THE TASTIEST Bar you could take to a party- Pick Up Bars- Ooiee Gooey Marshmallow Caramel

I got this Recipe from the Domestic Rebel

I had left over caramel sauce from my White Trash Cake . When this came up on my reader, I thought it would be the perfect way use up the rest of the carmel sauce so I didn’t have to watch my brother dip his entire apple and let it run down his chin anymore.

These bars WERE. SO. DELISH. Just the right kind of consistency, it tasted so wonderful. So Goo-ey melt in your mouth. I HIGHLY recommend these. These will be accompanying me to every party I attend that requires bringing food. I mean this one is REALLY up there.

I also had a very interesting day, these bars will always remind me of this day. It was rainy, so I decided to sit and read, and blog, but of course my day was taken over by blogging, then I decided I needed to go to Target, to pick supplies, to bake things, to blog, obviously. First of all I was food shopping in Target-even though I rarely do this because in Stop and Shop I know where everything is, they have everything I need, I use the easy shopper and get gas points. But I didn’t feel like making the two minute drive to stop and shop becuase I was already in Target. So while looking for my ingredients and cringing every time I looked at the price, I kept running into this STUPID COUPLE. They were standing in the baking aisle, basically making out. This means I couldn’t get to the cake mixes, or the chocolate chips, or anything I needed to make these bars, I stood there, waited, and I couldn’t TAKE IT ANYMORE. In between the disgusting kissing, the girl was like “what do you need to make cookies?”. I almost slapped her. She picked up a Cookie Mix. Then they were with me in the butter isle, geting a small butter, and then eggs, only picking six eggs. In my way in every aisle. Going home so they could “bake” cookies together. They DROVE ME NUTS, First of all PEOPLE. thats not baking, baking ur dumb cookie mix and thinking your so cute baking your little cookies together and being a couple. Who doesn’t already have eggs and butter?

On the drive home my car just stopped working. just stopped, in the middle of a road/ intersection happened to be on my street. My brother and my dad were both out of town which left me basically stranded. My uncle joe, who is my neighbor came to save me. Luckily there is still nice people in the world. Which is always a wonderful reminder and makes me want to help others when someone helps you! I was not stopped for one minute before a nice man pulled over and said he would really like to help me be pushed out of the street. He was young and cute. maybe my soul mate. probably not. Then another women stopped and asked if I needed help but my Uncle Joe was on his way, and he got there in like 2.2 seconds

Did I mention it was raining? So we decided the car was dead. He drove me home and I promptly baked these bars. Even though this whole thing really didn’t put me in a bad mood at all. I decided yesterday that I was going to sell my car before I went and worked on the cruise, and someone already wanted to buy it. So it was only fitting that it broke down. Now its the age old question- fix it, or scrap it. Who knows. But this dessert is seriously a great pick me up. So I am going to call them Pick up bars, they can pick up and funk you find yourself in. The bar made of cake mix was so awesome. So much better than a blondie brownie, they were nice and moist.

Heres the recipe:

1 box yellow cake mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 bag miniature marshmallows- I only used half the bag
1 & 1/2 cups butterscotch chips
About 1/2 cup caramel sundae sauce

Very simple, Mix cake mix eggs butter sugar in a bowl. Place in 9×13 greased pan. Bake at 350 for 18 minutes, until golden brown and just starting to harden in the middle.

Take out and pour butterscotch chips and marshmallows over the whole thing and place back into the oven for five minutes or until marshmallows are puffy. I did this, and then put my broil on high and toasted the top of the marshmallows and I was so proud of the golden brown toast I got on them. Usually when toasting marshmallows, which is always the final step in any recipe, I burn them, and then all the hard work on the recipe before it is RUINED.

After its cooled Drizzle on the caramel sauce. DELISH. I can’t get enough. EVERYBODY needs to try before they die.

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Pumpkin Rice Krispie’s

So I found these somewhere; and of course now I can’t find the recipe. But I can remember- sorry I can’t give proper credit.

3 Tablespoons of butter

One bag of Mini Marshmallows plus one cup

1/4 of Pumpkin Puree

Dash of Nutmeg

Dash of All spice

1/4 Tsp of Cinnamon

6 cups of the snap crackle pop cereal ( Rice Krispie’s)

SO This was another treat I wanted to add to my fall party dessert lay out. I had most of the ingredients so its what I picked!

