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.