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Monday, September 1, 2014

Black Olive Owls

I created these Black Olive Owls featuring California Ripe Olives for Clever Girls Collective.


For years I've seen those cute penguins made out of black olives at parties and on-line, and felt it was finally time for me to try my hand at making an adorable olive animal. As I sat staring down into a can filled with California Ripe Olives, trying not to eat all of them before I made anything, it dawned on me that olives have a similar shape to owls and better yet many owls are covered in black feathers. I'm always happy when inspiration strikes without much effort. 


I love using black olives to make my food art. They really are an ideal kid friendly ingredient and there are always a few cans of them in my pantry. They are one of the few black foods, so I reach for them often. 

You can see how I used black olives to add texture and a pop of color into each of these savory dishes. I used them to make eyes and a nose on my Teddy Bear Taco Tart, really big eyes on my Cheese Slice Owl, eyes and hair on my Count Pizzala, tiny little eyes on my Mini Cheese Ball Chicks, and eyes, hair and even bolts on my Frankenstein's Monster Taco Dip.

I figured turning them into owls would be easy. 
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Friday, August 29, 2014

Apple Tree Cake

Bring a apple filled pound cake to life by planting a three dimensional 
Apple Cinnamon Pound Cake topped with a Chocolate Apple Tree | HungryHappenings.com

This cake was really a joy to create and even more fun to eat. The cake itself is simple. It's a pound cake filled with fresh tart apples and it's topped with a cinnamon frosting. I was amazed at how such a simple addition to a pound cake could enhance the flavor so intensely. I have to confess to eating half of this cake all by myself. I couldn't stop myself. 

What really makes this cake amazing, is really not the apples hiding inside, but rather the apples hanging from the chocolate tree. 

Apple Tree Cake | HungryHappenings.com

If you are curious as to how I created this 3-D Apple Tree or want to see the recipe for this wonderful apple cinnamon pound cake, stop over at Tablespoon.com for the complete tutorial. 
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Festive Party Food Featuring Ready to Go Proteins from Hormel

I hosted an end of the summer party and served lots of festive party food made from high quality ingredients like Hormel's Everyday Scratch Rotisserie Style Chicken and Flame Seared Carnitas as part of a Hormel #shop hosted by #CollectiveBias. All opinions are my own. #newfromhormel


Festive Party Food Featuring Hormel | HungryHappenings.com

It's hard to believe summer is winding down. This year, being we were out of the country for a good portion of the season, it felt like we hadn't seen much of our family or friends. So, when I got the opportunity from #CollectiveBias to create a party using Hormel's new Everyday Scratch products and their Hot Sandwich Meats, I jumped at the chance to invite some guest over for a really fun meal. 

Hormel's Steak and Pepper Tortilla Cones | HungryHappenings.com

Last week, after I made the Steak and Pepper Tortilla Cones using Hormel's Philly Style Steak, I knew they would make great party food and decided they had to be on the menu.
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Pretty in Pink Pancakes for Tablespoon.com

Have you ever tried your hand at making pancake art? Until recently I had not, but that all changed when I was asked to create some pretty in pink pancakes for Tablespoon.com
Pretty in Pink Pancakes | HungryHappenings.com

I really had fun creating my pancake art and found it much easier than expected. That was because I did a lot of research and found several pancake artists who use what I'd call the cold method, which is piping the colored pancake batter onto a cold skillet, then heating it up to cook the pancakes. I figured that would be much easier than trying to draw quickly as the pancakes cooked on a hot skillet. If I made a mistake, I was able to wipe it up and start over.

Pancake Art | HungryHappenings.com

If you'd like to see my step-by-step tutorial so you can make your own Pretty in Pink Pancakes, head on over to Tablespoon.com.
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Friday, August 22, 2014

Steak and Pepper Tortilla Cones with straight from the grill flavor

This recipe for Steak and Pepper Tortilla Cones is part of a
Hormel #newfromhormel #shop hosted by #CollectiveBias. All opinions are my own.

Steak and Pepper Tortilla Cones by HungryHappenings.com #shop

My husband commented the other day about the lack of variety in our meals lately. I spend so much time in the kitchen making edible crafts, most of which are sweet, that by the time dinner rolls around, I just make the same old thing. To be honest after dirtying my kitchen all day, the last thing I want to do is make yet another mess. I love made from scratch cooking, but sometimes, well, alright, many times, I just want something quick and easy.

