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Salty Peanut Butter Caramel Squares

Crafty, Yummy, Cute , Crazy & All of the above - Mama 1 - November 16, 2015

These salty and sweet peanut butter caramel squares are perfect for the whole family - I promise neither you or your kids will be able to get enough of them!

 

These salty and sweet peanut butter caramel squares are perfect for the whole family – I promise neither you or your kids will be able to get enough of them!

  • Prep time: 35 minutes
  • Total time: 1 hour
  • Portion size: 36 pieces

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (250 mL) pretzel crumbs, (about 3-1/2 oz/100 g pretzel sticks)
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) roasted salted peanuts

Caramel:

  • 1 cup (250 mL) packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup (250 mL) butter
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) whipping cream, (35%)
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) vanilla
  • 1 cup (250 mL) roasted salted peanuts

Preparation

In bowl, combine pretzel crumbs with sugar; mix in butter until combined. Press into parchment paper–lined 8-inch (2 L) square cake pan. Bake in 350ºF (180ºC) oven until just beginning to brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Sprinkle with peanuts. Let cool on rack.

Caramel: Meanwhile, in saucepan, bring brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, sugar and cream to boil over high heat; boil, stirring constantly, until digital thermometer registers firm-ball stage of 245°F (118°C), about 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla.

Pour caramel over crust. Sprinkle with peanuts. Let cool for 20 minutes. Refrigerate until set, about 2 hours. Cut into squares. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 2 weeks.)

Recipe via Canadian Living

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Beef It’s Whats For Dinner Eh

It’s no secret I have a hungry busy brood to feed. I am also now very health concise as my husband has high cholesterol and I have active boys that need proper nutrition to  keep up with all their activities. So I go for lean cuts of meat paired with salads or veggies most of the time.But it wasn’t always this way.

After my husband was diagnosed with High cholesterol I departed from my original steak, potato’s, & a beer cooking. All I knew to cook that was healthy and low in fat was chicken & rice.  Well let me tell you that got old real fast. So I went searching for what I could feed my family including myself who was pregnant at the time. What was my solution you ask…BEEF! Whaaat you say. Yes ladies the healthy, nutrition packed, satisfy even the craziest mommy craving choice in my house is BEEF.

But wait a minute, back up the chuckwagon what about that husband with high cholesterol? Did you know that just about any round or loin cut is a lean cut of beef? I can hear the collective” really” now. Yup it is, and I had no idea either until I visited www.beefinfo.org

Buying Beef Video

I found this wonderful buying guide that helped me understand the best cuts to buy for my family, and what to do with them.

There is also an amazing Nutrition Counter to break down exactly whats in beef & which cuts are the best source for key nutrients.

That’s not all either. The recipes I found have changed the way I cook much to the delight of my kids & hubby. The Grilled Flank Steak with Olive Oil Vinaigrett has become a weekly staple. We even enjoy the Mini Burgers for a Friday night treat!

There are tons of recipes there that are so flavorful & nutrition packed I am still trying new ones and adding in our favorites to the weekly menu.

Food TLC

I especially adore the beef 101 page which is where I go with all my burning questions.

And I totally signed up for the RSS on their great Blog

Of course I have also fallen in love with the beef families profiled there Who we areIt is so wonderful to get to know where your beef is coming from. These are hard working amazing families bringing us quality beef with love.

To sum it up this site is an wonderful source for all things Canadian Beef. If you want to get to know your beef, where it comes from, and what to do with this amazing super food. Than check them out. I plan to bring you lots of their recipes on this blog in the weeks to come because I am so head over heels in love with this site! But for heaven sakes don’t wait on me go there now & see for yourself.

xoxoxo

~Juggling Beef Loving Mama

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Top 3 DIY Flower Pillow Tutorials

I cannot stand paying $20+ per pillow when you can make them for $5 so here are my favorite pillow tutorials for whipping up cute flower pillows for my rooms. I have made all of these so if you have any questions feel free to ask!

Enjoy your thrifty cuteness!

Shabby Flower Pillow

Shabby Flower Pillow by burlap+blue

fabric flower pillow

Alisaburke Recycled Roses

ruffle flower pillow

Moda Bake Shop Ruffled Rosette

So there you have them mama’s now go make a cute flower pillow for free from fabric you have on hand and on old pillow or buy new for under $5 and still be money and style ahead.

~J mama

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How to do a DIY Boys Birthday!

I would like to take this time to say a very Happy Birthday to my sweet Wyatt! He is FIVE! Wow I cannot even believe I am typing that right now! I thought maybe typing it would be less weird than saying it but, nope it’s just as strange to use the big FIVE before his name here!

Since I just had  baby & am like crazy busy this one kind of snuck up on me…GASP you say! Yeah yeah yeah It happens. So I had to pull something together quick, and on the cheap! Thanks to the inspiration from a scrap of fabric which later became the theme to my party I was able to do a totally DIY Boys Birthday party ! Here’s what we did!

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Of course we started out with a Birthday Breakfast complete with candles and singing which is customary in our home.

I had invited several of his friends via Facebook & email! Thank God for this digital time we live in. I would have so failed as a mom that had to mail out everything via post mark. That would take real planning.

