Homemade Peppermint Patties
I saw these on Pinterest right before Super Bowl Sunday and thought the footballs would be fun to make for a party. I also decided to make regular peppermint patties because they are a bit less time consuming and taste just as good. I was surprised how well the texture turned out to be just like real Peppermint Patties. The only thing I’ll change next time is to add more peppermint extract because they weren’t quite minty enough for me. It’s a personal preference, of course.
This recipe is from Shugary Sweets
- 7 oz. jar of marshmallow fluff
- 10 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 5½ cups powdered sugar
- 1 bag of Wilton dark cocoa candy melts
- Partial bag of vanilla candy melts (depending on whether you make footballs and how many footballs you make)
- In a large mixing bowl, combine Fluff, butter and extracts. Slowly add the powdered sugar. Initially, it seems like too much powdered sugar, but keep mixing until you get the peppermint patty consistency
- With about 1 tbsp of filling, shape into a ball and then slightly flatten for the patty shape. Put the patties onto a parchment lined baking sheet. If you want to make footballs, make an oval shape and slightly pinch the ends. Cover with Saran Wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours up to overnight
- Melt candy melts according to package instructions. Using a plastic fork (with the middle prong broken out), or your preferred dipping method, dip the peppermints into the chocolate. Allow the excess to drip off and place the patties (or footballs) back onto the parchment paper to set
- If you’re making footballs, melt the vanilla candy melts according to package instructions. Pour into a ziploc bag and cut off the corner. Pipe laces into the footballs
Football Peppermint Patties
Leprechaun Hats for St. Patrick’s Day
I’m always on the lookout for holiday treat ideas. Being Irish, St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorites, but there aren’t as many festive desserts compared to other holidays. Who knows, maybe green desserts aren’t as appealing. I was glad when I found these on pinterest. I made a couple of changes to make it easier on myself. It seems like a lot of steps, but it’s mostly just drying time. I don’t have the best luck with dipping things and having them turn out smooth, but marshmallows are really easy. My 4 year old helped make a couple, and besides making a huge mess of the counter, even his turned out well. I made about 25 hats, but you could make more with this recipe.
Wood Feature Wall
We recently finished our basement and during the trim work (baseboards, casing, etc.) I borrowed an air compressor and nail gun from a friend. It was so much easier to use than a hammer and nails, and the end result looked so much nicer too. When I had to give it back, I went out searching for one of my own so I could more easily do all sorts of projects around the house. I picked up this Porter Cable compressor and gun from Home Depot. I used it right away for one final finishing touch project in our basement, as well as building a custom-sized picture frame.
But those were relatively small projects, and I wanted to get into something bigger with my new toy. We’ve seen these wood feature walls on some home shows we watch and liked the look, but didn’t know what kind of wood would be best to use. Fortunately, a friend just did something similar on a smaller scale and let me know that Menards has this low-quality wood (I think it’s pine) that has some gray coloring to it, if you dig through the pile. The Menards by our house is a bit of a drive, so I avoided going there, but I’m glad I eventually did, because the wood looks amazing.
Categories: Home, Projects
Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Bars
These are a spin off from Rolo Cheesecake Bars. Peanut butter and chocolate are my favorite combination, and since the Rolo Cheesecake Bars were a success, I wanted to try a peanut butter cup version. The peanut butter cheesecake is sandwiched between two chocolate layers- what more could you ask for?
Anyone who has ever experienced an injury while running knows how frustrating it can be to be out of commission, especially when you’re training for a big goal race. If you know what causes injuries you can stop them before they occur. This is the first in a series of posts on injuries and how to treat and prevent them. Hopefully you will find them useful. Please leave a comment if you have any questions.
Patellofemoral Syndrome, more commonly known as Runner’s Knee, affects many runners at some point during their running career. There is a path that the patella (kneecap) is supposed to follow with bending and straightening the knee. Problems with leg alignment, muscle imbalances, muscle and other soft tissue tightness, or any combination of those, can lead to runner’s knee. If the patella doesn’t track correctly, the forces behind it and the femur will be more than those areas are meant to withstand, and this can lead to injuries. In most cases when there is a problem with tracking, the patella will travel too far laterally (out to the side), and a much smaller portion of the patella will be able to absorb those forces. Common symptoms of runner’s knee include: aching and pain around the kneecap, pain with bending the knee (squatting, sitting, stairs, running, etc.), and clicking or grinding in the knee.
Categories: Injuries, Run
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles
We had something like these at a party a couple of months ago and were very intrigued. It’s not exactly cookie dough, so you don’t have to worry about raw eggs, but it tastes so much like it that you wouldn’t know. They are very easy (and a little messy) to make. They keep well in the refrigerator, so you can make them in advance. Read more
White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Bars
I’ve been experimenting with Greek yogurt in baking for the last couple of years. You can substitute the yogurt for some of the oil and save yourself some fat, and you get the benefit of having something healthier and natural in your dessert. Especially in a lot of “bar” recipes like this, you don’t have to worry about the yogurt changing the texture. At least, I don’t feel like it does, and then I don’t feel as guilty eating twice as many bars because they’re better for me.
I slightly modified this recipe from Chobani.
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Usually when we buy bananas, my husband and I can’t even eat them because my kids love them so much, and they’re gone before we know it. Lately, I have been buying 2 Costco bags of bananas, hoping that I’ll end up with 3 or so ripe bananas and be able to make some banana bread. It took several weeks and me finally hiding 3 somewhat ripe bananas (which my 1 year old found and was completely distracted from eating his breakfast because he kept wanting his “nana”). I don’t have a go-to banana bread recipe yet, so I tried Joanne Chang’s recipe from Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston’s Flour Bakery and Cafe. I only changed a couple of things from her recipe. I added chocolate chips because they make everything taste better. I know walnuts are more traditional in banana bread, but I had tons of pecans, so I tried that. I’m sure real chefs would notice a difference, but I didn’t. They seem to have about the same texture to me.
Rolo Cheesecake Bars
I’ve never enjoyed plain cheesecake and was always able to turn it down for dessert. But, I found a cheesecake that I love at The Cheesecake Factory and realized that I do like it, it just needs to have a lot of other “stuff” in there. Unfortunately, that “stuff” is things like chocolate, caramel, peanut butter, etc. In other words, it’s things that make cheesecake even less healthy. I found that these bars have a great mix of ingredients that work for people who love cheesecake and for those who like it as long as it’s balanced with other flavors and textures. I generally use Neufchatel instead of cream cheese to save on some of the fat, and so far have never felt like I was missing anything. It’ll never make it in Weight Watchers, but that’s not really why you eat cheesecake, is it?
This recipe is slightly adapted from Closet Cooking
Chocolate Chip Oreo Bars
I wanted to find something new to bake for a friend, so I checked out pinterest. She makes the best brownies I’ve ever had, so the pressure was on. I found this recipe and changed it just a little. I didn’t have Cookies ‘n Cream Kisses, so I used white chocolate chips instead. I’m sure those Kisses would add good flavor too. My 1 year old caught me taking pictures and got really excited, thinking I was cutting them for him. I gave him a tiny bite and he loved it, which says a lot, because he has a very discerning palate.
This recipe is slightly adapted from Picky Palate.