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Fun and Easy Cake Balls

Are you looking for a fun and easy finger dessert food to serve at a gathering or party?

I made these personally requested cake balls and chocolate covered pretzels for my nieces baby shower.

You can easily makes these as well.

All you need are these few ingredients…

    Your favorite cake mix
    1 tub of frosting (vanilla works best with most cake flavors)
    3 packages of flavored and colored melting chocolate

Directions

Make and bake your cake according to the directions on the package.

When complete, remove from the oven and tear the cake apart into crumbles.

Mix in a tub of frosting and blend together until the crumbles corn a huge ball of cake.

Form into small balls and place on wax paper.

Place in a freezer to coat with chocolate later.

When you are ready to coat in chocolate, melt the chocolate for 30 second intervals, while stirring between melting cycles.

*To make chocolate thinner, add a tsp of coconut oil and mix well.

Lastly, remove the cake balls from the freezer and add one at a time to the chocolate. Tap off extra chocolate and place on wax paper to dry.

If you wish to add pretty topping, be sure to add before the chocolate dries.

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Bacon and Spinach Dip

Delicious Bacon and Spinach Appetizer

Are you looking for an easy and delicious appetizer and you love bacon? Try this one. I made it for my family and they loved it.

Ingredients

    • 1 package of bacon
    • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
    • 3 tablespoons flour
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
    • 1 cup chicken broth
    • 1 cup almond milk
    • 1 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella & Parmesan cheese, divided
    • 1 1/2 cup shredded Queso Quesadilla cheese, divided
    • 2 cups chopped fresh spinach
    • 1 (8oz) package cream cheese
    • Fresh parsley
    • 1 Roma tomato
  • 1-2 Fresh Baguettes

Directions

  • Preheat oven at 365 degrees.
  • Place package of bacon on baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes.
  • In a medium skillet over medium heat, melt coconut oil. Whisk in flour until smooth.
  • Add salt, dried parsley, cook for 1 minute or until smooth.
  • (When bacon is cooked, remove from oven and pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.)
  • Add chicken broth and almond milk to skillet, whisk until combined.
  • Cook over medium heat, whisking often until thick and smooth.
  • Stir in 1 cup of mozzarella and fresh Parmesan cheese and 1 cup Queso Quessadilla until melted.
  • In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth.
  • Add Alfredo sauce and beat until combined.
  • Break up cooked bacon and mix until blended.
  • Add remaining cheeses and mix until blended.
  • Add 2 cups of cut up spinach and mix until blended.
  • Place mixture in an oven safe baking dish.
  • Top with fresh parsley.
  • Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and garnish with cut up Roma tomato.
  • Cut and serve with fresh baguette.
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Crab Bombs

Easy Seafood Recipe

Keeping It Real

Crab Bombs

This is a really easy recipe I made for my family last night. If you like seafood and crabs, then this is a must to try.

I included a link on the title to access the recipe from Skinnypoints.com.

I am “Keeping It Real” by sharing my not so pretty image of my first ever made Crab Bombs. My family liked them so I will be making these more often and hopefully the more I make them, the prettier they will look.

Ingredients:

1 lb. Crabmeat

1 Egg, beaten

1 cup Ritz Crackers, crushed

1 tsp. Yellow Mustard

2 tbsp. Fresh Lemon Juice

2 tbsp. Fresh Parsley, chopped

1 tsp. Old Bay Seasoning

1 tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce

Directions:

Place crabmeat in a mixing bowl, picking any stray shell fragments out. Add crushed crackers, Old Bay Seasoning & parsley to the crab.

In a separate bowl, combine egg, mustard, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce. Whip with a whisk until smooth.

Pour egg mixture over the crabmeat and crackers and gently mix careful not to break up large lumps of crabmeat.

Mold into golfball sized balls and place on a cookie sheet.

Bake @ 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Drizzle w/ melted butter and allow to cool.

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This is what I paired my Crab Bombs with; shrimp, stuffed mushrooms, green beans, and grapes. It was a filling but light healthy meal.


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Apple Cinnamon Rolls

25 Day Christmas Countdown

Day 24

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Apple Cinnamon Rolls

This is a Christmas morning recipe to make for your family so you are not feeling stuck in the kitchen cooking while the family is enjoying the festivities of Christmas.

My picture doesn’t make them look pretty, but they are delicious. One thing with my baking, cooking, and blogging, what you see is what you get. I am what I call raw and honest. I do not just post what looks pretty or what looks or sounds good all the time. Life as well as baking and cooking is sometimes messy. You will get what is real and if this is not so pretty or down right ugly, this is what you see as you continue to follow me.

Ingredients

2 apples (peeled and diced)

Pie Dough

2 1/2 c flour

1/2 c shortening (coconut oil works too)

1 Tbsp flaxseed

dash salt

3/4 cup Cashew milk (any milk of your choice) (add enough milk to make dough sticky)

Cinnamon Sugar

1 c sugar

2 tsp cinnamon

1/8 c flour

Egg Wash

1 egg yolk for white wash

1/2 tsp water

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Peel and dice apples.

Make you cinnamon sugar by mixing sugar, cinnamon, and 1/8 cup of flour together and set to the side.

Mix all remaining dry ingredients together. Cut in the shortening until flakey, add milk a little at a time until dough is sticky.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough into a long rectangle about 1/8 inch in thickness. White wash with egg mixture and add cinnamon sugar mixture on top of egg wash. Gently roll the dough into a log. Cut into 1 inch rolls and place on parchment paper. If you have any remaining egg wash brush on to each individual roll.

