Valentine’s Day Baking

As I’m sure you guys have figured out from my fast few posts…I am a huge romantic who absolutely LOVES Valentine’s Day—the decorations, colors, gifts, and the whole idea behind Valentine’s Day is simply wonderful to me. Even without a Valentine, February 14th is still a day to recognize and appreciate the people in your life, like your friends and family, who you love.

One thing that really gets me into the Valentine’s Day spirit is baking. There are thousands of “love” themed recipes out there, and today I’ve assembled a few Valentine’s Day treats that I think you will really enjoy baking!

 

1. Cupcakes and Cookies

Cookies and cupcakes are two very “go-to” choices when it comes down to figuring out what to bake. However, what people don’t always realize is that cookies and cupcakes that need to be decorated open the door to endless possibilities! Use sprinkles, dyed frosting, and Valentine’s Day candy to spruce up sugar cookies and cupcakes. If you’re making the classic chocolate chip cookie, why not add Valentine’s Day red, pink, and white M&Ms to the mix? If you are looking to get really fancy, try something different like the Red Velvet Crinkle Cookie (these are sooo good!) Get the how to here!

 

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TPC v day 2 Pictures courtesy of DropDeadGorgeousDaily, TheDecoratedCookie, StopLookinGetCookin, Wedding-Dress, FrugalTexasDiva, CupcakesGarden, and Unsophisticook.

 

2. Fruity Treats

Don’t forget about fruit! Valentine’s Day treats do not always need to be baked; Heart Shaped Fruit Kabobs and Chocolate Covered Strawberries are refreshing and just as festive, sweet and tasty as any cookies or cupcakes!

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Images courtesy of RecipeByPhoto, and WorkmanFamily.

 

3. Miscellaneous Treats

These I just had to throw in here. The Pretzel Kiss Candies and Marshmallow Pops look so delicious, and so easy to make.  Don’t be afraid to get creative, and non traditional with your baking!

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Pictures courtesy of SavvyMom, and GriffithsRated.

What are you baking this Valentine’s Day?!

XO, Christine

Holiday Baking!

Along with the impending Holidays, comes an extreme desire to bake and eat ALL the peppermint, ALL the gingerbread, and ALL the sugar anywhere in sight. Here at The Prep Crew, we are glad to indulge. Here are some of my favorite picks for easy snack recipes for your holiday season! Enjoy!

  1. First up, Peppermint Puppy Chow. I know that I have posted about puppy chow here before because it is amazing and so easy to make for a million people. It takes like five minutes for the whole thing and trust me, it will probably be gone in the same amount of time. Click here for an adaptation that makes a holiday themed puppy chow!Peppermint-Crunch-Puppy-Chow-3
  2. This is a really cute idea to make reindeer cookies. Just buy the precut gingerbread men, (or make the dough yourself if you are feeling ambitious), and then flip it upside down to decorate. A great way to make something new out of what you have. And who doesn’t love a good gingerbread cookie?219480181811447135_2P553GTH_c
  3. These Santa Hat pretzel treats would be so cute at any holiday party (or all for yourself!) Christmas-Santa-Hat-Pretzels-main1-340x340
  4. Here is a recipe for no-bake Christmas Oreo Truffles. From what I’ve heard, these are similar to cake pops but don’t take 34554534 hours forever, time much better spent with family and friends (not that I know from experience). oreo truffles closeup 2
  5. Last but not least, we have Christmas Hot Chocolate Cupcakes. These are the cutest things ever and they are decorated to look like real hot chocolate. Super festive, and cupcakes are always a big crowd-pleaser!cocoa

xoxo,

kBp

EASY Desserts For Your Thanksgiving Feast!

I cannot wait to get home for Thanksgiving break! For me, Thanksgiving means spending time at home with my family, a little vacation from classes, and some really spectacular food…. especially desserts.

To celebrate the holiday, my family usually hosts a Thanksgiving dinner at my house. Our meal is potluck style, so everyone who comes to eat brings something to add to the table. I like to contribute by making some sort of dessert. For my Thanksgiving themed post, I’d like to share with you some big hit recipes that I have used in the past–

 

1. LIBBY’S® Famous Pumpkin Pie 

‘Pumpkin’ is my favorite seasonal flavor..so as you can guess—Pumpkin Pie is my absolute favorite type of pie to have during the holidays…The LIBBY’S® recipe is fabulous because it is SO EASY to make, yet tastes SO GOOD to eat!!!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  •  1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  •  1/2 teaspoon salt
  •  1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  •  1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  •  2 large eggs
  •  1 can (15 oz.) LIBBY’S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
  •  1 can (12 fl. oz.) Evaporated Milk
  •  1 unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie shell
  • Whipped cream (optional)

Directions:

  1. Mix sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger and cloves in small bowl. Beat eggs in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk.
  2. Pour into pie shell.
  3. Bake in preheated 425° F oven for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350° F; bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate. Top with whipped cream before serving.

