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Rainbow Jello Jigglers

These rainbow jello jigglers are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face. They’re a sweet treat that’s fun to eat for kids and adults as well!

Rainbow Jello Jigglers

Jello has always held a fond place in my heart. Growing up, my beloved mother would try and try again to make the mysterious colorful wobbling confection. And much to her chagrin,

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Red, White and Blue Frozen Sugared Grapes

The Fourth of July is a day away and I’ve got the perfect sweet treat to cool off even the hottest of days! Red, white and blue frozen sugared grapes! They are simple, scrumptious and sure to please a crowd!

Red white blue sugared frozen grapes

My love affair with frozen sugared grapes begin when I was just but a wee little nipper. My mom would dazzle guests with these frozen sugared grapes for many occasions from her monthly bridge group to our annual 4th of July tennis tournament. I remember sneaking through the kitchen pretending to need a glass of water on a mission to pluck a couple of those frosty little sweet orbs to shove into my mouth before darting back upstairs. I’m certain that I did not go unnoticed as I scurried out of the kitchen looking like a chipmunk as my cheeks were stocked full. But looking back, the risk of looking like a chipmunk far outweighed the sweet delight.

Red white blue sugared frozen grapes

Sometimes my mom would serve the frozen sugared grapes on a large platter filled with many savory cheeses and other times she would save the sparkling treat until the end of the evening when everyone was ready for a sweet dessert. I have chosen to display the frozen sugared grapes on their own to highlight their beautiful simplicity.

Red white blue sugared frozen grapes

These frozen sugared grapes can also double as a delightful sugar encrusted ice cube bouncing within a fun frothy drink. Red, white and blue frozen sugared grapes make a simple appetizer, unique ice cube or festive sweet dessert to cool you and your guests off this 4th of July. Not to mention the whole summer through!

Wishing you a fun & refreshing 4th!

Wenderly

 

 

 

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Popchip-alicious Encrusted BBQ Chicken (& Giveaway)

POP-alicious…

POP-tacular…

POP-abulous…

These are just a few of the words that popped into my head as I was scarfing my way through bags of popchips as I sat on a plane in San Francisco preparing to fly cross country back to my safe haven of suburbia.

I had just attended BlogHer Food 2010 and was in no way prepared for the multitude of fantastic people, phenomenal food, plethora of information and bags of swag that I would be encountering.

I mean, wow.

I hadn’t slept in over 24 hours, I had enough adrenaline pumping through my veins to fuel the plane in which I sat and I had just been forced to walk about 5 miles (most of which was outside AND it was 4:00 a.m. AND pitch black) just to get to my correct terminal.

Which reminds me that I need to fire my secretary a.s.a.p.

Needless to say, by the time my fanny hit the seat in that plane I was ready to have a meltdown. I knew that I’d feel much better after some breakfast and a little nap. I patiently waited for breakfast to be served and then quickly realized that, um there would be no breakfast. And I was facing about 10 hours of travel, 2 plane changes, one time change and I had packed all of my swag on my bag that was now so nicely stowed beneath the plane.

Through a blur of sweat and tears, I frantically dug in my bag to find, something, anything, a piece of gum, a lone lifesaver specked with mystery fuzz. I didn’t care. I needed some nourishment and I needed it now.

It was then that I saw them, tucked neatly and placed to the side of my bag as to not get crushed, 3 bags of popchips <insert angelic music with parting clouds here>.  Now I remember…I had decided to put the popchips in my bag because they were light and would be a perfect snack.

Note to self, don’t fire my secretary. I guess that I’m o.k. after all.

If I had a video of the glee and elation that I experienced while eating all three of those delicious bags of popchips while on that plane…

well, I probably couldn’t share it with you because it would be too embarrassing but let’s just say I was mighty happy.

Once I got home the nice people of popchips asked me if I’d like to do a review & a giveaway. Are you kidding me? OF COURSE! These light & crunchy, packed with flavor, low fat little rounds of heaven needed to be passed on to my readers. Not to mention, my poor family with whom I had already shared my life and death story and then sheepishly had to admit that no, they couldn’t sample these incredible chips that had saved my life because they were…all gone.

The minute I received this oh-so-fun-box and POPPED it open, I knew just what I had to do.

I had to make a meal out of these little yummies for my whole family to enjoy.

And boy did they.

Now you can too.

Without further adieu, I give popchip-alicious encrusted BBQ chicken to you.

These would be the supporting characters…flour, BBQ seasoning, an egg, and chicken breasts.

