Chelsea Crockett

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Unique Christmas Goodies

Nothings better than walking into the kitchen and smelling fresh pies, cookies, and everything sweet!  It’s the ultimate sign that Christmas is right around the corner.  While cookies are good…

Nothings better than walking into the kitchen and smelling fresh pies, cookies, and everything sweet!  It’s the ultimate sign that Christmas is right around the corner.  While cookies are good and all, there are a variety of fun Christmas goodies you can whip up with your friends and family to give away as a unique gift or enjoy yourself.  Check out a few of my favorite Christmas goodies!Chelsea Crockett- caramel hot chocolate fudge

Fudge and bark are two of my favorite chocolaty treats!  Fudge is typically a lot sweeter, while bark is more like a chocolate bar with candies added.  One of my favorite holiday barks is peppermint bark with white chocolate and candy canes.  A wonderful Christmas fudge is caramel hot chocolate fudge.  It’s just like the drink!

If you love salty and sweet combined, try pretzel M&M hugs (cute, right?).  All you need is a bag of square pretzels, Hersey kisses, and the Christmas red and green M&M’s.  Place a kiss on top of each pretzel, set them in the oven at 200 degrees for 4 minutes, and then top each kiss with an M&M.  Slide the cookie sheet in the fridge to cool and you’re ready to dig in!  It’s as simple as that!

Try looking up the recipes to my favorite goodies and making them yourself!  You’ll be the family favorite!

Merry Christmas!

Chelsea

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Christmas Pretzel Bites

I have a few Christmas parties coming up and I have been wracking my brain trying to think of fun activities to do at the parties and fun foods to…

I have a few Christmas parties coming up and I have been wracking my brain trying to think of fun activities to do at the parties and fun foods to serve!holiday-pretzel-treats-christmas-recipe-photo-420-FF0105ALMFA02

Ingredients:

  • Circle or square shaped pretzels
  • Hershey’s Kisses, whatever kind you want! I prefer the caramel filled ones.
  • Red and green M&Ms

Preheat your oven to 250 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and align your pretzels on the sheet. Unwrap your Hersey’s Kisses and place one on each pretzel. Stick the cookie sheet in the oven until the Kiss begins to melt down (about 4 minutes or so).

Have your M&Ms ready for when the pretzels get out of the oven. Remove the pretzels from the oven and gently press an M&M down on each one. The Kisses should flatten out when you press the M&M on it.  Let the pretzel bites cool completely and let them sit in the fridge for about 10 minutes. These are great little snacks for any holiday gathering! Easy to pop in your mouth and super festive.

Enjoy!

XOXO, Chels

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Pumpkin Spice… And Everything Nice!

Like I’ve said a million times before, fall is a wonderful time of year.  The changing colors of the leaves and the crisp temperatures make me yearn for the holidays…

Like I’ve said a million times before, fall is a wonderful time of year.  The changing colors of the leaves and the crisp temperatures make me yearn for the holidays and the recipes that go with them. Pumpkin spice is one of my fall favorites.  Any foods or drinks come in mind :)? Pumpkins are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.  They are one of nature’s richest sources of vitamin A which promotes healthy vision and immunities for good health. Here are a few pumpkin spice recipes!

Chelsea Crockett - Pumpkin ParfaitHave you ever tried a pumpkin yogurt granola parfait? YUM! You only need a few ingredients such as plain low-fat yogurt, honey, a granola bar, pumpkin pie spice, and canned pumpkin. There are plenty of different recipes online on how to prepare it, just Google search it and watch how many pop up! Pick your favorite and enjoy your delicious treat. It’s not only a good, mouthwatering snack but a simple, quick recipe.

I know we all obsess over the famous Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks. They’re to die for! Well… now you can make your own at home! The recipes are actually almost as good as the ones you buy. Once again, just search for one of Google or Pinterest and go to town :).

With learning how good pumpkins are for our health, the possibilities are endless!  What are your favorites?

XOXO, Chels

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Looking for S’more Fun?

