Tuesday, March 24, 2015

SNICKERS® Stuffed Peanut Butter Cupcakes

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These yummy cupcakes start with a cake mix, are filled with SNICKERS® peanut butter squares and topped with creamy sweet peanut butter frosting!




I know right now I only have a half day Kindergartner in the house, but I also have a husband who is in seminary too, so I do get to say what an awesome after school snack these cupcakes have become in our house! All three of my "boys" (Paul definitely included) are absolutely fanatical over anything peanut butter so I knew these would be a hit with them. I couldn't help but include one of my all-time favorite candy bar - SNICKERS® Peanut Butter Squares - stuffed inside and on top of these perfect little cupcakes!

I'll tell you what, in my college days SNICKERS® and I were pretty much best buds. Hunger does not even begin to describe having to sit through 3 hour classes at night when up until 5 minutes before class started I was completing whatever homework was due that day.





I'm ashamed to say with all that money I spent, I skipped dinner quite a bit because of this reason! I'm a procrastinator by heart, what can I say?

There was a little cafe & coffee house on campus and I pretty much always stopped in before my night classes and got a coffee and a SNICKERS® bar to get me through. While I loved being at college, I honestly do not miss having to complete all the class work and study for tests and all the rest that goes with getting through school. I'm quite happy in my little house with my 2.5 kids (hehe) baking up these yummy cupcakes for them!





Even if they do like to interrupt my blog posts by typing randomly on my laptop. :/

If you're planning on using icing tips to decorate these cupcakes, definitely spring for the decorator bags - they're much more sturdy to hold up to a thicker frosting like this peanut butter frosting. You could certainly just frost them with a butter knife - they taste just the same that way!




SNICKERS Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Ingredients
  • 2 bags SNICKERS Fun Size Peanut Butter Squares
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup water

For the peanut butter frosting:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3-5 tablespoons milk
Cooking Directions
  1. Chop 12 peanut butter squares into quarters. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners and place one quarter of a peanut butter square into each.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together cake mix, peanut butter, eggs, water, and oil until smooth. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 18 - 20 minutes. Allow cupcakes to cool completely.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and peanut butter until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar.
  5. Drizzle in milk by tablespoons until light. Frost cupcakes and place another SNICKERS peanut butter square on top of each cupcake.






I believe the first words out of Paul's mouth after taking a bite of his cupcake was, "These are PRO Kel, really!" :)





I picked up the fun size bags of SNICKERS at my local supermarket Weis in the candy aisle right next to the regular SNICKERS. These cupcakes would be great to whip up after all that Halloween and Easter candy our kids seem to accumulate! 

Enter the SNICKERS® "Who are you when you're hungry?" contest by uploading a personal photo or video from your Computer, Facebook, Instagram or use the SNICKERS® Meme Generator to create something new! Voting begins at Noon on 5/11/15 and ends at 11:59:59AM ET on 7/15/15. See more great SNICKERS® recipes and fun stories on the SNICKERS® social hub.




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Monday, March 23, 2015

Strawberry Lemonade Muffins

These sweet muffins are loaded with chopped fresh strawberries and flavored with lemon juice and lemon zest. A perfect breakfast to welcome spring!





Muffins are one of  my favorite things to make on the weekend. They do require extra time and brain power, which I am usually lacking during the busy week mornings. And even better, they make a lot so they last us for quite a few more mornings. 

I actually always have the intention of putting a few in the freezer to pull out on days when I run out of milk, eggs, or cereal. Unfortunately, these boys gobble them up faster than I can bag them up!





These muffins are perfectly light and sweet with a great crunch on the crust at the top. The strawberries really pop with flavor and the lemon is a really nice change to typical muffins. 

If you're a fan of strawberry or pink lemonade, these muffins are definitely for you!




Strawberry Lemonade Muffins

Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cups self rising flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 cups diced strawberries
Cooking Directions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour and sugar. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together sour cream, butter, beaten eggs, lemon juice, and lemon zest until well combined.
  2. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix with a large spoon until moist throughout. Stir in strawberries.
  3. Divide batter equally among 18 paper lined muffin cups. Sprinkle sanding sugar over tops of muffins.
  4. Bake at 375 for 18 - 20 minutes or until slightly golden on the tops. Allow to cool before serving.


