Kahlúa Marshmallows

Kahlua Marshmallows

I love giving homemade food gifts and I don't think it gets any better than homemade Kahlúa Marshmallows. Well, maybe if you put them in a DIY Kahlúa Gift Basket. Here's how you can make and give this delicious gift for Christmas or anytime. While I think one of the best gifts is just a simple bottle of Kahlúa liqueur, I decided that we could go one step further and put it into a gift basket with some other items that go well with Kahlúa. But why stop there? I think my gift basket needs … [Read more...]

3 Valentine Gifts in a Jar


Valentine's Day is just around the corner! I love all the hearts and any excuse to play with red and pink colors, so I put together a few quick and inexpensive Valentine gift ideas to share with you. What could be better than that? Well, how about if all of the gift ideas are in a jar too? Yes, that's where I'm going, but that's still not the best news. I'm holding an awesome giveaway -- $100 to spend on your own canning jars, food storage containers and more for making your own food gifts or … [Read more...]

Snickers Cheesecake Pops

Snickers Cheesecake Pops

I don't know much about football. In the earlier years of our marriage, my husband and his family used to watch lots of NFL. I hung around and watched some of it with them, but never really caught on to how the game is played. Of course, this was all before the Rams and Raiders left Los Angeles in 1994. When they left, my husband decided he didn't have a NFL team to cheer for anymore. Sure, he will watch whatever team happens to be playing, but it's without any real loyalty to any one team. … [Read more...]

Candy Bar Cupcakes

Candy Bar Cupcakes

These homemade candy bar cupcakes aren't just topped with candy bars -- they also have a candy bar center. Use your favorite "fun size" chocolate bars for a treat that is great for Halloween parties or as a way to use up leftover Halloween candy. These are a versatile cupcake - I used Milky Way bars and Snickers, but you could substitute just about any candy bar. The first step is to chop up 3 oz of unsweetened chocolate. It gets melted in a double broiler or in a glass bowl on top … [Read more...]

Craft Tutorial: Candy Corn Halloween Garland

M&Ms Candy Corn Halloween Garland

This craft tutorial will show you how to make a fun Halloween garland with M&M's Candy Corn candies. Oh, how I LOVE this time of the year! Starting with Halloween, ending with New Years...I love it all. I get so excited when the stores start putting all their Halloween products on the shelves. One new product this year has been M&M’s Candy Corn White Chocolate. As soon as I heard about them, I knew I would have to get my hands on a few bags for recipes and crafting. One thing I … [Read more...]

Delicious Food Science: Candy Stages & Caramelization


We've been watching Top Chef: Just Desserts together as a family. We tend to watch quite a few competition cooking shows together as a family, but this one seems to be a top favorite. The kids will watch it and constantly make comments like "oh, that looks SO good!" or "I WANT THAT!". As someone who loves watching food shows, I enjoy seeing their enthusiasm. As we sit and watch, lots of conversations come up - discussing how the chef's do what they do, sharing our thoughts on what we think they … [Read more...]