Halloween Treat Roundup

by kristen massad on September 29, 2014

halloween treatsHalloween is hands down one of the sweetest holidays of the year and truly one of the best times to bring out your creative sides. Sweet treats, healthy snacks, fizzy drinks and the cutest packaging around will top off any Halloween party you have planned this year and we have a list to help you get started.

 1)   Witches Stew

There is absolutely nothing fancy about this recipe…actually there is no recipe!  This is the perfect blend of anything your have in your pantry that will satisfy the hungry witches in your family! Check out Ink Food Witches Stew for what we love in our stew.

2)   Cookie Critter Pops

Making these cookie critters for any party will surely spook your guests, but what is there not to love about Oreos, dipped in chocolate and decorated; maybe not so creepy after all! Check out instructions at Ink Foods for Cookie Critter Pops

3)   Candy Corn Pretzel Sticks

Old fashion candy corn is a childhood favorite, but with a month full of sugar, you might want to throw something salty in the mix. Candy corn pretzel sticks are perfect just the way they are or packed for the sweetest gifts. Candy Corn Pretzel Sticks by Ink Foods

4)   Tangerine Pumpkins & Banana Ghosts

Halloween gives everyone the excuse to eat endless amounts of candy. Throw in a healthy twist with these cute tangerine pumpkins and bananas ghosts for any school party and the kids will never miss the sugar. Recipe here Weelicious Tangerine Pumpkins and Banana Ghosts

5)   Marshmallow Apple Chompers

The kids will be all smiles with marshmallow apple chompers. This recipe will make the perfect DIY for the whole family. Marshmallow Chompers by Lindsay Weiss on Baby Center Blog

6)   Halloween Watermelon Punch

There are sure to be thirsty monsters roaming around your house during Halloween. This Frankenstein green watermelon punch will quench your thirst. Drink up! Halloween Watermelon Punch by Design Eat Repeat

7)   Fizzy Pumpkin Punch

Fizzy pumpkin punch will make you think you are eating something sugary sweet. Mixed with orange juice, lemon lime soda, pineapple juice and orange sorbet, you might skip out on the candy and just sip on this. Pumpkin Punch by House of Smith

8)   DIY Broom Bags

So many wonderful treats need the perfect packaging. Martha Stewart does it again with these Witches Broom Favor bags created with paper lunch bags. So simple and you probably have all the supplies at home. Broom Bags by Martha Stewart


Have a sugary sweet happy Halloween!


Peanut Butter Cereal Treats

by kristen massad on September 4, 2014

SONY DSCThe summer is over, school is back and I am finally get my act together.  It was a crazy and fun summer with a love hate for no routine and just go with the flow, some days I loved it and some days…well lets just say its a wild ride:)  Although I have done quite a bit of baking, it has been a challenge to share the recipes with you after longs days of fun in the sun.  So, hopefully I am back and can keep you up to date on my new creations.  SONY DSCHere is a recipe that couldn’t be missed.  This was a Labor Day BBQ dessert that was kind of made up with ingredients I had in my pantry and it came out perfect.  These perfectly round adorable cereal bites are called Kix.  If you haven’t heard of them and you have kids, GO get them, we are addicted (“We” as in the kids and I).  Kix, peanut butter, marshmallows and peanut butter cups make up this reinvented rice crispy treat.  I loved them and so did the whole family and technically these peanut buttery cereal treats can be eaten at breakfast or dessert!SONY DSC

Peanut Butter Cereal Treats
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6 cups Kix Cereal
6 cups Marshmallows
4 Tbsp Butter, Unsalted
1/2 cup Peanut Butter, Creamy
1/2 cup peanut butter cups, mini or regular chopped
Prepare a 9x9 pan lined with parchment paper
Melt the butter and marshmallows in a large pot
Once the marshmallows are just melted, turn off the heat and stir in the peanut butter
Add the cereal to the mixture and stir to coat all the cereal in the marshmallow mixture
Add 1/2 the amount of peanut butter cups and stir to combine (most will probably melt)
Pour into prepared pan and spread using a greased spatuala until even
Sprinkle the top with the remaining peanut butter cups
Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting and serving
INK foods : In Nanny's Kitchen http://inkfoods.com/
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Back to School Snacks

by kristen massad on August 25, 2014

back to school

For the start of a new school year, we are bringing back some of our favorite old school snacks! These can be homemade, portable and perfect for any lunch box or afternoon snack!  