 

2. Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle

With so many possibilities and combinations, Trifles are perfect deserts to serve at any holiday meal. Sometimes for Thanksgiving I’ll make this pumpkin and gingerbread flavored one. The pairing of the gingerbread and pumpkin make this dessert not only so yummy, but so festive too!

Ingredients:

  • 2 (14-ounce) packages gingerbread mix
  • 1 (5.1-ounce) box cook-and-serve vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 (30-ounce) can pumpkin pie filling
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 teaspoon ground cardamom or cinnamon
  • 1 (12-ounce) container frozen whipped topping
  • 1/2 cup gingersnaps, optional

Directions:

  1. Bake the gingerbread according to the package directions; cool completely.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the pudding and set aside to cool.
  3. Stir the pumpkin pie filling, sugar, and cardamom into the pudding.
  4. Crumble 1 batch of gingerbread into the bottom of a large, pretty bowl.
  5. Pour 1/2 of the pudding mixture over the gingerbread, then add a layer of whipped topping. Repeat with the remaining gingerbread, pudding, and whipped topping.
  6. Sprinkle of the top with crushed gingersnaps, if desired. Refrigerate overnight. (Trifle can be layered in a punch bowl).

 

3. Caramel Apple Crisp

Between the months of November and January, someone in my family can pretty much always be found in the kitchen baking apple crisp—this recipe is a favorite in my household. I love the caramel mixed in as an added bonus!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  •  1 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 8 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples
  • 1 package (14 ounces) caramels, halved
  •  1 cup apple cider, divided

Directions: 

  1. In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon; cut in butter until crumbly.
  2. Press half of the mixture into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.
  3. Layer with half of the apples, caramels and 1 cup oat mixture.
  4. Repeat layers. Pour 1/2 cup cider over top.
  5. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes.
  6. Drizzle with remaining cider
  7. Bake 15-20 minutes longer or until apples are tender. 

 

Whether your Thanksgiving dinner  is at your house or not, I think its always a nice gesture to contribute to the meal! Why not bring along a nice dessert!

What are your favorite desserts to have on Thanksgiving? Leave it in the comments!

XOXO, Christine

Take me out to the ballgame!

It’s almost here!! Baseball season is upon us, with Major League baseball having opening day tomorrow.  I’ll tell you one thing, this blogger is more than excited.  I grew up going to minor league games with my family and have a baseball fan ever since I can remember.  In fact, it’s my dream in life to be able to work in baseball in some capacity.

But, back to the topic at hand…opening day.  The Cardinals and Marlins face off tonight, but most of the other teams in the MLB start their regular seasons tomorrow.  I’ve found some yummy-looking recipes reminiscent of some favorite ballpark treats!  Enjoy 🙂

I found this recipe for homemade Cracker Jacks on yumsugar.com.  I don’t really know many things that can beat caramel corn…it’s crunchy, sweet…it’s practically perfect.

The next recipe is for soft pretzels and comes from allrecipes.com.  These treats are a ballpark favorite anywhere you go and they’re pretty delicious.

image via businessinsider.com

Of course, you can’t beat the All-American classic, the hot dog.  There an institution at parks across the country.  Some of them even have nicknames, like the Dodger Dog and Fenway Frank.

Are you just as excited for baseball season to kick off? Let us know in the comments!

and…GO RED SOX!

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xoxo, Karoline

Easter Party Made Easy.

Since Easter is coming up soon, I decided to do a post on some easy and creative ways to have an preppy and gorgeous Easter party with friends and family. All of these ideas are from Pinterest (surprise, surprise I know).

