Raspberry Buttercream Filled Cupcakes Recipe

Raspberry Buttercream Filled Cupcakes Recipe

While this Raspberry Buttercream Filled Cupcakes Recipe is especially fitting for Valentine’s Day because of the bright red filling, it’s actually yummy all year round. The cake part is quick and easy to make with a boxed cake mix – OR use our own favorite devil’s food recipe. Then, the homemade icing is also surprisingly easy to make. The fun part is the decoration, which gives your final cupcake a topsy-turvy look with the Reese’s Miniature balanced on top with a bit more of the icing filling. You can make the decoration extra cute by using heart sprinkles.

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Raspberry Buttercream Filled Cupcakes

(yield 24 cupcakes)

INGREDIENTS
CUPCAKES:
1 box Devils Food Cake Mix
1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
3 Eggs
24 Reese’s Miniatures unwrapped
Candy Decorations
RASPBERRY ICING
:
1/2 cup softened Butter
1 tbsp Milk
2 tbsp Raspberry Preserves
2 cup Powdered Sugar
Pink Food Coloring
WHITE ICING:
1 cup softened Butter
2 tbsp Milk
4 cup Powdered Sugar

DIRECTIONS
Bake cupcakes in muffin tins lined with cupcake liners according to box directions.
Allow to cool.
Make Raspberry icing by creaming butter and raspberry preserves in a bowl.
Slowly add in the powdered sugar, and milk as needed, until everything is incorporated and frosting is right consistency.
Add food color and beat to reach desired shade.
Beat for 5 minutes to make sure it is fluffy.
Transfer to piping bag.
Use a plunger or knife to cut a hole in the top of the cupcake. Remove inner cake just leaving a cap.
Pipe in icing and place cap back in cupcake.
Make White icing by creaming butter and slowly add powder sugar and milk until you reach righ consistency.
Beat for 5 minutes to make sure it is fluffy.
Transfer to piping bag.
Ice cupcakes then decorate tops with Reese’s miniature.
Ice Reese’s cup with raspberry icing.
Decorate with candy decorations like heart sprinkles.

 

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Fried Macaroni and Cheese Bites Recipe

Fried Macaroni and Cheese Bites Recipe

I usually don’t make fried foods at home, but some things just beg to be fried and this Fried Macaroni and Cheese Bites recipe is one of them! We all love mac and cheese as it is, but once you add some seasoned breading and make them all crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside – YUM! This makes a perfect game day food or party appetizer.

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Fried Macaroni and Cheese Bites

 
INGREDIENTS
1 lb Macaroni
2 (8 oz) Packages of Sharp Cheddar Cheese Chunk
1 3/4 cup Milk
1/2 cup Flour
1/4 cup Butter
2 Eggs
3 cup Seasoned Bread Crumbs
Salt & Pepper to taste
Vegetable Oil (for frying)

DIRECTIONS
Boil macaroni until tender, drain and set aside.
Shred your cheese and set aside.
In a large pan, melt butter over medium heat.
Add flour and mix until light brown color (make a roux).
Add 1 cup milk and whisk until thick.
Add cheese one handfull at a time.
Mix until cheese is all melted and smooth.
Add cooked macaroni to pan and mix until well coated.
Add salt and pepper.
Transfer to container that will fit in your refrigertor, and refrigerate for 1 hour or until cold.
Line a baking sheet with wax or parchment paper.
Form cold macaroni and cheese into 1″ balls and place on prepared pan.
Place in freezer for 1 hour.
Beat eggs and add 1/4 cup milk in a bowl to make egg wash.
Dip balls into egg wash then roll in bread crumbs to coat completely.
Heat oil in deep fryer to 320 or fill skillet 1/2-3/4″ deep and heat over medium high to 320.
Fry for about 3-4 minutes and drain.

Fried Macaroni and Cheese Bites Recipe Process

 

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Homemade Valentine Gum Drops Recipe

Homemade Valentine Gum Drops Recipe

Valentine’s Day sweets and treats are always fun, but do you know what is a little bit extra special? HOMEMADE Valentine candy. This Homemade Valentine Gum Drops Recipe isn’t just fun to eat though, it’s also really fun to make. Making the actual gum drop mixture. Then the fun part is cutting out the hearts. It’s a fun way to get the kids involved in making the Valentine treats. This set of heart-shaped cookie cutters has a variety of sizes to choose from, but any small cookie cutters will work!

