Holday Cookie Exchange – MONSTER BALLS

Dear Readers,
It’s time to share recipes for holiday treats!  Yum.  A gaggle of sexy bloggers are kicking off the holiday season in style with the 8th annual recipe exchange!  Jz from A Reluctant Bitch encouraged us to post a favorite holiday treat recipe today.  Bless her heart and many thanks for pulling this together! So you can see holiday treats all over this part of the blogosphere!  And drool over something other than my cleavage today!  The recipe I picked is below, and then further down are the links to the other blogs sharing their tasty treats!  
I adore cookies!  Cookie Monster is my favorite Sesame Street muppet.  Om nom nom.  I am not much of a baker these days, but I used to help my mom make hundreds of cookies for church events – from lebkuchen (that had to be started a month ahead of time), to sugar cookies, currant bars, icebox cookies, shortbreads, thumbprints with raspberry jam, molasses cookies, spritz, ginger bread men, and something she called “snowballs.”  See my cookie post from 2012 about those!  Ever since I’ve been hooked on eating balls of all kinds!  
In 2013, I shared Noreen’s easy recipe for Oreo Cookie Balls.  There was even a video to make prep extra easy!

The 2014 entry was an amazing recipe for toffee cookie balls from Snackworks!  With only four ingredients!  And three steps!  And NO BAKING!  I could do that!  More balls made of cookies! With chocolate and toffee!  

For 2015, I shared something a little more exotic – doggy style cookies.  They still had balls on them!
The 2016 post was an easy no-bake recipe with caramel, chocolate and nuts that turn into TURTLE BALLS!

Last year, I shared an easy no-bake recipe with chocolate and stuff that turns into RED VELVET BALLS!

This year, my cookie exchange creation is a chocolatey nutty oaty delight:

NO-BAKE MONSTER COOKIE BALLS 


Adapted from Maegan – The BakerMama
https://thebakermama.com/recipes/no-bake-monster-cookie-balls/
[there’s a video that shows how to make them]

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Serves 20 

Ingredients: 
  • 2-1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup creamy or crunchy peanut butter 
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
  • ½ cup mini M&M candies

    Also needed – A sheet of parchment paper and a pan, or platter

    Instructions:
    1) In a large bowl, stir together the oats, peanut butter, honey and vanilla until well combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and M&M candies.

    Depending on the colors associated with the holiday, you can use particular M&Ms to highlight them. 

    2) Roll dough into 2-tablespoon sized smooth balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet or a plate.  (A melon baller can help)

    3) Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

    4)  Display elegantly on a plate or tray, serve and enjoy!

    You can transfer them to an air-tight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

    Happy Holidays Dear Readers!  Extra hugs with groping! 
    -Sassy
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    You can see other recipes on any of the blogs listed below!  Click for treats!
    Bloggers Sharing Holiday Treats 2018

    Baker                   Bogey and Bacall               Cat
    DelFonte              Fondles                              greengirl
    Hermione             Jz                                        Katie
    Kelly                     Lindy                                   messymimi
    Mrs. Fever            Olivia                                  ronnie  
    Ryan                     Sassy


    Creamy sausage and mushroom rotini

    October 6, 2017 Friday

    6:51AM Sassy
    Happy Friday!  Hope you have some fun! I am staying home!  Mwah!
    8:19AM Phil

    8:19 AM Phil
    Happy Friday!
    8:20 AM Sassy
    Aww…
    8:22 AM Sassy
    [cute little guy with hands throwing kissing hearts out of his mouth]
    7:31 PM Sassy

    Tonight’s supper – I made creamy sausage and mushroom rotini

    https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/creamy-sausage-mushroom-rigatoni/

    8:41 PM Sassy
    For the record, this recipe did not work. I couldn’t get the sauce to thicken. The sausage was tasty but… eh.

    Horizontal Prom

    March 5, 2017 Sunday
    1:59 PM Phil 
    Good morning Sass!  
    Absolutely! 
      (see the inspirational photo yesterday) 
    2:08 PM Sassy 
    Sounded just like you!

    2:18 PM Sassy
    Yummy breakfast idea
    Sausage and crescent roll casserole
    https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/sausage—crescent-roll-casserole

    5:55 PM Sassy
    The Horizontal Prom

    https://jonathancarroll.com/my-horizontal-prom-ba65480534e8

    What a sweet story! I would have done this. I had mono in 7th grade and lost 6 weeks to it and remember how important brave visitors were!

    8:13PM Sassy

    Another birthday celebration for Hubby’s birthday with friends at Genki Ya in Fresh Pond Cambridge

    Volcano roll
    Edamame
    Hubby’s sashimi – yellowtail, salmon, shrimp 
    Tori no karaage (fried chicken)
    Salmon avacado maki
    Sunny roll maki – Spicy mayo top with 
    crab, avocado, cucumber and tempura flakes

    Sassy baking

    October 16, 2016 Sunday
    11:07AM Sassy
    Good morning kid.  Happy football day!

