Chocolate Covered Nuts in the Crockpot

Oh my gosh, I love this recipe. I found it on a friend of mines face book and couldn’t resist,  thank you Angela. I don’t know about you but I love chocolate covered nuts and remember Chunkys made with peanuts, raisins, and chocolate by Nestles so yummy.

These days it’s hard to find good chocolate covered peanuts unless you go to a Gourmet internet seller. I used to buy them from Virginia Diner but with this recipe it is so easy to make my own and share. You won’t believe this but you make them in the Crockpot. That’s right the set it and forget it method. I am not much of a candy maker because it usually takes so much temperature watching and steps but this… What could be easier? And the results are phenomenal.

I love it ! ! ! My kind of candy making!

HERE’S THE HOW 2 – So Easy – throw 24 ounces of  Peanuts (you can use other kinds of nuts or combinations) and 3 pounds of  Chocolate (I combine different kinds of  Chocolate Bars, bakers chocolate and Chocolate Chips) into your Crock Pot, set it on LOW. It’s gonna take about 2 hours. You Don’t touch it for the first hour, during the next hour, stir every 15 minutes. Then just drop in mounds onto wax paper and allow them to cool off! What could be easier? Wrap them up and they are perfect to give. Try them for Halloween Treats…the kids will love them!

 

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WATCH OUT – Don’t make these chocolate covered treats too early…you won’t have any left for all those ghosts and goblins on HALLOWEEN!

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For those of us who like the traditional recipe form this is for us…

 

Chocolate Covered Nuts in the Crockpot

Ingredients:

3 pounds of chocolate (for a milk chocolate coating I use a combination or;    2 pound white almond bark, 4 ounce chocolate bar (I like to use Ghiradelli or Dark German Chocolate) and 12 ounce bag semisweet chocolate chips)
24 ounces dry roasted peanuts or your favorite combination of  assorted nuts, raisins, dried fruit, etc….

Directions:

Add all ingredients to slow cooker. Let cook on low for 1 hour without messing with it. After an hour, stir to combine everything. Allow to cook for another hour, stirring every 15 minutes.

Drop by spoonfuls of the candy mixture onto wax paper. I use two teaspoons. I fill one with the mixture and push it off with the bottom of the other spoon. You want them to be random sizes and shapes. Allow them  to cool completely before wrapping them.

It’s not to early to be thinking about Christmas. Make some up for gifts for friends and family. Who doesn’t love Chocolate and these are amazing. Make your own gift boxes with decorated card stock.

 

enjoy cooking up some yummy chocolate nuts,

the ones I made are almost gone : (   Need to make more.

 

Until later…     Betti

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Rice Krispie Treats – The Ultimate Anytime Treat

Nothing says Bake Sale, Fundraiser, after School Snack, and more…

Fun,Fun, Fun… like Rice Krispies Treats.

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Original Kellog’s Recipe

My mom actually wrote this recipe down off the cereal box in the 4o’s and I still have the little piece of paper with the recipe just like she scribbled it down. I can say I started making these when I was in elementary school. I loved to cook and these are so easy and the reward so huge I made them often for my sisters and me.  As I got older I made them often for friends, as gifts and for various pot luck suppers and fundraisers. They are always a HIT! They’re inexpensive and such and easy recipe it’s just melted butter, marshmallows, and cereal. And the real kicker is that  the treats have the added nutrition, protein and fiber of the cereal so your kids are getting more than just starch and sugar.

Nothing is easier to “cook”. Try this with your kids, or even yourself. Men LOVE these sweet treats.

RICE KRISPIE TREATS

Original Recipe from Kellog’s

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons butter
1 package (equal to -4 cups- or 10 oz.-or about 40) JET-PUFFED Marshmallows
6 cups Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® cereal

Stove Top Directions:

1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.

2. In a Giant Bowl, (I use my giant bowl from Tupperware) add KELLOGG’S® RICE KRISPIES® cereal. Toss cereal in the marshmallow/butter mixture until well coated.

3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares. Best if served the same day.
MICROWAVE DIRECTIONS:
In microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Follow steps 2 and 3 above. Microwave cooking times may vary.

 

TIPS:

-For best results, you need fresh marshmallows.
-No marshmallows- Substitute 1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow Fluff for marshmallows.
-Fat is a necessary ingredient to this recipe, diet, Lite, reduced fat, or tub margarine is not recommended. You can use butter or margarine. Blue Bonnet margarine is good.
-These treats don’t have a shelf life–Store no more than two days at room temperature in airtight container. You can keep them longer if you freeze them, place in layers separated by wax paper in an airtight container. They will stay fresh in the freezer for up to 6 weeks. Freezing them makes it easy to drop them in your kids lunch box, they thaw by lunch time and are like they were made that morning. If using them at home, let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.

Now the exciting part of this Recipe is that you can let your imagination run wild and use just about any cereal out there, add all sorts of different additions with just some minor adjustments to the recipe.

Because Halloween is just around the corner why not make these cute little pumpkin treats. All you do is make up a batch and add yellow and red food color to the marshmallow/butter mixture and when you get the color orange you want using buttered hands shape the mixture into little pumpkins. Decorate with store bought tube or homemade frosting and use partially melted tootsie rolls for the stems. PERFECTION : 0 )

 

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Until later…    Betti

Picking Pumpkins – Welcome FALL

It just hasn’t felt like FALL!

