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Chocolate Bird Nests

Are you guys ready for a super simple, really yummy, last minute Easter treat?  Good, cause here it is.

Chocolate Nests

I’m totally not kidding when I tell you how easy these are.  Ready for it?

Chocolate Bird Nests

1 bag chocolate chips
3 cups chow mein noodles (I personally like the La Choy ones that come in the little tin)
Peanut butter
chocolate egg candies (Love me some Cadbury eggs)

Melt the chocolate chips and peanut butter.  I used a double boiler pan on the stove top, but the microwave would work just as well.  Coat the chow mein noodles in the melted chocolate. Form into little mounds with a depression in the center on wax or parchment paper.  Place candy eggs  into eggs and wait for it to solidify.

Boom,  Done!  See? super easy.

Linking to: Today’s Creative Blog + Lolly Jane

 

Quick St. Patrick’s Day Treats

Saturday afternoon Brad took Abi outside to change the wiper blades on our cars and play for a bit.  While they were out there I decided to take advantage of being alone to make a few little surprise treats for Abi.  I did a quick little search around the web and found these two gems.  So easy and so fun and so good!! Great for a last minute holiday treat.

St. Pat Treats

Pretzel Hugs via Bits of Everything

(only i used rolos. yum!)

Leprechaun Hat Pops via Mega-Crafty

Grasshopper Whoopie Pies

I decided to try something that I have never done before.  Something I didn’t even really know you could do.  I decided to make some Whoopie Pies.  Did you know I didn’t even know what a Whoopie Pie was until about a year and a half ago?  I know.  What?

Well anyway, the other day I saw a pin for it on Pinterest and thought I’d give it a go.  In honor of St. Patrick’s Day and my favorite flavor combo I decided to go with green peppermint icing.

Grasshopper Whoopie Pies

For my first try I think I did pretty good. In no way do my look nearly as perfect as I know I’m capable of, but I’m happy with it none the less.  I also had a little green dipping chocolate laying around so I thought to myself, “Self?  What’s better than a grasshopper whoopie pie? A grasshopper whoopie pie dipped in green chocolate.”  And you know what?  I’m sure it would have been if the aforementioned whipping chocolate wasn’t Key Lime flavored.  Whoops :)

Grasshopper Whoopie Pies dipped

Oh!  And before I forget,  here is the recipe I used. Try it.  You won’t regret it.

Peppermint Whoopie Pies via Grin & Bake It

Mini Chocolate Bundt Cakes {recipe}

mini chocolate bundt cakes

I was given some of my grandmothers darling little bundt cake pans, but I had never used them before (i think i was intimidated by having to wash them after they were baked).  Finally I got the nerve up and went through her recipes and found on that looked delicious.  And boy is it!

And don’t worry – if you don’t have mini bundt cake pans I’m sure cupcakes would be just as yummy.

Mini Chocolate Bundt Cakes

1/3 cup cocoa powder
about 1/3 cup hot water
1 cups sugar
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 lightly beaten egg
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips, melted

1. Spray pans with cooking oil and preheat oven to 350*
2. Combine the cocoa & hot water until smooth then set aside
3.  Combine sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
4. Add in buttermilk, sour cream, oil, eggs, butter, and vanilla. Pour in cocoa powder and water mixture and mix everything to combine.
5. Add melted chocolate chips and mix until smooth
6. Use a spoon to fill each indentation about halfway with batter. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Once they are cool you can drizzle with ganashe, sprinkle with powdered sugar, or just eat them with your fingers while still hot because they are so good!

Simple Banana Bread {recipe}

I grew up in a neighborhood full of exceptional cooks.  Like really really good food.  One year they got together and published a cookbook.  Everyone that wanted to submitted recipe and then you could purchase one.  I was in high school at the time, but I snatched one up as fast as I could and I’ve used it almost everyday since.

This is my favorite banana bread recipe.  It’s so simple, but makes me feel so fancy whenever I make it.  Like I had slaved away for hours to produce such deliciousness.

banana bread

Simple Banana Bread

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup water
1 cup sugar
2 egs
3 medium mashed ripe bananas
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp soda
1 cup nuts (optional)

Cream butter and sugar.  Add water, eggs and banana’s. Mix and sift dry ingredients. Pour into greased loaf pan. Bake 30 minutes at 350*.

Man, I wish you could smell it. :)

 

 

Daddy’s Dairy

A while ago Design Mom started a column on her blog about loving where you live.  I decided that’s a good idea.  In the past 4 years we have lived in 5 states and visited a few others.  We figured we would be in each place for a while and would have plenty of time to see things.  But we never got around to seeing more than the one or two main touristy things in the area.  So I’m going to join Design Mom in the quest of loving and learning about the places I live and visit.

Up the street from us there is this little hole in the wall ice cream shop.  We never thought much about it.  But then we were talking to some friends the other day and they told us we were totally missing out.  We finally decided to see what all the fuss was about at this little shop called Daddy’s Dairy.

Oh. My. Goodness you guys. If you like ice cream and you’re in the south-of-Boston area you HAVE to stop here.  They have 120 flavors of soft serve ice cream.  120!!  Take a look at the menu.

 

I decided on Chocolate Raspberry and it was heavenly.  It was a vanilla ice cream with raspberry jam and raspberry filled cups.  So good you guys.  This little girl really liked her Cotton Candy and ate every last drop :).

 

Do you have a favorite local ice cream joint?

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