Best Buckeyes

Merry Merry and Happy Everything!!!

This post is going to be short and sweet. I stumbled across hundreds of Buckeye recipes. I combined a few of my favorite ones and created THE BEST RECIPE EVER for Buckeyes. Seriously, these are most delicious ones I’ve ever tasted or made. Rich, creamy, smooth….I could go on and on about them….but I won’t. So, here ya go:

Buckeyes

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 Stick Salted Butter, softened
  • 2 heaping Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 3 1/4 – 3 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 pack (14 oz) Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Melting Wafers
  1. Using a stand mixer, beat Peanut Butter and softened Butter until well mixed.
  2. Add Brown Sugar and Vanilla Extract and mix.
  3. Gradually add Powdered Sugar, one cup at a time, until completely combined.  (Start with 3 1/4 cups and adding more if needed)
  4. Scoop into desired size ( tablespoon)  and roll into balls in between your palms. ( If dough is sticking to hands…. add a little more powdered sugar until correct consistency.)
  5. Line Cookie Sheet with wax paper and place balls on it (not touching). Freeze  at least 20 min.
  6.  While PB balls are in the freezer, melt the Chocolate Wafers according to package directions. (I also add in a 1/2 teaspoon Coconut Oil to help give the chocolate a gorgeous sheen!)
  7. When chocoate is ready, take PB balls out of the  freezer. Spear top of each ball with a toothpick, and holding the toothpick, dunk into the melted chocolate, place on wax paper and remove toothpick. Repeat for all balls.
  8. When finished, using the pads of your finger, gently rub out the toothpick hole on the top of the PB ball.
  9. Return to fridge or freezer to let chocolate harden.
  10. Enjoy!!!!

 

EDB Tips:

*When adding in the powdered sugar, add all 3 cups (one at a time).  Once you add the last 1/3 cup, your dough may be perfect.  If the dough is sticky or won’t hold a ball shape, you need a add more powdered sugar, one tablespoon at a time until you get the perfect consistency….smooth and creamy

*These are best kept in the fridge or freezer ….if you leave them out, they tend to magically disappear! 😉

*You can use any chocolate, but I prefer the dark to balance out the sweetness of the powdered sugar

*If you don’t use Salted Butter, be sure to add a pinch of salt before you add in the vanilla!

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Ice Cream Sandwich Cloud

ice cream sandwich cloud layer cake

Ice Cream Sandwich Cloud

Ice Cream Sandwich Cloud

this will be the easiest, tastiest, loveliest layer cake you’ll ever make!  so simple, that my kids did most of it!!!

 

As promised, I’m getting this recipe out for the upcoming Holiday weekend.  This simple showstopper will be a HIT at your 4th of July Cookout with both kids and adults.  You can also customize the cake in tons of ways!!!  Set up a cute little topping stations with:  Chopped Nuts, Caramel, Hot Fudge, Strawberries, Cherries…just set the toppings out and let the partiers go wild!!!  You can also make it smaller or larger by adding more Ice Cream Sandwiches…just be sure to buy a little more Cool Whip as well!  The hardest part of this cake is to make sure you have enough room in your freezer to store it.  I put mine on foil on a baking pan to make it and transfer it back and forth.  That worked perfectly.  Just make sure there is room in our freezer for it to sit straight!  I used our deep freezer.  Ok, so this is going to be a quick, basic recipe blog post because I don’t have time to edit and take quality photos.  The Cloud was demolished so quickly, I’m going to have to remake the cake to take better pics.  These are the ones I snapped along the way with my iPhone.  They will do for now, so my lovely readers can get ready for the weekend!

It cuts beautifully and is a fun presentation!

It cuts beautifully and is a fun presentation!

Layered Ice Cream Cloud Cake

INGREDIENTS:

1 box Ice Cream Sandwiches (12 Sandwiches)

1 Large Container Cool Whip (16 oz)

2 tsp Vanilla Extract

Assorted Toppings

*Cover Baking Sheet with foil.  Lay another LONG sheet of foil on top with enough excess foil to lightly cover and protect your cake!  Unwrap 4 Ice Cream Sandwiches and lay them side by side, touching.  Open Cool Whip and add 1 tsp Vanilla.  Lightly fold in top half of Cool Whip with a spatula.  (TIP: This is what makes the flavor POP a bit more and makes the Cool Whip taste more homemade!!!)  Add a few dollops of Cool Whip on top of 4 Sandwiches.  Drizzle light layer of Hot Fudge on top.  Place in freezer for 10-15 minutes to let the first layer of Cool Whip and Hot Fudge harden on the Ice Cream Sandwiches.  Take out of freezer and add 4 More Ice Cream Sandwiches on top.  Repeat with Cool Whip and Hot Fudge.  Put back in freezer for 15 minutes.  Take out of freezer and add remaining 4 Ice Cream Sandwiches.  Now, drizzle a bit of Hot Fudge on the last layer of Ice Cream Sandwiches.  You should have about a 1/2 carton of the Cool Whip left.  Add your  other teaspoon of Vanilla to the Cool Whip and fold in with spatula.  Carefully Coat the ENTIRE CAKE with the remaining Cool Whip.  Its fun, its simple….just make it look like a fluffy cloud.  Pop back in the freezer until ready to serve!!!!  Enjoy!