I love this flower arrangement and with just a few eggs, it makes the perfect centerpiece for any Easter table. I had a centerpiece kind of similar to this for my Graduation Party except with limes and it turned out adorably. It adds a little extra spice for not a lot of work or money.

http://b-moviestar.com/tag/flower-arrangement

This is an easy and cute snack for any Easter party as well. All it is is an Oreo, a marshmallow, and a jelly bean. Easy enough, right?

http://pinterest.com/pin/52072939411459509/

I’m obsessed with these Printables and they’re free! They would be perfect for place cards, napkin rings, or just scattered around.

http://blog.catchmyparty.com/2011/03/24/free-easter-printables-from-peace-heart-cupcakes/

These chocolate covered strawberries are perfect for any get together for Easter. The chocolate is died orange so that the strawberry looks like a carrot. Cute, right? This would be great “bunny food” to leave out for the Easter Bunny to munch on when he drops off the baskets too. These are also good for party favors.

http://pinterest.com/pin/52072939411584503/

And last but not least, an Easter Wreath that if I had the time to make, would be hanging on our dorm door for sure! This would definitely invite the Easter Bunny in to drop off his goodies and maybe entice him to leave some clothes or accessories too (hear that Bunny?)

http://pinterest.com/pin/52072939411584533/

I hope that all of these ideas get you in the Easter mood!

xoxo

kBp

Rise (without leaveners, of course!) to the Challenge: Passover Made Easy

Hi all! I’m Nicole. I’m a sophomore at Boston College and Katie’s roommate! Here’s a picture of the two of us together, just in case you were wondering who I am! It may surprise you to know that before I came to BC, I was the least preppy person on this planet…But that was before I met Katie. She has officially turned me into a Sperry wearing, Longchamp carrying certified prep! As you all know, Easter is upon us! It’s my favorite holiday, what’s not to love? Family (here is me and mine!), candy, and Spring! Oh, and no school! This year is a little bit different for me because I am visiting my boyfriend and his wonderful family! Whenever I go spend a few days with them, I always always always bring something I baked with me (Mommy told me never to show up anywhere empty handed). This visit is going to be a bit challenging because I happen to be joining them for the first few nights of Passover (think Moses, plagues, Pharaoh’s son, lambs blood to help you jog your memory of the Passover story) and this means no leaveners…which means no cookies or cakes, my go to items. So, the past few days I’ve been scouring the internet trying to find some tasty passover friendly meals that I hope he and his family will like! When cooking for Passover, these next three words are going to save your life: Matzah, Matzah, and more Matzah! You can do pretty much anything you want to it, and its going to be delicious! I’ve compiled a few recipes that you can make for Passover, or just for fun (Matzah based of course)!

First, who doesn’t love matzah ball soup?!  If you haven’t had it, i’d suggest you try it immediately! Here’s a quick and easy recipe for the soup! Now if you’re feeling daring, or are just really really into matzah, you can always serve this with a side of fried matzah. My boyfriend’s mom makes the most delicious fried matzah, but its a family secret. So, I’ve found you a new recipe which looks equally as good!

Now for the main course, you have a choice of lasagna or pizza: both made with matzah (no surprise there)! There are plenty of other great ideas for main dishes, so don’t limit yourself. Google recipes, ask around and try new things!

Now for the finale: chocolate toffee matzah. Now this recipe is something I definitely plan on making for him (and his family if he doesn’t eat it all first)!

This literally looks amazing, and it is super easy to make: two of my favorite things to hear about a recipe. You can mess around and use any kind of chips you want- personally, I may need to try it with peanut butter (because who doesn’t love reese’s?!) and butterscotch. Now, if you’re a chocolate lover, like my boyfriend, try getting other ideas from recipes from a chocolate seder website for other delicious (kosher) desserts!

Good luck to you all, and have a lovely Easter or Passover (or whatever else you would like to celebrate!)!

Southern food

As y’all may or may not know, I’m a Southern studies major (but you’ve probably already heard this because I’m obsessed with it).  I spend a lot of time thinking about Southern culture, of which food is a huge part of it.  More time than I really want to admit to is spent thinking about food, researching food, eating food, writing about food and then wishing I was eating more food.  I’ve read probably every list of “Best Southern foods” on the Internet and I’ve taken copious notes on the history of shrimp and grits and barbecue.  If you didn’t start out reading this thinking Southern studies is the coolest major ever, I hope I’ve changed your mind.  If not, I’m not sure what can top having food every other class.

When people think “Southern food” or “soul food,” images of fried food almost always come to mind, whether it’s in the form of fried chicken or a fried candy bar.  And while those are almost always present in Southern cuisine, residents of the South know that Southern food is so much more than just fried food.  We know that we have some of the most delicious dishes in the country.  So, I give to you some delicious Southern food dishes that I think are spring-appropriate – devoid of any fried foods, and perhaps not quite what you typically think of when it comes to Southern foods.

