thursday things – an easter recipe round up

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Easter is almost upon us. If you’re not sure how much food you’ll need, berries.com has created a super handy Easter Brunch menu calculator! Whether you’re making brunch, lunch, dinner, or brinner (that’s a thing, right?) this calculator has your back!

If, on the other hand, you’re still not sure what you want to make, that’s a whole different sort of pickle to be in. I’m a ham girl myself, which works equally well in breakfast, lunch, and dinner applications. But I always seem to get hung up on the accouterments, don’t you? Well fear not, because I’ve got some ideas for you.

Feeling brunchy? How about these donut muffins with cherry jam from The Sugar Hit.

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These waffles, because who doesn’t love waffles? (Plus you can make them ahead of time and reheat them for your guests!)

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Or some of Playing with Flour’s egg and toast cups that are just as easy to put together as they are adorable.

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And I Am A Food Blog’s fancy new twist on a classic deviled egg.

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Salad is always necessary, and A Periodic Table’s bitter greens salad with grape molasses is out of this world.

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Crumb took everything you know about Easter’s classic hot cross buns and blew it away with a savory version stuffed with bacon and green onions. Yes please.

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Or stuff your Easter ham (or lamb, or beef, whatever) into some delicious croissants.

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And who needs colored eggs when you could have these bright color block cookies from Love & Olive Oil?

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And turn those macaroons into candy vessels with SkinnyTaste’s macaroon nests!

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Or make some super easy last-minute Easter bark!

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Or homemade peanut butter eggs (hint: sub almond butter if you have peanut allergies!)

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Or hit it out of the park with this fancypants chocolate-orange macaroon cake from My Name is Yeh

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peep eggs

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You’ve still got a whole week (plus one day!( til Easter comes and if you haven’t prepared yet, it’s time!

My idea? Adorable Peeps “eggs” – made of chocolate. They are basically the easiest thing in the whole world to make, will take about 30 seconds each (plus drying time), and are too cute not to love. I mean, JUST LOOK AT THEM!

I filled my eggs with peeps and M&Ms, but you could fill them with whatever candy you deemed fit. If you don’t have any Easter candies, feel free to use leftover Valentine’s M&Ms… I’m sure no one will notice…

… Right?

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The process is easy, you blow up a balloon (just a little bit) and tie off the end. Then, you melt some chocolate (I used leftover Chocoley from my chocolate bark)- you will need about 1 oz of chocolate per balloon, depending on the size. Insert balloon into chocolate, twirl to coat, and set on a parchment-lined baking sheet to harden.

You will want to do this twice, if you can, to make the shells sturdier. I only dipped mine once and the shells were a bit more brittle than I’d have liked. But, hindsight is 20/20, am I right?

So, once the second dip has hardened, you pop the balloon, pull it out of the chocolate shell, et voila! Eggs! Then, all that’s left is to put a Peep in it (or two!).

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Partially inflate balloons to about the size of a small orange - I inflated mine until it just filled my palm but I don't know how big your hands are... :) Big enough to fit a peep into, that's how big you want it.
  2. In a double boiler (or a heat-proof bowl over a pan of simmering water) gently melt your chocolate, stirring until it is melted.
  3. Once the chocolate is completely melted, dip the balloon into the chocolate, swirling to coat the bottom and sides of the balloon. Lift the balloon out of the chocolate, allowing excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl, and place onto a parchment-lined baking sheet to harden.
  4. Once all the balloons have been dipped, put the baking sheet in the fridge for 5 to 10 minutes until the chocolate is hardened. Remove the sheet from the fridge, and dip the balloons a second time, returning to the parchment-lined baking sheet to re-harden.
  5. After the chocolate is completely set, pop the balloon and gently pull the balloon out of the chocolate shell. You may use scissors or a sharp knife to remove any unwanted chocolate stragglers.
  6. Fill chocolate shells with easter candy and top candy with Peeps.
http://wee-eats.com/2015/03/28/easter-peep-eggs/

thursday things

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When I logged in this morning I noticed an unusual amount of traffic from Reddit. When I followed the trail to the source I discovered this picture… featuring a League of Legends character running across my biscotti. And it made my mother-freaking day. I’ve been toying with the idea of getting into LoL lately and it might have just given me the push I need to start…

Other things that made my day this week include this tiny human who for some god-forsaken reason decided to turn Oreos into mascara… WHY ON EARTH you would waste PERFECTLY GOOD Oreos to make cosmetics is beyond me… Unless you wanted an excuse to to eat your eyelashes….

After the cronut and the cragel our slutty friend, the croissant, is at it again by now breeding with a cookie to create the “crookie”… WHEN WILL THE MADNESS END!?

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Cheetos has created a sweet cinnamon snack, aptly named “Sweetos” which I can only assume is essentially a bag of cinna-twists (in untwisted form). I’m so down.

Although I’ve mentioned it with basil before, we finally have a definitive list of foods that will magically regrow themselves.

Scientists have found a way to let our astronauts enjoy espresso in space. Next up, maybe we will cure world hunger… but at least we found a way to fix space caffeine-withdrawal in the mean time.

The Super Bowl is taking place in my general vicinity this year, but I would be much more excited to score tickets to the Puppy Bowl. And by “score tickets” I really mean just roll around in the pile of Puppy Bowl pups.

