Monday, December 22, 2014

Peppermint Chocolate Rice Krispies Treats

I've made some good recipes, some bad recipes, but friends, this is a great recipe.  I always make Rice Krispies treats around Christmas, and I thought it would be fun to try something with Cocoa Krispies this year.  Then, I found some really awesome Jet-Puffed Mini Marshmallows.  Who doesn't love the combination of chocolate and peppermint, especially around the holidays?!  While the marshmallows do taste minty on their own, the peppermint didn't shine through too much with the chocolate combination, so I decided to add a little mint extract to the recipe.  The last component was inspired by Kristin.  Her cake batter treats (my favorite things ever) have cream cheese frosting and cake batter in them, and I just love that idea!  Everything just seemed to come together perfectly! 

Ingredients:
- 4 Tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup canned cream cheese frosting
- 1/2 cup dry chocolate cake batter
- 10 oz bag peppermint marshmallows (or regular mini mallows work fine, too!)
- 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 6 cups Cocoa Krispies
- sprinkles

Directions:
1. In a large saucepan on medium, melt butter, frosting, and cake mix.
2. Once melted, add marshmallows and mix until those as melted, as well.
3. Add the extract, stir once more, and take it off the heat.
4. Mix in the krispies one cup at a time.
5. Spread mixture into a greased pan (we used an 11 x 7) and decorate.
6. Allow to cool and cut into pieces.  Enjoy!

Linking up (tomorrow) for Kate and Emily's Tuesday's Recipe Swap!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Hot Chocolate Snowglobes

Do I have a fun DIY project for you today!  You might have seen a little sneak peek when I shared our home decor on Tuesday.  While scouring Pinterest, I came across lots of ideas for Mason Jar Snowglobes, but if you know me at all, I am all about crafts that can also be delicious treats.  I came up with this idea when I found these adorable mini cookie cutters (while walking around Target's Christmas section for the millionth time).  This whole project is easy to put together, pretty, you can really shake it like a snowglobe, and you can make it into hot chocolate when Christmas is over!  If those reasons don't win you over, I don't know what will!


There are really two parts to this crafts: making the hot chocolate and putting it together.  Everything you see below will make 2 globes.

Part 1: Here's what you will need to make the hot chocolate:
- 2 mini cookie cutters that will fit into mason jars
- 3/4 cup of your favorite chocolate (I chose a mix of bittersweet, dark, and semi sweet)
- 1 tablespoon sweetened condensed milk
- sprinkles
- wax paper
Melt your chocolate together, and once melted, add the milk.  Pour chocolate mixture into cookie cutters on wax paper, and decorate with sprinkles.  Let these harden before continuing on.

Part 2: You'll need:
- hardened chocolate cookie cutters
- mason jars with lids
- chocolate chips
- marshmallows
Start to melt a handful of chocolate chips, but don't melt them all the way.  You want there to still be some hard chocolate chunks, as this makes the best chocolate "glue."  Scoop some of the semi-melted chips onto the lid of the mason jar, place the cookie cutter on top, and cover chocolate with marshmallows.  Once this is dry, place more marshmallows in the mason jar, secure the base to the jar, and shake it up!

Lastly, to make the hot chocolate, I fill the mason jar with half hot milk and half hot water, and stir until all the chocolate is dissolved.  Don't forget to take out the cookie cutter and save it for next year!

Ta-dah!!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Merry Christmas! Love, The Taylors {Christmas Card Link Up}

Welcome to the 2014 Blogger Christmas Card Link-up with Jess and me!  I hope you'll link up to share your cards at the end of this post and check out some fellow bloggers' family cards.

For the first year (yaayy!!), Merry Christmas from The Taylors:

This year, we went a little crazy and sent out like 75 cards (usually, it's maybe 20).  We figured, now that we compiled a real friends and family list through the wedding, we might as well send a bunch!  We also thought it was a great excuse to share some wedding photos, too.  We already shared one with most all family and friends when we sent thank you cards, but what's a few more?!  Also, since we love Minted, we decided to keep that theme going.  One last time, we went with components of the Meadow theme.  In 2014, we used it for our Save the Dates, wedding invitations, and even our ceremony programs, menus, and place cards.  This time, we decided on The Festive Type as the main card style with little a little "Meadow" touch.  The designers at Minted took my idea of changing the heart between the letters in the name plate to a Christmas tree and matching the colors to feel more Christmasy, and really ran with it!  

Seriously, how cute are the postal service's Rudolph Christmas stamps this year?!

And last but not least, here's Shadow's "WTF, why am I not on your Christmas card like last year?!" face.

Now we want to see your family cards!  Link up below so we can check them out :)


 
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