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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Krispie Rice Cereal Ghost Pops

A childhood favourite can be easily transformed into a delicious Halloween treat.





Two days until Halloween and we've officially scared the neighbour. She came to the door to fetch her daughter and one of our decorations swung in the wind and scared her to death. She went home and called me instead, LOL. I'm hoping the trick-or-treaters aren't too scared to come to the door!

The kids are having Halloween parties at school on Friday. Though I'd love to send some of these cute little guys with them, I've decided to go the healthy route and send fruit. After Mr.B's teacher being so happy about fruit last year, I decided it's probably a good option. I made these cute Rice Krispie Pops for the Monster High Party, Queenie and I hosted earlier this month. They were quick easy and oh so cute. These would be a great treat to send to school, or even for an impromptu Halloween party, on Friday night.





Krispie Rice Cereal Ghost Pops

One batch of Rice Krispie Squares (recipe below)
1 1/2 C white melting chocolate
candy eye balls
Black Wilton Sparkle Gel

Cut the Rice Krispie Treats into two inch wide rectangles. Insert a lollipop stick into the center, and set aside.

In a large coffee mug, melt the chocolate, in the microwave; using 30 second intervals.

Dip 2/3 of the pop in the melted chocolate, gently shaking off any excess. Place on a parchment lined baking tray. Quickly place the candy eyeballs; two per ghost. Repeat with remaining pops. Place in the freezer to set.

Once chocolate is set, draw a spooky mouth, using the black sparkle gel.

Rice Krispies Treats

3 Tbs butter
1 pkg (10 oz) large marshmallows (about 40)
OR
4 C miniature marshmallows
1 tsp vanilla
6 cups Kellogg's® Rice Krispies® cereal

In a large saucepan melt the butter. Add in the marshmallows and stir until melted. Add in the vanilla and remove from heat.

Add Kellogg's® Rice Krispies® cereal and stir to coat completely.

Using buttered hands, press the mixture into a buttered 13x9 inch baking dish. Let cool to room temperature before cutting.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Simple Supper Tuesday #85


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Gluten Free Energy Bars~ Secret Recipe Club

These deliciously sweet, chewy and crunchy energy bars, are way better than store bought.


Hun... What's for Dinner? Gluten Free Energy Bars~ Secret Recipe Club



It's time for this month's Secret Recipe Club reveal! Wait, What?!? Didn't I just post a SRC recipe a few week's ago? I sure did, but this time, I volunteered to fill in for a blogger, at the last minute. This time I was asked to make a recipe from Bean's blog; Without Adornment. Bean graduated from University with a degree in Chemical Engineering and she enjoys cooking/baking and photography. Her blog is full of gorgeous photos, from her travels and delicious recipes.



Secret Recipe Club


When I went over to check out Bean's blog, at first I was a little worried. This blog is full of delicious Gluten Free, and sometimes other allergen free recipes. So, I wasn't sure I'd be able to find something I could make with what I had in my kitchen. I was gladly surprised though, when browsing the recipes, to find many naturally gluten free recipes, that anyone could make. I knew any baked good would be difficult, since I couldn't get to the store for gluten free flours. So I quickly chose a few recipes like Gluten and Dairy Free Banana Muffins, Chickpea Salad, Grilled Ginger Beets with Goat Cheese and Sauteed Beet Greens and these Energy Bars

Since I was pressed on time and natural light (curse you fall and winter!), I decided to go with the Energy Bars, since they seemed like the quickest to make. I did change a few of the ingredients, like using peanut butter, rather than almond butter and using oats. I added in nuts we enjoy and that I had on hand and added in chocolate, because well I've been craving chocolate for a few days now and trying to be good, LOL. These energy bars were so easy to put together and I let them chill while I folded a load of laundry. They are chewy, with delicious crunchy nuts scattered throughout. The chocolate makes them a little more indulgent. The kids flipped over these and I think I will try to make a peanut/tree nut free version using sun butter, and sunflower seeds, and pepitas, so that the kids could bring some to school.



