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Happy Valentine’s Day!

sugar cookie base + sweetened cream cheese + strawberries = perfection!

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When you buy what we, as Americans, know as “jell-o” over here in the UK, you get what they call “jelly.”  It’s not powdered, it looks like it’s already made and ready to eat…

The first time we had “jelly” I didn’t know I was supposed to melt it, add water, and re-refrigerate it.  So I cut it into slices and handed the kids each a piece.  They didn’t complain, so how was I to know any better?

A couple days later I learned that you prepare it by putting it in a “jug” (glass measuring cup), adding water, and microwaving it until melted.  Stir it up, then add the rest of the water.  Seems pretty simple, right?  Lesson learned. 😉

Anyway.  To make the strawberry fizz jelly (jell-o)… prepare the jelly-jello as you would, melting either the above gel blocks, or dissolving the powder.  At this point, add a can of carbonated lemonade (that’s how we roll back here).  Gently stir, pour into a bowl, and refrigerate until set.

My kids claim it tastes like lotion, but they all ate it without any prodding!  I found the fizziness to be a bit odd, but nothing I couldn’t get used to!

Enjoy!

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When we first moved to Bristol, we were staying in a hotel across the street from a Starbucks – so you know where we went for breakfast in the morning!  The kids wanted some juice, and I think by accident Scott grabbed them this water.  It’s basically water, fresh-squeezed juice, and a little sugar.  The kids loved it!  So we decided once we got into our house, we’d make our own…

Squeeze 1 large lemon and 2 small limes into a pitcher.  Fill with water, stir.  Add a few spoonfuls of sugar to sweeten to your liking.  Slice some lime and lemon circles to make it pretty, and serve over ice.  Delicious!

variation:  use sparkling water to make it fancy!

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Pies…

1 pkg devil’s food cake mix

1 pkg (4 serving) instant chocolate pudding mix

1/2 cup butter, softened

4 eggs

1 cup water

*Preheat oven to 325.

*Combine cake mix, pudding mix, butter, eggs, and water (just until moistened).  Beat for 2 minutes until light and thick.

*Drop by heaping tablespoon – 2″ apart on greased cookie sheet (should make 40 halves).  Bake 10 minutes.  Cool.

Filling…

1 1/2 sticks butter, softened

1 cup marshmallow creme

3/4 cup powdered sugar

1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

*Combine ingredients and beat until light and fluffy.

*Spread filling on flat side of half of the “pie.”  Top with another “pie” to make a sandwich (should yield 20 sandwiches)

*Enjoy!

Note:  these are actually much better if you freeze them first between layers of wax paper and eat straight out of the freezer.  Don’t ask, just trust me on this!

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from grandma’s kitchen

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1 pkg chocolate cake mix

1 pkg (3.9 oz) instant chocolate pudding

1 stick butter, melted

1/2 cup cold milk

6 squares baker’s semi-sweet chocolate, chopped & divided

1 cup peanuts, divided

1 cup creamy peanut butter

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*Heat oven to 350.  Line 13×9″ dish with foil & spray with cooking oil.

*Mix first 4 ingredients until blended (will be pretty thick).  Press half of the cake mixture into the prepared pan.

*Bake for 10 minutes.  Sprinkle half each of the chocolate and nuts over the crust; spread with peanut butter.  Cover with layers of remaining cake mixture, chocolate, and nuts.  Press gently with spatula.

*Bake for 15 minutes.  Cool for 1 hour.  Refrigerate 4 hours before cutting into bars.

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Pretzel rods dipped in melted almond bark, and then sprinkled.

The kids love them!

stolen from Ally’s kitchen

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I made these for the 4th of July last year (but used red and blue sprinkles), and never posted!  I was thinking of something fun for Chasen to take in to his classroom for his birthday, and remembered what a *hit* these were last summer.

Smear large marshmallows in a powdered sugar glaze and sprinkle.  Easy as that!

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