Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Mrs. Fox's Sweet Party #21

Hi and Welcome to Mrs. Fox's Sweet Party!
I am so happy you have come to visit! I have had a lot going on recently and not able to bake or make up anything this week. I hope to be able to resume shortly, but right now I need to focus on life and family. I can't wait to see what you have made this week.
Here are the Features from Week #20:
(no particular order)
 
Congratulations to all of you!
Grab your "I Was Featured" button on the Grab a Button Page!

Moving on to this weeks party:
Link up your sweets, whatever dessert YOU have made this week!
Nothing new? Link that up too! Dig thought your archives and find a sweet treat that you want to share! I just ask that you keep it all family friendly! I reserve the right to delete any post that I find inappropriate or not with the sweet theme. There is a button available for you to share Mrs. Fox's Sweet Party in the right column and on the Grab a Button Page! Don't forget to visit some of the other links! We all love visitors!

Each week I share a few sweets from the party the week before! By joining this party, you give Mrs. Fox's Sweet's permission to use your sweet photo in a featured post. Featured sweets may also be shared at Mrs. Fox's Sweets on Facebookand/or Pinned!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Beach Cupcakes!

Last week we had a great time on spring break spending 4 days of it at the beach! I love the heat of the sun and the sound of the ocean!
Spring break may be over, but the beach lives on...in these cupcakes!
Easy to make using candy molds for the palm trees and shells. I let each color of the palm tree set up before adding the next. The sand is simply brown sugar pressed onto the frosting!
 
I can't wait for the warm weather to stick around so we can go to the beach more often!
Now it's time to countdown until summer!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Coke with Meals- Chicken Enchiladas and Coca Cola Rice

I know what you are thinking...you must be at the wrong place right? Wrong! You have arrived at Mrs. Fox's Sweets to a special treat this week...DINNER! 
Fastest Ever Chicken Enchiladas and Coca-Cola Rice
The My Coke Rewards website isn't where I would normally expect to find recipes, especially fabulous recipes like these, but there are many great selections to choose from! In fact, I couldn't settle on making just one recipe, so I made two of them and I couldn't wait to share them with you!
Fastest Ever Chicken Enchiladas
Recipes Courtesy of Ingrid Hoffmann
 
INGREDIENTS
1 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
4 cups shredded rotisserie chicken or shredded cooked chicken (2 pounds cooked chicken breasts)
12 ounces grated cheddar cheese (about 3 cups)
1-1/2 cups sour cream
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
Salt and freshly ground pepper
6 8-inch flour tortillas
2 cups store bought salsa
PREPARATION
Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish with the butter and set aside.
Place the chicken in a large bowl. Add 2 1/2 cups of the grated cheese, the sour cream, red onions, and some salt and pepper. Mix well.
Place the tortillas on your work surface. Spoon about 1 cup of the chicken mixture onto the center of each tortilla and roll them up. Place the rolls, seam-side down, in the prepared baking dish (it will be a tight fit). Scatter the salsa over the tortillas. Cover with aluminum foil and bake until heated through, 40 minutes.
Remove the foil and sprinkle the enchiladas with the remaining 1/2 cup of grated cheese. Return the baking dish to the oven until the cheese is melted and edges of tortilla are just beginning to get crisp, 5 to 8 minutes. Serve hot.
My notes: It's all in the name, but not only is it fast, it is easy! This recipe is delish! I made some of the enchiladas with the sour cream and some without since we don't all care for sour cream. The ones without came out perfect too! I ended up making 9 generous sized enchiladas. This recipe will easily stuff a family of 5 or 6 with leftovers!
Be sure to check out this Fastest Ever Chicken Enchilada Recipe at My Coke Rewards complete printable recipe with a how-to video by Ingrid Hoffmann
Coca-Cola® Rice
Recipes Courtesy of Ingrid Hoffmann
INGREDIENTS
1-1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 cups long-grain white rice
1/2 tsp salt
3-1/2 cups Coca-Cola
1/4 cup raisins
3 tbsp sliced or slivered almonds, lightly toasted
PREPARATION
Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat for 1 minute. Add the rice and cook until it is opaque, about 2 minutes, stirring often.
Add the salt to the cola and stir until dissolved (the salt helps to release some of the carbonation) and then add it to the rice. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium- low, cooking until the liquid has almost completely evaporated, about 15 minutes. Stir in the raisins and the almonds and reduce the heat to the lowest setting. Cover and cook until the rice is tender, about 25 minutes. Uncover, fluff with a fork and serve.
My Notes: This recipe is definitely different from any rice I have ever tasted and the kids couldn't wait to try it! It is sweet and you can taste the Coca-Cola....after all it is Coca-Cola Rice! I did cut the recipe in half and used brown rice instead of white rice. It took quite a bit more Coca-Cola to get the brown rice to the right consistency, probably 1 to 1-1/2 cups more, I just kept adding until the rice had softened.
  