Hun... What's for Dinner? Gluten Free Energy Bars~ Secret Recipe Club


Gluten Free Energy Bars
adapted from Without Adornment 

1/3 C honey
2 Tbs dark brown sugar
1/3 C creamy peanut butter
1/4 C roasted salted cashews, chopped
1/4 C walnuts, chopped
1/4 C raisins
2 C quick cooking Gluten Free oats
2 Tbs ground flax seeds
1/3 C semi sweet chocolate chips

Line an 8x8 inch baking pan with parchment paper. 

In a small sauce pot, bring the honey and sugar to a boil. Boil until sugar is dissolved; about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Measure out the peanut butter, into a mixing bowl. To the bowl add the hot honey and whisk until smooth. Add the oats, ground flax seeds, nuts and raisins, mixing well to combine. Let cool slightly before adding in the chocolate chips. 

Pour into the parchment lined baking dish and press down evenly. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes to set, before cutting. 

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

What's for Eats? October 26, 2014

Meal planning is a great way to save money on groceries and you won't be standing in front of the fridge at 4pm, wondering what to make!


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Happy Sunday! Only 5 days until Halloween and the kids are beyond excited!! I on the other hand am tired. Not sure if it's hibernation instincts kicking in, but now that the colder weather has come, I just seem drained of energy. I did feel energized enough to bring the kids to a local pumpkin patch. Queenie had won two tickets, in a colouring contest at our dentist office, but the past few weekends have called for rain. We left early Saturday morning and had a quick breakfast at our favourite coffee shop. It called for rain after noon, so we arrived at the pumpkin patch soon after it opened. We enjoyed feeding the animals, the hay maze, corn maze and bouncy obstacle course. Before lunch we caught an awesome magic show, then took a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch. Things were pretty well picked over, so we just picked little pumpkins with plans of grabbing some bigger ones at the grocery store this week.


Happy Halloween!!


Hubby has 4 days off this week, so we are very excited. He and I are hoping to go out for dinner one night. Date night doesn't come often enough, LOL. He'll be here Halloween night, so we can take turns with the kids, trick or treating. I usually start off, then Queenie and I come home while Mr.B and hubby go on further. Here is what I have on the menu for this week



I'm sharing my meal plan over at OrgJunkie.com

Friday, October 24, 2014

Creamy Roast Tomato Soup

Seasoned roast tomatoes, onions and garlic are blended with light cream, for an indulgent homemade tomato soup.


Hun... What's for Dinner? Creamy Roast Tomato Soup- adapted from Chef Gordon Ramsay



Today, you can find me over at April J Harris, 21st Century Housewife, with a guest post. I'm sharing this amazing {and easy} Creamy Roast Tomato Soup. Go on over to get the recipe and help April celebrate her 12th blogging anniversary, by clicking the LINK above!


Hun... What's for Dinner? Creamy Roast Tomato Soup- adapted from Chef Gordon Ramsay


This soup is adapted from a recipe by Chef Gordon Ramsey and is perfect for a cold fall/winter night.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

{No Bake} Peanut Butter Cheesecake Pops

Peanut butter cheesecake batter is dipped into melted chocolates, creating these simple treats, perfect for Halloween!


Pumpkin and Mummy No Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake Pops- Hun... What's for Dinner?



This is Halloween, this is Halloween.... This month, a bunch of bloggers and I teamed up to bring you guys a super fun Halloween Candy Recipe Round Up. Now the phrase Halloween Candy can be interpreted in two different ways. Do I use Halloween candy, or do I make my own candy, keeping the Halloween theme in mind. I kinda did both. I made a recipe using Halloween candy (which I will share with you at a later date), and I made these cute little cheesecake pops at the beginning of the month, for Queenie's Monster High party.

I have to tell you that these pops were a total hit. The kids (and moms alike) LOVED how cute they were and how delicious they tasted. By the end of the party, I think there was only 2 or so left. Just enough for Mr.B to try one. I decided to decorate my pops as pumpkins and mummies, because I had some fun black and orange, and black and white, paper straws that I had bought over the summer. 

This recipe could not be easier. 3 ingredients, plus your different colours of melting chocolate. I think the hardest and most frustrating part was that as the pops sat, after being dipped, some started to crack. Not sure why. I simply piped a small amount of chocolate on the cracks and went on with my work. Queenie watched in anticipation as I piped on jack-o-lantern faces and mummy bandages. So easy to make, so delicious and perfect for any occasion.