It’s my favorite time of the year!  Falling leaves, cooler temperatures, and starlit nights by the campfire are something we all look forward to.  There’s nothing better on a chilly…

It’s my favorite time of the year!  Falling leaves, cooler temperatures, and starlit nights by the campfire are something we all look forward to.  There’s nothing better on a chilly night than making s’mores by the fire.  While melting marshmallows on a stick and putting them on a piece of chocolate between two graham crackers is divine…..there are other ways to enjoy s’mores too!

Chelsea Crockett - Smores BarIf a campfire isn’t available, another way to satisfy that s’more taste is with s’more bars like the ones on the left! They are gooey and rich and can be made ahead of an event.  You can google s’more bar recipes and find all different kinds.  If you keep them in an airtight container, they stay moist and last for days.

A healthier twist on s’mores is s’more candied apples.  Some people like that graham cracker taste but want to add some nutrition to their bite. In that case, s’more candy apples are the answer.  You can look up the exact recipe but basically it’s a Granny Smith apple on a stick dipped in marshmallow, chocolate, and graham cracker crumbles!  YUM!

Well, I hope that solves your sweet tooth for s’mores!  Let me know your favorite!

XO, Chelsea

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Sweet and Salty Treats.

  Hi everyone!  If you’re like me, then you LOVE food! I love all sorts of food from cookies and hot chocolate to chips, dip, and popcorn.  During the holiday…

 

Hi everyone!  If you’re like me, then you LOVE food! I love all sorts of food from cookies and hot chocolate to chips, dip, and popcorn.  During the holiday season, fun treats and savory snacks are everywhere.  It’s the perfect opportunity to whip up your favorite dish or dessert.  Pinterest is an awesome place to find any recipe you can imagine.  I always find the perfect recipe to satisfy my craving.  Today, I’ll show you a few of my favorite sweet and salty holiday treats.  The recipes will be provided at the bottom of the page!
I’m sure many of you have heard of or have had puppy chow.  It is Chex cereal covered in chocolate, peanut butter, and powdered sugar.  It’s amazing!  Well, I’ve found a recipe that takes puppy chow to the next level.  It is red velvet puppy chow!  If you love red velvet cake then you will love this!  All you need is white chocolate chips, cream cheese, a box of red velvet cake mix, milk, and powdered sugar.  It’s a very simple recipe that can be set out as a quick sweet snack.  For full instructions check out the link below!

If you’re like me, then you love to eat the batter of chocolate chip cookies.  Whenever my mom is making cookies, I like to grab a bite of the dough.  Now, we all know this is bad for you, so here’s the perfect alternative, cookie dough bites!  It is an eggless cookie dough that you can enjoy without the worry.  All you need is 1 cup of melted salted butter, 1 ½ cups of brown sugar, 2 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 6 ounces of mini chocolate chips.  Mix all of this together in a bowl and create little balls of cookie dough.  Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, drizzle with chocolate, and enjoy!

Now, I’ve got a quick and easy salty treat that can be enjoyed as a snack or the perfect side to a sandwich.  It is pepperoni chips!  They are a great alternative to chips and are for pepperoni and pizza lovers alike.  All you need is a bag of pepperoni.  Lay the pepperoni on a microwavable plate and microwave for about 60 seconds.  Now, the pepperoni should be nice and crispy.  Enjoy alone or with your favorite salad dressing.  I love to dip mine in ranch.  Finally, you’ve got the perfect chip with that pizza flavor that everyone loves!
I hope everyone enjoys my sweet and salty treats!  Don’t forget to check out my videos and click on the links below for the full recipes.  Love you all!

Red velvet puppy chow: http://unbearablygood.blogspot.com/2012/07/red-velvet-cake-puppy-chow.html

Cookie dough bites: http://family.go.com/food/recipe-639377-cookie-dough-bites-t/

Pepperoni chips: http://www.food.com/recipe/pepperoni-chips-134281

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Fruity Breakfast Parfaits!

Some days, I like to get into a health kick… and with breakfast being the most important meal of the day, what better way to start it off with a…

Some days, I like to get into a health kick… and with breakfast being the most important meal of the day, what better way to start it off with a good, nutritious breakfast? I recently found a simple little meal that provides both vitamins and a delicious tasteJ! It also doesn’t take up a lot of time in the mornings and is perfect if you are on the go!

