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Rice Krispie Treats

Stay-Soft BEST Ever Rice Krispie Treats and Pops

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Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

One of the BEST things in life is a GOOD soft, tasty Rice Krispie treat! 

But it has to be soft.

Yummy marshmellowy.

A little gooey, but not real sticky or that’s just a mess.

Most important it needs to have great flavor and not be bland and tasteless.

Do these sound like your kind of perfection in a Rice Krispie Treat?

If it does, and you love them like I enjoy a really good one, then I have the perfect recipe for you!

Making these soft delicious treats in a pan to cut into the usual bar, which is great. But I have a something special for you!  It’s a simple and clever way to have fun eating them, and of course, sharing them too.

These stay-soft best ever rice krispie treats and pops are  a family favorite.  Not only because they are very inexpensive to make, they are so simple, you’ll make them up often with the kids or grand kids as a quick and easy dessert and special treat.

 

 

Stay-Soft BEST Ever Rice Krispie Treats and Pops

Ingredients:

4 Tablespoons butter (1/2 stick)

10 oz. mini marshmellows (or large ones in a 10 oz. bag)

5  1/3 cup of rice krispie dry cereal

*Additional 1-4 Tablespoons of additional butter

Optional:  Biscuit cutter, melting chocolate buttons or chocolate chips, sprinkles, parchment paper, cellophane bags, -use the right sized cutter with the bag:), ribbon

 

Directions:

Using some of the additional butter (1-2 Tablespoons), lightly butter either a 9″ x 13″ cake pan or a jelly roll pan that has sides; depending on how thick you want to make your treats.

Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Pre-measure your rice krispie dry cereal into a bowl.

Set it aside. 

If making Pop’s lay a piece of parchment out near you, but not in your way of working.  

In a large saucepan, melt the 4 Tablespoons butter (1/2 stick) over low heat.  

Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Add in the marshmallows and stir continually.

Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Keep stirring until they are completely melted – being careful not to burn them.

Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Remove the pan from the heat and gently stir in the rice krispie cereal.

Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Folding in until it is completely covered

Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Spread the mixture into the buttered pan of your choice.  Using buttered hands (with the rest of the butter), pack it down firmly if you are going to cut out shapes.

Allow the mixture to cool completely in the pan.

Cut them into bars for the original treat.

 Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Store in an airtight container to keep them soft and perfect.

 

 

To make the POP’S, using a muffin or biscuit cutter (or anything that is round and will go through the depth of the mixture and cut)

push through to the bottom, using a firm pushing down motion.Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Take your circle out and push a craft stick into the center of one end to make a POP.

Do this with all of your POP’s until you cannot cut anymore shapes out.  

Put your melting buttons or chocolate chips into a microwavable bowl.  Heat for 30 seconds and stir.  Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Repeat this process until the chocolate is completely smooth and warmed through, but not hot.Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Dip one of the POP’s into the chocolate, helping with a spatula, spoon, or another utensil to cover up as far as you desire, and also to help scrap off the backside and make the chocolate layer more even all around.Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Cover with sprinkles (or heath bits as shown) while with chocolate is still wet on the POP. Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Lay on the prepared parchment paper and allow the POPs to set up. Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

To make them even more presentable for gifts, etc.  have cellophane bags that are larger than the POPs.   

Put the POP end into the bag first so the stick may sticking out of the bag; depending on the length.

Now tie with ribbons, or whatever you desire. 

Makes a great gift, take-home treat, oh there are so many uses for this scrumptious treat.  

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2019

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Pumpkin cookies with chocolate chips

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Pumpkin cookies with chocolate chips

Best soft pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

 

These are just the BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Seriously!

They are family proven to be the favorite, and made over and again, year after year.

Why?

Because this recipe for the BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies stay soft, tender and moist, full of flavor, they scream of fall; and yet they are scrumptious anytime of the year.

They are an easy homemade from scratch cookie, you’ll make often and they freeze great too.

 




BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

 Ingredients:

2 2/3 cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

3/4 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup butter (the real thing) softened, not melted

3/4 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup granulated sugar

15 oz  can solid pack pumpkin 

2 eggs

1  1/2 tsp. vanilla

1 – 1  1/4 cups chocolate chips  





Directions:

Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. 

In a separate large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar. 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Into the butter and sugar creamed mixture, add in the eggs and mix well.To this same mixture, add in pumpkin and vanilla; beat until light and creamy.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Now, add in the dry mixture to the creamed mixture and mix just until blended.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gently stir in chocolate chips.

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Drop by rounded tablespoon onto parchment lined cookie sheet.

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Bake for approx. 12 minutes or until touching the tops does not indent the cookie.

