Cinnamon Bun Popcorn

It seems like mixing salty and sweet to make a delicious treat is a new trend and adding sweets to your popcorn is no exception. When I think of popcorn, I usually think of drippy butter and lots of salt along with a great movie. Our Best Bites has taken popcorn to a whole new level with their recipe for Cinnamon Bun Popcorn, where cinnamon & caramel meet pecans & white chocolate.

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Hot Chocolate Cookies

Oh My Ooey Gooey Chocolate Goodness! If you need a chocolate fix, this definitely looks like it would hit the spot. Megan over at pip & ebby has certainly left my mouth watering with this recipe.

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Margarita Cupcakes

Here is another delightful looking cocktail flavored cupcake.  I just think these are such a wonderful idea for an afternoon party or get together with friends, not to mention that the recipe from Lori @ Recipe Girl looks absolutely devine.

I love me some margaritas, but I also love a really good strawberry and I am wondering if these could be adapted into strawberry margarita cupcakes as well. I think it would be a great flavor combination and I just may have to try it out!

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Flower Tea Light Centerpiece

This arrangement is absolutely adorable and would make a great addition to any host display or easter table alike.  Think of the endless possibilities of color, style, and flower not to mention the different holidays you could easily adapt this to. A great big thanks to Good Housekeeping for this great design.

3 Dozen PartyLite Tea Lights of your choice for just $25

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Sticky Toffee Pudding Cupcake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toffee has always been one of my very favorite candies, so when I came across this recipe for a brown sugar flavored spongecake topped with a sticky glaze and finished with toffee flavored cream cheese frosting from The Cupcake Blog, I couldn’t resist sharing it.  This one is quickly moving right to the top of my must try this list (along with everything else of course 😉 )

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Appletini Cupcakes

Cocktail flavored cupcakes? This scrumptious looking Appletini flavored cupcake with Swiss buttercream frosting is genius! Thanks to Naomi @ Bakers Royale for putting these flavors together in a gorgeous looking cupcake perfectly suitable for an afternoon with the girls.

Appletini: (AKA Apple Martini)

A cocktail containing vodka and one or more of apple juice, apple cider, apple liqueur, or apple brandy. Typically, the apple vodka is shaken or stirred with a sweet and sour mix and then strained into a cocktail glass.

How to make an Apple Martini

  • 40ml (3 parts) Vodka
  • 15ml (1 part) Apple schnapps/ Calvados
  • 15ml (1 part) Cointreau
Mix in a shaker, then pour into a chilled glass. Garnish and serve.

 

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S’mores Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies!

S’mores inside a chocolate chip cookie, are you serious? Someone is a genius! I am not really sure where Jenny @ Picky Palate got the inspiration for this , but I would like to personally say thank you from the bottom of my heart for this sinful looking treat!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am sure that in addition to the picky palate blog that you may find this recipe all over the blogosphere, I found it @ Dip It in Chocolate and I have to say a great big thanks to  Katie for guiding me to this delicious recipe. This one is definitely on the top of my try it list!

S’more:

A traditional nighttime campfire treat popular in the United States and Canada consisting of a roasted marshmallow and a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two pieces of graham cracker.

It seems that the origin of this classic treat is unknown. The first recorded version of the recipe can be found in “Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts” of 1927.

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Peanut Butter “Cup”Cakes

I stumbled upon this recipe and it looks so good I just had to share. Who doesn’t love peanut butter and chocolate anyway, right?

I would like to thank Kendra for her craving for chocolate and peanut butter together that inspired this recipe. I can’t wait to try it. The cupcake recipe and the peanut butter frosting recipe are located here.

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Nature Inspired Evergreen Candle Holder

Supplies Needed:

Glass or Jar

Evergreen Pieces

Spray Adhesive

Candles- Mix or Match 3 Dozen PartyLite Tealights $25  or 3 Dozen Votives for $35

Step 1.

Wash the candle holder with dish soap and dry well. Cut the evergreen into different sized pieces based on to the height of the candle holder, it is best to cut a few at a time.

Step 2.

Dab the glue on the pieces making sure to hit the areas that will be flush to the glass. Place on the glass.

Step 3.

Repeat until all of the glass has been covered. As always, if using a candle holder do not leave these unattended! Isn’t the end result just magnificent?

I think these would make for a great arrangement when paired with the Nature Inspired Candle Holders that I posted about yesterday.

Original Post by Better Homes and Gardens

Cinnamon Bacon Buns

OK, so I stumbled upon a recipe for Bacon Filled Cinnamon Buns while perusing Pinterest andI thought,  what could be better than a bacon infused cinnamon roll? Whoever came up with the idea is a genius in my opinion. This recipe calls for adding bacon to store bought cinnamon rolls. While this would be a quick fix, I thought a fresh, homemade roll would be so much better, so I combined the bacon idea with the recipe found here and I cannot wait to try these. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. I may just have to head to the kitchen and warm up the oven as soon as I finish this post.

UPDATE:  4/8/12 I finally tried these today. I made a few tweaks to the original directions which are noted below. I also used some leftover strawberry cream cheese icing to top these off.  I found these to be pretty darn good. I have to admit that the strawberry icing overpowered the cinnamon flavor a bit, but they were still very yummy and I will definitely make these again.

For the Filling

4 Tbsp Butter, softened

1 Cup Brown Sugar

3 Tsp Cinnamon

For the Roll

4 Tbsp Butter, softened

1 Tsp Salt

4 Tsp Baking Powder

2 Tbsp Sugar

2 Cups Flour

3/4 Cup Milk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

For the Filling:

  1. Combine softened butter, brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl to form a crumbly. The original recipe calls for the mixture to be put in the fridge for later, however, I feel it would be much easier to spread if left aside on the counter.
For the Rolls:
  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  2. Cut in softened butter
  3. Stir in milk to form a soft dough

Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface into a 1/4 inch thick rectangle and spread the previously made filling onto the rolled out dough.

Spread the previously made filling onto the rolled out dough.

I put the dough aside at this point and cooked my bacon. I was hoping by doing so and by immediately laying the bacon across the dough that it wouldn’t get too firm to be rolled. It did get crispy really quickly but I was still able to roll my dough nicely.

I only partially cooked my bacon as shown below. I wanted it to be crispy but I didn’t want it to overcook in the oven.

Line the dough with cooked bacon.

Although the recipe does state to roll up the dough into a long rectangle, I found that it was not very easy to try and roll the whole thing with the bacon, so I sliced my dough in between each strip of bacon and rolled each one individually.

Originally recipe directions call for the rolls to be baked for 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees. I baked mine for only 15 minutes and they were done.

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