Any way we planned it at the park where I simply had cupcakes & games and candy! DONE!

Everything  pictured I made from what I had around the house! A fabric banner with his name, decorations, & I reused streamers & balloons from other parties. I put candy in my canisters I keep on my counter & just made cute signs, An ice tub with juice boxes just decorated up, & my favorite thing…My hubys tools for center pieces!  I picked several colors and mashed them together so I could use more of what I had. I recommend this so you can be more flexible with your decorations!

Wyatt told me it was the best birthday EVER!

See they don’t need much. I loved this party. It was super easy to put together, so I was less stressed and able to enjoy the party more. I had fun doing it & I can only judge by the look on his face in some of these pics that Wyatt did too!

*If you would like more detailed instructions on anything you see here I would be happy to post them, just leave a comment as to which ones you need!

Happy Juggling Mamas

~Jenna

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The Best Thing To Come Out Of My Cast Iorn Skillet Ever! From http://tastykitchen.com/blog/

I found this recipe at http://tastykitchen.com/blog/ I had to share it because it is AMAZING! Hope you love it as much as I did!

Dark Chocolate Chunk Skillet Cookie

Posted by in Step-by-Step Recipes

Tasty Kitchen Blog Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

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Teacher Name Tag Holder Gift

It’s that time of year again! Schools almost out!

No more school, no more books, no more teachers dirty looks! Well at least that is what I use to scream going down the hall pig tails flapping. Now it’s more like……….

No more school, No more missing books, No more lunch money, No more pleeeease honey’s!

Ahh yes how things change!

The end of the year for this mama means home made treats, parties, & teacher gifts. All as one last super mom effort before I am off the hook for summer!

Here is what I came up with for this years teach gifts. A Teacher Name Tag Holder for all those badges & keys our teachers have to tote around on those less than chic lanyards.

I actually got the idea after seeing something similar &  using a few ideas  to put together my own theme! I hope you enjoy….

Here’s what you need!

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Scrap Fabric for flowers I found at Wise Craft ! Also there is a template there you need to print ! I printed it about a year ago and have used it a ton. I used this tut to make mine so all the flower credit goes to Blair at wise craft! I just added pics of mine so you could see the colors I used and such.

1/2 yard to 2/3 yard lanyard fabric

Button for flower

Lanyard tags if making badge

Lanyard hooks or key chain

Scrap paper if making name badge ( I made badges for my pre-k teachers but you could just make the lanyard if your teachers have school badges )

Glitter glue for name badges or teacher poem

One cute assistant! I got mine at Conover baby .com but she is a one of a kind so you will have to manufacture your own!

spring-2012-326Of course you will need the usual sewing subjects like scissors, thread, pins, machine, needle ect. I thought of that after the fact but if you are at this tut you probably figured out you need those things!  If not I am sorry ! Did I mention I have three kids and have to make 5 of these and it’s two days before I have to have them done?

spring-2012-338First decide what colors you want & stack em up ! Cut out two of the large & four of the small. I used different colors & added to my small to make it more fluffy! But you can follow the directions at www.wisecraft.com also and get it done just the same.

spring-2012-341Now we just fold & sew like so….

spring-2012-342Fold each pedal wrong sides together & lay on top of the two big pedals alternating, and stacking like this. Keep going until you have two left. Then fold the two you have left in quarters and place in the middle. Sorry no pic of the last two but you will see what I mean.

spring-2012-344When your flower looks like a flower sew it together with a button in the center. Taking care to grab a bit of each piece as you stitch. I also  left a long tail to sew to the lanyard when I was done.

spring-2012-348Now we will make our Lanyard. I realized when I was putting this together that I didn’t get very good pics. This was about the time my cute assistant got hungry & I lost her to a milk induced comma…so I found this tut on fabric lanyard if you need some extra help. She does it the same as I do but with better instructions!

spring-2012-366Now take your flower from before & use the long tail to sew it onto the lanyard! I put mine on, and measured about half way down on one side as a good spot to place the flower.

spring-2012-367 If you made a name badge you can stick it on and call in done! I have also put coffee cards on the end, or key chain gift cards work nice if you want to really spoil your teacher.

I hope yours turn out cute, you survive the last few weeks of school, and you have a wonderful summer break!

xoxo Jenna

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Scrap Happens

Last weekend I was able to go on a scrapping retreat with some of my friends! It was amazing. I had a very limited number of supplies, however these gals were deep into the scrapping world so it was like being at a cropping super store.I learned so much, and had such a wonderful time. It was so cool to me that I was away from my family yet they were the center of all I was doing the entire weekend.

Of course my dream of a creative / coffee house one day will be a reality & I will host theses events once a month! (dreaming…..ahhh) But until then I think I will commit to going twice a year to put into albums my family memories. Thank you ladies for your amazing hospitality & sharing your creativness (not sure that’s a word but oh well) I had a wonderful time & am fully converted into a scrapper!

-Happy Cropping!

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New iced coffee afternoon pick me up

I mixed this up yesterday when I was feeling that mid afternoon sleepy feeling. It was kind of just what I had on hand but I am now in love with it!  It is easy, and much cheaper than a Starbucks run!

