Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Whipped Nutella Mousse

What could be better than this?! These 3 ingredients would make anything taste amazing! I was directed to this recipe by my sister. You can use it as a fruit dip or cupcake filling, but I put it in crepes. This is the crepe recipe I use here. The crepes were seriously so good with a little of this mousse, strawberries, and bananas. YUM!!

Whipped Nutella Mousse
1 cup Nutella
1 8oz pkg cream cheese, softened
1 cup Cool Whip or other whipped topping

1. Combine Nutella and cream cheese in a mixing bowl. Beat until combined and smooth.
2. Add Cool Whip and stir with a spoon until combined.
3. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

 Note: Refrigerating the mixture will make it stiffen up.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Cocoa Dyno-Bites Marshmallow Treats

I got 2 giant bags of this cereal from Winco for only $1.48 each, just to turn them into this! 

Cocoa Dyno-Bites Marshmallow Treats
4 TBSPs butter or margarine
10.5oz mini marshmallows (about 6 cups)
7 cups Cocoa Dyno-Bites Cereal

1. Prepare a 9x13in pan by spraying with non-stick cooking spray. Spray a spatula.
2. In a large microwave safe bowl, melt butter.
3. Add marshmallows to butter. Stir to coat. Microwave an additional 90 seconds. Remove and stir.
3. Add cereal. Stir until well coated.
4. Using spatula evenly press mixture into prepared pan. Cool. Cut into squares.

Best if served the same day. Store no more than two days at room temperature in airtight container.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Easy Candied Pecans

When a recipe calls for candied pecans and you've got to make some quick, this is for you! You toast the nuts on the stove top and then coat them with a syrup. Really easy, and they aren't like those super hard ones that'll crack your teeth! I listed a few of my recipes below that use candied pecans.

Easy Candied Pecans
1½ TBSPs packed brown sugar
1½ tsps water
⅛ tsp vanilla
⅛ tsp salt
1 cup pecan pieces

1. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, water, vanilla, and salt, stirring to combine (don't worry that the sugar and salt won't all be dissolved). Set this at-the-ready, next to your stove, as this recipe goes really quickly.
2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, toast pecans for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent burning. When you begin to smell a lovely, nutty aroma, they're done.
3. Quickly drizzle the sugar mixture into the pan, on top of the pecans, stirring the nuts as you drizzle. Stir constantly for about 15 seconds, until the pecans are thoroughly coated in the sugar mixture. Immediately remove from heat so they don't burn.
4. Spread the pecans on a piece of parchment to cool. Once cooled, you can break the nuts apart, if needed.

Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container. The pecans will be slightly sticky at first, but the coating hardens further within a few hours.

Perfect for these recipes:
Spinach and Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
Gorgonzola Pear Toasts
Pear Pomegranate Salad