DIY: Paper French Fry Holders | 12 Months of Martha

So you know those paper french fry holders you get at like every fast food place ever? Is it just me or do they somehow make the fries taste better? In any case, I wanted some to hold fries for our BBQ pool parties and realized the pillow box maker tool I got for 12 Months of Martha would be perfect. Using this tool made it so easy. I just followed the directions as I would to make a pillow box, but made a minor adjustment. I used heavy duty paper to print a design I found on Shutterstock.

 

Make DIY French Fry Holders Using Martha Stewart's Gift Box Maker #12MonthsofMarthaSee that one side where I used an exacto knife to cut out the curve? That’s it. Then fold it up as usual and fill it with delicious greasy fries.

Use Martha Stewart's Gift Box Makers to Make DIY French Fry Holders  #12MonthsofMartha

They’re so cute and fun. You can do this with onion rings and other delicious foods. These are perfect for BBQs and cookouts or picnics or whatever really. Who needs a reason other than they’re cute and they hold delicious food? Not meeee.

Use Martha Stewart's Gift Box Tool to make DIY French Fry Holders #12MonthsofMartha

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Pineapple Lime Tequila Cooler Cocktail Recipe

Summer doesn’t officially start for a couple more weeks, but it sure feels like it’s here already. As I write this I am sweaty and parched because it’s currently 85 degrees and there’s not a cloud in the sky. With weather like this it’s very important to stay hydrated. I secretly hate water so I made a tropical and refreshing alcoholic drink instead. It’s low calorie too (if you care about that sort of thing).

Pineapple Lime Tequila Cooler

Here’s how to you make this quick and easy summer cocktail.

(Makes 1 cocktail)
2 slices of pineapple
Juice of half a lime
2 ounces Patròn Silver
Lime flavored sparkling water, like La Croix

Muddle pineapple in a tall glass. Add lime juice and tequila and mix. Add crushed ice. Fill glass with sparkling water. Garnish with lime, pineapple, and a cherry.

Pineapple Lime Tequila Cooler

Mexican Hot Chocolate Pie with Maria Cookie Crust

One of my favorite treats when I was a kid was Abuelita Mexican hot chocolate and Maria cookies. I would always dip the cookies in my hot chocolate, just like my grandma did with her coffee, and experience the pure joy that only food gives me. I was having a late night craving and had the wild I had the idea of putting the flavors together in pie form. Sometimes I don’t want to drink hot chocolate, but I pretty much always want to eat pie. So I made my dream a reality.

Mexican Hot Chocolate Pie

This pie has a crispy buttery cookie crust, much like a graham cracker crust. The filling is fudgey and gooey with a crackled top, and has all the flavor of Mexican hot chocolate.

Mexican Hot Chocolate PieQuick Note about Pie Pan Size:

For this recipe I used a 9 inch pie pan. You can use whatever you have, but if you use smaller pans you may not end up using all of your crust mixture or filling. But that’s ok, it’s better to make more and have some left over than not have enough.

Maria Cookie Crust

2 cups Maria cookie crumbs (1-2 packages of Maria cookies)

1 stick butter, melted

Mexican Hot Chocolate Pie

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Use a blender or food processor to finely crush your cookies into crumbs. (If you don’t have either of those appliances, put the cookies in a large ziplock bag and crush them with a rolling pin.) Melt butter on stove stop or microwave. Mix melted butter and crumbs together until it has a wet sand consistency. It should hold together when you pinch it. If your crust is still a little dry and won’t hold together, you can add a bit more melted butter until it does. Put in pie pan and use your hands or a measuring cup to press and flatten the crumbs to the bottom and up against the sides.

Mexican Hot Chocolate Pie

Bake at 350 degrees for about 7-10 minutes until it has just set to the touch. You don’t want to over-bake or over brown it, since it’ll bake more with the filling. Set it aside to cool.

Mexican Hot Chocolate Filling

4 ounces Mexican Hot Chocolate, such as Abuelita

1 cup (2 sticks) butter

1.5 cups sugar

4 eggs

1 cinnamon stick

Mexican Hot Chocolate Pie

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Beat eggs in a small bowl and set aside. Chop chocolate to make it easier to melt. Melt butter and chocolate together in a sauce pan with cinnamon stick over medium-low heat. Add the sugar and remove from heat. Remove cinnamon stick. While stirring constantly, add eggs and beat well until smooth.

Mexican Hot Chocolate Pie

Pour filling mixture into prepared pie crust until it almost hits the top edge of the crust. Do not over fill the pan.

Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes on center rack. The pie should be just barely set but remain gooey in the middle, and have a crackled top. It will set more as it cools.

Mexican Hot Chocolate Pie

Serve warm or room temp with ice cream or whipped cream. YUM!