These are such a perfect spring or summer breakfast!




Here are some more of my favorite muffin recipes:














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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Mexican Pot Pie

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This hearty dinner calls for beef, corn, black beans and a zesty tomato sauce with a spicy cheddar cornbread topping! A family-filler-upper for sure!
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T-ball is about to start here in our town and I have one 6 year old little boy who is OVER THE MOON excited. Actually, I have a 3 year old who is just as excited, even though he'll just be sitting with me on the sidelines cheering his brother on. If I'll be honest, I'm a bit excited too! I really love that we're getting into the "kid" stage of things and I find it so fun to watch the boys learn to do new things. I like being the one to encourage them when they get hurt and don't want to play anymore. It happens to them all, doesn't it? I mean, playing sports is pretty much a given that you'll get hurt at some point, but it's such a great life lesson for them to learn not to give up.

Despite our anticipation of the fun spring activities coming up, you know what I'm not so excited over? Busy weeknights. Ugh. They can be such a drag, and I for one do NOT have extra levels of energy at the moment! If you're not aware, I'm growing a human being at the moment. ;)





Dinner is one of those things where if you don't plan to succeed, you plan to fail. I feel like I've read that on a high school poster somewhere, HA! It's true, though! The weeks that I don't plan or just don't feel like planning, we're cranky because it gets to the point where we're all starving and I either stress out finding something to make with the stuff I have in our pantry, or I quick pick us up something to eat. Two experiences I don't want to repeat! 

I really love dinners that I can either make ahead of time, or are all-in-one meals. Casseroles are one of those dinners that fit into that criteria for me, and this Mexican Pot Pie is perfect! I really love that it has all our favorite taco-like flavors in the meat filling, and then it's topped with cheesy and a bit spicy cornbread on top. It's yummy and it fills my family - win/win situation right here!

Whether you're trucking your kids to the baseball field, dance studio, or piano teacher's house - this is a wonderful dinner to keep in your recipe box for those super busy weeknights!






Mexican Pot Pie

Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 14 oz carton Campbell's Soups for Easy Cooking, Mexican Style Tomato variety
  • 14 oz can corn, drained
  • 14 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 11.5 oz box Southern cornbread mix
  • 1 1/3 cups milk
  • 1/3 cups oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 7 oz can diced green chilies, drained
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Cooking Directions
  1. Brown ground beef in large pan, drain, and return to pan. Add in Mexican Tomato soup, corn, and black beans.
  2. Pour into the bottom of a 4 quart casserole dish.
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat cornbread mix, milk, oil, and eggs until smooth. Stir in chilies and cheddar cheese.
  4. Pour over meat filling in casserole dish. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 - 35 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out crumbly from the cornbread layer.
  5. Allow casserole to rest 5 minutes before serving.




You can certainly use a smaller can of diced chilies, or omit completely, if your family prefers a more mild flavor. The chilies though are definitely pretty mild as it is, though. I actually added a small dollop of sour cream to my dish. Yum!





I was surprised to discover on my grocery trip to Walmart, that there actually four different varieties of these new Campbell's Soups for Easy Cooking: Savory Portobello Mushroom, Creamy Herb & Garlic with Chicken Stock, Sweet Onion, and Mexican Style Tomato - the flavor I used in this recipe. I'm planning on trying all four in place of my usual "cream of ____ soup" called for in a lot of casserole recipes - since it contains the same amount as the canned soups. You won't believe how much flavor is packed into those cartons! 





Be sure to grab this money-saving coupon before you go shopping for $0.75 off (coupon launches on 3/13 and is valid for one month)! Check out all the recipe ideas at Campbell's Soups for Easy Cooking site - which flavor are you most excited to try? What family favorite recipe will you incorporate it into? Leave your ideas in the comments! 

Campbell's shares TONS of recipe ideas on their social media pages, make sure you're following: Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest.
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