 

let me break it down for you!

Lay out 4 Ice Cream Sandwiches

Lay out 4 Ice Cream Sandwiches

 

Add 1 tsp Vanilla to Cool Whip and gently fold in with a spatula

Add 1 tsp Vanilla to Cool Whip and gently fold in with a spatula

 

Add a layer of Cool Whip and drizzle of Hot Fudge

Add a layer of Cool Whip and drizzle of Hot Fudge, then pop in freezer for 10 minutes

Add 4 More Ice Cream Sandwiches on too (making sure you always layer them the same way!!!!)

Add 4 More Ice Cream Sandwiches on too (making sure you always layer them the same way!!!!)

 

Repeat: Cool Whip, Hot Fudge Drizzle, Freezer

Repeat: Cool Whip, Hot Fudge Drizzle, Freezer

 

Add last 4 Ice Cream Sandwiches for the last, top layer

Add last 4 Ice Cream Sandwiches for the last, top layer

 

I didn't get a pic of this step, so instead I'm showing y'all my lovely helpers!! But, here you add a drizzle of Hot Fudge directly ON the sandwiches BEFORE you do your final coat of Cool Whip and create the "Cloud" effect

I didn’t get a pic of this step, so instead I’m showing y’all my lovely helpers!! But, here is where you add a drizzle of Hot Fudge directly ON the sandwiches BEFORE you do your final coat of Cool Whip and create the “Cloud” effect

Flavor the last half of the Cool Whip with 1 tsp Vanilla

Flavor the last half of the Cool Whip with 1 tsp Vanilla

 

CAREFULLY coat the entire cake with the remaining Cool Whip then freeze for a few hours or until ready to serve!

CAREFULLY coat the entire cake with the remaining Cool Whip then freeze for a few hours or until ready to serve!

 

Ice Cream Sandwich Cloud

Ice Cream Sandwich Cloud

It cuts beautifully and is a fun presentation!

It cuts beautifully and is a fun presentation!

 

I cut the large pieces into half for the kids and let the go wild with their toppings of choice!

I cut the large pieces into half for the kids and let the go wild with their toppings of choice!

 

Happy 4th Of July to you and yours!!!  I hope y’all enjoy this as much as my kids and our friends did!  Get the kiddos in the kitchen for this one and let them help!!!

Dash just couldn't help himself!!!

Dash just couldn’t help himself!!!

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Healthy Organic Whole Wheat Ginger-Pumpkin Chia Bread

Also good drizzled with Local Honey or Warmed with Cream Cheese

Delicious drizzled with Local Honey or Warmed with Cream Cheese

Healthy Organic Whole Wheat Ginger-Pumpkin Chia Bread

1 1/2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour (King Arthurs)

3 T Chia Seeds

2 Eggs

1/2 Cup Applesauce (I used Cinnamon)

1/3 Cup Honey

1/3 Cup Coconut Sugar (or Brown Sugar)

2 T Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean Paste (or Vanilla Extract)

2 t Cinnamon

1 t Fresh Grated Ginger or Ground Ginger

1/2 t Fresh Grated Nutmeg

1/8 t Ground Cloves

Pinch Salt

Dash Cayenne

Chopped Crystalized Ginger (awesome addition if you have on hand)

1 t Baking Soda

1/4 t Baking Powder

1 can Pumpkin

Combine Dry Ingredients in large bowl (Flour, Baking Soda, Baking Powder, Salt, Cinnamon, Ground Ginger, Nutmeg, Cloves, Cayenne).  Mix to Combine.  Create a Well in the Center.  Add Wet Ingredients (Eggs, Applesauce, Honey, Vanilla, Fresh Grated Ginger).  Mix.  Stir in Pumpkin and Chia Seeds. Bake 325-350, in prepared Loaf Pan lined with Parchment, 35 mins to an hour. 18-20 mins for Muffins.

Wet Ingredients in the Well

Wet Ingredients in the Well

Bake in Prepared Loaf Pan or make Muffins!

