Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Summer Flowers

I love summer.  I think I have such happy memories from my childhood of riding my bike, getting up with the sunrise and enjoying the quiet, swimming at the community pool, and on.  Summer memories of my own children--biking, playing ball, family evening walks, vacations.  I don't dwell on memories such a bug bites or sunburns--who does?  

Another thing I love about summer?  Flowers.  For years I have planted petunias in my flower beds, small pots, and barrels ( the half wine ones).  It is just such a pleasure planting and caring for my flowers.

Isn't this a beautiful pink?  Super pink bubblegum petunia!


I also have a rose bush in my back flower bed.  I am certainly not an expert on roses but we do okay:).

I hope that you are all enjoying your summer too and making some wonderful memories!

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Candy Bar Cookies (Or a Little Bit of Everything)

 Last week  our family was invited to a graduation party.  I had already decided to give the two brothers cash yet didn't want to just hand them a card with cash in it.  Yes, I could have made a cash wreath or lei and wish I had thought of that sooner but.....I didn't.  Does that ever happen to you?  So little time....
Along with the cash gift, I decided to make them some cookies.  What boy doesn't like cookies?  I haven't encountered one yet!

I had ingredients for chocolate chip cookies but that seemed so everyday and this was a special occasion.  However, I also had some candy bars in the cupboard.  Surely that would be an attention-getter!

As you can see, I had Butterfingers, Hershey Bars and a few mini Kit Kats.  My daughter Ali had the honor of cutting those into small pieces (it's okay, she likes that kind of chore).
I added those, along with semi-sweet chocolate chips, to the Toll House chocolate chip recipe so I had some nice, chunky cookies.

The cookies turned out great, if I do say so myself.  Actually, my son told me they did:).
I placed half a dozen of the cookies in two separate cellophane bags and tied them with gold fabric ribbon--the school colors are blue and gold.

If you want to dress up your chocolate chip cookie recipe, try adding some different chips or candy to it.  Often I add semi-sweet, milk chocolate, butterschotch and white chocolate chips to the cookie recipe!  

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Snickers Cake

My husbands birthday was on the 6th and his absolute favorite candy is Snickers.  I found a delicious recipe (from The Country Cook at I thought I would share with everyone for a Snickers Cake- yum!  I made it the first time last year for his birthday and it seems it's going to be annual thing.  It's SO easy and SO delicious!

You will need:
  • a box of devil's food cake mix and the things needed to bake it (eggs and oil)
  • 8 oz container of Cool Whip (thawed)
  • chocolate syrup
  • a jar of caramel sauce (You can also get caramel syrup but I had some of the sauce left over and used that instead of also buying the syrup)
  • 3 Snickers candy bars 
To start, you will bake the devils food cake as instructed on the box.  After it is baked you will poke holes in the cake and pour the caramel sauce over the cake and into the holes.  To make the holes you can use a meat fork which will make the holes bigger or if you only have a regular fork (like I did), just twist the fork when making the holes to make them bigger.  Take a spoon to make sure the cake gets covered in the sauce as well as into the holes.  Let the cake cool completely!
Chop up the 3 Snickers candy bars into bite size pieces.  Take the thawed Cool Whip and mix it with the Snickers pieces.  Once the cake has cooled, put the whip cream/Snickers combination over the cake, covering it completely.  Then you will simply put the chocolate syrup and caramel syrup or remaining caramel sauce over the top of the cake.  Make sure to refrigerate it!
You'll have something that looks like the first photo above!
It is oh so sweet but oh so good! It's a perfect cake if you only have a short amount of time to put something together, too.  Enjoy!

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