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Homemade Raspberry Granola Bars

I LOVE these granola bars & they are super simple to make!

1 3/4 stick butter – soft

1 1/2 cups flour

1 1/2 cups rolled oats (not quick oats)

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 tsp baking powder

dash of salt

2 big scoops of jam – we love raspberry or strawberry

Granola Bars

Granola Bars

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

*Mix butter, flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, & salt until combined

*Spread 3/4 of mixture on the bottom of a 9×13 buttered dish

*Spread jam

*Sprinkle rest of mixture on top

*Bake for 25-35 minutes depending on how soft or crunchy you want them – I usually do  about 27 minutes

Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping!

– Jessica xo

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Hot Cocoa

I just love hot cocoa with my little one on a snowy day. Our Michigan winter has been full of cold and snowy days this year.

Hot Cocoa Recipe – 

1 1/4 cup of milk

1/2 tablespoon quality cocoa

2 tablespoons of sugar

Stir over medium heat until completely combined – enjoy!

Top with whip cream & cinnamon if desired.

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All Natural Puppy Chow

I’ve never made this before this weekend, it is so simple and great for parties!

9 cups of rice chex (I prefer to use organic or an all natural rice chex that doesn’t contain GMO ingredients or BHT)

3/4 cup all natural chocolate chips

1/2 cup all natural peanut butter

1/4 cup real butter

1 tsp real vanilla

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar made with cane sugar

In large saucepan mix chocolate chips, peanut butter, & butter until smooth. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Stir in cereal. Carefully pour into a 2 gallon resealable bag. Add powdered sugar and shake. Spread onto wax paper to cool. Tada! It’s ready to eat. Can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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Homemade Caramel

This caramel is so good, I could just eat it all right out of the jar and it’s super easy to make!

 

1 stick of butter – real butter

1/2 cup of brown sugar

1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk

1 tablespoon honey

 

Mix all ingredients in a heavy saucepan over a medium-high heat for 5 minutes, bring to a boil then remove from the heat and stir a few more times.

This past Thanksgiving weekend I made this to go with our cheesecake and to dip pretzels in =)

 

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Pumpkin Cupcakes

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I just felt compelled to make pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. Who doesn’t love homemade cream cheese frosting?!? I was hoping that there would be some left over for dessert after dinner tomorrow but they are gone already!

Makes 12 cupcakes

1 cup pumpkin puree

1 cup sugar

2 eggs, room temperature

1/3 cup canola oil

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/4 tsp. ginger

1/4 tsp. all spice

1/4 tsp. salt

1 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

In a small bowl, mix 1/8 cup of sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon to sprinkle on top of cupcakes before baking.

Preheat oven to 350

Mix pumpkin, oil, and sugar together. Add eggs one at a time. Add nutmeg, cinnamon, all spice, ginger, and salt. Mix well. In a separate bowl mix flour, baking soda, and baking powder then add slowly to wet mixture.

Scoop into cupcake liners and bake for 18-21 minutes depending on your oven.

Cream cheese frosting – https://rawbasil.wordpress.com/2013/11/28/cream-cheese-frosting/

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Buttercream Frosting

I love making buttercream & I love eating it too! I always start with a basic recipe then I add a little more of vanilla and a little more of milk, and a little more powdered sugar until it’s perfect….. for my taste, that day. 😉

 

To frost about 12 cupcakes:

1 stick of butter – real butter

2-3 cups of powdered sugar

1-2 tblsp. milk

1 tsp. vanilla

Combine butter, 1 cup of powdered sugar, vanilla, and 1 tblsp. of milk. Mix for 1-2 minutes then gradually add more powdered sugar until reached consistency. Peaks should form so the frosting holds its shape.

If frosting is too thick, add a little more milk. Too thin, add more powdered sugar.

I use Wilton tip 1M

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Chocolate Chip & Peanut Butter Cookies

I just love a good chocolate chip cookie then add peanut butter and it’s that much better! Last winter we had a cookie exchange at work and this recipe was given to me. I fell in love and use it as my go to recipe. I have changed a few things and cut it in 1/2 since I don’t need 10 dozen cookies too often!

2 sticks of butter

1 cup of sugar

1 cup of brown sugar

1 cup of peanut butter

2 eggs

1/2 tblsp. of vanilla

2 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1 1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

all natural chocolate chips – whichever type of chocolate you prefer

 

Cream together butter & sugars for about 2 minutes, add peanut butter, add eggs one at a time, add vanilla.

Mix together (sift or with a fork) flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add slowly into wet mixture just to incorporate. Add 1-2 cups of chocolate chips.

I use a cookie scooper but you can use a regular spoon also. Shape into a ball then roll into sugar.

Bake at 350 for about 9-10 minutes.

Enjoy =)