Pumpkin and Mummy No Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake Pops- Hun... What's for Dinner?


{No Bake} Peanut Butter Cheesecake Pops

1 8oz block of cream cheese, softened
1/2 C creamy peanut butter
1/4 C powdered sugar
1 C orange molding chocolate wafers
1 C white molding chocolate wafers
1/4 C green molding chocolate wafers
1/4 C black molding chocolate wafers
red chocolate covered chocolate chips (or colour of choice)
black and white/black and orange paper straws

In a mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese, peanut butter and powdered sugar until smooth and fully combined. 

Using a small cookie scoop, scoop equal amounts of cheesecake dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Gently roll each scoop of dough into a ball and insert a straw into the center of each ball. Place in freezer for no less than 1 hr.

Heat the orange and white molding chocolate wafers, in two separate microwavable bowls (I used coffee mugs); using 30 second intervals, until melted.

Take frozen cheesecake bites and dip half into the melted white chocolate and the other half into the melted orange chocolate; gently shaking off the excess chocolate. Return to the parchment lined baking sheet. Once all dipped, return to freezer to set; about 5 minutes. 

Pour any remaining melted white chocolate into a disposable piping bag, or zip top bag. Take the white chocolate dipped cheesecake pops from the freezer and using remaining white chocolate, pipe lines to resemble mummy bandages. Add eyes using a dab of melted chocolate and the red candy coated chocolate chips. Return to the freezer to set.

Meanwhile, heat the green and black molding chocolate wafers, in two separate microwavable bowls; using 30 second intervals, until melted. Pour each bowl of melted chocolate into a disposable piping bag, or zip top bag. Snip the tiniest of holes at the end of each piping bag. 

For the stem, pipe green melted chocolate around the stick, at the top of the orange cheesecake pops. Using the black melted chocolate, pipe jack-o-lantern faces on one side of the pops. Return to the freezer to set.

In a small bowl, combine any remaining melted white chocolate, with remaining melted black chocolate, to make a grey colour. Pour the grey chocolate into a zip top bag and snip the tiniest of holes in one end. Pipe a mouth onto the mummy cheesecake pops.

Keep pops in freezer until ready to serve.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Simple Supper Tuesday #84


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Apple Pumpkin Muffins with Bacon Streusel- #CrazyIngredientChallenge

Deliciously moist pumpkin muffins are studded with apples and topped with a delicious brown sugar, bacon streusel topping.


Hun... What's for Dinner? Apple Pumpkin Muffins with Bacon Streusel


It's time for this month's Crazy Ingredient Challenge! Where bloggers create a recipe, using two ingredients that you wouldn't normally pair together. This month the ingredients were Pumpkin and Bacon. Not too crazy.... I haven't been participating in the challenges for several month, because I just couldn't find the time to create a recipe using ingredients chosen. Now that the kids are in school, I have a little more time, so am hoping I can get back into posting for the CIC.





I decided to go with muffins, because with the colder weather my kids have become bottomless pits. They are constantly hungry and I figured muffins would be great snacks for them. I had originally thought of pumpkin ravioli with bacon and sage, but I really couldn't get motivated enough to tackle homemade pasta. 

These muffins are SO delicious. Slightly sweet with bursts of tart apples and a smoky sweet bacon streusel topping. The kids inhaled one after school and requested on before bed, the day I made them. 2 days later, there is only 2 muffins left! I know many of you are probably leary about bacon, in a sweet recipe, but trust me, the bacon streusel is phenomenal.



Hun... What's for Dinner? Apple Pumpkin Muffins with Bacon Streusel



Apple Pumpkin Muffins with Bacon Streusel

Streusel topping:
1/2 C flour
1/4 C brown sugar
4 Tbs butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon
5 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/4 C pumkin seeds (pepitas)

1 1/4 C flour
1 C sugar
2 tsp pumpkin spice
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 C pumpkin
1 egg
1/4 C vegetable oil
1 large apple, peeled, cored and chopped
1 Tbs flour

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 12 cup muffin tin.