Be sure to check out this Coca-Cola® Rice Recipe at My Coke Rewards with a printable version and also with how-to video by Ingrid Hoffmann.
Be sure to check out Coke With Meals at My Coke Rewards for other great recipes! You can submit and share your own recipes and create a digital cookbook to share with friends and family while you are there too! Plus there are tons of tips and right now you can even enter for a chance to win a $10,000 kitchen makeover through May 31st, 2012. Who couldn't use that?
Right now, I am going to check out some more of the fabulous recipes over at Coke With Meals at My Coke Rewards by chef, author, tv personality Ingrid Hoffmann and by chef and author G. Garvin!
If you are looking for a sweet after dinner treat, look no further than my Cherry Coca-Cola Zero Cupcakes!
~Christina
  
 Note: Compensation was provided by Coca-Cola, but Coca-Cola is not a sponsor, administrator, or involved in any other way with this pin/post. All opinions expressed are my own and not those of Coca-Cola.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Mrs. Fox's Sweet Party #20

Hi and Welcome to Mrs. Fox's Sweet Party!
I am so happy you have come to visit! Spring break is sadly now over, now countdown to summer!
Here are the Features from Week #19:
(no particular order)

Congratulations to all of you!
Grab your "I Was Featured" button on the Grab a Button Page!
Moving on to this weeks party:
Link up your sweets, whatever dessert YOU have made this week!
Nothing new? Link that up too! Dig thought your archives and find a sweet treat that you want to share! I just ask that you keep it all family friendly! I reserve the right to delete any post that I find inappropriate or not with the sweet theme.
I would love it if you would follow Mrs. Fox's Sweets in some way so that you don't miss one sweet bite! You can follow via GFC, Linky Followers, Facebook, Email, and/or Twitter. All links are in the right column. I also have a button available for you to share Mrs. Fox's Sweet Party in the right column and on the Grab a Button Page! Don't forget to visit some of the other links! We all love visitors!
Each week I share a few sweets from the party the week before! By joining this party, you give Mrs. Fox's Sweet's permission to use your sweet photo in a featured post. Featured sweets may also be shared at Mrs. Fox's Sweets on Facebookand/or Pinned!



Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Mickey Mouse Cheerios Treats

While at Disney World you may have indulged in a Rice Krispie Treat Mickey Mouse. It is definitely something we always get and also bring home with us! They are just plain cute!
Instead of Rice Krispies, I have Cheerios that no one is eating, just sitting there, a huge new box, not being eaten. It's driving me crazy, so I had to think of a creative way to use them up! 3 ingredients is all you need, a 10.5 oz bag of mini marshmallows, 3 tablespoons of margarine plus some for greasing the pan, and 5 cups of Cheerios. Put the marshmallows and margarine in a large microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 1 minute, stir, and then 1 more minute. Mix into the Cheerios and spread into greased 13x9 inch baking pan. Flatten down with greased hands and refrigerate for about an hour. You can find the recipe and nutritional information at the Cheerios Website.
After about an hour, using a greased cookie cutter, cut out shapes, pulling away the excess. Put the cut-outs on waxed paper in the freezer for about 15 minutes to stiffen up. Prepare baking sheet with waxed paper (to catch excess chocolate) and place cooling rack over the top. Melt Chocolate Candiquik according to package instuctions, about 1 block per cut out. Working one at a time, spoon chocolate over the cut-out spreading it with the back of spoon and add sprinkles. When finished, refrigerate for about 1/2 hour to set up. Now you have made your own fun theme park treat with a twist, perfect to surprise your little ones with!

