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The Tale of the Carmelitas

The Tale of the Carmelitas
We live in a big-but-not-huge town. We have a P.F. Chang's and a Pottery Barn and two malls and two full-price movie theaters. But we don't have a Williams-Sonoma. See, a Carmelita is not your ordinary, run-of-the-mill treat. When I got my kitchen store newsletter in January, I started planning out my strategy. The email naming the winner took a few extra weeks to be sent--no lie--and I was on pins and needles the whole time. Epilogue: If I sound just a wee bit crazy, get a load of this! CarmelitasAll of the crazy obsessiveness boils down to this: Carmelitas are to-die-for. 32 caramel squares, unwrapped 1/2 cup heavy cream 3/4 cup butter, melted 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed 1 cup flour 1 cup rolled oats 1 teaspoon baking soda 6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips Combine caramels and cream in a small saucepan over low heat.

Natural Eating (and a recipe) | A Small Snippet we have been making some big changes around here in the way we eat, and i thought some of you might find interest in it, so i’m gonna tell you a little bit about it today! and if you are not interested, that’s okay! but there’s still a recipe at the bottom of the post that you won’t want to miss. i’ve been interested in our food choices for a few years now. it really started with our decision a few years ago to use freshly ground whole wheat flour to bake bread products. that was a good change, and has become a very normal part of our routine. then with the start of our garden back in the fall, we began to become more interested in offering our bodies a better variety of nutritional foods. we began making these green smoothies, and eating more vegetables that we harvest from our garden. …and we began a new journey of cutting out all processed foods, and only eating what we call “real food”, or “natural food.” 1) i am not a dietician or a nutritionist i will just tell you this: like this:

Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars If you are looking for the dessert that has it all, look no further! No need to choose between cookies and cheesecake, with this dessert you can have both! A buttery graham cracker crust is smeared with a creamy cheesecake layer and topped off with large chunks of chocolate chip cookie dough. With three layers of deliciousness these are sure to be hit at your next summer cookout. A buttery graham cracker crust is smeared with a creamy cheesecake layer and topped off with large chunks of chocolate chip cookie dough. Ingredients: For the Crust: 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough: 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 3/4 cup flour 1 cup chocolate chips Directions: Preheat the oven to 325 F. Leave a Comment

salted caramel brownies A couple months ago, someone requested that I try my hand at caramel brownies. Amazingly, this person was not my husband, but he endorsed this idea so wholeheartedly that I suspect he might have paid this person off. Then again, in most people’s minds, who doesn’t want to make caramel brownies? What kind of strange person considers what would happen when sea salt-flecked deeply copper-colored homemade caramel meets a chewy, rich homemade brownie and then shrugs it off, “Eh, I’ll pass.” Guys, it’s me. But then, as I did a quick search or two, I discovered things that caused me to make that crooked face that I made when I’m thinking really hard, because sometimes after a day of explaining to a preschooler why we have to wear pants when we leave the apartment when I fully understand the desire to simply not wear pants sometimes, thinking is really hard. By now, I already accepted that any further resistance would be futile. Salted Caramel Brownies

Paula Deen's Chocolate Chip Ooey Gooey Butter Cake | My 1st Word was Chocolate The day before, or at least a few hours before, roast off 2 medium sweet potatoes in a 400 degree oven for 40-45 minutes. Cool completely, remove skins and mash. Preheat oven to 425 F. Combine dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar), and set aside. Add milk mixture to dry ingredients and gently combine. Flatten dough with hands or rolling pin to 3/4 thick. No-Bake Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Cookies - Recipes, Dinner Ideas, Healthy Recipes & Food Guides No-Bake Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Cookies Ingredients: 1 cup light corn syrup1/2 cup granulated sugar1/2 cup light brown sugar1 1/2 cups salted peanut butter2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract4 cups Rice Krispies Instructions: Line a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with wax paper or baking parchment. Place the corn syrup and sugars in a large saucepan over medium heat and stir to combine. Stir in the peanut butter and mix well to combine. original recipe: Related Video:

Cookies N' Cream Rice Krispy Treats Since it's a new year today's post is about being grateful for the things we have in life. I took the little tyke in to JCPenny's Photo Studio to get some pictures the other day. Now I'm expecting this to be a breeze. One thing my little girl is good at is smiling. Boy was I wrong. We finally give up and take some shots (and I mentally check Hollywood off her list of possible careers). As I'm at the counter paying for them I hear this bloodcurdling scream. And then it hits me. So since I am being grateful for the things I have, I made a treat to represent that today. Cookies N' Cream Rice Krispy Treats4 Tbsp butter 6 cups marshmallows 1 1/2 - 2 large Hershey's Cookies N' Cream candy bars (you could substitute with white chocolate chips if you must...)1 tsp vanilla extract6 cups rice krispies 25-30 crushed OreosChocolate Drizzle (recipe below) In a large mixing bowl combine the rice krispies and Oreos.

Cake Batter Fudge - 10 Minute Recipe! Ok people. This post is coming to you in less time than it took to actually make this stuff. Which was at most 10 minutes. yellow cake mix butter milk confectioners’ sugar Because that’s all you need. 1 cup yellow cake mix + 1 cup confectioners’ sugar in microwave safe bowl (yeah, that means this stuff is not going near a pot or the oven. Mix ‘em together. Add 1/2 stick (1/4 cup butter) and 1/4 cup milk. I cut up my stick of butter because I decided I could afford the extra 10 seconds of effort. Place in microwave for 2 minutes. Take it out and stir immediately. Now it looks like cake batter. Mix in sprinkles and pour into a greased pan or, as I did, a plastic container. Oh, and did I mention that you could do this WITHOUT DAIRY? This time use margarine and soy milk. Yum. Refrigerate for 1 hour, then cut into squares. Congratulations. All the goodness of sweet fudge without the candy thermometers. No equipment. And this one I licked clean. Recipe adapted from girl meets life . Ingredients

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies Does it surprise you that I neurotically plan out what I'm going to bake each week... sometimes months in advance? I'm guessing not. This week I was supposed to be making dessert pizza. Two words that should always be together. I've actually been planning to make it since last July, but it keeps getting pushed back by recipes that demand to be made immediately. Like this one. Essentially, these brownies combine everything that is good. Plus, we all know that the primary reason for baking is to use as many utensils as possible and shamelessly lick the residual batter off of each and every one. Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies Adapted from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen 9x13 pan of brownies, baked and cooled 1/4 cup salted butter, softened 1/2 cup peanut butter 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons milk 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 2 cups all purpose flour 1 & 1/4 cups pretzel m&m's Directions: 1. 2.