Chocolate Fudge

Don’t worry, I am back! I was on vacation last weekend. That actually brings me to the idea for this Sunday’s post. We were in a lot of stores selling fudge so since being back home that is all I could think about. I decided to make some on my own and this recipe is so simple I couldn’t pass it up.

Ingredients

3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

Directions

1. Line a square 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
2. Over low heat, in a medium sized pot, add the chocolate chips, condensed milk and salt, and stir with a wooden spoon until chips are melted.
3. Remove from heat and add the vanillas. (If you don’t have vanilla paste, just double up on the vanilla extract.)
4. Pour into the parchment lined baking pan and spread evenly. Refrigerate for 4 hours until firm.

The fudge is so good, who needs to buy it already made! I had some extra Heath Toffee pieces so I decided to throw them in when I was mixing in the vanilla extract. It gives the fudge a bit of a crunch and adds an extra flavor. I would say you could mix in anything you want before you pour it in the pan to let it set.

Enjoy!

Banana Bread

This is probably the easiest banana bread recipe ever. There are only 3 ingredients! I decided I would make mine to take up to Disney World with my family that is visiting from out of state. I made it gluten free so that my cousin would be able to have some. I have never made anything with gluten free anything so I was a bit nervous for how it would come out. Let’s see how it turned out!

Ingredients:

1 box yellow cake mix (I used the gluten free yellow cake mix)

3 bananas

2 eggs

Directions:

1. Mash up the 3 bananas and mix with the eggs.

2. Mix in the yellow cake mix

3. Bake for 40 minutes at 350.

 

Banana Bread

I think I should have mashed the bananas more, but I think it still came out just fine. Made my kitchen smell amazing. My cousin has given the seal of approval, it is very good!!

 

Enjoy!!

Raspberry Crumb Bars

Happy Sunday! The weekend sure does fly by! Today I give you Raspberry Crumb Bars. I really enjoyed these and there aren’t a lot of ingredients. It is super easy to make and I think everyone will love them.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup rolled oats (old fashioned)
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup raspberry jam, seedless if preferred

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 by 8-inch baking dish with aluminum foil, leaving a 2-inch overhang of foil on two sides. Grease foil. (I used parchment paper so I didn’t have to grease anything)
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Stir in oats and brown sugar, and use clean fingertips as needed to break up brown sugar clumps. Add butter, and using fingertips, work butter into mixture until evenly moistened.
  • Add 2 cups of the oat mixture to the prepared baking dish and press into an even layer. Spread raspberry jam into an even layer over oat layer, coming within 1/4-inch of all edges. Sprinkle top evenly with remaining oat mixture, then slightly press into jam layer.
  • Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 34 – 38 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before cutting into squares. Store in an airtight container.
  • Recipe Source: adapted from allrecipes

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I used All Natural Red Raspberry Jam from Smuckers. You can use seedless if you prefer. I cut mine into 16 pieces and for my friends out there on weight watchers, that would be 4 pts +. If you cut them into 9 pieces that would be 5 pts +.  I think you could eat it for breakfast or dessert.

Raspberry Crumb Bars

Enjoy!

 

 

Cannoli Dip

First off, Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s out there! Most of us probably couldn’t make it through life without you, so thank you for all you do for us kids!

Since it is Mother’s Day, I wanted to make a dessert that I knew mom would love. I have actually never eaten a cannoli, and have no idea what it is supposed to taste like so I didn’t want to trust a recipe I found on the internet. Instead, my cousin in New Jersey has given me a great Cannoli Dip recipe!

Ingredients:

2 Cups Ricotta Cheese

8oz Cream Cheese

1 1/2 Cup Confectioners Sugar

1 Teaspoon Vanilla

1 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips

Directions:

Drain the Ricotta Cheese overnight in a cheese cloth (they sell them at Target or Bed Bath and Beyond). Mix Ricotta Cheese with the Cream Cheese, Sugar, Vanilla, and Chocolate Chips. Sprinkle some Chocolate Chips on top and chill until it’s time to eat. You can use broken up waffle cones to dip with. You can also buy a pie crust, cut small circles, sprinkle with cinnamon and coarse brown sugar and bake about 8 min.

Cannoli Dip

Very easy recipe, takes no time at all to make! Now, this being my first time trying it, I must say I can’t believe I have never eaten one before. This is so delicious! A little too much dairy for me, but who cares about that allergy anyways!

Thumbs up all around from the family on this one!

 

Enjoy!

Liz’s Famous Chicken Salad

Ok, so it is only famous to my old coworkers, but that has to count for something. Right? I have seen chicken salad made so many different ways, and they always consisted of celery. Well, I hate celery and pretty much everything else, so I made my own creation. Honestly, I don’t know where I got the idea to put lemon juice in it, but it happened. It’s a beautiful thing.

This is the perfect dish for a potluck, and that is where it became famous for me. It is still being made at the Allied DC (shout out!) potlucks even though I don’t work there anymore. I like to eat this 2 ways, with Wheat Thins or Pretzel Crisps. You can eat it however you like, but I definitely recommend trying it with those two items. Below is the recipe.

Ingredients:

Canned Chicken Breast (you can use whatever chicken you want)

Mayonnaise (I usually use about 1 1/2 tablespoons, but depends on how much you are making and how much you love mayo)

Dried Cranberries (I just pour them in until I think I have enough)

Lemon Juice (Just a couple drops)

Pepper (whatever you like)

Directions:

Put all contents above in a bowl and mix. DONE!

All ingredients above are based on your own taste and how much you want to make. I made enough for 2 lunches and used 3 tiny cans of chicken (I thought they were bigger, I am a bad shopper). This is a super easy recipe and it is very good.

Chicken Salad

Enjoy!