~Christina





Sunday, April 15, 2012

Homemade Pink Lollipops

Pretty Lollipops in Pink!
Every since I saw Karen's beautiful blue butterfly lollipops at Trilogy Edibles, I have wanted to make some for my little girl! I thought today would be the perfect day to give them to the kids on the car ride to the beach!
I bought the mold a few days ago in anticipation of making these lollipops. Apparently you can't just use any candy mold for hard candy, it has to be one made just for hard candy, but that was easy enough to find at my local cake store. Next, I needed to find a recipe. I decided to use a recipe from a candy book that I have had for over a year now and not made a single recipe in it.
My first attempt...FAIL! First, I found that my 6 inch lollipop sticks were too long and had to cut them down to fit in the molds. It is also a little difficult having an electric stove, the burner goes off and on and off and on. When I picked the stove out years ago, I had no intention in ever baking much less making candy, so I wanted a flat top electric. Well, I think that was another of my many problems. The next problem, I think my candy thermometer is a little slow at registering.  I am really not sure what went wrong, but the sugar began caramelizing right well before the 300 degrees that the sugar needed to reach. I continued on and poured it in the molds and realized it wasn't just caramelizing, it had started to burn. I now had a garbage can full of disappointment!
So where did these pretty pink lollipops come from?
I decided to give it one more shot before heading off to the beach. Instead of using the same recipe again, I decided to use the tried and true recipe that Karen from Trilogy Edibles had used. The recipe is from Sprinkle Bakes. Shazammm! It worked! I did cut the recipe in half first, since I too, only have one lollipop mold. Hey, I want to try it before I invest in more than one! I also decided to take the sugar off the burner as soon as the thermometer hit 275, in case it was slow at registering. For flavoring I used 3 tiny candy droppers full of Wilton Cherry Candy Flavoring. I am not sure if it is necessary that candy flavoring should be used, or if any type of flavoring can be used, so decided to go with the oil based flavoring. I also added just one drop of pink gel coloring, the same coloring I use in my icing. There are tiny little specks of pink in the lollipops, so maybe I should have used candy coloring, but that really doesn't bother me as much as my first attempt.
I still ended up with extra molten hot sugar even after halving the recipe and filling my mold of 6 lollipops. I have made candy before for the Broken Glass Cupcakes, so before I started this whole adventure, I prepared a metal loaf pan with cooking spray to accommodate any leftover molten sugar that I may have. This candy sets up quick so everything must be prepared in advance. Once the candy had set, it easily unmolded from the pan and with one swift bang on the counter, I had all these beautiful pink shards of candy to snack on!
Now...I think I need to find some more hard candy molds, shapes and stuff!

Be sure to check out the beautiful blue butterfly lollipops at Trilogy Edibles which inspired me to try these!
For the recipe and to see some gorgeous spring flower lollipops made with real flowers, visit Sprinkle Bakes!

~Christina
 

Friday, April 13, 2012

Elegant Mocha & Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

Hi! I am Katie, Christina's daughter. I am so excited to now be a part of Mrs. Fox's Sweet and to be writing my first blog post! You may have seen some of my other work on here before including my most recent Shamrock & Heart Cookies and the Valentine's Graffiti Cookies that I decorated.
These cupcakes are made with a recipe that we use a lot from the Martha Stewart Cupcakes book and it is also on her website. I substituted strong brewed coffee in place of the water in the recipe. For the frosting I used the new Duncan Hines Frosting Creations in Mocha flavor. The frosting was not thick enough to pipe and I had to add about 1/4 cup powdered sugar to thicken it up. I used tip 1M to make the swirl, which I am still working to perfect. The more I swirled, the easier it got.
I am a bit like my mom with liking the candy molds. On these mocha cupcakes, I thought it would be nice to go with an elegant design that is simple. The candies on top are made with dark chocolate, which is melted in the microwave for 1 minute and then piped into the mold and allowed to sit in the refrigerator until hardened, about 15 minutes.
Are you wondering what the frosting taste like? It actually tasted like coffee and went perfect with the rest of the cupcake!
 
I look forward to sharing more ideas with you soon!
~Katie


Featured at: Cups by Kim

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Rose Brownies with Mint Frogs

Spring break is going on here and I have been having a blast with the kids! I don't want to spring break in the kitchen, but I just had the urge to make a little something sweet without a lot of time! I used a dark chocolate brownie mix and substituted coffee in the mix for the water and sprinkled the top of the brownie batter with a spring sprinkle mix before baking. After baking I let the brownies cool fully before cutting the circles with a cookie cutter.
The decorations were quite simple since I always save my "dud" royal icing flowers. Royal icing flowers will keep practically forever in an airtight container once they have fully dried and that is how I store the flowers that didn't turn out so perfect to use for stuff like this. I melted white candy melts and colored green with candy coloring and added creme de menthe candy flavoring to the candy. The candy was drizzled on using a piping bag with the tip snipped off. I immediately placed a rose on top of the of the brownies while the candy was still melty.
I had leftover melted green candy and decided to make up some frogs to go on the brownies, however the roses were already stuck down, and there wasn't enough room left on top of the brownie for the candy frog, so they are just hanging out on the side!
 ~Christina

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Mrs. Fox's Sweet Party #19

Hi and Welcome to Mrs. Fox's Sweet Party!
I am so happy you have come to visit! This week is spring break for us if you are wondering where I have been at...been busy having fun! Hope you are having a fun week too!

