Meal Planning Magic Reader Survey – I Want YOUR Feedback!

Meal Planning Magic Online Reader Survey

In just a few months, I’ll be celebrating my seventh year of blogging. Seven years! I can’t believe it. And it sure has come a long way since those first, very basic posts. I’ve learned a lot, connected with other bloggers and more importantly, connected with you, my readers!

Now I want to hear from you! It’s been a couple of years since I did a reader survey, so I’ve got some new questions to help better understand what YOU want to rear more about here at Meal Planning Magic. I would be very grateful if you could take just a few minutes to answer the questions.

I’m also excited to let you know that Meal Planning Magic will be getting a complete makeover at the beginning of 2015. I am working with a designer to hopefully clean up the site a bit more with a cleaner design and also make it easier to find the things you’re looking for. I’m hoping to refocus on tips for saving time, saving money and eating well with the magic of meal planning!

Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the survey. Your responses are very valuable to me and will help me bring more of what YOU want to see here on Meal Planning Magic!

Peppermint Mousse in Mini Brownie Cups {Week 8 – 12 Weeks Christmas Treats}

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I’m beginning to realize I have a thing for peppermint sweet treats. I mean, first I had the Peppermint Treats Roundup then these Minty Surprise Cookies and THEN these Chocolate Mint Snowtop Cookies. This week for the 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats, I’m bringing you a super simple pepper-minty treat. You won’t believe how easy yet elegant these Peppermint Mousse in Mini Brownie Cup treats are!

I was inspired to create these treats from a magazine recipe I saw long ago. I don’t even have the clipping any more but I do remember them. At first, I tried using chocolate graham crackers to make mini graham cracker crust shells but had some trouble with getting them out of the mini-muffin pan without them crumbling to bits. So I thought about brownies and figured out how to make them into little cups to hold my mousse. It’s so easy, you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of it yourself! What you do it make up a batch of your favorite brownie batter (I used a homemade recipe but you could also use a box mix). Bake the brownies in a mini muffin tin and when the brownies are baked and hot out of the oven, use a round tipped spoon or other utensil to push the centers down. Then remove them from the pan to fully cool.
Fill with your mousse mixture and you’re good to go.

Here’s the recipe for you to make it all:

Peppermint Mousse in Mini Brownie Cups
1 pint heavy whipping cream
8 oz. cream cheese, softened and at room temperature
½ cup granulated sugar
1 – 1 ½ teaspoons peppermint extract
Brownie mix.
Crushed peppermint candies

Prepare brownie mix according to package directions. Divide batter into 24 mini muffin tins. Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. Using a blunt tipped spoon or other utensil, push down centers of brownies while they are still warm. Remove from pan to cool completely.

Meanwhile, blend cream cheese in a bowl until completely mixed. Slowly add sugar and peppermint extract until fully incorporated. Set aside.
Whip cream with a mixer until soft peaks form. Add cream cheese mixture just until blended. Do not over mix.

Using a piping bag or spoon, add a dollop (about 1 tablespoon) of the mousse to brownie cup. Top each cup with crushed peppermint candies.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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You can find out all about the 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats by clicking here for more information and details about joining in.
If you’re a blogger, be sure to check the guidelines, join the challenge and then link up your own post each week.

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Cranberry Apple Crisp Plus FREE Festive Flavors E-Book and Fun!

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Mini Layered Gingery Pumpkin Mousse Dessert {Week 7 – 12 Weeks Christmas Treats}


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Houston, We Have A Pollo!

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This post is sponsored by El Pollo Loco but all opinions are my own. Houston, it’s official, we have a Pollo! El Pollo Loco is here. I’m so excited to be partnering with them to tell all my Houston area readers about them (and if you’re not in Houston, maybe you know of one near […]

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Chocolate Mint Snow Top Cookies {Week 6 – 12 Weeks Christmas Treats}

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Remember a couple of weeks ago I mentioned having gone through my mom’s recipe file looking for some recipe inspiration? Well, I found several recipes I was anxious to try and the recipe for these Chocolate Mint Snow Top Cookies was one of them! One thing I’m discovering about older recipes is that some of […]

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The 52 New Foods Challenge Cookbook GIVEAWAY! #52NewFoods

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Hey y’all, I’ve got a giveaway for you! One lucky winner will receive a copy of The 52 New Foods Challenge Cookbook that I reviewed earlier this week that has families all over trying new foods and enjoying time in the kitchen and around the table together (You can read the review by clicking here). […]

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Weekly Menu Plan [10/27/14]

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I’m not sure how we’ve gotten to the end of October. Doesn’t it seem like school just started? With the busy-ness of the holidays just around the corner, I’m working on my meal plan for the next month. I’ll tweak it week-to-week, but in general it’s not that much different than doing a weekly menu […]

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