Quick & Easy Easter Treats

Easter is quickly approaching … Who is ready for a candy and sugar overload!? Need some ideas for your Easter get together? Look no further! (:




First, I am making adorable springy dessert cups. All you’ll need is pudding (and ingredients per pudding instructions), cute cups (mine are from Target), crushed Oreos, strawberries, and white chocolate with orange food coloring (or orange candy melts).IMG_7843

Start by making the pudding following the instructions on the box. You can eat this recipe with warm, or cooled pudding depending on your preference. I went with chilled. While my pudding was chilling in my super cute dessert cups I started coating the strawberries in the chocolate. Make sure to go as close to the stem as possible to hide that this is a strawberry. Next, crush your Oreos and put them overtop of the chilled pudding. Lastly, add your “carrot” aka chocolate covered strawberry!! These “carrots in the dirt” are super cute and springy. They are also super easy to make, especially if you have a lot of mouths to feed!IMG_7848 IMG_7850

Next, I made this ADORABLE vanilla red velvet shake. I really wanted to dress mine up for the occasion. I started with glass “milk” bottles which I found in the Target dollar spot. Target is seriously the BEST for any and every holiday. Then, I melted some of the white chocolate I had left over from my first recipe and dipped the top of the bottle into the chocolate, and then into festive sprinkles. Let this chill so the chocolate can set and not drip down the bottle.IMG_7846

Now, for the actual shake. All you’ll need is vanilla ice cream, milk, vanilla extract, and 2-4 tablespoons of red velvet cake mix. Add the milk and ice cream to a blender. Amounts will depend on how thick or creamy you like your shakes. Then, add a splash of vanilla extract, and red velvet cake mix (this amount will depend on how bright you want the pink to be. Blend this all up and poor into your perfect easy jug, and drink away!!IMG_7853IMG_7855IMG_7873 IMG_7880

This last treat is perfect for when you don’t know what to do with all that left over Easter candy. I took a couple scoops of ice cream and added any Easter candy toppings I had! These make perfect little treats for after Easter dinner. This is a great idea especially for kids who have filled up their Easter baskets full of candy and need an activity for after the official Easter festivities are done. Put out all of the candy and create your perfect Easter Sundae (;IMG_7903

Have a happy holiday!! See you next week!

-Sophia Tatiana

Sweet Treats for Valentines Day

Happy February!! I had all the intentions of making some more posts to start the month off. However, recovering from my wisdom tooth surgery has been a little rougher than I anticipated :/ If you wanna see a funny video of me waking up from my surgery you can check that out HERE. ANYWAYS back to this yummy post. With Valentines Day just around the corner I wanted to show you guys some of my favorite treats for loved ones, or yourself because I know I’ve been eating like all of these :p





First I’m making Cheesecake Red Velvet Brownies. Here’s what you’ll need:IMG_7001

  • Brownie Mix
  • Ingredients required to make the brownie mix
  • 1 brick of cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Red food coloring (optional)

Start by making your brownie mix per the directions on the box. You could of course make homemade brownies but I decided to simplify this recipe by using boxed. I chose to spruce mine up and make them red velvet brownies so I added red food coloring. Once the brownie mix is made, set it aside. In a separate bowl cream together cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla. Once this is the same consistency as the brownie batter with no lumps set aside. Heat the oven per the directions on the brownie box. Grab a baking dish and grease it. Pour half of the brownie batter into the dish and spread. Next, drop dollops of cheesecake mixture on top of the brownie batter. Using a skewer, knife, or fork begin to swirl the two in the pan. Be sure not to over swirl to avoid mixing the batters completely. Repeat this step with the remaining batters. Bake the cheesecake brownie per the instructions on the box. I baked mine in a 9×13 glass dish for about 36 minutes at 350 degrees. Let them cool and eat up!!IMG_7008 IMG_7011IMG_7007

IMG_7013Next I went with a sweet treat that is perfect to bring to your babe for a yummy breakfast in bed. These are SO easy. All you do is buy premade cinnamon rolls. Next, take two rolls for each heart and unravel it so it creates somewhat of a teardrop shape (half of a heart). Then, press both pieces of the rolls together to create a heart. Bake per the instructions on the package and ice them. What a cute way to start out Valentines Day!

IMG_7004IMG_7015Lastly, it wouldn’t be Valentines Day without chocolate covered strawberries. I saw my local grocery store advertising chocolate covered strawberries for $15.00 for 7!!!! That is insane!! These are so simple to make and MUCH cheaper when you do them yourself. Not to mention you can personalize them and they are made with love. Strawberries were on sale for $2.99 a package, and I bought dark chocolate for less than $3.00. I already had sprinkles and decorations at home making these a much better deal than the advertised 7 for $15.00

Here’s all you’ll need:

  • Strawberries
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Decorations of Choice

Start by washing your strawberries thoroughly. Make sure you pat them dry COMPLETELY afterwards. This is a crucial step in making sure the chocolate sticks on and is smooth. To melt the chocolate you can use a the double boil on the stove technique, or as I did – the microwave. Heat your chocolate chips in 30 second increments stirring between each round of heating. I only needed about half a cup of chocolate chips for a whole container of strawberries. I dipped my strawberries and decorated them with mini chocolate chips, sugar sprinkles, and gold sprinkles. I put mine on a sil-pat to cool so that they came off to be plated really easily. These turned out so cute and so yummy!

