Easter treats

Hi everyone,

Today, as Easter is right around the corner, I thought I would talk about some simple and delicious Easter treats. I have another post going up tomorrow about Easter cocktails, so keep an eye out for that.

Starting off super simple, we have Peep Fruit Kabobs. There is a lot of sugar going around on Easter so this offers a slightly healthier option.

What you need:

  • Wooden skewers
  • Peeps, 1 to 2 packages depending on how many you plan on making
  • Fresh fruit, your choice

What you do:

  • Layer the fruit on the skewer, put the Peep in the middle and layer more fruit on top
  • Put on a serving tray/ platter. Serve and enjoy!

Next up we have something I wish I could take credit for, and it’s Rice Krispie Treats but made with Trix cereal. I loved Trix growing up and I am definitely going to be making these.

What you need:

  • One bag of mini marshmallows, 16 ounces
  • 10 cups of Trix cereal
  • 1/4 cup of butter

What you do:

  • Put the marshmallows and butter in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 2 to 3 minutes or until everything is melted. Once it is melted stir until smooth.
  • Add in the Trix and stir until well combined.
  • Pour your mixture into a greased 9 x 13 pan and press down with a spoon making sure that they are even.
  • Cool, either at room temperature or in the fridge and once they’ve cooled cut them into squares.
  • Serve and enjoy!

The last treat we have is Cadbury Mini Egg Cookies. Mini Eggs are one of my favorite Easter candies and like the Trix treats I’m definitely going to be making these. And this recipe makes 36 cookies.

What you need:

  • 2 1/4 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of softened unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups of Cadbury Mini Eggs chopped in half

What you do:

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Add the flour, baking soda and salt together in a bowl, mix and set aside.
  • In a large bowl add the butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla and beat until smooth and creamy.
  • Add in the eggs and beat until well combined.
  • Mix in the dry ingredients until combined then gently stir in the Mini Eggs.
  • Spoon the dough onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet, and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
  • Once out of the oven, cool on a wire rack, serve and enjoy!

That about wraps it up for this post, if you guys make any of these tweet me a picture or tag me on Instagram. My links will be down below like always.

Until next time, have fun baking and if you guys have any treats you love for Easter let me know :).

-K

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St. Patrick’s Day treats

Hi everyone,

Today, as promised, I’m going to be doing St. Patrick’s Day treats. These are really easy and really yummy, I will also link last years post down below if you want more recipes or inspiration.

First up we have Lucky Charm Marshmallow Rice Krispie Treats. I love Rice Krispie Treats anyway, and Lucky Charms are the perfect addition.

What you need:

  • 6 cups of Lucky Charms cereal
  • 1 Bag, 10.5 ounces of mini marshamallows
  • 3 tablespoons of softened butter

What you do:

  • First, get yourself a clear 8 x 8 baking pan, then grease it with nonstick spray.
  • Then, in a large mixing bowl add the marshmallows and butter and heat in the microwave for about two minutes or until the marshmallows yet puffy.
  • Stir the marshmallow mixture, making sure it well combined, then add in the Lucky Charms.
  • Spoon the mixture into your greased baking pan and press, making sure it’s even.
  • It is optional, but I like to add more of the Lucky Charms marshmallows on top.
  • Refrigerate for fifteen minutes  then and cut into squares.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Next up we have Leprechaun Popcorn. This is super simple, and always a hit at parties.

What you need:

  • Popcorn, you can use any brand, make your own, and the amount is up to you
  • Green candy melts
  • White Chocolate
  • St. Patrick’s Day sprinkles
  • Mint M&M’s

What you do:

  • Make the popcorn and place on a baking sheet.
  • Melt the green candy melts and the white chocolate and drizzle both over the popcorn.
  • Add the sprinkles and the green M&M’s and mix it all together.
  • Place in a large bowl, or individual bowls/bags, depending on how you’re serving.
  • Serve and enjoy!

And finally we have Shamrock Gooey Butter Cookies. I love Gooey Butter Cookies and these are some of the best.

