Colorful Confetti Cannoli Dip

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I will probably say this every year, but I cannot believe that another year has come and is almost gone. I think that time has sped up since I started having kids. With that said, 2013 has been a great year for both myself and all my loved ones. I learned a lot bout myself and learned to be a bit more forgiving and gentle with myself. Especially in regards to how I parent my children.

For the past few years, any celebration that used to exist in my life (clubs, up all night and very questionable behaviors)  has been replaced with quiet nights on the couch with my husband, while the kids are nestled in their beds. Typically I would be in bed before the ball even dropped.  But now that the kids are a “bit” older, this year we are venturing out for New Years to a friend’s party.

It should be fun and of course I will need to bring something! I actually made this cannoli dip for my son’s first birthday and it was a stellar hit, but I always felt that the dippers bit needed adjusting. I used sugar cookies and assorted graham crackers, but felt that they didn’t pair up as nicely as I would have liked them. So for this fun and festive version I decided to use pieces of sugar cones, which pairs perfectly with this dip! At some point I will take the time to develop a good sugar cone recipe, but for now any old store bought version will do the job!

colorful confetti cannoli dip dessert

This is what you need……

2 Cups Ricotta Cheese
8 oz. Softened Cream Cheese
1 1/2 Cups Confectioners sugar (Powdered Sugar)
1 cup miniature chocolate chips
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1/4 tsp. Almond Extract
1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
Colored Sprinkles or Jimmies depending where you are from 🙂
Miniature chocolate chips
1 box of Sugar Cones broken into dippable pieces

Before I ever began mixing anything, I drained the ricotta cheese a bit to remove some of the moisture. This can be achieved by lining a colander with some coffee filters and pouring the ricotta cheese into it. Let it drain in the fridge for a few hours. If you don’t have time for that it, fine but just note that the final dip may be a bit looser..still delicious, but looser 🙂

In a bowl combine Ricotta cheese and cream cheese and mix well. Add in vanilla extract, almond extract and ground cinnamon until fully combined. At this point you can now add in the confectioners sugar until it is all mixed and then add in the colored sprinkles and if you like mini chocolate chips.

To pull all of the color and fun together I topped it with a maraschino cherry!

 I used sugar cones roughly broken as the main method to get dip into mouth! I just sort of crushed them and placed the big pieces on the tray with the dip, you will get some small pieces as you crush them, those can just be eaten immediately, sort of like quality control.

 I hope you enjoy this last pot of mine from 2013! And before I go I just wanted to say thank you to each and every one of you that continues to follow me on this journey and encourages me along the way!

I hope 2014 is a spectacular year for you all! Filled with health, wealth and happiness for all!!

Happy New Year!

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Cupcakes Decorated with Candy for Luau Party

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My youngest daughter will be turning “1” next Saturday. My better half and I decided that since it’s the middle of the summer and super hot that we would do a Hawaiian luau theme for her party.

I’ve been tinkering with ideas of what type of “treats” to serve, besides her cake that could go along with the theme.

I was going to do the typical pineapples, palm trees and such…but thought that I might give it a go with decorating with candy….it’s only a start and I’m not even sure if it’s the direction I want to go in, but here are the beginnings of the cupcakes….

I used what I had around, which was basically gumdrops, skittles, tic-tacs and icing.

When I look at them they give off a fruity feeling. (I know that’s not really a feeling)  But this is the first of a few experiments in both miniature and regular sized cupcakes.

I like the color range that the skittles came in paired with the vibrancy of the tic-tacs..but I may be better off using jelly beans, which also offer a wide selection of colors.

But these are the first and will get better as my head thinks more and more and more 🙂

Enjoy!

 

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