Here are the Features from Week #18:
(no particular order)
Congratulations to all of you!
Grab your "I Was Featured" button on the Grab a Button Page!
Moving on to this weeks party:
Link up your sweets, whatever dessert YOU have made this week!
Nothing new? Link that up too! Dig thought your archives and find a sweet treat that you want to share! I just ask that you keep it all family friendly! I reserve the right to delete any post that I find inappropriate or not with the sweet theme.
I would love it if you would follow Mrs. Fox's Sweets in some way so that you don't miss one sweet bite! You can follow via GFC, Linky Followers, Facebook, Email, and/or Twitter. All links are in the right column. I also have a button available for you to share Mrs. Fox's Sweet Party in the right column and on the Grab a Button Page! Don't forget to visit some of the other links! We all love visitors!
Each week I share a few sweets from the party the week before! By joining this party, you give Mrs. Fox's Sweet's permission to use your sweet photo in a featured post. Featured sweets may also be shared at Mrs. Fox's Sweets on Facebook, Stumbled, and/or Pinned!



 


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Movie Quote Cookies

Hi there! This week is spring break and we are busy having fun, so it is the perfect time to share with you my little adventure to Happy Hour Projects last week! Happy Hour Projects is one of my favorite about everything blogs, Adrianne does so many wonderful projects over there, stop by and visit her if you haven't before! Together we host fun holiday craft and recipe link parties together, be on the look out for another one when holidays approach! This month is a big month for Adrianne with her Script Frenzy challenge and since cookies are currently my favorite sweet to make, I decided to make cookies from 3 of Adrianne's all-time favorite movies, keeping with the script theme.
The quotes on the cookies above are from one of the movies. Keep reading to find out which one! These are made using a basic sugar cookie recipe and royal icing.
 
There are many different cut-out sugar cookie recipes out there. You can view my favorite cut-out cookie recipes on the Mrs. Fox's Sweets FAQ page. I like changing up the basic sugar cookie recipe using different flavorings. Once you have decided on a recipe, cut out, baked, and cooled your cookies you are ready to decorate. For the set of cookies that I am using for the quick tutorial below, I am using a glaze type icing, also found on my FAQ page.
To decorate the cookies you will need a few disposable piping bags, size 1 and size 2 tips, couplers, and I also like to have the covers to keep the icing from leaking on the table and to keep it from drying out.
Once the icing is in the bag, it needs to be closed off so that it doesn't leak out the other end. This can be done with a clip or rubber band.
Outline cookie with size 2 tip and let dry for about a half hour. This outline will prevent the inside icing from running off the sides when flooding in the next step. This glaze type icing is a little more difficult to to work with than royal icing and tends to spread out more, but it is also softer and taste better to me than royal icing.
Still using tip 2, fill in cookie being careful not to overflow the outline. These will need to dry for 8 to 12 hours before decorating with edible ink pens. Without using white coloring, the glaze icing is also a little translucent, but I thought it kinda worked here looking like parchment once it dried.
Once the cookies had dried, I used edible markers to write the quotes from...can you guess the movie?
Keep reading to find out what movie these are from!
These final cookies were made using royal icing. Since I outlined in black, I let the outline dry overnight to make sure that it wouldn't bleed. The next day I flooded the cookie with white, and later than evening piped the quotes on using tip 1. Can you name this movie?
 
These movies were all movies that Adrianne and I both grew up watching. I had a fun time with my daughter watching them all again before creating these cookies!
Movies from top to bottom: A Knight's Tale, The Princess Bride, and Labyrinth
Did you remember any of them?


Sunday, April 8, 2012

Bunny Hop Link Party & Features!

Happy Easter!
I certainly hope the Easter bunny brought you a basket full of goodies! Maybe you made some of your own Easter goodies or are looking for some to make! Here are the features from the 2012 Bunny Hop hosted by Happy Hour Projects and Mrs. Fox's Sweets!
(listed in no particular order)

Visit Happy Hour Projects to see more features!
  

