Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Snow Covered Crunch Bars

I was assigned a dessert for our Howe Christmas Sunday dinner. I had some Betty Crocker cookie mixes in the pantry from a recent sale and decided to make something from them. Plain old cookies just wouldn't do, so I went the the Betty Crocker website and searched until I found these little treasures. They are similar in taste to Muddy Buddies.

Snow Covered Crunch Bars
1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 egg
1 package (12 oz) semisweet chocolate chips (2 cups)
2 1/2 cups peanut butter
6 cups Rice Chex® cereal
1/2 to 1 cup powdered sugar

Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 13x9-inch baking pan with cooking spray. In large bowl, stir cookie mix, 1/2 cup butter and egg until soft dough forms. Press dough in bottom of pan. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 15 minutes.
In large microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips and the remaining 1/2 cup butter on High about 1 1/2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute, until melted and smooth. Add peanut butter; mix until well blended.
Place cereal in 1-gallon baggie. Using your hands, gently break cereal into small pieces (I would suggest to not crush them like I did, just do it until the pieces are smaller). Gently stir cereal into chocolate mixture until cereal is coated. Spread cereal mixture evenly over cookie crust; gently press. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Refrigerate about 1 hour or until bars are set. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 6 rows. Store covered at room temperature.
If you don't want to ruin it just eat them and don't look any further, but for those that want to know, here are is the Nutrition information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)Calories 300(Calories from Fat 170),Total Fat 18g(Saturated Fat 7g,Trans Fat 1/2g),Cholesterol 20mg;Sodium 200mg;Total Carbohydrate 27g(Dietary Fiber 1g,Sugars 16g),Protein 6g

Creamy Berry Banana Jello Salad

Here is a great, quick, easy, yummy, salad idea you can take to any holiday party. My sister brought it to a family event this past summer and everyone really enjoyed it. I just barely took it to my in laws get together and everyone raved about it.

Creamy Berry Banana Jell-o Salad

1 large (2 lb) strawberry yogurt
1 small cool whip
2 small pkg instant cheesecake Jell-o
1 bag frozen berry blend
2-3 bananas (optional)
Mix together and chill.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Christmas Gift Idea - Personalized Ornaments

Two years ago I had picked up a few boxes of bulbs for really cheap after Christmas. I wondered what I would do with them. I then had an idea come to me. Give them as neighbor and friend gifts! I had my friend Breanna do the vinyl for me. Since they were so small it didn't cost very much. For the neighbors I had her make snowflakes. I then added the bulb to a bag of goodies. For some friends I did the names of the whole family and put them in a bag together.

If you'd like to order vinyl from Breanna call her at 801-577-3273.