Back to school ready!

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Get ready for back to school with a few Buttercream Bakehouse favorites that will save you time and keep your kiddos organized and  looking stylish on their first day back. When I’m in “back to school” mode I usually turn to Amazon, especially since my Husband is deployed and I don’t have a lot of time to shop that dreaded back to school shopping list.  You know the one where you are scratching your head as much as you are scratching off the endless items it takes to gear up for a successful year.  What I love about Amazon is the hassle free shopping and free shipping options. You can buy just about anything including clothes, shoes, lunch boxes, backpacks, food and school supplies. Yep, that’s right. School supply shopping at home. Crayola has made school supply shopping easy by offering essential school supply kits organized by grade. Genius!! Check out the link below for ordering.  Once you have crossed all of your T’s and dotted all of your I’s it’s time to sit back and wait for the big day to arrive. Don’t forget the homemade cookies for an afternoon snack from my afterschool cookie jar series and recipe page. There are lots of yummy cookie recipes to choose from that will warm their hearts and tummies after a long first day back.  Get to it Mom’s and Dad’s! We only have a few weeks left of Summer here in VA. Are you back to school yet?

Stylish Backpacks with a lifetime warranty

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back to school #buttercreambakehouse

Jansport is known for their commitment to quality.  If your backpack get’s ripped or damaged in anyway (like breaking the dreaded zipper) Jansport will replace it for free.  Now that’s worth a shout out!  Visit Jansport to order your child’s backpack here…Jansport girls and boys backpacks, One Size

Back to School Supply Kits purchased per grade

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Ready made school supply kits for kindergarten through 8th grade is a great time saver for busy mom’s and dads.  It’s also a great gift for a Grandparent to send to their little tikes to let them know they are thinking of them and to help out mom and dad.

Purchase school supply kits here…Crayola Third through Fifth Grade Supply Pack

Organized lunch box containers and lunch sack

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back to school #buttercreambakehouse

 
Rubbermaid is quality you can count on and a styling way to stay organized at lunch time.   This lunch box kit will keep your childs lunch divided and in separate little compartments.  They all lock together and fit inside a cute little lunch sack for easy transport.  I love you Rubbermaid!!!!  Order this lunch box sandwich kit in a variety of styles and colors here….Rubbermaid Lunch Blox – Sandwich Kit

After School Cookie Jar

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Find the Cookie recipes shared below and more at After School Cookie Jar

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back to school #buttercreambakehouse

back to school #buttercreambakehouse

It’s time to buckle down and gear up for a busy Fall and I can’t wait to get back to a normal routine and bring you more fabulous recipes to tempt your tastebuds.  Good luck to all of you heading back to school and here’s to a wonderful new school year.

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No-bake peanut butter balls

Back to school is just around the corner and if you are like me, you are a little skiddish to get back into a hectic morning routine.  With four kids in three different schools, mornings can be exhausting and stressful unless I get organized and plan ahead.  To make things go a little smoother I prepare things ahead of time like this delicious no-bake peanut butter balls recipe for a healthy boost of energy.  It’s full of protein and nutrients that will satisfy their hunger and give them a boost of energy to keep them thriving through the day. By packing my kids lunches I believe I am giving them healthier options I know they love.  Foods that will fill their bellies and nourish their minds and bodies while learning, socializing and exercising all day long.     no bake peanut butter balls  Delicious no-bake peanut butter balls are simple to prepare and can be made ahead and chilled for a time saving snack.  The kids love them and so do I for their versatility and nutritious factor.  You can change it up by adding dried fruits, white chocolate and different flavored nut butters to suit your kids taste buds.   no bake peanut butter balls no bake peanut butter balls  DSC_0449.jpg Natural peanut butter is sweetened by pure golden honey than given added bulk from sweet shredded coconut, chopped dark chocolate, wheat germ, oats and dried cherries.  It’s a healthful snack proven to give you an energy boost and protein to keep you full during a long school day.  no bake peanut butter balls This recipe make a little over a dozen bite size no-bake peanut butter balls.  They literally take five minutes to make but take about 30 minutes to chill.  We love ours a bit chilled but feel free to eat them right away.   no bake peanut butter balls For more back to school lunch ideas, visit Real Simple for recipes and tips.