And but of course, the star of the show…BBQ popchips.

The first thing you’ll want to do is pour your bag of popchips into a zip lock bag, seal it, and roll the popchips with a rolling pin. Now make sure to smush them up into small pieces, small enough to easily stick to the chicken without turning into mush.

Now it’s time to put your assembly line together. Pour about 1 cup of flour onto a plate and add about 1/4 cup of BBQ seasonings and mix well with a fork.

Next grab a second plate (preferably with a lip) for the egg that’s been lightly beaten and then a third plate for your smushed popchips.

This is what your assembly line should look like…

Now the fun begins.

Grab your chicken breast and cover it with the flour mixture,

don’t forget to cover the other side.

Next, pop I mean, plop the chicken ever so gently, into the egg, on both sides…

then joyfully smather the chicken with the popchips.

Make sure to get plenty of the crunchy yummy little pieces all over the chicken until the chicken is literally popping with popchips.

Cheesy I know, but I couldn’t resist.

Next place the popchip-alicious encrusted chicken breasts onto a baking sheet…

and POP them into the oven…

and then into your mouth.

Repeat as necessary.

Wishing you popchip-alicious days and POP-tacular nights,

Wenderly

Here’s the recipe…and be sure not to miss the GIVEAWAY below!

Popchip-alicious Encrusted BBQ Chicken
serves 4

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • four chicken breasts
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 bag popchips
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup BBQ seasoning
  • 1 large zip lock bag

Here’s what you’ll do:

Preheat the oven to 375º. Next, pat your chicken breasts with a paper towel until dry, set aside. Pour your bag of BBQ popchips into a large zip lock bag and roll over popchips with rolling pin until smashed into small pieces. Then on a small plate, mix 1 cup of flour with 1/4 of BBQ seasonings, on a second small plate beat your egg and lastly on a third plate, pour the smashed popchips that will become the delicious crust. You are ready to begin the assembly process. First, cover both side a chicken breast with the flour mixture, then dip in egg and finally cover generously in the smashed popchips. Repeat the process until you’ve covered each chicken breast. Bake the encrusted chicken on a baking sheet for 30-45 minutes depending on thickness of chicken and until chicken is cooked through.

Enjoy!

**************Popchips Giveaway!********************

O.k. now here’s your chance to win a POP-tacular case of assorted popchips for yourself!

You get 2, yes I said TWO chances to win!
1. Leave me a comment below telling me what you would do with a case of popchips if YOU win! Would you share them? Hide them for yourself? Create your own recipe?
2. Go to popchips facebook page and “like” them and then post a comment on their wall telling them about this giveaway here at Wenderly.com and then come back here and tell me that you did.

Giveaway begins today Friday December 3, 2010 and ends Friday December 10, 2010 at Midnight EST. 1 winner will be randomly selected and announced in the morning on Saturday December 11, 2010.

Happy Snacking all and good luck!

I would like to thank the POP-tabulous people at popchips for sending me the oh-so-fun case of popchips and for supplying another one for one of  YOU lucky readers!  I must mention that this contest is only open to U.S. residents. Sorry to my Canadian friends.

****************WE HAVE A WINNER*******************

The time has come to announce the winner of the popchips case! We have one lucky winner….

Are you ready?

The winner is…..

Rachel who said,

“I would scarf the whole box down because I love PopChips that much! No really – I’d love to try encrusting them in tofu, similar to your technique for a unique way of flavoring!!

Rachel I will be contacting you about your prize details via email!

A BIG thanks to all who participated in The popchips giveaway this week!

Happy Snacking!

Wenderly

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Chocolate Dunked Sweet & Salty Apples

I’ve never really been one to do anything by the book. I kinda march along through life to the beat of my very own drummer and that suits me just fine. Makes life more interesting ya know?

I wear my watch on my right wrist and I’m right handed.

I (kinda) type with my left middle finger and right pointing one.

Back in High School I wore Bermuda shorts (mostly plaid and patchwork) every single day my Junior and Senior year. Don’t ask me why. I liked them. Perhaps it was to show off my always tanned legs from the < gasp > suntan booth. Perhaps it was in rebellion to not being allowed to ride the brand new, shiny bright red moped past the end of my driveway. I’m serious. Do you know how hard it is to look cool while riding up and down your driveway 150 times a day? That’s a lot of time spent to end up nowhere. And just imagine how cold that was in the dead of winter wearing Bermudas.