    11:11AM Phil
    Good morning!  You too!

    4:17PM Sassy
    I am baking. Be afraid. May be a sign of the apocalypse!
    5:23PM Sassy

    Step 1 – 3 ingredients and a pan

    5:24PM Sassy
    Step 2 – place frozen fruit in pan

    5:25PM Sassy
    Steo 3 – cover fruit with white cake mix

    5:25PM
    Step 4 – pour 1 can of diet 7 Up over cake and fruit

    5:27PM Sassy
    Step 5 – place on middle shelf of oven, bake at 350 for 40-50 minutes

    5:28PM Sassy
    Step 6 – remove from oven and let cool

    5:29PM Sassy
    Step 7 – cover with whipped cream and EAT Easy berry cobbler!

    5:54PM Sassy

    Here’s the recipe for Easy Berry Cobbler




    Frozen Sangria Slushies

    March 24, 2016 Thursday
    9:06AM Sassy
    Good morning kid!
    1:13PM Sassy
    I signed the hospice papers…they said it won’t be long – hours, or a day or so.  
    Not even going to move her to the hospice space. 
    She’s in a coma.  So glad I saw her awake yesterday.  
    Now we wait.  
    3:22PM Phil
    Oh lord, wow
    9:23PM Sassy
    This looks like your sort of thing.  Ever tried it?  Sounds easy to make.

    Frozen Sangria Slushies 

    10:28PM Sassy

    The doctor called… she died.  *sigh


    Glitterbomb cupcakes

    January 31, 2016 Sunday

    6:57am 
    Good morning kid!
    So odd to see snow there and none here…

    5:25pm
    These look wild.  Could make a party really festive!  

    BUTTERCREAM GLITTERBOMB CUPCAKES


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    How you feeling? Gorgeous day today!

    6:13pm
    Much calmer.  Meds kicked in fast.
    It was beautiful – 51 degrees here.  
    You get out and about?
         
    6:15pm Phil 
    Nah, sat out back, played with the dogs 
    getting ready to watch the pro bowl

    6:15pm

    Anyone from your team there?

    6:16pm Phil 
    Yup, three
             
    6:17pm
    Cool!  You won’t see any Pats.
    7:32pm Phil
    Nope, sore losers.  Makes my night


    7:58pm 
    Why are the teams called “Rice” and “Irvin?”
                
    8:00pm Phil 
    New format.  Jerry Rice and Michael Irwin are the Captains.?  
    Used to be AFC vs NFC. I liked that better

    8:04pm

    I was looking at ESPN.com and scratching my head. Thanks for the scoop.


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    Holiday Cookie Exchange – Turtle Balls

    Dear Readers,

    It’s time to share recipes for holiday treats!  Yum.  A bunch of sexy bloggers are kicking off the holiday season in style with the annual recipe exchange!  Jz from A Reluctant Bitch encouraged us to post a favorite holiday treat recipe today.  Bless her heart and many thanks for pulling this together! So you can see holiday treats all over this the blogosphere!  And drool over something other than my cleavage today!  You can see my recipe below and then links to the other blogs sharing their tasty treats too!  
    I adore cookies!  Cookie Monster is my favorite Sesame Street muppet.  Om nom nom.  I am not much of a baker these days, but I used to help my mom make hundreds of cookies for church events – from lebkuchen (that had to be started a month ahead of time), to sugar cookies, currant bars, icebox cookies, shortbreads, thumbprints with raspberry jam, molasses cookies, spritz, ginger bread men, and something she called “snowballs.”  See my cookie post from 2012 about those!  Ever since I’ve been hooked on eating balls of all kinds!  
    In 2013, I shared Noreen’s easy recipe for Oreo Cookie Balls.  There was even a video to make prep extra easy!  The 2014 entry was an amazing recipe for toffee cookie balls from Snackworks!  With only four ingredients!  And three steps!  And NO BAKING!  I could do that!  More balls made of cookies! With chocolate and toffee!  
    Last year I shared something a little more exotic – doggy style cookies.  They still had balls on them!
    I can’t believe this is my fifth year taking part.  Wow!  This year in keeping with my favorites, I am sharing an easy no-bake recipe with caramel, chocolate and nuts that turn into TURTLE BALLS!

    I am not a great cook, but I am a pretty fair Googler.  I found the recipe here:

    http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/turtle-cookie-balls-128342.aspx

    It has five easy-to-find ingredients and five steps to yummy goodness in less than 2 hours!  You wanna play with nuts and balls, right?!