Let the cookies sit on the baking pan another 2-3 minutes, then carefully remove from pan and cool on racks.  

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Store in tight sealing container.

Pumpkin cookies with chocolate chips

Best soft pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013, 2018

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A taco with a spider made out of an olive on top to make it Halloween festive

Halloween Spidey Tacos

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A taco with a spider made out of an olive on top to make it Halloween festive

A taco specially made for Halloween festivities

Halloween Spidey Tacos are to the rescue!

With Halloween season it’s sweets and rushing around to lots of fun events.

So if you are looking for a meal idea that is festive, easy, simple and fast, I’ve got you covered!

This is a meal the kids and family can help make too.

Halloween Spidey Tacos are delicious, in expensive and everyone likes a taco. Make some for your family or a party!

 



Halloween Spidey Tacos

Ingredients:

LARGE/JUMBO olives, 2 per spider

Corn tortilla shells that stand on their own

 

Taco ingredients:

Cooked ground beef, or your preference of meat

Taco seasoning if desired 

Lettuce

Tomatoes

Grated cheese

Sour Cream  





Directions:

Cut one olive per taco, in half, then each half into 4 slices to make 8 ‘legs’ per olive.

As shown here.

Halloween Spidey Tacos

Halloween Spidey Tacos

Build your taco as desired.

Then place one large/jumbo olive inside the taco for the body.

Halloween Spidey Tacos

Halloween Spidey Tacos

 

Put each slice of the olives in place for the legs.

Halloween Spidey Tacos

Halloween Spidey Tacos

Dab a bit of sour cream for 2 eyes and there you have your DELICIOUS Amazing Halloween Spidey Taco!

Halloween Spidey Tacos

Halloween Spidey Tacos

Idea from the Kraft site, Copyright Carrie Groneman, 2014, 2018

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A taco with a spider made out of an olive on top to make it Halloween festive




Caramel apples dipped in caramel and toppings and even in chocolate too!

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

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Caramel apples dipped in caramel and toppings and even in chocolate too!

Easy Caramel Apples

Are you looking for  SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples?

I have struggled with making caramel apples for years, actually decades. 

Have you?

I don’t like to bite into one and have the caramel peeling off, finding it is thick and hard.

And I don’t like it when the caramel runs off the apple either.

I want a nice layer of soft, yummy caramel covering the apple.

If that is how you like your caramel apple, then you are going to love this!  

I’ll show you how you can make SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples that taste and look amazing.


SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

Ingredients:

5-6 medium apples

Craft sticks or wooden round sticks (usually found in the candy making section)

1 package 12-14 oz. wrapped caramel squares

1 Tbl. water 1 tsp. vanilla  

Toppings of your choice.

Suggestions:
crushed graham crackers, chopped nuts such as peanuts, small candies, chocolate chips or buttons: white, milk and dark if desired.
 





Directions:

PREPARE AHEAD  and please read entire recipe before beginning for best results.

Wash your apples, rubbing them with a clean cloth to get off the waxy residue.

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

This is VERY IMPORTANT!Push the sticks into your apples, place in a cake pan or flat bottomed container and put in the freezer for 30 minutes. 

VERY CRITICAL step!  

Why? 

Because the cold apple helps the caramel coat perfectly and set up since the apple will be cold and the caramel will be warm.

Now, when the apples are nice and cold (not longer then 30-40 minutes though or you will have frozen apple pops!) line a cookie sheet, pan or plate large enough to hold the apples with tin foil and coat well with non-stick cooking spray; set aside. 

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

This will prevent the caramel from sticking so you can lift it to dip in chocolate or to eat.

When the apples have been in the freezer for approximately 30 minutes (remember not longer), begin making the caramel coating.

Unwrap the caramels and place in a saucepan. 

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

Add in the water and vanilla. Over medium heat, stir constantly until the caramels are completely melted.

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples



Taking one apple at a time, roll it in the melted caramel sauce, using a spoon or spatula to help cover the apple.

 

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

Twirl the apple, turning upside down to allow the caramel to distribute evenly and coat evenly.

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

If you want to dip your apple in coatings now, instead of dipping in melted chocolate, this is the time to do it.

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples



Coat all the apples in caramel and place them in the refrigerator to chill and set up while melting the chocolate. 

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

To melt the chocolate, whether using chips or buttons, place in a microwavable bowl and microwave for 30 seconds.

Microwave again for 20 seconds, stir and continue this process until the chocolate is melted and smooth.

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

Be careful to cook in small intervals and stirring to prevent burning chocolate.

Take the apples out of the fridge.

BIG TRICK AND IMPORTANT! Spray your hand with cooking spray.

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

 

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

  Mold the caramel back up onto the apple smoothing as needed.