Homemade Valentine Gum Drops Recipe Ingredients
 

Homemade Valentine Gum Drops Recipe

 
INGREDIENTS
1 1/2 cups Applesauce
2 1/4 cup Sugar
2 boxes (3 oz) Strawberry Jello
2 envelopes Unflavored Gelatin {like Knox}

Homemade Valentine Gum Drops Recipe Process

DIRECTIONS
Spray 13×9 pan with non-stick spray.
Combine all ingredients in a pan.
Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
Boil for a minute.
Pour into prepared pan and refrigerate until set.
Dust cutting board with sugar.
Use a spatula to loosen sides and turn out onto cutting board.
Dust top of Jello with sugar.
Use heart shaped cookie cutters to cut out gum drops.
Roll edges in extra sugar and set onto wax paper for 1 hour to dry out slightly.
Store in an airtight container.

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Perfect Fluffy Scrambled Eggs Recipe

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Sometimes the most simple dishes can be the most delicious. Case in point – the PERFECT fluffy scrambled eggs recipe with just two ingredients: Eggs and I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. Not only is this recipe easy, but it is SO good! I had originally planned to add some cheese and make an egg sandwich, but the eggs were so good “as is” that I didn’t want to cover up the flavor with anything extra.

Perfect Fluffy Scrambled Eggs Recipe Ingredients

Perfect Fluffy Scrambled Eggs Recipe

Ingredients:
2 Tbsp. I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® Spread
4 eggs
4 slices whole wheat bread, toasted if desired

Perfect Scrambled Eggs Recipe Process

Directions:

  • Beat I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® Spread and eggs with fork or wire whisk in medium bowl about 2 minutes (small lumps of Spread will remain in egg mixture).
  • Heat nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add egg mixture to skillet and cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until eggs are thoroughly cooked, about 2 minutes.
  • Optional: Sprinkle with salt and pepper and/or top with fresh herbs. (I used chives.)
  • Tip: For more delicious buttery flavor, melt 1 tablespoon I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® Spread in skillet before cooking.

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Cranberry Salsa Recipe

Cranberry Salsa Recipe
Everybody loves salsa! Did you know that it is the #1 condiment in the United States? It’s hard to believe it has beat out that good ‘ol standard ketchup. If you’re looking to put an interesting spin on your salsa, try this sweet and spicy Cranberry Sala Recipe. You can choose how spicy you want it to be by increasing or decreasing the amount of jalapeño you use. (I have turned into a bit of a spice wimp as I get older!)

This Cranberry Salsa Recipe is great served with chips or add a bunch of extra flavor to a chicken quesadilla – super yummy!

Cranberry Salsa Ingredients
 

Cranberry Salsa Recipe

 
Yields: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Ingredients:
1 bag cranberries
1 granny smith apple
1/8 medium red onion
½ large red pepper
¼ large green pepper
2 tablespoons pickled jalapeño
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/3 cup apple juice

Cranberry Salsa Process

Directions:
1. Chop the apple, red onion, bell peppers and jalapeño into large pieces and place in food processor.
2. Add the bag of cranberries to the food processor.
3. Use the food processor to chop and combine the ingredients.
4. Move the chopped ingredients to a bowl and add sugar, lemon juice, apple juice and cilantro. Stir together.
5. Best if chilled in refrigerator for 2 hours before serving to allow flavors to combine.
6. Serve with chips.

Warm Blue Cheese Dip Recipe with Fries and Onion Rings

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Warm Blue Cheese Dip Recipe #GameTimeGrub

What are your favorite game time foods? Do you stick to the same ‘ol same ‘ol every year, or do you like to change it up a bit with some new recipes to surprise your guests? While there are some classic foods that I like to serve year after year, I always like to put a new spin on an old classic or create something brand new. And since at least SOME of our guests are more interested in the food than in the game I try to go the extra mile and make something special to “class it up” a little bit.

This year that upgrade includes Alexia Smart Classic Crinkle Cut Fries and Crispy Onion Rings. I headed to Walmart to pick these up. They also had Alexia Sweet Potato fries, but I had to set a limit someplace!

