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Patriotic Puppy Chow

Celebrate the Red, White & Blue with this Patriotic Puppy Chow!

Patriotic Puppy Chow -- chex cereal coated with cake mix and sprinkled with red, white and blue candy. | Sweet Baked Life

And be warned, this sweet chow is not for your dog — it’s for us, humans! Yeah!

I know it’s a strange name, but let me tell you, one hand full of this white chocolate coated, cake batter dusted, candy studded, crunchy munch, will make you a believer that puppy chow is good for you!

It’s an easy snack to prepare, especially for a hot summer day treat, and it will be gobbled up in no time! You may want to make a double batch to make sure you have enough to nosh on while watching the fire works burst in the night sky!

Patriotic Puppy Chow -- chex cereal coated with cake mix and sprinkled with red, white and blue candy. | Sweet Baked Life

This week, our weather resistant thermometers will climb to the triple digits every day! Ugh!

When our local meteorologist informed us it’s going to be 105 degrees, well, that just means in my back yard, the red line of my trusty  thermometer will reach somewhere around 110 degrees.

Sweltering heat – not what I call fun!

Patriotic Puppy Chow -- chex cereal coated with cake mix and sprinkled with red, white and blue candy. | Sweet Baked Life

But what is fun is a big bowl of this Patriotic Puppy Chow, extra crunchy and cold because I keep mine in the freezer!

And you can join in on the fun too! With this super simple sweet treat that includes a special ingredient — white cake mix! Yep, it will bring this puppy chow to a whole new level!

Just combine crunchy cereal and melted white chocolate, then dump it into a dusting of white cake mix and powdered sugar and toss in some red and blue pretzel M&M’s along with some white chocolate chips — and you’ve got a festive treat to serve your hungry guests as you celebrate our great nation!

Patriotic Puppy Chow -- chex cereal coated with cake mix and sprinkled with red, white and blue candy. | Sweet Baked Life

Patriotic Puppy Chow

By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:

5 cups Rice Chex Mix Cereal
2 bars (4.4 oz each) Lindt White Chocolate bars, melted according to package
3/4 cup white cake mix (dry from box)
1/4 cup confectioners sugar
1 cup Pretzel M&M’s (blue and red ones only)
1 cup white chocolate chips

Instructions:

Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large bowl, add the cereal then pour the melted white chocolate over and stir until well combined.

Into a large zip lock baggie, add the cake mix and confectioners sugar. Add the cereal mixture and seal the baggie and shake until combined and cereal is coated.

Pour the mixture onto the lined baking sheet and spread out into one layer. Let cool completely then toss in the M&M’s and white chocolate chips. Store in am air-tight container and keep in a cool place – for me I like to store mine the freezer!

Patriotic Puppy Chow -- chex cereal coated with cake mix and sprinkled with red, white and blue candy. | Sweet Baked Life

Salute the flag with a bowl or two of this sweet and cool Patriotic Puppy Chow!

Have a fun, safe and sweet 4th of July!

Sheila

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Brownie S’mores

Extend your love of the summer with these simple and sweet Brownie S’mores! They are perfect as an after school snack or to pack in your lunch for an afternoon treat at the office! Kids and adults alike will love them!

Brownie S'mores | These single serving s'mores are great to make for an end of summer treat | Sweet Baked Life

Can you believe that it’s almost the end of the summer? Me neither!

And I’m glad to be back with a post after a couple of crazy weeks around here. With my son starting high school, lots of big projects at the office, and endless home repairs — sometimes I wish things were a bit simpler!  But, no matter what, I would not change a thing!

Last week the hubs and I went to my son’s back-to-school night. The high school is amazing — his  teachers were inspiring and for me, motivating to hear them talk about their classes and what they will be covering this year. And even though there was not time to chat with the teachers, I made a special point to introduce myself to each of them — and to my surprise, they all had wonderful things to say about my son.

Ok, not saying that I did not know he is amazing (of course I know that he is!). But do you remember how nervous I was about him starting high school? Well, much to my surprise, and in a very short time my kiddo has really adjusted to high school and has immersed himself in his classes. As well, he has worked his intellectual charm on all of his teachers (all women mind you!). His French teacher even commented, “Oh, he is my favorite student.”

Huge smile on mom and dad’s faces! We are so proud of him!

Brownie S'mores | A quick and easy summertime treat | Sweet Baked Life

So, if you too have been crazed with school starting and all the new activities, then these S’mores Brownies will be a great thing for you to make and share with your family. Did I say that they are easy to make. Oh, yes. One of the things I enjoy so much is when I find a recipe that is not only easy to make, but taste great too.

You make these in small mason jars – and they can be stored right on your kitchen counter and there is nothing that needs to be refrigerated. All you do is layer the ingredients, screw the top on and you’re done. In my book, nothing is simpler!

