Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls

The Home Heart

This recipe has become a Christmas standard in this house. Each year I think I will not make these, and each year one of the boys will say, “When are you making those peanut butter balls?” It’s one of their favorites. So alas, I make them each and every year.

This recipe is pretty big. It’ll make approximately 4.5 dozen 1-inch balls. So this year I cut the recipe in half, because with all the other sweets and goodies going on in this house I really don’t need an extra 30 peanut butter balls tempting me or my thighs! I’ve put the full recipe here for you.


Peanut Butter Balls

1 1/2 cups peanut butter (I use crunchy)

2 sticks butter

1 can coconut

2 cups chopped nuts

1 box 10x powdered sugar

2 1/2 cups graham crackers, crushed

2 pkgs chocolate bark

Christmas Sweets 008

In large pot melt butter. Add in…

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Patron Punch

First thing I need to say is that this is not my recipe. I don’t know where it originally came from, but after a brief googling session I realized that it is a more commonly known drink than I had thought.

I first had this drink on the island with my girlfriends and we loved it. So one evening after a grueling 20 minutes of deciding what we were drinking that night, we decided to call our bartender friend (who turned us on to this delish cocktail) and asked her for the recipe. You can find variations of the recipe all over the internet, so by all means play with the ingredients as you like and see what works best for you.

Now, it is called Patron Punch but let’s be honest, Patron costs near a weekend rental in the Bahamas (ok, so I exaggerate) and while the drink is at its prime if you use Patron, I promise a lesser tequila such as Quervo will still be tasty indeed.

patron punch

Patron Punch

2 oz. tequila

1/2 oz. citron

1 oz. cranberry juice

splash of Roses sweet lime juice

pineapple juice

In a shaker put ice and measure out your ingredients. The pineapple juice is the filler so for two servings, which this recipe is, I’d venture approximately 10 oz. of pineapple juice. I say this because some people like a juicier drink while others want to really taste the alcohol. I’m a big fan of putting some of the filler into the shaker with the ice and then adding more as needed once you get the drink poured into a glass. Make sure you have ice in your glass as well and strain the drink from the ice in the shaker.

Garnish with citrus rind(s) and fake cherries on a plastic sword 🙂

Super Bowl Recipe Roundup ~2014

How about a completely random post today?

For Super Bowl food ideas, you say? Heck yes!

The best foods for a day of munching in front of an awesome game with friends is always bite-sized. This way you can load up your plate with lots of yummy things to taste without feeling like you’re eating 10 meals. Oh, who are we kidding? It’s Super Bowl Sunday. We’re all going to be eating about 85,372 calories anyway…. Of course, there are also several other fabulous things to eat on game day, so if you’re going to pull out the crock pot (or 5) there’s plenty of hearty soups and deliciousness to be had.

Mini Pizza Muffins

mini pizza muffins

Meatball Poppers


Mini Crab Cakes with Old Bay Aioli


Chicken Enchilada Puffs

enchilada puffs

Mini Meaty Quiches

mini quiche1

Cheesy Pesto Bread


Sliders Roundup

sliders roundup

Mexcican Bruschetta


BBQ Chicken Pizza Pinwheels


Pizza Tarts

pizza tarts

Chicken and Rice Balls

rice balls

Cajun Chicken Fritters with Cajun Aioli


Fish Cakes with Cilantro Lime Dip

fish cakes

Zucchini Fritters with Chili Lime Aioli


Cheesy Rice Fritters


Potato Skins

Super Bowl Round-Up 2013

Hearty Taco Chili

taco chili

Meatball Minestrone

Meatball Minestrone

Meatball Minestrone

Italian Beef Sandwiches with Giardineira

Super Bowl Round-Up 2013

Creamy Chicken Tacos

crock pot chix tacos

Ultimate Baked Beans

ultimate pic

Banana Dabs


Cannoli Tarts


Chocolate Drizzled Cheesecake Cream Puffs

cream puff1

Happy New Year


Ok, yeah, it’s the 6th already. I am a little late. BUT a lot is going on right now. I’m sure some of you have noticed with my lack of posts and all. I needed a break. Like a BIG break. There are some big things going on over here right now and it’s going to take some time for things to settle down (assuming they will).

