Kit Kat and Peanut M&M Chocolate Birthday Cake

Kit Kat and Peanut M&M Chocolate Birthday Cake

Kit Kat and Peanut M&M Chocolate Birthday Cake

I was raised by a chocoholic mother, I remember eating leftover cake for breakfast with her.  I am a chocoholic too as you might have noticed if you follow my blog.  My parents came for a visit and even thought their birthdays aren’t until July, I thought it would be fun to have a joint birthday party for them while they were here.  I made them each a cake (see previous post for dad’s) tailored specifically to their likes.  This cake is all over Pinterest and is so easy to make and put together.  Here’s how –

1  Bake two round layers of cake, (I did chocolate of course) according to the directions on the box and let cool.

2  Make frosting, I used this recipe here, substituting 1/2 – 1 cup cocoa for some of the powdered sugar, depending on how chocolately you want your frosting.

3  Ice the cake, you don’t even have to be neat about it because no one is going to see it after you put all that candy on it!

4  Carefully break Kit Kats into single bars, (I bought the largest size pack of Kit Kats that Walmart had, 4 packs should do it) and gently press into the frosting all the way around to cover the whole cake.

5  Carefully, 1 handful at a time, put the M&M’s on the top of the cake, you don’t want to knock over the Kit Kats.  (I bought the giant tub of M&M’s at Costco and used about half of the container.)

6  Tie a ribbon carefully around the cake to hold everything together.  (I used a ribbon with cats on it because my mom also loves cats.)

7  Top with cute candles from Walmart.

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Train Birthday Cake

Train Birthday Cake

Train Birthday Cake

Both my parents have birthdays in July but they live in Illinois so we don’t get to see them that often let alone celebrate birthdays with them.  They just came for a visit so I thought it would be fun to have a joint birthday party for them while they were here.  I made my train loving dad this train cake.  Stay tuned tomorrow for the cake that I made for my mom.

Train Birthday Cake - Engine and Coal Car

Train Birthday Cake – Engine and Coal Car

I love the engine, Dad ate that first.  I filled two of the cars with Black Sugar Pearls to make them into coal cars.

Train Birthday Cake - Licorice Tracks

Train Birthday Cake – Licorice Tracks

I used Hershey flavored Twizzlers for the train tracks.  And I found those cute candles at Walmart.

Train Birthday Cake - Coal Car and Caboose

Train Birthday Cake – Coal Car and Caboose

Strawberry Shortcake seemed like the way to go with this cake so I baked the little cakes in my Nordic Ware Train Cake Pan using a vanilla cake mix then served it with strawberries and fresh whipped cream.  It was delicious!

Happy Birthday Dad, I love you!!

Chocolate Chip Waffle Cookies

Chocolate Chip Waffle Cookies

Chocolate Chip Waffle Cookies

Made these in honor of National Chocolate Chip Day which was yesterday, long live the chip!

cookies

2 sticks butter, softened

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon brown sugar

3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

glaze

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

3 – 4 tablespoons milk

mini chocolate chips for sprinkling

1  For the cookies, preheat waffle iron to medium.

2  Beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy.  Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.

3  Mix in flour, salt and baking powder just until combined.  Stir in chocolate chips.

4  Spray waffle iron with cooking spray.  Using a cookie scoop, put about 1 1/2 – 2 tablespoons of dough into each area of waffle iron.  Close and let cook for 2 – 4 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from waffle iron to cooling rack and repeat.

5  For the glaze, whisk together powdered sugar, vanilla and milk until smooth.  Drizzle cookie with glaze then sprinkle with mini chocolate chips.

recipe from Sprinkles for Breakfast

Chocolate Bubble Waffles

Chocolate Bubble Waffles

Chocolate Bubble Waffles

I’ve been having fun with my new bubble waffle pan.  Decided to try chocolate waffles and make them into ice cream cones, they were good but not chocolatey enough so next time more cocoa.  To make them into an ice cream cone, you just fold them into a cone shape right after removing from the pan and then set gently into a glass for a minute or two so they crisp up and retain the cone shape.