Hoppin John is a dish traditionally eaten on New Year’s Day – the black-eyed peas are supposed to bring you good luck!  Though the New Year has come and gone, Hoppin’ John is a staple of Southern food.  Depending on what you read, the ingredients will vary, but the dish usually includes black eyed peas, rice, pork, onions and Cajun spices.

To me, banana pudding is the quintessential Southern dessert.  I associate banana pudding with fellowship dinners at church when I was little.  Banana pudding is also ridiculously easy to make and perfect to eat once it gets hot, since you eat it chilled!

Confession: grits are my favorite food ever.  I’ve been eating grits for breakfast for almost 20 years now.  Grits are my ultimate comfort food.  For breakfast, all I do is put a bit of butter in them, but shrimp and grits is also a classic Southern entree.  The addition of shrimp and cheese makes grits more substantial for a larger meal.

St. Patrick’s Day Recipes!

It’s that time again prepsters! Another holiday, another recipe post by Katie. And since St. Patrick’s Day is my MOST FAVORITE holiday of all time/ my birthday :), this post will be extra special! So let me preface this by saying that I am NOT a fan of dying most normal food green (especially eggs because that is plain nasty) so these are a little more inventive :).

Lucky Irish Kisses- These are so cute and perfect to tie with a green ribbon in a cellophane bag and give to friends! They’re super easy to make. All you have to do is get square pretzels, preheat your oven to 200, place four white chocolate chips or one Hershey’s kiss on your pretzel, and then after about five minutes, add your chocolate chip!

Green Velvet Cupcakes- These are so cute for St. Patty’s Day. The recipe is a little lengthy so I will just post the link to the website for y’all to browse at your leisure!

http://www.lovefromtheoven.com/2011/03/03/green-velvet-cake-st-pattys-day-baking/

Creme de Menthe Brownies- these are so cute for St. Patrick’s Day and they look so so yummy. I love mint flavoring but I’m sure almond or vanilla would also be yummy.

http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/952335/desserts-go-green-for-st-patricks-day

Leprechaun Hat Cookies- these could definitely be a cute project with the roomies for St. Patrick’s Day! The idea is pretty simple: bake sugar cookies, put a marshmallow on top, cover with green frosting, put some type of either chocolate icing piped on or a black licorice string and then finish with a yellow skittle or m&m.

Hope you loved this holiday’s recipe post! As an aside, this is what I will be rocking for this St. Patty’s Day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

xoxo

kBp

Food for your Valentine!

Whether you are anxiously awaiting Valentine’s Day with your special someone or you are anxiously awaiting sitting on the couch and watching The Notebook (not me whatttt?)… Valentine’s Day is a big gift holiday. If you are stumped as to what to get your special someone, I challenge you to make them something! We all know that the key to any boy’s heart is through their stomach, so here are some easy recipes for Valentine’s Day treats. These would also be perfect for classmates, friends, or siblings!

Valentine’s Day Bark- Super simple, throw some pretzels on a wax paper coated tray, cover with melted white chocolate, and then festive candies or sprinkles. Enjoy!

http://mycomputerismycanvas.blogspot.com/2011/01/valentine-bark-recipe.html

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies- These are adorable and easy to make Valentine’s themed. Just cut them out with a heart shaped cookie cutter and fill!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/red-velvet-whoopie-pies-recipe/index.html

Valentine’s Rice Krispy Treats- Class rice krispy treats but with a twist. Just add red food coloring  and bring out the heart cookie cutter again.

http://lisakisch.typepad.com/babies_paper_and_song/2011/02/valentine-rice-krispies-treats.html/

Heart Cupcakes- These are easy because they are just regular cupcakes but filled with icing once you cut the top off.

http://glorioustreats.blogspot.com/2012/01/sweet-heart-cupcakes.html

PS I promise next week’s post will be about something other than food :).

The EASIEST Recipes Ever!

If you are having an amazing Super Bowl party this weekend with an idea from Karoline of course, the center of your party will most likely be the food.

Here are a few super easy ideas for some super bowl snacks!

Number One– Easiest dip of all time and you can not tell me it’s not delicious. Two ingredients for ultimate deliciousness. Velveeta and salsa, microwave and enjoy with chips. So yummy!!

Number Two– Spinach Artichoke dip. Equally as yummy and it has vegetables so it’s basically healthy right?

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/hot-spinach-and-artichoke-dip-recipe/index.html

Number Three- Buffalo Chicken dip. This is amazing and I have tried it so I know. So much less messy than buffalo wings and so much better.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/buffalo-chicken-dip/

Happy Super Bowl and may the best team (cough Pats) win!

xoxo

kBp

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