The Spirit of Christmas

December 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

I saw this online and immediately wanted to share it with everyone. This Christmas wish embodies the true meaning of the season.

Max is an 8 year old boy from Pennsylvania battling Leukemia. He won’t make it home for Christmas and his one wish? To receive 1,000,000 Christmas Cards in the mail.

If you would like to send him a card and help make his wish come true, you can do so at the below address. It’s the little things that make this season bright.

Hailey Remish
Attn: Max
417 Jones Street
Belle Vernon, PA
15012

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2 Months and Growing!

December 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

It’s official, I’m 2 months old!  Time has gone by so quickly and every day is a new adventure. I’ve gotten to experience so many cool new things this past month. Both of my parents celebrated birthdays, Halloween happened, I finally got to meet my uncles Jarod and Dustin and I got to spend Thanksgiving with my Papa and Gigi.  I must say Thanksgiving was a blast and it helped me put on some LBs (here I am from last month). I’ve decided that life is extra wonderful when I sleep a little longer for mommy and smile at her and daddy. It’s the little things I do that make them so happy; they’re pretty easy to please. I have to be extra good these next couple of weeks because Santa is coming (I went and saw him the other day, I’ll show you my pic when mommy picks it up). One of my favorite things to do right now is lounge in my vibrating chair by the fireplace and enjoy the lights on the Christmas tree. Well mommy says I need to get off the computer and go take a bath. When daddy comes home, he’ll let me back on so stay posted and I’ll keep you updated on all my happenings.  Bye for now.

Cash-$

My uncles (Jarod and Dustin) were so fun. I can’t wait to see them again. I hear I get to go to Texas in January and see my Uncle Dustin get married to a real hottie (Christina Taylor).

Gigi made us take so many pictures and I just couldn’t stay awake for them all.  I must say, even though I’m asleep I still make the picture  look good.

My daddy is so silly!

 

Mocha Coconut Fudge

December 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

A strange thing happened during my pregnancy with Cash, I acquired a taste for Coconut! As long as I can remember I’ve absolutely detested the taste and texture; but being someone who is adventurous with food, I have repeated tried recipes with coconut hoping that one day it would taste amazing. Well, that one day came when I made Macaroons for my husband while I was pregnant!

I was searching for an easy recipe to make and give as gifts this Christmas season and came across Mocha Coconut Fudge on How Sweet It Is. Fudge is quick, simple and very easy to package. If you’re not a fan of coffee you can always omit the instant espresso powder from this recipe and if you’re not a fan of coconut, I recommend you give it a try because you just might surprise yourself and like it.

Mocha Coconut Fudge

[adapted from mother lovett’s 3-minute fudge]

makes one 8×8 pan

12 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped

12 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped

1 can (15oz) sweetened condensed milk

1 1/2 tablespoons espresso powder (or instant coffee)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 teaspoons coconut extract

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1/2 cup flaked coconut, toasted

Spray an 8×8 pan with non-stick spray.

Add semisweet chocolate to a double boiler, and melt completely. One melted, add in half of the sweetened condensed milk, the vanilla, the coffee powder and 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil. Stir with a spatula until combined and fairly smooth, then spread evenly in the bottom of the pan. Mixture will be thick. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes.

Add white chocolate to a double boiler and melt completely. Add in remaining condensed milk, coconut oil and coconut extract, stirring until combined. Remove fudge from freezer and add white chocolate on top, spreading evenly to coat. Top with toasted coconut, then chill in the refrigerator for 60-90 minutes.

When ready to cut, fill a large cup with hot water. Dip a sharp knife into the water, then blot on a towel. Use knife to cut fudge into your desired size of squares.

Image and recipe source: How Sweet It Is

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