Superhero M&M’s Blondies Recipe

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Superhero M&M's Blondies Recipe

to celebrate the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, we made some yummy Superhero M&M’s Blondies. these blondies are super soft, moist, and fast to make. it’s a really easy M&M’s Blondie recipe! the batter comes together in one bowl, in 5 minutes, without using a mixer. that means you’ll have plenty of time left to save the world. or just to watch the new Captain America movie!

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to make these fun treats, you’ll need M&M’s, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, flour and butter.

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first, melt your butter, then mix it together with the eggs, brown sugar and vanilla. after that’s all combined, add in the flour. Mix thoroughly and then add in the M&M’s. 
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Pour the batter into a 9×13 pan and make sure to evenly spread it out.

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Sprinkle some red and blue M&M’s on top for a Captain America theme, then put them in the oven. bake for about 20 minutes for soft and chewy blondies. you can bake them a few extra minutes if you like them firmer.

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now, take your beautiful blondies out of the oven and let them cool before slicing.

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these M&M’s Blondies are fit for a Superhero! After all, Heroes Eat M&M’s too…

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ingredients
1 cup melted butter (2 sticks)
2 large eggs
2 cups light brown sugar, packed
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups M&M’s Chocolate Candies, divided (or your favorite flavor of M&M’s)

directions
• preheat oven to 350ºf. prepare a 9×13″ inch baking pan by spraying it with cooking spray.
• in a large bowl, mix the melted butter, eggs, brown sugar and vanilla until fully combined.
• add the flour and stir until just combined.
• stir in 2 cups of M&Ms
• pour batter out into 9 x 13″ pan, smooth the batter until it is evenly spread.
• add more M&M’s to the top to make it look pretty.
• bake for about 20 minutes, or until edges are golden brown and center is set. it you like your bars firmer, cook a few minutes more.
• let the bars to completely cool before slicing and serving. store in an air-tight container.

makes 20-24 bars

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are you hungry yet? head over to Walmart and stock up on M&M’s! You can find your favorite varieties in the candy aisle.

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Easy Chocolate Fruit Dip

we’ve been really trying hard over here to create a routine to keep our family time less chaotic. every day we’ve been coming home and having a fun snack before we tackle the dreaded homework. a little time to wind down from school, talk about our day and be a little silly.
here is a simple and fun snack my boys we all have been enjoying.
Chocolate Fruit Dip
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
 1 can condensed milk
 1/2 stick butter
 fresh fruit
melt butter in sauce pan. add condensed milk. stir till heated through. add chocolate chips and stir till melted.  be careful not to burn the chocolate since i didn’t use a double-broiler. enjoy with your favorite fresh fruit.  (use sticks, toothpicks or forks to dip your fruit)
kiddies are in heaven. yummy!
yes, a little sugary, but they consume many more fresh strawberries than chocolate. plus, there’s a whole lotta dipping  fun……
  and you’ll probably have a little bit of a mess after…..but it’s so worth it.

Pear Bunnies….made me happy today!

this has been a strange sorta week. i have been feeling down….even though i don’t know why, and i have been uninspired to blog lately. i guess everyone gets burned out now and then, but i am used to going, going, going. i had planned to do some fun things for earth day (didn’t happen), i had planned to do some Easter projects (didn’t happen). and then this morning, i pretty much decided that i should quit blogging (okay, i’m being a little dramatic), just because i usually am full of ideas….and lately….i haven’t been able to think of anything. and all those activities around the OC i like to post about? no time.
so……..i decided to give myself an attitude adjustment. i ironed some clothes to wear and even got dressed. i cleaned up the house. i took the kiddies to the park. and then i made a good dinner. not my usual pull the tortellini out of the freezer canned spaghetti sauce kind of dinners. but one that would make my hubbie happy. steak. cheesy potatoes. and bunny salad.
okay, the bunny salad was not to make the hubbie happy…..it was more for the kiddies. and i must say, it actually made my day. because they turned out sooo sooo cute. and the cute little bunnies put a smile on everyone at the dinner table. even the hubbie. and that is what i needed. life. is. good.
how to make a bunny salad
what you need:
pear halves
pretzels
chocolate chips or raisins
cherry
nutmeg
lettuce leaf
directions:
place a lettuce leaf on a plate. slice a pear half into wedges for the ears. place two on the lettuce leaf. then place one whole pear half on top (a large can of pears made four bunnies). carefully sprinkle nutmeg where the bunny’s mouth will be. for the nose, place 1/4 of the cherry. add pretzels for the whiskers and chocolate chips or raisins for the eyes. and whala! bunny salad.
and i am not going to quit blogging  🙂

Homemade Candy Buttons | Free printable template


i have a thing for old fashioned candy…..especially colorful candy like swirly lollipops, gumballs, and these cute candy buttons. and guess what…i didn’t buy these…..i made them!

candy buttons are sooooo simple and addicting to make. i love that you can make them any color scheme you’d like. since it’s spring, i thought these pastel color were perfect. i just love how they turned out….and even more how they taste. much better than store bought.
and you don’t have to make just dots, you can make little hearts, little eggs, little stars….anything. and don’t keep the fun all to yourself….my kiddies love to make them too. of course, their dots weren’t as perfect, but still were very tasty!

how to make your own
candy buttons
2 tablespoons meringue powder OR 2 egg whites
6 tablespoons water (if needed)
1/4 teaspoon almond extract or lemon juice
1 box (1 pound) confectioners’ sugar
ziploc sandwich baggies
food coloring
artificial flavoring (optional)

1) Cut non-toxic computer paper into 2 3/4″ x 10” strips.

2) Whip together confectioners sugar, meringue powder OR egg whites and lemon juice on low speed using a stand mixer for 1 minute.  (you may need to add water)  continue to whip for 10 minutes on high speed.

3) Divide “icing” into small bowls. Color each bowl different colors. If desired, add different flavorings to each.

4) If icing is too thick, thin out with drops of water, until it is the consistency of sour cream. A drop should hold its shape and slowly smooth out to create smooth button.

5) Pour each color into a sandwich bag and seal. (Placing the open baggie in a small cup and then pouring the icing in, is a great trick to keep things nice and clean). Then cut a VERY small corner off of each bag.

6) Squeeze a drop of icing at a time onto the paper. You can place the strip of paper on top of the template, you
will then see where to place each drop evenly.

7) Place on baking sheets in a cool dry place uncovered to dry overnight.

8) Candy will harden overnight. Store in a zipper bag or
airtight container.

here is a printable template to help you make your buttons line-up straight. the directions are also included.