Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I've Moved

Tonia Cooks has moved to a new location. Please visit my new blog...

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Festive Rice Krispie Treats

It's been so hot here the past few weeks & our air conditioner isn't working properly. From what I hear, lots of people are having A/C problems right now - maybe because we're overworking the units? Anyway, the last thing I want to do is turn on our oven. So I'm doing easy stove-top recipes that don't really heat up the kitchen.

Rice Krispie treats are so simple to make & they go fast. I wanted to dress them up for the 4th of July, so I decided to do a red, white & blue icing drizzle. They turned out so pretty. I was planning on cutting these into star shapes, but couldn't find my cookie cutter. I'll post a new picture if I find it between now & Saturday.

Find the recipe for Rice Krispie treats here.

1 cup confectioner's sugar
2 teaspoons milk
2 teaspoons corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
Red & Blue food coloring

Stir sugar and milk together in a bowl until icing mixture is smooth; beat in corn syrup and vanilla until icing mixture is smooth and glossy in appearance. Divide into 3 equal amounts, add red & blue food coloring to desired shades. Drizzle alternately over prepared treats.

Coming up on Friday - I'll share the recipe for a delicious cinnamon walnut coffee cake. It's perfect for breakfast or dessert.

And on Saturday - oh my goodness, wait until you see this perfect warm-weather dessert. I can't wait to share this recipe.

Monday, June 28, 2010

S'mores Truffles

S'mores - what's not to love? A gooey, caught-on-fire marshmallow sandwiched between chocolate & graham just tastes like summer. I came across this recipe for S'mores Truffles some time ago & decided to save it for the 4th of July weekend. I love doing something new & surprising with a regular dessert & these truffles don't disappoint. They are just amazing. A mini marshmallow tucked inside chocolate ganache and rolled in graham cracker crumbs. It's as easy as it is delicious. I made a test batch yesterday afternoon while Landon was napping & I'll make another batch for our family cookout on Saturday, maybe adding a little Kaluha to the ganache.

If you love S'mores, be sure to check out this recipe for S'mores Cupcakes.

And coming on Wednesday - easy Red, White & Blue Rice Krispie Treats. Another festive recipe that doesn't require heating up the kitchen.

Recipe courtesy Sugar Plum
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 cups milk chocolate chips (12 oz.)
24 mini-marshmallows
1 cup finely crushed graham crackers

Melt butter in a medium sized saucepan over medium heat; whisk in cream and bring to a boil. Remove pan from heat and stir in chocolate chips until melted and smooth. Chill saucepan in refrigerator for 1 hour, or until chocolate is solid and rollable; roll into 24 balls, stuffing a mini marshmallow into the center of each. Chill truffles a few minutes before rolling in graham cracker crumbs; chill for a few minutes again so they solidify a little more.

Makes 24 truffles

Sunday, June 20, 2010

happy father's day

What a great day...a wonderful church service & a relaxing dinner with the family.  And the best part of the day - just watching my husband be a dad.  Seeing Landon's face light up with joy at the sight of his daddy;  just the sound of Mike's voice gets his head turning.   It's so much fun watching the two of them together.  And they are inseparable.  God is good & we are blessed, indeed.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Pan Fried Onion Dip - Again

Once Landon goes to bed on Friday nights, Mike & I try to catch up on the shows we've recorded - Pawn Stars for him; The Next Food Network Star for me. I decided to make pan-fried onion dip again tonight for a snack. It's so good you'll forget they sell french onion dip in the dairy case. It's really that good - I promise. You can find the recipe here.

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Best Birthday Ever

Today is my 37th birthday. My birthdays have always been great because I've been blessed with a wonderful family. But up until this year, I've spent all of my married birthdays with one thought constantly in the back of my mind...another year older & I'm still not a mom. This year I don't have to think that though. Because on this birthday, I woke up to the most precious face in the world, the sweetest little face that I wake up to every day now. And he's the most amazing gift. Thank you God for our perfect son. And thank you Landon, for completing my life. Mommy loves you!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Red Velvet Cake Balls

For me, Valentine's Day just screams Red Velvet Cake. And it happens to be one of Mike's favorite desserts. I made him Red Velvet Cupcakes last year so I wanted to do something a little different & more unique today. The answer? Red Velvet Cake Balls...little balls of red velvet cake & cream cheese icing dipped in chocolate. OH MY GOODNESS, they are deliciously decadent. They are also easy to make, as you can do one step and then not come back to them for a few hours. This is especially helpful when you have a 5 mo. old that's teething.

Red Velvet Cake Balls

1 box red velvet cake mix (cook as directed on box for 13 X 9 cake)
1 can cream cheese frosting (16 oz.)
1 two-pound bag chocolate wafers (I melted in Wilton Chocolate Melter)
wax paper

1. After cake is cooked and cooled completely, crumble into large bowl.
2. Mix thoroughly with 1 can cream cheese frosting. (Use your hands, but be warned it will get messy)
3. Roll mixture into quarter size balls and lay on cookie sheet. (I used a mini ice cream scooper)
4. Chill for several hours. (I chilled overnight)
5. Melt chocolate.
6. Roll balls in chocolate and lay on wax paper until firm. (Use a spoon to dip and roll in chocolate and then tap off extra.)

Happy Valentine's Day...