No-bake Peanut Butter Balls

No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls
Yields 15
This tasty protein ball will give you a boost of energy! Perfect afternoon snack or to pack in kids lunches. It only takes 35 minutes because of the chill time but you can eat them room temperature right after they are prepared if desired.
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Prep Time
35 min
Prep Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup oats
  2. 1/2 cup dried cherries
  3. 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (or semi, milk or white chocolate chips)
  4. 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  5. 1/4 cup wheat germ
  6. 1/4 cup honey
  7. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  8. 1 cup natural peanut butter or any nut butter you desire
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl mix all ingredients until thoroughly combined. With a small cookie scoop, scoop the peanut butter balls bringing the cookie scoop up the side of the bowl. Place each scoop on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat using all of the mixture and chill balls for 30 minutes or more if desired. May be eaten room temperature. For a smoother look, roll each ball by hand after chilling and serve.
Notes
  1. may make ahead of time and store in refrigerator.
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Oatmeal Rum Raisin Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Homemade ice cream sandwiches are a staple at the Bakehouse in the Summer months. The kids love to cool down with an icy treat after a hot day in the sun. Our favorite go to flavor is chocolate chip cookie and vanilla ice cream sandwiches but today I wanted to try something new and pair my delicious, soft oatmeal rum raisins cookies with a scoop of Rum Raisin Haagen Dazs ice cream. The results were spectacular! I am convinced this cookie and ice cream combo was a sweet treat sent from heaven. The soft, cinnamon spiced oatmeal cookies are jam-packed with plump, juicy, rum soaked raisins as is the Haagen Dazs Ice cream giving you double the raisins and rum flavor. That’s an incredible duo if you ask me. This recipe makes 24 cookies and 12 ice cream sandwiches. It’s enough to go around (if you dare to share) but if you want to indulge in these craveable frozen treats months down the road, double the recipe and freeze the second batch to have on hand whenever your little heart desires a nibble. 

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Oatmeal Rum Raisin Cookies are so delightfully sinful, you can enjoy them with or without the ice cream.  They are sure to be a cookie jar hit in your home as they are in mine.

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What do you get when you combine Haagen Dazs Rum Raisin ice cream with homemade soft oatmeal rum raisin cookies?

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A delicious match made in heaven!  

oatmeal rum raisin ice cream sandwiches #oatmealcookies #icecreamsandwiches

The ice cream comes stuffed with tons of raisins too so if you are a raisin lover, this cookie will become your new Summer craving quickly.  

Wrap and freeze for later or enjoy all at once.  Don’t forget to share.  You can always make more ;)

Oatmeal Rum Raisin Ice Cream Sandwiches

Oatmeal Rum Raisin Ice Cream Sandwich
Serves 24
A soft spiced cinnamon oatmeal rum raisin cookie sandwiched together with a scoop of Haagen Dazs Rum Raisin ice cream.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cup raisins
  2. 1 cup rum,for soaking
  3. 1/2 cups flour
  4. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  6. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  7. 2 sticks butter, softened
  8. 1 cup sugar
  9. 1 cup brown sugar
  10. 2 eggs
  11. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  12. 3 cups rolled oats
  13. 1 pint Haagen Dazs Rum Raisin Ice Cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Soak raisins in rum for at least 30 minutes or up to an hour. The longer you soak, the stronger the flavor. In a small bowl mix flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon together and set aside. In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time until combined. Stir in vanilla extract. Add dry ingredients and stir to combine. Add raisins and oats and stir to combine.
  2. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Remove from cookie sheet and cool on cookie rack. Once completely cool, add one scoop of ice cream to cookie and top with another cookie. Eat right after assembling or wrap in cellophane individually and place in airtight container. Freeze for later.
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Best Beer Bread Ever

If you love the smell of freshly baked bread baking in your oven, then this recipe is one to try. It’s by far the best beer bread recipe I have ever made and it’s easy to make. With a few simple ingredients, you can whip up this tasty yeast loaf in minutes. It only takes one bowl, a little mixing by hand (we’re talking seconds here) and pouring the batter into a greased loaf pan. That’s right, no electric mixer, no rising, no kneading. You get to enjoy a yeasty bread baked from scratch without all the fuss. This time saving beer bread get’s it volume from the carbonation and yeast already in the beer. The type of beer you use will alter the taste of the bread so if you want a stronger tasting bread, choose a stout or your favorite kind of brew. Although I didn’t have any on hand, this bread tastes amazing cubed and dipped in Italian Dipping Herbs. The kind used at fancy Italian restaurants. You can also enhance the flavor of your bread by mixing cheddar cheese, fresh herbs or minced garlic right in the batter. Top it with melted butter and bake to a golden brown and you have yourself a freshly baked loaf of yeast bread made with little effort and is big on taste. Go ahead and bake yourself a loaf today and see for yourself why it’s the BEST BEER BREAD EVER!

best beer bread

Use a serrated knife to slice your bread thick to enjoy the softness and volume in each bite. 

best beer bread

Look at that golden buttery top.  The butter adds depth of flavor this beer bread can’t be without. Be sure to use salted butter for extra rich buttery flavor.

best beer bread

best beer bread

Enjoy your beer bread my friends!

Best Beer Bread

Best Beer Bread
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An easy, tasty beer bread made from scratch in minutes. It's baked to perfection with a golden buttery top and lots of volume thanks to the beer.
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Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
45 min
Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 cups self-rising flour
  2. 1/4 cup sugar
  3. 1 12 ounces bottle of beer
  4. 1/2 stick butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Butter a 9x3x5 inch loaf pan and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and beer and mix until combined. The mixture should be thick. Pour into the loaf pan and top with melted butter.
  3. Place a cookie sheet under the loaf pan on the bottom rack. The melted butter may spill over.
  4. Bake for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean and is firm to the touch. Cool slightly and serve warm or room temperature.
Notes
  1. Add cheddar cheese, fresh herbs or minced garlic to bread according to desired taste.
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