You start with brownies –  you can make these or to save more time, you can buy them from your favorite bakery. Then you add crumbled graham crackers, chopped Hershey candy bars, and marshmallow fluff. You can then lightly toast the marshmallow fluff, add more crumbled graham crackers and candy, and either serve immediately or enjoy later.

I love making these in the mini mason jars — for me, just the right amount when you need to satisfy your sweet tooth!

Brownie S'mores } Single serving and so easy to make | Sweet Baked Life

Brownie S'mores

  • Servings: 10
  • Difficulty: easy
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By: Sheila|Sweet Baked Life Brownie Smores

Ingredients:
1 batch of brownies (homemade or store bought), cut into medium pieces
6 graham crackers, crumbled
1  (7.5 oz) jar marshmallow fluff
2-3 Hershey’s Candy Bars, broken or cut into pieces

Instructions:
Make your favorite brownies and let cool completely (or to save time, buy them at your local bakery).

Using 10 small mason jars (I used the 4 oz. size*) begin layering the s’mores: first put the brownies at the bottom, then add the crumbled graham crackers, some candy bar pieces, then top with the marshmallow fluff.

Using a kitchen torch, lightly heat the marshmallow fluff until it begins to turn golden. Sprinkle the top with candy bar pieces and finely crushed graham crackers. Serve immediately. To store, place lid on top and you can keep on the top of your counter for up to 4 days.

*Note: If you do not have the 4-oz. mason jars, you can use 6 of the 8-oz. size.

Brownie S'mores | Simple and super yummy | Sweet Baked Life

If you’re short on time, but in need of something sweet, these Brownie S’mores are a must try! They are reminiscent of summer and will bring you back to a time when life was simple. And since they are so easy to prepare, make them all-year round like I will be doing!

Sheila

 

{inspired by Baking a Moment}


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Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas {garbanzo beans}

These Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas are a perfectly healthy snack to pop in your mouth while you’re on the go!

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas - easy and healthy! | Sweet Baked Life

Not only are these Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas super simple to make, they’re also high in protein and fiber.

And if you are anything like me, I always seem to be looking for tasty, healthful snacks that I can bring to work with me, store in my desk drawer and pull out when I need something mid-day to nosh on.

You see, I don’t really like to frequent the vending machine at work. Even though it haunts me when I forget to bring something from home.  So, if you are in need of avoiding the tall, lit-up box that holds all kinds of snacks, and will eat up your dollars if you stare at it too long, then sway back over to your kitchen to make this quick snack that will satisfy your daily hunger pains!

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas - a quick and healthy snack! | Sweet Baked Life

And when you walk by that monster machine, you can stare back knowing that it will not tempt you, as your delightful Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas are waiting for you in your desk drawer!

These are so simple. You only need 3 ingredients; chickpeas (garbanzo beans), olive oil and salt. And, you may even have these ingredients in your pantry right now. So pull them out and let’s get going!

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas - get healthy on the go! | Sweet Baked Life

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas {Garbanzo beans}

1 (15 oz) can Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)
Olive oil
Salt to taste

Heat your oven to 400 degrees.

Drain chickpeas in a strainer and rinse with cold water. Pour them onto paper-towel lined rimmed baking sheet. Place a paper towel on the top of the peas, and pat dry. Remove paper towels and skins. Drizzle peas with olive oil and mix together using your hands. Spread out the peas, making sure they are in one layer on the baking sheet.

Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the beans are golden brown and crispy. Remove from oven and sprinkle with salt. Store in an air tight container.

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas - easy and delicious! | Sweet Baked Life

Put a stop to spending your money at the dreaded vending machine, and take a step towards the healthy side; make these yummy Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas today!

Sheila

 


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The Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Spring has sprung and with that, it’s time to share with you how to make The Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs.

The Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs | Sweet Baked Life

It’s quick, easy and what more can I say, “perfect”!

I have been making these hard-boiled eggs for years. I’m not sure where I originally got this recipe, I think it was from my best friend’s mom. But once you prepare your eggs using this method, you will be amazed how easy it is and how perfect your eggs turn out. You may even wonder why you did not know about this secret!

It’s so simple, and in a matter of minutes, you will have The Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs, ready for your springtime meal or celebratory occasion!

And once they’ve cooled get ready to peel and eat them, or use on your favorite salad, prepare deviled eggs, egg salad sandwiches, or whatever you choose.

Me, I personally love to just sprinkle them with salt and eat them!

The Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs | Sweet Baked Life

The Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Eggs, as many as you need or as many fit at the bottom of your pan
Water to cover eggs

Gently place your eggs in the bottom of a medium-sized saucepan. Fill the pan with enough water to cover the eggs. Then put the pan on your stove and turn heat to medium-high. Bring the water to a boil, then immediately turn off heat, cover and remove from burner. Let eggs sit in the pan for 10 minutes. Then rinse eggs in cold water. Place eggs in a bowl and put into refrigerator until cold.

The Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs | Sweet Baked Life

Happiness is learning a new cooking trick; like how to make The Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs!

Sheila