Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

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Well a week later I am finally getting this amazing recipe on the blog, wow what a week.  So lets begin another with this excellent recipe.  You can’t go wrong with a recipe when it includes Peanut Butter Chips, Chocolate Chips and M & M’s.   Plus the cookie base is a PEANUT BUTTER cookie.  This cookie cake is a tasty twist to both cookies and a cake.

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So upon looking for a unique twist to the traditional cupcakes or cake for my Father-in-laws birthday, my kids and I remember how much grandpa loved our cast iron skillet chocolate chip cookie.  So with the same thing in mind we searched for a something similar, not knowing what we would come up with.  We narrowed it down to two and ended with this recipe, I am sure at some point I will make the other one.  To put my own twist on the cookie cake I used baking mini m & m’s, mini chocolate chips and peanut butter chips all baked in a 10 inch spring form pan.  The end result is a gooey goodness!

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PB and CC Cookie Cake

Recipe adapted from Lilluna.com

Happy Baking and Eating:)

Cinnamon Biscuits

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These go so fast in my house, I only got pictures of them still in the pan and the other pan went to my in-laws.  Let me tell you, my kids and husband LOVE these sweet gooey cinnamon biscuits. The biscuits are fluffy and the cinnamon filling is divine.

To make these is quite simple, but it does get messy.  The trick to the biscuits is using a large cookie scoop and generously flouring your hands(like a gymnast does when she preparing for her bar routine).  Scoop the biscuit onto your flowered hands working it back and forth until the dough is no longer sticky, 3-4 time, then plop it into the baking pan.  Continue with this process until the all the dough is used up.  The biscuits will touch in the pan.

The second thing to these delicious biscuits is getting the filling into the biscuit.  The trick I found was using a condiment bottle, you can stick the tip right into the dough and squeeze the filling until you see it coming up to the top.  Also make sure when you are making the filling there are no lumps, as these lumps will clog up the squeeze bottle.

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cinnamon biscuits

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Biscuit Recipe from CD Kitchen, Cinnamon recipe adapted from: parsleysagessweet.com

Happy Baking:)

KK

Restaurant Valentines

IMG_2315Per my earlier post, it’s no lie I like Valentine’s Day.  I like to give them all a special,thought out gift. In the past I have given them treats that I do not normally buy and my husband a nice button down shirt.  But I came across this 5-Guys Burgers and Fries Valentine one day while searching around pinterest.   Although I changed the saying, it turned out perfect.   So I decided to stay with the restaurant theme and treat my kids with a gift card as well.

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I used my FAVORITE site again, PicMonkey to create my Valentines.

Here is your free copy:

3 x 5 BW-3 valentine pdf

BW-3 valentine

3 x 5 Ice Cream Valentine pdf.

                                ice cream valentine         Ice Cream Valentine with Sprinkles

5 x 7 Burger& Fries Valentine pdf

Burger&fries valentine

Adapted from: The Pretty Blog, Sugar Rush and Studiodiy

Happy Creating:)

KK

Teacher Valentines using PicMonkey

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Valentines day is a CUTE day to celebrate your appreciation for EVERYONE.  To me it is not just for you love(significant other), but for your sister, mom, brother, dad, children, friend really anyone who you have a deep appreciation for.  Working in a school, I have a HUGE appreciation for teachers.  So for my kids teachers I like to send them special things through out the year, and Valentines Day is no exception.

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If you have not heard of or tried PicMonkey.com, you must.  It is not only my favorite site to create things, it is my only site to create things.  In addition to creating what ever you want you can edit pictures, touch up pictures, design anything and make collages.  The options are really endless on PicMonkey.com.  All things you create save to your computer as a .jpeg, which is just another bonus. PLUS, it is FREE.  Yes I said FREE!! You can upgrade to the paid royal membership which is $33.00 dollars a year, but even without the upgrade there is a TON of choice. Go check it out:)

So with PICMONKEY.com, I created my children’s teacher valentines.  You can download this pdf. file for your FREE copy. HAPPY VALENTINES DAY to everyone:)

Teacher Popcorn Valentine pdf

Teacher popcorn valentine

Idea from: kristendukephotography

Happy Creating:)

KK

White Cupcakes with Buttercream frosting

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I believe hockey is in the blood, you got to love it to put up with all there is to raising a hockey player.  Growing up the youngest of three I was dragged to all my siblings sporting events.  Hockey is what my older brother played.  I knew if I ever had children I wanted a hockey player.  Hockey is a sport everyone in the family has to commit too.
My oldest is 18 and plays hockey for the Varsity team.  He plays other sports too, but hockey is by far his passion. He is competitive and self motivated to improve.  His  biggest competition is himself because he is always striving for improvement.  I am very blessed with a hard-working individual, I get to call my son.hockey2As he is nearing the end of his senior year of hockey, it is time to honor the gentlemen for all their dedication, leadership and friendship.  I wanted it to be special not just for him but for the 6 teammates he has come to know very well for over a decade. There is nothing stronger then their hockey bond.

To decorate these cupcakes for the hockey theme, I used Mini York Peppermint Patties, I piped the jersey numbers on with melted white chocolate which I added Wilton Icing Color too.  The hockey stick is a rolled out Tootsie roll, although they turned cute.  But if were to make these again I would use Pretzel sticks and stick them together with melted chocolate.  I wanted the hockey stick to stand upright which at first it was not, they would wilt back onto the cupcake.  So I had to get creative and I piped a thin line of the melted white chocolate on the back to add as support, then used the chocolate as glue to the cupcake.

**tutorial swirl 2 color frosting.

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White Cupcake

Buttercream Frosting recipe adapted from Brown Eyed Baker and Baker by Nature

Cupcake Recipe from The Cake Doctor

Happy Baking:)

KK

Baseball Bags

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I fell in love with this baseball bag when I pinned it months ago.  Not just for me but also for my kiddos teachers who also love the game.  So with this in mind, I set out to recreate it.  The end result is a stunning snack bag perfect to cheer on our boys of summer:)

Step to creating Canvas Baseball Bag

  1. Type and print out quote on Computer on card stock, choose a fun font

  2. Create stencils out of the card stock

  3. Trace the lettering with a permanent marker

  4. Color in the stencil with acrylic paint

  5. Dry completely, 1 hour

  6. Apply mod podge over paint

  7. Apply another layer of mod podge

  8. Spray on MOD PODGE clear acrylic sealer to seal.

  9. Dry for 1-2 hours

idea from The Crafting Chicks-baseball bag

Happy creating:)