Sunday, November 28, 2010

We Have a Winner...♥

Actually we have Two Winners
Due to the high number of entries, I had to pick two winners, 
Amy and Rhonda (aka Jordan)...
You two are the lucky winners of one of my 
Famous Heart Shaped Banana Breads  ♥ 
Please send me your mailing address in a private email 
And I will send you your Prize....
♥Thank you everyone who entered for a chance to win♥


Friday, November 12, 2010

♥Tis The Season.... Holiday Give away ♥

Tell Me, What Is Your Favorite Family Holiday Tradition?
One of our favorite Holiday traditions were to make several different kinds of cookies, breads, and candies... then package them up nice and festive.  My kids and I would go around our community and hand deliver cookies every Christmas eve to ...our friends, doctors,  community service places like the post office, police dept, fire dept, along with local homes for disabled elders, adult and children. Then we'd go down town to the Shelters and hand out small containers of cookies along with socks & gloves to the homeless living along the streets of Anchorage Alaska. It was our way of letting others know how much we appreciate them and that they are loved...

Keeping in the spirit, I'd like to give a way a loaf of my Banana Bread to the lucky person who shares their favorite family tradition on my blog, I will enter your traditions in a drawing to be held on Friday November 26th 2010 noon my time, where I will draw a lucky winner to receive one of my heart shaped Banana Breads & Homemade College Card.... OK... I know it's not an autographed signed book, but it is made with love and I'm sure to delight any who share in your winning… We would love to hear your family tradition....
Enter for your chance to win

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Snoopy Peanut Butter Rice Krispie’s Bars

These are one my favorites to make all year long, 

I never get tired of making them, 

eating them, sharing them or did I say…eat them? 

I love, love, love them!

so do my boys and anyone else who gets to eat them. 

At Christmas when I need a gift or treat quickly, these are it. I’m talking 20 minutes from start to finish. You can eat them warm, but usually I make my kids wait. I’ve tried it with other chocolates, but I always go back to the milk chocolate. I’ve been making these bars for as long as I can remember. We use to get a similar bar at school, called Snoopy Bars, but the texture was slightly different. These are very similar to Rice Crispy treats, same concept but they taste so much better. If you’re a chocolate peanut butter kind of person, these are for you! 


Snoopy Peanut Butter Rice Krispie’s Bars

1 Cup White Sugar
1 Cup Light Corn Syrup (I prefer Karo)
1 ½ Cup Peanut Butter (I prefer Jif Creamy Peanut Butter)
6 Cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispie’s
1 Package of 11.5 oz Milk Chocolate Chips (I prefer Ghirardelli)

Put sugar and light corn syrup in a large sauce pan, bring to a boil stirring constantly being careful not to burn. Once mixture reaches a boil remove from heat. 

Add 1 ½ C. Peanut butter stir until melted. 

Add 6 cups of Rice Krispie’s. 
Mix together until all cereal is completely coated. 

Pour into a 13 x 9 x 2-inch cake pan 
coated with Pam cooking spray. 

Press mixture down evenly in pan. 

Sprinkle Chocolate Chips on top. 

Put pan in oven at 275 degrees until chips soften, about 5-7 minutes. Quickly remove from oven, spread chocolate evenly around bar. 

 Let cool and cut in squares. 

I like to use a butter knife to loosen up the edges, 
and then I pop the completely cooled bars out onto a cutting board.
I then flip the bar and cut into small bite sized squares. You can cut into larger bars, but these little gems are very rich so a little goes a long way.

The knife shown in the picture was actually used to cut our frozen Cheese cake. You can get it at any knife store, or order it on line. It’s called a Wusthof Gourmet 12” Cheese Knife, Doubled Handle. By W├╝sthof  It works perfectly for cutting bars, frozen cakes, or anything you want a nice even straight line, plus it is so much easier to cut with being able to apply pressure evenly from both handles.

I prefer small 1 inch squares; 
they are easy to eat, share, and are the perfect nibbler size.

These are one of the easiest treats to make & send 
to your loved ones, normally
they won’t break up during travel 
to your desired destination, 
I've sent these to friends serving over seas 
and to my boys for their birthdays. 
It's one of my favorites to mail.

You do have to make sure that if you’re mailing in extreme heat, that you use waxed paper or parchment in between your layers, and freeze before you mail to set the chocolate completely. The tighter you package the bars, the better they’ll travel.

I like to make several pans at Christmas, 
everyone loves them, 
they make the perfect gift, brunch compliment, or after school snack. 
My boys love these bars!