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Thursday, February 26, 2015

30 St. Patrick's Day Edible Crafts and Recipes

It's time to pull out something green to wear and celebrate the day we all get to be a little Irish! Hungry Happenings and friends have 30 St. Patrick's Day Edible Craft Recipes that will keep all your Irish eyes smiling, and that's no blarney!




I have some fun and creative recipes at Hungry Happenings that will make your family and friends want to kiss the Irish cook!


You won't have to find the end of the rainbow to enjoy the treasure found inside these sweet leprechaun hats.
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Chocolate Pretzel Penguins

If you are feeling a little chilly, 
let these adorable Chocolate Pretzel Penguins warm you up. 

Chocolate Pretzel Penguins will warm your heart on a cold winter day. | HungryHappenings.com

Walking around outside late last night, I felt as though I might just see some Antarctic penguins hanging out nearby. It was that cold. 

It has to be wicked cold for me to actually feel cold. I will walk from the front door at the YMCA to my car on a 20 degree day, have wet hair and be wearing a t-shirt, and be fine. I've been known to drive with the windows down on a 20 degree day too. But, when it dips down to -7 degrees, even I feel cold. 
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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Shamrock Topped Brownies and Ice Cream

So many ways to serve a brownie... Hi - It's Kim, The Partiologist!  This past weekend my husband and I went out for dinner, I sat and watched as the couple next to our table shared this delicious looking brownie topped with ice cream.  I don't know how it works for them, but when we share dessert, it means he gets a couple of bites and I get the rest.  That's just the way it is.  Only this time, it isn't.  Because this time, there are plenty of brownies and shamrocks and ice cream to let him have his own.
Shamrock Topped Brownies and Ice Cream

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I'm telling you, these are so simple and cute, you'll be kissed even if you're NOT Irish!
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Friday, February 20, 2015

Hollywood Walk of Fame Gold Star Dulce de Leche Push Pops

Dress up a super simple 2 ingredient ice cream and show it off at your Academy Awards party. 
These festive Hollywood Walk of Fame Gold Star Dulce de Leche Push Pops may be easy to create, but they sure are showstoppers. 

Hollywood Walk of Fame Gold Star Dulce de Leche Push Pops from HungryHappenings.com

Remember when push pops were all the rage and you went out to buy some of the little plastic containers knowing you'd use them all the time?

Have you?

Mine were collecting dust. 

I felt it was time to take them out of hiding and put them to good use. 
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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Gold and Platinum Brownie Records

Do you dream of being a rock star, or having a gold or platinum record? Well, even if you can't sing, you can make your own gold and platinum records out of brownies and fondant. 


Like most teenagers, I found myself day dreaming of being a famous singer and dancing around my bedroom holding a brush while singing at the top of my lungs. 

I actually did sing in front of a few audiences in my time, but certainly wasn't good enough to make a record. 


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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Film Reel Ice Cream Sandwiches

Whether you are hosting an Academy Awards party of just having friends over for a movie night, these Film Reel Ice Cream Sandwiches are cool enough to get a standing ovation. 


I've personally never hosted an Oscar party, even though I think it would be fun, but I do love hosting movie nights now that we have a cozy movie theater in our basement .

We'll be having some friends over soon for a movie night and I wanted to create a really festive treat that both kids and adults would love and thought it would be great to share it before the Academy Award air this weekend, in case any of you are hosting an Oscar party.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Academy Award Cookies - Oscars, Clapboards, Movie Reels, and Stars

Either you love it or hate it...the Academy Awards.  Hi!  It's Kim, The Partiologist, hoping you love the Academy Awards or at least watch to see what they're wearing.  Or perhaps you're having a party?  In any case, I wanted to make cookies worthy of an Oscar. 
Academy Award Cookies

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And I've wanted to walk the red carpet, today, my cookies are.
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Friday, February 13, 2015

Chocolate Peanut Butter Potato Candy Teddy Bear Pops

Yes, that title does read, Chocolate Peanut Butter Potato Candy Teddy Bear Pops
Have you ever had an old fashioned peanut butter potato candy pinwheel before?


The traditional potato candy recipe combines mashed potatoes, vanilla, and powdered sugar to make a fudge like dough. It's rolled out into a thin rectangle and topped with peanut butter, then rolled up, sliced and served. 

This old fashioned candy was most likely created because people had an abundance of potatoes and a lack of the more expensive butter. I looked around for the history of the candy, but couldn't track it down. 


I do know that the first time I tasted it I was shocked. The candy is sweet with absolutely no taste of mashed potatoes. When made the traditional way it tastes like vanilla fudge topped with peanut butter. 


Last year when I began developing recipes for Bob Evans, using their grocery store products including their mashed potatoes, I added a new twist to the recipe. I simply blended all the ingredients together, rolled it into balls, dipped it in candy coating and sprinkled on some peanuts. To make them festive, I turned them into lollipops. 

