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awonton gooeyI have three words that are gonna rock your world.

Won Ton S’mores.

That’s right, Won Ton S’mores.

If you’ve never had them, run to the store and get the simple ingredients as fast as humanly possible to rectify the situation!

Are you heading to or hosting a Super Bowl Party this weekend? If so, you’ll be the MVP if you make a batch of these decadent little devils.

The wonderful folks at Nasoya recently gave me the opportunity to test out their Asian Style Wraps. Of course, the first thing that came to my mind was “how can I make dessert with these?”

Below, you’ll find the Won Ton S’mores recipe along with a few other tasty treats using Nasoya’s Won Ton and Egg Roll Wraps.

awonton ingredients

Ingredients

 

Place a miniature chocolate candy bar in the center of a Won Ton wrap.

Place a miniature chocolate candy bar in the center of a Won Ton wrap.

Add mini-marshmallows. If you use more than three it's almost impossible to get the wrap to seal.

Add mini-marshmallows. If you use more than three it’s almost impossible to get the wrap to seal.

 

Moisten the edges and fold the corners into the center. Press all the edges together to seal. This is very important!

Moisten the edges (use water or egg whites) and fold the corners into the center. Press all the edges together to seal. This is very important!

Heat oil in a heavy skillet on medium heat and fry for just a few seconds on each side until wrap is brown. Do not overcook! If you do, your marshmallows will disappear.

Heat oil in a heavy skillet on medium heat and fry for just a few seconds on each side until wrap is brown. Do not overcook! If you do, your marshmallows will disappear.

Drain on paper towels.

Drain on paper towels.

Yum! You dust with powdered sugar before serving, if you wish.

Yum! You can dust with powdered sugar before serving, if you wish.

 Won Ton S’mores

1 package of Nasoya Won Ton Wraps

1 bag of miniature marshallows

1 bag of miniature chocolate bars

Place one chocolate bar in the center of a wrap then add three marshmallows. Using water or egg white, moisten the edges of the wrap. Fold the corners of the wrap up into the center  and press edges to seal.

Add enough oil to coat the bottom of a heavy skillet and warm over medium-heat. When oil is hot, add S’more and fry on each side for just a few seconds, until lightly browned. Remove and drain grease on paper towel, then savor the crispy outside and deliciously gooey inside!

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Sausage Cups

Sausage Cups

Sausage Cups

These are incredibly easy and unbelievably tasty. They’ll score a touchdown with all your football fans!

Four ingredients - that's it!

Four ingredients – that’s it!

Line a min-muffin pan with Won Ton wraps. Gently fold them into the cups.

Line a min-muffin pan with Won Ton wraps. Gently fold them into the cups.

Cook the sausage and drain, then mix with cream cheese and shredded colby-jack. Spoon into cups and bake at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes, until edges are brown.

Cook the sausage and drain, then mix with cream cheese and shredded colby-jack. Spoon into cups and bake at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes, until edges are brown.

Sausage Cups

1 package Nasoya Won Ton Wraps

1 pound sausage

8 ounces of cream cheese, softened

1 cup shredded colby-jack cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Fry sausage and drain grease.

Mix sausage with cream cheese and shredded cheese. Set aside.

Line a mini-muffin pan with Won Ton wraps by gently folding a wrap into each muffin cup. Spoon sausage mixture into each wrap and bake for about eight minutes, until edges of the wrap are brown.

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Bacon Cheeseburger Rolls

burger roll plated 2If you enjoy a good bacon cheeseburger, give these easy wraps a try. Full of great flavors, you won’t fumble by serving these to your hungry guests!

Ingredients

Ingredients

Brown the hamburger and drain, then mix with bacon and  cheese.

Brown the hamburger and drain, then mix with bacon and cheese.

Spoon filling onto an egg roll wrap. You'll use about two tablespoons of filling.

Spoon filling onto an egg roll wrap. You’ll use about two tablespoons of filling.

Fold the wrapper (take one corner toward the middle, then fold in the two ends, then finish rolling. Moisten edges with water or egg white to seal.

Fold the wrapper (take one corner toward the middle,  fold in the two side corners, then finish rolling. Moisten edges with water or egg white to seal.)

You can bake these in the oven at 400 for about eight minutes.

You can bake these in the oven at 400 for about eight minutes.

Or you can fry them for just a minute. Of course, we liked the flavor of the fried better than the baked!

Or you can fry them for just a minute. Of course, we liked the flavor of the fried better than the baked!

burger roll platedServe with ketchup or barbecue sauce… and don’t forget the pickles!

