Showing posts with label desserts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label desserts. Show all posts

Friday, June 19, 2015

Lemon-Lime Fizzy Drink




The luck of the Irish has brought you here!  Welcome to Pinning with Purpose!

Today we will dive into a delectable drink for St. Patrick's Day (although you could have it anytime).  It's the simplest thing in the world to make.  All you need is a lemon-lime soda and a carton of lime sherbet ice cream.  Put your sherbet into a punch bowl.  Pour the soda over the top and stir.  That's it!


You will have a tasty little drink that everyone will love.

Try using different flavors of sherbet and soda.  Let me know which one is your favorite!

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Graham Cracker Houses & Waffle Cone Trees


Making graham cracker houses takes me back to elementary school days.  My graham cracker house making has improved quite a bit since then (if I do say so myself).  While my sister was in town we got together and made houses together.  The house above is hers.  Didn't she do a fabulous job?!  See the little cinnamon bears sitting around the fire?  So fun!

I knew that making the houses stay up might be a little bit difficult for my munchkins, so I gave them waffle cones to make into Christmas trees.


Here is Goofy's tree.  She was almost as excited to make it as she was to eat it.


Princess put all sorts of candies on her tree to decorate it.

Here are all of the graham cracker houses we created:


Let's take a closer look...


This is the bell tower my little sister and I created.  We combined a few of our favorite things.  There's Quasimodo bear pulling on the rope to ring the bell, Whos in Whoville dancing around the Christmas tree, and barrel riding bears from Lord of the Rings in the river.


This is my big brother's creation.  It looks like a cozy little cottage.  I love his shingled roof.


Next, we have the church my brother's friend made.  I love the stained glass window!


Finally, here is the airport that my brother's friend made.  Isn't it creative?!  Look at the roof.  And let's not forget the airplane on the runway!

Who knew that there were so many ways to make graham cracker houses and waffle cone Christmas trees?

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Pie Month



Who says you have to wait for Thanksgiving to have pie?  In November I decided to try my hand at making different pies and cheesecakes throughout the month.  I brought my favorites to Thanksgiving dinner.

I have lots of different recipes on my pie & cheesecake board on Pinterest, but they were in no logical order.  I made a document I titled Pies A to Z that alphabetized all of the pies and included the links to the sites where I found the recipes.  It was SO helpful!

Here are a couple of pie recipes that I actually made:
They were all delicious.  My hubby and I agree that the Lemon Sour Cream was fabulous!  I am drooling just thinking about it.

What are some of your favorite pie and cheesecake recipes?  Leave a comment and share a link!

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Purple People Eater Mix



"It was a one-eye, one-horn flying, purple people eater!"  I remember loving this song as kid.  (Who am I kidding?  I love it even now.)  After listening to it on Pandora, I had a sudden urge to make a purple people eater-themed treat (as if there isn't way too much junk food around during Halloween).
I used a the basic recipe for Christmas Crack.  It is caramel-y goodness in your mouth!  Basically, I used things that I already had around the house and it worked out beautifully.


I put some in a cup for Bud.


Bud approves!

Purple People Eater Mix
6-8 c Honey Nut Cheerios
1 1/2 c butter
2 c sugar
2 c corn syrup
neon purple food coloring (or mix red and blue; I just happened to have neon purple)
2 c marshmallows
1 bag chocolate chips
black and orange sprinkles

Directions
Measure out your Honey Nut Cheerios and put them onto a lightly sprayed cookie sheet.  In a large sauce pan cook butter, sugar, and corn syrup to soft ball stage (about 230 degrees on a candy thermometer).  Add food coloring to your desired color.  Pour over the cereal.  If the mix is too sticky add more Honey Nut Cheerios.  Mix with a wooden spoon until all of the Cheerios are covered.  Let cool.  When completely cooled, add marshmallows, chocolate chips, and sprinkles.  Enjoy!


My hubby thought that it was going to be fruit-flavored due to the purple coloring.  Have fun throwing people off!

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Candy Pumpkin Bracelets


My girls are the definition of "girly-girl," so doing anything remotely feminine makes their whole day.  Add candy at they are on cloud 9.  That said, I knew this pumpkin bracelet craft would be a huge hit.


You will need pumpkin candies, a needle, and thread.  The pumpkins can be a little bit tough to push the needle through.


Make sure to measure the bracelet before you tie it off.  You don't want it to be too small!


Goofy and Princess showing off their new pumpkin bracelets.


The best part - EATING THEM!  I didn't let them eat all of the pumpkins in one sitting (that would be a lot of sugar for one night).

Try out different kinds of candy!

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

3-Ingredient Thin Mint Cookies



There are times when I crave Girl Scout cookies.

I mean, I gotta have one.

Not even kidding.

Right now!

(I'm not the only one right?)

I was in one of those "I will die without a Thin Mint" moods, but there was not a Girl Scouts to be seen.  What's a cookie deprived mom to do?

Hop onto Pinterest, that's what!


I found a terrific little recipe from Averie Cooks.  It only requires three ingredients and I just happened to have them on hand.  YAY!

All you will need is Ritz crackers, peppermint extract, and semi-sweet chocolate chips.  (Recipe at the bottom of this post.)  


When I bit the cookie, put it down, then proceeded to take this picture my hubby laughed at me.  Hey, I could have popped the whole thing into my mouth!  The things I do for this blog...

Hubby also said that he would have preferred milk chocolate over semi-sweet.  I will have to give that a try next time I am in a Thin Mint mood.


Bud had no complaints.  (I love chocolate-y baby faces.  Don't you?)

3-Ingredient Thin Mint Cookies
(By Averie Cooks)
18 Ritz crackers
1 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 t peppermint extract
*optional, but recommended - 1 T shortening (I used coconut oil instead and it worked just fine)

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Make sure to clear out a space to fit the cookie sheet in the refrigerator.

Using a microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips and shortening.  Heat on high for 1 minute.  Stir and heat for 10-15 second intervals until chocolate becomes very smooth.

Add 1/2 t peppermint extract to the melted chocolate and stir.  (For more mint flavor add another 1/4 t.)

Place one cracker in the chocolate.  Coat the cracker and remove with a fork.  Allow the excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl before placing the cracker onto the parchment paper-lined sheet.  Repeat with all cookies.  Place in the refrigerator to allow the chocolate to harden.

These cookies really hit the spot!  Give 'em a try (you won't regret it).  

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Patriotic Strawberries


There are two things in this world that I crave: strawberries and chocolate.  I have seen these cute chocolate-dipped strawberries all over Pinterest and I knew I needed to try my hand at them.  


I took 1/2 a bag of white chocolate chips.  Melted them in the microwave for 30 seconds, and then in 15 second intervals, stirring between each, until they were melted.  I dipped my washed strawberries in the chocolate.  Then, I dipped the chocolate covered strawberries into a bowl full of blue sprinkles.  They hardened quickly.

We Dastrups were in strawberry heaven!

You will need to work quickly if you use white chocolate because it hardens fast.  Chocolate candy melts might be a better way to go, but I used what I had on hand.

Here are couple of other strawberry ideas you can use for your 4th of July BBQ:
Brownie Fruit Kabobs - Mel's Kitchen Cafe
American Flag Kabobs - Source Unknown
Strawberry Pretzel Salad - Atkinson Drive
Marshmallow Strawberry Kabobs - Giggles Galore
Cream Stuffed Strawberries - Laura Stec

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