With the ingredients all blended together, the potato candy tasted exactly like peanut butter fudge. 

I've shared this candy with a lot of people and not a single person has guessed potatoes were listed in the ingredients. 

If you'd like to check out this recipe for Peanut Butter Potato Candy Pops, head over to BobEvans.com. 


For Valentine's Day, the folks at Bob Evans asked me to dress up the lollipops, so I dipped them in white candy coating and added lots of sprinkles. 

You can see the recipe for these Valentine's Day Potato Candy Pops, at BobEvans.com. 

While working on the Valentine's Day pops, I thought it would be interesting to see if I could change the flavor profile, so I replaced some of the peanut butter with chocolate hazelnut spread. I really liked the new chocolate version of the candy and thought I'd have some fun by making pops and turning them into teddy bears. 

They turned out so cute and can be made with either the more traditional peanut butter version or this updated chocolate version.

I'm so curious, have you ever made or eaten a Peanut Butter Potato Candy Pinwheel? If so, what did you think? Is it a traditional candy that is made by someone in your family? I'd love to hear your story. 


Chocolate Peanut Butter Potato Candy Teddy Bear Pops 

Ingredients: (makes 16)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Potato Candy -
1/2 cup Bob Evans Original Mashed Potatoes
2 ¼ – 2 ½ cups confectioners sugar (powdered sugar)
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup chocolate hazelnut spread
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt

Decorations-
16 ounces light cocoa candy coating
32 brown candy coated peanut butter pieces
32 pink or white heart sprinkles
4 caramel candies
16 chocolate chips

32 small candy eyes

Supplies:
16 paper straws or lollipop sticks
cake pop stand or a rectangle piece of styrofoam

Instructions:


Press 1/2 cup of mashed potatoes through a fine mesh sieve, to remove the larger pieces of mashed potatoes. Measure out 1/3 cup mashed potatoes to use in the recipe.


Stir together the mashed potatoes, 2 1/4 cups confectioners sugar, peanut butter, chocolate hazelnut spread, a pinch of salt, and vanilla extract. If needed, add more confectioners sugar, about a tablespoon at a time, until you can easily roll the candy into balls.  

Scoop out 16 heaping tablespoonfuls of the candy and roll into balls.

Melt the candy coating in the microwave. Heat on high power for 45 seconds. Let sit in microwave for a minute or two, then stir. Heat for 25 more seconds, let sit for a minute, then stir. If the wafers are not all melted, heat for 10 second increments, stirring after each until melted.

Dip one end of each paper straw or lollipop stick into the melted candy coating before inserting it into a candy ball.  Allow the candy coating to dry for about 10 minutes. 


Dip one peanut butter lollipop at a time into the candy coating. Remove the candy ball from the candy coating, and hold the lollipop upside down over the bowl for 30-60 seconds.


Press a fork into the candy coating then pull the fork away, creating spikes of fur. 


Continue to do this all over the pop, adding more candy coating as needed, until you have a nice furry looking ball.


By the time you get all the spikes done, the candy coating will be pretty dry.


Set the pop in a cake pop stand or in a piece of styrofoam. Repeat coating all 16 mashed potato candy pops. Allow the candy coating to harden.


Create the decorations to add to your teddy bear pops.

Snout: Place all of the caramels in the microwave and heat on defrost power for about 10-15 seconds, to soften them. Cut each caramel into 4 even pieces. Knead each piece, then roll into balls, flatten and shape into an oval shape.

Nose: Cut the tips off the chocolate chips and insert one chip near the top edge of each piece of caramel.

Mouth: Use a toothpick to poke a hole in the caramel opposite the chocolate chip nose. Press the toothpick to create an indentation from the nose to the mouth.

Ears: Use a small dab of candy coating to attach one white or pink heart sprinkle to each brown peanut butter candy.


Use the remaining candy coating, re-heating if needed, to attach one caramel snout & nose, two candy ears and two candy eyes to each teddy bear pop.

These pops will keep at room temperature for about a week. 


Before you go, I want to share one more interesting dessert with you.

While developing recipes using Bob Evans Mashed Potatoes, I also made this incredible chocolate cake. Not only does it have potatoes in the cake, but also in the frosting. 

I know, crazy right?

But, seriously this cake is fantastic. I shared it with a group of my friends, all of whom wanted the recipe.

I actually offered $20 to anyone who could guess the secret ingredient. No one won. 

The potatoes add a lovely moisture to the cake and they don't compete with the chocolate flavor, so it's intensely chocolate.. 

Using potatoes in the frosting was more than a bit unusual, but it made a nicely sweet frosting that was pure white and best of all wasn't the slightest bit greasy. Everyone loved it. 