What you need:

  • 2 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 package of softened cream cheese, 8 ounces
  • 1/2 cup of softened unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of pure mint extract
  • Green food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1 large egg and 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 cup of sifted confectioners sugar for rolling and dusting the cookies

What you do:

  • In a medium bowl whisk together the baking powder and flour until well combined and set aside.
  • You can do this next part using a hand mixer or a stand mixer, if you use the stand mixer use the paddle attachment. Cream together the butter and cream cheese until it’s well blended and smooth. Then beat in the sugar, extracts, as much food coloring as you want and the salt. Mix that until it’s well combined and make sure the scrape the sides of the bowl as you go. Add in the egg and egg yolk and beat on medium for one to two minutes or until light and creamy.
  • Gradually add the flour mixture, on a low speed, and mix until fully incorporated. Refrigerate for at least two hours.
  • While that’s in the fridge, move your oven rack to the lower part of the oven and preheat to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set those aside. Then place the confectioners sugar in a small bowl and set that aside as well.
  • Take the dough out of the fridge and roll into one inch balls, I like to use a spring loaded cookie scoop so all the cookies are uniform. Roll the dough between your hands to make sure you get perfectly rounded balls and roll in the confectioners sugar, lightly coating them and place then two inches apart on the cookie sheet.
  • Bake until cookies are round and have puffed and looked crackled. This was about 14 minutes for me. They will be softer in the middle and just barely browned on the bottom.
  • Let sit on baking sheet for about 10 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.
  • Once they are completely cooled either put in an airtight container for storage or serve and enjoy!

That about wraps it up for this post, if you guys have any fun St. Patrick’s Day treats that you love, let me know.

Until next time, enjoy your treats and try not to get pinched :).

-K

2017 St. Patrick’s Day post:

https://kyranycoleblog.wordpress.com/2017/03/15/st-patricks-day-treats/

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Valentine’s Day treats

Hi everyone,

Today I’m going to be doing part two of my Valentine’s posts, fun and delicious treats. There are so many different fun treats for Valentine’s Day, but these are some of my favorites.

First up we have Red Velvet Cake Bites, super simple and delicious.

What you need:

  • 1 box of red velvet cake mix, if you want you can make the cake from scratch
  • 1 container of cream cheese frosting, again if you want you can make it yourself
  • 1 pound of white coating chocolate
  • Red candy melts

What you do:

  • Bake the cake according to the directions on the box.
  • Once you take the cake out let it cool completely, if you want faster cooling you can put it in the freezer. After it’s cooled crumble the entire cake into a bowl.
  • Stir in the frosting, 1/2 a cup at a time, until it reaches the point where it will hold together when formed into a ball.
  • Once you have reached that perfect consistency roll your cake bites into balls, whichever size you prefer and place them on a large baking sheet and put in the refrigerator to set up. That will take about 30 minutes.
  • Melt the white chocolate and dip the balls, making sure that they are evenly coated and place them on parchment paper to set up.
  • Melt the red candy melts and spoon it into a piping bag. Then drizzle it over each cake bite.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Next we have Strawberry Crinkle Cookies. Crinkle cookies are incredibly easy to make and always a crowd favorite.

What you need:

  • 1 box of strawberry cake mix
  • 8 ounces of whipped topping, one container
  • 1 egg
  • Powdered sugar to roll the cookies in
  • Sprinkles to decorate

What you do:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit then grease a baking sheet and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl lightly beat the egg and add the cake mix and the whipped topping. Mix well.
  • Once you’ve mixed the ingredients, roll small balls into powdered sugar until they are well coated.
  • Place the cookies on the baking sheet, about an inch apart, and add the sprinkles.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges are firm but you don’t want them to brown.
  • Take them out of the oven and let them cool.
  • Serve and enjoy!

And finally, because you can’t have Valentine’s Day without chocolate, we have double chocolate cupcakes.

What you need:

  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of whole milk
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of boiling water

What you do:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line your tin with paper liners, I use red or pink to be extra festive.
  • In a large mixing bowl add the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt and stir together.
  • Add in the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla and beat on medium speed for one minute. Then stir in the boiling water, don’t worry if the batter is thin because it’s supposed to be that way.
  • Fill the liners about 2/3 of the way full and bake the cupcakes for 18-22 minutes.
  • Cool the cupcakes completely on a wire rack before frosting.

