16 Ways to My Sweetie’s Heart

Happy sweet 16th Anniversary to my hubby and me! He’s one lucky guy! Ha!Ha! Seriously time goes by so fast, especially when you’re busy having fun (and raising kids)! We’re not much for extravagant gift giving around here, but we gotta celebrate! So what better way than 16 differently topped brownies! Love never tasted so yummy! 

16 Differently Topped Brownies

  1. Caramel Sea Salt
  2. Hazelnut Grenache
  3. Toasted Marshmallow
  4. Rice Krispie Treat
  5. Hugs & Kisses
  6. Candy Bar
  7. Peanut Butter
  8. Almond Joy
  9. Dark Chocolate Toffee
  10. Chocolate Chip Cookie Pieces
  11. Trail Mix
  12. M&M
  13. Potato Chip
  14. Salted Pretzel
  15. Coffee Bean
  16. Sugar Dusted
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A Sweet Way to Clean

Clutter no more! We’re doing a little spring cleaning  by clearing out the kitchen cabinets of ingredients too few to make a treat on their own. No fooling around here! Kitchen Sink Brownies are doing double duty. Clean kitchen! Happy tummy!

Kitchen Sink Brownies

Ingredients and directions

  • Bake one box of dark chocolate brownies prepared and bake according to directions on the back of the box
  • Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Lightly press toppings on to the top of the baked brownies. Ours include pretzels, potato chips, dark chocolate chips, Heath, Rolos , Smore Girl Scout cookie, Butterfinger cups, Hersheys kisses

So Long Sweet Summer

Even though our kiddos started school this week, it is only August and we are trying to hold onto any last bits of summer. Nothin says summer like ice cream sundaes. Around here we like to make things extra cutesy so we grabbed a few jars, some yummy toppings, a few flavors of ice cream and created our own ice cream sundae bar. From there we layered up the most deliciousy,
adorable ice cream sundaes in town. Summer never tasted so sweet!

Sweet Surfing

Consider yourself extremely lucky if you get to live near the ocean! Don’t get us wrong. There are many great things about living smack dab in the middle of the country. However, since it’s already 90+ degrees outside it would be so awesome to submerge ourselves in the salty sea. It’s times like these that we have to get a little creative and channel our inner Houdini. This Saturday we’re doing a little wizardry by baking Caramel Magic Bars and enjoying them while we hang ten with our peeps. How? You ask. Driveway and deck surfing! No need for waves or surfboards. Treating in our lawn chairs while shooting the breeze with our pals is the only requirement. It’s trickery at its sweetest!

Caramel Magic Bars

Ingredients 

1½ cup graham cracker crumbs

6 Tbsp butter, melted

1-14oz can sweetened condensed milk

50+ pretzels 

1 cup caramels bits  

1 cup dark chocolate chips

1 cup sweetened coconut flakes

1/2 cup Heath Bits 

Directions:

Mix graham cracker crumbs with melted butter & press in a sprayed 13x9in pan.

Pour about half the can of condensed milk over crust.

Layer your pretzels as close together as you like over the condensed milk/crust.

Sprinkle caramels bits, chocolate chips, & coconut flakes.

Pour remaining half of condensed milk on top.

Break up some extra pretzels & sprinkle a few extra chocolate chips, caramel bits, and Heath bits, and pretzels above the condensed milk.

Bake at 350*F for 20-30 min until lightly brown. Let cool completely before cutting.

*recipe adapted from Dessert Now Dinner Later

Another Sweet Year! 

Now that it’s March St. Patrick’s Day and Easter are going to have to wait their turns this month because first in the sweet treat line up are several loved ones’ birthdays. Hmmm? How can we spoil these special people? That’s easy! Cake Batter Birthday Crunch! Full of lots goodies smothered in cake batter. Now the hard part – resisting the urge to devour this gift ourselves! 

  Cake Batter Birthday Crunch

Ingredients

5 cups popped popcorn

3 cups pretzels

2 cups Bugles

8 ounces white almond bark 

½ cup yellow cake mix

1/4 cup sprinkles

1 cup mini M&Ms

1 cup crushed Birthday Cake Oreos

Directions

Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and spread out all ingredients except sprinkles, cake mix and white almond bark.

Break almond bark in a few pieces. Place almond bark in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir. Continue microwaving for 20 second intervals, stirring in between until completely melted.

Stir cake batter into melted white almond bark and add sprinkles.

Pour melted white almond bark on top of all ingredients on the cookie sheet.   Use a spatula to evenly coat all ingredients. 

Break into pieces once cooled. 
Sing Happy Birthday! 

End Sweetly

Hooray! The 2015 holiday season is over- said NO ONE ever! What are we to do with the Christmas candies, snacks, and goodies we have spilling out of our cabinets? We certainly don’t need them lurking around to tempt us much longer! Getting rid of it all in Kitchen Cabinet Cookie Butter Crunch seems the obvious choice to cure our cheating and treating addiction that seems to happen every year at this time. A much needed sugar break is a must for 2016. (At least until next Saturday!) Happy New Year!

Kitchen Cabinet Cookie Butter Crunch 

  
Ingredients

  • Leftover Christmas Candies and snacks
  • 24 oz white almond bark
  • 3 TBS Trader Joes Speculoos Cookie Butter

Instructions

Spread leftover candies and snacks on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Melt white almond bark in a pan on low heat. Once melted stir in 3 TBS Trader Joes Speculoos Cookie Butter. Pour on top of cookie sheet mix and stir. Allow to harden. Break into pieces and enjoy.

Sister Sweetly’s Sweet And Salty Treat

Still in need of last minute holiday gifts? We’ve got an idea so tasty it has many names. Some call it Christmas Crack. Others call it White Trash. Winter Wonderland Mix is even on the list. No matter what you call it, you’re gonna want it! Be warned – this is one of those recipes that once you start eating it’s hard to stop! Go ahead and make a double batch. Guaranteed you’ll need it! 

Santa’s Sweet and Salty Treat (Sister Sweetly’s name – feel free to use)

  
6 cups popped popcorn

1 large bag of red and green M&M’s

3 cups pretzels

1 cup Whoppers candy

1 box of Teddy Grahams 

24 oz. vanilla almond bark

In a microwave safe bowl, melt almond bark in the microwave for 2-4 minutes at 30 second intervals, until melted. Set aside. In a large bowl mix the popcorn, pretzels, M&M’s, Whoppers, and Teddy Grahams. Pour the melted chocolate over the mixture and mix with a spatula until well coated. Pour out onto wax paper. We line the kitchen table with wax paper and pour it out there. Allow to dry and then break apart. Fill treat bags with mix and tie with a holiday tag.