You need to check out the recipe for this Chocolate Potato Valentine's Day Cake at BobEvans.com.

I am a recipe developer for Bob Evans, but was not compensated to write this post. I just wanted to share all unique recipes I've created using their Mashed Potatoes. 

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Valentine's Day Dinner - Chicken Enchilada Hearts

When I asked my husband what he'd like for his Valentine's Day dinner, he said, "enchiladas," so I made him these special Chicken Enchilada Hearts, and he loved them. 
This post brought to you by Wilton.

Spice up your Valentine's Day by serving Chicken Enchilada Hearts. Recipe from HungryHappenings.com

My husband is an extremely picky eater and is hard to please, so when I find a dish that he likes, I make it often. 

Enchiladas are at the top of his winter time favorites. Yes, he even has seasonal dinner wishes. He wants heavy and hearty meals in the winter, and light and healthy meals in the summer. 

Usually when I make enchiladas, I make my own sauce and cook fresh chicken thighs. I like that I can control the spice. As you may know, I'm a total spice wimp.
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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Puppy Love Cupcakes with "I Woof You" Printable Wrappers

You still have enough time before Valentine's Day to turn store bought or homemade cupcakes
into these sweet Puppy Love Cupcakes with "I Woof You" wrappers

Say "I Woof You" with these adorable Puppy Dog Cupcakes this Valentine's Day. Check out HungryHappenings.com for the instructions.

I know Valentine's Day is just a few days away, but seriously these adorable cupcakes are quick and easy to put together, especially if you just dress up store bought cupcakes. You'll have a pack of dogs made in no time.
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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Valentine's Day Dairy-Free Chocolate Covered Strawberry Mousse Hearts

Want a light and refreshing dairy-free dessert to serve for Valentine's Day that is also easy to make? Give these Dairy-Free Chocolate Covered Strawberry Mousse Hearts a try.
Each 4 ingredient heart was created using Silk Cashewmilk and Silk Dairy-Free Strawberry Yogurt Alternative as part of a sponsored post for Tap Influence. #SilkBloom


Valentine's Day is just a few days away, and I thought you might like an edible craft recipe idea that is simple to make and lower in calories than my usual fare. As an added bonus, it's also dairy free.
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Monday, February 9, 2015

Meringue Heart Cookie Pops

Chocolate might reign supreme as the sweet choice for Valentine's Day but if something lighter tickles your fancy, then these Meringue Heart Cookie Pops just might make your heart go all aflutter.

Meringue Heart Pops for HH

Hi everyone! I’m Marilyn Johnson the “baker, entertainer and cocktail shaker” at Pink Martinis and Pearls! I’m thrilled to be a contributor for Hungry Happenings and hope you come over to visit and say “hello” on my blog too!

Today I’m sharing with you one my favorite and unique treats for Valentine’s Day – Meringue Heart Cookies that are then assembled to make Heart Pops! They’re festive and great for giving to all your sweethearts!
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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Tree of Love Valentine's Day Cookies

I'm sure you know by now, on Sunday, you get to hear from me, Kim, The Partiologist.  I really enjoy my visit to Hungry Happenings each week and try to come up with something new and exciting.  I don't know if you would call a tree exciting,
but a Tree of Love...now that's exciting!
Tree of Love Cookies!


Hand stamped Tree of Love Valentine's Day Cookies from the Partiologist for HungryHappenings.com

Thinking about a stamp I had seen at Michaels, I couldn't go another day without it.

Because I wanted to make these cookies.
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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Raspberry Lemon "I ❤ You" Valentine's Day Reveal Cake and a BIG Giveaway!

If you really want to WOW someone special this Valentine's Day,
and you have time to spend making something really spectacular, make this 
Raspberry Lemon "I ❤ You" Valentine's Day Reveal Cake.
Stick around, there's a great giveaway sponsored by Wilton too!

Cut into this beautiful Red and White Heart Cake and you'll find a Raspberry Lemon "I ❤ You" Valentine's Day Reveal Cake. See the tutorial at HungryHappenings.com

This cake has been a total labor of love. It's been two days in the making yet worth every minute, because the reaction I got when I cut into the cake was priceless.

My friends came over for dessert last night and they were happy to see the red fondant heart covered cake on the table, but assumed it was just a normal cake inside.
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Friday, February 6, 2015

Valentine's Day Sweets - Warm Fuzzy PiƱata Cake and a Pink Marshmallow Meringue Pie

Valentine's Day is the perfect holiday to make sweets for your loved ones. Whether you want to really go all out and create a Warm Fuzzy Pinata Cake, or take it easy and make a Sweetheart Marshmallow Meringue Pie, your sweeties are gonna love these desserts. 


Can you guess what is hiding inside this adorable warm fuzzy cake?

Don't peek. 

Have you got your answer?
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