Thursday, February 26, 2015


When I worked at the IU bookstore in the student union, there was a bakery inside called "Sugar and Spice." They had the most delicious treat...a chewie, a peanut buttery crunchy snack. Kind of like a rice krispie treat but with peanut butter and die for. I will have to try this recipe to see if it matches up.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Mint Oreo Cookie Pretzel Bark

My daughter is home sick today so I had some time to experiment with making Mint Oreo Cookie Pretzel Bark....a minty, chocolatey, crunchy, sweet and salty treat! It is delicious! The only thing I would change next time is using white chocolate melts instead of the milk chocolate. I think then, the colors would look better together. 

Ingredients needed...

Mint Oreo Cookies, 1/2 package
1 package Wilton green candy melts
1 package Wilton milk chocolate candy melts
1 cup pretzels

Line a cookie sheet with foil. Place cookies in a plastic bag and slightly crush. You want 1/2 inch pieces of cookies to remain, so don't go overboard crushing.  Place crushed cookies onto sheet. Melt milk chocolate disks in microwave. Drizzle over the top of cookies. Do the same with green candy melts. Take a knife and spread chocolate gently over the top, swirling the 2 colors. Place pretzels of your choosing over the top. Let set for one hour and break apart into 3 to 4 inch pieces. 

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Faux Chocolate Easter Bunnies

I was cleaning out my holiday decorations and came across some faux chocolate bunnies that I made a few years ago. I got the idea from Martha Stewart of course!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Candied Cherry Cookies

This was my Valentine dessert this year, Candied Cherry Cookies. I've heard them called Swedish cookies as well. My kids really liked them. They are a crisp cookie, not too sweet. Thank you Coast Inn Bed and Breakfast for this recipe. ( I used one 6 oz. container of candied cherries and diced them in smaller pieces, rather than in half like the recipe says.)

Candied Cherry Slices

Great Christmas cookie, this freezes well and is always a big hit.

1 cup butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 unbeaten egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1 cup chopped nuts
2 cups green or red candied cherries cut in half

Cream butter and sugar, blend in egg and vanilla. Add flour and mix well. Fold in nuts and candied cherries. Divide dough into 3 romms, wrap in waxed paper or plastic wrap. Chill 3 hr. or overnight. Cut rolls into 1/4 slices. Bake at 325 for 13-15 minutes. These freeze well.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Valentine Garland

(This is for you Natalie!) I was given some "cut-out hearts"
and given the task to craft with it. I came up with this Valentine Garland. I took a very long piece of jute and hot glued the hearts to it. I hung it from my shelves in my living room.

My plastic storage container drawer is finally organized!

Over Christmas Break, I finally put a Pinterest idea to work and organized my storage container drawer. Previously, the containers were in 2 small drawers and we could never find the lids. At times we could not shut the drawer because they weren't stacked right. After some rearranging in the kitchen, all of the containers were put into one large drawer. I put a tension rod inside toward the front where all of the lids stand. It is a much better system. Still needs some work but so much better finding matching lids to containers. Now if I could find out where all of them disappear to!

Friday, January 2, 2015

My mittens are on Etsy!

I've added my mittens to my Etsy shop. If you are local and wish to purchase a pair, contact me and we won't go through Etsy to avoid shipping costs.