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To give these quality crunchers a dipping sauce they deserve, I created a Warm Blue Cheese Dip Recipe. This thick creamy dip just begs to be scooped up with a crispy Alexia fry or crunchy onion ring. Get ready!

Alexia Crinkle Cut Fries and Crunchy Onion Rings
 

Warm Blue Cheese Dip Recipe

 
1 cup whole milk
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp finely chopped onions
2 Tbsp flour
Dash of salt
4 oz blue cheese
2 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 Tbsp fresh chives, chopped (optional)

Warm Blue Cheese Dip Process

  • Heat milk in the microwave just until warmed.
  • Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add in the onion and cook until soft but not browning.
  • Add in the flour and cook for one minute.
  • Slowly add in the milk and whisk until thickened.
  • Remove pan from heat.
  • Stir in the blue cheese.
  • Stir in all but 1 Tbsp of bacon crumbles.
  • Transfer to serving dish and top with reserved bacon and chives.

Warm Blue Cheese Dip Bacon Chives

Alexia Crinkle Fries and Onion Rings

You can find lots more awesome recipes to compliment your Alexia Fries and Onions Rings at GametimeGrub.net. Plus, find even more inspiration through the Alexia social media accounts:

Alexia on Facebook
Alexia on Pinterest
Alexia Foods Web Site

 

What is YOUR favorite way to compliment fries and onion rings?

 
Warm Blue Cheese Dip

Fruit and Veggie Smoothie Recipe

Fruit and Veggie Smoothie Recipe
What do you do to try to stay healthy during cold and flu season? I try to do the usual like getting enough sleep, staying hydrated, washing hands frequently and all that good stuff. But food intake is also important. Fruits and vegetables are chock-full of nutrients to boost our immune systems and keep us healthy. I like to start my day with a smoothie to make sure I am getting a bunch of fruits and vegetables. first thing in the morning. This is my typical daily smoothie, but it is easy to add or subtract ingredients according to what you have on hand.

For example, right now Cuties / Halos are in season, so I have been throwing one of those into my smoothie each day. If you are a person who likes drinks on the sweet side (like my hubby) you can sweeten up the drink by adding a small spoonful of frozen apple juice concentrate. There isn’t much nutritional value in that and it does add calories, but if it is the difference between drinking a smoothie and NOT drinking one – then go for it!!

Fruit and Veggie Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients:
1/2 banana, frozen
1 cup frozen mixed fruit (I usually have strawberries, pineapple, mango and blueberries)
1 BIG handful of spinach
3-4 baby carrots (optional)
1/3 cup Greek yogurt
1/3 cup milk

Directions:
 Place all in blender and blend until smooth.

Snowman Pretzels Recipe – Winter Fun in the Kitchen!

Snowman Pretzels Recipe

Snowman Pretzels Recipe

Well, the holidays are over, but there is still a LOT of winter left – at least for those of us in a cold climate! Tomorrow we are heading to 11 degrees below zero! That means a lot of winter time inside the house! A fun way to pass the time is by making winter-themed treats, so we will have a few new ones to share over the next week or so.

Today we have this super cute Snowman Pretzels Recipe. They are fun to make using pretzels and melting chocolate and decorated with colorful fruit roll-ups scarves and Starburst noses. I like that these have a little bit of extra character because each is slightly different. If you wanted to get really crazy you could even use other small round candies to add colorful buttons or colored eyes – maybe not your “traditional” snowman, but fun, bright and colorful!

Snowman Pretzels Ingredients
 

Snowman Pretzels Recipe

 
INGREDIENTS
24 Pretzel Rings
1 cup White Candy Melting Chips
3-4 Fruit Roll-Ups
1/4 cup Dark Chocolate Melting Chips or Mini Chocolate Chips
1 Orange Starbursts