I don’t know about where you are but it has been hot here in Virginia. I was still making summer salads and grilling out until last night.

Finally the temperatures have dropped a little and it seems more like Fall.

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My daughter Jessica and my grandson Zachary went to the Pumpkin Patch at Chesterfield Berry Farm to pick Halloween Pumpkins.

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It’s a great outing for kids.

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You ride a hay ride out to the fields where the pumpkins are growing on vines. A fall tradition and a must for everyone. You ride out on real covered wagons complete with hay bales for seats! The kids love watching the tractor and driver pulling the wagon. These are the same tractors that are used on the farm. The ride out to the fields allows you to get a small taste of the country life as you drive through plowed and planted fields.

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and then you pick the ones you want and  pick them from their vines. Just like a farmer would.

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There’s also all kinds of fun activities for kids and adults; and inflatable, an animal petting barn, pumpkin carving and beautiful carved pumpkins to purchase, all that country fair kind of stuff.

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You’ll find Pumpkins, fall flowers like mums galore, bushels of apples and of course what would fall be without gourds?

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Just being on a farm, clean air, animals, nature, makes you feel healthy.

It’s a great tradition to start.

We go every year!

Find the Farm near you by searching pick your own pumpkins on Google or your favorite search

Coming every day next week starting Monday – Fall Recipes for you to enjoy…

until later… Betti

Krispy Kreme Pirate DAY Free Doughnuts!

Get your FREE doughnuts from Krispy Kreme Friday, September 19

2 locations in our area the one on Broad Street, and the new on in the old Cloverleaf location off Midlothian Turnpike Near Chippenham in front of the new Kroger.
You just might see me Friday at Krispy Kreme dressed as a Pirate getting my free dozen glazed doughnuts, hot, straight from the grease : ) I made my costume using the handy printable instructions below. Hope to see ya there, Arrrr.

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To claim yer bounty on September 19, ye must:
• Come in to a participating Krispy Kreme shop and Talk like a pirate for one FREE Original Glazed doughnut.
• Come in to a participating Krispy Kreme location in full pirate costume for one FREE dozen Original Glazed doughnuts. Qualifying pirate costumes must include three or more of the items below.

Pirate Attire you have to pic at least 3 to qualify for dozen glazed doughnuts

Make yer own Pirate Academy approved accoutrements at home or while on ye ship. Tag and share ye pirate gear using #TalkLikeAPirate.

• Eye Patch (check out below)
• Pirate Hat
• Pirate Flag (Black or Red) (check out below)
• Bandana
• Peg Leg
• Parrot on Shoulder (check out below)
• Pirate Shirt / Loose white shirt
• Knickers
• Leather belt
• Silver and gold necklaces and earrings
• Pirate Hook (check out below)
• Pointy black boots or ragged brown sandals

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Homemade Krispy Kreme clone doughnut. What could be better. Krispy Kreme as close as your kitchen.

Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts. What could be better.

BANANA BARS WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

Cream Cheese frosting makes these banana bars a delight to eat.

Cream Cheese frosting makes these banana bars a delight to eat.

My family was crazy for these bars. They ate them all before the day was out. I made them with pecans and frosted them with the cream cheese frosting. They were so moist and delicious because of the sour cream. I will be making these more often throughout the fall. I shared some with my neighbor and she immediately asked for the recipe cause she wants to make them for her next Tailgating at her sons football game.

BANANA BARS WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
an alternative to Banana Bread

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cups sugar
3/4 cups brown sugar
2 eggs (slightly beaten)
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream (adds a moistness that can’t be beat)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 medium ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup) I often use overripe bananas, bananas that have started to turn black but you have to taste them and make sure the bananas taste good. If they are too ripe they may taste bad so check. If they taste bad trust me they will make your bars taste even worse.

Try adding these for a change up:
1 cup chopped nuts, pecans or walnuts OPTIONAL
1/2 cup semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips OPTIONAL

Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup salted butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3-3/4 to 4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar

Directions

These may be made by hand just as you would muffins but I prefer using my electric mixer. If mixing by hand use a large spoon. If using your electric mixer use the paddle beater so you don’t over mix the batter.

Cream butter and sugar in the mixer bowl on medium high. Beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, sour cream and vanilla. Mix until well blended. In separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda and salt and whisk until well mixed. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and mix on low until flour is incorporated into the batter. Fold in bananas. I do not use the mixer to blend the bananas I gently fold them in so not to make the bars too dense.

Pour batter into a greased 13x9x2 baking pan or you can make them thinner and use a 15x10x1in. bar pan like the stoneware bar pan from Pampered Chef and spread evenly. (A trick to getting an even batter in the pan is to lift the pan a couple of inches off the counter and drop it. Do this a couple of times. The batter will spread out evenly.)

Bake in preheated oven at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick, skewer or knife blade inserted near the center comes out clean (make sure not to overbake). Cool. You can dust with powdered sugar. Try placing doilies on top and then sprinkle with the powdered sugar for a pretty design, or frost. If you are frosting make sure the cake is cooled completely.

To make frosting

Use your electric mixer and the whisk beater.
Into mixer bowl, put the softened cream cheese, softened butter and vanilla and beat on medium high until mixture is light and fluffy. Gradually add in 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar beating after each addition until you achieve desired spreading consistency. You may add liquid or gel food coloring. Frost cooled bars.

Best if stored in the refrigerator.

Enjoy! until later…

Betti

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