 boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 2 heaping tablespoons cornstarch

Directions

  1. In your crock pot/slow cooker, whisk together ketchup, honey, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, onion and red pepper together.
  2. Place chicken breast in crock pot/slow cooker, spoon sauce mixture over chicken.
  3. Cook on low for 5 hours or until chicken easily falls apart.
  4. Remove chicken breast from crock pot. Whisk cornstarch into the sauce mixture in your crock pot/ slow cooker, cover with lid and set crock pot/slow cooker to high. Sauce will thicken after about 5 minutes. Turn crock pot/slow cooker off. Return chicken to crock pot, cover chicken with sauce. Serve.

 

 

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Honey Garlic Chicken ~ Crock Pot Recipe

Great tasting Chicken Dinner that looks like you prepared it all day but really just let the Slow Cooker do all the work!
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 7 boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 2 heaping tablespoons cornstarch

Instructions

  1. In your crock pot/slow cooker, whisk together ketchup, honey, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, onion and red pepper together.
  2. Place chicken breast in crock pot/slow cooker, spoon sauce mixture over chicken.
  3. Cook on low for 5 hours or until chicken easily falls apart.
  4. Remove chicken breast from crock pot. Whisk cornstarch into the sauce mixture in your crock pot / slow cooker, cover with lid and set crock pot/slow cooker to high. Sauce will thicken after about 5 minutes. Turn crock pot/slow cooker off. Return chicken to crock pot, cover chicken with sauce. Serve.

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