Thursday, May 30, 2013

Brownie-Batter Dip

Chocolate for me equals true love.  I have yet to meet a chocolate dessert I didn't like, there a few I didn't LOVE, but this wasn't one of them!  Holy cow, brownie batter, I was pretty much licking the bowl!

Brownie Batter Dip

I made this for card club a while back, I used the suggested dipping items and added one, vanilla wafer cookies, wow were they awesome dipped in chocolate!

Our card club is only 12 people and we usually have a ton of food, so if I make this again, I'll only make 1/2 a batch.  There was quite a bit leftover and I just kept eating it!  If I make less, I will eat less.

8 ounces cream cheese, light or regular, softened
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
5 tablespoons cocoa powder, regular or Dutch-process
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2-4 tablespoons milk
Chocolate chips for garnish (optional)
Pretzels, strawberries, marshmallows, graham crackers, animal crackers, or apples for dipping
Using an electric mixer, whip the cream cheese and butter together until light and fluffy, about 1-2 minutes. Add the powdered sugar and mix well.  Add the flour, cocoa powder, brown sugar, vanilla and 2 tablespoons milk. Mix until smooth.
Add additional powdered sugar or milk if needed, until the desired consistency is reached. You want the dip to be soft enough to easily dip a pretzel without breaking it, but stiff enough to hold its shape and not be runny.

I found the recipe on Pinterest - Stick a Fork in It.  They gave credit to: Source: Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

Keep trying new stuff!

The Chop Haus

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Teacher Gifts

I just wasn't sure what I was going to do about teacher gifts this year.  Last year the moms at the pre-school did a big combined gift, one for each of the 2 teachers.  I didn't hear anything this year so I figured I better start planning.    Mr. Non-Stop's last day of school is this Friday, so even though teacher appreciation "week" was last week, I'm doing their gifts this week.

After a little researching and just plain searching I came up with 3 different ideas.  One for each day Mr. Non-Stop goes to school.

Hugs and Kisses
Small Mason Jar, filled with Hershey Kisses.  I made a foiled covered kiss to attach to the outside.  The tag reads: Thanks for a great year! Hugs & Kisses, "Mr. Non-Stop"

Thanks for Helping Me Bloom and Grow!
These were small brown paper bags (2 per plant), I cut cardboard to insert into the bottom.  I used zig zag scissors to cut around the tops of the bag, I probably cut them down about half way.  I attached long ribbons for handles and stapled them to the bags in a X pattern.  The photo below shows both the front view of the bags and the side view.  I just love the fact that my tags match the flowers!

I Couldn't Have Picked a Better Teacher! 
This was a small pot from Wal-Mart, I shredded a brown paper bag for the stuffing in the bottom.  I added the "Fresh Picked" Strawberry soap from Bath and Body Works, along with a gift card and some hand-dipped chocolate covered strawberries.  I made a paper cone and line it with wax paper for the strawberries so they didn't stick to the other items.  I also included a ziploc baggie, tucked behind the gift card so the teachers could cover the strawberries or at least make it easier to transport.

Mr. Non-Stop's teachers loved the gifts and I got the eat the extra chocolate covered strawberries! (every body won)

The Chop Haus

Monday, May 13, 2013

Mother's Day

Yes, Mother's Day has come and gone, not with a bang or a flash, but with kisses and hugs and special cards for the grandmas!

The idea was in my head, but we didn't actually make these until Sunday morning, but it went really quick.

I decided one color flower was the quickest way to attempt and finish this project.  Mr. Non-Stop loves red and green so getting him to agree was pretty easy.

1. We have paper that is about 2 feet by 3 feet, so I cut 2 sheets long way.
2. I painted his had with the red craft paint, and carefully placed his hand on the paper.
3. Once the flowers were almost dry (which really didn't take long), I added the stems and flowers.
4. I wrote the appropriate title across the top and then he signed his name way off to the right.
5. We rolled them up and tied a red bow around the card.

We made 3 total but it really was quick and easy, but from the heart!

I might need to make one for myself!!!

I hope everyone was able to enjoy their Mother's Day

The Chop Haus

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Cleveland News

While I don't spend a lot of time watching the news I was glued to my TV set last night as the Cleveland news stations broke the story about 3 women, who were kidnapped, presumed dead, were found alive in a house in Cleveland.  They weren't hundreds of miles away, just locked inside a house for 10 years!

While there are still questions to be answered, the fact that a neighbor paid attention to something that just didn't seem right.  The world needs more people like this gentleman!  We all need to learn a lesson about vigilance, observation and just plan old common sense!