I hope everybody has a happy Valentine’s Day!! Thanks for checking in and seeing my favorite sweet treats for this time of year.

 

Quick & Easy Holiday Treats

For the holiday season some of my favorite gifts to give are treats!! Everybody loves a sweat treat and I’m gonna show you guys how to make a couple super simple and quick ones!




First we will be making adorable “edible ornaments” made out of chocolate dipped Oeros. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Oreos
  • White Chocolate
  • Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Sprinkles, M&M’s, and other decorations
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Start off by unwrapping, then halving the mini peanut butter cups. You want to slice these down the center while they are standing upright. Next, melt your white chocolate. To make it faster and easier I did mine in the microwave at 30 second intervals. I used a whole bag (and then some) white chocolate chips for an entire package of Oreos. I then dipped each Oreo into the chocolate until it was fully coated and let the excess drip off until placing onto a non-stick surface. I used a sil-pat but parchment paper, or even a plate could work. Then, I put the halved peanut butter cup with the cut side face down and the wider edge on the Oreo. Then, the fun part! Decorate with any edible goodies! I used sprinkles and M&M’s! These cool really quickly. I just left mine out to harden and it took about 30-45 minutes. I absolutely love how these came out I think they are adorable and look so similar to little ball ornaments!IMG_6150
This next recipe is perfect to make a lot of because they are SO FAST and they are the perfect pairing for some hot coco this time of year.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Marshmallows (preferably JUMBO)
  • Chocolate
  • Candy CanesIMG_6151
I started out this recipe by melting the chocolate in the microwave at 30 second intervals. While that was melting I began to unwrap the chocolate and put them in a baggie to pulverize. One time I actually saw a prepackaged bag of crushed candy canes and regret buying it especially for this recipe so if you find one of those, snag it and skip this step! Next, I took the marshmallows and dipped the end into the chocolate and then into the pulverized candy canes. These are seriously SO simple but so yummy on their own, or in some coco. They also only take about 30 minutes for the chocolate to harden. IMG_6157
I hope you enjoyed these yummy treats!! Check out my YOUTUBE channel to see what I’ve been up to every day leading up to Christmas, and stay tuned for some fun posts on NYC in the winter time!! (:
– Sophia Tatiana

Farm to Table Fall Baking





One thing I absolutely love about fall time is the farmers markets. Where I live the markets are still thriving and full of colorful fruits (mainly apples) and vegetables. Today, I walked through and enjoyed the array of local produce . .

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I was inspired by the beautiful crimson red cranberries. With these, I decided to make a simple pumpkin cranberry bundt cake with a vanilla glaze. Here’s how I did it –

IMG_4811Mix  together 3 cups of all purpose flour, 2tsp baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon all spice, 1 tsp cinnamon, and 1/8 teaspoon salt.

IMG_4812In a separate bowl, I combined 3 cups of sugar, 1 15oz can pumpkin puree, 4 eggs, 1 cup vegetable oil, and 1/2 cup water or orange juice.

IMG_4816Next, slowly incorporate your dry ingredients into your wet mixture.

IMG_4822Lastly, add one cup of fresh or frozen cranberries.

Grease your bundt pan and bake at 325 degrees for about 1 hour and 10 minutes (depending on your oven it could be a little more or a little less)

While that is baking whisk together the glaze.

IMG_4827You will need 1 cup of confectioners sugar, 1 tbs vanilla extract, and 1 tbs milk (I used almond).

IMG_4828 IMG_4833Once a toothpick can be inserted and removed without any residue, allow the cake to cool for about 15 minutes. Then, cover with glaze and enjoy!!

-Tips-

To make this recipe vegan friendly replace the eggs with apple sauce or bananas and the milk with an alternative such as almond!

I think adding orange zest to either the cake batter or even the glaze would also be a delicious touch!


Ingredients

3 cups flour

2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp allspice

1 tsp cinnamon

3 cups sugar

4 eggs

1 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup water or orange juice

Icing-

1 cup confectioners sugar

1 tbs vanilla extract

1 tbs milk

 

Enjoy! (:

-Sophia Tatiana

 

Broke Student Supper

One of the challenges that I have faced since living on my own is coming up with yummy, relatively healthy, quick, and cheap meals to make. Tonight I whipped up one of my favorites from my moms recipe book but dumbed it down to make it quickly and cheaply. 

Here’s how I made the classic “Pasta with Lentils” on a budget and in under half an hour . . . 

  

Here’s all you need 

  • Pasta of choice (I last minute changed my mind to ditalini)
  • Amy’s organic lentil soup
  • Olive oil
  • Parmesan 

The secret to this recipe is Amy’s lentil soup. I have made this dish from scratch going through the long process of cooking the lentils and the stock which makes this recipe grueling while the canned lentil soup is fast, cheap, healthy, and delicious. This could also be considered a “one pot pasta” because all I do is dump the soup and add two to three cans of water depending on the amount of pasta and let it cook until the pasta is done. 

*TIP*  To add dimension to the flavor of this dish add about a third of a jar of pasta sauce.

Once the pasta is done and I added olive oil and Parmesan to taste. *TIP* Parsley is another tasty garnish. 

  

When using one can of lentil soup and a whole box of pasta this made about 5 portions. The pasta was $1.00 a box, the lentil soup was just $2.69, the sauce was left over, and cheese and oil are a staple in my house. It was only $0.73 per meal which was fast, filling, healthy, and yummy; perfect for a student on a budget!