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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Manwich Nachos #ManwichMondays

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Manwich for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
Manwich Nachos

Something's got me traveling down memory lane this week. I've been reminiscing about my college days, the restaurant where I use to wait tables and beach trips that happened almost 10 years ago.

Maybe it's because this is my last year in my 20's and within a matter of months I'll be celebrating the big 3-0. (totally ok with it too)

Or maybe it's because I keep seeing people post photos onto Facebook from that "Time Hop" App haha and it's making me miss those days just a little bit. ;)

Manwich Nachos

I've made quite a few recipes that were inspired by the food that I loved from my waitress days and we're just going to continue down my list of favorites!

Manwich Nachos

Nachos!! Manwich Nachos!  They're another popular appetizer from my restaurant days and not only are they easy to throw together but they're a total husband pleaser! Don't get me wrong though, they don't just have to be an appetizer! 

They're awesome for lunch or dinner! (BigBear has had them for dinner two nights in a row!) He was totally OK with embracing #ManwichMondays! And I think that sometimes I get wrapped up in trying to create super cute cupcakes or darling desserts and I may forget that BigBear might want something a little more "manly" once in a while haha.

Manwich Nachos

Since I finally convinced BigBear to give Manwich a try a year or so ago, we've mostly just been enjoying Manwich when we make Sloppy Joes.

Sloppy Joes

They're quick and they taste pretty darn good but I was looking for another way to use this flavorful can of Manwich!

Sloppy Joes

That's where these Manwich Nachos come into play! Their my favorite little spin on traditional nachos and I may never be able to eat normal nachos again!

While I may add cheese, lettuce, diced tomatoes and olives to mine, Big Bear likes to keep his Manwich Nachos simple and stops after he gets to the cheese layer.

Manwich Nachos

My friend Nicole did a little test of my recipe the other night and she said they were fantastic, although I think that they too opted to stop after the cheese layer and just enjoyed the chips, Manwich and melted cheese!

So pretty much eat these how you want to!

Add what you love and leave off what you don't want. Oh and ps. I used ground beef and hot sausage in these! Make sure to get the ground sausage and not the link sausage. :) It's amazing with the hot sausage!

Manwich Nachos

So here's how you make them:

First, brown the beef and sausage over medium-high heat until done. When it's cooked, drain the grease.

Then, stir in 1 can of Manwich.

Manwich Nachos

Pile Tortilla Chips onto a large platter. (Oven Safe Platter is you want to melt the cheese in the oven)

Pour Manwich over the chips.

Manwich Nachos

Next, add the cheese.

Place platter into oven set to broil in order to melt cheese. Watch carefully as this won't take long and you don't want to burn the chips.

Manwich Nachos

Add your favorite nacho toppings and serve!

Manwich Nachos

If you're going to want to share (which you might not want too haha) you may want to double or triple this recipe.
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Manwich Nachos
By: Angie Barrett - BigBearsWife.com
2/28/15
Serves 2-4                                                                                   




Ingredients 

8 oz ground beef
8 oz hot sausage
1 can Manwich
1/2 bag of Tortilla Chips
2 cups cheese
shredded lettuce (amount depends on preference)
diced tomatoes (amount depends on preference)
black olives (amount depends on preference)


Directions 

Brown the beef and sausage over medium-high heat until done. Drain grease.

Stir in 1 can of Manwich.

Pile Tortilla Chips onto a large platter. (Oven Safe Platter)

Pour Manwich over the chips.

Add cheese.

Place platter into oven set to broil in order to melt cheese. Watch carefully as this won't take long and you don't want to burn the chips.

Add your favorite nacho toppings.

Serve hot.




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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Rice Krispie Treats

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Rice Krispie Treats
Our Disney Vacation starts soon and I can't help it but I've been checking my phone like every two minutes to look at our countdown. (Like it's going to change if I keep staring at it haha)

My excitement (and anxiety) are through the roof and I just can't wait to get there. 

However, it looks like snow and bad weather are trying to prevent our trip! I'm getting ready to channel my inner 18 year old self because it looks like we may need to drive through the night to beat the snow and ice!

Pray for me, K?

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Rice Krispie Treats

I've got ideas for our First night which will be at Downtown Disney, I've mapped out where we'll eat while we're staying at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort, which parks we're going to go to on which days and which rides are a "MUST DO" during our trip!

Mickey Mouse Rice Krispie Treats


Since Disney had pretty much taken over my life right now I thought it would be the perfect time to share a little Disney inspired treat.

One of the places on my "must visit" list when I'm in Downtown Disney is Goofy's Candy Company.

It's packed full of candy, chocolate apples and all kinds of different sweet treats! One of my favorite things about the store is the " Create your Own Candy/Snack" option!