 Back to the Basics-The Fudge Brownie

Nothing is better than the perfect fudge brownie with a crispy glossy top, treat yourself while getting back into the school year routine (recipe below)

 A Power Packed Bite-Cherry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Balls

This simple, easy and no bake breakfast or snack is perfect for on the go (recipe)

 Roll it up with all natural flavors-Peach Mango Fruit Leather

Fruit leather is a clean eating snack and will give you that perfect midday sugar boost without all the sugar! (recipe)

Fudge Brownie
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8 Tbsp Butter (1 stick)
1-Cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips
1-Cup Granulated Sugar
3 Eggs
½ tsp Salt
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1-Cup All purpose Flour
2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
2. Line 8x8” pan with parchment paper
3. Melt butter and chocolate in a large bowl over boiling water and heat until just melted
4. Whisk eggs, sugar, salt and vanilla extract in a large bowl until light and fluffy
5. Add melted butter and chocolate mixture into egg mixture
6. Slowly add flour and cocoa powder
7. Mix until just combined, make sure batter is smooth
8. Pour batter into 8x8” pan
9. Bake for 25-30 minutes (avoid over baking so the center stays fudgy)
10. Let brownies cool in the pan
11. Cut into 16 2” squares
12. Serve or store in airtight container
INK foods : In Nanny's Kitchen http://inkfoods.com/
Happy back to school!









Chocolate Cherry Granola Balls

by kristen massad on August 5, 2014


I might be mildly obsessed with these little bitty bite size treats.  I actually cannot stop eating them and I made them as a snack for my girls…well maybe a little for me (I do LOVE peanut butter)!  I have been focusing on healthy snacks in our house, to close out the summer and start the new school year fresh and these are on the top of my list.  

Summer is kind of a party for our family, no schedule, no routine and a lot of special treats (it helps us get through the day).  With only a  few more weeks left before school goes back, I want to prepare myself with the perfect afternoon snacks that are healthy, easy to make and the whole family loves. These peanut butter granola balls are the perfect refuel treat after a long day at work or school.  The hardest time of day, 4pm-5pm, when the whole family is hungry and I can’t make dinner fast enough, this is when we need these healthy snacks ready to go.  

I created thes bite size granola balls because I wanted something quick and easy that I can whip up any time with no oven needed.  I actually think these healthy treats taste more like dessert to me…and I am ok with that!   Enjoy these for breakfast, snack or as an after dinner treat and you won’t feel guilty about it!  

Feel free to change out some of the ingredients for your favorites!

Other Options:
Almond Butter —>Peanut Butter (makes them have a drier texture, but still good)
Raisins or Dried Cranberries—>Dried Cherries
Sliced Almonds—>Shredded Coconut

Chocolate Cherry Granola Balls
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1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup peanut butter, creamy
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup coconut flakes, unsweetened
2 Tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
pinch of cinnamon
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl
Mix until totally combined
scoop a heaping 1 Tbsp of the oatmeal mixture and roll into balls
Refrigerate in an airtight container until ready to eat!
INK foods : In Nanny's Kitchen http://inkfoods.com/
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Grilled Peach Shortcakes

by kristen massad on July 30, 2014


Although everyone loves good old-fashioned strawberry shortcake this time of year, the idea of grilling dessert screams summer in my mind. Stone fruits — those with large, hard seeds at the center such as peaches, plums and nectarines — are perfect for grilling because they are firm enough to maintain their structure while being extra sweet and juicy. Take full advantage of the season. Grill up these peaches and layer them in flaky shortcake paired with a brown sugar whipped cream to finish out this summer!


 Recipe featured in Advocate Magazine-August Issue

Grilled Peach Shortcake with Brown Sugar Whipped Cream
Serves 8
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2 cups all purpose flour
4 Tbsp sugar, granulated
1 Tbsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
7 Tbsp unsalted butter, cold and cubed
1 cup + 1 Tbsp heavy cream
1 egg
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl
3. With paddle attachment, cut the butter into the flour mixture until it becomes a course crumb
4. Add 1 cup of cream and mix until dough starts to come together
5. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll out to approx. 1 inch thick
6. Cut dough into 8-2 ½ inch rounds and place evenly onto a parchment lined baking sheet
7. Whisk together the egg and the 1 Tbsp of heavy cream and brush over the tops of each dough round
8. Sprinkle each round with cinnamon sugar
9. Bake until golden brown, approx. 25 minutes
10. Cool completely before cutting each shortcake in half and layer each one with brown sugar whipped cream and grilled peach (see grilled peach and whipped cream recipes below)
11. Serve immediately
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Grilled Peaches
Serves 8
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4 ripe peaches, halved and pitted
½ cup butter, unsalted (1 stick)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp granulated sugar
1. Heat grill to high (or for indoor grilling, grill pan works great!)
2. Melt butter and mix in cinnamon and sugar
3. Brush peaches with butter mixture and place face side down on the grill and grill until cooked through
4. Once peaches are removed from the grill brush one more coat of butter mixture while hot
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Brown Sugar Whipped Cream
Serves 8
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2 cups heavy whipping cream
4 Tbsp light brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1. In a medium bowl beat heavy cream until soft peaks form
2. Add brown sugar and vanilla extract
3. Continue beating until stiff peaks form
4. Serve with grilled peaches and shortcakes
5. Serve immediately
INK foods : In Nanny's Kitchen http://inkfoods.com/