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For the chocolate lovers…easy Fudge!🍫😋

Is Fudge everywhere during the holidays or is it just me? I remember at my past jobs people would make fudge during potlucks or even make goodie bags with fudge to give out as little gifts. I love fudge, but I never made it before. I was at Michael’s the craft store the other day and ran across these Christmas theme candy molds & I thought they would be perfect for the fudge I wanted to make. They were very inexpensive & I was able to use a coupon , they don’t have the same one I bought online but they have this cute snowman one:

https://www.michaels.com/snowman-christmas-candy-mold-by-celebrate-it/10645901.html

There are so many different fudge recipes you could try, and so many add in’s you could really pick & choose. I wanted to do the simplest just in case I messed up.. since I never tried it before, lol. I had some walnuts at home so I added those into my fudge.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of semi- sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Any add ins; I did walnuts ( peanuts, coconut pieces, any candy pieces, etc )

Grab your saucepan , a lot of recipes say you use a broiler. I just put my heat to the lowest setting.. this is so your chocolate doesn’t burn. Place your condensed milk first, add your chocolate chips and then vanilla. Keep stirring and watch so it does not burn or bubble. Once it melts all the way put your add ins and stir then its ready to be put into your greased pan or candy molds. Put in the refrigerator for an 1 or 2. Your all done easy peazy!

The molds came out pretty well, I think the images could have came out a little better but all in all I thought it was going to be much harder or that I would burn the chocolate. Lol, it was a success and we all enjoyed it! It doesn’t taste to rich or chocolaty, its very smooth and the walnuts give it a little crunch. I definitely want to try to do peanut butter fudge next time 😊

Comment below if you like fudge or if you have maybe your own recipe. If you try this let me know how it comes out!

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Christmas treats even Santa won’t pass up!😁🎅🏼Some homemade cookies & hot chocolate

What is your favorite Christmas activity to do with your kids/ family? We love to decorate the tree, watch Christmas movies, bake & we usually do some painting. Both my kids love Christmas but what kid doesn’t, right? Lol, my youngest loves Christmas he is super excited. The whole PS5 console situation is a hot mess! I don’t know if I will be able to get my hands on one, but anyways if you don’t have boys your probably thinking I’m lucky I don’t have to deal with that. Good grief , I guess we will see what happens.

The other night while my oldest was with his dad my youngest & I baked some amazing homemade Christmas cookies and made some hot chocolate. We had such a fun time and it was so nice to bond, laugh , and enjoy each others company. He did such a good job he rolled the dough and helped with pretty much everything😊 I was so proud of him.

FYI I got us all ( even my oldest) matching shirts at Old Navy they had a huge sale and we found some cute socks too ! This shirt is still available but it isn’t on sale right now, but I’m sure it will go on sale again. Link: https://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=653736002&pcid=999&vid=1&&searchText=simpsons#pdp-page-content

I found the cookie recipe on a blog, link here: https://www.themerchantbaker.com/peanut-butter-cut-out-cookies/ I didn’t want to make regular sugar cookies, so I found these peanut butter cut out cookies. I just made them Christmas cut outs instead of Jack-o-lantern.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of unsalted butter (softened ) ( 2 sticks)
  • 1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups of firmly packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 4 1/2 cups of flour ( I would really make sure you put in the flour little by little , I almost messed up by putting it all in instead of little by little so be careful!)

Instructions:

  • In a large bowl combine butter, peanut butter whisk until fluffy
  • Add in sugar , eggs, & vanilla ( while mixing)
  • In a separate bowl , mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Add flour mixture slowly ( be careful here) to peanut butter mix and stir
  • Place plastic wrap on dough and chill for 2 hours ( I did an hour and it was ok)
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Roll dough on floured surface & cut using any cookie cutters of your choice
  • Place cookies on greased cookie sheet
  • Bake about 8-10 minutes ( lightly browned)

