by amanda

Easter Marshmallow Bark

April 16, 2014 in holiday by amanda

My kids are obsessed with marshmallows. Obsessed.

And they’re in the baking aisle of the grocery store so I can’t even buy flour without hearing “MOM! LOOK! NEW MARSHMALLOWS! PINK MARSHMALLOWS! MARSHMALLOWS SHAPED LIKE COWS! LOOK!”

You can imagine how thrilled they were with bars that are literally just marshmallows covered in white chocolate. You guys. They went nuts.

They’re pastel and I topped them with bunny sprinkles so they’re perfect for Easter! I’m not really a huge fan of marshmallows but I won’t lie, I’ve considered putting a square of marshmallow bark between some graham crackers and having a solo microwave s’mores party.

One year ago: Cinnamon Twists
Two years ago: Lemon Poppy Seed Pound Cake
Three years ago: Caramel-Filled Brownies
Four years ago: Chocolate-Peanut Butter Biscotti

Easter Marshmallow Bark

Ingredients

1 (12 ounce) bag white chocolate chips
1 tablespoon shortening
3 cups mini rainbow marshmallows
Easter or Spring sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Line an 8x11-inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Put white chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minutes and then give it a good stir. Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring after each one, until completely melted.
  3. Add marshmallows and stir to coat all the marshmallows. Work quickly or the marshmallows will start to melt!
  4. Pour the marshmallows into your prepared pan and use a rubber spatula to extend the marshmallows to all sides. Sprinkles on any sprinkles you want to use.
  5. Refrigerate until completely set, at least a couple hours. Cut into squares and bring to room temperature before serving.
http://fakeginger.com/2014/04/16/easter-marshmallow-bark/

by amanda

Peeps Nests

April 9, 2014 in holiday by amanda

I am in full-on Easter mode right now.

I wasn’t. Then this past weekend the Army post we live on had their Easter event and I mainly showed up because they promised an ice skating rink (and lied!) but after holding ALL THE CUTE BUNNIES at the petting zoo, I’m pretty excited to have the Easter Bunny visit us.

Plus, can we all agree that Easter has the best holiday candy? Cadbury eggs, Cadbury mini eggs, Cadbury white mini eggs…

Omg.

Anyway, this is the treat I was planning on sharing on Monday someone destroyed the bag of pretzels and the eggs. Better late than never though, right? I love these so much. They are basically white chocolate-covered pretzels with a Peeps chick on top – what’s not to love?

Two years ago: Cream-Filled Doughnut Muffins
Three years ago: Garlicky Crumb-Covered Broccoli

Peeps Nests

25 servings

Ingredients

1 24-ounce package white almond bark
1 10-ounce bag pretzel sticks
25 Peeps chicks
1 package egg-shaped candy

Instructions

  1. In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt white chips; stir until smooth. Set aside 1/2 cup for decorating.
  2. Add pretzel sticks to remaining chips; stir until coated. Scoop a small amount of mixture onto waxed paper; shape into a nest using two forks. Repeat, forming 25 nests. Dip bottom of Peep into reserved white chips; place in a nest. Add eggs to nests, securing with white chips. Repeat. Let stand until set.
http://fakeginger.com/2014/04/09/peeps-nests/

by amanda

Spooky Eyes Pretzel Bark

October 25, 2013 in holiday by amanda

It’s time for my final Halloween post! I hope you guys enjoyed the week and got some good ideas for spooky treats.

And sorry this post is much later than it usually is. Normally I prep posts at night and then type something up early in the morning but I was feeling especially lazy this morning and then I had to get my spray tan on because I was also especially lazy yesterday and skipped my usual spray tan time. And then I got sucked into the vortex that is Target. AND THEN I got home to a very bad husky. I’ve been locking her in the older boys’ room because she breaks out of her crate and destroys stuff and I figure there’s not really much she can destroy in there. Well, she pulled up a tiny bit of carpet. So yeah.

Anyway, I saved this treat for last because it was my favorite. It is chocolate covered pretzels on steroids! This batch didn’t last 2 hours in my house. It’s so good and so cute with the little eyeballs on top. And btw, I’ve seen the eyeballs at Target, Walmart, and Michaels this year. You should be able to find them just about anywhere.