Bake in Prepared Loaf Pan or make Muffins!

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Quickly Devoured with a dab of Local Homemade Butter

Moist & Delicious

Moist with Pumpkiney Goodness

This is definitely a recipe that can be easily adjusted to your tastes.  If you don’t care for a quiet kick, OMIT THE CAYENNE.

If you hate Cloves…LEAVE ‘EM OUT.

I used Fresh, Ground AND Crystalized Ginger.  How’s that for taking it up a notch?!?!  Most people will probably not have all 3 on hand.  No worries.  Just use the one you have.  A little goes a long way, but my family really loves the spice.  If you are not sure, Start with only 1 tsp of GROUND Ginger.  Add in from there for the next loaf.  Ginger packs a good little spicy kick, and you might want to see the amount that you prefer.

Also, if you don’t have any Applesauce, you can substitute 1/3 cup Oil (vegetable, safflower, canola…something light).  I was just trying to keep it on the healthy side by omitting all oil.  TIP: You can sub in applesauce for oil in baking most every time!!!  Keep the measurement the same and it should swap right out for ya!

If you don’t have a Whole Nutmeg to grate, you can use ground nutmeg.

Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean Paste.  Wow, oh wow.  You really need to buy this stuff.  It is AMAZING.  Seriously.  The flecks of the Vanilla Bean are just simply sinful.  Devine.  You can use a GOOD QUALITY Vanilla as well.

As for the Sugar…You can sweeten it a tad more with this or you can just use a 1/2 cup of honey total.  I am in love with Organic Coconut Sugar right now and am using it in everything (coffee, baking, etc).  You can always use light brown sugar or dark brown sugar.

And, as always, use Organic Ingredients when possible.  And, be sure all your other ingredients are of the highest, most natural quality you can find.  Remember:  Your Food Is Only As Good As Your Ingredients!

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Even the Kids will LOVE it!!!

Even the Kids will LOVE it!!!

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Organic Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Bars with Chia Seeds

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Do these look delicious or what?!? Chocolatey, Moist & At Least A Little Bit Healthy.  Umm…….Yes, Please!

 

They key to these Bars are:

 

1. Chop your own GOOD QUALITY Bittersweet Chocolate

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2. Use only the FINEST INGREDIENTS

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3. Let Bars COOL COMPLETELY before cutting (Yes, this is gonna be difficult!!!)

Here's How to Make These Bad Boys

Here’s How to Make These Bad Boys

 

Organic Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Bars with Chia Seeds

3/4 cup Unsalted Butter
3/4 cup Organic Sugar
3/4 cup Organic Dark Brown Sugar
1 cup Organic Whole Wheat Flour
2 1/2 cups Organic Rolled Oats
2 Eggs
1/2  tsp Organic Cinnamon (Saigon or Ceylon)
1 t Baking Soda
1/2 t Baking Powder
Pinch of Salt
2 tspMadagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean Paste(to DIE FOR!!!) OR Substitute 2 T Good Quality Vanilla Extract
2 T Organic Chia Seeds
1 cup Bittersweet Chocolate Chunks..maybe a tad over 1 cup!

Preheat Oven to 325.  (between 300 and 350 depending on your oven and pan size).

Line Pan with Parchment Paper (8×8, 9×9, 9×13 depending how thick you want your bars)

Cream Butter and Sugars until LIGHT AND FLUFFY.

Add in Eggs ONE AT A TIME.  Mix In Completely Each Time!

In Separate Bowl Combine Dry Ingredients: Flour, Oats, Baking Soda, Baking Powder, Cinnamon, Salt.

Mix Dry Ingredients into Wet Ingredients bit by bit.  Lightly Mix to combine.

Now, Switch to a Spatula!

Fold In Chocolate Chunks, Vanilla Bean Paste & Chia Seeds

 

Fold In LIghtly

Lightly Stir

Mix to Combine and Press into Prepared Pan.

Bake 15-25 Minutes until the top and edges are turning a golden brown.

COOL COMPLETELY before slicing into squares.  I know, this is hard to resist….it smells so good….Oh, what the heck!??!?!  Slice off a little teeny corner for a taste.  Just don’t fear, it will crumble something awful….LET IT COOL and the texture is perfect!  But that itty bitty taste sure was good, eh?!?!?!

ENJOY!

ENJOY!

And, of course, as always, try and use all the highest quality ORGANIC ingredients… it will show in your end results!

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Bustin’ Out BookClub

This is how I rock BOOKCLUB

Awesome Apps For Any Event!