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DIRECTIONS
Cut Starburst into 3 rectangular strips (1/4″ x 3/4″)
Cut each of those in half, creating 6 – 1/4″ x 3/8″ rectangles.
Now cut each of those diagonally creating 12 triangles for noses.
Unroll Fruit Rollup and cut into 1/2″ strips to use as scarves.
Line cookie sheet wih wax paper.
Heat White Candy Chips by microwaving for 30 seconds stirring and repeating until melted.
Transfer to corner of zippered bag and clip tiny piece off of corner to pipe.
Lay scarf on prepared sheet and pipe a small dot of candy in the middle.
Place 2 rings so they are just touching at that spot as pictured.
Pipe additional candy on top to better secure them.
Fill the inside of each ring with white candy.
Place nose in upper ring.
If you are using mini chocolate chips for eyes mouth and buttons you need to place them at this time before candy sets. If you are using melting chips you will pipe these on after the white sets.
Fold scarf over to hide the joint.
If you are using dark melting chips, heat them by microwaving for 30 seconds stirring and repeating until melted. Transfer to corner of zippered bag and clip tiny piece off of corner. Pipe eyes, mouth and buttons.
Place cookie sheet in refrigerator for 10 minutes to allow candy to set.

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Snowman Pretzels Recipe for Winter

Weight Watchers Dinner Recipes Roundup – All Under 7 Points!

Weight Watchers Dinner Recipes Roundup

It’s the beginning of a new year and lots of us are eating more healthy and trying to control what and how much we put into our bodies. One thing that really helps me to eat better is to cook more meals myself from scratch. I like to make up my own recipes and play around in the kitchen, but a lot of times it is easier to start with some ideas. That’s where this list of Weight Watchers Dinner Recipes comes in! Especially if you are on the Weight Watchers program, it’s helpful because each recipe says exactly how many points it is. All of these delicious dinner options range between 3.5 and 7 points. Definitely doable!
 

Weight Watchers Dinner Recipes

 
Chicken Corn Enchilada Bake – 7 Points- from Cafe Delites

Beef Chili with Butternut Squash – 4 Points- from Everyday Maven

Homestyle Meatloaf with Brown Sugar Glaze – 4 Points- from The Country Contessa

Cheese Beef Noodle Casserole – 7 Points- from Tiddleywinks & More

Weight Watchers Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Bacon – 3.5 Points – from Heather Likes Food

Asian Lettuce Wraps -4 Points- from Recipe Girl

Skinny Lasagna Rolls – 5 Points- from Skinny Mom

Nachos Supreme – 5 Points – from Culinary Covers

Taco Soup – 4 Points- from Our Best Bites

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta – 6 Points- from LaaLoosh

Healthy Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese- 7 Points – from Organize Yourself Skinny

Chicken Enchilada Quesadillias – 4 Points- from Mantitlement

Spaghetti Meatball Soup – 6 Points- from Emily Bites

Which one will you be trying first?

Make Cooked Chicken to Stock the Freezer – Crockpot or Oven

Make Cooked Chicken to Stock the Freezer

So, one of my goals for the New Year is to cook most of our food from scratch and not eat out nearly as often. To accomplish that, I’m trying to break things down to make them easier. One trick I have used in the past and am amping up for this year is to have cooked chicken readily available to add into recipes. That means I am making some cooked chicken to stock the freezer.

There are soooo many recipes that call for a cup or two of cooked chicken. Tons of Mexican foods like enchiladas, burritos and more, pasta dishes, rice dishes, salads, Asian stir fry – just so many! So, to always be ready to cook up one of these recipes in a hurry, I stocked my freezer yesterday with lots of cooked chicken. I used my crockpot to cook it, but you could do the same by baking it in the oven at about 300 degrees for an hour (just make sure it is cooked through). The oven was my former method for cooking this chicken, but I love my crockpot!

For this recipe I chose seasonings that will give the chicken some flavor but won’t clash with the other ingredients in most recipes.

precooked chicken in crockpot
 

Cooked Chicken to Stock the Freezer Recipe

 
4 pounds boneless chicken breasts
(if you have a good sale on bone-in breasts, you can use that too. You’ll just have to remove the bones after cooking.)
1/2 cup white cooking wine (use water if you don’t want to use wine)
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 bay leaf
Optional: I like to add a few dashes of worstechire sauce and a few dashes of lemon juice

Place chicken in crockpot. Mix all of the sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Pour over chicken. Cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 7-8 hours – or until cooked through. Remove chicken from crockpot and shred or chop – however you most like to use it. Store in 1 or 2 cup serving sizes in freezer containers (I like to use these Pyrex storage containers) or baggies.

Pyrex Storage

Make PreCooked Chicken to Stock the Freezer

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