Making Smores In A Terra Cotta Pot

Line a terra cotta pot with aluminum foil. Place charcoal briquettes in to be level with the top of pot. Sprinkle a little bit of lighter fluid on the top of briquettes. Ignite with a match or long extension lighter. Allow it to burn for awhile to burn the lighter fluid off. The use to melt your marshmallows. Fun and you don’t have to have a big fire pit or grill burning to make them. Gotta love smores.

Easter Cupcakes With A Nest

480522_10151360637693107_744127920_nThe cupcakes can be made to perfection and go elegant for your next Easter party or dinner. Make your favorite cupcake in c cupcake decorative liner. When cool use icing to cover top. Immediately add shaved chocolate and push down slightly to get the chocolate a good hold. Stick your candies ‘eggs’ on top of chocolate and into the icing and let all set. Try brown icing instead of white and use white chocolate – how about colored candy melt that has been shaved instead of the chocolate?

Strawberry Valentines Day Chex Mix

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Strawberry Valentines Chex Mix

Ingredients

6 cups Rice Chex cereal
1 bag of white chocolate baking chips {12 oz}
1 box of Strawberry Creme Jell-O Pudding {make sure you use pudding!! Gelatin does not have the same effect, trust me!}
Valentines M&M’s, sprinkles, food coloring- whatever you’d like to make them more festive!

Measure out 6 cups of Chex into a large bowl.

Dump white chocolate chips into a glass dish. Microwave for 1 minute. Remove and stir gently.

Return to the microwave and melt for an additional 30 seconds. Stir. Microwave another 30 seconds and even though the chips still hold their shape, once you stir it, you’ll see that they are in fact melted!

You can add about 1-2 tsp of shortening to the chips and it will help the consistency be slightly thinner and smoother. It’s easier to cover the cereal when you use a little shortening, however it’s optional.

Note: Microwave times will vary. I have a 1500 watt microwave, so this is what worked for me. If your microwave is less powerful, you will have to increase the times. Go slowly. You don’t want to seize the chocolate. In my experience, the chocolate is always done before I think it is. If it’s nearly melted, just let it sit on the counter for a minute or two and stir again- chances are the heat from the mixture itself is enough to melt the chips the rest of the way.

Add 4 TBSP of the strawberry creme pudding into the white chocolate and stir gently until smooth. You can also add a bit of food coloring if you’d like. Since you added the pudding, it tastes like strawberry, but it doesn’t actually add any color.

I opted to divide mine, making most of it pink, but leaving some white.

Dump the chocolate mixture over the Chex cereal and stir gently until the cereal is coated in chocolate.

Add any Valentines candy, sprinkles, etc.

Lay out on pieces of wax paper to cool and solidify. I found the M&M’s looked better if you sprinkled them on top, once the mixture is laid out to cool. The candy sticks to the Chex cereal but it doesn’t get coated so you can still see the colors.

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