I hosted BookClub last month. We read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. It was good. I highly recommend it! I wanted to serve light and healthy appetizers because I made a heavy main course, Baked Vodka Pasta with Fresh Arugula, Spinach & Caramelized Onions.

Here’s the deal. I LOVE to cook and entertain, but last month I was in a SERIOUS time crunch!!! Not to go into details, but I had to rock this out Sandra-Lee-Style…..Semi-Homemade, which is SO NOT MY STYLE! But, with a few twists on these apps, I was able to pull it off quick, fresh and full of flavor.

Organic Crudités

Crudités

Organic Crudités

Broccoli Florets, Easter Egg Radish, Cucumber Rounds, Orange Pepper Julienne, Asparagus Spears, Fennel Half Moons, Red Pepper Julienne, Whole Snap Peas, Fresh Baby Carrots, Mix Baby Heirloom Tomatoes

Wash, rinse, and slice veggies. Arrange on Platter. Toss with dressing at least 4 hours before party! You can even do it ahead that morning!!

I was able to hit up the Fresh Market for some Fresh, Organic Produce…but I did have the time factor against me. So I used a bottled dressing. That’s right. Normally I would have made a vinaigrette from scratch, but I was not entertaining at my own house, so I had to bring everything with me. I think Kelly (my FAB friend who let me borrow her house and mess up her kitchen!!!) already thought I was crazy!!! 🙂 I think I did add in some fresh Organic Parsley and Organic Basil that I had brought with me. And some Himalayan Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper!

 

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So, here’s what I used. Found it at the Fresh Market…all organic ingredients.      Light & Subtle Flavor. Perfect.

You could definitely used any of your favorite Italian or Balsamic Vinaigrettes. Add Herbs, Spices, Garlic etc to change it up. I was rockin’ the KISS Method again! 🙂 Now, just wrap and refrigerate or set it outside if its a cool day…and let it sit 2 hours to all day! Take wrap off and ENJOY! Raw & Delicious! Crisp & Crunchy! Fresh & Flavorful! Bright & Bursting with Color. A Vivid Rainbow for your viewing pleasure. We all know you eat with your eyes first!

 

Olives, Pickles & Cheese, Oh My!

Delicious from Start to Finish

Delicious from Start to Finish

Sharp Farmhouse Cheddar,Organic Sweet Gherkin Pickles, Emmentaler Swiss, Greek Feta, Olive Assortment

Again, here I was able to go to the Fresh Market. And it PAID OFF. Or, even better, support YOUR LOCAL CHEESE SHOP and FARMERS and BUY LOCAL!!!  You can go to Kroger or your local grocery and buy those Kraft Cheese Cubes (BOOOO KRAFT!!!!!! DO NOT SUPPORT THEM!!!!!)….or you can go the extra step and actually serve good cheese. That’s up to you. I bought real Greek Feta and cubed it myself….it was rich and creamy and almost tasted like goat cheese. Def worth the Upgrade. I also bought the Olives from the Fresh Market Olive Bar and just got a random assortment. From Stuffed to Pitted…just a nice variety. Again, douse it in the dressing (everything…even the pickles and olives!!!) and let it sit for a few hours or up to all day. Then hit it with fresh salt and pepper before serving.

TIP: I used the Fennel Fronds (leftover from the previous veggie platter) to dust the serving tray and use as garnish. So pretty. Try and use as much as the fresh, organic veggies that you can. Waste not, want not.

Fennel Frond Garnish

Fennel Frond Garnish

 

Simply Sweet

Chocolate Balsamic & Blood Orange Olive Oil make a Killer Combo!

Killer Combo!

This is about as delicious and easy as you can get.

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Chocolate Balsamic & Blood Orange Olive Oil make this platter Unique!

For the Cookie Tray I bought Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons from the Fresh Market that were absolutely amazing. Then I used their Almond Pillow Cookies (took me back to my Grandma’s Pound Cake and was so utterly delicious, it brought tears to my eyes!) Then I used the FM French Vanilla Pound Cake. Cut it in cubes and lightly toasted it in the oven. WOW!!! Toasted Pound Cake is WAY BETTER than regular…and the perfect dipper for my Chocolate Balsamic and Blood Orange Olive Oil. Awesome Flavors!

Surprise Visitors!!

Surprise Visitors!!!

The Organic Strawberries were super easy. Wash, Core & Slice. 2 T Chocolate Balsamic and some Fresh Organic Chopped Mint. Let them masquerade for a bit….WOW. Tastetacular.

So, next time you are having a party or get-together or you need to take a dish, and are in a time crunch,…here are 3 delicious ideas that are quick, easy, enough for a crowd and super yummy!

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Kari