I forgot to take a picture of the cookie cutters, but they are from Target, & are still available and only $10! Link: https://www.target.com/p/wilton-12pc-holiday-metal-cookie-cutter-set/-/A-79812864?ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=google_pla_df&fndsrc=tgtao&DFA=71700000014846255&CPNG=PLA_Kitchen%2BShopping_Brand&adgroup=SC_Kitchen&LID=700000001170770pgs&LNM=PRODUCT_GROUP&network=g&device=c&location=9031563&targetid=pla-308308258999&ds_rl=1246978&ds_rl=1247068&ds_rl=1248099&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIxe7R3N2z7QIVqw2tBh33PgVhEAQYCiABEgIq5_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

We also bought the icing at Target and some sprinkles. I did find some sprinkles at the 99 cent store as well. I didn’t get to take pictures of my son’s cookies as he wanted to eat them right away, lol. They were very delicious, even without the icing I really enjoyed them.

I found some Ghirardelli hot chocolate packets at Target in the holiday section and I thought about it, because to be honest for .99 cents each I thought it was a little pricey. You can get the Swiss hot chocolate package with 6 packets for less than $3. I just wanted to see if it was better than the Swiss that I always buy, so I bought some along with these super cute marshmallow cocoa toppers that were also in the holiday section. So the verdict is.. I loved the Ghirardelli it has an amazing taste there is a difference for sure. I would say buy them and try them out, I also use milk instead of water as it is more creamier. I bought some peppermint whipped cream too just to try it out, to be honest they were out of the regular. Lol, I said to my son I guess we are getting this one since we aren’t leaving without whipped cream!

The cocoa toppers were so cute and my son loved them.

Yummy!

Overall we had such a fun time together, I love making memories with my boys. Hopefully your month is going good so far😉🎄. Comment below what activities your doing this year and let me know if you will try these cookies out or even the hot chocolate!

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A sweet Thanksgiving treat!

Is everyone ready for the holidays!? Lol, my youngest who is 9 has already started playing Christmas music in the car. I really have always enjoyed to cook & bake. I like to try new recipes & baking from scratch, I always like to get the kids involved. Now that my oldest is 15 I have to push him a little , lol but he isn’t too cool yet as he still participates. During the holidays I like to find fun, cute & festive desserts to we can try out. During my search I found these really cute apple hand pies which took me to this blog: https://www.livewellbakeoften.com/apple-hand-pies/

I decided to give these a try & they are very delish!

Finished pie ! I added caramel and vanilla bean ice cream and it was even better😋

I would definitely make sure you knead the dough really well, and make sure you have enough room to roll the dough evenly. The egg mixture also needs to be placed on top evenly so you can get that flaky brown consistency just like on a pie. I used Granny smith apples since I use those whenever I am cooking apples, but I think you can use any other apples. I also used more cinnamon than listed since we love cinnamon.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pie crusts
  • 2 cups chopped apples
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 -1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 egg , lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter ,cubed into small pieces (optional)

Instructions:

  • Combine the chopped apples, sugar, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg in a mixing bowl. Then cook on stove top, add 2 Tbs of butter in saucepan and add apples. Cook for about 10 minutes or so until apples are tender, add 2 Tbs of flour to thicken.
  • Flour your surface, roll the pie crusts to about 1/8-inch thick. Use a circle cookie cutter (or cup) cut out as many circles from the pie crusts as you can, reroll any scrap pieces of dough as needed. Move to the refrigerator to chill while you make the filling. 
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg and milk until well combined. Set aside.
  • Remove the pie crust circles from the refrigerator and evenly add the apple pie filling between half of them, leave some room at the edges.
  • Place the other half of the pie crust circles on top then crimp the edges with a fork. You can add slits with a knife before you put the other half on top if you decide to do that.
  • Brush the top of each pie with the egg wash.
  • Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until the pies are golden brown and the filling is bubbling.

I wanted to add some pictures of our previous Thanksgiving dessert, Oreo cookie Turkeys from a few years ago. I love to look back at old pictures of my boys. Really great memories and I am so Thankful to God for both of them. I know 2020 has been so crazy.. what are you Thankful for? Any desserts your trying this year? Let me know if you try this one out😁