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

Creative Coffee

November 4, 2011 § 1 Comment

Adding individual pieces to my home that give it a little bit of character is important to me. I like my home to represent ME and not just big box stores. Since my style is more eclectic, I am always looking for inexpensive ways to change things up. I came up with the most simple craft that is quick, easy and inexpensive. Visiting my local Goodwill, I picked up a few white coffee cups for only $.25 each (what a steal). With some paint and creativity, I added a simple design to the cups. Voila, I turned plain into pretty in under a minute. These items will also make amazing hostess gifts for all the Holiday parties coming up. It will be fun to put a personalized touch on the cups that I give away. There is nothing better than giving a gift that has your own added special flare.

I couldn't resist showing off my little man.

Have a fantastic weekend and don’t forget to treat yourself to something special.

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