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Cup of ice

1/4 way full of 1/2 and 1/2

Rest of the way with cold coffee left over from pot

A few teaspoons of iced coffee mix or flavoring

MMMMMM and a good pick me up!

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Breakfast Bake Cups

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I made these for my crew the other morning! A fun new take on the same old same old…..

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 8 slices white or whole-wheat sandwich bread
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 6 large eggs
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly butter 6 standard muffin cups. With a rolling pin, flatten bread slices slightly and, with a 4 1/4-inch cookie cutter, cut into 8 rounds. Cut each round in half, then press 2 halves into each muffin cup, overlapping slightly and making sure bread comes up to edge of cup. Use extra bread to patch any gaps. Brush bread with remaining butter.
  2. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium, until almost crisp, 4 minutes, flipping once. (It will continue to cook in the oven.) Lay 1 bacon slice in each bread cup and crack an egg over each. Season with salt and pepper. Bake until egg whites are just set, 20 to 25 minutes. Run a small knife around cups to loosen toasts. Serve immediately.

http://www.marthastewart.com/330179/bacon-egg-and-toast-cups?czone=holiday/spring-celebrations-cnt/celebration-mother-day

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Home made Girl scout cookies!

My all time favorite girl scout cookie would have to be the Samoa! It’s rich, gooey, cocunt goodness keeps me coming back for more every year no matter how expensive they get. So when I came across this on www.Pintrest.com I so had to share with you guys!

I am going to try these today! So excited!

http://www.onceuponaplate1.com/2008/10/samoas-girl-scout-cookie-clone.html

Homemade Samoas Cookies  (Girl Scout Cookie Clone)
As shared from the kitchen of Once Upon a Plate by Mari
www.onceuponaplate1.com

Please NOTE 
I don’t want you to be disappointed.



This type of cookie does take time and a bit of effort.  Some may call them tedious to make … I call them WORTH it. 

 


But that’s just me.   :)  



You decide.

 


Cookies ~ Homemade Samoas

 

(also known as Caramel de-Lites)
Makes about 3 1/2 to 4 dozen

The cookies involve four steps: 
1. Make the cookie Base
2. Top with Caramel-Coconut mixture
3. Dip bottom of cookies in melted chocolate
4. Drizzle tops with melted chocolate

The Cookie (base):
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
up to 2 tablespoons milk

Preheat oven to 350F.

Cream together butter and sugar in a large bowl. Mix in flour, baking powder and salt at a low speed, next, the vanilla and milk, adding in the milk only as needed to make the dough come together without being sticky (you may not need any at all). The dough should come together into a soft, pliable ball. Add in a bit of extra flour if your dough seems sticky.

It’s easiest to roll the dough out in 2 or 3 batches (between pieces of wax (or parchment) paper to about 1/4-inch thickness (or a little thinner) using a 1 1/2-inch cookie cutter to make rounds. Place on a parchment lined (or on silicone mat) baking sheet and make a hole in the center. I used the small end of a large round piping tip. Nicole comments that you can use a knife, or the end of a wide straw, to cut a smaller center hole. Repeat until the dough is used up (it’s okay to re-roll, this dough is shortbread-like and very forgiving.)

Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes, until bottoms are very lightly golden brown around the edges.

Cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet, to allow them to firm up slightly, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


Topping:

3 cups shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
12-ounces good-quality chewy caramels
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons milk
8 ounces dark or semisweet chocolate (chocolate chips will do)
(If you prefer milk chocolate, by all means use that.)


My notes: The caramel-coconut mixture is quite sweet, so I used Bittersweet chocolate to balance the sweetness bit.


Preheat oven to 300 degrees (F)

Spread coconut evenly on a rimmed baking sheet and toast 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, until coconut is golden. Watch carefully, especially near the end of toasting time; the coconut toasts very quickly once it begins to become golden.

Cool on baking sheet, stirring occasionally. Set aside.

Unwrap the caramels and place in a large microwave-safe bowl with milk and salt. Cook on high for 3-4 minutes, stopping to stir a few times to help the caramel melt. When smooth, fold in toasted coconut with a spatula.

Using the spatula or a small offset spatula, spread topping on cooled cookies, using about 2-3 teaspoons per cookie. Reheat caramel for a few seconds in the microwave if it begins to firm up, to make it soft and spreadable once again.

While topping sets up, melt chocolate in a small bowl. Heat on high in the microwave in 45 second intervals, stirring thoroughly to prevent scorching. (I melted mine stovetop using double boiler method.) Dip the base of each cookie into the chocolate and place on a clean piece of parchment paper (I used silicone baking mats instead). Transfer all remaining chocolate into a piping bag or a ziplock bag with the corner snipped off and drizzle finished cookies with chocolate. (Melt a bit of additional chocolate, if there is not quite enough for each cookie.)

Let chocolate set completely before storing in an airtight container.

Recipe credit: Nicole @ Baking Bites.com 

If you are of the ‘slice and bake’ cookie mind, making these cookies might not be for you.   
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