Tag Archive | peanut butter

Mother’s Day Brunch / Tea Party Theme

My mother’s birthday always falls on or right near Mother’s Day so we always have an extra special celebration for her. She loves the whole tea party concept and we are doing in now for the third year in a row!  It’s always fun to have the girls together, we wear our pretty sundresses and of complete with a fancy hat.  Some tips I have learned from doing a tea party lunch the past few years:

  • Send out a nice hand written invitation (it’s always more special and personal to send via mail than email)
  • Purchase pretty pastel cloth table linens (table cloth, cloth napkins, rings)
  • Flowers, flowers and more flowers!
  • Have a gorgeous centrepiece
  • Name cards for the table
  • Pretty plates, tea cups and tea pots
  • Nice set of silverware (not plastic ware)
  • Just make it all incredibly gorgeous and FUN!
  • Oh and lastly…a variety of tea, tea sandwiches and desserts (and lemonade too!)

(My secret: you don’t have to spend alot of $$$ to make things beautiful for your party.  I purchased most things at Ross Dress for Less Marshall’s and TJ Max.  Michael’s or WalMart for the flowers. Dollar Stores too!)

This year our menu is the following:

~ Desserts ~

Classic Angel Flake Coconut Cake (You won’t believe how delicious this cake is! I make it for Easter and also for other special occasions.  Its a certified hit whenever I make it!)

Lemon-Orange Chiffon Cake

High Tea Lemon Cookies

Coconut Macaroons

Russian Tea Cake Cookies

Oreo Cookie Balls (So simple to make! So delicious to eat!)

Peanut Butter Balls (My mom’s favorite!)

Sugar Cookies (This recipe is for Christmas cookies but they are so delicious and I make them all year long – the best sugar cookie recipe I’ve ever used)

Oreo Cookie Balls  (Photo Credit: Kraft)

Oreo Cookie Balls
(Photo Credit: Kraft)

~ Lunch Recipes ~

Tarragon Chicken Salad (I’ve made this many times – delicious!)

Cucumber and Strawberry Tea Sandwiches

Egg Salad Tea Sandwiches

Goat Cheese and Pecan Tea Sandwiches

Cucumber Mint Tea Sandwiches

(Picture courtesy of Kraft)

Classic Angel Flake Coconut Cake (Photo Credit: Kraft)

 

 

 

Lemon-Orange Chiffon Cake  (Photo Credit: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell)

Lemon-Orange Chiffon Cake
(Photo Credit: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Dip

When I came across this recipe for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Dip it made me stop what I was doing immediately.  I have such a sweet tooth and love, love, love peanut butter and cookie dough. Never had them together though and this recipe is at the top of my list to make! The combination of chocolate chips, peanut butter and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups is almost heavenly.  You can eat it by itself with a spoon (my mother would totally do this!) or enjoy with pretzels, animal cracker and graham sticks too.  Thank you, Shugary Sweets, for a delicious recipe! Make sure to check out their site for more yummy ideas too.

(Photo from Shugary Sweets)

(Photo from Shugary Sweets)

 

 

In the Kitchen Tonight: Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Jam Cookie Bars

My hubby loves peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (as you can tell, he is my inspiration for many desserts since he is the one who eats them!)  So I came across this delicious recipe from Pillsbury for Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Jam Cookie Bars– which my official taste tester (aka hubby) gave a HUGE thumbs up too.  He also immediately ran to the kitchen to pour himself a tall glass of milk afterwards too.  This dessert is very rich in flavor and yummy in taste.  If you are a kid at heart (like hubby) and love your pb&j sandwiches…this dessert is for you!

Starting off with the basic ingredients. I used grape jam.

Pressed the sugar cookie dough onto the bottom of the pan

Layer with peanut butter

Grape Jam Layer

Sprinkle chocolate chip morsels

Add cookie dough for top layer

Fresh out of the oven

Ready to eat (and with a glass of milk, of course!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Kitchen Tonight: Wedding Cookies

Today was a happy day.  Got to witness two of the most amazing people in the world unite in marriage and be a part of the happy wedding festivities (congratulations Brandon and Rachel!).  I was also tasked with making the cookies… here are the pictures of the cookies platters and the yummy recipes for Snickerdoodles, Peanut Butter Cookies*, Russian Tea Cakes* and Sugar Cookies*.

*For the Russian Tea Cakes, I used Pecans for the nuts

*For the Peanut Butter Cookies, I added regular salted peanuts to some of the batches

*For the Sugar Cookies, used a heart-shaped cookie cutter, Betty Crocker Frosting in several flavors (white, yellow and pink) and white/silver sparkly cookie/cupcakes decor

 

Peanut Butter Snickers Cookies

Its’s National Peanut Butter Cookie Day! I truly believe this is my mother’s favorite day of the year.  Probably even enjoys it more than Christmas or Easter.  As a child, all we ever made were peanut butter cookies.  No sugar…no chocolate chip…only peanut butter. She would always put the fork in a bowl of flour and then make criss crosses across the peanut butter dough. At times, she would even let me have a taste of the raw peanut butter cookie dough (these were the days before we were alerted not to eat raw eggs, etc.)  My mother loved peanut butter so much, she would eat it in her cottage cheese, with pineapple,  in cereal, or just by the tablespoonful.  In our jars of peanut butter at home we always had imprints of spoons.  So in honor of National Peanut Butter Cookie Day, this cookie is for you, Mommy!

Peanut Butter Snickers Cookies

How to possibly resist Peanut Butter Snickers Cookies? These cookies are enriched with peanut butter, Snickers Bars and chocolate.  You can find the recipe hereMake sure to visit Brown Eyed Baker  for more delicious recipes.