Chocolate Covered Oreo Frogs

Made these for the neighbor kids the other day because, you know, why not? They were easy but time consuming. Older kids would probably have fun making them but younger ones might get frustrated.

1 bag Wilton Green Candy Melts

1 bag Mini Twist Pretzels

1 package Oreos

1 package Candy Eyes, medium size

1 Melt candy melts according to package directions.

2 Dip 2 pretzels in melted candy melts and lay down on parchment covered cookie sheet with a small space between them and double rounded side of pretzels facing out.

3 Dip an Oreo in the melted candy melts and place on top of the two pretzels, making sure that the pretzels are sticking out enough from under the Oreo for the legs.

4 Place two candy eyes on the Oreo.

5 Repeat.

inspiration for these guys found here

Sourdough Chocolate Chip Muffins

Three of my favorite things in one little package – chocolate, sourdough, and muffins! Another really easy way to use your sourdough discard.

1 1/4 cups flour

3/4 cup sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup vegetable oil or melted butter

1 egg

3 tablespoons milk

1/2 cup sourdough starter

1 cup chocolate chips plus more for sprinkling on top

sparkling sugar for topping

1 Preheat oven to 400. Line muffin tin with paper liners.

2 Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

3 In another bowl, whisk together oil, egg, milk, and starter.

4 Pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients and mix by hand just until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.

5 Scoop into prepared pan and top with additional chocolate chips and/or sparkling sugar. Bake 18 – 23 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

YIELD: 12 – 15 muffins

recipe from Heart’s Content Farmhouse

Garbage Disposal Cookies

Best (and only) garbage I’ve ever eaten! I switched the recipe up quite a bit to suit my family’s likes and you can do the same too. I can’t wait to try them again with a different combo of mix-ins.

2 1/2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter, softened

2/3 cup packed brown sugar

1/3 cup sugar

1/2 cup peanut butter or any nut butter or I used Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter which was delicious

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 – 4 tablespoons milk, the original recipe doesn’t call for any milk but my batter was really dry so I added 2 tablespoons of milk to help it bind together

8 Oreos cookies, broken up into large pieces, about 1 cup

8 standard size Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, chopped into large pieces, about 1 cup or any preferred chocolate candy – (I used an extra large Symphony Bar, chopped into large pieces which was a little more than 1 cup)

1/3 cup white chocolate chips (I didn’t add any chocolate chips since my Symphony Bar was quite big)

1 Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.

2 Cream butter, brown sugar, and sugar for 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add peanut butter, vanilla, and egg and beat until combined.

3 Add flour mixture, a bit at a time, just until incorporated. Add milk if needed. Mix in Oreos, chocolate candy, and chocolate chips by hand. Cover bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

4 Preheat oven to 375.

5 Scoop dough using cookie scoop and flatten slightly with hand on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake 12 – 15 minutes then transfer to wire racks to cool.

recipe from My Recipes

BLT Pasta Salad

This was yummy and a great summer salad option!

12 ounces pasta

1 romaine heart, thinly sliced

1 cup crumbled bacon

2 cups grape tomatoes, cut in half

1 small red onion, thinly sliced

3/4 cup ranch dressing

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup sour cream

2 tablespoons milk

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 Cook pasta according to package directions and drain.

2 In a large bowl, toss together cooked pasta, lettuce, bacon, tomatoes, and onion.

3 In a small bowl whisk together remaining ingredients then pour over pasta mixture and stir to combine.

recipe from Better Homes and Gardens

Lemon White Chocolate Muffins

Lemon and white chocolate just go together and these muffins prove my point. They are a perfect summertime breakfast or treat.

1 3/4 cups flour

2/3 cup sugar

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 egg

3/4 cup milk

1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon lemon zest

4 oz white chocolate chips

4 oz melted white chocolate, to drizzle

1 Preheat oven to 375. Line muffin cups with paper liners. You can find some cute ones here.

2 Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

3 In the bowl of your mixer, beat together egg, milk, oil, vanilla, lemon juice, and zest. Add flour mixture and beat just until combined. Stir in white chocolate chips.

4 Scoop into prepared pan. Bake 15 – 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool before drizzling with the melted white chocolate.

Yield: 12 – 15 muffins

recipe from Pretty. Simple. Sweet.

