November 1, 2014

Nesting Skills – Make Your Own Brownie Mix

Here’s a really ridiculously easy brownie mix that you can make at home instead of buying a boxed brownie mix.  You can buy brownie mix really cheaply when it’s on sale but at least in a homemade version you know what’s in your mix and you can easily customize it to your taste!

Ridiculously easy homemade brownie mix: Never buy boxed brownie mix again! Not only frugal but better for you since it eliminates all those crazy unknown ingredients.  Makes a great gift too!

With the holidays right around the corner, this would also make a great gift that you can dress up with a cute tag/label & ribbon. Include some add-ins like chocolate chips, cinnamon chips, nuts, crushed peppermints or crushed cookies to really take it up a notch!

Homemade Brownie Mix -

1 C. sugar
½ C. flour
1/3 C. cocoa powder
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. baking powder

*Mix makes 1 pan of brownies.

Directions:

Combine all ingredients well and store in an airtight container until ready to use.

To Make Brownies (write this on a tag or label if giving as a gift):

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9×9 baking dish with non-stiock spray.

2. Combine the homemade brownie mix with 2 eggs, ½ C. vegetable oil and 1 tsp. of vanilla.

3. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Insert a toothpick around 20 minutes and if it comes out clean, the brownies are done. Don’t over cook if you want moist brownies!

Thick chewy brownies made from scratch! Ridiculously easy brownie mix that so much better than boxed and would make a great gift!

My favorite way to have brownies is hot out of the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! What’s yours?

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Nesting Skills - Homemade Brownie Mix
 
Ridiculously easy homemade brownie mix: Never buy boxed brownie mix again! Not just frugal but better for you since it eliminates all those crazy unknown ingredients. Makes a great gift too!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 1 C. sugar
  • ½ C. flour
  • ⅓ C. cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. baking powder
Instructions
  1. To Make Brownies (write this on a tag or label if giving as a gift)
  2. #1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9x9 baking dish with non-stiock spray.
  3. #2. Combine the homemade brownie mix with 2 eggs, ½ C. vegetable oil and 1 tsp. of vanilla.
  4. #3. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Insert a toothpick around 20 minutes and if it comes out clean, the brownies are done. Don't over cook if you want moist brownies!

You may also like these recipes from the Nesting Skills Series:

Homemade Cinnamon Syrup

Homemade Dry Onion Soup Mix & Cream of….Mix

Homemade Liquid Soap

Homemade Gardeners Orange Olive Oil Bar Soap

 

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Mini Pumpkin Pie Cheese Ball Bites

These cute, bite sized Pumpkin Pie Cheese Balls are a great way to put a new spin on a traditional appetizer favorite, and they come with edible utensils built right in! This way you don’t have to worry about double dippers!

Easy Mini Pumpkin Pie Cheese Ball Bites ~ super easy fall inspired appetizer with so many different opions for coatings like dried cranberries, crushed graham crackers etc. and pretzel skewers

Plus they  are easy to grab and move on – the perfect appetizer. I’ve also given you options for various coatings so you can try more than one with no guilt!

Pumpkin Pie Spice Mini Cheese Balls

Ingredients:

ingredients used to make mini pumpkin pie cheeseball bites
1-8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
⅓ cup pumpkin puree
2 Tbsp. butter, softened
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 Tbsp. confectioners sugar
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
½ tsp. vanilla

Additional items for coating:
crushed graham crackers
coconut
chopped walnuts
diced dried cranberries
crushed gingersnaps

cheese ball coatings

Directions:

1. Combine cream cheese and butter in the bowl of a hand or stand mixer and blend until smooth.
2. Add brown sugar, powdered sugar, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla and mix well.
3. Place mixture in plastic wrap and cover well.
4. Place in refrigerator for 2 hours to chill so it becomes firm.
5. Pinch off small pieces ( a little larger than a big grape) and roll.
6. Pierce top with a pretzel stick.
7. Use pretzel like a handle and roll mini cheeseballs in various coatings, leave some uncoated for those guests that prefer no coating.
8. Place back in refrigerator to chill until ready to serve.

These mini appetizers are so easy to put together and will make a wonderful addition to your Thanksgiving spread or as your contribution to any pot luck or party.

Do you have a favorite cheese ball recipe?

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Mini Pumpkin Pie Cheese Ball Bites
 
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Ingredients
  • 1-8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
  • ⅓ cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 Tbsp. confectioners sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • Additional items for coating:
  • crushed graham crackers
  • coconut
  • chopped walnuts
  • diced dried cranberries
  • crushed gingersnaps
Instructions
  1. Combine cream cheese and butter in the bowl of a hand or stand mixer and blend until smooth.
  2. Add brown sugar, powdered sugar, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla and mix well.
  3. Place mixture in plastic wrap and cover well.
  4. Place in refrigerator for 2 hours to chill so it becomes firm.
  5. Pinch off small pieces ( a little larger than a big grape) and roll.
  6. Pierce top with a pretzel stick.
  7. Use pretzel like a handle and roll mini cheeseballs in various coatings, leave some uncoated.
  8. Place back in refrigerator to chill until ready to serve.