    TURTLE COOKIE BALLS RECIPE
    Prep Time: 30min.
    Total Time: 1hr. 40min.
    Creates 42 balls

    Ingredients:

    • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) Cream Cheese, softened  

    • 70 vanilla wafers, finely crushed (about 2-1/3 cups)  

    • 6 Tbsp. caramel ice cream topping 

    • 1/2 cup chopped pecans 

    • 4 pkg. (4 oz. each) BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, broken into pieces, melted  

    Also needed – A sheet of waxed paper and a pan or platter

    Instructions:
    1) Mix first 4 ingredients (cream cheese, wafers, caramel, pecans) until blended.
    2) Shape into 42 (1-inch) balls. Freeze 10 min.
    3) Dip balls in melted chocolate; place in single layer in shallow waxed paper-lined pan. 

    How to Easily Dip BallsTo easily coat balls with the melted chocolate, add balls, in batches, to bowl of melted chocolate. Use 2 forks to roll balls in chocolate until evenly coated. Remove balls with forks, letting excess chocolate drip back into bowl. Place balls in prepared pan; let stand until firm.

    4) Sprinkle with more nuts.
    5) Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.
    6) Display elegantly on a plate or tray, serve and enjoy!
    If there are any left, store then in tightly covered container in the refrigerator.
    [I changed the recipe based on the comments – added more caramel and nuts, put the nuts in with the balls before dipping as well as on top.  You may also want to use some or all milk chocolate instead of semi-sweet]
    Happy Holidays Dear Readers!  Extra hugs with groping! 
    -Sassy
    ===============
    You can see other recipes on any of the blogs listed below!  Click for treats!
    Bloggers Sharing Holiday Treats 2016


    abby                       Ashly                    Bleue
    Cat                         collared mom        David


    DelFonte                Ella                        greengirl 
    His slut                   Jz                           Katie
    Kelly                       Lilli                         Lindy       
    Mrs. Fev                Ms. Constance       nilla


    olivia                      ronnie                     Ryan

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    Bloody Mary Soup

    October 19, 2015 Monday
    1:19am 
    This recipe sounds like your sort of thing. Let me know if you try it.


    Bloody Mary Soup Will Have You Wondering, “Why Didn’t I Think of That?”

    8:06am 
    Good morning kid!   Only 31 this morning, first freeze…shivering!

    9:30am Phil 

    Good morning! Cool here too!

    11:57am

    My sister turned me on to this Australian TV series (available on Netflix) – Miss Fishers’s Murder Mysteries. Wow!  Hubby and I have been watching them together. We’re having so much fun ogling the 1920s costumes and solving the mysteries. Recommended!





    Fruit Cobbler and History

    June 26, 2015 Friday

    1:41am
    Found a cobbler recipe that looks simple enough for me to make!  Thought you might like it, too.

    From: Tina Charlene’s Facebook page 
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=921522484535788&set=a.628263673861672.1073741828.100000341367064
    You better hit share and keep this on your computer to find it later. This is the easiest way ever, to make cobbler!
    Frozen berries, dry cake mix, and 1 can of sprite. yummy cobbler. It sounds so easy – and it is good and weight watcher friendly! 

    Ingredients

    Two 12-oz bags frozen mixed berries
         [You can use frozen peaches instead of mixed berries.]
    1 box white cake mix (no pudding)
    1 can of diet 7-up or sierra mist (clear soda)

    Instructions

    Place frozen fruit in a 9×13 baking dish. 
    Add dry cake mix over the top. 
    Pour soda slowly over cake mix. 

    [DO NOT stir the cake mix and the pop – this will give you a ‘crust’. If you stir the two, you will have a cake like topping.]

    Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 min.
    Serves 16

    12:34pm
    I am old enough there have been times I thought I wouldn’t live to see this day. I’m overjoyed that marriage equality has arrived across the country. Love wins. Huzzah!

    1:15pm Phil


    Beef stew

    January 3, 2015 Saturday

    I got things done at home today – laundry, writing thank you notes, going through the Christmas cards to follow up or put away, going through a box of stuff from Mom’s.


    I desperately wanted to get out, go to dinner, but it starting snowing about 5 pm and was supposed to
    make a nasty switch through sleet to rain, so I opted to stay in.  It seemed mean to make someone deliver dinner, so I cooked.  Believe it or not!  I made beef stew over egg noodles.  I started with a big can of Dinty Moore, then added canned corn, mushrooms and garlic, with some frozen onions, and covered it in shake cheese.  Yum.  The perfect comfort food for a snowy evening. 
    I went to chat and helped a fella write a first message to a nice AM lady.  Fingers crossed for him!
    My old flame #2 from high school pinged me.  He pops in now and then when he is having a bad day.  He’s had bronchitis for a week, while driving back and forth from the midwest to upstate NY to visit family.  He’s another guy whose wife locked him out years ago, right after their youngest child was conceived, so he sleeps on the couch “because he snores” she says.  I will admit to coaching him on how to hit on the nice lady.  Heh.  (Bad Sassy) They got to second base right before Christmas!  Yay!