Trader Joe’s Caprese Pizza

My daughter and I were at Trader Joe’s on Saturday morning and we saw this yummy looking pizza crust

and knew we had to give it a try so I thought I’d share because it was so easy and so delicious and you can get it all at Trader Joes!

olive oil

1 (2 pack) Trader Joe’s Pizza Crust

1 log sliced Mozzarella cheese

3 Roma tomatoes, sliced

1 pack of fresh basil

1 Follow the directions for baking on the pizza pack. Brush both side of pizza crust with olive oil and place on a large baking sheet.

2 Spread Mozzarella rounds evenly over the crust then top with sliced tomatoes.

3 Bake according to package instructions.

4 As soon as pizzas come out of the oven, top with fresh basil so it wilts a little onto the pizzas.

5 ENJOY!!!!!

Natural Yeast Sandwich Bread

Still working on my bread making skills. This tasted great but was pretty dense. I think I added too much flour even though I added what the recipe called for. I’ll give it a go again with less flour and see how that turns out.

2 cups sourdough starter, that has been fed in the last 12 hours

2 1/2 cups warm water

3/4 cup honey

1 egg, beaten

1 tablespoon salt

1/3 cup coconut or vegetable oil

about 9 1/2 cups flour or bread flour

1 In a mixer or large bowl, combine starter, water, honey, salt, egg, and oil.

2 Add flour, 1 cup at a time, with mixer running, until dough starts to pull away from the bowl. Dough should be elastic, stretchy, and slightly tacky.

3 Knead for 10 minutes.

4 Cover dough with clean dish towel or lid. (I think the dough should be brushed with oil before covering.) Let rise until double in size, 4 – 6 hours.

5 When doubled, turn out onto lightly floured surface and divide into 3 equal pieces. Form into loaves and place in greased loaf pans. Cover with towel and let rise again until double in size, 3 – 5 hours.

6 Bake at 400 degrees for 28 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 180 degrees.

7 Immediately turn out of loaf pans when done baking and let cool on wire racks.

recipe from Amber’s Kitchen

One Pot Pasta with Tomato Basil Sauce

If you are looking for the easiest dinner ever, you can stop looking because here it is!

You just layer everything in a pot, put it on the stove and let it boil away. Oh and by the way, it tastes great too!

12 ounces pasta, recipe suggests casarecce or fusilli, I used ziti

1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes

2 cups chicken broth

1 onion, chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/3 cup firmly packed fresh basil leaves

2 teaspoons salt

1 tablespoon olive oil

freshly grated Parmesan

1 Place all ingredients, except Parmesan, in a Dutch oven in order listed. Cover and bring to a boil over medium high heat (about 12 – 15 minutes). Reduce heat to medium low and cook, covered, 10 – 12 minutes or until pasta is al dente, stirring at 5 minute intervals.

2 Remove from heat and stir. Serve topped with Parmesan.

recipe from My Recipes

Under the Sea Graham Crackers

More fun with porch treats for the neighbor kids! Definition of porch treats? Click here! Saw this cute idea and then adapted it a little bit to suit me. I think they are adorable.

1 – 2 boxes graham crackers

1 tub blue frosting

1 bag Swedish fish

1 bag goldfish crackers

1 bag Vanilla Cupcake goldfish crackers

yellow rock candy

fish shaped sprinkles (which comes with the blue frosting if you use store bought)

white sugar pearls

Spread frosting on graham crackers to look like water then decorate as desired. I put one of each kind of “fish” on each cracker then added the embellishments.

I found some yellow rock candy in my sprinkle stash and thought it looked like either a coral reef or just ocean rocks so sprinkled those near the bottom then put the fish swimming over them.

I used the little fish sprinkles that came with the frosting for these.

And then for this version I used the little pearl sugars to simulate little air bubbles above the fishy crackers.

inspiration from The First Year

May the Fourth Star Wars Treats

Happy Star Wars Day everyone! Hope it was a great day. I spent the day making these Star Wars treats for the neighbor kids AKA Porch Treats. My favorite part of these are the Teddy Graham Ewoks!

Good times! I got to play with food all day! Here’s the how to if you are interested.

1 – 2 bags Wilton candy melts (I used 2 bags of candy melts and that made about 40 treats)

1 box graham crackers

I box chocolate Teddy Grahams

1 pouch cookie frosting

1 Melt candy melts according to package directions. Carefully spoon melted candy melts into Star Wars candy molds which you can find on Amazon.

2 Tap gently to release air bubbles then place filled molds in refrigerator for about 20 – 30 minutes or until set. Gently release from molds.

3 Break graham cracker sheets into 2 pieces. Attach molded chocolates and Chocolate Teddy Grahams to graham cracker using the cookie frosting as glue.

4 Allow frosting to set.