In a small mixing bowl combine the 1/2 C flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. Cut in the cold butter, until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Mix in the crumbled bacon and pumpkin seeds. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the 1 1/4 C flour, sugar, pumpkin spice, baking soda and salt.

In a separate bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, egg and vegetable oil. Toss the apple with the remaining Tbs of flour.

Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, mixing until just about combined. Add in the apples and mix until everything is just combined; making sure not to over mix.

Scoop 1/4 C of batter into each muffin tin well. Evenly sprinkle the bacon streusel on top of the batter. Bake for 20-22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the largest muffin, comes out clean.

Let cool 5 minutes, before removing from muffin tin, to a wire rack.



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Sunday, October 19, 2014

What's for Eats? October 19, 2014

Meal planning is a great way to save money on groceries and you won't be standing in front of the fridge at 4pm, wondering what to make!


Hun... What's for Dinner? Meal Plan Menu
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Well, we survived Thanksgiving for another year. With so many American friends, it seems weird to celebrate Thanksgiving a month early. Hubby had last Sunday off, so that is when we had out Turkey Dinner. My mother in law came to celebrate with us, since we couldn't head up North to celebrate with my family. We had a really nice weekend and the meal was delicious!



It took all last week to recover. With the holiday, I lost track of what day it was and totally forgot to meal plan. With a gigantic 16 pound turkey, last week consisted of many dinners using it up. We still have some that I've tossed in the freezer, since I am officially turkeyed out, LOL. Now we can focus on Halloween, Hubby's favourite holiday.

Here is what I have planned for this week


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dough Wrapped Mummy Dogs

Hot dogs are cleverly cut and wrapped in dough, to create these super fun Mummy Dogs, perfect for Halloween.


Hun... What's for Dinner? Dough Wrapped Mummy Dogs, perfect for Halloween!


It's almost here. One of the most fun nights of the year. Halloween! We LOVE Halloween. Every year Hubby is on the hunt for the latest horrifying and terrifying decorations. No fun and bubbly Halloween here. It's more like scare your pants off time. Sometimes we have to reassure kids that it's safe to come to the door. I think it has a lot to do with his LOVE for horror flicks. I'd be happy with fun and bubbly, but also love the scare your pants off version we do every year.

This year Mr.B would like to dress up as a Creeper. Creepers are found in the Minecraft video game and are basically a green box. Hubby said he'd help with the costume, so I'm interested to see what they come up with, LOL. Queenie wants to be Draculaura from Monster High. Easy enough for me! If I help at school that day, I will be dressing as a fortune teller this year. I have tons of scarves and skirts.... I just need to find some gaudy jewelry. Hubby isn't into dressing up; just decorating.

Every Halloween, I make a Halloween themed dinner, for the kids, before they head out trick or treating. In the past I've made a Snake Bites sandwich roll, spaghetti spider dogs and decorated pizza like a jack o lantern. When I saw these Mummy Dogs, I knew I wanted to try them. I ended up making these for Queenie's Monster High party, and will be making them again on Halloween. I just love that these mummy dogs have arms and legs. It was the first time I had seen them made this way. Usually it's just a hot dog wrapped in dough. The cuts for arms and legs adds something extra, that really makes the dogs look like mummies. Super fun, super cute and super easy!!!


Hun... What's for Dinner? Dough Wrapped Mummy Dogs, perfect for Halloween!



Dough Wrapped Mummy Dogs

1 pkg of favourite hot dogs (12)
 to 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 package (2 1/4 tsp) Rapid Rise Yeast
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup very warm water (120 to 130F)
2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, undissolved yeast, and salt. Stir very warm water and olive oil into dry ingredients. Stir in enough remaining flour to make soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 4 to 6 minutes. Cover; let rest on floured surface 10 minutes.

Using a sharp knife, cut arms and legs into the hot dog. Start by cutting near the center in the upper half of the hot dog and cutting outwards for the arms. Cut the hot dog in half near the bottom for legs.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to an 1/8 of an inch thickness. Using a pizza cutter, cut long thin strips of dough. Wrap the dough around the hot dogs, making sure to wrap pieces around the arms and legs. 

Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes; or until dough is golden brown. Serve with condiments of choice.



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Monday, October 13, 2014

Simple Supper Tuesday #83


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