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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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

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

January 3, 2011 § 1 Comment

Beef Stew

With all my Christmas decorations put away and the house back to normal there is nothing to distract me from noticing just how cold it has been lately. There are patches of snow and ice taunting drivers and pedestrians making it so I don’t enjoy leaving the comforts of my warm home. With this cold front constantly giving me the chills I decided to make a stew and warm things up a bit.

Most of the stew recipes I came across either called for a crock pot (I broke mine last winter and still haven’t purchased a new one, I better add that to my to-do list) or dutch oven (another thing I haven’t purchased but I have made it very clear to my husband that this is the one I would like if he feels the need to buy me a present). After a good twenty minutes of scanning my cookbooks I came across this amazing Beef stew recipe by Katie Lee (recipe here). I made a few minor adjustments to her recipe by swapping potatoes for sweet potatoes and adding a turnip. I think any combination of winter vegetables would make this stew great, so feel free to adjust to your liking. This dish really hit the spot and I am so excited to have some leftovers throughout the week.

Tree Hunting

December 6, 2010 § 1 Comment

Every year my husband and I go to a local tree farm and cut down a Christmas tree (Griswold style) and this year was no exception. After walking past big trees, small trees, skinny trees, bare trees and lopsided trees we finally found the tree that was coming home with us. This beautiful tree marks the beginning of the Holiday season and the whirlwind that is November 26th to January 2nd. As I was inside decorating the tree and listening to my favorite Holiday tunes, my husband was outside hanging Christmas lights. Now that we are all decorated the season can officially begin. May the malls not be too crowded and the shoppers pleasant and everyone filled with the Christmas Spirit. Happy Holidays!

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