Place in preheated oven and bake for approximately 20 mins or until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool on a cooling rack and enjoy.

I’m very sorry I didn’t get this posted in time to use it Christmas morning, but it can be used any morning or New Year’s morning as well.

Happy Baking!

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Gingerbread House

25 Day Christmas Countdown

Day 23

Amazing Gingerbread Houses 
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I didn’t get one made this year, but we made this one last year. My daughter and a sweet adopted family friend made an amazing one that I am very proud of. I will add the directions to make it from scratch, The directions I will share will give you the recipe (which I will add as always), the house template, the supplies, and a royal icing recipe.

Happy baking and constructing! I hope the memories you make while doing this will be wonderful and happy in the years to come.

When you see my picture you will see it constructed in the shape of a log cabin. This was done on purpose. If you wish to do the same then roll your dough out in the form of a square or rectangle and when before baking use a ruler and pizza cutter and cut into blocks.

Ingredients

Note: This is a double batch to make an amazing house from.

1 c butter, softened

1 c brown sugar

1 1/3 c molasses

4 eggs

8 c all-purpose flour (divided)

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 tsp ground allspice

1 tsp ground cloves

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground ginger

Frosting

2 lbs confectioners sugar

1 tsp cream of tarter

6 egg whites

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar until smooth. Stir in the molasses and eggs. Combine 1 1/2 cups of the flour, baking soda, salt, all spice, cloves, cinnamon, and ginger; beat into the molasses mixture. Gradually stir in the remaining flour by hand to form a stiff dough. Divide dough into 2 pieces.

On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes (if you want bricks, cut with your ruler and pizza cutter now. Place pieces 1 inch apart onto parchment lined cookie sheets.  Refrigerate for 15 mins.

Bake for 8-10 mins in a preheated oven. Cool on a baking sheet for 5 mins before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Icing

In a medium bowl, sift together confectioners sugar and cream of tartar . Blend in egg whites. Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat for about 5 minutes, or until mixture is thick and stiff. Keep covered with a moist cloth and plastic wrap until ready to decorate.

Enjoy the fun of baking and making this amazing Gingerbread house!

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Chocolate Trifle

25 Day Christmas Countdown

Day 22

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Here is a really easy recipe if you need to take a light and airy desert to someone’s Christmas Eve party today.

Ingredients

1 batch of pre-baked brownies

2 large boxes of chocolate pudding

4 cups milk (do not use soy or alternative milks as the pudding doesn’t set properly)

1 large tub whipping cream

Flavored candy of your choice (chocolate chips, peppermint chocolate chips, ground Butterfingers , ground Reese’s peanut butter cups…. anything you want)

Directions

If you haven’t done so already, bake a batch of brownies (I have an easy brownie recipe posted under recipes already if you need one.

Mix the pudding and the milk and chill in the refrigerator. Crumble your cooled brownie.

A large clear bowl works beautifully for this recipe so you can visibly show off your layers.

Begin constructing your trifle. Layer your crumbled brownie, pudding, whip cream, candy, then begin the layers over and over until the bowl is full.

Disclaimer – I do not have my own picture as I have not made this yet, but when I do I will post my picture.

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Christmas Snowballs

25 Day Christmas Countdown

Day 21

Day 22

Snowy Coconut Balls

This is an amazingly easy recipe with few ingredients but strong in flavor.

My family expects this simple cookie to be made every Christmas. It is also an easy cookie to add to a cookie platter.

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups finely chopped pecans
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
Powdered sugar

Directions

Heat oven to 325°F.
Combine all ingredients except powdered sugar in bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until well mixed.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 18-25 minutes or until very lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes; roll in powdered sugar while still warm and again when cool.

Disclaimer, I use Land O’ Lakes . Click the link to access the recipe website.

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Chocolate Coconut Balls

25 Days Christmas Countdown

Day 20

Chocolate Coconut Balls

This is a recipe I have used for the past several years. They are an added feature to a cookie platter that most people will enjoy.

Ingredients

2/3 c corn syrup

2 1/3 c flakey coconut (add enough so you have some structure and can make a ball shape)

1/4 melting chocolate

1/2 tsp coconut oil

Directions

In a medium sauce pan over low heat warm corn syrup to a thin consistency. Remove from heat, add coconut and stir until it is stiff and you can shape into balls. It is safe to add more coconut if you need more.

Form your balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Chill in a refrigerator long enough to make cold.

Melt your chocolate with your coconut oil on low heat in the microwave stirring frequently . Be sure to not burn your chocolate.

Remove your coconut balls from the refrigerator and dip into your melted chocolate and dry on wax paper.

Disclaimer, I was talking with my friend about these last night and we will be working on making these healthy. When I have pulled a healthier version together I will post it later.

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Christmas Real Vs. Perfect

Christmas baking in my house…

I have how much time???

With “x” amount of time, what can I get done?

Oh wait, I need to run out the door?

Ok, I can do this because last batch of cookies cake out of oven, but counter is a train wreck.

What do I do about this mess???

You take the dog with you so he doesn’t eat everything you just made, because he loves himself some sugar? Anyone else relate?

Then you repeat another day, but today, all the food first goes in oven (knowing no one will be home to turn it on.)

Second trip out the door, everything goes in the laundry room for the safety of your dog’s health and your baked goodies.

Just sharing a bit of real in my home.

Can anyone else relate to the realness of this story and not the perfect Hallmark Christmas program experiences?

Above is the first bundle of goodies being delivered today.