Mmmmmmmm Chocolate Monday!

I have recently gotten together with a great group of bloggers to bring you different tips, recipes and other little things that we can come up with daily. Summertime generally¬† slows down for everyone in the computer world because we are spending more time outside, kids are outta school, BBQ’s, etc., so this is our way of bringing something different and fun when things slow down.

Our first topic is Mmmmmmmm Chocolate Monday!

Out of hamburger buns?

I desperately wanted cheeseburgers for dinner tonight but did not have a single hamburger bun in the house. I don’t like using bread because the ketchup seeps through. I did, however, have a TON of hot dog rolls. So, why not change the conventional way of thinking and instead of round cheeseburgers, make them long like hotdogs?

I prepared the burger just as usual and rolled them into hot dog shapes and slapped them on the grill. One thing to note is that you might want to put some aluminum foil on the grill because the shape of the burgers cause it to fall apart easier.

It also seemed that they kids ate more tonight. Usually they have 1/4 to 1/2 of the burger left but tonight, they all finished it off!

They requested these again so I think these cheese-bur-dogs (my husband’s clever name for it) were a hit.

Patriotic Pretzels

Show off your patriotism and sweet tooth with these easy to make patriotic pretzels.  You will need pretzel rods, candy wafers and M&Ms (red and blue picked out).

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Homemade Apple Chips

Instead of spending SO much money on a bag of these in the grocery store and since I devour a whole bag in one sitting, I decided to try to make my own. Most recipes I found called for sugar but I figured there is enough sweetness in the apple so I only added cinnamon. They turned out GREAT. Even my 6 and 2 year old are eating them….skins included!

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Chocolate Chip Cookie-Brownie Cupcakes

These were so easy to make. All you need is a box of brownie mix (along with the ingredients to mix it) and a tube of chocolate chip cookie dough.

Prepare the brownie mix according to package directions and preheat the oven (according to the brownie mix directions). Spray cupcake tins (I ended up needing 21) and spoon 2 T. of brownie batter into them. Unwrap the cookie dough and cut it into 21 slices (or however many cupcakes you are making). Be sure to keep the round shape of the dough. Place your dough circles on top of each cup of brownie batter and place into the oven for approximately 20 minutes.

Using a toothpick, check to see if the middle of the brownie is done before taking it out to cool. Let them cool on a cookie rack and then enjoy with a nice glass of milk!

Easter Bunny Bait

This is such a quick and easy recipe that the kids can help with. If there is enough left after it is cooled, it will work great as bait for the Easter Bunny. I caught the 2 year old on a stool munching down on the entire tray while we were waiting for the chocolate to harden.

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Homemade Dog Treats

We can’t forgot the dog! Make these homemade dog treats with just a few ingredients you probably already have.

  • 1 1/2 C. whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 C. all purpose flour
  • 1 T. baking powder
  • 3/4 C. peanut butter
  • 3/4 C. milk
  • cooking spray

Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl except for Continue reading…

Leprechaun Ice Cream

Our family loves ice cream. We have an ice cream machine but it’s packed away somewhere since we moved and we have no patience when it comes to making ice cream.¬† So, we decided to make our own ice cream in a bag!

We decided on Leprechaun ice cream (mint chocolate chip) for St. Patrick’s day. You will need: Continue reading…

Marshmallow Valentine Pops

After we made our Hug A Heart Valentine’s Day Cards, we found out Valentine’s cards are not allowed at school, but treats are. So, we decided to make these. The kids were mesmerized at the whole process and all three chipped in. We needed marshmallows, chocolate (I used the chips used for candy-making), popsicle sticks, candy sprinkles, plastic candy bags, parchment paper and ribbon.

We began by sticking the popsicle stick into each marshmallow. In a homemade double boiler (a bottom pot filled with boiling water with another pot that fits perfectly on top filled with the chocolte chips), I slowly melted the chocolate, stirring constantly. While stirring, Continue reading…