Red Velvet M&M Brownies

Last night I picked up my Eats cookbook and decided I’d give one of the Valentine desserts a try.  This one was so easy and only required 4 ingredients (gotta love that!).  I ran to the store quickly and picked up a box of red velvet cake mix and gave it a try!

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I loved how easy they were and my hubs loves how tasty they were so I thought I’d share it today!

Ingredients:

1 box red velvet cake mix

2 eggs

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 cup M&Ms (I used Valentine ones) and a few for garnish

Recipe:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease 9 x 13 (I used an 8 x 8 so they are thicker) baking dish.  Set aside.

Combine the first 3 ingredients in a mixing bowl with a spoon (batter will be thick).  Stir in M&Ms.

Spread batter across the bottom of prepared pan and bake about 14 minutes (if you do an 8 x 8 dish, I baked for 24 minutes) or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

After you pull the warm brownies out of the oven, sprinkle a few extra M&Ms on top.  Cut into squares and serve. 

Of course, my pictures don’t do the recipe justice (compared to Shay’s – her pictures always look amazing!).

Let me know if you give it a try and what you think of it!  And if you love how simple this recipe is – definitely grab a copy of Eats!

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Easy Christmas Treats!

It’s the week of Christmas.. which is just crazy to me!  It’s such a bittersweet time.. I’m so excited for Christmas (of course) but so sad it’s almost over!  The holiday season is just magical to me and I hate when it’s time to go back to reality!

While everyone is doing final touches on gifts or treats – I thought I’d share a few of my favorite easy and quick treats!  These are perfect for little gifts wrapped up or to bring to holiday parties!

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The first one up.. is seriously so quick! I mean, it takes longer to take the wrappers off the candies than it does to actually make the treat!

Rolo & Hug Pretzels!

There are tons of recipes on Pinterest for these so if you need more of a tutorial, just click on a few there 🙂

Ingredients:

  • Pretzels (holiday or regular)
  • Chocolate candies – Rolos, Hugs, Kisses, etc.
  • M&Ms (holiday or regular!)

Recipe:

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees and line baking sheets with aluminum foil or parchment paper, whichever you have on hand!

Next, line up the sheet with pretzels (I used holiday wreaths but you can use regular pretzels too) and place Rolos and Hugs on top of pretzel.

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Put in the oven for 4 minutes – until slightly melted.  Once you pull these out of the oven, place an M&M on top and put in a cool place to set. Because it was -15 in Minnesota today (not even kidding – or counting the wind chill), I placed these outside for just a few minutes!

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These are easy peasy and so festive 🙂 You could switch out the color of the M&Ms too for any holiday!

Christmas White Trash was next on my agenda to make!

I used Alton Brown’s recipe and it was just as easy as the pretzels!

Ingredients:

  • 3 1cups Cheerios toasted oat cereal
  • 3 cups Rice Chex
  • 3 cups Corn Chex
  • 16 ounces M&M’s plain chocolate candy
  • 2 1cups salted mixed nuts
  • 2 cups small pretzels
  • 2 (11 ounce) packages white chocolate chips (Ghirardelli brand preferred)

Recipe:

Compile all the ingredients (minus the white chocolate chips) into a big bowl.  Next, melt down the white chocolate on a double boiler and pour white chocolate in large bowl over all ingredients.  Mix until all pieces are coated.

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 Lastly, put all on a large baking sheet and let cool.  Once cooled,  you can break it apart and serve!

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Ta-Da!

I was done with both treats within a half hour which is perfect – so you can start other baking projects or finish your Christmas wrapping!

Do you have any quick and easy treats that are your go-tos for the holidays?  I still have a bit of baking to do before we head out to Oshkosh this week BUT am happy to cross a few things off my list 🙂

Happy Christmas week!

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Let’s Talk.. Recipes!

How is it possible that it’s already the second week of November?! I mean, don’t get me wrong of course I’m excited for all the Christmas festivities I have planned this year but it’s just crazy how fast this year has gone!

Also – I want to give BIG props to myself for the fact that I actually cooked 3 meals this last week.. yeah you read that right.. 3 dinners in one week (we had quite a bit of leftovers to help with the other days!)!  To most of you, that’s pitiful but to me.. it’s a huge win!  I’m teaming up with Erika and Andrea today to chat about what’s been going on in my kitchen lately!

We made Chicken Enchiladas on Sunday and they were pretty tasty! I’d never had them before but was pleasantly surprised 🙂 One change I’d make is, I’d buy bigger tortillas (and maybe corn versus flour) and make sure they are stuffed full!