So the other day as I exclaimed “that really frosts my Frito” and the people that I was conversing with laughed and said, “what did you say?” I was again reminded of my uniqueness.

But it got me to thinking.

Thinking of how much I LOVE sweet and salty…. Fritos® and frosting…and chocolate and apples…

I know, I’ll make chocolate dipped apples with Fritos and how about pretzels?… and of course sprinkles!

See how my mind works? Me either. But I did make some fabulous chocolate covered apples embellished with Fritos, pretzels and sprinkles.

Do you like sweet & salty? Well then my friend, come along with me!

First you’ll want some darling little washed apples. I used Gala but you can use whatever kind of apple you like.

These are the ingredients for the chocolate dipping glaze, semi-sweet chocolate chips, light corn syrup, water, & butter. Oh and wooden skewers. I like to use these fabulous long skewers, they add interest and fun and once again you can see that I’m marching right along to my own beat.

Of course you’ll need pretzels & Fritos.

And some darling sprinkles!

I thought that these sprinkles looked very festive for Halloween don’t you?

Next push the skewers into the center of the apples (sharp side first).

Heck, I could just eat them like this! NAH! What am I nuts? It’s the sweet & salty that I’m waiting for!

So, now it’s time to make the chocolate glaze. I use this glaze for everything! I’m not sure where I got this recipe but I’ve used it for decades and it’s so simple! You don’t even need a double boiler.

Just combine the butter, light corn syrup, and water over medium heat and stir until it just begins to boil.

Then remove from heat and add the chocolate chips and continue stirring,

until your glaze looks like this.

Isn’t that gorgeous? And see? It couldn’t be easier!

Now you’ll want to grab an already skewered apple by the stick and dip it into the chocolate glaze. Roll the apple around until it has a nice thick coating all over it.

Then while the apple is still wet, place the apple into your embellishments.

I just crunched the Fritos up in a baggie before dumping them onto a plate. After embellishing, place the apples on a wax paper lined cookie sheet.

Now repeat the same process with all of the apples and yummy toppings.

Some crunchy salty pretzels.

Some sweet and crunchy sprinkles.

Put the apples into the fridge for 20-30 minutes to let the chocolate set.

Just look how fun and festive these little darlings turned out.

Sometimes marching to a different beat pays off!

And in this case, I’d say that it definitely did!

Hope you enjoy!

Wenderly

Here’s the recipe:

Chocolate Dunked Sweet & Salty Apples

(Serves 6)

What you’ll need:

6 washed small-medium apples
6 wooden skewers
1 cup smashed Fritos
1 cup smashed pretzels
1 cup sprinkles

Ingredients for the Chocolate Glaze:

3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
3 tablespoon water
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Here’s what you’ll do:

Place a skewer into the top/center of each apple.

Sprinkle your smashed Fritos, pretzels and sprinkles onto separate small plates.

In a small saucepan over medium heat combine the butter, light corn syrup and water and stir until the mixture just comes to a boil. Remove from heat and add chocolate chips, stir until chips are melted and glaze is shiny.

Grab an apple by the skewer and dip each apple into the chocolate glaze and roll until covered in chocolate. Immediately dip apple into  a chosen topping until the bottom half of the apple is covered.

Place apple onto a wax paper covered baking sheet. Repeat until each apple is covered and embellished.

Chill in fridge for 20-30 minutes until chocolate is set.

ENJOY!

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Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Baked Apples

Once you try this scrumptious Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Baked Apples recipe you will want to make it every single day. And guess what? It’s so easy you will!

We have a joke in our family about apples. Ever since I can remember and especially after school while my sister and I were ravenous and scavenging for something starchy and satisfying, my mom’s standard response to “what can we have to eat?” was “have an apple.”

What? Seriously? An apple? Ummmm, I was thinking somewhere along the lines of nachos swimming in melted cheese.

After a while we didn’t even bother to ask any more. We just started digging fast and furious into every chip bag we could find until we heard her footsteps coming followed by the “Girls? Are you home? What do you want for an after school snack? Why don’t you have an apple?” It was truly remarkable that my mom had the uncanny ability to know the exact moment that we were digging into the chip bags. She knew it every…single…time…(without fail).Why do chip bags have to make so much dag on noise?

Well guess what? Now the joke’s on me, I’m a mom of two girls and somehow, mysteriously, through no conscious intent of my own, the words, “have an apple“, now echo through the kitchen at my house. It’s like a curse or something…as I hear the familiar rustle of chips bags, I find myself casually pop around the corner with an innocent “why don’t you girls have an apple?” How can this be happening? Guess it’s true what they say about turning into your mother! And still to this day I must admit that I wonder if she was actually in cahoots with the obnoxiously loud sounding chip bag manufacturers.

