March 22, 2009

Werewolf Kibble

(AKA: Muddy Buddies or Monkey Munch)

7 cups Rice CHEX cereal
2 cups Cocoa Puffs cereal
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Measure cereals into a large bowl and set aside.

In a 1-qt microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter & butter uncovered on high for 1-2 minutes. Stir. Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla.

Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into a 2-gallon resealable ziplock baggie.

Add powdered sugar to bag. Seal bag, shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in an airtight container in fridge.

(Or bag this into small cellophane bags labeled "werewolf kibble")

RECIPE NOTE: The original recipe calls for 9 cups of rice Chex. I add cocoa puffs to make this look more like dog kibble. Just make sure you have 9 total cups of cereal no matter what type you use.)

March 7, 2009

strawberry cake

1 box of super moist white cake mix
1 (3oz) box of strawberry jello
2 cups of strawberry puree (made by blending defrosted strawberries in syrup/with sugar found in freezer section)
4 large eggs
1/2 c vegetable oil
1/4 c water

Preheat oven to 350 (or 325 if using a convection oven)
Mix all ingredients together until smooth
Pour into 2 greased 9in cake pans (or cupcake pans)
Bake until toothpick inserted comes out clean...apprx 25-50 mins for cakes or 18-20 mins for cupcakes.
Cool completely.
Remove from pans.
Frost with strawberry cream cheese frosting or another frosting of your choice.

strawberry cream cheese frosting

1/4 c butter
8oz cream cheese
1/4 c. frozen strawberries in syrup/with sugar (blended to make 1/4 c of puree)
1/2 tsp strawberry extract
7 c. confectioners sugar

Beat butter and cream cheese until smooth.
Add strawberry puree and strawberry extract.
Beat together until incorporated.
Gradually add confectioners sugar beating until smooth.

Amazing on white cake or my wonderful strawberry cake or cupcakes

super simple cream cheese frosting

1lb cream cheese (2 boxes)
2 sticks of butter
1tsp vanilla extract
4c sifted powdered sugar

Beat butter and cream cheese together until creamy.
Add vanilla and beat some more.
Add sugar one cup at a time, beating slowly to incorporate.
Increase speed to high and whip until light and fluffy.

Good on red velvet, carrot cake or even devils food. Yum!

PS: I am not a fan of cream cheese icing and this stuff I'll even eat.