 Minnie Mouse Rice Krispie Treats


You just grab a form, check off what kind of treat that you want and check off what kind of add ons you want!

Last time we were there I picked out a Mickey Rice Krispie Treat with Reese Pieces, spring sprinkles and white chocolate drizzle.

Mickey Rice Krispie Treat with Reese Pieces, spring sprinkles and white chocolate drizzle.

...cause I'm weird like that haha.

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Rice Krispie Treats


So since that's where we'll be during our first night in Orlando, I thought it was perfect to show you how to make your very own Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Rice Krispie Treats! You can decorate them like Mickey and Minnie or just go wild and decorate them how ever you want!

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Rice Krispie Treats


They'll taste amazing no matter how you decorate them!
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Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Rice Krispie Treats
By: Angie Barrett - BigBearsWife.com
2/25/15            
Makes about 6 large Rice Krispie Treats      
                                                                                         (Click to Print)

Ingredients 

3 tablespoons butter
10 oz marshmallows
6 cups rice krispie cereal
Red Melted Chocolate/Candy Coating
Chocolate Melted Chocolate/Candy Coating
Large Yellow Sprinkles
Red Candy Bows
Mickey Mouse Cookie Cutter or Template

Directions 

Melt the butter in a large pot and add the marshmallows. Stir until they are all melted!

Add rice krispie cereal a little bit at a time and stir to combine.

Press rice krispie cereal into a buttered cookie sheet. Press flat and let cool.

Let rice krispie treats sit for about 30 minutes.

Remove from pan and cut into Mickey Mouse shapes

Melt Chocolate according the package directions.

For Mickey:

Dip the bottoms of the Rice Krispie Treat into the red melted chocolate.

Lay on a sheet of wax paper (or a plate).

Add Yellow Buttons.

For Mickey:

Dip the front of the Rice Krispie Treat into the regular melted chocolate.

Lay on a sheet of wax paper (or a plate).

Add red candy bow.

Let the Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Rice Krispie Treats sit for about 20 minutes undisturbed or until the chocolate has hardened.




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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Mini Rocky Road Donuts

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Mini Rocky Road Donuts

I've totally been craving Rocky Road Fudge lately. I saw someone post about making Rocky Road fudge a few weeks ago and since then I just can't get it out of my head. 

I have no idea why but I just have to get my hands on it. But let's be honest, there aren't that many places around here that have Rocky Road fudge on the shelves. I suppose I could jump in my car and drive up the mountain to the candy/fudge shop near the Blue Ridge Parkway but it's been icy here and I haven't really had the time.  

So since I haven't really mastered the art of making fudge, let's move onto something I can make! Mini Donuts! Mini Rocky Road Donuts!

Mini Rocky Road Donuts

These Mini Rocky Road Donuts are quick to make and covered in melty hot fudge sauce, sweet marshmallow cream and crunchy walnuts! If you're getting ready to make these, there are two ways to make these little bites of heaven!

You can either use an electric donut maker like I did or you can use a mini donut pan and bake these in the oven! I made "mini" donuts but you could also use a large donut pan and make them regular sized as well!

So this weekend, BigBear and I ran out to our local Dollar General store to pick up everything that we needed!  I have personally always loved Dollar General but now that we have a Dollar General "Market" with a fresh produce and meat section I'm even more in love!

Making Mini Rocky Road Donuts

What you'll need:

2 eggs
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil (I used Clover Valley Vegetable Oil)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup water
2 cups of mini marshmallows (I used Clover Valley Mini Marshmallows) + 4 tablespoons water
1 jar Hot Fudge Sauce
1 cup chopped walnuts
Extra  mini marshmallows for garnish

Making Mini Rocky Road Donuts

In a large bowl, mix together the brown sugar and eggs. Beat in the oil, cocoa powder, flour, baking soda and salt. Whisk in the water.

Once the mini donut maker has heated up,  fill the donut maker with batter, close the lid and bake for 1 - 1.5 minutes. Don't bake for too long or the donuts will over bake and be dry.

Making Mini Rocky Road Donuts

Remove the donuts from the donut maker and place on a cooling rack.

Place a sheet of wax paper or foil under the cooling rack.

Making Mini Rocky Road Donuts

Heat the Hot Fudge Sauce and dip each donut into the Hot Fudge Sauce and then place it back on the cooling rack.

Making Mini Rocky Road Donuts

In a sauce pan, combine the mini marshmallows and 4 tablespoons of water. Heat on medium heat and stir until melted. Remove from heat and carefully add melted marshmallows to a piping bag.

Snip the end of the bag and drizzle the marshmallow cream over the donuts.

Making Mini Rocky Road Donuts

Top each donut with mini marshmallows, I cut my  mini marshmallows in half so that they wouldn't be too large for the mini donuts.