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting:

What you need:

  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 8 ounces of cream cheese, take this directly from the fridge
  • 4 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 to 4 tablespoons of heavy cream, you can also use heavy whipping cream or milk
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa

What you do:

  • Place the butter in a large mixing bowl and beat until smooth. Then add in the cream cheese and beat until fully combined and smooth.
  • Add in unsweetened cocoa and mix until fully combined, them add in the powdered sugar and mix on low. Then bump up to medium and beat until it begins to get fluffy.
  • Slowly add in the heavy cream, a little bit at a time, until you get the consistency you want.
  • Beat for about one minute or until fluffy.
  • Pipe onto your cupcakes. I like to with either red and pink sprinkles, hearts or strawberries.
  • Serve and enjoy!

That about wraps it up for this post, if you guys make any of these treats tweet me a picture or tag me on Instagram.

Until next time, part three will be up in a few days and have fun making treats and desserts this Valentine’s Day :).

-K

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November favorites

Hi everyone,

Today, as November is nearly over, I thought that I would do my November favorites. But before I get into that I want to mention something exciting, this year I’m doing Blogmas. So every day up until Christmas, starting December 1st, there will be a new Christmassy blog post, this is something I’ve wanted to do since I started blogging and I’m excited about it. But back to this month, starting with beauty I have a couple of favorites from my November Glam Bag from Ipsy and as always I’ll link that post down below if you haven’t read it. First we have the ColourPop Pressed Shadow in Come And Get It. I’ve worn this a couple of times since talking about it and I bloody love it. It’s a gorgeous shade, very versatile and the color payoff is fantastic. ColourPop eyeshadows are where it’s at.

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Next up we have the Tarte Deluxe Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush is Feisty. There are a couple of things I love about this blush, first being the color. It’s a dusty rose and that’s a shade that I think is great all year round. The formulation is really nice and it’s very blendable/buildable. All good things if you ask me.

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Continuing with the beauty favorites we have the EM Cosmetics Infinite Lip Cloud in Rose Nude. I highly recommend EM Cosmetics lipsticks. The formulation is really nice, they’re long lasting, feel great and light on the lips, and it smells really good.

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My last Glam Bag favorite is the SKYN ICELAND Berry Lip Fix with Wintered Red Algae. I put this in my skincare routine after I got it just to see and I can honestly tell you that I love it. It’s always been part of my routine to put something on my lips right before I go to bed, I wear a lot of lipsticks and different products and want to keep my lips healthy and soft. I normally use the Vanilla Softlips, and I love it, but I started alternating between that and this and my lips have never been softer. And if that wasn’t enough for you, it smells incredible. I will definitely be delving more into SKYN ICELAND.

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Moving right along, I have a couple of app favorites. The first is Poshmark. I was going through my closet recently and found some pieces that I either hadn’t worn, don’t know why I bought them to begin with, or had worn once or twice but didn’t have a real place in my wardrobe anymore and I wanted to do something with them and found that Poshmark was the best app for the job. I made my first sale a couple of weeks ago and it was a really easy process. I highly recommend it and I have a couple of really cute shirts in my Posh closet right now, @kyrasage18 if you guys are interested. Let’s do some business :).

My second app favorite is the Design Home app. I’m one of those people that quite likes interior design and I have a couple of house flipping shows that I absolutely love. I will admit that when I first saw the ad for this app I was skeptical, but I downloaded it and I love it, it’s a lot of fun.

Next up I have a website favorite and that’s Etsy. I recently started my Christmas shopping and was looking for something specific for a friend of mine, I won’t say what on the off chance she reads this, but I found it, beautifully made and reasonably priced and I’m really happy with it.

My next favorite is something I discovered randomly, the other week I was scrolling through YouTube late at night looking for something to watch and I came across this segment from Michael McIntyre’s Big Show called Send To All. Basically what he does is takes the phone of a celebrity guest on the show, sends out a crazy text to all the contacts in that persons phone and reads out the replies. It is one of the funniest things and I think that Michael McIntyre is one of the funniest people, really makes me laugh.

