Thursday, June 1, 2017

Father's Day Dessert Ideas on FOX19 S'MORES

Hello June!!  

...and just like that we are off and 
running --a brand new month is here!!

Oh, June,
I do hope we can slow the pace down a bit...
May had me on my toes...sprinting!

You'll never guess what caused 
me to burn some of our dinner last night...

hint:  It's in the photo below.
Did you guess the S'more??

If you did... you were 100% correct.

I was taking 
way too many close ups of this
cute little s'more...and 
I lost track of the time... 

Who takes photos of S'mores?? 
 Maybe just me...ha.

Luckily... we had dinner on the grill too
and in the microwave...
So, I only burned a small bit of our dinner.

Besides, we had plenty of S'mores...
So, we would have been well fed.

Welcome to viewers from 
Fox 19 Morning News... 
on this first Friday of June, 
So happy for you to visit the blog.

 Since it's June...
Father's Day this year will be
 Sunday, June 18...
The good news is we have plenty 
of time to get ready...

Today on the Fox 19 Morning Now Show
I shared two fun ideas for Father's Day:

A Brownie Peanut Butter Pie...

THE perfect ending to a Father's Day cookout.  

Bonus, It can be made Gluten Free. 
 The recipe is located at the end of this post.

I also had the pleasure of sharing the S'mores Bar
A really sweet way to treat a crowd to a fun dessert.

We have the occasional neighborhood 
S'more's party in
our backyard.

Here's a look at the spread from a few
summer's ago...
Good times...

I wrote a blog post on the S'mores Party 
and if you are putting
one on, I wrote a list of the best tips to
keep your party running smoothly...

Truly the BEST TIPS ever... 
Before you
do a S'mores Party...take it from me,
it's a great
idea to read up on all the
 pointers for a non-sticky event!!

Really clever ways to keep the party 
a S'more than wonderful production!!

I promise, using my tips will make a the
S'mores Bar a more relaxing time for all you
hostesses with the motesses... 
(aka: Learn from my previous mistakes)

No one wants sticky marshmallow hands...
singed clothing or melted chocolate bars...
(been there, done that)
 with a little preparation... 
your party will be a smashing success.

You can read about the tips and
 our neighborhood party here:

 All these fun ideas will be a snap... because
I am sharing all the
cute printable tags!
Just for you!!...
and just in time for 
Father's Day!!

For the Father's Day S'more Bar...

The sky is the limit.


You can create whatever kind of s'more you
think your family would love...

Name a s'more after a family member,
 include their favorite ingredients so everyone
 can makes one!! 

 Before  long the "Uncle Charlie S'more "
will be sweeping the nation...
If I were going to guess that s'more might be:

Graham Cracker + Marshmallow +Fresh Strawberry Slices +White Chocolate

Below I am including a S'more Menu, one that we use,
you are welcome to print it for you very own S'mores Soiree!

For a crowd, make your s'mores on a cookie sheet!!
In the OVEN!!!
I know, right...

Is this not a genius way to make a lot of these???

It's perfect for a rainy day or a really big shin-dig.
Just be sure to have all your toppings ready to go when the 
warm gooey marshmallows come out
from the oven.

I line a rimmed tray with parchment or foil.
Line up the graham crackers on the cookie sheet.
Place 1 (one) marshmallow on each graham cracker
Bake at 350 for 4-5 minutes or until
your marshmallows are golden, toasty and puffed.

Add desired toppings and a top graham cracker....Taaa Daaa...
S'mores forever... easily made and quickly eaten.

(Use caution...they will be very warm)

How easy!!

I created a few cards to match all the S'more party fun.
There are a few versions and a blank card... 
feel free to print them off for your own use.

How to Print:
Simply copy and save the image  
to your computer and 
then print from home.  (Be sure you have enough ink)

Thanks so much for visiting the blog today!!
You can catch me on Fox19 WXIX
 in Cincinnati the first Friday of
every month.

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xo  Karri

Blue Ribbon Kitchen
RECIPE: Gluten Free Version Included

You will need:
1 package King Arthur GF Brownie Mix
(You can make GF brownies from scratch, if you like)
Not Gluten Free??—Use your favorite boxed brownie mix.
Heavy Whipping Cream- 1 Cup
Sugar 1 TBS
Vanilla 1 tsp
tiny pinch of salt
Cream Cheese 1 brick-softened

Confectioner's Sugar 1 Cup
Peanut Butter 1 Cup
Reese's Cups-original  (6) chopped, plus extra for decoration if desired

***Using one package of King Arthur GF Brownie Mix or Regular Brownie Mix

Make according to package instructions....
 Fill a lightly greased,10 inch spring-form pan with brownie batter.
**If you do not have a spring form pan, you can make this in a 9x9 square baking pan, simply cut dessert into squares to serve.

Bake according to directions on box, (mine baked for 37 minutes) Be sure a toothpick comes out clean from the center.
Let brownies cool in the pan. 
Run a paring knife around the edges of the brownie.  Be sure the brownie releases nicely from the pan before reattaching the spring form sides and filling with the peanut butter mixture.

After brownies are cooled...

Using a hand mixer:
In a medium bowl add:
1 Cup of heaving whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 TBS sugar
tiny pinch of salt
Beat on medium and then high,
 until it's light and airy whipped cream
4-6 minutes
Set aside.

In a large bowl

Mix (no need to change or clean off the beaters)
1 - 8 ounce brick of softened cream cheese
beat until light and smooth -2 minutes
1 cup of confectioner's sugar mix until combined.
1 cup of creamy GF peanut butter.
(I used Jiff...I am not sure how all-natural butters would do)
Mix in peanut butter until just combined.  (Read labels if making GF version)

Gently fold in the whipped cream using a rubber spatula

until no streaks of white are visible.

Fold in 6 chopped Reese's cups

(Be sure to read the label, original Reese's 
 cups are labeled GF as of this printing 2016)

Pour the peanut butter mixture over

the cooled brownies.
Spread the mixture all the way to the edges.
Gently tap the pan on the counter three times
to remove any excess air pockets.

Refrigerate the Peanut Butter Pie

for 24 hours before serving for best results.
Decorate to with peanut butter cups and a chocolate drizzle.
Remove spring form from around the pan and serve

in wedge shapes. 

If you garnish with a few peanut butter candies (Reese's Pieces)... you can use this fun card too!!

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