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25 Creative Candy Corn Recipes

Are you crazy for candy corn? Check out this amazing collection of recipes that either use candy corn or are inspired by candy corn!

25 Creative Candy Corn Recipes

 

25 Creative Candy Corn Recipes

1. Candy Corn Cookie Bark From Sweet Bella Roos

2. Candy Corn Punch From Simplee Thrifty

3. Homemade Candy Corn Pretzels From Sugar Swings

4. Candy Corn Biscotti from Food Nasty

5. Candy Corn Oreo Bark From Raking In The Savings

6. Candy Corn Popcorn Bars From Wheel N Deal Mama

7. Candy Corn Cheesecake Mousse Recipe From Meet Kristy

8. Candy Corn Crunch From This Mama Loves

9. Halloween Muddy Buddies Mix From Simply Being Mommy

10. Candy Corn Lollipops From Mess For Less

25 Creative Candy Corn Recipes including this  Candy Corn Party Mix from Fleece Fun

11. Easy Candy Corn Party Mix From Fleece Fun

12. Candy Corn Bark Recipe From Life Is Poppin

13. Candy Corn Cereal Treats From Baked Perfection

14. Candy Corn Peanut Bars From Easybaked

15. Candy Corn Magic Bars From The Domestic Rebel

16. Candy Corn Cookies From LilaLoa

17. Last Minute Candy Corn Cookies From Bake At 350

18. Candy Corn Bundt Cake From A Baker’s House

19. White Chocolate Candy Corn Cookie Bars From Love From The Oven

20. Candy Corn Striped Madeleines From Sugar Swings

21. Candy Corn Pop Tarts From Pint Sized Baker

22. Candy Corn Cookies From Baking Beauty

23. Halloween Candy Corn Popcorn From Erica’s Sweet Tooth

24. Candy Corn M&M Macadamia Nut Cookies From Something Swanky

25. Candy Corn Halloween Eclair Cake From Sweet Simple Stuff

These are also great for using up any leftover Halloween candy corn that you might have!

You may also like: 12 Creative Candy Corn Inspired Fall Decor Ideas

Easy Homemade Cinnamon Syrup

Last year I started a Homemade Solutions Series and somehow got sidetracked.  I’m going to start it back up since we’re going to be in our new home next week and I’ll finally have more time (Yay!) and making things from scratch is going to be a priority. So to start this series off (again) as Nesting Skills.  I’m sharing a easy homemade cinnamon coffee syrup (although you could also use this in place of store bought syrup on pancakes).

This homemade coffee syrup recipe is so easy to make (only 3 ingredients).  Just delicious in coffee or even on top of pancakes. Makes a wonderful gift too!

Easy Homemade Cinnamon Coffee Syrup

Easy Homemade Cinnamon Syrup
 
Very easy to make (only 3 ingredients) cinnamon syrup that's good in coffee and also on pancakes. This would make a great gift for a coffee lover.
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Ingredients
  • 1 ½ C. water
  • 3 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
  • 1 C. + 2 tbs. of brown sugar
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, heat the water, cinnamon sticks and brown sugar. Bring to a boil and then remove from heat. (You're house will smell amazing btw)
  2. Add a cover and let steep for 10-15 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick
  3. Store the cinnamon syrup in a mason jar or other air tight container in the fridge when not using. Will last about a week.
  4. Use in strong hot coffee along with steamed milk topped with whipped cream & a sprinkle of cinnamon for a yummy homemade Cinnamon Dolce Latte!

Ingredients:

1 ½ C. water
3 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
1 C. + 2 tbs. of brown sugar

Directions:

1. In a small saucepan, heat the water, cinnamon sticks and brown sugar. Bring to a boil and then remove from heat. (Your house will smell amazing btw)

2. Add a cover and let steep for 10-15 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick.

3. Store the cinnamon syrup in a mason jar or other air tight container in the fridge when not using. Lasts for about a week.

4. Use in strong hot coffee along with steamed milk topped with whipped cream & a sprinkle of cinnamon for a yummy homemade Cinnamon Dolce Latte!  How much depends on how sweet you like your coffee.

Treat yourself to some delicious coffee that tastes like a specialty flavor and give this recipe a try (or try it on pancakes/waffles).  It would also make a wonderful gift for a coffee lover (especially if you package it in a pretty glass bottle).

Make your own Cinnamon Dolce coffee with this easy to make coffee syrup. This would be a great gift for a coffee lover!Have you ever made a flavored syrup before?

You might also like:

Homemade Onion Soup Mix & Dry Cream of…..Soup Mix

Homemade Liquid Soap

Homemade Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Pie Spice Apples

If you’ve ever tried to buy gourmet chocolate covered apples you know how expensive they can be!  No need to spend tons of money on them – I’ll show you how easy they are to make at home!

Delicous white chocolate mixed with pumpkin pie spice covers apples.