I’m fine. Everyone’s fine. No one is sick, or hurt, or fighting. I’ve been focusing mostly on Number Two and his ADHD issues. I’ve (and the doctor) changed his meds- working out those kinks- and struggling with his completely inept school. We’re in the process of establishing new doctors, both physical and therapeutic, and these things take time. I have been consumed, not to mention throwing Christmas into the mix, which was lovely by the way. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday as well 🙂

I’m still seeing all the fabulous foodie posts. Most of you are still busy cooking and blogging. Thank God for all of you out there in virtual land, or else I’d never be inspired enough to feed my family. I don’t normally get overwhelmed- but when I do- watch out. I’m practically useless in every other area.

Things will straighten out as they always do. I just wanted to put something out there. You’ve all been quite loyal readers and I appreciate every one of you. Have a great start to a new beginning. I hope 2014 will treat you well.

Caprice ♥

p.s. This is my 500th post!! woot-woot!

Sliders Roundup

I couldn’t resist putting together a post of the sliders I’ve made this year. These are one of my newest obsessions- seeing what can be made into a mini sammie. They are all so delicious and you will have fun eating them.  Click the pictures to take you to the recipe.

bourbon sliders1



gorgonzola slider




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Aioli and Sauce Roundup

It was suggested that I put together a roundup of all my recipes that had an aioli or some other kind of sauce in it, so I thought, why not?  Click on the picture to link to the recipe.

gorgonzola slider

blk bn quesadilla

bourbon sliders1



This is a great sauce because it uses a sour cream base instead of mayo.

fish cakes


Awesome with poached or pan-seared Salmon, on top of a baked potato, or just as a dip.

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Mini Pizza Muffins

Here’s another pizza lunchbox idea 🙂 These savory little muffins were so good! Just serve with a side of pizza sauce.

mini pizza muffins

Mini Pizza Muffins

3/4 cup flour

3/4 tsp baking powder

1 tsp each: basil, oregano, parsley

pinch of salt

1/4 tsp garlic powder

3/4 cup whole milk

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 cup shredded mozzarella

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 cup cubed or diced (turkey) pepperoni

Pizza sauce for dipping

1. Preheat oven to 375*. Grease a 24-cup mini muffin tin.

2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, herbs, salt and garlic powder.

3. Whisk together the milk and egg. Mix it in the flour mixture. Add the cheeses and peppersoni; let stand for 10 mins.

4. Stir the batter and divide among the muffin cups.

5. Bake until puffy and golden; about 20 minutes.

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December Menu ~ 2013

I am in the kitchen a lot this time of year. Every Christmas we host a dinner for all my hubby’s employees so I am always looking for new and delicious recipes that are easily prepared and served for a crowd  to make for this event.  So this month I have a lot of new recipes I plan to make, and as usual red links will show up for each one as posted.

Dec Menu


Tomato and Mozzarella Tarts

Christmas Tree Cheese Board

Olive, Bacon & Cheese Bread

Sundried Tomato and Goat Cheese Palmiers

Main & Sides:

Chicken Marsala

Sea Scallops in Saffron Sauce

Wild Mushroom Ragout in Puff Pastry

Crispy Smashed Potatoes


Mini Maple Pumpkin Cheesecakes with Brown Sugar Maple Whipped Cream

Salted Mexican Chocolate Ganache Tarts

Almond White Chocolate Magic Bars

Breakfast & Lunchbox:

Breakfast Enchiladas

Breakfast Pizza

Breakfast Blueberry Bake

Breakfast Cookies

Turkey Bacon Cheddar Scones

Homemade Granola Cereal

Recipes I’ve linked Before:

Crunchy Fish Tacos with Cilantro Cream Sauce

Creamy Chicken Crock Pot Tacos and Crock Pot Pinto Beans

Crock Pot Salisbury Steak and Quinoa Patties

Slow Cooker Coq au Vin and Chived Yorkshire Puddings

BBQ Salmon, Oven Roasted Okra, and Sweet Potato Cornbread

Brown Sugar-Butternut Squash Tart with Nutmeg Whipped Cream

Sweet Chicken Rio and Cilantro Lime Rice

Oven Baked Tacos and Mexican Rice

Tiramisu Cupcakes

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