My second to last favorite is Thanksgiving. I love Thanksgiving, the food, the fun and the ridiculous amount of laughter that comes with my family getting together. I made apple pie like always do and I was really pleased with the way it turned out, it was delicious. I really should make this pie more throughout the year.

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And my last favorite is a song and it’s Hard To Say Sorry by Chicago. I listened to Chicago growing up, thanks Dad, and they have a ton of great songs, but this is probably my favorite song of theirs. It’s just one of those songs that I will belt out and I have no shame. If you haven’t heard it definitely  give it a listen.

That about wraps it up for this post, if we had any of the same favorites this month let me know and if not I’d love to know what you loved during November.

Until next time, enjoy your favorites and I hope you had a great November :).

-K

Glam Bag post:

https://kyranycoleblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/16/november-glam-bag-unboxing/

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Easy Halloween treats and drinks

Hi everyone,

Halloween is fast approaching, so I thought today I would share a couple of my favorite simple and easy food and drink favorites. Whether you’re going to/ hosting a party or just want something fun to have on Halloween while you’re handing out candy, these recipes tick all the boxes.

First we have a guaranteed hit at parties, Pumpkin Pie Dip:

What you need:

12 ounces of cream cheese

2 cups of powdered sugar

1 cup of canned pumpkin

1 teaspoon of ground ginger

1 teaspoon of cinnamon or pumpkin spice

2 cups of whipped topping

What you do:

Beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Then add the pumpkin and spices and stir until combined.

Fold in the whipped topping, gently, make sure it’s well combined and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Serve with graham crackers and your favorite fruits.

Next we have one of my all time favorites, Deviled Eggs with Bacon and Olive Spiders. I’ve made this for Halloween parties in the past, I’m actually making them for a party this weekend and they pretty much are gone the minute the platter hits the table so I always make sure to use 18 eggs opposed to 12, but if you’re hosting a smaller party 12 will be plenty.

What you need:

12 eggs

Mayonnaise

Yellow Mustard

Olives

Salt

Pepper

Paprika

What you do:

Hard boil the eggs, I do 5 minutes on high heat, then 25 minutes on medium heat. Once the eggs are done, remove them from the heat, dump out the hot water and cool them in cold water. When the eggs have cooled down you can start peeling them or stick them in the fridge for a little while before peeling. It’s up to you.

After peeling the eggs, cut them in half and carefully scoop out the yolk. Be sure to do this carefully otherwise the egg will tear and it will be difficult to get the filling back in.

Combine the yolks with the mayonnaise, yellow mustard, salt and pepper and mix until well combined and mixture is smooth.

Fill the eggs with the mixture and sprinkle lightly with paprika.

Cut the olives in half, take one half and put it on top of the egg, take the other half and cut into strips, putting four on each side.

Serve and enjoy

The third treat is great for the kids, or anyone that wants a little fun without the alcohol, although you could add alcohol to these if you wanted. And they are floats, specifically Lime and Orange Sherbet Floats.

What you need:

Lime:

One container of Lime Sherbet, any brand

One bottle of Lemon Lime soda, any brand

Orange:

One container of Orange sherbet, any brand

One bottle of Orange soda, any brand

What you do:

Mix the sherbet and the soda. You can do them individually or in a punch bowl. And to make them even more festive, top them with gummy worms, gummy eye balls or any gummy body parts you can find and enjoy.

My last two are strictly for the adults. Halloween cocktails. I searched through many different and delicious looking/ sounding recipes, but I found two that are simple and sound amazing.

The first is the Poisoned Apple martini.

What you need:

2 ounces of apple cider

1 ounce of pomegranate juice

2 ounces of tequila

Ice

Dry Ice

What you do:

Combine ingredients with ice in martini shaker. Shake to mix and strain into chilled martini glass.

Add dry ice before serving. You don’t have to add the dry ice, although it does give a spooky effect. But if you do go with the dry ice make sure you use small ice chips to avoid the possibility of your guests getting frostbite. This recipe makes one cocktail.