You can use any kind of apple you like but I  recommend a tart apple to cut the sweetness. Cut the recipe in half or double it to make just enough for what you need.

Ingredients:

6 tart apples (Granny Smith & Fuji are particularly good with the chocolate)

1- 10-12 oz. bag of white chocolate chips

2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp.vanilla

optional- walnuts, crushed

How to make homemade chocolate covered apples.Directions:

Spread some wax paper on a cookie sheet

Wash apples well, then dry thoroughly with a clean towel to remove all wax.

Push a 8” skewer into the center of the apple through the core, about 3” -4” in.

Place white chocolate chips in a glass or other micrwave safe bowl and melt by heating it for 30 seconds at a time, stirring between each one until completely melted and smooth.

Stir in vanilla and pumpkin pie spice to combine.

Use a spatula to spread and smooth chocolate over apple.

While chocolate is still wet, dip into a bowl of crushed walnuts if desired (or candy of your choice).

Put your apple on the cookie sheet.

When all the apples are covered put them in the refrigerator until the chocolate sets (about 15 min)

To serve, slip a fun fall themed straw over your skewer if you like.

Make them for the fall bake sale, as a thoughtful treat for the teacher, a Halloween party, or as a delicious dessert option on Thanksgiving.  These fancy apple treats are sure to please!

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Homemade Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Pie Spice Apples
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 6 tart apples (Granny Smith is particularly good with the chocolate)
  • 1- 10-12 oz. bag of white chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp.vanilla
  • optional- walnuts, crushed
Instructions
  1. Spread out enough waxed paper to hold however many apples you are preparing.
  2. Wash apples well, then dry thoroughly with a clean towel to remove all wax.
  3. Push a 8” skewer into the center of the apple through the core, about 3” -4” in.
  4. Place white chocolate chips in a glass or other micrwave safe bowl and melt by heating it for 30 seconds at a time, stirring between each one until completely melted and smooth.
  5. Stir in vanilla and pumpkin pie spice to combine.
  6. Use a spatula to spread and smooth chocolate over apple.
  7. While chocolate is still wet, dip into a bowl of crushed walnuts if desired.
  8. Put your apple on the cookie sheet.
  9. When all the apples are covered put them in the refrigerator until the chocolate sets (about 15 min)
  10. Slip a fun fall themed straw over your skewer if you like.

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You will love these homemade pumpkin spice white chocolate covered apples!

Delicious Apple Pear Crisp In A Jar

Made with the delicious and warming  flavors of fall – apples, pears, and cinnamon, these Apple and Pear Crisps will quickly become a favorite cool weather treat for the whole family!

apple pear crisp in a jar recipe

The sweet and scrumptious fruit filling covered with a crisp topping and baked into individual servings make them the perfect ending to any meal. Truly a simple recipe to put together even though it will seem like you went to much more trouble than you actually did!

Apple Pear Crisp In A Jar

Ingredients:

3 medium apples

2 pears

¼ cup all-purpose flour

¼ cup brown sugar

2 tsp. cinnamon

1 Tbsp. vanilla

 

Topping:

4 Tbsp. butter, cold

¼ cup brown sugar

¼ cup oatmeal

2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour

Serves 4

 

pear-apple-crisp- mason-jar

Directions:

Preheat 350°

Peel and dice apples and pears into small pieces.

pear-apple-crumble-mason-jar-dice

Toss apples, pears, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla together in a large bowl, mixing well to coat evenly.

pear-apple-crumble-filling

Chop butter, and place it in a separate bowl with brown sugar, oatmeal and flour-using a fork to mix to create a crumbly topping.

Coat the inside of a  pint mason jar with nonstick spray.

Distribute filling evenly among jars, you will  want to slightly overfill each jar as mixture will shrink down as it cooks.

Place equal amounts of topping over each jar, pressing down onto filling.

pear-apple-crisp-bake-top

Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet for easy clean up.

Bake for 25-30 minutes until top is golden brown and lightly crisped.

Yum! Delicious apple pear crisp in a mason jar.
Serve with a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream if desired. Enjoy!

Delicious Apple Pear Crisp In Jar
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 3 medium apples
  • 2 pears
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  • Topping:
  • 4 Tbsp. butter, cold
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup oatmeal
  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • Serves 4
Instructions
  1. Preheat 350°
  2. Peel and dice apples and pears into small pieces.
  3. Toss apples, pears, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla together in a large bowl, mixing well to coat evenly.
  4. Chop butter, and place it in a separate bowl with brown sugar, oatmeal and flour-using a fork to mix to create a crumbly topping.
  5. Coat the inside of a pint mason jar with nonstick spray.
  6. Distribute filling evenly among jars, you will want to slightly overfill each jar as mixture will shrink down as it cooks.
  7. Place equal amounts of topping over each jar, pressing down onto filling.
  8. Bake on a parchment paper lined baking sheet for easy clean up.
  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes until top is golden brown and lightly crisped.
  10. Makes 4 servings
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4

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