Cookies and Cream Cheese Ball

Cookies and Cream Cheese Ball

Cookie and Cream Cheese Ball

YUM!  I don’t even like cheese balls that much but apparently I like this one!  What’s not to like?  It’s full of cream cheese and butter and powdered sugar and Oreos and chocolate syrup!  On top of Nilla Wafers!  Heck yeah!

1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

2 cups powdered sugar

2 tablespoons chocolate syrup

18 – 20 Oreos, crushed

1 cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips

Nilla Wafers, pretzels, graham crackers, apples, whatever you like for dipping

1  Beat cream cheese and butter for 3 minutes.  Add sugar and beat for 2 more minutes.  Remove a big spoonful, place in a Ziploc bag and set aside (this will make the laces on top of your football.)

2  Beat in chocolate syrup and crushed Oreos.

3  Line a bowl with plastic wrap.  Drop cream cheese mixture into plastic wrap lined bowl.  Fold plastic wrap around cheese ball and refrigerate for 1 hour.

4  Shape cheese ball into football shape and then remove plastic wrap.  Press chocolate chips over the whole surface of the cheese ball.  Use your reserved baggie of the cream cheese mixture to pipe laces on the top of your football, just snip a corner of the baggie off and away you go.

5  Serve with dippables.

recipe from Shugary Sweets

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Nutter Butter Groundhogs in Chocolate Doughnut Holes

Nutter Butter Groundhogs in Chocolate Doughnut Holes

Nutter Butter Groundhogs in Chocolate Doughnut Holes

Happy Groundhog Day!  I guess Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow so welcome to six more weeks of winter.  But these guys made you smile, didn’t they?  Who wouldn’t love a Nutter Butter Groundhog coming out of a chocolate doughnut hole?

chocolate doughnuts

Nutter Butter cookies

brown M&Ms

white Tic Tacs

candy eyes

some sort of edible “glue”, I used melted white chocolate, other options include frosting, peanut butter, Nutella

Carefully cut brown M&Ms in half to  make ears.  Using your edible glue choice, glue 1 brown M&M onto cookie for nose, glue 2 Tic Tacs right under the nose for the teeth, 2 candy eyes above the nose then each half of an M&M to the sides for ears.  Allow to set before sticking each cookie into the hole in a chocolate doughnut.  And done!

Here’s a closer look

Nutter Butter Groundhog in Chocolate Doughnut Hole

Nutter Butter Groundhog in Chocolate Doughnut Hole

inspiration from Oh My! Creative

Slow Cooker Pesto Minestrone

Slow Cooker Pesto Minestrone

Slow Cooker Pesto Minestrone

I used to hate pesto as a kid, now I can’t get enough of it!  If you’re like me, then you’ll love this soup!

2 carrots, sliced

2 leeks, white and green parts, halved lengthwise, sliced and rinsed (I used a chopped onion instead)

2 – 3 russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1″ cubes

1 bulb fennel, trimmed, cored and chopped (skipped this)

1 (15 oz) can petite diced tomatoes

3 tablespoons Pesto, plus more for topping

salt and pepper

1 (15 oz) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 cup small pasta

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

1  Put carrots, leeks, potatoes, fennel, 5 – 6 cups water, undrained tomatoes, pesto, salt and pepper in crock pot or slow cooker.  Stir, cover and cook on high for 7 – 8 hours until veggies are tender.

2  Uncover and stir in beans and pasta.  Cover and cook an additional 15 minutes or until pasta is done.

3  Top each serving with pesto and Parmesan.

recipe from Food Network

Chili Tortilla Bake

Chili Tortilla Bake

Chili Tortilla Bake

This made a pretty big pan and it was gone the next day.  Thinking about making it again soon.  It was that good!

1 pound hamburger

2 (8 oz each) cans tomato sauce

1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 cup frozen corn or 1 (15 oz) can corn, drained

1 (4 oz) can chopped green chilies

2 tablespoons dried minced onion

2 tablespoons chili powder

1 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon oregano

4 – 6 whole wheat or flour tortillas

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1  Cook beef until no longer pink.  Stir all ingredients except tortillas and cheese and heat through.

2  In a 9 x 13″ pan sprayed with cooking spray, layer half the tortillas, beef mixture and cheese.  Repeat layers.

3  Bake uncovered at 350 for 25 – 30 minutes or until bubbly.

recipe from Taste of Home

Slow Cooker Hamburger Minestrone

Slow Cooker Hamburger Minestrone

Slow Cooker Hamburger Minestrone

It has felt like Spring here in Utah until this past weekend when we got so much snow!  So a nice hearty soup was called for to combat the chill and this one fit the bill.

1 pound hamburger

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 cup diced onion

1 cup peeled and sliced carrots

1 cup chopped zucchini

2 ribs celery, chopped

2 teaspoons garlic

4 cups beef broth

1 (28 oz) can crushed Italian style tomatoes

1 teaspoon basil

1 teaspoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon thyme

1 bay leaf

1 (15 oz) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

1 (15 oz) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 cup elbow macaroni or your choice small pasta

1/2 cup grated Parmesan

1  Cook hamburger over medium heat, seasoning with salt and pepper, until no longer pink.  Drain off fat and pour into slow cooker.

2  Add all other ingredients except pasta and Parmesan and stir to combine.  Cook on high 3 – 4 hours or on low 6 – 7 hours.

3  After initial cooking time, add pasta and Parmesan, stir to combine, cover, raise temperature to high and cook an additional 15 – 20 minutes or until pasta is done.

recipe from Valerie’s Kitchen

“Best Day Ever” Buttercream Striped Wedding Cake with Flowers and Pine Cones

"Best Day Ever" Buttercream Striped Wedding Cake with Flowers and Pinecones

“Best Day Ever” Buttercream Striped Wedding Cake with Flowers and Pine Cones

I got to make the wedding cake for my friend Jasmyn’s wedding this past weekend.  It was a big one!  The bottom layer was 10″ wide and 4″ tall, the middle was 8″ wide and 4″ tall and the top was 6″ wide and 4″ tall and add to that the 2″ wood slab!  It was tall and also heavy!  But I think it turned out really cute.  The cake was a Funfetti cake made with this recipe and the frosting was my favorite buttercream, recipe here.  Jasmyn had the topper made but we decided to put it in the middle instead of on top and I think that was a good call.  Pine cones on the top and on the bottom and some flowers around the “Best Day Ever” topper finished the look.  Congratulations to Jasmyn and Josh!  Thanks for letting me be a part of your big day!

 

Bridal Shower Cake Bar

Bridal Shower Cake Bar

Bridal Shower Cake Bar

My sweet friend McKenna is getting married and her sister Alyse threw her a bridal shower and asked if I would help with the dessert so I suggested a cake bar because I saw the idea on Pinterest and wanted to give it a go.  Everyone seemed to really enjoy it because everyone could make the exact dessert that they wanted.  You could even just have berries and cream if you were trying to cut back.  It was a success and so much fun to put together.  Here’s what was on the cake bar:

mini chocolate and mini vanilla cakes from this recipe – I made mini tube cakes which were a good single serve size and even smaller little bundt cakes so that you could have a chocolate and vanilla if you wanted both

a chocolate ganache which the mother of the bride to be, my childhood friend Ann, made and a vanilla glaze, recipe here

chocolate and vanilla ice cream

chocolate syrup and caramel syrup

blackberries and sliced strawberries

homemade whipped cream, recipe here

mini chocolate chips, toffee bits, mini M&M’s, sprinkles

So much fun!  And yummy!  Try it for your next party!