Bacon Cheeseburger Rolls

1 package of Nasoya Egg Roll Wraps

1 pound of hamburger

1 cup of bacon bits

1/2 cup shredded cheese

Season hamburger with your favorite seasonings and brown. Drain. Mix with bacon bits and cheese. Spoon about two tablespoons of meat mixture onto the center of an egg roll wrap in a rectangle. Fold the end of the wrap nearest you into the center. Fold in the two side edges, then roll the wrap, sealing the edges by moistening with water or egg whites (I used water, and it worked fine).

You can either bake or fry these.

If baking, preheat oven to 400 degrees and bake for about eight minutes or until edges start to brown.

If frying, heat oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Fry one side, then the other (takes about a minute total).

Serve with a side of ketchup or barbecue sauce for dipping.

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Fruit Ravioli

a fruit ravioli pile2 It’s a guaranteed score with these little fruit pies!

Ingredients

Ingredients

Spoon a heaping teaspoon of filling onto a Won Ton wrap.

Spoon a heaping teaspoon of filling onto a Won Ton wrap.

Top with a second wrap.

Top with a second wrap.

This step is really, really important. Moisten the edges of the wrap and fold them up once. Then moisten the new edges and roll them inward.

This step is really, really important. Moisten the edges of the wrap and fold them inward once. Then moisten the new edges and roll them inward.

Crimp the edges with a fork to seal. If you don't get them sealed, the juice will explode out while you fry them. (Not that this happened to me.)

Crimp the edges with a fork to seal. If you don’t get them sealed, the juice will explode out while you fry them. (Not that this happened to me.)

Fry them in oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. It should take a minute (or less) to brown both sides.

Fry them in oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. It should take a minute (or less) to brown both sides.

Drain on paper towels.

Drain on paper towels.

 

Dust with powdered sugar and serve.

Dust with powdered sugar and serve.

Fruit Ravioli

1 package of Won Ton Wraps

1 can of fruit pie filling

powdered sugar

*Note – You can use any flavor of canned pie filling.

Spoon a heaping teaspoon of pie filling into the center of a Won Ton wrap. Top with a second wrap. Moisten the edges of the wraps and fold them inward. Moisten the new “edge” and fold it inward a second time. Using a fork, crimp the edges to make sure they are sealed.

Heat oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Fry each side for about 30 seconds, or until brown. Drain on paper towels. Dust with powdered sugar then stand back and watch them disappear!

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Enjoy the Super Bowl and party safely!

gimbals

Gimbal’s Fine Candies Announces Valentine’s Day Sweepstakes

Participants able to win a basket filled with gourmet candies

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s a great time to enter to win. The basket will include a variety of Gimbal’s Cherry Lovers, Sour Lovers and Cinnamon Lovers heart shaped candies, bursting with intense, mouthwatering flavor.

Made with gourmet ingredients such as real fruit juice and real cinnamon oil, all of Gimbal’s products are also free of major food allergens including gluten, dairy, and eggs. These ingredients are not allowed in any of Gimbals’ facilities, to avoid any risk of cross contamination.

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About Gimbal’s Fine Candies

Gimbal’s Fine Candies was founded in 1898 in downtown San Francisco. The company survived the 1906 earthquake and resulting fires. Four generations later, all of the staff at Gimbal’s remains just as passionate about confections as it was over 100 years ago. From old-time favorites to innovative new candies, everything Gimbal’s creates is made with pride in the USA.

For additional information on Gimbal’s Fine Candies, visit www.gimbalscandy.com or call 1-800-344-6225.

Seven Layer Bar Cake

7-layer cake plated

I am a bundt cake junkie.

There, I admitted it. I feel so much better now.

A few months ago, I experimented with a can of Sweetened Condensed Milk and a vanilla bundt cake, providing the inspiration for this delicious, decadent, divine cake that you must run into your kitchen and make right this moment if you have even a passing fondness for Seven Layer Bars.

Yes, Seven Layer Bars. You know – those incredibly yummy bar cookies with coconut, pecans, chips and sweetened condensed milk over a graham cracker crust.

Instead of a graham cracker crust, I substituted an entire rich, moist, chocolatey cake.

Was that ever a tasty decision.

This isn’t hard to make. If you take the plunge, your taste buds will dance in elation while your knees grow weak from the splendor of it all.

Should you happen to leave a slice for Santa, I promise it will bump you to the top of the nice list!

7-layer cake ingredients

Ingredients

Start by mixing up the cake batter.

Start by mixing up the cake batter.

Pour a can of sweetened condensed milk into a bundt pan that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.

Pour a can of sweetened condensed milk into a bundt pan that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.

Sprinkle pecans over milk.

Sprinkle pecans over milk.

Next up - butterscotch chips.

Next up – butterscotch chips.

Don't forget the chocolate chips!