Making Mini Rocky Road Donuts

Finish them off by sprinkling them with crushed walnuts.

Mini Rocky Road Donuts

That's all you have to do for these Mini Rocky Road Donuts!

Mini Rocky Road Donuts

They're perfect served warm with a tall glass of cold milk!
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Mini Rocky Road Donuts
By: Angie Barrett - BigBearsWife.com
Makes about 24             
                                                                                      





Ingredients 

2 eggs
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil (I used Clover Valley Vegetable Oil)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup water
2 cups of mini marshmallows (I used Clover Valley Mini Marshmallows)
          + 4 tablespoons water
1 jar Hot Fudge Sauce
1 cup chopped walnuts
Extra  mini marshmallows for garnish

Directions 

In a large bowl, mix together the brown sugar and eggs. Beat in the oil, cocoa powder, flour, baking soda and salt. Whisk in the water.

I used a mini donut maker for these but you could also use a mini donut pan as well.

For the mini donut maker:

Once the mini donut maker has heated up,  fill the donut maker with batter, close the lid and bake for 1 - 1.5 minutes. Don't bake for too long or the donuts will over bake and be dry.

Remove the donuts from the donut maker and place on a cooling rack.

Place a sheet of wax paper or foil under the cooling rack.

Heat the Hot Fudge Sauce and dip each donut into the Hot Fudge Sauce and then place it back on the cooling rack.

In a sauce pan, combine the mini marshmallows and 4 tablespoons of water. Heat on medium heat and stir until melted. Remove from heat and carefully add melted marshmallows to a piping bag.

Snip the end of the bag and drizzle the marshmallow cream over the donuts.

Top each donut with mini marshmallows and crushed walnuts. (I cut my  mini marshmallows in half so that they wouldn't be too large for the mini donuts)

If you want to bake these mini donuts in the oven. Bake at 325F for about 8-10 minutes



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Monday, February 23, 2015

Cinnamon Butter

How to make Cinnamon Butter

Guys have it so easy when it comes to traveling haha. We're getting ready for vacation and I have a list that's about a mile long and full of things that I have to get done before we leave and BigBear is just all like "all I need to do it throw some clothes in a bag and I'm ready."

The curses of being a girl. I've got hair appointments, nail appointment, I still haven't found a dress to wear the day I'll be at the conference (yep this a work and play kinda of trip) and I haven't even started the process of even attempting to figure out that I'm going to pack.

I'd really love to just skip the next few days and just jump right into vacation mode! Will that work? Please?

Yeah, I didn't think so either.

Cinnamon Butter Recipe

Anyways, let's move on. haha ;)

So today's recipe/post is brought you to you by my need to travel down memory lane and our love of bread and butter. You're welcome. ;)


When BigBear and I started dating, I worked as a waitress at Rock-ola. I know I've talked about waiting tables there in a few posts and for this one I made my very own version of their famous Cinnamon Butter.

At Rock-Ola,we had the softest bread rolls ever (unless the cooks forgot to take them out of the oven, oops haha) and the most amazing Cinnamon Butter to pair them with!

Bread and Cinnamon Butter was the main thing on everyone's mind when they sat down at their table and most of the time they were asking for Cinnamon Butter and bread before you could even introduce yourself.

Cinnamon Butter Recipe

So, yes. If you ever asked for "MORE BREAD with that cinnamon butter", or blurted out that you needed "some of those rolls and some of that butter" before I could say "Hello",  I can bet you money that in my mind I was smacking you in the forehead with that free bread and cinnamon butter" -- over and over and over. :) Just so you know. :)

We had some people that would go through two or three plates of bread before they got their food.

Cinnamon Butter Recipe

Since Rock-ola closed a few years ago I just can't seem to find my Rock-Ola favorites anywhere else and I miss them a lot!

Since I was working on making some compound butters the other weekend I thought I'd give the famous Cinnamon Butter a try. Oh and it was perfect with these warm rolls!

Hello Memory Lane!

Cinnamon Butter Recipe

Easy to make and just as addictive and the butter I remember.

Cinnamon Butter Recipe



It might not be exactly the same as Rock-Ola's legendary Cinnamon Butter but it's as close as I can get and I'll take it!
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Cinnamon Butter
By: Angie Barrett - BigBearsWife.com
2/23/15
1 cup compound butter                                        (Click to Print)

Ingredients 

1 cup butter, room temperature
1 ½ tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon honey

Directions 

Add the soft, room temperature butter to the bowl of a stand mixer.

Cream the butter in the bowl of the mixer.

Mix in the Cinnamon and Brown Sugar. Mix well.

Mix in the honey.

Scoop the cinnamon butter into an air tight container and place into the fridge to firm up.






Cinnamon Butter


Cinnamon Butter
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