And I could give you a super bowl round up but first I want to let you see this video of Will Ferrell blasting this cheerleader in the face with a basketball. I could watch this freaking loop ALL. DAY. LONG.

Super Bowl Recipe Round Up

Pretzel Bites from Yours Truly (cut the ropes into 2-inch pieces for bites)

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Hot & Cheesy Crab Dip from Foodness Gracious

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Sugar & Spice Cocktail Nuts from Some Kitchen Stories

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Make some chili to eat as-is or to put on hot dogs, or even some chili-cheese tots!

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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip from FoodieCrush

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Spinach-Ricotta Turnovers from A Periodic Table

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Fig & Prosciutto Flatbread from right here

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Popcorn Party Mix from Smitten Kitchen

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it’s national peanut butter day! (+ a giveaway!)

IT’S NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER DAY! And it’s no secret around here that I love peanut butter. Like, to an unhealthy extent. Like, eat-it-straight-out-of-the-jar-with-a-spoon extent or a substitute-graham-crackers-for-spoons extent or a literally-everything-is-better-with-peanut-butter-extent.

So yeah, a lot.

So below you’ll find some of my favorite peanut butter recipes…. and a chance to win your own peanut butter prize pack!

Peanut Butter Eggs from Wee Eats

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 Fluffernutter Cake from Life Tastes Good

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Peanut Butter Truffle Brownies from Some Kitchen Stories

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Reese’s Pieces No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie from Wee Eats

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A Periodic Table’s Favorite Peanut Butter Cookies

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Wit & Vinegar’s Baked Peanut Butter Oreo Doughnuts

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Buckeye State Ice Cream from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

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Movita’s Peanut Butter Swirled Brownies 

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My Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Bundt Cake

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Peanut Butter Granola from Pinch of Yum

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So… How about that giveaway?

Mr. Eats, knowing my deep love of peanut butter, insisted that I host a giveaway for National Peanut Butter Day  0 So, What do you get?

One lucky winner will receive their choice of :

PB2 Prize Pack: 

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1 container of regular PB2 and 1 container of chocolate PB2 – This stuff is great for smoothies or for baking (you can use it in place of peanut flour in recipes, or to give an extra peanut butter kick to anything you’re baking!) Learn more about PB2 on their website!

PB&Co Prize Pack

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Winner will receive one of each Peanut Butter & Co flavor: Smooth Operator, White Chocolate Wonderful, Crunch Time, and Dark Chocolate Dreams. These peanut butters are great for your pb&j sandwiches or to use as a dip!

Enter using the Rafflecopter below! The lucky winner will be chosen Sunday, Feb 1st. Contest ends at 11:59 PM (EST) on Jan 31st. Good luck! Entry only available for US & Canada residents.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

cinnamon apple bourbon

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I’ve been infusing my alcohol for awhile now, as you may recall, but this is the first time I’ve ever chosen bourbon as my vessel. Partly because I never drink bourbon (personally, I’m not a fan) and… well no, that’s probably the only reason. Mr. Eats’ family on the other hand… well they ARE bourbon drinkers. Or whiskey. Or scotch. Or anything, really.

With the winter season around us, the weather just screams for something rich, warm, and comforting. So what better way to celebrate than with a spin on a hot toddy using none other than apple-infused bourbon. You want to start the infusion at least one week ahead of time, but you can keep it going longer if you please. For a more mellow infusion, remove the cinnamon sticks after the first couple days, or you can leave them in for a spicier experience (think, “Fireball” with a bit less burn).

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You can let it infuse in the refrigerator, giving it a shake every few days or so, until you’re ready to strain out the infusers. There will be some sediment after you strain the bourbon, but it can easily be removed with a quick trip through some cheesecloth.

Create your own toddy using 2 ounces of this bourbon with 6 ounces of warm apple cider, sweeten to taste and add a twist of lemon or cinnamon stick for garnish if you so please. Or, if you’re feeling sassy, shots for everyone! It’ll warm you up in no time at all.

(Drink responsibly, of course.)

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 500 mL

Ingredients

  • 1 (500 mL) bottle bourbon (I used Maker's Mark)
  • 2 apples, preferably organic, washed, dried, and sliced
  • 2 to 3 sticks cinnamon
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 large jar, washed and sanitized (a trip through the dishwasher will do)

Instructions

  1. Place apples, vanilla bean, and cinnamon in a large clean container. Place the cinnamon sticks in last so they will be at the top in case you want to remove them early for a smoother infusion.
  2. Secure lid and place in refrigerator for at least one week, shaking every few days, making sure that the apples stay submerged.
  3. When ready, pour through a fine mesh sieve and discard apples, cinnamon, and vanilla bean (or you can keep the vanilla bean if you have a use for it). If there is still sediment in your alcohol, run the liquid through some cheesecloth to remove the sediment and transfer to a smaller container for storage.
  4. The concoction should keep indefinitely in the refrigerator.

Notes

If you don't want to "waste" your apples, you can use just the skins (I would increase the amount to three or four apples in that case) and enjoy the apple insides as you like!

Enjoy mixed with warm cider or on its own!

http://wee-eats.com/2015/01/17/apple-pie-bourbon/

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