Who doesn’t like Oreos?

Seriously.  Is there anyone?  If you belong to the rare breed who don’t enjoy this amazing cookie, than stop reading this post.  But the rest of us are going to press on and discover this awesome, easy, delish no-bake dessert.

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I found this recipe and was in love with it before I even tasted it.  Cream cheese, cool whip, powdered sugar, chocolate pudding and… OREOS.  A true winning combination.

Mix up the layers, assemble in a 9×13 pan and let chill for a bit.  And thats it, you’re done “baking” and off to enjoying a fabulous end to your meal!

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What’s your favorite Oreo dessert?

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PS: Sorry I’ve been so slack with my Sunday posts (notice how this one was on a Monday… whoops).  I have a dress refashion and a dessert tray tutorial in the works!  Let me know if there are any pins you would like to see me review!

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Sharpie Mugs Debunked

If you’ve been on Pinterest for any length of time you have surely come across the “sharpie mug” or “sharpie plate.”  Each post seems to have a slightly different set of directions, some of which work, most of which don’t.  So if you would like to see what finally did work for me (along with my first failed attempt), keep reading.

First of all if you use regular sharpies, you will be sorely disappointed.

Your project will look good at first

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First attempt: after baking

But I could tell they weren’t going to hold up to washing, even hand washing.  I read that you can spray them with craft sealant.  I tried that, but after one good scrub this is what they looked like:

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First attempt: after washing

So I did a lot of research before I found a way that worked, FOR REAL.

First you need to use an oil based sharpie paint pen.  You can still use cheap dollar store plates/ mugs, but definitely, definitely spring for this more expensive sharpie.  You can find them at craft stores in a bunch of colors and tip sizes.

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Draw you’re design on the mug.  Put items in a cool oven.  Turn oven on to 400.  Once oven reaches the temp, bake  for 30 minutes then turn off.  Leave items in oven until they cool.  And Voila!

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The high oven temp, does change the color of the paint slightly.  Those states were outlined in a light blue originally, and are now slightly green.  But I have no doubt they will last for a long time!  (If you want to avoid the color change, try black.  The pink seemed to hold up well for me too!)

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Now that you know the truth, get out there and make some fun cheap sharpie mugs and plates!

Have fun!

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Icing Trick

I may not have piped the icing on the cupcakes from my last post, but I love to pipe icing on cupcakes.  They look so much more enticing and polished.

But let me tell you, it can be a pain to wash out piping tips and couplers, especially when you don’t have a dishwasher.  I have had many fall into the garbage disposal, causing me to risk amputating a finger to fish it out.

(I do know that the garbage disposal won’t cut my finger off if it is not turned on, but there is always a fear that it will somehow be turned on while my hand is in it.)

Anywho, I found this nifty little trick and it has made a world of difference.

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First, place the icing on some saran wrap, roll it up, and twist the ends tight.

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Put the icing bundle into the icing bag, pulling the saran wrap through the coupler.  Trim the saran wrap as close to the coupler as possible and put the tip on.  Then ice your cupcakes as usual.

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When you’re done, just pull the wrap out of the bag, and remove the coupler.

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That little bit of icing was all I had to clean up.

Such a useful tip!

Frost away!

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Man-sserts: Beer Cupcakes

I don’t like beer, at all.  But my guy friends do, and since I was cooking them dinner in honor of them being done with their board exams, I thought these would be something they would enjoy.  And let me tell you, they were a hit.  Not just with the guys, but with me, little ol’ beer hater over here.  Image

That glass of beer above does nothing for me, but mix it with some cocoa, butter, sugar and all other things heavenly and it becomes wonderful.  
ImageYep, thats the start of something GREAT!ImageCupcakes are done, now time for the icing (which also has beer in it, and also is heavenly!)

Does describing the manly beer icing as heavenly negate the manliness? I don’t think so.  It was manly and heavenly at the same time!ImageWhen I first saw the picture from the recipe, I thought, “Those look good, but I would definitely pipe the icing on to make them look prettier.”  Well the author must have read my mind because when talking about icing the cupcakes she writes, “Remember….these are manly cupcakes….no piping. :)”  So, I obediently plopped the icing on in the most manly way possible.  ImageSo make these for your man, or your beer loving friends, or yourself.  They’re totally worth it.

Enjoy!
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Reese’s Stuffed Crescents

I am in love with all things chocolate peanut butter.  Its seriously the best combination ever.  So when I saw this pin, I knew I had to try it.  Soooo easy and sooooo good.

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Open up the crescents, open up the Reeses, roll em up, and bake em.  Easy Peasy.
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Opening the Reese’s was seriously the hardest part.  Actually not eating any of Reese’s once I opened them was the hardest part.
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The original post called for half a Reese’s in each crescent, I put in 2/3 of a PB cup and it didn’t quite seem like enough.  I think the regular cups have gotten smaller.
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Finished product dusted with powdered sugar.
I am not exactly sure what I was thinking but I bought the reduced fat crescent rolls- like that was really going to make that much of a difference.  And it was a mistake.  The crescent roll part of the dessert, was not what it could have been.
So next time I make these, here are the changes I’m going to make:
  • Use regular, full fat, crescent rolls
  • Use 1 whole Reese’s cup (cut in two pieces) in each roll

They were really good, and with those changes I know they’ll be absolutely great!  They also heat up in the microwave well.  Just pop ’em in for 10 seconds (no longer or they get too chewy) and they taste as if they were still fresh from the oven.

Enjoy and happy pinning!
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