Now don’t get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with apples! I love apples. Adore them! Even after a lifetime of eating them daily whether I wanted to or not. And I’m so happy that I’ve instilled the love of them into my children as well. That’s why this recipe written by my tween, Sassafras, delights me so. She has gotten creative with her apple consumption and I must say that this is an easy yet decadent way to enjoy an apple. Clever, clever girl she is.

So I give to you…brown sugar & cinnamon baked apples.

Here’s what you’ll need. An apple, cinnamon, brown sugar, and some aluminum foil cut into squares.

My daughter makes this yummy treat on a regular basis, but I’ve never attempted to do so. The night before I planned on making these sweet packets of deliciousness, I left a note with a few questions for her to answer before she left for school and I woke up to this.

Instead of simply answering my questions she wrote out “her” recipe. I think that I may have a foodie on my hands!

Begin by cutting an apple in half and coring it. I used a gala apple but any apple will do!

Next, slice each half into very thin slices. Approximately 20 slices for each half.

You’ll end up with a big pile of apples.

Place all of the slices in the center of a piece of foil (make sure that the foil is big enough to close easily around the apples or you’ll have an ooey gooey mess on your hands after it cooks).

Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 2 Tablespoons of brown sugar all over the apples.

That’s it! Do you believe it?  No butter, no anything else, the brown sugar and cinnamon combined with the juices of the apple make their very own magnificent sauce.

Wow, why didn’t I think of this when I was a kid?

I found that gathering each corner of the foil up and pinching it together kept all of the fabulous brown sugar & cinnamon sauce in the packet rather than all over the oven.

Placing your packets on a baking sheet is a good idea as well. Bake in a 400º oven for 25 minutes.

The result? Warm, succulent cinnamony (is that a word?) melt in your mouth baked apples. Make sure to pour all of the sauce all over the top, grab a fork and dig in!

Maybe my mom was on to something.

Now go have an apple!

Wenderly

 

 

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Homemade Cranberry Almond Granola

Autumn is in the air!

And with that comes busy schedules, meals on the go and even more of a good reason to eat healthy.

It’s very challenging to find healthy, quick and easy options that satisfy all of the members of my family! Let’s just say that each of us have individual opinions about what we like and dislike and leave it at that. However, we can all agree on granola as a healthy snack option! And it’s perfect for breakfast, a quick midday pick-me-up or it can satisfy a sweet tooth any time of day!

This wholesome, sweet treat has endless possibilities! You can create any combination of ingredients you wish. We like (and agree) on dried cranberry with slivered almonds, but you can switch it up with whatever dried fruit, nut or seed that tickles your fancy in any combination you like.

Just a few simple ingredients are needed to make this granola – whole oats, slivered almonds, dried cranberries and cinnamon.

Ahhhh, cinnamon. I just love cinnamon. Nutmeg would be good too.

Honey. Sweet, thick golden gooey honey…

and canola oil.

Mix the oil and honey together and pop it into the microwave for 1 minute. This will help marry the two and they will  live happily ever after among the oats and other ingredients.

Note: Feel free to play around with the amount of oil you use, this recipe makes for a softer granola, if you’d like yours to be crunchy, cut down on the amount of oil.

Next, spread the oats onto a baking sheet with sides

Add the oil & honey, almonds and cinnamon and give a big stir. (Set the cranberries aside, they’ll be added in after the baking.)

Bake at 350ºF for 20 minutes, give the granola a stir half way through.

Can you smell that? Heaven. Pure heaven.

Add the dried cranberries and give another stir until all incorporated.

And…Ta Dah!

Wasn’t that easy?

Enjoy your granola by the hand full or try it my favorite way, sprinkled over a big dollop of Greek yogurt!

Happy Autumn!

Wenderly

Cranberry Almond Granola

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups whole oats
  • 1/2 cup canola oil (or less if you like a crunchier granola)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Stir the canola oil and honey together and pop into microwave for 1 minute.

While the oil and honey are heating, place oats, almonds and cinnamon onto a baking sheet with sides.

Once oil and honey are heated, pour onto oat mixture and stir all ingredients until incorporated.

Bake at 350ºF for 20 minutes and give the granola a stir half way through.

After granola has cooled add the cranberries.

ENJOY!