If you’re a fruit lover, then you will LOVE these breakfast parfaits. You can make them almost any way you want! First, you need to pick out ingredients that you or your family likes best. For example, I love bananas so that would definitely be one of my first choices! The list you need is short and simple: yogurt, granola, and whatever fruit you prefer. I suggest buying around three different types of fruit and yogurt to mix it up a little!Chelsea Crockett - Breakfast Parfait

Grab a couple of small glasses and fill it half way with whatever kind of yogurt you prefer. Then top it with some granola and the fruit to go with it! Take the one on the right for example. This person put vanilla yogurt, granola, some berries on top! It’s making my mouth water just thinking about it!

So next time you wake up craving something delicious and nutritious, try whipping up your own fruity breakfast parfait, whatever way you like it!

Love, Chels

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Fourth of July Treats!

July 4th is almost here and I’m sure many of you will be celebrating poolside or at the beach!  When my family gets together with friends, we like to get…

July 4th is almost here and I’m sure many of you will be celebrating poolside or at the beach!  When my family gets together with friends, we like to get creative with our red, white, and blue desserts!  They are fun to make and sometimes even healthier than the usual party cakes and desserts.  Here are a few ideas to help get your creative juices flowing.

One simple idea is to alternate cut up strawberries, bananas, and blueberries on skewers. Place the skewers on a fancy tray with some marshmallow/cream cheese dip.  It’s that healthy and that simple!

Another idea is to bake a cake (or brownies) in a 9 x 13 pan and ice it with white icing.  Place sliced strawberries in rows across the top.  Leave the top left corner open for some blueberries.  You now have a dessert that looks like an American flag! Chelsea Crockett - Fourth of July Treat

One of my favorite desserts is made in a truffle bowl.  You buy some angel food cake and cut it into cubes.  Place a layer of cake cubes in the bottom of the truffle bowl.  Add a layer of whipped cream, and then a layer or sliced strawberries and blueberries…..repeat layering until your bowl is filled.  Top with whip cream and a few decorative berries….easy and delicious!

For more ideas, look on Pinterest or google some red, white, and blue desserts.  They are so colorful, fun to make, and represent our independence day just right!

Enjoy! – Chelsea

 

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Summer Recipes: Salted Toffee Pretzel Bark

Whenever I’m hungry, I go straight to the kitchen and snack on some of my favorite fruits and vegetables. Okay okay okay, maybe they’re not my first choice. Usually my…

Whenever I’m hungry, I go straight to the kitchen and snack on some of my favorite fruits and vegetables. Okay okay okay, maybe they’re not my first choice. Usually my stomach is craving some sweets and dessert treats! Something I like to do during my lazy summer days is experiment with some recipes. Here is one in particular that tastes absolutely ahhh-mazing, and with summer coming up, what’s a better time to try it out for yourself?Chelsea Crockett - Pretzel Bark

First off, you’ll need to take a trip to the grocery store and pick up a few ingredients: a 1-pound bag of mini pretzel sticks, you’ll only use about half of the bag, 2 sticks of butter (about one cup), 1 cup of packed light brown sugar, 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips, and sea salt (optional).

Second, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cover the bottom of the baking sheet with aluminum foil to avoid the pretzels sticking to it! In a saucepan, over medium heat, mix together to butter and brown sugar. When it starts bubbling, let it sit still for 3 minutes. Then pour the mixture over the pretzels laid out on the baking sheet. Bake it for only 5 minutes then remove and pour the chocolate chips all over the top of the pretzels! Let the dessert cool at room temperature for as long as you like, or as long as you can stand it! Then dig in, YUM!

Enjoy!- Chelsea

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Calling All Peanut Butter and Chocolate Lovers!

            Hey everyone!                 Christmas is right around the corner and we all love a good Christmas cookie!  Here are two peanut butter and chocolate cookie recipes that are quick…

            Hey everyone!    