If you’re a fan of chocolate covered pretzels, I definitely recommend making this. Soon.

One year ago: Bloody Hot Chocolate
Two years ago: Mummified Oreos
Four years ago Slow Cooker Beef and Barley Stew

Spooky Pretzel Bark

adapted from Cookies & Cups

Ingredients

1 bag mini pretzels
3 cups white chocolate
2 cups semi sweet chocolate
mini Oreos, M&Ms and spooky eyes ( all optional) for garnish

Instructions

  1. Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  2. Cover the bottom of the pan in a single layer of pretzels.
  3. Melt white chocolate in a double boiler (or microwave if you prefer) until smooth. Pour over pretzels - go slow so you don't disturb them. Use a rubber spatula to smooth it out and make sure all the pretzels are covered. Lay another single layer of pretzels on top of the white chocolate. Allow to firm up at room temperature for about 20 minutes.
  4. Melt the semi sweet chocolate in a clean double boiler (or microwave) until smooth. Pour over the second layer of pretzels - once again, go slowly or your pretzels will get messed up. Smooth it out with a rubber spatula.
  5. Decorate the top with mini Oreos, festive M&Ms, and spooky eyes.
http://fakeginger.com/2013/10/25/spooky-eyes-pretzel-bark/

by amanda

Witches Brew

October 24, 2013 in holiday by amanda

Today I bring you a recipe that you can’t eat.

Sorry.

But it makes your house smell really delicious and if you’re a candle junkie like me, you should be excited.

I made this last weekend and I swear my house smelled good for days! I actually tried to save it so I could reuse it on Halloween (you know, put it by the door so trick-or-treaters could smell it – as if they care about how my house smells) but decided that it would lose all it’s smelliness by then. But I’ll be making it again because I have all the ingredients on hand this time of year.

One year ago: Candy Corn Roll-Up Cookies
Two years ago: Homemade Snickers
Four years ago: Honey Yeast Rolls

Witches Brew

Ingredients

1 apple
1 orange
1 lemon
2 tablespoon whole cloves
4 cinnamon sticks
water

Instructions

  1. Slice fruit into rings. Don't worry about removing peels, seeds, etc.
  2. Place all ingrdients into a slow cooker. Cover the fruit with water.
  3. Heat on low, refilling water if necessary.
http://fakeginger.com/2013/10/24/witches-brew/

by amanda

Pumpkin Cheese Ball

October 23, 2013 in holiday by amanda

I was sitting next to my husband on the couch while I was working on these photos yesterday and kept asking him “If I call this a pumpkin cheese ball, will they assume there’s pumpkin in it? That I rolled a ball of pumpkin in Doritos crumbs? WILL THEY CLICK THAT X UP THERE AS SOON AS THEY SEE THE TITLE?!” He has assured me that you won’t think that. So here’s hoping he’s right.

It definitely doesn’t have any pumpkin in it but it is rolled in those Doritos crumbs I mentioned and then topped with a bell pepper stem so it looks like a pumpkin. It’s actually kind of taco-y. My husband’s mom makes a taco salad dip that starts with a layer of cream cheese mixed with taco seasoning and this reminded me so much of that. If you’ve had that kind of dip, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

It was so delicious and addictive. I found myself making unnecessary trips to the kitchen just so I could grab another chip covered in cheesiness. My husband was on 24-hour staff duty the day I made it and I swear I got 6 texts during that time reminding me not to eat all of it.

And look how cute it is!

One year ago: Spiced Shawarma Chicken Wraps
Two years ago: Ground Beef Gorditas
Three years ago: Autumn Pumpkin Bread
Four years ago: Cheesy Grits Bread

Pumpkin Cheese Ball

adapted from Family Fresh Meals

Ingredients

16 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 cups cheddar cheese
3 tablespoons finely diced onion
1/2 cup chunky salsa
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 cups Doritos, crumbled
top of 1 green bell pepper for stem garnish

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, onion, salsa, and cumin. Beat until well mixed and creamy.
  2. Scoop the mixture into plastic wrap and shape into a ball. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  3. When ready to serve, roll ball in Doritos until covered. Place bell pepper stem on top. Serve with tortilla chips, crackers, or fresh veggies.
http://fakeginger.com/2013/10/23/pumpkin-cheese-ball/

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