I figured if my husband, who lived on chicken patties and turkey sandwiches before he married me, asked for some variety, I better try something new. Luckily for me, this week, Hormel via Social Bias #newfromhormel #CollectiveBias, asked me to check out their new Everyday Scratch and their new Hot Sandwich Meats which are now available in over 200 Ohio area Kroger stores. 
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

My New Mad About Mashed Recipe Collection for Bob Evans

Today is National Potato Day. Let's celebrate by making some of my new mashed potato recipes which are now featured in Bob Evans Mad About Mashed Recipe Collection.

You may have noticed that my blog posts have been a little less regular this summer. I've mentioned how busy I have been and now I can tell you why. Not only did I travel to Europe for most of July, but I spent all of June in my kitchen creating new recipes for Bob Evans.

Today, in honor of National Potato Day, Bob Evans is unveiling a few of my recipe creations in their Mad About Mashed Collection. I am a huge fan of their mashed potatoes, we eat them all the time, so it was really a great joy for me creating new and exciting twists on everyday meals, appetizers and desserts using the Bob Evans potatoes.
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Coconut Candy Ice Cream Cones filled with Chocolate Ganache

Coconut Candy Ice Cream Cones filled with Chocolate Ganache by HungryHappenings.com

A reader inspired me to make these Coconut Candy Ice Cream Cones filled with Chocolate Ganache

At the end of every post, I encourage you to send me pictures whenever you create something inspired by me so I can share your pictures in my Reader's Gallery. It's only natural that some of your creations would inspire me too. 

Coconut Candy Cones

Last Valentine's Day I shared a recipe for Pink Ombre Creamy Coconut Hearts and my reader, Barb, made a batch for her friend's birthday. She had some left over candy and decided to just scoop it into balls, and freeze it for later. When she took the candy out of the freezer, her son commented that they looked like scoops of strawberry ice cream. 
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Monday, August 11, 2014

Rice Krispie Treat School Buses

Rice Krispie Treat School Buses | HungryHappenings.com

Are your kids ready to hop on their bus and head back to school?

I was one of those kids, that although I loved summer break, I was always excited to go back to school and I always rode the bus.  

To get ready for the new school year, I created these Rice Krispie Treat School Buses

Rice Krispie Treat School Buses | HungryHappenings.com

I'm pretty sure that even those kids who aren't thrilled about having to go back to school, might be excited to find one of these candy coated treats in their lunch box.
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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Our culinary adventures in Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands


When we planned our trip to visit our exchange student, Ilim, this summer, we didn't really envision it being a culinary adventure, but every day we tried something new and exciting and my taste buds have never been happier.

Even though we spent two weeks of our vacation in Germany, the only bite of actual German food to cross my lips was a piece of soft pretzel that my husband shared with me.

Ilim's family is Turkish and her mom, as well as her aunts and cousin, who prepared meals for us, cooked traditional Turkish cuisine. 

It was amazing. 
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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Cookie Monster Rice Krispies Treats

Super Simple Cookie Monster Rice Krispies Treats


After a whirlwind trip to Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium, I am back in the states. 

Did you miss me?

I missed you and my plan was to come back and get right into the kitchen, inspired by all the amazing food and chocolate I ate, but jet lag kicked my butt so the first few days at home were spent hanging with my dog on the couch. 

Laying around is never a good idea for me and I should have known better. The day I finally got something done in the kitchen, I was stiff and bent over to pick up something I dropped and I pulled my back out. So now that my energy and enthusiasm have returned, I'm out of commission and pretty blurry eyed from the meds I'm taking. 



I know you are anxiously waiting for more cute and clever edible crafts from me, so not to leave you hanging, I wanted to share these adorable Cookie Monster Rice Krispie Treats that I created for Kids Activities Blog. Be sure to stop by and check them out, (click, here for tutorial.)

I hope to be back here with something new and exciting to share soon. I hope you enjoyed all the amazing guest bloggers who shared their fun and festive edible craft ideas with you while I was away. It was such a blessing to have them pitch in so I could relax and enjoy my trip. I'm editing photos and will share a bit about my experience with you soon.

Beth


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