What you do is you melt the butter over the stove on low-medium. Add in the pumpkin as soon as its done, and throw in the spices. Add the entire bag of Mini Marshmallows and stir until those are melted. Take off heat. Then you have to wait 10 minutes to add in the extra cup of marshmallows. Once that cup is added WAIT longer. About half n hour. Then you can go ahead and add in the Kripies. They say that if you dont do this the treats will become soggy. So I didn’t mess around with it.

Pour into any size pan, depends on if you want tall treats or not I opted for the 9X13. Let it set for half n hour and then cut and serve! Simple! No bake! OHH YEAH

I didn’t try these because I am not a fan of rice krispie treats. weird I know. but I heard they were excellent!

 

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Retirement Cake- & My easy EASY Fondant Recipe

My dad retired this friday after 31 years at the same company. He worked for Nstar and my mom and I were throwing him a surprise party. She asked me to make the cake and I of course said yes.

The cake had to be large, but I didn’t want it to be your average sheet cake. MY mom and I came up with three cake spread all circles, I made this cake at work, (babysitting) and they didn’t have enough pans so some of the cakes are 9 inch and some are 8 inch. no biggie.

I have ALWAYS had a problem frosting a cake, getting the crumbs everywhere trying to make it look good, breaking the cake all common problems, my mommy would always have to help me, thats why for the past years, I have just used fondant. its that much easier to me. We wanted a frosted base cake, so I was FORCED TO FROST.

Heres what saved me.

Helpful Trick: Take canned frosting, and WHIP IT. With your beater, whip for a few minutes until it is light and fluffy.

This is literally SO GREAT. It almost doubles your frosting, it also doesn’t appear as canned frosting anymore. BEST OF ALL. its not heavy, so it doesn’t pull crumbs off your cake when your spreading. So I SPREAD FROSTING WITHOUT CRUMBS, BREAKAGE AND A DISASTER :)

Making fondant:  Fondant is EXPENSIVE at boxed. Much cheaper to make your own, but easier? It can be with this recipe!

  • One bag of Mini Marshmallows
  • 2 tbl of Water
  • BIG OL bag of Powdered Sugar- (okay just the average size)

Microwave the marshmallows in a microwave safe dish, but FIRST add in the two tbls of water over the marshmallows. Microwave for about 45 seconds, take out stir, repeat until they are smooth, should take about two  times. Now time to get sticky, Add in powdered sugar, like A LOT, start with a cup, and then another, I always use more than two cups, This is all under your digression, you have to get the fondant so its not sticking to the bowl, or the spoon or your fingers, but you also need extra sugar on the counter and for your hands when your rolling it out.

Since I was babysitting I hired the kids to help. The oldest was great at mixing the colors, I use wilton colors. I then asked the kids if they had play dough letter cut outs. THEY DID, so the letters came out perfect because we had “cookie” (playdough” cutters for them!!!

 

Here comes the cool part, So since he worked for the electric company, responding to every storm when poles where knocked over, I had to incorporate them! I took large and small pretzel rods and attached them by fondant. Made a trip to  a penny candy store with the kids and bought black licorice. This was the cord that attached from pole to pole. I very carefully stuck the rods in the cake and strung the cords.

PROBLEM. CALL NSTAR. The last pole kept FALLING OUT OF THE CAKE. Soon the hole got so big it was no longer staying. But we only say HAPPY ACCIDENTS around here. and we made the best of it.

 

The kids and I grabbed little lego man, and began making an NSTAR truck out of legos. We have the little lego man tools in his hands, and made a crane/ladder for him to be up in the air fixing the pole. Just like Daddy’s REAL JOB. always cleaning up after the storm!

I bought kids handcuffs from the dollar store, and placed them on the cake, one hand cuff open and one closed. In the closed handcuff it said the date he began working, and in the open, the date he retired. The theme of the cake

” You did your time now your free”

I didn’t get a good picture of the final product, because it was surprise party and I was in charge of setting the thing up!!! My dad’s friends shined a flashlight on it during the party and I snapped a picture.

 

Dad was surprised the cake was a hit. SUCCESS!

P.S. I discovered RUM CHATA at this party. Its a rum horchata drink Anyone who is portuguese and ever had rice pudding, this is  A DREAM. Tastes like Vavo’s kitchen. EXACTLY LIKE RICE PUDDING. Great drink to bring to parties.  I highly recommend it, and you can find it in the cordial section of the liqueur store. Spring some cinnamon on it over ice and its so great. I miss is greatly since YA KNOW Paleo DIET.