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On Tuesday, I made Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches (per the hubs request) and they actually were pretty great too! I eat the meat by itself versus a sandwich but the sandwich was husband approved! 🙂

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I also made breakfast for dinner one night because I love breakfast 🙂

If you’re looking for a yummy breakfast for the holidays, a favorite of ours is this breakfast casserole!  It’s one that we definitely make on rotation every few weeks especially when we’re hosting!  We also love Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas and this Slow Cooker Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe as well!

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What are some of your favorites? I’m also looking to add some tasty (and easy) meals to our rotation every week!  My husband would be so thankful 🙂 #hedidntmarrymeformycookingskills

And because I have huge FOMO… I need to remind everyone to be sure to enter my giveaway for a chance to win one of my favorite scarves – the giveaway ends tomorrow!

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White Chocolate Pumpkin Snickerdoodle

I made these cookies for the recent wedding weekend and my oh my… believe me when I say you need to make them immediately!  Like go to the store right now and get all the ingredients!  Who cares about work, right?! 🙂 I’m not just saying that because they were referred to as “indulgent” and “so good” but because they are so easy!!

I followed the recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction and they just scream fall! Honestly, the dough takes about 10 maybe 15 minutes to prep and then you’re basically done, right?!  I mean after you bake them I suppose!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 Tablespoons pumpkin puree 
  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips or chunks

Recipe:

  1. Melt the butter in the microwave. In a medium bowl, whisk the melted butter, brown sugar, and 1/2 cup granulated sugar together until no brown sugar lumps remain. Whisk in the vanilla and pumpkin until smooth. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, 1 and 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together with a large spoon or rubber spatula. The dough will be very soft. Fold in white chocolate chips. They may not stick to the dough because of the melted butter, but do your best to have them evenly dispersed in the dough. It might be easier to use your hands for this! Cover the dough and chill for 30 minutes, or up to 3 days. Chilling is mandatory.
  3. Take the dough out of the refrigerator. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.img_8062
  4. Roll the dough into balls, about 1.5 Tablespoons of dough each. Mix together the remaining 1/2 cup of granulated sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. Roll each of the dough balls generously in the cinnamon-sugar mixture and arrange on 2 baking sheets. Slightly flatten the dough balls because the cookies will only slightly spread in the oven.
  5. Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes. The cookies will look very soft and underbaked. Keeping them in the oven for longer may dry them out.  Remove from the oven and press a few more white chocolate chips onto the tops, if desired. If you find that your cookies didn’t spread much at all, flatten them out when you take them out of the oven.
  6. Allow the cookies to cool for at least 10 minutes on the cookie sheets before transferring to a wire rack. The longer the cookies cool, the chewier they will be. I let them sit out for at least 1 hour before enjoying. 
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Viola! Easy peasy 🙂 

Now do yourself a favor… and get to making these!  You can thank me later 😉

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My Husband’s Favorite (and easiest) Breakfast!

It takes a lot for my husband to actually like something (food wise)… he’s not picky by any means but he has pretty high standards for food!  So when he told me he wanted some kind of overnight oats for breakfast (he LOVES oatmeal- me, not so much!) I told him I’d give it a try!  It’s the least I can do since I don’t cook often.. still working on that!

He loves bananas, peanut butter and chocolate chips so it was only necessary to have those as a part of it.  The hubs sent me this recipe from Pinterest and said he wanted to try the Chunky Monkey one minus the coconut so off to the store I went!  After making this for one week, I just guestimate the amounts of each item now and it’s really impossible to mess up! 🙂

I’m sure so many people already make these but in case you don’t and are looking for an easy breakfast- these Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Overnight Oats are a win!

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Ingredients!

And of course I took a picture of every step because blog posts are boring with no pictures!

I first add 1/2 cup of oats (not instant!) to a mason jar (or do multiples at a time if you want it for the week!).

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I then add about 3/4 (or more – just make sure it covers the oats with a little bit more on top for the other ingredients) of milk- we use 2% because that’s what the hubs loves but you could use skin or almond milk too for added flavor!

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Add about 1 tsp of honey – I usually  just guestimate how much to put in because I hate dirtying up extra dishes!

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Then add about 1 tbsp of peanut butter- this I usually just guess as well now.. I know the hubs loves peanut butter so I probably add a little more than necessary 🙂

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I cut up and add half a banana to each mason jar.

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And lastly, add in the chocolate chips!

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Put on your lid and give it a big shake!

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You’re done and ready to put in the fridge for the week!

We’ve tried Apple Cinnamon and a berry one before but none seem to thrill him as much as this one! 🙂 It’s an easy and healthy breakfast meal so it’s a win in my book!

Do any of you make these for breakfast?!  I love to hear other recipes so let me know if there’s others you love!

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