Lucky Charms Cake Mix Cookies

I’m a huge fan of cereal. Any cereal. I can eat cereal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The sugary, food-colored kind is my favorite though. We were trying to think up a few fun recipes and it got me thinking –what can we make with cereal? What else goes well with milk? Cookies, duh.

Lucky Charms Cake Mix Cookies

These cookies are cakey and tender, they actually kind of remind me of cupcake tops (aka the best part). This recipe can be adapted to use any cereal (and trust me I’ll be doing that), but since St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, Lucky Charms were the perfect choice. Besides tasting good, they’re super cute and colorful.

The base of this recipe was adapted from Betty Crocker’s Gooey Butter Cookie recipe.

Ingredients

8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1 stick butter, at room temperature
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (18 oz) box moist vanilla cake mix
1 cup Lucky Charms marshmallows

Directions Set oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract. Beat in the cake mix. Using a wooden spoon, stir in Lucky Charms marshmallows. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours until firm. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop batter and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes until set.

Lucky Charms Cake Mix CookiesOriginally, I tried using the cereal pieces along with the marshmallows, but they got way too chewy and gross and didn’t add much to the flavor of the cookie. I would definitely recommend avoiding them. Just pick out all the cute marshmallows. They’re are the best part anyway.

Lucky Charms Cake Mix Cookies

Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Heart Shaped Pepperoni Pizzas

My ideal Valentine’s Day is spent at home with a nice meal, good drinks, lots of candy, and a movie. My husband and I aren’t really into going out to crowded restaurants or the usual date stuff, so we usually put on some good tunes and cook together at home. A really fun thing to make at home is pizza. Who doesn’t love pizza?

Pizza is good in any shape, but if you want to get really festive for V Day, you have to make everything heart shaped. It’s a rule or something. Like heart shaped personal pizzas with heart shaped pepperonis, obviously.

Behold the perfect Valentine.

Heart Shaped Pepperoni PizzaThese are pretty basic but fun to make. Just make or buy your favorite pizza dough, separate it into 4 equal parts, and shape it into hearts.

Heart Shaped Pepperoni PizzaTo make the hearts I used a fondant cutter. A mini cookie cutter would also work. You can even fold the pepperoni and cut a heart like you would with paper hearts. Since I made mini pizzas I made mini hearts.

Heart Shaped Pepperoni PizzaAdd your sauce and cheese, and then the pepperoni hearts. Tip: If you put some cornmeal on your baking sheet your pizza won’t stick.

Heart Shaped Pepperoni PizzaThat’s it. Pop them in the oven and then behold the cuteness. I never want to eat regular shaped pepperoni again! So dainty.

Heart Shaped Pepperoni Pizzas

These are also perfect to make for girls night or with the whole family, any time of the year, really.

 

 

Make This Breakfast Quinoa A New Morning Favorite

Well, guys, the holidays are over so that means no more left over pie for breakfast. Now I’m only eating pie for dessert like a normal person. Bummer city! It’s cool though. I’m pretty excited for my pants to fit again.

One of my favorite healthier breakfast options is quinoa. Breakfast quinoa is almost like porridge or oatmeal and can be made in advance so it’s ready when you are. That helps when I wake up ravenous and want something fast. It’s good warm or hot and tastes great with fruit and nuts.

Breakfast Quinoa Recipe

 

Ingredients

1 cup quinoa (rinsed)
2 cups almond milk
2-3 tablespoons agave
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

In a small pot, bring almond milk to a boil. Add quinoa and bring back to a boil. Lower heat, cover pot, and simmer for about 15 minutes. Mix in the chia seeds, agave, and cinnamon. Cover and simmer for about 5 more minutes until most of the liquid has been absorbed.

If you want, you can add fruit or berries at the same time as the agave, chia, and cinnamon.

Breakfast Quinoa Recipe

Enjoy hot or cold. Mix in fresh fruit or berries. Drizzle with agave or honey. Top it with more almond milk. So many options!

 

Breakfast Quinoa Recipe

 

Warm Up With Nutella Hot Chocolate

Based on all of the snow and rain pictures that I’m seeing across social media this week, I think it’s safe to say we could all use a little hot chocolate. If you want to warm up and don’t give a fuck about the calories, you need this hot chocolate in your life. It’s my favorite recipe because it contains NUTELLA.

Nutella Hot Chocolate!!!

 

In fact all you need is Nutella and milk. That’s it.

Ingredients:
2 cups of milk
1/3 cup Nutella

Heat the milk in a small pot over medium heat. Add Nutella and whisk until it’s combined and frothy. Pour into mugs and enjoy.

Optional: If you want to get really wild, sprinkle with a pinch of flaked sea salt.

Nutella Hot Chocolate