Sunshine Award

I woke up this morning to find a happy surprise waiting for me! Thank you so much to Elamb for nominating me for the Sunshine Award!

Receiving blogging awards is so fun because you feel very touched that someone thought of you for an award and also, you get to pass on that feeling to your fellow bloggers! This also give people a chance to check out other blogs that they might not have heard of, so thanks again Elamb! I am very happy to accept this award!

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Questions:

1. Who is your favorite philosopher? I honestly don’t know…it’s hard to make a choice.
2. What is your favorite number? 13
3. What is your favorite animal? That’s a tough one, maybe Narwhals?
4. What are you Facebook and Twitter? Tastytreats13 isn’t connected to any social media websites.
5. What is your favorite time of the day? Breakfast time!
6. What was your favorite vacation? I really enjoyed going to Bali, Indonesia it was incredible!
7. What is your favorite physical activity? Definitely either swimming or tennis!
8. What is your non-alcoholic drink? Well I don’t drink alcohol, but my favorite drink is probably a smoothie.
9. What is your favorite flower? Hmmm I like lilies!
10. What is your passion? Baking delicious desserts!

My Nominations for the Sunshine Award:

Poppy’s Patisserie

Fudging Ahead

Go Bake Yourself

Honk If You’re Vegan

The After School Chef

Warm Toasty Muffins

Loving Homemade

Miss Chris Creations

Bitter Sweet

Shivaay Delights

The rules for the Sunshine Award are:

1. Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.
2. Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and link back.
3. Answer the same 10 questions given.
4. Nominate up to 10 blogs for the award, a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs.
5. Copy and paste the award on your blog somewhere.

Caramel Corn

My birthday passed recently and as a gift I received a new dessert recipe book. I was interested in the Caramel Corn recipe so I decided to give it a try. I will give you a similar recipe from: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/grandma-pauls-caramel-corn-recipe/index.html

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Here you go:

Ingredients

1 cup butter
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon baking soda
8 cups popped popcorn

Directions

Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.
Over medium heat, combine first 4 ingredients and boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in baking soda. Stir well. Pour over the pop corn. Stir to coat well. Bake in large roaster or pan for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on waxed paper to dry.

This is a great thing to try out! Let me know if you do! You can also make them into popcorn balls and put them in sealed bags.

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I made this Caramel Corn the day before I had a dentist appointment so I had to resist the urge to eat this until after the appointment. Yes, make sure you brush your teeth after eating this because it can sometimes stick to your teeth. Don’t get me wrong it’s still a great thing to try and I think it’s very tasty!

Let me know if you’d like me to try any dessert recipes in the comments!

S’mores bars

Wow. It’s been a while again, hasn’t it? Sorry about that, I’ve got lots going on. Anyway, one day I felt that I needed to bake something but I didn’t have that many ingredients. I also had some marshmallows that I needed to use. I thought about making s’mores but I didn’t have any chocolate bars but I was really craving s’mores.
I did a little bit of research and found a s’mores bar recipe which I tried and enjoyed. The bars were gone within 3 days.

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I recommend this recipe if you are a big s’mores fan like me!

Ingredients:

3/4 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
18 whole graham crackers, crushed, about 3 cups
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 milk chocolate bars, approximately 1 1/2 ounces each
3 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows

Preparation:

Heat oven to 350°. Beat butter and sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Stir in crushed graham crackers, flour, and salt. Reserve 1 cup of the graham cracker mixture and press remaining mixture over the bottom of a greased 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Arrange chocolate bars, in a single layer, over graham cracker crust mixture in the pan. Sprinkle with marshmallows. Crumbled reserved graham cracker mixture over the marshmallows. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes. Cut into bars and cool completely.
Makes about 2 dozen bars.

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Sorry again for not posting as regularly. As soon as school starts it should be much more…on time. Thanks for reading!

Recipe is from: http://southernfood.about.com/od/browniesbars/r/bl50615d.htm

Lemon cookies

Hi guys! So I’m back! I was at the beach for a while which was great! But I am back now and I have been craving cookies. As you may know, I love lemon desserts, so I made Lemon cookies!

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Let me tell you guys, these cookies are delicious! Here is the recipe:

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Lemon Crinkles

yields: 2-3 DOZEN prep time: 20 MIN cook time: 10 MIN total time: 30 MIN

INGREDIENTS:
½ cups Butter, Softened
1 cup Granulated Sugar
½ teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1 whole Egg
1 teaspoon Lemon Zest
1 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
¼ teaspoons Salt
¼ teaspoons Baking Powder
⅛ teaspoons Baking Soda
1-½ cup All-purpose Flour
½ cups Powdered Sugar

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease light colored baking sheets with non stick cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Whip in vanilla, egg, lemon zest and juice. Scrape sides and mix again. Stir in all dry ingredients slowly until just combined, excluding the powdered sugar. Scrape sides of bowl and mix again briefly. Pour powdered sugar onto a large plate. Roll a heaping teaspoon of dough into a ball and roll in powdered sugar. Place on baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough.

Bake for 9-11 minutes or until bottoms begin to barely brown and cookies look matte {not melty or shiny}. Remove from oven and cool cookies about 3 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

*If using a non stick darker baking tray, reduce baking time by about 2 minutes.

I got the recipe from a great looking site: http://www.laurenslatest.com/lemon-crinkle-cookies/

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So let me tell you about my trip, I had a great time and had lots of fun in the ocean. One thing that I thought you guys would be interested in was an ice cream place. It had over 100 flavors, including bacon, fresh spinach, fresh corn, and many more. I settled for mint chocolate chip to be on the safe side and it was pretty good! Just thought I would tell you all about that. Hope you all are enjoying your summers!