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples



After molding any caramel that needs to be, now dip the caramel apple into the white/ dark or milk chocolate (you want the chocolate warm, but not hot so it can coat and set up). 

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

You can coat the caramel covered apple completely in chocolate, or just the bottom part, or whatever your heart desires.

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

Dip into any of the coatings you choose; as above when just coated with caramel. 

Set the apples back onto the sprayed tin foil to help it setup while you finish all the apples.

With any excess chocolate (melt more if needed) have at just warm enough temperature to be smooth and creamy, but not so warm it will not stay on the apple when piped. 

Spoon the chocolate into a small ziplock baggie and cut the very tip off at the corner. 

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

Now you can easily pipe the chocolate onto the top of the apples.

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

 Place these apples into the fridge for at least 20 minutes, and keep for up to 3 days. 

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow 2014, 2018

Adapted from JamieCooksItUp

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A hearty casserole full of pizza flavors from the hearty sauce, pepperoni, olives and cheese all mixed into pasta.

Easy Pizza Pasta Bake

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A hearty casserole full of pizza flavors from the hearty sauce, pepperoni, olives and cheese all mixed into pasta.

Best Pepperoni Pasta Bake

My family wants this Easy Pizza Pasta Bake in our regular meal rotation and I like to include it because it’s so simple.

The flavors come together in a really complex way to showcase this dish that is not just ‘a casserole’ but a WOW, what’s in that AMAZING pasta!?!

It’s a family friendly meal that’s a perfect choice to take to a friend or neighbor in need.  You can read more about that  in What You Need To Know About Taking In A Meal They Will Want To Eat

I hope you make this Easy Pizza Pasta Bake tonight and let us know how you enjoyed it.

Easy Pizza Pasta Bake

Ingredients:

16 oz. Rotini pasta cooked (I really like Barilla pasta)

2 Tbl.  oil of your choice; choose one that has a very mild flavor, or no taste at all

2 – 23.9 oz. jars of your favorite pasta sauce  – I used Prego Italian Sausage & Garlic for this recipe

1/2 cup water – divided between the two bottles to rinse the rest of the sauce out of the bottle

2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

3 teaspoons oregano,  leaf (not ground)

6 oz. can whole olives, sliced (hold out 1/8 cup for the top)

3 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese (divided)

4-6 oz. pepperoni, quartered (except hold out approximately 20 whole pepperoni for the top)

1/2 cup shredded fresh Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Coat your 9″ x 13″ baking dish with spray release.

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil; following instruction on the package,A hearty casserole full of pizza flavors from the hearty sauce, pepperoni, olives and cheese all mixed into pasta.Cook the pasta to al dent. Meaning it still has a little ‘bite’ to it, and is not mushy or cooked quite all the way through.

When the pasta is cooked to al dente, drain in a colander, rinse and pour the 2 Tablespoons oil of your choice over pasta, gently mix it over all of the pasta with your hand or a spatula to coat it all evenly.  Allow the coated pasta to sit in the colander while you prepare the sauce.A hearty casserole full of pizza flavors from the hearty sauce, pepperoni, olives and cheese all mixed into pasta.

Rinse out the pan and put it back on the stove.

Into the pan, pour in:

2 jars of pasta sauce

In each bottle of pasta sauce pour 1/4 cup of water and shake well to get all of the pasta sauce rinsed out. Pour this into the pan with the pasta sauce.

Add in the balsamic vinegar, Oregano, sliced olives (reserving about 1/8 cup for the top), fresh Parmesan cheese, TWO cups of the mozzarella cheese, and the quartered pepperoni (holding out approximately 20 whole pepperoni for the top)

Bring to a simmer and cook on low for 2 minutes.

Add in the pasta and stir GENTLY.A hearty casserole full of pizza flavors from the hearty sauce, pepperoni, olives and cheese all mixed into pasta.

Pour this mixture into your prepared baking pan.A hearty casserole full of pizza flavors from the hearty sauce, pepperoni, olives and cheese all mixed into pasta.

Top with the rest of Mozzerella cheese – 1 cup. 

The reserved whole pepperoni and the 1/4 cup sliced olives.A hearty casserole full of pizza flavors from the hearty sauce, pepperoni, olives and cheese all mixed into pasta.

Bake for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly all through.A hearty casserole full of pizza flavors from the hearty sauce, pepperoni, olives and cheese all mixed into pasta.

Best Pepperoni Pasta Bake

Serve hot.

A hearty casserole full of pizza flavors from the hearty sauce, pepperoni, olives and cheese all mixed into pasta.

Best Pepperoni Pasta Bake

Carrie Groneman’s recipe

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2018

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