Crafts and Recipes!!!

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 Delicious McCormick Peppermint Bars Recipe Review  #McCormickBaking #asponsored

McCormick has been a name in my home for as long as I can remember. I have always counted on their products for my creations in the kitchen. What better timing to try out one of their incredible recipes for a family get-together!

The recipe I chose was for Peppermint Bars.My family has a love of brownies and I can't say no to anything with peppermint!

HINT- Give yourself plenty of time for this recipe. Its not difficult to make but you do need to allow cooling time and 30 minutes of refrigeration time in addition to the preparation.

The ingredients are simple and most items were already in my pantry. See below for the recipe as seen on the McCormick website!! 

Now please keep in mind that my brownies aren't as pretty as the picture on the McCormick website, however, I do feel they probably taste just as good f not better than if a pro made them!!!


Makes 36 servings.
Crushed peppermint candies , (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare brownie mix as directed on package. Spread in greased foil-lined 15x10x1-inch baking pan.
  2. Bake 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out almost clean. Cool in pan on wire rack.
  3. Meanwhile, beat confectioners’ sugar, 7 tablespoons of the butter, melted, cream and peppermint extract in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended and smooth. Spread evenly over cooled brownie. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
  4. Microwave chocolate and remaining 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter in large microwave bowl on HIGH 2 minutes or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Spread over top of chilled brownie. Sprinkle with crushed peppermint candies, if desired. Cut into bars.

I had my daughter and mom crush up the candy canes. For some reason it took both of them because they couldn't stop laughing as they did it. Probably because the candies were going everywhere.

HINT- Put the candy canes in a plastic bag or cover them with a towel to avoid a mess.
 Then crush them with a meat tenderizer or other tool capable of easy crushing!!

Bowl full of melted chocolate and bowl of smashed candy canes!! Of course my trusty Tablet displaying the recipe as I went!!
Brownies with center across the top ready for thirty minute chill
The full pan!!

These are so good!

The Guys as they wait for the goodies
Zoe eats non stop!!! LOL!!
This recipe was a HIT!!! We all decided next time that we are going to top it with Mint M$Ms!!!! Im going to make a special batch to take to work for Christmas goodies!!!

 My Latest Quilt Project!!! Doesnt look like the picture in the book at all....but I like it!!!!

 Werther’s Original® Baking Bash MommyParty

  I had the pleasure of hosting a Werther’s Original® Baking Bash MommyParty!!! Not only was this a chance to get the family and some friends together, but it allowed me to try some INCREDIBLE recipes using Werther's Baking Caramels!!! The caramels melted VERY easy and were absolutely delicious!!!! I could cook and baked with caramels all the time!!!

The following are two of the four recipes we tried!!! 

Caramel Surprise Cookie Cups

  • Recipe recommended by:
  • Meghan Burmier, Illinois



  • 36 pieces Werther’s Original Baking Caramels, unwrapped
    Favorite chocolate chip cookie dough mix and necessary ingredients
    1 can chocolate frosting
    Sprinkles (optional)
Time for preparation: 25
Time for cooking: 10-12
Number of portions: 36

Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare cookie dough according to instructions.

Roll cookie dough into 36 balls (approximately 1 inch each). Press into greased mini-muffin cups. Press one piece of caramel into each center of dough in each cup.

Bake for approximately 10-12 minutes. Cool completely before 

My results were perfect cupcake cookie surprises!!! LOVED THEM!!!

 Caramel Pecan Brownies

  • Time for preparation: 15 Minutes
  • Time for cooking: 25 Minutes
  • Number of portions: 24



1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 13 x 9-inch pan with non-stick cooking spray. Prepare brownie mix according to instructions on box. Let cool 10 minutes.
2. Microwave caramels and milk in a microwave-safe bowl on HIGH for 2½ minutes or until melted, stirring after 1½ minutes. Stir in vanilla extract. Drizzle caramel mixture over baked brownies in zigzag pattern. Place pecans on top of brownies, pressing gently into caramel. Let cool and serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired

 My results....mmmm they were sooooooo goood!!!!

 Check out Werther's Caramels online now to find more awesome recipes ideas!!!  Not only is this a great place for recipes but a fun haven for caramel lovers! When going to the site you’ll find special offers, baking tutorials, and even giveaways and sweepstakes!


 Just  few snaps of our evening!!!


A perfect example of "What's For Dinner?"

Tacos have always been my "go to" meal. The kids love them and its a meal that everyone can help prepare!!
Preparing tacos has never been easier with Old El Paso. 
First prepare your ground beef or chicken. Use your taco seasoning or try the new Old El PAso sauces!!! Mmmmmmmm!!!! Bake the stand n stuff shells, stuff and its ready!!! 
 We always use cheese, salsa, and sour cream for toppings!!!

I found this recipe one day and couldn't resist trying it!! It was so easy to make and was a tremendous hit and my cookout!! 


Buffalo Chicken In The Crock Pot


I originally obtained this recipe from 24/7 Moms and pinned it to my Pinterest Board. I altered it a little bit but not much!!! The results were a HUGE hit with the whole family!!! 


3 lbs chicken breast
1 bottle buffalo sauce (I used RedHot)
1 packet of ranch (I used the generic brand).

Directions: Put the chicken, wings sauce (I used whole bottle) and ranch into the crock pot. Leave the Crockpot on low for at least 6 or 7 hours.When finished remove chicken and shred it on a plate

Serve with tortillas or as a sandwich...your choice!!!!

I found this recipe one day and couldn't resist trying it!! It was so easy to make and was a tremendous hit and my cookout!! 


Cheesecake Popsicles

Cheesecake Popsicles
Cheesecake Popsicles
  • (8) 5-ounce Dixie Cups
  • popsicle sticks
  • 8 sheets graham crackers, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 (small) packages cheesecake instant pudding mix
  • 4 cups milk
  • sliced strawberries and blueberries
  1. Crush your graham crackers into small pieces, using a food processor, blender, rolling pin--whatever you've got!
  2. Stir in melted butter to combine.
  3. Combine pudding mix and milk, whisking together until smooth.
  4. Add a small layer (a spoonful or so) of pudding mix to the bottom of your cups.
  5. Next, add a layer of your graham cracker "crust" (again, about a spoonful).
  6. On top of your graham cracker crumbs, layer in a few sliced berries. Fill cups up the rest of the way with the remaining pudding mix.
  7. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze until set.

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