The next drink is the Black Widow cocktail.

What you need:

1/2 ounce of strawberry vodka

1/2 ounce of white rum

1/2 ounce of triple sec

3 ounces of cranberry juice

Ice

What you do:

Combine the ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake to mix and pour into martini glass.

For extra spook and to bring home the black widow theme, top with a plastic spider and enjoy. This recipe also makes one cocktail.

That about wraps it up for this post, if you guys have any fun Halloween recipes let me know and if you make any of these tweet me a pic or tag me on Instagram. My links will be below.

Until next time, if you’re going to any parties have fun and I hope you all have a happy Halloween :).

-K

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Simple and delicious taco soup

Hi everyone,

The seasons are starting to change and fall is upon us and one of the things that means is me making my favorite soups. There is nothing more cozy on a fall or winter day than a bowl of soup so today I wanted to share one of my all time favorite soup recipes. This one is for taco soup and it’s absolutely delicious.

What you need:

1 pound of ground beef

1 package of smoked sausage

1 onion

1 can of kidney beans

1 can of black beans

1 can of pinto beans

1 can of whole kernel corn

1 can of diced tomatoes

1 can of chicken broth

2 1/2 cups of water

1 package of taco seasoning

Make sure you drain all of the cans except for the tomatoes

What you do:

Take the sausage and cut it into 1/2 inch cubes and chop the onion. Then put a pan, 4-5 quart size, over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes and add in the sausage and onion. Stir it occasionally until the sausage is lightly browned.

Put in all of the remaining ingredients, stir to incorporate and bring to a boil. Once brought to a boil cover and reduce the heat to medium-low. Stir occasionally and cook for 15 minutes.

Ladle into bowls and top with your favorite toppings. I like to top mine with sour cream, grated cheese, green onions and crushed tortilla chips.

That about wraps it up for this post if any of you guys make this soup tweet me a picture or tag me on Instagram. And if you guys have any amazing soup recipes let me know.

Until next time, have fun cooking and enjoy the changing seasons :).

-K

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Delicious banana bread

Hi everyone,

Today I wanted to share a recipe with you. Recently I’ve been wanting to do more baking, fall is coming and it’s one of my favorite things to do. Specifically I wanted to make banana bread, so I asked on Facebook and Twitter if anyone knew of or had a good recipe and I got quite a few responses. And the one I made is the first one I was sent, but I want to try out all the recommended recipes at some point. This recipe is from the Brown Eyed Baker, and I would definitely recommend it.

What you need:

2 cups of all purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda

A pinch of salt

1 cup of granulated sugar

1/2 cup of vegetable oil

2 eggs

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

4 medium ripe bananas, mashed. Should be about 1 1/3 cups, I had slightly larger bananas so it only took 3

1 cup of coarsely chopped walnuts

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, this recipe makes two loaves, so grease and set aside two 8×4 loaf pans. Instead of greasing my pans I line them with parchment paper, and you’ll see why when I put in the picture, but make sure you even out the parchment paper.

In a medium sized bowl whisk together your flour, baking soda and salt and set that aside. In a large bowl whisk together sugar, oil, eggs and the vanilla extract. Add the bananas and gently combine. My tip for mashing the bananas is to use a potato masher, it cuts the time in half and makes it easier and if it doesn’t get all the chunks run through it with a fork. Then add the flour mixture and stir until completely combined. And finally fold in the walnuts using a rubber spatula.

Divide the mixture evenly into the two pans and bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until you can stick in a thin knife or toothpick and it comes out clean. It will be different with every oven, but it took mine the full 45 minutes. If your loaves start to get too dark on the edges before it’s done in the middle cover it with foil, I’ve done this with other recipes and it works like a charm. When you take them out of the oven let them cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then put them on a wire rack to cool completely.

I’m really happy with the way this turned out and it’s delicious, like I said make sure you flatten out all the sides of your parchment paper otherwise you get misshapen loaves.

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That about wraps it up for this post, if any of you guys make this let me know and let me know what you think of it.

Until next time, enjoy your treats and have fun baking :).

-K

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