            Christmas is right around the corner and we all love a good Christmas cookie!  Here are two peanut butter and chocolate cookie recipes that are quick and delicious!  The first recipe is for Peanut Butter Blossoms:Chelsea Crockett - Peanut Butter Blossoms

Ingredients
½ cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 eggs
3 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
Additional granulated sugar (about 2 tablespoons)
About 7 dozen Hershey’s® Kisses® Brand milk chocolates
Directions
1. Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, beat 1/2 cup granulated sugar, the brown sugar, peanut butter, butter and eggs with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon. Stir in flour, baking soda and baking powder.
2. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in additional granulated sugar. Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are light brown. Immediately press 1 chocolate candy in center of each cookie. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.

            The next recipe is for Chocolate Chip cookies with a half of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.  This recipe is super easy and everyone will think you went to a lot of work!  Here is the recipe:

Ingredients
1 package of Toll House cookie squares
1 bag of small Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (cut in half)
1 package of paper cupcake holders
Directions
Line a cupcake pan with liners. Place one square of cookies dough in the liner and bake about 8 minutes. Then add half a peanut butter cup to the middle of each cookie and bake for approximately 3 more minutes.  Remove from pan and place on wire rack to cool.

                                                Bon Appetite! – Chelsea

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Puppy Chow

     Some of you may have tried Chex’s “Muddy Buddies” snack, but have you ever tried making something similar at home?  “Puppy Chow” is just as good, if not better,…

     Some of you may have tried Chex’s “Muddy Buddies” snack, but have you ever tried making something similar at home?  “Puppy Chow” is just as good, if not better, and a perfect treat for birthday celebrations or pool parties.

     To start off, you’ll need this list of ingredients:

 Chelsea Crockett - Puppy Chow

  • 1 bag of milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 box of Chex rice cereal
  • ¾ of a bag of powdered sugar

 

 Now that you have got your ingredients, you’re ready to start the process.  Melt your bag of milk chocolate chips in the microwave for two minutes.  Make sure you put them in a microwavable bowl first.  Then in a large bowl, mix together the melted chocolate, 1 cup of peanut butter, and 1 stick of melted butter.  After they’re fully mixed together, pour this over the box of Chex rice cereal and stir until it coats the cereal.  To finish it off, sprinkle ¾‘s of a bag of powdered sugar until that coats it as well.  Once you’ve completed this, it’s time to chow on the “Puppy Chow”!

                                                                                  XO-Chelsea

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Homemade Ice Cream

Along with warm weather and hours of sunshine, summer brings along an endless amount of yummy, seasonal treats!  Although you can eat it year-round, ice cream tastes best when you’re by…

Along with warm weather and hours of sunshine, summer brings along an endless amount of yummy, seasonal treats!  Although you can eat it year-round, ice cream tastes best when you’re by the pool or at a carnival.  Summer is also a time to show your creative side and try new things.  So why not try whipping up your own batch of ice cream?Chelsea Crockett - Ice Cream

          Homemade ice cream is pretty simple to make.  Plus, it provides an activity for you and your friends to do at home!  To make this happen, you’ll need 1 cup of milk, a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 4-6 tablespoons of rock salt, 2 trays of ice cubes, a small amount of butter, and 5 teaspoons of flavored syrup.  If you prefer chocolate ice cream, then add one tablespoon of cocoa powder.  To start off, take a quart-sized plastic bag and pour in the sugar, flavoring, and milk.  Then you’ll need your rock salt and ice, preferably crushed.  Put these into a gallon-sized bag and place your quart-sized bag into this one.  For fifteen to twenty minutes, gently shake and message the bag.  After this, remove the ice cream and enjoy!

                                                                                        -Chelsea

 

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Valentine’s Day Treat Ideas!