Don’t forget the chocolate chips!

Toss on some coconut.

Toss on some coconut.

The last layer is the cake batter.

The last layer is the cake batter.

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about an hour or until a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean. Remove and let cool completely in pan. (You can even stick this in the freezer for a while if you want.)

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about an hour or until a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean. Remove and let cool completely in pan. (You can even stick this in the freezer for a while if you want.)

Seven Layer Bar Cake

1 Chocolate Cake Mix (18 ounce box)

1 small box of instant chocolate pudding

1 cup sour cream

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup oil

3 eggs

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1 cup butterscotch chips

1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup coconut

1 can sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine first six ingredients in a large mixing bowl (cake mix, pudding, sour cream, water, oil and eggs). Mix on medium speed until well blended.  The batter will be really thick.

Thoroughly spray a bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray. When you think you’ve coated every crevice, give it one more spray!

Pour the can of sweetened condensed milk into the bottom of the bundt pan.

Sprinkle on pecans, followed by butterscotch chips, chocolate chips and then the coconut. Last, spoon in the cake batter.

Bake one hour or until edges start to pull away from the pan or a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Do not overbake!

Let cool completely before turning over onto serving platter or cake plate.

Prepare to dazzle your guests and have to beat a few of  them off with a stick when they get a taste of this cake!

Merry Christmas and Happy Baking!

She Who Loves This Cake

Beef Barley Soup

Beef Soup platedIf you’re looking for a warm bowl of comfort food on a cold wintery day, this hearty beef and barley soup definitely fits the bill.

Easy to make, you can serve a large group with this recipe.

Add a green salad and some toasted bread on the side and you’ve got a great meal.

Ingredients

Ingredients

Take about two pounds of stew meat and trim off most of the fat, cutting it into bite-sized pieces.

Take about two pounds of stew meat and trim off most of the fat, cutting it into bite-sized pieces.

Season with an all-purpose seasoning and salt.

Season with an all-purpose seasoning and salt.

Cover with foil and bake in a 350 degree oven for 2 1/2 hours.

Cover with foil and bake in a 350 degree oven for 2 1/2 hours.

Doesn't that look yummy? Don't you want to just snitch a piece?

Doesn’t that look yummy? Don’t you want to just snitch a piece?

When the meat is almost done, add water and broth to your stock pot.

When the meat is almost done, add water and broth to your stock pot.

Add the remaining ingredients and cover then cook on medium-high heat until it reaches a nice roiling boil.

Add the remaining ingredients and cover then cook on medium-high heat until it reaches a nice roiling boil.

Add meat, cover and let simmer on medium heat for about 15 minutes.

Add meat, cover and let simmer on medium heat for about 15 minutes.

Enjoy!

Enjoy!

Beef Barley Soup

2 pounds of stew meat, cut into bite-sized chunks

1 cup celery, cut into small pieces

1 cup frozen corn

1 cup frozen peas and carrots

4 cups chicken broth

8 cups water

1 cup Quick Barley

1 tbsp. parsley flakes

1 tbsp. all-seasoning

2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. onion flakes (or add real onion pieces if you like)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Using a nine-inch cast iron skillet, give it a light coat of non-stick cooking spray. Place stew meat in the pan, add 2 tsp. all-seasoning and 1 tsp. salt. Cover with foil and bake 2 1/2 hours.

Just before the meat is done, put eight cups of water on to boil in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan or stock pot. (I used an 8-quart pot).

Add the chicken broth, salt, vegetables, barley, remaining seasoning, and parsley flakes (I happened to find some left-over potatoes in the fridge and tossed them in, too!) Cover and bring this to a boil.

Once it gets rolling, add the meat. Make sure you scrape all the delicious beefy goodness from the bottom of the pan into the soup. Cover and turn heat down to medium, letting this simmer for about 15 minutes, until veggies are cooked through.

Serve and enjoy!

She Who Loves a Warm Bowl of Soup on a Cold Day

garnishing

If you are looking for one go-to guide to dazzle your guests, check out Garnishing & Decorating Ideas for All Seasons by Georg Hartung.

This delightful little book offers step-by-step instructions for creating edible art guaranteed to earn you the title of hostess with the mostess. Arranged by the season, you’ll find everything from spring ideas through winter treats.

Snowman

Isn’t this marzipan snowman adorable? I definitely want to make one of these. There are also directions for making marzipan roses, a hedgehog, piglet and mouse.

White chocolate mousseThis recipe for White Chocolate Mousse looked to yummy, I was momentarily tempted to lick the page. Love the garnish of kiwi and red currant that make it so festive.

