Spiced Rice Crispy Treats

I found a recipe that added cinnamon to rice crispy treats and thought that some ground cloves wouldn't go amiss. And it didn't, these are tasty:

Spiced Rice Crispy Treats:

4 cups mini marshmallows
1/2 stick of butter
1/4 heaping teaspoon ground cinnamon
a pinch of ground cloves
5 cups rice crispies

Over med-low heat, melt marshmallows and butter.  Stir until smooth.  Remove from heat and mix in cinnamon and cloves.  Add rice crispies, stir until evenly coated.  Press into greased  8" square pan.  Let set and cut into squares.  Enjoy!


Chuy's Dip

I made the most delicious dip. It's very similar to the Creamy Jalapeno dip that Chuy's serves. Somewhere online, I found a recipe that claimed to be a copycat but after reading the ingredients I knew it wasn't even close (there are no tomatoes in the restaurant version). The comments were much more helpful. I tweaked the one that sounded the closest and I think this is very close to the real thing...Creamy Jalapeno Dip:
16 oz [light] sour cream
1 packet Ranch dip mix
2-3 large jalapenos, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced (I used 2 but next time would probably do 3, I really like garlic. Just taste as you go.)
1/3 cup chopped, fresh cilantro
Juice of a lime
Milk, optional

Mix the first 6 ingredients together. Use the milk to thin the dip to whatever consistancy you desire. I added maybe a couple of tablespoons. It was thicker than Chuy's version, but I was OK with that. Serve with tortilla chips. Simple. Easy. Delish.


Sweet Cuppin' Cakes?

Never fear, dear readers! I'm back. Of course, I never actually went anywhere. I'm not really sure why I haven't posted for so long. But here's a doozy for you: Yesterday, I made these Chocolate Balsamic Raspberry Cupcakes from Love and Olive Oil. The cake part was sooooooo good. Moist, light and fluffy, and chocolaty. mmmmmmm. I didn't have any almond meal or soy milk, so I just added more flour and used good ol' regular cow milk. The frosting.........well, it was a bit tart but good.......I just didn't love it with the cake. Too make it more pipe-able, I doubled the butter and added a bit more powdered sugar (I also used frozen raspberries rather than fresh).
And it has to be said: looking at this picture makes me think of this Cake Wreck. Just scroll down a bit, you'll see what I mean.


New Ring Designs!

These are a few of the designs that I have come up with so far. I'm selling them at the Gitalia Boutique in Pleasant Grove (UT). I'm so proud of them it's dorky.

These are the kid rings, or any size smaller than a size 5.

These would be the adult rings, or any size 5 and up.
The materials include (but not limited to) wire, plastic, glass, metal, or Swarovski crystal. Kid rings are all $2 and the Adult rings range from $3-$6, depending on what you want.
I'm so excited about the Ideas that i have come up with so far and I hope that I'm going to keep coming up with more. Have I said that I'm excited about these rings?