Hey insiders,               Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!  It’s always fun to bake something creative for that special someone in your life.  It’s also fun to bake treats for…

Hey insiders,
               Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!  It’s always fun to bake something creative for that special someone in your life.  It’s also fun to bake treats for others that you love like your grandparents, your friends, or even a teacher.  Below I’ve included three different goodies that would make anyone’s mouth water.
               I always love to bake heart shaped cut out cookies.  A relative’s sugar cookie recipe is the always the best way to go.  My family and I like to use different shaped sizes of hearts and decorate them with pink, red, white, and purple icing.  We top them off with sugar sprinkles.
              Another yummy idea is to bake a heart shaped cake!  You can purchase a heart shaped pan or two and bake a cake in them.  Chelsea Crockett - Rice CrispiesHave fun icing for decorating your cake.  This will show your “special someone” that you took the time to make something fun and creative.  And don’t forget delicious!  
               If baking is not your thing, you can always make some rice crispy treats on the stove top.  You can use a cookie cutter to cut heart shapes out of the treats. You can also use popsicle or lollipop sticks to slide into each snack.  Feel free to decorate the rice crispy treats with icing if you really LOVE sugar!  I hope these ideas will help you spread love this Valentine’s Day!

                                                                         Hugs and kisses,
                                                                                     Chelsea

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Halloween Treats

                                                                           Hey everyone!             Halloween’s right around the corner, which means bonfires, hayrides, parties, and other festivities are, too!  If you’re hosting (or helping host) a Halloween-themed party, you’re going…

                                                                           Hey everyone!

            Halloween’s right around the corner, which means bonfires, hayrides, parties, and other festivities are, too!  If you’re hosting (or helping host) a Halloween-themed party, you’re going to need fun and festive treats for your guests to snack on.  Below are a few creative and decorative ideas for yummy foods and snacks!

            Chelsea Crockett - Apple PlatterAll candy and sweets aside, fun appetizers are a perfect way to kick off your party.  One of my favorite ideas is a dipping platter for apples.  Get an oval shaped platter and spread an eight ounce tub of cream cheese in the middle of the platter.  Then lay apple slices all around the outer ring of the cream cheese!  Drizzle some caramel sauce on top and bon appetite!

            The most important part of Chelsea Crockett - Ghost PretzelsHalloween, is the sweets!  Anything dipped in chocolate is perfect for me, so this treat is a cute idea and so yummy!  Take a bunch of pretzels sticks and dip about one third of each them into white chocolate.  Then, take black icing and draw little faces on them for the resemblance of ghosts!  Some stores even sell little icing pens to make it a lot easier for decorating.

             Another dessert idea is to make spider cupcakes.  Ice your cupcakes with chocolate icing and use strips of black licorice for legs.  Small marshmallows with a dot of black icing in the middle will work for eyes.  It’s a silly way to celebrate the season.  Enjoy this time of year with family, friends, and the tasty treats that come with it!

                                                Happy Halloween!

                                                            -Chelsea

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Popsicle Treats for Summer

            Hello girls!  With the hot, sunny weather that comes along with summer, you’ll need something to cool you off.  What’s a better way to do so than a cool,…

            Hello girls!  With the hot, sunny weather that comes along with summer, you’ll need something to cool you off.  What’s a better way to do so than a cool, yummy snack?  One of my favorite summer treats are popsicles.  Although most contain large amounts of sugar, there are a few do-it-yourself recipes that are healthy and just as good!  Here is one of them.

            Chelsea Crockett -Yogurt PopsiclesA delicious substitution for popsicles is a yogurt pop.  They’re easy to make and taste great!  All you need is a container of your favorite yogurt.  Then cut a small line in the top of the yogurt and place a wooden stick for holding inside.  Make sure the yogurt cups are narrower at the bottom than the top.  Then, set them on a flat surface inside your freezer for an hour or two until they become frozen.  After you take them out, run the outside of the container under warm water and the yogurt pop should slip right out!  Yum!

            Another creative way to make popsicles for the sugar lovers out there is with Kool Aid.  Make a jar of your favorite flavor of Kool Aid.  For the next step, you’ll need popsicle molds to put your Kool Aid in.  Once you have them, pour in your Kool Air and put plastic wrap over the top.  Set them in the freezer until it becomes solid enough to hold a wooden stick in place.  Put it back in the freezer until they become frozen.  Once they’re solid, take them out and enjoy!      

            These are only a couple do-it-yourself recipes and there are many more to try out!  Enjoy!

                                                                                  -Chels

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