3/4 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon cornstarch

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 – 4 tablespoons cocoa

1 egg

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup milk

1/4 cup water

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons butter, melted

1/4 cup favorite mix ins such as crushed cookies or cereal as desired

1  Combine flour, baking powder, cornstarch, salt, and cocoa and whisk to combine.  Add egg, sugar, milk, water, and vanilla.  Gradually whisk ingredients until well combined then whisk in butter.

2  Spray each side of pan with cooking spray.  Preheat pan on medium for 3 minutes.  Add 3/4 cup of batter to pan, filling in all the bubbles.  Flip pan and cook for 2 – 4 minutes.  Flip pan again and cook for 2 – 4 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove with provided fork and let rest 1 minute to allow waffle to crisp.  Top with favorite toppings.

Makes 2 bubble waffles

recipe from Pampered Chef

Easy Taco Melts

Easy Taco Melts

Easy Taco Melts

Here’s a quick and yummy spin on taco night for you.

Easy Taco Melts

Easy Taco Melts

1 pound ground beef

1 (1 oz) package taco seasoning

2/3 cup water

1/2 cup thick and chunky salsa

1 (8 count) refrigerated biscuits

1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack or Mexican blend cheese

toppings – sour cream, salsa, guacamole

1  Heat oven to 375.  Spray large cookie sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment paper.

2  Cook beef over medium high heat until thoroughly cooked then drain.  Stir in taco seasoning, water and salsa.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened.

3  Separate dough into 8 biscuits then press each into 6″ rounds.  Spoon 1/3 cup meat mixture and 1 tablespoon cheese onto center of each biscuit.  Fold dough in half over filling and press edges with fork to seal.  Place on cookie sheet.

4  Bake 9 – 14 minutes or until golden brown.  Serve with toppings.

recipe from Pillsbury

 

One Pot Lemon Basil Orzo and Vegetables

Lemon Basil Orzo and Vegetables

Lemon Basil Orzo and Vegetables

I didn’t even get any, there’s a tiny bit left over so maybe if I’m quick I could grab it for lunch, I guess it was good!!

3 tablespoons olive oil

2 medium zucchini, cut into 1/4″ slices

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped or pressed

8 oz (1 cup) uncooked orzo or rosamarina past

1 1/2 cups vegetable broth

1 (14.5 oz) can fire roasted tomatoes, undrained

1 (19 oz) can chick peas/garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

2 teaspoon grated lemon peel

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/4 cup julienne cut fresh basil leaves

1  In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium high heat.  Add zucchini and cook 2 – 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until zucchini is light brown.  Spoon zucchini onto a plate.

2  Add remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil, onion, and garlic to skillet.  Cook and stir 2 – 3 minutes or until tender.  Add orzo, cook and stir 2 – 3 minutes or until orzo is lightly toasted.  Stir in broth, tomatoes, chick peas, lemon peel, salt and pepper.  Heat to boiling, cover and reduce heat to low.  Cook 8 – 10 minutes or until most of liquid is absorbed and orzo is almost tender.

3  Add zucchini and lemon juice and stir to combine.  Remove from heat.  Cover and let stand 3 – 5 minutes or until all liquid has been absorbed.  Stir in basil and drizzle with olive oil.

recipe from Betty Crocker

Bubble Waffles

Bubble Waffles

Bubble Waffles

My new favorite waffles!

Made it with my new Pampered Chef Waffle Puff Pan which you can find here.  It was my Mother’s Day gift from the fam.

Pampered Chef Waffle Puff Pan

Pampered Chef Waffle Puff Pan

3/4 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon cornstarch

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 egg

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup milk

1/4 cup water

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1/4 cup favorite mix ins such as crushed cookies or cereal as desired

1  Combine flour, baking powder, cornstarch, and salt and whisk to combine.  Add egg, sugar, milk, water, and vanilla.  Gradually whisk ingredients until well combined then whisk in butter.

2  Spray each side of pan with cooking spray.  Preheat pan on medium for 3 minutes.  Add 3/4 cup of batter to pan, filling in all the bubbles.  Flip pan and cook for 2 – 4 minutes.  Flip pan again and cook for 2 – 4 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove with provided fork and let rest 1 minute to allow waffle to crisp.  Top with favorite toppings.

Makes 2 bubble waffles

recipe from Pampered Chef