Moz skewers

Lest you think I’m all about the sweets (which I totally am), check out this colorful and lovely presentation for Mozzarella Skewers. I want one right now! Just looking at the balsamic drizzle makes my mouth water!

There’s also suggestions for tools, tips on how to make a piping bag and more!

Published by Schiffer Publishing Ltd., you can find his book on their website at schifferbooks.com

Hash Brown Casserole

Hash Brown Casserole PlatedOur weather has been incredibly and ridiculously cold the past week or so (although it seems like months!).

The bone-chilling temperatures just make me crave comfort-type food. Something warm and filling.

The other day, in a panic to come up with something edible for dinner before Captain Cavedweller arrived home, tired and hungry, I whipped up a hash brown casserole. Super easy, it proved to be quite tasty.

Simple ingredients

Simple ingredients

Start by giving your baking dish a good coating of non-stick spray.

Start by giving your baking dish a good coating of non-stick spray.

Melt the butter and crush, crumble or pulverize the crackers into the bowl.

Melt the butter and crush, crumble or pulverize the crackers into the bowl.

Stir together until cracker crumbs are well coated.

Stir together until cracker crumbs (in my case, chunks… did I mention I was in a hurry?) are well coated.

Mix together the rest of the ingredients.

Mix together the rest of the ingredients.

Then scoop into your baking pan. If you love cheese, go ahead and sprinkle some on top.

Then scoop into your baking pan. If you love cheese, go ahead and sprinkle some on top.

Finish it off with your cracker crumbs and bake in a 350 oven for an hour.

Finish it off with your cracker crumbs and bake in a 350 oven for an hour.

When it's done, you'll have a crispy ,crunchy golden cracker crust on top of a gooey layer of cheese.

When it’s done, you’ll have a crispy ,crunchy golden cracker crust on top of a gooey layer of cheese.

Hash Brown Casserole

2 lbs frozen shredded hash browns

1 can of cream of mushroom soup

1 cup of sour cream

2 cups shredded cheddar (or colby-jack cheese) grated

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. all-purpose seasoning (like Mrs. Dash)

1 tsp. parsley

1 sleeve of Saltine crackers, crushed

1/2 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350°F and spray an 11 x 14 baking dish with cooking spray.

Melt butter then crumbled crackers into it, stirring until well coated. Set aside.

Mix the remaining  ingredients together, place in prepared pan, and top with 1/2 cup additional cheese, if desired. Top with the cracker crumbs and bake for an hour.

Remove and indulge in the deliciousness!

She Who Should Not Make This Again, but It Was So Yummy

I thought I’d share a little about The Christmas Calamity this morning since the book is now officially released in both Kindle and Paperback formats! Make sure you click on the “Meet” pages for some fun info and visuals!

The Christmas Calamity

Hardman Holidays Book 3

The Christmas Calamity Cover

 Arlan Guthry hasn’t got a chance once Alex the Amazing rolls into town…

Dependable and solid, Arlan Guthry relishes his orderly life as a banker’s assistant in the small town of Hardman, Oregon. He has good friends, a great job, and the possibility of marriage to the town’s schoolteacher.

His uncluttered world tilts off kilter when the beautiful and enigmatic prestidigitator Alexandra Janowski arrives in town, spinning magic and trouble in her wake as the holiday season approaches.

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Meet Arlan and Alex

Excerpt:

Entranced by the way her mouth moved as she spoke, Arlan didn’t realize he leaned closer and closer until Alex stopped talking and released a sigh.

“Arlan, don’t you think…”

“Yes, I do.” He set down his coffee cup and rose to his feet, pulling Alex up next to him. Gently tracing his thumb across her bottom lip, he watched her eyes flutter closed and listened to her draw in a ragged breath.

“Alex, please, may I kiss you?” Arlan thought he’d die if she said no. Every nerve, every muscle, every ounce of blood pumping rapidly through his veins wanted to taste her lips, savor their velvety softness moving against his own.

“Arlan…” Alex raised her gaze to his. The wanting in her eyes was undeniable, but she stepped back from him. “As much as I want to say yes, I have to say no. I refuse to come between you and Miss Bevins. It wouldn’t be right or fair.”

“There is no me and Miss Bevins. In fact, I wrote her a letter today making that point abundantly clear.” Arlan moved until he stood with the toes of his boots disappearing beneath the hem of Alex’s skirt.

“But I’ve heard you whispering her name over and over, like a chant or something. I know you love her, Arlan, and I won’t do this.” Alex backed up until she bumped into the wall.

Arlan wasted no time in closing the space between them. He raised his hand to her face again, trailing his index finger across her smooth cheek and along her jaw. “If you heard me whispering her name, it was in a futile effort to remind myself of her. You see, I tend to forget she even exists whenever I think of you.”

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