The Bunny Hop runs through April 8th at midnight....so you may still have time to link up your Easter projects and recipes! Thank you to everyone that has participated or just stopped by to check out the Bunny Hop!
Have a wonderful Easter!




Saturday, April 7, 2012

Easter Bunny Pops

I have never been a fan of an Easter basket full of candy. I like to include healthier treats and useful gifts. In fact, this year my kid's Easter baskets will contain no storebought candy at all! Instead I made all of these bunny pops! You may recognize the Pink Bunny Pop that made from leftovers and just couldn't wait to share with you not too long ago!
Dark Chocolate and Vanilla White Chocolate Bunnies! The little bows are glued on with a dab of chocolate.
All packaged up and ready for the Easter Bunny to Deliver!
Happy Easter!

  
Don't forgot to stop by and link up your Easter crafts and recipes at:
Look for the features from the Bunny Hop to be posted on Easter Sunday- April 8th!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Peanut Butter Blossoms

We ended up with A LOT of Hershey's Kisses in a Hershey's Springtime Assortment bag of candy, I mean A LOT, not the Dark Chocolate...my favorite, but Hershey's Kisses, not that they are bad or anything, just way too many of them!
Well, what do you do when you have too much of anything? Find something to bake with it! I looked no further than the Hershey's website for their Peanut Butter Blossom Recipe! The recipe is delicious, no need to change it any.
I do like to make things pretty though, so I rolled them in colored sugars instead of regular sugar to brighten them up a bit! The colors could be changed to fit any occasion and this is a great way to use up Hershey's Kisses if you find yourself with waayyyyy too many!


Featured at: The Grant Life

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Bee & Flower Easter Egg Cookies

A slight twist on a regular looking Easter Egg cookie
I decided with these cookies to try a different cut out cookie. Well when they say "if it ain't broke, don't fix it," let me tell you that is the truth. These cookies spread out too much for my liking. I did use lemon extract in the dough for a perfect springy flavor!
Lemon & Berry Anyone?
Think you don't like fondant? Have you tried Fondarific? This blue is the Fondarific Berry Blue and it is so perfect with the lemon flavored cookie! I rolled out the fondant, made the impressions with a rubber stamp, and then cut out out with the same cutter I used to cut the cookie. Now you see why the cookie spreading too much was such a problem? To adhere the fondant to the cookie, immediately place the cut out fondant on the warm cookie. If the cookie has cooled, put the fondant on the cookie and put it in a "warm" oven for just 1 to 2 minutes. Keep an eye out, with both Fondarific and Duff fondant as soon as it begins to get slightly shiny, it is done!
Other than Fondarific and Duff, I have only used Wilton brand fondant. Wilton fondant doesn't adhere to the cookies well and it is just easier to use a food safe brush and brush a little corn syrup onto the back of the fondant to use as glue.
Spring flowers are not complete with out the bees!
This truly is an easy way to decorate cookies, especially when time is running short!

 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Mrs. Fox's Sweet Party #18

Hi and Welcome to Mrs. Fox's Sweet Party!
I am so happy you have come to visit! There are so many springy sweet and delicious looking treats popping out everywhere! I can't wait to see what you have made this week!
 
Here are the Features from Week #17:
(no particular order)
  
Congratulations to all of you!
Grab your "I Was Featured" button on the Grab a Button Page!
 
Moving on to this weeks party:
Link up your sweets, whatever dessert YOU have made this week!
Nothing new? Link that up too! Dig thought your archives and find a sweet treat that you want to share! I just ask that you keep it all family friendly! I reserve the right to delete any post that I find inappropriate or not with the sweet theme.
I would love it if you would follow Mrs. Fox's Sweets in some way so that you don't miss one sweet bite! You can follow via GFC, Linky Followers, Facebook, Email, and/or Twitter. All links are in the right column. I also have a button available for you to share Mrs. Fox's Sweet Party in the right column and on the Grab a Button Page! Don't forget to visit some of the other links! We all love visitors!
Each week I share a few sweets from the party the week before! By joining this party, you give Mrs. Fox's Sweet's permission to use your sweet photo in a featured post. Featured sweets may also be shared at Mrs. Fox's Sweets on Facebook, Stumbled, and/or Pinned!
 
Also stop by the Bunny Hop Easter Link Party where you can link up your spring and Easter recipes AND projects! You are welcome to link up your sweets in both places!
 




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